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Top 8 walking holidays in Nepal

Nepal boasts a diverse network of walking holidays offering each individual a trip that matches their requirements. From walking to the base camp of the world’s highest mountains; to the top of a high mountain pass or to the solitude in a remote part, Nepal has rightly been a utopia for trekkers and hikers for many years.

Whatever your walking aura, these walking holidays in Nepal are sure to provide you with a lifetime experience that will be cherished forever.

Walk from one village to another, stay at local teahouses and enjoy the local foods. Highest mountains in the world, non-technical mountain pass, stunning viewpoints, emerald lakes, ancient cultures…you will never get enough of the spectacular walk in the Himalayas. 

We’ve handpicked eight absolute best walking holidays in Nepal that ranges from 2 to 3 weeks adventures. 

1. Everest Base Camp Trek

Many people have been fascinated by the thought of walking to the base of the world’s highest mountain ever since the descriptions and photographs have begun to circulate across the world about great successful expeditions/adventures to Mt. Everest. Everest Base Camp Trek is an outstanding trek taking you to the base of world’s highest mountain whilst visiting the high Himalayan valleys of the Khumbu, exploring villages and monasteries and to sample the warm hospitality of the Sherpa people. 

everest base camp short trekking

Details:
Highlight: Trekking to the base camp of the world’s highest mountain.
Duration: 12 days to 15 days excluding Kathmandu.
Best season: Spring (Mid-March to May) and Autumn (Mid-Sept to Dec). 
Stay: Local lodges/teahouses 
Holiday Information: Everest Base Camp Trek

2. Annapurna Circuit Trek

Listed among the top 5 walking holidays in the world, Annapurna circuit trek offers an exemplary walking experience that ranges from as low as 700m to 5416m altitude. The diverse landscapes and cultures on this walk make this a preferred walking holidays for many adventure lovers. The trek follows a full circuit of the Annapurna massif providing splendid Himalayan views. 

Details:
Highlight: Spectacular walking holiday and one of the highest pass in Nepal, 5416m.
Duration: 12 to 18 days depending on the route and excluding Kathmandu. 
Best season: Spring (Apr to May) and Autumn (Oct to Dec). 
Stay: Local lodges/teahouses
Holiday Information: Annapurna Circuit Trek

3. Manaslu Circuit Trek

Referred as one of the best off the beaten walks in Nepal, Manaslu Circuit Trek has gained its popularity in the recent years. Its exemplary experience of culture, landscapes and traditions make this trek a classic Himalayan walking destination. The trek also features a high mountain pass, Larkya La that sits at an altitude of 5160m. You also get a close-up view of the eighth highest mountain in the world (Mt. Manaslu) on this trek. 

Details:
Highlight: Classic Himalayan walking destination and a mountain pass at 5160m. 
Duration: 12 to 14 days depending on the route and excluding Kathmandu. 
Best season: Spring (Apr to May) and Autumn (Oct to Dec). 
Stay: Local lodges/teahouses
Holiday Information: Manaslu Circuit Trek

4. Rolwaling Circuit Trek 

If a base camp trek isn’t your thing, follow this less trodden route to the hidden valley in the mid-eastern part of Nepal. Rolwaling valley trek is one such trek that will blow your mind. The trek winds through the far-flung and virgin territory of the hidden valley, Rolwaling. The mountain vistas and village landscapes shared with cultural gaiety and rural lifestyles integrate into simply unforgettable discoveries.

Chobuje ExpeditionDetails:
Highlight: Off the beaten walking experience to the far-flung and virgin territory of Rolwaling valley. 
Duration: 8 to 12 days depending on the route and excluding Kathmandu. 
Best season: Spring (Apr to May) and Autumn (Oct to Dec). 
Stay: Local lodges/teahouses
Holiday Information: Rolwaling Trek

5. Everest Three High Passes Trek

If you want to experience Everest in a full picture and want to cover all major highlights of Everest then this Everest Three High Passes Trek is for you. The trek features three passes in the Everest region namely Renjo La Pass, Cho La Pass and Khongma La Pass, all above 5000m. A full circuit of Everest region on a 3 weeks adventure is the main highlight of this trek. 

Everest Base Camp Trek DistanceDetails:
Highlight: Full circuit of the Everest region with 3 high mountain pass above 5000m. 
Duration: 18 to 21 days depending on the route and excluding Kathmandu. 
Best season: Spring (Apr to May) and Autumn (Oct to Dec). 
Stay: Local lodges/teahouses
Holiday Information: Everest Three High Passes Trek

6. Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Annapurna Base Camp was first explored by the British explorer Col. James O.M. ‘Jimmy’ Roberts in the year 1956 and was shown to the world as the ‘Sanctuary of Gods’. And so the Sanctuary was christened as “Annapurna Sanctuary” since then. Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a moderate grade walking holiday that takes you to the south base camp of the world’s 10th highest mountain. At base camp, you are surrounded by the massive Annapurna mountain ranges. 

Annapurna sanctuary walkDetails:
Highlight: Trek to the south base camp of the world’s 10th highest mountain. 
Duration: 8 to 12 days depending on the route and excluding Kathmandu. 
Best season: Spring (Apr to May) and Autumn (Oct to Dec). 
Stay: Local lodges/teahouses
Holiday Information: Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

7. Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek

Emerald lakes, two major viewpoints, mountain pass and trek to Everest base camp are what makes this one of the most loved walks in the Everest region after the Everest base camp trek. The route detours from the standard Everest BC trail taking you to an emerald lake, Gokyo. From here, a pass at an elevation of 5420m connects Gokyo to the Everest region offering a splendid walking holiday.

Gokyo Lakes TrekDetails:
Highlight: Gokyo Lakes, Cho La Pass and Everest Base Camp
Duration: 15 to 18 days depending on the route and excluding Kathmandu. 
Best season: Spring (Apr to May) and Autumn (Oct to Dec). 
Stay: Local lodges/teahouses
Holiday Information: Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek

8. Upper Mustang Trek 

The last one of our walking holidays in Nepal is the Upper Mustang Trek. Upper Mustang Trek has more than what meets the eye. The region remained closed to tourists till 90s and even today, the region remains under a controlled area of Nepal, to preserve the tradition and rich history of this region. If you want to see more than the mountain then this walking holiday is a perfect fit for you. The region offers rich history, ancient cultures and tradition and bespoke adventure.

upper mustang trekking highlightsDetails:
Highlight: Journey the forbidden kingdom. 
Duration: 8 to 12 days depending on the route, mode of transportation and excluding Kathmandu. 
Best season: Apr to Dec
Stay: Local lodges/teahouses
Holiday Information: Upper Mustang Trek

We offer fully guided and supported walk to all the above-listed destinations, get in touch with us and we can definitely assist you in the planning of your walking holiday in Nepal. 

Lace-up your boots as the mountains are calling. 

About Author

Passang is a managing director and national mountain leader at Highland Expeditions. With over 8 years of experience as an Operation Manager prior to founding Highland Expeditions, he has acquired sound knowledge about the local tourism in Nepal and the Himalayas. To add credit, he has also operated many treks and climbs successfully ensuring the safety priority and service paramount.

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