A list of the top 10 most beautiful Himalayan villages in Nepal, chosen by travelers who have visited these breathtaking locations themselves. Each has its own unique character, but all are places of unrivaled natural beauty and amazing culture, in one of the most picturesque places on earth. Add them to your bucket list today!
Everest Region’s Himalayan Villages
A collection of some of Nepal’s most beautiful villages. Phewangkhu: perched on a hilltop, with fantastic views of Everest, Phewangkhu is a popular trekking destination because it has a lake surrounded by trees and small houses in traditional style. Manakamana: A scenic village in Himachal Pradesh, India surrounded by rhododendron trees at an altitude of 2200m (7200 feet). Namche Bazaar: Namche Bazaar is located at 3,440 meters (11,280 ft) above sea level in Nepal’s Sagarmatha Zone. The town serves as one of two official gateways to Mount Everest.
Langtang is a sub-region in northern Nepal. Langtang National Park covers some of its territory, with Mt. Langtang Lirung as its highest peak at 7,273 m (23,910 ft). There are several other mountain peaks over 6,000 meters and many above 5,000 meters including Gokyo Ri at 5205m high. Kyanjin Gompa Monastery lies near its eastern border while Gokyo and Rumbak serve as districts within its north and south borders respectively.
Helambu is a region of Nepal located in eastern part of Nepal. It lies to south-east of Kathmandu and north east of Pokhara in mid-western Nepal. Helambu is famous for its beautiful villages, luscious green valleys, excellent trekking paths and diverse flora and fauna. Its area includes eastern Gorkha district and Rasuwa district, making it one of largest regions in Nepal. Helambu contains few famous trekking destinations including: Lamosangu, Chhomrong, Phedi, Langtang Valley.
Pokhara Region’s Village
Annapurna, Fishtail Peak, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre and Nilgiri are popular trekking destinations. Tamang Heritage Trail, a 70km-long trek from Ghorepani to Tatopani pass via Dhampus, Salleri and Beni. Tatopani is an attractive village with a hot spring bath in Nepal’s northwestern hills. It is located at an altitude of 2128m at west of Pokhara on way to Lumbini. Lumbini, Janakpur and Bhairahawa are also worth visiting nearby places where more tourists will be coming in a near future thanks to new airport which just opened in bhairahawa on 18 sept 2017.
This region includes some of Nepal’s most beautiful villages, such as Manang and Yak Kharkha. Some of these are remote hamlets accessible only by foot or mule. These villages offer stunning views of snowy peaks and terraced farmlands along with a simple way of life still preserved in remote areas like Mustang. This region is also home to Tsum Valley, one of Nepal’s most popular trekking destinations and one of its deepest valleys filled with glacial lakes and bejeweled mountain tops, covered with numerous temples dating back to 14th century CE.
The Annapurna Region is in northwest Nepal and encompasses of picturesque towns and villages, snow-capped mountains and lush green valleys. The region is a mountaineer’s paradise, with an array of peaks ranging from 6,000 to 8,000 meters (20,000 feet). The Annapurnas are home to 14 of the world’s 20 highest peaks. Many trekkers choose to traverse through here on their way between Pokhara and Kathmandu. Popularly known as Nepal’s Lake District because it contains more than 300 glacial lakes, most people visit Manang District.
The Kanchenjunga region has one of Nepal’s most diverse collections of cultures and people. The common thread that runs through it all is its stunning natural beauty, as evidenced by three stunning UNESCO sites: Auli, a sanctuary for mountaineers; Makalu Barun National Park; and Stok Kangri, another trekking paradise. While in Nepal’s Kanchenjunga region, don’t miss out on seeing these lovely hillside hamlets where women still wear brightly colored saris, men tend to livestock in stone houses with wooden doors, and children raise cattle. Some of these rural villages can only be reached on foot or by horseback — it truly is like stepping back in time.
A remote region of Nepal, Dolpo is renowned for its breathtaking scenery. There are many homestays in villages dotted around and perfect if you’re looking to meet genuine villagers and experience everyday village life. The locals are very friendly and welcoming, though expect a different approach to hospitality than you might be used to. In winter, it can drop as low as -30°C, so come prepared! It’s best not to visit during these colder months unless you want an authentic trekking experience. From June–September, it’s green everywhere and there are flowers blooming on trees along trails. Outside of these summer months, there are only a few farms open as most locals don’t migrate for work or study abroad.
Surrounded by deep blue glacial lakes and rhododendron forests, Rolwaling is a truly scenic region. With endless hiking trails offering breath-taking views of Mt. Everest, Thamserku, Kangtega, and Pheriche; you won’t be able to get enough of Rolwaling’s stunning nature. Chhongba is a must see! The village is home to one of Nepal’s most famous monasteries called Gompas where monks reside for years studying Buddhist scriptures. A visit will give you an insight into how Nepalese Buddhists observe their religion.
Region of Nepal The Mustang region, which straddles a section of northern Nepal and southern Tibet, is home to some magnificent landscapes. Some of these landscapes are harsh, arid places that you wouldn’t want to live in; others are lush forests or sub-tropical hillsides that seem like paradise on earth. If you love mountains and remote places, Mustang will fascinate you. It is a real hidden gem in central Asia. Despite being overlooked by most travellers to Nepal (and many locals), there is plenty here to enjoy – it’s just a question of knowing where to look! Here are our recommendations for seeing some unique parts of these beautiful surroundings...