Ghorepani -Poonhill -Ghandruk Trek
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Overview

Ghorepani Poonhill Ghandruk  Trek is one of the most renowned eco-treks of Nepal, best for experiencing the Himalayas, the people, nature, culture, floras, and faunas along with other treasures of Nepal. While other trekking trips are perfect for those seeking adventurous adrenaline rushes, this trip is perfect for honeymoon couples, families, students, and novice adventurers with time limits and 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. Annapurna region is a favorite trekking destination among trekkers for its moderate temperature as well as the easy and convenient trails that allows us to enjoy the sceneries along with exciting challenges of trekking.  The different seasons allow for the sightings of different flora and fauna in the trails, making every trip to this region a unique and rich experience.  Spring is the best season to visit as all the forests are covered with beautiful Rhododendron flowers (the national flower), many such beautiful vegetation that adorn the trail throughout and the chance to encounter a number of wild animals, birds, and insects in the Annapurna Conservation Area.

The stay at the Eco-friendly Annapurna region, which strictly allows only local people to own guesthouses, helps to boost the small economies making it a satisfyingly good experience. The residents are of Hindu and Buddhist religions who work their charm on you with their 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 locations, but religious, cultural and ethnic harmony has been an ideal strength in the society which is a very warm and enriching experience during the trek. The 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 with many more adventures available in every corner. This relatively short but one of the most thrilling trekking trails offers you a wonderful trekking experience in the Himalayas of Nepal. Perfectly designed for those tourists on short vacations, Ghorepani Poonhill Ghandruk trek is achievable in 3 to 11 days with our experienced Nepal Eco Adventure team.

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
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu

Once you reach Tribhuvan international airport in Kathmandu, you will be welcomed by the representatives of Nepal Eco Adventure. You will check into your hotel and if you have leisure time, we can visit the tourist hot-spots in Kathmandu. You will spend the night in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Kathmandu sightseeing tour (Pasupatinath, Bouddhanath, Swoyambhunath (Monkey Temple) and Kathmandu Durbar Square.
This day starts early after breakfast and we will visit the UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu that include Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambunath and the Durbar Squares. It will be a wonderful day spent witnessing a mixture of diverse religion and cultures in the people as well as art and architecture of the temples and palaces. We will be briefed about the entire trek before we enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Day 3
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara. Overnight Pokhara in Hotel.

We will start our drive to Pokhara early after breakfast. We can enjoy the scenic route along the bank of Trishuli River on the 7-8 hours’ drive to Pokhara. Overnight at a hotel or lodge in the lakeside area.

Day 4
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Hile.

It is the beginning of the trek. However, we will drive for about 41 km till we reach Nayapul. The trek officially begins after we enter the checkpoint at ACAP. From here we walk for about 3 hours enjoying the scenery and the nature, listening to the flowing Bhurungdi Khola until we reach Hile. We spend the night in one of the lodges.

Day 5
Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani.

The day starts early passing through Tikhedhunga and then the steep climbs of Ulleri. The glorious views of the mountains make the walk a spectacular one as they give us a peak from time to time from various vantage points. The mixture of culture and nature seen in the local villages along with the farms and streams and springs provide a serene experience and after we pass through the Rhododendron forests, we reach Ghorepani where we spend the night.

Day 6
Day 06: Trek up to Poonhill in the morning and continue trek Tadapani.

This day’s trek starts earlier than other days’ as our main goal is to witness the sunrise views in the majestic mountains in the region. The walk to Poonhill is about 45 minutes which is one of the most enriching walks as we get to witness the unparalleled views of the golden rays of the sun shining the snow capped peaks of mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and many others. After relishing in the wonderful views, we return to the hotel for lunch. From there we continue our walk for about 5-6 hours to reach Tadapani. We will spend the night here in one of the lodges.

Day 7
Day 07: Trek to Ghandruk village.

The trek to Ghandruk is about 2-3 hours long which includes mostly of steep descents. We 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 highlight of the trek is the welcome and hospitality of the people which allows us to have a truly traditional experience in a natural setting. We spend the night there.

Day 8
Day 08: Trek down to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara.

It is the last day of the trekking trip when we will be descending most of the time. We walk through stone steps amidst terraces and fields leading to Syaulibazaar. The trip down enjoying the changing views of the various mountains is a truly relaxing experience. The trail gets a little rough before reaching Birethanti and then to Nayapul. We end our trek here and take a drive back to Pokhara. We have the option to either rest or take or walk or chill in one of the many restaurants and pubs in the lakeside area.

Day 9
Day 09: Drive back to Kathmandu.

After enjoying the sunrise, boating or traveling to some famous tourist destinations in Pokhara we drive back to Kathmandu for around 6-7 hours. We can enjoy the evening souvenir shopping around Thamel, a popular tourist hub.

Day 10
Day 10 Final transfer to airport for your flight to home.

On the day of the departure, our representative will pick you up from the hotel and drop you off at the airport. Nepal Eco Adventure would like to welcome you for your next visit to uncover other treasures of Nepal.

What is Included

  • Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle.
  • Three nights 3* Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Fresh fruit every night after dinner.
  • Trekking lodge twin sharing accommodations during the trek.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permit & Tourist Information Management System (TIMS) permits.
  • Tourist bus to Pokhara and back to Kathmandu.
  • Private Transport Pokhara-Nayapul -Nayapul -Pokhara.
  • English speaking guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • A Strong, helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for two people).
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Two nights hotel in Pokhara with Breakfast.
  • Use of Sleeping bags, Down Jacket, Duffel bag and Walking Poles (if you do not have your own, to be return after you complete the trip).
  • Using these 3 items you pay $10 USD each as maintenance and washing charge
  • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per itinerary.
  • Ghorepani-Poonhill -Ghandruk trekking 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
  • Assistant guide group size above 6+ person.

What is Excluded

  • Meals whilst you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Nepal entry visa fee $30 USD for 15 days visa on arrival.
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and nonalcoholic hot and cold drinks.
  • Battery charging and hot shower during the trek on the tea houses.
  • Tips for the guide, porter, and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Kathmandu sightseeing monument entrance fees($30 USD per person)

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  • Moderate
  • 12
  • September to December March to Mid June.
  • 3350m
  • Tourist Bus/ Private vehicle
  • NEA-AT-04

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