Annapurna Panorama Trek
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Annapurna Panorama Trek

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

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The Annapurna Panorama Trek, also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, combined with the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, offers an incredible and comprehensive journey through the Annapurna region, drawing in countless trekkers due to its popularity. This amalgamation creates a holistic trekking experience that encompasses a wide array of natural landscapes and cultural encounters.

The trail traverses through a myriad of natural terrains, starting from subtropical regions and ascending towards alpine regions, culminating in desert-like landscapes along the Kali Gandaki Valley. This diverse topography not only presents breathtaking views but also aids in gradual acclimatization due to the progression in altitude and trek intensity.

Throughout the Annapurna Panorama Trek, you are presented with the opportunity to delve into the rich tapestry of local villages scattered along the trail. These settlements are home to diverse ethnic groups, each preserving its unique culture and traditions.

This immersive cultural experience enables you to deeply engage with the vibrant heritage of these communities, gaining profound insights into their ways of life, traditions, and distinct customs. The Annapurna Panorama Trek stands as a favorite among trekkers seeking an unforgettable adventure in the Annapurna region of Nepal.

The Annapurna Panorama Trek is an enchanting journey that traverses the diverse landscapes of the Annapurna region, commencing from Tikhedhunga, followed by a picturesque drive from Pokhara. Meandering through captivating rhododendron and juniper forests, this trail unveils glimpses of the majestic Himalayan panoramas. Among the highlights of this trek is the breathtaking spectacle of the sunrise over the Himalayas from Poon Hill.

Trekking further leads you to the iconic Annapurna Base Camp. Along the way, the trail offerscaptivating sights of Machhapuchhre, Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, and Annapurna III peaks. Whereas, Tadapani, Chomrong, and Bamboo serve as significant stopovers, adding to the overall experience and allowing trekkers to immerse themselves in the local culture and scenery.

After trekking through the breathtaking Annapurna Base Camp, the return path journey back through Chomrong and Bamboo, culminating at Jhinu Danda. From Jhinu Danda, we will hike to Siwai or Syauli Bazaar and board a private 4WD vehicle and drive to Pokhara.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 2: In Kathmandu
Day 3: Drive to Pokhara
Day 4: Drive to Tikhedhunga- Trek to Ulleri
Day 5: Trek to Ghorepani
Day 6: Excursion to Poon Hill-Trek to Tadapani
Day 7: Trek to Chhomrong
Day 8: Trek to Dovan
Day 9: Trek to Deurali
Day 10: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp
Day 11: Trek to Bamboo
Day 12: Trek to Jhinu Danda-Drive to Pokhara
Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu.
Day 14: Departure.

Overview

trekking Trip Type Trekking
Activities Included Activities Included
Activities Included Trekking
Accommodation Accommodation 3-4* hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara and local village lodge during the trek
Meal Meal only breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara while all meals are included during the trek
Best Seasons Best Seasons Best during spring and autumn
Route Route Kathmandu-Pokhara-Ulleri-Ghorepani-Tadapani-Chhomrong-Dovan-Himalaya-ABC-Bamboo-Jhinu Danda-Pokhara-Kathmandu
  Best Months Best Months March, April, May, October, November

Good Months Good Months February, September

Lean Months Lean Months June, July, August

Not Recommended Months Not Recommended Months January, December

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites tour in Kathmandu.
  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back.
  • Spend a day in the Tourist hub Pokhara
  • Get a taste of rural Nepalese life along the way.
  • Beautiful sunrise view over the Annapurna ranges from Poon Hill.
  • Visit Ghorepani, the Gurung museum, and learn more about the Gurung culture.
  • Visit two Base Camps- Annapurna Base Camp and Machhapuchhre Base Camp.
  • Enjoy the astonishing views of Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Khangsar, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Machhapuchhare.
  • Enjoy a relaxing bath at the natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda.

Cost Information

Included

  • All transfers by private vehicle.
  • 5 nights accommodation in 3-4* category hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • 8 nights’ accommodation in a tea house during the trek with an attached bathroom where possible.
  • Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Three standard meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner) and fresh seasonal fruits after dinner on the trek.
  • 3 hot drinks (coffee/tea) after every meal during the trek.
  • One welcome dinner with a cultural performance in Kathmandu.
  • 1 full day guided city tour in Kathmandu along with a licensed city guide.
  • English-speaking licensed trekking guide along with a porter (1 porter for every two trekkers).
  • First aid kit, duffel bag, and trekking map.
  • Trekking staff accommodation, wages, meals, trekking gears, and insurance.
  • All necessary paperwork and permits for the trek (TIMS/ACAP).
  • All government tax and service charges.

