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Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

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Trip Information

Trip Duration

9 Nights 10 Days

Difficulty Level

Medium

Destination

Nepal

Maximum Height

3210 m

Guiding Method

Trekking

Best Season

All time

Highlights

  • Ghorepani Poonhill Trek walking through the villages of Magar and Gurung and explore the local culture with its stunning view of Himalayan vista.
  • Experience the beautiful sunrise over the Himalayan peaks.
  • The exquisite sight of the beautiful village of Ghandruk greeted with a magnificent view of the entire Annapurna range and exploration of the Gurung museum.
  • Walk through the colorful forests of rhododendron and magnolia and green field
  • Breathtaking views of the Dhaulagiri range and Annapurna Range from Ghorepani.

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is one of the short, light and comfortable treks in the Annapurna region. The trek offers us the chance to have close-up views of mountains and hilly vistas along the way. We will mostly be doing uphill climbing until reaching the popular viewpoint of Poonhill. The trail takes us through hills, fields, valleys and Magar and Gurung villages. The beauty of streams, rivers, and waterfalls along the way help to give the cool and soothing sensation during the arduous walk. The colorful rhododendron forests and green fields, add beauty to the trek.

During the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, we will stop by at restaurants along the way where they serve traditional Nepali food- Daal, Bhat, curry, and Achar. You will have a chance to taste the traditional and authentic Nepali cuisine. The warm hospitality you receive at the hotels is really appreciative. We will be spending our nights in the hotels at our stopping places.

The major highlight of the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is a morning sunrise view from the Poonhill that gives a majestic view of Himalayan vista when the sunrise over the peaks. The stunning snow-capped peaks like Annapurna I ( a tenth highest mountain in the world), Annapurna South, Himchuli, Mt Fishtail (Machhapuchre), Nilgiri south, Tukuche peak, Mt Dhaulagiri I ( a seventh highest mountain in the world)and others can be viewed close from there. We will also be stopping and taking rest at different places during the trek to enjoy and admire the natural beauty. Sometimes the trail can be slippery during the rainfall and snowfall and we have to be extra careful during that time. The trails are mostly stone stepped and some are also in the rocky areas. Throughout the trek, the breathtaking view of snowy peaks contrasted with the green landscapes will keep you rejuvenated and make you feel exhilarated.  Once you try out this trek we are sure you would want to tread this trail many times in the future as well. 

 

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Itinerary

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, we offer you pick up facility from the airport and manage your stay at the most comfortable hotel in the city. You get to meet the team of trekkers and together we prepare for the trek. At the evening we offer you lavish welcome dinner with authentic Nepali Cuisine.

Accommodation
3 Star

Meal
Dinner

Transportation
Private Car

We offer you a short trip to historical and cultural sites around Kathmandu valley: Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa and Pashupatinath temple. You can also do some souvenir shopping during the sightseeing. After sightseeing, we head back to the hotel and get our clothing and trekking equipment ready and prepare for the trek.

Accommodation
3 Star

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private Car

We start with a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara- the famous tourist destination in Nepal. During the journey, we enjoy the natural landscapes and beauty of green hillside. Upon reaching Pokhara we head for the hotel and take rest. We might roam around the city. We will spend the night at Pokhara.

Accommodation
3 Star

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Tourist Bus

We start early with a drive from Pokhara to Nayapul. Upon reaching Nayapul we start preparing for the trek. The trek starts from Nayapul and our destination for today is Tikhedhunga. After getting ready, we start walking along the bank of Modi river. Walking further ahead, we head toward Birethanti. From there the trail will pass through the Annapurna conservation area. We walk through villages, forests and hilly areas. We will also have a chance to view some waterfalls along the way. The walk will continue until reaching Tikhedhunga. We will spend the night at Tikhedhunga.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Private Car / Walking

Our trek will start with an uphill walk. The walk through narrow trail and stony steps take us to the village of Ulleri. Along the walk, we will get to see the magnificent view of Annapurna south, Himchuli and Mt.Fishtail(Machhapuchre). Walking further up, we pass through the colourful rhododendron forests and reach Nangethanti. From Nangethanti we head towards Ghorepani. We will be spending the night at Ghorepani.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today we will reach the major destination area of the trek and that is Poonhill. We wake up early in the morning and start taking uphill climb towards the top of Poonhill so that we do not miss the magnificent sunrise view. We watch the amazing sunrise along with a view of Mount Dhaulagiri I(8167m/26795ft), Tukuche peak, Nilgiri south, Mount Annapurna I(8091m/26545ft), Himchuli, Mount Machhapuchre(Mt.Fishtail) and many other highest peaks from the top of Poonhill. The view is beyond explanation. We enjoy the beauty around and take snaps together. We then head back to Ghorepani and will take breakfast. After breakfast, we start the trek towards Tadapani passing through forests, hills, a couple of villages and waterfalls along the way. We will be spending the night at Tadapani.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

