Best Short Treks for Spring and Autumn 2020

Join short treks in spring 2020 and mark the calendar. Seek to escape the everyday lives and relish the delight of the mountains. Trekkers can combine trekking with other activities as well such as safari, rafting, bird watching, mountain flight and many more. 

Nepal rewards every trekker with magnificent vistas of snow blanketed mountain, verdant meadows, high elevation glaciers, a marvelous assortment of flora and fauna along with the exotic culture. The existence of the immense Himalayas in the region and the incredible landscape provide the country the tag of being one of the perfect trekking places on the earth.

The country promises a number of thrilling treks, and they are not just the popular trails but also some exciting off-the-beaten and newly discovered trails. The Himalayas provides numerous trekking routes, which range from being easy, moderate to extremely challenging. Such trails are a blend of exquisite wildlife man-made structures, beautiful scenery, cultural experiences, religious delights and much more.

To savor the adventure of trekking like never before, try the incredible short treks in Nepal. The short trek is ideal for both novice and proficient trekkers, family with children, solo and school groups.

Also if you’ve limited time, and you’re keen to escape to the wild, these short treks in Nepal are perfect for mini adventures. On these short Himalayan treks, you’ll get to spend a few nights out in remote areas, enjoy staying at a local tea house and camping experience and witness some remarkable sights.

 Nepal trekking is an experience that you would not want to miss out on if you’re an adventure devotee. Here is the list of top short trekking trails in Nepal where you can make memories that are forever to keep in 2020.

1.  Pikey Peak: Renowned for superb Himalayan range

Located in the lower Everest region Pike Peak is one of the beautiful and less trodden trekking trails.  From the Pikey peak 4,065 meters, you can witness the superb views of the eight of the world’s peaks over 8000 meters including Mt. Everest 8,848m, Mt. Lhotse 8,516m, Mt. Makalu 8,463m, Mt. Kanchenjunga 8,586m, in addition to several other breathtaking snow-capped mountains.

This peak is popular for its amazing sunrise and sunset views. It is a really spectacular sight taking in innumerable giant peaks to the north and deep valleys dropping away into the clouds to the south. The vistas from Pikey Peak is said to have been Sir Edmund Hillary’s preferred view in all of Nepal. This Pikey Peak Trek is ideal for those who prefer to see the finest view of Everest and beautiful landscapes within a few days.

Trekking in the Pikey Peak region has been gaining popularity due to rewarded quiet trails, scrumptious home-made meals from local produce and incomparable backdrops of Everest along with accompanying peaks. This newly discovered trekking route definitely offers trekkers with the off-beaten trail trekking experience. 

2.     Langtang Trek: Valley of Glacier

“Nepal Sanctuary Treks organized 11-day trek into the Langtang Valley for our family (two parents, two teenagers).  Fantastic as per past experiences. They care for their staff, have a genuine commitment to the places and people that you visit and walk the talk in terms of a responsible future of tourism in Nepal. ” Matt Francey & Maggie Scott

Situated about 30 km north of Kathmandu near the Tibetan border and extending in an east-west direction, Langtang is encircled on the north by the Himalayas, dominated by Langtang Lirung (7,245 m), the highest peak in the area. 

Langtang is beautiful and famous for its diverse vegetation and villages with affluent culture. What sets this trek apart is its incomparable experience. Everything about this trek is aesthetically pleasing: authentic picturesque hamlets, snow-capped peaks, sweeping glaciers, ancient monasteries, alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake, diverse flora, and fauna.

The trek also takes you through the rose tree and the dense bamboo woodland to the snow-blanketed peaks which comprise Kyangjin Ri (4,350 m), DorjeLakpa, and the only 8,000 m high peak in Tibet, Shisha Pangma.

While hiking to the Kyangjin Ri Peak one can see the imposing 360-degree vistas of the massifs of Langtang Region. Together with Kyangjin Gompa, there are numerous other monasteries that can be spotted during the trek. Gosaikunda Lake is an incomparable destination for spirituality. The Lake is bounded by other Lakes and bordered by the snowy peaks.

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3. Gokyo Lake Trek: The highest freshwater lake system in the world

The glittering, crystal clear turquoise waters of the Gokyo Lakes are one of Nepal’s most remarkable sights. They encompass the highest freshwater lake system in the world, at around 5,000 meters comprising six lakes.

Trekkers get an opportunity to ascend to the summit of Gokyo Ri (5,357m) that rewards trekkers with the incredible views of soaring mighty peaks such as Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Mt. Kanchenjunga and Makalu.

One of the main attractions of the trek is the remarkable Khumbu Glacier which is also the largest glacier in the entire Himalayan region of Nepal. The quaint & tranquil lake in the Dudh Koshi Valley overlooks the majestic Everest and will certainly make your jaw drop. It’s simply spectacular to see the tranquil valley comprises wide meadows for yaks to graze throughout summer and indulges in the serenity of the Gokyo Lake.

The perfect period to do the Everest Gokyo Lake Trek is in the seasons of spring (March-May) and autumn (September-December). 

4.  Annapurna Base Camp Trek: Witness endless beauty of Annapurna region

Also known as Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, this enjoyable trek takes you deep into the mountains. The location of the base camp is so wonderful, set amid the impressive six major peaks over 7200 meters comprising Annapurna I, II, III and IV, Annapurna South and Gangapurna. & fishtail peak. Likewise other mountains like Dhaulagiri (8167m), Manaslu (8156m).

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking most preferred and well-known moderate nature trekking trails in Nepal that incorporated paddy fields, colorful rhododendron forests, bamboo groves, fluted glaciers, affluent culture, natural hot spring, suspension bridges, cascading rivers and waterfalls and varied landscapes.

The Annapurna Base Camp trek trail looks dazzling in spring since the entire forest on the trail turns red, pink and white with shrub flowers. This trek is also popular for its many stone steps and which you will experience from Hille to Ulleri with a very steep segment taking up to 2 hours.

There are some memorial chortens and stupas to visit in ABC and one in specific is dedicated to one of the most well-known mountaineers, Anatoli Boukreev who was an important figure in the rescue on Mount Everest noted by Jon Krakauer in his book, Into Thin Air.

5. Amadablam Base Camp- The most beautiful mountain in the world

Trek to Amadablam incorporated culture, adventure, and world-class mountain viewing. This trek provides an opportunity to get closer to the world’s highest mountains including Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Nuptse. Literally, the term Ama Dablam means Mother’s Necklace. When we view Mt. Ama Dablam it looks like to be an arm of the mother protecting her child on each side. And, a hanging glacier signifies the shape of a pendant worn by a Sherpa woman.

Trekking towards the base camp of Ama Dablam, one of the planet’s most attractive mountains is a lifetime wish of passionate travelers as the trials to the mesmerizing place comprises ascend and descend that traverse verdant low land, alpine woodlands, glaciers, cascading rivers.  On the cultural side, the trek provides an opportunity to explore the traditional way of life of the highlanders, their culture, practices, and festivities

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6.     Lamjung Trek: Camping under the stars

Situated south of the Manaslu range and north of Gorkha, Lamjung Himal Trek takes you through the affluent cultural heritage of Gurung village to the unexploited area of Lamjung. Lamjung Himal is low altitude trek that cuts through the unique and diverse terrain from low land picturesque hamlets and terraced fields up to the high hills.

The route presents a beautiful verdant valley, monasteries, rhododendron forest, varied species of vegetation and mountain ridges. Trekkers get a chance to encounter local welcoming people and get a rare insight into the preserve cultural heritage and tradition.

Throughout the trek, the trekkers get to witness the imposing vistas of majestic Himalayan backdrop comprising the Annapurna Himalayan range, the Dhaulagiri Himalayan range, and Manaslu Himalayan range. The best time to do Lamjung trek is during autumn (Mid-September to December) and spring (March to May).

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7.  Khopra Ridge Community Trek: Classic Trekking adventure

Khopra Ridge has emerged to be the best off-beat trek in Nepal. The trail of this trek goes off the busy trekking trail and presents wonderful mountain backdrop, wilderness, and varied terrain from forest to high alpine, diverse culture and classic trekking adventure in the Himalayas. .In addition, the trekkers get to stay at community-based lodges set up by local villagers. From Khopra ridge vantage point, the trekker is rewarded with panoramic views of the magnificent peaks such as Mount Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Varaha Shikhar and many more.

