Nepal Trekking For Beginners
With some of the highest snow-capped mountain peaks in the world, trekking the foothills of the Himalayas is a trekker’s nirvana. Trekking in Nepal is as much a cultural experience as a Himalayan adventure. In the shadow of foothills with an awesome backdrop of icy pinnacles of the Himalayas, you can pass through the picturesque villages boasting a wide array of traditions and cultures.
While many people assume that Nepal trekking for beginners is near impossible, we are here to say the complete opposite. That is, with the right preparation and information anyone can trek in Nepal- whether you’re a beginner or an expert.
Types of Trekking
Basically, there are two types of trekking that beginner trekkers can choose from- teahouse trekking or organised trekking.
Tea house trekking is a popular option whereby trekkers stay in local tea houses along the trail and meals are provided. Tea house trekking is a great way to experience the local culture of the village. It’s also an ideal way to avoid having to carry back-crushing rucksacks. Tea houses vary in style, some are more rustic, and others feature a hotel style.
Organised treks are another type of trekking, and groups are supported with a team of Sherpa’s, porters, cooks and guides. This type of trekking is ideal for beginners. Often, the trekking gear can be carried by the porters and includes tents, sleeping bags, dining tables, food and fuel. There is also a wide selection of easy circuits that are Grade A and perfect for beginners. Here are two of the easiest treks in Nepal that offer uncompromising vistas.
The Kathmandu Valley
The Kathmandu Valley trek ranges from 1050 metres to 2500 metres above sea level and offers magnificent vistas of the Annapurna Range and Mt. Everest. Major sights in the valley include Namo Buddha, Kakani, Nagarkot, Chulikhel and Shivapuri. There are many chances to interact with the local people in the region.
During springtime, the area comes to life with blooming magnolias, rhododendrons and colourful wild flowers. Home to over 200 diverse bird species, the Kathmandu Valley is picture perfect for birdwatchers.
Trekking from Kathmandu to Bengas Lake
This trek begins at the rice fields and twisting river of Bijaypur Khola. The trails rise 1,350 metres to Kalikastan and stretches through the peaceful evergreeen forest of Okhare leading up to the old villages of Patle, Sundergaon and Mastan Saurini. From Patle, you can trek through more ancient forests that lead to the famous stone steps to Syaglung Danda.
Along the trek, there are breathtaking views of rhododendron and Lumjung Himal. Passing an old timber bridge that sits above the river Doban Khola will lead you to Bengas Lake.
It is always advisable for even experienced trekkers to travel with at least one other person in case something should go awry. For beginner trekkers, partaking in an organised trek is ideal for safety and travelling along the most scenic circuits.