GHOREPANI POON HILL TREKKING

Ghorepani Ghandruk trek is a naturally beautiful and relatively easy trek into the Annapurna region.This trek is suitable for those who do not have much time to spend and old people with a burning desire to observe the beauty of snowcapped mountains. The trek can be lengthened and shortened according to the time you have.

This trek starts from Nayapul after one and half hour drive from Pokhara. This trek passes beautiful villages of Ulleri, Ghorepani and Ghandruk. You can enjoy trek in the spectacular mountain scenery through delightful villages inhabited by Gurungs and magars. Around every corner is an exciting glance of the high mountains, whole horizons of which will be open to you as you reach the high points of your trek. The view point on Poonhill (3210m.) offers the best view of mountains and sunrise. Dense rhododendron forests full of birds and imaging valleys make your trip more enjoyable. Mt. Dhaulagiri ranges and Mt. Annapurna (I) as well as others higher mountains including Annapurna south, Annapurna II,III,IV, Gangapurna, Lamjung Himal, Barasikhar, Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak, Hiunchuli, and Manaslu ranges can view from this trek. As the sun touches the snow-capped summits, the Himalayan giants, Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Annapurna (8,091m) along with a maze of other peaks, slowly begin to appear, like magic, before our eyes. Anyone who loves nature and beautiful landscape will never forget this astounding experience.

Best Season:March to May & September to November
Altitude:Minimum 900m - Maximum 3210m
Major attraction: Ulleri, Ghorepani, Ghandruk, Landruk etc.
View point: Poonhill / Deurali Pass /Tadapani / Bhichok Deurali etc.
Alternative trip start/end: Tatopani (Natural hot spring)

ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrive at Trivuwan International airport in Kathmandu, transfer to the Hotel and free activities in the evening.

Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing by professional tour guide and then overnight at lodge.

    Kathmandu Durbar Square
    Swoyambunath (monkey) Temple
    Pashupatinath Hindu  Temple
    Bouddhanath Dtupa

Day 03:Kathmandu to Pokhara (6/7 hours driving by tourist bus).
Early in the morning your guide will come to pick you up to your hotel and then walk with you to the tourist bus station (Kantipath). The bus will leave 7:00 a.m. in the morning from Kathmandu. It’s 200km from Kathmandu. During your journey you may pass many small towns and many rivers like the Trisuli River, Marshyandi River which are very famous for water rafting. The bus will stop for breakfast and lunch along the way. You may see Nepal´s first cable car which is the transportation for Manakamana Temple. You will enjoy this bus journey with different view of mountains like Ganesh Himal, Mt. Manaslu and the Annapruna Himalayan range.

Alternative route:
There are many flights to Pokhara from Kathmandu every day. You may choose to take a flight to get there. It takes 30 minutes from Kathmandu. It is the more convenient way to get to Pokhara.

Day 04:
We have breakfast in the morning at the hotel and then we take a taxi to Nayapul. It is about 1:30 hours to get there. We start our trekking from Nayapul. During the hike we pass many local villages, teahouses, gentle green rolling hills, rivers and local people.After crossing the Tikhedunga Khola on the suspension bridge, the trail begins to climb up quite steeply on a stone staircase that is more than 3200 steps. After climbing the hill we can see Mt. Annapurna south (7219m.) and Hiunchuli (6441m.).Pokhara to Ulleri (1960m, 5/6 hours walking)and then overnight at Lodge

Day 05:
It is a very pleasant part of the trek.We walk in the jungle most of the day. If you come in the spring you will see a lot of Rhododendron flowers. You have the chance to see many wild birds and animals. You can see a great  view of many snow capped mountains. Ulleri to Ghorepani(2874m, 5hour walking) and then overnight at Lodge.

Day 06:

We get up early in the morning with warm clothes and climb up Poonhill(3210m.). it is not necessary to take much with us as we return later to collect our main rucksacks. It is about one hour walking to get to Poonhill (3210m). You will see the best sunrise and magnificent view of the  Himalayas like Annapurna South, Bahari shikhar, Hiuchuli, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri ranges, Tukuche peak,  Annapurna I,II,III,IV, Lamjung Himal, Mt.Manaslu ranges, Machhapuchhre  (Fishtail) and others mountains. After this unforgettable experience, we come back to Ghorepani for breakfast.The hike starts with quite a steep uphill section to Deurali pass. It is a similar elevation to Poonhill. We can see all the mountains from here as well.After that we hike down to Tadapani. Again this is a very nice part of the trek. We can see snow capped mountains as well as a lot of green hills. Ghorepani to Tadapani (2660m, 5 hours walking)and then overnight at Lodge.

Day 07:
If it is a clear morning we may see Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre (fishtail) and Annapurna III very close. We have our breakfast enjoying the view of these mountains. After that we hike to Ghandruk Village through the Baisi Kharka (Buffalo pasture). We walk down to Ghandruk Village. When we aghorepani routerrive in Ghandruk village we have lunch there, after that we visit the village. It is one of the biggest villages of Gurung people. There is the Gurung Culture Museum. We can go and see the way of life of the Gurung people.From this village we can still see views of snow peaks.Tadapani to Ghandruk (1939m, 3hours walking ) and then overnight at Lodge.

Day 08:
The hiking to Tolka is a stone staircase that takes us up and down.During this walk we pass many small villages and again we are able to witness their life style.You may imagine, they are poor in material belongings but they have happy life. We will see a lot of nice terraces of rice and millet. We also pass Landruk village to get to Talka.Ghandruk to Tolka (1700m, 5 hours walking)and then overnight at Lodge.

Day 09:
Sadly this is the last day of hiking,   but it is still very enjoyable. We walk through a lot of forest. We also can see views of the Annapurna Himalayan ranges. During this part of the walking we pass many local villages which are interesting to see. It is about 5 hours walking to Phedi. From here we take a taxi to Pokhara. It takes about 5 hours walking and 30 minutes by car to Pokhara.

Day 10:Pokhara to Kathmandu (6/7 hours driving by tourist bus).
Early in the morning your guide will wake you up and then drive you to the tourist bus station. The bus leaves at 7:30 a.m. in the morning to Kathmandu. After arriving in Kathmandu, your guide will take you to your selected hotel.

Day 11: Departure to your home country.

 

PRICE INCLUDES:

    Pick-up and drop-off service at Trivuwan International Airport in Kathmandu by private Car/Van/Bus.  
    3 Nights Hotel in Kathmandu.
    Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing by Tour Guide.
    Annapurna conservation area (ACAP) Permit and (trekkers’ information management system (TIMS) card.
    One Fluent English speaking government register expert trekking guide.
    Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus.
    2 Nights Hotel in Pokhara.
    Pokhara to Trekking Starting Point and Trekking ending Point to Pokhara By Private Car.
    All the meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) with Lodge accommodation during the trek.
    Guide and porter: all the meals, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, transportation etc.
    Local fresh fruit like orange, banana, apple, grape etc .
    First Aids Kid.
    All the official charges and government taxes.
    Farewell dinner at Nepali Authentic Restaurant in Kathmandu.

PRICE EXCLUDES:
    International airfare and visa fees ((15 Days US$25 and 30 Days US$40).
    Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
    Your Trekking gears.
    All the drinks like Coke, Fanta, mineral water, juice, beer etc.
    Your travel insurance which should include the emergency rescue.