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10 Best Short Treks in Nepal

Nepal has always been highly prioritized for trekking by travelers. World’s tallest Himalayas, vivid landscapes, dense lush forests, ethnic culture and traditions, warm gestures from the local people, etc., have made trekking in Nepal famous worldwide. When choosing a hiking destination around Kathmandu Valley, two of the most crucial things that one needs to consider are fitness level and the required number of days. If you are someone who has a busy schedule but still want to fulfill the craving of trekking, then Nepal short treks are the alternative option available for you.

Like long treks in Nepal, these trekking trails also have enough capacity to offer you the miracles of Nepal by taking you away from the distracting city to the pristine and naturally stunning environment.

Short treks in Nepal range from 3 days to 11 days and are comparatively less challenging. Likewise, treks in Nepal can also be classified in terms of the level of difficulty. Ranging from easy to moderate to strenuous, basically short treks often fall in Nepal’s group of easy treks. Because of its easy access and fewer difficulties, these trekking destinations in Nepal are best for anyone: beginners, couples, family members, children etc.

Remember each of the treks listed below can be customized as per your demand, too. It can be completed in the below-mentioned minimum days but can be adjusted if you want to settle down there for more days.

1. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Get a peek into the Gurung culture along with the views of giant peaks by taking this 3-day trek to Ghorepani Poon Hill.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Highlights

  • Experience Pokhara sightseeing where you can take a walk in the lakeside, enjoy rafting in Phewa Lake, visit David’s falls, Mahendra Cave, monasteries, temples, etc.
  • Get the visibility of the popular Himalayas in Nepal such as Tukuche, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, etc.
  • Enjoy the beautiful view of sunrise illuminating over Annapurna range in different colors such as red, yellow, orange, etc.
  • Roam around the Gurung villages and get a deep insight into their lifestyle, culture, and traditions
  • Pass through the dense lush forest filled with blooming Rhododendrons, Oak, Pine, etc.

Ghorepani Poon Hill trek, often called Annapurna Sunrise trek, is located in the Annapurna range. It is one of the best classic short treks in Pokhara, Nepal. The best thing about this trek is it can be accomplished by everyone who wants to taste the hiking in Nepal – children, family, couples etc. Saying this, it doesn’t mean that it’s like walking around a park as you still need to trek up to 3,200m. There is a low chance of altitude sickness in this trek as you can complete this trek within 3 days. As a result, you don’t need to stay very long in the high altitude.

How to get there?

Most trekkers start this trip from Pokhara. However, if you are starting your trip from Kathmandu, then you can reach there by either flight or overland transportation. Several airways run a daily flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, which takes around 30 minutes to get there. Similarly, if you want to enjoy the road drive, you can choose either public or private vehicles. It takes 9-10 hours by local buses and 5-6 hours by private vehicles like Jeep, car, etc., to reach Pokhara.

From Pokhara, the next destination you will be driving to is Ulleri, as it is the entrance point of this trek. You can get access to the local bus from Pokhara Bus Station to Nayapul, and then you need to drive further towards Ulleri from there. So, we recommend you to go by Jeep as you can directly navigate to Ulleri from Pokhara, and the trip also becomes somewhat comfortable. Avoid starting trek from Nayapul as the route is very dusty.

The road condition from Pokhara to Nayapul is flatter and easily driveable. However, the road is unpaved and bumpy from Nayapul to Ulleri, and it becomes worse in monsoon.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek at Glance

Arrival City:Kathmandu
Departure City:Kathmandu  
Average Duration:3-5 days  
Max. Altitude:3,210m/10,530ft  
Trip Grade:Moderate
Best Season:Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, November, and December)

2. Everest View Trek

Everest View Trek, the classic journey towards the highest peak in the world – Mt. Everest, introduces you to the ethnic culture of Sherpa people, the unexplored beauty of wilderness, and the best view of the giant peaks.

