Annapurna Panorama trek is an ideal for those trekkers who are seeking for short and relatively easy trekking to view the experience of the Annapurna Himalayan range by remaining the limit of lower altitudes which will not go above 3210m. This exciting Short and easy trekking is designed to give trekkers an immensely satisfying scenic walk and the taste of Nepal’s diversity of Natural and cultural resources in a short time frame. This foot trail passes through beautiful Himalayan valleys, dense green forests covered with Rhododendron forests and icy waterfalls where you can stop to cool your tired body which is also the main drinking sources of Himalayan Villages. During this trek, every point has a mesmerizing glimpse of the high Annapurna & Dhaulagiri mountain ranges parallelly in-front of your eyes.
This region falls under the Annapurna Region and is the first protected conservation area in Nepal the name Annapurna Conservation area project(ACAP) started in 1986. It covers an area of 7,629 sq. km. and is home to over 100,000 residents of different cultural and linguistic groups. ACAP is rich in biodiversity and is a treasure house for 1,226 species of flowering plants, 102 mammals, 474 birds, 39 reptiles and 22 amphibians.
There are several features that make the Annapurna region a unique place in the world. It contains world’s deepest river gorge – Kali Gandaki Gorge, which is 3 miles long and 1.5 miles wide, a valley with fossils from the Tethys Sea dating 60 million years ago. The region contains world’s largest rhododendron forest in Ghorepani. Tilicho lake, located in Manang – north of Annapurna massif, is the world’s highest altitude freshwater lake. While trekking this route you can view the different Himalayan ranges like Mt. Annapurna, I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna and Annapurna South. Further views of the mountainous area include amazing panoramic scenes of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre, Lamjung Himal, Tukuche Peak and third highest mountain in the world Mt. Dhaulagiri. You will also pass through beautiful Nepali villages from the ethnic communities Gurung’s and Magar’s who are very rich in their own culture, tradition, and Language. The Annapurna Panorama trek is also a shorter alternative for the Annapurna Circuit Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek for those who have difficulty with the greater mobility.
YOUR INCLUDED MEAL GUIDE: B= BREAKFAST, L= LUNCH, D=DINNER
DAY1-POKHARA TO NAYAPOOL TO ULLERI (2080M): B/L/D
From Pokhara, you will drive to Nayapool, from where the actual trekking trail begins. You will follow the east bank of Modi river and reach at Birethanti which is a beautiful village situated at 1000m from the sea-level. The stone trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to reach Hille and after 15 mins of walking, you will reach Tikhedhunga. The trail crosses the Tikhedhunga Khola on a suspension bridge then drops to cross the Bhurungdi Khola on a larger bridge at 1520m. The trail climbs very steeply on a stone staircase that is said to have more than 3300 steps and from the top Annapurna South (7219M) and Hiunchuli come into the view. The unrelenting staircase continues to the larger Magar Village of Ulleri.
DAY 2-ULLERI TO GHOREPANI(2750M): B/L/D
The unrelenting staircase continues to the larger Magar Village of Ulleri and reached at Banthanti. Beyond Banthanti the trail enters the magnificent Oak and Rhododendron forests crossing the sparkling clear streams before reaching to Ghorepani.
DAY3-HIKE UP TO POONHILL (3195M) AND TREK TO TADAPANI (2685M): B/L/D
Early in the morning a 45-minute hike takes to Poon Hill (3200m) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche Peak (6920m), Nilgiri (6940m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhre (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snow-capped mountains. After a refreshing detour in the morning, the hike goes down to Ghorepani where we will have a hot breakfast at the lodge. From here we continue our trek to Ghandruk (2650 m). The walk begins by ascending up through the rhododendron forest, towards a hilltop called Deurali. Then we go downhill (moderate trail-not always downhill) to Tadapani.
DAY4-TADAPANI -CHHOMRONG: B/L/D
Trek from Tadapani to Chhomrong will take around 6-7 hours. Walking down the beautiful Rhododendron forests, we will reach traditional village of Gurungs. Here, you will be able to see the lifestyle and culture of the Gurungs (Ethnic communities of Nepal). From here, the trail becomes relatively easy. From there, we will continue our trek to Chhomrong (2,140m).
DAY5-CHHOMRONG TO HIMALAYAN HOTEL (2900 M): B/L/D
In the morning, we will continue our trek to beautiful village of Himalaya hotel. It will take us around 5-6 hours to reach there. Our trail first drops down the river Chhomrong Khola and then steeply up through Khuldighar. Before, it used to be a Annapurna Conservation Area Check Post. We will walk through the forests for a while and then follow the trail steeply downhill towards the bottom of the gorge, Dovan. Then after 1 and half walking to Himalayan hotel (2900m) through the lush green forest.
DAY 6-TREK VIA MACHHAPUCHHRE BASE CAMP TO ANNAPURNA BASECAMP: B/L/D
We follow the valley trail in a steady climb. The trail sticks to a rocky cliff and is sometimes steep. We walk on a somewhat flat path for a while before ascending to Machhapuchhre Base Camp. From here we get excellent views of Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna mountains. We then turn left and begin ascending gently to the Annapurna Base Camp. Walking further we reach the base camp of Mt. Annapurna and it is amazing. We are surrounded by magnificent peaks of Himalayas at Annapurna base camp.
DAY 7-ANNAPURNA BASECAMP TO BAMBOO: B/L/D
After spending some unforgettable hours with the mountains, we will hike down to beautiful Bamboo. It is around 6 hours walk. We will return following the same trail. Our trail drops by around 1,700m along the bank of Modi Khola to Bamboo at 2,345m. On reaching bamboo, we can go for a short exploration of the place.
DAY8- BAMBOO TO JHINU DANDA (1,760M): B/L/D
In the morning we will hike to reach Jhinu Danda. We will make a steep ascent to Kuldi Ghar. From there to Sinuwa, and following the stone steps to Lower Chomrong. Then we will climb up thousand stone steps to reach Upper Chhomrong. Then, we will descend through the steep trail to Jhinu Danda. You can enjoy yourself in the natural hot springs 20 minutes away from Jhinu Danda
DAY9- JHINU DANDA TO POTHANA: B/L/D
Pothana lies at height of 2,100m. Pothana boasts views of the myriad of spellbinding mountains and hills. It will take us around 6 hours to reach this scenic village of Pothana. On, reaching Pothana we can go for a short exploration. We can explore the traditional villages or watch the sunset in the mounts.
DAY10- POTHANA-DHAMPUS-PHEDI AND BACK TO POKHARA: B/L
It’s around 2-hour hike down to Phedi. Phedi lies at altitude of around 1,100m on average. We will now leave the snow-capped mountains in the background as we hike down to Phedi. After reaching our destination, we will take a short refreshing break and drive to the lake city of Pokhara.