|Day 1||Kathmandu to Pokhara by bus / by air|
|Day 2||Take taxi or bus to Nayapul about 2 hours / trek to Ghandruk (1951m.) trekk ing time 7-8 hours|
|Day 3||Continue trek to Chomrong (1951m.) trekking time 6-7 hours|
|Day 4||Trek to Doban (2606m.) trekking time 7-8 hours|
|Day 5||Trek to Machhapuchhare B.C. (3703m.)trekking time 7-8 hours|
|Day 6||Trek to Annapurna B.C. (4130m.) trekking time 2 hours|
|Day 7||Trek back to Doban/ Deurali|
|Day 8||Trek to Chomrong|
|Day 9||Trek to Tolka / Potana|
|Day 10||Trek to Dhampus Phedi / take taxi or bus about ½ hours|
The area runs North of Pokhara extending to the Tibetan boarder. It covers 2600 square kilometers and includes the Annapurna peaks, the famous Annapurna Sanctuary and significant section of the Kali Gandaki Valley. Many of the peaks are over 7000 meters in height, The conservation area is supported by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project, or ACAP, a nonprofit organization funded by donations and trusts. ACAS’s primary objectives are to improve local standards of living, to protect the environment and to develop more sensitive forms of tourism.This is the most popular trekking region in Nepal, especially for individual trekkers, and this influx of visitors has added to the pre-existing problems in the mountains. The trekker's demands for heating and hot water have to lead to increased deforestation, there are litter and sanitation problems, and wildlife has been driven away from many populated areas. In response, ACAP has supported a number of projects, such as forestry nurseries, introducing wood-saving technologies (e.g. efficient stoves), banning fires altogether in certain areas, and building rubbish bins and latrines. Many problems still remain, and it important that trekkers cooperate with these initiatives to protect the environment.
Treks around the Annapurna Himal are undoubtedly one of the best in the world not only for the grandeur of the mountains and thick natural forests, but for the variety of fascinating ethnic groups that you will observe in the area (Bhotiya, Tibetan, Magar, Gurung, Thakali and others). The area is easily accessible from Pokhara. An air-trip at Jomsom allows trekkers to trek to Jomsom and fly out, or vice versa, or fly to Jomsom and trek north to Muktinath and Kagbeni bordering the high rain shadow area of Mustang and the Kali Gandaki River Valley. But, given the fickle weather, flights are often difficult to confirm from Jomsom (which is why we recommend flying in and trekking out) but many lodges are located near the Jomsom landing strip if you prefer to take a chance and fly out of Jomsom.
This trek will take you deep into the Annapurna Himal. Machhapuchhare (6993m.), which can be seen from the city proper of Pokhara, stands in the center. You will also be able to have a 360-degree panoramic view including Annapurna 1 South Face and Machhapuchhare North Face. Along the way, you will be visiting Gurung villages with houses of hipped slate roofs. On the one hand, you can climb up to the glacial area of 4000 meters of elevation in a short time and can enjoy a marvelous view of the mountains. On the other, as you gain elevation rapidly, you are risking altitude sickness. You are advised to be cautious.
This trek starts and ends just outside Pokhara and follows back trails winding through picturesque villages. This is a moderate trek if you are regular walker. Excellent overview of Nepal for the first-time visitor.
|Day 1||Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (about 20 minutes) on an incredible flight path between Annapurna and Dhaulgiri peaks, landing in Jomsom on the Kali Gandaki River. Following lunch, walk south along the river to Marpha, a traditional Thakali village with narrow stone streets and flat roofed houses.|
|Day 2||Continue gradual downhill but long trekking day to Ghansa along the Kali Gandhaki.|
|Day 3||Continue downhill trek to Tatopani (means hot water) for the night and enjoy the natural hot springs near the river.|
|Day 4||Begin uphill climb from Tatopani to Sikha or Chitre for the night. (5-6 hours)|
|Day 5||Uphill to Ghorapani. (4-5 hours)|
|Day 6||Early morning 45-minute climb to Poon Hill (3,210 m) to catch the early sunrise on the peaks. Return to Ghorapani for breakfast and begin the 3-4 hour walk downhill through thick rhododendron forests to Ulleri, with lunch on the way.|
|Day 7||Continue downhill walk to Naya Phul (New Bridge) and the main road and transport back to Pokhara.|
This basic one week trek can be extended by trekking north from Jomsom to Kagbeni (1 extra night) or further to Muktinath (3 extra nights) or modified to reduce the time and uphill climbs between Tatopani and Pokhara by taking the route from Tatopani Hotspring via Beni to Pokhara (subtract 2 nights).