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  • Duration: 10 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

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek / Ghandruk Trek is a great opportunity for just about everyone to experience the beauty of the Himalayas without any difficult trekking.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is one of the most popular short treks in Nepal, best known for its mesmerizing sunrise and panoramic views of Annapurna Range. Ghorepani trek offers wonderful opportunities to explore the surroundings and understand the local communities there. The Gurung and Magar are traditional communities with unique very culture. Ghorepani and Ghandruk are two largest Gurung settlements in the Annapurna Region. This trek offers striking views of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Lamjung, Manaslu Range and many more making it a Photographers Paradise. The sunrise from Poon hill is will just take your breath away, making this one of the best treks. This trek is a fairly easy trek at low altitude that offers incredible scenery and stunning views of in particular Mt Annapurna and Mt Fish Tail. 


Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft)

Day 2: Full day Sightseeing Tour Kathmandu

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (200 km/6 hrs)

Day 4: Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Tikhedhunga (1525m/5003ft, 3 hrs)

Day 5: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2855m/9366ft, 6 hrs)

Day 6: Hiking to Poonhill (3245m/10646ft) – back to Ghorepani, and trek to Tadapani (2523m/8277ft, 5-6 hrs)

Day 7: Trek to Ghandruk (1970m/6463ft, 3-4 hrs)

Day 8: Trek down to Nayapul and Drive back to Pokhara

Day 9: Drive back to Kathmandu

Day 10: Final departure

Welcome to the land of Himalayas. You will be warmly welcomed by the mountains and our company representative will be standing with your name card at the arrival terminal with the beautiful smile. You will be escorted to your hotel and will be provided all the detailed information about your program. If your arrival is late in the evening then there is always another day to provide you information about your tour. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Today day you will have a full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City consists of Kathmandu Durbar Square (City of Temple), Swoyambhunath (Monkey temple) and Patan City (City of fine arts). Kathmandu Durbar Square is a complex of palaces, courtyards and temples like Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (Abode of the Living Goddess), Taleju temple, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. The Great Stupa of Swayambhunath stands on a hill to the west of Kathmandu. Its name means "The Self-created, Self-existent Buddha" also known as Monkey temple. Patan City is noted for its craftsmen and metal workers. The diversity of the Medieval culture that allowed both Hinduism and Buddhism to flourish has left a rich legacy of impressive sightseeing in this city for today's visitors. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Early morning after your breakfast you will be going by bus to Pokhara (200km/6 Hrs). On your way to Pokhara on your right is the Trishuli River until the Muglin Bridge. On arriving in Pokhara you will be welcomed by Mountain Annapurna, Fishtail and other mountains. Pokhara is also known as the City of Lakes and Mountains. Overnight stay at Hotel in Pokhara. 

Watching the mountains you can enjoy your breakfast then drive toward Nayapul. It will take an hour to reach your trek starting point. You will start your trek from Nayapul crossing the Modi Khola Bridge to your destination Tikhedhunga. Overnight stay at local Guest House Lodge.

Second day of your trek starts after your breakfast towards Ghorepani. You have to climb the steep stone stairs which includes 3300 steps. Compared to other regions this trek is easier so don’t get scared seeing the number of stairs. On the way you can experience rhododendron forest, flora and fauna. Overnight stay at local Guest House Lodge.

Today we start with a pre-dawn hike to Poon Hill (3245m/10646ft) . It is a steep climb up stairs that takes about 1 hour. From here we will watch the sunrise from this stunning viewpoint where we can see both the Annapurna Range and the Dhaulagiri Range with uninterrupted views. In spring the hillside of the surrounding areas is a stunning palette of red rhododendrons that blanket the hillside. This photogenic location is one of the highlights of this trek. After breakfast, we continue on with a fairly easy walk to Tadapani through dense forest alive with greenery and wildlife. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

You can enjoy your breakfast then head toward your destination Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a Gurung village surrounded by the amazing mountains Annapurna and Fish Tail. 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 and they will show you their well preserved “Ghatu“ dance. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

Before trekking back to Nayapul you can have your breakfast and then trek down toward Birethanti. Your vehicle will be standing by to drive you back to Pokhara. Overnight stay at Hotel in Pokhara. 

