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Ghorepani-Ghandruk Circuit (Poon Hill) Lodge Trek

Imagine standing on a mountain and watching an incredible sunrise over the mighty Himalayas. Here in the early morning hours the rising sun turns the snowcapped peaks from grey to reddish orange and finally to brilliant white as they stand triumphantly before indigo blue skies. This is Poon Hill, which is only one part of your journey into the Annapurna Mountains of Nepal. The Ghorepani-Ghandruk Circuit Lodge Trek is one of the most popular of treks in this region as it offers culture, beauty, sunrise and more in a short, ten day trip.

Our company is pleased to offer this exciting trek into one of the most beautiful parts of Nepal. It involves just five days of actual trekking with plenty of time to explore Kathmandu and Pokhara. While in the Annapurna Mountains, you can see two of the 14 peaks at over 8,000 feet on earth (Annapurna I – 8091 m and Dhaulagiri, 8,167 m). In addition, there are other majestic peaks including Machhapuchhre (6,997 m), Annapurna South (7,219 m) Annapurna III (7,855 m), Nilgiri (6,820 m) and Tukuche Peak (6,920 m) and more.

There is plenty of culture as you explore Gurung villages in the mountains. There are gorges, natural hot springs, waterfalls, wildflowers and scenic views everywhere.  Come and join Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition on one of the finest treks that Nepal has to offer.

Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2 – Full day of sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
Day 3 – Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara (elev. 820 m)
Day 4 – Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga ( elev. 1540 m). 3 – 4 hours.
Day 5 – Trek to Ghorepani elev. 2750 m) 5 – 6 hours
Day 6 – Trek to Tadapani (elev. 2590 m) 5 – 6 hours
Day 7 – Trek to Ghandruk (elev. 1940 m) 3 – 4 hours
Day 8 – Trek to Nayapul , drive back to Pokhara – total time (4 – 5 hours.)
Day 9 – Fly to Kathmandu
Day 10 – Departure

DAY 1 – Arrival: Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport where you will be met by your representative of Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition. You will be escorted to your hotel where there are complimentary welcome drinks and a short briefing with plenty of time to relax from your flight.

DAY 2 – Kathmandu: Your day will be spent visiting several of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  This is a great day to get a feel of the culture, spirituality and the beauty of the famed Kathmandu Valley. The Valley is larger than the country of Singapore and is known for its temples, shopping and great hospitality.

DAY 3 – Pokhara: It's a short flight (just 35 minutes) from Kathmandu to Pokhara, but what a view! This flight literally flies the backbone of the mighty Himalayas as you look down at the snowcapped peaks. You will see the ranges of Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and finally the peaks of the Annapurna Massif. Once you land, you will check into your hotel and then be able to do some sightseeing around Pokhara. The city is beautiful, as it is located on the shores of a mountain lake. There's plenty to see and do in Pokhara. Some of the places include Phewa Lake, Devis Falls, Gupteswor Cave and more.

DAY 4 – Travel & Trek to Tikhedhunga (elev.  1540 m): This day begins the start of the trekking. We leave Pokhara by private car for the village of Nayapul. The trip gains elevation as we go from river valley to the top of the ridge where we begin our trek. The high Himalayas tower over us with their snowcapped peaks rising majestically. The day's trek takes us past waterfalls and through forests, and there will be lunch on the trail. Our destination is the village of Tikhedhunga with a walk of three to four hours. We will overnight in the village.

DAY 5 – Trek to Ghorepani (elev. 2750 m): The trail climbs upwards to our first village of Ulleri which we will reach after two hours.  We continue up the trail until arriving at Banthanti where we stop for lunch and incredible views of the mountains. From on top, we can easily see the peaks of Machhapuchhre, Hiun Chuli and Annapurna South. The trail starts to level off to an easier ascent until we get to the Magar village of Ghorepani. The name means "horse water" and has been a popular watering spot for horses traveling  with riders for centuries.  The village offers great views of the mountains, along with good accommodations for overnight.

