Pokjara Trekking

Pokjara Trekking
Pokjara Nepal Asia
February 4, 2007

Everyone in Pokhara is a trekking, I have not seen many very fit and healthy types, and therefore I would assume there are many easy treks. I think more city types out on a romp in the woods.

I got up this morning, took off on a long hike, I trekked all around the smallish city of Pokjara. This is a delight compared to Katmandu, everything is organized and pleasant, on the other hand, all the guesthouse are empty, and therefore if they were full, it may be another point of view.

I do not know where they go trekking and I really cannot be bothered. I tried to trek to the older part of Pokjara, however seemed to avoid it somehow; I do believe there must be an older historical part. My presently location is 90 percent made for tourist, and not much of interest. I am staying in what they call the lakeside part of Pokjara.

I one day hope to find a full on professional mountain climbing area or shop, all I have seen are tourist shops.

I think something like eight of the ten highest mountains in the world are in Nepal, therefore must be some serious mountain climbers somewhere.

This is the view of the lake, there is a dam on the lake, so maybe a manmade, I do not know the name. Most of the hotels are not on the lake, there is road between the lake and the hotels and I am not sure you can get a good view. I am going to try to find a hotel on the lake with a good view, I am sure there is, however not obvious.

Pokjara Trekking


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I did a 5 day trek from pokhara, through some of the foothills, and to some small villages. We trekked for about 8-9 hours per day.

It was pretty exhausting. But I am far from a fit and healthy person. I think someone who was army-level fittness would find the trek pretty easy going. But there are longer, harder routes too.

We have in my Hotel presently:

1. Fat older woman from Ireland, ex hippie from the 1960s who was here 20 years ago.

2. One Malaysian and a British girls traveling together, probably Lesbian.

2. Two boys about 22 from I think some Scandanavian countries.

I would not want to be a guide for any of them. I loaned the older lady my umbrella last night so she would not get wet walking in the city.

The Malsaysian and British girls came back soaking wet from a Motorbike ride. They rented one. They asked the man to turn on the electricity for a shower. It was 15 minutes before 6:00 PM. The night before they shut the lights off at 6:00.

They did not take a hot shower, unlees they did so at 11:00 PM, two hours after the lights came on again at 9:00 PM.

The boys were asking to borrow candles.

Preparation, thinking, planning, on the spot adaptation.

I have candles, hand powered flashlight, and a sqeeeze one on my key chain. A poncho, umbrella and a way heat water to take a shower.

I may be a professional traveler, I do understand, yet the candles. Anyone that has been in Nepal, India, etc.

I am pricing new candles, I seen a whole pack for 25 to 45 Rupees.

Trekking is a good idea for people, just not for me.

I felt more prepared than my guide whilst trekking.

For sure, I was a lot slower than him. I am not a fit person, so I think I am maybe 45minutes behind everyone else by the end of a day trek.

My guide was afraid that we would not get to the village by nightfall, and couldn't pick the trail in the dark. I say 'it's ok, I can make lots of light' (i had 3 flashlights, including one that goes on my head for reading).

He is still worried.

I say 'We could easily camp here in the woods. I have stuff to make fire, and I have bivvy bag etc.' He looks even more worried, and I think maybe there is something in the woods I don't know about.

We get to the village and the power goes, and he borrows a flashlight.

I am convinced he is afraid of the dark and superstitious. Fire would keep Yaks away, and even he said the Maoists were no where near where we were.

This image is a nice capture

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