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Easy Full-Day Hiking with Sunrise from Sarangkot

1. Easy Full-Day Hiking with Sunrise from Sarangkot

Start your day bright and early at 5:00 AM at your Lakeside area accommodation in Pokhara. Here, waiting in the lobby, your friendly driver/guide will be eager to meet you and after a brief meet and greet, you will head off on a short and scenic 40-minute drive to the top of Sarangkot hill.  Upon your arrival at Sarangkot hill, you will have the opportunity to take a scenic 30-minute hike to get yourself to a great vantage point that is excellent for views. From this location, you will have unimpeded views of the Sunrise over Mount Annapurna, truly a sight to behold. After your Sunset viewing experience, you will then enjoy a hike that descends through villages and forests. Your guide will be sure to fill you with heaps of information about the surrounding area as you pass through it. You will continue your descent until you reach Fewa Lake from the North-west, here, you will commence your walk on flat rice terrace for roughly 40-minutes. Whilst doing so, you'll cross a small bridge before ascending again to the World peace Stupa. From the top of Stupa, you will again enjoy more breathtaking views of the Annapurna ranges, Fewa Lake and Pokhara valley. During your time here you'll also get to explore the world peace pagoda and the Buddhist chanting room. Continue on your descent further for another hour until you reach the bottom of the hill. At this point, you will walk further to reach Devi's waterfall, and in front of it, the Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave. After your waterfall and cave experience, you will be transported back to the Lakeside area, completing your day of adventure. 

From Pokhara: Annapurna Base Camp Trek

2. From Pokhara: Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapuran range is the most exquisite , with some of the world's highest mountain views including Annapurna I (8,091m / 10th highest). While the foothills are dominated by diverse ethnic groups with their charming villages and terraced farms, higher reaches are pristine roved only by shepherds. We will come across the several view points with world famous Himalayan views. The trekking is the best insight into the Nepalese mountain lifestyle, ethnic diversity and a moderate adventure in the Himalayas.  Our trek starts from Pokhara, the natural capital of Nepal. Pokhara is known as lake city with an amphitheater of mountains. Annapurna range makes its northern wall. This is a base for several treks in the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. We drive 44 km / 1.5 hrs to the trekking trail head at 1,100 m from Pokhara and start our trek to Ghorepani first. Ghorepani or its top Pun Hill (3,200 m) offers view of about 15 snow peaks including Dhaulagiri I (8,167m / 7th highest), Annapurna I (8,091m / 10th highest) and Manaslu (8,156m / 8th highest). This is the good start of the trek. Then we will walk through the rhododendron forest to Chhomrong village across the Annapurna South. From here one can enjoy the heights of Annapurna South and Fishtail. The trail further enters into the narrow valley wedged between Annapuran south and Fishtail. At Fishtail base camp (3,700 m), we come to meadows and glacial moraine with relatively bright and wide valley. Annapurna base camp (4,200 m) has snow peaks at 360 degree. Day 01: Drive to Nayapul from Pokhara (1.5 hrs) and trek to Thikedunga (4 hrs) We will depart Pokhara at around 8:30 by a private car. The road snacks through the scenic country side for about 1.5 hrs to the trekking trail head at Nayapul. This is the confluence of Modi river draining Annapurna base camp and Burungdi river. We follow upstream Burungdi river climbing gradually for about 4 hrs to Thikedunga. Thikedunga is a small charming village full of lodges where we will spend the night. Day 02: Climb to Ghorepani (6 hrs / 2,800 m) After breakfast, we will start our days walk with steep climb to Ulleri village. There are about 3,000 stone steps to Ulleri village which will take about 2 hrs to climb. From Ulleri the trail climbs gradually through the forest for another 4 hrs to Ghorepani at 2,800 m. Ghorepani is the mountain pass overlooking at the deep KaliGandaki valley wedged between two eight thousand meter peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. Day 03: Hike to Pun Hill (50 mints / 3,200 m) | Trek to Tadapani Pun Hill is the most beautiful view point in the Annapurna region. We will hike for about 50 mints to Pun Hill at 3,200 m for sunrise view over the Himalayan peaks. One can see about 15 different peaks including Dhaulagiri I (8,167m / 7th highest), Annapurna  I (8,091m / 10th highest) and Manaslu (8,156 m / 8th highest). After breakfast, we will head for our next destination of Tadapani. The trail passes through the rhododendron forest with few ups and downs of 400 m each. Day 04: Trek to Chhomroong (5 hrs / 2,100 m) Tadapani has got the beautiful view of Annapurna south and Fishtail mountain. From here we will climb down steeply about 900 m to the valley basin at Ghurjung river. Climb gradually along the mountain side to Chhomrong perched high up on the mountain ridge. Chhomrong is a large Gurung village at the corridore of Annapurna Sanctuary. The village offer the upclose view of Annapurna South (7,219 m), Fishtail (6,993 m). Day 05: Trek to Dovan (2,400 m / 6 hrs) Trek down to Chhomrong khola (river) and then climb up to Sinwa in 3 hrs. From here we enter into steep valley towards Annapurna sanctuary at the buttresses of Annapurna South and Fishtail. From Sinwa we will climb down to Modi River at the little hemlet of 'Bamboo' in 2 hrs and then climb gradually for another hour to Dovan (2,400m). Day 06: Climb to Deurali (5 hrs / 3,300 m) Above Dovan we enter into the region where effect of the high altitude effects are felt. So with slow pace we gradually climb to another hamlet of Himalaya in 2 hrs. Himalaya has got two lodges. After Himalaya (2,900m), we enter into sparsely vegetated rocky terrain and climb steeply for one hrs to Hinku cave. Deurali is across the arduous moraine intercepted by creeks with ice deposition. 07: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (5 hrs / 4,200m) The trail from Deurali to Fishtail base camp is avalanche prone area. So we will change the route to the other side of the Modi river according to the situation. It will take about 3 hrs to get to Fishtail base camp at 3,700 m. At Fishtail base camp valley opens up wide and bright with beautiful snow peaks. The trail to Annapruna base camp climbs gradually to the snowfield and the the edge of glacier. At base camp we are at the base of world's highest mountains surrounding us in 360 degree. Day 08: Trek down to Bamboo (6 hrs) After a beautiful sunrise view over the Annapurnas, we will head down slowly to Bamboo. First part of the trail might be steep and slippery. Bamboo is a clean settlement before we climb to Sinwa. Day 09: Trek back to Jhinu Danda (5 hrs / 1,600 m)| Bathe in natural hot spring We follow the same trail that we took to climb up till Chhomrong. Climb down steely on the stone steeps to the village of Jhinu. We settle into our lodge and then head down half and hour to natural hot spring pool in the shore of Modi river. Enjoy the natural hot spring and enjoy your last night in the mountain. Day 10: Follow the Modi river coast to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara From Jhinu, we will basically traverse along the Modi river to Nayapul from where we started our trek in 5 hrs. We will be picked up by a car for a drive to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

