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12 Best Short Treks in Nepal – Complete Guide

Nepal is the ultimate destination for travel seekers who are looking forward to trekking that is filled with adventure and excitement. This country is blessed with a plethora of the best trekking trails, which are surrounded by snow-capped peaks, lush green forests, and changing landscapes. Trekking in Nepal ranges from a few days to a couple of months. However, long treks in Nepal like Everest Base Camp Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek, Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek are not suitable for busy travelers, who are short on time. So, short treks in Nepal are the best options for anyone who is keen to explore the stunning Himalayas in an intimate way within a short period of time. 

Short treks in Nepal range from 3 days to 11 days and are considered less challenging than other longer treks. 

A remote village in Nepal between the hills and at the lap of a mountain
A remote village in Nepal between the hills and at the lap of a mountain

Every trek in Nepal has its own characteristics. On some treks, you will see giant mountains while on others, you will get a chance to experience the cultural and religious beauty of the local people. So, being a trekker, you should consider your fitness level, activities you want to experience, and availability of time while selecting the trekking destination. If you are here in Nepal for the first time, then we always recommend you go for shorts treks in Nepal. Remember, short treks are usually the easy treks in Nepal, which are suitable for family members, couples, and friend groups. 

Here, we have compiled a list of the 12 best short treks in Nepal with detailed information such as trek duration, trek difficulty, maximum altitude, and likewise. These trekking trails are best suitable for those folks who are on a tight schedule but still want to spend some time in the hills and the Himalayas of Nepal.

Are you ready to go on a trek?
All the below-mentioned short treks in Nepal can be adjusted as per your exact needs and schedule by working with our team of experts. Budget at least a day both before and after the trek to allow time for delays and bad weather. So, contact us and get in touch with our specialist to prepare a fully customized trip with a top-notch guide.

1. Everest View Trek

Everest View Trek takes you to the diverse trail, where you will pass through deep river gorges, forests filled with pine and rhododendron, and Buddhist villages while following the shadow of the highest mountain in the world – Mt. Everest. 

Everest View Trek Highlights

  • Visit the ancient monastery – Tengboche and practice yoga, meditation
  • Stroll around the popular tourist hub – Namche Bazaar and buy souvenirs for your loved ones
  • Short and scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, which enables the views of modern settlements, UNESCO Listed World Heritage Sites, and changing landscape
  • Stunning views of the mighty Himalayas such as Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, and Lhotse
  • Interact with the local Sherpas and learn about their unique culture and traditions
  • Trek through the lush green forests filled with rhododendron, pine, and bamboo

Everest View Trek at a glance

Arrival City:Kathmandu 
Departure City:Kathmandu
Average Duration:4-9 days
Best Season:Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, November, and December)

Everest View Trek, also known as Everest Panorama Trek, is one of the best short treks in Nepal. It takes you all the way to the Himalayan region of the Sherpas. Stunning views of the mountains and rich biodiversity of this region will make you visit here time and again. Moreover, you will also get an opportunity to learn about the ancient history, culture, and religions of the warm and loving Sherpa communities.

Everest View Trek; one of the best short treks in Nepal
Trekkers at the Everest Viewpoint

Mani walls, prayer flags and wheels, chortens, and stupas will constantly remind you about the deeply rooted Buddhist religion. Likewise, stepping on the land of the magnificent Tengboche Monastery, which is guarded by the beautiful Ama Dablam, will give you a serene and calm aura. Furthermore, viewing the panoramic Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku, and Ama Dablam will make this short trip more memorable than some other longer journeys.  

How to get there?

Lukla is the entrance point of the Everest Base Camp Trek. One of the most preferred ways to reach Lukla is by taking a direct flight from Tribhuvan International Airport. You can get there in 25-30 minutes. Since the flight takes very less time, we recommend you pick this option if you are on a tight schedule. 

Lukla’s airport is small, like a mountain airstrip. So, prepare yourself to face problems like flight delays. Also, try planning your trip in the best season to avoid bad consequences. 

