Despite being home to most of the world's tallest mountains, trekking in Nepal can – in places – be relatively easy-going.

Most of the mountain trails started out as trading routes and travellers of old didn't make life more difficult than it needed to be, generally following the easiest routes through the mountains wherever possible.

You'd be hard-pressed to call trekking in Nepal truly easy, but there are certainly some routes that pose less of a challenge than you might first think.

Here are a handful of my recommended easy Nepal treks, ideally suited for beginners or those with younger or older trekkers.

Easy treks in Nepal

Easy-going Nepal treks for beginners

Near Lukla nepal

Lower altitude hiking near Lukla

Jiri/Shivalaya to Lukla trek (Everest region)

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Trek duration: nine to 10 days

Max. elevation: 3,530m

Accommodation: Trekking lodges

Start/end point: Jiri or Shivalaya/Lukla

A wonderful way to reach (or leave) the Everest area and though it doesn’t offer the same kind of high altitude mountain scenery of the Khumbu, it does offer peaceful walking with barely a single other foreign trekker around, beautiful rural vistas and mountain views, traditional village life.

Nepal Annapurna Poon Hill sunrise

Classic Poon Hill sunrise view of Annapurna

Poon Hill trek

Best trek for: Easier-going route with classic sunrise views

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Trek duration: Five to six days

Max. elevation: 3,210m

Accommodation: Trekking lodges

Start/end point: Naya Puk/Phedi

Mixing heart-stirring mountain views with enchanting villages and beautiful forests with a thousand blooming rhododendrons, this is a fabulous introduction to trekking in Nepal.

The trailheads are only about an hour’s drive out of Pokhara and there are excellent trekking lodges along the route plus some luxury hotels.

It’s also an ideal first time trek for families and those who don’t want to go too high. But do keep in mind that there’s a lot of steep up and down.

Classic view of Annapurna range from Poon Hill

View of the Annapurna range from Poon Hill

Annapurna Sanctuary trek (Annapurna region)

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Trek duration: 10 days

Max. elevation: 4,130m

Accommodation: Trekking lodges

Start/end point: Naya Pul or Dhampus

If you’re looking for a short, relatively easy and simple to organise trek that doesn’t venture too high (4,130m), and with unusually comfortable accommodation, then the Annapurna Sanctuary ticks all the boxes.

028 Nepal Langtang Valley

Langtang Valley, a stone's throw from Kathmandu

Langtang Valley trek

Difficulty: Moderate. The trail climbs quite rapidly so there is a risk of altitude sickness.

Trek Duration: 6 days from Syabrubesi but allow another 2-3 days for side trips from Kanjin Gompa.

Max. Elevation: 3,860m

Accommodation: Trekking lodges. Camping required for any overnight trips beyond Kanjin Gompa.

Start/End Point: Syabrubesi

The standard route follows the Langtang river up a steep and narrow valley. On day two the trail passes over the rubble fields under which Langtang village is buried and on day three the valley opens out to arrive at Kanjin Gompa and big views of Langtang Lirung (7,246m), Langtang II (6,581m) and, perhaps the most distinctive mountain in the valley, the pyramid shaped Mt Gangchempo (6,387m). Kanjin Gompa can be a base for many different day and overnight side trips.

Gul Bhanjyang Helambu Nepal

Lush and green Helambu

Helambu trek

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate.

Trek Duration: 7 days but increasing road accesses means you can cut the trek short at a number of points and bus back to Kathmandu.

Max. Elevation: 3,640m

Accommodation: Fairly simple trekking lodges.

The closest trek to Kathmandu — it starts from the northern outskirts of the city — takes you on a fairly gentle amble through terraced fields, wild forests, flower meadows and through lots of little villages with views of the mountains. The highest point reached on this trek is 3,640m, so it can be done as a mid-winter trek when higher routes might be snowed in. You can make an enjoyable week-long circuit (a good option for those with little time and/or trekking experience), but most people choose to use Helambu either as a walk in or out route to Gosainkund and the Langtang Valley.

Tamang Heritage Trail

Difficulty: Easy to moderate.

Trek Duration: 5 to 6 days.

Max. Elevation: 3,300m

Accommodation: Homestays.

Start/End Point: Syabrubesi

This route aims to highlight the culture of the Tamang people as much as the mountain scenery. It’s a real community project with money generated from trekkers going into local development projects and trekkers being hosted at night by families in their village houses.

Phoksundo Lake in Dolpo Nepal

Phoksundo Lake in the Dolpo region

Phoksundo Lake (Dolpo region)

Difficulty: Easy-moderate

Trek duration: Three days to the lakes, five to six days return

Max. elevation: 3,730m

Accommodation: Camping, basic homestays

Start/end point: Dunai

This short and sweet trek follows the Suli Gaad river through pristine forest to the beautiful Phoksundo Lake. It is 4.8km long, 1.8km wide and, at over 600m deep, the deepest lake in Nepal.

About the author

Easy treks in Nepal

Stuart Butler

Stuart is an award-winning travel journalist and guidebook author who has been visiting and trekking in Nepal for over thirty years. One of the world's leading authorities on Nepal trekking, he is the author of Lonely Planet’s Trekking in Nepal, the Rough Guide to Nepal, the Tibet chapter of the Rough Guide to China and the Bradt guide to Kashmir & Ladakh. He is also regularly published in The Independent, BBC, Time Out, The Telegraph, among many other UK and international publications.

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