Top 14 Best Treks in Nepal - Snapshot Overview

Going trekking in Nepal? Let’s help you with a snapshot overview of what’s likely the fourteen best treks in Nepal. At least, they are currently the most popular treks in Nepal, based on number of trekkers.

Every year Nepal attracts +200,000 trekkers. That also means that every year +200,000 people are faced with the hard choice of selecting which trekking destination to explore in Nepal. Let’s face it - this is not an easy choice.

How odd it may sound the decision of choosing your favorite trek might actually be easier made in your home country (likely with proper internet connection also…) than in the bustling trekking and tourist area, Thamel, where hundreds of trekking agencies inevitably will offer you different opinions as to which trek is the best trek in Nepal.

Worst case, some opinions offered by local trekking agencies might be more profit driven than anything else. Best case, you’ll receive good but likely different pieces of advice from various prudent trekking companies in Kathmandu. Because which trek is actually the best in Nepal?

While some may believe there’s an ultimate answer to that question it does literally come down to your own personal trekking preferences. Let us exemplify with a few relevant aspects of trekking which you need to consider, before being able to zoom in on THE best trek in Nepal, for you personally:

  1. What level of trekking difficulty are you seeking?
  2. How many days do you have available for trekking in Nepal?
  3. Looking for a remote trekking destination, or, will a touristy one be okay as well?
  4. Are you a budget traveler or is price less relevant for you?
  5. During which season(s) are you trekking in Nepal? (some treks are not recommended during the monsoon and winter season)
  6. Looking for remote and hard camping treks (also sometimes named ‘adventure treks’) or the simpler guesthouse treks?
  7. Are you alone, or with someone? Some treks in Nepal have Restricted Permits and hence requires a minimum of two people, and the company of a Nepali guide or porter.

Below we’re listing the currently 14 most popular trekking destinations in Nepal taking into account the above mentioned trekking parameters, a 3-liner sales pitch, high and low-lights, and finally its Trek Facts.

Hopefully this best treks in Nepal crash-course will assist you further with selecting your favorite trekking destination.

1. Everest Base Camp trek – 12 days, 25,000 trekkers/year

Everest Base Camp trek
View of Mount Everest. Photo taken close to Kala Patthar.
Everest Base Camp trek map

Great trekking terrain! You’ll stand face-to-face with the world’s highest mountain – Mountain Everest (8,850 m), and see multiple other majestic peaks. You’ll also meet the Sherpa people, renowned for the climbing skills. In short, fantastic trekking experience.

Highlights

  • Stand face-to-face with Mt. Everest and experience Everest Base Camp itself
  • Kala Patthar at 5,600 meters, a vantage point providing fantastic views of majestic peaks such as Nuptse, Lhotse, and Mount Everest
  • Great trekking trail and excellent mountain landscapes

Lowlight

  • You'll trek up and down on more or less the same trail.

Trek Facts

  • Trekking Difficulty: Level 3 - Medium difficulty
  • Remoteness: Not Remote (due to the number of trekkers)
  • Pricing: Medium (#USD spent/day)
  • Best Season: March-May and October-November
  • Accommodation type: Guesthouses & Lodges
  • Restricted Permits: No. 
  • Max elevation: 5,600 m, Kala Patthar
  • Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): Yes.

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2. Annapurna Circuit trek – 13/15 days, Annapurna Region: +100,000 trekkers/year

Thorong La Pass on the Annapurna Circuit Trek
Thorong La Pass, the widest pass in the world, and the highest point of the Annapurna Circuit trek at 5,416 m
Annapurna Circuit trek map

Good trekking terrain. Great Himalayan scenery. Comfortable trek with lots of tea-houses. In recentyears road building has taken place along some parts of the trek, unfortunately decreasing the overall trekking experience.

Highlights

  • Crossing the world's widest pass -  the Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meter
  • Diverse trekking terrain as a result of high difference in altitudes - varying from 760 m to 5,416 m
  • Developed trek giving a high degree of comfort

Lowlight

  • Road building next to the trail at some parts of the trek.

Trek Facts

  • Trekking Difficulty: Level 3 - Medium Difficulty
  • Remoteness: Not Remote (due to the number of trekkers)
  • Pricing: Cheap (#USD spent/day)
  • Best Season: March-May and October-November
  • Accommodation type: Guesthouses & Lodges
  • Restricted Permits: No. 
  • Max elevation: 5,416 m,  Thorong La Pass
  • Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): Yes.

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*Note: The +100,000 trekkers per year is for the entire Annapurna Region, including both the Annapurna Circuit trek, Annapurna Base Camp trek, and Poonhill trek combined. It has not been possible to divide it per trek, as Nepal's Tourism Board does not have the exact number per trek, as the trekker TIMS cards are issued for the whole Annapurna Region.  

