Ghorepani (2530m) is the favorite destination of Annapurna foothill trek. It used to be main pass through which traders with Mules from Mustang and Tibet used to pass through to reach Pokhara. Early morning sunrise over Dhaulagiri and Annapurna from Pun hill is very famous. The panoramic view of Annapurna range on the way to Ghandrung village is unforgettable. The other highlight of the trek is Ghandrung.
This is a large Gurung village from where Gorkhas are recruited in the British and Indian army. It is situated above Modi Khola (river) at the elevation of 1951 meter. It is one of the best-known villages in the foothill of Annapurna. The village has an office of Annapurna Conservation. The panoramic view of Annapurna dominates the entire skyline almost throughout the trek. Lodge and teahouse along the trail make this trip affordable and easily accessible.
The trail from Birenthati gradually climb to Tirkhedhunga. After an overnight at Tirkhedhunga we climb the steep trail to Ulleri and continue to ascend through thick oak and rhododendron forests till we reach Ghorepani. Next day climb slightly up the ridge and then descend steeply on a narrow trail through rhododendron forest to Banthati and another up and down hill walk to Tadapani. Then descend gradually to Ghandrung; next day make steep descend to Modi Khola (river) and climb up to Landrung (1646m). The trail from Landrung continue to ascend gradually to Toljka (1892m). We climb to the pass at 2439m and then finally descend to Pothana (1981m); walk further to Dhumpus (1829m) for an overnight camp. Dhumpus is situated at the end of the ridge. On the last day we make steep descent to Phedi through terraced rice field to the floor of Yangri khola (river) and drive to Pokhara.
Trek in the Foothill of Annapurna
It is also possible to make a long walk through the village of Astam where there is a comfortable and luxury lodge facing the photogenic peak of Machhapuchare that loom large in front of you. This trail descent through villages to Milan chowk in Hyangja from where we can catch transport to Pokhara. (Accommodation and meals at Astham are not included in the cost)
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