2. Annapurna Base Camp Trek

 Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a great option for trekkers who have a very short holiday and want to view the panoramic Himalayan scenery, glaciers, and the unique Gurung culture.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Highlights

  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Enjoy the natural hot spring bath
  • Magnificent bird-eye view of the Himalayas like Annapurna I (8,091m), Machhapuchhre (6,993m), Dhaulagiri etc.
  •  Exploring the Gurung Museum in Ghandruk
  •  Passing through the exotic flora and fauna
  • Walking across Kali Gandaki, the deepest gorge in the world

Annapurna Base Camp Trek at a glance

Arrival City:Kathmandu 
Departure City:Kathmandu 
Average Duration:7-9 days
Best Season:Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, and November)

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is the best trekking destinations in Nepal, which is very popular among tourists. Being a diverse trek, it will take you through the countryside villages of the ethnic Gurung people, lush green forests, beautiful landscapes, and amazing mountain views. This trek is not too strenuous. So, this trekking destination is suitable for couples and family members with kids. Within a very few days, you can reach an altitude of 4,130m (13,550ft.) and get a tight hug from the thin frigid air.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek; one of the best short treks in Nepal
Annapurna Base Camp Trek

From this trekking route, you can clearly see Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna III (7,937m), Annapurna IV (7,525m), Machhapuchhre (6,993m), and Gangapurna (7,455m). You will feel like you are standing atop the mountains. Moreover, you will cross the suspension bridges frequently, which will give you a sensational feeling. Furthermore, interaction with the indigenous Gurung community will let you gather information about the old customs that have been kept alive. 

How to get there? 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is easily accessible from Pokhara. So, if you are starting your trip from Kathmandu, then first, you need to arrive at Pokhara. You have lots of options available to reach Pokhara. We recommend you get there via flight as it only takes around 30 minutes. Besides this, you can also get to Pokhara within 6-7 hours on a private jeep/car. From Pokhara, you will further continue your journey towards Ghandruk. It is said that Ghandruk is the best gateway for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. It takes around 2 hours to reach Ghandruk on a private car/jeep. 

Nevertheless, you can also start your trek from Landruk or Kimchi. However, the road of Landruk is challenging and slippery so it is best to avoid this route.

3. Mardi Himal Trek 

Plan your trip to Mardi Himal Trek and be a part of the hidden gem in the Annapurna region where you can enjoy the panorama without the crowds and get 360-degree views of the Annapurna Mountain Range. 

 Mardi Himal Trek Highlights

  • Spend memorable time in Pokhara city by rafting, visiting Davis Fall, Mahendra Cave, and other places of interest
  • Embark on a less crowded and unexplored trekking destination in Nepal
  • Enjoy stunning views of the Himalayas such as Machhapuchhre Himal, Dhaulagiri
  • Trek through trails filled with varied flora and fauna
  • Get to know about Buddhism and explore the villages decorated with prayer flags and wheels, chortens, and Mani walls 
  • Interact with local villagers and be a part of their lifestyle, festivals, and traditions

 Mardi Himal Trek at a glance 

Arrival City:Kathmandu 
Departure City:Kathmandu 
Average Duration:7 days
Best Season:Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, and November)

Mardi Himal Trek is located on the eastern side of Annapurna Base Camp Trek and considered as an off-the-beaten-trekking in Nepal. It was opened to tourists only in 2012 so this region is still isolated and full of wilderness. The modernization has not been able to touch the beauty of this region so you can peek through the countryside villages and their unique lifestyle. This trek takes you to the lap of Mardi Himal and Machhapuchhre.

View of Machpuchre (Fishtail Mountain) from Mardi Himal
View of Machpuchre (Fishtail Mountain) from Mardi Himal

The trekking trail takes you to Mardi Himal Base Camp through small paths amid the rhododendron forests. The higher you go, the closer you get with the mountains such as Annapurna south, Gangapurna, Hiunchuli, Mardi Himal, Annapurna I, Machhapuchhre and others. Once you reach the High Camp, you will get clear visibility of the entire Annapurna Range. There is also a stunning viewpoint near the High Camp from where you can get beautiful views of Mardi Himal Camp.

How to get there?

Mardi Himal Trek is one of the best treks that is accessible from Pokhara. If you are trekking all the way from Kathmandu, then first you must drive to Pokhara. It takes around 6-7 hours to reach Pokhara on a private car/jeep. Besides this, if you want to make your itinerary short, we can also organize flight service for you. It takes 30 minutes to reach there via flight. From Pokhara, you will further continue your journey towards Phedi. It takes around 30 minutes to reach Phedi on a private jeep.

4. Khopra Ridge Community Trek 

Drift apart from the main trails of the Annapurna region and enjoy trekking on the solitary trails of the Khopra Ridge Community Trek with an experienced guide and local trekking agency in Nepal.

