Tips to Choose a Trek in Nepal

It’s hard to wander around Nepal without bumping into people with backpacks and walking sticks, sweat on their faces, asking you, “What trek did you do?” Nepal is a small, little known area of the world, full of stunning natural views like blue, rippling water, flat, luscious jungles, winding rivers, and of course, the king of the world: Mount Everest (and other parts of the Himalayas). So, it’s no wonder that trekkers come from around the world for their chance to traverse the mountainous landscape of this lovely country. Unfortunately, in 2015, a major earthquake occurred in Kathmandu that wrought a lot of destruction including damaged monuments, ruined trails, and 9000 casualties. It cost them around 10 billion USD in damages. But, on the bright side, Nepal has undergone significant reconstruction and has been able to restore many of their monuments and trails. And, hiking in Nepal is still as popular as ever!  Trekking is now the perfect activity for active tourists!

Frequently Asked Questions About Hiking in Nepal:

  • What if you’ve never trekked before and are intimidated by the experienced Nepal trekkers who are on their way through?

  • What if you love trekking, but you’re not exactly sure which trek to do in Nepal?

  • What if you know which trek you’d like to do, but you don’t know about how much it will cost and what time of year to go?

Calm your fears. This article will highlight all of that and more. It will provide you with a choice between 3 very popular Nepal hiking options, along with helpful tips on prices, packing, and transportation!

Popular Treks/Hikes to Do in Nepal

Option 1:

For those who are just starting out…Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Trekking can get very intense and is not for the faint of heart. So, if you’re new to the whole trekking, camping, and hiking scene, then check out this hike. It’s a shorter trekking trip, only 4 days, so it can become a part of a longer Nepal stay. And because of its shorter duration, it’s less intense. Then, before or after this hike, you can still have the time to explore the areas of Pokhara, Chitwan, and Kathmandu.

Poon Hill Trek

Viewpoints from the Poon Hill Trek!

You can choose between full or half board and get all the details and logistics (including meals) sorted for you! It’s also inclusive of a professional guide, so feel safe and secure while viewing sunsets, mountain views, and enchanting forests. Also, get the chance to visit the village of Ghandruk and stay overnight, experiencing the culture, the people, and the food! This trek will leave from Pokhara and the transportation pickup point can be your hotel.

How much does this trek cost? 

around 240 USD (not a lot of money for what you’re getting out of it! And you still have time to explore other areas of Nepal)

What time of the year can I do this trek? 

The best time is between Mar-May and Sep-Nov, in order to get the best weather, but it is possible to go any time of year!

What should I pack for this trek?

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Book Your Poon Hill Trek

Option 2:

For the intermediate hikers…Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Trek

Annapurna Circuit in Nepal

This is actually one of the most popular treks to do in Nepal! It’s incredibly scenic and well-known. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountain ranges around Annapurna while you camp along the trail. This trek lasts for 7 days, and is guided by a professional (your choice of English or Chinese-speaking guides-Chinese-speaking costs a bit more).

Hike from stop to stop, and stay in small villages along the way! The accommodation will be all taken care of, and it will be in attractive little tea houses in the stops the group makes. During the days of backpacking, enjoy provided meals (some basic food and some Nepalese food, depending on your package); pop off for a dip in the hot springs on one of your stopoffs; and even possibly get the chance to visit a museum!

You will end your trek at the Annapurna Base Camp and have access to jaw-dropping, 360-degree views of the Nepalese mountains. What’s so great about this trek is that it’s considered to be medium-level difficulty, so it has its challenges, but it’s also not impossible for the regular, athletic tourist. It’s a wonderful, invigorating, and beautiful way to spend 7 days in Nepal.

How much does this trek cost? 

around 320 USD

What time of the year can I do this trek? 

The best time is between Mar-May and Sep-Nov, in order to get the best weather, but it is possible to go any time of year!

What should I pack for this trek?

