You’ve always wanted to see some of the planet’s highest peaks beyond 7,000m and 8,000m in real? You want to get a first-hand sense of the vast size of the Himalayan mountain valleys and peaks and how the locals live in this environment? Then this 4-day trek is ideal to give you all of that. You’ll be able to walk in the Annapurna region, see and talk to locals, be fascinated by stunning sunrises and views on seemingly endless mountain ranges.

Singapore to Nepal journey details

You will need a minimum of 6 days (Friday to Tuesday for instance) in total, including 2 days of transport and the 4 day loop trek.

You don’t need to be a super climber to take this trek. Some endurance training will help on day 1 and 3. Also, good equipment will make your trip more comfortable and enjoyable (see what to pack tab)

Getting from Singapore to Nepal

There are direct flights from Singapore to Kathmandu International airport (KTM) and you will then have to transfer to reach Pokhara (PKR) on a short 25 min flight.

Example flying there on a Thursday and coming back on a Tuesday.

Getting there:
SilkAir SIN to KTM – 9.10 AM – 12.05 PM (5 hours flight)
Yeti Airlines KTM to PKR – 2PM – 2.25 PM (25 min flight)

Coming back:
Yeti Airlines PKR to KTM – 3.35PM – 4PM (25min flight)
SilkAir KTM to SIN – 9.10 AM – 12.05 PM (5 hours flight)

Return tickets from SGD 1,100 (SIN to KTM) and SGD 280 (KTM to PKR)

Get your ticket NOW to enjoy the best fares. Use Skyscanner to find the cheapest flight (or check on the airline website directly as some flights may not show on Skyscanner)

Getting from Pokhara airport to the city

Pokhara airport is a small domestic airport in the wide Pokhara Valley, which makes the final approach and landing relatively easier and safer than at the many small mountain airports throughout Nepal. The terminal has restaurant/cafe and a large roof-top terrace, which offers nice views on the surrounding hills and the departing and arriving planes. Money change is not available, though there are many money changers in Pokhara’s city center.

Assuming the trek starts the next morning after your afternoon arrival at PKR, you stay in Pokhara overnight.

Taxis are readily available at the airport and the drive to a hotel in the Pokhara city center takes about 15min. The next morning you’ll be picked up by your guide and porters. The car drive to Naya Phul, where the trek starts, takes about 1h.

Where to stay in Pokhara

Pokhara is Nepal’s 2nd major tourist destination and it has hundreds of lodges, B&Bs and hotels.  Lakeside Rd is the street where you find dozens of restaurants, cafes, bars and shops and about 200m from the Phewa Lake’s shores.

Book you accommodation with Agoda to get the best rates.

or, if you prefer, book with

To see & to do

There are many options for treks and circuits in the region. We’ve indicated below the itinerary for a 4 day trek. This trek (guide, 2 porters, lodges/hotels, food, permits, tips) will cost you around SGD 420 per person.

Day 1

One hour drive from Pokhara to Naya Phul by private van.
Then you trek from Nayapul (1,070m) to Tikhedhunga (1,540m).
After a 15-minutes short walk along the bank of the Modi Khola river you reach Birethanti (1,065m), which has many shops and tea houses.

From there the trail continues through the village. The trail follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola river. The trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille at 1,495m. After this short ascent, you reach Tikhedhunga at 1,540m and continue a steep climb to Ulleri….there are said to be 2,600 steps between Tikhedhunga and Ulleri.

You will spend the night in Ulleri (2,070m) or around. Ulleri is a larger Magar village (more about Magar people) and its guest houses are bigger and more commercialized than if you stay around.

This first day is a short and relatively easy walk (except the last 1h steep steps) and during the journey you can enjoy the view on the surroundings and get used to trekking in Nepal. You will arrive at the guest house around 4pm. This allows you to enjoy the view down the valley and the sunset atmosphere from one of the roof-top terraces.

Day 2

This day brings you from Ulleri (2,070m) to Ghorepani (2,860m).

But before you start, you should take time to enjoy the view from your breakfast place on Annapurna South (7,219m). It is worth getting up early, as in the early morning (around 6AM) the air is clear and the view is bright on surrounding peaks. Being down in the valleys, it tends to get cloudy around lunch time and afternoon. So, enjoy the morning’s cool, crystal-clear air and views while having your morning tea.

The trail continues to ascend gently, through fine forests of oak and rhododendrons towards Banthanti at 2,250m. After another one-hour walk you arrive at Ghorepani at 2,860m.

Day 3

That day, you’ll get to Poon Hill (3,190m) and after a long day you’ll reach Ghandrunk (1,940m). You will get up early in the morning around 5:30am to hike 1h to Poon Hill. From the top you have a superb view on the sunrise with a 360° panoramic view on the surrounding mountain chains and deep valleys. To the West you see the full size of mount Dhaulagiri (8,167m). Turning East you see the summit of Annapurna I (8,091m), the full size of Annapurna South (7,219m) and the iconic summit of the Machapuchare, aka Fish Tail (6,993m).

TIP: Make your way 200-300m downhill short before the sunrise, as you still see the mountains and the sunrise from there with no crowds around. If you have a wide-angle lens, then this is the spot to use it, as you can get all above mentioned summits on to one picture.

After spending time on Poon Hill, you come back to Ghorepani for a hot breakfast around 7am.
30-45min into the walk from Ghorepani to Tadapani you find yourself at approx 3,200m again with a similar impressive view on surrounding mountains as from Poon Hill.

Thereafter follows a downhill track. Leaving Tadapani you descend steeply through forests and along small streams. The trail eases as you approach Ghandrunk (1,940m), which is the village of Gurung people, one of the ethnic groups in Nepal having their own dialect, typical culture, costumes and lifestyle (more about Gurung people). Enjoy a drink on one of the roof terraces with stunning views on Annapurna South and Machapuchare shining in the beautiful evening light.

