Uncover the Top 10 Hidden Trekking Trails In Nepal 2024/25

Thursday February 1, 2024

The country of Nepal is a dream destination for trekkers since it is home to some of the most spectacular and difficult trails in the world. Several hidden trekking trails in Nepal provide a more genuine and off-the-beaten-path experience. This post will reveal the top 10 undiscovered hiking routes in Nepal that will leave you with memories that will stick with you for the rest of your life.

While the main routes, like Everest Base Camp and the Annapurna Circuit, are well-known, many trails are less traveled. These routes are not as well known, but they are just as breathtaking and provide an opportunity to learn about the country’s varied culture, landscapes, and natural features.

You are about to go on an adventure in which you will uncover hidden valleys, secluded villages, and beautiful peaks that will take your breath away.

Discover the Top 10 Hidden Trekking Trails in Nepal You Never Knew Existed!

With the diverse geography and eye-catching natural landscape, trekking on the unbeaten path of the Nepal Himalayas will be a memorable holiday for you. In the crowd of more famous and challenging trek routes, some hidden gems of Nepal are often overlooked.

There are also hidden trekking trails in the Nepal Himalayas, which are less challenging, but you will get the same fun and adventure with these unexplored trekking routes. These unexplored treks in Nepal are like a piece of cake that enables them to embrace new experiences during the journey.

The list below was updated at the beginning of 2024. Most of the trek below is easy and offers a close-up view of mountain peaks, local cultures, and spectacular nature. The destination details below will help you display the image in your mind.

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Pikey Peak Trek

Pikey Peak Trek

Duration: 08 to 10 days
Location Solukhumbu Region
Trek type: Homestay or Lodge
Max. elevation: Pikey Peak Hill (4,065 m)
Required permits: No Permit
Restrictions: No restriction
Best time to travel March, April, May, September, October, November

Highlights for Pikey Peak Trek

  • Sunrise view from the top of Pikey Peak
  • View six mountains ranging over 8 thousand and others uncountable.
  • Be in the Sherpa community and visit monasteries
  • Pass through beautiful landscapes, hospitable local people, and forests.
  • Stay either in a lodge or homestay during the trek

Overview

The famous Mount Everest is in the Solukhumbu region of Nepal, where Pikey Peak Trekking takes place. The trek takes you to the top of Pikey Peak, which is 4065 meters high. From there, you can see Mount Everest, Lhotse, Kanchenjunga, and other peaks in the Himalayas.

Getting There

Our trek begins with a long drive from Kathmandu to Dhap. From Dhap, you can start hiking, and it will take about 4 hours to get to Japre.

From Japre, it takes about 7 hours to get to Pikey Base Camp. The trip down to Taktor from Pikey Base will take about 9 hours.

When you fly from Phaplu to Kathmandu, the trek is finally over.

Dudh Kunda Trek

Dudh Koshi Cultural Trail

Highlights for Dudh Kunda Trek

  • Visit ‘Dudh Kunda’ lake, sacred to both Buddhist and Hindu religions
  • Witness the mesmerizing view of Everest, Kanchenjunga, and another eight thousand.
  • Learn about Sherpa culture and hospitality.
  • Spend time in both tents and teahouses while trekking the Nepali Himalayas.

Overview

Dudh Kunda Trek is a low-altitude trip that recently discovered hidden trekking trails in Nepal, which is located in the Solukhumbu district. Situated at the lap of Numbur Mountain, this trek will offer you breathtaking views of the eastern Himalayan range, including the mighty Mt. Everest.

Dudh Kunda Lake came from Nepali, meaning “milky lake.” This lake is at the base of Mt. Number. This holy lake is famous among locals and has slowly become famous among international visitors. According to the locals, taking the tip in this holy lake will wash away all the sins, and your wishes will be granted. This trek offers a mesmerizing view of mountains, and you will also get to experience camping adventure and mystical rhododendrons in spring.

Getting There

This trek will start with a short yet adventurous flight to Phaplu. If you want to explore the Nepal Himalayas more, you can take the vehicle to Phaplu. It takes around 12 hours to reach Phaplu via road. After reaching Phaplu, we will take another jeep to Dhap, which may take around 3 hours. You will get the public vehicle from Chabahel, and you can go there and book your seats.

