Aayush Bhatta will be helping for this trip.
Annapurna region offers a myriad of trips and travel routes to enjoy the natural and cultural marvels. The longer treks are the best way to revel in the Gurung culture and Annapurna Himalayas. If travellers cannot indulge in these long trips, there are many other alternative short treks much closer to Pokhara. The Sarangkot hiking explores the adventurous trail to the south of Pokhara. With the spectacular views of Annapurna range and the neighbouring peaks like Machhapuchhre (6993m) and Hiunchuli (6441m), Sarangkot is famous for its stunning views of sunrise and sunset. It is located at 1,550m and is just above the Pokhara Valley and can be easily accessed. Many tourists visit this place either by hiking or via road. The hike takes about 3-4 hours whereas you can also reach Sarangkot on a drive of around 2 hours. Due to its easy accessibility and stunning views, this place is crowded with tourists all year long.
The hike starts in Pokhara where the guide will brief you on simple instructions. By 10 am, you board the vehicle which will take you to the starting point of the hike. From there, you hike uphill for about 3-4 hours. En route, you can see amazing views of the Pokhara Valley and as you near the top, the mountain views also get clearer. The fresh and peaceful environment en route is relaxing and you will not feel too tired. By midday, you will reach Sarangkot and have your lunch. After that, you are free to explore the surrounding area. You can also opt to relax and engage with the local people. Later, you can enjoy the magnificent sunset over the Annapurna range. After enjoying quality time, you get on a vehicle from Sarangkot and drive back to Lakeside where you will have dinner.
At Himalaya Holiday Service, we provide you with the best services as you wish. From transportation to accommodation, it will be of your choice. Our main principle is to provide the best and make your trip memorable. Alongside, our experienced staff and friendly guides will make you feel at home.
Level of difficulty: Easy
Max altitude: 1,550m
Ethnicity: Gurung, Magar
Transportation: Private Vehicle, Tourist Bus
Accommodation: Hotel, Lodge
Minimum Pax: 2
Sarangkot Hiking Highlights :
Hike to the beautiful vantage point at Sarangkot
Amazing views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges along with Machhapuchhre (6993m)
Visit the local villages, and enjoy the ethnic culture and lifestyle
Enjoy the peaceful environment of Sarangkot
Itinerary:10 AM: Start Hiking from Pokhara Lakeside to Sarangkot Hill Top
After having breakfast, you head to Lakeside and start your hike to Sarangkot. En route, you can see beautiful views of Phewa Lake and Pokhara valley. The trail ascends gently and goes through forests and few villages. After 2-3 hours, you reach the top. From there, you can see panoramic views of mountains in the Annapurna range and the city.
6 PM: Excursion Sarangkot, Sunset, and Drive back to Pokhara Lakeside
After reaching the viewpoint and resting for a while, you can explore around. Here, you can relish the magnificent sunset over the Annapurna range. Similarly, you can also enjoy the views of the Dhaulagiri Himalayas along with Mt. Machhapuchhre (6993m). After enjoying the sunset, you begin the descent across the forests en route to Lakeside. Here, you can explore the Lakeside and enjoy the vibrant streets around Phewa Lake.
Sarangkot Hiking information:
You need to wear appropriate clothes. We recommend carrying a light jacket in case the weather worsens.
In case of bad weather like heavy rainfall, the hike will be postponed until further notice. The staff will contact you if such an event occurs.
If you wish to add other places in the hike, you need to inform 2-3 days prior. This way, we can prepare and plan the best trip for you.
You need to tell the staff 2-3 days before the hike if you want to enjoy the sunrise instead of the sunset.
Avoid littering and similar actions that may affect the local communities. Such activities leave a bad impression on the local people.
If you want to eat extra food other than the meals provided in this hiking package, you should handle the expenses.
We are not responsible if you lose any of your personal belongings. So please keep your things safe and even if you lose your things, our staff will support you in finding it.
Sarangkot Hiking FAQs:
Which season is the best to do this hike?
This hike can be done at any time of the year but the best seasons to do it are spring (March – May) and autumn (September – December). During these months, the weather is stable and clear offering fantastic views and sceneries of the Pokhara Valley and Annapurna ranges. During the monsoon season, the hiking route can get slippery. So, it is best to do this hike during spring or autumn seasons.
Can elderly people do it?
There is no specific age limit for Sarangkot hike. So, this hike is suitable for elderly people as well. The route is easy and does not include steep ascents or descents. All in all, the hike can be done within a few hours. This hike can be done by the whole family together as well. Elderly people are able to enjoy as much as others.
Are extra expenses covered in this package?
The package doesn’t cover extra expenses like refreshments, snacks, or insurance. You should cover the extra expenses at your own cost. Thus, we suggest carrying extra cash of around US$ 20-30. Please make sure that your currency is exchanged to Nepalese currency since the local shops only accept Nepalese rupees.
What is the appropriate clothing?
The best clothing is comfortable clothes that protect you from sunlight and insect bites. You should wear a windcheater in case the wind gets strong in Sarangkot hill station. Long sleeves, jackets, hats, etc. are some of the recommended apparel. If you’re traveling during the monsoon season, you have to carry a waterproof jacket or umbrella.
Do I need to carry water?
Yes, it is best if you carry you carry your water bottle. There are shops where you can get safe drinking water, but it can be expensive. This will be an economical option as well. If you have your bottle, you can refill it at the teahouses mid-way through the trail. It is also an eco-friendly habit to carry your water bottle.