If you believed the Grand Canyon was full of deep gorges, on this trek you can overlook the deepest gorge in the world — Kali Gandaki from the ridge. It divides the summits of the Dhaulagiri range from the Annapurna range. The religious attraction of this trail is the sacred Khaire Lake, which is located at 4,600 meters from the sea level. The ideal time to do the journey would be in autumn (September, October, and November) and spring (March, April, and May).

8.     Poonhill Mulde View Point Trek: Spectacular Vantage Point

Poon Hill (3,210m) and Mulde Sunrise trek are one of the shortest and most desirable trekking destinations in Nepal where you can savor the marvels of nature and culture of Nepal with your entire family, solo or school groups. This ever-popular trekking trail takes you to the charming ethnic villages and accomplishes your craving to be in close proximity to the massive snow-capped Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range.

The trek offers the marvelous Himalaya trekking experience with no stresses of altitude sickness. Trekking the main trail to well-known Poon Hill, you’ll also be getting the chance to go a little off the beaten route to Mulde (3,640m) — which considered the best hill for sunrise, sunset views.

Further, Mulde viewpoint offers to witness the world’s renowned Kali Gandaki river gorge, numerous mountainous hills, lush forests, diverse flora and fauna which is well-preserved by the Annapurna conservation area project.

9. Mardi Himal Trek: Hidden Gem of Annapurna region

Want to get closer to the almighty mountains, experience the real local culture and get into the wilderness but don’t have sufficient time? Then, the Mardi Himal trek is the ideal option for you. Mardi Himal is the best alternative short route to escape away from the bustling of the other trekking routes.

This trek is a hidden gem, just east of Annapurna Base Camp, marvelously located at the foothill of Mardi Himal. This trek amazes trekkers with an exclusive and fascinating natural and rich cultural assortment from starting to the endpoint. The region is also renowned for affluent biodiversity and panoramic scenery.

Throughout the journey, the trekkers’ winds through delighted rhododendron forests, quaint villages, lush rolling hills, waterfall, varied flora, and fauna, bloomed aromatic flowers, sparkling rivers until you ascend out of the forest at the altitude around 3,300 meters. The terrain dramatically changes from spectacular valleys, lush forest, into an uneven soaring silvery mountain landscape, with superb vistas of Mardi Himal, Machapuchre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. These peaks play hide and seek with you whilst you ascend to the Mardi Himal base camp. You’ll find them soaring above the sky, right in front of you!

The ideal time for Mardi Himal trek is from autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May). During spring the entire trail covered with colorful rhododendron flowers which are completely spectacular particularly and as the altitude gain, the terrain change.

10. Kathmandu Rim valley Trek: Explore medieval cities, villages with mountain views

If you have limited time and want to embark trekking with the blend of nature and culture, then Kathmandu Valley Rim Trek is another option. This trek is a well-known trekking destination around Kathmandu valley and sightseeing places around the valley. Kathmandu valley rim trek takes you to different popular places like Chisapani, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel, Panauti and several temples and stupas. You’ll sightsee prehistoric cities and settlements along a short trek and wake up to magnificent views of the Himalaya.

Whilst you savor the superb views of almighty Himalayas, the trekkers will be fascinated by the mystic sunrise over the Himalayas. So this trekking is definitely the perfect way to experience nature and culture around. Even though the journey goes around natural and cultural surroundings, it always brings some breathtaking Himalayan views too.

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11. Ruby Valley Cultural Community Trek- Ethnic Villages and Passes

Ruby Valley Cultural Community Trek is a newly explored trail where trekkers experience secluded trails and rare insights of a rural lifestyle. If you wish some first-hand experience than tourist hub trek routes, then Ruby Valley Trek is the one to explore.

Since, this is a very new trekking trail in Nepal, lodges, and guesthouses have not been established yet so home-stay is the mode of accommodation, which lets you get a first-hand experience of Nepalese countryside life as you stay with locals and share their food. The region host diverse communities such as Brahmin, Chhetri, Gurung, Magar, Newar, Tamang, etc. But Tamang who are Buddhists forms the majority of settlers.

During trek, trekkers traverse several passes like Pangsala pass (3,850 m /12,631 ft.) and Khurpa Pass (3,610m/11,843 ft.)  that present superb vistas of Mt. Ganesh I, locally called Yangra peak (7422m), Ganesh II (7118m), Lapsang Karbo (7043m), Pabil (7,104m), Manaslu and Langtang.

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11. Tamang Heritage Trek- Traditional villages of ancient hill tribe with primitive traditions

Tamang Heritage trail is recently discovered trail and feature off the beaten trails experience which highlights a primeval lifestyle of people. These trails are away from the busier trails and put the main stress on culture than some of the more classic trails.

The trail is predominately resided by the Tamang ethnic community who are the oldest horse merchants who migrated between Nepal and ancient Tibet. The civilizations and practices of the region are influenced by Tibetan culture. Indeed, numerous of the dwellers of this area have traveled from Tibet and many have converted their surname to that of Tamang.

Tamang Heritage Trail treks present an entire wilderness experience where trekkers walk through the less-trodden path, quaint villages of Tamang ethnic groups, and explore virtually unexploited culture lifestyle, customs, and crafts.

Likewise, warm hospitality by the locals rich in their unique vibrant dress and ornaments, their houses built with beautiful wood crafted doors and windows are the main highlights of this trek. The cluster authentic hamlets with the backdrop of magnificent snow-clad mountain ranges, terraced fields are simply breathtaking. If you are trekking in March-April, the entire trail is dominated by colorful rhododendron flowers.

Frequently asked questions about short treks in Nepal

Q 1: What is tea house trekking? How is it organized?

In Nepali, the word for tea house is known as Bhatti that caters freshly cooked meals and accommodation for the night. Originally, teahouses were little shops where trekkers could take a break for a rest and a cup of tea. Gradually, as more and more visitors start to discover the mountains in Nepal, these tea houses have established into complete lodges offering meals and accommodation to trekkers. And it’s not a place where you will only be served tea. Nevertheless, it’s where you will get home-prepared meals and where you can also spend the night.

To know more about Tea house link the article below:

5 reasons to choose teahouse lodge trekking

Q2: What is Camping Trekking? How is it organized?

Camping is a classic style of trekking conducted where the trekking takes place in remote areas and the place where there are fewer tea house lodges. The camping trekking is based on the trekking where the night will be resting at the camps. Camps are set up in various areas of the trekking route. Our team of leaders, guides, cooks, Sherpas, and porters will accompany our clients and take care of all the technical and logistical parts during camping treks. We will have our meals at the camps where our cooks prepared and serve scrumptious meals for our clients.

Q 3. What is the best season to trek in Nepal? 

Trekking in Nepal can be carried out all the year-round. Nepal comprises four major seasons and each season has its distinct attractions to offer. To know more about seasons please refer to the link

Q 4. Should I be fit for short trekking?

For the easy, moderate and low elevation trekking the trekkers do not need technical or previous trekking experience. However, it is recommended to do jogging, swimming, walking and bicycling for a few weeks before the trekking commences. To learn more please click the link

 Q 5. How many hours do I walk in a day during the short trekking?

You will walk normally for about 3-6 hours per day.

Q 6. What is the suggested packing list for a trek?

Gears required depends upon destination and season you plan to trek. However, Trekking shoes, down jackets, sleeping bags, hiking poles are the important ones. Learn More

Q 7. Does your company organize solo trek?

Nepal Sanctuary Treks organize trekking holidays to solo female and male trekkers.  All programs are prepared by the travel specialist to suit clients’ personal needs and preferences. To know more about it refer to the link

Q 8. Do I need to get a visa to travel to Nepal? What are the documents required to visit Nepal?

All nationals must hold a valid passport. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your expected date of departure from Nepal. An entry visa for all except Indians for Nepal is required. You need to arrange these prior to departure with the relevant embassy/consulate or you even get a visa on arrival. Learn more:  Visa and Documents requirement

Q 9:  Can I apply for the visa online?

