List of treks in Nepal


Listed in duration order, here are some of the most popular treks in Nepal. Duration days are marked with a + to signify that you can take longer if you wish. Please note all treks durations start from their starting point, not arrival into Nepal.

  • Short treks (2-5 days)
  • Medium treks (5-12 + days)
  • Long treks (12 + days)

Please note: the maps on this page are not to be used as physical trekking maps, they are here only to show the rough outline and region of a trek. Full maps are available in my trekking in Nepal guidebook.

Short treks in Nepal

Dhampus Village Trek: A small Gurung village with a mountain view of the Annapurnas.

Duration: 2 days 1 night - A bus or car ride brings you to a trail followed by a short 2-3 hour trek to Dhampus.

Starting point: Pokhara

Max Altitude: 1, 516m

Difficulty: V. Easy

Highlights: Local village overnight stay. Nepalese valley trail. On a clear day the Annapurna Mountain range.


Royal Trek: An easy trek made famous by Britains Prince Charles.

Duration: 3 days 2 nights - Stopping off at Kalikathan, Chisopani.

Starting point: Pokhara

Max Altitude: 1, 700m

Difficulty: Easy

Highlights: Local village over night stay. Nepalese valley trail. On a clear day the Annapurna Mountain range. Following a route Prince Charles once took with a 40 + support team.


Nagarkot Dhulikhel Trek: A short comfortable trek with good accommodation and several well known lookouts over the Himalayas.

Duration: 3 days 2 nights a bus or car ride plus a 4 + hour trek to Nagarkot. Sunrise viewing before another short day trek to Dhulikhel for a closer look at Everest then back again. There are several extendable days treks you can do from here. .

Starting point: Kathmandu

Max Altitude: 2, 170m

Difficulty: Easy

Highlights: Two sunrises over looking Everest. Good clean accommodation.


Ghorepani Trek (Poon Hill): A popular trek that's good for those unsure about trekking, on a short break or don't want anything to strenuous.

Duration: 4 days 3 nights + A bus or car ride can bring you to all the main villages here. However most people prefer to trek to Tikhedhunga, then Ghorepani the next day followed by an early morning trek up to Poon Hill.

Starting point: Pokhara

Max Altitude: 3, 210m

Difficulty: Easy

Highlights: Trek or Drive. Enjoy several views of the Annapurna mountains. Early climb up Poon Hill for a great view.


Medium treks in Nepal

Please note that not all treks follow the same route and so duration and village stays may change.

Mardi Himal Trek: Trek through lush forest until your reach the snowcapped ridge that overlooks Annapurna Base Camp.

Duration: 4-7+ days. Stopping in Australian Camp, Forest Camp, High Camp and Base Camp.

Starting point: Pokhara

Max Altitude: 4, 450m

Difficulty: Moderate

Highlights: This relatively new trek is full of pristine forest while at the top of the trek are stunning views of the Annapurna range.

Here's a full guide to the Mardi Himal Base Camp trek


Annapurna Base Camp Trek (Annapurna sanctuary): Trek down a valley and up into one of the most spectacular base camps in Nepal.

Duration: 8-10+ days. Stopping in Ghorepani, Tadapani, Sinuwa, Deurali

Starting point: Pokhara

Max Altitude: 4, 090m

Difficulty: Moderate

Highlights: The main valley can be spectacularly beautiful when in full bloom. The base camp itself is impressive.

Here's a full guide to the Annapurna Base Camp trek


Jomsom to Muktinath Trek: One of the most popular treks in the Annapurna region of Nepal which includes a flight.

Duration: 9 -10 + days. Stopping in Ghorepani, Tadapani, Kalopani, Marpha, Kagbeni, Muktinath and Jomson for a flight back to Pokhara

Starting point: Pokhara

Max Altitude: 3, 800 m

Difficulty: Moderate

Highlights: Good accommodation with jeeps available en-route. Excellent views and villages along the trail.


Longer treks in Nepal

Please note that not all treks follow the same routes for longer treks so duration and village stays will change.

Everest Base Camp Trek: A famous landmark that's the starting point for the summit mountaineers scaling Mount Everest.

Duration: 12 + days. Fly into Lukla then begin the trek through Phakding, Namche Bazzar, Tyangboche, Dingboche, Lobuche and Gorakshep.

