Annapurna Ghorepani Poonhill Circuit Trek

Duration

12 Days

Tour Type

Annapurna Region

Min Group Size

2 people

Overview

An incredible journey to Poonhill with the optional Chitwan Jungle Safari is one of the best-organized trips to see the sights of Himalayas of Nepal and green vegetation of Nepal offered by Himalayan Social Journey. As Chitwan shelters varieties of flora and fauna, you will not get bored while exploring the wild habitats of Nepal. A short hike or a trek to Poonhill will soothe your eyes as snowcapped mountain come into your view. This trek offers an opportunity of experiencing different exciting activities like river rafting, sightseeing tour, and the short hike to view the mesmerizing mountains, view of sunrise and sunset over the white Himalayas.

Journey

This incredible Annapurna Poonhill Circuit Trek with Optional Chitwan Jungle Safari organized by Himalayan Social Journey begins with the sightseeing tour to UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu. Then, we drive to Fishling for white river rafting in Trishuli river. Trishuli river is an ideal destination for river rafting. The river gets swelled during the summer and river rafting will be more exciting and adventurous. More than 4 rapids offer the thrills of adventure to the rafters. And we spend the night in the resort. Next, in our journey is a fun cable-car ride and later go to visit Manakamana temple. While in Manakamana temple, you will get to see the faith and beliefs of devotees visiting from different parts of Nepal. Therefore, it is a popular Hindu pilgrimage site and also a popular vantage point for some mountain views such as Manasalu and Ganesh Himal. Then we will head to Pokhara, a serene city of lakes.

Explore the magnificence of Pokhara city and continue the journey by hiking to Poonhill. Take into the beauty of Himalayas in your camera and capture it for a longtime memory. Besides that, indulge the cultural variety that is seen during the trek and experiences the countryside of Nepal. Likewise, a pleasure of seeing the first ray of sunrise will make your day even better.  After a short drive from Pokhara to Nayapool, our official trek into the mountains begins. While hiking through the lush green forests, cascading waterfalls, the ethnic settlement is what you will encounter. Some amazing views of the mountains like Annapurna I, Annapurna IV, Machapuchre (Fishtail) are some mountains seen during the hike. After taking into the views then we will descend down to Ghandruk via Tadapani to Nayapul and then to Pokhara.

The trip ends with a pleasurable time in Chitwan where you will be exploring the Chitwan national park where hundreds of flora and fauna can be found. A number of activities like Jungle Safari, Jungle Walk, Elephant ride, Elephant bath, Canoeing, Bird Watching and Tharu cultural shows are there to participate and enjoy the delights of Nepal. Himalayan Social Journey has created this amazing trip for those who want to see the glory of Nepal at once.

Trip Grade: Two

Altitude: 3210m
This trek requires you to walk 5-6 hours per day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes, however, the pace of the trek will vary in compensation. If you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have strong determination, you will complete a difficult trek successfully. Exercising, particularly jogging and climbing stairs regularly for some weeks prior to your arrival is recommended to enhance your strength and fitness. Past hiking experience would be an asset, but no technical skill is required. It is slightly challenging, uphill and downhill, walking close to mountain views and walking through the beautiful mountainous forests.

Another  11 Days ANNAPURNA GHOREPANI TREK WITH CHITWAN JUNGLE SAFARI  might be of your interest if you are looking for more varied options to customize your trip

Outline Itinerary ( 12 Days )

  • 1

    Arrival Day

    Your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport and meet Himalayan Social Journey Guide for your trip and transfer to Hotel. After the orientation program at evening welcome dinner with cultural program. Overnight at Hotel Holy Himalaya (D)

  • 2

    Full Day Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley

    After breakfast guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle. You will visit UNESCO listed world heritage sites of Kathmandu valley. Overnight at Hotel Holy Himalaya. (B)

  • 3

    Rafting in Trishuli River and Drive to Birethanti via Pokhara

    After breakfast, you will take a bus to Chauradi where you will enjoy rafting in Trishuli River. After enjoying the adventurous river rafting, you will continue your journey towards Pokhara. Not stopping in Pokhara, you will continue to drive to Birethanti. Overnight at Birethanti.

