Walking vacations in Nepal overview

Many places lay claim to the best treks in the world, but none are as spectacular as the Himalayan epics in Nepal. More of a mecca than a mountain, climbing Everest is a pilgrimage and the ultimate bucket list tick. The breathtaking Annapurna range is a horseshoe-shaped route that wanders through traditional Hindu villages and wild forests of oak. And then there’s Langtang, an alpine trek running parallel with Tibet that offers more amazing views in a short time than any other walk-in trek in Nepal. Get the most out of your mountain adventure with our walking in Nepal travel guide.

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Nepal family vacation

From £1750 to £2100
12 days ex flights
A fabulous family vacation including the best of Nepal

Small group vacation to Nepal

From US $2570 to US $3007
11 days ex flights
See Kathmandu Chitwan NP & Bandipur
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Annapurna trekking vacations, Nepal

From US $1640
11 days ex flights
Trekking in the Himalaya
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Map & highlights

Over half of people on trekking vacations in Nepal tackle the Annapurna Circuit. The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek arrows straight for its heart – the plateau in the middle of the 7,000m-plus Annapurna Mountains. However, Everest Base Camp is the most well-known trek in Nepal, where you can stand, awe-struck, in the shadow of the world’s highest mountain. The Gokyo Lakes tempt your gaze from the clouds to the ground as you walk through Sherpa villages to bright turquoise waters overlooked by Mount Everest. Langtang and Poon Hill are the most accessible treks. The lower-altitude scenery is less bare: think rhododendron valleys and yak farms.
Annapurna Circuit

1. Annapurna Circuit

A whopping 55.8 percent of Nepal’s 140,000 annual trekkers trek the Annapurna Circuit. It’s known for its diverse landscape, leading from jungle to alpine forest, and entails a 125km circumnavigation of the breathtaking Annapurna range. Despite controversy over road construction, the circuit’s popularity is proof of its position as one of Nepal’s greats.
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

2. Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

This incredible trek has peaks that stand at 7,000m, allowing you to visit the world’s roof and then climb all over it. The range forms a natural amphitheatre, reached via a testing combination of steep stone steps and forested hillsides ablaze with colour, and is circled by Himalayan giants like the infamous twin-peaked Macchapucchare.
Everest Base Camp

3. Everest Base Camp

Everest, and the camp at its base that meets intrepid climbers as they begin and end their ultimate mountain adventure, needs little introduction, but deserves a lot of credit. A moment’s reflection at base camp, standing breathlessly close to the mountain itself is a vision of awe, possible danger and ultimately, triumph, all rolled into one.
Gokyo Lake

4. Gokyo Lake

The Gokyo Lakes are a body of water so clear and turquoise-blue it’s as if there’s a mirror reflecting the sky itself. The route to reach it takes trekkers through Sherpa heartland, stopping at the villages of Namche Bazaar and Dole before the ascent of Gokyo Ri, whose summit gives clear views of Everest’s awesome bulk.
Langtang

5. Langtang

The Langtang Valley offers alpine trekking that runs from east to west, only whiskers from the Tibetan border. A shorter, easily accessible trek, the Langtang Trek itself can be done in a week and what it lacks in super high peaks, it makes up for in amazing scenery - think oaks and rhododendrons; soft moss and larch trees, and yaks plodding their way home.
Poon Hill

6. Poon Hill

Poon Hill is one of Nepal’s least physically demanding treks and is a shorter, circular route through hot springs and friendly local villages. The highlight? Poon Hill itself, where you can wait and watch the sun come up revealing, like the curtains being drawn back on a stage, unparalleled views across soaring Himalayan peaks.

Everest Base Camp

Walking to Everest Base Camp is for trekkers who’d like a peek into the mythology surrounding the world’s tallest mountain. From the Nepalese side, you’ll trek to Everest Base Camp South – a 12-day hike that’ll give you respect for those attempting to reach the summit, especially the Sherpas who guide mountaineers all season long. The 12 days includes time to acclimatise at a steady pace as you trek through Namche Bazaar and Tengboche Monastery. You’ll get extraordinary views of Everest for your efforts, plus a walk that you’ll need to train for… but probably not as much as you think.

