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6 Best Short Hikes Around Pokhara

The best short hiking destinations around Pokhara Valley include the Austrailian Camp hike, Naundanda Hike, Sarankot Hike, etc. These day hikes are easily accessible from Pokhara.

17/02/2024 12:14 PM

The best short hiking destinations around Pokhara Valley include the Austrailian Camp hike, Naundanda Hike, Sarankot Hike, etc. These day hikes are easily accessible from Pokhara.


In search of a short hiking destination near Pokhara Valley before you head on a multi-day hike?

Here we present you with some of the best short hiking destinations in and around Pokhara. These short hikes not only prepare you for a longer trekking journey but also provide a beautiful and peaceful time with your friends and loved ones.

The city of lakes, Pokhara is one of the go-to destinations for adventure seekers as it houses some of the best mountain views, green hills, and plenty of lakes in Nepal.

Hiking around the Pokhara Valley is nothing but a delightful experience that will take you through the lush green forests along with the mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchhre and Annapurna ranges.

There are a lot of options for a short-day hike near Pokhara, we have listed some of the best hikes you can choose from:


 6 Best Short Hikes Around Pokhara

1. Sarankot Hike

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Hike Duration4-5 hours
Starting PointSarankot Hotel
Ending PointSarankot top
Difficulty LevelEasy-Moderate
Hike Distance5 km
Highest Altitude1,600m



  • Paragliding adventures, enhancing the hiking experience.
  • Spectacular colors painting the Himalayan peaks.
  • Engage in activities at Sarangkot for an adventurous touch.
  • Stunning sunrise over the Annapurna range.
  • Short and accessible trek



Sarankot is one of the major attractions in Pokhara. Since it is at a high altitude, it is popular for activities like paragliding.  Sarankot viewpoint provides a breathtaking view of the Annapurna ranges. This hike is also commonly known as Sarankot Sunrise Hiking.

Starting from Lakeside in Pokhara, the trail ascends to the Sarangkot viewpoint. It’s a moderately difficult level walk with a hiking duration of approximately 3-4 hours, making it accessible for people with various fitness levels. The journey to the top is also a beautiful experience, you’ll walk through the forests glancing at the various flora and fauna. You can find several viewpoints midway along the hike and stopping by to glance at the scenery provides hikers with a rest. This viewpoint provides one of the best sunrise views from the valley.

You can find roads surrounding the trail so that you can start somewhere in between the trail if you are looking for a quick walk in the morning or evening for an amazing sunrise/sunset view.


2. World Peace Pagoda Hike

Quick Insights

Hike Duration2-3 hours
Starting PointPhewa Lake Shore
Ending PointWorld Peace Pagoda
Difficulty LevelModerate
Hike Distance5 km
Highest Altitude1,100m



  • Breathtaking panoramic views of Pokhara city and the mountains.
  • Peace Pagoda, a symbol of peace and tranquility.
  • An opportunity to engage in spiritual and meditative experiences.
  • Relatively short trek suitable for varying fitness levels.



Another popular hike in Pokhara is the World Peace Pagoda Hike. If you are looking for a spiritual and scenic journey, the World Peace Pagoda Hike is a must.

Beginning at Phewa Lake, the trail takes you to the iconic World Peace Pagoda. The ascent is moderate, with a hiking duration of around 2-3 hours. At an altitude of 1,100 meters, the pagoda provides stunning views of the Annapurna and Machapuchare ranges. You will definitely embrace the tranquility and cultural significance of this spiritual haven. The Phewa Lake adds the beauty of this hiking even more.

For people who don’t like to hike, you can find roads leading directly to the stupa as well. The panoramic view of the Pokhara Valley from the top is truly mesmerizing.


3. Dhampus Village

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Hike Duration4-5 hours
Starting PointPhedi Village
Ending PointDhampus
Difficulty LevelModerate
Hike Distance10 km
Highest Altitude1,700m



  • Cultural immersion in local villages.
  • Picturesque terraced fields and traditional lifestyle.
  • Perfect for those seeking a cultural touch in their short hike.
  • Offers a blend of cultural exploration and natural beauty.



Dhampus Village Hiking is a beautiful hiking journey that delves you into the cultural richness of Dhampus Village. Situated at an altitude of 1,650m this village provides a mesmerizing view of the Annapurna ranges which includes Annapurna I(8,097m), Fishtail (6,983m), Gangapurna (7,455m) and Lamjung Himal (6,983m). It is also the gateway to popular treks like ABC Trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill, and Mardi Base Camp Trek.

It is a short hike that starts from Phedi. Lasting around 2-3 hours, this easy trek offers a glimpse into the traditional Gurung lifestyle. The trail winds through terraced fields and lush forests, leading to the quaint Dhampus village.

