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Ghorepani Poon Hill Easy Trek is one of the most exciting and breathtaking treks with evergreen trekking path. The amazing mountain scenery and the ancient ethnic villages stand incredibly. Poon Hill easy trekking best known for short and easy trek fulfills dreams for a glimpse of snowcapped mountain peaks and experience Himalayan culture in a lifetime. A path passing along the Modi Khola from Kyumi leads up to Ghandruk, which is also connected from Nayapul. Ghandruk is a large beautiful village with fabulous views of the Annapurna south peak taking to Tadapani and then head west to Ghorepani. The trail continues through patchwork valleys, dense mossy rhododendron forests, and past icy waterfalls. 

 

Ghorepani Trekking region has been the charming village, inhabited by the bravest and the legendry ethnical group of Nepal named as Gurungs with a unique culture and sound hospitality. The panorama of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna peaks from the vantage Poon Hill view point [3190m] above Ghorepani are the most spectacular mountain escapes on Earth. The Hill point mesmerizes with the heavenly view of sunrise and golden color views of Annapurna ranges. Poon Hill easy trek is short Hiking trail giving an opportunity for amazing views of Mountain above then 8000m including prominent Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri and some important as Nilgiri, Machhhapuchhure, Lamjung Himal, Himchuli and many more green hills. From Ghorepani, the trail descends steeply to Nayapul.

 

The abrupt variation in altitude found in the way of Annapurna Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek made it astonishing. A Dense forest of rhododendron, hundred’s species of birds, flora, and faunas with deep sub-tropical valleys has brought the importance of Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking. The trekkers who wish to explore the different experience of culture and heritages, distinct Nepalese lifestyle, views of Himalaya, rewarding nature; the evergreen trail of Annapurna Ghorepani region trek can be adventurous.  On our whole trek, we use the mountain lodges called the tea houses for our feedings and accommodation.

 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport

Day 02: A full day recreational tour of Kathmandu.

Day 03: Flight or Drive to Pokhara, 25 minutes flight or 6-7 hour drive.

Day 04: Pokhara Trek to Tikhedhunga (1540m): walking distance 3-4 hours

Day 05: Tikhedunga Trek to Ghorepani (2775m): walking distance 4-6 hours

Day 06: Hike to Poon Hill and trek to Tadapani (2540m): walking distance to Tadapani 5-6 hours

Day 07: Tadapani Trek to Ghandhruk (1940m): walking distance 2-3 hours

Day 08: Ghandhruk Trek to Birethanti (1065m) and drive to Pokhara: walking distance 3-5 hours

Day 09: Pokhara to Kathmandu, 25 minutes flight or 6-7 hour drive.

Day 10: Final Departure

Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will be present there at airport for your convenience to greet you and transfer to your desired hotel. As you become comfortable and freshen up after your long journey, you will be asked to pay your visit at our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast. 

Day 2: A full day recreational tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
The very next morning, after breakfast you will be taken for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You will have great chance to visit center of pilgrimage Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath might make you feel calm and peace and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square takes you to the ancient Nepalese culture. On journey back to hotel, you can explore the local areas, gullies and lifestyle. After your dinner, you can perhaps take leisurely stroll through the famous streets like Thamel, Kings Way, New Road etc.

Day 3: Flight or Drive to Pokhara, 25 minutes flight or 6-7 hours drive
After having your breakfast, we will drive you to the Domestic Airport to take a 25 minutes flight to Pokhara, over viewing the sceneries. Or if you wish to explore Nepal more, you can take a Tourist bus to Pokhara about 6-7 hour drive including short stops for lunch and breakfast enjoying with scenic beauty all the way around. In the evening, a boating trip on Phewa Lake will be followed where you can enjoy the spectacular views of Annapurna Himalaya Range reflected in all it's glory in the calm green water of the lake and visit Bindavasini Temple lying in middle of the lake.         
               
Day 4: Pokhara Trek to Tikhedhunga (1540m): walking distance 3-4 hours, 540 meters ascent - 9.6 km
Enjoying the breakfast in very morning, your journey for Annapurna Ghorepani Poon Hill trek begins. A car drive for about 1 and half hour through large village Lumle brings you to Nayapul. The trek starts from here, dropping at first on a staircase and then traversing high above the river on a wide stone-paved trail to a large and prosperous town Birethanti (1000m). The Ghorepani trail follows the main street of Birethanti, winding through the bamboo forests and past waterfalls with plunge pools inviting you for a refreshing swim. Beyond a pasture used by pony caravans, the trail reaches a small village Sudami, where you can have your lunch. After lunch climb steadily up the side of the valley to reach Hille (1510m) and after a short waking you will arrive Tikhedunga. We spend the overnight at guest house.

