- Booking Type Instant booking
- duration 12 days
- tour type Private
- age requirement 5-79 yrs
- max group size 16
- guiding method Fully guided
- Maximum altitude 3210 meters
- Tour Code BM-10002
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- Hike to the famous Poon Hill Viewpoint for a magnificent sunrise
- Experience the incredible Annapurna views combined with great local culture
- Discover picturesque villages of the Gurung and Magar people
What sets the Annapurnas apart is natural beauty combined with local culture. The region is home to picturesque villages of the Gurung and Magar people who have called this place home for over a millennium. There are fast flowing rivers, incredible waterfalls that spring off the mountains and colourful wildflowers. The local people are very friendly and most welcoming.
What separates this trip from others is the famous sunrise from Poon Hill. Situated at 3,210 meters, Poon Hill is the most famous place in the Himalayas to watch a sunrise, seeing the massive peaks go from grey to reddish orange and finally a brilliant white. There is nothing like it.
This is a short trek of just five days of actual trekking. It is a low-elevation trek of moderate exertion and maximum elevation at Poon Hill. The tour includes sightseeing in both Kathmandu as well as the lakeside city of Pokhara which is the crown jewel of the cities in the Himalayas.
This is the perfect trip for anyone who wants to experience incredible mountain scenery combined with great local culture. We are pleased to be able to offer this Amazing Annapurna Panorama Trek to you!
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu 1350 m/4,429 ft.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
Day 3: Travel to Pokhara 827 m/2,713 ft.
Day 4: Travel to Birethanti, trek to Tikhedunga 1577 m/5174 ft
Day 5: Trek to Ghorepani 2,874 m/9,429 ft.
Day 6: Poon Hill hike for Sunrise, Trek to Tadapani 2,706 m.
Day 7: Trek to Ghandruk 1940 m/6,365 ft.
Day 8: Trek to Birethanti, Drive to Pokhara
Day 9: Sightseeing in Pokhara
Day 10: Return to Kathmandu
Day 11: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
Day 12: Departure from Kathmandu
- Airport pick-up and drop-off
- 4 nights accommodation in standard hotel in Kathmandu (breakfast included)
- 3 nights accommodation in standard hotel in Pokhara (breakfast included)
- Transportation by private vehicle while sightseeing in Kathmandu
- Tour guide for sightseeing in Kathmandu
- Transportation by private vehicle while sightseeing in Pokhara
- Transportation by tourist bus Kathmandu – Pokhara - Kathmandu
- Transportation by taxi/car Pokhara - Birethanti – Pokhara
- 4 nights accommodation in basic teahouses during trekking
- Meals during trekking: breakfast, lunch, dinner with tea/coffee
- Professional English speaking trekking guide
- Trekking guide accompanies for sightseeing in Pokhara
- Trekking porter/s: 1 porter for 2 trekkers
- Equipment: sleeping bags and down jacket
- Trekking permit (TIMS, ACAP entry permit)
- Entrance fees for sights in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Insurance for Nepali staff (guides and porters)
- Extra night hotel
- Single Supplement
- Bar bills (any alcohol drinks, mineral water, cold drinks, cigarettes, etc)
- Lunch and dinner during stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Personal clothing and other equipments
- Personal insurance that covers helicopter rescue evacuation
- Personal expenses such as laundry, hot water for showers, etc.
