5 Annapurna Viewpoint Trek

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5 Annapurna Viewpoint Trek
At a Glance
  • Duration18 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Places to Visit Annapurna Viewpoints
  • Max Altitude 3,637m/11,932ft.
  • Group Size 2-15
  • Starts Pitam Deurali
  • Ends Ulleri
  • Activity Teahouse Lodge Trekking
  • Best Season Spring/Autumn/Winter

5 Annapurna Viewpoint Trek Overview

The 5 Annapurna Viewpoint Trek offers a unique opportunity to witness the breathtaking beauty of the Annapurna region from some of the most remarkable vantage points. It guides you through the awe-inspiring landscapes of the secluded Annapurna region, offering a serene escape from the bustling world. This trek offers a unique combination of natural beauty, cultural encounters, and breathtaking mountain views.

The trek begins with a scenic drive from Pokhara to Kande, where the trail officially starts. As you ascend through lush forests, terraced fields, and charming villages, you will be greeted by panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. The highlight of the trek is reaching the Mardi Himal View Point, which offers a close-up view of the magnificent Mardi Himal and Machhapurchhare Himal (Mt. Fishtail).

Continuing, the trail takes you to the most stunning vantage point of Mulde and eventually to Khopra Ridge. Gradually we get to the famous village of Ghorepani, known for its stunning sunrise views over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges from Poon Hill. The early morning hike to Poon Hill is a magical experience, as the first rays of sunlight illuminate the snow-capped peaks, creating a breathtaking spectacle.

The best is served at last - the beautiful MOHARE DANDA. The walk to Mohare Danda is a true testament to the beauty of nature. As you enter this untouched valley, you are greeted with breathtaking vistas at every turn. The path winds through lush forests into the tranquility of the surroundings.

And finally, as you reach the summit of Mohare Danda, a feast for the eyes awaits. The panoramic views of the majestic Himalayan peaks, bathed in golden colors during sunrise and sunset, leave you in awe of the sheer magnificence of the world around you. It is a fitting finale to a journey filled with natural wonders and a reminder of the incredible beauty that awaits those who venture off the beaten path.

Throughout the trek, you will have the opportunity to interact with the warm and hospitable local communities, including the Gurung and Magar ethnic groups.

This Trek allows you to witness the grandeur of the Himalayas, experience the warmth of the local communities, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

The 5 Annapurna Viewpoint Trek takes you to the outstanding vantage points of Annapurna namely:

  • Mardi Himal View Point (4250 m/13,600 feet)
  • Muldai View Point (3637 m / 11,932 feet),
  • Khopra Ridge or Khopra Danda. (3,600 m/11,811 feet)
  • Poon-Hill (3200 m / 10,498 feet), and
  • Mohare Danda (3,200 m/ 10, 498 feet)

The Highlights of 5 Annapurna Viewpoint Trek:

The 5 Annapurna Viewpoint Trek is an enchanting journey that uncovers the most breathtaking beauty of the Annapurna region. This trek leads adventurers to 5 diverse extraordinary vantage points where they will encounter picturesque dramatic natural settings with captivating vistas. From the majestic Annapurna peaks to celestial sunrises and sunsets, this trek offers an unforgettable experience.

1. Mardi Himal Viewpoint (4250 m/13,600 feet):

  • Situated at an impressive altitude of 4250 meters, Mardi Himal View Point provides an awe-inspiring panoramic view. It's magical as you get closer to the Majestic Holy Machhapurhare, Mardi Himal, and the surrounding Annapurna mountain range. From this viewpoint, trekkers can marvel at the majestic peaks, including the iconic Machhapuchhre (also known as Fish Tail), Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli.

2. Muldai Viewpoint (3637 m / 11,932 feet):

  • Located at an elevation of 3637 meters, Muldai View Point offers a mesmerizing vista of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. The panoramic view from this viewpoint is truly awe-inspiring, with snow-capped peaks, lush valleys, and pristine forests stretching as far as the eye can see.

