If trekking is something you really wish to do but you are short on time then there are shorter treks available too. A few of the shorter trips that we think you would like have been described below.
Everest Base Camp Trek
- Base Camp of World’s highest mountain, Mt Everest
- The majestic panoramic views from Kala Patthar
- Tengboche monastery
- Nepal’s biggest Khumbu glacier and longest Ngozumpa glacier
- Gokyo RI and Gokyo Lakes
- The three great passes; Cho-La, Renjo-La and Kongma-La pass
- The Sherpa’s capital, Namche Bazaar
- Hillary Museum
- Sagarmatha National Park
- Exploring traditional Sherpa villages and indulging in their customs, cultures, traditions, and lifestyle
Everest Base Camp Trek lets you get close and personal with the admiration stimulating massif of the world’s tallest mountain. Regarded as the crown jewel of the Himalayas, Mt Everest is something that every adventurer from around the world has dreamed of gazing at. The trail of this trek will make you travel through the famed Khumbu region of Nepal which is home to incomparable natural beauty and the immortal traditions of the local Sherpa culture. Throughout your trek, you will be identified with majestic views of arrant cliffs, huge glaciers, forested hills, and mountainside villages.
As you get closer to the top of the world, you will experience a unique blending of immaculate wilderness and cultural radiance that will leave your memory with an enduring memory. And while there are a variety of incredible treks that can be done in Nepal, there is a reason why Everest Base Camp trek is regarded as the finest in the world.
Some of Nepal’s most spellbinding cultural and scenic highlights can be seen on the Everest base camp trek. For most trekkers, the first thing on their list is the remarkable high altitude trading hub of Namche Bazaar. While you will find as many trekkers as yaks laden with goods here these days, the unique liveliness and vibrancy of the town remain second to none. Some of the best mountain views in the whole country can be seen from Namche Bazaar such as that of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Everest itself loom over the village like an observant attendant.
You will also visit Tengboche further along the Everest Base Camp trek. Tengboche is well known for its Buddhist monastery and is the spiritual center of the Khumbu region. The monastery is one of the most appealing highlights of the trek with its vivid collection of clerical artwork and an exquisite backdrop of the Himalayan mountains. It is hard to beat the high expediency of Kala Patthar for alpine scenery lovers. Kala Patthar is the highest altitude you will reach during your entire journey. If you are taking a guide then they will time your arrival to Kala Patthar in time with sunrise. You will be able to witness a mesmerizing morning dawning among the obscured crags and mountains of the Himalayas.
Pikey Peak Trek
- View of Mt Everest from one of the best viewpoints of Nepal
- An expansive and rare view of the Himalayan range
- Opportunity to experience the lower region of Everest Region which most trekkers miss
- Experience the Sherpa culture, tradition, customs and lifestyle
Pikey Peak Trek is considered as a newfound trekking route to the Everest region. The trek takes trekkers to the enthralling areas in Everest inhabited by Sherpa settlements. Also known as the Dal Bhat trek, this trek is one of the finest hilltop destinations that give you the panoramic views of Mt Everest and its surrounding peaks. Although the trek route to Pikey Peak is less traveled than the other areas located in the Everest region, Pikey Peak trek has garnered a lot of recognition in recent years. The trek is suited for those who wish to view the weathered landscapes of the Everest region and want to investigate the tallest peak in the world, Mt Everest. Along with this, the trek also presents you with the majestic views of the Himalayan ranges such as Kanchanjunga, Makalu, Mount Dhaulagiri, Lhotse, and many more.
Pikey Peak Trek is best for those who are looking for a short trek near the Everest region. Along with admirable mountain views and picturesque allure, the trek also offers you the experience to explore the culture of the Sherpas residing in the Everest region. Pikey peak trek’s highest point of elevation is 4067 meters which is not a difficult trekking terrain, especially for an accomplished trekker. It is recommended that physical exercise is done before trekking for new trekkers. Pikey Peak trek is considered a trek with a moderate level of difficulty.
