The Short Annapurna Trek, although is one of the easiest trek, but has amazing mountain scenery. This trek doesn’t go very high, distances can be covered at a relaxed pace. It can be considered as a good family trek that even the younger children will enjoy. Each day you will be surrounded by nature, amazing mountain scenery and the traditional lifestyle of the mountain people.
The Short Annapurna Trek begins from Pokhara. The first night is spent in the hilltop village of Sarangkot, 1592m from where there are dramatic sunset and sunrise views of the mountains from a viewpoint on a hill just above the village. From this vantage point we can see Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Machhapuchure, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna South, 7195m, Annapurna I, 7647m and Annapurna IV, 7525m. You can also look down on the Pokhara Valley and its beautiful city settled on the shores of Fewa Taal Lake.
We hike through terraced hillsides and typical Gurung villages with charming slate-roofed houses. The Gurungs are the predominant ethnic community in this area. They have earned world recognition as fearless and loyal Gurkha soldiers in the British and Indian armies.
There are more amazing views of the snowcapped mountains from Pothana, 1990m, a small village on the path to Annapurna Base Camp.
The trail to Landruk, 1619m, leads through beautiful rhododendron and bamboo forests. From Landruk we can look across the valley to Ghandruk, 2012m, our next destination. Gandruk is approximately 400m higher than Landruk, with a river in between which gives us an idea of what is ahead: a quick descent to the Kimlong Khola (river), over a bridge and then a pretty grueling climb up a steep stone stairway to Ghandruk.
The final day descends to Nayapul where the vehicle will meet us to take us back to Pokhara.
|1||Arrival in Kathmandu|
|2||Preparation Day in Kathmandu|
|3||Drive to Sarangkot, 1592m, via Pokhara||6-7 hrs|
|4||Trek to Pothana, 1990m||4-5 hrs|
|5||Trek to Landruk, 1619m||4 hours|
|6||Treks to Ghandruk, 2012m||4-5 hour|
|7||Trek to Nayapul, 1010m, 3hrs; drive to Pokhara|
|8||Tour Pokhara City or Just Relax|
|9||Pokhara to Kathmandu 6hrs by Road|
The Best Time to Visit the Annapurna Region
The best seasons for trekking in the Annapurna region are spring (February to late April) and autumn (late September to late November). Winter trekking is also possible for Ghorepani, Poonhill, Ghandruk, Annapurna Base Camp, and Kali Gandki.
This is a Tea Houses/Lodge Trek
Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Go Himalayan Adventures takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.
In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy four nights in Hotel.
During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people. In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to god, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn. You will be made very welcome!
Spending Money per Day
Although it depends on your spending habits, you should allocate US$ 10 – 15 per meal in Kathmandu. On the trek, your meals are included, but you may wish to purchase extras which are not included in your package, such as chocolate bars, Coca Cola or a beer. US$10 – 15 a day should be enough.
While trekking, it is important to keep hydrated; you should drink at least 3 liters of water each day. In the Annapurna Region there are Euro-guard filters, so all you need is your own water bottle and you can refill it easily. We suggest you bring a supply of water purification tablets in case Euro-guard water is not available. We request that you avoid using bottled mineral water, as the bottles are not easily disposed of.
Washing and Toilet facilities for Khair Trek
Most lodges offer hot showers, though sometimes a hot shower means a bucket of hot water. You can ask your trekking guide about the availability. For ecological reasons please try and limit your use of hot water unless the water is solar-heated. Please note that at higher altitude and in colder seasons there is very little chance to have enough hot water for all the trekkers. If the water is frozen then ask your guide to get warm bowl of water. Every lodge will have some kind of hand washing facility but it is good idea to carry a bar of soap with you.
Toilets are usually Asian squat style and vary in how clean they are. Normally toilets are outside the lodge but now some lodges have attached or indoor toilets. The rubbish bin in the toilet is kept for your used toilet paper.
If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable.
It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Go Himalayan Adventure Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.