Ghorepani Ghandruk Trekking has been designed for the nature lovers who compel to explore but has a short holiday, fit for all genarian. As the Poon Hill is the heart of this trip, it is one of the easiest and a fascinating trek in Nepal.
The Annapurna Mountain range from Dhaulagiri to Manaslu including Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre (Mount Fishtail), Annapurna I, Nilgiri, Tukuche, Dhampus peak, Gangapurna among others are the main attractions of this trek.
The antique villages amid the magnificent mountain scenery are inhabited by the Gurungs. The trek provides an opportunity to study Gurung’s tradition and culture as Traditional Gurung Museum displays traditional costumes and equipment.
For nature lovers, Ghorepani-Ghandruk Trek offers diverse natural vegetation and climate is a lifetime experience. The dense rhododendron forests full of birds and deep sub-tropical valleys, all set below the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri with the picturesque fluted peak of Machhapuchhre (Mount Fishtail) dominating the skyline are the key features of this trek.
Mount Fishtail Adventure has designed 10-day long Ghorepani-Ghandruk trek which also covers the visit to UNESCO World Heritage Sites and sightseeings of beautiful places in and around Kathmandu and Pokhara.
The great sunrise viewpoint and fantastic glancing angle for the vistas of the mountains offered by the summit of Poonhill are the fundamentals of the trip.
Hotel / Accommodations
Three-night accommodation in a star hotel in Kathmandu, two-night in Pokhara and four-night stay in the standard teahouse lodge in mountains during the trek. You may have to share a bed with a companion during the mountainous trip. But if you need, $ 150 can fetch you single supplement for the whole trip in the mountains.
You will be served with breakfast during your stay in Kathmandu. All other meals will be provided to you by Mount Fishtail Adventure Pvt Ltd which includes welcome dinner. We provide you with breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the journey. When you are on the mountain, you will be served with local food stuff such as Dal Bhat (gram soup and rice), noodles, Tibetan bread made of buckwheat, apple pie, spaghettis, soup, salad, hot drinks.
Best time to travel
The best time to set out on Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek is either in Spring season (March to May) or in Autumn (September to November). It offers magnificent views together with amazing sunrise and sunset in these two seasons.
I want to avoid hassle from the crowds of tourists, the journey is also possible in other seasons even in monsoon and winter season but we recommend you on its best time.
Points to consider
As the trek is along the gentle path, a person with an average fitness can do this trek. You are likely to walk 6 to 7 hours a day. Besides that, you will require getting medical advice from a doctor if you have any health defect. You will have to inform us beforehand.
Although you do not require any technical and physical training for this trek, we suggest you do basic physical training or keep up walking as a preparation since walking in mountain may be a bit difficult.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,345 metres or 4,413 feet)
Day 02:Full day sight-seeing around Kathmandu
Day 03:Luxury drive to Pokhara (8,29 metres or 2713 feet) 6-7 Hours
Day 04:One hour drive to Nayapul, 3-4 hours trekking to Tikhedhunga (1,540 metres or 5,053 feet)
Day 05:6-7 hours trekking to Ghorepani (2,860 metres or 9,383 feet)
Day 06:Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3,210 metres or 10,532 feet), the destination, descend to Tadapani (2,630 metres or 8,629 feet) (7 hours)
Day 07:Tadapani to Ghandruk(1,940 metres or 6,365 feet)
Day 08:Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul, drive to Pokhara (6 hours)
Day 09:Half-day Pokhara sightseeing and flight to Kathmandu
Day 10:International departure
Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu (1,345 metres or 4,413 feet)Mount Fishtail receives you upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu. After 20 minutes drive (5.9 km), we arrive at hotel in Thamel, a hub for visitors in Nepal. Thamel provides accommodation and shopping centres, keeping in mind, the needs of visitors and guests. After taking rest for a while, we have welcome dinner (Traditional Nepali cuisine) and briefing of tour programmes.
