Trekking for beginners in Nepal

Are you willing to walk on the land of Himalayas, but worried due to the lack of trekking experience?

If the answer is yes then without keeping anything on mind just backpack and head your journey towards Nepal.

 Nepal, the land of Himalayas, is a trekkers paradise. Home to eight of the ten highest mountain in the world, trekking trails of Nepal serves all type of trekking enthusiasts. Trekking in Nepal offers you the wonderful opportunity to experience picturesque mountain views, warm hospitality of Nepalese people, and the unique culture of Nepal. Each and every trekking trail is unique and has something special to offer you. 

Depending upon your fitness level, time, and other preference you can choose trekking of any grade in Nepal. Nothing can stop you to trek any of the trekking destinations in Nepal until and unless you have a strong will and endurance within yourself. However, if you are a beginner then it will be wise if you go for the short and easy treks in Nepal. Short and easy trek in Nepal lies normally below the elevation of 4000m.

 

Some of the best trekking for beginners in Nepal are given below:

Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking

Highlights of the Trek

  • Insight into the ethnic Gurung village and their lifestyle.

  • Pass through the oak and vibrant rhododendron forest

  • Astonishing sunset and sunrise views from Poon hill.

  • Magnificent views of mountains such as Annapurna, Dhauligiri, Hiunchuli, and Nilgiri.

 

Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking is one of the popular, short, and easy trekking in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Even though the trek is short and easy it will take you to the heart of Annapurna from where you can have the spectacular view of Annapurna, Dhauligiri, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhre and so on. In addition, the stunning views of sunset and sunrise amidst the mighty Himalayas allure you a lot.

 

Trekking to the Poon Hill starts from Nayapul after a short drive from Pokhara. The trails take you through the beautiful forest of rhododendron and oak, gorges, ridges, ethnic Gurung and Magar villages, and stunning landscapes. Further, this trek offers you the opportunity to explore villages such as Ghandruk and Ghorepani. Also, the trek to Poon Hill is up to the elevation of about 3200meters, so people of all age group can join this trek. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking is perfect for beginner trekkers.

 

Royal Trek

Highlights of the Trip

  • Less crowded

  • Insight into various ethnic communities such as Gurung, Magar, Chhetri and many more.

  • Fascinating views of mountains such as Annapurna South I, II, III, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, Himchuli, and so on.

The royal trek is one of the shortest treks in the Annapurna region of Nepal and is basically ideal for the novice trekkers who are restricted by the time to trek longer. The trek follows the shrub-like path along the foothills of Annapurna, north of the Pokhara. 

The trek is named after Prince Charles who walked through this off beaten route in the early eighties. The trekking trail takes you through the easy route with occasional steep hiking that follows the valleys and ridges. Walking through the verdant rhododendron forest along with the stunning Himalayan vistas makes your journey memorable. In addition, you will get the opportunity to communicate with the locals. You can explore the culture, tradition, and lifestyle of the people living in the ethnic villages. As the trekker should not have to suffer from the altitude sickness it is recommended as the best trekking for beginners in Nepal.

 

Mardi Himal Trek

Highlights of the Trip

  • The off-the-beaten trail around the Annapurna Region.

  •  Explore the local Gurung culture and their lifestyle.

  • Witnessing diverse flora and fauna.

  • Enjoy the magnificent views of marvelous Annapurna massif, Lamjung Himal, Machhapuchhre, and Dhaulagiri.

 

Mardi Himal Trek is a recently opened trekking route on the eastern side of the Annapurna Base Camp. Mardi Himal Trek is the best alternative to escape away from other crowded treks of the Annapurna region. Mardi Himal is the hidden gem of Nepal and trekking to the Mardi Himal takes you through the lush forest full of rhododendron along with other vegetations, beautiful valleys, and stunning landscapes.

