10 Best Off-the-Beaten-Path Treks in Nepal

Explore the Lesser-Known Treks in Nepal
  • Rajesh Neupane
  • Last Updated on Jun 3, 2024

It is no secret that Nepal, nestled amidst the spectacular Himalayas, is a trekker's paradise; home to some of the best trekking in the world. Many trekkers gravitate towards the popular routes in the Everest, Langtang Valley and Annapurna regions, but Nepal has so much more to offer. If you’re looking for some alternative trekking options that are more secluded and untouched, this list will help point you in the right direction. Although more remote, many of the treks listed are still comfortable ‘tea house treks’, meaning that travelers stay in small local lodges and homes that are strung along the route. There are also a select few that are ‘tent treks’ offering adventurous trekkers the chance to camp their way through the Himalayas. 

The lesser-known treks of Nepal offer quiet, unspoiled nature and a more immersive experience with the rich culture of the local people. Different regions of Nepal have their own unique customs, religious influence and specialties. Many remote villages function by growing their own food and making their own clothes. Trekking into these quaint villages, away from the crowds, allows for more space to explore and truly understand their rural way of life. You can expect delicious food, warm hospitality, fascinating religious practices and, of course, the ever-present magic of the Himalayas. 

From the valleys of the Manaslu region to the mystical lands of Upper Mustang, each trek has something unique to offer anyone looking for a journey off the beaten path. Nepal Trekking Experts would be happy to guide your journey every step of the way from helping you choose which trek is right for you, to crafting your personalized itinerary, to sending you off into the wilderness with one of our world-class guides.

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Off-the-beaten-path treks in Nepal refer to trekking alternatives to the more popular and frequently traveled routes. The busier treks such as the Annapurna Circuit Trek or Everest Base Camp Trek are famous for a reason, but they are not all that Nepal has to offer in the way of unforgettable trekking. Trekking off the beaten path gives access to more remote, unique regions of Nepal for those travelers yearning for a deeper connection to the country's natural and cultural riches. 

The treks suggested in the list below offer more secluded trails with fewer tourists and more local travelers. Off-the-beaten-path treks are not any less safe or enjoyable for tourists. All of the treks in this list are well planned with all accommodation and food provided throughout the entire trek. These treks take you through hidden valleys, remote villages, and uncharted passes, offering a special sense of discovery and solitude. Not only are the trails quieter but the tea houses where you’ll stay and the villages themselves also bring a sense of quiet and calm with their subtle, authentic charm. 

Why Choose to Trek Off the Beaten Path in Nepal?

There are various reasons why you might choose to explore more remote regions of Nepal. Perhaps you have already visited other popular, well-traveled routes and are looking for additional trekking options. It is not uncommon for tourists to arrive in Nepal and begin planning their return trip before they have even left!

You may be coming to Nepal to trek during the high season (spring or autumn) when the weather is ideal for trekking so the common routes are packed with people. Choosing a trek that is less traveled means fewer crowds even during high season. 

You might also choose to travel off the beaten path in Nepal if you are interested in getting a more authentic glance into the lives of the local people. The treks listed below are in areas that have been less impacted by the heavy influence of Western culture. 

Authentic Cultural Encounters:

Choosing more isolated treks in Nepal opens up the possibility for a deeper dive into the country’s diverse cultural tapestry. Different regions of the country have their unique cultural practices, farming techniques, and even infrastructure. Exploring new regions of the country unlocks new flavors, different languages, and stunning local dress. Trekkers get to witness daily routines and enjoy the hospitality of the local people, making the trek not just a journey through breathtaking landscapes but one of cultural connection and appreciation. 

Unparalleled Natural Beauty:

Nepal’s lesser-known trails are gateways to some of the most untouched and stunning landscapes in the Himalayas. Trekking these isolated paths means wandering through serene forests, alongside fresh rivers, and into quiet valleys. The tranquility of these trails offers a more intimate experience with nature and space to enjoy in solitude. Even in these hidden corners of Nepal, you will feel the presence of the astounding mountains all around.

