Annapurna Himalayan Highlights (Family Trekking)
Annapurna Himalayan Highlights (Family Trekking)
Annapurna Himalayan Highlights (Family Trekking)
Annapurna Himalayan Highlights (Family Trekking)
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Annapurna Himalayan Highlights (Family Trekking)

Annapurna Himalayan Hightlights is a family trekking where you can explore around Annapurna region of Nepal. Annapurna is a part of the Himalayas which lies in the north-central part 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.

Fact About Trip

Trip Duration:

11 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 Himalayan Highlights (Family Trekking)

Annapurna Himalayan Hightlights is a family trekking where you can explore around Annapurna region of Nepal. Annapurna is a part of the Himalayas which lies in the north-central part 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 Himalayan Highlights (Family Trekking) Itinerary
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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.

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Sightseeing / Cultural Day in Kathmandu Valley Half day sightseeing around UNESCO Bhaktapur / Kathmandu where your guide will escort you on a tour of Buddhist and Hindu temples and 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 finalised. Overnight in Kathmandu.

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Departing from Kathmandu, you'll embark on a scenic drive towards Pokhara. The journey takes you through the Prithvi Highway, offering stunning views of the countryside. As you leave the bustling streets of Kathmandu behind, the road winds through picturesque landscapes, passing through small towns and rural settlements. You'll catch glimpses of terraced fields, traditional houses, and the local way of life.

The drive to Pokhara is approximately 200 kilometers (125 miles) and takes around 6-7 hours, depending on traffic conditions and road conditions. Along the way, you'll have the opportunity to make stops at notable attractions. One popular stop is the Manakamana Temple, located on a hilltop and accessible by a scenic cable car ride. The temple is a significant Hindu pilgrimage site, and its picturesque setting provides breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

Upon reaching Pokhara, you'll be greeted by the serene ambiance of this lakeside city. Pokhara is renowned for its natural beauty, with the Annapurna mountain range serving as a stunning backdrop. The city offers a range of accommodation options, from luxury resorts to budget-friendly guesthouses. You can choose a hotel based on your preferences and budget.

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The journey from Pokhara to Tikhedhunga is the starting point for many trekkers venturing into the Annapurna region. Departing from Pokhara, a vibrant lakeside city, you'll begin your adventure in the breathtaking Himalayan landscape. From Pokhara, you'll embark on a scenic drive to Nayapul, the trailhead for the Annapurna Base Camp and Ghorepani Poon Hill treks. The drive takes you through picturesque countryside, passing by terraced fields, charming villages, and lush greenery. The road winds along the valley, offering glimpses of the surrounding hills and distant mountain peaks. Once you reach Nayapul, the real trekking journey begins. You'll start walking along the trail, which initially follows the Modi Khola river. The path meanders through small villages, allowing you to catch a glimpse of the local way of life. You'll encounter terraced fields where farmers work the land, and you might even have the opportunity to interact with friendly locals along the way.

As you continue trekking, the trail gradually ascends through lush forests, with occasional steep sections. You'll cross suspension bridges that span the gushing rivers, adding a sense of adventure to your journey. The trail offers glimpses of the surrounding mountains and the awe-inspiring natural beauty of the region.

After a few hours of trekking, you'll arrive at Tikhedhunga, a charming village nestled amidst the mountains. Tikhedhunga serves as a popular stopping point for trekkers, providing basic accommodation and dining facilities. It's a tranquil and picturesque location, surrounded by green hills and the sounds of nature. Tikhedhunga is also the gateway to further trekking adventures, such as continuing on to Ghorepani or the Annapurna Base Camp. Trekkers often spend the night in Tikhedhunga, allowing them to rest and recharge before continuing their trek the next day. The journey from Pokhara to Tikhedhunga encompasses a mix of road travel and trekking. It offers a gradual transition from the vibrant city to the peaceful mountain landscape, allowing you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty and serenity of the Annapurna region.

