Best Short Treks in Nepal

Sunday, August 6, 2023

Nepal is the land of an unmatched variety of world-class nature, challenging terrain, and vivid colors and contrasts. If you love to wander around nature and the Himalayas, Nepal has many options. Rich bio-diversity, altitudinal variation, alluring valleys, wetlands, and picturesque views can be seen during the Nepal visit. These 8 best short treks in Nepal cover the scenic beauty of Nepal.

Here are the 8 Best Short Treks in Nepal.

Langtang Trekking

Langtang Valley Short Trekking

Langtang Trekking takes you to the northern region of Nepal. This trek is the nearest Himalayan region to the capital city. Langtang Trekking provides you with wilderness and eye-catching views of nature. Syabrubesi is the starting point of Langtang Trekking. You will get an opportunity to witness the thundering rivers, rhododendrons, and other wildflowers with a great view of snow-capped mountains. As you walk through the lap of the mountains, you can see high-altitude lakes, pastures, and high-altitude settlements. This place also specializes in enjoying the different species of flora and fauna inside Langtang National Park. Beautiful monasteries, alpine forests, and amazing landscapes help you immerse yourself in primordial purity.

During your Langtang Trek, you will get a chance to interact with different inhabitants, like the Sherpa and Tamang people. You will also get a chance to walk the different ancient trade routes to Tibet.

Trip highlights

  • Visit the second largest national park in Nepal, Langtang National Park.
  • You can see diverse flora and fauna.
  • Spectacular views of Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Tserko Ri, Kanjin Ri, and many more.
  • Walk through dense forest with the view of colorful rhododendrons, and rare wild animals, including red pandas, musk deer, and Himalayan black bears.

Poon Hill Trekking

Final climb of Poonhill and sunrise in background.
Final climb to reach Poonhill and sunrise in the background.

Poon Hill Trekking is one of the most popular treks in Nepal and is located in the Annapurna Region. The trekking point for this destination is from Nayapul. It takes about a 2-hour drive from Pokhara to reach Nayapul. Poon Hill Trekking is well known for the majestic Himalayas, the sun-rises view, and the hospitable local people. The chirping sound of birds and colorful butterflies add beauty to nature and harmonizes the environment. Annapurna ranges, Dhaulagiri ranges, Lamjung Himal, Gangapurna and Manaslu Mountains add beauty to your trekking. The trail passes through dense forest, colorful rhododendrons, terraced farms, and many more.

During your Poon Hill Trek, you will get a chance to witness different inhabitants, like Gurungs and Magars. You can get the opportunity to witness the culture, tradition, and folk traditions of local people. Trekking to villages, and connecting with unchanged cultures, lifestyles, and warm welcomes adds beauty to your holiday.

Trip Highlights

  • Get a chance to witness the behavior and lifestyle of the Gurung and Magar local peoples.
  • Magnificent view of Mt. Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Himchuli, and Manaslu.
  • Great view of sunrise over the Himalayan ranges.
  • Opportunity to see the traditional village, rhododendron forest, and amazing landscapes.
  • Enjoy the hospitality of the local people.

Gosaikunda Lake Trekking

Gosaikunda Trek

Gosaikunda Lake Trekking (4380 m) takes you inside the Langtang National Park of Nepal. You will get a great opportunity to see the alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake. In spite of its beautiful nature, this site is also holy for both Hindu and Buddhist people. According to Hindu mythology, Gosaikunda is the abode of the Hindu deities Shiva and Gauri. Gosaikunda Lake 1,030 ha (4.0 sq mi) in size, is considered holy water. Thousands of pilgrims from Nepal and India visit here during the Gangadashahara and Janai Purnima festivals.

On this week-long Gosaikunda trek, you can see dramatic views of the Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, Tibetan peaks, Langtang Lirung, and three lakes of Gosaikunda, Saraswati Kunda and Bhairab Kunda. The trek to Gosaikunda starts from Syabru Besi. During the walk, you will witness the winding rhododendron, oak, and pine forests, suspension bridges, and thundering rivers.

