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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FAQs

Can I get Nepal visa on arrival or online?

Yes, you can get on arrival tourist visa at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Most of people can obtain visa on entry to Nepal. There are some countries visa will needed to be organize prior to travelling. $25 for 15 days of visa from the date of issue, $40 for 30days and 100US$ for 90 days tourist visa. You need two photos.

You can apply online visa from 1st of March(http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/).

When is the best time to visit Nepal?

Trekking in Nepal will be best during the seasons of spring and autumn. But according to the will of the trekkers, the trekking and visiting in Nepal can be managed. Treks at high altitude should be done during the summer time or September to November and March to May but treks at the low lands can be done at throughout the year.

How difficult is trekking in Nepal?

Trekking in Nepal is one of the most interesting things that the visitors in Nepal want to do. Trekking will take the visitors of Nepal to different parts of Nepal. Generally, trekking in Nepal will goes for about 5 to 7 hours per day in every trekking but the toughness of the trekking will differ from its grade. There are different types of treks grading from the easy, medium, challenging and demanding. Normally you go up drom 3000 to 8848 meters. Expedition is challenging but trekking is normal and easy.

How long will be the trekking?

Trekking at the different parts of Nepal will be different according to the distance of the trekking destinations. Generally, there are different places where one can go for trekking and the duration of the trekking will generally goes for about 1 to 4 weeks. But the trekking at the different places like in city tours will be short but the trekking towards the base camp of the high hills will be generally long.

What is teahouse and camping trekking in Nepal?

In Nepal, generally we can do two types of trekking. In the teahouses trekking, we will do the trekking by resting the night at the lodges or the teahouses at different places of the trekking trails. The teahouses trekking at Nepal will be comfortable than the camping trekking because the trekkers should not have to take any tensions regarding the accommodation and food.  But besides the teahouses trekking, camping trekking in Nepal is also equally popular. The camping trekking will be based on the trekking where the night will be resting at the camps, where we will set up our camps at the different parts of the trekking trails for our convenience.  We will have our meals at the camps and will rest the night at camps. As compared to the lodging trekking, camping trekking is a bit difficult.

What types of food will be served during the trekking?

While trekking in Nepal, meals are prepared in tea houses, good standards of hygiene, fruit and vegetable soaked in iodine water before cooked. The food along the trail will be simple and a mix of local and international cuisine. If the trekking is camping trekking, then the trekkers will mainly be served with the local foods of Nepal and as well as continental and western foods. Due to the lack of electricity and refrigerators along our trekking route you will eat a largely vegetarian diet. In Kathmandu you will find meals in good quality tourist restaurants. Most of lodges serve boiled and filter water which is safe. It is also possible to buy the bottle of mineral water in the trek.

Do I really need trekking guide?

While visiting to Nepal, trekking guides is almost mandatory to trekking in Nepal for everyone. When you hired one your trip will lot more informative and memorable. You get lots of knowledge about country. But if the trekkers is well experienced and have visited at different places of Nepal many times then s/he may not need the trekking guides. But trekking guide can play big role to make  your trekking They will provide information about the trekking destination along with its surroundings. Similarly, if any problems will arise during the trekking, then the guides will solve it easily and it will be rather difficult for the trekkers themselves to solve them

Is trekking and travel safe in Nepal?

Yes Nepal is safe to Travel. Safety during the trekking or travel in Nepal is one of the prime concerns that every trekker or traveler want to know. In the past, Nepal has experienced political unrest, however since November of 2006, the signed Nepal Peace Agreement, between the Government of Nepal and the Nepal Communist Party (Maoists) has brought this unrest to a close. but now there is the situation of peace and tranquility in the field of trekking as well as in whole Nepal.

Besides, the trekking stakeholders in Nepal are also forwarding several steps for the safety of the trekkers. Now after election democratic parties will lead the government and rule the nation that’s why the huge possibility has seen in safety. Yes. . There are pick pockets here, as you find in other countries so keep your belongings safe at all times. You need to take usual precautions as you would traveling anywhere in the world.

Do I need insurance for travel and trek in Nepal? Can I get it there?

You should buy medical and mountain evacuation insurance for trekking up 5500m. General travel and medical insurance for traveling in to Nepal. we suggest you buy insurance policy in your country. we don´t have mountain rescue insurance over here in Nepal. Check with your home country travel insurance company which cover the rescue helicopter from the mountain up 5500m.

Is there any telephone/internet facilities, when we are on the mountain?

