Nepal, despite its tiny size, is home to one-third of the 2400km stretch of the Himalayans. Including the Everest, Nepal boasts of 8 eight-thousanders – amongst the world’s 14 peaks above the elevation of 8,000m. While the total number of peaks in Nepal is a subject of confusion, it boasts of dozens of peaks above 7,000m and 6,000m and innumerable smaller peaks. The trails here alone go higher than the highest peak in Europe. And that’s why Nepal welcomes tens of thousands of trekkers every year. Here’s our pick of five best treks for the best Himalayan views in Nepal.
PoonHill Ghorepani Trek
This is an entry-level trek in the mountains, but gives even the best treks a run for their money, with its incomparable mountain views. The trek can be completed in just four days, but we recommend you to spend a week here to fully absorb the experience. since it doesn’t go higher than 3,500m, it is perfect for beginners. Passing through beautiful Gurung villages, this trek leads you right int the heart of Annapurna region. The main highlight of the trek is a viewpoint called Poon Hill, at height of 3,201m, which offers an amphitheatre-like view of over 20 peaks including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Massifs. The view of sunlight painting the mountains tangerine is what dreams are made of.
Langtang Valley Trek
Langtang Valley is just about 30kms northwest of Kathmandu but is also known as the Himalayan’s best-kept secret. Calling Langtang beautiful will be a big understatement. Although the region doesn’t boast of an eight-thousander like Annapurna and Everest region, you can have the most incredible views of Langtang Lirung, The Ganesh Himal massif, Yala Peak, Naya Kanga, and Ganchenpo (Fluted Mountain) that climbs graciously towards heaven. On top of that, this trek also offers the rare chance of viewing the beautiful mountains on the Tibetan side. Since the region is home to numerous lakes and glaciers, you will also come across them often.
Annapurna Circuit Trek
This is the most fulfilling and versatile trek in the entire Himalayans. The trek encircles the 8,091m high Annapurna massif and connects two of the most touristy districts of Nepal – Manang and Mustang. The trek grants you with beautiful views of the western mountains throughout the trail, even without reaching the main destination. However, from Thorung La Pass, you can have unmatchable views of mountains like Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri Massif, and Annapurna Massif. You can even enrich your experience by venturing on amazing side trips like the Dhaulagiri Icefall and Milarepa’s cave for some more amazing views.
Everest Three High Passes Trek
This one is only for the seasoned trekkers and the brave-hearted ones. Since you will be crossing three Himalayan passes, all above an elevation of 5,400m, you can imagine the kind of views you will see. On top of that, the trek route will go through famous viewpoints like Kala Pathhar and Gokyo Ri. It is safe to say that this is the holy grail of all other scenic treks in the Everest region. It is demanding and strenuous but is also very gratifying. During the trek, you can have pretty amazing views of mountains like Everest, Pumori, Nuptse, Baruntse and Cho Oyu multiple times. You will also get to see the region’s biggest glacier, Ngozumpa, from a very close range.
Manaslu Circuit Trek
It is the least visited trekking trail in our list but has so much more to offer. The trek will take you right into the foothills of Mt. Manaslu, the eighth tallest mountain in the world. This trekking journey beautifully blends mountain views with subtropical vegetation, mountain deserts, and ancient villages. the highest point reached during the trek is in Larke Pass, at height of 5,106m. Including the Manaslu, during the trek, you will come face to face with 10 peaks over 6,500m and a few over 7,000m. The views of mountains like Himalchuli, NgadiChuli, Shringi, and Langpo will be etched in your memory forever.