Top 7 easiest mountains to climb in Nepal for beginners

Nepal is a climber’s dream. Whether you’re a seasoned mountaineer or a beginner looking for an introduction to mountaineering. The Nepalese Himalayas have it all. Home to the awe-inspiring Himalayan range containing imposing 8000ers like Mt. Everest, it is hard to believe climbing in Nepal could ever be easy. But we’re here to prove you wrong with our list of the easiest peaks to climb in Nepal.

1. Yala Peak (5,700m/18,700ft)

The Yala peak is a trekking peak as classified by the Nepal Mountaineering Association. Lying approximately 51km (32 miles) north of Kathmandu, it is a part of the Langtang Himalayas. It is technically pretty straightforward, and is one of the least challenging peaks in Nepal.

Yala Peak Expedition; one of the easiest mountains for beginners in Nepal
Yala Peak Expedition

Besides, the beauty of the pristine Langtang valley is to-die-for. The magnificence of the north-central Himalayas makes Yala one of the best introductory peaks to mountaineering in Nepal. 

Quick Facts:

  • You can complete your expedition in approximately 14 days, comprising roughly 2 climbing days.
  • The best time to summit Yala peak is during the spring (March-May) and fall (September-November) seasons.
  • The route is a part of the Langtang National Park, home to the red panda and snow leopard.

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2. Mera Peak (6,476 m/21,247 ft.)

The Mera peak climbing offers beginners the perfect gateway into climbing in Nepal. One of the simplest peaks to summit in Nepal, it follows an untouched winding trail through quaint and picturesque Nepali villages. This leaves the climber with a better understanding of rural Nepal and its diversity.

Group Trekking rest during Mera Peak Climb
Group Trekking rest during Mera Peak Climb

Of course, lying on the Mahalangur Himalayas, Mera can be imposing in its stature. It is certainly no less than the 8000ers in terms of the views it offers. However, it is a straightforward climb, as it is a mountain that required little technical skill to summit. 

Quick Facts

  • Five 8,000m peaks are visible from the summit including Everest, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu, Makalu and Kanchenjunga.
  • The best time to climb Mera Peak lies during spring (March-May) and fall (September-November).
  • It is the highest trekking peak in Nepal.

3. Pokalde Peak (5,806 m 19,049 ft)

One of the most sought-after trekking peaks, Pokalde is truly one of the easiest peaks to climb in Nepal. Affectionately called Dolma-ri, it lies approximately 12km south of Mt. Everest. It is one of the shortest and simplest climbs of the Everest region.

Pokalde Peak
Pokalde Peak (By Paul.Sydney at English Wikipedia – Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons., Public Domain)

Furthermore, Pokalde peak offers all the mystique and grandeur that you’d expect from an Everest region peak. However, its own expedition is short and simple beginning climbers. If you start your climbing journey with Pokalde, you will surely never get enough of mountaineering in Nepal.

Quick Facts:

  • The view from the summit includes peaks such as Makalu, Ama Dablam and Pumori.
  • The summit pitch involves a short, almost-vertical rock climbing session.
  • The beautiful Kongma Glacier lies approximately 40 min away from the Pokalde basecamp

 4. Chulu Far-Eastern peak (6,060m/19,882ft)

Lying on the fabled Annapurna mountain range, the Chulu far east peak is a combination of straightforward climbing in a mesmerizing area. One of our favorite mountains for beginner climbers, the expedition even offers a glimpse into the Tibetan plateaus.

Chulu Far-Eastern Peak, one of the 7 easiest mountain to climb in Nepal
Chulu Far-Eastern Peak

Interestingly, the terrain is mostly rocky and icy, and the mountain is ringed by the Marsyangdi River. Furthermore, its’ natural beauty is only heightened by the rich cultural diversity and varying lifestyles that is hosts.

Quick Facts:

  •  You can complete the expedition in about 20 days, with approximately 2 climbing days.
  •  There are two other Chulu peaks: Chulu West and Chulu East
  • Some peaks you can see from the summit are Annapurna II, III & IV, Manaslu, Glacier Dome, Pisang Peak, Dhaulagiri, and more.

5. Chulu West (6,419m/21,055ft)

Another gem of the Annapurna region, the Chulu West peak lies on the Chulu massif. The trail takes us through Manang Valley, one of the highest valleys in the world. One of the easiest mountains in Nepali mountaineering, the climb itself is straightforward, but you must have ample strength and stamina.

Chulu West, another 7 easiest mountain to climb in Nepal
Chulu West

It is a winding route dotted with hot springs and an almost omnipresent Annapurna range in the background. This route is very diverse in its topography as we cover dramatic rock plains, dense jungles, and rushing rivers. One of our favorite trekking peaks, the Chulu west trip is very fulfilling indeed.

Quick Facts

  • The expedition involves approximately 4 climbing days.
  • The views include the magnificent mount Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna, and more.
  • The summit can be reached through the North West Ridge, which requires some technical climbing.

6. Lobuche West (6,119m/20,075ft)

Have you dreamt of scaling a peak in the Everest region? Well, at the Foothills of Mt. Everest, only a few kilometers from the Khumbu glacier lies Lobuche west. Considered to be one of the easiest mountains to summit in Nepal, it offers to you the grandeur of an 8000er in the simplicity of a 6000er peak.

However, despite it being a trekking peak, the Lobuche west required little technical knowledge to reach its summit. Keep in mind that it is a physically demanding mountain for a beginner, so you should be prepared accordingly.

Quick Facts:

  • Part of Mt. Lobuche, it has a sister summit; the Lobuche East (6,119m/20,075ft)
  • You will be able to behold Mt. Everest alongside Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Pumori.
  • It is considered slightly more difficult than Island peak climb.

7. Island Peak (6,189m/20,306ft)

One of the most celebrated trekking peaks in Nepal, Island peak offers a glorious view of mountaineering in Nepal. Rising from the glacial surface like an island, this easy-to-scale mountain is one of the most sought-after mountains for amateur climbers in Nepal. 

Near Island Peak Top
Near Island Peak Top

The route takes you to the famous Sherpa village of Namche bazaar, past beautiful monasteries. Finally,  you’ll enter the awe-inspiring Sagarmatha National park, a UNESCO world heritage site where the mountain lies. 

Quick Facts:

  • Its local (and original) name is Imja Tse.
  • Its west face is highly glaciated, and rises from the Lhotse Glacier.
  • The best time to climb Island peak  is during spring (March-Early June) and Fall (September-November).

Best time to attempt Peak Climbing in Nepal  

When considering any form of peak climbing in Nepal, it is vital for you to have some logistical knowledge. Knowing details about the weather during your expedition can be the difference between the trip of a lifetime and a disappointment. 

Generally, the best time for climbing in Nepal is considered to be spring (March-May). Nepal experiences Monsoon during the summer (June-August), with heavy rains inadvisable for climbing.

In addition, another extremely favorable time for climbing is during the fall (September, October, and November). As it is also the Nepalese festival season, fall is considered the most beautiful time of the year. Moreover, make sure you decide what to pack for peak climbing in Nepal according to the weather conditions during the various seasons.

Do you want to begin your Mountaineering journey in Nepal? If you have any queries about Nepal’s easiest climbing peaks, you can talk to our travel experts! Just message us on Facebook or Whatsapp us at +1-410-307-0007.

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