A little background about Sarangkot
Sarangkot is a village rising 1600m above sea level nearby Pokhara city. It is known for its panoramic views of Himalayan giants namely Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. It also offers the best sunrises and sunsets in the world.
Aside from the spectacular views of the mountains, serene Phewa Tal Lake can also be seen from the distance and on the other side is the tranquil slow pace village life and more.
What to do in Sarangkot?
Paragliding – Sarangkot is renowned as the best spot for paragliding and one of the top 5 commercial tandem paragliding locations in the world. If you are up for the extremes, then this is a must try.
Annapurna Himalayan range – Sarangkot offers spectacular view of the largest mountain ranges in the world, including two eight-thousander peaks namely Annapurna I (8,091m) – ranked as the 10th highest and Dhaulagiri (8,167m) – 7th highest mountain in the world.
Spot some wildlife – Bird watching is first-rate in Sarangkot and there’s even a chance you might spot leopards or tigers in the neighborhood.
Zip-lining – Experience the longest, steepest, and fastest zip-line in the world. With a distance of 1,800 meters long, inclined 56 degrees with a maximum speed of 120kph. A must-do if you are craving for adrenaline explosion.
Hiking – From Pokhara, it takes 2-4 hours walk to Sarangkot depending on your pace. It’s a lovely day hike going up the hill passing through captivating little villages. There’s a small Shiva temple when you reach the top.
How to get there?
You can hike up the trail from Sedi (just north along Phewa Tal lake) or from Baglung bus park. You can also arrange a taxi to take you to the top but you got to have haggling skills otherwise it’s going to be costly. The driver will wait for you for an hour or so.
Motorcycles are also available for rent however the road condition isn’t that great. In fact, we passed a motorcycle accident on our way down. If you’re planning to rent one, think twice.
Prepare to pay 50 Rupees entrance fee. I heard its only 25 Rs, yet they charge me double (not sure if for foreigners only). Keep the ticket with you as it will give you access to the main view point at the top.
TIPS and TRICKS:
- Wear proper clothing to keep yourself warm. It’s cold up there especially early morning or later in the afternoon.
- Prepare your ears for the loud and inharmonious sound. I went there with less crowd but it still irritates me. Wear earplugs or headphones if you so wish.
- You must be an early bird if you want to avoid jam-packed of people.
- Watch your footing when you’re at the edge of the concrete platform at view point. Falling down is not an option here.
- Savor the magical moment at the top.