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When Lonely Planet puts ‘Sunrise at Sarangkot’ as their number one thing to do in Nepal, you feel obliged to experience it. The only problem is that almost everyone else has the same idea as you.
You do question yourself whilst waking up in the pitch black and stepping out into a cold, but it is worth the trouble. There is the option of driving (which takes about 30 minutes from the lakeside in Pokhara) or the option of hiking up in the dark (approximately 3/4 hours). The brilliant sunrise is just reward for hiking your way up, but almost everyone else seems happy to catch a bus up there so you will share the experience with lots of others.
But no matter how busy it might get or how hazy the morning is, you can never forget seeing the towering Annapurna Range slumber from its deep sleep and appear out of the darkness. That was most certainly the highlight, especially as the sun eventually shined directly upon the mountains to give a deep orange huefor a short while.
It was spectacular, and if you do have the chance whilst in Pokhara I would recommend dragging yourself out of the warm safety of your bed to do it. And if you are feeling particularly energetic, making the time to hike up instead.
I wrote about paragliding in Pokhara Nepal last October. At the time I didn’t have a video camera with me, or even a camera while we were in the air. I’ve made many trips to Nepal in the last year, but the operations side and a trip to Mustang had kept me so busy that I hadn’t had another chance to paraglide. When I was in Nepal last month I was determined to get back into the air, and this time I made sure to get some video and stills. Here’s the result. Hope you enjoy
Where Eagles Dare…
Lake Phewa, Pokhara is a great place to relax post-trek, as I have done for a few days. “Seen it from the ground,” I thought to myself, this morning, “time for a different perspective!”I climbed up to the viewpoint at Sarangkot from where the cool lake beckoned below. I wanted to get closer. So I threw myself off the mountain… Continue reading →