The Manaslu Circuit Trek features everything you'd want from a classic trek in Nepal: Epic scenery, intimate encounters with local people and their ancient culture and a 5100m (17,000-ft.) Himalayan pass crossing. Kimkim's trusted partners in Nepal organize weekly group departures during the Spring and Fall trekking seasons, as well as private treks that can run on any date from February to June and September through November.
Nepal Trekking Tours & Itineraries
For an off-the-beaten-path adventure far from the Everest crowds, try the Manaslu Trek, which follows a route around this mammoth mountain (the world’s 8th-largest), passing along rice paddies, mountain ridges, over wild rivers, and through indigenous villages. For even deeper culture, trek the Nar & Phu valleys, which takes you from ancient villages to the Tibetan Plateau near Nepal and features panoramic views of the Annapurna Massif.
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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.
This short trek gives you access to one of Nepal's classic viewpoints of the Annapurna range. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Many say that the view of Mount Everest from Pikey Peak is one of the best in Nepal. That’s a bold statement, but Sir Edmund Hillary himself claimed it to be his favorite, and we're inclined to agree. This trek can be done in three full-on days, or a more leisurely six.
Experience the stark, barren landscapes of Lower Mustang dotted with Tibetan Buddhist cultural attractions on treks around Jomsom. Altitudes on this trek are not too high, and flying between Pokhara and Jomsom speeds up the journey. This is an ideal trip for trekkers who don’t have much time, or who would rather not do a very strenuous trek.
The Ghandruk Trek (sometimes also referred to as the Ghandrung Trek) is a great trekking option for those who are in Nepal for a shorter time or want to combine a relatively short trek with other activities in Nepal. The trek is typically done in 6 or 7 days.
The Nar Phu Valley trek is a real Himalayan wilderness experience that is as unforgettable as it is spectacular. 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.
The Upper Mustang trek is the ultimate gateway to the mysterious world of the old Buddhist kingdom of Mustang, also called Lo. Once forbidden and isolated from the rest of the world for decades, the area was able to evolve within its own distinctive culture and rich traditions closely tied to Tibet. This moderate, lesser-known trek passes through one of the driest regions of Nepal and provides spectacular mountain scenery.
One of the classic treks in Nepal, this popular route takes you all the way from subtropical jungle to high-altitude plateau, culminating in Thorung La at 5,419 m.
Originally designed for the Prince of Wales, this easy trek takes you on quiet, off-the-beaten-path trails through the foothills of the Pokhara Valley. From the ridge lines and local villages where you'll stay each night, you'll have stunning views of the Annapurna Himalaya and experience a more rural and traditional side of Nepal.
Trekking in Nepal’s far-western Upper Dolpo region takes you into one of the most remote areas of the Himalaya. Expeditions into Dolpo can be challenging as the tourism infrastructure is almost non-existent, and organized tours are essential. But the rewards are worth it—Tibetan Buddhist culture, some of the oldest monasteries in the country, the spectacular Lake Phoksundo, rare wildlife, and a real sense of being in the wilderness.
The Dhaulagiri Circuit trek is challenging, and a real adventure for experienced trekkers who are looking for an expedition-like experience. From farming villages in the Himalayan foothills to high alpine pastures, uninhabited valleys and close-up views of several peaks over 8,000 m, this circuit trek is breathtaking and exciting at every stage.
This Balthali Village Trek is a short drive from Kathmandu, on the edge of the Kathmandu Valley rim. It passes through small farming villages, where you can experience the lifestyle of local people, along with lush green forests, ancient temples, and terraced farmland. Add to this the stunning snowy peaks visible in the distance, and this is the perfect introduction to trekking in the Himalayas!
The Manaslu Circuit Trek, crossing Larkya La pass (16,752 ft. or 5106 m.) to the legendary Annapurna region, is one of Nepal's most spectacular and culturally diverse treks. Its dramatic Himalayan vistas, challenging terrain, mix of Gurung and Tibetan villages, Tibetan Buddhist gompas, birds, and wildlife make it one of Nepal's best camping treks.
This high-altitude trek through Sherpa country brings you to the base of the world's tallest peak. You'll pass hilltop monasteries, Himalayan market towns, and craggy peaks as you follow in the footsteps of famous mountaineers—eventually making your way to the iconic starting point for all Everest expeditions.
