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Annapurna Hiking

  • Hike in Details
  • Itinerary Day by Day
  • Cost Info
  • Useful Info

Annapurna hiking is renowned as one of the most spectacular and splendid varied hiking trail in the world. The Annapurna Hiking in Nepal follows valleys and canyons up one side of the Annapurna Massif with magnificent views of Mt. Annapurna Ranges, Mt. Fishtail and many more breathtaking Himalayas. Unique experience of a blend of culture of different caste & creeds and the panoramic scenes of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), Mt. Manaslu (8163), Mt. Nilgiri (7041m), Mt. Fishtail also known as Machhapuchhare (6998m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6441m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6986m) etc. will be the breathtaking moment of your life. Nepal Annapurna mountain hiking takes you through an ever-changing landscape of rice fields, misty forests and tiny villages.

Our Annapurna hiking starts with a flight or drive to Pokhara city and then hiking head towards Ghandruk village. We walk along the terraced fields beneath the splendid panorama of awe-inspiring glaciated Himalayan mountain ranges to Birethanti and drop to ideal vantage point in this pristine village offers breathtaking views of Himalayan giants. The hiking of Annapurna trail continues on to Landruk and to Pothana offering more splendid views of mountains. We walk along a paved stone trail through Rhododendron forests arriving at Dhampus and drop to Phedi for returning to Pokhara back.

The trappings and distractions of modern society vanish. The Annapurna hike guarantees you fun, pleasure and a magnificent insight about the natural and cultural heritages of the tiny Himalayan country. This Annapurna hiking is suitable for children or weary trekkers, as it doesn’t entail any particularly long walking days and there is always plenty to see.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
Day 2: A full day recreational tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
Day 3: Flight or Drive to Pokhara and Phewa lake boating
Day 4: Pokhara to Ghandruk (1940m)
Day 5: Ghandruk to Pothana (1990m)
Day 6: Pothana trekking to Pokhara
Day 7: Pokhara to Kathmandu, 25 minutes flight or 6-7 hour drive.
Day 8: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 9: Final Departure

Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the trip. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.

Day 2: A full day recreational tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
The next morning after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu valley. You can pay your homage visiting center of pilgrimage Pashupatinath Temple (for Hindus) and Swyambhunath (for Buddhists). These are very ancient and historical pride of Nepal importantly enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflects the uniqueness and diversity in Nepalese culture. On journey back to hotel, you can travel around the local areas, gullies and lifestyle. You can perhaps take relaxed walk through the famous streets like Thamel.

Day 3: Flight or Drive to Pokhara and Phewa lake boating
After having your breakfast in Kathmandu, we can drive you to the Domestic Airport to take a 25 minutes flight to Pokhara or if you wish to explore Nepal more you can take a Tourist bus to Pokhara about 6-7 hour. Drive includes short stops for lunch and breakfast and guarantees enjoyment of charming beauty all the way around. In the evening, a boating trip on Phewa Lake will be followed where you can pleasure the spectacular views of Annapurna Himalaya Range reflected in all its glory in the calm green water of the lake and also visit Bindavasini Temple lying uniquely in middle of the lake.

Day 4: Pokhara to Ghandruk (1940m)
A car drive for about 1 and half hour through large village Lumle brings you to Nayapul. The trek starts dropping at first on a staircase and then traversing high above the river on a wide stone-paved trail to a large and prosperous town Birethanti. We walk along the terraced fields beneath the splendid panorama of awe-inspiring glaciated Himalayan mountain ranges. After passing a flatland, forest, cultivated lands and a suspension bridge over Khumnu Khola, we arrive at the beautiful village of Ghandruk after 3-4 hrs walking. An ideal vantage point in this pristine village offers breathtaking views of Annapurna, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Hiuchhuli.

Day 5: Ghandruk to Pothana (1990m)
After breakfast next morning we descend down through the paved courtyards of Ghandruk village. The trail continues on to Landruk, a beautiful Gurung village which provides an excellent view of the surrounding mountain ranges. Crossing a stream on a suspension bridge the trail emerges in the main Modi Khola valley and reaches Tolkha and continues towards Pothana. The view of Machhapuchhare (6997m) is excellent from here, except that from this angle it looks more like Matterhorn than a fish tail.

Day 6: Pothana trekking to Pokhara
Today we will walk along a paved stone trail through Rhododendron forests arriving at Dhampus (1750m). The village is inhabitant of Brahmans, Chhetris and a few Gurungs. After a rest here we will walk mostly downhill through fields to the forest and on to the Phedi. A 30 min drive from Phedi brings you to Pokhara. We spend a beautiful night in beautiful Pokhara city.

Day 7: Pokhara to Kathmandu, Take a 25 minutes flight or 6/7 hour Drive.
You can take a fight or take a drive to Kathmandu. You can have a relaxing day in hotel. Rests of the day spend in hotel having rest after your long hiking trail. At evening your can have some easy walk around.

Day 8: Free day in Kathmandu
Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu valley. Have some rest in your hotel. You can also take a leisurely stroll over the streets and buy some souvenirs and remembering from Nepal. At the evening you can have your last night in Nepal enjoying the Nepali cultural dinner show exchanging greetings among friends and with all Nepalese people.

Day 9: Final Departure
You may continue your next trip or any other programs. Or we will drop you to the International airportto catch your flight back to your home.

