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Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek (11 Days)

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal also known as Ghorepani trek or Poonhill trek or mini Annapurna trek. This low-altitude trek enables to enjoy the breath-taking scenery of the highest Himalayan peaks in Annapurna mountain range. From the terraced rice-fields above Pokhara , there is good walking trails through picturesque Gurung villages and the world’s biggest rhododendron (Nepal’s national flower) forest, which in spring bursts with colors and birds. The highest point of this trek is Poon Hill (3200m), from where opens beautiful dawn view to Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchare and Annapurna South. This short trek finishes to the magnificent lake at Pokhara, where can spend one or two days enjoying the lake views.

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek offers good opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Annapurna region with shorter trek. This trek can be done in 6 days, but also whit longer itinerary. This trek won’t require much strong physical activity or fast walking speed. There for this trek is good for starters and those who wish to make short but comprehensive trek only in a few days.
Itinerary
Day 01    Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 02    Kathmandu
Day 03    Pokhara (950m)
Day 04    Pokhara - Naya Pool - Hile (1450m)
Day 05    Tirkhedunga - Ghorepani (2775 m)
Day 06    Ghorepani - Poon Hill (3193 m) - Tadapani (2540 m)
Day 07    Tadapani - Ghandrung (1940m) - Landrung (1645 m)
Day 08    Landrung - Dhampus (1750m)  
Day 09    Dhampus – Phedi - Pokhara
Day 10    Kathmandu
Day 11    Departure
Trip Outline
  • Trekking days - 6
  • Total days - 11
  • Min. Altitude - (1300m./4265ft.)
  • Max. Altitude - (2750m./9022ft.)
  • Overal walking - 5/6 hrs P/D
  • Trip Nature - Trekking & Hiking
  • Difficulty - Medium
  • Min. group size - 2
  • Age Limit -
  • Best Time - Spring: Febuary, March, April, May / Autumn: September, October, November, December
Services
Package includes:
•    Pick up and drop from international airport
•    Kathmandu accommodation with BB basis
•    All land transfer as per given itinerary
•    Sightseeing tour with experience local guide
•    Annapurna Conservation Entry permit fees
     Trekking Permit (TIMS)
•    Accommodation:
•    Teahouse (twin sharing basis room)
•    Meals (3 meals / B.L.D) while on the trek
•    Experienced English speaking guide / leader, necessary experience local helpers
•    All program according to itineraries on full board
•    Wages, food, accommodation, equipment, insurance and other facilities to staffs

Package includes:
•    Nepal entry visa
•    Travel insurance
•    Medical evacuation in case of emergency
•    Domestic airfare
•    Personal expenses
•    All bar bill
Long Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival to Kathmandu (1300m) Pick up then Transfer and check in to hotel. Short briefing that afternoon followed by orientation walk. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Kathamandu Sight seeing: Around Kathmandu valley: The holy place of Pashupatinath temple, Shoyambhunath temple, Boudhanath Stupa & Kathmandu Darbar Square), arrange the necessary permit for Trekking and Climbing. Overnight at Hotel

Day 03:    Morning drive (Approx. 6 hrs) or fly (25 Min) to Pokhara. Transfer to the Hotel. Walk around the Phewa lake and city. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04:    Pokhara - Naya Pool (bus) - Hile (trek).
4-hour trek to Hile (1545 m). The trail winds its way through bamboo forests and passes by a spectacular waterfall. Overnight at tea house.

Day 05:    Tirkhedunga - Ghorepani (2775 m) in 6 hrs.
The Annapurna South (7273m) and the Hiunchuli gradually unfold on this pleasant walk uphill through fields and pastures and later through rhododendrons and oak woods. Ghorepani was originally a horse watering post, which has evolved into an important crossroads for tourists and the numerous mule caravans on the Jomoson-Pokhara trip.Overnight at tea house lodge.

Day 06:    Ghorepani - Poon Hill (3193 m) - Tadapani (2540 m) in 6h
We leave early morning for Poon Hill, to catch the early morning sunlight on the panorama of peaks: Dhaulaghiri, Annapurnas, Machhapuchare… This is an option but really worth the while. We then retrace our steps to Ghorepani and continue towards Tadapani through rhododendron woods. Overnight at Tea house lodge.

Day 07:    Tadapani - Ghandrung (1940m) - Landrung (1645 m) in 6h.
The trail gently descends through a subtropical forest highlighted by huge bamboo massifs and giant rhododendrons. Gandrung is the main village of the Gurung tribe,warriors known for their contribution to the famous Gurkha regiments. We continue our descent to the Modi Khola river then climb up to Landrung. Overnight at tea house lodge.

Day 08:    Landrung - Dhampus (1750m) in 5h.
Pleasant walk through terraced paddy fields. Superb vistas of Lamjung Himal and Manaslu. Overnight at teahouse lodge / camp.

Day 09:    Dhampus – Phedi (2.5 hrs trek) - Pokhara (bus)
An afternoon of leisure to spend at the Pokhara lakeside. We take you to a boat ride, some shopping and the restaurant terraces on the shoreline. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10:    Morning drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11:    Departure: Transfer to airport for final departure to onward destination.
Equipment
Equipment List  

Head:
1. Sun hat or scarf 
2. Light balaclava or warm fleece hat 
3. Sunglasses with UV protection 

Upper Body:
1. T-shirts 
2. weight thermal tops 
3. Fleece jacket or pullover 
4. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) 
5. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket 
6. Down vest and/or jacket (optional) 

Hands:
1. Lightweight gloves 
2. Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer 

Lower Body:
1. Underwear 
2. Hiking shorts 
3. Lightweight cotton long pants 
4. Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms 
5. Fleece or wool pants 
6. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants 

Feet:
1. Thin, lightweight inner socks 
2. Thick, warm wool hiking socks 
3. Hiking boots with spare laces 
4. Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) 
5. Gaiters 

Accessories:
1. Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F 
2. Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries 
3. Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag 
4. Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal) 
5. Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag 
6. Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) 
7. Thermarest sleeping pad 
8. Water bottles (2) 
9. Toiletries 
10. Small wash towel 
11. rain coat



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