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Pokhara: Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

1. Pokhara: Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

Discover Pokhara, one of the most popular cities of Nepal and the gateway to the Annapurna Sanctuary. Wake up early in the morning and drive towards Sarangkot Hill to witness the spectacular sunrise view over the Himalayas. After witnessing the sunrise view, drive back to the hotel for your breakfast. Then, take a sightseeing tour of the city starting with the beautiful Devis Fall, followed by the wonderful Gupteshor Cave. Afterward, drive to Lord Shiva temple and take some time to explore it. Later, drive to the World Peace Pagoda and witness the majestic mountain range along with Annapurna and Machhapuchhre. Finally head towards the suspension bridge before returning to your hotel.

Day Hike at Annapurna Foothills

2. Day Hike at Annapurna Foothills

Pokhara city is the ultimate platform for adventure sports, and a gateway for the best trekking routes along the Annapurna foothills. In the morning you will meet your guide and driver, and then drive to Kande through a winding highway. The view along the road offers excellent vistas, including Pokhara valley floor and Annapurna mountain range. Start your day trek with your guide from Kande. Follow the trekking trail through forests to reach the Australian camp: 1.5 hours. Australian Camp offers a close view of Mount Annapurna and Fishtail. Continue your walk through hill ridge, following the downhill trail leading to Dhampus village: 1.5 hours walk. Dhampus is a typical Gurung settlement located on the lap of Annapurna Massif, offering an excellent opportunity to witness Nepalese countryside lifestyle, traditions and culture, with excellent mountain views. Spend your time at Dhampus to explore the village.   Then trek down to Phedi:  2 hours walk through lush green forest and farmlands. Your vehicle will pick you up from Phedi and drive to Pokhara, back to your hotel.

Tandem Paragliding in Pokhara

3. Tandem Paragliding in Pokhara

Glide over spectacular mountains with villages and monasteries perched on the hill tops, enchanting deep valleys, river gorges, and lakes on this paragliding adventure in Pokhara. Nepal is one of the world’s best paragliding locations as there are always reliable updrafts to take you soaring for hours. The scenery is magic and unforgettable especially when viewed from a few hundred meters above. On a perfect day, you will see dozens of paragliders soaring above Sarangkot, Pokhara, and Lake Phewa above some of the world’s best scenery including a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayas. Tandem flights include the services of qualified and experienced pilots. You may even have some hands-on practice at controlling the glider yourself under careful supervision. In the morning after breakfast, drive to Sarankot Paragliding spot to meet the pilot. After an expert briefing you take-off with your pilot on the tandem Paraglider. The 30 to 45 minute flight affords unforgettable views of Annapurna Range, the beautiful Fish Tail, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Annapurna, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu, and the great Dhaulagiri. Afterwards, you will be met at the landing location on the lake shore and transferred to your hotel or back to Sarangkot for another flight.

Pokhara: City Sightseeing Tour

4. Pokhara: City Sightseeing Tour

As Nepal’s 2nd largest city, Pokhara is world-famous for its serene lake and amazing views of the Annapurna Mountain range, including Annapurna I and VI, Annapurna South, and Machhapuchhare. When the sun rises, the reflection of the mountains in the lake makes for truly spectacular photographs. Situated at an altitude of 2,700 feet (827 meters) from sea level, the Pokhara Valley is one of the most picturesque spots in Nepal. Its lovely lakes and mountains enhance the beauty of the valley, 120 miles (200 kilometers) west of Kathmandu. As you tour the city’s main sights on this 4-hour tour, such as the Bindabasini temple, and old Newari houses, enjoy spectacular vistas of Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Manaslu, the 5 peaks of Annapurna, and others. Other important attractions include Suspension bridge, Seti river gorge, Gorkha museum as well as visit the beautiful Gupteshor Mahadev Cave and Devi’s Fall.

