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The 15 Short Treks in Nepal

Short Treks in Nepal

Nepal has a diverse range of trekking trails and caters to the needs of every kind of trekker. Want to trek in Nepal but don’t have many days to spare? No worries. Here is a list of the 15 short treks in Nepal which range from 3 days to 10 days.

Short treks of Nepal are best for those who are short on time but want to experience the joy of trekking in Nepal. Bask in the picturesque beauty of verdant hills and mountains and walk on trails that pass through villages, farmlands, forests, and alongside the river. Experience warm local hospitality and get an insight into the local culture.

Well, if you think short treks in Nepal are going to be easy, think again. Some short treks are easy which first-time trekkers will enjoy. But there are some short treks which are easy to moderately difficult as well. In this blog, we aren’t only recommending Nepal's popular treks but also the off-the-beaten-path treks whose popularity is rising. Moreover, you can trek in seclusion while going on a short trek in Nepal as well.


1. Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek

Duration

7 days

Max. elevation

Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,550ft)

Trip Difficulty

Easy to Moderate

Starting and ending Point

Matque/ Matque

Accomodation

Teahouse

Best time to travel

March, April, May, September, October, November,

Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek is perhaps the shortest trek that takes you to the laps of Annapurna massif in the western region of Nepal. It is known for the best scenic and close-up views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, and Gangapurna mountains. Moreover, the experience of witnessing the Gurung culture in the lush green landscape is simply breathtaking.

This fun-filled adventure begins after a drive from Pokhara to Matque, from where it passes the classic trail through Chhomrong village. The trail crosses rhododendron forests towards Himalaya, then finally Annapurna Base Camp. After witnessing the morning sunrise over the mountain top, take the same trail back to Matque then Pokhara.

Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek is best for those who wish to visit the base camp of a mountain in Nepal but do not have enough time or budget. Although a past experience of trekking is not required for the trek, one must be fit enough to walk nearly 7 to 8 hours each day during the trek.

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2. Tengboche Monastery Trek

Tengboche Monastery Trek

Duration

10 days

Max. elevation

Tengboche (3,440m/11,284ft)

Trip Difficulty

Easy to Moderate

Starting and ending Point

Lukla/ Lukla

Accomodation

Teahouse

Best time to travel

March, April, May, October and November

Tengboche Monastery Trek is a part of the classic Everest trail to witness the largest monastery of the Khumbu region in northeastern Nepal. This short trek offers panoramic views of the tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest, and the fourth-highest Lhotse, along with the holy Ama Dablam. You get an insight into the rich culture and traditions of the Sherpa community as you visit the Dawa Choeling Gompa/ Tengboche Monastery.

The route to this trek begins from Lukla airport towards Phakding and Monjo, traversing the wilderness of the Sagarmatha national park. The trail heads from Monjo gate to the commercial Namche Bazaar and then finally to Tengboche. After exploring the Buddhist monastery, head back on the same trail to Lukla.

This trek is suited to all trekkers with some level of physical fitness who wish to explore the iconic places of the Everest region in a short duration. Visiting some of the iconic places in the Khumbu region where the iconic duo Tenzing and Hillary set their foot is the best experience in the trek.

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3. Ghorepani Trek

Ghorepani Trek

Duration:

7 days

Maximum Elevation:

3,210 meters

Trip Difficulty:

Easy

Starting and ending point:

Pokhara/Pokhara

Accommodation:

Teahouse

Best time to travel:

September to May

Ghorepani Trek is a popular short trek in Pokhara. The trek gives you the taste of trekking in Nepal, and a sneak peek into the rich local culture. A magical Himalayan sunrise from the vantage point of Poon Hill is the highlight of Ghorepani Trek. Savor the gorgeous panoramic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges from Poon Hill.