Enhanced Wildlife Sightings:

With less foot traffic and fewer disturbances, quieter regions are havens for wildlife including elusive species like the snow leopard, red panda, black bears, and various species of birds, butterflies, and deer. The less-traveled paths provide a unique opportunity for wildlife enthusiasts to witness animals in their natural habitat, adding an element of surprise and adventure to the trekking experience.

Greater Challenge and Adventure:

For trekkers seeking a challenge, the more isolated treks in Nepal offer rugged terrains and uncharted paths that test endurance and skill. These treks are often less developed, from the trails themselves to the tea houses and amenities, which provide an authentic trekking experience that demands a higher level of fitness and a spirit of adventure. Some treks in this list are ‘tent treks’ which add another layer of challenge and excitement to the journey. The sense of achievement upon completing these challenging treks is immensely rewarding, as it combines the thrill of adventure with the satisfaction of having tread paths few have ventured on. 

Spreading Economic Benefit:

Choosing off-the-beaten-path treks in Nepal contributes significantly to expanding the country's tourism economy. These treks encourage the distribution of tourism benefits to lesser-known areas and support local economies. Trekking in these areas helps in the development of local communities while ensuring that their natural and cultural heritage is preserved for future generations. 

List of the Top 10 Off-the-Beaten-Path Treks in Nepal:

Below are the 10 best-hidden gems of Nepal trekking. Each trek in this list offers a unique experience, from remote landscapes to rich cultural encounters. There is still much to be explored in the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal and this list is just a start! 

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Amazing sunset view of Mt Manaslu
Amazing sunset view of Mt Manaslu from Samagaun

Manaslu Circuit Trekking Facts:

  • Max Elevation: 5106 meters (16752 feet)

  • Accommodation: Tea House

  • Duration of the Trek: 17 Days

  • Activity: Trekking/Hiking

  • Trekking Difficulty: Strenuous

  • The best time to visit: March to May and September to November

  • Group Size: 2 to 20 

  • Trek Starts: Kathmandu

  • Trek Ends: Kathmandu/Pokhara

Manaslu Circuit Trek Highlights:

  • Breathtaking views of Mt. Manaslu and adjacent peaks

  • Rich cultural experiences in quaint Tibetan-style villages

  • Diverse ecosystems from subtropical jungles to high-altitude deserts

  • Challenging rugged terrain and crossing the high mountain pass, Larkya La (5,160m)

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is nestled in the heart of the Himalayas, offering an ideal alternative to the well-loved, well-traveled Annapurna Circuit Trek. This two-week trek encircles the base of Mt. Manaslu, the world’s eighth-highest mountain, slowly ascending to cross the challenging Larkya La Pass. The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a journey through a geographically diverse

region featuring lush forests and waterfalls at lower elevations and yak pastures and expansive mountain views at higher elevations. With its proximity to the Tibetan border, the region is heavily influenced by unique Tibetan culture and Tibetan Buddhism. Nepal Trekking Experts also offers the option of the Manaslu Circuit Upper Route Trek, which is highly recommended if you have the time and want an even more secluded alternative to the already remote circuit. 

Tsum Valley Trek

Tsum Valley
Tsum Valley, Ripchet village

Tsum Valley Trekking Facts:

  • Max Elevation: 5093 meters (16709 feet)

  • Accommodation: Tea House

  • Duration of the Trek: 17 Days

  • Activity: Trekking/Hiking

  • Trekking Difficulty: Strenuous

  • The best time to visit: September to May

  • Group Size: 2 to 20 

  • Trek Starts: Kathmandu

  • Trek Ends: Kathmandu/Pokhara

Tsum Valley Trek Highlights:

