Himalayas Treks is a dream for many and a reality for those adventure lovers who seek to be in nature to heal their souls. Nevertheless, people will have it on their bucket list at least once, as an experience for a lifetime.
Since the first successful ascent to Mount Everest, almost 70 years ago, the Himalayas have become an ultimate destination for thousands of adventure lovers. Before 1953, tourism didn’t exist for the himalayan touring. The Himalayas were untouched and unattempted. Today’s world has new ways to experience the Himalayas: lodges to teahouses for those looking to take in the views with a bit of comfort or take a relaxing time out beneath the surface of Himalayan life. Or go for a scenic tour to heal the tired soul and energize with the beauty the Himalayas hold; or be it to beat the fear out from the bodily system- hundreds of motives, yet the ultimate goal, One! – To reach the Himalayas.
Himalayas are wild and barely populated, but in most, there is an incredible diversity of cultures that have adapted to surviving in an environment that can be exceptionally hostile, the beauty of the scenes it carries is another pulling factor. It is one wonder of nature that has intrigued all the people on this planet. The mystical quality of the Himalayas is intrinsic to the cultures it touches- Enthralling experience. Whenever people feel that life in the cities have become too monotonous, suffering through the ultra busy rush hours, the 9-5 working hours, the only things majorly that ever strike their minds are: high snow-clad mountains, clean air, unpolluted and untouched surroundings, chilled river, rich flora and fauna, and scenic beauty- spirit lifting and soul healing for sure. And it is definitely mind boggling to see how many popular trekking trails run through the Himalayas with their own personal interests or motives- it is the wildest dreams of an adrenaline junkie.
The Himalayas have hundreds of hiking trails. Every route is unique, appealing and thrilling in its own way. Each route has its own beauty, own story to tell.
If one has to dig into the history of the Himalayas, it’s much more than just a snow capped mountain peak. It represents the origin of people, life, and living, the lifestyle. In the ancient times, sages would go to mountains to meditate, for it was, and it is, the best way of self-realization.
Himalayas Trekking Holidays
For almost 20 years, Himalaya Trekking Pvt. Ltd has been taking travelers from around the world with lifelong memories of Trekking in the Himalayas of the “Majestic Nepal. We’ve always been committed to creating countless unforgettable moments for our travelers in different enthralling destinations of Nepal; taking care of the traveler’s comfort, their feasibility and most importantly, their safety is/has and will always be our utmost priority. Our trips are managed and customized in accordance to our visitors’ interests and their schedule:
We are a certified company registered with the Office of the Company Registrar, Government of Nepal. Ministry of Industry, the Department of Inland Revenue, Government of Nepal and Ministry of Tourism Government of Nepal. Our team is a group of experts who have academic as well as technical expertise in the tourism industry and our company has got a collective experience of more than 2/3 decades. They have knowledge regarding everything related to culture, historical and contemporary heritage, country’s landmarks, figures, local customs, tell stories about the characters who call the area their home, identify wildlife, and explain foods, sites, etc. They are always ready to make the trip and answer additional tour related questions that may come up during the trip and help provide them with insights. And this has helped a lot to establish our company as the leading trek organizers in the region in a short span of time.
Our single motto is to help travelers travel free, safe and sound in the unknown country, guide them explore with us, the truest of our country- Nepal and take-home limitless memories. Any difficulties, any problem that comes by, we are right here to take care of the necessaries. Also, any queries one may have before the journey, we will be the guiding help taking care of questions.
Best time for Himalayan Treks in Nepal
Although the bucket list to jumpstart with the trail, it is always advisable to goforth with it in the most favorable time of the year for one’s own safety. Selecting the best season/time will determine the success of the Himalayan tour.
As a general rule, the best months for hiking/trekking weather in Nepal are in the peak seasons of April, October and November. However, one has to be a step ahead with regards to heading to the himalayas- the time of year, the trekking region, the type of trek one wants to go with, one’s physical and mental health and of course, prepare and set for a range of weather and conditions, even during the favorable weather, change in climate is inevitable.
Difficulties in Trekking
While being in the midst of nature can be a very pleasing experience for anyone, it is imperative that one is responsible when one forays into the unknown. There will be many factors coming under the way creating difficulties during the trek. Some of which are as follows:
- Altitude sickness- As people go higher the physiology of the body cannot change as it needs, so altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness appears. And it can strike anyone as low as 2500 meters of elevation.
- Strains- Tears or stretching of ligaments developed especially in thigh and calf muscles.
