Popular Treks In Nepal in 2024

  • Nirajan
  • Last Updated on Apr 13, 2024

Only tourists can find things interesting, not the locals, because it's nothing new for them. So before writing about the popular treks of Nepal in our blog, I met with David from London, who has hiked almost all of the classic trekking routes in Nepal. It's nothing new for me since I keep bouncing around the most popular trekking routes and newly opened trekking destinations. I know what the trekking routes and the places look like, but I wanted to make sure what the trekkers' favorites are. We met in Himalayan Java Thamel for a coffee chat, since I had known him for almost 5 years. As always, he was so excited to be in Nepal, even though we Nepalese felt like leaving this country due to the political impact. Just sharing that this year, almost the highest number of Nepalese have left this country, and they don't want to return home! It's serious. Anyway, let me stick with the topic I am about to write about.

David started with his words, "Man, this country is a whole mess every time I come. Nepal is under construction. Construction is everywhere, and nothing is completed yet." and I replied, as I usually reply to other clients, "Welcome to the land of adventure. It's not easy to climb Rugged Mountain. You need to start in the city to accomplish." "Yeah! Yeah! You Nepalese have excuses all the time," David replied.

He picked one of the most important topics: "Nirajan, I'm not seeing those guides and porters who I had trekked with, and they were amazingly hard-working and great guys." He knows the answer, but I also had to add that after COVID, most of the skilled and experienced guides left Nepal and the profession. It's not only in Nepal and in tourism, but in every sector, people are losing their jobs.

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Without extending other stories and comments, I asked him,

"David, what is your favorite trek in Nepal?"

"You gotta be kidding, right? I am not going to answer this question, and it's not easy to pick the best one. I love this country; that's why I return to Nepal and explore every year. It's a tough question because you know that each trekking destination has a different taste and uniqueness. I did the Everest Base Camp Trek, including the High Passes and Island Peak, three times, but still, I don't know how to tell you that Everest is not my favorite, and I love Annapurna Region. Everest is still the number one trek, but I love to trek in the Annapurna region, and I am planning for the Siklish (Kori) trek. The travel bloggers and local guys are doing a great job and discovering new trekking destinations, which is good for Nepal tourism. I love your photography, so why don't you start vlogging? This is more popular and trending these days."

We chatted for a while, and he started throwing balls in my hand all the time and kept saying, "You know better since you work with many different people and you also travel outside your country. I know you want to write this for your website, but you got my idea, and your suggestions have been working for me too. Here below, I am suggesting the top-best treks that are most popular.

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Top 5 Most Popular Treks In Nepal For 2024

Classic Everest Base Camp Trek.

Although the classic Everest Base Camp trek traditionally starts from Jiri, also known as the Sir Edmund Hillary route, we have customised a 15-day classic Everest Base Camp trek from Lukla Airport. During these 15 days, you will spend 3 nights in Kathmandu: 2 nights before the trek and 1 night after the trek. This 15-day Everest journey will allow you to explore Sherpa villages, the beautiful topography of the Khumbu region, and a blend of adventure, culture, nature, and wildlife. The Khumbu region is not just about the mountains; it is also home to many Buddhist regions along the way, including old monasteries, chortens, prayer walls, wheels, Buddhist scriptures, and colourful prayer flags. For more details about the Classic Everest Base Camp Trek price and itinerary, please follow the link below to our Everest package page.

Maximum Elevation 5600 M
Trek Duration15 Days
Trek CategoryModerate
Accommodation Type During the TrekTea Houses and Lodges
Best Season For TrekMarch, May, October and November
Trek Restrictions (RAP)No
Trek Permits Required:Khumbu and Sagarmatha National Parks
Minimum Days For Everest12 to 14 from Kathmandu
Trek Price Starts fromUSD 1200

Highlights of Classic Everest Base Camp Trek

  • Lukla Airport
  • Tengboche Monastery and Buddhist Sites
  • Namche Bazar, Everest View Hotel.
  • Khumbu Glacier, Base Camp
  • Kala Patthar "vantage point for the Everest Trek"

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Manaslu Circuit, Larkey La Pass Trek.

