In the Kaski district of Gandaki, west of Pokhara, lies a 1,600-metre-long beautiful hill called Sarangkot.
Offering a picturesque view of few of the world’s highest mountains Dhaulagiri (8,167), Annapurna (8, 091), Macchapucchare (6,997m), Manasalu (8,163m) and 25 other mountains, Sarangkot gently onlooks the city of Pokhara and Phewa lake that further enhance the beauty of the scenic view.
Earlier, Sarangkot was a Village Development Committee located west of the Pokhara and has a population of about 5,060 and 1,010 households as per the 1991 census. The region later became part of Pokhara 26 in 2015.
Sarangkot is one of the popular Nepali tourism destinations home to paragliders from across the world.
Though these sport enthusiasts thoroughly enjoy what they do, it may become almost impossible for an onlooker to look through the clouds and haze.
They say that the most beautiful view comes after the hardest climb and this is especially true about Sangarkot!
A climb to Sarangkot presents a spell-binding view of the sunrise and sunset over the mammoth, snow-capped mountains. This is where you can experience the breath-taking scene of mountains dazzling in gold, orange and red.
Sarangkot offers an awesome riding experience in the form of the Tandem flight. The bird-eye view from the flight treats nature and adventure-lovers’ with a scintillating picture of the entire mountain range surrounding the Phewa Lake.
Enjoy the thrill of flying high in the company of mighty birds like eagles and vultures!
This beautiful hill has some traditional village houses, a school and a community radio station 104.6 MHz run by the inhabitants to promote the local culture. Besides, Sarangkot also houses some hotels and rooms that offer stunning views of the mountains. If not trekking, you can also enjoy the beautiful view of the mountains whilst relaxing in the rooms.
Sarangkot is home to the Rhododendron forest. The red rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal. This flower is a genus of 1,024 species of woody plants in the heath family and is found mainly in Asia. Trekkers will find these trees on pathways of their trek.
Some of the tourist attractions in and around Sarangkot include the Australian Camp, Phewa lake, Devi falls, Gupteshwar Cave, Begnas Lake, Thani Mai temple, Siddha Gufa and Patale Dvar.
The Sarangkot hill can be reached via taxi, motorcycle, walk or tour, and should be booked a day in advance in case of taxi. A taxi drive will take 30-40 minutes and will have you left at a walking distance of 15-20 minutes from the climb.
Around Sarangkot, you can either hire a driver with a bike or choose to drive a bike alone. A walk to the climb can last for about 3-5 hours and begins from the Baglung bus park or a remote trail from the Phew Tal lake.
Another convenient option is the tour that is mostly arranged by the hotels people stay at, who arrange both your means of transport and provide a guide.
Schedule your long-awaited trip to Sarangkot, leave the baggage of the world behind and reconnect with your spiritual self with the surreal views of the place!