Annapurna Panorama Trek

Annapurna Panorama Trek or Annapurna Panorama View Trek being one of the most popular trek destination in Nepal, Trek to Annapurna Panorama brings you to the heart of Annapurna region. There is no finer introduction to Himalaya, trekking, the snow capped mountains, the exhilaration of undertaking a well graded walk and the experiences you get from our enthusiastic crew than doing Annapurna Panorama  Trek. Annapurna Panorama Trek will be your unforgettabel trip in your life, The highest point  of this trek is Poon Hill top from  where you will be able to view most of the beautiful mountains of Annapurna region.

During Annapurna  Panorama trek you can observe rhododendron forest, varied lifestyle and culture of the people living around definitely stun you, You pass beneath snow capped Annapurna II, III and IV and other many smaller peaks in a range of 6,000 m.  At the end of Annapurna Panorama view trek you pass through a wonderful rhododendron forest on the ridge and the picturesque Gurung villages before finishing back in the Pokhara Valley.  

We follow the trails in a scenic, terraced foothills of Annapurna. From our camps, the peaks of Annapurna South (7256 m) and the well defined, fluted peak of Machapuchare (6,993 m) rise right straight above.

Day 01 : Arrive at Kathmandu - Transfer to your Hotel
Upon arrival at the airport meet with our representative and transfer you to the Hotel (star category, very nice and centrally located in Thamel). Rest of the time is free to enjoy on your own.

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)
After breakfast, you set out for the tour of cultural Kathmandu. The tour includes Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Patan Durbar Square.
Kathmandu Durbar Square is the royal palace square complex from where Nepal’s king ruled from 14th century till 18th century. Major attraction of the square is the living goddess KUMARI, various temples dedicated to different Gods and Goddesses of Hindu religion, shrines and yards. 9 storey beautifully carved palace complex is another attraction and museum of the late kings.
Bouddhanath is the biggest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal in terms of its expansion and height. Build in 5th century, this Stupa is the most impressive of all Stupas in Kathmandu. Likewise, Swoyambhunath Stupa popularly known as Monkey temple is another attraction of the day.
Pashupatinath Temple is the most sacred Hindu temple in Kathmandu. Pilgrimages from Nepal and from India pay their homage to lord Shiva in this temple. Cremation as per Hindu tradition and belief, is another attraction of Pashupatinath, if you wish to have a look.
Based on your time left we may visit Bhaktapur or Patan Durbar square which is similar to Kathmandu Durbar Square . These squares used to be the royal palace of Malla Kings who ruled in Nepal from 9th century till 18th century.
Make final preparation of the trek. Overnight stay in the Hotel.

Day 03 : Drive to Pokhara (900 m) or Fly to Pokhara
We drive or fly to Pokhara. The drive is about 7 hours and the flight is of 20 minutes. Drive is scenic in the mid hill region’s landscape with river, terraced farming field, various villages and settlements. Flight offers you magnificent view of the HImalayan peaks of the west including Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manasalu, Lamjung and Annapurna.
Pokhara is a beautiful town, with panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchare, and Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. Pokhara is considerably less hectic than Kathmandu with clean and peaceful environment. Pokhara is gateway of Annapurna Region trek.  Explore beautiful Phewa Lake, known for its tranquility and picture perfect postcards; or visit Devi Falls, a minor waterfall named after a tourist lady fell inside the cave like place with waterfall. Overnight in Hotel in Pokhara.

Day 04 : Drive to Phedi and trek to Pothana (1,990 m/6527 ft), 4 hrs walk
We start our day with a short drive ( 30 minutes ) to Phedi, starting point of our trek. From here we'll follow the trail to get Dhampus village for around 1 ½ hours ascends passing through terraced field and small forest. The first part is steeper in a  jungle. Once we reach at the beginning of village, the trail is beautiful in a terraced field.
After lunch in Dhampus village we'll continue our trek, ascend for another 2 hours to reach at Pothana, where we'll rest and relax at our local tea house for overnight.
Pothana is a small town surrounded by a jungle with good view of Machhapuchhre (Mt. Fishtail) as well as Annapurna South with Dhampus village below.

Day 05 : Pothana to Ghandruk village (1940m/6360 ft) 6-7 hrs walk
After breakfast,  we walk uphill and downhill in a tranquil trail of the jungle. The day is long as well with fewer downhills, and uphills. We stop in Landruk for Lunch and other places for tea or water.
After the lunch, the trail descend steeply in the terraced field to the Modi Khola. We cross the bridge and then start steep climb of about 2 hours.  You can see wild bee hives on a side of hanging cliff.
Ghandruk which is a largest Gurung (popular ethnic group from western region of Nepal) settlement with the close  up view of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre to the north . If you reach there on time, you can explore the village. Overnight stay in the Hotel.

Day 06 : Trek Ghandruk village to Tadapani (2,710m/8,891ft) 4 hrs walk
We climb up to Tadapani ( 700 m. approximately). The trail is quite today as well in the jungle. The jungle is full of Rhododendron, Oak tree with other various species ot tree and plant. Arrive Tadapani and overnight stay in the hotel. The view of Machhapuchhre ( Fishtail ),Annapurna South and Himchuli is best viewed from Tadapani.

