Pokhara

The second largest city in Nepal, Pokhara sits in its eponymous valley and is 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.

Experiences

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Caving

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.

Cycling

Explore the charming villages, lush valleys and lovely lakes around Pokhara by bicycle, traveling as far as you wish and at your own pace.

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.

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.

Paragliding

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.

River Rafting

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.

The Annapurna Circuit

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.

Ultra-Lite Aircraft

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.

Ziplining

Brave an extreme vertical drop of several thousand feet at speeds which exceed 100 miles per hour on Pokhara's zipline.

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Pokhara Itineraries

Classic Nepal

Duration
11 days / 10 nights
Price Per Person
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7-Day Classic Bike Trip through the Nepalese Himalayas

Duration
7 days / 6 nights
Price Per Person
From $7,600
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Golfing the Himalayas: Kathmandu and Pokhara

Duration
5 days / 4 nights
Price Per Person
From $4,000
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Kathmandu Culture Trail to the Heights of Jomsom

Duration
9 days / 8 nights
Price Per Person
From $5,200
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Mountains, Rivers and Jungles of Nepal

Duration
7 days / 6 nights
Price Per Person
From $4,900
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Tigers & Temples: Nepal's Nature and Traditions

Duration
7 days / 6 nights
Price Per Person
From $8,200
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Ultimate Nepal Trek: Around Annapurna

Duration
20 days / 19 nights
Price Per Person
From $13,600
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Himalayas by Helicopter

Duration
10 days / 9 nights
Price Per Person
From $35,000
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Nepal in Style with Helicopters

Duration
15 days / 14 nights
Price Per Person
From $32,500
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An Intimate Himalayan Adventure: Through China, Nepal, Bhutan and India

Duration
22 days / 21 nights
Price Per Person
From $21,500
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Preferred Hotel

Tiger Mountain Lodge

Pokhara, Nepal

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.

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Lost Horizon Resort and Spa

Pokhara, Nepal

Designed to reflect the majestic Himalayan peaks, Lost Horizon Resort & Spa combines the rejuvenating powers of nature with the comforts of home. Located on the outskirts of Pokhara Valley, the property floats above Begnas Lake, surrounded by mountain views. Guest accommodations are comprised of spacious and well-appointed villas and suites, all furnished in an elegant, classic style. There is a clubhouse with a year-round outdoor heated swimming pool, a 7,000-square-foot spa and wellness center, a gym, and a library lounge with views of Mount Manasalu. For dining, guests can enjoy meals in the indoor-outdoor restaurant, or take a picnic basket into the forest. Lost Horizon Resort & Spa is 30 minutes by car to the nearest airport.
Mount Kailash Resort

Mount Kailash Resort

Pokhara, Nepal

Mount Kailash Resort is a newly built luxury hotel with modern amenities, situated in the heart of Pokhara, 5 minutes' drive from the airport and next to Fewa Lake and the colorful local bazaars. The resort has 50 rooms, all with balcony/terrace, complimentary bottled water, refrigerator, free WiFi, and satellite/cable TV. The resort also has an outdoor terrace, restaurant, bar and massage services.
The Pavilions Himalayas, The Farm

The Pavilions Himalayas, The Farm

Pokhara, Nepal

The Pavilions Himalayas is an eco-friendly luxury resort nestled in a lush forested valley. The property is centered around The Farm which features 14 villas with verdant mountain views, a state-of-the-art spa, yoga studio, pool, jacuzzi, sauna, and the organic farm from which the hotel's restaurant sources its fresh produce. All facilities at The Farm is powered by renewable energy. Each villa at The Farm measures 90 square meters and is dressed in dark hard wood floors, rustic stone walls, carved wood furniture, and elegant Nepalese accents. The signature restaurant delivers a farm-to-table experience with a rotating menu that is based on the week's best ingredients from the organic farm. The resort also offers eight tented villas perched above Lake Phewa, ideal for those seeking a laid-back glamping experience in utmost privacy. A stay at the tented villa includes a set menu for all meals, afternoon snacks with tea and coffee, a nature walk, massage treatment, and row boat ride on the scenic lake.
Begnas Lake Resort

Begnas Lake Resort

Pokhara, Nepal

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

Fish Tail Lodge

Pokhara, Nepal

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 resort’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.

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