Sarangkot Sunrise from Pokhara

5. Sarangkot Sunrise from Pokhara

Sarangkot is the small hilltop which is famous for its breath taking view of sunrise and Annapurna range and Fishtail (Virgin Mountain). From here, you can see a panoramic sweep of Himalayan peaks, from Dhaulagiri (8167m) in the west to the perfect pyramid that is Machhapuchhare (6997m) and the rounded peak of Annapurna II (7937m) in the east. Most people come here at dawn or dusk, when the sun picks out the peaks in brilliant colours. Early in the morning our representative assists you at your hotel and drive to Sarangkot for the breath taking view of sunrise and Annapurna range and sightseeing of the Sarangkot hill packing breakfast at Sarangkot hill and drive back to Pokhara. Itinerary: 5:00am: Our driver and vehicle assists you at your hotel (inside Pokhara lakeside and Pardi area only) and transfer to Sarangkot hill. 5:45am: Panoramic view of sunrise and Annapurna range as well as view of the Pokhara valley 8:00am: Drive back to Pokhara and transfer to customer's hotel. 

Pokhara: 30-Minute Tandem Paraglide

6. Pokhara: 30-Minute Tandem Paraglide

Pokhara is considered one of the best destinations to paraglide since it provides a breathtaking aerial view of Pokhara City, Phewa Lake and the Annapurna Himalayan range close up. Paragliding in Pokhara takes off from Sarangkot. Sarangkot is a popular destination for viewing sunrises and sunsets. You will be picked up from you're hotel in Pokhara and driven to Sarangkot, approximately 45 minutes away. After a short briefing from your instructor, you will get ready to take off, launching from about 1800 metres elevation. This adventure will allow you to see three peaks, a view of the lakes and monasteries, jungles and the entire city. The 25-30-minute flight will be one of the most enthralling experiences of your lifetime.   The experience of soaring high in the sky, getting a bird’s eye view of the Annapurna Range, Machhapuchhre, Lamjung Himal, Hiunchuli and Phewa Lake, rivers and green fields is something you will never forget. You will end your adventure by landing near the banks of Phewa Lake, where your driver will be waiting to take you back to Pokhara. You will also get to take home the memories of your adventures with your free flight video. 

Pokhara to Kathmandu: One Way Private Transfer

7. Pokhara to Kathmandu: One Way Private Transfer

Opt for a private transfer from Pokhara to Nepal's capital city. Avoid the hassles of public transport and instead travel comfortably in a reliable, safe and efficient car. Enjoy the benefits of beautiful scenery on your drive to Kathmandu. Your trained drivers are knowledgeable about the route and are happy to give you local tips en route. You may also request them to stop at restaurants for breakfast or lunch, or for a toilet break as necessary. Based on the number of travelers in a booking, customers can choose for a sedan, SUV or a minibus service. Choose a convenient start time and request drop-off to your hotel, airport or bus station in Kathmandu. The approximate distance between the two cities is 200 km, which may take 5-6 hours to cover. Travelers are suggested to keep traffic and road conditions in mind while planning onward travel.

Pokhara: 7-Day Trek to Annapurna Base Camp and Hot Springs

8. Pokhara: 7-Day Trek to Annapurna Base Camp and Hot Springs

The experience begins with pickup from your hotel and heads to the trek’s starting point in Nayapul. Get kitted out with all the necessary equipment while your permits are checked then set out along the Modi Khola River, passing through several small villages on the way. Cross over the river to reach the village of Jhinu Danda, before arriving at your accommodation for the night, a quaint tea lodge. Day two starts with an uphill trek to Chhomrong, one of the largest villages along the route. Continue the walk through a dense forest landscape to reach your accommodation for the second night. Enjoy a leisurely trek to Deurali on day three, stopping for lunch against the backdrop of the stunning Himalayas. On day four, follow the trail across several streams towards the Machhapuchhare Base Camp, then hike to Ablation Valley. Follow your guide through the valley, which is a hollow corridor between the glacier and the mountain, then cross over the hills to reach Annapurna Base Camp where you’ll spend the night. On day five, hike through the only way out of Annapurna Sanctuary towards Bamboo. Bamboo is 1,600 m lower than Annapurna Base Camp, so you should expect a hard day on your knees. After a restful night’s sleep, continue your hike down the valley on day six, soaking up panoramic views as you descend to Chomrong and then Jhinu. Arrive at Jhinu and enjoy a well-deserved rest in one of the hot spring baths. Wake up on the final day to a short morning trek, passing by the quaint farmland that surrounds the river. At the end of an unforgettable seven-day trek, arrive back in Nayapul for your drop-off to Pakhora.

