OFF THE BEATEN PATH TREKS IN NEPAL

Treks such as the Annapurna Circuit and Everest Base Camp are popular for good reason—the views are spectacular, the infrastructure is good and the terrain is varied, meaning that variations can be made to suit many fitness levels. However, if you’re trekking in Nepal for the second, third, or fifteenth time, you might be looking for something rather different. Although Nepal is a geographically small country, there are still so many regions that are underexplored by trekkers. Some are far from the main centres of Kathmandu and Pokhara; others have been restricted, only opening for tourism in recent years; others take a bit of logistical planning because of lack of infrastructure. But that makes these treks all the more rewarding!

Nar-Phu Valley Trek

The Tibetan culture and colourful prayer stones are two highlights of the Nar-Phu Valley trek, as well as the ancient villages that seem cut off from the modern world. It was closed to trekking until 2002. This is a very rugged trek, and reaching the trailhead requires a long, bumpy jeep ride from Besisahar (the traditional starting point of the Annapurna Circuit). But, the isolation, spectacular views and unique cultures make it worthwhile.

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