Adventure! This is the one word that comes to your mind when you travel to Nepal. With all the backpackers, adventurers and mountain climbers getting their equipment ready, you don’t want to miss out on this exhilarating experience.
Renowned as one of the best trekking destinations in the world, Nepal has numerous trekking destinations that can get a kick out of you.
In this article, we’ve listed 3 adventurous treks in Nepal. Let’s explore!
1. Annapurna Circuit Trek
If you’re seeking an extensive trekking option that includes a range of scenic destinations of Nepal, the Annapurna Circuit Trek is the option for you. The trek lets you view some of the highest peaks in the Western region of the country.
You trek around the entire Annapurna Mountain Range. It includes the 10th tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Annapurna I (8,091m), and 13 other peaks with more than 7,000m of height.
Along the way, you can experience the contrasting geography of the region. The trail ranges from a sub-tropical warm area to a remote and rugged spot in the high Himalayas.
This is quite a strenuous trekking route and lasts about 10 to 12 days. Pack all the essentials, such as warm clothes, sleeping bags, hiking boots, and other gears that you require for such highland trekking.
The best months to trek in this area are from October to early December and late February to April. However, if you prefer a less crowded period of the year, September is perfect. You also get to see clear skies during this month.
Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek
- Walk inside Annapurna Conservation Area (7,629 km2), which is home to snow leopard, red panda, clouded leopard, and other Himalayan creatures
- Points of attraction are Thorung La Pass (5416m), Muktinath Temple (3,710m), Poon Hill (3,210m), and Kali Gandaki Gorge (2,520m).
- You can view Mt. Manaslu (8,157m), Tilicho Lake (4,919m), and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m) from here.
- Trek starts from a small village Khudi, Lamjung, gradually extends to Manang, Mustang and finally ends at Birethanti, Kaski
- Visiting several temples, monasteries, prayer walls, and Gurung and Magar villages at the foothill of Himalayas
2. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
Situated in the most rustic location, KBC trek lets you experience the pristine old civilization and get closer to the third highest peak in the world, Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586m). It is situated on the border between Taplejung, Nepal and Sikkim, India.
In addition, you can get a close view of Mt. Kumbakarna and plenty of other high snow-capped peaks in the region. You cross the Lapsang La Pass, on the way, from where you can view a distant view of Mt. Makalu, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Everest.
The trek begins from a small town of Taplejung Bazaar, situated in the Taplejung district in the NorthEast region of Nepal. You can reach Taplejung by road which is 675 km away from Kathmandu. Alternatively, a 35 minutes flight from Kathmandu will take you to Suketar, which is merely 3 km from Taplejung Bazaar.
Highlights of Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
- Camping on the Kanchenjunga South Base Camp (4610m) beside Yalung Glacier
- Explore Himalayan villages inhabited by Rai, Limbu, Sherpa, and Tibetan communities
- Walking inside Kanchanjunga Conservation Area (2,035 km2) with a chance to encounter snow leopard, red panda, musk deer, blue sheep, etc.
- Get a magnificent view of major mountains in the Eastern Himalayan Range
- Trekking through subtropical alpine forests, unspoiled glaciers, crop fields, and sloppy cliffs
3. Makalu Base Camp Trek
Coming back to the Eastern part of Nepal, Makalu Base Camp trek is another exhilarating adventure that works wonders with nature enthusiasts. If you admire nature at its most pristine level, then you’re going to have an experience of your lifetime.
For this trek, you need to take a flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar Airport (518m). Then take a ride to Chichira (1980m) in Sankhuwasabha district. The farthest point of the trek is Makalu Base Camp (4870m), in the same district.
You can take a rest in the tiny Himalayan villages resided by the local Rai and Sherpa communities. You should put this route in your highest priority if you’re a solo traveler.
With a moderate level of difficulty and a sparsely populated area, you can truly indulge in nature. Carry the essential items you need. There are fewer guest houses in this area so you might have to sleep in tents and sleeping bags on higher altitudes.
The trekking route includes snowy trails and slippery rocks. You can encounter dangerous rockfalls and some wild mammals during your journey. The best seasons for travel are spring and autumn.
Highlights of Makalu Base Camp Trek
- Situated inside Makalu Barun National Park (1,500 km2), home to 88 species of mammals and 440 species of birds
- View Mt. Makalu (8,485m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), Mt. Everest (8,848m), and Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586m) from proximity
- Walking through the deepest valley in Nepal, Arun Valley (435m), and climb the highest point of the trek, Shipton La Pass (4,210m)
- The route includes rhododendron forest, granite cliffs, waterfalls, river gorges, ice water lakes, and thick layers of glaciers
Depending on your trekking route, you may or may not get a comfortable accommodation. Also drinking fresh water in the Himalayan region might be demanding.
However, don’t let these difficulties drag you down from one of the most memorable moments of your life. Take care of your accommodation by carrying your own sleeping bags. Prepare your own glass of drinking water with several water filtration methods.
All and all, don’t spend too much time planning for your trip. Just take care of the essentials and let nature guide you along the way.
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