Annapurna Foothills Circuit Trek

Nepal Pyramids Trekking & Climbing
Annapurna Foothills Circuit Trek
At a Glance
  • Duration14 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Places to Visit Annapurna Foothills
  • Max Altitude 3,600m/11,811ft.
  • Group Size 2-15
  • Starts Australian Camp
  • Ends Ulleri
  • Activity Teahouse Lodge Trek
  • Best Season Spring/Autumn/Winter

Annapurna Foothills Circuit Trek Highlights

  • Embark on an early scenic flight to Pokhara (820m), the second-largest city often dubbed the second home of tourists, a realm of extravagant beauty that ignites excitement despite the six-hour drive.
  • Walk the scenic route to the charming settlement of Kande, where a trek to Australian Camp unfolds breathtaking views of majestic mountains and expansive vibrant green hills, creating an incredible tableau.
  • Stroll through a striking Gurung settlement via a dramatic forested trail, treated to astonishing views of towering mountains and a deep gorge that plunges into the profound valleys—a captivating experience.
  • Beyond Tadapani, get yourself into a Lord of the Rings-like setting, where a forested trail becomes a lifetime invaluable experience, casting a magical spell.
  • Discover the awe-inspiring Khopra Ridge, a high-elevated Himalayan meadow of stunning beauty. An overnight stay at the community lodge, with charismatic mountain views, becomes the priceless highlight of the entire journey.
  • Embark on a walk to Ghorepani, home to the world's largest Rhododendron forest, and savor a morning excursion to Poonhill. Witness an exceptional sunrise casting its glow on panoramic mountain views and the Kali Gandaki gorge, the world's deepest—a cherishing moment.
  • Conclude the adventure with a drive to Pokhara, reaching the shores of Phewa Lake. The magnificence of the Himalayas towering in the backdrop creates an atmosphere of peace and delight, providing a fitting end to this enchanting journey.

Annapurna Foothills Circuit Trek Overview

Annapurna foothills Circuit trek gives anyone ample opportunity to witness the mystical region of Annapurna. Furthermore, appreciate the spectacular landscape, discover strange forests alike the "Lord of the Rings" setting, and understand the unique culture. The exceptional ethos of the people living in this spiritual region, who are popularly known as GURUNG is indeed fascinating.

Despite being an effortless trek it has so much to offer to travelers from all around. In fact, there is one who doesn’t fancy walking on this most exquisite trail which is unique on its own. It is definitely for anyone with any level of physical fitness which delivers enough in a beautiful time frame. Annapurna foothills circuit trek is for everyone who wishes to trek, enjoy the scenic beauty, and want the freedom to stroll without making the trekking fun too exhausting, and strenuous.

This miraculous trek to the secluded mountain terrain is one of the most marvelous hikes to experience in Nepal. It cheerfully opens before us with its unique culture, beautiful people, and amazing views of lofty peaks - it’s simply tempting.

“If you seek creative ideas go walking”

Australian Camp 2050 m / 6725 feet:

The first highlight of the trip is the Australian Camp. Australian Camp which is a popular destination for trekkers and nature enthusiasts. Situated at an altitude of around 2,050 meters. This charming hilltop village offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and Annapurna Range.

Australian Camp serves as a starting point for various treks, such as the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek, allowing visitors to dissolve themselves in the natural beauty of the region.

The camp itself is adorned with cozy lodges and teahouses. They provide a comfortable and tranquil atmosphere for trekkers to rest and rejuvenate. As the name suggests, Australian Camp has its roots in the Australian trekking community.

It has popularity has grown over the years due to its awe-inspiring vistas and accessibility. Whether you're an ardent trekker or simply seeking a serene getaway amidst the Himalayas, Australian Camp is a delightful destination to explore.

Ghandruk, The GURUNG Village:

Ghandruk village is a picturesque and culturally rich destination that attracts travelers from around the world. Perched on a hillside at an altitude of approximately 2,000 meters, this charming Gurung village offers stunning views of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre mountain ranges.

Ghandruk is known for its traditional stone houses, adorned with intricately carved wooden windows and roofs, showcasing the architectural beauty of the region. The village is also renowned for its warm hospitality and rich cultural heritage, with residents embracing their traditional customs and dress.

Visitors can explore the local museum, which showcases the Gurung culture, including their traditional attire, weaponry, and artifacts. Ghandruk serves as a starting point for various treks, such as the Annapurna Base Camp trek, making it a popular stopover for trekkers.

