Trekkers are ascending towards Larkey Pass in  Manaslu circuit trek nepal
27 Apr, 2023 - North Nepal Travels and Treks

10 best trek of the Himalayas(2023 )

The vast mountain range spanning over 2,400 kilometers across the lands of Nepal boasts breathtaking landscapes, diverse ecosystems with ever-green lower slopes, and unparalleled trekking experiences. Furthermore, hundreds of trekking trails provide a pool of opportunities for trekkers of all abilities to find their excellent adventure. In this ultimate travel guide for 2023, we present 20 of the best trek of the Himalayas, from the ever-known Everest Base Camp trek to the unheard trek like the Mardi Himal Trek. Gear up to explore the enchanting beauty of one of the world's highest peaks.

1. Everest Base Camp Trek 

Duration: 12-14 days Difficulty: Moderate

The Everest Base Camp Trek is undoubtedly one of the world's most iconical and popular Himalayan treks. Taking Lukla as the starting point, the 130-kilometer round-trip takes you through traditional Sherpa Villages, Lush forests, and past soaring peaks.
Furthermore, the otherworldly views of the majestic Himalayas and a chance to spot unique wildlife, such as snow leopards, red pandas, and Himalayan tahr. Several suspension bridges and ancient monasteries are only some of the many attractions mentioned here. Passing through villages like Namche Bazaar and Tengboche, where rich and preserved sherpa culture can still be experienced while enjoying breathing sceneries, the journey concludes at the base camp of Mount Everest, standing at 5,364 meters is a lifelong mesmerizing experience.

2. Annapurna Circuit Trek

Duration: 18-21 days Difficulty: Moderate

The Annapurna Circuit, a favorite among trekkers, offers a unique trekking experience, encompassing various landscapes from lush jungles to arid deserts in the Himalayas. Furthermore, this Himalayan Trek trail allows you to experience traditional Gurung and Magar villages and the challenging high-altitude landscapes of Manag Valley.
Being one of the longest trails, the 230-kilometer trail circumnavigates the Annapurna ranges. Thorong La Pass(5,416 meters) is the highest altitude offering panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Although the trek is also famous for the sacred site of Muktinath, attracting pilgrims from Nepal and India, the Annapurna Circuit captivates trekkers alike.

3. Manaslu Circuit Trek

Duration: 14-18 days Difficulty: Challenging

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the less-traveled pristine natural beauties, which becomes an excellent choice for those looking for a more remote and challenging trekking experience. Furthermore, this Himalayan Trek takes you around the world’s eight-highest mountain, Manaslu(8,163 meters), and a challenging cross of Larkya La pass (5,106 meters).
Moreover, the trail takes you through diverse landscapes, including subtropical forests, alpine meadows, and high-altitude deserts, offering you a unique opportunity to experience traditional Nepalese village life as you pass through the regions inhabited by various ethnic groups, such as Gurung, Nubri, and Tsum. The challenging crossing of Larkya La Pass (5,106 meters) rewards trekkers with stunning views of the Manaslu range and surrounding peaks.

4. Gokyo Lake Trek

Duration: 12-15 days Difficulty: Moderate

Placing itself as an excellent alternative to the classic Everest Base Camp trek, Gokyo Lakes Trek offers you magnificent views of Mount Everest and other massive peaks over 6000m in height. Furthermore, the rarely touched Gokyo Lake and the Gokyo Ri viewpoint(5,357 meters) are only some of the various attractions on this trek.
In addition to Gokyo Lake, the best opportunity to witness the massive Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in Nepal, lies on this trek. A quieter and calmer approach to the Everest trek while still providing views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. The adrenaline-pumping climb to the Gokyo Ri viewpoint at 5,357 meters offers an unforgettable panoramic view of the surrounding peaks and turquoise Gokyo Lakes.

A hiker strolling along the serene banks of Gokyo Lake, surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery

5. Langtang Valley Trek

Duration: 7-10 days Difficulty: Moderate

The Langtang Valley Trek falls as one of the lesser-known but relatively easy Himalayan treks that takes you through diverse landscapes, from dense forests to alpine meadows. Additionally, the Langtang Valley Trek is an excellent choice for trekkers who are looking for an easy as well as less-crowded trekking experience in the Himalayas; it offers you low risk and high return. Furthermore, this trek starts from north of Kathmandu, with the opportunity of experiencing the Tamang Cultures, and the panoramic views of Langtang Lirung(7,227 meters), Ganesh Himal (7,422 meters), and Dorje Lakpa peaks are truly mesmerizing. In addition to the breathtaking views of the Himalayas, this trek is also a great opportunity for wildlife enthusiasts, as the Langtang National Park is home to various species, including the elusive red panda, Himalayan tahr, and musk deer.

