Sarangkot: Hike-Up and/or Paraglide Down

Sarangkot: Hike-Up and/or Paraglide Down
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Sarangkot, a charming village near Pokhara City, sits at an elevation of 1600m. This picturesque location provides stunning views of sunrise and sunset over the Annapurna Peaks, Mount Dhaulagiri, Mount Machhapuchhre and Manaslu. It is also a popular spot for paragliding, with numerous colorful paragliders dotting the sky above Pokhara.

How to get there?

  1. Taxi

On Lakeside, you can easily find transportation to Sarangkot, which is about a 30 to 40-minute journey to the top. Taxi fares can vary from Rs. 800 to Rs. 2000, depending on factors like traffic, round trip or one-way, waiting time, and fuel prices. It's advisable to negotiate the fare to get the best deal.

  1. Hiking - Difficulty Level: Hard

The optimal way to immerse yourself in Pokhara's natural splendor is by hiking. The journey from Lakeside to the top typically lasts between 3 to 5 hours. Beginning at Baglung Bus Park, the trek takes approximately 2.5 hours. Along the route, you'll encounter the bustling Bazaar area, the tranquil village surroundings, lush jungles, and other captivating sights.

  1. Cable Car
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Annapurna Cable Car operates from 5 am to 5 pm everyday from Sedi Village to Sarangkot. It takes approximately 10 minutes to reach Sarangkot and costs $8 one way and $12 for a round trip. 

  1. Scooter or Cycling

Renting a scooter or bike is a favorable choice in Pokhara. Travelers can opt to ride themselves or hire a driver. Many youths in the area are willing to take tourists to Sarangkot at an affordable rate. However, the road conditions can be challenging in certain areas, and if you're aiming for a sunset or sunrise visit, you might end up riding in the dark. Therefore, starting early and staying overnight in Sarangkot is advisable.

  1. Tour Packages

Various tour packages are offered by travel agencies and hotels, catering to different preferences. These packages range from a one-day tour to Sarangkot to comprehensive Pokhara tours, encompassing visits to renowned landmarks, boating in Phewa Lake, and more. The packages typically include hotel pickup and drop-off, along with breakfast and lunch. While these group packages may be slightly pricier than independent travel, they offer great convenience. Prices for group packages start at $50 per person.

Best Time to Visit Sarangkot

The optimal times to visit Sarangkot and Pokhara, in general, are from September to November and from March to May. These months offer pleasant weather and clear views of the Himalayas and Lakes. It is advisable to avoid traveling during the monsoon season, from June to August, due to slippery roads and fog that can obscure the magnificent views.

Things to do

  1. Sarangkot View Tower
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The allure of Sarangkot lies in its stunning sunrise and sunset views, attracting visitors eager to capture the mesmerizing beauty of the Himalayan peaks against the colorful backdrop of the sun. The experience of witnessing these panoramic vistas from the hilltop tower is truly unforgettable, drawing people to the area in the early mornings and late evenings in search of these breathtaking moments.

  1. Paragliding
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Paragliding is a popular adventure activity in Sarangkot, offering breathtaking views of Phewa Lake and a bird's-eye perspective of the mountains and hills.

  1. Zip- Lining

Sarangkot boasts the world's longest and fastest zipline, stretching from the hilltop to the Pokhara Valley. The exhilarating ride lasts 20 minutes and costs Rs. 8000. For an additional Rs. 1500, you can also get photos and videos of your experience.

  1. Bird Watching
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In addition to adventurous activities, bird watching is a top attraction in Sarangkot. The Pokhara Valley, home to 487 bird species, is a paradise for photographers and bird enthusiasts.

  1. Trekking/Hiking
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The hike from Lakeside to Sarangkot takes a day and passes through charming villages. Along the way, there are hidden jungle camps for those seeking peaceful nature experiences. From Sarangkot, you can trek to Annapurna, Panchase, Dhampus, or other nearby villages.

Accomodation and Dining in Sarangkot

Sarangkot offers a range of accommodations, including budget hotels, standard lodges, luxury resorts and spas. In the village, visitors can savor authentic Nepali ethnic cuisine at various restaurants and cafes. Popular dishes include "Dal Bhat," mutton or goat curry and Newari cuisine. At the top of the Annapurna Cable Car View tower, there's a restaurant where guests can enjoy delicious food while taking in the majestic views of Pokhara Valley and the mountains.


Sarangkot boasts stunning views of several towering mountains, including Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna Range and Manaslu. On the other side, the turquoise waters of Phewa Lake and the panoramic view of Pokhara Valley add to its natural beauty. Sunrise and sunset views from Sarangkot are particularly breathtaking, painting the sky in vibrant colors. Popular among trekkers and nature lovers, Sarangkot offers not just scenic beauty but also insights into local culture. For those in search of adventure, activities like paragliding await in Sarangkot, while others indulge in the tranquil beauty of the Himalayas, ensuring an unforgettable experience that lingers in the memory long after departure.