You can get visa online – filling the form and following the step by step procedure at

Q 10. Are there any age limits to do short treks in Nepal’s Himalayas?

There are no age restrictions for trekking. Lower altitude regions are ideal for a family with children even solo and school groups.

Q 11. What is Altitude Sickness?

Altitude sickness, the mildest form being acute mountain sickness (AMS), is the negative health result of high elevation, which happened by speedy exposure to low amounts of oxygen at high elevation. To know more about Altitude sickness link  the article: Altitude Mountain Sickness: Causes, Symptoms, and Prevention

Q 12. Does your company organize Family?

 The trekking trails for family range from easy to moderate hiking trail with beautiful mountain and Himalayan views to enjoy the local culture and villages. We designed the program considering the children’s age, family trekker’s interest preference and let trekker walk on their own pace, take numerous breaks and generate new stamina to walk more. Learn more about tips and age range for a family trek.

Q13: Does your company organize the CAS trip?

Over the last 20 years, Nepal Sanctuary Treks has made the CAS trip (Creativity, Action, and Service) for several schools. Specifically, our school trip to Nepal is customized to your learning requirements and our specialty centered in handling school groups on special missions, keeping in mind the anxiety of parents and teachers when sending children away on such excursions. If you want to learn more about CAS Trip in Nepal, have a look at CAS Blog.

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Manaslu Circuit Trek: Itinerary

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the unexplored trails that encompass a peaceful, natural and beautiful experience that is ideal for those seeking a getaway from bustling life.

Manaslu Circuit is getting popular as a new trekking destination. Mt. Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world; it is in the very center of the Nepalese Himalaya and to trek around the base of this giant mountain along with its isolated trail is probably one of the best treks.

Manaslu Trek-1

The trail traverses through pristine areas where you will witness the beauty of nature and picturesque village of Tamang and Sherpa settlements with their unique culture.

The Manaslu region is well-known for its high altitude glacier lakes, a diverse range of flora and fauna and charming cultural region.

This trek suits best for those who are looking for challenging trekking in a remote area of the Nepal Himalaya. 

The highest point of this trek is Larkya La pass (5,135m/16,847ft), and trekking around Manaslu offers a unique opportunity to experience an untouched region of Nepal.

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Trek can be 14 days that begins at Arughat and ends at Besishar.  The best season to visit the region is from March to May in spring and September to December during the winter.


Trip Highlights:

The maximum altitude is 5160m/16929 feet.

 The fascinating backdrop of Manaslu & surrounding Himalayan range.

Cross many suspension bridges over the different rivers, including the Budhi Gandaki River and several Mani walls on the way.

Manaslu Trek 3

Observe the traditional village lifestyle and culture.

 Tibetan culture and high pass crossing Larke La (5210m).

Experience walking through pine, rhododendron and bamboo forest and enjoy the nice view of the waterfall



Day 1:  Kathmandu-Arughat (550 m/ 1804 ft) 7 hrs drive and further 1 ½ more to Soti Khola (597 m/1958 ft)

Our destination start for today is Arughat, which is about a 7-8 hour drive from Kathmandu. During the drive, we enjoy scenery landscape along with the Mountain View.

We will be driving on a paved highway from Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi, and then drive from Dhanding Bensi to Arughat on a bumpy road passing through bamboo forests and Gurung villages.

Upon reaching Arughat, we drive further towards Sotikhola. Overnight at Sotikhola

Day 2   Trek to Macha Khola  [900m/2952 ft]: 6 – 7 hours

In the early morning, we continue our trek by traversing the bridge, and we trek through the Sal forests and ascend onto a ridge above huge torrents on the Budhi Gandaki and continue to Korsani.

Manaslu Trek 4

The trail now gets a bit more difficult as we ascend over a huge rock and pass a brook on a single log bridge then weaves its way up and down again to the banks of the Buri Gandaki.

It continues up a steep rocky track to the Gurung village of Labishe. From Dobhan, we climb following a rocky ridge to old school from where the valley widens.

Then the trail descends to a tropical waterfall with a wooden bridge. The trail climbs over another ridge and dropping to the sandy river bed.

We walk along with rounded stones before ascending over a side ridge. We move down again to the river and traverse one more suspension bridge to reach Machha Khola village.

We stay overnight at ManchaKhola

Day 3   Walk to Jagat [1410m/ 4625 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs

From Korlabesi there is a sharp climb to a ridge and after a few additional ups and downs from here will take us to Tatopani hot spring.  

From hot spring, we climb over another ridge and cross a suspension bridge over the Buri Gandaki. At this point, we climb the wide stone stairway to Dobhan.

Manaslu Trek 5

The trail gets quite rough and starts by ascending to two teashops at Duman, then we cross the landslide area, and after some ups and downs through the narrow valley, it reaches a large field.

There is some jumble over gravel slope until we decline to the wide river valley. After crossing a suspension bridge, the trail ascends a set of stone stairs, drops to the river and ascends once again to Thado Bharyang.

Crossing the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, we climb over a ridge, trek along the river and then climb towards the village of Jagat.   We stay overnight in Jagat.

Day 4:  Trek to Deng (1,860m/6,102ft) 6-7hrs

There are good views of Shringi Himal as you walk along the side of a cliff. Today we will set off our journey to Salleri by climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri and move down to Sirdibas.

The trail descends to Setibas where the Mani walls (prayers engraved into wayside rocks) show that we are entering a region with increasing Tibetan influence.

Manaslu Trek 6

The valley widens a little and continues past the stone houses of Ghattu Khola, We continue to Ghatta Khola and then walk upstream through a long suspension bridge to reach a Gurung village in Phillim.

And then turns north just above the lowest houses in the village and stays fairly level until Serson. Further Serson the trails enter a steep gorge and descend through grassy slopes, to cross the wooden bridge at the river’s narrowest point; below you will see the convergence of the Shar Khola and Buri Gandaki rivers.

The village of Nyak is located close to here. As the trail widens, we pass through bamboo forests to reach the Deng Khola. After crossing the river, we reach the Deng village where we overnight here.

Day 5: Trek to Namrung (2,540m/8,333ft) 7-8hrs trek

We take a short walk from Deng and the trail traverse back over the Budhi Gandaki and climb Rana at 1910m. After a short climb from the bridge before heading west on level ground and we pass the large waterfall.

 Once we cross the wooden bridge, the trail curve up and out of the canyon and ascends over the river before dropping into the Shringi Khola Valley.

After crossing the suspension bridge over the Shringi Khola, there is a sharp climb, and the trail passes along the Buri Gandaki.

Manaslu Trek 7

The trail passes through forests and painted Mani stones and a corner from where we reach Ghap. You pass more Mani walls on the southern part of the river.

The trail climbs along the river, passes a waterfall and continues all the way through dense rhododendron forests with a wooden bridge in the middle which crosses the Buri Gandaki.

The trail continues along the north side to a big cave and then crosses the river at a narrow gorge where you can see grey Langur monkeys.

The forest becomes less dense, and the trail is leveled once we cross the river at a gorge. After an enjoyable walk, we then continue a final steep climb that will take you to our destination to Namrung through a stone archway where we stay overnight.

Namrung is the greatest viewpoint for Siring and Ganesh Himal as well as Mt. Himal Chuli.

Day 6: Trek to Samagaon [3530m/11,578 ft]: 6-7 hours

Manaslu Trek 8

The trail traverses the ridge onto the Buri Gandaki Valley side and followed by descending to a rock scattered moraine.

We further pass through extensive meadow and fields near Sama gompa after crossing some rocky trails. You will get the opportunity to explore a small part of Tibet with numerous Gompas and an authentic Tibetan village.

The village is settled perfectly against a wooded moraine at the end of the valley. We will rest overnight here in the village.

Day 7:  Acclimatizing day at Samagaun

We will take a break to rest and acclimatize to the increasing altitudes. We stay in Samagaon and explore the surrounding areas and traditional Tibetan community from where we will be able to see beautiful views of Manaslu.

