This Balthali Village Trek is a short drive from Kathmandu, on the edge of the Kathmandu Valley rim. It passes through small farming villages, where you can experience the lifestyle of local people, along with lush green forests, ancient temples, and terraced farmland. Add to this the stunning snowy peaks visible in the distance, and this is the perfect introduction to trekking in the Himalayas!
Nepal 5-Day Tours & Itineraries
Sticking to the Kathmandu Valley is a great bet for a 5-day trip to Nepal. Within relatively short distances, you can reach ancient villages, excellent hiking and mountain biking trails, river rafting, and cultural activities. Spend at least one of your nights outside of Kathmandu on the upper rim of the valley—Dhulikhel, Namobuddha, and Nagarkot are all good spots for a change of scenery. Trekkers with limited time won't be disappointed, either. Fly into Pokhara for a short trek in the Lower Annapurna region for panoramic views of the Himalaya that rival those you'll encounter on longer mountain treks.
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Explore the cultural highlights of the Kathmandu Valley before catching a scenic flight to the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara. This trip combines a mixture of ancient history, great day activities for the more adventurous, and the chance to enjoy the more peaceful moments Nepal has to offer.
One of the most popular short treks in Nepal, this route to Nagarkot is ideal for beginners of all ages. You'll make your way through oak, pine, and rhododendron forests and learn about village life while taking in views of the Kathmandu Valley and snow-capped Himalayan peaks in Nagarkot. Wake up to a sunrise view over Mount Everest before enjoying more time in Kathmandu.
This fast-paced trip takes you up to Namche Bazaar, a traditional Sherpa village and unofficial capital of the Khumbu region. You'll pass through Sagarmatha National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—across suspension bridges, through alpine forests, and visit ancient Buddhist sites. The adventure ends with a helicopter tour of the snow-capped Himalayas and includes a stop at the base of the tallest mountain in the world: Mount Everest.
Explore the main highlights of the Kathmandu and Pokhara Valleys combined with an easy multi-day trek in the lower Annapurna region for great Himalayan views. You'll also have some free time to relax and explore on your own, along with recommended activities and places to eat that we'll recommend.
This short 5-day itinerary combines adventure with comfort for a well-rounded Himalayan experience. Start your trip in Kathmandu and make your way to Astam where you will begin three days of trekking. Hike mild to steep ascents to bring you to incredible vistas, as you share the route with shepherds and donkey trains and pass through rhododendron forests. At night, you'll stay in luxury lodges for a nice contrast to the day's challenge.
This quick getaway allows you to fully experience the beauty of the Kathmandu and Pokhara Valleys. Beginning and ending in Kathmandu, you'll fly to Pokhara and then drive to the village of Astam in the lower Annapurna foothills. It's the perfect balance of getting a feel for local village life while enjoying stunning views of the Himalaya.
This fast-paced trip includes takes you on a number of mini-adventures: rafting, trekking, and paragliding. You'll visit the two main traveler hubs of Nepal—Kathmandu and Pokhara—and have some time to explore the main cultural sights at the beginning and end of your trip.
See another side of Nepal with this five-day itinerary that focuses on the grasslands and jungle of Chitwan National Park. Start with sightseeing in Kathmandu before two days of safari—you'll have the chance to see rhino, various types of monkeys, and perhaps even the elusive Royal Bengal tiger. During your stay in the park, you'll spend your evenings in a riverside, air-conditioned bungalow in the jungle.