The Ghandruk Trek (sometimes also referred to as the Ghandrung Trek) is a great trekking option for those who are in Nepal for a shorter time or want to combine a relatively short trek with other activities in Nepal. The trek is typically done in 6 or 7 days.
Nepal 6-Day Tours & Itineraries
Travelers can get a taste of trekking in the Himalaya with just 6 days to spend. Try the easy, short, and scenic Ghandruk Trek—it's typically completed in 3-4 days, leaving a day or two on each end to be spent in Kathmandu. You'll hike through rhododendron forests and visit the Gurung village of Ghandruk, with views of Annapurna and Fishtail throughout. If you'd prefer not to spend your whole trip on the trail, stick to the cultural activities and adventurous day trips within the Kathmandu Valley.
See our itineraries below or read our guide to the best 6-day trips in Nepal.
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Whether you are in Kathmandu for a short getaway or have a few days to prepare for (or recover from!) a Himalayan adventure, there is no need to stay within the confines of your hotel. Kathmandu has many unique things to see and do. In three days, you can see many of the Kathmandu Valley’s highlights, from markets, temples and cultural sites to sunsets, mountain views and hiking.
This medium-length rafting expedition is an excellent way to take advantage of Nepal's post-monsoon rivers. Leaving from the popular lakeside town of Pokhara, you'll brave class III and IV rapids with an expert guide, camp and dine under the stars on riverside beaches, and kayak on smooth sections of the Kali Gandaki. This makes a fun addition to a trekking trip, or a stand-alone journey for travelers short on time.
Here’s a trip plan that gives you a taste of what Nepal has to offer within a week: a short trek with great views of the Himalaya combined with a visit to the ancient cities of Bhaktapur and Patan. You'll stay within striking distance of Kathmandu.
The Kathmandu and Pokhara valleys provide the perfect balance of Nepal's cultural and natural highlights. You'll start with Kathmandu's main cultural attractions before going overland to Pokhara, stopping en route at Bandipur, one of Nepal's most picturesque villages. After exploring Pokhara, you'll have additional time in Kathmandu to relax and sightsee before your flight home.
Combine adventure with comfort in this well-rounded Himalayan experience. From Kathmandu, head to Pokhara where you will have time to explore Lakeside before making your way to the village of Astam. Spend three days hiking moderate to steep ascents, sharing routes with shepherds, donkey trains, and farmers. Marvel at the incredible Annapurna mountain range and enjoy relaxing evenings in luxury lodgings. Your city accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara will also be some of the best in the country, combining traditional Nepali design with modern comforts.
Explore the ancient trails and villages of the Kathmandu Valley along this easy multi-day hiking route. You'll hike past small farming villages, lush green forests, ancient templates, and have the opportunity to learn about the traditional lifestyle of the local people. On top of this, you'll have great views of the distant snowy peaks of the Himalaya and the option to stay in authentic local inns and farm stays each night.
Explore the Everest region by foot and by air in this unique Nepali tour. You'll have time to wander Kathmandu's windy, eclectic streets before heading to Lukla to begin your trekking adventure. Pass through local villages, cross thrilling suspension bridges in the verdant Dudh Koshi Valley, and spend some time in the charm and history of Namche Bazaar. You'll end your trip with a once in a lifetime flight aboard a private helicopter for a tour of the Himalaya, including a stop at Everest Base Camp.
Situated more than 300 miles (500 km) from Kathmandu, Bardia National Park is as remote and wild as it gets. For wildlife enthusiasts seeking an off the beaten path experience, it is a must. With only a fraction of the number of visitors compared to the more famous Chitwan National Park, you'll have a truly wild experience, one that is not overrun by crowds.
The Balthali Village Trek starts a short distance from Kathmandu on the edge of the Kathmandu Valley. Starting your trek in Jarsing Pauwa, you'll pass through quiet farming villages, verdant forests, and explore ancient temples. Immerse yourself in local traditions all the while enjoying stunning views of the Himalaya mountains wherever you turn.
This short, action-packed itinerary gives you a taste of the best outdoor adventure activities in Nepal. From mountain biking in the hills and trekking in the mountains to rafting along white-water rivers and paragliding above Pokhara, this itinerary packs all this adventure into six fun days.