What to Expect
This trek falls in the Annapurna foothills with master viewpoints on Poonhill where we get to see some of the highest peaks in the world…this trip offers all the best of trekking in Nepal. Enjoy trekking in the midst of spectacular mountain scenery through charismatic villages inhabited by the Gurungs and Magars who inhabit this region the most. We hike through dense rhododendron forests full of different bird species and deep sub-tropical valleys, all set below the Annapurnas with the striking peaks of Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail Peak) dominating the skyline hereabouts.
This wonderful trek climaxes as you climb Poonhill at the break of dawn to enjoy one of the most spectacular mountain sceneries on Earth. As the sun touches the snow-capped summits the Himalayan giants, Dhaulagiri (8,167m.) and Annapurna at (8,091m.) along with a fantastic display of other peaks, slowly begin to appear like magic before your eyes, leaving you breathless for some moments. This is a highly rewarding trek that can be enjoyed by those who truly love nature and the beauty that comes with it.
Day 01: pick up at Tribhuvan international airport and transfer to the hotel B/B plan
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) this will take about six hours. It’s a lovely six hours scenic drive to the lake city of Pokhara (915m,), 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. As you climb out of the Kathmandu valley, only to quickly descend again to the Trisuli River, you follow upstream to its junction with the Marsyangdi River. You follow the Marsyangdi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes you directly into Pokhara. Blessed with pleasant weather, Pokhara is tourist's paradise with a lot of natural as well as cultural heritage sites that include serene lakes, caves, and temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with the grand mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Taal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. This drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon to romance the beauty of the lake city. You also have the option to fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes about 25 minutes.B/B plan
Day 03: Trek from Pokhara (915m.) to Nayapul (1050m.) by car which is about one and half hours drive. You begin your trek from Nayapul (1050m.) to Tirkhedhunga
(1577 m.) via Birethanti (1065m.) which takes about four and half hours. After breakfast at hotel you could drive by car or van for one and half hours to Nayapul. Then you start your trekking. The first part of your trek is easy passing through numerous small villages and settlements. Afterwards you could ascend gently to the final destination of the day. The majority of the local folks around here are Gurungs and their religion is Buddhism. They are engaged in agricultural activities, tourism business and some are also employed in the Nepalese and Indian armies. Overnight at our teahouse lodge B.L.D
Day 04: Trek from Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675 m.) and this takes about six hours. To begin your trek, you could ascend steeply for the early 2 hours and then ascend gently passing through Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti, Magar villages. On the way, you could see good views of Machhapuchhre or Fish Tail (6997m.), Huinchuli (6441m.), and Annapurna south peak at (7219m.). Now your trail is quite easier passing through forest and descends gently up to the final camp. You could see some of the wild life such as monkey and various species of birds. Overnight at our lodge. B.L.D
Day 05: Trek from Ghorepani to Poonhill (3180m.) to Tadapani (2675m.) which takes about five and half hours. We rise early for our morning trip to Poonhill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhre (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. After breakfast, trek Ghorepani to Tadapani (2650 m.) through the deep forests of rhododendrons, bamboos and oaks. En-route, you frequently see waterfalls, rocks, wild animals, local birds and a lot of green sceneries. Tadapani is a small village surrounded by beautiful forests which grants you a magnificent view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, and Annapurna II and so on.B.L.D
Day 06: Trek from Tadapani (2675m.) to Ghandruk (1950m.) and it takes about three hours. It is very easy trek by descending gently all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. You could hear the sweet chirping of birds on the way. This is one of the popular destinations for bird lovers. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village. There is a handicraft centre and Gurung museum hereabouts. From this village you could see good views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail.B.L.D
Day 07: Trek from Ghandruk (1950m.) to Pothana (1990m.) which takes about six hours. First part of your trek is steeply down following stone staircase to Kimbu (Bee hive). Kimbu or Bee hive is located at the elevation of 1200 meters on the bank of Modi Khola. Now your trail steeply ascends following the stone staircase up to Landruk. The trail ascends gently for early two hours and again ascends steeply for an hour to Deurali (2150m.) passing through Tolkha village (1850m.). From this point you can see panoramic view of Dhaulagiri I (8167m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Hiunchuli (6441m.), Fishtail (6997m.), Annapurna III (7755m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.) and Lamjung Himal (6930m.). Now the rest of the trail descends gently down to Dhampus passing through Pothana village (1900m.).B.L.D
Day 08: Trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi (1113m.) which takes about four hours. Your trail descends gradually for at least an hour and follows gravel road for two hours and then steeply descends to Phedi passing through Dhampus village, paddy fields and forest protected by local community. Upon your arrival at Dhampus Phedi, you could take a vehicle to reach Pokhara and chill out.B.L.D
Day 09: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus that takes about seven hours. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Mugling and Kurintar where Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach Manakamana Temple. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people engaged in their daily life activities. This journey gives you deep insights in to Nepal’s lovely rural landscapes. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city. You are then directly taken to your hotel.B.L.D
Day 10: Departure to international airport.