Top 10 Easiest Trekking Routes In Nepal

Last updated on 2022-11-27
Top 10 Easiest Trekking Routes In Nepal

Nepal is easily one of the best places compared to anywhere else around the world for a trek. Having a tremendous wealth in environmental richness, the country attracts mountains of tourists every year. Who wouldn’t want to get out of the bustling cities and get some fresh air with the view of majestic mountainous landscapes in front of them? Yet people often falter at the thought of a trek, well not to fret there are some routes that welcome any average trekking enthusiasts and even beginners with no prior experience.

*The data is based on the research done by The Everest List.

10. Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek
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Although the longest trek on this list, the trek can easily be accomplished by first-time trekkers. The first few days are spent sightseeing and exploring Kathmandu. On the 3rd day, trekkers will be making their way to Pokhara following the banks of the Trisuli River. Only on the 4th day does the actual trek begin, following the descent from the Australian camp to Pothana. The next day on the way from Pothana to Forest Camp, a walk of about 5 hours, you’ll be greeted with lush forests full of birch, maple, hemlock, and rhododendrons. With the gorgeous views of the Macchapuchre beside you, the route through Badal Dada to High Camp. On the 8th day you’ll reach the Mardi Himal Base Camp and depending on the weather you’ll have a chance to reach an altitude of 4,450m. On the way back, the trek takes you through the upper Mardi River, in Kalimati, and to Lwang village. Then after a drive back to Pokhara on the 11th day, you’ll reach Kathmandu on the final day.

  • Trek Duration : 12 Days
  • Route : Pothana - Badal Dada - High Dada - Kalimati - Lwang
  • Maximum Altitude : 4,450m

9. Solu Trek

Solu Trek
Image Source: On His Own Trip

Lower Solukhumbu or as it’s more commonly known ‘Solu Trek’ takes you through the valleys of Solukhumbu with stunning views of the Himalayas. The journey starts with a drive from Salleri to Basa. Staying overnight at a homestay in Basa Village, the actual trek starts in the morning to Karikhola. Visiting various local Sherpa villages during the trek, you’ll be passing Nunthala and reaching Paiya. Trekking through unique landscapes surrounded by mountains you’ll reach Phakding. From Phakding you’ll reach Lukla to catch a flight back to Kathmandu. Depending on the package you take, you’ll have the opportunity to explore Kathmandu on the final day.

  • Trek Duration : 10 Days
  • Route : Basa - Kharikhola - Paiya - Phakding - Lukla
  • Maximum Altitude : 4,067m

8. Langtang Trek

Langtang Trek
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After a seven-hour journey to the Langtang Valley, the trek begins on the second day after a stay overnight at Syaberu Besi. Traversing through Bhote Koshi, the trek leads you to a settlement in Mundu. From there on, along a steep uphill climb through yak pastures, the trek will lead you to Kyangjin. At Kyangjin, you’ll have the option to either rest for a day, visit the monastery and cheese factory, or summit Kyangjin Ri. According to the trekker you are, both options are equally valuable, one allowing you to explore Kyangjin while the other provides you with a breathtaking panorama of the mountains in the Langtang region. At, the latter half of the trek, you’ll be retracing your steps back reaching Mundu and a detour to Syabaru Besi.

  • Trek Duration : 8 Days
  • Route : Syabru Besi - Mundu - Kyangjin - Syabaru Besi
  • Maximum Altitude : 3,800m

7. Pikey Peak Trek

Pikey Peak Trek
Image Source: Nepali Times

After a long drive to Dhap, the trek starts from Dhap to Japre, a village perched atop a deep valley. The stop provides you with a sensational look at the Numbur and Everest range. You’ll be heading onto Bhulbhule after Jhapre, across hills with ridges and passing pasture with yaks, you’ll find yourself just short of Pikey Peak at Taklung Dada. Summiting Pikey Peak, early in the morning for the sunrise arriving at the max altitude for the trek (3,640m). At the top, with the weather in your favor, the entire Kanchenjunga to Annapurna range will be in front of you. For the descent, the trek takes you along the ridgeline of Loding to Junbesi. Junbesi, a traditional Sherpa village is rich in Buddhist culture. Moving on to Taksindu and finally reaching Phalphu, a lot of Buddhist structures like the Taksindu La and the Chiwong Gompa.

