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Day Hike at Annapurna Foothills

1. Day Hike at Annapurna Foothills

Pokhara city is the ultimate platform for adventure sports, and a gateway for the best trekking routes along the Annapurna foothills. In the morning you will meet your guide and driver, and then drive to Kande through a winding highway. The view along the road offers excellent vistas, including Pokhara valley floor and Annapurna mountain range. Start your day trek with your guide from Kande. Follow the trekking trail through forests to reach the Australian camp: 1.5 hours. Australian Camp offers a close view of Mount Annapurna and Fishtail. Continue your walk through hill ridge, following the downhill trail leading to Dhampus village: 1.5 hours walk. Dhampus is a typical Gurung settlement located on the lap of Annapurna Massif, offering an excellent opportunity to witness Nepalese countryside lifestyle, traditions and culture, with excellent mountain views. Spend your time at Dhampus to explore the village.   Then trek down to Phedi:  2 hours walk through lush green forest and farmlands. Your vehicle will pick you up from Phedi and drive to Pokhara, back to your hotel.

Easy Full-Day Hiking with Sunrise from Sarangkot

2. 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. 

Sarangkot Sunrise from Pokhara

3. Sarangkot Sunrise from Pokhara

Sarangkot is the small hilltop which is famous for its breath taking view of sunrise and Annapurna range and Fishtail (Virgin Mountain). From here, you can see a panoramic sweep of Himalayan peaks, from Dhaulagiri (8167m) in the west to the perfect pyramid that is Machhapuchhare (6997m) and the rounded peak of Annapurna II (7937m) in the east. Most people come here at dawn or dusk, when the sun picks out the peaks in brilliant colours. Early in the morning our representative assists you at your hotel and drive to Sarangkot for the breath taking view of sunrise and Annapurna range and sightseeing of the Sarangkot hill packing breakfast at Sarangkot hill and drive back to Pokhara. Itinerary: 5:00am: Our driver and vehicle assists you at your hotel (inside Pokhara lakeside and Pardi area only) and transfer to Sarangkot hill. 5:45am: Panoramic view of sunrise and Annapurna range as well as view of the Pokhara valley 8:00am: Drive back to Pokhara and transfer to customer's hotel. 

Peace Stupa Hike in Pokhara with Boat Ride

4. Peace Stupa Hike in Pokhara with Boat Ride

Peace Stupa is a Buddhist monastery located on a hill ridge surrounding Pokhara valley. Pokhara valley is Himalayan Shangri-la, also called Lake City. Your guide will come to your hotel at 8.30 am, and meet you at the hotel lobby. You will start walking to Phewa Lake area and cross Phewa Lake by boat. Start your uphill climb to Peace Stupa: 2.5 hours walking time. You will also explore typical villages located en-route. Spend time and cherish the moments with the wonderful view of Himalayan ranges combined with overlooks of Pokhara valley floor with Phewa Lake. Later trek down to Phewa Lake (1.5 hours downhill walk) and cross the lake by boat. Walk to your hotel located at Lakeside area.

Pokhara: Sunrise Tour to Sarangkot

5. Pokhara: Sunrise Tour to Sarangkot

After pickup from your hotel, enjoy an early morning drive to Sarangkot. Sarangkot is one of the best viewpoints to admire the Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Fishtail, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and other mountains. You will admire a glorious sunrise from 1592 meters above sea level. The faint glow of the sun will slowly illuminate the peaks in a medley of colors, offering a truly inspiring scene.   After tea or coffee in a small tea house in Sarangkot, you will start the journey back to Pokhara. Enjoy a scenic drive through small villages, winding dirt trails and lush forests. Once back in Pokhara, visit Bindhya Basini Temple, the most sacred temple in Pokhara, built during the 17th century. You will then be dropped back to your hotel.

From Pokhara: Sunrise View from Sarangkot Viewing Point

6. 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.

