Attractions in Pokhara

5/27/13 3:40 AM


One of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal, Pokhara is known for its amazing view of the snowy mountains and glistening lakes, paragliding, zip-lining, and much more. International tourists and many Kathmandu residents flock to Pokhara for weekends and holidays, and on New Year's Eve. Some of the sites we recommend visiting in Pokhara are Fewa Lake, World Peace Pagoda, Sarangkot, Davis Falls, and Gupteswor Mahadev cave.

Because many of the attractions are not too far from each other, a few can be visited in the same day. Crawl through Gupteswore Mahadev cave in the morning and make your way up a hill on the southern shore of Fewa Lake to the World Peace Pagoda afterwards. In the evening, stroll through Lakeside, the area along Fewa Lake, to take in the variety of restaurants, shops and plenty of scenic spots to view the lake.


In northwest Pokhara and at an altitude of 1600m, Sarangkot offers panoramic views of the Himalayas. Traditionally known for its breathtaking sunrise vista, Sarangkot has recently become recognized as the place to paraglide and zip-line in Nepal. Sit back as the wind takes you where it may over the terraced hills, which have the Annapurna mountain range on one side and Lake Fewa on the other. There are many companies, such as Everest Paragliding, to paraglide with. For those who would like to be closer to the ground, zip-lining offers just as much of a thrill. Traveling at 120 kph maximum speed for the 2 minute, 1800 meter long ride that also features a 200 foot vertical drop, zip-lining is a true adrenaline rush. HighGround Adventures has special offers available for students, groups and other discounts available also. To book your ride, visit their website.

Don't miss Pokhara on your trip to Nepal. Most upscale and higher starred hotels are on the southern and south-eastern fringes of Pokhara where there are more open lands and therefore unhindered view of the mountains. Lakeside hotels are right where the busy nightlife of Pokhara takes place. Some accommodations in one of the most happening valleys in Nepal are Hotel Barahi and Hotel The Kantipur.


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If you’d like to get more oxygen in your body than how much Yak Attack  offers, join the Trans Nepal mountain bike race this December.


The 5-day off road race follows the same path as Yak Attack the first 4 days before veering west to Pokhara.  Competitors will have to complete 8 timed sections as they make their way across the Himalayan foothills.  Even if the riders never reach more than approximately 1,900 m (6,234 ft.) in altitude, they won’t miss out on the astonishing views of the snow-capped mountains jutting up 8,000 m into the sky.


Trans Nepal, which includes plenty of opportunities for competitors to ride together and enjoy the scenery in between the timed sessions, is limited to 30 people.  For more details, including how your friends and family can join you without participating in the race, visit


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How high are we talking, exactly?


So high that you’ll find only about 50% of the oxygen available at sea level. This happens at an altitude of 5,416 m (17,769 ft.). If the race doesn’t sound tough enough for you, add 30 cm of snow over the first 4 days; temperature dipping at points to -15 °C before wind chill; and passing 400 km through rough descents, soft sand climbs, mud, landslides, and suspension bridges with a total altitude gain of 12,000 meters.


Do you now get why a former participant said,“this isn’t racing, it’s torture”? Yak Attack may be torturous, but it’s the type of pain people keep coming back to year after year. Join them and other extreme challenge seekers as they make their way through 8 stages during the 8 day race in March 2014.


A place in one of toughest bike races in the world is strictly limited to 25 riders. The 13-day Yak Attack package includes accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in addition to the race course locations. To find out more about what another rider described as the “most awesome riding I've ever done,” check out


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Those who trek along the imposing mountains of Nepal are challenge seekers—that’s clear. But how about those who run the 26.2 mile marathon from Mount Everest Base Camp in the world’s highest altitude marathon—what do we call them?  

Maybe as fast as a cheetah. Maybe astonishingly brave.  Maybe extremely determined. Or maybe downright crazy. However, the important question isn’t what to call them. It is: Are you one of them? Find out on the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of the world’s tallest mountain on May 29, 2013.

On your downhill run from the height of 5,365 meters (17,602 feet), find motivation to make it to the finish line (and forget about the lack of air) in the astonishing view. You will pass high altitude moraines, enormous yaks, multi-colored prayer flags fluttering in the Himalayan wind, mellow meadows, and Sherpas going about their daily lives.

A 19 day travel package that starts on May 16th is available to help you prepare for the exhilarating chance to run the highest altitude marathon in the world. If friends and family want to join you on your journey without running the marathon, they can. To find out more about the Tenzing Hillary Mount Everest Marathon, which had over 150 participants last year, visit  



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The Great Himalaya Trail (GHT), one of the longest and highest walking trails in the world, winds 1,700 kilometers through northern Nepal. It encompasses 5 other countries: Bhutan, China (Tibet), India, Myanmar, and Pakistan. In Nepal, GHT includes the legendary Mount Everest and Annapurna regions.


The country’s GHT is broken into 10 different sections that can each be walked in two to three weekson average. Trekkers on the upper trail reach a height of up to 6,200 meters as they pass towering mountains and remote villages. Those who want to connect with various cultural groups and enjoy lush hills can take the lower trail, which has an average altitude of 2,000 meters.


To expand and improve trekkers’ access to the remarkable terrains of Nepal, the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has been exploring the regions through which GHT runs. Its latest exploration team took off for the Humla district, wedged in the northwestern corner of the country, on April 2, 2013. TAAN is conducting a 23 day trek to determine the possibility of GHT side trails in this region.

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Yoga Trekking in Nepal

4/3/13 9:46 PM


By incorporating yoga and related practices into trekking, yoga trekking takes traveling through Nepal's breathtaking mountains and enchanting hills to new heights. Thanks to companies like Purna Yoga& Treks, trekkers and yogis of all levels can participate in massages, meditation, stretching, and yoga during their trekking expeditions around Pokhara and Mount Everest.


A yoga trek may include yoga and meditation in the morning, hiking during the day, stretches along the way, and relaxation sessions at night, with a massage and yoga retreat to conclude the trip. Participants will find their bodies being challenged yet rejuvenated, and their minds soaking up the serenity of the environment in which they practice the holistic activities. Yogi trekkers can choose excursions ranging from less than a week up to two weeks in traditional trekking areas such as Annapurna Base Camp, Everest Base Camp, and Poon Hill.


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