3. Khopra Ridge or Khopra Danda Viewpoint (3,600 m/11,811 feet):

  • Khopra Ridge, also known as Khopra Danda, is another remarkable viewpoint along the Annapurna Trek. Nestled at an altitude of 3600 meters, this ridge offers a stunning 360-degree view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. Trekkers can witness the magical sunrise and sunset over the snow-covered peaks, creating a truly unforgettable experience.

4. Poon-Hill Viewpoint (3200 m / 10,498 feet):

  • Poon-Hill is one of the most popular viewpoints in the Annapurna region and is renowned for its captivating sunrise views. Located at an elevation of 3200 meters, this viewpoint provides a panoramic spectacle of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, as well as the picturesque villages and terraced fields below.

5. Mohare Danda Viewpoint (3,200 m/ 10, 498 feet):

  • Mohare Danda, situated at an altitude of 3200 meters, is a hidden gem among the Annapurna viewpoints. This off-the-beaten-path destination offers a tranquil experience, with stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Trekkers can enjoy the solitude and tranquility of this lesser-known viewpoint. They further can recognize their being and enjoy themselves in the natural beauty of the Himalayas.

The 5 Annapurna Viewpoint Trek is indeed a remarkable adventure. It allows trekkers to witness the grandeur of the Annapurna region from these outstanding vantage points. Each viewpoint offers a unique perspective, showcasing the majestic peaks, verdant valleys, and the cultural richness of the region. Embarking on this trek will undoubtedly leave trekkers with unforgettable memories and a deep appreciation for the natural wonders of the Annapurna range.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1400 m / 4,593 feet)
  • Day 02:Fly to Pokhara – Explore Pokhara 820 m / 2,690 feet - Overnight at Hotel
  • Day 03:Drive to Kande (1770 m/5807 feet) and Trek to Deurali (2200m/7,218 feet) via Australian Camp (2165 m/7103 feet)
  • Day 04:Trek to Forest Camp (2550m/8,366 feet) OR Rest Camp (2600m/8,530 feet)
  • Day 05:Trek to Bandal Danda (3300m/ 10,826 feet)
  • Day 06:Hike to Viewpoing (4250 m/13,600 feet) Via high camp (3540 m/11,328 feet) and trek back to Bandal Danda
  • Day 07:Trek to Landruk (1565m / 5135 feet)
  • Day 08:Trek to Ghandruk (1940 m / 6364 feet) The Biggest Ancient Gurung Village in the Region
  • Day 09:Trek to Tadapani (2630m/8628 feet)
  • Day 10:Trek to Dobato (3,426m / 11,240feet)
  • Day 11:Hike to Muldai view point (3,637 m / 11,932 feet) and Trek to Chistibung (2,950m / 9,678feet) 4 hours
  • Day 12:Trek Kopra Ridge (3,600m / 11,811 feet)
  • Day 13:Trek to Swanta (2,214m / 7263 feet)
  • Day 14:Trek to Ghorepani (2,860m / 9,383feet)
  • Day 15:Excursion to Poon Hill (3200 m / 10,498 feet) and trek to Mohare Danda (3,300 m/ 10, 826 feet)
  • Day 16:Trek to Ulleri (1960 m / 6430 feet) and Drive to Pokhara
  • Day 17:Fly back to Kathmandu + City Tour
  • Day 18:Departure - Transfer to Kathmandu international airport.

5 Annapurna Viewpoint Trek Detailed Itinerary

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, your group leader will be there to greet you and arrange transportation to your hotel. The hotel is located in the vibrant town of Thamel.

Key Features:

  • Reception at the international airport.
  • Transportation to the hotel is facilitated by your Group Leader.
  • Trek briefing conducted by your Trek leader, including the distribution of equipment provided by the company.
  • Enjoy a welcome dinner and the opportunity to get acquainted with fellow travelers.
  • Altitude: 1400 m / 4,593 feet
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Welcome Dinner
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Transport: Airport Pickup

Flying on a short flight to Pokhara is a truly awe-inspiring experience that transports you through the captivating landscapes of Nepal. As the plane gracefully ascends from Kathmandu, a breathtaking panorama unfolds before your eyes. Lush green valleys, majestic snow-capped peaks, and shimmering rivers come into view, creating a mesmerizing tapestry of natural beauty.

