10 Best Short Treks In Nepal For 2024/2025

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  • Last Updated on Jan 18, 2024

When it comes to trekking, Nepal stands out as one of the primary motivations for travelers visiting the country. The serene demeanor of its inhabitants and the deep-rooted spiritual beliefs of the Nepalese population make it an ideal destination for those seeking internal introspection and a break from the clamor of everyday life. The popularity of Nepal among trekkers is hardly surprising, considering the breathtaking panoramic views of the mountain ranges it offers. Each trekking trail in Nepal possesses its own unique characteristics. Some trails treat you to awe-inspiring mountain vistas, while others provide opportunities to immerse yourself in diverse cultures, captivating landscapes, and encounters with local people.

All these treks can be tailored to precisely fit your preferences and schedule, thanks to our collaboration with a network of local experts in Nepal. It's advisable to allocate at least one day before and after your trek to account for any unforeseen delays or weather-related factors. The treks mentioned are categorized based on their duration, ranging from shorter (around 3 days) to longer (up to 10 days). If you're in search of a more extended trekking experience, you can explore the best 2-3 week treks Nepal has to offer.

If you're ready to embark on a trekking adventure, feel free to connect with a trusted local specialist from our network. They can assist you in organizing a fully customized trip in Nepal, complete with an experienced guide to ensure an exceptional experience.

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Best Short Treks of Nepal for 2023

Nepal boasts a plethora of trekking routes that offer shorter durations than the suggested treks. However, within this array, we've curated a list of the finest 10 trekking routes in Nepal. These selections have been carefully updated post the COVID-19 era. If you're seeking alternative routes that are less commercial and less crowded, feel free to reach out to us. We're here to assist you in discovering the perfect trekking experience that aligns with your preferences.

1. Everest View Trek

  • Duration: 5 to 10 Days
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,880 meters (12,729 feet)
  • Starting Point: Kathmandu - Lukla
  • Price Range for Everest View Trek: USD 695 - 899
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate Ethnic
  • Groups: Primarily Sherpas & Tibetans

The Everest View Trek offers a wonderful journey lasting from 5 to 10 days, reaching a maximum elevation of 3,880 meters (12,729 feet). Commencing from Kathmandu and starting with a flight to Lukla, this trek is an excellent choice for those who aspire to witness the grandeur of Mt. Everest (8,848 meters) without embarking on the strenuous path to the Everest Base Camp. One of the highlights of this trek is the Everest View Hotel in Namche (3,880 meters), which presents a breathtaking view of the world's highest peak. On the Rugged Trails Nepal website, you'll find both shorter and longer trip itineraries; for more comprehensive details about the trek, feel free to contact us. It's important to note that while this trek is relatively easier, being in good physical shape is advisable. The second day of the trek, which involves walking from Phakding to Namche, is quite lengthy.

Getting to the starting point:

Lukla serves as the gateway to the Everest Base Camp Trek. The most common approach is to take a direct flight from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, which takes around 25-30 minutes. Opting for a flight is recommended if you're on a tight schedule due to its efficiency. However, it's important to be aware that Lukla's airport is a small mountain airstrip, making flight delays a possibility. Planning your trip during the optimal season can help you avoid potential complications.

2. Annapurna Base Camp Trek

  • Duration: 5 to 8 Days
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,100 meters (13,451 feet) S
  • Starting Point: Kathmandu - Pokhara
  • Price Range for Annapurna Base Camp Trek: USD 530 - 870
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Ethnic Groups: Mainly Gurung and Diverse Mix
The renowned Annapurna Base Camp Trek spans from 5 to 8 days and reaches an impressive altitude of 4,100 meters (13,451 feet). The journey commences from either Kathmandu or Pokhara. This trek offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan ranges, encompassing Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre. Additionally, the region is celebrated for the Kali Gandaki River, renowned as the world's deepest gorge and a popular destination for rafting enthusiasts. Annapurna region is easily accessible, making it the preferred choice for around 2/3rd of tourists visiting Nepal. Some intrepid trekkers have even managed to complete the Annapurna Base Camp trek in as little as 4 days; if you believe you're up for the challenge, you can contact us with your travel dates. Reaching Annapurna Base Camp is an awe-inspiring experience that transports you to a whole other realm. Rugged Trails Nepal also organizes trek plans from Pokhara, which you can explore on our best-selling treks from Pokhara page.

