Considered as a short and easy trek, our Annapurna Panorama Trek is an ideal trek for trekkers who want to bring their family and kids along with them for a memorable trekking adventure in Nepal. As there is no risk of getting altitude sickness, the trek is one of those laidback treks that doesn’t ask for enormous amount of physical endurance capabilities and can be done by old age people and small kids in a matter of days not weeks.
Often called as the ‘Ghorepani Poonhill Trek’, Annapurna Panorama Trek begins with a one-day sightseeing tour around the historical and cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu city. Once you have done that, we will head out for a 7-hour long drive to Pokhara city – a tranquil lake city for foreign tourists to spend overnight.
At Pokhara, you can enjoy tasty Nepali and international cuisines, watch the gleaming Himalayan mountains while strolling along the lake side street and experience a quaint subtropical natural atmosphere by boating on the shimmering Phewa Lake.
Now we need to leave Pokhara city behind us for a couple of days and drive off to Nayapul which is a small tourist friendly town where you can will start your actual on foot trekking adventure. Once, we get off from our vehicles at Nayapul, the remainder of our days will be covered up by enchanting forested trails and routes bursting up with lively wild vegetation and charming local village communities.
Many trekkers go through these exact trekking trails with a dream of reaching the magnificent Annapurna Base Camp. However, we shall also feel the exhilaration and pleasure of going on a trek that encompasses all the required aspects to give you a thrill of your lifetime.
Shortly after leaving Nayapul, we hike up to Ghorepani village by passing through several villages on the way. Ghorepani village is a popular tourist destination where we plan on spending a night so that we can go for a short hike up to Poonhill- our most anticipated destination, early in the morning the next day.
An unforgettable view of the entire Annapurna range awaits us at the top of the Poonhill.You will get a breathtaking panoramic view of the Himalayan mountains which will include Mt. Annapurna (8,091m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Mt. Machapuchare (6,993m) along with some other mountain peaks as well.
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|Day 1||Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m/4,429 ft)||Kathmandu|
|Day 2||Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation||Kathmandu|
|Day 3||Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m/2,690ft)||Pokhara|
|Day 4||Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga (1,540m/5,051ft)||Tikhedhunga|
|Day 5||Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2,860m/9,380ft)||Ghorepani|
|Day 6||Hiking to Poonhill (3,210m/10,531ft) and trek to Tadapani (2,630m/8,626ft)||Tadapani|
|Day 7||Tadapani to Ghandruk (1,940m/6,360ft)||Ghandruk|
|Day 8||Ghandruk to Pokhara||Pokhara|
|Day 9||Drive back to Kathmandu||Kathmandu|
|Day 10||Final departure|
Hello!!! Outside the terminal hall of the International Airport in Kathmandu, we will receive you today. We are more than happy to have you here.
Likewise, upon your arrival greetings will be exchanged and you’ll be transferred to your hotel. To get familiar with the new environment, you can have an evening stroll around vibrant Thamel market.
Today after a short briefing, you will have delightful excursion around Kathmandu, sightseeing the different sites which carry grave historical significance of the nation.
These sites shine with national pride that are enlisted in UNESCO world heritage list. The city itself is ancient but with a link to the contemporary world.
Full of radiant local markets you’ll have tons of color to see, numerous distinct aroma to detect and hear the hubbub that makes this city distinctive when compared to any other in the world.
First of all, early in the morning, you’ll be visiting the sacred Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath situated on the bank of holy Bagmati River and sacred Buddhist shrine of Boudhanath which is the largest Stupa structure in the world.
Then you will be visiting the oldest city in the Kathmandu Valley: Lalitpur which is also known as ‘City of fine arts’ where Patan Durbar Square is situated. It features Krishna Temple, Kumbheswore Temple, Golden Temple and many more.
You’ll be also visiting Syambhunath Stupa; ending the day with the joyful evening wander around Basantapur Durbar Square under the warm setting sun visiting the shrine of living goddess Kumari, the freak street, the Kaal Bhairav, the Swet Bhairav and more.
Today you will travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara on a Tourist bus/Private vehicle via Prithvi Highway. The approximately 200km journey will utilize about 7-8 hours to cover depending upon traffic conditions.
Along the highway, you will enjoy vivid landscapes, view of snow-capped mountains and of course, the river Trishuli (well renowned for rafting among tourists) and Marsyangdi that will accompany you along the journey.
You will understand what traveling on wheels via the Nepali Highway truly means as you drive through the winding road that can make you giddy.
Once you are in Pokhara, you can visit the numerous famous lakes situated there mainly Begnas, Phewa, Rupa, and Dipang as the city is also known as ‘City of Lakes’. Also, you can visit landmarks like Devis Falls, Tal Barahi Temple, Bindhyabasini Temple etc. You can refresh yourself via enjoying extreme sports that the city has to render you.
