7 Best Short Treks From Kathmandu

best short treks from Kathmandu

Last updated on July 28th, 2019 at 11:05 am

Nepal has only one international airport in Kathmandu. Because of which people will enjoy starting treks from Kathmandu. There are many short treks available near Kathmandu ranging from only one-day hikes to short treks of 2-3 days, or even longer. Here we are going to list down 4 best short treks from Kathmandu to see fantastic mountain views and explore Nepalese countryside without going too far and without climbing high.

To do these short treks around Kathmandu valley, you do not need to have any trekking experience which is specially designed for first-time trekkers. Only two to three days will be enough for those short treks near Kathmandu. Besides this, you do not have to lose the comfort of the city while doing these hikes. Furthermore, you also don’t need to have any travel insurance for trekking in Nepal if you choose to do these short treks.

The benefits of those short treks from Kathmandu is you can see temples, monasteries and Stupas along the trails and you will get a chance see mountain views without spending long days for the trekking.

These Kathmandu valley hikes are suitable for every age group and all seasons. Here is the list of 7 best short treks from Kathmandu valley.

1. Nagarkot Trek

Nagarkot Hike

Sundarijal Chisapani Nagarkot trekking/hiking is most popular best short trek from Kathmandu among those who have lesser time in Nepal and are willing to do short trek near Kathmandu valley. This three-day trek from Kathmandu which is also one of the best short treks in Nepal will provide you with the stunning views of Nepal’s countrysides and mountains including Mount Everest.

Chisapani Nagarkot hike starts after the short drive to Sundarijal. Chisapani Nagarkot hiking follows the trail of the water pipes which supplies water in Kathmandu Valley. Nagarkot is a favourite hill station to see sunrise & sunset view over the white Himalayas in Nepal. On the way, you will witness Shivapuri National park and Wildlife reserve offering the culture, lifestyle, and tradition of the locals living there.

Chisapani Nagarkot trek will provide you with a majestic sunrise & sunset view of Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Ganesh Himal, Mt Dorje Lakpa, Mt Everest and many more.

Overview

No. Of Days03 Days
Maximum Elevation2,400 m
Trekking DifficultyVery Easy
RemotenessNot Remote (High number of trekkers per year) Possible to do Individual
Pricing Low ($249 including food, accommodation during the trek)
Best SeasonMarch to May and October to November.
Accommodation Type Teahouse (Luxury hotels also)

Itinerary

DAYSITINERARYALTITUDETIME
Day 01Drive to Sundarijal & Trek to Chisapani2,150 m6 hrs
Day 02Trek to Nagarkot2,163 m7 hrs
Day 03Trek to Dhulikhel, Drive to Kathmandu1,400 m5 hrs

2. Balthali village trek

Balthali village trek

Trekking to Balthali village is an another best short trek from Kathmandu to experience the true village culture of a Nepalese. The short trek near Kathmandu, this Balthali village hiking, will take you far from the busy city for a while. Balthali is one of the old villages near Kathmandu valley; The village is situated at the junction of two rivers that why this trek is suitable for isolation and relaxation.

Enjoy the views of Nepal’s countryside with lush rice fields and traditional farmhouses. Langtang and Mahabharat Ranges can be seen from Balthali village. Colourful rhododendron, Magnolia and Sal trees are covering the hills will leave a memorable memory of Nepal on you.

The place is less crowded because of only few tourist treks around the Kathmandu valley while most of the trekkers love to do major trekking routes such as; Annapurna circuit trek, Upper Mustang trek, Kanchenjunga circuit trek etc. One of the best highlights of the trek is to staying at local Balthali village resort with the warm hospitality of local peoples.