Kathmandu: 10-Day Annapurna Base Camp Yoga Trek

7. Kathmandu: 10-Day Annapurna Base Camp Yoga Trek

Day 1: Arrival to Kathmandu Airport (1,345 meters) You will be met by your representative before being transferred to your hotel for a short brief about the trekking and some refreshments. That evening you will overnight at your Kathmandu hotel. Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara On your second day you will travel for 5-6 hours to Pokhara by tourist bus. In the evening you'll have free time to self-explore around Phewa Lake, before spending the night at the Hotel Third Pole or similar. Day 3: Drive to Modktu (1,250 meters), Chhomrong Trek (2,170 meters) On your third day you will begin the trek from Siwai. You will travel in a shared vehicle for 3 hours to Siwai, traversing along the snake-line road via Naudanda, Nayapul, and Birethanti. The trekking route from Siwai to Chhomrong is very picturesque, and at the conclusion of the day you will stay at the Teahouse Lodge. Day 4: Trek to Himalaya Hotel (2,840 meters) Take a morning walk downhill to the river, before crossing a short bridge and heading up to Sinuwa, at 2,330 meters. This is a lonely spot with a few shops and nice lodges, and from there you can walk into the cool forested area of oaks-rhododendron and pines trees before taking a short steep descent to Bamboo. Bamboo is a small settlement with 5-6 lodges surrounded by bamboo trees which sits on the Modi River Gorge. Day 5: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 meters) Today the trail continues steeply up to the Hinko Cave. You will soon begin a short descent before crossing a rocky moraine. Following that, a short climb will take you to Deurali. That night you will overnight at the Tea House Lodge. Day 6: Trek back to Bamboo (2,310 meters) Day 6 will begin with you observing the splendid sunrise from the Annapurna Base Camp. After breakfast, you will begin to descend. You will take a hike down to Modi Khola at Bamboo, which contains an elevation drop of 1,700 meters. That evening you will overnight at the Bamboo Tea House lodge. Day 7: Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Hot Spring (1,780 meters) Jhinu Danda is the destination set for today. From Bamboo you will first hike up to to Kuldhigar, where the office of ACAP and the visitor center is located. The Jhinu hot spring is then 15-20 minutes downhill from Jhinu Danda. You can relax your tired muscles by taking a relaxing dip in the hot spring bathing pool, before your evening is spent at a lodge in Jhinu Danda. Day 8: Jhinu to Pokhara (1,640 meters) Today you can choose to go to the hot spring once more, before beginning your trek down to Nayapul. You will then drive back to Pokhara. where you will overnight at the Hotel Third Pole. Day 9: Drive back to Kathmandu On your second last day you will travel back to Kathmandu by tourist bus, a journey which takes about 6 hours. That evening you'll overnight at the Thamel Eco Resort or Skyline Hotel. Day 10: Kathmandu On your final day you will transfer to the international airport for your final flight departure.