The Makalu Base Camp trek is a remote route that encompasses some of the best that Nepal has to offer — quiet trails, vibrant terraced farmland, rural cultures, rhododendron forests, rare wildlife and several 8,000 meter-plus peaks. For experienced trekkers who relish a challenge, this is a great trek with ample rewards.
Hidden deep within the Himalaya is Humla: the highest, most northern and remote district of Nepal. Humla is culturally diverse, occupied in the northern highlands by Bhotias, and in the southern valleys and riverbeds by the Khasas (Hindus). You will experience these rich and varied cultures as you trek over 16,000 ft passes, through remote villages, and explore ancient monasteries in the vivid Limi Valley.
Few trekkers make their way to the base of spectacular Mardi Himal and the beautiful and imposing Machapuchhre, but this stunning route is quickly gaining popularity. Less challenging than the trek to nearby Annapurna Base Camp yet just as beautiful, this 12-day adventure belongs on the itinerary of anyone looking for a literal off-the-beaten-path trek in Nepal.
On this moderate seven-day trek just North of Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, get up close with the Tamang people while trekking amid green valleys and snow-capped mountains. The Tamang Heritage trail has the added benefit of providing sustainable economic benefit to the local community.
One of Nepal's most classic short treks, this route takes you to the foot of some of the tallest mountains in the world. Along the way, you'll spend the night in two famous base camps with close-up views of Annapurna I and Machapuchare.
For travelers wanting an authentic Himalayan trekking experience with incredible views without the time (or stamina) required for a long trek, the Panchase trek is perfect. It starts close to the popular town of Pokhara, takes just four days, and can be done in autumn, winter, or spring.
Humla is a remote region of Western Nepal, and this trip takes you trekking through its river valleys and high peaks, with homestays in traditional Buddhist villages along the way. After your memorable trekking adventures, experience a change of pace in Bardia National Park, where you'll spend your time spotting native wildlife species, before ending your trip in bustling Kathmandu.
Discover Nepal's majestic region of Dolpo. This remote area, made famous by Peter Matthiessen’s book 'The Snow Leopard,' has only been open to trekkers since 1989. Its most alluring attraction, Phoksundo Lake, is sacred to Buddhists and followers of the Bonpo religion. This relatively easy trek involves no high passes, and winds through Himalayan forests and traditional Tibetan villages.
Interested in joining a group departure for the Manaslu Circuit Trek? Kimkim travel specialists are running weekly set departures for the Manaslu Circuit Trek during the Spring and Autumn trekking seasons. Dates, cost, and availability are listed below, along with a day by day itinerary.
One of Nepal’s most rewarding treks, Mt. Kanchenjunga lies on the eastern border of Nepal and is perfect for those adventurous enough—and who have the time—to travel here. Previously camping only, there are now more affordable teahouse routes that take you past stunning Himalayan vistas, ancient forests, prime wildlife habitat, and into the heart of traditional cultures and communities.
The Kalinchowk Temple trek is an excellent, moderate short trek within easy reach of Kathmandu. You will experience local hill culture, forest and river landscapes, panoramic views of the Himalayas and the beautiful pilgrimage spot of Kalinchowk Bhagwati Temple.
The Dhorpatan trek is a seriously off-the-beaten-path experience that isn’t too challenging. The Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve lies a day’s drive west of Pokhara in the shadow of Mt. Dhaulagiri. Trekking here will give you the chance to spot some rare wildlife as well as views of Nepal’s Western Himalaya that few travelers experience.
For experienced trekkers who want to try their hand at mountain climbing, or less-experienced climbers looking for a good challenge, Island Peak (6,189 m / 20,305 feet) is the perfect option in the Himalaya. The climb is challenging but not too technical. The spectacular trek to Island Peak follows much of the classic Everest Base Camp trek, and the panoramic views from the peak of the highest mountains in the world are unforgettable.
The Annapurna foothills make for some of the best short treks in Nepal: classic views of Nepal's famous snow-capped peaks, a variety of routes ranging from 3-10 days, and relatively easy trekking given the altitude and local village teahouses.
