1. Beautiful view of snow capped mountains like Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchre, Lamjung Himal, Tukuche Peak and Mt. Dhaulagiri.
2. Spotting endangered animals and birds.
3. Walking through beautiful Rhododendron forests and stone paved paths.
4. Stunning view of sunrise over the silver mountains from the top of Poonhill.
5. Experiencing the hospitality and warm generosity of local people.
6. Panoramic view of mountains from Ghorepani.
Annapurna Panorama Trek is the perfect easy trek option in the Annapurna region. This is among the most popular treks around Annapurna.
We will first enter the Annapurna conservation area from Nayapul and head for the popular mountain watching destination - Ghorepani. The highlight of Ghorepani is the hike to Poon Hill. This hill is the jewel of Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, providing stunning view of the mountains. The sight of the sun rising over the tall mountains is spectacular from Poon Hill. Ghorepani-Poon Hill trek is also a popular trekking alternative for those seeking a wonderful view of the mountains in a few days of light trek.
Pothana, a village of Gurung people, Tadapani and Tolkha are other settlements ahead of Ghorepani. These places provide us a wonderful view of Mt. Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre, Lamjung Himal, Tukuche Peak and Dhaulagiri mountains.
Most of the trekking will take place in the ancient trade route between Nepal and Tibet. The villages on the road are rich in their unique culture and traditions. The homestay experience with the Gurung people will be unforgettable.
Other highlights of the Annapurna Panorama Trek include walking along the dense Rhododendron forests, sight of rare animals, plants and birds, the beautiful subtropical valleys, mountains streams and waterfalls.
Trip Route: Kathmandu - Pokhara - Nayapul - Ghorepani - Landruk - Pokhara- Kathmandu
Best Season: September to December & March to May.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley and preparation for trek.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (820 m / 2,690 ft), 6-7 hours, and transfer to Hotel.
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul by private vehicle, one and half hours, and trek to Tikhedhunga (1,540 m / 5,052 ft), estimated walk 3-4 hours.
Day 05: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2,860 m / 9,383 ft), estimated walk 6-7 hours.
Day 06: Hike to Poon Hill (3,210 m / 10,531 ft) for sunrise view and trek to Tadapani (2,590 m / 8,497 ft). Estimated walk 6-7 hours.
Day 07: Tadapani to Tolkha (1,940 m / 6,364 ft), estimated walk 5-6 hours.
Day 08: Tolkha to Phedi, estimated walk 4-5 hours, and a 30 minutes drive to Pokhara.
Day 09: Driving back to Kathmandu (1,300 m / 4,665 ft), estimated drive 6-7 hours.
Day 10: Departure from Kathmandu or extend your trip.
We prioritize your safety all the time while traveling with Ambition Himalaya Treks & Expeditions. We want our valuable guests and staffs to be safe thus we have given full authority to your tour leaders to modify, cancel or update any part of the itinerary if it is considered necessary due to safety concerns. Ambition Himalaya promises that we will do our best to stick with planned itinerary. However, natural disasters, weather disturbances, health conditions or any other mishap may force us to change the planned itinerary and we hope you understand these concerns. Our leaders will give you necessary information and discuss with you before changing the itinerary.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Altitude: 1,300 m
Our representatives will pick you up once you land at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. After picking you up from the airport they will transfer you to your hotel on a private vehicle. We will welcome you in the evening with typical Nepali dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant. The dinner will be followed by cultural dance program.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
Kathmandu has a rich history and culture that extends back centuries. It is also known as the city of temples. There are many ancient temples, monuments, stupas and palaces in Kathmandu. You will be accompanied by a guide on a day tour of the city. Major places to visit include the Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa (also known as the monkey temple), Boudhanatha and the three Durbar Squares.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara
Altitude: 820 m/ 2,690 ft
Time: 6-7 hours
We will head for Pokhara today. You have two options - travel by jeep or by air. Travelling by jeep provides you an opportunity to enjoy the green hills and gorging rivers that follows the road. The travel takes 6-7 hours including an hour stop in between for refreshment. Travelling by air is shorter, takes about 30 minutes, and allows you to see the mountains from the clouds. You will, however, have to pay separately for it.
