Annapurna Off The Beaten Path Trek is an ideal complete trek through breathtaking natural landscapes. The trek provides wildlife fauna and flora, waterfalls, rivers, typical villages, and beautiful Himalayan peaks. In fact, trekkers say that it is one of the most fascinating treks in the world.
It offers a full immersion in the Himalayan nature and culture. Throughout the trek, the natural landscapes of the Annapurna range will amaze you. It will take nearly three weeks trek through beautiful valleys, snowy peaks and adventurous.
Moreover, every stop in villages will be a unique time to share time with local people and understand their own lifestyle in the mountains.
If you have time and interest to have a complete Annapurna Off the beaten path trek, which brings you to all the most beautiful viewpoints of the Annapurna area, this is an ideal option for you.
DAY 1 – Arrival at Kathmandu
Welcome to the city of temples and the country of Himalayas. Asian Journey will happily welcome you at the only international airport of Nepal; Tribhuvan International Airport. Our airport representative will be waiting for your arrival with a placard written Asian Journey outside the airport terminal. From there you will be transferred to the Hotel by a air conditioned private vehicle. Depending on the flight time and activities we will be joining for a cultural dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant. Enjoy cultural shows, singing, dancing and typical Nepali meals before heading back to hotel.
DAY 2 – Drive to Pokhara (850 m) / 6 – 7 hours
The drive is pleasuring through beautiful countryside of this country. The road mostly takes on nearby the thundering rivers that might give us some views of rafters enjoying another part of Nepal. We will be driving via several green hills with views of houses and villages in the cli?s. Snowy peaks from the distance in some paces will also welcome us. It’s beautiful drive though the road condition is not good everywhere. We will basically have two stops for snacks and lunch along the way. Finally, after reaching Pokhara bus station we will take a cab to drive to hotel. If time permits then we can walk around local markets and lakeside in the evening.
DAY 3 – Drive to Kande and Trek to Forest Camp (2,540 m) / 8 – 9 hours
Kande is on the top of a hill near Pokhara o?ers some views of Himalayas. From here we will start our trek approaching Pothana first. The trail is enjoyable throughout the villages. We will have some views of villages in the horizon. Continuing further will take us to Pitam Deurali, our lunch stop. We will taste the first mountain meal in Deurai and continue further to Forest camp. The trail is mostly inside the green forests of oak, maple, hemlock and rhododendron. The section includes some ups and downs and takes about 3-4 hours to reach Forest Camp, a small village with few guest houses. Forest camp is known as Kokar among local people. It is a di?cult walk from Pitam Deurali to Forest camp.
DAY 4 – Trek to Low Camp (3,035 m) / 4 hours
We will have to walk inside the forest for another day but as we reach higher the vegetation changes with more rhododendron trees. This is another pleasant day for us letting us walk in the peaceful route. The trail is steep at the beginning however changes to gradual climbing after awhile.
We will have some random views of snowy Himalayan peaks . The view of Machhapuchhre peak is superb from Low Camp. This is a very small place with only couple of lodges opened for providing basic meals and accommodation to trekkers.
DAY 5 – Trek to High Camp (3,590 m) / 4 hours
We have another pleasant walking here with stunning views of close Himalayas in front of us. As we climb higher the route also becomes open and spacious as there is no forest anymore. The trail continues through grasslands of high region with occasional rhododendron trees. Spotting the beautiful bird called Himalayan Monal; also known as the impeyan monal, impeyan pheasant and danphe in Nepali is easy around here. This is a colourful Himalayan bird represented as the national bird of Nepal. Finally, we will arrive to High Camp to spend a night here.
DAY 6 – Hike to Upper View Point (4,200 m) / 4 . 5 hours
We will wake up early in the morning before the sun rises. The plan is to watch sunrise over the Himalayas. We have time to rest before we start hiking up to the upper view point for magnificent views of close Himalayan peaks. The trail heading to Upper View Point is well marked through the grassland involves few steep sections. In overall this is moderate walk, not too easy and not too challenging as well. In summer season this area is full of yaks and sheep along with several yak herder’s huts. There are some narrow and steep trails that extensive care is required.
DAY 7 – Trek to Landruk village (1,560 m) / 6 . 5 hours
We take a separate route to Landruk village. This is huge village that is on the way to Annapurna Base Camp. We will come to a junction that separates us between the trail heading to Low Camp on the left and Landruk on the right so we take the right one. Descending further will again bring us back inside the forest where the trail is so peaceful and quiet. Turning one and another circles we will then reach Landruk village for overnight stay.
DAY 8 – Trek to Chomrong (1,951 m) / 6 hours
The trek from Landrung leads to the last teahouse just by the path towards another Phedi of Landrung and Ghandrung, our route diverts away from this path following the back of the teahouse and on the farm terraces and finally reaching by the bank of Modi Khola, the route follows the Modi Khola up streams and reaching to Nayapul (New Bridge) a small settlement with a good bridge over the raging Modi River. From here it is more uphill climb all the way Jinwa village, from Jinwa another 1-2 hrs walk leads to a steep uphill till the path joins coming from Kimche Khola. On reaching the good wide stone paved path, the walk from here is fairly gradual with downhill till Chomrong village is reached for the overnight stop. Chomrong village situated in the small valley just near beneath the peaks of Annapurna south. This is the last permanent village.
DAY 9 – Trek to Tadapani (2,590 m) / 4 hours
From Ghandruk continue upwards through Deorali and into the forest then through rhododendron forests and over a small pass to Tadapani. Overnight at teahouse lodge.
