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Ghorepani Trekking

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The itinerary continues with a scenic drive or a short flight to Pokhara to the west of Kathmandu. Pokhara is Nepal’s one of the most preferred tourist destination due to its natural beauty.

The classic trek to Ghorepani is perhaps one of the best sightseeing treks. You’ll spend some of your most exciting days enjoying one of the most magnificent mountain panoramas, lush mid-hill nature of Annapurna region the indigenous way of life and sample of Magar and Gurung hospitality and off-course the heavenly view of its great Himalayas to every direction.

From Pokhara take a short drive to its’ Trekking starting point to Ghorepani at Hile, the road has reached to Hile in recent year. This section of trek gives us access to one of Nepal’s classic viewpoints of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges. The trail to Ghorepani is also the ancient trail which leads to Tibet via Jomsom and Mustang. The area of our Trekking; Ghorepani, Tadapani and Ghandruk are well known for viewpoints all around the year and rhododendron and magnolia in the Spring season.

The views from starting at Pokhara to back to Pokhara are beyond description; superb views everywhere with several viewpoints enabling one to take short excursions to enjoy sunset and sunrise views. You will find yourselves above the clouds when the deep lower valley fills with clouds below us with Dhaulagiri and Annapurnas’ towering clear above in its full scale. One will have many opportunities to interact and experience the local life and culture and seeing and experiencing the diverse fauna and flora in its shortest distance.

The itinerary brings us back through the village of Tadapani, Ghandruk, Potana and Dhampus, which provides an opportunity to enjoy its natural beauties from every angle and aspects. The trek ends at Sarangkot, one of the most beautiful lookouts standing above Pokhara city.

Trip Highlights

  • Visit Nepal's one of the most preferred tourist destination Pokhara.
  • Enjoy the lush mid-hill nature of Annapurna region.
  • Experience the cultural diversities of in a shortest period of time.
  • Experience the indigenous way of life and sample of Magar and Gurung hospitality.
  • Admire the greatest panorama of Lamjung, Annapura, and Dhaulagiri range.
  • Relax and enjoy the comfort and beauty of Pokhara city

Trip Profile

  • The total length of the trip: 12 days from arrival to the day of departure
  • Number of the night in Kathmandu: 4-nights / visit UNESCO sites
  • Road transport mode: Car / Hiace Van
  • Trek starting point: Hile
  • Trek ending point: Sarangkot
  • A domestic flight out: Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Mode of ground transport: Private tourist vehicles
  • Highest elevation achievement: 3,210 metres Poon Hill
  • Accommodation: Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu and Teahouse (Lodge) on full board basis on the trek
  • Meals: An open menu for each meal to be chosen by clients on trek and Expedition meals while in Chulu West Expedition.
  • Trip Grade:  easy to moderate
  • Best season to Trek: from the first week of March to end of May and from the first week of October to the end of January through this area can be trekked all year around.

Short Itinerary

Day 01: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (1,350M)

Day 02: SIGHTSEEING AND RESTING DAY IN KATHMANDU

Day 03: KATHMANDU / POKHARA (flight) / HILE / ULLERI 1951m.

Day 04: ULLERI TO GOREPANI 2,874m. A 5 hours Trek

Day 05: EXCURSION TO POOHILL 3,210m. & TREK TO TADAPANI 2,630m. A 5 hours Trek

Day 06: TREK TO GHANDRUK AND LANDRUK 1640m. A 5 hours Trek

Day 07: TREK TO AUSTRALIAN CAMP 2070m. A 6 hours Trek

Day 08: AUSTRALIAN CAMP / NAUDANDA / SARANGKOT. A 5 hours Trek

Day 09: EXCURSION AND DRIVE TO POKHARA

Day 10: POKHARA / BADIPUR / KATHMANDU

Day 11: KATHMANDU

Day 12: DEPARTURE

Detail Itinerary

The itinerary continues with a scenic drive or a short flight to Pokhara to the west of Kathmandu. Pokhara is Nepal's one of the most preferred tourist destination due to its natural beauty.

Day 01: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (1,350M)

Our personnel will be waiting at the Kathmandu international airport to receive you with a traditional welcome. After checking into the hotel and refreshment, your guide of the circuit will inform you about necessary formalities and the upcoming program. Depending on arrival time, you will have the choice of visiting nearby shrines or resting. Overnight stay in the Hotel.

