The Annapurna region

The Annapurna region located in Central Nepal is one of the most geographically and culturally diverse regions for trekking in Nepal. The Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) working along with the King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation has declared this region an area of conservation and sustainable development. Stretched over 2600 square kilometres, the area is home to a variety of diverse peoples and cultures: Brahmins, Chettris, Newars, Gurungs, Magars, Manangis and Tibetans. The region is also host to diverse environments: sub-tropical lowlands, stunning valleys, bamboo, oak, and rhododendron forests, alpine meadows, windswept desert plateaus, and the towering Annapurna Mountains. The Annapurna region also contains the world’s deepest river gorge, Kali Gandaki, laying some 6900 metres below some of the world’s largest and most beautiful mountains. Annapurna I (world’s 8th highest) and Machhapuchhre (aka: Fishtail) which is one of the most beautiful.

Pun Hill Trek

The foothills of the Annapurna Range are probably the most visited area by tourists in Nepal; not without reason. Every year, during the trekking season, tourists flock to this wonderful area, to experience the warmth of Nepali villages and the stunning views of the Annapurna Range of mountains. On this particular short, moderate trek, one can experience three different ethnic groups, an altitude change from 990m in Pokhara to 3250m at Pun Hill, and a gradual change in vegetation as we ascend.

Five day itinerary outline

Day 1: Pokhara to Ghandruk
Day 2: Ghandruk to Banthanti
Day 3: Banthati to Ghorepani
Day 4: Ghorepani to Tirkedhunga
Day 5: Tirkedhunga to Pokhara

Day 01: Ghandruk

Early morning drive from Pokhara to Nayapul (1.5 hour drive). Upon arrival, trek down to the river for 10 minutes and cross the suspension bridge. Climb up to the main village located on the ridge. Follow the trail along the Modi River for about 20 minutes to arrive at Birethanti. Take the right hand trail and a gradual ascent will take you through a field of paddy in summer and mustard in the winter to arrive at upper Birethanti village. Walk further through more terraced fields and bamboo groves on a gentle ascent along a hillside to arrive at a riverbed. Take the trail leading into the forest. The forest provides shade and an ideal place for the porters to prepare lunch, as water is readily available from a stream.

Trek through the forest and follow the trail along the hillside and after about 20 minutes arrive at the settlement of Shauli Bazaar, which is located along the banks of the Modi River. The trail from here continues to climb steadily for about 2 hours and 20 minutes until we arrive at Ghandruk. Ghandruk is the largest Gurung village in Nepal where many male members of the local community have served in the Gurkha Special Forces Army. The brave and chivalrous Gurkhas have earned themselves the reputation as the most loyal and indomitable soldiers in the world! The afternoon is free for rest or optional activities such as a visit to the Annapurna Conservation Museum. In the evening the local Gurung women will perform cultural songs and dances. Guests are welcome to join in and a small contribution to the dancing group may be expected. Overnight at the lodge in Ghandruk

Day 02: Banthanti

The trail descends from this Village Square and shopping area and then ascends through forests and open landscape to arrive at a small village. Continue to climb steadily amidst chirping birds on treetops to arrive at Banthanti, located near a river. It is a densely forested area and chances of seeing a wealth of bio-diversity is possible, and best in the spring. Overnight at Banthanti

Day 03: Ghorepani

After breakfast trek to Ghorepani. There is a further climb to arrive at our lunch spot at Deorali (3180m), which is the highest point of the trek. For better views, we continue through a dense forest for about 20 minutes to arrive at a clearing with a few teahouses and an open field above the village for lunch. After lunch, continue along the ridgeline through rhododendron forest for about 1.5 hours. From here are outstanding views of Annapurna South and Ghorepani village. Descend for 30 minutes to approach the main gate to Ghorepani. Along the route to our lodge pass through this densely populated village community of Magars. Overnight at the lodge in Ghorepani

Day 04: Tirkedhunga

Pre-dawn wake up in order to reach Pun Hill to view a magnificent sunrise over the Annapurna Range. We’ll return to Ghorepani for breakfast. After breakfast the trek starts with a descent which gradually intensifies as we descend steeply to the river. Continue along the trail of gurgling streams and forests until our arrival at the Magar settlement of Ulleri for lunch. After lunch, descend on stone steps through the narrow lanes all the way down to the bridge on the Bhurgundi Khola. The descent could take about 2 hours. After crossing the bridge, a short climb brings us to Tirkhedhunga. Overnight at the lodge in Tirkhedhunga

Day 05: Pokhara

After breakfast, descend gently down to the banks of the Bhurgundi River and follow the trail to arrive at Birethanti for lunch. Birethanti is located on the confluence of the Bhurgundi and Modi Khola and is a booming village lined with rows of teahouses. After Lunch we cross a suspension bridge and walk 30 minutes to arrive at Nayapul. Bid farewell to the trekking staff and porters and board the waiting vehicles for the 1.5 hour drive back to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara

Please note: The stated price includes the trek only, additional overnights, tour extensions and airport transfers can be booked with us. We recommend at least two pre-trek days in Kathmandu for arrival and briefings and one day after the tour.

