Annapurna Foothills Trek - 10 Days

Ghorepani Poon Hill

Annapurna Foothills Trek - One of the finest and relaxing trek in the Annapurna region! 

Annapurna Foothills trek is a low level walk in the Annapurna in north central part of Nepal. Gentler but no less invigorating, this is a trek in the foothills of the Annapurna range in Nepal. It doesn’t miss out a thing and the views are just jaw-dropping. With the highest part of this trek only reaching 3210m (at Poon Hill) and some of finest mountain views (particularly between Tadapani and Ghorepani), this is a fantastic trek for those who do not want to walk for more than a week, have limited time and also want to avoid the major high altitude areas of the Annapurna range.

This ten day trek offers benefit of less frequented paths, without missing out on the sights. It is ideal for those with limited time, or who seek a gentle introduction to the scenic and cultural beauty of the Nepal Himalaya. Our route travels west from Pokhara out across the Panchase Lekh to the Modi Khola Valley, before turning north for the long but gradual climb through rhododendron groves to the village of Ghorapani and its magnificent panoramic views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. We then backtrack across the high ridges of the Deorali Pass (10,000ft) to Ghandruk with its slate-roofed houses and fertile terraced fields. From Ghandruk the trail descends steeply to the Modi Khola, before climbing to a final, superbly situated campsite known as Austrian Camp, directly facing the peaks of the Annapurna Himal.


Annapurna Foothills Trek is best trip among the none-too-fit trekkers in their 60s and 70s and those who love the soft walking holidays relaxing though the charming villages, terraced farm lands, lush green and rhododendron forests, and breath taking Mountain View almost every day with easy access. Early morning excursion to famous Poon Hill to observe the spectacular sun rise over Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Nilgiri and many other snowy peaks is awesome experience. When the sun touches Himalayan giants in the early morning you will just say "wow". The route in Annapurna Foothills Tour includes Dhampus, Pothana, Deurali, famous Gurung village of Landruk, Ghandruk, Ghorepani then descend down through Ulleri, Tikhedhunga and finally Nayapul to end the trip.

Annapurna Foothills Trek Sample Itinerary
Day 01: Meet and greet in Kathmandu (1300m, 4264ft.)
Day 02: Fly to Pokhara and Trek to Pothana (1890m, 6199ft.)
Day 03: Trek to Landrunk (1565m, 5133ft.)
Day 04: Trek to Ghandruk (1940m, 6363ft.)
Day 05: Trek to Tadapani (2630m, 8627ft.)
Day 06: Trek to Ghorepani (2850m, 9348ft.)
Day 07: Poon Hill (3210m) Excursion and trek to Hille (1430m, 4690ft.)
Day 08: Trek to Nayapul and Pokhara
Day 09: Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 10: Fly back to home

Trip Note: This itinerary is just a sample and guideline itinerary to inspire your holiday – it can be customize based on your interest and the trip cost will be based on group size, season and and mode of accommodation and transport using for the tour. If you have any questions; please contact by calling by dropping a line or call us +977 - 9851042153 and a consultant will start creating your perfect. 

Day 01: Join Kathmandu (1300m, 4264ft.)
Wilderness Excursion representative will welcome you at Kathmandu International airport and transfer to selected hotel. We have welcome dinner tonight in one of authentic Nepali restaurant with live stage culture show. A short briefing will be held about your trip and we introduce your guide and helping staffs for the trip.

Day 02: Fly to Pokhara and Trek to Pothana (1890m, 6199ft.)
We fly to Pokhara this morning take a drive (about an hour's drive). From there an hour of ascending trek will take you to the summit of the ridge to the north, with great views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Macchepuchare ahead of you. A pleasant contouring trail brings you shortly to the 'Australian Camp', with several lodges (good spot for a late lunch). From there it's a very gentle half-hour to reach Pothana, where there are 5-6 lodges. The further ones offer great views. If you are feeling fit, you can push onwards for a pleasant hour or so to reach Bichok Deorali. Overnight at Deurali

Day 03: Trek to Landrunk (1565m, 5133ft.)
A most delightful walk, mainly contouring along the side of the Modi Khola valley. There are numerous tea houses along the way for re-hydration. Initially a gentile steep up and pleasant walk to Deurali then descent through woodland brings you to the lodges at Bheri Kharka, and then the rest of the day is a very enjoyable stroll through rural Nepal, with great views ahead, and lots of interest along the trail. There are numerous good lodges at LandrunK - a pleasant end to a short, pleasant day. Overnight at Landruk.

