Ghorepani-Poon Hill-Trek - 8 Days

Overview

The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is an 8-day hike in the Annapurna mountain range in Nepal. It takes a moderate level of fitness to complete, and the max elevation is 3,210 meters (so there’s no real risk of altitude sickness). Pokhara is the closest main access city to begin treks into the Annapurna range. We can start walking at the gateway from Nayapul then heading towards several places such as Birethanti, Sudam, Tikhedhunga, Ghorepani, Tadapani, Ghandruk village, and again Nayapul whole circuit will be 67.5 kilometers Trekking. In the Annapurna Poon Hill Trek, there will be most stunning views of snowcapped mountains such as South Annapurna, Himchuli, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Manaslu range, Dolpo range, and Dhaulagiri massif are great attractions of the Annapurna region.

Itinerary

Day 1
ARRIVE IN KATHMANDU (TIA).

The hotel is close to the central Thamel District which contains the majority of tourist amenities – shops restaurants, internet cafes etc. Himalayan Memories Trek package services begin with the evening meal and Nepali cultural show. Our guide will brief you on what to expect in the days ahead.

Day 2
FLY TO POKHARA AND TREK TO TIKHEDHUNGA.

Today you’ll be driven to Kathmandu domestic airport for a short flight to Pokhara and will transfer to Nayapul, from where the trek begins! Your first trail will head uphill through fertile farms of rice, maize, and millet fields. Following the main trail of Birethanti, pass by a small waterfall and continue until you reach Sudami where you will stop for lunch.

After a quick lunch get back on your feet and climb steadily along the side of the valley until you reach Tikhedhunga where we stop overnight.

Day 3
TREK TO GHOREPANI.

After breakfast get ready for your big but fun climb to Ulleri. The trek begins with a steep stone stairway until reaching the top of Ulleri. The higher you go the better views are so this is an exciting climb really. The path eventually leads you through cultivated fields with great views of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), rest of the day continues through a scenic area of blooming rhododendron blossoms and old oak forest.

We will keep climbing until we reach Nangethanti, where we stop for lunch. Keep in mind that during winter months, the trail can be covered with snow. Work off your lunch and continue the climb until you get to Ghorepani, a village surrounded by spectacular scenery.

Day 4
MORNING CLIMB TO POON HILL AND TREK TO TADAPANI.

Early morning walk to Poon Hill (10,500 ft) in just about an hour. This is a spiritual place that provides majestic scenery, especially in the morning sun rise. The sun casts golden light on the nearby snow-covered peaks like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), and Singa Chuli, and many more unnamed peaks.

After great sunrise views descend to Ghorepani for breakfast before continuing trekking towards the small village of Tadapani. where we stop overnight.

Day 5
TREK TO SYAULI BAZAR.

After breakfast we walk approximately 3 hours to Ghandruk and stop for lunch, thereafter the trail continues to descend steeply until you get to Syauli Bazar through amazing hillside landscapes, forest, and terraced rice fields. Overnight in Syauli Bazar.

Day 6
TREK TO NAYAPUL AND DRIVE BACK TO POKHARA

After breakfast we walk approximately 2 hours to Nayapul and 1 hour drive to Pokhara and a free afternoon in Pokhara.

Day 7
DRIVE TO KATHMANDU.

After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu, In Kathmandu, you’ll be transferred to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening at your leisure. Explore Kathmandu’s streets just walk or bumpy Rickshaw ride, perhaps shopping for souvenirs or visit some of the City attractions you may have missed at the beginning of your journey.

Day 8
Transfer to airport for final departure.

It’s your last day in Nepal! Grab some breakfast, and then take in some last-minute shopping in Kathmandu. We’ll make sure you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport with plenty of time before your flight home. At this time, we’ll say our goodbyes and bid you farewell, armed with warm memories and gorgeous photos to show your loved ones.

  • 1. ARRIVALS AND TRANSFER TO HOTEL BY THE TOURIST BUS OR PRIVATE VEHICLES.
  • 2. 3 NIGHT ACCOMMODATION IN 3 STAR CATEGORIZED HOTEL IN KATHMANDU.
  • 3. HIMALAYAN MEMORIES TREK /DUFFLE BAG, TSHIRT, AND TREKKING MAP.
  • 4. WELCOME DINNER WITH NEPAL CULTURAL SHOW.
  • 5. ONE DAY KATHMANDU CITY SIGHT SCENE.
  • 6. GOVERNMENT LICENCE HOLDER TREKKING GUIDE
  • 7. ALL MEAL BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER, AND TEA, COFFEE,
  • 8. ALL STAFF EXPENSES
  • 9. ALL STAFFS MEDICAL AND EMERGENCY RESCUE INSURANCES DURING THE TRIP.
  • 10. ALL STAFF FOODS.
  • 11. PORTER WAGES.
  • 12. GUIDE WAGES.
  • 13. EQUIPMENT.
  • 14. KITCHEN UTENSILS.
  • 15. NATIONAL PARK ENTRY FEE.
  • 16. MUNICIPALITY CHARGE.
  • 17. ALL GOVERNMENT TAXES.

