Activities in and Around Begnas > Hiking
Begnaskote
(4-5 hours)

The most popular hiking trail in the area, it's an interesting walk as you hike along the Sundari Danda ridge going east over Bhanjyang with the trail slowly leading higher through forests of Horse-Chestnut and Saal trees. Take a short break at Pauraake Danda exploring this small Bahun village perched high on the ridge. The view of the surrounding hill sides and of the twin lakes of Rupa and Begnas is simply breathtaking. Walk steadily north gaining a slight altitude through Begnas village, a spread out spectacle of clean mud houses and terraced fields. Higher up is Begnas Maidan, an open meadow perched on a hilltop from where one can have the most spectacular mountain views sweeping from east to west in a vast snowy expanse; Manaslu (8156m) the entire Annapurna massif with such prominent peaks as Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III & IV as well as Mt. Macchapuchare (6993m) and weather permitting, the distant Dhaulagiri (8167m) in the far west. Higher up along this trail is Begnaskote, an old military lookout dating back a couple of centuries when local Rajahs needed to defend their small kingdoms. We recommend an early start in order to be at the Kote at sunrise. Another option is to carry a nice packed lunch and eat lunch while enjoying the sublime view from the Kote.