  For the people who don’t want to hike can rest and explore the village. We will come back to the village and spend overnight at Samagaun.

Day 8: Trek to Samdo [3860m/12,660 ft]: 4 – 5 hours

On the eighth day, we follow to the Budhi Gandaki River, which turns north and crosses the suspension bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left takes us to the Manaslu Base camp.

Manaslu Trek 9

We then trek all the way through Larkya La trail we come across through numerous Mani walls. The valley broadens along an easy trail on a ridge above the river passing the juniper and birch forests to the stone huts at Kermo Kharka.

We then descend a ridge to cross a wooden bridge and ascend between diverging in the river to a headland. From this viewpoint, one can see the white stone Kani marking the way into Samdo.

Day 9: Rest and acclimatization day at Samdo (3,860m/12,660 ft)

This is another day to take a break for proper acclimatization. You can either take a rest or walk towards Gya La (‘large pass’) to the north of Samdo, which is the frequently used trading route to Tibet.

However, it takes an entire day to walk to Gyala and hence could be a bit exhausting. We overnight at Samdo.

Day10: Trek to Larkya Rest House (4,470m/14,665ft)

Today we begin the climb to the pass along the traditional trade way to Tibet. The broad trail descends you to fields to a huge old Mani wall and stone huts, dropping to the river and traverse it on a wooden bridge at 3850m.

This place shows up on maps as the legendary Larka Bazaar, which used to be a prosperous market.

Manaslu Trek 10

A Mani wall marks the beginning of the climb to the pass where the trail starts climbing through tundra and juniper; you can see the huge Larkya Glacier coming from Manaslu.

Continue on the ridge to the right to find a trail that traverses over the top of two gorges. As you climb up the side of a gorge to a viewpoint at the edge of a huge gorge at 4000m, the trail grows steeper.

Climb in and out of the gorge and contour to the only shelter on the way to the pass which is a rest house at 4460m. 

Day 11: Cross the Larkya La (5,135m/16847ft), trek to Bimtang (3,590m/11778 ft)

On this day we make a long gentle ascend across the moraine, and climb down to a lake and then trails become rough as it traverses to the south of steep, and lush slopes.

The trailhead towards the moraine to a ridge marked by two cairns, from here the prayer flags marking the pass can be seen. We then descend to the four frozen lakes then take a final steep climb to the pass.

Manaslu Ttrek 11

When you go down from the pass, the trail continues the top of the moraine to the west and passes through many sharp ascents and descents. As we cross the moraine then descends more lightly on wobbly gravel to another grassy moraine at 4,450m.

The trail now becomes easier to continue and reaches a small pasture at 4,080m. As the trails head down to a large meadow, the valley becomes broader where we pass Mani wall and a small rest house that marks Bimthang at 3,590m.

We stay overnight at Bimthang, a huge valley surrounded by high peak


Day 12: Trek to Tilje [2300m/7544ft]: 5 – 6 hours

From a ridge at Bimthang, we can view vistas of magnificent Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal, and Cheo Himal.

The trails descend further and pass high pasture (Sangure Kharka) followed by a bridge over Dudh Khola.

Manaslu Trek 12

We then cross a wooden bridge and descends into pine and rhododendron forest to Hompuk at 3,430m and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche, 2785 meters.

 From there we pass a landslide before a steep climb over a ridge decorated with prayer flags. It makes a drop to the river bank at Gho. The trail follows through fields and takes to you at Tilje, a large Gurung village.  

We overnight in Tilje village.

Day 13: Trek to Chamje (1,430m/4691 feet)

Today we leave the village behind through a stone arch, traverse the Dudh Khola and follow along its embankment downward through the forest.

As we walk along, we see the Marsynagdi valley with its terraced fields and villages, and finally, the houses of Dharapani become visible in the distance.

Manaslu Trek 13

We cross Thonje by passing through a wooden bridge and a chorten-shaped arch, and we make our way to Dharapani by crossing a long suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi.

This is a trail where we enter the Annapurna Circuit route in reverse as you lead through the steepest part of the Marsyangdi gorge.

Day 14: Transfer to Besisahar and private transfer back to Kathmandu

 From Dharapani we take the vehicle to Beishar which takes 4-5 hours. 

Manaslu Trek 14

We pass all the way through the banks of Marsyangdi and Trishuli River, enjoying the scenery and refreshing views of the hilly areas and mountains on the way back to Kathmandu.


Trekking to Manaslu: Itinerary, Highlights, Trek Permit

Manaslu is getting more popular as a new trekking destination, but in comparison to Annapurna region, the number of the trekkers are less.

Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8,163 meters (26,781 ft) above the sea level, located in the Mansiri Himal in the west-central part of  Nepal.

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The name ‘Manaslu’ means ‘mountain of the spirit.’ Manaslu comes from Sanskrit word Manasa; it means intellect or soul. The Manaslu region was opened for trekking only in 1992 AD.

The Manaslu Circuit trek offers a stunning view of snowcapped mountain range and the ancient trail along with mix culture, heritage and hospitality of authentic Hindu and Tibetan-style Buddhist village.

The trail follows the spectacular Burhi Gandaki River towards its sources.The highest point in this trek is the ‘Larkya La Pass’ at an elevation of 5,106 meters (16,752 ft).

The Manaslu Himalayan region is an adventurous trekking region in Nepal. The beauty of Manaslu is unpredictable. The trekking to Manaslu area is considered one of the finest destination of Nepal.

The area is highlighted by two culture; Gorkha which is the ancestral seat of the reigning Shah dynasty and the temple of Manakamana.

Detailed Itinerary for Manaslu Trek

Best time to visit

Spring and Autumn are the best seasons for Manaslu Circuit Trek. Spring is the season of rhododendron which makes the forest more beautiful.

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During spring season March, April, and May are the best months for trekking because in these months the weather is clear and calm as well as you can view the high mountains covering with full of snow. 

Another is an autumn season to trek to Manaslu. After the rainy season, September, October, and November are the perfect month to get there. You can see the phenomenal view of natural beauty and also trekkers can experience the local culture of that place.

Manaslu Trekking

The trek can be made shorter or longer depending on the length of your walking days from the starting point. There are basic tea houses along the trek so you can choose to stay in the teahouse or stay in the camp.

The trekking starts point is Seti Khola and ends in Chyamche.

The trek starts from the Kathmandu to Arughat, a pleasant bazaar; it takes about 5-6 hours drive to reach there. Begins the trek through Gurung and Magar villages, passing the Sal forest then climb up and down to expose the track to Lapubesi 6-7 hours.

Manaslu Trekking

Again trail continues from Lapubesi to Khorlabesi around 6-7 hours of walk. The walk continues for 6-7 hours to Jagat to Deng about 5-6 hours of trekking through the bamboo forest. And the place is cover by the Gurung community which follows Buddhism.

The trail heading from Deng to Namrung climbs up to Ghap where you will see many lodges to stay. Then walk through the rhododendron with many types birds and cross the wooden bridge and climbing up on the well-made stairs and arrive in the Namrung village.

Next, you will pass through the mani walls, forest, and fields before climbing the Li and then onto Sho. Here locals people wear the traditional dress and children wear small chubas like gowns and fine art paintings.

The views of Manaslu, Manaslu North, the hill on the west are beautiful.

Sheep in Manaslu

Trek from Namrung to Samagaon takes  6-7 hours where you can see the yaks, pastures, and houses made of the stone. While you are hiking up to Manaslu one day is acclimatization day for rest.

Then it is a short walk of about 4-5 hours from Samagaon to Samdo. The village has more animal and fodder shelters than human accommodation. Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala takes around 4-5 hours.

Dharamsala is a stone hut with three rooms and an intact roof. Due to the lack of doors, it can fill with snow during winter season. The view is marvelous, and a bunch of large blue sheep covers the green hills.

Again you will climb steadily towards the Bimtang leaving behind Dharamsala, which is a long walk about 8-10 hours.  The climb is not difficult, but it is long and rocky. After the non-stop trail from Dharamsala, you will reach Larkya-La and see several mountain peaks.

