Epic Himalayan vistas, golden temples and jungle wildlife watching – Nepal is one of the world’s iconic travel destinations. Here’s your fast track to getting the most from this truly amazing country.
Nepal is arguably the world’s greatest trekking destination, and you could spend years exhausting all of its incredible Himalayan trails. But with such a range of routes, durations, geography and trekking styles to choose from, picking the right 2 days hiking for you can be daunting.
Whether overnighting in teahouses on mountainsides, some of the best 2 days trekking on the planet are found among the peaks and valleys of Nepal. We plot a route for every kind of adventure. Nepalese villages and past Hindu pagodas as you traverse the infamous and iconic Himalayan mountain range.
Even if you’re just passing through or visiting for a long weekend, trekking in Nepal is an essential experience. Here are the best 2 days trekking in Nepal that can be completed in less than three days. On these treks, you will walk in the lower altitudes with the bearable temperature and weather conditions.
Along with the easy trails, these short treks best fulfill your desire to catch the stunning mountain views and the amazing landscapes.
Popular Options for 2-Day Trekking in Nepal
Sankhu – Nagarkot – Changunarayan Trek
Located just 25 miles from the capital, the Kathmandu valley trek is the perfect option if you’re just passing through the city. Don’t think you’re missing out on anything though – the valley trek offers stunning scenery, cultural heritage, and spectacular views – all rolled into just 2 days. You begin in the town of sankhu before trekking up into the hills. You pass through several traditional villages, taking in the terraced rice fields and lush forests.
You stay overnight in the village of Nagarkot, famous for its incredible sunrise views over the Himalayas. The trek ends at the stunning Changu Narayan temple – a UNESCO World Heritage listed site. The temple dates back to the 5th century AD and is considered to be the oldest temple in the Kathmandu Valley.
Itinerary at a Glance
Day 01– Drive to Sankhu (1,410m), trek to Nagarkot (2,175m) (4 Hrs Trek and 1.5 Hrs drive). Overnight at Nagarkot.
Day 02– Trek Changunarayan (1,500m) and drive back to Kathmandu (1,400m). You stop for lunch or breakfast in Bhaktapur (1,401m). You can also take part in a Kathmandu Itinerary 2 Day here. (2 hours hike and 1-hour drive)
Pokhara – Australian Camp – Dhampus – Pokhara
The Pokhara – Australian Camp – Dhampus Trek is a mountain trek in the beautiful mountains of the Annapurna. The trekking offers gorgeous views over the valleys and stunning views of the Annapurna Mountain range. This 2 days hiking trip can be done all year round and is also suitable for people without any hiking experience (like me) as the highest point is around 2000 meter.It gives a great impression of the Himalayas in all her magnificence. From sunrise to sunset the colors will keep on changing offering the most incredible views. You spend the night in a hut at the Australian Camp, halfway the trekking. It’s a beautiful camp surrounded by the most beautiful peaks of the Himalaya. You can go camping too. A great experience!.
Itinerary at a Glance
Day 01– Drive Pokhara to Kande and trek to Australian Camp (2100m) (4 Hrs Trek and 1.5 Hrs drive). Overnight at Australian Camp.
Day 02– Trek to Phedi via beautiful village of Dhampus. Drive to Pokhara. (3 hours hike and 1-hour drive)
Pokhara – Ghandruk – Pokhara Trek
Ghandruk is a well-loved trekking destination that’s an essential stop on the short Ghandruk Trek, as well as a fixture on other longer treks in the Annapurna Himalaya, such as the Annapurna Circuit. It’s easily accessible from Pokhara through a combination of road travel and trekking. Ghandruk Trek 2 days 1 night is the best trek for those who want to see the Himalayas in a close distance, yet who has only 3 days 2 night from Pokhara. From Ghandruk Village, you can see Annapurna South (7219m), Machhapurchre (Fishtail) (6993 m), Himchuli (6441m), Gangapurna (7455m) and many more in a very close distance. As if, you can touch the mountains with your fingers. If you are looking at more challenging short treks in Pokhara, you can consider to do the Poon Hill Trek 4 days, with maximum altitude of 3210m.
Itinerary at a Glance
Day 01– Pokhara to Nayapul ( By Car 1 hr drive ) – Sauwli Bazzar ( Lunch ) – Ghandruk ( nearly 6 hrs walking ). Overnight at Ghandruk.
Day 02– Trek to Ghandruk – Birethanti – Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara. (5 hours hike and 1-hour drive)
Physical Fitness for 2 Days Treks in Nepal
Two of the most common hiking injuries are ankle rolling and ankle sprains. If you’re out of shape or just haven’t been active for a while, start with some basic exercises to warm up your muscles and get your heart rate up. To enjoy your holiday to its best get yourself in good physical shape for the activity you are going to undertake. For all our 2 days trekking holidays you tend to move at a low steady pace but for a short period of time, days in the mountains can be anything from 4-5hrs or less in length.
Cost of 2 Days Hikes in Nepal
There are many factors that determine the total cost for your trek. Most tour and trek operators charge around USD $135-180 for a 2 days trekking in Nepal.
Things to Know about 2 Day Treks in Nepal
- Choose off-season if you prefer quiet and peaceful trekking experience.
- Wear a comfortable pair of hiking shoe as you will be walking for hours.
- Choose a suitable season and pack accordingly.
- You can opt for local homestays during the trek. This will help support a local family and at the same time give you an authentic Nepali culture experience.
- While trekking, make sure to drink plenty of water to ensure a comfortable and safe trek.
- You can take these treks Solo, in groups, and with or without guide or porters.
- Walk slow and take your own pace while enjoying the surrounding nature.
- For an easier and more informative trek, hire a guide.
This range is due to the inclusion or exclusion of the following cost.
- Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
- Transportation (To and from the start and end points of the actual Trek)
- Transportation (To and from Kathmandu- For some treks this may be the same as the above)
- Entrance Fees (Permits needed or National Park Entry Fee)
- Accommodation (3-5 star Hotels or homestays)
- Trekking Guide (A professional, licensed guide)
Packing Essential for 2 Days Trekking in Nepal
The time you choose to do the trek along with its weather conditions will dictate much of what you should pack. Yet, the general guideline for your 2 day treks in Nepal is as follows:
- Long trousers or shorts (Depending on the weather you trek)
- Full or half sleeve tops
- Outer (shell) layer: A jacket or coat (heavy or light, waterproof or not depends on the weather).
- Extra socks
- Hat and gloves (if you choose winter for these treks)
- Change of innerwear (Optional)
- Backpack with cover (will keep your belongings dry and clean)
- Snacks (great for motivation and energy boosting)
- Reusable water bottle
- Bandana (to protect from the dust in the paths near the cities)
- Toilet paper and hand sanitizer (some of the toilets on the way may not have toilet paper or/and soap)
- First aid supplies.
- Hiking poles (great for the descents).