Day 5: Tikhedunga trek to Ghorepani (2775m): walking distance 4-6 hours, 1360 meters ascent - 9.4 km
The trail crosses the Tikhedunga River on a suspension bridge, then drops and crosses the Bhurungdi khola on a large bridge at 1520m. The trail climbs very steeply on a stone staircase that is said to have more than 3300 steps. The unrelenting staircase continues to the large Magar village of Ulleri (2080m). From Ulleri the trail gently climb through pastures and cultivated fields. You walk up besides the cascading river through refreshingly cool oak and Rhododendron forest. The trail crosses two sparkling clear streams, a small ridge and another stream before making a short climb to Nangathanti (2460m). We have a little rest with lunch here at Nangathanti. In winter the trail can be covered with snow. The day destination Ghorepani (2750m) is reached after about an hour past Nangathanti.

Day 6: Hite to Poon Hill and trek to Tadapani (2540m): walking distance to Tadapani 5-6 hours, 550 meters descent 710 meters ascent - 11.7 km
Most people rise before dawn the following day to make the early-morning excursion to Poon Hill (3210m), one of the best Himalaya view point in Nepal, provides an unobstructed view of sunrise over the high Himalayas. The spectacular panorama stretches from Dhaulagiri I (8167m) and Tukuche (6920m) to Nilgiri (6940m), Annapurna South, Annapurna I (8091m), Hiuchhuli (6441m) and Tarke Kang (7193m). Gangapurna (7454m), Lamjung Himal (6986m) and the Mt. Fishtail (Machhapuchhre 6997m) make your breath and eyes caught. Watching the beautiful sunrise is a defining moment with lots of pleasure and tranquility.  
After breakfast trek to Tadapani starts. A short early morning climb to the Deurali pass for a spectacular panorama over Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. Trail descends steeply through dense moss-covered forest with rich bird life to Tadapani which also provides a close up sunset view.

Day 7: Tadapani Trek to Ghandhruk (1940m): walking distance 2-3 hours, 720 meters descent - 6.5 km
Today the trekking trail descends steeply through rhoddendron forests to Baise Kharka. You can encounter with monkeys and wide varieties of birds. The right-hand trail makes a short, steep descent among rocks to a stream crossing then leads out a ridge towards Ghandruk. Ghandruk is the second largest Gurung village in Nepal. You can explore the maze like streets of this thriving Gurung settlement. Enjoying a good mountain view of Annapurna South and Fishtail, you can spend an overnight here in guest house.

Day 8: Ghandhruk Trek to Birethanti (1065m) and drive to Pokhara: walking distance 3-5 hours, 1000 meters ascent 10.5 km
Today the gradually decline down to the village. The trail passes through small hamlets, terraced rice fields and subtropical forests giving a very beautiful glimpse. We will mostly follow the ever flowing Modi Khola along an ease and pleasant walk to Birethanti. The trail makes a steep, sometimes treacherous descent on a narrow path alongside the stream. The descent becomes more gentle as the route reaches Banthanthi. We continue our walk to Nayapul and catch a private vehicle to get to Pokhara. We spend a beautiful night in Pokhara city. You can have some expedition over city streets.

Day 9: Pokhara to Kathmandu, Take a 25 minutes flight or 6/7 hour Drive.
You can take a fight or take a drive to Kathmandu. At the evening you can have your last night in Nepal enjoying the Nepali cultural dinner show, taking some beautiful snaps and making up your mind for the returning journey. You can have a greetings exchanging among friends and with all Nepalese people.

Day 10: Final Departure
With lots of grateful to you, we will proudly drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home. Your Safe journey with beautiful and adventurous days in Nepal is always our slogan.

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 Phedi 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.
  • 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. How to enter Annapurna poon hill?

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. When is the best time to go to Poon hill easy trek?

Mainly we have 2 seasons Poon hill  easy trekking, the autumn (September, October & November) and spring (March, April & May)season are good when weather is pleasant, The monsoon rains have cleared the sky of dust and the views are often spectacular, clear sky, flowers are in blooming, good trail condition. The winter Dec, Jan and Feb is recommended for this trek as it goes maximum height of 3190m so not very cold, some time we may expect the foggy weather, The summer (June, July, August is rainy season so visibility can be less and rain will be issue, considering Summer June is ok as in general rain will nearly from last week of June. The benefit to do the trek in off season is there are not many tourists, very easy to find the best rooms in the lodge.

Q. How fit do I have to be?

Trekking to Poon hill is considered easy trekking, people have no previous trekking or mountaineering experience can do the trekking easily, only you need to trek 6 hours in the rocky trail, easy trek means we don’t go more heights and there is no altitude issue but working style is same mostly up and down hills and minimum 5 to 6 hours of walking.  We can tailor made the trip itinerary depends on people fitness level.

Q. Do I really need to use a guide for this trek?

We always recommend to have a guide for any trekking in Nepal Himalaya, there were few trekkers already missed and lost in the some trekking trail, the mountain trail is easily losable and most of the places have no sign for trail junction so people have difficulty which direction to go. A great guide will make your overall experience more memorable and enjoyable.

