The Ghorepani Poonhill Trek – at a trot through beautiful terrain…ideal for greenhorns and families with kids who seek a ‘first time’ to experience the thrills of trekking…
This is a soft trek for those who are cramped on time but still want to hike out in the more gentle part of the wild amidst some of the loveliest forms of nature ever seen…a trip that stirs your feelings….
This soft trek is well known as the ‘little’ Annapurna Circuit and is one of those lovable treks you’d like to do in Nepal. The highest point you hike up to is (3210 meters) and for many, the highlight is an early morning appointment with nature at Poon Hill for a fabulous sunrise over the Himalayas where the mountains stretch to Ghandruk, as far as the eye can see north towards Tibet & West towards the Dhaulagiri Himal and then swerves towards the East with superb views of the Annapurna Himal. The trail winds through rhododendron forest and enthralling traditional villages of Ghandrung, occupied by the families of brave Gurkha warriors who serve in several foreign armies; it’s a wonderful chance to witness the culture and tradition of the Nepalese countryside. As we hike the paths, there are breathtaking views of the snowy peaks of the Annapurna Ranges and the varied views of the sacred Mount Fishtail, added rewards of this venture. This is not a difficult trek but it helps if you have a reasonable degree of fitness. This trek is said to be the best introduction to a warm up for any challenging treks that you’d like to do big time in the future…out in the wild where the beauty is ever so natural…‘THE GHOREPANI POONHILL TREK’ tells you that when you haul up for a breather under the shade of a tree, you will think of someone who planted that tree a long time ago…figuring out that somebody like you would need it today…
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Trekking Code: STE/AR/04
Trip Duration: 9 Nights / 10 Days
Trekking/camping: 4 Nights / 5 Days
Trip Grade: Soft Adventure Trek – really enjoyable!!!
Transportation: Tourist coach /Private vehicle
Accommodations: Hotel and tea house Lodges
Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu/Pokhara and all meals during the trek
Maximum Altitude: 3210m
Starts & Ends in: Kathmandu
Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu at Tribhuwan International Airport
Day 2 : Free at your own leisure
Day 3 : Fly or drive (optional) to Pokhara & Trek to Birethanti [1075m]
Day 4 : Trek to Ghandruk [1940m]
Day 5 : Trek to Tadapani 
Day 6 : Trek to Ghorepani [2775m]
Day 7 : Trek to Tirkhedunga or Ulleri & proceed to Pokhara
Day 8 : Free day in Pokhara
Day 9 : Fly or drive (optional) to Kathmandu
Day 10 : Depart for home
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
It is fantastic flying into Kathmandu on a day with clear blue skies. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks spread down below you are almost rapturous, & begins a whole sequence of memorable experiences that stay with you for a real long time. An escort from our office will meet you at the airport and reach you to your hotel. Our representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel you will be oriented about your daily activities. This is your first overnight in the valley of temples, probably the most in the world.
Day 2: Free at your own leisure
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about what to do in your next free day.
The choice is yours: either you can stroll around the nearby market on your own or you can opt for a half/full day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest. The cost for this extra tour is not added in the trek cost and you have to pay extra depending on the places you choose to visit. This extra tour gives you deep insights into Nepal’s iconic monuments that have been recognized by UNESCO as world heritage sites. Sansui Treks will give you an orientation on your program & you will also get the opportunity to ask us any questions you may have regarding our upcoming adventure. When this is done, you might find time to shop around the city in the evening time if you need any gears for the trek. Overnight at your hotel
DAY 3: Fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu and trek to Birethanti [1075m]
We hop a thirty-minute flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu airport. During the flight, the views from your window seat give you mesmerizing views of glorious Manaslu and the snow-capped Annapurna mountain range. Soon after you hit the tarmac in Pokhara, we take a one-hour cruise to Naya Pool along the graceful Modi Khola Valley. On reaching our destination, we begin our highly thrilling Annapurna trek. The route winds through lush green forest & finally culminates at Birethanti after walking for one hour. Birethani houses well-stocked shops, hotels, cafes, a police check post, a bakery and a bank, a nice little village town to have fun and settle in for our first over night on the mountains.
Day 4: Trek to Ghandruk [1940m]
As we quit Birethani, we hike along terraced fields below the wonderful panorama of awe-inspiring glaciated Himalayan mountain ranges. As the trail moves across a group of flatlands, forest, cultivated lands and a suspension bridge over Khumnu Khola, we arrive at the scenic & beautiful village of Ghandruk after hiking for 3 to 4 hours. A supreme vantage point in this pristine & serene village offers breathtaking views of Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhare and Hiunchuli. Several hotels and teahouses at the village give us a warm welcome with sincere Nepalese hospitality while catering to the requirements of all trekkers’ who hit the trail through this village. Camping in its terraced fields give you the open wild feelings of adventure!
Day 5: Trek to Tadapani 
As we descend further down the trail showcasing rich rhododendron forests, gloriously cascading waterfalls with sparkling mountain streams; we experience the mystical vistas of nature at its best. After continuously climbing for 3 hours, we step into the zone of Tadapani at an altitude of 2540 meters. Tadapani offers the most magnificent mountain views of the overwhelming peaks of Annapurna South. [Walk approx 3 hours] we then crash out for the night.
