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Short Treks in Nepal

Short Treks in Nepal

Trekking in Nepal is truly a lifetime experience!

We’re just a little pressed for time sometimes, though. It’s perhaps a job, perhaps it’s your schedule. Classic mountain treks in Nepal usually require you to spend at least two to three weeks. But don’t panic!

If you don’t have this sort of time then in Nepal there are some simply amazing short treks in Nepal that can be made in less than a week, some as short as 3 days!

Whether you’re an experienced hiker or you’re looking to complete your first real trek, the options below provide something for anyone in the beautiful country who only has a short time.

Top 5 Short Treks in Nepal for 2019 / 2020

#1. Mardi Himal Trek

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The Mardi Himal Trek in the Annapurna region is a relatively new route. It opened “officially” in 2012 and still has to command large crowds in the region like other treks.

The route is also used by the royal family of Nepal. If you want a short trek that gets away from the crowds and off the beaten path, then that’s it! Lovely mountain scenery combined with authentic local culture makes this one brilliant little trek.

Altitude sickness on this trek is not a problem and the paths are well maintained. There are some long uphill sections, but the path is generally fairly easy and people with minimal fitness levels can walk around. Tea houses are dotted along the road, so no camping gear needs to be carried.

The trek offers beautiful views of the hillside rice terraces and the highly impressive mountain range of Annapurna including Machapuchhre (fishtail), Annapurna South and Himchuli.

Trek Facts

Trek Difficulty: Easy
Trek Duration: 5 – 10 Day
Remoteness: Not Remote
Trekking Hours: 5 hours on average
Pricing from: 570 p.p.
Best Season: All year round
Accommodation type: Guesthouses
Permits: Yes.
Max elevation: 3800m

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#2. Langtang Valley Trek

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The well-known Langtang Valley. Bill Tilman (1898-1977), the famous British travel writer and mountaineer, called the Langtang Valley “one of the most beautiful valleys in the world.”

The trek is relatively easy and is often much less busy than other popular treks in the region of Annapurna and Everest. Usually the trek takes 10 to 12 days, but in seven days it can be done.

The trek is set in the wild countryside. On this trek, the terrain is constantly changing, from deep gorges and subtropical forests to pasture farming and semi-arid regions.

The highlight of this trek is the view of the range of Langtang Lirung, which is simply incredible. The mountain of the eponymous is 23,773 feet high and dominates the whole valley.

Trek Facts

Trek Difficulty: Easy
Trek Duration: 6 to 10 Day
Remoteness: Not Remote
Trekking Hours: 5 hours on average
Pricing from: USD 490 p.p.
Best Season: February-May and September-December
Accommodation type: Guesthouses
Permits: Yes.
Max elevation: 3800m.

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#3. Everest Panorama Easy Trek

If you’re desperate to see Mount Everest but just don’t have the time to do the 15-days Everest Base Camp trek, this may be the perfect option for you.

Even if you don’t get as close to the colossal mountain as you would on the EBC trek, you still get some great views!

Mount Everest and Ama Dablam’s best views come from right above Namche Bazaar.

The trek begins with an exciting short flight to Lukla’s small (and very short) mountain airstrip. You trek to Phakding from there and then to Namche Bazaar.

You spend a day hike up to the Everest View Hotel in Namche to get a great view of Everest. Although this is a great short trek option, you’ll probably want to have booked the full EBC trek by the time you watch Everest

Trek Facts

Trek Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Trek Duration: 6 – 10 Day
Remoteness: Not Remote (due to the number of trekkers)
Pricing from: USD 990 p.p.
Trekking Hours: 6 hours on average
Best Season: March-May and September-November
Accommodation type: Guesthouses
Permits: Yes.
Max elevation: 3860m.

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#4. Helambu Trek 

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The Helambu Trek does not require any previous experience and is recommended for families and anyone else who prefers a short, pleasant hike to an excessive, strenuous trek.

Since the altitude is relatively low–from 2,600 to 12,400 feet, the temperature is generally warmer, adding to the popularity of the trek. There are far fewer crowds here, though, than on the treks Annapurna and Everest–it never gets crowded, even in high season. The trek is very peaceful and one of Kathmandu’s most accessible.

The views are still incredibly impressive as you don’t go very high. The biggest attraction is the views of Langtang (23,734 feet), Ganesh (24,429 feet) and many other over 20,000 feet peaks.

The local people maintain a very authentic and rustic lifestyle despite being relatively close to Kathmandu.

The Helambu trek is more a cultural trek than a real mountain trek. There’s no need for a high fitness level.

Trek Facts

Trek Difficulty: Easy
Trek Duration: 3 – 7 Days
Remoteness: Not Remote
Pricing from: USD 465 p.p.
Trekking Hours: 5 hours on average
Best Season: All year round
Accommodation type: Guesthouses
Permits: Yes.
Max elevation: 3640m

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#5. Poon Hill Trek

The Poon Hill Trek is a beautiful short trek which is often considered one of the most beautiful treks in Nepal’s Annapurna region.

It is one of the region’s most popular as well. This is because of its short walking distance and ease. To trek this route, you don’t need a particularly high level of fitness, retirees and young children are going to be all right.

There is also no need to carry a lot of equipment as you can stay at tea houses every night where there is warm food and comfortable beds. The wide variety of scenery along the trek makes Poon Hill our favorite. You will walk through mountainous areas, lush green vegetation and rice fields. The

The wide variety of scenery along the trek makes Poon Hill our favorite. You will walk through mountainous areas, lush green vegetation and rice fields. The skyline is dominated by Machhapuchhare’s lovely fluted peak (Fishtail Peak).On this trek, there is very little risk of altitude sickness as the highest altitude is 3,210 meters. This is where Poon Hill welcomes you with one of Nepal’s most spectacular mountain views!

On this trek, there is very little risk of altitude sickness as the highest altitude is 3,210 meters. This is where Poon Hill welcomes you with one of Nepal’s most spectacular mountain views!

The view takes in some of the giant Himalayan peaks, including Dhaulagiri and Annapurna I, over 8,000 meters high, in the snow-capped summits. When the rays of the sun hit the mountains, a beautiful gold is glowing.

Trek Facts

Trek Difficulty: Easy
Trek Duration: 4 – 7 Day
Remoteness: Not Remote
Trekking Hours: 5 hours on average
Pricing from: USD 499 p.p.
Best Season: All year round
Accommodation type: Guesthouses
Permits: Yes.
Max elevation: 3210m.

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Final Say

If you have any questions about the best short treks in Nepal or would like to know more about any of the treks mentioned, please contact us and we’ll get back to you shortly.

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