Nepal is a trekking paradise. The country homes a number of treks which ranges from high altitude long treks to lower latitude short and easy trek.
1 day treks in Nepal are among the short and easy treks in lower altitudes.
These treks are a great option for those who want to experience trekking yet do not want to spend many days on the trail.
These treks are kind-of relaxing and family treks. You can trek solo or with friends or families to enjoy the beauty of Nepal in a day without much physical effort.
With just a small backpack with the necessary essentials, you are good to take this trek.
You will drive till the trailhead from where you will start hiking. Away from the crowd, these one-day treks are probably the best way to connect with nature.
Let us guide you with the best one-day treks in Nepal, within the short distance of Kathmandu and Pokhara.
The route from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel is probably one of the best short hiking trails in the Kathmandu valley.
This is among the popular 1 day treks in Nepal will take you through exotic forests and traditional small hamlets with stunning views of the Himalayas.
Here, you will trek from Nagarkot in Bhaktapur District to the hill station at Dhulikhel, an ancient Newari village.
You can take this trek any time of the year as it is relatively at low altitudes, reaching a maximum height of around 2,200m. To do this trek, one does not need to be the fittest person since it is an easy trek to the hill. In this trek, you will walk for around 6 to 7 hrs.
The town of Dhulikhel lies around 30 km to the east of Kathmandu. And is one of the oldest towns in the area.
Chandragiri Day trek is an easy trek that starts around 12 km from Thamel in Kathmandu. This is one of the most beautiful hiking trails that is new in the valley.
In this trek, you will pass through primeval forests and get stunning views of the Himalayas.
The trek is mostly uphill though the climb is a low gradient. This trek allows you plenty of opportunities to stop and rest. You can look out on the beauty of the view over the valley along with the mighty Himalayas.
Chandragiri Hill is an exquisite site that offers one of the best views out over the Kathmandu to the mountains. It lies at an altitude of 2551m above the sea level. And is an excellent place to click great pictures of the sunset or sunrise.
The hill is also one of the natural sites in the Kathmandu valley. The jungle surrounding the Chandragiri hillock is rich in diverse flora and fauna that has a high medicinal value.
Champa Devi Hill Trek
Champa Devi is one of the famous short hikes around the Kathmandu valley. The hill at Champa Devi is the third highest in the valley area.
With a maximum height around 2278m, hiking to the top of this beautiful hill is nothing but a delightful experience away from the city.
For those who are short on time, but want to see the best of the Kathmandu valley, there is probably no better place than Champa Devi. Here, you will get amazing vista over the valley.
The trek starts at Banyan which is about 45 minutes from Thamel in Kathmandu. The trek to the top of the hill takes around 3 to 4 hours. This can take longer depending on how many times you take a pause to look at the magnificent views.
At the top of the hill is the site of the Champa Devi Shrine. Here you will also find a small Buddhist monastery. The route back follows the trail on the other side of the hill. And it ends in the small village of Macche Gau.
This is an easy trek and anyone with an average level of fitness can do this trek. Moreover, even families with kids or elderly can easily take this beautiful trek.
Nagarjuna Hill Trek
Nagarjuna trek is among ideal 1 day treks in Nepal for those who have an interest in some of the Buddhist associations with Nepal. The Nagarjuna hill lies outside the capital at 2128m in the Shivapuri Nagarjun National park.
This Hill is beautifully surrounded by jungle which is the home to the wild boars, deer, monkeys and thousands of species of birds.
The trek starts from the Fulbari gate of the park. And then you will slowly walk to the top of the hill which takes around 3 to 4 hrs. It is also an easy trek as the climb is gradual and rises only by around 700m above the valley floors.
The top of the hill is the location of a famous Buddhist monastery that is a pilgrimage site in Nepal for devout Buddhists. The hill, originally known as Jamacho was once the meditation site of an Indian Buddhist teacher Nagarjuna. He came to Nepal to teach Buddhism to the people.
The trek back to Phulbari gate takes around another 2 hours making it a total of 5 to 6 hours of trekking with a pleasant stop at the top in the monastery. During this trek, we recommend you take your own food or water, as there are no tea houses or restaurants within the national park area.
Ranikot Village Trek
One of the great one day treks is off the beaten Ranikot village trek. Kathmandu has several awesome viewpoints that provide an amazing view of the Kathmandu valley.
Besides the valley view, these vantage points offer views of the high hilly folds to the snow-capped Himalayas to the north.
Hence the Ranikot village trek is also one among those that take you to the vantage point of Ranikot pass where you will get the spectacular view
With the 15 km drive from the Kathmandu city, you will start the trek from Suryabinayak of Bhaktapur. And cross the Ranikot pass at 1917m. And end the day in Newari Ethnic city called Sanga.
This day hike will also give you the experience of jungle walk with birds chirping, excellent view, village lifestyle of the local people etc.
Overall Ranikot village trek offers you unmatchable chance to experience the real village hiking. Without going too far away from the capital city.
Dhampus is a day hike in Pokhara and is one of the best ways to spend your time around Annapurna Himalayan range.
