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Trekking in Pokhara

Pokhara Trekking Packages

Duration Price
Mardi Himal Trek in Nepal5 days & 4 nights
INR 23,900
20 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal19 days
INR 84,983

If you are looking for some scenic excursions you should try Pokhara trekking. It will leave you completely drenched with a lot of popular trekking points. Some of these points include Poon Hill, Annapurna Base Camp, Royal Trek and Mardi Himal Trek too. It is also one of the best opportunity to surround yourself with the best Himalayan peaks.

You can have some of the best mountain views in the month of March, April, October and November when the mountains are covered with snow making them look truly beautiful. Pokhara features some short treks too which makes it easier for trekkers who are trying it for the first time

Here are some of the best treks in Pokhara:

1. Annapurna Base Camp Trek:

Mount Annapurna is the 10th highest mountain in the world, and trekking to its base is nothing short of an achievement. If you find EBC too daunting, ABC is the second best option for you where you can challenge your spirit to do something extraordinary to deserve something extraordinary in the form of breathtaking views of the Himalayas. 

When you look around and below at the world from Annapurna Base Camp, you realize that you have left the world behind to find an abode above clouds. This is one of the most sought after Himalayan treks, and is a great choice if you have prior experience in trekking moderate level trails.

Difficulty level: Moderate

Height: The maximum elevation you reach is 13,550 feet

Best Season: September to November

2. Dhampus Trek:

A classic trek in Nepal, Dhampus Trek covers scenic beauty and gives you the opportunity to a land that’s inhabited by such wide diversity of people. The spectacular scenery in the background, the stunning Mt. Mchhapuchare range makes the small trek quite rewarding experience.

Highlights: The Dhampus Trek follows a short stretch of woods, perfect for those who would like to discover nature. The mountain view is completed with the views of ethnic Gurung Village. The trip, which begins for Kathmandu usually follows a hike to Sarankot hilltop and then panoramic views of Annapurna range.

Location: Dhampus Village.

Things to keep in mind: While the trek is short and easy, it is recommended that travellers carry their water bottles, come with right kind of equipment and gear. Don’t forget to carry sunglasses as well as winter clothing with lots of sunscreen as trekking can lead to sunburns.

3. Royal Trek:

A short trek that follows a shrub-like path, Royal Trek is all about rediscovering the beauty of nature. The trek is called Royal Trek as the trail was explored by Prince Charles of the United Kingdom in the early 80s. The place offers meaningful opportunities for discovering a diverse mix of peoples and culture that live in this region.

Highlights:The eloquent beauty of this trek and the stunning Gurung hamlets are the Highlights of this trek. The true picture of unique Nepal beauty is visible through the place. Compared to other treks in the region, this trekking trail is relatively uncrowded and recommended for beginners and it is one of the most visited and famous places for trekking in Nepal for adventure lovers.

Things to keep in mind:This particular trek doesn’t require a high level of professional trekking equipment. However, you should carry warm socks, fleece jackets and wind-protecting equipment with trekking poles to walk easily through the trail.

4. Jomsom & Muktinath:

A classic lodge trek in Mustang region, this trek is arguably a life changer! The initial days of the trek are all about discovering the world of Nepal, exploring its scenic beauty and enjoying the cultural experiences that the place has to offer.

Highlights: During this trek, you will initially ascend through the villages where indigenous people live and move through the rice terraces of the area. The grandeur of natural hot springs in the area, the holy pilgrimage centers and the sacred temple with 108 waterfalls will mesmerize you. That’s why this tour goes beyond natural beauty of Nepal to fully enchant your senses. It here that you will also discover the ancient traditions still in practice. 

Things to keep in mind: Ensure that you check the weather in the area. Always carry a large daypack, which is light but filled with items like extra pair of hiking socks, fleece jacket, water bottles and other options.

5. Annapurna Circuit:

Sometimes, you don’t just trek for the physical activity or the adventure, but you trek for an experience- the one that can be narrated to everyone around you. This is one such trek. Annapurna Circuit is a popular trek, with the route varying from 160-230 kilometer depending on the transportation and the road taken.