3. Annapurna Base Camp trek – 9/11 days, Annapurna Region: +100,000 trekkers/year

Annapurna mountain range
Mt. Annapurna as seen from Annapurna Base Camp
Annapurna Base Camp map

Annapurna Base Camp (4,320 m) will allow you to stand face-to-face with the world’s most dangerous mountain to Climb (not trek…) - Annapurna I (8,091 m). Only having 10 days for trekking this trek is without doubt a great option.

Highlights

  • An authentic and real trekking experience, considering the rather short trekking duration
  • Great trail and landscape, the closer you get to Annapurna Base Camp
  • In close proximity to the city Pokhara, also worthwhile exploring after the trek

Lowlight

  • The trail has quite a few stairs

Trek Facts

  • Trekking Difficulty: Level 2 - Moderate
  • Remoteness: Not Remote
  • Pricing: Cheap (#USD spent/day)
  • Best Season: March-May and October-November
  • Accommodation type: Guesthouses & Lodges
  • Restricted Permits: No.
  • Max elevation: 4,320 m, Annapurna Base Camp
  • Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): No. Normally too much snow. Risk of avalanches.

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4. Poonhill trek – 4/7 days, Annapurna Region: +100,000 trekkers/year

Beautiful view of Annapurna South from Poon hill at 3,210 m.
Beautiful view of Annapurna South from atop Poonhill
  Poonhill Trek map

Poonhill (3,210 m) offers great views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain Ranges. It’s a great trek for a sneak-peak into the trekking world. Highly recommended if only a few days available for trekking in Nepal.

Highlights

  • Sunrise atop Poonhill with a fantastic panoramic view of the Himalayas
  • Cultural trek, especially Ghandruk, an antique and culturally rich village
  • In close proximity to the city Pokhara, also worthwhile exploring after the trek.

Lowlight

  • The trail has quite a few stairs

Trek Facts

  • Trekking Difficulty: Level1/2 - Easy to Moderate difficulty
  • Remoteness: Not Remote
  • Pricing: Cheap (#USD spent/day)
  • Best Season: March-May and October-November
  • Accommodation type: Guesthouses & Lodges
  • Restricted Permits: No. 
  • Max elevation: 3,210 m, Poonhill
  • Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): Yes.

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5. Langtang trek – 7/13 days, 9,000 trekkers/year

Langtang Trek
A group of trekkers in Langtang Valley
Langtang Trek map

The best trek in Nepal, if only having 7-8 days available. Situated in the North towards Tibet. Langtang is a good trek offering cultural insights such as monasteries, local villages, and an opportunity to select and hike you own preferred 4,984 m peak.

Highlights

  • Reaching atop Tserko Peak at an altitude of 4,984 m
  • A 100% authentic trekking experience, even if only going for 7 days!
  • A culturally rich trek highly influenced by Tibetan traditions.

Lowlight

  • The trail is almost the same - up and down.

Trek Facts

  • Trekking Difficulty: Level 3 - Moderate difficulty
  • Remoteness: Not Remote-Remote
  • Pricing: Cheap (#USD spent/day)
  • Best Season: March-May and October-November
  • Accommodation type: Guesthouses & Lodges
  • Restricted Permits: No.
  • Max elevation: 4,984m, Tserko Ri
  • Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): Yes.

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6. Manaslu trek – 14 days, 6,700 trekkers/year

Mount Manaslu

View of Mt. Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world. The Manaslu Circuit trek circumvents Mt. Manaslu.

Manaslu trek map

The Manaslu trek officially opened for trekking in the early 90s, a cutural trek par excellence, and without a doubt one of the best treks in Nepal. An appropriate name might be ‘Anaslu’ as this trek is likely to take over the popularity of the infamous Annapurna Circuit trek. Highly recommended.

Highlights

  • The day of crossing the Larke Pass - a day of challenge and full adventure!
  • The entire trail - diverse, remote, and secluded, enriched by very different topography as a result of varying altitudes - 600 m to 5,135 m. You'll walk in a circuit and hence the trail will keep on changing, until its end.
  • The cosy village of Samagaun from where you'll also visit Manaslu Base Camp.

Lowlight

  • The word has spread that Manaslu is indeed one of Nepal's best treks. Accommodation may be therefore be scarce, especially during high season - Oct and Mar-April.

Trek Facts

  • Trekking Difficulty: Level 4 - Hard
  • Remoteness: Remote
  • Pricing: Medium (#USD spent/day)
  • Best Season: March-May and October-November.
  • Accommodation type: Guesthouses & Lodges
  • Restricted Permits: Yes. You have to be minimum 2 trekkers and accompanied by a Nepali Guide or Porter. 
  • Max elevation: 5,115 m, Larke Pass
  • Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): On and off, but mostly Yes. The obstacle is the day of crossing the Larke Pass at an altitude of 5,135 m.

