Mini Annapurna Trekking description
The Mini Annapurna trekking trek is the perfect mix of dramatic mountain scenery, an ecological paradise and a cultural adventure where you can experience the life style of the village people and their cultural heritages. In this mini Annapurna trekking section, we have specially designed the itinerary and focusing the Gurung villages and their cultural heritages inclusive mountain scenery of Annapurna range. The selective mini Annapurna trekking tours for those who wish to discover the great Annapurna massifs, along with lush green forests and the beauty of the colossal mountains.
Mini Annapurna Trek takes you absolutely to the different path to explore it’s most beautiful hidden treasures of the whole Annapurna Himalayas. It is an ideal for those looking for easy trekking and comfortable accommodation in family-run lodges and tea houses. It is a good family trek that even the younger children will enjoy. The trek passes through the village to village selecting the best view point’s / lodges along the routes. Selecting the best places of poonhill, Gurung hill than we exit to Sarangkot 1592m hill station where we spend our last night to explore the beautiful part of Annapurna. Sarangkot hill is also famous for day hiking tours, where you can see Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Machhapuchure, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna South, 7195m, Annapurna I, 7647m and Annapurna IV 7525m. You can look down on the Pokhara Valley and its beautiful city settled on the shores of Fewa Taal Lake.
This hike takes you through the 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 Gorkha soldiers in the British and Indian armies
Why people choose the Annapurna Mini Trek?
It is an easy but combines with the great sceneries of the Gurung Cultural and Natural heritages starting from 800 m low elevation to 3200 meter with relatively short distances at more relaxed pace. It is easy grading and family basis of trekking tours. The trail offers comfortable accommodation is available at the lodges run by the local inhabitants. The trek begins from Pokhara and it includes all meals, road-head transport, services of English speaking local trekking guide and porters to carry the luggage. You will only need to carry a day-pack and you can walk at your own pace.
Mini annapurna trekking highlights and Himalayan Sights
Annapurna I- 8091m. Annapurna II-7937m.Annapurna III-7855m, Annapurna IV- 7525m, Annapurna South 7819m, Varaha Shikhar 7847m, Himchuli 6441m,Dhaulagiri 1- 8163m, Dhaulagiri II- 7751m, Nilgiri 6940m, Thapa Peak 6015m, Tukche Peak 6920m, Machhapuchhre 6993m, Mardi Himal 5588m. Singu Chuli 6500m, Tharpu Chuli 5663m. Gangapurna 7483m, Lamjung Himal 6931m etc
Mini annapurna trekking grading
Ghorepani Poon Hill station trekking is appropriate for any trekkers who is looking for easy walking. The maximum height of this trek is 3210m on poon hill top. As it is easy trek destination of Nepal, you don't need any It is not necessary any previous trekking or mountaineering experience and also it is not necessary that you must be young and energetic to do this trekking. If you are healthy and can walk 5 to 6 hours daily, you can easily do this trekking. However it would be more good to do daily jugging or walking exercise is useful before you depart from your country. Our program have been prepared including rest day and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. On trek, you can go at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.
Mini annapurna trekking covers
Kathmandu - Pokhara - Ghorepani Poon hill - Tadapani - Ghaundrung village
Best season to explore Mini annapurna trekking
January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November and December.
Ghorepani - Poon Hill trekking outline itineary
- Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
- Day 02: Preparation Day in Kathmandu
- Day 03: Drive 6-7 hrs to pokhara 800m
- Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Hile or Tikhedhunga (1575m), 5 hrs
- Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani village(2850m), 6: 30 hrs
- Day 06: Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m.) to Tadapani (2675m) 7:30hrs
- Day 07: Trek from Tadapani (2675m.) to Ghandruk (1950m), 3hrs
- Day 08: Ghandruk to Tolka village (1650 m) , 7 hours
- Day 09: Trek to Dhampus (1830m)
- Day 10: Trek to Sarangkot (1720m)
- Day 11: Explore Sunrise and trek descend to Pokhara
- Day 12: Tour Pokhara City or Just Relax
- Day 13: Pokhara to Kathmandu 6hrs by Road
- Day 14: Depart Kathmandu
NOTE OF ABOVE ITINERARY:
O/N = Over Night, B/B = Bed and Breakfast F/B (Full Board) = Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. And if you would like to stay more than 19 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari or Everest mountain flight, we are happy to follow your suggestion accordingly.