  • 4

    Trek to Ulleri (2000m)

    After breakfast, we leave Birethanti and hike up to Ulleri. You will pass through lush jungles, cross small streams, pass small villages and walk through the terraced farmland. Overnight at Guest House. (B)

  • 5

    Trek to Ghorepani (2800m)

    Trek to Ghorepani 2800m, 5-6 hrs. walk, through stunning jungle path. Overnight at Guest House. (B)

  • 6

    Hike to Poonhill

    Early morning hiking to Poonhill to see Sunrise and Mountain View in a clear day, panoramic view of 10 different peaks and then trek back to the guest house. Exploration day in Ghorepani. Overnight at Guest House. (B)

  • 7

    Trek to Tadapani

    After a warm breakfast, you will continue your trek to Ghorepani. The trail contains doing ups and down along the stone staircase, walking along the newly built roads and passing through the lush jungles. Overnight at Tadapani.

  • 8

    Trek to Ghandruk

    Today, we will leave Tadapani behind and continue our journey to Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a beautiful settlement of Gurung community. Overnight at Ghandruk.

  • 9

    Trek to Nayapul and Drive back to Pokhara

    Today, we are continuing our journey to Nayapul. We will follow the same trail back to Nayapul. From Nayapul, you will drive back to Pokhara in Private transportation. Overnight at Hotel Dandelion.

  • 10

    Sightseeing tour of Pokhara

    After breakfast, you will go for a sightseeing tour in Pokhara or boating in Phewa Lake and hike to World Peace Pagoda. Overnight at Hotel Dandelion. (B)

  • 11

    Drive back to Kathmandu

    After breakfast drive back to Kathmandu by Deluxe tourist Coach or by flight (Flight is optional). Overnight at Hotel Holy Himalaya. (B)

  • 12

    Departure Day

    After breakfast transfer to the airport for your departure. (B)

Include

  • Airport pickup & drop
  • Accommodation at Hotel Holy Himalaya in Kathmandu, Hotel Dandelion in Pokhara and Hotel Seven Star in Chitwan in twin sharing bed and breakfast basis
  • Simple accommodation in the lodge with breakfast during the trek in twin-sharing basis
  • Necessary permit, TIMS, and National Park fees
  • Rafting in Trishuli River
  • Necessary rafting equipment (Helmet, life jacket, and Paddle)
  • Trekking equipment during the trek [Duffle bag if necessary]
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and in Pokhara
  • All meals and all activities as per program in optional Chitwan
  • Welcome dinner with a cultural program in a local restaurant
  • Transportation by Deluxe tourist Coach Kathmandu – Charaudi ( Rafting Starting point) -Pokhara- Chitwan -Kathmandu and by private vehicle Pokhara- Nayapul- Birethati- Pokhara
  • Meals, accommodation insurance, and other expenses of the trekking crew (guide and porters) 2 people will have one porter and highly experienced English speaking guide
  • All Government taxes, VAT, and service charge

Exclude

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, Pokhara and during the trekking days (Meal cost about $4 to $7 depending on what and where you eat)
  • Flight (Pokhara-Kathmandu: $110 PP for one way)
  • Sightseeing entry fees, NRS 250 (Syambhunath) +400 (Boudhanath) +1000 (Patan Durbar Square), + 1000 (Pashupatinath)
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Pokhara Mountain Flight (USD 100)

Departures Dates

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06 Jan, 2021 - 18 Jan, 2021
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18 Jan, 2021 - 30 Jan, 2021
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06 Jan, 2022 - 18 Jan, 2022
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18 Jan, 2022 - 30 Jan, 2022
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Important Information

Highlights of Ghorepani Poonhill Circuit Trek 

·         You can travel for a few days on easy trails

·         You 're going to capture the mesmerizing views of the ever-smiling snow-covered peaks

·         Walk past the forests of rhododendrons, magnolia, and other wild flora and fauna.

·         Visit the Ghandruk ethnic museums.

·         You can dress up traditional Gurung costumes, and you can click pictures, too.

·         Amazing friendliness and convenient tea-houses

·         Beautiful closer views of the Annapurna, Machhapuchhre and Dhaulagiri range

·         Stroll through the never-ending stony stairways.

·         Cherish a clear overview of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Gangapurna and Manaslu ranges.

Best time for this trek

Spring and autumn mark this trek for the best time. The weather is moderate and favorable, and the visibility is clearest during this season.

And on the drier routes you get to walk. During this time of year, you don't have to worry about the rain or leaks.

But even in summer and winter this walk is feasible.

The road can be found slippery and leek-faced during the summer / monsoon. But the walk isn't a major issue with proper plumage and insect repellents.

You can find the hill slippery in winter because of the snow and at high altitudes, feel very cold. But you can easily go to this trek with the warm clothes and a happy heart.

Difficulty during Ghorepani Poon Hill Circuit trek

Poon Hill is the shortest and most modest yet exotic hiking route. This trip can be completed successfully in any person with good health. 

