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Pokhara: Hot Air Balloon in Pokhara

1. Pokhara: Hot Air Balloon in Pokhara

The Pokhara Hot air Balloon Adventures experience is so much more than just a hot air balloon ride. Floating at sunrise over the Annapurna range, the Fishtail, Mountain Dhaulagiri, Mountain Hiunchuli, and Lamjung Himal with the freshness of cold chill weather is something you will never forget. Get a glimpse of heaven as you fly high into the heavenly Nepal skies on a hot air balloon! Begin your journey with a convenient pickup service from your accommodation in the city taking you to the flight area for some safety briefing and instructions before your official hot air balloon experience. Witness spectacular panoramic views of Phewa lake as you ascend and glide through the air for 30-40 minutes. Sunrise Flight 4:45AM - 5:00AM Pick up from your Hotel 40 to 45 Minute Drive to start point. 06:00 AM to 6:40 AM (Flight Starts: depend upon weather). Sunset Shift Flight 03:45PM - 04:00 PM Pick up from your Hotel 40 to 45 Minute Drive to start point. 04:50 PM to 05:30 PM (Flight Starts: depend upon weather). If you are looking for Hot Air Romance, Hot Air Engagement, Hot Air Anniversary & Hot Air Birthday you may contact us for the private flight.

Pokhara: Private Pool Hill Trek with Accommodation and Meals

2. Pokhara: Private Pool Hill Trek with Accommodation and Meals

Head to Poon Hill from Pokhara on this guided 3-day trek with accommodation and meals. Hike past forested areas, mountain villages, and farmland. Visit the Ghorepani mountain settlement and witness the sunrise over the Himalayas from Poon Hill, one of the most popular viewpoints in the world. Day 1: Drive to Nayapul & trek to Ulleri (5-6 hours) Early in the morning, take a 1-hour drive from Pokhara to Nayapul, then start the trek to Ulleri (1940 m). The hike is alongside the Modi Khola and passes along the village of Birethanti. After hiking for a couple of hours, reach Tikedhunga and finally the Magar village of Ulleri. Stay overnight at the lodge. Day 2: Ulleri to Ghorepani (4-5 hours) After breakfast, continue the trek to Banthali (2250 m) before passing through the oak and rhododendron forests en route to Nangathanti (2460 m). The trail then climbs uphill for an hour to reach Ghorepani (2870 m). Later, spend the rest of your night at the lodge. Day 3: Hike to Poon Hill & return to Pokhara At the break of dawn, start the 1-hour hike towards Poon Hill (3210 m). As the most popular Himalayan viewpoint, Poon Hill will be the highlight of the trek. Upon arrival, witness the Himalayan sunrise with spectacular views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Himchuli, and Machhapuchchhre. Afterward, return to your hotel and enjoy breakfast. Then, trek towards Hille, from where you take a 3-hour drive back to Pokhara and get dropped off at your hotel.

Annapurna Base Camp Heli Tour Landing at Mardi Base Camp

3. Annapurna Base Camp Heli Tour Landing at Mardi Base Camp

This Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour is a fantastic way to explore the Annapurna range without the hassle of long days of trekking. This ultimate scenic helicopter ride will give you some of the best mountain views and sceneries. As you fly above through the Annapurna range take in the breathtaking views of the glaciers, moraines, and peaks. In less than an hour, you will reach at an elevation of 13125 feet (4000m) and arrive at Annapurna Base Camp. You will have around 30 minutes at the base camo to take pictures, enjoy amazing views, and maybe even enjoy some tea and breakfast.  This tour is more suitable to those who have a short time in Nepal but wish to have a majestic view of mountains of Annapurna massif. Likewise, if you are unable to deal with the long trek this is the best alternative for you to still enjoy the views.

