Best Short Treks for Spring and Autumn 2020

Join short treks in spring 2020 and mark the calendar. Seek to escape the everyday lives and relish the delight of the mountains. Trekkers can combine trekking with other activities as well such as safari, rafting, bird watching, mountain flight and many more. 

Nepal rewards every trekker with magnificent vistas of snow blanketed mountain, verdant meadows, high elevation glaciers, a marvelous assortment of flora and fauna along with the exotic culture. The existence of the immense Himalayas in the region and the incredible landscape provide the country the tag of being one of the perfect trekking places on the earth.

The country promises a number of thrilling treks, and they are not just the popular trails but also some exciting off-the-beaten and newly discovered trails. The Himalayas provides numerous trekking routes, which range from being easy, moderate to extremely challenging. Such trails are a blend of exquisite wildlife man-made structures, beautiful scenery, cultural experiences, religious delights and much more.

To savor the adventure of trekking like never before, try the incredible short treks in Nepal. The short trek is ideal for both novice and proficient trekkers, family with children, solo and school groups.

Also if you’ve limited time, and you’re keen to escape to the wild, these short treks in Nepal are perfect for mini adventures. On these short Himalayan treks, you’ll get to spend a few nights out in remote areas, enjoy staying at a local tea house and camping experience and witness some remarkable sights.

 Nepal trekking is an experience that you would not want to miss out on if you’re an adventure devotee. Here is the list of top short trekking trails in Nepal where you can make memories that are forever to keep in 2020.

1.  Pikey Peak: Renowned for superb Himalayan range

Located in the lower Everest region Pike Peak is one of the beautiful and less trodden trekking trails.  From the Pikey peak 4,065 meters, you can witness the superb views of the eight of the world’s peaks over 8000 meters including Mt. Everest 8,848m, Mt. Lhotse 8,516m, Mt. Makalu 8,463m, Mt. Kanchenjunga 8,586m, in addition to several other breathtaking snow-capped mountains.

This peak is popular for its amazing sunrise and sunset views. It is a really spectacular sight taking in innumerable giant peaks to the north and deep valleys dropping away into the clouds to the south. The vistas from Pikey Peak is said to have been Sir Edmund Hillary’s preferred view in all of Nepal. This Pikey Peak Trek is ideal for those who prefer to see the finest view of Everest and beautiful landscapes within a few days.

Trekking in the Pikey Peak region has been gaining popularity due to rewarded quiet trails, scrumptious home-made meals from local produce and incomparable backdrops of Everest along with accompanying peaks. This newly discovered trekking route definitely offers trekkers with the off-beaten trail trekking experience. 

2.     Langtang Trek: Valley of Glacier

“Nepal Sanctuary Treks organized 11-day trek into the Langtang Valley for our family (two parents, two teenagers).  Fantastic as per past experiences. They care for their staff, have a genuine commitment to the places and people that you visit and walk the talk in terms of a responsible future of tourism in Nepal. ” Matt Francey & Maggie Scott

Situated about 30 km north of Kathmandu near the Tibetan border and extending in an east-west direction, Langtang is encircled on the north by the Himalayas, dominated by Langtang Lirung (7,245 m), the highest peak in the area. 

Langtang is beautiful and famous for its diverse vegetation and villages with affluent culture. What sets this trek apart is its incomparable experience. Everything about this trek is aesthetically pleasing: authentic picturesque hamlets, snow-capped peaks, sweeping glaciers, ancient monasteries, alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake, diverse flora, and fauna.

The trek also takes you through the rose tree and the dense bamboo woodland to the snow-blanketed peaks which comprise Kyangjin Ri (4,350 m), DorjeLakpa, and the only 8,000 m high peak in Tibet, Shisha Pangma.

While hiking to the Kyangjin Ri Peak one can see the imposing 360-degree vistas of the massifs of Langtang Region. Together with Kyangjin Gompa, there are numerous other monasteries that can be spotted during the trek. Gosaikunda Lake is an incomparable destination for spirituality. The Lake is bounded by other Lakes and bordered by the snowy peaks.

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3. Gokyo Lake Trek: The highest freshwater lake system in the world

The glittering, crystal clear turquoise waters of the Gokyo Lakes are one of Nepal’s most remarkable sights. They encompass the highest freshwater lake system in the world, at around 5,000 meters comprising six lakes.

Trekkers get an opportunity to ascend to the summit of Gokyo Ri (5,357m) that rewards trekkers with the incredible views of soaring mighty peaks such as Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Mt. Kanchenjunga and Makalu.

One of the main attractions of the trek is the remarkable Khumbu Glacier which is also the largest glacier in the entire Himalayan region of Nepal. The quaint & tranquil lake in the Dudh Koshi Valley overlooks the majestic Everest and will certainly make your jaw drop. It’s simply spectacular to see the tranquil valley comprises wide meadows for yaks to graze throughout summer and indulges in the serenity of the Gokyo Lake.

The perfect period to do the Everest Gokyo Lake Trek is in the seasons of spring (March-May) and autumn (September-December). 

4.  Annapurna Base Camp Trek: Witness endless beauty of Annapurna region

Also known as Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, this enjoyable trek takes you deep into the mountains. The location of the base camp is so wonderful, set amid the impressive six major peaks over 7200 meters comprising Annapurna I, II, III and IV, Annapurna South and Gangapurna. & fishtail peak. Likewise other mountains like Dhaulagiri (8167m), Manaslu (8156m).

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking most preferred and well-known moderate nature trekking trails in Nepal that incorporated paddy fields, colorful rhododendron forests, bamboo groves, fluted glaciers, affluent culture, natural hot spring, suspension bridges, cascading rivers and waterfalls and varied landscapes.

The Annapurna Base Camp trek trail looks dazzling in spring since the entire forest on the trail turns red, pink and white with shrub flowers. This trek is also popular for its many stone steps and which you will experience from Hille to Ulleri with a very steep segment taking up to 2 hours.

There are some memorial chortens and stupas to visit in ABC and one in specific is dedicated to one of the most well-known mountaineers, Anatoli Boukreev who was an important figure in the rescue on Mount Everest noted by Jon Krakauer in his book, Into Thin Air.

5. Amadablam Base Camp- The most beautiful mountain in the world

Trek to Amadablam incorporated culture, adventure, and world-class mountain viewing. This trek provides an opportunity to get closer to the world’s highest mountains including Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Nuptse. Literally, the term Ama Dablam means Mother’s Necklace. When we view Mt. Ama Dablam it looks like to be an arm of the mother protecting her child on each side. And, a hanging glacier signifies the shape of a pendant worn by a Sherpa woman.

Trekking towards the base camp of Ama Dablam, one of the planet’s most attractive mountains is a lifetime wish of passionate travelers as the trials to the mesmerizing place comprises ascend and descend that traverse verdant low land, alpine woodlands, glaciers, cascading rivers.  On the cultural side, the trek provides an opportunity to explore the traditional way of life of the highlanders, their culture, practices, and festivities

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6.     Lamjung Trek: Camping under the stars

Situated south of the Manaslu range and north of Gorkha, Lamjung Himal Trek takes you through the affluent cultural heritage of Gurung village to the unexploited area of Lamjung. Lamjung Himal is low altitude trek that cuts through the unique and diverse terrain from low land picturesque hamlets and terraced fields up to the high hills.

The route presents a beautiful verdant valley, monasteries, rhododendron forest, varied species of vegetation and mountain ridges. Trekkers get a chance to encounter local welcoming people and get a rare insight into the preserve cultural heritage and tradition.

Throughout the trek, the trekkers get to witness the imposing vistas of majestic Himalayan backdrop comprising the Annapurna Himalayan range, the Dhaulagiri Himalayan range, and Manaslu Himalayan range. The best time to do Lamjung trek is during autumn (Mid-September to December) and spring (March to May).

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7.  Khopra Ridge Community Trek: Classic Trekking adventure

Khopra Ridge has emerged to be the best off-beat trek in Nepal. The trail of this trek goes off the busy trekking trail and presents wonderful mountain backdrop, wilderness, and varied terrain from forest to high alpine, diverse culture and classic trekking adventure in the Himalayas. .In addition, the trekkers get to stay at community-based lodges set up by local villagers. From Khopra ridge vantage point, the trekker is rewarded with panoramic views of the magnificent peaks such as Mount Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Varaha Shikhar and many more.

If you believed the Grand Canyon was full of deep gorges, on this trek you can overlook the deepest gorge in the world — Kali Gandaki from the ridge. It divides the summits of the Dhaulagiri range from the Annapurna range. The religious attraction of this trail is the sacred Khaire Lake, which is located at 4,600 meters from the sea level. The ideal time to do the journey would be in autumn (September, October, and November) and spring (March, April, and May).

8.     Poonhill Mulde View Point Trek: Spectacular Vantage Point

Poon Hill (3,210m) and Mulde Sunrise trek are one of the shortest and most desirable trekking destinations in Nepal where you can savor the marvels of nature and culture of Nepal with your entire family, solo or school groups. This ever-popular trekking trail takes you to the charming ethnic villages and accomplishes your craving to be in close proximity to the massive snow-capped Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range.

