Annapurna Discovery Trek

Annapurna Discovery Trek - 14 Days

Annapurna Discovery Trek is a leisurely paced trek in the Annapurna region and encompasses ascend to Poon hill which grants the magnificent vista of Himalayas and Gurung villages in the vicinity.

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Trip Duration:

14 Days

Trekking area:

Annapurna Region Nepal

Group Size:

Any

Best Season:

Autumn / Spring

Transportation:

Private car / bus

Trekking grade:

Moderate

Trek Start from:

Kathmandu

Trek End at:

Kathmandu

Overview of Annapurna Discovery Trek

Annapurna Discovery Trek is a leisurely paced trek in the Annapurna region and encompasses ascend to Poon hill which grants the magnificent vista of Himalayas and Gurung villages in the vicinity.

We will commence the trek by taking a scenic airstrip from Kathmandu to Pokhara through the Himalayas. Annapurna Discovery Trek makes its way through the Annapurna foothills passing through Gurung villages, terraced fields and Rhododendron forests. This easy and relaxing trek gives you the enough time to enjoy the good views and cultural diversity of the country. The village of Ghorepani offers the magnificent views of Annapurna, Lamjung, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhare. The highest altitude we reach in this trek is the walk to Poon Hill for the awesome view of sunrise over the Himalayan panorama.After completing the  Annapurna Discovery Trek we will explore Pokhara and then dive to Chitwan National Park to experience wilderness at its finest. Chitwan National Park provides home to over 300species of local and migratory birds, deer, crocodile, rhino, leopard and many others. This Journey from the remote area of Annapurna region to the tropical forest of Chitwan deliberates the raw exquisiteness and assorted diversity of Nepal.

Annapurna Discovery Trek Itinerary

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Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you'll be greeted by the vibrant and diverse atmosphere of the city. As you step out of the airport, you'll immediately notice the bustling streets and the energetic flow of people. The streets are filled with a mixture of locals and tourists, creating a vibrant and lively ambiance.

Kathmandu is renowned for its rich cultural heritage, and this is evident in its architecture. The city is dotted with ancient temples, palaces, and monasteries that showcase the exquisite craftsmanship and unique architectural styles of Nepal. From the intricately carved wooden windows of traditional Newari houses to the grandeur of ancient palaces, the architecture in Kathmandu is a visual delight.

One of the most captivating aspects of Kathmandu is its spiritual essence. The city is a significant religious center for both Hindus and Buddhists, and you'll come across numerous temples, shrines, and stupas. The scent of incense and the sound of prayers fill the air, creating a serene and mystical atmosphere.

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Today we will start the day by visiting Pashupatinath temple which is situated 5km east of Kathmandu in the bank of holy Bagmati River. Pashupatinath is a pagoda shaped temple with tiered golden roofs and silver doors. Only the Hindu’s can visit the temple, but the visitors can clearly see the temple and activities performed in the temple premises from the eastern bank of Bagmati River where the dead bodies are cremated. From here we will visit Boudhanath Stupa which is located 8km east of Kathmandu. Boudhanath stupa is dome shaped monument representing the mind of Buddha and pilgrimage destination for Tantric Buddha.  . In the afternoon we will drive to Patan Durbar Square which is situated in the southern area of the city. The square is dotted with ancient palaces, temples and shrines which are known for their antique and exquisite carvings. From here we will proceed to Kathmandu Durbar Square which is the historic seat of Nepalese royalty. Here we will visit Kastamandap Temple (a temple rumored to be constructed from the wood of single tree), Taleju temple, statue of Kal Vairab, Basantapur palace and Kumari Temple (residence of living goddess Kumari).  After this we will pay our visit to Swoyambhunath temple which is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple dates back to 2500years and is situated in the hilltop offering the astonishing view of Kathmandu. Return back to hotel for overnight stay.

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Embark on a short and scenic flight that offers a unique perspective of the Annapurna region. After departing from Pokhara, the aircraft takes off and ascends into the sky, gradually revealing the breathtaking landscapes below.

As you gaze out of the airplane window, you'll be treated to awe-inspiring views of the majestic mountains that dominate the region. The snow-capped peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges command attention, standing tall and proud against the clear blue sky. The sight of these towering giants is truly humbling and a reminder of the incredible beauty of the Himalayas.

The flight path takes you over deep valleys, where you can witness the rugged terrain and winding rivers that carve their way through the landscape. The lush greenery of forests and terraced fields add a vibrant contrast to the ruggedness of the mountains, creating a captivating tapestry of nature's wonders.