Overview

No. Of Days03 Days
Maximum Elevation1,790 m, Balthali Village
Trekking DifficultyVery Easy
RemotenessNot Remote (High number of trekkers per year) Possible to do Individual
Pricing Low ($299 including food, accommodation during the trek)
Best SeasonMarch to May and October to November.
Accommodation Type Guesthouses, Village resort

Itinerary

DAYSITINERARYALTITUDETIME
Day 01Drive to Dhulikhel & Trek to Namo Buddha1,750 m6 hrs
Day 02Trek to Balthali Village1,790 m6 hrs
Day 03Trek to Panauti, Drive to Kathmandu1,400 m6 hrs

3. Kalinchowk Trek

Kalinchowk trek

Kalinchowk is a perfect destination for those who are looking for best short treks from Kathmandu rather than trekking far for more than ten days. Kalichowk is becoming more famous day by day after the construction of cable car has been finished. Not only tourists will visit this trek, but Kalinchowk is also the best destination to play with snow for local peoples of Kathmandu.

The tremendous panoramic view of Himalayas from Kalinchowk, the pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhist (Kalinchowk Bhagwati), beautiful Kuri village is the main attraction of the trek.

You can enjoy the splendid views of mountains such as Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Dorje Lakpa, Gauri Shankar etc. and also the Kathmandu valley in a clear day.

Overview

No. Of Days03 Days
Maximum Elevation3,790 m, Kalinchowk Hill Summit
Trekking DifficultyEasy
RemotenessNot Remote (High number of trekkers per year) Possible to do Individual
Pricing Low ($249 including food, accommodation during the trek)
Best SeasonMarch to May and October to November.
Accommodation Type Guesthouses, Hotels

Itinerary

DAYSITINERARYALTITUDETIME
Day 01Drive to Charikot, and hike to Kuri3,450 m7 hrs
Day 02Hike to Kalinchowk summit 3,790 m6 hrs
Day 03Trek to Charikot, and drive back to Kathmandu.1,400 m6 hrs

4. Poon Hill Trek

Dhaulagiri Sunrise view

Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is a best short trek from Pokhara. Because of not having much trekking destination in Kathmandu valley I am going to mention Poon Hill as a best short trek from Kathmandu. Poon Hill trek can be done from Kathmandu to Kathmandu on five days in total.

The trek passes through Ulleri, Ghorepani, Tadapani, Tikhedhunga, and other beautiful villages. Spectacular mountain scenery, Sunrise & Sunset from a viewpoint on Poonhill, dense rhododendron forests are the main attraction of the trek. Beautiful view of Mt. Dhaulagiri ranges,  Mt. Annapurna, Gangapurna, Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak, Hiunchuli, and Manaslu ranges can be seen during this trek.

Overview

No. Of Days05 Days(kathmandu - kathmandu)
Maximum Elevation3,210 m, Poon Hill Viewpoint
Trekking DifficultyEasy
RemotenessNot Remote (Much number of trekkers per year) Possible to do Individual
Pricing Low ($419 including food, accommodation during the trek)
Best SeasonMarch to May and September to November.
Accommodation Type Guesthouses, tea houses, Medium Luxury Hotels

Itinerary

DAYSITINERARYALTITUDETIME
Day 01Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara900 m6 hrs
Day 02Drive to Kyumi and trek to Tadapani2,630 m6 hrs
Day 03Trek to Ghorepani2,840 m6 hrs
Day 04Hike up to Poon Hill, trek to Hile and drive to Pokhara1,400 m7 hrs
Day 05Drive back to Kathmandu1,400 m7 hrs

5. Langtang valley Trek

Langtang valley trekking Nepal

Langtang trek in Nepal, trekking to the Langtang village and Tserko Ri is one of the most excellent and short trekking from Kathmandu. It is situated in the Langtang national park Himalaya region. This best trek of Nepal is fit for all kind of trekkers, experienced hiker and Beginner both. It would be better to do this trek in 7 days if you have a proper holiday but can be doable in 5 days if you want to finish fast.

The pine, rhododendron, Bamboos forest, beautiful village, delightful views of mountains including Langtang Lirung(7252m) from Tserko Ri are the main attraction of the trek. Furthermore, the viewpoint of Tserko Ri can offer a view of the Himalayas like Yala Peak, Dorje Lakpa, Langsisa, and many more. Sunrise and sunset view from Khynjing Ri is worth experiencing.