The trek offers the marvelous Himalaya trekking experience with no stresses of altitude sickness. Trekking the main trail to well-known Poon Hill, you’ll also be getting the chance to go a little off the beaten route to Mulde (3,640m) — which considered the best hill for sunrise, sunset views.

Further, Mulde viewpoint offers to witness the world’s renowned Kali Gandaki river gorge, numerous mountainous hills, lush forests, diverse flora and fauna which is well-preserved by the Annapurna conservation area project.

9. Mardi Himal Trek: Hidden Gem of Annapurna region

Want to get closer to the almighty mountains, experience the real local culture and get into the wilderness but don’t have sufficient time? Then, the Mardi Himal trek is the ideal option for you. Mardi Himal is the best alternative short route to escape away from the bustling of the other trekking routes.

This trek is a hidden gem, just east of Annapurna Base Camp, marvelously located at the foothill of Mardi Himal. This trek amazes trekkers with an exclusive and fascinating natural and rich cultural assortment from starting to the endpoint. The region is also renowned for affluent biodiversity and panoramic scenery.

Throughout the journey, the trekkers’ winds through delighted rhododendron forests, quaint villages, lush rolling hills, waterfall, varied flora, and fauna, bloomed aromatic flowers, sparkling rivers until you ascend out of the forest at the altitude around 3,300 meters. The terrain dramatically changes from spectacular valleys, lush forest, into an uneven soaring silvery mountain landscape, with superb vistas of Mardi Himal, Machapuchre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. These peaks play hide and seek with you whilst you ascend to the Mardi Himal base camp. You’ll find them soaring above the sky, right in front of you!

The ideal time for Mardi Himal trek is from autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May). During spring the entire trail covered with colorful rhododendron flowers which are completely spectacular particularly and as the altitude gain, the terrain change.

10. Kathmandu Rim valley Trek: Explore medieval cities, villages with mountain views

If you have limited time and want to embark trekking with the blend of nature and culture, then Kathmandu Valley Rim Trek is another option. This trek is a well-known trekking destination around Kathmandu valley and sightseeing places around the valley. Kathmandu valley rim trek takes you to different popular places like Chisapani, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel, Panauti and several temples and stupas. You’ll sightsee prehistoric cities and settlements along a short trek and wake up to magnificent views of the Himalaya.

Whilst you savor the superb views of almighty Himalayas, the trekkers will be fascinated by the mystic sunrise over the Himalayas. So this trekking is definitely the perfect way to experience nature and culture around. Even though the journey goes around natural and cultural surroundings, it always brings some breathtaking Himalayan views too.

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11. Ruby Valley Cultural Community Trek- Ethnic Villages and Passes

Ruby Valley Cultural Community Trek is a newly explored trail where trekkers experience secluded trails and rare insights of a rural lifestyle. If you wish some first-hand experience than tourist hub trek routes, then Ruby Valley Trek is the one to explore.

Since, this is a very new trekking trail in Nepal, lodges, and guesthouses have not been established yet so home-stay is the mode of accommodation, which lets you get a first-hand experience of Nepalese countryside life as you stay with locals and share their food. The region host diverse communities such as Brahmin, Chhetri, Gurung, Magar, Newar, Tamang, etc. But Tamang who are Buddhists forms the majority of settlers.

During trek, trekkers traverse several passes like Pangsala pass (3,850 m /12,631 ft.) and Khurpa Pass (3,610m/11,843 ft.)  that present superb vistas of Mt. Ganesh I, locally called Yangra peak (7422m), Ganesh II (7118m), Lapsang Karbo (7043m), Pabil (7,104m), Manaslu and Langtang.

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11. Tamang Heritage Trek- Traditional villages of ancient hill tribe with primitive traditions

Tamang Heritage trail is recently discovered trail and feature off the beaten trails experience which highlights a primeval lifestyle of people. These trails are away from the busier trails and put the main stress on culture than some of the more classic trails.

The trail is predominately resided by the Tamang ethnic community who are the oldest horse merchants who migrated between Nepal and ancient Tibet. The civilizations and practices of the region are influenced by Tibetan culture. Indeed, numerous of the dwellers of this area have traveled from Tibet and many have converted their surname to that of Tamang.

Tamang Heritage Trail treks present an entire wilderness experience where trekkers walk through the less-trodden path, quaint villages of Tamang ethnic groups, and explore virtually unexploited culture lifestyle, customs, and crafts.

Likewise, warm hospitality by the locals rich in their unique vibrant dress and ornaments, their houses built with beautiful wood crafted doors and windows are the main highlights of this trek. The cluster authentic hamlets with the backdrop of magnificent snow-clad mountain ranges, terraced fields are simply breathtaking. If you are trekking in March-April, the entire trail is dominated by colorful rhododendron flowers.

Frequently asked questions about short treks in Nepal

Q 1: What is tea house trekking? How is it organized?

In Nepali, the word for tea house is known as Bhatti that caters freshly cooked meals and accommodation for the night. Originally, teahouses were little shops where trekkers could take a break for a rest and a cup of tea. Gradually, as more and more visitors start to discover the mountains in Nepal, these tea houses have established into complete lodges offering meals and accommodation to trekkers. And it’s not a place where you will only be served tea. Nevertheless, it’s where you will get home-prepared meals and where you can also spend the night.

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Q2: What is Camping Trekking? How is it organized?

Camping is a classic style of trekking conducted where the trekking takes place in remote areas and the place where there are fewer tea house lodges. The camping trekking is based on the trekking where the night will be resting at the camps. Camps are set up in various areas of the trekking route. Our team of leaders, guides, cooks, Sherpas, and porters will accompany our clients and take care of all the technical and logistical parts during camping treks. We will have our meals at the camps where our cooks prepared and serve scrumptious meals for our clients.

Q 3. What is the best season to trek in Nepal? 

Trekking in Nepal can be carried out all the year-round. Nepal comprises four major seasons and each season has its distinct attractions to offer. To know more about seasons please refer to the link

Q 4. Should I be fit for short trekking?

For the easy, moderate and low elevation trekking the trekkers do not need technical or previous trekking experience. However, it is recommended to do jogging, swimming, walking and bicycling for a few weeks before the trekking commences. To learn more please click the link

 Q 5. How many hours do I walk in a day during the short trekking?

You will walk normally for about 3-6 hours per day.

Q 6. What is the suggested packing list for a trek?

Gears required depends upon destination and season you plan to trek. However, Trekking shoes, down jackets, sleeping bags, hiking poles are the important ones. Learn More

Q 7. Does your company organize solo trek?

Nepal Sanctuary Treks organize trekking holidays to solo female and male trekkers.  All programs are prepared by the travel specialist to suit clients’ personal needs and preferences. To know more about it refer to the link

Q 8. Do I need to get a visa to travel to Nepal? What are the documents required to visit Nepal?

All nationals must hold a valid passport. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your expected date of departure from Nepal. An entry visa for all except Indians for Nepal is required. You need to arrange these prior to departure with the relevant embassy/consulate or you even get a visa on arrival. Learn more:  Visa and Documents requirement

Q 9:  Can I apply for the visa online?

You can get visa online – filling the form and following the step by step procedure at

Q 10. Are there any age limits to do short treks in Nepal’s Himalayas?

There are no age restrictions for trekking. Lower altitude regions are ideal for a family with children even solo and school groups.

Q 11. What is Altitude Sickness?

Altitude sickness, the mildest form being acute mountain sickness (AMS), is the negative health result of high elevation, which happened by speedy exposure to low amounts of oxygen at high elevation. To know more about Altitude sickness link  the article: Altitude Mountain Sickness: Causes, Symptoms, and Prevention

Q 12. Does your company organize Family?

 The trekking trails for family range from easy to moderate hiking trail with beautiful mountain and Himalayan views to enjoy the local culture and villages. We designed the program considering the children’s age, family trekker’s interest preference and let trekker walk on their own pace, take numerous breaks and generate new stamina to walk more. Learn more about tips and age range for a family trek.

Q13: Does your company organize the CAS trip?

Over the last 20 years, Nepal Sanctuary Treks has made the CAS trip (Creativity, Action, and Service) for several schools. Specifically, our school trip to Nepal is customized to your learning requirements and our specialty centered in handling school groups on special missions, keeping in mind the anxiety of parents and teachers when sending children away on such excursions. If you want to learn more about CAS Trip in Nepal, have a look at CAS Blog.