Day 02: SIGHTSEEING AND RESTING DAY IN KATHMANDU

Optionally take a round of Kathmandu and Patan cities where one gets to see and experience fascinating aspects of Buddhism and Hinduism and many other charms. Those not willing on visits are in rest while we finalize trekking area permits. O/N in Kathmandu.

Day 03: KATHMANDU / POKHARA (flight) / HILE / ULLERI 1951m.

A 40 minutes flight, 2 hours drive, and 2-hours Trek. Early in the morning, we drive to Tribhuvan International Airport to board the domestic flight to Pokhara. It is a short forty minutes’ flight. Arrive at Pokhara and then drive to Birethanti, the trekking starting point. Birethanti is 42-kilometres out of Pokhara. Birethanti is a small hamlet formed for business since when there was salt trading between Nepal Tibet via the route of Mustang (At the time this route was one of the principal caravan routes of the traders). It also has a beautiful view of Mount Fishtail. In recent days there is a hydropower project under construction and road has crossed this village to Hile and Gandruk undermining the charm and importance of this village. Until very recent year all trekking above this valley started and ended here. But this day we further drive one hour more to Hile, a small village. The road mostly goes up until Hile through a pleasant narrow valley proving real sceneries of village life which give an insight to the presence of most of the Nepalese living in rural parts of the country. We leave our vehicle, and after walking about 25 minutes, we stop for lunch at Tikhe Dunga, a pleasant place where most of the trekkers from or to Gorapani makes a rest. After around 2 hours of relaxation and a hearty lunch, we make the second phase of the walk, which is merely 40 minutes hard walking up to Ulleri village. It is a village of Poon Magars, one of the ethnic group of Nepal. Mount Annapurna south and Hium Chuli are again in a scene from Ulleri. Accommodation in Tea-house/Lodge.

Day 04: ULLERI TO GOREPANI 2,874m. A 5 hours Trek

After breakfast, we'll begin the walk of the second day through a forest full of rhododendrons and pine and with a beautiful view of Mount Macchapuchare (Fish-tailed Mountain). Ghorepani village lies on a saddle of a hill at an elevation of 2874m. It is one of the famous destinations of short trekkers for its exceptional Panorama of all the Mount Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Fishtail, Nilgiri and many other small peaks ranging along with the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. Stay in a guest house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Accommodation in Tea-house/Lodge.

Day 05: EXCURSION TO POOHILL 3,210m. & TREK TO TADAPANI 2,630m. A 5 hours Trek

This day we will go to the Poon Hill viewpoint. Early in the morning, before breakfast, take a short walk to the Poonhill lookout to enjoy the sunrise. We will start around 5 in the morning to reach the viewpoint, in about 45 minutes. It's worth the lost sleep. When walking up the eastern horizon lightens, and the stars begin to disappear at the behind the dazzling Annapurnas. The views from there are indescribable. Then we back to the Lodge for a good breakfast, and we will begin our trek a day ahead. The first part of trek requires a gentle climbing through a lovely hill ridge which provides a beautiful panorama of Dhaulagiri range, Kaligandaki gorge, the deepest gorge on earth, and the mountain that includes Tukche, Nilgiri, Annapurna range and Fishtail. To the southwest are a deep valley and rolling hills till the end of the horizon. Finally, we arrive at a Hill Saddle called Deurali with two teahouses, where one may want a rest / tea-stop. From here the trail descent direct to Banthanti through a narrow gorge and a lush jungle area with tall pine and rhododendron trek. Banthati is a lovely warm place under a sheer face, where we stop for lunch. From Banthanti the trail makes a level traverse through seemingly rain forest and arrive at Tadapani, another beautiful viewpoint to enjoy the panorama of Annapurna South, Hiumchuli and Fishtail!. Accommodation in Tea-house/Lodge.

Day 06: TREK TO GHANDRUK AND LANDRUK 1640m. A 5 hours Trek

Tadapani to Ghandruk is two hours walk. From Tadapani the trail goes down continuously to Gandruk with views of Mount Fishtail and Annapurna South. Ghandruk is a village of Gurung people, one of the ethnic groups of Nepal, has its dialect, culture, dresses and lifestyle. Ghandruk is one of the famous destinations of trekkers for its beautiful view of the mountains and easy access from Kathmandu and Pokhara. For many, this village is the starting point of Khopra, Ghorepani or the Annapurna sanctuary Trek and, consequently, the trek ending point, as there is a road to Pokhara. Lunch and start of the trek to Landruk. The trail descends to Modi River and then ascends to the village of Landruk, another principal village of the Gurung people. The village of Ghandruk, Annapurnas south and Hium Chuli are seen again in its full stretch. Accommodation in Tea-house/Lodge.

