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Most travelers heading for Nepal plan a fortnight-long stay in the country in order to trek to the base camp of either Mount Everest or Mount Annapurna. However, the country also has a lot to offer even to those planning to spend just 7 days in Nepal. For the lovers of hiking, there are treks to the Langtang Valley and the lower foothills of the Everest region that can be done in around a week. Alternatively, you can also combine destinations like Pokhara and Nagarkot with wildlife reserves like Bardia and cultural hotspots like Lalitpur and Bhaktapur Durbar Squares during your one week stay in Nepal. Check out our pick of Nepal itineraries lasting from 7 to 8 days below.
|Day 1||Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi|
|Day 2||Trek to Lama Hotel|
|Day 3||Hike to Kyanjin Gompa via thick forests and past mani walls|
|Day 4||Explore Kyanjin Gompa on your own|
|Day 5||Return to Lama Hotel|
|Day 6||End your trek in Syabrubesi|
|Day 7||Drive back to Kathmandu|
Langtang is popular among those looking to trek close to Kathmandu and planning to spend around 7 days in Nepal. It is mountainous terrain capped by towering Himalayas and dotted with Buddhist hamlets, and yet surprisingly close to the capital. Your journey starts from Kathmandu. Take the bus to Syabrubesi, the starting point of this tour. Hike up to Kyanjin Gompa, a quaint ethnic Tamang village dominated by Chorkari RI (5,050 meters), which is highest point of your journey. Enjoy a breathtaking panorama of Langtang Peak, then follow the route downhill to Syabrubesi via Lama Hotel. See tour.
|Day 1||Leave Kathmandu for Jhapre|
|Day 2||See mani walls and grazing yaks on your way to Pikey Base Camp|
|Day 3||Spend the night in Jase Bhangyang|
|Day 4||Enjoy views of Numbur Himal on your way to Junbesi|
|Day 5||Call it a day on reaching Taksindu|
|Day 6||Continue to Phaplu, the gateway to lower Solukhumbu|
|Day 7||Bid farewell to the mountains and return to Kathmandu|
This trek is for those who want to see the Himalayas in the Everest region sans the risk of altitude sickness. Traveling east of Kathmandu, you will reach Pikey Base Camp on the second day. The view from the base camp is stunning, and the distance between the mountains and the trail means a wider panorama to feast your eyes on. The trail from the base camp to Junbesi is fairly easy but then gets steep as you ascend to Taksindu. Spend a night in Phaplu before returning to the capital city. See tour.
|Day 1||Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi|
|Day 2||Soak up the views of Ganesh Himal en route to Gatlang|
|Day 3||Continue to the hot springs of Tatopani|
|Day 4||Traverse a dense alpine forest to reach Thuman|
|Day 5||Visit Briddim, which resembles a typical Tibetan hamlet|
|Day 6||Follow Bhote Kosi River back to Syabrubesi|
|Day 7||End your trip back in Kathmandu|
In the foothills of the Langtang range around the Kathmandu Valley are tiny hamlets where live the Tamang people, a predominantly Buddhist ethnic group. Discover their culture as you hop from one village to another. Traverse dense alpine forests and thickets of rhododendrons and bamboos. Relish sights of Ganesh Himal, Shishapangma and Langtang Lirung during your 7 days in Nepal. See tour.
|Day 1||Drive to Dhunche, located inside Langtang National Park|
|Day 2||Trek through steep forest tracks to Sing Gompa|
|Day 3||Stay overnight in Gosaikunda, an alpine freshwater lake|
|Day 4||Clamber uphill to Louribina Pass, descend to Ghopte|
|Day 5||Look out for red pandas en route to Kutumsang|
|Day 6||Traverse highland villages to reach Chisapani|
|Day 7||Descend to Sundarijal and drive back to Kathmandu|
Largely unknown among foreigners, Gosaikunda, an alpine, freshwater lake, is one of the most important pilgrimage destinations for Hindu Nepalis. Follow the trails of believers to this holy lake during your 7 days in Nepal. Drive north of the Kathmandu Valley to Dhunche, and hike through a steep track through pine and rhododendron forests to Sing Gompa. From there, Gosaikunda is around six hours away. Take the route to Chisapani from Gosaikunda. Your hike ends on reaching Sundarijal, located in Shivapuri National Park. See tour.
|Day 1||Enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu on arrival|
|Day 2||Drive to Pokhara|
|Day 3||See sunrise from Sarangkot, cover Pokhara’s highlights|
|Day 4||Drive to the Buddha’s birthplace in Lumbini|
|Day 5||Discover Lumbini during half-day tour, continue to Chitwan|
|Day 6||Spot wildlife during canoeing trip and jeep safari in Chitwan|
|Day 7||Return to Kathmandu, discover the city on your own|
|Day 8||Transfer to airport for your flight home|
Rather than focusing on one specific region, this trip takes you all over the country within eight days. Savor the atmospheric streets and ancient temples of Kathmandu before driving to Nepal’s very own lake district in Pokhara. See sunrise from Sarangkot, Pokhara’s most popular viewpoint, then continue to the birthplace of the Buddha in Lumbini. You will spend the final days of your trip in Chitwan, looking out for royal Bengal tigers and one-horned rhinos while canoeing down the Rapti River and driving through the jungle in a jeep. See tour.
The above list or recommendations are great for anyone planning to stay for 7 days in Nepal. Need more? Go through our list of 7-day tours in Nepal. If you want to explore more durations, check out our how many days to spend in Nepal guide. You can also create your own itinerary with our travel experts in Nepal.
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