The 6 days Pokhara to Annapurna Trek is a short hiking route to Ghorepani, Poon Hill, Tadapani, Jhinu Hot Spring and Landruk to Pokhara via Australian camp. The trek offers an amazing holidays experience of Annapurna trek region. Pokhara is the second largest city of Nepal, also the gateway to short and long treks of Annapurna. Tourist bus is the cheapest way to go to Pokhara. Flight is also a good way if you have limited time.
Ghorepani is another popular point of the trek. All hikers spend a night at Ghorepani to enjoy the amazing views of the Himalayas. Dawn hike to Poon Hill to see sunrise and the Himalayan Panorama in the morning is an adventure part of the trek. The weather changes drastically from hot to freezing to hot on the trek.
Poon Hill(3210 meters) is the best view point of Annapurna. Early morning day hike with the help of torch or flash flight through a dark and narrow trail to Poon Hill is beautiful. The sunrise over the Himalayas is supper beautiful.
Tadapani is another view point of Pokhara Annapurna Trek. It offers a beautiful view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Fishtail. On way to Tadapani, you will enjoy the sea of clouds on your right and the Himalayan mountain range in your left. It is a gorgeous spot to take a rest and snap some photos, so take your time. The feeling of walking above the clouds is surreal.
Jhinu Hot Spring is an another highlights of the trek from Pokhara to Annapurna. Jhinu danda is well known for its hot springs. Please do not skip taking a plunge when you are at Jhinu Hot Spring. Landruk is also farming village. It is interesting to see how the locals are living their lives on these mountains. Pokhara Annapurna Trek is the best short and an easy trek in Annapurna from Pokhara.
Why Pokhara Annapurna Trek
- Walking around Pokhara, the nature city.
- Enjoy the sunrise and sunset views from Ghorepani and Poon Hill
- Get a close up grandeur view of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Panorama.
- Dip into the natural hot Spring
- Enjoy the bird watching around Australian Camp.
Day 01Pokhara–Tikhedhunga (1,495m, 1½ hrs drive (45 km), 5-6 hrs trek, 10 km)
5/6 hrs trek, 10 km AP Plan-Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
Receive you at your hotel in Pokhara and drive along the zigzag route to Nayapul where we commence our trek to Birethanti, a large and prosperous riverside village at the confluence of the Modi and Bhurungdi Kholas (streams). We hike up to Sudame along the off road and then climb gradually up the side of the valley, Tikhedhunga. Cross suspension metal bridge and steep ascent on stone staircases to the village of Ulleri – and an amazing landscape of valley floor where we came during the day with marvelous views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.
Day 02Tikhedhunga-Ghorepani (2,850m, 11km, 5-6 hrs)
11km, 5/6 hours AP Plan-Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
After breakfast, our pleasant trekking begins through rhododendron and oak forests. The scenery will give you the energy to continue up the steps as you immerse yourself in the walk. After a few hours and with several breaks we reach Ghorepani. Upper Ghorepani (Deurali) where we stay in this trip, offers fantastic views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna Himalayas.
Day 03 Ghorepani – Tadapani (2,520m, 12km, 6-7 hours)
12km, 6/7 hours AP Plan-Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
Take an early morning trip to Poon hill (3,210m through rhododendron forest for a a great sunrise view over the mountains of Dhaulagiri (8,172m), Annapurna, Fisthail, Manaslu, Nilgiri and Hiunchuli. After countless photographs, walk back to Ghorepani for breakfast. Continue to Tadapani crosses numerous ridges through thick pine and rhododendron forest with occasional flat sections and wonderful views of the snow peaks to the north from high ground.
Day 04Tadapani to Jhinu Hot Spring(1500m, 13 km, 6-7 hours)
13 km, 6/7 hours AP Plan-Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
Breakfast and trek down hill through Chuile and Kimrong Khola to Jhinu Hot Spring for 7 hours. Dip and relax into the hot spring at Jhinu Danda.
