Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek – 10 days

Trip Overview

Indeed Nepal is the ultimate destination for the mountain lovers around the globe. Besides, the majestic mountains it’s rich in unique topography, culture and is also a home for different flora and fauna. However, there might be physical as well as time constraints for everyone to come to this beautiful land. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is crafted to those who want to devour the beauty of Nepal despite their limitations. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is a moderate kind of treks that offers a majestic vista of Mountains in Nepal and also includes other features of Annapurna region. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is impeccably suitable as a family and a corporate trek.

The famous viewpoint in the Annapurna region Poon Hill (3210m) offers you the panoramic view of mountains including Annapurna ranges, Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Nilgiri (7061m) on the backdrop of green hills. The rhododendron, bamboo woods including other vegetation offers you the picturesque views. The region has the world’s the most massive rhododendron woods in Ghorepani. The Annapurna region is a home for more than hundred species of fauna including some endangered animals such as snow leopard, musk deer. Various settlements including renowned Ghandruk village provide you an opportunity to have a glimpse of local lives and cultures. Gurung and Magar are dominant in the region. The hospitality of local denizens makes your trip memorable. Picturesque terraced farm fields are the other beauty of the trek. Soaking in a natural hot water spring is another characteristic of this trek.

With our professional team, we are committed to providing you all the experience of Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. Comfortable accommodation and clean foods are readily available along the route. The trek will be a trek of your lifetime; so book the trek now and leave rest of the things to us. Everything will be in place when you arrive in Nepal on your scheduled trekking date.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1    Arrival in Kathmandu    (1400m)

Day 2    Kathmandu Sightseeing    (1400m)

Day 3     Drive to Pokhara    (827m)

Day 4    Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga    (1540m)

Day 5    Trek to Ghorepani     (2874m)

Day 6    Hike to Poon Hill (3210) and trek to Tadapani     (2590m)

Day 7    Trek to Jhinu Danda    (1780m)

Day 8     Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara     (827m)

Day 9    Drive to Kathmandu    (1400m)

Day 10   Departure from Kathmandu    (1400m)

Cost Includes

Airport pick up and drop service in a private vehicle

Welcome dinner and farewell dinner.

Twin-sharing accommodation in Kathmandu (3 nights) and Pokhara (2 nights) at tourist standard hotel along with breakfast

Accommodation during the trekking in a teahouse/Lodge

All three meals on the trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner), fruits after dinner and tea/coffee (3 times a day)

Tourist coach drive to and from Pokhara (air ticket or private vehicle can be arranged on the client’s behalf upon request)

Government certified English speaking trekking guide

The entire cost of the staff members involved in the trek (their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation)

Porters (one porter for every two trekkers) and his entire expenses (salary, food, accommodation equipment, and insurance)

Charges of all necessary documentation and permits that include a permit for Annapurna Conservation Area perm, Trekkers Information Management Systems (TIMS) Card 

Down jackets and sleeping bags (upon request), should be returned to the company after completion of the trek.  

Company’s duffel bag (upon request for the trek purpose only), and a company’s t-shirt as a souvenir.

Trekking route map

First Aid Kit (carried by a trek guide)

The arrangement of helicopter rescue service (trekker’s travel insurance must cover this expense)

All applicable federal and local taxes.

Cost Excludes

Nepal visa and International flights fare.

Dinner and Lunch in Kathmandu and Pokhara besides welcome and farewell dinner. 

Expenses for your clothing and personal gears 

Your personal equipment and other expenses such as mineral water, soft beverages, laundry, hot drinking water on the trek, bar bills, showers, internet, battery chargers etc.  

Your travel insurance that covers helicopter evacuation as well as medical expenses and trip cancellation 

Tipping to the guide, porter, and drivers 

Any other expenses not itemized in the "What is Included in the Trip cost? " are your personal expenses. 

Itinerary

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, our representative welcomes and transfers you to your hotel. After you freshen up, we will meet you either at our office or in your hotel for the trek briefing on agreed time. We will take you to a Nepali restaurant for welcome dinner tonight. Overnight in Kathmandu.

