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We have handcrafted this tour combining the cultural, scenic and natural wonders of this fascinating country with a 4 Nights and 5 Days of trek in Poonhill- Ghorepani region. Just in a 2 week of time you will be able to experience much of what Nepal has to offer.
The trip starts from Kathmandu where you will immerse yourself in the spiritual vibes of the holiest Hindu temple of Asia-Pashupatinath, climb the steep hills of Syambhunath stupa, also known as monkey temple. You will also visit Boudhanath, one of the world’s largest stupa built after Mughal invasion, marvel the shrines, temples and ancient Newari architecture at Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
Your next destination will be a beautiful lake city, Pokhara. While in Pokhara you will explore the laid-back streets of Lake Side nestling at the foothills of Annapurna offering a spectacular backdrop of Fishtail mountain, paddle at the Fewa lake and explore some of the must-see sites: sacred Gupteshwor cave, and World peace pagoda, Davis falls.
Then you will continue trekking in the Poonhill Ghorepani region. Poonhill Hill – Ghandruk Trek is one of the short and beautiful treks in the Annapurna region. People from all age group can easily finish this trek within a week. This trek is suitable for those who don’t have much time and physical stamina to go into the remote and longer treks in the Himalayan but want to experience the essence of Trekking and explore the beautiful hills and country side of Nepal. The start of the trek is from Nayapul and during the trek you will ascend up and descend down many hills and villages. You will climb along ridges through rhododendrons, oak and pine forests along with waterfalls.
The fascinating and joyous part of the trek is on the day when you wake up very early in the morning you hike an hour uphill through the stairs and into the rhododendron forest to Poon Hill at an altitude of 3210. The view tower at the top of the hills provides an unobstructed view of the sunrise over the towering Himalayas. From here you could enjoy the view of more than 20 of the highest mountains including close views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.
After Poohhill, the other fascinating part of the trek is you will descend steep through the thick, dense and dark forests of old rhododendron trees. During the trek you will get an opportunity to see different species of birds and varieties of plants. You will continue descend through forests and into open landscapes to reach Ghandruk: a village of Gurung people, one of the ethnic groups of Nepal nestled in a slope with stone houses. Ghandruk village is a home to many Gurkha soldiers and gurung people have their own culture, dialect, and way of lifestyles. Here, you will enjoy spectacular towering views of Fishtail, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli mountains.
On the final day of your trek, you will descend all the way down through the stone stairs, crossing many villages and terraced farmlands and forests along the way until you reach Birethanti. Birethanti is situated on the confluence of the Modi and Bhurungdi River and is a booming village lined with rows of guesthouses. From Birethanti, a half an hour trek will take you to Nayapul from where you will be transferred to Pokhara city.
After the trek, you will then visit the medieval looking town of Bandipur for 2 days where you will explore the town’s unique culture and traditions combining with little hike and exploring the cave.
Finally, you will venture into the wilderness of Southern plains of Nepal and learn about how rare, endangered and vulnerable species of wildlife are being conserved and protected in Nepal’s first National Park, Chitwan National Park. A total of 68 species of mammals, 544 species of birds, 56 species of herpetofauna and 126 species of fish have been recorded in the park. The park is especially renowned for its protection of One Horned Rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger, and Gharial Crocodile. During your elephant safari, your will guide will help you spot the one-horned rhinos, wild boars, sandburs, spotted deer, sloth bear four-horned antelope. A Royal Bengal Tiger may surprise you by his majestic appearance during your safari. You can also take jungle walk or canoe in the Rapti River. At night, you will be entertained with cultural performances by the typical Tharu tribe and you could dance alongside with them as well.
While returning to Kathmandu from Chitwan, we have add little bit of adventure in the trip by adding 3-4 hours of rafting. The rafting itself is not at hard core level and can be done by people of all ages group (>16 years)
You will be again in Kathmandu for your final days before departure. We will take you to the Hill station of Nagarkot via Bhaktapur Durbar Square where you can learn the ancient crafts, arts and techniques used to build these intricate structures. At Nagarkot you will relax and watch the view of sunset and sunrise over the towering mountains. The ride itself is an interesting part of the trip as it passes through terraced farmlands, local settlements and the pine forest until you reach Nagarkot.
