10 Popular Short Treks in Nepal, 2021

Nepal offers an extensive variety of trekking and tour destinations. Nepal is a land of wonders and entertainment, which offers amazing things to explore and discover. These huge varieties of trekking routes offer you mesmerizing views of the many mountains, including the top 8 highest mountains above 8000m. During the hard and strange time of Covid-19, from our mailbox, it is clear that many travelers from different countries are wandering to explore the wild nature and diverse culture of Nepal in 2021. Here we’ve listed the 10 best and most popular short treks in Nepal. For those travelers who are in a short period of time and are willing to experience the beauty of the Himalayas, which offers ranging from 3 to 10 days treks. Each of the below-mentioned treks can be extended and customized according to the need of clients. 

Here is a list of the most demanding short and safe treks in Nepal, 2021, that you need to complete in a minimum number of days as well as address your convenience. 

Everest View Trek

  • Maximum Elevation: 3,800 meters
  • Trip Duration:            7-8 Days
  • Difficulty:                  Moderate
  • Highlights:              Amazing views of mountains, sherpa land, Tibetian Buddhism, and exotic flora and fauna 

A short trek to the Namche in the Everest region to view Everest is the best choice for those who do not have enough time for Everest Base Camp Trek. Everest View Trek has all you are wondering during short treks. Everest trek normally starts from Lukla, around a 30 minutes dramatic flight from Kathmandu. After reaching Lukla, you will start trekking to Phakding. You will walk in Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site full of exotic and rare flora and fauna.  After Phakding, you will get the privilege of wandering Namche Bazaar, the amazing traditional Sherpa village, and the gateway of Everest Expeditions. You will climb Everest View Hotel- the highest located hotel in the world, near Namche Bazaar from where you can see the amazing views of Mt. Everest-top of the world, Mt. Ama Dablam- the most iconic mountain in the world, Lhotse, and Thamserku and numerous giant snow-capped mountains. You can witness the amazing culture, markets, traditions, and history of Sherpas in Namche Bazaar. On the way to Namche Trek, you will see many Buddhist monasteries filled with prayers flag, will walk through the lush green alpine forests having floras like birch, pine, rhododendron, and fir, and faunas like Red Panda, Musk Deer, Black Bear, Mountain Tahr, and snow leopard. After Viewing Everest from Namche, you will return to Lukla through the same route, where you will spend one night before the flight to Kathmandu.

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Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

  • Trip Duration: 4-5 Days
  • Elevation:       3,210m
  • Difficulty:        Moderate
  • Highlights: Rhododendron forest, Poon Hill View Point, Ghandruk village, and Pokhara City 

Poon hill trek is a popular short and classical trek in the Annapurna region that takes you to one of the famous viewpoints in Poonhill. During the trek, you will walk in the lush green forests full of birds, stone-paved ways, suspension bridges, deep sub-tropical valleys, and stone-paved ways all set in the Annapurna region. The hiking generally starts at Nayapul, near Pokhara, then you will walk in the lush green forests, picturesque landscapes, and beautiful settlements to reach Tikhedhunga. The next day after a walk in the wilderness filled with Oak, Pine, rhododendron, and Juniper forests, you will be privileged by the culturally rich village Ghorepani. After 5-6 hours ascent from Ghorepani, you will reach the final destination Poonhill. Poon hill viewpoint is one of the best viewpoints in the Annapurna region that offers beautiful sunrise and snow-capped mountain views: Annapurna, Hiunchuli, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri. 

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek

  • Trip Duration: 8-10 Days
  • Elevation:        4,310 meters
  • Difficulty:        Moderate 
  • Highlights:     Gurung village, Lush Green Forest, Rivers, Annapurna Massif, and Annapurna Base Camp 

Annapurna Base Camp trek is an ideal and popular trek in the Annapurna region. Annapurna Base Camp offers two different trails: passes via Ghorepani Poon hill or Dhampus, which you will meet at Chhomrong to move towards base camp. Both the trails offer you an amazing walk in the beautiful jungles and village. Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the best touristic treks in Nepal. This is an amazing trek in the Annapurna region that you get to walk in the wilderness along the rocky ridges consisting of diverse flora and fauna, beautiful settlements with diverse cultures and traditions. You get to explore mostly Gurung culture and lifestyles, who treat you with warm hospitality during the Annapurna base camp trek journey. The Annapurna Base Camp rewards you with the closest and panoramic views of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Machhapuchhre, and many other snow-capped mountains in this range. Autumn and spring are considered the best trekking season but you can trek all around the year. 

