This week-long lodge Ghorepani Poonhill trek in the Annapurna foothills offers all the best of trekking in Nepal including accommodation in comfortable family-run tea house lodges along the way. Enjoy trekking in the spectacular mountain scenery through charming villages inhabited by the Gurungs, dense rhododendron forests full of birds and deep sub-tropical valleys, all set below the Annapurnas with the picturesque fluted peak of Machapuchare (Fish Tail Peak) dominating the skyline which is also a route for Annapurna Base Camp trek.
At the climax of this trek, you will climb Poon Hill at dawn to enjoy one of the most spectacular mountainscapes on earth. As the sun touches the snowcapped summits the Himalayan Giants, Dhaulagiri 8,167m and Annapurna 8,091m along with a maze of other peaks slowly begin to appear, like magic, before our eyes. This can be enjoyed by every lover of nature. The trek starts from Pokhara. Clients carry daypack only and walk at their own pace. Trekking hours is about 5-6 per day.
The Following dates and prices are LAND ONLY itinerary joining in Kathmandu. Please make your own flight arrangements. If you need some help to arrange an international flight, we can suggest you some agents who are specialized on ticketing.
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You can also use this tour as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. Like your personal architect creating your one-of- a-kind home, our Travel Specialists will execute the trip of a lifetime. It's all up to you - logistics, pace, budget, dates, performances, visits, explorations, meals and lodging are hammered out down to the finest customized detail. Please fill in our tailor-made request form.
If you do not want to join a group then you can also make this a private trip with your friends and family one at your own schedule. Considering this, Trekking Team Group organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.
Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu. A traditional warm welcome by our airport representative. Short briefing about the package in the hotel. Typical welcome dinner in the evening.
You will be taken for sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley to explore the vibrant city after breakfast at your hotel. Drive to famous Buddhist stupa Swayambhunath, also known as Monkey temple, on the hill of Kathmandu Valley where you can see stunning view of mountains and Kathmandu valley. This temple attracts Buddhists and tourists from around the world. Swayambhunath Stupa is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu valley. Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spire are visible from far and wide. Next is Pashupatinath, the temple of Lord Shiva. This is probably the most famous temple for Hindu in Indian Sub-continent. There is crematorium beside the temple where dead bodies are burnt to ashes. After exploring Pashupatinath you will visit fascinating sights of Patan Durbar Square, one of the most glorious examples of traditional Nepalese architecture, full of centuries old temples and palaces.
After breakfast drive towards the beautiful town of Pokhara in western part of Nepal. Taking fresh air, enjoy the staggering beauty of an area surrounded by some of the world’s highest mountains. In the afternoon, you boat across lake Phewa for magnificient views of the Annapurna mountain range. Watch reflections of their dazzling white peaks sparkle in the mirror-like water. Annapurna range is probably one of the finest mountain panoramas in the world. Enjoy the sunset in the lake and take dinner in one of the famous restaurant at lake side.
Today you will drive approximately 1.5 hour to Nayapul, the starting point of the trek, on a private vehicle. Trek to Tikhedhunga on nice dirt road alongside beautiful stream. The beginning of the trek gives you glimpses of the Himalayan peaks but rest of the day you will enjoy the beauty of green mountain surroundings and local villages. You will spend the night at a guest house.
Today’s trek is bit challenging as you have to conquer three thousand and three hundred stone steps. The trail crosses a suspension bridge across a stream. You climb through the steep stone steps to Ulleri, a settlement of Magar community. You will now gradually climb through meadows, cultivated fields and rhododendron forest. If you are a keen on bird-watching, here you can explore different kinds of redstarts, varieties of kingfishers, dippers and forktails in the area. You further trek to Nangethanti and finally reach Ghorepani. From Ghorepani you can enjoy the magnificent panorama of Dhaulagiri I, Annapurna I, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Hiuchuli and Tarke Kang. Overnight in Ghorepani lodge.
Wake up early today and trek about four hundred meters uphill to Poon Hill which takes about forty five minutes. You enjoy mesmerizing sun rise over the Annapurna range. Watch the mountain peaks turn from soft pink to shimmering gold as the sun climbs higher in the clear blue sky. Of fourteen mountain peaks above eight thousand metres in the world, eight are in Nepal. Two among them can be seen from this spot if the sky is clear. Back to the hotel for breakfast and trek to Tadapani. Stay overnight at a lodge there.
The trail descends through forest with the chirping of birds. After walking down about 45 minutes the trail goes very steep downhill through the terraced field to Kimrung Khola, cross the suspension bridge and walk to Gurjung. Then the trail ascends for 45 minutes and walk straight to reach Chhomrung at an altitude of two thousand one hundres and seventy meters. It takes four to five hours from Tadapani to Chhumrung. Stay overnight at lodge.
From Chhomrong you will again trek down to Tolka. Tolka is the Gurung settlement where you can explore their culture and tradition. Can have interaction with the locals there.
From Tolka we will trek down to Pokhara looking beautiful scenery and exploring Himalayan range.
Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu, enjoy panoramic mountain views. Spend the rest of the day sightseeing, exploring, shopping or just relaxing in Kathmandu’s numerous cafés and roof-top restaurants before spending the evening celebrating your achievements.
Your final day in Kathmandu is a free day. You do as you like. Many people take the time for shopping others enjoy exploring the cultural sites of the city. Our local guide can advise you on the best shops in the area. Farewells. Our airport representative will travel with you to the airport.
This is ADVENTURE travel, and many of the trip destinations in this site are remote areas, within under developed countries, where events are less predictable than is usually the case in. The unexpected is the norm in these areas and, despite painstaking planning and organization, our adventure trips can never be taken for granted like regular trips. Many of the places that we visit do not have the same quality of emergency health and safety services that you are used to in the developed world. Internal flights can be canceled, road transport is generally uncomfortable and unreliable, and hotels often do not approach the standards of the West.
IF YOU ARE NOT PREPARED FOR THIS, YOU SHOULD NOT TRAVEL WITH US. This unpredictability also means that the itineraries that we put forward for each of our trips should be seen as statements of intent, rather than as contractual obligations. A variety of factors, including weather, transport difficulties and political instability, might dictate that we change any itinerary. The trip leader will make any changes that are necessary, after consultation with the group. Only rarely will such changes be significant, and we will always do everything within our powers to minimize the effects of the enforced changes. We cannot be held responsible for the results of changes or delays, irrespective of how they are caused.
Trekking Team Group is the major supporter of Ambe Foundation, an apolitical and not-for-profit organisation. We contribute our support for the development of some community schools in remote villages in Nuwakot district. We have been supporting Gramin Devi School and Khumbeshwori School, both community-based educational institutions, through donation, sponsorship and partnership in various projects.
Trekking Team Group donates one percentage of its total business profits to the foundation on yearly basis. The donated amount supports the ongoing maintenance of Gramin Devi School and Khumbeshwori School in Nuwakot.
One of the major activities of Ambe Foundation is the children sponsorship programme. It is conducted in full collaboration with Trekking Team Group.
Partnership (Volunteering Program)
The Ambe Volunteer Programme, organised by Ambe Foundation and Trekking Team Group, aims to mobilise teams of experts and interested individuals effectively for education, health and community development in Nuwakot district.