- Sprains – These are common when the foot muscle turns inwards.
- Frostbites- Frozen body tissues that most commonly affect fingers, toes, ears, nose and chin areas due to extreme cold weather.
- Hypothermia- Condition when loss of body heat exceeds gain and body core temperature drops drastically. Physical exhaustion or insufficient clothing and failure to eat or dehydrate in high altitude result in hypothermia.
- Snow blindness- At the higher elevation there is very less atmosphere to filter solar radiation and the snow reflects all the radiation gives snow blindness.
Unpredictable Factors to Consider:
- Extreme Weather and Unpredictable Climate Condition
- The Altitude and Oxygen level
Nepal attracts around 200,000 trekkers each year although there are hundreds of risk factors. Yet, we all go there for a reason. The risk being taken as just a part of the reward. Over 200,000 travelers from different corners of the world then has one question in mind hitting through out i.e. Which trail to go forth with, out of the hundreds of hiking trails available in the country. But it all boils down to personal trekking preferences of each individual. To help mitigate the dilemma, we have come up with the list of best trekking options:
Everest Base Camp (EBC)
a variety of challenges in exchange for rewarding views
Duration: 14 Days
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
One of the most admired trekking destinations of Nepal that centers on the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest; a journey for those whose dreams soar higher than the clouds! This trail is all about natural thrill- breathtaking high-altitude landscapes, beautiful Buddhist monasteries, traditional Sherpa culture, high-altitude flora and fauna, glistening rivers, the long suspension bridges, and snow-capped soaring mountains.
- A walk to the base camp of the world’s highest mountain–the Everest
- Experience a flight in the Himalayas via Lukla flight, the most thrilling flights to experience; an experience of thrill and fear together
- Walk along the UNESCO enlisted Sagarmatha National Park
- Witnessing the sun set over Everest from Kalapatthar, the Everest Viewpoint with breadth taking panoramic view
- The chilling beauty of the Khumbu Glacier and Khumbu Icefalls
- Breathtaking views of himalayan region with mountains right in front, such as Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, and Mt. Tawache.
- Sherpa village, Namche Bazaar–the gateway to Everest- learning the lifestyle of Sherpas
- Ancient monastery in Tengboche- The holiest place in Everest
EBC Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Kathmandu 1300 m / 4265 ft
Day 2: Kathmandu to Lukla (Flight) to Phakding 2651 m / 8697 ft – 4 hours
Day 3: Phakding to Namche 3440 m / 11286 ft – 5 to 6 hours
Day 4: Acclimatization Day in Namche 3700 m / 12139 ft – 4 to 5 hours
Day 5: Namche to Tengboche 3956 m / 12979 ft – 5 to 6 hours
Day 6: Tengboche to Dingboche 4380 m / 14370 ft – 4 to 5 hours
Day 7: Acclimatization Day in Dingboche
Day 8: Dingboche to Lobuche 4938 m / 16200 ft – 4 to 5 hours
Day 9: Lobuche to Gorakshep (Afternoon hike to Kalapatthar) 5160 m / 16929 ft – 6 to 7 hours
Day 10: Gorakshep to Pheriche (Morning hike to EBC) 4371 m / 14340 ft – 8 to 9 hours
Day 11: Pheriche to Namche 3440 m / 11286 ft – 6 to 7 hours
Day 12: Namche to Lukla 2860 m / 9383 ft -7 hours
Day 13: Lukla to Kathmandu (Flight) Kathmandu – 30 min
Day 14: Departure
Annapurna Base Camp (ABC)
a synonym for the natural paradise, accessible from several trailheads
Duration: 10-14 Days
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
Annapurna Base Camp trek is the second most preferred after the EBC. Some of the best mountain views in the world are viewed from Annapurna Valley and around the Annapurna Base Camp in the lower altitude itself- warmer yet the best of the views. However, the hiking route is stretched through multiple environments in the Annapurna Sanctuary National Park and quick scenery changes can be felt.
The trail goes into the Annapurna Conservation Area, and is all about diverse species of floras and faunas, diverse landscapes, and culturally enriching villages, high and long suspension bridges, the glazing rivers, the rich biodiversity, the magnificent views of mountains-
Here, you can explore the biodiversity and soothe your senses with the magnificent views of mountains in the background- stunning views of Machhapuchchhre, Hiunchuli, Annapurna Massif, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho, Pisang, Pungda Danda, in addition to numerous other peaks. Along the way, is the famous Poon Hill viewpoint and of course the best part has to be the relaxing natural hot water pool at Jhinu Danda.