The tranquil ambiance, breathtaking scenery, and the opportunity to experience authentic Gurung culture make Ghandruk village a truly memorable destination in the Annapurna region.

Rustic Swanta Village:

Swanta Village is a hidden gem that offers a unique and authentic cultural experience. Situated at an altitude of around 2,200 meters. This charming Gurung village provides a serene and picturesque setting surrounded by lush greenery and awe-inspiring mountain views.

Swanta Village is known for its warm and welcoming residents who embody the traditional Gurung way of life. This village is very popular for its most dramatic setting of the terraced farming fields that give you a sense of rustic livelihood.

Visitors have ample opportunity to enjoy the local culture and witness traditional dances, music, and festivals. All these beautiful traditions celebrate the rich heritage of the Gurung community. The village is also a starting point for varied treks, including the Mardi Himal Trek. It provides trekkers with a chance to explore the stunning landscapes and diverse flora and fauna of the region.

Swanta Village offers a peaceful and off-the-beaten-path experience, allowing visitors to connect with nature.  It further allows the traveler to indulge deeply in the vibrant traditions of the Gurung people.

The beauty of Annapurna Foothills Circuit Trek:

More to the point, this circuit trek is as popular as any destination in Nepal. Essentially, every year thousands of people pick it as their spot of vacation including trekkers, biologists, and naturalists. It's one of the bestselling and the highlight of the Annapurna region that in reality connects the great Annapurna Circuit Trek. Besides, its natural splendor it offers anyone stunning sunrise and sunset views.

Walking along the foothills of high mountain hills through the ancient cultural local settlements gives you a real trekking experience. Consequently, stop worrying about the altitude and the hazards of going high into the thin air and sign up for the tranquil Annapurna trek and take all the fun.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrive to Kathmandu (1400 m/4593 ft)
  • Day 02:Fly to Pokhara (820 m/2690 ft)
  • Day 03:Drive to Kande (1770 m/5807 ft) (and Trek to Australian Camp (2165 m/7103 ft) 2 hours
  • Day 04:Trek to Tolka (1700 m/5577 ft)
  • Day 05:Trek to Ghandruk (1940 m/6364 ft)
  • Day 06:Trek to Tadapani (2630 m/8628 ft) 4 hours
  • Day 07:Trek to Dobato (3426 m/11240 ft)
  • Day 08:morning hike to Muldai view point (3637 m/11932 ft) and Trek to Chistibung (2,950 m/9678 ft)
  • Day 09:Trek Kopra Ridge (3,600 m/11811 ft) 3 hours
  • Day 10:Trek to Swanta Village (2,214 m/7263 ft) 5 hours
  • Day 11:Trek to Ghorepani (2,860 m/9383 feet) 4 hours
  • Day 12:Morning Hike to Poonhill - trek to Ulleri and Drive to Pokhara
  • Day 13:Fly to Kahtmandu - 25 minutes
  • Day 14:Departure day.

Annapurna Foothills Circuit Trek Detailed Itinerary

        Today we wake up early for the most stirring sunrise view from Australian Camp. Soon we are done with our breakfast we walk a beautiful trail through the forest of Rhododendrons, Oak, and Maple to the small settlement of Deurali. We descend down from Deurali through the most enchanting forested trial and walk a gradual trial to yet another Gurung village of  Pothana. Gradually through the effortless trail, we get to our destination, Tolka. Overnight stay at the local lodge with locally made meals.


        • Wake up call as set by your leader.
        • After breakfast, today's walk is pretty much on undulating trails.
        • Most of the time you are in the shade keeping you away from the harsh day sun.
        • Overnight stay in this small beautiful village of Tolka is quite an experience.
        • The Landscape and mountain views are stunning.

          We walk an effortless trail with the grandest view of the landscape and deep gorge to the next beautiful Gurung village of Landruk. We descend to the village of Kumi, situated at the Valley of Modi River. You may also see ample wild honey hives high up on the towering cliffs. We climb steep trails with steps that will eventually take us to Ghandruk, the biggest Gurung rural community in the region.


          • Most gentle walk that has so much to offer.
          • The scenic beauty, deep gorge, and farming terraces at the backdrop are phenomenal.
          • Overnight stay, fabulous dinner, and briefing by your leader along with a number of alluring narratives.
          • Great view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machchapurchare (fishtail) mountain.
                              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.
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