As the trek can be completed in approximately 8 days, it is known as a short trekking destination in the Everest region. So for people who are short on time but want to experience the Everest region, the Pikey Peak trek is perfect for you. During the trek, you will get to explore the rare tradition and culture of the Sherpa settlement. You will get to visit different age-old and alluring monasteries of the region. Along with this, you will get some amazing views of some of the tallest peaks in the world such as Mount Dhaulagiri, Makalu, Mount Everest, Lhotse, Mount Kanchenjunga, etc. You will also get to view the dazzling sunrise views while trekking.
Ghorepani Poonhill Trek
- Short and ideal trekking route in Nepal which has well-known tea houses en route.
- Exploring destinations of Pokhara is also possible like Fewa Lake, Mahendra cave, David’s fall
- Spectacular view of the sunrise
- View of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range from vantage destinations
- Experiencing the Gurung tradition, culture, customs and lifestyle
If you are short on time but you do want to experience Nepal mountain culture and see the popular Himalayan range then the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is perfect for you. Frequently referred to as Annapurna Panorama trek, this trek lets you experience what a longer Nepalese mountain trek is like. During this trek, you will pass through peculiar villages and experience the unique local culture of the Magar and Gurung communities. You will pass through jungle and villages and up many many stairs before finally reaching an elevation of 3,200 meters. You will stand with your head amid the highest mountains in the world.
The views you will see from Poon hill are some of the best panoramic views of some of the biggest and most captivating Himalayan mountains such as Machhapuchhare, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna II, and Nilgiri. The trek is easily reachable from Pokhara and the official starting point of the trek is only a 1.5 hours drive away from the lakeside town. It usually takes 3 to 4 days to complete the Poon Hill trek and it is the ideal way to ease yourself into trekking in Nepal.
Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek
- The trek is done on an off beaten trek
- Exquisite and panoramic views of the Annapurna Himalayas
- You will trek through and stay in traditional villages
- Trek is connected with Poon Hill trek if you want a longer trek
Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek is a Hidden gem of Nepal. It is located just east of the Annapurna Base camp trek which is regarded as one of the most fabled destinations in Nepal, There are few trekkers who trek to Mardi Himal base camp with is situated at the base of Mardi Himal and mount Machhapuchhre also known as fishtail and which is the Annapurna region’s most iconic mountain. The trail takes you through vibrant rhododendron forests and along small winding paths until you get out of the forest at an altitude of approximately 3,300 meters. From there the landscape suddenly into an uneven high mountain landscape providing majestic views of the Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, Mardi Himal, and Annapurna South.
In 3 to 4 hours, you can climb up to Mardi Himal base camp from a high camp which stands at an elevation of 3700 meters. From there you will be able to see the dazzling close up views of all of the Annapurna range. Along the trail, there is an abundance of homestays and guest houses where you can stay.
Tamang Heritage Trek
- Observe Goljung village and other Tibetan villages
- Chilime Hydropower Dam and Natural hot springs
- Exquisite view of Langtang Ri, Kerung peaks, Ganesh Himal and Shisapangma
- Observe ethnic cultures and their lifestyle
Tamang Heritage Trek is also a recently discovered trail in Nepal and it is a cultural trek that takes you to the lively Tamang villages in Langtang. Along this trek, you will be able to see the alluring panoramic views of Langtang range and Mt. Ganesh. Langtang range is situated in the northern part of Kathmandu near the Langtang National Park. In the Tamang Heritage trek, you will be able to witness the culture of the people living there as well as the lush mid hills villages of Nepal in the mighty peaks, dense forests, dangling bridges, and unplanned encounters with the wild animals like snow leopards. In this 11 day trek, you will get an idea of the alluring Langtang valley and the lifestyle of the Tamang settlement.
You will also get to understand the Tibetan history and culture of this region during this trek. While on this trek you will see the trading routes used during older days by Nepal and Tibet to import and export goods. Since Tibetan culture has a huge influence on this region, most of the people here follow Buddhism and most of the livelihood comes from trade and agriculture like growing vegetables, hardy grains, and raising livestock. People of this region wear vibrant clothing and have decorated their houses with exquisite wood carvings.