- Exploring the two base camps of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre Base Camp on the same trip
- Breathtaking sunrise view from Poon Hill
- Know about culture, traditions, & typical lifestyle of Gurung people in Ghandruk village, exploring ethnic Gurung culture in Ghorepani and Chhomrong
- Hot water pool at Jhinu Danda
- The waves of Modi Khola and walking through the forests with diverse flora and fauna
- 360 degree view of Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre Himal
ABC Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara 830 m / 2723 ft – 7 hours
Day 2: Pokhara to Nayapul (Drive) to Ghandruk 1940 m / 6364 ft – 6 hours
Day 3: Ghandruk to Chomrong 2170 m / 7119 ft – 6 hours
Day 4: Chomrong to Bamboo 2310 m / 7578 ft – 5 hours
Day 5: Bamboo to Deurali 3230 m / 10597 ft – 5 hours
Day 6: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp 4130 m / 13549 ft – 6 hours
Day 7: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo 2310 m / 7578 ft – 8 hours
Day 8: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda 1760 m / 5774 ft – 6 hours
Day 9: Jhinu Danda to Nayapul to Pokhara (Drive) 830 m / 2723 ft – 7 hours
Day 10: Pokhara to Kathmandu (Drive) 1300 m / 4265 ft – 8 hours
The journey around the world’s eighth highest peak
Duration: 14 Days
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
An alternate journey if one doesn’t like crowds. It’s an ultimate destination for those who want something that’s not commercialized or mainstreamed. A remote trail which still remains an off-beat-track yet gaining popularity in recent times with the blend of natural and cultural richness. Beautiful landscapes, fierce white water river falls, and dense forests filled with wildflowers, rhododendron etc is a sight to crave.
- Jaw dropping natural beauty of the forests, rivers, and flora in the Manaslu region
- Majestic sight of Larkya La pass (5153m/16901ft) crossing, one of the highest passes in the world
- Exotic Budhi Gandaki River valley
- Friendly people, rich culture of the region which includes both Nepalese & Tibetan ethnic groups
- Abundant wildlife including Tahr, Agali, Pika, Himalayan Marmots, if lucky Snow Leopard
- Wild & endless forests filled with wildflowers, rhododendron, pines, and oak
- Picture- perfect villages
- Witness the towering cliffs, deep canyons, and epic landscapes
Manaslu Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Kathmandu to Soti Khola (Drive) 700 m / 2296 ft – 7 hours
Day 2: Soti Khola to Maccha Khola 930 m / 3051 ft – 6 hours
Day 3: Maccha Khola to Jagat 1340 m /4396 ft – 6 hours
Day 4: Jagat to Pewa 1750 m / 5741 ft – 6 hours
Day 5: Pewa to Namrung 2630 m / 8628 ft – 6 hours
Day 6: Namrung to Lho 2957 m / 9701 ft – 4 hours
Day 7: Lho to Sama Gaun 3530 m / 11581 ft – 4 hours
Day 8: Acclimatization Day (Day Trip to Manaslu Base Camp or Pungyen Gompa) 4400m / 14435 ft – 7 hours
Day 9: Sama Gaun to Samdo 3865 m / 12680 ft – 3 hours
Day 10: Acclimatization Day (Day Trip to Tibet Border)
Day 11: Samdo to Dharmasala 4460 m / 14632 ft – 4 hours
Day 12: Dharmasala to Bimthang via Larkya Pass 3590 m / 11778 ft – 10 hours
Day 13: Bimthang to Dharapani 1970 m / 6463 ft – 7 hours
Day 14: Dharapani to Kathmandu (Drive) 1300 m / 4265 ft – 10 hours
Annapurna Circuit Trek
a definitive nature experience
Duration: 17 Days
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
Nothing can better describe this very trek other than the word “legendary”. Trekking through the incredible Annapurna circuit in Nepal can be the best decision for those ambitious and bold spirited trekkers from around the world. The circuit can leave trekkers awed by the Nepalese Himalayas. Appealing lowland farms and villages, high mountainous scenery, cultural diversity, and an electrifying pass crossing- all in all a perfect trekkers wishlist fulfilling journey but one has to be aware of the effects of altitude.