3. Poon Hill Trek

  • Trip Duration: 3 Nights / 4 Days
  • Starting and Ending Point: Pokhara
  • Maximum Elevation: 3,210 meters at Poon Hill
  • Cost: USD 400 - 450 per person
  • Trek Difficulty: Easy
  • Best Time: September – May
  • Required Permits: TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System), ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit)

The Poon Hill trek stands as one of the most renowned short treks within Nepal's Annapurna region. It presents an extraordinary and unforgettable journey, adorned with captivating landscapes that will remain etched in your memory. Along the trail, you'll traverse through charming village settlements inhabited by the Magar and Gurung communities, as well as picturesque forests. Throughout the trek, you'll be treated to pristine vistas of the majestic Annapurna Himalayas.

The trek commences with a captivating journey to Ulleri, a route graced by natural beauty. The stone path, which measures 3,330 steps, winds through Birethanti, ultimately leading to Ghorepani village. A 45-minute uphill hike from Ghorepani takes you to an enchanting viewpoint. This segment of the trek from Ghorepani unveils a splendid fusion of nature and cultural encounters.

Reaching the vantage point of Poon Hill promises an awe-inspiring experience. From here, you'll be treated to a panoramic spectacle that includes the breathtaking peaks of Machhapuchhre (6,997m), Dhaulagiri I (8,167m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Tukuche Peak (6,920m), and Nilgiri (6,940m). The vistas presented here offer a feast for the eyes and heart alike.

4. Mardi Himal Trek

  • Trip Duration: 4 Nights / 5 Days
  • Starting Point: Kande
  • Maximum Elevation: 4,500 meters at Mardi Himal Base Camp
  • Cost: $400 - 490 USD
  • Trek Difficulty: Moderate
  • Best Time: October to December
  • Required Permits: ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit), TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System)

The Mardi Himal trek presents a unique and enchanting journey, leading you through less-traveled paths along the eastern ridge of Annapurna Base Camp. This trek spans a short and manageable duration of 4 to 5 days, making it a suitable choice for novice trekkers. Offering a blend of ease and accessibility, the Mardi Himal trek provides a remarkable opportunity to witness the panoramic Annapurna mountain range. The journey encompasses picturesque snow-capped peaks and pristine forests.

The adventure commences with a short drive from Pokhara to Kande, a route that offers scenic vistas of lush hills adorned with rhododendron and oak. From Kande, the trek progresses to lower camp, then to High Camp, and finally culminates at the Mardi Himal Base Camp. The trek boasts an incredible hike along high ridges, granting clear views of iconic peaks such as Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Dhaulagiri. After immersing yourself in the beauty of the base camp, the descent leads you through valleys, serene lakes, and tranquil waterfalls as you make your way to the village of Siding.

This trek route from Pokhara is among the finest, offering a remarkable feature whereby you ascend to higher elevations within a single day while relishing breathtaking vistas. Altitude sickness is not a significant concern on this journey.

5. Langtang Valley Trek

  • Duration: 8 to 10 Days
  • Maximum Altitude: 5,050 meters (16,568 feet) - Optional, otherwise 3,817 meters (12,522 feet)
  • Starting Point: Kathmandu - Syabru Besi
  • Langtang Valley Trekking Cost: USD 495 - 1125
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Ethnic Groups: Mainly Tamang and Tibetan

The Langtang Valley Trek spans 8 to 10 days and reaches a maximum height of 5,050 meters (16,568 feet) with an optional extension, otherwise 3,817 meters (12,522 feet). The journey initiates from Kathmandu and commences in Syabrubesi. Along the route, you'll encounter the vibrant cultures of the Tamang and Tibetan communities.

