Menu
Everest-view
Nepal-kathmandu-market
Hiking-2

Home to Mount Everest and more than half of the planet’s other 8,000m-plus mountains, Nepal stakes a strong claim as the trekking capital of the world.

Nepal was closed to outsiders and most foreign influences for the first half of the 20th century, and when the first western mountaineers and trekkers arrived in the 1950s they were enchanted by what they discovered. The country was living in a medieval time warp and even the capital, Kathmandu, was little more than a collection of temples, shrines, palaces, markets and red brick townhouses. There were almost no roads in the country and those first mountaineers and trekkers had to walk from Kathmandu’s Durbar Square to Everest and the other big peaks.

Things have come on a long way since then. Kathmandu is now a sprawling mega-city, the ever-expanding road network fans out across much of the lower and flatter parts of the country and the Nepal trekking industry is second to none. One thing that hasn’t changed though is the magnificence of the mountains, the sheer beauty of the countryside, and the unending warmth of welcome displayed by the Nepalese people. These are what continue to make Nepal such an attractive trekking destination.

With the spectacular Himalayas running down its eastern side, it’s no surprise Nepal is known as the roof of the world. Getting out into these vast panoramas with their immense snowy peaks, flower-strewn meadows and sparkling lakes — while also making time to relax at chilled out Pokhara — is reason enough to visit.

But there's far more to Nepal than just mountains and trekking.

Down on the hot lush plains of the Terai, you'll find a brace of magical national parks where rare beasts like one-horned rhino and tiger roam and the trees twitch with birdlife. Your chances of seeing rhino are surprisingly high if you visit in the spring. Then there are the cultural jewels, a scattering of ancient cities stuffed with serene temples, cobbled alleys and hidden squares. In parts of Bhaktapur, Patan and the vibrant capital Kathmandu, it feels like life hasn't changed in generations.

Trekking in Nepal

An expert guide to the best treks in Nepal

The Nepal trekking industry is plagued with an oversupply problem – there seem to be more trekking operators than actual trekkers, which puts immense downward pressure on prices. This might seem like a good thing for you, but when you see a 12 day EBC trek for $800 it means corners are being cut somewhere, usually in the pay and quality (and therefore safety and wellbeing) of ground staff. Personally I always recommend booking with a Nepal based and owned operator, but do plenty of homework first...read more

16 days

Everest Base Camp

The classic route to Everest Base Camp
View itinerary
14 days

Annapurna & Poon Hill Sunrise Trek

A customisable trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary and Poon Hill
View itinerary
14 days

Forbidden Mustang & Walled City Trek

A trek through Nepal’s restricted Tibetan side
View itinerary
15 days

Manaslu Circuit Trek

A wilder, quieter and more remote trek to see Himalayan giants
View itinerary
15 days

Helambu & Langtang Trek

Crowd-free trekking on Kathmandu’s doorstep
View itinerary
15 days

Road-free Annapurna Circuit itinerary

A new alternative to the classic route
View itinerary
  • Kagbeni

    ...
  • Dolpo region

    Dolpo region

    A vast and little-known area of western Nepal, Dolpo is a magical region of frozen desert, piercing blue skies and unnamed peaks...
  • Lo Manthang

    ...
  • Upper Mustang

    Upper Mustang

    Nepal's cultural heartland
    North, beyond the highest Himalayan peaks, is Upper Mustang...
  • Langtang Valley

    ...
  • Annapurna Region

    Annapurna Region

    From the lakeside resort town of Pokhara, a great wall of white fills the northern horizon...
  • Dharapani

    Dharapani

    ...
  • Chame

    Chame

    ...
  • Upper Pisang

    Upper Pisang

    ...
  • Manang

    Manang

    ...
  • Yak Kharka

    Yak Kharka

    ...
  • Thorung Phedi

    Thorung Phedi

    ...
  • Thorung La

    Thorung La

    ...
  • Muktinath

    Muktinath

    ...
  • Jomsom

    Jomsom

    ...
  • Jomsom

    ...
  • Marpha

    Marpha

    ...
  • Larjung

    Larjung

    ...
  • Ghasa

    Ghasa

    ...
  • Tatopani

    Tatopani

    ...
  • Tatopani

    ...
  • Ghorepani

    Ghorepani

    ...
  • Naya Pul

    Naya Pul

    ...
  • Pokhara

    ...
  • Everest Base Camp

    Everest Base Camp

    A trek to Everest base camp is as much a pilgrimage as a straightforward trek, but there’s much more to the region than ‘just’ Mt Everest...
  • Kathmandu

