Annapurna Panorama Trek - 08 Days

Annapurna Panorama Trek, also known as Ghandruk Poonhill Trek is an easy and colorful short trek into the Annapurna region. Annapurna Panorama Trek features walking through lush rhododendron forests on flagstone steps with the never-ending view of the Annapurna massif and Machhapuchhre (6993m). The trek also features picturesque Gurung villages sitting beautifully in the lap of the Annapurna massif allowing the trekkers to look into the Gurung culture, tradition, and lifestyle.

Annapurna Panorama Trek starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. A comfortable drive from Pokhara to Tikhedhunga via several small villages gives you a glimpse of life in the hills. The trek takes you to the village of Ghorepani from where you head to the ultimate destination of this trek, Poonhill. Poonhill hosts a stunning view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs along with Machhapuchhre (6993m) made even more enticing with the rays of the rising sun touching the peaks. Later, the trek reaches the largest Gurung village in the Annapurna region, Ghandruk. You will enjoy walking with remarkable mountain scenery through delightful villages inhabited by the Gurung and Magar ethnics and through dense rhododendron forests full of birds and deep sub-tropical gorges, all set below the Annapurna massif and Machhapuchhre (6993m) dominating the skyline. Annapurna Panorama Trek is a gratifying trek on the foothills of the Annapurna massif that can be enjoyed by all nature lovers.

Expedition Himalaya is one of the thriving travel agencies in Nepal. With our impeccable services, we aim to give an unforgettable experience to our clients who chose our beautiful country as their travel destination. Our guides are experienced and knowledgeable along with being friendly, allowing you to indulge fully in nature and culture. We provide all kinds of transportation and accommodation facilities.

Day 1: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport

Day 2: Fly to Pokhara and drive to Tikhedhunga

Day 3: Tikhedunga to Ghorepani

Day 4: Ghorepani to Tadapani

Day 5: Tadapani to Ghandruk

Day 6: Ghandruk to Pokhara via Nayapul

Day 7: Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 8: Final Departure

*Note: This Itinerary is based on general itinerary. So, you can customize it by your own taste.

Day 1
Day 1: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport

Welcome to Nepal. Our representatives will be waiting for you at the arrival section of Tribhuvan International Airport. You will then be picked and transferred to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Day 2: Kathmandu to Pokhara (30-minute flight) and drive to Tikhedhunga

We take an early morning flight 25-minute to Pokhara. As we fly, we can see the magnificent Himalayas such as the Annapurna massif and Machhapuchhre (6993m). Upon arrival in Pokhara, we will get on our private jeep and drive towards Tikhedhunga. We start to feel the fresh air as we drive through beautiful villages and forests with the never-ending sight of Machhapuchhre (6993m) and Annapurna South (7219m). Overnight in Tikhedhunga.

Day 3
Day 3: Tikhedunga to Ghorepani (6-hour trek)

We leave Tikhedhunga and ascend on a trail that leads us to the Magar village of Ulleri.

Later, we pass by oak and rhododendron forests until Banthanti and following Bhurungi Khola upstream we reach Nangethanti. After an hour walk on flagstone steps from Nangethanti, we reach Ghorepani. Ghorepani is a beautiful Gurung village and home to the largest rhododendron forest of Nepal. An amazing vista of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs along with Machhapuchhre (6993m) and other snow-capped mountains can be observed from Ghorepani.

Day 4
Day 4: Ghorepani to Tadapani (5-hour trek)

We start our hike to Poon Hill early in the morning to experience sunrise over the Himalayas like Annapurna massif, Dhaulagiri massif, Machhapuchhre (6993m), Nilgiri (7040m), and others. The view is even more enchanting during the spring when the rhododendrons are in full bloom filling up the hill in colors. After relishing the view for some time, we then return to Ghorepani and start descending to Tadapani via Deurali Pass (3090m). Walking through rhododendron forests with a continuous view of the Annapurna Himalaya, we reach Ban Thanti before arriving in Tadapani. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 5
Day 5: Tadapani to Ghandruk (4-hour trek)

