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Introducing Nepal

Nepal is a travel destination unlike any other. Visiting this relatively small, mountainous country with its amazing people leaves nobody untouched. Its amazing treks, views, and culture are second to none. Read more

When is the best time to visit? 
Spring and fall are Nepal's peak trekking seasons, but winter and summer are becoming increasingly popular, as well. For Nepal's jungle region, Chitwan, the best time to visit is in the winter. Read all the details here

Things to do in Nepal
Nepal has many epic treks 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 Nepal Tours.

How many days do you need to visit Nepal?
Although 3-5 days is enough to explore the Kathmandu Valley, we recommend spending at least a week in Nepal where you can combine Kathmandu or Pokhara with a short (but rewarding) trek. With more time, you can tackle a longer, more challenging trek that takes you higher up into the Everest, Annapurna, or Mustang region. For any trip over 7 days, you also have enough time to visit Chitwan, Nepal's jungle region, to catch a glimpse of wildlife.

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Nepal Tours

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Buddhist prayer flags above the valley along the Manaslu Circuit trek
Manaslu Circuit Trek: The Ultimate Off-The-Beaten-Path Trek in Nepal - 18 Days

The Manaslu Circuit trek is far less crowded than other classic treks in Nepal and remains a true remote adventure, despite its increase 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.

View of Annapurna I at sunset from Poon Hill
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek: Nepal's Classic Trek - 8 Days

One of the most popular short treks in Nepal, this trek gives you access to one of Nepal's classic viewpoints in Poon Hill and views of some of the world’s highest peaks in the Annapurna range. This adventure is a perfect excursion for first-time visitors to Nepal. You'll follow ancient trails that connect local communities, pass through blooming rhododendron forests and rice paddies, and enjoy views of snow-covered mountains. At night, sleep in comfortable teahouses located in small villages along the route.

Beautiful Gokyo lake and village
Gokyo Lakes Trek - 16 Days

The sparkling, pristine blue and green waters of the Gokyo Lakes are one of Nepal’s most memorable sights. They comprise the highest freshwater lake system in the world, at around 5,000 meters. The Gokyo Lakes trek is ideal for people who want to trek in the Everest region, but who want more variety of views and fewer nights spent at very high altitude.

View from Chukhung Ri above the village of Chukhung, one of the great viewpoints along this trek
Three Passes Trek: Ultimate Trek in the Everest Region - 22 Days

The Three Passes trek is the ultimate Everest experience. This route takes in all the highlights—both in terms of mountain views and local Sherpa culture—and combines them into a complete journey through the Everest region. Keep in mind, this trek is one of the most challenging teahouse treks in Nepal.

Langtang Trek - 11 Days

The Langtang Valley has long been a favorite trek due to its expansive views, interesting Tamang culture, relatively gentle pace and accessibility from Kathmandu. The 2015 earthquake and subsequent landslide had an enormous effect on the region, but aid and reconstruction have recently reopened this valley to trekking again. Not only is it still a beautiful trek, your visit will also provide vital support for local livelihoods.

Make the Most of Your Time in Nepal

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How Many Days Should You Spend in Nepal?

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...

Namche Bazaar, the largest village in the Solu Khumbu
Best Short Treks in the Everest Region

With snow-capped peaks and fabled Sherpa culture, the Everest region is famous for some of the best trekking in Nepal. If you don’t have the minimum 12 days it takes to do the...

Nepal Travel Essentials

All you need to know to get started planning the perfect trip
Nepal features a wide variety of climates and seasons, as seen from this view in the Annapurna Region
Best Time to Visit Nepal

Most guidebooks state that spring and autumn are the best times for visiting Nepal, since the weather tends to be moderate and stable, with clear skies. However, due to the...

Sleeping bag and backpack in Khopra Danda lodge room
Trekking Gear List for Nepal

It's important to pack the right items for your trek. Don't forget important things, and definitely don't bring too much as you and/or your porter won't be happy with a load...

