Top 8 Less Crowded Popular Trekking Destinations in Nepal

  • Last Updated on Jan 29, 2024

Nepal is a trekker's paradise because of its high peaks and stunning scenery. While well-known treks like the Annapurna Circuit and Everest Base Camp attract adventurers from all over the world, there are a number of less popular trekking locations that provide just as breathtaking views and interesting cultural encounters. These less well-known locations offer a chance to experience the magic of the Himalayas without the crowds, even though Nepal's well-traveled trekking routes are undoubtedly breathtaking. Each trek offers a special fusion of nature, culture, and adventure, giving intrepid travelers lifelong memories. Consider traveling to one of these top 8 less popular trekking locations if you want to escape the hustle and bustle and immerse yourself in the serene beauty of Nepal.

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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek 

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
View from Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek


Duration: 20-27 Days
Highest Elevation: Approximately 5140 meters (16873 ft) at Pang Pema
Trek Type: Basic Teahouse 
Required permits: Kanchenjunga Conservation Area permit, Kanchenjunga Restricted Area Permit, TIMS Card
Best time to visit: March to May and September to November 

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, which takes place in the heart of the majestic Himalayas, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that promises breathtaking scenery, the chance to interact with locals, and a close relationship with nature. This trek, one of the less travelled routes, gives adventurous travellers the chance to experience the distinctive cultures of the area while taking in the pristine beauty of Mount Kanchenjunga, the third-highest peak in the world (8,586 meters).
The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek takes trekkers through the remote and pristine landscapes of the eastern Himalayas and is a difficult but incredibly rewarding journey. This trek, which spans both Nepal and the Indian state of Sikkim, offers a variety of experiences, from high-altitude terrain to lush green forests. Usually, the trek starts in Taplejung, a town in Nepal's eastern hills. The Arun Valley, one of Nepal's most picturesque trekking locales, is traversed on the trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp. The Pang Pema (5,140 m) and Oktong (4,580 m) base camps of Kanchenjunga are both reached during this circuit trek. You are rewarded at the base camp with breathtaking views of the Kanchenjunga range, Januu Himal, Chang Himal, and many other peaks covered with ice and snow.

A diverse array of cultures are present in the Kanchenjunga region. Trekkers have the opportunity to interact with the Limbu, Rai, and Sherpa people as well as other local communities throughout the course of the journey. Experience their customs firsthand, sample their cuisine, and discover their way of life. The welcoming nature of these communities gives the trekking experience a deeper meaning.


  • Witness breathtaking views of Mount Kanchenjunga and stunning panoramic views of the massive mountain peaks such as Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Makalu (8481m), and many others.
  • Travel through a variety of landscapes, including lush rhododendron forests, alpine meadows, and pristine glacial rivers.
  • Witness awe-inspiring sunrises and sunsets over the snow-clad mountains.
  • Along the trail, see monasteries, prayer flags, and historic villages.
  • Explore the 2035 square kilometre Kanchenjunga Conservation Area to see a variety of flora and fauna, including rare Himalayan wildlife, elusive species like the red panda, and various bird species.
  • Take beautiful pictures of the surrounding scenery, the local people, and the high peaks.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Duration: 15-18 Days
Max Altitude: Approximately 5360 m / 17060 ft at French Pass
Trek Type: Camping trek 
Best time to visit: March to May and September to November 
Required Permits: Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP), TIMS car

The seventh-highest mountain in the world, Dhaulagiri, also known as "The White Mountain," rises to a height of 8,167 meters (26,795 feet) and is accessible via the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek. Adventurers seeking solitude and pristine natural beauty will love this trek's off-the-beaten-path experience through remote and less-travelled trails.

The high-altitude treks lead to Mount Dhaulagiri's (4748 meters) Base Camp. One of the most rewarding and difficult treks in Nepal is the one through Hidden Valley which crosses the French Pass (5360 meters) and Dhampus Pass (5244). The trek starts in the village of Beni and follows the Myagdi River as it flows through the stunning scenery of the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, before starting to descend. The route passes through a variety of landscapes, including glacial moraines, high alpine valleys, terraced fields and lush forests. You'll pass through traditional villages along the way that are home to various ethnic groups like Gurungs and Magars, giving you the chance to experience the local way of life and hospitality.


