If you are planning a dream trip to Nepal, and I wondering what are the best hiking trails in the country, you are in the right place! After spending a month in Nepal, exploring the best trails, I am here to share the top hiking in Nepal.
Nepal is full of snow-capped mountain peaks, friendly people, and of course spectacular scenery! This is a place on many people’s bucket lists, offering amazing sites from Kathmandu to Pokhara. However, the majority of people who visit will want to trek for at least a couple of days since Nepal is known for having some of the top hikes in the world.
The best hiking in Nepal include some amazing multi-day hiking for those who have a great endurance, such as the Everest Base Camp or the Annapurna Circuit. Or if you are looking for a day hiking in Nepal, you have great options such as the Namche Bazaar to Thame Trek.
I’ve put together a list of the 17 best hiking in Nepal ranging from 1-10 days, so there is something for everyone. Some of the treks are relatively easy, whilst others are a bit more challenging! However, every single one on this list offers the experience of a lifetime and the most breathtaking views. So lace up your hiking boots, and let’s get started!
You might also be interested in:
- Hiking in Nepal Overview
- Best Hiking in Nepal: Kathmandu Valley
- Top Hiking in Nepal: Annapurna Region
- Epic Hiking in Nepal: Everest Region
- 10 Essentials Tips Before You Go Hiking in Nepal
- When is the Best Time To Go Hiking in Nepal
- Essential Packing Gear for Short Treks in Nepal
- Hiking in Nepal FAQ
- Hiking in Nepal Conclusion
Hiking in Nepal Overview
Best Regions to go Hiking in Nepal:
For first-time visitors, hiking in Nepal can be incredibly overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be. The region you choose will depend on the amount of time you have in the country, your fitness levels, and what you want to get out of your trip.
If you don’t have much time in Nepal, then you’ll want to stay within Kathmandu Valley. Besides all the amazing things to do in Kathmandu, there are also plenty of great hikes in this area, and many of them start just outside of the city.
However, the most popular regions to hike are the Annapurna region and the Everest region. If you have time to visit these areas, you’ll have an endless amount of choices when it comes to hiking trails.
Hiking Preparation & Altitude Sickness in Nepal:
If you are planning to go hiking in Nepal, it is very important to take the first steps by being prepared and safe!
Whether you’re planning a day hike or a multi-day trek, it’s essential to train your body for the physical demands of hiking. I have learned that preparation is key to enjoying any hiking adventure. Over the years, I have developed a hiking training routine that has helped me to be on a great physical shape to hike some of the most challenges hikes in the world.
When it comes to high-altitude hiking, it is important to understand what exactly is considered high altitude. Generally, high altitude is defined as elevations between 8,000 to 12,000 feet (2,438 to 3,658 meters) above sea level. At these elevations, the air pressure and oxygen levels are lower, which can make it harder for your body to function.
However, for serious high-altitude hiking expeditions, you may be looking at elevations well above 12,000 feet. For example, the base camp for Mount Everest is located at an elevation of 17,600 feet (5,364 meters). This extreme altitude presents a whole new set of challenges and requires even more extensive training and preparation.
You need a Guide to go Hiking in Nepal:
Before 2023, people used to hike independently in Nepal. However, in 2023, the Nepal Tourism Board announced that foreigners are no longer allowed to hike in the country without a licensed guide, and I also recommend to hire a local porter to help to carry your equipment.
The decision to regulate hiking activities in Nepal was made to enhance employment opportunities and ensure hikers’ safety. Despite this, some people still prefer to hike independently, indicating that the regulations have not been fully enforced. Therefore, it is advisable to conduct your own research before embarking on a hiking trip in Nepal.
If you are planning to go hiking Nepal’s National Parks where you normally need a TIM’s card should have a government licensed guide that is registered with the official Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN). It is unclear yet how this rule will play out in practice. Everest issued a press release stating that they will not enforce it. Other areas do. However, there are no guidelines on how they are going to implement the ban on solo trekking.
Best Hiking in Nepal: Kathmandu Valley
1. Chisapani Trek
The Chisapani Trek is one of the most popular hikes in the Kathmandu Valley. If you’re looking for superb views, without having to deal with high elevation or a strenuous hike, then this is the trek for you.