Larkya La is at the maximum altitude where you might be prone to altitude sickness. Then you need a continuous walk to Bimtang for 3-4 hours to get there The stunning view of icefalls, mountain ranges, and glacier makes this place breath-taking.

Then trek from Bimtang to Dharapani passes through the rhododendron forest which is the best forest of Nepal. In the spring season, the mauves, red, pink, and white colored rhododendrons can be seen along with the amazing view of black Mt. Manaslu.

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Then you will pass the Gurung village, cross the Dhud Khola and descend towards the Marsyandi Valley through the scrubby forest, and get to Dharapani after 8-9 hours of walk.


The trail continues from Dharapani to Tal village to Chyamje dropping down to Syange taking 6-7 hours. Then drive from Syange to Kathmandu via Besisahar by land cruiser, jeep or bus which take 7-9 hours.

Physical condition and fitness

The difficulty of the trekking depends upon the physical condition of traveler. Shorter treks are easier while longer treks require some mental and physical fitness.

The trekking to Manaslu usually requires 5-6 hours of walk per day and even up to 8-10 hours on some days in case of high altitude. For trekking, trekkers should be well prepared to walk for several hours. Thus, good health and high level of fitness are most important.

Manaslu Trek Difficulty

Manaslu is a restricted region in Nepal. Trek to Manaslu is permitted with only professional guides and through the registered company.

Manaslu is challenging trekking, though the highest trek route is the Larkya La at the elevation of 5,106 meters (16,752 ft) where the oxygen level will decrease by about 11.0%.

Manaslu Trekking

Winter season and rainy season are dangerous to trek to Manaslu. The temperature is freezing could drop below 15 degrees Fahrenheit and suffers from the high altitude cough and mountain sickness.

There are many steel cable suspension bridges and some time you have to go through a non-existent bridge as well.

Manaslu Trek Permit

The trek requires a Restricted Area Permit of $50 per week and trekkers travel in a group of at least two people with a registered guide. You need both as the check for Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP).

Things you have to take with you

Traveling is adventurous, but before going anywhere, you should always carry the requirements during the travel. Manaslu is located in the Himalaya where it is very cold.

As per the duration of the travel, make the list of things that you need. Carry a map and a guidebook which helps to know about that place.

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Also, Sleeping bag, down jacket, sunglasses, head-torch, buff, trekking poles, medical kit, hiking boots, hats, warm clothes, water bottle and hand sanitizer.

The lodges are available in different places so you don’t worry about food, and also you can carry packed lunch.

Manaslu Highlight includes:

  1. Manaslu is a restricted area for trekking trail without professional guides.
  2. The breathtaking view of the back Mount Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Mt. Himchuli and other mountain ranges.
  3. Larkya La Pass, the highest point of the Manaslu Circuit Trek.
  4. Many tea houses can be found for the trekkers, so they don’t need to worry about food.
  5. Opportunity to explore the traditional culture, rich heritage and the lifestyle of the locals.
  6. Pristine Budhi Gandaki River Valley.
  7. Scenic view while driving from Kathmandu to Arughat and Beshishar to Kathmandu.


Detailed Itinerary for Manaslu Circuit Trek

Expedition to the Apex of Mera Peak

Mera Peak (6,461m/21,190 ft) is the highest trekking peak in Nepal. The mountain is in the Mahalangur section, Barun sub-section of the Himalaya and located in Nepal’s Sagarmatha Zone, Solukhumbhu District.

It is an adventurous peak surrounded by snowcapped Himalayan range, and the scenic views including the world’s 8000-meter peaks: Mount Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and Kangchenjunga.

Mera Peak

Mera Peaks has three summits: Mera North, 6,476 meters (21,247 ft); Mera Central, 6,461 meters (21,198 ft); and Mera South, 6,065 meters (19,898 ft) as well as a smaller trekking summit which is visible from the south of Nepal.

Passing through the beautiful village and communities give the glimpse of the rich culture of the locals. The route from the north involves the high altitude glacier walking.

And the west and south route is more difficult. Thus you must use the technical climbing.

The trekking to Mera Park is technically straightforward ascents for experienced trekkers. That’s why Mera Peak is a very popular destination for trekking.

Thus, the climbers are suggested to take fitness and altitude training before going for trekking.       

Mera Peak Trekking

The trekking starts from the Kathmandu airport to Lukla with the great views all the way and the hair-raising landing at the Lukla’s short runway.

Whoever wants to go there need to be physically fit and take the trip preparation class.

Mera Peak region

The journey to Mera peak is very interesting, and it is the best peak for those who love the technical climbing and has previous experience.

Fly to Lukla from Kathmandu, takes 25-30 minutes. After arriving there, you will trek to Paiya (Chutok) which takes 4-5 hours walk through the beautiful village, and the forest area then trek continues to Pangkongma.

After crossing Khare Khola, the trail goes uphill to Pangkongma for 5-6 hours walk. Then you will walk through the rhododendron and bamboo forest towards Pangkongma La from where the view of Mera peak is unbelievable.

And then you will trek downhill through pine forest to cross the Hinku river and arrive Nashing Dingma almost 5-6 hours.

Again trek from Chalem Kharka up to Chunbu Kharka requires for 5-6 hours walk. Then you will Walk for 5- 5.30 hours through the Hinku Valley and green forest with a downhill trail that takes you to Kothe.

From Kothe, it takes About 4-5 hours walk to Tangnang and 4.30 hours more to Khare. The further trail of about 4-5 hours takes you to Mera Base Camp where the trekkers take rest.

Mera Peak

And the next day you will climb up to High Camp which requires 3-4 hours. You will rest there on that day. Then you will walk up towards Summit which is the most challenging part for trekkers.

Next, you will walk through the snow to summit continuously for 8-9 hours to the final destination to Mera Peak Summit.

After arriving there, you can explore the spectacular view of the world’s highest Mount Everest, and other mountains such as Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and others beautiful mountains ranges.

Similarly, while Returning, the trek starts from the base camp to Khote which takes about 3-4 hours and then trek from Khote to Thuli Kharka through the rhododendron forest which takes almost 5-6 hours.

And, to get back to Lukla you will walk for 6-7 hours. You will reach the place from where your trek had started. Take the flight to Kathmandu from Lukla.

Best time to visit Mera Peak

To climb Mera first, you need to know about the weather. The instability of weather makes climbing very dangerous. The best time to climb during the spring and autumn seasons, from September to December and February to June.

Mera Peak river

 That time the weather is stable for a long period, and the temperature is also stable. Clear view of the mountain ranges and enjoy the scenario of the natural beauty.

 Mera Peak is one of famous trekking site for trekkers. Foreigners come to Nepal to trek to the Himalayan region to see the highest peak of the mountain.

Mera Peak: village on the way

Before traveling, they have to pay an entry fee to Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) and take trekking permit.

TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) must be obtained by every trekker and must have the TIMS cards.

TIMS cards help to know about the trekker their condition, and if they need the rescue, then it helps them.

Things  you must have

The weather of the mountains can change suddenly. The weather in Himalaya is the combination of the extreme heat and cold in a single day.

As per your traveling period, you need to take the needed equipment with you.

Warm hat, Sunhat, sunglasses, pairs of hiking boots, headlights, waterproof duffle bag, sleeping bag, trekking poles, a pair of gloves, socks, warm clothes like long sleeves-shirt, down jackets, trousers, medicine including helmet, ice axe, crampons and others climbing equipment.

Facts of Mera Peak

  1. Mera Peak is the highest trekking peak of Nepal at 6,576 meters.
  2. Excellent walk through Sherpa Village and Communities.
Mera Peak: Sunset
Mera Peak: Sunset
  1. It provides a Magnificent view of the highest peaks including the Himalayas with five; Mount Everest(8848m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8463m), and Kangchenjunga (8,586m) and others mountains too.
  2. It Consists of many old Buddhist Gompas and Monasteries including Tyangboche.
  3. Jimmy Roberts and Sen Tenzing is the first successful ascent who climbed Mera Peak on 20 May 1953.
  4. The walk through the pristine bamboo and rhododendron jungle make the trekking more interesting.

How hard is Mera Peak?

