1 The Annapurna Sanctuary

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.

3 Mustang

Hiding in the rain shadow of the Annapurna massif, this restricted area is a perfect slice of Tibet.

4 The Manaslu Circuit

As the Annapurna Circuit is diminished by the road, Manaslu is emerging as the awe-inspiring and still underdeveloped replacement.

5 Khumbu

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.

6 Pangpema

Base camp for the north face of Kanchenjunga, deep in a protected wilderness – you can’t get more remote than this.

7 Going off-piste

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.

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