Day 05Jhinu Hot Spring to Australian Camp(2000m,14 km, 6-7 hours)
14 km, 6-7 hours AP Plan-Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
Breakfast and trek to Autralian camp for 6 hours via Landruk and Toklha. Australian is the best view point for sunrise, sunset and the best view for Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and other Himalayan range.
Day 06Australian Camp-Pokhara(10km,5-6 hours)
10km,5-6 hours MAP Plan-Breakfast, & Lunch or Dinner Standard Accommodation Hotel in Pokhara
Breakfast and trek to Phedi via Dhampus for 5 hours and then an hour drive to Pokhara. Walk around lakeside Pokhara on your own in afternoon in Pokhara. Stay night at hotel in Pokhara. The trip ends.
Full fledged Cost
- Airport transfer - hotel/airport/hotel
- Twin sharing standard hotel accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu before and after trek we can book only on your request.
- Road transfer cost -from trekking start to end point to Kathmandu-Pokhara-Nayapul-Pokhara.
- Basic twin sharing tea house accommodation during trek.
- 3 times meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek.
- English Speaking guide and all his expenses during the trek like his transfer, insurance, salary, meals and accommodation.
- All Trekking permit -ACAP Permit, local government taxes and TIMS card.
- All government taxes, vat, company service charge.
What's not included?
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Travel Insurance in case of emergency for rescue and other medication.
- Nepal visa fee
- All kind of hot and cold drinks - coke, fanta, beer, whisky, bottle of water, hot water, tea, coffee etc.
- All personal trekking equipment like down jacket and sleeping bag etc.
- Porter to carry your backpack/luggage.
- Tips for guide and porter
- Personal expenses like wifi, hot shower, telephone, battery charge fee.
- Upgraded lodge accommodation like room with private toilet and bathroom during the trek.
- All the cost not mention on above cost includes.
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The accommodation is basic tea houses for lodging and fooding, basic yet very neat and clean with hygienic meals serve. Rooms are typically share with other trekkers. Also share toilet and bathroom with running cold water. Also the hot shower is also available but it needs to pay extra cost for it.
In some of the villages on the trek, it is also possible to get a private room with an extra cost and we will do our best to arrange that. However, during busy times of the year there is limited number of tea houses on the trail, so it is not possible to arrange private rooms, even though if you are ready to pay extra cost since the tea house owners will not give out a private room if it means someone else goes without a room
You can choose meals from tea house menu at the tea houses. Typical meals are as omelets, toast, boiled eggs, noodle soup, fried rice, macaroni, mo mo, vegetarian curries, pizza or chow mein. The traditional Nepali Dal Bhat which consists of rice, lentils, and a vegetable is all you can eat and always a good choice. Meat on the mountain is not hygienic and we suggest trekkers stick with vegetarian options.
There is not a problem for vegetarian food and in fact we recommend that everyone stick with a vegetarian diet on the trek as the local meat is not refrigerated properly. If you have special dietary requirements just let us know and we will make sure to assist with the proper menu.
Weather/Temperature in Summer- June, July, and August have the hottest temperature. The temperature in day is between 20 to 25 degree centigrade. The lowest temperature gets in the night time is -3 degree centigrade and a maximum of 5 degrees. The temperature in the months of June and July are pretty similar.
Weather/Temperature in Autumn lasts from the end of September to the November. This is the part of the year when the cold starts. The maximum daytime temperature starts to go down from 20 degrees in September and falls to 12 degrees in November. The sun will not be as warm as that in the summers, but that is expected. In September the average nighttime temperature is almost 3 degrees. This starts to fall down and reach in between -7 to - 15 degrees in November.
Weather/Temperature in Winter- December, January and February is severely cold and poses challenges to the interested people. The average temperature during the daytime is 8 degree centigrade. There is not a lot of difference in the temperature in December, January as well as February. All three months are equally cold. At Nighttime, the temperature falls down drastically. The nighttime temperatures around -7 degrees to -15 degrees.
