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Pumdikot Hike with World Peace Pagoda from Pokhara - 1 Day

  • Duration 1 Day
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Grade Easy
  • Starts at Pokhara
  • Ends at Pokhara
  • Max. Altitude 1500 Meters (Pumdikot)
  • Activity Hiking
  • Group Size 1 to 15
  • Best Season Whole Year
Highlights
  • Boating across the Phewa Lake before commencing the day hike to Pumdikot with World Peace Pagoda.
  • Visiting Tal Barahi, the temple in the middle of Phewa Lake, and closer encounter the traditional beliefs of Hindu people.
  • An adventurous hike through stone-paved ladders and dusty paths crossing several traditional houses and locals.
  • Chance to visit one of the most peaceful places in Pokhara, the World Peace Pagoda (Bishwo Shanti Stupa).
  • Another chilling and a little endurance testing trail from World Peace Pagoda to Pumdikot Viewpoint.
  • Witnessing one of the tallest Shiva Stupa located on the Pumdikot hill at an altitude of 1500 meters.
  • Amazing panoramic view of the Pokhara Valley, Phewa Lake, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Machhapuchhre Himal.
  • Chance to interact with the locals habituating in both of these places and between the routes and understand much about the traditional lifestyle.
  • The peaceful, clean, and lovely environment throughout the Pumdikot via World Peace Pagoda Day Hike.

Pumdikot via World Peace Pagoda Hike Overview

Pumdikot via World Peace Pagoda is a rather peaceful, refreshing, and enduring day hiking trail that offers two viewpoints to the hikers. The trail goes through several villages, vegetation, lush forests, stone-paved paths, and amazing landscape views. This is one of the perfect day hikes anyone can do while in Pokhara.

Pokhara is a city known for its natural beauty, multiple lakes, serene environment, and most importantly the close view of snow-covered mountains. Besides, this valley also offers a mind-refreshing, and adventure-hunting experience to travelers. Also, with several hills around the valley, people can go for different one-day or multi-day hikes in Pokhara. If you are looking for a similar type of one-day hiking package in Pokhara, the Pumdikot via World Peace Pagoda Day Hike is something we, as travel experts request you not to miss at all.

This day's hiking journey starts by boating in Phewa Lake. This boat ride takes you to the starting point of the hike. You will see stone ladders and a sign pointing to the Peace Pagoda at the starting point of day hiking to Pumdikot via World Peace Pagoda. Reaching Peace Pagoda takes almost one hour (depending on your pace).

As you reach the Peace Pagoda by crossing several sparse settlements, terrace farms, rhododendron bloom, and the views of different mountains, you see a big white Stupa sitting in the most peaceful hill point. From there, we again set off for another hike that takes you to Pumdikot. Starting from Peace Pagoda, it takes around 45 minutes to 1 hour (again depending on your pace).

Pumdikot offers you a magical view of the tall Shiva Statue. Besides, the mesmerizing view of the surrounding environment, valleys, lakes, and mountains makes you escape the hectic life. So, if you are on a peace hunt around the Pokhara Valley and want to spend a day testing your ability to walk, go for the Pumdikot Day Hike via World Peace Pagoda from Pokhara.

Benefits of Pumdikot Hike with World Peace Pagoda with us

Going for any hike or trip in Nepal with Green Valley Nepal Treks offers you one of the best experiences. Throughout the hike to Pumdikot, you will accompanied by the guide of one of the highly trusted trekking agencies in Nepal.

Besides, your journey will also be average-paced which we plan by prioritizing your safety and convenience along with the best of adventure. Moreover, hikers can also experience many other benefits by booking the Day Hike to Pumdikot withGreen Valley Nepal Treks.

  • Green Valley Nepal Treks is a well-established travel and trekking agency in Nepal serving tourists and travelers since 2010.
  • With GVNT, you will get a professional and English-speaking guide who will assist you throughout the Day hiking to Pumdikot in Pokhara.
  • We also offer the most affordable and reasonable price for the package. Furthermore, the cost also will be transparent right at the time when you book the trip.
  • Green Valley Nepal Treks provides a hiking t-shirt to the hiker as a souvenir from the team's side.
  • We make sure that all your queries and questions are properly answered before commencing the hike.
  • Our guides are also very knowledgeable. So, if you have anything to ask while going up the hike to Pumdikot with us, they will be answered.

