Best Treks for beginners in Nepal
by Jayaram Thapaliya · Updated August 29, 2023
Are you looking for the best HIMALAYAN treks for beginners in Nepal? If yes, you’re in the right spot. Here, I have listed the top 10 easy treks that are exactly for entry-level trekkers. Whether you’re a first-time trekker or looking for an easier route, find your perfect adventure here. Without further ado, let’s get started to highlight the BEST TREKS FOR BEGINNERS.
As Nepal is Himalayan country, there are lots of hiking routes from which trekkers can choose the best in terms of their preference. For the best HIMALAYAN TREKS entry level trekkers, you should choose cleverly before jumping into a trail. This means novice trekkers should considere easy treks.
How to consider the best treks for beginners?
Before jumping into the trail, first look at how to consider trail is suitable for beginner trekkers or not.
- Less than or Equal to 7 days trek
- Maximum Elevation less than or equal to 3800
- Easily Accessible
Trekking that is not at a very high altitude, or not too long, and not required experience of hiking is known as a beginner’s trek. If a trek is at a higher altitude and relatively hard to accomplish by novice hikers that can’t be good for beginners.
What are the best treks for beginners in Nepal?
A hike/trek that is relatively short duration and not too high altitude(below 4000m) is considered. beginner trekking in Nepal. Trekking can be hard for those who don’t hike experience. But here we’ve enlighted some routes that are achievable for newbie hikers.
Before booking (choosing) trekking in Nepal, you should know whether it is suitable for you or not. Otherwise, you might not get the satisfaction you expected. Because, if you are an experienced hikers and want to go adventure trekking, then trekking trails such as Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Annapurna Base Camp, and so on high altitude trekking route is for you.
Likewise, if you are an entry-level trekking, then you should choose easy trekking. In Nepal, there are more than 100 trekking trails.
The following are the best beginners friendly treks in Nepal for 2023.
1. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek ( Most demanded easy trek )
Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking is known as one of the easiest trekking in Nepal and is popular for inexperienced trekkers.
For the short-duration trek, Ghorepani is one of the best. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is the most demanded short trek in Nepal. We can do this trek in 4 to 7 days. Those who can walk around 4 to 5 hours, can go for this hiking.
Normally, this trek starts from Nayapul which is 245km far from Kathmandu city. The trail passes through beautiful farmlands with mostly Magar and Gurung Village. Nowadays because of the road facility on this trail, we can even do Ghorepani Trekking within 3 days
Due to its low elevation(2870m), it is considered an easy trek. Early morning most tourists make a hike of 1:30 hours up to Poon Hill to see the sunrise in the mountains. So it’s also called Sunrise Trek.
Dhaulagiri range, Tukuche, Dhampus Peak, Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, and Fishtail are major mountains that we can see on this non-difficult trail.
|Max. elevation||3210m, Poon Hill|
|Min. duration||3 to 7 Days|
|Best Season||March-May and October- Dec.|
|Necessary Documents||Permits and TIMS|
All in all, for those who want to see the foothills of Annapurna without hiking experience, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking is recommended.
2. Langtang Valley Trek, an underrated route for beginner
For a mountain experience with easy walking, Langtang is the perfect choice.
Langtang Valley trek is considered the best beginner trek in Nepal. Because it’s an easy trek and also very near to Kathmandu.
The Langtang trek is the oldest trekking trail in Nepal. It is rich in Flora and Fauna. The trail on the way is mostly Tamang Villages. This trek offers you a view of the Langtang range, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Annapurna, Shisha Pangma, Porong Ri, and Paldor mountain views. From Tsergo Ri (4984m) and Kyanjin Ri Viewpoint (4600m), mountain views are awesome.
Within this rich flora, many animals have found their home. Forty-six mammals can be found in the Langtang National Park. Mammals to be found are the Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Musk Deer, and Himalayan Tahr. In addition, 30 species of fish live within the park boundaries as well as 70 species of butterflies and 345 species of birds such as the Impeyan Pheasant, Ibis Bill, White-winged Redstart, and the Snow Patridge.
