Best short trek from Pokhara

The city of Pokhara is undoubtedly popular to be one of the best tourist destinations in Nepal. This city holds numerous icons that keep tourists attracted from all around the globe.

The pristine air and an eye-soothing view of the Himalayas not only keep the city lively but magical. Holding 7 major lakes, this city is also known as the ‘city of lakes.’ Visitation on the very tranquil lakes perhaps becomes appeasing.

Pokhara is also famous for being a starting point of numerous breathtaking treks. Annapurna Base Camp trek, a majestic trek with maximum of 4130m altitude and preferred by majority of the trekkers, also initiates through Pokhara.

The ABC trek probably holds about 10-11 days. Meanwhile, there are other shorter treks that can be enjoyed whilst in the city.

Let’s check out the shorter trek from the destination

1.       Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

To enjoy one of the best views of Himalayas from the hill station of Poon Hill can be customized down to 2 days. One might feel hard to believe but it is very true. It is a fact that Ghorepani Poon Hill trek can be organized for just 2 days. It is possible to drive further into Burungdi valley and start the trek from Tikhedhunga. Ghorepani is just 6 hrs walk away from Tikhedhunga after 3 hrs drive in the morning. After the popular sunrise view from Poon Hill, it is easy half a day to walk down to Thikedunga and drive back to Pokhara.

2.       Australian Camp trek

It is comparatively the nearest and easiest short trek. It can be customized from 1 to 3 days from the city with better facilities of lodging and food. The trek is considered to reach 2061m, the Australian camp. A walk along the ridge to Dhampus should be followed and further to Astam village. To mention about the stay, the Annapurna Eco village resort is available to enjoy the village tour, organic farm tour or just chill in the resort garden watching the peaks of Annapurna.

3.       Dhampus Village Trek

It is an impressive 2 days trek from Pokhara. The trek starts off from Phedi, a 30 minutes drive from the lakeside of Pokhara. Dhampus hill is one of the peculiar viewpoints in the Annapurna region. You can catch a sight of the wonderful view of mountains, lush nature, exotic landscapes, and pristine countryside habitat. From the hillock, you can see the panoramic view of mountains so near and pristine.

4.       Siklesh trek

The Siklesh village is one of the major origin of Gurung community. This village holds a fact of ‘Sat Saya Sikles’ meaning, a village with seven hundred households. A walk through the rhododendron forests, varied landscapes of terraced hills to plain lowlands, and beautiful villages can bring a peace of mind. Sikles has a small hydropower plant of its own- no load shedding problems. Homestay facilities and handicraft productions will not fail to satisfy tourists and visitors.

5.       Panchase trek

This village lies 28 kilometers from Pokhara and one of the attractive trekking destinations of Nepal. The low altitude trek of Panchase is suitable for all age groups. The village is a land of culture and biodiversity which gives you an eye-soothing view of mountain ranges such as Mt Dhaulagiri, Mt Annapurna, Mt Manaslu, and Mt Ganesh. The place rests on the lap of Himalayas with its pristine beauty, topographical diversity, historical, religious, cultural features, and is the source of Fewa lake.

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