The Annapurna View Hike is the quickest and easiest way to enjoy the beauty of the Annapurna Himalayas. The starting point of the hike is a 45-minute drive from your hotel on Pokhara’s lakeside to Naudanda, meaning "nine hills". A 3-4 hour hike on an easy trail through delightful farming villages and subtropical forests brings you to one of the most famous view points for watching the sun rise and set on the Annapurnas.
While the Annapurna View Hike can be done as a one day trek for travelers on a tight time schedule, it is also ideal for those who decide to remain in Pokhara while their travel partners go trekking. Pokhara is a great place to relax with a book by the lake while enjoing the backdrop of the magnificent Fishtail Mountain. The Annapurna View Hike gives a little taste of trekking through the hills and provides insight into typical village life.
Starting from Naudanda, or 'nine hills' we enjoy the beautiful morning scenery. The hills come to life as villagers go about their chores. Farmers will be working in the terraced fields of these gently rolling hills, as they have for centuries, without machinery to pollute the clean, quiet atmosphere.
The trail ends at Sarangkot village on the crest of a hill above Fewa Lake. Steps lead up to the ruins of an ancient fort atop the hill, a favorite place for breathtaking sunset and sunrise views of Annapurna South, 8091m, Manasalu, 8165m, of Pokhara and Phewa Lake.Dhaulagiri, 8167m, Ganesh Himal, 7446m, Machhapuchare (Fish Tail) and more than 25 other mountains over 6000 meters. Looking down into the valley there is an enchanting view
Staying overnight in Sarangkot allows us to enjoy the breathtaking views at sunset and sunrise. A vehicle will pick us up in Sarangkot and take us back to our Hotel in Pokhara.
Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu
Day 3 : Drive to Pokhara, 900m, 6-7 hrs
Day 4 : Drive to Phedi, 1130m; trek to Dhampus, 1650m, 2-3 hrs
Day 5 : Trek to Sarangkot, 1592m, 5hrs
Day 6 : Trek to Pokhara, 900m, 3 hrs
Day 7 : Pokhara to Kathmandu by Road, 6hrs
Day 8 : Depart Kathmandu:
Difficulty Rating of Annapurna View Trek
Any avid walker who is able to hike approximately 3-4 hours a day carrying a lightweight backpack will be fit enough to do this trek. We recommend you bring walking poles, as you will find them helpful especially in the long descents when your legs may feel shaky, and the stone steps are uneven. The altitude is only 3200m, so there is no altitude related risk.
Safe Drinking Water on Annapurna View Trek
We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Several guesthouses have Euro-guard filters. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.
Re-charging Batteries of Electronic Items on the Trek
You can recharge your digital camera, iPod, batteries etc. with electricity or solar power sources. You may need to buy an adaptor in Kathmandu before the trip since the plugs in Nepal might be different. The lodges charge a small fee per hour for recharging facilities.
Nepal uses 220-240 volts to power your appliances. The sockets fit both round and flat plugs.
Destination : Nepal
Duration : 8 Days
Price : US $385 p/p
Trip Grade : Easy
Hotel in Kathmandu:3 nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)
Hotel in Pokhara:2 nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)
Accommodation during trek:local lodges 3 days (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms with beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included
Minimum Group Size:2 Persons
Maximum Group size:12 Persons
Was really impressed with the speed at which they organised a tour for me, and the quality of the tour itself. The director - Ngima - was very responsive and really helpful, meeting me the day before my tour and introducing me to my guide the day of the tour.…Phillippa
Just got back from an awesome trip to Nepal, kindly arranged by Ngima Sherpa from Annapurna Foothills Treks. The organisation of the trip was absolutely flawless, and I can't remember having any problems during my whole month long stay. My Sherpa Dendi (as featured in the new Everest movie),is a…Neil Murphy
My boyfriend and I wanted to trek in Nepal so I found Annapurna Foothills details online - they were amazing from start to finish. Ngima, the Managing Director was really helpful over email in planning the trip and flexible to help us fit in everything we wanted to. Our guide…Meriel Flint