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Nepal's Best Hikes for Thrill-Seekers

If you’re looking for a thrill-seeking adventure, hiking through some of the world’s most adventurous trails is a great place to start. Nepal is full of amazing hiking spots for seasoned experts.

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01 Mount Everest

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So, let’s just say this hike is definitely not for the novice. You need to be an experienced climber and be in peak physical condition to withstand this treacherous trek. The total journey should take about 12 days. At over 29,000 feet, Mount Everest is one hiking journey you’ll never forget.

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02 Annapurna Climb

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The Annapurna Mountain is 26,000 feet high—making it only a smidge closer to land than the infamous Everest Mountain. This journey is ideal for experts and is quite a challenge. You’ll experience loads of different temperatures—some of which can be extreme depending on the time of day. However, some areas of the mountain are equipped with stairs, which can make the trek a heck of a lot easier. It’s still a good idea to train before, so you’re up for the challenge.

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03 Poonhill Trek

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For a fantastic view of the Himalayas, a 4-to-7-day trek up this mountain is highly recommended. It’s a shorter, less aggressive journey that even beginners can enjoy. There are villages rich in local culture along the mountain to make the journey even more rewarding. A view of the sunrise from this mountain top is unlike anything else you’ll ever see.

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04 Manaslu Trek

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This used to be one of the most beautiful spots simply because it was a quiet spot. However, the word is out that this is one unbelievable trip. Despite the hordes of tourists, this is still a worthy hike for anyone visiting Nepal. With beautiful, scenic views, a journey up any of the peaks is sure to impress you. Though only open to the public since the 1990s, we classify this hiking spot as difficult and is ideal for those with adequate experience only. Everyone must be part of a group of at least two, and a Nepali guide is necessary for each team.

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05 Gokyo Lakes Hike

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Get in touch with nature in this more remote spot. Located just west of the Everest Base Camp, this serene spot sees much fewer tourists. The five Emerald Lakes surrounding the mountain peak make for a scene you won’t soon forget. A calmer, more peaceful hike, this trip can take 10 to 12 days to complete. Plus, you can enjoy the beauty of the nearby Gokyo village, which is definitely worth a few days of your time.

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06 Upper Mustang Trek

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The last bastion of the Tibetan culture, the scenic views of this camping area are incomparable. You’ll get a look back in time at history so rich in culture, you’ve only read about it in books. Enjoy the glorious views and picturesque landscapes reminiscent of Tibet. Though hikers should be ready for sudden and strong winds, the climate at this traditional camping ground is rather calm.

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07 Three Passes Trek

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If you can conquer Everest, consider the Three Passes Trek, which takes you up to three passes over 16,000 feet high—including Everest Base Camp. You’ll see even more majestic views of the Himalayas from these spots throughout your 18-day adventure. Though this teahouse journey is challenging, it’s a truly incredible experience you won’t soon forget. The views, the surroundings, and the peaceful nature of the Himalayas make this one of the best adventures.

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08 Langtang Trek

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Located a seven-hour drive from Kathmandu, this region is quite an experience. There have been few travelers since the earthquake of 2015, but hikers are slowly making their way back to the mountain.  Make your way to a Buddhist monastery and visit local villages for a cultural trip. From the scenic views to the local touch, this sojourn is worthwhile for any adventure-loving traveler.

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09 Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

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There’s nothing simple about this trip, but it is a thrill for an experienced hiker. This grueling hike is worth the effort when you rise to the top—through snow and sleet—to discover the most majestic views you’ve ever seen before. See some of the world’s highest mountains et eye level with a journey through this challenging yet rewarding circuit.

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10 Nar Phu Valley Trek

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This unique trail is new and only recently opened to tourists. Its located right between the better-known Annapurna and Manaslu regions. Here you’ll get a glimpse of the real raw Himalayan landscape and a deep dive into cultural history through Buddhist temples.

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