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10 Best Short Trekking in Nepal for 2019 & 2020

From snow-covered soaring mountains to pristine forests, there is a marvelous landscape for you to discover in Nepal. Having said that, trekking in Nepal is a wonderful experience with a myriad of routes for you to choose from and a chance to witness the secluded mountain ethnic groups barely affected by modern civilization.
Nepal’s trekking trails are quite thrilling for the reason that while trekking here, you can discover a unique kind of adventure in the middle of dense forest, terraced paddy fields, and the vistas you get to witness from the peaks and along the trails are simply awe-inspiring, make the journey worthwhile.
Nepal comprises trekking routes and destinations that furnish to all individuals, families, or school groups. Treks in Nepal range from short and easy to moderate treks to long and strenuous treks. There are ample short treks in Nepal that fulfill the demand of many trekkers who have inadequate days to spend trekking in Nepal.
Whether you’re an experienced trekker or a first-time trekker, the options below offer something for anyone in the beautiful country who has a short span of time. So, if you’re seeking quality time in the lap of the Himalayas, check out the 10 best short treks below:

Everest Lodge Trek with Comfort  

Trek Facts
Max elevation: 3,875m /12,713 ft.
Trek Difficulty: Moderate
Trek Duration: 10 Days
Accommodation Type: Comfort Lodge
Best Season: Spring, Autumn
Permits:  National Park Fees, Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Fee
Are you ready to start out on a comfort trek to the Everest Region of Nepal? Nepal Sanctuary Treks offer you a comfortable journey from the finest sustainable hotels at Kathmandu to comfort lodges at Everest.
By its name, Everest Lodge Comfort Trek, it ensures you a comfortable stay throughout your journey with the comfort lodges. The trek encompasses a momentous trip combined with culture, traditions, religions, and lifestyle that is completely different from the one you have been living your entire life. Once your Everest Comfort Lodge Trek accomplishes, you will certainly share what you have achieved by staying within the exquisiteness of Nepal.
This Everest comfort Lodge Trek is an ideal way to explore Nepal without undertaking sturdy terrains and going to extreme altitudes, whilst maintaining comfort and savoring amazing views of Mount Everest. This trek is perfect for those wishing to experience the Everest region and also for those seeking for holidaying experience.
Let Nepal Sanctuary Treks guide you on this comfort trek! We are more than happy to design tailor-made short treks according to your time and preference.

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Pike Peak Everest View Trek

Trek Facts
Max elevation: 4,065m/13,336 ft.
Trek Difficulty: Moderate
Trek Duration: 8-10 Days
Accommodation Type: Local, Family-owned tea house lodge
Best Season: Spring, autumn
Permits: Gauri Shanker Conservation Fee, TIMS
The legend: Sir Edmund Hillary claimed that the Pike Peak (4,065) is the most astounding vantage point to gaze at Everest view.
This trek is titled after the holy Pikey Peak. The name of the peak is derived from the name of a Sherpa Clan deity. People of Sherpa ethnic groups celebrate the religious festival during the month of July to worship their tribal god, the eastern Chyabo Pikey, also known as Pikey Hlapchen Karbu in the celebrations
Pike Peak (4,065 m) is considered one of the most stunning off- the-beaten trekking trails in lower Everest trekking. This trek is an ideal way to explore the Everest region without getting disturbed by any kind of crowds. One can relish exceptional views of mountains of majestic Himalayas specifically Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Makalu, and Mt. Gauri Shanker, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Thamserku, Mera peak and many more.
In addition, the sunrise and sunset view from the ridge is the most attractive part of Pikey Peak. Any trekkers will be overwhelmed when they witness the rising sun’s golden rays sweep through the silver mountains and changed their colors from ivory to gold.

If you’re looking for a short trek in the Everest region near Kathmandu, this is a great (less discovered) route. Pikey Peak Trek starts with a short 30-minute flight to Phaplu or a 6-8 hours drive from Kathmandu. Its the perfect trek for those who have limited time but wish to experience varied trek-see Everest in full scale, relish deep blue skies, visit the authentic village and experience the mountain weather without seasonal obstructions.

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Poonhill Mulde Peak Sunrise Trek

Trip Facts
Max. Elevation: 3,637 m/11,932 ft.
Duration: 7-9 days
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Accommodation: Local tea houses, home-stays
Best Season: Spring, Autumn
Permits: ACAP, TIMS
Poon Hill Mulde Peak Trek is a short and tranquil trek in the Annapurna region where you can savor the marvels of nature and culture of Nepal with your entire family, solo, or school groups. This ever-popular trekking trail takes you to the picturesque ethnic villages and accomplishes your craving to be in close proximity to the massive snow-capped Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range.
Poon hill Mulde Peak offers the best sunrise views over the Annapurna ranges. It provides the marvelous Himalaya trekking experience with no stresses of altitude sickness. Trekking the main trail to well-known Poon Hill, you’ll also be getting the chance to go a little off the beaten route to Mulde — which some say is truly the better vantage point for the superb sunrise and mountain views.
This short venture trek embraces exhilarating glimpses of the high mountains. Entire horizons will be revealed as you reach the Poonhill (3,210 m) and Mulde Peak. At the pinnacle of this trek when you witness the radiance of sunrise that illuminates the silver mountains of the entire massif leave you enthralled and appears like magic before your eyes.
You will be captivated by 360-degree panoramic views of the Annapurna Himalayan range, Mt. Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, and Nilgiri. The Poonhill Mulde Peak is well endowed with natural splendor and provides many picturesque sites to discover, including a pristine blanketed dense forest, wildflowers, towering mountain,  rustic villages, and many more.

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Mardi Himal Trek- the real essence of natural and cultural exploration

Trek Facts
Maximum Elevation: 4,200m/13,779ft
Trek Difficulty: Moderate
Trek Duration: 8-10 Days
Best Season: Spring, Autumn
Accommodation type: Local Tea house
Permits: ACAP, TIMS
The Mardi Himal Trek in the Annapurna region is a recently introduced trail that opened officially” in 2012 If you are pondering doing a short trek that gets away from the crowds and off the beaten path, Mardi Himal is a perfect trek. Charming mountain scenery integrated with authentic local culture makes this one excellent trek.
The short trek presents superb views of the hillside, fascinating landscapes,  rice terraces, and enchanted with the closest vistas of the soaring mountain range of Annapurna comprising Machapuchhre (fishtail), Annapurna South, and Himchuli. You will also get an opportunity to get insight into the purest beauty of nature and the whole-hearted hospitality of people living in that area.
After reaching the Mardi Himal Base Camp, you would be fascinated by the view of the towering peaks and surrounding scenery. The flawless view of mountains blanketed with thick layers of sparkling snow would make your heart leap up with pleasure and happiness.
Are you ready for this fascinating trek to Mardi Himal? Nepal Sanctuary treks guide you to Mardi Himal with the best experience throughout the expedition. Don’t miss your opportunity to discover the depths of the Himalayas, all just in one short trek!

Tamang Heritage Trek

Trek facts
Max elevation: 3,870m/12,697ft
Trek Difficulty: Moderate
Trek Duration: 8-10 Days
Best Season: Spring, Autumn
Accommodation type: Local Teahouse, Homestay
Permits: TIMS, National Park fees
At an estimated distance of 80 kilometers, the nearest trekking destination in the north of Kathmandu is in the Langtang region. A trek towards the west of the Langtang trek takes you to Tamang Heritage Trek. The region is predominately populated by the Tamang ethnic community who are the oldest horse traders who migrated between Nepal and ancient Tibet. Whereas, their custom and cultures are greatly influenced by Tibetan culture.
Tamang Heritage Trek is a beautiful opportunity to discover the lifestyle of the Tamang community and get an insight into their unique culture that has been preserved by the inhabitants for a long time.
The trek explores the different villages where you can observe the houses built with wood-crafted doors and windows and people adorned with beautiful ornaments and local attire. You will find the clusters of villages with a backdrop of beautiful snow-capped mountain ranges of Langtang Lirung, Langtang Kerung, Dorje Lakpa, Jugal Himal, Ganesh Himal, Paldor Peak, Sringi Himal, and Sanjen Himal. The trail takes you through the authentic villages, hot springs, green lush forests, terraced fields, and river streams with abundant flora and fauna.
Further, the trail is equipped with local lodges and home-stays that cater delicious meals and snacks. The night stay at the local lodges and home-stay in Tamang villages throughout the trek allows you to witness the warm hospitality of the local inhabitants. Likewise staying in these hospitable villages will help you to know the rural way of life in this part of Nepal.
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Chisapani Nagarkot  to Changunarayan Trek

Max. Elevation: Nagarkot 2,040 m
Trek Duration: 3 days
Difficulty: Easy
Best Season: Spring, Autumn
Accommodation Type: Hotels, resorts, tea house lodges
Trek Permits: Shivapuri National Park Entry fee, TIMS
Chisapani- Nagarkot to Changyunarayan trek is one of the well-known short and easy treks around the Kathmandu valley. This trek is perfect for family, solo, and school groups and for those who have the least amount of time but want to indulge in a multi-day walk.
This picturesque trek overlooks the farming terraces, nature, and vegetation. The trails pass through the hills carpeted with lush green forest, tumbling cascades, villages, and scenic vantage points. You will adore the morning sunrise at Chisapani and carry on your hike to the well-known hill station of Nagarkot. Nagarkot provides you the breathtaking views of the majestic mountains along with the typical Nepali countryside settlements in the hills.
En route, you trek through the evergreen woodland and marvelous hillocks. Chisapani and Nagarkot are both famous for their mountain vantage point that offers splendid views of Everest and Langtang ranges, Manaslu, Buddha Himal, Ganesh Himal, and Dorje Lakpa Himal, and Gauri Shankar Himal among others.
After soaking in the view of mountains and nature, we trek to Changunarayan temple.  Changunarayan trek not only offer the finest scenery of mountains it also lets you explore the different lifestyle of people living just outside the Kathmandu valley. Nestled on a forested hill, Changu Narayan Temple is one of the oldest Hindu temples in the world. Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

