Annapurna Panorama trek – 11 days

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  • Trip Type: Tea House / Camping trek
  • Min Group: 2 pax
  • Max Group: 15 pax
  • Min age: 18
  • Group size: 2–15
  • Max Altitude: 3210M
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Days
11
  • USD$990
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Trekking Destination: Annapurna Panorama trek - 11 days
Transportation: private and public vehicle
Trekking hour: 5-6 hours each day
Duration: 11 Days

Description

Annapurna Panorama Trek will give you a wonderful introduction to trekking in Nepal – at comfortable altitudes. The paths cross streams and waterfalls from the glaciers and snow fields high above and will take you through terraced farmlands, magnificent rhododendron, oak, maple and bamboo forests. From the ridges your will get spectacular views of the 6000-8000m snow clad peaks of Annapurna region.

This Annapurna Panorama trekking is ideal for families or groups who want to gain a ‘taste and feel’ of the Himalayas and either have limited time or fitness to go to Annapurna panorama trek. 

The adventure begins with a 200km, 5-6hrs. drive from Kathmandu through hilly forest and agricultural scenery to the holiday playground of Pokhara which nestles between the beautiful Phewa Lake and the 80km Annapurna Himal.

The second day begins with a 45km switchback drive over the middle hills to the village of Nayapul for the start of the trek. Hindu Brahman and Chhetri farmers inhabit these regions, along with two Tibeto-Berman groups: The Magars who are skilled craftsmen in stone and wood, farm on the lower slopes while the Gurungs, originally herders from Tibet, farm and tend sheep higher up. The distinctive architecture of these communities and the opportunities for experiencing their friendly and warm hospitality in the Tea Houses adds a special dimension to this Nepal Annapurna Panoramic trek. 

A highlight of this Annapurna view trek is the early morning walk from you hotel at Ghorepani to the view point on Poon Hill (3210m). From here there are magnificent sunrise views (from west to east) of such giants as Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna South (7291m), Annapurna I (8091m) and on to Tara Kang (7069m). More closely, the fish-tail peak of sacred Machhapuchhare (6997m) rises as a sentinel above Pokhara.

Spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) are the best seasons, but we offer this trek throughout the year. Accommodation is plentiful and meals are offered to suit a wide variety of tastes. You will need a good pair of walking shoes, warm weather clothing and tops for cold or rainy days plus a sleeping bag. Porters will carry your luggage and you will need a day pack for rain gear, water and a camera.

Outline Itinerary

1 Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Our Himalaya Message Adventure Airport Representative will meet you outside the Terminal Hall. Please, look for our Treks and Expeditions play card. Transfer to hotel, introduce your trekking guide and check the necessities. Afternoon stroll Tourist colourful market Thamel down town. 

Overnight in Kathmandu at 3 star Hotel with breakfast 

2 Day 02: Full day Kathmandu City excursion

After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tours to world heritage sites of Pashupatinath Temple-the holiest Hindu Temple on the bank of sacred Bagmati River, Bodhanath Stupa-the biggest Buddhist Stupa architecture in the world!  Patan Durbar Square is the oldest city in the Kathmandu valley with age old tradition also called Lalitpur-the city of fine arts. The visit covers the Durbar Square, the Krishna temple, the Kumbheswore temple, the Golden temple and many more. Swayambhunath Stupa-the 2000 years old legendary stupa on the hillock also nick-named as monkey temple. Your day tour ends Kathmandu Durbar Square Showcasing living goddess Kumari Temple, Nautale Durbar, the Kaal Bhairav, the Swet Bhairav, the freak Street and more.

Overnight in Kathmandu at 3 star Hotel with breakfast 

3 Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu - Pokhara (910m/2,986ft), 5-6 hrs drive

Early morning 07: 00 AM drive by tourist bus to Pokhara through the beautiful countryside and following down steam of Trishuli River. ( famous river rafting for traveling with family & beginners) Arrive Pokhara about 02: 00 PM and transfer to your choice of Hotel / Resort / Guest House overnight in Lakeside next to Fewa Lake..

Overnight stay in Pokhara at 2 star Hotel with breakfast 

4 Day 04: Pokhara– Nayapul –Tikhedhunga (1,495m/4 ,905ft)- Ulleri (1,950m/6,395ft),1½ hrs drive (45 km), 5-6 hrs trek

After breakfast, drive along the zigzag route to Nayapul where we commence our trek to Birethanti, a large and prosperous riverside village at the confluence of the Modi and Bhurungdi Kholas (streams). We hike up to Sudame along the off road and then climb gradually up the side of the valley, Tikhedhunga. 

Cross suspension metal bridge and steep ascent on stone staircases to the village of Ulleri – and an amazing landscape of valley floor where we came during the day with marvelous views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. 

Overnight in Ulleri at Lodge  
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

5 Day 05: Ulleri - Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft), 5-6 hrs, ~11km

After breakfast, our pleasant trekking begins through rhododendron and oak forests. The scenery will give you the energy to continue up the steps as you immerse yourself in the walk. After a few hours and with several breaks we reach Ghorepani. Upper Ghorepani (Deurali) where we stay in this trip, offers fantastic views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna Himalayas. 

