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The five best trekking in Nepal

The five best trekking in Nepal

Nepal and trekking in the Himalayas are synonyms. One cannot miss a trek if they like to see the mountains. Nepal is the destination of peaks which are more than eight thousand meters.  The Himalayan chain in Nepal has eight of the world’s tallest peaks and all of them people can climb. As climbing is limited to few people due to money constraint, time constraint or experience and physical constraint, most of them end up doing trekking to these peaks. The trekking normally takes to Basecamps or to the popular view points from where one can get immense, unforgettable and incomparable view of these mountains. Among these popular destinations we are figuring out the top five trekking in this region. We considered difficulty level, the views during the trek, facilities available in these areas and accessibility of the areas to decide the best trekking destination in Nepal.

Everest range during trek to EBC

Everest Base camp Trek

The trek normally starts after a short breathtaking flight to Lukla.  Tenzing-Hilary airport is one of the thrilling airports of the world and the landing there is an amazing experience. The trekking covers roughly 135 kilometers round trip all the way to Everest Base camp and come back. The starting point is 2,860 meter and can reach the elevation of 5,550 meter on top of Kalapathhar. Spectacular view of the Everest range can be observed from different angles. The trek takes to the fascinating Tyangboche monastery one of the biggest in the area. Most of the places can sleep comfortably inside the room. In high places like Gorakshep even the tap water is chargeable. As anybody reach high the price are elevated. Most of the popular mountaineers are born in the villages which are crossed during the trek. There are settlements with farming and yak pasture up to 4,200 meters. The cost of the trip now varies from $1300 per person or up depends with the operator which includes basically everything but not tips to the staffs and drinks. Somebody offering less than that money starts cutting the corners.

Namche Bazar with view of Thamserku
Namche Bazar with view of Thamserku peak

Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Valley trek

If somebody feels boring, go and come back the same way this would be the best alternative and still give opportunity to discover Gokyo valley, which is another popular valley in Khumbu region. Gokyo ri with elevation of 5,357 meter is an excellent point to have view of the Everest and the whole Everest range. The whole trip will cover around 145 kilometers and cross the Cho-la pass at an elevation of 5,420 meters. The good thing of this trek compared to Everest Base camp trek is there are two different opportunity to capture Everest i.e. from Gokyo –Ri and Kalapathhar. The series of color changing lakes in Gokyo is also very beautiful. The trek needs few extra days than just doing Everest Base Camp. The price of the trip will go around $1500 per person or more. During the winter time there might be heavy snow in the pass and make it more complicated to do the pass, on that case one can make a D tour and still go to Everest Base Camp.

Annapurna Base Camp trek

The trek will take to the one of the famous hikes of the world. The trek is relatively easier and cheaper as it does not involve any flights. The trek takes up to 4,130 meters of elevation and pass through the village of Ghorepani from where one can make a small hike to Poonhill (3,210 meter). Poonhill considered the best point to observe the Annapurna range. One can see the spectacular view of Annapurna South, Nilgiri, Tukuche peak and Dhawalagiri from there.  The Annapurna Base Camp trek covers the distance of 115 kilometer the whole trip. The trek starts from 1,070 meter at Nayapul and gain elevation of about 2,100 meter to reach the Annapurna base Camp at elevation of 4,130 meter above sea level. As the trail passes through the villages which are the home land to world famous warriors, the Gurkhas, one might get opportunity to hear the story of Gurkhas live from any retired Gurkha living in the area. The last village with settlement is Sinuwa and after that just a part of the conservation including Annapurna Base Camp. The trek also gives opportunity to encounter Gurung culture from very near. The price of the trek goes from $1000 per person and more which includes permits, tea houses during a trek and even a couple of nights’ accommodation in Pokhara before and after ending the trek. The price varies greatly to means of transport to and from Pokhara and accommodation in Pokhara. One can reach Pokhara from Kathmandu by flights, private transfer, tourist bus or even a local bus.

Langtang valley with Gosainkunda trek

The trek is located in a spectacular valley nestled in the Himalaya. Most of the trek is located inside the Langtang National Park.  Gosainkunda is the site of several lakes and every August they have the festival there and thousands of pilgrimage visitors’ folk in that area. Lantang valley inhabited by Tamangs and Tibetan (Bhotia) people and provides a glimpse of mountain lifestyles. The Langtang Valley trek with Gosainkunda covers the distance of 135 kilometers. Less crowed than popular trekking routes and still has great views.  The starting cost of the Langtang – Gosainkunda trek is $1,000 per person and that includes permits, food, a professional trekking guide and accommodation during the trek and local bus ticket from Kathmandu up to Syabrubeshi and Dhunche to Kathmandu. The price varies with type of transportation chosen as one can hire a jeep for both journeys. The area is also a home land for endangered species of Panda and Snow leopard.  The view of Langtang from Cherko-Ri is simply inspiring which can be done as a side trip during acclimatization day or exploration day at Kyanjin gumba. The trek also gives idea of rugged terrain as the one need to drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubeshi  in Pasang Lhamu highway.

Manaslu circuit trek

The actual and real taste of doing the trek in Nepal can be achieved in the Manaslu area by doing the Larkya- La pass.  Manaslu circuit trek covers 180 kilometers starting from Arughat bazar and ending at Beshisahar. The trek offers the stunning view of Mt. Manaslu, the eight highest peak of the world.  As the trek starts at very low elevation of as low as 800 meters and goes as high as Larke-La of 5,125 meters. The trek gives idea of all different types of terrain from foot hills to mountains. The trail passes through beautiful villages, river valley and mountain landscapes. Even the vegetation during the trek keeps changing from Sal forest of lower elevation to tundra of the high mountains. Different types of ethnic groups are living in different area. The cost of the trip varies from $1200 per person and up and depends with transport from Kathmandu to trek starting point and also from Beshisahar (the trek ending point) to Kathmandu. The price of the trip $1200 which covers two different conservation area fee, permits, meals and accommodations during the trek as well as an English speaking local trekking guide. At the higher elevation the accommodation are very simple so it is recommended to carry sleeping bag during the trip. Doing this trip is difficult in rainy season and in the winter time. 

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