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Trekking from Dhampus to Landrung offers an immersive experience in the stunning natural beauty of the Annapurna region. As you begin your trek from Dhampus, you'll descend from the hilltop village and follow a trail that winds through terraced fields and lush green forests. The initial descent provides captivating views of the surrounding valleys and the majestic peaks of the Annapurna range in the distance.

As you make your way along the trail, you'll find yourself surrounded by the tranquility of nature. The trail meanders through dense forests adorned with rhododendron and oak trees, creating a serene ambiance. The vibrant colors of the blooming rhododendron flowers, especially during the spring season, add a splash of beauty to the landscape. The sound of birds chirping and the occasional rustle of wildlife enhance the sense of being immersed in nature.

The trek from Dhampus to Landrung also offers glimpses of local life and cultural encounters. Along the way, you'll pass through charming villages where you can observe the daily activities of the local inhabitants. The villages are predominantly inhabited by Gurung and Magar communities, known for their rich culture and warm hospitality. Interacting with the locals provides an opportunity to learn about their way of life, traditions, and customs.

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Trekking from Landrung to Ghandruk takes you on a scenic and culturally rich journey through the beautiful landscapes of the Annapurna region. Starting from Landrung, the trail gradually ascends, leading you through terraced fields and forested paths. As you make your way, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and valleys, and on clear days, you may catch glimpses of the majestic Himalayan peaks in the distance.

One of the highlights of this trek is passing through charming Gurung villages. These villages are known for their traditional architecture, with stone houses and intricately carved wooden windows. The friendly locals are proud of their Gurung heritage and warmly welcome trekkers, providing an opportunity to immerse yourself in their culture. You can witness their traditional way of life, observe their daily activities, and perhaps even participate in their customs and celebrations.

The trek from Landrung to Ghandruk is a visual delight, with stunning landscapes at every turn. The trail takes you through lush forests adorned with rhododendron trees, which burst into vibrant blooms during the spring season. Walking amidst the vibrant colors and fragrant aroma of the flowers creates a truly enchanting experience. As you ascend, you'll come across cascading waterfalls, terraced fields, and panoramic vistas of the surrounding hills and mountains, adding to the charm of the trek.

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Embarking on the trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani takes you on a captivating journey through the breathtaking landscapes of the Annapurna region. Departing from the picturesque village of Ghandruk, the trail initially descends through stone staircases and terraced fields. As you make your way down, you'll be able to soak in the scenic beauty of the surrounding hills and valleys, as well as observe the traditional village life of Ghandruk.

Once you've descended from Ghandruk, the trail gradually leads you deeper into the heart of the Annapurna region. One of the highlights of this trek is the mesmerizing forested trails that you'll encounter. These enchanting forests are adorned with tall trees, including rhododendron, oak, and bamboo. The dense foliage provides a sense of tranquility as you walk through the cool shade of the forest, occasionally catching glimpses of sunlight filtering through the leaves.

As you trek through the forested trails, you'll also have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich biodiversity of the region. The forests are home to various species of birds, including colorful Himalayan birds, as well as occasional sightings of wildlife such as langurs or Himalayan deer. This adds an element of excitement and a connection with nature during your trekking experience.

Continuing along the trail, you'll gradually ascend towards Tadapani. The scenery changes as you gain elevation, and the views become more expansive. As you approach Tadapani, you'll be rewarded with panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains, including the majestic peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The sight of these snow-capped giants against the clear blue sky is truly awe-inspiring and serves as a reminder of the immense beauty of the Himalayas.

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Trekking from Tadapani to Ghorepani typically takes around 4 to 5 hours, depending on your pace and the trail conditions. Here's a description of the trek:

Starting from Tadapani, you'll set out on the trail towards Ghorepani. The trek begins with a descent through forested paths, offering glimpses of the surrounding mountain scenery. The trail meanders through lush rhododendron and oak forests, creating a serene and picturesque ambiance.

As you continue along the trail, you'll encounter occasional steep ascents and descents, providing a mix of challenging and moderate sections. The path is well-marked and well-maintained, making it relatively easy to navigate. Throughout the trek, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.

Along the way, you'll come across small settlements and tea houses where you can take short breaks, have refreshments, and interact with fellow trekkers. These rest stops also offer an opportunity to enjoy the local hospitality and immerse yourself in the charming mountain culture.

As you approach Ghorepani, the trail gradually ascends, and you'll begin to feel a sense of excitement as you near your destination. The final stretch of the trek brings you to Ghorepani, a vibrant village nestled at an altitude of around 2,850 meters (9,350 feet). The village is known for its panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, especially during sunrise and sunset.

