Best Trek In Nepal For Beginners 2024

  • Updated on Jan 14, 2024
  • Rugged Trails Nepal

When it comes to Nepal, if someone tells you a story about Nepal, the very first thing that comes to mind is Mount Everest, the Buddha Birth Place, or simply the Himalayas! Surprisingly, some of the countries school books and university books have mentioned Buddha was born in India, so still very few people are aware of Nepal's geography, culture, and landscapes. Nepal is undeniably an amazing landscape, the home of the world's tallest mountain peaks, cultures that none of the worlds has, and full of glorious social and geographical marvels. With all that, we are here talking about the treks that can be fit for beginners. We often receive emails, and while traveling abroad to places like Europe, America, Australia, and some Asian countries, people only think that traveling in Nepal is just walking for weeks, which is extremely hard and nothing to see within a short time period. The big question is, can beginners trek in Nepal?Absolute yes, and 100% yes, that Nepal is the perfect destination for beginners and has many amazingly beautiful trekking trails below the mighty Himalayas.

We have mentioned our personal experiences while traveling outside Nepal and how Nepal is visualised in terms of great mountains and Everest!! Everest!! People, of course, a poor country, which is very much true but not in a sense of nature, because Nepal is a piece of heaven and everyone must visit once in a lifetime. Most of the blogs and travel stories share their great adventure achievements of climbing over 8000 meters, but forget Everest Base Camp and the 8000-meter base camp. You know why? because there's a hidden gem perfect for your first Himalayan journey without scaling the heights and reaching the base camps. Nepalese warm hospitality is renowned in the world, and walking in the foothills with panoramic views of snow-capped peaks can be possible with the short and easy trekking routes.

Frequently, we are asked, What are the best treks for beginners? It's not a hard question since we have a number of beautiful, easy trekking routes that are suitable for first-time trekkers. Here are the best treks in Nepal from different regions that are most popular all the time, such as the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek, the Everest Panorama trek, the Mardi Himal Trek, the Helambu trek, the Ghandruk trek, the Panchase Trek, the Pikey Peak trek, the Khopra Danda trek, the Balthali Village trek, the Nagarkot trek, the Upper Mustang trek, the Dhampus Sarangkot trek, the Jomsom Muktinath Trek, the Royal Trek, and the Langtang Valley Trek. These mentioned trekking routes are shorter and in lower-altitude regions for the best trekking experience if you are a beginner and looking for easy hikes in Nepal. Each trekking route has it's own character and taste, such as beautiful lakes, flora and fauna, wildlife, and different ethnic groups with unique cultures and traditions.

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Another big question is: Can beginners trek in Nepal?Absolutely Yes! and below suggested easy treks such as Ghorepani, Kathmandu Valley Rim Trek, and Mardi Himal Trek are perfect choices for any age. Some of the treks we have arranged for a family with their toddler, so you can gear up and pick any of these treks with us to experience the beauty of Nepal under the base camp!  Let's not forget another question Which is the easiest base camp trek in Nepal? Well, Annapurna Base Camp is also considered the easiest base camp trek, as is Mardi Himal Base Camp. But the speedy or short Annapurna base camp trek is not suitable for beginners; instead, pick the longer version of the Ghorepani Annapurna base camp trek, which gives you more time to adapt and slow down. Keep in mind that on most easy trekking routes, we will be walking under 4500 m, and ascending and descending are very common on all the easy or extremely challenging trekking routes. On easy treks, you don't need any previous hiking experience and don't need to worry about altitude sickness; simply trekking gear will suffice.

Which is the shortest trek in Nepal among those suggested? The shortest one, the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek from Pokhara, and the Kathmandu Valley Trek, which covers Nagarkot, are the shortest trekking routes in Nepal. Some of the treks can be customised for 1 day to 2 days, which is generally a shorter hiking list than the treks, but the views are magnifique. How do I choose a trek in Nepal? Below, we are sorting by the different regions, and the pictures are from the trek viewpoint or the location, so the easiest way to pick which region you want to trek and for how long! Which is the most scenic, easy trek in Nepal? All the below suggested trekking routes are scenic, so if you are considering Mount Everest, you have to pick the Everest Region trek if you are looking for Annapurna Ranges, Annapurna Region, or Langtang Region. If you think you need help picking the best, then simply connect without any hesitation to our team leader on WhatsApp (+9779851065387) or by email. We assure you that, after reaching us, you will definitely get the personal touch from us, and in Nepal, we will take care of your hotel, day-to-day plans, ground transportation, trek permits, and friendly, experienced Sherpa guides who will take care of everything.

