Ghorepani – Poonhill – Ghandruk Trek
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Overview

Ghorepani Poon Hill Ghandruk Trek is one of the most renowned Eco-treks of Nepal, best to experience the Himalayas, people, nature, culture, floras and faunas along with other treasures of Nepal. This light trip is perfect for honeymoon couples, families, students, and novice adventurers who wish to enjoy the captivating natural and cultural aspects of Nepal. This is a short and beautiful trekking fit for type of adventurers.

Poon Hill (3210m), one of the best sunrise viewpoints of the trek, is perfect for admiring the glorious Annapurna Range and Dhaulagiri Range in the shimmering sunlight during dawn and dusk. The 7th highest mountain in the world Mt. Dhaulagiri I (8167 m) and the 10th highest mountain, Mt. Annapurna (8091 m) along with Machchhapuchhre (Fishtail), Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Himchuli and Tukuche Peak are the highlights of the trip that can be enjoyed throughout the journey. The different seasons bring sightings of different flora and fauna in the trails, making every trip in this region a unique and rich experience. Spring is the best season to go there, as all the forests are covered with beautiful Rhododendron flowers, birds and insects of the Annapurna Conservation Area.

The stay at the Eco-friendly Annapurna region, which strictly allows only local people to own guest houses, helps to boost the small economies making it a satisfyingly good experience. The residents either Hindus and Buddhists and work their charm with warm welcome and hospitality allowing you to explore their customs, cultures, traditions, foods, and lifestyle. Surprisingly, there are many diverse languages, dialects and cultural variations even in such small location, but religious, cultural and ethnic harmony has been an ideal strength in the society which is a very enriching experience. This trek is a great alternative to Ghorepani poonhill Trek.

Nepal Eco Adventure’s trip to Ghorepani-Poonhill-Ghandruk starts and concludes in Pokhara, the naturally beautiful city with panoramic views of mountains, lakes and valleys. This short trail offers you a wonderful trekking experience in the Himalayas.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • The terraced farmland above Pokhara
  • Visiting the sanctuary of Annapurna with panoramic views of 10 peaks over 6000m
  • Views of Dhaulagiri
  • Annapurna ranges and Kaligandaki from Poonhill, surrounded by a ring of impressive mountains including Annapurna I 8091m (26540ft).
  • The mixture of pretty villages and farmland at Ghandruk.

Itinerary

Day 1
Drive to Pokhara

We will drive to Pokhara right after breakfast and enjoy the scenic route along the bank of Trishuli River for 7 to 8 hours. Overnight at a hotel or lodge in the lakeside area.

Day 2
Drive to Nayapul and trek to Hile

We will drive for about 41 km to Nayapul. The trek will officially begin after entering the checkpoint at ACAP. From here we will walk for about 3 hours while enjoying the scenery and the nature, listening to the flowing Bhurungdi Khola to Hile. We will spend the night in one of the lodges.

Day 3
Trek to Ghorepani

We will early pass through Tikhedhunga and the steep climbs of Ulleri. You will enjoy glorious views of the mountains. The mixture of culture and nature seen in the local villages along with the farms and streams and springs will provide you a serene experience. We will pass through the Rhododendron forests and reach Ghorepani to spend the night.

Day 4
Trek up to Poonhill in the morning and then to Tadapani

This day’s trek will start earlier so you could witness the sunrise views in the majestic mountains. The 45 minute walk to Poonhill is one of the most enriching walks with unparalleled views of the golden rays of the sun shining on the snow capped mountain peaks. We will return to the hotel for lunch and continue our walk from there, for about 5-6 hours to Tadapani. We will spend the night in one of the lodges.

Day 5
Trek to Ghandruk village

The 2/3 hour trek to Ghandruk will mostly include steep descents. We will pass through forests, streams, ridges and finally stone steps to reach the beautiful and historic village of Ghandruk. The main inhabitants are the Gurkhas. The village surrounded by Annapurna and Machchhapuchhre is one of the largest Gurung settlements in the country. The welcome and hospitality of the people will bring you a truly traditional experience in a natural setting. We will spend the night there.

