Nepal being a little kaleidoscope of diversity has lots to offer in terms of motley collections of people who follow a vast medley of cultures and traditions, unprecedented heterogeneity in landscape and absolutely beguiling natural surroundings. We will be explaining and discussing seven of the very best short treks to do in Nepal, suitable for travelers who have a limited amount of time here. The short treks which are mentioned henceforth are the very best short excursions that incorporate prime proffering of nature, pious ambiances of religious ambiguity and utterly brilliant espy of majestic Himalayan peaks to be experienced, as the title suggests, in a limited amount of time frame, ranging from five to eleven days. These 7 Best Short Treks in Nepal subsume myriad of historical monuments, simply gorgeous views of the magnificent mountain peaks enveloped in snow, adorned with the beautiful heaven-like amalgamation of natural pulchritude of Nepal. Let’s get on with the list then, shall we?
07. The Culture Blends Adventure Tour
As the name depicts, Culture Blends Adventure Tour is a heavenly combination of culture and adventure. You get the opportunity of checking out the natural bliss along with the authenticity of Nepali culture. Bejeweled with fine art, rich culture and elaborative history of Nepal, the tour lets you explore the UNESCO listed heritage sites in Kathmandu. The opulence of the Royal family in medieval period is still preserved in the Durbar Squares and its amazing glory still reflects how keen the ancient kings were towards art and culture. The artistic beauty demonstrated in the woodcrafts and metal-crafts is delicately intricate and elaborative in its architectural designs and it isn’t hard to imagine the innovative talents the artists were capable of! The metal works and wood carvings manifested in the pillars, windows, interiors and designs of the palaces and temples are beyond sumptuous. Kathmandu city is a city of gods and goddesses. And during the Culture Blends Adventure Tour, you will encounter temples at every single corner and narrow streets of Kathmandu. The Museum in the Durbar Square still preserves the ancient glories of Nepal. You will get a chance to explore ancient thrones, king’s dresses, wardrobes, the Royal Crown, old pictures and many more. The Swayambhunath Stupa and the Bouddhanath Stupa are excellent, providing religious admonishments from their beings. The white dome with the golden spire gives the stupas an outstanding look, idiosyncratic to its style and architecture. As you visit these places, you will get acquainted with Buddhist culture. The Pashupatinath temple, a holy temple of Hindu Pilgrims will also be excursed during the tour. The old temples and their excellent placements and rich eloquent historical stories make this place a spectacular heritage site to visit.
Natural despondency is also explored within the tour. As you enter the Shivapuri National Park, you will feel the tranquility in the pristine environment. The moment the mountains open up to you will be the best experience that you will have ever encountered! The white towering pinnacles of the mountains forming a series make nothing else more amazing. Walking along dense forests can be an opportunity to spot thriving wildlife’s. The glorious sunrise view from the View Tower in Nagarkot makes the observation of the luminous sun an absolute trophy, one that you shall behold within you for days to come. Savor the incomparable beauty of nature in Chisapani, Nagarkot and Dhulikhel with a classic blend of culture in UNESCO listed heritage sites of Kathmandu! Culture Blend Adventure Tour is ideal scenically rich touring journeys you can take to experience the diversity of cultural and natural offerings of the country in a short amount of time.
