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11-Day Ghorepani Poonhill Trek in Annapurna

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Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu

Visiting: Kathmandu

You will be met by our representative at the airport and transferred to your comfortable, mid-range Kathamndu hotel.

  • Standard Lodging: Hotel Tibet
  • Luxury Lodging: Dwarika's Hotel

Day 2 : Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu

Visiting: Kathmandu

Visit to Old Kathmandu City, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath.

Kathmandu City: Here you will visit the temple of the Living Goddess, who acknowledges the greetings of the devotees from the balcony of her temple residence. Kasthamandap is the source of the name Kathmandu and supposed to be made from the timber of a single tree. Along with Durbar Square with it's array of temples, it is overlooked by the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, the ancient residence of the Nepalese Royalty.

Pashupatinath: Situated 5 Kilometers east of Kathmandu city, Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple built in pagoda style has gilded roof and richly carved silver doors. Visitors will be permitted to view the temple from the east bank of Rivers Bagmati, entrance in the temple being strictly forbidden to all non-Hindus. Pashupatinath is the center of annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February / March. Behind the temples are the cremation grounds.

Boudhanath: This Stupa, eight kilometers east of Kathmandu City is one of the biggest in the world of its kind. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal direction keeping watch for righteous behavior and human prosperity. King Man Dev built this Buddhist stupa at the advice of Goddess Mani Jjogini. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. Houses of Lamas ring the shrine or Buddhist priests.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel Tibet
  • Luxury Lodging: Dwarika's Hotel

Day 3 : Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Half day sightseeing in Pokhara.

Visiting: Pokhara

Early morning fly to Pokhara and half day sightseeing in Pokhara.

Pokhara Valley: The rare combination of snow clad peaks and snow fed lakes and rivers has helped to make the valley of Pokhara one of the most picturesque natural attractions in the Kingdom. Pokhara is the most popular destination in Nepal after Kathmandu. A must for all visitors to Pokhara valley is the Phewa Lake. The distance from Kathmandu to Pokhara is 210 km and takes 30- 45 mins flight. Pokhara is the gateway to some of the most famous long-distance treks in Nepal; however there are plenty of rewarding short walks and day trips suitable for children or weary trekkers, which can be made around the valley.

The Fewa (or Phewa) Lake 1.5 kilometer long, second largest lake in Nepal, offers an excellent view of the mountains and their reflections on the lake. Many tours and trekking operators and hotels are located on the lakeside. One can easily find a place to sit back, relax and enjoy great meal while enjoying scenery here. You will also enjoy boating on the lake. Most hotels and guest houses have traditional designs and layouts which match with the surrounding views.

Davis fall's: Witness a unique waterfall that lies 2 Km from central Pokhara City. The water fall directly goes into a deep and narrow canal with no ends. It is believed that this deadly waterfall took the life of a tourist named David, who fell down into the cannel and was never found, and hence the name David waterfall, named in his memory by the people of Pokhara. This place has many nick names like Davy's fall, David's fall or Davis's fall, all mean the same thing `The Davis Water Fall.

Gupteswor Mahadev Cave: Gupteshwor Mahadev cave is one of the longest caves in Nepal. On the way to cave, there are shining stones seen every where and in the temple is big stone that looks like snake's head and tortoise which is consider as the image of the lord Shiva. Second part is very beautiful and you see shining stones and different types of rocks like bee hives.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel Trek-o-Tel or similar
  • Luxury Lodging: Fishtail Lodge

Day 4 : Trek from Nayapool (1700m) to Tirkhedhunga (1577m) 4-5 hours trek (3.5 Kms)

Visiting: Annapurna

From Pokhara we take on an hour's pleasant drive through mountain highway to Nayapool. Then we walk about 20 minutes on a level trail to Birethanti on the bank of Modi river where is an Annapurna Conservation area check post. From Birathanti the trail follows Bhurungdi River up to Tirkhedhunga (1577m). The trail is level and passes through several small villages on the way. Then the trail climbs through stone steps for about 1.5 hrs to Ulleri, a large Magar village. There are several lodges and campsites.

