Nepal is a country of mountains. In fact, three-fourths of the country are in the Himalayas, there are over 250 peaks higher than 6,000 meters (19,500 ft), and eight of the world’s highest peaks are here. It is no wonder then, that many of the people who visit Nepal come for trekking. Unfortunately for us, I was in no condition to trek due to the whole pinching-my-nerve-debacle in Thailand and we had to look at the mountains from a distance… But this wasn’t a problem because our spirits were lifted immediately after arriving in Pokhara by seeing the views! The city has a beautiful lake where you can rent wooden boats to take you around and enjoy the Annapurna’s incredible peaks.
The closest we’ll get to Everest this time around
Even though Pokhara is Nepal’s second largest city, its calm streets and fresh air are a relieve from bustling Kathmandu. Cafés by the lake, temples, and small shops and their friendly owners kept us busy for a few days of relaxation. The weather was cold but usually sunny and it was a delight to spend time in a new city.
Tracy braving the Himalayan cold 😉
Since we were not trekking but still wanted to get closer to the peaks, we decided to splurge and take things to a much higher level, and I mean that literally. Pokhara is one of the most beautiful places to do paragliding and Tracy and I enjoyed our first flight! It was absolutely breathtaking.
Pokhara was very good to us; we enjoyed the food, the people, and each other. And if that wasn’t enough, our last evening blew our minds all over again!
Even an early bus ride is enjoyable with this view!