Pokhara is a city tucked away in the western region of Nepal, a geographically and culturally diverse and prosperous country. Pokhara is a significant area in terms of tourism in Nepal. It is the gateway to many popular treks in the world. Some of the highest mountains in the world, like Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Manaslu, are situated near Pokhara. Hence, their views are unobstructed. The Annapurna Conservation Area sits just north of Pokhara. Thus, Pokhara is ideal for tourism. While Pokhara is a wonderland for tourists and trekkers, the areas near it are even more fascinating.
Top 10 Best Short Treks from Pokhara
1. Ghandruk Village Trek
2. Sikles Trek
3. Royal Trek
4. Dhampus Village Trek
5. Naudanda day Hike
6. Panchese Trek
7. Sirubari Village Tour
8. Sarangkot Trek
9. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
10. Begnaskot Hiking
There are numerous Treks from Pokhara, some short and some long. However, the short treks near Pokhara have one thing in particular: the introduction to unique culture and way of life, rich heritage and tradition, greenery in the surrounding hills, and some of the world's tallest peaks have created a foundation for tourism.
The Gurung villages near Pokhara offer the chance to experience the lifestyle of this ethnic tribe throughout the short trek from Pokhara.
Following are the top 10 Best Short Treks from Pokhara:
1.Ghandruk Village Trek
The Ghandruk Village trek is one of the best short treks near Pokhara. It takes you across the beautiful Annapurna Region in western Nepal. Although Ghandruk is now accessible by vehicle, the experience of the village's lifestyle is known only through the trek. Ghandruk is known best for its deep sub-tropical valleys and historic Tibetian-Nepali lifestyle. The route to Ghandruk passes many hills where the wind is active, and there is unpredictable weather. The rhododendron and pine forest are equally enchanting. Occasionally there are melodious chirping birds. As you reach Ghandruk, clouds hover around you on the hilltops.
Some of the major highlights of the Ghandruk Village trek are:
- Views of Annapurna Range, Gangapurna, Himchuli and Mt. Machhapuchre
- Interaction with the Gurung community, understanding their tradition, heritage, and culture
- Watch the sunrise and sunset on the horizon
- Taste the local delicacies, Nepali cuisine, and local drinks of the Gurung community
- Witness the rich biodiversity along the trail
- Walk alongside the swift-flowing Modi Khola
- Pass many streams, waterfalls, and bridges along the way
- Visit ancient monasteries and temples
Ghandruk Village trek is a standard short trek that is best for amateur trekkers and those seeking to flex their legs and relax in the greenery and peaceful setting under the mountains of Nepal. However, this trek is best for you and your family to experience Nepal's natural beauty and culture through the famous Ghandruk Village Trek.
2. Sikles Trek
The Siklesh trekking is a short trek from Pokhara that has only recently risen. However, since the discovery of Sikesh as a possible trekking destination, the inflow of tourists has increased. Sikles is one of the largest villages in the northeast of Pokhara, inhabited by the Gurung community. One of the most exciting things about the trek is that it is cultural since you experience the authentic culture and traditions of the ethnic communities. You can even join in their music and dance in the Rodhi Ghar.
Some of the major highlights of the Sikles Trek are:
- Views of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal
- Hilltop view of the deep sub-tropical valley below
- Get introduced to the Ghantu dance of the Gurung tribe
- Hike to the hilltop of Rishing Danda and Tara Hill
- Chance to view the avalanches in the mountain ranges
Sikles Trek is best known for its rich biodiversity, particularly bird and butterfly watching. With numerous species of plants and flowers, wildlife is flourishing in all parts of Sikles. Moreover, the homestays in Siklesh give you a sense of home away from home. Walking through the terraced hills to the lowlands and entering the wonderful village of Siklesh to be warmly welcomed by the joyful people is simply a fantastic experience. These experiences are usually only witnessed in long treks, but Siklesh has it all regarding short walks.
3. Royal Trek
As per the name, Royal Trek is a trekking trail in the Annapurna Region of Nepal, which Prince Charles hiked in the 1980s. The royal trek is Royal since you get offered the best of the views and hospitality from the warmest of people residing there. The valleys and ridges you must cross along the trail are mesmerizing and adventurous. You will find unique flora, fauna, rich culture, and traditions within a short distance from Pokhara.
Some of the main attractions of the Royal Trek are:
- - The scenic drive from Pokhara to Kalikasthan
- - Intermingling with the Gurung ethnic community and discovering their culture and traditions
- - Explore the age-old art and crafts
- - Views of the Annapurna range
- - Walkthrough of green forests
- - Pass through the green terrace farms in the hills
- - Up-close views of Begnas Lake
The Gurung ethnic community living on these trails is warm and welcoming. They are eager to introduce you to their culture, fantastic food, drinks, and dresses. The high terrace farms are an eye-catching attraction, best for photography. In the backdrop of the entire scenery lies the vast Annapurna Mountain range seeming to almost melt into the deep blue sky above. The views of the mountain ranges are generally apparent in the spring season with minimal clouds. Hence, you should hop on the next bus or plane to Pokhara city and experience the royal side of the Annapurna Region.