Weather/Temperature in Spring March/April/ May is a perfect time. The daytime temperature in March is around 12 degrees. This temperature goes up to 15-16 degrees in the month of April and peaks to almost 20 degrees in May. Devoid of biting cold and hot and wet summers, this is a glorious time for all Annapurna lovers.The nighttime temperatures, although sometimes below zero are not alarmingly low. The lowest that nighttime temperatures get is -8 in March. This increases to -5 degrees in April and -3 in May.
Proper preparation and equipment will give you a great trekking experience. It is also possible to buy/rent trekking gear at affordable price in Kathmandu and Pokhara Nepal. Below is the recommended trekking equipment list.
Day trek pack
Extra layers, gloves, wind breaker and poncho
Lip Balm with Sunscreen
Broad brimmed hat for sun protection)
Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
Water Bottles or Camel Back
Headlamp with extra batteries
Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
Umbrella (works great in a light rain or to protect from the sun)
Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
Trekking Poles (optional)
Thermos (optional for hot beverages)
Wide brimmed hat
Wool hat (Should cover ears)/Balaclava
Insulated Wool/Down Mittens
Long sleeve T-shirts (2)
Short sleeve T-shirts (1)
Long underwear pants (2)
Underwear (5 to 7)
Heavy Fleece/Down Jacket
Long sleeve shirts (2)
Trekking Pants (2)
Gore Tex Waterproof Jacket with hood
Rain Poncho that covers your day pack
Hiking boots with ankle support
Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes
Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
Hiking socks (10)
Sock Liners (optional)
Sleeping bag rated to -20° degree centigrade
Sleeping bag liner (optional)
Sleeping bag stuff sack
Rucksack(Duffel Bag)/Day packs
Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear (we provide this for the trek)
Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
Small Lock(s) for duffel bag and day pack
Waterproof cover for day pack
Dry Bags in several sizes
Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes
First Aid Kit/Toiletries
Advil or Ibuprofen
Diamox (for altitude sickness)
Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
Panty Liners and Tampons
Ear plugs for sleeping
Passport (needed at entry gate for registration)
One Passport Size Photo (Needed for trekking permit
Portable Solar Charger
Journal, pen and paper
The rooms/accommodation during the trek is very basic tea house. There are many nice, cozy and well-furnished rooms available with the delicious food menu and great hospitality in the tea houses and lodges.
If you had not done trekking before then, this is the best trek for the startups which are the moderate level of trekking.
You will need to carry a good-sized of day pack where you could put your personal belonging items like water, camera, snacks, sunscreen, hat, a fleece jacket and gloves for higher altitudes. The porters will carry the bigger rucksack or duffel bag with your clothes etc. You can make your luggage 10 kg to 12 kg.
Yes, there are electricity/power available in the most tea houses during trekking. But no heating in the room. In some places, there will solar panel. The charging is only possible in the main dining room by paying some extra cost. The battery charging cost ranges NPR 100 to NPR 150 rupees per hour.
Yes, Travel insurance is necessary. Injury and altitude sickness may occur on the trek. So it is nice to carry your travel insurance for your safety.
Autumn (September to November) and Spring (March to May) are the best time of year. The sky is clear at this time, and you will get to see panoramic views of Annapurna Mountains. The weather is neither cold or hot. If you trek in Spring, you can enjoy the booming rhododendron while walking on the trail. In short, this is all four season trek. Pokhara Annapurna trek is possible all year round.
If someone get sick in the group, a fellow trekker in the group has to descend, then a porter/assistant guide would go with them. So the person descending would be well looked after and it would not impact on the rest of the group's experience. The guide will make decision and solve the problem on the trail. The helicopter rescue will evacuate in the severe case.
There is no specify training method to recommend that apply to each individuals. The training you should do to prepare for trek, it depends on your current level of fitness and any medical conditions. Regular joking, gyms and weekend hiking is helpful to keep you fit for the trek.
There will be minimum 2 pax to maximum 12 travelers in a group. The group will be a mix of individuals, couples and friends travelling together. The ages differ and trekkers can be in their 20's to 60's. The group comprises of people from all nationalities.
The trek is considered moderate in difficulty level, but still, a good level of fitness is required to enjoy the trek. No previous trekking experience is necessary to join the trek.