The short duration of the flight is filled with anticipation, as you eagerly await the enchanting moments that await you in Pokhara. Whether you yearn for the tranquility of Phewa Lake, the exhilaration of paragliding over the Pokhara Valley, or relising on the beauty of the Lake City, flying to Pokhara sets the stage for an unforgettable adventure in the heart of Nepal.

Key Features:

  • A quick 25-minute flight to Pokhara.
  • Dissolve yourself in the fabulous scenery as you navigate through the sky towards Pokhara.
  • Being in Pokhara, in contrast to Kathmandu, adds an extra layer of excitement to your anticipation.
  • If time permits, indulge in activities such as leisurely walks around the lake or invigorating hikes up to the stupa, enhancing your overall experience.
  • Altitude: 820 m / 2,690 feet
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Walking Hour: 25 min. FLIGHT
  • Distance: 200 KM
  • Transport: MOUNTAIN FLIGHT

At the beginning of our electrifying expedition, we'll go on a roughly one-hour drive along a narrow paved road to the quaint settlement of Kande, perched high on a ridge. This serves as the thrilling starting point for your adventure. Afterward, a captivating two-hour hike through woodlands will lead you to Australian Base Camp Lunch. This Camp is a truly breathtaking settlement that offers unparalleled views of the majestic Annapurna and Fishtail mountain ranges. The following 2 hours of trekking will eventually bring you to the charming village of Deurali.

Key Features:

  • A sensational drive to the picturesque village of Kande.
  • A beautiful two-hour hike through enchanting woodlands to reach Australian Camp.
  • The challenging yet rewarding vertical ascent to Australian Camp rewards you with the most stunning views.
  • The backdrop of scenic beauty, deep gorges, and terraced farmlands is nothing short of phenomenal.
  • Continuing on for a few more hours, you'll arrive at the small yet incredibly beautiful village of Deurali.
  • Enjoy an overnight stay, a fabulous dinner, and a briefing by your leader.
  • Experience the awe-inspiring sunrise view over the Annapurna range and the majestic Machchapurchare (fishtail) mountain.
  • Altitude: 2200m/7,218 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4 hrs
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 10 km

After a hearty breakfast, we'll leave Deurali behind and hike through some gorgeous forests on our way to the next stop, Forest Camp. We'll start out on a nice gradual trail, but soon enough we'll be tackling that steep switchback staircase that leads up to the high ridge. Up there is a little shrine that's super important to the local Gurung people - it's called the Barah Temple and is where they worship their sky goddess and ancestors.

After checking out the shrine, we'll walk along the ridge trail with rhododendron forests fencing us on both sides. Then we'll hike down to a lovely little spot with some teahouses where we can take a quick break and grab a cup of tea. After that nice little rest, we'll enter the woods again, heading through an area locals call "The Lord of the Rings Trail" because it looks just like the hobbit villages from the movies!

Our next stop is lunch at Dudh Kharkha. After refueling, we've got a bit of a climb ahead to get back up to the highest point of the ridge, but then it's a nice gradual downhill to Forest Camp. And let me tell you, it's named well - we're talking gorgeous woods as far as the eye can see and a cozy little settlement of 9 or 10 guesthouses for us to spend the night. Should be spectacular!

  • Altitude: 2550m/8,366 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 5/6 hrs.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 11.5 km

As we say goodbye to Forest Camp, the fairy tale forests from Lord of the Rings will guide us once more into the lush rhododendron woods. Over the next 45 minutes or so, we'll be working our way uphill, with one steep section breaking up the steady climb. This first leg ends at Rest Camp - a nice little oasis to catch our breath.

Past Rest Camp, the trail keeps climbing towards Low Camp, but it's not just a straight incline. Instead, the path kind of winds gently up and down, with some gradual ascents, moderate climbs, and flat stretches giving us variety. Through this rolling terrain, we'll eventually reach the humble little settlement of Low Camp with its handful of teahouses - a perfect spot to refuel and rest up before our next hike segment. We'll stop for lunch here.

