There is no place you can drive to in Nepal that offers a better sunrise and sunset than Sarangkot Hill outside of Pokhara. Situated on a high hill, it overlooks the incredibly beautiful Annapurna Mountains. It is only five kilometers from Pokhara, but its elevation is almost twice that of Pokhara (Sarangkot elev. 1592 m/Pokhara 820 m). Here, spend the night in a nice hotel, where you can have great food and a good room, while enjoying both sunrise and sunset over the mountains.
This trip features plenty of adventure. From Sarangkot Hill, experience the thrill of paragliding over Phewa Lake while overlooking the incredible snowcapped peaks of the Annapurna Mountains. You will soar like an eagle with an experienced paragliding guide who will safely navigate your flight for maximum enjoyment.
But there is much more on this trip as you explore the several mountain lakes of the Pokhara valley. You will have an opportunity to explore the countryside, enjoy scenic views plus visit Buddhist monasteries and Hindu temples. There will even be a boat ride on Phewa Lake with a visit to the island temple, a sacred spot on the only island in the lake.
Then it is off to Chitwan National Park to enjoy a jungle safari as you look for Royal Bengal Tigers and One-Horned Indian Rhinoceroses on the back of an elephant. You will have the unique opportunity of interacting with the Tharu people, who have called these jungles home for centuries.
These are tandem flights where the passenger flies with a licensed, professional pilot. Each person has a separate harness which is attached to the wings as well as each other. After some basic instructions, the glider is launched off Sarangkot Hill and you just sit back and relax as you glide above Phewa Lake for 35 – 45 minutes. The flight feels more like sitting back in an easy chair as you look over the lake, the city and the snowcapped peaks.
Another paragliding option is what is called The Cloud Buster. This flight glides on the thermals as you rise above Sarangkot Hill, soaring with eagles and hawks. This flight lasts 30 minutes with landing by the side of Phewa Lake.
The final paragliding option is the Cross-Country Flight. This features the opportunity to fly from one valley to another. It takes around one hour as you glide on the thermal currents, rising to heights of 2500 to 3400 meters.
DAY 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel by private car.
DAY 2 – Fly to Pokhara, sightseeing in Pokhara Valley by private car.
DAY 3 – Early morning hike to view tower for Sunrise view of mountains from Sarangkot Hill. Later, paragliding
DAY 4 – Drive to Chitwan National Park.
DAY 5 – Chitwan Jungle Safari
DAY 6 – Fly from Bharatpur to Kathmandu
DAY 7 – Departure.
DAY 1 – Arrival: Arrive in Kathmandu at Tribhuvan International Airport where you will be met by a representative of Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition and taken by private car to your hotel. You will have a short orientation as well as welcome drinks as well as an opportunity to relax from your long flight.
DAY 2 – Fly to Pokhara: Fly early morning from Kathmandu to Pokhara which is only a 35 minute flight. We will take a private car to Sarangkot Hill where we will enjoy an incredible sunset over the Annapurna Mountains. We will see many snowcapped peaks as the sun goes down in the west. Overnight in 3 Star Hotel.
DAY 3 – Paragliding and Sightseeing: Before the sun rises, we will climb to the view tower on Sarangkot Hill to enjoy a spectacular sunrise over the snowcapped peaks. From here, it is breakfast and then paragliding like a bird over Phewa Lake. We will transfer to a different hotel and tour the various attractions in the Pokhara Valley.
DAY 4 – World Peace Stupa and Drive to Chitwan: The morning begins with a drive to the World Peace Stupa which sits on a high hill overlooking the lake, Pokhara and the Annapurna Mountains. It is considered one of the finest views anywhere in the region. We will hike down to the lake through a dense forest and then enjoy a boat ride across Phewa Lake. After our boat ride, we will travel by private vehicle to Chitwan National Park where we will check into our resort for the night. In the evening, enjoy a Tharu cultural program.
DAY 5 – Jungle Safari: The day starts early with a jungle safari. You will ride on an elephant as you enter the jungle looking for the wild animals. The elephant safari is the best way to look for animals as well as being the safest. Most people see a variety of deer, peacocks, rhinos and sometimes even a tiger. In the afternoon, enjoy a relaxing trip down the Rapti River in a dugout canoe to look for birds and crocodiles. Enjoy the evening at your resort.
DAY 6 – Fly to Kathmandu: We will leave today for Kathmandu, flying from Bharatpur to the capital city in a short flight. You will be transferred to your hotel where you can relax, or do some shopping or sightseeing on your own in the Kathmandu Valley. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with a cultural show.
Day 7 – Departure: All good things must come to an end, and this short trip is no exception. Your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition will escort you by private vehicle to the airport to see you off to your next destination. Before leaving, why not discuss a return trip to Nepal to explore other parts of this great nation. Your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition can put together all kinds of vacation packages for your next holiday.
While traveling with Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition, your all around safety and satisfaction is of our paramount concern. Please note that the Trip Leader has the authority to cancel or amend any part of this itinerary if it is necessary due to any safety concerns. We leave no stone unturned to keep the itinerary mentioned above, but as this adventure does include traveling in the Himalayas, we can’t guarantee that it will not be necessary to make changes if conditions so warrant. Some of these factors include extreme weather conditions, unexpected natural disaster, health conditions of any of our group members, etc, can all be contributing factors necessitating changes. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition’s Trip Leader will try to ensure that the trip runs as per plan, but we kindly request that you be flexible if need be.
All accommodations for the Sarangkot Sunrise and Sunset Tour with Paragliding and Chitwan National Park are on a twin sharing basis with inclusive trip costs. The Three Star Hotels have been checked out personally by our staff and they offer a high degree of hygiene as well as high standard of service. If you are a solo traveler, we will share a room with someone else of the same sex of our group. If you would prefer a single room that is a possibility by paying an additional fee. However, please understand that with some of the remote places, a single room might not be possible, depending upon location and tour. Be sure to talk to your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition about the single room option.
During the tour, we can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as some different ethnic cuisine. Some places may even offer some international foods (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) ranging from pizza to finger chips (French Fries). Many places will offer a variety of soft and hard drinks and snacks. We will have lunch on the trail, ranging from a picnic lunch to local accommodations, depending upon the tours area. A farewell dinner with cultural show and breakfast will be served when in Pokhara and Kathmandu.
Cost raised by cancellation due to landslide, weather conditions, political instability, or illness will not be our responsibility as these factors are beyond our control.