Lower Annapurna Trek is the best match for trekking lovers who don't have enough time for the long days arduous trek. Situated along the northern Himalaya, trekking along the foothills of Annapurna is popular among both National and International trekkers. The lower altitude of this Annapurna Foothills trek is the reason, why this trek is considered the best family trek.
Uttered with the diverse names like short Annapurna trek, Annapurna Foothills Trek, Ghandruk Loop Trek, Lower Annapurna Family trek, and simply the Lower Annapurna trek, the trek traverses beautiful Ghandruk village, Landruk, Tolka, Pothana, and Australian Camp. Further, there are other tiny settlements on the way to mesmerize you with their astonishment. Traversing each of these settlements gives you a deep insight into the lifestyle and tradition of Gurung people. Moreover, the beautiful terraced fields with the working farmers let you enjoy the Nepalese cultivating and harvesting methods.
The Gurung museum of Ghandruk, Buddhist monasteries, and the homestays, best value your time. Besides the Gurung, you can also encounter some Brahmin, Chhetri, or Magar peoples.
The villages and trails of the Lower Annapurna region not only boost the cultural amusement. But the region is also appreciable for the natural marvels too. The alluring views of the Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre, and Dhauligiri are there on your way to bring out a seraphic smile on your face. In addition, the sunrise and sunset views over the spectacular mountain ranges drag you more into the world of natural wonders. Whether you are in Ghandruk village or Australian Camp, both of these places serve you with captivating Himalayan views.
The walks on the stone staircases amidst the vibrant rhododendron forests is another prime attraction of this Lower Annapurna Trek. Get a glimpse of the Deer, Danphe, and many other animals and birds during this short Annapurna Foothills Trek.
Joining this short and easy trek on the foothills of Annapurna, live every moment with great excitement. No matter how many staircases you climb during the trek, each moment is there to give you a beatific expression. For a wonderful trekking experience in the Lower Annapurna Region, contact the Mission Himalayan Treks, a reputable local trekking agency in Nepal. Further, if you have any queries and confusion regarding this trek or any other Nepal Trek, message us without any hesitation. We are eagerly waiting to serve each of our beloved visitors.
Trekking Region: Annapurna Region.
Maximum Elevation: 2100m.
Start Point: Nayapul.
End Point: Kande/Sarangkot.
Route: Kathmandu-Pokhara-Nayapul-Birethanti-Ghandruk-Landruk-Tolka-Pothana-Australian Camp-Kande/Sarangkot-Pokhara-Kathmandu.
Accommodation: Lodge, Homestays, Hotels.
Best season: Autumn and Spring.
Why choose Lower Annapurna Trek?
Whenever there comes trekking in Nepal, most people have misled by the thought that Nepal trekking is concurrent with the high altitude arduous journey. But this is not all true. Apart from high altitude long days trek, the Himalayas of Nepal also serves the trekkers with short and easy treks. Far from the hectic hi-tech life, the trek to the Lower Annapurna Region is one of Nepal's perfect short and easy treks. Despite being short, the Lower Annapurna Trek still immerses you with most of the wonders of the Annapurna region. It gives you a glimpse of the alluring natural and cultural grandeur of the Annapurna region. So just pack your bags, tie your Nepal hiking boots, and head to the trails of Lower Annapurna with a beautiful camera.
Bewitching sunset and sunrise view from charming villages of Ghandruk and Australian Camp.
Dazzling views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre Himalayas.
Delightful walk on the stone staircases amidst the blooming rhododendron and oak forest.
Insight into the culture and lifestyle of the hospitable Gurung community.
Short Annapurna Foothills Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival at the Kathmandu Airport and transfer to your designated hotel room.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1400m) and Trek Preparation.
Day 3: Scenic and pleasing drive/flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara(820m).
Day 4: Drive Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk(1995m).
Day 5: Trek from Ghandruk to Tolka(1750m).
Day 6: From Tolka trek to Australian Camp(1870m).
Day 7: Australian Camp to Pokhara.
Day 8: Return to Kathmandu from Pokhara.
Day 9: Departure Day.
Lower Annapurna Trekking Route:
This short Annapurna Trek starts from the near settlements of Pokhara. The nearby settlements include Nayapul, Kande and Phedi. Depending upon your preference you can start your trek from any of these locations. To reach these locations you have to take a drive for around 1 hour from Pokhara.
According to our Annapurna Foothills Trek Itinerary, our Lower Annapurna Trek starts from Nayapul after around 1 hour of drive from Pokhara. The trail from Nayapul takes you through the Birethanti to Ghandruk. Following the downhill and uphill stone steps, the trails lead you towards Landruk from where Tolka is reachable with an easy walk. Continuing the trek from Tolka we reach Pothana before stopping at Australian Camp.