Day 07 : Tadapani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft) 5-6 hrs walk
After breakfast it's a short walk down to the stream and a walk in the river bank for about 1 hour we reach to the base of steep climb. It is about 3 hours climb up to the steep ridge of Deurali for lunch.  and further walk to the top of Deurali pass .
After lunch, we walk gradual uphill for a while and long stretch of flat trail in a bamboo bushes and arrive to the beautiful edge of Deurali pass (3160m/10365 ft) . We descend sharply to Ghorepani from here.
Ghorepani is big settlement of ethnic Magar community from where the panoramic view of Himalayan peaks including Dhaulagiri ( 8167 m. ) is stunning with  Annapurnas.

Day 08 : Ghorepani to Tatopani (1,200m/3937ft) via Poonhill (3,210m/10,531ft) hike, 6-7 hrs walk
We start our day early morning in a pre dawn to catch spectacular sunrise view from Poonhill, over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. An excellent view point, Poon Hill offers an unobstructed view of the towering Himalayan peaks. Here we spend an hour or so before returning back to Hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast we leave Ghorepani, we climb down to Tatopani. We pass through various villages and the climb is all the way downhill to the river Kali Gandaki. Tatopani literally means Hot water, has natural hot spring in the river bank.
Overnight in guesthouse.

Day 09 : Tatopani to Galeshowor (900m/2,952 ft), 6-7 hrs walk
Enjoy the bath in Hot spring and then trek towards Beni along the downstream of Kaligandaki River. Walk through villages, field and on road construction and after 3 hrs pleasant walk will reach at Tipling for lunch. Then the trail is easier to Galeshwor, which is a big town and touched with modern style (from Tipling to Galeshwor there can be  seasonable Jeep transfer service).
We can explore the famous Shiva temple, surrounding town and river bank and overnight at hotel.

Day 10 : Drive from Galeshwor to Beni to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft) 4-5 hrs drive
Today morning we'll drive from Galeshowor to Beni and Pokhara which takes about 4-5 hours. The drive is enjoyable through beautiful countryside .
On arrival in Pokhara we'll check in to our hotel and rest of the time explore the lakeside area or simply relax and overnight at Hotel.

Day 11 : Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft), 7-8 hrs drive  or fly 25 minutes
This morning, we depart at approximately 7.30 am for Kathmandu by tourist bus. Lunch on the way back and we arrive back in Kathmandu at around 2 - 3.00 pm. The rest of the evening is free and easy. Overnight at hotel

Day 12 : Free day in  Kathmandu at leisure
Today you enjoy Kathmandu on your own. You can take a local tour around the city or enjoy the day in shopping.

Day 13 : Departure from Kathmandu
You are free for last minute shopping before we transfer you at the airport for your departure flight to your home country or other destination.

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up & Drop
  • Guide, cook, Kitchen staff, Sherpa, porters and other necessary staffs.
  • All food (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Two times tea biscuit)
  • Accommodation. (Tent & 2 night local house)
  • All Camping Gear( Two men tents, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, down jacket,sleeping bag, matrices, torch light, water bottle etc)
  • Hot & Cold drinks. (Tea, coffee, hot milk, hot chocolate & Juice.).
  • All transportation.
  • Trekking permit.
  • Four nights Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.
  • All temples Entry Permit in kathmandu.
  • All food, drinks, accommodation, salary, Insurance, Medical, Equipments, all camping gear,
  • transport etc for Nepalese staff.
  • All taxes.

Cost Excludes

  • Bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water,), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, and any kindof unforeseen & personal expenses
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu

This list is only a guideline. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

General

1.    4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be
       returned after the trek)
2.    Duffel or Rucksack bag  & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it
       but is to be returned after the trek)
3.    Daypack
4.    Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

1.    Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and
       then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping
       the sun off your ears and neck.
2.    Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
3.    Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
4.    Glacier glasses-
5.    Headlamp
6.    Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket
       should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
7.    A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

1.    1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside
       other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
2.    1 pair warm gloves
3.    Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek.
       Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

1.    T-shirts (2).
2.    Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
3.    Fleece jacket or pullover.
4.    Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
5.    Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
6.    2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
7.    Long shirts(2)

Lower Body – Legs

1.    2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
2.    Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
3.    2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
4.    1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
5.    2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
6.    1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best.
       Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots
       without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
7.    1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
8.    All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture
       resistant plastic bags.

Feet

1.    2-4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
2.    2-3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
3.    1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
4.    1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with
       layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it
       (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
5.    1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
6.    1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

1.    Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
2.    Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
3.    Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
4.    Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness.
       Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
5.    1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids,
       some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive
       medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous

1.    Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
2.    Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM
       just in case if you need to change the date of your).
3.    Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
4.    Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your
       neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you
       from having to stop and look for it.
5.    Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses
       its' effectiveness over time.
6.    Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
7.    Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
8.    Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes,
       and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
9.    2 bandanas.

Optional

1.    1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great
       assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees,
       ankles, etc, especially when going downhill
2.    Favorite snack foods
3.    Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge.
       Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function.
       Remember, keep these items light weight
4.    Binoculars
5.    1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep
       the batteries warm when not in use
6.    Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator
7.    A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid
       that chilly late night trip
8.    1 small stainless steel thermos

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