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Less crowded treks in Nepal

Nepal is a very famous destination for adventure lovers those who would like to touch the Himalayas by foot. The trekking trails of Nepal gives to the adventure lovers an experience of remote life of Nepal as well as their culture and life style. Among those trekking trails some are crowded and some of them are  less crowded trek in Nepal.

All the trekking trails of Nepal offers an unbelievable scenery every moment, trekkers can explore the hospitality of Sheprpa and Gurung communities. Stunning Himalayan views, crystal clear lakes, water falls and crossing white water rivers as well as farmland are its specialty of Trekking in Nepal.

Nepal has many explored and un explored trekking trails, some of them are very busy during the trekking season of Nepal and some of them are less crowded even in peak season because of the remote area and need special kinds of trekking permit to trek those trekking route. These less crowded and remote area trekking trails are much more enjoyable and exciting trek routes of Nepal trekking.


Here we are talking about less crowed treks in Nepal.

Kanchenjunga trekking:

Kanchenjunga trekking is one of the less crowded trekking trail of Nepal. Mt. Kanchenjunga lies near to the border with Sikkim (India) which is eastern side of Nepal, Mt Kanchenjunga is the 3rd highest mountain which is 8586 meters high. Special restricted permit is needed to trek on this trail. Minimum size of the trekkers is two to trek Kanchenjunga trekking and must hire a local guide / porter for this trek.


Kanchenjunga trek Normally start from Taplejung, the best way to be in Taplejung is flying to Bhadrapur or Biratnagar  ( less than one hours flight ) and take a road transport to Taplejung which can takes more or less 10 hours.


Kanchenjunga trekking is a remarkable journey into the Himalayas on Nepal where The peaks are noticeable in the distance for days, floating like ships on a distant sea. Trekking trails does not get any better than Kanchenjunga trekking trail for the adventure lovers.


Trekkers can choose from the Kanchenjunga south trek, the Kanchenjunga north trek, the Kanchenjunga circuit trek visits both the north and south base camps or also  can customize itinerary. Fields and forests of pink barked rhododendrons as well as Meet local Tibetan refugees welcoming you with hospitality and smiling looks as you walk through undulated farmland.

There are no crowds and you will meet few other trekkers during the Kanchenjunga trekking. Trekkers should be physically fit to trek for minimum 6 hours a day.


During the Kanchenjunga trekking we do not need all camping arrangement nowadays, basic tea houses are available as well as food.


End of February to middle of May and middle of September to middle of December is the best season for do the Kanchenjunga trekking.


Makalu Base camp trekking:


Makalu base camp trekking takes you to its Base Camp (5250 m), which is inside the  Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Area. We do not need special permit to trek this trails but need to issue a conservation area fee.


Makalu Base Camp trekking is a perfect trek for nature lovers those who would like  to experience a diversity of landscapes and cultures as well as rare views of the world’s tallest Himalayan peaks  including the Mt. Everest.


Mt. Makalu (8463 m) is the fifth highest peak in the world. The Makalu Base camp trekking is a true adventure trekking with gorgeous scenery as well as  beautiful that will never get tiredness. Makalu Base camp trekking starts from Tumlingtar after flying more or less one hour flight from Kathmandu.  The trails follows up the Aurn River valley to the place  Sedua and Num, then crossing Shipton La Pass (4210 m) into the upper Barun river valley for  close looks at Makalu and Chamlang Himal.


Makalu Base camp trekking is of the most remote and unfrequented areas of Nepal Himalaya.  Which a less crowded trails and less visited trekking trails of Nepal, Offering rural cultures , exciting terraced farmland , rhododendron forests, rare wildlife with  several 8000 meter plus peaks.


The highlights of Makalu base camp trekking are Seeing Everest from a unique angle, Kangchenjunga Pass from green terraced farmland to glaciers and waterfalls, the rural life of Nepal’s distinct Rai and Sherpa culture, wildlife in Nepal, including the Red Pandas.

Best time to do Makalu base camp trek is end of February to middle of May and middle of September to middle of December.

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Rolwaling trekking:


Rolwalling trekking is one of the less visited trekking trail of Nepal. Rolwaling trekking offers exceptional view of Himalayas, gorgeous and rarely frequented valley below a sequence of some 50 peaks over 6000m. It is capped by the double peaks of Gaurishankar (7,145m/23,475ft) on the border and the peaks of Melungtse one (7181m) and Two (7023m) in Tibet.

