Sarankot Hiking Tour”, an interesting and scenic trip for all travelers, especially for families ,who wants to luxurious holiday in Nepal .
As this trip is suitable leisure with moderate walks which involves a cultural and historical sightseeing tour in Kathmandu city. Kathmandu is full of ancient monuments with World Heritage Sites from old temples, palaces and monasteries. Our tour is accompanied and led by an experience guides fully equipped with knowledge in culture, history, religion, flora,fauna, and medical and first aid as well.They are well-trained and are able to offer you in depth knowledge of the country, with all kinds of information to make your holiday in Nepal, enjoyable and interesting.
This amazing trip “Sarankot Hiking Tour” starts with a warm welcome on arrival and with impressive and enjoyable sightseeing around Kathmandu’s important heritage sites such as holy Hindu Pashupatinath Temple adorned with golden pagoda roofs and four silver doors. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva where one can observe this spiritual surrounding by the bank of Bagmati River. From Pashupatinath onwards ,the tour leads to huge Bouddhanath Stupa also called as “Little Tibet” where you can observe the Tibetan Buddhist culture and its way of daily life,later the tour continues towards the old durbar squares and palaces, steeped with history , temples and monuments. Then we head to the landmark of Kathmandu valley, the Swayambhunath Stupa, located west of the city on a hillock offering super panorama of Kathmandu valley with rolling green hills and snow capped mountains towards north, this stupa one of the oldest with 2,500 years of history.
Next morning,we start with an interesting drive towards picturesque Pokhara, one of the most stunning and popular touristic spot in all Himalaya and probably in the world.The drive leads through many farm villages and towns following the Trisuli River for some time and then heading west with alluring views of Manaslu, Lamjung, Annapurna ranges and Mt. Machhapuchhre, meaning Fish Tail.On reaching Pokhara, we check-in to hotel by the pristine Phewa Lake and in the afternoon is followed by roaming around Pokhara.
We take a morning drive of few hours beyond Pokhara valley,towards rural farm life of Kande village,located beautifully amidst the fascinating views of Annapurna Himalaya . Later, we take an hour or more hike uphill in the shade of cool rhododendron and oaks tree forest with grand views of the valley below and then reaching on a fabulous spot at Australian Camp also called as Thulo Kharka, meaning Sheppard’s Shelter. The camp is a beautiful place with wide green pasture in the midst of alpine woodlands with tremendous panorama of snow capped mountains views from worlds 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), 10th highest Mt. Annapurna I (8,091m) Annapurna South (7,219 m), Gangapurna (7,455m) and Annapurna III (7,555 m), Mt. Machhapuchhre ‘Fish-Tail’ (6,997 m) extending towards east 8th highest Mt. Manaslu 8,163 m. After an impressive time here, we head downhill and walk on a high ridge towards another picturesque spot at Sarankot hill, which is an adjoining hill of Pokhara valley. Walk then leads through many scattered farm villages and terraces on Sarankot,which offers an amazing view of gorgeous himalayan ranges and is famous worldwide for paragliding.
Next morning after catching the striking sunrise views alongside the awesome mountain panorama,our walk leads downhill towards Phewa Lake and then back to respective hotels.
In the afternoon,we do sightseeing around Pokhara with the visit of Bindhayabasini Temple in the hub of Pokhara local market place where you can observe the locals with their interesting daily life.This tour then is leaded to a beautiful Devi’s water fall known as Pathelo Chhago. Then, we visit Gupteshwor Mahadev cave, a huge cave with a shrine of Lord Shiva. All these visits are done in a day with lunch break in between followed by an evening dinner in a nice restaurant by the lake and with cultural folk dance program of Nepal.
This awesome and enjoyable Sarankot Hiking Tour concludes with a scenic drive back to Kathmandu.The incredible journey then ends with departure from Tribhuwan International Airport with the incredible service of Team Himalaya.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu received by Team Himalaya staff.
On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport our staff will receive with warm welcomes with garland and transfer to the hustle bustle Kathmandu city and check into nice respective hotels, after refreshment our guide and staff will brief with information regarding your Holiday in Nepal with us.
Evening dinner in typical Nepali restaurants with folk dance programs of various ethnic tribes of Nepal.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Morning after breakfast at given time our city and cultural guide will guide you in and around Kathmandu at places of interest and importance, as Kathmandu Valley is full of World Heritage Sites the holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath (Little Tibet), Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel, preparation for next day exciting tour beyond Kathmandu towards picturesque Pokhara.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara 8,630 m – 06 hrs journey.
