Being the home of many snow-capped peaks along with eight of the different eight thousand meters high mountains, Nepal comprises of several Base Camps. Each year lot of people from around the world visit Nepal to perform base camp Trek. Since there are a lot of Base Camps, it is not feasible to jot all of them. However, here are some top and famous Base Camp Trekking in Nepal.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp

The far east section of Nepal is still isolated and rugged with abundant trekking experience. The third highest mountain in the world Kanchenjunga holds two different base camps, i.e., North Base Camp and South Base Camp. Covering both base camps is an almost month-long trek in Nepal. Connected via airstrip and motorable road Kanchenjunga Trek now can be done depending on teahouses however they are fundamental. It usually used to be a camping trek in the past. However, nowadays most of the trek operators operate Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek in a semi-organized way, i.e., depending on teahouses for food whereas setting a tent for overnight accommodation.

on the way to Kanchenjunga

Facts

Altitude: 5145 m

Location: Far-East of Nepal close to the border of India

Level: Difficult

Permit: Restricted area permit

Duration: 22 days

Best Time: March/April/October/November

Accommodation: Guesthouse/ Tea house/ Lodge/ Camping

Attraction: view of dozen of mountain peaks between 6000m to 8000m, Yalung Glacier, interesting ethnic people, pristine and remote landscape

Makalu Base Camp

Sandwiched in between Kanchenjunga and Everest Base Camp, very few trekkers explore the wild terrain beauty of Makalu. It is far west part of the great Himalayan trail and belongs to upper routes. The trail from Makalu Base Camp traverses to Everest Region passing through elevation on 6200 m from sea level. Similar to its close neighbor Kanchenjunga it also used to be a camp trek on past. Nowadays depending on weather conditions and season time, it can be done entirely based on the teahouse approach. Glacial moraine walk is an offer by Makalu Base Camp Trek and one needs to encounter several high alpine passes before approaching the base camp area.

Makalu

Facts

Altitude: 5200 m

Location: Far west of Nepal

Level: Moderate

Permit: Restricted area permit

Duration: 14 days

Best Time: March/April/October/November

Accommodation: Guesthouse/ Tea house/ Lodge/ Camping

Attraction: remote area with fewer trekkers, Makalu Barun National Park, Cross the Shipton Pass, Witness glaciers, high altitude lakes, and majestic mountains, Panorama view of Everest to delight every photographer, etc.

Lhotse Base Camp

Let us say almost attached to Mount Everest, Lhotse Base Camp is located on its south wall during a trip to Island Peak Base Camp. Very few almost one or two group trek Lhotse Base Camp in a year whereas some expedition team attempting Lhotse Climbing from South Ridge approach the base camp. It is a one-day trip from Chukung to go and came back to Chukung, as there are no fix accommodation and teahouses on Lhotse Base Camp. Instead of a side trip to the hill on Dingboche during the Everest Base Camp Trek trip to Lhotse Base Camp can be an ideal option. A small memorial with some prayers flag is built on the south face of Lhotse Base Camp greeting all those brave souls attempting Lhotse Summit.

Lhotse

Facts

Altitude: 5545 m

Location: Everest region

Level: Difficult 

Permit: Sagarmatha national park permit 

Duration: 

Best Time: March/April/October/November

Accommodation: Guesthouse/ Tea house/ Lodge/ Camping

Attraction: view of Everest, Lhotse Base Camp, the side trip to the hill on Dingboche during Everest Base Camp Trek trip, etc. 

Everest Base Camp

The highest mountain in the world, words are not enough to describe the beauty of the Everest Region, i.e., Khumbu Valley. Before when there was no airport on Lukla, it used to be a month-long trek to Everest Base Camp from Jiri. But nowadays with Lukla Airport, trekking can be accomplished on two entire weeks with great ease and comfort. Since one cannot see Everest from its Base Camp, Kalapatthar Hill is famous for the viewpoint of Mighty Everest. Each year more than thirty thousand trekkers explore base camp of Everest some attempt more strenuous approach to Everest Base Camp with technical passes; quite famously known as Everest Three Pass Trek.

Way to Everest Base Camp
Way to EBC

Facts

Altitude: 5545 m

Location: Sagarmatha National park

Level: Moderate

Permit: Sagarmatha national park permit

Duration: 13 days

Best Time: March/April/October/November

Accommodation: Guesthouse/ Tea house/ Lodge/ Camping

Attraction: close and personal with Everest, Kala Patthar, the viewpoint for Everest, Everest Base Camp, Flying into the tiny airport of Lukla, famous Sherpa people in Namche Bazaar, etc. 

Cho-you Base Camp

Close west of Mount Everest, there lies another Eight Thousanders named Mount Cho-you. Tibetan people worship the mountain as a tortoise goddess and are considered very holy. Although the entire expedition to Lhotse is carried out from Tibetan Side, there still exists a small tiny base camp on Nepal too. Adjacent to Khumbu Valley, Gokyo Valley is the gateway to Cho-you Base Camp. From the settlement of 3rd Lake on Gokyo, Base Camp is almost around five six-hour one-way walks passing through 4th, 5th and 6th Lake. The major highlight of the trek is a unique northwest face of Mount Everest. Similar to Lhotse, very few people explore the region. It is because one needs to depend on pack lunch and very long as well as hard day although the trail is very gentle and mostly flat.

