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Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking This short tea-house trek takes us up steep trails through traditional villages and into the Annapurna Conservation Area. Poon Hill is the view point for two of the largest mountains in the world - Annapurna (8,091m) and Dhaulagiri (8,167m). This is big terrain and this short trek takes us in close to the big mountains.

Trip Description
Often referred to as the Gateway to the Annapurnas Poon Hill Trek is the last mountain before the mighty Annapurna massif rears skyward. A regular trading and trekking route into the Kali Gandaki valley, the deepest valley in the world, the paths are bustling with the old and the new.

Clanging bells announce the brightly coloured mule and yak caravans that regularly use the well-trodden paths on their way to and from Tibet. We climb with them through oak and rhododendron forest and across sparkling streams to Ghorepani Pass (2,834m). On day three, in the pre-dawn, we Climb to Poon Hill (3,190m) to witness a classic Himalayan moment. As the sun rises in the eastern sky, the mighty peaks begin their dawn parade, changing colours every minute as the stunning vistas open up.

Descending through giant primary rhododendron forest, troops of monkeys and exotic birds set a vivid and colourful scene. We arrive in Ghandruk (1,940m), one of the largest Gurung villages in the Kingdom with its traditional buildings and picture-perfect setting below Machapuchare (6,993m). We descend to the road head for the journey back to Pokhara after 5 magical days.

Day 01 : Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) which takes about six hours.
You depart for six hours drive to Pokhara (915m,), 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. As you climb out of the Kathmandu valley, only to quickly descend again to the Trisuli River, you follow upstream to its junction with the Marshyangdi River. You follow the Marshyandi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes you directly into Pokhara. Having pleasant weather, Pokhara is tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges. This drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon to fall in love with its beauty. You can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes about 25 minutes. Stay overnight at lodge or camp.

Day 02 : Drive from Pokhara (915 m.) to Nayapul (1050m.) by car which takes one and a half hour's
drive.Now, you begin your trek from Nayapul (1050m.) to Tikhedhunga (1577 m.) via Birethanti (1065m.) which takes about four and half hours. After breakfast at hotel you could drive by car or van for one and half hours to Nayapul. Then, you start your trekking. The first part of your trek is easy passing through numerous small villages and settlements. Afterwards you could ascend gently to the final destination of the day. The majority of people here are Gurung and their religion is Buddhist. They are engaged in agricultural activities, tourism business and some in Gorkha and Indian regiments. Stay overnight at lodge or camp.

Day 03 : Trek from Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675 m.) it takes about six hours.
To begin your trek, you could ascend steeply for the early 2 hours and then ascend gently passing through Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti, Magar villages. On the way, you could see good view of Machhapuchhre or Fish Tail (6997m.), Huinchuli (6441m.), and Annapurna (7219m.) south. Now, your trail is quite easier passing through forest and descends gently up to the final camp. You could see some of the wildlife such as monkeys and various species of birds. Stay overnight at lodge or camp.

Day 04 : Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m.) to Tadapani (2675m.)
which takes about five and half hours. Early morning trip to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhre (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. After breakfast trek Ghorepani to Tadapani (2650 m.) through the deep forests of rhododendrons, bamboos and oaks. En- route, you frequently see waterfalls, rocks, wild animals, local birds and green scenarios. Tadapani is a small village surrounded by beautiful forests which grants you a magnificent view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, and Annapurna II and so on. Stay overnight at lodge or camp.

Day 05 : Trek from Tadapani (2675m.) to Ghandruk (1950m.) it takes about three hours.
It is very easy trek by descending gently all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. You could hear different kinds of birds chirping on the way. This is one of the popular destinations for the birds' lovers. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village. There is a handicraft centre and Gurung museum. From this village you could see good views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail. Stay overnight at lodge or camp.

Day 06 : Trek from Ghandruk (1950m.) to Pothana (1990m.) which takes about six hours.
First part of your trek is steeply down following stone staircase to Kimbu (Bee hive). Kimbu or Bee hive is located at the elevation of 1200 meters on the bank of Modi Khola. Now, your trail steeply ascends following the stone staircase up to Landruk. The trail ascends gently for early two hours and again ascends steeply for an hour to Deurali (2150m.) passing through Tolkha village (1850m.). From this point you can see panoramic view of Dhaulagiri I (8167m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Hiunchuli (6441m.), Fishtail (6997m.), Annapurna III (7755m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.) and Lamjung Himal (6930m.). Now, the rest of the trail descends gently down to Dhampus passing through Pothana village (1900m.). Stay overnight at lodge or camp.

Day 07 : Trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi (1113m.) which takes about four hours.
Your trail descends gradually for at least an hour and follows gravel road for two hours and then steeply descends to Phedi passing through Dhampus village, paddy fields and forest protected by local community. Upon your arrival at Dhampus Phedi, you could take a vehicle to reach Pokhara. Stay overnight at lodge or camp.

Day 08 : Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus that takes about seven hours.
While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli,, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En- route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes.

Trekking
US$ 1600 Per person, minimum number of participants : 2 * .

Transport
US$ 650 Kathmandu - Pokhara Birethanti - Pokhara - Kathmandu. Price per vehicle, divide by the number of passengers to get the price per person. (Flight is Extra US$ 105 per person on way)

Single Supplementary
US$ 380 In case of not shaing of accommodation & single person trip.

Equipment hire costs :
US$ 1.5 Per item per day, Down jacket - waterproof jacket - kit bag etc.

* If you are with less than the minimum number of participants please contact us. We can bring you into contact with other people who would be interested to do the same trek and by posting a message to our message board you might find other people who would like to join you.

Cost Includes

  • National Park entry permit, Trekking permit, transportation to and fro, Accommodation in lodges during the trek, Food: three meals a day, A guide & required number of porter(s), Essential equipment.

Cost Excludes

  • Personal expenses, Insurance, Tips, Emergency evacuation by Helicopter, Alternative transportation in case of heavy rain, landslide, strike, road blockade etc.
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