The very last concern and question is: which is the best month for trekking? Well, this question is very tricky, but again, we have to be very honest and say that March, April, May, October, and November are the best months to trek in Nepal. This is a very common answer, and that is how Nepal tourism is promoted, but here we have different views on the best time of the year to visit. Let's talk in detail about why other months and seasons are still the best to visit in Nepal. If you have your vacation during the monsoon period, like July to September, then you shouldn't come to Nepal. We are not saying you shouldn't, but we are saying that's the best time if you want to experience the greenery, beautiful water falls, grassy land, beautiful lakes and flowers, and, of course, the snow peak. It might be cloudy or rainy for some hours, but still, the below-suggested treks are doable all year. And on another winter trek in December, January, and February, you will be amazed by the complete snowy mountain peaks. The rest of the time, you will see the snowcapped peaks, but in winter, you will see completely snow-covered peaks. You will need some extra layers of clothes and gear, but the treks are not extreme, and our mountain guides will take care of your safety. We will only suggest appropriate trekking itineraries for winter treks.

Best Treks In Nepal For Beginners in 2024

Forget the grueling climb to Base Camp! Nepal's majestic Himalayas hold a treasure trove of trekking adventures waiting to be discovered, even for those with no prior experience.Imagine waking up to panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, the crisp mountain air invigorating your senses as you embark on a journey through lush forests and charming villages. This isn't just a fantasy; it's the reality of trekking in Nepal, even for beginners. Let's delve into some of the most popular beginner-friendly treks in Nepal.

Kathmandu Valley Trek

The Kathmandu Valley Rim Trek is a fantastic option for those seeking a quick and easy way to experience the beauty of the Kathmandu Valley. This trek offers stunning mountain vistas, picturesque villages, and a glimpse into the enchanting Nepali way of life. Many travelers visiting Kathmandu inquire about the closest trekking area. Enter the Kathmandu Valley Trek, a popular short trek spanning 3-5 days and encompassing the scenic villages of Nagarkot, Chisapani, and Dhulikhel. But how short can you go? This versatile trek even offers a one-day itinerary, perfect for a time-pressed explorer. Simply book the Kathmandu Valley Rim Trek with us, and our experienced guide will navigate the map while you soak in the panoramic views.

Customization and Extension:

The highest point of the trek peaks at Chisapani, reaching a height of 2,725 meters (8,940 feet). Feeling adventurous? Extend your experience! Customize your trek from days to a week, exploring more of the Kathmandu hills. Cozy hotels and charming homestays await, offering a deeper taste of Nepal's unique culture and hospitality.

Balthali Village Trek

Put aside your familiar tourist routes. With endless paths winding past Tamang, Newar, and even ethnic tribal settlements, Balthali is an "off-the-beaten-path" treasure. With colorful rhododendrons, old Sal trees, and a diverse array of plants and animals, nature enthusiasts and birdwatchers will be in their element. As you wander through terraced farms and pass holy locations like Namo Buddha—where Lord Buddha is said to have walked the earth 6,000 years ago—breathe in the clean mountain air. All skill levels are catered to in Balthali, where easy walks last four to five hours every day. Put on your boots, welcome the spirit of exploration, and watch as the wonder of Balthali reveals itself to you.

Namche Bazaar (Everest Panorama Trek)

A short 5- to 7-day Namche Bazaar trek or an Everest Panorama Trek is the shortest and easiest trek you can do below Everest Base Camp. The maximum elevation of the trek is 3,880 meters (12,730 feet), reached at the Everest View Hotel atop Namche Bazaar. People often call this trek the Mount Everest View Trek, but regardless of the name, it's one of the best Everest View tour packages for beginners to explore the region.

The 5-day Namche Bazaar trek plan starts and ends in Kathmandu, so you'll need 7 days in total, including arrival and departure. This 5-day Everest View Trek is also a popular luxury option because some hotels offer warm heating blankets and attached bathrooms. Some people even choose to fly back to Kathmandu from Namche for an extra thrill, but the trek price with Rugged Trails Nepal remains budget-friendly regardless.

Now, let's answer your questions about the trek:

How long is the trek from Lukla to Namche Bazaar? The trek takes about two days. The first day is shorter, ending in Phakding. The second day to Namche takes 7-8 hours.

How long is the trek from Namche to Tengboche? If you want to visit Tengboche Monastery, it's a 6-hour walk from Namche. You'll need 1-2 extra days for this leg.

This Everest View trek is easy and perfect for all ages, even if you have no prior hiking experience.

