In general, whenever people hear about Nepal at first it comes to Mount Everest in their mind. In reality, it’s more than Everest.
Trekking in Nepal is popular because 25 percent of the total area is occupied by mountain region, a home for 8 mountains of the 14 highest in the world. The Great Himalayan ranges extended from the east to west in the northern part of Nepal. Nepal itself is a beautiful nation. Those who are able to visit Nepal is worth to trekking in the Himalaya of Nepal.
Most of the popular trekking area of Nepal is very crowded because of its popularity and of course increasing domestic tourists. Annapurna Base Camp, Poon Hill, and Everest Base Camp are the most popular trekking destinations of Nepal. Whoever visiting Nepal for the first time knew all these places which are already crowded. Besides these places, there are other good places for Trekking where only a few people do. Here are five best less crowded trekking in Nepal.
Many people knew about the Manaslu as it connects with the Annapurna Circuit trek. There fewer people who do Tsum Valley trek. It is a hidden treasure of northern Gorkha lies between the majestic scenery of the Boudha Himal and Himal Chuli, Ganesh Himal, and Sringi Himal. Those who have enough time they can do Tsum Valley and Manaslu at one time. It will take a bit longer than Tsum valley. Since 2007 Tsum Valley was opened for international tourists. Tsumpas are the local people here and they have their own culture, tradition, & dialect mostly related to Tibetan people. The Tsum valley owned many Buddhist monasteries such as Dhephyudonma Gompa, Rachen Gompa, and Mu Gompa. In summer they celebrate festivals like Dhacyhang (Archery) like in Manang and Mustang, Saka Dawa (literally it is the fourth month of Tibetan calendar, a month honoring the Buddha’s Life) and Faknying (Picnic).
Nar Phu Valley, less explored remote and exotic trekking in Annapurna area untouched by the modernization and of course a less crowded too. This place is familiar to those who had done Saribung Pass trek from Upper Mustang lies in the northeast part of Thorang La. Nar Phu was restricted for foreigners until 2002. Yak herding and Agriculture are the major occupations of locals. Hundred year’s old Mani wall, Monasteries, and colorful prayer flags will welcome to villages of Nar and Phu which really heal your all busy life of the city. This trek start and ends at Besi Sahar. Acclimatization is recommended in this trekking for the smooth and successful trek as the trail leads above 5000 meters (Kang la passes).
Dolpo is incredible and more dynamic than other treks in Nepal which will bring you a rewarding trip in the Himalayas. This area is opened in 1980 for foreigners. If you are looking for a rewarding trip than this is the right trekking destination for those who love culture and less crowded. Because of the controlled area, it requires a special permit of 500 US dollars per person for 10 days. Eric Valli's movie called “Caravan” (Himalaya) and Peter Matthiessen’s book “Snow Leopard” played an important role in introducing Dolpo all over the world. If you haven’t watched and read please go through them. It’s really good as it demonstrates the real lifestyle of Dolpo.
Kanchenjunga (8,586 meters) trek is rewarding not only because of the world's third-highest mountain. Besides that there are many more to experience. This circuit trek combined both reaching Pang Pema (5,140m) on the north and Oktong (4,580m) on south Kanchenjunga base camp respectively. During the circuit journey, you will see the difference of northern side and the southern side of people’s lifestyles and cultures. Breathtaking mountain views and diversity of culture make your trip more interesting. This area is opened for international trekkers since 1988. Before this trek done only by camping but nowadays the tea houses are built everywhere in overnight stop places. So, it’s less cost and much comfort than doing camping. Tongba highlight this area which is a local wine prepared from fermented millet seeds and added with boiled water. Trekkers also try this wine every evening to ease their long hours of walk.
The Gosainkunda Trek is the closest trekking destination from the Kathmandu Valley in the northern part. This trek offers stunning views of the Himalayas and the more than 7 sacred lakes. Holy Gosainkunda, the biggest lake among all is a popular pilgrimage site of Lord Shiva. Every year during the August full moon festival of Janai Purnima 20,000 Hindu devotees visit there. After reaching the Laurebina Pass just next to Surya Kunda lake at the height of 4,610m, the path descends to the Helambu area. Helambu is all about the cultural things where the Guru Rinpoche and Milarepa visited in the centuries back. Helambu is surrounded by the Giant Mountains and on the northern side and hills on the southern. You will love the beautiful villages of Sherpa, Tamang, and Hyolmo People. There are few popular Villages like Sermathang, Tarkegang, and Melamchi that are popular for their home decorations and hospitality.
Pikey Peak Lies in the eastern part of Nepal in Ramechap district. Pikey trek is best for the Panoramic view of Himalaya's popular peak like Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Dudkunda, Gairishankar, and many other mountains. The trek offers you the beautiful culture of Sherpa people, Monasteries, and the jawdropping Himalayas. This trek can be started by driving to Dhap Bazar or Jiri from Kathamndu. Trek ends at Salleri where the Phaplu airport locates. On your way back you can take a flight from Phaplu or either drive. The trek can be done from 6 to 7 days based on tea houses.