Located at the southern foot of the Himalayas, Nepal is one of the most scenic countries in the world and the country with the second-largest altitude difference on earth. Along the foothills of the Himalayas, the topography of different levels has a quite different landscape. From the Tara Plain, 100 meters below sea level, to the Kathmandu Valley at 1,300 meters, to the 8 snow-capped mountains above 8,000 meters above sea level, to Mount Everest, the top of the world, every quick flash of a shot will be undoubtedly a feast of vision.
Nepal is known as a paradise for hikers, and there are various routes suitable for different people. Nepal now has at least dozens of mature trekking routes, from entry-level to the toughest, you can easily choose the route that suits you. In this travel guide, you will not only read a detailed introduction to the best time for trekking in Nepal, trekking routes and trekking costs, but also all aspects of trekking in Nepal.
Popular Nepal Teahouse Treks
“Tea house trekking” refers to staying in a lodge or mountain hut every night during trekking. In general, the “Teahouses” refers to the small mountain lodges distributed in popular trails such as Everest Based trekking where you can take a short rest to meet other travelers, eat a home-cooked meal, warm your toes by the fire, and bed down for the night. Accommodation conditions of teahouses are usually simple but very affordable. The snacks, drinks, hot waters, as well as wifi, are available in those small teahouses. Trekking in Nepal is mostly tea house trekking. No trekking tour anywhere else can compare with such a journey, from one teahouse to the next. Below are 8 popular Nepal teahouse trekking routes.
1. Poon Hill Trek
Poon Hill (3000 meters/10,531 feet) trek is a short hike, 4-5 days. It is very easy to see the Annapurna Mountains and the sunrise from a distance. It is suitable for tourists that trekking in Nepal for the first time and touring with a family. Even people who are prone to altitude sickness can join in this hike. The booking cost through a travel agency is around 700USD per person.
2. Nepal Everest Base Camp (EBC) Trek
Nepal EBC (5,364 meters/17,598 feet) trek takes about 15 days. You can get close to Mount Everest, the top of the world. It is popular with many mountaineering enthusiasts too, because climbers can also trek to many 6,000-meter-level snow mountains next to Mount Everest. The Everest Base Camp trek cost is about 1400USD ~ 1700USD per person.
3. Annapurna Circuit Trek (ACT)
Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the world’s top trekking routes, lasting 12-16 days. You will circle the entire Annapurna Mountains region and enjoy various peaks’ magnificent views in 360 degrees. You get a chance to experience different religious cultures, from Hinduism to Tibetan Buddhism. The booking cost through a travel agency is about 800USD~1000USD.
4. Annapurna Base Camp (ABC)
Annapurna Base Camp (4130 meters/13,550 feet) trek is one of the favorite trekking routes in Nepal. This trek takes 7-10 days. It is of medium difficulty but has rich scenery. You can see Annapurna Peak up close, and see Nepal holy Fishtail Mountain opposite it. The facilities along the trekking trail are relatively complete. There are lodges about every two hours’ walking distance. This trek is suitable for climbers that are inexperienced, medium physical strength, or lack of time. The booking cost through a travel agency is about 800USD~1200USD.
5. Upper Mustang Trek
Upper Mustang (average 2,500 meters) trek takes 10-12 days and is for adventure lovers. Upper Mustang was the seat of the ancient Kingdom of Lo and it borders Tibet. It preserves the most complete traditional Tibetan culture. Hiking in high altitude areas above 4000 meters, you can see the magnificent plateau scenery similar to Tibet’s Ngari. Upper Mustang Trek belongs to niche high-end hiking routes. The trek cost is about 1785USD to 3500USD per person through a travel agency.
6. Langtang Trek
Langtang Trek is the nearest one to Kathmandu. Langtang National Park is 51 kilometers north of the Kathmandu Valley. You can enjoy the beautiful valley scenery and experience the culture of ancient villages. This trek takes 7-9 days. The altitude variation is up to 2,600 meters. The trek cost is about 500USD~900USD per person.
7. Mardi Himal Trek
Mardi Himal (5,587 meters/18,330 feet) Trek actually refers to Mardi Himal Base Camp trek. This is a small and low-key trek. It allows you a quiet self-cultivation, away from popular trekking routes. It takes 10 days. The trek cost is about 500USD – 700USD per person.