We will check into our hotel upon reaching Pokhara and visit the Phewa lakeside in the evening.
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga
Altitude: Nayapul (1,070 m/ 3,510 ft), Tikhedhunga (1,540 m/ 5,052 ft)
Time: Drive - one and half hours, Trek - 3-4 hours
Our trek begins today but we will have to drive for one and half hours from Pokhara to reach the starting point of our trek - Nayapul.
The first half hour of the trek is easy and flat. It starts to go gently uphill from there. We first pass a place called Birethanti (1,080 m/3,543 ft). Going forward we will meet old and typical villages in the Annapurna region like Matathanti, Ramgai, Sudame, Hile and Tikhedhunga. Most of our journey to Tikhedhunga will be along the banks of the thundering Modi river.
Day 05: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani
Altitude: 2,860 m/ 9,383 ft
Time: 6-7 hours
We will walk to Ghorepani today. The road passes through dense forests and waterfalls. The waterfalls flow into the Modi river, which will again be at our company . We will cross the river via a suspension bridge and climb for a while to reach Ulleri village (2,080 m/6,824 ft). The road to Ulleri provides wonderful sight of the Annapurna, Hiuchuli and Machhapuchhre mountains.
Ulleri is a busy village with shops for trekkers. Going past Ulleri we will reach other traditional villages like Banthanti (2,300 m/7,545 ft) and Nangethanti (2,450 m/8,038 ft). We will reach Ghorepani Village after walking through dense Rhododendron forest in the last part of the day. The whole forest is turned red by the blooming Rhododendron forest in spring. The view of the mountains from Ghorepani is exemplary.
Day 06: Hike to Poon Hill and trek to Tadapani
Altitude: Poon Hill (3,210 m/10,531 ft), Tadapani (2,590 m/ 8,497 ft)
Time: 6-7 hours
Poon Hill is a hilltop at a short hike from Ghorepani. The view of the sun rising over the mountains is magical from Poon Hill. We will wake up early and reach Poon Hill before the sun rises. Poon Hill provides a wonderful view of the Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV, V, Dhampus Peak, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Barah Sikhar, Mt. Fishtail, Nilgiri South and Tukuche peaks.
We will return to our hosts in Ghorepani after enjoying a blissful morning at Poon Hill. We will have breakfast and head for Tadapani. We will pass beautiful places like Deurali (2,990 m/9,809 ft) and Banthanti (2,520 m/8,267 ft) on our way to Tadapani. Our trail will be easy because we will mostly be walking downhill from Ghorepani.
Day 07: Trek to Tolkha
Altitude: 1,940 m/6,364 ft
Time: 5-6 hours
We will head for Tolkha via Ghandruk today. The downhill path goes through deep Rhododendron forest. We will get a wonderful view of the Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Fishtail mountains before reaching Ghandruk.
Ghandruk is also known as the village of stone houses or the village of the Gurkhas. We will leave Ghandruk behind and trek down to Modi river. We will follow the Modi river and reach Kyumi, where we will have our lunch. The way is downhill until Landruk. It is a short steep climb from Landruk to Tolkha.
Day 08: Tolkha to Phedi
Altitude: 1,130 m
Time: 4-5 hours
Our trekking begins after breakfast. We will head downhill to Deurali, where we will have a little coffee break. We will stop for lunch at Dhampus. Dhampus is also a popular one day hiking destination because of its closeness from Pokhara. We will proceed to Phedi after lunch at Dhampus. A vehicle will be waiting for us at Phedi and it will carry us to Pokhara.
Day 09: Drive back to Kathmandu
We will return back to Kathmandu today. We again have two options to do so - a 30 minute flight or a seven hour drive. Flight provides wonderful mountain view but you will have to pay separately for it. The drive is longer but takes you to Kathmandu through green hills and riverbanks.
Day 10: Departure
You will carry the memories of Annapurna Trek with you and return back to your destination today. We will bid you farewell by organizing a small traditional Nepali ceremony and drop you at the Airport.
US$ 499/ per person (price valid for minimum 2 person)
- Airport pickup and drop in private vehicle.
