Best Treks for beginners in Nepal
by Jayaram Thapaliya · Updated February 8, 2024
Dreaming of trekking in Nepal but worried about the challenge? Don’t fret! Nepal offers a wealth of beginner-friendly treks perfect for those seeking to experience the magic of the Himalayas without pushing their limits. In this post, I have listed the best short treks for beginners in Nepal. Nepal has numerous easy trekking routes that can be suitable for novice hikers. However, when seeking the ideal trek for beginners, careful selection is key before setting foot on the path.
How to consider the best treks for beginners?
Before embarking on the trail, first consider whether it is suitable for beginner trekkers. Trekking that is not at a very high altitude, not too long, and does not require experience in hiking is considered a beginner’s trek. A trek that is at a higher altitude and relatively difficult for novice hikers to complete would not be suitable for beginners.
What are the best treks for beginners in Nepal?
A hike/trek that is relatively short in duration and does not reach a high altitude (below 4,000 meters) is considered a beginner’s trek in Nepal. Trekking can be challenging for those who lack hiking experience. However, we have highlighted some routes that are achievable for novice hikers.
Before booking or choosing a trek in Nepal, you should consider whether it is suitable for your fitness level and experience. Otherwise, you may not experience the satisfaction you expect. If you are an experienced hiker seeking an adventurous trek, then high-altitude trekking routes such as Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, and Manaslu Circuit Trek are ideal.
Whether you’re a first-time trekker or looking for an easier route, you can find your perfect adventure here. So, without further ado, Let’s jump right in and explore the best treks for beginners in Nepal!
- Langtang Valley Trek
- Khopra Ridge Trek
- Mardi Himal Trek
- Mulde Peak Trek
- Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
- Tamang Heritage Trek
1. Langtang Valley Trek – the best easy trek for entry-level trekkers
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.
|4,984m, Tserko Ri
|5 to 7 Days
|March to May and October to Dec.
|Permits and TIMS
2. 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.
|3660 m, Khopra Danda/Ridge
|Feb to May and October to Dec.
|TIMS + ACAP
3. Mardi Himal Trek – one of most demanded short days trekking near Pokhara
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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.
|3,550 m, High Camp
|March-May and October to December.
4. Mulde Peak Trek – One of the best trek for novice 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
|3,460m, Mulde Peak
|March to May and October to November.
|TIMS and ACAP Permit
5. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek – Most demanded trek for beginners
Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking is known as one of the easiest trekking in Nepal and it is the most demanded trek for beginners in Nepal.
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. All in all, for those who want to see the foothills of Annapurna without hiking experience, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking is recommended.
|3210m, Poon Hill
|3 to 7 Days
|March-May and October- Dec.
|Permits and TIMS
6. 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 to 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.
|March to May and October to December.
|Langtang National Park Fees
Final thought regarding beginners friendly 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.
With over 100 trekking trails in Nepal, there’s something for everyone. Consider your fitness level, desired difficulty, and preferred scenery to choose the trek that matches your dreams. Remember, proper preparation, including training and acclimatization, is key to a safe and enjoyable experience.
So, lace up your boots, embrace the adventure, and conquer Nepal’s peaks, one step at a time!