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Nepal is a paradise destination for trekking and adventure activities in the world. After almost three years of the COVID19 pandemic, travel and tourism activity is gradually resuming in Nepal. Nepal offers a wide variety of trekking trails which include both short and long-duration treks along with easy, moderate, and adventurous treks across the country. For those who are planning to explore the beauty of the mighty Himalayas along with culture and stunning landscapes, we’ve made a short travel blog. This would be a 5-10 days long trip where you can experience the diverse beauty of nature. Each of the treks we’ve mentioned below can be extended easily as per your requirements. 

Here are the top 5 most demanded and widely visited short trekking trails in Nepal. 

1. Poonhill Ghorepani Trek 

  • Trip facts of Poonhill Ghorepani Trek
  • Total Duration: 4-5 days 
  • Total Distance: 51km approx.
  • Difficulty Level: Easy 
  • Max. Elevation: 3,210m
  • Best Season: Spring (Mar-May) & Autumn (Sept-Nov)

Poonhill Ghorepani is the most classical and popular short trek in the lap of the Annapurna Himalayan range. This trek is mostly famous for the sunrise view from Poonhill, which is also considered the best viewpoint in Nepal. The trail mixed with modern luxury in Pokhara city, lush green forests, traditional villages along with majestic mountain views, and awe-inspiring landscapes. 

The trail began from the 3hr drive from Pokhara to Tikhedhunga and hike to Ulleri village. The trail passed through the lush green forests, river, and traditional villages before reaching the Ghorepani. The next morning, the Poonhill viewpoint offers a magical sunset on the highest mountains like the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Machapuchhre, and many more stunning snowy peaks. Furthermore, the trail passes through the alpine forest of Rhododendron, which makes the whole forest colorful. Besides this, the terraced firms in the entire route accompany you. This trial has some exotic diverse flora and fauna since this region lies inside the Annapurna Conservation Area. 

You can trek anytime around the year but spring and autumn would be the perfect season to trek in the high Himalayas of Nepal. During the off-season, you need to be more prepared for trekking as compared to normal trekking season. You can find the complete details of the Poonhill Ghorepani treks here

2. Mardi Himal Trek 

  • Trip facts of Mardi Himal Trek 
  • Total Duration: 5-6 days 
  • Total Distance: 42km approx.
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate 
  • Max. Elevation: 4,500m
  • Best Season: Spring (Mar-May) & Autumn (Sept-Nov)

Mardi Himal Trek is one of the most popular short treks in the foothills of the Annapurna Himalayan range. This is relatively a newly opened trail in the base of the most iconic mountain Mt. fishtail ( also called Machhapuchhre 6,993m). 

The trail starts from the short drive to Dhampus village, a beautiful traditional village with majestic views of mountains and beautiful landscapes. Furthermore, the trail passes through the lush green rhododendron forest, oak, and pine at lower elevations. After reaching the forest camp, the trail becomes steeper as you move towards the mountains. Throughout the trail, the iconic Machapuchhre, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli along with Mardi Himal offers the best panoramic views of mountains on the northern side. Until reaching the top of the Mardi viewpoint, these mountains will be the most inspiring aspects of the Mardi Himal trek. 

Besides mountains, the warm hospitality from local people, their delicious food, and welcoming behavior will be the most fascinating things of this trek. Also, the Mardi Himal trek offers astonishing sunset and sunrise views on snow-capped mountains. The landscapes, terrain, and hiking through the ridges of mountains will be a new experience for you. Since this trek is considered moderate graded trekking, you can go and explore during the monsoon and winter season as well. Winter offers clear views of blue sky with snowy peaks whereas the monsoon offers the green hills, numerous wildflowers in the surroundings. You can find the complete details of the Mardi Himal trek here

3. Everest View Trek 

  • Trip facts of Everest View Trek 
  • Total Duration: 4-5 days 
  • Total Distance: 48km approx.
  • Difficulty Level: Easy 
  • Max. Elevation: 3,880m
  • Best Season: Spring (Mar-May) & Autumn (Sept-Nov)

Everest Region trek is one of the most renowned and popular trekking in the world. If you have less time but want to experience a glimpse of the world’s highest peak, the Everest View trek would be the perfect option for you. The thrilling flight to Lukla Airport, royal walk in the Sagarmatha National Park, and witnessing the stunning views of the world’s highest mountains such as Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, and numerous snowy peaks are the major highlights of Everest View trek. 

