Off the beaten path Treks in Nepal

Nepal High Trek
4 min readJul 14, 2021


Around Nepal Himalaya, there are many isolated and hidden areas to choose from, from the far wild-west to the remote eastern region. As well as few areas of Mid-West and Mid-East, where only a few trekkers often venture.

Mt. Makalu base camp with Arun and Barun valleys:

Mt. Makalu stands as the world’s 5th highest peak at 8, 463 m and 27, 766 feet high, first climbed by French Expedition on May 15th, 1955. Located Nepal Far East Himalaya, which also falls on Off the Beaten Path, due to its remoteness.

Around the Kanchanjunga Valley

A two-week trek that leads you through nice rural farm villages, after flying to Tumlingtar town airport from Kathmandu. Where drive involves for some hours to start the trek, a lovely trek that takes you beyond villages. A walk and climb progress on leaving the last Tashi-Gaon village towards complete isolation. Then over Kongma-La and Shipton La towards beautiful Barun Valley and finally at Makalu base camp 4,870 meters high.

Makalu base camp offers scenic views, where you will be enclosed within high snow peaks. Walking into serene rhododendron and pine forest from low warm farm areas to cooler hills then end at arctic zone. A veteran adventurer can continue beyond Makalu base camp to Everest region crossing high Sherpani pass and Makalu West Col.

Mt. Kanchenjunga Base Camps:

A perfect adventure for people who loves complete isolation, walking on remote corners of far eastern Himalaya. Mt. Kanchenjunga world 3rd highest peaks at 8, 586 m / 28, 169 feet, first ascent by British Expedition in 1955. One of the few treks around the Himalayas that reach you on both base camps of one single mountain. Where you will have the opportunity to walk on South and North Base Camps in complete wilderness.

Mt. Kanchenjunga located far eastern end of Nepal Himalaya, one of the most remote corners, remains off the beaten path. The region is least ventured by only a few groups of trekkers each season of the year due to its remote location.

Milke Danda Trek:

One of the scenic destinations around Nepal Far East Himalaya range in between Mt. Makalu and Mt. Kanchenjunga. Adventure of more than a week duration, takes you within beautiful rhododendron forest, which is the charm and beauty of the trek. For nature lovers, this will be a perfect off-the-beaten-path trek in complete isolation for a week or more.

Lumba-Sumba and WalunchuGola Trek:

An exciting off-the-beaten-path adventure takes you to far north at the end of eastern Himalaya, around the Kanchenjunga region. One of the least visited areas, slowly getting popular due to its amazing location. Walk follows on old Trans Himalaya Trade Route of Nepal and Tibet, the adventure leads to high Lumba Sumba-La Pass. Which is above 5,000 m high and then downhill to join Makalu trail with a flight from Tumlingtar back to Kathmandu.

Far Western Himalaya around Dolpo and Limi valley:

Trekkers with great interest to venture around the least unexplored areas of Nepal, far west Himalaya offers various options. A true, off-the-beaten-path treks that take you to complete isolation on the far hidden corners of Nepal.

Upper and Lower Dolpo:

A great walk with a touch of high altitude crossing over 5,000 m high passes, the highlight of the trek. Is visiting beautiful Phoksundo Lake and the local impressive culture of both the Bon and Buddhism religions. One can continue heading high to

Upper Dolpo Valley

Upper Dolpo at Shey Gompa, the crystal monastery, is isolated from the rest of the country. Where flights involve both ways to start and after finishing this glorious adventure of a lifetime experience.

Humla and Limi Valley:

Another exciting trek off the beaten path is around far northwest close to the frontier of the Tibet border. A marvelous walk-in pure wilderness, where only very few trekkers often visit this beautiful region. A trek of more than two weeks with flight both ways from Kathmandu via Nepalgunj to Simikot hill town.

Around the Far West, there are more interesting destinations on off-the-beaten trails to Rara Lake, Khaptad, and Api-Saipal mountains base camp.

Other ‘Off the Beaten Path:

Around popular areas of Langtang, Everest, and Annapurna Himalaya region there are few hidden corners, where few trekkers seldom venture. Similarly, Nepal North Mid-East and Mid-West offer beautiful remote areas for interested trekkers. Like Ganesh Himal, Tsum valley, and Ruby valley trekking, as well Rupina-La pass trek.

Seasons for off the beaten path treks:

Due to its remote and isolated location, best to trek at on right time of the season that is from March to the end of May. During springtime when most days are clear with longer sun-light hours. The next best season is autumn during September to November months. Although cold morning and night but days are fine and clear for walks and views, with chances of snow sometimes.



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