SHORT DESCRIPTION MODE OF PACKAGE :
In our packages, we have included two nights 3 Star Category hotel in Kathmandu (capital of Nepal) and 1 night tourist standard hotel in pokhara on BB plan, meals and accommodation in trekking, all the ground transportation as per itinerary, an experienced guide and porter and all the government taxes and necessary permits, please find in details what are included and excluded in the price as follows
Mini annapurna trekking in details
Arrival at Kathmandu (1350m)
Receive you in Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport and short introduction with our representative and transfer to Hotel, refreshments and briefing regarding this mini annapurna trekking trail
Preparation Day in Kathmandu
We will finalize paperwork-permit for your trip and make a final check of your gear. In case you need additional trekking equipment, you will have a chance to buy it. Sightseeing tours of Kathmandu Valley are also an option to make your holiday wonderful.
However, if you choose for sightseeing in Kathmandu then our guide will come to pick you up in your hotel for full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley tour including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Baudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa also known as monkey temple which are World Heritage Sites listed by UNESCO.
Overnight stay at hotel
Kathmandu to Pokhara (900m), 6:30 hrs by Tourist buss
Better to take flight during the Monsoon Season, only 30 minutes by flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel. In the afternoon you will be with your trekking Guide to Observe the Natural Beautiful town Pokhara.
Trek to Hile or Tikhedhunga (1575m), 5 hrs
After having breakfast, an hour drive to your trek starting point Nayapool, 20 minutes walk further to reach Birethati. This is the little village with Mix culture, lifestyle, Traditions of Gurung Ethnic groups. Annapurna Conservation checkpoint is also here just across the modi river. Here, you will show your trekking permit and TIMS in the National park office. After that turn to the left along the river Bhurungdi khola. During the day trekking, you will pass several mix and nice local villages and lush green terraces. Finally you reach on Hile. This place offers scenic view of the terraces and landscapes and as well as local villages so we would like to recommend you to stay here for overnight. However, reaching Tikhedhunga is just about 20 minutes. Overnight at Guest House.
Trek to Ghorepani village(2850m), 6: 30 hrs
After having Breakfast you will follow the trail to get Ulleri village for around 2 hours climbing passing through terrace field and small forest. This is a small village surrounding by small forest with good view of Annapurna South. You will walk further to reach Ghorepani. On the way there are few Tea houses. Overnight at Guest House.
Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m.) to Tadapani (2675m) 7:30hrs
Early morning trip to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhre (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. After sunny breakfast, Gtepl staffs will lead you to the top of Deurali hill station. Trek to Tadapani (2650 m.) offers deep forests of rhododendrons, bamboos, Oaks and frequently see waterfalls, rocks, wild animals, local birds and green scenarios. Tadapani is a small village surrounded by beautiful forests which grants you a magnificent view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, and Annapurna II and so on. Stay overnight in the guest house.
Trek from Tadapani (2675m.) to Ghandruk (1950m), 3hrs
It is very easy trek by descending gently all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. You could hear different kinds of birds chirping on the way. This is one of the popular destinations for the birds' lovers. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village. There is a handicraft centre and very old Gurung museum. From this village you can see the views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail.