Ghandruk: 3-Day Loop Trek from Pokhara

3. Ghandruk: 3-Day Loop Trek from Pokhara

Get a taste of the Himalayas in this 3-day trek through dense green forest and paddy fields. With the help of an expert guide, learn the traditions of the local people as well as the history of the Annapurna region.     Day 1: Pokhara to Ghandruk (1540m) 5-6 hours hike.  The day starts with hotel pickup and a 1.5-hour drive to Nayapul. From Nayapul trek up to Ghandruk, enjoying the dense green forest along the way. Once in Ghandruk, visit the Gurung museum to learn the history of the region and the traditions of the Gurung community. Spot the nearby peaks such as Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Annapurna II, Hinuchuli, and Fishtail. Overnight in lodge.   Day 2: Gandruk to Pothana (2870m) 5-6 hours hike. Wake up early to witness the first rays of sun over the Himalayas. After breakfast, descend down to Modi Khola then climb up to Landruk village. Pass through paddy fields and walk past the village of Deurali before reaching the overnight lodge in Pothana. Day 3: Pothana to Pokhara, 3-4 hours hike. Spend the morning exploring Pothana and take in great views of Annapurna Massif, Fishtail, and other mountains. The trek then begins to Phedi, where the coach will be waiting to return the group to Pokhara.