Day 6 - Poon Hill & Trek to Tadapani (elev. 2590 m):  Ghorepani is the gateway to the famous Poon Hill. We get up before the first rays of the morning sun begin to fill the skies. It is around a 45 minute trek in the dark through Rhododendron forests (with torchlights) until we reach the summit. There we stop in silence as we see the first of the rays breach the night skies. Here the morning sun turns the snowcapped peaks from grey to reddish-orange and finally to a brilliant white that stands boldly against the indigo blue skies. From on top, you can see a variety of snowcapped peaks, including: Dhaulagiri (8,167 m, 7th highest mountain in the world); Annapurna I (8091 m, 10th highest peak in world); Tukuche Peak (6920 m); Nilgiri (6,940 m); Baraha Shikhar (7,847 ); Annapurna South (7,525 m); Machhapuchhre (6,993 m); Annapurna IV (7525 m) and Annapurna II (7,937 m). There are even more peaks that the morning sun will illuminate. Return then to Ghorepani for breakfast, and then off to our next destination: Tadapani.  The trail goes through deep forests of oak and rhododendron. There will be many opportunities to see monkeys along the way as well as many varieties of birds. At Tadapani, there will be another opportunity to see the high peaks of the Annapurna Range. We will overnight in a local lodge. Total trekking time is 5 – 6 hours.

Day 7 – Trek to Ghandruk (elev. 1940 m): The morning trek leaves after breakfast as we make our way toward the Gurung village of Ghandruk.  We descend through a deep forest with fantastic views of the mountains from a variety of vistas and overlooks on the trail. Upon our arrival in Ghandruk, we can visit an ancient Buddhist monastery as well as the local museum that shares the culture of the Gurung people. We will overnight in Ghandruk. Trekking time is 3 – 4 hours.

Day 8 – Trek to Nayapul, drive to Pokhara: Today is the final day of trekking. The day is around 4 – 5 hours of trekking past a landslide area, and through forest trails. We will have lunch at the village of Birethanti. Once we reach the village of Nayapul, we pick up our private car for the return trip to Pokhara.  There will be time to do some additional exploring, or simply choose to relax at Lakeside along the beautiful shores of Phewa Lake. Spend the night in a three star hotel in the city.

DAY 9 – Fly to Kathmandu: It's a return flight to Kathmandu, following the backbone of the mighty Himalayas. The flight is short, between 25 and 35 minutes when you finally arrive in Kathmandu. Use the rest of the day to enjoy the Valley. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening where you will get a chance to enjoy local dancing, food and culture.

DAY 10 – Departure: All good things must come to an end, and your trip to Nepal is no exception. Before leaving, why not talk to your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition about returning to Nepal for your next holiday. The vast majority of people make a return trip to Nepal because they are impressed by not only the beauty, but also the local people.  Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition offers trips into neighboring Tibet, Bhutan and India. Be sure to discuss your interests and plans with them today.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Your safety is of paramount importance while traveling with Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary. However, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountain regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not be forced to make last minute changes due to weather conditions, health conditions or any member of the group, unexpected natural disasters, etc.  The team leader will do everything possible to ensure that the trip runs according to plan. Be prepared for any last minute changes.  The Himalayas are big and wild, and worthy of your respect.

TREKKING GROUP

For the Ghorepani-Ghandruk Circuit (Poon Hill) Lodge Trek, there will be a trek leader and Sherpa Porters for carrying luggage (2 trekkers = 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that if anyone in the group is sick the trip can still go on as planned. However, Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition can run this trek for groups of any size. Usually, we have found that the maximum number of trekkers in any group is 12 people.

ACCOMMODATIONS

All accommodations for the Ghorepani-Ghandruk Circuit (Poon Hill) Lodge Trek are on twin-sharing basis. The lodges and tea houses have been selected by Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition after personal inspection. We look at the conditions of the inns, local hygiene, quality of food, type of service and more.

We offer two types of accommodations on this trek. In Kathmandu you will stay three nights  at a Three Star Hotel and two nights in Pokhara. As there are no Three Star Hotels available on the trek, you will spend four nights in standard tea houses. These places have pleasant, unheated rooms and wooden beds with foam mattresses.

All rooms are double occupancy, but you can request a single occupancy room for an additional fee, which will be available only during the trekking. However, sometimes single rooms are not available in some places, depending upon local conditions. We do work to provide the best possible options when trekking in the High Himalayas.

MEALS

Food will vary between typical Nepali in the mountains. In Kathmandu and Pokhara, there are far more choices, which include Indian, Continental, Italian, Tibetan and more. The city areas offer everything from good steaks and burgers to apple pie and pizza.

