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11 Adventure Activities You Can Do in Pokhara

Pokhara, an enchanting city nestled in the tranquil valley (827 m) on the laps of the mighty Annapurna Himalayan Range. With its beautiful lakes, lush green surroundings, and fantastic views of the Annapurna range including the Fish Tail Mountain; it is considered one of nature’s finest gifts to Nepal. Pokhara is also known as the gateway to a popular trekking trail in the Himalayas including Annapurna Basecamp, Annapurna circuit, Ghorepani Poonhill, Jomsom-Muktinath, Upper Mustang and also a place to relax and enjoy leisure tour. If you are interested and looking for adventure activities in Pokhara, you have different options available to choose and you can get information below here.

Helicopter Tour To Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m)

Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour is a short and fabulous trip to the lap of Annapurna Region, one of the world’s desirable destinations by the Helicopter. You will fly over different forests, villages, rivers, cultivated terrains within 4 hours of a day ride at the best cost. Along with this, you can have a spectacular panoramic view of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Machhapuchhare, Mt. Hiunchuli Mountain, and Myriads. The destination, Annapurna Himalaya which will give meaning to your journey and provide an opportunity to explore Annapurna Base Camp within 4 hours of a day. This trip is comfortable for travelers of any age group and physical condition.

Helicopter Tour To Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500 m)

Mardi Himal is a very popular destination for panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. Mardi Himal Helicopter tour is a newly introduced helicopter ride from Pokhara. The helicopter tour is running a daily basis based on helicopter flight sharing. The Mardi Himal Base Camp Helicopter tour is an alternative option of the Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour. Without trekking all the long trekking route to the mountain, this helicopter takes you to the Mardi Himal Base Camp to explore the magnificent mountains just close to your eye. This helicopter tour is best for those bounded by time or physically unable to trek the entire trekking route.  The Pokhara to Mardi Himal landing helicopter flight starts from Pokhara airport. The helicopter flight takes about 12-15 minutes to reach Mardi Himal Helicopter Landing places and gives you 30 minutes to explore the entire area. After landing at Mardi Hill, you will enjoy the close-up views of Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhare, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, Tare Kang Glacier Dome, Singu Chuli, Khangsar Kang, Annapurna I, and Hiunchuli. It takes about 12 minutes to back to Pokhara by helicopter with scenic mountain views.

Annapurna from Fixed Wing

Annapurna Experience operates from Pokhara in the early morning. The flight is around 30 minutes with a guaranteed window seat. During the course of the flight, you will witness fantastic Himalayan peaks, lakes, and glaciers of various peaks of Pokhara. While flying, you can see Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Machhapuchhare (Fishtail), Mt. Lamjung, and Mt. Manaslu. The first one to come to view is Mt. Dhaulagiri, the seventh highest mountain in the world with an altitude of 8,172m. After Dhaulagiri, you can have magnificent views of Annapurna I (8,091m) and Machhapuchhare (6,993m). Moving on, further sights of Annapurna III (7,555m), Annapurna IV (7,525m) and Annapurna II (7,939m) can be seen respectively. Your mountain flight experience ends with an extremely beautiful panorama of Lamjung (6,932m) and Manaslu (8,163m).

Sky Diving

The thrilling skydiving is being offered in the heart of stunning Pokhara city. Backed up by the good experience and professional skydive crew, skydive will be held at Pame Danda drop zone west of beautiful Phewa lake where skydivers will leap from the helicopter or small twin otter aircraft at the height of 12,000ft/3,658m. During skydiving one can enjoy free falling for around 40 seconds before deploying their parachute, screaming themselves with the excitement, a feeling of exhilaration you have never before experienced in your lifetime. Your entire skydiving will be captured by our two crew photographers who fall alongside to take photos and videos for your lifetime memory.

Ultra-light Flight

Ultra-light flight Pokhara is a unique way to discover the majestic Himalayas and for the Ariel sightseeing of Pokhara valley. In this flight, it is used very light aircraft which has no window and seating for only two persons, including a pilot and a passenger. Powered by engines these aircraft can reach very close to the mountain peaks. Ultra-light flight in Nepal is available only in Pokhara. The main reason to choose Pokhara valley for Ultra-light aircraft is that of its proximity to the mountains, and the scenic lakes. Professionally Ultra-light flights started in Pokhara from 1997 AD and are claimed to be the first in South Asia.