Ghorepani trek begins from Nyapul, and you will be climbing the steep stone staircase to Ulleri. Further, a jungle walk filled with rhododendron trees will take you to Ghorepani. After watching a beautiful sunrise from Poon Hill, you will be trekking the quaint village of Ghandruk. On the next day, you will be heading back to Pokhara. The trek is culturally enriching as you will be trekking past Gurung and Magar villages. You can also visit the Gurung Culture Museum of Ghandruk if you wish to know more about the local culture. It is an easy trek which is famous also a family trek with kids.

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4. Ghandruk Trek

Ghandruk Trek

Duration:

3 days

Maximum Elevation:

2,012 meters

Trip Difficulty:

 Easy

Starting and ending point:

Pokhara/Pokhara

Accommodation:

Teahouse

Best time to travel:

September to May

Enjoy a scenic trek in the foothills of Mount Annapurna with Ghandruk Trek. The quaint village of Ghandruk offers an amazing panoramic view, and you can see mountains like Fishtail, Annapurna South, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, Hiunchuli, and others.

The three-day short Ghandruk trek starts from Pokhara, and the journey begins with a drive from Pokhara to Ghandruk. Savor the majestic views of the Annapurna range along the way. You will be walking on a trail lined with rhododendron trees and farmland and climbing stone stairs.

The village nestled in the lap of mountains is Ghandruk, and enjoy a mesmerizing sunrise. Continue your trek past paddy fields and wonderful views of Pothana. A walk on a scenic trail with spectacular Himalayan views and verdant forest will take you to Phedi. Further, you will be driving back to Pokhara from Phedi.

5. Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek

Duration:

9 days

Maximum Elevation:

4,500 meters

Trip Difficulty:

Easy to Moderate

Starting and ending point:

Kathmandu to Kathmandu

Accommodation:

Teahouse

Best time to travel:

March to May (spring) and mid-September to November (autumn)

Take an exciting ridgeline hike with awe-inspiring views with Mardi Himal Trek. The off the beaten path trek offers a majestic view of mountains quickly, which adds to its popularity.  Enjoy the close-up views of mountains like Mardi Himal, Fishtail Peak, Annapurna South, Lamjung Himal, and others.

You will be flying to Pokhara from Kathmandu, and the short Mardi Himal trek starts with a drive to Kande, the trailhead of the trek. Further, you will be trekking to Badal Danda via Pothana and Forest Camp. A walk through the thick forest will ultimately lead you to the stunning view of the popular Fishtail Peak. You can stargaze and view the constellation from Badal Danda on a night with a clear sky. Then, continue your hike to High Camp and savor the 360-degree view of the Himalayas and verdant hills. Moreover, you will be trekking to Mardi Himal Base Camp, which overlooks the breathtaking views of mountains like Annapurna South, Huinchuli, and Fishtail. Finally, you will be trekking to Sidhing via Low Camp, followed by a drive to Pokhara. On the next day, you will be flying to Kathmandu.

Short treks in Nepal give you a taste of trekking in Nepal. Nepal offers various short treks, so if you want to choose the best one per your requirements, it drops us a message. Our Travel expert will help you to pick the best one. Make most of your Nepal travel and create memories for a lifetime by choosing a good travel partner like Third Rock Adventures.

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6. Everest View Trek

Everest View Trek

Duration:

8 days

Maximum Elevation:

3,880 meters

Trip Difficulty:

Easy to moderate

Starting and ending point:

Kathmandu/ Kathmandu

Accommodation:

Teahouse

Best time to travel:  

March to May (spring) and mid-September to November (autumn)

Get the taste of short trekking in the Everest region with Everest View Trek. It is one of the best short treks which offer a stunning view of high mountains, including Everest. You will be visiting the famous Sherpa town, Namche Bazaar, which caters to the needs of the tourists visiting the Everest region. The small colorful town sells trekking and mountaineering equipment, Tibetan artifacts that you can take back home as a souvenir.

Everest View short trek starts with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, followed by a trek to Phakding. You will be trekking alongside the pristine Dudhkoshi River to Phakding. The next day, you will be hiking on a trail lined with pine and rhododendron treks to Namche Bazaar.  Savor the incredible view of the snowy mountains like Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, and others from Namche Bazaar. Your next stop is Everest View Hotel which offers a stunning panoramic view of the Himalayas, including Everest, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. Further, trek back to Lukla and flying back to Kathmandu.

