Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is one of best short treks in the Annapurna Himalayan region of Nepal, it provides a wonderful panorama view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan’s range. The view point of Poon Hill (3210 meters) is probably one of the most spectacular viewpoints in the country. Watching the first rays of sun in the morning while touching the snow-capped mountains from Poon Hill, is the highlight of the trek. The major summits viewed from Poon Hill are; Hiunchuli (6434 meters), Annapurna South (7219 meters), Annapurna Fang (7647 meters), Nilgiri South (6839 meters), Tukuche Peak (6920 meters), Dhampus Peak (6012 meters), Annapurna I (8091 meters) and Dhaulagiri (8167 meters). Apart from the beauty of the towering landscapes of nature, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek also excels in displaying the diverse flora of the region. The blooming of rhododendrons flowers ESPECIALLY DURING the month of March and April along with many other flowers throughout the jungles adds an extra charm to the trek.
Varying landscapes, vegetation and culture are also the highlights of the trip. The trek passes through the settlements including various indigenous groups of Nepal like the Brahmin, Magar and Gurung. The Gurung are famous for their exploits in warfare, renowned as Gurkhas and are one of the two most famous ethnic groups from Nepal. ‘The sherpas’ are the other famous ethnic group from the country.
Ghorepani PoonHill Trek is also the most flexible trek available in the country. The trek can be made as a part of two other popular treks (Annapurna Circuit Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek) or can be enjoyed as a short trek in itself. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is a perfect trek for family and/or someone with a short vacation time, wondering for a short and easy trek but not missing the panoramic views of the world’s highest mountains. With an easy walking of 4 to 6 hours per day, comfortable lodges and guesthouses with mountain views, makes Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek one of the perfect short trekking for family.
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Welcome to the Himalayan country of Nepal! Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport one of Community Trek representatives will be there to welcome you before taking you to your hotel in Kathmandu. And your Trekking guide briefs you regarding our trek as well as provides us opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure.
Early in the morning, Your Trekking guide will meet you at your hotel to pick you up and lead the group to the Tourist bus station (Kantipath).You will drive through scenic foothills, passing along the road at the bank of Trishuli River. You will have nice views of Annapurna, terraces and green hills with many Nepali towns while you reach to Pokhara on the afternoon. You can have sightseeing on the lakeside and boating at Phewa lake. From Kathmandu to Pokhara there are about 206km.You will have your Breakfast and Lunch on the way. If you wish, we can provide you a private vehicle as well, which is much more conformable and offers you more freedom.
After your breakfast and an hour drive to Birethanti, a large and prosperous town beside the Modi River, you will head up to the main trail in direction to Ramgai and Sudame where you will gradually climb up to the side of the valley, reaching Hile (1495m) before pushing on to Tikhe DHUNGA (1575m), from here the trail crosses a stream (Bhrungdi Khola) and then ascends a steep stone staircase to the large Magar village at Ulleri.
A pleasant walking awaits you during this day. You will be trekking through rhododendron fields (Nepali National Flower), oak forests and across streams before making a short and final climb to Nangethant. From Nangethanti you will head up to Ghorepani which marks the end of the trekking day. During This day, you might be able to see some birds and some mamals too.
An early start and 45 minutes hiking to Poon Hill (3210m) leads you to a brilliant spectacle, this vantage point provides an unobstructed view of sunrise over the high Himalayas. From here you will only see the sunrise but also the panoramic views of Himalayas including Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), Mt. Nilgiri (7040m), Annapurna south (7219m),Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Hunchuli (6441m), fishtail or Machhapuchhare (6998m), Lamjung Himal (6986m), Tukuch peak (6920m), Dhampus peak (6012m) among others. One can also see various kinds of butterflies and enjoy with the blend of culture and traditions of various ethnic groups such as Bramin, Chetri, Magar, and Gurung and making the trips to the areas, your trekking starts and ends in Pokhara. After spending about 40 minutes on the hillside, you will come back down to the hotel to have a hot and fresh breakfast before start walking to Tadapani. From Ghorepani the trail climbs along ridges and through pine, OAK, JUNIPER and rhododendron forests to Deurali (2960m).You descend to reach next Banthanti, before winding your way to Tadapani (2540m).
During this day, you will trek through the forests along beautiful mountain views. Your descent will bring you to the village of Ghaundruk around noon so you can visit Gurung village, Gurung museum. As well as take time to explore the village.
