Annapurna Panorama Trekking

A classic five day trek through the foothills of the Annapurna range, passing through picturesque Gurung villages and culminating at the well-known viewpoint of Poon Hill.  From here, see the sunrise over the mind-blowing panorama of high peaks from Dhaulagiri in the west to Manaslu in the east. An ideal starter trek than can easily be combined with jungle safaris or white water rafting.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive Kathmandu
The flight into Kathmandu is special. The final hour of the flight gives you a glimpse of the Himalaya rising above the clouds. The landing at Kathmandu is spectacular as the plane swoops down into the bowl shaped valley and skims over villages, rice fields and finally the urban sprawl.
After your first taste of Nepali bureaucracy and the haphazard baggage claim you will exit to be met by our Kathmandu representative who will be your main contact while you are in Kathmandu so make sure that you use him to answer any questions you may have.
The bus ride into the city to your hotel should take about twenty minutes. The traffic will seem chaotic – welcome to the third world!
Your hotel will be in or near the heart of Thamel – the main tourist area of Kathmandu. Everything you will need to buy or eat can be found within a few minutes walk of the hotel. Our representative will be organising shopping trips for buying last minute equipment but for now relax in the hotel and leave the crowded streets until tomorrow.

Day 2 – In Kathmandu
Allowing for  jet lag it may be hard to be up early but do try so that you can experience a less crowded Kathmandu. Breakfast at the hotel won’t appear until after 7 am so take the opportunity for an early morning stroll around the streets as Kathmandu wakes up. Just be sure to remember the way back to the hotel. One of the best morning walks is up to the hilltop site of Swoyambhunath, the monkey temple. It can be tricky to find but if you follow the trail of locals spinning prayer wheels you should find it.
Your representative will meet you for breakfast and organise the shopping trip in the afternoon for those that still have gear to buy.
After breakfast we have a scheduled sightseeing trip to the Hindu shrine at Pashupatinath followed by the Buddhist centre of Boudhanath where you can stop for lunch.
The main aim of today is to get everything ready for the trek and to stay healthy so give the local street food a miss. We will distribute your duffel bags ready to receive all of your kit. You need to pack these with all of your personal gear ready for the early departure tomorrow.

Day 3. Kathmandu to Pokhara
An early start to the day as the bus leaves for Pokhara at 7 am. The trip takes about seven hours, depending on traffic including two stops for food on the way. Your hotel for the night will be in the tourist area of Lakeside where there is a wealth of eateries and souvenir shops. An hour on the Phewa Tal (lake) in a boat is a worthwhile outing with stunning views of the Annapurna range reflected in the still waters of the lake.

Day 4.Pokhara to Ulleri
The day starts with  a one hour drive to Nayapul where the trek starts the relentless climb to the attractive village of Ulleri. The night will be spent here but there will be time to do some exploring in the surrounding countryside.

Day 5.Ulleri to Ghorepani
Again, the trail is uphill for most of the day passing through stands of Rhododendron forest that will be a mass of flowers in the early spring season. Eventually you arrive at the settlement of Ghorepani, the stopping place for the night. If the sky is clear there is the option to climb to the summit of Poon hill to see sunset over the Annapurnas.

Day 6.Ghorepani to Tadapani
An early morning start to climb Poon hill for sunrise lighting up the peaks of the Annapurnas before descending back to Ghorepani for breakfast. The days trek then heads along a ridge top, with stunning views of Machhapuchhare, to Deurali where lunch will be taken before dropping down to Tadapani for the night.

Day 7.Tadapani to Ghandruk
An easy day trek down to the large Gurung village of Ghandruk which should be reached in time for lunch. There will almost certainly be a culture programme in the village in the evening (a donation  will be expected by the local mothers’ club).

Day 8 Ghandruk to Pokhara
The last day of trekking follows the slopes above the banks of the ModiKhola down to the road at Nayapul where lunch will be taken before returning by bus to Pokhara.

Day 9 Pokhara to Kathmandu
An early breakfast as the bus to Kathmandu leaves at 7.30am. The return trip is a repeat of that coming down with two stops for food on the way. The arrival time in Kathmandu is usually by about 3 pm. If you really can’t face the return trip on the bus there is an option to fly back to Kathmandu for an additional US$70 per person. There will still be time in what is left of the day for some last minute shopping.
In the evening you will be invited to a farewell dinner at a local restaurant featuring some traditional Kathmandu dishes and a culture programme.

Day 10. Departure
A last chance for early morning sightseeing and, perhaps, even more last minute shopping before it is time for your transfer to the airport. Only ticket holders are allowed into the airport building so make sure that you have said all of your goodbyes before joining the queue at the entrance doors.




 

Cost Include

  • Includes 3 star  Kathmandu and Pokhara hotel on BB twin share basis, all meals and accommodation on trek, all staff wages, food and accommodation, staff insurance, bus fares, airport transfers, sightseeing as per programme, farewell dinner, loan of duffle bag, entry fees.

Cost Exclude

  • Excludes, international flights, visa fees, lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, personal equipment, travel insurance, bar bills, laundry, hot showers while trekking, staff tips and items of a personal nature.



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