The 16-day Manaslu Circuit Trek is another popular trekking destination in Nepal for adventure seekers. The Manaslu trek is still a remote, off-the-beaten-path trek in Nepal. The trek may sound like a rocky climbing section, but it is a normal walking trek, although some of the hills can be steep and never-ending. This trek is definitely not for beginners. The trek's length is roughly 180 kilometres (110 miles). Since the Manaslu trek is in a restricted area, you must have a restricted-area permit (RAP), which Nepal Immigration only issues to authorised trekking companies. Larkya La Pass (5,135 metres) is the highest point of the Manaslu Circuit trek. For more details about the 16-day Manaslu Circuit Trek price and itinerary, please follow the link below to our Manaslu Circuit package page.

Maximum Elevation 5160 M
Trek Duration16 Days
Trek CategoryModerate
Accommodation Type During the TrekTea Houses - Lodges
Best Season For TrekMarch, May, October and November
Trek Restrictions (RAP)YES
Trek Permits Required:ACAP / RAP / MCAP
Minimum Days For Manaslu 10 to 13 from Kathmandu
Trek Price Starts fromUSD 990

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Annapurna Circuit: Thorong La Pass Trek.

There was a time when there were limited trekking routes and options. Among those, the three-week Annapurna Circuit was the world's greatest trekking route, along with Everest Base Camp, Langtang, ABC, and Ghorepani. Those who trekked in the 1990s and before 2002 know how beautiful and popular this trek was. However, this trek is threatened but is alive and recovering with new extended routes. Now, we don't recommend anyone trek for three weeks or walk on the dirt roads, which can feel like walking on a treadmill. Regardless of whether you choose the short Annapurna Circuit or our 13-day Thorong La Pass trek, the views are absolutely amazing, and it is a must-do trek in Nepal. The Annapurna Circuit, which we now call the Panorama Trek, is the most diverse trekking trail in Nepal. These days, extending the trek and covering Tilicho Lake before crossing Thorong La Pass is a good option and highly recommended. The highest point of the Annapurna Circuit trek is 5,416 meters (17,756 feet). For more details about the Annapurna Circuit Trek price and itinerary, please follow the link below to our Thorong La Pass Trek package page.

Maximum Elevation 5416 M
Trek Duration13 Days
Trek CategoryModerate
Accommodation Type During the TrekTea Houses - Lodges
Best Season For TrekMarch - May / October - November
Trek Restrictions (RAP)No
Trek Permits Required:ACAP / TIMS
Minimum Days For ACT 8–10 from Kathmandu
Trek Price Starts fromUSD 799

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Annapurna Base Camp, Ghorepani Trek.

Ghorepani Annapurna Base Camp is another popular trekking route in the Annapurna foothills. Things are getting shorter, and people are moving faster and faster; perhaps that's why the Ghorepani Annapurna Base Camp Trek route is in the shadow. The world is big, and yes, we all want to visit as much of it as possible. With that said, the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek offers panoramic views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, and other mountain ranges. But anyway, if you have time and are looking for a slow and easy trekking route in Nepal, then Ghorepani Annapurna Base Camp via Tadapani is a great choice. Many people just focus on Annapurna Base Camp, but on this route, you can see more than just a few peaks, and Annapurna Base Camp is just one of the highlights. The maximum height of the 10- to 14-day Ghorepani Annapurna Base Camp Trek is 4,130 metres at the base camp. For more details about the Ghorepani ABC trek package, itinerary, and price, please follow the link below. It doesn't mean you have to stick with our plan; tell us your idea and we'll create the best trek for you.

Maximum Elevation 4130 M
Trek Duration14 Days
Trek CategoryModerate
Accommodation Type During the TrekTea Houses and Lodges
Best Season For TrekMarch, May, October and November
Trek Restrictions (RAP)No
Trek Permits Required:ACAP / TIMS
Minimum Days For ABC5–10 from Kathmandu
Trek Price Starts fromUSD 499

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Langtang Valley Trek.

