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Top 5 Treks in Nepal – & Which One is the Best For You

Heard about all the good things from your friends who have been to Nepal of how beautiful it is (or seen all those stunning photos on Instagram? Thinking about seeing the Himalayas for yourself but unsure of what will be a good trek to fit your needs?

Here are the top 5 treks in Nepal – with something here that will suit you whether you’re a first-time trekker or seasoned adventurer.

The peak trekking season is March to May (spring/pre-monsoon) and September to November (Autumn/ Post-Monsoon). During these periods, expect crowds. If you prefer having more of the trail to yourself, start planning for early or late in the season.

 

Ghorepani-Ghandruk Poon Hill Trek

Short & Beginner-Friendly Trek

  • Min. trekking days: 4 days
  • Min. trip length from Singapore: 7D6N
  • Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
  • Highest elevation reached: 3,210 m
  • Best Season to Trek: March-May and October-November
  • Trailhead accessibility: 1hr Drive from Pokhara, Pokhara – 30 min Flight or 6 hr Drive from Kathmandu

The Poon Hill trek is probably the most popular trail with first timers to Nepal as it is achievable in a short time, and offers panoramic views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Himchuli and Machapuchare. Well equipped with basic amenities and teahouses, it’s a gives beginners a taste of trekking in Nepal.

 

Langtang Valley Trek

Glacier Valley Experience & to Help a Community in Need

  • Min. trekking days: 5.5 days
  • Min. trip length from Singapore: 9D8N
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Highest elevation reached: 4,700m
  • Best season to trek: February-May and September-November
  • Trailhead accessibility: Shyaphru Besi, 6-7 hours drive from Kathmandu

Langtang has recovered from the devastating earthquake in 2015, and your visit will bring in tourist dollars that can directly improve the lives of the locals. Easily accessed from Kathmandu, Langtang offers equally stunning views without the extra effort of hiking up to higher elevations. You return via the same valley as you went in so that you can get to experience the area in depth.

 

Annapurna Circuit Trek (ACT)

World’s Highest Pass

  • Min. trekking days: 10.5 days
  • Min. trip length from Singapore: 14D13N
  • Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult
  • Highest elevation reached: 5,416m
  • Best season to trek: March-May and October-November
  • Trailhead accessibility: Sayang, 10 hours drive from Kathmandu or 6 hours drive from Pokhara

Considered by many as the Holy Grail of trekking in Nepal, Annapurna’s fame is justified by its majestic view. Follow in the footsteps of the millions of trekkers who have paid homage to these peaks and stood upon one of the world’s highest pass – Thorong La.

P.S. Tilicho Lake is a popular 2 day addition onto the ACT to see a pristine alpine lake.

 

Everest Base Camp Trek (EBC)

To See Mt Everest

  • Min. trekking days: 11 days
  • Min. trip length from Singapore: 14D13N
  • Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult
  • Highest elevation reached: 5,550m
  • Best season to trek: February-May and September-November
  • Trailhead accessibility: Lukla, 30 minutes flight from Kathmandu

A pilgramage to the base of the Goddess Mother of the World, or Chomolungma, as it is called by the Sherpas who live around the mountain, should be on everyone’s bucket list.  Not everyone gets to summit Mt Everest, but anyone can hike to see it. On your trek, you will encounter Sherpa villages and get to visit one of the highest Buddhist monasteries in the world.

P.S. Gokyo Lakes is a popular 2 day addition onto the EBC. You get to cross a high pass (Cho la Pass) and get a different vantage point of Everest.

 

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Non-Touristy Trekking

  • Min. trekking days: 11 days
  • Min. trip length from Singapore: 15D14N
  • Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult
  • Highest elevation reached: 5,160m
  • Best season to trek: March-May and October-November
  • Trailhead accessibility: Soti Khola, 8 hours drive from Kathmandu

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is the least visited trek out of our top 5 treks. Trekkers choose this place to experience an authentic Nepal experience, the way trekking used to be 20-30 years ago. Come quick and see Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain, before everyone hears about how amazing this place is.

 

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