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Short Ghorepani Poonhill Trek – 8 Days

Trip Overview

Short Ghorepani Poonhill Trek 8 days falls in the Annapurna foothills with master viewpoints on Poonhill where we get to see some of the highest peaks in the world…this trip offers all the best of trekking in Nepal. Enjoy trekking in the midst of spectacular mountain scenery through charismatic villages inhabited by the Gurungs and Magars who inhabit this region the most. We hike through dense rhododendron forests full of different bird species and deep sub-tropical valleys, all set below the Annapurnas with the striking peaks of Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail Peak) dominating the skyline hereabouts. This wonderful trek climaxes as you climb Poonhill at the break of dawn to enjoy one of the most spectacular mountain sceneries on Earth. As the sun touches the snow-capped summits the Himalayan giants, Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Annapurna at (8,091m) along with a fantastic display of other peaks, slowly begin to appear like magic before your eyes, leaving you breathless for some moments. This is a highly rewarding trek that can be enjoyed by those who truly love nature and the beauty that comes with it.

Itinerary

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m) this will take about six hours.

It’s a lovely six hours scenic drive to the lake city of Pokhara (915m,), 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. As you climb out of the Kathmandu valley, only to quickly descend again to the Trisuli River, you follow upstream to its junction with the Marsyangdi River. You follow the Marsyangdi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes you directly into Pokhara. Blessed with pleasant weather, Pokhara is tourist's paradise with a lot of natural as well as cultural heritage sites that include serene lakes, caves, and temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with the grand mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Taal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. This drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon to romance the beauty of the lake city. You also have the option to fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes about 25 minutes. 

Day 02: Trek from Pokhara (915m) to Nayapul (1050m) by car which is about one and half hours drive.

You begin your trek from Nayapul (1050m) to Tirkhedhunga (1577 m) via Birethanti (1065m) which takes about four and half hours.  After breakfast at the hotel, you could drive by car or van for one and half hours to Nayapul. Then you start your trekking. The first part of your trek is easy passing through numerous small villages and settlements. Afterward, you could ascend gently to the final destination of the day. The majority of the local folks around here are Gurungs and their religion is Buddhism. They are engaged in agricultural activities, tourism business and some are also employed in the Nepalese and Indian armies. Overnight at our teahouse lodge.

Day 03: Trek from Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675 m) and this takes about six hours.

To begin your trek, you could ascend steeply for the early 2 hours and then ascend gently passing through Ulleri (2070m) and Banthanti, Magar villages. On the way, you could see good views of Machhapuchhre or Fish Tail (6997m), Huinchuli (6441m), and Annapurna south peak at (7219m). Now your trail is quite easier passing through forest and descends gently up to the final camp. You could see some of the wildlife such as monkey and various species of birds. Overnight at our lodge.

Day 04: Trek from Ghorepani to Poonhill (3180m) to Tadapani (2675m) which takes about five and half hours.

We rise early for our morning trip to Poonhill (3232m) 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. After breakfast, trek Ghorepani to Tadapani (2650 m) through the deep forests of rhododendrons, bamboos, and oaks. En-route, you frequently see waterfalls, rocks, wild animals, local birds and a lot of green sceneries. Tadapani is a small village surrounded by beautiful forests which grants you a magnificent view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, and Annapurna II and so on. 

Day 05: Trek from Tadapani (2675m) to Ghandruk (1950m) and it takes about three hours.

It is a very easy trek by descending gently all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. You could hear the sweet chirping of birds on the way. This is one of the popular destinations for bird lovers. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village. There is a handicraft center and Gurung museum hereabouts. From this village, you could see good views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m), Annapurna III (7755m) and Fishtail. 

Day 06: Trek from Ghandruk (1950m) to Pothana (1990m) which takes about six hours.

The first part of your trek is steeply down following stone staircase to Kimbu (Beehive). Kimbu or Beehive is located at the elevation of 1200 meters on the bank of Modi Khola. Now your trail steeply ascends following the stone staircase up to Landruk. The trail ascends gently for early two hours and again ascends steeply for an hour to Deurali (2150m) passing through Tolkha village (1850m). From this point, you can see a 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 Dhampus passing through Pothana village (1900m). 

Day 07: Trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi (1113m) which takes about four hours.

Your trail descends gradually for at least an hour and follows the gravel road for two hours and then steeply descends to Phedi passing through Dhampus village, paddy fields and forest protected by the local community. Upon your arrival at Dhampus Phedi, you could take a vehicle to reach Pokhara and chill out. 

Day 08: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus that takes about seven hours.

While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Mugling, and Kurintar where Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach Manakamana Temple. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people engaged in their daily life activities. This journey gives you deep insights into Nepal’s lovely rural landscapes. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to the capital city. You are then directly taken to your hotel You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes. The choice is yours. Down here at Tashi Delek Nepal Treks we are sure that you enjoyed your trek to the hilt. In the evening, we visit a well known Nepali kitchen for a good Nepalese dinner. As we enjoy our dinner, we will be entertained to a thrilling cultural dance performed by the local belles. This is a complimentary outing arranged on behalf of Tashi Delek Nepal Trek for the good welfare of our respected guests. Overnight at your hotel. 