First of all, you’ll drive from Kathmandu to the starting point at Sundarijal. From there, you’ll hike along the river, passing by a Tamang Village before reaching Chisapani.
After resting in Chisapani, you’ll head to Nagarkot where you’ll get to see stunning views of Mount Everest and other peaks. The views are even more spectacular when experienced during sunrise or sunset!
2. Shivapuri Trek
The Shivapuri Trek is another short trek in Nepal that offers breathtaking scenery!
You’ll be driving from Kathmandu to Kakani, before starting your trek to the Tamang village of Salle Gau. This is the perfect place to take in some of Nepal’s culture and appreciate the surrounding scenery.
If it’s a clear day, you’ll also get stunning views of Kathmandu Valley, and the Himalayan mountains in the distance.
From there, you’ll head to Shivapuri Camp where you’ll get incredible views of Manaslu mountain which is the 8th highest mountain in the world. The Ganesh Himal mountain range and Langtang can also be seen from here!
3. Balthali Village Hill Trek
The Balthali Village Trek is considered one of the best hikes in Nepal, and actually, also in the world. It is a relaxing hike that shows the beauty of the Nepali countryside.
The trek starts from Dhulikhel (which is a 3-hour drive from Kathmandu) and continues to Namo Buddha. You’ll then head through a dense forest before reaching Balthali.
Once you get to this beautiful village, make sure you take some time to explore it. Balthali is rich in culture and shows you the authentic lifestyle of the Nepalese people.
As well as culture, this trek also offers superb views of the surrounding mountains. If it’s clear, you’ll get to see the Ganesh Himal Range, Langtang Himal, Manaslu, and even Everest on the horizon!
4. Chandragiri-Chitlang Trek
The Chandragiri-Chitlang Trek is one of the most epic hiking in Nepal, It starts at Matatirtha, which is a famous Hindu temple, around a 40-minute drive from Kathmandu.
From here, you’ll hike up to Chandragiri Hill where you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of Kathmandu Valley and the surrounding mountain ranges including Annapurna and Everest.
If you want to cut the hike shorter, you can choose to take the cable car up rather than hiking! After enjoying the wonderful views, you’ll hike down to Chitlang, which is an ancient Newari settlement. Chitlang is the perfect opportunity to see what Nepal’s rural life is like and get an insight into the way the local people live.
5. Nagarkot-Changu Narayan Trek
If you’ve only got a short time in Nepal, and are looking for a great hike with culture and beauty, then this is a perfect choice.
The starting point of the trek is in Sanku, which is around a 2-hour drive from Kathmandu. From there, you’ll hike for around 4 hours until you reach Nagarkot. This beautiful village is known for its epic views of the Himalayan mountains – especially at sunrise or sunset.
After enjoying the views and taking in some of the culture, you’ll continue the trek to Changu Narayan Temple. This famous Hindu temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kathmandu Valley.
If you’d prefer a tour, then this Nagarkot sunrise hike is a fantastic option!
Top Hiking in Nepal: Annapurna Region
6. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is one of the most popular and scenic hikes in the Annapurna region.
It starts at Nayapul, which is a 2-hour drive from the city of Pokhara. You’ll hike from Nayapul to Ulleri, before heading to Ghorepani Village.
From here, you’ll head up to Poon Hill and be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre. If you time your visit to Poon Hill at sunrise, you’ll be especially rewarded.
The Poon Hill Trek is one of the best hiking in Nepal, so make sure this one is on your list! Trust me, it will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. This private 5-day trekking tour is a great option as it also includes a visit to Ghandruk village.
7. Langtang Valley Trek
The Langtang Valley Trek is one of the more moderately challenging hikes on this list of the best hiking in Nepal. However, it’s considered to be one of the top short treks in Nepal with striking views, incredible glaciers, and plenty of wildlife.
The trek starts at Syabrubesi, which is a 7-8 hour drive from the capital of Kathmandu.
It follows the Langtang Khola River and takes you through a variety of terrain including deep glaciers, beautiful waterfalls, scenic lakes, and rhododendron forest.
The highest point of this trek is Tserko Ri which offers panoramic views of Langtang Lirung, Langtang Ri, and Dorje Lakpa. The views from this point are truly something and show you the true beauty of Nepal.