Day 4

Downhill track to Nayapul and by private car or van to Pokhara. You can catch the 3.30 PM Yeti flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu that same day.

More info to prepare your trip

Wifi is available in most of the hotels, bars & restaurants in Pokhara. It is not available during most of the trek.

What to pack for Nepal

Trekking pack

If you are going to trek, chances are you will have to carry all your stuff all the way. So you want to be pick all you need but just what you need. Every gram in your bag is a extra weight on your back. 

  • Short sleeves tops: your main outfit. Everybody will see them on all your pictures. You really want to take that old Mickey Mouse T-shirt?
  • Long sleeves tops: to protect yourself from the sun or to enter religious buildings or to protect yourself from mosquitoes in the evening.
  • Pullover. Temperatures can be freezing when you climb up volcanoes or mountains. Above 2000 meters, even in the hottest countries, it is usually cold.
  • Short/skirt (you should be able to chose the appropriate one by yourself).
  • Trousers for the same reasons you need to take long sleeves tops. Jeans are usually not a good option. They are heavy and keep you too warm. They are also not comfortable to walk. Trekking pants are best.
  • Underwear: Cotton is good.
  • Shoes: take a pair of flip flap on top of your of (good) trekking shoes. Remember that you are going to spend most of the time on your feet. If your shoes are new, make sure you use them before you go for your trek.
  • Swimsuit: even if you don’t plan to go to the beach, you never know. A nice river, a swimming pool, a heavy rain? Always have one with you.
  • Rain / wind jacket
  • Jacket inner fleece or dawn
  • Cover for your bag. Even if you are visiting the country during the “best season”, you never know what the sky will be like.
  • Torch / lamp: head or pocket lamp with you. It comes handy when walking by night or in a tent.
  • Toilet bag: Shampoo, soap, toothbrush & toothpath, deodorant, sun screen, tiger balm, wet tissues, . Ideally, all these in miniature formats.
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Warm sleeping pants, jumper and socks if you plan to camp in altitude.
  • Your IT stuff: iPad, eBook, laptop, memory card, batteries, etc. Check if you will have power on the way to size the battery you need.
  • Camera and its protection.
  • Dryer sheets: they will help keep a fresh smell in your bag.
  • Your passportcashcredit cards and other life saving items like your insurance card with emergency contact details. 
  • Your driver licence if you plan to rent a car or a motorbike (some countries are quite particular about this so take it with you in case you are not sure, even for a motorbike rental).
  • Your emergency medical kit: painkillers, mosquitoes repellent, dressing/plaster, disinfectant, anti diarrhea, eyewash, blister tape
  • Tissues and toilet paper (you will thank me later). Remember that in a lot of countries, you will not be provided napkins when having a meal.
  • Water – plastic bottles are a good option as they are lighter than a gourd/flask.
  • Biscuits (always buy some before you go when you are not sure what you will find. Always have “emergency” biscuit  and water in case you cannot find food around and need to recharge batteries)
  • Sunglasses: you’ll need them. Take them even if it’s raining. Weather can change very fast in the region.
  • Scarf (krama, or any kind of fabric that you can use to put around your neck, put on your head to protect it from the sun, cover your shoulders in temples, dry your sweat, etc). Can come very handy in some situation. It will not stay clean for long so it’s wise to pick a dark color…
  • Hat protect your head and face from the sun and heat or cold
  • Gloves (only if you plan to stay in high altitude or cold weather)
  • Trekking poles if you are going for a serious trek. If you don’t have some, ask the guide or porter if they can make some for you out of wood or bamboo.

It’s a good idea to put your key documents and IT equipment in freezer bags (zip-lock bag)  to protect them from the rain in case you get drenched. Pack a few plastic bags. They come handy to pack your dirty laundry

You will probably adjust the content of you bag after a few trips. Remove the stuff that you have not used and add the one that you missed. Post a comment to share your tips! Happy packing (it’s the worse part of the trip but it’s worth it…) and travelling!

Nepal

Nepal

  • Language: Nepali
  • Time zone: GMT + 5:45 anywhere in Nepal. Nepal is 2h15 behind Singapore.
  • Currency: Nepalese Rupee (NPR)
  • Phone: + 977
  • Electricity: 230V 50 Hz

Immigration and airport taxes on arrival

Tourist Visa on Arrival can be obtained for most of the nationalities at the Visa Counter upon arrival at the airport – but be patient because it might take up to 1h queuing to get it. The tourist visa shall be granted for a period in maximum of 150 days in a visa year (Visa years means January to December)

  • Passport valid for at least 6 months from the expiry date
  • A recent photograph (4 x 6)
  • Visa fee payment – depends on where you go trekking.

Special visa for trekking depends on where you go, check out Trekking route and fees.

National Public Holidays in Nepal

Date Public holiday
24 January, 2015
Basant Panchami
30 January, 2015
Martyrs’ Day
17 February, 2015
Maha Shivaratri
18 February, 2015
Rashtriya Prajatantra Divas
6 March, 2015
Holi
8 March, 2015
International Women’s Day
22 March, 2015
Chaite Dashain
28 March, 2015
Ram Navami
14 April, 2015
Navavarsha
1 June, 2015
Buddha Jayanti
5 September, 2015
Krishna Janmashtami
13 to 21 October to 2015
Ghatasthapana
27 October, 2015
Fulpati Saptami
28 October, 2015
Maha Ashtami
29 October, 2015
Maha Navami
30 October, 2015
Vijaya Dashami
9 November, 2015
Constitution Day

* check the exact date as it varies from one year to another.