Mera Peak is the challenging high altitude trek with the Himalayas glacier. Mera Peak trekking is straightforward and needs technical skill to climb.

For the non-experienced trekkers; it is not a right choice. Although trekkers have basic needs for the crampons, rope, and ice axe, a lot of skills are required to climb the mountain.

Trekkers require the high level of fitness because of the altitude.

Mera Peak Map

Mera Peak Climbing

Eleven less known things about Everest Base Camp Trek

American Author Anthony J. D’Angelo asserts, “Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.’’  He is right because you cannot conceive of obtaining the sunshine if you are miser enough to hurl yourself into the lap of nature.

Nature has that remedy to soothe the inner wound you have that no other medicine on earth can ever heal.

For that, all you need to do is to seek refuge in nature so you would be able to forget the worldly worries or the hustle and bustle schedule for the time being and be the part of the genuine nature where you shall experience the solace and peace of mind.

To achieve this goal, one of the best options could be the hiking to Everest base camp where you will get a chance to observe various kinds of soul-chanting sceneries and the people with diverse culture as you march towards the destination.

Nonetheless, there are things you know nothing about hiking to Everest base camp, yet you are supposed to know, which are mentioned below in no specific order.

Fitness solely does not ensure your success

Most of the people think hiking to Everest base camp requires you to have a good physique. However, if you are enthusiastic about grabbing the pleasure of hiking to Everest base camp, then there is nothing that halts you.

People are wrong when they assume that hiking demands as much energy as climbing the mountains does. However, do not worry about the load if you are going with a tour group because the porter will deal with that.

All you have to carry is your daypack containing stuff such as camera, water, snacks and the stuff like that. Likewise, what you need the most is your patience to acclimatize at higher altitude, which has nothing to do with your fitness.

It would be better if you do some workouts before you begin your real adventure, though. So, if you think you can then indeed you can.

Syangboche airstrip is not safe for landing airplanes.

Without patience, no work can be done perfectly. If you are planning to charter a helicopter and fly to the airstrip at Syangboche, then think thousands of times before doing this.

Syangboche airstrip
Syangboche airstrip

Syangboche airstrip (3,780 meters) is one of the most dangerous and unpaved airstrips in Nepal. Besides the pebbly runway, it is precarious due to occasional storms.

The genuine pleasure of hiking relies on the way where you carry the stick and let your feet hit mud and pebbles but not on skipping them.

You cannot enjoy hiking during the monsoon.

If you ever come under the influence of some money-minded agents who might try to convince you to go for the hiking during the monsoon season, you shall have no choice but to regret.

In monsoon, there will be frequent downpours, and the paths will be slippery. Furthermore, puddles will form throughout the trail. Presumably, you will catch a cold and would not be able to continue your journey.

Cloths will be soaked, and it will take days to dry. You cannot enjoy carrying drenched clothes with you on the way.

There will be the chances of a landslide at unprecedented places and times, which might cause casualties too.

Be prepared for everything

As you proceed on the journey, you will need many apparatuses. However, some people happen to carry the things more than necessary.

You should not do this instead of having good speculations about the things that are necessary. Do not go for the weight that consists more than 15 kg you will not be able to bear later.


You should be very conscious about the water and the light foods. So, carry at least two liters of water in your bag, which is extremely important during the trek.

We assume you are smart enough to pick up the rest of the things that are essential.

You should compromise on foods.

If you are fond of eating, then you should not be disheartened because at the Himalayas you cannot get all varieties of dishes that you have been eating in your respective country.

However, it is far better to eat from the earth than the box. Hence, you will be provided with all the things that grow in that locality which include the dishes of rice, potato, vegetables and all for breakfast, dinner, and lunch.

Presumably, you might be thinking it is a gross, but it is all we get at that altitude. There is no other option if you are on tight budget.

But if you wish to make a luxury trip no matter how much it costs, then you can have continental, Chinese, European dishes as well. The choice is all yours.

Additionally, do not desire for the meat at that height because it will not be hygienic. You do not want to have it if you see how the animal is butchered and prepared for the meat. It is indeed gruesome.

Do not expect this place to be a cheap one.

Can you imagine how things are transported to that altitude? No vehicles can reach there.

The only way to carry the things up there is the usage of human power and the animals as well. However, the porters will assist you with your stuff and all. Indeed porters are no less than Hercules.

Yaks on the way to EBC

It is a very toilsome task to carry things up there. Thus, everything is expensive than you ever imagine. You would not believe me if I say even for the cup of hot water, you are charged money.

Who do you think pays for charging the gadgets?  It sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it?  However, it is common up there just because of the geographical difficulties. You do not need to be baffled.

Your credit cards will not work.

If you think credit cards will work at that height, then you must be fooling yourself. Do not ever think of carrying the card instead of cash. If you do that, then you will suffer.

Namche bazaar

However, you can find the ATMs in Namche Bazaar and Lukla but do not depend on them because they might not serve you when most needed.

This is why it is better to pocket full of cash instead of a tiny card. Cash is the only means that will work.

Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar is compulsory.

Do not think you can ascend the steep without being acclimatized well. So, you should stay at Namche Bazaar until you are acclimatized, and those who completely acclimatize can begin the hiking.

Normally trekkers hike up to 5 hundred meters per day, but the second day of your trek requires you climb up to 8 hundred meters before reaching Namche Bazaar.

You will suddenly experience the thin air that day. Sometimes hikers suffer from altitude sickness hence, cannot continue their tour. In this situation, we cannot do anything except return from the mission that is a waste of time, money, and energy.

Therefore, you should make yourself prepared well mentally and physically before heading for the adventure. Ergo, acclimatization is compulsory.

Tipping is not compulsory

Most of the tourists think the culture of tipping is compulsory. Nevertheless, at that altitude, you are not bound to offer a tip. If you wish to, then it is okay.

There is no judicial law for the tipping. However, if you are pleased by the service given to you, then you will gratefully offer them some amount of tips.

Otherwise, people will not force you to give a tip. However, there are some travel agencies which have established the rule of tipping, but they have nothing to do with the law of Nepal.

Hence, base on your satisfaction level you can offer the guide and porters some tips.

 Wifi is on sale

This is not a slogan. People always want to be connected or updated with the world, and it is possible only when you have internet access.

Himalayan regions are not exceptional; you will certainly have the internet access at that altitude. There will be the availability of the internet connection in every café or teahouses along the way, but you have to pay for it.

Mount Everest Base Camp

The owner will provide you a password to get access to the virtual world, but the cost will be pretty expensive. The more climb, the more you will be charged for internet access.

So, you better buy a prepaid SIM card with a data plan as you land in Kathmandu.

Acetazolamide could be the best medication for altitude sickness

Altitude sickness is the most often experienced sickness at higher places. Some people fail to continue their journey just because of the altitude sickness.

Thereby, you need to be prepared for the required medicine in which you must not forget to include Acetazolamide, or we can call it diamox. This medicine is very useful for the altitude sickness.

Although it has some side effects such as numbness, ringing in the ears, loss of appetite, vomiting, and sleepiness, however, it will help you breathe deeper and faster while taking in more oxygen whenever you feel the sickness.

Similarly, the increased oxygen will assist you to acclimatize. Therefore, the usage of Diamox is beneficial for the altitude sickness.

18 Facts about Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar is known as a gateway to the high Himalayas of Mt. Everest region.

Rising to an elevation of 3,440 meters, this relatively small town is a bustling tourist zone and trading hub of the Khumbu region. This stunningly beautiful village, in Solukhumbu district of north-eastern Nepal, is perched on a sloping hill.

It is hemmed in on all sides by gargantuan mountains. In the west of this town is Kongde Ri which is 6,187 meters in altitude and to the east is Thamserku at an elevation of 6,608 meters.

Apart from the abundant hotels and lodges, Namche boasts three museums, a monastery, a Stupa at the bottom of the village, several bakeries and storehouses of trekking stuff.

Even in the communication sector, this particular village is far ahead of all other villages of the Everest region trekking route. It serves as a junction from where different Everest region trekking routes diverge.

