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Ghorepani Poonhill Short Trek 9 Days

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Overview

Ghorepani Poonhill Short Trekking is one of the shortest treks in the Annapurnas. It is the best way for those with limited time to experience the breathtaking mountain scenery and charming village culture of the Annapurna Region. The trek begins an hour's drive from Pokhara at Nayapul (New Bridge), where you cross a suspension bridge over the rushing Modi Khola. As we ascend the winding stone path through villages and terraced farmland, we catch glimpses of the magnificent Machhapuchre Mountain (Fishtail).

The sunrise from Poonhill, 3210m, a one-hour climb from Ghorepani, 2855m, is one of the trek's major highlights. The first rays of the sun striking the peaks of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Nilgiri, and other famous Annapurna range mountains reflect in shades of red, orange, and pink; a truly magnificent sight. We descend from Ghorepani to the beautiful hillside village of Ghandruk, 2012m, a typical Gurung ethnic group village known for its traditional houses, rich culture, and spectacular scenery. We will descend from Ghandruk via Birethanti to Nayapul, where our vehicle will be waiting to transport us to Pokhara.

Except during the monsoon season, the Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking can be done at any time of year. The entire Ghorepani region is densely forested with rhododendron, Nepal's national flower.In the spring, these forests transform into a magnificent blanket of red blossoms, with the Annapurna range providing a backdrop of white snow. Contact us to learn more about the trip, itinerary, departure times, and private or group departures.

Spring (March to May) and autumn (late September to late November) are the most popular seasons, but some people prefer winter (December to February), when they can enjoy the beauty of the snow and the environment of the remote areas.








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Itinerary

DAY 01
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport. (1300m/4,265ft)

Your trip starts today when you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Upon your arrival, you will be received by our ANA representative at the airport. He'll be carrying an ANA board with your name written on it. Then you will be transferred to the hotel.  After you check into the hotel, our representative will brief you about your trip. Then free till pick up time for the welcome dinner. In your spare time, you can relax, walk around the hotel, go shopping for necessities, and so on.

Welcome Dinner Included. Overnight in Hotel.

DAY 02
Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (822m./2,697ft.) 30 minutes flight, Drive to Nayapul 1 Hrs and trek to Tikhedhunga (1,480m./4,855ft.): 9.2km 4-5Hours

Today, you'll be transported to the domestic airport in Kathmandu for a short flight to Pokhara, then transferred to Nayapul, where the trip begins! The first track takes you uphill through rice, maize, and millet farms. Continue on the Birethanti main route until you reach Sudami, where you will stop for lunch.

After your lunch break, get back on your feet and climb slowly along the valley's edge until you reach Tikhedhunga Teahouse, where you'll spend the night.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included. Overnight in Lodge.

DAY 03
Trek from Tikhedhunga (1,480m./4,855ft.) to Ghorepani (2,874m./9,429ft.) : 12.9km. 6-7Hours

Wake up early for an early breakfast at your tea house in preparation for your big climb to Ulleri. The journey begins with a steep stone stairway (3,767 steps to be exact) up the ridge line, eventually leading you through cultivated fields. After you finish this section, the trail continues through a beautiful area of blooming rhododendron blossoms and old oak forests.

Continue climbing uphill until you reach Nangethanti, where you will stop for lunch. Thanti is a Nepali word that means "rest house"; keep in mind that the trail can be covered in snow during the winter months. Work off your lunch and continue climbing until you reach Ghorepani, a popular trekking destination surrounded by spectacular scenery.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included. Overnight in Lodge.

DAY 04
Sunrise from Poonhill (3,210m./10,531ft.). Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,610m./8.563ft.):11km. 6-7Hours

We hike through dense forest in the early morning to the magnificent view-point of Poon Hill (3,210m./10,531ft.). The broad hilltop provides a spectacular sunrise view of Annapurna and other snow-capped peaks such as Dhaulagiri (8,167 m./26,795ft.), Annapurna I (8,091m./26,545ft.), Annapurna fang, Annapurna south(7,219m./23,684ft.), Hiunchuli, and Dhampus peak. After taking in the breathtaking scenery, we return to Ghorepani for breakfast before resuming the trek. The trail ascends from Ghorepani to Tadapani along ridges through dense rhododendron and oak forest. After a 6-7 hour trek from Ghorepani, we arrive at Tadapani, our destination for the day.                                     

Have an option for you according to your physical condition if you like to continue to the loop we don’t take you Poonhill we take you to fallow the trail to Tadapani where another side same height and 90% similar view point like Poonhill and makes your walk easier to Tadapani. if you couldn’t continuous from Ghorepani we could back the same way from Ghorepani or you could follow the trail to Jomsom till Tatopani (hot spring) please tell us what you want and be clear there are several options according to your physical fitness that could make easier.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included. Overnight in Lodge.
        

Day 05
Trek from Tadapani to Kotdanda (2,210m./7,250ft.) 3.3km:2 Hours. Kotdanda to Ghandruk (2.012m.6,601ft.):2.1km 1.5 Hours

After a delicious breakfast, we begin our day hike to traditional Gurung village Ghandruk.
First 2 hrs we will walk slope down trail by deep forest till KOTDANDA. After Lunch at KOTDANDA, two hours easy walk to Ghandruk village.
Ghandruk is one of the specific Gurung villages where you could boast a beautiful view of the Annapurna South(7,219m./23,684ft.), Himachuli, Fishtail (Machhapuchhre(6,993m./22,942ft.),  Annapurna III right in front of you. Ghandruk secured Gurung Museum, Monastery, the temple as well as Annapurna conservation sub unit post where you could see the video activities in ACAP.
After lunch, spend rest of the day exploring the beauty of the village and mountains. If you are interested with traditional Gurung dress, you can wear a traditional Gurung dress on hire and enjoy a taking Photography.  Also, on your request, Gurung culture dance will be shown in the evening.  But you need donate some money for that cultural group.
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included. Overnight in Lodge.

