8 days of bliss: Ghorepani -Poon Hill Trek

img_4309Ghorepani-Poon Hill trek is probably one of the most desirable and most sought after moderate difficulty treks in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Amalgamated with the beauty of the ethnic people, along with the beauty of the mighty Himalayas, this trek offers a mixture of odd ease and proud feeling of a path that shows you the wonders of nature. Ghorepani is the town at the base of the incredible viewpoint of Poon Hill.

The sunrise and sunset view from atop the Poon Hill is a spectacle worth dying for. The warm rays of the sun, casting a shadow over the incredible Himalayan peaks is surely set to blow your mind away and remain embedded in your memory for as long as you can remember things. This trek is a moderately easy one and can be carried out by people of all sorts with ease. Don’t get excited about the categorization of the trek as easy, however, care must be taken in order to acclimatize and move along in perfect harmony with the altitude in order to ensure the experience of a lifetime.img_4224

Annapurna region in Nepal has been graced with the beauty of the wonderful peaks of the Annapurna Range, Dhaulagiri, Macchapuchhre among many others. The Poonhill Ghorepani trek gives us a round about view of the entire Himalayan Spectrum in a 360-degree view. Get lost amidst the clouds. Get lost amidst the greenery and get lost amidst the warm and welcoming inhabitants of the Annapurna a region by embarking on this trek of a lifetime.

A short and sweet trek, the Ghorepani Poon-Hill trekking route transverses closely with the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. It deviates out from the Base Camp route from Ghandruk and Ghorepani and follows a different path into bliss and Himalayan heaven.

The trip starts off with the arrival in Kathmandu, followed by a visit to the Lake City of Pokhara. You are not human if you are not attracted by the amped up environment of the tourist city of Pokhara. You get to witness the spectacular lakes all around the city which reflect the views of the mighty Himalayas in its crystal blue water.

After Pokhara, the trek gradually transcends into Tikhedhunga, Ghorepani, Ghandruk and finally back to Pokhara after leaving you fully content. Included complimentary are the views of the massive white capped peaks like the Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli, Annapurna I, Annapurna South and Gangapurna. Wash you face and your tired feet at the crystal clear and our water emerging from the sprouts. Experience the warm and welcoming nature of the ethnic inhabitants of the region. Experience the rapid changes in climate that Nepal is so famous for. If you can walk, you are welcome in the Ghorepani-Poon Hill trek which is surely set to be an experience of a lifetime.

While the given itinerary is a basic one for the trek, many travel agencies can modify the itinerary for your pleasure and comfort. If you are out on the trek with friends, all the better. Make your own itinerary, rest at adequate places, roam around, extend the trek and enjoy.

 

Basic Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Kathmandu is the vantage point for the start of the trek.

Day 2: Sightseeing around Kathmandu

Home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Kathmandu offers the amalgamation of historic beauty and architectural complexity in one.

Day 3: Kathmandu- Pokhara- Tikhedhunga

Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara on a scenic flight. Explore the lake city of Pokhara and trek along to Tikhedhunga in a rapidly increasing altitude, surely set to make your muscles tired but in peace with the beauty of the surrounding areas.

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Day 4: Tikhedhunga- Ghorepani

Trek to the base of the Poon Hill, the beautiful town of Ghorepani, full of structured, similar looking houses and also a health post.

Day 5: Ghorepani- Poon Hill- Tadapani

Early morning trek to the top of the Poon Hill gives us the major reason for carrying out this trek, experience the miraculous beauty of the Himalayan peaks, glistened by the heat of the rays of the sun.

Day 6: Tadapani- Ghandruk-Pokhara

Take a rest and explore around the beautiful Gurung Village of Ghandruk. Take a Jeep Drive back to Pokhara

Day 7: Pokhara- Kathmandu

Explore the Lake City and then take a flight back to where it began, Kathmandu.

