Beauty of Nubri

Hey y’all, you know what they say – good things come in small packages! When it comes to trekking in Nepal, you don’t always need a months-long expedition to find adventure. Did you know the Land of Mt. Everest has plenty of perfect jaunts for those of us who prefer a more laidback vibe to near-death experiences?

Allow me to lay out some serious choice options for short and sweet treks around Nepal. I’m talking heavy hitters like the legendary Poon Hill, as well as hidden gems like the party paradise of Khumai Danda. We’ve got routes ranging from a long weekend to a full week to keep things breezy.

Now I know what you’re thinking – short treks don’t sound very remarkable. But hear me out! These bad boys cater to free spirits who want to soak up Nepali nature without killing themselves in the process. Plus, variety is the spice of life, my friends.

Without further ado, I present to you the Top 14 Best Short Treks in Nepal to do in 6 days or less:

For all you time-strapped wanderers out there, here are some seriously choice jaunts that won’t break the bank or your back. And hey, if you want to extend the fun, feel free to string some of these puppies together Red Rover style. The times listed are just suggestions – you do you boo!​

Ghorepani Poon Hill Short Trek

Y’all wanna see some mountains but too lazy for a real hike? Then may I introduce thee to Ghorepani Poon Hill, the trek for those who wanna trek but kinda don’t.

  • Trek Duration: 6 Days
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Maximum Elevation: 3,210 m (Poon Hill)
  • Required Permits: Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
  • Restricted Permits: No
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Best Seasons: Spring and Autumn
  • Major Attractions: Ghandruk, Ghorepani, and Poon Hill Sunrise
Poon Hill
Poon Hill

Nestled in the Annapurna region like a sleepy puppy, this here trail is lower on effort but higher on views. Simply wander through forests so green they’ll make your eyes hurt and villages so quaint your teeth will ache from all the cute.

But nothing will prepare you for the sunrise show atop Poon Hill. I’m talking a panorama more stunning than a Hollywood premiere, with mountains as far as the eye can see. Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machapuchhre, Nilgiri, Mardi Himal – they’ll all be there, popping in to say hey while you sip your morning coffee and wonder why you don’t do this more often.

So forget Everest my friends, Ghorepani Poon Hill is where it’s at for minimal fuss and maximum scenery. I guarantee you’ll be feeling mighty proud of your mountain man skills afterward.​

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara (6-7 hours)
  • Day 2: Pokhara to Nayapul (drive) & Trek to Tikhedhunga (1540m) (4-5 hours)
  • Day 3: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2860m) (6-7 hours)
  • Day 4: Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3210m) & Trek to Ghandruk (1940m) (7-8 hours)
  • Day 5: Ghandruk to Nayapul (trek) & Drive to Pokhara (4-5 hours trek, 2 hours drive)
  • Day 6: Pokhara to Kathmandu (6-7 hours

Everest View Trek

  • Trek Duration: 6 Days
  • Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
  • Maximum Elevation: 3,864 m (Hotel Everest View)
  • Required Permits: Sagarmatha National Park and Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Permit
  • Restricted Permits: No
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Best Seasons: Spring and Autumn
  • Major Attractions: Namche Bazaar, Hotel Everest View, Lukla Airport, and Mount Everest
Hotel Everest View

Everest View Trek provides a short yet comprehensive trekking experience in Nepal’s renowned Everest region. This trail is suitable for individuals of all ages and abilities, including families with children.

Spanning six days, the itinerary leads visitors to Namche Bazaar, the vibrant center of the Everest region. Hikers traverse colorful Sherpa villages and rhododendron forests with views of Mount Everest in the background.

A highlight of this brief but impactful scenic trek is the ascent to Hotel Everest View. There, trekkers can admire the breathtaking scenery of snowcapped peaks while enjoying fine dining.