Zip Flyer

Zip Flyer in Pokhara is one of the world’s most incredible zip lines. Zip Flyer Pokhara consists of a trolley mounted on a steel cable 1.8 KM in length; the ride descends 600 meters vertical drop at an angle of 56⁰ at 140 KM/ hour speed. With resulting speeds of over 90 miles per hour, this makes it the most extreme zip line ride in the world. The entire system is manufactured and precision-engineered to equal or surpass standards set by agencies such as ANLS B77 Tramway, ASTM, and TV SUD codes.

Tandem Paragliding

Pokhara is one of the top 5 commercial tandem paragliding locations in the world, with all the right ingredients: stable thermals, convenient take-off and landing zones, the safety of a large lake, and incredible mountain views. Tandem paragliding means you are seated in a separate harness in front of the pilot where you can sit care-free and enjoy your surroundings, take pictures and talk with your pilot during the flight. It is quite comfortable apart from a large void beneath your feet. If you are an experienced paraglider and want to fly on your own, you can get a flying permit from the civil aviation office in Pokhara.

Parahawking

Parahawking in Nepal is an activity that combines paragliding with falconry. Birds of prey are trained to fly with a paraglider, guiding them to thermals. Parahawking was developed by British falconer Scott Mason in 2001. Mason began a round-the-world trip in Pokhara, Nepal, where many birds of prey – such as the griffon vulture, steppe eagle, and black kite – can be found. While taking a tandem paragliding flight with British paraglider Adam Hill, he had the opportunity to see raptors in flight and realized that he could combine the sports of paragliding and falconry. The team started by training two black kites, but have since added two Egyptian vultures, Kevin and Bob, to the team. Only rescued birds are used – none of the birds have been taken from the wild. Parahawking adventure is a unique sport, now being practiced in Nepal. The only season for Parahawk in Nepal is from October – November.

Stand Up Paddle

Phewa Lake in Pokhara offers you the second-best option with Stand-up Paddle Boarding (SUP). The sport lets you explore the lake freely on a paddleboard. However, balancing on the board can be a challenge initially. SUP can be a relaxing activity, and although it’s usually a calm sport, you can also get a tiring workout out of it without even realizing it. SUP is an experience that is completely different from other sports and will leave you completely relaxed in the end. If you’re planning to go Stand-up Paddling then the best time is around the months Oct-Nov and Mar-Apr when the weather is perfect for outdoor sports.

Bungee Jump

Bungee in Pokhara is the first and only gravity-defying tower in Nepal. Situated at a driving distance of fewer than 30 minutes from the Lakeside, Pokhara, this breathtaking adventure is perfect for the adrenaline junkies to experience one of the most popular adventure sports around the world. Located in a fairly accessible spot, the jump site of Hemja offers stunning views of hills and towering mountains along with the 75 meters of vertical fall. The bungee jump operators in Pokhara have also left no stones unturned when it comes to the safety and luxury of their customers. It is operated by highly professional jumpmasters and uses the latest technology and optimum quality cords, making it one of the safest adventure sports in the world. 

Hot Air Ballooning

Hot air ballooning in Nepal is one of the adventure activity which can make you feel like a bird flying in the high sky. In Nepal, ballooning offers a beautiful view of the sunrise, the Himalayan ranges and peaks, and the mesmerizing lake of Pokhara city. It will fly 500m above the Pokhara city providing the spectacular view of mountains like Annapurna range, the Fishtail (Machhapuchhare), Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli, Lamjung Himal, lakes, forests, and as a whole valley. The best months for a hot air balloon flight are September to May which excludes the months of monsoon season (June, July, and August). The flights take place daily during these months but also depend upon the wind and its direction of flow (eastward or westward across the valley).

Upper Seti River Rafting

Upper Seti rafting is a short and sweet one-day white water rafting package from Pokhara. Originated from Mt. fishtail, Upper Seti River is one of the best destinations for sweet, short, and loving rafting in Nepal. This rafting experience will be of 1 and a half hours and is of 5kms ride which is easily accessible from Pokhara city within 30 minutes. In Upper Seti Rafting you will encounter the serene environment and learn the basics of rafting. It will be an experience gaining moments but it will be the most enjoyable ride. You will see the great beauty of nature, wild surge at some point, and see the great Himalayan views while you raft. Due to this short and sweet ride, it is most suitable for those who have limited time yet adventure seeker or have free and vacant time to enjoy the place.

These thrilling and adventure activities are operated by different travel agencies or companies of Kathmandu and Pokhara. If you are planning to visit Nepal in the upcoming year, place the adventure activities of Pokhara in your bucket list.

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Suraj Bhattarai

I discovered my passion on travel and Tourism Sector and had started to write travel blogs since 2018 with the aim to promote the Tourism of Nepal in national and international level of tourism market. I am also a government certified Trekking Guide of Nepal.

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