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Annapurna Base Camp Poon Hill Trek - 9 Days

Annapurna Base Camp Poon Hill Trek
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Annapurna region is one of the most popular trekking destinations in the world. A wide range of trails are on offer here, from charming three-day village treks in the Annapurna foothills to month-long combinations of the high-altitude Annapurna Circuit and Sanctuary trails. And if you want to beat the crowds, there are some excellent under-the-radar treks up the Khopra and Mardi Himal ridges. Rarely is mountain trekking this easy and this spectacular.

The Annapurna Himalayan (Ghorepani and Poon Hill) Trek starts and ends in Pokhara; a colourful foray into the Annapurna region. The Poon Hill trek will lead you closer to the breathtaking views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Mountain) and the Trans-Himalayan range.

In this trek you will devour not only the divine beauty of the Himalayas but you will get to experience the unique culture of the Magar and Gurung community residing in this area. The difficulty of the trek ranges from easy to medium, to an elevation of 3210 m. You will pass through dense forests of Oak trees and Rhododendrons and picturesque indigenous villages.

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu [1300 m/4264 ft]

Your anticipated adventure begins upon arrival at Kathmandu. After going through the customs at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by Arihant Holidays representative. From the airport you will be escorted to your Hotel whereintraditional Nepali dinner and a cultural program will be waiting for you. A feast for your palates and eyes.

Day 2
Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

On the second day be ready for heritage galore. Kathmandu which once used to house three ancients cities is rich in its cultural heritage. You will have plenty to see of the Newari arts and culture after the breakfast. Your sightseeing for the day includes both heritage and pilgrimage sites all of which are counted in UNESCO world heritage sites.

Swayambhunath is a popular ancient Buddhist pilgrimage site, also known as the Monkey temple. Its structure is a white dome with a gold conical shape on top, which is painted with the watchful eyes of Buddha. A mythological story about origin of Swayambhu states that a lotus that radiated dazzling light sprung at the very spot where the dome is today.The lotus is said to have been planted by Buddha. After climbing 365 stairs that lead to the temple you can explore many legends and mythological stories about its existence.

Pashupatinath Temple is the popular pilgrimage site of the Hindus. The main temple is that of Lord Shiva. Though the temple is barred to non-Hindus a good view of the famous pagoda style structure of the temple complex, courtyard and the other shrines can be viewed from the opposite bank of the Bagmati River. Shiva’s manifestation as Pashupati lord of animal, is considered one of the holiest sites of the Hindus and is a must visit once in a lifetime to gain salvation. You can also see the Hindus cremation site Aryaghat at the bank of Bagmati River.

Boudhanath is the largest and the most important holy place for the Buddhists. It is also famous for its power to fulfill wishes and blessings. The base of the stupa is a square shaped terraced plinth representing joy, love, compassion and calmness. The white dome shaped structure on top is painted with yellow to represent lotus. Above which a square tower representing fire is painted with eyes of Buddha. On top of it is the gold conical shaped structure representing air and followed by an umbrella on topmost part symbolizing space.

Kathmandu (Hanuman Dhoka) Durbar Square Is a public square containing ancient palaces, temples, statues and streets. There is an ancient wood pavilion Kasthamandap made by wood gathered from a divine tree, KalpaVriksha, build centuries ago. It is this pavilion from which the city got its name Kathmandu. Taleju temple is the oldest and the tallest building in the area, door of which is opened only once in a year during the festival of Dashain. The buildings in the durbar square are important link to the history of Nepal. Hanuman Dhoka is the name given after idol of Hindu monkey god Hanuman which is placed near the entrance of the ancient palace. At Kathmandu you will get to marvel the traditional art and crafts of theNewars, in the form of intricate wood work, sculptors and architecture.

As you go for sightseeing, don’t get carried away as you may have to purchase the gears that you might require for the trekking. The stores equipped with trekking gears can be spotted easily at Thamel, couple of minute walk from Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square. You will spend this night in Kathmandu, however finish packing and be well rested for the next day.

Day 3
Fly to Pokhara, Trek to Ulleri

After a scrumptious meal you will check out and head towards the domestic airport for your flight to Pokhara. After landing in Pokhara you will be taken to Nayapul, 45 minute drive from the airport. From Nayapul the trekking will commence. It will be a low altitude trek from Nayapul (1070 m) to Ulleri(2010 m). The route will resemble medieval staircase going uphill, en route you will get to see beautiful Bhurung diKhhla and waterfalls. You will stop for lunch at a local guest house on the way. It will take you 4 to 6 hrs to reach Ulleri depending on the pace. Overnight stay at Ulleri,the weather will be chilly in the night.

