Four Best Short Treks in Nepal
If you are planning to come to Nepal for your next vacation, without a doubt, it will be the best decision you will ever make. Although small, Nepal, nestled in the lap of the Himalayans, offers more than hundreds of beautiful treks that get you off the beaten path and into the glorious wilderness of the mountains.
One-third of the Himalayan stretch (800/2400km) stretches through Nepal, and this fortunate location has blessed Nepal with eight astonishing eight-thousanders. That is why Nepal has always been the priority and the best trekking destination for thousands of trekkers to plunge into the Himalayas on foot.
From almost a month-long trek that encompasses difficult passes and gorges to a week-long trek that are equally enthralling but less demanding, Nepal offers you everything. If you have a tight schedule, are running out of time and wondering which trek best suits your lifestyle and preference, here is our pick of top four treks.
Ghorepani Poonhill Trek
- No. of days: Minimum 4 DAYS TO 7 DAYS
- Maximum Height: 3210 M – 10,531 F
- Starting Point: Kathmandu – Pokhara
- Difficulty: Easy
Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is one of the most popular trekking packages in Nepal. From college students arriving in packs to family vacationers with children, you will encounter all kinds of trekkers during your travel. This trek offers stunning views of the Annapurna Massif. Poonhill is one of the most popular vantage points in the Annapurna region that offers a 360-degree view of more than 20 mountains.
The trek can be completed in 4 to 7 days depending on your style and speed of trekking. The trek commences from an hour-long drive from Pokhara to Nayapul. From there, we will follow a dirt trail that reaches Ghorepani, and finally, Poonhill. During the trek, you will walk through several picturesque Gurung settlements like Ulleri, Ghorepani, and Ghandruk which offers beautiful views of the mountain range, terraced farmlands, and varieties of flora and fauna. The trek is suitable for people who love adventure and the Himalayans but are bound by time limits. Since it is a low-elevation trek, it is ideal for all age groups.
Everest View Trekking
- No. of days: 5 days to 10 days
- Maximum Height: 3,880m
- Starting Point: Kathmandu – Lukla.
- Difficulty: Moderate
Everest View Trekking is definitely one of the most famous treks in the Khumbu region due to its appealing natural setting and cultural beauty. If you do not have enough time and experience to undertake the Everest Base Camp trek, this one is the next best thing. It is not just short but also can be completed quickly without complications of altitude sickness or strenuous efforts.
The trek commences with a 30-minute-long scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, gateway to Everest. From there, the trail leads us through dense forests, suspension bridges over DudhKoshi River, and several traditional Sherpa villages. Some notable Sherpa villages that you will trek through are Phakding; Namche Bazaar, a famous tourist hub; Khumjung, a culturally rich village. However, the main highlight of the trek, of course, are mountains. Alongside the magnificent Everest, you will have spectacular views of Cho Oyu, Island Peak, Nuptse, AmaDablam, and Kangtega.
Langtang Valley Trekking
- No of days: 8 to10 DAYS
- Maximum Height: 5,050m
- Starting Point: Kathmandu – SyabruBesi.
- Difficulty: Moderate
Also known as the Valley of Glaciers, Langtang is located just 19 miles north of Kathmandu. It is also the closest Himalayan region from the capital. Comparatively less trekked, the area is once again back on its feet after suffering from the devastating earthquake of 2015. The trek’s particular highlight is the view of surrounding mountains like Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Langtang Ri, and Ganesh Himal.
The trek commences from Syabrubesi and ascends towards villages of Chilime and Tato Pani. From there, on the second day, the trail goes through NagthaliGyanng and descends through Thuman to finally reach SybaruBesi where our trek will come full circle. During the trek, you will pass through extended pastures, yak farms, and cheese factories that adds even more to the region’s beauty. Moreover, the historic monasteries and the settlements of the native Tamang and Sherpa people make the trek even more memorable.
Dolakha Kalinchowk Trek
- No of days: 3 to 4 DAYS
- Maximum Height: 3,842
- Starting Point: Kathmandu – Charikot.
- Difficulty: Moderate
A fairly new trekking route, Dolakha Kalinchowk Trek encompasses the famous Hindu shrine of Kalinchowk Bhagwati in eastern hills of Dolakha district. If you do not have time to head north, but want to trek through off-beaten, rocky trails, it is the perfect choice for you. Albeit from far, from here, you can have mesmerising views of the Mt. Gauri Shankar, Jugal, and even Annapurna in the west and Everest in the east.
The trek commences from Charikot, the district headquarter; and passes through small villages to reach Kuri. A steep climb from Kuri will take you the hilltop of Kalinchowk Shrine from where you can relish in Himalayan delight.