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Trekking choices in Annapurna Region

30 Jun 2019 NEG

Trekking choices in Annapurna Region

Annapurna region is a massif area located northwest of Kathmandu. It is the second most popular trekking region after the Everest trek. In the Annapurna region, there are many trails that take to the higher region to observe many high mountains, that is why there are many Trekking choices in Annapurna Region.

There are so many trekking and hiking trails that offer you a magnificent view of the Annapurna panorama, exotic landscapes, historical valleys, and Stunning Pine forests thus there are so many trekking choices in the Annapurna region.

The Annapurna region is one of the most visited classic trek renowned as one of the top ten best trekking routes in the world, Thus there will be so many trekkers during the best trekking season in Nepal. Here we have listed the popular trekking trails of the Annapurna region and give you some important info about the popular trails. There are so many Trekking choices in Annapurna Region which are listed bellows:

Table of content:

  1. Annapurna circuit trekking- 18 days
  2. Annapurna base camp trekking- 9 days
  3. Ghorepani Ghandruk trek via poon hill- 3 to 5 days
  4. Mardi Himal trekking- 4 to 5 days
  5. Tilicho Lake trekking- 18 days
  6. Panchase trekking- 6 days
  7. Siklish trekking- 13 days
  8. Royal trek- 7 days
  9. Dhampus Sarankot short trek- 2 days
  10. Australian camp day hike-1 day
  11. Jomsom Muktinath trek – 10 days
  12. Khopra ridge trekking- 14 days
  13. Machhapuchhre model trek- 6 days
  14. Upper mustang trekking- 15 Days

1. Annapurna circuit trekking-18 Days

Among, Trekking choices in Annapurna Region The Round Annapurna Trek is the world’s best trekking route where you can explore the exotic landscapes, mesmerizing Himalayan panorama, and heavenly-made valley, rivers, and Glacier.

To complete the Annapurna circuit trekking takes about 18 days if you follow the proper trekking trails through Ghorepani poon hill but for a few hours if you are tight on the time scheduled you can skip someday too as they are buses to make your trip quicker.

The minimum trekking days you need to complete the Annapurna round trek is 12 days through the magical high pass Thorangla (5416 m), but If you have time to go through Ghorepani then you can see more cultural things, landscapes, and unique angles of the Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri.

The high altitude area during this trek will cover Mustang and manage where you can see the unique old Tibetan lifestyle and their settlements similarly the lower part of this trek will cover Magdi & Lamjung where you can visit many Hindu cultural villages, temples, etc.

A. Tea House in Annapurna circuit trek:

Budget Trekking in Nepal - 9 days

Tea House trekking is drastically developed in the last 15 Years as it is cheaper than camping trek (Tented camp to sleep), There are many changes in the last 15 years so that each and every local area of the Annapurna region build its own tea houses and restaurant where travelers stay while they are in Annapurna trekking.

While you are trekking in the Annapurna circuit Don’t expect too high that you will get a star hotel o or proper restaurant etc. because As you know that Annapurna circuit trek is high altitude area trail where people can’t supply easily the material to build so that they have clean, and local base Tea House. Tea houses and lodges in the Annapurna circuit are just cozy and well-made traditionally where you can have quite some choices of food with locals, clean and comfortable bed, wide windows, internet(It is payable), hot shower(mostly sharing hot shower), You can charge your electrical devices almost all kind of essential services are provided from Tea Houses/Lodges.

The rooms in the tea house are generally quite small, but there will be two beds in it, some room also provides a small tea table, Basic carpet on the floor, Mattress, pillows, and a Blanket(it is provided on request only). The tea house price a night costs about 2 to 10 USD but it depends on where and how many people are you sleeping in the room, however, the accommodation during the Annapurna circuit trek is not expensive costs less than $10.

B. Food price during Annapurna circuit trekking:

Food is one of the most important factors while you are in travel likewise, in Annapurna circuit trek you have to aware about the food too.

Relatively foods in Annapurna trek are not so much expensive if we see the geographical features of the area, the difficulty of supplying the goods, and The expenses of building a small tea house, however, You can have quite some choices of foods such as Chinese, Indian, Nepali and Continental as they have Hotel management committee each and every single settlements, and they have fixed price.

If you are hiking to Annapurna circuit trekking during high/peak season (Sept to Dec) then you have to order your Dinner before 5 pm similarly your breakfast needs to order after your dinner and Your Lunch will be always in the middle of the day while you are walking.  The cost of one meal is about 4 to $ 10 USD.

There are many choices of foods during this trek but after many times completed this trek, It is recommended to eat Fresh vegetable item food, which is 100 5 safe similarly the meat item foods are not good all the time as they don’t use Refrigerator all the time.

C. Drinking water:

Trekking in Annapurna, you can buy mostly bottled water but it is recommended to bring yourself some extra bottles in case you want to drink normal tap water using water purification tablets or liquids.

The Annapurna circuit trek is located in the north with so many water resources therefore drinking water is not a problem but you have to be aware of the purity. So you have a choice of either using tablets or buying mineral water from the tea house both options are available in this trekking region.

D. Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu,

Day 02: Kathmandu City Tour and trek arrangement,

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Syange/Jagat (1340 m),

Day 04: After breakfast trek from Syange/Jagat to Dharapani (1960 m): 6-7 hours Walk,

Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2630 m): 5 hours walk,

Day 06: Chame to Pisang (3210 m): 5 hours walk,

Day 07: Pisang to Manang (3540 m): 6-7 hours walk,

Day 08: Resting day at Manang for Acclimatization (3540 m),

Day 09: Manang village to Ledar (4250 m): 3-5 hours Walk,

Day 10: Trek from Ledar to Thorung Phedi (4400 m): 2 hours walk,

Day 11: Thorung Phedi to Muktinath (3800 m): 6-8 hours walk,

Day 12: Muktinath  to Tatopani (1190 m) by Jeep: 6-8 hours,

Day 13: walk from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2775 m): 7-8 hours walk,

Day 14: Ghorepani to Thikhedunga/Hille (1560 m): 5 hours walk,

Day 15: Trek to Nayapul via Birethanti then Drive to Pokhara: 3 hours walk & 1 Hrs Drive,

Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, 25 minutes flight or 7-8 hours’ Drive by Bus,

Day 17: Final Departure.

2. Annapurna base camp trekking

A. Annapurna base camp trek Major highlights:

  • Kathmandu to Pokhara verdant valley view and experience of local driving along the river,
  • Remarkable sunrise view from poon hill (slope- 3210m),
  • Views of the world’s 7th Highest mountain(Dhaulagiri-8167m),
  • 180-degree Views of Annapurna Panorama,
  • Enjoy the mesmerizing views of clear sky and Stars at Night,
  • Up close view of massif Annapurna south, Hiuchuli, Annapurna one and other many mountain views from ABC,
  • Huge  Annapurna Glacier,
  • Visit Cultural Gurung village- The Chhomrung and Natural Hot spring bath at Jhinu Danda,
  • Cross probably the longest suspension bridge of Nepal near Jhunu danda,
  • Visit The massif Phewa lake and go boating in the morning, where there is also a view of the Annapurna Mountain range.

If you wish to explore the colossal and Magical views of Himalaya terrain then Annapurna base camp is the best option that shows you the whole mountain range. At ABC trekking the air is 100 % pure, and fresh and you are into the deep Nature whereas the massif Mountains, Glacier, landscapes, and Heavenly trekking route.

A few day’s hike from Pokhara you will reach Annapurna base camp throughout the remote Gurung and mix cultural villages along the river. At the base camp of Annapurna the view of the entire surrounded mountains is just indescribable, especially the beauty of Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, and Fishtail are the eye-catching views.

It is highly suggested that the view in the morning from Annapurna is just incredible the sunrise over the mountain is just unbelievable, where you can take pictures as much as you can from the ridge of Small hill behind the tea house of ABC.

The Annapurna base camp trekking begins after 7 hours drive to Pokhara and then 2 hours drive from Pokhara to Nayapul. After Nayapul you will follow the popular trekking route towards poon hill. On your first trekking day of ABC get to see the lovely terrace farmland, Diverse cultural villages, the river on the side, and sky-touching green hills you will reach Thikhedunga where most of the trekkers stop for the first night.

After Thikhedunga, the small stone-made steps lead you straight up to Ulleri village, which is situated on the massif ridge of the mountain from where we can observe the mountains. Likewise, we continue the walk passes the verdant forest, and rivers and reach Ghorepani.

Off all the remote area villages of Gurung mostly the trail takes you to Annapurna base camp, as it is your last settlement of this trek, provides you stunning views of mountains and glaciers than trek back to Jhinu danda via the same trail, Jhinu danda is one o the best place to have natural bath next to The River. Bathing into the natural pools your all tiredness from the trek will boost then you are back to normal.

B. Guides and Porters during ABC trek

As per rules and regulations from Nepal Tourism, the maximum weight for a porter has to be 25 kg, in total whether you are a single trekker or 2 or 3 this is the weight limitation, generally, two trekkers need one porter.

Most of the trekking agencies provide the duffel bag for your trek where you can keep your heavy staff and that will be carried by porters than the small day pack for you need to be carried by yourself with all your important documents.

The weight limitation for the porter is a maximum of 25 kg but it is highly suggested you take only what you really need for the trek, the rest of the things which you don’t use during the trek that you leave at the hotel locker, which is safe.

Guide you on the trek and explain to you so many things which probably you never hear. Trekking guides are trained generally from Nepal Government sectors therefore if you have a trained license holder guide then he will definitely make a wonderful trip adding so much extra knowledge and take care. The guide carries only his bag but walks with you all the time and updates you on many things during the entire trek.

C. Trekking gears for Annapurna base camp trekking:

  • Warm sleeping bag(-5 degrees will be enough),
  • Duffel Bags,
  • Your personal day pack,
  • Warm down jacket-if you have waterproof that would be great,
  • Sun hat, gloves, touch light, Neckwarmer fleece, walking sticks,
  • Sunglass and Sun cream,
  • A couple of extra t-shirts, Thermal tops, fleece jacket & waterproof paint,
  • Casual paint after reaching the lodge you can use it,
  • Socks, hiking shoes, light shoes,
  • Raincoat (for monsoon use only).

D. Lodges/ Guest Houses

At the Base camp of Annapurna and entire tea houses along the route are not really developed but still, you can get clean and private rooms. There are no heating systems in your room but you have warm dining while you are eating by dinner time, during ABC trek there will be a small heating system by kerosene but that is payable cost 1 to $3 USD per Head.

The lodges and guest houses are wooden made but they are quite nice and comfortable, they will provide you thick mattress, pillow, blanket, and food. They have quite some choices for food that you can choose from the menu and eat either you Breakfast or Dinner is served by tea House.

E. Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu TIA Airport.

Day 02: Drive to Pokhara.

Day 03: Drive to Nayapul and hike up to Thikhedunga(1,560 m),

Day 04: Trek from Thikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2,820 m),

Day 05: Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani(2,660 m).

