Trekking in Nepal
Everest, Annapurna, Mustang & more – Nepal
Discover the beauty of the Roof of the World trekking around the highest Himalayan peaks!
Mountain trails, prayer flags, and the famous snowcapped peaks of the world’s highest mountains.
Nepal is a trekker paradise and its rich cultural background makes it one of the most charming travel destinations in the world. Step into peaceful hill villages and fertile valleys, visit the golden temples, hike on trails sprinkled with wildflowers and enjoy the view on the snowy peaks and the gigantic glaciers this country is famous for!
The capital of Nepal is a rich mix of the east and west, the old and the new, where tradition jostles with modernity. The Durbar (palace) Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site lies in the heart of the city with the old palace accompanied by a number of pagoda style temples that boast of superb craftsmanship in wood and metal. The village of Bodhnath is the centre of Nepal’s exiled Tibetan community and home to Asia’s largest stupa, a spectacular white dome and spire that draws Buddhist pilgrims from hundreds of kilometres away. Find peace and prayers on the little hillock of Swaymbhunath, overlooking the valley. Visit the holy Pashupatinath Temple for an out-of-this-world experience. The temple stretches on both sides of the holy Bagmati River, where cremation of Hindus take place on raised platforms.
Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, the Kathmandu Valley is a melting pot of diverse cultures, religions, arts and crafts. Discover ancient temples and monuments in the valley of the Gods where Hinduism and Buddhism co-exist in perfect harmony. Outside the city of Kathmandu, other Unesco World Heritage Sites are the medieval town of Bhaktapur and Patan. City of Devotees, Bhaktapur is a treasure trove of artistic creations displayed on the temples and monuments of the city. The remarkable architecture and the exquisite woodcarvings and metal craft of the city take one back to the ancient times. In Patan, interconnected Buddhist courtyards and hidden temples have a great cultural cohesion. Wander the fascinating backstreets and the magnificent central Durbar Square, a marvel of Newar architecture.
A laid-back vibe is characteristic of Pokhara, the base city for the trekkers undertaking the Annapurna Circuit. With its spectacular location, Pokhara is the perfect place for those seeking a place to chill after days of trekking in the Himalayas. The views of the 8,000 metre-high snow-capped giants of the Annapurna range (Machhapuchhare and Annapurna), mirrored in the Phewa Lake waters, are outstanding. The shores of the lake are dotted with colourful bobbing paddle boats. Get on board to enjoy the immense sense of tranquillity from the lake and hike the World Peace Pagoda on top of Anadu Hill. If you are looking for adrenaline instead, Pokhara is also a great place to experience white-water rafting and paragliding.
ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP
The Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the most popular and vibrant hikes in the Annapurna region and the Himalaya of Nepal in general. The trail goes alongside terraced rice paddies, rural Nepali villages, lush rhododendron forests and high altitude landscapes with the Annapurna Range in view most of the times. This is a moderate trek and doesn’t need much previous experience, just a good level of fitness. The hike literally brings you face to face with the eight-thousanders. The setting of Annapurna Base Camp at 4130 m is unique and incredibly spectacular, set amidst the majestic peaks of Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), Machapuchhre (6993 m) and Hiunchuli (6441 m).
EVEREST BASE CAMP
Topping many people’s travel bucket list is this trek to the base of the world’s highest, and most hyped, mountain, Everest. Despite only limited views of Mount itself, the surrounding Himalayan peaks are truly breathtaking. This iconic journey through the heart of Himalayas is among the most dramatic and picturesque in the country. The scenery is varied and spectacular, the lodgings and tracks are of a very high standard, and the interaction with the local Sherpa people is truly memorable. This trek is considered to be of medium to high difficulty. There are 5 to 6 hours of walking each day at a comfortable pace, taking the time to make sure everyone acclimates to the elevation.
GOKYO CHO LA PASS TREK
Gokyo Cho La Pass Trekking is one of the most adventurous and challenging trekking routes in Everest region. This 16 days trek follows the route via the high pass called Chola Pass at 5,420 meters into Everest Base Camp. The trek via Gokyo Lakes differs from classic Everest Base Camp Trek: firstly, it features the panorama of turquoise glacial lakes of Gokyo, and secondly, it winds through the rocky trails of Cho La Pass. You will feel lost in the glistening views of the 5 glacial lakes in Gokyo Valley and the views of Mt. Everest from Gokyo Ri are absolutely spectacular. This trek takes you through Rhododendron forests, across a waterfall and through fluttering prayer flags.
Epic scenery, intimate encounters with local people and their ancient culture and a 5100m Himalayan pass crossing: the Manaslu Circuit Trek is a wild and remote journey for the ones who want something different in Nepal while still offering the most striking and jaw-dropping scenery. Manaslu is in a region which was closed to outsiders until the early ’90s and tourism is still restricted. Experts consider the Manaslu Circuit Trek among the best treks in Nepal. Despite its recent rise in popularity, the Manaslu Trek remains remote and off-the-beaten-path compared to the better-known teahouse treks in Nepal. The trek takes you around Manaslu, the world’s eighth highest mountain at 8,163 m.
The Langtang Valley has long been a favourite trek due to its outstanding views, fascinating Tamang culture, gentle pace and accessibility from Kathmandu. Passing through stunning forests, high alpine meadows, and yak pastures, enjoy panoramic views across vast open valleys. This 10 days trek is of easy to moderate difficulty and reaches its highest points at Kyangjin Ri (4350 m) and Tsergo Ri (5100 m). Trekking in this area is a great way to support local communities which have been devastated by the 2015 earthquake. In Langtang, local Nepali people are incredibly keen to see trekkers come back and the welcome you receive will be genuinely warm.
Mustang, known as the ‘Last Forbidden Kingdom’, is a remote and isolated region of the Nepalese Himalayas. It is steeped in undisturbed Tibetan Buddhist culture with ancient monasteries, traditional villages and cave dwellings high up on the cliffs. To trek in Upper Mustang is a rare privilege. Here you will experience a way of life of true mountain people, who for hundreds of years, had very little contact with the rest of Nepal and retained their rich cultural heritage. The trek goes through the striking semi-arid desert with colourful rock formations, deep ravines and snow-capped peaks surrounding you. The history, culture, myth and legend blend perfectly with the stunning scenery.