Days: 8 / Difficulty: 2 of 5 (Moderate)
Annapurna Foothills Trek for families is a package specially designed for the family those are traveling with children under the age of 15 and don’t want to have intensive trek but wish to gain mountain experience and refreshment and then planned for trekkers on a limited time schedule and will offer some of the best views in the Annapurna Region without having to contend with the altitude. During your family holiday trek in this Himalaya, you will learn Culture, Buddhist Stupa, Hindu Temples and boating in Phewa Lake; additionally little hike to experience the fresh breath taking air of the Himalaya with your children. Annapurna foothills trek is a short trekking in Annapurna conservation area and probably the best mix cultural trek in Annapurna Region. There are no other routes which have this much natural diversity & cultural variety. This trek is start from Phedi near by Pokahra valley. Instantly after leaving Pokhara valley, it is not such a long wait before we get fantastic views of the mountains including the common shape of Machhapuchhre "The Fish-Tail". From the next day trek, we follow the Dhampus ridge through rhododendron and orchid hang forest. Landruk and Ghandruk, a large & prosperous Gurung village, is beautifully set against the backdrop of Annapurna South (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and holy Mount Machhapuchhre (6993m). In the beginning of trek village life, culture, terrace view, water falls & green hills’ view can be enjoyed. Ghandruk village also offers most spectacular view of mountains peak & sun rise over Himalayas. Ghandruk village is another attraction of this trek. Ghandruk is habitation of Gurungs who are known is “Gurkhas”. Gurkhas have glorious history they created in Second World War. This trek follows the Natural hot springs in Annapurna Region of Nepal. The trek is rigorous, but the rewards can be worth the walk. It includes a stop at natural hot springs, a relaxing treatment for body aches. Besides, this trek also offers an opportunity to enjoy a bath in a natural hot spring along the trail.
Fact of the Trek:
Trip Region: Annapurna Region
Types of Trip: Trekking
Duration: 8 Days
Highest Elevation: 1940m
Mode of Trip: Lodge or Tea-house
Average Walking: 4-5 hours in a day
Trip Start/End: Kathmandu
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara and normal tea-houses/lodges during the trek
Best Season: Autumn (Sep-Oct-Nov) and Spring (March-April-May)
Transportation by: Domestic Flight and Private Vehicle
Culture Experience: Majority of Gurung
Major Himalayan Sights: Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) 6993m, Annapurna I 8091m, Annapurna South 7219m, Hiun Chuli 6441m, Mardi Himal 5553m, Annapurna III 7555m
Highlights of the Trip: Exploring the Kathmandu city and its heritage sites, Panoramic and closed views of Annapurna massif, explore in the valley, unobstructed sunrise and sunset view, pictureaque villages, experiencing with life style and culture of Gurung people who is very famous for Gorkha arm, walking in the narrow and stone paved trail, ancient Monastery, old tradition Gurung Museum, waterfalls, scenic mountain flight to and from Pokhara, explore lake city of Pokhara, walking through dense Rhododendron forest and even more beautiful in Spring and hot spring.
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Annapurna Foothills Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and you will be met at the airport by our representative who will be waiting with a Swiss Family Treks sign outside the terminal and transfer to Hotel by private car. Welcome drink and after you settle into the hotel there will be a group briefing with your tour leader. He will discuss the trek details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara, drive to Phedi 1130m and trek to Dhampus Village 1650m/3hrs,
Early in the morning, our car will come to pick up your hotel and transfer to domestic airport. Then, 35 minutes flight to Pokhara and have a breakfast. Then drive to Phedi which takes about 1 hour. We will start to climb steeply for an hour and then less steep climb up through the Rhododendron forest with following a stone staircase until reaching on the top of ridge which takes about 1 hour. We continue again another 30 minutes further plain dirt road and arrive in Dhampus Village. We will have our lunch and afternoon free for resting. We can see all the Annapurna Massif and Machhapuchhre as well as Dhaulagiri I. We will stay overnight at Lodge
Day 3: Trek from Dhampus Village to Tolka 1700m/5hrs,
In the morning after breakfast, we will gently climb up through the rhododendron and oak forest until reaching Pothana which takes about 1 and half hour. We can see the excellent view of Machhapuchhre. The trail takes another 1 hour climbs through the rhododendron forest to a pass with views of the Mardi Khola far below and the panoramic views of Annapurna South and Hiun Chuli to the north, and Pokhara and Phewa Lake to the southeast when we will reach Deurali. Then, we will make a steep descent through the forests into a huge side canyon of the Modi Khola and arrive at Bheri Kharka, a superb of the large Gurung village of Bichok, far below after a 1 hour climbing down. We will make our lunch there and after lunch, we will descend to the head of the valley on the upper trail cross a stream over the suspension bridge. Then we climb gently out of the side canyon on flagstone steps until reaching Tolka which takes about 1 and half hour. We will stay overnight at Lodge