We will drive you to Pokhara from Kathmandu in a tourist coach. You will enjoy the views of forest, river and local settlements while going to Pokhara. In the late afternoon, you will arrive in the beautiful city of Pokhara. After checking into your hotel, you can explore the area around your hotel to know, albeit little, about this famous city. Overnight at Pokhara.

You will have a picturesque drive about two hours from Pokhara to Nayapul where you actual treks begin. As soon as start your trek, the beautiful countryside scenery welcomes you. In about half an hour you will arrive in a place called Birethati- also a confluence of two rivers. Today, on the route you will have a glimpse of Mt. Machhapuchhre. You will not get tired watching flowing streams, green forests and farmland on the route before arriving in Tikhedhunga. Overnight at Tikhedhunga.

Soon after you resume the trek, a stony staircase uphill checks you strength; however you will be rewarded with the mesmerizing view of various mountains that includes Mt. Hiunchuli (6441m) and Mt. Annapurna South (7219m). You will pass through the forest with rhododendron, Oak trees including other species of flora. After crossing a couple of settlements like Ulleri, Banthati, you will arrive in today’s destination-Ghorepani. It’s a favorite stop along the trip.

Today is an exciting day as you are hiking to one of the best viewpoints of Annapurna region-Poon Hill. Poon Hill offers you the full range of Mountain views. The view of the sunrise over the mountains on the backdrop of the hill cannot be expressed in words. After quenching your thirst of observing the panoramic views from this great viewpoint, you will return to Ghorepani for breakfast. After that, you will continue the trek to Tadapani. Overnight at Tadapani.

You will descend through green forest and stream to follow the route to Jhinu Danda. The fresh cold air, trees, bushes are so lively making you feel that you are walking in a different planet. After downhill, you will have a quick ascend before going through terraced farmland before approaching your today’s destination Jhinu Danda.

After breakfast, the path descends to khmnu Khola- a local stream. After an hour walk, you will arrive in New Bridge. You will witness unique terrain in Modhi Khola valley. After passing through a couple of settlements like Kyumi and Syauli while enjoying the greenery and the local lives, you will arrive at Nayapul where your trek officially ends. You will have a pleasant drive to Pokhara. Overnight at Pokhara.

You will drive in a tourist coach to Kathmandu from Pokhara. You can enjoy the gushing river, green vegetation along with the local lives nearby the road. We will transfer you to the respective hotel upon your arrival in Kathmandu. You can stretch your leg walking around Thamel in the evening before joining our farewell dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Our representative will drop you at the Tribhuwan International Airport for your final departure as per your flight time. You will fly back to your country with a beautiful memory of Nepal.

Accommodation and Meal

Anyone who wants to join us to visit Nepal is eager to know about the accommodation and food during the trek.

 

Accommodation in the major trekking destinations in Nepal such as Everest region, Annapurna region and Langtang are mountain lodges/tea houses. Generally, the accommodations are on twin sharing basis. Usually, the tea houses provide a bed, blanket, and pillow and you will have a sleeping bag so you should not worry about cold weather.  Some of the tea houses have a heating system, hot water showers, and an attached bath; but when you go to the higher altitude, the facilities are minimal. You might not have a heating system and have to use a shared toilet. You can find both western style and squat toilets in the tea houses. 

 

If not in all, in some places, upon your request we can upgrade your accommodation in the best possible option if you want to do so. In most of the guest houses/ tea houses, they have solar power light which is not enough to charge your gadgets, so you should have prepared in advance for this. Also, you might need to pay extra for charging your devices in some places where electricity is available. We offer you decent accommodation during the trek with us, and at the end of the trek you would say ‘they could not offer better.’ 

 

We provide all three meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner, during the trek. Almost all the tea houses have the same features of the large dining hall with wooden tables and heating system in the middle. You can chit-chat with the other trekkers while you are waiting for your food. We also offer you refreshments three times a day. The tea houses serve Nepali food: Dal Bhat (boil rice, lentils, curry, and pickle). Besides you can have different soup, Momo, fried potatoes, noodles, Pasta including other food. In some places, you might get some items of western cuisine. Many tea houses have cold drinks. Our guide will assist you to order food of your choice as per the availability.

