Ghorepani Rhododendron Trek

Unique Adventure International
  • 13 days
    (Duration)
  • Moderate
    (Difficulty)
  • 4.9
    (Rating)
  • Hilly
    (Terrain)

Ghorepani Trek is well-known for easier route for trekking in Annapurna region. The trek takes you through beautiful Modi khola valley to the Poon-hill, with the paranomic view of Annapurna. Poon Hill lies in the central point of Annapurna peaks, Mt. Dhaulagiri (north), Machhapuchhr and the valley (south).


Description

The valley is living place for the Nepalese ethnic groups Magars and Gurungs. While heading down to Pokhara, we pass through old village of Gurungs, Ghandruk . This place is beautiful and we can even experience its age old tradition and culture. Ghorepani Poon Hill, at the altitude of 3120m is a tea house trek in which we observe the magnificent view of Dhaulagiri , Mt Annapurna I, II, III, IV, and other higher mountains.

You will also have a chance to experience villages inhabited of Magars and Gurungs, terraced slopes, ethnic groups people and rhododendron forest. The amazing panorama view and the sunrise will be a jawdropping moment.


Attributes

Experience of guide

All guides have more than 15 years of trekking

Certifications of guide

Certified by Nepal Mountaineering Association, Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management, First Aid Medical Training etc.

No of porters per client

1 porter for 2 clients

Max group size

15

Type of food

Breakfast, lunch and dinner as per the company policy


Itinerary

  • Day 01 : Arrival at Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport

    On your arrival, our airport representative will greet you and transfer you to the hotel. You will have a leisure day after. Traditional Nepalese dinner at the restaurant and enjoy the cultural programme. Overnight at hotel.

  • Day 02 : Sightseeing at Kathmandu valley

    Breakfast in the early morning and we will head towards our sightseeing. We will visit Swayambhu, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and the Durbar Squares. Briefing for the coming trek is done in afternoon. Overnight in a hotel.

  • Day 03 : Drive or flight to Pokhara

    Breakfast at the hotel and head to Pokhara by flight or by vehicle. After reaching you will taken to hotel and have a leisure afternoon. You can visit around the lakeside or go for boating at Fewa Lake. Overnight in the hotel.

  • Day 04 : Drive to Nayapool and start trek to Tikhedhunga/Ulleri

    Today, a 42 km drive for nearly 1.5 hours will take you to a place called Nayapool by car. Then, the trek begins by ascending through the beautiful rice, millet and maze farms of local people. Walking all along the major trail of Birethanti allows us to pass through beautiful petite waterfalls. The path takes us to Sudami and then we gradually walk by the side of valley and reach at Hile. Eventually, after half an hour walk we will reach at Tikhedhunga for overnight stay or we can further climb 3000 stone steps to reach Ulleri from Tikhedhunga.

  • Day 05 : Trek to Ghorepani

    Today, we will walk from Ulleri to reach Ghorepani, one of the renowned spot of Annapurna region situated at an altitude of 2856 meters. Our hike simply moves up to Banthanti (which is 2250 m above the sea level) going across oak and rhododendron forest. We keep on trekking until we reach to our ultimate destination Ghorepani through Nangethanti (2460m). Later we will be staying overnight in a hotel after trekking for almost 5 hours.

  • Day 06 : Trek to Poonhill (early in the morning to see the Himalayan and sunrise views) and to Tadapani

    Early morning we march to Poonhill (3195m) where nature allows us to view the striking mountains and beautiful sunrise. After an hour, we descend from Poonhill and continuously walk to Tadapani taking around 6 hours. Tadapani exactly refers to 'Far water' which means water is provided in this village from far away. The track rise all along ridges and through rhododendron, pine woods to Deurali. We descend arrive at Banthanti, walk further on the twisting way to Tadapani and stay overnight.

  • Day 07 : Trek to Ghandruk

    On this day, our journey takes us Ghandruk which takes almost 4 hours. It is considered as one of the most inspiring village, the home of Gurung people. The track primarily passes through forest. And we stay overnight at Ghandruk. The program will manage by Unique Adventure International.