We return Kathmandu by tourist bus, Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will be escorted to your hotel. You are free to enjoy leisure day or catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any landmarks we missed during our first day in Kathmandu. You can either visit Great Nepal’s office in Thamel or take rest in your hotel room. In the evening, we can visit some more places in Kathmandu as far as possible then we will attend a celebration dinner together. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Sadly your most memorable journey ends today. A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you have plenty of time to think about your recent adventure and to plan your next wonderful adventure in Nepal.

Inclusion

  • All transportation as per itinerary including airport transfers.
  • 3 nights accommodation whilst in Kathmandu (as requirements with various categories as stated) on BB basis. 2 nights accommodation in Pokhara.
  • All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Farewell dinner with cultural show in Kathmandu.
  • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu (Pashupatinath, Bouddhnath and Durbar Square).
  • Accommodation in the best available Lodges, Guesthouses during the trek (on twin share basis).
  • A local English speaking Government Guide during the trek.
  • The required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine and transportation for all trekking/tour staff.
  • Annapurna conservation’s park fees and TIMS (Trekker Information Management System) and other necessary permits.
  • Trekking equipment’s i.e.- down Jacket, sleeping bag (needs to be returned after the trek.)
  • First aid medical kit.
  • Service charge and Government Tax

Exclusion

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, water and personal items.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory). This must include helicopter rescue
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (US$ 30 per person) You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu for either 30 days or 90 days from date of issue. You will need to have currency of either USD, AUD or EU in cash to pay for your visa.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc that is beyond our control.
  • Wifi access fees in lodges while trekking.
  • Fees for recharging of mobile phones at lodges while trekking.
  • Lodge fees for hot showers, towels, laundry or other services.
  • Personal trekking gear.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (which is not mandatory but highly appreciated).
  • Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses. (These should be covered by your travel insurance provider)
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned on Price Inclusion section.

Acclimatization

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.

WHAT KIND OF PERSONAL FIRST AID KIT SHOULD I CARRY?
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 trips

DOES HIGH ALTITUDE EFFECTS AND BENEFITS?
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.

WHAT IS ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS? (AMS) 
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.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF AMS? 
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.

LIFE THREATENING FORMS OF AMS.

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.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HAPE (fluid in the lungs)?
•    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

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.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HACE (fluid in the brain)? 
•    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

HOW TO PREVENT? 
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

WHAT IS THE TREATMENT? 
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.

HOW DO WE HANDLE DURING THE CASE OF EMERGENCY?
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.

HOW TO GET SAFE DRINKING WATER?
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.

DO WE BE SECURE DURING OUR JOURNEY?
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.

IS YOUR COMPANY GOVERNMENTALLY RECOGNISED?
Our company is not only governmentally recognize but also affiliated with several other national and international agencies related to tourism. Our Managing Director Mr. Surya Bahadur Ghimire has already performed Media and press coordinator role being the Executive Member for two years (2015-2017) in TAAN (TREKKING AGENCIES ASSOCIATION OF NEPAL), which is only an umbrella organization of all trekking agencies’ in Nepal. 
 

Why is Tipping essential?

There are several reasons why you should tip in Nepal. It is quite the same as for what you tip in restaurants. They live in remote areas that are far from proper health and education facilities. Tipping them will additionally encourage them to manage good and nutritive food to eat, warm and comfortable clothes to wear or other necessary basic requirements to maintain their livelihood in a comfortable way. A small gesture of gratitude will do no harm to you but actually changes the lives of many people for a long time in many reasons. Our company has its fund collected from the same percentage of profit and sometimes from the tips of our guests which will directly be invested for uplifting the economic condition of guides, porters and other staffs of office. It’s nothing more than the way to add smiles on those laborious faces.

 


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Trip highlights

  • One of Nepal's most famous short 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)
  • A short hike to Poonhill for mesmerizing view of sunrise over Dhaulagiri & Annapurna range
  • Explore typical Gurung villages throughout the trial

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