If you plan to Travel to Pokhara from Kathmandu, the first thing you search for is 'How to Travel to Pokhara from Kathmandu.' There are several options that you can use. You can fly to Pokhara, drive and trek. So, we have tried to provide information about Travelling to Pokhara from Kathmandu in this post, which can be helpful for you.
Kathmandu to Pokhara Tourist Bus, Flight and Private Transport
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There are several options to Travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Most of the travelers who are traveling in Nepal land at the 'Kathmandu international airport.' People going to Everest, Manaslu, Langtang, and Kanchenjunga treks don't have to go to Pokhara. But, some might like to go there if they have free time after visiting the other regions.
Compared to Kathmandu, Pokhara is a beautiful, quiet, and clean city in Nepal. Most visitors love Pokhara more while traveling in Nepal. How about traveling to Pokhara from Kathmandu, then? You have several choices, which you can choose according to your time, interest, and budget to go to Pokhara from Kathmandu.
You can use overland roads or airways to get there. Of course! Traveling on a plane costs more than driving on a bus. In this post, we have clarified in detail below about airways and overland Travel to Pokhara from Kathmandu.
Kathmandu to Pokhara Flight on Plane
Kathmandu to Pokhara Flight
Around a 25-30-minute short flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara is the quickest option to travel. Several airline companies operate flights to Pokhara from Kathmandu from morning to late evening every day to connect these two major cities of Nepal. You can get the earliest plane to Pokhara at 7:00 and in the morning, and the late one is at 4:00 pm.
Kathmandu to Pokhara Flight Fare and Availability
The Fare for the Flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu is different in season and availability. It costs higher in the high tourism season and the Nepalese festivals than other regular times because of its high demand. Also, the Flight Fare to Pokhara differs for Nepali and South Asian nationalities (India, Pakistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Srilanka, and Bhutan) and travelers from other countries.
It costs 125 USD for a one-way Flight to Pokhara for tourists. But, the Fare for Nepalese and Indians is around 5000 NPR per person. You might get cheaper if you book in advance and a big group sometimes. Please point to be noted the Flight Fare can be changed frequently. Also, the weather and visibility can affect the Flight schedule, so it may delay or even cancel sometimes.
You must check in at the airport airline counter at least one hour earlier than the Flight time, and it takes from Tribhuvan international airport's domestic terminal. Please book the seat on the right-hand side of the plane because you can see stunning views of Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, and Annapurna massif in a long range.
Note: Please do not book your flight on the same day as your international arrival to go Pokhara and for the final departure for home after Pokhara. Sometimes, international flights also can not land at the regular time, and also domestic flights are affected due to the bad weather.
Kathmandu to Pokhara Tourist Bus
The driving distance to Pokhara from Kathmandu is 200km on Prithvi Highway. It takes around seven hours to drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara Travel by Bus if there is no obstruction on the driving road. Sometimes, landslides and road accidents affect traveling hours.
We also offer Tourist Bus Ticket from Kathmandu to Pokhara, also from Pokhara to Kathmandu at the best price. Remember us for the Tourist Bus service if you are traveling from Kathmandu to Pokhara for the Annapurna treks.
The Tourist Bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara leaves at seven am every day from Sorakhutte Bus station and at 7:30 am from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
A luxurious Tourist Bus service provides travelers with comfortable folding seats with beautiful valleys, traditional villages, rivers, waterfalls, farming terraces, and other natural views from Kathmandu to Pokhara. You can get different types of Tourist Busses to varying costs as their services and comfort.
Frolic Adventure Provides Kathmandu to Pokhara or Pokhara to Kathmandu Tourist Bus service, so you can contact us anytime for the Tourist Bus Ticket. The Tourist Bus Ticket cost depends on the Bus type, so we provide the cost detail below in this post.
VIP Sofa Deluxe Bus
Kathmandu to Pokhara Travel by Tourist Bus is the most common way, which most travelers take. Driving by Bus through the hillside road is an adventure so you might need a luxurious Bus with a comfortable seat.
This Sofa Deluxe bus is air-conditioned with a sofa and toilet inside. However, the other regular Tourist buses also have air conditioning and luxurious seats to Travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara or Pokhara to Kathmandu. This VIP Sofa Deluxe Tourist Bus costs 1600 NPR for Nepalese, 1800 NPR for Indian (SAARC Nationalities), and 1850 NPR for other Travellers.
