Nepal Trekking Grades

As we offer wide ranges of Nepal treks you can choose either Teahouse Style (lodge trekking) or Camping Trek (Fully organized trekking). Regarding all the trekking itineraries included in this section have fully tried and tested and found to be suitable for all age groups but trekking itineraries are designed and classified according to their difficulty and duration of holiday in Nepal. We have planned trekking days carefully so that we have time to stand and stare as well as acclimatize to the high altitudes. I hope this grading provides a way for you to compare different treks to find a rout to suite your fitness level in Nepal trip. I have categorized all my treks in the following ranks.


Grade - A (Easy Treks) :
Ghorepani /Poon Hill Trekking Jomsom Muktinath Trekking
Ghandruk Trekking Panchase Trekking
Easy Hiking Treks Helambu Trekking
Royal Trekking Shivapuri Trek

Obviously easiest trips are designed to be enjoyed by anyone. For those trekkers who do not have any previous experience, I offer a diverse range of easy Grade A treks. Categorizing a trek as easy means that no difficult climbing or ascents to high altitudes is involved. However the treks still involve walking up and down gradual hills, on well-defined trails and daily stages of 5 to 6 hours along good passable trails in your pace through 3000 meters of altitude about 10 kilometers per day, for usually a week and this treks are suitable for most people with an average level of fitness. Trekking in this category are also suited to family groups with younger children or those with limited time. This lower altitude treks often provide colorful horizons of a whole series of ranges.


In Annapurna region the Ghorepani / Poon Hill Trekking and Jomsom Muktinath Trekking or Pokhara - Ghandruk Treks are relatively easy, shorter treks and quite popular for diversity in both landscape and people and you will find terrain and views splendid. The well-beaten trail takes you in the heart of the central Nepal Himalayas. The tea- house along these routes offer hot water and western style food. The Panchase Trekking and Siklesh Trekking are rarely traveled but best destination for spectacular mountain views and Gurung cultures in Annapurna region. If the idea of tea-house trekking appeals to you but you would prefer to escape from the crowds, then the Helambu Trekking could be your ideal choice. This is one of the most convenient trekking area close to capital and a relatively low altitude trek with a simpler tea house but famous for its wonderful culture, sight of enormous snowy mountains and spectacular green valley. To really get away from it all, try the Sivapuri Trekking, or the Royal Trekking Whilst you will still pass through many remote villages, these regions are so unspoiled as to have no tea-house, and only a camping trek is an option. Again, the fantastic range of Annapurna mountains, Ganesh Himal, and Manaslu can be viewed on these treks.


Grade - B (Moderate Treks) :
Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Langtang Region
Ganesh Himal Trekking Rara Lake Trekking

Grade B treks begin to present more of a challenge to first time trekkers and are more tougher than Grade A. So these treks are suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. In this sector, I have included trekking at the higher altitudes in Annapurna, Langtang Himalayan regions and far western Nepal. The treks will reach elevations approaching 4,500 meters involving more walking up and down and sometimes slightly higher where you will be rewarded with close up views of big mountains and generally are of at least fourteen days duration. The treks in these categories are still suitable for people of all ages although small children will probably find them too strenuous.


You can choose Annapurna Base Camp Trekking, Langtang Region, Ganesh Himal Trekking would be a good choice. If you are looking for wilderness and solitude trekking adventure, the journey to Rara Lake Trekking is an ideal choice. It is similarly remote and is a good option for the summer season a s rainfall is low. The last two regions are relatively unknown by tourists. There are no teahouse so we need to camp.


Grade - C (Strenuous Treks) :
Annapurna Circuit Trekking Everest Region
Everest Base Camp Trekking Upper Mustang Trekking
Makalu Base Camp Trekking Non - Touristy Area of Nepal

These trips include a physical component with some mountains experience. Some appreciation of adventure travel is also important, as steep climbing may be involved, although it is never necessary to use ropes and traveling conditions can be tough. Trekking involves some steeper up and down on well-defined trails and altitudes exceed 5,500 meters. Treks at this level can be arranged for periods of 7-25 days.


For a popular and spectacular trek with the possibility of staying in well- developed teahouses the Annapurna Circuit Trekking is a good choice or you can take an optional route to Tilicho Lake Trekking from Manang on Annapurna Circuit which is an area of rough and wild beauty. For an all- round experience of the scenery and cultures of Nepal this trek has a lot to offer. A gradual ascent through a green river valley will lead you up to a number of high passes, where you will reach the altitude of 5,416m at Thorong La.


Another very popular trekking, with good teahouse facilities, are the Everest Base Camp Trekking , Everest / Gokyo Lake Trek or Everest Panorama Trek in Everest Region. This trek takes you into the heart of the soaring peaks and cultures of the Everest region to the foot of the great peak of itself. If you wish a trek in off the beaten track, wild and restricted areas, the trail to Upper Mustang Trekking (max. elevation 5,400m) north of the Annapurna range offers fantastic landscapes and mystical cultures. Or you can choose Makalu Base Camp Trekking, the fifth highest peak in the world, traverses through isolated valleys and high mountains passes (max. elevation 5,350m).


For those who are wishing to visit less touristy area I have accumulated a variety of treks to Non - Touristy Area of Nepal at this "C" level that provide a wilderness experience in both natural and cultural aspect.


Grade - D (Challenging Treks) :
Upper Dolpo Trekking Manaslu Trekking
Kanchenjunga Trekking Ganja La Pass Trekking
Simikot (Mt. Kailash) Trekking Dhaulagiri Trekking

Grade D treks are only for real adventures. The main component at this level is likely to be a long, high altitude trek, uphill mountain with the possibility of some rope lambing that requires physical and mental stamina. A high level preparation is essential before embarking on one of these adventures. Altitudes will often exceed 5,000 meters where people are living in high mountains/high deserts and the treks involve camping for relatively long periods about 20-28 days or sometime more than that. So excellent physical condition is essential and mountaineering experience is preferable..


A trek to isolated, the heavily restricted Dolpo Trek (max. elevation 4,500m) in north-west Nepal captivates visitors with its emerald Phoksundo Lake and magnificent scenery of wild and pristine landscape, which is unlike most part of Nepal Himalayas. Manaslu Trekking in central Nepal (maximum elevation 5,213m) offers a whole range of pristine eco systems. A trek to Kanchenjunga Trekking, the third highest of the world's peaks will take you into the remote far east region of Nepal. It is one of Nepal's least trekked areas and certainly one of the most beautiful. In Langtang region a trekking to Ganja La Pass (5,200meters) that connects between Langtang to Helambu is one of rewarding pass with the views of the valley and peaks of Langtang Himal. For those who are interested in the rugged scenery and the scattered traditional villages a trek to Simikot (Mt. Kailash) Trekking can fulfill their aspiration. If you are really adventures and want the ultimate challenge, the Dhaulagiri Trekking is the most difficult of my featured treks. This region is new territory for trekkers and involves challenging trekking on rough high terrain.