Ghorepani Poonhill Trek
Ghorepani Poonhill Trek
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Are you looking for cultural experiences, beautiful memories and soulful moments? Are you looking for a picturesque vacation but haven’t had enough time for adventure? Do you want to spend your earned time in the lap of nature and also want to keep it frugal? If yes, then Ghorepani Poonhill trek is just the right option for your travel diary.
It’s a 6 days trek starting from Kathmandu amid traditional Gurung hamlets filled with rich cultures of this ethnic group blended with heartwarming hospitality. The highest altitude you’ll reach is Poonhill at 3210m where you’ll find yourself in front of 3 of 8 mountains above 8000m located in Nepal, along with undisturbed panoramic view of Annapurna mountain range. You can clearly see Churen, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak, Dhampus peak, Nilgiri, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Hiuchuli, Annaprna III, Machapuchchhre, Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal, Manasalu, Boudha Himal(in serial) which is just a sneak peek of trekking experiences you can enjoy in Nepal.
This trek is also famous as Mini balcony Annapurna trek as it is panoramic synopsis of Annappurna circuit trek. You will feel as if you’re in balcony watching the most beautiful sunrise amongst the mountains as fresh air smoothly touches our face with blessings from the nature.
The Gurung hamlets scattered over the trails will adopt to your cultural experiences and make every steps worth it by their hospitable culture, traditional dances, music and costumes mixed with wonderful aroma of love. Gandruk is the example village for cultural tourism, not only for this trip but all over Nepal. Not to mention the aesthetic terrace farming.
The altitude, trek type, both natural and cultural heritaf=ges are perfect tapestry to attract you for more and more adventures. Ghorepani Poonhill trek is just the right choice to begin your mountainous adventures.
Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m) by bus; 6 hoursYour trek will begin from Kathmandu early in the morning on a tourist bus. After around 6 hours drive through beautiful tropical valley and midhill, you will reach the city of lakes; Pokhara in the afternoon. You will stay at hotel at lakeside where you can do sight seeing around the city, enjoy boating in Phewa lake and be mesmerized by the evening aarati.
Day 2: Pokhara to Nayapul (1.5- 2 hours) by bus. Then, hike to Birethati to Tikhedhunga to Ulleri (1950m) for 4-5 hoursNext morning you will drive to Nayalpul from Pokhara which is around one and half hour drive. The city is equally beautiful in the morning. Your real trek will begin from Nayapul as you ascend to Birethati. Ascending through the hills, you will surpass Matathati and have lunch in Ramghal. After that, you will then, head towards Hile, then to Tikhedhunga and after some time reach Ulleri. The trek from Nayapul will last 4 to 5 hours to Ulleri where you will stay the night.
Day 3: Ulleri to Banthati – Nangethati to Ghorepani (2850m ; 5 hours)Next morning from Ulleri after having breakfast you will head to Banthati and trek upto Ghorepani which will be the final stop for the day after 5 hours of trek.
Day 4: Early morning to Poonhill (3210m; 1 hour) then breakfast at Ghorepani. Trek to Deurali to Ghandruk (7 hours)To watch the magical sunrise from balcony of Annapurna, you will go to Poonhill early in the morning. After watching the sunrise and enjoying the nature you will come back to Ghorepani, have your breakfast and get ready for much bigger experiences. From Ghorepani, you will have 5 hours trek to Ghandruk. Between these places, you will reach Deurali, which is full of Rhododendron forests in full blossom, Tadapani and finally at Ghandruk where you will rest the night with cultural experiences.
Day 5: Ghandruk to Nayapul (4.5- 5 hours) then to Pokhara by bus (1.5-2 hours)After breakfast at a Gurung lodge, you will head out for Nayapul from Ghandruk which takes around 5 hours of descending trek. You will be able to enjoy the rural cultural lifestyle at Syaulibazar before actually reaching Nayapul. From Nayapul, 2 hours of drive will take you to Pokhara. You will have a night at Pokhara.
Day 6: Pokhara to Kathmandu.It will be your final day of the trek. You will travel back to Kathmandu from Pokhara by bus.
Duration: 6 days
Max. Altitude: 3210m
Best season: March-April/ October-November
Trek level: Easy
Accommodation: Lodges/Hotels/Guest Houses
Transportation: Tourist bus/Van/Jeep
Trip start/end: Kathmandu
- Rhododendron blossom (March-April) is one of the most beautiful scene nature offers you.
- Pokhara; the city itself is very fascinating as you’ll be able to experience blend of aesthetic city life with nature
- Boating in Phewa lake if you want to feel the nature even deeper
- Panoramic views of hills and mountains is the probably the top highlight if you choose Nepal for a vacation.
- Sunrise at Poonhill amid scenic panorama.
- Gurung cultural lifestyle, costumes, heritages and hospitality.
- Organic local food grown in kitchen garden of rural houses.
- Ghandruk; the example tourism spot for Nepal when it comes to cultural and natural experiences.
- Easy availability of accommodations as it’s a famous tourism destination.
- Doable, easy and best even during off seasons.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- Transportation (Kathmandu to Pokhara to Nayapul and back).
- 3 meals a day and accommodation at lodges/hotels/guest houses throughout the trip.
- Trekking guide (English speaking)
- First-aid kits and guidance to emergency services if required.
- Official expenses and 13% VAT levied
- Trek permits.
WHAT IS EXCLUDED
- International flight cost and visa fees.
- Extended accommodations besides the trek (however we can arrange hotels for you if you ask).
- Gears for trekking and personal need supplies
- Beverages and drinks (soft, hard, cold)
- Tips for guide and porter.
- Emergency rescue costs such as helicopter charter cost, insurance for personal belonging or trekkers themselves.
- Shopping costs, entry fees at temples, museums, monasteries, etc.
RECOMMENDED TREKKING GEARS
Trekking without any necessary gear can be very harmful and won’t be easy. No one wants to get hurt in a remote and distant area where there’s no proper health care. So to make your trekking safer and as well as trouble-free, we have enlisted some of the necessary gears that you need to acknowledge before heading for trekking is the highlands.
NECESSARY TREKKING GEARS
Here are some of the trekking gears which will be there to assist us while climbing any kind of mountain trails weather be steep or narrow. These trekking gears are extremely useful and are handy so make sure you have it in your checking list.
- Trekking sticks
- Quick-drying pants and shorts.
- Jackets and thermal suit to outcast cold
- Rainwear (jacket and pants.
- Duffle bags
- Plastic boots and crampons
- Mountaineering ice axes
- Climbing helmets (optional)
PERSONAL ITEMS CLOTHING
It’s very necessary to wear the outfit according to the situation and place. So here are some of the essential clothing gears required for trekking.
- Warm, insulated jacket or vest
- Fleece pants
- Warm hat
- Bandana (if necessary)
- Boots or shoes suited to the terrain
- Socks (synthetic or wool)
- Extra clothing (beyond the minimum expectation)
- Spare plastics or Ziplock bags to distinct clean clothes and dirty clothes.
It’s very essential to take your own health and hygiene from the new weather condition. So here are some of the apparatus that might be needed while the trekking period.
- Sanitation trowel (if no washroom)
- Baby wipes
- Sun Hat
- Toilet Paper
- Urinary products
- Sanitizers and alcohol wipes
To capture moments, to withdraw money, and to trek in a very efficient manner here are some technical gears that should be packed.
- Diaries and Journal to write experiences in words
- Books/GPS navigators
- Credit cards/ATM cards