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Ghorepani Poonhill Trek (10)

Basic Info ( GPT ) $ 705 per person

Duration 10
Group Size 2 or more
TransportaionPrivate car & Tourist bus
Altitude 2,850m/9,350ft
Accomodations Hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara, Tea House/Lodge during trek
Best Seasons Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November)
Activities Trekking, Hiking
Meals Welcome and Farewell dinner at Katmandu, All meals during treks

Basic Intro

Highlighted activities

UNSCEOheritage sightseeing at Kathmandu.

Sunrise view from Poonhill view point.

Learn about Gurung Culture

Gurung villager sightseeing (Ghorepani and Ghandruk)

Ghorepani – Poonhill trek is one of the most popular modest short treks in Nepal. Every year thousand foreign people came to Nepal to do this short trek. This trek is also popularly known by Annapurna sunrise trek. Poonhill trek is in Annapurna region where our trek start forms Nayapul which is about an hour drive from Pokhara. Eight days trek provide magnificent view of Mt. Dhaulagir, Mt. Annapurna I, Mt. Annapurna South and Mt. fishtail along with sunrise from Viewpoint. On the other hand, we also get opportunity to see the rhododendron forest where we have to pass through. We also have to pass through different Gurung and magar village and some of the best waterfall. Walking in the more than 4000 stone steps and crossing some of the longest suspension bridge really help you to find your actual strength. While walking to the trial we have to cross more than 8 hills where we can see the paranoma view of Himalayan and green forest form different angle. It provides us more energy and excitement to hike. Staying in the tea house, conversation with the villagers, visiting village health post, school and eating delicious organic food grow in the local village which makes our body healthy are some extra activities that make our trek amazing and memorable.

This 10 days Ghorpani – Poonhill trek is for those guest we are interested to see the mountain and don’t have much time in Nepal.  This trek is also suitable for those who are interested to see the nature with family. However, we also organize Annapurna Base camp -16 Days where you can find the closer view of Mt. Annapurna via Mt.Machhapuchher base camp. We also organize Annapurna circuit trek – 17 Days. this trek is pertect for those who are interested to see the panorama view of Mt. Annapurna and other mountain from different angle, this trek is also second most popular trek in Nepal.

Accommodation

After arrival in Kathmandu we transfer to our hotel, HotelBliss International which is in the peaceful street on the edge of Thamel. We provide you a deluxe room with a private bathroom and balcony, Tea/Coffee maker and the toilet trees. However, we have Hotel Crystal Palace in Pokhara, nearby Phewa Lake.  These hotels are 3 star categories by the government of Nepal. The above package price include 3-star category hotel however we also provide 4-star and 5-star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara. But during the trek there is only Tea House/Lodge which doesn’t have any facility except the twin bed. All the rooms are in “twin share”. For Single supplementary will charge $200 extra.  In Kathmandu and Pokhara hotel have 24/7 receptions while in the trekking recitation are closed after 9-10pm. In some place during trekking we have private bathroom but in some area there is only share bathroom. The entire place has 24/7 hot water facility but during tea house in the trek it is chargeable.

Meals

For meals we provide Buffet Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara which is included in the cost. We also serve lunch and dinner from our hotel restaurant where you have to pay by yourself. However, during trekking we provide three meals per day (i.e. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner per day) from the selected menu as per available in lodge and tea house. Food during trek is not so well decorated as Kathmandu and Pokhara however; most of the food is prepared by their local people in their field. The food is organic, delicious and quite healthy. We also offer Welcome and Farewell dinner with our agency team leader with a traditional cultural dance program in Kathmandu.

Day 01:- Arrival, Transfer to Hotel.

Day 02:- Kathmandu heritage sightseeing, Trekking preparation.

Day 03:- Drive to Pokhara (823m/2700ft) 6 -7 hour.

Day 04:- Drive to Nayapul, trek to Ulleri (2020m/6627ft) 1 hrs drive, 5-6 hrs walk.

Day 05:- Ullari to Ghorepani (2860m/9385ft) 5-6 hrs walk.

Day 06:- Poonhill hike (3210m/10530ft), walk to Tadapani (2630m/8628ft) 6-7 hrs walk.

Day 07:- Trek to Ghandruk (1940m/6365ft) 4-5 hrs walk.

Day 08:- Ghandruk to Pokhara 4 – 5 hrs walk, 3 hrs drive.

Day 09:- Drive back to Kathmandu 6-7 hrs drive.

Day 10:- Departure.


Includes


·         All Airport pickup/Drop.