Day 2Full day sight-seeing around Kathmandu After breakfast we go to Pashupatinath temple, the holiest Hindu temple where the devotees worship the penis of Lord Shiva. Next, we visit Swoyambhunath Stupa that locates on western outskirts of Kathmandu valley. It is said that Shakyamuni Buddha preached sermon to the local people amid the monkeys at the hill. That is how the place got the name “Monkey temple.” Following the homage, we visit Boudhanath Stupa, the largest spherical stupas in Nepal. We go to Kathmandu Durbar square (UNESCO World Heritage Sites), once one of the principalities among three kingdoms in the valley during the period of Malla dynasty. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
Day 3Luxury drive to Pokhara (8,29 metres or 2713 feet) 6-7 Hours After breakfast, early in the morning, we travel to Pokhara by luxurious vehicle. It takes about 6-7 hours from Kathmandu. The way to Pokhara is equally enjoyable as the road leads corresponding to Trishuli River and the green vegetations all around the hills. We check in hotel, take rest for an hour. We take a walk to Phewa Lake and do boating for an hour. We enjoy the panorama of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 4One hour drive to Nayapul, 3-4 hours trekking to Tikhedhunga (1,540 metres or 5,053 feet) The trip starts at about 8 am after breakfast. After travelling for an hour, we alight from the vehicle at Nayapul, the base for the trekking routes and also the local market. The trail begins with suspension bridge. The green forests and villages scattering among the hills come into view. On the way we take lunch at one of the local restaurants. Crossing a bridge at Birethanti, we continue ascending along the route passing by the waterfalls and meandering together with Bhurungdi River, we arrive at Tikhedhunga, the place to take rest for the night.
Day 56-7 hours trekking to Ghorepani (2,860 metres or 9,383 feet) After breakfast, we ascend along the thousands of steps carved on Ulleri cliff to reach Ghorepani. The trail takes a trial of our stamina. The trail also passes through woods of rhododendron with the pleasant view of the brooks. The term Ghorepani means horsewater. The place has settlements of traders who transport the goods on horseback. The morning light illuminates the mountains. The snowy peaks can be viewed from the hotel. The place gives an amazing view point for Annapurna south, Nilgiri Mountains and Dhaulagiri range including other peaks. The night at Ghorepani.
Day 6Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3,210 metres or 10,532 feet), the destination, descend to Tadapani (2,630 metres or 8,629 feet) (7 hours) Early in the morning, we get ready to scale Poon Hill. The trail passes through the thick woods of rhododendron. In about an hour, we arrive at the Poon Hill view point. Scenery from here appears like in imagination. The closer view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges including other 20 highest mountains is marvellous. Sun light illuminates the snowy mountains. The spot at the Poon Hill gives an amazing view of Pokhara in the south east and Mustang in the north. We come back to the hotel for breakfast and halt to take rest. We advance the trekking to Tadapani via the rhododendron forests, crossing severa rivulets, brooks. The place is important as the trekking routes to Annapurna Base Camp and the trail to Poonhill meets here. We stay here overnight.
Day 7Tadapani to Ghandruk(1,940 metres or 6,365 feet) After breakfast, we continue the journey. On this day, we descend along the path that passes via the forests and scattered Gurung villages. The enchanting mountains surround the green scenery as we hike up to Ghandruk, an oldest Gurung village in Annapurna Region. The Traditional Gurung Museum in the village is worth visiting as it displays traditional costumes and equipment used by the Gurungs. The village offers the magnificent views of Annapurna South, Himchuli, Gangapurna and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail). Apart from the museum, there is a temple which is accessible after climbing 670 steps. Overnight stay in Ghandruk.
Day 8Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul, drive to Pokhara (6 hours) After breakfast, we carry on our journey along the trail that leads us through the farms, fields, villages. As we descend the path, we feel the difference in the temperature due to the change in altitude. We meander along the bank of Modi River and cross it via the suspension bridge when we arrive at Birethanti. Here, we take lunch and head for Nayapul from where we take a private vehicle to Pokhara. Overnight stay in Pokhara.
Day 9Half-day Pokhara sightseeing and flight to Kathmandu After breakfast, we visit Davis Fall, one of the most famous waterfalls, which is approximately 150 metres or 500 feet long and runs 30 metres below ground level. Next, we visit the adjoining Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave which is below the ground level. We also make short visits to other attractions in lakeside. We check out the hotel and take a 30-minute flight to Kathmandu from Pokhara Airport. We take part in a farewell dinner organised by Mount Fishtail Adventure. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
Day 10International departure Mount Fishtail Adventure arranges your transportation from hotel to the Tribhuvan International Airport departure, three hours before the scheduled flight.
The tour package price for an individual is fixed. However, The Mount Fishtail Adventure offer discounts for a group of 10 or more people. The large group is subjected to a maximum discount with the availability of free trip for one person. If you have more than 10 persons, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. You are free to call us at 00977-9851137429 (Viber or WhatsApp). Apart from the regular departure for the journey, there is also an option for the private groups to choose own dates best suited.
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