This 15-day trek offers stunning views of Mount Everest and the Himalayan Range while getting you off-the-beaten-track. You'll experience authentic Sherpa culture and visit the sacred lake known as Dudh Kunda.
The Arun Valley and Everest Base Camp trek provides superb views of both Mt. Everest and Mt. Makalu. It is located between the Sagarmatha and Makalu-Barun National Parks. While it follows some of the traditional Everest Base Camp trekking route, there are also enough differences to keep return trekkers in Nepal interested.
The Buddhist Caves in Upper Mustang offer a truly unique trekking experience in a remote area of Nepal, far away from the beaten path. The trek takes you into the hidden Buddhist kingdom of Upper Mustang and ventures deep into the world of 'sky-caves', including the famous Luri Gompa and Tashi Kabum, which are adorned with some of the most exquisite murals of the Tibetan Buddhist world and dating back to antiquity.
This scenic, guided trek through the Langtang Valley is within easy reach of Kathmandu and supports villagers rebuilding their lives after the 2015 earthquake. Climb through oak and rhododendron forests to high alpine meadows and Kyangjin Gompa, a Buddhist monastery. Take an optional hike to the top of Kyangjin Ri for 360-degree views of the Langtang Himal mountain range before you retrace your route and return to the Kathmandu area for one last trekking overnight.
A great option if you're short on time but still wish to experience the stark beauty of Mustang. You'll take a moderate trek through the region bordering Annapurna and Mustang with great views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Mustang is part of an ancient trade route to Tibet, up the Kali Gandaki river, and offers one of the most developed trails with comfortable teahouses run by Gurung and Thakali families.
The autumn 2016 Manaslu trekking season is about halfway done, so it’s a good moment to share detailed feedback about the trail conditions from a number of groups who booked their trek with kimkim. So far, everyone successfully completed the trek, despite the fact that conditions were challenging early in the season due to the monsoon extending well into September
This trek fulfills a section of the popular and rugged trail towards Everest Base Camp. Starting from Lukla, you'll climb through the forested Dudh Kosi valley to reach Namche Bazaar, a famous trading village between Tibet and Nepal. You'll learn about Sherpa culture along the way, culminating with the holy village of Tengboche.
On the 12-day version of this itinerary, you'll trek from Lukla to Namche Bazaar—a famous trading village between Tibet and Nepal. Continue from village to village, enjoying views of Ama Dablam, the "Matterhorn of Nepal." You'll learn about Sherpa culture along the way, culminating with the Buddhist monastery at Tengboche, and finally Dingboche before returning to Pokhara.
This Nepalese adventure includes a 4-day trek on one of the best-loved sections of the Annapurna trail. Hike through the region's iconic rhododendron forests and enjoy breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks including Mount Fishtail and Annapurna South. This is a guided trek suitable for every level—including beginners, families, and older age groups—and includes overnight stays in Gurung village teahouses or luxury lodges.
Get up close to some of the world’s highest peaks on this moderate trek in the Annapurna Region. This 7-day adventure, including an easy to moderate 4-day trek, is a great trip for first-time visitors to Nepal. You'll follow ancient trails that connect local communities as you pass through blooming rhododendron forests and rice paddies, with frequent sightings of snow-covered mountains. At night, sleep in comfortable teahouses located in small villages along the route.
This two-and-a-half-week trek through Langtang and Helambu is one of the most spectacular Nepal has to offer. Just north of the Kathmandu Valley, this route is classified as moderate and will take you from the banks of the Bhote Kosi River through the Langtang Valley to the sacred Gosaikunda Lake and the Hyolmo villages of Helambu. You'll see expansive mountain views, travel through lush forests and sleep in Nepali tea houses on this Himalayan adventure.
This fast-paced trip takes you up to Namche Bazaar, a traditional Sherpa village and unofficial capital of the Khumbu region. You'll pass through Sagarmatha National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—across suspension bridges, through alpine forests, and visit ancient Buddhist sites. The adventure ends with a helicopter tour of the snow-capped Himalayas and includes a stop at the base of the tallest mountain in the world: Mount Everest.
