Gorkha to Pokhara Trek is a low altitude trek that takes you to the ancient Gorkha and a popular tourist hub, Pokhara. Gorkha is an erstwhile Shah kingdom, from where the Shah dynasty hailed. Gorkha is home to the historic old Durbar, the palace of the Shah dynasty. Pokhara is a beautiful city and a popular tourist destination after Kathmandu. It is a gateway to world-famous treks in the Annapurna region.
The trek offers an unusual attraction of low altitude trekking. It provides beguiling insight into Nepalese rural life, the culture of Gurung people, and spectacular scenery. The trail encompasses very few uphill climbs and avoids quick elevation gains/losses, unlike any other treks in Nepal. And that’s the beauty of Gorkha to Pokhara Trek.
Though the trek is not as popular as other treks in Nepal’s Himalayas, it is arguably one of the finest treks in Nepal. The trail leads through uphill climbs and introduces rural Nepalese communities in central Nepal. The trail commands panoramic views, green mid-hill trekking, lush forests, lakes, caves, and beautiful waterfalls.
You will also admire the view of Manaslu (7945m), Himalchuli, and Buddha Himal (6674m). The rugged landscape linking high ridges and deep river valleys waits for you.
The local people along the route are welcoming. They offer heart-stirring hospitality. This trek is an opportunity to dwell in their lifestyle. You will be able to see local people indulging in their daily chores like harvesting and celebrating festivals. In a sense, you will learn a lot about Nepalese communities, day-to-day lifestyle, and culture.
Gorkha to Pokhara Trek Route
This is an easy trek starting from the capital city, with a scenic ride to Zero Kilo via Abukhaireni. It will take you 4-5 hours to reach Zero Kilo. The next day, you will wake up early and hit the trail to Simalghari. It is an easy hike for a few hours. The first day of the trek will be easy ascending and descending through the flat trail.
On your way to Palungtaar, you will cross terrace fields and beautiful villages. The sight of the magnificent mountain greets you. Palungtaar is a beautiful village inhabited by Brahmins, Chhetri, and Newar.
On the trek’s 4th day, you will continue through the flat path, crossing a few streams stream and across grazing fields. After 6-7 hours, you will reach Tarkughat, perched at the bank of Marshyangdi River. The next day, you will head to Kunchha. The trail gradually climbs uphill through terraces and a small marketplace. The trail parades beautiful views of the mountains like Manaslu, Lamjung, and the Annapurna range.
Your next destination will be Sisaghat, at 870m. Today’s hike will be for 7-8 hours through terraces fields and flat trail. From Sisaghat, you will head to Karputaar. You will walk along the bank of Madi River. And after a few hours, Karputaar welcomes you. The rustic charm of these villages allure every traveler.
Furthermore, you will trek to Syaklung. The trek is a bit difficult as you climb uphill. The path meanders through beguiling forests that reveals beautiful scenery. Upon reaching Syaklung village, Gurung and Magar people welcome you.
On the 9th day, you will trek to Kalikasthan, following the forested ridge through a few ups and downs. You will embrace the splendid view of Machhapuchhre, the Annapurna range, Lamjung Himal, and Manasalu. In Kalikasthan, there are enough lodges, typical tea shops and campsite for you.
Continuing the trek, you will pass through small villages, before reaching Bijayapur Khola. Rest assured that it is a pleasant hike. From Bijayapur Khola, you will drive to Pokhara. And the trek comes to an end with a 6-hours drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara.
Gorkha to Pokhara Trek Difficulty
Gorkha to Pokhara Trek is an easy trek, that attracts novice trekkers and nature lovers. Anyone with no trekking experience can embark on this adventure. The highest elevation of this trek is 1300m.
On average, you will trek for 4-5 hours through flat trails. And on a challenging day, you must trek for 7-8 hours.