Best Short Treks in Nepal
Nepal has been getting hundreds of thousands of tourists visiting the country every year. Most of them are here to get closer to the mountains or take a historic trek.
Shorter treks are a great way to refresh yourself. You won’t need a month’s vacation nor lots of planning and preparation. Short treks can be done by anyone whether they are first time trekkers or experienced trekkers. In fact, the most popular treks of Nepal are the short one.
This short treks will not only do great justice to your short vacation but it will definitely leave you longing for more.
Short treks will reward you with the best panoramic views of the entire Himalayan range with just 10 days or less time, including your arrival and departure to Nepal.
Not only can you trek towards the mountain areas, you will also be exploring the diverse culture, traditions, rituals, and settlements of the ethnic local tribes. Some of the ethnic local tribes living in Nepal include Brahmins, Chettris, Newars, Gurungs, Magars, Tamangs, Sherpas, and others.
If you are trekking for the first time, then these short treks are perfect to get a taste of the trekking scenario in Nepal.The most popular trekking route in Nepal is in the Everest region followed by Annapurna region, Langtang region, and other Himalayan regions.
The best time to travel Nepal for trekking is in autumn and spring seasons. If you are trekking for the first time, booking a trekking package in the month of October is the wisest decision, as it is the best month to trek in Nepal. The weather, climate, and the temperature are ideal for trekking in October. Other than that, March, April, May, September, and November are also a great time to trek in Nepal.
Some of the best short treks in Nepal that Base Camp Adventure offers are Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, Tengboche Monastery Trek, Annapurna Panorama Trek, Chisapani Nagarkot Trek, and Gosainkunda Helambu Trek.
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek – 10 days
One of the most popular short treks in Nepal and perfect for any age group is the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. This is the best trekking package for the people who have a short time to trek but want to get the trekking experience to embrace the natural beauty and the magnificent view of the Himalayan range in Nepal.
The main highlight of this trekking trail is the amazing near 360-degree sunrise view of the magnificent Himalayan vistas. Mount Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna I (8091m), Nilgiri (7041m), Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna II (7939m), Annapurna III (7555m), Tukuche (6920m), Mount Machhapuchhre (6998m) are some beautiful mountains to enjoy.
Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you will have a rest day in which you can enjoy sightseeing in Kathmandu. The next day you will travel by bus or by plane to Pokhara while enjoying a beautiful, scenic ride
From Pokhara, it is another hour drive to Nayapul which is the starting point of your trekking route. Here on you start your trek on foots through the beautiful villages of Tikhedhunga, Ulleri and Ghorepani. This will be your overnight stop.
The next morning you hike up to Poon Hill which offers one of the most breathtaking view of the Himalayas. On your way down you will stay overnight at Ghandruk.
Ghandruk is a Gurung village with unique stone-tiled houses all over the village. You get to enjoy their food, music and hospitality. You will then head back to Nayapul through Birethanti and drive back to Pokhara. The next day you will be on your way back to Kathmandu.
Overall, this trek offers you not only the pristine view of the panoramic himalayan vistas but also experience the diverse lifestyle of people living in the hills.
Highlights of Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
- Sunrise panoramic view of Annapurna, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, and other mountains peaks from Poon Hill
- Beautiful streams, waterfalls, and the Modi River
- Explore the diverse cultural and traditional lifestyle of the local people in the hills
- Gurung village at Ghandruk and Magar village at Ghorepani
- Visiting Ghandruk Gurung Museum
- Up-close view of the magnificent Annapurna South and other mountains from Ghandruk
- Scenic drive with changing landscapes from and to Kathmandu-Pokhara
- Short trekking package to view the entire mountain range in the Annapurna Region
Tengboche Monastery Trek – 10 Days
Trekking in Everest Region is one of the most popular trekking routes in Nepal. Majority of the Trekkers who come to trek in Nepal are keen to either go on the Everest Base Camp Trek or trek around Everest Region and some to even summit the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest.
For people who have less time and yet want to experience the Everest region trekking, the Tengboche Monastery Trek is the perfect trekking package.
The Everest region is also known as Khumbu region and Sagarmatha National Park. It is home to different ethnic groups such as Sherpa, Tamang, Magar, Tibetan, and others. The majority of the people there are Buddhists. You will find a lot of Buddhist prayer flags, chorten, mane, and monasteries along the way.
