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Beginner Friendly Treks in Nepal: Easy Yet Breathtaking

Enter the world of trekking through these spectacular beginner-friendly trekking routes in Nepal giving you an unforgettable experience with their breathtaking views, rich culture, and gentle trails.

Beginner Friendly Treks in Nepal: Easy Yet Breathtaking

Imagine waking up amidst the majestic Himalayan giants, walking through the lush forests accompanied by the sound of flowing rivers and cascading waterfalls while spotting beautiful wildlife, and ending your day at a peaceful and warm teahouse.

Sounds like a dream in this era of hustle and bustle, doesn’t it? Well, this is the joy of trekking in Nepal. It has been a popular activity beckoning visitors from all over the world for many years now.

However, trekking is not just a piece of cake and requires lots of preparation and effort. Having said that, it can be made easier by picking a route that is best for your level of experience.

If trekking is your newfound dream but you are struggling to pick your first Himalayan adventure, this blog is all you need as here we have short-listed some of the beautiful beginner friendly treks in Nepal.

Why choose Nepal for your first trekking adventure?

Amongst the numerous trekking routes available all over the world, why should Nepal be the destination for your first trekking adventure? Well, we have answers to that.

The land of Everest, Nepal is known as the trekker’s paradise as this land of the Himalayas is the playground for seasoned trekkers as well as beginners looking to dip their toes in the world of trekking.

Nepal has perfect trekking routes for all kinds of trekkers and these options are so flexible that you can even pick the kind of experience that you want.

Namche Bazaar Acclimatization
Returning back to Namche Bazaar

Besides that, the cultural heritage and natural wonders of Nepal are beyond any experience in the world.

A new adventure and even more beautiful scenery await you at every corner of trekking in Nepal and the biggest factor is affordability which comes with no compromise on your experience.

You get to share a cup of tea with the warm and welcoming locals who always carry a smile and the journey will feel like being right next to home.  Every step in the villages comes with a story waiting to unfold.

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

For those wanting to get a taste of the Annapurna region and witness the magic of the Himalayas without having to drag your feet till the end of the trek, the Ghorepani Poonhill trek is the best option for you.

This is one of the best short treks of Nepal that covers a distance of around 40 to 50 kilometers within 4 to 5 days based on the route chosen.

Usually, the trek starts at 1,039 m at Birethanti and takes you to the highest altitude of 3,210 m at Poon Hill.

The altitude difference is barely around 2,200 meters which is much less compared to other typical trekking routes.

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek in Nepal
Ghorepani Poonhill Trek in Nepal

There are several routes that you can take from Poonhill for your return. At Ace the Himalaya, we stick to the Ghandruk route to return to Birethanti.

Despite the short distance, the trek is a comprehensive adventure encompassing stunning views of the Himalayas, beautiful landscapes adorned with rhododendrons, and warm hospitality at the Gurung villages.

Early morning hike to Poon Hill
Early morning hike to Poon Hill

The relatively lower elevation doesn’t even require acclimatization saving a day of your itinerary and without any risk of altitude sickness as the ascents are gradual and well-defined.

Although at a lower elevation, the majestic view of the golden rays of sunrise painting the snowcapped mountain ranges in its hues as you stand at the top of one of the best sunrise viewing points: Poonhill is truly a sight to behold.

Poon Hill
Witnessing sunrise from Poon Hill

This vantage point makes you feel closer to the Himalayas as you get spectacular views of peaks like Manaslu, and Machhapuchhre, as well as the entire Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range.

Besides that, you will also see beautiful landscapes as you make your way to the pinnacle of the trek. The trail, especially from Ghorepani to Poonhill, is adorned in the vibrant hues of rhododendrons during the spring.

Ghandruk village with mount Annapurna South and Hiunchuli
Ghandruk village with mount Annapurna South and Hiunchuli

Exploration of the rich Gurung culture at villages like Ghandruk is an added advantage for beginners as you get a taste of the hospitality in the Himalayas, preparing you for your next adventures.

Langtang Valley Trek

Another addition to the trekking routes for beginners is the moderately challenging Langtang Valley trek located in the Langtang National Park which offers one of the most rewarding experiences.

Usually starting at Syabru Besi at 1,503 m, the Langtang Valley trek reaches up to an altitude of 3,870 meters to reach Kyanjin Gompa, one of its major attractions, before retracting the steps back to Syabru Besi.

While many detours can be added to your itinerary like the Langtang Base Camp and Kyanjin Ri Peak, the trekking distance ranges from 50 to 70 kms which is covered within 7 to 10 days depending on your itinerary.