What You Can Expect from Pumdikot via World Peace Pagoda Hike?

Hiking to Pumdikot via World Peace Pagoda is a beautiful way to feel nature, taste your physical strength, and escape the chaos of the city areas to get deeper into the magic of Pokhara. With proper planning and a perfect trail, you have the right to set high expectations for this day hike in Pokhara.

Here are some elaborations on what to expect from the Pumdikot via World Peace Pagoda Hike:

  • Expect to be on an adventurous hiking journey while exploring not one but two viewpoints: World Peace Pagoda and Pumdikot Viewpoint.
  • You can expect to leave the chaos and dense settlements behind and get into a portal that takes you to a peaceful destination with a very small population.
  • With the professional guide from Green Valley Nepal Treks, you can also expect to learn so much about the World Peace Pagoda and Shiva Statue at Pumdikot.
  • The Pumdikot Day Hike also offers a panoramic view of the different mountain peaks like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre.
  • Hikers can expect to be on an easy trek in the first phase but a slightly challenging walk in the second phase of the hike.
  • If you are in Pokhara with your family, this hike can be worth it for your children to feel nature.

Who is Suitable for Pumdikot Day Hike with World Peack Pagoda?

The Pumdikot Day Hike with World Peace Pagoda is a great choice for people of all ages and fitness levels, as long as they are in reasonably good health. The hike is relatively easy, with well-maintained trails. Here's a breakdown of who would be suitable for this hike:

  • Nature and Scenic View Lovers: Those who enjoy being in nature and appreciate scenic views will find this hike particularly rewarding. The trail offers stunning vistas of the Annapurna range, Pokhara Valley, and the Fewa Lake.
  • Cultural and Historical Enthusiasts: Visitors interested in culture and history will enjoy the World Peace Pagoda, which is a significant monument promoting peace. The pagoda is not only a spiritual site but also offers insight into the local culture and history.
  • Families and Casual Hikers: The hike is family-friendly and suitable for casual hikers, including children and older adults, provided they are in good health and can handle moderate physical activity.
  • Photographers and Bird Watchers: The scenic beauty and biodiversity along the trail make it a great spot for photographers and bird watchers. The World Peace Pagoda itself is a picturesque site, and the surrounding areas offer opportunities to capture stunning landscapes and wildlife.
  • Solo Travelers and Group Hikers: Both solo travelers and those in groups will find the hike enjoyable. It’s a well-trodden path with plenty of opportunities to meet fellow hikers and locals.

Preparation for Pumdikot via World Peace Pagoda Hike from Pokhara

The Pumdikot via World Peace Pagoda Hike from Pokhara does not require a high level of preparation. However, preparing for any journey is always the right thing to do. Therefore, you can also prepare for this day by hiking from Pokhara here are the basic preparations for the Pumdikot World Peace Pagoda Hike:

  • Plan the hike with Green Valley Nepal Treks because we help you prepare perfectly for this day of hiking from Pokhara.
  • Make sure that your physical and mental status align perfectly with the requirements of the hike.
  • Be sure about the route and do some research about both Pumdikot and World Peace Pagoda beforehand for a better experience.
  • Both Peace Pagoda and Pumdikot hold strong traditional and religious beliefs of the Buddhist and Hindu people. Therefore, please gain some information about these cultures and be aware of the rights and wrongs here.
  • Pack your bags wisely so that you carry just as much as you need and easily ascend the trail.
  • Try to consult with your guide before commencing the Pumdikot hiking from Pokhara to understand the whole journey even better.
  • Carry some cash (Nepali rupees preferred) to spend on the way up and down the Pumdikot and Peace Pagoda hiking route.

Pumdikot Day Hike with Peace Pagoda Cost for 2024 and 2025

Green Valley Nepal Treks offers the most affordable and reasonable cost for any trip and hike in Nepal. Our packages are designed to offer travelers the best of adventures while spending the minimum amount of money.

