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[11 days] Annapurna Panorama Trek Annapurna Region, Nepal

  • Trip Type: Private (Guided)
  • Group Size: Min 2, Max 12
  • Departure Date: Flexible
  • Bookable From: April - December
  • Duration: Extended (10+ days)
  • Physical Rating: Average

This Annapurna Panorama Trek is a perfect combination of adventure with villages, almighty mountains, and relaxation.

This trip is a way of discovering Nepal in style while staying in the mountain lodges of the Annapurna region. The trails between lodges lead you through picturesque, typical villages with remarkable views of Annapurna and will introduce you to the amazing local residents and their friendliness.

The Annapurna Panorama Trek is a relatively gentle walk through the low-lying Annapurna foothills. These middle hills provide spectacular alpine views as you explore this scenic Himalayan region.

Highlights:

  • Rhododendron forest walk during the spring
  • Experience the culture of traditional life in Nepali villages
  • Share the route with shepherds and donkey trains
  • Enjoy the magnificent snowcapped Annapurna and fishtail mountain views
  • Explore the city of lakes, Pokhara
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu and witness rich history, heritage, culture, and tradition
  • Get a glimpse of Gurung culture, the largest ethnic group in Nepal’s Himalayas

🌤️ Seasonal Notes:

  • The high season is from mid-September to April. During the high season, the weather is perfect and filled with sunshine and clear weather. Trekkers will have the opportunity to walk through beautiful forests of colorful rhododendron trees if they book this trip in the spring (March-April).
  • The low season is May to mid-June. Low season is the hottest season of Nepal, but the days are hot and dry. This makes for more comfortable trekking than during the off-season when days are hot and humid.
  • The off-season (monsoon season) is mid-June to mid-September. During the off-season, there is constant rainfall and a higher chance of leeches in the jungle. The mountain views Himalayan views may not be clear and trekking trails are slippery.

📋 Itinerary

This itinerary is customizable. Contact Yūgen Earthside for more information.

Day 1-2: Kathmandu [Nepal] (arrival day)
Day 3: Pokhara
Day 4: Birethathi
Day 5-6: Ghandruk
Day 7: Landruk
Day 8: Majgaun
Day 9: Pokhara
Day 10-11: Kathmandu (departure day)

🌱 Sustainability

🌱 We are Travelife certified, and we work to reduce all negative impacts on the natural and social environments. We do this by supporting business partners (accommodation providers, excursion providers) to be more sustainable by circulating and encouraging the adoption of sustainable best practices. We also create sustainability awareness among our guests, office, and trekking staff.

🧼 We use biodegradable hand soap and cleaning powder for our office (i.e. cleaning the floors, furniture, and utensils).  All products are handmade and hand-packed by women who are mostly from poor, remote communities.

💧 Travelers are encouraged to bring reusable water bottles as well as water filter tablets to reduce plastic waste.

🗑️ Our guides collect trash along the trail and dispose of it in designated areas. We also use cloth bags as much as possible.

♻️ We avoid plastic-related items during the trip.

🥾 The trip is based around trekking, a low-carbon impact activity.

🏡 The accommodation on this trip includes hotels and mountain lodges. The lodges are made by the locals with local materials. All the lodges are very environmentally friendly, and most electricity and heating is generated by a combination of solar power and village electricity schemes.

☀️ Our office is solar powered and prioritizes energy-efficient lights and water-efficient toilets.

🍴 The mountain lodges serve organic meals prepared from local produce and ingredients. We cater to guests' dietary requirements (i.e vegetarian, vegan).

💼 The mountain lodges employ locals.

🎭 The trip encompasses hiking through villages where guests will have a chance to interact with locals and witness their traditions and way of life.

  • Clear sustainable travel policy
  • Social / Environmental Impact
  • Tourism Dispersal
  • Small Group Travel
  • Adhere to Strict Environmental Standards
  • Conserve Ecosystems/Preserve Biodiversity
  • Use Environmentally Friendly Products
  • No Animal-Harming Tourism
  • Use Renewable Energy
  • Local/Organic Restaurants
  • Focused on Minimizing Waste
  • Responsible Waste Management
  • Energy-Saving Lights
  • Solar Thermal Panels
  • Use Water Flow Reducers
  • Provide Local Employment
  • Fair Wages / Fair Trade
  • Ensures Good Working Conditions
  • Supports Local Businesses
  • Tours Benefit Local Community
  • Connect Travelers to Local Products
  • Engage with Local Communities
  • Act Mindfully of Local Health
  • Inclusive & Non-discriminatory Hiring
  • Provide Authentic Experiences

📌 Location

Use the Google map to orient yourself about where in the world this trip is. The location indicates the starting point for this trip.

A specific route map is included in the downloadable detailed itinerary.

🏷️ Pricing

🏷️ Prices are for twin-share rooms.
🏷️ Prices exclude flights to/from the destination.
🏷️ See the full list of price inclusions and exclusions in the downloadable detailed itinerary.

  • Deposit per person

    Refundable (see Cancellation Policy)

    $ 200
  • Private tour

    Price per person (excl. flights)

    $ 1590
  • Single room supplement

    Private room for 1 person

    $ 640

ℹ️ Other Info

📧 If you're ready to book this trip or have any questions, contact us!

💯 Book with confidence: To reserve your spot on a tour, a $200 deposit will be required. However, you can book with complete peace of mind as this deposit will be 100% refundable until 45 days prior to the trip start date (excluding fees paid to the payment gateway or bank).