Suspension bridge on the way to Kyanjing Gompa
Suspension bridge on the way to Kyanjing Gompa

The trail is of moderate difficulty with steady climbs, leveled paths, and gradual ascents and its gentle pace allows ample time for acclimatization.

You will cross beautiful landscapes ranging from lush meadows contrasted by dramatic glaciers, all dotted with prayer flags.

The region is also rich in terms of cultural and religious heritage as you get to explore the local Tamang culture, their traditions, and their warm hospitality.

The Kyanjin Gompa allows you to experience the serenity of Buddhism against the tranquil backdrop of the Himalayas.

Mountain view on the way to Kyanjing Ri
Mountain view on the way to Kyanjing Ri

The views of peaks like Langtang Lirung, Langtang II, Kyanjin Ri, Tserko Peak, Yala Peak, Dorje Lakpa, and other surrounding peaks are also spectacular, which are further enhanced if you trek ahead to Tserko Ri.

Langtang Valley trek also allows you to explore the high-altitude flora and fauna including the likes of musk deer, Pika, Danphe, and sometimes even red pandas. All in all, it is the best short trek for first-time trekkers.

Khopra Danda Trek

A newly opened trekking route in the Annapurna Conservation Area, the Khopra Danda trek (Khopra Ridge Trek) is an experience as rewarding as other iconic treks of the Annapurna region minus the crowd and the demanding nature.

An adventure of 6 to 8 days depending on your itinerary, this trek covers a distance of around 40 to 60 kilometers.


You can start this trek from Syauli Bazar or Kimche and return via Tatopani or you can also return through the same route making other detours around Ghandruk.

The highest point of the Khopra Danda trek is either at the Khopra Danda at 3,640 m or the Khopra Lake at 4,660 m depending on your itinerary.

Either way, it is a relatively lower elevation making the trek easier compared to other popular treks.

Khopra Danda
Khopra Danda

This is a beginner-friendly trek because the trekking trail features a gradual ascent requiring a basic level of fitness and also features comfortable accommodation options throughout the trek.

The journey is easy, especially if you are not going to Khopra Lake, and beautiful at the same time. You will cross vibrant rhododendron forests, terraced fields with rice paddies, and charming villages.

Frozen Khayer Lake
Frozen Khayer Lake

The main highlight of the trek is the Khopra ridge which provides stunning views of Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri mountains, and Hiunchuli, all at a relatively different and unique angle.

Along with that, the hike to Mulde View Point at 3,637 meters is another fabulous stop during the trek as it gives you a panoramic view of the Himalayan giants including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung, Fishtail, and more.  

The excursion to the Khopra Lake (Khayer Lake) is a different experience altogether as you walk on the snow-blanketed trails to reach this holy lake. This is the pinnacle of the trek.

The lake is considered sacred by Hindus and Buddhists and a dip in this lake is even said to give you Nirvana. In this hidden gem, you get to explore the spiritual side of the Himalayas.

Everest Panorama Trek

For those wanting to experience the majesty of the Everest region without having to go through the hard work of preparing for the Everest Base Camp trek or the daunting climb, the Everest Panorama trek is the best option.

This 50 km trek in the Sagarmatha National Park covered within 4 to 5 days is perfect for first-time trekkers as you get the joy of stunning views while walking in the foothills of Mt. Everest along with the experience required for your future adventures.

Namche Bazaar view point
Namche Bazaar view point

A moderately challenging adventure, this trek begins with a scenic flight to Lukla (2,840 m) and goes on to cover a partial route of the Everest Base Camp trek taking you up to Tengboche at 3,860 meters before making your way back to Lukla.

An alternative route for the Everest panorama trek could be a detour to Gokyo Lakes. However, that adds to the difficulty of the trek. Therefore, the trek to Tengboche as the pinnacle is the best itinerary for beginners.

Trekking trail between Namche Bazaar and Dingboche
Trekking trail between Namche Bazaar and Dingboche

Either way, the Everest Panorama Trek stays true to its name and provides spectacular views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Mt. Thamserku amongst other surrounding peaks.

It also gives you a chance to meet the world-famous Sherpas and experience their unique cultures in the Sherpa villages along the trail. Besides that, spirituality is also a big part of the Everest Panorama Trek.

Tengboche Monastery during sunset
Tengboche Monastery during sunset

Tengboche Monastery is one of the major highlights of the trek. It is the largest monastery in the Khumbu region as well as a major attraction of the Everest region which echoes with the chants of the monks and is adorned with prayer flags.

The trail features everything from booming rhododendron forests to yak pastures and the ascents on the trail are gradual with comfortable climbs which makes the Everest Panorama trek a best fit for beginners.