This easily accessible vantage point offers unparalleled views of Mt. Everest, making it an ideal option especially for those with limited time. The Everest View Trek provides a unique opportunity to experience the majestic Everest region in a short yet immersive format.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2,652 m): 45 minutes flight and 3 to 4 hours trek
  • Day 2: Trek from Phakding to Namche (3,440 m): 6 to 7-hour trek
  • Day 3: Hike to Hotel Everest View (3,864m) and back to Namche Bazaar (3-hour trek)
  • Day 4: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800 m): 7- to 8-hour trek
  • Day 5: Fly back to Kathmandu- (45-minute flight)
  • Day 6: Departure Day

Helambu Trek

  • Trek Duration: 6 Days
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Maximum Elevation: 3,650 m (Thadepati)
  • Required Permits: Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card, Langtang National Park Entry Permit, and Shivapuri National Park Entry Permit
  • Restricted Permits: No
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Best Seasons: Spring and Autumn
  • Major Attractions: Thadepati Pass, Holymo Culture, Buddhist Monasteries, Langtang National Park, and Shivapuri National Park

Helmabu trek provides a short yet rewarding option for those interested in visiting remote areas with limited time. Spanning under one week, the trek begins with merely a one-hour drive from Kathmandu to the scenic Shivapuri National Park.

This trek route boasts a moderately low altitude and follows a less frequently used path. Travelers will traverse temperate forests, lush valleys, and charming Tamang and Sherpa communities.

Reaching its high point at Thadepati Pass, the trek offers a stunning vista of panoramic views. One can behold majestic peaks such as Dorje Lakpa, Gauri Shankar, Langisa, and several other glistening snow-capped mountains.

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Kathmandu to Sundarijal & Trek to Chisapani (2,300 m): Drive (duration to be confirmed) & 4-hour trek
  • Day 2: Chisapani to Kutumsang (2,446 m): 6-7 hour trek
  • Day 3: Kutumsang to Thadepati (3,650 m): 6-7 hour trek
  • Day 4: Thadepati to Tarke Ghyang (2,560 m): 7-8 hour trek
  • Day 5: Tarke Ghyang to Sermathang (2,610 m): 3-4 hour trek
  • Day 6: Sermathang to Melamchi Bazar (846m) & Drive to Kathmandu: 3-4 hour trek & 3 hour drive

Short Panchase Trek

  • Trek Duration: 6 Days
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Maximum Elevation: 2,500m (Panchase Hill)
  • Required Permits: ACAP and TIMS Card
  • Restricted Permits: No
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Best Seasons: Spring and Autumn
  • Major AttractionsPanchase Hill, Gurung and Brahmin culture and lifestyle,  Annapurna Himal

The 6-day Panchase Trek offers an accessible hiking option in Nepal’s Annapurna region, making it well-suited for families traveling with older individuals or children.

The tranquil hiking trail meanders through rural landscapes and lush green forests, inviting hikers to immerse themselves in nature at a leisurely pace.

A highlight of the trek is the sweeping mountain vistas visible from Panchase Hill, the highest point on the trail at 2,500 meters elevation.

From this vantage, hikers can take in majestic views of three towering peaks over 8,000 meters – Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, and Manalsu-along with captivating views of Machhapuchhare, Lamjung, and Gangapurna.

Outline Itinerary: Panchase Trek

  • Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara (6-7 hours)
  • Day 2: Pokhara to Bhumdi (1,520 m): 3-4 hour trek
  • Day 3: Trek from Bhumdi to Panchase Bhanjyang (2,500m): 4-5 hour trek (Panoramic mountain views)
  • Day 4: Trek from Panchase Bhanjyang to Bhadaure (1,670 m): 3-4 hour trek
  • Day 5: Trek from Bhadaure to Naudanda (1,515m) & Drive to Pokhara (2-3 hour trek, scenic descent)
  • Day 6: Pokhara to Kathmandu (6-7 hours)

Royal Trek

  • Trek Duration: 6 Days
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Maximum Elevation: 1,730 m (Syaklung)
  • Required Permits: Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
  • Restricted Permits: No
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Best Seasons: Spring and Autumn
  • Major Attractions: Kalikasthan, Syaklung, Chisapani, Begnas Lake, Pokhara city, and Fewa lake

Royal Trek is one of the shortest and most accessible trekking routes in Nepal’s Annapurna region. This trail derives its name from Prince Charles of England’s exploration of the area during the 1980s.

