A trek in Nepal can be the holiday of your life, if you choose the right one. A lot of travellers ask us which trek would be the best for them. Difficult question, but if you keep some things in mind, it will be much easier to choose.
1. How much time can you spent in Nepal ?
Treks in Nepal start from 2/3 days to 5/6 weeks (and more). There’s no point in focusing on a 3 week Everest-trek if you have only 10 days to spent. Even if you are in very good shape, you cannot just walk a 2 day stretch in 1 day, because of the altitude problems on some treks.
We try to give you some ideas of what’s is possible. If you also want to make an extensive visit to Kathmandu or to Chitwan National Park, you will need more days of course.
8- 10 days to spent in Nepal
Basically, if you have limited time we advise you to go to the Annapurnas. From Kathmandu it only takes a 45 minutes flight to get to Pokhara. This is the most accessible area of Nepal: no domestic flights to airstrips in the mountains, no long drives to get to the trailhead,… In a couple of hours you can be in the middle of the mountains. The most classic trek in Nepal goes to Poon Hill (one of the best viewpoints) via Ghorepani – Tadapani and Ghandruk. Other alternatives are short treks to Mohara Danda , to Kopra, to Mardi Himal Basecamp or in the lower foothills of the Annapurnas.
Another option is to stay in or near the Kathmandu-valley. You can make a nice 3 – 4 day trek along some villages on the rim of the valley and stay in small hotels/guesthouses every night. A walk from Nagarkot to Dhulikel and Namobudha and further to Balthali will take you only 4 days and offers nice views on the mountains and a brief encounter with Nepali village life. Of course, shorter options are possible.
2 weeks to spent in Nepal
If you have full two weeks (14- 15 days) to spent in Nepal, a lot of options are open. From Pokhara you can trek up to Annapurna Base Camp in about 8- 9 days (although most people take more time including some extra loops and sidewalks). You can also combine some of the shorter Annapurna-treks mentioned above into one longer trek.
Also trekking in the Everest-region is possible in a two-week Nepaltrip. Bear in mind that you need to calculate at least 1 spare day in the end to avoid problems with domestic flights from Lukla back to Kathmandu. Getting all the way up to Everest Base Camp won’t be possible if you have only 2 weeks for your Nepal-trip, but you can make a nice Everest Panorama-trek with great views.
Another option is the Langtang National Park or Helambu. Both regions were much damaged by the 2015 Earthquake, but are slowly being rebuilt.
3 weeks or more to spent in Nepal
Lucky you ! Having three weeks or more opens a lot of possibilities for a trek in Nepal.
You have enough time to go for a full Everest Base Camp Trek and even include the Gokyo Lakes.
You can trek to Lo Manthang the capital of Mustang. You can do a full Annapurna Circuit Trek or combine Annapurna Base Camp with some other interesting places like Mardi Himal or Mohare Hill.
Other circular treks in about 3 weeks are the upcoming Manaslu Trek, a trek round Mt Dhaulagiri, a strenuous trek up to Makalu Base Camp. In the Langtang-region you can trek from Langtang to Helambu via the holy lakes of Gosaikunda
Where do you want to sleep on your trek in Nepal ?
In the early days most of the treks in Nepal were organised in tents. A whole crew was taken into the mountains with tents, matrasses, dining tent, tables/chairs,… making trekking look like a real expedition.
Although a campingtrek still is the only option in some real remote areas, you can find lodges (the so-called ‘teahouses’ ) on most of the treks nowadays. The quality of the lodges depends on the area. Lodges in popular areas like Annapurna and Everest normally tend to be better in terms of accommodation, facilities and food. In less visited places lodges are more basic or even are real ‘homestays’.
Traditional lodges generally offers small bedrooms, a communal dining hall (mostly with heater in wintertime) and shared solar powered showers and toilets. You will need to bring your on sleeping bag. Some lodges were turned into small hotels, offering private shower and fancier meals. Meals are prepared by a local cook and are normally simple, but tasty after a long day walking in the mountains.
On some treks there is an option of luxury lodges offering nicely decorated rooms with ensuite facilities, soft beds, fancier meals. Have a look at our Deluxe Everest or Deluxe Annapurna to get an idea.
What do you want to see on your trek in Nepal ?
On some treks you cannot only enjoy the beauty of nature, but you can also meet the local people, visit nice villages and experience how the Nepali people live. Other treks are more a ‘back to nature’-experience where you will rarely meet other trekkers or Nepali. We’ll be happy to give you the right advice on the nature of the trek you’ve chosen.
What difficulty level do you want for your trek in Nepal ?
Probably the most difficult question in choosing a trek.
First: trekking is not mountaineering. Generally no ropes/ice-axes/crampons are used on a normal trek.
Second: walking in the Himalayas doesn’t necessary involve walking on 5000m and more. You can have a nice rewarding trek with great views without getting higher than 3000m.
Third: the difficulty level of a trek sometimes is in close relation to the lenght and the accommodation. After bad sleeping in a tent for 2 weeks walking up a hill can be quite demanding.
Most classic treks just require a good healthy spirit and a good basic fitness level. Trekkings in the Annapurnas or in the Everest area are accessible for most people. Some trekkers might need to increase their exercise before coming to Nepal however by running/ cycling/ swimming… on a regular basis ( 2 /3 times a week, 3 -4 months before).
Just contact us if you have questions about the difficulty level of your trek.