  • Day 08 : Trek to Deurali/Pothana

    Today we pass through the village of Landrung and reach several viewpoints like Tolka, Deurali and ultimately to Pothana where the view of Himalaya ranges can be mesmerizing. The hotels and lodges in Pothana are found in the thick forest and the overnight stay can be much more exciting and new experience.

  • Day 09 :Trek to Phedi back to Pokhara

    Early in the morning, we will start our trek and walk through various other viewpoints and reach to Dhampus. We are allowed to see some more beautiful sceneries and villages and eventually arrive at Phedi and drive back to Pokhara.

  • Day 10 : Exploring Pokhara valley

    Early in the morning, beautiful sunrise view from Sarangkot, some major spots like Patale Chhango (Davis fall), Mahendra Cave, Chamero (Bat) Cave, KI Singh Pool and other places as per your choice will be explored today. And stay overnight at hotel.

  • Day 11 : Drive/fly back to Kathmandu

    Leaving behind the magnificent countryside early in the morning and travelling for 6 hours we return back to Kathmandu. We can either take a vehicle for a drive or fly back from the beautiful city Pokhara. On arrival at Kathmandu you will be shifted to the hotel. You can then relax for rest of the day and stay overnight at hotel.

  • Day 12 : Free day in Kathmandu

    We can go around Kathmandu valley, if some important places have been missed according to your choices. After the hectic schedules of trek, today you can either go for shopping or have a day rest before departing from Nepal.

  • Day 13 : Departure on your destination

    This is your last day, our airport representative of Unique Adventure International will drop you to the airport and you will depart from Nepal.


Includes

  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and tourist standard hotel in Pokhara with breakfast as per the programme.
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) with hot beverage and snacks whilst on trekking.
  • Cosy guesthouse accommodation whilst on trekking.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permit and Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) fees.
  • An experienced fluent English speaking guide, trained and licenced by the Government of Nepal Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation.
  • Highly experienced trekking porter.
  • Staff food, accommodation, clothing, salary & insurance.
  • All necessary ground transportation.
  • Airport transfers.
  • All governmental procedure.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at typical Nepali restaurant.

Excludes

  • Meals at Kathmandu.
  • Personal nature expenses.
  • Bar and beverage bills.
  • Your Travel Insurance.
  • Rescue & Evacuation.
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff.

Accommodation

  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and tourist standard hotel in Pokhara with breakfast as per the programme.
  • Cosy guest house accommodation whilst on trekking.

Tansport

  • Transport from and to the Kathmandu Airport is included in the package
  • Drive or Flight from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu is included.

Location

Reporting at Kathmandu, Nepal


Reviews

3 Reviews

Laura Bartlett Jurica

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My husband and I, who prefer to travel independently, wanted to do a short trek in Nepal while we were there on a 2 week vacation. We didn't really want to do a group tour but felt it important to have a guide on the trek. I knew we could book after we got to Nepal and probably get a better deal but with so little vacation time I didn't want to waste any of our valuable time in Nepal negotiating something that I could do online.

We try to be responsible travelers so we wanted to use a company that was based in Nepal that all the money spent on the trek would go to Nepalese people. We also wanted a company that took care of its guides. We got several quotes and Unique Adventures International with Khum Subedi had the best offer that covered all of our requirements. After a lot of research we decided on the Poon Hill/Ghorepani trek a circuit leaving out of Nayapul. I was so pleased with the communication and the attention to detail that we decided to do the one splurge on our trip and book a private car for the longer legs of the non-treking portions of our 2 week vacation, a private car from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Pokhara to Chitwan and Chitwan to Kathmandu. I was so pleased with all of my decisions. They were so attentive to detail.

Khum arrived at our hotel in Kathmandu on the day that the car was taking us from Kathmandu to Pokhara. He introduced us to Chris our trek guide and Ram our driver. The fully air-conditioned 4 door SUV was roomy and had plenty of space for the two of us, our guide and all of our luggage. As someone on a budget I was hoping the private car was worth the extra money. Let me say unequivocally this was the best decision. First, my husband often gets motion sick on a bus and the roads in Nepal would have definitely contributed to this. Secondly, traffic is like nothing you have ever seen before. The private car made it a lot easier to pass oversized trucks and busses on the road. The 4 wheel drive got us safely through pot holes the size of swimming pools and rock piles from road construction work. I would say having this ability on the mountainous roads cut our time in half. When you only have a short amount of time those hours spent in a bus are worth every penny on a private car. Not to mention the comfort of being able to stretch out, have access to anything in your bags, the ability to stop to take a photo and being able to stop at a local roadside place to eat instead of one of the mass producing tourist bus restaurants for food. We had thought about doing flights which were even more expensive than the private car. The flights would have only been 30 minutes but when you think about having to be at the airport hours before to check in, worrying about restrictions on your luggage, possibilities of flight changes, having to pick up your luggage and getting transport to and from the airport most likely you would waste more time at the airport.