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Langtang Valley Trek

  • Trip Duration: 8 to10 Days
  • Elevation:        5,000m 
  • Difficulty:         Moderate 
  • Highlights:     Lush green forest, Langtang Village, Kyanjin Jumpa, Kyanjin Ri, Exotic flora and fauna 

Langtang trek is the easiest and shortest trek to the Langtang Valley. Langtang valley lies in the Northern Border region, is renowned as the “valley of Glaciers” that rewards you with the amazing waterfalls and glaciers on the trek circuits. Langtang valley trek is an ideal trek for trekking enthusiasts and adventure seekers. Also, you get to visit many monasteries filled with prayer flags, mani walls, small stupas and stone walls, and many more during walks. Langtang trek is also special for cheese factories and yak farms.

Langtang trek route offers you the rich alpine diversity of 14 diverse vegetation and the amazing snow-capped mountains surrounding the Langtang valley. Langtang trek takes you to the beautiful settlements in the Helambu region filled with Tamang and Sherpa Community rich in Culture and traditions. Besides this, you can see the different species of birds, endangered species, mammals like Red pandas, Black Bears, Snow Leopard, etc., in Langtang National Park. Langtang valley rewards you with an amazing panoramic view of Snow Capped mountains such as Langtang Himal, Langtang Ri. Ganesh Himal, Ganjala Peak, Dorje Lakpa, and many more stunning views of giant mountains. 

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Mardi Himal Trek

  • Trip Duration: 3 to 5 Days
  • Elevation:        4,500 meters
  • Difficulty:        Easy / Moderate
  • Highlights:   Mardi View Point, Silent Trail, short trek in high altitude, alpine forest, and majestic view of Annapurna Massif

Mardi Himal trek is a short and astonishing trek that takes you to the lap of Mt. Machhapuchhre and Mt. Mardi Himal, which is the newly opened and less crowded hiking trails in the lap of the Annapurna massif. The Mardi trek starts after a few hour ride from the beautiful city Pokhara. You will walk in the wilderness with lush rhododendron forests and diverse ethnic communities. The route also offers you panoramic views of the nearest mountains, beautiful landscapes. The locals treat you with warm hospitality where you can also witness their culture and traditions. Mardi trek is a short and safe trek that you can go all around the year. During springs, the trails will be filled with beautiful colorful rhododendrons. Winter offers more stunning views of the snow-capped mountains. Mardi Upper Viewpoints reward you with the closest and clear view of Mt. Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, and Mardi Himal itself. Mardi Himal trek is the best for those who want to have a short walk and explore the closest Snow-capped mountain views. 

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Kalinchowk Trek

  • Trip Duration: 2-3Days
  • Elevation:       3,800 meters
  • Difficulty:       Moderate
  • Highlights: Short trek, snowfall, less chance of getting AMS 

Kalinchowk is probably one of the short treks near Kathmandu and the Tibetan border region. Kalinchowk is a famous pilgrimage and a tourist destination that lies at the top of Kalinchowk Rural Municipality hills. The trek starts from Charikot, 4-5 hours ride from Kathmandu. You will walk to the traditional Kuri village from Charikot in the wilderness filled with plants like pine and rhododendrons, waterfalls, and animals like a yak. From Kuri Village, you have to take a walk of about an hour to reach the top of Kalinchowk Bhagwati. Kalinchowk will be filled with snow in winter times like Switzerland.

The top of Kalinchowk rewards you with spectacular views of mountains like Manasalu, Annapurna, Langtang, Jugal, Shisha, Gaurishakar, and Ama Dablam. Kalinchowk trek can be done alone and is a safe trek. Kalinchowk trek would be the best for those who want to have a short trek near Kathmandu, view the panoramic views of top mountains, want to enjoy skiing, and enjoy the snowfall in the paradise during winter. 

