Annapurna Panaroma Trek

Overview

Trip Introduction

The Annapurna Short (Ghorepani and Poon Hill) Trail starts and ends in Pokhara, a colorful foray into the Annapurna region through patchwork valleys, dense mossy forests and past icy waterfalls where you can stop to cool your face. Around every corner is a tantalizing glimpse of the high mountains, whole horizons of which will be revealed to you as you reach the high points of your trek. Annapurna foothills to the view point at Poon Hill offering you unobstructed panoramic mountain views like easy trek in the spectacular mountain scenery through charming villages inhabited by the Different culture(Gurungs, Magars) dense rhododendron forests full of birds and deep sub-tropical valleys, all set below the Annapurnas with the picturesque Peak of Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail Peak) dominating the skyline. Like this trail, The Yoga and Trekking Program combines two of Nepal’s most distinct traditions. Introducing Yoga into the trekking experience allows for a richer appreciation of the physical and mental landscape as the body and mind are opened through daily meditation, yoga, stretching, massage, and trekking. The program is open for all experience levels and ages and is a unique opportunity for those interested in the strengthening of both the body and mind.

 

Over Views

Duration :    1o Days
Arrival :    In Kathmandu
Departure :    From Kathmandu
Accommodation :    3 * Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara and Teahouse entire you’re the treks.
Meals :    Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara and all meals entire your trips
Best Time to go :    March to May, September to November
Trekking :    Guest house
Max. Altitude :    3,210m
Group Size :    3-13 people
Transportation :    Private vehicle/Tourist bus/Domestic Flight

 

Itinerary Overview

Day 01: Arrival at the Tribuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,345m). Overnight at a hotel. (D)
Day 02: Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley. Overnight at a hotel. (BD) Day 03 – Drive to Pokhara (900 m) by tourist bus – 7 hrs. Overnight at a hotel. (BD)
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul (1,010m) – 1 hr. Trek to Tikhedunga (1,570m) – 3 hrs. Overnight at guesthouse.(BLD)
Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (2,840m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.(BLD)
Day 06: Hike up to Poon Hill (3,210m), and trek to Tadapani (2,610m). Overnight at a guesthouse. (BLD)
Day 07: Trek to Ghandruk (1,940m) – 4 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.(BLD)
Day 08: Trek to Nayapul (1,010m) and drive to Pokhara and same day guided tour of Pokhara. Overnight at a hotel.(BLD)
Day 09: Drive back to Kathmandu (1,345m) and farewell dinner. Overnight at a hotel.(BLD)
Day 10: Transfer to international airport for your final departure.(BLD)

Itinerary

Brief Itinerary

Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters).

WORLD FAVOUR TRAVELS & TOURS Representative will welcome at the Kathmandu Airport with banner and drop them at the hotel. After check in at hotel and refreshments GTN office management personnel and a guide will formally introduce them and provide trip details to the briefing. You should submit 2 passport size photos plus a copy of their passport and copy of travel insurance to the office personal. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02- Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.

After breakfast, we will conduct a guided tour and introduction to our rich culture and fascinating history. You will visit with our guide of these places Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Durbar square.

Swayambhunath: Swayambhunath is Monkey temple which is approximately 2600 years old Buddhist Stupas, overlooking the entire Kathmandu valley. Swayambhunath- literally ‘self-existent God’, is often referred to as the Monkey Temple due to the thousands of monkeys- the local dwellers. The main Stupa, memorials of monks and local people, ancient sculptures, the temple of child protector goddess, monasteries, etc are the main attractions here. Moreover, you can throw bird-eye-view to all the monument sites of the Kathmandu tour since this is the highest point inside the valley.

Pashupatinath: Pashupatinath temple which is In We literally- the god of animal lives. As one of the must visit a legendary Hindu temple in the subcontinent, this site welcomes millions of visitors every year. The temple is located on the bank of sacred Bagmati River, which runs down to the Ganges. Here, you get a chance to witness open public crematorium with all the rites and rituals being performed. You come to see even the holy men posing for pictures with painted face, dreadlocked hair and ash-applied body.

Boudhanath: Boudhanath stupas is the god of wisdom. It is considered as one of the largest Stupas in the world. Constructed back in the 4th century, this Stupa is the must visit the site for the Tibetans. The shrine itself resembles a Tibetan village since the locale comprises Tibetan monasteries and the exiles. Besides this, there are a number of painting schools with Lamas painting Thanka, the best souvenirs from Nepal.

Kathmandu Durbar square: Kathmandu Durbar Square is Etymological, ‘Kumari’ stands for a virgin girl- the living goddess and ‘Baha’ is a monastery in the local tongue. Designed in Vihara architecture, Kumari Baha houses the living goddess. As a living reincarnation of Hindu goddess Taleju, a young girl is selected from a Buddhist family maintaining religious harmony and co-existence. The girl gets retired when she reaches puberty.

