If you are planning to visit Pokhara then here are activities you could do there.
1. Paragliding In Pokhara
If you are interested in paragliding then Pokhara is heaven for it. It ranks within top 10 best paragliding sites in the world. You can experience the beauty of Himalayan griffin vultures, eagles, kites, villages, monasteries, lakes, forests and many more things from the sky.
Paragliding Price in Pokhara
There are multiple companies working in this business. But most of them have similar prices. It is better to book your flight on your own as you should not have to pay for the commissions.
The price for paragliding depends upon the duration of a flight. The short duration consists of approximately 25 minutes and the price for it is nearly 7,000 RS.
If you are interested in flight for longer duration which is about 50 minutes then it might cost you nearly 10,000 Rs.
Is it Safe?
Many people think twice before going for paragliding due to safety concern. Like other adventurous sports, paragliding is also risky. However, the risk is minimized by training and risk management activities. Proper equipment such as parachute design, helmet, and reserve parachute, a good harness is necessary for paragliding.
2. Trekking in Pokhara
Great Himalaya Trails lies in Nepal which is the network of trails. If you want to experience these trails then Pokhara can be a suitable place for it.
Pokhara leads to famous trekking routes such as Gorepani Poon Hill, Annapurna Base Camp, Mardi Himal, Khopra Danda and Dhampus village Trek.
Poon Hill Trek
Poon Hill lies at 3,210 meters above the sea level and it is famous for the sunrise and view of Annapurna Himalaya range.
The route starts from Pokhara and it takes 4 to 5 days to reach the hill through Ghandruk Village.
The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek can be done almost every season but in winter trekkers could find difficulties due to snow and ice.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Annapurna Base Camp Trek provides you an opportunity to get sublimity from spectacular Mountain View and Nepali Culture. You will reach the Annapurna Base Camp as your final destination which is at the height of 4130 meters.
The route begins from Pokhara and it takes 7 to 12 days. This trek is not difficult and anyone with a moderate health condition can take it.
September to November and March to May are the best seasons to trek the route.
Mardi Himal Trek
The trek passes through the jungle of rhododendron forests up to the level of 3,300 meters.
Mardi Himal Trek is unseen by many tourists so, it is your best opportunity to discover this virgin land. You can view scenes of Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, and Himchuli.
The trek takes 5 to 7 days from Pokhara. The difficulty level of the trek is moderate but as the route is a bit harsh you should have good fitness level.
This spectacular place is heaven for real adventure seeking trekkers. The route passes through pine, rhododendron and bamboo forests. You can also observe the culture of people living there. You reach the highest elevation of 4600 meters in this trek.
The duration of the trek is 14 days and best seasons are autumn and spring.
Dhampus Village Trek
This is a short trek but it is rewarding. You can view Annapurna range and observe country lifestyle of Nepal.
You reach the maximum altitude of 1700 meters and the trekking route is easy.
The trekking days are 2.
3. Skydiving in Pokhara
Nepal can be an alluring place for skydiving enthusiasts. Pokhara is best for the people who want it to be less extreme but for extreme level, Everest is always there.
Skydiving in Pokhara is a jump made from an altitude of 11,000 to 13,000 ft to a place called Pame Danda Dropzone which lies in the western part of Phewa Taal.
Price of Skydiving in Pokhara
Skydiving is not so cheap in Pokhara. Nepalis are charged approximately 75 thousand Rs, for Indians 80 thousand Rs and for foreigners US $ 25 thousand.
How safe is skydiving?
This is the most common question asked by people. This sport demands high emphasis on safety. If it is done with precaution, it is reliable like other sports. Tandem skydiving is the best option for beginners. In this type of skydiving, an instructor can guide you through all the processes.
4. Zip Flyer in Pokhara
Zip flyer is another attractive sport you can involve in Pokhara. Zip Flyer in Pokhara is one of the longest, tallest and steepest ziplines in the world with the length of 1860 meters.
It starts from Sarangkot and ends in Hemmja. You can reach up to 100 mph passing above the dense forest. You can enjoy the scenic beauty of Machhapuchhre, the Annapurna range, and Seti Nadi.
