Nepal, a little dot on the world map, is actually a country of extremes, land of diversity and home to the mighty Everest. Being known to the world as the home of the Himalayas, it is obvious that Nepal presents one of the best adventure experiences in terms of trekking to its snow capped mountain region. The best treks of Nepal in terms of scenic beauty, trekking routes or natural and cultural experiences are:
1. Everest trek
Known as one of the most exciting and adventurous trips, the trek in the everest region is one of a kind. Reaching to the pinnacle with so many legendary tales and being a part of an elite group of people who have reached the top with so much struggle and determination is a great feat in itself.
The Everest Base Camp trek is justifiably the most famous treks in the Everest region, for it’s beautiful scenaries and trip to the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain. But the Khumbu region is not just about Everest, it is also home to many rare flora and fauna, Sherpa and Tibetan inhabitants as well as a number of lakes, springs and monasteries of great importance. Trekkers get to experience the treasures of Nepal while soaking in the dazzling views of the Himalayan ranges in the sun.
The trek ranges from 17 – 25 days depending on the route you take. Usually treks start from the Lukla airport from where you can choose to trek through Naamche Bazaar then to Gorek Shep or make a detour by visiting the Gokyo Lakes which makes the trek longer. Reaching the height of 5545m to the Base camp is a naturally, culturally and spiritually enriching journey that you will cherish all your life.
2. Annapurna trek
It is considered to be one of the most challenging and exciting treks in the world. You can either take the Annapurna circuit (13/14 days) that covers the entire Annapurna range or just the Annapurna Base Camp trek of 9 to 10 days that covers a part of the region. The circuit trek traverses through different mountains and glaciers of the region, making it the ultimate Himalayan experience with the Thorong La pass, the highest point of the trek. The region is a mixture of diverse terrains from the Lowlands, forest to alpine region that includes a peek into the restricted Mustang region as well as parts of Tibet. The base camp trek, on the other hand, takes you closest to mount Annapurna, one of the hardest peaks to summit. Enjoy the hypnotic view of the entire Annapurna range with the beautiful Annapurna trek.
3. Langtang Trek
It is one of the easier and shorter treks of only 7/8 days closer to the capital city. The trek is a good fusion of religion with the peaceful monasteries, culture of the local villages as well as the beauty of the flora and fauna and the various 5000m peaks. This lower altitude trek makes its way through a valley into the basin at the foot of the Langtang Ri (7205m). This tour is more about the local culture and vegetation, but still proves a good vantage point to view Annapurna as well as Makalu.
The Langtang region is protected by the Langtang national park with its exclusive Black bear, snow leopards, red pandas as well as various birds, reptiles and other animals in the meadows, rivers, pastures and rhododendron forests. Gosaikunda, a sacred Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage lake in this region adds to the religious value of the place.
4. Mustang Trek
Mustang, also known as the desert kingdom, is a river valley that pours down from Tibet surrounded by white walls built during the 15th century. It is the perfect spot to learn and experience the Tibetan culture remnant in Nepal as the region was forbidden and still requires a permit from the Department of Immigration. Most of the trek includes barren lands or steep slopes uphill or downhill, but the fascinating panoramic views of the Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and other peaks make the trek a memorable one. The protected and preserved monasteries and caves with carvings allow you a peaceful experience while the flight from Pokhara to Jomsom over the deepest gorge is an exciting experience in itself.
5. Manaslu Trek
The trek towards the 8th highest mountain in the world is one of a kind, but is getting more popular due to its dramatic valleys and mesmerizing views through peaceful, less crowded routes. The highest point of the trek is the Larkya pass (5100 m) with an unhindered view of Manaslu. It is called the “new Annapurna circuit” for its challenging routes, varied terrain as well as cultural exposures.