One of the most popular trekking areas, Annapurna region is situated in Central Himalaya of Nepal. Annapurna region is the home of amazing mountains of the world, beautiful landscapes, variety of floras and faunas, diverse culture and ethnic communities of Nepal. Some of the gigantic mountains include Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre and many more. Trekking in Annapurna region gives you the opportunity to experience all these in the most memorable way. We can guarantee that the astonishing scenery along the trek will not only blow your mind away but will also let you have the sense of accomplishment that you will treasure for your whole life. So, if you want to have some life changing adventures in this amazing region, here is the list of some of the popular treks of the region.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Annapurna Base Camp Trek, one of the most famous and loved trekking in Annapurna region, is an ideal adventure for cultural insight and astonishing views of tallest mountains like Annapurna II (7937 m), Annapurna III (7555 m), Gangapurna (7455 m), Machhapuchhre (6993 m) etc. You can experience the kaleidoscopic beauty of the villages, terrace farmlands, beautiful rhododendron forests and meet friendly local people throughout the trek. The maximum duration of this trek is around 7 days and the maximum elevation is 4130 m (Annapurna Base Camp). If you want to trek in this beautiful place, then autumn and spring are the best seasons as weather is nice during this time and you can experience the most beautiful panoramic views of mountains and glaciers.
Day 1 : Drive to Ghandruk (2012m)
Day 2 : Trek to Upper Sinuwa (2360m)
Day 3 : Trek to Deurali (3200m)
Day 4 : Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) and return to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3712m)
Day 5 : Trek to Jhinu (1736m)
Day 6 : Drive to Pokhara (822m)
Day 7 : Return drive to Kathmandu
Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna Circuit Trek, known as one of the most diverse treks in Nepal, is a classic trek which takes you all the way from subtropical jungle to high-altitude plateau, reaching to Thorung La pass at 5,419 m. It offers one of the most exciting journey and beautiful life changing experience. This Circuit is often considered to be the best trek not only in Nepal, but also in the world. The reason for this is the stunning vistas and constant views of Annapurna summits as well as the cultural variety from Hindu villages at the low foothills to the Tibetan culture of Manang Valley and lower Mustang in higher elevations. This circuit takes you through terraced paddy fields, sub-tropical forests, rural farmland, high lands and glacial zones. One can also see the majestic views of some of the world’s giant mountains including Annapurna I, Annapurna Massif (I-IV), Manaslu (8,156 meters) and Dhaulagiri (8,176 meters).
The minimum duration of this challenging and difficult trek is around 15 to 20 days and total distance of this trek varies between 160 and 230 kilometers (100-145 miles), depending on the options one chooses to trek. The periods for trekking Annapurna Circuit are October – early December, and late Feb – March. This trek starts in Besisahar and ends in Tatopani, but road construction has opened up a number of options at both the beginning and end of the trek.
Day 01 – Drive to Besisahar, and Trek to Bulbule
Day 02 – Trek to Chamje (1410m)
Day 03 – Trek to Bagarchhap (2160m)
Day 04 – Trek to Chame (2710m)
Day 05 – Trek to Pisang (3240m)
Day 06 – Trek to Manang (3540m)
Day 07 – Acclimatization in Manang
Day 08 – Trek to Yak Kharka (4120m)
Day 09 – Trek to Thorung Phedi (4560m)
Day 10 – reaching Thorung La (5416m), Trek to Muktinath (3802m)
Day 11 – Trek to Jomsom (2750m)
Day 12 – Drive to Tatopani (1190)
Day 13 – Trek to Ghorepani (2750m)
Day 14 – Trek to Nayapul, and Drive to Pokhara
Day 15 – Return drive to Kathmandu
Poonhill Trek not only gives you the access to classic viewpoints of Annapurna ranges, but also gives you the chance to experience the culture of Gurung communities. You will get to know the ancient trails which connect local communities, pass through beautiful rhododendron forests and paddy terraces, and also get to enjoy the views of fascinating snow covered mountains. It is Nepal’s one of the shortest and easiest trek where you can enjoy the sight of fields and mountains including Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna I and Annapurna South at once.
