GHOREPANI POONHILL TREKKING
The Ghorepani Poonhill trek is perfect for those seeking an easier hike whilst maximizing their views of Annapurna and the Himalayas.
THIS SHORT TREK IN THE ANNAPURNA RANGE IS A HIDDEN GEM
Ghorepani Poonhill trekking is a colorful short foray into the Annapurna region. The trail winds through patchwork valleys, dense mossy forests and past icy waterfalls where you can stop to cool your face. Around every corner is a tantalizing glimpse of the high mountains, whole horizons of which will be revealed to you as you reach the high points of your trek. This trek in the Annapurna foothills to the view point on Pun Hill offers all the best of trekking in Nepal.
• Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking short trekking circuit.
• Covering Annapurna circuit reasonably.
• Panoramic sunrise views along with adjacent magnificent mountains.
• A waterfall enroute to Tikhe Dhunge.
• Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car / van / bus.
• Welcoming and Farewell dinner including a traditional Nepali meal with culture dance at a Thamel Restaurant.
• Standard accommodation at hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara breakfast included.
• Guided city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara by private car / van / bus.
• All your standard Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek.
• Best available Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek.
• Local licensed English and other native language speaking Guide.
• The required number of local staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
• Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine for all trekking staffs.
• Annapurna conservation Park permits and TIMS. ( Trekker's Information Management System)
• Down Jacket, duffel/kit bag and sleeping bag by Nepal Female Guide company
• Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
• All our government taxes.
• Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
• Travel insurance. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
• Beverage, hot and cold drinks, laundry.
• Personal trekking Equipment.
• Tips for trekking staff--Tipping is expected.
• Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section
Day 1 - Arrival to Kathmandu (1,330m):
Upon your arrival, a representative will be waiting outside the airport gates to take you to the hotel. Depending on time of arrival, plans will be made for a briefing meeting once you have settled in. Please let us know if there is anything special you would like to do while in Kathmandu and we can help you arrange that. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2 - Full day Kathmandu Sightseeing:
Visits include historical Durbar Square area, Pasupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Swyambhunath Stupa, Nepal’s most popular attractions. Lunch break will be during the tour at the best restaurants available. Overnight at hotel in BB Basis.
Day 3 - Drive to Pokhara [820m] - (Breakfast Included):
Early in the morning, we drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara lake city. Our bus follows a winding road over the valley rim and descends onto the Trisuli River. The journey is slow and steady as the road winds through villages and passing terrace fields before reaching our destination.
Day 4 - Drive to Nayapul, trek to Ulleri (2020m) - (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Included):
After breakfast we drive for one and half hours to Nayapul and then begin walking towards Birethanti. We then cross the river at Birethanti and head left along the gentle slope to Tikhedhunga where we cross the Bhurungdi Khola river to start the long steep climb to Ulleri where we spend the night.
Walking time: 5-6 hrs.
Day 5 - Trek to Ghorepani (2,860m) - (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Included):
After breakfast we continue our trek along the trail. Occasional views of the Annapurna south give way to a narrower valley, passing through Rhododendron forest, eventually reaching the village of Ghorepani where we spend a night.
Walking time: 5-6 hrs
Day 6 - Trek to Poon Hill (3,210m) for sunrise and to Tadapani (2590m) - (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Included):
During the night, your guide will check for clear weather to make the one-hour climb up to the Poon hill viewpoint at 3,210m. It’s usually misty when you start off and arrive, then at sunrise the clouds part to reveal one of the most majestic sunrises in the world; Fishtail(Machhapuchhre). Annapurna South,Tukuche peak, Himchuli, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri many more mountains are all viewable from here.
We then head back to Ghorepani for breakfast before trekking down to Tadapani. Along the trail towards Tadapani, we climb along ridges and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (3,210 meters). After that we descend to the Banthanti, we then turn off to Tadapani. Overnight at teahouse eco-village lodge.
Walking time: 5–6 hrs
Day 7 - Tadapani to Ghandruk (1,940m) - (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Included):
From Tadapani the trail descends through forests to Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a large village of the Gurung people, one of the ethnic groups of Nepal; they have their own dialect, culture, costume, and life style. Ghandruk is also home to many Gurkha soldiers. It is a famous destination for trekkers as it is known for its beautiful mountain views and within easy reach from Pokhara and Kathmandu. We have the afternoon to visit and explore the village.
We will stay overnight at teahouse eco-village lodge. (All meals Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be served at teahouse lodge restaurant). Today’s hiking journey will be an easy walk following a gentle descent through the deep forest up to Ghanduk village.
Walking time: 3 – 4 hrs
Day 8 - Trek to Nayapul then drive to Pokhara - (Breakfast/Lunch Included):
From Ghandruk it’s a long descent to the settlement of Shauli Bazaar at 1,220m. Once there, it’s an easy and pleasant walk along the Modi Khola riverbank to Birethanti at 1,025m, where we stop for lunch. Birethanti is a beautiful riverside village that is usually busy with many trekkers starting and finishing their treks. From here we trek to Nayapul then catch our own transport back to Pokhara. Then the traveler can explore Pokhara for the remaining day. (Breakfast will be served at teahouse lodge restaurant).
Walking time: 5 hrs, drive to Pokhara from Nayapul : 1 and half hrs.
Day 9 - Explore Pokhara - (Breakfast/Lunch Included):
The Phewa Lake, David’s Fall , Bindybasini Temple, Mahendra Gupha , World Peace Pagoda are main attractions to visit. Definitely, we will explore those places.
Day 10 - Next day drive to Katmandu from Pokhara:
It is approximately 7-8 hrs. by bus (or you may opt to fly to Kathmandu. The flight is 30 minutes by STOL flight as you wish to have in your package). Transfer to hotel, late noon shopping for souvenirs around the market and a traditional Nepali dinner party with culture show.
Day 11 - Final Departure
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Ritu is one of the most amazing and lovely ladies I've met in my three months time in Nepal. She took me to trek in the Annapurna region and was not only knowledgeable about the mountain area but also a person I could totally trust and I could even see as a friend. She definitely made my experience a lot more memorable. Thank you Ritu, and keep up the good work. I'm already looking forward to meeting you again!
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