From Low Camp, the first 45 minutes is a tough climb up the gorgeous forest trail. Then we hit the switchbacks that will take us up to Bandal Danda and our lodge, situated high on a ridge about a 15-minute walk from the first building.

And let me tell you, Bandal Danda's views at 3300m are jaw-dropping - we're talking about some of the most beautiful mountain and landscape panoramas you've ever seen!

  • Altitude: 3300m/ 10,826 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4/5 hrs
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 9.5 km

We'll be starting our day bright and early with a quick and healthy breakfast before heading out on the 1.5-hour trek to High Camp. Get ready for one of the most thrilling hikes yet! As we walk along the steps trail, you'll get majestic up-close views of Machhapuchare, the sacred "Fishtail Mountain". To your right, endless valleys and vibrant green hills stretch out as far as the eye can see - it'll be a sight you'll never forget.

When we arrive at High Camp, we'll take a short break to catch our breath. Then it's back on the trail up the inclined steps leading to the Viewpoint at 4,200m. Though the teashops there are pretty basic, you can grab all sorts of hot drinks and quick bites like noodles or ramen.

But really, it's that jaw-dropping scenery that takes center stage - I'm talking phenomenal panoramas of magnificent peaks and landscapes as far as the eye can see. We'll hang out here soaking it all in for an hour or so before descending back down to Bandal Danda in time for a nice afternoon tea break.

  • Altitude: 4250 m/13,600 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 5/6 hrs TOTAL
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 13.5 km

From Badal Danda, we'll backtrack using the same trail to make our way down to Forest Camp for a tasty lunch. But after eating, we'll take a different route to reach the village of Landruk. The beautiful paths and enchanting rhododendron forest will make the hike fly by. The descent to Landruk from forest camp is all through the neverending steps - cautions may apply.

Eventually, we'll arrive at the picture-perfect village of Landruk, tucked away in the breathtaking Annapurna region. Located on a hillside, this beautiful little settlement is a perfect escape for nature lovers and trekkers. Surrounded by awe-inspiring peaks like Annapurna South and Hiunchuli, the views from Landruk will leave you speechless.

The village is known for its traditional charm - think stone houses, winding alleys, and terraced farms showcasing the local way of life. Wandering around is a delight - you can enjoy yourself in the rich Gurung culture and experience their legendary warm hospitality and vibrant traditions. Trekkers often use Landruk as a base camp for adventures deeper into the mountains. But between the jaw-dropping scenery and fascinating local culture, Landruk Village grabs your heartstrings all on its own. Whether you're peering at the mighty mountains or strolling the backstreets, it's guaranteed to captivate.

  • Altitude: 1565m / 5135 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 6 hrs
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 14.2 km

After soaking in the charms of Landruk, our journey continues with an undulating 3-hour trek towards the prominent Gurung settlement of Ghandruk. We initially descend around 600 stone steps down a hillside through the stunning terraced field that will take us to the suspension bridge. After the Bridge, we will steeply climb the steps trail to Ghandruk. The tranquil atmosphere allows us to adore the gorgeous natural beauty all around. 

Eventually, we arrive at the vibrant mountain village of Ghandruk, the largest Gurung habitat in the region at 1940 meters elevation. Known as "the Gateway to Annapurna”, generations of hardy Gurung soldiers have resided here to guard these mountain sanctuaries. Their distinctive slate-roofed houses with carved wooden porches cluster picturesquely across Ghandruk's hillsides and ridges. Scattered ancient monuments and unique culture make the Gurungs a fascinating community to get acquainted with during an overnight village stay. The unparalleled views of Machhapuchhre's regal appearance rising behind blooming rhododendron forests also make Ghandruk a place to feast the eyes and rejuvenate the soul.

  • Altitude: 1940 m / 6364 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 3/4 hrs
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 5.2 km

Leaving Ghandruk behind, we'll walk through gorgeous forests filled with rhododendrons, maples, oaks, and more on our way to Tadapani. The name Tadapani means "Far Water" - and this little village in the middle of the woods does feel worlds away! With just a handful of small tea houses though, it's definitely cozy.