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Kathmandu Valley Rim Trek

Trip facts
Max. Elevation: 2,040 m
Trek Duration: 8-9 days
Difficulty: Easy
Best Season:  Late September-Early June
Accommodation Type: Teahouse Lodge, Homestay, resort
Trek Permits: Entrance Fees
This is the best short hiking trip from Kathmandu and offers insight into the life history, culture, and religion of its inhabitants. Kathmandu valley trek traverses through
If you’re not an avid trekker or don’t have sufficient time on your hands then Kathmandu Valley Rim Trek offers beautiful views of the Himalayan mountains and is only just a few days long rather than 10 to 20 days long.  Anyone either family or individual who is short on time but would like to savor the beauty of the Himalayas, and nature, and witness the rural life of people, the Kathmandu Valley Rim trek is an ideal one.
Valley Ridge Trek also known as agro-old tradition hospitality is an added bonus for the trek. And this Valley Ridge trek is the Shangri-La route and a novelty destination. The trekking route is surrounded by hills and is the cradle of Nepalese civilization and culture.
During Kathmandu Valley Rim Trek you will get an opportunity to stay with a host family at Panauti and immerse yourself in the local culture and explore the ancient unexploited village. To know more about the Kathmandu Rim Valley Trek Package please explore the sample itinerary.

Khopra Ridge Community Trek

Trip Facts
Max. Elevation: 3,660m/12,007ft
Trek Duration: 8-10 days
Difficulty: Moderate
Best Season: Spring, Autumn
Accommodation Type: Community lodges, Tea house
Trek Permits: ACAP, TIMS
The Khopra Danda Trek also known as Khopra ridge trek is one of the best off the beaten trekking trails which cover hidden treasures of the Annapurna region.
The trek features all of the elements of classic trekking trails where you can experience the wildlife, a great mixture of culture, rustic villages, and landscapes of elevated alpine, panoramic mountain views, and bright color of rice fields layered on top of each other plunging down into the valley.
Trek up to Khopra ridge is rewarding as the views are magnificent and seeing the white peaks flaring up in the morning sunlight is magical. It is a marvelous sight being surrounded by the white peaks of several peaks.
This lesser-trodden short trek is perfect for families with children as the trails are easy to walk on. The trek offers your children to be familiar with the delights of trekking, admiring the beauty of nature, and the opportunity to learn about authentic local culture and lifestyle
Community-based lodges along the trails are managed by the indigenous community.  Thus apart from adventure, trekkers can help sustain indigenous communities while experiencing another culture and another way of being. Khopra Ridge community trek allows trekkers to stay in local homes, have a glimpse into traditional life, and, most importantly, where management and benefits remain with the community.

Langtang valley trek- Valley of Glaciers

Trip facts
Maximum height: 4,381m/14,373ft
Trek Duration:  8 to 10 days
Difficulty: Moderate
Accommodation Type: Tea house Lodge
Best Season: Spring, Autumn
Trek Permit: TIMS, Langtang National Park Permit
Langtang lies on the Southern Tibetan border in Nepal which is known as the “Valley of Glaciers”. It is the nearest and short trekking route in Langtang valley of Nepal. The trek starts from Syabrubesi in the Langtang region
The places feature extended meadows, yak farms, snow-capped mountains, cheese factories, monasteries, and the settlements of diverse cultural inhabitants. Furthermore, the varied flora and fauna in alpine forests and mountainous wildernesses enhance your excitement.
En route, you get an opportunity to interact with the Tamangs and Sherpa inhabitants. The trek’s best part is the spectacular mountain views of Langtang Himal, Langtang Lirung, Langtang Ri, and Dorje Lakpa in a serene surroundings.
This lesser-trodden trek is also ideal for families with elder children and solo trekkers as the trekking grade is moderate. The trek offers your children to be familiar with the delights of trekking, admiring the beauty of nature, and the opportunity to learn about authentic local culture and lifestyle.

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Lamjung Trek

Trip facts
Maximum Height: 3,553 m/11,656 ft.
Trek Duration:  7 days
Difficulty: Moderate
Accommodation: Camping Trek
Best Season: Spring, Autumn
Trek Permit: TIMS, ACAP
Ever wondered about finding an ideal destination with a full package of history, culture, and natural beauty? There will be no better place than Lamjung to taste the combination of natural and cultural splendor. Lamjung is endowed with a great fascinating backdrop of mountain ranges, lush green hills, rolling rivers, cascading waterfalls, rustic villages as well as the beauty of culture, tradition, religion, and multi-ethnic people. The spectacular treks, and when integrated with the pristine nature, and sleeping under the stars, you are sure to have a memorable outdoor experience.
Lamjung trekking is less-trodden and rarely trekked route in the Annapurna region nestled in between the Manaslu range on the northern side of Gorkha.
A scenic drive from Kathmandu, the trek starts from Besisahar also recognized as the initial point of the popular Annapurna Circuit.  Our serene trail takes to the west rather than along the Marsyangdi Valley on the more popular trails of Annapurna. After Besisahar your journey begins through traditional Gurung village, terraced fields, and enter the blanketed forest areas of rhododendron and pine trees. If you are trekking during spring then you can witness the entire forest painted with beautiful vibrant rhododendron flowers and wildflowers.
Further, you will be trekking up above the tree line zone to the alpine areas. The trek rewards with stunning Himalayan backdrop comprising Annapurna Himalayan range, Dhaulagiri Himalayan range, and Manaslu Himalayan range, picturesque landscape, lush valley, diverse Nepalese culture, temples, and monasteries
This trek is suitable for family, individual, and school groups who would love to taste both the natural and cultural mixture of Nepal in an easy way in a short duration of time. It is also the ideal trip for those trekkers who came to visit Nepal for a short holiday.
Depending on the desire, time availability, and requirements of the trekkers Nepal Sanctuary Treks can create the bespoke itinerary of Lamjung Trek.

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Duration of Short Treks in Nepal

In general, a multi-day hike that lasts between 3 days to 10 days is a short trek. This comprises all grade levels (easy to difficult) treks that you can undertake within the 10 days time frame.

Best Time for Short Treks in Nepal

The ideal season to embark on short treks in Nepal is spring and autumn. These seasons offer pleasant weather and moderate temperatures.
Autumn (September-December) provides clear blue skies and cool temperatures with breathtaking scenery and mountain vistas
The spring months of March-May are ideal for the nature devotees. With blooms of the varied flowers, you can appreciate nature and pass through blanketed forests and vibrant wildflowers.
Nepal Sanctuary Treks offers you the best short treks in Nepal led by experienced and professional trekking guides. Our trekking expert tailor-made itineraries as per your requirements, preference, and time frame.

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Top 20 Things to do in Nepal

Nepal is a country that signifies myriad wonders that connect to both natural splendor and cultural heritage. From an affluent history to being home to numerous of the world’s highest Himalayas, Nepal is an emblem of marvelous resources and majesties. The country is filled with adventures and a blend of many ages of people, interesting experiences, and demographics. There is so much to do in Nepal that taking the information on this aspect before leaving would prove very useful to make your trip full of joy. Now that you have planned to visit Nepal this holiday, you sure would be wondering about the things to be done on your trip.

Whether you’re a solo trekker, family trekker, school group, or lover of all things luxury, Nepal Sanctuary Treks has the ideal sustainable holiday program for you. Start your search now with our special selection of trekking and other activities, perfectly tailored to meet your needs and your preferences. Here are the top 20 things to do in Nepal.

Trekking in the Himalayas

Trekking in Nepal is one of the unparalleled experiences in Nepal as it is blessed with pristine landscapes, rugged mountain trekking trails, and culturally affluent villages along with the vistas of outstanding massive snow-blanketed peaks.  It is the real adventure of an extended walking expedition in the Himalayas with gratifying experiences of the unsurpassed natural scenery in the world. There are several trekking options available from short to longer treks. Every year, a significant number of enthusiastic trekkers around the world embarked on the trekking journey in a different region of Nepal’s Himalayas.

The most popular trekking adventures are Everest Base Camp Trek and The Annapurna Base Camp Trek among all. Also, the Everest region is renowned for several treks like Gokyo Lakes trek and Everest High Passes trek, Amadablam base Camp, Pikey Peak Trek, Everest Base Camp with Comfort trek, Everest Comfort Lodge Trek.  While Annapurna circuit, Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, Upper Mustang, Khopra Ridge Community Trek, and Ghorepani Poonhill are popular picks in the Annapurna region.