Day 06: Trek from Tadapani to Sinuwa (2,340 m)- 6 hrs walk

Day 07: Trek from Sinuwa to Deurali(3,200 m)- 6 hours walk.

Day 08: Trek from Deurali to Annapurna base camp (4,160 m), 4 hrs walk.

Day 09: Trek from base camp to Bambo (2,350 m)- 4 hrs walk.

Day 10: Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda(1750mtr),- 4hrs walk

Day 11: Trek from Jhinu Danda to Tolka(1850mtr) -4 hrs walk

Day 12: Trek from Tolka to Phedi and drive back to Pokhara. 4 hrs walk

Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu.

Day 14: Departure

3. Ghorepani Ghandruk trek via Poon hill- 3 to 5 days

Trekking is the major attraction of Nepal whereas the world’s tallest peak and massif Annapurna Mountain range, Similarly the Ghorepani poon hill trek is a short trekking destination located in the Annapurna region to the mid-west north of Nepal.

If you wish to experience the short hiking in Nepal then the Ghorepani poon hill trek will be the best choice where, There are spectacular mountain views to observe and passes so many Verdant forests, villages, and terrace fields. Even if you have 3 days time instead of 4 days it can be done and the view of the Himalayas will not be missing following this short itinerary though.

This short Annapurna trekking begins from Pokhara to Nayapul by vehicle then we follow the popular trekking path along the river towards Birethanti village, where we have to show our permits and TIMS card, probably Lunch if we reach there by noon, after this beautiful village we continue our journey toward Thikhedunga, it is where we spent a night in the cozy small tea house. Our day 2nd going to be a relatively difficult day but you will have such a huge mountain view already after2 hours of walking from Thikhedunga. The best day of this trek is day 3rd to reach the top poon hill slope it is where you forgot all your pain because of the breathtaking hundred and eighty-degree views of Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Mountain Range.

If you are short on time, you can follow the same way back until Ulleri then take a jeep to Pokhara via Nayapul if not you can still follow the proper trekking route to Tadapani, next Ghandruk, and back to Pokhara.

If you wish to use the internet/wifi for your personal uses or official uses almost every Tea house/lodge provides the internet and ph signal in case you have to call back your work or home as it is quite facilitating for a few years. 

A. Itinerary:

Day 1: Drive from lake side Pokhara to Nayapul than trek to Thikhedhunga(1560 m)

Day 2: Trek to Ghorepani(2,820 m)passes Ulleri, Banthati & Nangethanti.

Day 3: Trek to Tadapani(2600 m) after poon hill sunrise in the morning.

Day 4: Trek to Syaulibazar(1150 m) via Ghandruk.

Day 5: Trek to Napapul(1075 m) than drive to Pokhara.

B. Tea houses/Lodges

Ghorepani poon hill trek is a short and easy trek as it is also close to reaching Pokhara city, therefore the supply of the goods and materials are not too bad compared to other trekking trails in the Annapurna region. There are quite nice buildings now with a private bathroom, heater, wifi, and battery charging plug all of the most essential things you need for the trek are available during the Ghorepani poon hill trek.

Since the last 5 years in this trek, I would say district changes of Tea House facilities. There are quite some choices of Tea house now either you need basic without a bathroom or with bathroom, or with a heater but facility ways the cost of the rooms are different. In general, the approximate price of a Tea House room is $ 3 US to $ 15 US per Night.

The Ghorepani hotel management committee has sort of rules that you have to eat your dinner, and breakfast at the same tea house you are staying in as they have very cheap accommodation and the price of food will cover it thus be aware of these rules if you are eating outside. without following the rules from that area they have to pay $ 20 US or even more penalty per person.

C. Choose your time for Ghorepani trekking:

March and April is the best time for the Ghorepani poon hill trek because the Rhododendron trees are in Bloom and also the clear sky to observe the stunning Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain View. The temperature during March and April will be mild about 18 degrees during the day and 10 plus at Night (Ghorepano & Tadapani 2 cold nights). Trekking during those months is recommended especially for photographers and for real travelers who prefer to take beautiful pictures and trek at the same time.

D. Money/expenses during Ghorepani trek:

Accommodation during this trip is not expensive compared to the price of the food you buy from the tea house, thus things can get quite expensive the higher you go – noted that daily per person need about 4000 Nepali rupees ($40 USD) and you have to carry cash with you for 5 days trek because there are no money exchange and ATMs along the route.

E. What to take with you:

As you know that this is one of the easiest trekking routes in Nepal so besides the noticeable necessities, take hand warmers, trekking pools, A poncho for rain, a headlight, Warm socks, a flip-flop, an android phone –it is a practice to check about the trek.

In general, you need to take a warm jacket, trekking paints, a warm wooly hat-you can buy them in Kathmandu/Pokhara at a reasonable price, dry Food, Toilet rolls, trekking permit, TIMS card, basic medicine, liner for the night to sleep, Camera, extra water bottle, etc. 

F. Electricity:

The electricity now in this trek is facilitated as they have mini-hydropower each and every village except Ghorepani and Ulleri, this two villages may not be sure for all-time electricity otherwise rest of the place you going stay will have power and you can charge your electrical devices( It is chargeable- cost a small amount of money)

G. With Guide or without:

The Ghorepani trekking does not completely go through the village, it goes through the forest, therefore, having a trekking guide with you is a more comfortable feeling and also he will share his long time experiences in the mountains, their culture, festival and so many unique things from the remote part of Nepal thus with a guide to Ghorepani poon hill trek will be a more effective and informative trip. Apart you are giving a job to the local guide that your money goes straight to the local people which will help to increase the Eco-tourism.

