Annapurna Family trekking is a brief introduction of the cultural and physical diversity of the most beautiful corner of Nepal, Annapurna. Annapurna Family Trek is lodge based trek takes into terraced hillsides, picturesque villages and rhododendron forests, all with the constant backdrop of the magnificent Himalaya. Views of the fishtail peak, known as Machhapuchhre and Annapurna South dominate the skyline as we trek to Ghandruk village, the homeland of most Gorkha soldiers. Later we walk through magnificent rhododendron forest to Landruk and on to Dhampus. A spectacular panorama of the Annapurna range is enjoyed throughout this wonderful trek. We return to Pokhara relax by beautiful Phewa Lake before flying or driving back to Kathmandu.
This is an easy level of trekking. Children of age 6/7 can participate this trekking. The maximum of height of this trekking is 2040m that is Ghandruk. During Annapurna family trekking, we sleep in nice guest house and eat there. ACAP trek permit and TIMs card is required for this trekking. A light with trekking gear and equipments like walking shoes, T Shirt and light fleece jacket is helpful.
The weather is sunny, nice and warm in the day time, but in morning and evening is a bit colder. The temperature in the day time is between 18 to 28 and is between 10 to 15 at night.
Day 1: Arrive to Kathmandu (1360m)
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you are met at Kathmandu airport by us and transfer to hotel. We will be waiting outside the airport terminal a few metres from the exit door with your name written on A4 size paper. A short trekking briefing given by us is scheduled for the late afternoon. We will discuss our trekking program and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. The evening is free.
Day 2: Kathmandu Tour (1360m)
In the morning we explore Kathmandu on an organized sightseeing tour. We visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. We also visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further sightseeing and exploration. In the late afternoon you will be issued with your Trek Pack and departure information for the next morning.
Day 3: Kathmandu - Syauli (1160m) trek
We fly to Pokhara takes 30 minutes with spectacular views of the main Himalayan chain to the north. After arriving in Pokhara we are transferred by road (private bus) to the starting point of the trek at Nayapul. Then we trek to Syauli bazzar for 3 hour on an easy flat trail passing through settlements inhabited by the Chettris and Brahmins. We can see the Machhapucharre (6993m) on a clear day looming majestically in the distance.
Day 4: Ghandruk (1940m) Trek
We trek toGhandruk for 4/5 hours on almost steep uphill through terraced rice fields and villages. On the trail you can see the beautiful scenery and the village life. We stop for lunch and overnight halt at Ghandruk is the biggest Gurung village and well known for the number youth who have served in the British Gurkha regiments. From Ghandruk, we have spectacular views of Annapurna South (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Machapuchhare (6993m).
Day 5: Ghandruk Landruk (1565m) Trek
Trek 3 hours to Ghandruk. First part of trek descends down on stone steps through rice fields to Kyumi, small linear settlements. Then the trail climbs up through terraced fields to Landruk where we spend overnight there. Looking north you enjoy great views of the Modi Khola valley and Mount Annapurna South.
Day 6: Landruk Australian Camp (2060m) trek
Trek to Australian camp for 5 hours. The trek goes flat, uphill and downhill through villages and forests. Australian camp offers excellent views of Himalayan ranges includes Mount Annapurna, Mt. Fishtail, mount Dhaulagiri, Mt.Manaslu and other snow capped mountains. We can also see nice morning sunrise view from Australian camp.
Day 7: Australian camp Pokhara (850m)
Trek for 2 hours to Phedi, the trail descends down via Dhampus and drive to Pokhara by private coach for an hour. We are free for rest of the day to relax or do some exploring. It is well certainly worthwhile hiring a boat for a row out on the lake (Phewa Tal), which is the second largest in Nepal. The lakeside area has good shopping opportunities and internet cafés. In the evening there is the option to dine out at one of the many lakeside restaurants (cost not included).
Day 8: Pokhara (850m) Tour
We have allocated a further day in the peaceful surroundings of Pokhara. We advise you of sightseeing opportunities or you may just wish to relax and laze around lakeside Pokhara. The lakeside area has good shopping opportunities and internet cafés. There are various small museums scattered around town including the International Mountain Museum, which is well worth a visit.
Day 9: Pokhara Kathmandu (1360m)
Either drive or fly back to Kathmandu, it depends on your budget and time. It is 6 hours drive and 30 minute flight. The rest of the day is free to do souvenir shopping or further sightseeing. Located in the south of the city, Patan is also a worth visit with its own Durbar Square full of historic structures and statues of past kings. Our final night in Kathmandu gives us a chance to go out on the town and enjoy a final dinner.
Day 10: Kathmandu Airporot (1360m)
Our trip ends today after breakfast. We provide you final airport transfer to Kathmandu airport to get flight back home.