Pokhara is an adventure paradise. Soft and hard adventure activities that you can experience in and around Pokhara are so unique that you get nowhere else in the world. Listed belows are the ideas that you can do while you are in Pokhara.
Trekking: Nepal is a pioneer trekking destination in the world. Pokhara area is the centre of trekking in Nepal. Annapurna region is known as trekking paradise. Round Annapurna trek is one out of the best ten trekking routes in the world. Dhaulagiri and Manaslu are major trekking regions in this area. The trekking routes are of different durations from day hikes to 3 weeks or even more.
Mountaineering: Pokhara has been popular gateway and rest place for trekkers and mountaineers since 1950. Successful climbing of world’s highest mountain peaks elevating more than 8000 meters above sea level started from Pokhara region. It is the place to start expedition to Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peak. A famous French mountaineer Mourice Herzog also started his expedition from Pokhara and successfully climbed 9091m Annapurna first time in the human history in 1950.
Hiking: There are several hills and hillocks around Pokhara for a day or two/three days hikes. Kahun Hill, Sarankot Hill, Kaskikot, Naudanda, Australian camp, Astam, Amalakot, Rupakot, Kalikasthan, Pumdi, Mattikhan, Nirmal Pokhari,Ghami, Thulakot, Dhampus, etc are some places from where you can enjoy local culture, sunrise, sunset, panoramic view etc.
Pony Treks: You can do the pony trek and enjoy the tranquil routes in hinterlands and surrounding of Pokhara by experiencing the real rustic life. You can do several days trek with Pony. Trails are suite and safe to do trek with pony.
Mountain flights: Mountain flights from Pokhara take you to the close spectacular view of some of the world’s tallest Himalayas in Annapurna region. Mountain flight is also interesting for even those who have done their trekking. It gives you the value and add to your experience. Mountain flight give chances to see the whole mountain range at one glance. Pokhara is a place, which offers crystal clear sky even during the winter. Helicopter services are also available for those who wish to make it a more private affair.
Paragliding: Can you imagine sharing the same air space with the Himalayan griffin v fultures, eagles and kites as you soar over the rivers, lakes and villages? The mountains loom over you to your north and below you the landscape is dotted with paddy fields and hamlets. Probably that’s why Pokhara is amongst the hotspots for Paragliding in the world. Although you can experience paragliding all the months of the year, thte best time is between September to April.
Ultra Light flights: If you have a dream to fly like birds, come Pokhara, leave your woes behind on earth, soar to heights, bathe in the clouds, reach out for the mountains and kiss the azure sky as you fly across. This also offers opportunities to take some of the most breathtaking views. It appears regular flights from Pokhara airport, September to June are the best to take it.
Rafting and Kayaking: Whether you would like to Kayak in Phewa, Begnas lakes or raft down the Seti river, Pokhara has it all. Becuuse of the proximity to the mountains, other snow-fed wild rivers also run through surrounding areas, making Pokhara as a top rafting destination. Beside Seti River, rafting trips to other major rivers like Trishuli, Marshyangdi and Kali Gandaki also begin and end in Pokhara. The grades of rapids vary from +2 to +5 for 1 to 7 days or even more depending on rivers.
Mountain biking: Wouldn’t you like to pedal push your way through waterfalls, up and down treacherous slopes and amidst centuries old monasteries and rice granaries? Well, that’s mountain biking from Pokhara in a nutshell for you. On one hand, you have to cycle through lush forests and culturally heterogeneous communities while on the other hand, up steeps mountains and through cruel mountain rivers. Places like Nirmalpokhari, Dhampus, Sikles, Rupakot, Astam, Panchase, Kahun Hill, Sarankot, Jomsom, Baglung etc. are famous mountain biking destinations from Pokhara.
Golf: There are two golf courses in Pokhara. Himalayan Golf course is situated 13 km east from Lake side is a world class golf course. It offers an amazing golfing experience in a unique ground with 18 holes. It is also known as a golf course in a paradise. Spectacular, stunning and unique location has made it really a most amazing golf course in Asia. Another one is Yeti golf course that has 9 holes, it is situated in the premise of Fulbari Resort, one of the 5 star Hotel in Pokhara.
Heli Skiing: You can travel to Manang from Pokhara to do Heli – Skiing. Manang is considered as one of the remarkable heli – skiing spots in the world. Helicopter can be chartered either from Pokhara or Kathmandu for the purpose.
Zip – Line Flyer: A new exciting activity has been added in the hub of adventure since 2012. It consists of a trolley mounted on a steel cable 1.8 kms in length, the ride descends 2000 vertical feet at an angle of 56 percentages. With resulting speed of over 90 miles per hour, this makes it the most extreme zip-line ride in the world.
Sightseeing tour: Once you arrive in Pokhar, you feel as if you are in a completely different place. The natural scenery welcomes with splashing mountains and smiling people. You can plan sightseeing places as per your time availability. Please check our blog for sightseeing places.
Boating / Sailing: Sail the boats on the lakes just near the mountain shadows, chat with your loved ones, nearest ones and say ‘wow’ together with your family on the blue water. These are the wonderfully relaxing ways. Whenever your life is chaotic and stressed, Pokhara is there to make you relaxation wonderful, meaningful and memorable.
Fishing / Angling: The lakes and the confluence points of mountain stream rivers are good spots for Sahar, Katle, eel and catfish. You can enjoy fishing of a reel, a lure and so on. Fishing rods are available on rent at lakeside.
Sun Bathing: Pokhara is a natural wonder situated in sub- tropical low land in close proximity to the massif Himalayas. You can brown your skin with panoramic view of snowy mountains. You can also sit for meditation, practice yoga. Experience massage and relax in tranquil and natural atmosphere.
Honey Hunting: Places like Baglung, Landruk, Sikles, Ghanpokhara ect. Are famous places for adventurous and arduous honey hunting practices. Traditional hunters just hanging on a rope and sliding down to the middle of the massive cliff and hunt honey is amazing. Can you imagine how brave work it is? Just come on time and see it in Pokhara area.
Research: Pokhara’s uniqueness is its natural and soci-cultural diversity even in a small periphery. It has been developed as a common dwellings place of the Mongolian and Aryan people of different castes with their cultural activities, rituals and customs. Likewise, it is the unique place with over 207 species of orchids and many more herbal plants and wild flowers. The riversides and wetland areas of the lakes are popular places for the local and migrant birds and butterflies. The diversities provide the best ground for researches.
Butterfly and bird watching: 11 of the world’s 15 families of butterflies and more than 500 species can be found in Pokhara area. The Annapurna museum also known as ‘Butterfly’ Museum displays wide range of exotic and popular colored flies. Likewise, over 523 species of birds can be observed in Pokhara, the best months being October to March.
Village tourism and Homestay: As more than 61 ethnic communities life harmoniously around Pokhara. It is very rich in culture. Thus if you want to have a taste of real Nepalese village life, you can spend some days with villagers and you will return the life time memorable moments.
Organic Tea / Coffee Gardens Observation: Lwang, Lahachowk, Dhampus and some other villages have beautiful gardens. Bhalam, Arba, Kristi –Nirmal Pokhara, etc villages have organic coffee gardens.