Day 4: Trek from Tolka to Jhinu Danda 1780m/5hrs,
In the morning after breakfast, we will descend a long knee-crunching stone staircase to a suspension bridge across the small stream, then climbs through forests to a ridge an easy walk past stream, fields until reaching a Gurung settlement of Landruk village which takes about 1 and half hour. We can see a second largest Gurung village of Ghandruk high above us on the opposite side of the river. Then, we will leave the village and choose the right trail; walk on the thick jungle trail descends through ferns to fine view of Annapurna South high above the jade-white water river and cross the several bridges with lovely waterfall near the Himal Qu. Then, we will cross by a long narrow suspension bridge over the Modi Khola until reaching New Bridge which takes about 1 and half hour. We will make our lunch there. After lunch, we will continue to steep climbs and then cross over the stream. Then a short stiff climbs bring us to Jhinu Danda which takes about 1 2 hours. There is a hot spring with cement bathing pools about 25 minutes downhill. We will stay overnight at Lodge
Day 5: Trek from Jhinu Danda to Ghandruk Village 1940m/5hrs,
In the morning after having breakfast, we will descend to small stream and climb up with small stone staircase with zigzag uphill through the terrace fields viewing Jhinu Danda and Chhomrong village from top of the ridge, with its small settlement which takes about 2 and half hour. Then we walk small ups and downs through the dense forest of rhododendron viewing scenic Landruk and Ghandruk village until reaching Ghandruk, which is also known as Konda Village in their local language. Konda means Stone; we can see all the walking trail and house when we are entering in the village. It takes about 1 and half hour. We will have our lunch and visit a very interesting old traditional Gurung Museum and recently built Buddhist Monastery in the middle of the village, which we can make side trip for the evening. We will stay overnight at Lodge
Day 6: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul 1070m/4hrs and drive to Pokhara,
In the morning after breakfast, we will leave the village and walk down on the stone paved stone staircase for a while and viewing Landruk village just opposite side of us. After a 2 hours walk down from Ghandruk village, we arrive in Syaulibazar. Then, we will follow the plain dusty road way along the Modi Khola until reaching Birethanti which takes about 1 and half hour. We cross a river over an iron bridge and have our lunch there. After lunch, we continue 30 minutes further to Nayapul along the Modi Khola and our car will be there to pick up. Then, we back to Pokhara by car which takes about 2 hours and transfer to Hotel. We will stay overnight in Hotel.
Day 7: Morning Hike to World Peace Stupa and afternoon fly back to Kathmandu,
In the morning after breakfast, we will go to world peace stupa by car. We can see panoramic view of high Himalayan range from Manaslu to Dhaulagiri range including Machhapuchhre and Annapurna Massif as well as scenic Pokhara Valley and Phewa Lake. Then, we will walk down to Phewa Lake through the forest which takes about 1 hour and take a boat to cross a Phewa Lake passing the small Island where Temple Barahi is situated middle of the Lake. Afternoon transfer to airport, and then fly back to Kathmandu. Our car will be ready to pick up in the airport and transfer to Hotel.
Day 8: Final Departure from Kathmandu
Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements and transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport by our private van around 3 hours before your flight schedule and flight back to your home/other travel destination.
Note: Depending on the ages of children, they get discount in trek cost and domestic flight ticket cost accordingly. Also Horse renting in Annapurna Region is USD 75 per day per horse including horse man, his food, accommodation, salary and insurance.
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Our Trek Package Cost includes;
How to Book
* Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private car/van.
* Domestic flight ticket from KTM-PKR-KTM and airport tax.
* 3 nights deluxe accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at 3* hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the trek.
* Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples), their food & accommodation, salary, equipments & insurance.
** All transportation by private vehicle.
* Annapurna Conservation Area Permit.
* All necessary permits.
* Office Service charge
* All Government Tax.
Our Trek Package Cost doesn't include;
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fees.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments.
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...
Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.
Customize Your Trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by clients themselves.