During this day, you will walk through Gurung Village with terraces, green hills with mountain views. When you will cross the Kimrong Khola, you will see another Gurung Village (Chhomrong).You will see their rich culture, Gurung people with their typical Gurung dress. They are a symbol of honesty with innocent smiley faces. They have a beautiful culture and their own language. The way to Annapurna Base Camp can go through Chhomrong but you will descend to Jhinu Danda where a natural hot spring will be awaiting for you.
And an hour driving Breakfast then start walking at the bank of Modi Khola with green scenery.Your walking will be easy today.Your Lunch place will be Syauli Bazar then walk to Birethanti.There is your private vehicle to drive an hour to Pokhara.
A 25 minute flight to Kathmandu and a whole day to explore the capital. A half day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. Our guides can help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Community Trek will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
ALL ITINERARIES CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUEST. CHECK OUT “EXTENSION” FOR SOME SUGGESTIONS.
01. Pick up and drop from international airport.
02. Kathmandu and Pokhara accommodation (4 nights in star-level tourist standard hotel with twin sharing basis room)
03. All land transfer as per given itinerary
04. Annapurna National Park Conservation entry permit fees
05. Teahouse (twin sharing basis room)
06. Experienced English speaking guide/leader, necessary experience local helpers
07. Wages, food, Airfare, accommodation, equipment, insurance and other facilities to staffs
08. All our government taxes.
09. Pokhara – Kathmandu Air Fare
1. Visa Fee.
2. Travel insurance / Medical evacuation in case of emergency (Compulsory)
3. All Meals
5. Entry fee at the sightseeing sites.
6. Personal trek Equipmentments.
8. Tips for trekking staff and driver.
9. Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
10. Personal expenses like beverages (mineral water, alcohol, soft drinks), telephone bills, laundry, bar bills, personal tips etc.
You must bring the following items:
(2) Hiking boots
(3) Trekking trousers / pants
(4) Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
(5) Baselayer shirts
(6) Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
(7) Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
(8) Waterproof jacket
(10) Warm hat
(12) Thermal gloves
(13) Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
(14) Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
(15) Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
(16) Water bottles 1 L.
(17) Antibacterial handwash
(18) Small towel
(19) Daypack, 25/30Litres
(20) Trekking poles
(21) Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season * (rated down to – 20ºC)
(22) Warm jacket (down)*
Basic First Aid Kit including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets
Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu or request we will provide it.
Because of bad weather we could face problems with domestic flights to/from Lukla (Delayed or even canceled). It is very rare, but it could happen even in best trekking season. Thus, we always recommend you to add supplement night/s in Kathmandu after your trek if that is possible for you (just in case). If everything runs smoothly, you can enjoy other activities like sightseeing, white water rafting, wildlife activities, shopping, during the extra days.
Responsible tourism is something which our company takes very seriously. This is why we recommend you to read the following lines and learn about responsible tourism before your trip.
1. It is advisable to eat as the locals do: eat the rice, the lentils, the fresh fruit and vegetables.
2. Tourists tend to bring with them plastic water bottles, packets of crisps and chocolate bars for energy, so without thinking, they are adding to the rubbish problem. It’s fine to eat foods like that, but take your rubbish with you back to Kathmandu and throw in the bin there because up in the Himalaya, they bury it in the ground, or they burn it and that’s no good.
3. Respect any animals and wildlife you might encounter. Do not feed any animals unless you are specifically given permission, avoid picking flowers no matter how beautiful they may be, do not touch or move fossils, and importantly, don’t stroke dogs – they can be aggressive towards strangers and stray dogs in Nepal may carry rabies.
1. Before you buy souvenirs. Beautiful shahtoosh shawls are woven in the Himalayas from the wool of the Tibetan Antelope, or chiru. The chiru is now endangered as a result of hunting for its precious wool – avoid buying anything made from it.
2. Food & Taboos – once you’ve touched something to your lips, it’s considered polluted for everyone else. If you take a sip from your own, or someone else’s water bottle, try not to let it touch your lips and don’t eat from someone else’s plate or offer anyone food you’ve taken a bite of.
3. Right or Left? Mmm… Right! The left hand is reserved for washing after defecating. You can use it to hold a drink or cutlery while you eat, but don’t wipe your mouth, or pass food with it.
4. Right hand & Manners. To show respect, offer money, food or gifts with both hands, or with the right hand while the left touches the wrist.