- Crossing the world’s widest trekking pass- Thorong La Pass
- Trekking past diverse array of nature
- Stays in teahouses in the small communities along the way
- Natural hot spring at Tatopani
- Magnificent lakes, glaciers, deep gorges and stunning waterfalls
- Poon Hill Viewpoint (3210m )
- Marge Monastery, the largest monastery in Manang district
- Spectacular views of Mt. Annapurna, Thorung Peak, Nilgiri, Chulu West and Chulu East, Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV
Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Kathmandu to Khudi (Drive) 2626 m / ft – 7 hours
Day 2: Khudi to Sirung 1220 m / 4002 ft – 7 hours
Day 3: Sirung to Jagat 1300 m / 4265 ft – 6 hours
Day 4: Jagat to Dharapani 1830 m / 6003 ft – 7 hours
Day 5: Dharapani to Chame 2710 m / 8891 ft – 6 hours
Day 6: Chame to Pisang 3300 m / 10826 ft – 5 hours
Day 7: Pisang to Manang 3540 m / 11614 ft – 6 hours
Day 8: Acclimatization Day (Day Trip to Praken Gompa)
Day 9: Manang to Yak Kharka 4110 m / 13484 ft – 4 hours
Day 10: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi 4600 m / 15091 ft – 3 hours
Day 11: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath via Thorong La 3710 m / 12171 ft – 9 hours
Day 12: Muktinath to Marpha 2670 m / 8759 ft – 6 hours
Day 13: Marpha to Kalopani 2530 m / 8300 ft – 5 hours
Day 14: Kalopani to Tatopani 1200 m / 3937 ft – 6 hours
Day 15: Tatopani to Beni 830 m / 2723 ft – 6 hours
Day 16: Beni to Pokhara (Drive) 830 m / 2723 ft – 4 hours
Day 17: Pokhara to Kathmandu (Drive) 1300 m / 4265 ft – 8 hours
Poon Hill Trek
Listed in the top 10 destinations of the world by the Lonely Planet
Duration: 4 Days
Trip Difficulty: Easy to moderate
The famous hill station, Poon Hill offers the majestic vistas of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan Ranges, Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Dhampus Peak, Machhapuchchhre, Himalchuli, and more, a boon to the eye sight. For those with short on time and want a short refreshment, this is the trip worth every time.
- Witness enormous mountain perspectives on the Annapurna South, Mt. Machhapuchchhre, Dhaulagiri and more.
- Travel through rhododendron forest, terraced slopes, paddy fields and lush vegetation.
- Witness spectacular sunrise view from the most popular vantage-point
- Poon Hill Popular destinations- Ghorepani and Ghandruk
- Cultural monasteries, temples and the Gurung museum
Poon Hill Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara (Drive) and trek to Ulleri (1960m) 4-5 hours walk (Pokhara) 830 m / 2723 ft – 6-7 hours
Day 2: Ulleri to Ghorepani 2850 m / 9350 ft –5- 6 hours
Day 3:Hike to Poon Hill and trek to Ghandruk 3210m / 10531 ft – 6-7 hours
Day 4: Trek to Naya Pool and Drive to Pokhara
Langtang Valley Trek
Trekking in off-beat track and see experience completely different
Duration: 8 Days
Trip Difficulty: Challenging
Langtang Valley trek is unknown to the majority of trekkers and only few recognize the name. The trek is relatively short but the trail through rhododendron and bamboo forests, alongside thundering waterfalls and stunning snow-capped mountains is a joyous experience.
- Climb Tserko Ri for its stunning scenic views
- Sunrise from the Tserko Ri at 5,000m.
- Walkthrough spectacular rhododendron forests
- Mesmerizing view of mountains such as Langtang Ri, Langtang, Langsisa and Ganjala Peak
- Experiencing Tibetan Buddhist culture
- Visit old Buddhist shrines such as Langtang Gompa and Kyanjing Gompa
- Stay in in tea houses along the route
- One of the lesser-known treks in Nepal- so less crowded
Langtang Valley Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Kathmandu to Syabrubesi 1550 m 7-8 hours
Day 2: Trek to Lama Hotel 2380 m – 6 hours
Day 3: Lama Hotel to Mundu via Langtang Village 3430 m 6 – 7 hours
Day 4: Mundu to Kyanjin Gompa 3870 m – 3 hours
Day 5: Kyanjin Gompa to Tserko Ri 5000 m 7-8 hours
Day 6: Tserko Ri to Lama Hotel 2380 m 6-7 hours
Day 7: Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi 1550 m 6-7 hours
Day 8: Syabrubesi to Kathmandu ( Drive ) 1380 m 8 – 9 hours
Gokyo Lake Trek
More variety of views and fewer nights spent at very high altitude
Duration: 12 Days
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
The sparkling, pristine blue and green waters of the Gokyo Lakes get trekkers hypnotic with its beauty. The highest freshwater lake in the world, at around 5,000 meters; trekking this route provides a lot of variety: the glaciers, the reflecting and gazing lakes, views across to Everest as well as other 8,000 meter-plus mountains from the top of Gokyo Ri (Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu). It is one of the more adventurous treks in the Everest region of the Himalayas.