Kyanjin Gompa serves as both the final viewpoint and concluding destination of the Langtang Valley Trek. The trek embarks from Syabrubesi, a location reachable within a 7-8 hour drive from Kathmandu. Traversing through the scenic Langtang National Park and passing by Tamang villages like Rimche and Lama Hotel, the trail leads you to the heart of the Langtang Valley. In comparison to other popular treks such as Annapurna and Everest, Langtang offers a quieter and less crowded experience. This region is an excellent choice if you're seeking solitude and a chance to immerse yourself in Nepalese Tibetan culture. The Langtang Valley gained further recognition through the documentary "After Shock," shedding light on its stunning landscapes and unique appeal. If you haven't watched it yet, it's available on NETFLIX.

6. Kalinchwok Trek

  • Duration: 3 to 10 Days
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,800 meters (12,467 feet)
  • Starting Point: Kathmandu - Charikot Kalinchwok
  • Trekking Cost: USD 495 - 855
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate

Kalinchwok, situated at an altitude of 3,800 meters (12,467 feet), presents a lesser-explored trekking route for international travelers while maintaining its popularity as a pilgrimage destination among Nepalese locals. This picturesque hillside is nestled north of Kathmandu, in proximity to the Tibetan border. The Kalinchwok trek offers a unique perspective of the Rolwaling mountain range, as well as vistas of the world's highest peaks including Annapurna, Lamjung, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Shisha Panga, Langtang, Dorjee Lakya, Jugal Himal, Amabamori, Mt. Gaurishanker, Numbur Himal, and Everest ranges.

While Kalinchwok is primarily known as a trekking destination, it also draws visitors who wish to savor the breathtaking mountain views without undertaking a trek. Rugged Trails Nepal provides the option of a jeep drive tour to Kalinchwok for those seeking a more convenient experience. During the winter, Kalinchwok becomes a hub for both Nepalese and other visitors to enjoy the snow. If you're seeking a short yet rewarding trip to relish the snow and witness the magnificent mountain panoramas within a concise timeframe, feel free to contact us.

7. Balthali Village Trek

  • Duration: 3 to 5 Days
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,200 meters (7,217.848 feet)
  • Starting Point: Kathmandu - Nagarkot Balthali Village
  • Trek Cost: USD 355 - 695
  • Difficulty Level: Easy

Offering a delightful and easily accessible trekking experience, the Balthali Village Trek spans 3 to 5 days and reaches a maximum height of 2,200 meters (7,217.848 feet). Commencing from Kathmandu and starting at Nagarkot, this trek takes you through the charming Balthali village, which was even endorsed by Lonely Planet in its 2016 edition as a must-visit destination.

The Balthali Village Trek encompasses scenic locations such as Nagarkot, Dhulikhel, and Panauti village. For those interested in a more immersive cultural experience, Rugged Trails Nepal organizes homestays during this trek. This trek is suitable for all ages and can be undertaken throughout the year. Contrary to the misconception that panoramic mountain views require extended hikes, this trek uniquely offers vistas of the longest mountain range, including the iconic Mount Everest, from Nagarkot. If you're short on time and have just arrived in Kathmandu, the Balthali Village Trek is an ideal choice to explore the region's beauty.

8. Kathmandu Nagarko Chisapani Nagarkot Hiking | 2 days

  • Maximum Elevation: Nagarkot at 2,195m
  • Trek Difficulty: Easy
  • Duration of Trek: 2 days
  • Best Season: Suitable all year round
  • Required Permits: Not specified
  • Accommodation: Provided in community lodges

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9. Khopra Danda Trek 

  • Maximum Elevation: Khopra Danda at 4,620 meters
  • Trek Difficulty: Ranges from easy to moderate
  • Trek Duration: 6 days starting from Pokhara
  • Optimal Trekking Seasons: January to June and September to January
  • Required Permits: TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) + Annapurna Conservation Area permit
  • Accommodation: Provided in Tea Houses

A relatively recent addition to the trekking routes within the Annapurna conservation area, the Khopra Danda trek offers an alternative path that is less-traveled and thus less crowded. This trek commences and concludes in Pokhara, spanning across 6 days of journey through terraced fields and farmlands, with the convenience of teahouses for accommodation along the route. While the trek duration is notable, the trail is thoughtfully constructed.

In a short span, you ascend beyond 4,000 meters and are rewarded with breathtaking vistas at Khopra Danda. The pinnacle of this trek is a visit to the awe-inspiring Khayer Lake, characterized by its immaculately turquoise waters.