  • Pristine natural landscapes, stunning mountain views, and a cave to explore

  • Ancient Tibetan Buddhist culture, reflected in monasteries and local lifestyle

  • Biodiversity, including the chance to spot rare wildlife 

  • Tranquil trekking paths through untouched forests and traditional villages

The Tsum Valley Trek is a journey to an ancient valley where time seems to stand still in the splendor of the surrounding mountains. This secluded region, known as the ‘Valley of Happiness,’ is a sanctuary of natural beauty and spiritual significance. The valley's isolation has preserved its unique culture and traditions, with many locals practicing customs that have been passed down over centuries. The valley has many ancient Gompas (Tibetan Buddhist monasteries) that are open to travelers and locals alike. Notably, there is one that is for Buddhist monks and another dedicated to Buddhist nuns. The Tsum Valley Trek offers a special blend of the breathtaking Himalayan views that Nepal is known for with a profound sense of serenity and spirituality. 

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

Larke Pass, 5106m
Heading to Bhimthang via Larke pass

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek Facts:

  • Max Elevation: 5106 meters (16752 feet)

  • Accommodation: Tea House

  • Duration of the Trek: 24 Days

  • Activity: Trekking/Hiking

  • Trekking Difficulty: Strenuous

  • The best time to visit: March to May and September to November

  • Group Size: 2 to 20 

  • Trek Starts: Kathmandu

  • Trek Ends: Kathmandu/Pokhara

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek Highlights:

  • Exploring the unspoiled beauty of Tsum Valley and views of Mt. Manaslu (8,163m)

  • Visits to ancient monasteries and various spiritually significant sites

  • A warm welcome from local people of both Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist influence  

  • Scenic walks through dense forests, terraced fields, and rugged alpine terrain

  • Crossing the high mountain pass, Larkya La (5,160 m/16,752 ft)

The Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is a well-rounded, expansive Himalayan experience, crafted by weaving together two uniquely sensational treks; Tsum Valley Trek and Manaslu Circuit Trek. Tsum Valley is an isolated, sacred region of Nepal that is rich in Tibetan Buddhist culture. The peace and spirituality of the region are palpable with many ancient monasteries and nunneries, spinning prayer wheels, and mani walls. The intimate cultural experiences of the Tsum Valley are balanced by the rugged path and huge mountains along the Manaslu Circuit. The Manaslu Circuit is known for its challenging terrain, stunning mountain views and constantly changing landscapes. This trek offers everything one could want from their Himalayan adventure including untouched natural scenery, sacred spaces, and cultural immersion. 

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

Kanchenjunga trek, Nepal
Mt Kanchenjunga, Nepal

Kanchenjunga Trekking Facts:

  • Max Elevation: 5388 meters (17677 feet)

  • Accommodation: Tea House

  • Duration of the Trek: 24 Days

  • Activity: Trekking/Hiking

  • Trekking Difficulty: Strenuous

  • The best time to visit: March to May and September to November

  • Group Size: 2 to 20

  • Trek Starts: Kathmandu

  • Trek Ends: Kathmandu

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Highlights:

  • Spectacular views of Kanchenjunga (8,586m) and surrounding peaks with the option to trek to both its north and south base camps 

  • Immersive cultural experiences with the Rai and Limbu communities

  • Diverse ecosystems, from subtropical jungles and bamboo forests to rugged high mountain terrain

  • Opportunity to spot diverse wildlife, including blue sheep, musk deer, and the elusive snow leopard

Kanchenjunga Trek is an adventurous journey to the base of the world’s third-highest peak in a remote region of Eastern Nepal. This trek has recently opened up accessibility as a tea house trek and is further to get to from Kathmandu than many other popular treks, so it remains much less traveled and pristine. This part of the country is home to the Rai and Limbu people who have their own unique culture and customs. The Kanchenjunga Trek is a challenging one that sends trekkers through diverse terrains, including lush forests, alpine meadows, high mountain passes, and base camps. This trek is a great option for the more adventurous trekkers looking for solitude, intimate cultural experiences, and a rewarding physical challenge. 

