Top 5 Treks in Nepal 2018

TOP 5 TREKS IN NEPAL 2018

Nepal, because of its varied topography, is home to some of the most spectacular treks in the world. Some of the well known trek routes like Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit treks have constantly ranked as one of the best treks in the world however they have become quite crowded in recent days. This opens up doors for other trekking routes unexplored by the travel junkies. Treks like Manaslu Circuit Trek, the Three Passes Trek, and Kanchenjunga treks are now on the list of many trekkers simply because they have same or better views of the tropical lush jungles and breath taking Himalayas, of course with unique and diverse culture.

Below are the top 5 treks in 2018 that we have picked based on popularity, beauty, culture, duration and price.

  1. Kanchejunga Base Camp Trek

Kanchenjunga Base camp trek encircles Mt. Kanchenjunga, 8,586m which is the Nepal’s second highest peak and the third highest in the world. The trek starts from Suketar, Taplejung, the main town and district headquarters for this region. For a long time, this region was restricted area and only major climbing expeditions or few botanists were permitted to come here.

In 1988, It was finally opened to trekkers but it receives a very few trekkers all year round making this region one of the last undisturbed Himalayas with pristine beauty, and preserved culture of Limbu people. This trekking holiday in Nepal is perfect for any adventurous trekker.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

       Trek Facts

  • Trekking Difficulty – 8/10
  • Days – 24
  • Trekkers per year – 650
  • Remoteness – Very Remote
  • Pricing – High
  • Best Season – Autumn and Spring
  • Accommodation type – Camping
  • Restricted Permits – 2 minimum trekkers and accompanied by a Nepalese Guide or Porter. The Restricted Permit for Kanchenjunga costs USD 10 per person per week, Kanchenjunga Conservation Area permit USD 20
  • Max elevation – 5,160 m
  1.  Manaslu Circuit Trek

Recently, Manaslu Circuit Trek has become popular than ever. People say it is Annapurna circuit in 90’s. It has all the great features you’d expect from a classic Nepalese trek with lush tropical jungle and Himalayans with lush valleys at lower elevations, amazing views of some stunning 8,000m peaks, all the while remaining largely uncrowded by trekkers.

Manaslu circuit will surely win you over. Unspoiled, remote, a few trekkers and pristine beauty will definitely make you fall in love with nature.

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Trek Facts

  • Trekking Difficulty – 6/10
  • Days – 17
  • Trekkers per year – 6500
  • Remoteness – Remote
  • Pricing – Medium
  • Best Season – Autumn and Spring
  • Accommodation type – Guesthouses & Lodges
  • Restricted Permits – 2 minimum trekkers accompanied by a Nepalese Guide or Porter.
  • Max elevation – 5,115m
  1.  Upper Mustang Trek

Mustang is a last forbidden kingdom of Nepal. In 1992, it was opened for trekking.  Restricted permit is a must in Upper Mustang trek. Buddhists monasteries, the caves carved into cliffs, the Tiji festival are some of the best highlights of this region.

Upper Mustang Trek

Trek Facts

  • Trekking Difficulty – 6/10
  • Days – 19
  • Trekkers per year – 3000
  • Remoteness – Very Remote
  • Pricing – High
  • Best Season:Autumn and Spring. Can be trekked during Monsoon as it receives little rainfall.
  • Accommodation type – Guesthouses & Lodges
  • Restricted Permits – 2 minimum trekkers and accompanied by a Nepalese Guide or Porter. The Restricted Permit for Upper Mustang costs USD 500 for up to 10 days and USD 50 for each day hereafter.
  • Max elevation – 3810 m
  1. Three Passes Trek

Although Everest Base Camp still is the prime attraction due to its history and fame, the Three Passes trek takes you through all the highlights of the pristine beauty of Solukhumbu, crossing via Kogma La, Cho La and Renjo La, allowing for better acclimatization and gives you a sight into the life of Himalayan Sherpa people.

The 3 Passes and Peaks Trek is the ultimate complete trekking experience in the Everest region mainly suited for determined trekkers who intent on crossing the high altitude passes and hiking the smaller peaks without the commitment to any technical climbing skills. The trek links the four distinct valleys of Bhotekoshi, Gokyo, Khumbu and Imja Tse. You will cross three passes namely Renjo La (5388 m), Cho La (5380 m), and Kongma La (5535 m) and climb the three peaks of Gokyo Ri (5483 m), Kalapathar (5545m), and Chukung (5550 m) during this incomparable and unforgettable trekking experience in Nepal.

High altitude, the world’s tallest peaks, rich history of Sherpa people – this is a must for thrill seekers.

Three Passes Trek

Trek Facts

  • Trekking Difficulty – 8/10
  • Days – 20
  • Trekkers per year – 36,000
  • Remoteness – Very Remote
  • Pricing – Medium
  • Best Season – Autumn and Spring
  • Accommodation type – Guesthouses & Lodges
  • Restricted Permits – a TIMS ($10 USD) permit and a Sagarmatha National Park permit ($30 USD).
  • Max elevation – 5,540m
  1. Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

The Dhaulagiri Circuit trek is one of Nepal’s most challenging and most beautiful treks.

This trek starts at Beni. Ascending up the lovely unspoiled valley of the Myagdi River, you will be walking through an ever changing landscape with numerous beautiful villages. The majority of the people in this region are Magars with their own distinct culture and traditions. After passing Pakoban, you will reach Italian and Japanese Base Camps before arriving at Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Next is the challenging 5360 m French pass, enchanting Hidden Valley followed by another Dhampus pass before a steep descent to Jomsom for return flight back to Pokhara. The views of the great Dhaulagiri massif and surrounding peaks are magnificient. This is one of best and the most demanding of all the high altitude treks in Nepal but is very rewarding.

The Dhaulagiri Circuit is a tough trek, suitable for trekkers with previous experience of trekking at altitudes above 5,000 m.

Although a guide is optional for this trek, it’s highly recommended that you have prior mountaineering experience and to bring along crampons, ice-axes and rope (available in Kathmandu) incase needed during the glacier crossing. If you go with a trekking agency or local guide, check that they have a good reputation.

No doubt this trek is more challenging than the rest and not for everyone, but it ranks high on our list and is a respected favourite amongst local Nepali guides.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Trek Facts

  • Trekking Difficulty:8/10
  • Days – 21
  • Remoteness – Very Remote
  • Pricing – Medium
  • Best Season – Autumn and Spring
  • Accommodation type – Camping
  • Restricted Permits – TIMS card ($10) and an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) ($20 USD)
  • Max elevation – 5000m

 

 

 

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