Everest View Trek Highlights

  • Short and scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, which enables trekkers to enjoy the view of varied landscapes, modern town, forest, Himalayas, etc.
  • Splendid views of soaring peaks such as Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, etc.
  • Stroll around the Sherpa hub, Namche Bazaar, which is the popular village in the Khumbu region
  • Learn about the lifestyle of legendary Sherpa people and be a part of their vibrant festivals, culture, and traditions
  • Visit one of the oldest monasteries in Everest – Tengboche and practice yoga, meditation, etc.
  • Trek through the pristine environment and vivid forests covered with blooming Rhododendron

Everest View Trek, one of the best trekking destinations in Nepal, allows travellers to explore the Himalayas region in Nepal quickly. Like Everest Base Camp trek, this trek also provides the panorama of some of the highest mountain in the world – Mt. Everest (8,848m) and the other Himalayas such as Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Mt. Cho Oyu etc.

As you will only be spending around 5 days, this trek is doable for both group trekking and family trekking. Passing through the Sagarmatha National Park, Sherpa villages, lush forest filled with Rhododendron, pine, fir etc. will make the walk in trail exciting. Similarly, cultivated farmlands, Namche Bazaar – Sherpa hub, ancient chortens, monasteries like Tengboche, prayer flags, learning about lifestyle of Himalayan people etc. make this short journey in high Himalayas memorable for lifetime.

How to get there?

Lukla is the starting point of Everest Base Camp. One of the most popular and easiest ways to reach Lukla is by taking a direct flight from Tribhuvan International Airport. It takes around 35-40 minutes to land in the small airport of Lukla. We recommend you to go for this option if you are short on time and want to enjoy a comfortable trip.

The airport in Lukla is tiny, like a mountain airstrip. So, prepare yourself to face the problems like delays in flight because of weather changes. Also, learn more about this airport by getting in touch with the local trekking agency in Nepal for beforehand preparation.

You can also choose road drive as an alternative option to reach Lukla. The most popular road route is one from Kathmandu to Salleri, which takes around 9 hours by Jeep. From there, you need to ride for another 5 hours towards Thamdanda. The road for the vehicles is under construction from Thamdanda, so a walk of around 6 hours is mandatory to reach Lukla.

The drive from Kathmandu to Salleri is safe and comfortable as the road is paved; however, the further drive from Salleri is difficult because the road starts to get bumpy and slippery.

Everest View Trek at Glance

Arrival City:Kathmandu  
Departure City:Kathmandu
Average Duration:4-6 days
Max. Altitude:3,880m/12,730ft
Trip Grade:Moderate
Best Season:Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, November, and December)

3. Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Close-up view of Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre, etc. and the experience of the mixed culture, provided by Annapurna Base Camp trek, can’t be replaced by any other treks in Nepal.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Highlights

  • Experience the beautiful day in the tourist hub, Pokhara, and make memories by undertaking some of the best adventurous tasks
  • Enjoy the sunrise view from Poon Hill over Annapurna range
  • Witness the panoramic view of the peaks such as Gangapurna (7,455m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Machhapuchre (6,993m), Himalchuli (7,893m) etc.
  • Observe the culture, traditions, and lifestyle of the local people residing in the Himalayas region and be a part of their communities
  • Pass through the Annapurna Conservation Area, and get a chance to spot endangered wildlife such as red pandas etc.
  • Get to know about the remote region in Nepal and enjoy its wilderness

Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the most beautiful treks in Nepal, which can be completed within a few days with the help of a local licensed guide and trekking agency in Nepal. This trek usually begins from Pokhara and is marked as one of the best short treks in Pokhara. Plan this trip with your groups or family and travel with a local guide to tackle the difficulty level that this trek has to throw in the way.

This trek provides dramatic views of high Himalayas, local villages inhabited by Magar and Gurung, dense bamboo and pine forest, a glimpse of rare wildlife such as red panda, Himalayan Thar, etc. Besides these, you can also enjoy the cultural diversity and visit to numerous monasteries, shrines, temples, etc., which holds crucial value to Buddhist pilgrims.

How to get there?

Annapurna Base Camp trek is easily accessible from Pokhara. If you are starting your journey from Kathmandu, then you can reach Pokhara by flight or by road drive. It takes around 30 minutes to get Pokhara from the flight, about 5 hours by private vehicles and about 9 to 10 hours by local bus.