Day 07: TREK TO AUSTRALIAN CAMP 2070m. A 6 hours Trek

We will continue the day towards Potana. An easy trail leads through scattered villages with beautiful landscapes of the Modi river valley and then climbs up to Deurali. From here you can see the valley that extends towards Pokhara. After 40 minutes of a pleasant walk from a beautiful hill, we arrive at Potana, located on the top of a hill, which offers excellent panoramas of Annapurnas, Lamjung Himal, Dhaulagiri and the peaks of Mount Manaslu behind the Annapurna II and the whole valley that surrounds Pokhara. We take a pleasant walk to the Australian camp. If the weather permits, we will have great views of the mountain and its surroundings. Accommodation in Tea-house/Lodge.

Day 08: AUSTRALIAN CAMP / NAUDANDA / SARANGKOT. A 5 hours Trek

We continue descending through the forest to Naudanda (meaning nine hills), once a famous place for an overnight stop for trekker when the trek used to start from Bagar in Pokhara. From Naudanda, the views towards Annapurna and Lamjung are beautiful. The path from here goes along the ridge of the hill of Naudanda to Sarangkot. Sarangkot offers spectacular mountain views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Machhapuchre, Nilgiri, Lamjung Himal and beautiful views of the city of Pokhara, its lake, the stupa of peace and the stunning views of the rolling hills towards the horizon. We will spend a night in this magical viewpoint to enjoy the sunset view, the night view of the city of Pokhara and the sunrise for which most tourists to Nepal come here.. Accommodation in Tea-house/Lodge.

Day 09: EXCURSION AND DRIVE TO POKHARA

Early in the morning, a short excursion to the Sharangkot viewpoint to enjoy sunrise views. Return to your hotel. Breakfast and transfer to Pokhara. In about 20 minutes we arrive at our hotel and get distributed rooms and free time until lunchtime. After lunch, we will go to visit the International Mountain Museum in Pokhara, where we will see and understand the history of the mountain and mountaineering in the highest peaks in the world. We will understand the importance of the Nepal Himalayas and the benefits given by the Himalayas to billions of people and natural habitat where we will also know a bit of the different ethnicities of Nepal. Return to Pokhara and a short walk along the Fewa lake to enjoy the sunset atmosphere and a hearty dinner at one of its best restaurants. Accommodation in the hotel.

Day 10: POKHARA / BADIPUR / KATHMANDU

In the morning, at around 08:30, we head to Kathmandu. The 200 km-will be covered in approximately 6 hours by private car. A beautiful trip from Pokhara passes through several small towns and farmland and brings us at Dumre. From the Dumre bazaar, we leave the main highway to Kathmandu and go up to the village of Bandipur, for our lunch. Bandipur, an old trading post, is situated on a hill halfway between Kathmandu and Pokhara. This medieval town situates 8 kilometres above the village of Dumre Bazar. Bandipur offers panoramas of Mount Annapurna, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. High mountains, the valley of the Marshyangdi River and lush terraces provide an experience of happiness that never ends. After lunch, we continue to Kathmandu. Accommodation in Tea-house/Lodge.

Day 11: KATHMANDU

A free day / optionally take a guided city tour.

Day 12: DEPARTURE

Breakfast and free time till the time limit. In the indicated time, our office representative and vehicle arrive at your hotel to serve you till the airport. Drive to Kathmandu international airport see off formalities and departure.