Do not worry; we will feed you well the entire trip. 

 

Altitude Sickness

When people think about trekking in Nepal, a question comes in their mind about altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is a sickness caused due to climbing to a high elevation with low oxygen level quickly. Altitude sickness generally occurs above the altitude of 2500 meters. You should not be concerned about it; however, you must take precaution. 

 

We have designed our itinerary allocating ample time for you to acclimatize with the environment before ascending to the higher altitude, so there is a slim chance of catching by altitude sickness. Besides, our trained team is always with you to respond to this sickness and evacuate you in case of necessity. 

There are three kinds of mountain sickness: 

1)    Acute Mountain Sickness 

2)    High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) 

3)    High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)

You might have the following symptoms if you caught of Mountain Sickness: 

•    Headache

•    Dizziness

•    Nausea

•    Vomiting

•    Fatigue and loss of energy

•    Shortness of breath

•    Problem in sleeping 

•    Lose appetite

How to prevent altitude sickness?

The practical approach to prevent altitude sickness is to walk to altitudes above 2500m gradually. Your body takes few days to get acquainted with a change in elevation.

The followings are also some ways to avoid this sickness: 

•    As far as possible do not fly to the high altitude places directly 

•    Take time to be used to with the elevation before and while you are traveling above 2500 m

•    Do not climb to the altitude too fast 

•    Drink enough water 

•    No alcohol

•    Eat a light food with high calorie 

•    No Smoking

How to treat/respond Altitude Sickness? 

If you know that you have this sickness, please follow the followings: 

•    Stop where you are and take rest

•    If the case is severe, climb down as quickly as possible

•    Do not dare to climb higher until you get fully recovered

•    Drink enough water

•    Take medicine as suggested by a fellow traveler/guide who knows about this disease

•      Stop your trip and visit a medical doctor if your signs remained the same or worsen

Complications

Please do not ignore the symptoms of altitude sickness as they can be life-threatening. 

 

 

Is this trek appropriate for me?

It’s hard to find people who shun traveling. However, all the traveling destinations are not suitable for everybody due to different factors. Therefore, it is vital to know if a particular destination you are looking to travel is ideal for you or not. 

Nepal is a beautiful country, and it has a lot to offer for travelers. It is not only famous for towering mountains and unique alpine topography but its rich in culture and biodiversity. 

Many trekking destinations in Nepal require long-time, and they are demanding as well. Also, they take you to the high altitude. You might need prior hiking/trekking experience to embark on such trekking routes. However, there are many moderate kinds of trekking destinations in Nepal, and you can go for them if you have a determination and good physical fitness. If you do not want to go for trekking or hiking, you can visit the famous tourist destination in Nepal. We have ample such packages to address your needs. 

Therefore, we advise you to go through the itineraries given on our websites which provide ample information regarding our products so that you would have an idea whether the particular package suits you or not. We are always dedicated to amending our products as per your convenience. 

Though it’s good to think about your trip; however you should not be concerned as our well-experienced team is always there to support you throughout your journey. Only you know yourself the best, so listen to your body before choosing any tourism activities in Nepal. If you are you still in a dilemma to choose our products, we are always there to help you. 

 

Travel Insurance and Vaccination

No traveler wants to give a thought that something would go wrong during their travel; however, sometimes problems occur while on the trip. Travel insurance allows you to travel freely as you know that you have insurance to respond to any significant issues that possibly happen during the journey. The insurance policy may vary such as a policy cover a single trip or a multi-trip policy.  

As you know, primarily travel insurance covers medical expenses, emergency evacuation (this must include helicopter evacuation), trip cancellation and any kinds of accident. While going on a trip with us, you must purchase an insurance policy that covers the issues mentioned above. You are not allowed to travel in Nepal without travel insurance.

