“While we are in the country for 8 days, we have an event we need to attend in kathmandu so would be most interested in a trek lasting 4-5 days.”
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Since you have 8 days, here are a few things to consider:
But there are many other possibilities as well... let me know what you think. And, how many people will be traveling?
there will be 2 of us
While we are in the country for 8 days, we have an event we need to attend in kathmandu so would be most interested in a trek lasting 4-5 days
Sounds good. Given your timeframe the Ghorepani Trek would be a good fit.
There are other short treks as well, most of them around Pokhara
ok, great, looking at the ghorepani trek now
we were also looking at the Kalinchowk Temple Trek earlier (https://www.kimkim.com/c/three-great-short-treks-in-nepal). Would you recommend that?
Sure, that's a lot more off the beaten path. I haven't done that trek myself, but our local expert Mads can help you put it together and answer any questions about it
I think it's a great choice if you are interested in a more local / authentic experience.
I invited Mads. He is currently in Australia, so it will likely take at least a few hours for him to join the convo here. You will receive an email when there are new messages here. Look forward to help put together a great trek for you.
Hi, super happy to help with your time in Nepal!
Now as much as I love the Kalinchowk trek, I would not recommend it for September, simply because it is too close to the Monsoon and you are likely not to see any mountains from up there and that would be a shame. It is an amazing wilderness trek, so if you are not too bothered about seeing the mountains or not, then it would still be amazing. Another thing to consider is that it is a camping trek, which does get a bit expensive with just the two of you, tea house trekking is cheaper because we don't need to porter in food, tents and equipment for you.
If you did want to give yourself the best chance of seeing the mountains up close in September, then a trek near the Annapurna is your best option, Ghorepani is good, there is a reason so many people go there but if you wanted to get more off the beaten path then I could suggest the Siklis Trek. I will upload a dossier below, so you can have a look
This trek and also be made one day longer, if you wanted more time in the mountains, I would suggest that. The first day of trekking then goes to Tanting a lovely Gurung village with amanzing views and then day 2 on the trail you go to Siklis
If you have time, I would suggest a night in or around Pokhara at the end before flying back to Kathmandu
Let me know what you think about all this and I will put a proposal together for you, sorry if I have overwhelmed you with information :-)
Thanks for the info Mads. How difficult are the two treks that you mentioned? Also, are there any good options that don't involve an internal flight in Nepal (based on landing originally in Kathmandu)?
No problem , of the 3 treks Kalinchowk is probably the hardest, the trails a not big there is some expose sections and it is also a bit climb to start with. Having said that, the Siklis Trek has a big climb to start with an so does Ghorepani. A short trek where you don't need camping which is close enough to Kathmandu that you don't need to take an internal flight is Balthali Village trek http://himalayan-trails.com/nepal/short-treks-in-nepal/balthali-village-trek it is a very nice introduction to trekking in Nepal and you have choices to the level of accommodation from Monastery to super luxury at Dwarikas Dhulikhel on the way. Generally the level of accommodation, no matter what you chose on this trek, is a fair bit above the tea house you find elsewhere in Nepal.
This trek however again offers panoramic views of the mountains and those you are not so certain to get in November, a bit like with Kalinchowk. This trek is very different in the sense you will not have the wilderness Kalinchowk offers but you will have much more culture to experience along the way
other than that the Gosainkunda trek could be done in the amount of time you have but you basically waste one day driving at each end... which is the case for many of the good treks I could otherwise think of. So with only 4-5 days, I would suggest flying to the Balthali trek...