06. Short Annapurna Trek
Starting off at number seven is the Short Annapurna Trek. This trek is the shortest journey to the Annapurna region of Nepal, and captures within its travels the empowering beauty of the Annapurna Himalayan massif. The five-days short Annapurna Trek captures the natural and cultural phenomenons of the Annapurna region, and lets you experience it’s eccentrics up close. You would be initiating your journey from the quaint lake side city of Pokhara and trudging along trails decorated with colorful canopies of rhododendron flowers, growing ever so ingeniously along the terrains, complementing the lush forests that envelope the acreage in a beautiful veritable painting-like essence of colors stroked in reseda and shamrock. The panoramic views encompassing Mount Annapurna I, II and III, Annapurna South, the Fish-Tail Mountain, Dhaulagiri Himal and Mount Nilgiri among many others, is an utterly astonishing experience. The mountains, in their astronomical quiddity, look magnificent standing tall under the garnet sky. Moreover, these spectacular views of the Tourmaline Mountains are best experienced from Sarangkot, a popular vantage point near Pokhara while on this trek. Sarangkot is a dainty village located on Sarangkot Mountain at an altitude of 1600m and is renowned for its panoramic Himalayan views as well as a splendid mien of the city of Pokhara and the celadon Phewa Lake. In recent years, Sarangkot has become a hotspot for paragliding. The view of the ascending morning Sun from behind the Annapurna mountain ranges at Sarangkot is glorious, the rays of the sun covering the turquoise mountain peaks and changing the colors of the mountain from munsell to saffron. It is absolutely mesmerizing!
You can explore the Annapurna Region in the quickest way, the short trek beginning with a flight to Pokhara and then trekking to the Australian Camp from there. The short trek to the Australian Camp is brimming with verdant environments with backdrops of the mountain ranges, and has an eternal florescence presence of blooming red and pink rhododendrons and blossoming foxgloves shadowed under the mystical growths of pine and cedar trees. The Short Annapurna Trek will let you experience the perpetual paradise of the Annapurna in just five short days!
05. Everest View Trek
At number five among 7 Best Short Treks in Nepal we have the Nine days Everest View Trek solely designed without incorporating the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu. The trek allows you the views of the gigantic mountain of the Everest Region as you walk from Lukla to Phakding to Namche. You would be looking at awe-inspiring views of mountains like the Everest, Nuptse, Thamserku, Ama Dablam and Lhotse among many other spectacular peaks. As you undergo the Everest View Trek, you would be coming across many cultures and religious oddities of the people who reside in those areas. The majority of the people in the Everest region are Sherpa people, and along the trek, you would be coming in close proximity with the cultures and customs of the Sherpa people, various Stupas, Chortens, monasteries, Gumbas and places of worship. The atmospheres in these areas are extremely pious and the ambiances of the places are spiritually religious. As you enter the Sagarmatha National Park on the trekking journey, you would be experiencing the absolute myriad of natural beguiles that the national park entwines within their commodity. The Sagarmatha National Park allows you the inclination of trekking and trudging through rich complexities of natural environments, decorated with the viridians of thriving flora and fauna. Sagarmatha National Park has many endangered species of animals and plants under protection, and while you are trekking here, you might get glimpses of those rare animals like the Red Panda and the Himalayan Thar, safeguarded under the park’s governance.
There is an abundance of Tibetan Buddhist Culture in the Everest region, and this is ascertained by the many colorful prayer flags that would be adorning the tree branches and spires of monasteries, swaying in the cold crisp air of the Himalayas. The Everest View Trek takes you to the Tengboche Monastery as well, a popular spiritual hub of the Khumbu region, and its golden spires rise up to give the ivory landscape a contrast of Tuscan sun. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla itself is a scenic little journey that commemorates the beginning of the Everest View Trek. The flight lets you experience the glimmers of the incandescent mountain from air, and you will find the drastic changes of the terrain from Kathmandu to Lukla dramatic, as the metropolitan fades behind and is replaced with long stretches of highway running through thick forestry foliages and vegetation and the presence of tall juniper hills. The Everest View Trek is a fusion of nature and culture, and you would experience absolutely transcendental views of coruscating mountains of the Everest region!
