Hiking in Pokhara- Day hikes to World peace pagoda and other places
- Table of Contents
- Overview of Hiking in Pokhara
- Pokhara hiking highlights
- Day hiking in Pokhara
- World Peace Pagoda Hiking
- Sarangkot hiking
- Dhampus hiking
- Ghandruk village
Are you in search of the best small hiking place in Nepal? If yes the answer is beautiful city Pokhara. It is the second-largest city after Kathmandu and offers tons of adventure activities for entertaining you. It is an attractive city and best suits for short trekkers. It lies at a distance of 200 km away from Kathmandu. Numerous regular flights, tourists, buses, local buses, and micro-buses are operated daily that take passengers in and out of Pokhara.
If you have not decided to visit Nepal, do make it; otherwise, you would regret the rest of your life by not visiting this mind-blowing place.
Jungles, Mountains, Pilgrimage sites, lakes, rivers, diverse flora and fauna, and the hospitality environment are the significant wonders of Nepal. It is hard to describe. You have to travel to Nepal, to truly understand us and get close insights to nature. Pokhara, the beautiful lake city, is one of the most beloved destinations as if offers you a panoramic view of high mountains like Annapurna, Machhapuchre, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, etc.
It will take a comfortable 30 min flight or 6 hrs drive from Kathmandu to reach the beautiful city Pokhara. You can have a spectacular view of the famous snow-capped mountains such as Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Manaslu, etc. Pokhara is the gateway to many trekking destinations. This place has several beautiful caves such as Bat Cave, Mahendra Cave, and Gupteshwor Cave and famous lakes such as Fewa Lake, Begnas Lake, Rupa Lake, Gude Lake, Neurani Lake, and Maidi Lake among many others.
There are many options to have on a day trip to Pokhara. Paragliding, Whitewater Rafting, and Kayaking in Upper Seti, mountain biking, and hiking, are the major activities you can opt here. This place is all set to depicting beautiful views of the Himalayan Peak and turquoise lake.
Highlights of Pokhara Hiking
- Pokhara is the city of lakes comprises of 9 lakes in the city. The lakes are surrounded by stunning mountains, including (Annapurna and Dhaulagiri).
- Pokhara is an easily accessible city and reachable by all modes of transportation. However, the flights cost the most expensive.
- Enjoy the Microlight flight in Pokhara.
- You can enjoy several adventure activities at reasonable prices such as Bunjee Jumping, Paragliding in Pokhara, Zip Flying in Nepal, etc.
- You can have the best hiking and camping tours in Pokhara. Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, Ghorepani poon hill trek, Day Hiking to Sarangkot to world peace stupa, etc. are some of the famous trekking in Pokhara.
- The largest freshwater lake in Nepal, called Phewa Lake, is within the main touristic town of Pokhara.
- Enjoying the breathtaking viewpoints and hill stations like Dhampus, Sarangkot, World Peach Stupa Hill, Poon Hill, etc. is what the Pokhara famous for.
- You can view the dazzling sunrise and sunset view from Sarangkot over the Himalayan Mountains.
- There are multiple choices for Pokhara Trip; either you can opt for a day hike around Pokhara (Stupa Hill, Sarangkot, Dhampus, Australian Camp Hiking), or you can have a week trek at Poon Hill or Annapurna Base Camp.
Pokhara is the land of adventures and lakes. Dhampus and Sarangkot are the most popular trekking destinations in Pokhara. Dhampus Day hike, Dhampus Village trek, Asthma-Dhampus day hike, Sarangkot day hike, and Sarangkot to Naudanda trek are some of the trekking routes available. Pokhara is a more chilled-out and pleasurable alternative to the vibrant city Kathmandu. Pokhara also offers beautiful landscapes to those travelers who like the outdoors. There are a lot of unforgettable experiences to be had around Pokhara.
Pokhara marks the excellent starting and ending point for multi-day treks in the Annapurna region.
Sarankot is famous for the paragliding over the Phewa lake and land at the bottom of the city. The beautiful David’s Fall is lovely and the deepest waterfall located in the south-west of Pokhara. Apart from this, you can enjoy the stunning view of mountains from the lakeside while enjoying the delightful stay in lodges and restaurants.
Day hiking from Pokhara city offers you the beautiful view of Lake City, Pokhara. And a panoramic view of high mountains likes Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre, Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, and many more.
Here is the standard Itinerary for a day hike to Pokhara:
07:00 AM Breakfast at Hotel
08:00 AM Pickup at Hotel drives to the hiking starting point.
09:00 AM Start hiking through the typical village, terrace fields and enjoy the view of Himalaya and lunch
4:00 PM Watch sunset views and then drive back to the hotel in Pokhara.
1. Pokhara World Peace Pagoda Hiking
Hiking Duration: 3-6 hrs Hiking
You can have a panoramic view of the world peace pagoda after completing 2 hrs Hiking from Phewa lake. This stupa is located on the southern bank of Phewa Lake. This is another most visited place among the trekkers.
Located at the top of the Hillock in the southern bank of Phewa Lake, will give you overwhelming feeling. You can have a boat-rise across the lake to reach there. On the way near the shore, you will reach to Lychee Garden. This stupa lies at an elevation of 1100 m above the sea level in the southern side of Pokhara.