  • Trek Duration : 7-8 Days
  • Route : Japre - Pikey Peak Base Camp - Junbesi - Phalphu
  • Maximum Altitude : 3,640 m

6. Everest View Trek

Everest View Trek
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As with a lot of treks on this list, the Everest view trek has different routes that one might take. First, with a flight from Kathmandu, you’ll reach Lukla with majestic views of the mountains along the way. From Lukla, you’ll follow a descent to Dudhkoshi River and then up to Phakding. The trek comes to a stop for the night at Phakding. The next day after bidding farewell to Phakding, the trail takes you through Sagarmatha National Park and Sherpa villages. Reaching Namche Bazaar, a vibrant town with up-close sights of the mountains in the Everest region including Mt. Everest itself, Mt Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, and Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Tawache, and more. The trek then takes you back to Lukla to catch a flight back to Kathmandu.

  • Trek Duration : 7 Days
  • Route : Lukla - Phakding - Namche - Lukla
  • Maximum Altitude : 3,085m

5. Helambu Trek

Helambu Trek
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A popular route for those wishing to explore the Langtang range. The Helambu region overlooks the peaks that stretch from the Laubrina Pass to Melamchi River Valley and the trek takes to straight through it. The journey starts from a drive to Sundraijal and about a 4 hours walk to Chisapani. After an overnight stay at Chispani, the trek will take you to Kutumsang, a quaint village atop a mountain ridge. With wondrous sights of the mountains above and the valleys below, you’ll be exploring the rural sights of Nepal. In the latter half of the trek, you’ll be greeted by lush forests and winding rivers you’ll reach Tarke Ghyang. Visiting village monasteries and temples, you’ll have an up-close look at the Sherpa and Hyolmo culture. The trek ends after you reach Melamchi Bazaar and ends with a drive back to Kathmandu.

  • Trek Duration : 6 Days
  • Route : Chisapani - Tarke Ghyang - Melamchi Bazaar
  • Maximum Altitude : 3,600m

4. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
Image Source: The Common Wanderer

Although most trekkers prefer a leisurely hike that takes about 7-8 days, for the more intermediate hikers, this trek can be completed in about 5 days. There are a number of popular routes that make the trek vary in distance as well. The trek either takes you from Nayapul to Ghandruk or from Nayapul to Kimche and vice versa. Usually, the trek starts by bus from Pokhara to Nayapul and then the trek begins from Nayapul to Ulleri which is about 12km. Then you’ll be going straight to Ghorepani with a distance of 7km. Lots of lodges are available with varying price ranges for you to spend the night at Ghorepani and then up a short walk in the morning and you’ll be greeted with a spectacular view of the mountain ranges at the peak of Poon Hill. The trek back takes you downhill to Ghandruk, where you’ll return back to Pokhara.

  • Trek Duration : 5 Days
  • Route : Pokhara - Nayapul - Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Ghandruk
  • Maximum Altitude : 3,210m

3. Panchase Trek

Panchase Trek
Image Source: Kim Kim

The 4-day trek is well known for being easy enough for elders, families, and beginner trekkers. The trek starts with a scenic boat ride across Phewa Lake in Pokhara. A short climb greets you with lush forestry and the view of the Annapurnas and Fishtail, a scene that is as common as rain for the locals in Pokhara. Panchase Hill is just up a few ways and stands at 2500m altitude. A glorious sunrise over the mountains awaits you along with religious benchmarks. You’ll spend the night after a gentle descent to Bhadaure. The next day the journey comes to a stop at Naudada where the trekkers are picked for a gentle drive to Pokhara.

  • Trek Duration : 4 Days
  • Route : Pokhara - Panchase Bhanjyang - Naudada
  • Maximum Altitude : 2,500m

2. Ghandruk Trek

Ghandruk Trek
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The trek begins with the trailhead in Phedi which is located about an hour’s drive from Pokhara. Following flowering paddy fields and dense rhododendron forests, the route takes you from Phedi to Pothana. After getting refreshments at the small village of Pothana you head towards Ghandruk. Well renowned for the view of stunning snow-capped peaks, the trek comes to a halt at Ghandruk. The next day onwards, the route continues from Ghandruk and ends at Nayapul.

  • Trek Duration : 3-4 Days
  • Route : Phedi - Ghandruk - Nayapul
  • Maximum Altitude : 2,200m

1. Balthali Village Trek

Balthali Village Trek
Image Source: Navigator Nepal

Easily the most beginner-friendly trek in Nepal, the journey starts from a drive to Dhulikhel. Those who would want to rest for a bit opt for a drive to Namobuddha, although for those who are keener on warming up their soles the trek begins from Dhulikhel to Namobuddha. On the second day, the trek continues from Namobuddha to Balthali, a small settlement that stands on a plateau with terraced farmlands and majestic views of the countryside. The trek ends on the third day by taking the route from Balthali to Panauti.