What’s included in the Cost:

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin sharing basis including breakfast.
  • Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with expert tour guide and private vehicle.
  • Government license holder experienced, trekking/hiking guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness) and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing and medicine.
  • Twin sharing Accommodation during the Hiking.
  • Full board meals including breakfast lunch and Dinner mostly local meals during the hiking.
  • Necessary Hiking permits if applicable.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Above the Himalaya duffel bag.
  • Transportation from kathmandu to hiking start point and finish point to Kathmandu by private vehicle.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers.
  • Above the Himalaya Special Gifts (T shirt, Pashmina shawl, Trekking certificates and others)
  • Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes.

Extra Cost to Consider:

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
  • International Airfare, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

Passport and Visas:

First, be sure you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from return date.  You can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or up on arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Nepalese visas cost USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days till date.


Get the required visa for Nepal.

You can get Nepal visa prior to arrival from the Nepalese Embassy at your home country. Likewise, you can easily get an up on arrival visa at Kathmandu airport and other different borders from Nepal. This is for those who travel from India and Tibet. For more information and download please visit Nepal Visa Information


Bring Official Papers

Some of the required official documents are your valid passport, 4 extra passport sized photographs (for trekking permits), travel insurance, airline tickets and luggage tags. Visas can be obtained upon entry into Nepal. For detail information we request you to visit our visa page.


Money & Credit card Info

We find that most of the credit card, master and visa card is blocked from your card provider. It may be because of a security reason. It, sometimes, may bring you in problematic situation that you can't get money from ATMs and that you find difficult to pay for your treks and tour. To find yourself free from this problem, you can call to your card provider before you travel to Nepal and inform there that you are traveling to Nepal. Ensure them to give the authorization for the payment. In Nepal you have to pay 3.5 % credit card commission s per Nepal Bank rules, on top of your payable amount for the trek cost.  So, please be sure that you bring some cash in USD to pay us. Likewise, be sure you have brought some small amount for your daily expenses as well as for those items which are not included in our cost. We request you not to change money in the Airport. The exchange rate is very low there. Our office provides you the facility to change your money. Or, you can take help from Money Changers in Thamel


Travel Insurance:

Our clients must have comprehensive travel insurance package. Their insurance must cover against medical, personal accident, emergency evacuation, trip cancellation, lost of gears, natural calamity, theft of or damage to baggage etc.


Load shedding (Electricity crisis) in Nepal

We are sorry to inform you that though Nepal is rich in water resource, there is electricity crisis in Nepal. It is more likely that there is electricity off for some hours in day and night time.  Most of the hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other cities are likely to have no battery backup. Air condition may not work and, sometimes, TV and other electric utensils may not run. Some hotel is likely to run the TV and AC also. However, only few of them are in this category.
So, be prepared for this while you are traveling here.  For your ease, we recommend you to bring the flashlight with extra bulbs and batteries.


Clothing and Equipment for Traveling in Nepal

Trekking in the Himalayas need to arrangement of equipment as you have to find yourself comfortable at higher altitude. The basic clothing item that you are expected to be prepared with are well described here. Remember that excess baggage is likely to be a burden for yourself and your supporting staff. "Pack light, but pack right", is our motto. This will allow you to enjoy a comfortable journey with your energies and enthusiastic zeal focused on the exploration of this enchanting Nepal scenic beauty. Please visit here for Clothing and Equipment list


Buying and Renting Equipment in Kathmandu

It is not really necessary to spend large amount of money buying extra equipment and clothing prior to your trip. It is because most of the trekking equipment can be hired from many adventure shops within Kathmandu. Most of the gear is locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper). Some Chinese gear are likely to be more expensive but qualitative. Sleeping bag and down jacket are easily rented. Each item can be rented for less than USD 1, for a day. You have to manage other items buying them yourself. However, these items are more likely to be cheaper than those in your hometown. We will arrange all the necessary items you need on the second day of your arrival. Moreover, we ourselves will fascinate you to buy the goods.  


Vaccination for Nepal

All travelers should consult with their physician or update on vaccination requirements before travel. (Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities)
For traveling to Nepal; we recommend you to take a vaccination of Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies etc, it is not really must but recommended.


How to Book

While you chose which trip you wanted to go with, contact us to our head office Thamel Kathmandu Nepal by mail or phone, email is more easy and clear options, as soon as we get your email or call we will process for your booking.
We need 20% booking amount to confirm your booking, the payment can be made through the Bank transfer, Credit card payment (Master/Visa card ) or through online money transfers also Money Gram, Western Unions or others. After we get the 20% amount we will confirm your booking and you will get the official booking and payment receipt. The final balance for the tour will be paid up on arrival in Kathmandu.
For more info please visit how to book the trip

 

Trip Facts & Figures:

Duration: 9 Days

Grade: Easy

Best Travel Time: February to Mid June, September - November are the best seasons.  Dec & January are Winter and cold can be snow on the trail, July & August are rainy time, trekking can be done but visibility can be poor due to rain.

Transportation: Tourist Bus, Private Car/Van,Plane.

Activity: City tour, Walking

Hike Start/Finish: Pokhara / Pokhara

Accommodation: Hotel in Citiy  & Tea Houses in trekking

Photos

Annapurna Hiking

Trek Leader and Staffs:

Government certified hiking & trekking Guide

Accommodation/Lodging:

Twin sharing tea house/guest house accommodation

Daily Meals on the Trek:

Breakfasts Lunch and dinners (meals can be chosen from Menu, Vegetarian options available)