Rolwaling trek covers several small villages, The villege  Beding is fed by the Rolwaling River and its frequent offshoots. In 2010 this area was declared a conservation area, Named Gaurishankar Conservation Area.


Between comprehensive edges and river crossings to link picturesque Chhetri, Sherpa and Tamang villages. There are many suspension bridges across imposing valleys that shorten the climbs. Rolwaling trekking trail pass through colorful rhododendron, oak and pine forests spread with terraced fields around the villages.) Magnificent views of Gaurishankar and its settlement peaks can view from the top of the Daldung La (3900m).

Outside Na, the last kharka (summer cropping village) is the superb Tsho Rolpa, an ice lake detained behind its fatal rubble. Melting waters could cause the rubble to spurt: causing mess downstream.


The highest point on the trek is the Teshi Lapche La (5755m) pass on the slopes of Patchermo peak which is  one of the  highest trekking passes and rises in a glaciated wilderness set amongst snowy peaks including Tengi Ragi Tau (6943m), Bisphero Go Shar (6729m) and Dragkar (6793m).

The descent to the campsite is steep and some 300m below the pass.  it descends easily into the Solu Khumbu to join the ancient caravan route from Tibet that leads to the flats via Namche Bazaar. Trekkers aslo continue their treks for doing Everest base camp trek from Namche or back to Lukla for fly back to Kathmandu.


Upper Dolpa trekking.

Upper Dolpo Trekking is one of the remote trekking route of Nepal as well as less croded trek of Nepal , due to its distance and permit this trek route is bit expensive compare to other trekking trails, the trekking route of Upper Dolpo is a remote and pristine area which is near by the Tibetan border of Nepal.


The Trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj about 45 minutes and next morning flight ends at Jhupal,


Nepal’s first English subtitle movie and Oscar nominated Caravan ( Himalaya)  was also shot in this beautiful land of Dolpo region. Upper Dolpo is a region of mystic beauty and its remoteness complements to the sense of journey among its visitors. Upper Dolpo is one of the restricted  trekking regions of Nepal. It’s required special trekking permit and need to be two person minimum in group size. The Area of the park spreads 3,500 square kilometer of Land and The customs and traditions are bit similar  to Tibet.


Dolpo is the most beautiful and lowest develop district of Nepal. Travelers are seldomly visited this area because of high passes trails as well as costly due to its permit and flight . The trail for upper Dolpo passes through beautiful valleys, enormous mountains and greenery forest of pines, Rhododendrons, Oaks etc. The main focuses of Upper Dolpo trek is anancients, spectacular landscapes, hypnotic Shey Phoksundo lake, remote villages of Ringmo and the centuries old monasteries.


Centuries old Buddhist monasteries Shey Gompa, wildlife, pristine lake, rising peaks and peoples lifestyle of least develop region are also another attraction of the trek. Camping arrangements is requiring for this trek.


Best time to do this trek is March to May and August to November.


What is the attraction of Upper Dolpo trek?

  • Superb view of Kanjirowa Himal, crystal Mountain and many more.
  • Adventure camping trek.
  • Visit ancient monasteries of Dolpo district.
  • Explore remote areas of western region.
  • Observe Unique Tibetan Buddhist culture
  • Discover the wild west of Nepal Himalaya.
  • Explore mesmerizing Phoksundo Lake (Deepest lake of Nepal).


Dhaulagiri trekking:


Dhaulagari Trekking is also one of the less crowed treks of Nepal as well as it is one of the most challenges treks of Nepal.

If you are looking for the  real adventure, the Dhaulagari trek is a best option for experienced trekkers. From farming villages in the Himalayan slopes to high alpine meadows, unoccupied valleys and close-up views of several peaks over 8,000 meters, The Dhaulagiri trek is spectacular and thrilling at every stage.


Dhaulagiri Trekking is trekking into the wild nature which is one of the amazing trek, but it is also  difficult for the trekking adventure because of its high passes through snow kept peak.


