Our trip to Myanmar, Nepal and Bhutan was the perfect choice of countries with dramatically different experiences. The 74-year-old head monk informed us we were the first foreigners he had ever met or to enter the monastery.
The second largest city in Nepal, Pokhara sits in its eponymous valley, and is the second largest city in Nepal, home to about 26,000 people. Its subtropical forests rise to mountains that loom 8,000 meters (24,246 feet) over the surrounding lowlands, making for a striking contrast between the lush green of rich rice terraces, and the stark white of the snowcapped mountains. Because of the elevation, temperatures in Pokhara are mild year-round, and snowfall in the winter is confined to some of the higher hills.
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The Annapurna Circuit has become renowned as one of the great walks of the world. While the full-circuit trek, consisting of a 21- to 23-day walk, is for the more adventurous in peak physical condition – not to mention with the necessary time on hand – the Annapurna area offers a multitude of shorter treks as well, including day hikes out of Pokhara, short treks of 3-4 days, and excursions of a week or more.
Alternately, guests should note that horse trekking is also available.
Depending on the season, go for a thrilling 30-60 minute tandem paraglide flight with an experienced pilot starting from Sarangkot hilltop. The take-off spot is at an elevation of 5,223 feet (1,592 meters), and you will land at Pame, on the northwest side of Phewa Lake. Your thrilling glide offers unmatched bird’s-eye views of both Phewa Lake and the Annapurna range.
Go on a private, 1-hour or 30-minute ultra-light aircraft ride over Pokhara Valley. Board a 2-person aircraft for an expansive, breathtaking view of Pokhara town and its surrounding farms, fields and lakes. In good weather you will also have a clear view of Annapurna range.
Brave an extreme vertical drop of several thousand feet at speeds which exceed 100 miles per hour on Pokhara's zipline.
Head for the river and feel the thrill of gliding along across the rapids. The beautiful mountain scenery of Nepal will be your backdrop as you make your way down the roaring river.
Explore the charming villages, lush valleys and lovely lakes around Pokhara by bicycle, traveling as far as you wish and at your own pace.
Caving enthusiasts will enjoy the Gupteswar Madadev Cave located at the southern tip of Pokhara, and dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Alternately, visit the Chamare Gufa Bat Cave, home to a large colony of roosting bats.
International Mountaineering Museum
Visit Pokhara’s International Mountaineering Museum, which offers fascinating displays of artifacts of famous mountaineers and expeditions, exhibits on the origins of Himalayas and scale models of some of the ranges’ highest peaks.
Gurkha Memorial Museum
Visit the Gurkha Memorial Museum. The Gurkhas are legendary warriors from Nepal who waged war against the British East India Company in the early 19th century, when the British Empire attempted to extend its reach beyond India’s borders. Later, Gurkhas were recruited by the British and gained a reputation as stalwart fighters who participated in wars ranging from the Anglo-Afghan War to World War II.
Spend 10 action-packed days exploring the best Nepal has to offer. You’ll pass over the stunning Pokhara Valley and Phewa Lake by plane, explore ancient UNESCO-listed palaces and temples, trek through Chitwan National Park on the back of an elephant, and stay at some of Nepal’s best hotels, including the luxurious Dwarika’s.
Bike through the Himalayas on a classic Royal Enfield, with this week-long trip covering a loop from Kathmandu to some of the region’s most spectacular spots. Catch the sunset at Sarangkot, take to the sky in Pokhara and trek through the jungle on an elephant, all before you roll back into the capital seven days later.
Explore the world’s most majestic peaks on this 22-day Himalayan adventure. You’ll trek through China, Nepal, Bhutan and India, staying at luxury hotels and lodges like the Amankora or Uma by COMO. You’ll walk along the Great Wall of China, visit the ancient Potala Palace, and search for Bengal Tigers in Chitwan.
Trekking the Himalayas is not the only way to get active in Nepal while experiencing the famous scenery; golf, too, has become a hugely popular activity nationwide. This five-day tour takes you to some of the best courses, from the capital of Kathmandu to the towering snow-capped peaks of Pokhara - and back again.
Embark on an unforgettable journey across one of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes. On this 10-day adventure, alight from your helicopter at the base camps of eight of the highest mountains on the planet, before venturing onwards to make natural and historic discoveries in Chitwan and Kathmandu.
This nine-day tour of Nepal finds a perfect balance between sightseeing, trekking, and mountain road trips. Get to know the capital of Kathmandu, then move onto the country’s second largest city of Pokhara. Fly to Jomsom, with trekking and road expeditions heading out to some of the Himalaya's most spectacular spots.
