Best Trekking packages in Nepal – Which one to choose

Nepal is a beautiful country nestled in the majestic Himalayas. It has stunning mountains, lush valleys, and friendly people, making it a perfect destination for trekking. It’s the birthplace of Buddha and home to Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world. That’s why people who love adventure and nature come here from all over the world.

If you want to escape the ordinary and experience breathtaking views, different landscapes, and unforgettable moments, then Nepal’s trekking packages are perfect for you. It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced trekker or a beginner; Nepal has something for everyone to enjoy in this Himalayan paradise.

Annapurna Region – Popular Trekking Region

The Annapurna region north of Pokhara has traditionally been the most popular with trekkers, sometimes seeing over 90,000 visitors a year (nearly 85,000 tourists visited the Mount Annapurna region in 2016, whereas about 2000 visited the adjoining Manaslu region).

The Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP) is 2946 mil (7629 km2), with mountain scenery as spectacular as anywhere in Nepal. Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, Mardi Himal Trekking, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Tilicho Lake Trek, Annapurna Mini Trek, and Dhaulagiri Circuit trek are the best trekking packages in Nepal in Annapurna Region.

The Annapurna Circuit has become threatened by the encroachment of motor roads. In 2005, the Nepalese Government decided to build roads to the district centers on the east and west sides of the Annapurna massif. Upon completion, the roads will foreshorten the world-renowned Annapurna Circuit trek by some 115 miles (185 km) from over 135 miles (215 km) to about 19 miles (30 km).

A rough road to Jomsom is already in place, barring seasonal monsoon washouts, while construction work remains on the Manang side. That’s why, seasoned trekkers choose the Autumn season and Spring season rather than the Monsoon season for Hiking & Trekking Nepal. However, ACAP officials have been hard at work, and alternate paths have been developed for the ABC trek.

The path follows the same general circuit trek route, cross the Thorung La pass (17,700 feet, 5416 m), and includes sensational side excursions to Kicho (aka, Ice) Lake, Milarepa Caves, and Tilicho Lake among others. The roadway is a boon for bicyclists.

Trekker in Annapurna Base Camp
Trekker in Annapurna Base Camp

Further north of the circuit at Kagbeni is Upper Mustang, a restricted area for limited agency treks and people willing to pay high fees (USD 500 for the first ten days). The region is in a rain shadow that is stark, arid, and strikingly beautiful.

The Annapurna Sanctuary lies southwest of the Annapurna Massif. It is a breathtaking arena set in a cirque of frosty Mountains that will not likely ever have the intrusion of a road. Settlements beyond the villages of Ghandruk and Chomrong were specially built for trekkers to whom a jeep or bus ride into the theater’s 4000-plus meter (over 13,000 feet) would be profane.

This open-sky, inner shrine offers nearly 360° of surrounding Himalayan goddesses. Gurung villages and views from Poon Hill are spectacular, too. A week to ten days is the minimum time, depending on acclimatization.

Mardi Himal Trek is yet another spectacular and easier (as described by trekkers) trek. It is an ideal choice for introductory trekkers with a lot of scenic beauty, quaint villages, and amazing landscapes.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek
US$ 1550

Solu-Khumbu (Everest) Region – Suitable for the Adventure enthusiast

Sagarmatha National Park (445 square miles, 1148 sq kin) is a World Heritage Site (Natural) situated in the Khumbu district of the Solu- Khumbu district where Mt. Everest is situated.

Solu-Khumbu, the district south and west of Mount Everest, in north-east Nepal, includes the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest, 29,029 feet (8848 m), also known as Sagarmatha (Nepali) or Chomolungma (Tibetan).

Lhotse (27,890 feet, 8501 m, world’s 4th highest) and Cho-Oyu (26,906 feet, 8201 m, world’s 6th highest) are part of Sagarmatha National Park, and Makalu (27,765 feet, 8463 m, worlds highest) is in the bordering Makalu-Barun National Park.

The attractions are towering peaks, villages in majestic mountain valleys with associated monasteries, and highland culture. The area was Nepal’s second most popular trekking area, with 52,000 visitors in 2016. Still, due to the construction north of Pokhara (despite the development of alternate routes), it is to replace the Annapurna region as the most popular. However, when the weather deteriorates, bottlenecks at entry points are a concern.

Everest Base Camp for beginner
Everest Base Camp for beginner

Travel choices to and from Khumbu include walking from Jiri, Shivalaya, or possibly Bhandar, depending on road conditions, or flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, a high altitude airfield (9350 feet, 2850 m) and settlement. Lukla is one to two days south of Namche Bazaar, a sprawling village at the entrance to the higher Khumbu.

Another route comes from the southeast at Tumlingtar, where there is an airfield or jeep service from Hille, a town also served by buses. The trek to Solu Khumbu from Tumlingtar involves crossing three major valleys with arduous ups and downs. Everest Base Camp Trek, Gokyo Lakes Trek, Jiri to EBC Trek, Three High Passes Trek, and Everest Panorama Trek are the best trekking packages in Nepal under Everest Region.

