Grab your hiking boots and get ready for an adventure — trekking along quiet, off-the-beaten-track trails through Nepal's Annapurna foothills. Originally designed for the Prince of Wales, this itinerary includes stunning mountain views, less-crowded routes, and sherpas.

Highlights

  • Hike along ridges with panoramic views of the Himalayas
  • Visit a mountaintop shrine and lake
  • Sleep under the stars and wake to the sounds of birdsong

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Trek from Pokhara to Bhumdi  Bhumdi
Day 2 Trek from Bhumdi to President's Camp (below Panchase Lekh) Panchase Lekh
Day 3 Trek from President's Camp to Tashis Camp Tashi's Camp
Day 4 Trek from Tashi's Camp to Kande, Drive to Pokhara Pokhara

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Pokhara - Bhumdi

View of Annapurna
A view of the Annapurnas from a village

Welcome to Nepal — a country known for its breathtaking mountain vistas, plunging gorges, and picturesque mountain lakes. When you arrive, make your way just south of Pokhara to Thare Khola. It's here that you'll start your mountain trek!

Follow the trail as it climbs up the west bank of the stream before breaking off to the left through the ethnic Chhetri Bahun village of Kalibang. Continue through the farming country of Bhumdi and along a ridge with panoramic views of Macharpuchare, the Annapurnas, and Manaslu Himal. Finally, make camp just beyond Bhumdi.

Hiking duration: 2-3 hours

Day 2: Bhumdi - President's Camp (below Panchase Lekh) 

There will be plenty of opportunities for amazing photo ops

Get ready for a morning of sweeping views as you trek past scattered mountain dwellings, through mixed vegetation and thick deciduous forest teeming with birds, and along a high ridge. Keep your camera handy — from the panoramas along the ridge to the tree orchids, white michelia, and rhododendrons hidden along the forest trails, the day's hike is rich in photo ops. 

Continue west toward Panchase Lekh, pausing for a rest along the ridgeline before making your way to a Roman fort built along deserted farming terraces where you'll stop for a picturesque lunch. Half an hour on, a distinctive bhanjyang (ridge crossing point) beckons you to climb west to President's Camp — a scenic spot just below Panchase Lekh.

Hiking duration: 5-6 hours

Day 3: President's Camp (Panchase Lekh) - Tashi's Camp

Walk in the glow of the early morning light

Rise early on your third day in the mountains and make your way up Panchase Lekh. There's a shrine near the summit, a small lake on the west side of the hill, and sweeping views of the Himalayas and foothills in every direction. After lunch, continue on through the forest to Tashi's Camp, located just above the village of Bhadhaure.

Hiking duration: 5 - 6 hours

Day 4: Tashi's Camp - Kande - Pokhara

The serene Phewa Lake

Start your day with an easy downhill trek to the village of Bhadaure and then a steep climb to the ridgeline above it. Follow the ridge as it gradually winds its way toward Khare, featuring panoramic views of the Pokhara Valley and Phewa Tal Lake along the way. Stop for lunch just before you reach Khare, then make your way down to Kande where cars wait to transport you back along Phewa Lake to your hotel in Pokhara.

Hiking duration: 2 hours