Nepal, a landlocked country between India and China, is blessed with varied terrain and diverse flora and fauna. With moderate temperatures throughout the year, the natural resources of the country provide a number of activities that range of adrenaline pumping adventures to relaxing vacations. One of such activities that challenge your physical abilities while stimulating your mental and emotional sides is trekking in the various serene parts of Nepal. If you want to enjoy the beauty and riches of Nepal within a short time frame and without much physical stress, here is a list of 5 short treks in Nepal to allow you to do just that.
One of the shortest and most scenically vibrant treks, this one begins from Pokhara and ends at the ultimate destination of Ghorepani in the foothills of Annapurna .The trip provides an ultimate scenic and serene adventure as you trek past wonderful vantage points like Poonhill, Ghandrung village and others to witness the panoramic views of mountains like Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. The Ghandrung village situated at 1951m above the Modi River is a Gurung village where the inhabitants still follow their traditional customs, traditions, costumes and languages that provides a culturally enriching experience.
Another beautiful trek that starts from Pokhara is the Ghandruk trek which is known for its exposure to natural beauty as well as Nepali culture within a very short period of time (3 days). The route is a very easy and scenic one and takes you to the ultimate destination at 2000m making the trip a favorable one even for the elderly and children. The scenic views of the mountain area is a given in the trek but the main bonus of the trip is the Gurung village that allows you to blend in to the Gurung community by observing their many traditional customs and celebrations. The beautiful sceneries, lush green forests and traditional villages along the way make the trek an enriching and mesmerizing one.
Jomsom is one of the major trekking destinations for local and foreign tourists alike. In case of time and physical limitation, the longer Jomsom trip can be shortened to be completed in 3 days. The moderate level trek in the Kali Gandaki river valley allows the majestic views of the Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri mountains. While the monasteries and Gompas provides a religious experience, the serene environment with the cattle grazing in the river banks, the chiming bells and landscape with muddy houses, crop fields and dark alleys provide a natural and spiritually enriching experience. The main attraction of the trek is the Muktinath temple, a very sacred Hindu temple.
Once you visit Nepal, reaching the highest point on earth or anywhere near it is sure to make it to your itinerary. While even the base camp trek and the expedition to the highest mountain in the world is one of the hardest adventures in the world, a new trekking route with easier trails has been opened recently that allows even the elderly, children and not- so- fit people to complete the trek. The 5 day long trek takes you to a maximum elevation of 3440m while you are completely mesmerized by the majestic mountain views like Mt. Everest, Mt Amadablam, Lhotse, Nuptse and many others in the area. The trip includes a 45 to 35 minutes long mountain flight then indulgence in the Sherpa lifestyle of the nearby villages with monasteries, schools and traditional settlements.
Kathmandu Valley trek (Namo Buddha – Phulchowki trek)
If you want to stay close to the capital city and also enjoy the scenic trekking trips, there are a number of choices for treks of one or two days.
One of the blooming tourist destinations, Namo Buddha is one of the important Buddhist monasteries in the country. Namo Buddha provides a truly spiritual experience with monasteries and prayer flags and a number of temples dedicated to the different incarnations of Lord Buddha. Phulchowki, on the other hand, is a Hindu pilgrimage site with the Phulchowki mandir on the highest hill of Katmandu which is also a perfect location for bird watching. It is a moderate level 6 day long trek that allows a religious and natural experience.
Other treks around the valley include one day treks to Nagarkot, Chisapani, Dhulikhel, Ghalegaun or Shivapuri which is equally beautiful and amazing. To amplify your Nepal experience you can add adventurous activities like Rafting and Jungle Safari to your short trekking package.