  • Magnificent views of the Dhaulagiri massif, which includes Dhaulagiri I, II, III, and IV, as well as nearby peaks like Annapurna and Nilgiri.
  • Travelling through unexplored and isolated parts of western Nepal to view the Dhaulagiri mountain range's untamed beauty.
  • Travel through difficult mountain passes like French Pass and Dhampus Pass
  • For expert mountaineers, climb Dhampus Peak (6,060 m).
  • Hike through glacial moraines, terraced fields, forests, and alpine meadows.
  • Immersion in the local culture and interaction with ethnic communities living in picturesque villages along the trekking route.
  • Encounters with distinctive flora and fauna, such as rare orchids, colourful birds, and the potential of spotting elusive wildlife like snow leopards and red pandas.

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Tsum Valley Trek

Tsum Valley
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

Duration: 16-23 days
Maximum Elevation: Approximately 3700 m / 12139 ft at Mu Gompa
Required Permits: Manaslu Restricted Permit, Manaslu Conservation Area Project Permit, Tsum Valley Restricted Permit, and the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP), TIMS card
Trek Type: Teahouse trek 
Best time to visit: March to May and September to November 

The Tsum Valley, also known as the "hidden valley," is a valley in Nepal's Gorkha district that is close to the Tibetan border. Previously restricted, this isolated valley allowed hikers in 2008. Since then, it has become more well-known as a place where trekkers can go to get a truly authentic Himalayan experience.The village of Arughat is usually where the Tsum Valley Trek starts. The Boudha Himal (6,672 m) and Himal Chuli (7893 m) in the west, Ganesh Himal (7,422 m) in the south, and Siring Himal (7187 m) in the north are just a few of the stunning peaks that can be seen from this challenging trek's many different landscapes, which range from lush green forests along the Budhi Gandaki River to high alpine meadows. Chumling (Lower Tsum) and Chhaikampar (Upper Tsum), two significant villages in the area, are traversed by the trail. Along with fascinating villages, Milarepa's Cave, gompas, monasteries, mani walls, and stupas, the trail travels through pine forests, raging rivers with cascading waterfalls and amazing suspension bridges, cascading waterfalls, and cascading waterfalls. The route is abundant with historic Buddhist monasteries, including Mu Gompa and Rachen Gompa.

The Tsumba people, a Tibetan Buddhist group with a distinctive culture and way of life, reside in Tsum Valley. You'll have the chance to stop at a lot of monasteries, chortens (Buddhist shrines), and mani walls decorated with ornately carved prayer stones as you trek through this area.If you have more time, you can combine the Manaslu Trek with the Tsum Valley Trek.


  • Stunning views of the snow-capped mountains Mt. Manaslu, Himchuli, Ganesh Himal, and others.
  • Ancient monasteries Gompa Lungdang, Rachen Gompa, and Mu Gompa.
  • Sacred caves and Buddhist monasteries with a long history and spiritual significance to Tibetans.
  • Examining Tibetan culture and way of life.
  • Along the way, there are waterfalls, rivers, and caves.
  • Tsum Valley's deep gorges and pristine landscape.
  • Wildlife such as blue sheep and Himalayan Thar.
  • Trek to the base camp of Ganesh Himal (4200 m).

Khopra Danda Trek/ Khopra Ridge Trek

Khopra Danda summit viewpoint
Khopra Danda summit viewpoint

Duration: 8-12 days
Maximum Elevation: 3640m (Khopra ridge) / 4660m (Khayar Lake)
Required Permits: Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) & Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Card
Trek Type: Teahouse trek 
Best time to visit: March to May and September to November 

The Khopra Danda summit viewpoint, which offers an amazing panoramic view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, including some of the highest peaks in the world, is where the hike gets its name. The Khopra Danda Trek, also known as the Mulde Hill Trek, is a spectacular trek across various landscapes, attractive villages, and a tranquil environment. It is nestled away in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Between the Jomsom-Muktinath trip trail and Annapurna Base Camp, the Trek offers a spectacular, environmentally friendly, natural alternative trip.

It includes the picturesque Magar and Gurung villages of the hills, the rhododendron-forested ridge lines that offer breathtaking vantage points for views of the highest peaks, and the Pokhara Valley with its panoramic views of Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail) and the Annapurna massif. With stunning views of the tall, snow-covered Himalayas, the trail winds through a dense, deeply lush forest of pine, oak, rhododendron, and bamboo. You can see some of the local wildlife and enjoy panoramic views of famous Himalayan peaks like Mount Dhaulagiri (8167m), Nilgiri (7061m), Annapurna South (7219m), and Annapurna I (8091m), among others, as you travel.

The trek begins by taking in the peaceful surroundings before continuing to climb at Khopra Ridge, a picturesque location with an amazing view of the Himalayas. Once at Khopra Ridge, stop by Khayar Lake, a holy lake where a yearly festival is held and pilgrims come to take a dip in this revered lake. The trek to Lake Khayar, which is optional, is arduous and lengthy, with the possibility of having to cross frozen mountain rivers.

