Ghorepani- Poonhill Trekking

Ghorepani- Poonhill Trekking! Ghorepani Ghandruk Treks

This is one of the most pleasant low altitude treks in the Annapurna region. We start the trek in Nayapul an hours drive from Pokhara. Soon after commencing the trek we reach Birethanti at the confluence of two river valleys after refreshments we take the left fork to follow the Bharungdi Khola (river) before climbing to the ridge at Tirkhedhunga (1150mtr). The beauty of this part of Nepal is that you do not have to trek long to have some wonderful close up views of the Annapurna range including the sacred mountain Machhapuchhre (6997m). After a journey to Poon hill for sunrise mountain views we leave the more crowded trekking trails to travel through magnificent rhododendron and oak forests on our way to the ornate and traditional village of Ghandruk where there is ample time to explore the village. The following day we trek for three hours to meet our bus at Naypool to drive Pokhara.

Ghorepani Poon Hill TrekkingAfter relaxing in Pokhara for a day we travel to the banks of the Trisuli for a rafting and safari adventure towards Chitwan National Park. Two nights are spent following a programme of activities before returning to Kathmandu either by flight or overland.

 

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu & transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive or fly to Pokhara (800m).
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and start trekking to Tirkhendhunga (1577m).
Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (2850m).
Day 06: Trek to Poon Hill for sunrise views  then trek to Tadapani (2595m).
Day 07: Trek to Ghandruk.
Day 08: Trek Ghandruk  Pothana
Day 09: Trek Pothana Dhampus
Day 10: Trek Dhampus  Pokhara.
Day 11: Drive  from Pokhara to Chitwan.
Day 12: Safari activities in Chitwan National Park.
Day 13: Departure to onward destination..

Details of Itinerary.

Day 1 – Arrive Kathmandu                                                                                       
After a short transit in New Delhi, you will board for your onward flight to Kathmandu, Nepal. Upon arrival in Kathmandu airport; you will be met and greeted by Lumle representative and transferred to the hotel. The rest of the time will be your own for leisure. Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 2 – Kathmandu Sightseeing

After breakfast we drive to Pashupatinath temple. The holiest of holy Hindu temple in south Asia is the focal point of pilgrimage from all over the sub-continent. The holy river Bagmati flowing nearby is the cremation ground of the Hindus. Funeral pyres can be viewed from across the riverbank. We then visit to Bouddhanath. Probably the largest stupa in the world is also found in Kathmandu valley-the great stupa of Boudhanath. Again the omni-sighted eyes of the Buddha stare all the directions. This Stupa is the place of worship of Tibetan Buddhists predominantly. We then proceed on Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur is one of the oldest cities in Kathmandu valley. It is well known as Living Museum. Old brick paved enclave of old Royal palace, Nyathapola Temple, Datatriya temple exquisite artwork offers a picture of the grandeur of medieval Nepal. It is very famous for woodcarving and pottery products. Finally we visit another Vishnu temple of Changunarayan which is the oldest known temple existing in the valley dating back to the 4th century.

Day 3 - Kathmandu - Pokhara
After breakfast you will be dropped at Kathmandu domestic airport for flight to Pokhara. Whilst on your flight to Pokhara, you will have an opportunity to watch scenic and impressive mountainous views. Upon arrival in Pokhara airport; you will be met and greeted by Lumle representative and transferred to the hotel. Rest of the day is left at your leisure where you have got so much to do from boating in Fewa Lake to dining in decent restaurants around lake side, shopping etc.

Day 04 -Pokhara - Tikhedhunga (1577m)
We start our trek from Nayapul (1050m.). We would drive up to Nayapul from Pokhara. From Nayapul, we would trek to Tikhedhunga (1577 m.) via Birethanti (1065m.) which takes about four and half hours. Overnight in a teahouse.

Day 05 -Tirkhedhunga - Ghorepani (2855m.)
We trek from Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675 m.). Today we could ascend down gently passing through Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti, Magar villages. On the way, one could see majestic view of Machhapuchhre (6997m.), Huinchuli (6441m.), and Annapurna South (7219m.). Overnight at Ghorepani.

Day 06 -Ghorepani - Punhill (3180m.) and then to Tadapani (2675m.)
Today we trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m.) and then to Tadapani (2675m.). We cover the distance within five and half hours of normal trek. Early morning, we start our trip to Punhill (3180m.) 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 numerous other snowcapped mountain peaks. Having breakfast at Ghorepani, trek to Tadapani (2650 m.) through the deep forests of rhododendrons, bamboos and oaks. En route, one can observe waterfalls, rocks, wild animals, birds and green valleys. Overnight at Tadapani.

Day 07 -Tadapani (2675m.) - Ghandruk (1950m.)
Trek from Tadapani (2675m.) to Ghandruk (1950m.). Comparatively, today is the easiest trek of all days. One has to trek through the forests of Rhododendron and oak One could hear soothing chirp of birds on the way. This trek is also offers best alternative for birds lovers. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village. There is a handicraft centre and Gurung museum. From this village you could observe good views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail. Ghandruk village is listed in World Heritage Site. Overnight at Ghandruk. In the evening, typical Gurung Cultural program will be organized on demand.

Day 08 - Ghandruk (1950m.) - Pothana (1990m.)
Trek from Ghandruk (1950m.) to Pothana (1990m.). The first part of our trek is quite steep up to Kimbu (Bee hive in Gurung language). Kimbu is situated at the elevation of 1200 meters on the bank of Modi Khola. One has to ascend following the stone staircase 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 here, one 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.). Overnight at Pothana.

Day 09 - Pothana - Dhampus Phedi (1113m.) to Pokhara
Trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi (1113m.) which takes about four hours. The trail descends gradually for at least an hour and follows gravel road for two hours and then descend to Phedi passing through Dhampus village. Upon arrival at Dhampus Phedi, we take a vehicle to reach Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 10 - Pokhara - Chitwan
Early morning after breakfast you will be driven to Chitwan by car. You will find yourself dropping in altitude, and the landscape will become more tropical and jungle clad. Afternoon arrive at Chitwan; check in to the hotel. Once you have settled into your hotel/lodge the Lumle representative will approach you to have a chat about activities that you wish to do over the duration of your stay in Chitwan. Evening free for bird watching in the jungle, please carry sleepers, sports shoes, goggles, etc. Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 11 - Chitwan
After breakfast, the whole day is spent in jungle activities, which includes elephant safari, canoe ride, nature walk, elephant breathing, etc. Evening time enjoy with Tharu stick dance overnight stay in hotel on full board basis.

Day 12 - Chitwan - Bharatpur - Kathmandu
After having some activity, you will be transferred to Bharatpur airport for flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu airport, you will be met by Lumle representative and transferred to your hotel.

Day 13 – Departure Kathmandu
Early in the morning you will be transferred to airport for flight to onward journey.