Overview

This Kathmandu to Poon Hill hiking tour drives to Nayapul Pokhara for the start of the trek. The trail takes you through a mix of terraced farmlands, rhododendron, oak and bamboo forests to the high ridge. From the ridge, there are spectacular views of the 6000m snow-clad peaks of the range. We ascend to the culturally flourished village of Ghorepani, and with a morning hike to the grassy summit of Poon Hills.

Tour highlights
  • Trek through villages to Dhampus ridge – fantastic views of the iconic Macchapuchhare
  • Overnight at Local Lodge
  • Annapurna mountain range – A massif in the Himalayas
  • Gurung villages – Rich Gurung cultural villages
  • Ghorepani – A busy trading village
  • Sunrise hike to Poon Hill – A hilltop with a panoramic view of the entire Annapurna massif.
Brief Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 02: Drive Kathmandu/Pokhara (200Kms/6hrs).
Day 03: Drive Pokhara/Phedi (30mins). Trek to Dhampus (3-3.5hrs walk) (B, L, D)
Day 04: Day 02: Trek to Landrung (1640m / 5hrs walk) (B, L, D)
Day 05: Trek to Ghandrung (1940m / 5-6hrs walk) (B, L, D)
Day 06: Trek to Tadapani (2540m / 5hrs walk) (B, L, D)
Day 07: Trek to Ghorepani (2830m / 4hrs walk) (B, L, D)
Day 08: Early morning Poonhill excursion. Trek down to Tirkedhunga (1577m / 6hrs walk) (B, L, D)
Day 09: Trek to Nayapool (1070m / 4hrs walk). Drive to Pokhara (2hrs) (B, L)
Day 10: Drive Pokhara/Kathmandu (B)
Day 11: Departure Transfer (B)

Duration: 11 days
Activities Level: Difficult
Transport: air-conditioned vehicle
Meals: 
Size of Group: 

Tour details

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Arrive in Kathmandu. Upon arrival, meet and greet at the airport with traditional Khada welcome. Transfer to hotel.
Overnight at Summerhill House or similar.

Day 02: Drive Kathmandu/Pokhara (200Kms/6hrs).
Morning, pick up from your hotel and transfer to the Tourist Bus Station. Drive to Pokhara by Air-conditioned Deluxe Tourist Coach. Upon reaching, transfer to hotel.
Overnight at Hotel Lake Paradise or similar.

Day 03: Drive Pokhara/Phedi (30mins). Trek to Dhampus (3-3.5hrs walk) (B, L, D)
After breakfast, pick up from your hotel and drive to Phedi, the Annapurna foothills. Our trek starts with a steady up-hill climb and a series of stone steps passing through villages and ultimately arriving at Dhampus ridge, which will be the first sights of the snow-clad mountains rising above the horizon.
Overnight at Local Lodge.

Day 04: Day 02: Trek to Landrung (1640m / 5hrs walk) (B, L, D)
After breakfast, walk along a soft uphill trail through protected forestland which is almost like a gentle staircase. You shall cross over a small windy pass (Deurali) soon after which you can stop for lunch. Several peaks of the Annapurna range can be seen from here including the photogenic Mt. Macchapuchare (6,993m). From here, descend slowly to the village of Landrung through forests and small local farms. Landrung is a well-known village of the Annapurna area with a rich Gurung culture.
Overnight at Local Lodge.

Day 05: Trek to Ghandrung (1940m / 5-6hrs walk) (B, L, D)
After breakfast, slowly walk down the stone steps to cross the Modi Khola river on a hanging bridge at the base of the steps. Upon crossing the bridge, walk along farming terraces of paddy, maize, and millet before slowly ascending along well laid out stone steps to reach this scenic and well-planned Gurung village – perhaps the largest and most beautiful in the entire Annapurna area. The afternoon may be spent exploring the Ghandrung village with its neat rows of ochre-colored houses and well-kept gardens. The headquarters of the Annapurna Conservations Area Project is located here.
Overnight at Local Lodge.

Day 06: Trek to Tadapani (2540m / 5hrs walk) (B, L, D)
Magnificent sunrise view from here, with the two peaks of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli acting as the backdrop of this attractive and beautiful village. After breakfast, we exit the village from the north heading into forests of Rhododendron and other hardwood trees. We cross a couple of rivulets over which wooden planks serve as makeshift bridges. The forest cover here is quite thick offering a variety of sub-tropical vegetation. Tadapani is a narrow village in the shadows of Annapurna South.
Overnight at Local Lodge.