Highlights:This route takes you through the edge of Tibetan Plateau, which is a mind-boggling experience. You also get to go through Thorung La Pass, where the trek rises to the altitude of 5400 meters. The climate zones change dramatically. The trek usually takes 15-20 days.

Things to keep in mind:Annapurna Circuit Weather is prone to changes. So, ensure that you observe the weather, check for updates on the climate before leaving. Carrying professional level trekking equipment and a large daypack is recommended as well.

6. Ghorepani Trek: 

Experience stunning views of the Annapurna range. Enjoy eating hearty meals during this introductory trek. If you are interested in doing a safe, beginner’s level trek, then this oddly comfortable trek is the right option for you.

Highlights: The trek usually takes 2-5 days, depending on the tour you decide to go with. The energizing fresh mountains and the enthralling natural beauty of dramatic Annapurna range will cast an impression on your mind.

The leisurely trip will also involve a cultural exchange, giving travellers the opportunity to meet and greet people from Nepali. The trek usually begins from Poon Hill and provides you with a chance to discover the Lake City of Pokhara.

Things to keep in mind: For this trek, don’t forget to take trekking boots and hiking socks with you. The temperatures can drop sometimes and therefore, carry a fleece jacket, with a wind-protector is an ideal option.

7. Banthati Trek:

If you are searching for something incredible, then trek to Banthati is an option an you. The backpacking trip usually involves a number of other destiantions, including Ulleri, Banthanti and Nangathanti. The treks can be anywhere from 4 days to 10 days long.

Highlights: The sun rises quickly in this place, which makes it easier to explore the panoramic views. Apart from the trek, you can enjoy buying artistic products, beautiful handmade jewelry at the place. The trek is pleasant, with pure spring water, stacked stones and plunge pools right by your side.

Things to keep in mind: Since this trek tends to long and moderately difficult, you need to get comprehensive gear for the trek. This includes carrying walking boots and a day pack. You might even need to have sleeping bags, first-aid box and water bottles with you. Don’t forget to carry safety equipment.

8. Landruk Trek:

Enjoy panoramic, spectacular views of the valley with the Landruk Trek. The trek usually starts from Ghandruk Village or the River Camp, depending on the option of the tour that’s chosen. This particular trek offers some incredible nature views that will leave an indelible imprint on the heart.

Highlights: When the fog is lifted in the region, you will experience a nature rendezvous that you wouldn’t have imagined before. The small clearing, nestled with the forests and incredible mountains is a must have. The Landruk village itself has farming terraces that will instantly capture your heart and it is one of the most visited and famous treks in Nepal for adventure lovers.

Things to keep in mind: This is a moderate trek that can be undertaken by beginners and trek lovers alike. Just ensure that you don’t carry items that cannot be disposed easily or could harm the environment. Don’t forget to carry sunglasses and sunscreen along with water bottles.

9. Pothana Trek: 

Trekking is quite an adventure, especially in the mountains and hills of Nepal. One such trek is the trek to Pothana, where you can enjoy the glimpse of the luxurious white clad mountains and experience the sky so close to your head.

Highlights: The jungles near Pothana offer such a unique trekking experience. The place is a habitat for wonderful wild animals, birds and butterflies. It is a paradise for trek lovers. What’s more is that the place has a diverse range of population and their enthusiasm to meet and greet people will warm your heart.

Things to keep in mind: Foreigners should get permission from relevant government authorities for this trek. However, if you are travelling with a tour group, you wouldn’t need such permissions. Make sure that you carry trekking poles, binoculars, wash towels and eco-friendly water bottles. Don’t forget to have a sanitizer with you.

10. Ghandruk Cultural Trek: 

Sometimes, a trek goes beyond the natural beauty of a place to capture the cultural aspects of a region. And that’s what Ghandruk Cultural Trek is all about. The stunning trek gives you an opportunity to romance with the cultural and natural scenery of Ghandruk, where you can walk through the ridges, villages and forests.

