• Aug 8, 2020
  • Dil Gurung

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Have a short holiday and looking for a trek to NEPAL? No worries, here are the fantastic 2 days treks that you can do in your short period of time in Nepal.

Nepal is a wonderful country with nature and culture diverse as it tenders a wide range of fantastic trekking opportunities in the land of the mighty mountains like Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, Manaslu, and many other Himalayas regions of Nepal,

However, Nepal has many short version trekking opportunities into the Nepa’s most popular destinations of Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang for those traveler fits of hunger who are traveling on limited time and budget.

These 2 days trekking programs are completely suitable for beginners, family trips with kids and it doesn’t require any physical strength and previous experiences of trekking and hiking.

On this 2 days trek, you will be able to meet the friendly and warm hospitable local people and culture alongside a wide range of flora and venations, terrace fields, stunning views of the mountains, and its landscape.

#1 Ghandruk Trek

The Ghandruk is the name of a Gurung village in the Annapurna region which is one of the most beautiful and popular villages of Nepal located at an altitude of 1940 meters height above the sea level.

A classic trek into one of the most popular destinations in the heart of Annapurna massif, Ghandruk located in the western part of Nepal, only 24km away from Pokhara.

The trek to beautiful Ghandruk can be done in only 2 days from Pokhara/ Kathmandu.  The journey starts from Pokhara with a short but scenic drive through the dazzling rods of hills to Naipaul. Nayapul is initially starting point and ending point of the trek, From Nayapul, you will take a step towards Ghandruk villages walking through the terraced fields and some of the most beautiful local villages with outstanding mountains views of Annapurna south, Machhapuhhare and many others.

However, the trek from Nayapul to Ghandruk is relatively easy on the flat to gradual climb and it takes about 3-4 hours of walking to getting at the beautiful spot of Ghandruk.

Upon your arrival at Ghandruk, you will be surprisingly rewarded by Spectacular panorama view of the dotted mountains such as Annapurna South, Nilgiri, Himalchuli, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Machhapuchhre.

The ancient’s monasteries and Gurung museum are other highlights of the trek and that is not to be missed before retracing back to Pokhara.

Trek at a glance: One of the best short and easy treks in Annapurna

Duration: 2 days

Max. Altitude: 1940 m

Best Time:any time of the year

Trekking hours: 4 hours approx

Higlighligts of the Ghandruk Trek- 2 Days 

  • Enjoy the hike in the mountains
  • Refresh in the mountain air for a couple of days away from the hustle and bustle cities
  • explore the local culture and traditions
  • Meet local friendly and hospitable people
  • No risk of getting high altitude sickness and it's perfect for all age-groups


Day 1: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul (1 hrs drive), Trek to Ghandruk- 4 hrs walk approx

Day 2: Enjoy the sunrise and view with the mountain breakfast then some bak to Nayapul, drive back to Pokhara

#2 Chisopani - Nagarkot Hike

The Chisopani-Nagarkot hike is the best hiking opportunity for those hikers who are keenly desired to hike through the beautiful mountains for 2 days away from the hustle and bustle city. It’s a perfect hike for travelers who are running holidays on a limited time and budget.

This is one of the best and short treks near from Kathmandu valley that takes you to the most beautiful villages of Chispani and Nagarkot by passing through the gorgeous waterfalls, lush forest of pines, rhododendrons, and junipers, beautiful local villages, mane walls, terrace field, flora and vegetations with a spectacular view of the Himalayas.

Chisapani and Nagarkot hike starts with a short drive by private/ local transportations to Sundarijal from Kathmandu, SundariJal is the starting point of the trek, the hike officially by entering into the Shivapuri National park and follow the gradual climb up to Chisapani. The hike from Sundarijal to Chisopani takes about 4-5 hours of walking at a slow and steady pace. Next day morning, you will be enjoying the views and sceneries with breakfast at the hotel and after breakfast, you will be trekking towards the most popular hills of Nagarkot to witness stunning panoramic views of the Himalayas. From Nagarkot, you can take a local bus/ jeep to Kathmandu.