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7. Everest Base Camp 3 Passes trek - 16/18 days, 1,800 trekkers/year

Backpackers passing through the Renjo La Pass
Trekkers crossing the Renjo La Pass - one of 3 passes to be crossed on the EBC 3 Passes trek. The other two passes are the Kongma La Pass (5,528 m) and the Cho La Pass (5,420 m).
Everest Base Camp 3 Passes Map

Looking for an adventure of a lifetime? This is the ultimate Everest quest. It is a long and challenging trek with 4 passes to climb. ALL efforts are, however, rewarded by stunning peaks, pristine nature, and excellent trails.

Highlights

  • Crossing each of the 3 passes is a challenge, and a great adventure. Kong Ma La represents the biggest challenge of the 3 passes.
  • Fantastic trekking trail - remote, diverse and secluded. You'll be walking in a circuit so the trail will just keep on changing.
  • Crossing Himalayas' widest glacier - the Ngozumba Glacier - an exciting trespassing.

Lowlight

  • Good question. We're in doubt ourselves if there is one!

Trek Facts

  • Trekking Difficulty: Level 4 - Hard
  • Remoteness: Very Remote
  • Pricing: Medium (#USD spent/day)
  • Best Season: March-May and October-November.
  • Accommodation type: Guesthouses & Lodges
  • Restricted Permits: No.
  • Max elevation: 5,540 m, Kong Ma La Pass
  • Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): No. The 3 passes are not passable during Winter.

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8. Gokyo Lakes trek – 10/12 days, 1,000 trekkers/year

Gokyo Lake
The sparkling and emerald green waters of one of the five Gokyo Lakes, located next to Gokyo village. The Gokyo trek is also known as the Gokyo Lakes trek.
Gokyo Lakes Trek map

Situated just west of the Everest Base Camp trek the Gokyo trek is a great alternative if looking for fewer tourists and more remote nature. The five Emerald Lakes together with majestic mountain peaks is at the core of this trek.

Highlights

  • The cozy and beautiful village of Gokyo. If possible, spend an extra day there!
  • The 5 emerald green lakes of the Gokyo region.
  • Gokyo Ri - a peak and vantage point providing the best panoramic view of the Himalayas! (compared with all other treks in Nepal)

Lowlight

  • Unless also crossing the Renjo La Pass, it's almost the same trail up and down.

Trek Facts

  • Trekking Difficulty: Level 3 - Medium difficulty
  • Remoteness: Remote
  • Pricing: Medium (#USD spent/day)
  • Best Season: March-May and October-November
  • Accommodation type: Guesthouses & Lodges
  • Restricted Permits: No.
  • Max elevation: 5,357 m, Gokyo Ri
  • Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): Yes.

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9. Upper Mustang trek – 14 days, 4,300 trekkers/year

Village of Upper Mustang
Mustang, a former Kingdom of Lo, is a remote and isolated region of the Nepalese Himalayas. 
Upper Mustang Trek map

Mustang, a former Himalayan Kingdom, is considered a last bastion of Tibetan culture. An otherwise traditional camping trek which is now available via conveniently spaced guesthouses. A great option if looking for unique Tibetan culture together with beautiful landscapes. Recommended!

Highlights

  • The Mustang area's capital city - Lo Manthang
  • Treeless and barren landscapes
  • A journey full of cultural inputs and Tibetan traditions

Lowlight

  • Relentless afternoon winds can be a challenge.

Trek Facts

  • Trekking Difficulty: Level 3,4 - Medium-Hard
  • Remoteness: Very Remote
  • Pricing: High (#USD spent/day)
  • Best Season: March-May and October-November
  • Accommodation type: Guesthouses & Lodges
  • Restricted Permits: Yes. You have to be minimum 2 trekkers and accompanied by a Nepali 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: 3,810 m, Dhakmar
  • Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): Yes.  

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10. Upper Dolpo trek – 21/22 days, 1,400 trekkers/year

Upper Dolpo trek, the most remote and least developed district in Nepal
Caravan of yaks in the remote Upper Dolpo region.
Upper Dolpo Trek map

It’s a hidden gem filled with cultural impressions - Tibetan style villages, barren landscapes, mountain peaks, and fertile rice terraces. It’s expensive but also fantastic. The mystique and uniqueness of the Upper Dolpo region was manifested by Peter Matthiessen in ‘The Snow Leopard’ written in 1979.

Highlights

  • The secluded Shey Phoksundo lake and the Shey Gomba monasteries
  • High and secluded Himalayan valleys, resembling the Tibetan plateau
  • Superb view of the Kanjirowa Himal mountain

Lowlight

  • It's a very remote area and as a result you will spend up to 4 days travelling to and from the trek, having Kathmandu as a starting point.