Check out the Pumdikot Day Hike with Peace Pagoda Cost for 2024 and 2025 provided by Green Valley Nepal Treks from the table below:

No. of PaxStarting PriceAction
1 USD 120Send Inquiry
 USD 70 per personSend Inquiry
3 to 5 USD 60 per personSend Inquiry
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  • Boat ride across Phewa Lake (15 minutes)

As you have your breakfast in the hotel, our representatives pick you up and take you to Phewa Lake. From there, you will hop on a boat and cross the lake. While crossing the lake, we can also see the beautiful Tal Barahi temple located right in the middle of the Phewa Lake. The boat ride is just 15 minutes long but you can feel the cold water of Phewa Lake and feel the cool breeze around you.

 

  • Hiking to the World Peace Pagoda (Shanti Stupa) - Approximately 1 hour

After crossing Phewa Lake via boat, we start on the first phase of the Pumdikot Hiking from Pokhara. The route is not very difficult but very enjoyable as we can explore multiple other villages, vegetation, and the traditional lifestyle of the people.

Besides, you will also come across several tea houses which offer a limited amount of food options. So, if you feel hungry, you can have something there. Besides, we walk through several trees, birds chirping, and stone-paved or dirt paths. Nevertheless, the hike also offers you a beautiful view of the mountain peaks looking at you from far-away land.

After almost 1 hour, we reach the World Peace Pagoda, which is a white Stupa at an altitude of 1100 meters above sea level.

Remember that, this is a significant place that holds strong religious history and belief of the Buddhist people. Therefore, we request travelers to respect the place and explore it responsibly.

Besides, you can go around the Pagoda and learn several things here while also watching the spectacular views of the mountains, Pokhara Valley, and Phewa Lake. Just stay here for sometimes and you can experience all the tension, pressure, and stress leaving your body. Besides, the World Peace Pagoda is also a perfect place to purify your soul and get enlightened by the teachings of Gautam Buddha.

 

  • Hiking from World Peace Pagoda to Pumdikot Hill (1500m) - Approximately 1.5 hours

After spending some time feeling the peace and serenity of the World Peace Pagoda, we start the second phase of the Pumdikot via World Peace Pagoda Day Hike from Pokhara. This phase or this part of the hike can be a little challenging. Many hikers consider this part of the hike as toughest one.

Remember to buy some food and water at World Peace Pagoda before heading out on a walk to Pumdikot Hill. The trail continues along the path that took us up here. However, now we need to ascend towards the Mountain View Cafe. A little later, you also come across a swing and then to a small temple after ascending 500 meters.

Here you have two options, either going with the main road or taking a shortcut that can save around 30 minutes of your time. If you are confident enough, you can take the shortcut but for safety purposes, we recommend ascending through the main path itself. The trail, then, takes you to a huge Shiva statue, which is the tallest point on the Pumdikot hill.

Again, remember that the Hindu religion considers lord Shiva as the most powerful god, so people have strong belief and respect for this place. Therefore, please be as responsible as possible in this place and respect the cultural and religious beliefs.

Lord Shiva's statue stands 51 feet tall making it a very popular and new attraction point of Pokhara. You can meet many devotees and other hikers here. Moreover, you can also learn a lot more about the place, the Hindu religion, and also about the history of this place.

 

  • Drive back from Pumdikot to Hotel (30 minutes)

Once you complete this day hiking in Pokhara, the possibility is that you get very tired. Due to that reason, many hikers do not have the energy to walk back to Phewa Lake. Keeping that on note, Green Valley Nepal Treks arranges a direct drive facility that takes you from Pumdikot to the Hotel. The drive takes around 30 minutes and you can get back to the hotel in a private vehicle.

    Our team guides, porters and accompanying staff are locals with a broad knowledge about each and every location that we travel through.

