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Experience the culture and awesome Himalayan Mountains with 5 days trekking in Nepal’s beautiful Annapurna region.

Departure: Pokhara
Duration: 5 days
Best season: October to April
Trek Grade: Gentle

This trek is well suited for those new to trekking or who have limited time but still want to experience the fascinating culture and awesome natural surroundings that make a real Himalayan experience.

Your trek starts from Phedi after a short drive from Pokhara. Your trail passes through stunning rhododendron forests and traditional Gurung villages at Dhampus & Ghandrung.

This is an excellent opportunity to experience the culture of traditional life in the Nepali countryside, as you share the track with shepherds and donkey trains and witness traditional Nepali farming life. Along the way, there are spectacular views of the snowy peaks of the Annapurnas and your trek is topped off by the unforgettable mountain panorama from Poon Hill.

This is an easy trek which takes you up to an elevation of 2775 metres at Ghorepani, It can also be combined as an extension trip to a cultural tour of Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan.

BRIEF ITINERARY

Day 01: Pokhara drive to Nayapul - trek to Tikhedhunga [1540m]
Day 02: Trek to Ghorepani [2775m]
Day 03: Sunrise at Poon Hill [3200m] – Trek to Tadapani [2650m]
Day 04: Trek to Ghandruk [1950m]
Day 05: Trek to Nayapul - drive to Pokhara

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01: Pokhara drive to Nayapul - Trek to Tikhedhunga [1540m]
A scenic 1 hour drive from Pokhara takes us to the starting point of our trek. Crossing the suspension bridge over the Modi Khola river, we ascend slowly through terraced fields and classic mountain villages. Along the way we will encounter mule or goat caravans carrying supplies to the mountains, heralded by the musical bells they wear. The stunning peaks of Machhapuchare and Annapurna peaking over the green ridges will greet us from time to time as we continue up to Tikhredhunga.
 
Accommodation: Local Tea House
 
Day 02: Trek to Ghorepani [2775m]
Today begins with a real heart-starter! We have a steep ascent to get us going and then a more gradual uphill walk takes us to our camp at Ghorepani. We will pass through some delightful villages and the beautiful, dense rhododendron forest so characteristic of Nepal at these altitudes! If the weather is clear we will see stunning mountain views from Ghorepani, making the climb well worth it! At Gorepani, we are on the main Annapurna Circuit route and there are likely to be lots of travellers passing through this ridge-top settlement in both directions. Ghorepani literally means "horse water" and is a popular stopping place for the mule trains which ply the route from Pokhara to Jomsom and beyond. The impressive peak which can be seen across the broad valley of the Kali Gandaki to the northwest is Dhaulagiri.
 
Accommodation: Local Tea House 
 
Day 03: Sunrise at Poon Hill (3200m) – Trek to Tadapani [2650m] 
It is an absolute must for those who stay at Ghorepani to make the walk up to the celebrated view point of Poon Hill [3195m], which overlooks the village. Dawn is the best time to go so we arrange a wake up call for 5 am and head up the well marked track by torchlight. The first light of dawn illuminates Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak with a surreal pink glow.

You may be able to buy coffee and breakfast from an enterprising local who has carried his produce up to Poon Hill to take advantage of the morning trade. Otherwise, we return to Ghorepani for breakfast, before trekking on to Tadapani through rhododendron forest.  If we are lucky we will see some wild animals, such as langur monkeys climbing through the trees. There are excellent views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhare from Tadapani.
 
Accommodation: Local Tea House

Day 04: Trek to Ghandruk [1950m]
From Tadapani the trail descends through beautiful forests to Ghandruk, which is a stunning village of Gurung people, one of Nepal’s most famous ethnic groups, known for their distinctive dialect, culture, costume, and life style. Ghandruk is also home to many soldiers from the famous Gurkha regiments. From here we can have stunning views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Fishtail.
 
Accommodation: Local Tea House
 
Day 05: Trek to Nayapul - drive to Pokhara
We can enjoy a final down hill walk through forest and villages for about 5 hrs to Nayapul. From here we drive for about 1 hour back to Pokhara where our trek ends and we can enjoy a shower and relax on this stunning lakeside town enjoying the memories!

 

 

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