Annapurna Balcony Trek

Annapurna Balcony Trekking is short and easy trek in Nepal but carters the unrivalled trekking experience in Annapurna region. From the cultural encounter of ethnic tribe to best view of milky mountains and remote trail path, Annapurna Balcony Trek has it all that wilderness trekking offers. Annapurna Balcony Trekking is one of best trekking route for novice, old and physically weak trekkers which takes you closer to the mountain peaks.

Annapurna Balcony Trekking route starts from Naya Pool, pass Poonhill (3,200m) and trek back to Naya Pool via the route of Ghandruk.

The view of stunning sunrise over the snowy horizon and 360 degree view of entire Annapurna region cuts your breath short and one can easily forget the exhausting hiking to the spot. Moreover, the panoramic view of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu range amazes you at every moment of the trek.

This amazing sight can be experience from the ridge of Poon Hill. The social and cultural aspects of the region add more charm to this astounding trek. The typical lifestyle of Gurung community, their culture, festival and customs gives you unique experience and provides opportunity for recreation and refreshment. The museum in the village of Ghandruk during the trek is worth exploring.

Head out to the mountain with 10 days Annapurna Balcony Trekking package and experience the typical village life with great hospitality of local inhabitants. It is possible to conduct the trek thorough out the year however autumn and spring are considered as the best season for perfect climate and great views.

Day 01:

Arrival at the Kathmandu airport. Our staff will welcome you at the arrival gate and then escort you to the hotel where you’ll be staying overnight.

Day 02:

Drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu, about 5 hrs of scenic drive in a tourist deluxe bus.

Day 03: Pokhara - Naya Pool (bus) - Tirkhedunga (trek).

4-hour trek to Tirkhedunga (1545 m). The trail winds its way through bamboo forests and passes by a spectacular waterfall.

Day 04: Tirkhedunga - Ghorepani (2775 m) in 5h.

The Annapurna South (7273m) and the Hiunchuli gradually unfold on this pleasant walk uphill through fields and pastures and later through rhododendrons and oak woods. Ghorepani was originally a horse watering post, which has evolved into an important crossroads for tourists and the numerous mule caravans on the Jomoson-Pokhara trip.

Day 05: Ghorepani - Poon Hill (3193 m) - Tadapani (2540 m) in 6h

We leave early morning for Poon Hill, to catch the early morning sunlight on the panorama of peaks: Dhaulaghiri, Annapurnas, Machhapuchare… This is an option but really worth the while. We then retrace our steps to Ghorepani and continue towards Tadapani through rhododendron woods.

Day 06: Tadapani - Ghandrung (1940m) - Landrung (1645 m) in 6h.

The trail gently descends through a subtropical forest highlighted by huge bamboo massifs and giant rhododendrons. Gandrung is the main village of the Gurung tribe,warriors known for their contribution to the famous Gurkha regiments. We continue our descent to the Modi Khola river then climb up to Landrung.

Day 07: Landrung - Dhampus (1750m) in 5h.

Pleasant walk through terraced paddy fields. Superb vistas of Lamjung Himal and Manaslu.

Day 08: Dhampus - Suikhet (2h trek) - Pokhara (bus)

An afternoon of leisure to spend at the Pokhara lakeside. You can enjoy a swim, a boat ride, some shopping and the restaurant terraces on the shoreline

Day 09:

Return to Kathmandu from Pokhara by deluxe tourist bus. We will celebrate you farewell night with cultural dinner in a typical Neplese Resturant. Overnight.

Day 10:

Transfer to airport for your departure. End of Service

Cost Includes:

    • Airport pickup & dropoff by Private Car.
    • Accommodation in Kathmandu in a 3-star category Hotel with Breakfast.
    • English Speaking Guide as per the itinerary, And a Porter in the Trekking area.
    • All accommodation in trekking area in local lodges. ( soft comfortable bed with Shared bathroom)
    • food, accommodation, salary, equipments, insurance, of guide and porter.
    • All surface transportation as per the itinerary.
    • Accommodation in Pokhara in a 2-star category hotel with Breakfast.
    • Tourist service charge, Vat.
    • Office Service charge

Cost Excludes

    • Launch, dinner in Kathmandu Pokhara and meals in trekking area.
    • Travel insurance
    • International air fare to and from Nepal.
    • Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
    • Personal Expenses.
    • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot water, hot shower, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
    • Trekking Equipments (down sleeping bag and down jacket)
    • Tips for guide, porters, driver ( Not mandatory )
    • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company.
    • Items not included in cost includes.
    Equipments  we need in trekking
    • Duffel or Shoulder straps bag or suitcase.
    • Warm wool or synthetic clothes , hat that covers your head and ears from cold during trek (only in winter season(January, February and December)
    1. Goggles for sunbeam dust and wind.
    2. A neck warmer  for extra warmth if you feel you will need it and is for winter season (January, February and December). Optional pair of  warm gloves (This is required if your are travelling in winter season  January, February and December).
    3. Woolen t-shirt for warmth.
    4. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket (During in rainy season from June to September.
    5. 1 Pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis), 1 Pair shorts.
    6. 2 Pairs lightweight long underwear/thermals (During the trek in  winter January, February and December).
    7. 2 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
    8. 1 Pair light camping shoes or sneakers..
    9. 1 Pair sandals (Optional).

Frequently Asked Questions:


Do I need previous hiking experience required to go on a trek?
If you are physically fit and have extra Exercise enough enthusiasm for the trip previous experience is not required.

Could I trek without a guide?
You could, the area is very safe and in most cases navigation is relatively easy-however with a guide you will get more out of the experience. Having someone with you that knows the local customs and language helps you interact with people you meet in remote villages, and shows that you respect their culture.

What will happen if I get sick on the trek?
Either you will get better, or if it seems serious we will evacuate you with Helicopter and will be taken to Hospital in Kathmandu where you’ll get excellent attention. Our crew is well versed in medical and emergency care and carry a reasonably comprehensive first aid kit.

What will happen if I get injured?
If it is serious (this has never happened). You will again be taken care by our staff. If evacuation is required, this will be arranged by Visit Nepal tour. It’s advised that if you have any personal doubts you should have evacuation insurance arranged. Nepal Tour Guide Team can advise you on this.

Will I get sick?
Not likely. The worst is you may get some diarrhea or temporary stomach upset. Please look our staying healthy during holiday topic for details. Follow the health advice given in our briefings during welcome dinner and you’ll be fine.

What is the food like on the trek?
Fantastic! If you haven't already tried Dal Bhat you are in for a treat - there is nothing better to fill that trekking appetite. Dal Bhat is the signature Nepali dish - rice and lentil soup served with two types of curried vegetables and pickles. It is on the menu in every tea-house on the trek. A nice breakfast specialty you might also want to try is Tibetan Gurung bread with honey. The mountain tea houses will also serve up more familiar western dishes like pizza, or muesli for the morning

Is there a problem with altitude sickness?
For our tours/treks below 4000m, there is little likelihood of being subject to altitude sickness, unless you are taking one of our more extreme adventure tours. Kathmandu rests at an altitude of only 1350-m (4430ft) and at this altitude there is no likelihood of altitude related sickness.

We’ll be advising you well in advance if altitude is an issue. Our tours/treks above 4000m do require acclimatization periods and any of our tours needing acclimatization has it built into the itinerary and that comes from 13 years of experience and the best medical advice... So don’t worry. If you want to know more about altitude sickness, please look the topic staying healthy.

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