Pokhara

Pokhara is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal due to its remarkable natural beauty. It has a tranquil atmosphere and beautiful countryside surrounding it. Pokhara has an altitude of 950 m but is surrounded by three of the ten highest mountains in the world. Attractions of the area include Phewa Lake, Devi’s Falls, Gupteshwor and Mahendra Caves and the Tibetan refugee camp.

The area is popular for trekking and other adventurous activities so Pokhara is a good base.

Trek to Begnaskote. The walk takes you along the Sundari Danda ridge going east over Bhanjyang with the trail slowly leading higher through forests of chestnut and saal trees. At Pauraake Danda you can explore a small Bahun village perched high on a ridge. The view of the surrounding hills and the twin lakes of Rupa and Behnas are breathtaking. As you gain altitude you reach Begnas village with its clean mud houses and terraced fields. Higher still is Begnas Maidan with sweeping views of the mountains. Higher along the trail you reach Begnaskote, an old military lookout.

Trek to Lamaswanra. Start with a short drive to Bijaypur Khola and walk along an uphill trail passing through small colourful villages. The trail leads upwards round terraced fields and village homes to Kalikasthan (a vantage point for viewing the mountains). After a picnic lunch walk eastwards following the Kalikasthan ridge then south before making a steep descent to Lamaswara, a small fishing village. The final leg of the journey is across the lake by boat.

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