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Ghorepani-Poon Hill & ABC Lodge Trek

14 of the most wonderful days in the Annapurna Mountain Range

While visitor's first choice is often the Everest region, most people soon discover that the Annapurna Mountain Range in western Nepal becomes their favorite. Famous for its incredible mountain scenery combined with beautiful blue reflecting lakes, it is a taste of Heaven here on Earth.

The Annapurna Range is collection of snowcapped peaks that dominate the skyline. The tallest peak, Mt. Annapurna I is the 10th highest peak in the world rising 8,091 meters (26,545 ft) into the beautiful cobalt blue Himalayan skies.

Poon Hill is famous for its sunrises over the mountains, where you watch the snowcapped peaks turn from grey to orange to brilliant white as the sun's fireball takes to the skies from behind the mountain peaks. This trip includes exploring the Kathmandu Valley with its seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites along with spending time in Pokhara.

This 14 day trip in the heart of the Himalayas offers a relaxed way to see the incredible mountains. From breath-taking scenery to interesting villages to explore, this is a wonderful trip to partake in.

DAY 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel.
DAY 2 – Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley
DAY 3 – Fly to Pokhara and Trek to Ulleri
DAY 4 – Trek to Ghorepani (elev. 2750 m): 5 – 6 hours
DAY 5 – Trek to Tadapani (elev. 2700 m): 6 – 7 hours
DAY 6 – Trek to Chhomrong (elev. 2170 m): 5 – 6 hours
DAY 7 – Trek to Bamboo (elev. 2310 m): 4 – 5 hours
DAY 8 – Trek to Deurali (elev. 3230 m): 3 – 4 hours
DAY 9 – Trek to ABC (elev. 4130 m): 5 – 6 hours
DAY 10 – Trek to Bamboo (elev. 2310 m): 7 – 8 hours
DAY 11 – Trek to Jhinu Danda (elev. 1760 m) 5 – 6 hours
DAY 12 – Trek to Naya Pul, drive to Pokhara: 6 hours of trekking, 1 hour of driving
DAY 13 – Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu
DAY 14 – Final 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: You 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 – Fly to Pokhara, Trek to Ulleri (elev. 2050 m/6725 ft.): We catch an early morning flight from Kathmandu as we fly for 35 minutes to Pokhara. The flight follows along the backbone of the Himalayas as we fly westward, passing peaks like Mt. Manaslu and the Ganesh Himal. We arrive at Pokhara where we see the majestic peaks of the Annapurna Mountain Range. We will enjoy a short rest before picking up our ride to Naya Pul to begin the trek. The trek begins at Naya Pul where we pass along side of sub-tropical vegetation as we make our way higher and higher in the mountains. Following lunch, we cross the Modi Khola (River) via a suspension bridge to the village of Tikhenhunga. It is uphill now all the way on stone steps to the village of Ulleri where we will spend the night in a local tea house. Trekking time is around 6 hours.

DAY 4 – Trek to Ghorepani (elev. 2,750 m/9.020 ft.): Our destination is what was once the important village of Ghorepani. Located on the main salt trail northward to Tibet, traders in days gone by would set Ghorepani as their destination for the night in order to water their horses. The very name Ghorepani means "horse water". From Ghorepani there are great panoramic views of the mountains, which includes Annapurna South and Nilgiri. The higher elevation will be colder than what we've experienced before Trekking time is 4 – 5 hours.

DAY 5 – Trek to Tadapani (elev. 2700 m/8,860 ft.) with visit to Poon Hill: There is nothing quite like a sunrise over the Himalayas and the best place in Nepal to see it is from Poon Hill (elev. 3,210 m/10,529 ft.) Here we see the snowcapped mountain peaks go from grey to reddish orange and finally to a brilliant white! From up here, we have fantastic views of Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20 of the highest peaks. We will most definitely take pictures of the mountains along with the sunrise. We will return to Ghorepani for breakfast and then begin our trek to Tadapani, passing through rhododendron forests while walking by spectacular waterfalls.  We will spend the night in Tadapani.

DAY 6 – Trek to Chhomrong (2170 m/7120 ft.): It is a day of descending down a steep trail through thick rhododendron forests and past beautiful terraced farmland. There are numerous waterfalls along the way before we cross a suspension bridge. The trek continues up and down hill until we finally arrive at the village of Chhomrong with its impressive views of the Annapurna peaks. We will spend the night here in a tea house. Trekking time is around six hours.