Ghandruk to Tolka village (1650 m) , 7 hours
The trail goes steeply downwards for about an hour to the river, then ascends steeply for about 2-3 hours through scattered villages with beautiful views of the Himalayas. Then we reach to the Landruk village where you will have also a great view of Hiunchuli 6641 m, Annapurna south 7219m and mystical Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and other snow capped mountains. From Landurk, 1:30 hours walk further to reach to Tolka where we stay overnights
Tolka to dhampus,4 hrs
After breakfast first of all you move towards Tolka, another beautiful village of Annapurna region. Then you climb steps through the forest until Deurali. Deurali hill station 2500 m gives you a pleasant views of Pokhara valley in the south and the Annapurna range in the north. Then you will descend to Dhampus (1830m), another beautiful Gurung village. Stay overnight at lodge
Day 10:Trek to Sarangkot (1720m)
Before setting off to Sarangkot approximately five hours away, there’s the chance to gain some great views of the Himalayan peaks including Machhapuchhare and Dhaulagiri. Depending on arrival time there may also be the opportunity to watch sunset. As soon as you reach to Sarangkot, you can see Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Machhapuchure and Lamjung Himal, you can also see Annapurna South, 7195m, Annapurna I, 7647m, Annapurna IV 7525m..etc
Day 11:Explore Sunrise and trek descend to Pokhara
An early start to catch sunrise: a truly wonderful sight as day breaks and the sun touches the mountain summits. There are also great views of Pokhara, Phewa Lake and the surrounding villages. After breakfast, there’s around a three hour hike downhill towards Pokhara
Tour Pokhara City or Just Relax
Places of interest are Fewa Lake, Devi’s Falls, a museum, a Tibetan Refugee settlement and Gupteshwar Cave. Overnight stay at hotel
Pokhara to Kathmandu 6hrs by Road
Early morning, we depart from the Pokhara Tourist Bus Station to travel back to Kathmandu. If you are interested in continuing on to Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure or any other tours you can start today. Overnight stay at hotelOption: We have not included the airfare Pokhara – Kathmandu. The exciting half hour flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu (cost for each foreign passenger USD 110)gives you the feeling of a mountain flight, high in the Himalayas where you can see the Langtang, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. If you chose to travel to Kathmandu by flight, we give free Airport Drop and Pick up. You need to book this flight before start the trek
Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight back to home. (Or stay longer for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, Tibet tours, mountain biking etc).
If above itinerary couldn’t meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. Please let us know whether you would like to make it shorter or longer. Tailor Made Holiday???( INSERT LINK)
- Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicles.
- 3 night’s twin sharing hotel accommodation in Kathmandu within B/B plan.
- All ground transfer as per above itinerary.
- Meals (Breakfast, lunch, Dinner) serve with hot drinks during the trekking
- Tented Camping accommodation while on the trekking.
- Necessary camping equipments (Two men tents, dining tents, kitchen tents, toilet tents, sleeping bags, mattresses)
- A professional - experienced mountain trekking guide, a cook, cook helper, porter/s, other helping staffs.
- Required annapurna Conservation and TIMS permit and those fees .
- Equipments - Salary, food - accommodation and as well as insurance of Nepali staffs.
- A special gift trekking certificate from our company
- Nepal entry visa fees.
- International airfare and departure airport taxes.
- Lunch & Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu.
- Any kinds of battery charges, telephone calls, laundry services and hot shower during the trekking.
- Personal trekking equipment s & clothing.
- Alcoholic drinks, bar and beverage bills, personal nature expenses.
- Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
- Any donation, monuments entrance fees , TIPS for crew
- Any other things not mentioned
We are experts for the operations trip at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a sound acclimatization program. We created this trekking itinerary to allow for gradual height gain spread over a number of days. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude, but for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent will produce minimal effects. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. For all trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters, our guides carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness; they are trained to track symptoms as well as administer medications but we recommend to you to carry medicine by yourself that is beneficial for you.
To be sufficiently protected in terms of insurance, you need specialized travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers emergency evacuation, trip injury, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. Our agency Gokyo Treks and Expedition can arrange for the appropriate policy based on your trekking.
Climate and Weather
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalaya where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
This trekking is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 degree C to -10 degree C.
We bring together a small group of likeminded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience with an invaluable opportunity to interact in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises a maximum of 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our fixed departure dates. For individualized trips, no minimum or maximum applies. If you would like to travel independently or with your friends, families and colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people.
