5 Best Short Treks in Nepal

best short treks in nepal

The Himalayas in Nepal offer the best trekking trails that are full of adventure, thrill, and excitement. The Himalayan trekking trails are encircled by majestic snow-covered mountains, lush valleys, and dense forests. You can explore the purity of raw mountainous landscapes and their magical transformation with each ascent you make. Short treks in Nepal allow you to experience the sheer magnificence of the Himalayas intimately within a short time frame.

Short treks are straightforward treks that can be completed within a few days to a week period. These treks are the perfect choice for trekkers who are on a tight schedule and still want to explore the core of the Himalayas. There are wide variations of short treks in Nepal, and you can embark on one of those as per your capability and preferences. If you are a beginner trekker, you will get the easiest trails in the Himalayas by partaking in compact treks. These short treks with flexible itineraries can be personalized depending on your schedule.

Compared to other long-duration treks, short treks are less challenging and suitable for various age groups of people like teenagers, young adults, middle-aged people, etc. The short trek destinations are accessible to a wide range of trekkers like working professionals, family, friend groups, etc. Likewise, diverse trekkers, including nature lovers, thrill seekers, cultural explorers, etc., can have an unbeatable journey of short treks in Nepal.

You can embark on short treks in Nepal at any time of the year with proper preparations like well packing, fitness training, route knowledge, safety measures, etc. These short-duration treks reward you with long-term everlasting moments and experiences. Within a brief period, you will have a remarkable trekking experience of walking alongside a plethora of natural beauty like wildflowers, lush forests, and picturesque villages. You can relish the adventurous journey to the fullest, soaking into the authentic hospitality and rich culture of the mountain people.

Here are 10 popular hiking routes you can explore during your short trek journey in Nepal.

Pikey Peak Trek

What is the Difficulty Level of Pikey Peak Trek

Highest Point: 3,600 meters/11,811 feet at Pikey Peak Base Camp

Permits: TIMS Card, Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit, Gaurishankar Conservation Area Permit, and Local Area Entry Permit

Pikey Peak is a less crowded trekking destination in the lower Everest region. The trails to Pikey Peak are solitary due to fewer trekkers, as most of the Everest region trekkers fly directly to Lukla. The short and exciting Pikey Peak trek offers a remarkable experience of trekking on the pristine and less-trodden Himalayan trails.

Our Pikey Peak journey begins with a picturesque drive to Dhap from Kathmandu. The trail days start from Dhap and lead you to the Jhapre. From the captivating trekking trails, you can marvel at the magnificent Himalayas, including Pikey Peak, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Kanchenjunga, and Lhotse. Passing through the picturesque Everest landscapes, you will reach the Base Camp of Pikey Peak, which rewards you with a close-range panorama of those snow-capped mountains.

From the base camp, follow downhill trekking and traverse through the lowland Khumbu villages like Jasmane Bhanjyang, Junbesi, and Phaplu of Sherpa and Tamang. Strolling around these traditional villages, you can immerse yourself in the ethnic culture and resilient lifestyle of the native residents.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Dhap (7-8 hours drive, 2,900 meters/9,514 feet )

Day 02: Trek from Dhap to Jhapre (5 hours, 2,830 meters/9,285 feet)

Day 03: Trek from Jhapre to Pikey Peak Base camp (5-6 hours, 3,600 meters/11,811 feet )

Day 04: Trek to Jasmane Bhanjyang (5-6 hours, 3,520 meters/11,549 feet )

Day 05: Trek to Junbesi (5-6 hours, 2,700 meters/8,858 feet)

Day 06: Trek to Phaplu ( 5-6 hours, 2,413 meters/7,917 feet)

Day 07: Drive Back to Kathmandu (9 hours, 1,400 meters/4,594 feet)

Langtang Valley Trek

Langtang Valley Trek 11 days

Highest Point: 3,870 meters/12,696 feet (Kyanjin Gompa)

Required permits: TIMS card and Langtang National Park Entry Permit (NPR 3,000)

Langtang Valley is one of the nearest trekking destinations from Kathmandu. The Langtang Valley trek is easily accessible after covering around 117 kilometers of road distance from the capital city to its starting point, Syabrubesi. This popular trek in the Langtang region takes you through captivating mountainous landscapes.