Like the Annapurna Circuit, Annapurna Base Camp, and Everest Base Camp, the Langtang Valley Trek was one of the most popular classic trekking routes in Nepal, and it is still beautiful. Some trekking company owners don't even know where the hell Langtang is or what it looks like. Like Everest, most owners don't have an idea about the trekking routes beyond just writing and seeing maps; they are experts at explaining them, but they don't have any firsthand experience. Every trekking route in Nepal is beautiful, so what is not beautiful? That's the big question. Compared to Annapurna and Everest, the Langtang Valley is less focused on tourism and has fewer tourists. In Langtang, most house owners are cooks, and people used to have many complaints about the food, but things are much better now. That's why Langtang was also losing tourists. The earthquake was another big disaster for Langtang Valley, but it has recovered and is now moving on its way. Many operators are focusing on short 5-day treks, but that's like participating in a marathon and not having time to turn around for the views. Stick with the standard trek route, which is 7 to 10 days from Kathmandu, to experience the Tibetan culture, awe-struck views of mountain ranges, flora and fauna, visiting monasteries, the ancient cheese factory, and, of course, nature. For more details about the trek, feel free to write to us.

Maximum Elevation 5050 M
Trek Duration8 Days
Trek CategoryModerate
Accommodation Type During the TrekTea Houses and Lodges
Best Season For TrekMarch, May, October and November
Trek Restrictions (RAP)No
Trek Permits Required:Langtang / TIMS
Minimum Days For Langtang5 days from Kathmandu
Trek Price Starts fromUSD 600

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5 Popular Short Treks In Nepal for 2024

Ghorepani Ghandruk Circuit Trek.

The Ghorepani Ghandruk Circuit Trek is the most visited trekking destination in Nepal. This trek is for everyone, from beginners to adventure seekers. The 3- to 4-day Ghorepani Ghandruk trek offers magnificent views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Lamjung, and other mountain ranges from Poon Hill. Poon Hill is the main highlight for the mountain views, and the Ghandruk village is popular for the Gurung people's culture and the typical lifestyle of mountain people. The Ghorepani Ghandruk Circuit is a short trek that starts from Pokhara or Kathmandu after taking a 25-minute flight or driving. This trek is more crowded than other trekking routes because Ghandruk and Ghorepani are also accessible by road. Many domestic tourists also visit this place, and group tours of Asian tourists include Koreans, Chinese, and Singaporeans. The maximum height of the trek is 3,210 meters, so there is no need to worry about altitude sickness. We have been running many student groups and family trips on this trekking route. For more details and the trek price for the short Ghorepani Ghandruk circuit trek, please follow the link below.

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Mardi Himal Trekking

I remember when I trekked for the first time to check the routes. I slept next to sheep. There was nothing else; we just needed to get in touch with the local people, my friend, and the hotel owner, Sudip, who passed away while fixing the water pipeline near his teahouse in Mardi High Camp. Mr. Sudip was the guy who introduced and promoted these trekking routes; now it's one of the most popular destinations for domestic travelers.

Slightly, the trend has shifted to Khumai Danda and Kori; that's why the Mardi trek has fewer people, which is good for tourists. Almost every social media trending image was from Mardi Himal because, within a short period of time, people can reach the top to get the magnificent views of Mt. Fishtail, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, and Heuchuli. The landscapes are just amazing on this trek. Now there are many nice teahouses and lodges, so if you are looking for the shortest 3- to 4-day trek, Mardi Himal could be the best choice.

The best scenery begins after Badal Danda (Middle Camp), and the final destination of this trek is Mardi Himal View Point, which is at 4,200 meters. After reaching Mardi Himal Viewpoint, you don't need to go to Mardi Base Camp, which is not that interesting, but just touching it is enough. We had done a 2-day Mardi Himal trek in longer days, but 3 days is the shortest, and a 5-day Mardi Himal trek is the standard trek plan. The views are not panoramic like Ghorepani, but you will be on top, and the mountains are just closer to you. Whether you want a 3- or 4-day Mardi Himal trek from Pokhara or Kathmandu, we are here to help you out. For more details about the trek plan and cost, visit the link below.

