Though small, Nepal is home to hundreds of stunning treks that get you off the beaten path and into the glorious wilderness of the Himalayas.
Many of these treks can actually be completed in under a week, making them ideal options for less experienced trekkers, or if you’re short on time.
To help you decide, here are three of Nepal’s best short treks.
The Helmabu trek is ideal for families and travelers wanting a short, but beautiful trek that isn't too strenuous.
Because of the trek’s low altitude and generally pleasant temperature, the Helambu trek has grown in popularity in recent years and is now one of the best short trek options in Nepal.
Despite its accessible location near Kathmandu, the Helambu Trek is incredibly tranquil. You’ll get none of the crowds that swarm the more famous routes.
The trek begins an hour from Kathmandu in the town of Sundarijal. From there, you trek up into the local hills past forests of rhododendrons, beautiful waterfalls and glorious, snow-capped peaks.
Considering the low altitude of the trek, the views along the route are spectacular. The largest peaks on offer include Langtang at 23,734 feet (7,234m) and Ganesh at 24,429 feet (7,445m).
The Helambu Trek is also one of the most cultural treks in Nepal. Hikers visit a number of traditional villages where people’s ways of life have changed little over the centuries.
If you’re pushed for time, then the Jomsom Muktinath Trek can be completed in as little as 5 days.
The Mustang region is one of the most stunning areas of Nepal and the Jomsom Muktinath Trek is actually part of the larger and far more famous Annapurna Circuit Trek.
Along the route, you’ll witness eight of the world’s 20 tallest mountains including Machhapuchhare at 22,959 feet (6,997m), Annapurna I at 26,538 feet (8,088m) and Nilgiri at 23,097 feet (7,039m).
The altitude is fairly low and inexperienced trekkers will find this an ideal entry-level trek. Just make sure you’ve packed the right gear.
The route follows in the footsteps of the ancient trade route along the Kali Ghandaki river. You’ll visit ancient forts, large caves, and glorious monasteries.
The region provides both lush forest and arid terrain with certain sections of landscape being likened to the moon!
Up until 2008, the Mustang Region was a semi-autonomous Kingdom and much of the local heritage still flourishes, making the Jomsom Muktinath Trek a great cultural experience.
One of the hidden gems of Nepal, the Panchase Trek is often looked over by travelers visiting the tiny mountain nation.
With a relatively low altitude and only 4 days long, the Panchase trek is the perfect option for novice hikers or families with children.
Located near Pokhara, the journey begins in style with a boat trip across the beautiful Phewa Lake and is perfect for a short trip if you’re based in Pokhara.
Once on the forest trail, you’ll come across the World Peace Pagoda as you make your way down through the local villages where the rustic way of life still holds sway.
Your final destination at Panchase Hill (8,202 feet or 2,500m) has absolutely epic views! Often considered the best view of Annapurna Massif in Nepal, you’ll be blown away by the glorious panorama.
Though most famous for its epic altitude treks, Nepal also offers a number of easier treks for the less experienced among us. Our partners Kandoo Adventures share their top 3 easy treks ideal for beginners and families.
What’s the difference between trekking and hiking? Where and when should I go? Our local experts, and partner Kandoo Adventures, give you the lowdown on everything you need to plan and have the adventure of a lifetime.