Cost Excludes

  • 1. LUNCH AND DINNER IN KATHMANDU EXCEPT WELCOME AND FAREWELL DINNER.
  • 2. BOTH WAY INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT AIR-FARE.
  • 3. PERSONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE AND EMERGENCY RESCUE INSURANCE.
  • 4. NEPAL ENTRY VISA FREE.
  • 5. ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES.
  • 6. FILMING PERMIT OF DRONE AND CAMERA.
  • 7. EXTRA NIGHT ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU IF LATE DEPARTURE.
  • 8. STAFF TIPS.

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daily activities

On your trek, every morning, you are awoken early by a Himalayan Memories Trek staff with a first cup of native tea or coffee, along with a bowl of warm water to freshen up. Next, you are served a full breakfast of local fare. Such as fresh fruit and vegetables where it is available. We mainly serve freshly made porridge, eggs, camp made breads etc.

While you have breakfast the Sherpa’s use this time to disassemble the tents, so make sure you pack all bags before sitting for breakfast. while some porters set off on the daily walk in order to make setups in advance of our arrival at the next stop/camp, so that when we get there, all you have to do is relax and enjoy the area.

Typically, our walks start soon after breakfast. After a couple of hours walk, we will stop for lunches. In general, the afternoon walk is shorter than the morning one, to give people time to visit neighbouring villages, to rest and to chat while the chefs prepare the supper.

staff tipping

Tipping is the accepted way of saying thank you for good service. Normally the porters and any other trek staff are given their tips at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Your Guide will advise the group on an appropriate level of tipping. Most groups will hand out the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the holiday. As a guide, we recommend that each group member contributes 5-10% of your total cost of the trek to these tips. At the end of their trek many people also like to donate various items of equipment to the porters and trek staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. Boots, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks are always warmly received by the porters. Your guide will make arrangements for a fair distribution (possibly by raffle) amongst the trek crew. Please note that you will have the opportunity to tip your guide separately during dinner on the final evening of the holiday. If you felt your guide was especially helpful, please consider an appropriate bonus to him or her of 20% of group tips.

baggage allowance

Your main item of luggage should be a sturdy kit bag, duffel bag or similar. This will be carried during the trek by porters or pack animals and must weigh no more than 15kg. You should also bring on your holiday a day-pack of approximately 30 litres capacity. It is possible to leave items not required on trek at the hotel in Kathmandu. For your international flights, please check the baggage allowance with your airline.

spending money

Approximately $200 (or equivalent in pound Sterling, Euros) changed into local currency, should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including porter and trek crew tips, drinks etc. It is not necessary to obtain local currency prior to departure. Pound Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Nepal. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Kathmandu. If you prefer not to carry all of your spending money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money from ATM’s in Kathmandu using your debit or credit cards. (Fee applies) During the trek it is possible to buy snacks, chocolate, soft drinks and beer on most days. Please be aware that since everything has to be carried up by porters or animals, these items become more expensive as you gain altitude.

equipment

The basic idea of the trekking gear for the Himalayas. This Himalaya trekking kit list aims to keep you warm, dry, protected from the sun, able to move comfortably in the mountains and able to be comfortable in the evenings and night.
You will be given a detailed kit list after booking, but the main points to cover are as follows:-

* BAGS – Rucksack or duffel bag for a porter to carry plus a day pack to be carried by you. Your day-pack should be comfortable and capable of carrying everything you need for the day, plus any valuable items such as a camera and passport.
* SHELL – Top and bottom waterproofs to keep off wind/rain.
* PUFFY LAYER – A puffy jacket, filled with either down or synthetic, designed to be worn while doing physical activity in the outdoors is essential for your kit. This layer will not only keep you warm on the trail should it be cold, but also help you stay cosy in lodges and tea-houses. Often times, these places do not have heat outside of the common area, so a warm puffy jacket will come in handy.
* LAYERS – Shirts, trousers, shorts, T-shirts, jumpers and jackets, hats and gloves. We advise that you do not wear cotton while trekking. Cotton can actually make you colder, and in certain cases, give you hypothermia. Look for synthetic or merino wool material for your layering system.
* BASE LAYER – Thin layers to wick away any sweat and to wear for cold mornings. Both top and bottom. At least two sets.
* UNDERWEAR – We recommend non-cotton. 2-3 pairs.
* FEET – Comfortable Lighter footwear to change into in the evenings. Always be sure that footwear is well-broken in prior to arriving in Nepal. For socks we advise using non-cotton socks with plenty of cushion. If you are prone to blisters, consider getting silk sock liners. 2-3 pairs.
* SLEEPING – Warm sleeping bag (2-3 season) to get a good night’s sleep at the lodges (they also have blankets)

7 rules in the Himalayas

1) Go slowly and take a full day for the hike rather than get there as fast as possible.

