Eloquent in their expression of might and splendor, the Himalayas in Nepal have been the inspiration to many and thus rhapsodies of their majesty have been sung for centuries. It is home to eight out of the ten highest peaks in the world including the tallest of them all, Mt Everest which is at a staggering height of 8848 meters above the sea level. Some other mountains in the top ten includeKanchenjunga at 8586 meters, Lhotse at 8414 meters, and Makalu at 8463 meters. Most of these tall peaks require extensive mountaineering experience and professional gears to climb. But if you are someone new to mountaineering and still want to enjoy the beauty of the Himalayas, Nepal also offers various peaks for beginners. These peaks can be climbed by anyone in good physical shape and do not require heavy equipment and extensive training. The top 5 best peaks for beginners in Nepal are as follows:
The Island Peak (Imja Tse in Nepali) is one of the most climbed peaks of the Everest Region. The peak is at a height of 6,189 meters level and reveals surreal views of the Mount Everest (8,848m). The trek starts with a nerve-racking flight to the Lukla airport which is considered by many as the most dangerous airport in the world. From there you trek through Dhole, Luza, and Machhermo as you enjoy the beautiful panoramic views of peaks in the Khumbu region. You will also be able to experience the tranquility of the majestic Gokyo lakes. You also cross Cho La Pass (5,420m) and Kongma La Pass (5,535m) as you trek before the climb to Island Peak. On descend you will pass through the beautiful village of Namche Bazar which is a trade hub in the region. This trip takes around 23 days and costs around US$ 2,450.
The Pisang peak, situated at 6091 meters, is one of the most adventurous climbing experiences in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The trek on the peak climbing journey starts at Besisahar and follows the Annapurna circuit route up till the village of Pisang. From there you will ascend via the high camp towards the peak. At the end of the climb, you will be able to see the most beautiful panoramic views of the Annapurna Himalayas which includes peaks such as Annapurna II (7,937m), Annapurna III (7,555m), Annapurna IV (7,525m), Gangapurna (7,454m), Tilicho Peak (7,134m), Dhaulagiri (8,167m) etc. The journey then heads to Muktinath via Thorung La Pass (5,416m) and culminates at the windy town of Jomsom. A round-trip of the Pisang Peak summit takes around 21 days and costs US$ 2,045.
Mera peak lies in the Hinku Valley of the Khumbu region, south-east to the Mount Everest (8,848m). The peak is at a height of 6476 meters above sea level and is the highest trekking peak in the country. The climb offers majestic views of some of the highest peaks in the world such as Kanchenjunga (8,586m), Everest (8,848m), and Makalu (8,463m) among others. The climb starts at Lukla and the trail takes you to heavy forests filled with rhododendron, Juniper and oak trees. On the way up, you will cross various mountain villages inhabited by the Sherpas. You will cross the Zatrwa La Pass which is at 4610 meters above the sea level and offers you a beautiful view of the Dudh Koshi Valley. This 18-day trek is a little bit technical and costs around US$ 2,350.
Yala peak which is at a height of 5,500 meters is one of the easiest peaks to climb in Nepal and is situated in the Langtang region. The peak reveals views of Gangchempo (6,387m) and Shishapangma (8,013m) among a parade of other Himalayas. The 18-day long climb takes you through the stunning cultural and natural diversity of the Langtang Valley. It also takes you through dense forests filled with a wild variety of unique flora and fauna. You will also get an opportunity to visit the historic monastery of Kyanjin Gompa on the way. The trail provides trekkers with an opportunity to experience the unique lifestyles of the Sherpa and Tamang communities with a brief introduction to the culture of these ethnicities as well. This climb costs around US$ 1,850.
Climbing the Lobuche East peak, at 6119 meters above the sea level, gives you an exceptional taste of the Himalayas and the trekking experience on the journey is exceptional, to say the least. The journey begins at Lukla and takes you into the wilderness of the Khumbu region. You walk through the village of Phakding and make your way up to Namche Bazaar. As you continue through the trails you will cross beautiful bridges, rivers, and lakes. You will be able to experience the lifestyle of the natives of the Himalayas as you pass through various Sherpa villages. You will also visit the Tengboche monastery which is a major religious sight in the region. Moreover, the trek on the climbing journey crosses paths with the Everest Base Camp Trek and takes you to the Kalapatthar viewpoint and the base camp of the Mt. Everest (8,848m) as well. The climb takes around 19 days and costs around US$ 1,950.
With a mind-boggling number of peaks available for ascent, Nepal is the ideal place for climbing beginners who want to get the best out of their climbing experience with relative ease. These peaks might be easy to climb but a journey to the top of these is bound to be soul-satisfying and worth the memory of a lifetime. More than just bland scaling of the peaks, a traveler also ventures into the radiant culture and lifestyles of the ethnic populace in the country which further adds to an already illustrious ode of the Himalayas.