Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is a special trek that allows us to link on under-used route between the Village that sit at the foots of the Annapurna area, is truly called as all the best of the trekking in Nepal. This trek to north of Pokhara is known as a beautiful Ghandruk - Ghorepani Trek, with magnificent Himalayan views from the top of Poon Hill. The Poon Hill is one of the best points for a camera to catch the Panoramic Himalaya; including Machhapuchhare, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Ghandruk, the antique and cultural village, is another hub to explore Gurungculture and tradition, along with beautifulview of Machhpuchhre and Annapurna.
- Trip length:
- 6 Day(s) 5 Night(s)
- Unique Experience:
- ● Explore one of the most popular trekking routes in a short time
● Stunning mountain view and forests
● Beautiful villages and culture
- Locations Visited:
- ● Ghorepani
- Start City:
- End City:
- Physical rate:
- Type of transportation:
- Local Bus,walking
- Type of Accommodation:
- Local Tea House with Shared Bathroom
- Tour departure day(s):
- Every day
- Small Group Exploration
Minimum 1* and maximum 8 participants
*Note that it is possible to book 1 person, but price is higher and we cannot guarantee more participants on the tour.
- Children Policy:
- Child age: Children pay the same rate as adults
This tour is not recommended for: Children under 5 years old
- Included in Price:
- Meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
Accommodation: 4 nights in tea house/lodge while on trekking, 1 night in Pokhara budget hotel
Entrance fees: All Trekking Permits
Transport: T ransfer to Pokhara by normal tourist bus, Local Bus from Pokhara to trek starting point and back to pokhara
English speaking tour guide: Trekking guide (English speaking), porter (s) and their food accommodation, insurance and equipment.
- Excluded From Price:
- ● Any transport from pokhara after finishing of trek
● Client's personal expenses (such as laundry, phone calls, cigarettes, bar bills/soft/hot drinks /mineral water, extra snacks on the way etc).
● Clients personal items such as medications, clothing and equipment (sleeping bag and down jacket could be rented in Kathmandu).
● Hot showers and attached bathrooms; should these be available in the teahouses and should the lodge owner charges extra for these.
● Comprehensive travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation from remote mountain locations as well as the standard cover like trip cancellation, lost baggage etc.
● Any unforeseen expenses due to delays or diversions due to events outside the operators control, for example landslides or strikes.
All other expenses not stated as included in the above
- Travel season:
- Nepal has the widest altitude range of any country on the earth. Each altitude has its own weather, from tropical heat to Arctic cold. In the main trekking seasons in the spring and autumn, the weather is generally stable and even the high passes may be free of snow and relatively easy to traverse at times.You are heading into the worlds highest mountain range. Be prepared for changes of temperature and weather!
- Essential to bring:
- ● Warm sweater
● Good walking boots
We leave early in the morning from Kathmandu and make our way along river valleys, past terraced fields to Pokhara. It takes 6-7 hours drive with the local tourist bus.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Drive to Nayapul& Trek to Tikhedhunga
After breakfast you drive from Pokhara to Nayapul (1035m). The drive is around 1.30 hours by bus (around 46 kms). After the drive you cross the suspension bridge over the ModiKhola river and ascend slowly through terraced fields and classic mountain villages up from the river valley to Tikhedhunga.
Driving time: approx. 1.30 hours
Trekking time: approx. 4-5 hours
Heights: Tikhedhunga 1540m
Overnight in tea house.
Day 3: Trek to Ghorepani
You have a steep ascent to get you going and then a more gradual uphill walk takes you to your lodge at Ghorepani. You will pass through some delightful villages and the beautiful, dense rhododendron forest so characteristic of Nepal at these altitudes. If the weather is clear you will see stunning mountain views from Ghorepani, making the climb well worth it!
Trekking time: approx. 6-7 hours;
Heights: Ghorepani 2750m
Overnight in tea house.
Day 4: Poon Hill Sunrise Trek to Tadapani
You get up early to hike to Poon Hill (3210m) for sunrise; Approx. 1.30 hour hike Distance approx. 2 Kms. After breakfast back in Ghorepani you trek onwards to Tadapani through rhododendron forests. If you are lucky you will see some wild animals, such as langur monkeys climbing through the trees. There are excellent views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhare from Tadapani.
Trekking time: approx. 4-5 hours to Tadapani
Heights: Poon Hill 3210m, Tadapani 2710m
Overnight in tea house.
Day 5: Tadapani to Ghandruk
After breakfast, Tadapani Trek to Ghandruk (1970m). We arrive quite early so we have a good time to explore this interesting Gurung village.
