Best Viewpoints in Nepal
by Jayaram Thapaliya · Updated August 29, 2023
There are plenty of reasons being Nepal is on traveller’s bucket lists. One of the reasons is the best Viewpoints in Nepal. Needless to say, Nepal is rich in tallest peaks because it occupied 8 tallest peaks among the 14 tallest peaks in the world. Hence, here in Nepal, we can visit MOUNTAIN VIEWPOINTS to explore the beauty of HIMALAYAS.
Friendly people, amazing landscape, home of the mountains, unique culture variation, world heritage sites, and best destinations for trekking and hiking. There are numerous viewpoints to get a scenic view.
What are the BEST MOUNTAIN VIEWPOINTS in Nepal?
Given below are some of the best and highest-ranking viewpoints in Nepal.
#1. Mulde Peak, Annapurna Region
The Mulde Peak Viewpoint is an expanded version of the usual Annapurna Panorama Trekking and it is one of the BEST SHORT TREK NEAR POKHARA. This is far better than the popular viewpoint Poon Hill. You’ll see magic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges from Mulde Peak (3637m).
Mulde View Point trek offers a memorable hiking experience in a short period. Trekking through the beautiful traditional settlements of Gurung and Magar ethnic groups( Ghandruk and Ulleri Village), their terraced farmlands and the opportunity to see the local people’s fascinating culture and customs are the secondary attraction of the trip.
Ghandruk is the starting point and Naypul is the ending point of the Mulde Peak trek. You can do the Mulde Peak trek within 4 days as a minimum and if you want to extend it by doing another trip together you can make even 2 weeks of trekking.
#2.Kalapatthar, Everest Region
Kala Patthar is a small peak meaning “black rock. Its altitude is generally given as 5,555m. Kalapatthar is located right at the foot of Pumori (7161m) and above Gorakshep on the way to Everest Base Camp.
A lot of trekkers who embark on the Everest Base Camp Trek aim to reach the summit of Kala Pattar, as it offers the easiest viewing point of Mt. Everest.. The views from almost anywhere on Kalapatthar of Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse are amazing.
The Kalapatthar is one of the best viewpoints situated in the Everest region. We can reach there without any mountaineering experience or equipment.
But getting to Kalapatthar is not an easy task. To accomplish it, you should do the Everest Base Camp trek which takes approx 12 days as a round trip. However, you can even take a helicopter ride from Lukla or directly from Kathmandu airport.
Where can I see the best view of Mount Everest from Nepal?
Kala Patthar. There are also some other places from where you can see magical views of Everest but Kalapatthar is regarded as the best place to view Everest.
Kala Patthar ( also known as Kala Pattar 5,555m ), is located near the Everest Base Camp. It offers the closest view of Mount Everest and other giant peaks too.
#3. Poon Hill, one of the best viewpoint
Poon Hill (3,210m) lies above the village of Ghorepani in the Annapurna region of Nepal and is the most demanded mountain viewpoint in Nepal. The hilltop offers stunning views of the sunrise over the giant mountains and eye-catching Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges.
Compared to other places on the list, Poon Hill is relatively easily accessible and requires a 3 to 4 days round trip from Kathmandu. To reach Poon Hill view station, we have to do Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking.
#4. Gokyo Ri, Everest Region
Undoubtedly Gokyo Ri is one the perfect view station to see Mount Everest and so on the giant peak that lies in Mahalagnur Himalayan ranges. To get Gokyo Ri, we can do Trekking to Gokyo Ri (5,357m) and we can combine this mountain trip with Everest Base Camp Trek.
In addition to four of the highest mountains – namely Everest (8,848m), Lhotse ( 8,516m) Makalu ( 8,485m), and Cho Oyu (8,188m), there are many other mountains like Gyachung Khang, Tobuche, Kangchung, Hungcchi, Lunag Ri & Cholatse and Kantega & Tamserku which are visible from Gokyo Ri.
Nonetheless, the Ngozumba glacier and Gokyo Oligotrophic lakes can also be seen from here.
#5. Khopra Ridge, Annapurna Region
Khopra Ridge is located at 3660m from sea level and it’s near the Annapurna South(7,219m). This viewpoint offers a scenic view of the world’s 7th tallest peak Mt Dhaulagiri(8,167m). Besides that from this point, you’ll have a panoramic view of Annapurna South, Nilgiri, Dhampus Peak, Tukuche, and Dhaulagiri ranges. The landscape view just below the ridge is just awesome.
Since the distance between Kathmandu to Solukhumbu is far, it is difficult to see Everest from Kathmandu. However, from the Chandragiri hills, Kathmandu, we can see views of the Himalayan ranges and Mount Everest on a clear day.
The Everest View Hotel is located at Lukla – Syangboche Marg, Khumjung 56000, Nepal. Everest View Hotel is the most expensive hotel in the Everest Region. It costs around 300USD to 400USD per night.
The distance from Kathmandu to Mt Everest is 160km.
The distance from Pokhara to Mt Everest is 289km.