Ever felt like the mountains are calling out for you and you should go? But where to go? Not every mountain has the feel which satisfies your soul nor do they fuel your wanderlust. Which place should be your destination for trekking in limited time period? Well, we’ve got a solution for this issue here, why not the short treks of Nepal?
Nepal is an unforgettable land of fertile valleys and peaceful villages dominated by the rugged peaks of Himalaya, between India and Tibet. It offers you more than 5 best short trekking destinations of the world which are time-saving, comparatively less challenging and easy to accommodate. These short treks can be a perfect plan for your next small vacation.
Following are the 5 short treks in Nepal :
#5. Everest Panorama Trek
Everest Panorama trek is short and easy as compared to other treks in Nepal which can be completed within 5 days. You can reach there by flight from Kathmandu to Lurka and start your trekking to Namche Bazar. The best time for the trek is in between January to May and September to December. You will enjoy the breath-taking scenic beauty of world’s highest mountains like Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Everest, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. AmaDablam, Mt. Tawache, and many more.
Also, there is a spiritual hub, that is, Tengboche monastery (3850m) which is very popular in the region. It is rich in Tibetan Buddhist culture that lifts up the spirituality within you. You will be able to meet and get acquainted with the Sherpas and their culture in Khumjung village.
#4. Langtang Trek
The Langtang Trek is a forever favourite destination of the tourists in Nepal. It is full of snow-capped peaks and you will also get a chance to see the glaciers closely. The best time to go for the trek is in spring/Autumseason. It takes around 8 days to complete it. When the trekking season arrives, the forest region gets full of greenery with bamboo, oaks and other trees which would give you a peaceful feeling while you are walking through it.
There are also some peaks that a mountaineer can attempt for. The most common peaks are Yala Peak (with a height of 5500 metres) and Naya Kanga (5846m). It takes approximately one night and two days to climb Yala Peak. You need to take permission before climbing Naya Kanga as it is more technical.
Apart from this, there is a national park which you can’t find in any other trek. You can see many animals there, like wild deer, monkeys, colourful lizards, huge falcons etc. And if you are lucky enough, you can even spot a red panda!
#3. Balthali Village Trek
Balthali Village Trek is the shortest trek in Nepal and can be completed within 3–4 days. It is located at the edge of Kathmandu Valley. One of the best things about this village is you can go for trekking any time you want in the whole year. You can enjoy the perennial views of legendary mountains from here. You can have an experience with the unique lifestyles of the local people, ancient temples, terraced farmland and dense green forests. You can enjoy the amazing sights of mountains, villages and farmland.
There is the most popular Namo Buddha stupa downhill. It is said that Siddhartha Gautam offered his body to a hungry tigress here; hence, the stupa became extremely important to maintain Buddha- hood and its community. Some of the towns nearby is built with bricks of pink colour and beside the river, the temples are craved on wood. Also don’t forget to watch the mesmerizing view of sunrise and sunset at Dhulikhel!
#2. Ghandruk Trek
The Ghandruk Trek can be completed within 6 days. It is located at an altitude of 1940 metres. You will have to start your journey from Phedi (one-hour distance from Pokhara) and complete at Tikhedunga. You can easily accommodate at the teahouses. It offers you a panoramic view of Annapurna, Machapuchare, and Hiunchuli. On the way, you will pass through dense forests with elegant views of Manaslu, Mardi Himal and Annapurna ranges. You will find magnolia, sandalwood, pine and oak trees in the forest of rhododendron. You will surely enjoy the trek thanks to the picturesque villages.
#1. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is flexible in communication services. The starting point for the trek is Pokhara from where you can take a taxi to Nayapul which takes around one hour to reach the point. The best time to go for it is during autumn and spring season and takes about 8 days to complete the trek. It is one of the easy treks in Nepal.
You enjoy the view of black rocks covered with white snows from the start of the trek till the end. In every step, there is an elegant view of Annapurna Massif along with its neighboring peaks. The best thing to experience here is the sunset at the point of Poon Hill.
There is also a sanctuary at the altitude of 4000 meters, which not only protects the species of flora and fauna but also its local culture and the environment. Isn’t it a peaceful place to visit? The place is rich in Magar and Gurung culture. The Loba and Thakalis people will take you to the journey of exotic traditions.
The trek is full of bamboo and pine trees which will make you feel relaxed, while walking through it. Apart from this, there are hot springs at Tadapani in which you would love to soak yourself.
If you have limited time in hand and want to trek in the Himalaya, then these short treks should be in your planning list for your next small vacation. Happy Trekking!!