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Poonhill Hot Spring Trek is comparatively an easy walk that winds through Gurung villages and dense Rhododendron forest and also offers one of the best Himalayan viewpoints.  Annapurna Poonhill Hot Spring trekking is organized in the village of Ghorepani and Tatopani which are famous for the stunning closest view of snowcapped peaks. Tatopani offers you the relaxing and amusing time bathing in natural hot spring water. Ghorepani hot spring trek presents Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Annapurna (8,091m) Fishtail (6997m) Annapurna South, Himchuli and other famous mountains amazingly. The best time to visit hot spring trekking is between the autumn and spring seasons when rows of the Himalayan Mountain peaks gets covered by a blanket of impeccable white snow.

 

Poonhill hot spring treks begin at Nayapul with about one hour drive from beautiful Pokhara or a flight from Kathmandu. The Annapurna hot spring trekking continues from Nayapul and towards Tikhedunga. We have gentle climb through pasture and cultivated fields to the extremely beautiful and friendly village Ghorepani. This village presents hospitality you'll never forget. Very friendly ethnic group's people with traditional lifestyle and custom are certainly going to make your trip the best one. The Poonhill trek passes through beautiful Gurung village’s outstanding landscape and the variety of flora and fauna. You can study the Gurung culture, tradition, and their living style.

 

You will overview the grand South Annapurna (3210) from Ulleri village. Passing through Ghorepani village you bump into beautiful orchids, massive Himalayan bamboo, and dense Rhododendron forest. On the other hand, well-designed rice field over the entire slope gives you a memorable experience.  A downhill walk to Ghinudanda through Tadapani Ghandruk will ultimately lead you to the natural hot water spring. Poon Hill Hot spring trek will show you Kathmandu Valley Culture and paradise city Pokhara and joyful Annapurna Himalayan Region of Nepal. Early sunrise over Ghorepani Jhinu hot spring trek is an unforgettable part of the trek that gradually appears, just like magic that your eye could not believe. The natural beauties reward you in your each & every footstep. After having long day trekking of Poonhill, by the evening you'll be ready to experience the natural hot spring bath at Tatopani. We have a free day in Pokhara, so you can join the sightseeing tour that includes David's fall, Mahendra cave, museum, boating in Phewa Lake and many more exciting activities. Ghorepani Poonhill hot spring trekking in Annapurna region is a short trek but quite enough to get enthralled with the natural heritages as well as intermingle with the local Gurung people and culture.

Outline Itinerary


Day 01: Meet at Kathmandu Airport

Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley

Day 03: Drive or flight to Pokhara

Day 04: Pokhara to Tikhedhunga (1,575m): 4 hrs

Day 05: Tikhedhunga trek to Ghorepani (2,850m): 7 hrs

Day 06: Ghorepani trek to Tatopani (1,780m): 8-9 hrs

Day 07: Tatopani to Pokhara

Day 08: Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 09: Final Departure

Day 01: Meet at Kathmandu Airport
From Tribhuvan International Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. Meet us at our office and we will have short briefing over the trip and meet with the guise also. We will finalize paperwork-permit for your trip and make a final check of your gear.

Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley
Have a nice and warm breakfast at Hotel restaurant, and proceed for Kathmandu guided city tour. We visit the best of Kathmandu, including Pashupatinath, a centre for the Hindus, Bouddhanath, the Tibetan Buddhist pilgrimage centre and Soyambhunath (locally known as monkey temple). If you have couple of hours have a leisurely stroll around the streets of Thamel.

Day 03: Drive or flight to Pokhara
Get on a domestic flight for a 25 minute to Pokhara with magnificent views of the snow-capped Annapurna mountain range and Langtang Himalayan range. Or you can drive by tourist coach via scenic Prthivi highway for about 6-7 hour drive. The town of Pokhara is considerably less hectic than Kathmandu and is the starting point of your trek. You can enjoy the boating trip in Phewa lake at evening ant also have the pleasure view of sunset over Himalayan range of Annapurna and Fishtail.

Day 04: Pokhara to Tikhedhunga (1,575m): 4 hrs
One hour drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and walk through the lust, green Modi river valley. We will show our Trekking permit and TIMS card in the Annapurna Conservation Area project Office. It will take some 4 hrs to reach Hile 1527m. The trail winds its way through bamboo forests and passes by a spectacular waterfall. You will follow the bank of Bhurungdi Khola (river) until Tikhedhunga. Overnight at hotel.

