Kathmandu – Pokhara:
Getting from Kathmandu to Pokhara, you have several options. In fact, you can choose between plane or bus. We chose to travel by bus. There are 3 types of buses: tourist premium bus (the agency is called green line: it is a most expensive but with the only different advantage: departure and arrival are closed to the tourist areas Thamel and Pokhara lakeside), “tourist” bus or the local bus. We chose the “tourist” bus. It is cheaper than the green line bus but with the almost the same services (AC, free bottle of water and meal). The journey takes about 8 hours (starting around 7:00 – arrival to 15h with a break for lunch). You can buy your tickets in travel shops in Thamel and lakeside or directly at your hotel.
Pokhara – Beni:
To reach Beni, you have two options: local bus (200 Roupies per person) or taxi (around 800 Roupies per person). The local bus station in Pokhara (Baglung station) is about 4-5 km from Lakeside (tourist area of Pokhara). We recommend you to take the taxi to the bus station which is far of lakeside, it will cost around 100-150 roupies for two.
At the bus station, there is a bus to Beni about every hour starting at 7:30. We bought tickets in a small retail outlet near the bus depot. The journey from Pokhara to Beni lasts 4h-5h. A break were done on the middle of journey.
We started a bit late in the morning (due to a problem of the gasket stove that could have affected our trek!). Indeed, we took the bus from 9:25 a.m. and we arrived around 13:30 to Beni. The overall duration of the trip depends heavily on how many stops the bus made. The fact with the Nepalese travel experience is very exotic. It is amusing to see people traveling on the roof of the bus. On the bus, we met a French couple who, as part of the world tour, went to the Annapurna Sanctuary.