Not included

  • Nepal Visa.
  • International airfare.
  • Meals other than listed (lunch and dinner in Kathmandu).
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, bar, beverages).
  • Bottled/boiled water, battery recharge, Wi-Fi and hot showers during the trek.
  • Tips and gratuities to Guide, Porter and driver.
  • Travel medical insurance covering rescue and emergency evacuation.
  • Personal trekking gears and equipment’s.
  • Trip cancellation cost due to your health, weather condition, political situation, and any other unforeseen events.
  • Any other expenses other than the listed above.

Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1:

Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, a Wind Horse representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure until the evening. Later in the evening, there will be a briefing followed by dinner, along with a cultural performance, at a traditional Nepalese restaurant. Overnight in Kathmandu.

MEALS:
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 1350m in Kathmandu
Day 2:

In Kathmandu

Today, we will visit three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, and Pashupatinath Temple.

At Kathmandu Durbar Square, we will explore the area around the former palace of the kings of Nepal, viewing various temples and monuments. Following that, we will drive to Boudhanath Stupa, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal. Here, we will circumambulate with pilgrims and visit the surrounding monasteries. Afterward, we will proceed to the holiest Hindu temple in Nepal, Pashupatinath Temple. The evening is free for you to shop for any last supplies or gear needed for your upcoming trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Duration Duration: Sightseeing 5-6hrs
Day 3:

Drive to Pokhara

The drive to Pokhara is a picturesque journey that unveils the stunning beauty of the Nepalese countryside. Meandering along the riverbanks, the route showcases quaint local villages, terraced farmlands, and the backdrop of the majestic Himalayas. Upon reaching Pokhara, you can take the opportunity to unwind at the hotel or explore aroundthe lakeside area. Overnight in Pokhara.

The drive to Pokhara usually takes around 6-7 hours, but the duration can vary depending on traffic and the road condition.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Altitude Altitude: 822m
Duration Duration: 6-7 hrs, 201 kms
Day 4:

Drive to Tikhedhunga-Trek to Ulleri

The journey from Pokhara to Tikhedhunga involves a drive along the Pokhara Baglung highway, passing through scenic landscapes before reaching Tikhedhunga. This is the starting point for the Annapurna Panorama Trek.

Starting from Tikhedhunga, you’ll trace route along the Bhurungdi Khola valley. Crossing over the Bhurungdi Khola, it is a challenging uphill climb of about 3,000 stone steps leading to the village of Ulleri. Ulleri is a beautiful village located at an elevation along the trail, offering a glimpse of the local culture, traditional houses, and stunning vistas of the surrounding mountains. Overnight in Ulleri.

The section of the drive from Nayapul to Tikhedhunga is over a dirt road, to avoid the dust and the traffic, we will drive until Tikhedhunga and begin our trek to Ulleri.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 2050m at Ulleri
Duration Duration: 2hrs drive/3hrs trek
Overnight Tea House
Day 5:

Trek to Ghorepani

After departing from Ulleri, the trail ascends gradually through a breathtaking forest of rhododendron , Nepal’s national flower. During the spring season, these woodlands transform into a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors as the rhododendrons bloom, casting a magical atmosphere along the path.

As you continue climbing higher, the views become more breathtaking, offering glimpses of the snocapped peaks like Annapurna South, Nilgiri South, and other surrounding mountains. The panoramic vistas become increasingly impressive.

Upon crossing the Nange Thati River, you will proceed toward Ghorepani. Ghorepani is a popular stopover nestled amidst the mountains, known for its stunning views, particularly during sunrise from Poon Hill. Overnight in Ghorepani.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 2860m at Ghorepani
Duration Duration: 5hrs, Approx. 10.5kms
Overnight Tea House
Day 6:

Trek to Tadapani

Starting early before dawn allows you to witness the gradual unveiling of the stunning scenery as the sun rises, casting its golden hues upon the snow-capped peaks like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli, and South Annapurna. The panoramic vista from Poon Hill is truly awe-inspiring and well worth the early start.

After relishing this beautiful moment, retrace your steps to Ghorepani for breakfast. Leaving Ghorepani continue along the ridge through pine and rhododendron forests towards Deurali . From Deurali, it is gradual decent passing by stunning waterfalls, gurgling streams, and lush forests to Banthati before finally arriving at Tadapani. Overnight in Tadapani.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 3210m at Poon Hill/2675m at Tadapani
Duration Duration: 5-6hrs, Approx. 11kms including Poon Hill
Overnight Tea House
Day 7:

Trek to Chhomrong

Beginning the descent from Tadapani, you’ll pass through vibrant rhododendron forests and terraced fields, enjoying the picturesque beauty of the surrounding. The path gradually leads towards Kimrong Khola, transitioning from a steep downhill to a gentler incline, revealing an evolving landscape along the journey.