Day 04: Trek To Ghandruk (1940m, 6363ft.)
A short day, but a vicious descent (on a good trail) down to the valley of the Modi Khola, after an all-too-brief stroll along the riverside path a steady 700 metre climb will bring you to Ghandruk. You will almost certainly reach Ghandruk in time for lunch, but it is well worth spending the afternoon exploring the very pleasant village. Overnight at Ghandruk.

Day 05: Trek to Banthanti (2800m, 9184ft.)
Mainly gentle uphill walking through delightful rhododendron woods will get you to Tadapani in time for lunch. From there a relatively steep descent, and a not very long ascent, brings you to the Travellers Sanctuary lodge (look out for Langur monkeys on the cliff above the lodge). Half an hour of delightful level trail brings you to Banthanti. The three lodges there are fairly basic (particularly compared with the pseudo-western hotels of Ghandruk and Ghorepani), but are managed by delightful Nepali people. Overnight at Banthanti.

Day 06: Trek to Ghorepani (2850m, 9348ft.)
Gently uphill, again through delightful woodland - almost park-like at times, with a stream for company, brings you to Deorali (another one - it's the Nepali for a pass or col). If you have time, and visibility is good, you could climb to the observation tower on the hill above, but alternatively push on for half an hour on the trail to Ghorepani to reach the ridge which will give you superb views of the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri. Lots of photo-opportunities of snow-clad mountains framed by rhododendrons - there's no need to rush, drink it all in! From there it's downhill to Ghorepani. Overnight at Ghorepani

Day 07: Poon Hill (3210m) Excursion and trek to Hille (1430m, 4690ft.)
Early morning excursion to Poon Hill (3210m, 10528ft.) for sunrise if that's your sort of thing ! The view is no better than yesterday's from the ridge above Deorali, and if you want to share the hill with a thousand others, then fair enough! Return to Ghorepani for breakfast (along with the more leisurely trekkers who chose not to have risen at 5 a.m.) From here it's downhill all the way, to Ullieri (for lunch), and then the 3300 stone steps down to Tirkedungha (better than ascending them!). Overnight at Hile.

Day 08: Trek to Nayapul and Pokhara
We trek to Nayapul after hot breakfast at Hile, Our private vehicle will be waiting for us to drive to Pokhara. Rest and relax in Pokhara.

Day 09: Fly back to Kathmandu
We will take the exciting domestic flight to Kathmandu again and we have memorable city tour at Bhaktapur which famous medieval old town having many old royal palaces, temples and art and architecture. Bhaktapur is a place to wanderlust for whole day. Overnight in Bhaktapur.

Day 10: Fly back to home
Wilderness Excursion will transfer you to international airport for final departure to home. We wish you a safe journey back to home. Thank you.

Trip Cost Includes

  • All airport transfers by private car or van as per group size.
  • One government registered and well experienced local trekking guide.
  • Assistant guide if the group size exceeds more than 6 pax.
  • One sharing porter between two trekkers to carry your main pack.
  • 3 Nights sharing twin bed room in 3 star categorized hotel in Kathmandu with buffet breakfast.
  • 2 Night sharing twin bed room in tourist standard hotel in Pokhara with breakfast basis.
  • All meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek.
  • Tea, coffee, cookies and fresh fruits are served during the trek.
  • Kathmandu – Pokhara by domestic flight.
  • Pokhara – Kathmandu by tourist coach.
  • Sharing lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, salary of guide and porters.
  • TIMS permit, ACAP entrance permit.
  • Insurance and trekking gear for guide and porters.
  • Farewell dinner in one of the authentic Nepali restaurant with live culture show.
  • All government taxes, vat and office service charge.

Trip Cost Excludes

  • All bar bills, beverages such as coke, fanta, mineral water
  • Hot shower, hot water during the trek.
  • Personal insurance, laundry service, phone calls and internet.
  • Rescue operation charge in case of emergency.
  • Gratitude and tips for your guide, porter and driver. 
# Start Date End Date Status
1 08 Oct, 2017 18 Oct, 2017 Available book know
2 14 Oct, 2017 24 Oct, 2017 Available book know
3 23 Mar, 2018 05 Apr, 2018 Available book know
4 23 Apr, 2018 03 May, 2018 Available book know

Packing List and Equipment for Annapurna Foot Hill Trek

Footwear

  • A waterproof trekking boot with suitable ankle support that have been worn-in prior to the trek,
  • Trail shoes or trainer or casual shoes, for walking or strolling around(optional)
  • 2-3 Pairs of warm socks for colder areas depending on trekking duration.
  • Gaiters, in case of rain or snow
  • Sandal, crocs or flip flop to take shower and walk around,
  • 2-3 pair of smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene Liner socks to be worn next to the skin. This reduces the incidence of blisters and hot-spots and makes the outer sock last longer before needing to be changed. They should fit well with your heavyweight socks.