Day 4

After a hearty breakfast at Ulleri, be ready for the trek to Ghorepani, comparatively bigger village in higher altitude (2860 m). You will pass through Magar village on the way.

Magars are the largest indigenous group of Nepal with their unique language, custom, culture and history. They are famous world over for their bravery and majority of the youth join British or Indian Gorkha regiment. You can see Magars on your trail. They have Mongoloid features and have their traditional outfits and ornaments. Men are seen wearing white photo, black waist coat, with loin cloth and black Nepali cap whereas the girls wear Chaubandi cholo (blouse), Phariya (long skirt), patuki (cloth belt) along with their traditional ornaments. They are nature worshippers though you may find influence of Hinduism.

You will get to experience not only the Magar culture but also the wilderness with wide variety of plant species along with Rhododendron forests. The trek to Ghorepani will take you about 5 hrs. You will rest overnight at the local guest house with warm bath and nutritious meal.

Day 5
Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Tadapani

Today you will have an early start before the breakfast to make it to the Poon Hill (3195 m) before dawn. You will witness the most spectacular sunrise from the top. As the golden rays of the sun hits snow clad Himalayas (Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri- phew!), you will get to marvel the breathtaking view of the mountains glittering with orange and blue hue. You will also see the natural border between Nepal and Tibet formed by Kali Gandaki Gorge from here. Ghorepani to Poon hill a short hike of an hour.

After the Poon Hill you will return to your lodging for a scrumptious breakfast. Thereafter begins your downhill descend to Tadapani (2700 m). You will stay overnight at Tadapani.

Day 6
Tadapani to Ghandruk

Rise and Shine with the sun!Soaking in the spectacular view of Machhapuchre (fishtail mountain) enjoy your breakfast. Ghandruk trail is a steep descent of 720 m and may take you 2-3 hours. The trek will be through mossy thicket. You will arrive at a picturesque Gurung village, with traditional houses.

Gurungs are the dominant ethnic group settled in Ghandruk and upper hills of the country. The village architecture holds testimony for their heritage.Gurungs practice their ancient Bon religion; however you can find heavy influence of Buddhism and Hinduism. There are shrines, monuments and museums to see if you are interested to know about their cultural heritage. Gurungs have their own language, dances, songs, rituals, costumes and ornaments. You may get to observe Rodi- a playful group activity of Gurung youths involving songs, dance and teasing.

You will stay overnight at Ghandruk where along with traditional dinner you will be feasted with cultural performances.

Day 7
Ghandruk to Pokhara

The next morning after breakfast, you will descent downhill towards Pokhara. The trek will be ascent and descent from one hill to the other. You will cross beautiful springs and river en route. As you tread on you will come through clearings and pastures. You will pass through Dhampus where you will observe beautifully cultivated lands. Your trekking trip will end in Phedi from where you will take a ride to Pokhara.

At Pokhara you will have plenty of time see Pokhara. There are many places to see in Pokhara like Davis Falls, Mahendra cave, Seti gorge to name a few. If you are not too tired then you can take a stroll down the lakeside and enjoy the serene Phewa Lake with few drinks.

Day 8
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

This morning after breakfast you will end your beautiful journey as you take a bus drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. The distance is 133 miles(215 km) the trip will take you approximately 8 hours. The highway snakes through the low lying hills. You will get to observe beautiful green rivers that will give you company until you near Kathmandu. Dinner will be waiting for you along with a cultural program. Overnight stay at Kathmandu.

Day 9
Transfer to Airport

After your breakfast, the journey to the land of mountains will end here. You will check out from the hotel and will be dropped at the airport. Your plane takes off giving you the spectacular view of the beautiful Himalayas which touched your life and gave you a memory that will last a life time. You leave with a promise to come back again to Mystical Nepal.

Inclusive

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • 3 nights in 4-star hotel in Kathmandu (Shanker Hotel or similar standard) & 2 night in 3 star hotel in Pokhara (both on B.B basis)
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • All accommodation and meals during the trek
  • A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees
  • Tourist Coach Tickets (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu)
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

Exclusive

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara(and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

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