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Annapurna Panorama

13 days  |  Starts/Ends: Kathmandu  |  from USD $2,399  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Experience a wonderfully varied and easy-paced trek through the stunning Annapurna region, while lodging in quaint mountain villages. Track tigers at Nepal's finest national park, relax by picturesque Lake Phewa and sightsee in cosmopolitan Kathmandu.

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Day 1

Friday. Welcome to Nepal. Upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel where you will receive a welcome drink and a briefing about your trip.
Overnight: Kathmandu

Day 2

Today we explore the Kathmandu Valley, starting with the Buddhist Stupa of Bodhnath which is a fabulous example of Buddhist temple architecture and a great place to observe Buddhist life and culture. Our next stop is the ancient city of Bhaktapur, Nepal’s cultural gem which has maintained its traditional way of life and is famous for its pottery. We visit Bhaktapur’s incredible Durbar Square and visit a local family to see Ju Ju Dhau (yoghurt) being made and to try our hand at pottery making in Pottery Square. Our final stop of the day is Patan Durbar Square, home to more than 50 temples and shrines. This evening we enjoy dinner and a cultural Nepali dance performance.
Overnight: Kathmandu  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Days 3-4

Kathmandu – Chitwan. On day 3 we travel to Chitwan National Park. Hailed as one of Asia’s finest game parks, Chitwan is home to elephants and rhinos, sloth bears and striped hyenas. The remains of day 3 and the whole of day 4 is free for you to choose from the various optional activities available in Chitwan National Park. Take a nature walk, a jungle drive, ride on an elephant or journey in a dugout canoe and admire the scenery - if you are very lucky you may spot rhinos or even an elusive tiger!
Overnight: Chitwan N.P.  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 5

Chitwan National Park – Pokhara. This morning take the tourist bus to scenic Pokhara, gateway to the magnificent Annapurna Range, which consists of five mountains over 7200m and Machhapuchare Mountain at 7000m. The local people believe that Machhapuchare is sacred to the god Shiva and therefore it's off limits for climbing. There’s time to relax this afternoon.
Breakfast

Day 6

Pokhara – Syauli Bazaar. From Pokhara we drive to Phedi [Birethanti] where we’ll have lunch before starting our trek. Following the Modi Khola River we reach Chimrong, where we cross a bridge and climb to Chandrakot before reaching the picturesque valley of Syauli Bazaar. The highlight of Syauli is the stunning backdrop of the ‘fishtail’ peak of Machhapuchre. Sit back, relax and enjoy the views!
Overnight: Syauli (lodge)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Syauli – Ghandruk. The Annapurna region has a truly diverse landscape - agricultural land, beautiful rhododendron forests and austere alpine climes, the thundering Modi Khola river and an array of pretty blooms in spring. Today we continue our steep ascent through terraced fields and small thatched hamlets to Ghandruk. Our lodge is located in the heart of the village and you’ll have plenty of time to explore and meet the friendly villagers. The skyline beyond the village is dominated by the snowy flanks of Annapurna South, Humchuli and the famous spire of Machapuchare, known as the ‘Matterhorn of Nepal’.
Overnight: Ghandruk (Lodge)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Ghandruk – Tadapani. We follow a well trodden trail climbing higher through magnificent forests of oak, seeing Himalayan village life along the way and stopping at the local Gurung museum. We spend the night at Tadapani, where the views of Annapurna South and Huinchuli are spectacular.
Overnight: Tadapani (lodge)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9

Tadapani – Ghorepani. From Tapadani we head to the Bhurungdi Khola (stream) to begin our ascent to Banthanti village. We pass a series of picturesque waterfalls, cascading downstream to a beautiful rhododendron forest. At Gurung Hill we are treated to some fabulous views before crossing Deurali for our final ascent of the day to Ghorepani village. Take time to meet the locals, many of whom have served as Gurkha soldiers in the Indian and British armies.
Overnight: Ghorepani (lodge)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

Ghorepani – Poon Hill - Tikedhunga . It’s an early start, as we take an excursion to Poon Hill to view the sunrise over one of the most spectacular panoramas in Nepal - a sea of 30 majestic peaks line the horizon, encompassing three of the highest mountains including the mighty Manaslu. We then begin our steep descent through forests, pastures and fields to the village of Tikhedhunga.
Overnight: Tikedhunga  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11