The trek offers stunning views of the snow-capped peaks and lets people observe thrilling dances like Mane and Syabru at Gatlang village, Goljung village, and Birddim village located close to the Tibetan border. Homestay facility is available in Brimdang and you can experience the hospitality of Tamang people here. After Briddim, you will head towards the confined valley of Kyanjing Gompa located at an altitude of 3,900 meters and then down the Langtang Khola. Your trekking ends where it begins in Syabrubesi’s Dhunche.
Khopra Danda Trek
- Observe the sunrise over the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri
- Stay at tea houses which provide one of the best panoramic views of Nepal
- Walkthrough rustic villages to Tatopani
- Hike to the holy Khayer Lake situated at the foot of Annapurna South
Khopra Danda Trek is one of the more well-known treks done in the Annapurna region. It is regarded as a newly discovered trek in Nepal which breaks away from the typical path and instead takes us through an off beaten path which provides spectacular views of mountains such as Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna III, Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Mt. Dhaulagiri. You will also walk through rural villages, rhododendron forests and pass by rice fields. In the forest, you may encounter many Himalayan wild animals like yaks and pheasants. You can also visit the alluring Khayar lake which is regarded as a holy lake. You can also continue to the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek from this trek and gaze upon the best sunrise over the mountains like Nilgiri, Annapurna, Hiunchuli, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre. While this trail lets you enjoy nature, not many people know about it.
The trek starts with a picturesque ride to Pokhara from Kathmandu and from Pokhara you will trek through the colorful Gurung village of Ghandruk. Then the trail will take you up Tadapani and then through the off beaten trail, you will trek to Bayali. The trail will lead you through dense forest filled with rhododendron, pine, and oak. Since the trail is unknown, there are not many chances of you meeting people and the lodges you will stay at will have a very homey feeling. After that, the trail will take you closer to Annapurna South and then to Khopra danda from where you will be able to see panoramic views of the entire Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
Khayar Lake is another well-known attraction here but you do not have to see it if you do not want to as it is usually done by those who wish to do a roundabout trek and come back to Khopra danda. Turning around the trail will take you down to Swanta and ascend to Ghorepani via Tadapani and Bayeli Kharka. From here you will trek to Poon Hill to get the popular view and finally you will go back to Pokhara. This trek is short and relatively easy to complete as it has a moderate level of difficulty.
Langtang Valley Trek
- Panoramic view of the mountain from Kyanjin Ri
- Visit Kyangin Monastery and Langtang village
- Exotic Kimshung and Lirung glaciers
- Old and remarkable Buddhist stupas, monasteries and monuments
- Visit the cheese factory
- Hike to Tserko Ri
- The splendid viewpoint of Naya Kanga, Langtang Lirung, Yansa Tesnji, Gang Chhenpo, Kimsung, and Dorje Lakpa
- Observe wildlife like the snow leopard, bear, red panda, musk deer, and langur
Langtang Valley Trek is considered as a classical trek of Nepal. It is located north of Kathmandu at a distance of approximately 62 kilometers. The Langtang valley does not garner many trekkers even though the trek is comparatively cheap, short, and accessible. The trek is ideal for beginners as well as experienced trekkers along with adventure enthusiasts. This trek provides someone with the perfect opportunity to travel through distinct landscapes, mesmerizing waterfalls, alluring Tamang villages, tall Himalayan valleys, dazzling monasteries, and highly forested areas. During the Langtang valley trek, the mountain trail lets you gain a gorgeous view of the mountains and glaciers like Jugal Himal, Langtang Lirung, Ganja La pass, Ganesh Himal and Dorje Lakpa.
During the trek, you will encounter various exotic animals and birds along the trail as the trek area is protected as a part of Langtang National Park. Among the many animals you might encounter, some of them are musk deer, red panda, Himalayan tahr, langur, snow leopards, and birds such as Snow Patridge, Himalayan monal and white-winged redstart.
