Trekking is one of the most widely sought after activities in Nepal. The Annapurna region has one of the immersive experiences. Known for its beauty, serene landscapes, and rich heritage, Nepal is a destination for those seeking more than just adventure.
Being the birthplace of Lord Buddha, but home to Hindus and Buddhists alike, Nepal is a melting pot of rich culture, religion and history all set on the awe-inspiring backdrop of the Himalayas. The religious harmony in this country has provided iconic and various UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath. Visiting the famous Durbar Square is an introduction to the ancient civilizations of the Middle Ages and offers insights into the storied history of Buddhism and Hinduism, seen throughout the country.
Flying from Kathmandu to Pokhara is one of the most scenic ways to see Nepal. All of these sights allow you to explore the historic side of Nepal, and also see how the country has changed over time.
The lakeside city is also a beautiful site to see here. It is known for its serenity and being home to the trekkers of the world. The tranquil city is surprisingly renowned for its adventure activities. Mountain biking, paragliding, and small aircraft are all easily accessible here. Or if rest and relaxation are needed, Pokhara is an ideal place. Walk around the lakeside, and enjoy the spectacular views of Mount Machhapuchre.
Another great site is Poonhill, it is filled with the finest mountain sceneries, as well as it could be a good warm up for any other high Trek. The trek starts after an hour and a half drive from Pokhara city and ascends through the hill villages to reach Phedi. Crossing different villages like Landruk, Pothana, and Tolga, it has a great mountain viewpoint in the middle of a beautiful forest ridge that is spectacular. Crossing the suspension bridge at Modi Khola (river) then passing through several waterfalls, streams and dense forests before you reach Ghorepani. After Ghorepani, you climb up to the famous Poon Hill to watch the first grand Himalayan panorama at 3210 meters. Upon completion of Poonhill trek, it is time to relax in Pokhara. Or if you don’t want to relax, you can engage in various adventure activities.
One great thing about Himalayan Circuit is that it uses Yeti, the first carbon neutral airline in Nepal. It only partners with companies that are dedicated to sustainable travel and tourism.
Welcome to Kathmandu! As soon as you landed and went through the immigration process, you will be welcomed and picked up by our representative, who will take you to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu. Settle down after your long journey. In the evening we will let you know what is in store for you in the next days.
After breakfast you will take a 30 minutes flight to Pokhara. Your trekking guide will meet you there and drive you to Nayapul within 1.5 hours. After the scenic drive you will trek along the banks of the Modi Khola river, until you reach Birethati (1015m), a large village with many shops and tea houses. From here, the trail continues along the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola, ascends steeply through forests, gorgeous rice terraces and again through a dense forest, climbing steadily up to Hille (1495m), before you will reach Tikhedhunga at 1570m.
Today’s trek is rather short and relatively easy to allow you to get acclimatized.
Today you will trek for almost 6 hours, mostly ascending steeply until you reach Ulleri, a large Magar Village at 2070m, leaving numerous stone steps behind. The trail continues to ascend more gently, through beautiful oak and rhododendron forests towards Banthanti at 2250m. From here you will trek towards Nangethanti at 2460m before arriving at Ghorepani at 2840m. Ghorepani is a relatively large village with excellent views of the Annapurna range, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri. Here you can stock up on supplies such as drinking water.
Poon Hill (3210m) is known as one of the best viewpoints of the Himalayas in the world, connecting two of the world’s tallest Himalayas, Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Annapurna (8091m). The best time to view the magnificent mountain range is at sunrise before 5 am. Therefore you will wake at 4 am today to reach Poon Hill. From the top you will enjoy views of majestic mountains Machhapuchher (or Fish Tail, 6993m), Tukuche Peak (6920m), Nilgiri (6940m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Annapurna South (7219m), Dhaulagiri (8167 m) and many more. After a marvellous sunrise view you will head back to Ghorepani for breakfast and afterwards start trekking to Tadapani.
The trek will then lead you through blossoming rhododendron jungles as you pass through the Deurali pass at 3160m. The road then ascends to Tadapani before you reach the Gurung village Ghandruk.
From Ghandruk the trail descends steeply, passing villages, rice terraces and forests, up to Dhampus and finally to Phedi. On this 5 hours trek, mountains like Machhapuchhare (the holy unclimbed Mt Fishtail), Annapurna South, Lamjung Himal, and Annapurna III, which you might have missed on the way up, will hover above you. You will end the trek here and drive back to Pokhara. Here you will have the rest of the day to spend leisurely. Enjoy a coffee or drink in one of the numerous cafés and restaurants on the lake side.
