Trekking in Nepal

Trek between villages, gaze at snowy peaks and feel totally tiny. Nepal is a natural playground for hikers, with beautiful trails criss-crossing the Himalayas and endless rainbow prayer flags fluttering in the hills. Sleep in mountain huts, explore the Kathmandu Valley on foot and follow in the footsteps of climbing legends on the way to Everest Base Camp. Treks comes in all shapes and sizes, lasting from three days to nearly three weeks, so there are plenty of options available. If you’ve got spirit for adventure and a sturdy pair of legs, you’re in for the trip of a lifetime.

lady trekking in rural Nepal

Explore the Kathmandu Valley

Trek between small villages and hilltop temples in the Kathmandu Valley, getting a behind-the-scenes of local life beyond the city limits. Sleep in comfortable hotels with sweeping views over the distant snowy peaks, walk through forests, cross terraced fields and wave at the school kids as you pass. You’ll end up in Bhaktapur, a traffic-free medieval town steeped in spiritual atmosphere, where you can sit back in a rooftop cafe, listen to Buddhist chants and soak up your surroundings.

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local family

Try the Helambu Homestay trek

One of our favourite trips in Nepal, this trek will take you into the heart of mountainous Nepal. You’ll meet the locals, lend a hand with the cooking and even spend a night as guests of the mayor! Lasting a full week, it’s not for the faint-hearted, but it’s packed with Himalayan spirit and staggering views. You’ll spend one night in a lodge etched into the cliff edge, surrounded by snow-tipped peaks and trek between welcoming villages in the foothills.

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snow covered mount everest

Escape to Everest Base Camp

Probably the most famous trekking route in the world, the trail to Everest Base Camp is crammed with breathtaking scenery. Climb from aromatic rhododendron forests and rolling green terraces into a desolate world of bare rock, with snow-dusted mountains on all sides. It’s a fortnight of heavy-duty hiking and high altitudes but it’s full of challenges and rewards. When you set foot on the snowy slopes of Base Camp, you’ll feel quite literally on top of the world.

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Thorong-La sign in Nepal

Amble through the Annapurnas

The Annapurna Range is a particularly beautiful pocket of the world. The foothills are a tangle of thick forests, rippling rivers and traditional teahouses, with vast snowy peaks towering over the horizon. Take a short trek to Poon Hill at sunrise, where you’ll see the sun flood the mountains with colour in the early morning light, or opt for a longer adventure. If you’re ready to go the extra mile, try trekking the entire Annapurna Circuit, a seventeen day trek steeped in gorgeous scenery that is bound to put a spring in your step.

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