The best short treks in Nepal for short time travelers

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking

Nepal is the adventure homeland and offers different types of adventure activities. Like trekking, hiking, expedition, bungee jumping, paragliding, rafting, mountain biking, etc. Among these activities, trekking is the most popular one because here you can find thousands of trekking trails. The long trek and short treks, within these trekking trails there are some very best long treks. And some best amazing short treks in Nepal.

The long treks can be more than two weeks ACT to 120 days on the great Himalayan trekking trail. On the other hand, the best short treks in Nepal are 3 days to one week in the mountains of Nepal. All these trekking are well known for the picturesque mountains and dramatic landscapes vistas. Even some short treks are popular as the best sunrise and sunset view.

Trekking in Nepal can do in two different styles camping trek and tea house trek. But nowadays tea house trek is popular among trekkers; although camping trekking is mandatory for the high passes trek. And Nepal is an unrestricted country so most of the trekking can do individually. However, there are some restricted trekking trails as well where guiding and organizing trek is necessary.

Most of the short treks in Nepal can do without organizing and trekking guides. But having a guide is always beneficial for the trekkers because guides know most of the things about the regions. Still trekking without guides are also safe in Nepal because there are proper ways and availability of places to ask the way. And the characteristics of the Nepali people are friendly and helpful.

Here is the list of the best short treks in Nepal. Which you can know before you read the details article. 

  1. Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek
  2. Langtang Valley Trek
  3. Nar Phu Trek
  4. Everest Panorama Trek
  5. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
  6. Annapurna Hot Spring Trek
  7. Annapurna Base Camp Trek
  8. Helambu Trek
  9. Tamang Heritage Trail Trek
  10. Chisapani Nagarkot Trek

Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek

The best short treks in Nepal

Mardi Himal Trek is a rising trek in Nepal, only found in 2012 but getting popular very fast. The breathtaking mountain and landscape view is the main reason to do Mardi Himal Trek. Needed tourist infrastructures are getting ready slowly to serve trekkers in this region. This trek is one of the nearest treks from Pokhara which can do in 4 nights 5 days or even 3 nights 4 days.

The unique views of the Mountains and topography make Mardi Himal Trek one of the best short treks in Nepal. This trekking is more in the wild than in typical villages and cultural attractions. But still, there is the possibility to connect village-like Landruk, Ghandruk, and Lawang. These villages are very Gurung typical villages, conserving the Gurung culture and tradition.

Mardi Himal Trek Route.

The first step is to go to Pokhara, and then drive to Phedi, Naudanda, or Kande. My suggestion is to drive Kande and trek to Australian Camp on day one. Day two trek to Forest camp via Pritam Deurali and next day hike up to the high can via Low Camp and Badal Danda. On day four wake up early in the Moring and hike up to Mardi Himal Base Camp for a sunrise view.

Then back to High Camp and trek down to Badal Danda. And at the final day, descend to Sidding or Kalimati and drive back to Pokhara. This is the normal Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary, however, it can be customized as your holiday length, and budget. Like this few days walk into the Himalayas and offer stunning views formulate this trek one of the best short treks in Nepal.

Langtang Valley Trek

The best short treks in Nepal

These two words Lang and Tang have meaning and legends about Langtang Valley Trek. In the local language, Lang means Yak and Tang means to chase down so Yak chasing is the meaning of Lang Tang. This means this amazing valley was found by Shepherd when chasing his Yak in this direction. Still, in this valley, there are thousands of Yak can find while trekking there.

The superb mountain view, the typical lifestyle of local people, and various flora and fauna; reflect this trek is one of the perfect short treks in Nepal. Easy access to the start and end of Langtang Trek is another reality why this trek is popular. And this trek is inside the Langtang National Park and this park is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Nepal. Not only naturally this trek is very rich in the culture and tradition of the Tamang community.

The total length of the normal Langtang Trek is  6 nights and 7 days. The Itinerary of Langtang Trek looks like this.

Day 1 Drive from Kathmandu to Syaprubesi
Day 2 Trek from Syaprubesi to Lama Hotel
Day 3 Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang Village
Day 4 Trek from Lama Hotel to Kyangin Gumba
Day 5 Trek down to Lama Hotel
Day 6 Trek down to Syaprubesi
Day 7  Drive back to Kathmandu.

Such a week-long itinerary, superb mountain glimpse, diverse Flora and fauna, and rich Tamang culture are the main attractions of this trek. And these enchantments are the reasons Langtang Valley Trek is one of the best short treks in Nepal.

Nar Phu Trek

The best short treks in Nepal

Trekking to the two mountain villages Nar and Phu is called Nar Phu Trek. This trek is one of the hidden gems of the Annapurna conservation area. Because it’s very traditional and typical villages conserving the typicalness of this region. And this is one of the restricted region treks and among the restricted treks, this one is known as the best short treks in Nepal.

