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10 Best Short Treks in Nepal

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Nepal is a land of wonders and amusements. You can choose to do different things during your stay at Nepal. If you love strolling in a pristine surrounding, you have many options. You can go on mountain expeditions, or go for lower elevation treks. Or, if you do not have enough time then the short treks around Kathmandu valley suits your trek cravings.

Here are 10 Best Short Treks in Nepal that addresses your convenience

1. Langtang Trek

The reconstruction of the building in Langtang village.

Trip duration: 10 days

Elevation: 2,560 meters

The place lies in the northern region of Nepal. It is the Southern Tibetan border in Nepal. Called the “Valley of Glaciers”. It is the nearest and easy trek route in Langtang valley of Nepal. You will start walking from Syabrubesi in the Langtang region.

The places specialize in extended pastures, yak farms, cheese factory. The settlements of mixed cultural inhabitants. Classical monasteries and Gompas adds to the place’s beauty. Also, the diverse flora and fauna in Alpine forests and mountainous farmlands add to your excitement.

En route you get a chance to interact with the Tamangs and Sherpa inhabitants of Helambu village. The trek’s main highlight is the spectacular mountain views in a clean surrounding. Langtang Himal, Langtang Lirung, Langtang Ri, Dorje Lakpa among them.

In this trek, you get to walk along the ancient trade route to Tibet. Different glaciers and waterfalls at quite lower elevations will amaze you. Langtang National Park is a house for Red Panda, you will have the privilege of getting sight of it too.

2. Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

Trip duration:4-5 days

Elevation: 3210 meters

It is one of the short and popular treks in Annapurna region of Nepal. This trek is suitable for all age groups because of its lower elevations. Also, favorable temperature. The trek proceeds from Nayapul- a short drive from Pokhara.

Across the route, you walk through ethnic villages of Gurungs and Magars in Ghorepani. You will cross Ulleri and Ghandruk village too. Dense forests of rhododendron and terraced farms all around the route accompany you. Also, the diverse flora and Fauna, different birds. After this walk to the Poon hill, it welcomes you with spectacular sunrise and mountain views. Along with views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Hiuchuli, Nilgiri.

You can go on this trek all year round. But you need to be extra careful during winter as dense snow may block the passes in high regions.

3. Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Sunrise from annapurna base camp

Trip duration: 8-10 days

Elevation: 4310 meters

It is an ideal trek in the Annapurna region. The high preferred trail to the Annapurna Base Camp passes via Ghorepani Poon hill trek route. Or you can walk through Syuli Bazar or choose to walk through Dhampus. Whichever route you choose, you will meet at Chhomrong to proceed to the base camp.

The travelers adore panoramic mountain views, spectacular village visit. They love the encounter with the clans of Gurkha Army. The trail passes through serene landscapes and bamboo forests in Alpine meadows.

Reaching the base of Annapurna range will be a dream-like experience. You enjoy the 360- degree views of the chain of peaks. Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Machhapuchhre in the north and other several peaks in the south. En route, you get to cleanse your sweat in natural hot spring near Jhinu Danda.

This is a moderate trek so anyone with the strong will to walk along the rocky ridges can choose this trek. This route is suitable for all year round. Although Spring and Autumn are the peak season, if you wish to avoid crowds, you can choose other seasons as well. You can trek during winter too, as the climate is cold but not unbearable.

4. Lakes of Gosaikunda

View of Gosaikunda Lake – Lantang

Trip Duration: 7 days

Elevation: 4380 meters

This is one of the wondrous treks in Langtang region of Nepal. In this trek, you begin from Dhunche and walk along the rocky terrains to reach Gosaikunda lake.

This alpine freshwater lake is the major source of Trishuli river. The best time to visit the lake is during Monsoon and Autumn when there is less cold and snow on the roadways. But you can dare to visit the place in offseasons too. The time when the lake blankets herself in a dense snow in the tranquil surrounding.

