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Hemjakot Village is perfect for a one-day hike around Pokhara. Just 9.5 km north of Pokhara, Hemjakot is a very clean, quiet, and pleasant settlement. Resting on the foothills of the mighty Annapurna South and Macchapuchre “Fishtail” mountains, you can adore the beauty of these snow-capped peaks like never before. The locals of the Hemjakot village are warm and welcoming and will shower you with garlands and blessings as greetings.
Situated just outside the cluttered city of Pokhara, this rural heartland is filled with traditional Nepali homes, corns hanging on ceilings, the aroma of traditional oak oozing from the fireplace, and cheery traditional Nepali homes that stand on the terrace rows welcoming you into the land of the Himalayas. With the long stretches of rice and paddy fields bumping against the glistening snowcapped Himalayas, Hemjakot is a place where life is designed around agriculture. The people of Hemjakot have farmed this land for hundreds of years.
Still untouched by modernity, people over Hemjakot have their own culture and lifestyle distinct from that of the city. With its surrounding jungles, lush greenery, and the mighty Annapurna smiling right in front of your eyes, Hemjakot village is a place where you’d imagine nirvana to be.
Drive from Pokhara to Hemja Phedi. Hemjakot Village – One day hiking around Pokhara
You will be transferred from your hotel in Pokhara to Hemja Phedi. Your actual hike starts here. You will be walking 1.5-2 hours uphill to Hemjakot village crossing through lush jungles and small settlements.
After arriving at the Hemjakot, local people warmly welcome you with the tikas, garlands, and Bhangras (a white cloth worn criss-cross over the chest) as per the local Pokhreli tradition. A short hike to the Hemjakot viewpoint offers a spectacular view of surrounding valleys, the Annapurna range, and the gigantic Macchapuchre “Fishtail.”
You will have a local lunch with one of the families who are part of the Community Homestay Network, a program they have embraced for the chance it offers to meet and learn about people from all over the world, as well as support their income. They are keen to show you their homes and their way of life. You can even help with some of their daily tasks if you feel like it.
You can move around and explore the quaint village inhabited by multi-ethnic people. Since Hemjakot is just half an hour’s drive from Pokhara, the second most popular city in Nepal after Kathmandu, you can easily observe the cultural differences between the people living in the city and the rural area. This is a great opportunity to see the day-to-day lifestyle of the local rural people. For Nepali people, guests are considered as God. So, wherever you go, you will be welcomed with a warm, comfy, and friendly smile. If you feel like participating in their daily activities, and even seasonal farming activities, they will be elated to have you around.
Once everything is done for the day you will be driving back to Pokhara, admiring the views and sunset.