Off the Beaten Path Treks in Nepal

  • Jul 30, 2019
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Have you ever wondered of going to the less explored treks in Nepal apart from the ever popular and busy Everest and Annapurna region treks? Far from the hustle and bustle of jam-packed city centers such as Kathmandu and Pokhara, these off the beaten path treks provide a different experience altogether in terms of both natural and cultural wealth.

Trekkers can observe the rural life of the people in Himalayan regions which is still aloof from the modern technologies and civilization. Nonetheless, any traveller gets fascinated with the local culture, traditions and most crucially their heart-warming hospitability.

Here are some suggestions for off the beaten path treks in Nepal:

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Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek 

Duration: 22-26 days

Max. Elevation: 5140m

Trip Difficulty: Strenuous

This off-the beaten path trek is a long yet captivating journey to the foothills of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. This trail was opened for trekkers only in 1988. Special permit is still required to trek in this restricted region.

This region is protected under the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project. Thus this trek is also famous for its abundance of bio-diversity. You might see Red Panda, Himalayan Black Beer, snow leopards, musk deers and many other endangered species. 

Since its a long trek, it requires physical fitness, persistence and technical knowledge. Proper rest and acclimatization are also quite essential to reach the higher altitude region. Spring and autumn are the best seasons for trekking around Kanchenjunga.

Highlights:

  • Majestic view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and other neighboring peaks
  • Insight into the culture and traditions of local Sherpa people
  • Remoteness and untouched natural heritages
  • Yalung glacier and other high passes
  • Exploring the floras and faunas 

Tsum Valley Trek

Duration: 17-19 days

Max. Elevation: 3700m

Trip Difficulty: Moderate

The Tsum valley lying on the northern part of Manaslu region on the Nepal-Tibet border is getting quite popular among the trekkers after being officially opened for trekking in 2008.

Tsum Valley Trek takes you into the majestic scenery of Ganesh, Sringi and Boudha Himal ranges.

Also described as the hidden valley, it is comparatively less explored which means the natural as well as cultural richness is still well preserved.

This mysterious valley is highly influenced by Buddhism practices and  it is clearly reflected in the culture of Tsum people, monasteries, maniwalls and chortens.

Highlights:

  • Splendid views of Manaslu and Ganesh Himal ranges
  • Highly enriched culture and traditions
  • Exploring the wilderness of Tsum valley
  • Natural hot spring at Tatopani
  • Visit ancient monasteries and chortens

Upper Dolpo Trek

Duration: 17-19 days

Max. Elevation: 5150m

Trip Difficulty: Strenuous

Upper Dolpo, the remote and unspoiled area near the Tibetan border of Nepal offers a real adventure trekking with lots of challenges and excitements along the way.

The mystical Dolpo region was opened only in the late 1980s for trekking. Special permit is required to trek in this restricted region.

Since the inhabitants are basically Tibetans, the region possesses abundance of richness in terms of art and culture. In addition to the panoramic mountain views, Upper Dolpo Trek has a lot more to offer.

Exploring Shey Phoksundo, the deepest lake of Nepal and crossing splendid high passses make Upper Dolpo Trek more rewarding.

Highlights:

  • Adventurous trek to the high-altitude Dolpo region
  • Glorious view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain range
  • Observe unique Tibetan culture and lifestyle
  • Visit ancient monasteries
  • Explore Shey Phoksundo, the deepest lake of Nepal

Tamang Heritage Trek

Duration: 8-10 days

Max. Elevation: 3165m

Trip Difficulty: Moderate

Tamang Heritage Trek is a newly opened trekking route located between Mt. Langtang and Ganesh Himal ranges known for its blend of natural beauty along with the unique cultural experience.

The trek goes all the way through traditional Tamang communities where life, culture and craft have remained unchanged since the establishment of the settlement.

Apart from the exposure to unique Tamang culture, this trek also offers magnificent views of the Himalayas and wilderness walking experience through beautiful backdrops and blooming rhododendron forests.

Highlights:

  • Hiking through the newly opened trail
  • Exposure to the culture and traditions of indigenous Tamang people
  • Explore ancient Tibetan monasteries
  • Panoramic mountain views of Langtang range
  • Natural hot spring at Tatopani

Nar Phu Valley Trek

Duration: 17-19 days

Max. Elevation: 5150m

Trip Difficulty: Strenuous

Nar Phu Valley is a recently opened trekking region stuck between the frequently visited Annapurna and Manaslu regions. Special permit is required to trek in this restricted region.

The fascinating Nar Phu valley combined of two small villages namely Nar and Phu provide trekkers an exceptional opportunity to explore the natural beauty and ancient Tibetan culture.

Crossing majestic high passes like Kang La and Thorong La provides thrilling experience to the adventure lovers. By all means, trekking in this Trans Himalyan region is an adventure of a life time.

Highlights

  • Exploring the hidden gem of Nar Phu valley
  • Experience unique Tibetan culture
  • Visting ancient monasteries including the historical Tashi Lakhang Gompa
  • Splendid views of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Manaslu, Tilicho Peak and lamjung Himal
  • Crossing high passes above 5000m

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