5 Days treks in Nepal

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Nepal often metaphorized as another planet that can be more than a ‘Disneyland’ for trekkers. Though it is not a big country in terms of area, the Himalayan nation offers many opportunities for adventures and trekking experiences. It’s because of diverse geographical and cultural features.

The 5-day treks in Nepal can be very suitable for those who have limited time or don’t plan to spend more. These short treks allow you to have a break from your hectic schedule and take you to the adventurous but peaceful destinations.

There are several 5-day trekking trails available in Nepal, depending on the difficulty levels. The trails in Nepal are yearly improved to make the tourist destinations reasonably accessible.

As you decide on a trekking route, consider your fitness and your trekking experience. Among many, we have shortlisted some of the best 5-day treks in Nepal. Have a look.

Popular 5-day Treks in Nepal

1. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is one of the most popular short treks in Nepal. This trek takes you to the protected lands of the Annapurna Conservation Area.

The short trek starts with a walk through traditional villages alongside rivers and terrace farms. Passing through dense rhododendron forests and gradually stepping upwards, this trek takes you to the hilltop at the highest altitude of 3,210m with magnificent views of peaks all around.

The little but magical hilltop is named Poon Hill, derived from the surname of a Magar community, Poon. It’s a hot spot for thousands of people visiting the Annapurna Conservation Area.

Ghorepani Poon Hill is a good experience of an overall outlook of trekking experience in Nepal.

Highlights:

  • Traditional houses of gutsy Gurungs and Magars made with local stones and thatched or stoned roofs. Staying in a homestay can be an amazing experience that gives you a taste of the local lifestyle.
  • Experience the rich cultures of different ethnic communities living together. Gurung, Magar, and Tamang are dominant ethnic groups here.
  • Intense forests of different species of Rhododendron enhance the beauty of the trail. Orchid and Magnolia can be spotted here.
  • Captivating views of mountain vistas with Annapurna South stand remarkably close. Other peaks like Dhaulagiri and its ranges, Annapurna and its spectra, Machhapuchhre, Gangapurna, Himchuli and many more are visible in all directions.
  • Easy walking trail suitable for any age group. Also, almost all kind of facilities are available.
  • Splendid view of sunrise on the Himalayas. Sunrise from Poon Hill is famous all over the world.
  • Hot spring in Jhinu Danda is another major highlight. After a tiring trek, this experience is a heavenly one.

Best Season

The best seasons for Poon Hill Trek is September to November and March to May.

During these periods, the weather remains clear. Mornings and Evenings are felt a little chilly. However, the days stay fair, and the sky looks sharp blue.

It means perfect weather to trek, offering clear visibility and ideal temperature for walking.

Accommodation

Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking trail passes through a number of guesthouses with enough facilities.

These guesthouses are pretty managed in terms of services, hygiene, location, and food options. Food varieties range from Nepali, Indian, Italian, Tibetan, and Continental available for people coming from all around the world.

Camping trek is also possible but not suggested.

2. Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

A 5-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a remarkable feat taking you to the base of the world’s 10th highest mountain, Annapurna. It is quite an extraordinary trek of its kind.

Standing at the base of the world’s 10th highest peak is an incredible experience. From Annapurna Base Camp, the broad view of Annapurna I, Gangapurna, Himchuli, Machhapuchhre, and Annapurna South is all set to leave you speechless.

Along with natural sceneries, this trek also offers an insight into the traditional local culture and lifestyle of the communities living here. Gurungs and Magars are well known for their gracious hospitality.

Highlights

  • Walkthrough the scenic countryside landscape on high hills observing the Himalayan range.
  • Explore the traditional Gurung villages and witness the lifestyle of different ethnic communities like Magar, Tamang, and Gurung.
  • A walk into the woods with forests filled by rhododendrons, magnolias, fir, and pine trees will give you a therapeutic experience.
  • Amazing view of mountains up close. Peaks like Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Himchuli, Machhapuchhre offer a panoramic breathtaking view.

Best Season

As always, the best times to trek in Nepal and also in Annapurna Base Camp are

from February-May and September-December.