From Pokhara, you can drive further towards either Gandruk or Kimchi, or Ulleri. It is said that Gandruk is the best starting point for this trek. Moreover, you can also begin your trek from Kimchi, to get to base camp quickly. It takes around 4 hours to reach Kimchi via local bus and about 2 hours via private jeep/car.

Furthermore, if you want to start your trek from Ulleri, then you can directly drive from Pokhara to there by jeep. You can also get access to local buses from Pokhara Bus Station, which will take you to Nayapul. From there, you need to ride further towards Ulleri.

The drive from Pokhara to Nayapul is a little bumpy, but it is driveable easily. However, the road from Nayapul to Ulleri is unpaved and difficult. So, try to avoid using this route during the monsoon.

Annapurna Base Camp at Glance

Arrival City:Kathmandu  
Departure City:Kathmandu  
Average Duration:7-9 days

Max. Altitude:4,130m/13,550ft  
Trip Grade:Moderate

Best Season:Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, and November)

4. Mardi Himal Trek

Experience the trek to Mardi Himal with the experienced local guide and enjoy the 360-degree view of the huge Himalayas, and the uncrowded trail with family or your groups.

Mardi Himal Trek Highlights

  • Spend the beautiful day in the lakeside of Pokhara
  • Be a part of the less crowded and unexplored trekking trail in Nepal
  • Get splendid views of Annapurna range, Machhapuchre Himal, Dhaulagiri etc.
  • Experience homestay with the local villagers and learn about their living style, faiths, and beliefs
  • Discover the new trekking path filled with exotic flora and fauna
  • Visit the century-old monasteries, chortens, temple, prayer wheel, etc., throughout the way and get the insight into Buddhism

Mardi Himal Trek is one of the popular short treks in Pokhara that runs in the Annapurna region, which is comparatively less challenging than the other treks and is only known to the smaller number of trekkers. It was only opened in 2012 for trekking because of which the region is still isolated. The best thing about this journey is you will end up reaching the lap of Mardi Himal and Machhapuchre where the range of the other giant peaks like Annapurna and Hiunchuli can also be seen.

This trek provides a diversity of natural beauty and cultural heritage. Passing through the Gurung villages and being part of their unique culture will help in enhancing the knowledge about Nepalese arts and architecture. Similarly, walking through the winding trekking route filled with varied flora and fauna and following the shade of peaks will make your trek more vibrant.

How to get there?

To start the Mardi Himal Trek, first, you need to reach Pokhara. You can take the 30 minutes short flight or 9 to 10 hours’ drive in local bus or short 5 hours’ drive in private jeep/car to reach Pokhara. We recommend you to go for either flight or private jeep as it makes your trip more comfortable and saves time.

From Pokhara, you can follow the route of either Kande or Landruk. You can get access to several local buses in Pokhara bus station that takes you to Kande. It takes around 1 to 2 hours. However, during monsoon, the road gets slippery and may result in 4 to 5 hours of the long journey just to reach there. Similarly, you can also drive to Landruk, but the bus services are less in number, and the road is also comparatively more challenging, muddy, and slippery than Kande.

Mardi Himal Trek at Glance

Arrival City:Kathmandu  
Departure City:Kathmandu  
Average Duration:5-6 days
Max. Altitude:4,500m/14,764ft
Trip Grade:Moderate
Best Season:Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, and November)

5. Australian Base Camp Trek

It is one of the easiest and nearest treks in Pokhara valley that offers refreshing hiking in nature and provides you with the ultimate experience of village life.

Australian Base Camp Trek Highlights

  • Enjoy the sightseeing and nightlife in gleaming Pokhara city
  • Witness the splendid views of huge Himalayas such as Mt. Dhaulagiri, Himchuli, Annapurna, Machhapuchre, Lamjung Himal, Tukuche, Dhampus, etc.
  • Spend the delightful day with the local villagers and get a chance to learn about the history of Australian Base Camp with them
  • Enjoy the beautiful walk in the easy trail surrounded by the blooming Rhododendron, Pine, Oak, etc.
  • Observe the fantastic view of sunrise and sunset over the peaks of Annapurna range and enjoy the photography as well as videography

Australian Base Camp trek, located in the northwest of Pokhara, is an easy and short trek around Pokhara which is best for couples and family trekking. This trek provides splendid views of the Annapurna range along with other peaks such as Hiunchuli, Machhapuchre, Lamjung Himal, etc. If you want to take a break from your daily monotonous life and want to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature and varied culture, then this trek must be on your bucket list.

