Trekking is not an activity reserved only for the young. Elderly people also enjoy relishing nature and the great views it has to offer. Nepal has a variety of treks and not all of them are physically and mentally challenging, thus making them suitable for elderly people who would rather relax, without missing out on the beauty of the Himalayas. Of course, different people have different physical capabilities and interests, so our list is comprised only of suggestions for best trekking in nepal for elderly people. We hope you find it useful!
The Ghorepani – Poonhill trek is a relatively easy and short trek at offers a great introduction to the beauty of the Nepalese Himalayas. The trail takes you to small, charming Gurung settlements, dense forests and beautiful views of the Annapurna range. The highlight of the trek is definitely the sunrise view from Poonhill, a small view station located atop of a hill which offers a wide panorama view of the Annapurna range. The trails can be steep, but they are relatively short and there are many lodges on the way offering refreshments.
Lower Mustang is a great place to trek for the elderly. Starting from Jomsom, the trail is quite even up to Kagbeni and then it gets a bit steep on the way to the Hindu temple Muktinath. However, if trekkers feel that they cannot walk anymore, they can always take a jeep or even hire a public vehicle if they don’t feel like walking at all. Jomsom, Kagbeni and Muktinath are very well connected by road, making this deserty, Tibetan-like environment accessible to everyone. Lower Mustang’s setting looks out of the world, with its wide stretches of dry hills and small patches of fertile land near the river. The Himalayan peaks, with Mt. Nilgiri being the most prominent one, will leave trekkers breathless by their beauty and closeness.
Luckily, one does not have to trek all the way to the base camp to experience the extraordinary beauty of Mt. Everest and its surrounding giant peaks. There is a relatively short and slow paced trek that will enable you to see both the natural beauty and discover the small Sherpa villages that dot this region. This trek takes you from Lukla to Namche bazaar and Tengboche monastery and it will mesmerize you with enchanting views of the Everest massif and the unique culture of the Sherpa people.
Ghandruk is a charming village located in the Annapurna region. It is the biggest Gurung community in Nepal, a hilly ethnic group that inhibits this region. The village will charm you with its traditional stone houses and narrow stone alleys. It is nestled by the Annapurna mountain massif and Fishtail that stand in a full grandeur behind the hills. Ghandruk also has two museums filled with local artifacts and many small restaurants that serve traditional Nepali dishes. Ghandruk is only one and a half hour walk from the nearest road and it’s a splendid way to experience the Nepali way of life in the Himalayas without too many physical challenges.
The Annapurna Base Camp trek is a classic trek that takes you to the base of Annapurna, known as the most dangerous mountain in the world for climbing. Although getting there takes around 4-5 days of trekking, the tourist facilities are really good in the area which makes this trek suitable for elderly with an adventurous spirit. The trails are full of small villages on the way so it is practically impossible to walk for more than 3 hours without encountering a place to rest with a hot cup of tea. The ABC trek takes you to a high altitude, so necessary precautions for altitude sickness are a must, such as taking it slow and a lot of hydration.
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