You can hike all over the world, but there is no place like trekking Nepal. This is the land where you can trek through the highest mountains on earth, the Himalayas. The apeaks are legendary and the scenery is unparalleled. For an adventure of a lifetime, here are some of the most incredible hiking places in Nepal.
THE MT. EVEREST CIRCUIT
This trek surrounds the tallest and most famous mountain in the world – Mt. Everest, called Chomolungma in the local language. Aside from seeing the mountain itself, this trek winds through the Khumbu region of Nepal, which is home to Buddhist and Sherpa cultures. Most trekkers fly into Lukla (at 9,380 feet) to begin their trek, and depending on your route, it’s typically a 17 to 25 day trek. Gorek Shep is a little town on the way that has incredible views of Everest. You can extend the trip by adding a leg up to Everest Base Camp, or by doing a loop through the beautiful Gokyo Lakes
THE MT. KANGCHENJUNGA CIRCUIT
Everest is the most famous peak, but a trek around Kangchenjunga gets you away from the crowds, and into more pristine, remote territory. This peak is 28,169 feet high, and is the third highest mountain in the world. Adventurers who want to get off the beaten path will love it, and a trek here means you have a chance to spend time with some of the local Nepali people, too. Trekking in this area you can find basic accommodations and meals, but nothing fancy. You traverse a wide range of ecological zones, and travel where few trekkers have gone before.
THE ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT
In the western portion of Nepal, a very famous trek is the Annapurna circuit. This route passes through the glorious Annapurna Conservation Area, which has amazing scenery of mountains and glaciers. The path itself begins near sea level, and climbs all the way to 17,388 feet high. Along the way, trekkers pass through humid jungles, temperate regions, and on into the high alpine area. Most of the region is dominated by the Tibetan Buddhist culture. Treks begin in Pokhara, and are usually 16 to 20 days.
THE ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY
If you want to visit the Annapurna base camp, where climbers prepare for a dangerous summit attempt, then this is the trek to take. The Annapurna Circuit trek does not go to the base camp. Like that trek, this one also begins at Pokhara, at the foot of this massive peak which reaches 26,545 feet high. Though this trek is shorter, just 8 to 10 days, it is still challenging for those who have not acclimated to the altitude, and the trail reaches a height of 13,638 feet.
THE LANGTANG REGION
For people who are looking for a somewhat easier trekking option in Nepal, this can be a good choice. Treks through the Langtang region begin very near, or sometimes even in, the city of Kathmandu, so there is less travel time required and it is easier to organize. The route here will take you past Buddhist monasteries, and you also see a nature reserve that is famous for its wildlife viewing. The trek will reach an altitude of 15,419 feet, and it offers splendid views of the Makalu region to the East, and Annapurna to the West.
Phulchowki surrounds the beautiful valley of Kathmandu, and it’s an excellent hiking spot for trekkers of all ages. What makes this trail different than the others is the abundant flora. Packed with heaps of wild roses, irises and yellow jasmines, Phulchowki is absolutely breathtaking. On top of the hill there’s a traditional Buddhist shrine you’ll want to stop by to catch your breath before moving further to the peak.
The Nepalese mountain chain of the great Himalayas is a superb trekking destination for adventurous travelers ready to engage in a memorable trekking experience. The land is packed with breathtaking scenery, abundant vegetation, fluttering prayer flags, Buddhist temples, and epic mountain adventures. Choose from the two main expeditions – Annapurna Circuit or the Everest Base Camp – and test your body’s physical limits. Skilled hikers can also try the hidden paths, which are challenging yet a lot more spectacular.