Poon Hill Ghandruk Trek
Day 01:Drive from Kathmandu(1400m) to Pokhara(850m)
Duration of time:6-7 hours
Heartly welcome to Nepal from Crown Himalayan Treks team. Your journey begins from today. You will drive 200km by public vehicle from Kathmandu to Pokhara which starts your Poon Hill Ghandruk Trek. You will find a beautiful land cafe, green forest and paddy field on the way to Pokhara. When you reach Pokhara, you will check into a hotel and explore Pokhara lakeside where you will enjoy an orientation walk around the lake side with a guide. In the evening you will find a great restaurant in lakeside for dinner.
Overnight at Lodge in Pokhara
Day 02:Drive from Pokhara(850m) to Nayapul(1070m) and trek to Ulleri(2010m)
Duration of time:5-6 hours
Today, you will take a public bus from Pokhara to Nayapul which takes about 2 hours. From Nayapul, you start your trek to Ulleri. In between the route, you can explore tons of forests decorated with different species of floras and rivers situated in the side or middle of the forests. You will first reach Birethanti village and then walk towards Bhurung Khola from where you ascend towards Tikhedhunga. From tikhedhunga you will climb 3500 stares to reach Ulleri. You will then climb steep stone steps towards Magar village named Ulleri. From there you can see Annapurna south(7219m) and Hiuchuli(6441m).
Overnight at Lodge in Ulleri
Day 03:Trek from Ulleri(2010m) to Ghorepani(2870m)
Duration of time:5 hours
After having your breakfast, you will begin to trek from Ulleri towards Ghorepani Poon Hill. You can explore breathtaking views of snow-capped Annapurnas, Machhapuchhare, and Hiunchuli. As you reach rhododendron forest, you start climbing upwards from there. You first reach Nanghethani and then Ghorepani after an hour of your walk. You can observe eight different species of rhododendron in the hillside below Ghorepani. If you want to know how that place is named Ghorepani then it is really interesting. Once there was scarcity of water and the horse took water there so likewise the place there is named Ghorepani.
Overnight at Lodge in Ulleri
Day 04:Ghorepani(2870m) to Poon Hill(3200m) and trek to Tadapani(2610m)
Duration of time:5 hours
Early in the morning, you will wake up at 4 o’clock. You will ascend almost for 45 minutes to reach Poonhill. You will go there carrying a torchlight. After reaching there you will see overall mountains. You can see almost 20 different mountains from there. You can also see three mountains which are above 8000 meters i.e Dhaulagiri(8167m), Annapurna 1(8091m) and Manaslu(8156m). The one important attraction for everyone there is a ‘Fishtail’. You will view the best sunrise from there which seems extraordinary. You will explore there and capture some memories and return back to the Hotel. You will do breakfast there in your hotel then you will head to Tadapani. On the way to Tadapani you can see the same mountains but from different angles. At the first hour you ascend to Deurali. From Deurali all your way is to descend into the river. You will cross bridges and climb to reach Tadapani for almost 30 minutes which is a beautiful place.
Overnight at Lodge in Poonhill
Day 05:Tadapani(2610m) to Ghandruk(2012m)
Duration of time:3 hours
After having a savory breakfast, you will start your trek to reach Ghandruk. Today your trek has mostly steep descents. You will cross the forests, streams, ridges before you reach Ghandruk. You also need to walk on stone steps to reach the beautiful and famous village named Ghandruk. Ghandruk is the largest Gurung Settlements in the country. Gurkhas are the main inhabitants of Ghandruk. This village is surrounded by Mt. Annapurna(8091m) and Mt. Machhapuchhre(6993m). After doing lunch in Ghandruk you will go for sightseeing. You will visit Gurung museum with your guide. The people there will welcome you and give hospitality which is the highlight of this trek.
Overnight at Lodge in Ghandruk
Day 06:Trek from Ghandruk(2012m) to Nayapul(1017m) and drive to Pokhara(850m)
Duration of time:4-5 hours
After having breakfast, you will trek to Nayapul which takes almost two and half hours. You will be descending today most of the time. On the way to Nayapul you will go through Bamboo forests and a large waterfall which seems astonishing. First your path leads you to Syauli Bazaar then you will follow a clean river coming from Annapurna Base Camp until Nayapul which is your ending point of walking. After that you will take a local bus to go Pokhara.
Overnight at Lodge in Pokhara
Day 07:Drive from Pokhara(850m) to Kathmandu(1400m)
Duration of time:6-7 hours
Today you will be back to Kathmandu by tourist bus. You are going to have breakfast and lunch on the way. You will enjoy the drive with the view of green hill scenery, paddy fields and lifestyle in Nepal. You will be at Kathmandu around 3pm. Then you can do sightseeing around Kathmandu or choose to rest at your hotel. This is the end of your trek.
The Trip cost will vary depending on the Group Size Duration of days and Services required please contact us via our website with your details to obtain a Quote.
