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Annapurna Panorama Trek in the foothills of Mt. Annapurna of western Nepal is one of the most popular easy treks that offers panoramic vistas of some of the highest Himalayas in the world. This trek ranging from 6 to 10 days, has many variations, most following classic routes while some newly formed routes. It is a distinct way to witness Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and Mt. Machhapuchhre from high ridges and viewpoints.

These teahouse trekking routes explore diverse ethnic groups living harmoniously in the communities and the rhododendron-clad trails. The subtropical lowlands of the Annapurna conservation area are home to the rare and unique wilderness witnessed during the trek.

The Annapurna Panorama Trek itineraries are designed for all age groups of enthusiastic trekkers regardless of trekking experience and physical fitness. It is hence one of the most accessible and accommodating popular treks in the Annapurna region.


Trip Overview

Poon Hill to Australian Camp via Jhinu Danda Route is one of the longest Annapurna Panorama Trek covering a full circuit in the Annapurna foothills. It is best suited for tourists who have enough time to witness the panoramic views of mountains from high ridges, hike amidst rhododendron and bamboo forest, and relax in a natural hot spring.

After driving from Pokhara to Hile, a hike commences to Ulleri, Ghorepani, and Tadapani before heading to the Poon Hill ridge. After enjoying mesmeric Himalayan views, the route descends to Tadapani and Jhinu Danda, where one can enjoy a bath in the hot spring. From there, a hike to Australian Camp followed by a trek to Kande concludes the trek, ultimately driving off to Pokhara city.

Outline Itinerary

Day Highlights

Day 1:        

Arrival in Kathmandu and Trek Preparation

Day 2:

Drive from Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) to Pokhara (800m/2,625ft, 200 km, 6 to 7 hours)

Day 3:

Drive from Pokhara to Hile (1,480m/4,855ft, 52 km, 2 hours 30 minutes), Trek to Ulleri (1,970m/6,463ft, 4 km, 3 to 4 hours)

Day 4:

Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2,874m/9,429ft, 9 km, 4 to 5 hours)

Day 5:

Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,600m/8,530ft), Visit Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft, 9.5 km, 5 to 6 hours)

Day 6:

Trek from Tadapani to Jhinu Danda (1,700m/5,839ft, 13 km, 6 to 7 hours)

Day 7:

Trek from Jhinu Danda to Tolka (1,780m/5,576ft, 9 km, 5 to 6 hours)

Day 8:

Trek from Tolka to Australian Camp (2,100m/6,560ft, 7 km, 4 to 5 hours) trek

Day 9:

Trek from Australian Camp to Kande (1,706m/5,596ft, 3km, 1 hour), Drive to Pokhara (800m/2,625ft, 19 km, 1 hour) and fly to Kathmandu (30 minutes flight).

Day 10:

Final Departure from Kathmandu, Nepal

Route Map

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Alternative Routes For Annapurna Panorama Trek

There are numerous variations to the Annapurna Panorama Trek depending upon preferred duration and places. These routes offer the experience of visiting different villages, interacting with diverse ethnic tribes, and exploring amazing views of snow-capped mountains from distinct vantage points. Out of the variations, we have described below 4 of the best Annapurna Panorama Trek routes:

1. Dhampus and Australian Camp Route - 6 Days

View from Dhampus

Dhampus and Australian Camp is an ideal Annapurna Panorama trek route for families and individual trekkers looking for a short and easy trek in the foothills of Annapurna. Dhampus, which is 25 km/15 miles from Pokhara, is an excellent viewpoint for the panoramic display of the Annapurna massif. Unobstructed sunrise and sunset views from Australian Camp and Sarangkot stand out as another major highlight of the trek.

Take a short flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, and the trek begins after a drive from Pokhara to Phedi and progresses to the Australian Camp route via the Dhampus hike. A downhill hike to Sarangkot, then Phewa Lake concludes the trek.

Outline Itinerary

Day Highlights

Day 1:             

Arrival in Kathmandu and trek preparation

Day 2:

Flight from Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) to Pokhara (800m/2,625ft, 30 minutes and drive to Phedi (1,130m/3,707ft, 18 km, 30 minutes) and trek to Australian Camp (2,100m/6,888ft, 6 km, 2 to 3 hours)

Day 3:

Trek from Australian Camp to Sarangkot (1,592m/5,222ft, 17.5 km, 5 to 6 hours)

Day 4:

Trek to Phewa Lake and drive to the hotel (800m/2,625ft, 6 km, 2-3 hours)

Day 5:

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,400m/4592ft, 200 km, 6 to 7 hours)

Day 6:

Final Departure from Kathmandu, Nepal

2. Ghorepani Poon Hill Sunrise Route - 7 Days

Ghorepani Poon Hill Sunrise Route

The most renowned Ghorepani Poon Hill Sunrise route traverses through the village of Ghorepani and the fascinating viewpoint of Poon Hill. This Annapurna panorama trek itinerary is known best to offer an immersion into the rich culture and tradition of ethnic tribes along with the mountain and sunrise view from a maximum altitude of 3,210m/10,529ft at Poon Hill.