During pre-monsoon, the weather is warm, making it comfortable for the walk during the daytime. Carry raincoats just in case it rains. Mainly, February and March are the best months during pre-monsoon.

After the monsoon, the forests come alive, and the hills are covered with flowers adding colors to nature. The view is clear, with cool temperatures for walking. Nights are chilly but still comfortable enough for a relaxing sleep. October is the best month after the monsoon.

Accommodation

Annapurna Base Camp is one of the most popular trekking routes in Nepal. With a high number of tourists visiting the place, the trail has a significant increase in facilities.

From teahouses to luxury hotels, there are varieties of accommodation available. Teahouses will provide you with the necessary facilities of lodging and fooding while luxury hotels have added facilities like a hot shower, wifi, and electric heating.

As the altitude increases, available facilities in hotels and teahouses decreases. During peak seasons, getting accommodation easily is lottery luck. Booking rooms early is always a better option.

3. Langtang Trek

Langtang Trek

Langtang Trek with outstanding beauty is the closest trekking route from Kathmandu. Langtang valley possesses amazing landscape, easy trails, and friendly local people. It takes you to the last village of Kyanjin Gompa in Langtang valley.

The grasslands and meadows of the valley are gorgeously green, and the sky is clear. Peaks like Langtang, Lirung, Ganesh Himal and some other Tibetan ranges represent the grandeur and glory of Himalayas. Flowers and wildlife are also major attractions of the region.

The trail to Langtang valley is easy and follows through the lush green forests and the Langtang river to Langtang valley. Small settlements with teahouses appear every once in a while. Tamang community is prevalent on the trail.

Kyanjin Gompa, the oldest monastery in the valley, is a significant highlight. A short hike to Kyanjin Ri and Tsergo Ri is a must here. But, the breathtaking view from Tsergo Ri is an unavoidable attraction.

Highlights

  • Langtang valley is also known as the ‘valley of flowers’. Flowering plants like Primula, Daisies and many other colorful flowers grow here especially after and during monsoon.
  • Visit monasteries with centuries-old history in this region. Kyanjin Gompa is a 400-year old monastery sitting at the base of Langtang-Lirung peak.
  • Get along with locals and experience Tibetan-Buddhist culture dominant in this region.
  • Forests and Wildlife of Langtang are popular across the globe for its diversity.
  • Jaw-dropping view from Tsergo Ri is a major highlight of the trek. On a clear day, a wide range of mountains like Langtang-Lirung, Ganesh Himal range, Tibetan range and many more are visible.

Best Season

Autumn is the best time to trek the Langtang region. Mid-September to mid-December is the perfect time to visit Langtang.

During this time, the day-time weather is warm with a clear blue sky. And the temperature ranges from 10- 20°C during the day. It gets chilly in the mornings and evenings, but that won’t be a problem if you wear warm layers.

The precipitation remains low, and thus foggy clouds do not appear. Crystal clear view of green valleys and the Himalayas make this trek worthy for a short 5-day trek.

Accommodation

Accommodation for Langtang Trek ranges from basic to standard. As we go higher, housing becomes basic. Since there are enough teahouses on the trail, you usually won’t have to face trouble finding a place to stay.

Facilities of WiFi and hot showers are available in most teahouses in Langtang village. In Kyanjin Gompa, you can even enjoy the view, sipping Italian coffee.

4. Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek is the recently discovered best short trek option in Nepal. Opened in 2012, this trek route has gained massive popularity in the present day.

The trek is doable for all and is a suitable one for those having strict timing constraints. It will take you to the base of an unclimbed virgin peak of Mardi. The best thing about this trek is that you get an open sky view almost throughout the trail.

The uninterrupted view of some of the magnificent and beautiful peaks like Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, Himchuli offers a delightful sight to cherish for a long time. Walking through the dense rhododendron and pine forests, we follow the trail along with many traditional Gurung villages.