Day 05: Tikhedhunga trek to Ghorepani (2,850m): 7 hrs
Walk up besides the cascading river through refreshingly cool oak and rhododendron forest. The villages we will encounter on way are charming and special in their own unique way. After a few hours of long hard climb with several breaks we will reach Ulleri Village. After lunch we go through dense oak and Rhododendron forest to Nangethati and another 1.3omn walk from here will bring us to Ghorepani.

Day 06: Ghorepani trek to Tatopani (1,780m): 8-9 hrs
Early in the morning we will climb Poon hill (3,210m) to watch the out of this world view of sun rising over the majestic Himalayas. From Poonhill, as the sun touches the snow-capped summits, the Himalayan giants - Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Annapurna (8091m) along with the jagged edge of other peaks - gradually reveal their grandeur.
You will have breakfast then start to walk down to Shika. The trek continues through pine and rhododendron forests and along the tiny village of Tadapani. After lunch in the village, we trek for 4 hours to reach Jhinu Danda Hot Springs. In Tatopani (Hot Spring) there is natural hot water springs and pool and shower made for bathing- time for a "Scrub-up".

Day 07: Tatopani to Pokhara
Trek to Beni along Kaligandaki River for 5-6 hours. After having lunch here, we will drive back to Pokhara of about 4-5 hrs. You can utilize your afternoon by doing some family shopping. Places of interest are Fewa Lake, Devi’s fall, a museum, a Tibetan Refugee settlement and Gupteshwar Cave. Enjoy the evening boating or hanging around lakeside.

Day 08: Pokhara to Kathmandu
(If you want we can extend your program to other places famous also like join program to Chitwan National park, Sarangkot, Bandipur etc). Early morning having breakfast, we depart from the Pokhara Tourist Bus Station to travel or take a flight back to Kathmandu. Spend resting the day and at evening you'll be offered a cultural program show and traditional dinner.

Day 09: Final Departure
We will transfer you to international airport for your onward final departure.

Above the Himalaya Trekking have made every effort to keep our price as competitive as possible, by still providing an excelling service to our customer. We pay our porters and guide the legal wages agreed with the porters union, our trekking staffs are some of the best paid in Nepal which allow us to attract only the best guides and porters and we have same amount of Insurance for guide and porter which is more than Government fixed amount. All our price are nett and there are no hidden cost everything is clear on cost includes and excludes this is the main reason all our customer are happy from our service. For up to date cost for the trip please contact us.

What’s included in the Cost:

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin sharing basis including breakfast.
  • Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with expert tour guide and private vehicle
  • Hotel Accommodation in Pokhara on a twin sharing basis including breakfast.
  • Government license holder experienced, trekking guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness) and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing and medicine.
  • Twin sharing Tea house/Lodges Accommodation during the trekking
  • Daily Meals chosen from the Menu   (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Trekking Permit.
  • TIMS Trekking Permit (Trekking Information Management System) Card for the Annapurna Trek
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Above the Himalaya duffel bag. ( If you need, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us in our pre- meeting at our office)
  • Pokhara to treks start point Nayapul and trek finish point Beni to Pokhara transport by Private vehicle
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara and back to Kathmandu transport by tourist bus. (if you want to take a  flight or want to travel by private vehicle is available, by adding extra cost)
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
  • Above the Himalaya Gifts (T shirt for Gents & Pashmina shawl for Ladies, Trekking certificates)
  • Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes

Extra Cost to Consider:

  • Lunch and dinner  in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
  • International Airfare/Airport tax, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot shower.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential - Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

Passport and Visas:

First, be sure you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from return date.  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.


Get the required visa for Nepal.

You can get Nepal visa prior to arrival from the Nepalese Embassy at your home country. Likewise, you can easily get an up on arrival visa at Kathmandu airport and other different borders from Nepal. This is for those who travel from India and Tibet. For more information and download please visit Nepal Visa Information


Bring 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. For detail information we request you to visit our visa page.


