Ghandruk Circuit (Poon Hill) Trek

9 Days of Lodge Trekking in the beautiful Annapurna Mountains

There is nothing quite as inspiring as watching a magnificent sunrise over the mighty Annapurna Mountains of the Himalayas. Standing on Poon Hill (elev. 3210 m/10,531 ft.), this is considered the finest spot in the world to watch a Himalayan sunrise. As you arrive before sunrise, you watch the mountains go from grey to suddenly red and finally a brilliant white! There is nothing more glorious than observing a Himalayan sunrise from Poon Hill.

The Ghorepani to Ghandruk Circuit Trek is a nine-day exhilarating experience in the heart of the most beautiful of mountain ranges in the Himalayas. The trek is more than just a magnificent sunrise. There are incredible mountainscapes along with opportunities to encounter the famed Gurung people of the Himalayas as you experience their wonderful hospitality. The actual trek takes just five days, with the other time for sightseeing in the magnificent lakeside city of Pokhara in the heart of the Annapurna Mountains.

Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks is pleased to offer the Ghorepani to Ghandruk Circuit Trek. It’s local lodge trekking, whereby you stay in the local villages to really experience the unique local culture and hospitality. Come and immerse yourself in the Ghorepani to Ghandruk Circuit Trek.

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Trip Details

CodeABTK-140 FrequencyAnyday Duration9 Group Size1 Best SeasonSep-Dec Altitude2750 mts. SupportYes DifficultyEasy

 Brief Itinerary 

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (elev. 1350 m/4,429 ft.)
DAY 2 – TRAVEL TO POKHARA (elev. 827 m/2,713 ft.)
DAY 3 – TRAVEL TO NAYAPUL, TREK TO TIKHEDHUNGA (elev. 1540 m/5,052 ft.)
DAY 4 – TREK TO GHOREPANI (elev. 2750 m/9,022 ft.)
DAY 5 – POON HILL, THEN TREK TO TADAPANI (elev. 2590 m/8,497 ft.)
DAY 6 – TREK TO GHANDRUK (elev. 1940 m/6,365 ft.)
DAY 7 – TREK TO NAYAPUL, DRIVE TO POKHARA
DAY 8 – RETURN TO KATHMANDU
DAY 9 – DEPARTURE

 

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (elev. 1350 m/4,429 ft.)

The adventure begins as you touch down at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. It’s a quick trip through passport control as you grab your luggage and step into the clear, crisp alpine air of the Himalayas. You spot a sign with your name on it. It’s your friends from Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks who have come to take you to your hotel by private car to your hotel. Enjoy drinks with your friends from Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks as they give you a short briefing about the journey ahead.

DAY 2 – TRAVEL TO POKHARA (elev. 827 m/2,713 ft.)

Rise refreshed in the heart of the Himalayas from a good night’s sleep. There is something about the mountain air that allows one to sleep so soundly. After breakfast, it’s time to travel to the lakeside city of Pokhara. The journey takes you out of the valley and along the mighty Trisuli River on the way to Pokhara. It takes around six to seven hours to reach the fabulous lakeside city. Check into your hotel and enjoy a wonderful dinner as well as a walk along the lake, watching the reflection of the Annapurna’s in its mirror-like waters.

DAY 3 – TRAVEL TO NAYAPUL, TREK TO TIKHEDHUNGA (elev. 1540 m/5,052 ft.)

Today’s the first day of trekking, but we need to take a vehicle for a short ride to our starting point at the village of Nayapul. The journey passes through the narrow Seti Valley as we make our way westward. Upon arrival at Nayapul, we trek for around 3 – 4 hours, passing by waterfalls as well as walking through subtropical forests. We reach the village of Tikhedhunga where we lodge for the night.

DAY 4 – TREK TO GHOREPANI (elev. 2750 m/9,022 ft.)

We climb upwards in elevation today to reach the Magar village of Ghorepani.  Magars and Gurungs along with Tamangs make up a large percentage of the indigenous tribal people of the Himalayas in Nepal. Along the way are several small villages like Ulleri and Banthanti. The forests become thinner as we gain in elevation. There are more and more views of the majestic Annapurnas that we get to enjoy. Ghorepani is a pretty village, set in a wonderful alpine setting. There are plenty of good lodges here to spend the night. Go to bed early, as we will rise tomorrow before dawn to see the promised Himalayan sunrise.

DAY 5 – POON HILL, THEN TREK TO TADAPANI (elev. 2590 m/8,497 ft.)

Today we reach the highlight of the trip as we rise early and make our way in the dark to the top of Poon Hill. Standing at an elevation of 3,210 meters (10,531 ft.), the air is crisp and cold in the early morning. We make our way to the viewpoint to watch for the first red rays of the effulgent sun shoot into the Himalayan skies. The snowcapped peaks begin to glow red as the sun rises higher and higher. The peaks will soon turn to a brilliant white as the sun kisses the cold snowcapped summits. There are so many spectacular peaks to see, including Mt. Dhaulagiri (7th highest peak in the world) and Mt. Annapurna I (10th highest peak).

After sunrise, its breakfast and then back on the trail. We walk through wonderful forests that are alive with the sounds of birds singing and occasionally monkeys playing in the trees. Our destination is Tadapani, where there are more spectacular views of the Annapurnas.

DAY 6 – TREK TO GHANDRUK (elev. 1940 m/6,365 ft.)

Ghandruk belongs to the Gurung people of the mountains. It was this indigenous ethnic group that made up the Gurkha units of the British Army famous. Fierce warriors, they are also the friendliest people imaginable. The journey takes us through deep forests of oak and rhododendron, but also gives us some great views of the mountains from numerous scenic spots along the way. We reach Ghandruk with time to explore the ancient Buddhist monastery that is on a high point in the village. There is also a local museum where we can learn more about the amazing culture of the Gurung people.

DAY 7 – TREK TO NAYAPUL, DRIVE TO POKHARA (elev. 827 m/2,713 ft.)

It’s our final day of trekking as we make our way to Nayapul to pick up our vehicle back to Pokhara. It’s 4 – 5 hours of trekking, and then an easy ride back to the lakeside city. Enjoy exploring around Pokhara or choose to simply relax along the lake at Lakeside. There’s a hot shower and a good bed waiting for you at a good hotel in Pokhara.

DAY 8 – RETURN TO KATHMANDU

We leave Pokhara behind today as we return to Kathmandu. It’s a pleasant journey, and you can choose either to go by air or by bus. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

DAY 9 – DEPARTURE

That day has arrived as its time to depart for your next destination. Your friends from Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks have arrived with a private car to take you to the airport. Before leaving, be sure to discuss a return trip to the Himalayas as there is so much more to see. Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks offers many different trips into places like Nepal, Bhutan and India. So ask about that return trip to the magical land of the Himalayas.

 

 

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