En route, you pass through lush forest, rhododendron trees. Stony boulders, rugged landscape, and encounter with the locals of the place. Besides, you will get the chance to visit yak farms and local cheese factories. The fascinating thing about the lake is that the lake water is warm in cold season.

Around the holy lake, there are many lakes. Resting in the lap of different mountains in the crisp surrounding. The lakes are Vairav Kunda, Saraswati Kunda, Naagkunda, Surya Kunda, and so on. These lakes have their own specialties and add amazement to your trek.

5. Everest View Trek:

Trip Duration: 5-6 days

Elevation: 3860 meters

It is one of the popular treks in Nepal. Many tourists choose this trek who do not have enough time for Everest Base Camp Trek. The trek starts from Lukla- after a direct flight from Kathmandu.

In this trek, you will have the privilege of strolling around Namche Bazar- the gateway to Mt. Everest. Along with an encounter with the locals of the place- Sherpa knows. You get to know about their culture and lifestyle. In this trek, the clear view of Mt.Everest and Ama Dablam from Namche Bazar amazes you.

You will get to enjoy the life and daily activities of the locals of Khumbu region. The sight of Khumbu glacier and several icy ridges en route amazes you. Across the route, you pass through lush forests of pines and rhododendron flowers. The place is famous for different birds and wildlife.

The visit to Tengboche monastery is a bonus to your trek. Also, you get to enjoy the mountainous settlements of Khumjung village people.

6. Dolakha – Kalinchowk trek

Dolakha - Kalinchowk trek

Trip duration: 3-4 days

Elevation: 3842 meters

Kalinchowk is a popular Hindu shrine in eastern hills at Dolakha district of Nepal.This is a short trek from Kathmandu- 150 km. Suits for those who do not have enough time to go to northern mountains. But still, wish to walk in the chilly rock-hills.

The trek commences from Charikot- a district headquarter of Dolakha district. After a walk of 19 km from Charikot along the graveled road, you will reach Kuri village. A steep climb uphill from the Kuri village and you are on the hilltop of Kalinchowk shrine.

The trek is famous for Kalinchowk Bhagwati Temple situated atop of the hill. The place offers the stunning view of Mt. Gaurishankar, Jugal, Annapurna, and Everest. Across the route, you receive hospitality from people of different culture and caste. The roadway blooms in Rhododendron blossoms in spring. and chirps of different birds in the diverse topography.

On this trek, you will have the privilege of strolling around Gaurishankar Conservation Area. Both these places are famous for their cultural heritage too. So, you will have fun visiting the typical cultural heritage of the place as well.

If you are lucky, you can enjoy the snowfall in this region. Many people visit the shrine especially during winter to get the spectacular mountain views. And to enjoy live snowfall.

Since the place is in high altitude, chances are high of altitude sickness. So, we recommend you to carry Garlic, Timur, Ginger as medicine to beat off the heights. In another season than winter, the trail is quite easy, you will have easy trek.

7. Kathmandu Valley Trek

Kathmandu Valley nests in the neighborhood of chain of lush hills. These hillocks are easier to climb and are best for a day’s trek. While at Kathmandu you will have many options to go on the trek.

In this trek, you will get chance to observe an eagle’s eye view of the entire valley. The typical countryside settlements of different ethnic groups around the valley entice you. You will have fun walking along the serpentine pathways uphill.

You can choose to go on these treks at any time of the year. In spring the hillocks bloom in Rhododendron and other different wildflowers. While in Monsoon the roadway is wet and sloppy. But the view from the hilltop will compensate all your inconveniences. In other seasons, the roads are dry and shaded by the tree leaves.

You can go on Chandragiri trek which is about 6 hours climb uphill along the dense hardwood forest. Or you can go Ranikot hike to walk 4 hours from Suryabinayak temple. From Ranikot you can walk further to Lakurivangyang – a 2 hours stroll from the hillock. Other short treks include Champa Devi trek, Nagarjuna- Jamacho trek, Shivapuri trek, and the like.

8. Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek

Trip Duration: 9-10 days

Elevation: 4,500 meters

It is a short and interesting trek in the Annapurna region. It is new trek route less known among the tourists. The trek starts from Phedi, a 45 minutes drive from Pokhara city.

The trek passes through lush rhododendron forests in lower elevations. As you move on you will pass the rugged mountainous terrains. En route you pass through the panoramic views of Mardi Himal, Fishtail, Annapurna South and Himchuli peaks.

On this trek, you get chance to stay with local hosts and involve in their daily activities. This trek offers spectacular sunrise and sunset views from behind mountains. Proceeding to Deurali, you will cross many villages, terraced fields, and exotic landscapes.

You can go on this trek all year round. During Spring the roadway blooms in Rhododendron and Magnolia. While Winter offers the clearest views under bluish skies. But you have to be extra careful to prevent cold. In other seasons too, the pathway blooms in different flowers. And the endless hospitality of the locals.

You can go on this trek with moderate fitness level too. Since it is not much difficult like other classical treks.

9. Chisapani- Nagarkot- Dhulikhel Trek

View of mountain from theChisapani

Trip duration: 3 days

Elevation: 2,175 meters

It is one of the popular treks around the valley. Suits for those who have less time for treks but still want to go for one. The trek starts from Sundarijal- an hour’s drive from Kathmandu.

Walking uphill along the rocky Bagmati river, you will take 4-5 hours to reach Chisapani. En route you walk through a dense hardwood forest and a typical Tamang settlement. You will have the amazing sunrise view along with pristine Chisapani lake view.

After a walk of 8-9 hours, you will reach to Nagarkot- a famous hill station of the valley. The place offers you the spectacular view of majestic mountains. Along with the typical countryside settlements of people of mixed ethnicity. You have too many options for accommodation at Nagarkot. The next morning the breathtaking sunrise view freshens up your lethargic body after the long walk.

A walk of about 5 hours across the vast forests, country settlements of Tamangs, Brahmins, Chhetris, and Newars you will reach Dhulikhel. En route you will have the 360-degree view of the entire Kathmandu valley. Hillside view of Charikot Bazar, cultural insights into the life of Newars in Banepa. While in Dhulikhel, you can visit Namobuddha- a famous Buddhist shrine in a peaceful surrounding.

10. Sarangkot- Dhampus Trek

Sarangkot- Dhampus Trek

Trip duration: 5 days

Elevation: 1600 meters

It is one of the shortest treks from Pokhara valley.The trek begins from Phedi, a 45 minutes drive from Pokhara city. It passes through the sloppy rims of Pokhara city: Sarangkot, Dhampus, Naudanda.

Sarangkot rests on the western rim of Pokhara valley, is a famous vantage point for sunrise views. These are the popular viewpoints of the city. Tourists adore the enticing sunrise views from behind mountain peaks.

On walking, you pass through the forest of Pines and Oaks. From the hilltop, you will have awesome sight of Annapurna South. Also Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli, and many such peaks.

This trek is favorable all year round and suitable for all age groups. You do not have to fear altitude as this is a lower elevation trek. It is famous as an alternative of Annapurna view trek.

The enticing terraced fields and lush forests accompany you along your journey. You will encounter typical Gurung and mixed village in Dhampus. Also, spending time with them you get deep insight into their culture and lifestyle.

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Pradeep is a co-founder of Magical Nepal. He has trekked to almost all the trekking place in Nepal. He has been to Everest Base Camp more than 8 times. He is the only that mostly answers your queries by giving the personal touch and experience.
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(1) Comment

  1. Guru

    Great post! Trekking is a great adventure. Everyone feels to do this once in a life. I didn’t hear before these awesome trekking places in Nepal. Thanks for sharing these beautiful places for trekking I’ll definitely try one of these places.

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