Top 3 Absolute Best Trekking Destination for First Time Travelers to Nepal
Trekking is one of the major attractions for travelers coming to Nepal. Known for the gigantic Himalayan ranges, there are plenty of viewpoints for you to enjoy the beautiful lakes and mountains in Nepal, but if you want to actually get there and enjoy the breath taking nature first hand, trekking is the way to go.
There are quite a few trekking destinations in Nepal so you have plenty to choose from. Whether you want to trek through the barren lands of Upper Mustang, visit a lake and camp over night or just trek to some amazing mountain ranges and rest in the basecamp, everything can be arranged. But note that different trekking destinations vary in terms of difficulty level, expenses, and the time it takes.
Keeping in mind that you might be a first time traveler, here are 3 amazing trekking destinations for you to choose from.
Ghorepani Poonhill Trek
Also known as Annapurna Panorama Trekking, this is one of the most popular and relatively easy trekking trip you can take in Nepal. You will experience the Himalayan Panorama and you can also immerse yourself in the unique local culture of villages en route. The major attraction point for this trek is the spectacular views you get from Poon Hill, which is also known as Photographer’s paradise. So be prepared to get your camera out and take some amazing snaps of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges.
You will be able to get a mesmerizing view of sunrise from Poon Hill. Trekking through ethinic villages, experiencing new culture while you see beautiful sights of paddy fields and Himalayas makes it one of the top trekking spots.
Most trekkers choose to fly to Jomsom from Pokhara and start their trekking from there. The flight alone is breath taking s you will be flying above the deepest gorge in the world. Upper Mustang is also referred to as the last forbidden kingdom of Nepal as it was only opened for trekking after 1992.
Upper Mustang is more similar to Tibet in culture and landscape and you will find some amazing caves carved into sheer cliff walls and Buddhist monasteries from 16th century that has been preserving the ancient Buddhist culture.
The trek is moderate in difficulty and suitable for passionate walkers. You should be able to complete the trek in about 15 days, or faster.
Three Passes Trek
If you’re looking for something really challenging, this is the trek for you. And frankly, this is what Nepal is famous for. You will be trekking through the Solo Khumbu via Kongma La, Cho La and Renjo la (the three passes) which is undoubtedly among the best treks in the world. The highest altitude you’ll reach is 5550m and be face to face with the tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest.
Even though Everest base camp is the prime attraction, the three passes trek allows you to experience all highlights of the Solo Khumbu as well as let you see the life of the Sherpa people first hand.
The trek begins and ends at Namche Bazaar and you can complete your trek from either direction.
These are the some of the most amazing trekking destinations in the country, and it should fit the needs of all trekkers from beginners to experts. However, there are plenty of other trekking destinations for you to choose from.