This Langtang Valley Trek is a fantastic option if you’re looking for a tour!
8. Annapurna Base Camp
Hiking the Annapurna Base Camp is very close to my heart, and one of the best hikes I’ver done in my life! Hiking the Annapurna Base Camp is one of the most popular hiking in Nepal. The ABC trek starts at Nayapul and will take you through forests, fields, and along the canyon of Modi Khola.
Although there are plenty of spectacular views along this trek, Annapurna Base Camp will truly take your breath away, and for this reason it is considered one of the best hikes in Asia.
From here you’ll be surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks including Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, and Machhapuchhre among others! If you have the time and are up to the challenge – this is a hike that needs to be on your Nepal itinerary.
This Annapurna base camp tour includes a visit to Jhinu Danda Hot Spring, airport transfers, accommodation, guides, and all equipment.
9. Annapurna Circuit Trek
The Annapurna Circuit is one of the best hiking in Nepal, and also, one of the hardest hikes in the world! The difference between the Annapurna Base Camp to the Annapurna Circuit, is that the Circuit you will need to hike around the Annapurna mountain, which requires going over the Thorung La Pass at 5,416 meters high.
The Annapurna Circuit trek is one of the most diverse trails in Nepal as it takes you through a variety of landscapes. You’ll start from the lush and green lowlands, then pass through the farmed terraced hills before finally reaching the arid high-altitude mountains. The highlight of the trek is definitely the breathtaking view of the snow-capped peaks that surround you when you cross the Thorung La.
During your trek through Annapurna Circuit, you will encounter various ethnic groups and experience the unique character of each rural village you pass through. Along the way, there are several basic hotels and restaurants where you can stay for the night. The journey begins in the city of Pokhara, while the full trek begins in Besisahar and ends in Beni, taking more than three weeks to complete. However, due to road access, there are now several ways to shorten the hike.
10. Lower Mustang Trek
The Lower Mustang Trek starts in Jomsom and takes you along an ancient trade route.
The route follows the Kali Gandaki River, and the world’s deepest gorge, so as you can imagine the views are pretty magical.
As you continue your trek, you’ll wander past diverse scenery including forests, ancient caves, and Buddhist monasteries (including Muktinath).
However, that’s not the most special part of this hike. Throughout this trek, you’ll have the opportunity to spot many of the highest mountains on Earth including Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Himchuli, and Nilgiri among others!
11. Mardi Himal Trek
The Mardi Himal trek is a relatively new hiking route in Nepal, but has already become popular among travelers.
It starts from Kande, which is around a 45-minute drive from Pokhara. From there you’ll head off to lower camp, and then to high camp before eventually arriving at Mardi Himal Base Camp.
From here, you’ll get astounding views of the Annapurna Mountain range, Dhaulagiri, and Macchapuchhre.
Along the way, you’ll trek through indigenous settlements, beautiful forests, and hillside terraces, so make sure you’ve brought your camera! If you’re looking for a more off-the-beaten-path trek, then why not give this one a go?
This Mardi Himal Trek tour lasts for 10 days, as it includes a couple of transport days for those who are arriving in Kathmandu by air.
Epic Hiking in Nepal: Everest Region
12. Everest View Trek
If you’re not up for the Everest Base Camp trek, then this hike is the next best thing!
However, it does require a rather scary (or thrilling, depending on how you look at it) plane journey from Kathmandu to Lukla.
From there, you’ll hike towards Namche Bazaar and follow the Everest Base Camp Trail for a short amount of time, before turning off at Tengboche.
The views that this hike offers are truly out of this world, which is why it’s such a popular trek in Nepal.
Not only will you get a magnificent view of the world’s tallest mountain, but you’ll also get mesmerizing views of other peaks including Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Nuptse.
13. Everest Base Camp (EBC)
The Everest Base Camp Trek, located in the Himalayas of Nepal, is renowned as one of the most challenging yet rewarding hikes in the world. The Everest Base Camp is a campsite where climbers reside and prepare themselves before embarking on their journey to climb the highest mountain in the world. There are two base camps for climbing Mount Everest: the North Base Camp located in Tibet and the South Base Camp situated in Nepal.
The Nepalese camp is the Everest Base Camp that most people refer to. Mount Everest and EBC are located in Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site preserving Himalayan flora and fauna.
