Overview

Annapurna Foothills Circuit Trek

“If you seek creative ideas go walking”

• Trekking Days:              11 Days.
• Kathmandu Stay:         03 Days.
• Pokhara Stay:               02 Days.
• Departure Day:             01 Day.

Annapurna foothills Circuit trek gives anyone ample opportunity to witness the mystical region of Annapurna. Furthermore, appreciate the spectacular landscape, discover strange forests alike the lord of the rings setting and understand the unique culture. The exceptional ethos of the people living in this spiritual region, who are popularly known as GURUNGS is indeed fascinating.

Despite being an effortless trek it has so much to offer to the travelers from all around. In fact there is none who doesn’t fancy walking in this most exquisite trail which is unique on its own. It is definitely for anyone with any level of physical fitness which delivers enough in a beautiful time-frame. Annapurna foothills circuit trek is for everyone who wishes to trek, enjoy the scenic beauty and wants a freedom to stroll without making the trekking fun too exhausting and strenuous. This miraculous Annapurna foothills circuit trek to the secluded mountain terrain is one of the most marvelous hikes to experience Nepal. It cheerfully opens before us up with its unique culture, beautiful people, and amazing views of lofty peaks – it’s simply tempting.

More to the point, this circuit trek is as popular as any destination in Nepal. Essentially, every year thousands of people pick it as their spot of vacation including the trekkers, biologists and naturalists. It’s one of the bestselling and the highlight of the Annapurna region that in reality connects the great Annapurna Circuit Trek. Besides, its natural splendor it offers anyone with the stunning sunrise and sunset views. Walking along the foothills of high mountain hills through the ancient cultural local settlements gives you the real trekking experience. Consequently, stop worrying about the altitude and the hazards of going high into the thin air and sign up for the tranquil foothills circuit trek and take all the fun.

Short Itinerary

  • DAY 01: Arrive to Kathmandu (1400 m/4593 ft)
  • DAY 02: Half day city tour/ afternoon trek briefing and preparation / welcome dinner
  • DAY 03: Drive to Pokhara (820 m/2690 ft) 6 - 7 hours
  • DAY 04: Drive to Kande (1770 m/5807 ft) (and Trek to Australian Camp (2165 m/7103 ft) 2 hours
  • DAY 05: Trek to Tolka (1700 m/5577 ft)
  • DAY 06: Trek to Ghandruk (1940 m/6364 ft)
  • DAY 07: Trek to Tadapani (2630 m/8628 ft) 4 hours
  • DAY 08: Trek to Dobato (3426 m/11240 ft) morning excursion to Muldai view point (3637 m/11932 ft) 4 - 5 hours
  • DAY 09: Trek to Chistibung (2,950 m/9678 ft) 4 - 5 hours
  • DAY 10: Trek Kopra Ridge (3,600 m/11811 ft) 3 hours
  • DAY 11: Swanta (2,214 m/7263 ft) 5 hours
  • DAY 12: Ghorepani (2,860 m/9383 ft) 4 hours
  • DAY 13: (morning excursion to Poonhill for sunrise view) - trek to Hille (1,430 m/4691 ft) 5 - 6 hours
  • DAY 14: Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara
  • DAY 15: Fly to Kahtmandu - 25 minutes
  • DAY 16: Departure day.

Important Note

The above itinerary is simply a guideline and is subject to alteration as per the circumstances. Your group leader is solely liable to bring about changes in the best interest of the group.

Highlights

⭐ Early departure to Pokhara (820m), the second biggest city, also very popularly known as the second home of the tourists is the land of extravagant beauty that triggers excitement despite its 6 hours’ drive.

⭐ Drive to beautiful settlement of Kande and trek to Australian Camp with the view of majestic mountains and extensive vibrant green hills are incredible.

⭐ Walk to the striking Gurung settlement through the forest trail offers you the most astonishing views with towering mountains along with the deep gorge which appears into the depth of profound valleys.

