9 Best Three Days Treks in Nepal

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The 3 days treks in Nepal are specially designed for those individuals who have less time to spare for trekking. You get unlimited options of trekking routes and destination making Nepal the ultimate place for both short and long treks.

The 3-day trek is best for a quick reset from daily life and is suitable for all age groups to enjoy with their families. It offers excellent views of the peaks, diverse landscapes, and lifestyles of ethnic groups.

Here are the 9 best treks of 3 days that are perfect for families and children to explore Nepal’s beautiful natural and cultural beauty.

1. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Trip Facts:

💠 Max Elevation: Poon Hill (3210m/10529ft)
💠 Trekking Region: Annapurna region
💠 Trek Difficulty: Easy
💠 Duration of the trek: 3 days
💠 Best Season: All year round but best is September to May
💠 Permits: TIMS, Annapurna Conservation Area entry Permit (ACAP)
💠 Accommodation: Guesthouse/Homestay/Teahouse

Highlights:

💠 Witness terraced slopes, ethnic villages, lush green fields, and rhododendron forest.
💠 Explore the rich flora and fauna of the Annapurna region.
💠 Panoramic view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
💠 Explore the ethnic Gurung and Magar culture, tradition, and lifestyle.
💠 Stunning sunrise view from Poon Hill’s vantage point.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Sunrise Trek is one of Nepal’s famous treks designed for novice trekkers and individuals who have less time to spare in the Himalayas. It provides stunning views of the Annapurna range, Mardi Himal, Dhaulagiri, and other brilliant peaks from the vantage point of Poon Hill.

Explore the rhododendron forest, warm hospitality, culture, and Gurung and Magar village traditions and the natural landscape.

The trek starts from a drive from Pokhara to Nayapul. After a short hike from Naypul to Tikhedhunga, ascend to Ghorepani. Visit the Poon Hill viewpoint early in the morning for a breathtaking sunrise over the mountains. After, descend to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara.

Outline Itinerary:

DayActivities
Day 1Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul (1070m/3510ft), trek to Tikhedhunga (1480m/4856ft)
Day 2Tikhedunga to Ghorepani (2874m/9429ft)
Day 3Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3210m/10529ft) to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara (800m/2625ft)

2. Dhampus Australian Camp Trek from Pokhara

Trip Facts:

💠 Max Elevation: Australian Camp (2100m/6888ft)
💠 Trekking Region: Annapurna region
💠 Trek Difficulty: Easy
💠 Duration of the trek: 3 days
💠 Best Season: September to May
💠 Permits: TIMS and Annapurna Conservation Area entry Permit (ACAP)
💠 Accommodation: Lodges/Teahouses

Highlights:

💠 Witness the panoramic views of Annapurna massif.
💠 Stunning sunrise and sunset view and scenic villages.
💠 Explore the Phewa Lake and Pokhara city from Sarangkot.
💠 Explore the lifestyle and culture of the Gurung people and their warm hospitality at Dhampus.
💠 Explore the dense Rhododendron forest.

Dhampus Australian Camp Trek is a family trek that offers the breathtaking views of Annapurna South, Annapurna IV, Annapurna III, Annapurna II, Huinchuli, Machhapuchhare, and surrounding peaks.

Hike to Dhampus, the entry point of the Annapurna Conservation Area, which offers the warm hospitality of Gurung village. Get astonished with the sunrise and sunset from the Australian Base Camp. Overlook the beautiful city of Pokhara and Phewa Lake from the hilltop of Sarangkot.

The trip starts with a drive from Pokhara to Phedi and a hike to Australian Camp. The next day, trek to Sarangkot to witness the mesmerizing sunrise from the vantage point of Sarangkot.

Descend to Phewa Lake via forested trails and the ridge and enjoy the rest of the day. This short trek is suitable for people of all ages and busy people who have less time to spare yet enjoy Nepal’s beautiful views.