From Pokhara: 4-Day Ghorepani and Poon Hill Trek

4. From Pokhara: 4-Day Ghorepani and Poon Hill Trek

Day 1 After getting picked up from your hotel in Pokhara, enjoy a 1-hour drive to Birethanti, where you will begin your trek. Ascend through a landscape of teahouses and stunning scenery to reach the Magar village of Ulleri after 2 hours, where you will spend the night. Day 2 Enjoy a 2-hour trek through stone steps this morning. Admire panoramic views of Annapurna and Mt. Fishtail as you ascend into an alpine forest. Stop for a break at one of the route's many teahouses before reaching Ghorepani after 6 hours. From here, enjoy views of the world's deepest valley before retreating to a teahouse lodge for the night. Day 3 Rise early to watch the sunrise from Poon Hill. This is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip as you admire the sun rising over 15 mountain peaks. Marvel at some of the world's largest peaks before descending to Ghorepani. After sunrise, follow a trail that will take you through a rhododendron forest, over mountain ridges to reach Tadapani, where you will spend the night at another teahouse lodge. Day 4 Today, enjoy a short descent to the village of Ghandruk. Soak up the atmosphere of this charming mountain village as you wander through streets filled with thatch and slate roof houses and farming terraces. Stop for lunch at a viewpoint where you can admire views of Annapurna South and Huinchuli. Afterward, continue trekking for 1 more hour before catching a ride back to Pokhara, where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Pokhara: Private City Tour and Sarangkot Sunrise

5. Pokhara: Private City Tour and Sarangkot Sunrise

Wake up early morning and meet your guide at your hotel lobby in Pokhara. Drive in a private vehicle for around 45-60 minutes to Sarangkot. Enjoy the breathtaking sunrise view over the Himalayas, Pokhara Valley, and Phewa Lake from Sarangkot. You can also choose to book a 30-minute paragliding session at Sarangkot. This is a renowned paragliding spot, overlooking the Pokhara valley with panoramic mountain views from 8,000 meters. After the glorious views from Sararangkot, drive back to Pokhara for a break. Continue with a Pokhara city tour and visit both natural and religious sites. See Devi's Falls and its tunnel, which is approximately 500 feet (150 m) long and runs 100 feet (30 m) below ground level. See traditional Nepali houses nearby as well as a series of statues of Nepali figures. Visit Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, a beautiful cave opposite Devi's Falls. A giant stalagmite within this case is honored as a Shiva lingam and is used for prayers. Venture out on a boat and go to the Barahi Temple, built in the middle of Phewa Lake with its two-storied pagoda. Move on to the World Peace Pagoda and enjoy the spectacular view of the mountain, Phewa Lake, and the city and its surroundings. Return back to enjoy the evening’s serenity of the lakeside. You will also visit Bindhya Basini Temple, the most sacred temple in Pokhara city, as well as the International Mountain Museum, which chronicles the past and present development of mountaineering activities in the world in general. Finish your tour with a convenient drop-off service back to your hotel.

Pokhara: 7-Day Trek to Annapurna Base Camp and Hot Springs

6. Pokhara: 7-Day Trek to Annapurna Base Camp and Hot Springs

The experience begins with pickup from your hotel and heads to the trek’s starting point in Nayapul. Get kitted out with all the necessary equipment while your permits are checked then set out along the Modi Khola River, passing through several small villages on the way. Cross over the river to reach the village of Jhinu Danda, before arriving at your accommodation for the night, a quaint tea lodge. Day two starts with an uphill trek to Chhomrong, one of the largest villages along the route. Continue the walk through a dense forest landscape to reach your accommodation for the second night. Enjoy a leisurely trek to Deurali on day three, stopping for lunch against the backdrop of the stunning Himalayas. On day four, follow the trail across several streams towards the Machhapuchhare Base Camp, then hike to Ablation Valley. Follow your guide through the valley, which is a hollow corridor between the glacier and the mountain, then cross over the hills to reach Annapurna Base Camp where you’ll spend the night. On day five, hike through the only way out of Annapurna Sanctuary towards Bamboo. Bamboo is 1,600 m lower than Annapurna Base Camp, so you should expect a hard day on your knees. After a restful night’s sleep, continue your hike down the valley on day six, soaking up panoramic views as you descend to Chomrong and then Jhinu. Arrive at Jhinu and enjoy a well-deserved rest in one of the hot spring baths. Wake up on the final day to a short morning trek, passing by the quaint farmland that surrounds the river. At the end of an unforgettable seven-day trek, arrive back in Nayapul for your drop-off to Pakhora.