The trail is known for its spectacular mountain scenery, tough climbs, and fascinating Sherpa culture and Buddhist temples. The trek to Everest Base Camp is a tea house trek, trekkers stay in small local guest houses known as tea houses in the mountain settlements on the trail. Accommodation at the tea houses is cheap and basic, meals are served and no bookings are necessary.
In order to hike the EBC you will need to hire a guide, and I recommend to opt for this 12-day trekking with a professional local guide. If you are shorter in time, you still can visit the Everest Base Camp on an helicopter tour.
14. Pikey Peak Trek
This is another awesome trek within the Everest region, and that’s because Pikey Peak gives you one of the best panoramic views of Everest on Earth.
You’ll also get unobstructed views of Kanchenjunga and Makalu – two of the highest mountains in the world, after Everest.
The trek starts at Phaplu and will take you through the foothills of the Khumbu region. You’ll also be trekking past ancient monasteries and Sherpa villages, where you can learn about the traditions and culture of the Nepalese people. Compared to other short treks in Nepal, this is one of the lesser-known routes so is often much quieter!
15. Namche Bazaar to Thame Trek
The Namche Bazaar to Thame trek is truly off the beaten track and is a great hike if you’re looking to go on the road less traveled.
First of all, you’ll climb up to the gompa which overlooks Namche. From there, you’ll hike above the Bhote Khosi River and through small settlements until you head back down to the valley floor.
The last part of the hike will see you cross a suspension bridge before climbing back up to reach Thame. There is a lot to see in this beautiful village, so make sure you allow yourself some time to explore!
16. The Kongde Loop
The Kongde Loop is one of the most difficult treks on this list of the best hiking in Nepal.
You’ll need to take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla first, before starting the trek at Phakding. From there, you’ll head to Namche Bazaar and see the world-famous sight of Everest from the Everest View Hotel.
After taking in the striking views, you’ll continue to Thame before reaching Kongde Base Camp.
Now for the truly special part – the epic views from Kongde Base Camp. After your long trek, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Thamserku.
17. Gokyo Valley Trek
The Gokyo Valley Trek is one of the most popular hikes in Nepal, and it’s not hard to see why!
This trek takes you to the base of the 6th highest mountain in the world – Mt. Cho-Oyu and offers spectacular views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Nuptse.
Generally, you’ll take a flight to Lukla, and then spend a day in Namche before starting the trek. From there, you’ll head past Dole and Macchermo before getting to Gokyo. You’ll then get to cross the famous Cho-La Pass, climb up to Gokyo Ri peak, and explore the Gokyo lakes.
If you’re up for a challenging adventure, then the Gokyo Valley trek needs to be on your list! This 11-day tour includes everything you need such as accommodation, meals, flights between Kathmandu and Lukla, and your guide.
10 Essentials Tips Before You Go Hiking in Nepal
Before we get started on this amazing list of the 15 most amazing hiking in Nepal, let’s remember to always travel safely:
- No Cell Phone Service: Cell phones do not work in most places in the backcountry and GPS is sometimes unreliable – Consider carrying a Satellite Phone with Maps and GPS Navigation.
- Do not hike at night: If you are staying overnight, plan to get to your campsite or tea house before dark.
- Language Barrier: Having a pocket translator is a great option.
- Difficult Hiking Trails: “Difficult Hiking Trails” are characterized by steep elevations, increasingly difficult terrain, and longer distances. Only experienced hikers should attempt these trails.
- Be physically prepared: Many of these hikes are easy and can be done by anyone. A couple of the hikes are epic and I recommend following a Plan for Hiking Fitness preparation before attempting any long or challenging hike.
- Consider the high altitude: Many of the places listed here, are at a high altitude. Make sure you acclimate before you start hiking, and pack an Altitude Sickness Relief.
- Bring plenty of water: Remember you will be outdoors in the sun and you will need to drink a lot of water. My LifeStraw Filtered Water Bottle has been my lifesaver for all my trips. I can refill this bottle anywhere and it comes with a carabiner to connect it to my daypack.
- Check the Weather: Check the current weather forecast and be prepared for quickly changing conditions.
- Bring along some food or snacks: It’s a good idea to pack high-energy food for hiking
- Leave no Trace: Be a responsible traveler, it is all about enjoying nature and ensuring you help to preserve the environment.