 

The serene atmosphere and enticing views of the snowcapped mountains such as Mt. Annapurna, Mt Dhauligiri, Manaslu and Machhapuchhre make your trip more exciting and wonderful. The off beaten trekking trail allows you to immerse yourself in the scenic natural beauty of the region. Trekking through the ethnic Gurung villages and witnessing exotic Buddhist culture is really astonishing and blissful. The warm hospitality of the local people along with their jovial and benevolent nature is remarkable. Mardi Himal Trek starts from Phedi after a short drive from Pokhara.

 

Pikey peak Trek

Highlights of the trip

  • Amazing sunset and sunrise views.

  • Spectacular views of snowcapped mountains such as Mt. Everest, Mera Peak, Lhotse, Nuptse, Kanchenjunga, Annapurna and many more.

  • Insight into the culture and lifestyle of unique Sherpa.

If you have the dream to see the world’s tallest mountain but restricted due to the limited time then Pikey Peak trek is for you. Well, renowned mountaineer and explorer Edmund Hillary claimed that view from Pikey Peak out of Everest was his favorite. The trek offers you the breathtaking view of the Himalayas such as Mt Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Annapurna, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, Mera Peak and so on. Further, the stunning sunset and sunrise view from the top of the hill attracts a number of visitors to do this trek. The trekking passes through the beautiful villages, beautiful vegetation, and rhododendron forest. The tranquil landscapes, unique Sherpa culture, and spectacular mountain views are really something that one should experience in their lifetime.

 

Things a Beginner Trekker Should Know Before Nepal trekking

 

Apart from choosing the trekking destination, there are many things the beginner trekker should know before starting their trekking journey. Some of them are listed below;

 

Number of days 

There are many trekking trails in Nepal that take you towards the Himalaya and let you enjoy the exotic culture and tradition of different beautiful villages. Some trekking trails require few days whereas other trekking trails require long days to complete the trek. You can choose a day hike to month-long trek in Nepal. Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek are some of the popular long day treks in Nepal. A minimum of 10 days is required to complete such trek. So, instead of planning a trek that makes your trip lousy, you can go for short treks like Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, Langtang Valley Trek, Mardi Himal Trek, Everest View Trek and so on. It requires 6 to 8 days to do these short treks.

 

You can choose any of the route based on your vacation. If you are planning to stay in Nepal for more than 20 days then you can consider a long trek but if you are in Nepal for a short time then short treks are recommended.

 

Guides and Porters

 

Normally it is not compulsory to hire a guide of porter guide your trekking. However, if you are a beginner trekker in Nepal than it is highly recommended to take a trekking guide or porter with you. As these trekking guides and porters are familiar with all of the trekking trails and local culture and tradition you can have a wonderful trekking experience with them. Also, these guides will ensure your safety and comfort throughout the trek. Further, the guides can be the best company for you throughout the trip.

 

Acute Mountain Sickness

 

Acute Mountain Sickness is caused due to the fact that a person’s body cannot adopt the surrounding oxygen level on the higher elevation. AMS is dangerous in higher elevation if not cared in a proper manner. It is highly recommended to move at a slow pace, drink fluids, eat healthy diets and take proper rest in order to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness. In addition, spend a day or more at a place before climbing to a higher altitude, so that you can adjust yourself with the atmosphere at higher altitudes.

 

Necessary Permits

 

Different Trekking routes in Nepal requires different trekking permits. You should check whether a permit is necessary for the destination where you are planning to go for. If you have planned your trek with a local trekking company in Nepal or hired a guide then they will take care of all such permits and provide required permits to you.

 

Trekking Gear

 

Today you can find a number of teahouses scattered around in almost each of the trekking trails in Nepal. If you are going for the short treks then you shouldn’t have to take much trekking gear with you. However, if you are planning to go higher then there might not be the teahouse along the trails. Due to this reason while trekking higher you will have to carry the camping gear like tents, sleeping bags and so on. 

 

Best Trekking Season in Nepal

 

It is very important to know about the trekking season in Nepal before trekking to any of the destinations in Nepal. Nepal has generally two peak seasons for trekking and they are summer and autumn. During these seasons the weather is dry and clear.