Hike Up to Sarangkot on Your Adventure Travel in Nepal
Nepal offers opportunities to experience all forms of adventure sports and travel in the unique setting of the Himalayas at a fraction of the cost anywhere else. Tourism had suffered because of political unrest but with a democratic government in place peace and stability has returned to the beautiful mountain country. The tourists are returning to experience Nepal and adventure travel.
Kathmandu offers color, culture and the buzz of a capital city and tourist town. Pokhara the second largest city in Nepal is a stark contrast to Kathmandu. The base for all forms of adventure travel, it is a quiet mountain resort with beautiful lakes. The crisp fresh air can fill you with energy to try any sport here. Adventure travel in the Himalayas is quite unlike other countries. Trekking and mountaineering here is through rough terrain, just as nature meant it to be.
A good start if you are traveling with limited time or to acclimatize for long treks is to hike up to Sarangkot from Pokhara. One can start at the Phewa Lake and go on mountain trails on a three hour hike. It is not very demanding but can be strenuous if you are out of condition. A turn off from the lake points the way and the dirt track soon goes on a steep ascent. The trail takes you through lovely forests and for a large part of the way there are uncut slabs of stone forming a rough path of steps. It is believed that trails like these have existed for hundreds of years over most of the mountain routes.
The path goes along the Seti River and one can see terraces between the rivers edge and the mountain ridge where rice paddy is being grown by the local villagers. The rice fields add a fresh green color to the landscape but where the ridge rises closer to the river, the scene is rocky with more haphazard vegetation. One can stop for a meal with one of the villagers to experience authentic Nepali food. At the end of the hike you are rewarded with a spectacular view of the Annapurna mountain range- truly a feast for the eyes.