 Khopra Ridge Community Trek Highlights

  •  Short and scenic drive to lakeside Pokhara to enjoy the views of cultivable farmlands, hills, Himalayas, changing landscape, and the Trishuli River
  • Close view of the Annapurna range along with other Himalayan peaks such as Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri
  • Clear views of sunrise and sunset from Khopra Ridge 
  • Discover the perfect blend of Hinduism and Buddhism and the good bonding amongst the diverse ethnicities
  • Trek through dense forests filled with blooming rhododendron and green trees
  • Visit the Gurung museum and century-old monasteries of the Gurung villages

Khopra Ridge Community Trek at a glance

Arrival City: Kathmandu
Departure City: Kathmandu
Average Duration: 9 days
Best Season:Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, November, and December)

Khopra Ridge Community Trek is situated away from the busy trekking trails of the Annapurna region. However, it provides equally worthy views of the mountains such as Annapurna South, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, and Fang. It is a stunningly beautiful trek and regarded as an off-the-beaten-trekking in Nepal. This trek is popular as group trekking because at least 2 people are required to achieve this journey. Besides mountains, you can also be a part of the unique cultural environment and make your trip vibrant.

Khopra Ridge Community Trek; one of the best short treks in Nepal
Khopra Ridge Community Trek

Khopra Ridge Trek is a blend of the diverse ecosystem and historic cultural heritage. The warm welcome from the local people and the ethnic dishes of this community will add more charm to your travel diary. In addition, it is the only trek in Nepal where you will walk continuously on the ridge for two days. Moreover, on this trek, you will climb to Khayer Lake, which will make your journey thrilling. Furthermore, you can also see the beautiful views from inside the tea houses, which are almost luxurious. 

How to get there?

Khopra Ridge Community Trek is easily accessible from Pokhara. So, if you are starting your trip from Kathmandu, then first, you need to arrive at Pokhara. You have lots of options available to reach Pokhara. We recommend flight option to reach Pokhara as it is convenient. It will take around 30 minutes to land on Pokhara’s airport. From Pokhara, you will enjoy panoramic drive towards Syauli Bazaar, which takes around 2 hours. From Syauli Bazaar, you will start your trek to Ghandruk.

5. Annapurna Foothill Trek

Explore the magic of trekking in the Annapurna region in one of the easy treks in Nepal – Annapurna Foothill Trek and enjoy the lush green hillsides and the mighty Himalayas upfront. 

Annapurna Foothill Trek Highlights

  • Explore the vibrant lakeside Pokhara and indulge in adventurous activities
  • Trek through the highest traditional villages
  • Pass through the lush green forests, cultivable lands, and villages
  • Interact with the gracious locals and be a part of their culture and lifestyle 
  • Breathtaking views of the Himalayas, sunrise, and sunset

Annapurna Foothill Trek at Glance

Arrival City: Kathmandu
Departure City: Kathmandu
Average Duration: 8 days
Best Season:Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, November, and December)

Annapurna Foothill Trek is one of the best short trek in Pokhara, which offers you the real taste of the Nepal Himalayas. This trek passes through subtropical forests and traditional mountain villages. If you want to fulfil your wanderlust, this trek is perfect as you will get a blend of natural as well as cultural beauty. Sitting around the serene environment and having breakfast while enjoying the panoramas of the surrounding valley is the best thing you will get on this trip.

Ghandruk - a stop during Annapurna Foothill Trek
Ghandruk – a stop during Annapurna Foothill Trek

Besides enjoying the visibility, this trekking trail is also perfect to relinquish photography sessions. You can capture some of the best photos and videos and let others know that Annapurna Foothill Trek is no less than a paradise. Moreover, the range of Annapurna mountains and the sunrise above it, illuminating different colors, is possible to watch in this trek even if you are short on time. 

How to get there?

Annapurna Foothill Trek usually begins from Pokhara which is the second biggest city of Nepal. However, if you are planning to start this trek from Kathmandu, then first, you need to arrive at Pokhara. You can reach Pokhara from Kathmandu either by flight or by road. We recommend drive journey as it gives you a plenty of time to enjoy the natural beauty throughout the journey. It takes 6-7 hours to reach Pokhara via private jeep. From Pokhara, your next destination is Nayapul as it is the starting point for the Annapurna Foothill Trek. You will get to Nayapul within 1.5 hours, from where you will begin your trek towards Birethanti.