10. The Royal Trek 

  • Maximum Elevation: Syanklung at 1,730 meters
  • Trek Difficulty: Easy Trek Duration: 4 days
  • Optimal Trekking Seasons: Anytime except during the monsoon season
  • Required Permits: TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System), Annapurna Conservation Area entry Permit
  • Accommodation: Provided in guesthouses, tea houses, and homestays

The Royal Trek, often favored by the Nepal royal family, was christened after Prince Charles and his group explored this trail in the early 1980s. This trek is located just north of the Pokhara Valley, ensuring its convenient accessibility due to its close proximity to the city.

The Royal Trek is hailed as one of the simplest paths within the Annapurna region, suitable for all age groups and especially fitting for beginners. It escorts you through the foothills of the Annapurna range, featuring gradual inclines and descents. Not only does the Royal Trek introduce you to the splendor of the Annapurna region, but it also exposes you to a route adorned with captivating villages.

The Best Time for a Short Trek in Nepal

The optimal time for embarking on a short trek in Nepal falls within the high season, encompassing the months from October through March. However, within this time frame, the peak of trekking activity is observed during October and November. During these months, the skies are characterized by remarkable clarity, rendering the majestic mountains even more awe-inspiring in their visibility. It is worth noting that the heightened demand during this period leads to increased prices and bustling lodges, as the trails become shared by a multitude of hikers.

For those seeking a more tranquil trekking experience and aiming to avoid the bustling crowds, it is advisable to consider traveling during the shoulder season. This entails the latter part of September as well as the months of March and April. During these periods, the weather remains favorable, offering a high likelihood of pleasant conditions and clear panoramas of the mountain landscapes. The air possesses a refreshing crispness, temperatures remain moderate, and the surrounding flora blooms with vitality.

Conversely, the summer monsoon season spanning from June to August is characterized by heavy rainfall. It is recommended to steer clear of regions prone to significant precipitation during these months. Instead, opting for treks in areas sheltered from the monsoon, such as Upper Mustang, Dolpa, and Kailash, can ensure a more enjoyable trekking experience free from the challenges posed by excessive rain.

The Level Of Fitness Required For Short Treks

The fitness level required for these short treks in Nepal is generally moderate. While you don't need to be an athlete, having a basic level of fitness and stamina is recommended to fully enjoy the trekking experience. The treks involve walking for several hours each day, sometimes up to 8 hours, on varying terrains that can include uphill and downhill sections. Being comfortable with extended periods of walking and having the ability to endure moderate physical exertion is important.

If you engage in regular physical activities such as walking, hiking, or light jogging, you're likely to have the necessary fitness for these treks. However, it's a good idea to incorporate some additional walking or cardio exercises into your routine to prepare your body for the demands of trekking at higher altitudes.

It's also important to remember that trekking at higher altitudes can be more physically demanding due to reduced oxygen levels. Therefore, maintaining good overall fitness and being mentally prepared for the challenges of trekking will contribute to a more enjoyable and successful experience on these short treks in Nepal.

Additional Tips for trekking in Nepal

  1. Permits and Documentation: You can purchase the necessary trekking permits in Kathmandu or Pokhara from the Nepal Tourism Board. The entry permit is valid for one conservation area and should be carried with you throughout the trek.

  2. Logistical Considerations: Keep in mind that logistical arrangements, documentation, flight delays, and road delays are common in Nepal, so allow for an extra day or two in your plans.

  3. Flexible Duration: Most trekking routes in Nepal offer the flexibility to adjust the duration of your trek according to your preferences and schedule.

  4. Cultural Festivals: If possible, time your trek to coincide with local festivals in the region to enrich your cultural experience during the journey.

  5. Arrangements: You don't necessarily need to go with a prearranged tour. You can arrive in Kathmandu or Pokhara and make arrangements for the trek locally.

  6. Accommodation: Tea houses, which combine guesthouses with dining areas, are the common form of accommodation during treks. Rooms are basic with twin beds.

  7. Electricity and Charging: Most tea houses have electricity for charging devices like phones and cameras. Some places might charge a small fee for this service.