There are few trekkers who don’t hire any guide for this trek but he just enjoy by himself without any information about the region and you may lose the trail some time as well as the problem of reserving tea houses in high season, that is why if you have a guide with you he will reserve all your accommodation during this trek on time. It is suggested to have an experienced guide for this beautiful trek.

H. With Porter or without:

If you are taking a porter with you, noted that it is only 4 nights 5 days trekking and don’t need all your staff what you bring for the Nepal tour, thus your extra weight you can store in Pokhara or Kathmandu Hotel. They have a safe locker. You can ask your tour operator or guide what is necessary for the trek and what is not like that you try to make your light backpack for the porter.

If you are buying package services from a trekking agency then you will have one porter in your package if not costs $22 to $25 per day to hire a porter for trekking in Nepal. For this short trek, you can make your bag less than 15 kg however, the porter weight limitation is still higher than 25 kg but for Ghorepani trekking is not necessary.

I. Fitness:

Fitness is required for the trekking but in this trek, if you can walk 4 to 7 hours a day slowly at your own pace you can reach your destination & it is not a high altitude area trek that makes you too tired and may get mountain sickness, therefore, if you have fitness this is great if not also no worries keep your slow pace, rest a lot, eat, drink water you will make it.

J. Transport:

This trek begins from Pokhara so take a taxi or bus to Nayapul then trek to Thikhedunga, Furthermore, you can also take a jeep straight from Nayapul to Thikhedunga or Ulleri now, on the limitation of your time you can customize your itinerary.

Taking a taxi from Pokhara to Nayapul cost $25 USD, the bus cost $ 3 USD & the Jeep to reserve cost % 70 USD( Jeep from Nayapul to Ullery.

4. Mardi Himal Trekking

Mardi Himal trekking is a short and easy trek in the Annapurna region. This short trek was not so popular before 2012 but after it is just becoming so popular. If you wish to see the High Mountain area on your tight time scheduled and low budget then Mardi Himal trekking will be your great trekking choice. All kinds of travel enthusiasts are able to make this trek without any problems.

This short and easy trek begins from Kande basically after an hour’s drive from Pokhara then follows the trail along with rhododendron and oak forest. No worries even if you have never been on the trek because this trek is especially discovered for such visitors to witness the magical mountain views.

It is absolutely the best short trek in Nepal takes you from a very low altitude at 900 meters up to 3800 meters within 5 days hike and provides you the mesmerizing Annapurna and fishtail mountain panorama.

A. Mardi Himal Trek highlights:

  • Enjoy your time in Pokhara as it is also known as a city of lakes,
  • Trekking experience along the valley, forest, and local villages,
  • Probably the only short trek in Annapurna from where you can enjoy such a close view of Mt. Fishtail, Annapurna south, and Hiuchuli,
  • Enjoy your time at the Mardi Himal view top for sunrise and sunset both,
  • Different but tasty local foods along during the trek,
  • Heavenly made stunning landscapes and terrace farm field

B. Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu-30 minute drive to your hotel.

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara- 7 hrs drive

Day 03: Drive to Kande & trek to Deurali(2,100 m)-4 hrs Walking

Day 04: Trek from Deurali to Rest Camp (2,600 m).-5 hrs walking

Day 05: Trek from Rest Camp to High Camp (3,550 m) – 5 hrs walking

Day 06: Hiking early morning to the viewpoint than back to High camp after that descending to Rest camp(2,600 m)- 7 Hrs walking

Day 07: Trekking from Rest Camp to Kalimati(1,800 m), then drive back to Pokhara.

Day 08: Drive From Pokhara to Kathmandu in the morning.

Day 09: Final departure day from Nepal.

C. Food and Accommodation.

The Mardi Himal trek is a tea house base trekking route and it is also known as a hidden gem valley trek. After 2012, this trek became quite popular because the local people from that area built some nice lodges along the route.

If you are heading to the Mardi Himal trek then no need to carry any things like a tent, gas, food, etc because where there lodge along the trails they will provide you with quite some verities of food.

The common foods during these treks are – Nepali Dhal-Bhat set, Chapati, Momo, toast, Gurung bread(Deep friend on oil), Instant Noodles soup, fried Noodles, Pasta, Pizza, porridges, so on…

Likewise, the accommodations are relatively cheaper on this trek. It cost about $ 5 US per Room as it got two separate beds. if you have pre-booking accommodation then you can have private rooms if not in high trekking season you probably have to share rooms with other trekkers.

The tea houses are not so big and sufficient therefore it has to be pre-booked furthermore the tea house accommodations are basic just got two beds, pillows, and private doors and locker but not toilet/bathrooms inside your rooms. It is generally shared by all trekkers who are nearby your rooms.

D. Permits:

The most important thing about this short trek is the trekking permit. It has to be done either in Kathmandu or Pokhara ACAP office.

If you are trekking through the trekking agency then no stress they will do all paperwork including the permit if not you have to visit the ACAP office in Kathmandu or Pokhara to make it. The two pp-size photographs are required.

There are two different types of permits which are as bellows:

Permit cost- $ 30 US per person

TIMS cost- $ 10 US (if you book your trek through an agency)

TIMS cost- $ 20 US (If you are trekking without a guide and porter)

There is a couple of check post along the way. At Pothana, Birethanti, and Dhampus where should enter your permit.

5. Tilicho Lake trekking- 18 days

Tilicho Lake is the world’s highest lake located in the Manang district of Nepal. It is a nearly 5000 m high lake in the Annapurna trekking region. If you have about 2 weeks’ time in Nepal for the trek on the side of the Himalayas, then this trek could be a great option.

It is also a popular trek for pilgrims from all over the world who are basically Hindu.