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Climbing to Poon Hill is an enchanting experience that begins in the early morning hours from Ghorepani. The trail winds its way through rhododendron forests as you ascend towards the summit. The climb usually takes around an hour and a half to two hours, and although it involves uphill sections, it is a manageable trek. As you near the top, the first rays of the sun start to illuminate the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, creating a magical scene. The panoramic view from Poon Hill is simply breathtaking, offering a picturesque sunrise over the snow-capped peaks. It's a remarkable moment to capture photographs and soak in the serene beauty of the mountains.

After enjoying the sunrise view from Poon Hill, you'll descend back to Ghorepani, where your trek to Birethanti begins. The trail initially leads you through lush forests, filled with the fragrance of rhododendron and the songs of birds. As you walk, the landscape gradually changes, revealing terraced fields, small villages, and the occasional encounter with locals going about their daily lives.

One notable village you'll pass through is Ulleri, known for its traditional stone-paved steps. The descent from Ulleri can be steep, but it is a unique experience walking down these ancient steps, surrounded by the natural beauty of the surroundings.

Continuing your trek from Ulleri, you'll be treated to a variety of landscapes, including dense forests, cascading waterfalls, and glimpses of the impressive mountains. The trail follows the Bhurungdi Khola (river), and as you cross suspension bridges, you'll appreciate the scenic beauty of the river valleys.

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From Birethanti we will continue the downhill walk through the terraced fields and pristine hamlets inhabited by people of different ethnic group witnessing the magical Himalayan view to the village of Nayapool. From here we will catch a ride to Pokhara. As we arrive we will check into the hotel have breakfast and  set off for city tour and visit places like David’s fall, Gupteshwor cave and Tibetan refugee camp. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

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The drive from Pokhara to Chitwan National Park takes you on a scenic journey through diverse landscapes. As you depart from Pokhara, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges. The road initially winds through hills and valleys, providing a picturesque backdrop for your journey. You'll pass by charming villages and witness the rural life of the local communities along the way.

As you continue on the Prithvi Highway, the road descends and you'll reach Mugling, where the highway diverges. From here, you'll head south towards Narayangarh, which serves as the gateway to Chitwan National Park. The road gradually transitions from the hills to the flat Terai plains, and the landscape changes to lush farmlands and rice paddies. The journey through the Terai region offers a different perspective of Nepal, showcasing the rural agricultural life and the traditional Tharu villages that dot the area.

As you approach Narayangarh, you'll have the opportunity to witness the bustling town with its markets and local businesses. From Narayangarh, it's a short drive to Sauraha, the main tourist hub located near the entrance of Chitwan National Park. Sauraha offers a range of accommodations, dining options, and activities for visitors to enjoy.

The drive from Pokhara to Chitwan National Park typically takes around 4 to 5 hours, depending on traffic and road conditions. It's a scenic journey that allows you to witness the transition from the mountains to the plains, experience the local culture, and anticipate the wildlife adventures that await you in Chitwan National Park.

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Exploring Chitwan National Park is an immersive adventure that allows you to discover the diverse wildlife, lush landscapes, and cultural experiences of the region. The park is renowned for its incredible biodiversity, making it a haven for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers.One of the highlights of visiting Chitwan National Park is embarking on a jungle safari. With experienced guides leading the way, you can choose from various options such as jeep safaris, canoe rides, and nature walks. These excursions take you deep into the heart of the park, where you have the opportunity to spot a wide range of wildlife. From majestic rhinoceroses and deer grazing in the grasslands to playful monkeys swinging through the trees, the park is teeming with animal encounters. If you're lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the elusive Bengal tiger prowling through the jungle. Chitwan National Park is also famous for its elephant activities. You can participate in an elephant-back safari, where you ride atop these gentle giants and venture into the dense forests. It's a unique and memorable experience, allowing you to observe wildlife from a close vantage point while the elephants expertly navigate the terrain. Additionally, you can witness elephants bathing and engage in interactions with them at the elephant breeding centers, gaining insights into their conservation efforts. A visit to Chitwan National Park is not only about wildlife encounters but also an opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the region. The Tharu people, the indigenous inhabitants of the Terai region, have a unique culture and lifestyle. You can attend cultural performances that showcase traditional music, dance, and costumes, offering a glimpse into the vibrant Tharu culture. Exploring Tharu villages provides a chance to interact with locals, learn about their customs, and experience their warm hospitality. Nature walks within the park are another way to explore the rich biodiversity of Chitwan National Park. Accompanied by knowledgeable guides, you can venture into the wilderness, discovering the intricate ecosystems and diverse plant life. The park is also a paradise for birdwatchers, with a plethora of avian species. Canoe rides along the rivers allow you to observe colorful kingfishers, elegant herons, and other bird species in their natural habitat. Finally, don't miss the opportunity to witness the stunning sunrises and sunsets in Chitwan National Park. The park's natural beauty is enhanced by the golden hues of the rising or setting sun, creating a mesmerizing ambiance. Capture these magical moments and cherish the memories of the serene and picturesque experiences.

