- The stepped pastures above Pokhara.
- Visit the inward sanctuary of Annapurna with panoramic views of 10 peaks over 6000m tall.
- Views of the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, and Kaligandaki from Poonhill.
- Enclosed by a ring of inspiring mountains, including Annapurna I with its 8091m (26540ft).
This scenic trail winds through patchwork valleys, dense green forests and past icy waterfalls where we will stop to cool our face with white natural water. Around every turning point we will get tantalizing glimpses of high mountains being right in-front of our eyes. In fact, the entire horizon will be filled with mesmerising mountain landscapes.
The most popular massif of the Annapurna region is protected by the first and largest conservation area in Nepal. This area will provide great views of Mt. Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna and Annapurna South. Other peaks that we will also see are Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchre, Lamjung Himal, Tukuche Peak and Mt. Dhaulagiri.
Aside from spectacular scenery we will pass through charming villages inhabited by the Gurungs and Magars people and through dense rhododendron forests full of birds and deep sub-tropical valleys, all set below the Annapurna’s with the picturesque peak of Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail) dominating the skyline.
This trek gives an excellent taste of the culture and traditions of the Sherpa and Gurung people of the upper Himalaya. At the climax of this trek you will climb Poon Hill at dawn to enjoy one of the most spectacular mountain panoramas on Earth.
We are looking forward to take you on an adventure of a lifetime.
Day 2: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga.
Day 3: Trek to Ghorepani.
Day 4: Trek up to Poonhill in the morning for view, and continue trek Tadapani.
Day 5: Trek to Ghandruk village.
Day 6: Trek to Jhinu danda (Natural hot spring)
Day 7: Trek to Photana
Day 8: Trek down to Phedi and drive to Pokhara
Day 9: Drive back to Kathmandu.
- 1 professional mountain guide
- Airport pickup and drop by private car or microbus.
- All your meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
- Tea house accommodations during the trek.
- All necessary paper works (ACAP) entry permit & Trekker`s information management system (Tims) permits
- Bus to Pokhara and again tourist bus from Pokhara back to Kathmandu.
- Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- Sleeping bag, down jackets and walking poles (if you don't have your own)
- Government taxes and office expenses
- Nepal entry visa fee.
- Your Travel and medical insurance.
- International airfare.
- Your personal expenses.
- All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic hot and cold drinks.
- Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).
We were met the moment we exited airport customs and were very well taken care of every moment of the way by Chhatra and his team during our time. Our first nights were in a nice hotel within a short walking distance to Chhatra's office and we met Chhatra and our guide, Kumar, several times as we fine tuned our prep and plans for our Annapurna Panorama trek.
Kumar picked us up on the morning we set off for Pokhara and was by our side for our entire travels and trek, taking care of all arrangements for bus and taxi travel, hotel in Pokhara and for our trek including all meals and guesthouses. We found the hotel in Pokhara to be first rate and each of the guesthouses along the trek were very suitable to our needs. The menus at the guesthouses were pretty standard and offered a reasonable variety of hearty, home made and most often delicious food served in large portions. Personal favorites included Dal Bhat, mo-mo, the soups and awesome wood fired pizza.
Kumar was an excellent guide and his English served us well. He had a quiet disposition, a great sense of humor and was very knowledgeable, informative and professional. He kept a close eye on us and set a varied pace to match our speed that was never hurried, allowed for many photos and other stops and yet always got us to the next guesthouse in good time. It was very evident that our safety was always Kumar's first priority and his diligence and caution served us well when the first earthquake tremor and the many follow-ups occurred. Always under Kumar's watchful eye, we safely completed the last three days of the trek back to Pokhara.
The trek route itself was very enjoyable and not too taxing to a moderate level. The sunrise at Poon Hill on day three was so incredible as to make it all very worthwhile.
Because of the earthquake we were unable to complete the safari. When we arrived back in Kathmandu after completing the trek Chhatra was there to meet us and take us to a room he had secured at one of the few operating hotels in the Thamel District. He was constantly in touch by phone and in person with us over the next several days as we worked to secure new flights home. Whether it was 8 in the morning or 930 at night he was there for us and other of his clients who were at the same hotel. Despite the pressures that the earthquake must have brought him and his family, Chhatra provided my daughter and me with an incredible level of service and support during those challenging days for everyone.
From first contact to our goodbye, our experience with Chhatra and his team were first rate. Everything was as we expected and we found Chhatra to be very professional and trustworthy. We were left with no concerns or complaints whatsoever.
As Nepal and Chhatra and his team all recover from the earthquake tragedy, we would very much encourage people who are interested in any of his treks, safaris etc to contact Chhatra to plan future visits. I am confident that Chhatra will give an honest assessment of each region's recovery and guide you to a most enjoyable and memorable experience in beautiful Nepal. We will definitely return as soon as we can.”