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Ghorepani - Poonhill - Ghandruk Trek

Nepal Eco Adventure - 7 days

  • Ghorepani - Poonhill - Ghandruk Trek
  • 7 days / 6 nights
  • Max. group: 10 Persons
  • Difficulty: Easy
Overview
Route
Included
Accommodation
Safety
Packing List
Nepal Eco Adventure
FAQ
How to Book

Overview

> Dicover the mixture of villages and farmland at Ghandruk
> Visit the Annapurna Sanctuary and enjoy its magnificent views
> Enjoy the view of the terraced farmland above Pokhara

This Ghorepani, Poon Hill, Ghandruk Trek is one of the most renowned Eco-treks of Nepal. This is the best option to experience the Himalayas, its people, its nature, its culture, and its flora and fauna along with other treasures of Nepal. This light trip is perfect for honeymoon couples, families, students, and novice adventurers who wish to enjoy the captivating natural and cultural aspects of Nepal. This is a short and beautiful trek for all adventurers.

Poon Hill (3210m), one of the best sunrise viewpoints of the trek, is perfect for admiring the glorious Annapurna Range and Dhaulagiri Range in the shimmering sunlight during dawn and dusk. The 7th highest mountain in the world Mt. Dhaulagiri I (8167 m) and the 10th highest mountain, Mt. Annapurna (8091 m) along with Machchhapuchhre (Fishtail), Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Himchuli and Tukuche Peak are the highlights of the trip that can be enjoyed throughout the journey. The different seasons bring sightings of different flora and fauna in the trails, making every trip in this region a unique and rich experience. Spring is the best season to go there, as all the forests are covered with beautiful Rhododendron flowers, birds and insects of the Annapurna Conservation Area.

Route

What’s the plan?

Day 01 – Drive to Pokhara
We will drive to Pokhara right after breakfast and enjoy the scenic route along the bank of Trishuli River for 7 to 8 hours. Overnight at a hotel or lodge in the lakeside area.

Day 02 – Drive to Nayapul and trek to Hile
We will drive for about 41 km to Nayapul. The trek will officially begin after entering the checkpoint at ACAP. From here we will walk for about 3 hours while enjoying the scenery and the nature, listening to the flowing Bhurungdi Khola to Hile. We will spend the night in one of the lodges.

Day 03 – Trek to Ghorepani
Early in the morning we will pass through Tikhedhunga and the steep climbs of Ulleri. You will enjoy glorious views of the mountains. The mixture of culture and nature seen in the local villages along with the farms, streams and springs will provide you a serene experience. We will pass through the Rhododendron forests and reach Ghorepani to spend the night.

Day 04 – Trek up to Poonhill in the morning and then to Tadapani
This day’s trek will start earlier so you can witness the sunrise views in the majestic mountains. The 45 minute walk to Poonhill is one of the most enriching walks with unparalleled views of the golden rays of the sun shining on the snow capped mountain peaks. We will return to the hotel for lunch and continue our walk from there, for about 5-6 hours to Tadapani. We will spend the night in one of the lodges.

Day 05 – Trek to Ghandruk village
The 2/3 hour trek to Ghandruk will mostly include steep descents. We will pass through forests, streams, ridges and finally stone steps to reach the beautiful and historic village of Ghandruk. The main inhabitants are the Gurkhas. The village surrounded by Annapurna and Machchhapuchhre is one of the largest Gurung settlements in the country. The welcome and hospitality of the people will bring you a truly traditional experience in a natural setting. We will spend the night there.

Day 06 – Trek down to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara
On the last day, we will go down most of the time, walking through stone steps amidst terraces and fields leading to Syaulibazaar. You will enjoy the changing views of the various mountains as a relaxing experience. The trail will get a little rough before reaching Birethanti and then Nayapul. We will end our trek here and take a drive back to Pokhara. You will have the opportunity to either rest, take a walk or chill in one of the many restaurants and pubs in the lakeside area.

Day 07 – Drive back to Kathmandu
After enjoying the sunrise, boating or traveling to some famous tourist destinations in Pokhara, we will drive back to Kathmandu for 6 to 7 hours, and say farewell once we will reach our destination. May you enjoy the rest of your trip in Nepal!

Included

Included:

√ Pick up and transfer to and from airport
Your trekking companies able to pick you up from your hotel and return you after the trekking. If you need a transfer to and from the airport in Kathmandu, then this can also be organized.

√ Transport
You will take a tourist bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back. The trekking company will take care of all the arrangements.

