How to Choose a Trek in Nepal – Different Trekking Regions
The beautiful Annapurna region is one of the most popular and well-known trekking regions in Nepal. It’s not surprising! The diversity of this region combined with its easy access from lakeside city Pokhara, make it a great option for trekkers at all levels.
The superstar of the Annapurna Massif is Annapurna I (8,091m/26,545ft) the tenth highest mountain in the world! It stands tall among 13 peaks over 7,000m/23,000ft, and 16 peaks over 6,000m/19,700ft. There’s no question that you’re in the heart of the Nepal Himalaya here!
There are many options to choose from when trekking in the famous Annapurna. Take a look at our example itineraries for treks to Poon Hill, Annapurna Base Camp and the more strenuous Annapurna Circuit. These treks are accessed from Pokhara, the second largest city and ‘adventure capital’ in Nepal. Pokhara is the perfect place to relax and have fun! Ask us about building time in your itinerary to try one of Pokhara’s many adventure activities including paragliding and white water rafting!
Who hasn’t heard of Mount Everest (8,858m/29,062ft), the highest mountain on planet Earth? The Everest region (Khumbu region) boasts not just one, but four of the highest peaks in the world! Trek in this spectacular region and see Lhotse (8,516m/27,940ft), Makalu (8,485m/27,838ft) and Cho Oyu (8,188m/26,864ft) up close, among many other towering, snow covered peaks. The Everest region has so much to offer, including the world’s most famous trek – to Everest Base Camp.
Access to the Sagarmatha National Park, home of Mount Everest, is from Lukla. Take a stunning scenic flight right into the heart of the mountains and land at an altitude of 2,860m/9,383ft at the Tenzing-Hillary airport. Trek through some of the most dramatic scenery on Earth as you get closer and closer to the world’s highest mountains.
Around every corner, you’ll see something amazing in the Everest region. Whether you want to trek up to Base Camp and climb Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192ft) for one of the most awe inspiring views of Everest and it’s neighbours Lhotse and Nuptse. Cross the mighty Cho La Pass and see the spectacular azure blue lakes of Gokyo. Or, make your own pilgrimage to the beautiful Buddhist monastery at Tengboche and wake up to spectacular views of Everest as the sun rises. We’ve got you covered!
The less traveled Langtang region boasts over 25 percent forest, including oak, maple and pine. Yet Langtang is famous for its numerous rhododendrons. When in bloom in spring, they’re as magnificent as any you’ll see elsewhere in the Himalaya. Definitely a good reason to trek in Langtang in Spring!
Areas of Langtang were devastated in the 2015 earthquake. The region suffered great loss. Nearly three years later, Langtang is well and truly back on the tourist trail and is gaining popularity. You can trek the stunning Langtang Valley and summit Kyanjin-Ri (4,773m/15,659ft) in as little as five days. Home to the sacred Gosaikunda Lakes, the highland villages of Helambu, and the Tamang Heritage Trail. There are many reasons to trek in Langtang.
If you prefer to avoid the tourist trail, you’ll find trekking in the Manaslu Region ticks all the boxes! Manaslu has been open to trekkers for far less time than most popular regions, Annapurna and Everest. Only recently have several teahouses been established. So now it’s much easier to trek in this incredible, well preserved wilderness. The ultimate trek, Manaslu Circuit, is well away from any road. Also, the area is protected as part of the Manaslu Conversation Area. Great news, given this region is now growing in popularity.
In this region you’ll find the eighth highest mountain in the world, magnificent Mount Manaslu (8,156m/26,759ft), meaning ‘Mountain of Spirits’. You’ll observe the beautiful Himalayan culture and Buddhist religion, as you pass monasteries and tiny villages decorated with colourful Tibetan prayer flags. The highest point, the snow covered wonderland of the Larkya La (Larke La) Pass (5,215m/17,110ft) will challenge even the most seasoned trekker. But you just know the superb, panoramic mountain views will be worth it!
A Taste of Nepal!
If you only have a few days to spend in Nepal and want a taste of everything, take a look at our One Week in Nepal package! Spend a day exploring the beautiful lakeside town Pokhara – gateway to the Annapurna region. Visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites in cultural gem Kathmandu. Test your legs when you trek to spectacular Himalayan vantage point Poon Hill (3,210m/10,532ft) and rest them on the way back in the natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda. Try local delicacies including famous Nepali dal bhat and shop for bargains and wonders in Thamel. After one week in Nepal, we’re sure you’ll want to come back for more!