The condition of the road from Pokhara to Nayapul is good and easily driveable.

6. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Get access to Nepal’s classic viewpoints of the Annapurna Mountain range on the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek and trek through the local Gurung and Magar communities.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Highlights

  • Take a walk in the lakeside Pokhara, enjoy rafting in Phewa Lake, visit monasteries, temples, and take upon adventurous activities like Bungee Jumping and more.
  • Experience climbing 3,381 steps and get rewarded with beautiful views of the Dhaulagiri peak.
  • Spend cosy nights in pleasant and homely tea houses of the locals
  • Capture the views of the sounding rivers, alpine lakes, cultivable fields, and peaks like Annapurna South
  • Wake up early in the morning and get to Poon Hill to enjoy the stunning sunrise illuminating over the Annapurna range
  • Roam around the Gurung and Magar villages and learn about their customs and traditions

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek at a glance

Arrival City:Kathmandu
Departure City:Kathmandu 
Average Duration:4-5 days 
Best Season:Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, November, and December)

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is one of the best short treks in Pokhara for those who are craving to capture the views of the Himalayas. In a short period of time, you will pass through the stunning traditional villages, dense forests filled with rhododendron and pine, and of course, you will get access to breathtaking views of Nepal’s giant mountains such as Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Nilgiri, and Annapurna I. 

Poonhill - the popular view point during Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
Poonhill – the popular view point

Once you embark onto the journey, you will never stop getting amazed. Be it the trails filled with rhododendron forest or paddy fields, the warm welcome of the local people or the ethnic dishes served by them, everything about this region is impressive. Annapurna Conservation Area is another attraction of this region. No matter if you are with family members or a group of friends or loved ones, you will be thrilled by the beauty of this region. 

How to get there?

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is easily accessible from Pokhara. So, if you are starting your trip from Kathmandu, then first, you need to arrive at Pokhara. You have lots of options available to reach Pokhara, flight being one of the best options. It will take about 30 minutes to reach there via flight.

From Pokhara, your next destination is Ulleri as it is the starting point for the Poon Hill Trek. We always recommend you drive on a private car/jeep so that you can get to Ulleri directly from Pokhara without requiring to change buses. Also, avoid starting to trek from Nayapul as the road is dusty and muddy. 

The condition of the road from Pokhara to Nayapul is good and easily driveable. However, the road starts getting rough, and bumpy once you cross Nayapul as the road from Nayapul to Ulleri is unpaved.

Are you looking to join a group?
If yes, then we, Himalayan Glacier, are here to offer everything you want so that you can complete the trip in a friendly group. We have a fixed group that is ready to join the departure date for 2022 and 2023. If you want to be part of it, then simply contact us and let us know about your schedule, destination, and the route you prefer. We will help you manage other trekkers on your desired date. 

7. Langtang Valley Trek

Get a peek into the authentic culture, beautiful landscapes, heart-warming hospitality of the locals, and the interesting life of Tamang people by being part of the Langtang Valley trek, which is within the easy reach of Kathmandu.

Langtang Valley Trek Highlights

  •  Ascend to the best viewpoint – Tserko Ri and enjoy the panoramic views of the surroundings
  • Get stunning views of the snow-capped peaks such as Langtang Himal, Ganjala peak, and Langtang Ri 
  • Visit the century-old Buddhist monasteries namely Langtang Gompa and Kyanjin Gompa
  • Pass through dense green forests and discover the varied flora, fauna, and wildlife in Langtang National Park
  • Stroll around Buddhist villages and experience the ethnic taste of the Tibetan Buddhist culture

Langtang Valley Trek at a glance

Arrival City:Kathmandu
Departure City:Kathmandu 
Average Duration:5-7 days 
Best Season:Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, and November)

Langtang Valley Trek is one of the easily accessible treks from Kathmandu valley. Dominated by the Langtang Himalayas, this trek falls under one of the shortest treks in Nepal. Trekkers pass through forests filled with bamboo and rhododendron, thundering waterfalls, and breathtaking snow-capped peaks. Some of the peaks seen on this trekking trail include Dorje Lakpa, Langtang Lirung, and Langtang Ri. 

Langtang Valley Trek; one of the best short treks in Nepal
Langtang Valley Trek

You can trek up to Tserko Ri at 5,000m (16,400ft.) if you love to enjoy the view of the sunrise illuminating the Langtang Himalayas. 