We walk on the stone steps through a thick rhododendron forest to reach the picturesque village of Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a Gurung settlement full of houses and alleys made of stones. In Ghandruk, we can visit the Gurung Culture Museum and try on the traditional Gurung attire as well. Breath-taking vista of Annapurna South (7219m) and Machhapuchhre (6993m) can be observed from anywhere in Ghandruk. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 6
Day 6: Ghandruk to Pokhara via Nayapul

Leaving Ghandruk, we descend on stone steps enjoying the view of lush green hills to reach Nayapul. Walking alongside Modi Khola, we reach several small settlements like Kimche, Syauli Bazaar, and Birethanti, on our way to Nayapul. We then drive back to Pokhara from Nayapul. You can spend the evening enjoying live music and different cuisines in the restaurants in Lakeside, Pokhara. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.

Day 7
Day 7: Pokhara to Kathmandu (30-minute flight)

We leave Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu via Prithvi Highway. On the way, we get pleasurable sight of mountains, rivers, villages, terraced farms, lush hills, and so on. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be dropped at your hotel. You can either rest or explore the bustling streets of Thamel. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 8
Day 8: Final Departure

Farewell day! We will drop you at the airport 3 hours prior to the flight time.

What is Included

  • Arrival & departure transfer from and to the airport & hotels
  • 3 nights bed & breakfast accommodation in a 3* hotel in Kathmandu (twin share)
  • 1 night bed & breakfast accommodation in a 3* hotel in Pokhara (twin share)
  • Teahouse accommodation on full board (breakfast, lunch & dinner) during trek
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu flights
  • Surface transportation on private vehicles as per the itinerary
  • Experienced English speaking guide
  • Required number of porter/s
  • Equipment, transportation, accommodation, food, salary and insurance for guide and porters
  • Farewell dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant

What is Excluded

  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu & Nepal visa fee
  • Travel & medical insurance including insurance for emergency rescue & evacuation
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry, bottled water, bar bills, etc.
  • Trekking gear (also available on hire)
  • Tips for local staff
  • Any extra cost arising out of natural calamities or cancellation of the program
  • All other items not mentioned in the list of ‘Price Includes’

Head Gear

  • Hat preferably wool or fleece
  • Sun hat & buff scarf
  • Head torch with extra alkaline batteries
  • Sunglasses (UV Protected)
  • Sun Block Cream (SPF 30)

Clothing

  • Thermal inner layer
  • Quick dry T-shirts (Full Sleeves)
  • Body warmer fleece
  • Down Jacket
  • Gore-tex Jackets
  • Under wears
  • Thermal trouser
  • Trousers for trekking
  • Fleece trouser
  • Gore-tex trouser
  • Down pant
  • Neck gaiter

Personal stuffs

  • 4-5 season sleeping bag with thermal or fleece bag liner
  • Water bottle
  • Thermos
  • Water purifier preferably tablets
  • Day pack
  • Dry bags
  • Trekking Poles
  • Insurance Papers
  • Swiss army knife
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Baby wipes or wet towels
  • Zip-lock bags
  • Ear plugs
  • Area Map
  • Navigation Compass
  • Notebook and pen
  • Books
  • Snacks
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Towels
  • Pee bottle for men & Pee Funnel for Women (for very cold nights

Hand Wear

  • Inner thin gloves
  • Water-proof warm gloves

Foot Wear

  • Water repellent trekking boots with ankle support
  • Gaiters
  • Socks
  • Trainers

Bags

  • Strong Kit/Duffel bag to be carried by porter
  • Ruck sack / Trekking bag (50-60 liters)
  • Toiletry bag

Medicines

  • Personal medications

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Trip Facts

  • 08 Days
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • 4,050 m
  • Moderate
  • Teahouse
  • March to May, June to Aug
  • Sightseeing and trekking/climbing
  • Teahouse/Lodge
  • Flights/ private car or tourist bus (as per itinerary)
  • 12 pax Maximum