Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek - 9 Days


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Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is a great opportunity for just about everyone to experience the beauty of the Himalayas with little or no difficulty. This easy trekking route has no strenuous climbs and the hikes are pretty straightforward. Enjoy this beautiful trek to the vantage point and soak into the stunning views of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre peaks. 

The trek to Ghorepani and Poonhill can be completed in two ways, either with a drive or with a hike from the half way. Usually, the hike is the most suitable and recommended one as it offers glimpses of the real Nepal. However, the drive also exerts the same properties and is suitable for people running short on time.  

This trekking trip starts with a long tiring drive along the Prithvi Highway to the Cherrapunji of Nepal, Pokhara. From there, drive further to get to Nayapul for the start of the trek. From there, it is an easy hike until we get to Ghorepani and Poohill. Besides such villages, the village of Ghandruk also exert fantastic views of the Annapurna Massif. Ghandruk is called by many as the most photogenic place on the Annapurna Region.  

Most of the hikes in the Annapurna Regiontakes us through the villages with Gurung and Magar religion. This trek offers its visitors some insights on the way of living of the brave Gurung and Magar locality.  

With the major attraction of this trek being the sunrise view from above the Poonhill, you will be able to have a rewarding 360-degree show of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges. This trek has also been called the Photographer's Paradise as the views from this location exert a truly heavenly beauty.  


Welcome to the land of the Himalayas. Our company representative will escort you to your hotel. You will be provided with all the detailed information about your trip. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Early in the morning, you will drive to Pokhara after having your breakfast. Upon our arrival at Pokhara you will be moved to the hotel for check-in purposes. Rest of the day free on own. You can relax at your hotel, stroll around Lakeside area or complete your last minute shopping. Overnight stay at Hotel in Pokhara.

After breakfast you will drive to Nayapul. The small village is the starting point of the trek. Just follow the Modi Khola (River) through picturesque farmlands and rice terraces to get to Tikhedhunga. Overnight at tea house lodge in Tikhedhunga.

Fuel yourself up with a delicious and nutritious rural delicacy. From today, the real trekking starts as you will have to hike up and down the strenuous hills of the region. Start with a steep climb on the 3500 stone steps to reach Ulleri. Further hike uphill will end the strenuous trail and make the trail easier. After a few hours of trekking, you will reach Ghorepani. Along the trail, experience the beautiful views of the Rhododendron forest, diverse flora and fauna and the scenic hillside. Overnight at tea house lodge in Ghorepani.

Today, we will start at pre-dawn. Hike along the steep stairs to get to Poon Hill. The hike will take us about an hour. The sunrise views from the stunning viewpoint are breathtaking. Poon Hill is one of the best vantage points in the Annapurna Region. Enjoy the 360-degree views of the high Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks with uninterrupted sights. During the spring, the hillside of the surrounding areas gets covered with stunning palettes of red color with the blooming of Rhododendron. This photogenic place has been staying as one of the highlights of this trek. After breakfast, you will continue the trek on an easy walk to Tadapani through the dense forest alongside green hills and diverse wildlife. Overnight at tea house in Tadapani. 

You can enjoy your breakfast then head towards your destination Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a Gurung village surrounded by amazing mountains such as the Annapurna and Machhaouchhre. The village is famous for its well preserved typical Gurung lifestyle and the traditional festivals. You can feel the warm hospitality of the Gurung community. Overnight at tea house in Ghandruk.

After breakfast trek down towards Nayapul via Birethanti. Your vehicle will be standing by to drive you back to Pokhara. Rest of the day or explore around the Fewa Lake. Overnight stay at Hotel in Pokhara.

Today, you will return to the Kathmandu Valley by a tourist bus. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be guided back to your hotel. Freshen up and stroll around the Kathmandu Valley for souvenirs. Later, in the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a Nepalese Restaurant. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Your trip concludes. A Great Nepal representative will guide you to the airport some 3 hours before the flight. Have a safe journey ahead.