Early in the morning, we head to Nayapul taking approximately one and half hour drive on a private vehicle. We start our trek at Nayapul then walking for 15 min along the bank of Modi Khola the village of Birethanti (1,015m) where many teahouses and shops are located.
Passing through the village, the trail follows the bank of Bhurungdi Khola and ascends abruptly up the side of the valley to Hille at the elevation of 1,495m.
We now gently ascend to Tikhedhunga (1,540m). Today’s hike is pretty easy and short, perfect as the first trekking experience for starters in the Annapurna region.
Starting our trek we descend and cross the Bhurungdi Khola. Then, we will ascend the steep staircase to the Magar village of Ulleri (2,070m). Legend has it that there are exactly 3,757 steps. (But who know?? The forever upward climbing steps will make you forget counting!!).
This stretch of the trail provides us with awe-inspiring sight of Annapurna I (8,091m), Hiunchuli (6,441m) and Machhapuchhre (6,997m) that appears from behind the Himalayan foothill.
Passing through the grassland and agricultural areas we make our way to a dense forest of rhododendron and oaks where we can hear crackling of birds.
Finally, we will reach Banthani (2,824m) and then to Ghorepani (2,860m) which is majorly populated by Gurungs. Locals are friendly and kind to the tourist and one can find him/herself close to ethnic Gurung culture and lifestyle.
The biggest village in the area, the view of the snow-capped Himalayas is astounding. We can observe the panoramic view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhre and Barah Sikhar on a clear day. It takes about 6-7 hours of the hike to reach Ghorepani from Tikhedhunga.
Early in the morning, we start an hour hike to Poonhill from Ghorepani where we can get the vista of mesmerizing sunrise atop the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The view tends to become a part of your beautiful memories in the country. After spending some time exploring the hills we return to Ghorepani.
From here, we continue on the windy trail that climbs abruptly upwards along the ridges passing through pine and blooming rhododendron forest first to Deurali (2,960m).
We move down abruptly through the dense moss-enveloped forest rich with bird life before finally arriving at Tadapani (2,630m). The today’s adventure utilizes about 6-7 hours to conclude.
Today we leave Tadapani to hike for about 3-4 hours following the trail that steeply moves down through the dense and dark rhododendron forest to the heavenly village of Ghandruk.
The forest is actually converted into a celestial garden of alluring flowers when observed from above or beyond, majorly red by the trees of rhododendron where the splendid rhododendron flower blooms.
Also, we can observe blooming cheery blossoms depending upon the season. Ghandruk is the largest village that consist slopes of stone house majorly inhabited by Gurungs. It is the largest village in the district adorned by rich ethnic culture and lifestyle of the Gurung people.
A visit to the museum located in the village is a good opportunity to know the locale around, its culture and lifestyle.
From here, we can observe alluring views of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre Range and Hiunchuli mountains that appears so close making us feel that the magnificent sight is knocking on our doorstep.
After extending our gratitude and farewell to the lively people of Ghandruk, we will walk for around 45 mins to Kimche. Now it takes about 1-hour drive from Kimche to Pokhara on a private vehicle.
At Pokhara, you can enjoy the sunset, wandering around elegant Lakeside area marking an end to your stay in this magical city.
Today you are heading to Kathmandu on a private vehicle/tourist bus that takes about 6-7 hours depending upon traffic conditions via Prithvi Highway.
As you proceed further, you get to see the beautiful countryside along with the culture and lifestyle of the people outwardly. Once at Kathmandu; you’ll be transferred to your hotel.
You can spend rest of the day relaxing and enjoying hotel facilities or just wander around the city making the overview of your whole adventure or clicking pictures as a way to preserve the memories of your visit to this small but majestic country.
We are more than happy to have you with us and admire your generosity and patience during the whole trekking adventure. We hope that we can be goods friends apart from the business relationship we had.
Today is your last day of stay in the country. Either you can plan another saga of adventures with a pinch of our help or you can take a fight back home and of course, we will be there to accompany you to the International airport. Have a safe flight!! Farewell!!
A family trek, no more difficulties except some ascends and descends, picturesque views of the snowy peaks are the key features of this trek. The vantage point-Poon hill was amazing. Numerous people were waiting the first yellow rays of the sun over Himalayan peaks and so did we. Massif Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges were gleaming in front us. The whole crew was terrific. Our guide Puja was excellent. She maintained the comfortable pace as we were trekking with the family members (some seniors and some juniors). Our porters were helpful and kind. Highly recommend Holy Mountain Treks!!!!