Annapurna Panorama

  • Description
  • Itinerary
  • Day by day

The Region

The Annapurna region is that north of Pokhara in Central Nepal, and includes some of the world's highest and most beautiful mountains. These include the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre - the famous fish-tail mountain that dominates the skyline above Pokhara. In addition this area boasts the Kali Gandaki, the world's deepest gorge.

Annapurna, at 8091m, is the 10th highest mountain in the world and will be forever known as the first 8000m peak to be climbed - by Herzog's French party in 1950. The climb was an epic of Himalayan climbing and has entered mountaineering folklore.

 

Annapurna Range from Pokhara

Annapurna Range from Pokhara

 

The Annapurna Panorama Trek

This trek is a circular trek in the famous Annapurna foothills which allows the visitor time to experience the wonderful mountain views and scenic villages within a shorter timeframe. The trek begins in Pokhara and leads up to Chhromrong where there are fantastic views up towards the Modi Khola gorge.

From Chhromrong we trek west to Deorali from where we can ascend Poon Hill for a classic panorama of the Annapurna region. We then continue down to Birethanti and then back to Pokhara, the beautiful lakeside city.

This is a classic trek which allows access to the Annapurna foothills within a reasonable timeframe but still provides an amazing experience of the culture and beauty of the Himalaya. Accommodation and food is provided in the local lodges. Transport to and from Pokhara is by air.

Outline itinerary

Day Program Altitude
1 Arrive Kathmandu, transfer from airport to hotel
1300 m
2 At leisure in Kathmandu, preparation for trek
 
3 Fly to Pokhara, transfer to hotel
 
4 Drive to Phedi, and trek to Tolka 1810 m
5 Tolka to Chhromrong
2040 m
6 Chhromrong to Tadapani
2540 m
7 Tadapani to Deorali
2834 m
8 Ascend Poon Hill (3210m), trek to Tikhedungha
1525 m
9 Tikhedhunga to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

10 Fly to Kathmandu
 
11 in Kathmandu  
12 Transfer from hotel to airport, fly home
 


Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Kathmandu, transfer from airport to hotel

Day 2
At leisure in Kathmandu, preparation for trek

Day 3
Fly to Pokhara, transfer to hotel

Day 4
Drive to Phedi, and trek to Tolka

We start by driving a short distance to Phedi where we begin the trek in earnest. Starting from an altitude of 1180m, we climb steeply to the ridge at Dhampus at 1750m and get our first views of the huge mountains that surround us. We continue on through a rhododendron forest to the village of Pothana, and eventually reach the small settlement of Deurali at the top of the hill at 2150m. From here we get superb views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. From here we make a steep descent on forested slopes into a side canyon of the Modi Khola, passing through the settlement of Bheri Kharka. The trail then climbs gently and emerges into the main Modi Khola valley, and finally reaches Tolka, a small settlement, at 1810m where we spend the night.

Day 5
Tolka to Chhromrong

From Tolka the trail quickly reaches the flagstone streets of Landruk, a sizeable Gurung village at 1620m. From Landruk the trail descends and crosses the river at Shiuli at 1340m before climbing steeply up to Jhinu Danda at 1750m. After a long steep climb we reach Taglung at 2180m, where the trek joins the Ghandruk to Chhomrong route. Shortly after this we reach the Gurung village of Chhomrong at 2040m, where we spend the night. Chhromrong is a large village that is spread along a huge stone staircase, which drops to the Chhromrong Khola. From Chhromrong there are tremendous views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre.

Day 6
Chhromrong to Tadapani

Leaving Chhomrong, we trek west through Gurung villages to Tadapani at 2540m from where we continue to have fantastic views of the Annapurna Himal.

Day 7
Tadapani to Deorali

The trail continues west eventually reaching our destination of Deorali at 2834m which means 'pass'. From here there are great views of the surrounding peaks but we will rise early the next morning for even better views from Poon Hill.

Day 8
Ascend Poon Hill, trek to Tikhedhunga

Many trekkers will take the opportunity of an early morning trip up Poon Hill (3210m) for the best view of the peaks in the region. The walk up takes about one hour and is certainly worth it, with many making a special effort to get there for the sunrise over the 8000m peaks. After the side trip to Poon Hill and a well-earned breakfast we lose height again as we trek downwards to Tikhedhunga at 1525m. The trail is easy on the lungs but hard on the knees. We pass through Nangathanti (2460m) and Banthanti (2250m) and eventually reach Ulleri at 2070m. From here it is a long desecent on a stone staircase before we reach the Bhurungdi Khola at 1410m - from here it is a short walk to Tikhedhunga.

Day 9
Tikhedhunga to Naya Pul, drive back to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

Our last day on the trail. We continue down the trail to Birethanti, and from here walk the short distance to the roadhead at Naya Pul, where we are picked up by our transport and driven back to Pokhara. The journey by road takes approx. 2 hours and we arrive back in Pokhara by early afternoon, in time to refresh ourselves in the hotel before spending a night in Pokhara.

Day 10
Fly to Kathmandu

Day 11
In Kathmandu

Day 12
Transfer from hotel to airport, fly home