3 Easy Treks in Nepal for Beginners and Families

For less experienced hikers and families with young children, the experts at Kandoo Adventures suggest some easier but still very worthwhile treks to do in Nepal.


Two trekkers on a trail in the Himalayan mountains of Nepal. Photo © Kandoo Adventures

While Nepal is certainly famous for treks like the Annapurna Circuit and the Everest Base Camp Trek, these are fairly long and grueling routes that require a good level of stamina and fitness.

But easier options also exist for less experienced hikers, and they will still expose you to the true spirit of the Himalayas. Here are some of the best treks in Nepal for beginners.

Langtang Valley Trek

Famously described by travel writer Bill Tilman as “one of the world’s most beautiful valleys”, the Langtang Valley Trek is one of the easiest and most popular treks in Nepal.

Located north of Kathmandu near the border with Tibet, the trek commonly takes 10-12 days, however, it can actually be completed in just one week.

Set in a wild and remote landscape that is ever-changing, the Langtang Valley Trek takes hikers through deep gorges, farming pastures, semi-arid zones and sub-tropical forests.

Trekkers are rewarded at the highest point with stunning views across the Langtang Himal range.

From here, you can also see the colossal Langtang Lirung, which stands at 23,773 feet (7,246m).

If you’re feeling up to it, then you’ll also have the option to summit Kyangjin Ri at 14,209 feet (4,330m). Needless to say, the views from the summit are nothing short of breathtaking.

The Royal Trek

The Royal Trek was named after Prince Charles and his 90-strong crew who explored the route in 1981. It was also historically used by Nepal’s royal family, adding to the namesake.

The Royal Trek is the ideal, easy option for travelers wanting to have an ‘off the beaten path’ experience.

Because it’s less well known compared to the other treks in the region, most of the time it’s practically empty. This hike takes you through terraced rice fields and lush forests, and you’ll be greeted constantly with epic views of the Annapurna Mountain Range.

Beginning at the lakeside city of Pokhara, the route is well-maintained and trekkers stay at a relatively low altitude for the duration of the trek. This means that even the most inexperienced trekkers will be able to give it a go. The most popular route takes five days and covers 7.5 to 9.5mi (12 to 15km) a day.

From the highest point, you’ll be able to see Machapuchhre (fishtail) and Langtang Mountain. The trek concludes when you arrive at the stunning Begnas Lake at the southeast end of the Pokhara valley, just in time for a nice drink!

Poon Hill Trek

Conducted over four to five days, the Poon Hill Trek in the Annapurna region is perfectly suited to beginners and families.

Although one of the easier treks in Nepal, the Poon Hill Trek packs a major punch when it comes to views. The sunrise over the rugged Annapurna Himalaya range is thought to be one of the best in the world.

The beauty and diversity of the scenery is the main draw factor of this trek.

As you ascend into the hills, the scenery is constantly changing from lush forests to arid terrain, to farming fields.

Lovely family-run teahouses are dotted along the route, so there’s no need to carry any camping gear.

After a fairly steep climb to the top of Poon Hill at 10,531 feet (3,210m), you’ll be rewarded with one of the best mountain vistas on earth. Definitely worth it! 

This article was written by our partner Kandoo Adventures in collaboration with Mountain IQ.

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  • Prem Neupane said

    Langtang is NOT located in Annapurna Region as described above.

  • Miraz Dhakal said

    Nepal is famous for experiential tours! There are so much diversity in Cultures that Foreign people can learn so muh about things they dont practice in country! From pottery making to ancient way of mad honey hunting! These are other examples of Short and fun tours and trek in nepal!

    Also, If u want to check out
    goto www.cheaptripnepal.com

    Where i have tour and trekking packages that slightly deviates from the overrated, costly and long treks of nepal! Site is still not out! Not here for advertisement but yes there are many things people can do when they visit us! Thank u! Namaste.

  • Apar Datta said

    From when Langtang Valley Trekking Sifted to Annapurna Trekking Region? Being the reputed company, World Nomad Must need to check basic information. It's not fair to publish any bullshit that comes from your partners Company Kandoo!

    Stop Misleading The Innocent Trekkers!

  • Amelia@WorldNomads said

    Hi Apar (and Prem!)

    I'm so glad you've pointed this out, and apologies for the mistake going unnoticed for so long.

    I have just updated this with the correct information.

    Happy trekking,

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