All in all, this trip is customized to provide you with the taste of everything that Nepal has to offer.
|Day 1||Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport. Transfer to Hotel. Dinner at Typical Nepalese Restaurant with Cultural Dance. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Upon Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, you will be escorted to your hotel room by our representative. Rest for a while. In the evening, you will have a Welcome dinner with our representative at one of the typical Nepalese Restaurant. You will be entertained in evening by cultural dances. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
|Day 2||Full day guide sightseeing in Kathmandu covering the UNESCO's World Heritages Sites of Swyambunath (also known as Monkey Temple), Bouddhanath (Buddhist Stupa) and Pashupatinath (Hndu Religious Temple ). Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
In the morning, you will meet your tour guide to visit historic, religious and architectural places of Kathmandu valley. You will visit Swoyambhunath (Buddhist Shrine, also called monkey temple), Boudhanath (Largest Stupa in the world), and Patan Durbar Square (Historic place for ancient art and architecture)
|Day 3||Breakfast at Hotel and then drive to Kathmandu Domestic Airport for your flight to Pokhara. Sightseing at Pokhara including World Peace Pagoda, David Falls, Mahendra Cave. Overnight at resort in Lake Side Pokhara.
In the morning, you will be picked from your hotel after the breakfast and transferred to domestic Airport for your flight to Pokhara. During the 25 minutes flight, you can look out of the window to see the magnificent ranges of mountains above the cloud. Upon arrival at Pokhara, you will then be transferred to your hotel. Get refreshed and ready for the half day sightseeing in Pokhara city. Overnight at resort in Pokhara.
|Day 4||Drive to to Nayapul -1070m (1.5 hours) and trek to Hille-1430m (4 hours). Overnight at a guesthouse.
Today early morning you will drive past the Pokhara city and follow the winding and uphill road ahead for 1 hours and then gradually drive about half an hour down through the forest of Kande until you reach Nayapul. Nayapul is a little town nestle at the bank of Modi Khola and is the start point of your trek. You will then trek for about 45 minutes following the bank of the Modi River crossing small villages until you reach Birethanti village. You will then ascent through the villages, terraced farmlands along the bank of Bhurungdi Kola until you reach the village of Hille. Overnight at a guesthouse.
|Day 5||Trek from Hille to Ghorepani-2860m (6-7 hours)
After breakfast you will you ascent through thousands of steep stairs which will be test of your stamina until you reach Ulleri. Ulleri is a large Magar village which lies at an altitude of 2070 m. After Ulleri you will gently ascend through fine forests of rhododendron and oak before you reach Banthali village. Then you will continue trek towards Nangethanti villages. Then after an hour of walk you will reach at Ghorepani (2,840m). Ghorepani used to an important camping site for the traders as the name is derived from Ghoda (horse) and Pani (water). The town is divided into two parts: one nestles at the ridge and the other at few hundred feet lower. You will stop at the higher part of the town that offers magnificent views of surrounding mountains including Nilgiri and South Annapurna. You will feel the breezing of winds and chilly weather in the evening. Today you sleep early since the next day you have to wake up very early for sunrise view at Poonhill. Overnight at a guesthouse.
|Day 6||Hike up to Poon Hill ( 1 hour) – 3210m, and trek to Tadapani-2630m (6 hours)
Today, very early in the morning you will hike an hour uphill through the stairs and into the rhododendron forest to Poon Hill at an altitude of 3210. From the top of the hill you could see the spectacular range of mountains. The view tower provides an unobstructed view of the sunrise over the towering Himalayas. From here you could enjoy the view of more than 20 of the highest mountains including close views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. You will spend an hour taking pictures and immersing yourself into the nature, and then you will hike down to Ghorepani and take a hot breakfast at a hotel. Then you will climb along ridges through rhododendrons, oak and pine forests until you rech Deurali. After that you will descend through dense forest of rhododendron, passing spectacular waterfalls to the Banthali village. You will gently trek down to the river and an hour of ascend will take you to the village of Tadapani. Overnight at a guesthouse.
