Pokhara Valley Trek

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Trip Overview


The Pokhara Valley Trek offers a breathtaking adventure in the heart of Nepal, encompassing stunning landscapes, rich cultural encounters, and a diverse range of natural wonders. This trek, also spanning approximately 300 kilometers, takes you through the mesmerizing Pokhara Valley, nestled amidst the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. The journey begins in the vibrant city of Pokhara, known for its serene lakes and magnificent views of the Himalayas. As you set foot on the trail, you are also greeted by lush forests, cascading waterfalls, and terraced fields, presenting a picturesque panorama at every turn. The trek is suitable for both novice and experienced trekkers, with various route options catering to different preferences and fitness levels. One of the highlights of the Pokhara Valley Trek is the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture. Along the way, you'll encounter traditional villages inhabited by Gurung, Magar, and Thakali communities. These warm-hearted locals welcome you with open arms, sharing their customs, traditions, and delicious cuisine. You can indulge in authentic Nepalese dishes like dal bhat (rice and lentil soup) and momo (steamed dumplings) while gaining insight into their way of life. The trail leads you to popular vantage points such as Poon Hill and Sarangkot, from where you can witness awe-inspiring sunrise and sunset views over the snow-capped peaks, including Annapurna, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), and Dhaulagiri. The tranquility of the mountains and the vastness of the surrounding landscapes create a sense of serenity and introspection. As you continue your trek, you'll cross suspension bridges, traverse rhododendron forests, and pass through charming alpine meadows. The natural beauty of the region is unparalleled, with the diverse flora and fauna adding to its allure. You might encounter rare bird species, monkeys, and even the elusive snow leopard if you're lucky.

Conclusion and Summary

The Pokhara Valley Trek is a transformative journey that offers a harmonious blend of nature, adventure, and cultural exploration. It allows you to disconnect from the fast-paced world and reconnect with the simplicity and grandeur of the Himalayas. Whether you seek solitude, a physical challenge, or a deeper connection with Nepal's rich heritage, this trek promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you with lifelong memories.

Trip Highlights

  • Scenic Flight or Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • Many Wonderous Adventure Activities like Bungee Jumping, Paragliding, Boating, Rafting on a Trip
  • Rafting on Trishuli River (Optional)
  • Pokhara: Tourist Hub City of Nepal
  • Explore the city of Nature gifted with its mountains, lakes, hills, caves, rivers, and waterfalls.
  • Spectacular backdrop of snowy peaks such as Annapurna Range.
  • A city Sightseeing tour to some of the historical places of Pokhara and Kathmandu
  • Learn the ethinic culture and traditions of native Gurung settlement in Dhampus.
  • An easy-going trek in the lap of the Himalayas.
  • Breathtaking Mountains view of Mt. Machhapuchhre, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu and many others from Sarangkot Viewpoint.
  • Mesmerizing Reflected views of Mt. Machhapuchhre at the Phewa Lake
  • Explore Batulechaur (Cave City) home to the Gandharvas or Gaaineys (the tribe of the musicians)
  • Stunning views of the golden mountain after sunrise.
  • Rivers like Seti Gandaki River and Lakes like Phewa Lake, Begnas Lake and Rupa Lake
  • Sunrise view beyond the horizon from Sarangkot.
  • Visit two ancient villages around Pokhara i.e. Dhampus and Sarangkot
  • Short and Easy Trekking Packages
  • Visit to one of the Popular Temples of Pokhara such as Tal Barahi Temple (located on the island in the middle of Phewa Lake) and Bindhyabasini temple
  • Best Budget trek with family and Friends
  • No worries of Altitude Sickness since it is at lower altitude
  • Suitable for all age group
  • Combine with trek and tour like Poon Hill Trek, Annapurna Circuit, Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Soon.
  • Explore Tibetan settlements such as Jampaling, Paljorling, Tashi Ling, and Tashi Palkhel in Pokhara.


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m) and Transfer to Hotel

Arriving at Kathmandu marks the beginning of your journey to Pokhara Valley trek. We, Friendship World Trek, will receive you at the airport and take you to your hotel in a private vehicle. You will also meet with your FWT guide, who will brief you about the trek. You will be spending your night in Kathmandu.

  • Overnight stay at a Three Star Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 02: Sightseeing Tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Valley and Trek Preparation

Kathmandu Valley is a microcosm of entire Nepal. Today, we will explore this ancient city rich in cultural heritage. You will visit UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath (the Monkey temple), Boudhanath, and historic Durbar Squares. As you relish these wonders, you will also get a brief insight into these places from our tour guide. After an entire day exploring Kathmandu, you will prepare for your trek that will start the next day. Your trek lead will conduct a final check of the equipment and gear you are carrying. 

