The Annapurna region of Nepal simply needs no introduction. With its magnificent Himalayan ranges, colossal glaciers, and emerald alpine lakes, it is one of the most sought after trekking destination worldwide. Thankfully, it is also the most versatile trekking region that offers trekkers with options ranging from all kinds of difficulty level. If you are someone who wants to be in close vicinity of the inspiring mountains, want to marvel at the astounding natural beauty of Annapurna region, but do not have the time or level of physical fitness to trek through highly off-beaten, and sometimes snow-laden routes, Annapurna Mid Hill Circuit Trekking is the perfect choice for you.
The eight-day long trek commences with a sightseeing tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu valley. Once a prosperous medieval valley, Kathmandu is endowed with historical and cultural marvels that make the city the cultural capital of the nation as well. From Kathmandu, we will embark on a scenic 6-hour long bus ride to reach Pokhara, the Lake City of Nepal. At Pokhara, we can indulge in some laid-back activities like visit to ancient caves and boating in serene Phewa Lake. On the fourth day of your arrival, we will finally commence our trekking from Nayapul. From Nayapul, we will trek alongside the banks of choppy Modi River and trek through beautiful hamelts like Birethanti and Syali Bazaar. After trekking through winding hills and cobbled roads and passing the village of Kimche, we will reach Ghanduk, one of the main focal point of the trek. Ghandruk, which is known for its iconic Gurung civilization, is also equally famous for the mind-blowing views of mountains like Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, and Himchuli. At Ghandruk, we will have the golden chance to experience the warm hospitality of Gurung people, as we will stay in a traditionally-built teahouse and indulge in yummy Gurung cuisine. On the following day, we will descend through the dense alpine forests, stone steps, and along the banks of Modi River once again to reach a small village of Landruk. From there, as we trek down alongside terrace fields to reach Tolka, the distancing views of the western mountains will once again invigorate out energy. On the sixth day, we will trek down to a village called Kande and trek down to Pokhara. But first, we will on an hour long uphill ascend to Deurali Hill, which once again offers fabulous views of mountain panorama including Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre. The trek journey comes to a full circle after we catch a bus to Pokhara from Kande village, where we can indulge in some much-deserved relaxation.
In this way, Annapurna Mid Hill Circuit Trekking proves to be a wholesome trekking experience that offers you everything the Annapunra region has to offer, minus the hassle and hard work of trekking in harsh terrains for stretched period of time. Sounds too good to be true, but the eight-day long trek incorporates some of the main highlights of trekking in the region, such as experiencing a home-stay in Ghandruk village and a trek to Kande for other-worldly views of several mountains including some eight thousanders!
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu received by Team Himalaya staff.
On arrival meet our TH staff for courtesy transfer to respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu at Thamel area, an interesting place for shopping and having meals in one of the many world class restaurants, pubs and bakery. Our guide will inform on details regarding the treks to Annapurna Mid Hill Circuit Trekking .
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Morning after breakfast at given time our city and cultural guide will guide you in and around Kathmandu at places of interest and importance, as Kathmandu Valley is full of World Heritage Sites the holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath (Little Tibet), Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel, preparation for the trip to Annapurna Mid Hill Circuit trek.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara 950m – 06 hrs journey.
With an option of driving or taking a flight, whatever your choice and interest a scenic drive takes about 6 hours to Pokhara, which is quite interesting on the Nepal’s main highway following the Trisuli river for a while and then heading west with views of Ganesh, Langtang Himal as it gets closer to Pokhara with Annapurna and Manaslu range of peaks. In Pokhara the haven for tourist a scenic place with mountains and lakes, here in Pokhara transfer to hotel by the lake Phewa (Fewa) for overnight.
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul 1,100m and trek to Gandruk 1,850m.
A two hours drive away from Pokhara leading west, with fabulous views of Annapurna Himalaya ranging from A I, A II, A III and A IV with stunning Mt.Machhapuchare “Fish Tail” on reaching at Nayapul, begin the trek following Modi river for short distance to a nice village at Bhirethati and then following the Modi river upstream to Syali Bazaar, walk leads to a winding up hills with stone steps and passing the village of Kimche to reach at large hill village of Gandruk the gateway to many Annapurna treks and to Annapurna Sanctuary, here overnight in nice Gurung lodge with views of Annapurna South, Huinchuli and Machhapuchhre “Fish Tail” peak.
Day 05: Trek to Tolka 1,630 m – 04 hrs.
With lovely morning and views, starting with descend through dense alpine forest towards Gandruk in the forested area with couple of teashops and then on gradual trail with few short ups and down to reach Gandruk village, and then on a nice stone steps downhill to Modi River after crossing the bridge on the uphill uphill trail to Landruk village with great views of Annapurna South and Huinchuli at close distance, from here back to warm rice fields and terraces with pleasant walk for a while and then a short climb to a Tolka village for overnight stop.
Day 06: Trek to Kande 1,460m and drive to Pokhara.
With mountain views for breakfast, from here a winding nice walk for an hour and then a climb for 45 minutes to Deurali hill with super views of snowcapped mountains including Mt. Dhaulgiri and Annapurna mountain range, after Deurali on the downhill through nice woods to Potana a lovely spot with views of Annapurna and Manaslu, from this village Mt. Machhapuchhre looks magnificent, starting the last walk of this trip with an hour climb to Australian camp or Thulo Kharka with marvelous scenery of mountain panorama, from here an hour downhill to the road head at Kande village for the drive to Pokhara of an hour scenic journey reaching Pokhara check into fine hotel by the lake Phewa for overnight with afternoon at leisure.
(in Pokhara extension trips Paragliding, kayaking clinic, Ultra light flight, Zip Flyer on long cable wire or Bungy Jump called Touch the Lake)
Day 07: Drive back to Kathmandu afternoon free at leisure.
From Pokhara a drive back to Kathmandu after 06 hours scenic journey reaching Kathmandu and people who wish to travel by air 30 minutes of panoramic flight to Kathmandu, on reaching Kathmandu transfer to respective hotels.
Day 08: International departure homeward bound.
Last day in Nepal with wonderful memorable time in Nepal Himalaya around Annapurna with Team Himalaya and transfer to airport for the flight back home or to respective destinations.