Highlights of the Trek

  • A delightful mix of landscapes, from terraced fields and lush rhododendron forests to high alpine meadows
  • Offers breathtaking sunrise and sunset views over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges
  • Khayer Barahi Temple or Khayar Lake, Narchyang village, Tatopani, and Ghandruk village are the major attractions
  • Chance to directly interact with the local Gurung and Magar communities, experiencing their hospitality, culture, and way of life.
  • Villages with Buddhist monasteries, give you a glimpse into the spiritual practices of the region. The Tadapani and Swanta villages are among the cultural gems.
  • Relaxing dips in Natural Hot Springs at Tatopani offer a soothing respite for your muscles and a chance to unwind.

Nar Phu Valley Trek

Kang La pas
Kang La pas in Nar Phu Valley Trek

Duration: 12-19 days
Maximum Elevation: 5320m at Kang La Pass / 5416 m at Thorong La Pass
Required Permits: Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Nar Phu Restricted Area Permit, TIMS
Trek Type: Basic tea house trek 
Best time to visit: March to May and September to November 

For trekkers looking for an uncommon and culturally immersive experience, the Nar Phu Valley Trek, located just behind the north face of Mt. Annapurna, is a hidden gem. This lesser-known trek offers a captivating journey through uninhabited villages, breathtaking scenery, and a rich cultural heritage that is sure to leave you in awe. The Nar Phu Valley Trek passes through two distinct valleys, Nar (4,110 meters) and Phu (4,250 meters), both of which were just made accessible to foreign hikers in 2002.

As you travel through these valleys, you'll be treated to panoramic views of snow-capped mountains, verdant forests, and desolate landscapes, creating a striking contrast that is sure to arouse your senses. The region's spiritual essence can be seen in the old monasteries, flying prayer flags, and intricately carved Mani walls along the trek route. People of Tibetan descent inhabit the villages of Nar and Phu, and their culture and traditions are a fascinating fusion of Tibetan and Nepali influences.
The Annapurna Circuit's traditional starting point is Besisahar, from where the trek quickly deviates into the secluded Nar & Phu valleys and away from more heavily travelled paths. The trek's final two days take you over the high Kang La Pass and back down to Ngawal, a well-liked rest stop on the main Annapurna Circuit route. To rejoin the Annapurna Circuit trail at the Hindu pilgrimage town of Muktinath, one can choose to continue on the circuit up to and over Thorong La Pass.
If you feel up to it, you can also hike up to Himlung Himal (7126m) base camp at 4920m in elevation.


  • Take in spectacular views of Annapurna II, Himlung Himal, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak while trekking in a less popular and less crowded area of the Annapurna region.
  • Spend time in the isolated villages of Nar and Phu to experience the distinctive fusion of Tibetan and Nepali cultures.
  • Take in the allure of age-old towns with their distinctive architecture, monasteries, and prayer flags.
  • Along the way, take in breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, lush forests, and deserted landscapes.
  • Crossing difficult passes like Kang La Pass will give you a sense of accomplishment.
  • As you travel through various ecosystems, including rhododendron forests, you can spot a variety of flora and fauna.
  • Take breathtaking pictures of the various landscapes, historic buildings, and native ways of life.

Makalu base camp Trek

Makalu Base Camp Trek
View from Makalu Base Camp Trek

Duration: 17-22 days
Maximum Elevation: 4,870m / 15,978ft.
Required Permits: Makalu Rural Municipality and the Makalu Barun National Park entry permit, TIMS card
Trek Type: Teahouse trek 
Best time to visit: March to May and September to November 

Compared to the Everest Base Camp or the Annapurna Circuit, the Makalu Base Camp Trek is a lesser-known gem, but its pristine landscapes and remote charm make it a favourite among trekkers seeking a more unspoiled and genuine experience. It is one of the hardest and most exciting treks Nepal has to offer. The trek offers a tantalizing combination of lush forests, alpine meadows, cascading waterfalls, and imposing glaciers and is located in the eastern region of Nepal, close to the border with Tibet. The fifth-highest peak in the world, Mount Makalu, towers above all others at an incredible 8,485 meters (27,838 ft).