Outline Itinerary:

DayActivities
Day 1Drive from Pokhara to Phedi (1130m/3707ft)
Duration: 30 minutes (18km)
Trek to Australian Camp (2100m/6888ft)
Duration: 2-3 hours (6km)
Day 2Trek from Australian Camp to Sarangkot (1592m/5222ft)
Duration: 5-6 hours (17.5km)
Day 3Trek from Sarangkot to Phewa Lake then drive to the hotel (800m/2625ft)
Duration: 2-3 hours (6km)

3. Chisapani Nagarkot Trek

Trip Facts:

💠 Max Elevation: Nagarkot (2175m/7134ft)
💠 Difficulty: Easy
💠 Duration of the trek: 3 days
💠 Best Season: September to May
💠 Permits: Shivapuri National Park Entry and TIMS
💠 Accommodation: Teahouse

Highlights:

💠 Short and easy trek, popular among suburb hikers.
💠 Best for busy trekkers to get the blend of landscape and ethnic lifestyle.
💠 Walkthrough the Shivapuri National Parka and explore the natural settings.
💠 Enjoy a panoramic view from Nagarkot viewpoint of peaks like Everest to Annapurna.
💠 Explore the Changu Narayan which is the oldest Hindu temple and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Chisapani Nagarkot Trek offers a charming walk to Shivapuri National Park, the hilltop of Nagarkot for panoramic views of Everest, Gaurishankar Ganesh Himal, and Langtang. Explore Changu Narayan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is one of the oldest Hindu temples.

The trek starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal. Stroll through Shivapuri National Park and the Tamang village till you reach the hilltop of Nagarkot. Appreciate the panoramic view of the Himalayas and beautiful sunrise and sunset. Descend to Changunarayan and explore the oldest Hindu temple of Lord Vishnu.

Finally, drive to Kathmandu on the last day.

Outline Itinerary:

DayActivities
Day 1Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal (1400m/4592ft)
Duration: 1 hour
Trek to Chisapani (2135m/7003ft)
Duration: 4-5 hours
Day 2Trek to Nagarkot (2175m/7134ft)
Duration: 6-7 hours
Day 3Trek to Changunarayan (1430m/4690ft)
Duration: 3-4 hours
Drive to Kathmandu (1400m/4592ft)

4. Muktinath Yatra from Pokhara

Trip Facts:

💠 Elevation: Muktinath (3800m/12464ft)
💠 Trekking Region: Annapurna region
💠 Trek Difficulty: Easy
💠 Duration of the trek: 3 days
💠 Best Season: September to May
💠 Permits: TIMS and Annapurna Conservation Area entry Permit (ACAP)
💠 Accommodation: Teahouses/Lodges/Hotels

Highlights:

💠 Visit the sacred Muktinath temple with 108 water sprouts or ‘Mukti Dhara’.
💠 Witness the natural eternal flame in Muktinath.
💠 Enjoy the stunning views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna Range, Machhapuchare, Tukuche, and many more.
💠 Explore Saligram, also known as Shila, a fossilized stone that is considered the symbol of Lord Vishnu.
💠 Enjoy the beautiful ambiance of Pokhara city.

Muktinath Yatra from Pokhara is a short pilgrimage trip in the home of Lord Vishnu. Explore one of the temples among 51 Hindu Shakti Peeth where people come to attain salvation. You can bathe under 108 water spouts; find Saligram near the bank of Kali Gandaki River. Muktinath temple is a holy place for both Hindus and Buddhists.

The journey starts with a scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and a quick drive to Muktinath via Kagbeni. Kagbeni is a religious place where people come here to pray for the deceased ones. After exploring Muktinath’s holy temple and enjoying the majestic views of the peaks and the surrounding, fly back to Pokhara from Jomsom.

Enjoy the evening at the Lakeside or strolling around Pokhara city.

Outline Itinerary:

DayActivities
Day 1Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2700m/8856ft)
Duration: 25 minutes flight
Drive to Muktinath (3800m/12464ft) via Kagbeni
Duration: 2 hours
Day 2Drive from Muktinath (3800m/12464ft) to Jomsom (2700m/8856ft)
Duration: 2 hours
Day 3Fly back to Pokhara (800m/2635ft) and Pokhara sightseeing
Duration: 25 minutes flight

5. Jomsom Muktinath Overland Tour from Pokhara

Trip Facts:

