• Last Updated on Apr 16, 2024

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Base Camps are your homes away from your home during a mountain expedition. Base Camp or foothill of a mountain is the starting point of your expedition. Nepal being the guardian of the Himalaya has some of world’s most beautiful and highest mountains including Mount Everest. The journey to these mystic and charming base camps around the Himalaya of Nepal is definitely a lifetime experience. The enchantment of trekking around the Himalaya is in reaching the base camps of these wonderful mountains. Trekkers around the world put the journey to these amazing base camps on top of their BUCKET LIST. Every year, trekkers and climbers pursue their journey either to the base camp or the summit of these mountains in Nepal. It is believed that the early expeditions around 1950s to Everest, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and other 8000m mountains led the path in opening of these incredible trekking routes that we have now. Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, Dhaulagiri, Kanchenjunga or Makalu Base Camps are some of the best trekking routes in the Himalaya of Nepal. These classic trekking trails with such majestic settings of nature and culture is one of its kind and Nepal offers a choice among the best.

Base camp trekking has always been very fascinating. Reaching to the foothills of the mountain that you adore and having a close up view of the mountain is definitely an extraordinary experience. Having world’s highest peaks, it is obvious that Nepal has some of the most beautiful base camp trekking routes in the world. Be it a short and new base camp trek like Mardi Himal Base Camp or the globally renowned Everest Base Camp or an isolated and challenging journey like the rugged Kanchenjunga or Dhaulagiri Base Camp or the mighty Annapurna Base Camp, we assure that you will acknowledge an adventurous experience of lifetime in the Himalayan vistas of Nepal. It is for sure a remarkable and life changing experience to pass over the trail through snow capped mountains all the way to the base camps of these enormous mountains. Along the route, you will experience the local people and their warm hospitality, culture and tradition, the landscapes and terrains, and the unforgettable experience of being lost into the Himalaya of Nepal. We have put down a list in no particular order as all of these treks are just amazing. It is just the matter of what you are looking, your interests and planning before embarking on any of these remarkable journeys in the Himalaya of Nepal.


1. Everest Base Camp Trekking

Without any doubt, Everest Base Camp is a must visit destination for every travel enthusiast around the world. Following the footsteps of legendary mountaineers to the foothills of Mount Everest is definitely a lifetime experience in the Himalaya of Nepal. Monasteries, chortens, mani walls, fluttering prayer flags and beautiful Sherpa settlements along the Everest Base Camp route sums up to a divine background that draws attention of many to the Himalayan land of Nepal. Another major highlight is the hike and view point of Kala Patthar (5545m) from where one can witness the astonishing view of Everest and other Himalayan giants. Besides the magnificent views of Everest and other mountain giants like Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, as well as the cascading Khumbu Glacier can be observed from Kala Patthar.


2. Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

Following Everest Base Camp, trek to Annapurna Base Camp is a delighting combination of excellent hiking and splendid wilderness with scenery of sublime Annapurna Massifs. Also famously known as the Annapurna Sanctuary, Annapurna Base Camp Trekking was one of the first commercial trekking routes in the Himalaya of Nepal and it’s been inviting trekkers from all over the world for decades now. This amazing trek takes you into the Annapurna region and you will eye witness the ambiguous Annapurna Himalaya while hiking all the way from lower Himalayan foothills to the high Himalayan sanctuary in the base camp. We assure you that you will for sure appreciate the absolute experience of trekking to the astonishing Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal. The loop through Ghorepani PoonHill is another major highlight of the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking.


3. Mardi Himal Base Camp Trekking 

Mardi Himal Base Camp Trekking is one of the shortest and recently opened base camp trekking routes in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Despite being a comparatively new trekking trail, Mardi Himal is already gaining a lot of good reputation among travelers around the globe. Mardi Himal Trekking takes you up to the elevation of 4,500 meters within a short period of time. Neighboring the well – known Annapurna Base Camp Trekking route, Mardi Himal Trekking is a hidden gem from where one can witness the spellbinding views of the Annapurna mountain range, including a close-up view of the emblematic Mount Machhapuchhre (Fishtail). This short and beautiful trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp is a perfect mix of natural grace, Himalayan wonders and a serene hiking experience in Annapurna region of Nepal.


4. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking is best suited for those trekkers who pick distant and far – flung barren trails to the commercialized teahouse or lodge treks. Kanchenjunga Trekking is the old school or traditional style trekking experience into the eastern Himalaya of Nepal. Mount Kanchenjunga (8586m) is the Nepal’s second highest mountain and worlds’ third highest mountain nestling on the eastern border of Nepal. Trek to the remote Kanchenjunga Base Camp (North and South) rewards you with a great opportunity to experience diversified culture, people, flora and fauna in an isolated region, witness dazzling mountain backdrop and interact with the local people and their lifestyle to experience real rural Nepal. This trek appeals to those travelers who wishes to enjoy the outdoors in relative solitude. It is an exciting trek with a wide range of climate, vegetation, landscape, terrain, culture and the beautiful Himalayan vistas.


5. Makalu Base Camp Trekking

Trek to the pristine Makalu Base Camp can be considered as a trekking bliss for those looking for peaceful escape in the Himalaya of Nepal. Makalu Base Camp Trekking is the ultimate adventure into the remote Makalu Barun National Park. The stunning mountain views, less trodden trails and ample wilderness is waiting to be explored by the enthusiast trekkers prepared to do this trip without the comforts of the traditional teahouse trekking in Nepal. Apart from that, Makalu Base Camp Trekking rewards us with an exceptional opportunity to explore the high altitude terrains, snow capped landscapes, flora and fauna, and ethnic Himalayan lifestyle, culture and traditions. In the lower elevation, you’ll witness some of the most colorful rhododendron forests. Makalu Base Camp Trekking is considered as one of the tougher treks in the Himalaya of Nepal as the trek begins at an altitude of just 400m and reaches up to 5500m in only ten days; however, this is what accounts for the great diversity of vegetation, landscapes, culture and scenery that makes this trek beyond exceptional.


6. Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trekking 

Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trekking is a challenging trekking experience encircling the alluring Mount Dhaulagiri 8167m; the 7th highest mountain in the world and crossing two high passes which are above 5,000m i.e. French Col 5360m and the Dhampus or Thapa pass 5250m. Trek to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp is claimed as one of the adventurous and tranquil base camp treks in the Himalaya of Nepal. It is for sure a strenuous but equally rewarding trekking around the Annapurna region combining the beauty of the terrain, landscapes, local cultures, the world’s deepest gorge and traditional lifestyles of Nepali ethnic people such as Gurung, Thakali and Magars. The trek stands out as one of the most remote, charming and thrilling hiking experience in the Annapurna Himalaya of Nepal.


7. Ama Dablam Base Camp Trekking 

Ama Dablam Base Camp is probably one of the most stunning and perfectly positioned base camps in the world. Mount Ama Dablam itself is an art of nature and hiking to the base camp of Mount Ama Dablam is definitely the trip we suggest. Ama Dablam is a dominating and gorgeous mountain that you will eye witness during most of your Everest Region treks in the Khumbu valley. More than half way of this trek, you will follow through the classic Everest Base Camp Trekking route. After Pangboche village we follow the rugged trail to Ama Dablam Base Camp. This amazing trek takes you to the foothills of charming Mount Ama Dablam that stands at an elevation of 6812 meters above the sea level. Trek to the spectacular Ama Dablam Base Camp is one of the most captivating hiking and trekking experience in Khumbu Himalaya of Nepal. The option of adding Everest Base Camp in your Ama Dablam Base Camp itinerary makes for a classic two base camp treks in Everest region.


8. Manaslu Base Camp Trekking

Manaslu Region is turning out to be one of the best Tea House or Lodge trekking routes in the Himalaya of Nepal. Manaslu Base Camp Trekking is remote, beautiful, challenging, culturally and naturally stunning, hiking and trekking experience in Nepal. The restricted region is an outstanding mix of culture, nature and adventure. Larke La Pass 5213m being the highest point of your Manaslu Base Camp Trekking. There are several side trekking trails that you can add to your existing Manaslu Base Camp Trekking itinerary. This exciting trekking leads you into a hidden valley of unsurpassed natural beauty and rich cultural heritages. This trek is the ultimate trekking adventure in the Himalaya of Nepal. Previously the whole trek used to be a fully organized camping trek until last decade when tea house or lodge facilities started in the entire region making it easier for the trekkers to do this beautiful trek in Nepal.

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