Driving  more or less three hours from Pokhara the Dhaulagiri  begins,  The first few days following few days to the Myagdi river at the begening , Chhonbardan Glacier the landscape changes from inclined farmland to infertile,


After a rest day at Dhaulagiri Base Camp, trek up the side of the glacier, over the French Pass (5,360m) and into the Hidden Valley.  Continue on over the Dhampus Pass, and down to Jomsom, the gateway to Mustang. The ancestry to Jomsom is very steep will be descending over 2000 meters in two days.

Dhaulagiri trek is memorable adventure treks that takes you into the heart of some the highest mountains in the world. Spending several days and nights  above 5,000 meters, two 5000 meter with high passes  it is one of the most stimulating treks in Nepal.

Must of the trails covers snow and glacier as it crosses French Col. (5,240m) and Dhampus pass (5,155m). A huge edge with a continues to Marpha and by passing the best panorama view of Annapurna. This mountain range is 14 peaks rising over 7000m in height, including Mount Dhauligiri, the sixth highest mountain in the world, at 8167m. The unbelievable views of Ice Falls and Glaciers make this trip worthy enough for those who have only fantasized of such an adventure. Experienced trekkers with basic mountaineering skills will enjoy the Dhaulagiri trek.


Spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) trekking seasons is the best time to do this trek.


Manaslu trekking:


Let’s talk about Manaslu trek either it is less crowded trekking routes or it is similar crowed as Annapurna and Everest. Since few years Manaslu trekking route is getting more and more popular, we can count few reason easily here.


  1. As Annapurna circuit trek is getting shorter every year due to road construction, trekkers are looking for an option of Annapurna Circuit which was world most popular circuit trek of Himalaya.


  1. The highest point of Manaslu trekking ‘Larkya La Pass’ 5213 M. which is extensively supposed to be one of the most dramatic pass crossing the Nepal  Himalayas.


3. Less crowed circuit trekking trail compare to Annapurna circuit.


  1. Manaslu Circuit trekking trail has many other trekking trail option like Nar-Phu and Tshum Valley trekking.


  1. Wilderness of undiscovered typical trekking with outstanding Mountain View from Lho to Bhimthang village where trekkers touch like an additional paradise of heaven


  1. No camping arrangement is requiring nowadays since basic teahouses and lodges were built and foods are available during the trek.


Manaslu trekking still needs a special trekking permit to trek this route and need to be two in group size to trek. Trekkers need to join the reliable government authorized trekking company and need to hire a local staff for Manaslu trekking. In earlier days we can drive until Arughat but the rough road has been built till Soti khola, so local transport will be available to Soti khola from Arughat Bazar.

At the end we still can say that Manaslu trekking is less crowed compare to Everest trekking trails and Annapurna trekking trails.


Mardi Himal trek:

Mardi Himal trek was open on 2012. Which is located just east of the Annapurna Base Camp trek. Mardi Himal trek is an hidden gem yet. Mardi Himal Base Camp exceptionally located at the base of Mardi Himal and the Annapurna region´s most iconic mount Machapuchhre ( Fish tail”)


Through enchanted rhododendron forests until we trek up hill  of the forest at an elevation around 3,300 meter. The scenery vicissitudes quite brusquely into a rocky high mountain landscape, with amazing views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.

From High Camp  you can climb up to Mardi Himal Base Camp in about 3-4 hours, which offers remarkable close up views of the entire Annapurna Ranges. There are basic guesthouses are available during this Mardi Himal trekking trail.


This short trek is becoming popular day by day because of its stunning mountain scenery, Starting this trek from Nepal’s one of the beautiful city Pokhara. The itinerary can be customizable on demanding this route is one of the best option to trek closer to Nepal Himalayan base camp.


Mid Sept-October – November is Autumn Season and March – May is the second best season of year to do the Mardi Himal trekking.


Useful links:

Guide to Mardi Himal Trekking


Nepalese Himalayas offers a number of spectacular trekking routes.

The best trek for one can depend on trekkers choice of difficulty, number of days, their budget and trekking style, etc. Busy but beautiful and popular trekking trails are Everest base camp trek, Annapurna base camp trek, Annapurna Circuit trek, Everest base camp Gokyo cho-la pass trek, Langtang valley trek. Ghorepani trek poon hill trek.

There are more less crowded but short trekking trails in Nepal such as Kathmandu valley trekking, Panchace trek, Sickless trek.

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