From Pokhara: 2-Day Poon Hill Trek

7. From Pokhara: 2-Day Poon Hill Trek

See some of the best sites of the Annapurna Region on a short but sweet overnight hike. Spend the night in a mountain cottage and enjoy meals in the great outdoors.  Day 1: Begin the day with breakfast before departing Pokhara in a 4-wheel off-roading vehicle. It takes 2-4 hours to reach Upper Ulleari, depending on traffic, season, and viewpoint stops. Ulleari is a beautiful Gurung village at an altitude of 2,090 meters. From the last station of Upper Ulleari, start the real Poon Hill trek, crossing the villages of Banthanti, Nangithanti, and Lower Ghorepani. Stop for lunch either in Banthanti or Nangithanti. Reach the Ghorepani camp at the base of Poon Hill at an altitude of 2,860 meters. Dinner and overnight in a cottage.  Day 2: Before sunrise, hike 45-60 minutes to Poon Hill at a height of 3,210 meters. Be mesmerized by the colors and panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayas. On clear days, you can see up to 32 peaks including the 12 peaks of the Bhara Shikhar. Return to camp for a hot breakfast and begin the trek down following the same trail. Return to the 4x4 for drop-off at your hotel in Pokhara.

Kathmandu: 12-Day Annapurna Base Camp Trek

8. Kathmandu: 12-Day Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Trekking to the Annapurna Base Camp is a moderate trip to the base of tenth-tallest peak in the world, which is located in the form of an open bowl. It is walled by the giant peaks of the Annapurna chain, and those who are looking for tranquil trekking on a magnificent trail will find this trek to Annapurna Base Camp appropriate. A combination of the adaptable altitude and awe-inspiring scenery have made this particular trek popular in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Beginning from Nayapul, your trek can be customized according to the choice of the trekkers. The recommended itinerary goes via Ghorepani Poon Hill and joins the base camp trail from Chhomrong. It is also popular to travel through the Annapurna Sanctuary, which leads you to an altitude of 4,130 meters. The upper section of the Annapurna base camp is rugged and offers different features of the surrounding hills and gorges. Even moderately fit trekkers can succeed on this trek, which passes through rhododendron forest and by the ethnic communities of Magar and Gurung. Poon Hill, at 3,210 meters, is one of the best viewpoints that lies on this route. It offers spectacular views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, and Himchuli, as well as other peaks. For meditation and yoga lovers, this base camp trek has become the preliminary choice due to its outstanding tranquil location at the heart of the Himalayas. Day-to-day itinerary: Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival Day 2: Drive to Pokhara by tourist bus (6 hours). Day 3: Drive to Nayapul and begin the trek. Trek to Ulleri (2,073m). Day 4: Trek to Ghorepani (2,856m). Day 5: Hike Poon Hill (3,210m) and then trek to Tadapani (2,630m). Day 6: Trek to Chhomrong (2,020m). Day 7: Trek to Dovan (2,500m). Day 8: Trek to Annapurna base camp (4,131m). Day 9: Trek back to Bamboo (2,345m). Day 10: Trek to Jhinu Hill natural hot Springs (1,760m). Day 11: Trek to Siwai / Ghandruk Phedi (1150m) and drive to Pokhara. Day 12: Drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara,

