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Annapurna circuit - advice on best route
edited August 2010
- General Asia
If we plan a 6 day trek in the annapourna circuit, wich part could be the best
Yep as above, definitely the Poon Hill trek - you will need at least a night either side in Pokhara and Kathmandu and you can fly from Kathmandu direct to Pokhara or if on a budget take one of the tourist bus services that you can pre-book in either direction.
I would definitely try and trek in season as then you have the best chance of visibility early morning form the Poon Hill view point. Sometimes if it is wet or hazy the view is not at it's best. However the villages en route and the glimpse of rural mountian life is a great experience any time of year. The Nepali people have a lovely way about them and have always proved to be friendly, charming and great company on every visit I have made to Nepal so this is reason enough to go to this gem of a country.
Thank you for your comment. I tell you we have already reserved the flights from M
edited April 2011
Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02 Kathmandu Sight Seeing tour & Trip preparation
Day 03 Kathmandu to Sundarijal by Car trek to Chisapani
Day 04 Chisapani to Nagarkot trekking
Day 05 Nagarkot to Dhulikhel trekking & by Car to Kathmandu
Dy 06 Departurea
edited April 2011
Follow this itinerary:
Day 01: Drive from Pokhara (915 m.) to Nayapul (1050m.) and Trek to Tikhedhunga: It takes one and half hours drive. Now, you begin your trek from Nayapul (1050m.) to Tikhedhunga (1577 m.) via Birethanti (1065m.) which takes about four and half hours. After breakfast at hotel you could drive by car for one and half hours to Nayapul. Then you start your trekking. The first part of your trek is easy passing through numerous small villages and settlements. Afterwards you could ascend gently to the final destination of the day. The majority people here are Gurung and their religion is Buddhist. They are engaged in agricultural activities, tourism business and some in Gorkha and Indian regiments.
Day 02: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675 m.): It takes about six hours. The trail is steeply ascended for the early 2 hours and then ascends gently passing through Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti, Magar villages. On the way, you can enjoy good view of Machhapuchhre or Fish Tail (6997m.), Huinchuli (6441m.), and Annapurna (7219m.) south. Now your trail is quite easier passing through forest and descends gently up to the final camp. You could see some of the wild life such as monkey and various species of birds.
Day 03: Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m.) to Tadapani (2675m.): It takes about five and half hours. Early morning trip to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhre (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. After breakfast trek Ghorepani to Tadapani (2650 m.) through the deep forests of rhododendrons, bamboos and oaks. En route, you frequently see waterfalls, rocks, wild animals, local birds and green scenarios. Tadapani is a small village surrounded by beautiful forests which grants you a magnificent view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, and Annapurna II and so on.
Day 04: Trek from Tadapani (2675m.) to Ghandruk (1950m.): It takes about three hours. It is very easy trek by descending gently all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. You could hear different kinds of birds chirping on the way. This is one of the popular destinations for the birds' lovers. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village. There is a handicraft centre and Gurung museum. From this village you can see the views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail.
Day 05: Trek from Ghandruk to Pothana: Trek from ghandruk to pothana and it takes 5 hours. It is easy trek to descending from ghandruk all the way to Kimchi and cross the river and ascending to Tolka and then ascent and level path to Bherikharka. From here, the trail goes steeply up to Deorali (2100m.) with a view of different mountain peaks. Now the trail gradually descends to Pothana passing through different oak forests. Pothana is a small town resided by Gurung, you can enjoy the wonderful views of various mountains from here.
Day 06: Trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi and drive to Pokhara:
It takes about three hours to Phedi. The Trekking trail is gently descent up to Dhampus, a village mainly inhabited by Gurung. Now you trek through flat land for some distance and steeply descend to Phedi. The trekking is ended now and it is a time to Car/Van to Pokhara.
Have a look at this as well.
Annapurna Panorama View trek - itinerary
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport, transfer the selected hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu:
Morning breakfast at hotel, a full day sightseeing around UNESCO Bhaktapur / Kathmandu where your guide will escort you on a tour of Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines is reflecting ancient local traditions. There is time to explore the citys many places of interest on your own or take a rest while trekking permits are finalized. In the evening sample a delicious traditional Nepali dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive or flight from Kathmandu to pokhara. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Pokhara to Tikhedhunga|
One and half hour drive to Nayapul and walks through the lust, green Modiriver valley. Past waterfalls with plunge pools that invite you to swim. Overnight at guest house.
Day 05: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani:
A gentle climb through pasture and cultivated fields as you climb up you walk up besides the cascading river through refreshingly cool oak and rhododendron forest. Overnight at guest house.
Day 06: Ghorepani to Tadapani:
Early morning walk up to Poonhil, one of the best Himalayan viewpoints in Nepal Early morning walking to the Poonhil, which provides a unobstructed view of the high Himalaya and start our trek to Tadapani, A short early morning climb to the Deurali pass for a spectacular panorama over Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna, Trail descends steeply through dense moss-covered forest rich with bird life to Tadapani which provides you a close up sunset view. Overnight at guest house.