Nar Phu Valley Trek

Beautiful Chortens in Nar Phu Trek
Beautiful Chortens along the Nar Phu trek

Nar Phu Valley Trekking Facts:

  • Max Elevation: 5320 meters (17454 feet)

  • Accommodation: Tea House

  • Duration of the Trek: 14 Days

  • Activity: Trekking/Hiking

  • Trekking Difficulty: Strenuous

  • The best time to visit: March to May and September to November

  • Group Size: 2 to 20 

  • Trek Starts: Kathmandu

  • Trek Ends: Kathmandu/Pokhara

Nar Phu Valley Trek Highlights:

  • Discovering the hidden valleys of Nar and Phu

  • Unique Tibetan culture and ancient Buddhist monasteries including an overnight stay in one of the monasteries 

  • Stunning views of Annapurna and Manaslu ranges

  • Crossing the challenging Kang La (5,306m) and Thorong La (5,416m) passes

Nar Phu Valley Trek is a journey into another rural, untouched corner of Nepal. The Nar Phu Valley, quietly nestled in the Annapurna region, has only been open for trekking since 2002 and is still astonishingly authentic to its ancient past. Trekking here is a treat, offering a rare glimpse into medieval Tibetan culture and stunning landscapes. It’s any photographer's dream as the route travels through hidden valleys, ancient villages, high alpine passes, and unique rock formations. There is even a unique opportunity to stay overnight in one of the local monasteries in Nar Phedi. Even with its proximity to the famous Annapurna Circuit Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek, the valley’s stark beauty and preserved isolation provide a truly memorable off-the-beaten-path experience. 

Lower Dolpo Trek

Shey Phoksundo Lake
Phoksundo Lake in Dolpa

Lower Dolpo Trekking Facts:

  • Max Elevation: 5309 meters (17417 feet)

  • Accommodation: Tea House

  • Duration of the Trek: 17 Days

  • Activity: Trekking/Hiking

  • Trekking Difficulty: Strenuous

  • The best time to visit: March to May and September to November

  • Group Size: 2 to 20 

  • Trek Starts: Kathmandu

  • Trek Ends: Kathmandu

Lower Dolpo Trek Highlights:

  • The enchanting Phoksundo Lake with its turquoise waters

  • Unique cultural experiences in traditional Dolpo villages

  • The ancient Shey Gompa, an important spiritual site

  • Spectacular views of Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Kanjiroba (6,883m) peaks

Lower Dolpo Trek takes you to western Nepal, a region that is known for its unique isolated Tibetan Buddhist and Bon-po cultures and breathtaking landscapes. Thought to have maintained some of the purest forms of Buddhism, the region is sought after as a spiritual oasis for foreign and local travelers. Because the region is less developed, no large tea houses have been established so trekkers stay in simple rustic homestays and get a true sense of local hospitality. Not only is the Lower Dolpo Trek culturally and spiritually significant, but it also offers much to be appreciated in the natural world. This trek traverses through expansive mountainous landscapes, over two high mountain passes, and to Shey-Phoksundo National Park, home to the gorgeous Phoksundo Lake. Lower Dolpo was featured in the famous film ‘Himalaya,’ for its serene beauty, unique wildlife, and the centuries-old Shey Gompa.

Upper Dolpo Trek

Upper Dolpo Trek Landscape
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Upper Dolpo Trekking Facts:

  • Max Elevation: 5309 meters (17417 feet)

  • Accommodation: Camping/Tents

  • Duration of the Trek: 27 Days

  • Activity: Trekking/Hiking

  • Trekking Difficulty: Strenuous

  • The best time to visit: March to May and September to November

  • Group Size: 2 to 20 

  • Trek Starts: Kathmandu

  • Trek Ends: Kathmandu

Upper Dolpo Trek Highlights:

  • Pristine landscapes and three challenging high-altitude passes

  • The breathtaking beauty of the untouched Tarap Valley, Phoksundo Lake and Crystal Mountain