The one day hike starts after an hour drive from Kande village. From Kande to Australian Base Camp the trail leads gently steep and demands about one and half hour walk.
The height of the Australian base camp is 2100m, which is a normal height for a beginner. You can enjoy the stunning view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Lamjung Himal and fishtail.
After exploring and taking some time to click pictures in front of the amazing mountains you will hike down to Dhampus village.
Dhampus is a beautiful Gurung village with majestic views of the Annapurna range. In this trek, you will also get to witness the culture of the local Gurung people.
From Dhampus you will walk all the way down to Phedi where you will take a ride back to Pokhara. This trek is possible all year round and the maximum length of the trek is about 5 to 6 hours.
Thulakot Hill Trek
Thulakot is one of the best viewpoints in Pokhara where you can enjoy great sceneries and vistas.
Thulakot trek is not just for the Himalayan views but also to experience the mountain life of the Nepalese people. The trek starts from Bijayapur after 30 minutes drive from Pokhara.
In most places, you will see many tourists, but here you will see fewer people. The view along the way up to Thulakot is simply amazing. With great landscapes and view of the entire Pokhara valley.
Once you reach near the Thulakot hill, you will stand face to face with the Annapurna range, Lamjung, Manaslu and the fishtail.
The Begnas lake is another main attraction of this trip which you will see from the top of Thulakot. And, the hike will end at Begnas Lake.
Overall, this 5 hours Thulakot Hill trek consists of forest, villages, scenery, lifestyle, lakes and the mountains. Hence, this trek is definitely worth taking when in Pokhara.
Sarangkot- Naudanda Trek is another popular 1 day treks in Nepal that you can take in Pokhara. This short one day hike to Naudanda and Sarangkot not only gives you the spectacular mountain views but you will also get to experience the ethnic culture of mountain communities as well.
Your adventure begins with a drive from Pokhara to Phedi. Once you reach Phedi you will start your trek and head to Naudanda.
On way, you will stop once in a while to catch your breath and soak in the views. You get the inspiring views of the snow-capped peaks and the mountain villages.
A gentle ascent from Phedi takes you to Naudanda, a Gurung village. You will then walk past paddy fields and settlements with whitewashed cottages. As you follow an easy trail you will reach Sarangkot.
Sarangkot at 1600m is one of the most popular Himalayan viewpoints in Nepal. Many people come here to catch the sunrise view, 360-degree views of the Himalayas- Annapurna, Lamjung Himal, Macchapucchre are spectacular.
After embracing the moment and spending a blissful hour or two you will head down from Sarangkot to Pokhara.
Peace Pagoda Trek
World Peace Pagoda lies on the top of a hill on the southern shore of Phewa lake of Pokhara. Besides being a magnificent sight in itself, it is a great point to view the spectacular views of the Annapurna range, lakes, and the Pokhara city.
This stupa is the symbol of peace where there is an installation of huge idols of Lord Buddha from Japan, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.
This trek will guarantee to make you feel at peace and enjoy the tranquillity with the sights it has to offer. On this one day trek, you will cross the lake by one of the many wooden boats. And then climb the stone stairs through the beautiful forest.
On the way, you will pass through some villages and meet the friendly local people. Walking for about two hours, you will finally reach the top. The beautiful white stupa with the breathtaking views of lake, city, and mountains will simply spellbind you.
You will then stay there for some time. And then head down through another route that goes towards David’s fall.
Kahun Danda Trek
Kahun Danda is another enchanting hill north of Pokhara and takes about two and a half hours to reach there. Normally people from Pokhara call this place as a Dharahara of Pokhara. The place displays magical mountain views and also a complete view of the Pokhara valley.
Moreover, the sunrise view from Kahun Danda is better from the lower Sarangkot viewpoint. Very few people know about this place and hence it is very quiet and peaceful for day hiking.
The trail starts from near the army barrack at Phulbari across Mahendrapool and climbs slowly up a slope. The essential view from the top of the hill is the panoramic view of the Annapurna range along with the flat span of Pokhara valley.
Normally this is a one day trek. But you can make it 2 days if you have an interest in spending some time with the villagers. The Kahun Danda at 1520m has a ruined fort on the summit as well as view tower.
The mesmerizing change of colors after the sunrise on the Annapurna will definitely be a worthy experience on this trek.
Note: One of the advantages of the one-day treks in Nepal is that they are possible all year round. However, summers can be a little wet because of monsoon rains getting heavier in July and August. Spring and Autumn are the best seasons. And with the coldest day time temperature being as low as 18 degrees, cold is not really an issue in these one-day treks.
Regardless of any requirements, there is a trek for everyone in Nepal. With plenty of options to choose from, Nepal is sure to spoil you with choices.
And because most of these 1 day treks in Nepal are very near to the main city either Kathmandu or Pokhara, you can take your own pace. And, still, be able to return to the hotel and take the necessary relaxation.
All these one day treks are easy and do not have altitude risks. Hence, with only a short time in your hand, these one-day trek is a perfect getaway to fulfill your trekking experience.
For further question or queries, please feel free to contact us. It is our pleasure to plan the trek for you.