Day 07: Trek to Ghorepani (2830m / 4hrs walk) (B, L, D)
Today’s is an easy walk as the trail meanders out of the forestland as we pass a few small hutments. Then we walk amongst bushes and shrubs before coming on to a wide grass meadow on a hill ridge which takes us all the way to Ghorepani a busy trading village that connects villages in this area with the Kaligandaki valley, the lifeline to Mustang.
Overnight at Local Lodge.

Day 08: Early morning Poonhill excursion. Trek down to Tirkedhunga (1577m / 6hrs walk) (B, L, D)

Early morning, we hike to Poon Hill a nearby hilltop which offers a panoramic view of the entire Annapurna massif including its dominant peak Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna II (7,937m), Mt. Macchapuchare (6,993m) among a host of others. You will also see Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m) close to the left. After breakfast, walk along forested areas before making a steep knee-wobbling descent to the sleepy village of Tirkhedhunga (1,575m).
Overnight at Local Lodge. 

Day 09: Trek to Nayapool (1070m / 4hrs walk). Drive to Pokhara (2hrs) (B, L)
It’s a gentle hike this day as we follow a mountain stream along a wide village trail. Quite likely that we will encounter colorful mule-trains as they ferry goods to and from the Kaligandaki valley. Reach Nayapool & drive to Pokhara. Transfer to hotel.
Overnight at Hotel Lake Paradise or similar.

Day 10: Drive Pokhara/Kathmandu (B)
After breakfast, transfer to Tourist Bus Station. Drive back to Kathmandu by Deluxe Tourist Coach. Upon reaching, transfer to hotel.
Overnight at Summerhill House or similar

Day 11: Departure Transfer (B)

Transfer to the international airport in time to connect to your outbound flight.

Quotation:

For 01 Pax: US$ 1195 nett (including single room supplement)
For 02 Pax & above: US$ 895 nett per person on twin/double sharing basis
Single room supplement: US$ 155 nett extra

The above cost includes the follwing services:
  • 2 nights at Summerhill House or similar, Kathmandu on bed & breakfast basis
  • 2 nights at Hotel Lake Paradise or similar, Pokhara on bed & breakfast basis
  • 07 Days / 06 Nights Annapurna Lodge trek using local lodges on full board basis (breakfast, lunch & dinner) (meals as fixed by our trek guide) with support of basic English speaking trek guide and a porter (Please note, cost for all beverages such as tea, coffee, soft drinks, hard drinks etc. is extra and needs to be settled directly by you).
  • Pokhara/Phedi & Nayapool/Pokhara transfer in a private vehicle
  • Annapurna Area Conservation fees (ACAP) and TIMS permit fees as currently applicable (subject to changes)
  • Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu by Air-conditioned deluxe Tourist Bus
  • Arrival & Departure Transfers with guide assistance
Fixed Departure 2020 dates:-

Jan 2020:      06/16 Jan, 20/30 Jan 2020
Feb 2020:      03/13 Feb, 17/27 Feb 2020
Mar 2020:      02/12 Mar, 16/26 Mar 2020
Apr 2020:      06/116 Apr, 20/30 Apr 2020
May 2020:     04/14 May, 18/18 May 2020
June 2020:   08/18 June,
Sep 2020:     07/17 Sep, 21 Sep/01 Oct 2020
Oct 2020:      05/15 Oct, 19/29 Oct 2020
Nov 2020:     02/12 Nov, 16/16 Nov 2020
Dec 2020:     07/17 Dec 2020

Please note the following:

  • Please note, the SIC groups are guaranteed departures with 1 pax as well.
  • Nepal Visa: Guests can obtain Nepal visa in Kathmandu airport upon arrival. They will have to fill the visa application form available at the immigration counter and submit the same to the concerned authority along with 1 passport-sized photograph and visa fee of cash US$ 25 per person.
  • The above quotations are valid from immediate effect till Dec 2020.
  • Kindly note that flights to Lukla, are operated early in the morning are weather permitting flights. In case of any delay, cancellations, etc., the extra costs such as accommodation in Kathmandu or Lukla, extra meals, drinks, etc. are to be borne by the clients & settle directly
  • The cancellation policy is as under:On package cost More than 30 days:        No charge
    Between 30-15 days:     30 % of the package cost
    Between 14-8 days:       50 % of the package cost
    Within 7 days:                75 % of the package cost
  • We operate treks with minimum1 pax and maximum of 12 pax
  • All other personal expenses not covered by the above quotations such as drinks, snacks, foodstuff, laundry, travel & personal insurance, Emergency Evacuation (if any) and telephone bills charges, etc. will be extra.

 

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