⭐ After Tadapani walking into the lord of the rings like setting forested trail is a lifetime invaluable experience.

⭐ Khopra Ridge, the high elevated Himalayan meadow is simply stunning and overnight stay at the community lodge with the most charismatic mountain views is the highlight of the entire trip which is priceless.

⭐ Walk to Ghorepani, the world’s largest Rhododendron growing forest area and morning excursion to Poonhill for the exceptional sunrise view is one cherishing moment endowed with spectacular panoramic mountains view along with the Kali Gandaki gorge, the deepest gorge in the world.

⭐ Finally drive to Pokhara and getting to Phewa Lake with the magnificence of the Himalayas mounting at the backdrop creates an atmosphere of peace and delight.

Detailed Itinerary

“If you seek creative ideas go walking”

Soon you land in Kathmandu airport your group leader will be there with Nepal Pyramids board to greet you and transfer you to the hotel. Despite, the capital city of Nepal certainly being the busiest with hectic traffic it undoubtedly has a strong appeal with local splendor and vigorous activities around, where you can simply relax and take pleasure in the fun of driving through the unfamiliar roads.

Highlights:
• Pick up from the international airport.
• Transfer to hotel by your Group Leader.
• Short preliminary briefing.
• Arriving early gives you an opportunity to explore Kathmandu.
• Welcome dinner and getting to know each other.

Today would be the most exhilarating day where your leader introduces you to our city tour expert who guides you to the most pious Hindu and Buddhist religious place that are listed in the world heritage sites and elucidates you the entire mysticism over its existence.

Highlights:
• Breakfast depending on your choice and preference.
• Meet-up at 9 am for the tour.
• Visit to Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath.
• Lunch on your preference.
• Getting together for trek briefing as per the time given by your leader.
• Distribution of company’s trek equipment’s.

Driving 200 km to Pokhara, the second biggest city of Nepal is very entertaining giving you ample opportunity to know how locals live up to drive through these winding roads in local bus which are often enormously packed.

Highlights:
• 6/7 hours drive.
• Early drive to Pokhara to skip any uncertainty of traffic jam.
• Fabulous scenery as you navigate through this new roads.
• A very relaxing multiple breaks gives you time to stretch and enjoy.
• Lunch stop in one of the highway restaurant with its excellent food choices is very comforting.
• Being in Pokhara unlike Kathmandu will definitely add more excitement to your anticipation.

Today after breakfast we drive for about an hour to the west of Pokhara to the beautiful settlement of Kande that offers remarkable view of mountain and traditional villages. Soon we set off into the delightful trail ascending through the consistent stone steps to Australian Camp, a settlement situated on the high hill ridge where the stunning valley and the majestic Annapurna range opens up in all its magnificence.

Highlights:
• Sensational drive to the village of Kande.
• 2 hours beautiful hike through woodland to Australian Camp.
• The vertical ascent to Australian Camp is challenging yet rewarding with the most beautiful view.
• The scenic beauty, deep gorge and farming terraces at the backdrop is phenomenal.
• Overnight stay, fabulous dinner and briefing by your leader along with number of alluring narratives.
• Great view of Annapurna range and Machchapurchare (fishtail) mountain. The sunset and sunrise from the Australian Camp is something not to be missed.

Today we wake up early for the most stirring sunrise view from Australian Camp. Soon we are doing with our breakfast we walk a beautiful trail through the forest of Rhododendron, Oak and Maple to the small settlement of Deurali. We descend down from Deurali through the most enchanting forested trial and walk a gradual trial to the yet another Gurung village of  Pothana. Gradually through the effortless trail we get to our destination, Tolka. Overnight stay at the local lodge with locally made meals.

Highlights:
• Wake up call as set by your leader.
• After breakfast today’s walk is pretty much on undulating trails.
• Most of the time you are in the shade keeping you away from the harsh day sun.
• Overnight stay in this small beautiful village of Tolka is quite an experience.
• Landscape and mountain views are stunning.