Pikey Peak Trek

Discover the enchantment of Pikey Peak, Everest's best-kept secret, away from the throng of tourists. A unique look into Sherpa culture, peaceful settlements, and stunning vistas can all be found on this moderate seven-day journey. Take in the vista from the summit of Pikey Peak, where Everest conqueror Sir Edmund Hillary discovered his favorite spot. Feel the Himalayas purify your spirit as you watch the dawn paint Dhaulagiri, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga gold.

Take in the wonderful tapestry of the Khumbu. Stroll between old monasteries, through forests of rhododendron, and over terraced farms that cling to the slopes of mountains. Get to know the friendly Sherpas, whose hospitality is as extensive as the Himalayas. You may get a true taste of Nepalese living because of Pikey Peak's attraction of being off the main road. Enjoy tea with the locals, explore their customs, and experience the tranquility that comes with being by yourself in the highlands.

With mild hills and breathtaking views at every turn, this walk is suitable for hikers of all skill levels. Your award? An image of Everest that would never fade from your mind, a postcard-perfect view. So, skip the crowd and go on an expedition to Pikey Peak. One magnificent stride at a time, uncover the Himalayas' enchantment. This trek is one of the best for beginners who want to walk below the Everest region.

Langtang Valley Trek

The Langtang Valley Trek offers a moderately easy adventure for beginners in Nepal. Although Everest and Annapurna treks frequently overshadow them, we, as local travel experts, can assure you that Langtang has its own magic. Its rich culture, diverse landscapes, ethnic villages, and stunning mountain ranges make it a hidden gem in the Himalayas. The shortest option is a 5-day trek from Kathmandu to Kathmandu, though this might feel like a marathon for first-timers. A 7-day trek provides a more relaxed pace and is ideal for beginners.

Click on the image or follow the link below for more details about the Langtang Valley Trek.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Ghandruk Trek

The Ghorepani Poon Hill Ghandruk Trek is one of the easiest and most popular short trekking routes in Nepal. Many travelers arriving in Nepal dream of seeing the Himalayas up close, making this trek a top choice. Poon Hill's viewpoint offers stunning panoramic views, a highlight of the journey. Ghandruk, a traditional Gurung village, adds another layer of uniqueness. The Ghorepani Poon Hill tour can be completed in 2 days from Pokhara. Including Tadapani and Ghandruk requires 4 days total.

The short Ghorepani Ghandruk trek is one of Rugged Trails Nepal's best-selling short trekking packages. Experienced hikers call it the "Chicken Trek" in Annapurna due to its relative ease compared to other trails. We emphasize that age is no barrier for this Ghorepani Ghandruk circuit trek; previous hiking experience is not necessary. We offer various trekking packages. Please share your travel schedule, and we will create a tailor-made itinerary for you.

Mohare-Danda Ghorepani Trek

Mohare Danda, perched above Poon Hill in the Annapurna foothills, offers another stunning vantage point. While some consider it an alternative to Ghorepani Poon Hill, we don't want to diminish Poon Hill's charm. However, Mohare Danda boasts truly breathtaking views. Experience it for yourself on our unique trek itinerary, which combines both viewpoints! After finding these enchanted trails, our team leader created an itinerary that is flexible and can last anywhere between 4 and 7 days. We start the adventure in Pokhara, skipping the Kathmandu leg for most short treks.

Springtime paints Mohare Danda in vibrant hues, with rhododendron forests bursting into colorful display and landscapes unfurling their beauty from the majestic viewpoint. Check out the images and videos showcasing this wonder in our trip package. Whether you envision starting from Kathmandu or Pokhara, we're here to make your Mohare Danda trek a reality. Simply share your travel schedule, and we'll craft the perfect itinerary for you!

Mardi Himal Trekking: 3 to 5 Days

The Mardi Himal Trek stands out among the moderately easy routes in the Annapurna region. On our list of short treks, the 3-day Mardi Himal package from Pokhara is a top pick. If you're seeking a brief Himalayan adventure in Nepal, look no further! This trek, accessible by a 25-minute flight or 6-hour drive from Kathmandu, kicks off in Pokhara. While long-range mountain panoramas might be absent, the close-up views of Mt. Fishtail, Annapurna South, Heuchuli, and the enchanting grasslands are purely magical.

For a more relaxed and flexible experience, especially for first-timers, we offer a customizable 4-day option. Remember, no prior hiking or trekking experience is required for the Mardi Himal Trek!