Trekking time: approx. 3 hours
Heights: Ghandruk 1970m
Overnight in tea house.
Day 6: Ghandruk to Pokhara
We can enjoy a final down hill walk through forests and villages for about 5 hours to Nayapul. From here we drive for about 1 hour back to Pokhara where our trek ends and we can enjoy a shower and relax on this stunning Lakeside town enjoying the memories!
Trekking time: approx. 5 hours
Driving time: approx 1.30 hours
Emergency Contact - Emergency Funds - Additional Expenditures - Tipping - Weather and Unpredictables - Meals - Group Leaders and Guides - Arrival - What to bring - Checklist - Visas - Laundry - Share Your Trip - Respectful Dress - Money, Dough, Loot & Booty - Departure Tax - Communications - Expect the Unexpected - Health & Fitness - Travel Insurance - Your Travel Buddies - Responsible Travel - The law and "the man"
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We advise that you keep 20000 Nepalese Rupees for unforeseen incidents and circumstances beyond our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest, etc.)
Take into account your personal spending habits when deciding how much money to bring. How much will you drink and party? How many souvenirs to you intend to bring? How many gifts? Remember to include tips in your calculations.
Visit Beyond employs local guides who greatly appreciate recognition of services rendered. Tipping about NPR 200 per day (if you are happy with the service) is appropriate, but not compulsory. We suggest NPR 100 per day for porters (if applicable). For drivers who render services for several days in a row, 100 NPR per day is appropriate. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
Restaurants and hotels often levy a 10% service charge on the bill. If there is no 10% extra on the bill then a small tip is normal.
Nepal has the widest altitude range of any country on earth. Each altitude has its own weather, from tropical heat to arctic cold. During the spring and autumn trekking seasons, the weather is generally stable and even the high passes may be free of snow and relatively easy to traverse at times.
Some trekkers who have encountered an easy day at altitude may spread the word that boots and warm clothing are not required. This is incorrect. Sudden storms occur at any time, dumping snow on the passes without warning. At that point anyone poorly equipped will not be able to proceed and may even be stranded for a number of days, risking their life and the lives of others. You are heading into the world’s highest mountain range. Take that fact seriously and be prepared for changes of temperature and weather!
As every meal is provided, Visit Beyond gives you the opportunity to try authentic Nepalese food. You will enjoy the variety of food the cook prepares!
Visit Beyond will often provide experienced, local, English-speaking guides who know the destination and region well. Kindly note that it is sometimes necessary to change the guide at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstances. Your guide is there for you. He will offer recommendations, history, useful phrases and more. We encourage you to ask questions. At Visit Beyond, we aim to support local guides who have specialized knowledge of the regions we visit.
If you have booked an arrival package then you can expect a Visit Beyond representative waiting for you with your name on a signboard at the Kathmandu airport. If you cannot find your agent at the airport, please call Visit Beyond office in Nepal, +977 1 4700563 or take a cab to the Visit Beyond office or your hotel in Thamel. We will refund the transportation charge. Visit Beyond does not offer refunds for missed transfers due to a change in flight or delays.
Pack according to the tour you have chosen. If you’re going trekking, bring appropriate shoes; if you’re going diving, bring your suit, etc. Visit Beyond encourages you to pack only necessities. Although there are some tours and trips in which you can leave your luggage behind for a day’s excursion, we generally require you to carry your own gear. For this reason, we strongly encourage you to pack using a backpack with straps and back support in addition to a smaller daypack. We strongly discourage traditional luggage!
Responsible travel (see below) dictates that we respect local cultures. Bring a camera and take pictures and video, but never intrude on people’s lives.
See our checklist below for more specifics.
This checklist is intended as a reference guide; it is not a complete packing list. Always keep in mind weight restrictions according to your airline of choice.
Travel documents: Passport and visas, travel insurance documents, tickets, Visit Beyond vouchers (if any).
Money: Cash, credit card, money pouch.
Day pack: First-aid kit, medication/prescriptions (consider carrying a doctor’s letter if you require a large amount of medication), sunscreen, refillable water bottle and purification tablets, flashlight, insect repellent, hat and sunglasses, traveler’s diarrhea tablets, prescription glasses, contact lenses and solution, phrasebook.
Large pack: Alarm clock, international outlet adapter, swimsuit, lightweight towel, earplugs and eye mask, comfortable walking shoes, raincoat, umbrella, waterproof jacket, outdoor sandals with good grip, waterproof bags for the rainy season, appropriate clothes for temples and religious sites. And, of course, your camera, film or memory cards and spare batteries!