Day 03 – Drive to Pokhara (900 m) by tourist bus – 7-8 hrs

Today early morning our trekking staff will pick you up at the hotel at 6:30 am and escort. You move Pokhara by private transport from Kathmandu- Pokhara. If you will go by publishing bus, bus leaves at around 7:30 am for Pokhara. You cross the Trisuli Valley Village and more hills. After 7/8 hours drive, you will arrive a beautiful valley set on the banks of the Phewa Lake, Pokhara is also known for its panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchare (shape of fish tail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu, hence providing the perfect starting point for our trek. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 04 – Drive to Nayapul (1,010m) – 1.5 hr. Trek to Tikhedunga (1,570m) – 3-4 hrs

We begin our trek from Nayapul after a 1.5-hour drive on a private vehicle from Pokhara. After a short 15-minute walk along the banks of the Modi Khola, we reach Birethanti (1,015m) a large village. The trail follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. From the trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille at 1,495m and after a short climb, we reach Tikhedhunga at 1,570m. Today’s walk is relatively short and easy day, a prelude to the trekking experience in the Annapurna region during the journey which allows us to become used to the experience of trekking in Nepal. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 05 – Trek to Ghorepani (2,840m) – 5-6 hrs

Today we move from Tikhedunga towards the steep climb to Ulleri, Ulleri is a large Magar village at an altitude of 2,070m. The trail then continues to ascend more gently from this point, through fine forests of oak and rhododendrons towards Banthanti at 2,250m. Then we trek towards Nangethanti at 2,460m. After another hour of walk, we arrive, at Ghorepani (2,840m). Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 06 – Hike up to Poon Hill (3,210m), and onto Tadapani (2,610m) – 6-7 hrs

Today, very early in the morning, we start an hour hiking to Poon Hill at an elevation of 3,210m, a brilliant mountain range spectacle, panoramic views of Himalayas, this vantage point provides an unobstructed view of the sunrise over the high Himalayas. There we spend an hour, then returning to Ghorepani we take a hot and sweets breakfast at a hotel. Then we make a climb along ridges, and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (2,960m). After that, we descend to the Banthanti, then turning off to Tadapani. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 07 – Trek to Ghandruk (1,940m) – 4-5 hrs

Today we begin from Tadapani the trail descends through forests to Ghandruk, a village of Gurung people, Gurung People is one of the ethnic groups of Nepal. They have their own dialect, culture, costume, and life style. Ghandruk is also home to many Gurkha soldiers. It is a famous destination for trekkers as it is known for its beautiful mountain views and also because it’s within nearest from Pokhara and Kathmandu so is called short treks. At afternoon to visit the Annapurna Conservation Office, museums and explore the village. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 08 – Trek to Nayapul (1,010m) and drive to Pokhara and same day guided tour of Pokhara.

Today, from Ghandruk we descend to Syauli Bazaar From assault Bazaar it is a pleasant short walk following the river to Birethati 1040 m where we cross the bridge. A short walk from the village brings us to the road at Naya Pull where we take the short drive back to Pokhara. After reaching Pokhara, the half day guided tour consist of visiting beautiful places like Fewa lake, tall Barahi by boating, Devil’s water fall, Tibetan refugee settlement camp and Gupteshower cave on a private vehicle. You will have a relaxing afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 09 – Drive back to Kathmandu (1,345m) and farewell dinner

After breakfast in the morning, you say good bye Pokhara and You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure in Trisuli River, Kathmandu Valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you.) Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 10 – Transfer to the international airport for your final departure

The trip concludes today. Our airport representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.

Hope you had a great Journey with us. Best regards from WFTT.

Inclusive & Exclusive

Cost includes and exclude

Cost Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included. (3 night)
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.
  • All your standard mention Meals during the trek .(B-Breakfasts, L-Lunches, D- Dinners).
  • Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek.(Pokhara to Pokhara trail)
  • Local GLOBAL TREKS English speaking guide.
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
  • National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all staff.
  • Down Jacket and sleeping bag by Global Treks. (Which need to be returned after finish the trek).
  • Transportation from Kathmandu – Kathmandu – Pokhara-Nayapul to Kathmandu. if you want to by flight Pokhara to Kathmandu it’s you have to pay flight tickets.
  • Surface transfer from Airport and to Kathmandu.
  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu (On Day 2).
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on before your departure at your final destination. (On Day).
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
  • Official expenses.

Cost Does Not Include

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax .
  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
  • Personal trekking Equipment (See the trekking equipment page).
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

Price & Date

Price and Date will be updated soon.

Equipment

Equipment

The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items as your individual interest, and choice. In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, camera, sun cream, water bottle, rain gear, and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags. The most important fact that one should keep in mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the mountain range.
(Note: We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek)

Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes

  • Shade hat or baseball cap – of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it in place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that covers your ears.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cube). Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses. This is to protect your eyes from the rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness.
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it.
  • Headlamp – Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc.
  • Balaclava – lightweight, thinner variety
  • 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.

Hand

  • 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone a days or as a layer inside other gloves/mitts for additional warmth.
  • 1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  • 1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
  • 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

  • T-shirts (2/3)
  • Light and expedition w)eight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs

  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton .(4/5)
  • 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 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.
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear – Capilene or other synthetic.
  • All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

  • 4/5 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or Capilene.
  • 3/4 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the treks.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots.
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes/boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note WT 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)

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • 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.

Documents

Most Necessary Documents/Materials

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • 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).
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • 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.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • 2 bananas.(Optional)
  • 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 (Optional).
  • Binoculars (Optional).
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
  • 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) (Optional).
  • Hydration bladder with a drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for a woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).
  • 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 (Optional).

Please Note:

Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

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

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