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Annapurna & Fishtail Delights

Moderate altitudes - Shorter Trekking Days - Views of Annapurna & Fishtail - Villages of the Modi Khola Valley

All meals on trek included

Duration

7 Days

Grade

Easy / Moderate

Max Altitude

2100m

Walking Days

4 Days

Accommodation

3 Nts Hotels - 3 Nts Trekking Lodges

Trip Overview

Walking beneath Himalayan giants on one of our rather easy walking holidays in Nepal and for anyone who wants to enjoy tea house trekking.

We've intentionally designed this trek to feature mostly relatively short walking days in order that the beauty of the Modi Khola Valley, as well as views of the Annapurna's and iconic Macchapuchare (Fishtail) can be enjoyed at a relaxed pace. Also to afford opportunities to meet the locals and experience villages along the way, rather than hurry through them. The trekking is never entirely easy as in the Himalaya you cannot escape ascent and descent. But, it's about as easy as a trek in the Nepal Himalaya can be and we have interrupted the usual, longish trekking day from Pothana down and then up to Ghandruk with an overnight halt at Landruk in order that those not used to hiking are not over-stretched. The fitter, more experienced mountain  walker could readily complete this trek at least one day sooner. From one side of the Modi Khola Valley there are views across to Annapurna and Hiunchuli and crossing to the opposite side the twin summits of Fishtail reveal themselves in all their magnificence. An ideal first trek in Nepal for beginners.

Sleeping bags (4 season) will be required for nights spent in trekking lodges. We can arrange sleeping bag rental if required.

Walking beneath Himalayan giants on one of our rather easy walking holidays in Nepal and for anyone who wants to enjoy tea house trekking.

  • We've intentionally designed this trek to feature mostly relatively short walking days in order that the beauty of the Modi Khola Valley, as well as views of the Annapurna's and iconic Macchapuchare (Fishtail) can be enjoyed at a relaxed pace. Also to afford opportunities to meet the locals and experience villages along the way, rather than hurry through them. The trekking is never entirely easy as in the Himalaya you cannot escape ascent and descent. But, it's about as easy as a trek in the Nepal Himalaya can be and we have interrupted the usual, longish trekking day from Pothana down and then up to Ghandruk with an overnight halt at Landruk in order that those not used to hiking are not over-stretched. The fitter, more experienced mountain  walker could readily complete this trek at least one day sooner. From one side of the Modi Khola Valley there are views across to Annapurna and Hiunchuli and crossing to the opposite side the twin summits of Fishtail reveal themselves in all their magnificence. An ideal first trek in Nepal for beginners.

    Sleeping bags (4 season) will be required for nights spent in trekking lodges. We can arrange sleeping bag rental if required.

Example Itinerary

    • Day 1
      Arrive Kathmandu
    • Day 2
      Fly to Pokhara & trek to Pothana
    • Day 3
      Trek to Landruk
    • Day 4
      Trek to Ghandruk
    • Day 5
      Trek to Nayapul & transfer to Pokhara
    • Day 6
      Fly to Kathmandu
    • Day 7
      Depart Nepal
  • DAY
    1

    Arrive Kathmandu

    Arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be met and receive a private transfer for the short distance into central Kathmandu and to the "KGH" Hotel in the heart of the Thamel district. You'll be given a briefing on your forthcoming adventure and in the evening can take dinner at your leisure in one of the many choices of cafes & restaurants in Kathmandu, although the open air courtyard cafe of the KGH Hotel is as good as anywhere.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel - Kathmandu
    Included Meals: None

    DAY 1

    Arrive Kathmandu

    Arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be met and receive a private transfer for the short distance into central Kathmandu and to the "KGH" Hotel in the heart of the Thamel district. You'll be given a briefing on your forthcoming adventure and in the evening can take dinner at your leisure in one of the many choices of cafes & restaurants in Kathmandu, although the open air courtyard cafe of the KGH Hotel is as good as anywhere.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel - Kathmandu
    Included Meals: None

    DAY
    2

    Fly to Pokhara & trek to Pothana

    A private transfer to the airport for the 25min flight to Nepals premier resort-Pokhara. A private vehicle transfer then takes you to the start of the trail at Phedi. Here you'll meet your porters and once sorted your trek begins with a steady ascent on a stone stepped trail through beautiful forests until you emerge onto an open ridge line and encounter tiny hill villages. The trail continues with minor ups and downs through Dhampus to reach your overnight halt in the village of Pothana (1530m). Walking time approx 3-4hrs with around 800m ascent. Of course you can always add an extra night in Pokhara and have a bit of lake side "chill out time" before you head off on trek.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Pothana
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Find out more about Trekking Lodges

    DAY 2

    Fly to Pokhara & trek to Pothana

    A private transfer to the airport for the 25min flight to Nepals premier resort-Pokhara. A private vehicle transfer then takes you to the start of the trail at Phedi. Here you'll meet your porters and once sorted your trek begins with a steady ascent on a stone stepped trail through beautiful forests until you emerge onto an open ridge line and encounter tiny hill villages. The trail continues with minor ups and downs through Dhampus to reach your overnight halt in the village of Pothana (1530m). Walking time approx 3-4hrs with around 800m ascent. Of course you can always add an extra night in Pokhara and have a bit of lake side "chill out time" before you head off on trek.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Pothana
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Find out more about Trekking Lodges

    DAY
    3

    Trek to Landruk

    A steady climb along a well made village trail leads up to the Deorali Pass (2100m) from where you'll no doubt halt to take in the exhilarating views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and the Modi Khola Valley below. The trail now contours the mountain side before descending through forests to the charming village of Landruk (1625m) from where you can now relax and enjoy views of the Himalayan peaks across the valley. Walking time approx 3-4 hrs, with around 600m ascent and 700m descent.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Landruk
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 3