From Pokhara: Sunrise View from Sarangkot Viewing Point

4. From Pokhara: Sunrise View from Sarangkot Viewing Point

Wake up early in the morning and take the 25-minute scenic drive to reach the beautiful hill of Sarangkot, one of the most popular Himalayan viewing points in Pokhara, towering at an altitude of 1600 meters. The hill offers a spectacular and mesmerizing sunrise view over the famous Himalayan mountain range. The sunrise view over the snow-capped peaks is breathtaking during the dawn. Take full advantage of a visit to Sarangkot Vantage Point, which propounds the Annapurna range along with Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and many more mountains, before you return to your hotel.

From Kathmandu: 11-Day Annapurna Base Camp Trek

5. From Kathmandu: 11-Day Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Start your trek to Annapurna Base Camp by meandering through lowland hillsides abundant with golden rice terraces. Explore small villages to witness the different cultures and lifestyles of the local people. Along the way, trek past the stunning Annapurna South and Machapuchare (‘fishtail’) peaks. Continue to the base camp to admire the great peaks of Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Fang, Annapurna, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Machapuchare. Marvel at the deep glacier-covered amphitheater they create. Stay in teahouses and lodges where delicious hot meals are provided. Itinerary: Day 1: Get picked up from Kathmandu by private car and driven to Pokhara. Relax during the 6-hour drive and enjoy the views through the window. Stay overnight in a hotel in Pokhara. Day 2: After breakfast in your hotel, hop in the private vehicle for a 30-minute drive to Phedi, where you start the trekking excursion. Spend 4-5 hours trekking to Tolka with a break for lunch on the way. Stay overnight at a lodge/teahouse where you will also have dinner. Day 3: After having breakfast, trek from Tolka to Jhinu Danda (1,780 m). Spend about 5-6 hours walking, with a stop for lunch. Enjoy dinner at the lodge/teahouse where you will spend the night. Day 4: Trek from Tadapani towards Sinuwa (2,310 m)/Bamboo Lodge via Chhomrong. Walk for 6-7 hours with lunch provided. Stay in a lodge/teahouse overnight. Day 5: Hike for 6-7 hours to Deurali (3,020 m). Enjoy lunch on the way and overnight accommodation with dinner at a teahouse/lodge in Deurali. Day 6: Trek for about 4-5 hours to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m). Enjoy lunch on the way and stay overnight in a teahouse where you will also have dinner. Day 7: Start heading down from the base camp. Walk for 5-6 hours to Dovan (2,600 m), where overnight accommodation and dinner await. Day 8: Walk for 5 hours from Dovan to Chhomrong (2,170 m). Stay overnight at a teahouse. Day 9: Trek from Chhomrong to Ghandrung (1,940 m). Walk for 4 hours and stay overnight at a teahouse. Day 10: On the final day of trekking, walk for 3 hours from Ghandrung to Nayapul (1,070 m). Be driven back to Pokhara, where you will spend the night at a hotel. Day 11: Take a 6-hour bus drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, where you will spend the night in a hotel.

Kathmandu: 13-Day Annapurna Circuit Trek

6. Kathmandu: 13-Day Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is still without doubt one of the best treks anywhere in the world, despite inroads being developed in the region. It is a trek of diverse culture that starts in the lush fields of Hindu farmers and takes you through one of the strongest Buddhist regions in Nepal, which is very similar to Tibet. The complete circuit starting from Besisahar takes between 18 and 21 days. Over the last few years, access to each of the major valleys that cut through the Himalayas to the east and west of the Annapurna Massif improves each year, as more sections of Jeep road are completed. Throughout your experience, your guides will make every effort to take this into account, allowing you to avoid hiking on the road as much as you can. Nowadays many people trekking the route choose to fly back to Pokhara from Jomsom or take a jeep to Baglung and a bus back to Pokhara. The Manang Valley is one of many reasons to choose this trekking route, offering a journey over the Thorong La at 5,416 meters. It is spectacular on a clear day, and awards views of the neighboring peaks around you. The full circuit will see you continue on past Jomsom to take a jeep ride for a day to Tatopani and the hot springs. There you can relax before continuing on to Ghorepani and Poon Hill, a part of the trek which has no road. Whatever you choose you will have climbed over the Annapurna Massif, lapped up more culture than you can imagine, and trekked through one of the most beautiful valleys anywhere in the world. At the conclusion of your experience, you will result back in Kathmandu, ready to fly to your next destination.