From Tadapani we start the trek towards Ghandruk village. The walk today as well will be accompanied by the beautiful rhododendron forests and green hilly areas and farmland. We then shortly reach Ghandruk village. The village has larger settlement area than other places in the region. The village is mostly populated with Gurung community and is rich in traditional culture and religion. The village also has some temples, monasteries and museum. We will take rest and explore the village. We will take good night’s sleep in a lodge at the village.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We start walking early from Ghandruk to Naya Pul enjoying the beautiful views around. The trek comes to an end at Naya Pul. From Naya Pul we take a ride to Pokhara. We spend the night at Pokhara.

Accommodation
3 Star

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Walking/ Private Car

Today we head back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. We take good rest and soothe our aching muscles. We also muse over the exciting trek we had. At Kathmandu, we organize farewell dinner for you and celebrate the successful completion of the trek and prepare for final departure.

Accommodation
3 Star

Meal
Breakfast | Dinner

Transportation
Tourist Bus

Today is the final day and we get ready for the departure. We offer you the facility to drop at the Tribhuvan International Airport. We exchange final greetings and wishes and hope to see each other next time as well. We wish pleasant journey and bid the final goodbye.

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private car

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Essential Info

Physical Fitness

Many people have questions as to what level of physical fitness is required for visiting Nepal, and that is extremely reliant on what activity the visitor is engaging in. With that said, for a standard trek of moderate grading (Everest Base Camp Trek is an example of moderate) the daily activity will be 7-8 hours, and elevation will generally not exceed 5,500 meters. The day’s trekking is sustained and will involve both long steep climbs, and descents with a variety of terrain underfoot from well-trodden paths, to rocks covered with ice or snow. A typical day would include a number of climbs or descents of 500 meters or more, starting after breakfast, resting at lunch, then continuous trekking until arriving at the teahouse.

In preparation for the trek, it is important to begin a training requirement at least 4 months before departing for Nepal. Three to four hours of aerobic exercise like running, walking, swimming, cycling & some gym work per week is the minimum and most will find it beneficial to add some basic strength training to their physical fitness routine. One of the best ways to prepare is to take practice hikes with a daypack roughly the same weight as what you will be taking on the trek. Do this only after a baseline of fitness has been reached. Moving fast is not the end goal, rather endurance is the focus, and will provide a more enjoyable and safe adventure.

Trekking Seasons in Nepal

There are two main seasons in which Nepal sees the most amount of visitors. Fall (September through November) being the most popular, and spring (March to May) coming in close behind. The summer months of June, July and August are the monsoon season and as such the trails are mostly washed out, and roads can sometimes be impassible due to landslide activates. Not to mention the view is non-existent. Still, there are a few places that lie in rain shadow areas and see significantly less rain if any at all, and summer can be a good time to visit these places. 

Winter in Nepal is dry, with very cold nights where temperatures can drop to -20°C at the highest altitudes, but the days are pleasant and sunny. Additionally, the trails are much less crowded during this time of year. In Kathmandu, maximum daytime temperatures reach around 20°C.

Fall is the most popular because it’s after the monsoons, and the air is dry, the days are sunny, and everything is green in the lower valleys from the excessive rains. Spring is a popular choice because some rain returns, but the weather is generally warm and dry, and flowers are in bloom in the lower elevations.

Trekking Day

A typical trekking day begins with a cup of tea at around 6 in the morning. It is advised to pack your trekking gears in a duffle bag and essential supplies in your day pack in these early hours. After having breakfast, we begin the trek and head along the trail at around 8 am. The morning walk is designed to be longer as we begin with refreshed bodies and enthusiasm. Following a good morning’s walk, we make stop for lunch at around 11.30 am. The lunch involves group meals enjoying the vicinity around the stop. You can explore the surrounding or use the time according to your own consent. After resting for about an hour or two, we resume our trek to reach teahouse or camp by 3-4 pm. The afternoon walk is relatively shorter and can involve games and side trips as organized by the trekking guides. You also can enjoy breaks during the trek to relax, read or stroll around the area. You can converse with the local people and observe their lifestyle. Dinner is served around 7 in the evening to round off the day.

