The trek in the foothill of Annapurna Himal provides opportunity to visit villages and experience cultural life of simple folks living in hills. The elevation does not reach over 2000 meter therefore it is not a strenuous trek. Weather along the trek is quite warm except in December and January. Snow is not expected. The trail is very much used by local people and traders. Teashops dotted all along the trail make the walk interesting. The famous Machhapuchare peak (Mateerhorn of Nepal) can always be seen from any point on this trek
Day 01: Drive to Phedi, trek to Dhumpus, overnight at Lodge/tea house
Meet your guide at the airport or hotel in Pokhara and then drive to Dhumpus Phedi; the drive is about 1 hour- about 40km north west of Pokhara city. You drive through a large Tibetan camp at Hyanjha where local handicraft can be purchased and weaving of Tibetan carpet can be observed. The next village before Phedi is Suikhet. Depending upon weather, physical and logistical condition Suikhet provides alternative route to Dhumpus. The road to Phedi in the Yamdi Khola (river) valley is quite good.
From Phedi you start climbing up hill to Dhumpus (1770m). It takes about 2 hour easy walk up the stairs through the terraced rice field. It is a large Gurung village. There are several tea houses and lodge accommodations in this village.
Day 02: Australian Camp, o/n at Lodge/Tea house
From Dhumpus the trail climbs steadily and gradually to Pothana (1890m). The gradual uphill walk is about 2 hours. Lunch stop at at Pothana. Instead of taking the main trail to Ghandrung (1951m), one of the best-known villages in the foothill of Annapurna, situated above Modi Khola (river) you take the trail to Australian Camp (2232m); it is a well known name and has vantage point to see the Himalaya range all around. The trail from Pothana turns southwest to Khare (1524m) and Naundanda (1457m). In the beginning you make a gradual uphill ascend for about 45 minutes. After spending sometime at the vantagepoint you continue to descend the trail to Khara (1457m); it should take about one hour easy downhill walk. Overnight lodge Australian camp.
Day 03: Trek to Sarankot and descend to Pokhara
On the last day depending upon your flight schedule to Pokhara either you walk to Sarankot or descend to Phedi to take bus to Pokhara. The walk on the Kaski ridge from Naundanda to Sarankot (1592m) is pleasant. The walk is on the level ridge with open space all the way. The views of Annapurna and Machapuchare can be seen all along. Though the gravel road runs parallel to the trail yet it is nice to walk along the ridge. The day hike from Naundanda to Sarankot can take about 4 hour, Sarankot is a popular viewpoint for tourist and local to see the surrounding view and the Himalaya. Depending upon your time from Sarankot you can descend to Phewa lake and take boat to Pokhara. Transfer to airport Fly to Kathmandu or Hotel in Pokhara.
Private Arrangement Trek cost: 1 pax: US$285 p/pax 2 pax: US$250 p/pax 3-5 pax US$230 p/pax 6-9 pax US$210 p/pax 10-15pax US$195 p/pax Cost includes: 01: All meals and accommodation in lodge/tea house during the trek. 02: Service of trek guide. 03: Porters to carry personal baggage each 15 kg) 04: Accident insurance for staffs and porters 05: Annapurna Area Conservation Entry permit and TIMS permit 06: Priavate transfers from Pokhara hotel to trek start point, trek end point to Pokhara hotel or airport Cost does not include: 01: Personal clothing and sleeping bag 02: Airfare to and from Pokhara 03: Personal accident and health insurance 04: Emergency evacuation and oxygen cost, and medical-box 05: Alcoholic and bottled beverage, laundry, and tips. 06: Hotel accommodation, sightseeing and meals in Katmandu and Pokhara
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- Price : USD 195
- Destinations : Annapurna Foothill
- Max Elevation : 2000
- Weather : Feb to May, September to December
- Trip Duration : 3 days
- Trip Grade : Pleasure
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