The tiny mountainous nation of Nepal is famous for its stunning trek routes. Hordes of tourists every year flock to two main areas – the Everest region and the Annapurna region. Both regions are by far the most popular for trekking and it’s easy to see why. This article will briefly look at each region and the treks on offer.
Everest Base Camp trek
Made famous as the route taken by Hillary and Tenzing on their famous journey to the summit of Everest, the Base Camp trek is Nepal’s most popular trek. Following the Khumbu Valley, you begin by passing lovely cultivated fields and Sherpa villagers before heading into the mountains proper where you will see some incredible vistas and some very old Buddhist monasteries! Be sure to summit Kala Patthar as the view of Everest is the best in the region.
Gokyo Lakes trek
If you have more time, we think this is the best option in the region. Taking a similar route to begin with, the trek veers off after Namche and heads towards the three holy lakes at Gokyo. The stunning blue lakes should not be missed and neither should the wonderful vistas from atop the Cho La pass. When you come to Base Camp remember to check out the infamous Khumbu Icefall that has been so deadly to mountaineers.
Considered to be one of the greatest treks in the world, it deliver a diversity of environments that is simply incredible. You begin in sub-tropical conditions in the lower meadow areas before ascending up into the more forested alpine section. Make sure to look at the stunning vistas of the Himalaya when trekking over Thorung La pass – they’re simply incredible. You then continue down into the more arid section known as the Mustang region before finishing your trek.
This is the perfect option if you’re just starting out your trekking adventure. It is also a lot shorter than the Circuit trek and is a good option for people with less time in the region. The trek takes you to the summit of Poon Hill where you get fantastic views of the surrounding areas such as Annapurnas, Machhapuchchre and Dhaulagiri.
Annapurna Sanctuary trek
Slightly longer and more difficult than the Poon Hill trek the route takes a very similar path to begin with as it summits Poon Hill. After marveling at the views, the trek then heads down into a deep valley known as the ‘Sanctuary’ because of the mountains either side towering above it.