  • Overnight stay at a Three Star Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Included standard meal (Breakfast)

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Charaundi and then Drive to Pokhara

After early breakfast, start our drive towards the Charaundi-the rafting point. The drive up to the Charaundi is 3 hours along the KathmanduPrithivi Highway to the raft-put-in point on the banks of the Trishuli River. On arrival at the river point, Meet rafting crew for an on-the-spot-briefing and commence on a full-day White Water Rafting trip. After lunch and a brief rest, wind up rafting trip and continue drive to Pokhara.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Phedi and Trek to Dhampus (3hrs Trek)

Start a trek after reaching Phedi by car (30 minutes) and trek up to Dhampus, walking mostly uphill through cultivated fields and local villages. This scenic Gurung Village is inhabited by a mix of people: Gurung, Brahman, Magar communities and it offers a spectaular view of the Himalayan ranges including the Anapurna and Machhapuchhre range.

Overnight at Guest House.

Day 05: Trek from Dhampus to Sarangkot (4 Hours Trek)

Wake up early in the morning for sunrise and good Mountain View. Today, the trail descends down to Dhampus River (Stream) and after crossing the river, trail ascends gradually through the paddy fields and small forest to reach Naudanda Village. After having a lunch in Naudanda working through the Chhetri and Brahmins Villages after working slowly 3 hour you will arrive Sarangkot. Sarangkot offers a Himalayan panorama consisting of the mighty peaks such as the Annapurna, Himalchuli, Machhapuchhre, and Lamjung himal.

Overnight at Guest House

Day 06: Drive from Sarangkot to Pokhara (4hrs Drive)

Today very early in the morning hike to Sarangkot viewpoint to see the stunning sunrise view over the top of Himalaya ranges of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Fishtail then we descend to Sarangkot to the bus station to catch our car and 1 hrs drive back to Pokhara,

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 07: Pokhara Valley First Day Sightseeing

Wake up early in the morning to observe the sunrise over the Whole Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges including fishtail as well as other Soaring Mountain. After having a breakfast, First Day Sightseeing of around Pokhara Valley Begins:

Tal Barahi Temple

Tal Barahi temple (Nepaliतालबाराही मन्दिर) also known as ‘Lake Temple’ or ‘Barahi Temple’ is a Hindu temple of the goddess Barahi. It is the most important religious monument in Pokhara, Nepal. This temple is located on a small island in the middle of Phewa Lake. As the temple is situated on a small island, the only way to visit it is by boat.[1][2] The temple is a symbol of the manifestation of Ajima representing the female force. Devotees visit the temple in the Nepalese months of Baisakh (April-May) and Kartik (November-December)

Begnas Lake

Begnas Lake (Nepaliबेगनास ताल) is a freshwater lake in Pokhara Metropolis of Kaski district of Nepal[4] located in the south-east of the Pokhara Valley. The lake is the third largest lake of Nepal and second largest, after Phewa Lake, among the eight lakes in Pokhara Valley.[1][3] Water level in the lake fluctuates seasonally due to rain, and utilization for irrigation. The water level is regulated through a dam constructed in 1988 on the western outlet stream, Khudi Khola.

Mahendra Cave

Mahendra Cave is a cave located in Pokhara-16,batulechaur, Kaski district, close to the Kali khola,[1] is a large limestone cave. It is a rare example of a cave system in Nepal containing stalagmites and stalactites.[2] This show cave attracts thousands of tourists every year.[3] A statue of Hindu lord Shiva can be found inside the cave.

Rupa Lake

Rupa Lake or Rupa Tal is a freshwater lake in Nepal located in the border of Pokhara Metropolitan and Rupa Rural Municipality of Kaski District.[1] It is the third biggest lake in Pokhara valley of Nepal and at an altitude of 600 m (1,969 ft) covering area about 1.35 km2 (0.5 sq mi)[2] with an average water depth 3 m (9.8 ft) and maximum depth 6 m (20 ft).[3] The lake is elongated north to south and is fed by perennial streams. Its watershed area is 30 km2,[4] where The main inflow of water is from Talbesi stream, whereas Dhovan khola is the feeder stream with its outlet Tal khola at Sistani ghat.[5] It supports a number of floral and faunal species. A total of 36 species of waterbirds have been recorded in the lake which represents about 19 percent of the total 193 wetland-dependent birds found in Nepal.[6]

O/n at Hotel

Day 08: Second Day Pokhara Valley Sightseeing

After having a breakfast Second Day Sightseeing of around Pokhara Valley Begins:

Shanti Stupa

Pokhara Shanti Stupa is a Buddhist monument on Anadu Hill of the former Pumdi Bhumdi Village Development Committee, in the district of KaskiNepal[1] (now a part of the city of Pokhara).

