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Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking

  • Duration: 10 days
  • Group Size: 2+
  • Grade: moderate
  • Max Altitude: 3210
  • Starting Point: Kathmandu
  • Ending Point: Kathmandu
  • Accommodation: 3 star level hotel in Kathmandu and tea houses during the trek
  • Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek
  • Traspotation:

    Domestic flight and private vehicles


This area, north of Pokhara, Ghorepani offers some of the most dramatic close-up views of the highest and most beautiful mountains in the world. The abrupt variation in altitude found here is astonishing. From the Pokhara airstrip (850m) the summit of Machhapuchre (6,997m) is less than 20 miles away, with no obstructing ranges to spoil the view. In fact the views in the whole area are fabulous. Poon Hill, from where we can have a wonderful glance of the mid-western lined mountains has incredible latitudinal range, unusual geography and a pleasant climate making trekking in this area a real naturalist’s dream. The return trail follows one of the most important trading routes between India and Tibet. This is also a major pilgrimage route. We meet traders and both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims during the trek. The Magars and Gurungs (backbone of the famous Gurkha regiments) are the main inhabitants of this region.

The incredible latitudinal range, unusual geographical and climatic mix makes the trekking in this area a real naturalist’s dream. In less than a week we move from the sub-tropical areas around Pokhara to high Tundra and the glaciers of the sanctuary.

The lower area of the range is inhabited by Gurungs and Magars, the sturdy Gurkhas by legend. Here, the home turf of these friendly smiling people that became the famous Gorkha regiments of the British and Indian armies can be experienced. Pokhara is the main trade center for the whole of this region where Gurungs and Newars live. The return trail follows one of the historical and most important trading routes between India and Tibet. This journey also forms a major pilgrimage route between India and Tibet.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu Airport & Transfer to Hotel.  
Day 02: Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus (7/8 hours 202 km.)
Day 04: Pokhara to Tirkhedhunga (1577m)
Day 05: Ghorepani/ Poon hill to Tadapani
Day 06: Ghandrung- Deurali
Day 07: Deurali - Pokhara
Day 08: Sishtseeing in Pokhara Valley 
Day 09: Pokhara - Kathmandu
Day 10: After breakfast Departure from Kathmandu.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu Airport & Transfer to Hotel.  

Day 02: Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley.
Full day sight seeing in Kathmandu valley world heritage.   

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus (7/8 hours 202 km.)
Over night tourist standard hotel/guest house in Pokhara  

Day 04: Pokhara to Tirkhedhunga (1577m)
After breakfast take a bus ride to Nyapul(trek starting point) for one hour than trek to Birethanty for 30minates where trekking permit and national park permit will be checked. The trail continues along the Bhurungdi Khola pasing through small villages and water fall you will reach a small village called Tirkhedhunga. Where you will spend a nights.  

Day 05: Ghorepani/ Poon hill to Tadapani
Early in the morning climb uphill for one hour to reach Poonhill (3210m) for sunrise tour and wider view of mountain. in infront, you will see the imposing Dhaulagiri accompanied by Tukuche Peak, Annapurna south, and a Hiumchuli. To reach to Tadapani , climb through Rhododendron forest opposite side of Poonhill. Which will take about 5hrs.  

Day 06: Ghandrung- Deurali
From Ghandrung we trek down hill through villages and terraced fields to Ghandruk Phedi through stone steps build by local women group in local language (Aama shamuha) cross iron Swiss bridge build by Gorkha solders. Team. Trek will steeply climb up hill to a second largest village call Landruk, then trek will follow through paddy field and forest so my different species of bird will be able to view along this trail. Over night at lodge.   

Day 07: Deurali - Pokhara
Early in morning you will have magnificent view of Annapurna Ranges, take a breakfast your trek will decent down to Phedi. Here we arrange transport back to Pokhara 30 minutes drive by private vehical. Overnight Pokhara.   

Day 08: Sishtseeing in Pokhara Valley 
Sight seeing in Pohara An enchanting Himaloayan Valley: if Kathmandu is the cultural hub of Nepal, then Pokhara is its center of adventure. Pokhara is resort city of remarkable beauty. The serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificent summit of Machhapurhcre rising behind it create an ambiance of peace and magic.   

Day 09: Pokhara - Kathmandu
We take the bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu, where you have the option of taking one of our First48 accommodation packages.  

Day 10: After breakfast Departure from Kathmandu.

No departure dates as of now

What is included?

  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • Land transportation throughout the trek
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse/ Lodge accommodation during the trek
  • A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees
  • An experienced English-speaking trek guide including salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • 2 trekkers:1 porter including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National Park Permit, TIMS card )
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

What is not Excluded?

  • International Flights
  • Your travel insurance
  • Hot Shower during the trek
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Extra hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Emergency evacuation services such as helicopter charter etc
  • Your personal nature expenses such as alcoholic drinks, phone calls etc
  • Services not mentioned in Include section
  • Tips and gifts for staff

The Trekking Group
For Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, you will have experienced trekking leader/guide, assistant trekking guide (1 assistant guide for 4 trekkers) and Sherpa porters for carrying the luggage (1 porter for 2 trekkers). This arrangement ensures that if any body in the group is sick, still we can lead the trip as planned. We can run the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek even for 1 person and maximum of twelve people as we've found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you'd like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.

