by BestHike editor Rick McCharles
, my first trip since 2014 where I hiked Langtang. just back from Nepal
during the 9,000 people died Nepal . earthquake of 25 April 2015
One tiny village in the
accounted for 243 of them: 175 villagers, 27 local tourism staff (guides and porters), and 41 foreign trekkers. Langtang Valley
Yet in the
2018-19 fiscal year, a record 21,945 tourists (16,386 foreigners and 5,559 Nepalis) visited Langtang National Park.
So far as I could see,
. And Nepal trails are busier than ever as you could connect to the internet almost everywhere with a Nepal Telecom ( easier than ever Namaste) SIM card in my mobile phone. I didn’t once have to pay for electricity in the mountains.
for those who want to hike independently are big 3 trekking areas
because it’s so We love Nepal to access many of the best hikes in the world. easy and inexpensive
Hiking other Himalayan nations is problematic for different reasons: Bhutan, China, Tibet, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan.
On the other hand, arriving in Kathmandu or Pokhara you are faced with a . 😐 bewildering number of options
In this post we rank the very best hikes you can do independently in 2019. Best independent hike – Sagarmatha Region
If you can
it should be only do one hike in Nepal : Everest Base Camp 3 Passes
Kongma pass (5,535m)
Cho pass (5,380m)
Renjo pass (5,388m)
Kala Pattar peak (5,545m) and Base Camp (5,380m).
Ideally you’d want 3 weeks. Two weeks would be risky in terms of rushed acclimatization.
Best independent hikes – Annapurna Region
The classic trek is the
. But but road construction has degraded the experience. Annapurna Circuit
Though still popular in 2019, the Circuit now might be better for mountain biking than hiking.
is another classic: Best of the alternatives
(ABC) Annapurna Sanctuary
lternatives somewhat similar to ABC include:
( Khopra Ridge opened 2012)
Annapurna Base Camp (ABC)
Ideally, we’d love to do one continuous hike:
starting Banskharka (Bans Kharka) to acclimatize → continuing on Annapurna Dhaulagiri Community Trek 1. → connecting to Khopra Ridge 2. (ABC) → finishing with Annapurna Sanctuary 3 . . Mardi Himal
would be far more enjoyable than the 2-3 week adventure in green connecting those 3 hikes Annapurna Circuit.
You can do all on the same permit.
Best independent hikes – Langtang Region
. Perhaps 14-16 days. recommended route
Drive to Syabrubesi, trekking (top of the map). Then backtracking to the Langtang first trek, walking most of the way back to Kathmandu. Gosainkund & Helambu
map via NepalSanctuaryTreks.com
Our group atop Kyanjin Ri (4773m) Langtang
Laurebina Pass (4600m) on the Gosainkund & Helambu
This will be far less crowded than either Everest or Annapurna regions.
You can easily and inexpensively hire a guide and/or porters on any hike in Nepal for your whole trip … or short sections. But we’d recommend you do those listed above independently.
were to do a guided hike we’d choose areas of Nepal where guides are mandatory. For example: Best GUIDED hike – Manaslu Circuit
(lodges open since 2010) was Manaslu Circuit before the 2015 earthquake. Reports are that it’s fantastic again in 2019. fantastic and uncrowded
is still a recommended add-on in 2019. But Tsum Valley sidetrip China is developing a road. It could be a dusty construction zone soon.
Manaslu finishes on the Annapurna Circuit. In 2013 I
did Manaslu with a guide — then continued independently on the Circuit hiking & cycling.
Since I was acclimatized, the high pass on the Circuit seemed easy.
Questions? Suggestions? Leave a comment on this page.