|Day 7||Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk-1940m. (4-5 hours)
From Tadapani, you will descend steep through the thick, dense and dark forests of old rhododendron trees. In this day you will get an opportunity to see different species of birds and varieties of plants. You will continue descend through forests and into an open landscape to reach Ghandruk: a village of Gurung people, one of the ethnic groups of Nepal nestled in a slope with stone houses. Ghandruk village is a home to many Gurkha soldiers and gurung people have their own culture, dialect, and way of lifestyles. Here, you will enjoy spectacular towering views of Fishtail, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli mountains and in afternoon you will explore the village and visit museums. Overnight at a guesthouse.
|Day 8||Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul (4 hours) and drive to Pokhara ( 2 hours)
Today after breakfast, you will trek downhill all the way to Birethanti. You will descend all the way down through the stone stairs, crossing many villages and terraced farmlands and forests along the way until you reach Birethanti. Birethanti is situated on the confluence of the Modi and Bhurungdi River and is a booming village lined with rows of guesthouses. From Birethanti, a half an hour trek will take you to Nayapul. Your trek on foot will end at Nayapul. You will then drive an hour to reach Pokhara.
|Day 9||Drive to Bandipur. Explore the medieval town of Bandipur. Overnight at Resort in Bandipur.
Today after the breakfast, you will drive to the small beautiful village of Bandipur. Bandipur is a living museum of Newari culture, a beautifully preserved village on the hilltops above the highway stop of Dumre. You will stroll around the heart of medieval-looking town where most of the houses are built with brick walls, wooden carved windows, mud floors and slate roofs. Overnight at Bandipur.
|Day 10||Observe sunrise at Bandipur over the towering mountain. Breakfast. Hike to Ramkot Village ( 2 hours). Explore Siddha Cave (one of the biggest cave in South East Asia). Overnight at Bandipur.
After breakfast you will take an easy and pleasant hike passing through pine forest to a traditional and beautiful village, Ramkot. If the weather is clear, you will be able to see the magnificent view of towering Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Langtang mountains from the village. At afternoon you will explore the biggest cave in South Asia, Siddha Cave. Stroll around the city in the evening, Overnight at Bandipur.
|Day 11||Drive to Chitwan National Park ( the first National Park of Nepal and has shown an example of how conservation effort can be best practised with the support from community). Welcome upon arrival. Tharu Cultural Dance. Overnight at resort in Chitwan. (4-5) hours
In the morning, you will drive from Bandipur to Chitwan. You will explore the Nepal’s first national park, Chitwan national park for next couple of days.
|Day 12||Full day guided sightseeing and activities in Chitwan including, visit to the Elephant Breeding Center, Jeep OR Elephant Safari in the jungle. ( when you at Safari in the park, always curiously look out for one horned rhinocerous, spotted deer, monkeys, and different colourful species of birds and if you are lucky you will spot the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger). You will also learn how Nepal’s first national park- Chitwan National Park is now a shining example of conservation success story. You will enjoy cultural Program in the evening. Overnight at Resort in Chitwan.|
|Day 13||Drive to the start point of the Trishuli River Rafting (3-4) hours. Overnight at Kathmandu.
This rafting is medium grade and it can be done by people of all ages groups and the rafting will be about 3-4 hours. Drive back to Kathmandu after rafting. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
|Day 14||Sightseeing at Bhaktapur Durbar Square (rich with culture, arts and ancient craftmanship) and drive to Nagarkot (a hill station where you can see the range of Mountains on the clear day) . You can see the spectacular view of sunset above the towering mountains from this station. Overnight at resort in Nagarkot.|
|Day 15||Observe sunrise at Nagarkot. Breakfast. Drive to Kathmandu. Free time in Kathmandu for relaxation. You can stroll around Thamel and look out for souvenir for your friends and families back home. You will have a farewell dinner with our team in the evening. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.|
Transfer to Kathmandu International Airport for departure.