Introducing Pokhara

Despite being in the foothills of a mountain range, any trip to Pokhara will be full of high points. Paraglide over lakes, take on some of the most iconic hikes (across some of the tallest peaks) in the world, or slow down and soak up centuries of Himalayan history.

Things to do

Pokhara offers unforgettable hikes ranging from beginner-level to peak challenges. The most famous is the Annapurna circuit, a quest to base camp at the foot of the 8000m mountain that ordinarily takes almost two weeks. But shorter routes offer a satisfying taste of the Himalaya. For a day’s exploration delve into its network of caves, and marvel at stunning stalactites and the Bat cave (not that one). You’ll be rewarded at the end with views of the secluded Davi’s falls.

If the mountains aren’t enough to get your heart racing in Pokhara, try a whole host of adventure sports. Bungee jump into water, take the world’s longest and steepest zipline for an unmatched view of the Annapurna mountain range, or race down the Seti river in a white-water raft. If you have any energy left, paraglide for a bird’s eye view of Lake Phewa.

Take the pace down a notch and soak up the atmosphere of the sacred sites of Pokhara. One of the most picturesque is the Tal Barahi Temple, accessible only by boat. In the middle of Lake Phewa, this Hindu temple tells stories of deities and demons. Then disembark and hike up to the World Peace Pagoda for spectacular city and mountain views, and insights into Buddhist teachings.

Top Tip from SLH

If you’re planning on hiking in the Himalaya at altitude, hire experienced guides – they’ll help you to take your time and savour a once-in-a-lifetime experience.