9 Best Short Treks in Nepal for Beginners

  • Jun 8, 2022
  • Rajesh Thapaliya

Nepal is a great Himalayan country for mountain trekking. There are hundreds of trek routes categorized as short treks, easy, moderate and adventurous trips. Not all trekkers might be able to do base camps or high passes trekking with time-bound or physical conditions. So, there are numerous short hiking routes in Nepal for beginners, families and elderlies. Here, we have tried to provide information about the trekking routes that can complete in a week or below in this post.


Poon hill Tower

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The first thing you need to know is trekking in the Himalayas is not very easy, and it is physical activity. Short treks are easy hikes, so what makes them easy? Mainly, the altitude the high altitude with a lack of oxygen makes it difficult to trek. Short treks don’t take the trekkers to extremely high elevations. But have to walk on steep paths sometimes.

Different region has different short and easy trekking trails in Nepal. There are more short treks in the Annapurna than in Langtang and Everest.

Short Treks in Annapurna Region

Ghorepani Ghandruk Circuit Trek

dhaulagiri range from poon hill
Dhaulagiri ranges from Poon hill

Duration: 2-5 Days

Highest Elevation: 3,210m

Best Time to Visit: September to May

Trek Highlights

  • Stunning mountain views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massifs with unblocking sunrise from Poon hill
  • Endearing landscapes and farming terraces
  • Beautifully bloomed rhododendron and cherry blossoms
  • Waterfalls, rivers and valleys
  • Traditional settlements and culture
  • Green hills, flora and fauna

Ghandruk Circuit Trek Overview

Ghorepani Poon hill is a circuit trek through Ghandruk village. It is the busiest short trek in the Annapurna region. The 5-day Ghandruk circuit trek begins from a beautiful lake city Pokhara with a drive to Nayapul and walks to Tikhedhunga.

Right after crossing the Modi river, you will start following the Bhurungdi river valley, where you can see beautiful waterfalls, rice fields and more attractions on the day. You will walk on the flat trail mostly today.

The second-day walk is long and pretty steep at the beginning. You will be walking inside the forest after Banthanti. Blooming cherry blossoms in November/December and rhododendron in spring make the trail prettier. Once you reach Ghorepani, you feel like you are in a wonderland with colourful buildings and magnificent mountain views.

The main attraction of the Ghorepani Ghandruk circuit trek is Poon hill. You will hike early morning with a flashlight from Ghorepani. After walking for around an hour, you reach the top of Poon hill. You can see stunning views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Brahashikhar, Annapurna south, Fishtail (Machhapuchchhre), and more big mountains with unblocking sunrise.

After a joyful Poon hill visit, the next destination is Tadapani, which is on a hill station surrounded by a dense forest. You will have another pleasant day with outstanding views. Then, the trip goes to the biggest Gurung traditional village Ghandruk. It is a short day, so you have plenty of time to explore this typical village and visit a cultural museum. The trip ends in Nayapul after about a 5-hour walk from Ghandruk and a drive back to Pokhara. This trek can phrased in 2-5 days, but it can extend up to one week longer via Landruk and Dhampus.

Ghorepani Ghandruk Circuit Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhyunga (1,540m) 4 hrs

Day 02: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2,850m) 6-7 hrs

Day 03: Hike Poon Hill (3,210m) for 1 hrs, and trek to Tadapani (2,630m) 5hrs

Day 04: Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk (2,012m) 3 hrs

Day 05: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul – 5 hrs, and drive to Pokhara

The best time for the Ghorepani Ghandruk trek is during autumn and spring, but it is doable in the other seasons. Because of not a very high altitude, it will be an adorable temperature in winter and offers clear visibility. Monsoon season in summer has a poor view, but you still can enjoy nature and culture from this trekking trail.

Mardi Himal Trekking

mardi himal high camp
Mardi high camp

Duration: 5-7 Days

Highest Elevation: 4,500m

Best time to visit: September to November and March to May

Mardi Himal Highlights

  • Reach close to the mountain within a few days from the city
  • An open view of the high snow-capped mountains
  • Artistic looks of the edges for a far distance
  • Experiencing a rural lifestyle, tradition and culture
  • Blooming rhododendron in spring
  • Wildlife and vegetation

Mardi Himal Short Trek Overview

Mardi Himal trekking is a new short trek in the Annapurna region. It is becoming so much popular among internal and external trekkers. Mardi Himal trek begins from Phedi, Kande or Siding after a short drive from Pohara. Quick walking trekkers can make it in a 5-days, but a one-week itinerary is perfect for most trekkers.