Kathmandu: 20-Day Tilicho Lake Trek

7. Kathmandu: 20-Day Tilicho Lake Trek

Following two days in Katmandu, the trek starts from Besisahar and follows the Marshyangdi River. These first few days will offer some great views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east. You will then trek through villages inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups, with the trail offering spectacular views of the snow-clad Himalayas. This customized route is basically the same as Annapurna Circuit from Manang, but instead of taking the valley north to Tanki Manang and Yak Kharka, this route traverses the main valley to the west passing through Khanshar Village (the last village of Nepal). Before trekking up to Tilicho Lake, you’ll stop in Yak Kharka then up to the high pass of Thorung La, at an elevation of 5,416 meters. From the pass of Thorung La, the trek leads down to Muktinath then to Jomsom from where a 35-minute scenic flight takes you to Pokhara. Your tour will later conclude with you flying from Pokhara back to Kathmandu, where you will have a final overnight before the conclusion of your experience.

Nepal: 15-Day Manaslu Circuit Trek

8. Nepal: 15-Day Manaslu Circuit Trek

Take the Larkya La Pass and cut behind Manaslu Massif to trek through the Himalayan wilderness. Your trek around the Manaslu Circuit begins with a scenic drive to Aurughat, where you'll hike up the Buri Gandaki River and through the rough gorges between Himalchuli and Ganesh Himal. The trails are steep, but the spiritual support of Buddhist prayer flags and Chortens, and the first sight of Manaslu peak make it all worth it in the end.  Suggested itinerary: Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu Valley Arrive at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and be received with a private vehicle and transfer to the hotel. A representative of the local partner will give you information about further programs. Day 2: 8-Hour Drive to Arughat (640 meters/2,093 feet) Get picked up at 7:00 AM for an 8-hour driving journey to Arughat. From Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi drive for an approximately 3.5-hour drive on paved roads, from which you will then drive another 4-hours to Arughat on a dirt road. Stay overnight at a guest house. Day 3: 6-Hour Trek to Soti Khola (775 meters/2,534 feet) Follow the Budhi Gandaki River toward its point of origin. Pass the village of Morder and Simre to reach the Arkhat River and slowly ascend toward Kyoropani. Camp near the confluence of Seti River, which is an ideal place to take a freshwater bath. Stay overnight at a guest house. Day 4: 5.5-Hour Trek to Machha Khola (900 meters/2,943 feet) The trail descends slowly until you climb again along the mountain ridge to Almara. Pass the forest trail to arrive at Riden Gaon. The valley here cuts the river towards Budhi Gandaki. At Labubesi, the trail follows the sandy river bed of Budhi Gandaki. Camp tonight at Machha River. Stay overnight at a guest house. Day 5: 6-Hour Trek to Jagat (1,340 meters/4,382 feet) Cross the  Machha River and Khola Besi and follow the forested trail toward Dovan. Below Dovan, there is a huge rapid at Budhi Gandaki. As the elevation increases, the rapids and the scenery undergo a complete transformation. At Jagat, there is a police check post where your trekking permit will be checked. Stay overnight at a guest house. Day 6: 6-Hour Trek to Ngyak Phedi (2,310 meters/7,554 feet) Ascend to the terraced hill of Saguleri and have a view of Sringi Himal. Continue towards Sirish Gaon and see as the Gandaki Valley narrows. Stay overnight at a guest house. Day 7: 7-Hour Trek to Ghap (2,100 meters/6,867 feet) Follow the trail upstream Deng River towards a tiny village of four houses. Walkthrough a rock tunnel to avoid the traditional steep climb. At Ghap, experience Tibetan culture as you see Mani stones and Chortens all around. Stay overnight at a guest house. Day 8: 7-Hour Trek to Lho (3,200 meters/10,464 feet) Cross the wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki and follow the path lined with houses interspersed with cultivated fields. At Namru there is a police check post again. After Namru, continue on to Naike Peak and see Manaslu North and Manaslu mountains from here. Set camp near a spring at Lho Gaon and stay overnight at lodge or guest house. Day 9: 6-Hour Trek to Sama Gompa (3,500 meters/11,445 feet) Pass the stone gate and long Mani stone wall of the village after Lho and get a full view of Peak 29. Take a side excursion to Pungen Glacier to get an up-close view of Manaslu. Follow the lateral moraine of Pungen Glacier toward Sama. From the village of Sama, it take another 20 minutes to reach Sama Gompa. Stay overnight at a guest house. Day 10: Samagaon Spend a day at Samagaon to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air. Take a local excursion to visit Birendra Lake. Return to the lodge for an overnight stay. Day 11: 5-Hour Trek to Samdo (4,500 meters/14,715 feet) Climb a terraced hill on the opposite bank of Budhi Gandaki River towards the remote permanent settlement of Samdo. Stay overnight at guest house. Day 12: 8-Hour Climb of Larkya La (5,215 meters/17,053 feet) and Trek to Bimthang (3590 meters) Climb towards Cheo Danda and slowly head steeply uphill towards the moraine and glacier up to Larke Pass. Enjoy stunning views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Gyagi Kung, Kang Kuru, and the Annapurna II. The descent is more difficult than the ascent due to the trail being thin and steep. Walk over the landslide and old moraines towards Bimphedi and stay overnight at a lodge. Day 13: 7-Hour Trek to Tilje (3,900 meters/12,753 feet) The route gets easier today. Start with a gentle climb through paddy fields towards Karcha La Pass and descend through forests to Tilje. Stay overnight at a guest house. Day 14: 4-Hour Trek to Tal (1,725 meters/5,640 feet) and 4-Hour Drive to Besisahar Follow the trail downstream of Marshyangdi River and pass through the scattered villages to reach Tal village. Have lunch and take a local bus back to Besisaharand stay overnight at a guest house. Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu city.