This 10 day trekking package will let you enjoy the Himalayan lifestyle, the amazing view of the glorious mountains such as such as Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Changtse and Mt. Ama Dablam.
and finally get a religious tour to the famous Tengboche Monastery, the largest monastery in the Khumbu region.
Look out for the rare and exotic wildlife throughout the trail. If you are lucky enough, you can spot the rare musk deer and the Lophophorus, Danphe pheasant, the national bird of Nepal. Be sure to visit in the regular season which are the autumn and spring seasons to increase your chances for spotting such wildlife.
The journey starts from your arrival to Kathmandu, followed by a day of sightseeing in Kathmandu. The next day, you will be on an adventurous short mountain flight towards Lukla.
This is where your trek on foot starts and you rest overnight at Phakding. From there you move on the next day to Namche Bazaar. This is the place where you will get the opportunity to acclimatize to the altitude.
Namche Bazaar, also known as the highest trade center of the world, is the hub of all trekking and climbing in the Everest region. The next day is the final step towards the destination that is Tengboche. the Sherpa Buddhist monastery and the highest point of this trekking adventure..
Highlights of Tengboche Monastery Trek
- Spectacular view of the majestic Himalayan range such as Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Changtse, and Mt. Ama Dablam
- Lifestyle, tradition, and culture of the Sherpa people living in the Everest region
- Namche Bazaar (3438 m), gateway to Everest and the world’s highest trade center
- Visiting the famous Tengboche Monastery, the largest monastery in the Everest region
- Short yet adventurous mountain flight to and from Kathmandu to Lukla
Annapurna Panorama Trek – 11 Days
Annapurna Panorama Trek is similar to the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek with an equal level of the difficulty but with an added twist and route.
This trek provides you with the pristine 360-degree panoramic view of the mountains from Dhaulagiri to the Annapurna Range and then the gigantic and majestic mountains right across the hill in front of your eyes. This is what Annapurna Panorama Trek is all about.
The whole mountain range across the horizon from Mount Dhaulagiri (8167m), Nilgiri (7041m), Tukuche (6920m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna II (7939m), Annapurna III (7555m), to the Mount Machhapuchhre also known as Mount Fishtail (6998m), and other surrounding mountain peaks are the views you will enjoy the most.
The views along with the hospitality and welcoming nature of the people of different ethnic local tribes and their tradition, culture, rituals, and hospitality allures most of the trekkers to come back and visit the place again and again. The whole trekking route is inhabited by ethnic groups like Brahmins and Chhetris and Magars from Ulleri through Ghorepani and Gurung at Ghandruk village.
The Annapurna Panorama trek starts from your arrival to Kathmandu and the next day you will get to do sightseeing in the Kathmandu valley. Then you will be on a long scenic drive to Pokhara, the beautiful lake city.
You will then be on a short drive to Nayapul from Pokhara the next day where your short trekking journey on foot begins and you will be resting overnight at Tikhedhunga. The next day you will be heading towards Ghorepani. After resting at Ghorepani, you will have to go on a hike towards Poon Hill before dawn.
The most amazing view of the colorful sunrise will give you a feeling of being in heaven watching the colors of nature turn and change with the sun rising up in the sky and giving life to the mountains and the hilly regions below.
On your way down you will return back to Ghorepani and head towards Tadapani. After a night in Tadapani, you will trek to the largest Gurung village in the region, Ghandruk Village. Ghandruk is popular for the clean and tidy stone-tiled roof houses and also has a handicraft center and a Gurung museum.
The experience of seeing the mountains up close and indulging in the famous Nepali hospitality will certainly make you want to return back and trek for more. From here on you will be descending towards Pothana through Landruk village right across the Ghandruk village, passing through the Modi River.
After this, you will be on a short hike from Pothana to Dhampus and you will get a ride to Pokhara. After Pokhara, you will head back to Kathmandu and the next day is the final day of your trekking journey and also a rest day.
Highlights of Annapurna Panorama Trek
- A 7 hours long scenic drive to and from Kathmandu to Pokhara
- Colorful sunrise view of the 360-degree Himalayan vista of Mount Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tukuche, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Mt. Machhapuchhre and other mountains peaks from Poon Hill
- Cultural and traditional lifestyle and settlement of different ethnic local groups in the region
- Largest Gurung village at Ghandruk
- Visiting Ghandruk Gurung Museum and handicraft shops
- Classical trekking route with amazing Himalayan experience
Gosainkunda Helambu Trek – 10 Days
There are a lot of short treks in the Langtang region. The Gosainkunda Helambu Trek is one of the best and classical trekking destinations in the Langtang region. The main highlight of the trek is visiting the magnificent sacred Holy Gosainkunda Lake.