The most popular route to the Mardi base camp is from Kande. After about a half an hour drive from Pokhara, you reach Kande, then start walking towards Deurali, via Pothana and the Australian camp. After Deurali hill, the trail goes through a dense forest of pine, oak and rhododendron forest for about 4 hours to forest camp.

Forest camp has numerous guest houses to stay in, but this place has no mountain views. If you walk another half hour more to the Rest Camp, you can see a stunning glimpse of Annapurna and Manaslu massif. It is the open area after Badal Danda, so the Modi valley to the lower left and view of the hills to the southern edge energize you to walk at the high altitude. Annapurna South, Hiuchuli, Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Fishtail and lots of others follow prettiness to the Mardi Himal trekking trail.

Mardi Himal Trekking Itinerary

Day 01: Drive from Pokhara to Kande and trek to Deurali (2,100m) 4 hrs

Day 02: Trek from Deurali to Low Camp (2,970m) 6 hrs

Day 03: Trek from Low Camp to High Camp (3,540m) 5 hrs

Day 04: Hike to Mardi base camp (4,500m) 3 hrs and back to Badal Danda (3,210m)

Day 05: Trek from Badal Danda to Siding (4 hrs) and Drive to Pokhara

The best time for Mardi Himal short trek is from September to December and March to May. There is no snow on the trail in autumn. The winter snow covers the hiking path and makes it slippery. The summer season brings lots of rain and poor visibility. So, you might not see mountains during this season.

Jomsom Muktinath Trekking

kaligandaki valley
Kagbeni

Duration: 7 days

Highest Elevation: 3,760m

Best time to visit: September to May

The Attraction of Jomsom Muktinath Trekking

  • High Himalayan deserty landscape
  • Search fossil (Saligrama) on Kaligandaki river bank
  • Lots of whole caves on the grey hills
  • Ancient and holy place Muktinath Temple
  • Delightful Apple orchid, apple dishes and drinks
  • Traditional Thakali settlement, tradition and lifestyle
  • World’s deepest Kaligandaki river gorge
  • The region’s biggest waterfall (Rupse)
  • Natural hot spring in Tatopani
  • Magnificent mountain views from most places and Poon hill

Trekking Introduction

Jomsom Muktinath is also renowned for Kali Gandaki valley trekking. It is in the lower Mustang in between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayas. The territory of Kaligandaki valley is pretty similar to the Tibetan land. It is a deep valley between two massive Himalayas, so there flows a big wind every afternoon. So, Kali Gandaki is a hidden windy valley.

The locals from this region are Thakali. The people staying in the Thak Khola area are called Thakali. These people are good at cocking Nepali traditional food Dal Bhat.

Kali Gandaki trek begins with a flight to Jomsom from Pokhara and treks to Kagbeni. The second day goes to Muktinath. Walking through Kaligandaki riverbank, you reach Marpha the next day. You can hang around Marpha by visiting the Buddhist monastery and experiencing the Thakali lifestyle/ daily activities here. The next is Kalopani after Marpha, from where you can see the Annapurna I (8,091m). A natural hot spring in Tatopani relieves your tiredness from a long walk.

About a 7-hour walk from Tatopani brings you Ghorepani. It is between two big hills surrounded by a dense forest. You can see the panoramic view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massif from this place. The trek ends at Nayapul after visiting Poon hill early morning, then driving to Pohara.

If you have a day shorter holiday for the Muktinath Jomsom trek, you can drive from Tatopani to Pokhara direct rather than going through Ghorepani. Or, start walking from Nayapul to Muktinath and fly out to Pokhara from Jomsom to make longer trekking.

You can even do a jeep tour to Muktinath from Pokhara. It takes around 7 hours to drive to Muktinath. A jeep tour to Muktinath is a 2-day trip.

Muktinath Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Pokhara to Jomsom (2,720m) fight and trek to Kagbeni (2,800m) 2 hrs

Day 02: Trek fro Kagbeni to Muktinath (3,760m) 4 hrs

Day 03: Trek from Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m) 5-6 hrs

Day 04: Trek from Marpha to Kalopani (2,530m) 5-6 hrs

Day 05: Trek from Kalopani to Tatopani (1,190m) 6 hrs

Day 06: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m) 7 hrs

Day 07: Hike to Poon hill (3,210m) and trek to Nayapul (1,070m) for 7 hrs, then drive to Pokhara

The best time for Kaligandaki Muktinath trekking is from September to December and March to May. The winter is also doable. You will have a nice view during the winter, but the temperature will be cold. Similarly, you can trek to Muktinath in the summer.