The Tilicho lake trekking is one of the finest high adventure holidays in the countryside of Nepal with a variety of cultures, diversities, and unparalleled views of magnificent mountain views.

This trek starts from Kathmandu with some house of the drive to Besisahar/Bholbhule then you follow the popular trails of Annapurna circuit trek. The best of this trek is to experience the local culture, traditions, way of farming, Marsyagdi valley, and imaging landscapes. Furthermore, this beautiful trek begins in sub-tropical and ends at the top of the White Mountains.

 It is a real opportunity for hikers to discover such magnificent high mountains, pilgrim sites, and no doubt the highest icy lake at this height.

Trip fact:

Grade of Trek: Strenuous

Duration: 18 Days

Max. Altitude: Timicho lake (4920m/16142 ft)

Best trekking months: Sep- Nov & March to May

Transport: Bus/ Jeep

Foods: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner provided by tea houses

Accommodation: Tea House/ Lodge

Tilicho trek itinerary:

 Day 01: Arrival day & Welcome dinner

Day 02: Kathmandu city tour & Trek preparation,

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syange/ Jagat (1330 m/4363 ft)

Day 04: Trek from Syange/Jagat to Dharapani (1960 m/6430 ft)

Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Chame Village (2630 m/8629 ft)

Day 06: trek from Chame to Pisang Village (3210 m/10531 ft)

Day 07: Trek from Pisang to Manang village (3540 m/11614 ft)

Day 08: Acclimatization day at Manang

Day 09: Trek from Manang to Khangsar village (3734m/12251ft)

Day 10: Trek from Khangsar Village Trekking to Tilicho lake base camp (4150 m/13615 ft)

Day 11: Tilicho Base camp trekking to Tilicho Lake (4920 m/16142 ft) & trek back to base camp

Day 12: Tilicho base camp trekking to Yak Kharka (4000 m/13123 ft)

Day 13: Trek from Yak Kharka to Phedi (4420 m/14501 ft)

Day 14: Phedi to Muktinath (3800 m/12467 ft) via Thorong la pass (5416 m)

Day 15: Muktinath trekking to Jomsom (2713 m/8901 ft) via Kagbeni (2810 m/9219 ft)

Day 16: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.

Day 17: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

Day 18: Final Departure

6. Panchase trekking

The nearest trek from Pokhara is the Panchase trek. It is the easiest trek probably in the Annapurna region takes 4 days to go and back from Pokhara.

It is an ideal trek for those people who just want to enjoy peaceful nature through the local villages at an easier own pace, as it is also suitable for elderly people, family students, and group trekkers.

If you are able to walk about 4 to 5 hours a day at your own pace then it can be done without any difficulties. It is a short complete trek to witness the high mountains, rolling green hills, remote lifestyles, and local farmland.

Trekking route onwards to Panchase hill provides you such magical mountain panorama, orchid species, various diversity, and three over 8,000m( Dhauligiri- 8,167m, Annapurna one- 8091m- Manaslu- 8,156 m).

A. Highlights:

  • Walking experiences throughout the local villages, farmland, and High Mountains.
  • Stunning views of High mountains including (Mt.Dhaulagiri), Lamjung Himal, Machhapuchhre, and Manaslu.
  • Visit inhabited Gurung villages, Mixed cultural village, and their typical culture.

B. Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,334m, transfer to hotel,

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara or on request by flight takes 30 minutes.

Day 03: Pokhara to Bhumdi (1,520 m) walk approximately 5-6 hours

Day 04: Bhumdi to Panchase Bhanjyang (2,030m) walk approximately 5-6 hours

Day 05: Panchase Bhanjyang to Panchase peak and trek Chitre (1400m) walk approximately 5-6 hours

Day 06: Chitre to Matathanti (1200 m) walk approximately 5-6 hours

Day 07: Matathanti to Ghandrung (1940 m) walk approximately 5-6 hours

Day 08: Ghandrung to Pothana (1900 m) walk approximately 5-6 hours

Day 09: Pothana to Pokhara (820m) walk approximately 3 hours

Day 10: Pokhara back to Kathmandu by flight/Tourist bus.

C. Accommodation and Food:

Through the Panchase hill trek, lodges and tea houses are very comfortable. Most of the lodges are managed by local people and they warm welcome from them.

In this trekking, you don’t need to carry anything else for sleeping. As per your itinerary, you can stay at tea houses/lodges where they also serve you food and drinks.

The tea house accommodations are mainly wooden-made buildings and the rooms got twin sharing beds with comfortable mattresses, pillows, and well-insulated walls/ceiling.

The cost of accommodations on this trip is reasonable cost about $3 to $10 US.

Similarly, foods are easily available during this trek because each and every settlement you are staying they have both faculties rooms and food.

Foods, in general, will be served by the lodge which is really fresh farmed by locals and fresh food. the most common foods during the Panchase hill trek are Momo, friend Noodles, fried rice, pizza, spaghetti, Pancake, set breakfast, tea /coffee, Gurung bread, chapati, instant noodles so on.

The price of food during this short and beautiful trek is really cheap costing 3 to 7 US per meal.

7. Siklish trekking

The Siklish trek is in the Annapurna region and begins from Pokhara. It is a low-altitude trekking trail passing through the local Gurung villages and rousing Local farming.

It is a short and less touristy area, where there are many things to enjoy.

The Siklish trek is affordable for all kinds of trekkers from low-age travelers to the elder. This short trek begins from Pokhara Kalikasthan and after a few days hike ends at Begnash Tal (Lake).  The cultural villages are truly gorgeous with so many different colors, the unique shape of buildings, and the organic way of farming.

