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Treks at a glance

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This list omits treks that require agency or extensive porter support. Note that the length in days quoted here does not include transport to and from the trailhead.

Trek Days Best Months Elevation (m) Difficulty Comments
Jomosom/Kali Gandaki 5–7 Oct–April 1100–3800 Easy to moderate Spectacular, varied but commercial and somewhat undermined by the new road.
Helambu 3–8 Oct–April 800–3600 Moderate Easy access, uncrowded, varied; only modest views.
Poon Hill 4–6 Oct–April 1100–3200 Moderate Easy access, excellent views; very commercial.
Macchapuchhare 5–7 Oct–April 1100–3700 Moderate Easy access; a little-trekked route through fields and forest.
Siklis 4–7 Oct–April 1100–2200 Moderate Easy access; uncrowded village trek.
Rara 6–8 Oct–Nov, April–June 2400–3500 Moderate Fly in; must be prepared to camp; pristine lake and forest.
Langtang 7–12 Oct–May 1700–3750 Moderate Beautiful alpine valley close to Kathmandu.
Annapurna Sanctuary 8–12 Oct–Dec, Feb–April 1100–4130 Moderate to strenuous Spectacular scenery, easy access; acclimatization necessary.
Annapurna Circuit 12–21 Oct–Nov, March–April 450–5380 Strenuous Incredible diversity and scenery; high pass requires care and acclimatization; jeep descent from Muktinath makes “half-circuit” possible.
Everest (Lukla fly-in) 14–18 Oct–Nov, March–May 2800–5550 Strenuous Superb scenery; flights can be a problem; acclimatization necessary.
Manaslu Circuit 13–20 Oct–Nov, March–May 550–5100 Strenuous Spectacular, remote and still little-trekked due to its high pass, though it’s becoming an increasingly popular alternative to the Annapurna Circuit.
Gosainkund 4–7 Oct–Dec, Feb–May 1950–4380 Strenuous Sacred lakes; usually combined with Langtang or Helambu.
Everest (Shivalaya walk-in) 21–28 Oct–Nov, March–April 1500–5550 Very strenuous Wonderful mix of hill and high-elevation walking, but with a lot of up-and-down; can save time by flying one way.
Everest (Eastern route) 28+ Nov, March 300–5550 Very strenuous Similar to above, but with an even greater net vertical gain.
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