4-wheel drive rentals in Pokhara
To reach remote road destinations outside the Pokhara Valley, an 4-wheel drive vehicle may be necessary.
However, to find such a vehicle is apparently extraordinarily difficult. Some hotels have connections, but the fee is very high.
The better the car, the rougher the terrain, the more Maoists, the richer appearance of passengers, the higher the price.
The only organised rental agency I have found is Vardan Vehicles. I made use of a Toyota landcruiser to a very rough area, and the price was high, 6500 Rs for about half a day. But then we crammed in 15 people. For a trekking group of say, 5-6 persons, 6500 Rs is affordable to get out to the trail head with allthe luggage, safely.
Local people often use Russian jeeps, Indian Mahindra or Savari jeeps, and some of them ply as public taxi services on rough country roads. These can be hired for charter as well (best through your local connections) and the 6500 may easily come down to 1800-2000 for the same distance this way, but with less certainty of arrival due to technical quality.
Travelling on the back bumper on a Russian jeep once from Begnas Bazaar to Taal Besi I counted 36 persons on board. This was probably not very safe, and if you do not want to go local, go for the more expensive hire solution. The more time in advance you ask, the more negotiation room you have. From the Lake Side or airport of Pokhara and two hours drive out, about 4500-500 Rs would be reasonable for a good vehicle.
- Road Trip
The most expensive bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu v.v., about 12 USD, lunch included. Nowadays it takes too long with all these checkpoint. Legroom is very poor.
- Road Trip
- Budget Travel
Walking or Biking
Pohara is about enjoying what you can see and experience so walking or biking is probably the best way to get around. There are Rickshaws and Taxis available too.