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Top 5 Short Trek of Nepal

Abhishek Subedi August 6, 2020

Trekking is the most popular activity in Nepal, and travelers will be bombarded on the streets of Kathmandu and the trekking hub, Pokhara, with guides, organized tours and gear for sale or rent. The huge variety of options allows for people of many ages and capabilities to attempt a trek in the country. While you could spend a year planning an expedition to wild and lofty places that few would dare attempt, you could also arrive in Kathmandu with no plans and be on the trail in a matter of days. Despite what many may perceive, trekking in Nepal is not necessarily wandering alone through an uncharted wilderness. As they walk along the well-marked hiking paths, travelers will often discover quite the opposite; hundreds of locals passing through each day as they haul food, water and other odd necessities back to their tiny villages, along with dozens of fellow trekkers.

The regularly-spaced villages and teahouses allow trekkers good opportunities to rest and recover, either for a few minutes or the night. The strong culture and unreserved friendliness of the Nepalese people can also be witnessed as one traverses the hill tracks. The best seasons for trekking are the dry and warm seasons, March-June and September-November. During these times, the temperature is bearable and skies are usually clear, although the skies are foggier and the rain begins in May-June. It is possible to trek out of season, but expect rain and leeches during the summer monsoon season and severe cold and closed passes during the winter months.  

1. Poon Hill Trek

This trek starts from Pokhara and if you want to see some of Nepal’s big peaks up close it’s the best option for a short trek. The view from Poon Hill (3210m/10531ft) takes in Annapurna South, Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri. The first few days the trail makes a steady climb between the small Sherpa villages. The second night can be spent in Tadapani which offers great views of Annapurna II, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machapuchare which is also known as “Fish Tail.” If you bring some swimwear you can make the short hike down to the river to enjoy the hot springs in Tadapani. It’s another day’s climb from Tadapani to Ghorepani from where the following morning you hike to Poon Hill to catch the sunrise on the Himalayas. After taking in the views it’s time to head back to Ghorepani and start the return trek. 

Poon Hill Trek

2. Mardi Himal Trek

The Mardi Himal Trek is a new route that has only been open to international travellers since 2012. This trek offers you the majestic and stunning views of the Annapurna Ranges without the crowds of the people. This is an unforgettable adventure that takes you through verdant jungles, across swiftly flowing rivers of glacial melt water, and through pastoral settlements populated by diverse groups of people representing Nepal’s many different ethnicities. The trail criss-crosses its way beneath the unmistakable fishtail- shaped summit of Machhapuchhre as it ascends to high pastures, marvellous mountain vantage points and quiet guesthouses catering to travellers seeking the path less travelled. This combination of accessibility, natural grandeur and cultural authenticity makes the Mardi Himal trek a true hidden gem that’s just waiting to be discovered.

About the Trek

The trek begins from the city of Pokhara and travellers will embark upon a grand journey into a bona fide Himalayan wilderness. With each step you will take you will ascend higher and higher through the forested slopes of Annapurnas, reaching the evocatively named milestone of Forest Camp, Low camp and High camp. It is renowned for blooming rhododendrons flowers at the height of spring, terraced fields flourishing with the first flush of summer rain, clear mountain panoramas and crisp autumn air and glittering winter landscapes of ice and snow. This trek offers the unspoiled alpine bliss and mountain ranges.

The trekkers will be hiking through an area of astounding biodiversity and you will even have some chance to encounter some of the many animal species. The opportunity to spot wildlife against the spectacular backdrop of Himalayan summits like Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre is an indisputable highlight of this trip. The travellers will also have an opportunity to encounter the culture of both urban and rural settings. This enticing combination of natural beauty and genuine cultural interaction is what makes the Mardi Himal trek truly special.

3. Langtang Trek

Langtang Valley Trek introduces you to the Buddhist culture of the Tamangs and Sherpas. Moreover, the ancient monastery of Kyanjin Gompa, situated near Tserko upholds this tradition. This trek includes the spectacular views of the Dorje Lakpa 6990m, Langtang Ri 6370m and Langtang Lirung 7245. The trek passes through the Langtang National Park, a pristine countryside with majestic flora and fauna, yak pastures and local cheese factories. It is dominated by the Langtang Himalayas. Similarly, this valley trek is relatively short but runs through rhododendron and bamboo forests. Alongside thundering waterfalls and snow capped mountains.

Langtang Trek

It offers you an exclusive picture of Himalayan Pheasants, Himalayan Deers, Himalayan bears, monkeys and the elusive red panda. Langtang village was massively destroyed during the 2015 earthquake. The villagers have been busy rebuilding the area. Although the Langtang valley can be reached by a day drive from the Kathmandu valley, this trekking area is still unknown to the majority of trekkers.

4. Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Mini Circuit Trek  is an ideal trek for all those travelers who would like to experience. Nepal’s classic Annapurna circuit trek in a short time frame. The trek winds through different types of topographical circumstances from sub-tropical through alpine. Similarly, to arid or semi-desert, similar to Tibetan topography. Offering the astonishing view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Moreover, the trek gives the chance to cross heart-gripping Thorong La pass (5416m). Making it Nepal’s classic and most celebrated trekking trails. This is an exemplary case of teahouse trek giving us the time to spend in villages inhabited by people belonging to different ethnic groups.  

After making our way through Thorong La pass we will fly back to Jomsom and then to Pokhara. This is a short but fulfilling introduction to trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal. Similarly, the trek starts with a long drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani. Annapurna Mini Circuit Trek takes you several dramatic deep gorges. Moreover, High mountain passes, Temples, Monasteries and beautiful villages of Annapurna Region. The highest altitude gained in this trek is 5416m i.e. Thorong La Pass. Annapurna Mini Circuit Trek is one of the best treks for trekkers looking for a short trek in the Annapurna Region. In this trek you can explore most of the places of Annapurna Region. In this trek you can find both varieties of Nature and Culture of Annapurna Region.  

5. Everest View Trek

If you don’t have the time to make the complete trek to Everest Base Camp this might be the next best thing. The highlight of the trek is the views of Everest and Ama Dablam from just above Namche Bazaar. The trek starts with a short exciting flight to the small mountain airstrip. Similarly, at Lukla from where you will trek to Phakding. The next day is a beautiful day of trekking up the canyon of the Dudh Koshi.

 Everest View Trek

Moreover, which involves crossing several suspension bridges before you make the steep climb to Namche Bazaar. The next day is spent hiking up to the Everest View Hotel to catch a glimpse of Mount Everest in the distance. And by now you will wish you were making the complete trek to Everest Base Camp. After spending a day in Namche you return to Lukla by the same route and fly back to Kathmandu.

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