Q. Is it recommended to get Nepalese visa in advance or at the airport?

Obtaining Nepalese visa at arrival is easier expecting some time queuing. If you get your visa in advance, you can avoid the queue.
Don’t forget to carry two passport size photographs and to bring cash as ATM is not available at the site.
Note: If you are staying for more than 15 days, don’t forget to ask visa for 30 day.
Download Nepalese visa application form and fill it advance to avoid some que.

Q. How should I prepare for the trek?

The main things in the trek is one should able to walk 5-6 hours every day in rough rocky trail, so every day short walk up to 1 hour,1,2 month before the trek  is best suggestion, jogging, yoga will be also advisable.

Q. Can I trek as solo women, is it safe?

There is never problem trekking with solo women or join in the group, we have operated trek for many single female traversal our guide and porters are honest, trust worthy, reliable and carefully chosen for your trips, you will not face any problem trekking with your guide, you will meet many likeminded travelers during the trail.

Q. Can I drink the local water during the trek?

You can use the chlorine tablets and used the same water as locals do. bottled water also  available throughout the trek  but the prices are expensive, you can get a boiled or hot water also in the guest house, wise is get the water purification tablets and use the normal water.

Q. Can I charge my gadgets?

Yes, you can charge batteries along the trek (US$2-3 per hour) most of the  guest houses have electricity facilities. You may want to consider bringing a solar charger which is now widely available.

Q. Can I buy a Sim Card in Nepal and will it work on the trek?

You can buy the Ncell Sim very easily (you need passport photo and passport copy). It worked at most places during the trekking.

Q. Bank and ATM services are available or not?

Yes, you will have facilities like bank and ATM service in Pokhara. There is banks and ATM service available. But it's better to carry cash as it's uncertain to function.

Q. Am I too old to do this trek?

We saw older people on the trail more easily they finish the trek, this trek is suitable for 2 years to 80 years old people, for baby we provide the extra porter to carry and have already organize a trek for many families with their small children’s. People who have passion for mountain can do this trek.

Q. What type of shoes should I buy?

Good comfortable trekking shoes is the most important for the trek, for shorter trek tennis shoes or snickers is ok while longer treks requites the good boots have good ankle support, plenty of tow room for long descents, a bit like timberlands, they are a bit heavier, but most importantly you want to get those that wrap the angle, this prevents you from twisting your ankles on uneven grounds. Good lightweight trekking boots or light all leather boots are perfect. Proper fit is a must for boots and must be lightly worn before use it for trekking.

Q. What if I get sick while on trek?

It depends on nature of sickness. If you have a some minor health problem we will give you our medicine, our guide will take immediate action according to the situation, for worse case we will arrange a helicopter consulting with your Insurance company and rescue you, altitude is not big issue trek nearly 3000m.
These are the questions we are often asked and we hope that you will find the answers useful. We are often asked the above questions and we hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions or just want to have a chat about the trek.

Trip Facts & Figures:

Duration: 10 days

Highest Altitude: 3210 m 

Lowest Altitude: 1038m

Trek Grade: Easy

Joining in: Kathmandu Nepal

Location: Annapurna Trekking Regions

Best time: Mid-Oct-end-Nov is the best time. February – June and September – December are well too.

Guide: Government certified hiking & trekking Guide

Lodging: Twin sharing tea house/guest house accommodation private room, on request can provide single room also for single travelers depends on room availability in season time in busy trekking routes.

Food: Breakfasts Lunch and dinners (typical Nepali cuisine - vegetarian option usually available)

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Gear List

Personal necessary

The following basic equipments checklists should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. At the start of the trek your packed trek bag should weigh not more than 33 pounds or 15 kg.

01. Back pack (60 ltr -70 ltr) - with comfortable shoulder straps, frame, and back pack cover (line the bag with polythene).
02. Waterproof Trekking shoes with spare laces – recommended high ankle with good grips,
03. Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
04. 2 synthetic /waterproof Track Pants
05: T-shirts - 3
06. Fleece jacket or pullover or Sweater also recommended
07. 1 Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
08. 1 Down Jacket or Gore Tex Jacket heavy one
09. Thermal Inners.
10. Socks, Cotton 2/3 pairs, Woolen 2/3 pairs
11. 2 pair Lightweight gloves, in winter recommended, Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
12. Sun hat/Woolen cap, or scarf
13. Sun protection cream.
14. Underwear (6)
15. Hiking shorts (2)
16. Lip Balm/ cold cream.
17. Walking Stick – recommend having it minimum 1

 
Other necessary equipments

1. Sleeping bag rated to (-20 degree Celsius), if traveling in winter sleeping bag liner also recommended
2. Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
3. Personal Medical Kit
4. Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
5. Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
6. Water bottles (2) 1 Liter each.
7. Toiletries
8. Quick dry Towel- It should be light / thin.

For more ideas what should bring please visit the Equipment list Or get back to us on puru@abovethehimalaya.com