This trek is a perfect introduction for trekking in Nepal if you are here in this country for the first time. It introduces you to the ethnic Buddhist culture of the Tamang and Sherpa people. Similarly, visiting the Kyanjin Gompa, located near Tserko, gives you the aura of Buddhism. Moreover, you will pass through Langtang National Park where you can discover the varied flora and fauna and wildlife such as Himalayan deer, Himalayan pheasants, monkeys and many more. 

How to get there?

Langtang Valley Trek starts from Syabrubesi. The one and only option available to get to Syabrubesi is by road drive. Since Syabrubesi is 120km away from Kathmandu, it takes 7-8 hours for you to reach there on a private jeep/car. The road condition is good till half-way, and it starts getting worse once you start arriving closer to Syabrubesi. Also, during monsoon, the road gets muddy and slippery, so be aware if you are planning to trek during monsoon.

8. Lower Mustang Trek

Explore the desolate, arid landscapes of Lower Mustang Trek that is marked with Tibetan Buddhist culture and varied protected biodiversity areas in Nepal. 

Lower Mustang Trek Highlights

  • Discover the Tibetan Buddhist culture of Lower Mustang that has been preserved since centuries
  • Trek through the ancient trading route to Tibet along the Kali Gandaki River
  • Visit Muktinath on the way and take blessings from the holiest Hindu pilgrimage site
  • Enjoy the splendid panorama of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri
  • Experience the desolate and stark land of Mustang valley within a short period of time

Lower Mustang Trek at Glance

Arrival City:Kathmandu
Departure City:Kathmandu 
Average Duration:7-9 days 
Best Season:Spring (March, April, and May), Autumn (September, October, and November), and Monsoon (June, July, and August)

Lower Mustang Trek is one of the relatively shorter treks in Nepal, which is the gateway to the hidden treasure of Nepal-Mustang. This trek is suitable for those travelers who don’t have sufficient time yet prefer doing a very demanding trek. This trekking trail is categorized as a moderate trek and considered the best family trek. This trek goes through the ancient trading route to Tibet of the Kali Gandaki Valley. 

Muktinath Temple - a stop during Lower Mustang Trek
Muktinath Temple – a stop during Lower Mustang Trek

Trekking in the Mustang region is the best feeling in the world as you will get amazing views of the peaks such as Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Himchuli  and many more. Lower Mustang has similar landscapes like that of the Tibetan plateau, which is dry, barren and falls in the Himalayan rain shadow region. This trek is not just about its unique landscape features and the deepest gorge, but it is also about the traditional villages, sunset and sunrise views, rich biological diversity, and unique cultural blend.

How to get there?

Jomsom is the entrance point of Lower Mustang Trek. You can reach Jomsom by road drive or on a flight. However, flight option is always the easiest way when it comes to reaching the starting point of a trek. Since there is no direct flight available from Kathmandu to Jomsom, first you need to take a 30-minute short flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Then, another short 20 minutes’ flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. As an alternative option, you can also drive all the way from Kathmandu to Jomsom. It is best to ride on a private car/jeep, which will take around 10 to 12 hours for you to get there.

We always recommend you travel on a flight or a private jeep when it comes to short treks. However, the road conditions start getting rough and muddy after Beni. So, if you choose to drive, prepare to deal with the difficulties.

9. Nar Phu Valley Trek 

Located in between the Annapurna and Manaslu regions, Nar Phu Valley Trek is a hidden treasure that provides an opportunity to discover the unspoiled valleys boasting the beautiful Himalayan nature and rich Buddhist culture. 

Nar Phu Valley Trek Highlights

  • Embark onto the journey that is fully remote and escape from the noise and distraction of the urban life
  • Sleep overnight in the ancient villages which have remained untouched from the modernization of urban lifestyle
  • Breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains such as Tilicho Peak, Annapurna II, Gangapurna and Himlung Himal
  • Explore local villages, which are dominated by the Tibetan Buddhism and lifestyle
  • Trek through the trails filled with colorful prayer flags, stupas, paintings, and mani walls
  • Get a glimpse of the endangered species such as Snow Leopard

Nar Phu Valley Trek at a glance

Arrival City:Kathmandu
Departure City:Kathmandu 
Average Duration:8-9 days 
Best Season:Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, and November)

The Nar Phu Valley Trek is off-the-beaten-trekking in Nepal, which was opened to foreign tourists only in 2003. Because of its long isolation, this region is still unexplored and only a few trekkers know about this trekking destination. This trek is a combination of the cultural, natural, and adventurous beauty. You can enjoy the scenic views of the giant peaks, challenging passes, glaciers, green forests, a herd of yaks, century-old monasteries, ancient villages and so on. 