Langtang trek Neapal

6. Upper Mustang Trek 

Duration: 12-16 days Difficulty: Moderate

Upper Mustang Trek allows you to explore the isolated and arid region of the ancient Kingdom of Lo. In addition, to being isolated, one of the unique cultures and landscapes awaits your arrival. Moreover, presenting it as an ancient kingdom of Lo, this Himalayan Trek region inhabits many ancient caves, monasteries, and unique rock formations, forcing you to ponder how they achieved these formations and monasteries in those ancient times.
Furthermore, the breathtaking views of the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang, also known as the former capital of the Kingdom of Lo, will provide you an insight into how isolated and preserved this region is with its Tibetan-influenced culture, making it a fascinating destination for trekkers looking to experience an off-the-beaten-path adventure.

Upper mustang trek Nepal

7. Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek 

Duration: 18-22 days Difficulty: Challenging

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is a challenging and remote Himalayan Trek that offers an unparalleled trekking experience best suited for experienced adventures. The world’s seventh-highest mountain, Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters), is within your view, traversing the challenging crossing of the French Pass(5,360 meters) and Dhampus Pass (5,200 meters) offers stunning panoramas of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges.

Furthermore, the diverse landscapes, including the dense forests, the presence of high-altitude deserts, and even the snow-covered passes, make this trek an excellent opportunity for experienced trekkers to pump up their adrenaline. The opportunity to witness the dramatic icefall of the Dhaulagiri massif and the world’s deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki Gorge, also attracts trekkers for this circuit trek.

Group of trekkers cheering and celebrating their achievement at the summit in the 3-pass trek

8. Rara Lake Trek 

Duration: 10-14 days Difficulty: Moderate

The Rara Lake Trek is considered one of the best Himalayas Treks because it is a trekking opportunity to the largest and deepest freshwater lake in Nepal, Rara Lake. In addition to such a pristine lake, this trek is also considered one of the best treks due to its natural beauty and remote location with stunning views of snow-capped peaks and lush green forests. 
Furthermore, situated in a remote area of Rara National Park, this trek also blesses you to encounter diverse preserved wildlife, including musk deer, Himalayan black bears, and leopards. The traditional culture of the local people who have preserved their customs and way of life due to the region’s remoteness. Despite being a trek to Rara Lake and more opportunities to witness the wildlife, this trek also offers panoramic views of the Himalayas.

9. Nar Phu Valley Trek 

Duration: 12-16 days Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Nar Phu Valley Trek is one of the best Himalayan Treks in the Himalayas for its off-the-beaten-path location and unique cultural experiences in the remote and pristine villages of Nar and Phu. In addition to remoteness, these Tibetan-influenced villages are home to ancient Buddhist monasteries.
Furthermore, experiencing the unique way of life that has remained mostly unchanged for centuries is also one of the main attractions of this Himalayan Trek. After crossing the challenging Kang La Pass(5,320 meters), awe-inspiring views of the Annapurna range and the unique landscapes of the Nar Phu is a rewarding experiences on this Trek. Perfect for experienced and challenging for beginners, Nar Phu Valley Trek is ideal for those looking for an authentic and adventurous trekking experience in the Himalayas.
Nar Village Annapurna conservation area

10. Upper Dolpa Trek

Duration: 16-22 days Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

The Upper Dolpa Trek is an off-the-beaten-path adventure that takes you deep into the heart of one of Nepal's most secluded regions. With its pristine nature and unspoiled culture, this trek offers a genuine taste of remote Nepal, far away from the well-trodden trails of more popular trekking routes.
Upper Dolpa, a remote and isolated region in Nepal, lies in the western part of the country, sandwiched between the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges. With its diverse landscape, ranging from barren highlands to lush green valleys, Upper Dolpa has a unique beauty that attracts trekkers from all around the globe.
The region is home to the indigenous Dolpo people who have preserved their ancient Bon and Tibetan Buddhist culture. This fascinating blend of spiritual beliefs and rituals is an integral part of the Upper Dolpa Trek experience.

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