You can immerse yourself in the local culture and enjoy panoramic mountain views from this charming village. If you want to feel at home while outside, then this hike is the way to go.


4. Australian Camp Hiking

Quick Insights

Hike Duration3-4 hours
Starting PointKande (Phedi)
Ending PointAustralian Camp
Difficulty LevelModerate
Hike Distance7 km
Highest Altitude2,050m



  • Panoramic views of Annapurna and surrounding landscapes.
  • Tranquil camping experience with Australian camp charm.
  • Ideal for those looking for panoramic views and a tranquil camping experience.
  • A quick peaceful retreat



The Australian Base Camp hike is a hidden gem in the Annapurna region. Commencing at Kande. You can take a vehicle from Pokhara to reach the starting point which is about 45 mins drive.

This moderate hike takes approximately 4-5 hours. The Australian Camp, situated at an altitude of 2,050 meters, provides splendid views of the Annapurna and Fishtail peaks. Engage with the local culture and relish the tranquility of this lesser-known destination, making it an ideal retreat for nature lovers.

This trek is even known as the Dhampus Australian Camp Trek.


5. Naudanda Hike

Quick Insights

Hike Duration2-3 hours
Starting PointNaundanda
Ending PointNaundanda
Difficulty LevelEasy
Hike Distance5 km
Highest Altitude1,450m



  • Tranquil ridge walks with panoramic mountain vistas.
  • Picturesque landscapes of terraced fields.
  • Suitable for families and nature enthusiasts.
  • Easy accessibility, perfect for families and nature lovers.



Naudanda hike is one of the famous hikes in Pokha which allows you to escape the tourist crowds along with providing excellent panoramic views of the Annapurna range and the Machhapuchhre (6993 m) and Pokhara Valley. This hiking trail starts from the village of Lumle.

With a short hiking duration of 3-4 hours, this less-explored trail offers serene surroundings and panoramic vistas. At an altitude of 1,450 meters, Naudanda provides a peaceful retreat, making it suitable for all fitness levels. You can get to know the lifestyle of local people and may meet a few other people and friends on the trail.

From the top, you can even see people participating in paragliding, which is a beautiful experience to watch. This hiking is also commonly known as Naundanda Ridge Walk.


6. Begnas Lake Trail

Quick Insights

Hike Duration3 hours
Starting PointBegnas Lake Entrance
Ending PointBegnas Lake Entrance
Difficulty LevelEasy
Hike Distance5 km
Highest AltitudeN/A



  • A beautiful reflection of mountains in Begnas Lake.
  • Captivating flora along the trail.
  • Ideal for nature photography.
  • Serene hikes along the lake's edge, providing glimpses of local life.



For people who love a refreshing walk alongside the lake and a peaceful experience, they should definitely head for the Begnas Lake Trail. This hike is suitable for families with children and elderly people.

This short hiking begins near Begnas Lake. It is an easy hike, lasting around 2-3 hours, that meanders through picturesque landscapes and offers glimpses of local wildlife. The trail concludes with stunning views of Begnas Lake, providing a perfect blend of nature and tranquility. The Thulakot Hill is the main viewpoint of the hike from where you can have excellent mountain views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.

You will also get a good view of Begnas and Rupa Lake as we will be walking alongside the lake.



These six short hikes around Pokhara cater to diverse preferences, offering a blend of adventure, culture, and natural beauty. Whether chasing sunrise views from Sarangkot, exploring the cultural richness of Dhampus, or discovering the tranquility of Naudanda, each hike unfolds a unique story. As you embark on these journeys, let the enchanting landscapes and warm hospitality of Pokhara leave an indelible mark on your hiking experiences.

If you are looking for some multi-day treks from Pokhara then here's a link to our detailed blog for the best short treks starting from Pokhara.

You may also check: short hikes around Kathmandu Valley



  1. Are these hikes suitable for beginners?
    • Yes, most of these hikes are suitable for beginners, with varying difficulty levels to accommodate different fitness levels. Before heading for a longer trek doing one of these hikes would help you warm up.
  2. What is the best time to undertake these hikes?
    • The best time varies for each hike, but generally, spring and autumn offer favorable weather conditions and clear mountain views.
  3. Are local guides recommended for these hikes?
    • While some hikes are relatively easy to navigate, having a local guide enhances the experience by providing cultural insights and ensuring safety.
  4. Can these hikes be done on a day trip from Pokhara?
    • Yes, many of these hikes are designed as day trips, allowing visitors to explore the natural beauty without an extended commitment.
  5. Are these trails crowded with tourists?
    • The level of crowding depends on the season and popularity of the hike. Choosing less-known trails like Naudanda can offer a quieter experience.
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