Mulde Hill Trekking

A Scenic Short Hike in the Annapurna Region. Mulde Hill is not a new spot on the Annapurna map, but it's certainly one that seasoned trekkers who've bounced around the foothills will recognize. Back in the day, before tea houses and lodges dotted the landscape, we used to do camping treks around Khopra Danda Mulde, also known as Dobato. If you're looking for a short and sweet hike in the Annapurna region, the Mulde Hill Trek is a perfect choice. This moderate trek offers stunning views of Mt. Fishtail, Annapurna South, and the panoramic mountain ranges from Poon Hill.

An Easy Itinerary for Breathtaking Vistas: We've designed the Mulde Hill trek plan as a "Short Mulde Viewpoint Trek," covering Tadapani, Dobato Mulde Hill, and Ghorepani Poon Hill. Starting from Ghandruk Village, which is easily accessible by jeep from Pokhara, is this short trek in the Annapurna foothills. Ghandruk itself is one of the most popular Gurung villages in the region.

Mulde Hill stands at 3637 meters, and the trekking trails weave through rhododendron-forested ridges. For photography enthusiasts, the lush grasslands and landscapes along the way are pure magic.

The Mulde Hill Trek can be done throughout the year, but spring, autumn, and winter are particularly special times to visit. Here's why: Spring (March–May): Rhododendrons burst into bloom, painting the hillsides in vibrant hues. Autumn (October–November): Clear skies and crisp air provide picture-perfect vistas of the Himalayas. Winter (December–February): The snow-capped peaks create a breathtaking winter wonderland.

Family-Friendly Adventure: We at Rugged Trails Nepal have successfully organized family treks with toddlers on the Mulde Hill route. It's genuinely an experience that people of all ages and fitness levels can enjoy.

Cost and Booking Information:The Mulde trek cost in Pokhara starts at around 400 USD, but we offer competitive group rates. If you're in Kathmandu and interested in a Mulde Hill Trek from the capital, feel free to reach out. Our friendly guides will ensure your trip is one to remember.

Are you ready to experience the magic of Mulde Hill? Mulde Hill Trekking is one of our favorite short and easy trekking routes in Nepal. Check out the pictures and videos on our trip package page for a glimpse of what awaits you. You can also follow the link for more detailed information about the trek.

Khopra Ridge Trek (Khopra Danda Ghorepani Trek)

The Annapurna Foothills hold many trekking treasures, and among them shines the Khopra Ridge Trek, an off-the-beaten-path gem offering stunning scenery and diverse experiences. While sections of the route have gained popularity, the full Khopra Ridge itself remains a hidden gem, perfect for those seeking a more adventurous escape.

Panoramic Views: Immerse yourself in breathtaking vistas from three key viewpoints: Mulde Hill, Khopra Danda (3660 m), and Ghorepani Poon Hill. Each spot unveils a unique perspective of the majestic Himalayas, including Mt. Fishtail, Annapurna South, and the Dhaulagiri range.

Moderate Challenge: This 5-7-day trek offers a moderate physical challenge, making it suitable for hikers with some experience. The trails wind through rhododendron forests, ascend scenic ridges, and traverse quaint villages, providing a diverse and rewarding experience. Optional Adventure: For seasoned trekkers, the trek opens up the option to reach Khayar Lake (4665 m). While challenging, the lake rewards with its serene beauty and glacial backdrop. We recommend consulting your guide about your fitness level before attempting this side trip. Flexible Options: Choose your starting point! We offer convenient packages starting from both Kathmandu and Pokhara, allowing you to tailor your journey to your preferences.

Planning Your Khopra Ridge Adventure: Remember, trek costs vary depending on the number of participants and the duration of your trip. To get the best deal and personalized advice, reach out to us for group rates and discounts. We're here to help you plan the perfect Khopra Ridge adventure!

Ghorepani Poon Hill Mardi Himal Combined Trek

For those seeking a more immersive and diverse trekking experience in Nepal, consider combining the Ghorepani Poon Hill, Ghandruk Village, and Mardi Himal treks into one unforgettable journey. While we've described these routes individually, this suggestion caters to those wanting to weave them together for a 7-day adventure. Experience Diversity: Witness the panoramic vistas of Ghorepani Poon Hill, stroll through the charming Ghandruk Village, and ascend the dramatic slopes of Mardi Himal. Each segment unveils distinct landscapes and cultural encounters, enriching your Himalayan experience.

Moderate Challenge: This combined trek offers a moderate level of physical challenge, ideal for those with some hiking experience. It provides a balanced mix of steep climbs, gentle walks, and breathtaking viewpoints. Seven Days of Wonder: This carefully designed 7-day itinerary caters to those with a 10-day vacation in Nepal, allowing you to experience three distinct trekking highlights while keeping within a comfortable timeframe.