From Kathmandu: 11-Day Annapurna Base Camp Trek

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

This Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a shorter trip catering to time-pressed travelers. You may opt for the longer Annapurna Sanctuary Trek – 14 Days if you would like to maximize your adventure. Join Alpine Club of Himalaya’s trekking expedition to Annapurna I, the 10th highest mountain in the world at 8,091m (26,545 ft) above sea level. Apart from the Annapurna 1, the Annapurna massif includes thirteen peaks over 7,000 meters and sixteen more over 6,000 meters. Our journey begins in Pokhara, widely known as the ‘Lake City. Pokhara offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, and Annapurna. Throughout our journey, we will encounter cascading waterfalls, beautiful villages, terraced farmlands, lush rhododendron forests, and amazing mountains. Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft) Welcome Dinner Day 2: Fly to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft) 30-minute flight, trek to Ghandruk (1940m/6360 ft): 5 – 6 hours trek We take a flight to Pokhara, the right side of the plane will offer the best views of The Himalayas. Representatives of Alpine Club of Himalaya will pick you up at the Pokhara airport. Then We take a 1 hour and 20-minute drive to Nayapul (new bridge) on the main road near Birethanti and begin our trek. From Birethanti, we trek to Ghandruk, a beautiful village mostly inhabited by the Gurung community. If time permits, you can visit the Gurung museum. Overnight in Ghandruk. Meals- Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Day 3: Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2170m/7120ft): 5 – 6 hours Day 4: Chhomrong to Bamboo (2310m/7578ft): 4 – 5 hours Day 5: Bamboo to Deurali (3230m/10,595ft): 3 – 4 hours Day 6: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,545ft) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m/12135ft): 5 – 6 hours Day 7: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo: 7 – 8 hours We climb gently through a river bed then over a steep trail over to the mountainside, and then a somewhat strenuous hike from Bagar to Machhapuchhre Base Camp. From the base camp, we get excellent views of the majestic Machhapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli, and Gangapurna. The vegetation becomes scarce thereafter and the path widens as we enter the Annapurna sanctuary. From here, we get sensational views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above us. The sanctuary boasts of a dynamic view without anything impeding the 360-degree panorama. From the base camp, we again get to savor mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, and other peaks. Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp. Meals- Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Day 8: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760m/5770 ft): 5 – 6 hours Day 9: Trek to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara: 6 hours trek, 1-hour drive Day 10: Fly to Kathmandu Day 11: Final Departure: Home Sweet Home Representatives of Alpine Club of Himalaya will transport you to the airport. Meals- Breakfast.

Himalayas Annapurna Ghandruk 10-Day Trek

9. Himalayas Annapurna Ghandruk 10-Day Trek

Trek the Ghandruk circuit of the Himalayas in Nepal on a 10-day soft adventure and meet with the Gurung people, one of the major ethnic groups of Nepal, with their own traditions and culture. Enjoy sublime views of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre and Himalchuli. Walk through rhododendron forests, stopping at the villages of Landruk and Dhampus to experience the rural lifestyle of Annapurna. The Ghandruk circuit is ideal for those with children, as well as weary trekkers that don’t want to endure long days or steep ascents at high altitude. Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to your hotel for an orientation program about your forthcoming trek. Day 2: This morning you will fly to Pokhara to connect for a 1.5-hour drive to Nayapul, 3,510 feet (1,070 meters) above sea level. Start your 2-hour trek to the picturesque valley of Syauli Bazar, with stunning views of the peak of Machhapuchhre. Overnight in a mountain lodge, resting for your longer day ahead. Day 3: Today, your 4-hour trek ascends between terraced fields, with more backdrop views of Machhapurchhre Himal (21,963 feet / 6,696 meters). Stop at the well-managed village of Ghandrung, home to various eco-tourism projects, and visit the Gurung Museum to see examples of Gurung handicrafts and culture. Ghandruk village is the headquarters of the Annapurna conservation area project and you can see slide shows about their activities. Overnight in a mountain lodge. Day 4: Today’s trek takes 6 hours, hiking from Ghandruk to Chomrong village 7,118 feet (2,170 meters) above sea level. During the day you will enjoy close-up views of Annapurna South (23,687 feet / 7,219 meters), Himchuli (21,792 feet / 6,644 meters) and Machhapurchhre Himal (22,945 feet / 6,996 meters). Overnight in a mountain lodge. Day 5: Trek from Chomrong to Landruk (5,412 feet / 1,650 meters). The trail first descends to Jhinu Danda, where you have the chance to experience the natural hot springs. After lunch, continue to the Gurung village of Landruk, rewarding you with vast vistas of the Annapurna Mountains. Overnight in a mountain lodge. Day 6: Continue your trek, walking from Landruk to Dhampus (5,084 feet / 1,550 meters). Today is the longest day’s walk at 7 hours, passing terraced farms and the village of Tolka. The trail climbs through lush forest to Deurali, where you will see the Dhaulagiri Mountain and northern part of the Pokhara Valley. Day 7: Trek from Dhampus to Phedi (3,641 feet / 1,110 meters), a walk of about 2 hours that starts with a stunning sunrise over the Annapurna Mountains and passes rocky fields of dwarf rhododendron. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara. Day 8: Enjoy a full-day sightseeing in the Pokhara Valley, the 2nd largest in the hills of Nepal. Located in the geographical center of Nepal, the valley affords cinematic views of the fish-tail peak of Machhapuchhre and the serrated summits of the Annapurna Mountains, as well as glassy lakes, such as Fhewa Tal. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara. Day 9: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu for a half-day sightseeing tour of the temples and stupas of Durbar Square, and get more panoramic views from Swayambhu Nath Stupa. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu. Day 10: Transfer to Kathmandu Airport for your final departure.

