Trekking in Nepal for Beginners

  • Oct 26, 2019
  • Rajesh Thapaliya
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Globally famous for its picturesque mountain ranges, Nepal is a trekking paradise sandwiched between India and China. Home to eight of the ten tallest mountains in the world, Nepal is truly an abode for trekkers all around the world. Likewise, Nepal is also a blend of cultural architects and the modern building where diversity in a culture still lives healthy. Trekking in Nepal allows you to enjoy all of these features with surreal Nepalese hospitality.

Khopra Danda Trek
Khopra Danda Trek

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Trekking is one of the most popular activities one can do in Nepal. Out of the many mesmerizing trekking trails and destinations, the Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, and Mardi Himal Trek are some of the most famous trekking routes. However, trekkers can choose from different options as per their preference. While there are plenty of arduous treks for seasoned veterans, beginners can also relish trekking in Nepal. Short and easy treks are the best options for the trekkers since they do not consume much effort and time. As such, some of them are discussed below:

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
Poon Hill (3,210m)

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is a beautiful journey into the lush Annapurna region. It is a relatively easy trek that presents all the prominent and best features of this region. It also offers stunning views of the Annapurna massifs. It is the perfect trip for those short on time but still wants to explore the Himalayas. Offering you a chance to blend in the local Gurung culture, this trek will lead you through the beautiful Annapurna Conservation Area.

Highlights of the trip

  • The trek is a "Photographer's Paradise" as you can capture great pictures of the Annapurna range.
  • Phenomenal sunrise view over the Annapurna massifs from the top of Poon Hill.
  • Visit ethnic Gurung villages like Ghandruk and Ghorepani.

The Journey of Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek starts with a scenic flight or drives to Pokhara. From Pokhara, you drive to Nayapul where the trekking begins. Passing Tikhedhunga, you climb the steep stone staircase to reach Ulleri. From here, you will trek north to reach Ghorepani. This Gurung and Magar village is famous for authentic homestay practice. Trekkers then head to the Poon Hill viewpoint which is a couple of hours’ hike away from Ghorepani. From here, you can enjoy the spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli, Annapurna, and Nilgiri ranges. Next, you will now return to Pokhara via Tadapani. After reaching Pokhara, you can either drive or fly to Kathmandu. You can complete this splendid journey in 10 days and it costs USD 630 per person

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Chisapani Nagarkot Trek

Chisapani Nagarkot Trek
Chisapani Nagarkot Trek

If you are short on time and want to get some fresh air outside the city, Chisapani Nagarkot Trek is the best choice for you. It offers an extraordinary view of the green countryside and the tall mountains. This trek is a very popular trek where you can enjoy the mountains in Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Gaurishankar, Everest and other ranges. The sunrise view at Nagarkot viewpoint is marvellous and many foreigners, as well as domestic tourists, visit this place.

Highlights of the trip

  • Trek through the Shivapuri National Park filled with exotic flora and fauna.
  • Witness the panoramic view of the Ganesh Himal, Langtang, and Jugal ranges.
  • Mesmerizing sunrise and sunset view from Nagarkot

The Journey of Chisapani Nagarkot Trek

The refreshing Chisapani Nagarkot Trek begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal for one hour and then trek to Chisapani. Trekking from Sundarijal, you will enter the Shivapuri National Park where you can sight various wildlife. Chisapani is a Sherpa village which offers serene views of the Langtang, Gaurishankar, and Everest ranges. From here, you will trek towards Chauki Bhanjyang and continue until you reach Nagarkot. Upon arriving at Nagarkot viewpoint, you will be able to see the sun setting behind the majestic massifs. While returning, you will hike to Changu Narayan, one of the oldest temples and a UNESCO world heritage site in the country. This easy 6-day short trek can be done at USD 475 per person.

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Dhampus Sarangkot Trek

Dhampus Sarangkot Trek
View from Sarangkot

Dhampus Sarangkot Trek is a short and easy trek which lies in the lower Annapurna region. It is one of the best treks to relax and feel liberated from stress and anxiety. This trek takes you to the two outstanding Mountain View Points- Dhampus and Sarangkot, where you can see the panoramic view of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Lamjung Himal ranges. Passing through several viewpoints along the trek, you will have a unique perspective of the mighty Himalayas.