In this walk, you walk up the stony stairs or downhill for around 5-6 hours per day. The walk may be a little challenging, but not impossible, for beginners. 

Stop the rides, tie the walking shoes, and wear the right clothing. Then you're going to the Poon Hill much easy. 

However, the trail can be crowded in the peak season. So, when you walk with your mates, you must have a strong stamina and patience. 

Food and Lodging in Trek

It is a teahouse trek like most of Nepal's treks. In general, tea houses provide a single room with twin beds. In the common room, you can charge your phones at a certain discount. Hot showers usually cost about USD 1 in teahouses.In addition, the meals provided in the teahouses are simple and you'll get the Nepalese "Dal Bhat" meal served in most teahouses. In addition, you can also enjoy a limited variety of World cuisine including pizza , pasta, burgers, etc. You need to book these reservations early, particularly in the offseason, in order to be free from any problems.

Connecting with your loved ones back at home while on trek

Free WiFi and charge is generally available (with some exceptions) you can find free WiFi and charge, most places charge a modest fee (e.g. Rs100-400) to use WiFi or charge; WiFi is available at Thorung Phedi and High Camp for Rs200. WiFi can be unreliable, sluggish or unusable. Be prepared to be out of touch with the world for up to a week at high altitudes.
To improve your connectivity, carry your phone to the Nepal SIM, you'll get more than you'd think (GPRS/EDGE speed). Village electricity could be perfect during your stay. Villages above 4000 m tend to be the latter. Tea houses can have the potential to charge you either from solar sources or from a battery bank.but it is most wise to either have your own or not depend on electronic devices.

Obtaining Trekking Permits

You will need to arrange both the Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) permit and the Annapurna National Park Permit (sometimes also known as the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit). HSJ will arrange for your trekking permits.

As of 2019, the permits will refund a minimum of USD $50: the APC Permit is USD $30 / NPR 3,000 per person, while the TIMS Permit is USD $20 / NPR 2,000 per person.

These will need to be checked at different checkpoints along the trek.

Make sure you also bring a minimum of 4 passport photos for your trekking permit!

Packing List for this trek

Clothing

·         Trekking boots

·         Short-sleeved Trekking shirts

·         Trekking pants and jackets

·         Thermals underwear

·         Long-sleeved Trekking shirts

·         Insulating down jackets

·         Woolen cap

·         Trekking Gloves

·         Raincoats

First Aid

·         Diamox tablets

·         Sanitary pads / Tampons

·         Anti-nausea Medicines

·         Band-aids

·         Mosquito and insect repellents

Toiletries

·         Soap

·         Toilet Paper

·         Shampoo

·         Sunscreen

·         Moisturizer

·         Hand sanitizer

Accessories

·         Sunglasses

·         Sleeping bag

·         Cameras

·         Batteries

·         Water Bottle

·         Solar Chargers

·         Hot water Thermos

Important Documents

·         Passport

·         Travel Permits

Drinking water during the trek

Planning to have at least two liters of water when trekking every day is a smart way to start. Filling up water is quick. Taps in, out or in guesthouses mean that there are plenty of places to fill your bottles and/or your water bladders.This could be where you stay, a lunch stop, or a shared public tap used by locals. Use an efficient sterilization method to make sure your water is safe and not contaminated in anyway.Bottled water is available to buy throughout the trek, but we would advise against this for a number of reasons.You do not need them if you use sterilization method. Environment concerns are there and also buying water is expensive up in the mountains. 

Insuring your safety

We suggest taking out an insurance plan for your individual accountability, accidents and illnesses during the service.Regarding the type of activity, you may be asked to show a certificate of insurance for help and support, sanitation and search. This service is private and not free in Nepal, the helicopter will not take off until it is convinced to pay for the insurance.

Luggage per one person

For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 12-15 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your daypack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets etc.

Guide and leader for the trek

Our local Nepali team is one of the most experienced and respected trekking outfits in Nepal. The team is fully licensed and affiliated with the Trekking agency's Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association, Nepal Tourism Board, Government of Nepal, Sustainable Tourism Network, Himalayan Rescue Association, and Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project. With experience, well trained, friendly guides, and courteous porters you are assured of a wonderfully memorable experience.

