Ghorepani Poonhill Sunrise Trek is one of the most popular trek of Annapurna Region for three reasons. First, the best place to view sunrise from the Poon Hill ( 3,190 m / 10,465 ft). The view of the mountains in almost 360 degrees charm and spellbound anyone who reach there. Second, the trek is not strenuous in the Himalaya in compare to others. And the last, the trek offers mix of cultures, traditions, lifestyles in a short trek. Moreover, it is accessible and free from risk of mountain sickness as well.
Mountains the can be seen:
The Himalayan peaks that can be seen from Poon Hill includes the Dhaulagiri Range with Dhaulagiri I ( 8168 m . / 26,795 ft.) – the most white mountain peak of the world and 7th highest peak on the earth. On the left of main Dhaulagiri I, there are Dhaulagiri II ( 7,751 m. / 25,730 ft.), Dhaulagiri III ( 7,715 m./ 25,311 ft.) , Dhaulagiri IV ( 7,661 m. / 25,135 ft.), Dhaulagiri V ( 7,618 m. / 24,992 ft.) and other smaller peaks. Likewise, on the right you can see Tukuche Peak ( 6,920 m. / 22,703 ft.) , Dhampus Peak ( 6,012 m. / 19,724 ft.), part of Annapurna I ( 8,091 m./ 26,545 ft.), Bahra Chuli ( 7,647 m. / 25,088 ft.), Annapurna South ( 7,219 m./ 23, 684 ), Hiunchuli ( 6434 m./ 21,108 ft.), Fishtail or Machhapuchhre ( 6,993 m./ 22,943 ft ), Mardi Himal ( 5,533 m. / 18,152 ft.), Lamjung Himal ( 6,983 m. / 22,910 ft.) and even Manasalu far east.
How and Where:
During the trek we walk into the Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA). It covers 7,629 sq Km making the largest conservation area of Nepal launched in 1986. ACA is a treasure of natural biodiversity with 1,226 species of flowering plants, 102 mammals, 474 species of birds, 39 reptiles and 22 amphibians. More than 100,000 people live inside the conserved area. We walk into the forest of Rhododendron, pine, oak and other plants.
The Ghorepani Poonhill Sunrise Trek begins with a beautiful drive or fly to Pokhara – Lake city of Nepal. From Pokhara, we trek through Nayapul – Birethanti – Hile – Tikhedhunga, Ulleri, Banthanti to Ghorepani. We stay overnight in Ghorepani. And climb uphill in the early morning to Poon Hill in order to enjoy the most stunning view of the Himalayan Peaks.
The trek can be short. For this, you should return back from Ghorepani to Pokhara via the same route you proceed. For the customized trip, nonetheless you should write to us.
The Extension and Options:
You can extend your trek to Annapurna Base Camp , Mustang and Muktinath Trek, or add Game tour to Chitwan National Park after or before the trek. Thus, Ghorepani Poonhill Sunrise Trek is one of the most suitable for diverse interests.
Day 01 & 02: Arrive Kathmandu ( 1, 350m / 4,429 ft ) – Transfer to your Hotel
Upon your arrival in Nepal’s only International airport, you may proceed for Visa ( if you have not obtained one in your home country). After immigration formalities, you reach to arrival reception area where our representative receives you with friendly greeting. You then will be transferred to your pre reserved Hotel. Most of the Hotels in Kathmandu are located in Durbar Marg, Thamel and Lazimpat area. It is about 6-8 kms drive to your Hotel. You meet your Trekking Guide in the evening, discuss with him/her about the trek preparation. Be ready the exciting trek.
You are free to adjust with new location, culture and lifestyle.
Day 03: Kathmandu – ( Drive or Fly ) to Pokhara ( 950 m. / 3,116 ft.)
Fly or Drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu which is based on your choice of service type ( please refer to Deluxe, Standard or Budget service type).
If you are driving then you leave Hotel as early as about 6.30 am. Your guide will pick you up from your Hotel and take to Bus Station. You will then drive through beautiful mountainous highway with numbers of curves and bends along the river Trishuli, Marshyangdi, Seti. During the driving, you will come across with various settlements, farming terraced field, farmers working in the field, people enjoying rafting in Trishuli river . They all amaze and excite you. It is about 7 hours drive to Pokhara. We stop on the way for Lunch.
If you are flying , then the day starts a little later in between 10 am – 12 noon. We transfer you to the domestic terminal for your flight to Pokhara. The flight will be marvellous experience in the Himalayas in which you can enjoy the view of majestic Himalayan Peaks. It includes Langtang Range, Ganesh Himal Range, Manasalu Range and Annapurna Range. It is about 25 minutes flight to Pokhara.