Exploring Chitwan National Park offers a unique blend of wildlife encounters, cultural immersion, and natural beauty. It's a chance to connect with nature, gain insights into the local culture, and create lasting memories of your journey in this remarkable national park.

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The drive back to Kathmandu from Chitwan National Park takes you on a scenic journey through diverse landscapes, allowing you to reflect on your wildlife and nature adventures. Starting from the town of Sauraha, the main tourist hub near the park, you'll bid farewell to the natural wonders and embark on your return trip.As you leave Chitwan behind, the road initially takes you through the flat and fertile Terai plains. The landscape unfolds before you, revealing vast stretches of agricultural fields, including rice paddies, mustard fields, and other crops. The Terai region is known for its agricultural productivity, and you'll have the opportunity to observe the rural way of life as you pass through small villages and hamlets along the way.The journey from Chitwan to Kathmandu offers a chance to witness the traditional rural communities of Nepal. You'll catch glimpses of locals engaged in their daily activities, farmers tending to their fields, and perhaps even encounter traditional markets where fresh produce and local products are sold. As you continue on the road, the landscape gradually changes as you approach the foothills of the Himalayas. The flat plains give way to rolling hills, and the scenery becomes more picturesque. You'll pass through lush forests and terraced fields, and the air becomes cooler as you gain elevation.The road winds its way through the hills, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys and mountain ranges. On a clear day, you might catch glimpses of snow-capped peaks in the distance, creating a stunning backdrop for your journey. As you near Kathmandu, the road becomes busier and more populated. You'll pass through towns and suburban areas, witnessing the bustling daily life of the capital city. The drive concludes as you enter Kathmandu, with its vibrant streets, bustling markets, and a mix of modern and traditional architecture.

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Today you are free to do anything you like. You can either explore the city on your own, or do some family shopping or simply opt for relaxation in your hotel lounge.

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Farewell from Nepal! It has been a pleasure to assist you and provide information about this beautiful country. Nepal offers a rich tapestry of natural wonders, cultural heritage, and warm hospitality that leaves a lasting impression on visitors. Whether you've explored the majestic Himalayas, delved into the cultural treasures of Kathmandu, or ventured into the wildlife sanctuaries, I hope your time in Nepal has been filled with unforgettable experiences and cherished memories.

As you bid farewell to Nepal, take with you the vibrant colors of prayer flags fluttering in the mountain breeze, the sound of temple bells echoing in the valleys, and the warmth of the Nepali people who welcomed you with open arms. May the adventures and insights gained during your time here stay with you as you continue your journey.

Annapurna Discovery Trek Include / Exclude

Cost Includes

  •     International and domestic flights: The cost typically does not include international flights to and from Nepal or domestic flights within Nepal to reach the trek starting point.
  •     Travel insurance: It is generally recommended to have travel insurance that covers trekking activities, including medical emergencies, evacuation, and trip cancellations. This is usually not included in the trek cost.
  •     Personal expenses: Expenses such as additional meals, snacks, drinks, alcoholic beverages, souvenirs, and personal gear are typically not included.
  •     Tips: Tips for guides, porters, and trekking staff are not usually included in the package cost but are customary in Nepal.
  •     Additional services: Optional activities such as sightseeing tours, cultural experiences, or extra days in Kathmandu or Pokhara may not be included and will incur additional costs.

Cost Excludes

  •         International and domestic flights: The cost typically does not include international flights to and from Nepal or domestic flights within Nepal to reach the trek starting point.
  •         Travel insurance: It is generally recommended to have travel insurance that covers trekking activities, including medical emergencies, evacuation, and trip cancellations. This is usually not included in the trek cost.
  •         Personal expenses: Expenses such as additional meals, snacks, drinks, alcoholic beverages, souvenirs, and personal gear are typically not included.
  •         Tips: Tips for guides, porters, and trekking staff are not usually included in the package cost but are customary in Nepal.
  •         Additional services: Optional activities such as sightseeing tours, cultural experiences, or extra days in Kathmandu or Pokhara may not be included and will incur additional costs.

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Additional Information

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.

Nepal Visas information and 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  U 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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