The maximum duration of this trek is 5 days and maximum elevation you reach is 3210 m (Poonhill). The best season for Poonhill trek is September – November and March – May. But if you are fond of rhododendrons and beautiful green landscapes, then it’s better to visit Poonhill in April as the whole region will be in full bloom during this time.
Day 1: Drive to Pokhara
Day 2: Drive to Nayapul and start trek to Ulleri (1500m)
Day 3: Trek to Ghorepani (2874m)
Day 4: Trek to Poonhill and return back to Ulleri (1500m)
Day 5: Drive to Pokhara and return back to Kathmandu
Tilicho Lake Trek
A trek to world’s highest altitude lake Tilicho lake is a rewarding trek in Nepal that leads you to the magnificent routes along with traditional Manangi villages, beautiful landscapes of gorgeous Himalayan ranges, monasteries, waterfalls and fresh water lakes along the trail. This challenging Trek offers you the astonishing views of gigantic mountains like Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna, Lamjung Himal, Tilicho Peak, Chulu East and West and many other mountains around the trails. The maximum duration of this trek is about 10 days and the maximum elevation is 4919 m ( Tilicho Lake ). As other treks in Annapurna region, Tilicho Lake Trek is also ideal during March – May and September – February.
Day 1 : Drive to Chame (2650m)
Day 2 : Trek to Pisang (3250m)
Day 3 : Trek to Manang (3540m)
Day 4 : Manang ( Acclimitization )
Day 5 : Trek to Khangsar village (3756m)
Day 6 : Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4200m)
Day 7 : Trek to Tilicho lake (4919m) and return to Tilicho Base Camp
Day 8 : Trek to Manang (3540m)
Day 9 : Trek to Chame (2650m)
Day 10 : Drive to Pokhara and Return back to Kathmandu
Are you fond of beautiful landscapes of stunning highest mountains of the world? Do you like to experience highland culture of Sherpas, the brave mountaineers? If yes, trekking in the land of Everest is just for you. The region offers you one of the most life changing experiences and once in a lifetime memory you will never forget. Everest region has world’s famous trekking routes where you will get to witness the world’s highest peak, Everest (8,848m) which is locally known as ‘Sagarmatha’ and several other mountains over 8000m, like- Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Makalu. Apart from the gigantic snow-white mountains, you can experience the culture of local Sherpa community, mountain ecosystem, highest glaciers, and observe wide varieties of plants and animal life in the region. Some of the major attractions of Everest Treks are Namche Bazar and its Sherpa Museum, monasteries at Tengboche, Khumjung and Pangboche, Everest Base Camp, Kalapatthar, Gokyo Lake, three passes that include Cho-La (5300m), Kongma-La (5500m), and Renjo-La (5400m) and many more.
Not just the natural and cultural wonders, the region also has well-developed trails, comfortable teahouses and lodges, and other necessary amenities. So, anyone visiting the region should not have to worry about comfort despite its remoteness. If you ever wish to visit this amazing place, here is a list of some of the popular Everest treks you can pick from.
Everest Base Camp Trek:
Everest is more than a mountain and the journey to its base camp is more than just a trek. Considered as “The Steps To Heaven”, Everest Base Camp Trek, is a spectacular high altitude trek in the mountains of Nepal. One of the most popular Everest Treks in the world where one can experience the jaw-dropping scenery and unique cultural experience, the trek takes us through challenging routes towards the base of the highest mountain. The picturesque views of the world’s highest mountain such as Mt. Everest (8848 m), Mt. Lhotse (8516 m), Mt Makalu (8485 m), Mt. Amadablam (6812 m), Mt Cho Oyu (8201 m) etc. can be experienced during this trek.
