Begnas Lake Kalikasthan Day Hike

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Trip Highlight:

  • Enjoy the serene surrounding views of the Annapurna and Manaslu mountain range. 
  • Astounding panoramic views of the Himalayan Mountain range including Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Lamjung Himal. 
  • Amazing sunrise and sunset views from various vantage points over the mountain ranges. 
  • Pass through several traditional Nepali villages and experience the warm hospitality of the locals. 
  • Opportunities to interact with villagers, learn about their customs, and witness traditional farming practices. 
  • Trail takes you through lush forests, filled with rhododendron, oak, and pine trees. 
  • Encounter different ethnic communities along the way, such as Gurung, Magar, and Brahmin. 
  • Explore the Kalikasthan temple which is dedicated to the goddess Kali.

Overview:

Begnas Lake Kalikasthan day hike is a captivating journey through the scenic landscapes of Nepal. Begnas Lake is situated in southeast of the Pokhara Valley. Among the lakes in the Pokhara Valley, this one is the second largest and is situated at an elevation of 650 meters. The lake has a 3.28 km2 surface area, an average depth of 6.6m, and a maximum depth of 10m. Due to irrigation use and seasonal variations in rainfall, water levels change in this lake. A portion of the lake is utilized for caged fishery, while the water from the lake is used for irrigation. Many of the surrounding swampy parts of the Begnas Lake area have been gradually transformed into paddy fields and are still being done so. 

A day hike from Begnas Lake to Kalikasthan offers a stunning adventure through picturesque landscapes and cultural encounters. This hike offers stunning vistas, interact with locals, and immerses you in the tranquility of the Himalayan foothills. This hike also includes Thulokote which is a small village situated at an elevation, offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. 

Begnas Lake Kalikasthan to Thulokote day hike usually takes around 6 to 8 hours to complete, depending on your pace and the time spent at various points of interest. The hike is considered moderately challenging, with some uphill sections and uneven terrain. It’s recommended for individuals with a moderate level of fitness. 

Begnas Lake to Thulakote hike begins from the shores of Begnas Lake. From there, you’ll start ascending through lush green forests and terraced fields. The trail offers picturesque views of the surrounding hills, valleys, and mountains. As you hike uphill, you’ll pass through traditional Nepalese villages, where you can witness the local lifestyle and interact with friendly villagers. 

After reaching Kalikasthan, you’ll continue your hike toward Thulokote. This journey takes you through more scenic trails, with occasional steep sections. Along the way, you’ll encounter breathtaking panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain ranges. The trail passes through dense forests, rhododendron groves, and terraced fields, providing ample opportunities to immerse yourself in nature’s beauty. After exploring Thulokote and relishing the scenic vistas, you’ll retrace your steps back to Begnas lake following the same trail. Then you’ll drive back to Lakeside.

Itinerary:

Drive to Begnas Lake from your respective hotel as we arrange a private vehicle for you.

 From Begnas Lake begin the hike by following the trail that leads you uphill towards Kalikasthan. The trail will take you through lush forests, terraced fields, and small villages by admiring the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountain and the picturesque Begnas Lake.

After a 2hours hike from Begnas Lake, you’ll reach the Kalikasthan a scenic hilltop village. Then take a short break to rest and enjoy the panoramic views of the Annapurna and Manaslu Mountain range.

Continue towards Thulokote. The trail passes through lush forests, small streams, and charming villages, giving you a glimpse of rural life in Nepal.

You’ll reach Thulokote approximately after a 2–3-hour walk. Then you’ll have lunch over here.

After lunch, you can stroll around Thulokote and visit local temples, interact with the friendly villagers, and learn about their culture and traditions.

Start descending back to Begnas Lake and take your time to enjoy the natural beauty along the way.

Back to the Lakeside and will be escorted to your respective hotel.

Include/Exclude

Included
  • Private vehicle transportation service to hiking routes. 
  • Experienced and License holder Guide.
  • Breakfast and Lunch
Excluded
  • Tips for guide
  • Personnel expenses

Food & Accomodation:

Food 

Food is very important during the day hike from Begnas Lake to Kalikasthan and Thulokote. In this day hike package, Lunch is included which will be delicious as well as keeps you energized for a whole day. During lunchtime, we provide authentic Nepali cuisine including Daal Bhatt, pickles, and vegetable curry. As per your wants, we can also change the menu if there is any other option. 

Along the hiking trail, you may come across local restaurants and tea houses that serve traditional Nepali dishes. These establishments typically offer meals such as dal bhatt, momo, vegetable curry, pickles, and roti. You might also find items like energy bars, biscuits, chocolates, soft drinks, bottled water, and tea or coffee.

Essential Info:

Equipment 

  • Backpack
  • Weather-appropriate clothes
  • Water
  • Food
  • Rain gear
  • Sun protection
  • Towel
  • Hiking Shoes
  • First aid kits

 

Guide service 

Our organization provides a guide for the day hike from Begnas Lake to Kalikasthan. Our guides have years of experience and extensive local knowledge We provide qualified, experienced hiking route experts who are familiar with the flora, fauna, cultural significance, and historical features of the area.  All information which is needed for you about that area will be provided by our guide. We offer guides who speak English. We may, however, accommodate your request for a guide who speaks a different language if it is possible. We highly prioritize the safety of our customers while on a hike. We ensure that every one of our guides is trained in first aid and emergency response, as well as having the necessary gear for any unforeseen situation.

Transportation 

For transfer service, we provide private vehicles which transfer from Pokhara to Begnas Lake and vice versa. Our company provides varieties of vehicles according to your group size for this hike. We provide drivers that are knowledgeable and skilled and vehicles that are well-maintained, clean, hygienic, and comfortable. The driver drives you safely to your destination. You can choose to use a public car for this Begnas Lake- Kalikasthan and Thulokote trip if that is what you want. 

A typical day

Begnas Lake to Kalikasthan and Thulokote hike begins with a scenic drive from the Lakeside to Begnas Lake. From Begnas Lake, you’ll follow the well-marked trail towards Kalikasthan, the trail will take you through terraced farmlands, charming villages, and lush forests. Take your time to appreciate the stunning views of the surrounding hills and the serene Begnas Lake. As you progress on the trail, you’ll find several resting spots and teahouses where you can take a break, rehydrate, and enjoy some snacks. These pit stops provide an opportunity to interact with locals and learn about the culture and traditions of the region. 

After a couple of hours of hiking, you’ll reach Kalikastha, a picturesque hilltop settlement. Take some time to explore the area and soak in the panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges. You can visit the local temple dedicated to the goddess Kali. Then continue hiking toward Thulokote. The trail will lead you through more scenic landscapes, passing through dense forests and terraced fields. You’ll have lunchtime in Thulokote. You’ll spend some time exploring the village, interacting with locals, and learning about their way of life. After spending quality time, you’ll back to Begnas Lake following the same route and drive back to the Lakeside, Pokhara.

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