Starting point: Kathmandu

Max Altitude: 5, 545 metres (18, 192 ft)

Difficulty: Moderate to Hard

Highlights: The name itself. The flight to Lukla, one of the world's shortest runways on the side of a mountain. Or simply trek from Jiri. Climbing Mount Kala Patthar (5, 545 metres (18, 192 ft).

Here's a full guide to the Everest Base Camp trek


Gokyo and Everest Base Camp Trek: Take and extra couple of days on the way to Everest Base Camp to visit the spectacular views of the Gokyo region.

Duration: 16 + days. Fly into Lukla then begin the trek through Phakding, Namche Bazzar, Dole, Machermo, Gokyo, Thangnang Kharka, Dzongle, Lobuche and Gorakshep.

Starting point: Kathmandu

Max Altitude: 5, 364 metres (17, 598 ft)

Difficulty: More Moderate to Hard

Highlights: The name itself. The flight to Lukla, one of the world's shortest runways on the side of a mountain. A side trip to Gokyo. Crossing Cho-La pass at 5, 330m. Climbing Mount Kala Patthar (5, 545 metres (18, 192 ft).

 


Annapurna Circuit: A long trek that starts and finishes easily with some amazing views that constantly change.

Duration: 16 - 21+ days. Stopping in Bahundanda, Chamje, Bagarchhap, Pisang, Manang, Yak Kharka, Thorng Phedi, Muktinath, Jomsom, Kalopani, Tatopani, Ghorepani.

Starting point: Pokhara

Max Altitude: 5, 416 metres Thorong La pass

Difficulty: Moderate to Hard

Highlights: A trekking regions that takes you all around the Annapurna range. The alternating landscapes from green forest to remote mountains. Due to its relative early on in the trek many people fail later on due to not taking enough acclimatization days.

If you are interested in this trek here's a guide to the Annapurna Circuit


Rarer treks in Nepal

Please note permits for these treks are often required and terms change frequently.

Manaslu Trek: Trek into the area close to the remote Tibet border with permits needed (re-opened in 2016 * I do not currently recommend this trek- see note below).

Duration: 16+ days. Stopping in Sama Gaon, Samdo, Larke Bazar, Karche, Jagat.

Starting point: Kathmandu

Max Altitude: 5, 213m

Difficulty: Moderate - Hard

Highlights & Special Requirements: The Manaslu region of Nepal is off limits to anyone without a permit. Permit fees start at US$90 per person for a period of 7 days starting from when you enter the region. Additional days are US$15. At the time of writing there was an additional single supplement fee though it's often not enforced. You cannot cross into Tibet on this Trek.

* I do not believe 2016 is a good year to be on this trek due to heavy monsoon rains that damaged the route with potential for landslides.


Upper Mustang Trek: Trek into the less frequented and protected Mustang area of Nepal. At a price.

Duration: 10-13 + days. Stopping in Jomsom, Chele, Geling, Charang, Manthang, Ghami, Samar, Kagbeni, Muktinath.

Starting point: Pokhara

Max Altitude: 4, 210m

Difficulty: Moderate

Highlights & Special Requirements: The Mustang region of Nepal is off limits to anyone without a permit. Permit fees start at US$500 per person for a period of 10 days. Or, US$710 for thirteen days. The permit starts from Kagbeni once you enter restricted area. Additional days in the restricted Mustang area are charged at US$70 per day.


More information on Trekking in Nepal

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The above list of treks in Nepal is continually being added too based on popularity or request.

If looking for a trekking guide I recommend you read my article on How to find a trekking guide in Nepal.

If you want to book a trek here is a list of recommended treks to book online.

You may also contact me if you wish to have my personal recommendation.

On the following pages below I've compiled detailed articles on the specifics of trekking in Nepal that may be of use to you.

You will find them to be a great place to research your whole trekking trip to Nepal - be sure to bookmark them so you don't forget!

You might find my following free guides helpful:

Trekking in Nepal

My guide on trekking in Nepal

  Trekking Equipment Check out my guide on equipment & gear needed for trekking in Nepal
 
List of treks to hike in Nepal Check out my list treks to do in Nepal complete with maps   Nepal Mountain range Check out my guide on how to travel overland into Tibet for a lot more!
Trekking in Nepal How to choose a trekking guide in Nepal   Record of Mount Everst Base Camp Trek in the Winter My Day by day account of trekking to Everest Base Camp in the off season (winter)
 
Traveling overland into Nepal Check out my How to travel overland into Nepal guide   Guide to traveling Nepal Check out my country Guide to Nepal
Trekking permit fees & National park entry fees in Nepal

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