Top 10 Short Trekking Trail in Nepal

Top 10 Short Trekking Trail in Nepal

Top 10 Short Easy Trekking Trips in Nepal

Short Trekking Trail in Nepal mountainous geographical feature of the Himalayan land of Nepal makes it an ideal adventure vacation destination for mountaineering, trekking, hiking, and other similar activities. The country is home to eight out of the fourteen world’s highest elevated mountain peaks, including the highest, Mount Everest (8848m), making Nepal a paradise for mountaineering and trekking adventures. One can choose from a wide range of trekking trips from beginners to advanced levels of difficulty.

For those trekkers seeking short hiking trips, there are many trekking trails that are customized for the best holiday adventure in the lower part of the Himalayas. These types of trekking trips are suitable for children and elderly people also, where they can witness the mesmerizing views of mountains without the need for a long and strenuous journey. Furthermore, these lower-altitude trekking trails minimize the risk of any potential health problems regarding Acute Mountain Sickness.

These short treks can also be categorized as “Budget Trekking Trips” as the costs and expenses required is relatively lower, including the facilities of Food, Transportation, and Accommodation. These types of trekking trips are popular among tourists with short vacations who are seeking to explore the mountainous life. There are plenty of short and easy treks in Nepal, and categorizing the best among them is a difficult task. However, the most popular short and beginner trekking routes that Vertex Holiday operates in Nepal are noted below.

Everest view Trek

Trip Duration: 10 Days

Trek Grade: Moderate

Highest Altitude: 3860m

Mount Everest region is most popular for various trekking trails, including the Everest Base Camp trek. Most of the trekking trips in the region require at least a couple of weeks’ time to complete and are graded as challenging. For those travelers and tourists seeking a short trip to explore the world’s highest peak Mount Everest (8848m), Everest View Trek can be an ideal choice. Firstly, this hiking trip is confined to the lower altitude zones of the Solukhumbu and thus is suitable for beginners and offers an exciting view of several other mountain peaks.

Everest View Trek begins with a dramatic flight to the Tenzing Hillary Airstrip at Lukla (2860m), overlooking the massive Himalayan Mountains peaks. After a steep climb into the forest and crossing several suspended bridges, you will reach the famous local market town of Namche Bazaar. Also known as the “Gateway to Everest,” this little hill station is the amalgamation of the traditional Sherpa Culture and the modern Culture. Monasteries and stupas are common in the region, reflecting the Buddhist culture.

A 35-minute flight takes you to the trailhead Lukla (2860m).

PikeyPeak Trek

Trip Duration: 10 days

Trip Grade: Moderate

Highest Elevation: 4065 meters

A recently opened off-the-beaten trekking trail in the Solukhumbu region, the Pikey Peak hiking trip is truly a gem for travelers looking for a short and lower altitude trekking in the Everest Himalayan region. Besides beautiful mountain vistas, the Pikey peak trek is known for its green hilly landscape along with terrace farms and scattered Sherpa villages.

Commencing from the small hilly town of Dhap, the trekking trail explores the unspoiled cultural and natural attractions. Mount Everest (8848m), Mount Makalu (8163m), and other smaller mountain peaks are visible during the hiking trip. Several viewpoints lie in different places of the trail from where beautiful sceneries of sunrise and sunset are visible.

Pikey peak trekking trail offers community-based homestays and organic produce for the food and accommodation facilities. It offers tourists to interact with the local indigenous community where they can explore the Himalayan way of life. Spiritually Himalayan Tibetan Buddhism is prevalent in the region, thus comprising Monasteries, Stupas, Gompas, and prayer wheels where a traveler can witness the Himalayan Sherpa culture. During the trekking journey, travelers can take part in the daily prayer rituals and special festivals in the Monasteries. In short, the Pikey Peak hiking trail is an ideal journey for tourists seeking to explore the lower parts of the Sherpa inhabited region.

A drive of around 6 to 7 hours takes you to the trailhead Dhap (2900m).

Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek

Trip Duration: 7 days

Highest Elevation: 4130m

Trip Grade: Moderate

The short hiking trip to the base camp of the world’s 10th highest Annapurna mountain peak is one popular trekking trail in Nepal. Starting from Nayapul, a small town on the bank of the Modi River, Annapurna Base Camp’s short trek follows the stone-stepped trail to the green lush Rhododendron forests of the Annapurna region. The trail crosses via the ethnic villages inhabited by the majority of the Gurung communities, where the stone thatch-roofed houses showcase the traditional vibe along with the beautiful mountain peaks of the Annapurna range. During the trekking journey, the accommodation is mostly in cozy tea houses and lodges with amazing food and facilities.

Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) is a bowl-shaped hidden pocket surrounded by the Annapurna (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Fishtail (6993m), and Hiunchuli (6441m) mountain peaks and offers a panoramic viewpoint. During the winter, tourists choose ABC for skiing and snowboarding activities, and the trend is gaining hype in recent years. Various species of flora and fauna, including rare and endangered Red Panda and Snow Leopards, inhabit the tranquil landscape. Graded as a moderate trekking trip, the trail heads straight to the base camp gaining altitude, and retraces back. Near the end of the completion of the trip, one can enjoy a warm bath at a natural hot spring pool for relaxation and stress relief. In brief, the Annapurna Base Camp Short trek offers a wonderful experience in the Himalayas in a short period of time.

A drive of around one and a half hours from the Touristic city of Pokhara takes you to the trailhead.

Langtang Valley Trek

Trip Duration: 10 days

Highest Elevation: Tserko RI (4984m)

Trip Grade: Moderate

Located on the northern side of the capital city of Kathmandu, Langtang valley is a wonderful destination for hiking and trekking adventures. Enriched with natural and cultural attractions, a short hike to the Langtang region offers travelers to spend a quality vacation in the Himalayas. Starting from Syafru Besi, the hike follows the Langtang River through the pristine wilderness exploring the diverse flora and fauna including the rare endangered Red Panda. Tea houses and lodges provide excellent service with the warm hospitality of the Tamang ethnic people.

The majority of the inhabitants are descendants of Tibetan refugees who fled after the annexation of Tibet into China. Spiritually, Tibetan Himalayan Buddhism is practiced in the region and is decorated with prayer flags, Mani walls, Stupas, Monasteries, and Chhortens. Besides cultural attractions, the Langtang short trek is decorated with the beautiful mountain vistas of the Langtang Lirung (7,234 m), Langtang Ri(7,205m), Dorje Lakpa(6,966m), and Yala Peak(5520m). Trekking peaks like Kyanjin Ri (4775m) and Tserko Ri (4984m) serve as major viewpoints with an amazing views. The hiking trip concludes after retracing back to Syafru Besi where one can relax in the natural hot spring.

A drive of around 7 hours takes you to the trailhead: Syafru Besi.

Ghorepani Ghandruk Circuit Short Trek

Trip Duration: 8 days

Highest Elevation: 3210 meters

Trip Grade: Moderate

Located in the lower Himalayas of the Annapurna region, the Ghorepani Ghandruk Circuit trek is probably the most popular beginner-level trekking trail in Nepal. An ideal trekking trip for all types of people, including children and pensioners, this hiking trip offers travelers an amazing Himalayan experience, especially during the spring season. In the months of April and May, the colorful Rhododendron trees are in full bloom, making the trekking journey memorable.

Panoramic mountain vistas, lush green forests, pristine nature, and some of the best viewpoints are the major highlights of this trip. A side hike of around 45 minutes on the stone-stepped trail amidst the Rhododendron forest takes you to the viewpoint awarding with a breathtaking view. Poon Hill, elevated at 3210 meters above sea level, offers the best sunrise view during the trip. Mt.Dhawalagiri (8167m), Mt. Annapurna (8091m), and their neighboring mountain peaks.

A one and half hour’s drive from the tourist city of Pokhara takes you to the trailhead.

Mardi Himal Trek

Trip Duration: 6 days

Highest Elevation: 4500 meters

Trip Grade: Moderate

A rather new addition to the plethora of trekking and hiking trails of Nepal, the Mardi Himal trek is a short duration off-the-beaten trekking trip in the Annapurna region. Starting from the city of lakes Pokhara, Mardi Himal Trek goes through the terrace farms of Dhampus village, continuing through the dense forests with an amazing view of Annapurna, Dhawalagiri, and Machapuchhre mountain peaks. As the trail gains altitude, the tree line starts to fade, and alpine meadows with Yaks grazing can be seen. During the ascent, the trekking trail continues on a narrow ridge following the view of Mt.Fishtail (6993m).

Every year during the winter season, the higher region of the Mardi Himal trek receives snowfall covering everything around, making it feel like you are climbing a mountain peak. A warm and cozy teahouse waits every day for your accommodation with hygienic food sourced locally. As the skies are clear mostly throughout the night, star gazing and night sky photography can be enjoyed. The mornings are mostly chill with low clouds, which disappear as soon as the sun rises. The trekking trip follows along with some ethnic Gurung community villages and on the bank of the Seti Gandaki River. Finally, drive back to Pokhara, where you can enjoy a boat ride on Fewa Lake and walk around Lakeside.

A 45-minute drive takes you to the trailhead Kande.