Highlights

  • Sublime view of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Himchuli and Manaslu ranges.
  • Shortest and easiest way up close to the mountains.
  • Opensky throughout the trail offers a spectacular view of Himalayas.
  • Beautiful stone houses of the Gurung community along with their diverse culture and traditional lifestyle is a highlight of the trek.
  • Also known as the ‘Ecotourism’ trail this trail is popular for its unique flora and fauna.

Best Season

Mardi Himal Trek is suitable round the year. Any time you visit, Mardi Himal will have something different to offer.

Autumn is the best time to trek Mardi Himal as other destinations. Autumn provides the best sunrise and sunset views in Mardi. Undoubtedly, the weather stays warm with a clear blue sky. Early September may witness some rains. Do not forget to carry raincoat if you are trekking at this time.

Spring from February to April in Mardi is another excellent time for the trek. With proper preparations, you can still trek to Mardi Himal in any other season.

Accommodation

With a rise of popularity, accommodation options in the Mardi Trek route are increasing gradually. You will find teahouses and lodges for accommodation here.

During peak season, you may not find a place to stay or might have to share a room with fellow trekkers. So, pre-booking always helps.

Off seasons are best for getting accommodations. You may even entertain discounts during your stay as the trails are less crowded.

5. Chisapani-Nagarkot-Dhulikhel Trek

Chisapani-Nagarkot-Dhulikhel Trek

If you are based in Kathmandu but wish to explore the traditional lifestyle of Nepalese people, the trek is best for you.

Chisapani-Nagarkot-Dhulikhel Trek is a path that takes you around the hills of Kathmandu Valley. To experience the traditional lifestyle of Nepalese people, one doesn’t need to go far.

Beginning from Sundarijal, you trek to Chisapani. It takes about 5 hours to reach Chisapani. On the way, we pass through the village of Mulkharka. The view of the Himalayan range on the backdrop is quite mesmerizing.

As you continue your trek, you move towards Nagarkot. Villagers are mostly seen working in their fields. The walk from Chisapani to Nagarkot is a pleasant one. It usually takes 7 hours from Chisapani to Nagarkot. Pine forests offer the right spot for bird-watching because Shivapuri National Park is home to 318 species of birds.

Nagarkot is a secluded hill station and a tourist spot with hotels available ranging from cheap to high standard. The sunrise from Nagarkot is one of its kinds.

Similarly, Dhulikhel is an ancient Newari town with historical significance. Besides, cultural importance, it is also a naturally beautiful place having views of green valleys and mountains on the far north.

Highlights

  • Experience the traditional Nepalese lifestyle just outside Kathmandu.
  • Bird watching in Shivapuri National Park.
  • Sunrise from Nagarkot is one of the best around Kathmandu.
  • Different ethnic groups of people you meet on the trail.

Best Season

It is an all-season trek. But, Autumn and Spring are the best times.

Monsoon is not a preferable time to trek in the region. Leeches and Landslides may ruin your experience.

Accommodation

Accommodation facilities, ranging from cheap to standard, are readily available along the trail.

Stay in Chisapani is quite reasonable with not many options. But, Dhulikhel and Nagarkot offer options from cheap to 3-star hotels.

Final words

Besides these short treks, there are many other options for 5-day treks in Nepal. The diversity of Nepal in terms of nature, culture, plants, and wildlife all make it a desirable destination for a short trek. These short treks give you an overview of Nepal in a relatively short period. Take a trip, and you will feel and know.

About Author

Mukti is is the founder and CEO of Himalayas on Foot. He started Himalayas on Foot in 2008 after working as a trekking porter, guide and then a sales manager for a decade.

He has done most of the treks in Nepal such as Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, Manaslu Circuit Trek, Poon Hill, Langtang Trek, Annapurna Circuit, etc. Apart from Nepal, he has also travelled to Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Finland, Norway, Germany, Belgium, France and USA.

Mukti was also secretary of Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) for the year 2015-2017. TAAN is an umbrella association of trekking agencies in the Nepal.

He speaks fluent English, Japanese and Nepali.

Mukti is friendly and he is the one who answers most of your trip questions. So if you have any inquiry about our trip, don't be shy. Write to us.

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