Cost

COSTS PER PERSON
NUMBER IN GROUP 3-Star Hotels 4-Star Hotels
1 Person 1270$ 1392$
2 - 3 Persons 941$ 1031$
4 - 5 Persons 889$ 979$
6 - 7 Persons 863$ 953$
8- 10 Persons 840$ 930$
Single room supplement 125$ 214$

What is included

  • Airport pick up and departure service as per itinerary
  • 4 Night Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast (Category selectable)
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara Airfare (Tax included)
  • 1 Night hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Trekking period on full board basis
  • 1 Guide in the group and one porter between every two-members for the entire trek
  • Trekking Map in group / A good sleeping bag to each member / A pair of a trekking pole to each member / A trekking map and duffel bag / A small Medial kit box for first add medical purpose
  • Insurance and all expenses of local staff / National Park entry fee and TIMS permit
  • Pokhara to Ulleri Jeep transportation / Pokhara to Kathmandu transportation in a private vehicle per group size
  • A satellite mobile phone for communication in an emergency (Personal usage available with 4$ per minute call)

What is not included

  • Travel insurance (Should include helicopter evacuation and cancellation eventualities as well)
  • International air tickets
  • Nepal entry visa and visa fee (One can apply on arrival to Kathmandu airport)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic and mineral beverages during the trek
  • Other charges such as usage of internet, telephone, laundry services.
  • Tips for Nepali staff/porters and those, not mentioned in above price include section.

Best Seasons

Nepal has four primary seasons:
1. Winter: December–February
2. Spring: March-May
3. Summer: June–August
4. Autumn: September – November

General Weather:
The best time is from mid-September to the end of January or from mid-February to the end of May. July and August are rainy months for Nepal, but each season has its richness. During rainy month the jungles will be lush to the rain forest, and the rivers will swell, the lowlands or the fields of the hills will be full of rice and other crops.

During these month Japanese tourists and from other countries, loving the high Himalaya flower, comes to sight flowers. And most of the tourist willing to travel to Tibet comes from May to mid-October. And we also have a lot of Spanish tourists touring and trekking in Nepal in these months.

During rainy months the parts of Terai may see with flood and travelling during these months is hot and temperature may reach to around 38 degrees, but during this time the Indian tourists visit Nepal to escape the heat in their lowlands. During winter months the part of Terai will be misty and may find under winter mist until late morning (11 a.m.).

End of February to mid-May is the best time for fauna and flora both in the mountains and in Terai. During this time one may find a lot of rhododendron flower, magnolia, wild orchids and birdlife. The weather mostly remains fine in all parts of Nepal.

January February are winter, and from the end of January to February, the high passes in the mountain valley will be in the snow. During this time, the temperature around the Everest Base camp will be -17 degrees (after sunset and before sunrise). During day time will be around 5 to 11 degree and more if sunny. Nepal is a sunny country, so the temperature, even full winter, is much better than some European country and in America and in Canada. Many of them from those countries travel to Nepal to escape their cold weather and to enjoy the sunny Himalaya Panorama.

NOTE
The best months to take this itinerary is from the first week of March to end of May and from the first week of October to the end of January through this area can be trekked all year around.

FAQ

Where do we sleep?
In Kathmandu and Pokhara we stay in comfortable 3-star hotels with private en-suite bathrooms. While on trek we stay at Nepalese lodges which offer welcoming but straightforward accommodation and wonderful traditional hospitality. Lodges typically have one large communal room where you can sit and take meals, and there is an adjoining kitchen where you can order your food and drinks. Bedrooms are twin bedded with or without private bathroom, and dormitories with shared bathrooms.

What Equipment do I need?
You will need to bring appropriate warm outdoor clothing and a good pair of walking boots. A complete equipment list gets supplied when you sign up. Many of the necessary items can be purchased or rented in Kathmandu so don’t worry if you can’t buy everything where you live. The guides will check your equipment and clothing before departing from Kathmandu, so if anything is missing, there will be time to obtain anything necessary.

Can I arrive early or extend my stay?
Yes, you can! All you need to do is to tell us what your flight details are and how many extra nights you need and we will book your hotel accordingly. Additionally, if you would like to arrange a program of activities either before or perhaps after the trek, there are a range of options to choose from including the jungle safari at Chitwan national park, or perhaps white water rafting on one of Nepal’s spectacular rivers such as the Sun Kosi. The Kathmandu has several not to miss UNESCO World heritage sites and to visit all of them with time require at least 3-5 days.

Can I have a single room?
Yes, you can! There is a single room occupancy supplement indicated in the price list.

What about insurance?
It is a condition of joining the trek that you have insurance in place which will cover you for the costs of medical treatment, cancellations, emergency rescue and repatriation to your home country. You must ensure that it provides cover for trekking to altitudes above 4000 metres and includes helicopter rescue. We do not sell insurance scheme so requires to manage on your own.

