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3 Well Known & Best Short Treks From Kathmandu Valley

best short treks from kathmandu valley

Nepal is famous for adventure activities such as trekking & hiking its also because of eight out of ten highest mountains lies in Nepal. Most of the tourists visit Nepal for trekking in famous mountains such as Everest base camp trek, Annapurna Base camp trek, Manaslu circuit trek etc. Because of having only one international airport in Nepal at Kathmandu, 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 some of the well known 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 best short treks from Kathmandu valley.

1. Sundarijal Chisapani Nagarkot trek

Mountains View from Nagarkot

Sundarijal Chisapani Nagarkot trekking/hiking is most popular 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.

Trek 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)

Chisapani Nagarkot trekking 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 a 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.

Trek 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

Balthali village trekking 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

Kalinchok Trek

Kalinchowk is a perfect destination for those who are looking for short treks near 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.

Trek 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

Kalinchowk trekking 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
Sudeep

About Author

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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