4. Manasalu circuit:
This trek takes the determined trekker around the lower slopes of Mount Manasalu (8163 m) through the Larke pass. This is a trek of medium difficulty. Tea houses have been built all around the Manasalu circuit, so that trekkers can now rest frequently and enjoy the trek at their own pace. This has increased the number of people trekking around this route. However, the number is still less than that for the established major trekking routes. The Larke pass (5135 m) is the most exhausting and challenging part of the trek. The duration of this trek is around 15 days.
3. Kanchanjunga circuit:
This is one of the most exciting treks in the Nepali Himalayas. Trekking around the slopes of Mount Kanchanjunga(8586 m), the circuit takes the trekker on a long and challenging walk while visiting both the North and South base camps. It is a popular yet challenging trek, which contains many beautiful views of the Himalayas and Tamang villages.
2. Annapurna Base Camp:
This is one of the most popular treks in Nepal. This is because the trek offers a direct experience of the Himalayas combined with a variety of terrain. The trek can be done in around 10 days. It is not a very difficult trek. In fact, the most difficult part is over in the first few days. The Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) lies at a height of 4230 m above sea level. From here, one can get a splendid view of the Annapurna I mountain (8091 m). From beautiful glaciers to rice terraces; from rocky steps to paths covered in snow, this trek has it all. Besides going to the Annapurna Base Camp, one can also go for Annapurna circuit trek, which offers a walk around the Annapurna slopes. There are many guest houses along the trek for the convenience of the trekkers.
1. Everest Base Camp:
This is also a very popular trek which brings the trekker face to face with the tallest mountain peak in the world — Mount Everest(8848 m). One can’t help but feel a sense of awe and inspiration when one realizes that every great mountaineer who ever climbed the Everest started here. The unique Sherpa culture mixed with the beauty of the Himalayas makes this trek one of the most preferred destinations for trekkers in Nepal. Because of its popularity, it is not a very difficult trek. There are many guest houses and hotels full of basic amenities for travelers. However, since the Everest base camp lies at an altitude of 5364 m, careful acclimatization is necessary in order to avoid altitude sickness.
Containing 8 out of the 10 highest mountain peaks on Earth, Nepal has trekking routes of every level of difficulty imaginable. There are trekking routes for old ladies and little children. Then, there are the normal routes. And, if you’re not into the watered down version of trekking, there are the super-difficult cougar-infested, bone-shattering, ego-destroying routes with fire breathing dragons on the mountain tops. We’re kidding, of course; there are no cougars in Nepal.
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