Annapurna region

There’s life beyond the Annapurna Circuit – and it comes in the shape of easier treks that explore the foothills of the Annapurna region. The scenery in this magnificent Himalayan backbone of Nepal ranges from rice paddies and Hindu farming villages to rhododendron woods and high plateaus. These are shorter treks that start at five days long, and you can choose higher or lower altitude walks, depending on your fitness level. Just remember that altitude sickness can affect anyone (it’s a great excuse to slow down when walking in the Annapurna region) and avoid the June-August monsoon season, when heavy rain can cause landslides.

Annapurna Circuit

Annapurna is the Hindu goddess of food and nourishment – a fitting name for the mountain range that the Annapurna Circuit explores. This is the most popular trek in Nepal. It’s easier than scaling Mount Everest, but you still need enough stamina to walk for 18 days through some of the highest mountains in the world. Your reward is spectacular Himalayan scenery that changes daily as you clamber over suspension bridges and stay in villages fluttering with prayer flags. Porters will carry your heaviest luggage; travel with one of our responsible tour operators to ensure that they’re treated with respect and given full workers’ rights.

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Everest Base Camp and Gokyo lakes trek in Nepal

From US $2949 to US $3179
19 days ex flights
This high altitude trek explores the heart of Sherpa homeland
Small group2021: 7 Apr, 14 Apr, 22 Sep, 13 Oct, 3 Nov, 10 Nov

Gokyo Ri Valley trek in Nepal

From US $1799
15 days ex flights
Trek to world's highest freshwater lakes in Everest Region
Small group2021: 23 Feb, 9 Mar, 23 Mar, 6 Apr, 20 Apr, 4 May, 18 May, 1 Jun, 15 Jun, 13 Jul, 21 Sep, 5 Oct, 19 Oct, 2 Nov, 16 Nov, 30 Nov, 2022: 22 Feb

Nepal trek with Chitwan National Park safari

From US $849 to US $955
14 days ex flights
Trek in Kathmandu valley & Chitwan

Nepal family vacation, walking in the Annapurnas

From US $1850
12 days ex flights
Low altitude trek in the Annapurna foothills
Small group2021: 13 Feb, 20 Mar, 11 Apr, 26 Sep, 31 Oct, 21 Nov, 2022: 2 Jan, 16 Jan, 12 Feb, 19 Mar, 10 Apr, 25 Sep, 23 Oct, 30 Oct, 20 Nov

Ghorepani Poon Hill trek in Nepal

From US $860 to US $1125
5 days ex flights
Moderate trek in the Annapurna Region.

Everest Base Camp trekking vacation, 15 days

From US $1560 to US $2020
15 days ex flights
The base of the world's tallest peak.
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More about Walking vacations in Nepal

Families

Trekking in Nepal with kids is completely doable if your children are used to walking lots in their spare time. You probably won’t aim for Everest, but Poon Hill (3,210m) is a great introduction to mountain climbing, while the Royal Trek only reaches 1,700m. Kathmandu is an exciting city for families, too – especially if you explore Asan Bazar market square and raid the teahouses for deep-fried jeri dunked in saffron syrup. Along the way, you might get the chance to stay with a Himalayan family, where you’ll notice that kids disregard what adults perceive as language and culture barriers. You’ll return inspired.

Top 10 walks in Nepal

The famous and spectacular Everest Base Camp (5,362m) and Annapurna Circuit are among the best walks in Nepal, but we think some lesser-known treks also deserve your time. Sailung Valley, with its sacred peak, is filled with yak herding villages and coffee terraces. Pikey Peak (4,065m) is a pilgrimage place for sunset and sunrise seekers. You might spy rhinos and tigers in Chitwan National Park. And the Manaslu Circuit explores backcountry surrounded by eight-thousanders, but is largely ignored by those trekking Everest and the Annapurnas. Read our guide to find out our top 10 walks in Nepal.
[Everest Base Camp: Rupert Taylor-Price] [Annapurna region: Matt Zimmerman] [Annapurna Circuit: Greg Willis] [Families: Matt Zimmerman] [Top 10 walks in Nepal: Charles Ng]
Photo credits: [Page banner: Olga Danylenko] [Best treks in Nepal: Vojtech Holoubek] [Everest Base Camp: Ben & Gab] [Annapurna region: Matt Zimmerman] [Family vacations: Steven Gerner] [Wildlife vacations: Vadim Tolbatov] [Types of vacations: Jigme Bodh]
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