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Daily Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Hotel Pickup

1. Daily Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Hotel Pickup

This Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour is a fantastic way to explore the Annapurna range without the hassle of long days of trekking. This ultimate scenic helicopter ride will give you some of the best mountain views and sceneries. As you fly above through the Annapurna range take in the breathtaking views of the glaciers, moraines, and peaks. In less than an hour, you will reach at an elevation of 13125 feet (4000m) and arrive at Annapurna Base Camp. You will have around 30 minutes at the base camo to take pictures, enjoy amazing views, and maybe even enjoy some tea and breakfast.  This tour is more suitable to those who have a short time in Nepal but wish to have a majestic view of mountains of Annapurna massif. Likewise, if you are unable to deal with the long trek this is the best alternative for you to still enjoy the views.

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Tandem Paragliding in Pokhara

2. Tandem Paragliding in Pokhara

Glide over spectacular mountains with villages and monasteries perched on the hill tops, enchanting deep valleys, river gorges, and lakes on this paragliding adventure in Pokhara. Nepal is one of the world’s best paragliding locations as there are always reliable updrafts to take you soaring for hours. The scenery is magic and unforgettable especially when viewed from a few hundred meters above. On a perfect day, you will see dozens of paragliders soaring above Sarangkot, Pokhara, and Lake Phewa above some of the world’s best scenery including a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayas. Tandem flights include the services of qualified and experienced pilots. You may even have some hands-on practice at controlling the glider yourself under careful supervision. In the morning after breakfast, drive to Sarankot Paragliding spot to meet the pilot. After an expert briefing you take-off with your pilot on the tandem Paraglider. The 30 to 45 minute flight affords unforgettable views of Annapurna Range, the beautiful Fish Tail, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Annapurna, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu, and the great Dhaulagiri. Afterwards, you will be met at the landing location on the lake shore and transferred to your hotel or back to Sarangkot for another flight.

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Pokhara: 7-Day Trek to Annapurna Base Camp and Hot Springs

3. Pokhara: 7-Day Trek to Annapurna Base Camp and Hot Springs

The experience begins with pickup from your hotel and heads to the trek’s starting point in Nayapul. Get kitted out with all the necessary equipment while your permits are checked then set out along the Modi Khola River, passing through several small villages on the way. Cross over the river to reach the village of Jhinu Danda, before arriving at your accommodation for the night, a quaint tea lodge. Day two starts with an uphill trek to Chhomrong, one of the largest villages along the route. Continue the walk through a dense forest landscape to reach your accommodation for the second night. Enjoy a leisurely trek to Deurali on day three, stopping for lunch against the backdrop of the stunning Himalayas. On day four, follow the trail across several streams towards the Machhapuchhare Base Camp, then hike to Ablation Valley. Follow your guide through the valley, which is a hollow corridor between the glacier and the mountain, then cross over the hills to reach Annapurna Base Camp where you’ll spend the night. On day five, hike through the only way out of Annapurna Sanctuary towards Bamboo. Bamboo is 1,600 m lower than Annapurna Base Camp, so you should expect a hard day on your knees. After a restful night’s sleep, continue your hike down the valley on day six, soaking up panoramic views as you descend to Chomrong and then Jhinu. Arrive at Jhinu and enjoy a well-deserved rest in one of the hot spring baths. Wake up on the final day to a short morning trek, passing by the quaint farmland that surrounds the river. At the end of an unforgettable seven-day trek, arrive back in Nayapul for your drop-off to Pakhora.

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Kathmandu to Pokhara: 1-Way Car Transfer

4. Kathmandu to Pokhara: 1-Way Car Transfer

This one-way transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara is an ideal way to travel comfortably. It is an economical alternative to traveling in Nepal by public bus or with expensive flight tickets. Choose a convenient start time from the airport or your hotel and reach your preferred destination safely. The approximate distance between the two cities is 200 km and offers scenic views of Nepal's countryside. e accompanied by a professional driver who can assist you with any local information. You can also request bathroom or coffee breaks or stop for a quick picture on the way. As the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu is home to several UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Hindu and Buddhist temples. Pokhara is less crowded and offers excellent opportunities to view the Annapurna Mountain, and adventurous activities such as paragliding. This car transfer eases the travel experience between the 2 cities.

