Pokhara is an amphitheater of mountains with gigantic snow peaks in the north. With three big lakes and lush hills, it is known as natural capital of Nepal. Mountaineers and trekkers make Pokahra as their base to dispatch on a trek and expedition. While tourists wait and relax, they can experience some of the world’s most intriguing paragliding, Bungee jumping, mountain flight and rafting.
Mt Fishtail and Annapurna range seen from Phewa Lake
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Dotted with three Lakes and ample greenery in the arena of some of the highest peaks in the world, Pokhara has been the most popular tourist destination in Nepal. While more ambitious trekkers and climbers make Pokhara as a base, other tourists just visit Pokhara to enjoy its natural ambiance, Himalayan view and adventure sports. There are several activities, sightseeing and adventure sports to enjoy the natural ambiance of Pokhara. Here are the most popular activities listed.
Sightseeing of Pokhara is about Himalayan scenery, history of mountain and its people. The most poplar thing to do there is to watch Himalayas changing its color with the early rays of sun. Sarangkot at 1,500 m is the most popular hill nearby to watch this surreal phenomenon of nature. As the sun rays hits the snow peaks, it changes from orange to pink and red with contrasting dark blue sky with valley still covered in darkness. 3 out of the 10 highest mountains could be seen with over dozens of other peaks.
Next interesting thing is the International mountain museum. The only mountain museum in the world have information about the geology, flora, fauna and the climbing history of the world’s highest mountains.
Boating is the other way of enjoying the morning and evening view of the Himalayas. Many also take a boat across the Lake and hike 1 hr to World Peace Stupa. The hill top is overlooking into Pokhara valley with Himalayas in the backdrop. On the way back drive down to Tibetan Refugee camp to learn their side of the story. They crossed the high Himalayas and fled the conflict in their hometown. They weave carpets and sell trinkets to make living.
There are also caves that are safe for tourists to explore. One of such cave ‘Gupteshower cave’ leads 100 m to the bottom of underground waterfall the Devi’s Fall. This is a nice way to understand the geology of Pokhara.
If you have a dream of flying, Paragliding is the closet to free flying. With the Himalayan backdrop and a turquoise lakeshore to land, paragliding in Pokhara is the best in the world.
Ultra light Flight
The one engine small semi glider planes are the best thing to take closer to the Himalayas if you are not trekking. Similarly there are also other adventure sports like Rafting, diving, Bungee jumping and Zip flying.
Pokhara being just about 35 km crow flying away from Himalayas, provides scenic day hikes in the surrounding hills. Australian camp at 2,060 m is the closest and highest one can go in a day hike from Pokhara. The ridge from Australian camp to Astam village provides a beautiful walk with the view of sweeping valley, terraced farms and charming villages. Another beautiful walk goes around Begnaskot and climbs to 1,300 m Begnaskot hill in the east of Pokhara. Begnas Lake is more pristine than Phewa Lake.
TREKKING FROM POKHARA
Pokhara is popular base to go on a trekking and climbing in the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges of the Himalayas. Most popular trekking routes have well established teahouses for accommodation. Trekking in Annapurna is culturally rich as it passes through charming Gurung and Magar villages to their highlands. The most popular teahouse treks in the region are Annapurna base camp trek, Mardi Himal Trek and the Annapurna circuit trek.
More remote treks of Dhaulagiri and Mustang are visited with logistic supports. These treks doesn’t have teahouses along the way making it less visited and more adventurous.
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