Pokhara Valley Trek
- Trek in Details
- Itinerary Day by Day
- Cost Info
- Useful Info
Pokhara is situated in Kaski District in the western part which is the second largest city of Nepal. It is the major city popular for tourism. Pokhara is the wonderful Valley known as "Switzerland of Nepal". Pokhara is the most popular destination that is supposed to make your dream come true with its remarkable natural beauty.
Pokhara Valley Trek is a spectacular short trek in the enchanting city of adventure. This trek offers wonderful views of the fishtailed summit of Machhapuchhare which rises from behind the Phewa Lake. Pokhara valley offers a view of the three mountain range, out of the ten highest mountains in the world: Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu Himal which are situated within 30 miles (linear distance) of the city. Pokhara valley trek is indeed a wonderful combination of beautiful lakes and spectacular peaks. The beautiful lakes of Phewa, Begnas, and Rupa are perfect for fishing and boating. Pokhara is an enthralling city nestled in a peaceful valley. The Seti Gandaki (White River) and its tributaries have created several gorges and canyons in and around the whole city which gives intriguingly long sections of terrace features to the city and surrounding areas. The climate of the city is sub-tropical; however, the elevation keeps the temperatures moderate. The city of Pokhara offers both combinations between nature and culture. The nearby hill villages around Pokhara are a mixed community of Khas and Gurung that takes you to the cultural and traditional livings of people. The main attraction of this valley trek is Phewa Lake which is one of the most excited vitality with many bars, restaurants, and hotels exchanging recommendations. This trekking promotes two major hilltops as its viewpoints to view the city and surrounding panorama, World Peace Pagoda built in 1996 across the southern shore of Phewa lake and Sarangkot which is located northwest of the city. In February 2004, International Mountain Museum (IMM) was opened for the public to boost city's tourism attractions. Other museums in the city are Pokhara Regional Museum, an ethnographic museum, Annapurna Natural History Museum which contains the specimens of flora and fauna, and particularly extensive collection of the butterflies, found in the western and ACAP region of Nepal; and Gorkha Museum featuring the history of the Gorkha Soldiers. David's fall, Mahendra Cave, Bindavasini Temple etc are some places worth to visit for more excitement which is the main attraction of this valley trek. Pokhara is the place of remarkable beauty with its tropical feed which is well appreciated by the beautiful diversity of flowers, thick forests, gushing rivers, emerald lakes and also the world famous views of the Himalayas. Pokhara is the place having simple natural scenery that affects you at the very first glance. Pokhara valley tour can be considered as the voyage of natural wonders and complete relaxation which will provide you a lifetime experience.
Join our most popular Pokhara valley trek which offers a spectacular imagine of a perfect triangular mountain, capped by snow and buffeted by the icy winds of the Himalaya. We “Above the Himalayan Trekking (P) Ltd.” arrange Pokhara Valley Trekking according to the trekker/visitors holiday schedule & wish.
Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
Day 2: Flight or Drive to Pokhara, 25 minutes flight or 6-7 hour drive
Day 3: Pokhara to Dhampus (1600m)
Day 4: Dhampus to Sarangkot
Day 5: Sarangkot to Pokhara
Day 6: Pokhara to Kathmandu, 25 minutes flight or 6-7 hour drive.
Day 7: Final Departure
Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will meet you at airport and transfer to your hotel. As you freshen up after your long journey, you will be asked to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.
Day 2: Flight or Drive to Pokhara
After having your breakfast, we will drive you to the Domestic Airport to take a 25 minutes flight to Pokhara. Or if you wish you can take a Tourist bus to Pokhara about 6-7 hour drive exploring & enjoying with scenic beauty all the way around. In the evening, a boating trip on Phewa Lake will be followed where you can enjoy the spectacular views of Annapurna Himalaya Range reflected in all its glory in the calm green water of the lake.
Day 3: Pokhara to Dhampus (1600m)
Take a 30min drive to roadside shacks of Phedi. The start of the trail heads up the hill on a set of steps across the road. The main part of Dhampus valley is on the top of the ridge, more than 500m above. The area is inhabited by Brahmins, Chhetris and few Gurungs. Crossing the dirt road a couple of times and stone staircases makes the trail more adventuring. The spectacular panoramic view of Annapurna Himalayan range makes your overnight camping much greater.
