We understand you are a beginner. As a beginner, if you have done some short or long hikes, you already know the benefits of hiking. And, now you are looking to up your game with an ideal trek that suits your needs, in Nepal.
Nepal is a land of the Himalayas and home to many highest mountains in the world. Besides the Himalayas, Nepal is blessed with incredible diversity in the landscape in the form of hills and terai (flatlands). Because of this diversity, Nepal is a perfect destination for hiking, trekking, and mountaineering.
For mountaineers, Nepal is simply a wonderland! It is home to eight out of the ten highest mountains in the world.
However, what most of the trekkers might not know is that Nepal is also a perfect trekking and hiking destination for beginners. Nepal’s landscape offers plenty of trekking options, from short treks to long camping treks with varying difficulty levels.
Well, if you are a complete beginner, first you need to understand the difference between hiking vs trekking. To put it simply, hiking is a single day leisure activity that involves walking on organized trails while trekking is a bit more rigorous multi-day activity that involves a lot more than walking.
Here we have summarised 5 Best Treks in Nepal for Beginners from many available options. Read on to explore more about these treks.
Langtang Valley Trek
Not very far from the capital city of Kathmandu lies a valley filled with flowers known as the Langtang valley. Not just flowers, Langtang is known for its mountains, people, and cheese too. These are the things that make Langtang Valley Trek a desirable one.
It takes 6-7 hours of drive to reach the starting point of Langtang Trek. Starting from Syabrubesi, you follow the trail along Langtang river. Passing teahouses and forests on the way, you gradually move up to the valley of Langtang.
Meadows and grasslands in Langtang are beautiful. Mountains like Langtang-Lirung and Ganesh range add to the beauty of this region. Plants and wildlife here are protected, as Langtang National Park is home to many rare species of plants, birds, and animals.
Tamang people living here are very cordial. Tibetan-Buddhist lifestyle has a significant influence in this region. In Kyanjin village, you can see a 400-year old gumba sitting at the base of Langtang Lirung. The cheese factory here is another attraction. Don’t forget to try some fresh cheese.
This is an easy trek where you reach the highest altitude of 4,984 meters, which is the top of Tsergo Ri. Based on your physical capability, decide on your own whether you want to do the short hike up to Tsergo Ri viewpoint or not.
If you are a beginner, you need to prepare accordingly. Prior hiking experience will add some benefits. Plan and manage your schedule and budget appropriately.
Autumn is the best time to trek to this region. The forests look their best after the monsoon, and so do the animals living there. Flowers are blooming, and the sky is clear, offering spectacular scenic views.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a short trek that can be done within 5-7 days, rewarding you with a jaw-dropping view of the Annapurna range. We can consider it one of the best treks for beginners in Nepal.
Starting from the foothills of Pokhara, this trek takes you through the hills and villages, forests and waterfalls, highlands and lowlands up to the foothills of gigantic Annapurna South peak. The view of Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Himchuli, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre in all directions is simply profound.
Autumn is the best time of year for trekking to Annapurna Base Camp. Autumn sees warm daytime temperatures, and comfortably chilly nights and mornings.
This trek you will take to the highest point of 4,130 meters. But as the trail is continuously upwards and downwards, there’s a very little chance of suffering from altitude sickness. Thus, it is an easy trek doable for all.
Ghorepani-Poonhill Trek is a perfect short overview of trekking in Nepal, especially for beginners. If you do not want to physically challenge yourself but still want to trek, then opt for this short trek.
Ghorepani-Poonhill Trek takes you to the western part of Nepal. Starting from Nayapul, this trek passes through traditional villages, with rivers and streams flowing alongside. Traversing through the dark forests of rhododendron, you reach Ghorepani. From here, an hour hike will get you to the highest point of the trek at 3,210 meters, which is Poon Hill.
The view of the sunrise and sunset from Poon Hill is said to be one of the best views and is the major highlight of the trek. The view from up here covers a wide range of mountain ranges like the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri range, Machapuchare range, and Manaslu range. With mountains in sight and sun rays falling over it, the view from here is a mystical experience.
All in all, Ghorepani-Poonhill Trek is an easy trek. The chance of altitude sickness is minimal. However, pay attention to weather updates if you expect a clear view from up there. Autumn is the best time for this trek.
Mardi Himal Trek
Mardi Himal trek is the newest addition to the short trekking trails of Nepal. It has gained massive popularity in recent times. This trail lies within the Annapurna Conservation Area. This is a relatively short trek that ends at the base of Mardi Himal.
During the trek, the walk is mostly through ridges offering an open-sky view. Mountains like Annapurna, Machapuchare and Himchuli are hardly out of sight.
The Gurungs are the predominant people in this region with the majority of the population. They reflect their culture in their daily lives. This trail is also known as the Ecotourism Trail, thus providing you a beautiful secluded experience with nature.
Mardi Himal Trek is doable in 5 days, making it perfect for beginners. The best time would be autumn and spring. But with proper preparations, it can be done any other time too.
Everest View Trek
It is no secret that the world’s highest peak Everest is in Nepal. Every year, thousands of people visit Nepal to see this wonder of nature.
If you do not have a lot of time to spend on the mountains, but have a burning desire to see Everest, this is the trek for you.
Everest View Trek starts with a flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. It passes through the Sherpa villages of Namche, Pangboche, and others before reaching the highest point of the trek, Tengboche. This trek provides an opportunity to experience the warm hospitality of the Sherpa people and experience their lifestyle and culture.
From Tengboche at 3,860 meters, the view is stunning. Many of the world’s highest peaks like Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku offer a dazzling view on a clear day. The Tengboche Monastery is the biggest in the entire Khumbu region and has the utmost importance in this region.
Sagarmatha National Park in the region is home to many species of plants, birds, and animals. It has been listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO.
This trek is a 7-10 days trek offering you the closest view of the Everest. With proper acclimatization, this trek is doable for beginners too. The best time to go for this trek is the Autumn season when the grasslands are lusty green with a clear blue sky. The temperature is warm, with chilly mornings and nights comfortable to sleep.
These treks listed above are for people who have limited time in Nepal but have a desire to trek in Nepal. Every trail has its uniqueness to offer.
Make sure you consider your physical fitness, budget, and expectations from the trek before you decide.
Pack your backpacks and come along. The mountains are calling!