This tour focuses on the short trips in diverse landscapes in Nepal. The all-round tour covers various activities including the challenges of trekking, wildlife safari, sight-seeing, the sunrise, sunset views, excursion, partaking in cultural programmes and interacting with natives of various localities.
Mount Fishtail Adventure has designed this diverse fortnight tour by combining the best parts of other packages deriving the most desired places. The trekking part includes the famous Poon Hill in Annapurna region from where the travellers witness Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu mountain ranges. The sunrise view from Poon Hill, Nagarkot and Sarangkot, and sunset view from Chitwan are the relaxation time attached in this tour.
The safari part covers the wilderness of Chitwan National Park that houses some of the rare endangered wildlife, such as one-horned rhino, Royal Bengal tiger, Gharial crocodile among others. Similarly, the view of Everest and Langtang mountain ranges are also included in this all-round trip.
Moreover, the visit to the UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu and Pokhara, the lake city of Nepal, are the key points of this tour. The inclusion of exploration of Newari culture in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, Gurungs in Ghandruk in Annapurna region and Tharus of plain land (Tarai)justifies the versatility of this tour.
Hotel / Accommodations
Three-night accommodation in a star hotel in Kathmandu, three-night in Pokhara, two-night Chitwna,1/1 night Nagarkot, Bhaktapur, 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.
UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu,Patan,Bhaktapur and Pokhara
Activities in Chitwan and Pokhara
Elephant riding, canoeing, bird watching stalking endangered wildlife
Magnificent views of Dhaulagiri to Manaslu including Annapurna South, Mount Fishtail, Annapurna I
Magnificent view of Machhapuchhre (Mount Fishtail), Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges from Pokhara
Sunrise view from Pooh Hill
Sunrise view from Nagarkot
Cultural and traditional evaluation of indigenous Tharu people
Sunrise and sunset views
Day 01:Kathmandu arrival (1,345 metres or 4,413 feet)
Day 02:Full day Kathmandu sight-seeing
Day 03:Luxury drive to Pokhara (8,29 metres or 2713 feet) 7 Hours
Day 04:Drive to Nayapul, trek to Tikhedhunga (1,540 metres or 5,053 feet)
Day 05:Trek to Ghorepani (2,860 metres or 9,383 feet)
Day 06:Morning view of 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:Trekking to Ghadruk (1,940 metres or 6,365 feet)
Day 08:Trek to Nayapul and 1 hours drive to Pokhara
Day 09:Pokhara sight-seeing
Day 10:Drive to Wildlife safari in Chitwan National Park (6 Hours)
Day 11:Partaking activities in Chitwan
Day 12:Back to Kathmandu (6 Hours)
Day 13:Excursion to Patan Durbar Square, overnight in Nagarkot
Day 14:Excursion to Changunarayan, Bhaktapur exploration
Day 15:Departure to International Airport
All Airport – Hotel – Airport transfer
3 nights’ star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and 3 nights in Pokhara with Breakfast
One night hotel in Nagarkot and Bhaktapur with Breakfast
Guided full day Kathmandu Sightseeing by private vehicle
2 nights 3 days Chitwan package tour
Full Board Meals Breakfast Lunch and Dinner during the trekking
Welcome and farewell dinner
Best suited teahouse accommodation during the trek
An experienced Government License holder Guide, Assistant Guide (5 trekkers : A.G) and porter to carry luggage (For two person) during the trek
All salary, insurance, equipments, transportation, meals and accommodation for the Nepalese crew members
All Government Paper works and Permits for the trekking (TIMS Card/ ACAP
Heritage entrance fees for sightseeing
All grounded transportation during the trek
Meals Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu,Pokhara and Bhaktapur
International airfare and airport taxes
Items of personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, mineral waters, cold drinks, laundry bills, cigarettes, phone calls etc
Extra cost on shower, battery charge, extra porters during the trek
Personal travel and rescue insurance
Rescue charge if needed (we can arrange), any kind of unforeseen expenses etc
Personal trekking equipment
Gratitude/Tips for the Crew
Day 1Kathmandu arrival (1,345 metres or 4,413 feet)We receive you upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. A private vehicle from Mount Fishtail Adventure takes you to a star hotel in Thamel. After you take rest in the hotel, we brief your trip over dinner. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
Day 2Full day Kathmandu sight-seeingAfter breakfast we go to Pashupatinath temple, the holiest Hindu temple where the devotees worship “Shiva Linga” the phallus of Lord Shiva and vagina of Goddess Parvati in sexual intercourse state. 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) 7 Hours After breakfast, early in the morning, we travel to Pokhara by luxurious vehicle. It takes about 7 hours from Kathmandu. The way to Pokhara is equally enjoyable as the road meanders corresponding to the 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 4Drive to Nayapul, trek to Tikhedhunga (1,540 metres or 5,053 feet) After breakfast, we travel for an hour and alight from the vehicle at Nayapul, the base for the trekking routes and also the local market. The trail begins with suspension bridge. The lush 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 5Trek 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 path takes a trial of the stamina. The trail also passes through the rhododendron woods 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 6Morning view of 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 7Trekking to Ghadruk (1,940 metres or 6,365 feet) The trek to Ghandruk starts after breakfast. The 3.5-hour trek passes along the declined trail through the jungle. The trails follow the Ghattekhola (river) and pass-by the scattered Gurung settlements until we arrive in Ghandruk, the village with majority of Gurung population. The village offers the spectacular view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre (Mount Fishtail). We take the afternoon time for excursion and cultural exploration in the Gurung village.