Explore the main highlights of the Kathmandu and Pokhara Valleys combined with an easy multi-day trek in the lower Annapurna region for great Himalayan views. You'll also have some free time to relax and explore on your own, along with recommended activities and places to eat that we'll recommend.
This trek is all about the views. In a short amount of time, you'll ascend two of the best viewpoints in the lower Annapurna region for views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna Himal. The route combines the very popular Ghorepani and Poon Hill trail with an off-the-beaten-path experience taking you up to the amazing Muldai viewpoint. As you're going off-the-beaten-path, you'll have one night in a more rustic accommodation in Dobato.
The holy grail of treks since it first opened to foreigners in the early 1980s, the Annapurna Circuit is one of the most popular high-altitude adventures in the world. The route crosses two different river valleys and encircles the Annapurna massif through lowland villages occupied by Brahmin and Chhetri ethnic people to the upper settlements of Manang Valley.
Visit Namche Bazaar, a traditional Sherpa village and unofficial capital of the Khumbu region on this fast-paced trip. During 4 comfortable days of trekking, you'll pass through Sagarmatha National Park, through alpine forests, and visit ancient Buddhist sites. The adventure ends with a helicopter tour of the snow-capped Himalaya, including a stop at the base of Mount Everest.
This tour takes you into the heart of the Everest region, staying in Sherpa villages along the way, including a spectacular helicopter flight by Mt. Everest. Then, you'll head south to Nepal's jungle and to Buddha's birthplace in Lumbini. To break up the drive from Kathmandu to Chitwan, you'll take a short rafting trip and overnight at a cozy resort in the village of Kurintar.
The 8-day version of this Nepal adventure takes you up to Namche Bazaar, a traditional Sherpa village and unofficial capital of the Khumbu region. Visit Sagarmatha National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—along with alpine forest, Buddhist sites, and, of course, panoramic snow-capped views of the Himalayan peaks.
Combine two classic Nepal experiences: the Ghandruk trek in the Annapurna foothills and Chitwan National Park in the lowlands of Nepal. Chitwan National Park has a wide variety of wildlife, including tigers, rhinos, elephants, and many bird species. To end the tour, you'll overnight in Namobuddha for a beautiful vantage point over the Kathmandu valley before doing some last-minute sightseeing.
Embark on special yoga spirit trek in the Annapurna foothills of Nepal's sacred Himalayan Mountains. Led by an experienced international yoga instructor, this trek focuses on energizing yoga, meditation, and breathing to revitalize your inner self. With overnight stays in luxury Ker & Downey Lodges, this trip is an ideal introduction to trekking in Nepal.
The 13-day version of this itinerary features nine days of trekking in the Khumbu and Everest regions, bringing you to the foot of towering Aba Dablam. Along the way, visit the Sherpa monastery at Tengboche, have lunch at Ama Dablam base camp, and spend time acclimatizing at the world-famous Namche Bazaar. Before your trek, you'll have a bonus day in Kathmandu—take a city tour with a local guide, day-trip into the Kathmandu Valley, or simply take advantage of the fantastic eateries and nightlife and bustling Thamel.
For those who have the time, this is a unique version of the Annapurna Circuit which includes the remote valley of Nar Phu as well as a visit to the high-altitude Tilicho Lake. Tucked between the more popular Annapurna and Manaslu regions, Nar Phu is a true hidden gem that offers trekkers a rare opportunity to explore unspoiled valleys, raw Himalayan nature, and ancient Buddhist culture. This trek combines high passes, glaciers, canyons, gorges, forests, rock formations, and ethnically Tibetan cultures.
This trek is a hidden gem, just east of Annapurna Base Camp, spectacularly situated at the base of Mardi Himal and the beautiful and imposing Machapuchare. It's enough of a challenge (yet suitable for most travelers) and very accessible from Pokhara. You'll pass through Newar, Gurung, and Brahmin villages before you return for a night in Pokhara.
Immerse yourself in the stunning scenery and culture of the Himalaya on this two-week-long trek that covers all the essential attractions between Kathmandu and Everest Base Camp. From Lukla— the gateway to the Khumbu — all the way to the summit of Kala Patthar, you will trek along challenging routes, visit Sherpa villages, and enjoy unforgettable views of the region's most iconic mountains.