We walk an effortless trail with the grandest view of the landscape and deep gorge to the next beautiful Gurung village of Landruk. We descend to the village of Kumi, situated at the Valley of Modi River. You may also see ample wild honey hives high up on the towering cliffs. We climb steep trail with steps that will eventually take us to Ghandruk, the biggest Gurung rural community in the region.

Highlights:
• Most gentle walk that has so much to offer.
• The scenic beauty, deep gorge and farming terraces at the backdrop is phenomenal.
• Overnight stay, fabulous dinner and briefing by your leader along with number of alluring narratives.
• Great view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machchapurchare (fishtail) mountain.

3 and half to 4 hours walk through the beautiful forest of Rhododendron, Maple, Oak and number of other floras to Tadapani.

Highlights:
• After breakfast today’s walk is pretty much on undulating trails.
• Most of the time you are in the shade keeping you away from the harsh day sun.
• Overnight stay in this small settlement of Tadapani is quite an experience.
• Landscape and mountain views are stunning.
• Stunning sunrise view from the tea house veranda itself.

Morning sunrise view from Tadapani lodge itself is one cherishing moment with the panoramic view of mountains like Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail etc. Today we walk the very untouched woodland trial also very popularly known as “The Lord of The Rings Trial” due to its dramatic forest setting. We gradually ascend to the very small settlement of Meshar and Isharu where we would stop for a tea. Walking into the most beautiful hill cut gradual up trial and stream valley trail we get to yet another small place of Dobato.

Highlights:
• Dazzling sunrise view with snow-capped mountains from the lodge itself.
• Fabulous walk through woodland popularly known as the “Lord of the Rings” trail is peaceful.
• Walking into the stream valley trail away from the harsh day sun is soothing.
• Lunch at Dobato and free afternoon for some activities.

Early wakeup for morning excursion to Muldai view point from where the sunrise is one cherishing moment with panoramic view of mountains like Annapurna, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Dhampus peak, Fishtail along with the view of Kali Gandaki – the world’s deepest gorge. After breakfast we leave Dobato and walk the mountain ridge trail that takes us to Baili. We descend down to the stream with the most stunning view of landscape and deep valleys with exquisite forest setting of pine, rhododendron and oak. After the foot bridge short undulating trail guides us to Chistibung.

Highlights:
• Early wake-up call for the dazzling sunrise view with ample snow-capped mountains that would move many emotionally.
• Fabulous walk through the mountain ridge trial and lush forest.
• Landscape and mountain views are stunning.
• Lunch at Chistibung and free afternoon for shower and other activities.

Though a short walk we steeply ascend 600 m to Khopra Ridge. We climb all the way leaving behind the tree line area to the small holy pond from where the view is outstanding. Next short climb takes us to the alpine Khopra Ridge where there is only one lodge belonging to the community. Availability of rooms need to be confirmed beforehand.

Highlights:
• Most enchanting ascend with lots of floras and fauna.
• Getting to the alpine Khopra with the most stunning mountain views is mesmerizing.
• Getting closer to the soaring peaks overlooking the deepest gorge is breathtaking.
• Lunch and free afternoon to explore and to see the herds of yaks around, sunset is never to be missed.

After breakfast steeply descend retracing our trail back to Chistibung. We further descend down through the lush forest to a cultural isolated lodge for lunch. Continuing our trail through the forest of bamboo, oak and rhododendron where few locals have spotted wild bear and tiger we get to the most beautiful terraced village of Swanta, considered to be one of the most attractive village in the region.

Highlights:
• Awesome walk through the forested trial.
• Lunch in the middle of timberland is yet another attraction.
• Group trekking is suggested after lunch for group safety any uncertainty against wild animals.
• Being at the most attractive terraced village of Swanta is irreplaceable.
• Time to relax and chill out.

