Pokhara is one of the most beautiful cities in Nepal. This tourism city has a hoard of activities for you to do whether it’s partying all night or waking up to the sights of beautiful mountains. Pokhara is packed with flocks of tourists all year round.
Another thing Pokhara is famous for is being the trekking gateway to some of the most beautiful trekking destinations in the world. While there are quite a few to choose from depending upon your length of holidays. Also, longer trekking routes are more adventurous, as in the trails would be undeveloped and you will be passing through some of the most remote villages in the country.
Among lots of different trekking routes, here are the 3 most amazing trek trips you can start at Pokhara.
Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking
Ghorepani trek is the easiest one on our list. The trek starts from Pokhara and will take you 4 – 5 days. This trek is particularly famous for the magnificient sights of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Machhapuchhre and Mt. Dhaulagiri.
Maximum elevation point of this trek is at 3210m. If you’re camera savvy grab your tripod too as you’ll be able to get the best view of sunrise and sunset from Poonhill. Another major attraction point of this trek is the Ghandruk village. You will see the lifestyle you have never imagined before, and this is also a perfect opportunity for you to learn about gurung cultures and enjoy the local food.
Annapurna Basecamp Trek
Annapurna Basecamp Trek is another classic trekking trip in Nepal that is on the top of the list of almost anyone visiting Nepal. This trek has been the favorite of many trekkers due to the breathtaking view it provides of the top mountainous ranges such as Mt. Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Himchuli and Mt. Machapuchhre.
Difficulty-wise, this trekking trip is slightly more difficult compared to the Poonhill trek. The total trekking trip will require about a week, and walking through the mountainous trails, you will reach the maximum elevation of 4130m. The best time to go on this trek would be August, September, October, just before the winter hits and the rainy season is over and March, April, May after the winter’s over. While June, July should be fine too, being the rainy season, it’s not recommended.
Upper Mustang Trekking
Upper Mustang is regarded as the last forbidden kingdom of Nepal, as the trekking routes were only completely closed until 1989. Also known as little Tibet, people in Mustang follow Tibetan Buddhism. Like the previous two, this trekking trip also starts from Pokhara. You will be traveling to Jomsom via flight or drive and head towards Upper Mustang.
From Kagbeni to Lo Manthang, you will be trekking in the places you’ve only heard of before this. While it’s not the most difficult of treks, it can take up to 2 weeks as it’s a long route but it will depend on your pace and rest days. As a tourist, you will need to take a permit to trek in Mustang.
There are plenty of attractive points here, from amazing sights of the Himalayas, never ending landscapes to beautiful local culture, along with Buddhist Monasteries and Ancient Caves.
All three of these trips will be amazing, so choose the one that’s most feasible to you.
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