Pokhara is the home of adventurous activities. Paragliding, Hot air balloon flight, and Bunjee Jumping and boating are the most popular activities. Besides that, you can do many short treks from Pokhara like Ghorepani, Ghandruk, and Khopra Danda. You can observe a wonderful tour and a majestic view of Annapurna Ranges. The valley surrounded by hills is adventurous to walk. There are lots of dense forests, exotic settlements, typical ethnic settlements.
If you are in Nepal for a short trek around Pokhara then you have several options. If you are interested in Photography then these short treks will turn boon to you.
Highlights of Short treks around Pokhara
Amazing view of different mountains: Annapurna, Dhaulagiri,
- Fishtail, Huinchuli, and other several mountains.
- Can observe the lifestyle of Gurung and Magar people.
- Warm surrounding and helpful local people.
- Simple and easy routes.
- Low elevation- no fear of altitude sickness.
- Any age group can do this trek.
Some of the famous short treks from Pokhara are :
1. Dhampus village trek
Dhampus is a small village in the Annapurna region. It is the small village of Gurung communities. This village is the best place for an overnight stay, sunrise, and sunset views. From this village, you can also see the amazing view of Pokhara valley, world peace pagoda and Phewa Lake.
It is the amazing 2days trek from Pokhara. It takes nearly 30 minutes to reach Phedi from Lakeside by drive. After that, you will hike approximately 3 hours to reach Dhampus.
Dhampus is the most popular viewpoint in the Annapurna region. You can see the chain of mountains, landscapes, lush nature, and lifestyle of Gurung people. You can see the mountains near you. The breathtaking view can be seen from Dhampus.
2. Ghandruk village trek
Ghandruk is the biggest Gurung population village with its indigenous settlements in the Annapurna Base Camp route. It is the most popular trekking route in the Annapurna region. You will enjoy beautiful views scene with farms, green forests, awesome mountain views, different types of birds around you.
Ghandruk is an easy gateway to Annapurna Base camp trek. It is the easiest trek in the Annapurna region. This trek is suitable for all age groups. Even children and old-age people can do this trek.
It is the most popular village which is promoting rural tourism. Tourism is the main occupation in this place. So, you don’t need to worry about hotels and food. There is a museum which is situated in the middle of the village where you can know about the lifestyle, dresses of Gurung people. This is the best short trek in Nepal.
This hillock is situated on the northern side of Pokhara valley. This place provides you the view of different mountains, green hills, and Pokhara valley. This trek offers you to know about the mountain lifestyle and culture.
During your trek, you can know about the lifestyle of Nepali people, agriculture, green hills, lakes, valleys, and mountains. People in that village is multi-cultured and agriculture and fishing is the main occupation of people in this village.
On the top of the hill, Begnas Kot Temple which is known as a Hindu Temple. This trek starts from Begnas Lake- third highest lake of Nepal where you can enjoy boating having the stunning view of mountains and green hilltop. Among all trekking routes in Nepal, this is the less explored route.
4. Ghorepani Poon hill Trek
Ghorepani Poon Hill is one of the best short treks in Nepal. The starting and ending point of this trek is Lakeside, Pokhara. It offers an exotic view of the Annapurna region. Dense Rhododendron forest, oaks forests, diversities of birds, green hills, valleys are the attraction of tourists. There is no chance of altitude sickness during your trek. Any age group can do this trek (even child and old-age people).
It is 4-5 days trek in the Annapurna region. 3,210m is the elevation from the sea-level. There are two options to return back from Ghorepani either from Ghandruk or Dhampus. You can enjoy the ethnic settlements and lifestyle of local people. Since this trek is popular so that it can be more crowded than you except.
5. Siklesh trek
Siklesh is one of the largest Gurung villages near Pokhara valley. This trek offers you the beauty of nature, culture, and tradition of Nepal.
It acclaims that it is one of the major origin villages of Gurung people. This village is known as “Sat Saya Siklesh” in Nepali which means seven hundred households.
You can walk through rhododendron trees, high hills, varied landscapes, and many villages. Siklesh has its own small hydropower so that there is no problem with Load-shedding. You can stay in a homestay and enjoy handicraft production.
If you want to join the Rodhi Ghar-late night singing and cultural program. It is very interesting to stay in Rodhi Ghar. This region is rich in bio-diversity. You can observe butterflies and different types of birds flying.
5. Panchase trek
This village is situated on the lap of the Himalayas. Topographical diversity, cultural features makes this trek awesome. It is the place of different biodiversity and endangered birds and animals.
This trek is suitable for all age group people (child-old age people). This village is the land of Biodiversity. Situated 28 km from Pokhara, one of the best short trek and tourist destinations in Nepal.
6. Royal trek
Royal Trek is the easiest and simple trek in the Annapurna region. In 1980, Prince Charles walked through this route so that it has got its name Royal Trek. Your trek starts from Kalikasthan. You will drive 25 km from Pokhara city passes through green hills, Gurung villages, and ends at the amazing Begnas Lake.
On the way, you will move through green forests, Rhododendron trees, stunning view of Pokhara valley, Annapurna region in the north, and Mt. Machhapuchhre. On the way, you will observe the different ethnic groups, diverse cultures, lifestyles of local people.
You can meet local people on your way, they are very helpful. You can ask them to know about the culture, festivals, art, traditions, daily occupations, and daily lifestyle. You can see terrace farms.
This trek is especially for those beginners who haven’t experienced trekking in their life. This type of place is less crowded so that you get closer to the local peoples, lifestyle, and culture. This trek is done for 4-5 days depends upon your time and the budget you have.
7. Sarangkot trek
Sarangkot trek is the easiest short trek that starts from Pokhara. You have to uphill climb almost 3 hours from Lakeside, Pokhara. After reaching the top of the Sarangkot people usually stay one night to see the sunrise and sunset view over the Annapurna
It is a beautiful destination for a breathtaking view of sunrise and sunset. You will enjoy the snow-capped mountains, Phew Lake, world peace pagoda, Pokhara valley, dense forests, and other different mountains from Sarangkot.
If you want to make more interesting trek then make sure to choose trek to Dhampus. Or you can go to Annapurna Circuit trek. You can spot different types of birds from the Dhampus.
8. Sirubari Village tour
This village is situated in the Syangja district just southwest of Pokhara. Sirubari village tour is the best short trek for those who want to enjoy old cultures, festivals, and lifestyles of local people. Almost all seasons are good to visit this place but September- June is the best time to visit here.
The local houses are made up of stones and mud. You can get the chance to stay at local houses in those villages. People in this village warmly welcomes you. You can observe the late-night cultural programs.
This place is very interesting for observing the awesome view of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, and other several peaks. Magnificient landscapes and warm hospitality from the local people is a bonus for your trip.
9. Naudanda day hike
Naudanda is a small village which is situated in the Kaski district of Nepal. You need to go through Sarangkot to reach Naudanda. It is the moderate, easiest, comfortable, and best short treks from Pokhara. Mountain views, Paragliding, Pokhara valley, Phewa Lake, World Peace Pagoda is the main attraction for this trek.
Naudanda is mainly Gurung village where you can know about the typical lifestyle, different groups of people, mixed culture and so on. It is situated at an elevation of 1600 meters above sea level. Clear morning with a classic panorama view of mountains is rewarding for your hard walk.
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