Experiencing diverse cultures in the villages like Kande, Dhampus, and Pothana and mixing with them, be it only for a few days, will help you bring a positive mind-set. Moreover, passing through the forest filled with Rhododendron, cultivated lands, stunning scenery of mountains, etc. makes the trip of short days, happy and best days of your life.

How to get there?

Kande is the starting point of Australian Base Camp trek. First, you need to reach Pokhara by flight or overland drive. It takes 30 minutes to reach Pokhara by flight and takes around 10 hours via local bus. If you want to enjoy the overland trip, we recommend you drive via private jeep as it takes only around 5 hours and provides a comfortable ride.

From Pokhara, you need to further drive towards Kande. Many buses depart from Pokhara bus station to Kande, which takes around 1.5 hours to reach there. However, during the monsoon, the road gets muddy and slippery because of which a 1.5 hours’ drive can take even 5 hours to end. So, be ready to face the problems if you are planning your trip during the monsoon.

Australian Base Camp Trek at Glance

Arrival City:Kathmandu  
Departure City:Kathmandu  
Average Duration:3-4 days  
Max. Altitude:2,055m/6,742ft  
Trip Grade:Moderate  
Best Season:Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, November, and December)

6. Langtang Valley Trek

Langtang Valley Trek provides the perfect introduction to trekking in Nepal by offering a completely different panorama than most touristy regions of this country.

Langtang Valley Trek Highlights

  • Spectacular views of the soaring Himalayas in Nepal such as Langtang Ri (6,350m), Langtang Lirung (7,240m), Dorje Lakpa (6,980m), etc.
  • Pass through the Langtang National Park and encounter the red panda, monkey, etc.
  • Enjoy the vibrant environment covered with the blooming Rhododendrons
  • Learn about the Buddhism religion practiced by Tamang and Sherpa
  • Pay visit to one of the popular ancient monasteries – Kyanjin Gompa
  • Trek through the trail decorated with the prayer flags, main walls, prayer wheels, chortens, etc.

Langtang Valley trek is a popular trekking destination in Nepal, which is easily accessible from Kathmandu valley. It is sad to say that this trekking trail is still unknown to many trekkers because of its remoteness and wilderness. This trek runs through the Rhododendron and Bamboo Forest along with the huge waterfalls and view of snow-capped peaks on the way.

From the cultural side, this trek gives you a glimpse of Buddhism followed by the Tamang and Sherpa. Moreover, passing through the Langtang National Park introduces you to the varied flora and fauna, monkeys, Himalayan Bears, yak pastures, red panda, etc.

You can trek up to 5,000m if you want to enjoy the view of the sunrise from Tserko Ri.

How to get there?

Syabrubesi is the starting point of Langtang Valley trek. The only option available to reach there is by overland transportation. You can get access to the local bus from Machha Pokhari microbus stop that departs to Syabrubesi daily between 6 to 8 am. It is 120km away from Kathmandu and takes around 8 hours. However, if you drive from private jeep, then you can reach there within 5 hours.

The situation on the road is better till half way and later it starts getting difficult. The road gets more slippery and demanding during monsoon.

Langtang Valley Trek at Glance

Arrival City:Kathmandu
Departure City:Kathmandu    
Average Duration:7-10 days
Max. Altitude:4,773m/15,656ft (Kyanjin Ri) and 5,033m/16,500ft (Tserko Ri)
Trip Grade:Moderate
Best Season:Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, and November)  

7. Upper Mustang Trek

Get a chance to explore the hidden valley and rich history of the Buddhist Kingdom by planning the trek to Upper Mustang.