The Langtang Valley trek is comparatively less crowded than other popular treks like the Annapurna Circuit and Everest Base Camp trek. Trekking along the secluded and tranquil Himalayan trails allows you to soak into the immense natural beauty and cultural exposure of the Langtang region.

During the journey, you will traverse the magnificent forested trails of rhododendrons and bamboo trees, cascading waterfalls, and streams surrounded by the mighty Himalayas.

The trek follows the trails of Langtang National Park (Nepal’s first Himalayan National Park), where you can get rich insights into the regional flora, fauna, and vegetation. While passing through the cultural villages of Tamang, Gurung, and Sherpa people, you can interact with them to learn about the rich Buddhist traditions and architecture of the region.

You can explore the time-honored Kyanjin monastery and take a hike to Tserko Ri for the sweeping panorama of the magical mountain vistas such as Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, Langtang Ri, Dorje Lakpa, and several other adjacent Langtang Himalayas.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu (1,400 meters/4,594 feet) to Syabrubesi (1,460 meters/4,790 feet)

Day 2: Trek from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel (2,480 meters/8,136 feet)

Day 3: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang Village (3,430 meters/11,253 feet)

Day 4: Trek from Langtang Village to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870 meters/12,696 feet) to Lama Hotel

Day 5: Trek to Syabrubesi and drive back to Kathmandu

Gosaikunda Trek

Gosaikunda Trek

Highest Point: 4,381 meters/14,373 feet at Gosaikunda Lake

Permits: TIMS Card and Langtang National Park Entry Permit

The Gosaikunda trek is a captivating journey to the sacred glacial Lake of Hindus and Buddhists. The alpine Gosaikunda Lake is at an altitude of 4,381 meters/14,373 feet, encircled by the towering Himalayas. Despite the short duration, you can gain significant high-altitude trekking experience by embarking on the journey of this glittering freshwater Lake.

Our 5-day Gosaikunda trek starts from Dhunche, which is accessible by the roads of Kathmandu. From Dhunche, the trail leads you through the enchanting forests of pine, oak, bamboo, and rhododendron trees. You will traverse the Langtang National Park (the first Himalayan National Park), where you can gain deep learning of the Langtang region’s rich ecosystem.

You will encounter a picturesque mountain village, Chandanwari, where you can explore the unique culture, religion, and architecture of the place. On day 3, we trek towards the sparkling Gosaikunda Lake from Chandanwari. In between, you will cross the wooden suspension bridges, waterfalls, streams, meadows, and glaciers. From the enchanting trekking trails, you can enjoy the expansive view of glorious Himalayas like Langtang Lirung, Gangchhenpo, Dorje Lakpa, Langshisa Ri, Yala Peak, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, and several other snow-clad mountains.

Upon reaching the holy and enchanting Gosaikunda Lake, take a moment of joy and refreshment and stay there for an overnight, appreciating the grandeur of Himalayan beauty. On the next day, we trek back to Dhunche, which is followed by a scenic drive to Kathmandu. Reaching Kathmandu marks the conclusion of our short and sweet Gosaikunda trek.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu (1,400 meters/4,594 feet) to Dhunche ( 5-6 hours, 2,030 meters/6,660 feet)

Day 2: Trek from Dhunche to Chandanwari (6-7 hours, 3,200 meters/10,499 feet)

Day 3: Trek from Chandanwari to Gosaikunda (5-6 hours, 4,380 meters/14,370 feet)

Day 4: Trek back to Dhunche (7-8 hours)

Day 5: Drive back to Kathmandu

Short ABC Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek 6 Days

Highest Point: 4,130 meters/13,550 feet at Annapurna Base Camp

Permits: TIMS Card and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular trekking destinations in the Himalayas. A short ABC trek is an ideal choice to explore the natural beauty and cultural richness of the Annapurna region within a week-long journey.