·         Three Star hotel in Kathmandu(Hotel Bliss International or simalar catagory)  and Pokhara(Hotel Crystal Palace or similar catagory) with breakfast.

·         Welcome and farewell dinner.

·         Private Vehicle with Air-condition.

·         Kathmandu Heritage Sightseeing with tour guide.

·         Pokhara-Nayapool-Pokhara by private car/jeep.

·         Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu tourist bus tickets.

·         Teahouse/Lodge accommodation during trek with all meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

·         An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging.

·         Four seasonal sleeping bag and trekking map (sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion).

·         All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS).

·         A comprehensive medical kit.

·         All government and local taxes.


Not Includes


·         Nepal Visa fee (bring small denomination cash USD and two passport photographs).

·         International airfare to and from Kathmandu.

·         Private vehicle (Kathmandu-Pokhara or Pokhara-Kathmandu one way $115 extra up to 3 Person)

·         Excess baggage charges.

·         Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara(and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary).

·         Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.

·         Travel and rescue insurance.

·         Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc).

·         Tips for guides and porters.

Day 1 : Arrival, Transfer to Hotel.

According to your flight detail provides by you, we will be greeted by a representative at international airport with your name and Himalayan Club Treks and Expedition written on it. Then, we assist you to transfer to Hotel where you are welcome by tea/coffee. At evening we have a welcome dinner organized by our team to get to know each other. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 2 : Kathmandu heritage sightseeing, Trekking preparation.

After short introduction with our tour guide, today we are having tour to Kathmandu UNSCIO world heritage site with our tour guide which include Pasupatinath Temple “Nepal biggest Hindu temple” it is also place for the body crimination of Hindu religion. Then we drive to Bouddhanath stupa whch is nearby Pasupatinath temple. Bouddhanath is Asian biggest stupa. It was damage by earthquake on 2015 AD however, it is completely repaired recently. Then after we drive to Swyambhunath stpua, popularly known by “monkey temple” this stupa is on the small where we can see the whole Kathmandu valley from there. At last we drive to Patan durbar square,“Ancient Royal Palace”. Inside the square you can see different Hindu temple which are bhimesh temple, vishwonath temple, Taleju Bhawani temple and Krinsna Temple which is most popular temple among them. Beside it you can study the Newari architecture, arts and their culture where, our tour guide help you to describe about its history of every place. At evening we have a meeting with our trekking guide and make our trekking prepration. And check our equipment for trekking. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 3 : Day 03:- Drive to Pokhara (823m/2700ft) 6 -7 hour.

After taking a packed breakfast at hotel, we drive to second touristic area of Nepal “pokhara”. It is also popularly known as lake side city. We departed at around 7 am in the morning form tourist bus park of Kathmandu. We follow the Prithivi Highway for pokhara. We drive for 6 – 7 hours with twice a lunch and tea break on the way. While driving to pokhara we drive by the bank of Trishuli River and also can see the amazing panorama of river with green hills. Overnight at Pokhara.

Day 4 : Drive to Nayapul, trek to Ulleri (2020m/6627ft) 1 hrs drive, 5-6 hrs walk.

We drive to nayapul after having breakfast at our hotel. From where we start our trek, after having tea and trek preparation we walk through the small gurung village toward Birathanti “first check-in point” After showing trekking document we walk forward to Hille by following the muddy and little dusty road where we stop for our lunch. From hille we have walk through more than 4000 stone steps trial. We have to walk by the village and bircha forest. After walking more than 3 hours huhill steps we will be at Ulleri (2020m). Overnight at Ulleri.

Day 5 : Ullari to Ghorepani (2860m/9385ft) 5-6 hrs walk.

The day star with hot tea and coffee with breakfast at tea house, then we walk forward to Ghorepani. You have to walk through stone step uphill and we pass through rhododendron and oak forest. We can also see small Mt. Annapurna while walking to Ghorepani. After walking through forest and crossing some amazing bridge and water fall we stop somewhere for tea break we finally reach Ghorepani. Ghorepani is one of the most popular and busy village in Annapurna region. You can find some local food and product which was made by local people. If you are trekking in the best season you will observe the area is enclose with snow. Overnight at Ghorepani.

Day 6 : Poonhill hike (3210m/10530ft), walk to Tadapani (2630m/8628ft) 6-7 hrs walk.

Early in the morning we walk to Poonhill view point (3210m), takes around 45 minute uphill walk form Ghorepani. And be ready to watch sunrise over Mt.Annapurna I, Annapurna south, Dhaulagiri, Fistail and other peaks with its range. We spend some hours at unforgettable moment of life and take some photo video and some hot tea/coffee. Then we walk back to Ghorepani where we have hour breakfast. From here we walk to tadapani, passing through the Rhododendron forest. We walk downhill tada pani with the stunning view of Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Fistail and green forest. Stay overnight at Tadapani.

