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10 Best Short Treks In Nepal

Nepal offers a wide variety of trekking trails. When it comes to trekking, Probably Nepal is the most popular destination among trekkers. As we all know best treks in Nepal such as Everest base camp trek & Upper Mustang trek need more than ten days of holidays. What if you don’t have enough holidays? For those who have a limited holiday in Nepal but still, want to see some of the Himalayas here are what we think are the best small short treks in Nepal ranging from 3 to 10 days. Please keep in mind that, you can extend days according to your interest in all of these treks, the number of days listed here represents the minimum number of days you need to complete these trails.

1.Sundarijal Chisapani Nagarkot Trek

Mountains View from NagarkotThree-day Sundarijal Chisapani Nagarkot trekking is most popular among those who have less time in Nepal. Nagarkot is a favorite hill station for a sunrise & sunset view over white mountains. Short Himalaya & Everest view trek is an excellent choice for a family trip including children to see the nature and experience the cultural and traditional aspect of the people’s lives. The trek is famous for panoramic views of Langtang and Everest Himalayan ranges including Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Dorje Lakpa, Gaurishanker and many more. Besides the beautiful views of the mountains, you can also see some wildlife in the jungles between Chisapani and Nagarkot like deer and fowls. Therefore, Chisapani Nagarkot trek is considered as the best short trek near Kathmandu valley.

Trip Duration : 03 Days

Max Altitude : 2,400 m

Trip Difficulty : Very Easy

Best Season : March to May and October to November

Sundarijal Chisapani Nagarkot Trek 3 Days Itinerary From Kathmandu

DAYSITINERARYALTITUDETIME
Day 01Drive to Sundarijal and hike to Chisapani2,150 m6 hrs
Day 02Hike to Nagarkot2,163 m7 hrs
Day 03Hike to Dhulikhel and drive to Kathmandu1,400 m5 hrs

2.Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Sunrise Over Dhaulagiri From Poon HillGhorepani Poon Hill Trek is a great short trek for those who want to experience trekking. Besides experiencing trekking, you can see a great view of the sunrise and sunset over the snow-capped white mountain. Ghorepani trek is the most popular short trek near & from Pokhara. Rhododendron forest walks, Charming Gurung villages & their hospitality are the highlights of this moderate trek.

Poon hill trek also offers stunning views of the famous mountains like Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Nilgiri, Gangapurna, Annapurna I, Annapurna South and Fishtail. Besides that, you will get to walk through the rhododendron & green forests accompanied by magnificent waterfalls. So, poon hill trek is known for the best short trek from Pokhara; therefore on peak trekking season such as Autumn, there will be high numbers of trekkers on the way.

Trip Duration : 03 Days From Pokhara

Max Altitude : 3,210 m, Poon Hill

Trip Difficulty : Very Easy

Best Season : March to May and October to November

Poon Hill Trek 3 Days Itinerary From Pokhara

DAYSITINERARYALTITUDETIME
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

3.Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp TrekAnnapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the beautiful treks in the Annapurna region most popular among foreigner. The fabulous mountain scenery, rich cultural diversity traverses, rural farmlands, pretty villages with locals having smiley welcome faces are the main attractions of the trek. Annapurna Base Camp Trek goes through the villages of Tamang, Thakali, Magar and Gurung People who have a unique lifestyle and have a perfect sense of Hospitality. As you get nearer to the Annapurna base camp, you will get to see the view of Mount Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I and many more. Annapurna base camp trek takes nine days to finish including Ghorepani & Poon Hill. But, still, if you are seeking for short trek because of the limited holiday schedule, you can do this trek on seven days too without visiting Ghorepani & poon hill you can directly reach base camp via Chomrong.

Trip Duration : 07 Days From Pokhara

Max Altitude : 4,310 m

Trip Difficulty : Moderate

Best Season : March to May and October to November

Annapurna Base Camp Trek 7 Days Itinerary From Pokhara

DAYSITINERARYALTITUDETIME
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

4.Everest View Trek

Views During Everest View TrekEverest View Trek is located in Khumbu Valley is one of the best short treks in Nepal. Impressive views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Mt. Amadablam from Everest View Hotel (View Point) is the main highlight of the trek. Everest View Trek is known as Everest Panorama Trek & Mini Everest trek. This trek is best for those who wish to dream of looking Mt. Everet once in their life because this trek takes you to the stunning views of the entire Everest range. You’ll encounter lush valleys, extraordinary views of rivers, hikes over a suspension bridge and Flora and Fauna. Everest view trek begins from Luka, being one of the short and comparatively most comfortable trekking trails of Everest regions. Not only that, you will be able to experience the culture and lifestyle of Sherpas.

