The Short Annapurna Trek, though considered the easiest trek, offers superb mountain scenery. This trek doesn’t go very high, distances can be covered at a relaxed pace. It is a good family trek that even the younger children will enjoy. Each day you will be surrounded by nature, amazing mountain scenery and the traditional lifestyle of the mountain people.
The Short Annapurna Trek begins from Pokhara. The first night is spent in the hilltop village of Sarangkot, 1592m from where there are dramatic sunset and sunrise views of the mountains from a viewpoint on a hill just above the village. From this vantage point we can see Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Machhapuchure, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna South, 7195m, Annapurna I, 7647m and Annapurna IV, 7525m. You can also look down on the Pokhara Valley and its beautiful city settled on the shores of Fewa Taal Lake.
We hike through terraced hillsides and typical Gurung villages with charming slate-roofed houses. The Gurungs are the predominant ethnic community in this area. They have earned world recognition as fearless and loyal Gurkha soldiers in the British and Indian armies.
There are more amazing views of the snowcapped mountains from Pothana, 1990m, a small village on the path to Annapurna Base Camp.
The trail to Landruk, 1619m, leads through beautiful rhododendron and bamboo forests. From Landruk we can look across the valley to Ghandruk, 2012m, our next destination. Gandruk is approximately 400m higher than Landruk, with a river in between which gives us an idea of what is ahead: a quick descent to the Kimlong Khola (river), over a bridge and then a pretty grueling climb up a steep stone stairway to Ghandruk.
The final day descends to Nayapul where the vehicle will meet us to take us back to Pokhara.
Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu
Day 3 : Drive to Sarangkot, 1592m, via Pokhara, 6-7 hrs
Day 4 : Trek to Pothana, 1990m, 4-5 hrs
Day 5 : Trek to Landruk, 1619m, 4 hours
Day 6 : Treks to Ghandruk, 2012m, 4-5 hour
Day 7 : Trek to Nayapul,1010m, 3hrs; drive to Pokhara
Day 8 : Tour Pokhara City or Just Relax
Day 9 : Pokhara to Kathmandu 6hrs by Road
Day 10 : Depart Kathmandu
The Best Time to Visit the Annapurna Region
The best seasons for trekking in the Annapurna region are spring (February to late April) and autumn (late September to late November). Winter trekking is also possible for Ghorepani, Poonhill, Ghandruk, Annapurna Base Camp, and Kali Gandki.
This is a Tea Houses/Lodge Trek
Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.
In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy four nights in Hotel Shakti or Hotel Norbu Linka before and after heading into the remote regions.
During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people. In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to god, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn. You will be made very welcome!
Spending Money per Day
Although it depends on your spending habits, you should allocate US$ 10 - 15 per meal in Kathmandu. On the trek, your meals are included, but you may wish to purchase extras which are not included in your package, such as chocolate bars, Coca Cola or a beer. US$10 - 15 a day should be enough.
While trekking, it is important to keep hydrated; you should drink at least 3 liters of water each day. In the Annapurna Region there are Euro-guard filters, so all you need is your own water bottle and you can refill it easily. We suggest you bring a supply of water purification tablets in case Euro-guard water is not available. We request that you avoid using bottled mineral water, as the bottles are not easily disposed of.
If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable.
It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.
Destination : Nepal
Duration : 10 Days
Price : US $500 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 5 days (4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 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
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