Day 8Trek to Nayapul and 1 hours drive to PokharaOn this day, we prepare to 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 which we cross through a suspension bridge at Birethanti. Here, we take lunch and head for Nayapul from where we take a private vehicle to Pokhara. Overnight stay in Pokhara.
Day 9Pokhara sight-seeingIn the morning, we go to Sarangkot and enjoy Sunrise view as well as mountain ranges over 8,000 metres — Dhaulagiri and Annapurna including Manaslu Mountain. Sarangkot locates at a point from where the mountains are viewed in the North while the city of Pokhara lies in the south. The interested one may join paragliding— flying from Sarangkot to Pame (opposite bank of Fewa Lake). We enjoy sightseeing in Pokhara and visit Mahendra cave, Davis Fall and Bindavasini temple. Overnight stay in the lake city.
Day 10Drive to Wildlife safari in Chitwan National Park (6 Hours) After breakfast, we drive from Pokhara to Chitwan. It takes about 6 hours. We check in hotel, take rest for an hour and visit elephant breeding centre before chilling with the sunset on the bank of the Narayani River. We enjoy watching the evening Tharu cultural stick-dance over dinner. Night stay in Chitwan.
Day 11Partaking activities in ChitwanWe go for the canoeing and bird watching in the morning. Our naturalist guide takes you for the jungle walk where you can explore the jungle. After the lunch, elephant-back safari takes you in dense jungle to explore the rare endangered animals like tigers and one-horned rhinoceros including deer, monkey, bear and colourful birds. You may indulge yourself taking the shower from the elephant’s trunk or enjoy swimming with elephants. This may prove to be your memorable lifetime experience. Second night stay in Chitwan.
Day 12Back to Kathmandu (6 Hours) After breakfast, early in the morning, we drive for about six hours to Kathmandu. The road meandering along the bank of Trishuli River (destinations for water adventure seekers) leads to Kathmandu passing through the lush green panoramic hills. Upon the arrival in Kathmandu, we check in hotel, refresh.
Day 13Excursion to Patan Durbar Square, overnight in NagarkotAfter breakfast, we go to Patan Durbar square (UNESCO World Heritage Sites), once one of the principalities among three kingdoms in the valley during the period of Malla dynasty. The square is famous for its fine arts in architectural designs and handicraft carvings. After exploring around Patan Durbar Square, we drive for one and half hour to Nagarkot.
We take time to enjoy sunset and sunrise view of the Himalayas including Manaslu range, Ganesh himal range, Langtang range, Jugal range, Rolwaling range, Mahalangur range (Everest range) and Numbur range with views of the Kathmandu valley over the ridge and Shivapuri National Park.
Day 14Excursion to Changunarayan, Bhaktapur explorationOn this day, we drive to the oldest temple, Changunarayan. It takes three hours to reach the temple walking through villages for three and half hours. The historic temple of Changunarayan is in the eastern end of the Kathmandu valley. The 4th century’s double roofed temple which was rebuilt in 1706, dates back to the Lichchhavi dynasty. Next, place to hang out is Bhaktapur Durbar Square, (UNESCO World Heritage Sites) the smallest and the famous principality among three valley kingdoms (Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan). Time to explore and experience the Newari tradition and lifestyle, concluding with an overnight stay there in Bhaktapur.
Day 15Departure to International Airport Mount Fishtail Adventure arranges the farewell breakfast and your transportation to the airport three hours prior to the scheduled flight time.