Nepal is a favorite destination for avid hikers and trekkers. The lure of the Himalayan mountains attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the globe. There are hikes that cater to all skill levels, from beginners looking for a leisurely stroll, to expert climbers looking the summit the world's highest peak. Nepal has a lot to offer visitors. The culture is fascinating, the food is excellent, and the people are among the most welcoming you could encounter. Nepal is truly one of the most beautiful corners of the world.
The Annapurna Region is one of the most popular areas for trekking in Nepal. It's a beautiful area with very diverse scenery, including dramatic mountains, rice terraces, quaint villages, as well as a fascinating hill culture. Many treks start and end near Pokhara, which is a well known town with trekkers. Pokhara has many shops and restaurants that cater to arriving and departing trekkers and its relaxed atmosphere make it a comfortable place to spend a few days.
The Annapurna Circuit is one of the most popular multi-week treks in Nepal. The hike travels through many towns and villages where hikers can sleep in local guesthouses. The trail is well marked and passes through varied landscape, making for an enjoyable and rewarding way to explore the region. The circuit can also be divided into slightly shorter treks if you only have time to cover a short distance.
There are a wide variety of tour companies that lead treks in the Annapurna Region. Several options are described below.
Annapurna Himalayan Trek - Ace the Himalaya
Annapurna Himalayan Trek is offered by the tour operator Ace the Himalaya. This ten day tour begins and ends in Kathmandu. It includes accommodation, a guide, some meals, and transportation. The actual trek begins and ends near Pokhara and follows the trail through beautiful valleys, lush forests, and picturesque waterfalls. It's a relatively easy hike on a well marked trail that passes through several fascinating villages.
Hikers pass through famous areas in the Annapurna region including Ghorepani, Poon Hill, Tadapani, and Ghandruk.
If you're interested in hiking in the Annapurna Region but don't want to go it alone, this is an excellent option. Solo travelers may be paired with other solo travelers to share a room. The groups are kept relatively small and they often have a relaxed but social vibe.
Annapurna Trek - World Expeditions
The Annapurna Trek offered by World Expeditions also begins and ends in Kathmandu. It's a 10 day tour package that lets you see diverse landscapes and fascinating culture. The actual trek begins outside of Pokhara in the village of Khare. Over the next week hikers pass through villages such as Landruk, Chomrung, Tadapani, and Ghandruk. They see rhodedendron forests, beautiful mountains, and breathtaking landscapes. The groups are usually small, allowing for fun and relaxed interactions between both the other hikers and the guides. If you're looking for a rewarding way to explore this area, then World Expeditions offers a good tour.
Walking Annapurna - Intrepid Travel
The Walking Annapurna tour offered by Intrepid Travel is a good option for those looking for a shorter adventure. This 5 day tour begins and ends in Pokhara and takes you through breathtaking landscapes and beautiful rural villages. It passes through diverse landscapes including rich forests, snowy peaks, and open fields. The trek takes you through several interesting spots including Yangakot, Tanting, Siklis, and Ghalegaun. The trek offers a bit of a challenge as it passes some rough terrain, but the reward is well worth the effort.
This is a relatively affordable trek but do note that hikers are required to pay for several aspects of their trip separately including meals.
Annapurna Sanctuary - G Adventures
The Annapurna Sanctuary Tour, offered by G Adventures, is a 15 day tour that begins and ends in Kathmandu. The actual trek is ten days and goes through some of the most beautifuls settings in the Annapurna region. You'll pass through low lying fields, peaceful villages, and dramatic mountain views. The trek wanders through beautiful rural villages and truly spectacular settings. You'll have the opportunity to soak in hot springs and pass dramatic waterfalls. The trek will average about 4 to 6 hours of walking a day on relatively steep terrain. The highest point you'll pass is 4,130m (13,550 ft). Hikers are expected to be in decent shape as this hike is strenuous.
This trek passes through villages such as Ghorepani, Tadapani, Chhomrong, Annapurna Base Camp, Bamboo, Jhinudanda, and Pothana.
Poon Hill Trek
The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is one of the most popular and relatively easy treks in the Annapurna Region. It offers beautiful panoramic views of the mountains and is a short, multi-day trek that takes you through rural villages and beautiful countryside. The views from Poon Hill are best enjoyed at sunrise, when the viewpoint fills with hikers and photographers hoping to catch the spectacular scene.
Many tour companies offer treks to Poon Hill, and several are described below.