This trek offers the mind-blowing scenery of the Annapurna ranges, Mt. Gangapurna, Mt. Tilicho Peak, and many more. The Nar Village is just in the shade of Pisang Peak, this peak is one of the popular trekking peaks in Nepal. Additionally, during this trek need to pass one of the high passes – Kangla Pass 5306m above sea level. Also, in the Phu village, there is a very old Buddhist Monastery and many stupas and Mani walls.

How long Nar Phu Trek will take?

As I already mentioned here, this trek is one of the best short treks in Nepal; among the restricted region treks. So that to do this trek will get minimum seven days special permit from the Immigration office. The normal Nar Phu Trek Itinerary is as follows

Day 1 Drive from Kathmandu to Darapani
Day 2 Dharapani to Koto
Day 3 Koto to Metha
Day 4 Metha to Phu Gaun
Day 5 Explore Phu Gaun
Day 6 Phu Gaun to Nar Village
Day 7 Nar Village to Nawal Village via Kangla Pass
Day 8 Nawal to Dikur Pokhari
Day 9 Drive back to Besisahar and back to Kathmandu

This itinerary can be extended with Annapurna Circuit Trek or Tilicho Lake Trek if anyone looking for more adventure in Nepal.

Everest Panorama Trek

Everest Panorama Trek

Everest Panorama Trek is also called Everest View Trek or the Everest glimpse trek. Because this is the best short trek to enjoy the view of Mt. Everest from the bare eye.  This trek is the best trek for families who wish to observe Everest but can not go to the Everest Base Camp. But it gives you the ultimate experience of Everest Base Camp Trek.

The panoramic view of the snowy peaks including the top of the world Mt. Everest 8848.86m. Get close to the typical Sherpa culture and tradition by observing the daily lifestyle of the Sherpa people. To fly to one of the most dangerous airports in the world Lukla Airport. So these all attractions make this trek one of the best short treks in Nepal.

The outline itinerary of Everest Panorama Trek

Day 1 Fly to Lukla Airport and trek to Phakding
Day 2 Phakding to Namche Bazar
Day 3 Namche Bazar to Khumjung village
Day 4 Khumjung village to Tengboche
Day 5 Tengboche to Manju
Day 6 Manju to Lukla
Day 7 Fly back to Kathmandu.

Everest Panorama Trek can extend to other treks inside the Everest region. Such as Everest Base Camp Trek, Everest Three Pass Trek, Gokyo Valley Trek, etc.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is one of the most popular short treks in Nepal. Because of the easy-to-go and enjoy the outstanding mountain views and low elevation. This is very suitable for a short holiday holder and easy trek needer. Also known as the sunrise and sunset treks in Nepal because from Poon Hill can enjoy the best sunset and sunrise view.

From Poon Hill, trekkers can enjoy the best scenic views of the Mt. Annapurna range, Machhapuchhere, and Dhaulagiri range. Similarly, the glorious landscape view and the Magar and Gurung villages along with their cultural values. Walking inside the dense forest and nacked land deep into that dense forest is so adorable. This is just 3 nights and 4 days trek from Pokhara to Pokhara.

Day 1 Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ulleri
Day 2 Ulleri to Ghorepani
Day 3 Hike to Poon hill trek to Tadapani
Day 4 Tadapani to Ghandruk and drive back to Pokhara.

Even this trek can do vice-versa and extend with Annapurna Base Camp and Mardi Himal for a longer period. The main reasons why this trek is one of the best short treks in Nepal are, the super mountain view, sunrise, and sunset view, and typical Magar and Gurung culture.

Annapurna Hot Spring Trek

The best short treks in Nepal

Annapurna Hot Spring Trek is a new idea of my (Travel with Raby) to explore the Annapurna Himalayas with its hot spring beauty. During this trek, a trekker will experience a natural hot spring bath at the beginning and end of the trek. That is why this trek is very special and of the best short treks in Nepal.

Even for this trek, we can call Khopra Trek because it’s connected with Khopra Danda. That is why this is an alternative to Ghorepani Trek and can see each other while doing one of these treks. Annapurna Base Camp Trek is also addable with this trek if someone wants to do long trekking.

The main characteristic of this trek is having a natural hot spring bath at the start and end of the trek. And the majestic view of the Machhapuchhere, Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, etc. The normal Annapurna Hot Springs Trek Itinerary looks like this.

Day 1 Drive to Syauli Bazar and trek to Ghinu Danda.
Day 2 Jhinu Danda to Chuile
Day 3 Chuile to Bhyli Kharka
Day 4 Bhyli Kharka to Khopra Danda
Day 5 Visit Khayer Lake and back to Khopra Danda
Day 6 Khopra Danda to Paudar
Day 7 Paudar to Tatopani
Day 8 Drive to Pokhara

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is also famous as the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek or ABC Trek in short form. This trek is one of the most promising short treks in Nepal because of many reasons. The 360-degree angle view from the Base Camp, proper walking trails, hotels, and easy to start and end the trek. And a bit of religious faith reflects while crossing the Sinuwa Village.