The total time for Zip Flyer is 2 and half hours and the participants must be between 35 and 125 kgs. People with back problems and pregnant women are not recommended to take a ride. People above the age of 13 years are allowed to participate.
How safe is Zip Flyer in Pokhara?
Safety is given first priority according to the official website. The systems have been designed with the most advanced technologies and comply with ASTM and TUV standards.
5. Canyoning and Canyoneering in Pokhara
Canyoning is also known as Canyoneering. It is a type of sport which includes hiking, abseiling, jumping, climbing, and sliding. It is best for adrenaline junkies.
The canyoning is located halfway between Kathmandu and Pokhara.
The best season is from October to December and March to May.
6. Water Rafting in Pokhara
Upper Seti River Rafting can be done in Pokhara. It is 30 minutes away from Pokhara Lakeside.
It is 1 and half hour rafting adventure with class iv and iv+ rapids.
You can get the awesome views of Annapurna Mountains, crystal clear water and suspension bridges with prayer flags.
October to mid-December and March to May are the perfect time for rafting. You are not recommended to do in winter as it might cause hypothermia.
It is approximately Rs 4000 for Nepali and Rs 5000 for foreigners.
7. Phewa Lake
There are seven popular lakes in Pokhara and Phewa Lake is largest of them. Phewa Lake is known as Phewa Taal in Nepali. It is freshwater lake located in the southern part of Pokhara valley.
It is the second largest lake of Nepal with a length of 4 km and width of 2 km. The average depth is 8.6 m and the maximum depth is 24 m.
It is the most popular and most visited lake in Nepal. The reflection of Machhapuchhere, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges on its surface is the main attraction for tourists.
There lays a temple called Barahi Mandir at the center of the lake. It is built in pagoda style and it is the temple of Barahi who is Water Goddess.
The lake is rich with 17 species of native fish and 4 exotic species.
8. Begnas Lake In Pokhara
Begnas Taal or Begnas Lake is the second largest lake of Pokhara Valley. It is also a freshwater lake located in the Siswa village in the south-east part of Pokhara.
Begnas Lake covers the surface area of 3.28 square km. The average depth is 6.6m and the maximum depth is 10 m. The lake water is drained out by Khudi Khola from the Western part.
There are multiple resorts in Begnas lake area and is famous among tourists visiting Pokhara. You can enjoy boating and fishing in the lake.
9. Devi’s Falls In Pokhara
Davi’s falls is known as Patale Chango in Nepali. It is located in Pokhara.
The water flows in the underground tunnel after reaching its bottom. The length of the tunnel is 150 m and it is 30 m below the ground level.
The naming of the fall has a story behind it. In 1961, a Swiss couple Davi went for swimming but the wife drowned. Her body was recovered 3 days later. Her father wished to name the falls as “Davis Falls”.
Thousands of people visit this place but it was once taken as suicide point. Tourists and locals jumped from the cliff down to the bottom. Safety measures were applied and now the activity has reduced.
10. Mahendra Cave In Pokhara
Mahendra Cave is a large limestone cave located near Pokhara. It is about 1100 meters above sea level.
The cave is dark and artificial lighting is provided half of the way. You can find a statue of Hindu Lord Shiva inside the cave. It attracts thousands of tourists every year.
The cave got its name Mahendra from the former King Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev. It was discovered in late 1950’s by local people and has remained a major place of attraction until now.
11. Shanti Stupa/ Peace Stupa In Pokhara
Shanti Stupa is a Buddhist monument of Pokhara. Shanti means peace in Sanskrit and Nepali and Stupa is pagoda.
Shanti Stupa in Pokhara is the first world peace pagoda in Nepal. It was built by Nipponzan Myohoji monk Morioka Sonin with the support of local people.
The stupa is 115 feet tall and 344 feet in diameter.
Located at the top of Ananda Hill, Shanti Stupa adds beauty to the Pokhara Valley. From there you can view Himalayan range, Fewa Lake, and Pokhara city.
It is 7 km away from Pokhara city and you can reach there through blacked topped road or hiking trails and cycling tracks.