Escape the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu City on this short getaway to the ridgeline that surrounds the Kathmandu Valley. You'll explore ancient cities and villages along a hike short multi-day hike and wake up to great views of the Himalaya. In the end, explore the streets of Kathmandu by vintage Vespa before you depart.
In this multi-day trekking tour, you'll be guaranteed spectacular views of the snowcapped Himalayan range, home to the highest mountains on earth. Challenge yourself with a few rugged, altitude-climbing hikes while enjoying the comfort and ease of Nepal's famous hospitality. Along the way, you'll be immersed in the fascinating traditions and culture of the Nepalese people.
Experience Khumbu at its finest on this trek, which brings you to the base camp of the stunning Mount Ama Dablam at 15,750 feet. End each day at one of five comfortable lodges, with en-suite rooms, comfortable lounges, and beautifully landscaped gardens. Explore quieter trails where you will meet local people and experience their culture and ancient traditions first-hand, not to mention their enviable sense of tranquility.
This tour is a great way to explore the Pokhara Valley in a short amount of time and ideal for those who are relatively new to trekking. You'll get some amazing views over the surrounding mountains and experience the village life. Your trek starts with a boat trip across Phewa Lake, then takes you on a trail up to the World Peace Pagoda through the forest and past villages where you can experience the daily lives of the local people.
This route is an excellent opportunity to experience the culture of traditional life in the Nepali countryside, as you share the route with shepherds and donkey trains and witness traditional Nepali farming life. You'll also get those incredible views that Nepal is famous for with overnights in luxury lodges along the way. You'll then leave the mountains for the jungle to experience a completely different side of Nepal before returning back to Kathmandu.
The 12-day version of this itinerary takes you to the foot of Ama Dablam, one of the most picturesque peaks in the Everest region. After a day of touring in Kathmandu, you'll follow the traditional route to Everest Base Camp before branching off into a less-trodden valley. Each day involves 5-7 hours of walking, and you can experience the culture of Sherpa villages and visit a number of famous Buddhist monasteries along the way.
This adventure combines the Himalaya with the jungle. You'll trek to the foot of the tallest mountain in the world and then reward yourself with a relaxing getaway in the jungle of southern Nepal. During the trek, you'll pass through traditional Sherpa villages and Buddhist monasteries with great views of Cho-Oyu, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. Then, you'll fly to Chitwan to spot wildlife, experience the elephants, and relaxing at a comfortable resort.
This trek is an excellent opportunity to experience the culture of traditional life in the Nepali countryside, as you share the route with shepherds and donkey trains and witness traditional Nepali farming life. Along the way, there are some steep sections to get you up to those incredible viewpoints and you will certainly have the classic experience of Himalayan trekking. At night, you'll stay in luxury lodges for a nice contrast to the day's challenge.
Combine adventure with comfort in this well-rounded Himalayan experience. Start your trip in Kathmandu and fly to Pokhara where you will have an extra night to explore the lakeside region before making your way to Astam. Spend three days hiking moderate to steep ascents, sharing routes with shepherds, donkey trains, and farmers. Marvel at the incredible Annapurna mountain range and enjoy relaxing evenings in luxury lodgings.
This trip starts off with a visit to Kathmandu's main cultural sites before heading into the wilderness for a multi-sport adventure of trekking, mountain biking, rafting, and bungee jumping. You'll get off-the-beaten-path to an area of the Himalaya yet to be discovered by the masses. You'll then return to Kathmandu for some comfort and relaxation before you depart.
Explore the ancient trails and villages of the Kathmandu Valley along this easy multi-day hiking route. You'll hike past small farming villages, lush green forests, ancient templates, and have the opportunity to learn about the traditional lifestyle of the local people. On top of this, you'll have great views of the distant snowy peaks of the Himalaya and the option to stay in authentic local inns and farm stays each night.
This short 5-day itinerary combines adventure with comfort for a well-rounded Himalayan experience. Start your trip in Kathmandu and make your way to Astam where you will begin three days of trekking. Hike mild to steep ascents to bring you to incredible vistas, as you share the route with shepherds and donkey trains and pass through rhododendron forests. At night, you'll stay in luxury lodges for a nice contrast to the day's challenge.