    Trek to Landruk

    A steady climb along a well made village trail leads up to the Deorali Pass (2100m) from where you'll no doubt halt to take in the exhilarating views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and the Modi Khola Valley below. The trail now contours the mountain side before descending through forests to the charming village of Landruk (1625m) from where you can now relax and enjoy views of the Himalayan peaks across the valley. Walking time approx 3-4 hrs, with around 600m ascent and 700m descent.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Landruk
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    4

    Trek to Ghandruk

    A case of down then up today. First you'll walk all the way down the valley flanks to reach the Modi Khola river, crossing via a bridge. It's then up, up, up and at times a steep climb on a stepped trail all the way up. It can often be a hot climb, but there's no great rush and so you can take rest breaks on your way up as well as take advantage of refreshment opportunities along the way. Now higher up and on the opposite of the valley from where you started there are fine views of Macchapuchare (Fishtail Peak). Walking time approx. 4 hours with around 300m descent and 700m ascent.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Ghandruk
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 4

    Trek to Ghandruk

    A case of down then up today. First you'll walk all the way down the valley flanks to reach the Modi Khola river, crossing via a bridge. It's then up, up, up and at times a steep climb on a stepped trail all the way up. It can often be a hot climb, but there's no great rush and so you can take rest breaks on your way up as well as take advantage of refreshment opportunities along the way. Now higher up and on the opposite of the valley from where you started there are fine views of Macchapuchare (Fishtail Peak). Walking time approx. 4 hours with around 300m descent and 700m ascent.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Ghandruk
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    5

    Trek to Nayapul & transfer to Pokhara

    Leaving Ghandruk the trail contours the hillside and crosses a river by means of a suspension bridge to then pass through the settlement of Chane. From here there's some ascent to follow a trail along a wooded ridge line for a couple of hours before the final descent to Birethanti (1050m). It's then around 45 minutes of fairly level walking to the roadhead and a private transfer of around 90 mins back to Pokhara. Walking time approx. 4-5hours, with around 600m ascent and 950m descent.

    IMPORTANT NOTE - The trekking route from Ghandruk to the main road at Nayapul is now entirely on a recently constructed jeep road. Whilst this road (of sorts) does not experience much in the way of vehicular activity it is possible that whilst the scenery remains the same, some people may not wish to/enjoy walking on the jeep road. Consequently if you prefer you can be driven directly from Ghandruk to Pokhara by private 4WD vehicle.

    Accommodation: Hotel Karuna - Pokhara
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 5

    Trek to Nayapul & transfer to Pokhara

    Leaving Ghandruk the trail contours the hillside and crosses a river by means of a suspension bridge to then pass through the settlement of Chane. From here there's some ascent to follow a trail along a wooded ridge line for a couple of hours before the final descent to Birethanti (1050m). It's then around 45 minutes of fairly level walking to the roadhead and a private transfer of around 90 mins back to Pokhara. Walking time approx. 4-5hours, with around 600m ascent and 950m descent.

    IMPORTANT NOTE - The trekking route from Ghandruk to the main road at Nayapul is now entirely on a recently constructed jeep road. Whilst this road (of sorts) does not experience much in the way of vehicular activity it is possible that whilst the scenery remains the same, some people may not wish to/enjoy walking on the jeep road. Consequently if you prefer you can be driven directly from Ghandruk to Pokhara by private 4WD vehicle.

    Accommodation: Hotel Karuna - Pokhara
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    6

    Fly to Kathmandu

    A private transfer to Pokhara Airport for the short flight back to Kathmandu. You'll be met upon arrival and receive a private vehicle transfer to the KGH Hotel in downtown Kathmandu. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. However, you may wish to consider some additional contingency for this trek, whether it be for any delays/cancellations that can and do occur for internal flights, or any difficulties that may arise on the trek.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel, Kathmandu
    Included Meals: Breakfast

    DAY 6

    Fly to Kathmandu

    A private transfer to Pokhara Airport for the short flight back to Kathmandu. You'll be met upon arrival and receive a private vehicle transfer to the KGH Hotel in downtown Kathmandu. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. However, you may wish to consider some additional contingency for this trek, whether it be for any delays/cancellations that can and do occur for internal flights, or any difficulties that may arise on the trek.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel, Kathmandu
    Included Meals: Breakfast

    DAY
    7

    Depart Nepal

    A private transfer will take you to the airport for your return international flight.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Of course there's no reason to depart today, your Nepal holiday can be readily tailor-made

    DAY 7

    Depart Nepal

    A private transfer will take you to the airport for your return international flight.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Of course there's no reason to depart today, your Nepal holiday can be readily tailor-made

    IMPORTANT

    This is an EXAMPLE ITINERARY and can be customised for you accordingly.

    Please consider whether you want your customisable, private trip itinerary to also include CONTINGENCY.

    See our ABOUT CONTINGENCY Information

    Please CONTACT US to discuss CONTINGENCY and ADDITIONAL ACCLIMATISATION, as well as other CUSTOMISATION POSSIBILITES for your PRIVATE CUSTOM TREK

Price Guide

Price based on a private party of 4 persons, twin share rooms, low season.
  • £ GBP 627
  • $ US 815
  • € EUR 720

IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT OUR PRICE GUIDES

What's included

The price shown is for guideline purposes only. The price is inclusive of all accommodation described in the detailed itinerary, all airport and land transfers, internal flights in the itinerary (all meals on trek), porterage on trek, permits, National Park fees & Snow Cat Travel Trekking Guide. All guides are english-speaking, professionals and fully licensed.

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