√ Accommodation during the trek
While trekking in the mountain you will spend your nights in local gest houses commonly known as Tea Houses. Moreover, you will spend two nights at a standart hotel in Pokhara, including breakfast.

√ English speaking guide and a porter
One porter per two trekkers. This way you don’t have to carry your complete equipment yourself. You will also be accompanied by a licensed, english speaking local guide.

√ Salary, food, insurance, and accommodation for guide and porter
The total amount covers not only your own basics, but also those of your guide and porter. No unpleasant surprises.

√ Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are prepared during your time in the mountain. The food along the trail will be simple and a mix of local and international cuisine. Despite being basic, the meals will give you enough energy for your appetite. Fruit is also available after each meal. Bear in mind that the meals in Pokhara are not included.

√ Coffee and Tea
Coffee and tea are also organized by the trekking company. Every morning fresh coffee and tea are made. There are scheduled breaks to enjoy this.

√ Permits
The total amount includes the costs of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permit. This also applies to the TIMS Card, to the Trekkers Information Management System.

√ T-shirt, Cap and Map
The trekking company will give you a Nepal Eco Adventure T-shirt and Cap as souvenirs. You will also be given a Ghorepani-Poonhill treking map.

√ Equipment
In order to pull in the Himalayas as prepared as possible, it is important to bring a good down jacket and sleeping bag. These are provided by your trekking company. Your trekking company will also provide a duffel bag and walking poles during your time in the mountain.

√ Assistant Guide for a Group of over 6 People
If your group is larger than 6 people, we will take an extra assistant guide with you to support you.

√ First Aid Kit
During the trek, a first aid kit will be availiable together with a Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice a day.

Excluded:

× Visa for Nepal
Your trekking company will not take responsibility for the travel visa for Nepal. This should be organized by yourself. Contact your local Nepalese embassy for the latest visa information.

× Flights to and from Nepal
The total amount is also exclusive of flights to and from Nepal. To get an idea of which airlines are flying on Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), have a look at the website.

× Meal in Pokhara
The meals in Pokhara are not included except for breakfast, which will be provided at the hotel.

× Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.

× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Nepal.

× Tipping
Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous and read our blog post about tipping when you are planning to go trekking in Nepal.

× Desserts, Hot Shower, Hot Water, Mineral Water and Wi-Fi
Certain luxuries such as desserts, a hot shower, hot running water, bottles of mineral water and Wi-Fi should be missed during a typical trek in the Himalayas. The water we encounter along the way is drinkable and is heated or boiled by us.

Accommodation

Accomodation

During the trek we stay in lodges or teahouses. The teahouses are basic of nature. Some of them have a squatter toilet, while others provide a western style alternative . Showers do not always have hot water and most tea houses charge for the use of hot water. Some teahouses have access to the internet, but always at extra charge. Please read our blog about the teahouses in Nepal.  Moreover, you will spend two nights at a standart hotel in Pokhara, including breakfast.

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Safety

Safety

Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks. In addition, the routes are ideally designed to give you enough time to acclimatize.

While the intention is to stick to the described route, a certain degree of flexibility is built in. In some cases it may be necessary to change the route here and there. The mountains are full of surprises, and the weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable. The guides continuously carry out risk assessments throughout the expedition. It is therefore best to plan a number of extra days in Nepal for possible unforeseen circumstances. Read all about altitude sickness here.

Packing List

Packing List

Trekking in Nepal requires decent gear. Especially the basics like a backpack and quality trekking socks. Here we provide you with a list of items we consider you must bring to this trek. You can also read a more extensive blog here about what to bring with you.

Documents
– Passport
– Travel insurance
– Boarding passes for flights
– 2 passport photos
– Driving License
– Dollars in cash
– Credit card (make sure you have $500 available on your card
in case evacuation by helicopter is required)

Sleep
– Sleeping bag
– Extra sleeping bag lining

Footwear
– Mountain shoes: 3 or 4 season lightweight
– Slippers or sandals for the city
– Aircraft shoes (optional)

Clothing
– Make sure you have non-cotton clothing for during the trek
– 2 t-shirts with underlayer (e.g. running t-shirts)
– Fleece / softshell jacket
– Waterproof jacket
– Down jacket for warmth
– Travel and citywear
– Underwear
– Trousers for underlayer (optional)
– Waterproof pants
– Trekking pants
– Trekking shorts (optional)
– 2 thick trekking socks
– Lightweight and breathable trekking socks
– Gloves and woolen hat

