The Himalayas in Nepal are a great place to trek. With the world’s tallest mountains surrounding you, varying climatic zones and incredible vistas, it’s easy to see why the country is so popular for trekkers. Within Nepal there are two ‘hot-spots’ for trekkers – the Everest Region and the Annapurna region. Both offer incredible treks that have their own unique qualities. This article will briefly discuss these route and what they have to offer.
30,000 hikers a year trek this route and you can see why. The trail follows the famous Khumbu valley all the way towards Base Camp where you can see the Khumbu Icefall. The trek is a beautiful one and you will see rivers, Sherpa villages and Buddhist monasteries as you hike along it. Remember to climb up Kala Patthar to get the incredible views of Mount Everest!
Gokyo Lakes trek
This is the perfect option for intrepid travellers looking to get off the beaten path and see something amazing. Although slightly longer than the classic Base Camp trek, this route comes strongly recommended by us! The three azure holy lakes look stunning set against the backdrop of Himalaya and the views from the top of the Cho La pass are stunning. Like the classic trek, remember to check out the view from Kala Patthar!
Annapurna Circuit trek
This is consistently ranked as one of the best treks in the world. It’s long, it’s difficult and it’s incredible! You wend your way along a lovely river in sub-tropical conditions before ascending up and over the Thorung La pass which offers one of the best views in the Himalaya! You then descend down into the Mustang region where the climate changes from forest to arid dry lands. From there you make your way back around to your start point.
Poon Hill trek
Probably the best option in the Himalaya for anyone new to trekking. It is a fairly short trek and you ascend up to the top of Poon Hill where you are rewarded with an amazing vista of the surrounding landscape – amazing.
This a great option to combine the Poon Hill trek with the beauty of the sanctuary. After marvelling at the views on offer from the summit of Poon Hill, you then descend down into a very deep valley where you wander your away along the valley floor with the huge Himalaya mountains towering over you on each side.