2) Drink lots of liquid.

3) Always give way to yaks right of way and when you meet one on a path with a drop to one side, always stand on the uphill side.

4) Don’t get caught out with inadequate clothing to cope with a rapid change in weather This is the high Himalaya and a clear bright morning does not mean the same in the afternoon.

5) Do not wander off by yourself and always make sure people know where you are. Anything can happen and a slip on scree or moraine can mean getting cold very quickly while waiting for someone to come and help.

6) Part of the trek is on lateral moraine and some places are slippery. There is no need for crampons but simple care where you are walking is important.

7) Remember that the best approach to safety is to prevent an accident happening in the first place.

Insurance

As soon as you book your trip with Himalayan Memories Trek you should purchase a policy which covers trekking upto 5500m this will cover you any unexpected events force you to cancel. Your policy should also cover helicopter rescue in the event of an emergency evacuation.The only two methods of travel mostly are on foot or by helicopter once in the mountains. Obviously certain medical conditions are either so debilitating or urgent that the first option is not practicable as an evacuation method. Helicopter evacuation is very expensive and is also dependent on favourable weather conditions. Many of the helicopters are working at the limit of their operating altitude in the higher parts of the valley. Himalayan memories trek will be well placed to coordinate an efficient rescue but we must stress that there is no single definitive cost for a helicopter rescue, much depends on what else the pilot is doing in the area, how far the helicopter has to fly, where it started from and so on. The maximum is about $10,000 so your travel insurance should cover up to this figure specifically for rescue costs. The helicopter company will require a payment guarantee before they fly, this will be done by your insurance provider, opening a case number and arranging the relevant exchanges of information and certification. For this purpose, it is essential that you have the right policy and provide us with all the policy details. Our staff have got mobile phones and generally, there is somewhere near with a phone signal, or else one of the staff will go to the nearest place. The safety and stability of the injured person is the job of the group and the staff and anyone nearby who can assist because sometimes it can take hours for a helicopter to arrive. Thankfully many of the trails have first aid posts along the way, but every group should be prepared to help deal with an injured person and in this case, it goes without saying that the needs of that person are more important than the trek itinerary.
It will be a matter of the helicopter company ascertaining that it is safe to fly to the relevant location and then flying the casualty to a nominated location, almost certainly a hospital in Kathmandu. The helicopter will then be met by Himalayan Memories trek who will help to coordinate any further stages in the process. The helicopter will also fly into Kathmandu airport and our staff will arrange for a car or ambulance to take the person to the hospital. If for any reason the helicopter is unable to fly we will use our many local staff and contacts to coordinate an alternative rescue and treatment regime. Normally this means using horses or simply stretchering a person off the mountain to the nearest safe place or safe helicopter landing area. Again, this is something that will generally involve everyone.

first aid kit

(Personal first aid kit contents)

Paracetamol
Ibuprofen
Antiseptic Wipes
Adhesive Plasters
Blister Plasters
Zinc Tape
Insect Repellent
Antihistamine tablets
Sunblock Cream
Water Purification Tablets
Crepe Bandage
Hydrocortisone Cream

Acclimatisation

Our treks allow a good time to acclimatise and as a mountain guiding outfit we always want to ensure the trek is safe. Reducing the number of days may make the price cheaper but the chances of safely reaching base camp also greatly reduce. We follow established mountaineering principles of height gain on all treks to altitude.

Value of money

Our prices are competitive and good value, and we offer quality, service, security and an ethical stance on tourism in a developing country. We don’t want to be so expensive to run fewer trips and have our staff idle, but on the other hand we believe that running cheap trips that promote the practice of skimming budgets would result in the porters getting next to nothing, which is something we cannot consider. Your porters work extremely hard to carry your gear, advance set ups and keep your journey safe and enjoyable, sometimes at their own risk and peril. We could not complete our journey without them. They have families, too, and we all want to have an enjoyable, rewarding expedition full of great memories! Tashi Delek!

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Ghorepani-Poon Hill-Trek

Trip Facts

  • 2 to 16
  • Private Transport + Flight
  • MAR | APR | MAY | SEP | OCT | NOV
  • 3210m
  • 2
  • Easy Trek
  • Best available
  • breakfast/lunch/diner
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