Lower Annapurna Trek - Australian Camp to Ghachowk - 6 days

Lower Annapurna Trek - Australian Camp to Ghachowk - 6 days

Lower Annapurna Trek is 6 days fantastic short authentic trek that leads you to the most iconic villages named Australian Camp, Astam, and Ghachowk, which lies on the lower Annapurna foothill. One of the major attractions of this short trek is the best-unobstructed views of glorious mountain ranges such as Annapurna and Machhapuchhre from these villages. Also, these beautiful mountain villages offer an abundance of deep insight into Nepal's lifestyle, livelihood, hospitality, culture, and nature.

Your lower Annapurna trek begins with a short flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu. After a short drive to Kande from Pokhara, your trekking journey commences and leads to Australian Camp. With every step, the trek throws up a new vista to see and unique scenery to unfold. At the viewpoint of the Camp, you'll get an astonishing view of the Annapurna Himalayan range. From Australian Camp, you'll make your way to the enchanting settlement of Astam and Ghachowk. These villages, perched up high in the green hills, have their own beliefs, customs, and traditions.

During your stay in these eco-villages, you'll get close to the authentic lifestyle of Nepalese people, socialize with host families, and get involved in Nepali culture and traditions. After exploring all these mountain hamlets, you'll drive back to Pokhara, from where a short flight will take you back to Kathmandu. You'll end this short 6 days of Lower Annapurna Trek with the final flight home.

How Much Does This Trip Cost?

The trip's price depends on the type of services chosen by our clients and the group size. The cost of each trip we organize is different because we see travelers as individuals having their own particular needs and preferences.

Get ready for an incredible journey tailored to your interests and preferences, whether you're looking for a budget-friendly adventure or a luxurious getaway. Leave the planning to us as we take care of all the details, ensuring your dream trip becomes a reality. You can relax and focus on creating unforgettable memories that will stay with you forever.

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Trip Highlights

  • Incredible sunrise and sunset views over the majestic snowy peaks from Australian Camp
  • Hike to beautiful mountain villages like Astam and Ghachowk of the lower Annapurna region
  • Excellent views of the mountain ranges of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre
  • Learn the lifestyle, tradition, and culture of various ethnic groups living in the lower foothills of the Annapurna region
  • Enjoy the warm hospitality and pleasant homestays in Astam and Ghachowk

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) - Transfer to Hotel and Trek Preparation
Day 2 Fly to Pokhara (800m/2,624ft), Drive to Kande, and Trek to Australian Camp (2,060m/6,758ft) - 1-hour drive and 2 to 3 hours trek
Day 3 Trek from Australian Camp to Astam (1,600m/5,249ft) - 4 to 5 hours trek
Day 4 Trek from Astam to Ghachowk (1,200m/3,940ft) - 3 to 4 hours trek
Day 5 Drive back to Pokhara and Fly to Kathmandu – 45 minutes drive and 25 minutes flight
Day 6 Final Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) - Transfer to Hotel and Trek Preparation

On arrival at Kathmandu international airport, a representative from Third Rock Adventures will receive you and transfer you to the hotel. You'll get some time to settle and then attend a small team meeting where your guide will brief you about the trip. You can put your queries if you have any and then explore the neighborhood. If you need to buy some trekking gear, you can easily get them at Thamel, a popular tourist hub. Later you can return to the hotel and prepare for the Lower Annapurna Trek.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Fly to Pokhara (800m/2,624ft), Drive to Kande, and Trek to Australian Camp (2,060m/6,758ft) - 1-hour drive and 2 to 3 hours trek

Australian Camp Australian Camp - One and the popular hiking route is from Pokhara

An early morning flight will take you to Pokhara's beautiful lakeside city. In the short flight, you'll enjoy the aerial view of Kathmandu valley, green hills, and some snowy peaks. Afterward, you'll continue your journey with a short drive to Kande, the western outskirt of Pokhara city.

You'll start your short Lower Annapurna trek by entering a forest trail consisting mainly of Rhododendron flowers. The trail eases a little here to become a gradual ascent. After a few hours of walking brings you to the picturesque Australian Camp. The mountain views from here are outstanding.

Overnight stay in Australian Camp. 

Day 3
Trek from Australian Camp to Astam (1,600m/5,249ft) - 4 to 5 hours trek

astam Astam Village - an eco-village that offers a wonderful Himalayan vista

Early morning you'll wake up to catch an alluring sunrise view over the magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Annapurna Himalayan range and Machhapuchhare (Fishtail Mountain). Today you'll trek to Astam, an eco-village that offers a wonderful Himalayan vista. The trail again enters dense forests from here. The trail descends gradually after this.

After continuous few hours of walking, you'll reach a small village named Astam. This village has only a few houses. You'll get a clear view of mountains and green scenery. You'll spend a night at one of the eco-friendly tea houses. Here you can be part of the Nepal village life and learn about the local lifestyle and, most importantly, how these people are using alternatives for a sustainable environment.

Overnight stay in Astam. 

Day 4
Trek from Astam to Ghachowk (1,200m/3,940ft) - 3 to 4 hours trek

Today also, you'll start your day with an excellent sunrise view over the Annapurna Mountain range. After exploring the traditional Nepali village of Astam, you'll trek to Ghachowk, another lovely town near Pokhara. Begin today's walk following the ridgeline down the river.

In a short while, after crossing the bridge, you'll reach the charming stone-walled village of Ghachowk. This village is famous for a traditional homestay where you can experience local culture and enjoy delicious food made of homegrown ingredients. The town hosts several cascading waterfalls. You can explore the village, discover beautiful scenery, and interact with locals of different ethnic groups with different lifestyles, languages, clothing, and housing.

Overnight stay in Ghachowk. 

Day 5
Drive back to Pokhara and Fly to Kathmandu – 45 minutes drive and 25 minutes flight

Today you'll have a delicious local breakfast with an astonishing view of the Annapurna range and Fishtail Mountain. Later you'll say goodbye to your host and this pleasant mountain village and take a short drive to Pokhara. Next, you'll fly back to Kathmandu. Upon your arrival at the capital city, you can explore nearby markets and do some souvenir shopping.

Overnight stay in Kathmandu. 

Day 6
Final Departure

Depending on your flight schedule time, a representative from Third Rock Adventures will drop you at International Airport. If you want to extend your trip, there are many tour and trekking packages you can choose from based on your interests, expectations, and time duration.

For tailoring a suitable itinerary of trek or tour, please Call/WhatsApp on +9779851055684

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Based on 2 reviews

Latest Trip Reviews

Travel experiences of our clients who recently returned from their trips.

Mark Buck
flagsUnited Kingdom
Apr 27, 2022

Short Annapurna Trek

We did lower Annapurna Trek combined with Mardi Himal Trek, thanks to Naba for suggesting this unique itinerary. We had great time up there in the mountain. Mardi Himal BC trek is a must-do trek for any Nepal-lover. It is easy trek, at least for us. Anyone can do this trek, but make sure to go with company like Third Rock who knows exactly what you want and how to offer the best trek. They will be personally connected with you while you plan for the trek and suggest the best one for you.
Jenson Read
flagsUnited States of America
Apr 26, 2022

Short Trek

We trekked to the lower annapurna region of Nepal, up to Australian Camp. It was good time exploring the small villages in lower Annapurna region. We were accompanied by a great trekking guide. He made sure we were enjoying to the fullest.

Based on 2 reviews
Very good

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