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Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Nepal is one of the few places in the world that can offer awe-inspiring mountain vistas and incredible trekking. This trek, at low altitude, has been arranged to allow you to enjoy some of the highest Himalayan peaks as you walk through the foothills of the Annapurna Range.

From the terraced rice-fields above Pokhara, we walk along trails through picturesque Gurung villages and one of Nepal’s biggest rhododendron forests which, in spring, bursts with many different hues, as we make our way to Poon Hill at 3,210m. The dawn view of Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Machhapuchhre (6,997m) and Annapurna South (7,219m), from the world famous Poon Hill, is the highlight of this trek.

Short and fairly easy, this trek is a perfect introduction to Nepal’s mountain treasures. It is a good starter trek for those not sure of their walking ability, or simply for those who wish to make the most of only a few days. The trek finishes at the magnificent lake town of Pokhara, where you can relax and enjoy the tranquility of the lake and its backdrop of snow-capped mountains.

Itinerary Detail

DAY 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

A representative of Epic Adventures will be outside the airport terminal to greet you and take you to your hotel – overnight in Kathmandu. Meals included:  

 

DAY 02: Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu

Morning drive to Monkey Temple then onto Pashupatinath Temple, you will also visit Patan Durbar Square to see the heritage sights and the Boudhanath Stupa. In the evening you can relax at your Hotel and you will also be briefed about your upcoming trek. We will check all equiptment and answer any questions you may have. Meals included B,

 

Day 02 :  Drive or /fly to pokhara (800m) 6 to 7 hrs. drive or/30 min fly to Pokhara

After breakfast we begin our drive to Pokhara by bus and air transportation.it takes 30 minutes. It’s best to get a seat on the right side to ensure you can enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way. On arrival we will be escorted to our hotel and spend a leisurely afternoon in the beautiful lakeside town of Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara. Included meals: B,

 

Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ulleri [2050 m/6725 ft]: 1½ hrs drive and 6 hrs trek

After breakfast we drive to Nayapul and start the trek. We pass through sub tropical valley forests, sometimes on a trail carved into the side of the cliff. After lunch, we cross the Modi Khola (river) via a suspension bridge and begin our trek to the village of Tikhedhunga. The Ulleri Hill with thousands of steps and boulders that continually go upward will prove a test of our stamina. We reach Ulleri by late afternoon. Overnight in Ulleri. Included meals: B,L,D  

 

Day 05: Ulleri to Ghorepani [2750 m/ 9020 ft]: 4 to 5 hrs trek.

We make our ascent to the Ghorepani village. The name Ghorepani in Nepali means “horse water” owing to its role as an important campsite for traders before it became a trekker’s stop. Ghorepani is an interesting place with small shops and stalls that sell local products and craft. The town has two parts: one in a saddle and the other a few hundred feet lower. We stop at the higher part of the Ghorepani village that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna South and Nilgiri mountains. Since Ghorepani lies higher than our previous stop, we can start to feel the chilly weather, especially in the evenings. Overnight in Ghorepani. Included meals: B,L,D  

 

Day 06: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Ghandruk [2700m/8,860 ft]: 6 to 7 hrs.

Today will be a special day because we conquer Poon Hill – an icon of Annapurna region. To catch the magnificent splendor of sunrise over the Himalayas, we make an early morning climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft). From Poon Hill we will be able to enjoy wonderful panoramic views of the Mustang and Pokhara valleys including the closest views of more than 20 of the highest mountains as well as the close-up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The snowy peaks of the high mountains loom above and around us glowing in the morning light. After taking photos and having some coffee or tea, we return to Gorepani. We make a steep descent through the thick forest of old rhododendron trees. When the rhododendron trees are in bloom, these forests turn into gardens of dazzlingly beautiful flowers, mostly red, when seen from the air or from afar. By afternoon we enter the village of Ghandruk, a sloping settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by the Gurung people. Along with enjoying the stunningly close-up towering views of Fishtail, Annaurna South, and Hiuchuli mountains, we also acquaint ourselves with the simple but rich cultural traditions of the Gurung people at the Gurung Museum in Ghandruk. Overnight in Ghundruk. Included meals: B,L,D  

 

Day 07: Ghandruk to Pokhara: 4 hrs trek and 1½ hr drive.

Today we trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul then drive back to Pokhara. The trek will be downhill all the way to Birethanti. We step onto a staircase paved with stone slabs, curving in and out of the village and then terraced farms. It keeps on going down almost without breaks from Ghandruk until Modi Khola river valley. From Birethanti, a half-an-hour’s walk takes us into Nayapul. The journey on foot comes to an end at Nayapul. From there we drive back to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara. Included meals: B,L

 

Day 08: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 6 hrs by bus.

After breakfast, we start our drive back to Kathmandu. It will be better to sit on the left side of the bus to enjoy the scenery. On arrival in Kathmandu, we will be escorted to our hotel and spend a leisurely afternoon, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping and in the evening celebrate dinner together with Epic Adventure Nepal staff, at a Cultural dinner and show. Overnight in Kathmandu. Included meals: D  

 

Day 09: Final Departure

Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! An Epic Adventures representative will drop us off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal. Included meals:B  

 

Important Note : Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Epic Adventures. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.  

Include/Exclude

Trip Includes

 

• All accommodation in 3 star (by Nepalese Standard) hotels in cities- twin sharing rooms

• All Ground transportation

• Kathmandu sightseeing with city tour guide

• Full board meal 3 times a day during the trek and 3 cups of tea / Coffee

• Govt. trained guide and necessary no. of porters with their insurance, salary and meals

• One cultural show and dinner

• National park entry fees and TIMS permit card

• All Domestic Flights according to the itinerary in fixed wing aircraft

 

Trip Excludes

 

• International Flight, Airport tax and Nepal Visa fee $40 for 30 days

•Flight Ticket from KTM-PKR(Two way if needed)

• Major meals in Cities

• Monuments entrance fees in Kathmandu tour

• All personal expenses such as bar bills, water, extra tea / coffee, snacks, shower, battery re-charge, laundry charge etc.

• Personal clothing and gears, sleeping bag and Down jacket for trek

• Tips for guide and porter

• Cost raised by flight cancellation, emergency rescue charges , landslide, weather, political unrest, illness, re-routing etc which are not within our control

• Personal Travel Insurance

Trip Fact
Activity : Trekking
Trip Length : 9 Days
Difficulty : Easy
Start - End : KTM-KTM
Highest Altitude : 3210m
Season : Trekking