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7. Dhampus Sarangkot Trek

Dhampus Sarangkot Trek

Duration:

3 days

Maximum Elevation:

1,600 meters

Trip Difficulty:

Easy

Starting and ending point:

Pokhara/Pokhara

Accommodation:

Teahouse

Best time to travel:

All around the year

Dhampus Sarangkot Trek is one of the best and popular short treks in Pokhara. Savor the incredible views of mountains, including Annapurna, Manaslu, and Dhaulagiri. Walk on a forest trail that opens up to stunning mountain views. The trek rewards you with amazing mountain views in a short period of time. Get a taste of trekking in Nepal and get an insight into local culture and tradition. You will come across the Gurung ethnic group during the trek.

Short Dhampus Sarangkot Trek starts with a drive to Phedi from Pokhara, followed by a hike to Australian Camp via Dhampus. The magnificent views of the Annapurna range and Manaslu will keep you entertained. On the following day, you will be trekking to Sarangkot, a popular viewpoint, to see magical sunrises and sunsets over the Annapurna range. Also, the viewpoint of Sarangkot offers a close-up view of Fishtail Peak and Pokhara valley, including Phewa Lake. Your 3-day trek ends with a trek from Sarangkot to Pokhara.

8. Kalinchowk Trek

Kalinchowk Trek

Duration:

4 days

Maximum Elevation:

3,700 meters

Trip Difficulty:

Easy to moderate

Starting and ending point:

Kathmandu/ Kathmandu

Accommodation:

Teahouse

Best time to travel:

All around the year

Kalinchowk Trek is one of the famous short treks near Kathmandu. The trek is named after the hilltop temple of Kalinchowk Bhagawati. It is a revered temple where thousands of Hindu pilgrims pay a visit every year. Enjoy the panoramic view of snowcapped mountains. Moreover, you will get to savor the awe-inspiring mountain ranges located on the Nepal Tibet border from Langtang to Numbur.

Kalinchowk Trek starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Charikot. On the following day, you will be walking to Kuri village and exploring it. Further, you will be trekking to the hilltop temple of Kalinchowk Bhagwati, which offers breathtaking panoramic views of mountains. A wonderful hike on a trail filled with rhododendron and hemlock trees will be etched in your memory forever. If you want to try local treats, then you should not miss Tongba- a millet-based alcoholic drink, dried yak meat, and Chhurpi- a special kind of cheese found in the Himalayan region. 

9. Khopra Danda Trek

Khopra Danda Trek

Duration:

10 days

Maximum Elevation: 

4,500 meters

Trip Difficulty:

Easy to moderate 

Starting and ending point:

Pokhara to Pokhara

Accommodation:

Teahouse

Best time to travel:

September to May

Khopra Danda Trek is a great alternative to the popular Ghorepani Poon Hill trek if you wish to avoid the crowd. The trek, also known as the Khorpa Ridge trek, is a wonderful trek that offers you a stunning view of the majestic Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The off-the-beaten-path trek is one of Nepal's newly opened trekking routes in the Annapurna region. It was introduced to uplift the economic cognition of the villages along the trail. 

Bask in the breathtaking views of mountains like Annapurna Massif, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli, and other peaks from the vantage point of Khopra danda. Moreover, you will be trekking past vantage points like Poon Hill, Khopra Ridge, and Muldai's viewpoints, which are famous for their magical sunrises. Visit the sacred high altitude Khayer Lake situated at an elevation of 4,500 meters which is the highest point of the trek as well. You can enjoy the close-up view of Annapurna South from Khayer Lake. The Khopra Danda short Trek is a good opportunity to enjoy a trek in solitude in the Himalayas' foothills and get an insight into rural Nepal.