5. Keep Calm. The Nepalese are a very calm and contemplative people. You may find yourself in social situations that are completely out of your western comfort zone, but it is important to remember that the locals exercise discretion in expressing their feelings, anger and affection towards each other. If you don’t understand something, ask quietly and be patient.
6. Think before you take pictures. It’s easy to get snap-happy when presented with Nepal’s incredible landscape and lifestyle. Remember, this may be your trip of a lifetime, but it’s their reality, so introduce yourself and ask permission. Whenever possible, it is good idea to ask for a postal address and follow through by sending photographs back to local families.
7. A conservative country. Women should have their legs and shoulders covered and men should wear full-length trousers and tops with long sleeves. The forehead is regarded as the most sacred part of the body and it’s impolite to touch an adult Nepali’s head. Do not stretch your legs in public or point your feet at anyone as feet are considered the lowest and dirtiest part of the body.
8. Girls in Kathmandu and Pokhara do wear shorts or short skirts, but this is new to Nepal and you run the risk of being seen as sexually available if you do the same.
9. Spitting is normal in Nepal and you will see men, women, and children spitting on the street. The same goes for littering. Don’t pull a local up for these behaviours, but don’t join in either.
10. Avoid showing affection in public. Although some younger couples hold hands in public, this is relatively new and it is still frowned upon.
11. Ancient and sacred sites: there are a few protocol that are handy to know and easy to follow: don’t climb on ruins, avoid touching any religious object, and when you walk around monuments and temples, do so in a clockwise direction, that is – keep the monument on your right. It is generally not a problem to enter temples, but take your shoes off when you do and don’t take photos while you’re in there
12. When visiting temples, respect both the place and the people that pray there. Do not throw anything into the fire as it considered sacred and, if for some reason – time of day, particular prayer time – you are not permitted to enter, accept this graciously and ask your guide to ask when might be a better time to come back.
13. Some Hindu temples and their innermost sanctums are usually out of bounds for nonbelievers, who pose the threat of ritual pollution. If you are allowed in, be respectful, take your shoes off before entering and don’t take photos unless you’ve asked permission.
14. Though no one will ever ask, a small donation to temple that you’re visiting will be much appreciated. Donations support the operations of the day. Place your donation on the altar, or if you want to make a specific donation look for a donation box.
15. If you’re granted an audience with a lama at a Buddhist temple or monastery, it’s traditional to present him with a kata: a ceremonial white scarf (usually sold nearby).
16. If you are invited into a private home for a meal, you can bring fruit or sweets, but don’t expect thanks – it is considered offensive to make a fuss in these situations. Take your shoes off when entering, unless shown otherwise. When the food is served you may be expected to eat first, so you won’t be able to follow your host’s lead. Take less than you can eat – asking for seconds is the best compliment you can give. The meal is typically served at the end of a gathering and when the food is finished, everyone leaves.
17. Don’t give pens, money, or sweets to the local people you encounter on visits to villages and it can encourage begging and may be seen to establish a non-equal relationship between tourist and local with tourists being seen as simply ‘givers’ giving to ‘the poor’. Instead, buy local handicrafts directly from villagers and show an interest in their skills. Sweets may seem like an ideal gift for children, but access to dentists is extremely limited to rural dwellers and the last thing you want to give them is tooth decay!
18. Hassle by touts is on the rise in Nepal and it’s likely you’ll get accosted at the airport and in Kathmandu and offered drugs, treks and sex. They’re not as aggressive as in India – ignore them and they’re likely to ignore you. If they don’t, ask politely if they’ll leave you alone – do not be rude, as they’ll take it personally.
19. Dealing with beggars is par for the course in Nepal. Adjust to the pathos quickly – few beggars are bona fide and helping those that are will only encourage those that aren’t. Do not give away medicines either; instead donate them to the destitute at Kathmandu’s Bir Hospital, or at the Himalayan Buddhist Meditation Centre in Kathmandu.
20. The litter problem in Nepal is growing and has increased with the wider availability of pre-packaged goods. Keep your waste to a minimum – avoid accepting plastic bags from shops and reuse the ones you have, buy additional food from local markets to avoid packaging, take an empty plastic bag with you on treks, so you can pick up any additional litter you might spot and take particularly harmful waste, such as batteries, back to Kathmandu with you.
21. Marijuana and other ‘recreational’ drugs are widely available in Nepal although totally illegal. If caught in possession, drugs carry huge fines and up to 20 years imprisonment.
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