The Annapurna View Hike is the fastest and easiest way to enjoy the beauty of the Annapurna Himalayas. The starting point of the hike is a 45-minute drive from your hotel on Pokhara’s lakeside to Naudanda, meaning “nine hills”. A 3-4 hour hike leads you to one of the most popular view points for watching the sunrise and sun set of Annapurnas while viewing the delightful farming villages and subtropical forests on the way.
While the Annapurna View Hike can be done as a single day trek for travelers on a tight time schedule, but it is also ideal for those who decide to remain in Pokhara while their travel partners go trekking. Pokhara is one of the best place to relax with a book by the lake while enjoing the backdrop of the magnificent Fishtail Mountain. Thus the Annapurna View Hike gives an ingight towards the typical village life as well as you get to trek through the varying experiences.
The trek begins from Naudanda, or ‘nine hills’ where we enjoy the beautiful morning scenery. The hills come to life as villagers go about their chores. Farmers will be working in the terraced fields of these gently rolling hills, as they have for centuries, without machinery to pollute the clean, quiet atmosphere.
The trail ends at Sarangkot village on the crest of a hill above Fewa Lake. Steps lead up to the ruins of an ancient fort atop the hill which is the best place for breathtaking sunset and sunrise views of Annapurna South, 8091m, Manasalu, 8165m, of Pokhara and Phewa Lake.Dhaulagiri, 8167m, Ganesh Himal, 7446m, Machhapuchare (Fish Tail) and more than 25 other mountains over 6000 meters and nevertheless the beautiful scenery of the valley below.
Staying overnight in Sarangkot allows us to enjoy the breathtaking views at sunset and sunrise. A vehicle will pick us up in Sarangkot and take us back to our Hotel in Pokhara.
|1||Arrival in Kathmandu|
|2||Preparation Day in Kathmandu|
|3||Drive to Pokhara, 900m||6-7 hrs|
|4||Drive to Phedi, 1130m; trek to Dhampus, 1650m||2-3 hrs|
|5||Trek to Sarangkot, 1592m||5hrs|
|6||Trek to Pokhara, 900m||3 hrs|
|7||Pokhara to Kathmandu by Road||6hrs|
Difficulty Rating of Annapurna View Trek
Any avid walker who is able to hike approximately 3-4 hours a day carrying a lightweight backpack will be fit enough to do this trek. We recommend you bring walking poles, as you will find them helpful especially in the long descents when your legs may feel shaky, and the stone steps are uneven. The altitude is only 3200m, so there is no altitude related risk.
Safe Drinking Water on Annapurna View Trek
We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Several guesthouses have Euro-guard filters. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.
Re-charging Batteries of Electronic Items on the Trek
You can recharge your digital camera, iPod, batteries etc. with electricity or solar power sources. You may need to buy an adaptor in Kathmandu before the trip since the plugs in Nepal might be different. The lodges charge a small fee per hour for recharging facilities.
Nepal uses 220-240 volts to power your appliances. The sockets fit both round and flat plugs.