After a 7 hour drive to Syabrubesi from Kathmandu, the Langtang valley trek officially starts. You will have to travel approximately 122 kilometers to reach Syabrubesi from Kathmandu. While you would usually have the option of taking a flight to the starting point, during this trek there is no flight option. You will either have to travel via a local bus or a private or local jeep as there is no luxury transportation option available. Every morning from 7 to 9 am the local buses leave from Machhapokhari to go to Syabrubesi. Although the transport is bearable the road will certainly not be so. The road you will travel through will be rough at times. You will be going back the way which you came through which is a route back to Kathmandu from Syabrubesi as the beginning and ending point of the Langtang valley trek is the same. The transport option to travel back will be the same as when you came to Syabrubesi.
- Beautiful village perched on a hillock
- Untainted tourist destination
- Well known for its rustic flair of traditional Gurung village
- An easy trek with an abundance of flora and fauna along the way
- Majestic mountain views of the Manaslu, Lamjung, Annapurnas, and Fishtail
- Experience traditional Gurung culture and lifestyle
Sikles Trek is one of the more well-known treks done in the Annapurna region. It is regarded as a newly discovered trek in Nepal which breaks away from the norm and creates an innovative trek, the People also commonly know it as the Ghale Kharka trek of the Annapurna region. Rather than traditional treks, this trek takes you to unknown villages that are yet to be touched by modernization, and to get here you have to trek thorough off beaten trails to get to the traditional Gurung villages. The village this trek takes you to is the Annapurna region’s second-biggest Gurung village.
This trek has been designed in a way in which you will not stumble upon many other trekkers as it is not frequented by them and along the way, you will be able to see the gorgeous views of the mountains. You will dive into rarely frequented valleys located deep within the Annapurna region during these tea houses and camping trekking. This trek will take place in the Annapurna conservation area’s eastern corner. Situated northeast of Pokhara, this trek’s starting point is in Pokhara and you can get here from Kathmandu after a 6-hour drive or a short flight.
The trail offers astonishing views of the Manaslu and Annapurna range such as Lamjung Himal, Machhapuchhre and Annapurna. When you reach the villages you will get to learn about their culture and traditions, taste their ethnic dishes, and observe their well known traditional dance known as Ghato. The trek has a moderate level of difficulty so during the trek you will be able to observe the various flora and fauna you will encounter. People usually consider the months February to May and September to December as the ideal time to go on this trek.
Since the trek falls under the category of shorter treks that can be done in Nepal, you will not need to spend a long amount of time on this and the trek can be completed quite easily. Even after you enter the village, you will be able to enjoy the traditional Gurung songs and dances as you will not be so exhausted and tired. And since the highest altitude you will reach is approximately 2000 meters, there is also no chance of getting altitude sickness. Along the way, you will walk through dense forests and rivers such as the Seti river and the Modi river while enjoying the beautiful view of the mountains.
- Trek through lower Annapurna region through exquisite rhododendron forests
- Visit the Gurung village in Ghandruk which provides scenic views of Fishtail and Annapurna
- The ideal short trek which takes you through charming local villages
Ghandruk Trek offers to experience an alluring local village town, located in the Gandaki zone of north-central Nepal. It is situated in the Kaski district and is a Village Development Committee (VDC). Ghandruk is a well-known trekking destination in Pokhara and is the most picturesque as it offers an impressive sunrise and sunset view and provides alluring views of the Annapurna mountain. The Ghandruk trek is famous because of the alluring village, geographical distinctions, phenomenal Gurung culture, and dazzling views of the mountains such as Himchuli (6411 meters), Annapurna (7219 meters), and Machhapuchhare (6993 meters). Also called Stone village or Konda in the local language, the Ghandruk trek is something the trekkers will thoroughly enjoy as it has clean stone steps to climb up and down the hill, comparatively easier trail, gorgeous mountain views and you will not have to travel to a higher altitude as the highest altitude you will reach is 2000 meters. Since you do not have to trek to higher elevations, there is no chance of getting altitude sickness.