Equipment List

  • Warm Clothes, windproof jackets, thermal wear, warm socks, scarf and woolen cap.
  • Proper hiking boots, running comfortable shoes and a pair of flip-flops.
  • T-shirts and hiking shorts
  • Backpack and backpack cover (against rain and dust)
  • Head torch, or small torch, plus spare batteries.
  • A small light weight and quick drying towel.
  • Water bottle and water purification tables
  • Water purification tables or a water filter
  • Sleeping bag and silk liner
  • Some Diamox pills against potential altitude sickness (if going beyond 4,000 m elevations)

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Useful Info

Visa Information

All visitors are required to arrange a visa in order to enter Nepal. A Nepalese visa can be easily obtained upon arrival on arrival in Kathmandu at the airport or Nepalese embassy abroad. But nationals from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Palestine, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Liberia cannot secure the Nepalese Visa upon arrival. The Visa can also be secured at entry point at Nepalese borders. A valid passport for at least six months, recent digital photo (size: 1.5" x 1.5") will be required and you can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or up on arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Nepalese visas cost USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days till date.

Official Papers

Some of the required official documents are your valid passport, 4 extra passport sized photographs (for trekking permits), travel insurance, airline tickets and luggage tags. Visas can be obtained upon entry into Nepal.

Weather Information

Weather in the mountains is pretty difficult to predict.  Nights are generally cooler and days are warm.  Months of winter (January and February) are bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. It snows during the month of January, February and December in Himalayan areas.

Best time to travel

Nepal offers diversified geographical regions and so as the climatic condition differs from the Himalayas to the plains. The climate varies as per the season. Nepal generally offers 4 seasons amongst which autumn and spring are the two most favorable ones for visiting Nepal. It is always wise to know about the weather and climatic condition of the place you visit. The best time to travel really depends on your destination, activities and season of travel. Our destination specialists will recommend certain travel times after learning more about your preferences. The favorable months for trekking and climbing are usually September – November, and February – April. The monsoon season is June – August.

Physical Fitness

Even though the physical fitness plays an important role in trekking you don’t have to be super athletes or a marathon runner to trek in Nepal.  Many people of good fitness for their age can complete the trek. You can prepare yourself before hand by doing some yoga which will prepare you in your breathing as you will be going to the higher altitude. Running or hiking to hills, going for a long walk will also help you. And if you live in urban area running in the stairs of a tall building will also work better in keeping you fit for trekking. All though these preparations aren’t strictly compulsory, you can do well even when the preparations you do aren’t rigorous like that of some ultra-athletic person. Do these things in moderate pace for two months or even less.  And you are set to complete any trekking to Nepal.

Travel Insurance

Doing the insurance while trekking is Nepal is not compulsory but will surely help you a lot if you do one, as it covers any comprehensive expenses possible to acquire due to medical issues or accidents. Your travel insurance must protect air ambulance, treatment charge, rescue and evacuation, product cancellation and refundable charges, flight delay and cancellations. We suggest you to bring you travel insurance certificate or send us scan copy and it must be issued from your home land. We do not arrange or sell insurance so you can find your local travel insurance for this.

Vaccination for Nepal

All travelers should consult with their physician or update on vaccination requirements before travel. (Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities) For traveling to Nepal; we recommend you to take a vaccination of Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies etc, it is not really must but recommended.

Booking Process

While you chose which trip you wanted to go with, contact us to our head office Thamel Marg, Kathmandu Nepal by email or phone, email is more easy and clear options, as soon as we get your email or call we will process for your booking. We need 20% booking amount to confirm your booking, the payment can be made through the Bank transfer, Credit card payment (Master/Visa card) or through online money transfers also Money Gram, Western Unions or others. After we get the 20% amount we will confirm your booking and you will get the official booking and payment receipt. The final balance for the tour will be paid upon arrival in Kathmandu.

Safety Guidelines

  • Do proper research about the company that you are planning to trek with and make sure they are legally registered travel agency.
  • You should be well acquainted about the travel health and travel insurance before travelling.
  • Have idea about the climate, geography, temperature and environment of Nepal before starting your trip.
  • Using credit cards instead of cash is a wiser idea.
  • Majority of the Nepalese people are nicer but there are few scammers you will come meet on your way and need to avoid them, for example ‘holy men’ who will try to plant a tika (a red paste denoting a blessing) on your forehead demanding a payment for it on streets.
  • Be careful while buying the medicinal herbs as some may be illegal for you t take home and also be aware of duplicate products.
  • Never get yourself involve in doing drugs, trafficking and sexual relations with children as there is a strict rules for these cases and might get yourself into a big problem.
  • Take copies of your passport, visa, air ticket and trekking permits and keep them separately from the originals.
  • Prepare yourself for altitude sickness and be familiar with its symptoms so that you can follow the guidelines for safe acclimatization.

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USD450pp

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Duration 8 Days
Transportation Private vehicle or tourist bus
Group Size +2
Difficulty Moderate and truly enjoyable to the core
Max Elevation 3180 m
Accomodation Hotel and Lodges
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