Money & Credit card Info

We find that most of the credit card, master and visa card is blocked from your card provider. It may be because of a security reason. It, sometimes, may bring you in problematic situation that you can't get money from ATMs and that you find difficult to pay for your treks and tour. To find yourself free from this problem, you can call to your card provider before you travel to Nepal and inform there that you are traveling to Nepal. Ensure them to give the authorization for the payment. In Nepal you have to pay 3.5 % credit card commission s per Nepal Bank rules, on top of your payable amount for the trek cost.  So, please be sure that you bring some cash in USD to pay us. Likewise, be sure you have brought some small amount for your daily expenses as well as for those items which are not included in our cost. We request you not to change money in the Airport. The exchange rate is very low there. Our office provides you the facility to change your money. Or, you can take help from Money Changers in Thamel


Travel Insurance:

Our clients must have comprehensive travel insurance package. Their insurance must cover against medical, personal accident, emergency evacuation, trip cancellation, lost of gears, natural calamity, theft of or damage to baggage etc.


Load shedding (Electricity crisis) in Nepal

We are sorry to inform you that though Nepal is rich in water resource, there is electricity crisis in Nepal. It is more likely that there is electricity off for some hours in day and night time.  Most of the hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other cities are likely to have no battery backup. Air condition may not work and, sometimes, TV and other electric utensils may not run. Some hotel is likely to run the TV and AC also. However, only few of them are in this category.
So, be prepared for this while you are traveling here.  For your ease, we recommend you to bring the flashlight with extra bulbs and batteries.


Who can trek?

No special degree of fitness is required and that there is no age barrier. However, in the areas over 3000m altitude, extra care should be taken. One can trek who have strong legs and the spirit for adventure to explore the exotic will enjoy the thrills of trekking in the hills of Nepal. Normally, for weary trekkers we have a list of short, easy and exotic treks and for the experienced trekkers we offer a longer trek with lots of excitement and adventure. We encourage all men and women, families, students and professionals around the world to enjoy the enchanting trekking in Nepal. You can join us as an individual team member or with your own group. We commit to arrange a best trekking that delight you in the Nepal Himalayas. If you can have fun walking for 3-6 hours up and down hills to Nepal, pack your luggage and join us for an exhilarating and unforgettable journey. All the necessary things for your trekking will be arranged by us. What you can do is to enjoy the beautiful scenery and magnificent view of Nepal Himalayas.


Our Trekking Dates

Most of our treks start on the third day of your arrival. On the first day of your arrival, we will pick you from the airport and let you know your hotel. However, it depends on your arrival time. If your flight is early, we are likely to invite you to our office and make yourself comfort with ideas and brief information on your trek package. If you arrive at night, all the arrangements are likely to made the morning. Second day, it is our package to take you for sightseeing tour within Kathmandu valley. However, the trekkers who have limited time can start their trekking from the second day. We can arrange all the necessary trekking permits and other utensils in advance in case you have limited time. It is your third day that you will fly out of Kathmandu. However, if any further arrangement is still at wait, you can enjoy your trek the next day.


Clothing and Equipment for Traveling in Nepal

Trekking in the Himalayas need to arrangement of equipment as you have to find yourself comfortable at higher altitude. The basic clothing item that you are expected to be prepared with are well described here. Remember that excess baggage is likely to be a burden for yourself and your supporting staff. "Pack light, but pack right", is our motto. This will allow you to enjoy a comfortable journey with your energies and enthusiastic zeal focused on the exploration of this enchanting Nepal scenic beauty. Please visit here for Clothing and Equipment list


Buying and Renting Equipment in Kathmandu

It is not really necessary to spend large amount of money buying extra equipment and clothing prior to your trip. It is because most of the trekking equipment can be hired from many adventure shops within Kathmandu. Most of the gear is locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper). Some Chinese gear are likely to be more expensive but qualitative. Sleeping bag and down jacket are easily rented. Each item can be rented for less than USD 1, for a day. You have to manage other items buying them yourself. However, these items are more likely to be cheaper than those in your hometown. We will arrange all the necessary items you need on the second day of your arrival. Moreover, we ourselves will fascinate you to buy the goods.  


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.