Trekking and hiking experiences within a short time throughout the cultural Gurung villages in Annapurna are Siklish, as it is relatively tranquil, more natural, more attachments with locals, and still the breathtaking views of Annapurna panorama.

A. Fact of Siklish trek:

Trek length: 10 days

Proper walking Days: 6 Days

Maximum altitude: Nyaulikharka (2580m)

Trekking Region: Annapurna

Minimum Altitude: 850m Pokhara

Trekking Grade: General (soft route)

Mode of Trek: Lodge and Tea House base

Starting and Ending Point: Pokhara kalikasthan and ending at Begnash Tal

Per day walking: 3-5 hrs approximate

Best Time to Do: Spring ( March to May) and Autumn(Sep to Nov) Season

B. Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu.

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara in the morning: 7 hrs drive

Day 03: Drive from Pokhara to Milanchowk to Ghalekharka(1705 m):  6 hrs

Day 04: Trek from Ghalekharka to Nyaulikharka(2580 m):  5 hrs

Day 05: Trek from Nyaulikharka to Parche village(1760 m): 4 hrs

Day 06: Explore the area and rest at the same place

Day 07: Trek from Parche to Lamakhet village (820 m)

Day 10: Lamakhet trek to Kalikastan(1160 m)

Day 11: Trek from Kalikasthan to Pokhara

Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu

C. Accommodations and foods

The Siklish trek is a natural and peaceful trekking destination in Annapurna. A few years back in this trekking area the accommodation for the trekkers was not so good and most people had to have a tent with them to sleep but in a few years the local people have made such a cozy lodge along the trails for the trekkers.

You can have also some choices of foods in the lodge but don’t expect city-style professional cooking even though the foods are fresh and tasty.

The accommodation will be easily provided if you follow the itinerary and it is cheap and safe to stay with your own bed, private locker, and lovely insulated walls and ceilings.

8. Royal trek

The royal trek is probably the best and short trekking destination in the Annapurna region, which is located in the mid-west of Nepal and the Northern part of Pokhara city.

In the 1980s Prince Charles and his team explored this trek; this is why the name of this trek was called Royal trek.

This short trek is recommended for all types of trekkers, especially for first-time hikers and family it could be a great trip. This short trek follows Local Gurung hamlets, mesmerizing views of high mountains, paddy and millet fields, green rolling hills, and stunning wide valley views.

This trek provides you with sample information about Remote Nepali life and nature. A countryside life, its culture, the beauty of nature, and unique walking experiences are the major highlights of this trek.

We begin this trek from Pokhara and hike for a few days along with the village then back to Begnash Lake then drive back to Pokhara hotel. Short hiking experiences than Royal trek is the one for you, which will definitely full fill your dreams.

Trip fact:

Trek begin: Kalikasthan

Trek ends:  Begnash Lake

Max Altitude: Syaklung (1730 m)

Per day walk: 3 to 6 Hours

Best trekking season: Spring (March to May) & Autumn (Sep- Nov)

Max group size: 25 pax

Trekking gears: Basic cloths

Permit: ACAP Permit and TIMS card

Short itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu.

Day 2:  Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (823 m/2,700 ft)

Day 3: Drive from Pokhara to Kalikasthan than trek to Syaklung (1730 m/ 5675 ft): 1 hrs drive and 4 hrs walk

Day 4: Syaklungto Chisapani (1550 m/ 5084 ft)

Day 5: Chisapani to Begnash than to Pokhara.

Day 6: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 7-8 hrs

Day 07: Farewell day

9. Dhampus Sarankot short trek– 2 Days

The Dhampus Sarankot short trek is a perfect trip near Pokhara. Pokhara is a popular gateway of Annapurna trekking and a rich city of Beautiful Lakes.

It is a very short trek but completely delightful and fun. The popular hiking trail to Sarangkot takes you to the top of Sarangkot hill, where there is the best viewpoint to see the entire Annapurna mountain range, Pokhara valley, and uncountable green hills in the south.

The short Dhampus Sarangkot hiking is for those hikers who are just limited on time and budget. It takes 2 to 3 days from Pokhara. There are many short treks around Pokhara but Dhampus Sarankot’s short trek is the best and is a place to complete your thrill.

Trip Highlights:

  • Enjoy your time around lakeside Pokhara,
  • Walking through Dhampus villages and to Sarangkot,
  • Local culture, foods, landscapes, and paddy terrace field,
  • Enjoy the view of Mt. Fishtail, the Annapurna range, and Mt. Dhaulagiri,
  • Unbelievable sunrise view from Sarangkot hilltop,
  • Green lush valley and stunning tropical forest,

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350 m).

Day 2: Kathmandu city tour,

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (850 m).

Day 4: Drive from Pokhara to Phedi then trek to Dhampus(1650 m).

Day 5: Dhampus to Sarangkot (1750 m).

Day 6: See sunrise then trek to Pokhara.

Day 7: Drive to Kathmandu.

Day 8: Departure day from Nepal

Accommodations and foods:

During this short trek, you don’t have to carry any tent or any things to sleep. This trek is a nearby city and there are beautiful lodges where we can sleep and eat. There are many choices of foods you can choose from the menu or you can follow the suggestions from your Guide.

10. Australian camp day hike-1 day

The Australian camp day hike is one of the most well-liked hiking paths in the Annapurna region. It is a day hike but the popular hiking route passes through local villages, farmlands, terrace rice fields, diverse landscapes, and a small forest.

Dhampus is a massif village with various ethnicities and a popular gateway of the Annapurna region.

