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Hiking in Nepal

Find your hiking trail in Nepal

It may be the holy grail of the hiking world: Nepal. This country is nestled between the giants China and India and is synonymous with the highest peaks on earth. Hiking in Nepal is one of the best things you can do, with its iconic landscape and friendly people, this country is a paradise for hikers all over the world. Situated in the heart of the Himalayas, it offers so many beautiful long-distance trails for all levels, from new hikers to seasoned trekkers. You can always book a guide, porter, or sherpa. They know the mountains as no one else and you support their local economy which is so dependent of hiking tourists.

Hiking in Nepal is not only hiking in the mountains, it’s a way to learn about their cultural tapestry and the warm hospitality of its people. Hiking in the Himalayas is a must for every enthusiastic hiker and once you visit Nepal for the first time, the chance is pretty big you’ll come back again one day. Don’t forget to visit the cozy tourist neighborhood Thamel in Kathmandu for the full experience and to eat some momos (Nepalese dumplings). Namaste!

Best hiking trails in Nepal


The trails of Nepal

Among the big list of trails, the Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Manaslu Circuit, and Langtang Trek are among the most famous hiking trails in Nepal. There’s a great infrastructure for hikers who can book porters, guides, and sherpas and sleep in one of the many lodges alongside the trail. Most of the days you’ll eat dahl bat, a local healthy meal with rice, beans, vegetables, and papadam. Looking for a longer trek? The Great Himalayan Trail is a thru-hike the entire length of Nepal’s mountainous regions for very experienced hikers.

The Everest Base Camp trek is a classic, offering a mix of breathtaking scenery, with of course, the famous Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, in sight. It’s a challenging trail, following the footsteps of legendary mountaineers. But it’s more than just a trail. It’s an experience through the Sherpa culture, with monasteries and traditional villages alongside the route, providing a glimpse into the lives of the mountain communities.

The Annapurna Circuit is another popular trek, looping for around 14-20 days, depending on your schedule, and is well known for its diverse landscapes, ranging from subtropical forests to alpine mountain passes such as the Thorung La Pass at 5416m above sea level with views of the Annapurna peaks.

The Manaslu Circuit is a more secluded experience in a former ancient kingdom. It loops around the world’s eighth-highest mountain, offering stunning views of glaciers and high-altitude landscapes. The trek showcases the communities and traditions of the Tibetan and Gurung communities.

The Langtang Valley Trek is the most accessible from Katmandu and goes through lush forests, yaks grazing on high pastures, and into the heart of the Langtang National Park. The people from the Langtang Valley are more than happy to host you in their guest houses.

Monsoons and high altitude sickness

Planning your hike in Nepal requires careful consideration of the best time of year to visit, which generally falls into two main seasons: pre-monsoon (March to May) and post-monsoon (September to November). These periods offer the clearest skies and the most stable weather conditions, ideal for hiking. It’s also crucial to consider how your trek can support the local economy. Staying in local teahouses, hiring local guides and porters, and purchasing local products all contribute to the sustainable development of these mountain communities. Be aware of high altitude sickness and plan time to acclimatize on your trip. If you get the symptoms of high altitude sickness there’s only one cure: go as down as soon as possible.

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