Accessories
– One backpack: 35 liters
– A duffel bag or backpack with straps to go over your back (Max
8kg weight for the porters to carry)
– Drybag or waterproof cover for your backpack
– Water bottle/thermos: at least 2 litres.
– Sunglasses
– Sunscreen
– Personal medication – Inhaler, blister plasters, etc.
– General toiletries, contact lenses, spectacles (if necessary)
– Towel
– Electronics – Headlight, travel adapter, phone & charger
– Lip balm
– Book
– MP3/Music and headphones
– Hand disinfectant, biodegradable wet wipes

Nepal Eco Adventure

Nepal Eco Adventure

Nepal Eco Adventure has office in the heart of Kathmandu, Nepal’s most touristic city. Nepal Eco Adventure makes everything possible for its customer satisfaction. Nepal Eco Adventure is a team of experts with the greatest possible amount of experience.

Nepal Eco Adventure serves its customers by offering various attractions in Nepal and thus also provides them with more information about Nepal and its culture. Our manager is also a trekking guide in Nepal, so the whole company exudes the culture of trekking.

We build on experience and invaluable local expertise in the Nepalese Himalayas. Our thorough knowledge of trekking, experienced hikers and tour guides, the ties with TAAN, Nepal Tourism Board, RastraBank Nepal and Company Registration Centre Nepal are the most important points that make your trip perfect, safe and enjoyable.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Best Season
If you have read our blog post about the best time for trekking in Nepal, you will know that every season in Nepal is suitable for trekking. However, in certain times of the year the one area of Nepal is more favorable than the other. Most people who go trekking in the Everest region and Gokyo Valley do so from March till the beginning of June and from September till the end of December. The Annapurna Region is best enjoyed in March to May and from October all the way to December. Just like Everest, you can trek in Annapurna all year round. The same seasons are most popular when talking the Manaslu Circuit and the Langtang Valley. The Upper Mustang is your choice during the Monsoon season when the rest of the country gets more rainfall. The Upper Dolpo is perfect most of the year, especially from March all the way to November.

Porters
Bookatrekking.com strives to only work with providers who treat porters in a fair manner. Without porters, there is no trekking in Nepal. They are the heart and soul of your adventure and they every day carry part of your gear. Bookatrekking.com always tries to find a balance between an affordable trekking adventure and the fair treatment of porters.

Tipping
Porters are partly dependent on tipping. The cheaper your trekking, the more likely it is that the salary for porters is low. In any case, this must be compensated with tipping. It is an unwritten law in the Himalayas. On your way you will notice that the amount of tipping is a hot topic. At the end of the trek there is an opportunity to give tips. The rxule of thumb is to count 10 to 15% of the total amount of the trek. This can be divided into 60-40. The 60% of the amount goes to the guide and 40% is for the porter(s).

Currency and Payment Methods
We recommend you to bring US dollars or euros to pay for your visa, further travel and other costs. It is easiest to travel in Nepal with US dollars. Nepal has reasonable banking facilities with branches of a number of international local commercial banks. Credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted. ATMs can be found everywhere in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There are ATMs in larger cities during the hikes. However, it is a good idea to bring enough money from Kathmandu or Pokhara as in Nepal you never know if the ATMs will work.

Visa Nepal
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu you can get a tourist visa. USD 25 for 15 days from the date of issue, USD 40 for 30 days and USD 100 for 90 days tourist visa. You need two passport photos. You can apply for an online visa here.

Vaccinations
No immunizations are required vsiting Nepal, but it’s always worth checking which vaccinations are recommended and check you are up-to-date with all your boosters.

Although you can get vaccinations in Kathmandu, it’s generally better (and often cheaper) to get them before your trip. Either way, it’s always worth consulting with your local doctor or nurse for up-to-date travel and inoculation advice at least 6 weeks before your planned departure date.

The main recommended vaccinations for Nepal are Hepatitis A, Typhoid, and Meningitis. Boosters are also recommended for Tetanus, Polio, Mumps, and Measles.Depending on your travel plans, you may also consider inoculations against Japanese Encephalitis, Hepatitis B, and Rabies. This is especially important if you have young children, plan to stay for an extended period of time, working in health care, or visiting rural areas and the lowlands of the Terai Region.

How to Book

How does it work?

On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking adventure your match? In that case you can proceed to booking. At Bookatrekking.com you make a deposit of 15% of the total amount. You pay the remaining amount on location prior to the trek directly to the trekking company. Bookatrekking.com uses only the safest payment methods. Once your booking has been received, your place is reserved, your place is safe and you can look forward to your chosen trekking. After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on support@bookatrekking.com The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy

You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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