💠 Elevation: Muktinath (3800m/12464ft)
💠 Trekking Region: Annapurna region
💠 Trek Difficulty: Easy
💠 Duration of the trek: 3 days
💠 Best Season: September to May
💠 Permits: TIMS and Annapurna Conservation Area entry Permit (ACAP)
💠 Accommodation: Teahouses/Guesthouses/Lodges

Highlights:

💠 Stroll around Lakeside Pokhara and relish the boating in Fewa Lake.
💠 A scenic drive from Pokhara to Jomsom.
💠 Explore the famous pilgrimage town Muktinath and the famous Hindu shrine at Muktinath temple.
💠 Bathe at 108 water spouts and witness the eternal natural flame.
💠 Relax your muscles in the natural hot spring in Tatopani.
💠 Adore the impressive sunrise view and the Himalayan panorama from Poonhill.

Jomsom Muktinath Overland Tour is a beautiful tour to the sacred site in Nepal, Muktinath. Traverse across the diverse landscape, ethnic villages, and semi-barren land. Enjoy the refreshing and relaxing bath in the natural hot spring at Tatopani.

Overlooking the stunning views of Annapurna, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhare, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu, enjoy this memorable trip with your friends and families.

The trip starts with a scenic drive from Pokhara to Tatopani Hot Spring. Tatopani translates to Hot Water in Nepali. Continue drive to Muktinath, a pilgrimage site to both Hindus and Buddhists. People come here to attain salvation and bathe at the 108 water spouts to wash away their sins.

The journey from Kagbeni to Muktinath is breathtaking with a diverse landscapes and the Himalayas on the backdrop. Finally, take a drive back from Muktinath to Pokhara.

Outline Itinerary:

DayActivities
Day 1Drive from Pokhara (800m/2625ft) to Tatopani Hot spring (1190m/3904ft)
Duration: 4-5 hours (99km)
Day 2Drive from Tatopani (1190m/3904ft) to Muktinath (3800m/12464ft) via Kagbeni
Duration: 5-6 hours (99km)
Day 3Drive from Muktinath (3800m/12464ft) to Pokhara (800m/2625ft)
Duration: 9-10 hHours (173km)

6. Sirubari Village Homestay Trek from Pokhara

Trip Facts:

💠 Max Elevation: Syangja Sirubari (1700m/5576ft)
💠 Trekking Region: Annapurna region
💠 Trek Difficulty: Easy
💠 Duration of the trek: 3 days
💠 Best Season: September to May
💠 Accommodation: Homestay

Highlights:

💠 Explore untouched culture, tradition, and gompas and know more about the Buddhist community.
💠 Watch the stunning view of Annapurna Range.
💠 Get to know local people and enjoy the warm hospitality of the people at Sirubari village.
💠 Exploring around Sirubari Village.
💠 Discover the Lake City of Pokhara.

Sirubari Village Homestay Trek is a short trek in the Gurung village of Syangja district of Nepal. Explore the traditional slate-roofed houses, warm hospitality of Gurung village, their culture, and practices.

Sirubari was awarded the 2001 PATA Gold awards for its works in conserving the culture and heritage of rural Nepalese life.

The trek starts with a drive from Pokhara to Syangja Sirubari. The next day, you hike to Dahare Hill early morning for a breathtaking sunrise view over the mountains of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. The homestay at the village gives you time to sneak peek at their daily lives, eat the fresh homegrown food, and share stories with the people.

Finally, drive back from Syangjya Sirubari to Pokhara.

Outline Itinerary:

DayActivities
Day 1Drive from Pokhara (800m/2625ft) to Syangja Sirubari (1700m/5576ft)
Duration: 3 hours (69km)
Day 2Exploration day, hike to Dahare hill for sunrise view
Day 3Drive from Syangja Sirubari (1700m/5576) to Pokhara (800m/2625ft)
Duration: 3 hours (69km)

7. Balthali Village Trek

Trip Facts:

💠 Max Elevation: Namo Buddha (1982m/6503ft)
💠 Trek Difficulty: Easy
💠 Duration of the trek: 3 days
💠 Best Season: All round the year
💠 Accommodation: Lodge/Resort

Highlights:

💠 Stay in the finest hotel and resort in Kathmandu and Dhulikhel area.
💠 Explore the Newari architecture in the village of Panauti.
💠 Witness the Tibetan Buddhist holy site of Namobuddha.
💠 Relax in the traditional farming village with stunning mountain views.

