There’s so much to see and do in Nepal, and no matter how much time you spend in the country, or how many experiences you pack into your itinerary, you always feel like you’re being forced to ignore something truly special. That said, visiting Nepal and not getting closer to the roof of the world is a mistake you wouldn’t want to make. These three superb treks in Nepal have something for everyone, a special memory for all kinds of travelers. So just pick out one that fits the bill and jump in.
Famous for its sunrise views and journeys through the enchanting countryside, the Poonhill trek is perfect for anyone looking to enjoy an authentic Himalayan trek without having to spend close to a couple of weeks in the region. The journey to Poonhill doesn’t bring you closer to daunting peaks right away though. It requires you to have some patience and as you keep gaining altitude, the vistas start becoming more stunning with every step. A number of remote villages also lie along the way, ensuring that you’re always treated to an excess of history and culture. Most tourists visiting Poonhill prefer to start their journey in Birethani, and cover the trek as a loop from the beautiful city of Pokhara. This route takes you past stunning rhododendron forests and untouched sceneries. Once you cross the Ulleri village, the scenery changes dramatically and those famous Himalayan peaks start coming into view. The star of the show is the sunrise views from Poonhill, often considered to be one of the most beautiful vistas of Nepal. Getting up at 4.00 AM to make the journey to the top isn’t fun, but catching the first rays of the sun bask the region with their glittery hues makes it worth the effort. No wonder that Poonhill attracts thousands of travelers year after year. The best time to visit Poonhill is between the months of October to November and March to May.
Everest Base Camp Trek
There’s a reason why Everest Base Camp steals the show despite having to compete with a number of treks for your attention. The views and the experience that this trek has to offer is second to none, and getting to see the highest peak on the planet from up close certainly does have a ring to it! While Mt. Everest rises to daunting heights of 8848 meters, you don’t have to don your Edmund Hillary shoes to embark on a trek to Everest Base Camp. You can enjoy an equally mesmerizing experience by trekking to the Kala Patthar at 5600 meters, without putting yourself in any apparent danger or discomfort. This surely isn’t the perfect trek for newbies, but if you’ve had a taste of trekking in Nepal, and are looking to conquer something more challenging, something more serene, this trek is right up your alley. A journey to the Everest Base Camp starts in Kathmandu, and it takes you through countless villages, monasteries and prayer flags before presenting alpine scenery at its eloquent best. The best time for a journey to Everest Base Camp is between the months of March to May and October to November.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Considered to be one of the most challenging treks of Nepal, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes you closer to one of the greatest and most daunting peaks on the planet. Mt. Everest often hogs the limelight with its universal appeal, but tourists often find the Annapurna region to offer a far better trekking experience. The trek takes you past stunning views and mesmerizing vistas and introduces you to a number of 7000+ peaks in a very short period of time. The entire journey takes anything between 10 to 12 days, and you can also combine the Poonhill trek into your itinerary. One of the biggest charms of this trek is the Base Camp itself. Offering unparalleled views of the 10th highest peak on the planet as well as scintillating views of the Machhapuchhre, popularly called the Materhorn of Asia, this place steals your heart with its untouched vistas, sublime beauty and gorgeous atmosphere. You get to pass a number of Himalayan villages and monasteries, each introducing you to a unique aspect of the area’s ancient culture. The best time to visit the Annapurna Base Camp is between the months of September to December and February to May. While there aren’t too many downsides of choosing this trek, the trail does force you to climb a number of stairs, forcing your knees to cry out against all that extra effort.
Trekking in Nepal is often seen as something that is reserved for the pros, but you really don’t need any prior experience. The country has something for all kinds of travelers and trekkers of all skill levels, and irrespective of the amount of time you have on your hands, there’s bound to be something perfect for you. Adding any one of these three superb treks in Nepal is sure to be one of the best decisions of your life, for each offers memories and experiences that truly define what makes travel so special in the modern world.