Do I need a visa?
Yes, you do. Everyone needs to get a visa for Nepal, but you can obtain it on arrival at Kathmandu airport. You will need to bring two passport photos and the appropriate visa fee, which is the US $30 for 15 days, US $50 for up to 30 days, and the US $125 for 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry to Nepal.

How fit do I need to be?
Anyone who is in reasonable shape and good health can accomplish this trek. Some days will be harder than others, but none require much more than 5 or 6 hours of walking each day, with a leisurely lunch stop to break up the day. There is no rush or need to ‘keep up’, and you are free to walk at your own pace. We would recommend that you undertake some form of simple training in advance of the trek, such as a 30-minute walk each evening for a few weeks before the start of the trek. Another exercise, such as swimming, bicycling and playing tennis, is also ideal.

Do I have to carry my pack?
We use porters to carry the majority of our equipment so daily you need only take a very light day pack which should contain no more than the camera, water-bottle, a selection of snacks and a warm or waterproof jacket. Everything else needs to pack into a large duffle bag which will be given to a porter each morning. The kitbag will be carried by the porter each day and delivered to your lodge room each afternoon. You need to make sure you have everything you need for the day before giving your bag to the porter as it can be difficult to access while trekking.

Will I be affected by altitude?
Most of the trek takes place at lower altitudes where you are unlikely to notice anything other than mild shortness of breath at the beginning of the trek. As the days go by, you will gain acclimatisation and feel more adjusted to the higher altitudes. At a height above 4300 metres, one may experience a headache caused by the thin air and lack of oxygen, but these symptoms usually pass quickly. If you experience symptoms of altitude that does not go away, you will be accompanied by one of our Sherpas to a lower elevation, where you should quickly recover.

Do I need vaccinations to travel Nepal?
No vaccination are required to travel Nepal, but we suggest to consult with your doctor before travelling. You can get vaccination in Kathmandu/Pokhara but it is more comfortable if you get them before you travel.

How do I sign up?
All bookings need to be made through Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. and to secure your place we will require a non-refundable deposit of minimum US $200 or as indicated in the booking and payment conditions section.

Payment Options:
1. Bank Transfer -this is our preferred method. Payments in US Dollars should be sent to the following account:

Account Name: Annapurna Treks & Expedition
Bank Name: Nepal Investment Bank
Bank Address: Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal, PO. Box 3412
Account number: 001 611710T
Swift Code No.: NIBLNPKT

2. Payment by a Card - payments can only be processed in Nepalese rupees (NPR), so if you wish to pay by card, we will convert the dollar amount to a Nepalese Rupees equivalent at the prevailing exchange rate. Card payment is accepted only on your arrival into the country. There will be a 3.5% service fee on top.

Booking Payment Conditions

Booking and payment conditions
As soon as we have your Booking, with a specific program and more or less number in the group, we will release an invoice for a confirmation deposit as per following.
(A) 200$ per person for trekking and tours
(B) 400$ per person for trekking peak climbing and trekking in restricted areas
(C) 600$ per person for mountaineering expeditions ranging 6,600m to below 8000 metres
(D) 3,000$ per person for all mountaineering expeditions above 8,000m. meter into Nepal
(E) 4,000$ per person for mountaineering expeditions above 8,000m mountain into Tibet.

1. The final confirmation will require at least three months in advance of the tours commence with 50% of the tour payment.
2. The final and total payment will require at least 25-days before the program commences.
3. The banking transaction charges of each time payment will be needed to be borne by the sender, and a net amount of the total amount will require deposited in the company account.

Trip Cancellation

  • To compensate the administrative charges, and other expenses in dealing with the booking process, the following cancellation fees will be charged:Cancellation after the confirmation - loss of the deposit
  • Cancellation 45-days before trip commences - 20% of the total cost
  • Cancellation 25-days before trip commences - 50% of the total cost
  • Cancellation less than 21-days before the trip commences - 70% of the total cost
  • Cancellation after arrival or during the trip - 100% of the total cost
Responsibility
We, Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd., accept responsibility for ensuring that the services booked with us are as close as possible to the itinerary outfitted in our mutual understanding. You agree and understand that it may be necessary to adjust the program due to unforeseen factors. In such a case, the group leader and sirdar/guide, in the team, will make the final decision.

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