Australian camp day hike is a perfect short hiking experience that begins from Kande. The trail ascends steeply at the beginning through the traditional villages, millet, and rice field then to the forest. If you hike about 2 hrs slowly from Kande you will reach the top of beautiful massif green hill which is an Australian camp. It is the best place to observe Mt. Annapurna south, Hiuchuli, fishtail, and Lamjung Himal. Likewise, the view of Pokhara valley and the green rolling hill to the south are just indescribable.

After your wonderful time and view at the Australian camp, you can walk slowly to Dhampus passing many local houses, and farming then steeps down to Phedi through the small forest of oak then drive back to Pokhara. It is 5 hours round trip from Kande to the Australian camp and then to Phedi.

If you have a day but don’t know what to do in Pokhara then try this hike, it will provide you mesmerizing mountain view, village walking, and ascending and descending experiences within a short time hence, Utilize your day even which will give you so much knowledge of remote lifestyle and culture.  

Trip Fact:

Hiking Duration: 5 hrs

Grade: Easy

Transportation: Private car

Maximum Altitude: 2100 m

Trek begins: Kande

Trek Ends: Phedi

Best months: Sep. Oct. Nov & march to May

Highlights:

  • 4 to 5 hrs walking experience throughout the local villages,
  • Passes local farmland, traditional houses, kids, and terrace rice field,
  • Such a speechless view of Mt. fishtail, Annapurna, Hiuchuli, and Lamnjung Himal from the Australian camp,
  • Uncountable green rolling hills and wide beautiful Pokhara valley view,
  • Very small budget hike but a chance to explore simply so many things including high mountains

Itinerary:

7 am: Breakfast at Pokhara hotel

8 am: Drive from Pokhara to Kande,

9 am: Arrive Kande,

9- 10 am: walk and reach the Australian camp,

10 – 12 noon: Enjoy the view, take photos, and take lunch

12:30 pm: walk from the Australian camp to Phedi via Dhampus then drive to Pokhara.

11. Jomsom Muktinath trek -10 days

Jomsom trekking is a 10 days complete package trekking in the Annapurna region. It is one of the best and most popular trekking trails in Nepal.

The Jomsom trekking offers a spectacular view of Massif landscapes, very high Mountains, an Apple farm, some forest, typical Thakali Village, and the World’s deepest gorge- Dana. This trek takes you from the tropical forest area to the Alpine region and also provides the chance to explore the temples, and monasteries from a cultural perspective.

It is a relatively moderate category trek in a low altitude region this is why it is suitable trekking for everyone. If you wish to see the admirable High Mountain, and real remote way of living in Nepal this trip can your milestone trip,  similarly the wide verdant valley and apple garden at the bank of Kali Gandaki river are the eye-catching beauties of this trek.

Jomsom trek begins from Pokhara either by flight to Jomsom or takes the services of a vehicle from Pokhara to Jomsom via Beni Tatopani.  Furthermore, this beautiful trek got a few options you trek through Ghorepani or take a bus/jeep to Jomsom or by flight hence, as per your time, budget, and interest you can choose one of these options. It is truly a rich trekking path in the Annapurna region mostly cultural and natural attractions including wonderful walking experiences through the village, gorge, and alongside the river.

Jomsom trekking highlights:

  • Walking experiences through the tropical and alpine forests including some traditional Thakali villages,
  • Enjoy the valley walk of Kaligandaki and the world’s deepest Gorge of Dana,
  • You can visit the Apple garden at Marfa, Tukuche, and Larjung,
  • You can visit the very old and historic village at Kagbeni,
  • Visit the popular Muktinath temple and monastery.

Trip fact:

Trekking duration: 10 days

Trek begins from Pokhara

Trek ends: at Pokhara

Highest altitude: Muktinath- 3,710 m/12,170 ft.

Group size: 1 to 30 pax

Best time: March to May and Sep to Nov

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,350 m/4,428 ft), and then transfer to your Hotel,

Day 02: Kathmandu city tour and trek preparation,

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft) and trek to Tikhendhunga (1,552 m/5,090 ft): 7hrs Drive & 3hrs trek,

Day 04: Trek Ghorepani (2,750 m/9,020 ft.): 7 Hrs,

Day 05: Hike to Poon Hill & trek to Tatopani (1,190 m/3,904 ft): 7 Hrs,

Day 06: Trek to Ghasa (2,110 m/6,922 ft.): 6 Hrs,

Day 07: Trek to Marpha (2,680 m/8,792 ft.): 4-5 Hr,

Day 08: Trek to Kagbeni (2,810/9,218 ft): 4-5 Hrs,

Day 09: Trek to Muktinath (3,710 m/12,170 ft): 5-6 hours,

Day 10: Trek to Jomsom (2,715 m/8,910 ft): 5-6 hours,

Day 11: Fly back to Pokhara: 15 minutes flight,

Day 12: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu,

Day 13: Final Departure.

12. Khopra ridge trekking- 14 days

The Khopra trek is a great choice of a trek for those trekkers, who are looking for a less touristy 2 weeks trek on the off-the-beaten-path in Nepal. This trekking combines the best of Nepal between cultural and natural aspects.

The beauty of the Khopra ridge trail is truly natural and it takes you to the magnificent Khopra ridge, pastoral villages, Rice field, Rhododendron forest, and greenery lawn.

The Khopra trekking route follows a local narrow path that will lead you to the north side of Ghorepani then ascending to another hill which is known as Khopra Ridge as it is truly a beautiful spot to observe the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain panorama.

To make it one of the best trips, you are suggested to book your trek with a local guide or local travel agency who can take you to the top of Khopra ridge without facing any obstacles.