Meals and Accommodations

During the length of the trek, the accommodation style is commonly referred to as teahouse. These are family-run basic lodges that fill the role of the restaurant, meeting place, and boarding house for tourists. Electricity can be found in the rooms, which means one light bulb, and one or two outlets for charging electronics. The common areas are also lit by electricity. Teahouses may use solar, hydroelectric, or have electrical lines running into the village, so the commonality and availability of electricity may vary.

Most teahouses have private rooms, though if the trek is in a more remote or high altitude place dormitories are the norm. Each room has 1 or 2 single beds with basic bedding, and the bathroom is shared. Expect a mix of western and squat style toilets in the bathrooms.

Breakfast and dinner are taken at the teahouse and these lodges have large family style dining rooms centered on a stove to provide heat. The menu will have Nepali style western foods such as pasta, pizza, pancakes, burgers, and fries. Also on the menu is the traditional Dal Bhat meal. This is a lentil soup with rice and vegetable or meat curry. Most menus will also offer a smattering of local cuisine.

Travel Insurance

Many expeditions and tours require that travel insurance is purchased prior to arriving in Nepal, but other treks and tours may not. However, travel insurance is definitely an important consideration. There are a number of reasons to consider insurance. Firstly, it may be required, so check to see what is being asked for by the company. Second, Nepal is a landlocked country, and there are few direct flights. Travel in and out can encounter some disruptions and if purchasing insurance, make sure flight delays and cancellations are included. The next reason to choose insurance is that, though every safeguard is in place during your tour, there are always extenuating circumstances that may result in an accident. Read the fine print of insurance policies to ensure trekking or any other activity you are engaging in is covered, as some policies have stopped covering trekking in certain places. It is impossible to have a relaxing trip without the comfort of good insurance, so do the research and choose carefully.

Nepal Visa Entry Procedure

For entry into Nepal, there are visa requirements everyone (except Indian nationals) must complete before being allowed to pass through immigration. This is for air travel as well as overland transportation. Most visitors may obtain a visa to enter Nepal, however, there are exceptions. There are a number of entry points where you can obtain the visa upon arriving by land, but Tribhuvan International Airport is the only one for air transport.

Visa on Arrival Tourist Visa

Three options are available for entry

15-day single entry: US $30

30-day single entry: US $50

90-day multiple entries: US $125

Please have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the time of entry, and have cash ready, preferably in US dollars, though there are other currencies Nepal Immigration accepts. If you are entering via overland, you must have US cash and 3 passport photos. For arrival by air, the kiosks at the airport take your picture for you.

For the most up to date list of exceptions for visa on arrival or to obtain the most current visa information, visit the Nepal Department of Immigration website.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Acute Mountain Sickness is usually seen in un-acclimatized people shortly after ascent to high altitudes. The condition occurs due to the thinning of air as the altitude increases. The condition, if not taken seriously and treated immediately, can be life-threatening and its symptoms can be seen generally above 3000 meters. Some of the symptoms of AMS are nausea, vomiting, tiredness, shortness of breath and cerebral pain. The treks are designed to properly acclimatize you to the change in high altitude climate and sufficient precautionary measures too are taken to take utmost caution. We also equip our staffs with cell phones and satellite phones in occurrence of any emergency cases. We are greatly driven to keep the safety and security of our clients as our foremost concern.

Drinking Water

Water is essential for life, and clean water is imperative while on holiday. When choosing to visit less developed countries it is a concern that all travelers should consider. A few options are available when trekking or traveling in Nepal that will mitigate any chances of drinking contaminated water which could cause disruption of an otherwise fun adventure. The first consideration to take into account is that tap water should not be ingested. That even means when brushing your teeth. Most will choose to buy bottled water and if doing so make sure the cap has not been opened previously. Plastic bottle refuse is a problem, and with that being said there are other options on the market to assist in making water drinkable. Your local outdoor store can help with choosing what option might be best to use in conjunction with a reusable bottle. Your guide can also steer you to water that has been filtered and purified so ask him or her what is available.

Arrival Instruction

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our company representatives are stationed to welcome you to the country. We request you to carefully look for your name being held by our representatives following the events upon landing. The representatives are responsible to escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You will see men offering you to carry luggage and take you to your destination as you exit the airport. We request you to pay no attention to these people and follow the designated representatives and follow their instructions. You will also need to keep an eye on your luggage and belongings to avoid any complications.

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