Our short ABC trek starts and ends in Pokhara, a beautiful lake city. The trek follows the picturesque trails of the countryside villages of Tamang, Gurung, and Thakalis, like Jhinu Danda, Bamboo, Deurali, etc. Interaction with the native communities in these villages will let you learn about the traditional costumes and cultures that have been preserved to date.

Initially, you will walk beneath the shades of alluring rhododendrons and bamboo forests and cross several suspension bridges with dominating mountain views between the changing mountainous terrains. Slowly, the trails lead you through pasture lands, alpine meadows, and rugged landscapes to reach the ABC, the highest point of the trek.

The Annapurna Base Camp reached by following the routes of the Macchapuchre Base Camp offers you stunning views of the towering Himalayas, including the Annapurna ranges, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Singu Chuli, Macchapuchre, etc. We will have an overnight at this wonderful base camp and descend towards Sinuwa Danda the following day. On the last day of our short ABC trek, we will embark on a final trek to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara, concluding our journey.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Pokhara (827 meters/2,713 feet) to Nayapul (1,070 meters/3,510 feet) and Trek to Jhinu Danda (1,780 meters/5,840 feet)

Day 2: Trek from Jhinu Danda to Bamboo (2,050 meters/6,726 feet)

Day 3: Trek from Bamboo to Deurali (3,230 meters/10,597 feet)

Day 4: Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 meters/13,550 feet) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp

Day 5: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Sinuwa Danda (2,340 meters/7,677 feet)

Day 6: Trek from Sinuwa Danda to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara

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Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Short Trek

Highest Point: 4,500 meters/14,764 feet at Mardi Himal Base camp

Permits: TIMS Card and ACAP

The Mardi Himal trek is a short and tempting trek on the off-the-beaten Himalayan trails. The isolated trails to the Mardi Himal offer trekkers a tranquil trekking experience. This captivating trek in the Annapurna region is full of pristine wilderness.

The nature and culture of the Mardi Himal region are untouched and unspoiled by modernization. You can witness the raw and pure Himalayan landscapes while experiencing an outstanding trekking journey along the less-trodden trails. If you are on a very tight schedule and wandering to explore the Himalayas, you can experience the remarkable Mardi Himal trekking adventure just within a 4-day period.

The Mardi Himal journey starts with a picturesque drive from Pokhara to the starting point of a trek, Kande. The trail days begin from Kande and head towards the Forest Camp. Further, you will traverse the dense forest of rhododendrons, oak, maple, pine, etc, and gorgeous terraced farms of the countryside villages. The trek takes you to High Camp and follows the narrow mountain paths to reach the Mardi Himal Base Camp.

From the base camp (at 4,500 meters), you can get closer to the stunning panorama of the majestic Annapurna, Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, and many other neighboring mountains. After relishing the dramatic Himalayan vistas, we make a descent to Badal Danda the same day and rest in a cozy teahouse accommodation for the night. On the last day of the journey, we trek to Sidhing and take a scenic drive back to Pokhara.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Pokhara (827 meters/2,713 feet) to Kande (1,770 meters/5,807 feet) and Terk to Forest Camp (2,550 meters/8,366 feet)via Australian Camp

Day 2: Trek from Forest Camp to High Camp (3,580 meters/11,745 feet)

Day 3: Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500 meters/14,764 feet) and Return to Badal Danda (3,220 meters/10,564 feet)

Day 4: Trek from Badal Danda to Sidhing (1,760 meters/5,774 feet) and Drive Back to Pokhara

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

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View of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,172m.) at Sunrise from Poon Hill, Nepal.

Highest Point: 3,210 meters/10,532 feet at Poon Hill

Permits: TIMS card and ACAP

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is among the easy and short treks in Nepal. This popular trek starts from Pokhara and satisfies the trekkers who are seeking to get closer to and explore the Himalayas. Within a very short time, you can traverse the trails that will pass through the lush forests of rhododendrons and pine trees, enchanting waterfalls, paddy fields, and other mountainous beauties.