- Sightseeing in Kathmandu accompanied by our private guide and vehicle.
- Hotel accommodation-Breakfast in Kathmandu.
- Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu on tourist bus.
- Hotel accommodation-Breakfast in Pokhara.
- Pokhara-Nayapul and Phedi to Pokhara drive on private vehicle.
- Necessary papers and trekking permits ( ACAP permit and TIMS permit )
- 3 meals and 3 hot drinks per day during trekking.
- Seasonal fruits after night meal.
- Accommodations in lodge during trek.
- Well trained English speaking guides (including their salary, accommodation, meal, transportation and insurance).
- For groups over 6 people - assistant guide (including their salary, accommodation, meal, tramsportation and insurance).
- Porters throughout the trek - 1 porter will carry 2 trekker's baggage. (Including salary, food, accommodation, and transportation).
- Basic equipment for trekking such as down jacket, sleeping bag, duffel bag and Ambition Himalaya t-shirt ( Duffel Bag, down jacket and sleeping bag must be returned after trek).
- First aid kit.
- Expedition taxes, paper works, and company service charges for the trek.
- A complimentary traditional Nepali dinner on arrival..
- Certificate of achievement can be prepared with the signature of company director and your local guide (only if requested).
- Overseas airfare and visa fees ($25 for 15 days, $40 for 30 days and $ 100 for 90 days ).
- Travel, emergency rescue charge and insurance.
- Sightseeing entrance fees in Kathmandu
- Food other than mentioned above, telephone bills, laundry charges and shower fees.
- Wifi charger and battery charging bill during the trek.
- Extra porter and activities outside itinerary.
- Lunch & dinner costs during Kathmandu stay.
- Extra costs caused by natural disaster, flight delay, early arrival etc.
- Extra incentives such as tips and gifts for the guides and porters.
- Any benefits not mentioned in 'cost includes' section unless indicated on booking.
- Lunch and dinner in Pokhara
Equipment you need to bring
- Pair of trek boot, sleeping bag, down jacket, pullovers, neck scarf for evening/night/morning.
- Sun hat and casual warm clothes for day.
- Some pairs of good quality socks, slippers, suntan lotions, personal medications etc.
List of recommended gears for trekking in Nepal. These gear list can be different depending on route, season etc. Some items are only recommended for high altitude treks.
Sun hat, scarf, light balaclava or warm fleece hat. Sunglasses (real ones, with true UV protection).
Undergarments, comfortable hiking shorts, lightweight cotton long pants, light and expedition weight thermal bottoms, fleece or wool pants (seasonal), Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants.
Thin and lightweight inner socks, thick and warm wool hiking socks, hiking boots with spare laces, sandals (flip-flops for use after trekking and to go to the bathroom & washroom), gaiters (For high altitude trekking and crossing passes).
T-shirts, light and expedition weight thermal tops, fleece jacket or pullover, gloves, fleece wind-stopper jacket (optional), waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket, down vest and/or jacket.
One microfiber towel (most guesthouses on the trek do not give towels; quick-dry), sleeping bag rated to zero degree centigrade, DSLR / digital camera with spare batteries, Headlamp [e.g. Petzl Zoom] with spare bulbs and batteries, trekking bag with rain cover / duffel bag, comfortable day pack, trekking poles, water bottle, ear plug (rooms are divided by thin woods so better to avoid noise from other rooms).
Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable), deodorants, nail clippers, sun block / face and body moisturizer, Tooth brush / toothpaste (preferably biodegradable), feminine hygiene products, small mirror.
Wet wipes (baby wipes), tissue / toilet rolls, anti-bacterial hands wash, water purifier (Better than using mineral water to keep the mountains clean).
Extras / Luxuries:
Adapters (Nepal - two prong, 220 volt plug; or an international, universal adapter), multi tool (Swiss Army Knife, Leatherman tool), personal snacks (candy bars & cookies can also be bought in Kathmandu, Pokhara or at every guesthouse), sewing kit (sometime it’s very useful), superglue, books for reading on free time, cell / mobile phone, trail map / guide book, Ipod / walkman / Mp3 player / Mp4 player, pens / pencils and small notebooks, games i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards etc.