Highlights:

  • After breakfast, most of today's hike is on rolling up and down trails - way easier on the legs!
  • We'll be shaded by lush forests for much of the walk, keeping us out of the hot sun.
  • Staying overnight in tiny Tadapani is an experience in itself.
  • Incredible view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuili, and Holy Machapuchare.
  • The views of the surrounding landscapes and peaks are just breathtaking.
  • And I gotta say, watching the sunrise from the tea house porches here may just be the perfect start to the day! The colors reflecting on the mountains are spectacular.

NOTE: The Alfresco in the morning with the backdrop of Annapurna is the highlight of this trip.

  • Altitude: 2630m/8,628 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4/5 hrs
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 7.5 km

The dramatic sunrise views from Tadapani will take your breath away.  Enjoy your morning breakfast out in the open with the view. Prepare to relish in panoramas of majestic peaks like Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and the iconic Fishtail up close and illuminated by morning light. Shortly after a hearty breakfast, we'll walk through dramatically forested trails that have earned the nickname “Lord of the Rings Trail.” It's like wandering through Middle Earth!

Taking the most dramatic woodland trail we'll gradually ascend to the tiny settlements of Meshar and Isharu where we'll stop for a refreshing tea break along the way. We will have a traditional Nepali lunch at Isharu and have some time to relax our muscles. Then we enter a gorgeous hill-cut gradual trail and the stream valleys to reach little Dobato. Dobato is a tiny settlement with only two teahouses.

  • Altitude: 3,426m / 11,240feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 5 hrs
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 7.9 km

Get ready to wake up early for a morning hike up to the Muldai viewpoint - the sunrise from here is unbelievable! Soak in 360-degree panoramas of peaks like Annapurna, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, and the iconic Fishtail. You will also be rewarded with a great view of Kali Gandaki Gorge, the world's deepest river valley.

After an awesome breakfast back at the lodge, we'll leave Dobato behind and walk along a mountain ridge trail to Baili. A bit further you will see the sign that says "Way to Hidden Lake", this off-the-beaten track is getting popular these days. The Hidden Lake Trek is also now getting prominence with the name Annapurna South Base Camp Trek. This trail leading to Baili is one of the most magical ridgeline trails that delivers you a genuine trekking experience. Then we descend to a stream with killer views of the surrounding landscape and deep forested valleys filled with Pine, Rhododendrons, and Oak trees. After crossing a footbridge, a short up-and-down trail will guide us to the settlement of Chistibung.

Highlights:

  • Nonstop jaw-dropping scenery of landscapes and peaks.
  • Lunch and a free afternoon in Chistibung to relax those legs after all that walking!
  • Altitude: 3,637 m / 11,932 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4 hrs
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 12.9 km in Total

Soon we are done with our hearty breakfast, we'll be steeply ascending 600m up to the stunning Khopra Ridge or Khopra Danda. We'll climb above the tree-line mountain terrain with views so stunning they'll leave you speechless. This climb will be one of the most enchanting ascents ever with tons of cool alpine plants and animals.  A final short climb takes us to the alpine paradise of Khopra Ridge with its mind-blowing mountain views that will blow you away. We'll be so close to the towering peaks and overlooking the deepest gorge in the world.

Khopra Ridge just has a single Community Lodge run by the local community. Due to limited rooms, we’ll want to confirm availability ahead of time. We will have lunch at this beautifully set Khopra Danda. After lunch we will hike up to the ridge line to meet up with the YAKS and relish in the tranquil surroundings. Don't miss the sunset with the local yaks - the golden light on the mountains is out of this world.

 

  • Altitude: 3,600m / 11,811 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 3/4 hrs
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 7.6 km

After breakfast, we'll retrace our steps down the steep trail back to Chistibung. It's an awesome walk under the forest canopy all morning. Then it’s further downhill through lush forests to a culturally unique lodge for lunch. Our trail continues through Bamboo groves, Oak trees, and Rhododendrons where some claim to have spotted bears and tigers. So group trekking is suggested while walking this section of lush forested trail. We'll end today’s trek in the unfairly gorgeous terraced village of Swanta - considered one of the most beautiful settlements in the region. Hanging out in picture-perfect Swantain the afternoon with its cascading rice terraces is priceless.