Khopra Trek

Khopra Danda Trek
Khopra Danda Trek

Highlights for Khopra Trek

  • Scenic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges
    Passing through traditional Gurung villages
  • Khayer Lake, a sacred lake that is believed to have healing powers
    The opportunity to experience the diverse culture and lifestyle of the local people
  • Passing through pasturelands, rhododendron forests, and oak forests.
    The chance to visit Khayer Temple and learn about the rich history of the area.
  • Suitable for individuals with moderate to good fitness levels.

Overview

Khopra Trek is a great option for those looking for a less-crowded alternative to the more popular trek. You can also call them Khopra Danda or Khopre Ridge Trek, a new route in the Annapurna Region. The trail is also one of the best community treks in Nepal. The trail passes through the north of Ghorepani and ascends another ridge called Khopra.

During the trek, you will also experience a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and high-altitude adventure. Puffing uphill through the beautiful forest displays Himalayan ranges, including the Annapurna Range, Hiunchuli, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Lamjung Himal, Dhampus Peak, and Nilgiri Himal.

This trek is a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. You will pass through the local community into the remote landscape and experience the local culture, traditions, and food. Mostly, you will find Gurung people and their hospitality during the trek.

Getting There

To reach the trekking starting point of Khopra, first you will have to reach Pokhara. To reach Pokhara, you will have two options, by road or air. It takes around 25 minutes by air and road, depending on the circumstances. From the local hiace, it will take 5 to 6 hours, and from the tourist bus, they will take you in around 8 hours. If you want luxury travel and have enough time to explore, we suggest you take a tour bus.

As you reach Pokhara, you will book a Taxi or find a local bus to Nayapul. Booking a Taxi is easy, as you can get one anywhere around Pokhara. To find the local bus to Nayapul, you must go to Baglung Bus Park and book a ticket. By bus, it may take around 1.5 hours, or by car and taxi, it might take 45 minutes.

After reaching Nayapul, we will start our trek through the local villages of Birethanti and Syauli Bazar and reach the beautiful Ghandruk. This village is attractive in both view and preserved Gurung culture. The trial continues by ascending to stroll through rhododendron and pine forests and reach Tadapani. Further, you will pass through Dobato, Chistibung, and Khopra Danda. We will use the same route to trek back to Kathmandu.

Mohare Trek

Mohare Danda Trek
Mohare Danda Trek

Highlights for Mohare Trek

  • passes through lush forests and rhododendron blooms
  • offers panoramic views of several peaks, including Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Dhaulagiri.
  • Passes through several traditional Gurung villages, providing an opportunity to experience the local culture and lifestyle.
  • Stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges await you at the end of your trek at the Mohare Danda viewpoint.
  • Appropriate for those with a moderate to high level of fitness.

Overview

Mohare Trek lies in the foothills of the famous Mt. Annapurna in the Kaski District. This trek is getting famous because of the Eco Lodge Community Trek. As you reach the viewpoint, it offers panoramic views of Mt. Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri Range. This is a less challenging and crowded destination so anyone can enjoy this trek.

During you will also experience the local culture and lifestyle of the Gurung people. Traveling to these remote and more peaceful settlements will be an unforgettable moment for you. The trail is full of beautiful greenery, hospitable people, and mesmerizing mountains.

Getting There

To reach Pokhara, we will have two options, i.e., by air and land. By air, it will take 25 minutes to reach Pokhara. And by land, you have two options, i.e., a public hiace and a tourist bus. By public hiace, it takes around 6 hours to reach Pokhara, and by tourist bus, it takes around 8 hours. If you want to take a public bus, you will get it from Balaju Bus Park, and for a tourist bus, you can get a ticket online or through a travel agency.

As we reach Pokhara, we will catch another public bus to Galeshwor. It takes around 4 to 5 hours through the green hills and bumpy roads to reach there. After the memorable ride, we will trek to Banskhrka the same day.

Our trail continues, passing through Nangi Community Lodge and Mohare Danda after some days. The viewpoint of Mohare offers a magnificent view of Dhaulagiri, the Annapurna Range, Nilgiri, and many more. You can get back to Pokhara via Ghorepani and Ghandruk villages. After reaching Pokhara, you will be in Kathmandu.

