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The Top Five Treks in Nepal - Our Choice


Here’s our own Top 5 Treks in Nepal and why we chose them. The best Nepal treks in our opinion.


Some you may have heard of, others perhaps not.


Shock, horror….there’s no Everest Base Camp treks in our selection



5. Helambu and Langtang

This reasonably short trek starts just on the outskirts of Kathmandu, heading up and over the valley rim into the lesser trekked region of Helambu. With great views of the Ganesh and Langtang Himal it then heads up to the sacred lakes of Gosainkund before descending to the Langtang Valley. The trail then heads up valley to reach the very atmospheric Kyangin Gompa, with the option to walk up Kyanjin Ri (4773m) from where there are some really spectacular views of the icy peaks of the Langtang Himal.




















Why we chose this trek

Because this trek starts ‘on the doorstep of Kathmandu’ is perhaps why it’s so, so frequently overlooked as most trekkers head off to the Everest and Annapurna regions. The trails particularly through the Helambu region are nice and quiet and there’s a real sense of place upon reaching Gosainkund. Trekking to Langtang just seems so much more appealing than being driven there. As you enter the Langtang Valley and head up towards Kyanjin Gompa, it doesn’t take long to realise why many say that this is the most beautiful valley in Nepal.


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4. Dolpo & The Crystal Mountain

After flying to the mountain airstrip at Juphal there’s only one way to reach the almost mythical land of Dolpo and that’s on foot. It’s pretty much challenging trekking all the way too and with several 5000m+ passes to cross as well, this lengthy trek is unrelenting. But, for the true Himalayan connoisseur the rewards for effort are countless. The glittering, turquoise lake of Phoksundo, the fun of the “Demons’ Trail” immortalised in Eric Valli’s superb film “Himalaya”, associations along the way with “The Snow Leopard” book and that over-riding sensation that you’re trekking where only the few dare to venture.




















Why we chose this trek

Quite possibly like others who read Peter Matthiessons novel “The Snow Leopard”, the inaccessible and isolated land of Dolpo seemed so unreal. But, alluring too. That it is a long and challenging trek as well as the need for costly special permits to enter Inner Dolpo are sufficient to ensure that the near mythical Dolpo region will remain very, very special.


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3. The Starlight Trek

Never heard of this trek? That’s good as this is most certainly trekking without the crowds up and over the forested hillsides not too far from Pokhara. As well as the joy of walking amongst a landscape peppered with traditional villages, this trek encompasses two amazing hill top Himalayan panoramic view points too. Here the entire Annapurna range, Fishtail. Lamjung and Manaslu giants are on display in all their glory. Most probably just for you.




















Why we chose this trek

Although it’s a relatively short trek, it’s reasonably challenging at the same time. It’s also ‘off the beaten track’ even if it does start and finish so close to Pokhara. It’s a great way of seeing and experiencing hill village life in Nepal as it really is, unspoilt by tourism by and large. The complete lack of teahouses/trekkers lodges is testimony to this. The views are pretty special and there’s not one, but two hill top camp locations…..who wouldn’t want to camp on top of a hill with outrageous Himalayan splendour right outside their tent?


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2. Manaslu Circuit

A true Himalayan trek with all the essential elements for it to be considered as a real classic, as well as achievement too.


It’s a circuit trek

It’s a circuit of an 8000+m peak - Manaslu

It’s got a challenging high pass crux-The Larkya La (5135m)

4. There’s real, high mountain wilderness involved

5. It’s not an over-trekked route

6. The scenery is stunning

7. It provides an insight into real Himalayan life - Hindu & Buddhist


Parts of the trekking trails have improved in recent years and there are now teahouses all the way, which means that the popularity of this trek has increased. But, nothing like the number on the Annapurna Circuit or Everest treks.






















Why we chose this trek

It’s always been over-shadowed by the Annapurna Circuit. Yet for us once this previously off limits area was opened up this is and always has been the classic circuit trek in Nepal. It feels so much more wild, remote and authentic. It’s a lesser trekked route too, which certainly adds to the appeal and the views of Manaslu along the way are beyond words.


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1. Annapurna Sanctuary

A wonderful hike up through the Modi Khola Valley, with the iconic Fishtail Peak on one side and Annapurna South on the other towering above. Starting at low altitude, heading further up valley the twin summits of Fishtail are revealed before entering the mind blowing mountain amphitheatre of The Sanctuary and to Annapurna Base Camp. There’s a real sense of scale here as the likes of Annapurna 1, Tent Peak and other giant snow-capped peaks surround you. That you’ve trekked all the way to earn this amazing mountainscape gives true satisfaction. Fairly decent trekking lodges along the way is a bonus. It’s a beautiful trek from start to finish that affords an appreciation of Himalayan life that changes as you gain height as well as a foray into a high mountain wilderness.



















Why we chose this trek

As a specialist trekking agency you’d quite possibly expect us to have something ‘weird and wonderful’ as our number one choice/ But no, we’ve chosen a ‘household name’ trek instead. There’s a real perspective to be gained as you walk up, up, up through the climactic zones from sub-tropical to alpine, culminating in some spectacular Himalayan theatre as you enter the Annapurna Sanctuary itself. A definite sensation that you’ve entered the ‘throne room of the mountain gods’. If you’re only ever going to go trekking in Nepal just once in your life, this is the one to do.


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Maybe you agree with our selection, maybe you don’t.


Either way we’d love to hear what your favourite Nepal treks are, or if you’ve never trekked in Nepal before, which Himalayan trekking routes are top of your ‘to do’ list. What do you think are the best treks in Nepal?

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