Day Hike in Nepal without permits
Looking into visiting Nepal for the first time at the end of January and we’re wanting to combine a couple of permit hikes with lots of day hikes which don’t need permits. Thinking of around Kathmandu and Pokhara. Can anyone help point me in the right direction to find out what day hikes are available without permits in these areas.
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it’s a lovely walk up to Sarankhot from Lakeside Pokhara. You can catch bus from Hallanchowk up to temple (they will tell you where to get off) or grab a taxi ..then walk up the road If it’s clear you have fabulous views of Macupachare and Annapurna range In January it won’t be hot and road shouldn’t be too busy. You actually walk on trail above road. There are houses, a bit of village life, chooks goats etc.
Come back down via forest and around past paraglider landing. Even take your toothbrush and stay up on the hill in a hotel for the night and sunrise in morning.
I’m not going to mention the cable car.
There is also the walk up to Peace Pagoda on opposite side of lake. Take a bus that’s headed to Devis Falls (about 15 mins from Damside) and get off then ask where the start of track to walk up is. Lovely walk, you may get hassled a bit by kids asking for money.
Spectacular views of Pokhara and mountains from Peace Pagoda.
You can also row across lake and walk up but I haven’t gone that way since a terrible mudslide came down and it was pretty rough going up for a while. I’m sure the track would be intact again now, but others will know in Lakeside .
Shivapuri national park day hike is close to KTM, you drive to Budhanilkantha first. Lots of steps and good views , great exercise, but you do have to pay a fee. I don’t know what it is now as it’s been years since I did it…..someone will fill you in.
Also a good walk up to Nano Buddha monastery. Start from Dhulikhel and return via Panuti. You can stay here, return to KTM or even stay up in monastery. Cost involved your transport and offerings at monastery
You have the advantage of it being cold, none of these walks are fun in the hot dusty months
Pokhara is great. Walk from lakeside past full moon lodge stairs behind and keep walling. Takes you up to Pokhara viewpoint and then carries you onto Sarangkot. You can follow stairs all the way down.
Also you can walk to the peace pagoda and then carry on another hour to the Shiva statue. Both these hikes will give you amazing views of the Himalayan range and two different views of the ranges. It’s pretty awesome. The pic is the names of the mountains you get to see.
Village to Village Trekking in Pokhara are very good.
Shivapuri hike, Chisapani , Nagarkot
Day 1 stupa hike in Pokhara , Sarankot Begnashtal or Australia Camp.