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Day Hike at Annapurna Foothills

5. Day Hike at Annapurna Foothills

Pokhara city is the ultimate platform for adventure sports, and a gateway for the best trekking routes along the Annapurna foothills. In the morning you will meet your guide and driver, and then drive to Kande through a winding highway. The view along the road offers excellent vistas, including Pokhara valley floor and Annapurna mountain range. Start your day trek with your guide from Kande. Follow the trekking trail through forests to reach the Australian camp: 1.5 hours. Australian Camp offers a close view of Mount Annapurna and Fishtail. Continue your walk through hill ridge, following the downhill trail leading to Dhampus village: 1.5 hours walk. Dhampus is a typical Gurung settlement located on the lap of Annapurna Massif, offering an excellent opportunity to witness Nepalese countryside lifestyle, traditions and culture, with excellent mountain views. Spend your time at Dhampus to explore the village.   Then trek down to Phedi:  2 hours walk through lush green forest and farmlands. Your vehicle will pick you up from Phedi and drive to Pokhara, back to your hotel.

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Easy Full-Day Hiking with Sunrise from Sarangkot

6. Easy Full-Day Hiking with Sunrise from Sarangkot

Start your day bright and early at 5:00 AM at your Lakeside area accommodation in Pokhara. Here, waiting in the lobby, your friendly driver/guide will be eager to meet you and after a brief meet and greet, you will head off on a short and scenic 40-minute drive to the top of Sarangkot hill.  Upon your arrival at Sarangkot hill, you will have the opportunity to take a scenic 30-minute hike to get yourself to a great vantage point that is excellent for views. From this location, you will have unimpeded views of the Sunrise over Mount Annapurna, truly a sight to behold. After your Sunset viewing experience, you will then enjoy a hike that descends through villages and forests. Your guide will be sure to fill you with heaps of information about the surrounding area as you pass through it. You will continue your descent until you reach Fewa Lake from the North-west, here, you will commence your walk on flat rice terrace for roughly 40-minutes. Whilst doing so, you'll cross a small bridge before ascending again to the World peace Stupa. From the top of Stupa, you will again enjoy more breathtaking views of the Annapurna ranges, Fewa Lake and Pokhara valley. During your time here you'll also get to explore the world peace pagoda and the Buddhist chanting room. Continue on your descent further for another hour until you reach the bottom of the hill. At this point, you will walk further to reach Devi's waterfall, and in front of it, the Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave. After your waterfall and cave experience, you will be transported back to the Lakeside area, completing your day of adventure. 

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From Pokhara: Half-Day Upper Seti Rafting Experience

7. From Pokhara: Half-Day Upper Seti Rafting Experience

Start your tour with the scenic 30-minute drive from Pokhara to the rafting point and sit down for breakfast. After a brief description about safety, start your adventurous rafting experience in the Seti River.  The Upper Seti emerges down from Machapuchare (Mount Fishtail) and enters a beautiful gorge decorated with a suspension bridge and prayer flags. Rafting in the Upper Seti offers an adrenaline-filled adventure with class III and IV rapids. Experience the thrill of white water rafting with views of the awesome Annapurna range.  After your experience, get dried off and drive back to Pokhara.

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Pokhara City Day Tour

8. Pokhara City Day Tour

Pokhara is situated at an elevation of 915m above sea level and 200m west of Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. Pokhara is a valley rich in pure natural beauty, it is indeed one of the main attractions for visitors from all over the world. Three out of the ten highest mountains in the world. — Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manaslu — are within 30 miles (linear distance) of the city, so that the northern skyline of the city offers a very close view of the Himalayas. Due to its proximity to the Annapurna mountain range, the city is also a base for trekkers undertaking the Annapurna Circuit through the ACAP region of the Annapurna ranges in the Himalayas. This one-day tour will give a taste of Pokhara, beginning with sunrise at Sarangkot. In the morning, drive to Sarangkot for sunrise and view of the Himalayas. In the afternoon, visit Mahendra cave, a Tibetan camp and the international Mountain Museum, as well as visiting the Shang Gadhen Choekorling Monastery to see Tibetan refugees camp and experience praying with them as well.