You can begin the trek from Lukla at an elevation of 2840 m. Over the course of the first 8 days, you will slowly make your way further into Sagarmatha National Park as you hike during the day and sleep in local teahouses at night. During the trek, teahouses provide modest selection of foods from typical Nepali dal-bhat, soups, snacks, momos, fried rice to Chinese and continental dishes like noodles, spaghetti, and spring rolls etc.
EBC Trek Overview:
Difficulty: Moderate to hard
Trek duration: 12 days+
Max. elevation: 5,545m
Accommodation: Trekking lodges or tea houses
Starting point: Lukla
EBC Trek Itinerary Overview :
Day 1: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding
Day 2: Phakding – Namche bazaar
Day 3: Namche (acclimatization)
Day 4: Namche – Tengboche
Day 5: Tengboche – Dingboche
Day 6: Dingboche (acclimatization)
Day 7: Dingboche – Lobuche
Day 8: Lobuche – Gorak Shep – Everest Base Camp – Gorak Shep
Day 9: Gorakshep – Kalapatthar – Pheriche
Day 10: Pheriche – Namche
Day 11: Namche – Lukla
Day 13: Lukla – Kathmandu
Gokyo Trek, one of the adventurous trek in Nepal is trip in which one traverses through delightful valleys, crystal clear turquoise lakes and world’s biggest ice glacier called Ngozumpa glacier dominated by the nearest mountain of Everest Himalayan range. The main attraction of this trek is Gokyo lake. The glacial Gokyo Lake is a holy pilgrimage place for both Hindu and Buddhist. Gokyo Ri is nearby Gokyo Lake. From the top, you can have one of the most stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam and Cho Oyu. The majestic Gokyo region is inhabited by Sherpa people following Tibetan- Buddhism. They still practice ancient way of life dating back to centuries old time. This trek is less travelled and has peaceful route.
Gokyo Trek Overview:
Difficulty: Moderate to hard
Trek duration: 12-14 days
Max. elevation: 5360m
Accommodation: Trekking lodges or tea houses
Starting point: Lukla
Gokyo Itinerary Overview:
Day 1: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding
Day 2 : Phakding – Namche
Day 3 : Namche (acclimatization)
Day 4 : Namche – Khumjung via Syangboche
Day 6 : Khumjung – Dole
Day 7 : Dole – Machermo
Day 8 : Machermo – Gokyo Lake
Day 9 : Gokyo Lake and Glacier Excursion
Day 10 : Gokyo Lake – Machermo
Day 11: Machermo – Namche
Day 12 : Namche – Lukla
Day 13 : Lukla – Kathmandu
Three Passes Trek
One of the most challenging and thrilling trek, Three Passes Trek offers an amazingly scenic circular route with crossing challenging passes Renjo La, Cho La and Kongma La. This trek route not only proffers the stunning view of mountains and glaciers but also encourages you to experience the local Sherpa culture in the region. If you are planning to do this trek and other treks in Everest region, March – May and October – November can be the best months as weather is clear during this time and beautiful landscapes can be seen in these months. There are adequate number of lodges and teahouses serving good meals and accommodation during the trek.
Trekking in Nepal is all about exploring the wilderness, clambering the hills, negotiating with the glaciers, and time and again being patient with the caravans of yaks, sighing at the soaring mountains, and sweating in the chills – sounds like a lot of actions, right? It is exactly true. But trekking in Nepal is not just about actions only, it’s also about rest, relaxation and resetting your button as elsewhere. While the whole day you be a super excited adventurer, the nights are all for hard-earned rest. So, accommodation while trekking in Nepal is a very concerning matter. Here, we have got some information on accommodation while trekking in Nepal. We hope you will find it helpful while planning your travel.
Tented Camps are outdoor tents. They are either double layered “A” shaped-Triangular Three or Five Poles Tent made with water proof fabrics. Inner layer will be cotton fabric to provide warmth whereas, the outer layer is water proof polyster fabric strong enough to sustain wind and water. You can also find expedition styled light weight dome tents which are easy to install and lighter in weight for the porters to carry. Normally each tent comes twin mattresses made of foam for sleeping where the day pack can be adjusted to work as the pillow to comfort your head. Sleeping Bags are also provided but on rental basis if requested. Most of the trekkers bring their own. It’s better to bring separate inner liner with the sleeping bag for extra warmth.