Making Your Journey a Reality: We offer a tailored 7-day Ghorepani Mardi Himal Trek package specifically designed for those who want to combine these amazing segments. Our experienced guides will navigate the trails, ensure your safety, and share insights into the local culture. To get the best deal and personalize your adventure, reach out to us for further information and group rates.

Annapurna Foothill Circuit Trek

A "Journey of Recovery" for the Soul: This trek isn't about speed or conquering summits. It's about reconnecting with nature, slowing down, and enjoying the journey. Each day brings a new vista, a new sunset, and a new reason to be present. With its stunning scenery, diverse trails, and rich cultural encounters, the Annapurna Foothills Trek is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the heart of Nepal. Create lasting memories, find your inner peace, and return from the Himalayas transformed.

For those seeking a truly immersive adventure in the Himalayas, look no further than the Annapurna Foothills Trek. This 14-day journey unveils the best viewpoints of the Annapurna region, making it a must-do trekking package for anyone with two weeks in Nepal. Why choose the Annapurna Foothills Trek? Unparalleled Views: Witness a tapestry of majestic peaks from iconic vantage points like Mohare Danda, Poon Hill, Khopra Danda, Mulde Viewpoint, and Mardi Himal viewpoint. Each location unveils a unique perspective of the Annapurna range, leaving you awestruck with every turn. Perfect for slow hikers: This trek caters to those who prefer to take their time and savor the journey. Enjoy leisurely walks, soak in the breathtaking scenery, and fully immerse yourself in the Himalayan magic without the pressure of a rushed itinerary.

We offer a comprehensive 14-day Annapurna Foothills Trek package designed to cater to all your needs. Our experienced guides will navigate the trails, ensure your safety, and share insightful stories about the region's culture and history. To get the best deal and personalize your adventure, reach out to us for further information and rates.

Jomsom Muktinath Trekking: Below Upper Mustang

Unravel the magic of the Himalayas on the Jomsom Muktinath Trek, a journey weaving together stunning landscapes, rich culture, and spiritual allure. Witness the towering Annapurna peaks grace the horizon as you traverse through charming villages, past the world's deepest gorge, and through exotic flora and fauna. Start your adventure with a scenic drive to Pokhara, followed by a mesmerizing flight to Jomsom. Culminate your pilgrimage at the sacred Muktinath Temple, perched at 3800 meters. Bathe in the 108 sacred springs, cleansing your spirit and witnessing diverse rituals performed by devotees from around the world.
Descend amidst breathtaking scenery, rejuvenate in Tatopani's natural hot springs, and let worries melt away. Conclude your trek with a sunrise spectacle from Poon Hill, where the sun paints the Annapurna in a golden glow.

Dhampus Village Trekking

Looking for a short and sweet escape from the hustle and bustle of Pokhara? Look no further than the Dhampus Village Trek, a hidden gem nestled in the Annapurna foothills. While often popular as a day trip, we offer a unique opportunity to extend your stay for 2-3 days, immersing yourself in the beauty and serenity of the mountains.

Why choose the Dhampus Village Trek? Short & Sweet: Perfect for those with limited time or seeking a relaxed escape, this trek packs a punch in just 2–3 days. Panoramic Views: Witness the majestic Annapurna range, including Mt. Fishtail, right from your doorstep in Dhampus village. There is no need for hours-long hikes to be rewarded with breathtaking vistas. Diverse Landscape: Explore beyond Dhampus, venturing into the charming Australian Camp, traditional Pothana Village, and the iconic Sarangkot, each offering unique landscapes and experiences.Opens in a new window Family and friend-friendly: The gentle trails and moderate difficulty make this trek ideal for families, friends, and loved ones of all ages and fitness levels.

Ready to embark on your Himalayan adventure? Nepal awaits with open arms and trails that lead not only to breathtaking views but also to self-discovery and a deeper connection with nature and culture. So, pack your bags, lace up your boots, and let the magic of Nepal's beginner-friendly treks unfold before you. Remember, the greatest journeys often begin with a single step. Take yours today! This blog is just a starting point. Feel free to explore further, ask questions, and connect with us to craft your own personalized trekking adventure in Nepal. There are other short and easy treks, such as the Khumai Danda and Kori Danda treks, but we are not listing them now since the lodges and food are not as good as the above-suggested trekking packages. For now, Khumai Danda and Kori Danda Treks are perfect and trending trekking destinations for Nepalese travellers. Karbakeli Eco Trek is another newly opened trekking route in Annapurna that connects Mohare Danda and Ghorepani. Write us for more details.

We hope this blog has helped you see beyond the Everest myth and discover the true essence of trekking in Nepal—an experience accessible to all, filled with wonder, and waiting to be embraced.