Trip Duration : 07 Days

Max Altitude : 3,870 m, Everest View Hotel

Trip Difficulty : Easy

Best Season : March to May and October to November

Everest View Trek 7 Days Itinerary From Kathmandu

DAYSITINERARYALTITUDETIME
Day 01Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and Trek to Phakding2,651 m4 hrs
Day 02Trek to Namche Bazaar3,440 m6 hrs
Day 03Acclimatization day, Day trip to Khumjung3,700 m5 hrs
Day 04Trek to Tengboche3,870 m6 hrs
Day 05Trek to Monjo2,840 m6 hrs
Day 06Trek to Lukla2,860 m7 hrs
Day 07Fly back to Kathmandu 1,400 m40 min

5.Lower Mustang Trek

jomsom muktinath trek, trekking in muktinath and jomsomLower Mustang Trek is known as Jomsom Muktinath trek is one of the beautiful trekking in Annapurna and Mustang Region. Anyone with a moderate level of fitness can complete this short trek in Nepal. For those who don’t want to trek up to high altitude, this is an excellent choice. Even though is at a low height, you can still witness numerous Trans Himalayan cultural sites, incredible snow-capped mountain views, and fantastic countryside sceneries.

The trail will go through stunning landscape, rhododendrons forest and world’s deepest Kaligandaki gorge. We pass through Jomsom and Kagbeni, the entry point of upper Mustang Region, Holy Hindu pilgrimage site, Muktinath which equally sacred place for Buddhists too. We can see the beautiful views of Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and other peaks. Besides, we will also explore the centuries-old monastery, local tribes, and caves along with the beautiful scenic beauty. For this reason, Lower Mustang trek is considered as the best short trek in Nepal.

Trip Duration : 05 Days From Pokhara

Max Altitude : 3,800 m, Muktinath

Trip Difficulty : Easy

Best Season : March to May and October to November

Lower Mustang Trek 5 Days Itinerary From Pokhara

DAYSITINERARYALTITUDETIME
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

6.Langtang Valley Trek

langtang valley trekkingLangtang Valley trek is beautiful short trekking in Nepal through forests, villages, and farmlands. Langtang Valley is also known as “the valley of glaciers.”  Heartwarming hospitality from the local people Tamang & sherpa community is the main attraction of the trek. The local follow Tibetan Buddhism and the traditional religion. Langtang valley was affected by the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal in 2015. The local villagers are rebuilding their homeland since then.

If you are seeking short, comfortable and want to stay out from the busy cities, Langtang Valley trek is a perfect place. We pass through the Rhododendron, Bamboo, Pine Forests and majestic waterfalls rushing down over Gigantic boulders. We will get some great views of the nearby peaks including Dorje Lakpa, Langtang Lirung, Yala peak and eventually Shisha Pangma, the only 8,000-meter peak in Tibet. Thus, Langtang valley trek is known for the best short trek which also easily assessable by children & beginner trekkers.

Trip Duration : 07 Days

Max Altitude : 4,984 m, Tserko Ri

Trip Difficulty : Moderate

Best Season : March to May and October to November

Langtang Valley Trek 7 Days Itinerary From Kathmandu

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

7.Ghandruk Trek

Ghandruk is small Gurung village lying in North West side of lakeside Pokhara at an altitude of 2,010m. It is one of the most popular short trekking routes of Nepal as Ghandruk is the gateway to Annapurna Base Camp too. One can reach Ghandruk after 6-7 hours short Hiking from Nayapool. If you do not prefer trekking, then the vehicle can help you to reach Ghandruk from Nayapool within 1.5 hours and then 1-hour hiking to the village. You can experience beautiful villages like Hyangja, Phedi, Naudanda on the way to Ghandruk.