In the way in most villages along the popular trekking routes you can find telephone for international call. Popular trekking area like Annapurna, Everest and Langtang area there good coverage of cell phones. and there internet cafe some lodges have wifi service.

What do I need to carry on trek?

A porter will carry your luggage and that belonging to your room-mate. Your clothing and sleeping bag must be placed in plastic bags inside your rucksack which must not weigh more than 25 pounds (12 kg) in total. You will be able to leave clothes and other baggage at our hotel in Kathmandu while away on trek.

Each trekker will carry a small day-sack, fleece jacket, water proofs, warm hat, sunhat, sun-cream, water bottle (or camel back system), first aid kit and water purification kit.

What about altitude sickness?

Altitude sickness is one of the major problems while you will trek high altitude’s trekking destination of Nepal. But there are certain measures that can be applied while trekking at high altitudes which help the trekkers to avoid altitude sickness. Besides, if it affects any trekker then there are several provisions for the first aid and other medicines to recover. If the condition of the trekkers gets worst, then he will immediately transfer to the nearby hospital.

What happens if there is an emergency?

Our guides are trained with first aid and have basic knowledge about the physical problems that may arise during trekking. If an emergency occur then we will cover initial expenses of rescue operation as these expenses will need to be recovered from your insurance company. For minor cases there are health posts established by foreign doctors and many are staffed by overseas personnel.

You can bring power bars, cereal bars and similar high energy foods, powder Gatorade is also recommended to fight dehydration.

Do I need to bring First Aid Kit?

Our Guides carry a comprehensive medical kit. But you should bring your own personal kit and carry it with you when on the trek. It should contain antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, headache pills, diarrhoea treatment, re-hydration salts eg Dioralite, Lemsip, plasters and Compede for blisters.

What currency should I bring to Nepal?

We advise you to bring US dollars /British pounds/Euros to pay for your visa, trip cost and other expenses. most major currencies are usually accepted also. It is always better to travel with US dollars.

Does Nepal has good quality banking facilities?

Nepal has reasonable banking facilities having branches of some international local commercial banks Almost all foreign currency along with credit card such as Visa and Master card are broadly accepted. ATM is widely available in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There are some ATM in bigger town on treks but the best thing to do is to bring cash with you from Kathmandu/Pokhara. Remember that ATM in Nepal charge you about 5$ everytime you withdraw money so better withdraw a large amount at one time.

How early should I book my trip?

We recommend you to book your trip in few month advance. Even you arrive and want to organize your trip we accommodateLAST MINUTE BOOKINGS. However, for Trekking like Everest region we need to reserved the flight so we highly recommend earliest is best for us.

What are your payment terms?

You need to pay 20% of total price as advance deposit to confirm reservation before arriving to Nepal and remaining balance of the payment shall be paid when you  arrive to kathmandu.

What essential documents/items do I need to bring with me?

You must bring a valid passport (must be valid for up to 6 months, keep an extra photocopy just in case), a copy of your travel insurance, cash, flight tickets, emergency contact numbers of insurance and family members and any medications.

How much extra spending money should I bring?

This depends on the destination you will travel or trek. There is something you spend your money on throughout the trek other than the alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, Hot shower on the trek, Tipping and shop round on the trek. On the other hand Kathmandu is a shopper’s paradise.. Frequently purchased items include hand-woven Tibetan carpets, hand knit woollen goods, hats, outdoor clothing and equipment, cashmere clothing, shawls, pashminas, Buddhist memorabilia, carved masks, puppets, wood carvings and jewellery etc. we suggest you to bring $200-$350 US dollar. You can only buy Nepalese Rupees in Nepal. There are ATM’s in Kathmandu where you can withdraw Nepalese Rupees Credit cards can be used to purchase expensive items but there will be an additional charge for this service.

Are Nepal Eco Adventure guides/porters insured?

Our company trekking staff including guides, porters, cooks, Sherpas all of them are insured. We have bought insurance for all our staff from Neco Insurance. Their insurance cover up to $5000 USD.

How much should I tip to my guide and porter?

Tips do not form any part of thewages of guides,porters and other trekking crews. but they are expected by the porters, guide, Sherpa and cook. it is a nice way of saying thank-you to someone who will play a large part in your trekking experience and who will prove invaluable to you on this trip. Our porters  and guides will be paid more than working for other big tour and trek companies. we suggest to tip 10-20% of total trip cost. This amount must be given in Nepalese rupee. The porters live in small hill villages several days walking from the nearest bank or money changer. I will suggest you to be generous about tipping job they have done for you.

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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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