Daily Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Hotel Pickup

9. Daily Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Hotel Pickup

This Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour is a fantastic way to explore the Annapurna range without the hassle of long days of trekking. This ultimate scenic helicopter ride will give you some of the best mountain views and sceneries. As you fly above through the Annapurna range take in the breathtaking views of the glaciers, moraines, and peaks. In less than an hour, you will reach at an elevation of 13125 feet (4000m) and arrive at Annapurna Base Camp. You will have around 30 minutes at the base camo to take pictures, enjoy amazing views, and maybe even enjoy some tea and breakfast.  This tour is more suitable to those who have a short time in Nepal but wish to have a majestic view of mountains of Annapurna massif. Likewise, if you are unable to deal with the long trek this is the best alternative for you to still enjoy the views.

Pokhara: 3-Day Trek

10. Pokhara: 3-Day Trek

Exploring the area around Pokhara gives you an opportunity to experience what it is like trekking in the Himalayas. The region is about 30 kilometers northwest of Pokhara, closer to Mount Fishtail and Annapurna Himalayas. The trail winds through the scenic and popular teahouse settlement of "Australian camp" and follows the ridge through Dhampus to Astam village. Most of the route is scenic with charming villages, terraces glistening with seasonal crops across the sweeping valley that is walled in to the north by gigantic snow peaks. First, climb to the ridge and then follow the ridge to Astam village. There are several options of driving to the highest point and making the trip shorter and the route can be customized as per your walking interest.  Accommodation: Spend the first night at Australian camp overlooking the Himalayas. This is a small teahouse settlement in the Rhododendron forest above Dhampus village. These teahouses are well established and have professionally catered to trekkers for over 15 years. The accommodation will have an attached toilet and bathroom with hot shower.  The second night in Astam village will be spent at "Annapurna Eco Village Resort" which has simple yet comfortable rooms with attached bathroom / toilet. The hilltop resort and the village adopts eco-friendly measures of reusing water, rainwater harvesting and organic farming. Guides:  A professional, licensed and experienced trekking guide will lead the walking. There will be porters to carry luggage to each day's destination who can offer a deeper perspective on Nepalese lifestyle, culture and stories from the mountains.  Meals: Meals are not included in this package but it is possible to order meals in the teahouses and pay directly. These teahouses serve simple but delicious international cuisines.  Trek Itinerary: Day 1: Drive to Naudanda and hike to Australian camp Drive for about half an hour to Naudanda in the western valley rim of Pokhara, walk gradually down to the stream and climb to Dhampus in 2 hours. Walk another 1 hour to Pothana village and stop for lunch. After lunch, walk 30 minutes to Australian camp for the overnight stop.  Day 2: Trek 4 hours to Annapurna Eco village Resort in Astam Enjoy breakfast in the morning with a view of the Himalayas. Later walk along the scenic ridge to Astam village. Check in "Annapurna Eco Village Resort". Enjoy the organic meals and learn about the organic farm, village and the eco-friendly measures they are undertake.  Day 3: Trek 2 hours down to the highway and drive back to Pokhara

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What people are saying about Pokhara

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 52 reviews

Overall it was an amazing experience. I went on this trek with a friend of mine and both of us are very much beginners. However, the guide was extremely patient and a lot of fun! The overall pace of the trek was very enjoyable. The lodges were decent enough, with very friendly staff and good food. The guide was also nice enough to advise us on the kinds of food we should be taking and how best to deal with AMS.

Wow, we were impressed by Hira. He does this drive often and knew it like the back of his hand. Every turn and pothole! We felt super safe (even though I am usually a nervous passenger). The vehicle was also very new and spotless. We did the drive safely in 5.5 hours, no traffic. Thank you so much Hira!

I reallyoved this tour! Bisham, our guide, was an amazing guide and a wonderful travel companiin. everything functioned very well. I would only suggest adding to the list of what to bring crampons in case of heavy snowfall or ice.

The trip was just amazing ! Wasn’t super tiring , places where we stayed over night were also comfortable , with nice view . The guide Dansay was attentive and had lots of interesting stories, would like to do similar trip again

A brilliant hike, can only be recommended. Our guide Motiv guided us perfectly through the day, he responded to all our needs and wishes. Tour and pick-up everything was perfect. would we do it again