5 Difficult Trekking Routes in Nepal
The difficult, challenging or strenuous, no matter how you name it, the trek is designed to quench the wanderlust of even the most intrepid adventurers who wish to see the real side of the wild Himalayas. The walk in these trekking trails is never rosy but what’s an adventure without any challenges.
Not everyone has the time or the energy to do a long trek in the Himalayas but those who do should allocate as long as 20-30 days for the trek plus some extra days for preparation. The walk here is always in remote areas or wilderness and sometimes, the passes become impassable when the level of snow rises with altitude often exceeding to 5,500m. The trails in altitudes may be ill-defined involving some steep ascents and descents, passing high passes and crossing glaciers but if you choose to go on any of these trails then you will be rewarded with experiences that last a lifetime.
On a trail, all you have to do is walk, and your entourage does the rest for you. So, if intricacy’s your thing try trekking in these routes:
Everest High Passes
The demanding three week long trek is extremely popular as it covers it all – from visiting the Everest base camp to the glacial lakes of Gokyo and to climbing Kala Patthar.
You cross a number of passes above 5000 meters, as you traverse across some of the high valleys of the Everest region, also known as the Khumbu region, and walk at dizzying height until you acclimatize to the altitude. But all your blood, sweat and tear is worthy to reach to the base of the world’s highest mountain!
In addition, if you want to complete the high-level circuit, combine your trek with Kongma La (5,535), Nangpala (5,806 m) and Renjo La (5,340m), one of the most exigent routes in the Everest region.
One of the longest and most picturesque treks in the Himalayas, Kanchenjunga trek, brings you to the base of Kanchanjunga-the third highest mountain on earth.
Less trodden by the tourists, the trail here ventures into the remote areas of Nepal and follows deeply into the isolated Himalayan ranges, providing you an opportunity to observe pristine beauty, mystery and charm.
The way back through the Mirgin La Pass (4500m) is a challenging traverse but an unsurpassed view of the Kangchenjunga massif, Makalu range and surrounding peaks pays it all.
Dhaulagiri route is one of Nepal’s least trekked and the most beautiful areas. It takes you through some of the most spectacular glacier fields and high mountain passes (French Pass at 5360m and the Thapa Pass at 5200m), elevated alpine pastures and serene uninhabited valleys.
Staring at the 8000 meter peak, right on the face, you traverse blue ice glaciers and camp in a high hidden valley at 5200 meters. Descend into the valley to the whitewashed village of Marpha and its apple orchards, at the end of the trek! At this point, you would have completed a fairly challenging trek, and it would not be entirely unfair if you felt superior to the rest of the travelers trekking on other routes!
This challenging trek on the off-the-beat trail circles Mt. Dhaulagiri and beats your imagination. But please note that it should only be attempted from late September to December or perhaps, May and early June when passes are not covered by snow.
Designed especially for real adventurers, this trek is a long, high altitude walk that goes through rugged Trans Himalayan areas and crosses three relatively high passes with the possibility of some rope climbing.
The deepest Himalayan Lakes with beautiful turquoise blue water and magnificent scenery of wild and pristine landscape fascinates the visitors. The trek allows you to experience the high altitude tundra and rocks, the microclimate of Dolpo and Phoksundo and the cold air of the glaciers of Kanjiroba.
The trek here can last anywhere between 19-21 days and takes you up close to the soaring cliffs of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Kanjiroba, revealing all the mystery and originality that has survived for centuries in the land beyond Himalayas.
The secluded solidarity, remoteness and the exceptional view of the mountains in every direction, Manaslu trek is for everyone who wants to get away from the crowded main trails and yet still stay in the central part of Nepal.
It does not come easy, as walking through the valley certainly has its ups and downs. The trail heads up to the valley of the Budhi Gandaki River, through wild and unexplored countryside. Furthermore, it circumvents Manaslu peak (8163m), the eight tallest mountain in the world, and crosses the most dramatic Larkya pass (5100 meter).
Finally, the trail emerges onto the Marshyangdi river valley along the main trail of Annapurna circuit, illuminating all the ‘best kept secrets’ of the Nepalese Himalaya.
Ready to Go
These remote and challenging treks demand a sturdy pair of lungs, fit legs, good amount of preparation and previous trekking experience. Hence, the trek is intended only for the lover of high altitudes and those willing to push themselves to the limit. The weather, as you walk further, could be bone chilling, but every day the heartwarming Sherpas will delight you with their attention to your comfort and safety. Above all, you will have the close up view of the world’s highest mountains and stay facilities in villages where ancient traditions and ways of life still prevail.
So, if you are well prepared to trek around the base of the majestic giants, October indeed is the best season for you to start.