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10 Best Short Treks From Pokhara

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Pokhara is a famous adventure and leisure city in Nepal, a trekking gateway to the Annapurna’s with plenty of other adventure options for travelers such as Pokhara sightseeing, Paragliding, Hot air ballooning, etc. Treks from Pokhara allows trekkers to trek anywhere in Annapurna region. Whenever someone thought about doing trekkings from Pokhara most of the peoples will choose the best treks such as Annapurna base camp trek, Annapurna circuit trek, Ghorepani Poon hill trek, etc.

But there are a lot of options on treks from Pokhara too, such as doing upper mustang trek, remote Nar Phu valley trek, even day hikes like Naudanda. Benefits of starting trekkings from Pokhara is it allows you to experience Tranquil lakes, exotic hill settlements, adventurous walks, beautiful local villages, and mountain views.

Sort treks from Pokhara are becoming more popular among international as well as domestic trekkers because of easy access, and exotic view of Himalayas of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu ranges without trekking on higher elevations. We all know that the Annapurna region is the most trekked region of Nepal.

Its also because of easy to reach, cheaper vacations and most importantly free to do independently. Most of all trekkings from Pokhara can be done individually without guide except upper mustang trekking. The best part is for some of these short treks from Pokhara is you don’t need to have any travel insurance for trekking in Nepal because its easy and danger-free from high altitude sickness.

Many famous and best short treks from Pokhara don’t need any preparation and long time duration holidays. Here are some of the best treks from Pokhara that could be done on a short period.

1. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Dhaulagiri Range from Poon HillPoon Hill trek is also one of the best short treks in Nepal. This trek is suitable for those who do not have much time to spend in Nepal but wanted to observe the beauty of the snow-capped mountains.

One of the main attraction of the trek, viewpoint Poon Hill (3,210 m) offers the best sunrise view of mountains such as Dhaulagiri ranges, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Lamjung Himal, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli, and Manaslu ranges.

Trek Duration : 03 Days

Max Altitude : 3,210 m, Poon Hill

Trek Difficulty : Easy

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek 3 Days Itinerary From Pokhara

Day 01Drive to Kyumi and trek to Tadapani2,630 m6 hrs
Day 02Trek to Ghorepani2,840 m6 hrs
Day 03Hike up to Poon Hill, trek to Hile and drive to Pokhara1,400 m7 hrs

2. Ghandruk Trek

Trekking to Ghandruk village is a beautiful shortest trekking from Pokhara that you can do in the Annapurna region. The trek is easy and much romantic walking through the beautiful villages of Gurung, Magar, and Tamang.

The most attractive part of this trek is to explore the Ghandruk Village where lots of Gurungs are inhibited; they will welcome you with the greeting Namaste and offer you to wear their traditional Gurung dresses. This short trek affords you magnificent views of Annapurna range and massive Dhaulagiri ranges.

Trek Duration : 03 Days

Max Altitude : 2,010 m, Ghandruk Village

Trek Difficulty : Easy

Ghandruk Trek 3 Days Itinerary From Pokhara

Day 01Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk2,015 m7 hrs
Day 02Trek from Ghandruk to Pothana 1,900 m6 hrs
Day 03Trek to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara 1,400 m6 hrs

3. Sarangkot Trek

Sarangkot provides an ideal view of the snow-covered neighboring Himalayas, which can be easily accessible by a drive from Pokhara also. And Dhampus is fully decorated with Gurung traditions and culture.

Dhampus Sarangkot trek offers the beautiful views of entire Annapurna Ranges. And other attractions during the trekking are old Buddhist monasteries and paved courtyard.