From Kathmandu: Ghandruk Ghorepani 10-Day Guided Trek

10. From Kathmandu: Ghandruk Ghorepani 10-Day Guided Trek

This 10-day trek from Kathmandu takes you deep into the Himalayan wilderness to explore the model village of Ghandruk and admire the sunrise from atop Poon Hill. Trek along the Modi Khola River and even take a revitalizing dip in the Jhinu natural water springs while making memories that are sure to last a lifetime.  Day 1  Pick up from Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) and check in to the hotel in Kathmandu (Thamel Eco Resort or Skyline Hotel). Day 2 Drive 6-7 hours from Kathmandu (1320m) to Pokhara (914m) in an air-conditioned car. Overnight in a 3-star hotel (Hotel City Inn or Hotel Third Pole). Day 3 Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul (1050m) and embark on a 4.5-hour trek along the Modi Khola River to Tikhedhunga (1577m) via Birethanti. Overnight at Tea House Lodge. Day 4 Trek a steep section along the ridge from Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675 m). Overnight in Ghorepani at Tea House Lodge. Day 5 Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m) and then to Tadapani (2675m). Overnight in Tadapani at Tea House Lodge. Day 6  Enjoy an easy trek through oak and rhododendron forests from Tadapani to Ghandruk (1950m). Overnight at Tea House Lodge. Day 7 From Ghandruk descend gently down to Dhampus passing through Pothana village (1900m). Take a transfer from Nayapul to Pokhara for an overnight in a 3-star hotel (Hotel City Inn or Hotel Third Pole). Day 8 Rest day in Pokhara. For those seeking an extra adventure, paragliding, ziplining, and ultra-light activities are available for an additional cost. Overnight in a 3-star hotel (Hotel City Inn or Hotel third Pole). Day 9 Drive approximately 7 hours from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus.  On the way, stop by the Damauli, Dumre, Muglin, and Kurintar where Nepal's first cable car runs up to Manakamana Temple. It is also possible to book a flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu for an additional cost. Overnight in a 3-star hotel (Thamel Eco Resort or Skyline Hotel). Day 10 Enjoy breakfast and free time in Kathmandu before departing for the airport in a private vehicle.

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What people are saying about Pashchimanchal, Western Region

We really enjoyed our experience on this tour. Pick up was prompt and smooth. The guide was fantastic, gave us lots of useful information, answered all of our questions and his English was very clear. We were very lucky that the clouds were clear on our day so the views of the Himalayas were fantastic and we were one of the first groups up to the viewpoint. This is a short tour (although could be longer if you choose to make a stop for tea) which we thought was the perfect time given the very early start. Overall I would definitely recommend this experience as we got some great photos.

Dipak was amazingggg company, a great help to help me achieve the hike

My guide dipak, was friendly, funny? Informative, helpful and supportive in anyway possible to help me complete the hike... the tips he gave me and the information about nepal, pokhara and annapurna was fantastic... felt like i was with a freind rather than a guide!

A brilliant hike, can only be recommended. Our guide Motiv guided us perfectly through the day, he responded to all our needs and wishes. Tour and pick-up everything was perfect. would we do it again

Best guide I have ever come (Ms Nirmala Subedi)across who has shown great patience and Took care of me and my son during this day trip.

You just have to see it, fantastically beautiful ...