Trip Highlights

  • Alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake at a height of 4380 m
  • Magnificent view of Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Ganesh, Langtang Lirung and other peaks
  • Witness the lifestyle of Local people while trekking
  • Holy lake for both Hindu and Buddhist people

Kalinchowk Trekking

Wide view during Ruby Valley Trek

Kalinchowk Trekking is short and located at an altitude of 3842 m above sea level. This beautiful destination is 150 kilometers away from Kathmandu, a quick city escape that lies in Dolakaha district, Kalinchowk VDC. From Charikot there is an 18-kilometer off-road up to Kuri

The village where we stay is a hotel. Kalinchowk is the most visited destination in the winter season. Trekking is a perfect option for experiencing snowfall, high altitude, sightseeing, and light adventures in a shorter period of time. When you reach the top of Kalinchowk, you can experience the Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, Shisha Pangma, Dorje Lakpa, Jugal Himal, Gauri Shankar, etc. Once you reach Kuri Village from the vehicle, you can visit Kalinchowk hill summit the following morning.

Additionally, Kalinchowk is also a pilgrimage site for Hindus. You can see Kalinchowk Temple at the summit of the hill. There will be a huge number of devotees on the day of the Janai Purnima festival at Kalinchowk Bhagwati. The next morning, you have to hike for an hour, starting uphill in pitch-dark snow covered with sloppy stairs. When we reach the top warm rising sun and the cool breeze from the Himalayas welcome us. You will forget all your tiredness while you see the majestic mountains and sun kissing the snow.

Trip Highlights

  • Panoramic view of mountains like Mt. Langtang, Mt. Ganesh, Mt. Shisha Pangma, Mt. Dorje Lakla, Mt. Jugal, and Mt. Gauri Shankar.
  • Amazing view of sunrise from the top of Kalinchowk hill
  • Kalinchowk Temple on top of the hill

Helambu Circuit Trekking

Langtang Gosaikunda and Helambu Trek

If you have no more time to travel but still want to experience the beautiful nature and people of Nepal? Then Helambu Circuit Trekking is the best holiday package with a new, attractive, and easily accessible destination. Helambu Circuit Trekking trail passes through dense forests and traditional Buddhist villages with mountain views which are genuinely inspiring.

Helambu Circuit Trek takes you through Langtang National Park, which is inhabited by rare birds, wildlife, and unique floras. You will also encounter the Sherpa village and charming faces of farmers.

Trip Highlights

  • Best trekking experience in a short time.
  • The best opportunity to experience the local Sherpa culture and lifestyle.
  • Beautiful gompas enshrining statues of Guru Rinpoche, Sakyamuni, and Chenresig (Avalokitesvara).

Tamang Heritage Trekking

Tamang Heritage Trail Trek

Tamang Heritage Trekking is a newly opened, unbeaten trekking trial. This trekking trail is famous for Tamang culture, beautiful nature, and the view of the Himalayas. You can see Langtang Lirung (7,227 m), Dorje Lhakpa (6, 966 m), and Gauri Shankar (6,134 m) while trekking. Viewing local monasteries, green grazing lands full of unique fauna, and warm hospitality will make your trekking more attractive. Trekking through the local villages will give you a wonderful opportunity to study the community’s traditional lifestyle and crafts.

Trip Highlights

  • Beautiful scenery with healing baths in natural hot springs.
  • Rich in culture, and traditions.
  • Beautiful mountains and an old monastery.

Chisapani-Nagarkot-Dhulikhel Trekking

Nagarkot Hike

Chisapani Nagarkot Dhulikhel Trekking is the myriad wonders of nature and the awe-inspiring majestic beauty of dramatic mountain views. This trek passes through dense forests, villages, and oak rhododendron forests. You will see the mind-blowing view of Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Ganesh, Mt. Langtang, Mt. Gaurisankar, and other Himalayan ranges.

Your trekking starts in Sundarijal, about 1-hour drive from your hotel. Your first destination is Chisapani and it takes about 5–6 hours of trekking from Sundarijal. Nagarkot is another destination at an altitude of 2,175 m. From Chisapani it takes about 7 hours to walk to Nagarkot. On the way, you can see beautiful mountains and green hills.

The best attraction of Nagarkot is the sunrise view of Mt. Dhaulagiri in the west and Mt. Everest in the east. After that, Dhulikhel is your next destination, which takes about 5 hours from Nagarkot. After exploring and viewing the beautiful places, we will return back to Kathmandu. It takes about 2 hours by transportation.

Mardi Himal Trekking

Mardi Himal Trek

Amazing Mardi Himal Trekking (4,500 m) is located at the east of the legendary trekking destination, Annapurna Base Camp Trek. This trekking route was officially opened in 2012. This relatively easy and unspoiled trek provides you the beautiful mountains, amazing landscapes, and dense forests. You can see the amazing views of Mt Machapuchhre, Mardi Himal, Mt. Annapurna (South), and Mt. Hiunchuli.