You can also get single tent accommodation but it may apply extra charge. There will be a separate dining tent with seats and table for you to have suppers and spend time chatting with fellow trekkers. Kitchen and toilet tents are also set near your sleeping tents. Tented camps are not as comfortable as the accommodation at teahouses, however it offers better exposure to nature. This type of accommodation is common in remote and off the beaten trails like Dhaulagiri and Dolpo region. In major trekking regions like Everest, Annapurna,Langtang etc, teahouses are used more than camps due to their widespread availability.
Teahouses are small mountain houses run by local families. They are modest and cheerful outlets providing basic accommodation facilities. The standard of Teahouses have improved a lot over time. Nowadays, Teahouses in regular trekking trails are well equipped with different facilities including hot shower, telephone, western toilets, small bar, and dining halls. Rooms are basic, and comes with two beds with cushions and blankets. If requested the owners can provide extra blanket but it can’t be ensured during peak time. So, it is better to bring your own sleeping bag.
Single rooms are also available in some teahouses but they are not easily available in peak time. Toilets are normally common. Rooms with attached bath are also available but in very limited number. Facilities like hot showers, electricity to charge mobiles and batteries, WIFI cost additional charges. Dorm rooms are also available and they cheaper than other rooms. This type of accommodation is the most popular one while trekking in Nepal and they are quite ideal for backpackers.
There are some local and chain hotels in popular trekking areas like Everest and Annapurna. They are expensive and provide deluxe facilities. They offer luxury rooms with services like en suite washrooms, comfortable beds with electric covers, hot water showers, exquisite furniture and free WiFi services. Hotel Everest View and Yeti Mountain Home in Everest region and Ker and Downey lodges in Annapurna region are the examples of such accommodation. If you seek for extra comfort in the middle of wilderness, they are the perfect choice.
How hard is the trek? What is the level of fitness required? Can I do it? These are the most common questions one asks when he or she thinks or plans to do trekking in the Himalaya. We think there is no right answer as difficulty level of a trek is not an absolute idea, especially in the Himalaya. Of course factors like altitude, distance and time are measurable factors that can determine the grade of a trek to some extent. However, how a person’s body and his mental fortitude respond to these things makes the whole difference. So, there is no generally accepted trekking grade system in Nepal. However, based on our experience, we have categorized the trekking grade in Nepal taking some common factors like walking hours, altitude, terrain difficulty into consideration. Our grading system is to be taken as a general guideline. Deciding the right one is subject to your personal level of physical and mental fitness.