- Walkthrough the off the beaten-paths of the Everest region to reach Gokyo valley
- View the sunrise/sunset view at Mount Everest and other peaks from Gokyo Ri (5357 meters)
- Villages like Khumjung, Namche, Pangboche and Tengboche which have cultural dominance over nature.
- Ultra mesmerizing and unspoiled Gokyo valley
- Biggest glaciers in the Khumbu region- the Ngozumpa glacier
Gokyo Lake Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu 1300 m / 4265 ft
Day 2: Kathmandu to Lukla (Flight) to Phakding 2651 m / 8697 ft – 3 hours
Day 3: Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3438 m / 11279 ft – 5 to 6 hours
Day 4: Acclimatization day
Day 5: Namche Bazaar to Dole 3680 m / 12073 ft – 6 hours
Day 6: Dole to Machhermo 3870 m / 12696 ft – 4 hours
Day 7: Machhermo to Gokyo (Afternoon hike to Gokyo RI) 4800 m / 15748 ft – 4 hours
Day 8: Gokyo to Machhermo (Morning hike to Gokyo 4th Lake) 5357 m / 17575 ft – 4 hours
Day 9: Machhermo to Namche Bazaar 438 m / 11279 ft- 8 hours
Day 10: Namche Bazaar to Lukla 2860 m / 9383 ft – 7 hours
Day 11: Lukla to Kathmandu flight 1300 m / 4265 ft – 35 minute
Day 12: Final Departure
Everest High Passes Trek
The crossing of the three high altitude passes
Duration: 19 Days
Trip Difficulty: Challenging
This trek is solely for those ultimate daredevils of thrill seeking adventure lovers. This trek is all about passing through the three highest passes in the Khumbu region – Kongma La Pass (5,535/18,159ft), Cho La Pass (5420m/17,782ft), and Renjo La Pass (5,340m/17,520ft) which stands in the Everest Himalayan region.
- Cross three popular passes in the Everest region
- Explore the 5 glacial lakes of the Gokyo valley
- Ancient monastery in Tengboche
- Nepal’s highest airport Syangboche
- Adventurous and challenging moments to reach EBC
- Understanding life of the Himalayan Sherpa people
- Majestic views of Mt. Everest from Kala Patthar (5545 meters)
Everest High Passes Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation
Day 03: Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding (2,651m/8,700ft): 40 minutes flight; 8km, 3 – 4 hours trek
Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,438m/11,280 ft): 11km, 5 – 6 hours
Day 05: Acclimatization Day – Namche Bazaar: (3,440m/11,284ft)
Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 10km, 5- 6 hours
Day 07: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 9km, 5 – 6 hours
Day 08: Dingboche: Acclimatization
Day 09: Dingboche to Chhukung (4750m/15,580 ft), climb Chhukung Ri (5,546m): 14km, 6 – 7 hours
Day 10: Cross the Kongma La pass (5535m/18,159ft), trek to Lobuche (4940m/16,210ft): 10km, 6 – 7 hours
Day 11: Trek from Lobuche to GorakShep (5170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5364 m/17,594 ft): 13km, 6-7 hours
Day 12: Trek from GorakShep to Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192ft) and back to Lobuche (4940m/16,207ft): 7-8 hours
Day 13: Lobuche to Dzongla (4830m/15,850 ft): 6km, 3 – 4 hours
Day 14: Trek to Gokyo (4800m/15,580 ft) via Cho La pass (5368m/17,611 ft): 6km, 7 – 8 hours
Day 15: Exploration at Gokyo Valley: Climb Gokyo Ri (5357 m/17,570 ft) and hike to fifth lakes: 5 – 6 hours
Day 16: Gokyo to Marlung (4210m/13,810 ft) via Renjo La Pass (5360m/17585 ft): 11km, 7 – 8 hours
Day 17: Marlung to Namche Bazaar: 15km, 5 – 6 hours
Day 18: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,860m/9,186ft): 19km, 6 – 7 hours
Day 19: Return to Kathmandu