Day 07: Tadapani to Ghandruk:
Walking through the forest and arrive A huge Gurunbg village at 1940m is the second largest Gurung village in Nepal and explores the maze like streets of this thriving Gurung settlement, we can have a good view of Annapurna south and Fishtail. Overnight at gust house.
Day 08: Ghandruk To Pothana :
We descent down through the paved courtyards of Ghandruk village past several tea houses, After crossing a stream on a suspension bridge the trail emerges in to the main Main Modi Khola valley and reaches Tolkha. After that continue working to Pothana, You will have an excellent view of Mt Fish tail (Machhapuchhare 6697m) from here. Overnight at guest house.
Day 09: Pothana to Pokhara:
We will follow the trail with paved stones through rhododendron forest. You will arrive Dhampus. It is inhabited by a mix of people: Gurung, Brahman, Magar communities. From here work down to mostly downhill through fields to forest to Phedi and 30 minutes drive to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Pokhara to Kathamndu: Drive back or fly out to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Kathmandu free day, evening join the farewell dinner with culture show .
Day 12: Final departure, transfers to airport fly back to home.
Day1Flight or drive to Pokhara:
After breakfast we will drive you to the Domestic Airport to take a 25 minute flight to Pokhara. Or you can take a tourist bus to Pokhara from scenic Prihivi high way which will take you about 6 to 7 hour drive including a time for breakfast and lunch on the way. In the evening you can go for boating trip on Phewa Lake will follow where you can enjoy the spectacular views of Annapurna Himalayan Range reflected in all it's glory in the calm green waters of the lake and visit the temple which is only accessable by boat.
Day 2: Pokhara trek to Tikhedhunga (1540m):
After having the breakfast in Pokhara you will start your journey for Annapurna Poonhill Trekking. Drive by car to the Nayapul via large village of Lumle it will be about 1 hour 30 minutes drive. You will start your work from Nayapul with crossing a large and prosperous town Birethanti. Today the trekking trails follows the bamboo forests and past waterfalls with plunge pools which invite you to swim. You can have a lunch at small village Sudame. After lunch the trail climb steadily up to the Hile, after a short working you will arrive Tikhedhunga, overnight at guest house.
Day 3: Tikhe Dhunga trek to Ghorepani (2775m):
From Tikhedhunga the trail ascend to Ulleri village through a stone staircase. Ulleri is a large Magar villages situate at 2070m. From Ulleri the trail gently climb through pasture and cultivated fields as you climb up you walk up besides the cascading river through refreshingly cool oak and rhododendron forest. We have a lunch at Nangethanti. The trail again ascent to Ghorepani today final destination, The place provides a majestic views of Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Tukuche Peak Nilgiri (6940m), Annapurna South, Annapurna I (8091m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Tarke Kang (7193m) and other mountains.
Day 4: Ghorepani trek to Poonhill (3193m) and trek to Tadapani (2540m):
Early morning trek up to Poonhil, One of the best Himalayan view points in Nepal poonhill provides an unobstructed view of sunrise over the high Himalayas . From poonhill one can enjoy spectacular view of Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Tukuche Peak Nilgiri (6940m), Annapurna South, Annapurna I (8091m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Tarke Kang (7193m), Gangapurna (7454m), Lamjung Himal (6986m), Mt Fishtail ( Macchapuchre 6997m), Tent Peak and many more High Himalayas, trek down to Ghorepani after breakfast start trekking to Tadapani, A short early morning climb to the Deurali pass for a spectacular panorama over Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna, Trail descends steeply through dense moss-covered forest rich with bird life to Tadapani which provides you a close up sunset view.
Day 5: Tadapani trek to Ghandruk (1940m):
Today trekking trails steeply goes through forests where you can encounter with monkeys and different birds. Ghandruk is the second largest Gurung village in Nepal and explores the maze like streets of this thriving Gurung settlement you can have a good mountain view of Annapurna south and Fishtail. Over night in guest house.
Day 6: Ghandruk Trek to Birethanti (1065m) drive to Pokhara:
Today the trail gradually decline down to the valley. Today the train passes through small hamlets, terraced rice fields and subtropical forests with giving the glimpse of like in the mountains. At the last part we will mostly follow the Modi khola valley with an easy and pleasant walk along the river bank to Birethanti, continues work to Nayapul and catch a private vehicle to get to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel
Day 7: Pokhara to Kathmandu:
Drive or take a flight to Kathmandu . It is 25 minutes flight to Kathmandu or 6 to 7 hour drive by tourist coach, evening join Nepali cultural dinner show, overnight at hotel.
Day 8: Final Departure, we will take you to the Kathmandu Airport to catch your flight home.
from kathmandu to pokhara
pokhara to ulleri
ulleri to ghorepani
ghorepani to ghandruk
ghandruk to pokhara
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