Trekking in the Nepalese Himalaya is to discover a spiritual world of glittering mountain peaks, holy sites, soul-stirring views and special experiences.
Explore has been organising treks in Nepal for over 30 years and has a long-established network of local partners throughout the country. All of our trekking staff, from tour leaders to guides, porters and cooks, are Nepali, so they know the area extremely well. With trekking grades from Moderate to Challenging and varying lengths of stay, our walking holidays in the Annapurna region are trips to treasure.
There is an exciting expedition to the vast natural amphitheatre of the Annapurna Sanctuary (trip code AS), or a longer trek of the classic Annapurna Circuit (AN). There’s also a panoramic trail through the Annapurna foothills (RT), spotting wildlife en route. You can trek through rhododendron forests, mountain foothills and across barren, rocky landscapes and snow-covered passes, walking among traditional villages and beautifully terraced fields. Throughout your trip you’ll stay in homely accommodation such as teahouses (mountain lodges) and live within the famously friendly mountain communities.
For a challenge, discover what it’s like to pass under the great bulk of the ‘fishtail’ mountain, Machhapuchhre (machha means ‘fish' and puchhre, 'tail'), one of Nepal's holy mountains, where you’ll spend two nights at Annapurna Base Camp. You can also take the challenging ascent of the Thorong La Pass (5416m), to be rewarded with dramatic views across the Himalaya and northwards into Tibet.
After a trek, take time to explore the lakeside town of Pokhara; relax on the banks of Lake Phewa or visit the nearby Tibetan village and Buddhist Monastery. Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, is also well worth exploring for its temples, stupas, bazaars and winding streets. Despite the ongoing reconstruction due to 2015’s devastating earthquake, there is still plenty to see and tourists are warmly welcomed.
For more culture and wildlife, as well as mountain scenery, experience the Annapurna Panorama (RT) trip and spot a wide variety of animal species, including searching for the rare one-horned rhino on a jeep safari through Chitwan National Park. You can also visit the home of the Gurkha soldiers and climb up to the Palace Fort. Don’t leave it too long before you experience all the wonders of Nepal for yourself – take a look at our trips and discover the heights.