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Everest View Trekking

The Short Mount Everest View Trek is the mini version of the Classic Everest Base Camp Trek, meaning if you don't have time, energy, or stamina to trek to Base Camp, then the short Everest View Trek up to Namche or Tengboche is a good choice. The highest point of the trek is 3,880 meters, and it's on top of the Everest View Hotel above Namche. Phakding to Namche village will be quite a long day on this trek, but it's worth walking along the Dudh Koshi River, passing suspension bridges, pine forests, and Sherpa people villages. The trek is rewarding if you are seeking to see Mount Everest from your naked eyes, including other of the world's tallest mountain peaks. For more information about the Everest View Trek, including the trek itinerary, cost, and dates, follow the link below.

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Kathmandu Valley Trek

If you are in Kathmandu and have limited time but are looking for a trekking experience, then the 3-day Kathmandu Valley Rim Trek is a great choice. The Kathmandu Valley Trek goes through Shivapuri National Park and involves walking around the Kathmandu Valley ridges. Panoramic mountain views can be seen on this trek, including Mount Everest in the distance. It is better to get binoculars to see Mount Everest, but the other mountain peaks can be seen perfectly. If you are a nature and bird lover, then this trek is also good for you. Chisapani and the Nagarkot viewpoint are the major highlights of this trek.

The trek can be extended for 4 to 5 days to cover Namobuddha Monastery, Ranikot, and Bahlthali village for a homestay experience. Get in touch with us for more details and a customized version of the Kathmandu Valley homestay trek. Below, you can follow the link for 3-day Kathmandu Valley Rim Trek details.

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Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek

If you are looking for the fastest and shortest way to reach Annapurna Base Camp, your dream comes true with this 5-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek Plan. The fastest way is to take a helicopter ride, which is easy and fun, but we are talking about trekking routes. If you want to go by helicopter, we also have a tour plan from Pokhara to Annapurna Base Camp by helicopter. I'm just letting you know.

The short 5-day trek plan starts from Kathmandu after taking a 25-minute flight or from Pokhara. Our plan for the short ABC trek starts from Pokhara and ends in Pokhara, but we can do it from Kathmandu, as there are several flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara and vice versa. The highest point of this trek is 4,130 meters, which is at Annapurna Base Camp. From here, we can see 360-degree views. Most Koreans, Singaporeans, and Vietnamese people love this trek because they can make it part of a 1-week holiday plan. If you are planning for this trek, follow the link below for the shortest trek, or write to us for a customized version.

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Trending Trekking Destination in Nepal 2024

Khopra-Danda Trek

If you are looking for a week-long trek in the Annapurna foothills, the 5- to 7-day Khopra Danda Trek is the best option. The Khopra Danda Trek not only covers the Khopra Ridge but also the other two beautiful viewpoints of the Annapurna Foothills: Mulde (or Dobato) and Ghorepani Poonhill. I would say it is the best view trek in the Annapurna Region. Instead of going to Annapurna Base Camp, this trek offers more beautiful scenery and mountain ranges, including Mt. Dhaulagiri.

Khopra Khayer Lake could be another option to extend the trek, but many people skip the lake and make it shorter and easier. Our trek plan also does not cover Khayer Lake, which does not even look that interesting unless there are activities happening. On some occasions, such as religious festivals, we can see some interesting cultural activities at Khopra Khayer Lake.

The highest point of this trek is 3,660 meters at Khopra Danda. The trek offers stunning views of some of the world's most beautiful mountains, including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fishtail, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, and Annapurna III. Follow the link below for the short Khopra Danda trek, which is a trending trekking destination in Nepal.

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Pikey Peak Trek

Well, the Pikey Peak trek sounds like the toughest and most difficult trek, but it's an easy to moderate trek just below the Khumbu Region. Nowhere else on short trekking routes can we see such beautiful mountain views as Pikey Peak offers. The Pikey Peak Trek is the place to see the world's tallest mountain peaks, including Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga, within a short period of time. For those who have done the Classic Everest Base Camp Trek from Jiri, the views on this trek are even more spectacular. Pikey Peak is a trending trekking destination in Nepal for everyone. It has fewer tourists but offers the most beautiful views, including the oldest monastery in Junbesi. The highest point of this trek is 4,065 meters (13,337 feet) at the Pikey Peak viewpoint. You don't need any climbing experience or technical skills, as it's a normal trekking route. For further details about the trek, you can check out the link below, where you can also see pictures and videos of Pikey Peak.