Here are top 18 facts about Namche Bazaar which are of high interest and equally important to anyone trekking in the Khumbu region.

Administrative Center

As there are many governmental offices, Namche Bazaar is a big administrative center of the Khumbu region. The Sagarmatha National Park is headquartered there.

There is the office of a local electricity authority named Khumbu Bijuli Company which was built during the late 1990s with the financial assistance from the Austrian government and the then His Majesty’s Government of Nepal.

Likewise, there is the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau which is responsible for punishing the poachers and alleviation of the wildlife poaching. Moreover, Namche has a post office of its own.

For maintaining safe trekking in Khumbu region, a community police check post is stationed there.

First Acclimatization Spot

Namche Bazaar is renowned for being the first acclimatization spot on the way to Everest region trekking.

Tourists, heading to the Mt. Everest, Gokyo and many other destinations for both trekking and expedition, have at least two nights of a stopover in Namche as a part of acclimatization.

Khunde Hospital
Khunde Hospital

During their stay in Namche area, tourists normally visit the neighboring Khunde village which is famous for the Hillary hospital and Khumjung village where Hillary school is located.

On the acclimatization day, we can see many tourists climbing uphill to have lunch at the Everest View Hotel, the hotel at the highest altitude in the world. The feeble people, however, can be seen strolling through the town.

Busy Hub

Before the successful ascent of the Mt. Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in 1953, Namche bazaar had been a very rustic place.

Despite that, it was a place where people from lower region bartered agro-products for locally produced cheese and butter. The ascent of Mt. Everest drew global attention and the number of tourists gradually increased.

Now, it has become a bustling tourist zone where economic exchanges have completely replaced the barter system.


At the altitude of 3,440 meters, Namche is cold. Winter is cold and dry. During the period between December and February, the day temperature is normally between 5 to 8 degree Celcius whereas during the night temperature falls between -6 to -8 degree Celcius.

Summer can be the best time to visit Namche since it is warm when the day temperature rises to 16 degrees and which falls to 8 degrees Celcius during the night. Summer is, however, characterized by frequent mists which blur the views of mountainous ranges.

During the monsoon season, it is neither too cold nor too hot, but the streets get quite muddy, and puddles are formed.

Sagarmatha National Park Visitor’s Center

Sagarmatha National Park Visitor’s Center is located at the top end of Namche Bazaar on the way to Tengboche. It provides detailed information regarding the wildlife of the Sagarmatha National Park.

Sagarmatha National Park
Sagarmatha National Park


More than verbose descriptions this center features real pictures of the real flora and fauna found in the national park. Moreover, some replicas of mountaineers, including Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, are also on display.

Sherwi Khangba Center

‘Sherwi Khangba’ in Sherpa language means ‘Sherpa’s home.’ Sherwi Khangba Center is a traditional Sherpa house which is dedicated to preserving the Himalayan Sherpa culture.

This house has many features which reflect the typical Sherpa lifestyle. It consists of a Sherpa cultural museum in which ancient Sherpa artifacts can be observed.

Sherwi Khangba Center
Sherwi Khangba Center

It also has Mount Everest documentation center which has kept a clear record of Sherpa climbers. Likewise, there is Sherpa culture photo gallery where we can thoroughly study the Sherpa culture and lifestyle through photography.

Another part of this center is Khumbu international library in which there are huge collections of books, audios, and videos on national and international mountaineering and trekking.

Moreover, Sherwi Khangba also has a hotel of its own and an international conference hall which can be reserved for rent.

Namche Market

Namche bazaar runs a weekly market every Saturday. From early morning, people from Namche and nearby places bring their agricultural products for sale on the eastern corner of the village.

In addition to agricultural products, they sell woolen clothes, trekking gear, butter, cheese, electronic devices, etc.

It can be advantageous if you plan to buy souvenirs when there is a market because you can get everything at the same place and you can bargain the price.

Syangboche Airport

Little ahead of Namche Bazaar is Syangboche Airport at the altitude of 3,780 meters. It is not licensed for commercial air operations.

Instead, most aircrafts landing at this airport are chartered flights from Kathmandu and Lukla. Syangboche airport is not a safe place for landing an airplane. Therefore we mostly see helicopters supplying both goods and people.

Syangboche Airport
Syangboche Airport

Normally those who do not intend to go any further from Namche Bazaar normally charter a helicopter and land at this airport.

In spite of being deprived of scheduled flights, Syangboche is a wonderful place to observe mountainous ranges at 360 degrees.

Oral and Dental Clinic

Oral and Dental Clinic in Namche Bazaar is the only dental clinic in the entire Everest region, which was established in 1991.

Its establishment was Dr. Brian Hollander’s concept which he developed upon learning that Khumbu region’s children had a serious problem of teeth decaying.

Though there is only one Dr. Nawang Doka Sherpa, people visit this hospital walking for up to five days. Annually approximately 40 thousand people visit this hospital from a normal check up to oral and dental surgeries.

This community hospital lacks advanced technologies, but X-ray and ultrasonic dental cleaning are possible now.

Honorary Visit

The 39th president of the United States of America, Jimmy Carter, visited Namche Bazaar in October of 1985 with his wife Rosalyn.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter

They were escorted by Nepal’s government’s security in a personal chopper of the then king, late Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev.

They had spent a couple of hours for lunch at Khumbu lodge. For this the lodge enjoys a massive fame till date.

View of Mt. Everest

Just after leaving Jorsalle below Namche Bazaar, you will see the Mt. Everest partially from a distance. Even from that distance, tourists seem very excited to take some photographs of that gigantic peak.

When you reach Namche Bazaar, the excitement level drastically increases and you will be in raptures over the thought of your prospective arrival near the Mt. Everest.

When you go a little further to Everest View Hotel, you will see clear and awe-inspiring scenery formed by Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Amadablam, etc. nevertheless, your focus will mostly be set upon Mt. Everest.

Highest Placed Everest View Hotel

Approximately an hour’s hike from Namche Bazaar will take you to Everest View Hotel which is placed on a ridge overlooking the Mt. Everest range.

It was opened in 1971 and today, it holds a Guinness world record for being the highest placed hotel on earth at 13,000 ft. The unique feature of this hotel is that you can see the Mt. Everest from any room.

In order to immerse in the beauty of nature and the hotel itself, tourists go there for lunch on accommodation day and come back to Namche towards the evening.

Traditional Handicrafts

Apart from hotels and lodges, Namche Bazaar boasts a significantly high number of shops for both commercial purpose and publicity of local products.

Traditional Handicrafts Shops in Namche Bazaar
Traditional Handicrafts Shops in Namche Bazaar

Those shops are run by a majority of Sherpas and few Tibetans. Saturday market is held only once a week, but the shops remain open throughout the week and they both explicitly and implicitly contribute to the Nepalese economy.

They sell traditional handicrafts, including woolen, wooden and metallic products. We can observe tourists buying them in order to take them to their homeland as souvenirs.

Butter and Other Dairy Products

Namche is a central spot for selling and buying of dairy products.

Upper Khumbu’s products are unquestionably supplied to Namche, but it is difficult to believe that even the dairy products of Solukhumbu’s neighboring districts, Khotang and Bhojpur, are brought to Namche in search of good market.

It takes about a week to ten days only to supply the products like butter, chhurpi, ghee, etc. For this reason, they do not seem to earn as much as they deserve, but they still persist.

Major Uphill Climb in the Everest Region

The necessity of acclimatization at Namche Bazaar has a reason that might be unpleasant to some trekkers.

Upon crossing the bridge over the Dudhkoshi river, a severe uphill starts. It takes about two and half hours to complete the ascent.

If you reach Namche on the second day of the trek, you will have ascended 800 meters that day which is above the normal 500 meter level.

Once you cross the bridge, you will start experiencing the impact of thin air and you will have to stop now and then to gather breath. This ascent results in a day’s compulsory acclimatization at Namche Bazaar.

Home to Legendary Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Apa Sherpa

Thame, a yet another smaller village in Namche village development committee is home to so many mountaineers including two legends Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Apa Sherpa.

