Nepal is a diminutive landlocked country lying in south Asia between two massive countries like India to the east, south, and west and Tibet (China) into the north side, it is all about 1,47,181 sq km of the total land covered in this huge part of the planet. However, Nepal is also a country that is covered by mountains and hills including Mount Everest – the tallest mountain in the world along with the eight other mountains above the eight thousand meters high, it is a home of eight mountains out of the fourteen eight thousand peaks on earth.
Moreover, Nepal is an amazing destination in terms of natural and cultural diversity; it has recognized it as one of the most travelers’ bucket list destinations to visit at least once in a lifetime.
Nepal is the only country that offers a wide range of bold and beautiful adventure tourist activities such as trekking, mountaineering, paragliding, jungle safari, White water river rafting, Kayaking, mountain flight, Bungee jumping, fishing, cultural heritage tours, Ultralight flight, helicopter tour, canoeing, and many more. However, Trekking in Nepal is one of the must-do activities amongst the many activities in Nepal that unquestionably lets the travelers enjoy every facet of the trekking destination in the mountains.
Nonetheless, Nepal has hundreds of different trekking routes including the Everest region treks, Annapurna, Langtang, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and many other regions but in this article, we are impending the top 5 most popular treks in Nepal out of the hundreds in terms of the beauty of nature, culture and popularity gained ever since it is unlocked for trekking to trekkers.
Based on our owned perspective and determined here are the top five popular treks in Nepal despite Everest and Annapurna,
Everest Base Camp Trek
The Everest Base Camp trek is un-doubtfully one of the world’s most popular treks not only for Nepal. This has been ultimately on most trekkers’ bucket list.
Everest base camp trek is an amazing 12 days hike that takes you to the base camp of the world’s highest mountain located at an elevation of 5364 meters above sea level in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Khumbu is a local name of Everest and it’s named by the Sherpa people. Most of the people in the region have inhabited by the Sherpa ethnic- the bravest and strongest mountaineering people in the world. During the Everest base camp trek, you will not only enjoy the beauty of nature but yet get too immersed into the beauty of culture in the depth. The people in this region are so generous and friendly with warm hospitably where you get your almost two weeks time with these amazing people while trekking in Khumbu, by the time travelers can fully enjoy the culture and nature and get to explore more about their lifestyle in the mountains.
On your Two week Everest base camp hike, you will be able to reach the Kalapathar after an ascend of Base camp, the Kalapathar is located at an altitude of 5545 meters above sea level and it is the highest point of the trek. This point is the famous viewpoint to witnessing a glorious sunrise with the world’s most outstanding peak by close-up views. Enjoy 360- degree panoramic mountain vistas of Everest, Lhotse, Pumori, Ama-Dablam, Thamserku, Makalu, Choyo, and many others from the top Of Kalapahar before descending to Lukla and Kathmandu.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Trek to Annapurna Base Camp is another most popular trek in Nepal, this trek is ranked as Nepal’s most popular and visited trekking route after Everest.
The Annapurna base camp trek is relatively easier than Everest, if you think you are reasonable hikers who can be willing to walk 4-5 hours a day then this trek is a sweet of cake for you.
There are varieties of trekking itineraries in the number of days; travelers can choose the itinerary for the trek as per its own time and schedules. The common and traditional itinerary of the Annapurna base camp trek is 12 days but there are routes to reduce which you can follow straight and come back to the same way if you’re traveling short on time.
Either way for this trek to start up from Kathmandu, there are options for you to travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara by a normal bus or book a flight to save your time more. Pokhara is a naturally blessed city whereas travelers can have a good time by exploring the temples, city, and boating in Phewa Lake, the mountain ranges like Annapurna, Machhapuchhare are visible from here. The journey further from Pokhara to Nayapul by a local jeep or bus then a real trekking tour begins from this point, catching short clips of castling waterfalls, and greenery hills with the unique villages pass by. A scenic walk leads you upon the local villages, terraced fields, bamboo and oak trees enjoying the surrounded views, in a few days of the hike you will be able to get into the higher alpine zone, the views are surprisingly spectacular, latterly nothing can this mountain. The ultimate point of the trek is Base camp located at an elevation of 4130 meters, there are several tea houses to accommodate you overnight and immerse the fantastic sunrise view in the next morning before your way back, you will be thankful for the weather and views out here enjoying these magnificent panoramic mountains ranges that surrounded to you. After a couple of photographs, the trek leads us downwards on the valley with magical land where you can deep into the natural hot spring on your way back to Pokhara. So, if you are the lovers of what we mentioned in this text body then it’s time for you to start packing and go on a trek to the Annapurna base camp now or never.