Dhampus Sarangkot Short Trek

Duration: 3 days

Highest Elevation: 1,650m

Best Time to Visit: September to May

Dhampus Sarangkot Trip Highlights

  • Unblocking sunrise from Sarangkot and Dhampus
  • Traditional Gurung village, lifestyle and daily activities
  • Eye-captivating views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal ranges
  • Beautiful view of Phewa lake and Pokhara city
  • Bonnie landscapes and farming terraces

Sarangkot Trekking Overview

Dhampus Sarangkot short trek is easy trekking near Pokhara in the Annapurna region. It is the perfect hiking for beginners. Sarangkot trekking begins with a drive to Phedi/Ghattekhola from Pohara and then treks to Dhampus. It is about 3 hours hike, but the trail ascends. The village is in an open area, so you see unblocked sunrise with unreal views of the high snow-capped mountains.

The second day is long, but the trail is not that difficult for Sarangkot. It is one of the best hill stations in Nepal for the sunrise. Graceful scenes of Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Annapurna South, Machhapuchchhre (Fishtail), Lamjung Himal and Manaslu are the main attraction from the Sarangkot. Fewa lake and Pokhara city seem celestial from this hill.

The last day of the Dhampus Sarangkot trek is easy descending. You will reach the side of the Phewa lake at the lakeside. Alternatively, you can take a paragliding flight from Sarangkot to come to Pokhara if you would like to.

Dhampus Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Drive from Pokhara to Ghattekhola and trek to Dhampus (1,650m) 3 hrs

Day 02: Trek from Dhapus to Sarangkot (1,592m) 6-7 hrs

Day 03: Trek from Sarangkot to Pokhara (820m) 3 hrs

The best time for Dhampus short trek is from September to May, although you can do it also in winter and summer. You do not have to go to very high elevation, so it might not be too cold in winter. But, the monsoon has poor visibility and mostly can’t see mountains.

Short Treks in Everest Region

Everest Panorama Trek

view from everest view hotel
View from Everest view hotel

Duration: 7 days

Maximum Elevation: 3,860m

Best Time to Visit: September to May

Everest Panorama Highlights

  • Adventurous scenic flight to Lukla
  • Traditional Sherpa villages with typically carved buildings
  • Unreal views of bonnie snow-capped high mountains
  • Ancient Buddhist monasteries, shrines and other monuments
  • Vantage viewpoints such as Everest view hotel and Tengboche hill
  • Vegetation and wildlife
  • Waterfalls, rivers and streams

Everest Short Trek Overview

Everest panorama is the shortest trek in the Everest region that offers the gimps of the magnificent Himalayas, cultural feelings, natural beauties and religious aspects in a short time. It starts with a scenic adventurous suttle to Lukla. Right after landing at Tenzing-Hilary airport, the trek goes to Phakding, through beautiful Sherpa settlements of the Khumbu region.

The second day of the Everest panorama trek is pretty long from Phakding to Namche Bazaar. You need to have a rest day for altitude practice on the third day and hike up to Syangboche hill. Then, the trek goes to Tengboche and turns back the same way to Monjo. On the 6th day, you walk back to Lukla and fly out the following morning to Kathmandu.

Compared to the other short treks in Nepal, the Everest panorama has a possibility of getting altitude sickness. Although, not all trekkers might have a problem with high altitudes. The other short hiking routes start from low elevation, but this one goes directly to 2,840m above sea level.

Everest panorama Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Fly to Lukla (2,840m) for 30 minute and trek to Phakding (2,610m)

Day 02: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) 7 hrs

Day 03: Rest day at Namche and Hike to Everest view hotel (3,880m) 4 hrs

Day 04: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,860m) 5-6 hrs

Day 05: Trek back from Tengboche to Monjo (2,835m) 6 hrs

Day 06: Trek from Monjo to Lukla (2,840m) 4 hrs

Day 07: Fly out to Kathmandu

The best time for the Everest panorama trek is from September to May. Because of not very high enough, you can even do it in winter. November and December offer the best visibilities on this trek. But, summer is not a good season for the Everest panorama. Usually, the Lukla flights can’t operate in the monsoon with poor visibility.

