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7 Challenging Trekking Trails in Nepal

There is something quite intriguing about exploring the unknown. Traversing rugged terrain is very popular, and some of the most challenging environments are found in proximity to mountainous regions. Nepal, the Himalayan nation, has always been a popular destination for trekkers – amateurs and pros alike. While most people may equate Nepal with the expedition to conquer Mount Everest (as seen in the 2006 documentary Everest: Beyond the Limit on Prime Video), the country offers a great variety of treks to other not-so-intimidating-yet-challenging areas.

If you’re all prepared to take the next step, then the information below can guide you to some of the best Nepal trekking regions. Due to the difficult terrain, some of these routes are recommended only for experienced trekkers.

1. Manaslu Circuit Trekking

(Image: “ManasluCircuit4.jpg” by Spencer Weart licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.)

The Manaslu region is located in west-central Nepal and is one of the less-visited regions of the Himalayas. Basic infrastructure is minimal as you go around Mt. Manaslu, the eighth-highest mountain on earth. Manaslu circuit trekking is possible even though many parts of the area have yet to be explored. Individuals have come here since the early 1990s, thanks to the pristine wilderness. The mountain’s peak crests at 8,156 meters.

The trail goes around the Manaslu Conservation Area, which is home to rare animals and birds.


2. Annapurna Trekking Trails

The Annapurna Mountain range is delightful, but it can be perilous simultaneously. Various types of explorations are provided here, from walking down country trails to ascending steep hillsides. The fascinating scenery of snow-clad peaks are visible from start to finish. Annapurna trekking trails offer two distinct routes, but most adventurists opt for off-the-beaten paths.


3. Makalu Base Camp Trek

a group of people standing on top of a snow covered mountain

(Image: “Leaving Makalu Base Camp, with Makalu (8463m) up ahead” by markhorrell licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.)

Some of the most breathtaking landscapes are found around Mt. Makalu but don’t let the beautiful scenery fool you. Rugged cliffs and jagged rocks are found throughout the area. Mt. Makalu is 8,481 meters high at its peak. Trekking delivers astounding views of the Himalayas from all angles, but make sure to watch your step because of the abundance of loose gravel.


4. Saipal Himal Base Camp Trek

The second-highest peak in West Nepal is Mt. Saipal, which tops off at 7,041 meters. This region is isolated from the rest of the nation, and its geography can be unforgiving. Expansive rolling passes and steep-sided forests are found throughout the area. Adventurists will enjoy this 18-day tour of exploration.


5. Round Dhaulagiri Trek

One of the most strenuous treks is found here in the western Himalayas. The Dhaulagiri trek displays timeless beauty via lush forests and ethnic communities. The trail can be extremely harsh for experienced persons via the area’s lateral moraines and steep slopes. The suspension bridges and stupas give you a great view of the mountain range and glaciers. Dhaulagiri peaks at 8,167 meters. Some travellers tend to experience lightheadedness, and the conditions can be very snowy.


6. Upper Dolpo Trek

a man riding a horse on the side of a mountain

(Image: “tourist trekking along the yak trail in Upper Dolpo” by Great Himalaya Trails licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.)

The Dolpo is located in Western Nepal, and it’s very remote. You’ll need to bring food and other supplies since the infrastructure is nonexistent. Careful planning is a must, as travellers are required to hire an experienced guide. You’ll also have to cross three 5,000-meter passes.


7. Everest Three High Pass Trek

This is the king of all treks in the region. It’s common to experience strong winds and icy conditions. Some of the steepest slopes will need to be ascended while getting panoramic views of the Himalayas. You can trek to Mt. Everest’s base after exploring the Gokyo lakes. Sharp descents in between cliffs are common, The landscape is exceptionally rugged, and large boulders are scattered throughout the region.