best off the beaten path treks in nepal

5 Best Off The Beaten Path Treks in Nepal

Are you among the one who loves to travel to the unexplored hidden valley and want to experience the wilderness? If yes, then choosing off the beaten path treks routes in Nepal will definitely leave you a surprising memorable journey to the Himalayas in Nepal.

In this post, we will be describing the best off the beaten path treks in Nepal. Each path will be explained with a unique trek highlights, trek itinerary or route, best season and lastly listing out the trekking permits with the respective cost. Are you excited to know the list of best off the beaten path treks in Nepal?

Let’s buckle up and start the journey.

Best Off The Beaten Path Treks in Nepal

Upper Mustang Trek

The Cradle of Life (Upper Mustang) by Anton Jankovoy on
Chuksang (3050m)

Upper Mustang Trek Highlights 

  • Last forbidden kingdom (Lo-Manthang) because this region was not allowed to enter until 1990s and still considered as restricted regions
  • A unique landscape; commonly known as Trans-Himalaya; Treeless and barren landscape with a countryside similar to the Tibetan plateau
  • Tiji Festival
  • Chosar Cave and other 10,000 man-made caves
  • View of popular mountain ranges mainly Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and, Nilgiri

Upper Mustang Trek Itinerary

DaysDestinationAltitude (m)
1Drive to Pokhara820
2Fly to Jomsom. Trek to Kagbeni2800
3Trek to Chele3050
4Trek to Syangbochen3500
5Trek to Ghami3520
6Trek to Tsarang3600
7Trek to Lo Manthang3800
8Explore Around Lo Manthang3800
9Trek to Drakmar3800
10Trek to Ghiling3800
11Trek to Chukshang3000
12Trek to Jomsom2700
13Fly to Pokhara820
14Drive to Kathmandu1320

Upper Mustang Trek Best Season

  • Spring (March to May)
  • Monsoon (June to August)
  • Autumn (September to November)

Permit Cost For Upper Mustang Trek

  • Upper Mustang Permit Cost: USD 500 per person for the first 10 Days
  • After 10 Days: USD 50 each extra day
  • ACAP Permit: USD 23

Upper Dolpo Trek

Phoksundo lake in upper dolpo by Rainer Stautz on
Phoksundo Lake (3730m)

Highlights of Upper Dolpo Trek

  • Phoksundo Lake; an alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake in Nepal
  • Shey Phoksundo National Park (3555 square kilometers)
  • Shey Gompa and three High Passes; Numala, Bagala, and Kagmara
  • Dolpo area was the shooting location for the 1999 Oscar-nominated film Himalaya
  • Wonderful variety of flora and fauna: including Blue sheep, Mountain Goat, Jackal, Wolf, and the legendary Snow Leopard

Upper Dolpo Trek Itinerary

DaysDestinationAltitude (m)
1Fly to Nepalgunj150
2Fly to Jhuphal. Trek to Suli Ghat.2070
3Trek to Renje3010
4Trek to Ringmo Village3620
5Explore around Phoksundo Lake3610
6Trek to Phoksundo Khola3630
7Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjhyang4120
8Trek to Shey Gumpa via Kang La Pass5160
9Explore around Shey Gumpa4325
10Trek to Nam Gung via Sal Dang La5010
11Trek to Sal Dang3620
12Trek to Yangze Gumpa 4960
13Trek to Sibu4560
14Trek to Jeng La Phedi4900
15Trek to Dho Tarap via Jeng La Pass5090
16Explore around Dho Tarap4200
17Trek to Dho Tarap Khola3800
18Trek to Khani Gaun3150
19Trek to Dunai via Tarakot2535
20Trek to Juphal2320
21Fly to Nepalgunj150
22Fly to Kathmandu 1320

Upper Dolpo Trek Best Season 

  • Spring (March to May)
  • Monsoon (June to August)
  • Autumn (September to November)

Upper Dolpo Trekking Permit Cost

  • Upper Dolpo Permit Cost: USD 500 per person for the first 10 Days
  • After 10 Days: USD 50 each extra day
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Makalu Base Camp Trek

Barun Makalu NP by Jan Hájek on

Makalu Base Camp Trek Highlights

  • One of the “eight-thousanders,” peaks over 8,000km
  • View of Mt. Makalu (8481m), is the fifth highest mountain in the world
  • Makalu Barun National Park (1500 square kilometers)
  • 315 species of butterflies, 43 species of reptile and 16 species of amphibians, 78 species of fish inhabit the many ponds, lakes, and rivers
  • Endangered flora and fauna
  • Experience the remoteness life of Rai and Sherpa culture community

Makalu Base Camp Trek Itinerary

DaysDestinationAltitude (m)
1Fly to Tumlintar. Drive to Num1490
2Trek to Seduwa1460
3Trek to Tashi Gaun2070
4Trek to Kauma3470
5Trek to Mumbuk3570
6Trek to Nhe Kharka3000
7Trek to Sherson4615
8Trek to Makalu Base Camp5000
9Explore Day
10Trek to Nhe Kharka3000
11Trek to Mumbuk3570
12Trek to Kauma3470
13Trek to Tash Gaun2070
14Trek to Balung760
15Trek to Pukuwa550
16Trek to Bumling370
17Trek to Tumlingtar460
18Fly to Kathmandu 1320

