Nepal

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Trekking In Nepal

Nepal's best treks and hikes

The mighty Himalaya have occupied a special place in the imaginations of adventurers and intrepid travellers for generations. And nowhere more so than the nation of Nepal: land of the Sherpa and home of Mount Everest (plus eight of the world’s other 10 tallest peaks!) A country that embodies the allure and romance of these unimaginably vast mountains.

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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.

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  • Kagbeni

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  • Dolpo region

    Dolpo region

    A vast and little known swathe of western Nepal...Read more
  • Lo Manthang

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  • Upper Mustang

    Upper Mustang

    Shrouded in mystery and completely closed to outsiders until 1992, walking here is as much a cultural experience as a mountain one...Read more
  • Langtang Valley

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  • Annapurna region

    Annapurna region

    Home to the Annapurna Circuit, the classic walk of Nepal and one that for many years was hyped as quite simply the single best trek on the planet...Read more
  • Everest region

    Everest region

    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...Read more
  • Kathmandu

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  • Pokhara

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  • Jomsom

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  • Phakding

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  • Gokyo Lakes

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  • Tengboche Monastery

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  • Kala Patthar

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  • Phakding

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  • Cho La Pass

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  • Namche Bazaar

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  • Makalu

    Makalu

    Isolated villages, forests hung in mosses and orchids, high yak pastures and, finally, the rock and ice wastes around Makalu base camp for some of the most inspiring mountain vistas in Nepal...Read more
  • Chitwan National Park

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  • Dharapani

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  • Larkya La Pass

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  • Manaslu region

    Manaslu region

    The worlds eighth-highest mountain, surrounded by steamy lowland valleys and fields of rice slowly giving way to ice coated passes haunted by snow leopards and who knows what else...Read more
  • Poon Hill

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  • Machhapuchhare Base Camp

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  • Thasang

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  • Tatopani

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  • Galeshwor

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  • Chisapani

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  • Gul Bhanjyang

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  • Magingoth

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  • Tharepati

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  • Surche Phedi

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  • Lauribina

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  • Thulo Syabru

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  • Lama Hotel

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  • Kanchenjunga

    Kanchenjunga

    Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain on Earth and the hike to the base camp of this daunting peak is one of the most exciting treks in...Read more
  • Langtang region

    Langtang region

    Visible from central Kathmandu, Langtang has some of the most accessible trekking in Nepal – if it weren’t for the traffic you could almost walk from your guesthouse straight to the mountains...Read more
  • Kyanjin Gompa

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  • Far West region

    Far West region

    A landscape of deep, dank forests, sparkling sheets of water, lonely mountains crushed in ice and snow, narrow canyons and ancient villages...Read more
  • Dingboche

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  • Syabru Besi

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Things to do in Nepal

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Visit the hidden Dolpo Region
Nepal

Visit the hidden Dolpo Region

A vast and little known swathe of western Nepal, Dolpo is a magical region of frozen desert, piercing blue skies and unnamed peaks folding along the furthest horizon.

Where to go in Nepal

Our recommended places

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