Nepal’s lowest elevation point is in Terai at 59m and highest elevation point is the top of Everest at 8,848m. These two points are just 200 meters apart, in a straight line. Such is the geographical diversity of Nepal. Over the decades, the country has evolved into a trekker’s paradise. Hundreds of thousands of visitors arrive in the country annually for trekking solely. Thus, naturally, the routes are well-marked and dotted with comfortable lodges to welcome trekkers that arrive in a flock. However, sometimes, due to the very easy access to comfort and convenience, a place loses its remote and wild aura. Luckily, for those who are looking for an adventurous trek into the isolated and remote regions, we have prepared a list of 4 best adventurous treks in Nepal.
Thorang La Pass Trek
Thorang La is the highest mountain pass in Nepal that connects two of the most famous tourist districts of Nepal – Mustang and Manang. At the altitude of 5,416 meters, this pass offers some of the best mountain views that one could ask for in Western Nepal. However, Thorang La trek does come at a cost. To an extent, it is difficult to complete the trek and it also includes some potential dangers. And that is why this trek is featured on our list of 5 best adventurous trekking trails in Nepal.
This adventurous trek commences from Besi Shahar in Lamjung or Jagat in Kaski. The entire route of the trek isn’t hard and strenuous necessarily. The ascend to the pass from Manang isn’t very difficult, but it a very long way at a high elevation. That is why you must plan the itinerary very carefully if you want to avoid mountain sickness and its complications during the trek. If you injure yourself or get sick, the only option you have is to return all the way to Besi Shahar. But, honestly, that risk is one element that makes the trek ever more desirable for adventure seekers.
Everest Three High Passes Trek
This trek doesn’t just include crossing one pass but three! Yes, you read that right. Many adventurers will agree that this is the most adventurous and demanding trek in the entire Himalayans. But imagine the views you will get from the top of the three passes you will cross, incredible right? That makes the trek very much worth it despite of every hurdle you will have to overcome to complete it.
After ascending from Lukla to Chhukung, you will cross Kongma La pass (5,535m) to reach Lobuche and Everest Base Camp. From there, you will cross the Cho La pass (5,430m) to reach Gokyo and its beautiful lakes, and finally, the Renjo La pass to reach Thame and Namche Bazaar. Although these passes are situated at very high elevations, these aren’t very technically challenging to climb. But, since all of them are above the elevation of 5,00m, it is beyond crucial toacclimatiseand adapt properly. If the weather is auspicious, you won’t even need equipment like ropes, crampons, and axes to cross these passes.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
Kanchenjunga basecamp trek isn’t as famous as the ones of Everest and Annapurna. But its remoteness and solitude add even more to the trek’s adventure, oblivion, and potential risks. Kanchenjunga of Eastern Nepal is the third highest peak on earth and its massif is formed with several other high peaks. The view of it from its basecamp is just breathtaking.
Although the peak is not allowed to be climbed, the region was opened for trekking in only 1998. And maybe that is why the trails haven’t yet been commercially browbeaten like ones in Everest and Annapurna region. If you are looking to trek through a remote trail that’s tough, beaten, and secluded, it is one for you. There are two main routes that will take you to the northern and southern base camps respectively. However, if you are looking for extreme adventure, you can combine both routes by crossing either Mirgin La Pass (4,663m) or Lapsang La Pass (5,160m).
Dolpo is the hidden gem of Nepal. Many have heard of it but only a few have dared to make the trip of their lifetime into Dolpo. Situated right behind the massive Dhaulagiri Massif and shut by snow most of the time of the year, it is hands down the remotest, secluded, and difficult treks in Nepal. An adventurer’s dream trek, right?
The trek involves crossing two very high passes through the yak-herding region of the beautiful Phoksundo Lake. The trek starts from Dunai. It is also possible to commence the journey from Jumla. Crossing the Baga La (5,090m) and Numa La (5,360m) is very challenging but the remoteness and lack of other trekkers make it even riskier. However, it will take you through the ancient and authentic sides of Nepalese Himalayans. However, trekkers, keep in mind that the passes are generally only open until late October. While it is possible to trek in monsoon, heavy monsoon makes it impossible to trek in winter.