Starting this wonderful holiday with a morning short drive towards the south eastern Kathmandu valley, an interesting thrilling journey heading downhill to warmer area through many farm villages and towns following Trisuli River for few hours and then heading due west towards picturesque Pokhara with fabulous views of Annapurna, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu mountain range as the drive leads closer to Pokhara, on reaching this beautiful place transfer to respective hotels by the Lake Phewa with time in the afternoon to marvel the snow capped mountains and shops around the lake side.
Day 04: Drive to Kande 1,530 m hike to Australian Camp 2,050 m.
Morning after breakfast a short scenic drive leads past Pokhara valley on the western suburb following the Baglung / Pokhara highway through towns and villages and farm fields, as the drive continues on an uphill winding road to Naudanda with panorama of Annapurna Himalaya with majestic Mt. Machhapuchhre “Fish Tail”then climbing further up at Kande village on the road side, from here our hike begins with a leisure walk uphill passing by farm houses and into cool shade of nice alpine forested area and finally ending the day at Australian camp locally known as Thulo Kharka, one of the most stunning spot for views of Annapurna and Manaslu range of mountains with ever present Mt. Machhapuchhre which dominates the Pokhara valley and surrounding hills. Overnight in a cozy nice lodge with overwhelming views of surrounding landscapes views, this is a wide pasture field located in the middle of alpine forest with tremendous panorama of mountains and landscape scenery where the air is much cooler at an altitude of 2,050 meters, the highest spot of this trip, afternoon free at leisure to marvel its beautiful surrounding in a tranquil environment.
Day 05: Hike to Sarankot 1,460 m – 05 hrs walks.
This fabulous spot offers fantastic views of sunrise with snow capped mountains, morning our walk continues heading downhill through farm terraces and then a short climb reaching at Naudanda village on the road side, from here our route diverts towards east to Sarankot, walk is enjoyable through many villages of Kaski kot and farm terraces, after a great hike of 4-5 hours reaching another magnificent scenic Sarankot hill top offering alluring vista of mountains, rolling green hills and of Pokhara valley with Phewa Lake down below. Sarankot at 1,460 meters high a popular view point which is close to Pokhara city and this fabulous spot is famous for Para Gliding which is one of the most thriving adventure sports in Pokhara.
Afternoon just relax and enjoy the grand vista of mountains and valleys with cup of refreshing drinks.
Day 06: Walk downhill to Pokhara afternoon tour at places of interest.
Morning after catching the stunning views of sunrise over chain of mountain range, heading downhill through farm terraces as the temperature gets warmer on reaching by the lake Phewa shore, from here walk is pleasant on the gradual on the wide motorable road all the way back to respective hotels, after a refreshing, sightseeing tour around Pokhara’ places of interest a short drive and walk in the local areas of Pokhara with traditional bazaar and ethnical diverse traders. Visit the Brindabhasini temple located on top of the market place, this whole area reflects the Newari architecture of Kathmandu valley, although Pokhara majority are of hill people the Gurung and some Magar, Tamang with Hindu Brahmins, Chettries and Dalits. The local bazaar has important and interesting shrines called Bindhayabasini Mandir (temple), this white dome shaped dominates a spacious stone paved courtyard on a shady hill top with excellent views of the bazaar and the Annapurna mountains.
From here a short drive towards south of the city at David’s Fall also known as Pathello chhago, a cascading waterfalls depending upon the season, in wet season this place with torrential waterfalls, a nice peaceful area with garden, after a short visit here heading across the street to Gupteshwor Mahadev cave, a huge cave with a shrine of Lord Shiva just few down steps inside the cave further down Seti river makes its way as a massive water fall.
After a delightful sightseeing tour head back to hotel with afternoon free at leisure for individual activities and souvenirs shopping.
Day 07: Drive back to Kathmandu – 06 hrs journey.
Morning with breakfast depart from Pokhara on the same route, as the drive leads towards many towns and villages and then following Trisuli River up streams, as drive climbs on the winding road reaching the Kathmandu valley rim at Nagdhunga and then towards the entrance to Kathmandu city at Thankot, from here a short drive leads into the busy traffic road and back to respective hotels, after a great time in Pokhara, late afternoon free at leisure with evening farewell dinner in a nice Nepali restaurants or similar with excellent meals.
Day 08: International departure homeward bound.
Your last day in amazing Nepal, after a wonderful and enjoyable Sarankot Hiking Tour with Team Himalaya, as per your flight time transfer to airport for your flight back home or to respective destinations.