Pokhara is just the perfect stop for experiencing adventurous heaven in life by living on earth.
Looking for a place to chill out after an epic visit to crowded places? Suffering hard from the chaos of Kathmandu and want to diverge yourself to other cities for a while? Then, Pokhara is the perfect antidote for you. Pokhara, the second largest city of Nepal, is the gem for every traveler and attraction point for tourists where you can easily sustain for a longer period of time than you planned without missing your hometown. The city, famous for its stunning snow-capped mountains, lakes, best trekking routes, diverse cultural activities, cafes and restaurants and many other adventurous activities, is located on the banks of Lake Phewa.
Let’s check out some of the major 7 adventurous activities of Pokhara.
The best thing about pokhara since a decades is paragliding. The first choice for paragliding always ends at Pokhara because it is not only fun and provides stunning views of himalayas but also considered to be a very safe place for landing and take-off. The flights will not only allow you for adventure but also offer you the scenery of stunning soaring over lakes, jungles, local villages, ancient monasteries looking at the snow capped Annapurna mountain etc. They offered you two types of flights - a high flight with thermal currents lasting for about 30 minutes and around 1 hour flight taking you over the city visit and showing close up of the breath-taking mountains views.
Tandem Flight Cost: around US $90 per 30 minutes / US $140 per 60 minutes.
Solo Flight Cost: If you are capable enough to fly on your own without any risk then ask for permission with main authority. They will charge around US $ 70 for it.
Best Season: Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November)
Best time of day: Flights are operated 3 times in a day - around 10 AM, at 12 noon and at 2 PM. Among these time periods, the flight of 12 and 2 time periods are considered very exciting because the sun warmed up and flight became very turbulent. Also, one at 10 AM is also good which is pretty calm because of no formation of necessary thermal.
2. ZIP FLYING
Zip flying in Pokhara is one of the greatest tourist attractions in the country. This adventure activity consists of zip lining a vertical drop of almost 2,000 feet, through a distance of 1.8 kilometres. It is considered as the world's fastest and highest zip line. It occurs at an incline of 56 degrees, which allows for high-speed zip lining through scenic places at a speed of 120 kilometres per hour. While zip flying in Pokhara, one will be able to witness the rolling green hills of Nepal with breathtaking views of Mt. Machhapuchchhre also known as the Fish Tail Mountain. If you ever visit pokhara, don't miss this ultimate opportunity.
Location: Highground Zip Flyer Take Off Station
Opening hours: 8 am to 3 pm
Cost: Starting price around USD 78
Weight Limit: 35kgs to 140kgs
Age: Above 13 years
Duration: 2.5 hours to 3 hours including the whole process - departure from Lakeside until return back to Lakeside including Zip Flyer.
3. ULTRALIGHT FLIGHT
Fly high above in the sky like a bird by flying in an ultralight aircraft above tha Pokhara city. It consists of 2 seats - one for passengers and one for pilots which offer around 15 - 90 minutes riding and flying opportunity. These ultralight flights from Pokhara operate in two shifts, where the first shift starts from sunrise to 11 am and the second between 3 pm till sunset. The speed range of the ultralights can reach anywhere between 50km/hr to 90km/hr reaching a maximum altitude of 5,000 feet. It is one of the best ways to enjoy the enthralling beauty of Pokhara - lake, green forests and meadows. Also, one can get a chance to get the close-up view of the most popular peaks of the world - Annapurna, Machhapuchchhre, Manaslu, and Dhaulagiri. Adventure activity providing you full emotions of beauty is the real feeling and a bonus.
Location: Pokhara Airport
Opening hours: 6:30 am to 11 and 3 pm to sunset
Cost: Starting INR 7500/person
Flight Availability: September to June
4. BUNGEE JUMPING
Pokhara valley has a lot of adventurous activities to offer and bungee jumping is surely one of them. It is the only tower bungee in Nepal at present. Coupled with 75 meters vertical drop and 3 minutes long free fall, one can enjoy the most spectacular view of Pokhara valley, lake and surrounding mountains. If you are holidaying in Nepal then you would surely be surprised to know that this bungee jumping is not only one of the top adventurous things to do in Pokhara but surely one of the most exciting one to do in Nepal too. A trip that is full of excitement along with fear and that peace after falling throughly from the high would provide you with a lifetime experience.
Location: Hejma, Pokhara
Elevation: 75 meters
Cost: INR 7177/person
Weight Limit: 35kg - 125kgs
Age: Must be above 13 years
5. SETI RIVER RAFTING
River Rafting in Seti River is one of the adventurous things to do in Pokhara in December. Only 30 minutes aways from the lakeside, this sweet and short activity provides you 1 and half hours of non-stop adrenaline. This package is actually made for those who are fond of thrill and adventure. This 90-minute long bumpy ride instills fun and excitement as the boat rolls down the rapids, take twists and turns and swirls in the whirlpool. The crystal white water of Seti River with the backdrop of the gorgeous Annapurna Mountains makes the ride more exciting and fascinating.
Cost: US $ 45 + 13% government tax = $51 USD
Starting point: Bamboo Bridge, 30 minutes from Lakeside
Ending point: Dam , 20 minutes to lakeside
Requirements: One needs to be a solid Grade III paddler to take part on this rafting
6. MOUNTAIN BIKING
All the hiking, trekking etc may seem exhausted for you because of its popularity. Then, Pokhara has a lot more to offer you besides all these. So, if you wish to try something more than hiking in the mountains, cycling is the best alternative. Many visitors go mountain biking as a way to witness the sunrise/sunset in Sarangkot. Its trails are challenging as well as rewarding. Popularity for mountain biking is hype because of its nature which allows you to ride alone in all those wide roads and passages of mountains. You can rent the bikes in Pokhara city on a day-to-day basis or multiple days if you wish to go further. You can go mountain biking with a group of your friends and enjoy the grand experience.
Cost: Depends upon how long you want to rent a bike and how long you want to ride (route). However, the process normally starts from US $ 30 and extends up to US $ 500.
Pokhara has always been famous place trekking because of its location which is near to a lot of mountains. Some of these points include Poon Hill, Annapurna Base Camp, Dhampus Trek, Muktinath & Jomsom Trek, Royal Trek, Mardi Himal Trek and so on. One need to have some technical skills, healthy body ad mentally stable in order to try this activity as trekking is never a cup of tea. You will encounter lots of difficulties in the way but all the stunning views, flora and fauna, endangered animals, lush green fields etc. will take away your pain by giving relief and serene peace within you.
Things to keep in mind: Check weather before going for trekking, always carry a large daypack which should be light but filled with items like extra pair of hiking socks, fleece jacket, water bottles and other options, carry a professional level trekking equipment etc.
Although you can visit the city at any time, the best seasons are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). This way, you avoid the cold winter and the rainy season.
You can take a tourist bus or taxi if you are coming from Kathmandu. The journey usually lasts for 6-7 hours long. Taxis are also available from nearby cities and from India also. Alternatively, you can take a flight from Kathmandu (Tribhuvan International Airport) which will land you on Pokhara Airport.
Cost: For bus, it will cost around US $ 10 - US $ 25 depending upon bus services, for minibus, it will cost around US $10 (cheapest option), for taxi, it will cost around US $60 to US $ 80 and for flight, it will cost above US $100.
Compiled by Kushum Kharel