Day 6
Trek down to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara

On the last day, we will go down most of the time, walking through stone steps amidst terraces and fields leading to Syaulibazaar. You will enjoy the changing views of the various mountains as a relaxing experience. The trail will get a little rough before reaching Birethanti and then to Nayapul. We will end our trek here and take a drive back to Pokhara. You will have the opportunity to either rest, take a walk or chill in one of the many restaurants and pubs in the lakeside area.

Day 7
Drive back to Kathmandu

After enjoying the sunrise, boating or traveling to some famous tourist destinations in Pokhara, we will drive back to Kathmandu for 6 to 7 hours, and say farewell once we will reach our destination. May you enjoy the rest of your trip in Nepal !

What is Included

  • Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner) during trek.
  • Fresh fruits every night after dinner.
  • Trekking lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permit.
  • Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) permit.
  • Tourist bus Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu.
  • English speaking Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • A Strong, helpful porter with his salary, meals, accommodation and insurance (one porter for two people).
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service (paid by your Travel insurance company).
  • Optional use of sleeping bag, down Jacket, duffel and walking pole (to be return after trip completed).
  • Nepal Eco Adventure T-shirt and Cap.
  • Government taxes, service charge and official expenses.
  • Two nights standart hotel in Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Ghorepani-Poonhill treking map.
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible for all levels of trekker.
  • Assistant guide group size above 6+ person.

What is Excluded

  • Airport pick up and drop.
  • Meals in Pokhara.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • International airfare.
  • Travel and medical insurance (recommended).
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Alcoholic and non alcoholic cold and hot drinks.
  • All desserts and sweet things (those you choose to purchase along the way and during evenings in the Tea Houses).
  • Hot shower and battery charging during the trekking.
  • Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).

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  1. Ghorepani – Poonhill – Ghandruk Trek
    Nepal Eco Adventure is a great local trekking agency. They know their business and they have built a great reputation for it. They also have very reasonable fees. Whether you know exactly what treks you want to do or you need help to work it out, you’ll be in good hands with them. Their communication is always cordial, professional and transparent. We spent four weeks in Nepal and did two treks with them, a shorter one in the Annapurna region (Poon Hill Ghorepani) and a longer and more intense one in the Everest region (Gokyo Ri - Renjola Pass). Everything ran smoothly from our first contact by email with Chhatra (the manager) to the end of our trip. Chhatra was great advice and very responsive in helping us plan out and personalise our treks, and he was also very flexible and patient when we asked to change the dates several times. He provided us with large duffle bags (to be carried by the porter and to fit all our things during the trek), trekking poles, sleeping bags and down jackets. (By the way we could leave all our other things at our hotel - they all provide this service for free as long as you’ve spent at least one night with them). Our guide for the two treks was Shiva, who we highly recommend. He’s not only a very experienced senior guide, he’s also a great guy to be around - easygoing, cheerful and with a great sense of humour. He was great advice to help us manage and enjoy our treks and he was always very supportive, patient and encouraging, especially when we needed it the most in difficult parts in high altitude. We also had one porter on each of our treks who were both super nice and helpful. Our porter on the Gokyo trek was Santa and he’s honestly one of the strongest men I’ve met! He’s incredibly strong and agile, he seemingly can effortlessly carry heavy weighs and he was going faster than all of us! All this always with a smile on his face. It was a fantastic and unforgettable adventure and we had a great experience with Nepal Eco Adventure.
  2. Ghorepani – Poonhill – Ghandruk Trek
    I have recently returned from Nepal, where I spent three weeks with my wife. Nepal Eco Adventure arranged a totally custom trek for us, as healthwise I couldn't handle any of the big treks in one go, so we did the Ghandruk Loop and just a few days on the Helambu Circuit. Chhatra arranged an excellent guide and porter for us, while also booking domestic flights and getting the necessary permits. Whenever we needed help, Chhatra or his guide/porter were there for us. Very highly recommended, would love to do another trek in the future. Visited November 2014
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Trip Facts

  • 7 Days Ghorepani – Poonhill – Ghandruk Trek
  • Moderate
  • Minimum 02 persons
  • September to December, March to Mid-June
  • 3350m
  • Tourist Bus
  • NEA-AT-10

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