Contact us and we can arrange a customised full tour according to your wishes!

Cost: From US $455 per person, minimum 2 people

Trek Inclusions  Exclusions
Accommodation Personal insurance
3 meals per day Emergency evacuation cost
Ground transportation Personal medication
Guide, porter and their insurance Personal expenses
All permits Flights

Sanctuary Trek

One of the most spectacular medium length treks anywhere! In just a few short days you will be in the heart of the Annapurna Sanctuary, where you will have 360-degree views of high peaks. Easily one of the most spectacular panoramic views in Nepal!

Itinerary Outline

Day 1: Pokhara to Ghandruk
Day 2: Ghandruk to Chomrong
Day 3: Chomrong to Himalaya Hotel
Day 4: Machhapuchhre Base Camp
Day 5: Annapurna Base Camp
Day 6: Bamboo
Day 7: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda
Day 8: Jhinu Danda to Lhandruk
Day 9: Lhandruk to Dhampus
Day 10: Dhampus to Pokhara

Day 01: Ghankdruk

Early morning drive from Pokhara to Nayapul (1.5 hour drive). Upon arrival, trek down to the river for 10 minutes and cross the new suspension bridge. Climb up to the main village located on the ridge. Follow the trail along the Modi River for about 20 minutes to arrive at the settlement of Birethanti. After crossing the bridge, there is a check post where the National Park entry permit is required. After completing the formalities, take the right hand trail and a gradual ascent will take you through a field of paddy in summer and mustard in winter to arrive at upper Birethanti village. Walk further through more terraced fields and bamboo groves on a gentle ascent along a hillside to arrive at a riverbed. Take the trail leading into the forest. The forest provides a welcome shade and an ideal place for the porters to prepare lunch, as water is readily available from a stream. Trek through the forest and follow the trail along the hillside and after about 20 minutes arrive at the settlement of Shauli Bazaar, which is located along the bank of the Modi River. The trail from here continues to climb steadily for about 2 hours and 20 minutes until we arrive at Ghankdruk. Ghankdruk is the largest Gurung village in Nepal where many male members of the local community have served in the Gurkha Special Forces Army. The brave and chivalrous Gurkhas have earned themselves the reputation as the most loyal and indomitable soldiers in the world! The afternoon is free for rest or optional activities such as a visit to the Annapurna Conservation Museum. In the evening the local Gurung women will perform cultural songs and dances. Guests are welcome to join in and a small contribution to the dancing group may be expected. Overnight at the lodge in Ghankdruk.

Day 02: Chomrong (1950m)

After waking up to a glorious sunrise (weather permitting) and a hearty breakfast, descend for about 20 minutes from the village to the valley floor. Cross a small bridge and trek on a winding trail on a hillside cleared for making terraced fields. There are a few settlements enroute and after about 3 hours and 30 minutes arrive at Jhinu Danda. Here are a few teahouses and many Tibetans selling trinkets to passing tourists. This place is fast becoming a popular resting place because of the close proximity to the Hot Springs. There is a belief that sickness is cured if one enters the soothing waters. The hot spring is located about 20 minutes from Jhinu Danda. While the lunch gets prepared you are welcome to visit the spring and take a deserved hot bath. After lunch, trek for 2 hours to Chomrong – the gateway to the Annapurna Sanctuary. It is a very steep ascent to the top of the ridge so be prepared. Upon arrival at the ridge, a 10-minute walk on a gentle undulating trail through a forest brings us to Chomrong. Chomrong has a glorious expansive view of the Annapurna Range of mountains and valleys towards the Annapurna Sanctuary area. Overnight at the lodge in Chomrong

Day 03: Himalaya Hotel (2100m)

