Heaven is a myth but Nepal is real! And Kathmandu, the Nepalese capital city is all the more strikingly real, a bustling metropolis thriving in the heart of the Himalayas. A heaven for adventure enthusiasts, trekkers and backpacking travelers, the city standing at approximately 1,400 meters above sea level is also of immense historical significance. The city is also the most widely used transit point for trekkers and travelers in the resplendent Kathmandu Valley. The country’s only international airport in Kathmandu sees millions of footfalls every year due to the flourishing opportunities of trekking in the gorgeous Himalayan expanses of the country. Commercial trekking tours are on the rise in Nepal right now and Kathmandu works as a launchpad for a lot of amazing treks and mountaineering expeditions in the Nepal Himalayas. Whether you are looking for short treks near Kathmandu for a quick sojourn in this amazing country or longer, more challenging adventures in the higher reaches of the Himalayas, you won’t be amiss to look around in the city. Besides the diverse natural attractions of the Himalayas in and around Kathmandu, the city is known for its Newar cultural heritage, a rich history of royalty and many important religious and spiritual sites of the Hindus and the Buddhists.
Kathmandu valley trekking is popular among the lovers of the Himalayas with a number of short and long itineraries within its ambit of different difficulty levels. Offering visitors an opportunity to observe rich Nepalese culture from close quarters, enjoying quaint trails moving inside dense forests, fording gushing mountain streams and lying many quiet nights under starlit skies, treks near Kathmandu are like medicines for a harried soul.
Immense natural beauty, untouched pristine mountain lands, enriching contact with indigenous peoples’ cultures of the Nepal and the warm hospitality and sense of safety enjoyed by the visitors to this country are some of the main reasons trekking around Kathmandu are so popularly chosen.
Here are five treks accessible from the Nepal capital that will fill up your heart with joy and are available with any proper trekking agency in Kathmandu:
Poon Hill Trek - The experience of sunrise and sunsets from Poon Hill is known to be a poetic experience. Brilliant views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges open up before the onlooker as this trek progresses. Identifying the massive ice-clad giants - Annapurna II, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhare on the Poon Hill trek is a treat for mountain lovers. The hot springs of Tadapani and living in small Herpa village are among the other attraction of this 4-5 days long short trek from Kathmandu.
Langtang Trek - Another good trek that commences from Kathmandu and concludes over less than a week, Langtang takes you up to the canyons of Langtang Khola. A sweeping view of Langtang Himal and surround glaciers and icefalls majorly compose the visual on this Kathmandu trekking tour. Ascent to Kyanjin Ri at 4773 m is a highlight of this trip t look forward to.
Annapurna Base Camp - Considerably longer than other short treks from Kathmandu, the ABC trek is still the most popular. A mesmerizing view of an eight-thousander peak, peeks into the lives of ethnic Nepalese life, close-up acquaintance with Machhapuchhare peak- the Matterhorn of Asia, and a nice canyon hike along Modi Khola makes ABC tempting to those interested in day treks from Kathmandu.
Everest View Tek - Finding the time to complete the whole Everest Base Camp trek can be demanding in which case this 5-day long trek near Kathmandu comes handy. Views of the Everest and Ama Dablam are the highlights of this journey which kicks off from Lukla after an exhilarating flight from Kathmandu to Lukla airstrip, flying over glittering mountains Nepal Himalayas. The trail crosses through Phakding and along the canyon river banks of Dudh Koshi. Interesting suspension bridge crossings, steep climbing to Namche Bazaar and a hike up to the Everest view hotel make this trek interesting.
Gokyo Ri - The Gokyo Ri itinerary boasts of increasingly brilliant views of the Everest, Lhotse and other high peaks visible from the Khumbu region of Nepal. Additionally, this prominent trek near Kathmandu has stops near multiple glacial lakes and an interesting accommodation at Gokyo village.
The above listed treks are open for access around the year though spring and autumn are especially, the favorite seasons for mountain lovers. Expect rhododendron, magnolia and orchid blooms in the lower reaches of the treks if you are coming in spring, making the short treks near Kathmandu all the more picturesque. Early winters from mid-September to November are also a tantalizing time to visit the Nepal Himalayas as clear skies are more constant. Monsoons are not a season entirely dissuading for trekkers as rain has it special charm in the mountains but suitable preparation is well-advised for there are many risks, that of leeches in the jungles, landslides and general discomfort. Winters similarly a time when mainstay trekkers lay off the Nepal Himalayas fear the extremities of cold, however, it’s a good time to experience the mountains free of crowd.
Kathmandu is connected internationally with man major airports of the world. You can also access the country through several transit points of the neighboring India by roadway