Annapurna Region and Ghorepani Trek is the most popular trek region in Nepal. Ghorepani situated at an altitude of 2850 m. from sea level is a beautiful small town surrounded by Rhododendron jungle and Poonhill 3210m. from sea level is one of the most impressive viewpoint for stunning views of Himalayan Peaks closely. In spring season ( March – April ), Ghorepani decorates herself in red, white, blue, pink and many more colours. The trek is moderate in grade and good for those with short time, wants to explore the Himalayas and afraid to reach higher altitudes.
The trek starts with drive to Pokhara, a beautiful lake city in the west of Kathmandu. Trek then follows various villages with Gurung and Magar settlements. Steep uphill and downhill in some parts make the trek adventurous as well.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Thamel, Kathmandu|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive by 8:15 AM for a prompt departure at 8:30 AM.|
|RETURN TIME||Approximately 6:30 PM.|
|WEAR||Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.|
Route Covered: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Swoyambhunath Pokhara city, Lakeside, Davis Fall Tikhedhunga, Ghorepani, Poonhill, Tadapani , Ghandruk
Get going, Pokhara Awaits
Kathmandu to Pokhara
Pokhara situated 200 Km west of Nepal is a beautiful Lake city in the lap of the mighty Annapurna range of Himalayas. The drive is very scenic in the mid hill along the Trishuli river which is very famous river for rafting in Nepal till Muglin section. From Muglin we follow the Marshyangdi river which originates from Tilicho Lake and Thorong La.
Arrive Pokhara, check in to the hotel and walk around the Fewa Lake.
Trek to Tikhedhunga ( 1577 m / 5173 ft)
Early in the morning after breakfast, drive to Nayapul to start the trek. The drive is for about an hour in the scenic road via Phedi, Naudanda, Lumle. Arrive Nayapul and start walking. Today is not very difficult day since the trail is gradual uphill along the river. There are various villages where we can stop for drink, lunch and rest.
Arrive Tikhedhunga and overnight stay in the mountain lodge.
Trek to Ghorepani ( 2,850 m. / 9350 ft.)
The trail for the first 2 hours today is steep up till Ulleri ( 2070 m.). From Ulleri, it is gradual uphill in the forest of Rhododendron and oak.
Lunch in Banthati. After lunch we walk gradual up.
Overnight stay in the lodge in Ghorepani
Hike Poonhill ( 3,210 m / 10,532 ft) - Trek to Tadapani ( 2680 m. / 8792 ft. )
Early morning climb about an hour to Poon hill from the hotel. The walking must be in predawn to catch the sunrise from the top of Poonhill. This is the most popular sunrise view point in the region with most beautiful and close up view of the Himalayan peaks including Mt. Dhaulagiri ( 8167 m./ 26795 ft.) and its range, Tukuche Peak, Dhampus Peak , Annapurna South ( 7219 m. ), Himalchuli, Fishtail ( 6993 m. ) and other Annapurna Ranges from Poonhill and Sunrise the best and most impressive.
Climb down to the hotel and then after breakfast, trek to Tadapani .The trail today is mostly in the rhododendron and bamboo forest and few steep uphill and downhill. Lunch on the way. Overnight stay in Tadapani.
Trek to Ghandruk ( 2170 m. / 7120 ft.)
Trek downhill to Ghandruk which is about 3 and half hours walking. The trail to Annapurna Base Camp and Chomrong forks from Tadapani. View of Annapurna South and Fishtail from Tadapani , Ghandruk is so close and beautiful.
Arrive Ghandruk, and after lunch tour of the village. Headquarter of Annapurna Conservation Area Project is located in Ghandruk where you can enjoy the conservation effort of ACAP. Overnight stay in the Hotel.
Trek to Birethanti - Drive to Pokhara
Trek downhill to Bensi, and then walk to Birethanti. These days you can drive back to Pokhara from Bensi directly. Arrive Pokhara and overnight stay in the Hotel.
Drive back to Kathmandu
In the morning, drive back to Kathmandu. Arrive Kathmandu in the afternoon and enjoy the rest of the day in shopping and touring around on your own.
Free and Easy Day in Kathmandu
Free day to enjoy Kathmandu on your own. You can optionally take part in the sightseeing tour of temples of Kathmandu including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath.
Enjoy shopping, Overnight stay in the Hotel.
Transfer to the airport for the departure flight to your home or other destination.