Autumn, the season between summer and winter, is the peak season for trekking and alpine adventures in Nepal. Although the days are relatively shorter, the weather is just perfect in Nepalese Himalayan. Everything in sight turns a bright orange colour, lifting the region’s beauty by leaps and bounds.
In Nepal, Autumn stretches from September to November. September marks the end of monsoon, with clouds exhausting themselves and dissipating – leading to an endless blanket of blue sky. The remote trekking trails are not too slippery or wet. Similarly, the weather is dry – neither too scorching nor freezing. However, the main slice is that the visibility is extremely clear, with most surreal and gratifying views of the awesome Himalayans. By now, we hope you’re convinced that autumn is the best time of the year for trekking. Here’s a list of five best treks for Autumn 2020 in Nepal.
1. Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest Base Camp is the most famous trekking destination in the whole 2,400km stretch of the Himalayans. It is the holy grail of all trekking destinations in Nepal since it leads you to the base camp of the world’s highest summit. EBC is also one of the best tea house trekking trails in the country, boasting of hotels and teahouses ranging from cosy, inexpensive ones to those with unbelievable luxuries.
One of the highlights of the trek is that you will be following in the footsteps of legendary mountaineers like Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. During the trek and from basecamp, you can have the best views of peaks including Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Nuptse, and AmaDablam.
2. Annapurna Circuit Trek
It is safe to say that Annapurna Circuit Trek is the most wholesome and versatile trekking journey in Western Nepal. The trek fully encircles the Annapurna region and links two of the most famous trekking destinations: Manang and Mustang. The trek grants you with outstanding views of eight-thousanders like Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Gangapurna and so on.
Crossing the very high Thorung La Pass at height of 5,416m, trekking through picturesque Gurung settlements, visiting the holy Muktinath Temple, and trekking to the beautiful Tilicho Lake are just some of many highlights of this beautiful trek.
3. Annapurna Base Camp/Sanctuary Trek
One of the most popular base camp trek in Nepal that doesn’t go higher than 4130m as compared to other base camp treks in Nepal. Annapurna Base Camp/Sanctuary Trek is a 2 weeks long trek that takes you to the south base camp of world’s 10th highest mountain (Mt. Annapurna). Home to several 7000m peaks, along the trail you will be rewarded with the views of mountain notably Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Huinchuli, Fishtail and many more..
The trek in terms of altitude is moderate as it doesn’t go higher than 4130m but involves long ascent and descent for multiple days.
4. Langtang Valley Trek
If you are short of time, it is a perfect choice of destination for you. Langtang, just 30 km north from Kathmandu, is also known as ‘Nepal’s best-kept secret’. The trails of Langtang will slowly unfold the historic and ancient culture of Tibetan Buddhism, well-guarded by different ethnic groups like Tamangs and Hyolmos. Moreover, this trekking trail has a peculiar but perfect combination of variations in topography, elevation, and geology.
During the trek, you can enjoy splendid views of the Mt. Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Massif, and Yangra Peak including some from the Tibetan side, too. The journey is enriched even more by several icy lakes and glaciers that you will encounter during the journey.
5. Kanchenjunga Base Camp
This one is for the experienced trekkers only. Although it doesn’t top the popularity chart as the Everest Base Camp does, it is far more enriching, adventurous, and dangerous, too. Mt. Kanchenjunga, situated in the eastern border of Nepal, is the third highest peak on the earth. The trekking route was only opened in 1998, thus, the trails are still very remote and off-the-beaten. Since very few trekkers embark on this journey, you will find an ample amount of peace and solitude compared to other trekking trails in Nepal.
You can reach the base camp from either south or north. You can even combine both routes by passing through some very high Himalayan passes like Laspang La and Mirgin La. However, you need to be a part of an organized trekking group to trek here.