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Annapurna Foothills Trek

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Annapurna Foothills trek is a trekking where you can explore around Annapurna region with full joy and lots of happiness while combining in the nature, culture and wildlife of Annapurna region. Annapurna foothills trekking is also one of the best trekking trial in the Annapurna region Annapurna is a part of the Himalayas which lies in the north-central Nepal and it is about 55km (34 mile) long which is bounded by the Kali Gandaki Gorge on the west, Pokhara valley in the south and Marshyangdi River on the north and east. Annapurna Himalayan highlights includes Annapurna I (8,091m), thirteen additional peaks over 7,000 meter and 16 more over 6,000 meter. Annapurna is a Sanskrit name which literally means "full of food" (feminine form), but is normally translated as Goddess of the Harvests. The entire range and surrounding area are protected within the 7,629 km2 Annapurna Conservation Area, the first and largest conservation area in Nepal. The Annapurna Conservation Area is home to the beautiful flora and fauna and also home of several world-class treks, including the Annapurna Circuit.

Annapurna Foothills Trek is an amazing tour package for all the trekkers including old age people, beginners, and family trek with children’s, group of friends trek and many more. Moreover, this trek is ideal for trekkers with limited time in Nepal. This Annapurna Foothills Trek takes you to the foothill of Annapurna region and one of the most popular view point Ghorepani Poonhill which is also known as ‘Photographers Paradise.’ The view point provides magnificent of the snow capped mountains and alluring Annapurna Region. You will have a wonderful trekking experience trekking to this region.

Best Season for Annapurna Foothills Trek.

The best season to trek to Annapurna Region is during spring (March to May) and autumn (Sept to Nov). These seasons provides the most favorable weather for trekking and offers outstanding views. However, the trials get crowded during the peak tourist seasons. For those who want to avoid the crowd and enjoy the trials to the fullest trekking can also be done during winter (Dec to Feb) with proper clothing and gears. Trekking during summer or Monsoon can be another great way to explore the magnificent beauty and floras of Annapurna region. However, the treks may be affected by the rain.

Accommodations during Annapurna Foothills Trek

The accommodations during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara will be provided in a standard three star hotels and teahouses or lodges during the trek. All the accommodations are on twin-shared basis and if you want single supplement it will be provided with an additional cost. Single supplements in Kathmandu and Pokhara can be easily available but we may not get it in the higher elevations.

Meals during Annapurna Foothill Trek

You will get to taste the authentic Nepalese meals during the trek. Every meal during the trek is provided by the company which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea or coffee.  However, if you don’t want to have Nepali food then there are also available options of more common Indian and continental foods in the menu.

 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Sightseeing / Cultural Day in Kathmandu Valley

Day 03: Drive to- Pokhara stay overnight, hotel

Day 04: Pokhara to Tikhedhunga

Day 05: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani

Day 06: Ghorepani to Tadapani

Day 07: Tadapani to Ghandruk

Day 08: Ghandruk to Nayapul drive to Pokhara

Day 09: Drive back to Kathmandu.

Day 10: Final departure, transfer to airport

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu .Short briefing will follow concerning the necessary formalities and your trekking itinerary. Depending upon your arrival time you may spend free time visiting nearby sanctuaries or resting.

Day 02: Sightseeing / Cultural Day in Kathmandu Valley

Today on the second day of Annapurna Foothills Trek 10 days you will have half day sightseeing around UNESCO Bhaktapur / Kathmandu where your guide will escort you on a tour of Buddhist and Hindu shrines reflecting ancient local traditions. There is time to explore the city’s many places of interest on your own or take a rest while trekking permits are finalized. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive to- Pokhara stay overnight, hotel

On the third day of Annapurna foothills trek 10 days you will drive to Pokhara. The long drive to Pokhara starts after having breakfast at Kathmandu. The drive goes through the middle hills road of Prithivi Highway which is one of the finest long drives you can ever have. The drive to Pokhara is more than just a simple bus ride. You can explore the country side villages, famous religious sites and amazing views along the way. It takes about 6 hour from Kathmandu to reach Pokhara. You will have your lunch on the highway and dinner at the respective hotel in Pokhara.

Day 04: Pokhara to Tikhedhunga

On the fourth day of Annapurna Foothills trek you will have your breakfast at Pokhara and then start the trek. Today is the initial beginning of the original Trek. You will drive one hour to Nayapul from Pokhara and then Trek to Tikhedhunga from Nayapul. On your trek you will pass by a stream and then reach to Birenthanti where you will take some rest for a while. There are numbers of Tea houses in Birenthnti. You can also have amazing views of mountains framed with rhododendron trees. A steep ascent from here will take you to Tikhedhunga. Overnight at Tikhedhunga.

Day 05: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani

On the fifth day of Annapurna Foothills trek you will have your breakfast at Tikhedhunga and then start your trek to Ghorepani. The trek starts with a steep ascent to Ulleri. You can have wonderful views of the snow capped peaks, lush green hills, villages and some donkeys on your way. The spectacular views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Ranges are the major highlights of today’s trek. Overnight at Ghorepani .The trek to Ghorepani is around 6 hours ascending walking through beautiful forest and nice villages and villagers. Overnight at lodge

Day 06: Ghorepani to Tadapani

On the sixth day of Annapurna Foothills Trek you will wake up early in the morning and hike up to Poonhill, One of the best Himalayan viewpoints in Nepal. Early morning walk to the Poonhil, which provides an unobstructed view of the high Himalaya and start our trek to Tadapani, A short early morning climb to the Deurali pass for a spectacular panorama over Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna, Trail descends steeply through dense moss-covered forest rich with bird life to Tadapani which provides you a close up sunset view. Overnight at Tadapani.

