Annapurna View Trekking -short, easy trek hiking holidays in Annapurna

Annapurna View Trekking Annapurna view trekking also known as Annapurna panorama is one of the most popular and comfortable treks in Nepal and famous for its stunning views from Poon Hill. This pleasant trek in the foothills of Annapurna region offers a magic blend of diverse culture, nature and ancient villages with breathtaking views of Annapurna ranges and sunrise at Poon Hill. Annapurna view trekking is an altitude free, short and relatively easy trekking at warmer, pleasant trail which can be a brilliant choice for those seeking comfortable trek. This trek is designed for those adventure and nature lovers who wish to explore the views of spectacular Himalayan peaks and experience a unique culture and traditions.

Annapurna view trekking begins with a scenic drive or mountain flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. A tourist bus drive from Kathmandu to Pokara takes about 6 hours with scenic 200km drives. Or a mountain flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara takes about 35 minutes which flies through the northern Himalayas. Pokhara is a beautiful city with the crystal clear lakes and magic caves. The lake city of Pokhara is a starting point for some of the most popular treks in Annapurna region. Annapurna View trekking is also starts from here with a scenic two hours drive to new bridge (Nayapul) from where the trek really begins.

Couple days of hiking on a peace and pleasant trial staying in the decent mountain lodges, we reach at Poon Hill viewpoint from where the views are marvelous. We continue our trek to Tadapani, which is another great view point for beautiful mountain peaks including Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Fishtail. On the way down to Pothana/Dhampus, we stop at Ghandruk, this is one of the beautiful villages in this area and we can experience here a unique culture, religions, people and their lifestyle. 

Attraction of Annapurna Region

Annapurna conservation Area Project
Annapurna Region is one of the captivating lands of bio diversity in the world. The region is the largest reserved and protected area of Nepal. The unique biodiversity, the scenic grandeur in combination with the multi cultural and multi ethnic diversity make it the world's most popular trekking destinations. With the objectives of achieving a balance between the environment conservation and socio economic development, through people's participation, the Annapurna conservation area project (ACAP) was launched from 1986 under the aegis of the national trust for nature conservation... See more.

The trust is governed by a board of trustees. Tourism is an essential for locals and the fastest growing industries in the Annapurna conservation area. The project serves as a new approach in the protected area management with its modalities based on the integrated conservation and development programs. Owing to its fame that it has gained in the history of the protected area management, the government of Nepal has given the trust the mandate for the management of the Annapurna conservation area.

Meaning of Annapurna
Annapurna is a Sanskrit name which literally means full of food (feminine form), but is normally translated as Goddess of the Harvests. In Hinduism, Annapurna is Devi, the universal and timeless Kitchen goddess, the mother who feeds her kids. Without her there is starvation, a universal fear: this makes Annapurna a universal goddess. Her most popular shrine is located in Kasi, on the banks of the Ghats. Her association with the giving of food (wealth) led her in time to be transformed into Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.

List of mountains we can see in the Annapurna region trekking
Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m),
Mt. Annapurna I (8091m),
Mt. Manaslu (8163 m),
Mt. Annapurna II (7937 m.) ,
Mt. Annapurna III (7555m),
Mt. Annapurna IV (7525m),
Mt. Annapurna south (7219m),
Mt. Nilgiri (7041m),
Mt. Fishtail also called Mt. Machhapuchhare (6998m),
Mt. Hiunchuli (6441m),
Mt. Lamjung Himal (6986m),
Tukuche peak (6920m),
Tilicho peak (7134m).

Culture and People of the Annapurna Region
One of the unforgettable experience of this region is culture and life style of local people. During trekking, trekkers encounter villages of different ethnic people. According to last census over 45,000 thousand people of different ethnic and tribal backgrounds with various religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Bon Po, Shamanism and Animism represented live in the Annapurna region. The dominant groups are Gurung, Magar, Thakali and Manangi. Generally, these people are subsistence farmers who depend on the forests for fuel, fodder and timber. Almost each of group have their own dialect and own cultures and traditions. Trekkers who go for trekking in Annapurna region are fascinated by the local people's culture and tradition.