Overnight in Ghorepani at Lodge 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

6 Day 06: Hike Poon hill (3210m/10528ft), and trek to Tadapani (2,520m/8268ft), 6-7 hrs

An early morning start for 45 minutes hike up to Poon hill (3210m/10530ft), the route offers the glimpse of the pleasant rhododendron forest. This brilliant viewpoint provides us an unobstructed sunrise over the high Himalayas and the wide range of panoramic scenery from the far western Himalaya of Dolpo, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and wised range of Annapurna Himalayas including Mt. Machhapuchre (Fish Tail) and all the way to Manasalu. After a great time in Poon Hill, trek back to Ghorepani, breakfast and continue trek to Tadapani through thick pine and rhododendron forest with occasionally flat, more ascends and descends along the ridge.

Overnight in Tadapani at Lodge 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

7 Day 07: Tadapni - Ghandruk (1,950m/6,398ft), 3-4 hrs

Today, we have short and pleasant walking day through the forested and downhill path most of the way with occasional view of the Mountain leads us through the gradual path most of the trail to Ghandrung village for overnight stop. This is heavily settled Gurung village, a modern sample clean and modern village of Nepal and explore the surrounding area, visit typical museum and simply relax at the hotel.

Overnight in Ghandruk at Lodge 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

8 Day 08:Trek Ghandruk - Pothana(1910m/6266ft), 5-6 hrs

The trail descends following the stone staircases to Modi Khola and cross a suspension bridge. Trail ascend immortally to Landrung village. Annapurna South, Hiuchuli and Machapuchhre (Fishtail) are clearly visible along the route. Walk continues through scattered trees, bushes and village to Tolkha. Hereafter start to ascend steady to Deurali, will takes approximately two hours. This place has breathtaking view of Pokhara valley including Fewa Lake and present with another spectacular Himalayan scenery of Annapurna south, right flank Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri mountain, the highest mountain in the westerner Nepal. (8167m) Then the trail descends gradually through forested slippery red mud trail (during monsoon only) to Pothana. 

Overnight stay in Pothana at Lodge 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

9 Day 09: Pothana - Phedi- Pokhara (910m/ 2986ft), 3-4 hrs trek and 40 min drive

Last day of the trek. Its an easy walk through the ridge about an hour with the fantastic view of right flank Annapurna range to another large village Dhampus. Trail descend down through scattered village and paddy field. Continue drop to Phedi (Pokhara, Baglung, Highway) Finish the trek before lunch an short drive to Pokhara (22KM, 40 min)

Overnight stay in Pokhara at 2 star Hotel 
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch 

10 Day 10: Pokhara - Kathmandu (1300m /4264ft), 5-6 hrs drive

Morning at 0730 drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus, is best described as 'exhilarating' and winds through sub-tropical scenery for 5-6 hrs. Upon arrival about 1430 transfer to your Hotel. Free afternoon. Evening fare well-dinner. . 

Overnight in Kathmandu at 3 star Hotel with breakfast 

11 Day 11: Final Departure

After Breakfast, transfer to international airport and fly to onward destination.

Trip Facts

Cost Inclusive:

  • Airport transfers 
  • 3 star Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights 
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu by comfortable tourist bus 
  • All necessary paper work and permits (Annapurna Conservation permit and TIMS )
  • Trekking equipment such as down filled sleeping bag, down jacket, walking poles and duffel bag
  • An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide and local porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Guide and porter salaries, insurance, equipment, transport, food and lodging
  • Private transport Pokhara to Naya Pul (trail foot)
  • Private transport Phedi (trail head) to Pokhara 
  • Full meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek 
  • Supplementary snacks (cookies, energy bars and seasonal fresh fruits) 
  • Hot drinks (Tea and Coffee)
  • All mountain accommodation (Soft, comfort, private room with share toilet) 
  • 2 star Hotel in Pokhara with Breakfast for 2 nights  
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes 

Cost Exclusive:

  • City entrance fees in Kathmandu
  • Lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Boiled water 
  • Hot shower 
  • Wi-Fi
  • Electronic device recharge 
  • Bottled drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance and evacuation insurance
  • Tipping 

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Meals

Eating is a big part of Holiday. Travelling with Himalaya Message Adventure, you experience the vast array of wonderful food Nepalese, Chinese, Continental, Italian and several local cuisines. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included in the package. Your guide will suggest delicious, hygienic and each place special food during your trip. Mountain restaurant owner prefer not to order many dishes and waste food as they would like to cater more trekkers with limited food before run off stuck. Its a week or more days hard work to porters and caravans to bring food to these places. During this trek you will usually have breakfast and dinner at the same Lodge, lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants en-route.

Drinking water:

Himalaya Message Adventure provides unlimited chlorine/Iodine treated water during the trek. All tea houses have mineral water and boiled water for trekkers upon additional cost. We discourage the purchase of Mineral water and bottled water while on the Trek as plastic bottles aredifficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem

What to take

This is a very active trip, meaning you will be on the move most of the time, so pack as lightly as possible. We provide one porter for every two travellers; your trekking gear will be carried by the porter in a duffel bag that we will provide. The maximum the porters are allowed to carry 15 kgs per trekker means 30 kgs from 2 trekkers . Unnecessary luggage can left in Kathmandu Hotel and its absolutely free of cost. .

Important to note:

Please read the Checklist section of this trip notes for additional details of what you need to bring for the trek on this trip. You will need to bring a comfortable medium sized day pack to carry the things that you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt. The weather is subject to change in high altitude so layered clothing is recommended throughout the year.

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