Highlights: The place is full of Gurung inhabitants, who are friendly, warm people with their own unique culture. The opportunity to eat, drink and meet these people itself is a wonderful, once in a lifetime event.

Things to keep in mind:This cultural trek is easy. However, you have to keep in mind that you get a fleece jacket with a wind-stopper for this trek. Don’t forget scarves and sun-hat. Carry a basic first aid kit, a day pack, trekking poles and hiking socks for the trek. Stay safe with thermal bottoms.

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Pokhara Trekking FAQs

When is the best time to visit Pokhara for trekking?

The best time to go trekking in Pokhara will be from September to November as these are the most pleasant months for engaging adventurous activities.

How can I reach Pokhara? Do I need a visa for Pokhara?

By Air: You can land in the regional/ domestic airport of Pokhara, which is well connected to Kathmandu and Jomsom.

 

By Road: Pokhara is well routed by bus, which can be boarded from Kathmandu or Sonauli, and the local bus stop could be reached. The local buses leave about every 30 minutes from 7:30 in the morning to afternoon.

 

Visa is required. Visa can be obtained by international tourists, except Indians, on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.

Which are some famous winter treks in Pokhara?

Some of the famous winter treks in Pokhara Valley are:

Dhampus Trek

Royal Trek

Jomsom and Muktinath

Ghorepani Trek

The Begnas Trek

Australian Base Camp and could be enjoyed in months of September to January.

Which are some famous summer treks in Pokhara?

The Sarangkot Trek

Balthali trek

Ghorepani Trek

Siklis Trek

Pothana Trek are some of the treks providing stunning views of the large city of Pokhara and around. These treks could be enjoyed in months of Feb to May.

Is it safe to do trekking in Pokhara?

Trekking in Pokhara is quite a safe deal. Although, moving in and around the city involves some risks of thefts and muggings, however, Nepal is a safe travel destination but precautions must be taken while travelling alone or in small numbers.

 

It is safer to have a local person to guide and help you. Some of the tips are to exchange the money at authorised dealing shops and always ask for a receipt. Don’t take unnecessary risks. Keep your documents handy while travelling majorly your passport.

 

Always carry a map even when you are with a guide. Do not leave cash or valuables in cars or taxis and majorly do not trust strangers.

Which is the highest peak for trekking in Pokhra?

The highest peak for trekking in Pokhara is the Annapurna Base Camp. As Annapurna is one of the highest peaks, the hiking trail to its base camp, which is at 4130 m or a 13549 ft height, is one of the most challenging Himalayan treks.

 

However, Pokhara is at close proximity to three of the Annapurna Range’s peaks of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manaslu.

Can I do the Annapurna Trek? What sort of a trek is it?

Yes, you can definitely plan a trekking activity to Annapurna Base Camp. Trekking in Annapurna is considered moderate to high level of difficulty as it is situated at an elevation of 4130 m or 13549 ft height and is a challenging Himalayan treks.

 

Get delighted by the scenic view of the Annapurna Massif, peaks of Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, and Paungda Danda. You will move alongside rice paddies and amidst forests of the Annapurna conservation area to reach the Annapurna Massif and admire the exquisite beauty of Nepal.

What sort of a trek is Tamang Heritage Trek? How much will it cost me?

Tamang heritage trek is a trek through the life of Nepalese in Tamang. It is a moderately difficult level trek which could be completed in 7 days. Only a person who is physically fit and mentally determined can complete the challenges in this trek.

 

Tamang Heritage Trek is an exciting trek into the Himalayas that offer travellers a peek into the everyday lives of the Tamang people . The cost can vary according to the time and package. As in most places in Nepal, the best seasons to do the Tamang Heritage Trail are spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November).

What is special about Manaslu Circuit Trek? Is it a difficult trekking option?

The Manaslu Circuit is a astonishing trek which offers spectacular views of Mount Manaslu, standing at 8156 metres at the Ganesh Himal Range. You will get an experience of Hindu and Tibetan Style Buddhist villages on your trail.The Manaslu Circuit trek is a trek to the 8th highest peak in the world, at an altitude of 26759 ft.

 

It has a trail of tea houses on the way, so you don’t need to carry food and tents.This trek is less crowded than its similar others, which makes it more attractive and enjoyable. As altitude rises, you will be treated with more monasteries and chortens.

 

Although this trek is often described as a difficult one, it is not that hard to climb. You will just have to encounter some ups and downs on your track and nothing is too extreme. It is a moderate level trek that requires you to be physically fit.

Is it worth doing the Langtang Circuit Trek? What sort of a trek is it?

Yes, Langtang Circuit trek is one of the better and peaceful treks in the Himalayas, as compared to the Annapurna or Everest Base Camp Trek. This trek is quite suitable for all kind of travellers, be it beginners or professionals.

 

It is an easy to moderate graded trek, where you can experience dense forests and is one of the best trekking routes, also you will be crossing the Kyanjing Gompa and Gosainkunda Lake. It is almost a 15-17 days trek to Langtang circuit  offering you a blissful experience that you will cherish forever.

What is the Himchuli Peak Trek? Is it worth doing it?

Himchuli Peak is a remarkable trekking location, situated near the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Range. It is a difficult hiking location next to South Annapurna, which offers picturesque views of the various forests, lakes, waterfalls and beautiful cultural villages.

Will we stay in camps during trekking in Pokhara?

Yes, you can stay in camps in Pokhara. Usually, you are accommodated in tea house lodges or homestays during trekking. However, camping can be organised with ease by your guide if insisted. Camping is an expensive deal in Pokhara but the experience is worth it.

 

You can dance around campfires and make that scrumptious meal over barbeque grills. Camps will be there in most of the treks but it’s always advisable to check the dates before booking, also collect information about the camping facility in a particular trek.

What sort of tents will be available for us?

Tents will be spacious enough to accommodate up to 3 people. The tents will be waterproof and lightweight and equipped with comfortable sleeping mats or beds, compost toilets and hand basins. People still prefer renting a tea lodge.

What things must I carry while going for trekking in Pokhara?

You must be really well equipped with all your essentials while trekking. The things you must carry while going for trekking in Pokhara include:

  • Walking stick
  • Map
  • Fleece jackets
  • Binoculars
  • Sleeping bag
  • Hiking shoes : lightweight and hard sole boots
  • Woolen clothes
  • Water, juices and energy drinks
  • Easy to eat snacks
  • Electric torch
  • Scissors
  • Sunglasses
  • Medical kit : equipped with medicines for motion sickness, fever and food poisoning
  • A good compass
  • An extra pair of clothes
  • Battery backup

Is it safe for a solo female to trek in Pokhara?

Yes, Pokhara is safer than most of the tourists places. Nepal is comparatively a safer country and thus solo female trekkers can plan a trip to visit Pokhara. The vendors have highest regards for women safety and will ensure that they're safe during the entire trek.

 

If there is only one girl in the trip, then she will be provided with a single tent to sleep alone. If there are more girls, then they can sleep under one tent. Always make sure that you are never left on your own.

 

Understand your pace and be with the group. Plan and create an itinerary and take suggestions before going.

What kind of sleeping bags will I get during the trek?

Usually, all the lodges provide with proper blankets and sleeping bags, with efficient insulation and soft inner fabric, but it is still better to carry your own synthetic sleeping bag as the temperature in Nepal can drop at anytime, below minus 10 and you will experience rainfall or even snowfall.

What are the different things apart from trekking which can be done in Pokhara?

Engage in various activities in Pokhara like :

  • Mountains viewing
  • Paragliding
  • Sailing in Phewa Lake
  • River Rafting
  • Experience Camping
  • Enjoy bungee jumping
  • Experience Zip Flying
  • Take a day out to enjoy yoga
  • Relieve in day spas

Which are some famous sightseeing spots in Pokhara?

Some of the famous tourist spots in Pokhara include:

  • Bindhyabasini Temple
  • Devis Fall
  • Mahendra Gupha
  • Gupteshwar Gupha
  • International mountain museum
  • Barahi Temple
  • Poon Hill
  • Sarangkot
  • Rupa and Begnas Lake

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