Whether it’s along an iconic Everest trail or through the beautiful foothills of the Annapurnas, trekking is the only way to discover the true heartbeat of Nepal. Home to eight of the world’s highest peaks, Nepal is a honeypot for hikers, but you don’t have to be a hard-core mountaineer to enjoy its majestic landscapes.
The charm of Nepal is that it is largely without roads. Access to its interior is by ancient trails that link isolated villages where life has changed little over the centuries. While we can organise adventures of any duration and difficulty, a Himalayan trek doesn’t have to reach dizzy altitudes. There are many gentler walks in the foothills that stay below 10,000 feet but still offer spectacular mountain views.
The Everest region (known locally as Solo Khumbu) is Nepal’s most iconic trekking area, with mountains unmatched in scale and majesty. As well as outstanding views of the world's highest mountain and its neighbours, Lhotse and Nuptse, trekking in the Everest region will introduce you to ancient villages steeped in tradition, golden-roofed monasteries and the warm hospitality of the Sherpas who farm the land in the shadow of these monumental peaks. No Everest trail is ever easy, but Yeti Mountain Homes has six trekking lodges spaced just a short day’s walk apart to ensure that acclimatisation is gradual.
A glittering wall of ice stretching some 30 miles above the lakes of Pokhara, Nepal’s Annapurna Himal is one of the world’s most majestic mountain panoramas. Though lesser known than the Everest region, Annapurna has no less than eleven summits above 23,000 feet and enchanting trails leading through small hamlets, terraced rice fields and wild oak forests. The combination of magnificent views, accessibility and variety of trails make this one of the most popular trekking destinations in the Himalayas.
With seven lodges in key locations (courtesy of Ker & Downey), you can hike the beautiful Annapurna foothills with the promise of a warm bed and hot shower at the end of each day. Trekking itineraries are flexible and allow time to visit local villages and really absorb the spirit of the country.