Total Duration : 10 Days / Best Period : March to May & September to December / Max. Altitude : 3210 meters / Trip Grade : Moderate
Annapurna Panorama Trek is also known as Ghorepani – Poon Hill Trek is a very popular short trek in Nepal. This is an ideal trek at low altitude to enjoy some of the highest Himalayan peaks as you walk through the foothills of the Annapurna Himalaya. The alluring mountain scenery and the beautiful ethnic villages validate the popularity of this trek. This trek offers fabulous sunrise views in the Himalayas, surrounding rice terraces and splendid panoramic views including Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Fishtail / Machhapuchhre (6998m), Nilgiri (7041m), Annapurna south (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Tukuche peak (6920m) and more.
The dawn view of Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South and other neighboring mountains from the world famous view-point Poon Hill (3210m), is the highlight of this trek. Spectacular mountain scenery through picturesque villages inhabited by the Magars and Gurungs; dense rhododendron forests, which in spring bursts with many different hues; deep subtropical valleys and beautiful landscape are some of the attributes of this trek.
Annapurna Panorama Trek is short and moderate hiking trail in Annapurna region which can be done within a week or less. We start from north of Pokhara, after one and a half hours’ scenic drive to Nayapul and ends at same place making a loop around beautiful countryside. Short and fairly easy, this trek is a perfect for people with limited time and physical strength and for family trekkers who wish to make the most of their time in Nepal.
Day 01 : Pick up from the airport and transfer to the hotel Briefing about the trip
Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing: UNESCO World Heritage Sites Trekking Preparation
Day 03 : Drive to Pokhara (885m / 6-7 hours)
Day 04 : Drive to Nayapul (1000 m/ 1-2 hrs) Trek to Tikhedhunga (1480m/ 4-5 hrs)
Day 05 : Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2860/ 5-6 hrs)
Day 06 : Hike to Poonhill (3210 m/ 1-2 hrs both way) for sunrise Trek to Tadapani (2710m/ 5-6 hrs)
Day 07:Tadapani to Ghandruk (1950m/ 3-4 hrs)
Day 08 : Ghandruk to Nayapul (1000m/ 4-5 hrs) Drive back to Pokhara (885m/ 1-2 hrs)
Day 09 : Drive back to Kathmandu (1335m / 6-7 hrs)
Day 10 : Last day in Nepal & drop to airport for departure
Day 01 : Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu
You arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu at any time will be welcomed by Kiang / Authentic Adventures representative who will transfer you to the hotel. Our representative will also explain about the program in detail. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 02 : Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
Sightseeing around the cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu especially which are enlisted in UNESCO world heritage site as Kathmandu Durbar Square which holds several temples including the home of Living Goddess. Swayambhunath Temple lies on the top of the hill and is also known as Monkey Temple. Moreover, Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest stupas on earth … We will also visit Pashupatinath Temple, an important Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 : Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m/2,984ft) Duration: 6 hrs
We will depart from Kathmandu enjoying a scenic drive to Pokhara which takes approximately 6 hours. On the way, we will get to see cultivated terraced fields, rocky gorges, rivers, green valleys and typical rustic life of Nepal. Pokhara also popular as a natural paradise will present an astonishing views of the Himalayas including Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, as well as the five mountains of Annapurna. In Pokhara, we will stay at the hotel in the beautiful lake city to let you enjoy the experience of boating in stunning Phewa Lake accompanied by the vast panorama of Himalaya range, lush hills and more. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.
Day 04 : Pokhara to Tikhedhunga (1,570m/5,150ft) Duration: 4 hrs
Taking approximately four hours we will trek to Tikhedhunga after driving to Nayapul (42 km) via a private vehicle today. This is the first day of our trek and we will have short and easy walk. We will pass through the well-off village named Lumle. We will also reach to a prosperous town- Birethanti set on the union point of the Burundi and Modi River. Here, we will notice a number of tea houses and shops. Walking all the way through bamboo woods, we will also walk passing a large cascade. Furthermore, we will climb gradually up beside the valley to reach Hille lying at the height of 1,495 m. With a short ascend from Hille, we will reach Tikhedhunga. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 05 : Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,348ft) Duration: 7 hrs
We will leave Tikhedhunga and walk passing the steep climb in order to reach Ulleri on this day. Ulleri is a big Magar village set at the height of 2,070m. After an hour walk from Ulleri, we will arrive at the resting point.
