Arriving at Poon Hill before dawn, to watch the sun slowly illuminate an expanse of majestic peaks stretching from the Annapurna range to Dhaulagiri, will undoubtedly be recalled as one of the most memorable experiences of your life. The vista from Poon Hill is considered on of the best in the Himalayas, if not one of the most spectacular viewpoints in the world. This is a moderate hike, the main challenge being the 3000 stone steps on the hill beneath the village of Ulleri. We’ll pass terraced farmlands and waterfalls on our way to Ghorepani, accompanied by the towering peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. After our unforgettable morning at Poon Hill, we descend to the beautiful Ghandruk village, Nepal’s second largest Gurung settlement, before our return to Pokhara. This is a moderate trek that includes a view of real Nepali culture, invigorating climbs, and some of the most beautiful scenery on earth.
- Airport pickup and drop off in private vehicle
- Hotel with included breakfast in Kathmandu
- Private transportation and government licensed guide while sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
- Entrance fees for attractions (UNESCO world heritage sites, museums, etc.) during sightseeing in Kathmandu
- Government licensed, experienced trekking guide and porters during trekking
- Insurance for trekking crew (guides and porters)
- Accommodations in tea-houses during trekking
- Three daily meals while trekking
- All required conservation fees and trekking permits (TIMS)
- Air ticket to and from Nepal from your point of origin
- Visa fee for entry into Nepal
- Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Personal insurance or cost of air rescue in the event of emergency
- Personal expenses (souvenirs, alcoholic beverages, hygiene items, staff tips, etc.)
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu.
Get received at the arrival area of Tribhuvan International Airport by a representative from Era Tours and transported to your designated hotel. Unwind from your flight and meet us in the evening for a welcome dinner at a traditional Nepalese restaurant.
Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing
Relax for the afternoon and enjoy a guided tour of Kathmandu’s unique attractions. We’ll spend the day exploring several of the city’s most famous cultural landmarks like the sacred Hindu pilgrimage site Pashupatinath on the banks of the Bagmati River, Swayambunath Stupa also known as The Monkey Temple, Bouddhanath – Nepal’s largest and most revered Buddhist stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square with numerous cultural and historical monuments scattered around the vicinity.
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara 823m/2700ft: 6 hours drive
We’ll depart Kathmandu this morning by private van or bus for Pokhara. The scenic drive will take us through scenic countryside to the famous lakeside city where we can relax for the evening and savor the spectacular mountain views over Fewa Lake.
Day 4: Drive from Pokhara to Naypul. Trek to Ulleri 2050m/6725ft: 1 hour drive and 6 hour walk.
A short drive from Pokhara will take us to the trailhead at Nayapul, from where we ascend gradually along the banks of the ModhiKhola, through subtropical forest and farmlands to Ulleri.
Day 5: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani 2750m/9020ft: 4 – 5 hours walk.
Continuing our ascent along the ModhiKhola, lush scenery surrounds us as we pass several hillside villages, stopping to rest in Ghorepani.
Day 6: Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill and Tadapani 2700m/8860ft: 5 – 6 hours walk.
An early morning wake up and vigorous climb to the top of Poon Hill awaits, accompanied by some of the most spectacular scenery in the Annapurnas. From Poon Hill, we’ll watch the sun rise over a maze of peaks spanning from Annapurna to Dhaulagiri. After enjoying the amazing view, we’ll cross over a nearby ridge, descending passed a series of waterfalls to Tadapani.
Day 7: Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk 1940m/6360ft: 3 – 4 hours walk.
A steep descent through thick forests of rhododendrons from Tadapani will be marked with excellent views of Machhapuchare, Annapurna south, and Huilchuli. We’ll arrive in Nepal’s second largest Gurung settlement, Ghandruk, a colorful village home to a bustling bazaar and cultural museum.
Day 8: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara: 4 hours walk and 1 hour drive.
We make a long descent today through terraced farmlands, villages, and stands of bamboo and rhododendron. Descending along a staircase-like series of stone slabs to Birethanti, we stop to rest before continuing on to Nayapul, the last walking stop on our journey. From here we board our bus for the hour drive to Pokhara.
Day 9: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 6 hour drive
After breakfast, we’ll board our bus bound for Kathmandu, arriving in the evening in time to relax in Thamel and enjoy a farewell dinner.
Day 10: Depart Kathmandu
Take care of any last minute shopping or sightseeing as time permits. You’ll be picked up at your hotel three hours prior to your departure flight. Thanks for traveling with Era Tours. Farewell and Namaste.