Go Trekking in Nepal

You see an old worn out Buddhist monastery at the edge of a cliff. The first soft morning light illuminates an icy ridge high above the valley. A fragile suspension bridge serves as your only access over a turbulent mountain river. The village you are looking for is only lit by candle lights under a clear starry night. Are you ready for a trek deep into the Himalayas?

Nepal Himalaya is home to 10 of the 14 highest peaks in the world, and thousands of lesser peaks that easily outclass any mountain you can find in Europe. Nepal is also an underdeveloped country, deeply affected by the 2015 earthquakes. But the Nepalese people deserve your visit, if only for their hospitality. And the savage beauty of this country is something else; find an introduction to trekking in Nepal below.

Nepal Trekking Tours

Ganesh Himal & Singla Top Trek - 8 Days

Ganesh HimalFrom USD 999.00

Everest High Pass Trek & Tea House - 20 Days

Everest RegionFrom USD 2,294.00

Everest Base Camp & Tea House - 13 Days

Everest RegionFrom USD 1,591.00

What trek should I do in Nepal?

The alpine high altitude trek

For those that want high alpine grasslands, to get right into the base of the highest mountains in the world, and are fine with having to acclimatize to avoid altitude sickness, the classical areas in Nepal are the Mount Everest Area (Khumbu) and the Annapurna.

The best known, yet still outstanding trek in the Everest area , is the Everest Base Camp Trek. You are going to fly from Kathmandu to a small airstrip called Lukla, and from there start the trek towards the base of the mountain chain. After reaching the monestary at Tengboche, the Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyo and other 8000 meter peaks will rise in front of you. The trek will take you to the Everest base camp, where all climbers gather who plan on conquering the Everest from the South side. If you are well-acclimatized, you may even make it to the Kala Pattar view point.

Another well known alpine trek is the path towards Annapurna base camp, to which you approach from Pokkhara, a town west of Kathmandu. But there are many more alpine options to choose from and our travel advisors will discuss any specific wishes you may have in detail, so make sure you talk to them about a specific trip you had in mind.

A mid-hill cultural trek

For those who are not prepared to hike right up to the base of some of the highest mountains in the world, there are many other great treks to choose from. The lower part of the Himalaya allows you to experience rural life in Nepal and there is a great variation of treks available at this altitude. For instance, we will often recommend the Ganesh Himal area, Bhairav Kunda and Ganesh Himal Area as these are remote, but easily accessible areas.

All the treks mentioned above start from the lower mid-hills, and then gradually climb onto the upper mid-hills. The highest mountains will see further away than from an alpine trek, but camping at beautiful locations and meeting the Nepalis is just as rewarding. Also note that the areas of our mid-hill cultural have far less visitors: Because we really like the combination of beautifulk views and remote location, we consider these our signature treks in the area.

Treks from 10 days and up

During trekking in Nepal, you will be exposed to high altitudes to which your body should gradually adapt. This periods of acclimatization are necessary so you avoid altitude sickness. Note that humans can ascend to a height of 2,400 meters (8,000 ft) without difficulty but that some of our tours can take you up to 5,600 meters (18,000 ft), depending on what trek you choose.

How long does a mid-hill trek take?

Go Beyond Asia offers treks from 5 up to 12 days and with a maximum height of 4,400 meters (14,400 ft) you are still right on the highest peaks of Europe. With gradual acclimatization, altitude sickness is avoided as well.

Teahouse trek or camping trek?

Trekking in Nepal is usually defined by either teahouse treks or camping treks.

  • Teahouse Treks - Teahouse treks are based on accommodation in teahouses. Teahouses were originally built to accommodate traders, doctors and government officials who had to walk deep into the mountains, with no roads available. These teahouses allowed them to sleep in simple dorm beds, and enjoy “dhal bath”, the traditional Nepali house dish. Gradually, these teahouses became trekking accommodations as well, and the general quality of these accommodations increased, along with a more varied menu.