Upper Mustang Trek Highlights

  • Trek through the remote trail in Nepal with the help of the local guide
  • Observe mesmerizing views of the soaring peaks such as Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna etc.
  • Learn about the Tibetan Buddhist culture and its traditions
  • Pay visit to some of the century-old monasteries
  • Pass through the trekking route filled with prayer flags and wheels, main walls, chortens, etc.
  • Follow the Kaligandaki River and get to play with the mystic and fast-flowing river

Upper Mustang trek is one of the best off-the-beaten-trekking in Nepal which can be completed quickly. This region was known as the Last Forbidden Kingdom and was open to tourism only after 1992. This region is highly influenced by Tibetan Buddhism, where you can visit the ancient monasteries, learn about the original Buddhist culture, and witness the beautiful arts and architectural design on the wall of Lo Manthang. Besides these, you can also view peaks such as Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna etc.

Being a restricted region, you must trek Upper Mustang with a licensed guide and local trekking agency with at least 2 people in your groups.

How to get there?

Jomsom is the starting point of the Upper Mustang trek. One of the easiest ways to reach Jomsom is via flight. However, there is no direct flight from Kathmandu to Jomsom. So, first, you need to take a 30 minutes flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu and then further take another 20 minutes flight to Jomsom from Pokhara.

As an alternative option, you can also choose the road drive to reach Jomsom. If you ride a private jeep/car, you can get there within 11 to 12 hours. However, if you are looking for a local bus, first, you need to catch the bus for Pokhara. From Pokhara, you will get access to the several buses that run to Beni. Again, you need to depart from Beni to reach Ghasa. And after catching one last bus from the bus station of Ghasa, you will get Jomsom.

We recommend you travel via flight and jeep so that you can enjoy the trip safely and save time and energy. Remember, the drive from Beni starts getting rough and brutal. So, prepare yourself to face the difficulties of road driving.

Upper Mustang Trek at Glance

Arrival City:Kathmandu
Departure City:Kathmandu  
Average Duration:10 days  
Max. Altitude:3,770m/12,369ft    
Trip Grade:Moderate  
Best Season:Spring (March, April, and May),
Autumn (September, October, and November), and Monsoon (June, July, and August)

8. Annapurna Circuit Trek

Being suitable for those trekkers who want to undertake the adventurous journey, Annapurna circuit trek offers the different landscapes, climate, geography, and panorama in the Annapurna region.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Highlights

  • Spend the beautiful day at the tourist hub, Pokhara
  • Crossing the two high challenging passes -Kang La Pass (5,320m) and Thorong La Pass (5,416m)
  • Witness the panoramic views of giant peaks such as Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak, Lamjung Himal, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Tilicho, Manaslu etc.
  • Enjoy the hot spring bath at Tatopani
  • Learn about the ethnic culture and traditions and get the warm gestures from the local people
  • Observe the beautiful sunrise and sunset view from the high viewpoints

Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the best short treks in Nepal that run through the Annapurna region, where you get a chance to cross the challenging pass – Thorong La Pass and walk alongside the deepest gorge in the world – Kaligandaki valley. This trekking route was opened in 1977 for exploration, which provides the idea of diverse culture.

Hindu villages can be seen at the foot of this trek and Tibetan Buddhist towns in the far west. Throughout the journey, you will pass through the various remote cultivated lands, dense forests, glaciers, local villages, etc., where you can notice varied climatic zones.

Being a physically demanding trek, we recommend you to avoid independent trekking Annapurna Circuit and hire a local guide so that you can quickly identify the trekking trail.

How to get there?

Besisahar is the gateway to the Annapurna Circuit trek. If you are start your trek from Kathmandu, you can directly drive towards Besisahar via private or local vehicles. It will take around 15 hours via local bus to reach Besisahar. However, in a private jeep, you can get there within 8-9 hours.

From Besisahar, you can follow the route of Ngadi or Chamje. You can get access to a small bus with 25 seats which depart to Ngadi from Besisahar or Bulbule. It takes around 40 minutes by local bus and 20 minutes by private jeep to reach Ngadi village. However, if you want to trek from Chamje, then remember that no local buses are available. Either you should walk from Besisahar to Chamje or take a jeep ride. The road that takes you to Chamje is muddy and slippery, however, the scenery throughout the way is worthy.