You should submit a copy of your insurance document to us before you embark on a trip. There should be proper contact details of your insurance company in the case to contact them in an emergency.

 

Vaccination 

Vaccine guards travelers from severe disease. If you are vaccinated, you can travel with free mind despite the prevalence of any illness in the area you are traveling. Though Nepal is not hazardous to any particular disease; to be on safe side, you can have the following vaccination before you travel. However, this is only general information for the travelers and not specific advice. Most importantly, you should consult your doctor before traveling as the individual medical needs may vary. If your doctor suggests any vaccination; have them before six weeks so that they start working when you are traveling. 

We have provided a short description of some of the leading travel health issues and immunization that should be taken into consideration before traveling to Nepal: 

Hepatitis A

This disease is contagious, and it affects the working capacity of your liver. It can be transmitted to a person from contaminated water or food or due to a contact with an infected person or things. Maintaining cleanliness is one of the best methods to protect yourself from Hepatitis A. 

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a transmissible disease that can be transmitted through blood, blood products, and fluids.  A vaccine can prevent it. 

Tetanus, Pertussis, and Diphtheria

Tetanus is an infection occurred due to Clostridium Tetani. A toxin produced by this bacterium affects the brain and nervous system. It may interfere with breathing and caused stiffness of muscle. 

Pertussis is a respiratory disease which makes hard to breathe. The disease is also called whooping cough as it causes uncontrollable coughing. 

Diphtheria is an infection on the throat and sometimes on the skin caused by bacteria. It is contagious from person to person by coughing and sneezing. 

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella

Measles

Measles has symptoms such as a cough, watery eyes, runny nose, rash and it causes ear infection, pneumonia, brain damage. 

Mumps causes muscle aches, fatigue, appetite loss, swollen salivary glands. If it goes complicated, it has a much severe health issue. 

Rubella 

The rubella virus causes rubella. The disease is mild, so many people do not recognize that they are infected with the disease. The primary symptoms of this disease are rashes appears on the body of the infected person. The other symptoms may be sore, throat fever and tiredness. Rubella is contagious and spread via air through the cough of an infected person. This disease is preventable by the rubella vaccine. 

MMR vaccine can protect against these diseases. 

Chickenpox

Chickenpox is a very infectious disease to those who have not vaccinated against this disease. It can be prevented through immunization.

Influenza

Influenza is a disease caused due to the Influenza virus. It is highly contagious, so people who are traveling are at the risk of Influenza. Maintaining cleanliness is an effective way to prevent spreading this disease. This is also vaccine preventable. Malaria

Malaria is a disease caused by an infected mosquito bite.  It is transmitted to humans by the bite of the Anopheles mosquito. Considering different factors such as side effect, expenses, you should consult your doctor before having a vaccine for this disease.

Meningitis 

Meningitis is swelling of the membrane covering the brain. Mainly, meningitis is caused by viral and bacterial infections. It can be contagious, so it’s a good idea for the travelers to get vaccinated against this disease. 

Japanese Encephalitis

Japanese Encephalitis (JE) is caused when a mosquito bite a person and is widespread in the rural area of Asia. A vaccine is available for JE and is mostly recommended for adults and adolescents. The risk of JE is high in the southern plain of Nepal. 

Rabies

Rabies is a virus transmitted from the saliva of infected animals such as dog, fox, and monkey. The virus can be transmitted to a person when such animals bite them. The disease is almost fatal when a person shows its symptoms; so anybody who might have a chance of contracting rabies must take rabies vaccines.  

Cholera

Cholera is a communicable disease which causes diarrhea. It is caused by the consumption of water or food contaminated with Vibrio Cholera. The disease is common in the places having poor cleanliness.

 

Trekking Crews, Group Size and Acclimatization

We have a dedicated team having years of experience in the field of trekking and tourism sector.

Trekking Crew: The trekking crew comprised government certified English Speaking guide. Our crew members quench your thirst of information of the trekking region. Other essential members of the crew are the porters who assist you to carry your stuff during the trekking. As we are using the local porters, you are contributing to the local economy directly when you use our service.