After breakfast descend until you reach a suspension bridge, which crosses the Chomorong Khola. Climb up the opposite side for about 30 minutes till you reach the hamlet of Banuwa. Carry on for another thirty minutes until you reach Sunawa (about 2400m), here the path changes into a beautiful tropical forest. Another hour of walking and you reach Khuldi Ghar (2,477m) where a second check post is encountered. ACAP tickets are checked here, as the headquarters of ACAP and its environment centre are also located at Khuldi Ghar. After the check post the path suddenly descends until reaching Bamboo (2300m) with four or five lodges and is a good place to make a lunch break. As the name suggests, Bamboo marks the beginning of the huge bamboo forest, which surrounds the trail to Doban (2606m). Soon after Doban you will enter the sacred forest of Jode Yehm, where near the waterfall on the east bank of Modi Khola, you will see an altar surrounded by thousands of white banners suspended from the trees. From here it will take an hour to reach Himalayan Hotel (2873m).

Day 04: Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m)

After breakfast continue on the trail through the heart of the forest, going up and down following the flow of the river, until you reach the Hinku Cave (3139m) It will take another three hours to reach the actual site of the Hinku Cave, noticeable by a huge rock half sheltering a Bhatti (tea house). From here it will take about three hours to reach Deurali (three lodges, 3230m). On the way you probably would have to cross two neves, or slabs of old frozen ice, commonly found in the glacial area. Walking from Deorali to Bagar (3300m) takes about fifty minutes, and you’ll notice that only bushes and high grasses survive here. The next stop, the base camp of Machhapuchhre, is about two hours walk away. Machhapuchhre or “Fishtail”, has been thus named because its twin summits resembles a twitched fishtail. After having walked along the river for thirty minutes, the path rises up and goes through several neves. If it has snowed recently, this part of the route will be quite difficult, though the use of crampons is not necessary, a stick should suffice. Machhapuchhre Base Camp has a stunning 360-degree view of the Annapurna Himalayas.

Day 05: Annapurna Base Camp (4200m)

To enjoy the magnificent sunrise over the Sanctuary one has to go to the Annapurna Base Camp which is only two hours away. Except for a few hills, the route is flat and therefore quite easy. The spectacular views of Annapurna South in the forefront are so satisfying that one easily forgets the exhaustion. At the end of the route (4130m), there are about five or six lodges. A little further, the path leads to a small hill which is the best point to admire the entire panorama of the Sanctuary.

Day 06: Bamboo

Day 07: Jhinu Danda

Day 08: Lhandruk

Day 09: Dhampus

Day 10: Pokhara

Trek to Phedi and drive back to Pokhara

The tour itinerary starts in Pokhara, but we recommend at least two pre-trek days in Kathmandu for arrival and briefings and two days after the tour for transfers. The stated price includes the trek only. Any additional overnights, domestic flights, tour extensions and airport transfers can be booked with us.

Contact us and we can arrange a customised full tour according to your wishes!

Cost: From US $835 per person, minimum 2 people

Trek Inclusions  Exclusions
Accommodation and meals Personal insurance
Ground transportation Emergency evacuation cost
Guide, porter and their insurances Personal medication
All permits Personal expenses
Flights

Eco-Lodge Trek

This trek is the longer version of community treks developed by award winner Mahabir Pun that continues to Khopra ridge in the Annapurnas, an amazing view point next to Annapurna South and Annapurna Fang. The sacred Khair Lake can be visited on the rest day. The trek ends at Tatopani or continues to Tadapani and Ghandruk or Chhomrong

Day 1: Pokhara to Galeshwor and Bas Kharka (1525m)

After breakfast drive to Galeshwor via Beni and start trek up to Bas Kharka. It’s short hike through this orange growing country after crossing the river Kali Gandaki. Walking duration: 3 hours Accommodation/dining: Homestay

Day 2: Nagi (2300m)

Continue trek to a large Pun Magar settlement, the centre of this community eco-lodge trek. It’s great exploring the village and its organic farm, school, and paper making places. Walking duration: 5 – 6 hours. Accommodation/dining: community lodge/homestay

Day 3: Mohare Danda (3300m)

Trek through the forest of oaks, bamboo and rhododendrons to Mohare hill that offers stunning view of one of the longest chains of mountains. The sunset and sunrise on these mountains is simply amazing sight. Overnight community lodge/homestay. Walking duration: 6-7 days. Accommodation/dining: Community lodge

Day 4: Danda Kharka (2800m)

Relaxing day, a short descent brings you to Danda Kharka located in the middle of beautiful rhododendron forest. Walking duration: 2 – 3 hours. Accommodation/dining: Community lodge