Inclusion

  • All transportation as per the itinerary including airport transfers except Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu by Tourist Bus. (SIC basis)
  • Two nights of accommodation with breakfast in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara on twin/sharing basis. Upgrades are available at an additional cost.
  • Accommodation in the best available lodges, guesthouses, and tea houses, during trekking days using twin sharing/dormitory rooms. Upgrades to private rooms may be available upon request for an additional charge.
  • Three meals a day followed by tea/coffee while on trekking days. All included meals are notated as B-Breakfast, L-Lunch and D-Dinner)
  • Government licensed English speaking guide throughout the entire trek with his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine, and transportation costs included. Tipping is a personal statement of your satisfaction of their service.
  • The required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek with his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine. (02Trekkers:01Porter)
  • Annapurna conservation’s park fees and TIMS (Trekker Information Management System) and other necessary permits.
  • Complementary farewell dinner with cultural show and authentic Nepalese cuisine.
  • First aid medical kit.
  • Necessary service charges and government taxes.

Exclusion

  • Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our treks. This must include helicopter rescue, medical testing, treatment, and hospitalization expenses. You will be asked to provide proof of such coverage upon arrival and before departing on the trek.
  • Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu and Pokhara. An average meal in just about any restaurant will run about $5 - $10 depending on what you order. Western oriented restaurants may be a bit more.
  • You are responsible for snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, drinking water and personal expenses along the way. Wi-Fi access lodges (if available), for hot showers, towels, laundry or other services may be available along the way at posted rates.  
  • All personal trekking gear while trekking.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Nepal entry visa cost. Most visitors can can obtain a visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa is good for 30 days and costs US$ 40 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained for US$ 100. Please bring 2 passport-size photos.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like(natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances)
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver.  While tipping is not mandatory it is highly appreciated.
  • Any other items not mentioned in the included section.

All of our SET DATE tours are GROUP TOURS and you will share the adventure with others. From experience we have learned that most trekkers enjoy the company of others and sharing the excitement adds to the adventure. If your travel plans match up with our pre-planned dates this is great way to save a bit of money and get the same experience.

If your planned arrival and depart dates do not match our pre-planned excursion dates, ALL of our itineraries can be fully customized to meet your time frame, active level, interest, and budget. Customized plans are private tours and prices may be a bit higher. Simply let us know when you plan to arrive and depart and we will be happy to quote you a fully private and customized itinerary.

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To enable all expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. This will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness

Although our guides carry first aid medical kit, it is better to carry a supply of first aid items for your own personal use according to your health conditions. Here are the list of some general as well as some special medications you may require:
- Antiseptic cream (Betadine)
- Sunblock SPF 30+
- Throat lozenges
- Painkillers and anti-inflammatory such as Aspirin, Paracetamol, Ibuprofen etc.
- Band-aids, bandage, compression bandage and 'Second Skin' for blisters
- Re-hydration salts. (Trioral, Electrobin, Oral Rehydrating Salt)
- Dextrose glucose tablets
- Water treatment tablets
- Your prescription medications
- Antibiotics for longer climbing and expedition style tripsdfsiosdfiajsf

You will be affected by high altitude problems if it is your fist trip at a high altitude. The altitude has some important beneficial effects on the human body and your trips have been designed to enable these. Please familiarize yourself with the information on AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and understand how to avoid it and read on benefits of high altitude and take advantage of these to improve your body' metabolism.

Altitude sickness is the reaction of the body adjusting to decreasing amounts of oxygen. The high altitude slowly decreases the flow of oxygen means the higher you climb, the flow of oxygen is very thin resulting the malfunction of body. Altitude sickness most commonly occurs from above 2,800 meters (9,200ft) but this is different for everyone - there is simply no way of knowing your own susceptibility prior to being at altitude thus it is vital for you to monitor your own health. AMS occurs when the body is unable to adopt at the higher altitude having less amount of oxygen. At an altitude of 5490m (18000 ft.), the oxygen availability becomes just the half of the availability at sea level. While only a third of oxygen is available at the summit of Mt. Everest. Symptoms may be mild and subside/go away after a day's rest, or if it is ignored it could lead to death.