Trek Facts

  • Trekking Difficulty: Level 3 - Medium difficulty
  • Remoteness: Very Remote
  • Pricing: High (#USD spent/day)
  • Best Season: March-May and October-November
  • Accommodation type: Camping
  • Restricted Permits: Yes. You have to be minimum 2 trekkers and accompanied by a Nepali Guide or Porter. The Restricted Permit for Upper Dolpo costs USD 500 for up to 10 days and USD 50 for each day hereafter.
    Max elevation: 5,250 m, Kang La Pass
  • Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): Not advisable. Too remote and too cold. Crossing the Kang La Pass is likely not possible.

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11. Kanchenjunga trek – 20 days, 1,010 trekkers/year

Mount Kanchenjunga, the second highest Himalaya peak of Nepal
Mount Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. It has five peaks in total of which the main peak is 8,586 meters.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek map

Camping adventure trek of a life time. You’ll be visiting one of the most rural regions in Nepal, surrounded by absolute pristine nature. It’s a hard and long trek and should only be done by rather fit trekkers. Go there!

Highlights

  • The day of crossing the Lapsang La Pass at an altitide of 5,160 m
  • Great trekking trail, in a very secluded area of the Himalayas
  • Splendid views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Makalu, the world's 3rd and 5th highest mountains in the world, respectively.

Lowlight

  • Transportation to and from the Kanchenjunga trek may take up to 3-4 full days.

Trek Facts

  • Trekking Difficulty: Level 4 out of 5 - Hard
  • Remoteness: Very Remote
  • Pricing: High (#USD spent/day)
  • Best Season: March-May and October-November. Not recommended during winter
  • Accommodation type: Camping
  • Restricted Permits: Yes. You have to be minimum 2 trekkers and accompanied by a Nepali Guide or
  • Porter. The Restricted Permit for Kanchejunga costs US$ 10 per person per week.
  • Max elevation: 5,160 m, Lapsang Pass
  • Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): Not advisable. Too cold and too remote.

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12. Makalu Base Camp trek – 16 days, 1,500 trekkers/year

Tents in the Makalu Base Camp
The Makalu Base Camp trek is an awe-inspiring trekking destination in the eastern part of Nepal.
Makalu Base Camp map

Mt. Makalu, the fifth highest mountain in the world, presents you with challenging trails and unspoiled nature. Do not expect to meet other trekkers but do expect 100% communion with nature. A trek for the fit and adventurous.

Highlights

  • Unspoiled trails and landscapes during the entire trek.
  • Stunning mountain scenery, inter alia the lofty vantage point Shersong ridge at 5,250 m
  • 100% authentic trekking in terms of self-sufficiency and and self-equipped

Lowlight

  • It's the same trail up and down.

Trek Facts

  • Trekking Difficulty: Level 4 out of 5 - Hard
  • Remoteness: Very Remote
  • Pricing: High (#USD spent/day)
  • Best Season: March-May and October-November. Not recommended during winter
  • Accommodation type: Camping
  • Restricted Permits: Yes. You have to be minimum 2 trekkers and accompanied by a Nepali Guide or Porter. The Restricted Permit for Makalu Base Camp costs US$ 10 per person for the first four weeks. After four weeks US$ 20 per person.
  • Max elevation: 5,250 m, Shersong ridge
  • Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): Not advisable. Too cold and too remote.

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13. Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Dhaulagiri French Pass Trekking
A group of trekkers and Sherpa's passing through the French Pass

In a country full of challenging treks, the Dhaulagiri Circuit presents a serious adventure for experienced hikers. Trek through deep valleys, past farming villages and alpine pastures. Each stop along the route comes with close-up views of towering 8,000 m peaks.

Highlights

  • A high-altitude trek through some of the lesser-visited parts of the Annapurna Region
  • Takes you to the base of Dhaulagiri, the seventh-highest mountain in the world, and along the Chhonbardan Glacier
  • The route is less crowded as most trekkers choose the nearby Annapurna Circuit
  • Travel through quaint highland villages along the way

Lowlights

  • High elevation, which means multiple days of acclimatisation

Trek Facts

  • Trek Difficulty: Difficult
  • Trek Duration: 15 to 20 days
  • Remoteness: Remote
  • Best Season: March to May and September to November
  • Accommodation Type: Camping
  • Restricted Permits: Yes. Hikers will need a TIMS card and an ACAP permit
  • Maximum Elevation: 5,360 m
  • Accessible during Winter (Dec to Jan): No. There is too much snow and a high risk of avalanches during winter.

14. Nar Phu Valley Trek

If you wish to experience the sheer remoteness of Nepal’s Himalayas, then the Nar Phu Valley trek is for you. A well-kept secret among seasoned travelers, this trek also gives you the chance to experience centuries-old Tibetan Buddhist culture in addition to the stunning views of towering mountains.

