Pokhara is the second biggest city in Nepal and also the starting point to many treks in the Annapurna’s mountain range, making it a highly visited place in the country. The most touristic area of Pokhara, Lakeside, is a beautiful and quiet place beside the Phewa Lake (pokari means lake in nepali) which is also full of hotels, restaurants, trekking gear, souvenir and clothes shops. This area is a paradise for backpackers, offering them places to go out and meet other travelers, adventure sport activities (such as paragliding or white water descend with a kayak), a good variety of continental dishes and relatively cheap beer.
Our plan was to get ready for the trekking in the big mountains by doing short excursions, for instance go round the Phewa Lake, including the climb to the World Peace Pagoda. Several days after we had clear which trek we wanted to do: around the Annapurna’s mountain range. We packed our bags with just the strictly necessary, leaving most of our luggage in the hotel’s storage room, and left Pokhara behind.