Besides these, you can customize Kala Patthar Trek, Rolwaling Trek, Gokyo Ri Trek, and many other Everest region treks via Peregrine Treks.

Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek

15 Days Moderate
US$ 1850

Langtang, Gosainkunda, and Helambu Trek – Nearest trekking destination from Kathmandu

The famous trekking region most accessible to Kathmandu includes Helambu, Gosainkunda, and Langtang, north of the capital city. This area is the three premier venues’ third most popular magnet for trekkers. Langtang National Park (660 square miles, 1710 sq km) contains many habitats, from subtropical to alpine.

The Gosainkunda area is the location of several sacred alpine lakes and a pilgrimage destination for Hindus. If conditions permit, cross the Laurebina La high pass to link up with the Helambu region.

Trekker in Langtang Region
Trekker in Langtang Region – best trekking packages in Nepal

Helambu, the region closest to Kathmandu, can be approached from the northeast rim of the Kathmandu valley. It is inhabited mainly by people called Yolmo.

The hill scenery and culture make up for the lack of spectacular, up-close mountain views, and the serene trails are a refreshing change of pace, especially when combined with treks in Langtang and Gosainkunda. Langtang Valley Trek, Gosainkunda Lake Trek, and Helambu Trekking are the best trekking packages in Nepal in this Langtang region.

Langtang Valley Trek

Langtang Valley Trek

10 Days Moderate
US$ 950

Other Best Trekking Packages in Nepal

Outside of the three regions outlined above are many places undiscovered by most travelers, including the Manaslu, an up-and-coining destination to rival the adjacent Annapurna region. In lesser-known areas, especially in the mid-hills, few lodges or facilities have been set up strictly for tourists, and some trail sections might be challenging to follow.

Physical comfort along alternative trails might be at a minimum. The rewards are visiting scenic, pristine areas in the heartland of Nepal and meeting hill people, the soul of Nepali culture, in traditional settings.

Thorong La Pass

Areas off the beaten path will be largely unaffected by modernization, and the experience will be unforgettable. Trails through these areas are not for everyone. Considerable resilience, a spirit of adventure, and an open mind are needed. It is perhaps best to consider the first trek on a more established tourist trail.

As your experience grows, take on more in-depth journeys. Manaslu Circuit Trek, Nar Phu Valley Trek, and Tsum Valley Trek are the best trekking packages in this area.

Best Trekking Packages in Nepal (Western)

For people interested in hiking trips along the country’s west, remember that there are few facilities for travelers, and even food is sometimes unavailable. Intrepid folk aiming for Jumla (and on to Rara Lake) can reach the destination by a hard-going seasonal road that regularly washes out or by scheduled planes from Kathmandu.

Still, it is easier to connect through airfields in Nepalganj or Surkhet and then fly into Jumla. Travelers might share the plane with heavy bags of rice from the Nepal Food Corporation and U.N. Food Program, as the area is regularly short on food. Upper Dolpo Trek, Lower Dolpo Trek, and Rara Lake Trek are the best trekking packages in Nepal.

Limi Valley Trek
Limi Valley Trek – One of the best trekking packages in Nepal

Rara is a three-day trek from the Jumla. An option on the way out is to trek to Kolti airport in Bajura District in three days along a route improved by locals through the U.N.’s food-for-work program. Although flights out of Kolti might be precarious, air service in remote areas can be intermittent.

Scant facilities along the way provide the bare minimum in food and a place to sleep. Rather than fly out from Kolti, an option is to continue south to Khaptad National Park or Sanphebagar in Accham District and meet another airstrip and the roadway. Only 135 trekkers visit the Rara area in 2010 and a mere 5 went to Khaptad.

Nepal Trekking Packages with Peregrine Treks

Peregrine Treks is a dedicated organization that will guide you through the true essence of Nepal’s natural and cultural wonders. Our thoughtfully designed trekking packages will take you on an extraordinary journey through the stunning Himalayas, where you’ll be mesmerized by majestic mountain peaks and breathtaking landscapes.

From the renowned Mount Everest to the serene Annapurna region, our treks cater to adventurers of all levels, providing a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. Traverse through lush valleys, dense forests, and charming villages, connecting with Nepal’s rich cultural heritage, interacting with friendly locals, and savoring authentic cuisine.

Our experienced guides will lead the way, ensuring you create cherished memories while supporting responsible and sustainable tourism. Nepal Trekking with Peregrine Treks will certainly be a lifetime experience with everlasting memories of snow-capped mountains, beautiful villages, and the warmest hospitality.

Conclusion

These famous treks not only let you enjoy the breathtaking scenery but also connect you with the country’s rich cultural experience. The memories you make and the people you meet will leave a lasting impression on your heart.

So, if you’re looking for a unique and unforgettable journey, consider trekking in Nepal. It’s a chance to experience nature’s wonders and immerse yourself in the beauty of this Himalayan paradise. Your adventure of a lifetime awaits!