AC Deluxe Regular Tourist Bus
Kathmandu to Pokhara tourist bus Travel
A significant number of Tourist buses from Kathmandu to Pokhara Travel is the AC Deluxe, which departs every morning at 7:00 am from Sorakhutte, Kathmandu. Suppose you are taking a Tourist Bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu. In that case, the last stop is Balaju, about 15 minutes north (walking time) from Thamel.
We arrange this Regular AC Deluxe Tourist Bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara at the best price. It costs 1200 NPR for Nepali and 1300 NPR for other Travellers. You must contact us at least 20 hrs earlier for the Tourist Bus reservation. You can make a direct Call or WhatsApp at +9779851043624 for a reservation for the Tourist Bus to Pokhara from Kathmandu. For the payment, you can pay in cash or online payment through this link.
How to go to Sorakhutte Bus Station?
Sorakhutte is close to the Tourist Hub Thamel, so most Nepal Travellers stay in Thamel before Travelling to Pokhara. If you are staying in Thamel, you can walk to the north, which takes 10-15 minutes. You can hire a taxi or cycle a rickshaw if you have heavy bags, which may cost around 300 NPR. Suppose you are staying out of Thamel and Driving to Pokhara from Kathmandu in a Tourist Bus from Sorakhutte Bus Station. In that case, you must take a taxi and arrive before 7:00 am.
What do you expect from Kathmandu to Pokhara Tourist Bus Travel?
- You will have a 2×2 folding comfortable seat.
- Drive with an air conditioner.
- A bottle of mineral water
- Experienced driver and helpful helper
- Three stops for breakfast, lunch, and the toilet along the highway drive
- Beautiful views of rivers, valleys, farming terraces, traditional local settlements, daily activities of villagers, and more natural attractions
Public Day/Night Bus and Van from Kathmandu to Pokhara
There are a lot of Public Buses and Vans leaving from Kathmandu to Pokhara every day. The Day Buses and Vans leave early, around 6:00 am, and you get until 3:00 pm every half an hour. Public Bus is more comfortable than the Vans, but the Van reaches faster than the Bus to Pokhara from Kathmandu.
You have LED TV on the Public Bus to watch videos and movies. However, the videos and movies are Nepali and Hindi. You might not understand, but you will enjoy the rhythm. These Buses and Vans depart from BG Mall, Gongabu, Gongabu Public Bus Station, and Kalanki in Kathmandu. You can get these places to get Public Transportation to Pokhara from Kathmandu; you can take a taxi from your hotel and buy a ticket there. The Public Bus and Van cost you around 1000 NPR.
If you are traveling with a limited time and want to Travel to Pokhara from Kathmandu on the same day of your international arrival or like to have an experience of the night Bus, you also get it. The Night Bus leaves from Kathmandu's new Bus Station and BG Mall at 8:00 pm and 8:15 pm from Kalanki Chowk. It costs you around 1300 NPR from Kathmandu to Pokhara Night Bus Travel.
Hire a Private Transport to Travel to Pokhara from Kathmandu
Kathmandu to Pokhara private transport
Suppose you are uncomfortable traveling in a big Bus with many people and like to travel luxuriously to Pokhara from Kathmandu. In that case, it is better to Hire Private Transport. Suppose you Hire a private car, jeep, Van, or Bus according to your group. In that case, you can stop anywhere if you see something exciting and beautiful such as natural and cultural attractions.
Also, if you Hire Private Transport from Kathmandu to Pokhara, you will be on time to start your Travel. You can have breakfast taking time in the hotel and depart after eight in the morning. A Private car costs 17000 NPR, Jeep 20000 NPR, Van 28000 NPR, and Bus 45000 NPR to Travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara. There might be flight cancellations due to the bad weather, so you can also Hire Private Transport to Pokhara in this case. We arrange Private Cars, Van, Jeep, and Bus anytime from Kathmandu so that you can contact us by call or WhatsApp at +977 9851043624.
Note: The highway sometimes stays blocked for a few hours due to landslides and road accidents, which may obstruct the traveling hours.
Travel to Pokhara through Annapurna Circuit Trekking
You can Travel to Pokhara after the Annapurna circuit trek. You start this long and adventurous trek from Kathmandu by driving to Bhulbhule and walking through the mountain trails following Chamje, Chame, Manang, and Throng La Pass, and go direct to Pokhara or trek a few more days on Kaligandaki Valley and visit Pon Hill then walk to Nayapul before driving to Pokhara.
Suppose you need more time to complete a whole Annapurna circuit trek. In that case, you can also do half-circuit trekking by flying out to Pokhara from Jomsom. A complete circuit trek is about 16 days from Kathmandu to Pokhara, but you can make it in a 10-12 days half-circuit tour with the flight out one.