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Pokhara: 30-Minute Tandem Paraglide

9. Pokhara: 30-Minute Tandem Paraglide

Pokhara is considered one of the best destinations to paraglide since it provides a breathtaking aerial view of Pokhara City, Phewa Lake and the Annapurna Himalayan range close up. Paragliding in Pokhara takes off from Sarangkot. Sarangkot is a popular destination for viewing sunrises and sunsets. You will be picked up from you're hotel in Pokhara and driven to Sarangkot, approximately 45 minutes away. After a short briefing from your instructor, you will get ready to take off, launching from about 1800 metres elevation. This adventure will allow you to see three peaks, a view of the lakes and monasteries, jungles and the entire city. The 25-30-minute flight will be one of the most enthralling experiences of your lifetime.   The experience of soaring high in the sky, getting a bird’s eye view of the Annapurna Range, Machhapuchhre, Lamjung Himal, Hiunchuli and Phewa Lake, rivers and green fields is something you will never forget. You will end your adventure by landing near the banks of Phewa Lake, where your driver will be waiting to take you back to Pokhara. You will also get to take home the memories of your adventures with your free flight video. 

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4-Hour Pokhara City Sightseeing Tour

10. 4-Hour Pokhara City Sightseeing Tour

As Nepal’s 2nd largest city, Pokhara is world famous for its serene lake and amazing views of the Annapurna Mountain range, including Annapurna I and VI, Annapurna South, and Machhapuchhare. When the sun rises, the reflection of the mountains in the lake makes for truly spectacular photographs. Situated at an altitude of 2,700 feet (827 meters) from sea level, the Pokhara Valley is one of the most picturesque spots in Nepal. Its lovely lakes and mountains enhance the beauty of the valley, 120 miles (200 kilometers) west of Kathmandu. As you tour the city’s main sights on this 4-hour tour, such as the medieval Barahi Temple, and old newari houses, enjoy spectacular vistas of Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Manaslu, the 5 peaks of Annapurna, and others. The city’s significance to mountaineers made it a natural setting for the Mountain Museum, but other important attractions include the World Peace Pagoda, built in 1996 on the southern shore of Phewa Lake. You will take a boat out onto the lake on the tour, as well as visit the beautiful Gupteshor Mahadev Cave and Devi’s Fall.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 51 reviews

Amazin expirience

We have really an amazing time Our guide and his porter are so great guys they helped with the hike , were kind and made jokes. Really the best persons. Basanta its so kind and funny... he is spontaneous and good person, he helped with everything, he explain us everything and was so aware of our security and confort. We feel safe all the time and really happy. We enjoy very much this 3 days treking, in local place, with local food and great local persons☺️ Lovely time, amazing experience We will always remember. Tamara and Ariela. México.

Overall it was an amazing experience. I went on this trek with a friend of mine and both of us are very much beginners. However, the guide was extremely patient and a lot of fun! The overall pace of the trek was very enjoyable. The lodges were decent enough, with very friendly staff and good food. The guide was also nice enough to advise us on the kinds of food we should be taking and how best to deal with AMS.

Wow, we were impressed by Hira. He does this drive often and knew it like the back of his hand. Every turn and pothole! We felt super safe (even though I am usually a nervous passenger). The vehicle was also very new and spotless. We did the drive safely in 5.5 hours, no traffic. Thank you so much Hira!

I reallyoved this tour! Bisham, our guide, was an amazing guide and a wonderful travel companiin. everything functioned very well. I would only suggest adding to the list of what to bring crampons in case of heavy snowfall or ice.

Our guide was Probin. He guided us on this 3 days with good sense of what and how we can accomplish this tour, the difficulties.. He had good information about everything we asked.