Ghorepani and Poon Hill Ascent (3,210m)

Nepal

With impressive views of Annapurna, this trip is perfect for anyone looking for a beautiful, time-friendly trek that is rich in culture.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m)

You'll be collected at the airport by your guide, and transferred to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu. In the evening you'll meet the lead guide, and the other members of the team before heading out for dinner. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from, but your guide can show you some of the best.

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After a hearty breakfast, at 8.30 am your sightseeing trip will begin. Today you'll visit some world-famous heritage sites, such as Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The rest of your time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping for trekking essentials.

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An early start today, as you transfer over to the beautiful town of Pokhara. A beautiful valley set on the banks of the Phewa Lake, Pokhara is also known for its panoramic views of Annapurna. It's smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu, hence providing the perfect starting point for our trek.

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You'll begin the trek at Nayapul. After a short 15-minute walk along the banks of the Modi Khola, you'll reach Birethanti (1,015 m), a large village with many shops and teahouses. From there, the trail continues through the village and follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola until you reach Tikhedhunga at 1,570 m.

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Today you'll move on towards Ulleri, a large Magar village at an altitude of 2,070 m. The trail ascends more gently from this point, through fine forests of oak and rhododendrons, towards Banthanti at 2,250 m and Ghorepani (2,874m)

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A very early start today as you head to the summit of Poonhill for sunrise - a spectacular experience with views of the glowing orange Himalayan mountain range. In the afternoon, you'll trek towards Deurali (2,960 m) and spend the evening at your tea house in Tadapani.

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From Tadapani the trail descends through forests to Ghandruk - a village of Gurung people. They have their own dialect, culture, costume, and lifestyle. Ghandruk is also home to many Gurkha soldiers. In the afternoon you'll visit the Annapurna Conservation Office and museums. This is a great opportunity to learn about some of the local culture.

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Today, you'll end your trek at Nayapul, followed by a short drive back to Pokhara. After reaching Pokhara, you can have a relaxing afternoon and take some stroll around the lake side.

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Today you'll head back to Kathmandu and enjoy a traditional farewell dinner with the rest of your team. There is even a local performance to enjoy.

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After breakfast, you'll check out of your hotel and head back to the airport.

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FAQs

Includes

  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu valley
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Guides and porters
  • Annapurna Conservation Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking
  • In-country transfers
  • Duffel bag and sun hat
  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu
  • Government taxes, vat, tourist service charges

Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected.)

Start: Your guide will collect you anytime from Kathmandu airport on day 1 of your itinerary. You have a trip briefing at 4 pm today, so please aim to arrive before then. 

End: Your guide will drop you back at the airport after breakfast at 10 am on the last day of your itinerary.

This trip is aimed at beginners, with a moderate level of fitness. You'll need to be able to carry your day bag (5kg - 7kg) for up to 7 hours with rest stops. 

Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits.

Kathmandu and Pokhara: Three-star hotels. The hotels are twin sharing with shower and intermittent wifi. 

Trekking route: Tea houses run by local Nepalese families. Expect basic facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. The lodges can often have double or dormitory-style rooms. Some tea houses do have showers, and often no wifi is available.

Most of the tea houses do have western-style flushing toilets. However, higher elevations you could find the squat toilets made of either a ceramic basin or few planks. These are positioned over a hole in the ground, outside of the room. 

Most teahouses on Annapurna trails cook a range of mostly vegetarian food. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal Bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard.

You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps.

Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at. For lunches, you'll stop along the way by on the way at other tea houses. 

Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and teahouses, which you can buy at the cost of USD 1 at lower elevations, to USD 3 to higher elevation per litre.

If you are planning to drink water from the taps then we highly recommend that you purify or filter it. 

In Kathmandu and Pokhara, yes. Once you are out of the cities, all you need is cash. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains.

It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu and Pokhara you can allocate $10 - $15 for lunch and dinner. It's worth budgeting a further $10 - $15 for snacks and any souvenirs is advised. 

One of the most unpredictable elements of the mountain is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns and volatility of the conditions that can occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help ensure that you come to the Himalayas as well equipped and prepared to face anything.

Generally speaking, the nights are much cooler than the daytime hours in the Annapurna region. During the day, temperatures could reach 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), and dip down to -5 degrees C (23 Degrees F) during the night. 

Spring – March / April / May / June

Spring happens to be one of the best times of the year to visit the Annapurna region. The beautiful clear blue sky can be seen and the many different species of flower are visible in the lower altitudes.

July / August Through Mid-September is Monsoon Season

This season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes. 

Autumn – End of September / October / November

Similar to springtime, autumn is one of the best times to trek. While it lacks the beauty of flowers, the clear blue sky can be seen, affording incredible views from just about every angle.

Winter- December/ January/ February

Winter starts from mid-December until mid-February in this region. .

The average temperature during the winter is 10 degrees C (50 Degrees F), with nighttime temperatures falling to -10 degrees C (14 Degrees F).

The guides are available 24 hours a day. They are trained in high altitude first aid and have knowledge of how to use an Oxy meter. 

Guides carry local sim cards in order to update the whereabouts and situation of the group. During a time of emergency, helicopter evacuation can be arranged. This is often weather dependant. 

These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring travel adapters. Another option is to carry a charge pack with you. 

The hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara does provide the free storage services. So you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel.

Tipping is not essential but often expected in Nepal. A good rule of thumb is between $80 - $120.

Available in Kathmandu & Pokhara only: USD150 per person.

Day 1: No meals included

Day 2: Breakfast

Day 3: Breakfast

Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

Day 6: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

Day 7: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

Day 8: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner

Day 10: Breakfast

General

4-season sleeping bag 

Duffel bag (provided by your guide)

Daypack

Down jacket 

Suncream

Water bottle/bladder

Water purification or filter (optional)

Toiletries
 

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

Sun hat 

Wool or synthetic hat that covers the ears

Sunglasses

Neck warmer (For winter)

Hands

Liner gloves

Heavier shell gloves (For winter)

Core Body

T-shirts

Thermal tops

Fleece jacket or pullover

Water/windproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric)

Lower Body – Legs

Thermal bottoms

Trekking pants and shorts

Water/windproof trousers

Casual trousers

Feet

Liner socks

Heavyweight socks (For winter)

Waterproof hiking/trekking shoes

Light shoes/sneakers/sandals

Personal medicines and first aid

(Please note your guide will carry the first-aid kit bag during the trek. However, we still recommend you to bring your personalised first-aid kit as well.)

Documents

Passport 

Passport photos (3 copies)

Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave one at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of your flight.)

Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport

Optional

Adjustable trekking poles

Book, cards etc

Cameras (Memory cards, chargers and also batteries)

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