Top Ten Treks

Asia: Nepal's Himalaya
  |  Gorp.com

To recommend a single trip in the world's ultimate trekking destination would be like trying to pick Michelangelo's best sculpture—they're all masterpieces. The Annapurna Circuit remains the most popular way to witness the natural wonders that flourish at the top of the world. From desolate peaks to fertile gorges, this well-traveled way is dotted with traditional teahouses, restaurants, and inns that make porters and guides unnecessary. More remote (and more logistically challenging) routes include the road to Rara Lake, Nepal's largest; the Dolpo and Mustang regions, only recently opened to trekkers and home to vibrant Tibetan Buddhist communities; and the Manaslu Circuit, which is described by the few travelers that venture into its upper reaches as Annapurna without the crowds. Whichever path you choose in Nepal, be ready for a rugged, rewarding journey among some of the world's rarest natural and cultural treasures.


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