Gokyo Treks and Expedition promises you a rewarding trip with an experience that last you lifetime amidst natural and cultural beauties. Here you will find committed team member, world-class quality, personalized service, closest co-operation and great company. Our trekking crews have more than a decade of trek leadership experience. We ensure you get the ultimate holiday experience that exceeds your expectation. Quality service is what matters the most. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition are supremely confident to bring outstanding service throughout your trip without any unnecessary discomfort and hassle, it is 100 % guaranteed.
The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for treks and climbs in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Any kinds of battery charges and hot shower during the trekking.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
- T-shirts (2)
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool pants
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
- Underwear (4)
- Hiking shorts (2)
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
- Gaiters (Optional)
- Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bags
- Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
- Thermarest sleeping pad (Only Camping Trek)
- Water bottles (2)
- Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C (Depending on trekking region)
- Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
- Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
- Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
- Books (Highly Recommended)
- Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
- Swiss Knife
Recommended Mountaineering Kit
In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialized items which are required for the trekking peaks.
- Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axes can be rented in Kathmandu)
- Climbing helmet
- Alpine climbing harness
- 2 x tape slings
- 2 x screwgate karabiners
- Descender/abseil device
- Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaiters and crampons that have been tested for a good fit.
- Fleece trousers or silhouette
- Additional mits and gloves suitable for climbing
Is pick up service available if my arrival day in Kathmandu?
Yes sure !!! If you provide us your flights details then you should do request then our representative will come to pick up you on Kathmandu international airport.
Do I need Experience for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking?
This trekking is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 5 - 6 hours in a day, with a light weight rucksack. For ghorepani - punhill trekking - you need no experience.
What kind of accommodation can I expect on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking?
We provide you 3 star category hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking there would be normal hotel accomidation which offers basic clean facilities with a mattress and blanket. We can also offer you sleeping bags if needed (which need to return after the trip) but it is always better idea to own sleeping equipment.
What kind of food can I expect in Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek?
All the guest houses / lodges in the trekking they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season)
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to next place where you are going.
What opportunities will I have for shower along Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking?
Tea house trekking all the lodges they have shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying and in Camping trekking - we provide you hot water bucket then you will take bucket shower.
How do I get drinking water on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking?
Ghorepani - poonhill trekking trails offers all places hotel and shop where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in camp site/along the way in the camping trekking.
Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?
in camping trek there are few places where you can charge the battery paying charge but in tea house trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery we recommend to you bring extra pair for incase . Remember to bring your adapters! And we recommend you to take extra batteries.
Is there any communication facilities on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking?
In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.
Can I use credit cards in Trekking?
No, for the trekking you need to have cash beacuse credit cards works city area of nepal only.
When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?
Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment. We will of course make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
We prefer 20 % advance deposit of total price of a trip in order to conform your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And rest of the payment can be made after your arrival.
Who will carry my luggage on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking?
We provide porters they will carry your luggage.
Is there any communication while we are on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking?
There are telephones in many villages along the popular trekking routes from which you can make international calls.
How much distance do I walk each day?
When walking/trekking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however you have to be prepared to walk 5-6 hours each day.
Do I need walking polls for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking?
we recomend to take that it will be the helpful to you.
How much additional money do I need per day?
You can allocate US$ 08 - 10 for a lunch / dinner in kathamndu and it depends on your spending habits. US$7 to 10 US$ a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee and some drinks in trekking.
Trek legally. If you trek independently, you are not allowed to take any staff by law. You need for this a Trekking Agency, the sole authorized to employ staff for foreign trekkers. Do not hire staff or "independent guides" through hotels, unless they have a Trekking Agent licence or offer this service through an affiliated Trekking Agent.
Rubbish management For the most proper disposal available, please make sure you take all of your trash, including bottles and cans from goods consumed in restaurants, to the nearest truck-accessible road.
Sanitation Note the pollution and lack of trash management in the villages on the treks - including trash-clogged rivers and mounds of discarded beer bottles. Nepal is struggling with its rapid Westernization and hasn't yet figured out how to dispose of its waste. Don't contribute to the problem any more than necessary!
After your trek you can give your clothes to the porters' clothing bank which is managed by the KEEP association . This bank is located in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu and provides clothes to the trekking porters.