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The trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani is a captivating journey through diverse landscapes and charming villages. Departing from Tikhedhunga, you'll bid farewell to the tranquil surroundings and begin your ascent towards Ghorepani. The initial part of the trek involves a steep uphill climb to the village of Ulleri. As you ascend, the stone-paved steps present a challenge but also offer a sense of accomplishment. The trail takes you through dense forests adorned with vibrant rhododendron and oak trees, providing shade and a refreshing atmosphere.

After reaching Ulleri, the trail becomes more gradual, allowing you to soak in the stunning landscapes and panoramic mountain views. You'll pass through terraced fields, where locals cultivate crops on the slopes, and charming villages where you can witness the local way of life. Interacting with the friendly villagers provides insights into their culture and traditions, creating meaningful connections along the way.

As you trek further, you'll come across small settlements like Banthanti and Nangathanti. These serve as ideal rest stops where you can rejuvenate with a cup of tea or a snack, and enjoy the serene surroundings. These breaks also offer opportunities to share stories and experiences with fellow trekkers, fostering a sense of camaraderie.

The trail continues through picturesque rhododendron forests, especially breathtaking during the spring when the flowers are in full bloom. The vibrant colors create a captivating backdrop for your journey, and the fragrant air adds to the enchanting atmosphere. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife sightings, as the forests are home to various bird species and occasional rare animals.

As you approach Ghorepani, the village comes into view, nestled amidst the mountains. The warm hospitality of the locals and the cozy tea houses welcome weary trekkers. Ghorepani is a popular stopover point, and trekkers often spend the night here, preparing for the early morning ascent to Poon Hill for a breathtaking sunrise view.

 

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The trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani takes you on a memorable journey through enchanting landscapes and cultural encounters. Starting from Ghorepani, you'll set off early in the morning, heading towards Tadapani.

One of the highlights of this trek is the early morning hike to Poon Hill. Before sunrise, you'll ascend to Poon Hill to witness the breathtaking panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. As the sun begins to rise, the mountains are bathed in golden hues, creating a magical spectacle that leaves a lasting impression. It's a perfect opportunity to capture stunning photographs and immerse yourself in the serenity of the mountains.

After experiencing the beauty of Poon Hill, you'll descend back to Ghorepani to continue your trek to Tadapani. The trail winds through rhododendron forests, offering a burst of vibrant colors, especially during the spring season when the flowers are in full bloom. The dense forest provides a serene ambiance and shade as you make your way through the trail.

As you continue trekking, you'll pass through charming villages and encounter friendly locals going about their daily lives. This presents an opportunity to learn about the local culture, traditions, and interact with the warm-hearted inhabitants of the region. You may also come across teahouses and rest stops along the way, where you can take a break, refuel with delicious local cuisine, and relax before continuing your journey.

The trail from Ghorepani to Tadapani offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. As you gain elevation, you'll be rewarded with panoramic vistas of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, creating breathtaking backdrops at every turn. It's a visual feast for nature lovers and provides ample opportunities to appreciate the grandeur of the Himalayas.

After several hours of trekking, you'll reach Tadapani, a tranquil village nestled amidst the mountains. Tadapani is known for its serene atmosphere and stunning mountain views. Here, you can rest and rejuvenate in one of the teahouses, enjoying the warm hospitality of the locals. As you settle in, you can relish the beauty of the surroundings and reflect on the incredible experiences of your trek so far.

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The trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk is a scenic and culturally enriching journey through the Annapurna region. Starting from Tadapani, a picturesque village nestled amidst lush forests, you'll embark on the trail towards Ghandruk.

Leaving Tadapani behind, the trail meanders through enchanting rhododendron and oak forests. Depending on the season, you may witness a vibrant display of colorful rhododendron blossoms, creating a breathtaking natural spectacle. The fragrance of the flowers and the tranquil atmosphere immerse you in the beauty of the surroundings.

As you descend from the forested hills, the trail leads you to Kimrong Khola, a small river that you'll cross via a suspension bridge. This provides a refreshing break, allowing you to soak in the peacefulness of the surroundings and perhaps dip your feet in the cool waters of the river.

From Kimrong Khola, the trail gradually ascends, taking you to the village of Ghandruk. The uphill climb rewards you with panoramic views of the valleys and terraced fields below. Along the way, you'll pass through charming Gurung villages, where you can witness the traditional lifestyle and interact with the friendly locals. The stone houses, adorned with colorful prayer flags, add to the cultural richness and charm of the region.

As you approach Ghandruk, the sight of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) mountain ranges unfolds before you. The snow-capped peaks create a majestic backdrop for the village, offering awe-inspiring views. The mountains, especially during sunrise or sunset, cast a golden glow over the landscape, creating a truly magical experience.

Ghandruk itself is a traditional Gurung village and a major settlement in the Annapurna region. Take some time to explore its narrow streets, visit the local museum to learn about the Gurung culture, and enjoy traditional dances and music. The warm hospitality of the locals adds to the overall charm of the village.

The trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk combines the beauty of nature, cultural encounters, and stunning mountain vistas. It allows you to immerse yourself in the serene environment of the Annapurna region while gaining insights into the rich cultural heritage of the Gurung community.

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The trek from Ghandruk to Pokhara is the final leg of many trekkers' journey in the Annapurna region. It takes you from the charming village of Ghandruk back to the bustling city of Pokhara, offering a mix of natural beauty and cultural encounters. Departing from Ghandruk, a traditional Gurung settlement, you'll start your trek towards Pokhara. After a hearty breakfast, you'll bid farewell to the stunning mountain views and the warm hospitality of the locals. The trail takes you through stone-paved pathways and terraced fields, creating a picturesque setting. As you descend from Ghandruk, you'll pass through lush forests and cascading waterfalls. The trail offers occasional glimpses of the surrounding valleys and distant mountain peaks, reminding you of the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas. You'll also come across small villages along the way, providing insights into the local way of life and offering opportunities for cultural encounters. The route from Ghandruk to Pokhara follows a well-defined path that takes you through scenic landscapes. As you continue trekking, you'll reach Nayapul, a small town that serves as a major transit point. This is where many trekkers begin their Annapurna treks, and you'll have the chance to witness the vibrant energy and buzz of adventure seekers embarking on their own journeys. From Nayapul, the trek continues, leading you through charming villages, terraced fields, and riverside trails. You'll gradually descend, taking in the beauty of the surroundings and reflecting on the incredible experiences and memories you've made throughout your trek. As you near the end of your journey, the landscape transforms into a more urban setting, with paved roads and suburban areas becoming more prominent. The trail leads you closer to the outskirts of Pokhara, giving you a glimpse of the city's vibrant streets and lively atmosphere. Finally, you'll arrive in Pokhara, a bustling city that serves as a gateway to the Annapurna region. Here, you can celebrate the completion of your trek, relax, and enjoy the comforts of the city. Pokhara offers a range of accommodation options, restaurants, and lakeside attractions, allowing you to unwind and reflect on your trekking adventure.

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The drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara takes you on a scenic journey along the Prithvi Highway. You'll pass through picturesque countryside, charming villages, and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding hills. Along the way, you can make stops at places like the Manakamana Temple. The drive takes approximately 6-7 hours, and as you approach Kathmandu, you'll enter a more urbanized area with bustling streets and vibrant markets. It's a chance to reflect on your Annapurna adventures and transition from the tranquility of Pokhara to the energy of Kathmandu.

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After returning to Kathmandu, you'll have a free day to explore the city. In the evening, you can enjoy a cultural show with a Nepali dinner, immersing yourself in traditional music and dance performances. Finally, you can return to your hotel in Kathmandu for a comfortable night's rest.

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On your final day in Kathmandu, it will be time to bid farewell to Nepal. To ensure a smooth departure, you will be transferred to the airport. The hotel staff or your tour operator will arrange for a vehicle to pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport. Once you reach the airport, you can proceed with the necessary check-in procedures and board your flight. Make sure to check the flight timings and any specific requirements well in advance to avoid any last-minute rush. As you leave Nepal, you can reflect on the incredible experiences and memories you have made during your time in this beautiful country.

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Additional Information

Trekking Info

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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