Highlights:

  • Experience of forest walking,
  • Stay with locals at the Community lodge,
  • Walking along with Pastoral village,
  • Enjoy the best hiking experience to sacred Khayer Lake
  • Indescribable view of a long and wide range of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu- 1350 m,

Day 02: Flight to Pokhara, then trek to Thikhedunga- 1560 m,

Day 03: Tikhedunga to Ghorepani- 2875 m,

Day 04: Ghorepani to Upper Chistibung- 3000 m,

Day 05: Chistibung to Khopra Danda- 3640 m,

Day 06: Rest day in Khopra Danda, and day hike to Khayer Lake (4660 m),

Day 07: Khopra Danda to Tatopani- 1250 m,

Day 08: Drive from Tatopani to Pokhara,

Day 09: Early morning flight to Kathmandu,

Day 10: Departure from Nepal.

13. Machhapuchhre model trek

Machhapuchhre model trek is a newly opened less touristy trekking path in the Annapurna region and it is also a perfect alternative to the popular Ghorepani poon hill trekking. It is completely a natural trip without any bothers such as roads, crowds, and construction thus, the Machhapuchhre model trek is a peaceful and liberation trip for trekkers.

Machhpuchhre Mountain is a Nepali name but it is otherwise called a Fishtail mountain so interpreting in English fish implies Machha and Puchhre means tail that implies the state of that mountain looks like genuine fish which bodes well.

It is a week walking holiday through the forest and local Gurung villages. It offers a magical Mountain View, thrilling walking experience, varied green vegetation, natural old caves, terrace rice field, waterfall, natural hot spring, and picturesque valley and green hills.

This short and ideal trek mostly focuses on the culture of indigenous people,  and the mesmerizing views of popular mountains of the Annapurna trekking region such as Mt, fishtail, Mt. Annapurna south, Hiuchuli, Mardi Himal, and massif Dhaulagiri.

If you are looking for a few day’s hike in the remote part of Nepal and witness to observing the high mountains from close vicinity and experiencing the culture then the Machhapuchhre model trek is a suitable trekking route.

Trek highlights:

  • Classical trekking experiences,
  • Visit indigenous people, village and their interesting culture,
  • Visit old caves and temples,
  • Enjoy the view of Mt. Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri,
  • Waterfall, river and greenery valley view,
  • Enjoy your wonderful time in Pokhara.

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu,

Day 02: Kathmandu city tour,

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara drive by bus,

Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Milanchok & trek to Ghachok (1,254 m),

Day 05: Trek from Ghachok  to Dhiprang (1,440 m),

Day 06: Trek from Dhiprang to Chichemle Kharka (2,645 m),

Day 07: Trek from Chichemle kharka to to Lalka (2,250 m),

Day 08: Trek from Lalka to to Ribhan (1430 m),

Day 09: Trek from Ribhan to Lachok (1160 m)

Day 10: Trek to Milanchok then drive to Pokhara,

Day 11: Drive to Kathmandu in the morning,

Day 12: Departure day from Nepal.

14. Upper mustang trek

The upper mustang trek is a moderate class trek in the Annapurna region, and it is the most searched trekking path in Nepal. The beauty of the unique landscape and the forbidden kingdom of old Buddhist culture are the major highlights of this trek.

It is a hidden valley cultural trekking destination almost on the border of Tibet and Nepal. The formation of landscapes in the upper mustang is really unique and colorful including popular high mountains. In this restricted area trek, you can visit some historical and cultural monasteries such as Namgyal Gompa, Tingkhar, and uncountable colorful Buddhist Curtains. Furthermore, the vicinity view of giant Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Nilgiri, and other many mountain peaks is one of the best parts of this trek.

Once we pass Kagbeni after Jomsom you enter into the restricted area called the upper mustang trekking region and it is a relatively moderate class trek with the highest altitude at 3800 m. it is over tree line area and a totally dry area with really strong winds as it is the windiest place of Nepal too.

You begin this trek from Kagbeni in general and end at Jomsom but on your time and budget, you can customize your itinerary. It is a complete hidden treasure to experience the remote village, culture, and unique caves in the high Himalayas.

Highlights:

  • Enjoy the scenic flight to/from Jomsom,
  • Enjoy your walk along the Kali Gandaki river and visit cultural Kagbeni,
  • Visit centuries-old Gompas of the king of Upper mustang and visit Lo-manthag,
  • Up close view of Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri mountain view,
  • Try local Tibetan flavor food and local food,
  • The unbelievable massif natural caves and wide range of valley.

Itinerary:

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara- 830 m- 7 hrs,

Day 02: Morning Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni village- 2800 m- 3 hrs,

Day 03: Trek from Kagbeni to Chele village- 3050 m- 7 hrs,

Day 04: Trek from Chele to Syangmoche village- 3,475 m- 6 hrs,

Day 05: Trek from Syangmoche to Ghaymi village- 3,500 m- 5 hrs,

Day 06: Trek fromGhami to Charang village- 3560 m- 4 hrs,

Day 07: Trek from Charang to Lo Manthang village- 3770 m- 5 hrs,

Day 08: Day trip to Chhoser Cave- 3770 m- 3 hrs,

Day 09: Trek from Lo Manthang to Drakmar village- 3800 m-7 hrs,

Day 10: Trek from Drakmar to Ghiling village – 3860 m- 6 hrs,

Day 11: Trek from Ghiling to Chuksang village- 3050 m- 6 hrs,

Day 12: Trek from Chuksang to Jomsom- 2715 m- 6 hrs,

Day 13: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara- 830 m- 30 min,

Day 14: Pokhara to Kathmandu (Drive)- 1380 m- 7 hrs.

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