04. Everest Panorama Trek
The 11-Days Everest Panorama Trek takes fourth place among the 7 best short treks in Nepal with a grandeur presentation of the colossal Mount Everest! You would experience the proximity of hiking to Everest in just eleven days, and be able to relish the beauty of the mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, Tawache, Ama Dablam and many more from the Everest View Hotel in Namche. The close up views of the same mountains from Tengboche is also utterly spectacular! Visiting the popular spiritual hub of the Khumbu region, you would be able to observe the architectural integrity of the Tengboche monastery in close propinquity, and experience the local Tibetan Buddhist heritages of the people. The Everest panorama Trek follows the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and takes you through easy and steep trekking trails. Before reaching the moderate altitude of 3860 m, you will have time to acclimatize after you descend to the jovial silver Dudh Koshi River. Climbing up exhausting hills gives you your first glimpse of Mt. Everest, and the moment of emergence of Everest on the trail is indescribable! You will also have an opportunity to know about the transparent, indoctrinate and diverse aspects of the Sherpa Culture as well as have a fine opportunity to see the mountain ranges enough to fill your soul! The sublime sight of the mountain ranges and towering ivory and cerulean pinnacles against the cyan sky is inconceivable into words. The rubellite topography of the mountains in the Everest region is unprecedented. You would also be experiencing the settlements of Namche on the trek. Namche bazaar is an important hub in the Khumbu region, and is called ‘The Gateway to Everest’. Namche was also an important rendezvous point for Tibetan and Nepali traders and merchants in ancient times, and today, serves as a popular destination for trekkers in the Everest Region. While on the trek, Namche provides a nice respite from trekking, like the Sherpa Culture Museum which showcases the heritages, cultures and different aspects of the Sherpa people within its aperture, and the Namche Art Gallery with intricate displays of paintings.
Descending from Phungki Thanka while on the trek, you would also hike to the Khumjung village and have a visit to the Hillary School (also known as the Khumjung School), and excurse the Khumjung Monastery. The Everest Panorama Trek is a wonderful eleven-day escapade that lets you indulge among the rich milieu of the Everest region, from the stupendous views of the magnificent mountains, quaint settlements and villages of the people, religious complexions of the monasteries and places of worship to the picturesque ethos of natural beauty.
03. Langtang Valley Trek
Also known as the valley of glaciers, Langtang valley is just 19 miles north to Kathmandu, brimming with snow-clad mountains and glaciers encompassed on wild and rocky terrains. The 11-Day Langtang Valley Trek takes the number three spot of 7 best short treks in Nepal. The valley lying in the backdrop of Mt. Langtang Lirung, alluring with flowing streams from the mountains, rugged rocks dotting the terrain, florescence meadows and prolific peridot grasslands. Gifted with impressive landscapes, the valley is a home to various rare species of birds and animals, the Red Panda unique to only this region. Langtang valley lies inside the Langtang National park where the climatic zone ranges from subtropical region to alpine. The park is a forest-enveloped area where you can find oaks, maples, pines and rhododendron trees ruminating the topography. You may encounter Himalayan Black Bears, Himalayan Thars, Rhesus monkeys and many more as you walk through the forests in the park. Trekking in the Langtang Valley is the third most sought-after trekking journeys after Everest and Annapurna, with trails taking you to two famous view-points of Kynaji RI (4773m) and Chorkati RI (5050m). From Kyanjin RI, you can see stunning views of Behemoth Mountains, embellished valleys and winsome glaciers; while from Chorkari RI, you have a panoramic view of Langtang Lirung (7,244m), Langshisa RI (6,810 m.), and Gyanghempo (6,888 m.) Ganjala Peak, Nayakang, and many other graceful mountains.
Langtang valley is renowned for its cheese factory and the Kyangjin Gompa. The cheese, fermented from yak’s milk, is delicious! You can have cheese-tasting interlude here and even take few cinders of moreish cheese for yourself. Similarly, you may have a little visit at the Kyangjin Gompa, a monastery more than 100 years old and decorated with beautiful murals. Langtang Valley Trek merges cultural aspect of the valley along with the wonderful natural quiddity, making it plausible for you get insight on the Tibetan influenced Buddhist culture prevalent in this region. The valley offers some outstanding views of mountains that rise above 7000 meters, like the Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Tserko RI, Kyanjin RI, Dorje Lakpa and many more. The pristine landscape of Langtang, coalesced with blossoming blue azaleas, baby pink begonias and purple foxgloves provides a florescence embodiment of the beautiful embrace of nature. All of the aspects of Langtang Valley is amazing and tends to take your breath away!
02. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
The enticement of the Annapurna Himalayan Ranges takes second place among the best short treks in Nepal once again with the 8-Days Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. Dubbed as “The Queen of Viewpoints”, Ghorepani and Poon Hill provide an absolutely magnetizing view of the Annapurna ranges. The rhododendrons and firs growing in the trails of the trek provide a chartreuse natural canopy and the trail passes through the wonderful city of Pokhara. Rich in different forms of nature like bustling silver serpentine rivers, cascading waterfalls, primal hills, dainty valleys, lush landscape of green vibrancy and of course- the enchanting Himalayas, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is ideal for undergoing treks in a short amount of time. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is one of the bestselling trekking packages in Nepal suitable in terms of time, endurance capacity, elevation gain and natural beauty!
Starting your journey from a village named Nayapul near Pokhara; you would be hiking through different vibrant villages on the way. Interacting with the local people, you would be able to gain knowledge regarding their lifestyle, their practicing customs and traditions, and know about the myriad temples and various places of worship along your way. At Ghorepani, you would be rewarded with tantalizing views of various mountain peaks, like the Gangapurna Mountain, Tilicho Himal and Mount Machhapuchhre among the various massifs of Mount Annapurna. Poon Hill is the major attraction of Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. It is a popular vantage point that lets you endeavor the beauty of the Annapurna vistas at once. Looking at the rising and setting Sun behind the mountain ranges is a mystical experience, it is like looking at a despotic phenomenon unmatched in its supreme eminence.
Boating on the cerulean waters of the Fewa Lake at Pokhara can also be done while on the trek, the periwinkle waters mirroring the reflection of Mount Fish Tail in its clear surface. The trekking days include walking on easy trekking trails, ascending steep terrains all the while seeing spectacular view of mountains while traversing through villages of the ethnic groups like the Gurung and Magar people, and immersing oneself in the scenic beauty of Mother Nature! The amazing view of Mount Dhaulagiri in the distance, standing vigil in its aegean spectacle, is utterly reverential. The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is filled with stunning beguiles of nature, incorporation of local ethnic traditions, and majestic views of the Himalayas!
01. Annapurna Panorama Trek
The number one list of 7 best short treks in Nepal is the 10-Day Annapurna Panorama Trek! The Annapurna region of Nepal is considered one of the best trekking regions, second only after the Everest region Trek. The Annapurna Region offers lots of different trekking routes that alternate from easy trails, moderate trekking to strenuous hiking. Coming up at number six is the Annapurna Panorama Trek with its trip grading of moderate. The ten-day Annapurna Panorama Trek offers the most striking panoramic views of the Annapurna mountain ranges. The Annapurna Panorama Trek offers you the opportunity to explore and observe various ethnic villages along the trek, walking from the foothills of the mountain through luscious emerald forests and terrains prettily decorated with jade foliages and small jovial rivers and brooks all the way to Tadapani. The Annapurna Panorama Trek is one of the easiest treks to do, with trails leading you to great elevations with little to no possibility of altitude sickness or vertigo. You also get to enjoy the Himalayan ranges of the Annapurna region up close, along with many villages and religious quintessence along the trek.
The Annapurna Panorama Trek has the inclusion of a hike to Poon Hill, a popular vantage point perfect for beholding the glory of the Sunrise commencing from behind the mountain peaks, changing the ultramarine of the mountains into a cascade of molten gold! Hiking through the villages in the region also gives you more experience on understanding and observing the lifestyles of the people, and you would be in adjacent with many religious temples and stupas along your trekking journey. The people of the villages are hospitable, and in this, you would get the opportunity to fully immerse yourselves on the famous conviviality of the Nepali people. The rich spring green landscape of Ghorepani and Poon Hill is utterly fascinating to behold, and the perplexing panoramic views of the Annapurna Himalayan ranges is prodigious. You would be descending down to the village of Ghandruk on the trek, an extraordinary village of the Gurung people, lying among the omnipotence of pure unadulterated natural settings, with breath-taking views of Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli Himal.