Nepali food is nutritious, and ranges from our traditional dal/bhat and momo to fantastic breads, fruits and more. The cooking is wholesome and the food is tasty.

The trek does include a farewell dinner where you will experience a cultural show with music, dance and the finest of local foods. There is also a daily breakfast in hotels and on the trail.

Cost Include

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • 3 nights in 3-Star Hotel in Kathmandu
  • 2 nights in 3-Star Hotel in Pokhara
  • During the trek, double occupancy in tea houses/local lodges is all that is available.
  • All accommodations and meals during the trek.
  • One day of guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley, along with tour guide and entrance fees.
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu to Pokhara and back)
  • An experienced, English speaking trekking leader/guide. All guides, porters and Sherpas are government licensed and experienced. There will be one porter provided for two trekkers to carry luggage. Your fees cover their salaries, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging. We take good care of our trekking guides, Sherpas and porters, as well as giving them additional training that is not required by the Government of Nepal.
  • Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition will provide free of charge a sleeping bag, duffle bag, t-shirt and trekking map (sleeping bags & duffle bags are to be returned after trip completion.)
  • Farewell Dinner along with one cultural show.
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes


Cost Exclude

  • Nepal Visa (bring US currency along with four passport size photographs. You can buy visa upon arrival at airport.)
  • International airline ticket to and from Nepal.
  • Excess luggage charge
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from the mountains that the scheduled itinerary.)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountains (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower in mountains, etc.)
  • Cost raised by cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest and illness will not be our responsibility as these are factors out of our control.
  • Tips for driver, guide and porters.

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What will be the crew and group size during this trip? 
For this trek there will be one team leader/guide. We also provide an assistant leader (1 assistant per six trekkers), and Sherpa porters for carrying luggage (usual compliment is one porter for two trekkers). This arrangement ensures that anybody in the group gets sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition can run this trek for any size group, but the maximum size is 12 people in order to make it a pleasant and enjoyable trip. However, if you would like to have a larger group, Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition can make the appropriate arrangements as well.

Where will you be staying during the trip? 
All accommodations for Ghorepani-Ghandruk Circuit (Poon Hill) Lodge Trek are on twin sharing basis with inclusive trip costs and are chosen based on standard hygiene, standard of service and food, location and more. There are two styles of accommodations during the trip. We will spend three nights in 3-Star Hotels in Kathmandu and and two nights in Pokhara.  For the remaining four nights, we will stay at local tea houses or local lodges. Some of these places have shared toilets and washing facilities. Solo travelers may share a room, or if requested, we can arrange for a private room for an additional fee, which will be available only during the trekking. However, please understand that in some remote places single rooms might not be feasible, even if the extra fee is paid. These are remote villages that we are dealing with. We at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition will do all we can to make your trip as pleasant and enjoyable as possible.

What Will Be the Meals Arrangements During This Trip? 
During the trek, we can enjoy typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) from pizza and chips to apple pie. We can even enjoy hot chocolates, variety of breads, drinks and snacks. Lunch will be served on the way to our destination and usually along the trail. Dinner and breakfast will be served at the tea houses where we will spend the night. Note that at the tea houses and lodges, the food is good, although the menus will be limited. A farewell dinner with cultural show and breakfast will be served in our stay in Kathmandu as well as breakfast served in Pokhara.

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Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration: 10 days
  • Trek Duration: 4 Days
  • Trip Code: SNFTA-117
  • Primary Activity: Trekking and Hiking
  • Secondary Activity: History, Culture
  • Max. Group Size: 12
  • Min. Group Size: 2
  • Starts Point: Kathmandu
  • Ends Point: Kathmandu
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Max. Height: 2750 Meters
  • Trip Mode: Lodge Trek
  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Kathmandu, 3-star hotel in Pokhara and teahouses during the trek
  • Season: There are three really good seasons that are the best time to visit the Annapurna Region. Fall (late September through November) offer incredible views with crisp air. Nights are cool while daytime highs are warm enough to hike in shorts. Spring brings fo

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Swiss-Nepal Family Trekking & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd.
J.P.Road, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: 977-1-4212739, 4212911
Cell: 977-9851001832
E-mail: swissnepaltreks@gmail.com
Web: www.snftrekking.com

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