Explore the most popular backpacking trails in Nepal with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

did this in 2010. can't wait to go back

Very challenging--but worthy hike! I strongly suggest training before you take this on, if only to make the experience more enjoyable. Make sure you have poles, they will be a life saver. Bring a porter will be key as well, but a guide can be either worth it or not depending how experienced of a hiker you are. If anything, they can help you along with the language barrier if you do not speak Nepali.

fantastic views. not actually that easy particularly on the knees with lots of downhill stairs but we'll worth it. a bit difficult to find the start of the trail from the new hotel building site below the cable car.

Great trekking route. Enjoyed every moment.

This is a classic for a reason. the views are amazing but its about the cultural exchange and the people you meet. Thorang La is the highlight. you need to bring clothes for -10C and shorts for 25C an amazing trek through several biogeoclimatic zones from jungle to tundra. A bucket list item

Very challenging long treks with pretty much equal uphill and downhill. The most beautiful place I have ever seen. The turquoise glacier river, the amazing snow covered mountains. Be in good shape for this hike so you can fully enjoy!! Villages along the way are a refreshing treat. Randomly in the middle of nowhere a really cool town emerges with vibrant markets (Namche Bazaar). What’s even more amazing is that everything used to build these villages was carried up by porters, donkeys, and yaks. Once in a lifetime experience I am glad I jumped on.

Insanely amazing experience. 132kms, 14days and one of the best things I’ve done in my life! Highly recommend, take it slow and enjoy the ride.

hiking
2 months ago

Unfortunately my view of gokyo lake 3 was frozen. However the adventure leaving at 4am to chase the sunrise up on gokyo ri was an experience! Again not for the light hearted Trekkers.

nature trips
2 months ago

Definitely not for the light Trekkers, really pushing you to the edge. Both endurance and stamina is a must+++++!!!!

Also some good crampons, rain jacket, proper poles and shoes, a trekking pack and a big thermos would benefit your experience of the trip.

challenging but rewarding. great views

It’s an amazing trek with clouds appearing in and out of the forest on the trial. Amazing views and lovely landscape. The forest can get a bit muddy & slippery on certain spots but over all the walk is pleasant and beautiful. You can see many species of local flowers & some indigenous plants. Just completed the 5 day poonhill, Ghorepani trek in April 2018.

Same as T. Hard.

Breathe taking views. Challenging, but so rewarding making it to Annapurna Base Camp

hiking
6 months ago

We used this trail as the final portion of a loop trip from Lukla to Everest Base Camp, over Chola Pass to Gokyo and then down this trail back to Lukla. So for us it was a downhill trek. Spectacular views of mountain on mountain!

backpacking
8 months ago

Wow. To say this trail is a must would be to undersell it.
The Annapurna Circuit is a transformational experience emotionally and physically.
Prepare to hike through the seasons. Your trek will begin in lush jungle, banana trees and monkeys swinging about. As the days go by you will find yourself in beautiful pine forests that eventually give way to barren, unforgiving landscape. All culminating, of course, at the pass. Thorong La pass is evry bit as difficult as you have read. But, that's what we came for, right?

Beautiful scenery greats you at every turn. The trail is an incredibly social environment so bring some playing cards! Good luck and happy hiking ;)

This trail is off of the main EBC trail and goes to Island Peak. It's not a hard walk and takes less than 3 hours, but the mountains change around you. It is worth the side trip from the main trail.

camping
Monday, August 14, 2017

This trail takes hikers and mountaineers across streams and through rocky and sandy landscapes with surrounding views of the Himalaya. I loved walking between the mountains and experiencing a "quieter" version of the Khumbu region, less traveled than the EBC trek itself. Yak and wildlife were plentiful in June. At the end, a short climb up the slope south of base camp reveals Imja Tse lake.