Ghandruk trekking offers gorgeous landscapes and a magnificent view of snow-capped mountains views. Local Gurung people welcome the tourists with providing them to wear Gurung ornaments make them take photographs. Ghandruk village seems the perfect blend of natural majesty and cultural diversity. You can see Mt. Macchapucchre (Fish Tail) and Annapurna South close from Ghandruk. Due to the Local culture, locally made foods, Ghandruk’s homestays, Ghandruk trek becomes the best place to spend your holiday.

Trip Duration : 03 Days From Pokhara

Max Altitude : 2,010 m, Ghandruk Village

Trip Difficulty : Very Easy

Best Season : March to May and October to November

Ghandruk Trek 3 Days Itinerary From Pokhara

DAYSITINERARYALTITUDETIME
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

8.Pikey Peak Trek

Pikey Peak Trek is a new trekking route in Khumbu, invites us to explore the Everest and lower Khumbu region. It offers beautiful sunset and sunrise views over the nearby peaks along with the unique experience of Sherpa culture and lifestyle. We will get an opportunity to view the most esteemed Himalayan range in the World includes Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse, and many other snow-covered peaks. Being a freshly introduced trekking route, the off-beaten less crowded trekking trail attracts many tourists who don’t prefer to trek on a crowd.

On the other hand, Edmond Hillary’s favorite trekking route to Everest provides mesmerizing views of Mt. Everest (8848m) from a lower elevation. By which, Pikey peak trek considered as one of the best short treks in Nepal to see Everest closer without trekking up to the higher altitude. The journey leads us to the Pikey Base Camp with the thick spread of rich Buddhist culture along the way. The lush valleys, old monasteries, huge Mani walls, beautiful vegetation, rhododendron forests, beautiful sunset and sunrise views are the major attractions of this trek. Pikey peak is famous for its tranquil landscapes, unique Sherpa culture, and stunning mountain views.

Trip Duration : 05 Days

Max Altitude : 3,640 m, Pikey Base Camp

Trip Difficulty : Easy

Best Season : March to May and October to November

Pikey Peak Trek 5 Days Itinerary From Kathmandu

DAYSITINERARYALTITUDETIME
Day 01Drive to Dhap, Trek to Japre2,915 m5 hrs
Day 02Trek from Japre to Pikey Base Camp3,640 m7 hrs
Day 03Trek to Chaulakharka via Pikey Peak 2,920 m6 hrs
Day 04Trek from Chaulakharka to Shivalaya 2,840 m6 hrs
Day 05Drive from Shivalaya to Kathmandu1,400 m12 hrs

9.Gosaikunda Trek

Gosaikunda LakeGosaikunda trek known for its spectacular and breathtaking scenic beauty is one of the best trekking destinations in Nepal. This trek will be a good option for those that have limited time.  Gosaikunda lake is also a holy lake in the Langtang region. It is considered as a sacred by both Hindus and Buddhist. It is believed that once you bath in this lake all your pain, sorrows and sins will be washed off. Gosaikunda trek at an altitude of 4,300m offers hiking through the dense forest of rhododendron, oak, bamboo and beautiful villages of Tamang and Sherpa. During Gosaikunda trek we can see dynamic views of Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal range, Himal Chuli, Manaslu range, and other Tibetan peaks. On a clear day, you could also see Annapurna rising far behind the mountains.

Trip Duration : 07 Days

Max Altitude : 4,380 m, Gosaikunda Lake

Trip Difficulty : Moderate

Best Season : March to May and October to November

Gosaikunda Trek 7 Days Itinerary From Kathmandu

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

10.Mardi Himal Trek

Mt. fishtail from mardi himal trekMardi Himal trek, a short trek in Nepal follows off beaten trails. Situated just east of one of the most popular treks, Annapurna Base Camp trek, Mardi Himal trek is a hidden gem of Annapurna. The trek was officially opened in 2012 and is still pristine having limited teahouses with basic facilities. Similarly, Mardi Himal trek is a short relatively easy and unspoiled trek near Pokhara. Cultural insight, beautiful rhododendron forest walks, and alpine landscape make the trek more beautiful journey. Mardi Himal trek is famous because of the beautiful mountain landscape, with fantastic views of Mardi Himal, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Manaslu, Hiuchuli, and entire Annapurna range.

Trip Duration : 05 Days

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

Trip Difficulty : Moderate

Best Season : March to May and October to November

Mardi Himal Trek 5 Days Itinerary From Pokhara

DAYSITINERARYALTITUDETIME
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
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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