Top 10 Trekking Peaks in Nepal | Most Popular Peaks for Climbing
Nepal, the land of the Himalayas, is known all over the world for housing eight of the fourteen 8000m mountains in the world. While the high Himalayas are popular among mountaineers from around the globe, there are several “trekking peaks” in the country which have been equally successful in inviting adventurers who want to do more than trekking but aren’t quite ready for mountain expedition.
Trekking Peak is a specific permit classification given by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). It is the least expensive permit available, but it also is given to peaks that generally fall between 5,800 and 6476 meters above sea level. These peaks tend to be less technical in nature, and are mostly climbed by the novice climbers or those with little mountaineering experience. These peaks are also climbed to practice for the expedition to higher peaks. If you are in a very good physical and mental shape and are planning a trek into the Himalayas of Nepal, then adding a peak climb to your adventure is an excellent way to witness the beauty of the Himalayas in a totally different way. Plus, the sense of accomplishment gained from summiting a real Himalayan peak is a feeling that is unmatched by anything else.
If you are wondering which the best trekking peaks in Nepal are, then we’re here to help. Here is a list of the top 10 most popular trekking peaks with brief descriptions so that you can choose the right fit for your next Himalayan holiday.
1. Mera Peak (6,476m/ 21,247ft)
3. Lobuche Peak (6,119m/ 20,070 ft.)
4. Pharchamo Peak (6,187m/ 20,298ft.)
Now we move further west into the central part of the Himalayas and into the Annapurna Region. Directly above a village with the same name, Pisang, the peak is reached through the northern edge of the Manang Valley. This peak is often combined with the Annapurna Circuit Trek and goes over the famous Thorung La Pass (5416m) that brings you to the sacred Muktinath temple. It is a beautiful and fairly symmetrical peak with a steady climb along a well-defined ridge to the summit. This peak also is best for those with climbing experience as there are technical sections to contend with. But the climber is well rewarded with views of Himlung (7126m), Manaslu (8163m), and Gangapurna (7454m) along with the snow-covered peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs.
8. Chulu West (6,419m/ 21,055ft.)
Chulu West Peak is another peak that lies just off of the Annapurna Circuit Trek, besides the Thorung La Pass, in the Manang Valley. Chulu West is a little more difficult as the trek is longer and is slightly more technical than its neighbor, Pisang Peak (6091m). However, with excellent physical fitness, some previous climbing experience, and a desire for serious adventure, this peak will reward you with the incredibly close view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges, as well as vistas that stretch into Tibet.
9. Dhampus Peak (6,012m/ 19,719ft.)
The adventure begins as you make your way to Pokhara, then fly to Jomsom, which is also the entry point for accessing the Mustang Region. Some will follow the routes of Poon Hill Trek to reach this region and will add adventure and extra days. Dhampus Peak is in the Dhaulagiri Range and is becoming quite popular, but remember, popular doesn’t necessarily mean you will really encounter others when climbing this peak. It is a fairly non-technical peak, and more accessible for those with little mountaineering experience. The Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges spread in front of you as you stand on the top of Dhampus Peak.
10. Tent Peak (5,663m/ 18,575ft.)
Sometimes called Tharpu Chuli, Tent Peak is more central in the Annapurna Region than the last few peaks mentioned. If you want to view Annapurna up-close and personal, then this is your trekking peak. Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), and various other peaks of the Annapurna Range are all laid out before you once you reach the top of Tent Peak. Unlike the last few, this trek is often combined with the Annapurna Base Camp trek, a slightly different trek that takes you into the Annapurna Conservation Area, which is an ecological wonder in itself. If you are ready for the transition from an ardent trekker to an amateur mountaineer, this peak is for you.
So, here is a list of top 10 trekking peaks in Nepal to get you starting in thinking about adding a peak climb to your trekking journey in Nepal. No matter which peak you choose to climb or what region you decide to trek, Nepal is a wonderland full of amazing adventures, heart-warming cultural experiences, and fantastic challenges for your mind and body.