DAY 06
Drive to Pokhara (822m./2,697ft.) from Ghandruk : 32.2km. 3 Hours

Today is final day of the trip. After breakfast, we head to Pokhara by vehicle. Drive will be three hours including tea coffee time on the way. Lunch will be at Pokhara.
After check in hotel, You can rest at hotel or can do sightseeing, boating, lakeside walking, Shopping etc. your guide will support you for those activities an extra cost.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included. Overnight in Lodge.

DAY 07
Fly back to Kathmandu (1300m/4,265ft) 30 minutes from Pokhara

After breakfast free till flight from Pokhara. As your wish you can do  some adventure sports like paragliding, zip flying, ultra-light flight, bungee jumping  etc. The day’s activities would be at an extra cost. We will be happy to organize those extra activities for you, should you choose to do any.  After lunch drive to domestic Airport and fly back to Kathmandu.                                                                                 

When you arrive in Kathmandu, you have a option an extra cost. If you are interested to do some sightseeing in heritage sites, guide will take you directly to sightseeing sport or shopping places. Otherwise, transfer to Hotel and you will be free till Dinner.

Breakfast/Dinner Included. Overnight in Hotel.

DAY 09
Final Departure.

You will be transferred to the airport as per your flight schedule. We will pick you up from the hotel three hours prior to your flight time.

Breakfast included.

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Equipment List

Here’s a complete rundown of what to bring if you’re planning a trek to Everest Base Camp or any other tea-house trek in Nepal.  Proper preparation and equipment for the conditions will go a long way to ensuring you have a great trekking experience.  What follows is a pretty comprehensive list and will make sure you are covered in the coldest months of the year. If you have questions on what you might need just ask us and keep in mind that Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking gear at affordable prices.


IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND ITEMS

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.


ON THE TRAIL DAYPACK

  • Extra layers, gloves, wind breaker and poncho
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm with Sunscreen
  • Broad brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
  • Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
  • Water Bottles or Camel Back
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Favorite Snacks
  • Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • Umbrella (works great in a light rain or to protect from the sun)
  • Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
  • Toilet Paper
  • Trekking Poles (optional)
  • Thermos (optional for hot beverages)


CLOTHING: BASE, MIDDLE AND OUTER LAYERS

  • Moisture wicking long sleeve tee-shirts (2)
  • Moisture wicking tee-shirts (1)
  • Long underwear pants (2)
  • Underwear (5 to 7)
  • Heavy Fleece or Down Jacket
  • Long sleeve shirts (2)
  • Sweatshirt (optional)
  • Fleece Pants
  • Trekking Pants (2)
  • Shorts (optional)
  • Gortex or Waterproof Jacket with hood
  • Rain Poncho that covers your day pack
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Wide brimmed hat
  • Wool hat (Should cover ears) or Balaclava
  • Lightwight Gloves
  • Insulated Wool or Down Mittens
  • Gaiters (optional)


FOOTWEAR: SHOES AND SOCKS

  • Hiking boots with ankle support
  • Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes
  • Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
  • Hiking socks (10)
  • Sock Liners (optional)


SLEEPING BAG

  • Sleeping bag rated to -15° C/ 0° f
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Sleeping bag stuff sack


DUFFEL BAGS AND DAY PACKS

  • Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear (we provide this for the trek)
  • Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
  • Small Lock(s) for duffel bag and day pack
  • Waterproof cover for daypack
  • Drybags in several sizes
  • Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes


FIRST AID KIT AND TOILETRIES

  • Our team brings along a basic first aid kit but we recommend you also carry the following;
  • Advil or Ibuprofen
  • Diamox (for altitude sickness)
  • Personal Prescriptions
  • Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
  • Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
  • Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
  • Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
  • Wet wipes
  • Panty Liners and Tampons
  • Face lotion
  • Hair brush
  • Hair ties
  • Hand warmers
  • Ear plugs for sleeping


OTHER ITEMS

  • Portable Solar Charger
  • Journal, pen and paper
  • Reading book
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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What is Included

  • Airport pick up and transfer to hotel.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at 3 star category with breakfast.
  • Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu Air ticket
  • Airport Pick up & Drop transportation
  • Pokhara to Nayapul & Ghandruk to Pokhara transportation
  • Annapurna conservation area project (ACAP) permit.
  • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System.
  • An experienced and first aid trained license holder accompanying trekking guide.
  • Equipped and insured trekking porter (one porter for 2 persons, one porter carries 15 KG.).
  • Meals, insurance, salary, equipment, accommodation, transportation of our trekking crew.
  • Tea House accommodation on twin or multi sharing basis during the trek.
  • Applicable government taxes (13% VAT and 10% tourism service charges).
  • A comprehensive First Aid kit 
  • Oxi-meter: To check, heart rating and oxygen saturation to Everest Base Camp and return
  • Trekking equipment: down-filled sleeping bag, walking poles, and duffel bag
  • Souvenir;  T-Shirts, Trek successful Certificate
  • Welcome & Farewell dinner.

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What is Excluded

  • Nepal entry visa.
  • Domestic airport tax.
  • Your Travel/Medical insurance.
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Single supplements in hotels except solo trekking service.
  • Bar bills and laundry.
  • Battery Charges( Available during trek with Extra cost).
  • Optional trips not specified in the itinerary.
  • Tipping to guide and porter.
  • -Personal trekking equipment.
  • All Drinks and Bar Bill (beverage).
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