Balthali Village Trek offers a rural lifestyle of the ethnic villages and stunning views of the peaks. It is a heaven for bird watchers and nature lovers to spend time exploring wildlife species and the civilization. The off the beaten path trail takes you through Tamang, Newar village.

Enjoy excellent views of the mountains on the backdrop such as Manaslu, Dorje Lakpa, Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal range, Gaurishankar, and Everest.

The trek starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Dhulikhel and treks to Namo Buddha. Namo Buddha is 40km outside the Kathmandu city and is a Buddhist pilgrimage site at the top of a hill at Panauti. Later, trek through the fields and orchards to reach Balthali. Explore the village and descend to Panauti and drive back to Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary:

DayActivities
Day 1Drive from Kathmandu to Dhulikhel (1400m/4592ft)
Duration: 2 hours
Trek to Namo Buddha (1982m/6503ft)
Duration: 3-4 hours
Day 2Trek from Namo Buddha to Balthali (1730m/5676ft)
Duration: 5 hours
Explore the village of Balthali
Day 3Trek Balthali to Panauti (1400m/4592ft)
Duration: 2.5 hours and then drive back to Kathmandu

8. Kathmandu-Namobuddha-Dhulikhel Trek

Trip Facts:

💠 Max Elevation: Namo Buddha (1982m/6,503ft)
💠 Trek Difficulty: Easy
💠 Duration of the trek: 3 days
💠 Best Season: All round the year
💠 Accommodation: Lodge/Resort/Guesthouse

Highlights:

💠 Watch the sunrise/ Sunset from Kali Temple at Dhulikhel.
💠 Explore holy and ancient temples and monasteries.
💠 Explore the Buddhist pilgrimage site of Namobuddha and learn about their culture.
💠 Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city into the green forest.
💠 Watch the stunning views of Langtang Ranges, Dorje Lakpa, Ganesh Himal, Gaurishankar.

Kathmandu-Namobuddha-Dhulikhel trek is a short trek to explore the capital city, a Buddhist Pilgrimage site, and the beautiful spot for a panoramic view of the mountains. Enjoy the Buddhist pilgrimage site which is 38km east of the capital city, Kathmandu.

The stupa and shrines take you back to the ancient time and showcase the religious significance. Dhulikhel, on the other hand, is full of natural sightseeing with stunning views of the mountains.

The trek starts with a short drive from Kathmandu to Dhapasi and a trek to Namobuddha. Namo Buddha is 40km outside the Kathmandu city. Explore the Buddhist pilgrimage site and stupas and learn more about the culture. Later, trek to Dhulikhel and enjoy the panoramic mountain views and relax your body.

Finally, drive back to Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary:

DayActivities
Day 1Drive from Kathmandu to Dhapasi (1360m/4462ft)
Day 2Trek from Namobuddha to Dhulikhel (1550m/5085ft)
Day 3Explore Dhulikhel and drive to Kathmandu (1400m/4592ft)

9. Dolakha – Kalinchowk trek

Trip Facts:

💠 Max Elevation: Kalinchowk Peak (3842m/12605ft)
💠 Trek Difficulty: Easy
💠 Duration of the trek: 3 days
💠 Best Season: Any season during the year
💠 Accommodation: Lodge/Resort/Guesthouse

Highlights:

💠 A scenic walk through beautiful Rai villages and communities.
💠 Holy Hindu Temple of Kalinchowk Bhagwati and Dolakha Bhimsen.
💠 Enjoy the cable car ride to the top of Kalinchowk.
💠 Enjoy the panoramic view of Gaurishankar and Langtang Range.

Dolakha – Kalinchowk Trek is a perfect trek suitable for all age groups and novice trekkers to visit the pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists and explore the unique culture and lifestyle of the local people.

From the top of Kalinchowk, enjoy the stunning views of Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, Jugal Himal, Gauri Shankar, etc. and can even observe the Kathmandu valley on a clear day.

The trip starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Charikot. Overseeing, the rivers, hills, mountains, reach Kuri village. Kuri is a small village in the foothills of Kalinchowk hill. You can either walk or take a cable car ride to the Kalinchowk hill to see the beautiful sunrise and worship Kalinchowk Bhagwati.