Afternoon tea will be served and dinner orders will be taken. We will relax around the hot local Chimney and it's time to put our feet up and relax after all that downhill!

  • Altitude: 2,214m / 7263 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 5/6 hrs
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 14 km

After 4 hours of trekking through stunning woodland trails filled with rhododendron, maple, and oak trees, we'll enter the protected haven of Ghorepani - home to the largest rhododendron forest on Earth! Our walk also connects us to the famous Annapurna Circuit. Ghorepani has been an important trading post for centuries - a crucial stopover for merchants traveling the historic salt routes between Nepal and Tibet. It has indeed served as a crucial junction during the SALT TRADE ERA. The Name Ghorepani means HORSE-WATER - where Ghore is horse and Pani is always water in Nepali - as the name applies this place was a great spot to feed the traders' horses and mules and also did their barter trading.

The sunset view from Poon Hill is legendary, offering sweeping panoramas of the Annapurna range, Nilgiri peaks, Dhaulagiri and the iconic Fishtail massif. And gazing down at the Kali Gandaki Gorge - the world's deepest ravine that we hiked just days before - will give you serious vertigo!

From enjoying a crimson sunset over white-capped giants to reflecting on the mighty gorge below, this evening promises lasting memories. After 4 hours on forest trails today, it's the perfect finale.

  • Altitude: 2,860m / 9,383 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4 hrs
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 8.2 km

Leaving Ghorepani we hike up to Poon Hill once again and from the summit of Poon Hill we will take a different trekking trail to the west.  The trail to Mohare Danda is a very untouched trekking trail and less trodden. Unlike the rest of the Annapurna trail, this Mohare Danda trail isn’t very established and not very well marked. However, the walk through the enchanting forested trail is magical. As we walk the trail we will take a short break in one of the solitary teashop in a dramatic setting that delivers one of the most magical views. A quick tea break is worth it.

Shortly our trail ascends to the ridge line and we will walk the stunning ridgeline trail through the forest of Rhododendrons. This trail that cruises through lush green forests is simply phenomenal. Eventually, we will reach Mohare Danda with one of the BIGGEST COMMUNITY LODGE in the region. And as said good things are served at last - Mohare Danda gives you the Best view as compared to the rest of the vantage points. Enjoy your final viewpoint with hot tea and please don't miss the sunset and sunrise view from this vantage point.

  • Altitude: 3,300 m/ 10, 826 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4/5 hrs
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 7.3 km

THIS SECTION OF THE TRAIL IS A VERY NEWLY OPENED TREKKING TRAIL:

We will wake up early in the morning for the most stunning sunrise view. After breakfast, we will start with the very newly opened trekking trail that starts with a short descent and walking the ridgeline.

NOTE:

As a newly opened path, some areas of this trail are still in their natural state without safety fences along the high ridge lines. We kindly ask everyone to be extra attentive when enjoying these cliffside sections, so we can fully appreciate the beauty yet untouched. Further along, as the trail descends, there are fewer steep edges and a more gently rolling landscape to explore. By taking care through the upper stretches, we allow this trail to safely unfold its wonders for future wanderers as well. Our footprints here set the course.

We will descend further into the forested trail again and soon come across one solitary Appa Lodge - a short break is worth it. We will further continue with our descent through a lush forest of Pine, Mapel, and Oat and gradually get to the traditionally stone-built village of Ulleri for lunch. 

After lunch, we will walk a few minutes and drive to Pokhara which will take around 2.5 hrs.

EXPLORE POKHARA - the lake city

  • Altitude: 1960 m / 6430 feet
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Walking Hour: 4 hrs
  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

What an incredible way to conclude our mountain adventure - soaring back to the lively capital of Kathmandu on a breathtaking scenic flight. As our tiny plane cruises above the majestic Himalayan giants we've come to know so intimately over the last week, we'll have ample time to absorb spellbinding aerial views of their snowy peaks and lush green valleys one last time.