This short trek requires only 8 days of walking to complete and within these days you will be able to experience both the Hindu and Buddhist culture along with the picturesque view of the Langtang mountain range with the beautiful landscape of the hilly region. Some of the mountain peaks you will be witnessing are Langtang Lirung, Gaurishankar, Yala Peak and other surrounding peaks.
This trekking route will let you explore a wide range of exotic and rare animals like Red Panda, Musk Deer, Himalayan Thar, Black Bear, Gray Langur and various species of birds chirping along the trekking route. The lush forest of rhododendron and the alpine forests will give you the cool sensation of trekking through the jungle.
The region of the sacred Holy Lake Gosaikunda also has is a lot of other huge and tiny lakes in the region with amazing icebergs floating in the winter season and clear but cold water in other seasons. The trekking route also has artistic Buddhist Monasteries to visit.
The trekking journey starts from your arrival to Kathmandu. You will be then go on a long scenic and adventurous ride to Dhunche. Your trekking journey on foot starts from Dhunche to Syabru Gaon also known as Syabrubesi.
You will then ascend to Thulo Syabru, Chandan Bari also known as Sing Gompa (Buddhist Monastery), and finally reach Gosaikunda Lake. The next stops are Ghopte, Kutumsang, Chisapani, and finally to Sundarijal. You will then conclude your trekking journey with a short ride back to Kathmandu.
Highlights of Gosainkunda Helambu Trek
- Scenic and adventurous drive to Dhunche
- Sacred Holy Lake Gosaikunda
- Buddhist Monastery, Sing Gompa (3250m)
- Numerous small lakes throughout the trekking trail from Gosaikunda to Ghopte
Chisapani Nagarkot Trek-6 Days
If you are looking to spend your short vacation along the hills of the Kathmandu Valley, Chisapani Nagarkot Trek is the perfect trekking package for you. It is also known as the Kathmandu Valley Trek as it is the nearest trekking route from Kathmandu, just 32 km away.
The main highlight of this trek is to trek in the hilly region comfortably and still get to view the stunning mountain range from Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Dorje Lakpa, Gauri Shankar and Mt. Everest from the Nagarkot Tower.
Another highlight is visiting the renowned Tibetan Monastery at Namobuddha which has been famous among the tourists.
The trekking trail covers mostly areas inside the protected Shivapuri National Park for which you might have to take tickets in the checkpoint guarded by the National Army of Nepal. So, you can be sure that it is one of the safest trails for both single, group trekkers.
Since the last decade, the hilly areas in the surrounding place is quite populated so the chances of encountering wildlife in the trekking trail are minimal. But there are some places where the routes are quite and empty and if you go during the best seasons, you might encounter some of them. There are many beautiful lakes on both sides of the trail, traditional stone spouts.
The trek starts from your arrival to Kathmandu valley. From there, you will go on a short drive to Sundarijal and passing through the rest stops: Chisapani, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel, Namobuddha, and a drive back to Kathmandu.
Highlights of Chisapani Nagarkot Trek
- Amazing view of the Himalayan range at the horizon like Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Dorje Lakpa and Gauri Shanker and the Mt. Everest from the Nagarkot Tower
- Buddhist Monastery at Namobuddha
- An opportunity to explore the green forests near Kathmandu
“When the mountains call, you reply!” This has been a popular quote and most trekkers are well aware of it. The passion of trekking and getting closer to the mountain is an ultimate dream of many a trekking enthusiast.
Not everyone will get this golden chance to visit and trek to the Himalayas. This is due to the common misconception that trekking in the mountains needs months of vacation.
However, by now we know that there are excellent short duration treks that will give you equally exciting and beautiful trekking experience.
The above list of the 5 best short treks in Nepal will certainly help you choose the right trekking destination so that you get to fully enjoy your short but memorable vacation up in the mountains and hills.
Equally, you get to experience the diverse culture, tradition, lifestyle, and settlement of the local ethnic groups in the region along with the natural beauty of the pristine Himalayan range across the horizon in a short period of time.