Trekking safely in Nepal
Before 14 October 2014, the Annapurna Circuit trek in Nepal was more associated with carefree young backpackers snapping selfies and eating apple pie than with danger, but the tragic blizzards that closed in on the Th...
Places in Pokhara
With the upgrading of the path to Jomsom (Dzongsam) into a road, growing numbers of travellers are heading north to this mountain village and making short treks from there. Taking the bus or flying here brings you closer to the peaks. With a few days to spare, you could walk south to Marpha or go east to Kagbeni and Muktinath.
Trekking in the Annapurna Conservation Area Project is easily the biggest attraction around Pokhara but you don’t have to be a seasoned trekker to appreciate the glory of the peaks. There are several dramatic viewpoints on the rim of the Pokhara Valley that can be reached by foot, taxi, mountain bike or rented motorcycle from Pokhara.
Bat Cave & Mahendra Gufa
You won’t find Adam West or Christian Bale lurking in the dark and spooky Bat Cave, but rather thousands of horseshoe bats clinging to the ceiling of a damp and slippery chamber and occasionally chirruping into the darkness – claustrophobics beware. Daredevils can continue to the back of the vault and wriggle out through a tiny chute to the surface.
The view of the Annapurna Himalaya from Sarangkot (adult Rs 25) is almost a religious experience. From here, you can see a panoramic sweep of Himalayan peaks, from Dhaulagiri (8167m) in the west to the perfect pyramid that is Machhapuchhare (6997m) and the rounded peak of Annapurna II (7937m) in the east.
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