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Every two years the world’s leading trails come together to shape the future of trails. To learn, to share and to network.

Join the world’s trails in September at a conference not to be missed, in the trekking trail capital of the world – Nepal.

Coronavirus Update – as of 18 March 2020, the conference is still going ahead.
We continue to plan to ensure everything is in place to welcome you in September. If you are concerned about flight bookings, we suggest waiting until May 2020 to make your bookings. In the meantime secure your hotel accommodation by making a reservation. Only pay for accommodation once you have booked your flight.
We will post updates if anything changes.

Official Conference Host

Conference Organizer and Convener

Why Attend the Conference?

This 8th World Trails Conference will help shape global priorities for trails
for the coming decade, as it builds on its previous achievements.

Be a part of the action!

Key reasons to attend

1. Network and build global partnerships, learn from experts and share your knowledge and trail expertise.

2. Trail experts, professionals and champions from around the globe will share experience, innovation and best practices regarding trails.

3. The conference addresses the key eight focal points of the World Trails Network: culture, nature, sustainability, media, tourism, towns, events and education and research.

4. Help shape the international trails industry to become more sustainable and recognized for its contributions to society, tourism and rural economies.

Convince yourself and your boss!

1. Participating will allow me to acquire new views, concepts and ideas to apply to my trail work. In addition, it will allow me to showcase the work of our organization.

2. The conference is the only event where trails from over 40 countries gather to learn, share and inspire each other on an international level.

3. Upon my return, I will share new ideas and important takeaways with our organization / team to help grow our trail success.

4. Showcase our latest trail work, gain visibility and engage with influential and passionate delegates who are attending.

Programme Highlights

We have an extensive programme over 4 days with additional events
before and after the main conference.

Join a pre-conference trail journey. Discover  Nepal’s iconic trails and network with other trail professionals. Costs vary depending on trek duration.

20 – 31 Aug 2020 – Evertest Gokyo: $1,575
27 – 31 Aug 2020 – Annapurna: $790 (or $415)
24 – 31 Aug 2020 – Langtang Valley: $750

These workshops are specifically convened for Nepali trail professionals and trekking guides. These workshops share valuable trail maintenance ideas, simple building and repair techniques.

30 – 31 Aug 2020 – Pokhara: Free

Learn about the Green Flag Trails auditing system that is being used to enhance the quality of trails in Nepal and other countries. This is a one-day trail auditing workshop focused on an accessible trail.

1  Sept 2020 – Pokhara: $85

The main conference proceedings begin on 2 September 2020 with multiple sessions and 8 focus areas addressing trails and culture, sustainability, nature, tourism, media and towns and knowledge resources.

2 – 5  Sept 2020 – Pokhara

The World Trails Film Festival – Trails.Film is the only festival of its kind focused on telling unique trail stories, from history to adventure, from slow travel to inspirational trail journeys. Submit your films for entry.

5 Sept 2020 – Pokhara

Various local trails and adventures are offered post the conference around Pokhara.

Choose from a boat paddle to visiting the Peace Pagoda, to paragliding and shopping for gifts and curios. There are endless activities and opportunities to explore Nepal’s adventure capital.

Conference Themes & Schedule

If you work with trails or are a trail champion, then this global conference is the platform
where you can stay up to date with what is happening in trails around the world.

Registration Opportunities

When you register you can choose to participate in various ways in the conference.

Give a presentation, exhibit a poster, submit a film to the Trails.Film World Trails Film Festival, volunteer or
consider becoming a member of the World Trails Network and receive conference benefits.

Give a Presentation

Presentations are accepted based on their contribution to the programme. Registration does not mean your presentation will automatically be accepted.

Exhibit a Poster

There is limited space for poster exhibits, please apply early for one of the slots available, there is a charge for any printing we do on your behalf.

Submit a Film

The Trails.Film – World Trails Film Festival is now in its 2nd year and promises to be build on its inaugural success. We consider all films that tell the unique story of trails.


Volunteer leading up to the conference and receive a registration discount. We seek volunteers proficient in English and familiar with communications.

History of the Conference

The World Trails Conference is at the heart of the positive impact trails are making around the world. Follow the link to read about the history of the conference.

Network Membership Options

The global trails community actively seeks new members who are leaders in their field and who can make a strong contribution to trails in their regions and around the world.

I have never been to a conference that had so many follow-up collaborations.
This conference is a must for trail professionals. . .

I established incredible meaningful connections.

– Rigas Zafeiriou, Greece

Accommodation and Travel

The conference is hosted at the Waterfront Hotel on Lake Phewa in the outdoor adventure town of Pokhara.

Waterfront Hotel, Pokhara

The conference will be hosted at the KGH Group Waterfront Resort in Pokhara. The Waterfront Resort overlooking the Phewa Lake has remarkable lake view from each of its 58 deluxe rooms.

Book directly with the hotel and receive the conference discount we have secured.

For discounted hotel with the KGH Group in Kathmandu take a look here.

Travel Planning Assistance

special discounted VNY 2020 airfare which can be coordinated by us with the airlines for your clients. Please email Roshani.

Getting to Pokhara

You are likely to arrive in Kathmandu via an international flight and will then need to find a way to Pokhara:

Option 1: Short flight – 30min. Expect this to cost between $50 – $100.

Option 2: Bus – a strenuous 6-8 hours for a journey of only 200km, expected costs are $5 – $25. Busses leave from Thamel daily at 7:30am

Alternative Accommodation

For alternative accommodation nearby that fits your budget or preferences, find hotels and backpackers at

Local Outdoor Activities

Pokhara is the adventure capital of Nepal with endless options for exploring, take a look at this list of ideas: Things to do in Pokhara

Join today and secure your place and accommodation.

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