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Best short trekking places in Nepal

Nepal offers some breathtaking short trekking destinations that showcase the country's stunning landscapes, rich culture, and warm hospitality. Here are some of the best short trekking places in Nepal:


I) Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek: This is one of the most popular short treks in Nepal, offering stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. Ghorepani Poonhill Trek usually takes around 4-5 days and passes through beautiful rhododendron forests, charming villages like Ghorepani, and culminates with a sunrise view from Poon Hill, which is simply spectacular.

          Day 1: Pokhara to Ulleri

  • Depart from Pokhara early in the morning.
  • Drive to Nayapul (approximately 1.5 hours) and start your trek.
  • Trek from Nayapul to Ulleri (approximately 5-6 hours), passing through lush forests, terraced fields, and small villages.
  • Ulleri is a beautiful Magar village located at an altitude of around 2,070 meters.
  • Overnight stay in Ulleri.

         Day 2: Ulleri to Ghorepani

  • Start your trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani (approximately 5-6 hours).
  • The trail includes a steep ascent of around 3,000 stone steps, offering stunning views of the surrounding landscapes.
  • Ghorepani is a popular stopover for trekkers, situated at an altitude of 2,874 meters.
  • Overnight stay in Ghorepani.

        Day 3: Ghorepani to Tadapani

  • Wake up early before dawn and hike to Poon Hill (3,210 meters) to witness the breathtaking sunrise over the Himalayas.
  • Return to Ghorepani for breakfast.
  • Begin your trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (approximately 5-6 hours), passing through rhododendron forests and picturesque villages.
  • Tadapani offers stunning views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) peaks.
  • Overnight stay in Tadapani.

         Day 4: Tadapani to Ghandruk, Drive back to Pokhara

  • Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk (approximately 3-4 hours), descending through forests and terraced fields.
  • Ghandruk is a beautiful Gurung village known for its traditional culture and hospitality.
  • Explore Ghandruk and have lunch.
  • Afterward, drive back to Pokhara (approximately 2-3 hours).
  • Overnight stay in Pokhara.

         Day 5: Departure

  • Depending on your flight or bus schedule, you may have some free time in Pokhara for further exploration or relaxation.
  • Transfer to the airport or bus station for your onward journey or departure from Nepal.

 


II) Mardi Himal Trek: This trek offers a quieter alternative to the more popular routes in the Annapurna region. Mardi Himal Trek typically takes about 5-7 days and takes you through lush forests, traditional Gurung villages, and up to the base camp of Mardi Himal for stunning views of the surrounding peaks.

         Day 1: Drive from Pokhara to Kande, Trek to Forest Camp

  • Depart from Pokhara early in the morning and drive to Kande (approximately 1-1.5 hours).
  • Begin your trek from Kande and walk through lush rhododendron forests.
  • Trek to Forest Camp (approximately 6-7 hours), where you'll stay overnight.
  • Forest Camp is located at an altitude of around 2,520 meters.

         Day 2: Forest Camp to Low Camp

  • Continue your trek from Forest Camp to Low Camp (approximately 3-4 hours).
  • The trail gradually ascends through rhododendron and oak forests.
  • Low Camp offers stunning views of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and Mardi Himal.
  • Spend the afternoon exploring the surrounding area and acclimatizing.
  • Overnight stay in Low Camp (altitude: around 3,150 meters).

         Day 3: Low Camp to High Camp

  • Trek from Low Camp to High Camp (approximately 3-4 hours).
  • As you ascend, the landscape changes, offering panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
  • High Camp is situated at an altitude of around 3,700 meters.
  • After reaching High Camp, rest and enjoy the spectacular mountain views.
  • Overnight stay in High Camp.

        Day 4: High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp, Return to Low Camp

  • Start early in the morning and trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp (altitude: around 4,500 meters).
  • The trail is steep and challenging but offers breathtaking views of Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre, and the surrounding snow-capped peaks.
  • Spend some time at the base camp, soaking in the beauty of the Himalayas.
  • Descend back to High Camp for breakfast.
  • Afterward, trek back to Low Camp (approximately 5-6 hours).
  • Overnight stay in Low Camp.

        Day 5: Low Camp to Siding Village, Drive to Pokhara

  • Trek from Low Camp to Siding Village (approximately 5-6 hours).
  • The trail descends through lush forests and traditional villages.
  • Reach Siding Village and have lunch.
  • Afterward, drive back to Pokhara (approximately 2-3 hours).
  • Overnight stay in Pokhara.

 


III) Chisapani Nagarkot Trek: Close to Kathmandu, Chisapani Nagarkot Trek offers a perfect getaway from the bustling city life. It's a short trek, usually completed in 2-3 days, and takes you through lush forests, terraced farmlands, and traditional villages. The highlight is the sunrise view from Nagarkot, which offers panoramic views of the Himalayas.

         Day 1: Kathmandu to Sundarijal, Trek to Chisapani

  • Depart from Kathmandu early in the morning and drive to Sundarijal (approximately 1 hour).
  • Begin your trek from Sundarijal and hike uphill through Shivapuri National Park.
  • Trek to Chisapani (approximately 5-6 hours), a beautiful hill station offering panoramic views of the Himalayas.
  • Chisapani is situated at an altitude of around 2,215 meters.
  • Enjoy the sunset views over the mountains.
  • Overnight stay in Chisapani.