Annapurna Conservation Area is one of the important highlights of the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek. While crossing the trails of this conserved area, you can explore the vast diversity of flora and fauna in the Annapurna region. The trail leads you through quaint mountainside villages like Ulleri, Ghorepani, etc. The warm welcome and genuine hospitality of the local people (Tamang, Sherpa, and Gurung), their unique culture and costumes, and the delicacy of the dishes they serve everything is impressive.

Upon reaching Poonhill, you will get to the maximum elevation of the trek at 3,210 meters. You can marvel at the 360-degree panoramic view of the elegant Annapurna Himalayas, such as Macchapuchre, Tukuche Peak, Nilgiri, Hiuchuli, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri from this vantage point. In addition, an early morning hike to Poon Hill rewards you with a mesmerizing first ray of sunlight illuminating the snow-covered mountains. From Poon Hill, we follow descending journey to Ghanduk and Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara, culminating our short Ghorepani Poon Hill trek.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara (827 meters/2,713 feet) to Nayapul (1,070 meters/3,510 feet) and Trek to Ulleri (2,070 meters/6,791 feet)

Day 2: Ulleri to Ghorepani (2,874 meters/9,419 feet)

Day 3: Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3,210 meters/10,531 feet) and Trek to Ghandruk (1,940 meters/6,365 feet)

Day 4: Ghandruk to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara

Everest View Trek

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Highest Point: 3,867meters/12,688 feet at Tengboche

Permits: Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Municipality Entry Permit

Everest View Trek (Everest Panorama Trek) is an appealing short trek in Nepal. Regardless of the experience level, you can enjoy this trek with safety, pleasure, and comfort. A short Everest View Trek offers you the most outstanding close-up view of the tallest mountain in the world within a momentary duration.

The journey of Everest View Trek begins with a scenic Kathmandu to Lukla flight. From the gateway of the Everest region (Lukla), your trail days start and traverse the enchanting mountainous landscapes each day. You will pass through the Sagarmatha National Park, exploring its diverse ecosystem.

Everest View Trek journeys you through the Sherpa villages (Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, etc.), soaking you into the rich culture, tradition, and unique lifestyle of the local people. Tengboche monastery, mani walls, prayer flags, prayer wheels, chortens, etc., showcase the deeply rooted Buddhist religion of the region. The stunning panoramic vistas of Everest, Thamserku, Kusum Kanguru, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and other neighboring Himalayas keep you enchanted during the whole Everest View Trek.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400 meters/4,594 feet) and Transfer to Hotel

Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,860 meters/9,383 feet) and Trek to Phakding (2,610 meters/87,563 feet)

Day 3: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,400 meters/11,286 feet)

Day 4: Rest and Exploration Day at Namche Bazaar

Day 5: Trek to Tengboche (3,867 meters/12,688 feet)

Day 6: Trek Back to Namche Bazaar

Day 7: Trek to Lukla and Fly Back to Kathmandu

Tamang Heritage Trail

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Highest Point: 3,200 meters/10,498 feet (Nagthali)

Permits: TIMS card and Langtang National Park Entry Permit

Tamang Heritage Trail is another exciting short trek in Nepal. This journey lets you walk along the less-traveled trails of the Langtang region villages. Tamang Heritage Trail frequently traverses the cultural villages of indigenous Tamang with in-depth insights into their way of life, local customs, traditions, and religion. This amazing trekking journey soaks you into the rich culture and natural allure of the Langtang region.

First, we take a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi, the starting point of the Tamang Heritage Trail. From there, the trail passes through several remote Tamang villages like Ghatlang, Tatopani, Thuman, Briddim, etc. You can interact with the local people and learn about their language, architecture, beliefs, and simple lifestyle in these villages.

Enjoy the traditional cuisines offered with the warm hospitality of the native communities during your teahouse stay. Explore the Buddhist religion of the region by visiting monasteries with prayer wheels and vibrant prayer flags. Delve into the intricately carved wooden houses and mani walls that represent the rich Tibetan-influenced architecture of the Langtang region.

