Machhapuchhre peak

Machhapuchhre peak and Annapurna III on right gear

Trekking gear

Trekking options in Pokhara are ample. Pokhara is a tourist paradise of Nepal. It is approx 200 kms west of Kathmandu and lies in Gandaki zone. It is easily accessible by road and flight from Kathmandu.

Pokhara serves as first stop over or pre base camp for most of the trekkers and mountaineers undertaking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal.

The trekking offers breathtaking views of the mountain ranges from close quarters. The whole idea about trekking is enthusiasm and feeling of close proximity in mother nature’s lap. Only if one has trained enough or has the stamina and enthusiasm, only then this kind of adventurous journey is advisable. Shop of trekking gear

Shop of trekking gear in Pokhara Photographic image of Muktinath temple

Photographic image of Muktinath temple

Although, I am not well aware of all the details of trekking , but I managed to talk to some local people and tourists from abroad and gathered some information.

There are different kinds of options in Pokhara ranging from a 2-3 day trek to 18-21 day trek. One has to be very well prepared with all mountaineering gear , clothing and accessories , even when going on a short trek.

Following are the options which people generally prefer and are easily available :

TREKKING AREA                 DURATION                 HEIGHT

GHANDRUK TRACK                           2-3 DAYS                              1900 MET

GHOREPANI TRACK                                        3-5 DAYS                                         3210 MET

GURUNG HERITAGE TRACK                          5-7 DAYS                                         2500 MET

KORECHEN TRACK                                          7-8 DAYS                                         3682 MET

ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TRACK                8-10 DAYS                                      4130 MET

JOMSOM / MUKTINATH  TRACK                   7-14 DAYS                                      4900 MET

MARDI HIMAL TRACK                                    7-10 DAYS                                      5553 MET

MUSTANG TRACK                                            10-12 DAYS                                   4000 MET

ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TRACK                      14-18 DAYS                                  5416 MET

DHAULAGIRI CIRCUIT  TRACK                     14-20 DAYS                                  5000 MET

MANASLU TRACK                                           16-21 DAYS                                  5760 MET

TSUM VALLEY TRACK                                   18-21 DAYS                                  4560 MET

LOWER / UPPER DOLPA TRACK                  18-21 DAYS                                  5011 MET Trekking options

Trekking options Shops and information centres of adventure sports

Shops and information centres of adventure sports

Although, this time I did not take up any trekking, but I do aim for at least a small trekking circuit in near future.

I dedicate this article to trekkers who lost their lives during avalanche in October ‘2014 in Pokhara , Nepal.

This is a salute to the courage and guts of all trackkers and mountaineers.

Nidhi KM