Top is always best. Top is always incomparable and of the best quality. Everybody seeks to experience and achieve the best in their life. Similarly, while celebrating the vacation, we look for the best destination.
Nepal offers some of the best destinations for trekking. Nepal is primarily known as the country of Everest, the top of the world. The presence of high Himalayas, endangered species of flora and faunas, swift flowing rivers, unique culture and civilization, art and architecture, history and religion etc fascinate thousands of tourists every year for trekking and tour.
There are some immortal trekking trails which always tend to best or top rated among the trekkers. Now, let’s talk about the top 5 treks in Nepal for 2019/2020. The government of Nepal is celebrating 2020 as Tourism Year and introducing exciting trips to the global tourists on this very occasion.
Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest Base Camp Trek is popular as an immortal trek in the world. This trek is graded as moderate to adventure. The Lukla Flight paves the way to Everest Base Camp. Trekking from Lukla to Phakding is an easy walk for the first day. Lukla airport and Lukla town are the initial attractions of Everest Base Camp Trek.
Our entry to Sagarmatha National Park offers us an opportunity to experience alpine flora and fauna. We further trek to Namche Bazaar and explore traditional Tibetan Market, climb to Hotel Everest View, visit Sherpa Cultural Museum and acknowledge local people’s culture. Next, Tengboche Monastery and its pristine surrounding offer us the first class serenity. After that, we trek to Gorak Shep via Lobuche. Kalapatthar( 5643m) and Everest Base Camp(5364m) are two dominant viewpoints in Everest Base Camp Trek which offers us magnificent sunrise and mountain giants including Mt. Everest, the top of the world. Alternatively, we can fly by Heli to Lukla or Kathmandu while backtracking escaping long and monotonous walk along the same trail.
Poonhill Trekking is the second top trek in Nepal after Everest Base Camp. Poonhill Trekking is widely popular as an easy trek in the heart of Annapurna. Actually, Poonhill is the best viewpoint in the Annapurna region to witness mesmerizing sunrise and Annapurna Himalayan range.
The flight or drive from Kathmandu takes us to Pokhara where we are equipped to begin our Poonhill Trekking. We, further, drive about an hour to Nayapool from where we begin our trekking on the mountain trail. We ascend viewing lush forest, picturesque settlements, natural waterfalls, flowering rhododendron, meeting friendly local people and enjoying the mountain accommodation and organic food items. From Ghorepani, we climb Poonhill from where we capture astonishing sunrise and mountain summits include Annapurna-I, Annapurna- IV, Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Gangapurna, Himchuli, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu. We also explore Tadapani and Ghandruk, beautiful settlements on the way.
Mardi Himal Trekking
Mardi Himal (5587m) is one of the alluring peaks in the Annapurna region. Trekkers who have been to Mardi Himal Base Camp view that Mardi Himal Base Camp is a better viewpoint than Annapurna Base Camp. So, recently, Mardi Himal Base Camp Trekking or Mardi Himal Trekking is more popular trekking trail than Annapurna Base Camp Trekking. In fact, Mardi Himal Trekking is also a less beaten and less crowded trekking trail in Annapurna region of Nepal.
We begin our Mardi Himal Trekking either from Kande or Phedi. We pass the beautiful settlements like Dhampus, Australian Camp, Pothana and Landruk on the way to Mardi Himal Base Camp. As we ascend, the trail gets steep up to the Mardi Himal Base Camp. What we see from Mardi Himal Base Camp is Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre and Annapurna Himalayan range. We backtrack following the same trail all the way to Pokhara.
Mustang is a restricted area trekking in Nepal. It is also known as an alienated kingdom beyond the Himalayas of Nepal. The arid Landscapes, the deep gorges, awe-inspiring valleys and the settlements, historical forts, holy monasteries are the prime highlights of Mustang Trekking.
There are two parts of Mustangs: Upper Mustang and Lower Mustang. Both Mustangs are magnificent to explore. Mustang Trekking begins after a short flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. Jomsom, Marpha, Muktinath, Kagbeni and Lo-Manthang are beautiful places to explore. The Upper Mustang, the forbidden land beyond the Himalayas offers us a spectacular opportunity to be at the borderland between Nepal and Tibet. We also explore about dialects, trade and cultural link between Tibetan and Nepalese people.
Manaslu Trekking previously was popular as a camping trekking. But in recent few years, the availability of local lodges and guesthouses make Manaslu Trekking a popular tea house trekking in Nepal. Actually, Manaslu Trekking is a restricted and remote area trekking in Nepal. This less crowded and less beaten trekking trail has been able to inhabit in the heart of the adventure lovers around the world. People love to experience the core thrills of adventure in Manaslu Trekking.
Manaslu trekking begins after a long drive of 8-9 hours from Kathmandu to Sotikhola. The remote road from Kathmandu to Sotikhola has, recently, been improved. So, nowadays, trekkers who choose Manaslu Trekking do not have to encounter with such bumpy road drive. Even the trekkers can do Manaslu Trekking during spring and summer after the completion of the road construction and improvement. We ascend via beautiful settlements, landscapes, and terraced farmland. As we go to the higher elevation, we get an opportunity to explore historical and holy caves and dialects at the Tibetan border. The alluring mountain summits will be astonishing to capture during our Manaslu Trekking. The most adventurous part of this trek is crossing the Larkya La Pass (5125m). However, the adventure lovers find it absolutely thrilling. We end our Manaslu Trekking at Besisahar.
The top or best treks in Nepal vary from person to person, but, this article is absolutely based on long research and interview with the tourist who visits Nepal and has made several treks during their holidays. We asked their satisfaction during the trek and preference if they have another opportunity. Majority of the tourist revealed that the top 5 treks in Nepal are: Everest Best Camp Trek, Poonhill Trek, Manaslu Trekking, Mustang Trekking and Mardi Himal Trekking. Among these five top treks in Nepal, you can put one in your bucket list for 2019/2020.