Trekking in Nepal is a dream experience for many travelers and Everest Base Camp is undoubtedly the most famous route in the region. However, it’s costly, strenuous, and requires visitors to dedicate at least 15 days of their trip to complete. Luckily, it’s possible to experience the vastness of the Himalayas and the beauty of Nepalese culture on a number of different trekking routes in the country.For experienced trekkers and adventure-seekers, remote trekking options that take them to virtually untouched villages will also be more appealing. These 10 trekking routes are great alternatives to EBC, depending on the amount of time and experience travelers have. Always check whether the route requires a permit, a guide, or a porter before departing.

10 Annapurna Circuit Trek

Besides the Everest Base Camp Trek, the Annapurna circuit is one of the most popular in Nepal and has earned its reputation for good reason. Hikers on the Annapurna Circuit trek between two of the tallest mountains on the planet, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. The route typically takes anywhere from 14 to 18 days to complete at a comfortable pace.

The highest point of elevation on this trek is on Thorong La Pass at 5416 meters. The Annapurna Circuit is not considered remote due to the plethora of hikers following this route each year. The best months for the trek are October/November or April/May when the weather is primarily clear and dry.

9 Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek might be a better alternative to the Annapurna Circuit for hikers with less time in their itinerary. The Base Camp route, which is a loop in and out of the city of Pokhara, takes anywhere from 6 to 12 days to complete. It also has a lower maximum elevation than the circuit, reaching just 4,131 meters.

For less experienced hikers, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is more manageable than the circuit trek. However, the route is still considered moderate to difficult, so it’s essential to be physically fit and arrive with the appropriate trekking equipment.

8 Gokyo Lakes Trek

For hikers looking to trek in the Everest region without attempting Everest Base Camp, Gokyo lakes is an excellent alternative. Trekkers must still arrive in Kathmandu and catch a flight to Lukla to start their journey. However, the route allows for fewer nights at high altitudes, reducing the likelihood of altitude sickness.

The Gokyo Lakes route offers teahouse-style accommodation and takes approximately 16 days to complete, in and out of Lukla. The highest point of elevation is Gokyo Ri (Gokyo Peak) at 5357 meters, putting it on par with the maximum elevation of the EBC Trek.

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7 Manaslu Circuit Trek

As the Annapurna Circuit becomes busier and less rugged (due to road construction) many people are regarding Manaslu as the new Annapurna. This circuit takes anywhere from 11 to 18 days to complete, starting out of Soti Khola or Kathmandu.

Manaslu is a culturally rich trekking experience, taking hikers through Tibetan regions of Nepal that remain untouched by the outside world. While remote, the Manaslu Circuit doesn’t require camping - there are teahouses en route. The maximum elevation of the Manaslu Circuit is 5160 meters on Larkya La Pass.

6 Langtang Valley Trek

The Langtang Valley Trek is another beautiful route out of Kathmandu with one of the shortest durations in the region. The hike can be completed in 8 to 11 days while still offering diverse scenery including forests, glaciers, and icy peaks. It’s a moderately challenging route that affords trekkers the comfort of sleeping in teahouses.

The maximum elevation most hikers reach on the Langtang Valley Trek is 4773 meters at Kyanjin Ri.

5 Poonhill Trek

Travelers who want to experience the Annapurna region of Nepal on a less intense scale can consider the Poonhill Trek to Ghorepani. This journey takes anywhere from 4 to 12 days and is an easier hike than many of the other famous treks in the area, listed only as Grade 2.

The maximum elevation on the Poonhill Trek is 3210 meters and teahouse accommodation is readily available along the route.

4 Upper Dolpo Trek

The Upper Dolpo Trek is for the serious hiker with previous trekking experience and a significant amount of time to dedicate to this adventure. The Dolpo region is one of the most remote in Nepal and was closed to trekkers until 1989. Trekkers typically take domestic flights to Juphal to begin the strenuous journey.

There are no teahouses along this route, so travelers should be prepared to camp for the duration of the trek. The maximum altitude reached on the Upper Dolpo Trek is 5490 meters. The entire journey takes approximately 23 days to complete.

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3 Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is another remote area trek that takes approximately 21 days to complete. Most trekkers begin this route out of Beni, which can be reached by driving 2-3 hours from Pokhara.

The highest elevation on the Dhaulagiri Circuit is 5115 meters. Trekkers on this route walk the Trans Himalayan Salt Trading Route and pass through the world’s deepest gorge.

2 Makalu Base Camp Trek

The Makalu Base Camp Trek is one of the most beautiful and remote adventures in Nepal. Mount Makalu is the fifth-tallest mountain in the world, standing at ​​8463 meters. The trek to its Base Camp offers epic views of Mount Everest in the distance and the chance to spot a Red Panda in the wilderness.

The remote route also allows trekkers to interact with the Rai people of Nepal and the Sherpa people, once at higher elevations, providing a culturally enriching travel experience. The Makalu Base Camp Trek takes approximately 22 days to complete and sees trekkers reach an elevation of around 5000 meters at the Base Camp of Mount Makalu.

1 Upper Mustang Trek

This unique trekking experience is a chance for travelers to explore the Mustang region of northern Nepal. Once an exceptionally remote area, there are now some teahouses and guest lodging available along the route, which takes approximately 14 to 18 days to complete.

Hikers can visit the capital of the region, Lo Manthang, and experience authentic Tibetan culture on this journey. The highest point on the trek is at Chogo La, where hikers reach an elevation of 4280 meters.