Top of Nepal: The Favourite Trips of Our Team

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Ama Dablam, Nepal

With so many trekking options available in the Himalayas and the region being so diverse and stunning, some of you may find it hard to figure out the best trek in Nepal. With that in mind, we’ve asked our team of travel experts in the London office to choose their favourite treks in Nepal.

Gordon, Nicola and Pawan have all travelled in Nepal extensively and below share their ‘Top of Nepal’ treks with you.

Gordon: Everest High Passes

Gordon Steer, UK Manager, has the 22-day Everest High Passes trekking trip as a personal best for treks in Nepal.

Everest High Passes - Best Treks in Nepal - World Expeditions

The view from Gokyo is outstanding and crossing the Renjo La feels like you are really going into the unknown.

Why is it the best trekking trip in Nepal for you?

It is the ultimate Everest trek. It takes you not only to the well-known icons of Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar, but you explore and experience wilder and remote parts of the Khumbu as well. The view from Gokyo is outstanding and crossing the Renjo La feels like you are really going into the unknown.

Who is it suitable for?

The trip is suitable for fit trekkers looking for a trip of a lifetime in Nepal. It is a 22-day trip of which 17 days are trekking.

The most memorable meal?

Curries galore… wonderful!

What’s next on your bucket list for Nepal?

High on my list, I would like to trek to remote Dolpo and to visit Phoksumdo Lake… The blue of this lake deserves its very own CMYK colour code!

 

Nicola: Annapurna Machapuchare

For our Sales Manager Nicola Croom the 13-day Annapurna Machapuchare trip is a personal favourite.

Best treks in Nepal: Annapurna Machapuchare

It was my first experience of Nepal, and made me want to return again and again! I have been back since to do the Everest Base Camp Trek.

What makes this particular trek in Nepal the best?

The trip was truly off the beaten track: we saw hardly any other trekkers. So when I did the trip we had the mountains virtually to ourselves. We camped in glorious locations with amazing views, trekked through the best pristine forests and up to the high alpine pastures. I loved waking up each day with a fantastic view of the Nepali Himalayas outside my tent. It felt like we were miles away from anywhere and certainly deep in the mountains.

Who is it for?

Anyone with a good level of fitness can join the Annapurna Machapuchare trip. There are some steep uphills and downhills. Trekking days are between 5-6 hours on most days. Good preparation will help make the trip more enjoyable. It appeals to those who want to get off the beaten track, and who are happy to do traditional camping. Our full service, fantastic camping crew will do all camp chores for you, and World Expeditions will provide mats, sleeping bags etc.

The most memorable meal?

Difficult to choose, perhaps the breakfasts. Fresh masala milk tea was brought to our tent and then we sat outside taking in the views while eating porridge, eggs, beans or vegetables. The fresh local bread cooked or toasted on the stove finished it off. It was always plentiful and a great way to start the day.

What’s next on your bucket list for Nepal?

Manaslu Circuit & Base Camp Trek, it’s a 20-day trek in an area of extreme beauty that is less visited by other travellers. It goes through remote Buddhist villages along the border with Tibet.

 

Pawan: Annapurna Circuit

Our Adventure Travel Consultant, Pawan Rana, can’t get enough of the 17-day Annapurna Circuit.

Annapurna Circuit in Nepal - World Expeditions

I love this trip so much that I have done it a number of times.

What makes this one of the best treks in Nepal for you?

Besides the very dramatic scenery, you are surrounded by three 8,000m peaks and several 7,000+ ones while walking along the Marsyangdi River, it is a culturally significant area with fascinating villages and wildlife. Every day we would find something interesting to do after we got back to the camp: from short side-trips to walking around in some of the best ancient villages. Crossing the Thorung La to Jomsom and beyond added a whole new dimension to the trip with new mountains, valleys and local communities to encounter.

Who is it suitable for?

The Annapurna Circuit is suitable for most people who enjoy walking. Besides one tough day while crossing the Thorung-La, the walking is surprisingly gentle as you follow a river valley for the majority of the trek.

The most memorable meal?

The best food I had on the trek was the picnic lunch close to Muktinath, after crossing over the Thorung-La. The scenery in the Kali Gandaki Valley that leads into lower Mustang is stunning. We had the Annapurna massif behind us and a skyline dominated by Dhaulagiri and surrounding mountains in front of us. That morning we departed at 5 am to get over the pass before the wind picked up. It had been a cold (with sub-zero temperatures) and very long walk, so the lunch with salad, pasta, the best fruits and lots of warm drinks was very welcome. It is especially memorable as the weather at this point in the trek was good and we could bask in the sunshine. Following lunch we visited Muktinath, which is a well-known pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists in Nepal.

What’s next on your bucket list for Nepal?

I would like to do the GHT (Great Himalaya Trail), but will need to make some arrangements first to do this 152-day hike. I’m currently following closely the group of five that is doing this epic trail at the moment via the trekthegreathimalayatrail.com blog.

 

If you are interested to know about even more trekking trips to Nepal, you can have a look at the overview of our comprehensive range of treks and adventure tours in Nepal.

 

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