Trek Duration : 03 Days

Max Altitude : 1,650 m, Dhampus 

Trek Difficulty : Very Easy

Sarangkot Trek 3 Days Itinerary From Pokhara

Day 01Hike from Pokhara to Sarangkot via Bagar1,600 m4 hrs
Day 02Hike from Sarangkot to Dhampus 1,650 m5 hrs
Day 03Dhampus to Pokhara 4,500 m2 hrs

4. Panchase Trek

Panchase TrekkingThis is a trek beyond Phewa Lake in Pokhara. Panchase trekking route is an optional way to explore the area around Pokhara for those having a short time or relatively new to trekking, without missing out on the fantastic views over the surrounding mountains or the experience of village life.

Also one of the best trek for beautiful mountain views such as Annapurna Massif, Machhapuchhare (Fishtail), Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu. The Panchase trek takes you to untouched biodiversity and natural heritage site, and a unique photographic destination in Nepal.

Trek Duration : 04 Days

Max Altitude : 2,500 m, Panchase Hill

Trek Difficulty : Easy

Panchase Trek 4 Days Itinerary From Pokhara

Day 01Boat trip across Phewa Lake, Trek to Bumdi1,520 m

4 hrs
Day 02Trek to Panchase Bhanjyang 2,065 m4 hrs
Day 03Trek to Bhadaure 1,670 m3 hrs
Day 04Trek to Naudanda, and Drive to Pokhara 1,400 m4 hrs

5. Royal Trek

Royal TrekRoyal Trek is short trekking from Pokhara in the Annapurna region. The trek takes you through the Himalayan foothills, the perfect destination for those who don’t have time for a longer trek or an expedition.

The Royal trekking offers spectacular views of Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Machapuchare, Lamjung Himal, Dhaulagiri, and other surrounding peaks.

Trek Duration : 04 Days

Max Altitude : 1,730 m, Syaklung

Trek Difficulty : Very Easy

Royal Trek 4 Days Itinerary From Pokhara

Day 01Drive from Pokhara to Bijayapur Khola, and trek to Kalikasthan4,496 m6 hrs
Day 02Kalikasthan to Syaklung 5,675 m6 hrs
Day 03Syaklung to Chisapani 5,084 m6 hrs
Day 04Chisapani to Pokhara1,400 m5 hrs

6. Mardi Himal Trek

high camp mardi himal trekThe Mardi Himal Trek is a newly opened hidden treasure of Annapurna region. This is the best short trek from Pokhara to avoid the crowd. Trekking to Mardi Himal offers imaging view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre and Manaslu ranges. The trek passes through the beautiful rhododendron and pine forests, rivers, and culturally rich villages.

Trek Duration : 05 Days

Max Altitude : 4,500 m, Mardi Himal Base Camp

Trek Difficulty : Moderate

Mardi Himal Trek 5 Days Itinerary From Pokhara

Day 01Drive to Kade & Trek to Forest Camp2,554 m7 hrs
Day 02Trek to High Camp3,980 m8 hrs
Day 03Trek to Viewpoint & Rest at high / Low Camp4,500 m6 hrs
Day 04Trek to Siding / Lumre1,700 m6 hrs
Day 05Drive to back Pokhara1,400 m5 hrs

7. Khopra Danda Trek

Khopra Danda TrekKhopra Danda Trek is another best short trek from Pokhara in the Annapurna region which offers stunning views of snowcapped mountains. This lesser-popular trek is ideal for trekkers searching for less crowded routes to spend time in a peaceful environment.

Khopra Ridge Trek offers the perfect sunrise view of snow-capped peaks, green hills, and beautiful cultural villages. Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Mt. Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre can be seen during the trekking. Khopra Ridge is the best place to explore sunrise after Poon Hill in Annapurna region.

Trek Duration : 05 Days

Max Altitude : 4,660 m, Khayer Lake

Trek Difficulty : Moderate

Khopra Danda Trek 5 Days Itinerary From Pokhara

Day 01Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul, and trek to Ghorepani 2,875 m7 hrs
Day 02Trek from Ghorepani to Upper Chistibung3,000 m6 hrs
Day 03Trek from Upper Chistibung to Khopra Danda 3,640 m4 hrs
Day 04Day-trip to Khayer Lake(4,660m) & trek down to Tatopani1,250 m6 hrs
Day 05Drive from Tatopani to Pokhara1,400 m5 hrs

8. Jomsom Muktinath Trek

jomsom muktinath trek, trekking in muktinath and jomsomJomsom Muktinath Trek from Pokhara is suitable for all types of trekkers. The trek takes you to the perfect places to explore in Annapurna like Ghorepani, Tatopani, Ghasa, Kagbeni, Marpha, Jomsom and Muktinath.