Upon arrival, your Trekking guide will receive at the airport and transfer you to the Hotel.
In the later afternoon, you enjoy the tour around lakeside and possibly boat ride in the most popular boating lake Fewa.
Pokhara, situated 200 Km west of Kathmandu is one of the most popular tourist destination in Nepal. Three mountain peaks Mt. Dhaulagiri ( 8,168 m. / 26.794 ft.) , Mt. Manasalu ( 8,156 m. / 26,758 ft.) and Mt. Annapurna I ( 8,091 m. / 26,545 ft.) out of the ten highest mountain peaks of the world are situated in this region ( 30 miles linear distance from Pokhara). Pokhara offers a beautiful view of the Himalayan peaks as the elevation rises sharply from 1,000 m to 7,500 m. within 30 Km distance. The city is equipped with many attractions such as Fewa Lake, Begnas Lake, Rupa Lake, Mahendra Cave, Chamere Cave, Devi’s Fall, Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, International Mountain Museum, Sarangkot and World Peace Stupa etc. Overnight stay in the Hotel in Lakeside.
Day 04: Drive Pokhara – Nayapul & Walk to Tikhedhunga ( 1,577 m./ 5,173 ft.)
You enjoy your breakfast in the Hotel. Be ready with your day pack, sunglass, hat, sun cream, bottle of water, walking stick etc. After breakfast, we drive to Nayapul which is a scenic drive in a beautiful landscape. From Naudanda, in a clear weather you can see towering Fishtail ( Machhapuchhre) on the right and beautiful Phewa lake and Pokhara on the left.
From Nayapul, we start our walk for the day. We cross Modi River in Birethanti ( 1,025 m. / 3,362 ft.) and follow the smaller stream named Bhurundi Khola for about 4 – 5 hours gradually uphill to Tikhedhunga. The trail today is in the warm river bed and hill side with occasional villages and settlements. Since we walk in the narrow and deep gorge, there is not any significant view of Himalayan peaks. Still, you can enjoy the village life, terraced farming field along the way.
We stop for lunch in one the restaurant on the way. You will have to wait for 30 – 40 minutes for the meal after you place an order which offers you with good chance to stretch your body and relax.
The last part to Tikhedhunga for about half an hour is steep up in a stone paved staircases. Arrive Tikhedhunga and overnight stay in the mountain standard lodge.The rooms are cozy and basic.
Day 05: Walk Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani ( 2,860 m. / 9,384 ft.)
You enjoy breakfast in the Hotel which can be any from Tibetan bread, chapati bread, potatoes, eggs, toast, pancake etc. After breakfast, we start our walking.
The first two hours is steep climbing up till Ulleri ( 2,073 m. / 6,800 ft.) We gain steep 400 m. in 2 hours time and then walk gradual uphill to Banthanti.
We start to see beautiful glimpse of the mountain peaks from this morning. You can get glimpse of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Fishtail.
We have lunch in Banthanti or Nagethanti . We walk in the big jungle area of Rhododendron and Oak. In April, the whole area is so colourful with the blossom of Rhododendron flower.
The walk in the jungle with music coming out from stream, waterfall is so enjoyable. From Nangethanti the trail is again steeper to Ghorepani. We gain lots of height today and the day is long enough to make you tired.
Arrive Ghorepani, a beautiful town with majestic view of the Himalayan peaks ( Dhaulagiri is magnificent from Ghorepani). Overnight stay in the mountain standard lodge.
Day 06: Ghorepani – Poon Hill ( 3,190 m. / 10,465 ft) – Tadapani ( 2,630 m. / 8,628 ft. )
In pre – dawn we climb steep up to Poon Hill which is about an hour climb. Poon Hill is the most popular sunrise viewpoint in Nepal. From the top of this hill the view of the majestic Himalayan peaks is majestic and marvellous towering in the sky. Kali Gandaki river valley in the north – west with towering Dhaulagiri I ( 8168 m . / 26,795 ft.), Tukuche Peak ( 6,920 m. / 22,703 ft.) , Dhampus Peak ( 6,012 m. / 19,724 ft.) on the left and Annapurna I ( 8,091 m./ 26,545 ft.), Bahra Chuli ( 7,647 m. / 25,088 ft.), Annapurna South ( 7,219 m./ 23, 684 ) on the right is magnificent. Annapurna I is only 34 kms east of Dhaulagiri making the Kali Gandaki river basin in Ghasa the deepest gorge in the world made by these two eight thousand metre high mountain peaks.