Tsum Valley Trek

Tsum Valley Trek
Tsum Valley Trek

Highlights for Tsum Valley Trek

  • A hidden gem is known for its beautiful landscapes, traditional Tibetan culture, and rich spiritual history
  • Buddhist monastery that offers a glimpse into traditional Tibetan monastic life
  • The trail that passes through offers a diverse range of flora and fauna
  • Beautiful mountain views along the trail, including the stunning peaks of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Shringi Himal
  • Experience the traditional lifestyle of the local Tsumbas people
  • Passes through several holy sites, including the Milarepa Cave and the Sama Gompa

Overview

The Tsum Valley Trek is a long hike in Nepal’s Gorkha district, near Tibet’s border. On the trail, hikers pass by traditional Tibetan villages, thick forests, and beautiful mountain views. Most of the time, the trek takes between 12 and 15 days to finish. The Milarepa Gompa and the Rachen Gompa are two monasteries and gompas that trekkers will see along the way.

The trek is moderate to difficult, with some steep and rocky parts, but it is good for experienced hikers. The best time to go is between September and November or March and May, when the weather is mild and the views are clear.

It is also known for its unique culture and spiritual importance because it is home to many old monasteries and holy sites.

Getting There

You can take a bus or jeep from Kathmandu to Arughat, where the trek starts. From Kathmandu to Arughat, it takes about 7-8 hours by bus and 6 hours by jeep.

Phoksundo Lake Trek

Phoksundo Lake Trek
Phoksundo Lake Trek

Highlights for Phoksundo Lake Trek

  • Trekking through the remote and rugged regions of the Dolpo region
  • Visiting the stunning Phoksundo Lake, known for its deep blue color and surrounded by high cliffs and forests
  • Encountering a diverse range of flora and fauna
  • Exploring the ancient Shey Gompa and Ringmo village, which are rich in Tibetan culture

Overview

The Phoksundo Lake Trek is a difficult but rewarding hidden trekking trails in Nepal that goes through the rough and remote Dolpo region in western Nepal. This trek is unique and real because it takes you through traditional villages where you can learn about the culture and customs of the Tibetan-influenced people.

During the trek, you will be surrounded by beautiful Himalayan peaks like Kanjiroba and Dhaulagiri Peaks, as well as many different plants and animals. The highlight of the trek is going to Phoksundo Lake, which is known for its deep blue color and is surrounded by high cliffs and forests. People say this lake is one of Nepal’s most peaceful and beautiful places.

Along the way, you will also be able to visit the old Shey Gompa and Ringmo villages, which are full of Tibetan history and culture. The trek also gives you a chance to learn about the traditional way of life of the Dolpo people, like how they live as nomads and have their own customs.

Overall, the Phoksundo Lake Trek is an adventure that offers a mix of cultural and natural beauty. This makes it a great choice for those who want to trek in Nepal but don’t want to follow the same old path.

Getting There

To reach the trekking starting point via road, you must reach Radi Bazar by night bus via Kathmandu. You can then reach Dunai via Tallobagar, Khadang, and then Tripurakot. You have to change the Jeep at all those stops to reach Dunai.

From Dunai, you can start the trek to Chhepka, the Jharana Hotel, and then finally to Phoksundo Lake. We will then trek back via Chhepka, Suli Gadi, and Tripurakot. You will then drive back to KTM via the same route.

You will first have to fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj for the air route. You will then take another flight to Juphal and a jeep to Suligadi. You will then trek to the Jharana Hotel, then to Phoksundo Lake, and again back to Kathmandu via the same route.

Mundum Trek

Mundum Trek

Highlights for Mundum Trek

  • Trekking through the remote and untouched regions of western Nepal
  • Visiting the Mundum village, known for its unique culture and traditional way of life
  • Kirati–Rai people, with their rich culture and lifestyles along with indigenous cuisine

Overview

At the beginning of 2018, the Mundum Trail just started to become known as a hidden trekking trails in Nepal. The government also says that this trial is one of the 100 best places to visit. This hidden gem has a wide view of the mountain, mid-hill, and Terai regions and is full of wildlife, Kirati history, culture, and way of life.

Getting There

Mundum Trail is in the Khotang district, which is in Nepal’s far east. We’ll go by Haleshi Mahadev, and the trip starts when you get to Diktel from Kathmandu.

Machhapuchhre Model Trek (Khumai Danda Trek)

Khumai Danda Trek

Highlights for Machhapuchhre Model Trek

  • Spectacular views of the Annapurna mountain range, including Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, and Fishtail.
  • Passing through rhododendron forests and traditional villages
  • Opportunity to observe the local culture and way of life

Overview

The Machhapuchhre Model Trek is a hiking trail in Nepal that goes through the Annapurna region. The trek is named after the mountain peak Machhapuchhre, also called “Kumai Danda.”