Short Treks in Langtang Region

Langtang Valley Trekking

langtang lirung (7,225m)
Langtang Lirung (7,225m)

Duration: 7 days

Highest Elevation: 3,870m

Best time to visit: September to May

Langtang Valley Trekking Highlights

  • Reach very near to the high mountain within a few days of walk from Kathmandu
  • Tibetan Buddhist culture, religion and local lifestyle
  • Bird watching opportunity
  • Visit Yak cheese factory in Kyanjin Gompa
  • Waterfall, river and beautiful valley
  • Vegetation and wildlife

Langtang Valley Trekking Inrtoduction

The Langtang valley is short cultural trekking in Nepal. It is the nearest mountain trail that brings close to big mountains from Kathmandu in below one week. This cultural trip is inside a national park. There are more than 300 spaces for colourful birds. So, it is not just a trekking trip but also a birdwatching tour. This region had hit terribly by the earthquake on April 25th 2015.

This short trek begins from Kathmandu with a long drive to Syabrubesi through the hillside road. Then, it goes to Lama hotel, Langtang/Mundu and Kyanjin Gompa. After exploring Kyanjin Ri, the cheese factory and more, you start returning to Lama hotel and Syabrubesi. After sending the last night in Syafrubesi, you drive to Kathmandu.

Langtang Valley Trekking Itinerary

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1,500m) 7 hrs

Day 02: Trek from Syabrubesi to Lama hotel (2,410m) 6-7 hrs

Day 03: Trek from Lama Hotel to Mundu village (3,500m) 7 hrs

Day 04: Trek from Mundu to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m) 3 hrs

Day 05: Trek from Kyanjin Gompa to Lama hotel (2,410m) 7 hrs

Day 06: Trek from Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi (1,500m) 6 hrs

Day 07: Drive from Syabru to Kathmandu (1,350m) 7 hrs

The best time for the Langtang valley trekking is September to May. You can also go to this region in winter, but it might be heavy snowfall sometimes and trail blocks in the higher area. But, the monsoon is not a perfect season for the Langtang trekking.

Tamang Heritage Trail

view from nagthali hill
View from Nagthali

Duration: 6 days

Highest Elevation: 3,165m

Best Time to Visit: September to May

Tamang Heritage Trail Highlights

  • Adventurous hillside road driving experience
  • Acknowledgement of Tamang culture, tradition and activities
  • Old traditional village Gatlang with wooden roofs and buildings
  • Eye-captivating mountain views from Nagthali
  • Trek in a peaceful environment
  • Waterfalls, rivers, valleys and other natural beauties
  • Vegetation and wildlife

About Tamang Heritage Trail

The Tamang heritage trail is in the Langtang region of Nepal. It is a short and easy cultural trek, so people who love experiencing nature and culture in Nepal can visit this trail. The same road drive to the Langtang valley trek leads to Tamang heritage on the first day from Kathmandu. Then, it goes to the left from Syabrubesi with a long ascending trail to Goljung Bhanjyang. After that, you have a flat part for the rest of your journey to Gatlang. It is a big Tamang village. You see most buildings roofed with the plank in this town.

After Gatlang, the trail descends towards Chilime river valley. Then it ascends for about 3 hours ore to Tatopani. This place used to have a natural hot spring before the earthquake in 2015, but there is no more now.

Nagthali is the best hill station from where you can see stunning mountain views. Long-ranged Langtang and Tibetan massif fascinating glimpse add the worth of doing this trek from Nagthali hill. The beautiful valley view to the lower right is also amusing you. The last day to Syabrubesi is an easy descent and flat, then drive back to Kathmandu.

Tamang Heritage Trail Itinerary

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1,500m) 7 hrs

Day 02: Trek from Syabrubesi to Gatlang (2,238m) 5 hrs

Day 03: Trek from Gatlang to Tatopani (2,607m) 6 hrs

Day 04: Trek from Tatopani to Nagthali (3,165m) 4 hrs

Day 05: Trek from Nagthai to Syabrubesi (1,500m) 6 hrs

Day 06: Drive back to Kathmandu (1,350m) 7 hrs

Trekkers can visit the Tamang heritage trail from September to May, but sometimes in winter snows a lot. Because of not very high elevation, the snow melts within a few days on this trekking trail. Although! October to December and March to May offer the best views on the Tamang heritage route. The summer season is not perfect for the Tamang Heritage Trail. Lots of monsoon rainfalls make the walking path slimy in the summer. The driving road also might have problems with landslides during monsoon.

