- Encounter with the traditional culture and lifestyles of the Gurungs.
- Views of Annapurna South, Annapurna , Dhaulagiri and Machapuchare.
- The sunrise view from Poonhill.
- Panoramic sighting of surrounding mountains, along with the deepest Gorge.
The passage to Annapurna trek goes through picturesque villages comprising of mostly Gurung and Magar inhabitants. During spring season, the trail is covered with rhododendrons, Nepal's national flower. One major attraction of the panorama trek is that you get to enjoy majestic mountain scenery including mountains such as Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri and Hiunchuli. You will also get to experience Poonhill, a vantage point offering one of the best Himalayan sunrise views in Nepal.
Available in budget, the trek is designed to offer a unique outlook on the mid-western regions of Nepal. Spending a night at the ethnic Gurung villages of Ghandruk, Ghorepani and the Poonhill viewpoint are highlights on this trip.
Today, we take a short drive along the narrow and snakelike mountainous highway that caters the views of green hills and rural life. An hour long drive brings us to Nayapul. We start our trekking adventure in the Annapurna region here.
As the soft easy trekking adventure in the foothills of Annapurna begins, first we walk through the warm subtropical forested following Modi River to Birethanti. At Birethanti, where Modi and Bhurungdi Rivers confluence we need to produce our TIMS and ACAP Permit. Then we trek to Bhurungdi Khola savoring the incredible scenery of waterfall, high green forest and follow the leveled trail for almost 2-3 hours and arrive at Tikhedhunga village for overnight stay. The village lies just below the sheer vertical hill of Ulleri, which we would traverse through tomorrow.
Morning we prepare for the long uphill walk. As the trek begins today, we cross the suspension bridge over Burungdi Khola and gradually climb over the steep hill on the stony steps. This part of Annapurna Panorama Trek tests trekkers endurance. Continuous uphill climb for couple of hours on a sheer vertical hill through forested region brings us to the village of same name- Ulleri. Beyond Ulleri ,the trail to Ghorepani traverses along the gradual uphill and downhill climbs most of the times winds through the cool shade of forest and gushing streams. We walk in the midst of the giant rhododendron forest cross pass small villages with few teahouses like Banthati and finally reach to Ghorepani for overnight stay. Ghorepani Deurali is a busy spot atop a ridge in the midst of the beautiful rhododendron forest, offering fantastic views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan range.
Before the dawn we start our hike up to Poon Hill, one of the panoramic view points of Annapurna Region. En-route to Poonhill we could hundreds of trekkers swarping up to this hilltop. On reaching the top of the hill, named after an ethnical treibe of Nepal, the Puns, we get the biggest reward of Annapurna Panorama Trek. Behold the magnificence of Himalayas- the wide range of panoramic scenery from the far western Himalaya of Dolpo, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna including Mt. Machhapuchre (Fish Tail) and all the way to Manasalu Himalayan range. When the first sunlight of the day fall on these soaring Himalayan peaks the views are even more tempting. Enjoy an hour or so at the top and descend down to Ghorepani for the breakfast. Post breakfast the trek to onward destination resumes. We walk through the pleasant rhododendron forest downhill for a while and then slide up for almost ten minutes to Deurali Pass. Savor the best view of Annapurna South and Dhaulagiri from here and continue downhill to Deurali. Almost 5 hours of scenic walk up and down from Ghorepani brings us to Tadapani.
From the breakfast table in Tadapani, enjoy the sunrise view at Mt. Annapurna south, Himchuli & Fishtail. These three mountains are very close from Tadapani thus you would have the most amazing sunrise view of these mountains from Tadapani.
After the breakfast, the Annapurna Panorama Trek resumes. Today the trek throughout winds downhill through the dense forest of rhododendron. 3-4 hours of trek from Tadapani brings us to Ghandruk. Ghandruk is one of the biggest Gurung villages of Annapurna Region. It is an impressive Gurung village. Explore remaining time to around the village to see typical Gurung culture, visit the Gurung museum and hike around the hills nearby Ghandruk.
Descend down all the way to Khimche on the long series of stony steps. While descending down witness the different view of Mt. Fishtail. Beyond Kimche the walk is pleasant most of the way following the River side till we reach to Birethanthi. From Birethanti, we trek on the retracing trail to Nayapul. We will be picked up by a private vehicle at Nayapul and we drive back to our hotel Pokhara. Explore the streets of Pokhara in the evening, release all your trek exhaustion and enjoy.
- Airport Pickup and Drop
- Accommodation and Meals (Meals other than those mentioned in Itinerary, Welcome and Farewell are excluded)
- Domestic Flight/Transportation
- Trekking Permit (TIMS)
- Entry fee for the national parks
- First Aid
- Trek Guide and Porter
- Insurance for Guide/Porter
- Certificate for Trek Completion
- International Flight
- Additional Excursions (Applicable to those not mentioned in Itinerary)
- Trekking Equipment
- Personal expenses
- Insurance coverage
If the company cancels the booking in the case of natural disasters, flight cancellation, strikes, wars, riots, government intervention, weather conditions etc, the full refund will be made, plus you are entitled to take an alternative trip of the similar cost.