The trek allows you to learn about the culture and way of life of the Gurung people and other local groups. Before getting to the Machhapuchhre Base Camp, the trek goes through lush forests, terraced fields, and traditional villages.

The Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges and the Machhapuchhre peaks look amazing from this trek. The trek is considered moderately difficult, and depending on the plan, it usually takes between 7 and 10 days to finish.

Getting There

If you are in Kathmandu, then you need to visit Pokhara. To visit Pokhara, you have two options: by road or by air. By road, it takes around 6 to 8 hours, depending upon the road condition and means of transportation. By air, it takes around 25 minutes to reach Pokhara. You can take a public vehicle or any other means of road transportation from Pokhara to reach Mardi Pul. After that, you will return through the same trail to complete the Machhapuchhre Model Trek.

Rhododendron Trek (Milkey Danda)

Milkey Danda Trek

Highlights for Milkey Danda Trek

  • It lies in the remote eastern part of Nepal
  • Exciting views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Makalu, and Kumbhakarna.
  • 29 species of Rhododendrons occurred during this trek
  • Culture, traditions, vegetation, and topography make your trek memorable.
  • The spring and summer seasons are the best time to travel this area
  • Explore the culture, tradition, and lifestyle of the local community

Overview

Milke Danda Trek, also referred to as “Lali Guras Trek,” will be a heaven-like experience for those who are enthusiastic about nature and the splashing colour of wildflowers all over the forest. This trek lies in the Makalu Region, in the eastern part of Nepal, between Mt. Kanchenjunga (3rd highest) and Mt. Makalu (5th highest). On this trek, you will enjoy around 29 species of rhododendrons and 26 species of orchids in the spring season.

Along with the beautiful rhododendron forest, you will also be able to feast your eyes with a panoramic view of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, and Kumbhakarna. You will pass through the natural trails inside the beautiful forest. The vegetation you will find ranges from subtropical to alpine.

This trek also provides you with the best cultural experience of different ethnic groups while you are on the trail. There was a majority of Gurung, Sherpa, and Rai people during the trek. You will also experience the culture and hospitality of these local people.

Getting There

To reach Milke Danda Trek’s starting point, we must fly to Biratnagar and then drive 5-6 hours to Basantapur. You can also take a road option to reach Biratnagar, which takes around 12 hours.

You will then start walking towards Chauki, Bhaisi Kharka, Gupha Pokhari, and Mohare Hill. Now, return to Bhalukhop, Jaljala, and then Chainpur. You will then pass through Phapung and Tumlingtar and drive back to Kathmandu.

Api Base Camp Trek

Api Base Camp Trek

Highlights for Api Base Camp Trek

  • Hiding treasure route located in the Far-Western region of Nepal
  • Api Nampa Conservation Area is the prime attraction in this trek
  • Mahakali Valley, steep gorges, subtropical to alpine forest, and vegetation make the trek memorable
  • Good for bird watching and knowing the mixed community, culture, tradition, and lifestyle of people

Overview

Mt. Api (7,132 m), located in the extreme northwest corner of Nepal, is the highest mountain in the Far-Western region of the country. Yes, the API Base Camp Trek isn’t just about the base camp and the beauty of Mt. API. Like people say, “It’s just as much about the journey as it is the destination’, the Api Base Camp trekking trail proves the saying.

This beauty is preserved in Nepal’s far western region by the API Nampa Conservation Area. This trail is one of the top walking paths in Nepal thanks to the stunning Mahakali Valley, steep gorges, subtropical to alpine forest and vegetation, pastures, grasslands, waterfalls, lakes, and streams along the trail.

Along with the mountain, they protect the natural beauty of the many different communities, cultures, traditions, and ways of life that have not been contaminated by modernity.

Getting There

To reach the starting point of API Base Camp, you will first have to reach Attariya, which takes 20-plus hours to ride from Kathmandu. The next day, you will change to another bus from Attariya to Ganna, Darchula. Again, we will catch a Jeep that will take you to Paribagar, which takes around 1.5 hours.

We are at the starting point of the trek, where we will head towards Guljar, Ghusa, Khaikot, Dhaulo Oddar, and finally, Api Base Camp. If you want to explore more, walk an additional 3–4 hours up to Kali Dhungaa for the exceptional view of the glacier lake and mountain ahead.
Now, we will return via the same trail until we reach Paribagar. From there, we will take a Jeep to Gokule. After there, we will take a bus to Attariya and then to Kathmandu.