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

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.

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Overview

All these trek itineraries can be adjusted to your exact needs and schedule by working with our network of local operators in Nepal. Budget at least 1 day pre-trek and 1-day post-trek for your entire trip to Nepal to allow for unforeseen delays and weather.  

(Looking for a longer trek? Check out our overview of the best 2-3 week treks in Nepal)

The treks are listed from short (3 days) to longer (10 days): 

Balthali Village Trek - 3 days

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. 

The village of Nagarkot
The village of Nagarkot

Ghandruk Trek - 3 days

This classic 3-day 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. More info about the Ghandruk Trek.

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

Kalinchowk Temple Trek - 4 days

The trailhead of this wilderness 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. More info here.

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

Ghorepani Trek - 4 days

The 4-day Ghorepani 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. More details about the Ghorepani Trek.

Climbing up to Ghorepani
Climbing up to Ghorepani on a stone slab trail

Jomsom Trek - 5 days

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 village of Kagbeni
The village of Kagbeni

The Jomson trek is in the rain shadow of the Himalayas, making this s great trek for the monsoon. More details about the 5-day Jomson trek are here.

Khopra Danda - 6 days

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.

Trekkers below Khopra Danda
Trekkers below Khopra Danda

Pikey Peak - 6 days

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

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

Everest Panorama Trek - 5-10 days

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.  

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

Langtang Trek - 8 days

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. View a detailed description and itinerary here

Langtang Valley
Views from the Langtang Valley trek

Nar Phu Valley Trek - 9 days

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. Find a detailed itinerary here

Nar Ghedi Monastery
Nar Ghedi Monastery - Photo by Agata Osinska
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