Highlights

  • Experience Tibetan culture in remote Himalayas
  • Trek through largely uninhabited areas that hardly see any travelers
  • Witness the sheer beauty of Annapurna II, Gangapurna and Tilicho mountains

Lowlights

  • You will need a porter
  • Food and water are more expensive in this region than in the Annapurna Circuit

Trek Facts

  • Trek Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trek Duration: 12 to 15 days
  • Remoteness: Remote
  • Best Season: March to May and September to November
  • Accommodation Type: Tea houses and camping
  • Restricted Permits: Yes. Hikers need a Restricted Area Permit and an ACAP permit
  • Maximum Elevation: 5,416 m
  • Accessible during Winter (Dec – Jan): No. High passes are impassable during winter

The above article is based on thorough research, people on the treks, and contains the latest information. 

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  1. Pasang Lama May 5, 2020 Reply

    Bookmundi is a biggest platform to get best holiday trekking trips around the world.

  2. Marek Navrátil Feb 12, 2019 Reply

    Hi there, this is great website, very helpful, thank you for it.
    Please I have a question about tibetan buddhism in Nepal, can you recommend the best trek from there or others where I can meet the real tibetan buddhism?(that this feeling from the people is very strong and also there is some "non-commercial"monasteries, maybe with lamas)Thank you :)

  3. Federico Jamine Oct 18, 2018 Reply

    Great information, thanks for posting, we appreciate it.

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    Goyko Mar 24, 2017 Reply

    Hi there,
    Wen have never been to Nepal. We love hiking. We are both in our early 60s but are both quite fit. Walk ng up to 12 hours in a day is not an issue, if necessary.
    The 2 treks that appeal to me are Gokyo and Langtang.
    Questions
    1. Which of the 2 treks would give us a more authentic Nepal experience?
    2. Which of the 2 treks would give us better scenery?
    3. How big are the groups, or can we have our own guide for just the 2 of us?
    4. Do we need to carry much stuff with us?
    5. What are the best months of the year to do these treks?
    And my name just happens to be almost the same as the trek name.

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      Goyko Mar 26, 2016 Reply

      Thank you again fro all this information. That best seller looks exactly what we want to do.
      I am still confused about the temperatures. In one website I am seeing that minimum overnight temperature in October is -10 degrees C. The attachment in your response says 7 average 7 degrees C. As I said previously, we don’t like very cold and -10 degrees C is very cold for us. Which is more accurate, your attachment or the other one in your opinion.
      Also, the tour provider we are thinking of offers sleeping bags amongst other things. Why do we need sleeping bags? I thought that accommodation is provided in tea houses or guest houses with proper beds.
      Sorry for so many questions, but trekking in Nepal is all very new to me. I have done a lot of hiking, but not in Nepal and not for such a long period in one go.
      Regards
      Goyko

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      Dil Pahari Mar 24, 2017 Reply

      Hi,
      Physical and capacity that you can walk up to 12 hours a day is seems that more than enough to walk on Gokyo Trek or Langtang Trek route.

      Langtang Trek is more authentic and cultural as well as less touristic.

      Gokyo Trek has better scenery in regards of high mountains views.

      The group size depends on different company’s norms. We do not suggest bigger than 10 people in group. Some trekking company put up to 16 – 20 people in the group. It depends on your preference either you can trek only you two people in private group with guide or porters or you can join on group.

      The best months for trekking are: March, April, May, September, October, November and December.

      You have to carry warms clothes other stuffs depend on the month you trek. You need warmer clothes if you trek during cold season and less of you choose to trek in warmer months.

      I hope this information will help you to plan your trip. We remain at your disposal if you need any further information.

      With best regards
      Dil Pahari

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      Goyko Mar 25, 2017 Reply

      How do I go about booking a guide for just the 2 of us?
      If we decide to go a private tour with a private guide, what is the best way of organising accommodation and food along the way?
      Or we better off going with a reputable touring company?
      I am leaning towards Gokyo Trek. The standard time it takes seems to be 14 days. There are some very short days. Could we do it in less time if we choose? The reason I am asking is that we did a trek in NZ recently and there was no flexibility. We had to do it in 4 days even though we could have easily done it in 3 days.
      Thank you for your help so far.

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      Bookmundi Mar 26, 2017 Reply

      Hi Goyko,

      Indeed, quite funny that you’re name is that close to the Gokyo region’s :). If you’re looking for normal accommodation along the way, I think the best way is to buy a trekking package including food and accommodation (as the local companies get it cheaper than if you pay yourself on the trek). We always only recommend going with a reputable company as that often implies better communication, better accommodation, and a better guide. You can’t expect a level of guiding like e.g. in Europe, but for sure, going with a more reputable company, will give you a better guide service. Bookmundi only works with qualified operators to ensure that you get a quality tour (we’ve screened more than 250 companies and still keep on screening and evaluating). In our view, saving you 50-75 bucks to buy a cheaper tour is not worth it, when you anyway have to pay a substantial amount to go on a trek in the first place. It’s better spend a bit more then, and also get a quality experience.