Day 4:Dhampus to Sarangkot
Today we wake up very early in the morning for the stunning sunrise view over the mountains and the amazing Himalaya range. The trail descends down crossing the Dhampus River and again ascends gradually through the fields of Paddy and small forest to Naudanda Village. We have our lunch here in this village and work for 3 hrs through the Chettri and Brahmins Villages to Sarangkot. Sarangkot offers superb Himalayan panorama consisting of the mighty peaks such as the Annapurna, Himalchuli, Machhapuchhare, and Lamjung Himal. Spend your night here.
Day 5: Sarangkot to Pokhara
We will wake you up in the early morning and hike to Sarangkot tower to witness the sunrise over the White Mountains of Whole Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges including fishtail. After having our breakfast back in the Hotel we commence our trek along the way down hill to Pokhara. We will have our lunch after we reach the beautiful city Pokhara. Rest of the day we will just have a leisurely walk over the streets and spend the night in Hotel.
Day 6: Pokhara to Kathmandu, Take a 25 minutes flight or 6/7 hour Drive.
Take a flight or drive by tourist bus/Private car to Kathmandu. At the evening you can have your last night in Nepal enjoying the Nepali cultural dinner show, taking some beautiful snaps and making up your mind for the returning journey. A huge range of Western, European and Nepali cuisine offers you very delicious local taste all around in city. You can have a greetings exchanging among friends and buy some souvenirs.
Day 7: Final Departure
We will drop you to the International Airport for your convenience. Wish you a happy journey in the traditional and cultural way of us Nepalese and Good-Bye with a hope to see you again.
What’s included in the Cost:
- Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
- Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu & on a twin sharing basis including breakfast.
- Government license holder experienced, trekking guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness) and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing and medicine.
- Twin sharing local guest house accommodation during the trekking including
- Full board meals including breakfast lunch and Dinner during the trekking
- Necessary Trekking permits if applicable.
- Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu transport by tourist bus ( private vehicle and flight are available by adding extra cost)
- Pokhara to trek start point transport by private vehicle.
- Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers.
- Above the Himalaya Gifts (T shirt for Gents & Pashmina shawl for Ladies, Trekking certificates)
- Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu.
- All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes.
Extra Cost to Consider:
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara
- Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
- International Airfare, Alcoholic, All hot and cold drinks
- Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
- Personal gear, Travel Insurance
- Tips & gratitude
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
Passport and Visas:
First, be sure you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from return date. You can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or up on arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Nepalese visas cost USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days till date.
Get the required visa for Nepal.
You can get Nepal visa prior to arrival from the Nepalese Embassy at your home country. Likewise, you can easily get an up on arrival visa at Kathmandu airport and other different borders from Nepal. This is for those who travel from India and Tibet. For more information and download please visit Nepal Visa Information
Bring Official Papers
Some of the required official documents are your valid passport, 4 extra passport sized photographs (for trekking permits), travel insurance, airline tickets and luggage tags. Visas can be obtained upon entry into Nepal. For detail information we request you to visit our visa page.
Money & Credit card Info
We find that most of the credit card, master and visa card is blocked from your card provider. It may be because of a security reason. It, sometimes, may bring you in problematic situation that you can't get money from ATMs and that you find difficult to pay for your treks and tour. To find yourself free from this problem, you can call to your card provider before you travel to Nepal and inform there that you are traveling to Nepal. Ensure them to give the authorization for the payment. In Nepal you have to pay 3.5 % credit card commission s per Nepal Bank rules, on top of your payable amount for the trek cost. So, please be sure that you bring some cash in USD to pay us. Likewise, be sure you have brought some small amount for your daily expenses as well as for those items which are not included in our cost. We request you not to change money in the Airport. The exchange rate is very low there. Our office provides you the facility to change your money. Or, you can take help from Money Changers in Thamel
Our clients must have comprehensive travel insurance package. Their insurance must cover against medical, personal accident, emergency evacuation, trip cancellation, lost of gears, natural calamity, theft of or damage to baggage etc.
Load shedding (Electricity crisis) in Nepal
We are sorry to inform you that though Nepal is rich in water resource, there is electricity crisis in Nepal. It is more likely that there is electricity off for some hours in day and night time. Most of the hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other cities are likely to have no battery backup. Air condition may not work and, sometimes, TV and other electric utensils may not run. Some hotel is likely to run the TV and AC also. However, only few of them are in this category.
So, be prepared for this while you are traveling here. For your ease, we recommend you to bring the flashlight with extra bulbs and batteries.
Who can trek?