- Any unseen expenses produced by circumstances beyond our control such as natural disasters
- Tips for guide, porters and other staff
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Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.Other Practical InformationA TYPICAL TREKKING DAY A typical day revolves around the Nepal sunrise and sunset, rather than any Western time schedule. The day starts with an early wakeup call. You then pack up your gear and enjoy a rousing breakfast before starting your morning’s walk. The sirdar will already be organized and have assigned loads to porters and your group will then set off on the trail at a leisurely pace, enjoying the view and stopping to take photographs. After 2-3 hours walk you stop for lunch. This lasts for about 90 minutes which gives you time to relax, or explore the local village. The afternoon’s walk is usually shorter and we arrive at the campsite or tea-house in plenty of time to relax and savor the surroundings. Later in the evening dinner is served, giving you an opportunity to sample the delicious food, talk over the day’s events, and look forward to another special day on the trails of Nepal. HEALTH ISSUES We recommend that all clients consult their doctor to discuss the health issues associated with their trek. We also recommend that clients bring their own personal first aid kit to supplement the comprehensive first aid kit carried by the Trek Leader. VACCINATIONS REQUIRED Please ensure that you allow at least 1 month to complete a course of vaccinations. Whilst your personal doctor will be the final authority, we recommend the following : • Poliomyelitis • Typhoid • Tetanus • Rabies • Meningococcal • Immunoglobulin (for Hepatitis A) MALARIA Nepal is listed as a country for which malaria prophylaxis is advised. We will not be visiting any malarial areas on the treks, however you may wish to consult your doctor about the need to take malaria pills. Trekkers who plan to do rafting and jungle excursions are advised to take the necessary medication to protect against malaria. ALTITUDE SICKNESS Many treks in Nepal can take you quite rapidly to high altitudes, so you need to give your body time to acclimatise. If you ascend faster than your body can acclimatise you will start to develop symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). A headache being the most common symptom, others are nausea, vomiting, fatigue, loss of appetite, dizziness and sleep disturbances. The best way to acclimatise is to ascend slowly and gradually. The common wisdom is that you should take 2-3 days to reach 3000m – If flying in to above this height remember to take extra acclimatisation days (for example flying into Lukla). Once above 3000m, you should sleep no more than around 300m above your last nights altitude, and take a rest day every 3 days (or 1000m). At times it can be difficult to stick exactly to this schedule, as villages aren't always conveniently placed for acclimatising, so you should think of the 300m as an average. During the day it is okay to trek higher as long as you descend to sleep. Remember the mountaineer’s saying "Climb High, Sleep Low". If at any time you get symptoms of AMS you should not climb higher until they are gone. If they persist then you should descend to below the height where they first started. Only start to climb again when they have gone. All of our itineraries allow for a proper acclimatisation schedule, and of course on our private departures you have the freedom to go slower if you are finding it tough - everyone acclimatises at a different rate. Please also consider your guide and porters and watch for signs of AMS in them. They are not immune to AMS. You will find a graph below detailing the acclimatisation schedule. It shows the ideal acclimatisation schedule against suggested itinerary. We always aim to get as close to the ideal as possible taking account of such things as available accommodation and camping spots with water etc. INSURANCE We INSIST that an appropriate insurance policy is taken out which covers travel in isolated and mountainous areas, and which also includes helicopter rescue. We recommend that you consult a reputable insurance agent or insurance specialist. RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT Footwear: Trekking Boots, thick socks, light socks, camp shoes. Clothing: Down or fibre Jacket, filled waterproof jacket and trousers, sweater or fleece jacket, warm cotton trousers, shirts and T-shirts, shorts, long underwear, wool hat, sun hat, gloves, bathing suit, track suit. Other Equipment: Sleeping bag (4 seasons), down jacket, daypack, water bottle, sun cream, sunglasses, flashlight with spare bulbs and batteries, lip salve, gaiters. Optional: Insect repellent, toilet articles, note book & pen, toilet roll, laundry soap, pocket knife, towel, sewing kit, plasters, binoculars, camera, film, cards and personal medical kit.
- What is the required budget for a trip to Nepal?
Is a visa on arrival available?
Typically, yes. However, in response to the current Covid situation, rules for arriving visitors may change frequently and sometimes without notice. It may be necessary to obtain a tourist visa in your own country before travel. For updated information on visas, please check the Nepal Tourism Board and the Government of Nepal Immigration websites.
- How does it work with a porter?
Is Asia open for tourists?
Despite the initial fears of the Covid-19 pandemic, most Asian countries have managed to mitigate its effects. As such, many popular destinations throughout the continent are currently open for travelers with precautionary measures like mandatory vaccinations. A few countries, however, require newly arrived travelers to spend a couple of days in quarantine.
As of February 2022, countries like Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia are officially open for vaccinated tourists without the need for quarantine. Meanwhile, India and Indonesia are two of the countries that may require you to quarantine for up to a week on arrival. However, Japan, Vietnam, and Myanmar are yet to open their doors to visitors.
How much money do I need to bring with me?
Your personal budget obviously depends on your spending habits and what is included in your trip cost. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, we would suggest that you bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes costs extra. There are also sometimes small crafts/souvenirs to buy along the trekking route which you may want to bring extra money for. Also, consider whether you would be staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara before or after your trek.