Highlights of the trip

  • Short and adventurous trek around the Pokhara valley.
  • Remarkable sunrise and sunset view from Sarangkot
  • Explore and experience the local Gurung culture in Dhampus

The Journey of Dhampus Sarangkot Trek

The trip starts from Pokhara with a one and a half an hours' to Phedi. You pass through beautiful terraced farms and lush green forest before reaching Dhampus. Dhampus also boasts of a remarkable viewpoint to relish the views of the Annapurna range. Next, your destination is Sarangkot which is located to the southeast of Dhampus. Sarangkot, famously hosting paragliding and zip-lining, is also a vantage point to relish the views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range along with the Mt. Machhapuchhre (6997m). After witnessing the sunrise the next day, you will return to Pokhara from Sarangkot. This rewarding yet easy trek can be completed in 8 days and costs USD 510.

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Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek
View from Badal Danda

Mardi Himal Trek is a freshly opened trek in the famous Annapurna region. Located to the east of the Annapurna Base Camp, Mardi Himal Trek offers spectacular views of the marvelous Annapurna massif. It leads you through rough trails and remote villages of the Annapurna region amid the vibrant rhododendron oak and pine forests. It also provides the trekkers with a new insight into the raw untouched beauty of the less populated trek.

Highlights of the trip

  • Rugged trekking trails in the Annapurna Conservation Area.
  • Explore the Mardi Himal Base Camp and High Camp to enjoy the views of the Annapurna range, Lamjung Himal (6983m), Machhapuchhre (6997m), and Dhaulagiri (8167m).
  • Exploring the local Gurung culture and lifestyle

The Journey of Mardi Himal Trek

As Mardi Himal Trek lies in the Annapurna region, your trip begins after a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. With a short drive to Phedi, the real trekking begins as you walk through the quiet uphill trails to Deurali via Pothana. Moving forward from Deurali, you pass Forest Camp and head towards Low Camp. Next, your destination is Badal Danda from where you walk towards High Camp where you get closer to the Annapurna range and Hiunchuli Himal (6441m). After a steep climb, you will now reach Mardi Himal Base Camp where before you- the Mardi Himal (5553m) stands proudly. On your return, you descend through Ghalel, Lwang to Khoramukh and finally to Pokhara. This 12-day trek costs USD 899.

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Langtang Valley Trek

Langtang Valley Trek
Lirung Glacier

Langtang Valley Trek is another famous trekking destination in Nepal. With unique landscapes and the mesmerizing view of the Langtang Range, this trek offers you a wide range of plants and exotic birds and animals. This beautiful valley is situated in the north of Kathmandu within the Langtang National Park. The trek also explores the majestic Langtang Valley which is dubbed as the Valley of Glaciers.

Highlights of the trip

  • Splendid views of mountains in Langtang, Ganesh Himal, and Dorje Lakpa ranges.
  • Explore the Langtang Valley, also known as "the Valley of Glaciers".
  • Enjoy the typical Tibetan and Tamang villages along the trail.

The Journey of Langtang Valley Trek

Langtang Valley Trek starts with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Sybrubensi where you walk through levelled trails along the Langtang River. You will trek through the Langtang National Park to reach the Lama Hotel. The next day, you trek to the Langtang village passing Gumnachowk and Ghodatabela en route. From Lama Hotel, you trek east towards Kyanjin Gompa, which is an old Buddhist monastery in the region. As you spend a day to explore the Gompa, you can also hike to the top of the Tserko Ri (4984m). Likewise, the Langtang Glacier and Langshisha Kharka are also excellent hiking destinations. On your return, you trek through Rimche and then to Syabrubensi. The cost for this moderate –day trek is USD 799.

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Everest View Trek

Everest View Trek
Everest and Lhotse from Tengboche

Everest View Trek is one of the shortest treks in the Everest region. It is the perfect choice for those who want to explore the Everest region in a short time. Everest View Trek offers glorious views of the majestic Mt. Everest (8848m) and other peaks such as Nuptse (7861m), Lhotse (8516m), Thamserku (6623m), and Ama Dablam (6856m), etc. You can also explore ancient monasteries and Sherpa villages on the way.