Soft Adventure treks
These treks are only about a week to 10 days in duration. They generally don’t go above 4000 meters and each day, you can expect to be walking for around 4 – 5 hours. They are a perfect introduction to trekking in Nepal. Most of the time, it is walking from one village to other village above 2500m, discovering the lifestyles and culture of rural communities of Nepal. You can see the panoramic views of mountains, exciting village life and do wonderful wilderness walk. The activity level is fairly easy as there is no difficult climbing or snowy walks. But don’t expect it to be all easy going, as it is still a trek and there will still be some big hills to climb as well as the well-known ‘Nepali flat’ – a little bit up and a little bit down. Such soft adventure treks are ideal for Family Adventure and Corporate Retreats. No previous experience is required. Example: A Week Below Everest
Moderate to fairly challenging treks
This trekking grade involves longer treks going right into high mountain country above 4000m, to some of the famous mountaineering Base Camps like Everest Base Camp (5357m) with occasional crossing over high passes. Most of the trekking in Nepal falls under this category. Climbing and descending are very usual experiences for this type of trekking and you may have to cross glaciers as well. Physically quite tiring and more challenging than soft adventure treks, it includes approx. 6-8 hours trekking along rocky ridges of high Himalayan peaks. This kind of trekking gives you an experience of a lifetime, with memorable walking surrounded by spectacular mountains. Previous experience is not required but preferable for this trekking. You should be moderately fit, used to some regular exercise and enjoy walking in the high altitude conditions. It is ideal for you if you want to challenge yourself with longer and demanding trekking days. Example: Everest Base Camp & Annapurna Circuit
On the way to Larke Pass (5106m)
Strenuous treks are normally longer treks that go far beyond the normal haunts of trekkers and tourists, to remote areas of the country where the landscapes are wild and untamed and where the local inhabitants have seen little change in their way of life for centuries- untouched corners of an increasingly crowded planet. Most of the time, you will be trekking in very rocky terrain, crossing glaciers through wilderness, and sometime may have to use crampons. It normally goes above 5500m and is appropriate for those seeking real adventure. Physically challenging, likely to include unfavorable weather conditions and strenuous activities. Should not be super fit but definitely not for beginners! However, it is not impossible to take as the first adventure if you are committed to take some extra challenges. Example: Dolpo Trek & Dhaulagiri Trek
If you have heard about Nepal, chances are high that you have heard about its mighty mountains, rolling hills and wonderful wilderness, always welcoming travelers since the country opened its door to visitors. No doubt this beautiful country is an amazing destination for world class trekking adventures. You have hundred of choices here. From busy trails of Everest to quiet trails of Dolpo, from easy mid hill walks to challenging mountain passes, from few days’ hike to month long clambering on the glaciers – the list is endless. You will literally be spoilt by the choices. This broad range of trekking options, however, is normally categorized into three trekking types on the basis of the service and logistic arrangement involved in it. At Explore Himalaya, we offer all three trekking types to our visitors.
1. CAMPING TREK
Camping Trek is fully organized trekking in which you will be supplied with all camping equipment along with food, Sherpas, helpers and tents for accommodation. This trekking type is ideal for those who want less frequented trails with no teahouses or less accommodation options. This type of treks offer a really special experience as you will be visiting the far flung areas that have very less contact with the modern world. Nowadays, with the availability of teahouses and lodges in most of the trekking trails in Nepal, compared to other trekking types, this style of trekking is less in use, and used only where there is special requirement or no other option of accommodation left. Treks in Dolpo and Dhaulagiri regions are operated in this style.
Support Crew in Camping Trek
On camping trek you will be sleeping and eating on tents. A trekking crew contains one sirdar, one cook and the numbers of kitchen crew, Sherpa assistants and porters depending on the size of the group. Sirdar and his assistants speak reasonable amount of English, good enough to explain you about the places, local culture or any sight that catches your eyes. Under the leadership of the Sirdar (the local trek leader), the crew consists of several Sherpa assistants who will ensure you don’t take the wrong path, a cook and kitchen crew to keep you well fed with delicious and nutritious meals and the porters to transport all the gear from camp to camp.
Our main aim is to make the trek as hassle-free and enjoyable as possible. Some of the best moments of the trek are the times spent getting to know your trekking crew who are born and brought up in remote mountain villages. The ratio of both Sherpa guides and kitchen crew to group members is generally 1:4 and the ratio of porters to group members is around 3:1 at the beginning of the trek, but this decreases as food is consumed and loads become smaller. For bathroom facilities we carry a toilet tents, your camping staff dig a deep hole in the ground for excrement and cover the hole with soil after the business is done.
A Typical Day in Camping Trek A typical day begins with a hot cup of tea brought to the tent at about 6am, followed by a bowl of hot water for washing. After packing our bags and having a good breakfast, we set off for the day. All you need to carry is a small day pack containing water bottle, camera, sun cream, hat, rain jacket and a warm jumper, just in case. The porters will carry the rest of your gear for you. After walking for 3-4 hours we stop for lunch at around midday. Then after we continue for the afternoon’s walk which is generally shorter and we arrive at camp in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the nearby villages, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days, we will arrive at camp by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free. Dinner is usually served between 6 – 7pm. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and talking with the crew, or perhaps even joining in some singing and dancing, before heading off to the tent for a well-earned sleep.