Group Size: Generally, we operate a group size ranging from 2 to 10. However, we can make an instant decision regarding the group size as per the necessity and convenience of our client.

Acclimatization: Acclimatization means to adjust a person’s body to the changed environment. This is an important topic for those who wish to trek in Nepal as most of the famous trekking route takes the trekkers to the high altitude. However, our itineraries are developed efficiently so that you will have ample time to acclimatize your body to the altitude for your smooth ascend to the destination. Most importantly, our experienced guide is always there with you to take you to your destination. 

Also, we are always ready to listen to your views and amend the itinerary as per your convenience. 

 

 

Trekking Season

Choosing the best seasons to embark on the trek in Nepal will amplify your experience. Though, one or the other part of the country is suitable for trekking throughout the year; there are some specific periods when you will have the better experience of the trek. We have the following information for you so that you can choose the best time of the year to embark on the trek to Nepal:

Spring Season (March to May)

Similar to other parts of the world, the spring season is an excellent season in Nepal and is taken as the best season to go for the adventurous and other tourism activities in Nepal. The weather is warm in the lower elevation, and you will have a moderate temperature at the higher altitude. You will have a fantastic view of the mountains. In this season, blooming flowers especially the rhododendron- which is also the national flower of Nepal- welcomes you in this beautiful land of Himalayas. 

Summer Season (June to August)

Generally, trekking is not recommended during this season in Nepal as it is a rainy season and frequent rainfall makes walking uncomfortable. However, there are some parts in Nepal such as Nar-Phu valley, Mustang, and Dolpo region which falls behind the mountains rain shadow zone and they rarely receive rainfall. So, summer season can be a good season to go for the trek in these regions. Moreover, people who enjoy/love walking in the rainy season can choose some trekking destinations for trekking in this season. 

Autumn Season (September to November)

Autumn season is another nice time for the trekking in Nepal. Usually, the weather is clear in this season- September, October and November- so the trekking routes offer you the spectacular views of mountains and other beautiful vistas. Typically, the weather in this season is stable.  The days are warm, and you will have a pleasant walk. 

Winter Season (December to February)

As we know winter season is cold and the mountain region is colder in this season. The mountain region receives heavy snowfall, and the temperature drops down. Generally, the days are bright in the winter season in Nepal. So, ordinarily high elevation trekking is not recommended in this season; however, you can go for short hiking or tour in lower elevation where you can enjoy the snow. 

 

 

About Nepal Visa

Before starting your Nepal trip, a Nepal visa is prerequisite for all the foreign nationals, India being the exception. Indian citizen does not need a visa to enter Nepal and vice-versa. You can obtain Nepal visa at the Nepalese Embassy or consulate in your respective country which eases your travel. However, if you cannot manage to have your Nepal visa before arriving in Nepal, you can obtain Nepal visa at the immigration located inside Tribhuwan International Airport- the only international airport in Nepal. Moreover, if you are entering Nepal via land from India or China, you can obtain Nepal visa at the entry point. 

Please carry a few copies of passport size photograph as they require for visa purpose and also for the issuance of various permits. For tourist Nepal visa fees are as follow:

•    Multiple Entry 15 days visa USD 25 or Equivalent exchangeable currency

•    Multiple Entry 30 days visa USD 40 or Equivalent exchangeable currency

•    Multiple Entry 90 days visa USD 100 or Equivalent exchangeable currency

The immigration official accepts USD or other major currencies in cash for the visa purpose; however, they do not accept traveler’s check.  

To avoid hassle while obtaining a Nepal visa, you can fill in an online form using this link: www.nepalimmigration.gov.np , before meeting the immigration authority in person to get your Nepal visa. 

Importantly, the nationals of the following countries must obtain Nepal visa before arriving in Nepal as they cannot obtain on arrival visa in Nepal:

AFG,IRQ,CMR,GHA,SOM,SWZ,PSE,ZWE,NGA,ETH,LBR 

Important Note: We advise all the travelers to check the existing rules of obtaining Nepal visa and visa fee as they are subject to change.

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