DAY 7 – Chhomrong to Bamboo (elev. 2310 m/7578 ft.): We descend down 2500 stone steps to cross the Chhomrong River on a suspension bridge high above the river. From here, we start to climb again to the village of Sinuwa. We will travel through some beautiful mountain forests as we make our way to the village of Bamboo where we will spend the night in a local tea house. Trekking time is 4 – 5 hours.

DAY 8 – Trek to Deurali (elev. 3230 m/10,595 ft.): The village of Bamboo gets its name from the dense, damp bamboo forests that grows in this area. We will be climbing again, when finally the trail opens up to alpine vista as we look down at the glacial river flowing in the valley below. The forest changes to become much drier as we make our way to Hinku Cave. After Hinku Cave, the trail drops down closer to the river as the scenery becomes more dramatic. Then it is uphill along sheer rock face cliffs and waterfalls that look like bridal veils. We will spend the night in Deurali at a tea house. Trekking time is 3  - 4 hours.

DAY 9 – Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m/13,545 ft.) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (elev. 3700 m/12,135 ft.): The trail climbs through a river bed and then up the mountainside. We stop at Machhapuchhre Base Camp to see some incredible views of the mountains of the Annapurna Range. Here we can see Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail Mountain) in its glory. Along with Fish Tail is Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna, all snowcapped peaks with all of their magnificence.  We will make our way up the mountainside to reach our destination: Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). From here, there is a 360° panoramic view of the mountains. We will spend the night here at ABC. Trekking time is 5 – 6 hours.

DAY 10 – Trek to Bamboo: We retrace our steps to the village of Bamboo. It is downhill today, so the trek is easier and the scenery is outstanding all the way. We will spend the night at a guest house in Bamboo. Trekking time is 7 – 8 hours.

DAY 11 – Trek to Jhinu Danda (elev. 1760 m/5,770 ft.): It's mostly a downhill trek today, although the day will start out with an uphill walk up to Kuldighar village. The trail will then descend down to Jhinu Danda where there is a hot springs nearby where we can soak our tired muscles in. We will overnight in Jhinu Danda at a tea house. Trekking time is around 5 – 6 hours.

DAY 12 – Trek to Naya Pul, Drive to Pokhara: Today is the final day of our trek as we make our way to the village of Naya Pul. From here, we see the mountains and views of western Nepal. We will trek around six hours to reach Naya Pul where we will find our vehicle to take us back to Pokhara. We will stay at a Three Star Hotel in Pokhara where we can get a hot shower and a good meal. Enjoy walking around Lakeside in the evening before turning in for the night.

DAY 13 – Fly to Kathmandu: We will return to Kathmandu by a short 35 minute flight. Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu where you can explore sites you missed, do some shopping or simply just relaxing. In the evening, we will have a departure dinner with a cultural show. We will spend the night in Kathmandu at a Three Star Hotel.

DAY 14 – 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.

THE TREKKING GROUP

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.

ACCOMODATIONS

All accommodations for Ghorepani-Poon Hill and ABC) 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 four nights in 3-Star Hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara.  For the remaining nine 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. 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.

MEALS:

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. Breakfast will be served from the tea house or lodge menu where we spend our night. 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.

Cost Include

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • 3 nights in 3-Star Hotel in Kathmandu
  • 1 night 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 guide
  • 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 bag 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, shower, 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 & group size during this trek?

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 this trek?

All accommodations for Ghorepani-Poon Hill and ABC) 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 four nights in 3-Star Hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara.  For the remaining nine 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. 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 arrangement during this trek?

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. Breakfast will be served from the tea house or lodge menu where we spend our night. 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: 14 days
  • Trek Duration: 10 Days
  • Trip Code: SNFT
  • Primary Activity: Trekking & Hiking
  • Secondary Activity: Cultural & Historical Tours
  • Max. Group Size: 12
  • Min. Group Size: 2
  • Starts Point: Kathmandu
  • Ends Point: Kathmandu
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Max. Height: 4130 Meters
  • Trip Mode: Lodge Trek
  • Accommodation: 3- Star Hotels in KTM & PKR and Tea Houses/Lodge during the trek
  • Season: Autumn (September to November) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons to enjoy the Ghorepani-Poon Hill and ABC Lodge Trek. Winter can be cold at night but during the day is quite pleasant. The advantage of winter trekking is that you can avoid the

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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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