You can also Travel to Pokhara after the Manaslu circuit trek. You start trekking to Manaslu from Kathmandu by driving through the hillside road to Soti Khola. Then, wander through the traditional villages following the Budhi Gandaki River to Samagaun and Samdo. After that, you cross Larke La Pass and meet the main trail to the Annapurna Circuit. You trek to Bhulbhule in 2-3 days or a direct drive to Beshihahar from Dharapani. You get a bus to drive to Pokhara from Besisahar, which takes around 5 hours drive.
Why Travel to Pokhara from Kathmandu?
Pokhara is the most admirable city in Nepal for the visitors. There are many beautiful sites and things to do, so you can visit Pokhara to see beautiful lakes and magnificent mountain views, have a sunrise tour, and chill after a long Himalayan trek. You can also do paragliding, ultra gliding, bungee jumping, and other excursions. Most of the trekking in the Annapurna Region begins from Pokhara, so you must Travel there if you would like to trek in the Annapurna.
Places to Visit while you Travel Pokhara
- Visit Fewa, Begnas, and other beautiful lakes
- World Peace Stupa an Pumdikot
- Saranktot and Kahu Dharahara
- International Mountain Museum
- Gupteshwor, Mahendra, and Bat (Chamere) Caves
- Seti River Gorge
- Binduwasini Temple
- Davis Falls (Patale Chhango)
- Tal Barahi Temple
Things to do while you Travel Pokhara
- Boating on Fewa and Begnas Lakes
- Paragliding and ultra gliding for mountain flight
- Pokhara day tour
- Sunrise and sunset views with stunning mountain views from Sarangkot and Kahu Dharahara
- Helicopter tour to Annapurna base camp, Mardi Himal and Muktinath
- Bungee jump
- Cable car to Sarangkot
- Yoga retreat meditation
- Hot air ballooning
- Zip lining
- Day hikes
Trekking Routes to Annapurna Region from Pokhara
Most of the trekking routes in the Annapurna Region start from Pokhara. What are those trekking destinations which begin from Pokhara, then? Check them below:
- Annapurna Base Camp Trekking
- Poon Hill Trekking
- Short Annapurna Base Camp Trekking
- Mardi Himal Trekking
- Dhampus Sarangkot Trekking
- Mohare Danda Trekking
- Khopra Danda Trekking
- Sikles Trek
- Panchase Trek
- Jomsom Muktinath Trekking
- Upper Mustang Trekking
- Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking
When is the Best Time to Travel to Pokhara from Kathmandu?
Autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) are the best times to Travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara, but you can travel all year. Also, December can be the best month because the temperature is neither cold nor hot. You can see magnificent mountain views from the city at this time if you are Travel to Pokhara.
Also, you face some of the biggest festivals in October and November, like Dashain and Tihar (Diwali). If you travel in February and April, you will see some entertaining street festivals in Pokhara. Autumn and spring seasons are highly recommended if you plan a trek to the Annapurna Region.
FAQs on Kathmandu to Pokhara Travel
Is there a train to Pokhara from Kathmandu?
There is no train to Travel to Pokhara from Kathmandu, so you must fly or drive in Tourist Bus, Public Bus/Van, or hire private transportation.
How long does it take to drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu?
Driving by Bus to Pokhara takes around 7 and 6 hours by car, jeep, and Van.
What is the flight duration from Kathmandu to Pokhara?
It is 25-30 minutes to fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
What about Kathmandu to Pokhara flight cancellation?
Mostly, there is no flight cancellation, but it may be canceled due to the lousy weather sometimes and also delayed by weather and air traffic.
Are there road accidents on the Kathmandu Pokhara highway?
There are a few accidents sometimes on the road, but Tourist Buses are safe compared to the public.
How safe is it to fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara?
It is safe to fly, but there is never 100% everywhere.
If you are traveling in Nepal, we suggest to Travel Pokhara because it is a quiet, clean, and beautiful city in Nepal. There is an international airport, but no international airlines are operating flights to this airport. It means you must land at Kathmandu international airport and take another transport to Travel to Pokhara from Kathmandu.
You can fly or drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu to Travel to this calm city. You have several options to go to Pokhara. There are daily Tourist Bus Services, Public Buses, Van Services, and night Busses Services from Kathmandu. You can also hire private transport if you like comfortable Travel if you miss the flights due to bad weather conditions.
Frolic Adventure arranges all kinds of transportation to Travel to Pokhara from Kathmandu. Or we are happy to provide any helpful information for you. You can contact us by phone or WhatsApp at any time at +977 9851043624.