The trek originates in Pokhara, a scenic lakeside city, and travels north through the Pokhara Valley. Hiking along the foothills of Annapurna, the path traverses rhododendron forests, ridges, and valleys while revealing views of the towering Annapurna mountain range, Macchapucchre, Dhaulagiri, and Langtang.

In addition to splendid vistas of the Himalayas, the Royal Trek also provides an opportunity to explore lesser visited villages such as Syaklung, Chisapani, and Begnas within Pokhara’s vicinity.

With its gentle gradients, this route presents a favorable option for people of all ages and fitness levels. For novice trekkers seeking an introductory experience in the renowned Annapurna region of Nepal, the Royal Trek offers a comfortable itinerary.

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara (6-7 hours)
  • Day 2: Pokhara to Bijayapur (short drive) & Trek to Kalikasthan (1,370 m): 4-5 hour trek (Spiritual and scenic)
  • Day 3: Trek from Kalikasthan to Syaklung (1,730m): 5-6 hour trek
  • Day 4: Trek from Syaklung to Chisapani (1,550 m): 5-6 hour trek (Stunning mountain views)
  • Day 5: Trek from Chisapani to Begnas (800m) & Drive to Pokhara (scenic descent, short drive)
  • Day 6: Pokhara to Kathmandu (6-7 hours)

Langtang Trek

  • Trek Duration: 6 Days
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Maximum Elevation: 3,850m (Kyanjin Gompa)
  • Required Permits: Langtang National Park Permit
  • Restricted Permits: No
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Best Seasons: Spring and Autumn
  • Major Attractions: Kyanjin Gompa, Langtang Village, Kyanjin Ri, Tamang Culture

The Langtang trek, located near the Kathmandu valley in Nepal, is a suitable shorter trekking option that combines cultural immersion with breathtaking scenery. This trek takes place within Langtang National Park and travels through the Langtang region.

Kynjen valley Langtang Rasuwa
Kynjen valley Langtang Rasuwa

Despite its compressed time frame, the Langtang trek allows hikers to immerse themselves in the stunning landscapes of the area. Hikers are treated to the captivating sights of Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Langtang II, and other peaks. It is unsurprising that this trek is one of Nepal’s most popular shorter trekking routes.

The trail guides trekkers to the Langtang Valley, also known as the ‘Valley of Glaciers.’ It culminates in the picturesque town of Kyanjin Gompa, which offers a striking backdrop of snowcapped mountains.

Additionally, for those seeking extra exploration within the Langtang region, trekking extensions to viewpoints such as Kyanjin Ri or Tserko Ri may be considered. These additions provide opportunities to further delve into the region’s natural splendor.

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Depart Kathmandu for Syabrubesi (7 to 8 hours by road).
  • Day 2: Trek from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel (2,240 m): 5 to 6 hours of trekking.
  • Day 3: Continue trekking from Lama Hotel to Langtang Village (3,430m): 5 to 6 hours on the trail.
  • Day 4: Trek from Langtang Village to Kyanjin Gompa (3,850 m): Approximately 4 to 5 hours of trekking.
  • Day 5: Explore Kyanjin Ri (4,773m) and Trek back to Lama Hotel (2,240 m): 6 to 7 hours of trekking.
  • Day 6: Trek from Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi followed by a return drive to Kathmandu (4-hour trek, 7- to 8-hour drive).

Lower Mustang Trek

  • Trek Duration: 6 Days
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Maximum Elevation: 3,817m (Muktinath Temple)
  • Required Permits: Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
  • Restricted Permits: No
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Best Seasons: Spring and Autumn
  • Major Attractions: Muktinath Temple, Jomsom, Kagbeni, and Kali Gandaki Gorge

The lower Mustang trek from Jomsom to Muktinath offers visitors an efficient way to experience the stark natural beauty of the Mustang region. This moderate hike traverses the Annapurna and Mustang areas, providing panoramic vistas of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.