Langtang valley, Kanchenjunga and Mardi Himal treks are also the popular trekking options in Nepal. Likewise, Naar to Mustang, Upper Dolpa, and Manaslu Circuit Trek, Tsum Valley Trek, and Great Himalayan Trail route is the less trodden routes however they are equally delightful and attractive.

If you have limited time for a longer trek into the high mountain but would like to experience the local life and savor the Mountain View then Kathmandu Rim Trek is an ideal one. The trek is best suited for those who are traveling with children, solo, Families, and students. It is also ideal for the trekker who has limited time for longer treks into the high mountains.
You will feel awesome in the most unexpected places that will make every step of the trek worthwhile.

 Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking is an enjoyable activity that is experienceable. In Nepal, Mountain Biking is exciting as well as challenging. The landscape comprises flatlands, hills, and mountains. There are numerous trails in Nepal, most of which are not paved but provide beautiful sceneries and exhilarating experiences. No matter whether you are a beginner or professional, the trails in Nepal keep you enthusiastic,  The undulating hills of Nepal present the easy to challenging and technical single tracks. You can pick either short or long routes depending on your endurance and interest. Some popular cycling trails are:
Ultimate Off-road Challenge Biking from Kathmandu to Pokhara,
Kathmandu Valley RIM Biking,
Southern Nepal Cycling,
If you want to experience a challenging biking experience then, you can try Lower Mustang Cycling on the Himalayan plateau.

Short hiking

Nepal has numerous hiking trails for all hiking lovers. Hiking is one of the perfect ways to discover the magnificence of varied cultural aspects, nature, and highlights of Nepal within a few days specifically in hilly regions. There is a multi-day hike to very enjoyable short ones that you can complete in a single day. You can choose a hike according to your stamina, time limit, and preference. If you have a limited timeframe then, you can still experience hiking for one or more days around Kathmandu’s hills and small settlements. The sub-alpine woodlands and serene landscape make for a great short break from the bustle of city life.

There are numerous series of hiking from short-long and easy-hard points. There are easy trails to reach vantage points to savor the mountain backdrop which is distant great and pleasurable.

Some of the popular day hiking destinations are Shivapuri Hiking, Champadevi hikingSuryabinayak Pilot Baba Ashram Hike, and Pharping Hiking. While if you are keen to embark multi-day hike then  Kathmandu Valley Rim Hike is recommended. This hiking can last from a couple of days to a week.

Everest Mountain Flight

Taking a mountain flight is one of the most thrilling and exclusive tours you can do in Nepal. If you can’t or don’t want to trek up to the mountains but still want to relish the summit vistas, the mountain flight is recommended.
Mountain flight offers the closet aerial view of majestic, breathtaking snow-capped mountains, beautiful peaks, and glaciers. Summiting the highest peak of the world is not attainable by all. Nevertheless, touching it with your soul and eyes is possible through mountain flight. It is not just a flight but a voyage to spirituality as you get closer to the most unspoiled form of nature.
The one-hour Everest mountain flight takes within the camera range of some of the highest mountains on the globe that will leave an imprint on your life. The journey takes you near Everest, Annapurna, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Ganesh Himal, Gauri Shankar, Lhotse, Nuptse, Langtang, and several adjacent peaks.

Peak Climbing

Mountain peak climbing is another well-known adventure in Nepal. There are numerous peaks in Nepal. Apart from the high peaks, there are some other peak climbing in Nepal which is quite famous among the climbers. Island Peak and Mera peak climbing in Nepal have attracted a substantial number of climbers to visit this stunning nation for Himalayan expeditions in Nepal. You can embark on this physically demanding trip accompanied by an expert climbing guide,

Explore Nepal’s Sub-Tropical Jungle

Nepal not only comprises soaring mountains but is also rich with plain landscapes with varied flora and fauna. The Terai region of Nepal has some tropical forests that home different vegetation. Jungle safari is another activity that you should consider while you are here in Nepal.

The Chitwan National Park and Bardia National Park are the main and the most famous ones where you can spend days exploring the exotic wildlife and enjoying the serene environments.

Chitwan National Park (former “Royal Chitwan National Park”) is the first national park of Nepal, established in 1973. The national park gained status as a World Heritage Site in 1984. The park covers an area of 932 km sq. Chitwan National Park is located in subtropical Inner Terai lowlands in south-central Nepal.

Bardia National Park (Royal) is a protected area in Southwest Nepal established in 1988 as Royal Bardia National Park. It is the largest undisturbed and pristine park in Nepal’s Terai region covering an area of 968 Km. Sq.  Wildlife escapade to the untouched, natural lure of Bardia National Park can be an ideal option to observe and experience the wilderness.

Another jungle safari in Nepal can be done in Shuklaphant National Park. It is a protected area of the Far-Western Region located in the Kanchanpur district in Terai, covering 305 sq. Km (118 sq mi). 

You have opted to go jeep safari or walking safari which is the best way to get into the wild. You can immerse yourself by discovering wilderness where you can get an opportunity to spot Royal Bengal Tiger, mugger crocodiles, the rare one-horned rhinos along with other exotic birds and animals. The bird watching of hundreds of species of magnificent birds, and experiencing a canoe ride on the river keep you enthralled.
The fresh fragrance of the surroundings, delightful greenery, jungle safari, and different species of birds and animals make you feel calm, harmonious, and fresh that enriching the determination of your visit to these reserves.

Try Diverse Cuisines

With rich traditions and culture, Nepal also has delightful traditional cuisines to offer. Visitors can enjoy the authentic flavor of indigenous foods in the ethnic atmosphere of Nepali eateries. The foods in Nepal are prepared with the local spices and have their own distinct taste. The dishes are tasty enough to make anyone eat the dish again. The foods are easy and fast to cook and are an entirely different taste for the visitors. The mouth-watering foods with the best spices will stay in your mouth for a longer time.

Experience the thrilling water-based activities

White water rafting is another way to get wet and wild in the Himalayas. There are several rivers to explore on rafting trips ranging from one day to a week or ten days. Though white water rafting is a true challenge, it is a serious adventure and a great way to test your limits the rapid flow of the river offers a thrilling ride with ups and downs and swift meandering pacing.
Visitors get an exceptional opportunity to experience the exciting rafting trip in such wonderful mountain surroundings, with terraced paddy fields, deep gorges, and interesting hamlets around.
The Trishuli River and Bhotekoshi River are close to Kathmandu and are the most popular white water rafting rivers. Other popular rivers include the Kali Gandaki near Pokhara, Marshyangdi, Karnali, and the Sun Koshi. These are well-known destinations for people who love aquatic adventures. Besides the river-based sports, you can also hike around the forest towards small villages. Likewise, canyoning through the spectacular scenery of pristine forest with multiple cascading waterfalls dropping one after the other into revitalizing pools below is a must-do while you are in Nepal.

Exploring Serene Towns midst numerous Natural Landscapes

Apart from the mountains and hills and the forests in the plains, you can also discover some of the exotic cities and tranquil towns filled with beautiful landscapes and cultures. Whether it is about the snow-capped mountains, the beautiful lakes, or a perfect leisure spending place, Pokhara offers a variety of choices for visitors. This may include trekking, sightseeing, experiencing the culture, shopping in the local market, active adventures like bungee jumping, paragliding, and several ways to chill.
Bandipur, Palpa (Tansen), and Ghandruk are just a few instances of numerous beautiful places to visit in Nepal. You can visit more well-known landmarks in these naturally beautiful landscapes of Nepal.

Explore the classical medieval village

Trekking towards the village tour provides an opportunity to witness the traditional life of local people settling around. You will get a true insight into the culture, tradition, and customs of Nepalese with their lifestyles.
The most popular villages to visit are Bungmati, situated to the south of Kathmandu. The village is also considered a home to one of the most significant Machendranath, “the God of Rain and compassion” and is well-known for the number of master woodcarvers and sculpture makers. As you walk the streets of Bungamati, you can see an abundance of wood crafts and sculptures which might be ideal for a souvenir.

The narrow alley of Bungamati offers an opportunity to witness the Newari people’s livelihood.  The most interesting attraction is that in the majority of the houses the local people hang red chili and vegetable garlands from the top floor almost to the ground floor after the month of September.

Located 32 km south-east of Kathmandu, Panauti The village is a picturesque and fascinating destination in Nepal. It still has the feeling of the medieval period and it has filled with many ancient houses and temples. The town has been left in the same state the founders left it in the medieval period. A nostalgic environment incorporates the narrow town streets .and prehistoric structures. Situated near Roshi Khola & Punyamata Khola, it is known as a Newari town.  During the tour, you will be able to witness and experience authentic Nepali culture and lifestyle, stunning scenery, and interesting ancient temples.

Adventure Sports

Nepal has several options for adventure sports. Adventures in Nepal are innumerable from bungee jumping to paragliding. Adventure sports provide a fantastic experience of terrains, beautiful vistas, and delightful nature.  Skydiving, zip flying, thermal paragliding, par hawking, ultra-light, bungee, and white-water rafting are some of the adventure sports you can indulge in while in Nepal for an unforgettable and exhilarating experience.

