1. Upper Dolpo trek
Upper Dolpo is one of the most remote districts in the country. The journey begins with a flight to Nepalgunj followed by either a shorter flight to Jhufal or a bus ride to Dunai. One can also ride a jeep instead or walk to get your trek started. But most people start their trek from Dunai. The landscape changes dramatically as the trail heads up towards Shey Phoksundo, one of the most beautiful lakes you will ever see. The lake changes color according to its surroundings, which is fascinating to watch. Above Phoksundo begins Upper Dolpo where you will have to take care of your food and lodging as there are no provisions while crossing the pass. There are many high passes, beautiful villages, and breathtaking monasteries in the region. Upper Dolpo is a photographer's paradise: there’s the lake, snow capped mountains, changing vegetation, spectacular landscape, people, night sky, you name it.
2. Gokyo Lake
Trekking in the vicinity of Everest, a trek to Gokyo lake is one of the most rewarding with amazing views of the high mountains and the stunning Gokyo lake. The journey begins with one of the most adventurous flights from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport, officially the Tenzing Hillary Airport. The trek begins from Lukla, and the trail slowly gains altitude while you cross a number of bridges and dodge yak traffic. One of the major stops is at famous Namche Bazar situated on a hillside with great views of the Himalaya. After three days of walking from Namche, you finally reach Gokyo Lake. One of the highlights of this trek is the spectacular sunrise views from Gokyo Ri in the morning. As the sun comes up to illuminate the high peaks, it is truly an awesome sight to behold. Ngozumpa glacier is another spectacle and of great interest as it is one of the longest glaciers, stretching a whopping 36km. After Gokyo, you can either come down the same path or cross the Renjo La Pass and head towards Namche via Thame.
3. Rara Lake
Rara, the biggest and deepest lake in Nepal is in the Mugu district. The starting point of the trek, Jumla can be reached by air or by bus from Nepalgunj. This is true wilderness as besides army personnel nobody lives here. There are two major trails from Jumla that goes through lovely forests and it’s a five day trek to Rara Lake (2980m). The lake is crystal clear and fishes can be seen swimming deep below. You can walk around the lake, a distance of almost 13 Km in about 3 to 4 hours. Swimming is not allowed in the lake but it is possible to enjoy a ride on a raft. A hike to Murma top is a must as the whole of Rara Lake surrounded by pine, spruce and Juniper forests can be seen from this vantage point. In the distance are the lovely snow-covered mountain peaks. Being there beside this picturesque lake is reward enough and you can just relax by the lake and watch it changing color.
4. Annapurna Base Camp
The night view of mountains around the Annapurna Base Camp with the glittering stars above can make a grown man cry. It’s a breathtaking sight to behold. To head towards ABC, you can take a jeep ride from Pokhara to Ghandruk where the trek begins. The stone steps of Jhinu and Chomrong are troubling at first but soon the sight of mountains takes your attention away from your troubles. The mind blowing sunrise and sunset are not to be missed for anything. The 360 view of mountains such as Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna II, Himchuli and others leave you speechless. The amazing ABC Trek can be done in 5-7 days and is one of the best options for people with limited time on their hands.
5. Lo Manthang.
The forbidden Kingdom of Lo as it was once called because foreigners were not allowed to enter has now become one of the major attractions for those looking for the mystical highlands. Besides the ancient monasteries, caves, king's palace and the Nepal-China border, Lo Manthang in Mustang is also famous for its culture, tradition and colorful festivals that are a photo opportunity one can’t afford to miss. Entry permits are quite steep for tourists while Nepalis are exempted from all fees. Although getting there is not easy, many Nepalis have made it there. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head for Mustang to enjoy your holidays in an enchanting location.