Last updated 2020

So it’s not surprising that Nepal has become one of the world’s preeminent trekking centres, welcoming just shy of one million visitors per year – the vast majority of whom come to enjoy hiking or trekking in one form or another.

And although the routes around Everest and Annapurna steal most of the limelight, the entire country is a trekker’s paradise. Indeed, for many visitors, some of the lesser-known regions are far preferable. They tend to be quieter, more remote, and relatively unvisited by outsiders – all of which promises a more meaningful connection with local people, a deeper understanding of their communities, and a far greater appreciation of the majestic landscapes and scenery.

But despite the country's popularity, Nepal can feel like a daunting prospect to all but the most experienced of hikers. There’s the altitude, the distances, the ongoing earthquake recovery, and, above all, the sheer number of trekking routes to choose between.

That’s where this guide steps in. Here you’ll find an introduction to the major trekking regions, the top routes in each area, and how a typical trip works. We offer guidance on choosing the right route for you, along with essential information on smart preparation, when to go, and how to plan your trip.

This is not intended as a comprehensive trekking guide. Once you’ve decided where and when you want to go, you’ll certainly need a detailed guidebook and, most likely, the support of a reliable trekking operator.

But start here for an accessible introduction to the adventures that await. And once you’re there, give us a wave from the roof of the world. Happy trekking!

Authors
Stuart Butler, David Ways
Editors
Karam Filfilan
Destinations Destinations
Nepal

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