Highlights of the trip

  • Panoramic views of the tallest mountain in the world- the Mt. Everest (8848m).
  • Explore the Unique Sherpa lifestyle in villages like Namche and Tengboche.
  • Visit the ancient monasteries like the Tengboche Monastery.

The Journey of Everest View Trek

Everest View Trek begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. From Lukla, you trek to Phakding for four hours. Now for the next day, you trek to Namche Bazaar and enter the Sagarmatha National Park in the process. Following the Dudh Koshi River, the trail ascends through the Himalayan pine and rhododendron forests to reach Namche Bazaar where you have to acclimatize to the change in altitude. Moving onwards the next day, you trek to Tengboche where you can see the picturesque view of the Mt. Everest (8848m), Ama Dablam (6856m), and other peaks. On your return, the trail will lead you back to Namche Bazaar and then to Lukla. This easy 11-day trek costs USD 1099.

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Tamang Heritage Trek

Tamang Heritage Trek
Ganesh Himal from Tamang heritage trail

The Tamang Heritage Trek is a cultural trek through Tamang villages in the Langtang region. With the panoramic view of the Langtang range, this trek is the perfect way of enjoying the Tamang culture and lifestyle. This 10-day trek offers you beautiful scenery of the lush mid-hill villages of Nepal, green forests, gushing rivers, and epic mountain views in the background. It also introduces you to the alluring Langtang Valley and the unique Tamang community and culture.

Highlights of the trip

  • Views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang, and Jugal Himal ranges.
  • Explore the Tamang villages and Tibetan settlements.
  • Experience the ethnic culture and lifestyle.

The Journey of Tamang Heritage Trek

The Tamang Heritage Trek starts with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubensi. As you trek towards Gatlang, you can experience interesting Tamang culture and lifestyle. The cultural show at Ghatlang will amaze you and remain a memorable experience on the whole trekking course. Next, you trek to Tatopani where you can enjoy a dip in the hot springs while sightseeing the panoramic view of the Himalayas. For the next day, you will head to Nagthali which used to be a popular meditation centre for the local monks and priests. You will now trek to Thuman and enter the Langtang National Park to reach Briddhim. Here, you will stay in a local Tamang homestay and enjoy their hospitality. From Bridim, you trek downhill to Sybrubensi and then drive to Kathmandu. This easy cultural trek costs USD 700.

You can trek in Nepal at any time of the year but there are spring and autumn seasons are more recommended than others. Spring season occurs from February to April and is loved by many due to the moderate climate and beautiful scenery of the blossoming flowers. The autumn season occurs from September to November. This is one of the best seasons where you can get clear mountain views as the skies are clear and the weather is perfect for trekking.

Useful Information for Beginners

  • Prepare clothes and equipment according to the season you decide to trek in Nepal
  • For harder treks, you should do some exercises and trekking before coming to trek in Nepal.
  • Always keep First Aid Box and medicines near you.
  • Always travel in a group with a guide so that you do not get lost in the Himalayan region.

You May Also Like:

  1. Everest Base Camp Trek
  2. Annapurna Base Camp Trek
  3. Gokyo Lake Trek

Nepal is one of the most preferred countries for trekking all around the world. With high mountains and immense natural beauty, there are endless prospects of trekking in Nepal. Providing remarkable natural and cultural insight, Nepal is a place you should not miss out on.

Rajesh Thapaliya

Rajesh Thapaliya

Namaste! I am Rajesh, Nepal travel blogger providing Nepal travel tips to the travellers who are planning to travel Nepal and know about Nepal.

I am a tourism service provider in Nepal So far, I have been to the Nepalese Himalayan base camps as a tour leader and collected lots of information about the Nepalese Himalayas. You can find my experiences in my travel blogs so it may make a lot easier you to travel to Nepal.

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I was born in the countryside and finished my high school from there. After my high school, I came in Kathmandu and started to work as a trekking porter then I improved my English and started to work as a trekking guide at the same time I was a university student. While I was working as a tour leader, I visited all the Himalayan base camps in Nepal and collected lots of information about these areas. So my work inspired me to write and provide information about travelling Nepal to the visitors.