5 Top Scenic Routes In Nepal and Why You Should Visit

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Poon Hill

Nepal is the perfect travel destination for anyone who likes the idea of being surrounded by lush green forests, amazing mountains and stunning waterfalls. Nepal has much to offer the adventure traveller, with white water rafting, paragliding, peak climbing and boating offered as popular activities across the country. However, it’s the treks that bring many people to Nepal. Here’s our guide to the top five scenic treks in Nepal.

1. Poon Hill

Poon hill begins in Pokhara and takes you for a four to five day trek across some of Nepal’s most stunning landscapes. Sitting at 10,531 feet, the view from the top of Poon Hill is breathtaking and allows you to see some of Nepal’s biggest peaks from up close. The important question to ask before trekking Nepal Poon Hill – how to prepare? It’s important to know that there are hot springs along the trek, so bringing your swimsuit is a must. Though it might require a certain level of fitness to complete, when you’re watching the sunrise from the top of Poon Hill, the hard work will all be worth it.

2. Langtang

For a slightly longer trek, the Langtang hike will take you from Kathmandu through the canyon of the Langtang Khola. This impressive hike will offer you an amazing view of Langtang Lirung, the world’s 99th most tallest peak, and you’ll be surrounded by amazing glaciers and ice falls along the way. This trek is a seven day experience, and the perfect way to experience Nepal.

3. Annapurna Base Camp

For a short trek, the Annapurna Base Camp trek is amongst the longest. Taking at least seven or eight days, this trek will take you through the canyon of the Modi Khola, allowing spectacular views of Machapuchare, the Matterhorn of Asia. At the Annapurna Sanctuary, you are surrounded by a ring of mountains, of which the Annapurna I, the tallest of the peaks, towers over the base camp as you relax after the long trek.

4. Everest View Trek

The trek to Everest Base Camp can be long and crowded, so as an alternative, you should consider making the Everest View Trek. Starting with a short flight to Lukla, the trek to Namche will take you around five days, allowing for amazing views along the way. The trek involves many suspension bridges before making one last steep push to the Namche Bazaar, where you are greeted with a view of Everest in the distance.

5. Lakes of Gosainkunda

Sitting at an incredible 14,000 feet, the Lakes of Gosaikunda are a famous pilgrimage side of Hindu people during Janai Purnima, which happens in August. Taking six days, the pilgrimage winds through ascending forests before you are rewarded with views of the towering Langtang Himal and Annapurna far in the distance. This trek features teahouses along the way, so it’s the perfect trek to take if you don’t want to be burdened with gear.

Trekking in Nepal can offer many things, from the spectacular views of the Himalayas, to the achievement of a personal goal through completing one of these difficult treks. There’s no doubt that once you experience the crisp mountain air while you stand in the shadow of the tallest mountains in the world, you’ll wonder why it took you so long to get into the country. Use our guide to decide on the perfect Nepal trek.

Marc Andre is the founder and editor of TravelersPress. He loves to travel throughout the U.S., as well as internationally. Marc's favorite activity when traveling is photography.

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