Historically part of an ancient trade route to Tibet, Mustang now boasts well-established trails adorned with comfortable teahouses managed by local Thakali families. The journey includes stops in charming villages such as Jomsom, Muktinath, and Kagbeni.

In addition to its captivating Himalayan scenery, the trek holds religious significance as a renowned pilgrimage route for Hindus and Buddhists. Notably, the Muktinath temple sits at the base of the Thorong La Pass, framed by the snow-capped peaks of Dhaulagiri.

  • Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara (7-8 hours)
  • Day 2: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (20 minutes) & Trek to Kagbeni (2,804m) (3 hours)
  • Day 3: Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath (3,817m) (5-6 hours)
  • Day 4: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2,743m) (4-5 hours)
  • Day 5: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (20 minutes)
  • Day 6: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (6-7 hours)

Panch Pokhari Trek

  • Trek Duration: 5 Days
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Maximum Elevation: 4,300 m (Panch Pokhari Viewpoint)
  • Required Permits: No
  • Restricted Permits: No
  • Accommodation: Teahouses
  • Best Seasons: Spring and Autumn
  • Major Attractions: Panch Pokhari Lakes, Viewpoint, Chimti Village, Himalayan Peaks (Jugal, Dorje Lakpa, Madiya)
Panch Pokhari

Panch Pokhari is a collection of five sacred lakes situated at the base of the Jugal Himalayan mountain range. This trail, while relatively new and short, offers a rewarding trekking experience in the Himalayas similar to longer routes. Following approximately a seven hour drive from Kathmandu, one arrives at the trailhead to begin the hike.

The trail passes through lush rhododendron forests, rolling green hills, terraced agricultural fields, alpine pastures, and picturesque villages. From the viewpoint at Panch Pokhari, one can admire the magnificent scenery of the five lakes and peaks of the Jugal range in the distance.

Moreover, this trek is suitable for all skill levels and abilities, as it can accommodate both beginning and experienced hikers. As a short 5-day route, it is also family-friendly, allowing hikers to bring children and elderly family members.

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Kathmandu to Chimti & Trek to Deurali (1,900m): Long drive (duration to be confirmed) & short trek (1 hour)
  • Day 2: Trek from Chimti to Nasimpati (3,700 m): 6-7 hour trek
  • Day 3: Trek from Nasimpati to Panch Pokhara (4,100m) & Hike to Viewpoint (4,300m): 7 hour trek (Panoramic mountain views)
  • Day 4: Challenging Trek from Nasimpati back to Deurali (1,900m): 8 hours trek
  • Day 5: Drive back to Kathmandu: 6-7 hour drive

Chisapani Trek

  • Trek Duration: 3 Days
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Maximum Elevation: 2,215 m (Chisapani Village)
  • Required Permits: Shivapuri National Park Entry Permit
  • Restricted Permits: No
  • Accommodation: Hotels and Lodges
  • Best Seasons: Spring and Autumn
  • Major Attractions: Sundarijal, Chisapani, Mulkharka, Shivapuri National Park, Nagarkot, Changu Narayan Temple

Chisapani trek offers a brief yet captivating hiking experience in Nepal that can be completed within three days. Access to the trailhead is convenient, located just one hour’s drive from Kathmandu City.

Hiking trails through the dense forests of Shivapuri National Park highlight the trek. Adorned with dams, ponds, and waterfalls, the forest paths enchant visitors as they journey along the route. Upon reaching Chisapani village, breathtaking mountain vistas including Lantang, Manaslu, and Ganesh Himal come into view.

Nagarkot, a renowned hill station, boasts stunning panoramas of the Himalayas. Witnessing the sunrise from the summit of Nagarkot Hill creates a surreal spectacle.

The Changu Narayan Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, features intricate carvings and a distinctive pagoda architectural style. An abundance of historical sculptures and statues within the temple grounds mesmerizes visitors with their beauty and significance.