Gosaikunda Lake Trek

  • Trip Duration: 4-5 Days
  • Elevation:        4,380 meters
  • Difficulty:        Moderate/ Hard
  • Highlights, short trek, numerous lakes including holy lake Gosaikunda, mountain view

Gosaikunda trek is an amazing short trek to the beautiful Glacial Lake of Gosaikunda. Gosaikunda trek would be the best for those who have a limited time, want to have the adventure treks into the mountains, and feel the amazing alpine climatic zone. Gosaikunda Lake ( 4,380m) is a famous religious lake, and the area is one of the renowned Hindu pilgrimage sites. Maximum Nepalese Hindu pilgrims travel in the Janai Purnima festival time in August. You will walk through the forests in the first few days before you reach Cholang Pati, where you will get to see the amazing views of Langtang Himal, Annapurna Himal, and Ganesh Himal at a far distance. From Cholang Pati, you will walk through wonderful classical trails and reach Gosaikunda Lake. Although you can trek all around the year, Monsoon and Autumn are considered the best season as this time the temperature will be low. If you dare to trek in the winter, you will get to see the amazing lakes blanketed with snow.

The amazing thing about the Gosaikunda trek is that it offers you amazing views of the number of lakes in the high altitude regions; Vairav Kunda, Naagkundam Saraswati Kunda, Surya Kunda, and many more lakes, and you will get a chance to visit local cheese factories and yak farms. 

Dhampus-Sarangkot Trek

  • Trip Duration: 1or2 Days
  • Elevation:      1,600 meters
  • Difficulty:       Easy
  • Highlights:    traditional village, astonishing view of Machhapuchhre, Pokhara city, and delicious cuisine 

Dhampus Sarangkot trek is one of the easiest and shortest treks near Pokhara. Dhampus Sarangot trek is best for those who do not have enough time to visit but want to have adventurous walks to view mountains from a lower elevation. Dhampus Sarangot trek is a fascinating trek to walk in the forests and explore the local village around Sarangkot and Dhampus. Dhampus Sarangot trek starts from Phedi, a 1-hour drive from Pokhara. After a 3-5 hours walk in the wilderness from Phedi, you will reach Dhampus. Dhampus is a classical village that offers you amazing views of the Annapurna range, and you can explore the lifestyles of local peoples. After Dhampus, you will trek to Sarangkot via Naudaha. Sarangkot offers an amazing sunrise view, majestic mountain views like Manaslu, Machhcapuchre, Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, and Manasalu with an amazing sunrise. Besides this, you can see the splendid views of Pokhara city from Sarangot and give you insights into the local lifestyles of the people. Sarangot also offers an adventurous fly of Paragliding to Pokhara. Dhampus Sarang Kot trek is best for all age groups. 

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Kathmandu Valley Trek

  • Trip Duration: 3 to 6 Days
  • Elevation:       1,600 meters
  • Difficulty:       Easy
  • Highlights: Kathmandu valley view, hike in lush green forest, short and sweet hike, panoramic mountain view 

Kathmandu Valley trek is one of the shortest and easiest treks in Nepal and would be best for those who have limited time but want to have a good sweet in adventurous trails. Kathmandu valley trek offers you insights into the lifestyles of Locals and enjoys the delicious local foods. The Cultural city Kathmandu Valley is no doubt rich in Culture diversity. The Kathmandu valley is surrounded by beautiful lush green hills that are easy and best for short treks. We have a lot of options for short treks in Kathmandu valley like trekking to Nagarkot, Kakani, Chandragiri, Phulchowki, Dhulikhel, and Lakuri Bhanjyang and many others, to have a good sweet as the trail offers you a serpentine pathway filled with greenery, beautiful settlements, and water resources. You will be mesmerized by the amazing views of lower valleys, spectacular views of snow-capped mountains at a far distance from the top of hills around Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu valley trek would be the best for those who want to have cultural tours and adventurous short walks in the wilderness.

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Helambu Trek 

  • Trip Duration: 8-9 Days
  • Elevation:        3,650 meters
  • Difficulty:       Moderate
  • Highlights:  traditional Tamang village, lush green forest, mountain views, and exotic flora and fauna 

Helambu trek is one of the easiest and best short treks doable all round year, near Kathmandu Valley. The Helambu trekking trail is less crowded and takes you to the remote areas with virtual culture and traditions. Helambu trekking trails take you to the lush green forests of Shivapuri and Langtang National Park region, giving you a glimpse of beautiful landscapes. Helambu trek takes you to the old Buddhist Monastery in Kyanjin Gompa and local cheese factories. Helambu trek also offers spectacular views of snow-capped mountains like Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, Rowling, Jugal, and other surrounding peaks, diverse biodiversity, and amazing waterfalls.

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