Tenzing Norgay and sir Edmund Hillary
Tenzing Norgay and sir Edmund Hillary

Tenzing Norgay was born in Thame and later moved to Darjeeling before teenage. He holds the record for being the first ever human to set foot upon the Mt. Everest along with Sir Edmund Hillary.

Apa Sherpa also was born in the same village of Thame. He holds a 21 times Everest ascent record. Now, he is a brand ambassador for raising awareness of global warming in the high Himalayas.

Dumjee Festival

Namche Bazaar holds an annual Buddhist festival called dumjee, which has been a major attraction for tourists in recent days.

It is celebrated also in other Sherpa villages but specifically that of Namche is quite special due to presence of a variety of people.

Dumjee Festival

The first few days are spent sharing visits with the neighboring homes and enjoying delicious typical Sherpa food items.

During the final few days, the entire people of the village gather at the Namche Monastery to mark the celebration of highly respected Sherpa monks’ achievements.

The ceremony, which involves breathtaking lama dances and rounds of traditional Sherpa dance called Shyabru, is led by the incarnate lama of Tengboche Monastery.

Stone and Mud Houses

Even to this day, cemented houses are very rare in Namche Bazaar. Due to the easy availability, people still use stone and mud to build houses.

It is neither a wonder because the transportation of bricks and cement is next to impossible. There is no path even for biking, let alone driving four-wheelers.

However, the stone houses are even more beautiful. Some of the old shelters might look precarious, commercial hotels and lodges are strongly built.

The interior of the hotels are designed with wooden frames. You will, hereby, have a wonderful experience of staying in a countryside hotel.


Mardi Himal Trek: Weather, Cost, Route

The Mardi Himal is a newly opened route in the Annapurna region and is also known as the hidden treasure trek too. The Mardi Himal Trekking is short and easy with well-managed camping and tea house trek offering a beautiful view of the Annapurna area.
Mardi Himal is the least visited trekking peak, and this trek is the best destination to avoid the crowd.

Mardi Himal Trekking
Mardi Himal Trekking

Though the availability of food and accommodation on the route is minimum, Mardi Himal Trekking is still an enjoyable trekking route that requires minimum effort.
Mardi Himal Trek is about a week-long in the Himalayas with stunning views of snowy peaks through small Nepali Villages. It is an interesting trek compared to other popular treks in the Annapurna region.
Mardi Himal is located to the east of the Annapurna Base Camp. It offers a spectacular view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre (Fishtail) and Manaslu Himalayas ranges.
Also, its natural beauty allows you to view the Nepal national bird-Pheasant, national flowers- Rhododendron, Musk deer, Snow Leopard, Himalayan Thar, and many more wild animals and several plants which are used to make medicine.

Mardi Himal Trekking

Mardi Himal is 4,500 meters above sea level. The Mardi Himal Trekking trail starts from Kathmandu to the beautiful city Pokhara. Traveling from Kathmandu to Pokhara has two options, either a flight which takes only half an hour or a drive for about 6-7 hours drive.
Drive from Pokhara to Phedi (1600 m) drive 30 minutes. Walking along the trail, you will go slowly up and then trek from Pothana to Deurali (2100 m) take 4-5 hours.
Also, you can start your journey to Mardi Himal from Kande after 1 Hour of driving from Pokhara Balung Highway. The first walk is easy, and you will have to walk for about 1 and a half hours to the ridge (2060 m), then slowly walk towards Australian Camp.
The place is full of amazing views of the Annapurna range and Pokhara valley. Then the trek continues from Australian Camp to Pothana and then again up to Deurali.
From Deurali, the trek continues to Forest Camp (2900 m)-walk for 6-7 hours. Then you will pass through the Rhododendron forest, which makes the whole forest more beautiful with a gradual uphill. There is no tea house along the way, so you must carry lunch and water yourselves.
The trail gradually extends up to the Low Camp almost 3000 meters which takes 5-6 hours. There is a couple of tea houses where trekkers can take a rest and enjoy the scenario of Mt. Fishtail.

View of Machapuchre from low camp
View of Machhapuchhre from low camp

The Low Camp provides you with the best view of Machhapuchhre anywhere in Nepal along with accommodation for the sunrise and sunset views.
The further walk to Badal Danda (Cloud Hill) almost 1 hour above the tree line and trek to high camp from there you will see better view than before.
Now, you need a short walk to High Camp, 6-7 hours continuously, and then you will see the snow-capped peak of Annapurna South, Huinchuli, and Fishtails that are closer to Snowcapped.
After a steep climb and a longer walk, you will finally reach to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500 m) from where you can view Mardi Himal.
After exploring the Mardi Himal Base Camp, the returning trail is different; you will go through Siding village through the pine and Rhododendron Forest.
Then trek to Ghalel to Lwang to Khoramukh and back to Pokhara. Take a flight or drive heading back from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

Mardi Himal Trek Route

SNRouteTime Duration(walk and drive)Highest Altitude
1Pokhara to Phedi1-hour drive1650 m
2trek to Deurali4-5 hours2100 m
3Duerali to Forest Champ6-7 hours2900 m
4Forest to Low Camp5-6 hours3050 m
5Low Camp to High Camp6-7 hours3500 m
6High Camp to Base Camp 6-7 Hours4500 m
7High Camp to Sidhing5-6 hours1,700 m
8Sidhing to Lwang5-6 hours1460 m
9Lwang to Pokhara1-2 hours, 2.30 hrs drive827 m

Mardi Himal Trek Cost

The trek cost is USD 20 including a 13% Vat that is paid to an Annapurna Conservation Area Project, and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS). The individual trekkers must pay USD 20 for TIMS, and the trekkers who travel via Trekking Companies costs USD 10 only (if you are with a group).
For those who can’t afford the expensive tours, the package tours are also available. The package tours depend on the days. Following package tours such as six days, 5-7 days, and 10-12 days can be booked online. The charge of the guide is also included.

Mardi Himal Weather

The best season to go to Mardi Himal is Autumn and Spring for trekking and Mountaineering the weather is clear, and the temperature is moderate from September to November.

Mardi Himal
Mardi Himal

Thus, you can see a clear and beautiful view without any hindrance. March to May which is the season of flowers, plants, and animals walking also can be seen. At the end of the dry season and the best time for trekking.
Summer and Winter are the risky seasons to visit. June to August is the month of heavy rainfall. December to February is the coolest weather, at that time temperature fall to zero degrees or even below.
Mardi Himal Trekking Difficulties
Trekking to Mardi Himal is not that difficult. You don’t need ropes, and ice picks because there is no vertical climbing. But if it rains, it will be difficult to trek as the way becomes quite steep and slippery.
The only difficult section is the last non-stop six hours hike from High Camp to Base Camp because of the steep and rocky path. People of different ages from all around the world can easily experience the glory od trekking and Climb the Mardi Himal.

Things you need

You must know some important things before going for a trek. Firstly, you must take the permits from Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and Tourism Information Management System (TIMS) with the help of agents or through the official Nepal Tourism Board offices in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Then the duration of trekking depends upon you. According to the duration of the trek, you need to arrange your luggage containing warm clothes, Down jacket, Trousers, Long sleeve T-shirt, a pair of hiking boots, Shorts, Socks, Rubber sandals, water bottles, Sunglasses, walking steak, Headlight, Sleeping bag, warm winter hat, etc. And the most important thing is a map.

Restaurant on the way to Mardi Himal
Restaurant on the way to Mardi Himal

The restaurants and café are available from one stop to another stop with different cuisine, so you don’t have to worry about food. While you are traveling to Mardi Himal, the one thing you should care about is to carry food.

Facts about Mardi Himal

  1. Mardi Himal Base Camp is at 4500 meters and marks the highest point of the Mardi Himal Trek.
  2. The highest sleeping point on Mardi Himal Trek is at High Camp.
  3. Mardi Himal Trek is popular in Annapurna Range where you can see amazing views of Machhapuchre (also known as Fishtail, 6,993 m), Annapurna South (7,010 m), and Mount Hiunchuli (3,441 m).
  4. Mardi Himal Trek route has been popular over the past five years, and Tea house (guest house) has been established there for visitors.

Mardi Himal Map

Mardi Himal map

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