    Cost Includes
    • Boating cost while crossing the Phewa Lake.
    • Return from Pumdikot to the hotel in Pokhara in a private vehicle.
    • An English-speaking, professional, and local guide to lead the way for you.
    • A Green Valley Nepal Treks hiking T-shirt as a souvenir.
    Cost Excludes
    • Food and water were taken during the hike to Pumdikot.
    • Any extra expenses during the hike.
    • Tips given to the guide.
    • Donations are made in both religious places (if necessary).
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    History and Insights of World Peace Pagoda (Shanti Stupa)

    Shanti Stupa, also known as the World Peace Pagoda is a Buddhist monument, established on September 12, 1973. Besides, this is also the first peace pagoda in Nepal and the 71st Peace Pagoda built by the Nipponjan Myohoji (Japan Buddha Sangha). This Stupa is 115 feet tall and 344 feet in diameter and consists of two tiers for tourists and religious visitors.

    Here are some of the major insights of the World Peace Pagoda

    • The World Peace Pagoda is located at an altitude of 1100 meters on Anadu Hill.
    • This place is also famous among tourists as one of the best places to watch sunrise and sunset.
    • TripAdvisor recently ranked the World Peace Pagoda as the second major attraction of the entire Pokhara Valley.
    • You can also see a hall named Dharma Hall with a statue of Gautam Buddha near this Stupa.
    • As this place symbolizes the peace and purity of Buddhism, Buddhist monks perform rituals throughout the week here in the Dharma Hall.

    More about the Pumdikot Hill (Lord Shiva's Statue)

    Pumdikot Hill also serves as a dwelling view of the entire Pokhara Valley along with the sights of the snow-covered peaks. Furthermore, tourists can also count on this place for the amazing sunrise and sunset views it offers. Having one of the tallest statues of Lord Shiva, Pumdikot Hill serves as a holy destination for the Hindu pilgrims.

    Besides, here are some more information you might want to know about the Pumdikot Hill:

    • Hikers consider the hike from World Peace Pagoda to Pumdikot Hill as one of the most physically challenging and tough hikes in the Pokhara Valley.
    • The actual height of the Lord Shiva's statue alone is 51 feet but the height of the stupa on which this statue sits makes its height 58 feet.
    • Along with the Lord Shiva Statue, this place also has 108 Shiva lingas.
    • Due to the construction of the Lord Shiva statue, Pumdikot Hill has gained a huge number of visitors (especially Hindu pilgrims).

    Best Time to do Pumdikot Hike with World Peace Pagoda

    Autumn, which spans from September to November, is the ideal time to participate in the Pumdikot Peace Pagoda Day Hike in Pokhara. The weather, with clear skies, is normally sunny and dry during this time of year. The mountains and surrounding scenery of Pumdikot are beautifully viewed from here. The pleasant and warm climate makes hiking and other outdoor activities possible.

    The winter months, on the other hand, which run from December to February, can be quite chilly and occasionally snowy. This could make the hike challenging. Although it can get crowded because of the large number of visitors, the spring season (March to May) is still a great time to visit.

    Since the monsoon season brings heavy rainfall and poor visibility, hiking in the area is normally not recommended during the summer months of June to August. This makes taking in Pumdikot's breathtaking scenery challenging.

    Availability of Food and Water on Pumdikot Peace Pagoda Day Hike

    The Pumdikot Peace Pagoda Day Hike is relatively short, so you likely won't need to worry about accommodation. However, there are plenty of food and drink options available along the way.

    There are a few small restaurants and cafes located at the starting point of the hike, near the lakeside. These restaurants typically serve Nepali cuisine, such as dal bhat (rice and lentils), momo (dumplings), and chow mein (stir-fried noodles).

    You will also find a few small shops selling snacks and drinks along the trail.  Be sure to bring plenty of water, as there are no places to buy drinks once you start the hike. Aim for at least 2 liters, especially during the warmer months.

    Pumdikot Hike with World Peace Pagoda Difficulty

    The Pumdikot Hike with World Peace Pagoda is considered an easy hike, making it suitable for people of most fitness levels. The trails are well-maintained and relatively flat, with only a moderate climb to reach the World Peace Pagoda. Here's a breakdown of the difficulty:

    • Distance: The hike typically covers a distance of about 5 to 7 kilometers (3 to 4.5 miles), depending on the starting point and exact route taken.
    • Duration: The hike usually takes around 3 to 5 hours to complete, including time spent at the World Peace Pagoda.
    • Ascent: There is a significant elevation gain, with the World Peace Pagoda situated at around 1,100 meters (3,610 feet) above sea level. Hikers can expect a steady uphill climb, especially in the initial and final stretches of the hike.
    • Challenges: The ascent can be quite steep in some sections, requiring a moderate level of fitness and stamina.
    • Accessibility: The trail is generally accessible but can become slippery and muddy during the monsoon season (June to August).
    • Health Considerations: People with knee or joint issues might find the ascent and descent challenging due to the steep sections and stairs.

