The Manaslu Circuit trek is far less crowded than other classic treks in Nepal and remains a true remote adventure, despite its increasing in popularity since teahouses were built here in 2010. The Manaslu trek features all the great aspects of a classic trek in Nepal: epic scenery, spectacular suspension bridge crossings and a 5100m (17,000-ft.) Himalayan pass.
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Spring and autumn are Nepal's peak trekking seasons, but winter and summer are becoming increasingly popular as well. Read all the details here.
Things to do in Nepal
Nepal has many epic treks to to choose from ranging from a few days to several weeks. Newer activities such as mountain biking and rafting are on the rise. Discover all the possibilities in our overview of the best things to do in Nepal, or browse our growing list of recommended itineraries.
The trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal is among the most famous treks in the world and attracts tens of thousands of trekkers each year. The classic trek route from Lukla to Everest Base Camp is beautiful, but has become quite crowded and over-developed. Here are some highly recommended alternatives that take you off the beaten path and let you experience Mt Everest in ways that few people do.
Nepal has much more to offer than stunning scenery. The cultural highlights of Kathmandu alone warrant a visit to this Himalayan country. A melting pot of both Hindu and Buddhist traditions, you’ll witness incredible woodcarving, painting, sculptures, a unique architectural heritage, and living traditions that surround you with color and prayer.
The Khopra Danda trek (also known as the Khopra Ridge trek) is a great alternative to the more popular (and more crowded) Ghorepani trek, taking you higher still to another great viewpoint of the Annapurnas.
More similar to Tibet than Nepal, the Upper Mustang Valley is marked by its stark beauty, unique culture, and was until 2006 its own mountain kingdom.
One of the most popular short treks in Nepal, this trek gives you access to one of Nepal's classic view points in Poon Hill, before passing through the heritage village of Ghandruk.
Nepal is home to some of the most spectacular treks in the world. While the classic Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit treks have earned their reputation for a reason, they've become quite crowded. Up and coming treks, such as the Manaslu Circuit Trek and the Three Passes Trek, are now considered better options for those hikers who seek the ultimate Himalayan experience. The list has been updated in 2017 to reflect the most recent conditions.
Nepal is home to 8 of the 14 highest peaks in the world. One of the key attractions of traveling to Nepal is to take in stunning views of these Himalayan giants. Here are some of the top view points, with instructions on how to visit them.
Nepal offers a wide variety of trekking trails. For travelers who are short on time, here are some of the best short treks Nepal has to offer ranging from 3 to 10 days. Each of these treks can be extended; the number of days listed here represents the minimum number of days you need to complete these trails.
With the highest mountains in the world, Nepal is a diverse country that rises from dense jungle to snow-clad peaks in just over 100 miles. Its capital and largest city, Kathmandu, is a bustling metropolis with deep ties to history, culture and ancient religion. Its religions - Hinduism and Buddhism - melt together and lure Western travelers. With unparalleled terrain and adventure, Nepal never fails to deliver an unforgettable experience.
One of the most common questions we get from travelers is "When is the best time of year to visit Nepal?" The standard answer that you’ll find in most guidebooks is that spring and autumn are best for visiting Nepal, since the weather tends to be moderate and stable, with clear skies. However, due to the complex nature of Nepal’s geography and climate there is a lot more to this. An ever increasing number of travelers visit Nepal in winter and summer, and for good reason. With the right information, travel plan and preparation Nepal is a great year-round destination.
Although geographically compact, Nepal's mountainous terrain and bumpy roads make it feel like a much bigger country than it is. Add diverse cultures, terrain, and ecosystems to the mix and you could easily spend several weeks exploring the picturesque Himalayan nation. However, in as little as three days you can enjoy some of Nepal's highlights. To complete one of Nepal's famous treks you typically need about 2 weeks.
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Three passes trek, Nepal - Oct 20 - Nov 10, 2017
My experience was highly positive. I enjoyed the unique high country of Nepal immensely as well as the people I met both with Himalayan Trails and those along the trek. I was impressed with the wide range of ages represented by the trekkers and at times dismayed with the sheer numbers. The highlights for me were the climb of Chukhung Che and the trek over Kongma La pass and the Khumba glacier. Enjoying the trek with my son and brother was particularly gratifying and motivating. A highlight... read more
Trip to nepal, Nepal - Oct 26 - Nov 1, 2017
We had a wonderful experience with Kim Kim and Amanda Delecca from Himalayan Trails from the very beginning. Great communication was one thing we never had to worry about. Our guide was Mindu (sp?) and our porter was Chhong Nuri Sherpa. Amanda was very helpful answering all our questions before and during our trek. Our guide and porter were fantastic, knowledgeable and fun to be with.
Highlights were amazing views of the Himalayas, visiting the tea houses for lunch and spending the night... read more
Manaslu circuit trek, Nepal - Oct 16 - Oct 30, 2017
Our guide was amazing and everything was very simple to set up
I would like to do a 5 or 6-day teahouse trek. I would like a trek that is not very crowded or congested with tourists -- something a little bit more off the beaten path. I would like to see rural Nepalese culture, mountains/lakes, prayer flags, etc....
Traveler visited Nepal in October 2017
Hi, my wife and i are planning to go trekking around the Pokhara area for a duration of 3-5 days. We're not super fit, so we're looking for some easy treks with some nice scenery along the way. We don't have a specific village that we want to see, but...
A couple visited Nepal in October 2017
I am interested in Khopra Danda Trek with our children. Can you let me know if it is suitable for kids age 8 and 11? Also, how much does it cost? Our kids are strong and have done a good bit of hiking. We plan to be in Nepal from about October 10-22, and...
Family of 2 adults and 2 children looking to visit Nepal in October 2018
We have 5 days for our trip to Nepal (heading to India before). Places we'd like to see: Kathmandu Valley (Pasupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Swayambhunath), Bhaktapur and Nagarkot, and Pokhara (day trek + paragliding, Phewa Lake boat ride),...
Group of 4 friends visited Nepal in September 2017
Hi there! I am interested in 'Kalinchowk Trekking, Mountain Biking and Rafting - 8 Day Adventure '. I would like to inquire if it is possible for us to only hike for the first 5 days? Meaning after the descend from Kalinchowk to Khurikharka, we return...
Group of 3 friends looking to visit Nepal in January 2018