The Annapurna foothills offer excellent trekking options for those who wish to explore the spectacular natural scenery with a backdrop of the high peaks without requiring great levels of fitness. Here the altitudes are low (max 2000m) so there are no concerns for altitude sickness.
The route follows part of an ancient trade route to Tibet and passes through the terraced fields of Gurung and Magar villages as well as rhododendron and bamboo forests.
Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul. Trek from Nayapul to Ghandruk.
Setting out on the trek to Ghandruk the trail descends steeply to Birethanti and follows the west bank of Modi Khola to Shaulee Bazaar before climbing again to Ghandruk. Ghandruk is the most scenic and popular trek from Pokhara as it is relatively easy and the mountain views amply reward the effort. Ghandruk offers close-up views of the Annapurnas and the spectacle of sunset and sunrise is fantastic.
Trek from Ghandruk to Jhinu Danda.
Ghandruk is a huge Gurung and Magar village. After having spent a night there, we will trek to Jhinu. The trail descends and crosses the Modi River. Jhinu Danda is particularly famous for its natural hot spring, your reward for the 45minute climb to the village at the end of the day.
Trek from Jhinu Danda to Pothana.
Our trek starts with a descent, flattening out towards Himal Panj. From there, a gentle ascent crosses streams and terraces, to Landruk, one of the larger villages inhabited by the Gurung, Magar and Brahmin communities. Continuing through rhododendron forests, passing waterfalls and stopping to take in the panoramic views of snow-capped mountains trek on to Pothana.
Trek from Pothana to Phedi. Drive from Phedi to Pokhara.
Today is an easy downhill trek to Phedi. Passing through the terraced farmlands of lower Dhampus village we reach Phedi and then descend down the steep stone staircase to the road where your driver will be waiting to take you back to Pokhara