Besides these, you can also follow the ending route of Manaslu trek i.e., Dharapani. You can drive directly from Kathmandu to Dharapani via jeep, which takes around 8-9 hours. However, if you are traveling from a local bus, you need to reach Besisahar and then take another jeep. The road is a mixture of both rough and smooth drives.

Annapurna Circuit Trek at Glance

Arrival City:  Kathmandu
Departure City:Kathmandu  
Average Duration:11 days  
Max. Altitude:5,416m/17.769ft  
Trip Grade:  Moderate
Best Season:Spring (March, April, and May), and Autumn (September, October, and November)

9. Chisapani – Nagarkot Trek

Best suitable for travellers having less time, this trek provides a stunning view of the countryside along with a panorama of the huge Himalayas in Nepal.

Chisapani – Nagarkot Trek Highlights

  • Get stunning view of the Himalayas such as Mt. Gaurishanker, Mt. Dorje Lhakpa, Mt. Manaslu, etc.
  • Stunning glimpse of sunset and sunrise over the Langtang Himalayan range
  • Encounter with the varied flora and fauna along with wildlife in the Shivapuri National Park
  • Interaction with the local people residing in Chisapani village and get the taste of pure Nepalese meals and traditions
  • Observe the thundering waterfalls, river dams, and watershed
  • Enjoy the bird watching while trekking through the deep lush forest in Mulkharka, Chisapani

Chisapani – Nagarkot trek is one of the best-hiking destinations around Kathmandu valley. It is famous for family trekking because of its easily accessible. This trek starts from the famous water supplier in Kathmandu valley, Sundarijal. Throughout the way, you will be walking on the water pipes, Shivapuri National Park, small local villages, popular hill stations in Nepal – Nagarkot, etc. You can easily get away from the hustle and bustle of the crowded city by taking this short trek in Nepal.

Before reaching Chisapani, you can witness blooming Rhododendron, varied flora and fauna, thundering waterfalls, river dams, view of the peaks such as Gaurishankar, Dorje Lhakpa, Ganesh Himal Range, etc. You can learn about the local culture and traditions in Chispani village. Further, you can enjoy the stunning views of sunrise and sunset over the Langtang Himalayan range from the top of Nagarkot.

How to get there?

Sundarijal is the gateway to the Chisapani Nagarkot hike. You can easily get access to the local bus from Ratna Park that departs to Sundarijal. It is 15km away from Kathmandu and takes around 2 hours by local bus. The road starts to get rough and bumpy once you cross the Jorpati, Bouddha because, after it, the road route is unpaved.

We recommend you to drive via private jeep to avoid the long duration. If you want to reach there by local bus, try to catch the early morning bus to avoid the traffic and busy roads.

Chisapani – Nagarkot Trek at Glance

Arrival City:Kathmandu  
Departure City:Kathmandu  
Average Duration:2-3 days  
Max. Altitude:2,195m/7,200ft  
Trip Grade:Easy  
Best Season:  Throughout the year

10. Khopra Danda Trek

Khopra Danda trek is a newly opened trek where trekkers can experience the pristine culture and lifestyle of Nepalese people along with the scenery of world’s renowned snow-capped peaks.

Khopra Danda Trek Highlights

  • Short and scenic drive to Pokhara and beautiful day at the lakeside where you can enjoy the local shopping
  • Bird-eye view of the Annapurna range along with other peaks such as Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre etc.
  • Enjoy the clear visibility of sunrise and sunset from the Khopra Ridge
  • Witness the pure bonding between the different ethnicities in Nepal and get to experience the blended culture throughout the trail
  • Take the beautiful hiking in the nature filled with the refreshing and blooming flora and fauna
  • Visit some of the popular and ancient Monasteries of Gurung villages
  • Explore the Gurung museum to know about their ancient arts and architectures

Khopra Danda Trek is one of the less crowded and popular treks in Nepal, which runs in the Annapurna range. It is taken as the alternative trek to the crowded trekking trail – Ghorepani Poonhill Trek. This Nepal short treks offer everything you from the amazing views of peaks to the culturally rich local villages. The best part of this trek is an adventurous climb to the Khopra Ridge and descends to the beautiful valley.

