Best Season: Spring(March – May) and Autumn(Sept – November)
Total Duration: 8 Days
Trip Grade: easy
This is one of the most popular short treks in Nepal. The trail ascends through the culturally and naturally rich Gurung and Magar villages popularly known as the village of the Brave Gurkhas.
The rhododendron and the deep pine forest give you the essence of the nature walk. The view from Poon Hill after a short hike from Ghorepani is the auspicious part of this trek. One can experience the beautiful view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range along with their 8000+ meter peaks.
The massive and pristine Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri range, Nilgiri and the view of the Manaslu range are the most spectacular aspects of this trek. The range of green hills seen from Poon Hill can also be symbolized as an outstanding painting of a world-class artist.
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu (TIA), our representative from Hillstrek Team will be there to pick you up. You will be transfer to hotel in half an hour drive with private vehicle. We discuss about our trip and you have time for refreshment. In the evening we are together again for welcome dinner in typical nepalese restaurant with cultural program.
After breakfast, your tour guide will pick you up for half day sightseeing in Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple and Bouddhanath Stupa. You will have your lunch in the restaurant with the view of Stupa then you back to hotel. You will meet your trek leader and discuss about the trek and do last minutes arrangements.
At Pokhara airport, you will meet rest of trek crew and a short drive of about an hour from Pokhara brings you to a trailhead at Birethanti, a busy village of lodges, shops and houses. You commence your trek with a gradual ascent along the left bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. You then leave the river and follow a trail along the upper edge of terraced fields through Hile to Tikhedhunga. Thereafter, you cross a stream beyond the village and then drop down to the suspension bridge over the Bhurungdi Khola. Then you climb a long, steep and seemingly endless stone staircase, which eventually leads you to the village of Ulleri. Overnight at Ulleri
As you ascend along the path that leads to a forest, you will find Annapurna South, hidden by a ridge. Beyond Banthanti, there are magnificent forests of oak and rhododendron trees. After crossing several crystal-clear mountain streams, you arrive at the village of Nangethanti. Another few hours of trekking through the forest, you reach Ghorepani. Ghorepani literally means “horse water” and is a popular watering spot for mules, which supply this route from Pokhara to Jomsom and beyond.
To catch the sunrise over the Himalayas, we make an early morning climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3,210m), the most popular trekking destination of the Annapurna region. It is also a great viewpoint to enjoy the amazing views of Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20 of the high mountains including the close-up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The snowy peaks of the high mountains loom above and around us glowing in the morning light. After taking photographs, we return back to Ghorepani. After breakfast, we head east and climb a nearby ridge. We descend through rhododendron forests, pass by spectacular waterfalls and reach Tadapani to spend the night.
The trek from Tadapani until Ghandruk will be through a thick forest of rhododendron trees. After trekking for a while, we enter the village of Ghandruk, a slope settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by the Gurung people. From here, we enjoy the towering views of the Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli mountains. We trek further to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu we have the rest of the day off to rest or do some souvenir shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening