Pokhara Peace Pagoda Hike

Destination
Nepal
Activity
Day Tour
Distance
5-6 km
Start / End Point
Lakeside, Pokhara/Barahi Ghat Lakeside
Max. Altitude
1100 m
Meals Included
Snacks
Group Size
1-20
Nature of Tour
Day Hike
Best Season
All season
Trip Code
Peace Pagoda-PKR
Duration
3-4 hrs
Transporation
Boat

Overview

Pokhara Shanti Stupa is a significant monument in Pokhara, Nepal, symbolizing peace and harmony in the world. It was constructed by Nipponzan-Myohoji, a Japanese Buddhist order, under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii, a Buddhist monk who was deeply inspired by his meeting with Mahatma Gandhi in 1931 and decided to devote his life to promoting non-violence. In 1947, he began constructing Peace Pagodas as shrines to world peace.

Pokhara itself can be quite an adventurous place to go hiking. Pokhara is surrounded by green hills which offer plenty of options as a destination for hiking. Moreover, hiking in Pokhara can be done all year round. The Shanti Stupa Pokhara, also known as World Peace Pagoda Pokhara, is situated on top of Ananda hill. The location was chosen for its natural beauty and ability to inspire peace and tranquility in those who visit.

Located at a height of 1100 meters, the Pokhara Shanti Stupa is the first World Peace Pagoda of Nepal. When the weather is clear, then early sunrise can lead to magnificent views of the Annapurna mountain range.

Moreover, there are several eateries close to the Stupa where you can have lunch enjoying the stunning view. It is a perfect spot for a view of the Himalayan range, Phewa Lake and Pokhara city. Lots of Pilgrims especially of Buddhist origin ascend to this peak to pay their homage to the white stupa.

The Pokhara Shanti Stupa is a popular destination for visitors from all over the world seeking peace. It serves as a reminder of the important values of peace, harmony, and non-violence in a world that often experiences conflict and discord

How to Get to the Pokhara World Peace Stupa ?

This hike can be concluded within half-day so we have a lot of spare time in which we can opt to explore the Pokhara Valley. We can do a boat ride on Phewa Lake as well as pay homage to the Tal Barahi Temple situated in the middle of the lake. In addition to that, we can consider various adventure activities like Bungee Jumping, ultra-light, and Paragliding.

From the pagoda, we can perceive the wholesome Lakeside along with astounding mountain views of the Annapurna range. Not only that, the hill is enriched with natural beauty.

Furthermore, just above the stupa is the newly built huge statue of Lord Shiva, which is gaining quick popularity over a short time. So, we can continue the journey to view the statue of Lord Shiva. If we take a bus then, it is just 30 minutes ride from Pokhara. Lakeside is also renowned for its exotic nightlife so, we can have dinner sitting beside the large lake.

Route Option 1: Hiking Through Raniban Forest (most popular )

Starting Point: Start your journey from the Lakeside and follow the route to reach Damside. And you will see you will see Damside Park. From there, take the right path, split from the main road. The paved road leads you to the Phewa Lake Dam. Once you reach the Dam, you will see a hanging bridge. After crossing the bridge, you will ascend through the lush Raniban Forest. You will hike through the forest and enjoy the beautiful scenery. After visiting the Peace Pagoda, you can hike down to the bottom of Ananda Hill, which takes around 45 minutes to steep down through small villages and dense forests. From there, you can take a boat to cross the lake to reach Barahighat and visit the Talbarahi temple.

Trail Details: The trail is partially clear, with the rest winding through dense vegetation. It is advisable to hire a local guide due to the terrain and biodiversity of the area, for both safety and gaining insight into the local flora and fauna.

Wildlife and Ecosystem: The forest is home to various birds and wildlife, including deer monkeys and Royal Bengal Tigers. Its proximity to Phewa Lake classifies it as a wetland ecosystem, making it rich in biodiversity.

Route Option 2: By Boat & Hike

Boat Ride: Hire a rowing boat from Barahi ghat, Gauri ghat, or Hallanchowk ghat, where we can hire a boat to cross the lake by rowing or paddle boat.

Hike Up: After crossing the lake, we will reach the bottom of the Peace Pagoda hill, a steep forest incline to the top that typically takes about 40 to 90 minutes to climb. Upon reaching the top, visit the World Peace Pagoda. Several small cafes are nearby where you can enjoy drinks and snacks, and there is an excellent viewing restaurant where you can see the Annapurna Mountain range.

Return Options:

By the Same Trail: Retrace your steps to the shore and hire a boat back to Lakeside.

Via Raniban: Continue hiking to the foot trail leading down to Damside through Raniban forest, which takes around 2-3 hours to reach lakeside Pokhara.

Public Transport: You can take a taxi or minibus from the taxi station below the Peace Pagoda and back to Pokhara.

Safety Tips:

Start Early: Begin your day early to catch the breathtaking mountain view from the Shanti Stupa, also known as the World Peace Pagoda.

Preparation: Be sure to carry water, snacks, rain cover and wear appropriate footwear for muddy and slippery conditions.

Pokhara Peace Pagoda Hike Photo

Pokhara Peace pagoda Hiking Map

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

    • Experience local trekking guide
    • Lunch / Snacks
    • Mineral water during the hike
    • Boat fee to cross the lake 
    • Government tax, vat, service charges

WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • Drinks & beverages
    • Gratitude and tips for guide ( tipping is not mandatory but expected)
    • Other expenses except those mentioned above.

Pokhara Peace Pagoda Hike Company Reviews

2023-01-10

Best travel company in Pokhara!

Mohan was extremely accommodating and went above and beyond to help us with everything I did in Nepal. He is the go-to guy for everything and I owe many of my best experience in Nepal to him. Highly recommend this travel company. Also, shout out to Bharat who was an excellent guide!

Mitchell E
2023-01-10

Amazing trips in Pokhara under arrangements by North Nepal Travels&Treks

Under arrangements by North Nepal Travels&Treks, I had amazing hiking to World Peace Pagoda and paragliding in Pokhara. Niraj and his brother -the guides of mine for the hiking are very cute and explained me a lots of Nepali history and cultures during hiking. They become good friends of mine. Hope to see them again in Nepal or China.

Jessie Wu

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