Gosainkunda Trek

gosaikunda lake
Gosaikunda lake

Duration: 6 days

Highest Elevation: 4,380m

Best Time to Visit: Autumn and Spring

Gosainkunda Trek Highlights

  • Experiencing nature, culture and religion
  • Tranquil high Himalayan lakes
  • Colourful blooming rhododendron in spring
  • Chances to see the red panda
  • Hindu and Buddhist shrines, temples, monasteries and other monuments
  • Long-ranged eye-captivating mountain views

Gosainkunda Trek Overview

Gosainkunda lake is one of my favourite treks in the Langtang region. It is a combination of walking through beautiful nature, culture and religion. Tranquil holy lakes confer religious and natural beauties to the trekkers.

Gosaikunda trek begins from Kathmandu with a long drive to Dhunche through the hillside road. You walk to Thulo Syabru from Dhunche. Then it goes to Lauribinayak and Gosaikunda. After exploring the Gosainunda area, you trek to Dhunche and drive to Kathmandu.

Gosaikunda is a holy place for both Hindus and Buddhists. There will be a big festival in August. The views from Thulo Syabru and Lauribinayak offer the best Himalayan experience to visitors. You might have an opportunity to encounter a red panda on the way to Thulo Syabru in the rhododendron and pine forest.

Gosaikunda Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche (1,960m) 6 hrs

Day 02: Trek from Dhunche to Thulo Syabru (2,250m) 6 hrs

Day 03: Trek from Thulo Syabru to Lauribinayak (3,910m) 6-7 hrs

Day 04: Trek from Lauribinayak to Gosaikunda (4,380m) 3 hrs

Day 05: Trek from Gosainkunda to Dhunche (1,960m) 6-7 hrs

Day 06: Drive back to Kathmandu (1,350m) 6 hrs

There snows heavily in the Gosaikunda territory during the winter. The winter season is not a good time to visit Gosaikunda, but you can visit up to Lauribinayak. September to December and mid-March to early May are the best time for the Gosaikunda hike.

Nearest Short Trek from Kathmandu

Chisapani Trek

view from nagarkot
View from Nagarkot

Duration: 3-4 days

Highest Elevation: 2,375m

Best Tie to Visit: September to May

Chisapani Trek Highlights

  • See long-ranged big snow-capped mountains with a one-day walk from Kathmandu
  • Walk inside Shivapuri Narjuna national park
  • Experience a village lifestyle at just a few hour distances from the city
  • Valley, green nature, landscapes and more beauties
  • Wildlife and vegetation
  • Unblocking sunrise from Chisapani and Nagarkot

Chisapani Trek Overview

Chisapani trail is the nearest short trek from Kathmandu. It is a 3-day hiking trip that also can extend to 4 days. The three-day plan ends in Changunarayan, and a 4-day one goes to Dhulikhel from Nagarkot. Chisapani trek is the best package that offers long-ranged high mountains, a typical village life, natural beauty and more in a short period in Nepal.

The Chisapani trek begins with a short drive to Sundarijal from the city centre, then treks to Chisapani hill through traditional villages and the national park. You can see beautiful valleys and farming terraces from the Chisapani hill station. The next destination is Nagarkot after Chisapani. You have stunning views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Gaurishankar and Tibetan massif along the way to Nagarkot. Unblocked sunrise from Nagarkot is another highlight of this short trek.

The trek ends in Changunarayan with 4 hours hike from Nagarkot and drives to Kathmandu. If you have got another one or two days more, you can trek further to Dhulikhel and Namobuddha.

Chisapani Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Drive from the city centre to Sundarijal (1hrs), and trek to Chisapani (2,375m) 5 hrs

Day 02: Trek from Chisapani to Nagarkot (2,175m) 6-7 hrs

Day 03: Trek to Changunarayan (1,350m) and drive to Kathmandu

You can trek to the Chisapani Nagarkot trail for the whole year, but September to May is the best time. It is not a very high elevated area, so you can even trek during winter. November and December are the best months for Chisapani Nagarkot. You will have clear visibility all day in these months.

Finally

There are lots of other trails, but above listed short treks in Nepal are the busiest trekking packages in the Nepalese Himalayas. These help a lot to acclimatize for longer and more adventurous hikes elsewhere in the mountain region. If you like any of these trails and would like to have more information, contact us.

Rajesh Thapaliya

Rajesh Thapaliya

Namaste! I am Rajesh, a Nepal travel blogger who provides Nepal travel tips to travellers who are planning to visit Nepal and know about Nepal.

I am a tourism service provider in Nepal So far, I have been to the Nepalese Himalayan base camps as a tour leader and collected lots of information about the Nepalese Himalayas. You can find my experiences in my travel blogs, so it may make it a lot easier for you to travel to Nepal.

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