Today you will take an early tourist bus (at 7.30) which will take you back to Kathmandu. Great flexibility is required when you travel through the mountainous roads and the traveling time often depends on the traffic. You will arrive in the late afternoon. Take the rest of the day to settle down and relax at your hotel.
Today we want to show you three major cultural sites in the Kathmandu valley. The first stop is Pashupatinath. The world’s largest Hindu temple is truly fascinating, as cremation processes are happening here regularly. After spending some hours exploring the temple you will head to Kathmandu Durbar Square, which used to be a Royal Palace arena – now it’s home to the living Goddess ‘Kumari’. The palaces and the pagodas are rich in arts and superior examples of wooden craft that flourished in the 14th century.
You will then head towards Swayambhunath or Monkey Temple, which is not only home to many monkeys but also the perfect example of religious harmony between Hinduism and Buddhism. 365 stone steps lead up to the stupa on the top of the hill, from where you will have a magnificent view over the Kathmandu city.
In the evening we would like to invite you to a traditional Nepalese dinner with a cultural dance and music.
After breakfast and before your departure, your another stop will be Boudhanath, the world’s largest stupa, looming 36 meters high. It lies close by the airport. The design of the stupa is really fascinating, with hundreds of prayer wheels and 108 small images of Buddha all around. As you enter from the hustling main street, you will feel the peace and spiritual energy of this place.
You will finally be transferred to the Airport for your flight back home. We hope you will reminisce in with sweet memories of Nepal, its mountains, nature, peoples and their smile.
Me and my mother visit Nepal together. Himalayan Circuit organized a whole trek for us to Poon Hill, everything was taking care of. Even if I got sick during the trek, they were super reactive and made it really easy for me and we were able to finish the trek in full health!
Amazing, active, and all included planning!
This company arranged everything for me! I had one week travelling from Kathmandu to Pokhara to go trekking, and I did not have to worry once! They planned everything for me from Kathamandu and back home again including: 5 days of trekking, meals, accomondation, hotel booking, transportion, and meeting with guide. Everything was very well planned, and was the reason my trip went absolutely amazing and problemfree. Thank You for very much for a high quality of planning, it made me enjoy the trip 100%!
I was really happy with my trip to Ghorepani Poonhill trekking. The adventure was incredible and I will never forget it. Bijaya our guide was fantastic.
We had the privilege of designing a trip to Nepal. Santosh of Himalayan Circuit was our contact person. He was very patient with our changing ideas and really worked to find us a great trip. I would recommend this organization as a good place to organize a hassle-free vacation.
The trip was very organized with experienced guides along the way. Bijaya met us at the airport with a big smile. She was knowledgeable and organized. Our Kathmandu guide, Subods, couldn’t have been better. His knowledge of the temples and culture made a great Day 2. We had a great stay at Hotel Buddha.
We spent three days in Chitwan National Park at Park Safari Resort with Ram Bot and Kumah Lama as our guides. Both of these men were very connected to the local culture and loved to share. Ram had an extraordinary ability to hear and spot animals on our jungle trek. Kumah Lama was a real go-getter who has a drive to learn from you as well as teach you about Nepal. I highly recommend these two if you get to Chitwan.
Our Annapurna trekking guide came to Chitwan to gather us up and settle us in Pokhara. We were surprised by an unexpected visit from Bijaya and Subods. Family!
Sanu was a quiet soft spoken gem. He was saddled with two SLOW hikers but never failed to encourage us. “It’s no problem.” His knowledge of traditional uses of plants for medicine, building, animal fodder was a big plus. His helper Saran didn’t speak English but spoke volumes with his smile. Our tea-houses were oasis’s after long days of trekking. Sanu knew the owners and always seemed very happy to work with old friends. We adjusted our trek mid-stride ( It’s no problem) adding a rest day in the mountains-beautiful scenery and warm sunshine. Our last day trekking included a hike along a dusty dirt road. Sanu decided to call a Jeep! Perfect…
Kuti Resort in Pokhara was very comfortable and in walking distance to the lake and shops.
A flight back to Kathmandu for one last relaxing stroll through the Thamel shopping district and a delicious Dal Bhat.
This was an eye-opening experience. All of the folks connected with Himalayan Circuit went above and beyond. We can highly recommend the crew. I felt them really working to make this two weeks our vision.