Explore the World Heritage Sites

Cultural Tour is a marvelously architectural beauty and historical grace. Nepal contributes 10 sites to the list of World Heritage Sites. Religious temples like Pashupatinath, Durbar square and Boudhanath, Swayambhunath and Durbar Square are moreover popular and affluent terms in Nepal. It has been preserved by different communities and heritage sites. Wandering the Durbar Square, enjoying the chatter, bustle, and pulse of the city, and appreciating the delicate handicrafts and fine temples in the city, you will get a vivid impression of Nepal. Likewise, you will experience several colors sounds, and tastes of authentic Katmandu and its surroundings. You will discover deep into the world of customs, traditions, and beliefs of this charming and vibrant country through its classic art and architecture, cultural temples, and most of all its people.

Bhaktapur, a famous city situated about 20 km east of Kathmandu, is the most medieval city in Nepal. Also regarded as the city of devotees, Bhaktapur is Nepal’s Cultural Gem too. The city is famous for pagoda-style architecture, the vibrant market, lively people, and marvelous ancient You can witness its rich culture, ancient temples, and fine wood, metal, and stone artwork. The perfect way to explore Bhaktapur is to stroll through its narrow cobblestone alley and immerse in the culture. The stunning courtyards, the carved windows, those small wooden doors, and small narrow alleyways will display you an entirely new facet of Kathmandu. Apart from its distinct history, this town is also popular for a special kind of curd called juju dau, or ‘king curd’ in English. Not found every place in Nepal, this creamy sweet custard-like curd is something you have to try in Bhaktapur.

Patan one of the largest city in Nepal is typically well known for its historical and cultural aspects. Also regarded as Yala in Nepali Bhasa (Newari language), Patan has been an epic center of craftsmanship since medieval Nepal. Along with its tradition of arts and crafts, Patan is affluent in cultural heritage. What makes Patan so exceptional is that its history dates all the way back to the year 250 BC, when the corners of the old town were marked by the spectacular finest collection of temples, palaces, and stupas.

The birthplace of Lord Buddha in Lumbini, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites is the abode of peace and an ultimate pilgrimage to the devotees and peace lovers from around the world. They visit Lumbini to pay homage to Lord Buddha and observe the sanctity and shrines that are associated with Lord Sakyamuni Buddha, Buddhism, and peace. Pilgrimage to the holy Buddhist heritage sites includes Lumbini, Kudan, Gotihawa, Nihlihawa, Tilaurakot, Ramagrama, and Devadaha.
Visitors can participate in the short to long meditation, yoga, and spiritual courses offered at several national and international monasteries situated in the vicinity of the Sacred Garden, ancient Nyigrodharama (Kudan), Bhawanipur, and Ramagrama, the only stupa comprising the holy body relics of Lord Buddha.
In addition to the pilgrimage and spirituality, visitors can enjoy cultural tours, village tours, sightseeing of museums, tours to wetlands, cultural homestay experiences, cycling, bird-watching, archaeological sites, and natural sites.
Read the following article for a fuller list World Heritage Sites in Nepal
Some Nepal Sites submitted to the Tentative List of UNESCO

  • The early medieval architectural complex of Panauti (1996)
  • Tilaurakot, the archaeological relics of ancient Shakya Kingdom (1996)
  • Cave architecture of Muktinath Valley of Mustang (1996)
  • The medieval palace complex of Gorkha (1996)
  • Ramagrama, the remains stupa of Lord Buddha (1996)
  • Khokana, the vernacular village and its mustard-oil seed industrial heritage (1996)

Illam, Tea Garden

Nepal’s tea house offers some of the most charming settings through its lush tea gardens. Nestled in the Mahabharata Range in the far east of the country, the town gains the heart and soul of the visitors with its amazing natural beauty. The beautiful Illam offers so many enchanting places to visit.  For more information about Ilam please refer to the link

Local Shopping

Strolling around the streets of Thamel, Bhaktapur, and Patan and shopping the local handmade products is a beautiful experience.

The streets of this vibrant area are lined with shops overflowing with radiantly colored clothing, tea, jewelry, paper lanterns, thangka paintings, wood carvings, bronze statues, music, books, decorative pieces like masks, statues and so much more.

  Participate in different festivals

Nepal is a unique blend of myriad cultures, religions, and festivals. Nepalese people celebrate festivals enthusiastically in a grand way. If you are visiting Nepal and coincide with any of the hundreds of festivals then do not miss to become a part of the celebrations such as Bisket Jatra, Indra Jatra, Ghode Jatra, and festivals like Holi,  Tihar, Dasain. You can witness the many people gather in the streets and celebrate the cause.

Also, you will get a real insight into the local communities, local tastes, and local traditions of Nepal which will excite you for certain. Therefore, joining in such traditional pieces of stuff is among the best things to do in Nepal.
To know more about festivals please read our following articles:
Festivals of color: Celebrate life in colors of festivals
Dasain: From Ghatasthapana to Kojagrata Puja
Teej: A Joyous Festival of Hindu Nepali Women
Buddha Jayanti: Towards the path of the Light of Asia
Bisket Jatra: Experience The Serpent Festival of Nepal
TIHAR: The Festival of Lights and Flowers
Maha Shivratri: A Tribute to the God of Power and Destruction

CAS activities (Creativity, Activities, Service)

CAS (Creativity, Activity, and Service) is the best option to spend your vacation or trip in a foreign country as it gives you the opportunity to help others, participate in and experience a different culture, along with contributing to the communities.
If the school is planning to involve students in an international excursion to a remote location where they will support communities, learn about the culture and explore nature at the same time then Nepal is the best place.

This trip integrates service learning with cultural immersion and nature exploration. The program provides an opportunity to transform the student’s CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) experience into something they’ll evoke for the rest of their lives.

The students can involve in volunteering or organizing some projects in Nepal with local people. Such as classroom painting, library projects, awareness programs, talk sessions and training, teaching at schools, and many more. Apart from community work, the students also get the opportunity to participate in different adventure-based activities in Nepal such as trekking, hiking, safari, rafting, and many more. Learn more about CAS trips in these articles:
10 CAS activities in Manaslu Nepal
10 Project ideas for CAS in Nepal
Why is Nepal the best Destination for CAS?

Bird Watching Tour-Haven for a birdwatcher

Are you ready with your binoculars and look forward to a wonderful experience? Then bird watching is the best thing to do in Nepal.
Nepal is a haven for birds with over 848 species of birds. And among them, almost 5 hundred species are found in the Kathmandu Valley alone. Phulchoki, Godavari, Nagarjun, Taudaha are the most well-known bird watching spots in Kathmandu.
Nepal’s wetland, National Parks and Wildlife Reserve have become a domain for diverse species of birds comprising numerous rare species of bird-like Impeyan Pheasant, Nepal’s national bird, and Spiny Babbler, found only in Nepal.
If you want to experience the wild plains of Nepal and bird watching interests you then Koshi Tappu wildlife reserve and Chitwan National park are the popular spots for bird watching. Out of 848 species, a total of 423 species of birds are recorded in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, including 20 species of Ducks, two species of Ibises, many Egrets, Storks, Herons, and the endangered Swamp Partridges and Bengal Floricans.  Likewise, there are around 600 different mixtures of birds in Chitwan National Park. Some of the birds that are found in this region are Giant Hornbill, Lesser Florican, and Paradise Flycatcher.
Likewise, the Greater Lumbini Area (GLA) also offers bird watching tours. Bird watching to Jagadispur reservoir and Lumbini Crane Sanctuary along with related farmlands have been identified as International Bird Area. Jagadispur reservoir is the largest man-made reservoir in Nepal and was enlisted as one of the Wetlands of International Importance known as RAMSAR site in 2003.Its a habitat for 61 species of birds comprising rare birds. Apart from being a natural habitat to the native ones, the lake lies on the flight path of migratory birds from Siberia, Russia, China Mongolia, Turkmenistan, Central Asia, and Kirgistan.On the other hand, the Lumbini Crane Sanctuary has rich biodiversity and a distinct ecosystem with hundreds of cranes and other birds.
The important rivers for birdwatching include Telar, Dano, and Kothi rivers. Gaidahawa lake is popular for vultures and blue bulls.  There are more than 250 species of birds in the area including the world’s largest bird sarus crane, endangered birds like lesser adjutant, painted stork, slender-billed vulture, red-headed vulture, and many more. The Telar and Dano floodplains are recognized as important habitats for birds.

