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Lying 200 kilometres to the west of Kathmandu, Pokhara has the fish tailed summit of Machhapuchhre, at 6,977 metres, as a backdrop.

At an elevation lower than Kathmandu, Pokhara feels much more tropical, reflected by the lush green forests and beautiful diversity of flowers, which flourish here. Pokhara is part of a once vibrant trade route extending between India and Tibet, and today mule trains can be seen camped on the outskirts of the town, bringing goods to trade from remote regions of the Himalaya.

This is the land of the Magars and Gurungs, hardworking farmers and valorous warriors who have earned worldwide fame as Gurkha soldiers. There are many different treks and walks in the area to suit all abilities. There are daily flights to and from Kathmandu and this thrilling journey gives views of some of the highest mountain peaks in the world.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: steppe eagle, white-throated kingfisher, yellow-billed fantail, egyptian vulture, wallcreeper
  • Where: Kaski District, Nepal

Wildlife trips

This location is featured in the following itinerary:

Nepal Wildlife

This two-week itinerary visits a trio of national parks in the low lying Terai region, along the border with Nepal’s southern neighbour, India. This area has some of the best locations in the entire subcontinent to see wildlife such as rhino, elephant and Gangetic river dolphin, not to mention the prolific birdlife.

  • When to go: Oct-May
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,695 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge

Located on a hilltop overlooking the Pokhara valley, this lodge offers tranquil accommodation with spectacular views of the snow-capped Himalayas. Stone bungalows are scattered around the grounds, each with a spacious verandah, and activities include walking, birdwatching or relaxing in the spa.