10 Best Easy Treks in Nepal

The word “Trekking” is synonymous to Nepal. There are many adventurous destinations in the diverse terrains of Nepal. Some treks are short, some easy, while few demand high fitness levels. Also, you can choose to trek as per your time limitation and place preferences.

If you have no previous trek experience, or if you think you cannot walk the hard routes, you do not have to feel disappointed. There are enough easy treks that demand moderate fitness levels and earlier trek experiences. These trek routes have fewer up/downhills are are easier to walk through.

10. Poon Hill trek

Poon Hill trek
Duration:4-5 days
Largest height:3,210 meters
Best Season:March-May, and October- November, but possible throughout the year.

Poon hill trek also called “Annapurna Sunrise trek”, or “Annapurna Panorama Trek” is a popular trek in the Annapurna region. As the climate is mild and the place favorable for every age group. The trek continues through the forest of rhododendrons and bamboos to take us to the hospitable village of Gurungs and Magars.

The starting point of the trek is Nayapul- a village about an hour’s ride from Pokhara. On walking, you cross Ghorepani, a resting point of the trek, and then to Poon hill. Poon Hill is a famous vantage point for the best sunrise views from behind the mountain peaks.

Also, you can enjoy the fluctuating colours of the sky and the mountain peaks during the sunrise. This is the reason many people choose this trek. Poon Hill promises spectacular views of many snow-covered peaks and mountain ranges. Including Gangapurna mountain, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, and Hiunchuli.

9. Shivapuri hill trek

Shivapuri hill trek
Duration:1 day
Largest height: 2,732 meters
Best Season: Throughout the year, but you may feel the problem of Leeches and earthworms in the Monsoon

This trek provides astonishing views of the Langtang ranges, a serene environment, and a 360-degree view of the Kathmandu Valley and its surroundings. This is a continual uphill climb to the top of Shivapuri hill across the vast forests. En route, you get a chance to witness the origins of the Bagmati river at Bagdwar.

The trek route proceeds from Nagi Gumba, Budhanilkantha to enter the lush forests of rhododendron and oaks. In return, you can walk down the same trail. Or, you can walk downhill to Sundarijal and drive to Kathmandu.

On this trek, you get a chance to explore Shivapuri Wildlife Reserve and Sundarijal-Shivapuri National Park. The trek covers not only the diverse flora and fauna but also the lifestyle of hillside dwellers.

8. Ghandruk village trek

Ghandruk village trek
Duration: 3 days
Largest Height:2,100 meters
Best Season:All year round

Ghandruk village trek is among the preferred trek in Nepal. As the trail is easier and the side views amazing. Many tourists choose this trek to spend quality time with the village people in their respective homes.

The village is an ideal homestay destination in the Annapurna region. This trek is famous for its cultural, geographical variety and the spectacular view of mountains and stone roofed houses. From the villager, you will have amazing views of Annapurna South, Hiu Chuli, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhre, and more peaks.

This trek starts from Nayapul and ends at the same place as well. If you visit the place during Spring, you will get a chance to witness 9 different species of wild Rhododendron flowers. Across the route, you will enjoy typical Gurung settlements.

7. Changunarayan- Nagarkot trek

Changunarayan Nagarkot trek
Duration:3 days
Largest height:2,195 meters
Best season:September- December, and February- June

This is a trek very close to the capital and offers amazing views of the valleys around the city. En route, you will experience the stunning views of Dhaulagiri in the west to Kanchenjunga in the east. And the sunrise view from Nagarkot! You will be allured.

Across the route, you will encounter typical Newars, Tamangs, and other ethnicities. You can enjoy a memorable time at Changu Narayan and explore the temple, Newari architecture, and different historical monuments dating back to the 4th century BC.

You can stay overnight at Changu Narayan and indulge in the daily life activities of the local Newars. Also, you can enjoy local alcohol- Chhyang for a change.

On walking from Changu, you cross the village of Tamangs, Brahmins and walk past the dense forests of Rhododendron and Oaks in a peaceful surrounding. On reaching Nagarkot, you will get enough accommodation services as per your budget.

6. Ghalegaun trek

Ghalegaun trek
Duration:6 days
Largest height:2,016 meters
Best season: April- June, and September- November

It is an eco-cultural trek in a totally untouched village of Ghale Gaun- 20.5 km northwest of Kathmandu. In this trek you, you will have an amazing time with the indigenous people and their daily activities. Also, the praiseworthy hospitality of the locals keeps you contended.

In this trek, you get a chance to attend the cultural celebrations of the local villagers. And, the alluring views of Annapurna ranges, Ganesh Himal, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu Himal are not missing attractions of the place.

