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Trip FactTrip name: Ghorepani – Poon Hill
Duration: 13 days
Max. Altitude: 3190m
Best time to Travel : Jan, Feb, March, April, May, Oct, Nov, Dec
Level 7/20 9 days trekking with a maximum altitude of 3190m. Stages average 5 to 6hours on a trail called “Balcony of Annapurna’.
Ghorepani – Poon Hill trekking is also known as Annapurna Balcony trekking and offers a perfect program for a first trek in Nepal. It is one of the easiest trek to get some of the best views of the Annapurna Range without having to go too high. It takes you to the west of Pokhara giving superb Himalayan scenery of the whole Annapurna region, crossing beautiful Gurung villages and rhododendron forests. On top of Poon Hill we will have unforgettable sun rise covering from west to east: Dhaulagiri massif, Nilgiri massif, Annapurna range, Manaslu.
|Day1||Arrival Kathmandu, transfer to hotel||Hotel BB|
|Day2||Pokhara - Phedi, trek 1 Dhampus, 2hrs||1650m||lodge|
|Day3||Trek 2 – Landrung, 5h||1560m||lodge|
|Day4||Trek 3 - Ghandruk, 4h||1940m||lodge|
|Day5||Trek 4 –Tadhapani, 4h||2630m||lodge|
|Day6||Trek 5 – Ghorepani, 6h||2860m||lodge|
Trek 6 – Pun Hill – Tikedhunga, 6h
Trek 7 – Birethanti, 5h
Trek 8 – Sarangkot 5h30
Trek 9 – Pokhara, 2h30
Flight: Pokhara – Jomsom, transfer to hotel
Kathmandu Valley sightseeing
|transfer to airport|
Day 01 Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to your hotel by private vehicle.
Day 02 Bus drive Kathmandu – Pokhara – Phedi 6/7h
Early in the morning after the breakfast, we take a private bus to Pokhara, leaving the Kathmandu Valley crossing a short pass at Nagh Danda before plunging down to Naubise on a twisting road. Soon, the road goes downstream the Trisuli River till Mugling, a town offering many local restaurants for the travelers and drivers plying on the road. The road crosses a bridge over the confluence of the Trisuli and Marshyangdi rivers, going upstream the latter one. Before reaching Pokhara, the road goes through a flat and broad cultivated area. The majestic Annapurna Range is kissing the sky. The road heads now towards the north along the Seti River till Milanchowk. The drive ends in Phedi, a small hamlet at the foot of a hill.
The trail immediately climbs up a steep staircase through forest then terraced fields till Dhampus, a Gurung village on the top of the ridge. You are rewarded with great views of Machapuchare.
Day 03 Dhampus – Deorali (2100m) – Landrung (1500m) 6h
The path goes gradually up through a forested area to Pothana then further to a short pass at Deorali where there are views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. From there it goes down through ferns and orchids forest into a huge side canyon of the Modi khola till a suspension bridge over a stream. It continues through fields and Tolka village, before reaching our lodge at Landrung, a typical Gurung village with flagstones streets.
Day 04 Landrung – Ghandrung (2050m) 3h 30
The village opposite on top of hill is our today’s destination. During half an hour the trail descends to reach the Modi Khola which we cross over a bridge before a long and steep staircase on hillside, through terraced fields with local farmers busy growing mainly rice. Ghandrung is the largest Gurung village of that area, with still many people enrolled in British army, making evident the prosperity of the place.
Day 05 Ghandrung – Thada Pani (2850m) 5h
With Annapurna south facing us we leave Ghandrung to penetrate a forested area, with rhododendrons as high as other trees, orchids, oaks and bamboos. That section is completely different from the beginning one, with less inhabited area due to dense forest. Thadapani is a cluster of few lodges in a forested area, offering nice views of Annapurna Range.
Day 06 Thada Pani – Ghorepani (2850m) 5h
Today’s walk is through a big rhododendron forest, which when blooming in spring season is offering some unforgettable experience of trek under a rhododendron canopy. The path goes up to Deorali (3200m), the highest point of the trek. From there, Dhaulagiri 1 huge face is towering the area. After the short pass, it’s way down to Ghorepani, a quite big village offering tremendous views of Dhaulagiri 1 and Tukuche peak.
Day 07 Ghorepani – Tikhedhunga (1400m) 6h 30
Early in the morning with head lamp, for those wishing not to miss the unforgettable sun rise over the Himalaya, climbing uphill for one of best panorama in Nepal with from west to east mainly Gurja Himal, Dhaulagiri Himal, Tukuche, Nilgiris, Annapurna Range, Machapuchare, Lamjung, Manaslu…a breath taking panorama! It’s time to get back to Ghorepani for breakfast. That Poon Hill option adds 1h 30 to the day walk.
Today it’s all day down through a dense forested area before reaching Ulleri, a village clung to the hill, offering panorama over the valley down. It’s a long, tiring staircase plunging to the river downhill. The path crosses two suspension bridges before entering Tikhedhunga.
Day 08 Tikhedhunga – Birethanti (1100m) 5h
Le path leaves the main trekking route to visit the typical villages which have not been affected by the trekking and have kept their ancestral traditions and customs although just a stone-throw away the main trekking route. The path makes up and downs crossing Mauja, Sabet and Sarkyung villages before going down to Birethanti, a charming village at the confluence of two rivers.
Day 09 Birethanti – Sarangkot (1550m) 5h
Leaving Birethanti, the path goes upstream the Modi Khola before heading up to Chandrakot on a trail abandoned by trekkers. From the place of Chandrakot, there are beautiful views of Annapurna South and Machapuchare. The trail continues till Lumle, a quiet gurung village which lost trekkers flow due to the main road linking Pokhara to Beni. It’s difficult to find vehicles in between main places and we have to walk a little bit on the road till Naudanda where we have the lunch break.
The path goes on a wide trail linking Naudanda to Sarangkot, a beautiful spot offering Annapurna panorama on the left and overlooking the Phewa lake down.
Day 10 Sarangkot – Pokhara 800m
Early in the morning, it’s worth going up to the view point for an unforgettable sun rise over the Annapurna Range. After breakfast you start the last day of trek, going down to the city of Pokhara that you can see from the starting point. The path goes through beautiful villages set on the slopes of the hill. It’s getting warmer as you are going down and you can see plenty of beautiful and fragrant bougainvilleas. Soon the path links with the main road and you will reach the lakeside on foot before enjoying lunch in a garden along the lake. In the afternoon, you may either visit the lakeside area full of souvenirs shops or enjoy having a boat ride on the lake.
Day 11 Flight Pokhara – Kathmandu
According to the flight schedule you will be driven to the airport about 1 hr 1/2 before the departure time. At Kathmandu you will be welcome at the airport exit by our staff. After a short transfer to your hotel you will enjoy relaxing and walking around in the forest. Dinner included.
Day 12 Kathmandu valley sightseeing
Second sightseeing with the monkey temple on top of Swayambhu hill, Kathmandu Durbar Square with plenty of pagodas and the Kumari palace and the city of Patan, another Durbar Square with many temples dedicated to the Hindu and Buddhist gods and goddesses.
Day 13 Transfer to airport for return flight