Please note it is your responsibility to arrange visas before you travel. Your travel agent can assist you. The following are the visa requirements at the time of printing: All foreign nationals (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad or on arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan airport. If you are obtaining your visa at the airport then be prepared for long queues. You will need to provide one passport photo and the following fees in US dollars cash only: single entry visa valid for 15 days - US $25: Single Entry Visa for 30 days - US $40 and multiple entry visa valid for 90 days - US $100
Some hotels offer laundry services for an additional charge. You can find additional laundry services in all major cities. If you choose to do your own laundry, kindly use non-polluting and biodegradable soap
Go on, show off a little! Share your pictures on our Facebook page. We occasionally hold contests for those who provide the best shots, so stay on the lookout and you could win a free trip!
Remember that styles of dress are generally conservative throughout Asia. This is especially true outside of major cities. Visit Beyond therefore strongly recommends modest clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate. Avoid tank tops on the beach and never sunbathe topless. Men and women alike are often required to wear pants the cover the legs in temples and religious sites.
We recommend withdrawing money from ATMs, which are widely available throughout Nepal. This has the advantage of keeping your money safe in the bank; not vulnerable in your back pocket. Remember to bring your bank’s emergency contact details in the event that your card is stolen. In addition, notify your bank of your travels before you depart, as banks often place a temporary hold on cards due to transactions in foreign countries or other suspicious activities.
Visit Beyond does not recommend traveler’s cheques. Exchanging them can be a lengthy process and can pose difficulties due to banking hours and holidays. In addition to a commission, unfavorable exchange rates often apply to traveler’s cheques. If you insist on bringing traveler’s cheques then purchase them with a major brand and strong currency. Old cheques are rarely, if ever, accepted
There is no departure tax at Tribhuvan International Airport now. This is subject to change without notice and Visit Beyond is not liable for unexpected charges levied on departing tourists.
The most reliable method of communication during your travels will be email. Although internet access is widely available in Nepal, we do visit areas of the country for several days at a time in which internet access is limited or unavailable. Please take this into account when planning your trip.
It is a good idea to leave your booking agent’s contact details or Visit Beyond’s contact information with friends or family in your home country in case of emergencies.
Visit Beyond, as the name implies, brings you places that are beyond the well-worn tourist path. Out here, things sometimes go wrong and if they do, it is imperative that you tell your guide or tour leader immediately. They are best suited to help however they can. If this does not suffice then your guide will contact our manager.
There are no health requirements for this trip. However, to get the most out of your trip, all travelers should be in good physical health. You should consult your doctor or physician before leaving your home country and you should honestly assess your ability to complete your vacation based on the detailed Visit Beyond trip itinerary. In general, the more you physically prepare for the trip, the more you will enjoy it. Depending on your trip, expect variable and difficult terrain and both high and extremely low temperatures. Visit Beyond and its guides reserve the right to exclude a participant without refund if said traveler is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to himself/herself or to the group.
Small and very handy first aid kits should be readily available in your home country. We recommend you purchase a kit before departure along with any personal medication you may require. Read the trip itinerary closely and bring medicine accordingly, as many trips entail travel on long, windy roads and require that you eat authentic Nepali food. Do not rely on trip leaders or guides, as they are legally prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache medicine and antibiotics.
Travel insurance is obligatory to join a Visit Beyond trip. We recommend Gouda Travel Insurance for our European customers.
Traveling in a group can be a very positive experience. You are likely to find that your travel buddies hail from all over the world. Therefore, you will get the double pleasure of experiencing a new part of the world and new friends to enjoy it with. In order to get the most out of your trip, each traveler must respect every member of the group, arrive on time according to the trip itinerary, and practice patience with one another. These are your responsibilities as a member of a group and we expect each member to follow them. For reasons of privacy, Visit Beyond will not provide personal information or contact details of your fellow travelers prior to departure.
Traveling responsibly is a pillar of the Visit Beyond philosophy. To us, it means two things: respect for the environment and respect for local cultures. We practice low-impact tourism and make every effort to preserve the environment. We refuse to treat local people as mere photo-ops and insist that you engage with locals as human beings. You will have a better trip for it. Please refer to our Responsible Travel page for further details and suggestions for responsible travel.
Visit Beyond does not tolerate illegal drugs nor do we tolerate visiting prostitutes. Both of these may be common among certain communities we visit but they are illegal nonetheless. Engaging in such activities puts you and your group at serious risk. Visit Beyond and group leaders reserve the right to immediately expel from the group anyone engaging in these activities.