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5 Best Backpacking Itinerary in Nepal

5 Best Backpacking Itinerary in Nepal

Nepal is a beautiful country surrounded by the Himalayas. The country rich in natural landscapes is also rich in culture and traditions. It has been one of the favorite countries for backpackers for a long time. The scenic landscapes and unique culture are one of the reasons.

The other reason is it is a budget-friendly country. Nepal is one of the safest countries for backpackers. There are so many things to explore when you come to Nepal. Whether you want to get some mountain air or explore Nepal’s biodiversity, there are so many activities waiting for you.

There are many cultural heritage sites, ancient temples, and monasteries that backpackers can visit while in Nepal. There is a deep sense of spirituality and for backpackers looking for a spiritual retreat, Nepal will not disappoint. The hospitality you experience here in Nepal is unlike anywhere in the world. The locals are welcoming and share their culture and traditions openly.

You can also be part of numerous celebrations that happen throughout the year. So if you are a backpacker and planning your Nepal backpacking itinerary, you should do it right now!

Highlights of Nepal Backpacking Itinerary

  • Nepal is a budget-friendly country and an attractive choice for backpackers. From accommodations, and food, to transportation, you can find affordable options for everything.
  • It is one of the safest countries in the world with friendly people. The locals are welcoming and you can experience the warm Nepalese hospitality.
  • The landscapes of Nepal are diverse and provide you with a wide range of trekking and adventure opportunities. You can get lost in the Himalayan range or explore the green valleys and jungles.
  • The country is a trekking paradise and you can find various trekking routes at different skill levels. You have so many options.
  • Nepal has a rich culture and traditions thanks to it being home to diverse ethnic groups. There are cultural heritage sites with ancient temples, monasteries, and historical sites.
  • The country is deeply spiritual. Thus, backpackers can experience spirituality and join various activities like meditation and yoga for spiritual retreats.

Best Budget Backpacking Itinerary in Nepal

If you need help with your Nepal backpacking itinerary, let us provide you with a few recommendations. These trekking plans are also ideal if you are searching for a budget backpacking itinerary.

1) Everest Base Camp Trek

The highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest is one of the main attractions for backpackers. It is one of the most iconic and popular trekking routes but is one of the most challenging ones. The camp is situated at an altitude of 5,364 meters (17,598 feet). Therefore, many trekkers may get struck by altitude sickness. You may come across steep and challenging paths along the way.

Everest Base Camp trek
Everest Base Camp Trek

You should be in good shape and physically fit, for the trek. However, note that the route is physically demanding. Prepare yourself for the physical and mental toll that the EBC trek can take on you. To minimize the risk of altitude sickness, you have to include rest days for acclimatization in your itinerary. Hiring experienced guides and porters can provide you with additional support and ensure your safety.

Here at Adventure Walkway Company, we have a 15-day Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary. Likewise, there is a 8 day Everest View Trek Itinerary.

  • Day 1: Arrival tribhuvan international Airport & Transfer to Hotel
  • Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing or Trip preparation Day
  • Day 3: Kathmandu Flight to Lukla, Trek to Phakding 4 hours trek Overninght at Lodge
  • Day 4: Phakding Trek to Namche Bazaar 6 to 7 hours overnight at Lodge
  • Day 5: Namche Acclimatization
  • Day 6: Namche Trek to Tengboche 5 hours overnight at Lodge
  • Day 7: Tengbouche Trek to Dingboche 5 to 6 hours overnight at Lodge
  • Day 8: Dingboche Acclimatization
  • Day 9: Dingbouche Trek to Lobuche 5 hours overnight at Lodge
  • Day 10: Lobuche Trek to Gorakshep- visit everest Base Camp back to Gorakshep 6 to 7 hours overnight at Lodge
  • Day 11: Gorakshep hike to Kala Patthar 5545m, back to Lodge After breakfast trek back to Pheriche overnight Lodge
  • Day 12: Pheriche Trek to Namche Bazaar 6 hours Overnight At Lodge
  • Day 13: Namche Trek to Lukla 6 to 7 hours overnight
  • Day 14: Lukla Flight to Kathmandu 32 minutes
  • Day 15: Final Departure

2) Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Another popular trekking destination for backpackers in Nepal is the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Situated at an altitude of 4,130 meters (13,550 feet), ABC Trek is considered moderate in terms of difficulty. Since it is one of the popular trek routes, it is well-marked. But hiring a guide and porter is best for additional support. During your trek to Annapurna Base Camp, you will be greeted with a spectacular view of Mt. Annapurna, Machapuchare, Hiunchuli, and many other surrounding peaks.

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking
Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

You will travel through the rhododendron forests, terraced fields, and alpine meadows. Similarly, you can also experience the culture of Gurung and Magar communities. Like in EBC Trek, trekkers can experience altitude sickness. Although ABC is not at an extremely high altitude, you should still take precautions and include rest days for acclimatization. Anyone with sound health can trek to ABC. But do not underestimate the difficulty so prepare yourself mentally and physically before you start your journey.