4. Dhampus Village Trek
Dhampus is a famous trek from Pokhara, which has always been a favorite hiking/trekking spot for locals and tourists. You get a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of city life in the Dhampus village tucked away safely in western Nepal. This trek offers the experience of encountering different ethnic groups residing in the town and understanding their way of life. It is mainly known to be one of the best viewpoints of the Annapurna Region.
Some of the major attractions of the Dhampus trek are:
- Views of Annapurna II, Dhampus Peak, Mt. Nilgiri, Lamjung Himal, Tukuche Peak, and Mt. Macchapuchre
- Experience the lifestyle of the Magar and Gurung communities
- Pass through terraced fields, hamlets, and green forests
- Views of Pokhara valley, Phewa Lake, and World peace stupa
The views of Dhampus Peak at the altitude of 6012m are available throughout the trekking trail with other mountain ranges. Like most short treks around Pokhara, the Dhampus trek is also known for its cultural encounter with the Gurung communities mainly inhabiting this place. Dhampus is one of the few treks with everything from views and greenery to an introduction to a new culture and a little strain on your muscles. Hence, if you are looking for a short trek with it all, begin your hike toward Dhampus.
5. Naudanda Day Hike
If you are looking for a quick rescue from your busy life or hanging out with your friends and family during the weekend, the Naudanda day hike is the best. Naudanda day hike is a recently popularized short hike around Pokhara. It best suits those seeking a cultural experience, environmental education, family travel, nature lovers, and senior tourists. The specialty of the day hike is that the walk is not strenuous or rigorous. Therefore, if you love to travel with family or friends, you should also bring them along. However, along the way, you will even meet many solo hikers on a soul-searching journey to the hilltop. The maximum altitude of the Naudanda day hike is only 1540m, so it is an easy trek.
Some of the major highlights of the Naudanda day hike are:
- Panoramic views of Annapurna massif, Mt. Macchapuchre, Mt Nilgiri
- Wonderful cultural experience
- Sunrise or sunset from the hills
- Views of Fewa Lake
Naudanda day hike has not been quite popular. Hence you can expect fewer tourists. Danda hill is peaceful and best for relaxing for a day. The Naudanda hike offers an exceptional view of those mountains that look almost golden in the morning sunshine.
6. Panchese Trek
Panchase Trek is a beautiful trekking experience in the Annapurna Region that offers majestic views of the mountain ranges from Panchase hill. It is one of the famous treks near Pokhara. The trek begins from Bhumdi village, heads to Panchase Bhanjyang, and passes through lush rhododendron and pine forests. Eventually, you reach Panchase hill, which offers spectacular views of Nepal's mountains. Panchase is around 28 km away from Pokhara.
Some of the major attractions of the Panchase trek are:
- Views of Mt. Manaslu, Annapurna Massif, Ganesh Himal, and Mt. Dhaulagiri
- Visit the villages of Panchase and Bhumdi
- The scenic drive from Pokhara to Bhumdi village
- Walkthrough the green forest to Panchase Bhanjyang
- Explore the geographical diversity, religious and historical figures
Panchase is one of the highest hills around Pokhara. It is also known to have a religious significance among the pilgrims. Panchase is better known as Pancha Dham and is full of pilgrims throughout the year. The river that flows through Panchase is the source of many other rivers like Seti, Rati, Andhi, and Jare. The trail passes through green vegetation in the subtropical climatic setting. It is an ideal place for the habitation of wildlife. You might even spot some rare birds and animals if you are lucky. Along the way, magnolia and rhododendron welcome you and show you the way towards the villages. The ethnic groups of Magars, Chhetri, and Gurung are warm and welcoming.
7. Sirubari Village Tour
One of the best short treks from Pokhara, Sirubari Village tours, takes you to the beautiful and welcoming village of Sirubari in the western region of Nepal. Sirubari village is a little far from Pokhara than the other mentioned treks. It is around 57 km away from Pokhara. The walk is long but is an easy trek. The tour begins from central Pokhara and takes a scenic drive to Arjunchaupari. The trek starts from Arjunchapuri, Pokhara, then heads to Sirubari.
The major attraction of the Sirubari Village tour are:
- Views of Mt.Macchapuchre, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri
- Explore the unique culture and tradition of the Chhetri, Gurung, and Magar community
- Views of identical stone-brick homestays
- Enjoy the local delicacy and drinks
Sirubari Village tour is often regarded as a heritage tour since the village has Buddhist, Hindu, and Shaman religious groups with their own culture and heritage sites. Apart from the stunning Himalayan ranges, the homestays in Sirubari offer a trekking experience in the rural parts of Nepal. One of the primary reasons you should take the Sirubari Village tour is that it has won the Heritage & Culture- Heritage Category in the 2001 PATA Gold Award. Since then, villagers have focused on tourism and installed better facilities and trip packages. Therefore, you have the best time during your stay here. In addition, the views of the mountain ranges, flora, and fauna are unobstructed in June.
