Tara Hill Top: Captivating Short Trek From Ghale Kharka

Tara Hill Top is located in the Machhapuchhre Village Development Committee of Kaski district. It lies at an altitude of 3000 meters above sea level. We can have a magnificent view of Mt. Annapurna range and Mt. Machhapuchhre from the summit.

In addition, we can have a panoramic view of beautiful hills such as Khumai Hill, Pipar Hill and Korchan Hill. Well, Khumai, Pipar and Korchan are the popular trekking destinations of Machhapuchhre Modek Trek.

Tara Hill Top

The northern part of Nepal is surrounded by The Great Himalayas. There are numerous trekking routes all across the northern parts of Nepal. Similarly, Pokhara, the second-largest city, is one of the center points for various trekking destinations.

The lists of trekking destinations includes ABC Trek, Mardi Himal Trek, Machhapuchhre Model Trek, Kori Trek and so on. Among these lists, Tara Hill Top is one of the shortest trekking destinations in Nepal.

In the old days, there used to be a trekking route of 7 days from Pokhara to Lamjung. It was a very popular trekking route back then. Later on, the route got abandoned due to development of road ways.

In fact, most of the trekking routes are affected by the road ways. Furthermore, it affected lots of people of those routes. Similarly, many lodges and guest houses are abandoned now. Tara Hill Top was one of the destinations within the route.

Tara Hill Top: Captivating Short Trek From Ghale Kharka

Tara Hill Top in ACAP

Tara Hill Top is densely covered with enchanting Rhododendron forest. Similarly, many villagers climb the forest for firewood, herbs and baby bamboo shoots time after time.

Moreover, there are several rare wildlife in the dense forest of Tara Hill such as Red Panda, Clouded Leopard and Himalayan Black Bear. In fact, some villagers used to hunt these creatures in the old days.

However, since the establishment of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) in the Machhapuchhre Village Development Committee, the hunting has been completely stopped.

Furthermore, strict rules have been enacted against the illegal activities such as stone quarrying and logging. On the other hand, ACAP organizes several campaigns like reforestation and selective cutting time after time.

Tara Hill Top Route

The hiking trail starts from Ghale Kharka village, which lies in the lap of Tara Hill. The hiking trail passes through the dense forest of rhododendron. After around 5 hours hike from Ghale Kharka, you can reach the destination.

You can hire a jeep from Pokhara to Ghale Kharka. The jeep will take you to Ghale Kharka in approximately 2 and a half hours.

Moreover, you can also take a local bus from Bagar to Bhurjung Khola. Bagar is a small town, about 6.2 kilometers away from Pokhara Domestic Airport. Basically, it will take around 2 hours to hike from Bhurjung Khola to Ghale Kharka.

However, there are no lodges in Tara Hill Top. There is a small shelter, which is in a bad condition. Therefore, it is better to take your own camping gears if you are planning for a trek to Tara Hill Top.

Ghale Kharka

Ghale Kharka - Tara Hill Top

Ghale Kharka is a typical village of Ghale people. Ghale are the indigenous group of Nepal, rich in culture and tradition. The village lies at an altitude of 2710 meters above sea level. Most of the houses in the village have stone roofs, as there is a large stone quarry near the village.

Also, this mine is a major source of stone for Pokhara city. The main occupation of Ghale is agriculture. Moreover, some of them have ship farms in different parts of Tara Hill. Undoubtedly, it will be a good experience to explore the lifestyle of Ghale and their traditional cultures.

Bhurjung Khola

Actually, Bhurjung Khola is the largest village in Machhapuchhre Village Development Committee. And, it is like a center point for all the surrounding villages. Similarly, people from the surrounding villages need to come to Bhurjung Khola for various activities like shopping, for official documentation, for school and many more.

In fact, it is one of the major tourist attractions of Pokhara as well. Since the establishment of Gandaki Rainbow Trout Fish Farm, the village has become quite popular among the people. In addition, many people from outside the city, visit the village most of the year.

Tara Hill Top - Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)

Conclusion

Moreover, it will take around 5 hours to reach Sikles from Tara Hill. In fact, the route was used by the nearby villagers in the old days for trade. Sikles is one of the largest gurung villages of Nepal. It is also one of the major tourist destinations in Pokhara.

Recently, the trekking associations are working on its development. They are planning for opening the old trekking route again. Also, the route improvement campaign was held a few months ago. According to the association, the route will include Thak, Tara Hill Top, Sikles, Kapuche Lake, Kori and so on. It will be a trek of 5 days according to them.

Route To Tara Hill Top

Tara Hill Top Route

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