It usually takes 12 to 15 days for the ABC trek. At Adventure Walkway Company, we have a 15-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek package to help you explore the region to its fullest.

  • Day 1: Arrival in Trivhuban Internatinal Airport $ Transfer to Hotel
  • Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trip preparation Day
  • Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Day 4: Drive from Pokhara to Hille & Trek to Ulleri 1980m
  • Day 5: Ulleri Trek to Ghorepani 2850m
  • Day 6: Hike Poonhill and Trek to Tadapani 2710m
  • Day 7: Tadapani Trek to Chhomrong 1970m
  • Day 8: Chhomrung Trek to Bamboo 2310m
  • Day 9: Bamboo Trek to Deurili 3200m
  • Day 10: Deurali trek to Annapurna Base Camp 4130m 6 hours
  • Day 11: Annapurna Base Camp Trek Back to Bamboo 2310m 7 hours
  • Day 12: Bamboo Trek to Jhinu Danda 1920m 5 hours
  • Day 13: Trek to Nayapul and Drive back to Pohara 950 m
  • Day 14: From Pokhara Drive to Kathmandu 1310m
  • Day 15: Final Departure

3) Langtang Valley Trek

Langtang Valley is a relatively shorter trekking route you can go for. It lies in the Langtang region of Nepal, situated at an altitude of 3,870 meters (12,697 feet). The trekking route offers scenic mountain views, lush green forests, and diverse landscapes. You will also come across the Langtang National Park during the journey. Langtang Valley is rated as a moderately difficult trek level.

Although it is a popular trekking route, it is relatively less crowded compared to others. You can enjoy peace and tranquillity while you journey through the off-the-beaten path. Since the Langtang Valley lies at a somewhat lower altitude, there is less risk of altitude sickness. However, it is best to take precautions. On the way, you will come across sacred Buddhist shrines like Langtang Gompa and King Jing Gompna.

Langtang Region
Buddhist stupe or chorten with prayer flags in Himalayas. Religion in Nepal

Adventure Walkway Company has a complete itinerary package of 11 days Langtang Valley Trek. It is undoubtedly one of the best trekking routes for a budget backpacking itinerary in Nepal.

  • Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival
  • Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trip preparation Day
  • Day 3: Drive to Syabrubesi 1467m
  • Day 4: Trek to Lama Hotel 2748m
  • Day 5: Trek to Langtang Village 3500m
  • Day 6: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa 3800m
  • Day 7: Climb Tserko Ri 5000m and Back to Kyanjin Gompa 3800m
  • Day 8: Trek back to Lama Hotel 2748m
  • Day 9: Trek back to Syabrubesi 1467m
  • Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu 1310m
  • Day 11: Final Departure

4) Manaslu Circuit Trek

Our next recommendation for those looking for a budget backpacking itinerary in Nepal is the Manaslu Circuit Trek. If you are looking for an alternative to EBC and ABC trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek is the best alternative. Manaslu Circuit trek route is remote and therefore, less crowded. It is considered a challenging trek route. The highest altitude you will reach during the trek is the Larkya La Pass, situated at 5,160 meters (16,924 feet).

Similarly, you will witness the majestic view of the eight-highest mountain in the world, Mt. Manaslu. You will pass through beautifully scenic and untouched valleys, ancient monasteries, forests, and alpine meadows. However, there can be altitude-related issues given that the trek will reach a height of above 5,000 meters. Therefore, it is very important to acclimatize. Commonly, trekkers take a rest in Samagaon and Samdo for acclimatization.

Manaslu Region
Mount Manaslu in Manaslu Region

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is for experienced trekkers. You need to be mentally and physically fit for this trek. At Adventure Walkway Company, we have a 17-day Manaslu Circuit Trek package for experienced trekkers looking for some challenge.

  • Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival
  • Day 2: Trek preparation day and Kathmandu sightseeing
  • Day 3: Drive to Soti Khola (710m)
  • Day 4: Trek to Machha Khola (900m)
  • Day 5: Trek to Jagat (1410m)
  • Day 6: Trek to Deng (1804m)
  • Day 7: Trek to Namrung (2630m)
  • Day 8: Trek to Lho (3180m)
  • Day 9: Trek to Samagaon (3530m)
  • Day 10: Rest day in Samagaon
  • Day 11: Trek to Samdo (3860m)
  • Day 12: Trek to Dharamsala (4460m)
  • Day 13: Trek to Larkya La Pass (5135m) and Bimthang (3590m)
  • Day 14: Bimthang to Dharapani
  • Day 15: Drive to Besisahar from Dharapani
  • Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu
  • Day 17: Final Departure

What to Backpack while trekking in Nepal?

