Ghorepani Poonhill Trek – Detailed Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport (1350meters).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will meet one of our trek leaders who will be standing in front of the arrival terminal with colorful garlands to welcome you. You will be transferred to your hotel; & the rest of the day is free to relax around. In the evening one of our team leaders will come to see you and take you for a welcome dinner at a typical Nepali Restaurant. We enjoy the local meal with some interesting conversation and short briefs about your Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. Overnight at hotel
Day 02: Drive or fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (925m), Drive six hours or flight 25 minutes.
After an early breakfast, we depart for six hours drive to Pokhara (925m,), 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. As we climb out of the Kathmandu valley, only to quickly descend again to the Trisuli River, we follow upstream to its junction with the Marshyangdi River. We follow the Marshyandi River gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes us directly into Pokhara. Having pleasant weather, Pokhara is tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. We can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. This drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon to fall in love with its beauty. We can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes about 25 minutes. Overnight at your hotel in Pokhara
Day 03: Drive to Nayapul (1050m) and trek to Ulleri (2100m), drive 2 hours, trek 6 hours.
After early breakfast at hotel in Pokhara, we take a 2 hour scenic drive to Nayapul from where our trek really begins. We walk via Birethanti (1065m) to Ulleri (2100m) which takes about six hours. The first part of our trek is easy passing through numerous small villages and settlements. Afterwards we ascend gently to the final destination of the day. The majority of people here are Gurung and Magar and their religion is Buddhist. They are engaged in agricultural activities, tourism business and some in Gorkha and Indian regiments. Overnight at our guest house in Ulleri
Day 04: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2800m), walking 6 hours.
After breakfast at guest house in Ulleri, we start our pleasant hike from Ulleri via Banthanti to Ghorepani village. On the way, we can see good views of Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail 6997m), Huinchuli (6441m), and Annapurna south (7219m). Now, our trail is quite easier passing through forest and descends gently up to the final camp. We can see some of the wildlife such as monkeys and various species of birds. Overnight at guest house in Ghorepani
Day 05: Early hike to Poon Hill (3210m) and trek to Tadapani (2650m), walking 7 hours.
In the early morning we hike for one and half hour to Poon Hill (3210m) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche Peak (6920m), Nilgiri (6940m), Varaha Shikhar (7847m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna III (7855m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna II (7937m), Lamjung Himal (6931m) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. Hike back to Ghorepani, enjoy breakfast at our guest house, we begin our trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2650m) through the deep forests of rhododendrons, bamboos and oaks. En-route, we frequently see waterfalls, rocks, wild animals, local birds and green sceneries. Tadapani is a small village surrounded by beautiful forests which grants us a magnificent view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, and Annapurna II and so on. Overnight at guest house
Day 06: Trek from Tadapani (2650m) to Ghandruk (2000m), walking 4 hours.
After breakfast, we begin with an easy day; today's trek is a cool walk by descending gently all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. We can hear different kinds of birds chirping on the way. This is one of the popular destinations for the birds' lovers. Ghandruk is a large Gurung village. There is a handicraft centre and Gurung museum. From this village we can see good views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail. Overnight at guest house
Note: On the day 7 we can have two options, with option one, we can continue our trekking down to Berithanti (5 hours) and catch a private vehicle at Nayapul then drive to Pokhara OR, the second option would be we can extend our trek for two days walking through the Pothana village and Dhampus village to Dhampus Phedi and do a half an hour drive to Pokhara.
Day 07: Trek from Ghandruk (2000m) to Pothana (1990m), walking 6 hours.
After breakfast, first part of our trek is steeply down following stone staircase to Kimbu (Bee hive). Kimbu or Bee hive is located at the elevation of 1200 meters on the bank of Modi Khola. Now, the trail steeply ascends following the stone staircase up to Landruk. The trail ascends gently for nearly two hours and again ascends steeply for an hour to Deurali (2150m) passing through Tolkha village (1850m). From this point we can see panoramic view of Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Annapurna South (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Fishtail (6997m), Annapurna III (7755m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna II (7937m) and Lamjung Himal (6930m). Now, the rest of the trail descends gently down to Pothana village (1900m). Overnight at guest house
Day 08: Trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi, drive to Pokhara, walking 4 hours, drive 3o minutes.
After breakfast, we leave Pothana on a pleasant trail to Dhampus Phedi, our trail descends gradually for at least an hour and follows a gravel road for two hours and then steeply descends to Phedi passing through Dhampus village; paddy fields and forest protected by local community. Upon our arrival at Dhampus Phedi, we take a private vehicle to reach Pokhara. Overnight at a comfortable hotel in Pokhara
Day 09: Drive or fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu, drive 6 hours, flight 25 minutes, Or Juggle safari.
After breakfast, if you are interested in Jungle safari trip for 2 nights 3 days' jungle activities, we will transfer you into the tropical Chitwan National park. Or if you are coming to Kathmandu while driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, we head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En- route, we can enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe we climb up to Thankot, the gateway to the capital city. We can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes. In the evening, join a farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant with live culture show. Overnight at hotel
Day 10: Final Departure from international airport for connecting flight home
After breakfast, we will drop you to the international airport for your flight back home. We at Alpine Eco Trek would like to wish you a safe and sound journey back home. We do Hope to see you again sometime in the future.
Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors are beyond our control and can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. If a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.