Trekking in Nepal – Long Treks and Short Community Treks

Nepal Himalayas Treks (Long treks):

Trekking in Nepal

  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek: Annapurna Base Camp Trek is truly a classic trek. The area surrounding the impressive Annapurna massif is one of Nepal’s top trekking regions. On this trek, participants enjoy stunning views of some of the world’s highest mountains. The main peaks are Annapurna I (8,090 m), Annapurna III (7,556 m), Dhaulagiri (8,168 m), Gangapurna (7,454 m) and Machhapuchhre, also known as “Fish Tail” mountain (6,994m). The terrain varies, and trekkers will visit small villages, meet different ethnic groups, walk through rhododendron and bamboo forests, farmland and terraces to finally reach the high-alpine landscape surrounding Annapurna Base Camp at 4,130 meters. The trek route passes Ghorepani, providing the opportunity to climb Poon Hill (3,193 m) to gain a unique panoramic view of the giants of the Himalayas.
  • Ghorepani Poon Hill TrekThe Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek (Annapurna Sunrise Trek) leads through stunning landscapes that will create lasting memories, even though it is one of the shorter treks in the Annapurna region of northern Nepal. The trail follows the ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) and loops around Ghandruk, the headquarters of the Annapurna region, and Ghorepani. The trip begins in the vibrant Nepalese capital of Kathmandu with its chaotic charm and numerous world heritage sights. From there, trekkers will take a drive through the countryside to the city of Pokhara, beautifully situated on the shores of Phewa Lake. The trek leads from Nayapul through villages inhabited by the Gurung and Manang tribes, terraced rice fields, and thick forests full of local wildlife. This trek offers a unique opportunity to view village life in rural Nepal and experience the traditions of the tribal people. Along the trail, we will encounter an impressive range of flora, including orchids and rhododendrons. The climax of the trek is the sunrise from the top of Poon Hill (3210 m/10,531 ft). This is one of the most breathtaking views the Himalayas have to offer. From the summit, trekkers have a panoramic view of the sun rising over the peaks of Annapurna I (8,090 m), Annapurna III (7,556 m), Dhaulagiri (8,168 m), Gangapurna (7,454 m) and Machhapuchhre (6,994 m). It is a truly incredible experience and one that will not be soon forgotten.
  • Jomsom Muktinath Trek: Situated in the Muktinath Valley of northern Nepal, Muktinath Peak (4,710 m) is a holy site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The region receives millions of devoted followers each year, who perform rituals such as showering in the cold mountain streams located on the temple premises. The area surrounding this sacred site is also perfectly suited to adventure travel. On this trek, participants have the opportunity to meet the ethnic tribes of the area: the Gurung, Magar, Thakali, and Manage. This trek does not require a high level of fitness necessary for other treks in the region.
  • Machhapuchhre Model Trek: Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) is a mountain in the Annapurna range. If you are trekking for the first time, you shouldn’t miss this trek. This is by far the most adventurous trek. The difficulty level of trekking increases here as the trails start getting steeper and much more difficult. This is the most exciting and adventurous trek. It is an 8-day long trek from Pokhara. The best season to trek in this region is from September to May. This trek also starts from the outskirts of Pokhara and ends at the Machhapuchhre base camp. The first few days of the trek you can still enjoy the luxury of a proper bed and food when you retire however in the days that follow you will have to retire into tents and eat whatever is available. On the route, you will live through snow-clad mountains, dense forest that houses varied species of flora and fauna and you can take a quick dip in the natural hot springs. You will be lucky to witness the waterfalls and caves. It is a dream come true to be a part of this trail for any trekker. Your imagination of the place- of whatever you had read or seen in pictures comes alive in front of you. Traditional hospitality awaits you, the local villagers will welcome with you open arms. Make sure you walk for only about 5 to 6 hours a day.
  • Mardi Himal Trek: Mardi Himal Trek is a newly discovered route that leads to the majestic view of Machhapuchhre and other mountains in the Annapurna range. It is a quieter trek in the Annapurna region where you will see few other trekkers and meet friendly locals along the way. There are a few basic lodges coming along the Mardi Himal ridge. This is a 6-day long trek from Pokhara. It starts from Kande, a small village about 40 kilometers away from Pokhara. As the saying goes “ when the going gets tough, the tough get going- likewise, the route starts getting steeper as you continue to ascend the trail. Conquering Pothana and Deurali you will reach the forest camp through the jungle. The climb gets all the steeper and the forest becomes less green. Along the way, you will see a couple of viewpoints that provides an excellent view of the mountain range. Once you reach back Deurali be a little more adventurous and venture out into the wilderness until you come across the Jhinu Hot Spring. This trek can be ended at Nayapul via Ghandruk.

Short Community Treks:

  1. Lahachok Trek
  2. Ghachok Trek
  3. Dhampus Trek
  4. Ghandruk Trek
  5. Sarankot Trek
  6. Lahachok-Ghachok Cultural Trek