In addition, on the short Tamang Heritage Trail journey, you can witness the glorious vistas of the snowy Himalayas like the Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Dorje Lakpa, Jugal Himal, and several Tibetan peaks from the different points of the trek.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu (1,400 meters/4,593 feet) to Syabrubesi (1,500 meters/4,932 feet, 6 to 7 hours)

Day 02: Trek from Syabrubesi to Ghatlang (2,200 meters/7,218 feet, 5 to 6 hours trek)

Day 03: Trek from Ghatlang to Tatopani (2,600 meters/8,530 feet, 7 to 8 hours trek)

Day 04: Trek from Tatopani to Thuman (2,400 meters/7,874 feet, 4 to 5 hours trek) Via Nagthali (3,200 meters/10,498 feet)

Day 05: Trek from Thuman to Briddim (2,239 meters, 5 to 6 hours trek)

Day 06: Trek Back to Syabrubesi from Briddim (1,460 meters, 3 to 4 hours trek)

Day 07: Drive Back to Kathmandu (1,400 meters, 6 to 7 hours drive)

Kathmandu Valley Trek

Nagarkot - Changunarayan Trek

Highest Point: 2,350 meters/7,710 feet at Chisapani

The Kathmandu Valley trek is a very short but fulfilling adventure on the edges of the valley. This low-altitude trek serves as a preparatory journey for more tough treks in Nepal. The trail follows the diverse hilly landscape of the Kathmandu Valley within 3 days. The wonderful trek of Kathmandu Valley is perfect for people of all skill levels and is possible for families with children and seniors. The trekking trails are quiet, offering a tranquil adventure along the outskirts of bustling Kathmandu city.

The trail traverses different picturesque viewpoints of Chisapani and Nagarkot. The journey starts with a city drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal, from where we hike to Chisapani via Shivapuri National Park. Passing through the forest of oak and pine trees in the Shivapuri National Park, you can get a glimpse of the rich flora and fauna and unique hilly topographies of the Kathmandu Valley.

The Chisapani to Nagarkot journey navigates you through the winding routes. On the way, you can explore the cultural settlements of the local Newar and Tamang communities and learn about their village lifestyle. At the vantage point Nagarkot, you can gaze upon the awe-inspiring views of sunrise radiating over the Himalayas. From Nagarkot, make your way down to the famous religious site, Changunarayan Temple (UNESCO World Heritage Site), through the forested trails.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Drive to Sundarijal (1,350 meters/4,430 feet) and Hike to Chisapani (2,350 meters/7,710 feet) Via Shivapuri National Park

Day 2: Trek from Chisapani to Nagarkot (2,100 meters/6,890 feet)

Day 3: Trek Down to Changunarayan Temple (1,520 meters/4,987 feet) and Drive Back to Kathmandu

Kalinchwok Trek

Kalinchowk Trek

Highest Point: 3,842 meters/12,605 feet at Kalinchwok

Kalinchowk Trek is a short, easy, and alluring trek in the Dolakha Nepal. The short Kalinchwok trek offers an amazing trekking experience on the frequented paths of the Gaurishankar Conservation Area.

Our 4-day Kalinchwok trek begins with a picturesque drive (around 6-7 hours) from Kathmandu to Charikot. In between, we pass by several small villages, lush valleys, gently flowing rivers, etc, along the winding roads. Charikot (capital of Dolakha district) is our first-day destination of the journey.

The following day, we will begin our trek to Kuri village. You will navigate the hilly forest of hemlock and rhododendrons. A 6-7 hours scenic trek from Charikot leads you to charming Kuri village. Day 3 trek is an exciting one as we reach Kalinchwok today. Waking up early in the morning, we head to trek to the top of Kalinchwok, where there is Kalinchwok Bhagwati Temple. The hilltop of Kalinchwok rewards you with a breathtaking panorama of Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, Shisha Pangma, Dorje Lakpa, Jugal Himal, Gauri Shankar, and many more.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu (1,400 meters/4,594 feet) to Charikot (1,550 meters/5,085 feet)

Day 2: Trek from Charikot to Kuri Village (2,300 meters (7,546 feet)

Day 3: Trek to Kalinchwok Bhagwati Temple (3,842 meters/12,605 feet) and Back to Kuri Village

Day 4: Trek Back to Charikot and Drive Back to Kathmandu

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