Senior Citizen Trekking to Ghorepani Poonhil - 16 Days
Grade: Easy/ Moderate
Season: Spring, summer and autumn
Important Note and Optional activities
Please note: all the trekking itineraries are flexible and can be revised in order to best meet your requirements i.e. your time, interests etc. Please make contact us if you have any special requirements or interest.
The trek to Ghorepani – Poon Hill (Pun Hill) is probably the most popular short trek in Nepal, it can be done in as little as five days. The benefit of this particular trek is from Pokhara it takes an hour of particular beauty by car to reach the trek start, within another hour you are not only witnessing some spectacular views of the mountains, you are also walking through charming villages, mainly inhabited by the Gurung & Magar ethnic groups. There are many dense (and very colorful in the spring) rhododendron forests to take in, full of birds and deep sub-tropical valleys to negotiate. If that were not enough, the magnificent Annapurna and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Peak) in particular, dominate the skyline.
A highlight of this trip is to make the climb of Poon Hill for some fantastic views of both the Dhaulagiri range and the Annapurna range. Dhaulagiri (8,167m) Annapurna (8,091m) along with numerous other peaks at sunrise is an unforgettable experience. The facilities found on the trail are of a better standard, with hot showers and great food. If you are pushed for time, or you do not want to spend all your time in the mountains, this trek is well worth considering. We have organized two itineraries dependent on your trekking time schedule.
|Day 1||Arrival in Kathmandu
Welcome and pick up from hotel / transfer to hotel / introductory program and trip briefing.
|Day 2||Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Sightseeing in Kathmandu visiting the major sites of interest / includes various monuments in Kathmandu of historic and cultural importance.
|Day 3||Fly to Pokhara
Fly to Pokhara / transfer hotel / Pokhara at leisure / overnight hotel.
Early breakfast / drive to Nayapul by private vehicle / approx 1.5 hours / then trek to Tikhedhunga 1520 m / approx 4 hours walking / overnight.
|Day 5||Birethanti to Tikhedhunga (4 hours)
The trail takes the left fork through the village and follows the north bank of the Burungdi Khola / trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille 1495m / short climb to reach Tikhedhunga at 1525m / short & relatively easy day /overnight.
|Day 6||Tikhedhunga to Banthanti (4 hours)
Climbing up a steep stone staircase / rather than trek one day to Ghorepani / we are taking two / stopping at Banthanti / overnight.
|Day 7||Banthanti to Ghorepani (3/4 hours)
We continue ascending to Ghorepani where we overnight / visit to Poon Hill very early in the morning 3210 m / stunning views of entire Annapurna range including Dhaulagiri and many more / back to Ghorepani / rest day for acclimatization / overnight guesthouse.
Visit to POON HILL early in the morning 3210 m/ stunning views of entire Annapurna range including Dhaulagiri and many more / back to Ghorepani / REST DAY for acclimatization / overnight guesthouse.
|Day 9||Trek to Tadapani2630m
Gentle up to a forested ridge and through rhododendron forest to Deurali / down through river bed (many birds) to Banthanti / ups and downs through forest to Tadapani /overnight.
|Day 10||Trek to Ghandruk 1940m.
Tadapani / short downhill / descend steeply through forests / the trail eases as we reach Ghandruk (2000m) / beautiful well preserved Gurung village /typical culture, costume, and life style / wonderful mountain views.
Trek to Jhinu, natural hot spring 1520m / approx 4/5 hours walking / enjoy the natural hot spring / overnight guesthouse.
Trek to Tolka 1700m / approx 5 hours / overnight guesthouse.
Trek to Dhampus 1750m / approx 4/5 hours / overnight guesthouse.
Trek to Phedi / approx 2 hours / drive back to Pokhara by private vehicle / overnight guesthouse.
Drive back to Kathmandu by private vehicle /enjoy the scenery and local villages along the way/ transfer to hotel.
Departure day / Transfer to airport / fly onward destination.