Ghandruk Trek

  • Trek Duration: 5 Days
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Maximum Elevation: 2,012 m (Ghandruk Village)
  • Required Permits: TIMS Card and ACAP
  • Restricted Permits: No
  • Accommodation: Hotels and Lodges
  • Best Season: Spring and Autumn
  • Major Attractions: Ghandruk Village, Annapurna Conservation Area,

Consider embarking on a five-day trek to Ghandruk village located in Nepal’s Pokhara region. This short, easy trek leads one to the pristine village of Ghandruk nestled amid cultural richness. The area thrives with the traditions of the local Gurung community.

One can marvel at the stunning vistas of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, and Hiunchuli mountains that are revealed from Ghandruk.

Ideal for those with limited time or a desire to blend a shorter trek with other adventurous activities, the Ghandruk trek serves as an excellent option. Many trekkers seamlessly integrate this trek with the nearby Ghorepani Poon Hill and Annapurna Base Camp short treks.

Outline Itinerary: Ghandruk Trek (5 Days)

  • Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara (6-7 hours drive)
  • Day 2: Pokhara to Phedi (short drive) & Trek to Pothana (1,900m) (3-hour trek)
  • Day 3: Trek from Pothana to Ghandruk (2,012m) (5-6 hour trek) – Explore the Gurung village
  • Day 4: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul (scenic descent, 4-5 hour trek) & Drive back to Pokhara (1-hour drive)
  • Day 5: Pokhara to Kathmandu (6-7 hours drive)

Mardi Himal Trek

  • Trek Duration: 6 Days
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Maximum Elevation: 4,500 m (Mardi Himal View Point)
  • Required Permits: Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
  • Restricted Permits: No
  • Accommodation: Teahouses
  • Best Season: Spring and Autumn
  • Major Attractions: Mardi Himal Viewpoint

The Mardi Himal trek offers a lesser-known opportunity to experience the scenic beauty of the Annapurna region. Situated on the eastern side of the famous Annapurna Base Camp path, the Mardi Himal trek remains a relatively secret gem as trekking in this area only began in 2012. As a result, it does not attract the same levels of traffic as some more established trekking routes in the Annapurna region.

During the trek, travelers can enjoy views of the Mardi Himal and Machhapuchhre mountains, with the base of these formations visible from the trail. Sweeping vistas of the Himalayas unfold, including perspectives of the Machhapuchhre Himal and Dhaulagiri peaks. The Mardi Himal trek presents a chance to appreciate Nepal’s high-altitude mountain scenery in a quieter and more unspoiled setting compared to more developed trekking routes.

Outline Itinerary: Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek (6 Days)

  • Day 1: Fly to Pokhara (30 minutes) & Trek to Pothana (1,925m) (3-hour trek)
  • Day 2: Trek from Pothana to Forest Camp (2,600m) (6-hour trek) – Lush rhododendron forests
  • Day 3: Trek from Forest Camp to High Camp (3,600m) (6-hour trek) – Gaining altitude
  • Day 4: Hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m) and back to High Camp (5-6 hours) – Breathtaking Himalayan views
  • Day 5: Descend from High Camp to Siding Village (1,750m) (3-4 hour trek) & Drive back to Pokhara (3-hour drive)
  • Day 6: Fly back to Kathmandu (30-minute flight)

Khumai Danda Trek

  • Trek Duration: 5 Days
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Maximum Elevation: 3,700 m (Korchan Hill)
  • Required Permits: Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
  • Restricted Permits: No
  • Accommodation: Hotels and Lodges
  • Best Season: Spring and Autumn
  • Major Attractions: Khumai Danda, Korchan Hill, Ghachowk, Hemja, and Hile Kharka
Khumai Danda
Khumai Danda

The Khumai Danda trek provides a short yet scenic option for those with limited time to spend in the Himalayas. Starting from various points around Pokhara such as Ghachowk, Hemja, or Hile Kharka, it offers diverse access points to begin the journey.

This trekking route through the Annapurna region remains relatively undiscovered, making it a hidden gem. Travelers will have the opportunity to visit remote villages like Ghachowk, Hile Kharka, and Hemja, gaining insight into their authentic daily lives.