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel any of your trips that have been booked with us then notice of trip cancellation must be sent in writing & refunds will be made as follows:

  • 30 days before trip departure: 90% of your total payment will be refunded.
  • 15-30 days before trip departure: 70% of your total payment will be refunded.
  • Less than 15 days before trip departure: 20% of your total payment will be refunded.
  • No shows: No refund

1. Flight Delays and Changes in Itinerary: 

We are not responsible for the rerouting of the itinerary due to flight and/or bus cancellations, unexpected obstacles like unfavorable weather conditions, political unrest, or natural calamities. Any additional expenses necessitated by such an event will be borne by the client/s.

2. Incomplete Trip: 

The paid amount will not be reimbursed for any unused portion of the trip if you leave your trip for any reason.

3. Nepal Passport and Visas: 

All clients must have a passport and visa valid up to 6 months from the issued date. The cost of the visa is the client’s responsibility.

📅 This trip has a variable start date, so you can plan a departure date for when it is safe to travel. It's also a private tour, meaning you will only be traveling with those you book the trip with.

⚕️ Be sure you have traveler's insurance.

😷 If you choose to travel before a vaccine is widely available, be sure to get a negative test result prior to arriving. You should also have both a mask and hand sanitizer with you at all times.

Special precautions for guests:

Arrival

  • Check the temperature of all the passengers before boarding.
  • Guest luggage will be sprayed with a disinfection spray or wiped down after off-loading, and all handles and corners will be carefully wiped with surface sanitizer.

Transportation

  • The vehicle used to transport guests are fully disinfected at the end of the service, and daily four multi-day services.
  • Vehicles have a pedal trash bin available for guests.
  • The driver will wear a face mask and gloves and maintain social distance.
  • The representative will put on a mask and social distance as much as possible.
  • Hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, and masks are available to all guests onboard.
  • Comprehensive first-aid kits in the vehicle are fully equipped.
  • Only guests of the same travel group will be placed in the same vehicle.
  • The number of guests per vehicle will be limited to seating capacity.
  • The seat next to the driver will be vacant.
  • Ensure guests stay in the designated seats. No changing of the seats allowed.
  • Avoid unplanned stops with guests that bring them in contact with other individuals.

Guests

  • Carry hand sanitizer and put on a mask when traveling.
  • Report to the staff any symptoms of any kind of illness.
  • Take out travel insurance prior to the trip.

Accommodation

  • Temperature check upon arrival.
  • Provided hand cleaning facilities.
  • Social distancing measures during check-in / check-out and contact is limited.
  • Meals are served 'a la carte' or served by a waiter.
  • Thoroughly sanitize rooms after guests check out. Keep room vacant for 24 hours after checkout; re-clean the room, seal for further 24 hours before next guest checks in.
  • Accommodations that we are working with are assessed on hygiene standards in regard to COVID-19.
  • We ensure these measures include: enhanced room cleaning, ventilation, social distancing, regular cleaning and disinfection of high-frequency touchpoints in public areas, food safety, staff re-training, and minimizing contact within the properties.

Staff Safety and Training

  • All employees and guides underwent training to ensure health and safety measures are upheld and to protect the health of our guests.

💭 Q: What does the Physical Rating of "Average" mean?
The trek is a relatively gentle walk through the low-lying Annapurna foothills. These middle hills provide spectacular alpine views as you explore this scenic Himalayan region. Hikes range from about 30 minutes to about 6 hours.

💭 Q: What are the accommodations like?
The accommodations on this trip are hotels and mountain lodges. The lodges are traditional buildings made with local materials of stone and wood. There are comfortable communal areas where guests can sit to warm up at a fire pit lit at the communal dining area during winter.

💭 Q: What about the weather?
Annapurna Panorama trek has varied temperatures. This depends on the season, altitude, and time of day. In the mountains between 1,000m and 3,500m the nights will be cool around 5°C (41°F). During the day temperatures sometimes rise to 30°C (86°F).

While designing the itinerary, we give importance to the handpicked lodges and take into consideration weather conditions in that particular season and also the trekker’s physical capacity.

💭 Q: What about health & safety?

  • For the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash, and other valuable items we advise the use of a neck wallet or money belt while traveling.
  • A safety deposit box is available in city hotels to store your valuable items but during the tour, you have to secure your belongings. We recommend you leave valuables at your home. A lock is suggested for securing your luggage.
  • It is advised to consult or get professional advice from a travel doctor about vaccinations and medical travel information beforehand.
  • Avoid consuming ice, salad, raw vegetables, and deep-fried, spicy, and greasy food.
  • The company and our suppliers (including for accommodation and transportation) adhere to stringent protocols related to health and safety.

💭 Q: Is this trip safe for solo travelers?
This trip is safe for solo (female and male) travelers.

💭 Q: Do I need a visa?
A visa for Nepal can be acquired on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kerung on the Nepal-China border. Outside of Nepal, a visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission.

  • Visa fee: US $30 for 15 days, US$50 for 30 days, and US $125 for a 90-day, multiple entry visa.

The latest COVID-19 visa process:
In regard to tourist visas, travelers need to apply for their visas from their respective countries. If travelers wish to apply for a visa on arrival, then a trekking agency based in Nepal shall do the arrangement of prior approval to enter Nepal. For prior visa approval, the Nepal-based trekking agencies shall submit all prescribed details of the trekkers to the appropriate tourism agencies to get a recommendation of which visa type to submit to the Department of Immigration in advance.