Tourism is a huge factor in the Nepalese economy and it’s easy to see why. With many of the tallest mountains in the world, thousands of hikers travel to Nepal each year to get their boots worn and muddy on the some of the most dramatic trekking routes on earth. Within Nepal there are two famous trekking regions – Everest and Annapurna, both of which offer unique possibilities as this article will look at.
Annapurna Circuit trek
One of the most famous treks in the world, the Annapurna trek is a real gem and takes you through some stunning scenery. The trek begins in sub-tropical conditions and then ascends up into the mountains where you trek over the Thorung La pass. From which you get one of the most stunning vistas in the Himalaya! Your trek then ends by hiking down into the Mustang region where it becomes slightly more arid.
Annapurna Sanctuary trek
Another great option, this trek is slightly shorter than the Circuit trek. The Sanctuary trek begins by ascending to the summit of poon Hill where you are rewarded with amazing vistas of the surrounding area. It then descends down into the ‘sanctuary’ – a deep valley walled on either side by huge mountains.
Poon Hill trek
The Poon Hill trek is ideal for novice hikers or hikers on a tight schedule. It is the shortest route available and takes the same route as the Sanctuary up to the top of Poon Hill to see the incredible views of the Annapurnas, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchchre.
With thousands of hikers a year flocking to Everest, this is by far the most popular trek in Nepal. Following in the footsteps of all the great climbers that have come before you to conquer Everest, the trail follows the famous Khumbu Valley towards Base Camp. You’ll pass through beautiful Sherpa villages, steep rocky terrain and take breaks in some of the most authentic teahouses in the country.
Gokyo Lakes trek
If you have a bit more time on your hands then we would suggest taking the Gokyo Lakes trek to Everest Base Camp. This trail is a great way to avoid the crowds, get off the beaten track and see some incredible sights! After leaving the standard trek at Namche, you head towards the lake region where you come across three holy lakes of beautiful blue azure colour. You then trek over the Cho La pass and on towards Base Camp where you can see the Khumbu Icefall up close.