One of the most popular treks, and for good reason: the trail penetrates a steep, wooded gorge, emerging into a secret high-mountain cirque.
2 Foothill approaches
Many trekkers come for the mountains, but they go away with powerful memories of the terraced hills, the cultural heartland of Nepal.
Hiding in the rain shadow of the Annapurna massif, this restricted area is a perfect slice of Tibet.
As the Annapurna Circuit is diminished by the road, Manaslu is emerging as the awe-inspiring and still underdeveloped replacement.
Even if it wasn’t capped by Everest, the lofty and colourful Buddhist Sherpa country of Khumbu would be one of the highlights of a trip to Nepal.
Base camp for the north face of Kanchenjunga, deep in a protected wilderness – you can’t get more remote than this.
Whether you do it with the help of a guide, an agency or simply a willingness to embrace truly local accommodation, simply stepping off the main trail is one of the most rewarding things you can do.