From Australian Camp, you have the option to either head to Kande or towards Sarangkot. Upon reaching any of these place return to Pokhara by taking a short ride.
Best time for Lower Annapurna Trek
With the perfect blend of culture and nature, Lower Annapurna trekking gives you an incredible trekking experience all year round. Each of the seasons has its own specialty. But similar to the other trekking in Nepal, Spring and Autumn are the best trekking seasons to explore the region's beauty. The azure and the fascinating mountains vistas during this season are enough to make your trek memorable. The moderate season of Autumn and Spring are there to create an atmosphere of euphoric excitement.
For snowfall lovers, a trek in winter is equally awe-inspiring whereas, with some preparations, Summer is perfect for botanical researchers.
Spring Trek on the Annapurna Foothills
Accommodation and Meals during the Annapurna short Trek
You needn't have to bother much about the accommodation during the short trek to the Lower Annapurna region. There are a plethora of hygienic and friendly lodges throughout the trail. Further, homestay is also quite popular on this trekking trail. Lodges here normally provide you with a spacious room with a beautiful bed with clean and comfortable bed sheets, pillows, and blankets. Almost all of the lodges serve you with the wifi and charging facility. A hot shower is available in most places.
In general, we can say that the lodges on this short Annapurna Trekking trails are never there to disappoint you. However, it is also true that the expectation of 5-star treatment on this trekking trail might disappoint you. So, when heading towards the remote regions, expect the normal level of treatment.
During your stay in the city areas of Kathmandu and Pokhara, you have a wide range of options. As per your budget and preference you can choose budget-friendly as well as 5-star hotels.
Food and Drinking water during the Annapurna Foothills Trek
As the Lower Annapurna Trekking trails houses several restaurants and lodges, you needn't have carry the foods during the trek. However, for instant energy, it is wise to keep the chocolate bars inside your day pack.
With the option of western foods like pasta, pizza, noodles, and so on, you can order the luscious Nepali Traditional Dal and Bhat. In the case of drinks, mineral water bottles, bottled beers, and other soft drinks are found in abundance in the restaurants on the trekking trails of this short Annapurna Trek. Despite the availability of mineral water bottles, considering the pollution-free environment, bring a water bottle and water purification pills. You can refill the bottle at lodges and restaurants.
You must try the tea during the trekking journey. Every sip of tea is there to refresh you. Coffee is also available but most of the local people prefer tea over coffee so, you too join these locals with a teacup on hand.
Fitness level required for the Lower Annapurna Trek
Suitable for people of all age groups, this trek on the foothills of Annapurna is the best short, and easy trek in Nepal. Compared to the higher altitude trek such as Everest Base Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek, this short trek is relatively easy and comfortable. Being the lower region trek, altitude sickness is not a matter of concern during this trek. A normal fitness level is enough to conquer this trek.
On this trek, you have to walk for around 6 hours per day. Most of the time you have to walk on the stone staircases, so prepare yourself by jogging before 2 weeks of the trek start. Jogging and other exercises before the trek help you increase your endurance and stamina. If you are planning on joining the Lower Annapurna Trek with all your family members, you better do the prior medical check of the whole body.
Though the previous trekking experience is not mandatory if you have then it would be a boon for you.
What Permits are required for joining this Annapurna Foothills Trek?
Also called the Ghandruk loop trek, this trek to the foothills of the Annapurna region demands TIMS(Trekkers Information Management System) Card and Annapurna Conservation Area Project(ACAP). You can obtain the park entry permit and TIMS card from the Nepal Tourism Office in Kathmandu. Further, it is also possible to acquire these permits from the Nepal Tourism office in Pokhara.
To obtain the entry permit and TIMS card you need your passport and passport-sized photographs. If you don't have passport-sized photographs, you can click the pictures at the office itself free of cost. Also, don't forget to visit the office with Nepali currency.
After obtaining the permits and TIMS card you can use these documents for a single entry only. You have to carry those permits all along the trekking route. At the check post, you have to show your permits.
Applying and acquiring trekking permits is not a daunting task. But, if you find this all irritating, join the Lower Annapurna Trek with the reputable local trekking agency in Nepal. Joining a trek with them, you no longer have to take the stress of document formalities and all. The agency will take care of all your permits and documentation formalities. Further, they also provide you with an experienced and licensed guide. Trekking with a guide not only gives you a secure feel but also helps to indulge and connect with locals more appropriately.