Continuing from Kimrong Khola, the trail gradually ascends towards Chommrong, situated strategically on the slopes of the Annapurna range. Chommorng offers breathtaking panoramas of towering peaks including Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, and the majestic Machapuchare. Overnight in Chhomrong.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Altitude Altitude: 2150m at Chhomrong
Duration Duration: 5-6hrs, Approx. 8kms
Overnight Tea House
Day 8:

Trek to Dovan

Beginning with a descent to Chhomrong Khola, the trail is a gradual uphill hike followed by a steep ascent past Sinuwa. Traversing through a bamboo forest, the trail meanders alongside the Modi Khola and arrive at Bamboo. Bamboo is a popular stopover along this route, continuing further along the Modi Khola the trail undulates through the dense vegetation and you will eventually arrive at the villaage of Dovan. Overnight in Dovan.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 2600m at Dovan
Duration Duration: 5-6hrs, Approx. 10kms
Overnight Tea House
Day 9:

Trek to Himalaya

Todays hike is a gradual uphill hike passing through bamboo glades and rhododendron bushes with the breathtaking views and immersing in the natural beauty before finally arriving at Himalaya. Overnight in Himalaya.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 2920m at Himalaya
Duration Duration: 4-5hrs
Overnight Tea House
Day 10:

Trek to Annapurna Base Camp

The journey begins with a gentle incline that progressively steepens while traversing the mountainside. En route, breathtaking panoramas of the neighboring peaks unfold, showcasing the grandeur of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli, and Gangapurna from the Machhapuchhre Base Camp.

Continuing for approximately two or more hours along a rocky trail from Machhapuchhre Base Camp you will eventually reach the Annapurna Base CampThis final leg of the journey rewards you with a breathtaking panorama of the Annapurna massif and its peaks. The stunning view serves as a testament to the natural beauty and grandeur of the region, making the arduous trek worthwhile for those who reach this point.

Nestled at an altitude of approximately 4,130 meters, is surrounded by towering peaks and offers a unique perspective of the amphitheater-like landscape formed by these majestic mountains. Overnight in Annapurna Base Camp.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 3700m at MBC/4130m at ABC
Duration Duration: Trek 5-6 hrs
Overnight Tea House
Day 11:

Trek to Bamboo

The return journey retraces the path from Annapurna Base Camp, descending through Machhapuchre Base Camp, Deurali, Himalaya, Dovan, and concluding at Bamboo. This segment of the trek primarily involves downhill terrain, providing distinct perspectives of the scenery and mountain vistas compared to the upward journey. Overnight in Bamboo.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 2345m at Bamboo
Duration Duration: 5-6hrs, Approx. 13.5kms
Overnight Tea House
Day 12:

Trek to Jhinu Danda-Drive to Pokhara

Today’s hike begins with a steep uphill climb that gradually transforms into a more leisurely flat walk until arriving at Sinuwa. The path descends through stone stairs until reaching the Chhomrong Khola. Crossing over the Chhomrong Khola it is a steep ascent towards Chhomrong,

From Chhomrong, the trail gradually descends, leading over narrow stone stairs to Jhinu Danda. Here, you can unwind and revitalize yourself at the natural hot springs before resuming your trek towards Siwai or Syauli Bazaar. Upon reaching Siwai or Syauli Bazaar, we will transit into a private vehicle and drive to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 1740m at Jhinu Danda
Duration Duration: 6-7hrs in total
Day 13:

Drive to Kathmandu

Retrace your drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, check into your respective hotel, you’ll have the afternoon free. This could be a great opportunity to explore the city further or relax after your journey. Overnight in Kathmandu.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Altitude Altitude: 822m
Day 14:

Departure

Transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight.

MEALS:
Breakfast

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Overview

trekking Trip Type Trekking
Activities Included Activities Included
Activities Included Trekking
Accommodation Accommodation 3-4* hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara and local village lodge during the trek
Meals Meals only breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara while all meals are included during the trek
Route Route Kathmandu-Pokhara-Ulleri-Ghorepani-Tadapani-Chhomrong-Dovan-Himalaya-ABC-Bamboo-Jhinu Danda-Pokhara-Kathmandu
Max Group Size Max Group Size 2-10
Best Seasons Best Seasons Best during spring and autumn
Best Months Best Months March, April, May, October, November

Good Months Good Months February, September

Lean Months Lean Months June, July, August

 Not Recommended Months Not Recommended Months January, December

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