Overview

No. Of Days05 Days(kathmandu - kathmandu)
Maximum Elevation3,210 m, Poon Hill Viewpoint
Trekking DifficultyEasy
RemotenessNot Remote (Much number of trekkers per year) Possible to do Individual
Pricing Low ($419 including food, accommodation during the trek)
Best SeasonMarch to May and September to November.
Accommodation Type Guesthouses, tea houses, Medium Luxury Hotels

Itinerary

DAYSITINERARYALTITUDETIME
Day 01Drive to Syabrubesi 1,550 m5 hrs
Day 02Trek to Lama Hotel 2,380 m6 hrs
Day 03Trek to Langtang town 3,430 m6 hrs
Day 04Trek to Kyanjin Gompa 3,870 m4 hrs
Day 05Visit Kyanjin Ri Peak and trek back to Lama Hotel2,380 m7 hrs
Day 06Trek over to Syabrubesi 1,550 m5 hrs
Day 07Drive back to Kathmandu 1,400 m6 hrs

6. Gosaikunda Trek

Gosaikunda Lake Frozen

Gosaikunda lake is a Holy Glacial Lake located at an altitude of 4380 m. The trek to this lake is for those who have a short time to trek. trek to Gosaikunda offer the view of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, and Annapurna in the far distance.

Dozen of lakes including Gosainkunda, Natural, cultural and religious experience, Lauribinayak La pass, Stunning views of Langtang range, Himal Chuli, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal is worth to spend multiday in trekking to this lake.

Overview

No. Of Days06 Days(kathmandu - kathmandu)
Maximum Elevation4,460 m, lake Gosaikunda
Trekking DifficultyModerate
RemotenessNot Remote (Many trekkers per year) Possible to do Individual
Pricing Low ($499 including food, accommodation during the trek)
Best SeasonMarch to May and September to November.
Accommodation Type Guesthouses, tea houses

Itinerary

DAYSITINERARYALTITUDETIME
Day 01Drive to Syabru Besi1,600 m8 hrs
Day 02Trek to Lama Hotel2,410 m6 hrs
Day 03Trek to Thulo Syabru2,230 m6 hrs
Day 04Trek to Shin Gompa3,330 m4 hrs
Day 05Trek to Gosaikunda4,460 m6 hrs
Day 06Trek to Dhunche1,300 m6 hrs
Day 07Drive back to Kathmandu1,400 m6 hrs

7. Helambu Trek

Helambu trek sunrise

Helambu trek is one of the underrated best short treks from Kathmandu valley and in Langtang region. The trek offers green rhododendron, bamboo and pine forest walk, beautiful view of slow-moving rivers, majestic waterfalls and rugged stone, grassy trails, and surrounding snow-capped peaks.

Furthermore, the trek passes through numerous mountain villages, beautiful rice field, and various astonishing Buddhist monasteries. Helambu is especially famous for fresh and delicious apples. The view of mountain peaks like Gang Chhenpo, Jugal and Nayagang Himal, Dorje Lakpa, Ganesh Himal and Langtang Lirung and other tremendous Himalayan scenery at the Tibet border is the main highlights of this trek.

Overview

No. Of Days06 Days
Maximum Elevation3,650 m, Thadepati
Trekking DifficultyVery Easy
RemotenessNot Remote (Few number of trekkers per year) Possible to do Individual
Pricing Low ($419 including food, accommodation during the trek)
Best SeasonMarch to May and October to November.
Accommodation Type Guesthouses, tea houses

Itinerary

DAYSITINERARYALTITUDETIME
Day 01Drive to Sundarijal, trek to Chisapani2,300 m6 hrs
Day 02Trek to Kutumsang2,450 m7 hrs
Day 03Trek to Thadepati3,650 m6 hrs
Day 04Trek to Tarke Ghyang2,560 m6 hrs
Day 05Trek to Sermanthang2,610 m4 hrs
Day 06Trek to Melamchi Bazaar, Drive back to Kathmandu1,400 m6 hrs
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Sudeep is a co-founder of Up To Himalaya. He has trekked almost all mountains in Nepal including Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, Manaslu, Kanchenjunga & many more. He would love to help people to make their holiday unforgettable by sharing his own experiences on the Himalayas of Nepal. If you want any information related to different trekking trails of Nepal while planning your trip, You can directly contact him on +977-9817223143.

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