      The Gokyo trek can be done in 10-14 days, pending the trekking itinerary. Please see the following link showing several Gokyo tours: https://www.bookmundi.com/gokyo-trek/d7-bm

      Doing the Gokyo trek in less time is not recommended, at all, since you will greatly increase the risk of altitude sickness. This will also become apparent to you once you do the trek, I think. On the way down, however, you may be able to skip one night, but then you have to wake up really early and push very hard for 13-14 hours straight.

      Best
      Bookmundi

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      Goyko Mar 26, 2017 Reply

      Thank you for your speedy response.
      I have given it more thought and it is almost certain that we will be doing it at the end of September to avoid the monsoon season. How confident can we be that there won’t be much rain at the end of September? Is this the best time of year to do it if we want as warm weather as possible? We don’t like cold at all. I understand that it will still be freezing cold at night even in late September. Are we likely to have to trek through snow at that time of year?
      Also, we would like to do Gokyo/Mt Everest Base Camp combo. I assume enough companies offer this.
      Regards
      Goyko

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      Bookmundi Mar 26, 2017 Reply

      Welcome. :) Normally, monsoon lasts until mid-September. However, during these years with global warming the weather is more unpredictable, also in Nepal, so there are no guarantees. Personally, I’d be okay with end-September, but if you want to increase the chance of better weather mid-October has higher chances of even better weather. That said, it’s warmer in end September (where the monsoon also ought to be gone). Snow will normally be gone during end September, except for near Everest Base Camp where there will be some snow here and there. Please see our best time to visit Nepal article for more input: https://www.bookmundi.com/nepal/travel-guide/best-time-to-visit-nepal-260

      The Gokyo and EBC combo is excellent, and in our view, certainly one of the best treks in Nepal. Please see the following link for more tours: https://www.bookmundi.com/gokyo-and-everest-base-camp-trek/d24-bm
      This tour is one of our best sellers: https://www.bookmundi.com/kathmandu/everest-base-camp-chola-pass-gokyo-trek-288

      All the best Goyko

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      Bookmundi Mar 27, 2017 Reply

      Hi Goyko – in some sense both these temperatures are correct understood in the way that we report the temperatures in Kathmandu. Thus, if you e.g. take the nightly temperature of 12 degrees in Kathmandu you also have to take into account the altitude. Kathmandu is located at 1300 meters. Everest Base Camp is located at roughly 5400 meters. That’s an altitude difference of 4100 meter. The temperature drops 0.5 degree per 100 meter. Thus it will be a total drop of 20.5 degrees further when taking the altitude into account, i.e. 12 degrees at Kathmandu minus a further 20.5 when at Everest Base Camp = -8.5 during nights in Everest Base Camp. This is also the reason that you’re given a proper sleeping bag. The guesthouses have only blankets, as people normally bring a sleeping bag, to make sure that you are kept warm. Beds in the guesthouses are fine – they not of excellent quality, but you can expect a good nights sleep.

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      Goyko Apr 3, 2017 Reply

      Thank you very much for that explanation.
      As much as we would love to do the trek, the cold might be a deal breaker for us. If guesthouses were heated, we wouldn’t have a problem. It is one thing to hike in cold temperatures and even sleep wiht god sleeping bag. However, being cold during the evening between the hiking and going to sleep, is what is putting us off. That is many hours being cold and uncomfortable with lots of clothes on.
      Thanks again. I have enough information now and will just have to make the decisions one way or the other.

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    Goyko Mar 24, 2017 Reply

    Hi there,
    Wen have never been to Nepal. We love hiking. We are both in our early 60s but are both quite fit. Walk ng up to 12 hours in a day is not an issue, if necessary.
    The 2 treks that appeal to me are Gokyo and Langtang.
    Questions
    1. Which of the 2 treks would give us a more authentic Nepal experience?
    2. Which of the 2 treks would give us better scenery?
    3. How big are the groups, or can we have our own guide for just the 2 of us?
    4. Do we need to carry much stuff with us?
    5. What are the best months of the year to do these treks?
    And my name just happens to be almost the same as the trek name.

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      Dil Pahari Mar 24, 2017 Reply

      Hi,
      Physical and capacity that you can walk up to 12 hours a day is seems that more than enough to walk on Gokyo Trek or Langtang Trek route.

      Langtang Trek is more authentic and cultural as well as less touristic.

      Gokyo Trek has better scenery in regards of high mountains views.

      The group size depends on different company’s norms. We do not suggest bigger than 10 people in group. Some trekking company put up to 16 – 20 people in the group. It depends on your preference either you can trek only you two people in private group with guide or porters or you can join on group.

      The best months for trekking are: March, April, May, September, October, November and December.

      You have to carry warms clothes other stuffs depend on the month you trek. You need warmer clothes if you trek during cold season and less of you choose to trek in warmer months.

