1-3 day treks from Pokhara or Kathmandu (or 3-4 day treks w/flight)
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Jan 31, 2013 10:00 PM Last Post By: TravelinBri
Jan 29, 2013 6:49 PM
Thanks in advance,
Jan 29, 2013 11:08 PM
1lot of decent short treks can be had near outskirts of KTM lasting 1, 2, or 3 days as you listed.
for day treks you can do sundarijal, chandragiri, shivapuri, phulchowki, nagarjun, dhulikhel, nagarkot etc. all of these treks that start and end and the same point eliminating the need of arranging a special transportation.
you can aslo do point to point trek like shivapuri-sundarijal, phulchoki-namobuddha, dhulikhel-namobuddha to name a few. Besides getting dropped off at the starting point you will need a transportation waiting at the end of the trek as well.
for the best 2days/1night trek i recommend sankhu-nagarkot-changunarayan trek with over night in nagarkot
for the best 3days/2 night trek i recommend sindarijal-chisapani-nagarkot-dhulikhel with overnight in chisapani and nagarkot
you can do any of these by going to an agency or hiring a guide. i do recommend it because trails are not well marked and can be confusing.
All the treks with nagarkot and dhulkhel will offer spectacular mountain view clouds permitting.
below is the link to a recent day trek i did from nagarkot to dhulikhel
Jan 30, 2013 1:02 AM
if you are lookng for 3-4 days trek, it is better near the gorkha.
1. Kathmandu to gorkha 142 km(pokhara to gorkha 113 km 4-5 hours), then trek 2 hours Nareshwor village from gorkha bus station.
2. early in the morning hiking sunrise view point called "pipalthok'. can see the manaslu, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain then visit to gorkha palace 20 min. then trek down to village.
3. Trek to Barpak village 6-7 hours
5. Barpak to Kathmandu by bus.
Note: it is all lower manaslu areas. it is home stay trekking and tour, less touristic. you can extend and short the trek.
have your nice trip.
Edited by: Andreas_at_LP
Jan 30, 2013 5:24 AM
Jan 30, 2013 7:51 AM
Jan 30, 2013 9:34 AM
5Manaslu Gorkha, would it be possible to drive from Bandipur to Gorkha in the morning, see Gorkha Palace and hike to Nareshwor village that first day, the second day, just hike to Pipalthok and then come down and drive to KTM (and arrive by 1000). First week of March (so a moderate sunrise time).
Also, how do the hikes around Bandipur compare to this?
Jan 30, 2013 8:20 PM
Jan 31, 2013 5:17 PM
7HI TravelinBri, Bandipur to Gorkha is a fairly quick drive on paved roads - about 50 Km. Easy to do this quickly in the morning and spend the day hiking. The walk up to the Gorkha Durbar is easy and doesn't take long. You could certainly do all of that before lunch and another hike in the afternoon. For your second day, if you are asking if you could hike to Pipalthok and then drive to Kathmandu arriving by 10 am, that would be pretty ambitious - not just the distance but the morning traffic jams on the switchbacks climbing up to the Kathmandu Valley.
HIkes around Bandipur and neighboring Magar villages can be very interesting - including the trek to Siddha Gufa Cave. It's the largest cave in Nepal - the cave has never fully been explored but with a good head lamp, you can venture about 200m into this large vaulted cavern - probably a good idea to have a local man with you that knows the area.. The trip can also be combined with a visit to Patale Dwar, another cavern with interesting formations. It's known as "Gateway to the Underworld" a rather daunting title. There are also some magnificent views of the Himalaya from surrounding hilltops. The village of Bandipur is one of my favorite places in Nepal - where you step out of the car and step back in time immediately.
On the way back to Kathmandu, it's worth stopping at Nepal's only gondola lift that will take you for a ride up to another interesting ridge-top village, home of the Temple dedicated to Manukamina, Goddess of Wishes, another great place for mountain views on a clear day.
Jan 31, 2013 10:00 PM
8Stilltrekkin, thanks for all the advice. I know Nepal pretty well, and figured as much on the switchbacks (which can soemtimes add 2 hours on to every trip). I will plan accordingly. Any advice on A ) Good hikes to do around Bandipur (and how many days one could spend hiking there) and B) If we do hike around Bandipur, do the views from Pipalthok still make it a necessary second trek? In other words if time is short, is it better to have time to do Pipalthok and one hike around Bandipur, or a number of hikes around Bandipur and skip Pipalthok?
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