No special degree of fitness is required and that there is no age barrier. If you can have fun walking for 3-6 hours up and down hills to Nepal, pack your luggage and join us for an exhilarating and unforgettable journey. All the necessary things for your trekking will be arranged by us. What you can do is to enjoy the beautiful scenery and magnificent view of Nepal Himalayas.
Our Trekking Dates
Most of our treks start on the third day of your arrival. On the first day of your arrival, we will pick you from the airport and let you know your hotel. However, it depends on your arrival time. If your flight is early, we are likely to invite you to our office and make yourself comfort with ideas and brief information on your trek package. If you arrive at night, all the arrangements are likely to made the morning. Second day, it is our package to take you for sightseeing tour within Kathmandu valley. However, the trekkers who have limited time can start their trekking from the second day. We can arrange all the necessary trekking permits and other utensils in advance in case you have limited time. It is your third day that you will fly out of Kathmandu. However, if any further arrangement is still at wait, you can enjoy your trek the next day.
Clothing and Equipment for Traveling in Nepal
Trekking in the Himalayas need to arrangement of equipment as you have to find yourself comfortable at higher altitude. The basic clothing item that you are expected to be prepared with are well described here. Remember that excess baggage is likely to be a burden for yourself and your supporting staff. "Pack light, but pack right", is our motto. This will allow you to enjoy a comfortable journey with your energies and enthusiastic zeal focused on the exploration of this enchanting Nepal scenic beauty. Please visit here for Clothing and Equipment list
Buying and Renting Equipment in Kathmandu
It is not really necessary to spend large amount of money buying extra equipment and clothing prior to your trip. It is because most of the trekking equipment can be hired from many adventure shops within Kathmandu. Most of the gear is locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper). Some Chinese gear are likely to be more expensive but qualitative. Sleeping bag and down jacket are easily rented. Each item can be rented for less than USD 1, for a day. You have to manage other items buying them yourself. However, these items are more likely to be cheaper than those in your hometown. We will arrange all the necessary items you need on the second day of your arrival. Moreover, we ourselves will fascinate you to buy the goods.
Vaccination for Nepal
All travelers should consult with their physician or update on vaccination requirements before travel. (Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities)
For traveling to Nepal; we recommend you to take a vaccination of Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies etc, it is not really must but recommended.
How to Book
While you chose which trip you wanted to go with, contact us to our head office Thamel Kathmandu Nepal by mail or phone, email is more easy and clear options, as soon as we get your email or call we will process for your booking.
We need 20% booking amount to confirm your booking, the payment can be made through the Bank transfer, Credit card payment (Master/Visa card ) or through online money transfers also Money Gram, Western Unions or others. After we get the 20% amount we will confirm your booking and you will get the official booking and payment receipt. The final balance for the tour will be paid up on arrival in Kathmandu.
For more info please visit how to book the trip
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Trip Facts & Figures:
Duration: 7 Days
Max. Altitude: Dhampus (1600m)
Trek Grade: Easy
Best Travel Time: February - June, September - November are the best seasons. However, July & August are okay and trekking can be done but not so clear visibility due to rain.
Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu & Tea house during trek
Transportation: Tourist bus/car/ Van/ Plane
Activity: City tour, Trekking
The following basic equipments checklists should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. At the start of the trek your packed trek bag should weigh not more than 33 pounds or 15 kg.
01. Back pack (60 ltr -70 ltr) - with comfortable shoulder straps, frame, and back pack cover (line the bag with polythene).
02. Waterproof Trekking shoes with spare laces – recommended high ankle with good grips,
03. Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
04. 1 synthetic /waterproof Track Pants, 2 half pants/trousers
05: T-shirts - 2
06. Fleece jacket/Jumper
08. Down Jacket or Gore Tex Jacket.
09. Thermal Inners. Recommended for winter time.
10. Socks, Cotton 2 pairs, Woolen 2 pairs
11. 1 pair Lightweight gloves, in winter recommended
12. Sun hat/Woolen cap, or scarf
13. Sun protection cream.
15. Hiking shorts (2)
16. Lip Balm/ cold cream.
17. Walking Stick – recommend having it minimum 1
Other necessary equipments
1. Sleeping bag rated to (-10 to -20 degree Celsius)
2. Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries.
3. Personal Medical Kit
4. Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
5. Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
6. Water bottles (2) 1 Liter each.
8. Quick dry Towel- It should be light / thin.
For more ideas what should bring please visit the Equipment list Or get back to us on firstname.lastname@example.org