From Kathmandu: Goorepani Poonhill Trekking Trip

9. From Kathmandu: Goorepani Poonhill Trekking Trip

On this 10-day Ghorepani Poonhill trek, explore the tourist hubs of Kathmandu and Pokhara, beautiful mountains, local eateries, ethnic villages, and experience the real beauty of Nepal. Receive constant guidance from trek guides and vast knowledge regarding every corner of the trek. Ghorepani Poonhill is one of the most exciting and enjoyable treks in Nepal. It is a relatively easy trek that’s focused on enjoying the environment and ethnic villages. The trek combines the beautiful scenery of the rhododendron forest and breathtaking views of the Himalayas. The trek starts with an optional transfer from Tribhuvan International Airport to your accommodation in Kathmandu. After a brief stay in Kathmandu, the trip begins. During your stay in Kathmandu, visit several historical landmarks and cultural heritage sites. See UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Basantapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Visit the monkey temple (Swayambhunath) and the famous Buddhist stupa (Boudhanath). Later, the flight to Pokhara is filled with amazing sceneries of high mountains. Enjoy the sunrise from Poonhill, walk through the forest, and witness the warm hospitality of locals. Along the trek, enjoy the exquisite views of giant snowcapped summits like Dhaulagiri (8167 m) and Annapurna (8091 m) and get a chance to explore the local villages and be a part of the local culture. Full trek itinerary: Day 1: Arrival, pickup, and transfer to your hotel with orientation. Stay overnight. Day 2: Sightseeing and trek preparation day. Spend 4 hours sightseeing. Day 3: Drive to Charaudi and start a full day of rafting. Then, head to Pokhara. Day 4: Drive to Nayapul for approximately 1.5 hours. Start 6-hour trek at Ghandrung (1951 m). Day 5: Trek to Tadapani (2630 m) for 6 hours. After breakfast, trek up to Ghorepani. Day 6: Trek to Ghorepani (2926 m) for 6 hours. Day 7: Trek to Nayapul for 7 hours. Then, drive to Pokhara. Day 8: Full-day sightseeing tour of Pokhara Valley. Day 9: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Day 10: Free time until final departure. Get transferred back to Tribhuvan International Airport or your accommodation in Kathmandu.

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What people are saying about Annapurna Massif

The trek to the base camp was a magnificent experience, 100% recommended. Each of the stages is worth it, the ascent was very progressive and well planned by our guides so we did not have any incidents or discomfort at any time. Our incredible guide and porter, the treatment was very close, we consider them friends. They told us stories about Nepal and solved any curiosity we might have. We will certainly repeat!

Great trip - have only words of praise!

From Andreas and Camilla: We have a fan-fucking-tastic trip! Well organized, flexible, lots for the sake of our wishes, a wonderful guide and a porter who we had a lot of fun with. In addition, they taught us a lot about nature, the mountains, the locals and culture. The best recommendations from here!

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