Short Annapurna Villages Trek

Posted by Andy on Friday, September 3, 2010

This leisurely 4-day trek is a wonderful introduction to Nepal trekking . It keeps to the lower altitudes (from 900 metres to 2,000 metres) and takes you past terraced hills, into picturesque villages, and through impressive forests of rhododendrons. The villages of the friendly Gurung people dot the landscape and provide comfortable lodges run by families, where we stop each night. The Gurung people have their own dialect, culture, costumes, and lifestyle. This trek is an excellent way to learn about them and their culture. The spectacular, snowcapped peaks of the Annapurna range provide a breathtaking backdrop for this adventure. Our porters carry all of the luggage, so all you need to carry is a day pack.

Highlights
Friendly Gurung villages and culture. Spectacular views of Annapurna range. Views of Machhapuchhare (Fishtail). Scenic villages of Dhampus, Landruk, Ghandrung, Birethanti.

Duration
7 days

Trek dates
All year

Check list
Read our helpful check list before booking

Brief itinerary
Itinerary can be customized according to your needs and length of stay.

Day 01 – Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu or Bhaktapur. A short briefing will follow concerning the necessary formalities and your itinerary. Depending upon your arrival time you may spend free time visiting nearby sanctuaries or resting.

Day 02 – Kathmandu-Dhampus [1700m]
We start in Kathmandu and fly to beautiful Pokhara on the shores of Lake Phewa, then down to Phedi, alongside the Seti River, where we start our trek. Our walk to Dhampus village takes us past terraced hillsides and then up to the hilltop village of Dhampus, where we’ll meet a mix of Gurung, Brahman, and Magar people. The distinctive peak of Machhapuchhare (Fishtail) and Annapurna South are fantastic from here. Overnight in Dhampus.

Day 03 – Trek to Landruk [1646m]
Today’s trek is an easy walk along the ridgeline from Dhampus to the village of Landruk, across open meadows and through small villages. Landruk is on the trekking route to Annapurna Base Camp, and fabulous views of the mountains are a highlight of the route. Landruk is famous for its honey hunting festival, where intrepid harvesters climb bamboo ladders and dangle from ropes to gather honeycombs from sheer cliff faces. Overnight in Landruk.

Day 04- Trek to Ghandrung (1940m)
Today we trek to Ghandrung, one of the most popular destinations for trekkers in Nepal, known for its beautiful mountain views. Visible across the valley from Landruk, we’ll have to go down the hill, cross the river over a bridge, and then head back uphill to Ghandrung. Ghandrung is a lively village with some fine accommodations. Overnight in Ghandrung.

Day 05- Ghandrung-Pokhara
From Ghandrung it’s easy walking, all down hill, to the riverside village of Birethanti and then Nayapul, where our trekking ends. Our private transport drives us to Pokhara, about an hour away.

Day 06 – Pokhara to Kathmandu
Drive or fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 07 – Kathmandu
Departure from Kathmandu.

The trek program is – because of weather or unforeseen events – subject to change.

Services and costs included in the price

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Three nights hotel accommodation and breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Licensed and trained trekking guides
  • Porters for carrying goods and supplies
  • All accommodation during trek
  • All meals and hot beverages whilst trekking
  • Transportation to and from trailhead
  • All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
  • National Park/Conservation Area entry permit
  • Equipment such as sleeping bag, tents, mattresses
  • Cooking equipment
  • Camp-site charges
  • Insurance, medication, and equipment for staff
  • Coordination of Quick Rescue service (costs covered by your insurance plan)

Services and costs NOT included in price

  • International airfares
  • Travel/trekking insurance
  • Excess baggage charges more than 16kg and hand bag more than 5kg in domestic flights
  • Visa fees
  • Airport departure tax
  • Rescue charge
  • Drinks (cold and alcoholic)
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Permit and liaison officer fee (where applicable)
  • Lunches and dinners whilst not trekking