Commence trek after a drive from Pokhara to Hile towards villages of Ulleri to Ghorepani before reaching Poon Hill. After enjoying views of Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna massif, hike to villages of Tadapani and Kimche before finally driving off to Pokhara.

Outline Itinerary

Day Highlights

Day 1:            

Arrival in Kathmandu and Trek Preparation

Day 2:

Flight from Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) to Pokhara (800m/2,625ft, 30 minutes flight) and drive from Pokhara to Hile (1,480m/4,855ft, 52 km, 2 hours 30 minutes), Trek to Ulleri (1,970m/6,463ft, 4 km, 3 to 4 hours)

Day 3:

Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2,874m/9,429ft, 9 km, 4 to 5 hours)

Day 4:

Visit Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft), Trek to Tadapani (2,600m/8,530ft, 9.5 km, 5 to 6 hours)

Day 5:

Trek from Tadapani to Kimche (1,610m/5,281ft, 10 km, 4 to 5 hours), Drive to Pokhara (800m/2,625ft, 55 km, 2 hours 30 minutes)

Day 6:

Drive from Pokhara (800m/2,625ft) to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft, 200 km, 6 to 7 hours)

Day 7:

Final Departure from Kathmandu, Nepal

3. Muldai Viewpoint Route - 9 Days

Ghandruk Village

Muldai Viewpoint is a newly opened Annapurna Panorama trekking route that combines two of the best viewpoints; the popular Poon Hill and the lesser-known Muldai.

After a drive from Pokhara to Kimche, the trek begins to the village of Ghandruk to Tadapani. The off-beaten route progresses to Dobato, then Muldai viewpoint, the highest point of the trek. Through rhododendron, oak, and fir treelines, the route descends to Ghorepani, then a hike to Poon Hill and back. Trek ends with a hike to Hile then a drive to Pokhara.

Outline Itinerary

Day Highlights

Day 1:            

Arrival in Kathmandu and Trek Preparation

Day 2:

Drive from Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) to Pokhara (800m/2,625ft, 200 km, 6 to 7 hours)

Day 3:

Drive from Pokhara to Kimche (1,610m/5,281ft, 55 km, 2 hours 30 minutes, Trek to Ghandruk (1,940m/6,365ft, 3 km, 2 hours)

Day 4:

Trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani (2,600m/8,530ft, 7 km, 3 to 4 hours)

Day 5:

Trek from Tadapani to Dobato (3,350m/10,990ft, 6.5 km, 4 to 5 hours)

Day 6:

Visit Muldai view point (3,637m/11,930ft), Trek to Ghorepani (2,874m/9,429ft, 9 km, 4 to 5 hours)

Day 7:

Hike to Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft), Trek from Ghorepani to Hile (1,480m/4,855ft, 13 km, 5 to 6 hours), Drive to Pokhara (800m/2,625ft, 52 km, 2 hours 30 minutes)

Day 8:

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft, 200 km, 6 to 7 hours)

Day 9:

Final Departure from Kathmandu, Nepal

4. Annapurna Community Eco Lodge Route - 10 Days

Mohare Danda Trek

Annapurna Community Eco Lodge is a less crowded trekking trail that explores the rural villages in the Annapurna region while staying in community lodges. The fairly new route offers the abundant experience of interacting with the locals and understanding their unique culture and tradition. This route is getting more popular among Annapurna Panorama trekking itineraries.

Trek begins from Galeshwor, three hours’ drive from Pokhara city. From there, explore the silent yet vibrant village of Nagi and the amazing views of Mohare Danda. The route meets the popular Ghorepani trail heading to Tadapani, Kimchi, and back to Pokhara with a 2-hour drive.