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10. Helambu Trek

Helambu Trek

Duration:

8 days

Maximum Elevation:

3,650 meters

Trip Difficulty:

Easy to Moderate

Starting and ending point:

Kathmandu/Kathmandu

Accommodation:

Teahouse

Best time to travel:

September to May

A short trek in the lower hills of the Langtang region near Kathmandu is the Helambu trek. The trek is blessed with natural beauty and culturally rich. The trail overlooks snowcapped mountains and verdant hills, and you will be walking past waterfalls, rivers, glaciers, forests, and farmlands. Bask in the beauty of astounding mountains like Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Gauri Shankar, and others. The trek will give you an insight into Tamang and Sherpa culture, which share similarities with Tibetan culture.

Helambu short trek starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Chispani via Sundarijal.  You will be walking on a forested trail to Kutumsang, followed by a walk on a steep trail to Tharipati. You will be crossing Tharipati Pass (3,650 meters), which offers awesome views of mountains like Dorje Lakpa, Langsisa, and Gauri Shankar. Walk through Sherpa villages on your way to Tarkeghyang, one of the largest and oldest monasteries in the region. You will be walking on a forested trail and crossing small streams on your hike to Shermathang. A hike to Melamchi Pul Bazaar marks the end of your trek.

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11. Lower Mustang Trek

Lower Mustang Trek

Duration:

7 days

Maximum Elevation:

3,817 meters

Trip Difficulty:

Easy to Moderate

Starting and ending point:

Kathmandu/Kathmandu

Accommodation:

Teahouse

Best time to travel:

March to May (spring) and mid-September to November (autumn)

Enjoy the stark beauty of Mustang with a short trek. You will see a variety of landscapes from the subtropical jungle to the high-altitude desert-like Tibetan Plateau during the trek. Then, take an ancient trade route to Tibet up the Kali Gandaki River. Finally, you will be trekking on the trail with the backdrop of two high mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.

Lower Mustang short trek begins with a wonderful flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. On the next day, you will be flying to the popular town of Jomsom. The town caters to tourists' needs and has many hotels, banks, shops, and other government offices. Your next stop is the village of Kagbeni, located on a confluence of two rivers Kagbeni and Jhong. Continue your trek from Kagbeni to the holy temple of Muktinath, which is a pilgrimage site for both the Hindus and Buddhists.

Muktinath is a sacred place of salvation for the Hindus. It is believed that bathing under 108 water spouts and dipping in waters of two kundas will bestow salvation after death. Moreover, Buddhist believes that the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, Guru Rimpoche, meditated in Muktinath. Further, you will be trekking back to Jomsom and flying back to Kathmandu via Pokhara.

12. Pikey Peak Trek

Peaky Peak Trek

Duration:

7 days

Maximum Elevation:

3,640 meters

Trip Difficulty:

Easy to Moderate

Starting and ending point:

Kathmandu/ Kathmandu

Accommodation:

Teahouse

Best time to travel:

September to May

You can enjoy the majestic view of Everest during the Pikey Peak Trek. Sir Edmund Hillary’s favorite place to bask in the beauty of Everest is Pikey Peak. It is one of the best short treks of the Everest region, which can be completed in 7 days. Savor the stunning views of high mountains like Makalu, Dhaulagiri, and Kanchenjunga. In addition, you will see Buddhist sites like monasteries, stupas, and gompas during the trek. 

Pikey Peak short trek begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Dhap followed by a trek to Japre. Further, you will be trekking to Pikey Base Camp, and the next morning will be beautiful with an amazing sunrise from Pikey Peak. Continue your trek to Junebesi via Loading. On your way, you will be visiting Thubtenchoeling Monastery and Chiwong Monastery. You will get a taste of trekking in the Everest region with Pikey Peak Trek and get insight into the local culture and tradition.

