It is every human’s nature wishing to achieve more by doing less. And that applies to trek too. You might want to reach places, do things and experience once in a lifetime moments but might have constraints to stop you.
So, make your dream of witnessing one of the most beautiful places on earth, to completely lose yourself to the beauty and diversity of nature as well as culture, religion and many other aspects of life. We have a list of easy and short treks to choose according to your liking.
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1. Royal Trek
With grace and ease in the name itself, the trek is popular because Prince Charles trekked this area in his very first visit to Nepal. The trek begins from Kalikasthan near Pokhara and ends at Begnastal. This is a 10 km journey of 4 days with a maximum elevation of 1830 meters.
The trek is a perfect way to bond with nature away from the usual trek route that passes through small villages with ethnic diversities. It is a perfect mixture of cultural and natural experience as you get to indulge in the life of various ethnicities like Brahmins, Gurungs, Chhetris, Sherpas, and others.
And, enjoy the spellbinding views of the Himalayas like parts of the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Machchhapuchhre, Himchuli, etc; which is exactly what Nepal is all about- beauty and unity in diversity. This family holiday with Royal trek is perfect option for families looking for some adventure in Nepal.
2. Helambu Trek
It is a comfortable trek to the north of Kathmandu valley. Inhabited by Tamangs and Sherpas this is the closest trek from Kathmandu.
With low elevation and interesting villages, this trek makes a 6-day loop from Kathmandu –Chisapani –Kutumsang –Tharepati –Tarkeghyang -Timbu with an overnight stay at each place. Starting from the outskirts of the valley, you will cross several waterfalls, streams, and rivers en route to reach your final destination.
Along the route, you walk through the Shivapuri National Park and Langtang National Park. Where your journey fills up with the splendid views of diverse flora and fauna of the region. You walk past the traditional villages of Tamang and Sherpa people exploring their daily activities. Helambu Trek is among the easy, yet exotic trek near from Kathmandu valley.
3. Panchase Danda Trek
This is a 5-day camping trip to one of the rural trails hardly traveled by tourists in the Annapurna region. In this trek, you enjoy the surrounding at its pristine form.
You trek into the wild in this trip with continuous dense forests (covered with blooming rhododendrons in spring) in the first 3 days. You get a glimpse of village settlements only from the 4th day after spending days totally away from human habitation.
The trail makes a complete circle of Phewa Tal with the views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. This trek offer camping in grassy pastures. The uphill climb to the Panchase Danda (2509 m) provides a picturesque view of the Pokhara valley and Machchhapuchhre from the high meadow.
The place is also famous for the butterfly and bird watching especially in spring and summer.
4. Australian Base Camp Trek
It is one of the easiest treks in the Annapurna region as the elevation does not reach above 2000m. The trek has a warm weather all year round except in December and January. It is mostly a cultural experience as you encounter a number of people from different ethnic backgrounds.
The trek is most famous for the Tibetan inhabitants, their culture and handicrafts they exhibit to the travelers and trekkers in the region. The route offers a constant view of the Machchhapuchhre while the Himalayas can be seen from some vantage points.
You then trek to Sarangkot, a vantage point best to view the entire Pokhara city with Phewa tal where you can also indulge in some boating too.
5. Himalayan Panorama Trek
Looking for a chance to enjoy the Himalayas in the shortest and easiest way possible? This trek in the Annapurna region might be your answer with 5 trekking days and a total elevation of 2000m.
This trail provides the opportunity to enjoy the picturesque views of the Himalayas, the hilly villages and other beautiful natural sceneries from different vantage points. And hence, derives it a panoramic name.
You pass through different suspension bridges, waterfalls, a beautiful valley in the lap of Annapurna region and a natural hot spring ( Jhinuwa ) en route.
With 4-6 hour’s of walking each day, even children and elderly can enjoy this easy trek. As you will be enticed by the breathtaking sceneries while coming face to face with one of the highest peaks in the world, Annapurna.
6. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
It is a 4 day long trip to one of the most famous places in the Annapurna region. It used to be the main pass for Tibetan traders to get to Pokhara from Mustang.
4-day Poon Hill Trek is blessed with vantage points where you get to witness the magnificent Dhaulagiri and Annapurna during beautiful sunrises. The trail beautifies with the colorful flowers, forests of Pines and firs, and the exotic landscapes.
The Ghandruk village en route is a beautiful balance between nature and culture- an ethnic Gurung village with rich traditions and Buddhist culture with the panoramic view of Annapurna range embracing the entire skyline.
7. Bandipur Trek
Not all people, who enjoy trekking, love adventure as some seek pleasure in the leisurely walks and cultural backdrops. This 3-day trek to the former trading center, Bandipur is exactly that to such pleasure seekers.
The charming buildings with shuttered, ornate windows, doorways and slated roofs of tin or steel give the village a distinct appearance. You can enjoy the company of diverse cultures and backgrounds living in harmony. Plus, the medieval-looking bazaar along the top of the hill.
You encounter rivers, forests, hills with traditional and rural Nepali lifestyles while witnessing the grandeur of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Langtang along with the Annapurna range which makes the trek a perfect balance between rich art, culture, and nature.
These short treks in the different terrains of Nepal give you the lifetime memories. It is best for you if you are physically unable to walk on high altitude longer trails. Also, these treks are best for those who are in Nepal for a short period of time. Wherever you go, the exhilarating beauty of Nepal never stops amazing you.