Carrying Extra money

It’s difficult to give an exact amount of money that you should bring. Costs will vary according to how much you want to spend for shopping and where and what meals (lunch & dinner) you want to eat. Trekkers find that around $15 (for lunch & dinner) a day is reasonable for the trekking days.
As for the tips, A general rule of thumb for tipping is USD 25 for the guide per traveller and USD 25 for porter between two travellers if you are fully satisfied with their service. So we suggest you allocate a minimum of USD 50 for Tipping. This is just a guideline and you may tip whatever / how much you think is appropriate for the services rendered which made your trek a memorable one

Single Supplementary

There will be two people accommodated in each room for the duration of the tour. If you prefer private accommodation, you'll find the option for "single supplement" of USD 200. Important:  Please note that during the trek there are some lodges which won't have sufficient rooms to provide private accommodation. So, even if you purchase single supplement you will end up sharing a room for some days of the trek.

FAQ's

You can get a visa in Kathmandu airport upon your arrival at USD 30 (or equivalent in other major currencies) for a 15 days visa, USD 50 for a 30 days visa and USD 125 for a 90 days Multiple visas, and you can also extend it later on if you wish. They have newly installed technology (visa machine) which makes it no longer necessary to have a passport photo. Important! Please bring 3 photos for your trekking permit, TIMS and for others.

Besides trekking packages and tour operation, we arrange international air tickets to the major airports of all over the world. Himalayan social journey travel agency is the one-stop travel solution company; we offer all travel related product at the best possible rates with excellent services.

Please keep this thing in your mind that there are some airport touts and scam artists who take advantage of tourists. They might offer to carry your luggage and they want a large amount of money. Sometimes they intimidate our drivers and even take away their signs. Anyway...if you want someone to help you with your luggage you can give them NOT MORE THAN 1 - 2 DOLLARS. This is a small hassle that tourists sometimes face upon arrival at the airport. Do not stress about this but just be aware not to give more than a few dollars for their luggage handling if you choose to take someone's services. Nepalese in general are very kind and hospitable people.

Some major currencies (USD, AUD and EURO) are accepted for both visas and in general. There are plenty of ATM's in both Kathmandu and Namche and credit cards are accepted in limited shops and many restaurants. Please note that only Nepali rupees are accepted on the trek.

Generally, the orientation meeting is scheduled in the Kathmandu hotel at 4 or 5 pm and this will be informed by our representatives after your arrival. The tour starts with an orientation meeting and ends up after the scheduled trip after the breakfast.

If you plan to arrive early or depart late please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting [email protected] And if you'll be spending extra time in Nepal please let us know. We will book your extra night accommodation at same trip hotels

For each tour date, there will be several separate groups. Each group will have a maximum of 14 people with its own experienced English speaking guide. During the trek, there will be a suitable number of porters to carry your luggage.

The cost of our trip is based on a twin-sharing basis so there will be two people accommodated in each room for the duration of the tour. If you prefer private accommodation or you are a solo traveller, you'll find the option for "single supplement". Additional cost will be applicable as a Single Supplementary Charge for the single room during the trip.

No refund will be made for 20% deposit amount in case of cancellation of trip for any other else reason. Having paid the full amount of any trip, you will get your money back but still, cancellation charge (20%) is invoiced to you. And for the voucher holders, since you have purchased the voucher from the deal companies, we have to follow their cancellation policy. But for both the conditions, we are flexible to postpone your trip in any later days. Written notification of your cancellation should be made to cancel any trip.

Sometimes travellers are unable to finish the scheduled trek due to the various reasons or they ended up not completing the trek/tour for health or personal reasons. In this case please realize that we cannot offer you any refunds for unused days on the tour/tour. You have to understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.

All the breakfast during your trip is included but the lunches and dinners are not except welcome dinner in the first day at the local restaurant. Meals during Kathmandu stay and trekking days cost from $5 to $8 per item depending on what you choose to eat.

There will not be any problem for vegetarian, most of the lodges serve vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at a high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

There are two good options for having proper drinking water during the trek. You can bring water purification tablets or fill your bottle for a nominal fee from the recognized and regulated "pure water" stations along the trek. As the alternative, you can also easily purchase bottled water at the lodges. The bottled water costs USD 2$ - 4$ per litre. It is very important that you drink at least 3 litres of pure water daily during the trek.

The width of Nepal is only about 200 km on an average, but within this short distance, the altitude of the land rises from 60 m up to 8,848 m. Hence the weather depends upon the altitude of the place in Nepal. However, in general, Nepal has four climatic seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.

