Nepal offers a wide variety of trekking trails. For travelers who are short on time, here are some of the best short treks Nepal has to offer ranging from 3 to 10 days. Each of these treks can be extended; the number of days listed here represents the minimum number of days you need to complete these trails.

Planning Your Trek

All of these treks can be adjusted to your exact needs and schedule by working with our network of local specialists in Nepal. Budget at least one day both before and after your trek to allow for unforeseen delays and weather. These treks are listed from short (3 days) to longer (10 days). Looking for a longer trek? Check out the best 2-3 week treks in Nepal.

Ready to go on a trek? Get in touch with a trusted local specialist in our network, who can help you organize a fully customized trip in Nepal with a top-notch guide. 

Balthali Village Trek - 3 Days

The village of Nagarkot
The village of Nagarkot

For those with only a few days to spare in Nepal, the 3-day Balthali Village trek will give you a taste of trekking in Nepal. The trailhead of this trek is easily reached within an hour drive from the center of Kathmandu. You'll have the option to stay in very nice accommodations on this trek, or you can opt for more standard teahouses. 

Ghandruk Trek - 3 Days

The village of Ghandruk surrounded by paddy fields
The village of Ghandruk surrounded by paddy fields

This classic 3-day Ghandruk trek in the Pokhara region leads you through vegetable paddies and stone stairs to the picturesque village of Ghandruk. The views on Annapurna south are spectacular. 

Kalinchowk Temple Trek - 4 Days

Kalinchowk temple with Gaurishankar in the background
Kalinchowk temple with Gaurishankar in the background (Photo credit: Mads Mathiasen)

The trailhead of the Kalinchowk trek can be reached in just half a day from Kathmandu. The trail follows a high ridge line with great views on the Annapurna range. Note: you need to camp on this trek. 

Ghorepani Trek - 4 Days

View from Poon Hill
View from Poon Hill, where crowds gather each morning to watch the sunrise

The Ghorepani / Poon Hill trek, in the Pokhara region, leads trekkers to the famous viewpoint of Poon Hill. The usual route follows a loop via Ghandruk on the way out.

Lower Mustang Trek - 6 Days

The village of Kagbeni
The village of Kagbeni

Another great option in the Annapurna region is to fly to Jomsom, via Pokhara, and get a taste of the Mustang area which resembles Tibet. The 6-day Lower Mustang trek is in the rain shadow of the Himalayas, making this a great trek for the monsoon. 

Khopra Danda - 6 Days

Trekkers below Khopra Danda
Trekkers below Khopra Danda

This is an increasingly popular extension to the Ghorepani / Poon Hill trek, which takes you a ridge with great close-up views of Dhaulagiri, the world's 8th highest mountain. See more info on the Khopra Danda Trek.

Pikey Peak - 6 Days

View of Mount Everest from Pikey Peak
View of Mount Everest from Pikey Peak

Pikey peak, in the lower Everest Region, offers great views of Mount Everest from a distance. The trail follows the first part of the Everest trail fro Jiri. More info on the Pikey Peak Trek

Everest Panorama Trek - 5-10 Days

View of Ama Dablam and Lhotse from Tengboche
View of Ama Dablam and Lhotse from Tengboche

This trek takes you into the heart of the Everest Region of Nepal. After a spectacular flight to Lukla, you'll hike the first 4 days of the Everest Base Camp trail until you reach Tengboche Monastery with its amazing views of Ama Dablam. Here are a few great itineraries ranging from 5 - 10 days, for travelers who want to trek in the Everest region but who have limited time. For travelers on a higher budget, there are several ways to make your Everest trek a more luxurious experience, using higher-end lodging and optionally including helicopter rides in your itinerary to see more of the Everest region in less time.  

Langtang Trek - 8 Days

Langtang Valley
Views from the Langtang Valley trek

The Langtang Valley trek is a perennial favorite in Nepal, due to its expansive views, Tamang culture, relatively gentle pace and easy access from Kathmandu. The 2015 earthquake caused massive destruction in Langtang, and the valley was closed for visitors for over a year. Now that the trail and lodges have been rebuilt, Langtang is back. Trekking in this beautiful valley will support the people of Langtang by providing much-needed income to rebuild in a sustainable and secure way.

Nar Phu Valley Trek - 9 Days

Nar Ghedi Monastery
Nar Ghedi Monastery - Photo by Agata Osinska

The Nar Phu trek takes trekkers into a pair of valleys tucked in between Manaslu and Annapurna regions. The trek is a true hidden gem with an authentic feel no longer found on many treks in Nepal. The Himalayan wilderness is awe-inspiring and you'll meet very few other trekkers on the trail.