Stay at community-based lodges

Staying at local-based teahouse as your accommodation in Nepal is one of the easiest ways to connect with an authentic side of the rural lifestyle and contribute something back to locals.
On every trekking trail, you will see the teahouses run by a local family which has become a valuable source of income for local people. This is mainly significant in the countryside, where there are inadequate means of earning money. The development of community-based lodges in different regions of Nepal has changed the lives of many locals for the better. It’s a win-win state for both trekkers and hosts.
Trekkers who are seeking to immerse themselves in the local culture and discover real customs or interact with locals then do not miss staying at locally-based lodges while you are in Nepal.
You will see the authenticity of the local’s kind-heartedness and feeling towards outsiders is actually on display. The legendary stories and their enthusiasm to learn new things from outsiders are astounding. Communicating with the teahouse owner is the best source of information when it comes to getting a deeper insight into a new culture.
The cuisine is always a significant aspect to discover the culture of a country. And local homemade cooking is access to authentic cuisine which you can find at local teahouses. Thus if  you want to cultivate your knowledge about Nepali culture and food, there is no better way than to stay at local teahouses with locals and have an authentic homemade meal
As a trekker, you’ll immerse yourself in a completely diverse culture, while cultivating new insights, an illuminated worldview, and at the same time, supporting the destination communities you visit.

There are several community based trekking packages that we offer i.e. Khopra Ridge Community Trek and Kathmandu Valley Rim Community Trek

Heli Tour

Helicopter Tour in Nepal is an alternative way of adventure trips to mountains and remote corners of the Himalaya. Taking a Nepal helicopter flight tour over the soaring Himalayas is a thrilling journey, filled with a breathtaking backdrop and majestic snow-blanketed peaks. You get to feast on the remarkable closer views of nature like glaciated passes, picturesque hamlets, and panoramic sceneries. Your charming visiting Nepal on Helicopter tour will be absolutely comfortable and exhilarating.

A helicopter tour is ideal for people who do not have enough time for a trek and are not able to hike long days in remote areas as well as for those who love to explore the destination from an aerial view.

Learn to cook local cuisines

For all those who are a passion for cooking or even just eating if you are looking for an authentic experience in Nepal make sure you don’t miss out on this culinary adventure. Learning to cook Nepali food by spending a few hours having fun and learning some secrets about Nepalese cuisines in a Nepali kitchen is the best thing to do in Nepal. So get an interactive hands-on cooking lesson where you will learn to cook the Nepalese dishes from scratch before you get to enjoy the authentic homemade meal together with the host.

You will have the chance to cook with a local chef using local ingredients, recipes, and cooking procedures.
Nepal provides an extensive range of adventures suitable for all age groups. The diverse terrains, wide bio-diversity, and geographical topography have become perfect for exhilarating adventurous activities in the air, water, or land. These activities will revive your mind, body & soul, and fill you up with new energy while collecting the memories for a lifetime. Whether you want to explore solo or venture on an adventure trip with your family, or school group, you will find the trip that suits your requirements.

Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek

Nepal is the attraction of millions of tourists. There are plenty of things in Nepal which are almost irresistible for an adventure and nature lover. The Himalayas has been the main highlight of Nepal to the rest of the world. However, Nepal has a long list of other things excluding all the glorious mountains.

Being such a small country, the diversity in the geography of Nepal is something. Nepal is divided into three geographical regions; Himalayan, Hilly and Terai region. All three regions have distinctive features to offer. Himalayan region is situated in the Great Himalayan Range and is filled with snows. Hilly region is a mountain region, but it doesn’t really contain snow. And, Terai region is a lowland region with hills, but it generally has plain lands. Also, Nepal has a huge cultural diversity, where people follow their customs and culture and speak their ethnic language. There are several cultural heritage in Nepal and temples or religious monuments in all the areas. The religious belief in Nepal is so incredible that stone is worshipped as a god too. There is a strong religious belief in Nepal that the faith is represented in many things.

Lakes and rivers are not only the source of water and the art of nature to admire, but they are also our faith, and they are worshipped as a god. The water of such sources is considered holy. Among many such lakes and river, Shey Phoksundo is also one of them. Now, your trek to Shey Phoksundo Lake won’t be limited to the lake only; you will also get to discover and explore the different variety of flora and fauna in the Shey Phoksundo National Park. As the lake itself lies in the area of the park, you will enjoy the magnificent views along with discovering the wilderness in the park.

About Shey Phoksundo

Shey Phoksundo Lake is an alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake, which is located at an elevation of 3,611.5 meters/11,849 ft. in the Dolpa District. This lake is in the periphery of Shey Phoksundo National Park. Shey Phoksundo Lake is spread over the area of 494 hector/1.91 sq mi with the water volume is 409,000,000 m3 and discharge of 3.715m3/s. The maximum depth of Shey Phoksundo is 145 meters/476 ft.

You will also find a traditional village of Dolpo called as Ringmo in the southern end. The village lies on the 30,000 to 40,000-year-old landslide dam that formed the lake. While you pass the dam, you will see the waterfall of over 167 meters/548 ft tall.

Shey Phoksundo Lake


What is the religious importance of Shey Phoksundo Lake?

Yearly hundreds of pilgrims visit this sacred lake to take a bath in the holy water of this lake. The religion of Dolpa is divided into two parts, in the upper Dolpa, one can find the privilege of traditional Tibetan culture, and in lower Dolpa, there are Buddhism and Bon including the Ringmo Village.

Shey Phoksundo Park has many religious sites including gompas. The most famous one is Shey Gompa, which was built during the 11th century. Near the lake of Shey Phoksundo, there is Thashung Gompa which was built about 900 years ago.

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How to reach Shey Phoksundo Lake?

Shey Phoksundo Lake is one of the best trek destinations you can go for in Nepal. Your journey to Shey Phoksundo Lake begins with your arrival in Kathmandu. From Kathmandu, you will have to take another flight of 55 minutes to arrive at Nepalgunj. You can choose to stay and have a rest at Nepalgunj. Then after Nepalgunj, you have to fly to Jufal, which takes around 40 minutes. Jufal is the starting point of your real trek towards Shey Phoksundo.

Your trekking from Jufal takes you with many descends and ascends delightful and dense forest. You will walk along the bank of Bheri River and reach Dunai, after about 4 hours of walk.

From Dunai, you will continue your trek, crossing the suspension bridge over the Bheri River and continue to walk towards Suligad. You will find the upriver trail is mostly through the shrubs. Crossing the wood bridge at Kagbeni, you will continue to walk uphill. The narrow trails of the trek will lead you to the wide riverside of B’onpos from the village Ringmo. Then you will walk the uphill, through the beautiful forest of oak, maple, and pines and a quick mild descend to the wood crossing. Now, you will arrive at Chepka crossing a small rivulet at Shyangta.

Shey Phoksundo Lake trek

From Chepka, you will head to Sunduwa. Now, this journey might be a bit of a challenge. For the first few hours from Chepka, you will pass through the giant trees of oaks, maple, pine, walnut, and birch. As your journey goes, you will have to pass some major uphill and downhill where the gorge runs deep and narrow. Then, you will arrive at Sunduwa.

You will be heading towards Ringmo from Sunduwa. In this trek, you will cross the altitude of 3,000 meters, and the trails on the precipice are steep and narrow with loose soil and rocks. You will also see the change in vegetation with the presence of sparse juniper shrubs and a few cypresses. All your effort will be worth, with the beautiful view of the waterfall. The stunning view of mountains, terraced farms of Sunduwa and Reike will reward for the ultimate effort.

Ringmo is a traditional village with mostly Tibetan ethnicity, who are of Bonpo faith. The people of this village is engaged in the tourism, trade and yak herding. The village is at an elevation of 3,660 meters/12,000 meters and lies on the landslide dam that formed Shey Phoksundo Lake. You will also find an old Bon monastery in Ringmo, where a small museum lies too.

Your arrival at Shey Phoksundo will take with a total “awe”. The lake is surrounded by glaciers and has the most magnificent turquoise color. You will relish beautiful views all around you, which are breathtaking. The water of the lake also plunges the beautiful and forceful waterfall halfway through Sunduwa and Ringmo. The stunning crystal clear water of the lake make the thunderous and roaring sound as it lands from above 100 meters in height. Around the waterfall, you will see the dense forest of Pine, Musk Deer, Blue Sheep, and Himalayan Thar.

After all your tour of Shey Phoksundo, you will be on your return journey now. You will move down to Sunduwa from Ringmo and to Chepka in around 5 hours of walk. From Chepka you will be headed to Jufal and Nepalgunj by flight. Then, at last, you will reach Kathmandu and head towards your next journey.

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Shey Phoksundo National Park

Shey Phoksundo Lake lies in Shey Phoksundo National Park, so while in your trek to the lake, you will also go through the park. Shey Phoksundo National Park is the largest and the only trans-Himalayan national park of Nepal. The park will give you a diversity of spectacular and beautiful landscapes and ranks among the most scenic mountains in the whole world. Most of the part lies in the north of Himalayan crest. The elevation of the park ranges from 2,130 meters in the southeast to 6,883 meters at the summit if Kanjiroba Himal, which is at the southern edge of the Tibetan plateau.