DAY 10 – Trek to Bayeli Kharka (3,420 m) / 5 – 6 hours
After Tadapani we leave the main trail and for the next five days we will walk in more remote area of the Annapurna region while staying at a network of community lodges. This is a lovely walk through rhododendron and oak forest following a trail originally used by villagers from Ghandruk to take their bu?aloes, sheep and goats to the higher pastures in the summer months. The trail starts to ascend above the tree line and follows a ridge to Deurali (small pass) and then continues up to Bayeli Kharka where the first community lodge is located. From the lodge the view to west is dominated by Mount Dhaulagiri at 8,167m is the seventh highest mountain in the world. Overnight at community teahouse lodge.
DAY 11 – Trek to Upper Chistibung (2,975 m) / 4 hours
This section of the trail is on a grassy slope and traverses through pasture with a number of herder’s huts and dzo grazing (crossbred cow and yak) . Look out for the colourful Danphe pheasant, the national bird of Nepal, as well as Himalayan tahr on the grassy ridge high above the trail. Overnight at community teahouse lodge.
DAY 12 – Trek to Kopra Ridge (3,660 m) / 3 hours
From Upper Chistibung lodge there is a steady ascent through alpine meadows and pastures then as one approaches Kopra Ridge one sees the tip of Annapurna South. However it is only on arrival at Kopra community lodge that the full panorama is revealed: Mount Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Fang and Annapurna South can all be seen. After lunch it is well worth going for a short walk down Kopra Ridge to a viewpoint overlooking Kali Gandaki river far below in this deep valley. Overnight at community teahouse lodge .
DAY 13 – Day walk from Kopra Ridge
Today we will organise a day walk from Kopra Ridge towards Kaire Lake where the views of the Fang and surrounding mountains are superb. It is a long walk up to Kaire Lake often taking up to eleven hours return from Kopra lodge. For those of you not wanting to walk all the way to the lake we can organise a half day walk from Kopra. Overnight at community teahouse lodge.
DAY 14 – Trek to Swanta Village (2,200 m) / 5 hours
It takes an hour of descent to get back down to Upper Chistibung community lodge, it is worth stopping for drink then carry on down to Swanta village. Along the way we got more views of Mount Dhaulagiri with this mountain providing a lovely backdrop to the terraced fields and traditional houses in the nearby villages. At Swanta village it is worth visiting Swanta Primary school where there are two teachers funded by the profits from the community lodges. Overnight at community teahouse lodge.
DAY 15 – Trek to Ghorepani (2,860 m) / 4 – 5 hours
Today’s walk is short so we need not hurry to start trek early. Wake up leisurely and after breakfast we trek down through farmlands, villages, streams. You can even get to see a local small water mill. People believe the grains processed in water mill is tastier than that processed in electric mills. We cross suspension bridge and climb to the village of Chittre and shortly we come to the major trekking trail leaving our o? beatean track for today. There is a further ascent to reach the village of Ghorepani from where we see great views of the Dhaulagiri massif. We deserve a well-earned rest today at Ghorepani. Accommodation: Community Lodge.
DAY 16 – Trek to Poonhill and to Mohore Danda (3,300 m)
Depending on season, we wake up least one hour before sunrise and start our hike to Poonhill which takes about 45 minutes. We enjoy the Himalayan sunrise view from Poonhill top. Since we have been trekking o? beaten trail for several days we may strangle due to the crowd at Poonhill but the crowd is generally only in the morning at Poon Hill. We have breakfast and then start our hike to Moharedanda through the grassy and rhododendron forests, sometimes uphill, sometimes downhill and sometimes on a flat trail. We have a strenuous climb at Humpal pass (3098m). Descending past the Humpal pass we walk along a flat trail and get again into a forest. After short walk again through steep, grassy path along the ridge we finally get sight of Moharedanda. We walk to Moharedanda ridge for a spectacular 360 degree mountain view through the Dhaulagiri range ((8167m) high, Annapurna range (8091m), Manaslu Himal (8163m) at sunset. The panorama of landscapes is equally fascinating as well. Rest time is spent enjoying the vistas at Moharedanda top. Accommodation: Community Lodge.
DAY 17 – Trek to Ulleri (1,960 m)
Interesting about Moharedanda is that you don’t need to wake up very early to walk to the top as you did for Poonhill because you will be sleeping right at the Moharedanda top at one of the community lodge!
Early morning you can even see the golden mountains from your bed, but these vistas will definitely drag a diehard lazy chap out of bed with his camera. After feasting the vista of the magnificent mountains, we have breakfast and start our trek down to the village of Ulleri. Accommodation: Local Lodge.
DAY 18 – Trek to Nayapul and to Pokhara Knee hurting climb down through 3280 stone steps.
You will be regularly visited by groups of monkeys as you travel through the narrow valley. The trail continues on an increasingly crowded inhabited mountain ridge, through Hille, Sudame, Matathanti, Birethanti, where a variety of lodges and souvenir vendors as well as a police presence will greet you. From Nayapul we take a vehicle for about an hour to get to Pokhara. Once in Pokhara again you can feast on a variety of delicious meals.
DAY 19 – Drive back to Kathmandu (6 – 7 hours)
Pokhara is situated in a picturesque location by the side of Fewa Lake and is worthy spendint time after a hard trek. If you have bu?er time after trek, we suggest you to spend a day in Pokhara instead of hurrying back to Kathmandu today. If you don’t have time you will drive back to Kathmandu today through the winding roads.
DAY 20 – Transfer to Airport for International departure
Today as per your international flight time, keep your air ticket and your passport handy. Our o?ce sta? will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.