The Makalu Base Camp trek is a great option for those who enjoy the outdoors and want to see a variety of landscapes, cultures, and unusual views of some of the highest mountains in the world, including Everest. The Makalu Base Camp Trek takes hikers through a variety of ecologies, from the lush lowland Arun Valley to the desolate high-altitude landscapes. As they travel through rhododendron forests, terraced fields, and charming villages, hikers can see the environment change from a subtropical to an alpine one. A treat for nature lovers and wildlife lovers, Makalu Base Camp is located in the Makalu Barun National Park and is approximately 4,870 meters (15,978 feet) above sea level. It is home to 3,000 species of flowering plants, 440 species of birds, and 75 species of mammals, including the snow leopard, red panda, musk dear, wild boar, wild yak, and the Himalayan Thar. Starting from Tumlingtar, the Makalu Base Camp Trek ascends the Arun River valley to Sedua and Num before crossing the Shipton La Pass (4210 m) and entering the upper Barun River valley to get a close-up view of Makalu and Chamlang Himal. Arun Valley and Barun Valley, two of Nepal's most inaccessible and rarely travelled regions, are visited on this trek.


  • Trekking to Makalu, the fifth-highest mountain in the world
  • Trekking through Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Area.
  • A breathtaking view of Mounts Makalu (8463 m), Chamlang (7319 m), and Baruntse (7129 m).
  • View waterfalls, granite cliffs, hanging glaciers, rhododendron forests, and other features of the Himalayan landscape.
  • View natural ecosystems and wildlife, including red pandas, snow leopards, and black bears.
  • Pass river gorges, sheer cliffs, magnificent waterfalls, high-altitude lakes, and Sherpa and Rai villages.
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Dolpo Trek (Upper and Lower Dolpo)

Nepal's deepest and second largest lake, Phoksundo Lake,
Nepal's deepest and second-largest alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake, Shey Phoksundo Lake.

Duration: 18 to 28 days 
Maximum Elevation: Approximately 5350 meters at Kang La Pass
Required Permits: Special Dolpo Trekking Permit, Lower Dolpo Restricted Area Permit, Upper Dolpo Restricted Area Permit, Shey Phoksundo National Park Entry Fee, TIMS card
Trek Type: Camping trek 
Best time to visit: March to May and August to November 

Dolpo is an area of unmatched natural beauty, distinguished by its rocky landscape, deep valleys, and clear alpine lakes. Ancient villages, the Tortoise Lake of Phoksundo, the holy crystal mountain (Shey), the mystic Shey Gompa, and old Bon Monasteries. Only the Dolpo district is home to the elusive snow leopard and the valuable Yarsagumba crop. The jewel of Dolpo is Shey Phoksundo Lake. A surreal and mesmerizing scene is created by the Shey Phoksundo Lake's deep blue waters and the surrounding snow-capped peaks. It is a sacred location for the locals and one of the world's highest lakes.

The trail leads to Juphal, a tiny airstrip in the Dolpo region, where the departure point is. The Upper Dolpo trek starts from there, and you'll soon find yourself surrounded by Dolpo's pristine beauty. At 3600 meters above sea level, the deepest Shey Phoksundo Lake is surrounded by forest views and tall, snow-capped mountains. Shey Gompa and the Phoksundo Valley are connected by the Kang-La Pass. The highest point of the trek is the Kang-La Pass, from which stunning mountain ranges and scenery can be viewed. Dolpo trekking is an adventure and a chance to see a secluded and stunning region of Nepal. Trekkers have fantastic opportunities to visit nearby villages, interact with locals, and experience local culture in addition to the breathtaking scenery.


  • Nepal's remote and unspoiled trekking region
  • Dramatic and arid landscapes, including deep canyons and high plateaus
  • Distinctive Tibetan culture and traditions that have been preserved over many generations.
  • Stunning views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, two Himalayan peaks.
  • Shey Phoksundo National Park, home to the captivating Phoksundo Lake.
  • Visit rare wildlife such as snow leopards, blue sheep, and Himalayan thar
  • Ancient monasteries and gompas featuring Tibetan Buddhist architecture
  • 800 year old Shey Monastery.

Ruby Valley

Ruby Valley
Ganesh Himal Ruby Valley Trek 

Duration: 7-15 days
Maximum Elevation: Approximately 3,845 meters at Pangsang Pass
Required Permits: Langtang National Park entrance permit, TIMS
Trek Type: Homestay trek 
Best time to visit: March to May and September to November 

A relatively new and less travelled trekking route in Nepal is the Ruby Valley, also known as the Ganesh Himal Ruby Trek, which is located between the Manaslu Conservation Area and Langtang National Park. This valley, which is in the country's centre, is named for the magnificent Ganesh Himal range, which dominates the skyline. The trek is named after the precious stones that locals think are dispersed throughout the area, similar to rubies dispersed throughout the land.