Then suddenly the urban stretch of vibrant Kathmandu will appear below us, the tight cluster of age-old temples and palaces looking like tiny flecks of gold as we descend onto the runway, bidding our mountains a fond farewell.

Depending on our time schedule City Tour will be organized. 

 

  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transport: MOUNTAIN FLIGHT

Depending on your flight schedule, transportation will be organized and your team leader will be there to assist you.

Enjoy your final breakfast in the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal. 

  • Accommodation: HOME
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transport: Airport Tranfer
What's Included
  • PERMITS: All Essential permits required to legally trek in the region are procured before arrival.
  • PICKUP AND DROPS: Roundtrip airport pickup and drop-off facilities for both domestic and international flights are included.
  • ACCOMMODATION: Twin-sharing hotel accommodation in both KATHMANDU and POKHARA at three-star hotels on a bed-and-breakfast basis.
  • WELCOME DINNER: A traditional Nepali-style welcome dinner at a local restaurant in Kathmandu.
  • SIGHTSEEING: A half-day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu’s two most sacred UNESCO World Heritage sites with entrance fees included.
  • TAXES: All applicable local and national government taxes are covered.
  • GROUND TRANSPORTATION: Roundtrip PRIVATE VEHICLE ground transportation between destinations as per the itinerary.
  • STAFF TRANSPORTATION: All ground transportation for assistant guide, porter, and other trek staff as required.
  • DOMESTIC FLIGHTS: Domestic flight from KATHMANDU to POKHARA and from POKHARA to KATHMANDU at the end of the trek.
  • EQUIPMENT: Fundamental trekking gear like a sleeping bag with fleece liners, Primaloft jacket, Rain Poncho, Yak-Track, Trekking Poles, etc. are provided.
  • LODGING: Local Tea-house accommodation on a twin-sharing basis – A single supplement is provided on request OVER MINIMAL COST, however, depends solely on the availability.
  • DRINKING WATER: Properly filtered and boiled water for drinking is provided each morning and evening. Trekkers are advised to carry reusable water bottles/bladder bags that can hold at least 3 liters.
  • GLORIOUS FOOD: All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with hot beverages are provided throughout the trek duration.
  • TREK LEADER AND ASSISTANT GUIDE: An experienced trek leader holding legitimate licensing leads the group, along with assistant guides based on group size. Groups of 3 or more are typically assigned at least 1 assistant guide.
  • PORTERS: The porter to trekker ratio is 1:2 - meaning 1 porter for every 2 trekkers. However, for groups larger than 4 trekkers, an additional porter is provided specifically to assist with hot water supply during the trek.
  • STAFF INSURANCE & ALLOWANCES: Insurance coverage, wages, and allowances for all trek staff are included.
  • SAFETY CONCERNS: Emergency equipment including oxygen cylinders and a comprehensive medical kit is available at all times during the trek.
  • COMPLIMENTARY TAKE AWAY: Trekkers receive a duffel bag, t-shirt, multi-functional headwear, baseball hat, trekking map, and completion certificate to take home.
What's Excluded
  • NEPAL VISA: A fee of $50 that is levied on a 30-day Nepali visa.
  • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: The cost of all international flights.
  • PERSONAL EXPENSES: All personal expenses that may include Nepalese SIM card, internet, battery charging, hot shower, laundry, fizzy drinks, Alcohol, etc.
  • EMERGENCY: A medical examination of any kind, High Altitude Evacuation over any circumstances, Air Evacuation and Rescues.
  • DONATIONS: Donations of any kind.
  • STAFF TIPPING: Tipping is entirely a personal matter, however, it’s a trekking culture.
  • EXTRA NIGHTS: Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu on early arrival or Late departure.
  • SANCTIONS: Permits or the letter of Authorization that is required for special Filming, big Drones, and Filming Cameras.
  • INSURANCE: All-inclusive Travel or medical insurance is a must.
  • EXTRA PORTER: Over request Extra Porter or Assistant is provided that may include the cost of $25 per day.
  • OPTIONAL TOURS: Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.
Essential Trip Information

The City of Pokhara:

Pokhara is one of the most beautiful scenic city at an elevation of 820m nestled in the Himalayan foothills of Western Nepal. Surrounded by tall green mountains and bright blue lakes, it offers breathtaking natural beauty. The calm, clear Fewa Lake is a magnet for visitors with its serene vistas of rolling hills and the Annapurna Mountain range towering behind. One can spend peaceful hours on the lakeside taking in the views or going for boat rides.

