Nepal offers variety of treks to all types of trekking enthusiasts. From the world’s most extreme trek, “the great Himalayan Trail” to the most beautiful one day treks in the world, Nepal satisfies the desires of every type of trekking enthusiasts. If you wish to savor the beauty of trekking in this Himalayan paradise, but cannot afford the hard physical strain, then Nepal has a beautiful but yet easy treks to offer you. Here is a list of some of the best short and easy treks in Nepal. With absolutely no risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), these short and easy treks in Nepal are perfect for families, elderly and children who can enjoy the life in the village along with easy walk along in the nature’s paradise
- Chepang Hill Trek
- Ghalegaun short Trek
- Ghandruk Cultural Trek
- Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
- Shivapuri Trek
- Namo Buddha – Phulchowki Trek
- Nagarkot – Changunarayan Trek
1. Chepang Hill Trek
Number of days: 8 days
Best time to trek: Spring/Autumn/winter
Maximum elevation: 3500 meter
Travel highlight: unique, ethnic people and their lifestyles
The trek through the Mahabharata range, at moderate altitude through less crowded, beautiful hillsides allows you to indulge in the life of the semi nomadic Chepang people. The Chepangs are ethnic people with a distinct lifestyle who feed on fruits and roots and have unique cultures of their own. Due to the remoteness from city life full of conveniences, the indigenous people are considered to be among the marginalized groups of Nepal. Along with the new cultural experience, the trip is also famous for the mesmerizing views of the sunrise, mountains from Sira-chuli and bird watching along the trail. This trek aims to improve the condition of the Chepang people by generating income and creating awareness about their unique lifestyle.
2. Ghalegaun short Trek
Number of days: 6 days
Best time to trek: April-June, September-November
Maximum elevation: 2016 m
Travel highlight: Indigenous people, mountain scenes, Gurung cultures.
Ghale Gaun Short Trekking is an eco-cultural trek about 20.5 km northwest of Kathmandu to the isolated, untouched village of Ghale Gaun. It allows you to experience the indigenous people, their lifestyle, culture, socio-economic status and more in just a few days trip. You can attend cultural events while staying at the local peoples’ houses while enjoying the tantalizing views of the Annapurna region, Ganesh Himal, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu Himal.
The Gurung people with their traditional costumes, dances and lifestyle with practices like Shamanism, Lamaism, herbal medication, etc will allow you to experience a cultural trip like no other. A little detour to the Ghanpokhara village lets you enjoy the mountain peaks, Himalayan flora and fauna and the specialty of the place – honey hunting sites.
3. Ghandruk Cultural Trek
Number of Days: 6
Best season to travel: September – June
Maximum elevation: 2000m
Travel highlights: Traditional Gurung villages, culture
The Ghandruk Cultural trek is an easy one through comfortable trails with a maximum 6 hours of trekking a day. With no risk of altitude sickness and other problems, the trek is best even for families with children or the elderly. The scenic mountain views are excellent from the various viewpoints however the highlight of the trek is the Gurung village where you get to indulge in the traditional customs and celebrations. On the trip, you traverse through lovely forests, lush hilly villages and enjoy the mesmerizing views of the different terrains that adorn the area.
4. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
Number of days: 5
Best time to trek: October- June
Maximum elevation: 2855 m
Travel highlight: Views of magnificent Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, insight into Gurung lifestyle and culture
Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is a 5 day long trip to one of the most famous places in the Annapurna region, which used to be the main pass for Tibetan traders to get to Pokhara from Mustang. The trek is considered to be one of the best treks in Nepal. The trail is blessed with vantage points where you get to witness the magnificent Dhaulagiri and Annapurna during beautiful sunrises. The Ghandrung village is a beautiful balance between nature and culture- an ethnic Gurung village with rich traditions and Buddhist culture with the panoramic view of Annapurna range embracing the entire skyline.
5. Shivapuri Trek
Number of days: 5
Best time to trek: Throughout the year
Maximum elevation: 2732 m
Travel highlight: Buddhist and Hindu cultures, panoramic views of Langtang, Manaslu and Mustang
This short trek to the second highest hill surrounding the valley is for those who enjoy a comfortable trek. Shivapuri trek allows you to enjoy the watershed, wildlife as well as the different birds and insects that vary according to the different seasons. As the trek can be done throughout the year, you can have a different experience of the flora and fauna at different times. While enjoying the sights of the valley below, the eastern mountain ranges you get to witness rural Nepali life between the sunsets and sunrises. From the various vantage points, you can see the mountains welcoming you with mesmerizing views which will make the hike worthwhile.
6. Namo Buddha – Phulchowki Trek
Number of days: 6 days
Best time to trek: throughout the year
Maximum elevation: 2765 m
Travel highlight: Bird watching, rich flora and fauna, traditional Tamang settlements, magnificent mountain views.
The trek is named after the Namo Buddha stupa and Phulchowki mandir which are the holy pilgrim sites for Buddhists and Hindus respectively. Namo Buddha provides a peaceful and spiritual experience with player flags, monasteries while phulchowki is the highest hill surrounding the valley which is also a perfect spot for bird watching with 55 species of migratory birds visiting on occasions. It is also worth visiting to encounter the rare flora, butterflies and mammals, including leopard, squirrels, martens etc.
7. Nagarkot – Changunarayan Trek
Number of days: 2
Best time to trek: September – December, February- June
Maximum elevation: 2100m
Travel highlight: Mountain views, World heritage sites
The Nagarkot Changunarayan Trek is very close to the capital city but provides you the magnificent view of Dhaulagiri in the west to Kanchenjunga through Everest in the east. The highlight of the trip has to be the early sunrises that adorn the entire skyline covered with the majestic mountains that will be a refreshing sight to cherish all your life.
The trail is a great cultural experience with encounters with traditional ethnic people and their cultures. The world renowned structures of the Bhaktapur Durbar square like 55 windowed Palace, Changunarayan and other historical monuments provide a peek into the traditional Newari art, architecture and culture. It is the best trip to freshen up your senses away so close yet farther from the city life.
These short and easy treks in Nepal are sure to leave you astonished with their own unique beauty without much physical hardship.
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