Prayer flags against the backdrop of the Annapurnas
Nepal's Main Regions: Deciding Where to Go

Nepal is divided into three main geographical regions—the Himalaya in the north, the central hilly region, and the Terai (or jungle region) in the south. To help you decide...

Nepal Travel Advice

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The sacred Hindu site of Pashupatinath in Kathmandu
Getting Your Visa for Nepal

Heading to Nepal? Everyone needs a visa (except Indian nationals), but luckily it’s an easy process. Here’s the latest information on obtaining a tourist visa and how it works...

The city of Pokhara along Phewa Lake
Getting from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Pokhara may not seem far from Kathmandu (the cities are only 126 miles / 204 km apart), but the Nepali terrain and road quality make for a very long drive. That's why many...

Nepal Destination Guides

Discovering Bandipur: A Crown Jewel of Nepal

The Newari town of Bandipur is one of central Nepal's hidden gems. It combines traditional village architecture, epic Himalayan views, lovely countryside walks, local adventure...

Interviews

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Trekking in the Manaslu Region
Trekking for All Ages and Abilities

Nepal’s mountains are formidable, but Raj Gyawali says they can be accessible to almost anyone. Whether he’s leading a family tour, a special needs tour, or a niche tour, Raj...

Lumba Sumba Pass | Great Himalayan Trail

Nepal is a land of breathtaking beauty around every corner, ancient cultures, adventures and mind-boggling diversity. So what makes a crossing of one of many of Nepal's high...

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Poon Hill Ghorepani Family Trek
Three Passes Trek Nepal
Pikey Peak Nepal Trek

Nepal Travel Maps

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The Best Short Treks in Nepal - Trekking Itineraries Ranging from 3 to 10 Days
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The 10 Best Treks in Nepal - The Ultimate Guide to help you decide which trek is best for you
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5 Days in Nepal: 5 Great Itineraries
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel specialists with a passion for Nepal
Travel specialist Kripa Sunuwar
active 1 hour ago

Kripa Sunuwar

Born and raised in the Himalayas. I am the native citizen of this beautiful country, Nepal. Traveling has always been my passion as there is so much to learn about the indigenous history and...

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Travel specialist Erin Green
active 4 hours ago

Erin Green

My roots are in Michigan and California, but my adult life has been spent living and leading tours all over Asia. I first visited Nepal in 2003, and I loved it, so I kept coming back. I've been...

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Travel specialist Amanda Delecca
active 3 hours ago

Amanda Delecca

Originally from Australia, I've been travelling for 15 years and found myself coming back to Nepal time and time again. These days Kathmandu is home and I get to show people around this incredible...

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Travel specialist Ngima Dorji Sherpa
active 3 hours ago

Ngima Dorji Sherpa

Ngima has been running his trekking company out of Kathmandu since the mid-90s. He specializes in treks and adventure travel in Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan. His work in the travel industry has enabled...

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Trip Reviews for Nepal

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Herman

Annapurna exploration in 5 days , Nepal - Aug 31 - Sep 4, 2018

Traveler: Herman L. - Local specialist: Erin Green

Erin, our local specialist, was really great helping us prepare for the trip, to the point that she helped us booking bus tickets between Kathmandu and Pokhara as well as researching various other things that we were asking about prior to arrival.

We initially booked a 5 day trek in the Annapurna range, but as our prior travels went on we realised that a 4 day trek suited our schedule better - Erin sorted this for us as well, and put together a more compact plan with our guide Naresh that... read more

Erin, our local specialist, was really great helping us prepare for the trip, to the point that she helped us booking bus tickets between Kathmandu and Pokhara as well as researching various other things that we were asking about prior to arrival.

We initially booked a 5 day trek in the Annapurna range, but as our prior travels went on we realised that a 4 day trek suited our schedule better - Erin sorted this for us as well, and put together a more compact plan with our guide Naresh that meant we could cover the same trek in a day less.