The city itself also holds charm with old temples, colorful markets, and pretty parks full of flowers. The horns from the traffic fade away as you enter the lush Phewa Tal Park or hike up to the World Peace Pagoda for a bird’s-eye panorama. Many come to Pokhara every year to relax beside its tranquil lakes, gaze at the majestic white-capped mountains, or explore sites like the gushing Davis Falls. With the backdrop of the Himalayas reflecting on the tranquil blue waters, Pokhara offers picture-perfect scenery and a gateway to unwinding amidst nature. The laidback setting, fresh air, and sweeping vistas make Pokhara truly beautiful.

HOLY MACHAPUCHARE - MT. FISHTAIL

Dominating the skyline behind Pokhara stands the singular peak of Machapuchare, meaning “Fishtail” due to its distinctive shape. This revered mountain rises to 6997m/22,956 feet, towering almost vertically over the valley below. Often shrouded in clouds, Machapuchare reveals its grandeur when the sky is clear to display the sheer rock walls leading to its snow-covered double peaks. The pristine “Fishtail” then glistens under the sun. The lower slopes are covered in forests and rhododendron flowers.

Local legends deem Machapuchare so sacred that climbing to its summit has long been forbidden. For decades it remained untouched by human feet as mountaineers admired its grace from afar. Its holy status, arresting looks, and the sense of mystery upon its peaks make Machapuchare a truly divine presence watching over Pokhara and its enchanted lakes.

The Thrilling Domestic Flights to and from Pokhara International Airport:

Taking a scenic flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu offers breathtaking Himalayan views from start to finish. Shortly after takeoff, the plane ascends over the extensive capital and its valley rimmed by unique terraced hills. As we fly higher, the mighty peaks of the Annapurna and Langtang ranges begin coming into view, their snow-covered summits sparkling under the sun. 25 minutes later, we descend towards Pokhara with unparalleled vistas of the Fishtail Mountain on approach. The bead-shaped Fewa Lake dotted with vivid green forested hills throughout also captures one’s eye from above.

The return flight to Kathmandu provides more jaw-dropping moments as we retrace the same route back, catching glimpses of Annapurna South and Machapuchare from the other side. Stunning views of Lamjung Himal, Manaslu, and the Kathmandu Valley greet us on arrival back above the capital. Throughout the short flights, the Himalayan panoramas make you realize Nepal’s grandiose signature, “The Roof of the World”.

These aerial journeys allow you to appreciate the exceptional beauty of some of the highest mountains on Earth in just a few minutes in the sky above. Watching the peaks, valleys, and foothills unfold beneath the wing reveals Nepal’s magnificent landscapes as only a bird can see them during these scenic flights. The trips to and from Pokhara capture the region’s hypnotizing high-altitude charm.

Permits Required for 5 Annapurna Viewpoint Trek:

  • ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) Entry Permit: This is an essential entry permit to access the Annapurna Conservation Area. It costs 3,000 NPR (roughly USD 25) per person for foreign trekkers and 1,000 NPR per person for SAARC country nationals. 
  • TIMS Card (Trekkers Information Management System): This is essentially a trekking registration card required for foreign trekkers in Nepal. It also serves as a permit. It costs 2,000 NPR (roughly USD 20) per person and 1,000 NPR per person for SAARC country nationals.

Both of these permits can be obtained from the Tourism Board in Kathmandu or in Pokhara. However, Nepal Pyramids organized all required permits before the beginning of the trip. The total fees would be around USD 40/45 per person with these two required permits/cards and NPR 2,000 for SAARC nationals.

Make sure to have a copy of your passport and 2 passport-size photographs for the permits.

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