Day 7 : Trek to Ghandruk (1940m/6365ft) 4-5 hrs walk.

Our trek to Ghadrukh start form walking downhill from Tadapani through the middle of decent rhododendron forest. We will reach Ghandrukh at lunch. After having lunch at the hotel we go for explore at Ghandrukh village “Gurung community people”. We also see the traditional muddy and stony house. We can also observe stunning view of Mt. Fistail. In the evening we can also visit Ghandruk museum. Overnight at Ghandrukh.

Day 8 : Ghandruk to Pokhara 4 – 5 hrs walk, 3 hrs drive.

Last day of trekking, we move ahead form Ghandruk to Nayapul after breakfast at hotel. We walk down to Kimcha. Form Kimcha we drive to Nayapul by a local jeep. We drive around 1 hour by following modi rivier. Then we drive to Pokhara from Nayapul by a private vehicle form same root. Overnight at Pokhara.

Day 9 : Drive back to Kathmandu 6-7 hrs drive.

We drive to Kathmandu early in morning in cozy tourist bus by following the same prithivi highway. While driving we can see river on the left while high hills on the right side. In evening we have a farewell dinner with our office team leader where you can share your experience about the Poonhill Trek. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 10 : Departure.

Last day in Nepal our office staff will drop you at airport before 2 hours of your actual flight, with some good memory about us and unforgettable memory about trekking.

Equipment List


Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Sunglasses with UV protection

Lower Body: 
- Lightweight cotton long pants/ Hiking shorts 
- Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) 
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet :
- Thin, lightweight inner socks 
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks 
- Hiking boots with spare laces 
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)

Upper Body: 
- T-shirts 
- Fleece jacket or pullover 
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket 
- Down vest and/or jacket *

Hands: 
- Lightweight gloves

Accessories: 
- Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F * 
- Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries 
- Trekking Bags/Duffel bag 
- Basic First Aid Kit 
- Large plastic bags 
- for keeping items dry inside trek bag 
- Trekking Poles * 
- Water bottles 
- Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)

Toiletries (it’s up to your comfort lable): 
- 1 medium sized quick drying towel 
- Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable) 
- Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable) 
- Deodorants 
- Nail clippers 
- Face and body moisturizer 
- Feminine hygiene products 
- Small mirror

Personal Hygiene (it’s up to your comfort lable):
- Wet wipes (baby wipes) 
- Tissue /toilet roll 
- Anti bacterial hands wash 
- Diamox (Drugs for altitude sickness if incase) 
- Water purified pills

Extras/Luxuries (it’s up to your comfort lable) 
- Binoculars (optional) 
- Reading book 
- Journal & Pen 
- Pencils and small notebooks 
- Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble


Useful Information


Trekking Season

Autumn (Sept. to Nov.) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. If you wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature then taking this trip during winter (Dec., Jan. and Feb.) could also be an option. However, the temperature during winter could be harsh for most guests. Trekking in the Summer or Monsoon seasons (June to Aug.) will be affected by rain but the Summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.

Accommodation

After arrival in Kathmandu we transfer to our hotel, HotelBliss International which is in the peaceful street on the edge of Thamel. We provide you a deluxe room with a private bathroom and balcony, Tea/Coffee maker and the toilet trees. However, we have Hotel Crystal Palace in Pokhara, nearby Phewa Lake.  These hotels are 3 star categories by the government of Nepal. The above package price include 3-star category hotel however we also provide 4-star and 5-star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara. But during the trek there is only Tea House/Lodge which doesn’t have any facility except the twin bed. All the rooms are in “twin share”. For Single supplementary will charge $200 extra.  In Kathmandu and Pokhara hotel have 24/7 receptions while in the trekking recitation are closed after 9-10pm. In some place during trekking we have private bathroom but in some area there is only share bathroom. The entire place has 24/7 hot water facility but during tea house in the trek it is chargeable.

Meals

For meals we provide Buffet Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara which is included in the cost. We also serve lunch and dinner from our hotel restaurant where you have to pay by yourself. However, during trekking we provide three meals per day (i.e. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner per day) from the selected menu as per available in lodge and tea house. Food during trek is not so well decorated as Kathmandu and Pokhara however; most of the food is prepared by their local people in their field. The food is organic, delicious and quite healthy. We also offer Welcome and Farewell dinner with our agency team leader with a traditional cultural dance program in Kathmandu.