How to Book

While you chose which trip you wanted to go with, contact us to our head office Thamel Kathmandu Nepal by mail 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 up on arrival in Kathmandu.
For more info please visit how to book the trip

Q. Where is Mount Annapurna located?

Annapurna is a section of the Himalayas in north-central Nepal that includes 8,091m (26,545 ft) Annapurna I, thirteen additional peaks over 7,00m (22,970 ft) and 16 more over 6,000m. The entire massif and surrounding area are protected Annapurna Conservation Area Project.

Q. Why Trekking in Annapurna region?

Largely inaccessible by road, combined with the well-worn foot tracks developed between villages over centuries makes Annapurna region trekking the best way of seeing the Himalayas. The villages and monasteries you pass offer an interesting slice of Nepalese, Tibetan and Trans-Himalayan culture. It might be one of the best destinations for the mountain lovers and natural seeker with boundless cultural diversity, splendor view of ever snow capped mountains and variety of wildlife and vegetation.


Q. Major highlights places to visit of the Annapurna area?

Major highlights are the ancient mid-western salt route settlement of Manang, Thorong –La pass between Nepal and Tibet, Muktinath Temple, Jomsom, Kagbeni, Ghandruk, Ghorepani Poonhill, Manang-Mustang, famous apple garden in Marpha, the deepest gorge of world Kali Gandaki and the world highest lake; Tilicho Lake (4,919m). About two-thirds of the trekkers in Nepal visit the Annapurna region.  


Q. How to enter Annapurna region?

Beautiful Pokhara city is the gateway to the Annapurna region. Have a 25 minutes flight to Pokhara or drive of about 4-5 hrs from Kathmandu. We have direct flight of 40 min to Jomsom too. From Nayapul or Dhampus, trek inside Annapurna region. You can also start from Besisahar for Annapurna circuit or round trek. You can also start your journey from Beni, which is about 9-10 hrs drive from Kathmandu.


Q. Types of vegetations in Annapurna region?

Due to the extremes of elevation the region contains a remarkable diversity of flora; from sub-tropical forests of oak, bamboo, pine, sandalwood, magnolia and juniper and rhododendron in the south to the high alpine meadows and windswept desert plateaus in the north, nearby Tibet border.


Q. Famous peaks of this region?

Picturesque peaks; Annapurna I (8,091m), II, III, IV, and Annapurna South, Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Mt. Manaslu (8,176m), Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Machhapuchhare (Fishtail), Tukuche (6920m), Hiunchuli (6441m) Tarke Kang (7193m), Gangapurna (7454m), Lamjung Himal (6986m) and several other peaks.


Q. Which rivers flow this region?

The major river of this region is Gandaki. Muktinath is the origin place of Gandaki River. Modi Khola River crosses the region and Kali Gandaki makes the deepest gorge at upper part.


Q. When is the best season to trek in Annapurna region?

The best months are September, October & November during the Autumn season and March, April & May during the spring season are consider as the best seasons for attempting trekking in Annapurna.


Q. What are the famous treks of this region?

 Some frequently walked and famous trekking trails of the Annapurna region are Ghandruk trek, Ghorepani poon hill trek, Annapurna sanctuary trek, Annapurna circuit trek, Jomsom muktinath trek, Upper mustang trek, Annapurna royal trek, Round Annapurna trek, Annapurna Base camp trekking, Mardi Himal trek, Tilicho lake trekking, Dhaulagiri round trek etc. You can also have hiking in Dhampus, Sarangkot and Siklis.


Q. About famous Mustang district?

Mustang is located in the western part of Nepal and is officially the name of the district having a Tibet like region. This mustang is divided into two parts Upper Mustang and Lower Mustang. Upper Mustang is largely occupied by Manangi people and goes up to the ancient capital of Lo Manthang. Lower Mustang covers the part of lower valley along the Kali Gandaki River. Mustang is the only district in Nepal with its own King.


Q. Places to visit in Pokhara?

Pokhara valley offers wonderful views of the fishtailed summit of Machhapuchhare which rises from behind the Phewa Lake. Sightseeing in Pokhara is a combination of the long arrays of world famous snow clad peaks, emerald lakes, turbulent rivers with deep Georges and picturesque villages. Phewa Lake, Rupa lake, Begnas lake, Pokhara Regional Museum, World Peace Pagoda, Gorkha Museum, David's fall, Mahendra Cave, Bindavasini Temple etc. are some to mention.