4 hours walking through the beautiful woodland trail of rhododendron, maple and oak is overwhelming and getting to Ghorepani the leading protected area in Nepal with the world largest Rhododendron forest is extraordinary. While walking to Ghorepani we ultimately connect to the most admired Annapurna Circuit trial. Ghorepani, the place that has served as a crucial place for the meet up of traders during the salt trade era between Nepal and Tibet.

Highlights:
• Unbelievable hike through the dramatic forest setup.
• Lot to see if you are trekking in spring.
• Getting to Ghorepani, the blue roof settlement is electrifying.
• Know the legends of Ghorepani.
• Free afternoon for self – exploration.
• Overnight stay, marvelous dinner and chill out.

Morning sunrise view from Poon-Hill is one cherishing moment with panoramic view of mountains like Annapurna, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Dhampus peak, Fishtail etc. Looking down upon the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the worlds deepest gorge where we walked a couple of days back is something remarkable.

Highlights:
• Early wake-up call for the 45 minutes excursion to Poon-Hill (3200 m/10,498 ft).
• Dazzling sunrise view with ample snow-capped mountains moves many emotionally.
• Breakfast and steep descent (1400 m) down to Hille.
• Despite no mountain view Hille is admired for its culture and its time honored farming terraces.
• Being it a last night fun activities follows with dancing, eating, drinking and tipping.

2 and a half hours walk to Nayapul, the starting point and depending on your preference the leader will organize your lunch. 1 and a half hour drive to Pokhara. Pokhara (820 m), the second biggest city, also very popularly known as the second home of the tourists is the land of extravagant beauty that would undoubtedly trigger excitement.

Highlights:
• End of your trekking days.
• We bid goodbye to our local staff.
• Drive to Pokhara, and in Pokhara the beautiful Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the Himalayas mounting at the backdrop create an atmosphere of peace and delight.
• As per preference your leader will assist you in your Pokhara activities that may include: lake explore and hike to peace pagoda, paragliding, zip lining etc. or it’s entirely up to your choice if you want to stay back and explore Pokhara for shopping.

Sensational flight back to the capital city of Kathmandu with an outstanding panoramic view.

Highlights:
• Sensational flight to Kathmandu
• Explore the Capital City of Kathmandu as per your requirements.

Depending on your flight schedule airport transportation will be provided.

Dates & Cost

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Inclusive

Cost Includes

✅ National park entry fees, conservation fees, trekking permit, TIMS permit.
✅ Airport pickups and drops facility on both Domestic and International flights.
✅ Three star twin bed sharing hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on Bed / Breakfast basis.
✅ Welcome dinner in a typical traditional Nepali restaurant.
✅ Half day guided city sightseeing with paid entrance fee.
✅ All Government and Local tax.
✅ Domestic flights as per the itinerary.
✅ Fundamental trekking gears like sleeping bag, down jacket fleece liner etc.
✅ All Ground transportation to and from preferred destination as per the itinerary.
✅ Tea-house accommodation or tented camp as per the trek.
✅ Properly boiled hot water for drinking every evening and morning.
✅ staff insurance.
✅ Meals (Lunch, dinner, breakfast with hot beverages) during trek.
✅ An accomplished trekking Group Leader and assistant guides.
✅ Oxygen cylinders and an all-inclusive medical kit on all trips.
✅ Take away Nepal Pyramids duffel bag, T-shirt and trekking Map.
✅ Porter service.
✅ Porters’ Clothing.

Cost Excludes

❌ Fee levied on Nepali visa.
❌ All personal expenses including Food while in Kathmandu/Pokhara.
❌ International flight fares.
❌ Medical examination or emergency rescues.
❌ Donations.
❌ Staff Tipping.
❌ Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu on early arrival.
❌ Travel or medical insurance.
❌ Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.
❌ Other personal expenses – laundry, battery charges, shower etc.