We can enjoy the view of mountain peaks other than mentioned above are Fishtail (6993 m / 22942 ft.) ), Dhampus Peak, Lamjung Peak etc
Climb down to the hotel and after breakfast we climb uphill to Deurali Pass ( 3,090 m.) towards east . From the top ridge you can see beautiful view of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South. You walk the whole day in the Rhododendron and Bamboo forest. April – May is the most beautiful months to walk in this trail.
From Deurali, the trail is steep down to the stream where we walk in the deep gorge stream bed for about an hour to reach Banthanti for lunch. Today, is long day with ups and downs.
Arrive Tadapani and overnight stay in the Hotel.
Day 07: Walk Tadapani – Ghandruk (1,960 m. / 6,430 ft.)
Enjoy the beautiful view of the Annapurna south, Hiunchuli and Fishtail in the morning with sunrise. We come very close to Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. Machhapuchhre also on the right corner is beautiful from Tadapani.
After breakfast we walk all the way downhill in the forest to Ghandruk. It is about 3 and half hour walk to Ghandruk.
Ghandruk is one of the most beautiful village of Gurung people overlooking Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. Ghandruk is visited by the large number of domestic tourists as well to explore the culture of Gurung community and enjoy the view of Annapurna South. Have lunch, tour of the village in the later afternoon. You can visit Gurung museum where various utensils and artefacts of village life is collected.
Overnight stay in the Hotel.
Day 08: Walk to Nayapul or Ghandruk Phedi and Drive to Pokhara
After breakfast we walk down to the Ghandruk Phedi and then walk to Nayapul. It is easy and nice day to walk in the downhill and flat along the river Modi.
From Nayapul, we take a taxi or other private transfer to Pokhara.
Arrive Pokhara, transfer to your Hotel and enjoy the rest of the day on your own.
Day 09: Drive or Fly to Kathmandu
If you are driving ( which is based on your service category ), then the morning starts at 6.00 am by transferring to the Tourist Bus park. Drive back to Kathmandu the same way.
If you are flying or driving back by private vehicle, then you will have more time in Pokhara to enjoy. In the late morning, depart from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
Day 10: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour and Shopping
After breakfast in the morning we tour around the cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu valley. We visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath stupa, Boudhanath stupa and Pashupatinath temple. Without touring around these places, your stay in Kathmandu and visit of Nepal is meaningless. So, explore this magic, mystic and majestic cultural heritage city of Kathmandu.
Kathmandu Durbar Square is our first destination which used to be a royal palace complex square of Nepal’s Malla and Shah King’s. They rule in Kathmandu from the palace from 14th Century till 18th Century. The palace complex is completely decorated with artistic temples, shrines , statues etc. Whole palace square reflects the opulence of Malla era and little from Shah dynasty. Most popular in the square is 9 storey royal palace complex built by King Prithvi Narayan Shah in mid 18th century. King Prithvi Narayan Shah was the king of Gorkha and triumphed over Kathmandu kingdom after many attempts in 1768 A.D. Living Goddess “ KUMARI “ and beautifully crafted and decorated palace where she lives during her tenure is another attraction. Kumari is young girl ( pre – pubescent ) worshipped in Kathmandu valley as manifestation of goddess Durga ( a divine female energy) . You can have a glance of Goddess Kumari while she appears in the window of her palace upon request. Huge black Bhairab statue of 6th century, mask of white Bhairava, Shiva temple, Vishnu temple, Taleju temple, various courtyards are others to see and explore in the square.
Pashupatinath Temple is our next destination, which is the most prominent Hindu temple dedicated to lord Shiva ( God of destruction according to Hindu philosophy) . It is taken as one of the holy abode of Shiva among 275 on the continent. The present temple was erected in 17th century, though the history of site goes back to many centuries. Cremation in the bank of river Bagmati amazes you along with various shrines, temples, stories related to Hinduism.
We then visit Boudhanath Stupa, the most famous and the holiest stupa in Nepal and biggest in terms of its expansion and height. Present sky high stupa was erected and renovated in 18th century. It is located in ancient trade route between Nepal and Tibet. With influx of Tibetan refugees in 1959, the area is home to many Gompas ( monasteries ) which follows tibetan buddhism.
In the afternoon, enjoy shopping in Nepal. You find Silk Carpets, Tibetan Carpets, Pashmina Shawls, Thanka Paintings, Statues, Handicrafts, Jewellery, Gurkha Knife, Garments and other various items either in a narrow street of Thamel or other shopping areas.
Overnight stay in the Hotel in Kathmandu. In the evening, enjoy farewell dinner with cultural dance.
Day 11 & 12: Departure to your Home country or other destination
Sadly, your holiday in Nepal come to an end. We transfer you to the International Airport or other point of departure for onward journey back to your home. You will have now fond memories of the Himalayas, happy and smiling people from Nepal and lifetime holiday experience with you to bring your home back.
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