From day one, the adventure began with a dramatic flight to Luka and you’ll start hiking through the lush green forest of Rhododendron, Pine Oak, and rich sherpa settlements which lie on the bank of the Dudhkoshi River. Next, you will ascend to the most fascinating Sherp capital in the Himalayas, Namche Bazaar which offers no less than lavish service in any city. Furthermore, hiking to the Everest Viewpoint and witnessing the magical views of the world’s highest mountains will amaze you in this trek. The popular Everest Base Camp trek also passes through the same trail afterward. 

This trek can be done in the spring and autumn seasons mostly but if you are lucky enough to get the flight, you can trek around the year like other short trekking trails in which is mentioned above. You can find the complete details of the Everest View trek here

4. Langtang Valley Trek 

  • Trip facts of Langtang Valley Trek 
  • Total Duration: 7-8 days 
  • Total Distance: 70km approx. 
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate 
  • Max. Elevation: 5,000m 
  • Best Season: Spring (Mar-May) & Autumn (Sept-Nov)

Another popular and off-the-beaten trekking trail in the base of the Langtang Valley “ Valley of Glaciers” is another most beautiful trail in the northern side of central Nepal. A week-long trek takes you to the foothills of the Langtang Lirung. 

The trek began from Syabrubesi that followed the ancient trade route to the Tibetan. The classical and off-the-beaten trekking trails pass through the lush green forest, rivers, monasteries, gompas as well as diverse flora and fauna. Crossing numerous waterfalls, glaciers, valleys, and encountering rare Red Panda would be the most enchanting part of the Langtang Valley trek. Hospitality from Tamang and Sherpa inhabitants, their culture, and traditions are the highlights of this trek. After reaching Kyanjib Gompa, then you’ll head to Kyanjin Ri and Cherko Ri which offers spectacular views of snowy peaks like Langtang Himal, Dorje Lakpa, Langtang Lirung, and many more.

Normally, the best season to trek, for this reason, is spring and autumn. However, with the safety and precautions, you can trek during the winter and monsoon as well. Winter offers clear views of blue sky with snowy peaks whereas the monsoon offers the green hills, numerous wildflowers in the surroundings.

5. Dhampus Sarangkot Trek 

  • Trip facts of Dhampus Sarangkot Trek
  • Total Duration: 2-3 days 
  • Total Distance: 20km approx. 
  • Difficulty Level: Easy 
  • Max. Elevation: 2,400m
  • Best Season: Can be done around the year 

Dhampus-Sarangkot is one of the short and popular treks in Pokhara. This trek offers amazing views of mountains, lavish services in Pokhara, and beautiful sunrise from the Sarangkot viewpoint. This short and beautiful trek starts from Phedi an hour’s drive from Pokhara city. Passing the traditional Gurung village, experiencing the local culture and traditions before reaching Dhampus village, a popular village in the lap of the mighty Annapurna Himalayas. Furthermore, hiking to Australian Base Camp and Kande village, which finally takes you to the popular Sarangkot viewpoint. This trek offers glorious sunrise views on a stunning mountain range. You will experience the shimmering sunlight on snow-capped mountain peaks which provides warmth in your heart and mind as well. 

This trek can be done all around the year and is perfect for all age groups as well. You can explore in a jeep or any kind of transportation in a short time as well but the short trek of this trek would be much more beautiful than just driving around. 

Conclusion 

The above-mentioned trails are some of the widely chosen and most popular trails for short trekking. Nepal has thousands of unrivaled and undiscovered trekking trails across the country. These beautiful short treks are a unique experience in finding nowhere else. These treks don’t require experience trekking, deep knowledge of mountains, and exact time for trekking except the Langtang Valley trek. Most of the trials mentioned above can be done throughout the year and are suitable for any age group with normal physical stamina. For more details regarding trekking in Nepal, please feel free to contact us anytime. 

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