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5 Best Circuit Treks in Nepal


The classic Base Camp trek is always fun. But the new generation is always looking to explore unexplored. The circuit trek around the Himalayas gives them the best out of the beauty of the Himalayas. Besides the perfect Himalayan scene and diverse, the circuit trek also allows great interaction with the local culture. Annapurna Circuit trek and Manaslu Circuit trek are the most popular among them, but Nepal has much more to offer. Here, are such 5 best Circuit treks in Nepal.

Manaslu Circuit Trek

The circuit trek to Manaslu begins from Aarughat while entering the Manaslu conservation area. And during the end of the trek, you be in Dharapani, Annapurna conservation area. This is the most prodigious loop trek route to Himalaya of Nepal that offers the best view ranges in both the Manaslu and Annapurna range.

Further, it’s like trekking in two different world – Manaslu, a remote trek area and Annapurna, a well-established trekking route.

We need a special permit for trekking in Manaslu which is a restricted zone. Also, you need at least two trekkers to issue the permit and need to hire a guide or a porter to head for this loop trek.

This is 12 to 15 days trek that takes you to Larkya-la high pass, 5213 Meters. The total circuit is about a 200km loop.

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna circuit trek has been in highlight since late 1970, and now it’s the most visited trekking loop. Around a decade back, it was a 22 days trek which is now about 10 to 13 days trek.

The classic Annapurna Circuit trek proceeds in anticlockwise direction from Beshishar. The trekking time and distance depend on the route choice of trekkers. The throng-la which is 5416 meters is the most popular high passes along the route. The main villages during the treks are Beshisihar,  Chame, Manag, Pisang, Muktinath, Tato Pani and Ghorepani.

Poon Hill Trek

If you have limited time for the treks and still wish to enjoy the beauty of Himalayas, Poonhill is the best option. The highest point of the trek is Poon hill, 3210 meters where you can get the best view of the Annapurna Himalayan range.

You also get to cross the beautiful villages like Ghorepani, Tikhedubga and Tadapani – Ghandrung. Also, the tour begins at Pokhara which is a beautiful city. The trek normally moves clockwise from Nayapool to Tilkhedunga and then Ghorepnai – Tadapani and Ghandruk.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Dhaulagiri Circuit trek is a remote loop trekking route to explore wild, off beaten track areas of Nepal Himalaya. The trail begins from Beni and follows the Myagdi Khola River while passing through Gurung villages and terraced fields.

Walking up the Chonbarden valley towards the Dhaulagiri Base Camp then crossing French Pass into Hidden Valley is a lifetime memory. The seventh highest peak in the world Mt Dhaulagiri lies west of Pokhara ending at the eastern end.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

Kanchenjunga Circuit trek is another prodigious trek in the far eastern side of Nepal. As it is also a restricted region, solo hiking is not allowed – a local guide must be hired to find permits.

Kanchenjunga Circuit trek is a wild adventure into the heart of the Himalaya where the scale of mountain and valley is hard to comprehend. The huge north wall of Mt. Kanchenjunga gives an amazing view with a shelf of grass showing down the grade towards its base. This is Pangpema, one of Nepal’s most treasured sites.

Kanchenjunga Circuit trek is an adventurous walk around Mt. Kanchenjunga through both North and South Base Camp of the third-highest mountain in the world.

The trails of Circuit trek goes deep into Nepal’s border with Tibet (China ) and Sikkim (India).   

About Shobita Neupane

Shobita is a co-founder of Travel Diary Nepal. She is a passionate traveler and a content writer. Her favorite quote is Fly so high until your problem looks smaller and the dream seems closer.

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