When is the Best Time To Go Hiking in Nepal
Generally, the best time to go hike in Nepal are either Spring (March-May) or fall (September-November).
The weather is very pleasant during this time of year with temperatures being relatively warm. The skies are also extremely clear, making the mountains more visible and the views even more magical.
However, it’s important to note that during this time accommodation prices will rise, and you’ll find the trails to be pretty busy at times. If you travel to Nepal in September or March (so right at the beginning of each season) you may find accommodation to be cheaper, and the crowds to be much thinner.
Essential Packing Gear for Short Treks in Nepal
- Backpack: If you are planning to carry a backpack during your hiking, I have compiled a very detailed review of the Best Backpacks for Travel in the market today.
- Portable water bottle: Remember to bring and drink a lot of water and if you need to refill, a LifeStraw Filtered Water Bottle is the best option.
- First-aid kit: Always remember to pack a first-aid kit for your hikes.
- Wear sturdy shoes for hiking: The most important thing is to protect your feet and avoid twisting your ankle and getting injured. I recommend investing in a good hiking boots brand such as Teva, Salomon, or even Keens.
- Moisture-wicking clothing: These clothes help to pull the sweat away from your body and stay cool and dry such as light hiking pants & long sleeves shirts.
- Warm Layers: Early morning or late night can get cold so it is important to bring layers, a lightweight puffy jacket is a must!
- Packing for winter: During winter make sure to have a good quality hiking jacket and pack a warm pair of pants for your hike.
- Wear a hat and sunglasses: It is always important to protect yourself against the sun. Bring a hat with a good face cover like this one and don’t forget to pack a pair of polarized sunglasses
- Bring along some food or snacks: It’s a good idea to pack high-energy food for hiking
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Hiking in Nepal FAQ
Are there easy treks in Nepal?
Although Nepal is famous for its intense hikes such as the Everest Three Passes Trek and Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, there are plenty of easy hiking routes. Of course, the definition of ‘easy’ is different for everyone, so keep that in mind!
No matter which hike you use, you’ll want to work on your fitness levels before heading to Nepal. The altitude and weather conditions here are no joke, and these can make even the easiest of hikes feel challenging.
Which trek is best for beginners in Nepal?
There are plenty of awesome short treks in Nepal and many of them are suitable for beginners. For those exploring Kathmandu Valley, the Chisapani Trek, the Chandragiri-Chitlang Trek, and the Nagarkot-Changu Narayan Trek are all great options.
If you’re looking to hike in the Annapurna Region, then the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek and Lower Mustang Trek are your best options. Finally, the Pikey Peak Trek and the Namche Bazaar to Thame Trek are the best beginner options within the Everest Region.
How do I choose a hiking in Nepal?
With hundreds of hiking trails to choose from in Nepal, it’s difficult to make a decision. First of all, you’ll want to consider your fitness levels, as you don’t want to take on something that’s far out of your capabilities. When factoring this in, it’s important to be honest with yourself.
The next thing to consider is which region you’re heading to, as Nepal has so much to offer. Once you’ve decided that, consider the amount of time you’ll have. This will help you decide whether you’re looking for a day hike or a multi-day hike.
Which is the best hiking in Nepal for three days?
The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is one of the most popular 3-day hikes in the country. Located in the Annapurna Region, this hike offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre. If you time your visit to Poon Hill at sunrise, even better!
Other popular 3-day hikes include the Chisapani Trek, the Balthali Village Hill Trek, and the Ghandruk Trek. For beginners, choose one that’s regarded as easy-moderate, and that doesn’t have too much of a maximum elevation gain.
Hiking in Nepal Conclusion
I hope you enjoyed this amazing list with the best hiking in Nepal. The country offers some of the best hiking opportunities in the world. From the Kathmandu Region to the Annapurna Region and the incredible Everest – The amazing hiking trails in Nepal will surprise you in many ways!
If you are short of time and are looking for a less challenging route, Nepal offers incredible options for short treks that fit everyone’s desire. Or if you are looking for a multi-day hiking, to enjoy a challenging trek, here is the paradise for you!
Choose the hiking trail that better fits your needs and adventure level. And the most important thing, keep active and safe travels, everyone!
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