Best Season for Makalu Base Camp Trek

  • Spring (March to May)
  • Monsoon (June to August)
  • Autumn (September to November)

Makalu Base Camp Trekking Permit Cost

  • Makalu Barun National Park Permit Fee: USD 35

Nar Phu Valley Trek

The Lost City of Phu by Maurice Schutgens on

Nar Phu Valley Trek Highlights

  • Amazing Trans-Himalaya landscape with unique rock formation
  • View of Annapurna II, Himlung Himal, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak
  • Trek route will pass the Kang La pass with a magnificent panorama of Annapurna massifs
  • Explore the remote hidden places of Bhotia villages
  • Yak and different endangered animals such as; Snow Leopard
  • Different historical rich Gompas
  • Experience unique Tibetan-Buddhist culture

Nar Phu Valley Trek Itinerary

DaysDestinationAltitude (m)
1Drive to Bulbule860
2Trek to Chamje 1430
3Trek to Dharapni1920
4Trek to Koto2600
5Trek to Meta3430
6Trek to Phu Gaun4050
7Explore around Phu
8Trek to Nar 3550
9Explore around Nar
10Trek to Ngwal via Kang La Pass5330
11Trek to Manang3540
12Trek to Yak Kharka4000
13Trek to Thorong Phedi4430
14Trek to Muktinath via Thorong La5416
15Trek to Jomsom2700
16Fly to Pokhara820
17Drive to Kathmandu1320

Nar Phu Valley Trek  Best Season

  • Spring (March to May)
  • Monsoon (June to August)
  • Autumn (September to November)

Nar Phu Valley Trekking Permit Cost

  • From September to November: USD 75 per week per person
  • From December to August:  USD 90 per week per person
  • ACAP Permit: USD 23
  • TIMS Card: USD 10

Tsum Valley Trek

Full moon camp by Tatiana Kolgunova on

Tsum Valley Trek Highlights

  • View of Mt. Manaslu, an eighth highest mountain in the world
  • Tsum Valley lies on the northern part of Manaslu and used to be a restricted area until 2008
  • Tsum (meaning, Vivid) Valley, the hidden Himalayan valley which is rich in ancient art, culture and religion
  • The route has preserved the rich culture and tradition of Buddhist
  • Passes through Budhi Gandaki Valley, the mix of dense forest, terraced fields and ridge

Itinerary for Tsum Valley Trek

DaysDestinationAltitude (m)
1Drive to Arughat600
2Trek to Lapubesi882
3Trek to Tatopani990
4Trek to Filim1570
5Trek to Chhumling2386
6Trek to Chhekampar3111
7Trek to Mu Gumpa3700
8Trek to Rachen Gumpa. Back to Chhekampar3240
9Trek to Lokpa2240
10Trek to Ghap2300
11Trek to Lo3180
12Trek to Sama Gaun3520
13Day Hike
14Trek to Samdo3780
15Trek to Dharmashala4460
16Trek to Bhimthang via Larkya La Pass5106
17Trek to Tilche2260
18Drive to Kathmandu 1320

Tsum Valley Trek Best Season

  • Spring (March to May)
  • Monsoon (June to August)
  • Autumn (September to November)

Tsum Valley Trekking Permit Cost

  • From September to November: USD 35 for the first 8 days per person
  • From December to August: USD 25 for first 8 days per person

Manaslu Trekking Permit: 

  • From September to November: USD 70 per week per person and after 7 days, cost USD 10 per day per person
  • From December to August: USD 50 per week per person and after 7 days, cost USD 7 per day per person

Best Off The Beaten Path Treks in Nepal: Teahouse or Camping?After deciding the off the beaten path treks, the next phase is to know what kinds of accommodations are available during the trekking. First, let’s get to know about teahouse and camping in Nepal.

Teahouse Accommodation: 

Teahouse is the basic guest house which is the combination of kitchen, dining hall – social gathering spot and private rooms on twin sharing basis. It also has common bathrooms which will be equipped with hot shower (with additional charges). Most of the teahouse will provide a blanket.

For foods, teahouse serves the traditional Nepali Dal Bhat (rice, curry, pickles, and lentils), as well as a variety of different food items, such as fried rice, pizzas, noodles, potatoes, and soup. Not to miss, in every teahouse, you can charge your gadgets from one charging stations with a nominal fee.

Camping Accommodation: Whereas camping accommodation is totally opposite of teahouse accommodation. Camping will have a big team which consists of a cook, guide, sherpa, porters to travel with you. Basic cooking utensils such as fuel, stove, plates, bowl, pan, and others will be carried by porters.

The guide will set up the dining tents, sleeping tents, and toilet tents. You will be also provided with a mattress and down sleeping bags for sleeping. Next day, camping gears and equipment will be packed by well-trained staff, and later carried by porter the next camping site.

Now, let’s find out the accommodation of above best off the beaten path treks in Nepal.

  • Upper Mustang Trek: Teahouse accommodation
  • Upper Dolpo Trek: Camping accommodation
  • Makalu Base Camp Trek: Teahouse accommodation
  • Nar Phu Valley Trek: Teahouse accommodation
  • Tsum Valley Trek: Teahouse accommodation


Most of the off the beaten path in Nepal is relatively virgin or less known area and combines unique paths in comparison to other popular trekking regions of Nepal. As we have already told that trekking to this unique off the beaten path will definitely leave some memory in your life and heart.

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