Popular Hiking Around Pokhara

2021-11-11 6 Comments

Pokhara Valley is surrounded by beautiful green hills and beautiful villages with the Annapurna Himalayan ranges as its eternal backdrop.Pokhara is also called the Switzerland of Nepal. Apart from this, Nepal is the home of the most beautiful lakes in the world.

Hence whichever direction you trek, you are bound to be greeted by irresistible natural and cultural wonders. There are many short treks in Pokhara to fulfill any trekker’s wildest Himalayan dreams. Hillocks surround the Pokhara's Trekking trail. Various exotic settlements, beautiful scenery, lush green forest, and typical ethnic community are the major hghlights.

Pokhara is a city of lakes comprises of 9 lakes in the city. The lakes are surrounded by stunning mountains, including (Annapurna and Dhaulagiri). Trekking around the Pokhara region would offer you magical scenery. Irresistible natural and cultural wonders are the center of attraction for travelers.

Being the entry point to the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges, most of the trekking in the Annapurna region either starts from or ends in Pokhara. There are multiple trekking choices available in Pokhara, ranging from day hikes to week long treks.

World Peace Pagoda

It is reached after 2 hrs hiking from Phewalake.A day hike to World peace Stupa located right across the Phewa Lake is also a hit among trekkers. It is located as a bar of Phewa lake. From there we can see whole Pokhara’s view with reflecting snow covered mountain range on the Phewa Lake, balloonists on the sky & panoramic view. Also called Shanti Stupa or Peace Stupa, it was one of the 80 similar stupas around the world built by a Buddhist monk to signify world peace. Situated at around 1,100m above sea level, it lies on the south side of the Pokhara city. 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.

The hike is relatively short and should be at around four hours in total. For those with limited time, this is an excellent way to experience hiking in Nepal and see the villages around more up close! Anandu Hill can also be reached by car or taxi both from the heart of the city. The hiking trail requires crossing a lake by a boat and then a fair hike all the way to the top of Anandu Hill.

Australian Base Camp

This trekking offer splendid views of the Himalayas. Mt. Fishtail, Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri are some renowned peaks you will see up close and personal. The trek also offers a rare opportunity to experience typical Nepali village and cultural diversity . These villages sit in an ideal natural setting of rivers, forest and rolling green hills.

Sarangkot Naudanda Hiking

Another possible day hike around the city is in Sarangkot Naudanda. It lies at around 1,600m above sea level and north-west of Pokhara. For the adventurous at heart, the town offers more than just hiking. This is the place which is well-known for paragliding, zip lining and cycling. In everyone’s itinerary in Pokhara, this town of Sarangkot is definitely a must-see. Your trip to Pokhara will be incomplete without a visit to this quaint little town uphill.

Sarangkot is one of the most popular hill stations in pokhara and also the best view point nearby pokhara city. The hike to Sarangkot is about a 3-hour uphill walk. There is a view tower at the top and few teashops for refreshment. Spectacular sunrise and sunset views and a great paragliding spot make Sarangkotone of the best hiking spot around Pokhara valley.


The trail to Naudanda from Pokhara is one of the best scenic trails for experiencing the rural life of Nepal, superb mountains views including Annapurna, Machhapuchchhre and Dhaulagiri, Phewa lakes, Pokhara valley, Paragliding and hilly farming terrace land.You can have lunch at Sarangkot or somewhere else and from Naudanda you can drive back to Pokhara which takes about one hour.


Considering the beautiful landscape you will be walking through, the spectacular views you will be seeing you will surely agree that not all treks have to be long and arduous to be an experience to treasure. On the whole, this pleasant itinerary from Pokhara to Dhampus, and on to Pothana and the Australian Camp, will provide you with a most enjoyable day trip.

After breakfast, drive to Phedi and start the hike through beautiful countryside villages, lush forests and farming terraces to get to Dhampus .Dhampus is a beautiful village and a scenic view point to see the Machhapuchhare and Annapurna range.

Continue trekking to Kande and then take the 40 minute drive back to Pokhara. This hike includes rural cultural activities, fascinating ethnic groups and magnificent mountain views.
The highlight of the Dhampus village tour is something far greater the splendid views of the Annapurna range :Annapurna I (8,091m.) Annapurna II (7,937m.)Annapurna IV (7,525m.) and Dhaulagiri the 7th highest peak in the world at 8,167 m. and Manaslu the 8th highest at 8,156 m.

If you are in Nepal for short time and wish to go on treks to enjoy the countryside. Then you have many options for short treks around Pokhara.

Panchase Hike

The Panchase trek is an off the beaten hike through the rural areas and lush green forest in the Annapurna region. It is a moderately difficult trek with the highest point at 2500m which means no prior acclimatization is needed. The Panchase hike offers beautiful scenery and an authentic experience of staying with locals. This hike is a great option to do as an acclimatization hike before doing more challenging hikes in the region.

Resting on the lap of the Himalayas, Panchase is a complete package with its pristine beauty, topographical diversity to go with the blend of historic, religious and cultural hue. Panchase that abuts Kaski, Syangja and Parbat districts is a place of bio-diversity and is home to endangered bird species of the world. In case you have not noticed, Panchase is also the source of the renowned Fewa lake. The world famous rhododendron, Sunkhari, Leksallo among other flowers are the staple products of the area.

Panchasse, literally meaning Pancha: Five, Aasan: Seats, is the meeting place if 5 peaks covered with lush green forest of diverse flora and fauna. Panchasse lies on the west of pokhara city, about a day hike away at an altitude of 2,517 m from the sea level. There are old, stone-stepped pilgrimage approaches upon which one can climb past the grassland and paddy field to the vastness of Panchasse, from where a magnificent view of Annapurna massif is visible so close as if one could reach out and touch them.

Pumdikot Hike

Pumdikot is best hiking destination near Pokhara which offers opportunity to explore real Nepali typical village and lifestyle. One can explore Annapurna ranges , Fewa lake and Pokhara city Pumdikot.The hike starts from Lakeside and take you to the southern part of Pokhara just on the top across Fewa lake.It is a short trip for the one having very short time but indeed offers spectacular view of mountain and lakes.

Dinesh Shrestha


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