Beginner mountaineering in Nepal: 4 best Nepalese trekking peaks

Jul 28, 2017 BY Luke Rees

Ever dreamed of summiting a peak in the Himalaya mountains but lack mountaineering experience? Himalayan giants like Everest and Lhotse might be a step too far. But the best Nepalese trekking peaks are perfect for beginner mountaineering in Nepal.

Beginner mountaineering in Nepal 4 best Nepalese trekking peaks Image courtesy of Explore Himalaya

There are a number of peaks, between the 5,650 and 6,500 metre mark, that can be summited without prior experience. These are classified by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) as Trekking Peaks. which are suitable for amateurs and beginners.

Best Nepalese trekking peaks

explore himalaya logoClimbing trekking peaks you still get to enjoy the Himalayan experience. Plus, of course, the sensational scenery and views. Here are four of the best Nepalese trekking peaks most suited to beginner mountaineering in Nepal.

Mera

One of the most alluring peaks in Nepal thanks to its many cultural attractions. On the trek you’ll pass through remote villages, experiencing Nepalese mountain life the way it has been for centuries.

Beginner mountaineering in Nepal Mera Peak is one of the 4 best Nepalese trekking peaks Image courtesy of Explore Himalaya

After a long trek to the mountain passing through rhododendron forests and majestic landscapes, the summit is gentle. But that doesn’t stop it being the country’s highest trekking peak at 6,476 metres..

In fact, it’s actually a collection of three separate peaks, all with stunning views of the surrounding giants. Mera is probably the least accessible of the mountains on this list, but that gives it more of an expedition feel.

While you will need to use some ropes, axes and other equipment, it’s generally not considered a technical climb. That makes it an ideal first peak for beginner mountaineering in Nepal.

Beginner mountaineering in Nepal Mera Peak one of the 4 best Nepalese trekking peaks Image courtesy of Explore Himalaya

The summit takes three days and you’ll reach an altitude of 6,476 metres. The best season to trek Mera is usually between September and November but the months of April and May are also an option. Check out the Mera Peak trip by Explore Himalaya.

Island

Another superb peak for beginner mountaineering in Nepal is Island Peak. It is renowned for its spectacular views of the giants. Gaze out over Everest, Lhotse and Makalu and imagine tackling those in the years to come. There’s even a chance to visit Everest Base Camp as part of your acclimatisation training en-route.

The trek to Island is non-technical, although there are some basic snow climbing skills you’ll be taught in order to reach the summit. It’s a great trek for understanding the acclimatisation process and getting a clearer picture of how Himalayan expeditions work.

Beginner mountaineering in Nepal Island Peak is one of the 4 best Nepalese trekking peaks Image courtesy of Explore Himalaya

It’s these more challenging conditions that appeal to beginners with a sense of adventure. But also those looking to test themselves on the mountain. And if you ever needed any inspiration for what is possible, it’s all around you on the Island trek.

The summit trek takes between one to two days depending on the weather and you reach 6,189 metres altitude. The best times of year to trek Island are between April and May, and then October to November.

It’s also one of the most climbed peaks in the area, with almost 3,000 people a year making the summit. Which highlights its position as one of the best expeditions for beginners and inexperienced mountaineers. Climb Island Peak with Explore Himalaya.

Beginner mountaineering in Nepal Island Peak one of the 4 best Nepalese trekking peaks Image courtesy of Explore Himalaya

Lobuche

Another of the best Nepalese trekking peaks in the Solu Khumbu region (where you’ll also find Island), Lobuche East offers tantalising views of Everest and more. On the way to base camp, you can spot Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Pumori, amongst others.

explore himalaya logoLobuche East is perhaps a slightly tougher climb than either Mera or Island, but still doesn’t require any specialised skills or training. The West side of the peak is far more challenging and for experienced mountaineers only.

On the way you’ll pass Everest Base Camp as well as the world renowned viewpoint at Kala Patthar, standing at 5,545 metres.

Beginner mountaineering in Nepal lobuche one of the 4 best Nepalese trekking peaks Flickr CC image by Stefanos Nikologianis

It’s a three-day trek to the top, where you’ll be sitting at 6,119 metres. Few climbers make the summit each year, making it one of the more exciting beginner challenges.

There’s also a slightly extended climbing season from mid-March to May and then again from October to mid-December. Find out about the Explore Himalaya Lobuche climb.

Pokalde

If you want the full Himalayan experience, but without having to exert yourself too much, then this is one of the best Nepalese trekking peaks. It’s located just a few miles south of Everest and despite an easy ascent, offers some of the best views in the Himalayas.

Kongma La Pass during Beginner mountaineering in Nepal to Pokalde one of the 4 best Nepalese trekking peaks Flickr CC image by Pekka Tamminen

The mountain lies to the east of the Khumbu Valley, which means you can pay a visit to Everest Base Camp en route. You won’t need any technical climbing equipment save for a small rope section near the summit. However, it is exposed terrain so you have to watch out for bad weather.

Stay at base camp, overlooking a beautiful turquoise glacial lake just below the Kongma La Pass. Then make your final ascent via the route facing Mt Makalu.

It only takes a day to the top, and you’ll reach 5,806 metres. The best times for the trek are between April and May, then again in September and October. Learn about summitting Pokalde with Explore Himalaya.

Beginner mountaineering in Nepal

Although these summit treks are relatively easy, you’ll still need a guide, permit and all the correct gear. In the Himalayas conditions can change quickly and risk is never too far away.

Beginner mountaineering in Nepal Island Peak 1 of the 4 best Nepalese trekking peaks Image courtesy of Explore Himalaya

If you want to try some beginner mountaineering in Nepal you should work with local experts. Companies like Explore Himalaya have been doing this for 20 years and can arrange everything you need.

Explore Himalaya have a lodge in Pheriche for Island, Lobuche and Pokalde. Plus another conveniently located for Mera. This means there is an extra element of comfort on their affordable beginner mountaineering in Nepal.

Find out more about the best Nepalese trekking peaks at explorehimalaya.com. They’ve been leading tours in the Himalayas since 1997 and have helped more than 25,000 travellers experience this majestic environment.

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With expert guides Explore Himalaya beginner mountaineering in Nepal is tried and tested. This is a great way to summit the best Nepalese trekking peaks and complete that ambition of climbing a peak in the Himalaya mountains.

 
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