Flora and Fauna
In Annapurna region, we can see the diverse flora and fauna. The range of geographical and climatic regions has led to this diversity. Below 1000 m in altitude the climate is tropical. These areas are heavily cultivated and the landscape, therefore, largely consists of terraced paddy fields for most of the year. As we  go to higher the natural vegetation changes from the tropical species to more temperate stands of forest trees including oak, beech and rhododendron. These finally give way to coniferous forests of pine and, ultimately, juniper just below the tree line.

Annapurna conservation area is the home of 102 species of mammals, 488 species of birds and 40 species of reptiles.  In this region, we can see pheasants named Danphe, Monal, Kaliz, Cheer, Kokilas, and Blood Pheasants, etc. Among mammals, blue sheep and Himalayan Thar can be seen in the area.

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Annapurna Panorama View trek short itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1350m).
Day 02: Rest day or Sightseeing of Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive or flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, 200km/6 hours drive or 25 minute flight.
Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Ulleri (2100m), 4 to 5 hours walking.
Day 05: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2800m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 06: Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2600m), 5 to 6 hours walking. 
Day 07: Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk (1940m), 4 to 5 hours walking. 
Day 08: Trek from Ghandruk to Pothana, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 09: Trek from Pothana to Phedi and drive to Pokhara, 4 hours walking and half an hour drive.
Day 11: Fly or drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 12: Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 13: Final departure.

Trip cost: please contact us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek so that we can send you a quote and other information according to your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Annapurna Panorama View trek - itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1350m).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, one of our guides will greets you and transfer to hotel. In the evening join the welcome dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant with live culture show. We will introduce your guide and give you short briefing about trek. Overnight at hotel. 

Day 02: Rest day or Sightseeing of Kathmandu.
Morning breakfast at hotel, rest day or 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. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Drive or flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, 200km/6 hours drive or 25 minute flight.
We take a scenic drive from Kathmandu through countryside to Pokhara, this is about six hours journey. Or take a mountain flight via the northern Himalayas to Pokhara. In the Evening stroll around Lakeside and enjoy the dinner at one of best eating place. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Ulleri (2100m), 4 to 5 hours walking.
After breakfast, we take a two hour scenic drive to Nayapul and walks through the lush, green Modi River valley. Past waterfalls with plunge pools that invite you to swim. We hike further through a step stone staircase (3600 steps) to the large Magar village Ulleri. Overnight at guest house.  

Day 05: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2800m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
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: Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2600m), 5 to 6 hours walking.  
Early morning hike to Poonhil, one of the best Himalayan viewpoints in Annapurna region. This 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: Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk (1940m), 4 to 5 hours walking. 
Walking through the forest and arrive A huge Gurung village at 1940m is the second largest Gurung village in Nepal and explore 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: Trek from Ghandruk to Pothana, 5 to 6 hours walking.
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 Modi Khola valley and reaches Tolkha. After that continue walking to Pothana, we will have an excellent view of Mt Fish tail (Machhapuchhare 6697m) from here. Overnight at guest house.

Day 09: Trek from Pothana to Phedi and drive to Pokhara, 4 hours walking and half an hour drive.
We will follow the trail with paved stones through rhododendron forest. WE will arrive at Dhampus. It is inhabited by a mix of people: Gurung, Brahman, Magar communities. From here we walk down to mostly downhill through fields to forest to Phedi and 30 minutes drive to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Fly or drive back to Kathmandu.
Breakfast at hotel, we take a tourist bus ride to Kathmandu of a 25 minute mountain flight via northern Himalayan side to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 12: Free day in Kathmandu.
Breakfast will be at hotel, today is free day for shopping and rest on your own. In the evening join the farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant and celebrate your great trek with a local meal and drinks. Overnight at hotel. 

Day 13: Final departure.
After breakfast, we will transfer you to international airport for your flight back to home. We wish you have a safe and sound flight back home. Hope to see you again in the future.

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Annapurna View Trekking Facts:

 Activities: Trekking & Hiking

Start/End: Kathmandu/Pokhara

Destination: PoonHill

Trip Duration: 09 days

Max. Altitude: 2800 meters

Group Size: Min. 1 / Max.20

Best Season: This trek is best for all season

Trip Grade: Leisurely plus 

Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6

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