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Map of Best Short Treks in Nepal - Trekking Itineraries Ranging from 3 to 10 Days
Map of Best Short Treks in Nepal - Trekking Itineraries Ranging from 3 to 10 Days

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Sue

Best short treks in nepal - trekking itineraries ranging from 3 to 10 days, Nepal - Sep 26 - Oct 1, 2018

Traveler: Sue C. - Local specialist: Sudarshan Shrestha

We had such a short time in Nepal - only 5 days - but a wonderful experience thanks to Sudershan's expert planning. He was very patient as we emailed back and forth trying to decide what kind of trip suited us and always replied very promptly. It was a very stress free experience as we were met at the airport by Sudarshan, our guide Sanu and driver Amrit, and were whisked off to the first night of our 3 day Balthali Trek. All 3 nights accommodation were very comfortable with excellent food... read more

We had such a short time in Nepal - only 5 days - but a wonderful experience thanks to Sudershan's expert planning. He was very patient as we emailed back and forth trying to decide what kind of trip suited us and always replied very promptly. It was a very stress free experience as we were met at the airport by Sudarshan, our guide Sanu and driver Amrit, and were whisked off to the first night of our 3 day Balthali Trek. All 3 nights accommodation were very comfortable with excellent food and service - but the highlight was Namu Buddha Resort! A series of cottages spread out through a lovely garden - we had a large 2 story house just for 2 of us - and superb vegetarian food all grown on the property. The walk to the nearby Tibetan monastry was well within our capabilities and the monastry was spectacular. We were very well looked after by Sanu, who gauged our level of fitness and adjusted walking times accordingly, and answered our many questions about Nepalese lifestyle and customs. We were also very appreciative of Amrit's superb driving skills on very challenging roads. Both Sanu and Amrit were charming, helpful and considerate and we highly recommend their company - Blue Sheep - to travelers wishing to gain an insight into Nepalese culture. Sudarshan met us on our return to Kathmandu and was very helpful with advice for our brief visit to that very vibrant city.

Carmen

The best short treks in nepal - trekking itineraries ranging from 3 to 10 days, Nepal - Jun 10 - Jun 20, 2018

Traveler: Carmen B. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

An amazing trek, short but challenging for us. Beautiful landscape and views of the Annapurnas. Our guide Tendu and porter Dorje were very patient and accommodating. We went in the off season, but were very lucky with both the weather and open tea houses. The only unfortunate thing was that the packing list provided to us was definitely optimized for the fall and winter, and we were way over-laden with warm clothes, rain gear and sleeping bags that we didn't need. Overall a fantastic experience from start to finish.

The best short treks in nepal - trekking itineraries ranging from 3 to 10 days, Nepal - Jun 10 - Jun 20, 2018

Traveler: teresa b. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

Our guide, porter, and drivers in country were all wonderful; knowledgeable, reliable, friendly, and helpful.
After spending 7 months planning the trip with Amanda, it was disappointing to be redirected to other individuals for the final lead up, and then also during the trip.

The best short treks in nepal - trekking itineraries ranging from 3 to 10 days, Nepal - May 15 - May 23, 2018

Traveler: sandy k. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

The whole trip- all the connections the tour guides, the hotels- awesome!
Thanks!

Romain

The best short treks in nepal - trekking itineraries ranging from 3 to 10 days, Nepal - Apr 20 - Apr 24, 2018

Traveler: Romain K. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

Welcoming by people living in the mountains was always good. Teahouse food always freshly cooked on demand and very good, which was surprising with the remoteness of the villages or base camp.
Dawa our guide know well the track so no issue about being guided. Many new roads are being built so sometimes it was hard to find the right track. From the description of our trip, we went through a cheese factory village. Dawa didn't tell us and it is a bit disappointed that he never talked about... read more

Welcoming by people living in the mountains was always good. Teahouse food always freshly cooked on demand and very good, which was surprising with the remoteness of the villages or base camp.
Dawa our guide know well the track so no issue about being guided. Many new roads are being built so sometimes it was hard to find the right track. From the description of our trip, we went through a cheese factory village. Dawa didn't tell us and it is a bit disappointed that he never talked about life of people living in villages, how they sustain, what is their culture and values.
Amanda was welcoming before and after the treck and helpful for any question.