  • Rich flora and fauna, including the chance to see blue sheep and snow leopards

  • Uniquely isolated area with long-preserved Tibetan Buddhist culture 

  • A tent trek for extreme adventurers

Upper Dolpo Trek is a true rustic adventure to one of the most isolated and untouched regions in Nepal, so remote that there are no tea houses or fixed tents. Your team will carry all that you need including tents and food supplies for the long journey. The trek passes through a unique dryland, over three exciting high passes, and through small tranquil monastic settlements. The region, which was first opened to trekkers in the late 1980s, preserves an echo of ancient Tibetan culture that is unique to the rest of the country. This trek is known for its tough terrain, stunning natural beauty, and the legendary Crystal Mountain. This is a challenging trek in terms of length, elevation, and simplistic amenities and its completion is highly rewarding for the seasoned trekker.  

Upper Mustang Trek

Stupa View at Lo-Mangthang
Monastry in Upper Mustang

Upper Mustang Trekking Facts:

  • Max Elevation: 4280 meters (14041 feet)

  • Accommodation: Tea House

  • Duration of the Trek: 17 Days

  • Activity: Trekking/Hiking

  • Trekking Difficulty: Moderate

  • The best time to visit: March to November

  • Group Size: 2 to 20 

  • Trek Starts: Kathmandu

  • Trek Ends: Pokhara/Kathmandu

Upper Mustang Trekking Highlights:

  • The unique, arid landscapes of the Mustang region

  • Exploring Lo Manthang, with its many ancient monasteries and royal palace

  • Long-preserved Tibetan Buddhist culture and traditions

  • Spectacular views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri

Upper Mustang Trek is a fascinating journey to the ‘Last Forbidden Kingdom,’ an area that was closed to outsiders until 1992. Formerly an outlying province of Tibet itself, the region is still closely tied to Tibetan culture with many Buddhist monasteries, unique art, and ancient practices of the local people. Upper Mustang is desert-like with eroded cliffs and canyons, colorful rock formations, and ancient cave systems. A highlight for many trekkers and photographers is the medieval town of Lo Manthang, an ancient walled palace remaining from the long-abolished monarchy. Although the rich culture and history are reason enough to visit Upper Mustang, you can also expect views of some of the tallest peaks on Earth including Annapurna (8,091m) and Dhaulagiri (8,167m). 

Makalu Base Camp Trek

Way to Makalu Base Camp
Less Explored Makalu Base Camp Trek

Makalu Base Camp Trek Facts:

  • Max Elevation: 4870 meters (15977 feet)

  • Accommodation: Tea House

  • Duration of the Trek: 21 Days

  • Activity: Trekking/Hiking

  • Trekking Difficulty: Strenuous

  • The best time to visit: March to May and September to November

  • Group Size: 1 to 20 

  • Trek Starts: Kathmandu

  • Trek Ends: Kathmandu/Pokhara

Makalu Base Camp Trek Highlights:

  • The diverse and unspoiled ecosystems of the Makalu Barun National Park

  • Incredible mountain views of Makalu, Everest, and Lhotse

  • Wildlife including rare species like the red panda

  • Experiencing authentic rural life in remote Nepalese villages

  • An alpine pass and the base camp of the world’s 5th highest mountain

Makalu Base Camp Trek is another ideal trekking option for those seeking a challenging, yet rewarding, adventure in an isolated region of Nepal; an alternative to the busy route to Everest Base Camp. Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world at an astounding 8,485 meters tall and its base camp, the ultimate goal of this trek, at 5,100 meters in elevation. The path begins in lush rhododendron forests, continues through small villages, and finishes in high mountainous terrain with stunning views of Makalu, Everest, and Lhotse. Away from other crowded trails, the route to Makalu Base Camp is pristine, offering a true sense of exploration and grandiose discovery. 

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

The 7th Tallest Mountain in the World
Amazing view of Dhaulagiri

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking Facts:

  • Max Elevation: 5360 meters (17585 feet)

  • Accommodation: Tea House/Tents

  • Duration of the Trek: 18 Days

  • Activity: Trekking/Hiking

  • Trekking Difficulty: Strenuous

  • The best time to visit: March to May and September to November

  • Group Size: 1 to 20 

  • Trek Starts: Kathmandu

  • Trek Ends: Pokhara/Kathmandu

Dhaulagiri Round Trekking Highlights:

  • Crossing the high passes of French Pass and Dhampus Pass.

