Just which are the best treks? Nepal is renowned for trekking. None of the world famous ones like the Everest Base Camp Trek and the Annapurna Circuit Trek make it onto our Top Five Treks. Nepal (at least in our opinion) has much better choices.
So, here’s our selection of our favourite Nepal treks….of course you may disagree and have your own personal favourites….if you do, we’d love to hear more.
Number Five- Annapurna Sanctuary & Poon Hill Trek
Of our Top Five, this is probably the best known and most popular one on the list too. It’s popular for a very good reason. It’s without doubt one of the most beautiful treks in the world! Beginning in a subtropical climate and heading up through ever changing climactic zones to reach Annapurna Base Camp, entering one of the most spectacular mountain amphitheatres on earth-The magnificent Annapurna Sanctuary.
Learn more about the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek here
Number Four- Manaslu Circuit
It’s always been regarded as the alternative to the Annapurna Circuit Trek, but is now gaining in popularity as there are now teahouses along the entire route. A classic circuit trek of an 8000m peak for the discerning, very capable Himalayan trekker in search of a quieter walking route through a genuine mountain wilderness. Over the Larkya La to the Marsyangdi takes some beating and some doing too!
Learn more about the Manaslu Circuit Trek here
Number Three – The Starlight Trek
Never heard of this one? Well, now you have! It’s sometimes called the “Sikles Trek” or even the “Tara Tops Trek”. Although by Himalayan standards it’s a relatively short trek and at fairly moderate altitudes too, this is still “off the beaten track” trekking to not one, but two hill top view points beneath Fishtail for outlandish views of the Himalayan giants of the Annapurna range, east to Manalsu, west to Dhaulagiri and across Nepal to the gangetic plains.
Learn more about the Starlight Trek here
Number Two – Helambu to Langtang
Although this trek actually starts on the very outskirts of Kathmandu, the lure of the Everest & Annapurna regions still means that this one is over-looked and remains a “trekking without the crowds” experience. Heading through the Helmabu region and over the Lauribina La to sacred Gosainkund Lake, you may well find yourself in the company of pilgrims before descending into the Langtang Valley- regarded as one of the most beautiful Himalayan valleys- walking to atmospheric Kyanjin Gompa along with unspoilt villages and fine Himalayan views.
Learn more about the Helambu to Langtang Trek here
Number One – Inner Dolpo: Phoksundo Lake to Shey Gompa
Remote, isolated and by and large unchanged by the few that venture here as a result. The mystical land of Dolpo was both the setting for the Peter Matthiessen classic ‘The Snow Leopard’ & the Eric Valli film ‘Himalaya’. Shey Gompa, Phoksundo Lake and the ‘Demons Trail’ await the intrepid adventure traveller on this very challenging, fascinating circuit trek to Inner Dolpo. A costly restricted area permit, difficult access, lengthy, hard trekking at high altitude and the sheer commitment required to dare undertake this trek ensure that not only does this remain a genuine and authentic Himalayan trekking experience for real trekkers, it’s likely to stay that way for the time being too.
Learn more about the Inner Dolpo Trek here