Ghorepani Ghandruk Trekking is definitely a swift escapade for few days around picturesque village to capture glimpse of rich culture and beautiful sub-tropical alpine Rhododendron forest track aiming for one of earth finest vantage – Poon Hill – to observe stunning sunrise & sunset and panorama of world seventh, eighth & tenth highest – Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Manaslu (8163m) and Mt. Annapurna (8091m) respectively.
Ghorepani Trekking is excellent chance to encounter local people and splendid nature in less than a week holiday window. And it is pleasant to walk on trails with mountain backdrop through the beautiful village and the tempting landscapes – so elegant, that it will knock to the photographer side of you. You just could not resist yourself immersing into it.
This short trek to Ghorepani Ghandruk starts with an hour drive from the City of Lake – Pokhara following Beni-Baglung highway until Nayapul from where we begin our walk to Birethanti and continue to Hille passing through picturesque green farmlands, ever flowing waterfalls and the fresh scent of rhododendron forest (if it’s March-May Spring season).
Next morning it’s little challenge to walk approx. three thousand stone stairs to reach Ulleri village but the effort is rewarding with a view of peak shaped like tail of fish – Mt. Machhapuchere (6997m) on every footstep and we continue our walk through the green lush forest towards Ghorepani which itself is a local Pun village serving great hospitality and mountain views.
The major attraction of Ghorepani Trek is a forty-five-minute sunrise hike to Poon Hill (3210m) from Ghorepani to witness the breathtaking panorama of more than twenty different peaks (of course if weather permits) and the sight of rising sun atop of this Himalayan range will leave you speechless.
We will hang around for a while capture all these memories in camera before we approach towards beautiful Ghandruk village where we will visit Traditional Gurung Museum and spend our last night watching Mt. Fishtail and Annapurna South from room window and complete our short journey of Himalayas.
Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu : Picked Up from the airport and transfer to the Hotel Drive: 30 minutes | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Welcome Dinner
Day 2Free Day in Kathmandu Optional: Join our free walking tours – starts at 10am – Walk to Monkey Temple – Visit National Museum – Kathmandu Durbar Square – finish before 4pm
Walk: 1.5 hours | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
Day 3Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and transfer to HotelDrive: 7-8 hrs | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: B, L, D
Day 4Morning drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Hille (1480m/4856 ft)Drive: 1-1.5 hrs | Walk: 3 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 5Trek from Hille to Ghorepani (2850m/9350 ft)Walk: 5- 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 6Sunrise Poon Hill (3210m/10531 ft), and trek to Ghandruk (1940m)Walk: 6 - 7 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 7Trek from Ghandruk to Sewei and drive to PokharaWalk: 2 – 3 hrs | Drive: 3 – 4 hrs | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: B, L, D
Day 8Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu and transfer to HotelDrive: 7-8 hrs | Accommodation: Hotel | Included: B, L, D
Day 9Free Day in Kathmandu (Contingency Day)Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
Day 10Final Departure | Other Travel Plan
We found about Milan through reading Trip Advisor reviews. He set us up for a 5 day trekking trip at Poon Hill. As well as down jacket and sleeping bag rentals. The price he gave us is fair and to the point. Our guide was Arjun. He is very experienced, fast, knows the people, the tea houses, and the various routes very well. He helped out a few travelers who didn't know where they were going. The places he choose for us to stay usually have hot water and extra blankets. Have a drink with this guy if he's your guide!
Wanda Seto, United States
FREE WALKING TOUR: This is an optional walking adventure on the outskirts of Thamel area, which will surprisingly take you to popular Buddhist shrine – Monkey Temple (original name Swayambunath Stupa) and Kathmandu Durbar Square (House of Virgin Living Goddess) after a quick peek at the National Museum. It is around 6km walk, takes 1.5 hrs walk starting and ending from/to Thamel. It is a guided tour; however the entrance fees to these heritage sites must be pay by travelers themselves. [Monkey Temple – Rs 200, Kathmandu Durbar Square – Rs 1000, National Museum – Rs 150]. We start at 10am in the morning (after breakfast) and finish before 4pm (time can vary).
SAFETY CONCERN: Your safety is our top concern while organizing outdoor and adventure plans. Our leaders and crew members are experienced professionals who will make sure that the trip is safely in course. We truly understand the need of information flow and risk management to provide the best experience. Our trekking arrangement includes the proper clothing, supplies of equipment and gears, high altitude prevention measures and remedies to provide the carefree adventure in the Himalayas.
STANDARD TRIP: Standard itinerary and route plans are typically designed considering the necessary number of days to complete the trek for average fit travelers and level of altitude gain on the trek (and multiple other factors) which can be modified as per the interest, time, experience and budget plan of travelers. On the given adventure plan, we have included the most important items necessary for the trip and the cost for it and quoted to provide a general idea of the cost of the trip with minimum number of days required to complete the trip.
CUSTOMIZE TRIP: We can organize a trip to every style and provide our service as required by the travelers. There are few items like leader, permits etc, which are mandatory to provide from the agency whereas there are also several alternatives to design the trip as suited. Any customization of the standard itinerary will change the trip price accordingly. We always like to hear what you have to say. We are always happy to assist your valuable travel holidays in your manner with the best information that suits your way of traveling.
ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU
We need to have 4 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu (before and after the trip) for preparation, rest, and contingency. We provide twin sharing room at Hotel Nepalaya on BB Plan for your trip. If you choose to book your own accommodation in Kathmandu, 60 USD per person is discounted from trip price.
If you prefer to select your own accommodation, then you are free to do so and find a place suitable to your interest. Alternatively, you can suggest a name, and we shall book that place for you.
GROUP SIZE: All of our adventure trips are accompanied by specialized local leaders, guides, porters and assistant guides (as required) who will always ensure your safety and comfort at every part of the journey. We found that the group size of 8 is the optimal size to run these trips, however we can organize a trip plan for any group size upon the request.
Group of More than 8: We also have a good experience of handling big groups of volunteers, employees, students, and able to organize a trip plan upon request. Please kindly submit your group size information, and we will garnish a proper trip plan and price for you.
It is your travel plan; you can choose what you want to do, of course with a lot of information first. Feel free to submit and share your travel ideas, and we shall get back to you with more thoughts in no time.