Day 8: Departure

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Irrespective of your location, it is s a good idea to start off the trek from Kathmandu. Foreign nationals will be welcomed into your respective hotels after arriving in the only international airport in Nepal, the Tribhuvan International Airport. There are many options to choose from, to spend your evening. The highly recommended one is to relish the exquisite Nepali cuisine. You can also visit the dance clubs and pubs situated in Thamel, to actually live in with the light and live hearted atmosphere exhaled by the capital of Nepal. Wherever you go, you are surely set to find people amusing and always with smiling faces and a helping attitude in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Sightseeing around Kathmandu

Though a bit affected by the 2016 April earthquake, Kathmandu is home to most of the architectural designs of the 18th century that adorn its three points. The Kathmandu Valley is made up of Bhaktapur, Lalitpur and Kathmandu districts, each of which comprises of a Durbar Square, The King’s Square where the palaces of the ancient Kings used to be located. Each of the three squares is adorned by architectural beauties of intricate hand woven designs and wood and stone carvings that will make you marvel upon the qualities of the human race. One is surely set to be content after the completion of the sightseeing day.

Day 3: Kathmandu- Pokhara- Tikhedhunga

Today, we fly from the capital to the Lake City of Nepal, Pokhara. Pokhara is home to a huge number of lakes, the most famous ones being the Begnas and the Phewa Lakes. Today, we have less time to explore around Pokhara as we commence our trek as soon as possible. Our destination for today is the village of Tikhedhunga. The trek today is surely set to be a challenging one as the altitude rises abruptly and the path is full of stone steps surely worth giving you foot aches. However, as you move away from the hustle and bustle of traffic and housing, there comes almost a heavenly feeling of bliss in the midst of the greenery all around. Half hour flight and 5-hour trek.

Day 4: Tikhedhunga- Ghorepani (2810m)

Today, we are destined to reach the base of the Poon Hill. We move forward with anticipating minds and hearts in a relatively easy trek to Ghorepani. The starting part of the uphill climb from Tikhedhunga to Ulleri is a difficult one, followed by easy walks to reach Ghorepani. Ghorepani consists of a Bazaar where you can buy souvenirs. On a clear day, you will be able to witness the spectacular views of the mighty Himalayas rising above you. 5-6 hour trek.

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Day 5: Ghorepani- Poon Hill (3210m)- Tadapani (2700m)

This is the day we waited for. We will be embarking on an early morning hike up to the top of the Poon Hill. As we wait for the sunrise, we can witness the views of the mountain peaks n a 360-degree view. There is almost no one who will not be astounded by the views of the warm rays of the sun, hitting on the tops of the white peaks. The magnificent spectacle will leave an image of complete bliss in your mind. There is a tea shop atop the hill, and its expensive pricing will be a warm welcome in the spiteful and chilling winds that blow across. Be ready to become glued to the mountain peaks and bid farewell to the views with a heavy heart to return back down. from Ghorepani, the trek crosses several smaller hills, with equally perfect views and rhododendron forests along the path, to reach the village of Tadapani. Tadapani in Nepali means scarce water and so is the case in the village. 7-8 hour trek.

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Day 6: Tadapani- Ghandruk- Pokhara

Ghandruk is a stunning Gurung settlement situated all around a hill. It offers magnificent views of the pristine mountain peaks that we have witnessed in Poon Hill from so close by. The ethnic village can be explored and you can even wear the traditional Gurung dress and click photos in it for a minimum fee charge. From Ghandruk, we embark on a jeep drive back to the Lake city of Pokhara. Pokhara can now be explored. Pokhara is also the starting point of almost all treks in the Annapurna Region and is always a buzzing hotspot for tourists. Equipped with all kinds of modern cafés and restaurants, Pokhara also comprises of ancient temples and caves like the Bindhyabasini, Gupteshwore Cave, Mahendra Cave, Davi’s Falls and museums like the Mountaineering Museum which are all worth looking at. 2-3 hour trek. 1 hour drive.

Day 7: Pokhara- Kathmandu

Today, we embark on a drive through terraced fields, small hills and rivers and rivulets to finally reach alongside the mighty Trishuli River and gradually back to where it all began, Kathmandu. Have dinner and bid farewell to the capital and get ready to go back home.

Day 8: Departure

With heavy hearts and content mind filled with the memories of the incredibly alluring trek, we bid farewell to Kathmandu, only with the promise to return back for more in the days to come.

 

 

 

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