      I hope this information will help you to plan your trip. We remain at your disposal if you need any further information.

      With best regards
      Dil Pahari

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      Goyko Mar 25, 2017 Reply

      How do I go about booking a guide for just the 2 of us?
      If we decide to go a private tour with a private guide, what is the best way of organising accommodation and food along the way?
      Or we better off going with a reputable touring company?
      I am leaning towards Gokyo Trek. The standard time it takes seems to be 14 days. There are some very short days. Could we do it in less time if we choose? The reason I am asking is that we did a trek in NZ recently and there was no flexibility. We had to do it in 4 days even though we could have easily done it in 3 days.
      Thank you for your help so far.

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      Bookmundi Mar 26, 2017 Reply

      Hi Goyko,

      Indeed, quite funny that you’re name is that close to the Gokyo region’s :). If you’re looking for normal accommodation along the way, I think the best way is to buy a trekking package including food and accommodation (as the local companies get it cheaper than if you pay yourself on the trek). We always only recommend going with a reputable company as that often implies better communication, better accommodation, and a better guide. You can’t expect a level of guiding like e.g. in Europe, but for sure, going with a more reputable company, will give you a better guide service. Bookmundi only works with qualified operators to ensure that you get a quality tour (we’ve screened more than 250 companies and still keep on screening and evaluating). In our view, saving you 50-75 bucks to buy a cheaper tour is not worth it, when you anyway have to pay a substantial amount to go on a trek in the first place. It’s better spend a bit more then, and also get a quality experience.

      The Gokyo trek can be done in 10-14 days, pending the trekking itinerary. Please see the following link showing several Gokyo tours: https://www.bookmundi.com/gokyo-trek/d7-bm

      Doing the Gokyo trek in less time is not recommended, at all, since you will greatly increase the risk of altitude sickness. This will also become apparent to you once you do the trek, I think. On the way down, however, you may be able to skip one night, but then you have to wake up really early and push very hard for 13-14 hours straight.

      Best
      Bookmundi

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      Goyko Mar 26, 2017 Reply

      Thank you for your speedy response.
      I have given it more thought and it is almost certain that we will be doing it at the end of September to avoid the monsoon season. How confident can we be that there won’t be much rain at the end of September? Is this the best time of year to do it if we want as warm weather as possible? We don’t like cold at all. I understand that it will still be freezing cold at night even in late September. Are we likely to have to trek through snow at that time of year?
      Also, we would like to do Gokyo/Mt Everest Base Camp combo. I assume enough companies offer this.
      Regards
      Goyko

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    Goyko Mar 24, 2017 Reply

    Hi there,
    Wen have never been to Nepal. We love hiking. We are both in our early 60s but are both quite fit. Walk ng up to 12 hours in a day is not an issue, if necessary.
    The 2 treks that appeal to me are Gokyo and Langtang.
    Questions
    1. Which of the 2 treks would give us a more authentic Nepal experience?
    2. Which of the 2 treks would give us better scenery?
    3. How big are the groups, or can we have our own guide for just the 2 of us?
    4. Do we need to carry much stuff with us?
    5. What are the best months of the year to do these treks?
    And my name just happens to be almost the same as the trek name.

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      Dil Pahari Mar 24, 2017 Reply

      Hi,
      Physical and capacity that you can walk up to 12 hours a day is seems that more than enough to walk on Gokyo Trek or Langtang Trek route.

      Langtang Trek is more authentic and cultural as well as less touristic.

      Gokyo Trek has better scenery in regards of high mountains views.

      The group size depends on different company’s norms. We do not suggest bigger than 10 people in group. Some trekking company put up to 16 – 20 people in the group. It depends on your preference either you can trek only you two people in private group with guide or porters or you can join on group.

      The best months for trekking are: March, April, May, September, October, November and December.

      You have to carry warms clothes other stuffs depend on the month you trek. You need warmer clothes if you trek during cold season and less of you choose to trek in warmer months.

      I hope this information will help you to plan your trip. We remain at your disposal if you need any further information.

      With best regards
      Dil Pahari

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      Goyko Mar 25, 2017 Reply

      How do I go about booking a guide for just the 2 of us?
      If we decide to go a private tour with a private guide, what is the best way of organising accommodation and food along the way?
      Or we better off going with a reputable touring company?
      I am leaning towards Gokyo Trek. The standard time it takes seems to be 14 days. There are some very short days. Could we do it in less time if we choose? The reason I am asking is that we did a trek in NZ recently and there was no flexibility. We had to do it in 4 days even though we could have easily done it in 3 days.
      Thank you for your help so far.

