Poonhilll - Ghorepani trekking is one of the short treks in Nepal which offers Annapurna panoramic view of Himalayas in the west of Nepal. Poonhill trekking is ideal for those who can afford short time but aspire to embrace the nature beauty and the magnificent view of Himalayas of Annapurna region. The trek is a relatively easy walk through the villages and rhododendron forest passing several streams and fountains. Ghorepani trekking is also suitable for the family with kids and can be accomplished by any one of normal physical fitness.
The main attraction of Poonhill - Ghorepani trekking is the visit to Poonhill (3210m), possibly one of the best vantage points on the earth, from where we can enjoy a spectacular sunrise over the whole Himalayan range. The panoramic views of Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna I (8091m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), Manaslu (8157m) and other numerous mountains along the world's deepest Kali Gandaki gorge from Poonhill are majestic. The trail follows one of the well-trodden routes through lust forest and delightful Himalayan settlements of diverse ethnic groups. Due to the incredible altitudinal range, ghorepani trekking offers the opportunity to marvel at picturesque hamlets, mountain village intricately terraced fields and forested ridges.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by a staff / representative from Himalayan Trekking Team as you come out at the airport after the immigration fomalities. You will be transferred to a hotel. A briefing of the trekking trip will be arranged at a convenient time.
Day 02: Cultural Tour.
After breakfast, we take you for cultural tour in Kathmandu Valley. You visit Swayambhunath - the Buddhist stupa believed to be 2500 years old towering on the top of a hill commanding sweeping view of Kathmandu valley, the most profound expression of Buddhist symbolism in Nepal and possibly in the world. Next, you visit Kathmandu Durbar Square ( old royal palace ). Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, boasts for distinctive pagoda roofed temples, stone sculpture and old monuments. The main places you see Nine Storey Basantapur Tower with outstanding wood carving, Taleju Temple for its artistic richness and religious importance, Kasthamandap - a huge building believed to be built from the wood of a single tree and Kumari Chwok - abode of living goddess, KUMARI.
Day 03: Kathmandu – Pokhara ( by flight ) – Ulleri ( 1960m. ): 7 – 8 hrs.
After breakfast, we take you to airport for half an hour flight to Pokhara, a beautiful city of Phewa Lake where Macchapuchhre and Annapurnas are mirrored on the water of the lake. The flight to Pokhara will be just like a mountain flight over the Himalayas with spectacular views of Langtang, Manaslu and Annapurna ranges. We transfer you to Naya Pool from where we commence the trek. We trek through subtropical forest gradually climbing and descending frequently and sometime along the carved trail on the side of the cliff. We pass Hille, Tirkhedhunga and start climbing though stone steps (more than 3000. Stone steps) to reach Ulleri.
Day 04: Ulleri – Ghorepani ( 2750m. ): 4 – 5 hrs.
We gradually ascend following the wide trail through forest and arrive at the forested ridge, Ghorepani which offers the spectacular views of Annapurna South, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri an more.
Day 05: Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Tadapani ( 2590m. ); 7 – 8 hrs.
Well before dawn, We take one hour climb on the left side of Ghorepani and reach the top of Poon Hill (3,205 m), the culmination of the trip. Luminary snow pinnacles as the sun sheds light surround us making spectacular panorama of Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukche and top of Machhapuchhre. We descend to Ghorepani and proceed to east. We climb to a ridge and the views of the mountains are again unparallel. We descend through rhododendron forest passing beautiful waterfalls and arrive at Tadapani.
Day 06: Tadapani – Ghandruk ( 1840m. ); 3 – 4 hrs. ) .
We descend through dense forest mostly covered with rhododendron. The forest will be blazed with rhododendron flowers blooming in the spring season. We pass through neatly terraced field and arrive at Ghandruk, a large Gurung village with cluster of closely spaced stone houses. The views of Annapurna South is spectacular from here and tip of Machhapuchhre on its “Fish tail “ is seen on the top of forested ridge. We explore around the village through the maze of alleys observing aspects of Gurung culture and possibly visit Gurung museum.
Day 07: Ghandruk – Naya Pul – Pokhara ( 4 – 5 hrs. trek & 1 hr. drive )
We make a long descend to Modi Khola and arrive at Syauli Bazaar. We follow the trail through river valley passing beautiful birch forest and then extensive rice terraces and arrive at Birethanti. We walk for another half an hour arrive at Naya pul and then take land transportation to Pokhara. We will arrange you a farewell dinner at Nepali restaurant with culture program.
Day 08: Pokhara – Kathmandu.
You will have your choice of either flight or land transportation to Kathmandu If you decide to take flight, you can enjoy the morning boating on Phewa Lake or the short sightseeing around Pokhara or just relaxing overlooking the lake sitting by the side and reading books. You will be transferred to the airport for the afternoon flight to Kathmandu. If you decide to take land transportation, you can still take boat ride on Phewa Lake and then proceed to Kathmandu by land. You will be taken to hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 09: Airport transfer for onward journey
You can do your last minute shopping, buying souvenirs to your loved ones before we bid farewell to you and transfer you to Tribhuwan International Airport for your onward journey.
( Note : This trip can be extended by including one day rafting on Trisuli River and 2 night/three day visit to Chitwan National. Park for wildlife viewing making a complete tour to Nepal with the taste of tour, trekking, rafting and jungle safari. )
- International and domestic airport arrivals and departures
- Accommodation at hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan ( as per the choice of the trekkers )
- Domestic flight fare as per the itinerary including airport tax
- All necessary paperwork for permit ( national park entrance, TIMS card )
- Accommodation at the hotels / lodges in the trekking trail
- All meals ( breakfast, lunch and dinner ) in the trekking
- An experienced English speaking trek leader ( trekking guide ) and assistant trekking guide ( 4 trekking members ), and
porters ( one porter between two trekkers ) to carry luggage including their meals, accommodation, wages, equipment and
- First aid medical kit
- All government and local taxes
- Farewell dinner
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Nepal visa fee
- Excess baggage charges for the domestic flight
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Travel and rescue insurance for trekking members
- Any additional expenses due to domestic flight delay or cancellation
- Any other expenses of personal nature ( phone calls, laundry, bar bills battery recharge, hot shower and boiled water in the
- Gratuity for the trekking staffs
Per person US $ 820