Leg wears

  • Trekking/hiking casual trousers and short, Thermal leggings for colder areas
  • Long skirt for women as an alternative to trousers and Waterproof trousers.

Body

  • Selection of hiking/trekking T-shirts, and long sleeved shirts, preferably not cotton
  • Thermal and warm shirts, possibly fleece shirt for colder areas.
  • Fleece jacket or warm wool jumper
  • Hard shell jacket with hood and hard shell pants if trekking in colder months/winter.
  • Windbreaker or waterproof jacket for higher altitudes
  • Down jacket (optional for cold nights and mornings; can be hired in Kathmandu cheaply).
  • Underwear 4-5. Comfortable underwear is essential. Pack both cotton and polyester in case of problems (Friction).

Head/Hands

  • Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava
  • Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking
  • Sunglasses or goggles, genuine UV protection sunglasses preferable
  • Warm gloves if trekking in winter.
  • Large handkerchief/bandana for neck
  • Head lamp/torch with spare batteries.
  • Sun/cold creams,

Personal Trekking Equipment

  • Strong rucksack or large hold all to be carried by porters
  • Day sack to carry valuables such as passport, cash, camera, travel documents personally
  • Plastic bags or stuff sacks to store/separate trekking gear inside your main bag, Personal first aid kit to include essential items, Adjustable 3 section trekking pole
  • 3 season sleeping bag, Camera and memory cards, charger, tripod if necessary, towel and toiletries, rain cover for yourself and luggage, multi-purpose hiking pocket knife.

Optional items

  • Binoculars, Books or an eBook, Altimeter, Compass and GPS.
  • Playing cards, backgammon and chess set etc.
  • Tablets or smart phones, there are mobile networks in most trekking areas of Nepal.
  • Pocket trekking map,
  • Small light note books, pen/pencil for journal writing.

For water

  • Two water bottles one liter each is fine or preferably camel bag water bottle. Water treatment tablets: Iodine, Dioxide tablets, Taste neutralizer tablets remove iodine taste if necessary. Vacuum flask and a cup preferably is doing teahouse.

Pee Bottle (Optional) but very useful.
Pee funnel for women (optional) Lightweight urinary director.
Hand/foot warmers (Optional) Recommended if you easily get cold hands and feet 1-3 pairs.

Personal first aid kit (small and simple) Aspirin, Moleskin, Adhesive tape, Band-Aids. Scissor, Blade,

Drugs/medications/prescriptions Climbers should bring Mupirocin (Bactroban) cream, excellent topical antibiotic for scrapes and cuts. Cirprofloxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for travelers' diarrhea and for urinary tract infections. Loperamide (Lomotil) or Immodium for diarrhea. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250mg tablets for alltitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Excedrin for headaches. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity.

Again, this is not an exhaustive list but we hope it provides a loose guideline for your preparations. Do as much background research as possible – it never hurts to come over-prepared. And, of course, we are always happy to help you so just give us a shout if you have any questions, comments or concerns. Happy preparations!

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View from Landruk
Terraced Rice Farm Land in Dhampus
Bhaktapur Durbar Squaire
Tadapani and Sunrise view over Annapurna South and Hiunchuli

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek 2017 Review

We had an amazing 12 day trek to Annapurna Base Camp in April 2017. Our communication upfront with Pradip went very easy and we got some good information. We met up in Kathmandu to make the payment and we left for Pokhara as we want to spend few relaxing days there before starting the trek to Annapurna Base Camp. We met our guide in Pokhara before we leave and began the trek. Our guide did his very best to make sure everything was arranged well! We had an amazing time in Annapurna Base Camp; we would ...

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Trip Facts

  • Max. Altitude: 3210 meter
  • Best Time: Sept - May
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Tour Type: Lodge Stay Trek
  • Transprtation : Domestic Flight, Car
  • Group Size: Minimum 2 Pax

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