    These days, a teahouse trek usually means you and your guide will stay in houses located in small mountain villages, along with a possible porter. Generally, these teahouse treks are cheaper than camping treks due to the smaller size of your crew.

    The areas that Go Beyond Nepal offers for Teahouse Treks Annapurna, Everest and eventually Langtang, which is currently still not open due to the 2015 earthquakes. Both areas feature a well-established network of teahouses.

  • Camping Treks - As previously mentioned, our camping treks require additional staff, as a camping crew requires a cook, the guide and several porters carrying tent- and kitchen equipment into the mountains. Usually, camping treks are a little more labor intensive, driving up their price but the experience is certainly unique. Imagine yourself in a camp far away from the modern world, while the Nepalese crew tends the site, cares for you and passes the time with traditional songs and dance. Food is prepared on the spot and there is no better way to immerse yourself into the unique culture of Nepal.

    The areas where Go Beyond Nepal has set up camping treks are Ganesh Himal, Bhairab Kund, and Panch Pokkhari. In these areas there are almost no teahouses and they are much less frequented by trekking expeditions. As remote as they are though, access is relatively fast through Kathmandu.

Nepal Trekking Tours

Ganesh Himal & Singla Top Trek - 8 Days

Ganesh HimalFrom USD 999.00

Everest High Pass Trek & Tea House - 20 Days

Everest RegionFrom USD 2,294.00

Everest Base Camp & Tea House - 13 Days

Everest RegionFrom USD 1,591.00

Mera Peak Trek - 20 Days

Everest RegionFrom USD 4,659.00

Namobuddha Trekking & Camping - 5 Days

Kathmandu valleyFrom USD 607.00

Langtang trek - 9 Days

LangtangFrom USD 680.00

Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking & Tea House - 6 Days

Annapurna RegionFrom USD 588.00

Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 11 Days

Annapurna RegionFrom USD 753.00

Annapurna Round Trek - 13 Days

Annapurna RegionFrom USD 1,204.00

Upper Mustang Remote Trekking - 13 Days

Upper MustangFrom USD 2,615.00

Bhairav Kunda Trek - 8 Days

Bhairab KundaFrom USD 971.00

Lowland Home Stay trek with Jungle Safari- 5 days

Chitwan, Kathmandu, TrekkingFrom USD 585.00

Everest Base Camp & Tea House - 13 Days - Group...

Everest RegionFrom USD 1,328.00

Trekking seasons – The Season matters

Note that spring and autumn really should be your preferred seasons for Nepal trekking.

  • Spring, from early March to early May, is the time when the rice paddies (fields) are crispy green, and both potato fields and apple trees are blossoming in the valleys. Temperatures are perfect for trekking. At 1500 - 2000 meters (5,000 – 6,500 ft) it is cold in the mornings, and about 20 to 25 degrees (68 – 77F) around noon. Skies are often clear, rainy days are limited, and most days are pleasantly sunny. Note that temperatures will lower as you trek higher into the mountains.
  • Autumn, September to November, is the clearest period with the best panoramic views of the mountains. Right after the monsoon, skies are clear and temperatures are similar to spring, meaning about 20 to 25 degrees (68 – 77F) around noon. Late November though, temperatures will gradually start to drop. Autumn comes with its own set of unique colors, which are different from spring but equally beautiful.
  • Summertime is mostly wet, tracks tend to be slippery and certain areas will have an abundance of leaches. We do not recommend this period of the year for trekking.
  • Wintertime is crisp and cold, and sometimes with heavy snowfalls. If you are an experienced trekker or mountaineer this time of the year can be an option.

Questions?

You can read more about travelling in Nepal and what to expect here, Know Before you Go - Nepal.

If you still have questions, or would like to know more about trekking in Nepal, please contact us on the form below. We will be happy to empty our backpack of knowledge into yours.

We wish you a great trip to this remote and beautiful national park.

Safe onwards travels.

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