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek - Outfitter Nepal Treks and Expeditions
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The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek offered by Outfitter Nepal Treks and Expeditions is a 10 day tour that starts and ends in Kathmandu. The trip takes you to the view point on Poon Hill as well as the beautiful surrounding countryside. The hike is one of the most relaxed options in the region and it offers an accessible glimpse at the area's landscape and the culture. The highlight of the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is the sunrise from Poon Hill, but the trip also takes you to spots such as Tadapani, Ghandruk, and Nayapul.
Poon Hill Trek - Mountain Kick
The Poon Hill Trek offered by Mountain Kick is a 10 day tour that starts and ends in Kathmandu. After a day of exploring Kathmandu, the group drives to Pokhara where they spend the night. The following day they drive on to Nayapool and begin the trek. The highlight of trip is sunrise in Poon Hill, but the trek also passes through villages such as Ulleri, Ghorepani, Tadhapani, and Syauli Baazar.
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking - Nepal Hiking Team
Nepal Hiking Team organizes the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking tour which is an 8 day tour that starts and ends in Kathmandu. From Kathmandu, the group travels on to Pokhara and then begins its trek in Nayapul. The view from the top of Poon Hill is breathtaking and enroute the group visits monasteries, villages, and beautiful landscape.
Everest Base Camp Trek
The Everest Base Camp trek offers a realistic option for hikers who hope to personally experience this majestic mountain. It's one of the most popular hikes in Nepal, and attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year. The hike takes trekkers through the Sherpa culture with glimpses of monasteries and villages along the way.
If you'd like a glimpse of Mount Everest, but feel more comfortable traveling with an organized group, then there are wide variety of options to choose from. Below are some of the more popular group hikes to the base camp, or you can check out Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek information here
Everest Base Camp - Intrepid Travel
Intrepid Travel offers a 15 day tour to Everest Base Camp. The trip begins and ends in Kathmandu. From Kathmandu they fly on to Lukla and begin the trek to Everest Base Camp. Intrepid Travel has organized several back up plans in the event of bad weather, which commonly disrupts flights between Kathmandu and Lukla. Before booking this tour, make sure you understand the contingency plans, should your group experience these delays. This is a challenging hike and hikers should be it peak condition.
Everest Base Camp Short Trek - Nepal Hiking Team
Nepal Hiking Team offers a 14 day tour that takes visits from Kathmandu to Lukla, where they will experience the world renowned Everest Base Camp trek. The hike allows time for proper acclimatization, but the trip is strenuous and best for those at peak fitness level. The trip takes you through fascinating monasteries, beautiful natural settings, and breathtaking views which you can experience no where else in the world.
Everest Base Camp Trek - G Adventures
G Adventures offers a popular trek to Everest Base Camp. The company has frequent departures during peak months and the experience is truly life changing. The trek goes through beautiful forests, Sherpa villages, and dramatic peaks. The trip begins in Kathmandu where travelers will catch a flight to Lukla. Once they arrive, they will have several days to acclimate to the altitude before beginning the ascent.
This is a challenging hike and participants should be in peak condition. Weather can be variable so flexibility is a must.
Langtang Valley Trek
The Langtang Valley Trek is one of the more popular "easy" treks in Nepal. It's typically not as crowded as some of the more well known treks in around Annapurna and Everest, and it is in a beautiful setting with a lot to offer hikers. The trek takes at least seven days but most hikers choose to do it in 10 to 12 days.
The area is rich in culture with much of the local population of Tibetan origin. The scenery is breathtaking with stunning views of the Langtang Lirung range.
Langtang Valley Trek - Ace the Himalaya
Ace the Himalaya offers a 12 day Langtang Valley tour that starts and ends in Kathmandu. The hike takes you through Langtang National Park where it might be possible to see monkeys, musk deer, Pika, and various birds.
The hike is relatively easy and done at a leisurely pace. There is time to explore the area and soak up the local beauty.
Langtang Valley Trek - Nepal Hiking Team
Nepal Hiking Team also offers a tour through the Langtang Valley. The tour is 11 days and starts and ends in Kathmandu. The trek combines the area's impressive natural beauty with the rich local culture. It's a relatively easy trek that passes through beautiful natural settings and unique landscapes. This trek is a great option for travelers who want assistance with handling the logistics of organizing a trip to Nepal.
Langtang Valley Exotic Trek - Mountain Kick
Mountain Kick offers an affordable 10 day trek through Langtang Valley. The tour starts and ends in Kathmandu and offers hikers the chance to see unique wildlife and landscapes.