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Book Your Annapurna Trek

Option 3:

For the advanced trekkers…Everest Base Camp

To be able to experience Mt. Everest is every trekker’s dream! It is Nepal’s crowning glory and one of the most famous mountains in the world. Many have tried to traverse its peak without success, but that’s what so great about this trek. Getting to the base camp is challenging enough; you get great views; and it isn’t as costly or as dangerous as trying to get to the peak. With beautiful forests, beautiful trails, and stunning mountain views, trekkers will not be disappointed in this exhilarating experience with the stunning strength of Everest!

The Everest Base Camp Trek is still possible and achievable for those with regular, good fitness, but because of its duration (12 days, 11 nights), those with more experience and a higher fitness level will probably be more successful and can get more out of it.

On this trek, you get 12 days of Nepal trekking adventure, along with a professional guide who watches out for your health and safety. Because of the nature of this excursion, a lot of precautions need to be made for health and comfort, so enjoy the protection and trekking knowledge of your professional guide! Not only are they concerned for your safety, but they will provide information about the trek and the stop offs along the way!

Similar to the other hikes, accommodation is a part of the package, and it will be in tea houses in the village at the stops.

Everest Base Camp

Views of Mount Everest and the Himalayas along the Everest Base Camp Trek

How much does this trek cost? 

around 760 USD (you are getting a once-in-a-lifetime experience here by exploring Everest)

What time of the year can I do this trek? 

The best time is between Mar-May and Sep-Nov, in order to get the best weather, but it is possible to go any time of year!

What should I pack for this trek?

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Other Nepal Tips and Tidbits:

When Can I Go to Nepal?

As was mentioned above, the best time for these treks is March to May and September to November. That’s when hikers can expect the best weather including clear skies and warm, pleasant temperatures. It is possible to do these treks at other points in the year, but if you want to guarantee good weather experiences, then book a trek during one of those two ranges of times.

What Do I Need to Pack for My Nepal Trek?

And be sure to click here for a packing guide to be the most prepared for your experience! It is a very detailed Nepal trek equipment list (perfect for beginners). You don’t want to be left out in the wilderness without all of your essentials

What Else is There to Do in Nepal?

If you still have time left after your trek, check out a few other exciting, adrenaline-fueled experiences in Nepal.

  • Go river rafting on the Trisuli River for about 65 USD. This lasts about 10-12 hours, and it includes pickup from your hotel in Kathmandu!

White Water Rafting Trisuli River

White Water Rafting in Nepal!

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  • For about 130 USD, you can get bird’s eye views of Mount Everest, Annapurna, and more by going on a paragliding tour! It starts in Pokhara, and will provide you with any sights you may have missed on your trekking tours without the extra effort

Paragliding Nepal

Take off from Pokhara and go paragliding over the mountains!

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  • If you still want to keep trekking but want to take it easy, go for a day hike. You can experience the hilly town of Nagarkot and get a wonderful sunset view overlooking Annapurna and Everest. This costs around 70 USD. Hotel pick up is from Kathmandu hotels only.

Nagarkot, Nepal

The sunset over the hillside of Nagarkot, Nepal

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  • If you have time, check out the cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara. Kathmandu is the capital with lots of amazing temples, monuments, and sites that are worth stopping for. It also has a nightlife scene with good drinks and good music that is just what the tired trekker needs.

  • Keep in mind: Pokhara, Chitwan, and Kathmandu are all about 8 hours by bus from each other and form a sort of triangle.

  • Also, Pokhara has a great, relaxed vibe for those who are looking to be involved in more of an expat scene. It has some great bars and restaurants, such as the Busy Bee, and can be a hot spot for yoga and meditation. Situated along the water of Phewa Lake, it’s a beautiful and peaceful city with casual hikes, paragliding options, and of course, the treks!

Pokhara, Nepal

Lakeside views in Pokhara

The Himalayas of Nepal are drawing trekkers from all over the world. Because of its popularity, there are a plethora of trek options for interested trekkers, and KLOOK can help you find where to trek in Nepal, when to go trekking, and the perfect Nepal trekking tour for you. Book your tickets, plan your trip, and trek your days away in the mountainous landscape of Nepal!