Ghorepani Poonhill Treks 07 Days
The cityscape of Kathmandu and Boudhanath Stupa As you fly into Kathmandu, you'll have beautiful views over the valley, the Himalaya, and of the terraced fields below. After going through customs, a representative will be waiting to guide you through the initial culture shock of Kathmandu’s narrow, winding streets and get you settled into your hotel. Once you've settled in, head out and visit one of Kathmandu's cultural highlights. In the evening, the tourist hub of Thamel is a good place to grab your first meal, with a variety of restaurants to chose from offering both Western and local Nepali dishes.
Snow-capped views on your first day of trekking Today you'll be driven to Kathmandu domestic airport for a short flight to Pokhara and will transfer to Nayapul, from where the trek begins! Your first trail will head uphill through fertile farms of rice, maize, and millet fields. Following the main trail of Birethanti, pass by a small waterfall and continue until you reach Sudami where you will stop and have lunch. Get back on your feet after this midday break and climb steadily along the side of the valley until you reach Tikhedhunga Teahouse for your overnight stay.
Wake up for an early breakfast at your teahouse in preparation for your big climb to Ulleri. The trek begins with a steep stone stairway—3,767 steps to be exact—up the ridgeline, eventually leading you through cultivated fields. Once you've completed this section, the rest of trail continues through a scenic area of blooming rhododendron blossoms and old oak forests. Keep climbing uphill until you reach Nangethanti, which is your stop for lunch. Thanti is a Nepali word that means "rest house"; keep in mind that during winter months, the trail can be covered with snow. Work off your lunch and continue the climb until you get to Ghorepani, a village surrounded by spectacular scenery that's popular with trekkers.
View of the Annapurna range from Poon Hill Start off with an early morning wake up call and begin your pre-dawn climb to Poon Hill (10,500 ft) in just about an hour. This is a spiritual place that provides majestic scenery, especially when the rising sun casts golden light on the nearby snow-covered peaks like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fishtail, and Singa Chuli, to name a few. Grab a masala tea from the coffee shack and enjoy the sublime views with your fellow trekkers. You'll then return downhill to Ghorepani for a hearty breakfast before continuing a full-day of trekking towards the small village of Tadapani. This trail works itself uphill and downhill through a range of landscapes and microclimates, so keep your camera (and warm layers) close.
After breakfast in Tadapani, the trail continues to descend steeply until you get to Syauli Bazar through amazing hillside landscapes, forests, and terraced rice fields. Your trek will end at Nayapul where you'll be transferred to your hotel in Pokhara. Even from this urban environment, you'll be rewarded with magnificent views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, the peaks of Annapurna, and others. Upon arrival in Pokhara, settle in your hotel and enjoy the afternoon and evening on your own. This relaxed lakeside town is the gateway to the Himalayas, so there are plenty of cool cafés, restaurants, funky shops, and yoga studios that cater to expats and adventure travelers.
After breakfast, you may have time to do more sightseeing, relax, or check out one of the Pokhara's coffee shops. About 1.5 hours before your flight, you'll be picked up from your hotel and taken to the domestic airport to catch your flight back to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, you'll be transferred to your hotel and can enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening at your leisure. Explore Kathmandu's streets on foot, bicycle, or rickshaw, perhaps shopping for souvenirs or seeing anything you may have missed at the beginning of your trip. In the evening, choose from a selection of various club and pub, celebration of completion of trek.
- Airport pick up and drop off
- 3 night hotel in Kathmandu in three star category with full board meal
- Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara (all meal breakfast lunch and dinner from day 03 to day 05)
- All meal with fixed menu during trekking area
- All trekking permit and entrance fees
- Professional guide and porters
- ACAB permit
- Bar bills, personal nature expenses, travel expenses
- International flights
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and pokhara
- Underwear (just in case you may forget!)
- 3-4 shirts
- 2 pairs of pants
- 1 pair of shorts (I didn’t wear shorts but Jacob did)
- 1 pair of comfortable pants for the end of every day
- 3-4 shirts
- 4 socks
- Comfortable hiking shoes
- A long sleeve shirt
- Waterproof jacket
- Water bottle
- Microfiber towel
- Sleeping bag liner (they do provide blankets but for extra warmth and cleanliness we prefer to sleep with these)
- First aid kit (ibuprofen, band-aids, Imodium, toilet paper, sunscreen, hand sanitizer)
- Bug spray & sunscreen
- Local currency
- Plastic bag for wet clothes
- Snacks (along the way you can buy Pringles, chocolate bars and biscuits but they are $$)