The trek starts from Besishahar, Lamjung. From there you walk uphill across the rhododendron forests and the pleasant chirpings of the birds.

5. Royal trek

Royal trek
Duration:5 days
Largest height:1,730 meters
Best Season: All year round

It is a remarkable trek in the foothills of the Annapurna range, north of Pokhara. This trek is popular for its diverse cultural exhibitions and the existence of many ethnicities.

The trek got its name after Prince Charles walked through this route in the 1980s. During this trek, you will walk past the terraced fields and the lush forests and rhododendron blossoms. The stunning views of the Annapurna ranges, Machhapuchhre, and the Langtang ranges accompany you on the overall trek.

The trek starts from Kalikasthan ridge- about 25 km from Pokhara city. The trail is very easy with occasional up and downhill hikes along the ridges and valleys.

You pass through the valleys and ridges of diverse ethnic groups. This is a less crowded trek route. You will have enough time to enjoy the complete wilderness along the route.

4. Panchase trek

Panchase trek
Duration:5 days
Largest height:2,030 meters
Best Season:All year round

It is an easy climbing trip in the west of Pokhara city. You will have amazing views of Annapurna Himal, Dhaulagiri Himal, Manaslu Himal, Ganesh Himal, Fishtail, Himchuli, and many others. The trek provides an amazing countryside experience and a serene environment.

It is a vantage point for the panoramic views of Kusma Bazar, Pokhara valley, and the chain of hills nearby Panchase hillock.

The village is a land of culture and biodiversity. It is a home for diverse birds and animals, also many species of butterflies. The place is a source of different rivers: Rati, Jare, Andhi, and Seti.

Besides, the cultural and environmental variations the place has religious significance too. The hill also called Pancha Dham welcomes many devotees during Full moon days.

3. Sundarijal- Chisapani trek

Sundarijal Chisapani trek
Duration:2 days
Largest height:2,140 meters
Best season: All year round

Sundarijal- Chisapani trek is an easy trek near Kathmandu which gives you exotic experiences in the peaceful surrounding.

This trek offers you spectacular views of snow-capped peaks and hillside settlements in the green environment.

The mountain peaks include Mt. Everest, Mt. Ganesh, Mt. Gauri Shanker, Mt. Dorje Lakpa, Langtang Himalayan range, Rolwaling Himalayan range.

En route, you pass through Shivapuri National Park and explore the diverse flora and fauna in the humid temperature. And walk across the dispersed Tamang settlements.

You walk through the forests of rhododendron and oaks. In addition, you get a chance to refresh in the rivers and waterfalls at Sundarijal.

And the sunrise panorama from Chisapani will provide you with an ever-refreshing memory.

There are enough lodges and guest houses in the village that you can get easy and comfy accommodations at a reasonable price. If you have additional time, you can extend the trek to Nagarkot.

2. Australian Camp trek

Australian Camp trek
Duration:3 days
Largest Height: 1,890 meters
Best Season:All year round

Australian Camp Trek is a famous easy trek around the Pokhara valley. In this trek, you will get a chance to visit Australian Camp and Dhampus Village along with the spectacular views of the overall Pokhara valley from Sarangkot.

This trek promises you the closest view of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, Lamjung Himal, and Manaslu ranges. The trek starts from Kande- village about an hour’s drive from Pokhara valley.

In this trek, you walk to the Dhampus village where you will get a chance to explore the countryside surroundings.

In the route, you get a chance to explore the cultural and religious activities of the Gurung people. On returning, you can choose to stay overnight at Sarangkot to enjoy the spectacular sunrise views from behind the Annapurna ranges.

The trail is very much used by the locals. They will accompany you on your trek, a refreshment after the sweaty walk.

1. Helambu trek

Helambu trek
Duration:6 days
Largest height: 3,650 meters
Best season: September- December, and March-May

Helambu Trek is the easiest trek from Kathmandu valley in an unspoiled surroundings. The region is rich in the culture and traditions of the Hyolmo tribes. Also, the lush rhododendron and bamboo forests in the rustic surrounding make the place even more beautiful.

The marvelous waterfalls and the perennial rivers on the lap of majestic peaks make the place adventurous. The views of Tibetan borders and age-old monasteries in the village add wonder to your trek.

The trek starts from Sundarijal and commences to Chisapani, Kutumsang, Sermanthang to enter the Helambu region. The trail passes through thick alpine forests and splendid mountain views. There are enough teahouses in the region that serves you easy accommodation in the route.

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Article by Pradeep Guragain

Pradeep is the co-founder of Magical Nepal. He was born and bred in Nepal and is a seasoned hiker and rider.

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