Situated at 210 km west of capital city Kathmandu, Pokhara is also known as “land of lakes”, “city of paradise” in Nepal. With different people living together, this city is also the second-largest city in Nepal and probably the main place for tourism. Regardless of what your interests are Pokhara is the best destination for vacation/holiday. With awesome views of mountains, hills, landscapes, lakes you may run out of time but not the things you can do here. With unlimited options available for like Seti river rafting, kayaking, boating, paragliding you will collect enough experience. Sightseeing is another thing you can do here, you can choose 2 different viewpoints World Peace Stupa and Sarangkot, both provide an awesome view of sunset and sunrise. Mahendra Cave, Chamere gufa (Bat Cave) and Gupteswor Mahadev Cave are some of the cave you can explore. That said Pokhara is the gateway to most of the Annapurna Treks, most of it starts and ends here. Here you will find many options for trekking, the trek packages include one day trek to one week trek. So, you don’t have to worry about time. Scroll down to view some of the top 10 best short treks from Pokhara.
Ghandruk village trek
It is one of the most popular and easy gateways to Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Ghandruk is the most beautiful village/valley with charming Gurung peoples. You can experience most close up views of mountains from here. It has one of the easy trails and has no altitude that may cause altitude sickness, so this trek is suitable for all age groups.
With the appreciation of the beauty of Nature, this trek offers you to visit different rhododendron forest, landscapes(ups and downs) and beautiful villages. The trek lies northeast of Pokhara where one of the largest Gurung villages is situated. You can enjoy Rodhi Ghar if you are lucky which is a late night singing and dancing programme. If you are into birds and butterfly then you don’t want to miss this trek.
This trek is very much recommended for beginners trekkers who do not have prior trekking experiences. It is also suitable for those who can’t stand high altitude. The trek starts from Kalikasthan and passes along the foothills of Annapurna and different Gurung Village Settlements. And finally ends at Begnas Lake. Along the trip, you will enjoy a panoramic view of Pokhara Valley, walk through rhododendron forest and different villages.
Dhampus Village Trek
It is a fascinating 2 days trek from Pokhara. Dhumpus is a small village of Gurung peoples which is also a nice place for overnight stay. Dhumpus hill is one of the viewpoints in Annapurna Region. You can explore Pokhara Valley, Fewa Lake, and the World Peace Stupa. Enjoy the beautiful sunset and sunrise view from here.
Naudanda day hike
Going from Sarangkot there is a small village called Naudanda. It is a short hike from Pokhara. As a Gurung village so you can experience traditional lifestyle of Gurung People here but you can also see mixed culture of different group of people. This place is also famous for Paragliding in which you can enjoy your moment in sky touching clouds, cool breeze. You can collect price less moments here.
With awesome topographical diversity and cultural features, this place holds historical and religious significance. It is also the home for different endangered birds. The majestic view of Mt Dhaulagiri, Mt Ganesh, Mt Manaslu, and Mt Annapurna just makes this trek awesome. This is a short 4 days trek which is very suitable for beginners. Every age group can enjoy this trek.
Sirubari Village tour
Sirubari Village tour is recently introduced home-staying trekking place in Nepal. It is a short 3-day trek(can be extended) where you can experience living in local houses made from local materials. You can also enjoy old cultures, festivals, and lifestyle of that place. This place also offers a majestic view of different mountain peaks like Fishtail, Annapurna etc. This place has favorable weather all year so you can enjoy your time whenever you go.
Sarangkot trek or Sarangkot hiking is one of the most easiest and shortest hike from Pokhara. You can call it a day hike or half day hike. Sarangkot is famous for its viewpoint from where you can see the most beautiful sunrise and sunset ever. And also you can enjoy some Himalayan ranges(Annapurna Range, Dhaulagiri Range, FishTail etc) on a clear day and Pokhara Valley too.
This place is also famous for bird viewing.
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is a relatively short and easy trek. It is also famous for tea house trekking. This is a short 4 days trekking place where you can experience the best sunrise with the panoramic view of mountains. The trail leads you to ancient “salt-trade-route” along with the untainted countryside of different communities.
Begnaskot hill lies in the northeastern side of Pokhara. You can experience a typical day to day life of Nepali lifestyle here like agriculture and fishing. This place offers a beautiful view of different mountain ranges, Pokhara valley, green hills, and lakes. On top of Begnaskot, there is Begnas Kot Temple. You can also enjoy boating in Begnas Lake. As this place less explored the trail is quiet and peaceful.