Day 6: Trek to Ghorepani [2880m]
From Tadapani, we go further along steep trails. Nature lays before us exotic sights of majestic snow-capped mountain peaks, lush vegetation and rich plant life that is so wonderful to behold. We climb further through rhododendron forest to Deorali [3100m] and reach a hamlet and cultivated fields. Continue walking for 3 hours and finally we find ourselves in Ghorepani. Ghorepani also has houses lodges that provide food and accommodation to travelers out on the trail. Next, it’s an overnight.
Day 7: Trek to Nayapul, drive to Pokhara
After relishing the compelling sights of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak and other Himalayan giants from the crystal clear point of Poon Hill [3195m], we leave Ghorepani and hit the trail to Tirkhedunga before we carry on to Nayapul. As we go further in descending towards Birethanti; we find it lies stretched beside the Modi River and is a highly developed town. Your trails are made up of stone steps and as we pass through dense forest, we stumble into a small village of Ulleri. From Ulleri, a very steep section [with 3767 steps!] leads down to Hille on the Bhurungdi Khola. Forty minutes beyond Birethanti, we come to the main road. From here, we can easily access any means of transportation to drive to Pokhara. at eventide, you are free to wander by the lakes of Pokhara. [6 hrs walking]
Day 8: Free day in Pokhara
You can spend your day in Pokhara by taking part in any activities that interest you or you can just relax in your hotel or do some sightseeing on your own. Boating on the Fewa Lake would be a great option to enjoy the peace of the lake on its calm waters. It would also be good to send a few post cards home. Overnight by the lake at your villa
Day 9: Drive to Kathmandu
From Pokhara you drive to Kathmandu. On reaching the valley, it’s yours to do as you’d like. This is entirely your day. Maybe you would do some last minute shopping for the loved ones at home or probably just chill out with a few beers. Overnight in the valley of the gods
Day 10: Depart Kathmandu for home sweet home – Ciao Friends!!!
Our office escort team will take you to the airport for your flight home. (Or you can just stay longer for short tours such as a game drive at National parks, or go on some go-wild rafting, Tibet overland is another option. If you enjoy mountain biking then you can also do some outdoor excursions. Just let us now what you want. We’ll give you programs that would suit your budget.
A TH [Teahouse Lodge] is a term used for sleeping in teahouse lodges on the trails. These teahouses are pretty basic but provide all the comforts that you would expect when hiking in remote conditions, they are cosy and warm – you’d like the homely environment. We crash out in single rooms wherever available, but often times we sometimes have to adapt to sleeping out in dormitory type rooms for a night. Generally, it’s just a bed with a pillow and blankets. It’s a matter of choice, if you want, you bring your own ‘Air pillow’ and freak out anyways, this is adventure in the wild…the rougher it gets the better. We accommodate our trek groups in local lodges available each day. Our porters hike ahead of us to book the required rooms for the group (rooms cannot be booked in advance). Please note, that some of them are very basic and a spirit of adventure is the call of the day. It is cheaper to stay in lodges rather than organizing a camping trek.
We have a pool of hotels in Kathmandu under 3 Star categories which we provide to clients in connection with this itinerary, unless it is mentioned otherwise or clients have a special choice. You can check on the description of such hotels through our website. Accommodation is never a problem, the choice exclusively yours.
At ‘Incentive Holidays’ – its zero tolerance on cutting of cost when it comes down to feeding our trekking guests, because we know how tough it is on the trails; we ensure that the lodges provide three tasty, bountiful and nutritious meals daily with a variety of local and Western dishes. To start the day, breakfast is ‘king size’ [the first meal of the day] consisting of a choice of porridge, muesli and cereals followed by omelet, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads.
After a lengthy gritty day on the trail, dinner is a hearty 3 course meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetables, meat, rice and pasta dishes completed with a simple dessert. Don’t be surprised if the delectable ‘apple pie’ lands on your plate, it’s literally ‘yummy’’, even better than the ones you come across in Thamel. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided at all meals. We use as much fresh produce as possible and special diets are regularly catered for. The local trek leaders are able to maintain very tight controls on health and hygiene in the kitchen with respect to general cleanliness and food preparation and also within the group with respect to personal hygiene. This has allowed us to maintain extremely high standards of health over many years of planning treks - and good health is vital to an enjoyable and successful trek and climb. All foods are well cooked and vegetables are treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. Boiled water is served for drinking. Antiseptic soaps and potassium or iodine treated water are provided for washing. Special dietary requirements can always be catered for. ‘Gluttony is a sin’ but there are no restrictions on the grub we serve to our guests on the mountains; we leave it up to our trekking guests who are the best judge of their own appetites…Bon Appétit!!
NOTE : If there will be any changes in the schedule due to natural disaster (force majeure), Incentive Holiday will not be responsible for any extra expenses incurred.
Popular Sightseeing places in Kathmandu:
Half day sightseeing includes visit two of these places and full day sightseeing includes three of these places inside the ring-road of Kathmandu. Besides the above mentioned places, the charges will apply depending on the distance accordingly.
The best time to visit for a trip of this kind would be in the Spring and Autumn. It is wonderful duringthis time of the year when an overall beauties of the landscapes found in these trips are so distinct & stunning, due to clear weather pattern & sunny blue skies. Our program could be changed to accommodate individual group choices and preferences in order to give you proper holidays that become signature ventures for a lifetime.