The track ascends slightly from this point and we will be passing by oak and rhododendron forests until we get to Banthanti lying at 2,250m. From this point, we will walk to reach Nangethanti situated at 2,460m. With an hour walk from Nangethanti, we will reach Ghorepani (2,840m). Ghorepani is the conserved area holding the largest rhododendron woods. If you are trekking on the best season of the year, you will notice the area enclosed with snow. Ghorepani will actually reward you with the spectacular vista of Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Annapurna I (8091m), Nilgiri (6940m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and more. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 06 : Hike up to Poon Hill and onto Tadapani (2,610m/8,560ft) Duration: 7 – 8 hrs
This is the most important day of the Annapurna Panorama Trek. We will begin walking early in the morning to reach Poon Hill and witness the dreamlike moment. The magnificent experience of watching first ray of sun over the Himalayan giants like Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Mt. Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,040m), Annapurna south (7219m), Himchuli (6441m), Lamjung Himal (6,986m), fishtail or Machhapuchhre (6,997m), and more will be memorable forever. We will spend time at the hill taking pictures and return to Ghorepani. From here, we will trek to Tadapani passing through rhododendron woods. If you are trekking in spring, you will notice 15 different species of rhododendron budding colorfully before reaching Tadapani. Tadapani also flaunts the stunning views of Annapurna South (7219m), Machhapuchhre (6993m) and Himchuli. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 07 : Tadapani to Ghandruk (1,950m/6,396ft) Duration: 3 hrs
From Tadapani we will on this day trek to Ghandruk lying at the altitude of 1950m. We will pass through a thick rhododendron trees and after walking for approximately 3 hours, we will reach Ghandruk. Ghandruk is an undulated settlement occupied by houses made up of stones and it is mostly occupied by the Gurung inhabitants. In Ghandruk, the close-up soaring views of Fishtail, Hiunchuli mountains, Annapurna South, and more will allure you again. Here, we will explore around the village and also visit the Gurung Museum to understand about culture and tradition of the Gurung inhabitants. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 08 : Ghandruk to Pokhara (910m/2,984ft) Duration: 5 hrs
We will move ahead from Ghandruk to Nayapul on this day, and then, drive back to Pokhara. On the way, we will descend down to Birethanti. We will also stroll on stony staircase, pass by the terraced farms and reach near to Modi River valley. From Birethanti, it takes around an hour to reach Nayapul from where we will drive back to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.
Day 09 : Pokhara to Kathmandu
We will today drive to Kathmandu. On the way, from the left side of the vehicle, we will get to see enjoyable sight of the river gorges, mountains, rustic settlements and terraces. Then you, will be transferred to the hotel where you can just relax. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.
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All airport transfers in private car
– Hotel in Kathmandu/ 3 Nights/ Bed & Breakfast
– Hotel in Pokhara/ 2 Nights/ Bed & Breakfast
– Hotel in Nagarkot/ 1 Night/ Bed, Dinner & Breakfast
– Ground Transportation from Pokhara to Kathmandu and to & from the trekking trail-head with private Car/ jeep
– Pokhara, Kathmandu and Nagarkot sightseeing: private car, Tour Guide, entry fees
– Necessary trekking Permit and TIMS card
– Trekking Guide and Porter and their transportation/ accommodation/ meals/ equipment and insurance
– Lodge accommodation during trek
– Full board meals (breakfast, lunch, diner, tea, coffee, soups, deserts) on trek
– Trekking equipment ( sleeping bag, trek poles, gaiters, down jacket, duffel bags, water bottles, trek map etc. if needed)
– Welcome and Farewell dinner at Typical Nepalese Restaurants with Cultural Program
– Basic first-aid medicines
– Kathmandu – Pokhara flight tickets
– Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara ( besides Welcome and farewell dinner)
– Nepal visa fees
– Expenses of personal nature
– Bar bills/cold drinks/laundry bills/ telephone bills/ etc.