Pikey Peak Trek

A final addition to this compilation of beginner friendly treks in Nepal is the Pikey Peak trek which is a short yet worthy trekking route in the lower Solukhumbu district of Nepal.

While not as popular as other trekking routes, this trek offers some of the best views of the Himalayan ranges while also giving you a quieter alternative for trekking in Nepal.

This trek is moderately challenging and can be completed within 4 to 6 days which also makes it a better option for people with time restrictions.

Pikey Peak Trek
Pikey Peak Trek

The maximum altitude reached during the Pikey Peak trek is at 4,065 meters on top of the Pikey Peak where you get scenic views of Mt. Makalu, Mt. Everest, Mt. Annapurna, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and more.

The Pikey Peak is also known as one of the best sunrise viewing spots of Nepal for the amazing sunrise and susnet views that it offers.

Beginning at Dhap, the trek takes you through beautiful landscapes where you can witness lots of flora and fauna like rhododendrons, magnolia, musk deer, Himalayan pheasants, and more.

View from Pikey Peak
View from Pikey Peak

You also get a fair share of cultural exploration as you come across Sherpas, Tamangs, Magars, and their warm hospitality while on the trek. You will also make a major stop at the Thupten Choling Monastery which is a highlight for most visitors.

With short duration, manageable altitude due to gradual ascents, and less trekkers traffic, the Pikey Peak trek is an ideal Himalayan adventure for beginners.

Tamang Heritage Trail

An elaborate cultural journey towards the north of the Kathmandu Valley, the Tamang heritage trail is a hidden gem that is perfect for first-timers seeking a unique experience in the Himalayas of Nepal.

Covering a distance of around 50 to 60 kilometers within 7 to 9 days, the Tamang Heritage Trail usually begins at Dhunche or Syabru Besi and makes its way up to Nagthali while crossing different Tamang villages on the trail.

Starting at an altitude of 1,460 m, the highest point of this trek is at 3,165 m at Nagthali which makes it a trek featuring relatively lower elevation and without necessarily needing acclimatization as the risk of altitude sickness is less.

The main focus of this trek is on cultural experience rather than challenging walks which is a contrast to most of the trekking trails and makes it better for beginners.

During the Tamang Heritage Trail, you traverse through villages like Goljung, Gatlang, Thuman, Timure, and more.

While crossing these villages, you can learn about and participate in the local way of life along with their traditional weaving practices and the agricultural practices of the Tamang people.

Spirituality is also explored on this trek as you get a taste of Buddhism at ancient monasteries like the Briddim monastery or you can even take a detour to Kyanjin Gompa.

The landscapes are as beautiful as any other trek and you also get to unwind at the relaxing natural hot springs at Tatopani which further enhances your experience as a beginner.

Rara Lake Trek

For enthusiastic adventures looking for a moderate yet off-the-beaten path trek in Nepal, the Rara Lake trek is the best pick offering you a unique adventure leading to some of the most majestic views in Nepal.

Covering a distance of 50 to 80 kilometers within 8 to 10 days, this trek is located in the Rara National Park and takes you up to an elevation of 3,060 meters at Rara Lake which is the largest freshwater lake in Nepal.

A view of Rara Lake
A view of Rara Lake

Without the hassle of an acclimatization day, this trek takes you through a variety of beautiful landscapes like lush rhododendron forests and alpine meadows with magnificent birdlife dotting the skies of the region.

Being located in the remote parts of the far western region of Nepal, this trek also introduces first-timers to the true essence of life in the Himalayas and the local authentic culture of the region.

Despite being at a relatively lower altitude, the trek does demand average physical fitness as it features some difficult ascents. But worry not as they are not very technical and can be conquered with the key mantra of slow and steady.

The moderate challenge combined with the unique wilderness of the forests and the Lakelands with rare wildlife and bird spotting is what makes the Rara Lake trek a perfect fit for beginners.

Essential Tips for Beginners

  • Although these treks are beginner-friendly, trekking in Nepal always demands at least a basic level of physical fitness. Therefore, start preparing for your trekking adventure well in advance before the trek.
  • Focus on exercises that enhance your cardiovascular health, stamina, and physical and mental endurance. For a detailed guide, continue reading our blog ‘How to Prepare for Trekking in Nepal’.
  • Choose the right gear and accessories for a more convenient and comfortable trek. Focus on good footwear, clothes, and backpacks amongst others.
  • Do your research on altitude sickness and understand its symptoms. Be aware of tips to prevent altitude sickness just in case.
  • A little research on the local customs and etiquette goes a long way as it enhances your interaction with the locals during the trek.
  • Be aware of responsible trekking and indulge in environment-friendly trekking practices like leaving no trace and respecting wildlife.
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