Phokhra,Nepal

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Pokhara is Nepal's second city located by Phewar lake which is a popular spot for trekkers going to and from their treks in the Annapurna range. Pokhara is extremely beautiful in its own right, as you can see some of the huge peaks of the Annapurna range including Machapuchare (or 'Fishtail mountain') towering over the town and the lake.


Pokhara is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal, and Lakeside in particular is a tourist spot., with many shops, bars, restaurants as well as trekking supplies. The World Peace Pagoda, which stands on nearby hill next to Phewar lake, is a great spot to view Pokhara and the Annapurnas. Paragliding is also popular here, where several companies can take you to nearby Sarangkot for the thrill of jumping off the hill amongst a spectacular landscape, to land beside Phewar lake.

Pokhara is one of the main bases for trekking in the Annapurna region of the Himalayas.

Trekking around Pokhara is not so hard, depending on your level of fitness and the time of year. During the winter months trekking should not be taken lightly as the weather can become really bad.Alttitude sickness is a real danger and several people do die every year. You don't really need to worry too much about Altitude Sickness if you are sticking to the lower reaches of the Annapurna treks. The majority of altitude sickness only occurs above around 3,500 metres. Poon Hill, the highest point of the 4/5 day Ghorepani loop, is around 3,210 metres.

It is possible to hire almost all of your trekking gear in Pokhara. However, it's definitely best to bring your own tried-and-tested walking boots along, as blisters and aches can really ruin your trekking experience.



The Annapurna Circuit


A typical Annapurna CircuitTrek would take 16 to 21 days. It will take you from Pokhara through lush valleys to rocky villages. From there its into more mountains and rough terrain. Finally you will cross the highest point the Thorung Pass at 5,415 metres. It's down mountain from their to Kagbeni and Jomson, back through green valleys and waterfalls to Tatopani and some well-deserved hot springs.

Altitude sickness can be a serious problem on Annapurna Circuit Trek so caution should be taken.

The Annapurna Base Camp - A typical trek here would take 10-15 days. 


For females travelling alone, there are several trekking companies with female guides. This can be a great idea if you're a single female, and, to be honest, trekking is so incredibly social that you'll meet others almost instantly. 
 
Few other things to do while in Phokhra

Paragliding - Para-gliding from the top of Sarangkot is one best places in world to take flight. Snow capped mountains, a still reflective lake and spectacular scenery make for an incredible experience. 

Boating - There is nothing quite a tranquil as taking a small rowing boat out into the still waters of Lake Phewa Tal. 

Rafting - The local Seti and Kali Gandaki rivers offer great rafting trips. Trips can be arranged as day excursions or up to five days full on camping trips.

Winters can involved bitterly sub-zero temperatures in and around the city. Most local guest houses and restaurants offer open fires and gas heaters for their customers. During the day it can be clear and sunny, making walking around quite hot, yet standing in the shade will bring you shivers. It rarely snows in Pokhara itself, yet in the surrounding Himalayans you can see the snow drifting in from the comfort of your restaurant of hotel window. Summers can get quite hot and dry. Humidity is low.
 
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