Nepal

Best walks, hikes and treks in Nepal [View list of walks]

About Nepal

If you had to name one country with the world’s greatest mountain walking and trekking, it would have to be Nepal, although there is much more to it than those glorious masses of rock and ice. The culture is endlessly intriguing, from the Hindu sophistications of the Kathmandu valley to the Buddhist simplicities of the ethnically Tibetan highlands. Wildlike abounds, and not just of the lammergeier-and-snow leopard variety: there are tigers, elephants and much more in the lush reserves of the lowlands. But it is in the end the delights of the mountains which draw you there, and you haven’t walked fully until you have made a traditional Nepali Himalayan trek to the remote villages with their patches of irrigated valleys, lonely passes and great vistas of the high Himalayas.

Nepal has, in recent years, had its woes (beyond the endemic poverty): civil war with Maoist insurgents and the slaughter of its royal family. But (as of 2013) it is more stable and one senses relative optimism.

Nepal has things to fascinate everyone. The variety of travel and tours you can make here is as a result huge. We tell you about walking below, but have a look here for a wide selection of the travel, tours, holidays and activities available.

Walking, hiking and trekking in Nepal

This county has some of the world’s best walks, hikes and treks, and walking, hiking and trekking tours and holidays here are so varied that everyone’s taste and energy levels can be met.  See here for information on walking holidays available.

If you love walking, you must at least once in your life make a full Nepali Himalayan trek to the remote villages, lonely passes and great panoramas of the high Himalayas. The great secret, until you look into it, is that a fully-supported, portered (or ponied) trek, even one of 10 days or more, doesn’t have to be as eye-wateringly expensive as you would think, and, I done with care, can put money straight into these very poor economies.

Great walks about, and the question is how to choose: do you want to bag famous Everest  Base Camp or Annapurna, or get into culturally pristine and fascinating areas such as Mustang, or follow ancient trade routes such as up the Humla Valley, or get to remoter glories such as Kangchenjunga, or enjoy greener and slightly less altitudinous expeditions such as into the Langtang Valley.

See below for a list (which is currently incomplete – please give us your recommendations!) of the best walks, treks and hikes here. 

Famous walking regions include:

- the Everest Region, overpopular for some but where you can still get into remot(er) areas around the world’s highest mountain

- the Annapurna Massif, with an variety of walks from exploring the Manali area to trekking (with many others) up to the truly amazing Annapurna Sanctuary or round the full Annapurna Circui, as part of a constant stream of humanity. And inaccessible Mustang [link] to its north, we reckon the world’s second best walk.

- the beautiful, less demanding, Langtang valley 

- majestic, remote, exceptional Kangchenjunga 

More to follow!

We intend that our walk pages contain detail and photos on walking, hiking or trekking routes, including books, best times and weather, how to get there, possible problems, walking, trekking and hiking firms, organisers and guides in Nepal, accommodation in Nepal and useful links. But this takes a lot of research, so if they are not "there" yet, please give us any suggestions you may have.

Annapurna Sanctuary
© By Richard Winter Manaslu Circuit
Manaslu at sunrise from Lho - © Dick Everard Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Annapurna Base Camp Nepal

Best walks, hikes and treks in Nepal

You can sort the walks by category by clicking on the category titles.

(The rating of walks marked * is currently provisional.)

Region Walk Name Walkopedia Rating Difficulty Day Walk
Possible?

  Chukung Valley & Island Peak
84*
Yes
  Dhaulagiri Circuit
82*
Difficult No
  Manaslu Circuit
91*
Very Difficult No
 Annapurna & Mustang Mustang
98
Strenuous No
 Annapurna & Mustang Region Annapurna Circuit
93*
Difficult No
 Annapurna & Mustang Region Annapurna Region
93*
Variable No
 Annapurna & Mustang Region Annapurna Sanctuary
95*
Difficult No
 Annapurna & Mustang Region Muktinath / Jomsom Trek
94*
Strenuous No
 Annapurna & Mustang Region Royal Trek
90*
Moderate No
 Central Himalayas Langtang Valley
86*
Yes
 Everest Region Bhote Kosi Valley
90*
Variable Yes
 Everest Region Gokyo Valley
91*
Very Difficult No
 Everest Region Mt Everest Base Camp
88*
Very Difficult No
 Everest Region Mt Everest Region
94*
Variable No
 Far East Kangchenjunga from Nepal
88*
Difficult No
 Himalayas Gosankunda Lakes
0*
Yes
 Western Nepal Upper Humla Valley
89
Strenuous No


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