A Comprehensive Guide to the Top 10 Hikes in Nepal
Trekking to EBC requires you a great deal of strength and we are what we eat. Lucky for you, the Himalayas have a wide range of healthy food choices rich in energy. The EBC trek is well developed where you have a variety of food choices to pick from a menu during all meals. You can also try a lot of authentic Sherpa dishes during the Everest basecamp trek. The menu Comprehensive Guide to the Top 10 Hikes in Nepal
Nepal is home to one of the most stunning views in the world. Serene valleys, crowned by towering, snow-clad mountaintops, are dotted by lumbering yaks, monasteries, and tiny, quaint villages. With so many different Real Sherpa Adventures treks that offer different challenges and highlights, it’s hard to figure out which one you’ll enjoy the most.
A few things you should take into consideration when narrowing down your options:
Timing – The mountain hikes occur during the peak seasons: spring and fall. The mountain weather in summers is too treacherous and unpredictable. Winters bring deep snow, rendering many trails impossible.
Experience and fitness – Some hiking circuits are more challenging, requiring a high degree of endurance and fitness. Alpine climbing experience is required for many mountain routes.
1. Everest Three Passes Trek
Time: 21 days
Max elevation: 5,535m/18,159ft
This circuitous route takes you over three mountain passes: Renjo La, Cho La, and Kongma La pass. You’ll also visit the famous Everest Base Camp, the mid station on the way to the Everest Summit.
2. Langtang Trek
Time: 7 days
Max elevation: 4,773m/15,659ft
This route was closed after the devastating 2015 earthquake and was reopened in 2018. The trails and guest houses were rebuilt. Hike through a variety of climes ranging from lush forests to high alpine meadows.
3. Upper Mustang Trek
Time: 14 days,
Max elevation: 3,810m/12,500ft
This region is strikingly unique from the rest of Nepal: it boasts a high desert, with sandstone cliffs that hint at the massive ocean that once covered the regions millions of years ago. It is situated in the desert rain shadow of the Himalayas. This region was once its own distinct kingdom, and its strong trade ties with Tibet influenced its culture even to this day.
4. Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek
Time: 18 days
Max elevation: 5,360m/17,585ft
The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is one of the most challenging treks in Nepal because of its sustained elevation, spending 3 days in a row trekking over snow above 5,000m without an easy way down. It is strongly recommended that you go with an experienced guide agency and be well prepared, both physically and mentally. If you have experience and are up for the challenge, this trek is an unforgettable adventure that takes you into the heart of some the highest mountains in the world.
5. Nar Phu Valley Trek
Time: 10 days
Max elevation: 5,240m/17,200ft
If you’re chomping at the bit for a real wilderness experience, this might be the one for you. This area opened to visitors relatively recently, in 2002. Tucked between the more visited Annapurna and Manaslu regions, Nar Phu is a true hidden gem that offers trekkers a rare opportunity to explore unspoiled valleys that feature a mix of raw Himalayan nature and ancient Buddhist culture.
6. Annapurna Circuit Trek
Time: 12 days
Max elevation: 5,416m/17,769ft
Once a pristine wilderness, the recently built roads and constructed guest houses have made it easier for adventurers to explore this region. This circuit is still challenging due to the elevation changes. In the peak seasons, this circuit can be crowded, but the striking views offsets that.
7. Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Lakes
Time: 12 days
Max elevation: 5,357m/17,575ft
This trek shares parts of the route with the Everest Base Camp trek (see next section). The main difference is you’ll explore the valley west of Everest, particularly the beautiful alpine Gokyo Lakes, which are an unique shade of teal.
8. Everest Base Camp Trek (EBC)
Time: 14 days
Max elevation: 5,364m/17,598ft
Quite possibly the most famous hike in the world thanks to historic adventurers like Hillary and Tenzing who forged the way to the Everest summit. This route is crowded during the peak seasons, and due to new features and technologies, it may not pose the same thrill for a trekker with a true adventurer soul. However, the EBC trek remains on this list (for now) for its historic value and for its truly memorable views from the campsite.
9. Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Time: 12 days
Max elevation: 4,130m/13,550ft
Rather than an expansive view of the distant Himalayas, your views are more vertical. You’ll find yourself looking up to see the mountains towering over you. This trek takes you to into the Annapurna Massif to the foot of Annapurna South.
10. Manaslu Circuit Trek
Time: 13 days
Max elevation: 5,106m/16,752ft
Thanks to the new lodges built in 2010, this trek is slightly more accessible (translation: comfortable). Though not as popular as the EBC trek, it’s slowly starting to see more visitors due to a newfound recognition for its views of the mountains ranges and lush valleys below.
Ultimately, it comes down to a few factors: how much time you have for your adventure and your fitness level. Do you want a real wilderness camping experience or do you want to enjoy the Himalayas from the comforts of your tea house? Answering these questions will help you pick the Real Sherpas Adventure of your lifetime. generally has vegetarian options and we encourage sticking to vegetarian meals during the trip.