  • Trek Duration : 3 Days
  • Route : Namo Buddha - Balthali - Panauti
  • Maximum Altitude : 1,982m

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10. Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek
Image Source: Twitter

Although the longest trek on this list, the trek can easily be accomplished by first-time trekkers. The first few days are spent sightseeing and exploring Kathmandu. On the 3rd day, trekkers will be making their way to Pokhara following the banks of the Trisuli River. Only on the 4th day does the actual trek begin, following the descent from the Australian camp to Pothana. The next day on the way from Pothana to Forest Camp, a walk of about 5 hours, you’ll be greeted with lush forests full of birch, maple, hemlock, and rhododendrons. With the gorgeous views of the Macchapuchre beside you, the route through Badal Dada to High Camp. On the 8th day you’ll reach the Mardi Himal Base Camp and depending on the weather you’ll have a chance to reach an altitude of 4,450m. On the way back, the trek takes you through the upper Mardi River, in Kalimati, and to Lwang village. Then after a drive back to Pokhara on the 11th day, you’ll reach Kathmandu on the final day.

  • Trek Duration : 12 Days
  • Route : Pothana - Badal Dada - High Dada - Kalimati - Lwang
  • Maximum Altitude : 4,450m

9. Solu Trek

Solu Trek
Image Source: On His Own Trip

Lower Solukhumbu or as it’s more commonly known ‘Solu Trek’ takes you through the valleys of Solukhumbu with stunning views of the Himalayas. The journey starts with a drive from Salleri to Basa. Staying overnight at a homestay in Basa Village, the actual trek starts in the morning to Karikhola. Visiting various local Sherpa villages during the trek, you’ll be passing Nunthala and reaching Paiya. Trekking through unique landscapes surrounded by mountains you’ll reach Phakding. From Phakding you’ll reach Lukla to catch a flight back to Kathmandu. Depending on the package you take, you’ll have the opportunity to explore Kathmandu on the final day.

  • Trek Duration : 10 Days
  • Route : Basa - Kharikhola - Paiya - Phakding - Lukla
  • Maximum Altitude : 4,067m

8. Langtang Trek

Langtang Trek
Image Source: Adventure Alternative

After a seven-hour journey to the Langtang Valley, the trek begins on the second day after a stay overnight at Syaberu Besi. Traversing through Bhote Koshi, the trek leads you to a settlement in Mundu. From there on, along a steep uphill climb through yak pastures, the trek will lead you to Kyangjin. At Kyangjin, you’ll have the option to either rest for a day, visit the monastery and cheese factory, or summit Kyangjin Ri. According to the trekker you are, both options are equally valuable, one allowing you to explore Kyangjin while the other provides you with a breathtaking panorama of the mountains in the Langtang region. At, the latter half of the trek, you’ll be retracing your steps back reaching Mundu and a detour to Syabaru Besi.

  • Trek Duration : 8 Days
  • Route : Syabru Besi - Mundu - Kyangjin - Syabaru Besi
  • Maximum Altitude : 3,800m

7. Pikey Peak Trek

Pikey Peak Trek
Image Source: Nepali Times

After a long drive to Dhap, the trek starts from Dhap to Japre, a village perched atop a deep valley. The stop provides you with a sensational look at the Numbur and Everest range. You’ll be heading onto Bhulbhule after Jhapre, across hills with ridges and passing pasture with yaks, you’ll find yourself just short of Pikey Peak at Taklung Dada. Summiting Pikey Peak, early in the morning for the sunrise arriving at the max altitude for the trek (3,640m). At the top, with the weather in your favor, the entire Kanchenjunga to Annapurna range will be in front of you. For the descent, the trek takes you along the ridgeline of Loding to Junbesi. Junbesi, a traditional Sherpa village is rich in Buddhist culture. Moving on to Taksindu and finally reaching Phalphu, a lot of Buddhist structures like the Taksindu La and the Chiwong Gompa.

  • Trek Duration : 7-8 Days
  • Route : Japre - Pikey Peak Base Camp - Junbesi - Phalphu
  • Maximum Altitude : 3,640 m

6. Everest View Trek

Everest View Trek
Image Source: Kim Kim

As with a lot of treks on this list, the Everest view trek has different routes that one might take. First, with a flight from Kathmandu, you’ll reach Lukla with majestic views of the mountains along the way. From Lukla, you’ll follow a descent to Dudhkoshi River and then up to Phakding. The trek comes to a stop for the night at Phakding. The next day after bidding farewell to Phakding, the trail takes you through Sagarmatha National Park and Sherpa villages. Reaching Namche Bazaar, a vibrant town with up-close sights of the mountains in the Everest region including Mt. Everest itself, Mt Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, and Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Tawache, and more. The trek then takes you back to Lukla to catch a flight back to Kathmandu.

