5 Best Off-the-Beaten Trekking Destinations in Nepal
If you want an authentic Himalayan experience in Nepal, but want to avoid the “butt-brushing” factor in the peak seasons, or simply want to experience the quietude and tranquility of the Himalayas all by yourself; we have some places for you to consider for your next visit to Nepal!
1. Rara Lake Trekking
This trekking takes you to Rara Lake (3000m), the biggest lake of Nepal. Rara Lake, which is situated in the far-western Nepal, is often described as “a piece of heaven on Earth” by the travelers who have been lucky enough to reach there. The serene lake, encircled by pine and juniper forests and further guarded by the pearly range of Himalayas, is sure to make any one speechless with its incredible beauty. Apart from the astounding beauty of the lake, rich biodiversity of Rara National Park and unique culture of different ethnicities inhabiting the region are the other highlights of the region. As, the lake lies in one of the remotest regions of Nepal and less frequented by the travelers, you will get to experience some unseen and rare natural and cultural spectacles of Nepal. If you want to experience Nepal differently, Rara trek is a right choice for you.
2. Arun Valley and Solu Valley Trek
This trekking combines the natural and cultural wonders of Arun and Solu Valleys. Besides the impressive landscape and mesmerizing views of Himalayan giants including Everest, Kanchenjungha and Makalu, you will encounter several Rai and Sherpa villages, monasteries and monks where you can experience authentic highland life and culture. The trek starts from Tumlingtar and continues through Kattike Ghat, Phedi, Salpa Pass (3000m), Silingcho Lake (3400m) and Silingcho peak (4100m) from where you can enjoy both the spectacular views of the Himalayan range in the north and the breathtaking views of Arun valley all the way down to Terai in south east at the same time. The trek continues to Sanam, Bung, Kheraunly, Pang Gomp and joins the classic trail to Everest Base Camp from Lukla.
3. Kanchenjunga Trekking
Popularly known as one of the best walks in the world among the few lucky travelers, Kanchenjunga trekking is considered as a demanding trek because of the remoteness of the region. Kanchenjunga region lies in the eastern most part of Nepal bordering with Sikkim, India. The region is a home to the world’s third highest peak, Kanchenjunga (8586m). As the region is full of picturesque villages, monasteries, chhortens, mani walls, astounding natural beauty of Kanchenjunga massif and other neighboring mountains including distant Mt Everest and diverse biodiversity, trekking in this region is sure to leave you speechless throughout your trekking experience. The trek begins right after landing at Suketar airport in Taplejung and meanders through humble settlements, winding rivers and pristine forests, continuing towards the south face of Kanchenjunga. As the area is remote and has relatively lower trekker traffic, Kanchenjunga can give you an authentic taste of travelling in the undisturbed Himalayan wilderness. There are many trekking choices in Kanchenjunga. You can either visit the base camps or make a circuit.
4. Nar Phu Valley Trekking
Nar Phu Valley, is one of the least explored but equally alluring regions for trekking in Nepal. As it was opened for travelers only in 2003, the place has welcomed very few travelers. So anyone who wants to experience nature and old age culture at the same time can have the place in their bucket list. Situated in the restricted part of Annapurna region between Damodar Kunda and Annapurna Circuit part one, the region is culturally and historically Tibetan. The region is the land of snow-topped peaks, sparsely populated villages, high pasturelands and surreal landscapes offering one of the most awe-inspiring mystical experiences in the Himalayan region. Trekking in the region is all about trailing along the old trading and pilgrimage route through stone-walled villages, age-old monasteries, overhanging cliffs eroded by time, impressive gorges and passes including challenging Kangla pass (5200m) and Thorung La pass (5416 m). You can also meet the local yak herders and experience the typical lifestyle of people which gives the impression that time has stood still there!
5. Ganesh Himal Singla Pass Trekking
Ganesh Himal Singla Pass Trek (4200m) trails through the foothills of Ganesh Himal massif offering an extraordinary panorama of Ganesh Himal massif, Manaslu, Langtang, Lamjung Himal, Himalchuli, Shringi Himal etc. Beside the Himalayan vistas, you can also encounter diverse flora and fauna, magnificent villages and unique culture of Nepali mid-hills. One of the highlights of the trek is Singla Pass (4050m) from where you can witness the breathtaking view of Ganesh Himal in all its glory. The trek encompasses the north-central region of Nepal, mostly Gorkha district that stretches to Tibetan border in the north. Like elsewhere in Nepal, spring and autumn are the best seasons to trek in this region. However, as trekking in this region is done in relatively lower elevation, traveling in this region is possible throughout the year.