Outline Itinerary

Day Highlights

Day 1:          

Arrival in Kathmandu and Trek Preparation

Day 2:

Drive from Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) to Pokhara (800m/2,625ft, 200 km, 6 to 7 hours)

Day 3:

Drive from Pokhara to Galeshwor (1,170m/3,838ft, 3 hours), trek to Bans Kharka (1,525m/5,002ft, 3 to 4 hours)

Day 4:

Trek from Bans Kharka to Nagi (2,230m/7,315ft, 6 to 7 hours)

Day 5:

Trek from Nagi to Mohare Danda (3,300m/10,824ft, 6 to 7 hours)

Day 6:

Trek from Mohare Danda to Ghorepani (2,874m/9,429ft, 4 to 5 hours)

Day 7:

Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,600m/8,530ft, 5 to 6 hours)

Day 8:

Trek from Tadapani to Kimche (1,610m/5,281ft, 3 hours), drive to Pokhara (800m/2,625ft, 2 hours 30 minutes)

Day 9:

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft, 200 km, 6 to 7 hours)

Day 10:

Final Departure from Kathmandu, Nepal

Best Season for Annapurna Panorama Trek

Annapurna Panorama Trek can be done around the year, but Spring and Autumn seasons are the best time. Spring falls from March to May, and Autumn from Mid-September to November. During these seasons, the temperature varies from 16 to 22 degrees Celsius (61 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit), which is neither too hot nor too cold. Along with the cool climate, the sky is also usually clear, offering panoramic views of Annapurna massif, Dhaulagiri, and surrounding mountains. In addition, spring is when rhododendrons blossom, making the lush forest trails vibrant with colors of red and pink. Most celebrated and significant Nepalese festivals also fall in the Autumn season, of which you can be a part of your travel coincides with the dates, which is an added advantage.

The summer season lasts from June to Mid-September, when there might be showers due to the monsoon's onset, making the trail muddy. Winter from December to February experiences colder temperatures, so you have to carry heavier and warmer clothing. However, tourists also prefer these seasons as they can enjoy a less crowded silent trekking trail.

Annapurna Panorama Trek Difficulty

Annapurna Panorama Trek is an easy trek for all age groups, families, and individuals, whether experienced or amateur trekkers. The trip ranges from 6 to 10 days with an average of 4 to 5 hours trek. Depending upon the route taken, the walking distance covered in this trek is anywhere from 30 km to 50 km. As there are no technical climbs or difficult trails, one would not require high physical fitness, making it a relatively easier trek than others in the Annapurna region.

Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness is fairly uncommon in the Annapurna Panorama Trek as this is a low altitude trek. In the fringes of Annapurna, the hike reaches a maximum altitude of under 3,500 meters. Altitude sickness occurs beyond the elevation of 3,500 meters. In some cases, the body cannot get accustomed to the decrease in oxygen level and increase in air pressure and shows fatigue, vomiting, headaches, and such symptoms. However, in this trek, it is rare to fall victim to altitude sickness.

Permits and Entry Fee

Annapurna Panorama Trek falls under the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), a protected area. Hence, the following are the two permits required for this trek.

  • ACAP Permit: Fee for foreigners is 3000 NPR (Approx. USD 30), Fee for SAARC Nationals is 200 NPR
  • TIMS Permit: Fee for all 1000 NPR (Approx. USD 10)

These permits can be collected from the Nepal Tourism Board Office in Kathmandu on all days of the week between 9:00 AM to 16:00 PM (NT). Alternatively, you can get the permits from TAAN Office based in Santi Patan, Pokhara. Children below ten years old don't require these permits.

Meals and Accommodation

Annapurna Panorama is a teahouse trek where the lodges/teahouses along the trail offer decent meals and accommodation. The basic facilities include a comfortable bed, room with minimal furniture, warm blankets, a communal bathroom with a paid hot shower, and communal squat toilets.

Family members run the lodges, so Nepalese staple food, Dal (lentil soup) and Bhat (steamed rice), are particularly famous. However, you will find a small range of western cuisine as well. In the popular routes of the Annapurna region, the teahouses offer better benefits than those situated on the new trails.

Internet

As the Annapurna Panorama is a popular trek in the lower altitude of the Annapurna region, an internet facility is available on the trail. Wifi facility is available in major tourist stops like Ghorepani, Ghandruk, Tadapani, Kimchi, Ulleri, and more. Furthermore, to enjoy high-speed internet, you can also purchase a local GSM-operated SIM card with a mobile internet data pack from Kathmandu or Pokhara.

In the trekking trail amidst the forests, however, the internet is not easily available due to connectivity issues.

Packing checklist

Your packing checklist for Annapurna Panorama Trek should generally include the very basic gears as this is a low altitude, easy, and relatively short trek. Carrying warm clothing from head to foot, comfortable trekking shoes, sturdy walking poles, and toiletries is essential for the tour, while the rest depends on you.

However, the list can also vary depending upon the season of travel. During the autumn and spring season, you can carry the basic gears; summer or monsoon requires rainproof gears, while the winter season requires warmer clothing.

For an in-depth detail of the packing checklist, please check out our Packing for trekking in Nepal blog.


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