Day 07: Tadapani to Ghandruk

 After having breakfast at Tadapani on the ninth day of Annapurna Foothills Trek you will walk through the forest and arrive A huge Gurung village at 1940m is the second largest Gurung village in Nepal and explores the maze like streets of this thriving Gurung settlement, You can have a good view of Annapurna south and Fishtail. Overnight in Ghandruk.

Day 08: Ghandruk to Nayapul drive to Pokhara

Today on the eighth day of Annapurna Foothills Trek you will wake up early in the morning and have breakfast at Ghandruk. Ghandruk is one of biggest Gurung village in Nepal, they have own language, dress, typical foods and houses. Gurung cultures are highly preserved in this region. You can visit the village and explore the cultures and lifestyles of Gurung people. From Ghandruk you will trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara.  Overnight at Ghandruk village.

Day 09: Drive back to Kathmandu.

Today on the ninth day of Annapurna Foothills Trek you will wake up early in the morning and have breakfast at the same hotel where you stay overnight. After breakfast you will drive back to Kathmandu following the same route of Prithivi highway. Upon reaching Kathmandu you can tour to city on your own or rest at hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 10: Final departure, transfer to airport

After Breakfast, you will be free until Departure. Then you will be taken to Kathmandu Airport by our representative. We hope that we provide you our best service and want to see you again with your family, relative, co-workers and friends.

       Cost Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop in a private vehicle.
  • All ground transportation included in the itinerary.
  • Half day Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley.
  • All meals during the trek which includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Experienced, well trained, English speaking guide with all his expenses, insurance, equipment during your travel period.
  • One porter for each two member in a group (with all his expenses, insurance, equipment during your travel period)
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per itinerary.
  • Actual Adventure Down jacket, sleeping bag, Duffel bags and walking poles (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Actual Adventure T-shirt
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes.

Cost excludes

Tips for guides, porters and drivers.

Nepalese visa fee.

Extra night accommodation due to any reason in Kathmandu.

Extra luggage charge.

Personal expenses not included in the itinerary.

Recommended Travel and Medical Insurance

All  alcoholic drinks

Extra charge for the single supplement rooms.

Extra fees for the battery charge and hot shower during the trek.

International Airfare

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Stay Safe

  • Altitude Sickness: The main and common risk while trekking above about 2500m is Altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. The available amount of oxygen to sustain mental and physical alertness decreases with altitude. Available oxygen drops as the air density itself, the number of molecules (of both oxygen and nitrogen) per given volume, drops as altitude increases. So don’t ignore, if you have any symptoms then descending to a lower altitude is the only option.
  • Water: Have some means to purify water, iodine or a fine ceramic filter are the best options. The streams should be considered polluted and whilst bottled water is often available, the disposal of plastic bottles is a problem.

Electricity in Nepal

Nepal is a developing country, Outside of major cities area electricity on trekking can be scares. You should have to pay 100-800 NRs per hour to charge goods on many lodges and also many tea-house treks, including in Annapurna base camp trek, Everest Base camp trek and many others treks also. Chargers often won't work on low power solar systems you find right up in the mountains so u can buy alternative bayonet light to electricity power plug converter, which will only works in low voltage is highlow. The standard Nepalese electrical outlet is a three-pronged triangle so bring three-pronged triangle chargers.

Nepal Climate information

Nepal is a landlocked country which lies in Hindu Kush Himalayan region. Nepal has monsoonal climate having four main seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter.

Below is a general guide to conditions at different seasons:
January to March (winter): In this season temperature will decrease at often 0°C (32°F) at night, with extreme cold at high elevations. It is possible to trek in places like the Everest region during the winter but due to extreme cold weather and heavy snow fall it may be quite difficult than as usual.
April to June (summer): In these months it is quite warm and dry weather. There is an abundance of blooming flowers in the Himalayas at this time, with rhododendrons, in particular, adding a splash of color to the landscape. This season is the best time to undertake mountain expeditions.
June to September (Monsoon): There will be heavy monsoonal rainfall in this season. Rains are generally lighter in high Himalayan reasons. In this season the mountain ranges are not often visible due to the clouds.
October to December (autumn): These months are cool and clear which is due to the end of monsoon, there is little dust in the air so this is the best season to visit the hilly and mountainous regions.

Nepal Visas information

Visa in Nepal can be acquired on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and also at the border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki border of Nepal - India and Kodari on Nepal-China border. Visa can also acquire at the nearest Nepal Embassy. For visa renewal purpose you can contact at Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan at Kathmandu. A valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background is required. Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee.

Visa Facility         Duration       Fee
Multiple entry       15 days          US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       30 days          US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       90 days          US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Respect to Local Peoples

In Nepal, “Namaste” or “Namaskar” is said to an older or high-status person with palms together, figure up. It is used to greet a person in place of goodbye or hello. There is no limitation how many times you say “Namaste” but, it is better if you say once per person, per day. If You want to say “Thank You” then you can say “Dhanyabaad /'ðɅnjɅbɑ:d/ (Dhan-ya-baad)” 

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Kedar met us at the airport from our international flight and when we flew back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. We cancelled one flight so he refunded us in cash before he had got the refund from the airline which was great.

I walked Annapurna with my dad who is 72. He struggled at times so the guide carried his load as well as his own. This was beyond what he was paid for and he did with good humour and with no hint of a complaint.

If I return to Nepal there will be no question that I will use Kedar for all elements of the trip.

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