This trekking route is also somehow considered, as the off-the-beaten trekking in Nepal, and only a few people know about this region. This trek is perfect for families with children as the trails are easy to walk and doable by everyone. You will pass through the Ghandruk, largest Gurung villages, and dense forest filled with exotic flora and fauna. You will get the view of the peaks like Nilgiri, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, etc., and witness the special bonding between varied ethnic group such as Gurung, Brahmin, Magar, and Chhetri.

How to get there?

To trek Khopra Danda, first, you need to reach Pokhara. You can take the short 30 minutes flight or enjoy the 4-5 hours of jeep drive or take the 10 hours long ride in a local bus to reach Pokhara.

From Pokhara, you need to drive further towards Nayapul. The local buses are easily available in Pokhara Bus station. Now, most of the people start to trek from Nayapul, however we recommend you to drive via jeep further to Ulleri so that you can avoid the dusty trail from Nayapul.

The road drive is safe and drivable till Nayapul, but  the road starts getting bumpy and rough after it. The drive from Nayapul to Ulleri gets even worse during the monsoon.

Khopra Danda Trek at Glance

Arrival City:  Kathmandu
Departure City:  Kathmandu
Average Duration: 6-7 days
Max. Altitude:3,660m/11,881ft  
Trip Grade:Moderate
Best Season:Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, November, and December)

Nepal short treks provide the perfect introduction of the natural and cultural beauty in Nepal. Most of the above-listed treks can be completed in less than one week, which will ultimately fulfill your hunger for walking in exotic terrain in the available amount of time.

We, Prime Himalayas, have been running the popular and easy short trek in Nepal for several years. We focus on providing hassle-free trekking by supplying the local licensed guide to enrich your trip experience. So, if you want to know further about any of these trips, don’t hesitate to ping or call us on WhatsApp. We assure you to help in preparing the itinerary as per your needs by solving all the queries you have.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When is the best time to trek in Nepal?

Autumn (September, October, and November) and spring (March, April, and May) are considered, as the best season to trek in Nepal. During these seasons, travelers experience stable weather, warm and pleasant temperature, visibility without any interruption and can enjoy photography and videography. Similarly, the trekking routes start to blossom with the blooming Rhododendrons and vibrant environment.

Besides this, winter (December, January, and February) is also acceptable for trekking in Nepal as the routes are less crowded and the skies are cloudless, which offers stunning views of snow-capped peaks.

Can you trek in Nepal without a guide?

Well, both solo and guided trekking is possible in Nepal. Some trekking regions are very short and easily accessible so most of the travellers go for solo trek in those destinations. There are also some trekking regions for which solo trek is wholly banned because of its isolation and complicated route.

However, be it easy or hard, any trekking trail can be new to the travelers and they may have to face different sorts of problems. So, everyone should hire a guide to enjoy the trek fully and increase the success rate. We recommend you to travel with a guide even if the route is easily accessible because, with a guide, you can get an idea about each trail, forest and village you pass.

Is it safe to trek in Nepal?

Yes, trekking in Nepal is completely safe and secure. There might be some problems during your trek like altitude sickness, blisters, confusion on route, unpredictable change in weather etc., but if you focus on the precautions and prepare yourself beforehand, then all the possible risks can be solved easily.

With the help of a guided tour, a proper packing list for trekking in Nepal, and training beforehand trek, you can easily avoid the problems that you might encounter. Even though trekking in Nepal is entirely safe, we recommend you avoid walking alone on the trekking route, mainly at night.

How much does it cost to trek in Nepal?

The minimum cost of trek in Nepal starts from US$ 100. However, remember that the cost for trekking in Nepal totally depends upon the destination you have chosen and the itinerary that you have prepared. The longer the days, the more you have to pay for it. Similarly, cost also varies as per the solo trek and guided trek.

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