Duration: 2 days

Max. Altitude: 2400 m

Best Time: Any time of the year

Trekking hours: 4-5 hours appro

Highlights of Chisopani Nagarkot Trek

  • Enjoy the hike through the beautiful villages
  • Stay overnight at Chisopani
  • Explore the local culture and traditions
  • Wath sunrise view over the Himalayas peals


Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal (1 hrs drive), Trek to Chisopani- 4 hrs walk approx

Day 2: Enjoy the sunrise and view with the mountain breakfast then come back to Kathmandu via Nagarkot

#3 Sarangkot- Dhampush – Australian- camp Hike

The Sarangkot Australian Camp Dhampus trek is an easy and short trek from Pokhara that allows you to enjoy the extensive range of extraordinary culture and nature throughout the trek.

A classic short trek to Sarangkot Australian camp and Dhmapus is one of the best treks that and be done anyone without any trouble and previous trekking experience, it’s a perfect trek even for the beginners and no need to be any worried about any high altitude sickness.

A journey starts right from Nepal’s most beautiful city of Pokhara with a short drive to Sarangkot to watch the glorious sunrise view over the Annapurna Himalayas range with spectacular mountains alongside the fantastic Himalayas of Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri range, Machhapuchhre, ranges, etc.

Sarangkot Hill is a famous place which is located at an altitude of 1600 meters and a 40-minute drive on the northern mound of Pokhara. From Sarangkot, you will be hiking towards Australian camp where you will be staying overnight and next day morning, we descend back to Dhampush and Pokhara by crossing through the race patio, and farmlands to the beautiful typical villages with great views.

Duration: 2 days

Max. Altitude: 2000 m

Best Time: Any time of the year

Trekking hours: 5 hours approx

Highlights of Sarangkot- Dhampush – Australian- camp Hike

  • Sunrise view over the mountains
  • Enjoy the hike through the beautiful villages
  • Explore the local culture and traditions
  • Taste the local meals


Day 1: Drive from Pokhara to Sarangkot (30 m drive), Trek to Australian camp- 4 hrs walk approx

Day 2: Enjoy the sunrise and the mountain from Australian camp, and trek back to Pokhara via Dhampush


#4 Poonhill Trek

2 Days Poonhill trek is one of the shortest and easiest trekking routes in Annapurna region that takes you to the most outstanding places of the region, walking through the lush forest of oaks, rhododendrons, ethical sights villages of Birethat, Ulleri, Ghorepani, Terrence fields and a wide verity of flora and fauna.

This trek starts from Pokhara and takes you ultimately to the most popular and fascinating hill of poon hill, Poon hill itself is An amazing hill located at the height of 3210 meters from the sea level. However, you will be amazed by rewarding views of the mountains as well as approaching sunrise view early in the morning; it’s absolutely mind-blowing scenery that you could observe from here at the Poonhill.

An exciting 2 days Poonhill trek is a normal hike and you do not really have to have had any previous trekking experiences to be explored. However, this trek has no risks of getting high altitude sickness since we have made it altitude friendly trekking itinerary adjusting all-ages group of people.

Duration: 2 dayS

Max. Altitude: 3210 m

Best Time: Any time of the year

Trekking hours: 5 hours approx

Highlights of Ghandrul Trek

  • Trekking through the beautiful villages of Gurunad, Magar, and Thakali
  • Enjoy the charming Mountain views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges
  • Witness a panoramic view and sunrise from Poon hill
  • Flora and fauna


Day 1: Drive from Pokhara to Hille/ Ulleri, trek to Ghorepani

Day 2: Hike to PoonHill (3210m

Food Types on  Trek

Common Breakfast options - Tibetan Breads (a fried bread in oil, it’s also named by Gurung bread in Annapurna area), Chapati with Cheese (dry bread- a local wheat bread), Oatmeal, French toast with jam, honey and peanut butter, Corn Flakes, Hashed brown, fried, Scrambles and boiled eggs, pancakes, porridge with milk, Muesli, Vegetable items and any kind of hot drinks are available except espresso, Americano

Common Lunch options – different verity of Thukpa (noodle soup), Dahl and Bhat (Nepalese local meal), Momos ( dumplings), Tibetan / chapatti bread, Macroni, Spaghetti, Sherpa Stew, a verity of soups, steaks, potatoes items, Sandwiches, Pizza, rice with curry, spring rolls, burgers and Pizza, yak steak and desserts items.