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Poon Hill On Wheels

Poon Hill on Wheels is a drive-tour to reach Ghorepani Poon Hill. It is a short and easy trekking plan, perfect for families and those who just want to experience a trek in the Annapurna Region. There are many other places to go, but we have chosen Ghorepani as a trending place because the view from Poon Hill is unmatched by any other place within a day. The jeep road to Ghorepani from Beni is accessible, but it is long, bumpy, and tiring. Instead of getting tired inside the Jeep, get into nature and reach Poon Hill on foot.

This 2-day Ghorepani Poon Hill jeep drive trek is for everyone, but it has been especially popular with senior citizens, slow hikers, families, and children. If you are in a group or a family, simply write to us. Below, you can find the details of the trip.

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Kori Danda Trek

Kori Danda (Hill), or Kori Himal Trek, is a newly discovered trekking route in the Annapurna Region. Kapuche Lake and Sikles villages were popular for homestay tourism. The trek route became more popular after the COVID-19 pandemic, when people were stuck inside their houses. During this time, some Nepali vloggers did this trek, and it became more viral. Very few foreigners know about and have done this trek, but it is a trending trekking destination for Nepalese youth. Especially during the Nepali festival time of Dashain, they skip work and plan for this trek. The highest point of this trek is 3,900 meters at Kori Danda, and the trek takes 3 to 5 days from Pokhara and Kathmandu. Write to us to plan the Short Kori Danda Trek and be the one to reach this beautiful trek route in the Annapurna Region. It is a less crowded, less touristy, and less spoiled trekking route in the Nepal Annapurna Region.

Kori Danda Trek Route Plan for Nepalese Trekkers.

Day 01: Pokhara Drive to Sikles Village (40 km) and Trek to Tasa from Kori Village. Distance from Sikles to Tasa: 6.1 Km (5-hour walk)

Day 02: Tasa Trek to Kori Danda (3,870 m)—7.3 km (6-hour walk)

Day 03: Kori Danda Trek back to Sikles Village, 14 km (7-8 hour walk)—evening drive back to Pokhara. 

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With an extensive wealth of personal knowledge about Nepal, Nirajan has ventured into the heart of this stunning country. His travels have taken him to the iconic Everest region, the pristine landscapes of Langtang, the mystic Upper Mustang, the awe-inspiring Annapurna, the secluded Rolwaling, and other remote corners of Nepal. But his wanderlust doesn't stop there; during his visit to the United States, he explored the Adirondack Mountains, tackled the challenging breakneck trails, and ventured along various hiking routes in New York.

Nirajan's thirst for adventure extends beyond Nepal and the USA. He has a penchant for exploring hiking trails around the world, from the picturesque landscapes of Hong Kong to the rugged terrains of India, the lush trails of Thailand, the mesmerizing paths of Vietnam, and the mystical heights of Tibet. His bucket list is filled with even more exciting hikes across various countries.

Not only is Nirajan an intrepid traveler, but he also brings his experience as a guide into his journeys. He firmly believes in the principles of social and environmentally conscious tourism practices. His academic background in journalism, earned at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, has equipped him with valuable storytelling skills that he continues to hone through training and coursework.

What truly sets Nirajan apart is his genuine passion for people and his homeland. He thrives on interaction, sharing the natural beauty of Nepal with everyone he meets. Nirajan is not just an adventurer; he's also a skilled photographer and videographer. His lens captures the essence of Nepal's landscapes, its diverse faces, and the unique stories that each place and person hold. While many may simply sell tours, Nirajan's journeys are about exploration, creation, and the genuine love for the craft of photography and videography.

Nirajan runs 2 Travel Companies.

- Day Tours Nepal.

- Rugged Trails Nepal.

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