Dashain is just around the corner. It’s that time of the year when the skies are brighter and the weather is cooler. It’s the nation’s merry-making time and everyone’s high on the spirits of Dashain. It is also the peak time for trekking in Nepal because of excellent climate and visibility.
Previously, trekking was an adventure sport only undertaken by tourists. But, in just a span of about five years, it has successfully etched its name on the bucket list of most Nepalese people as well. Ask any young Nepali, and they will keenly tell you about the next trekking destination they hope to go to. It is indeed a very unusual step forward for brooding Nepal’s tourism sector.
So, for those aspiring trekkers who want to make the best use of their long Dashain holidays, what better thing to do then trekking? Here, we have listed down 4 excellent short treks that can be completed with 4-10 days. Read more to decide where you want to go next!
Poon Hill Trek
Poon Hill trek begins and ends in the Lake City of Pokhara. The trek can last anywhere from between 4-6 days. If you have more days to spare, of course, you can add more destinations to this already awesome trek and elevate your altitude and experience even further! Poon Hill is one of the most famous viewpoints in the entire Annapurna region. Once you reach your main vantage point, you will feel like you have entered an amphitheatre of mountains. From here, you can have the most amazing views of the peaks from Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Massif, including Annapurna South and Annapurna 1.
The trek passes through several Gurung villages like Tadapani, Ghandruk, and Ghorepani. These villages offer excellent homestay services. Thus, you will get a rare chance to live like a Gurung for a day! Their culture and lifestyle are indeed fascinating. Also, since it is a mid-level trek, it can be completed without much hassle. So, don’t be surprised if you meet a group of senior citizens during the trek!
Everest View Trek
No, you don’t have to trek up to the Everest Base Camp to have splendid views of highest peak in the world. Luckily, such is the topographical variation in the Everest region. Everest View Trekking is undoubtedly one of the most famous treks in entire Nepal, thanks to the perfect natural setting and cultural richness. The trek can be completed within five days, but if you want, you can add new destinations like Gokyo and Kala Pathhar too. The trek is not just short but can also be completed without any complications of altitude sickness.
Your journey will begin with an exciting 30 minutes long flight to Lukla from the capital. From there, the route will take you through lush jungles, shaky suspension bridges over Dudh Koshi, and quite a few traditional Sherpa villages. You will have the chance to trek through famous villages like Phakding, Khumjung, and historic town of Namche Bazaar. Throughout the trek and from some vantage points, you can have the most impressive views of peaks like Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Island Peak, Cho Oyu, and Everest.
Langtang Valley Trek
Langtang Valley, also known as Himalayan’s best-kept secret, was severely impacted during 2015. But, it has been three years since the dreadful event and trekking is now conducted here with full swing. Many of you may not know this, but Langtang Valley is situated only 19 miles north of Kathmandu. If you don’t have enough time to trek into Annapurna and Everest region, no need to worry! During this 6-8-day long trek, you will be mesmerised by the beautiful views of Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Ri, Dorje Lakpa, and some Tibetan peaks.
The journey will begin with a bus ride from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. From here, your route will pass through villages of Tato Pani, Chilime, Thuman, Nagthali Gyanng. Your trekking journey will come full circle in Syabru Besi. Some of the highlights of the trek are that it will take you through beautiful pastures, yak farms, and even a cheese factory! On top of that, living like a local in the culturally-rich Tamang villages will elevate your experience with many folds!
In addition to being a sought-after trekking destination, Gosainkunda is also a very famous pilgrimage site for the Hindus. If you plan your trek around August, you will witness a lot of pilgrims flocking to the region for taking a dip in the holy river. The trek is relatively more comfortable than the ones in Everest and Annapurna region. On top of that, you can quickly complete it within just 5-6 days.
First few days, you will ascend through dense forests before reaching the tree line at Cholang Paty. From here, you can have the first glimpse of glistening Langtang Himal and Annapurna as well. After spending a night in Lauri Binayak, next morning you can hike up to the icy blue lakes. Visiting the lakes is the ultimate highlight of this whole trip! From afar, the lakes look like a piece of emerald. The mountains in the back add even more to their beauty!