Spring starts from March to May. The temperature of this season fluctuates between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Summer starts from June last to August. These are also the monsoon months with occasional evening-thunderstorms and hot temperature. Autumn starts from late September and ends by November. During this period, the climate is generally dry and mild with temperature fluctuating between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Winter starts from December until February. The mornings and evenings are very cold while the afternoon is pretty sunny. The temperature during these months rises from 10C to 20C (59F to 68F). At higher altitudes, it is cold during the winter months.

The trip hotel in Kathmandu does provide free storage services. So you can store your luggage and clothing that are not required for the trekking and you can collect it after your Trek and Tour.

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and N-cell in order to update the whereabouts and situation of our every client. You may pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too. Also, we have kept a satellite phone at Dingboche, which has a poor connection to the network of phones. Our guides use it during the case of emergency and also clients can use them by paying its rental fee. During the tour there will be easy access for International cal through cyber and communication Center. You will get Wi-Fi connection too in some of the places in the mountains for the extra cost. 

Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! You can also buy the adapters in the supermarkets or electronic shops in the Kathmandu. Our guide can help you with it.

It’s difficult to give an exact amount of money that you should bring. Costs will vary according to how much you want to spend for shopping and where and what meals (lunch & dinner) you want to eat. Trekkers find that around $20 (for lunch & dinner) a day is reasonable for the trekking days. You may have to pay for Wi-Fi, electricity and hot showers too (up in the mountains during the trek). Hence allocating the allowance for each day accordingly would suffice. 

  • Daypack (rucksack)
  • Backpack (a porter will carry it) Recommended size: about 50-litre capacity (10-12 KGS per person) if you are travelling with a friend you can share one pack between the two of you.
  • Well-worn hiking boots or shoes
  • A pair of sandals
  • Sleeping Bag (HSJ will provide if you do not have your own)
  • A one-litre hard water bottle to be filled up along the trekking trail
  • Warm jacket Light-weight cotton clothing
  • Waterproof jacket (a fold -away windcheater is fine)
  • Light sweater
  • Bath towel
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Knee supports (optional for the downhill portions of the trek)
  • Trekking pole
  • Water purification (Himalayan Social Journey will provide
  • water purification tablet)
  • Small First-aid-kit (Himalayan Social Journey will also provide one)
  • Headlamp (preferable) or Flashlight (torch)
  • Camera
  • Loose stomach and nausea medicine
  • Toiletries for the trek (toilet paper, soap, Towel shampoo etc...)

If you have purchased a voucher from any deal company, please come in contact with us with the voucher code (redemption code) so that the voucher can be redeemed on time. Since we need time to purchase your domestic air ticket and make other arrangements, kindly confirm your spot with your suitable date at-least 2 months prior to the commencement of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to availability of spots. You can redeem you voucher through this link too : https://hsj.com.np/voucher-redemption

If you plan to arrive early or depart late please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting [email protected] And if you'll be spending extra time in Nepal please let us know. We will book your extra night accommodation at same trip hotels, Hotel Holy Himalaya , Himalayan Suite Hotel, Hotel Mulberry, Aloft Hotel, and Gokarna Forest Resort for your convenience. 

If you would like to book extra activities such as Paragliding (100pp), Bungy jump (70pp), Mountain flight (USD 180pp), Heli Tour (USD 800pp –based on 5pax) Bhaktapur Sightseeing many more programs. You can book by contacting us at [email protected] For longer excursions such as Bhutan, Tibet, India, and any other treks also, we can help but please contact us immediately at [email protected]

For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 12-15 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your day pack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets, etc. The safety and concerns of our porters is our collective responsibility. We take our responsibilities towards them and their safety concerns strictly. On your part, please carry only things that are of absolute necessities.

A general rule of thumb for tipping is USD 50-60 for guide and porter if you are fully satisfied with their service. So we suggest you allocate a minimum of USD 50 for tipping. This is just a guideline and you may tip whatever /how much you think is appropriate for the services rendered which made your trek a memorable one.

If you are considering to donate, School supplies (pens, notebooks, coloured pencils, etc...). These gifts can be directly turned over to our company when you arrive in Kathmandu. And we will manage them to distribute through our proper channels.
As for your the need of much of your trekking clothes and tour supplies and gears, they can be easily purchased in Kathmandu near our hotel at good prices. Bring hiking boots/shoes from your country. The Nepali ones are not recommended. Your guide will assist you to get anything you may need here.

We are committed to providing the best services which will give you a once in a lifetime journey. We perform our duties honestly & seriously to make your journey very smooth & pleasant. However, the entire programs in Nepal are conducted strictly under the rules and regulation of their policies. So in this case, we will give options to choose a different itinerary for an enjoyable holiday. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us.