You must carry all the essential items for a comfortable and safe trekking experience. The clothing and equipment lists may vary depending on your destination, backpacking itinerary, and the time of year you are trekking. But the comprehensible list of items to backpack while trekking in Nepal includes:

Clothing

For your Nepal backpacking itinerary list, the first essential is the clothing. It includes comfortable and lightweight clothing and sturdy boots with good ankle support. Carry moisture-wicking hiking socks, t-shirts, thermal tops/bottoms, down jackets, water and windproof jackets, pants, gloves, and hats. These clothing items are important to tackle the weather and the steep paths you may come across during your journey.

Gear and Equipment

You should carry a backpack that is comfortable with adjustable straps. The trekking routes and trails can have steep ascents and descents, therefore, a trekking pole is a must for stability. You will also require a sleeping bag, a water bottle, and a duffle bag. You can carry high-energy bars and snacks for quick energy.

Personal Items

It is best that you carry a basic first aid kit with you for emergencies. It also includes any personal prescriptions. Similarly, you should take toiletries, towels, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer as per your needs. For female backpackers, they should carry menstrual hygiene products as their availability in remote areas of Nepal is limited. Additionally, take your documents and passport-size photos with you. Local authorities may ask for the photos during registration or for permit application. Other than this, you can carry your journal to keep a record of your journey.

Miscellaneous

Other than the essentials, you can carry maps and guidebooks. Similarly, you can take a power bank to power your phones and electronic gadgets. You can carry earplugs and a travel pillow for a good night’s sleep. These products are not essentials but you can take them to add comfort to your journey.

FAQs

Is Nepal a cheap country?

Nepal is a cheap and budget-friendly destination making it an attractive destination for backpackers. Budget accommodations are available in places like Kathmandu, Pokhara, and other trekking regions. Likewise, the local food is cheap and affordable. Backpackers can opt for local transportation like buses and jeeps. But compared to other countries, the internal flights in Nepal are way cheaper.

Is Nepal safe for backpackers?

Nepal is one of the safest countries in the world. The Nepali society has diverse ethnic groups, all coexisting harmoniously. Nepalese people are world-renowned for their warm hospitality and generosity. They welcome all visitors to their country. The locals are helpful and assist you if you need any information. But like any other country, backpackers should take precautions and safety measures. Be respectful of the environment and stay informed.

Which month is best for backpacking?

You can visit Nepal any time of the year. But if you are thinking of exploring the mountains, trekking, or hiking, then autumn (from September to November) and spring (March to May) is the ideal season. These two seasons have the best weather conditions for outdoor activities. Check the weather conditions before you plan your trip.

How can I find affordable accommodations in Nepal?

It is easy to find budget-friendly accommodations in Nepal. You will find guesthouses and hostels in popular tourist areas. Similarly, plenty of budget hotels and lodges are available in cities and tourist areas. In trekking and remote areas, you can find teahouses and local homestays. You can book accommodations on Booking.com, Agoda, Hostel world, and Airbnb. The prices can differ according to the region and time of the year. You may even find discounts during low seasons.

What should I carry for my Nepal Backpacking Trek?

The specific details about what you should carry for your trek depend on your trekking destination, duration, and time of the year. It depends on your backpacking itinerary. The essential items include clothing (trekking boots, socks, pants, jackets), equipment and gear (backpack, sleeping bag, trekking poles, headlamp, water bottle), and personal items (first aid kit, toiletries, towel, wet wipes, books, diary, personal documents). Read above for detailed lists. Your guides will provide you with a list of essential items.

Which are the budget-friendly trekking routes in Nepal?

There are no shortages of budget-friendly trekking routes in Nepal. You can enjoy marvelous landscapes and cultural experiences while staying within your budget. Langtang Valley Trek, Everest Short Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Poon Hill, Manaslu Circuit, Upper Mustang, Gosaikunda Trek, and Helambu Trek are the most budget-friendly trekking routes. You can check our trek packages for more information.

Conclusion

We hope this post was able to provide you with some helpful information for your Nepal backpacking itinerary. There are numerous activities you can do on your visit to Nepal. If you are looking for challenges and adventure, you can opt for trekking and hiking. You will be able to experience breathtaking views and unique culture throughout the journey. If you want to explore the culture and traditions, there are numerous sacred temples, monasteries, and spiritual sites.

Backpacking in Nepal will undoubtedly be one of the most rewarding experiences for you. As of March 2023, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has made it mandatory to hire a guide for solo travelers. But there are some trekking routes where this regulation is not applied. If you are looking to enjoy private and guided trips in Nepal, Adventure Walkway Company is here to help. We have different travel packages to suit your needs and to make your experience in Nepal enjoyable and memorable. Our team consists of local guides and expert individuals who can help you tailor your trip.

About the author

Dipendra Dhakal a pioneer of Nepal Tourism, started his career as a trekking Guide. His extensive knowledge and meticulous approach to tour management and itinerary planning ensure that adventure seekers are always satisfied. He always shares his experience and knowledge to keep travelers updated and their future tours are well-planned.

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