The trek portion was amazing! We did the Poon Hill Ghorepani circuit for 5 days with Chris as our guide. He was fantastic. He knew how to push us to make sure we made good time but was also aware when we just couldn't go any further without a rest. This was so important for two people that live at sea level and don't have any hills or mountains to prepare for the altitude and the uphill climbs. He was very patient with us being very inexperienced and older trekkers. (I turned 46 while in Chitwan on this trip) He shared with us information about Nepal that gave us an inside look into the culture that we would not have gotten any other way. He was a great conversationalist and a pleasure to talk with. You could do the Poon Hill trek without a guide. Most of the trek is labeled well but I am glad we had Chris. Having him as a guide gave us so many advantages. He had an eye on the weather and even though May leads into Monsoon season we didn't get caught in the rain once. Being familiar with the weather patterns he could gauge how much time we had, when we needed to start in the morning and when we needed to arrive. He also knew when to time a tea break because he knew when an especially hard part of the trek was coming up and made sure we had a little refresh before starting. He also knew the teahouses and we had a room waiting for us when we arrived from a long day tired and hungry. We didn't have to waste time or energy negotiating a teahouse. It also seemed like he always pushed us to the further teahouses so we were just a little closer to the beginning of the next day's trail. This was especially nice for the trek up Poon Hill in the early morning to catch the sunrise.

I would feel comfortable recommending Unique Adventures to friends and family and would love to use them again. I also recommend Nepal as a destination for any adventurers out there. They have everything from Trekking the Himalayas, white water rafting, parasailing, bungee jumping, bird watching, and safaris and I am sure that Unique Adventures International and Khum Subedi would be happy to help you plan any of it.

Tristan Cox

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I went to Nepal with my girlfriend this September. We didn't know about a lot of things as neither of us had been to Nepal before and we hadn't been properly hiking either and it was very difficult to know what to choose and plan. So we were very lucky to find Unique Adventure International! Right from the start Khum, the director, was very friendly, informative, quick to reply and made everything so easy. He gave us a detailed itinerary, responded to numerous questions with all the information we needed and changed the itinerary according to our specific needs. He arranged everything we needed such as travel to and from the airport, an internal flight, meeting our guide before and discussing everything with us, as well as helping us with various other smaller things.

About the trek itself... We decided to do the Poonhill Trek as we read that this is relatively one of the easiest treks and not too long so we could comfortably fit it into our holiday, but still with a lot to see and do. It was absolutely amazing with some of the most breathtaking scenery I've ever seen! Everything on the itinerary was really well thought out, the accommodation and food was really nice, and we enjoyed every moment. I'd really like to say a special thanks to Venn Dong our guide, who I'd highly recommend to anyone travelling to Nepal and Darma, our porter. They both did an excellent job and were always friendly and helpful throughout the trip, as well as teaching us about Nepal and different things we were curious about.

Now that I've had my first experience of Nepal I'm planning to go back a lot in the future and I'll definitely be using Unique Adventure International and Venn's services again!

Chich Choe

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Me and my boyfriend had a really nice trip in Nepal this September and Unique Adventure International arranged our trek very well. We stayed at nice teahouses, had nice food and saw lots of beautiful places. Venn, our tour guide, and Darma, our porter, did a really great job. They have got really good experience and always helped us throughout the trip. I really highly recommend them if you are going on a trip to Nepal!


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Ghorepani Trek is well-known for easier route for trekking in Annapurna region. The trek takes you through beautiful Modi khola valley to the Poon-hill, with the paranomic view of Annapurna. Poon Hill lies in the central point of Annapurna peaks, Mt. Dhaulagiri (north), Machhapuchhr and the valley (south).
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