Take an exciting 6-day tour of Nepal’s stunning great outdoors. You’ll stay in some of the country’s most luxury hotels, visit ancient temples and palaces in Kathmandu, trek through the lush forest of Chitwan National Park, and enjoy a sunset boat cruise on Phewa Lake.
Move across mountains as you spend 19 days trekking through some of the highest peaks in Nepal and Bhutan. You’ll visit unforgettable sites like the Monkey Temple and Gangtey Monastery, ride an elephant through Chitwan National Park, see Mt Everest up-close on a helicopter tour, and stay in luxury Amankora hotels.
This action-packed seven-day itinerary will take you into the heart of Nepal, where you can experience village life, visit local temples, spot different types of wildlife in Bardia National Park and Pokhara’s lake district, and get up-close and personal with the majestic Himalayas. It’s a week you won’t soon forget!
Home to eight of the world’s ten highest mountains and unsurpassed natural beauty, Nepal is one of the most popular trekking destinations in the world. This action-packed 11-day Nepalese adventure will take you on some of the world’s most incredible hikes, as well as to cities and towns rich with history and culture.
This 11-day itinerary traverses the arid, mountainous terrain of the Upper Mustang region of Nepal.Starting in Kathmandu, you’ll enjoy a few nights in luxury before fully immersing yourself in wild Mustang terrain, trekking on foot or exploring the region’s remote villages by car. At the end of your journey, enjoy a breathtaking private helicopter trip back to Kathmandu.
Take this exciting, challenging trek to the incredible Annapurna Sanctuary, on this 17-day luxury journey. You’ll stop in remote Himalayan mountain villages, capture scenes of unimaginable beauty from generous viewpoints, watch the sunrise from 11,000 feet above sea level, and stay in luxury accommodation.
Tiger Mountain Lodge is located on a hilltop ridge a thousand feet above the Pokhara Valley and just a half hour drive from town. With spectacular views of the Annapurna Range, the lodge has also been touched by history: Sir Edmund Hilary, the first man to scale Everest, led the hotel’s opening ceremony in 1998. The 19 rooms are arranged around the hilltop in hand-cut stone bungalows that blend into their surroundings. All the bungalows have spacious verandas, adjoining bathrooms, and elegantly traditional décor that blends Tibetan hand-knotted wool carpets with British watercolor wall paintings. The lodge offers a range of in-room massage treatments, personal yoga sessions, and meditation training. There is a mountain-view swimming pool for post-hike relaxation. The hotel serves organic produce and locally supplied products, including at its authentic Nepali lunch buffet, and at the dinner with a table d’hôte menu that features European and Nepali selections. The Main Lodge has a cozy central fireplace, comfortable seating areas, and a bar, arranged around a Nepali-style courtyard. Another special feature of the lodge is Colonel Jimmy's Library, with an impressive collection of Himalayan mountaineering literature and photographs. There is no business center. The hotel is located 40 minutes from Pokhara Airport.
Begnas Lake Resort
Begnas Lake Resort is situated on the southern bank of Begnas Lake, famous for its clear fresh waters and lush surroundings. The resort boasts 37 guest rooms, unbeatable views of the waterfront and mighty snow-dipped Himalayan peaks as well as an outdoor pool, steam room, spa, restaurant, poolside bar and lounge bar. The large rooms, scattered amongst a flower garden and orchard, are built in the style of indigenous ethnic Gurung stone-houses. Rooms are air-conditioned with roomy bathrooms and decorated with teakwood, terracotta and cane. Inside the rooms guests will find a safe, TV, satellite TV channels, an iron, ceiling fan and a mini bar. The resort has complimentary Wi-Fi and is within easy reach of the area's must-see attractions.
Fish Tail Lodge
The Fish Tail Lodge in Pokhara is situated on a peninsula on Phewa Lake. Guests are received and transported to the Lodge on its shuttle-floats or boats. Since its opening in the late 1960s, Fish Tail Lodge has hosted countless celebrities and numerous world leaders, including former US President Jimmy Carter, former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and Prince Charles and Princess Anne of England. The resortâ€™s round cottages set amidst a lush garden offer a choice of 48 standard rooms and 12 deluxe rooms, all of which are decorated with oak furnishings and accented with traditional Nepali art. The restaurant overlooking the lake serves Nepali, Continental, Chinese, and Indian cuisines. There is no fitness center or spa, but there is a central swimming pool for fitness and relaxation. The hotel is located just 3 kilometers from the airport.