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While Kathmandu is rich in temples, architectures, markets, town squares, restaurants, bars and all things man-made, Pokhara city is the exact opposite. Pokhara is filled and surrounded with outdoor activities, sports and nature relaxation.
Perhaps the most well-known fact about Pokhara is that it’s the starting point for many of the famous Nepal treks. Other than trekking, Pokhara is also popular with boating, kayaking, rafting, paragliding, mountain biking, motor cycling, horse riding, ziplining and more!
Let’s check out some important facts about Pokhara city:
Pokhara City Weather
Just like the rest of Nepal, the weather and climate in Nepal is rather humid. Generally, Pokhara city and its surrounding is warmer than Kathmandu Valley.
Due to its elevation and warmer weather, Pokhara has significantly more rainfall than the other cities and regions in Nepal. Although there is no snow in the winter, the average night temperature is considerably low and hovers around freezing point.
The monsoon season from June to August is the period with most rain and clouds. This is not the best season for trekking and other adventure activities due to the poor visibility. Also, the views of Annapurna mountain range are least appealing during this period.
The best period to visit Pokhara and its surrounding area for trekking is during the autumn months from September to November.
Lakeside is by far the most popular district in Pokhara city. A long main road that goes around Lake Phewa, you can find most of Pokhara’s shops, restaurants and hotels here. Another draw of Pokhara Lakeside is its magnificent view of the snow-capped Annapurna mountains.
Pokhara Lakeside is a far cry from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu’s Durbar Square or Thamel. It’s scenic, peaceful and relatively small where you can cover the main street by foot in less than an hour.
Besides the modern urban activities of shopping, eating and drinking, there are many other things you can do in Pokhara Lakeside. You can visit the Shiva Shrine, go for a Lakeside Walk along Lake Phewa, go boating in Lake Phewa, drop by the Winter Palace, hike the Sarangkot (Methlang Hill) trail or even play some golf at the Himalayan Golf Course.
Pokhara is known to many as the main starting point for some of Nepal’s most popular treks. Here are some of those Nepal Treks that start from Pokhara:
♦ Ghandruk Trek
A relatively easy and short trek, this trek is suitable for everyone. You’ll go through villages, river banks and paddy fields. The actual duration of trekking is around 3 days. See our Ghorepani Gandruk Trek Package for more information.
♦ Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
This is an easy and moderate trek that goes through mountain scenery, charming villages, rhododendron forests and sub-tropical valleys. The duration of this trek is around 4 days 3 nights. Look through our Poon Hill Trek Nepal for more details.
♦ Mardi Himal Trek
This is a short and moderate trek where you can appreciate the majestic views of Annapurna, Machhapuchre (Fishtail) and Himchuli Mountains. You’ll also experience trails through forests, villages, valleys, farms and rivers. Check out our Mardi Himal Trek package.
♦ Annapurna Base Camp Trek (ABC Trek)
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek route follows the Modikhola (River) Valley up to the Annapurna South Base Camp. The base camp is situated in a natural bowl beautifully formed and surrounded by eight 7000-plus-meter Himalayan Peaks. This is a moderate 10 Days 9 nights trek. We offer one of the most affordable Nepal ABC Trek.
♦ Jomsom Muktinath Trek
This is a moderate 9 Days 8 nights trek where you can see magnificent mountains and magical sunrises, go past the world’s deepest gorge, watch a burning natural gas, explore some temples and more. To know more, see our Jomsom Muktinath Trek Package.
♦ Upper Mustang Trek
Known as the Hidden Kingdom of Nepal, Upper Mustang is a remote and isolated region of the Nepalese Himalayas. Explore valleys, caves, monasteries and many archaeological sites on this trek. This is essentially a moderate 11 Days 10 Nights trek. Find out more about our Upper Mustang Trek package.
♦ Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the longest, most challenging and most rewarding treks in Nepal and the Himalayas. This is a 16 days 15 Nights tough trek that should be attempted only by the fit, the brave and the strong. Challenge yourself and conquer Nepal with the ultimate Annapurna Circuit Trek.
Things to do in Pokhara
Besides the picturesque and fun trekking around Pokhara, there are many more outdoor activities for the adrenaline junkies. Whether you are young, old, experienced, or novice, there is something for everyone.
You can go for a beautiful and memorable paragliding experience with Annapurna mountains in the background. Paragliding activities usually run from September to April and stop during the monsoon season from June to August.
♦ Water Balling
Fancy something fun, thrilling and unique all at once? Try Water Balling around Pokhara Lakeside. Water Balling works by having you, the ‘baller’, move a giant 2-meter inflatable spheres on the lake! It can’t get any more exciting and fun than this.
♦ Water Biking
Still around the lake, you can also go water biking. You can choose to either bike on a seated twin-paddle or a standing water bike.
♦ Kayaking & Rafting
In terms of Whitewater Rafting and Kayaking, there are half-day, full-day and even overnight trips in Pokhara. The most popular rivers for rafting are the Seti, Kali Gandaki and Marsyangdi Rivers. If you’re up for the challenge, you can even raft all the way from Narayani River in Pokhara to Chitwan National Park!
♦ Mountain Biking
If you prefer to bike without getting wet, consider going for some mountain biking on the same trekking trails around Pokhara.
♦ Motor Cycling
If you fancy something that’s a little faster than a bike, go for a motor cycling experience in Pokhara! Simply rent a motorbike and go for motor cycling day trip around Pokhara.
♦ Horse Riding
For those who prefer slower pace and more inclined towards nature-centric activities, try horse riding to see the various trails and trek routes around Pokhara.
♦ Ziplining & Bungee Jumping
For the ultimate thrill seekers, go for a Ziplining (zipflying) experience on Sarangkot or a 70-meter bungee jumping.
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