From Pokhara, you will take a bus or a taxi to NayaPul from where your actual trek starts. In Nayapul there are steep slopes situated which will lead you to a bridge over Modi Khola. If you will start walking along the Modi Khola then you will reach the bazaar of Birethanti. Along the Ghandruk trail, you will be able to witness gorgeous landscapes along with splendid views of the snow-capped peaks. Ghandruk is a relatively short and easy trek that does not require much physical fitness so anyone can take on this trek. If you are a Nepali citizen then you will not need any permits but foreigners will need to get an ACAP permit. The permit can be acquired by the Nepal Tourism Board and is issued by the Nepali government.
When you reach the fringe of Birethanti, the road diverges into two paths. One path will take you west up to Burundi river then takes you to Tikhedhunga and then to a forested trail leading to Ghorepani. You should leave this trail and take the other one as it will take you to Ghandruk. In Ghandruk and Birethanti both, you will be able to do grocery shopping and you might even find international brands there. As this trek falls into one of the easier treks, it can be completed with a short hike of 4 to 6 hours.
- Explore pristine routes
- Observe many peaks standing above 6000 meters
- Experience culture, tradition, and lifestyle influenced by Tibet
- Explore ancient monasteries
- Trek through forests with an abundance of flora and fauna
For trekking destinations located in the Langtang region, Helambu Trek is the most well-known trekking spot for trekkers. This trek usually takes 5 to 7 days to be completed and is a relatively short trek. You have two points from where you can start this trek. One is 60 kilometers away from Kathmandu in a place called Melamchi Bazar or in a place called SUndarijal which is 26 kilometers away from Kathmandu. The trekking trail extends from the north of Taramarang all the way to the lower slopes of Jugal Himal and the tree limit of the Gosaikunda Lake. Along the trail, you will find an abundance of Tamang and Sherpa villages in the highland and dispersed on both sides of the Melamchi river.
Known as “the valley of glaciers”, the mountain-scape from Langtang valley is impressive. In the valley, from either side, you will be able to see towering peaks rising into the sky. The valley offers snow-capped peaks, rapid streams, dense pine forest, grassy downs and meadows filled with wild primulas and daisies. In the upper region of the valley, you will find lanky passes covered in mist, snow overpasses stretching over angry torrents, minute lakes covered with icebergs and waters of sparkling brilliance. Since you will not reach higher elevation in this trek, it is not that difficult to trek through. The altitudes you will trek will range between 800 meters to 3600 meters. The temperature will be warmer and you will not have to climb much.
Best Season to Trek in Nepal
Spring season falls between March and May and it is an ideal time to trek in Nepal as the weather will be mild at lower altitudes but colder at higher altitudes. While trekking during spring, there will be plenty of lush greenery, dazzling mountains, and flowers that make a gorgeous background. The mornings will be clear during spring while the afternoon clouds may bring rain.
Falling in between September and November, the Autumn season is considered the best season to trek in Nepal. During this time, you will get better visibility of lush hills and dazzling mountains. The weather is also excellent at this time. The days are clear with mild to warm days and the nights are cold. There is a lower risk of an occurrence of natural disasters which makes it a good time to trek.
- While trekking is not that strenuous, trekkers should be moderately fit.
- If trekking to higher altitudes, then there is a chance of Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS).
- Trekking up to an altitude of 3,500 meters is easy and requires a moderate level of fitness.
- Trekking up to 4,500 meters is considered moderate and while all trek is not difficult, in some you will have to trek through rough terrain.
- Trekking over 5,500 meters is considered difficult and has rougher terrain. You do need experience to trek through it.
We will be providing you with 3 meals a day throughout the trek. Some of the typical food menus in Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner that you should expect are as follows:
Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, French toast with Jam, Butter, Cheese, and Honey Tibetan bread or Chapati, Local tsampa porridge, Hashed brown eggs, Varieties of eggs (Omelettes, Poached, Boiled), Pancakes, Muesli, Bread, Fruits and Vegetables, Hot drinks like tea and coffees, hot chocolates, etc.
