Pokhara is one of Nepal’s most beautiful cities, with breathtaking scenery. To the north, it is surrounded by the Great Himalayas, and it serves as a starting point for a number of hiking trails. Every year, a large number of tourists from various countries visit, mostly for hiking. Pipar is also a hiking destination, but it is not yet well-known.
Pipar is without a doubt a hidden paradise in Pokhara. It is located in the Kaski District’s Machhapuchhre Village Development Committee. It is situated at an elevation of 3500 meters above sea level.
The peak offers a spectacular view of Mt. Machhapuchhre, Mt. Lamjung, and Mt. Annapurna. Also visible over the horizon is a panoramic picture of the lovely Pokhara Valley.
The Gurungs are Nepal’s indigenous people. The majority of Gurungs have been and continue to serve in the Gurkha regiments of the British and Indian armies. Hill farming and honey hunting were formerly the primary occupations of these Gurungs.
In general, the Gurungs have always found Pipar to be an ideal location for sheep husbandry. Similarly, many local peasants travel up the hill in the spring for valuable plants. Mirsa, Karuwa, Dhipraang, Bharabhure, Ghachok, Chyanglung, Kabre, and many other Gurung settlements may be found in Pipar’s lap.
In fact, there are several bee hives on the steep slopes surrounding Pipar. With the passage of time, the majority of Gurungs have relocated to cities. As a result, such activities are uncommon among them.
A Sacred Place
The scenery of sheep herds grazing on the verdant hillside, the enticing Rhododendron forest, and the Himalayan Monal soaring through the rocky high slopes will make you feel like you are in heaven.
Pipar is also a sacred site for the Gurungs of the surrounding villages. Every year, many individuals from the neighboring villages make the pilgrimage to Pipar.
There is also a little pond where you may glimpse the reflection of the beautiful Mt. Machhapuchhre. It is also considered a sacred site for the Gurungs.
According to the villagers, there are many additional spots beyond Pipar that are more spectacular, but they are more difficult and hazardous to reach. They said that there is a sacred spot where they used to go on pilgrimage in the past.
Way To Pipar
Pipar is only a one-day hike away from Mirsa village. You can take a bus from Bagar that will take you directly to Tatopani in less than an hour. Bagar is around 6.2 kilometers from Pokhara Domestic Airport.
Mirsa village is about a 15-minute walk from Tatopani up stone stairs. It is a typical Gurung village nestled in the Pipar foothills. In the village, there are approximately 48 beautiful stone-roofed traditional houses.
Agriculture is the primary source of income for the locals. In addition, Mirsa village has been operating a homestay facility for the past few years. As a result, many city dwellers come to the village to relax, enjoy the scenery, and learn about the Gurung way of life.
Similarly, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of Mt. Annapurna IV’s gorge, as well as the beautiful scenery of nearby villages such as Kabre, Bharabhure, Karuwa, Dhiprang, and others.
In addition, there is an incredible waterfall near the village, and the residents are planning to build a canyoning spot in the near future.
Pipar is unlike any other hiking location. In most hiking destinations, there are several guest hotels. However, there are none in Pipar. You’ll have to seek shelter with the sheep farmers in a sheep shed. As a result, if the area is occupied, it is best to bring all the essential camping gear with you.
Pokhara Trekking Associations and local people have recently been striving to enhance and promote tourism in the area. The Machhapuchhre Model Trek also includes Pipar. The ideal time to visit Pipar is from June through October.