Top 5 Off The Beaten Path Treks In Nepal

Wanna get away from the day to day hustle and bustle? Well, here are the Top 5 Off the Beaten Path Treks In Nepal. Let’s just head to the places where you can truly find yourself and can get connected with nature.

The recommended Off The Beaten Path Treks will definitely take the nature enthusiast to the most remote and beautiful villages of Himalayas. And these are the most interesting line-up for every keen trekker out there!

A quiet place to explore.Big treks. Small footprint where the scenery’s every bit is as breathtaking. You are just a few miles away from all these dream trip destinations. So guys hurry up! Which one are you longing  to schedule first for the upcoming trip?

1. Tamang Heritage Trail

Max.altitude: (3,165m)
Duration: 11 Days
Best season: Jan-May & Sept-Dec
Ideal for: every active traveler 

A beautiful village captured during Tamang Heritage TrekA perfect place for Homestay

Where words fail pictures speak. Of the most phenomenal Top 5  Off The Beaten Path Treks In Nepal. The Tamang Heritage Trail will take you to the heart of pristine village lying between the two mighty peaks, Langtang (3,500 m) and Ganesh Himal (7,429 m). It is the most ideal trek for those who truly want to observe the isolated mountain villages of Nepal where people are surviving by growing their own food.

Though easy trek yet full of exotic experiences,  passing through the lush green valleys and hillsides close to the Langtang Valley. The entire journey is followed by the warm hospitality of the Tamang community and the trek especially grants you the taste of Homestay tour in Nepal. The Himalayan panoramas and village scenes are sensational.

Is Tamang Heritage Trail a Lonely Planet?

Being a newly discovered, the Tamang Heritage Trail received considerably fewer tourists. However, it turned out to be one of the perfect tours to experience the remote lifestyles and culture of the people from the Himalayas. These trails, however, will unlock a hidden treasure of rich wilderness and introduce us to primitive tribes chillingly isolated from the beach.

2. Upper Mustang Trek

Best Time: March to early November
Duration: 17 Days
Max.elevation: 3,820m(Lo Manthang)
Difficulty: Moderate

Upper Mustang top 5 off the beaten path treks

Enjoy the rare chance of trekking to the magical land beyond the Himalayas!

Wanna escape the everyday rush city life? In that case, The Upper Mustang Trek is also one of the best options for the top 5  Off  The Beaten Path Trek In Nepal without any hassle and exhilaration. So don’t miss the chance to witness the perfect blend of nature, landscape, rich cultural heritage, a great history, ancient Buddhist monastery, and Caves. The locality’s solitude from the outside world has granted to a highly preserved Tibetan culture and clean nature.

How Difficult is the Upper Mustang Trek?

People mostly seem to be quiet curious to know how challenging the Upper Mustang Trek is? What I personally feel is the trek is absolutely feasible if you are physically fit and enthusiastic about exploring the trans-Himalayan terrain. However, if we talk about how difficult the Upper Mustang Trek is then it is of moderate level. That is to say neither too difficult nor too easy.

Permits and Fees for Upper Mustang Trek

  • The Upper Mustang Restricted Area permit to all foreigners is the US $500 per person for the first 10 days and the US $50 per person per day after that.
  • Permit fee of ACAP entry:  (Approx. the US $30) 3,000 NPR
  • Permit fee ACAP entry  for SAARC nationals: 200 NPR

3.Gokyo Lakes & Renjo La

Duration: 17 days (13 days trekking)
Grading:  moderate to challenging 
Ideal for: active travelers who want to try a distinct trail to the popular Everest Base Camp trek
Best season: February to mid-May & End of September to December

Excellent view of 'Gokyo Lakes & Renjo La'Seducing glimpse of Gokyo Lake

The Gokyo Lake and Renjo La are precisely one of the most classic treks for those who want to escape the busier trails in the Everest region but still attain excellent views of Everest. Meanwhile, standing right next to the glaciers and pristine lake feels as if  Heaven is on earth. The trail is headed towards the heart of Khumbu valley through Namche Bazaar. The best thing about Gokyo Lake and Renjo La pass is it is a less crowded route as compared to the Everest Base Camp Trek.

Furthermore, the ultimate Trek to Gokyo lake crossing the Renjo La pass probably is the easiest of three passes of the Everest region. The fearless travel to Gokyo is truly going to be one of the best lifelong memory.

What Does the Gokyo Lake & Renjo La Pass Offer?

The trek offers countless magnificent views. It grants the moment to enjoy a peaceful and silent atmosphere. I am sure it must be on your bucket list to witness and enjoy all these beautiful moments. The truth is nature has so freaking much to offer. So what are you people waiting for? The time is all yours. And only hearing about the places won’t make any difference. You have to break your busy life schedule and take yourself out and make some pleasing moments. Make sure every second of your life counts.

Likewise, the perfectly matched with a spectacular view of the magnificent peaks Everest, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and Lhotse are magical indeed! Moreover, the seducing glimpses of the Gokyo lake; the highest freshwater lake, and Ngozumpa glacier are breathtaking.

4.Manaslu Circuit Trek(Best Hikes in September)

Duration: 18 days
Max.elevation: (5,160m)Larky La Pass
Trip difficulty: Strenuous
Best season:  Late September to Mid December and March to Mid MayManaslu Circuit Trek 'Impressive Mountain View'

A complete breathtaking scene

No doubt Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the most challenging and adventurous treks among the top 5 Off  The Beaten Path Treks in Nepal. The entire trek holds a unique natural and cultural heritage. It offers countless ultimate trekking routes like the Manaslu circuit, Nubri, and Tsum valley which is the hidden treasure of Manaslu. Moreover, you’ll also get the best mountain views of  Mt. Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Annapurna III, Mt. Machhapuchchhre,  Ganesh Himal, and Gangapurna.

Likewise, the trek to Manaslu Circuit can also be one of the best hikes in September.

Interesting Facts About Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Witness the lifestyle of local people untouched by modernization.
  • The word Manaslu refers to the ‘Mountains of Spirit’ that came from the Sanskrit word Manasa which means intellectual or soul.
  • Beautiful sunsets over Manaslu.
  • Continuing the Trek to Tsum Valley.
5.Rara Lake

Location: Mugu district
Max.altitude: 2,990 m (9,810 ft) above sea level
Best season: March-May and Sept- NovBoating in Rara Lake

Heaven on Earth

Compared to most of the places I have been to, the Rara Lake trek is my favorite. Arriving at Rara however isn’t easy, yet the struggle pays off once you are there. The Lake is entirely surrounded by beautiful clean water and is absolutely in a very quiet place. You won’t hear any noise apart from rustling waters, birds singing, and breeze.

What kind of trek preparations do I need for the Trek?

Well, you have to prepare yourself to a basic level of accommodation as the trek leads you to the remote area. Moreover, among the Top 5 ”Off The Beaten Path” Treks, it is unmissable heaven on earth.

Intriguing  features of Rara Lake

  • The water is crystal clear so the lake gives a mirror lake
  • The lake is unaffected and unaltered by human civilization.
  • Rara lake contains spiritual energy so the lake ultimately is perfect for meditation.
  • It is the biggest lake of Nepal surrounded by green hills.
  • The Rara lake exhibits three different colors in a day, therefore, the background of the lake keeps on changing.

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October 10, 2019

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