Facts

Altitude: 5600 m

Location: Sagarmatha national park

Level: Moderate

Permit: Sagarmatha national park permit. 

Duration: 13 days

Best Time: March/April/October/November

Accommodation: Guesthouse/ Tea house/ Lodge/ Camping

Attraction: 

Manaslu Base Camp

Quite easily approachable from Sama Gaun in Gorkha, Manaslu is established as the best teahouse trek in Nepal. Apart from base camp people traverse Larke Pass and merge with Annapurna Circuit Trek on Lamjung District. Base Camp is next to the settlement of Sama. The unique northwest face of Manaslu rises high above the ranges with soft and fresh snow. On the north of Mount Manaslu, there lies a small glacial lake named Birendra Lake. Just next ridge to Lake trail gently rises above and ends on the glacial basin of the mountain. Not too high, almost around 4400 m from sea level this Manaslu Base Camp trip is a perfect side trip from Manaslu Circuit Trekking.

Manaslu short trek

Facts

Altitude: 5160 m

Location: Manaslu conservation area

Level: Hard

Permit: Restricted area permit

Duration: 13 days

Best Time: March/April/October/November

Accommodation: Guesthouse/ Tea house/ Lodge/ Camping

Attraction: lowland fields to a snowbound pass, the endangered snow leopard, Photograph towering glaciers and amazing mountains, Tibetan culture, Manaslu Base Camp, etc. 

Annapurna Base Camp

The tenth highest mountain in the world, Mount Annapurna offers many trekking destinations within its territory. To see details of other available itineraries see our Annapurna Region Trek. No doubt Annapurna Base Camp is one of easiest base camp trekking in Nepal. As it is located on an elevation of 4100 m from sea level and can be completed within nine days itinerary it is very famous. An easy approach is another highlight of Annapurna Base Camp as a short bus ride from Pokhara shift trekkers on the start point of the trek. Cozy accommodation and other available facilities are unmatched to other regions of Nepal. On the way trekkers with pass through Fishtail Base Camp too.

Annapurna base camp

Facts

Altitude: 4130 m

Location: Annapurna region 

Level: Moderate

Permit: Annapurna conservation area project permit

Duration: 12 days

Best Time: March/April/October/November

Accommodation: Guesthouse/ Tea house/ Lodge/ Camping

Attraction: the culture of the Gurung people, rhododendron forests, changing the scenery from cultivated fields and forests to landscapes with little vegetation,  spectacular 360mountain views, hot springs at Jhinu, Annapurna Base Camp, etc. 

Dhaulagiri Base Camp

Further west of Annapurna Range, there lies a series of Dhaulagiri where Dhaulagiri I is the highest among all. Among any other base, we had discussed above; it is most challenging and technical as basic mountaineering skills are needed. French col and Dhampus Pass are most technical is a term of terrain and slopes. Depending on whether fixed ropes might be needed to traverse. Trek cannot be accomplished depending on the weather, so only alternatives are camping with a large crewmember. Depending on the expedition period’s large settlement can be found on Dhaulagiri attempting the summit. Whereas in the rest period of the year, one might not encounter with other trekkers through the trail until reaching Jomsom and merging with Annapurna Circuit Trail.

Facts

Altitude: 5300 m

Location: Annapurna region

Level: Moderate

Permit: Annapurna conservation area project permit 

Duration: 17 days

Best Time: March/April/October/November

Accommodation: Guesthouse/ Tea house/ Lodge/ Camping

Attraction: off the beaten track, view of massive 8000m peaks – Dhaulagiri 1 and Annapurna 1, Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek, lush valleys, snowy high passes, calm pine, and Rhododendron forest, etc. 

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Rajendra Khanal (Raj)

Born and raised in Gorkha, Nepal, I am proud to call the Manaslu region my home! I have been in the travel business for over a decade from being assistance guide, leader, to being a manager. And finally today I am the founder of NEST Adventure. So you could say I know my way well enough in the Himalayas, especially in some of the off-the-beaten-trails in Nepal like Manaslu, Kanchenjunga and Mustang!

I am passionate about travelling and I strongly believe that seeing the world shouldn't break the bank (at least not too much!). I have backpacked to over 15 countries in Asia, Central America, USA, Canada, one-third of Europe, the Caribbean Islands, and Latin America.

I studied in the UK and moved to the United States. During that period, I had the opportunity of working with multinational companies which taught me how to deliver quality customer service in the business. As a world travelling backpacker myself, and travel expert for the Nepalese Himalayas, I started writing about my own country. Which I would love to share with you. In case you required free information about Nepal or join a group with our existing departure, (particularly If you are a solo hiker for the restricted area) please do not hesitate to visit my office in Thamel. We are located in the centre of Kathmandu called Thamel. I am happy to share a cup of Nepali tea and free information.

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