Q. Muktinath temple descriptions.

Muktinath has become the center for pilgrimage for thousands of Indians and Nepalese Hindus. It is situated at an altitude of 3,710 meters at the foot of Thorong La pass, Mustang district, Nepal. Mainly the temple is with a predominant Sri Vaishnava origin (Lord Vishu). The sacred water that flows in 108 pipes around the temple complex denotes all sacred Pushkarini waters (Temple Tanks).


Q. Do I need a guide here?

Hiring a porter or a guide can add greatly to your trek experience in Nepal. It helps you for easy learning of the lifestyle, culture, tradition, history and nature of the people from the experience of guides. They help for proper communications also. Besides that guides also assist to guests on the issues like: first aid, Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), emergency, rescue methods etc.


Q. What about the security issues?

Nepalese people believe that guests are the incarnations of God. So you need not to worry about any loots and thieves. There are also help centers and police stations for the security regions. All the people are very honest, helpful and reliable.


Q. Is there electricity Facility?

We Nepalese face load shedding problems in our country. But don't worry; you'll get electricity to charge you batteries easily. Also some hotels and lodges maintains generators and battery back ups.


Q. Is there any communication while on trekking?

There are telephones facilities in many villages along the popular trekking routes from which you can make international calls and also you can use your Cell Phone.


Q. How many hours we walk every day in this trek?

Trekking in Mountain means, you must be in good health and physical condition. Most days have four to five hours of walking if you are on easy and short trekking but for long moderately strenuous treks some days are up to seven hours.


Q. Can I trek or is trekking fit for me in Annapurna?

Annapurna region trekking is easy and deliberately short durations trekking. So if you physically fit and enjoy walking you can join for it. Normally for weary trekkers we have a list of short, easy and exotic treks like Ghorepani Ghandruk treks, Sunrise view trek, Jomsom muktinath trek etc. and for the experience trekkers we offer a longer trek with lots of excitement and adventure like Annapurna Base camp trek, Annapurna circuit trek etc.


Q. Medics for the Annapurna trekking?

Specific concerns include physical fitness and altitude acclimatization. Immunizations and vaccinations that should be considered include tuberculosis, diphtheria, typhoid, tetanus, meningococcal meningitis, polio, hepatitis A and Japanese encephalitis and also for anti-malaria. While trekking, constant intake of potable water is essential to avoid Advanced Mountain Sickness (AMS).


Q. How Should I dress during a trek?

The clothing you bring will need to allow for both the warmth of the days and the chill of the nights. While trekking during the day, lightweight trekking trousers and T-shirts are recommended. It's always a good idea to carry a waterproof jacket and some warmer clothing with you though as mountain weather is notoriously unpredictable. Its also windy all the time so have wind proofs one.

Annapurna Poonhill hot spring trekking September

We have just came back from a 12 day tour to emazing Nepal .
our trip was orgnised by puru - and every thing was perfect.from the minute we arrive in Katmandu along with an emazing trek with a superb guide,Phuruba,transfer arrangment,hotels,rafting..all went smooth and we had a great time.
we have to point out the courtesy and kindness of Puru and his staff they were so helpful and above all professional -we felt very safe and secure with them.

Poon Hill Hot Spring Trek
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Trip Facts & Figures:

Duration: 09 days from Arrival to Departure

Max. Altitude: Poon Hill (2775m)

Trek Grade: Easy

Best Travel Time: February to Mid June, September - November are the best seasons.  Dec & January are Winter, We can go for the trek  can be snow on the trail, July & August are rainy time and not highly recommended.

Trip Snippets: 09 days, 5 night’s hotels, 3 nights Lodges, Breakfast in the city and All meals on trek are included

Departure Dates: We are able to offer this trek on any dates during the months Feb, March, April, May, June, Sept, Oct, November and December for a group of 1 to 15 people.

Equipment rental: We advise you to bring all of your clothing and gear from home, however in Kathmandu there are many shops to buy and rent trek related equipment

Your trek Back pack/duffle bag: Your baggage on trek will be carried by our porters, the maximum weight per trekkers is 15kg including your sleeping bag and down jacket, Other items not required on trek can be stored in our office or your hotel in Kathmandu.

Transportation: Tourist Bus, Private Car/Van, Plane.

Activity: City tour, Trekking

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