The hidden Nar Phu Valley
The hidden Nar Phu Valley

This trekking trail is categorized as a Restricted Trekking Area, so you need to obtain special trekking permits with the help of a registered trekking agency in Nepal. 

The trekking trail goes through narrow paths and dense forests once you drift away from the Annapurna Circuit Trek’s route. On the way, you can catch a short glimpse of the peaks. Moreover, the vibrant Tibetan chortens, Mani walls, prayer flags and wheels, monastery, and rock painting throughout the way will remind you about the pure Buddhism culture. Furthermore, you will cross Phu Pass and Nar Pass, which will obviously make your journey thrilling. 

How to get there?

Koto is the gateway to the Nar Phu Valley Trek. Firstly, you need to drive to Besisahar, which is 146 km away from Kathmandu. The best option to reach the trailhead is via private car/jeep. It will take about 7-9 hours to reach Besisahar by jeep. After arriving at Besisahar, you need to be prepared for a rough and bumpy journey to Koto. Remember, the road is dusty and bumpy so the drive can be challenging to both the driver and the passengers. However, the scene throughout the journey is incredibly beautiful.

 10. Gosaikunda and Helambu Trek

Gosaikunda and Helambu Trek is a perfect blend of the cultural and natural beauty, where Helambu offers you the beauty of the human settlement and Gosaikunda introduces you to the 108 holy Lakes. 

Gosaikunda and Helambu Trek Highlights

  • Venture to the traditional Tamang villages and the monasteries reflecting the immense traditions of the locals
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayas such as Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, Gaurishankar, and Langtang Lirung
  • Cross the challenging Laurebina Pass
  • Trek through the rich Langtang National Park and Shivapuri National Park and discover the endangered wildlife
  • Pass through dense green forests filled with rhododendron, pine, firs, oak

Gosaikunda and Helambu Trek at a glance

Arrival City:Kathmandu 
Departure City:Kathmandu 
Average Duration:5-7 days 
Max. Altitude:4,380m/14,370ft
Trip Grade:Moderate 
Best Season: Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, and November)

Gosaikunda and Helambu Trek is the best trek in Nepal that is in the Langtang region. This trek gives you an opportunity to roam around the unexplored villages, lush green forests, serene scenery, and stunning landscape. This trek also introduces you to the rich biodiversity. On the way, you can explore the varied flora, fauna and wildlife inside the Langtang National Park and Shivapuri National Park. 

Gosaikunda and Helambu Trek; one of the best short treks in Nepal
Magnificent Gosaikunda Lake

Trekking in Nepal is incomplete without the views of the mountains. In the same way, this trek also offers stunning views of the peaks such as Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu range, Jugal Himal, and Annapurna range. During this trek, you will explore the culture, traditions, and lifestyle of the Tamang and Sherpa people. This trek attracts the Hindus as well as Buddhist pilgrims as Gosaikunda is considered to be the holy lake created by Lord Shiva. 

How to get there?

Gosaikunda and Helambu Trek starts from Syabrubesi. The one and only option available to get to Syabrubesi is by road drive. Since Syabrubesi is 120km away from Kathmandu, it will take around 7-8 hours for you to reach there on a private jeep/car. The road condition is good till half-way, and it starts getting worse once you start arriving closer to Syabrubesi. Also, during monsoon, the road gets muddy and slippery, so be aware if you are planning to trek during monsoon.

11. Pikey Peak Trek

Trek through the newly discovered trekking route by passing through the unspoiled Sherpa villages, terraced farmland, and get the best views of the Mt. Everest. 

Pikey Peak Trek Highlights 

  • Explore the traditional culture and religion of the Sherpa locals
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the mighty Himalayas such as Mt. Everest, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Makalu, Mt. Kanchenjunga, and Lhotse
  • Step into the holy land and receive blessings by visiting century-old monasteries and gompas
  • Trek up to the Pikey Peak and enjoy beautiful vistas of sunrise and sunset
  • Less crowded hiking trail with serene environment 

Pikey Peak Trek at a glance

Arrival City:Kathmandu 
Departure City:Kathmandu 
Average Duration:8 days 
Max. Altitude:4,067m/13,343ft 
Trip Grade:Moderate 
Best Season: Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, November, and December) 

Pikey Peak Trek is one of the less crowded trekking destinations in Nepal. It is situated in the lower Khumbu region. This trek offers you the best views of the Everest region within a short time. The wonderful views of the Himalayas such as Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, and Mt. Makalu are closely seen from this trekking trail. Besides, you get to stroll around the Sherpa villages and learn about their ethnic culture and traditions. Since this trekking destination is newly discovered, it is less trekked and explored. 