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      Bookmundi Mar 26, 2017 Reply

      Hi Goyko,

      Indeed, quite funny that you’re name is that close to the Gokyo region’s :). If you’re looking for normal accommodation along the way, I think the best way is to buy a trekking package including food and accommodation (as the local companies get it cheaper than if you pay yourself on the trek). We always only recommend going with a reputable company as that often implies better communication, better accommodation, and a better guide. You can’t expect a level of guiding like e.g. in Europe, but for sure, going with a more reputable company, will give you a better guide service. Bookmundi only works with qualified operators to ensure that you get a quality tour (we’ve screened more than 250 companies and still keep on screening and evaluating). In our view, saving you 50-75 bucks to buy a cheaper tour is not worth it, when you anyway have to pay a substantial amount to go on a trek in the first place. It’s better spend a bit more then, and also get a quality experience.

      The Gokyo trek can be done in 10-14 days, pending the trekking itinerary. Please see the following link showing several Gokyo tours: https://www.bookmundi.com/gokyo-trek/d7-bm

      Doing the Gokyo trek in less time is not recommended, at all, since you will greatly increase the risk of altitude sickness. This will also become apparent to you once you do the trek, I think. On the way down, however, you may be able to skip one night, but then you have to wake up really early and push very hard for 13-14 hours straight.

      Best
      Bookmundi

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      Goyko Mar 26, 2017 Reply

      Thank you for your speedy response.
      I have given it more thought and it is almost certain that we will be doing it at the end of September to avoid the monsoon season. How confident can we be that there won’t be much rain at the end of September? Is this the best time of year to do it if we want as warm weather as possible? We don’t like cold at all. I understand that it will still be freezing cold at night even in late September. Are we likely to have to trek through snow at that time of year?
      Also, we would like to do Gokyo/Mt Everest Base Camp combo. I assume enough companies offer this.
      Regards
      Goyko

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    Trek into Thin Air Nov 12, 2017 Reply

    There are more than two thousand Trekking agency in Kathmandu. it will be difficult to choose the agency you can find the at http://www.taan.org.np/members/trek-into-thin-air-pvt-ltd-1302. we highly recommended you TAAN Registered Company.

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    Jo Nov 6, 2017 Reply

    Hi,
    Myself and my partner are coming to Nepal for the first time in April 2018. Very excited!

    I have bought the lonely planet trekking book but already a bit overwhelmed with the choice of treks!

    We have 21 days in total (including flights from UK). We don’t want to do Everest base camp, but would rather be away from tourists and experience more of the culture as well as still having a challenge and accomplishing some big mountains/medium-hard treks. My partner wants to rough it and camp which I’m keen to do too but also open to stay in tea-houses along the way.

    Suggestions please! Top 3 hikes over 18 days…

    thanks!

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      Mount 8850 Nov 12, 2017 Reply

      Namaste J 0,
      sound is hearing great! we have so many still remote and forway from city and town. if you like to do more adventure and remote area . you will visit bookmundi side about lumba samba trek .its really beautiful geography ,ethic group lifestyle,culture ,nature flora and fauna and kanchenjunga and makalu himalaya range.

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      Dil Pahari Nov 12, 2017 Reply

      Hi Jo,
      If you are interested to trekking in off the beaten track, we suggest you following trekking area.
      – Makalu Base Camp Trek
      – Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
      – Manaslu – Tsum Valley, which is less touristic than Everest and Manaslu but still touristic.

      You can go through Bookmundi.com for further information of trekking trips and choose one of them.

      With best regards!

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    Sam Apr 22, 2017 Reply

    Great website and explanations!

    I had a question – we are a family of birders and nature lovers and we are interested in treks that will give us the best access to birds, animals and wild flowers. I noticed that most of the treks you have listed are mountain-oriented which is great, but do you have any recommendations for someone like me who is interested in perhaps the slightly lower elevations where the flora and fauna can be explored? Thanks!

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      Bookmundi Apr 23, 2017 Reply

      Hi Sam,

      Thanks for your good question!

      Below I am listing a few options available:

      1. Chitwan National Park is home to many bird species and the local chitwan guides can easily take you on a bird walk inside the jungle.
      2. Another option is to explore Shiva Puri National Park, located only 15 kms from Kathmandu. Once inside the park you’ll feel completely away from all the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu, and the park has many bird species as well. You can e.g. stay at Shiva Puri High Cottage, if you’re looking for a comfortable place to stay.
      3. Another great place for birds will be Bardia National Park. It’s a remote jungle hosting a great number o birds as well. Please see the following tour for that: https://www.bookmundi.com/kathmandu/bardia-national-park-5-days-4-nights-4308 You can easily make an enquiry with the tour operator and get them to tailor-make a tour for you.
      4. Lastly, you could also explore the Poonhill trek, but there will be more birds in the national parks such as Chitwan, Bardia and Shivapuri.

      We really hope above helped.

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    Jen Jan 4, 2018 Reply

    Hey Bookmundi, my question is about the weather (cold/snow). Are there any treks that do not encounter the cold snowy atmosphere? I am interested in about 5-8 day trek.
    Thanks!