  8. Porter System: There's usually one porter for every two trekkers, who will carry your trekking gear on the trail. The weight limit is typically around 10 kilograms per person.

  9. Water Consideration: Avoid buying bottled water to minimize environmental impact. Tea houses provide boiled water for trekkers, and you can also carry water purification tablets.

By keeping these tips in mind, you can enhance your trekking experience in Nepal and make the most of your journey through its beautiful landscapes and vibrant culture.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

What is the shortest trek in Nepal?

The Ghorepani Poonhill drive and trek from Pokhara stand out as the most straightforward hiking option, although it's important to note that simplicity doesn't equate to flat terrain. Some individuals inquire about the feasibility of a 3-day journey to Everest Base Camp, but it's worth clarifying that completing this trek in such a short time is only achievable through a helicopter trip. If you're seeking a mere glimpse of Everest, a trek to Namche Bazaar could qualify as the briefest trek in the Everest region. Among the simplest and shortest trips in Nepal is the excursion to Balthali Village from Kathmandu. Additionally, Pokhara offers other options like the Dhampus Sarangkot Trek spanning three days, and the Mardi Himal Trek.

What is the easiest trek in Nepal?

Being both a visitor and a tour guide in Nepal, addressing this matter practically presents challenges. This is because each trekking route possesses its distinct allure; one cannot catch sight of Mount Everest from the Annapurna region, nor can the Annapurna region offer views of Everest from its trails. Yet, the Everest Base Camp Trek originating from Lukla within the Khumbu Region is widely regarded as Nepal's premier trekking destination. It's crucial, however, to acknowledge that the Annapurna region also boasts some of the most exceptional trekking routes globally.

Which place is best for trekking in Nepal?

As a visitor and a tour guide in Nepal, it's a challenging topic to practically respond to. Because each trekking path has its own unique appeal, you can't view Mount Everest from the Annapurna region or the Annapurna region from the Everest Trek if you want to see Mount Everest. However, the Everest Base Camp Trek from Lukla in the (Khumbu Region) is considered the greatest trekking location in Nepal. But let's not forget that the Annapurna region also provided the greatest hiking routes in the world in addit.

Why Short Treks in Nepal are getting Popular?

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a noticeable surge in the popularity of short hiking and trekking adventure getaways, and several factors contribute to this trend. Firstly, a significant number of individuals are seeking travel options that prioritize safety and minimize exposure to crowded places. Adventure holidays like Nepal Short Treks, encompassing activities such as tea-house treks and hiking excursions, predominantly occur in expansive outdoor settings, which are often perceived as less risky compared to densely populated destinations. Moreover, there is a growing inclination towards reconnecting with nature and escaping the strains of daily life, attributes that short adventure holidays are well-equipped to offer. Lastly, the pandemic's financial implications have led many to seek cost-effective travel alternatives, criteria that short adventure holidays conveniently fulfill.

Why short treks are best to choose in Nepal?

Opting for short treks in Nepal presents several compelling advantages. To begin with, Nepal boasts an array of stunning and varied landscapes, encompassing the majestic Himalayan ranges, verdant forests, and picturesque terraced rice fields. Short treks provide the opportunity for travelers to immerse themselves in these awe-inspiring sceneries within a more condensed timeframe compared to longer trekking routes.

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, embarking on any of the highlighted best short treks presents an opportunity to traverse the breathtaking pathways that unveil the majestic splendor of Nepal's towering peaks and flourishing trails. Each of these treks offers an undiscovered gem that awaits exploration, immersing trekkers in the untouched and magnificent natural beauty and cultural richness that the country has to offer.

These concise treks provide a distinctive experience that is unparalleled elsewhere. While their duration may be short, they remain achievable throughout the entire year, offering an all-encompassing adventure that encompasses everything one could envision. The allure lies not only in the stunning landscapes and captivating vistas but also in the profound connection to the local communities and their ways of life. As you venture along these paths, you'll not only be witness to the grandeur of the surroundings but also to the intricate tapestry of Nepal's culture, history, and tradition. These treks beckon adventurers to embark on a journey that promises both a remarkable escape and an unforgettable encounter with the heart and soul of Nepal.

 

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