- Airport Pickup after Arrival in Kathmandu on Request
- All Land Transportation as per Itinerary
- 3 Meals per Day During the Trek (B L D) Including Tea or Coffee
- An Experienced, English-Speaking and Government-Licensed Trek Leader and Assistant Trek Leader (6 Trekkers: 1 Assistant Guide)
- Porter Service (2 Trekkers: 1 Porter)
- All the Staff Salary, Insurance, Equipment, Domestic Airfare, Food and Accommodation
- Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag (To be returned after the Completion of the Trip)
- All the Required Paperwork, Documents
- Trekking Permits (National Park Permit and TIMS)
- All the Local and Governmental Taxes
- Medical Kit (Carried by Trek Leader)
- International Flight and Visa Fees
- Trekking Equipment
- Extra Baggage Charges
- Extra Night Accommodation in Kathmandu ( In case you arrive early or departure late and early return from mountain due to any reason) than the Scheduled Itinerary
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
- Any Type of Personal Expenses such as Alcoholic Beverages, Phone Bills, Internet Bills, Laundry and Hot Shower
- Emergency Rescue and Travel Insurance
- Trip Cancellation Cost
- Accident or Health Issues
- Loss Theft or Damage of Personal Properties(We advice you to take out Personal Travel Insurance)
- Tips and Gratuities
We will be accommodated in star hotel or similar in Kathmandu and Pokhara; and teahouse during the trek. All the accommodation are offered on twin-shared basis. Single accommodation can be provided on request and will cost an additional charge. The charge depends on the hotel you are staying.
Private rooms are readily available in Kathmandu, Pokhara and the trekking region, except in high altitudes where there will be just dormitories. Usually there are no heaters in teahouse; they provide warm blanket. You can bring sleeping bag with extra liner for more comfort and warm. There is normally on electricity connection in the rooms unless the village has hydroelectric powers. The rooms and dining halls are connected with solar lighting. Most teahouses now have source of power to charge small appliances – mobile phones and cameras.
During Annapurna Panorama Trek, we get to taste authentic Nepalese cuisine and as well as the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) but the choice of foods are limited. We provide the “Breakfast & Dinner” from the teahouse or lodge where we will be spending overnight and lunch will be served on the way to next destination.
We also offer welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu. All the meals (B, L, D) will be provided during the trek but only the breakfast will be served in Kathmandu and Pokhara (except for welcome and farewell dinner).
Crown Himalaya Trek offers Chlorine/Iodine treated water during the trek. All the teahouses provide mineral water and boiled water for trekkers on additional charge. We suggest you not to buy mineral water or bottled water while on the trek as plastic bottles are difficult to dispose- off.
What to bring
Firstly, you need to carry some documents to purchase Annapurna conservation permit (ACAP) and TIMS. Passport size phots and valid passport are required for ACAP. For Annapurna Panorama Trekking, you have to bring hiking boots, trousers, wind and water proof jacket and trousers, down jacket, sun glasses, hat, flash light, water bottle, refillable water and positive attitude. As it is difficult to find the charging port in high mountains, you need to bring back-up for your camera and mobile phones. Crown Himalaya Treks will arrange comprehensive medical kit for the trekkers.
This is very physical trip, meaning you will be walking on rough terrain, so pack as lightly as possible. Crown Himalaya Trek provide an experienced porter on (2 trekkers: 1 porter) basis. Your trekking gear will be carried by the porter in a duffel bag; the maximum of 15 kgs are carried by porters – 30 kgs by 2 porters. You can stock your unnecessary luggage in Kathmandu on absolutely free of cost.
Altitude sickness is the unusual physical condition that occurs at higher elevation (more than 2,000m) due to change in air pressures. The symptoms are nausea, diarrhea, dizziness and loss of appetite that may lead to fatal conditions.
The Annapurna Panorama Trek itinerary offered by Crown Himalaya Treks offers ample time to acclimatize and rest. We walk on slow pace; taking proper rest which lets your body acclimatize well. We ensure our “trekkers” zero risk of altitude threat.
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
ABC trek is a moderate trek perfect for passionate hikers with the ability to walk at least 5 – 7 hours on mountain terrain with a light rucksack. With excellent physical condition, positive attitude, self-confidence and strong determination, anyone regardless of size and age can accomplish the trek successfully.
We suggest you to engage on physical training for few weeks prior the trip to boost your strength, stamina and confidence. Cardio, swimming, running and leg exercise are few recommended physical training to prepare yourself for the trek. Previous trekking experience is always an asset but not mandatory. And no technical skills are required as well.
Trekkers with pre-existing medical conditions like heart, lung and blood diseases are suggested to consult their doctor prior the trip.
Best Time to Trek
Annapurna Panorama Trek is possible to conduct throughout the year but autumn (Sept to Nov) and spring (March – May) are considered as the best time of the year for the trek. If you want to avoid the traffic, you can enjoy the trek during winter (Dec, Jan and Feb). However, the extremely cold temperature and frequent snow-fall might distract the trek. Trekking in summer or Monsoon seasons (June – August) are full of rain; which might invite the risk of landslide and flood. But the rainy season could be paradise for keen botanist.
Crown Himalaya Treks will provide the complementary route map and T-shirt for the trekkers.
Best MonthOct, Nov, March, April
Group Size1-15 persons
Max. Elevation3,210 m
GradeEasy – Moderate
Trek StyleTea House/Lodge
Walk Per Day5-6 hours
MealsBreakfast in Kathmandu and all meals(B L D) during the trek
AccommodationSimple lodge to 5 star hotels in cities but in trekking only simple lodge available
TransportCar, Jeep Van, Land Cruiser, Bus