The top marked by world peace pagoda offers a great view of the lake and Pokhara city with the backdrop of Annapurna and Manaslu range. From there, you can drive down or visit Devi’s Fall and also visit Gupteshowr cave.
The most extended scenic height from Pumdi is worth watching.
Drive about 16 km to Thadekhola River on the Siddhartha highway and climb 40 mints to Pumdi village.
Along the trail, you can observe the charming villages, various flora, and fauna, etc. You can climb down to the Phewa lake from World pease pagoda and take a boat across the lakeside. This stupa also called Shanti Stupa or peace stupa. This stupa marked one of the 80 similar stupas built by a Buddhist monk to signify world peace among the world. Nepal has 2 of them, one in Pokhara and the other in Lumbini.
What makes this stupa very special and worth going to is that it gives its visitors a panoramic view of the mountain ranges Annapurna, Manaslu, and Dhaulagiri by the Phewa Lake, provided the weather is clear.
Altitude: 1610 meters
Sarangkot is another main attraction of the Pokhara visit. This is famous for best hill stations in Pokhara for viewing spectacular sunrise and sunset. This is regarded as the best viewpoint nearby Pokhara City. An easy 3 hrs uphill walk will leads you to the top hill of the Sarangkot.
There is a view tower at the top and a few teashops for refreshment.
You will have Spectacular sunrise and sunset views from the top of Sarangkot. Not only this, you will have a great adventurous trip here and enjoy paragliding. The easiest and shortest hiking hill, Sarangkot, is lovely and has been able to lure hundreds of thousands of tourists all over the world.
Are you wondering about how to reach Sarangkot? No worry below is a description of 1 day itinerary to Sarangkot Hill. Hiking to Sarangkot from PokharaYour fabulous day hiking commences after having early morning breakfast and drive to Sarangkot by private car. On the way, you will enjoy the sunrise view from the tower. You will reach Pame after driving 15 minutes from Lakeside. Pame is the start-off point for our hike.
It will take approx. 4 hrs from Pame to reach Sarangkot. You will be offered with spectacular Himalayan vista including gaint peaks such as the Annapurna, Himalchuli, Machhapuchhare, and Lamjung Himal. Our hiking starts from Pame to Sarangkot and goes through typical Nepali villages. The clean and pristine community provides you hospitality and is the undisturbed area. If you have an extra day, then you can head towards Naudanda hike from there
Overnight and dinner at the hotel
Trip Days: 2 days
Trek grade: easy
Max. Altitude:1650 M
Dhampus is a small ethnic village of Gurung community. This village lies in the northern side of the Pokhara valley behind the lush terraced fields. The town is best known as an ideal place for staying overnight, viewing sparking sunrise and sunset over the mountains. You will be rewarded with the beautiful scenic view of Pokhara, Fewa Lake, and the World Peace Stupa.
Highlights of the Dhampus Village Trip:
Experiencing an extra-ordinary mountain sights of majestic mountains such as Annapurna ranges including the Dhaulagiri, Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) ranges.
Observing the beautiful sunset and sunrise on the Himalayas over the skyline.
The trek commences from Phedi with a 30 minutes drive from the lakeside of Pokhara. You will have a rewarding two days hike to the Dhampus Hill. This hill is one of the particular viewpoints in the Annapurna region. A few hours of the easy walk will lead you to the top of Dhampus Hill, where you will find the sparse village, lush forests, and terrace farming. Lush nature and exotic landscapes will melt your heart.
This place is the right combination of pleasure and beauty. The scenic route will lure your eyes and make the best journey ever.
Description of 2 Days Itinerary
Drive Pokhara ( 1350 m ) to the trek start point and trek to Dhampus for 3 hours.
Relax and enjoy the surrounding scenery
Walk around the village. Get insights into the local culture and tradition.
Start your second trek day with a leisurely breakfast. Watch the sunrise over the sparking Himalayas while having the delicious and hot Breakfast. After breakfast, trek to Phedi and drive back to Pokhara at midday.
Ghandruk village is the typical Gurung village and its indigenous settlements. This is the easiest and short trek you can opt for in the Annapurna region. This trek will lead you through the charming towns and colorful forest. This model village lies on the foothills of Annapurna mountain. Ghandruk indeed is the popular trekking destination and is a gateway to Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
The major attraction of this hike is exploring the Ghandruk village and getting insights into the Gurung Community. The local people will welcome you and offer various foods and traditional dresses as well as their ethnic features. The eye-catching farms, dynamic green forests, diverse birds, and sparking mountain ranges are the major perks of this village. This trip is well suited for people of all ages.
A day hikes from Pokhara also allow you to experience Trekking in Nepal, especially trek in Annapurna within a single day. Furthermore, hiking around Pokhara provides rich insight into the local community, their history, culture, and religion. With terraced farming, rhododendron forest walks with waterfalls and picturesque mountain views.
The day hikes from Pokhara are to the nearby hills, which offer countryside experience, beautiful lakes and enjoy the natural beauty with amicable local people living in the starting point of the long day treks of Annapurna. Moreover, Pokhara Kalikasthan Day Hiking, Pokhara Chapakot Day Hike, Naudanda Sarankot Day Hiking, and Australian Camp Day Hiking, etc. are other first-day hiking destinations in Pokhara.