Typical Nepali dish (Dal, Bhat & Tarkari), Tibetan Bread, Various Soups items, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Macaroni, Tenduk, Spaghetti Noodles, Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable curry, Potato items, Vegetable and Salad, Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Dessert items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), etc.
Dal, Bhat & Tarkari, Tibetan Bread, Various Soups items, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings) Macaroni, Tenduk, Spaghetti, Noodles, Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable curry, Potato items, Vegetable and salad, Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Korean Noodles Ramen, Dessert items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), Hard Drinks, etc. are available on the menu during the trek.
Note: The food item will be limited if we trek at higher altitudes of Nepal.
The main trekking trails in Nepal like the Annapurna, Langtang and Everest region are filled with trekking lodges which are called tea houses. All the tea houses accommodation found in Langtang and Annapurna region are single or double sharing and you even have the option to share a group dom. In the basecamp and nearby, there are not many tea houses and the accommodations have to be shared with other trekkers during the peak trekking season. The peak trekking season is during Autumn. The tea houses provide hygienic foods and in the Everest region, you even have the choice to get deluxe accommodation.
There will be home stay lodges available as well. Local people have rooms inside their houses which they use to house tourists. These are mostly found in short trekking trails like in the Langtang Tamang Heritage trail. The food served will be local food and it is an opportunity to experience the local culture and lifestyle.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do we need to hire a guide or porter?
While you can trek in Nepal without a guide and porter, it is recommended that you trek with one or both. The guide or porter knows more about the area than you do and it will be easier for you during the trek. They will also know the flora and faunas along the way that you might not recognize during the trek. If you are a beginner in trekking then it is highly recommended that you take a guide or a porter with you as you will not know what to do if something goes wrong. If something does go wrong then you will have a person with you who can help you.
Is Solo Trekking possible?
While trekking solo is possible, there are a lot of pros and cons to it. The advantages of trekking solo are being able to trek as you please, cost-effective, gaining self-confidence, and outdoor skills. The disadvantages of solo trekking are the danger of getting lost, loneliness, risk of injury, the chance of being attacked by animals or humans. While trekking solo is more cost-effective, it is recommended that you do not do it alone if you are a beginner.
When is the low season in Nepal?
Winter season is considered a low trekking season in Nepal as there are snowfall and the Himalayan region freezes. It falls in between December and February and trekking can be quite challenging in higher elevations as the trail might be covered with snow. Trekking above 3,000 meters is not recommended in winter. The temperature in the Himalayan region will be up to -18 degrees celsius and the hilly region temperature can reach from 0 to 5 degrees Celsius while the plain region reaches from 10 to 15 degrees Celsius.
Monsoon season falls between June to August and while the mornings are cloudy, it rains during the afternoons and evenings. Trekking is not ideal as the trail becomes muddy, wet, and leech-infested. There is a risk of injury because of the wet terrain and a chance of natural disasters; mainly landslides in the hilly region. If you trek during this time then you have to carry insect repellent.
Is the experience needed to trek in Nepal?
While this trek is not one with much difficulty, it is recommended that you do some physical exercises like running, swimming, and exercising regularly before you start the trek. The trek will be comparatively easier for those who have experienced trekking or walking in higher altitudes.
- Light Backpack
- Physical exercise
- Walk slow
- Always carry local currency while trekking
- Carry water purifier or purifying tablets if you are not sure about the quality of water
- Plan contingency days for trekking
- Learn about the local community
- Carry first aid kit
- Personal medications
- Stay hydrated
- Acclimatize properly
- Trek with a guide
- Have travel insurance with proper coverage
While planning a trip can be tedious and painstaking, if you take the right steps then you will be able to enjoy a once in a lifetime experience. Mount Mania offers top of the line experiences to adventurers who seek to make memories for a lifetime.
If you have more time than one week then check out the 10 Best Two Treks in Nepal. Happy Traveling!