Days: 12 / Difficulty: 2 of 5 (Moderate)
Horse Riding Trek to Annapurna Panorama is one of the world famous and classical treks in the world. In this trek you have a chance to see & explore the real typical village with its traditional lifestyle. This Annapurna trek starting from the lakeside town of Pokhara valley and follow roughly; forest trails past nice traditional villages and through serene landscapes on a country side. Ghandruk is a modern village of Nepal carries its own culture, life style and panoramic scenery of Himalayas also another attraction place for trekkers. During the trekking on lower place we will reaches at Poon Hill from where can see wonderful panoramic views of the valley of deepest gorge and some of the highest mountains range of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manasalu with holy Mt. Fishtail to the northern part. Throughout the trek you'll see close up views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Machhapuchre (Fishtail Mountain) and the Kaligandaki Valley also be able to take a relaxing natural hot springs at Tatopani and may have explore the local lifestyle, culture, climate and topography. This may have good choice for anyone who are looking for introductory trek on a limited timescale as well as a good choice for family trek as well with beginners.
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Facts of the Trek:Trip Region: Annapurna Region
Types of Trip: Trekking and Riding
Duration: 13 Days
Highest Elevation: 3210m
Mode of Trip: Lodge or Tea-house
Average Walking: 5-6 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 Magar and Gurung
Major Himalayan Sights: Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) 6993m, Annapurna I 8091m, Annapurna South 7219m, Hiun Chuli 6441m, Mardi Himal 5553m, Annapurna III 7555m, Dhaulagiri 8167m, Nilgiri 6839m, Tukuche Peak 6920m.
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 from Poon Hill View Point, pictureaque villages, experiencing with life style and culture of Magar and Gurung people who is very famous for Gorkha arm, natural hot spring (Tatopani), 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.
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Horse Riding Trek to Annapurna Panorama 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: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private van.
After brekafast in the hotel, Drive to Swayambhunath Stupa which is very close form the centre of Kathmandu. It takes some minutes to be there. This Temple is also known as Monkey Temple which is considered to be self made Stupa. Then visit to Boudhanath Stupa: the biggest stupa in Nepal and one of the bigger stupa in the world. You can basically experience Tibetan Buddhism, culture and way of life in Boudhanath Area. Boudhanath area is the authentic place to buy Tibetan stuffs. Again you will be visit Pashupatinath Temple and it is one of the most sacred temples in the entire Hindu world. It is a sacred place where Hindus come to die and to be cremated. The temple of Pashupatinath is a large double roofed, gilt pagoda, decorated with brass, the gateway is plated with silver. There are images of Shiva along with other statues, shrines and temples dedicated to other deities in the complex. A circuit of the Pashupati area takes visitors past a sixth-century statue of the Buddha, an eight-century statue of Brahma the creator and numerous other temples. There are rows of Shiva shrines and Hindu pilgrims from all over south Asia offering ceremonies to worship Shiva, the Lord of Destruction. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara, drive to Phedi and ride and trek with Horse to Dhampus 1650m/2 hours,
Today, morning flight to Pokhara and take a car, short drive (40 minutes) to reach at Phedi starting point of our trek. From here we'll follow the trail to get Dhampus village for around 1 ½ hours ascends passing through terrace field and small forest. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 4: Ride and trek with Horse from Dhampus to Landruk Village 1565m/6 hours,
We’ll start our trek after breakfast, ascent for 2 hour to reach at Pothana, Pothana is a small village surrounding by small forest with good view of Machhapuchre (Mt. Fishtail) as well as Annapurna South with Dhampus village to the bottom. We’ll be walking up and down along quiet trails through the forest for about 3 hours where en-route some small teahouses offering tea and cold drink breaks for small business. We'll reach at Landruk Village which also nice village settled in terrace landscapes. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 5: Ride and trek with Horse from Landruk Village to Ghandruk Village 1940m/5 hours,
Today, we will start after having breakfast, the trail leads step way about 40 minutes walking down to the Modi River and crossing the bridge you can be seen bee hives on a side of cliff. Continuing our trek to Ghandruk, the trail ascends and steepest before we reach at Ghandruk which is a largest Gurung (popular ethnic group from western region of Nepal) settlement in the area with the closest views of Annapurna and Machhapuchre to the north and evening enjoy exploring the local village and people with traditional dressed. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 6: Ride and trek with Horse from Ghandruk Village to Tadapani 2590m/4 hours,
Today we pass the Ghandruk village ascends walk to the rich rhododendron forest and about 3 hrs fully forest walking reaches at Bhaise Kharka where few teahouses and after lunch again ascends up to the Tadapani after few hour walk through the forested way. Finally we reach at Tadapani. This small place is surrounding by rhododendron forest and closest view of Mt. Fishtail and Annapurna range.Overnight in Lodge.
Day 7: Ride and trek with Horse from Tadapani to Ghorepani 2750m/6 hours,
After breakfast it's a short walk down to the stream and crossing wooden local made bridge and again followed by a 3 hour climb up to the steep ridge of Deurali for lunch and further walks to the top of Deurali pass 3160m. After an easy walk of around an hour, trails lead down to Ghorepani. This is popular place for around and can see good panoramic view of the Mt. Dhaulagiri range and explore around. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 8: Ride and trek with Horse from Ghorepani to Tatopani 1190m/7 hours,
Today early morning your guide will knock you door to wake up you with a dark climb up to the Poon Hill takes 45 minutes hike on your pace though the rhododendron forest and spread glimpse of sunrise view and chirping sounds of birds during the early hiking. Poon Hill is a great viewpoint from where we'll be able to enjoy wonderful panoramic views of the Mustang part and Pokhara valleys as well as see the more than 20 highest mountain closest views. After back to hotel and breakfast we walk down to Tatopani with long down hill. Before reaching at Tatopani we will pass some nice local villages with Himalayan scenery. We'll stop en-route for lunch at Shikha before reaching at Tatopani, which means 'hot water spring' in Nepali word. Visit hot spring for bath in the riverbank of Kaligandaki. Enjoy your time in hot spring taking naturally bathe. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 9: Drive from Tatopani to Pokhara with private car and transfer to Hotel.
Today morning we'll drive from Tatopani to Beni and Pokhara takes around a 5-6 hour drive through beautiful countryside and on arrival at Pokhara we'll check in to our hotel and rest of the time explore the lakeside area or simply relax.
Day 10: 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 11: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar square by private van
After breakfast, we are going to visit two historical monuments which represent early and late medieval history, architecture, culture and religion. Bhaktapur Durbar square is an ancient newari city, 13 kilometers far from Kathmandu stores numbers of Hindu temples, 55 windowed medieval durbar and offers you various examples of metal smith and wooden craft along with the opportunity of exploring traditional pottery work to the another corner. Patan durbar square is equally important which represents late medieval history, Culture and architecture. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 12: 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 65 per day per horse including horse man, his food, accommodation, salary and insurance.
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Our Trek Package Cost includes;
* Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private car/van.
* 5 nights accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at3*** hotel in Kathmandu and standard hotel inPokhara.
* Kathmandu Sightseeing tour as per above mentioned itinerary and entry fees.
* Round Trip Flight Ticket from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu and airport tax.
* 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.
* First Aid Medical Kit box.
* 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 (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we would greatly be happy to assist).
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments like sleeping bags, jackets (can all be hired in KTM)
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters due to natural calamities 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 email@example.com
Important: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.