Tikedhunga – Pokhara. Following the old trading route, we trek past waterfalls and through bamboo forests to the prosperous village of Birethanti where our expedition ends and we drive back to Pokhara. After a chance to freshen up, visit Lake Phewa, a popular tourist spot where you can hire sail boats, shop or simply relax and enjoy the picturesque views.
Overnight: Pokhara  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12

Pokhara – Kathmandu. Fly back to Kathmandu this morning and in the afternoon we explore more of the city. After visiting the beautiful Swayambhunath stupa, we walk to Kathmandu Durbar Square, which is home to more than 50 stunning temples and shrines. We’ll also enjoy a rickshaw ride through the bustling back streets of the city which is a great way to observe the everyday life of the locals.
Overnight: Kathmandu  |  Breakfast

Day 13

Wednesday. Kathmandu – breakfast. Hotel check-out and included onward transfer to Kathmandu Airport.
Overnight: Kathmandu  |  Breakfast

Trek Info

Area covered: Pokhara Valley - Annapurna region
Grade: Easy - Moderate
Walking duration: 4 - 6 hours daily
Altitude: Max. 3210m
Average group size: 2-8

Trip Highlights

Kathmandu & Kathmandu Valley - Rickshaw ride through the city, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa & Bodhnath Buddhist Stupa
Amazing panoramas of the Dhaulagari Himal and Annapurna Range
Pokhara and beautiful Lake Phewa
Bhaktapur - Durbar Square, visiting local families to watch Ju Ju Dhau (yoghurt) being made and try making pottery
Trekking through the scenic Pokhara Valley and Annapurna region
Waterfalls, rhododendron forests, rice paddies, mountain villages
Safari in Chitwan National Park - home to elephants, rhinos, striped hyenas and more
Patan - Patan Durbar Square

Included

12 breakfast, 8 lunches, 8 dinners including dinner at a Nepali cultural evening
Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 13
Touring of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur
Annapurna trek with porter and mountain guide including trekking permit fee
Rickshaw ride in Kathmandu and pottery making in Bhaktapur
7 nights - 3 star hotels, 5 nights - simple tea houses (shared facilities)
Economy class flight - Kathmandu to Pokhara
Chitwan National Park activities including elephant safari and park fees
Services of local English speaking guides for all scheduled sightseeing
All relevant transfers and transportation

Not Included

International flights, domestic departure taxes and visa
Entrance Fees: USD $45-55
Tipping - refer the 'Tipping' paragraph in the Trip Notes for a recommended guideline.

Hi Cherylyn,

Well, we just got back Sat. night from our fantastic trek. Everything about the trip went smoothly. On The Go in Nepal was fantastic. We had a really great guide and porter. The scenery was ever changing and on the high ridges we even had snow and saw yaks which was very rare. The lodges were basic but fine and I was constantly amazed how they could cook such delicious food in such tiny kitchens with only a wood stove.

I would say that if you are talking to future clients about this trip, I would inform them that it isn't easy and it is 90% steps straight up and down. Luckily we did a lot of training and were fine. Our guide said that, because of the steps, it is harder than Everest Base Camp except for the altitude. The Sherpa Society that ran our trek was very professional at all times. Also, I can highly recommend upgrading to the Yak and Yeti and Atithi hotel in Pokhara. Also, as the roads are a nightmare and the drivers even worse, I would really recommend a private car and driver. It was much safer and much quicker.

We are already thinking of our next trip--maybe trekking in Jordan.

Our guide Mohan and our porter Padam were the best and helped us the whole time. They made our trip perfect!

All of our guides were very friendly and informative in particular Mohan and Gilly on our trek were excellent.

A very good introductory tour of Nepal. Trekking through the jungle was a great experience and views of the mountains - simply amazing! We was very impreesed with the guides. They were gracious, knowledgeable and pleasure to trek with.

Overall the trip was everything i had hoped for and all the guides we encountered along with the staff at eh Sherpa Society were brilliant!

The only piece of constructing feedback I would have is that I recommend that travelers are advised to purchase phone cards for the airport in case internal flights are cancelled so the representative can be contacted. Our flights was cancelled and we had problems using our mobile phone to contact anyone.

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.

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Tour Details
Starts
Kathmandu
Ends
Kathmandu
Departs
October to May
Hotel Rating
3 star & simple tea houses
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - for included sightseeing & trekking
Meals
Breakfast: 12, Lunch: 8, Dinner: 8

Our guide Mohan and our porter Padam were the best and helped us the whole time. They made our trip perfect!

Karen Anderson
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.