Annapurna Circuit/Annapurna Base Camp and Annapurna Region Trekking (Up to 1month)
The Annapurna conservation area is considered to be one of the best trekking areas in the world. It is also the most visited trekking area in Nepal, and the site of your 20-day guided program.
The area covers 4 districts of central Nepal, with elevations beginning at 790 meters and rising to the highest at 8,091 meters (Annapurna) and 8,163 meters (Dhaulagiri). The 2 main trails follow river valleys in relatively easy ascents, up the Kali Gandaki to Jomsom and Muktinath, and up the Marsyangdi to Manang. These trails can be joined by crossing a high pass, the Thorong La, and when combined they form the classic Annapurna Circuit. As the land climbs, mud-walled huts are replaced by flat-roofed stone houses, and the predominant occupation changes from farming to herding, while the principal religion of the people changes from Hinduism to Buddhism. The Annapurna region dramatically reveals the cultural and geographic frontier running across Nepal. Mountain views are frequent and spectacular, and the various trekking routes offer different experiences. The diverse terrain and variety of cultures in the region north of Pokhara make each day’s walk a different experience. Alpine meadows, moraines, glaciers, and breathtaking views of the Annapurna range abound.
Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking
Pokhara to Nayapul (1070m) and trek to Tikhedhunga (1500m).
After breakfast, drive one and half hour to Nayapul from where trek to Tikhedhunga begins. The first part of the trek is easy passing through numerous small villages and settlements. Afterwards the trail ascends gently to the final destination of the day, Tikhedhunga. People here, are engaged in agriculture, tourism business and some in British and Indian regiments. Overnight at lodge.
Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2750m).
It takes about six hours from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani. The trail passes through Ulleri and Banthanti, Magar village. On the way you can enjoy the panoramic view of Annapurna south, Fishtail and Hiunchuli. Overnight at lodge.
Ghorepani – Poonhill (3200m) – Ghandruk (1940m).
Early in the morning we trek to Poonhill, to catch the early morning sunlight on the panorama of peaks: Dhaulaghiri, Annapurna, Machhapuchare, Tukuche and Lamjung Himal. This is an option but really worth the while. We then retrace our steps to Ghorepani and continue towards Tadapani through the rhododendron forest. Overnight at lodge.
Ghandruk to Dhampus (1650m).
After the breakfast, start to trek by descending gently all the way through the rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forest. You’ll also come across several traditional tea houses, where the cheerful local women will beckon you to come over and try their tea. Overnight at Dhampus at a lodge.
Dhampus to Pokhara (820m).
After the breakfast, trek down from Dhampus to Suikhet Phedi through the paddy field of the village and the forest protected by the local community. From Suikhet, we have a 30-minute drive by a private car bringing you to the hotel at the lakeside.
A foreigner intending to trek in any part of the Kingdom of Nepal shall have to obtain a trekking permit from the Department of Immigration or local treking agents and permits are issued for trekking in any part of the country except in areas restricted for the foreigners by the government regulation. Trekking permit is essential for the general trekking areas such as the Everest, the Annapurna and the Langtang.
Trekking route to Muktinath is a 5hrs trek from Jomsom. On the way we can see the caravan of yaks within the bank of Kaligandaki river. This is one of the most popular river here in Nepal. Jomsom is a 20-minute flight route from Pokhara.