Shanti Stupa in Pokhara was built by Nipponzan-Myōhōji monk Morioka Sonin with local supporters under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii, a Buddhist monk and the founder of Nipponzan-MyōhōjiShanti is a Sanskrit word meaning peace, also widely used in the Nepali and Hindi languages, and Shanti Stupa means Peace Pagoda. Shanti Stupa shrine was built as a symbol of peace. Situated at the height of 1100 meters on the Anadu Hill, Nichidatsu Fujii laid the foundation stone along with relics of the Buddha on 12 September 1973.[1][2] Nepal has two of the eighty peace pagodas in the world: Shanti Stupa in Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha and Shanti Stupa in Pokhara. Shanti Stupa in Pokhara has also become a tourist attraction. It provides a panoramic view of the Annapurna range, Pokhara city and Fewa Lake.

Devis Fall

Devi’s Falls (Nepaliपाताले छाँगो) is a waterfall located at Pokhara in Kaski DistrictNepal.[1][2]

The water forms a tunnel after reaching the bottom. This tunnel is approximately 500 feet (150 m) long and runs 100 feet (30 m) below ground level. On 31 July 1961, a Swiss male-female couple went swimming but the woman drowned in a pit because of the overflow. Her body was recovered three days later in river Phusre with great effort. Her father wished to name it “David’s falls” after her daughter’s name but changed to Devi’s Fall. Its Nepali name is Patale Chango, which literal meaning is Paatal Ko Chango means “Underworld’s Waterfall”.[3] This is one of the most visited places in Nepal.

Bindhyabasini Temple

The Bindhyabasini Temple (Nepali: बिन्ध्यबासिनी मन्दिर) is the oldest temple in the city of PokharaNepal and is located in Ward No. 2, Miruwa.[1] It regularly attracts a large number of locals, Nepalis from across the country and foreigners alike.[2] The main temple is devoted to the goddess Bindhyabasini, a Bhagawati who is the incarnation of Kali. There are smaller temples of the goddess SaraswatiShivaHanuman, and Ganesha on the premises. The temple is situated atop a small hill and can be accessed via stone staircases on the East and North East.

The views of the Himalayas from the North of the temple are breathtaking while from the South one can see the expanse of Pokhara city.

Day 09: Drive or Flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Driving Hours 205km / 127miles

Time Duration: 6-7 hrs

We conclude our trek in the Annapurna region and bid farewell to the mountains and the enchanting Pokhara. After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu on a tourist bus. It’s a 200 km route that first follows the Marsyangdi River and then the Trishuli River.

Alternatively, you can fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu at your own cost, as the flight cost is not covered by this package. Your trek package completes in Kathmandu.

  • Overnight stay at Three Star hotel in Kathmandu
  • Included standard meal (Breakfast)

Day 10: Transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and Final Departure

Friendship World Trek representatives will drop you off at the Tribhuvan International airport in a private vehicle based on your flight schedule. We hope that you will have enjoyed your trek to the fullest.

  • Included standard meal (Breakfast)

Price Includes

In the Above Cost It Includes:
1. Airport Pick-up and Drop Off,
2. Licensed and trained trekking guides,
3. potters for carrying goods and supplies,
4. 4 Nights Accommodation in the 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with B & B. (Bed
& Breakfast)
5. All accommodation during the trek.
6. All meals and hot beverages during the trek.
7. Transportation to and from trail head.
8. All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
9. National Park/Conservation Area entry Permit, Equipment such as tents And Mattresses, Cooking Equipment, Camp site charges, Insurance, and
equipment for the staffs.
10. Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
11. Trekking staffs wages etc.
12. 1 hr trekker massage after your trek.

Price Excludes

In the Above Cost It Includes:
1. Airport Pick-up and Drop Off,
2. Licensed and trained trekking guides,
3. potters for carrying goods and supplies,
4. 4 Nights Accommodation in the 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with B & B. (Bed
& Breakfast)
5. All accommodation during the trek.
6. All meals and hot beverages during the trek.
7. Transportation to and from trail head.
8. All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
9. National Park/Conservation Area entry Permit, Equipment such as tents And Mattresses, Cooking Equipment, Camp site charges, Insurance, and
equipment for the staffs.
10. Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
11. Trekking staffs wages etc.
12. 1 hr. trekker massage after your trek.

Services and Cost Does not Included in Price:
1. International Airfares,
2. Travel/Trekking Insurance,
3. Excess baggage charges More than 16kg and hand bag more than 5 kg in
domestic flights.
4. Visa fees.
5. Airport Departure Taxes.
6. Drinks (Cold and Alcoholic) Rescue charge.
7. Tips for The staffs.
8. Expenses of Personnel nature and Permit and Liaison officer fee (where Applicable.
9. Meals during stay in the Kathmandu.
10. Domestic Ticket Etc.

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