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Dreamy, lakeside Pokhara is Nepal's premier tourist resort. Chances are that you've already heard of Pokhara and unless you're intent on solely trekking to the likes of the Everest, Makalu, Kangchenjunga or Kathmandu Valley areas, then you're probably already thinking about including a visit to Pokhara as part of your Nepal holiday. Certainly if you're thinking of trekking to the Annapurna Sanctuary, walking the Annapurna Circuit or the hiking Royal Trek, then by default Pokhara is going to be part of your itinerary. It's also where you would fly up to Jomsom for visits to the Mustang region.
Pokhara is also renowned for its extensive views from Dhaulagiri to Manaslu, with Fishtail, the Annapurnas, Gangapurna and Mardi Himal in between. There are no 'middle hills' to obscure the Himalayas here. Then there's the pleasing, sub-tropical climate and at only 800m above sea-level, no altitude issues either! Pokhara is also awash with hotels, bars, cafes, restaurants, shops and the odd night club too. So what if Pokhara continues to grow and that the lakeside area seems to just keep spreading out? It's still a lot calmer and less frenetic than Kathmandu, and at least you can breathe!
If you're yearning for a bit of 'me time' you'll find your own lakeside cafe garden to chill out in, or 'escape' by rowing boat across to the other side of the lake. But, resist the temptation of swimming in the lake. It's not the best water in Nepal.
If you do feel the need to do a spot of lake swimming, much better to go to Begnas Lake or Rupakot Lake. They are only around 8 miles away and we can arrange a day excursion to these, if you'd still prefer to stay in Pokhara.
We also have some great suggestions for you to enjoy as part of your visit to Pokhara, plus we also know the places to stay in Pokhara if you don't want to be in the 'thick of it' too.
The most extreme, longest and fastest zip-line in the world! Yes, that's what the operators claim. Beginning high above Pokhara, the ride is over a mile long, drops around 850m and it is claimed that you can reach spends in excess of 90mph. Weight restrictions do apply (35kg-125kg) and this ride is most definitely not suitable for anyone who is pregnant, or has back or neck problems. Oh.....if you manage to open your eyes, there are some awesome Himalayan views as you descend rapidly to the lake.
The middle hills around Pokhara afford some great day ride opportunities for mountain biking, from a gentle pedal around the lake, exploring on dirt roads to some testing singletrack and fast downhills.
For the possibility of a dramatic Himalayan sun rise, then Sarangkot hill above Pokhara is the place. There's no need to slog it on foor up there either, as a road now goes virtually all the way to the top.
Last, but by no means least, taking a rowing boat out onto the waters of Phewa Tal (Pokhara's lake) is both a nice way to relax as well as enjoying great Himalayan views. Early morning is a particularly good time to paddle across to the other side of the lake and witness the sunrise on the mountains, which usually are often in the lakes waters too.
Get a Birds Eye View of the Himalayas
Pokhara has become the adventure capital of Nepal too. Particularly for airborne activities. The hill above Pokhara (Sarangkot) affords fast and easy vehicle access, making it the ideal launching point for taking a tandem paragliding flight, even in the company of a trained bird of prey too! With spectacular views of the Himalayas including the Annapurnas, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu, the carefully sculpted hillside terraces and the lake below, there are few places in the world to rival this location if you want fly like a bird. Just minutes away from downtown Pokhara, from the local airport you can get up close and personal with the Himalayas on a truly mind blowing micro-light flight.
More Pokhara based activities
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