Symptoms can appear within 1-2 hours although most often appear 6-10 hours after ascent and generally subside in 1-2 days as the body adjusts to altitude. They may reappear as you continue to go higher. Symptoms of AMS usually occur gradually and can be one or a combination of the following:
• Headache: Due to the less amount of oxygen in air, the blood influences the blood vessels to spread wide in order to supply more oxygen to the brain and which cause them to show the early symptom of AMS.
• Dopiness: The trekkers or climbers feel very sleepy but could not.
• Shortness of breath: The breathing pattern changes as the breathing becomes faster and deeper than normal in order to get enough oxygen and rapid pulse
• Loss of appetite and nausea: Despite of physical exercise, the trekkers don’t have an appetite to eat. They will feel as if they want to vomit.
• Pins and Needles: Sensation of a limbs falling asleep.
• Fatigue: Physical pressure while trekking the long hours followed by Insomnia shows the next symptom of AIMS which is fatigue.
• Dizziness: A feeling of falling down, it is the early symptoms of AMS.
• Malaise: Malaise is the feeling of being sick which is also one of the symptoms of AMS.
• Swelling of hands, feet & face: Due to the accumulation of fluids, the tissues swell which is also one of the symptoms of AMS.

Symptoms associated with more severe Acute Mountain Sickness includes:

  • Cyanosis (alteration of skin color into bluish or purplish)
  • Chest tightness or congestion
  • Confusion
  • Coughing up blood
  • Decreased consciousness or withdrawal from social interaction
  • Grey or pale complexion
  • Inability to walk in a straight line, or to walk at all
  • Shortness of breath at rest

At high altitude, all people will experience some of the above symptoms in a mild form. If the body is unable to adjust to altitude these symptoms will persist and if they are left untreated, altitude sickness may progress to High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) or High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). Edema means simply fluid accumulation in your interstitial body tissues. Both HACE and HAPE can be fatal if ignored.

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)
If one accumulates of fluid in the lungs and mild fever then, there is a chance of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). The filling of fluid in the lungs is Pulmonary Edema. The fluid blocks the passage of fresh oxygen to get into the lungs which causes the shortage of oxygen. Though the exact reason for the HAPE has not been identified, scientists think that pressure of blood vessel around the lungs is directly proportional to the altitude. As a result the smaller blood vessels leak allowing the fluid to escape to the lungs. The treatment for the HAPE victims is to give the oxygen at the rate of 4 liters a minute, using Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC). In case of unavailability of PAC bag or oxygen, one is taken down to the low altitude which is the only way of life-saving. HAPE can also lead to unconsciousness which may also results to death in a short period of time.

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)
HACE is the accumulation of fluid in the brain due of the swollen blood vessels to the brain. HACE is also seen within a couple of hours and can send the patient to coma and take his/her life in just few hours likewise to HAPE. The excessive flow of blood to the brain due to the low-level oxygen causes vasodilation which eventually leads to leakage of blood vessels to the brain. A 4 to 8mg of dexamethasone is given as a first dose to those who suffer from such sickness and then 4mg Diamox is given an every six hours gap. Similarly, 2-4 liters/minute oxygen is given and one is taken to down if it is necessary.

- Breathlessness
- A dry cough, developing to a wet one with blood-tinged discharge or saliva
- Tightness in the chest & blueness/darkness of face, lips & tongue
- Low fever up to 38°C/100°F
- Severe fatigue, progressing to coma

- Severe headache symptoms not relieved by painkillers or lying down
- Confusion, disorientation & drowsiness
- Nausea/vomiting
- Loss of balance or coordination
- Blurred or double vision/retinal hemorrhage

Certain medical conditions (such as respiratory disease) or medications (such as sleeping pills) can increase the risk of altitude sickness - it is important that you inform your guide of any medical conditions or medications before ascending to altitude. You can help your body to acclimatize and avoid altitude sickness by:

  • Avoiding alcohol, tobacco and substances that can interfere with good delivery of oxygen to the body or cause dehydration
  • Eating small, frequent meals high in carbohydrates
  • Drinking plenty of water – the test of sufficient amount of water intake is ability to urinate colorless urine
  • Taking it easy or have a rest. Walk at a slower pace than you would at sea level and avoid over-exertion
  • Climb the mountain gradually and stop for a day or two of rest for every 600m/2000ft above 2,400m/8000ft
  • Climb high but Sleep at a lower altitude if possible
  • Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness

Most travelers are able to successfully acclimatize by following the previously mentioned guidelines. However, there are instances where medical treatment is required. Ultimately, the best treatment for acute mountain sickness (AMS) is to descend to a lower altitude and rest. Early diagnosis is important. Acute mountain sickness is easier to treat in the early stages. The guide will monitor you all the time for symptoms and will pace you appropriately to minimize your exposure to AMS.Cooperating with the guide and reporting if any of the above-described symptoms are seen allows your guide to undertaking appropriate and timely action to minimize your exposure to AMS.  Sufficient time for acclimatization (After 3000 meters) is also another method to minimize AMS. Following precautions can be done in order to get rid of AMS:

• Don’t ascent up rapidly.
• Never use alcohol, sleeping pills and smoking.
• Drink more fluid 3-4 liters a day, clean boiled water / tea / coffee / soup / juice etc.
• Climb high and sleep low.
• Don’t go trekking alone, take guide/porter.
• Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local people, guidebook.
• Descent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.
• Never leave or descent sick person along.
• Avoid getting cold.
• Take an easy and comfortable trekking route even if it is longer.
• Sleep more than normal.

Your Guide will carry some medications in First Aid Kit and may suggest for medication such as Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, combination of them or specific AMS medication. Standard and effective medication for prevention of AMS is Acetazolamide (Diamox) and it may be given to help improve breathing and reduce mild symptoms. This drug can cause increased urination. Ensure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug.With severe cases of AMS, our guide will contact our office in Kathmandu and arrange your evacuation by helicopter. Before we accept you on the trek we will require that you purchase health and travel insurance including helicopter rescue and hospitalization.

You never know when the unexpected situation comes and put you in hearse condition.  So such cases you will be rescued by Helicopter. You are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation. So, before coming to Nepal, please make your travel insurance. Ask your guide to arrange a runner to the nearest communication point and inform office about requirement of a helicopter. For evacuation, we require the name of the sick person and the exact location from where helicopter can airlift you. You should not leave the place after calling Helicopter for evacuation though you are feeling better than before.

On the trek, there is a facility of purchasing safe drinking water in teahouses.It is better if you carry the water purifying pills on your own. On camping trek, the water will be treated with Potassium permanganate or Iodine. On the trail, water from the streams is safe to drink, but better not to use it directly for drinking.

Security and a safe journey is our core objective of trekking. Our guide holds licenses issued by the Nepal Government and our staffs are local, honest, kind and genuine. But we also insist you to take care of your own personal belongings. If you are on ‘camping trek’ please take your main bag inside the tent once you reach campsite and put all bags and belongings in the middle of the tent when you feel sleepy. Your guide assigns a Sherpa on turn wise basis to guard the campsite throughout the night. If you are on ‘Tea house arrangement, never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out.

Accomodation

You will be staying in 3 star hotels (as mentioned in itinerary) while you are in  Kathmandu and Pokhara. While visiting the rural areas, especially high altitudes, you will be staying in teahouses. It is important to note that teahouses are small lodges run by locals and are a very popular type of accommodation in high altitudes and rural areas. They tend to be quite on the cheaper side and only offer limited services.It is important to be open-minded and not expect all the services you get in city areas. The rooms are typically small with twin beds, clean blanket, pillow and bed sheet. Normally people tend to carry their own sleeping bags for sanitary reasons. The only area, that is usually heated is the dining area, so be ready to face some cold night. Toilets in teahouses are typical squat-style and are very small but clean. Likewise, hot water is not available, but you can easily get some for a small fee. If you have any other questions related to accommodation, food, and other details during your visit to Nepal, you can always contact our operators who are available 24X7 at your service. 

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Trip Facts

  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Trip Grade: Moderate Moderate
  • Country: Nepal
  • Region: Annapurna
  • Max. Altitude: 3210m/10531ft
  • Best Season: Spring/Autumn
  • Group Size: Min 2 Pax
  • Trip Start/Ends: Kathmandu
  • Trek Style: Tea House Trek
  • Transportation: Domestic Air/ Land transportation

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Trip highlights

  • Experience Typical Gurung and Magar lifestyle
  • Gateway to Annapurna Santuary Trek
  • Unobstructed view of Annapurna I (8,091m.) Annapurna II (7,937m.) Annapurna IV (7,525m.) and Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Hiunchuli (6,441m.) Lamjung Himal (6,586m.) Machhapucchre (6,993m.) and Ganesh Himal (7,446m)
  • Magnificent Pokhara valley known as City of Lakes

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