  • Trek Duration : 7 Days
  • Route : Lukla - Phakding - Namche - Lukla
  • Maximum Altitude : 3,085m

5. Helambu Trek

Helambu Trek
Image Source: Nepal Ascent Treks

A popular route for those wishing to explore the Langtang range. The Helambu region overlooks the peaks that stretch from the Laubrina Pass to Melamchi River Valley and the trek takes to straight through it. The journey starts from a drive to Sundraijal and about a 4 hours walk to Chisapani. After an overnight stay at Chispani, the trek will take you to Kutumsang, a quaint village atop a mountain ridge. With wondrous sights of the mountains above and the valleys below, you’ll be exploring the rural sights of Nepal. In the latter half of the trek, you’ll be greeted by lush forests and winding rivers you’ll reach Tarke Ghyang. Visiting village monasteries and temples, you’ll have an up-close look at the Sherpa and Hyolmo culture. The trek ends after you reach Melamchi Bazaar and ends with a drive back to Kathmandu.

  • Trek Duration : 6 Days
  • Route : Chisapani - Tarke Ghyang - Melamchi Bazaar
  • Maximum Altitude : 3,600m

4. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
Image Source: The Common Wanderer

Although most trekkers prefer a leisurely hike that takes about 7-8 days, for the more intermediate hikers, this trek can be completed in about 5 days. There are a number of popular routes that make the trek vary in distance as well. The trek either takes you from Nayapul to Ghandruk or from Nayapul to Kimche and vice versa. Usually, the trek starts by bus from Pokhara to Nayapul and then the trek begins from Nayapul to Ulleri which is about 12km. Then you’ll be going straight to Ghorepani with a distance of 7km. Lots of lodges are available with varying price ranges for you to spend the night at Ghorepani and then up a short walk in the morning and you’ll be greeted with a spectacular view of the mountain ranges at the peak of Poon Hill. The trek back takes you downhill to Ghandruk, where you’ll return back to Pokhara.

  • Trek Duration : 5 Days
  • Route : Pokhara - Nayapul - Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Ghandruk
  • Maximum Altitude : 3,210m

3. Panchase Trek

Panchase Trek
Image Source: Kim Kim

The 4-day trek is well known for being easy enough for elders, families, and beginner trekkers. The trek starts with a scenic boat ride across Phewa Lake in Pokhara. A short climb greets you with lush forestry and the view of the Annapurnas and Fishtail, a scene that is as common as rain for the locals in Pokhara. Panchase Hill is just up a few ways and stands at 2500m altitude. A glorious sunrise over the mountains awaits you along with religious benchmarks. You’ll spend the night after a gentle descent to Bhadaure. The next day the journey comes to a stop at Naudada where the trekkers are picked for a gentle drive to Pokhara.

  • Trek Duration : 4 Days
  • Route : Pokhara - Panchase Bhanjyang - Naudada
  • Maximum Altitude : 2,500m

2. Ghandruk Trek

Ghandruk Trek
Image Source: Excellent Trek

The trek begins with the trailhead in Phedi which is located about an hour’s drive from Pokhara. Following flowering paddy fields and dense rhododendron forests, the route takes you from Phedi to Pothana. After getting refreshments at the small village of Pothana you head towards Ghandruk. Well renowned for the view of stunning snow-capped peaks, the trek comes to a halt at Ghandruk. The next day onwards, the route continues from Ghandruk and ends at Nayapul.

  • Trek Duration : 3-4 Days
  • Route : Phedi - Ghandruk - Nayapul
  • Maximum Altitude : 2,200m

1. Balthali Village Trek

Balthali Village Trek
Image Source: Navigator Nepal

Easily the most beginner-friendly trek in Nepal, the journey starts from a drive to Dhulikhel. Those who would want to rest for a bit opt for a drive to Namobuddha, although for those who are keener on warming up their soles the trek begins from Dhulikhel to Namobuddha. On the second day, the trek continues from Namobuddha to Balthali, a small settlement that stands on a plateau with terraced farmlands and majestic views of the countryside. The trek ends on the third day by taking the route from Balthali to Panauti.

  • Trek Duration : 3 Days
  • Route : Namo Buddha - Balthali - Panauti
  • Maximum Altitude : 1,982m

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