August 21, 2022

Why trek in Nepal?

Nepal is a landlocked country nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas. It shares its northern border with the Tibetan region of China and its eastern, southern and western borders with India. The total area of Nepal is 1,47,181 Km2. But within this small country lies remarkable biodiversity, from the Majestic Himalayas to the north home to many of the highest peaks in the world, the fertile land and jungles of Terai (or Plains) to the south and in between them the rolling hills, with its terrace paddy fields, lush vegetation and jungles. Nepal truly has something to offer everyone. Combine, with the long and fascinating history, welcoming communities and multi-dimensional cultural heritage, Nepal is a perfect getaway for many international visitors.

Nepal is heaven to outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers, avid trekkers, and explorers. Nepal has numerous trekking routes, each exploring different regions, geography and climate. Every trekking route has a unique charm and beauty and exposes the trekker to different cultures. Trekkers can choose the routes depending upon their vacation days, activity level, region of Nepal they want to explore, budget, climbing peaks or trek.

We at, Freedom Adventures currently offer 29 different treks to different parts of Nepal.

Below are the list and short description of the best 5 trekking trails in Nepal.

1.      Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lake

This trek covers almost all the viewpoints in the Everest region but also combines all that with the majestic Gokyo Lake. Gokyo lake is one of the world’s highest freshwater lake. Trekking around Gokyo valley is considered a traditional trek that offers magnificent views of the mountain peaks and the Ngozumpa Glacier – the largest in Nepal’s Himalayas. The image of this region is associated with the soaring views of the most popular mountains in Nepal, at an altitude of 8000m such as Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu which are visible from Gokyo Ri above Gokyo Lake. One of the most remarkable features is the views of the tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung (2922m) located in the Khumbu region. After a 35min flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, the adventure begins. We spend the next few days trekking and interacting amongst the mountain people also known as Sherpa’s. We will stay at local lodges and trek into the heartland of their villages. Everything is organized in conjunction with local Sherpa guides. Along the trek, we will pass Buddhist monasteries with scenic views of Everest and other snow-towering mountains getting closer by the day. We will have rest days in the villages of Namche bazaar that will allow us to explore the region and acclimatize, which is very important. After trekking to Gokyo Ri (5,483m), we return at a leisurely pace back to Namche and Lukla for our flight back to Kathmandu. Click here to learn more about Everest Base Camp Trek including Gokyo Lake with Freedom Adventure.

2.      Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake  

This route to the Annapurna region offers superb views of the whole Annapurna, Manaslu, and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges. This trekking route will take you to one of the highest lakes in the world, Lake Tilicho from where we will journey towards one of the highest passes in the world. Many trekkers who come to Nepal are unaware of the routes which lead to both these places, but Freedom Adventures’ specially designed route will take you to both.

The route via Tilicho Lake offers the adventurous and fit trekker high mountain scenery at its very best. Tilicho trekking combines both Tilicho Lake / Tilicho pass trekking and Tilicho base camp and Annapurna Thorung La pass. The Autumn and spring season is the best time for trekking in Tilicho Base Camp but we at Freedom Adventure Treks will arrange the trek all year round as per trekkers’ demand. Click here to learn more about Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake with Freedom Adventure

3.      Langtang Valley Trek

Langtang Valley trek is a short but rewarding adventure. The valley is located about 90km from Kathmandu and hosts beautiful alpine scenery in Nepal. Along the way, we can trek through Langtang National Park. There we could observe some wild animals and birds like monkeys, musk deer, Pika and the national bird of Nepal, Danphe. Freedom Adventures frequently makes trips to this area, as it has been one of the most demanded and well-loved trekking routes in the country. September to December and March to April are the best months for trekking in Langtang Valley. Click here to learn more about Langtang Valley Trek with Freedom Adventure.

4.      Mera Peak Climb

Although, this list should only have trekking routes we just couldn’t leave out Mera Peak.  Mera Peak stands at 6654m and is considered one of the major and most popular trekking peaks in Nepal. It lies in the Khumbu Himalayan Range. The trail winds amongst forests of pine and rhododendrons, to a remote and uninhabited valley leading to the alpine environment of Mera Base Camp. The Peak itself rises to the south of Everest. The ascent of the peak is technically straightforward, however heavy snow and a maze of crevasses can make lengthen our journey to the summit. Besides the charm of climbing Mera Peak, the trek to base camp from Lukla rewards us with the unspoilt natural beauty of Nepal with densely forested hillsides. This climb requires little to no technical climbing knowledge and along with Freedom Adventure’s qualified guides, you are almost sure to reach the summit. All you need is to be fit, and healthy and put one foot in front of the other. So, if you are looking for a little more challenging trek and want to secure rights to boast stories of summiting a mountain above 6000 ft, this is the right trekking peak for you. Click here to learn more about Mera Peak Climb with Freedom Adventure.

5.      Manaslu Circuit Trek

A spectacular alternative to the Annapurna Circuit or Khumbu region, the dramatic landscape of the Manaslu Circuit is a trek truly off the beaten track. While on the trip we get to marvel at the magnificent views of Mt. Manaslu (8163m), the eighth tallest mountain in the world, coupled with a chance to witness the rich local heritage and biological diversity of the region. The highest point of this trek is the ‘Larkya La Pass’ which is widely believed to be one of the most dramatic passes crossing the Himalayas. Much of the trek involves walking on mountain trails and is within the capabilities of people with good fitness. Still, it is important to note that trekking at altitudes above 3000m/10,000ft is more demanding on the body than walking at low elevations. The trek starts at the town of Arughat passing through bamboo forests and Gurung villages in the narrow Buri Gandaki gorge. After Lho village we enter the Nupri region inhabited by Tibetan immigrants where you will see colourful prayer flags, mani walls and monasteries along the way. After Samdo village, we head towards Larkya La pass. The view from the Larkya La offers spectacular views of Himal Chuli, Manaslu, Cheo Himal and Himlung Himal mountains. Click here to learn more about Manaslu Circuit Trek with Freedom Adventure.