Trekking or Climbing in Nepal 2023, Best 6 Hand-Picked Packages

  • Last Updated on Nov 29, 2022

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Trekking or Climbing in Nepal 2023?

Nepal is a great place for adventurous sports activities like trekking and climbing. The country houses eight out of the ten highest mountains in the world and uncountable numbers of peaks & hills. This has resulted in some of the best trekking trails and mountain climbing in the world.

In one single place, you will get a plethora of options to choose from. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced individual, you will find something that suits your requirements perfectly in Nepal when it comes to trekking and climbing.

At Nepal Gateway Trek, we offer a wide range of trekking and climbing packages. Likewise, we also custom design the itinerary as per our guest's demands and are always open to organizing trips to the most untouched parts of the Himalayas.

Given the topography uniqueness of Nepal, you can do much more than trek and expeditions here, such as white-water rafting, bungee jumping, mountain biking, paragliding, jungle safari,day hikes, helicopter tours, etc.

Trekking or Climbing in Nepal 2023, Best 6 Hand-Picked Packages
Trekking or Climbing in Nepal 2023, Best 6 Hand-Picked Packages

As you might know, or if not, there are many trekking routes in Nepal. You can find short 5-6 day treks to treks that last more than 20 days. Similarly, the numerous locations and each providing a distinct trekking experience may make it tough for you to choose the perfect trekking or climbing package for yourself.

So, in this blog, we have decided to introduce you to the three best trekking packages and three best climbing packages, each in the category moderate, challenging & strenuous. We will also mention the destinations you can extend the trek to, if you wish, or shorten the journey. We hope this will help you pick the right one for yourself for trekking or climbing in Nepal in 2023.

Trekking in Nepal 2023: hand-picked programs

Nepal has a lot to offer when it comes to trek and choosing from a bucket full of options is quite tough for us too. We have decided to choose trekking packages from three regions- Everest, Annapurna, and Manaslu. Below you can get a lot of detailed information about the treks and what you can expect during them.

Everest Base Camp Trek

The Everest base camp trek is a world-famous trek. It is an excellent venture to the lap of Mount Everest (8,849 m), the highest mountain in the world. Everest base camp trekking is considered a moderate trek in the Himalayas. The later part of the trail might get a little difficult because you have already spent a handful of days walking and increased elevation also makes it tough for beginner trekkers.

First thing, the Everest base camp trekking explores within the Sagarmatha National Park. You trek in the northeastern part of Nepal, in the Khumbu region. The starting and ending point of the trek is Lukla (2,860 m). The quickest way to reach the trailhead from Kathmandu is by taking the 35 minutes Lukla flight.

Everest Base Camp Trekking
View from Everest Base Camp 

From Lukla, the trail gradually ascends through lush rhododendron forests and Sherpa villages, crossing hanging suspension bridges on the way. The Everest base camp trail has a great tourist infrastructure than anywhere else in the Himalayas. You will get plenty of accommodation and meal options. Kala Patthar (5,644 m) is the highest point of the trek and the Everest base camp (5,364 m) is one of the major highlights.

Usually, trekkers do a 15-day or17-day Everest base camp trek. If you want to make the trek shorter, you can go for theEverest base camp trek with a helicopter return. This package combines a helicopter return from Kala Patthar. Likewise, if you have extra time and feel like spending more time in the mountains, then you can extend the trek to beautifulGokyo Lakesor to the Three High Passes.
*Note: Make sure to properly research other trekking places in any region before just extending it. Not every place has the same level of difficulty or the same kind of terrain.
For a family trek, Everest View trekking is ideal. And travellers who cannot trek in the Himalayas can opt for our Everest base camp helicopter tour. It is a 4-5 hours helicopter flight with multiple landings and breakfast at Hotel Everest View (3,962 m).

Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna circuit trek is another quite famous trekking program in Nepal. It is for adventure hearts who have previous trekking experience and looking to upgrade their game in the Himalayas. The Annapurna circuit trekking route takes you around the tenth-highest mountain in the world, Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m). You will be trekking in the Annapurna region, and the latter part of the itinerary touches the lower Mustang area.

We have two Annapurna circuit packages. One is a short Annapurna circuit 11 days, and another is an 18-day Annapurna circuit trek, which combines the Poon hill excursion. Both packages cross the challenging Thorong La pass (5,416 m), the highest mountain pass in Nepal, and descend to Muktinath temple (3,710 m). Muktinath is a pilgrimage site.

Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna Circuit Trek 

The Annapurna circuit trail begins from lush rhododendron forests and numerous remote villages. You will walk along verdant hillsides and gradually ascend to pastures. The trail from Muktinath goes along the deepest gorge in the world, Kali Gandaki gorge. You will walk through white-washed houses and narrow alleys before making it to Jomsom (2,743 m) or Tatopani (1,190 m) as per your itinerary.

The mountain views are phenomenal on this trek. You will have an interesting peek into Nepali culture and tradition. Begin a very famous trekking route, and meet with people from around the globe during the peak trekking seasons. Many trekkers take this chance and extend the trek to stunningTilicho Lake.

Likewise, you can also combine Annapurna base campor Nar Phu valley in the trek. If you want to make the Annapurna circuit trekking more fun, combine helicopter return from Muktinath. The jaw-dropping aerial mountain landscapes are surreal.

Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek

Manaslu circuit and Tsum valley trekis an off-the-beaten trekking route in the Himalayas that will take you to the eighth-highest mountain in the world, Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m). The Manaslu region is closely located to the Tibetan border and has numerous exotic flora & fauna along with the ancient cultural heritage of the natives. To protect the region and maintain the tourist flow, the Nepal government has made it a restricted area.

The Tsum valley is a hidden valley inside the Manaslu region. It is one of the untouched and unbothered parts of the Himalayas, with scenery like none other. Manaslu circuit and Tsum valley trek take you beyond the mainstream trekking route to the true wilderness of the Himalayas. It is a challenging trek because of the trodden terrain, limited services & remoteness of the region.

Mount Manaslu
Mount Manaslu view from Deng, way to Lakrake La Pass 

Given the restricted area, trekking without a guide is not allowed. The trail is not crowded at all, and the mountain panoramas are fantastic. The major highlights of this trek are Some of the famous points on the Manaslu Tsum valley trek are Piren Phu cave (3,361 m), Mu Gompa (3,700 m), ), Rachen Gompa (3,240 m), Gumba Lungdang (3,200 m), Dhephu Doma Gompa (3,900 m), Manaslu base camp (4,800 m), Birendra Tal (3,460 m), Pungyen Gompa (3,980 m), and Larkya La pass (5,106 m).

If you cannot spend 23 days trekking, then we also have an 18 days Manalsu circuit trek package that does not take you to Tsum valley. You can also customize the itinerary as per your requirements.

Climbing in Nepal 2023: hand-picked trekking peaks

Island Peak Climbing

Island peak climbing is a non-technical mountain that is 6,189 meters tall. It is a trekking peak, ideal for beginner climbers. The journey is 20 days long that combines a hike to Everest base camp & Kala Patthar too before the summit push. It will help in acclimatization. From the Island Peak base camp, you will reach the summit on the third day. In between, we stop at the high camp.

Island peak is known as one of the most beautiful peaks in the Himalayas. The peak is surrounded by Lhotse and Nuptse south walls in the north & and Baruntse in the south. In Nepali words, Island Peak is called Imja Tse. For mountaineers aiming towards 8,000 meters high mountains, Island Peak is like a training peak.

Peak Climbing in Nepal
Peak Climbing in Nepal 

Even though Island peak is non-technical, the journey is very demanding. Climbing a peak takes a lot of effort, fitness, and courage. The initial part of the venture is trekking through dense forests and Sherpa villages like Namche Bazar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorak Shep, Chukkung, etc. After hiking to Kala Patthar, you'll retrace the path back to Dingboche and turn to Chukkung valley.

From Chukkung, the next stop is the Island Peak base camp. Our mountain guides will give you pre-climbing training to boost your confidence. Following a steep and rocky route, we walk along the snowline using fixed rope and cross a few crevasses. There is a 300 meters headwall before we reach the summit.

Mera Peak Climbing

Mera peak is quite famous in the Everest region for its straightforward snowy summit push. It is another great peak to kick-start your climbing journey in the Himalayas. The Mera Peak is the highest trekking peak in Nepal, situated in the Mahalangur section. Mera peak climbing offers a very immersive journey and combines trekking through picturesque villages before you reach the base camp of the peak.

Instead of following the famous EBC trail from Lukla, you will walk in the opposite direction, which is rather less crowded and a bit offbeat. The trail goes through alpine woodlands and Sherpa settlements. You will get a lot of opportunities to interact with the locals and see their daily lifestyle. The trekking part is easygoing and will help you in acclimatization.

Mera Peak Climbing
View from Mera Peak Climbing in Nepal 

Mera peak is also a non-technical peak to climb. The peak has three summits- Mera Central (6,461 m), Mera North (6,476 m), and Mera South( 6,065 m). We will be climbing the Mera north, the highest point yet the most doable for beginners. Mera peak is also known as a practice peak and the top offers a surreal view of Everest, Makalu, and Cho Oyu.

You will learn to use climbing gears like ice axes, crampons, fixed ropes, etc during the climb. The climbing route is steep, snowy, and rugged. The exposure to wind, sun & cold along with high elevation makes the climbing part challenging. The air pressure and low oxygen level will test your endurance and dare you to push yourself.

Pisang Peak Climbing

Pisang peak climbing is on a bit of a difficult side if we compare it to Island peak or Mera peak. The climbing route has a few technical sections. Pisang peak is located in the north-central part of Nepal, in the beautiful Annapurna region. It is a 15 days program through lovely villages and verdant forests. Pisang peak is the lowest trekking peak.

Pisang peak is also a good option for first-time climbers looking for a little more challenges. This peak was first climbed in 1955. The overall journey is very rewarding and peaceful. As usual, the trekking part lets you acclimatize before the summit push and also allows you to interact with the locals along the way. The mountain views are heavenly and will keep you motivated.

Leaving Pisang village, you will walk through thin forests and pastures to reach Kharka (4,380 m). This is the base camp of Pisang peak. Here, we spend a couple of nights acclimatizing and get pre-climbing training in the meantime. The route then ascends to Pisang peak high camp at 5,400 meters via the southwest ridge.

The route from the high camp is well-defined up to the summit. We follow steep snow slopes to reach the top of the mountain. On the way, we will be using fixed ropes and other climbing equipment to cross technical sections like rocky slabs & handfuls of crevasses. The elevation makes it very difficult to walk up to the summit.

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.