Gorkha - Pokhara trek is designed to be specially done during the month of late September and early October while local villagers prepare to harvest. The Gorkha Pokhara Trek is a visit to the rural villages of Nepal and the opportunity to see local people do their daily chores such as harvesting, planting and celebrating festivals. The most scenic town of Pokhara will let you take in the superb natural landscape that Nepal is so famous for. A trek to the town of Gorkha on the other hand will take you back to the history of Nepal and the brave Gorkhali forces. A visit the palace of Shah kings, museum and Gorakhnath Cave is a must.
Trek from Zerokilo to Simalghari (1050m.) and it takes about three hours. You depart early morning for the five hour drive to Zerokilo west of Kathmandu. As you climb out of the Kathmandu valley, only to quickly descend again to the Trisuli River, you follow upstream to its junction with the Marsyangdi River. You follow the Marsyandi gently up through heavily terraced fields. After you reach Abukhairent, you head towards North. After following the zigzag road you reach Zerokilo. After refreshment you begin your trek for Simalghari passing along flat land with views of beautiful sceneries. Simalghari is a village at the bank of the Daraundi river. There is a government school and old market. Overnight at camp/lodge
The path you follow is quite flat all the way to Palungtaar. En route you cross terrace fields and enjoy magnificent sceneries of villages at a distance. The peaks which are covered with snow appear at some distance. Palungtaar is a pretty big village inhabited by Brahmins, Chhetri and Newar. Here you feel exhilarated to see the terraces, mango gardens and oranges in some places. Overnight at camp/lodge
This day you begin your trek following a flat path, crossing a stream and visiting a few villages. On the way you come across a few grazing fields where local people bring their domestic animals. As you enter Tarkughat , you are welcomed by Newar, Chhetri and Brahmins. This village lies at the bank of Marshyangdi river. You can enjoy swimming in the Marshyangdi river. You then continue your trek along a drivable road until you reach Tarkughat. Overnight at camp/lodge
Leaving Tarkughat you start heading uphill until you reach Sundarbazaar. Here, there is an old market and you can see some villages at a distance. Now you move through terraces and have an opportunity to enjoy the views of splendid snow peaks. After some time, you arrive at Tuhure Pasaal where you find a few typical tea shops. Walking gently uphill, you reach Kunchha, which is a popular village of this area. The mountain views visible from here are truly excellent. You can enjoy the views of Manaslu, Lamjung and the Annapurna range. Observing the sunset from this location is a highlight of the day. People living in harmony here belong to different communities and are farmers, government employees and a few have joined the army. Overnight at camp/lodge
To reach Sisaghat, you climb down passing through terraces growing millet and maize. Sisaghat is another human settlement of this area. The main inhabitants belong to a mixed community and it lies at the bank of Madi River. You can have a swim here and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Overnight at camp/lodge
You walk along the bank of Madi River passing through terraces. After trekking gently uphill you reach Karputaar. En route you come across several villages rich in their distinct culture. Karputaar is a small village with mixed community. Overnight at camp/lodge
This day is comparatively difficult as you trek gradually uphill in the beginning and later go steeply up for some hours. En route you cross through forests covered with local vegetation and cross a few streams. At some distance, you can also see snow peaks. Syaklung is a village dominated by Gurung, Magar and other communities of Nepal. There is an excellent camping spot here. Moreover, you will find recently opened tea shops and small lodges. This place grants you an opportunity to enjoy the views of Annapurna South, Fish tail, Annapurna II, Lamjung, Mardi peak, Manaslu and several unnamed peaks.Overnight at camp/lodge
To reach Kalikasthan you trek downhill at first and then follow an ascending and descending path. The trail follows along the forested ridge top through rough drivable road, passing through Thulokot and Majhthana (1220m.). You are accompanied by views of Machhapuchhre, the Annapurna range, Lamjung Himal and Manasalu. Kalikasthan is a village inhabited by Hindu people and named after goddess Kali as there is a temple with an idol of Kali at the top of the ridge. There is also a well managed camping spot. Here, you will also find small local shops with minimal supplies, typical tea shops and very small lodges. Observing the sunset is memorable experience. Overnight at camp/lodge
This day you gently climb downhill to arrive to Bijayapur Khola, passing through villages and drivable road. After lunch, you drive back to Pokhara. Overnight at camp/lodge
While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you can enjoy mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to the capital city. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes.
Below is a list of equipment and clothing required for trekking. The necessity of these items depends on the type, altitude, timing and destination of trekking. Appropriate trekking gears are not only required for the comfort/pleasure of your trek but also to improve safety factor. Please have a look over these items in order to fully prepare and thoroughly enjoy the trekking.
Daypack, Rucksack, Sleeping bag, Duffel bag, Walking Poles, walking boots, sandals, Toiletries (Soaps, Toilet papers, Sanitizers, toothpaste, tooth brush, etc.)
Thermal underwear, Down jacket, Shorts, Trekking trousers, Towels, Woolen gloves, Gaiters, Fleece jacket or Pullover, Wind/water proof jacket, Raincoat, Warm socks, buff
Sun hat, Sunglasses, Snow goggles, Sunscreen, Lip balm
Headlamp, Flash light, Binoculars, Cameras (chargers and batteries),
Water bottle/bladder, Water purification Iodine tablets, Energy bars and snacks
First Aid Kit
Altimeter, Compass, Binoculars, Books/magazines, GPS, Pocket knife, Candles (for lodges), Notebook with pencil/pen, etc
Additional items for camping trek:
Tent, Stove and fuel, Utensils for cooking, eating and drinking, sleeping mattresses
Note: We can also provide sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag, walking poles, and First Aid Kit in case if you don’t have one. These items are inclusive of total package price.
Matthew & Michele
30th Jun, 2022
Absolutely the most wonderful experience we have ever had!! This was absolutely the most wonderful experience we have ever had!! Nava was so attentive to our every need and we enjoyed every part of this journey !! We visited Kathmandu & all the surrounding areas & sites-Nagarkot, Pokhara & Chitwan. The hotels & staff at each place were so wonderful!!!Honestly, we would not ask for more. -The weather was beautiful for our paragliding & mountain flight ... See more See less...
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