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13. Balthali Village Trek

Balthali Village Trek

Duration:

3 days

Maximum Elevation:

1,750 meters

Trip Difficulty:

Easy

Starting point /Ending point: 

Kathmandu/ Kathmandu

Accommodation:

Teahouse

Best time to travel:

September to May

Enjoy a short trek of 3 days near Kathmandu with Balthali Village Trek. It is one of the best treks if you are short of time. Your trip starts with a drive from Kathmandu to the beautiful Panauti village with edifices in Newari architecture. Moreover, you will be hiking from Panauti to the village of Balthali. Then, you will be trekking through forested ridges and terraced fields. Finally, explore the Balthali village, which offers stunning views of snowcapped mountains, verdant hills, and terraced villages.

Further, you will be trekking to Namo Buddha, which is a holy site for Buddhists. It is the site where Prince Mahasattva offered his body to a starving tigress with her cubs lying on the ground. Gautam Buddha was born as Prince Mahasattva, and he saves the life of the tigress and her cubs, sacrificing him. The incident is engraved in a black stone slab. 

The short Balthali Village trek in the lower hills near Kathmandu is also perfect as a family trek with kids. Moreover, you will get a sneak peek into the daily life of locals in rural Nepal. Accommodations on this trek are good, and you can opt for more standard teahouses.

14. Panchase Trek

Panchase Trek

Duration

8 days

Max. elevation

Panchase Bhanjyang (2,065m/6,774ft)

Trip Difficulty

Easy

Starting and ending Point

Pokhara/Naudanda

Accomodation

Teahouse

Best time to travel

Mid- September, October, November, Early December

One of the best places for short treks in the foothills of Annapurna, Panchase Trek offers up close to the majestic views of Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, and Machhapuchhre. Trekking in the rich wildlife of the Annapurna conservation area with the awe-inspiring views from Panchase hill is the major highlight of taking this trek. You also get to experience the lifestyle, culture, and traditions of the Gurung community.

The trek begins from the city of lakes, Pokhara, and passes to the Bumdi village before heading to the highest point of 2065m at Panchase Bhanjyang (hill). Following the lush forests, the trail descends to Bhadaure and Naudanda before reverting to Pokhara.

Panchase trek can be opted by any age group of hikers and trekkers looking to experience an easy yet natural trail surrounding the Himalayas. It can be an alternative to other crowded treks in Ghorepani and Poon Hills.

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15. Sikles Kapuche Lake Trek

Sikles Kapuche Lake Trek

Duration

9 days

Max. elevation

Kapuche Lake (2,450m/8,038ft)

Trip Difficulty

Easy

Starting and ending Point

Sikles/Sikles

Accomodation

Teahouse

Best time to travel

March, April, May, September, October, November

Sikles Kapuche Lake trek is a unique short trek in the Annapurna region's unspoiled and less crowded village. This trek has recently come into focus because of the serene trail majestic views of the turquoise Kapuche lake tucked in between hills near small villages. You will get to witness amazing small avalanches near the lake and intermingle with the Gurung community, which is the major highlight of the trek.

The trek begins from Sikles village and passes to Hugu village before heading to the panoramic Kapuche lake. After witnessing the breathtaking view, you will head back on the same trail to Hugu and Sikles in the foothills of the Annapurna region.

Due to the ease of the trek, all age groups can take this trek. Sikles Kapuche is a fairly new trekking trail that is best for individuals looking for a short trek, within budget, in the unfrequented areas of Nepal.




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Charles John | Thu May 19, 2022
Dhampus sarankot is best for family or couple adventures.
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Charlie Walsh | Sun May 30, 2021
I thought the trekking trips are of very long duration. After going through this article I came to realize that it can also be done in fewer days which is nice to anyone who are short in their holidays. Now i got whole lot of option to trek in Nepal. Thanks to author.
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Joel Carter | Thu May 27, 2021
Thank you for the idea of short treks in my fav country Nepal. I think I have make up my mind to embark on a short trek that way I don' need to take longer leave.
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Luca Ellery | Sat May 15, 2021
I think I should try Everest View trek. This is the most famous route till base camp or peak for every mountain and trekking lovers. But because of my personal limitations, I would at least can see the Everest from this trip.
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