This accessible Annapurna trek showcases the cultural and physical diversity of the most beautiful corner of Nepal. The lodge-based trek takes in terraced hillsides, picturesque villages and rhododendron forests, all with the constant backdrop of the magnificent Himalaya. We walk through magnificent rhododendron forest to Ghorepani which offers a spectacular panorama of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Range from Pun Hill before we continue on to Tadapani. Views of the ‘fishtail’ peak Machhapuchhare and Annapurna South dominate the skyline as we trek via Shyauli Bazaar to Ghandruk, before we return to Pokhara to relax by beautiful Phewa Lake before flying back to Kathmandu.
UPDATE - ANNAPURNA BLIZZARDS & AVALANCHE
Over 30 people have died as a result of heavy snowfall in the Annapurna region and north Dolpa district since 14 October. The weather is improving, but conditions at high altitude remain hazardous and light snow is forecast for the Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu and Jomsom regions. Our local partners in Nepal have confirmed that all Intrepid travellers are safe and accounted for.
The local authorities continue to advise against trekking in the area around Thorang-La pass on the Annapurna circuit because of heavy snow.
This tour does not trek in the affected region and will run as per the original itinerary.
Updated 21st October 2014
Day 1 - Kathmandu (1360m)
- On arrival in Kathmandu, you are met at the airport by our representative who will be waiting with a Peregrine sign outside the terminal.
- After you settle into the hotel there will be a group briefing with your tour leader in the late afternoon. He will discuss the trek details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements.
- The evening is free, but usually our tour leader will organise dinner (optional) at one of Kathmandu’s fine Nepali restaurants.
Shangri La Hotel or similar
Day 2 - Kathmandu (1360m)
- This morning we explore Kathmandu on an organised sightseeing tour which includes: Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa; we also visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats.
- The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further sightseeing and exploration.
- In the late afternoon you will be issued with your Trek Pack and departure information for the next morning.
Shangri La Hotel or similar
Day 3 - Upper Tirkedunga (1540m)
- Transfer to the domestic terminal and fly to Pokhara, with a flight time of about 30 minutes. There are spectacular views of the main Himalayan chain to the north, including the 8000 metre peaks of Manaslu and Annapurna during this short flight. After arriving in Pokhara you are transferred by private transport to Naya Phul. Here we follow the Modi Khola River to Birethanti from where are beautiful views of the ‘fish tail’ peak of Machapuchhare (6993m) seen at the head of the valley. After checking our trekking permits you follow the Bhurungdi Khola River valley passing through small settlements of Matathanthi and Sudamibefore reaching Hille from where it is only a short walk to the village of Tirkedunga and our overnight halt in the village.
Day 4 - Ghorepani (2860m)
- We pass through the village and cross a small suspension bridge over the Bhurungdi Khola River before ascending 500 metres up a stone staircase to the village of Ulleri. From Ulleri we ascend gradually through beautiful forest of rhododendron and oak. At Banthanti you enjoy a welcome break over a cup of tea or soft drink before continuing the gradual ascent through forest to Nangethanti where we take lunch. In the afternoon you continue to ascend before a final steep ascent leads to the village of Ghorepani. From the village there are views of the Dhaulagiri Himal as a taster of more to come. Ghorepani is a popular overnight halt with trekkers as the views from nearby Poon Hill offer one of the best mountain panoramas in Nepal. You can consider ascending to this viewpoint for sunset but most trekkers prefer the option of ascending the following morning for the spectacular sunrise.
Day 5 - Tadapani (2450m)
- In the morning we rise early to enjoy the sunrise over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges from the world famous Pun Hill (3210m). If conditions are clear one can see three eight thousand metre peaks Manaslu in the east, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, as well as a sea of other snow capped mountains. This is a major highlight of the trip and it is really worthwhile making the effort to get out of bed and head uphill by torchlight to experience this magnificent vista. We return to our lodge for breakfast and then make a liesurely start for the walk to Tadapani. Initially we ascend from the village to follow a ridgeline with more magnificent views. We then descend through the village of Deurali and enter forest for the walk downhill to Banthanti where we take lunch. In the afternoon you initially descend following a small stream and then begin a series of ascents and descents through rhododendron forest that is particularly spectacular during March and April, when the trees are in flower. There is then a final short but steep ascent to our lodge in the village of Tadapani. The village is perfactly located to catch some wonderful sunset and sunrise views.
Day 6 - Ghandruk (1990m)
- There are fine views of Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna South (7237m), Machhapuchhare (6993m) and Lamjung Himal (6931m) along the way. We continue to descend through oak and rhododendron forest. This is a particularly beautiful part of the trek, as our trail crosses over streams and passes small waterfalls under the canopy of the forest. There are no villages on the trail, but there are a few tea houses at Baisi Kharkha providing welcome drinks and a place to rest. We will reach our lodge at Ghandruk for lunch and in the afternoon we explore this beautiful village that is home to the ethnic Gurung group and is well known for the number of its men folk who have served in the British and Indian Gurkha regiments. . From our lodge at Upper Ghandruk, we have spectacular views of Annapurna South (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Machapuchhare (6993m).
Day 7 - Pokhara
- You make an early start to get the most out of the day. From the lodge in Ghandruk we descend through the village to begin our descent into the Modi Khola River valley. There beautiful views of the ‘fish tail’ peak of Machapuchhare (6993m) at the head of the valley. The final part of the descent into the Modi Khola Valley is on a steep stone staircase that leads to the village of Shyauli, After giving the knees a well-earned rest, you continue on a more gentle gradient to the village of Birethanti, on the banks of the Modi Khola. Here you stop for lunch before crossing the new bridge to the east bank. You then follow the river back to your pick-up point at Naya Phul. After saying farewell to your porters you are transferred by private coach back to your hotel in Pokhara where the rest of the afternoon is free to relax or do some exploring. In the evening there is the option to dine out at one of the many lakeside restaurants.
Day 8 - Pokhara
- A free day in Pokhara to explore, shop or just take it easy. We do recommend a trip to the Mountainineering Museum, a boat ride on Phewa Lake and perhaps a visit to the Peace Pagoda that overlooks the lakeside and town.
Barahi Hotel or similar
Day 9 - Kathmandu (1360m)
- After breakfast we have the morning free in Pokhara to relax or do some more sightseeing.
- Fly back to Kathmandu and enjoy a free afternoon to shop for souvenirs or see some more sights.
- Patan which is located in the south of the city is worth a visit with its own Durbar Square full of historic structures and statues of past kings.
- Our final night in Kathmandu gives us a chance to go out on the town and enjoy a final dinner (optional) with our travelling companions and new-found friends.
Shangri La Hotel or similar
Day 10 - Kathmandu (1360m)
- Our trip ends today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements.