There are several good hikes in the foothills of Annapurna. Sarangkot (1,500 m) is one of the best places to start a walk. Follow the ridge coming across charming villages, terraced farming and Himalayan view points. A short easy day hike could end at Naudanda after 3 hrs from where you will be picked up. If you are looking for real day's work, 3 more hrs of walk will lead to Australian camp at 2,060 m. Australian camp has few lodges in the forest clearing on the mountain ridge offering awe-inspiring Himalayan views.
The two days hike includes a night stay in an Australian camp. The place is perched high up on the mountain side overlooking the Annapurna range. Next day, walk down to the village of Dhampus. Dhampus is another scenic village in the gateway of Annapurna base camp trek. Follow the ridge and climb down to the highway at Banskot.
The three day’s hike follows the ridge to the Gurung village of Aastam. The hilltop resort is another scenic feast in more pristine natural surroundings. On the third day walk down two hrs to meet the highway at Milan Chowk and drive back to Pokhara.
World peace pagoda lies atop the hillock in the southern shore of the Phewa Lake. A boat ride across the lake to the shore near ‘Lychee Garden’ will take about 25 minutes. Well made stone steps climb 300 m to the top through the forest grove in 1 and half hrs. The top marked by world peace pagoda offers a tremendous view of the lake and Pokhara city with the backdrop of Annapurna and Manaslu range. You can either drive down or walk to Chore-Patan where Devi’s Fall, Tibetan Refugee camp and Gupteshower caves are.
A Longer scenic hike is possible starting from Pumdi. Drive about 16 km to Thadekhola River on the Siddhartha highway and climb 40 minutes to Pumdi village. The trail follows the ridge south of Phewa lake through the charming villages. You can climb down to the phewa lake from the World peace pagoda and take a boat across the lakeside.
Kathmandu is surrounded by verdant hills overlooking at the Himalayan ranges. These hills still exhibits countryside of Nepal and shelters significant species of wildlife. Day hike or short trek around Kathmandu is fantastic idea to prepare yourself for high altitude treks / Tibet tour.
Short treks in Nepal
The foothills of Himalaya provide beautiful short and easy treks and day hikes starting from either Pokhara or kathmandu.
Kathmandu and Pokhara are the most popular valleys in the southern foothills of the Himalayas. While Kathmandu is cultural center, Pokhara is has the best of nature and Himalayan view.
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