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Annapurna Panorama trek

Annapurna Panorama trek

Annapurna Panorama Trek

Our Annapurna Panorama trek is specially designed for the people who like to get an experience of doing trekking in the Nepalese Himalaya and don’t like to go to higher elevation or has no time to do that. This trek covers the popular view point from where one can get a spectacular view of the mountains and cover villages where one can observe a Gurung and Magar culture from very near. Typical villages with traditional lifestyle which was practiced ages and still untouched with western influence are characteristics of this trek.

Trip fact

5 days of walking, 2 days of travel from Kathmandu – Pokhara-Kathmandu, two short transfers from Pokhara to trek starting point and from trek ending point to Pokhara, a day tour in Kathmandu to discover the major world heritage sites, an extra day to discover and roam around Pokhara and the transfers from airport to Kathmandu hotel and hotel to Kathmandu airport.

Trip price: $680 per person in twin sharing basis and two persons minimum (we accept solo travellers paying single supplement)

Mode of transport:  Private transfer from airport to hotel and vice versa in Kathmandu, tourist bus from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu part (there will be nominal extra charge for private transfer or one can take a flight both way also), private transfer from Pokhara to trek starting point and trek ending point to Pokhara, Private air-conditioned transfer for all the sightseeing in Kathmandu and in Pokhara.

Highlight of the trip

One of the beginners trek that take up to the elevation of 3210 meters above sea level. The trip gives opportunity to discover the best Mountain View point of Annapurna region, famous by the name Poonhill. Poon is the surname of the ethnic group living in this area. The trek also gives opportunity to discover the Gurung and Magar culture. The trail passes through beautiful terraces, cultivated farmland, dense rhododendron forest and villages with clustered houses in the area. One can get the spectacular view of Dhawalagiri, Annapurna, Fishtail and Nilgiri with Annapurna south and Himchuli from different perspective. The trip also give opportunity to discover headquarter of Annapurna conservation area project and traditional Gurung museum. The trail stops at the biggest Gurung village of the area Ghandruk where one can discover their culture, tradition, lifestyles and many more.

Difficulty level of the trip

Easy to moderate as the second day of the trip one need to make lots of steps to climb to Ulleri. There is a significant change in elevation everyday making a lot of ups and downs. Most of our passionate trekkers describe this trek as very easy trek except for few hours of climb the second day. Regarding accommodation and facilities this is one of the best treks in Annapurna area.

The best time to do this trek

This trek can be done throughout the year but in rainy season the views might be blocked with dense cloud and extra precaution should be taken for leeches which are very common in the damp part of the trail. Many of our clients love to do this trek in March-April as the rhododendron blooms during this time of the year. January and February it might be snowing in Ghorepani and might make some difficulties descending down to Tadapani if one does not have proper gear because part of the trail is very steep.

Is this trek ideal for me?

Himalayan travel consultant believes this is the most ideal trek for anybody who likes to do short treks in Himalayan regions. If you love walking ups and downs and feel comfortable making steps this will be the best option for you. For people with kids who like do trekking but don’t like to go much higher but still want to get superb view of the mountain this is the best alternative. If you are slow walkers you can extend some extra days and still you can make a trip because the trek has sufficient facilities in between camp and camp also.

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Annapurna Panorama Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.
Meet and greet by our representative/ guide and transfer to your allocated hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu.
Introductory trip to Kathmandu including sightseeing of one of the old palace complex, popular by the name Patan Durbar square, a Buddhist temple popular by the name monkey temple among the foreigners but is called Swoyambhunath and a Hindu temple Pashupatinath, a popular cremation ground for many hindus of Kathmandu. All these places are listed by UNESCO as world heritages. Afternoon time free for doing trek preparation.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (820m.).
A scenic drive leaving Kathmandu mostly follows the riverbank. About 200km but depend with traffic might take 7-8 hours in the bus.

Day 04: Early morning drive to trek starting point Nayapul takes about 2 hours and start walking and reach Tirkhedhunga(1570m). Takes normally 3-4 hours to reach the village.

Day 05: Trek from Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani (2850m) about 6-7 hours of walking.
At the beginning ascends to Ulleri, the hardest climb of the whole trip and still going up gently until you reach Ghorepani. Is a very nice Magar village and probably you get your accommodation in a lodge which is operated by one of the retired gurkha.

Day 06: Early morning sunrise trip to Poonhill (3210m) and trek down to Tadapani (2540m), 4-5 hours of walking.
Ascend at the beginning and go down to rhododendron forest and last minutes ascend to reach Tadapani.
The highlight of the trek and one of the important opportunities to see Dhawalagiri, the famous eight thousand meter peak which remained as tallest peak of the world until they discovered Everest is the highest.

Day 07: Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk(1940m.), takes about 3 hours and afternoon discover Ghandruk. Mostly a descend from Tadapani to reach Ghandruk. The trail passes through rhododendron and Uttis forest. Cool and nice nature walk all the way to Ghandruk. After reaching Ghandruk one can see the typical Gurung village from Annapurna. Ghandruk is also a ACAP headquarter so can go for a movie show at ACAP office by afternoon. Visit to Gurung culture museum also of great interest for many visitor.

Day 08: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara, the trekking part normally takes five hours walking and two hours drive to Pokhara. A scenic trek that goes down most of the time with beautiful terraces up to Syaulibazar and continue Modikhola until Birethanti and Nayapul. Take a transfer to Pokhara, a beautiful lake city. 

Day 09: Sightseeing in Pokhara.
The major attraction of Pokhara is Fewalake and lakeside but there are some sightseeing places also, so visit to Seti river gorge, Bindhyabasini Temple, Devi’s fall and Gupteswor cave are recommended. If one like to go to World Peace Pagoda, that is worth going. Afternoon time boating in Fewa Lake for an hour.

Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu (1300m.), takes 6-7 hours in the bus depending with traffic.

Day 11: Departure from Kathmandu. On your proper time transfer to airport for departure to home or another destination.

Price Includes:

  • Pick up from Airport on arrival day
  • Airport transfers including pickups and drop in private vehicle.
  • Descent accomodation in Kathmandu.
  • Teahouse accomodation during the trek.
  • All meals during the trek with a cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate every meals.
  • Welcome dinner.
  • Introductory city tour as per the itinerary.
  • Experienced English speaking local guides.
  • Porter (Every 2 trekker 1 porter and carrry about 25 kg of weight.)
  • Staff's expense.
  • Down Jacket and sleeping bag for use during the trek.
  • A comfortable Duffel bag for the trek.
  • All permits and fees.
  • All government taxes.

Price Excludes:

  • Nepal Visa fees. Most of the countries obtain the visa in the airport. Visa fees are $30 for 15 days, $50 for one month.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except mentioned in itinerary
  • Bar and beverage bill during the trek
  • Hot shower and battery recharge during the trek
  • Insurance for evacuation and medical facilities
  • Expense of personal nature like phone calls, laundry, extra porter
  • Tips for guides, drivers and porters (you can see the tipping guideline in our tipping page)
  • Trekking equipment like trekking poles, water bottles etc.

The best trip to observe landscape, culture and vegetation. The trek is not that hard but has awesome scenary.