Getting there & away
Assuming things are peaceful, several dozen public and tourist buses run daily between Kathmandu and Pokhara, linking most of the important towns en route. There are several army checkpoints along the way and the journey takes at least seven hours. Foreigners are usually waved straight through, but locals must disembark and show their bags to the authorities.
Note that bus fares are often hiked up for foreigners. Buy at the ticket office to reduce the chances of getting stung. Another hassle for travellers is theft during meals stops - keep an eye on your gear, and don't leave valuables on the bus.