backpacking
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

First, this site won't let you update this trail or make a new trail review from Nay Pul to Poon Hill. Not sure why. Either way, this review is for Nay Pul to Poon Hill. I Completed this trek from 23JUNE through 26JUN. Once leaving Kathmandu via travel bus (10$ for transportation) we traveled for about 3 hours until we came to a complete stop. There was a landslide along the Narayanghat Mugling HWY that caused a severe traffic jam along the Prithivi HWY. It took me 18 hours of travel, some walking and hitch hiking to make it to Pokara where I slept in a motel for 4$. This was a pretty "basic room" but there are plenty of places to stay in Pokara that can range up to 100$. The next morning I took a taxi (10$ for transportation) to Naya Pul and it took me about an hour. Once I arrived, I had some milk tea and a cigarette before I set off along the identified route (according to this site). Because I was behind schedule, I hiked all the way to Ghode Pani. The total elevation gain for this through hike to Poon Hill from Naya Pul is 7,150 Feet. Along the trail, there are multiple bridges and I had the opportunity to hang some prayer flags, take plenty of pictures, and purchase multiple bottles of water and food. This trail is heavily traveled and used by the villagers to transport goods via horse back to Ghode Pani. You can find water, food, snacks, soda, and even WIFI at the teahouses along the way (Cost is 3$ a day). There are a lot of local dogs along the trail that appear friendly ( I did not try to pet though) to humans but are territorial when it comes to other dogs. I had a dog follow me multiple times looking for food, probably because I am a westerner. Cell phone service is good and I was using NCELL. However, as you approach Ghode Pani you will need to use WIFI or buy a NTC since that is the only provider in the area from what I saw. I spent the night in Ghode Pani and then woke up at 0430 to hike up to Poon Hill to watch the sunrise. I arrived at 0530 at the top where they have a lookout tower and a tea/coffee shack. I was able to buy a cup of milk tea (the best drink in Nepal) and the metal cup as a souvenir for 3$. Once I took my photos of the Himalayas I headed back down to Ghode Pani. The was also a dog on the summit that followed me down to Ghode Pani. Once I arrived, I ate breakfast and departed for Tikhedhungga where I arrived at 1400. The legs where tired and I was very hungry since the trail doesn't provide much cover from the sun. I was able to take a hot shower (cost $3). The food was great and everything they provide me at the teahouse is fresh from the garden or gathered that day (even the chicken) which the owner of the teahouse had to go down to the nearest village to retrieve. Even had an Everest Beer. There was an issue with the WIFI though in this area for some reason. I would also recommend buying multiple minute cards before departing. I used about 1000 rupees worth of txt and call. They do have some tea houses that sell minute cards (hit and miss) but the closer you get to Ghode Pani they only sell NTC and not NCELL. I went to sleep around 2100 and woke up at 0500, ate breakfast and departed for Naya Pul where I arrived at my original drop off point at 1000. Very good trip and didn't expect anything less. Met people from Egypt, Singapore, Spain, Germany, and the US. If you don't want to drive to Pokara from Kathmandu, I would recommend flying. It cost about 160$ for a two-way ticket if you don't want to risk traffic and falling behind if you are on a strict timeline.

backpacking
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Nepal is an amazing country, and this trek is one of the best things I've ever done. Myself and two friends completed the circuit in 22 days. We carried our own gear and did not hire porters, but I would say we were in a very small minority.

The scenery couldn't be more breathtaking or the mountains more impressive. The slow changes in scenery over the trek was fascinating. From rainy jungles, pine forests, high deserts, and alpine environments, this trek has it all. Along the way are tea houses which have food and dry places to sleep at night. Bring a sleeping bag and you'll be set. The food is very basic, Order the Dal bhat and you get second helpings. Drink lots of tea.

note: The roads being built in the region were underway when we went, but not yet open to vehicles. I think the "trek" now would be a very different animal than it was in 2011. It's not fun to be trekking in the wilderness with jeeps and motorcycles driving past.

backpacking
Monday, January 30, 2017

Did 14 years ago. Great hike. sun rise from poon hill was great as well.

backpacking
Monday, January 30, 2017

Did 14 years ago. Great Trek.

Most of the uphill is in the first third of this trail. Absolutely stunning scenery.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

A wonderful first leg for an Annapurna trek.

A pretty had climb but with world class scenery.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Beautiful trail. There's a waterfall about every 50 Ft or so it seemed.

hiking
Wednesday, September 07, 2016

We did an overnight hike up to Chisapani on this trail. Stunning views from Chisapani and along most of the trail. It was a pretty relentless incline and much of it was stairs made from rocks. Very rewarding though. The hike up passed through a few national park checkpoints (with fees) and farmlands. Chisapani, like much of the surrounding area, was hit hard by the 2015 earthquake. Many of the hotels are in pieces, but a few were still operating. We hadn't planned the trip in advance, but on a whim joined some others. Very glad we did.

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