8. Sarangkot Trek
Sarangkot is a popularly known hill near Pokhara that is best known for the fantastic views of the Annapurna massif, the sunshine and sunset, and mostly-Paragliding. Paragliding in Sarangkot hill near Pokhara is known as one of the best paragliding experiences in the world. Apart from Paragliding, Sarangkot is also known for the majestic views of the Himalayan ranges. Since it is at an altitude of 1600m, the wind is strong yet smooth. Also, the scenery of the morning is immaculate. Sarangkot is only 10 km from Pokhara. Whether you have ended your long Annapurna Base Camp trek or Manaslu expedition, this is one of the best places to visit and relax. It is a heritage tour at best.
The significant highlights of Sarangkot Trek are:
- The sunrise and sunset from between the hills
- Views of Annapurna Massif, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu.
- Views of paragliders flying in the open sky
- Explore the huts, heritage sites, temples, and monasteries
Sarangkot is a must-go short trek near Pokhara. Some areas in Sarangkot show the rural side of Pokhara. The authentic huts that used to be there in the 90s are still there. The beauty of Sarangkot has not faded a bit. Moreover, from a tourism perspective, the hill has been protected.
9. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is one of the famous treks in the Annapurna region that takes you to the villages inhabited by the communities of Gurungs and Chhetris. Ghorepani and Poon Hill treks are ideal for those wishing to start their trekking adventures and practice by flexing their legs. The essence of trekking in Nepal is throughout the tour.
Some of the highlights of the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek are:
- 360-degree views of Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Macchapuchre, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna Massif
- Walkthrough the trail with forests of rhododendron and pine
- Opportunity to intermingle with the Gurung and Chhetri community and their culture
- Experience the local cuisine and drinks in the homestays
It is one of the easy treks near Pokhara. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is for those seeking unobstructed views of the Himalayan ranges in the Annapurna Region without the long and strenuous trekking days. In some parts of the trail, you will have to walk through stone steps, which are at some point challenging; however, as you reach the hilltop at Poon Hill, the views are worth every bit of the challenge. The trek's highest point is 3,210m, so some amateur trekkers might be prone to altitude sickness. The area experiences snow in the winter; however, it is best in the spring.
10. Begnaskot Hiking
Begnaskot hiking is a short hike around Pokhara on the northeastern rim. The green hills overlook Begnas Lake. You can see the views of the Annapurna range, Mt. Machpuchre, and Mt. Dhaulagiri. It is around 15 km from Pokhara. You can take 30-minute boating over Beganas Lake and cross the lake. The hike starts from Sundari Danda. The hiking takes gradual ascends, but there isn't any steep climb.
Begnaskot hiking is suitable for all ages of hikers. Begnaskot hiking is also famous among the pilgrims who have a religious purpose of visiting the Begnaskot Temple.
The main Highlights of the Begnaskot hiking are:
- Bird's eye view of the third largest lake of Nepal - Begnas Lake and Rupa Lake
- Experience the lifestyle of different ethnic communities
- Hike to Sundari Danda
- Worship and give offerings in the Begnaskot Temple
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This hike is famous primarily for family hiking with friends. It is, in a way, a heritage hike since it passes various villages. Along with the villages, you will intermingle with the Gurung, Magar, Chhetri, and Bhramin communities. Begnaskot is known best for the walkthrough green hills, the Himalayas, and the Pokhara Valley. The maximum altitude of the Begnaskot hiking tour is 1300m, and the best months to visit are from September to December and February to June.
Mountain Rock Trek and Expedition ensure that your tours and treks around Nepal are well organized and adventurous. For your convenience, we have tailored packages around the Annapurna region, Everest Region, Langtang Region, Dolpo Region, and Manaslu Region. Some of the most beautiful trekking packages are in the Annapurna Region. Apart from those mentioned above, the ten best short treks from Pokhara. There are many other short treks around Pokhara. You can also hike near World Peace Stupa and tour the city at Tal Barahi Temple, Phewa Lake, Bindabasini Temple, and more. These places make Nepal and Pokhara the best trekking and touring spots globally. Pokhara has changed a lot from a tourist perspective, but the trekking areas are the basis of life there. More tours and trekking trails have popped around in Pokhara in recent years. These trails are untouched and isolated to some extent. Hence they make the best place for soul-searching treks. The depth of the lush green forests around the trekking trails of Ghorepani, Siklesh, and Dhampus have made Nepal glorious in terms of Nature and biodiversity.
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