One day Hiking around Pokhara
Pokhara is the second main city of Nepal after Kathmandu. Rich in natural resources, this city is famous for its extraordinary beauty among foreigners as well as the local citizens.
Pokhara is also a gateway to Annapurna Conservation Area. There are a lot of unusual places to visit in Pokhara. From a cave full of bats to one of the deepest gorges of the world, Pokhara is truly a gift of nature.
Not only in terms of natural beauty but also in man-made activities, Pokhara is full of adventurous activities. From paragliding in the sky like a bird up above Phewa lake to the steepest zipline in the world to kayaking, Pokhara serves its visitors well. Pokhara has an excellent view of majestic mountains such as Annapurna, Machhapuchre (Fishtail), Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and many more ranges. Pokhara is surrounded by hills on its four sides.
1. Hiking to World Peace Pagoda
World Peace Pagoda was built by Japanese Buddhist monk Nichidatsu Fujii. The peace pagoda has built with the intention of promoting global unity after World war II. One can hire a boat to go across the Phewa lake and then start walking through the jungles. The trail is short and you’ll reach the top about 1-2 hours depending upon your walking speed. You’ll be welcomed by the view of Pokhara city and stunning Phewa Lake with the backdrop of majestic Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. You can return via different routes as well.
Begnaskot is a beautiful hill station in Pokhara. Located 15km away from the main city, it can be reached in 30 minutes. We then started hiking towards the Sundari Danda. En-route you’ll witness beautiful villages and daily chores of the Nepali people residing in the villages, green hills, lakes, rivers, and valley. Begnaskot Hike gives a real insight into the typical Nepali lifestyle.
On top of Begnaskot hill, there’s a Begnaskot temple to be worshipped. From the viewpoint, you’ll be able to see the close-up view of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Fishtail, Manaslu and two spectacular lakes Rupa and Begnas.
Pokhara Dhampus Day hike starts with a drive to Kande village. From Kande, we start walking. The hiking trail to Australian Base Camp to Kande is quite steep. You’ll reach Australian Base Camp in about 1-2 hours, depending upon your walking speed. We’ll be welcomed with the stunning Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Lamjung Himal and Fishtail. After spending some time here, we then descend towards Dhampus village. Dhampus is a small settlement where indigenous people of the Gurung tribe reside. This hike is full of rural cultural activities, fascinating ethnic groups, and mesmerizing mountain views.
Chapakot is situated on the hill behind World Peace Pagoda. Chapakot hiking is very easy and suitable for all kinds of hikers. Our hike begins with a 45-minute drive to Pame, west side of Pokhara Valley. Pame is a typical Nepali village where you’ll see lots of terraced paddy fields. If we go there in peak agriculture season, we’ll see farmers working in the fields.
We start walking from Pame following the Harpan river. Harpan river is a major source of irrigation for farming in this village. Also, the Harpan river happens to be the origin point of the Phewa lake. This hike makes around Phewa Lake. You will be able to enjoy the mesmerizing view of Manaslu, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range from east to west. Despite being so close to the tourist hub city, Pokhara, this place will give you the touch of local life and different living style of people.
5. Kahun Danda
Kahun Danda is another beguiling hill in the north of Pokhara. You always get to see the cultural diversity and best natural sceneries on your feet. Located at 1444m in the northeast part of Pokhara, Kahun Danda is only about 2-3 hours away from Mahendrapool Downtown.
The trail passes through the newly-built bridge at Seti Powerhouse, army barracks, hills covered with wildflowers and terraced paddy fields. You will be able to enjoy a panoramic view of the Annapurna range and wide Pokhara valley from the top.
This is easy hiking route and anyone with no prior hiking experience can complete this hike easily,
Kalikasthan is another most beautiful and less touristic hilltop destination. You’ll be rewarded with mesmerizing views of the Annapurna Ranges, Hiuchuli, fishtail from atop. The specialty of this place is not only the views but also Kalikasthan is a route to complete the royal trek. Prince Charles and his 90 royal subjects traveled through this village making it a royal trek.
Kalikasthan is dominated by the Brahmin and Chettri people offering visitors a beautiful experience of the local lifestyle. Also, this hike offers a spectacular view of Begnas and Rupa lake.
Sarangkot is the most popular hill station in Pokhara. Elevated at 1600m, Sarangkot is an excellent viewpoint to see more than 20 peaks from 2 Himalayan ranges. You’ll be able to see the iconic virgin peak Mt. Fishtail, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Annapurna, Annapurna South, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna, Himchule, Tukuche, Lamjung Himal and many more.
Sarangkot is the best renowned for the dazzling sunrise and sunset. Also, the presence of tea shops and cafes add uniqueness in this hike. The walk is easy and offers stunning views of Phewa lake, green forest, hills, traditional village with a modern touch and snowcapped mountains just under the blue sky.