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Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek (Rhodendron Trek)

Time of Rhododendron trek Poon Hill is from half March till half may.

Other famous rhododendron areas in Nepal are:
- Makalu Barun National Park (Makalu Base Camp trek)
- Milke Danda
- Upper Tamur river

Trip Level:

Easy

Destination:

Nepal

Starts At:

Tikhedhunga

Ends At:

kathmadnu

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu (1320m)

Day 02: Kathmandu – Pokhara (820m)

Day 03: Pokhara – Naya Pull – Tikhedunga (1540m)

Day 04: Tikhedunga – Ghorepani (2860m)

Day 05: Ghorepani (Poon Hill, 3170m) – Tadapani (2600m)

Day 06: Tadapani – Ghandruk (1700m)

Day 07: Ghandruk – Naya Pull – Pokhara (820m)

Day 08: Pokhara – Kathmandu (1320m)

Day 09: Kathmandu – Departure

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu: After arriving at Kathmandu International Airport you will be received and picked up by a representative from Himalayan Rock Travel and drive to your hotel.

Day 02 Kathmandu – Pokhara: After the early breakfast drive to Pokhara by private transport. During the drive we will already have stunning views on the mighty Himalaya massifs which rise above 8.000m, like Manaslu and Annapurna. Stay in hotel in Pokhara.

Day 03 Pokhara – Tikhedunga: We will start trekking from Naya Pull after a 1.5 hour drive with a private vehicle from Pokhara. After 15 minutes short walk along the bank of the Modi Khola, we reach Birethanti (1,015 meters) a large village that has many shops and teahouses. From there, the trail continues through the village. The trail follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. From there, the trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille at 1,495m and after the short climb; we reach Tikhedhunga at 1,570 meters. Today is walk offers a short and relatively easy day, during the journey which allows us to become used to the experience of trekking in Nepal. Overnight in tent.

Day 04 Tikhedunga – Ghorepani: Leaving Tikhedunga, we begin our journey with a steep climb to Ulleri. Ulleri is a large Magar village at 2.070 meters. The trail then continues to ascend more gently, through fine forests of oak and rhododendrons towards Banthanti at 2.250 meters. Then we trek towards Nangethanti at 2.460m. After another hour of walking we will finally reach Ghorepani at 2.900 meters. Overnight in tent.

Day 05 Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Tadapani:Today, very early in the morning, we start an hour hiking to Poon Hill at elevation of 3.210 meters, a brilliant spectacle; this vantage point provides a superb view of sunrise over the high Himalayas, including the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre. In Poon Hill we will spend about 1 hour, we then return to Ghorepani.

We take a hot breakfast at the hotel and continue our trek to Tadapani (2.600 meters). Along the trail towards Tadapani, we make climb along ridges and through pine- and rhododendron forests. Our final destination for today, Tadapani, offers magnificent views of Machhapuchhare and Annapurna South. Overnight in tent.

Day 06 Tadapani – Ghandrung: Ghandrung (1.950m) is a large, prosperous Gurung village and after arrival we have time to explore the maze of narrow alleyways separating the neat slate-roofed houses and watch the sunlight on Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. Overnight in tent.

Day 07 Ghandrung – Pokhara: From Ghandrung we descend to Syauli Bazaar. From Syauli Bazaar it is a pleasant easy walk following the river to Birethanti (1.040m) where we cross the bridge. A short walk from the village brings us to the road at Naya Pull where we take transport for the 1 hour drive into Pokhara.

Day 08 Pokhara – Kathmandu: Transfer back from Pokhara to Kathmandu by private transport. Spend the rest of the day in Kathmandu at leisure.   In the evening there will be a typical Nepali dinner organized by Himalayan Rock for you  in the typical Nepali restaurant with cultural program representing the different ethnic groups, regions , cultural etc of Nepal.

Day 09 Kathmandu – Departure: After breakfast, a Himalayan Rock Treks and Expedition responsible person will drop you to the international airport

Cost Include

  • Farewell dinner from Himalayan Rock in a typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural program.
  • Airport pickup on arrival at Kathmandu airport by private transport.
  • Airport departures drop off at Kathmandu airport by private transport.
  • 2 night accommodation in Kathmandu with BB plan
  • 2 night accommodation in Pokhara  with BB plan(Lakeside)
  • Transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara by private transport
  • Transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu by private transport
  • Transfer Pokhara to Naya Pull by private transport (Start Trek)
  • Transfer Naya Pull to Pokhara by private transport (Finish Trek)
  • Food and Accommodation during trekking in Hotels/teahouses
  • English speaking experienced guide
  • Two potters for three persons each carrying 12 – 20 K.G
  • Food, salary, accommodation and insurance for our Nepali staffs
  • Annapurna Conservation Fee
  • TIMS (trekking registration card)
  • Annapurna region trekking map
  • Service from our office in Kathmandu, Thamel

Cost Exclude

  • International flight to and from Nepal
  • Airport taxes
  • Vaccination and Nepal visa
  • Soft and hard drinks
  • Meals in Pokhara and Kathmandu
  • Personal insurance and other personal expenses
  • Tips for trekking staff (tipping is expected)

Note: You can prefer to travel by flight to Pokhara and back but additional cost is charged.

Trekking Equipment Checklist

The weather can be cold, unpredictable and challenging while in the mountains. Hence the travelers need to be prepared to cope up with the weather. While you can take the different kind of equipment to make things comfortable for you, there are some basic things that you must carry with you for completion of the trek in comfortable manner.

Sun Hat
Fleece/Wool hat that covers ears
Sunglasses
Scarf to cover face (dust/wind)

Upper Body:
At least 4 pair of T-shirts
2 lightweight thermal tops
2 Merino/Fleece long shelve tops
Water and wind proof shell jacket
Down Jacket
Raincoat (Poncho)

Lower Body:
Under garments
Hiking shorts
Lightweight walking pants
Light weight thermal leggings
Fleece or tracksuit pants
Water and wind proof pants

Feet:
At least 4 pairs of  thick warm wool hiking socks
Hiking boots (with spare laces)
Walking sneakers
Sandals
Walking poles (Walking Stick)
Hands:
Lightweight fleece gloves
Water and wind proof gloves

Note: Sleeping bags come handy in case of difficult circumstances. We recommend every trekkers to take one with them while on the mountains. You can bring your own or it can be hired here.