Muktinath is a holy temple for both Hindus, and Buddhists, and Jomsom is the headquarter of the Mustang districts. For those who are interested in Annapurna circuit trekking but in a limit time frame, Lower Mustang trek is the best destination.

Trek Duration : 05 Days

Max Altitude : 3,800 m, Muktinath

Trek Difficulty : Easy

Jomsom Muktinath Trek 5 Days Itinerary From Pokhara

Day 01Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom and Trek to Kagbeni 2,900 m6 hrs
Day 02Trek to Jharkot; Visit to Red Gompa 3,520 m6 hrs
Day 03Day trip to Muktinath3,710 m6 hrs
Day 04Trek to Jomsom via Lupra Valley2,790 m6 hrs
Day 05Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara1,400 m30 min

9. Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp TrekAnnapurna Base Camp Trek, one of the best treks in Nepal is not a short trek. ABC trek will need 11 days to finish but for those whose dream is to reach the base camp of Mount Annapurna but in a short holiday they can do this trek in 7 days too. The small Annapurna base camp trek from Pokhara will take you base camp directly through Choomrong rather than visiting famous villages like Ghorepani and Poon Hill.

This trek gives you the opportunity to explore local culture and wildlife. Along with the most spectacular and close up view of Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, and Dhaulagiri mountains.

Trek Duration : 07 Days

Max Altitude : 4,310 m, Annapurna Base Camp

Trek Difficulty : Moderate

Annapurna Base Camp Trek 7 Days Itinerary From Pokhara

Day 01Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk2,600 m6 hrs
Day 02Ghandruk - Chhomrong - Sinuwa3,230 m7 hrs
Day 03Sinuwa - Bamboo - Dovan - Himalayan - Deurali3,440 m6 hrs
Day 04Deurali - MBC - Annapurna Base Camp4,130 m7 hrs
Day 05Annapurna Base Camp - MBC- Deurali - Himalayan - Dovan -Bamboo3,110 m6 hrs
Day 06Bamboo - Sinuwa - Chhomrong - Jhinu - Kyumi2,170m6 hrs
Day 07Kyumi - Siwai - Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara1,400 m6 hrs

10. Nar Phu Valley Trek

Nar Phu valley trekNar Phu Valley is remote trekking destination from Pokhara. The route is restricted trekking area that means a special permit is required for the trek and cannot be done individually without a guide.

The Kang La Pass at a 5,315 m will provide spectacular views of Annapurna II, Gangapura and Tilicho Peak. This trek is rewarding and best destination to explore from Pokhara for those with interest in remote communities and their traditional ways of life.

Trek Duration : 09 Days

Max Altitude : 5,320 m, Kang La Pass

Trek Difficulty : Moderate

Nar Phu Valley Trek 9 Days Itinerary From Pokhara

Day 01Drive to Koto via Besisahar 2,600 m8 hrs
Day 02Trek from Koto to Meta 3,560 m7 hrs
Day 03Trek from Meta to Phu 4,080 m7 hrs
Day 04Acclimatization day, Hike to Himlung Base Camp 4,800 m6 hrs
Day 05Trek from Phu to Nar Phedi3,490 m6 hrs
Day 06Trek from Nar Phedi to Nar Village 4,110 m4 hrs
Day 07Trek to Ngawal via Kang La Pass 5,240 m8 hrs
Day 08Trek to Pisang, and Drive to Besisahar 2,600 m5 hrs
Day 09Drive back to Pokhara1,400 m6 hrs

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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