The Langtang Valley trek is a moderate adventure trek. We can do the Langtang trek for 7 days also if you have a short time.
All in all, for the first time Hiking experience in Nepal, Langtang Valley Trekking is the best.
|Max. elevation||4,984m, Tserko Ri|
|Min. duration||5 to 7 Days|
|Best Season||March to May and October to Dec.|
|Legal Documents||Permits and TIMS|
3. Khopra Danda/Ridge Trek
Khopra Danda/Ridge Trek is one of the best easy treks for inexperienced hikers. If we compared it with it Mardi Himal, this trail has more mountain scenery than Mardi. Because Khopra Ridge Trek is the best viewpoint trek in Nepal.
We can combine this hiking trail with the most popular short trek Ghorepani Poon Hill. 7 to 8 days is enough to visit Khopra Danda Trekking.
|Max Elevation||3660 m, Khopra Danda/Ridge|
|Best Season||Feb to May and October to Dec.|
|Accommodation Type||Community Lodge|
|Required Permits||TIMS + ACAP|
4. Mardi Himal, Best Trek for Beginners
Trending trails for trekking starters
The Mardi Himal trek is a short and one of the most demanded hiking trips near Pokhara. We can do it in 3 days from Pokhara a very short trek and we can also spend more than weeks on this route by adding other routes with it.
Throughout the hiking, we can see stunning views of Annapurna South(7219m), Hiunchuli(6441m), Mardi Himal(5587m), and Machhapuchhre(6997m). Nonetheless, we can see the Annapurna base camp trek route from a near distance.
The best way to do this trek is to start from Dhampus Phedi and finish at Landruk Village. Dhampus Phedi, Deurali, Forest Camp, Low Camp, Badal Danda, High Camp, Siding, Landruk, and Lumle are the major places on this trek.
|Max Elevation||3,600 m, High Camp|
|Best Season||March-May and October to December.|
|Required Permits||ACAP, TIMS|
5. Tamang Heritage Trek
Easy, budget-friendly, and less crowded treks for beginners.
If you preferred to hike very less crowded trekking routes in Nepal without hiking experience, the Tamang Heritage Trail is for you. Trekking to Tamang Heritage is also very budget-friendly. You can visit the whole Tamang Heritage route within a week.
Access to this trial is easy. It’s near the capital city of Nepal (Kathmandu). Within 5- 7 days timeframe tourists can experience beautiful views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Sisapangba, and Tibetian Peak. Nonetheless, you will opportunity to experience Tamang culture.
Syabrubesi is starting and ending point of the Tamang Heritage Trail Trek.
The maximum elevation of this trek is 3165m(Nagthali) from sea level. Between Ganesh Himal and Langtang Himal, this trekking route is located.
Easy accessibility, Green farmland, and thick forest are also highlights of this trekking.
|Max Elevation||3165m, Nagthali|
|Best Season||March to May and October to December.|
|Required Permits||Langtang National Park Fees|
Mulde Peak Trek (Best Trek for Entry-level Trekker)
Situated at 3400m, the Mulde Peak trek is one of the best treks for beginners. If you wish to do less demanding trekking in Annapurna, it can be best for you.
It is the perfect alternative trail to Poon Hill.
View from Mulde Peak can’t be compared to Ghorepani Poon Hill. It is superior to Poon Hill in terms of views. You can combine this trek with Ghorepani Poon Hill as well. If you want to Mulde Peak with Ghorepani Poon Hill, 1 extra day is needed.
Overview of Mulde Peak
|Max Elevation||3,460m, Mulde Peak|
|Best Season||March to May and October to November.|
|Accommodation Type||Tea Houses|
|Necessary Permits||TIMS and ACAP Permit|
A final thought regarding beginners trekking in Nepal
In Nepal, there are many trekking trails for absolute beginners. But here I’ve included only the top 5 based on its popularity and accessibility. Though these trails are easy to do, it offers magical HIMALAYAN VIEWS within short-duration holidays with a limited budget.
All of the mentioned hiking trails are easy and PERFECT for ENTRY-LEVEL HIKERS.