  • Incredible views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and other Himalayan giants

  • Trekking through hidden valleys and small traditional villages

  • The unique experience of trekking on the Dhaulagiri glacier

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, encircling the world’s seventh-highest mountain, is a hidden gem, celebrated for its rugged terrain, high-altitude glaciers and passes, and beautiful alpine landscapes. The circuit includes overnights in both tea houses and tents which gives travelers the opportunity to be fully immersed in the local culture and a deep connection to the natural world. The route includes two alpine passes, French Pass and Dhampus Pass, and offers unparalleled views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. Experienced trekkers are drawn to this trek due to its captivating challenge and the feeling of solitude and full immersion in the Himalayan wilderness.  

Preparing for Trekking Off the Beaten Path in Nepal

To ensure that your trek is thoroughly enjoyable, and not just something to endure, thoughtful preparation is necessary. Trekking through remote regions of Nepal means that there are often limited facilities and basic amenities so it is crucial to be well prepared. From choosing the right gear to knowing what to expect, to your physical readiness, adequate preparation enhances your overall trekking experience and safety.

Physical Fitness:

Trekking in Nepal, especially if you've chosen an adventurous trek that is off the beaten path,  requires overall good physical standing. The better you can prepare before arriving the more easily you will be able to tackle the rugged trails, long days, and high elevation demands. Start a fitness regime as soon as you can that includes cardio, strength training, balance, and mobility. Spend lots of time walking and hiking for several months before your trek.

Quality Trekking Gear:

Invest in high-quality trekking gear that fits you properly so that you are comfortable regardless of the conditions. For a comprehensive list of essential gear, please see our Nepal Trekking Gear Packing List and reach out if you have any questions. 

Acclimatization:

Understand the importance of proper acclimatization in order to avoid altitude sickness as you gain elevation. It is not necessary, but if you have the opportunity to spend any time at a higher elevation before you arrive in Nepal, that will serve you well. Nepal Trekking Experts will help set you up for success by specifically designing your trekking itinerary with slow ascents and adequate rest days, especially at higher altitudes.

Local Culture and Customs:

Your guides can help you navigate the local culture and customs, however, it's important to understand that the more remote the trek, the more isolated and unique the local practices might be. Respectful interactions with local communities will deepen your connection to and appreciation of the local culture and enhance your overall experience. 

Sustainable Practices: Always trek consciously and sustainably, especially in more remote areas. Prepare to pack out what you pack in, use water purification methods instead of buying bottled water, stay on the designated trails, and use bathroom facilities to minimize your environmental impact.

Insurance: Ensure you have appropriate travel insurance that specifically covers high-altitude trekking and possible emergency evacuations. You will send this information to our team so that they can support you if needed. 

Choosing Nepal Trekking Experts:

Exploring the more isolated regions of Nepal is exciting and, for some, slightly intimidating, so you must trek with a knowledgeable and professional local team to guide you. Nepal Trekking Experts hold safety as our number one priority and have safely and successfully taken countless groups into the Himalayan wilderness. Our expertise and guidance are world-class, offering insights into both the local culture and the precious surrounding environment.  

Our team works 365 days a year to serve and support you at every step along your Nepali journey. Our guides have proper insurance coverage, all of the necessary training, plus additional Wilderness First Aid training. Whether you’re seeking the tranquility of Manaslu Tsum Valley or the challenges of the Upper Dolpo Trek, our team will help you navigate these hidden gems of Nepal with confidence and ease. Contact us today and make your trek in Nepal truly unforgettable.

FAQs:

Are Off the Beaten Path Treks in Nepal Suitable for Beginners?

