About Pokhara : Pokhara valley occupies
the central location
in Nepal and is dominated by the peaks of Annapurna
range. Its unique setting may be judged
from the fact that the town of Pokhara (91 3
metres), is only fifty kilometres from Annapurna
1 (8,091 metres), clearly seen from the
valley. There is a decline of six thousand metres
in altitude within a short distance of only
twenty-nine kilometres; thus the region provides
a dramatic contrast in landscape. The northern
horizon is defined by a seventy kilometres long
wall of snow and ice with numerous peaks. Theprominent
peaks from east to west are Annapurna South
(7,21 9 metres), Fang (7,647 metres), Annapurna
1 (8,091 metres), Rock Noir (7,454 metres),
Glacier Dome (7,193 metres), Gangapurna (7,455
metres), Annapurna Ill (7,555 metres), Machhapuchhre
(6,997 metres), Annapurna IV (7,525 metres),
Annapurna 11 (7,937 metres) and Lamjung Himal
(6,983 metres). In addition to these, Dhaulagiri
1 to the north-west and Manaslu-Himalchuli
peaks to the north-east are also visible.
Lakes : Pokhara valley abounds
in lakes. Phewa, Rupa and Begnas are the most
famous ones while Khaste, Dipang and Mardi are
some other smaller lakes situated further away.
Sporting activities like canoeing and swimming
are conducted on Phewa Lake, together
with angling of carp fish. On a small island
is a temple dedicated to Varahi, and in contrast
to the gaiety of holiday makers, devotees go
about their worship undisturbed by the goings-on
in the water as well as occasional barbeques
on the banks of the lake. Apart from the lakes,
the floor of the valley is made up of a layer
of gravel, cut into intricate terraces and deep
canyons by various tributaries of the Seti
: Similar to the contrast between the level
plain and the rugged hills, there are sizeable
variations in the cultural pattern of the area.
The tropical plain and low hills are the home
of mainly Newars, Brahmans, Chhetris and other
Hindu castes, while the temperate highlands
are mainly inhabited by tribal Gurungs and
Magars. Above the highest villages at 1,900
metres, there are extensive temperate forests
with alpine pastures further beyond.
There are also two Tibetan settlements
near Pokhara where one can see women weaving
exquisite carpets using traditional designs
and methods handed down to them for generations.
Both these settlements are famous for traditional
Tibetan handicrafts and souvenirs.
to see : Pokhara is full of interesting
places to visit such as the Seti River Gorge
which flows some ninety-one metres below ground
level, Davis's Fall called Flatie Chhango
in Nepaii where the cascading water vanishes
underground, and Mahendra Cave where
one can see stalactite and stalagmite formations.
Mini Treks : Although a base for all
treks to the Annapurna region, several
mini treks can also be organised from
Pokhara, notably to Sarangkot. The four-hour
trek to the top of this hill offers a spectacular
birds-eye-view of Phewa Lake, the entire
Annapurna range, the river Seti and the
village of Hyangza. A one night trek to Naudanda
and Ghachowk can also be made. On the way to
Naudanda, one passes the village of Hyangza
while from Naudanda, the twin peaks of Machhapuchhre,
the Fish Tail Mountain can be seen.
Climate : The prevailing climate
of Pokhara valley is humid sub- tropical
with heavy rains during the summer. Spring,
autumn and winter are ideal seasons for visiting
and trekking around Pokhara valley.
Pokhara is connected by daily flights with
Kathmandu and also by highway from Kathmandu
and Siddharthanagar (Bhairawa). The town has
good hotel facilities, and for trekkers,
provisions and porters can be easily arranged.