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Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

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Duration

10

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

10 people

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Languages

English

Overview

The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is among the most popular leisurely trekking routes in Nepal. This trek is suitable for people of all ages, particularly good for families with children. The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek will take you to the heart of the Annapurna trekking region.

The Poon Hill (3,210m) is the ultimate viewing point for the Annapurna range. Other Himalayan peaks include Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tukuche, Varaha Shikhar, and Lamjung Himal. The view of the sunrise over these stunning snow-covered mountains is so special and the top highlight of this trek.

This trek also includes hiking through colourful villages and rhododendron forests, with the backdrop of the Annapurna always present. The short duration, moderate trekking route and elevation to 3210m serves as a good introductory trek to the Himalayas.

The trek starts from Phedi, an hour drive away from Pokhara. The trail passes through the scenic Gurung villages of Dhampus, Landruk and Ghandruk. At Ghandruk, you’ll get to experience authentic ethnic Gurung culture. Gurungs are ethnic hill tribe best known for their bravery in Gurkha forces. After immersing with Gurung culture, we’ll hike up to Ghorepani (2850m) via Taadpani. At Ghorepani, you’ll do a pre-dawn hike to Poon Hill for the sunrise view. The descend is via a different route through Tikhedunga (1525m) to Nayapul, where we will board a jeep to drive back to Pokhara.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Have an awe-inspiring experience during the spectacular sunrise views from Poon Hill (3,210m)
  • Click the best panoramic views of major Himalayan ranges such as Annapurna, Dhaulagiri & Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, Nilgiri, and Mardi Himal
  • You will get to ascend/descend the popular stone stairs of Ulleri village.
  • You will forget all your lethargy & pain of walking because of the amazing hospitality locals offer
  • Have a cool time walking through the lush forests, scattered Gurkha settlements, and the amazing mountain views
  • Catch some of the beautiful cityscape of Pokhara before and after your trek

Itinerary

DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (1300m) (Dinner)

Welcome to the Land of Himalayas! Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan Airport, our local Tour leader will welcome you and assist to transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. After a brief rest and some time for you to get refreshed, we will head out for a guided tour of the world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. First, we will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, an old royal palace of Kathmandu, where you can see a lot of temples built in traditional architectures; and if lucky you may get a chance to see Kumari (the living goddess). Next, we will visit Swayambhunath Stupa, said to be 2500 years old located on a hillock, which offers a breath-taking view of Kathmandu City and you will also be able to see the beautiful sunset. Drive back to the hotel. Dinner will be served at one of the restaurants nearby. After dinner, the tour leader will brief you about your trip. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Day 02: KATHMANDU TO POKHARA (823m), 5-6hrs drive (BL)

After breakfast, our tour leader, other trek staff and the driver will pick you up from the hotel and drive (approximately six hours with breaks) through beautiful river view & Nepalese countryside to Pokhara. Upon reaching Pokhara and check-in to the hotel, rest of the day is leisure time to explore the surrounding lakeside areas. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 03: DRIVE TO PHEDI & TREK TO POTHANA (2540m), 4hrs walk ( BLD)

After breakfast, a short drive (40 minutes) will take you to Phedi, our trek starting point. From here, we’ll follow the trail to get to Dhampus village, which takes around 1½ hour climb up, passing through terraced fields and forest. After lunch at Dhampus, we’ll continue our trek with a gradual ascend for 2 hour to reach Pothana, where we’ll rest and relax at a local teahouse for overnight. Pothana is a small village surrounded by alpine forest with good view of Machhapuchre (Mt. Fishtail).

DAY 04: POTHANA TO GHANDRUK (1,990m) 6- hrs walk (BLD)

After teahouse breakfast, we’ll be walking up and down along quiet trails through the alpine forest and small mountain villages for about 3 hours. En-route we’ll stop for lunch at Landruk, which is also a nice village settled in terraced landscapes. Continuing, the trail leads downwards for about 40 minutes to the Modi River and after crossing the bridge you can see the bee hives hanging on the cliffs. We'll continue our trek upwards to Ghandruk, which is one of the largest Gurung (major ethnic group from western region of Nepal) settlements in the area with the closest views of Annapurna south and Machhapuchre to the north. In the evening, enjoy exploring the local village and people with traditional costumes. Overnight stay at a local lodge.

DAY 05: GHANDRUK TO TADAPANI (2,710m) (BLD)

After breakfast, we’ll start our trek up hill to our stopver - Tadapani. After a short hike through alpine Himalayan forests, we'll arrive for lunch at Tadapani. After lunch, it's free time to relax and rest, and explore this tiny settlement nestled in the middle of forest. Enjoy the close view of Annapurna south and Mt. Fishtail (Machhapuchre) Stay overnight at Tadapani.

DAY 06: TADAPANI TO GHOREPANI (2,850m) 5 hrs walk (BLD)

Today, we'll walk along the trail showcasing rich rhododendron forests, gloriously cascading sparkling mountain streams and other mystical vistas of nature. The scenery gives you inner power to climb up and immerse you to walk more. After few hours of walking with several breaks in between, we'll reach our destination -- Ghorepani, from where you can enjoy the fantastic views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan ranges.Overnight stay in Ghorepani.

DAY 07: SUNRISE VIEW AT POON HILL (3210m) & TREK TO TIKHEDHUNGA, 5-6hrs walk (BLD)

We start the day really early morning and hike up for 1½ hrs hike up to Poon Hill (3210m) for the sunrise. This brilliant viewpoint provides an unobstructed sunrise over the high Himalayas and panoramic views of wide range of Himalayas as far as from the western Himalaya of Dolpo, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna including Mt. Machhapuchre (Fish Tail) and all the way to Manasalu. After a great time and lifetime experience, we'll return back to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue trek to Tikhedhunga for an overnight stopover.

DAY 08:TIKHEDHUNGA TO NAYAPOOL & DRIVE TO POKHARA (BL)

Today is our last day of trekking, after about 2 hour walk to Nayapool, we'll catch a bus to return to Pokhara, where we'll check in to a Hotel. It's free and easy time in the afternoon and evening.(Optional city tour can be arranged) Overnight stay in Pokhara.

DAY 09: POKHARA-KATHMANDU (BY COACH) 5-6Hours drive (B)

After breakfast in the hotel, we'll depart Pokhara to Kathmandu by coach.Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel. Overnight stay in Kathmandu. In the evening you can do shopping or rest your own.

DAY 10: KATHMANDU – FLY BACK HOME (B)
DAY 10: KATHMANDU – FLY BACK HOME (B)

After breakfast, we will leave for Kathmandu airport for your return flight back home.

Included/Exclude

  • All local transportation as per itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on B&B plan
  • Lodge accommodation during the trek
  • All meals with hot beverages during trek
  • Experienced guide & porters + their wages
  • Annapurna conservation area entry permits
  • Sleeping bag provided
  • Pre-trip briefing
  • Round trip air tickets
  • Personal travel insurance & personal expenses
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Tips for trek guide & porters

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