The highlight of the Khumai Danda trek is the breathtaking sunrise over the Annapurna Himalayas seen from the viewpoints on Korchan Hill. It offers an excellent way to experience the splendor of the mountains and charm of lesser visited villages within a modest timeframe.

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara (6-7 hour drive)
  • Day 2: Drive to Hemja (short drive) & Trek to Hile Kharka (2,160m) via Ghorepani (scenic route, 6-hour trek)
  • Day 3: Trek from Hile Kharka to Khumi Danda (3,245m) (3-hour trek) – Enjoy panoramic mountain views.
  • Day 4: Trek from Khumi Danda to Ghorepani (2,874m) and further to Poon Hill (3,210m) for sunrise (short trek, stunning sunrise experience) OR Trek directly from Khumi Danda to Korche Danda (3,700m) for a longer day (4-5 hours). In the afternoon, descend to Ghachowk (1,780m) (2-hour trek) & Drive back to Pokhara (1-hour drive).
  • Day 5: Drive back to Kathmandu (6-7 hour drive)

Pikey Peak Trek

  • Trek Duration: 6 Days
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Maximum Elevation: 4,065 m (Pikey Peak)
  • Required Permits: No
  • Restricted Permits: No
  • Accommodation: Hotels and Lodges
  • Best Season: Spring and Autumn
  • Major Attractions: Pikey Peak

The newly unveiled Pikey Peak trek in Nepal’s vast lower Khumbu region within the Solukhumbu district offers visitors an opportunity to explore untouched Sherpa villages while taking in fine views of Mount Everest.

This 6-day trek through the lower Everest area provides a less crowded alternative to more popular routes, allowing trekkers to immerse themselves in Sherpa culture through strolling authentic villages and learning about their rich heritage beyond simply mountain vistas.

Reaching the summit of Pikey Peak rewards trekkers with the grandeur of Mount Everest along with other peaks such as Numbur, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, and Lhotse. As the late Sir Edmund Hillary noted, “Pikey Peak is the most astounding place to gaze at Mount Everest.”

Outline Itinerary: Pikey Peak Trek (Challenging) (6 Days)

  • Day 1: Kathmandu to Dhap (2,900m) (Long Drive): This is a demanding drive through remote areas, estimated to take 10-12 hours. Be prepared for a long journey.
  • Day 2: Trek from Dhap to Jhapre (2,930m) (Gradual Ascent): Enjoy a shorter trek (4-5 hours) with a gradual ascent, allowing you to acclimatize to the higher altitude.
  • Day 3: Trek from Jhapre to Pikey Peak Base Camp (3,600m) (Shorter Trek): This relatively short trek (3 hours) takes you to Pikey Peak Base Camp, where you can rest and prepare for the summit push.
  • Day 4: Hike to Pikey Peak (4,065m) & Trek to Junbesi (2,390m) (Challenging Day): This is the most challenging day. Hike to Pikey Peak summit (4,065m) and then descend all the way to Junbesi (2,390m) – a total trek of 4-5 hours with significant elevation changes. Be sure you are physically prepared for this demanding day.
  • Day 5: Trek from Junbesi to Salleri/Phaplu (2,360m) (Scenic Descent): Enjoy a scenic descent from Junbesi to Salleri/Phaplu (4-5 hours) – a welcome change after the previous day’s exertion.
  • Day 6: Drive from Phaplu to Kathmandu (Long Drive): This is another long return journey (estimated 12-14 hours) back to Kathmandu. Be prepared to relax and reflect on your Pikey Peak adventure.

Mohare Danda Trek

  • Trek Duration: 6 Days
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Maximum Elevation: 2,175 m (Mohare Danda)
  • Required Permits: No
  • Restricted Permits: No
  • Accommodation: Hotels and Lodges
  • Best Season: Spring and Autumn
  • Major Attractions: Gosaikunda Lake

Discover the lesser-known Mohare danda trek, a short and off-the-beaten path journey starting from Pokhara. Nestled close to the renowned Poon Hill, it is one of the peaceful trails in the Annapurna region of Nepal. This short trek provides the opportunity to experience scenic and serene surroundings away from crowded areas.