    ...
  • Machha Khola

    ...
  • Phakding

    ...
  • Gokyo Lakes

    ...
  • Tengboche Monastery

    ...
  • Kala Patthar

    ...
  • Cho La Pass

    ...
  • Namche Bazaar

    ...
  • Makalu

    Makalu

    One of the great forgotten trekking routes of Nepal, the strenuous two-week march straight to the base camp of the world’s fifth-highest mountain, the daunting Mt Makalu (8,463m) will delight those who revel in tranquil mountain trails, a sense of being off the beaten path and, most importantly, awesome mountain views...
  • Chitwan National Park

    ...
  • Larkya La Pass

    ...
  • Manaslu region

    Manaslu region

    The trails around mighty Manaslu (8,156m), the world’s eighth-highest mountain, have it all...
  • Poon Hill

    ...
  • Machhapuchhare Base Camp

    ...
  • Thasang

    ...
  • Galeshwor

    ...
  • Chisapani

    ...
  • Gul Bhanjyang

    ...
  • Magingoth

    ...
  • Tharepati

    ...
  • Surche Phedi

    ...
  • Lauribina

    ...
  • Thulo Syabru

    ...
  • Lama Hotel

    ...
  • Kanchenjunga

    Kanchenjunga

    Way out in the east of Nepal a wall of rock and ice rises up over eight and half kilometres into the sky...
  • Langtang region

    Langtang region

    Often visible from Kathmandu city centre, the Langtang range offers the most accessible trekking in Nepal...
  • Kyanjin Gompa

    ...
  • Lobuche

    ...
  • Far West Nepal

    Far West Nepal

    Remote, unspoiled and little-visited
    In terms of development, the far west of Nepal comes at the bottom of almost every list, but for adventure and wonder, the region is near the top of the class...
  • Dingboche

    ...
  • Syabru Besi

    ...
  • Pheriche

    ...
  • Monjo

    ...
  • Ghorepani

    ...
  • Lukla

    ...
  • Chhomrong

    ...
  • Sinuwa Hill

    ...
  • Deurali

    ...
  • Dovan

    ...
  • Annapurna Sanctuary

    ...
  • Soti Khola

    ...
  • Philim

    ...
  • Machhapucchare Base Camp

    ...
  • Samdo

    ...
  • Namrung

    ...
  • Lho

    ...
  • Deng

    ...
  • Phortse

    ...
  • Ghilin

    ...
  • Samar

    ...
  • Larkya Glacier

    ...
  • Chhusang

    ...
  • Tange

    ...
  • Yara

    ...
  • Lumbini

    ...
  • Pashupatinath

    ...
  • Mount Dhaulagiri

    ...
  • Limi Valley

    ...
  • Khumbu (Everest) Region

    ...

Places to go in Nepal

Nepal Tours

Kathmandu, Phakding, Kala Patthar (and 2 more)

Everest Base Camp Trek

The classic route to Everest Base Camp

16 daysFrom $1,625
Kathmandu, Poon Hill, Machhapuchhare Base Camp

Annapurna & Poon Hill Sunrise Trek

A customisable trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary and Poon Hill

14 daysFrom $1,350
Annapurna Region, Thasang, Galeshwor

Mustang Multisport Adventure

Epic bike, hike and rafting adventure

12 daysFrom $2,890
Lo Manthang, Upper Mustang

Forbidden Mustang

A trek through Nepal’s restricted Tibetan side

14 daysFrom $2,235
Nepal

Manaslu Circuit Trek

A wilder, quieter and more remote trek to see Himalayan giants

15 daysFrom $1,750
Gul Bhanjyang, Langtang region

Helambu & Langtang Trek

Crowd-free trekking on Kathmandu’s doorstep

15 daysFrom $1,355

Nepal Travel Companies

Nepal

Snow Cat Travel

Group & private tours to Nepal
South Asia

Third Rock Adventures

Private and tailor-made holidays in the Himalayas
South Asia

Travel Max Guide

Day tours and treks in the Himalayas
Nepal

Alpine Ramble Treks

Leading Kathmandu-based trekking agency
Nepal

Discover Altitude

Climbing, trekking and cultural tours in Nepal
Nepal

Responsible Adventures

Boutique treks & tours in the Himalayas
Africa, Europe, South Asia

Peak Mountaineering

Mountain training and outdoor adventures
South Asia, East Asia

Nepal Trekking Routes

Trekking routes across Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan.

Why Horizon Guides?

Impartial guidebooks

Impartial travel guides

Our guides are written by the leading experts in their destinations. We never take payment for positive coverage so you can count on us for impartial travel advice.

Expert itineraries

Expert itineraries

Suggested itineraries and routes to help you scratch beneath the surface, avoid the tourist traps, and plan an authentic, responsible and enjoyable journey.

Specialist advice

Specialist advice

Get friendly, expert travel advice and custom itineraries from some of the world's best tour operators, with no spam, pressure or commitment to book.