A certain degree of preparation before trekking in Nepal is highly recommended for any trek, regardless of its popularity. Many of the treks in this list are more strenuous due to high elevation and challenging terrain. Some of the more moderate treks in this list include Tsum Valley and Upper Mustang which would likely be more enjoyable for a novice trekker. 

What is the Accommodation Like When Trekking Off the Beaten Path in Nepal?

Many of the treks in this list are still fairly comfortable ‘tea house’ treks, meaning that you’ll stay in small local lodges and homestays along the route. Choosing the less popular trekking routes means signing on for more simplistic accommodation with simple amenities. If you're looking for trekking in tents, check out treks in the Dolpo Region.

Is Trekking Off The Beaten Path in Nepal Safe?

Yes, with proper planning and training ahead of your trek, the right gear, and a solid support team of guides and porters, you will be safe. It is important to trek carefully, not take any unnecessary risks, and listen to your guide team. Having proper insurance coverage for emergency evacuations is also essential. 

What Should I Pack for an Off-the-Beaten Path Trek in Nepal?

Essential items include appropriate trekking gear, warm clothing, sturdy boots, and a water filtration system. Your guides and porters will carry a first-aid kit, a map, and a reliable communication device. For a comprehensive list of what to pack, please see our Nepal Trekking Gear Packing List.

How Do I Prepare for High Altitude Trekking in Nepal?

Prepare by engaging in cardiovascular exercises, especially lots of hiking! It is not necessary, but spending time at higher elevations before trekking can help with your acclimatization. We plan our treks carefully to include slow elevation gain and rest days. If it is your first time ever at high elevation or there are any concerns, we can further customize your trekking itinerary to include even more rest days. When trekking, stay hydrated and take any opportunity you can to hike to higher elevations and sleep at lower elevations. 

What is the Best Season for Off the Beaten Path Treks in Nepal?

The best seasons for trekking in Nepal are typically spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is more stable and you're more likely to have clearer views.

Do I Need Special Permits?

Most treks in Nepal require entry permits. Treks that are in more remote areas require additional, specialized permits because they are usually in restricted areas. Nepal Trekking Experts arranges these permits for you and all permit fees are included in the price of your trekking package. 

Do I Need Insurance for Trekking in Nepal?

Yes, purchasing appropriate travel insurance before you arrive that specifically covers high-altitude trekking and possible emergency evacuations is essential. You will send this information to our team so that they can support you if needed. 

Is the Itinerary Fixed or Changeable? 

The itineraries posted on our website are a starting point based on years of experience and guest feedback. That being said, every group is unique and has its own needs and preferences. When you book with Nepal Trekking Experts we will work with you to create an itinerary that suits you best whether you are short on time, want to add a side trip, or want to take it slow. 

Do I Need To Carry Cash?

Your guides will take care of paying for your transportation, food, and accommodation for the entire duration of the trek. However, it is recommended that you carry cash, Nepali Rupees, with you for any additional purchases outside of your agreed-upon package such as local art, snacks, or alcoholic beverages. There will not be any ATMs along your route, or the possibility to use cards or foreign currency, so be sure to obtain sufficient cash in Kathmandu or Pokhara before you leave. 

Rajesh Neupane

Rajesh Neupane

Rajesh, known as Raj, is the founder and owner of Nepal Trekking Experts, as well as the company's main guide. He was born and raised in the mountain region of Manaslu and has a deep and abiding connection with the culture and nature of the Himalayan mountains. With more than 20 years in the trekking industry, from working as a porter and guide right through to his present role as the head of the company, Raj has the knowledge base and wealth of experience to customize and organize treks that fulfill each and every requirement for a successful journey,  including permits, equipment, clothing, medical supplies, and safety, as well as a familiarity with the fitness levels and experience required for each of the treks on offer in our portfolio. Having traveled most of the trails available in Nepal he has a deep affinity and connection to the broad spectrum of people and their cultures, as well as a deep appreciation for the various religions, history, flora and fauna of the mountain regions and their scattered valleys. 

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