Seven reasons why you should visit Nepal for your next trekking adventure
Home to more than 800 km of the Himalayan mountain range, Nepal is one of the world’s premier trekking destinations. Packed full of adrenaline-fuelled adventure spots, stunning scenery, and treks for every experience level, it’s little wonder that Nepal’s fanbase grows year on year. What are you waiting for? Here are our top seven reasons to visit Nepal for your next trekking adventure.
The trek to Everest Base Camp is a true bucket list icon - and with good reason. Boasting stunning views of top Himalaya sites including Khumbu Ice Fall and Mount Everest itself, this 130 km round trip is one of the best ways to explore the mountain’s natural surroundings, as well as some of the cultural hotspots. The sense of community within the base camp itself is legendary in the trekking community, with climbers and hikers from across the world gathering here to share in a love of the outdoors, and appreciate the wonder that is Everest.
The Annapurna Circuit trek winds through frozen mountain vistas, lush green hillsides, and subtropical forest, and is great for those looking to experience the extreme climatic diversity on offer in Nepal. Along the way, trekkers also have the chance to immerse themselves in Himalayan life by visiting a number of rural villages and tea houses. The circuit trek is long enough for a multi-day trek but can be taken at a leisurely pace if you want to spend longer exploring along the way.
Generally considered one of the most beautiful trails in the Himalayas, The Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes you through the foothills of the Annapurna massif, weaving through dense forest, lush Alpine hills, and deep glacial basin. Trekkers experience world-class hospitality, particularly at the rural teahouses lining the route. This trek is rated moderate-difficult because of its length but doesn’t require any technical climbing skills. Depending on their experience level and fitness, most trekkers complete the loop in between 7 - 12 days.
The Langtang Trek offers a short but challenging ascent through jungle and bamboo fields, up to cragged glacial peaks, taking in a breathtaking range of scenery. Starting in Syabru Besi, the route follows the Bhote Kosi river through the Kyangjin valley all the way up to the soaring Kyangjin Ri peak, where trekkers are rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.
The Mardi Himal Trek is a true hidden gem, climbing through enchanting flower-filled forests into the rugged mountain landscape. Beginning at Pothana, the trail winds up past villages, valleys, and glacial rivers, arriving finally at This quiet trek is perfect for those looking for a tranquil slice of Himalayan beauty, offering stunning views without the crowds. The trail offers incredible glimpses of Annapurna South, Himchuli, and Machapuchare, and takes around five days to complete. This route is particularly magical in Spring, when thousands of pink and red rhododendron burst into flower.
The Island Peak Climb thrusts trekkers high into the Himalayas, and rewards their efforts with unbridled wilderness and breathtaking views. Imja Tse, or Island Peak as it is often known, stands at a lofty 20,305ft, taking climbers into a glacial world of peaks and valleys. Despite its high elevation the trek requires very little technical climbing skill, and makes an ideal acclimatization option for those looking to scale Mount Everest or Makalu. On the way, trekkers will catch glimpses of Ama Dablam, the Khumbu ice field, and the Everest North Face, weaving through glacial crags and vertical rocky cliffs. They will also discover rural villages, sacred Buddhist temples, and generous Nepali hospitality.
At 6476m the Mera Peak is Nepal’s highest trekking peak and a true test of fitness and endurance for even the most experienced climbers. The journey from Lukla to the magnificent Mera Peak takes most climbers between 14 - 20 days to complete, depending on their experience level and altitude tolerance. The rewards are countless, with world-class scenery, glowing Nepali hospitality, and breathtaking views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Baruntse. There are few better places on earth to watch the sunrise over the horizon.
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