Pokhara: 30-Minute Tandem Paraglide

9. Pokhara: 30-Minute Tandem Paraglide

Pokhara is considered one of the best destinations to paraglide since it provides a breathtaking aerial view of Pokhara City, Phewa Lake and the Annapurna Himalayan range close up. Paragliding in Pokhara takes off from Sarangkot. Sarangkot is a popular destination for viewing sunrises and sunsets. You will be picked up from you're hotel in Pokhara and driven to Sarangkot, approximately 45 minutes away. After a short briefing from your instructor, you will get ready to take off, launching from about 1800 metres elevation. This adventure will allow you to see three peaks, a view of the lakes and monasteries, jungles and the entire city. The 25-30-minute flight will be one of the most enthralling experiences of your lifetime.   The experience of soaring high in the sky, getting a bird’s eye view of the Annapurna Range, Machhapuchhre, Lamjung Himal, Hiunchuli and Phewa Lake, rivers and green fields is something you will never forget. You will end your adventure by landing near the banks of Phewa Lake, where your driver will be waiting to take you back to Pokhara. You will also get to take home the memories of your adventures with your free flight video. 

From Pokhara: 3-Day Dhampus-Sarangkot Trek

10. From Pokhara: 3-Day Dhampus-Sarangkot Trek

Feel rejuvenated by this unique trail, which passes through rolling hills and past Himalayan peaks. Immerse yourself in the history of the area and cherish the views along the way. Day 1: Drive to Phedi - Trek via Dhampus to Australian Camp After breakfast, travel to Phedi by private vehicles from your hotel in Pokhara in the morning. Arrive at the trek's starting point after a 30-minute drive. Walk for 5-6 hours from Phedi to Australian Camp via Dhampus. Arrive at Australian Camp, popular for its breathtaking views over the Annapurna ranges, Machhapuchhré, Manaslu, and beautiful green hills. Spend the night at Australian Camp Lodge. Day 2: Trek to Sarangkot (1600 m) Have breakfast and then walk from the lodge to Sarangkot for 6-7 hours. Reap the rewards of Sarangkot's mountain views, which are especially enchanting at sunset and sunrise. Spend the night at a mountain garden guest house.  Day 3: Trek to Pokhara Rise early to take in the mountains at sunrise. Have breakfast and then trek from Sarangkot to Pokhara, a 2-3 hours walk.

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What people are saying about Gandaki

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 84 reviews

The ride was amazing, it was my first time to experience paragliding. I planned and booked y ride early on and it was very well handled by all the teams involved. Nabin Pandey was especially the one to highlight, he managed all the communications and kept me updated on my paragliding. He made sure that I was picked up from Pokhara Airport (I only visited for 3 hours to do paragliding). He also made sure that I get a ride back to the airport as well. Last but not the least was my Pilot, Suraj. He took care of me on the ride and ensured that it went smooth and we landed safely after 30 minutes. Thanks a lot for a wonder full experience. Keep up the good work Nepal Social and Get your Guide....Looking forward for more travels and activities in 2023.

I gave 5-stars to support our guide who was amazing and extremely accommodating. That being said, I do not feel that this tour was listed accurately as a beginner tour with the expectation of climbing up multiple mountains and over three hours of ascent. That being said there were Nepali elderly and children on our trek so I understand why there might have been confusion. This tour, coming from someone who is newer to hiking and lives at sea-level, was advanced and as such, we had to end our trip a full day early as we physically could not proceed further in a reasonably safe manner. Our guide was extremely helpful in helping us return to Pokhara due to these limitations a day ahead of schedule.

Great experience! Mohor was our guide and he really took care of us the entire trip. The hike was achievable for beginner hikers. Amazing view at Poon hill, great food along the way and great hike. Recommend for anyone who just wants a short hike and has limited time.

Padam was my guide during this trip. He was extremely helpful and knowledgeable about any questions I had. The accomodation is lovely and Poon Hill is definitely an amazing short trek to see whilst in Pokhara! Worth the experience :)

A light tour where all the must see attractions were covered. Our tour guide named Moti was knowledgeable and had a good customer service. Answer to all our questions on the sites and about Nepal in general.