Passing throws the traditional villages such as Ghandruk and Chhomrong to understand the Gurung Culture and Tradition. Along with the impressive landscape, attractive mountain peaks, dense forest, and dry and necked area. Glacier river, beautiful waterfall, and massive rocks along the way are awesome to see while trekking to ABC. The most prominent attraction of this trek is the remarkable mountain views.

This is a classic style of trekking in Nepal and world-class as well. The itinerary of Annapurna Base Camp Trek is as follows.

Day 1  Drive to Birethanti and trek to Ghandruk
Day 2 Trek to Chhomrong
Day 3 Trek to Himalayan
Day 4 Trek to ABC
Day 5 Trek to Bamboo
Day 6 Trek to Ghinu Danda and visit Hot Spring
Day 7 Trek to Syauli Bazar and drive back to Pokhara.

Helambu Trek

The best short treks in Nepal
People are praying inside one of the Monastary in Helambu Region

Helambu Trek is a cultural trek into the Tamang village inside the Helambu region. This trek considers one of the best short treks in Nepal because of the uniqueness of the whole region. Mostly need to walk around 3000 m above sea level and enjoy the extraordinary circumstances. Like, mountains, hills, villages, wilderness, and local people and their cultural outfits.

This trek is suitable for all age groups and people from all around the world. Does not require a special permit to do this amazing trek. Because of the road construction, the natural value and trekking length are getting disappearing. However, the cultural beauties are remaining as usual in Helambu.  Easily accessible to this trek from Kathmandu so that no necessary travel long to other destinations to start the trek.

Helambu Trekking Route

Day 1 Drive to Subdarijal and Trek to Chisapani
Day 2 Chisapani to Kutumsang
Day 3 Kutumaang to Tharepati
Day 4 Tharepati to Tarke Gyang
Day 5  Tarke Gyang To Semerthang
Day 6 Semerthang to Melamchi Pul Bazar and Drive back to Kathmandu

Tamang Heritage Trail Trek

Ghatlang Village
Ghatlang Village – One of the largest villages of Tamang Community

Tamang heritage trail trek is another cultural and one of the best treks in Nepal. Particularly, this trek stands for Tamang culture, tradition, and costumes. Tamang is one of the indigenous groups that belong to Nepal; and this community has a very unique culture, language, and traditional values. Trekking to this Tamang land is one of the nicest lifetime journeys to the Himalayas of Nepal.

This trek can extend to Langtang Valley Trek and Ganesh Himal Trek too. Not only culturally deep into the pound; but naturally also very striking because of the outstanding mountain views. Religiously also relatively important this place because it believes that the great Guru Padmasamvaba Meditate in this region.

To start this trek, like Langtang Trek first need to drive from Kathmandu to Syaprubesi, the trek to Ghatalng, Tatopani, Nagthali, Bridhim, and then back to Syaprubesi and drive back to Kathmandu. So a total of 6 nights and 7 days are needed to accomplish this journey.

Chisapani Nagarkot Treks

The best short treks in Nepal

Chisapani Nagarkot Trek is a refreshment outing near Kathmandu Valley. During this trek can enjoy the magnificent vistas of the mountain range including Mt. Everest. Jungle walk, observation of flora and fauna, and typical local culture and traditions. These all factors are the elements that make this trek one of the best short treks in Nepal.

This trek is an all-season trek, and everyone can do it as well. So this trek is suitable for solo travelers to family and group travel. Chisapani and Nagarkot are very popular hiking routes for the Nepali. Specifically, during the weekends, these two places will be full of locked people from Kathmandu and the surroundings

Chisapani Nagarkot Trek Itinerary

Day 1 Drive to Sundarujal and Trek to Chisapani
Day 2 Trek to Nagarkot
Day 3 Trek to Changunarayan and drive back to Kathmandu via Bhaktapur. Or you can explore Bhaktapur before embarking on your journey to Kathmandu.

Best time to do these short Trek in Nepal

Like other treks in Nepal, the best time to do these short treks in Nepal is also spring and autumn. Due to the lower elevation, this trek can do even during the winter season also. But extremely cold and can be a ton of snow during the winter season. Even, though people are doing this trek during the summer season as well. So choose these treks according to your holiday season. Because some of these treks can do during the summer season as well. 

In the final words,

Nepal is the heaven of trekking trails, where thousands of amazing trekking trails are awaiting adventure lovers. Those trekking routes are very short to very long. And those trekking regions and trails have their characteristic. Up here I wrote 10 the best short treks in Nepal and it’s best from my perspective. So that your favorites once can be different than mine.

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