Day 5: Danda Kharka to Swanta (2200m)

It’s really wonderful to go through the rhododendron forest and then daphne (Lokta, Nepali paper plants) passing natural streams and pastures with the mountain views popping up now and then. Look for the beautiful birds such as White-collared Black Birds and Yuhinas, especially around the sacred pond. The trail further drops to the river and makes a short climb to arrive at the small village of Swanta. Walking duration: 4-5 hours Accommodation/dining: community eco-lodge

Day 6: Swanta to Dhan Kharka (2980m)

Leaving the village, the trail climbs with the view of Dhaulagiri and the lush forest slope on its right to arrive at a large clearing at Libang and drops down to the river. After crossing the river, the trail makes a steep ascent though oak forest. Watch out for stinging nettle growing along the trail in the grazing areas. Dhan Kharka is located below the ridge of Khopra, surrounded by the forest. Walking duration: 5-6 hours Accommodation/dining: community eco-lodge

Day 7: Dhan Kharka to Khopra (3650m)

It’s a short day to Khopra that is situated right next to Annapurna south and Baraha Shikar, which looks dramatic. The trail makes a steep climb, leaving the treeline. Mountain goats can be seen grazing on the slopes, along with birds such as Chukur and Black Faced Laughing thrush can be seen. Khopra is on a location that offers the astonishing, 360 degree views of mountains and the rolling hills. Walking duration: 2-3 hours Accommodation/dining: community eco-lodge

Day 8: Day at Khopra for optional excursion trip or rest

Day can be spent resting amidst the wonderful scenic Khopra but can be also used to take an excursion to the sacred Khayer Lake at an elevation of 4600m. This is a full day hike and hence you would be taking this tour with water and packed lunch. The lake is popular destination for the locals during the Janai Purnima festival that falls in the month of August every year. Walking duration: 2-3 hours Accommodation/dining: community eco-lodge

Day 9: Khopra to Narchang (2000m)

It’s another beautiful day through the rich and wonderful forest that changes from rhododendrons, pine to temperate forest. There is no settlement except few pastures and herders huts before the descent Narchang village. Walking duration: 4-5 hours Accommodation/dining: community eco-lodge and homestay

Day 10: Narchang to Pokhara (930m)

A short descent to the road after the village of lower Narchang before the Kali Gandaki is crossed on a suspension bridge. The view of Kali Gandaki valley and the deepest gorge formed by the two 8000m peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna is very picturesque. From the road we board a bus back to Pokhara via Tatopani and Beni.

Please note: The price includes the trek only. Optional overnight stays and extensions can be booked, we recommend at least two days before the trek and one day after.

Contact us and we can arrange a customised full tour according to your wishes!

Cost: From US $750 per person, minimum 2 people

 

Trek Inclusions Exclusions
Accommodation and meals Personal insurance
Ground transportation Emergency evacuation cost
Guide, porter and their insurances Personal medication
All permits Personal expenses
Flights

Jomsom Muktinath Revisited

You cannot have a more perfect trek in Nepal which has it all – the amazing geology in the rain shadow at Mustang, the deepest gorge in the world between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna I, the changes in ethnic groups as you trek, the rhododendron forests in Ghorepani and Tadapani, all rounds up into a fantastic trek. And now we will avoid the roads.

Overview

With the dirt road going pretty deep into the trekking area in the western part of the Annapurna Circuit, rumours are that the Jomsom Muktinath Trek, one of the classics, recommended by no less than Sir Edmund Hillary, is destroyed. WRONG. Keep reading to find out how one can do this majestic trek and still avoid the road. Perfect for families and groups not interested in just heights, but also people and culture.

This trek can be done in five days (on a fly in fly out trek), seven days (on a fly in drive out trek), or the classic full trail that will take around fourteen days. We give the 12 days option as the example itinerary.

Itinerary Outline

Day 1: Kagbeni
Day 2: Jharkot
Day 3: Marpha
Day 4: Kalapani
Day 5: Ghasa
Day 6: Tatopani
Day 7: Rest day
Day 8: Sikha
Day 9: Ghorepani
Day 10: Poon Hill and Tadapani
Day 11: Ghandruk Day 12: Pokhara

Contact us and we can arrange a customised full tour according to your wishes!

Cost: From US $985 per person, minimum 2 people

 

Trek Inclusions Exclusions
Accommodation and meals Personal insurance
Ground transportation Emergency evacuation cost
Guide, porter and their insurances Personal medication
All permits Personal expenses
Flights

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