Finally, retrace to Charikot and drive back to Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary:

DayActivities
Day 1Drive from Kathmandu to Charikot (1554m)
Duration: 4 hours and walk to Kuri village (3800m)
Day 2Walk/ride cable car to Kalinchowk Peak (3842m/12605 ft) and back to Charikot
Day 3Drive from Charikot to Kathmandu
Duration: 4 hours

Best Time/Season for 3 Day Treks in Nepal

The best time to do 3 day trek in Nepal is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). With appropriate and suitable weather, clear climate, moderate temperature, these seasons are the best for the treks. That is the reason many trekkers visit Nepal in these seasons making it a peak time with crowded trails.

You can enjoy Buddha Jayanti which is the birthday of Lord Buddha by visiting the monastery in the spring season. The major festival of Nepalese, Dashain, falls in autumn where you can celebrate and observe it.

In the winter season (December to February), the days become shorter and the nights become longer. The temperature falls below zero and the nights become colder. On the bright side, the trek routes are more budget-friendly, less crowded and trekkers can enjoy the landscape more.

You can also enjoy the Tibetan festivals such as Loshar at the end of February.

In summer or monsoon season (June to August), expect more rainfall and strong winds which makes the trail wet and slippery. The cloudy and foggy climate makes the visibility of the mountains less. But, it is a great chance for the botanists to discover the region as the trails are full of beautiful and blooming plants and flowers.

Celebrate, Janai Purnima, and Yartung festival to explore cultural practices.

The 3-day treks can be done at any season or time of the year. Depending on your choice and availability, you can take the trek at any season.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How hard is the 3-day trek in Nepal?

During the 3 days treks in Nepal, you have to walk around 4-5 hours on average. Depending on your preference, the day can be longer or shorter. The trails can be rocky, rough, and uneven steep ascends or descend. The 3 days trek includes long drives as well, so it is easier to travel a longer distance.

2. How are the accommodation facilities during the trek?

The 3 days treks are easily available and are near the big cities of Nepal such as Kathmandu and Pokhara. Thus, depending on your choice of accommodation, you have more options on where to stay. It includes basic lodges, tea houses or homestays, and 3-5 star hotels.

3. How is the food and drink in the trek?

Like the accommodation facility, you can have a wide variety of meals and drinks to choose from. You can find various cafes, restaurants, pubs, and so on where you can get Nepali, Indian, Continental, Chinese dishes. Do not forget to try local Nepali cuisine to get the real taste of Nepali dishes.

For drinks, most menus have varieties of soft drinks, tea, coffee, cold and hot drinks, and water to provide.

4. Should I be worried about altitude sickness?

The short trek of 3 days does not go above the altitude of 4000m. Many people get the symptoms of altitude sickness over 2500m. Thus, make sure you have the necessary medications to use for altitude sickness. Also, have enough food and drink at least 3 liters of water to avoid the sickness.

If you start feeling nausea, headache, rapid breathing or get blue lips and nails, make sure you descend immediately and be aware of your own body condition.

5. Can I bring the children?

Yes. Since an easy trek does not require any advance or technical skills, it is best for families to enjoy the trek in Nepal. Make sure your children are expressive if he/she finds it difficult or faces any problems.

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Naba Raj Amgai, stepped into the world of travel and tourism in 1996.

Beginning his journey in the tourism industry as a humble Porter Guide to founding hospitality establishments and an adventure travel company, he has come a long way.

In a career spanning more than two decades he has achieved more than anybody dreams of achieving. Along with his professional achievements, his selfless contribution towards his community and society has won him a lot of accolades and praises.

Having dedicated more than two decades in the tourism and hospitality sector, he has amassed a wealth of experience.

After passing high school, he began helping out some trekking guides and was soon recruited as a porter guide at a reputed trekking agency. Within a short period of time he was individually guiding clients across the well-known trails of the Himalayas.

He went on to lead tour groups on multi-country tours to Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. Being a part of mountain climbing expeditions familiarised him with expedition logistics and operations. Later on he went to become the Executive Director and took over the reins of Operations, Sales and Marketing departments. Spending several years in the tourism field has made Naba Raj Amgai a destination expert.

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