Top of the Pikey Peak
Top of the Pikey Peak (By Nirojsedhai – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0)

How to get there?

Dhap is the starting point of Pikey Peak Trek. You can get to Dhap from Kathmandu on a private car/jeep. You will go through the Sunkoshi River and Okhaldhunga. As an alternative option, you can also choose the route of Phaplu. Different airways like Nepal airlines, Tara Air, and Summit Air operate daily flights to Phaplu. It takes about 30 minutes to reach Phaplu on a flight. So, if you are limited by time and want to make your itinerary short, then you can fly directly to Phaplu. 

The road from Kathmandu to Dhap is good and easily driveable. However, if you choose to drive to Phaplu, then prepare yourself as the road is bumpy and has many ups and downs.

12. Ruby Valley Trek

Ruby Valley Trek is best suitable to trekkers who are planning to explore the remote areas in Nepal, diversified scenery, varied climatic zones, and unexplored beauty of the Ganesh Himal region.

Ruby Valley Trek Highlights

  • Picturesque views of the snow-capped mountains such as Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, and Manaslu Himal
  • Pass through diverse cultivable fields, green meadows, and hills
  • Explore the lush green forests filled with bamboo, oak, pine, and rhododendron
  • Collect minerals such as zinc, ruby, and crystal
  • Witness beautiful waterfalls, gorges, and suspension bridges
  • Interact with local villagers and learn about the culture and traditions of Tamang, Brahmin, Gurung, and Dalit communities
  • Get a glimpse of the wild animals like leopards and musk deer

Ruby Valley Trek at a glance

Arrival City:Kathmandu 
Departure City:Kathmandu 
Average Duration:7 days 
Max. Altitude:3,845m/12,614ft 
Trip Grade:Moderate 
Best Season: Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, November, and December) 

Ruby Valley Trek is situated between Manaslu Conservation Area and Langtang National Park. It is a newly discovered trekking destination in Nepal, which is considered as one of the easy treks in Nepal. This trek provides so much more than just beautiful landscapes. The major attractions of this trek are the Hindu holy temples, varied flora and fauna, serene lakes, Buddhist stupas, minerals such as ruby, crystal and zinc, and herbal plants.

Glimpse of Ganesh Himal seen from Ruby Valley
Glimpse of Ganesh Himal seen from Ruby Valley

The beauty of Ruby Valley Trek is intensified with the views of the Annapurna range, Ganesh Himal range, Langtang range, and Manaslu range. Moreover, traversing through the Pangsang La Pass provides amazing views of the mighty Himalayas. During this trek, you will also get a chance to witness two thundering waterfalls, Ganga and Jamuna. Furthermore, roaming around the diverse Tamang, Chhetri, and Gurung communities make this journey more memorable. 

How to get there?

Ruby Valley Trek starts from Syabrubesi. The one and only option available to get to Syabrubesi is by road drive. Since Syabrubesi is 120km away from Kathmandu, it will take around 7-8 hours for you to reach there on a private jeep/car. The road condition is good till half-way, and it starts getting worse once you start arriving closer to Syabrubesi. Also, during monsoon, the road gets muddy and slippery, so be aware if you are planning to trek during monsoon.

Overall, Nepal short treks are mixtures of the Himalayas, and natural and cultural beauty. You can try any of these treks with your family or loved ones. Most of the above-mentioned treks are easy and don’t require much physical fitness and gears. So, pick any one of these treks and get ready to be amazed by the pristine and exotic natural beauty. 

If you are ready to plan your trek, then get connected with our experienced and knowledgeable local trekking specialist. We, Himalayan Glacier, assure to make your journey adventurous by providing hassle-free trekking with the help of a local licensed guide. We will make sure to decide the best route and organize the perfect trek for you as per your available dates. So, plan your trekking in Nepal by getting in touch with us. We will answer your queries within 24 hours and design a trek with a cosy itinerary to meet your wants.

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