The Syabrubesi (1,503m) starting point for the Ruby Valley trek is a charming village in the Langtang region. From here, hikers travel through a variety of landscapes, including glacial moraines, terraced fields, and dense forests. The trail is endowed with a profusion of plants and animals, making it a haven for birdwatchers and nature lovers. The stunning Ganga and Jamuna waterfalls can also be seen.

The trek takes hikers to the Pangsang Pass, which offers a breathtaking view of the Ganesh Himal range, Lamjung Himal (6,800m), Langtang Lirung (7,300m), and other nearby peaks. Pangsang Pass is located at 3,842 meters/12,604 feet above sea level. The scenery drastically changes as you ascend and descend, keeping the trekking experience exciting and engaging. Trekkers can fully immerse themselves in the diverse cultural heritage of the Tamang and Gurung communities as the trail passes through isolated villages.


  • Take in dynamic landscapes that range from valleys and forests to mountain passes and glacial terrain.
  • Visit diverse flora and fauna while travelling through terraced fields, dense forests, alpine meadows, and glacial moraines.
  • Beautiful waterfalls, gorges, stone mills, suspension bridges, and ruby mines in the mountains.
  • Travel through remote villages to connect with the Tamang and Gurung communities and experience their genuine way of life.
  • Stay in local homestays to share meals, come into contact with a variety of ethnic communities and languages, and interact with families while appreciating their warm hospitality.
  • Get lost in the mystique and beauty of Nepal's central Himalayan region.


Is it safe to trek in these less crowded areas of Nepal?

Yes, trekking in these less crowded areas of Nepal is generally safe. However, it's essential to prepare well, hire experienced guides and porters, and follow safety guidelines to ensure a safe trekking experience.

What is the best time to undertake these treks?

The best time for trekking in Nepal is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. The weather is generally stable, and the skies are clear, offering the best views of the mountains and landscapes. Trekking during the monsoon season (June to August) is not recommended due to heavy rainfall.

How can I arrange permits for these treks?

Permits for these less crowded treks can be obtained through registered trekking agencies or directly from the concerned authorities in Nepal. The type of permit required varies based on the trek and the region you are entering.

Are teahouses and accommodations available along these treks?

Accommodations in these less crowded trekking areas can range from basic teahouses and guesthouses to camping in remote regions. While teahouses are available on many routes, facilities may be more limited in remote areas.

How physically demanding are these treks?

The difficulty level of these treks varies. Some, like the Khopra Danda Trek, are relatively moderate, while others, like the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, are more challenging. It's essential to assess your fitness level and choose a trek that suits your abilities.

Are these less crowded treks safe in terms of altitude sickness?

Altitude sickness can affect trekkers in any high-altitude region. It's crucial to acclimatize properly, follow the guidance of experienced guides, and be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness. Hiring a local guide is recommended to ensure safety.

How can I prepare for the challenges of these treks?

Physical fitness, proper gear, acclimatization, and mental preparedness are crucial. Training before the trek and understanding the challenges you might face will contribute to a successful experience.

Can I do these treks independently, or do I need a guide/porter?

While some trekkers might choose to trek independently, hiring a local guide and/or porter is highly recommended. They are familiar with the trails, can provide cultural insights, assist with language barriers, and ensure safety.

What is the level of mobile network connectivity on these treks?

Mobile network connectivity varies along these treks. In more remote areas, you might have limited or no signal.

What should I pack for a trek in these less crowded areas?

Packing essentials include warm clothing, trekking boots, a good-quality backpack, a sleeping bag, rain gear, water purification tablets, and other personal items. It's important to pack according to the specific requirements of your chosen trek.

Rajendra Thapa

Rajendra Thapa

"Take only memories, leave only footprints' -Chief Seattle 

Namaste! Greetings from the Himalayas!! I am Rajendra Thapa, a promising and adventurous wanderer and a travel guide from the beautiful country Nepal. Nepal is a country duct between the gorgeous mountains of the gigantic Himalayas and the lost jungles of the Terai and also a home to multicultural people with various traditions. I am passionate about traveling, trekking, hiking, and photography. You can find my travel experiences and blogs on my Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.
I was born in a small countryside full of greenery and fresh air on the lap of Ganesh Himal far from the city chaos. Growing up, I was always interested in exploring things,  places, people, and lifestyles, which developed into my career. Through the company Nepal Gateway Trekking Pvt Ltd. I am serving to share my knowledge, experiences, and guidance regarding various Himalayas base camps, jungles, cultural monuments, historical sculptures, and many more adventurous things to make your lifetime experiences amazing, after all, travel is all about having lifetime experiences with beautiful memories.