This short Annapurna trek is suitable for anyone with limited time. It offers dramatic scenery and can be walked at any time during the year. The highest point, Poon Hill, is only 3 210m and offers a 360° trans-Himalayan view and has no chance of altitude problems.
The circular 4 days Annapurna trek begins and ends in Pokhara, a lake city which is 25 minutes by air or 6-7 hours by road west of Kathmandu. A 1½ hr drive through forested hills and farmland leads to Nayapul, the start of the trek. The Annapurna trekking trail rises through forests and terraced fields. The second day is steeper but takes you through dense forests of oak and rhododendron to the prosperous village of Ghorepani.
An early morning walk up Poon Hill is rewarded with magnificent sunrise views of the huge Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range to the north and lowland hills to the south. After breakfast, the trail follows ridges to Tadapani with plenty of snow-peak views including the iconic Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail). Day four drops along a river to Nayapul.
This Annapurna region is inhabited by the Gurungs and Magars community: agriculturists of Tibetan origin, the Magars are skilled craftsmen in stone and wood. You will receive a warm welcome to their tea houses and shops. Be warned: this trek will not satisfy you – you will want to return for longer treks in this or other regions!
- Day 01: Pokhara -Nayapul - Tikhedhunga (1,495m/4 ,905ft) - Ulleri (1,950m/6,395ft),1½ hrs drive (45 km): 5-6 hrs trek
- Day 02: Ulleri - Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 5-6 hrs, ~11km
- Day 03: Hike Poon hill (3210m/10528ft), and trek to Tadapani (2,520m/8268ft): 6-7 hrs (12 km)
- Day 04: Trek to Naya pul and drive to Pokhara (910m/2,986ft): 5-6 hrs trek (13 km) & 1 hr
30 min drive
Trip Information Section
Eating is a big part of Holiday. Travelling with Mountain Mart Trek, you experience the vast array of wonderful food Nepalese, Chinese, Continental, Italian and several local cuisines. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included in the package. Your guide will suggest delicious, hygienic and each place special food during your trip. Mountain restaurant owner prefer not to order many dishes and waste food as they would like to cater more trekkers with limited food before run off stuck. Its a week or more days hard work to porters and caravans to bring food to these places. During this trek you will usually have breakfast and dinner at the same Lodge, lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants en-route.
A Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. Private rooms are available in most Tea Houses, except for high altitudes ones where it will be just dormitories. The lodges are fairly basic. The rooms are spare with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided. There is a large dining room-cum-lounge, warmed by the bukhara stove (an iron cylinder, fitted with a chimney duct, in which a log fire is lighted. There is normally no electric lighting in the rooms unless the village has hydroelectric power. The dining room usually hassolar lighting.
Most teahouses now also have electricity for charging small appliances - mobile phones and cameras - and there may be a small charge for this.
Mountain Mart Trek provides unlimited chlorine/Iodine treated water during the trek. All tea houses have mineral water and boiled water for trekkers upon additional cost. We discourage the purchase of Mineral water and bottled water while on the Trek as plastic bottles aredifficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem
Mountain Mart Trek offers you complementary route map and T-shirt
What to take
This is a very active trip, meaning you will be on the move most of the time, so pack as lightly as possible. We provide one porter for every two travellers; your trekking gear will be carried by the porter in a duffel bag that we will provide. The maximum the porters are allowed to carry 15 kgs per trekker means 30 kgs from 2 trekkers . Unnecessary luggage can left in Kathmandu Hotel and its absolutely free of cost. .
Important to note:
Please read the Checklist section of this trip notes for additional details of what you need to bring for the trek on this trip. You will need to bring a comfortable medium sized day pack to carry the things that you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt. The weather is subject to change in high altitude so layered clothing is recommended throughout the year.