Apart from the beautiful views of the Himalayas, Shey Phoksundo National Park also offers the wide variety of flora and fauna. The flora of this region is very diverse. The northern region of the park consists of barren areas of the upper Himalayas. The trans-Himalayan slope has Caragana Shrubs, Rhododendron, Salix, Juniper, White Himalayan Birch and you will see the occasional silver fir mostly covers the high meadows of the Himalaya. While the valley of Suligad has blue pine, hemlock, cedar, spruce, silver fir, bamboo, poplar, and rhododendron. The park also has 268 species of ethnobotanical importance.

Now, taking our turn to fauna, the park is home to many of the endangered animals which include grey wolf, musk deer, snow leopard, and blue sheep. Other animals that can be found in the park are a jackal, Himalayan black bear, leopard, Himalayan Tahr, goral. Great Tibetan sheep and yellow-throated marten. One can also find six different species of reptiles and 29 species of butterfly. In that 29 species of butterfly, it includes the highest flying butterfly in the world, Paralasa nepalaica. There are also over 200 species of bird in the park; some are a white-throated tit, wood accentor, Tibetan partridge and crimson-eared rosefinch.

Shey Phoksundo Lake

Best season to trek Phoksundo Lake

Spring (March-May)

As per the trekkers, Spring is the best season to choose for trekking in Shey Phuksundo. Apart from the best climates, this season also offers some best sightseeing of beautiful and colorful rhododendrons blossoming. During this season, the temperature is moderate, and the weather is perfect. You will get to witness the mesmerizing view of Dhaulagiri and other mountains.

Summer (June-August)

It is the rainy season of Nepal. The season starts with scorching sun and gradually monsoon takes over. With the arrival of monsoon, heavy rainfall comes making it very difficult for going on trekking. The path becomes muddy and slippery making it more challenging and unfavorable to trek. So, trekking during this season of Nepal isn’t very wise.

Autumn (September-November)

Autumn is another best season for trekking. In Autumn, the temperature is moderate, the weather is nice and days are usually clear which gives you an opportunity of look at the excellent mountain view and the delightful forest of pine, rhododendrons and other floras.

Winter (December–February)

Winter is always harsh in Nepal, and especially in the higher altitude regions, it becomes even more bitter. Shey Phuksundo is at an elevation of 3,611.5 meters/11,849 ft, so it won’t be harsh as the trek isn’t in higher altitude region. Winter is the ideal season for trekking in lower elevation regions.

Trekking to Manaslu: Itinerary, Highlights, Trek Permit

Manaslu is getting more popular as a new trekking destination, but in comparison to Annapurna region, the number of the trekkers are less.

Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8,163 meters (26,781 ft) above the sea level, located in the Mansiri Himal in the west-central part of  Nepal.

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The name ‘Manaslu’ means ‘mountain of the spirit.’ Manaslu comes from Sanskrit word Manasa; it means intellect or soul. The Manaslu region was opened for trekking only in 1992 AD.

The Manaslu Circuit trek offers a stunning view of snowcapped mountain range and the ancient trail along with mix culture, heritage and hospitality of authentic Hindu and Tibetan-style Buddhist village.

The trail follows the spectacular Burhi Gandaki River towards its sources.The highest point in this trek is the ‘Larkya La Pass’ at an elevation of 5,106 meters (16,752 ft).

The Manaslu Himalayan region is an adventurous trekking region in Nepal. The beauty of Manaslu is unpredictable. The trekking to Manaslu area is considered one of the finest destination of Nepal.

The area is highlighted by two culture; Gorkha which is the ancestral seat of the reigning Shah dynasty and the temple of Manakamana.

Detailed Itinerary for Manaslu Trek

Best time to visit

Spring and Autumn are the best seasons for Manaslu Circuit Trek. Spring is the season of rhododendron which makes the forest more beautiful.

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During spring season March, April, and May are the best months for trekking because in these months the weather is clear and calm as well as you can view the high mountains covering with full of snow. 

Another is an autumn season to trek to Manaslu. After the rainy season, September, October, and November are the perfect month to get there. You can see the phenomenal view of natural beauty and also trekkers can experience the local culture of that place.

Manaslu Trekking

The trek can be made shorter or longer depending on the length of your walking days from the starting point. There are basic tea houses along the trek so you can choose to stay in the teahouse or stay in the camp.

The trekking starts point is Seti Khola and ends in Chyamche.

The trek starts from the Kathmandu to Arughat, a pleasant bazaar; it takes about 5-6 hours drive to reach there. Begins the trek through Gurung and Magar villages, passing the Sal forest then climb up and down to expose the track to Lapubesi 6-7 hours.

Manaslu Trekking

Again trail continues from Lapubesi to Khorlabesi around 6-7 hours of walk. The walk continues for 6-7 hours to Jagat to Deng about 5-6 hours of trekking through the bamboo forest. And the place is cover by the Gurung community which follows Buddhism.

The trail heading from Deng to Namrung climbs up to Ghap where you will see many lodges to stay. Then walk through the rhododendron with many types birds and cross the wooden bridge and climbing up on the well-made stairs and arrive in the Namrung village.

Next, you will pass through the mani walls, forest, and fields before climbing the Li and then onto Sho. Here locals people wear the traditional dress and children wear small chubas like gowns and fine art paintings.

The views of Manaslu, Manaslu North, the hill on the west are beautiful.

Sheep in Manaslu

Trek from Namrung to Samagaon takes  6-7 hours where you can see the yaks, pastures, and houses made of the stone. While you are hiking up to Manaslu one day is acclimatization day for rest.

Then it is a short walk of about 4-5 hours from Samagaon to Samdo. The village has more animal and fodder shelters than human accommodation. Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala takes around 4-5 hours.

Dharamsala is a stone hut with three rooms and an intact roof. Due to the lack of doors, it can fill with snow during winter season. The view is marvelous, and a bunch of large blue sheep covers the green hills.

Again you will climb steadily towards the Bimtang leaving behind Dharamsala, which is a long walk about 8-10 hours.  The climb is not difficult, but it is long and rocky. After the non-stop trail from Dharamsala, you will reach Larkya-La and see several mountain peaks.

Larkya La is at the maximum altitude where you might be prone to altitude sickness. Then you need a continuous walk to Bimtang for 3-4 hours to get there The stunning view of icefalls, mountain ranges, and glacier makes this place breath-taking.

Then trek from Bimtang to Dharapani passes through the rhododendron forest which is the best forest of Nepal. In the spring season, the mauves, red, pink, and white colored rhododendrons can be seen along with the amazing view of black Mt. Manaslu.

Manaslu trekking

Then you will pass the Gurung village, cross the Dhud Khola and descend towards the Marsyandi Valley through the scrubby forest, and get to Dharapani after 8-9 hours of walk.


The trail continues from Dharapani to Tal village to Chyamje dropping down to Syange taking 6-7 hours. Then drive from Syange to Kathmandu via Besisahar by land cruiser, jeep or bus which take 7-9 hours.

Physical condition and fitness

The difficulty of the trekking depends upon the physical condition of traveler. Shorter treks are easier while longer treks require some mental and physical fitness.

The trekking to Manaslu usually requires 5-6 hours of walk per day and even up to 8-10 hours on some days in case of high altitude. For trekking, trekkers should be well prepared to walk for several hours. Thus, good health and high level of fitness are most important.

Manaslu Trek Difficulty

Manaslu is a restricted region in Nepal. Trek to Manaslu is permitted with only professional guides and through the registered company.

Manaslu is challenging trekking, though the highest trek route is the Larkya La at the elevation of 5,106 meters (16,752 ft) where the oxygen level will decrease by about 11.0%.

Manaslu Trekking

Winter season and rainy season are dangerous to trek to Manaslu. The temperature is freezing could drop below 15 degrees Fahrenheit and suffers from the high altitude cough and mountain sickness.

There are many steel cable suspension bridges and some time you have to go through a non-existent bridge as well.

Manaslu Trek Permit

The trek requires a Restricted Area Permit of $50 per week and trekkers travel in a group of at least two people with a registered guide. You need both as the check for Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP).

Things you have to take with you

Traveling is adventurous, but before going anywhere, you should always carry the requirements during the travel. Manaslu is located in the Himalaya where it is very cold.

As per the duration of the travel, make the list of things that you need. Carry a map and a guidebook which helps to know about that place.

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Also, Sleeping bag, down jacket, sunglasses, head-torch, buff, trekking poles, medical kit, hiking boots, hats, warm clothes, water bottle and hand sanitizer.

The lodges are available in different places so you don’t worry about food, and also you can carry packed lunch.

Manaslu Highlight includes:

  1. Manaslu is a restricted area for trekking trail without professional guides.
  2. The breathtaking view of the back Mount Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Mt. Himchuli and other mountain ranges.
  3. Larkya La Pass, the highest point of the Manaslu Circuit Trek.
  4. Many tea houses can be found for the trekkers, so they don’t need to worry about food.
  5. Opportunity to explore the traditional culture, rich heritage and the lifestyle of the locals.
  6. Pristine Budhi Gandaki River Valley.
  7. Scenic view while driving from Kathmandu to Arughat and Beshishar to Kathmandu.


Detailed Itinerary for Manaslu Circuit Trek

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