Health & Experience Required
Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is a moderate to strenouse level trek suitable for nature loving and passionate trekkers who carry the ability to walk 4-6 hours a day with light back pack in high altitude. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in lower altitude, so it is advisable as well as supportive for this trek to do light exercise, jogging in nearby hill few weeks prior the trip. For this trek we don’t need any technical skills but past trekking experience would be an asset. However the most essential assets to accomplish this trek successfully are physical fitness, self confidence and strong determination.
Please do visit your medical doctor, consult him before heading to such altitude trekking destination. Those who have a problem of heart, lung, respiratory or blood should talk with their medical doctor and take his reference and report us before planning this trip with us. We deserve not to take those on our trip who are having such medical conditions.

Travel Insurance
It would be best of you to make a travel insurance before the trips that will be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to cancellation, medical issues or accidents (to include air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we don't arrange or sell insurance. 

Accommodations
All accommodations for Ghorepani Poonhill Trek are on twin sharing basis included in the trip cost and are chosen based on standard of hygiene, standard of service and food, location, etc. There are two types of accommodations during our trip. You will spend 3 nights in Kathmandu, 1 night in Pokhara in 3-star hotel and 4 nights in standard teahouse/lodge during trekking. Basically there are unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses in mountain. We provide attached rooms as much as possible, however teahouses/lodges of some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are a solo traveler, you will share a room with someone else of same sex of your group. If you prefer a single room, you can get single rooms on request by paying single supplement.

Why Us?
Epic Adventure is primarily dedicated to satisfy our travelers from around the globe. We give our best in this field because we are committed to providing you with the best services possible from our side. 

Meals
During the Trek, you can enjoy typical Nepali cuisine, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) from pizza and chips to apple pie. You can even enjoy hot chocolates, variety of breads, variety of drinks, and snacks. Breakfast of a day will be provided from the teahouse/lodge menu where you spent your night. Lunch will be served on the way to destination, dinner and breakfast in the teahouse where you will spend the night. A welcome dinner, a farewell dinner and breakfasts will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu. 

Equipments & Packing List
It is best if you pack the following for your trek:
Head:
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Sunglasses with UV protection

Lower Body:
- Under Garments
- Hiking shorts
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet:
- Thin, lightweight inner socks
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp

Upper Body:
- T-shirts
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket *

Hands:
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)

Accessories:
- Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F *
- Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
- Trekking Bags/Duffel bag *
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
- Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
- Trekking Poles *
- Water bottles
- Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
- Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)

Toiletries
- 1 medium sized quick drying towel
- Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
- Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
- Deodorants
- Nail clippers
- Face and body moisturizer
- Feminine hygiene products
- Small mirror

Personal Hygiene
- Wet wipes (baby wipes)
- Tissue /toilet roll
- Anti bacterial hands wash

Extras/Luxuries
- Binoculars
- Reading book
- Trail Map/Guide book
- Journal & Pen
- Walkman
- Pencils and small notebooks
- Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
- Swimming customs (for Kathmandu & Trek)

Acclimatization
AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) may cause from the altitude of 2,500m and altitude above 8,000 m is considered as “death zone”. The amount of oxygen decreases as altitude increase. Strike of AMS merely depends on person to person and it may cause even death. The initial symptoms of AMS are mild headache, loss of appetite, stomach disorder and later it increase as short breath, dizziness, fever, nausea and vomiting, and feeling very weak. Only the prevention from AMS is to ascending slowly and only the cure is to descend quickly. Epic Adventures designed the itinerary of Annapurna Base Camp Trek allowing the plenty of time to acclimatize.

Leader(s) & Staff Arrangements
To make your Ghorepani Poonhill Trek successful, enjoyable and memorable the most important thing you need to realize is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful trek leader and the crew members with the ability to operate your duration in the mountain smoothly. Epic Adventures only employs the experienced, trained and professional staffs who have fact and up-to-date knowledge about culture, history, flora, fauna and geography of Nepal. Trek leaders of Epic Adventures are also trained on biodiversity and environmental issues, potential medical issues during their trek, English language, etc:
Intensive Wilderness First Aid
Trekking Guide Training
Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet
English Language
Conservation and Biodiversity
Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

Porter Care
To say the truth, Nepal’s trekking and expedition industry is boost because of tireless effort of local Sherpa porters of Himalaya. Their physical effort to carry supplies, equipments, baggage and overall support make the trip to remote areas possible. But the history of their exploitation and abuse was so regrettable. To combat this we are strictly committed to porter rights. We provide them as much facilities and care as our trekkers would get. We have made full insurance of them against all the possible bad incidents, health and even helicopter rescue insurance. And for the porter's sake we require that all trekkers keep their luggage bag weight under 15kgs/33 pounds. 

Environmental Concerns
The Annapurna Region is stunningly beautiful, but equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as we do and so the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. We employ a 'zero impact' policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. We enforce a number of do's and don'ts, and our experienced staffs can advise you on how to minimize your impact.

Best Season
Autumn (mid Sept to mid Dec) and spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek. The weather is sunny and warm, with outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing. Also in the winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) Ghorepani Poonhill Trek can be done but we need to be fully prepared to fight against cold.
Weather in Himalayan region is unpredictable and change frequently. Your planned itinerary may need to be changed because of bad weather condition considering your safety. 

Additional Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us by email. If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us

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