The specific trek was the Mulde/Muldai/Muldei Peak and Poon Hill trek, with a maximum altitude of about 3600m, starting at around 1700m and ending at around 1500m. Apart from the unfortunate cloudy weather due to monsoon season, we got two clear magnificent sunrises, and if the weather had been clear on the second evening; a sunset as well at 3600m. We really had some great views, and an overall great experience, and just the view the first morning made our 6 week travel in India and Nepal worth it. Naresh, our guide, was incredibly nice, helpful and considerate, and helped us with everything from pointing out the mountain peak names to leech-protection, getting drinking water, and drying clothes in the tea houses.

I unfortunately reacted badly to the rapid increase in altitude and didn't feel too well the second and third day, but Naresh did everything in his power, including swapping backpacks with me, to take some of the strain off, as well as put the tempo down. This trek should be doable without any significant prevention of altitude sickness, and my partner was fine apart from slight loss of appetite, but some tablets for AMS could be useful, and make sure to communicate with you guide so he/she is aware, as well as be aware of the symptoms and react early if possible if any symptoms develop.

I would definitely do this trek again - next, maybe a slightly longer one to the Annapurna Base Camp. If you are inexperienced or new to the trekking aspects, or other aspects such as navigation etc (or just wanna enjoy doing the trek without planning it yourself), I would definitely recommend this way of booking.

Thank for a great time, kimkim, Erin and Naresh!

Phoksundo lake trek, dolpo – 10 days, Nepal - Jul 1 - Jul 10, 2018

Traveler: Kelsey R. - Local specialist: Kunchok Nima

We had an amazing experience trekking with responsible treks and would highly recommend it to anyone considering traveling to Nepal. Our guide Sonam was a true professional, taking care of us every step of the way. We did a 12 day hike to Phoksundo Lake and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a tour that is a bit more remote. We only say 4 other trekkers the entire time, and were able to really experience true Nepalese culture. The trek was definitely challenging at... read more

We had an amazing experience trekking with responsible treks and would highly recommend it to anyone considering traveling to Nepal. Our guide Sonam was a true professional, taking care of us every step of the way. We did a 12 day hike to Phoksundo Lake and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a tour that is a bit more remote. We only say 4 other trekkers the entire time, and were able to really experience true Nepalese culture. The trek was definitely challenging at points, but nothing we (moderately fit people) couldn't handle. The most difficult part of the trip was getting to the remote area of Nepal where our hiking began and ended. We ended up being stuck for a few days; however, Sonam and the responsible trekking crew pulled out all the stops and made sure we were on the first flight out.

If you want a real Nepal experience where you get to interact with local people and see some amazing sights do this trek!

valerie

Kathmandu inside out - 7 days, Nepal - Aug 24 - Sep 2, 2018

Traveler: valerie l. - Local specialist: Raj Gyawali

I had a very good time in Nepal thanks to the Social tours team (Anura & Raj), everything went smoothly and they were very flexible with my plans even dealing with changes to fit my preferences once in Nepal. This tour included the key cultural highlights of the Kathmandu valley as well as a trek from Pokhara. All guides provided were very knowledgeable and left me some free time to explore by myself as well. My only suggestion is to make sure you have the direct contact details of your... read more

I had a very good time in Nepal thanks to the Social tours team (Anura & Raj), everything went smoothly and they were very flexible with my plans even dealing with changes to fit my preferences once in Nepal. This tour included the key cultural highlights of the Kathmandu valley as well as a trek from Pokhara. All guides provided were very knowledgeable and left me some free time to explore by myself as well. My only suggestion is to make sure you have the direct contact details of your guides to keep them posted on your arrival time outside of working hours, as this has been required during my trip due to my flight to Pokhara being delayed early morning. Luckily we could reschedule the trek to the following day. I could not recommend Social tours enough, thanks again for the amazing experience! :)

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Nepal trek to see to see rural Nepalese culture, mountains/lakes, prayer flags

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

Short, easy trekking around pokhara

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

Khopra Danda Trek with children aged 8 and 11

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

Best of Kathmandu & Pokhara in 5 days

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

Kalinchowk Trekking, Mountain Biking and Rafting in 5 Days

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