         Day 2: Chisapani to Nagarkot

  • Wake up early to witness the sunrise over the Himalayas.
  • After breakfast, start your trek from Chisapani to Nagarkot (approximately 6-7 hours).
  • The trail passes through scenic villages, terraced farmlands, and lush forests.
  • Nagarkot is a popular hill station renowned for its stunning sunrise and sunset views.
  • Upon reaching Nagarkot, relax and enjoy the panoramic vistas.
  • Overnight stay in Nagarkot.

         Day 3: Nagarkot to Bhaktapur, Return to Kathmandu

  • Wake up early to catch the sunrise over the Himalayas from Nagarkot.
  • After breakfast, trek downhill from Nagarkot to Bhaktapur (approximately 3-4 hours).
  • Explore the ancient city of Bhaktapur, known for its well-preserved medieval architecture, temples, and squares.
  • Have lunch in Bhaktapur and take a stroll through its narrow alleys.
  • In the afternoon, drive back to Kathmandu (approximately 1-1.5 hours).
  • Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel.
  • Overnight stay in Kathmandu or departure depending on your schedule.

 


IV) Dhampus Sarangkot Trek: This short trek is ideal for those with limited time but still want to experience the beauty of the Annapurna region. Dhampus Sarangkot Trek typically takes around 3-4 days and offers stunning views of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) mountains. The trek passes through picturesque Gurung villages like Dhampus and ends with a sunrise view from Sarangkot.

         Day 1: Drive to Phedi, Trek to Dhampus

  • Depart from Pokhara early in the morning and drive to Phedi (approximately 30 minutes).
  • Begin your trek from Phedi and hike uphill to Dhampus (approximately 3-4 hours).
  • Dhampus is a traditional Gurung village offering stunning views of the Annapurna range and the Pokhara valley.
  • Explore the village and interact with the locals to learn about their culture and way of life.
  • Overnight stay in Dhampus.

         Day 2: Dhampus to Sarangkot

  • Wake up early to catch the sunrise over the Himalayas from Dhampus.
  • After breakfast, begin your trek from Dhampus to Sarangkot (approximately 5-6 hours).
  • The trail passes through forests, terraced fields, and small villages, offering panoramic views of the mountains.
  • Sarangkot is a popular hill station known for its breathtaking sunrise and sunset views over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
  • Upon reaching Sarangkot, relax and enjoy the spectacular vistas.
  • Overnight stay in Sarangkot.

        Day 3: Trek to Pokhara

  • Wake up early to witness the sunrise over the Himalayas from Sarangkot.
  • After breakfast, trek downhill from Sarangkot to Pokhara (approximately 2-3 hours).
  • The trail offers stunning views of the Pokhara Valley and Phewa Lake.
  • Upon reaching Pokhara, transfer to your hotel.
  • Spend the rest of the day exploring Pokhara or relaxing by the lakeside.
  • Overnight stay in Pokhara.

 


V) Jomsom Muktinath Trek: This trek combines natural beauty with cultural significance. Jomsom Muktinath Trek usually takes about 5-6 days and takes you through the Kali Gandaki Valley, known as the world's deepest gorge, to the sacred pilgrimage site of Muktinath. Along the way, you'll encounter Tibetan Buddhist culture, apple orchards, and stunning mountain views.

         Day 1: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom, Trek to Kagbeni

  • Early morning flight from Pokhara to Jomsom (approximately 20 minutes).
  • Start trekking from Jomsom to Kagbeni (approximately 3-4 hours).
  • The trail follows the Kali Gandaki River with views of Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri peaks.
  • Kagbeni is a picturesque village situated at the entrance to the Upper Mustang region.
  • Explore the village and visit the Kag Chode Thupten Samphel Ling Monastery.
  • Overnight stay in Kagbeni.

         Day 2: Kagbeni to Muktinath

  • Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath (approximately 4-5 hours).
  • The trail ascends through barren landscapes with stunning views of Thorong La Pass.
  • Visit the sacred Muktinath Temple, a major pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists.
  • Explore the temple complex and surrounding areas, including 108 water spouts and natural gas fires.
  • Overnight stay in Muktinath.

         Day 3: Muktinath to Jomsom

  • Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (approximately 5-6 hours).
  • Descend through arid landscapes with views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
  • Pass through the villages of Jharkot and Khingar before reaching Jomsom.
  • Explore Jomsom, the administrative center of the Mustang region, and visit the local market.
  • Overnight stay in Jomsom.

         Day 4: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara

  • Early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (approximately 20 minutes).
  • Upon arrival in Pokhara, transfer to your hotel.
  • Spend the day exploring Pokhara, and visiting attractions like Phewa Lake, Davis Falls, and the World Peace Pagoda.
  • Overnight stay in Pokhara.

 

Each of these treks offers a unique experience and can be tailored to suit your preferences and time constraints. Whether you're looking for panoramic mountain views, cultural immersion, or a combination of both, Nepal has something to offer for every trekker.

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