Mohare Dada Poonhill Short Trek

Trip Duration: 8 days

Highest Elevation: 3300m

Trip Grade: Moderate

The Annapurna region is home to several short hiking trips that offer a wonderful view of the massive Himalayan Mountains. Mohare Dada trek is an off-the-beaten trekking trail serving as an alternative to the Ghorepani Ghandruk trek. It is an excursion through the isolated Magar ethnic villages decorated with the scenic mountain vistas of the Annapurna Mountain range. Dhawalagiri (8167m), Annapurna (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Nilgiri (7061m), Baraha Shikhar (7654m) are the major mountain peaks visible during the trekking journey.

The hike to Mohare Dada begins from Galeshowr Mahadev Temple, a popular pilgrimage site for Hindus on the bank of the Kaligandaki River. After crossing the suspension bridge, the trail heads uphill, exploring the pristine landscapes. Resting in comfy community homestays will help you recharge your energy for the next day’s adventure. After crossing the Baskharka, Ramche, and Naagi villages: the hike heads to Poonhill (3210m) for an amazing sunrise view. Finally, the hike descends to Tatopani (Hot Spring) where one can enjoy a warm bath at the pool and relax their strained muscles.

A drive of around 6 hours from Pokhara takes you to the trailhead.

Panchase Sunrise Trek

Trip Duration: 4 days

Highest Elevation: Panchaase 2500 meters

Trip Grade: Easy

Panchase Sunrise trek is an off-the-beaten-path trekking trail in the Annapurna region. Pokhara city is the gateway to this trek, along with Ghorepani Poonhill Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Mountain views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machapuchhre, along with green forests, lakes, and rivers, are the main touristic highlights of Pokhara. Panchase hike commences after a boat ride on the Phewa Lake, hiking uphill through the forest with the possibility of encountering wild animals. At the top of the hill lies World Peace Pagoda or commonly known as Peace Stupa, a popular viewpoint ideal for viewing sunset or sunrise.

The hiking trail continues overlooking the Dhawalagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges, finally reaching Panchase. This hilly village is a homestay-based hiking destination where most of the foods are locally grown organic products. At an elevation of 2500 meters above sea level, Panchaase offers an enticing view of sunrise over Himalayan giants. Then the trek heads to Australian Camp (2400m), a popular touristic place ideal for camping. Overall, Panchaase Sunrise Trek offers travelers the to explore the local communities around Pokhara while enjoying a wonderful hiking experience.

A boat ride of around 20 minutes takes you to the trailhead.

Langtang Helambu Trek

Trip Duration: 7 days

Highest Elevation: Tharepati 3650 meters

Trip Grade: Easy

The Langtang Helambu hike is an amazing excursion to the lower part of the Langtang region, suitable for beginners. Starting from Sundarijal, the hike enters the lush forest of Shivapuri National Park, exploring diverse flora and fauna. Streams and waterfalls make this hiking trip more enticing with the chirping of birds. The journey crosses several mountain passes, terrace farmlands, and an excellent view of the Himalayas. Langtang (7,234m), Dorje Lakpa (6966m), Gaurishankar (7,134 m), Langshisa (6,427 m), and other smaller mountain peaks are visible during the trekking trip.

Tibetan Himalayan Buddhism-influenced villages decorated with prayer flags, stupas, Chhortens, and Mani walls provide an excellent opportunity for travelers to witness the unadulterated culture. Lodges and teahouses enriched with the warm hospitality of the local people add great value to the Langtang Helambu trek. It is an ideal trekking package for beginner trekkers, including children and pensioners, without the risk of any mountain sickness. Being close to the capital city of Kathmandu, this circuit-style hiking trip is mostly popular among travelers with a very limited amount of days for vacation.

A drive of around 30 minutes takes you to the trailhead.

Nagarkot Balthali Village Trek

Trip Duration: 4 days

Highest Elevation: 2300 m

Trip Grade: Easy

Located on the northern hills of Kathmandu city, Nagarkot Balthali Village Trek is one of the easy beginner-level hiking trips. Beginning from UNESCO World Heritage Site: Changunarayan Temple, the trek ascends to the popular viewpoint of Nagarkot. Amazing view of sunrise and sunset on the Himalayan Mountain peaks including the Everest and Langtang mountain range. The journey goes through the lower green hills, exploring the diverse vegetation. Sightings of wildlife, including various species of birds, are a possibility.

This hiking trail explores the ethnic villages inhabited by the indigenous people. Showcasing the traditional arts and architecture, the village of Panauti is an ancient settlement of the Newar ethnic people, whereas Balthali is a picturesque village inhabited by Tamang people. The combination of terrace farmlands around the villages during the trekking journey is also an important attraction. Nagarkot Balthali short hike is an ideal vacation for travelers bound by time restrictions, including children and the elderly.

A drive of around 30 minutes takes you to the trailhead.

Besides the above-listed trekking trips, there are a plethora of destinations in Nepal that are worth exploring. For more information about exciting journeys in the Himalayas, subscribe to our newsletter.