Meals and Drinking Water in Camping Trek
We provide three tasty, plentiful and nutritious meals daily with a variety of local and Western dishes. To start the day, breakfast consists of a choice of porridge, muesli and cereal followed by omelet, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads.
After a long day on the trail, dinner is a hearty 3 course meal – soup, followed by a variety of vegetable, meat, rice and pasta dishes and completed with a simple dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided at all meals. We use as much fresh products as possible and special dietary requirement is always catered for. The leaders are able to maintain very tight controls on health and hygiene in the kitchen with respect to general cleanliness and food preparation and also within the group with respect to personal hygiene. This has allowed us to maintain remarkably high standards of health over many years of trek organization – and good health is vital to an enjoyable and successful trek and climb.
All foods are well cooked and vegetables are treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. You will be provided filtered water about 3-4 liters per person per day. The good thing about such water is it doesn’t smell chlorine. We normally use Sawyer Filters. You can also bring water purification pills in case you want to drink water from local taps. Antiseptic soaps and potassium or iodine treated water are provided for washing.
2. TEAHOUSE/LODGE TREK
Teahouse trekking type involves accommodating in teahouses dispersed up and down the travelling trails of Nepal. In this type of trekking, your service includes food, guide, porter and accommodation. Teahouses basically refers to mountain lodges operating the bedding and eating facilities for trekkers. Generally, all the teahouses have sharing rooms (with few single rooms), indoor latrines, restrooms, eatery, kitchen and lounge area. Most of the teahouses are owed by local people where family members, relatives and some additional staffs work every day to satisfy the necessities of guides, porters and travelers. This type of trekking is popular in all major trails in Everest, Annapurna and Langtang regions.
Support Crew in Teahouse Trek On teahouse trek you will be accompanied by a team of local crew whose aim is to make the trek as hassle-free and enjoyable as possible. The crew consists of a local leader (Sirdar) and a team of porters to carry all your gear. On average, there will be a ratio of one porter to every two group members. Sirdar speaks reasonable amount of English, good enough to explain you about the places, local culture or any sight that catches your eyes.
Whilst we endeavor to stay in the best possible accommodation along the way, you should be aware that most teahouses, particularly in the smaller villages, are quite basic. The bedrooms are usually very small, the bathroom facilities are often shared and meals are served in a communal dining hall. Although simple, the teahouses do provide shelter and warmth and are normally run by friendly local families. Teahouse treks are less expensive than Camping trek and are largely suitable for small groups. Usually during busy seasons if private rooms in smaller villages are fully occupied you might have to sleep in dormitory.
Meals & Drinking Water in Lodge Trek
On our teahouse/lodge based treks we provide standard breakfast, lunch and three course dinner, tea or coffee will also be included with each meal. Your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is normally not extensive. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy packaged water (bottled mineral water) from local lodge and shop en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with filtered water.
A Typical Day in Teahouse Trek The day activity is pretty much same as in camping trek. The only difference is we will have our meals in teahouses instead of camps. Each morning after packing our bags and having a good breakfast, we set off for the day’s walk. All we need to carry is a small day pack containing water bottle, camera, sun cream, hat, rain jacket and warm jumper, just in case. The porters will carry the rest of our gear for us.
After walking for 3-4 hours we stop for lunch at around midday. The afternoon’s walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day’s adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.
3. GAP TREK
This is a shortened form of Guide Accommodation and Porters (GAP). This type of trek is ideal for those that want basic and essential support from us. We offer an English speaking local Sherpa guide, accommodation in local lodges during trek and arrange required porters. Trekkers buy meals on their own. So, the whole arrangement is same as Tea House aside from you paying for your own meals.