Sarangkot is a village just above Pokhara, known as a one-night destination as most people just stop in to see the stunning sunrise over the Annapurna range and leave. Though that is where guides lead people astray as many show up here expecting just to come for one day and want to stay longer. Aside from chilling out and taking in amazing views of both the mountains and Phewa Lake on the other side, Sarangkot offers a nice glimpse into the peaceful, slow village life and more. Sarangkot is a village that is both close and far away. Convenient and rustic. It’s a nice hour or two hike from Pokhara Lakeside or a short drive, but it feels like it’s a world away with the quietude of nature and the peaceful vibe of the village. It used to be the first stop on the classic Annapurna circuit, but since a road was built a few years back linking Pokhara to a point closer to the park, the tourist numbers have dropped. The village retains its charm as there are a few guest houses but not too many, and the ones that are there blend into the landscape pretty well.
The panoramic view of the Annapurna range from Sarangkot is one of the most easily accessible views of massive mountains (8,000m+) in the world. Sarangkot is billed in the guidebooks as a place to visit for a night and see the sunrise. Though the sunrise is spectacular (if you’re lucky enough to have a clear morning) it’s easy to stay more than a night. Hospitable, amiable and cheerful, the people of Sarangkot make travellers feel at home. Stick around a bit and take part in their daily life: try carrying bales of hay on your back Nepali-style, carry some rocks for home building or do some gardening. The road linking it to adjacent villages doesn’t see many vehicles and is relatively flat, making it a fine road to go for a run or easy walk. Add to that the view, which is on the Pokhara valley side, makes for a nice change from the mountain view.
With its gift of elevation, Sarangkot cranks the beauty up a notch. Viewed from above, the lake is an even more spectacular sight, the view of the mountains is perhaps the best view of that range from any other point since it provides an unobstructed panorama, and you have a full view of Pokhara Valley and surrounding mountains. The beauty of this place is like a tranquilizer that can transform stress to peace. And if you stick around awhile it’s easy to absorb the cheerful contentedness that the villagers readily display in their warm smiles.
How to get Sarangkot.
Sarangkot offers you breath taking panoramic views of the Annapurna Mountain Range. Situated very close to Pokhara town, it is a semi developed village located on a hill top. It is a two hour walk up the staircase, or you can do most of the way up by Taxi. In any case its going to be a hard climb up the stairs to get to the hill top. Do leave early in the morning while it is still dark if you want to catch the sunrise. Later in the day the clouds are going to gather around the mountains and there wont be much of a view left. Sarangkot is the highest view point for a sunrise and it is just 1592m high. Sarangkot is 5 degrees cooler than Pokhara. Sarangkot can be reached easily by 45 minutes by a car ride to the top from Pokhara and then 45 minutes hike up to the main view point. Many tourists come to Sarangkot for sunrise view and go back after few hours but it will be good if tourist stay there for one night and enjoy the view and city light of Pokhara from Sarangkot.