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How to Spend 3 Days in Pokhara

How to Spend 3 Days in Pokhara

Pokhara is a popular starting point for long treks in the Annapurna range of the Himalaya, but it’s also an attractive and rewarding destination in its own right. Whether you’re passing through the lakeside city on the way to the mountains or it’s your final destination in Western Nepal, here’s how to get the most out of three days in Pokhara.

Day 1: All About the Views

Start your time in Pokhara by getting an overview of the city—quite literally. Wake up early and head up to Sarangkot, the hill to the north of Lake Fewa (Phewa Tal). It’s an ideal spot for watching the sunrise, with sweeping views over the Annapurnas, and the jumping-off point for paragliding over Pokhara. Most paragliding tours include gear, instruction, 30–40 minutes of flight, and hotel pickup and drop-off. After soaking in the views, enjoy a leisurely day by the lake. Paddle on Lake Fewa (or hire an oarsman to do that for you), visit the Tal Barahi Temple on an island in the lake, stroll along the promenade, and do some souvenir shopping in the Lakeside area. End the day at a bar or restaurant overlooking the lake—time it right and you can enjoy the sunset over the lake and mountains.

Day 2: Cultural Pokhara

Kathmandu may be better-known as a cultural destination in Nepal, but Pokhara has worthwhile cultural destinations, too. Just outside the city is a Tibetan refugee camp, which has been there for several decades. Tour the camp with a guide, where you can talk with residents, shop for handicrafts to support them, try some authentic Tibetan food, and visit the attractive monastery. Another cultural highlight, the International Mountain Museum tells the stories of the people who live in the Nepal Himalaya and those who explore and climb it, as well as providing information about the ecology and nature of the range. The museum will especially interest those who have been, or are planning to go, trekking in the nearby mountains.

Day 3: Mountain Trails and Villages

If you only have three days in Pokhara and are unable to go on a longer Himalayan trek, you can still spend one of your days hiking in the mountains to get a good taste of the Nepal Himalaya without the time commitment. The most convenient way to do this is to get a private transfer—ideally a four-wheel drive—to Phedi, Dhampus, or the Australian Camp. You’ll hike part of the way and be rewarded with mountain views and an intimate peek into Nepali village life. Going with a local guide is optimal for a deeper understanding of the landscape and culture of the places you visit. Return to Pokhara in time to enjoy a final sunset over the mountains and the lake before dinner.

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Full-Day Tibetan Cultural Tour to Tibetan Settlements Pokhara

Full-Day Tibetan Cultural Tour to Tibetan Settlements Pokhara

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This full Day Tour is a unique opportunity to spend time in a local Tibetan community with our professional Tibetan tour guide to learn about Tibet, Tibetan people, buddhism, food, its culture, art and craft. Our tours are typically base on Tibetan educational and cultural tour. Our tour guide Mr. Thupten himself is a Tibetan, who was born & grew up in one of the Tibetan village in Pokhara. Therefore, he has lots of information regarding Tibetan people living in Nepal and how they have well kept their Tibetan language & their buddhist culture. Therefore we encourage our guests to ask as many questions as they have regarding Tibetan people and their culture.
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  • 8 hours
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$85.00
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Full-Day Private Pokhara City Tour with Professional Guide and Luxury Vehicle

Full-Day Private Pokhara City Tour with Professional Guide and Luxury Vehicle

Pokhara, Nepal’s second-largest city, is renowned for its stunning natural scenery. But knowing where to go takes local know-how—and lots of planning. Perfect for travelers short on time, this adventure-filled tour takes you deep into Pokhara’s natural beauty, from a sacred underground waterfall to a scenic boat ride across Phewa Lake. You’ll also have time for the International Mountain Museum, with relics from the world’s most famous expeditions.
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  • 6 hours
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$72.00
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Sightseeing Tour of Pokhara Including Himalayan Sunrise View from Sarangkot

Sightseeing Tour of Pokhara Including Himalayan Sunrise View from Sarangkot

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Enjoy personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this full-day private tour of Pokhara City and Sarangkot. Get impressive views of the Annapurna region and the Himalayas, and make stops at sights along the way like Gupteshwor Cave and Bindabasini Temple. Accompanied by a dedicated guide, your private party will have plenty of time to ask questions; private transportation included.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$65.56
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Private Half-Day Tibetan Refugee Camp Tour in Pokhara

Private Half-Day Tibetan Refugee Camp Tour in Pokhara

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The Tibetan refugee community has lived in Pokhara since 1959, an important part of Nepal’s multicultural population. Escape the tourist track and discover three different Tibetan settlements on this informative guided excursion. At each camp, you’ll get a firsthand peek at monasteries, monk schools, and handicraft workshops as you learn about the history and culture of the Tibetan diaspora. The tour includes an authentic Tibetan lunch at a local restaurant.
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  • 5 hours
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$65.00
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Private Hiking Tour to Peace Pagoda Including Fewa Lake Boating

Private Hiking Tour to Peace Pagoda Including Fewa Lake Boating

Visit the World Peace Pagoda and go boating on Phewa Lake on this private half-day tour in Pokhara. Start with a 1-hour boat cruise on Phewa Lake and a visit to Barahi Temple. Next, hike up to the World Peace Pagoda, a towering Buddhist monument on a hilltop in Pumdi Bhumdi. Soak in views of Pokhara and the Annapurna range, then head back to the lakeshore for lunch. Your private guide shares commentary throughout your tour, which includes transportation, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 4 hours
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$50.00
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Private Hiking Tour to Peace Stupa in Pokhara

Private Hiking Tour to Peace Stupa in Pokhara

Walk from your hotel in the Lakeside district of Pokhara to the Peace Stupa on this 5-hour private tour with your own personal guide. Located on a hill ridge surrounding the Pokhara Valley, the Peace Stupa offers sweeping views of Himalayan ranges such as Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, and Manaslu, along with a birds-eye view of Pokhara Valley and Phewa Lake. You'll also cross the lake by boat to start your hike, taking in waterside sights along the way. Includes private guide, round-trip boat tickets, and entrance fees.
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  • 4 hours
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