  • Meals: B
  • Budget Lodging: Local lodge

Day 5 : Trek from Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani (2850m) 7 hrs trek (10-11 Kms)

Visiting: Annapurna

Then the trail climbs through stone steps for about 1.5 hrs to Ulleri, a large Magar village. There are several lodges and campsites. From Ulleri the trail climbs gently through pastures and cultivated fields. The fields soon give way to deep forests as the trail climbs to Banthanti. Beyond Banthanti, there are magnificent oak and rhododendron forests. Then we climb through forests all the way to Ghorepani, a pleasant village on ridge top with excellent views of several peaks such as Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, Machhapuchre Hiunchuli, Tukche etc. Ghorepani means "horse water" in Nepali. There is watering spot for the teams of horse, mules and ponies that carry loads between Pokhara and Jomsom.

  • Meals: B
  • Budget Lodging: Local lodge

Day 6 : Trek from Ghorepani to Poonhill (3210m) and back to Ghorepani

Visiting: Annapurna

We make an early morning excursion to Poon Hill, about an hour?s climbs, provides a breathtaking view of the high Himalayas and later we come back to Ghorepani.

  • Meals: B
  • Budget Lodging: Local lodge

Day 7 : Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2540m) 7 hrs trek (11-12 Kms)

Visiting: Annapurna

From Ghorepani, the trail climbs through ridge with excellent Mountain View for about 1.5 hrs. Then there is a steep descent to Banthanti with few teahouses. Another 1.5 hrs walk through forests with short ups and downs will take you to Tadapani.

  • Meals: B
  • Budget Lodging: Local lodge

Day 8 : Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk (1955m) 3 hrs trek (5 Kms)

Visiting: Annapurna

Ghandruk is one of the most popular and beautiful village of Annapurna regions. It is second largest Gurung village of Nepal and supplies a considerable number of British Gorkha soldiers. There is headquarter of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) with a visitor center and daily documentary shows about the area.

  • Meals: B
  • Budget Lodging: Local lodge

Day 9 : from Ghandruk to Nayapul (1700m) 6-7 hrs trek (10-11 Kms) and drive back to Pokhara

Visiting: Annapurna - Pokhara

Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul via Birethanti which takes about six hours. You begin your trail following gentle flat path passing through forests, rocks and terraces. After Kimche (1638m.) the trail descends through human settlements and terraces up to Seuli Bazaar. From here, the trail moves along the bank of Modi Khola to Birethanti. En route, you pass through forests, rice terraces, waterfalls and green scenarios. Birethanti is a small town with few lodges, shops and human settlements. Now you walk for almost twenty minutes through flat path up to Nayapul (New Bridge). Here you board our private vehicle to drive back to your hotel in Pokhara which takes approximately one and half hours and where you will be having a well deserved day rest.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel Trek-o-Tel or similar
  • Luxury Lodging: Fishtail Lodge

Day 10 : Fly Back to Kathmandu and sightseeing in Kathmandu

Visiting: Kathmandu

Visit to Patan City, Bungamati and Khokana

Patan: It is 5 km / 3 miles away from Kathmandu city. Patan also known as Lalitpur is the city of fine arts, enclosed within 4 stupas said to be built in 3rd century AD, by Emperor Ashoka. You will see the Durbar Square, the Patan Durbar which houses a bronze collection, the Krishna Temple built by King Siddhi Narsingh Malla, Hiranya Varna Mahavihar and Mahaboudha Temple. A trip to The Tibetan Refugee Camp and the Handicraft Center will also be done while visiting Patan, where you will witness the hand weaving of Tibetan carpets and molding of metal statues.

Bungamati: A typical Newari village, lying 11km / 7 miles south of Kathmandu, founded in 7 the century AD, possesses one of the most important God of Kathmandu Valley known as Matsyendrantha: the God of Rain and compassion, worshiped equally by Hindus and Buddhists. He was accredited by the people for introducing rice plantation in the valley. A tour of this village combined with Khokana imprints, a beautiful impression on the visitors mind through it?s set up and primitive way of living.

Khokana: Khokana is a small Newari Village on the Southern Flank of Kathmandu Valley and about 11km/7miles from Kathmandu City established in 7th century AD by the mighty Licchhavi rulers of Nepal. It is a unique village in the whole of Kathmandu Valley because of its aloofness from modern civilization.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel Tibet
  • Luxury Lodging: Dwarika's Hotel

Day 11 : Departure from Kathmandu

Visiting: Kathmandu

Breakfast will be served early morning at the hotel and you will then be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

  • Meals: B

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