From the picturesque hilltop vantage point of Mohare Danda, one can take in the vast panoramic views of the Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Manaslu mountain ranges of the Himalayas.

This trekking route offers a unique chance to stay in cozy local lodges and homestays managed by the village’s eco-community, allowing immersion in authentic local living. The Mohare Danda trek provides a distinctive trekking experience, combining natural beauty, cultural experiences, and comfort within a compact itinerary.

Short Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara (6-7 hours drive) – Scenic drive to lakeside city.
  • Day 2: Pokhara to Nangi Village (2,300m) (6-7 hours drive) – Journey deeper into the Annapurna region.
  • Day 3: Nangi Village to Mohare Danda (3,300m) (6 hours trek) – Gentle ascent offering mountain views.
  • Day 4: Mohare Danda to Tikot Village (2,200m) (6 hours trek) – Explore hidden villages amidst the Himalayas.
  • Day 5: Tikot Village to Tipling & Drive to Pokhara (3 hours trek, 4 hours drive) – Descend through valleys and drive back to Pokhara.
  • Day 6: Pokhara to Kathmandu (6-7 hours drive) – Relaxing drive back to the capital.

Best Times for Short Treks in Nepal

Nepal offers short trekking opportunities throughout the year, thanks to its diverse climates.

The prime trekking seasons are distinct, however. Spring (March to May) brings pleasant conditions, painting the trails with vibrant hues, while autumn (September to November) showcases the best mountain panoramas.

Lower altitude treks are viable year-round, each season offering unique allure. When embarking on journeys traversing high passes or base camps, spring and autumn are best prioritized. Winter snowfall can lead to pathway closures, while summer presents challenges from landslides.

Summer unveils a verdant landscape but risks rain-related delays, yet offers a tranquil ambiance. Opting for easiest, shortest trekking trails mitigates these risks.

Alternatively, winter transforms Nepal trekking routes into snow-laden wonders, granting awe-inspiring mountain views. Quieter trails require suitable cold-weather gear, however.

Before highlighting best short treks in Nepal, understanding reasons for their selection provides useful context.

7 Reasons to Choose Short Trekking Itineraries

  1. Time flexibility: Short treks suit travelers with limited time, maximizing available periods to experience Nepali trekking.
  2. Breathtaking landscapes: Despite brevity, many showcase stunning Himalayan views from convenient vantage points, without arduous hiking.
  3. Less physical demand: Design prioritizes accessibility, suiting varied abilities and age groups through gradual elevation gains.
  4. Cultural immersion: Trails traverse villages, offering interactions and cultural insights complementing natural attractions.
  5. Beginner-friendly: Ideal for introducing trekking through manageable routes showcasing natural beauty.
  6. Budget-conscious: Fewer lodging/food days minimize costs, increasing affordability for travelers.
  7. Acclimatization: Slower ascents reduce altitude sickness risks, while still providing acclimatization benefits.
  8. Year-round access: Many remain open during winter, increasing scheduling flexibility.
  1. Are There Easy Treks in Nepal?

    Yes, Nepal offers several easy treks that are suitable for individuals with a basic level of fitness and limited trekking experience. These easy treks provide incredible cultural and natural experiences while being accessible. Individuals will have the opportunity to enjoy picturesque landscapes and remarkable views of snow-capped peaks while immersing themselves in the rich local culture of Nepal.

These easy treks in Nepal are designed to be enjoyable for beginners and those seeking to experience the beauty of the Himalayas without undertaking more strenuous routes.

Nepal has trekking routes suitable for all experience levels, with easy routes for beginners and more challenging paths. Regardless of the region, individuals will be enchanted by Nepal’s natural beauty and cultural riches.

When embarking on the above-mentioned short trekking routes in Nepal, individuals will quickly immerse themselves in top hiking trails worldwide. Nepal offers exceptional trekking experiences. In a short time, individuals will feel the trekking essence on renowned trails. With any of these short treks in Nepal, the stunning landscape can be enjoyed to the fullest.


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Sailendra Bhatta

An adventurer, writer, and Founder of Nepal Travel Vibes.

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