Common Dinner options- Momos (dumplings) different verity of Thukpa (noodle soup), Dahl and Bhat (Nepalese local meal), Tibetan / chapatti bread, Macroni, Spaghetti, Sherpa Stew, a verity of soups, steaks, potatoes items, Sandwiches, Pizza, rice with curry, spring rolls, Raman soups, burgers and Pizza, yak steak, desserts items, hot and cold drinks are available on the menus on tea house, the menu’s selected meals are fresh and healthy with hygienic specialists by the mountain for the mountain trekkers.

On the tea houses, the menu has plenty of non-veg items are mentioned but officially any of meats are not our list of recommendations because the meat in the mountain such as high area is not sanitary and healthy. However, we would like to persuade you to avoid taking meat, Alcoholic drinks, and smoking.

Deseret and Snacks options,- Rice Pudding, Apple pie, fruits snicker/ mars bar, popcorns, cake, and pastries, etc.

Hot Drink options – Varieties of hot drinks like black/milk coffees, black/mint/ginger/Green/ lemon honey teas, hot chocolates, hot mango juice, hot oranges juice, hot pineapple juice, etc.)

Water on trek

The water on a trek is available at every trekking lodges or shopping shops along the way, buying a regular bottle of mineral water costs RS 40-100per litter. every region of Nepal has plenty of water sources to get the water as you can also refill the water from the random taps or water source, refilling waters from any of those sources is potable but it will be fine to drink with a Lifetraw or using the water purification pills.

Accommodation Facts on Annapurna Base Camp Trek 

Accommodations on the mountain are simple in tea hoses/ Trekking Lodges. The rooms come usually in double occupancy with a wooden bed, blankets, mattresses, pillows, attached bathrooms (not everywhere), and the view is spectacular from the rooms of mountain tea houses. Likewise, single rooms are available ( except Himalaya and ABC) and it will be provided for solo female travelers.

We will ensure and accommodate you to the best available tea houses with great views of the mountain and sceneries during the trek

NOTE: Kathmandu has a large range of luxury stars hotels offers to select for your stay. However, we will also be pleased to part of this help to make the reservations for the 4 50 5 starts hotel booking as well on request.

Things to carry with you for this trek

The following lists are the essentials trekking gear which is recommended for trekking in Nepal and all listed gears can also buy easily in Kathmandu, Kathmandu has a number of shops selling the necessary cloths and gear for trekkers.

  • A few pairs of Thermal tops
  • Windcheater - waterproof shell jacket one pair
  • Warm jacket
  • Waterproof coat/ Pancho
  • Comfortable Fleece/wool trousers
  • Hiking pants-
  • Warm Hiking socks
  • Trekking sue with spare laces
  • Pair of flip flop
  • Hiking Cotton trousers/t-shirts
  • Sun hat/scarf
  • Sunglasses
  • Day bag 
  • 1 set- Headlamp
  • Water purification tablets/ electric light
  • Wash towel
  • Toiletries (wet tissue, quick-drying towel, toilet paper, moisturizers, lip balms, sunscreens, sanitary pads, hand sanitizer, nail clipper, small mirror, toothpaste & brush, etc)
  • Basic personal first aid kit
  • Passports

Best Time to Do Annapurna Base Camp Trek

These short 2 days treks in Nepal is very easy that can be done any time of the year without any challenging of weathers, it's all-time favorites treks in Nepal. However, Nepal has some best month/ seasons for especially for trekking climbing in terms of the weather, see below,

Spring (Pre-monsoon) – Spring includes Feb, March, April, and May, the weather in this month is largely stable and dry with a moderate climate. This time of the year is fairly perfect for any trek in Nepal that offers a crystal clear view of the mountains and sceneries every day,

Autumn (Post monsoon)- Autumn is another great season for trekking/hiking, Autumn includes months of September, October, November, and December.

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