    Pumdikot Hike via World Peace Pagoda Packing List

    Packing for the Pumdikot Day Hike in Pokhara with World Peace Pagoda needs a little more attention to detail when compared to any other day hike in Pokhara. Well, that does not mean that you need to pack your back very heavily, pack lightly but include all the things listed below:

    • Extra water bottles because you will need extra hydration, especially in the second phase of the hiking journey.
    • Energy bars and some snacks because the hike from the World Peace Pagoda to Pumdikot can be tiring and energy-wasting.
    • Light clothes and running shoes for an easy and flexible hike up to Pumdikot.
    • Some extra cash (NPR preferred) to buy some food, snacks, water, or any other things for souvenirs.
    • Sunscreens, sunglasses, and hats to protect you from the harmful rays of the sun.
    • A map of the hike for reference during the journey to Pumdikot via the World Peace Pagoda.
    • Hiking poles for better support and a spare t-shirt because you might get all sweaty on your way up the hill.
    • First Aid Kit that might be necessary in case of any injuries or issues during the day hiking to Pumdikot from Pokhara.
    What our travelers saysClient Reviews
    • TripAdvisor

      Amazed By The Devotees And Religious Aspect!

      Nepal is a perfect example of cultural, traditional, and religious blend. Such mesmerizing view of devotees worshipping and performing rituals in both the World Peace Stupa and Lord Shiva Statue. Even I learned a lot about both of these places from the guide sent by Green Valley Nepal Treks. What an awe-inspiring journey.

      E
      EdmundApril 25, 2024United Kingdom
    • Facebook

      GVNT Is Offering Yet Another Beautiful Hiking Experience!

      If you are visiting Nepal, you must not miss the Pumdikot Hill Hiking from Pokhara. For that, I recommend Green Valley Nepal treks as the best companion. They are so authentic with the services and their guides know everything about the place. Such an amazing experience with them. Looking forward to going on another trip with the GVNT team ASAP!

      F
      FredyApril 03, 2024Australia
    FAQs
    • World Peace Pagoda stands at an altitude of 1100 meters and the Pumdikot Hill stands at an altitude of 1500 meters.

    • If you are an average hiker, it might take you about 6-7 hours to complete the entire Pumdikot Day Hike with Peace Pagoda.

    • People know the World Peace Pagoda as one of the eighty Peace Pagodas in the world. Besides, this place is also famous for having a peaceful environment accompanied by holy Buddhist chants and the spectacular view of the Pokhara Valley, Phewa Lake, and different mountain peaks.

    • Pumdikot Hill offers a challenging and adventurous day hiking experience while also offering spectacular views from an altitude of 1500 meters. Besides, this hill also has the second tallest statue of Lord Shiva in Nepal.

    • Even though the first phase of the hike (till World Peace Pagoda) is quite easy, you need physical endurance and stamina to hike from World Peace Pagoda to Pumdikot. Therefore, we suggest all the hikers train physically for this hiking journey.

    • Hikers can take a clear view of three mountains which are Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Machhapuchhre.

    • Yes, you can either take an oarsman to row the boat or if you can you can also row the boat on your own to cross the Phewa Lake.

    • Yes, if you go for the Pumdikot via World Peace Pagoda hike with Green Valley Nepal Treks, your hike will be accompanied by an experienced local guide with proficiency in English.

    • You can go for the Pumdikot Hike with your children. However, the second phase of the hike requires special attention and requirements due to the increase in difficulty level.

    • Yes, on your way to the Pumdikot Viewpoint, you come across multiple tea houses that offer limited but fulfilling food to the hikers.

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