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Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Duration

8 Days

Max. Elevation

3210Mm

Group size

Min 2pax-Max 16pax

Level
EASY
Transportation
Tourist Bus | Domestic Flight | Private Vehicle
Best Season
March to May, September to December
Accomodation
Guest House | Hotel
Meals
Starts at
Kathmandu
Ends at
Kathmandu
Trip Route
KTM - Pokhara - Ghorepani- Poonhill- Ghandruk - Pokhara - KTM

Highlights

The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is a short trek to the heart of Annapurna. This trek offers a beautiful view of various mountains including the two eight thousand meter peaks; Annapurna I (8091 m), the tenth highest mountain in the world, and Dhaulagiri I(8167m) the seventh highest mountain. The other mountains we will see are the Annapurna Massif, the Dhaulagiri massif, and Fishtail which is the sacred mountain of Nepal. The trek will take 5 days and is relatively easy with lower altitude walking. This trek is suitable for anyone with a reasonable fitness level and by most age groups. Once at the top of Poon Hill, we can see the fantastic 360-degree view of the sunrise lighting the snow-capped mountains with a beautiful pink hue. This is a sight that you will never forget.

The surrounding forest has more than 10 different varieties of Rhododendron and the area is transformed in the spring by the multi-colored flowers. We will see rice paddies set in terraces up the hillside, horses, buffalos, and cows belonging to the smallholdings and a variety of birds and flowers The farms, terraces rising up the mountain, the various designs of houses and the local people make this trek a photographers paradise. On the cultural side, we will have a chance to appreciate the beautiful Magar village in Ulleri and Gurung village in Ghandruk and get to know about the people and experience their Nepalese hospitality.

Trip Itinerary

Day

1

When you arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, a representative from Open Trail will be there to meet you and take you to your hotel. After checking in, you can rest or, with the guide, visit Open Trail’s office in Thamel a part of Kathmandu in the tourist district. Here there are many shops and restaurants. The shops are colorful and full of pashminas, slippers, trekking equipment, and felt items. The restaurants serve European as well as Nepalese meals. ATM’s are plentiful should you require them. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Open Trail treks where you will be served authentic Nepalese cuisine. This is a great introduction to Nepalese food.

Day

2

We will begin our second day with breakfast before starting a guided tour to some of the historical, religious, and World Heritage sites of Kathmandu. We will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Buddhist Stupa (Buddha Nath), the Hindu secret temple Pashupati Nath and we will end our tour by visiting the Monkey temple – Swayambhunath. There will be a stop for lunch in a very special local restaurant. After we finish the tour we will meet with our trekking guide and leader for a discussion and preparation for our following day's trekking.

Day

3

Drive approx.  6 hours by Private transport

if you want the fly to Pokhara also available but an extra charge will be applied 

KTM - Pokhara flight duration: 25min


The tourist bus will pick you from the hotel for the journey to Pokhara which will take us 6 to 7 hours. This drive offers a beautiful view of farms, villages, big and small rivers, and mountains. There will be a stop on the way for food and a comfort break. We will reach Pokhara, the city of lakes and mountains during the afternoon. Our hotel is by the side of the famous Fewa Lake. We can enjoy boating on the lake and a visit to the temple or relax in a lakeside restaurant enjoying the view. Pokhara has a wonderful array of shops and cafes where you can buy last-minute items for the trek – walking poles, etc are very reasonably priced here.

Day

4

Altitude: 1,960m/6,430ft (Ulleri) 

Drive Approx: 1 hour 20min

Walk Approx. 6  hours.

We will begin the first day of the trek with a hearty breakfast, before setting out to Nayapul via private transportation. The journey will take us about one and a half hours and we will begin the trek (3 hours duration), which will follow the Modi River. The walk will take us through local rice paddy fields and this will give us an opportunity to observe local farmers and their lifestyle. After passing the small village of Tikhedhunga, a steep 400 meter uphill climb will complete our trek for today and take us to Ulleri where we will spend the night in a traditional guesthouse.

Day

5

Altitude: 2860m/9,383ft (Ghorepani)

Walk Approx. 6  hours.

Today you will be awakened bright and early by the loud crows of local roosters. We will eat breakfast at the guesthouse and continue the last 200-meter uphill climb to Banthanti. Although this is a tough climb you will be greeted by the friendly villagers of Ulleri and maybe a team of horses carrying their loads up to the mountain villages. The views from the path are stunning. Once completed, you will be rewarded with the first glance of Himchuli, the southern part of Annapurna, and the famous Machhapuchre peaks. The rest of the hike will take us steadily uphill through the lush and captivating forest of Rhododendron until we reach Ghorepani, where we spend the night surrounded by magical views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Fishtail.

Day

6

Altitude: 1,940m/6,364ft (Ghandruk)

Walk Approx. 7  hours.

Today we will start early with a 1hour and 15minute walk climbing steep stairs guided by using head torches. As we trek higher there will be an eerie feeling as the snow-capped mountains glow through the forest trees. Once you reach the top you will see the clouds beneath you and soon be rewarded with the warmth of the morning sun slowly covering Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Fishtail with a beautiful pink wash of color.  From here we will trek back for our breakfast in Ghorepani before beginning our trek to Ghandruk via tadapani. The first part of the hike will be uphill bringing us to the top of the trail and you will be rewarded with amazing mountain views. After a quick break, we will descend into the Pine and Rhododendron forest. After crossing Tadapani we will be at Ghandruk, one of the biggest villages in the district inhabited by the Gurung community (The Gurung people have their own culture, traditions, and dialect).

Day

7

Drive Approx: 2 hour

Walk Approx. 1 hour

Today is the last day of our trek. We will walk a little down from Ghandruk then drive back to Pokhara.

Day

8

Drive approx.  6 hours by Private transport

Pokhara- Kathmandu flight duration: 25min (Option)

Getting back from Pokhara to Kathmandu, we have two options: flying or driving.  The drive will take 6 to 7 hours whereas the flight will only take about half an hour.

If you want to fly back extra money will be added as our price includes the tourist bus only.

After we arrive back in Kathmandu we will drop you at the hotel which will enable you to take a rest before we meet in the evening for a farewell dinner hosted by Open Trail Treks at a traditional Nepalese Restaurant with unique Nepalese music and dance.

Day

9

Today is the last day of our adventure, it is the time to say goodbye and return to the real world.  If you have some time left, you can do some souvenir shopping or sightseeing around the hotel. A representative from Open Trail Treks will collect you from the hotel and take you to the airport 3 hours before your departure.

Inclusions

    • Airport transfers by Private Vehicles.
    • Standard twin- sharing accommodation in a three starts hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara, With BB plan. (5 Nights).
    • Twin sharing accommodation during the trek. (3 Nights).
    • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu two way Private transportation
    • One day tour in ktm (including Guide, private transportation, entrance fees)
    • All necessary Local transport as per itinerary
    • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
    • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System & Annapurna Conservation area permit (Please bring 2 passport size photos).
    • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff
    • Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances.
    • Personal care & attention.
    • Local and government taxes.
    • All kind of beverage including mineral water, Phone calls, laundry, hot shower during Trek
    • Travel and Rescue Insurance
    • Tipping to the crew.
    • Personal mountaineering gears
    • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended 
    • International airfare and airport departure tax
    • Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu
    • Do not mention the services apart from the services mentioned in "Cost Included services"

Complimentary

    • Down jacket and four seasonal sleeping bag (to be returned after completion of the trip).
    • Open trail treks duffle bag and a trekking map.
    • A self-sufficient medical first aid kits containing vital medications.
    • Company branded water purification tablets
    • Warm woolen hat
    • Oximeter

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