Langtang Valley Trek
Langtang Valley trek is considerably one of the easiest and more accessible trekking routes from Kathmandu. This trek has its own distinct theme. If you have never been traveling to Nepal before then you probably have not heard about the Langtang trek, here is a short brief itself.
The Langtang Valley is located on the north side of Kathmandu valley and it borders China and Nepal. This trek is short in terms of distance, only a hundred something kilometers away from the capital city of Kathmandu. Langtang valley is known as the secret valley of Nepal where most of the people are inhabited by the Lama (of Tibetan origin) and Sherpa. It is a newly opened trekking route in comparison to the Everest and Annapurna, but in the short period of its time, this route has vastly promoted and become one of Nepal’s visited popular and trekking routes. The view is simply nothing but spectacular. On your Langtang valley hike, you will be truly blessed to have these magnificent mountain views like Langtang Lirung- the highest mountain in the region, Ganesh Himal ranges, Gangla peak, and many more along with the fascinating group of the Lama and Sherpa ethnic. Yet, you are exploring the monasteries and local villages of rural Nepal where you can see the facts of the mountain people’s lifestyle thoughtfully.
Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek
As we mentioned earlier Nepal offers a wide range of different trekking goals, including from the easiest one to the hardest and camping trekking to the homestay and luxuries and facilities to trek to the off-the-beaten treks. Coming to the point, Manaslu Tsum Valley is one of the most visited off-the-beaten-treks in Nepal that offers a wide range of mountains, cultures, lifestyles, flora, and fauna.
Trekking to the Manaslu region is truly amazing if you love nature and being away from the hustling and bustling crowded city life, testing local meals, staying at the local houses, interacting with the locals, and exchanging the culture is truly blissful and out of the imaginations. If you are bored with your work and city life and love nature and a unique culture then this is the right trek for you. Let’s plan to kick off to immerse in the beauty of nature and culture in the remotest part of the Himalayas.
The Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek kicks off with a short drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola- a starting point of the trek, and takes you to the most interesting local villages of the Gurung and Bhote people, enjoying the views of spectacular mountains, waterfalls, waving to the hospitable people, eating locals meals there are the experiences you will never have in your life if you miss out this trek in Nepal.
However, the travelers can only enter with a certified local guide into the Manaslu conservation area since it’s mobilized as restricted areas of Nepal. Hire a guide or join a local travel company to trek in this region and have an amazing experience of a lifetime.
Ruby Valley Trek
The Ruby Valley Trek is a newly verified trekking route in Nepal, there are no proper tea houses or lodges on this route for the travelers to accommodate, this is why this valley is unique than others firmly used by a homestay trek in NEPAL. If you are those who want to experience an authentic mountain culture and lifestyle along with the beautiful landscape then let’s start planning without any further due to go on this trek.
Regardless of Ruby Valley Trek, this is a hidden treasure located between the two popular areas of the Langtang national park and Manaslu Conservation. As mentioned above, this trek is a newly opened trail that has gained popularity even since rote is opened. In recent time scenarios, this trek has been named as one of the most popular home-stay treks in Nepal, and it is the best place to visit at least once in a lifetime.
During the trek, you will be walking through the most charming and popular Gurung and Tamang villages Like Borang, Tipling, Khading, Richet, Lapa, Chalish, and Somdang villages, the places are dominated by the outstanding mountains peaks like Paldor, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Manaslu and many more. Moreover, this journey is just more than a trek where you will have a fantastic time with the local community’s people in each and every village with the cultural shows presented by the community people in the mountains.
The people are very welcoming with a kind heart and present you with delightful moments on each and every encounter with them, the food in this area is simply amazing and very organic.[BR]This trekking is simply the best for those who want to explore the real mountain life, culture, and nature in the remote part of Nepal and it is far from the road access, a Less-crowded trekking destination with the beauty of diverse nature and culture.