Ghorepani – Pun hill & Annapurna Panorama

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Annapurna Encounter welcomes travelers from families, school / collage groups, nature lovers and adventurer to Ghorepani-Pun hill & Annapurna Panorama, a trip for all in the overwhelming Himalayan destination, where altitude does not much affect you, as this trekking reach at little over 3,000 meters at the high scenic hill top of Pun Hill, this makes you free from altitude sickness and to enjoy the surrounding natural beauty at ease.

Ghorepani-Pun hill & Annapurna Panorama with Annapurna Encounter starts with an interesting drive to famous touristic place at Pokhara where the Annapurna Himalaya and towering Mt. Machhapuchhre “Fish Tail” reflects on the pristine Phewa Lake at scenic Pokhara the door to most of Annapurna & Dhaulagiri to Mustang area journey starts.

After Pokhara with short drive to begin this wonderful trekking leading to a beautiful spot at Ghorepani walking through enchanting rhododendron forest with grandeur views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range of mountains.

From Ghorepani a short hike to Pun Hill at 3,190 meters for stunning sunrise over the chain of snow capped mountains from Mt. Dhaulagiri 8,167 meters, Nilgiris 6,230 meters, Annapurna at 8,091 m, Annapurna South 7,219m, Gangapurna 7,455m and Annapurna III 7,555m. Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fish-tail) 6,997 m as far to Mt. Manaslu in the eastern horizon. After a scenic trek walk continues with great views towards mid hills of Annapurna Himalaya passing traditional Gurung villages and finally heading back to Pokhara by an alternative route from Gandruk village onwards with constant beautiful views of Himalayan peaks all the way to scenic Pokhara, concluding this awesome journey in the comfort of nice hotels by the lake Phewa.

Trip Facts

  • Trip Mode : Tea-House / Lodge
  • Total Trip : 10 / 11 days
  • Higest Point : 3, 190 m at Pun Hill
  • Trip Grade : Moderate & High Hills
  • Season : All season except mid June to August.
  • Trekking : 05 / 06 days

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara 950m – 06 hrs journey.
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul 1,100m and trek to Tirkhedhuga 1,450m -04 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani 2,874m - 05 hrs.
Day 06: Morning hike to Pun-Hill and trek to Tadapani 2,721m - 05 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Gandruk 1,951m - 04 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Potana 1,900 m - 06 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Kande 1,460m via Australian Camp and drive to Pokhara.
Day 10: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu afternoon free at leisure.
Day 11: International departure homeward bound.

In Pokhara optional activities and extension to other interesting places:

Para Gliding-Zip Flyer- Rafting at Seti - Kaligandaki - Trisuli River-Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu meet our staff and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu international airport our AE staff will receive with a transfer to hotel in the hub of Kathmandu around Thamel area, an interesting place with shops, stores, international standard restaurants. Our guide will meet and inform you with details of the hotels and trekking to Ghorepani-Pun Hill & Annapurna Panorama and more.

Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Morning our city guide will meet and take you on sightseeing tour at places of interest. Kathmandu city and the surrounding valley steeped with history, culture. Kathmandu is full of World Heritage Sites with old Temples, Monasteries, Stupas, Royal Courtyard and Palaces, afternoon free at leisure preparation for the trip to Annapurna.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara 950m - 06 hrs journey distance 220 k.m.
Morning after having breakfast, drive to Pokhara on the interesting busy main Nepal highway through number of farm villages and towns with scenic landscapes and of snow capped mountains along the drive and finally reaching at famous tourist place at Pokhara the gateway to many trekking destination around Annapurna, Dhaulagiri to Mustang area.

Day 04: Drive to Nayapul 1,100m begin trek to Tirkhedhuga 1,450m.
After a fine time in Pokhara with the views of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre peaks and the serene lake Phewa, morning a 2 hrs drive on the suburb of Pokhara valley leading at Nayapul to start this wonderful walk, at first trek leads by the river Modi to a nice village at Bhirethati and onwards overlooking cascading waterfalls and passing through many farm villages till overnight stop is reached at Tirkhedhunga with nice waterfalls nearby.

Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani 2,874m - 05 hours.
Starting the morning walk with a climb on stone steps towards Ulleri village with nice stone slate roofed typical country houses, on reaching the top ridge of Ulleri, walk gets better on the winding path through serene alpine forest of firs, rhododendron and pine trees and walking over crystal clear streams with few steep ups to Ghorepani Deurali, where superb views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountains can be seen from the overnight lodge itself.
Ghorepani located in the midst of nice forest on the route to Jomsom and Mustang area, this is an old Trans Himalayan Salt Trade Route between Nepal and Tibet which is beyond upper Mustang.

Day 06: Morning hike to Pun-Hill, trek to Tadapani 2,721m - 05 hrs.
Depending upon the clear early morning sky with an hour climb to the top of Pun Hill at Pun-Hill at 3,190m offering glorious panorama and sunset views over array of Himalayan mountains from world’s highest 7th Mt. Dhaulagiri 8,167 meters, Tukuche Peak 6,730 meters, Nilgiris of over 6,000 meters, Annapurna Fang or Vara Shikhar, Annapurna I at 8,091 meters A II-III and IV with Mt. Machhapuchhre at 6,997 meters and of world’s 8th highest Mt. Manaslu range at 8,163 meters. After catching the wonderful moment carry on trekking to overnight destination at Tadapani through lovely woodlands and continuous views of mountains all the way to our overnight halt at Tadapani.

Day 07: Trek to Gandruk 1,951m - 04 hrs.
Today a short of half day to large Gandruk Gurung village, morning walk leads to a descend through beautiful forest and mountains view on reaching the bottom of the hill and to top ridge of Gandruk with awesome views of Annapurna mountains, after a short break walk continues downhill with nice paved stone steps to Gandruk village for lunch and overnight stop.
Gandruk a large Gurung tribe village and the gateway of many trekking destination to Annapurna area trekking destination, Gandruk provides many famous Gorkha soldiers enlisted in British, Indian army, Gurung are farmers and cattle herders with Tibetan Buddhist religions and culture, after lunch free to explore the village and the Gurung museum.

Day 08: Trek to Pothana 1, 900 m - 06 hrs.
After a refreshing time at Gandruk morning starts with long downhill on nicely paved stone steps to Modi River with wild honey bees hives on rock cliff hanging by the river side, on reaching a small village by the river, from here crossing the river Modi with a climb for an hour on the winding path in this warmer area with paddy terraces and patch of forest, where monkeys can be seen sometime around this area, after a nice walk with ups reaching a large village at Landruk with a break here, walk continues on the gentle trail overlooking nice views of terraces landscapes and of Annapurna South, Huinchuli, then a climb of 45 mins to Deurali top, with few lodges and views of Pokhara valley, Gandruk village with Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna range. From here a gentle downhill walk brings to a beautiful overnight stop at Pothana with awesome scenery including stunning views of towering Mt. Machhapuchhre “Fish Tail”.

Day 09: Trek to Kande 1,460 m via Australian Camp drive to Pokhara.
Today the last leg of this trekking journey, morning walk along with the fabulous views heading downhill for a while and then a last climb of 40 minutes through woodlands and reaching at Thulo- kharka also known as Australian Camp offering tremendous panorama scenery of Annapurna and Manaslu range of mountains, after a wonderful moment the last walk with an hour downhill to Kande village on the roadside of Beni / Pokhara Highway, here taking jeep or a bus drive all the way to Pokhara a drive of one hour concluding this wonderful trip on the famous tourist spot at Pokhara by the lake Phewa.

Day 10: Drive of fly back to Kathmandu.
After a wonderful time in the high mountains and hills, taking a morning driving journey back to Kathmandu, on reaching Kathmandu after 5-6 hours of nice interesting drive, transfer to respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure or last day shopping souvenirs and handicrafts.
(Optional flight back to Kathmandu of 34 mins with great views)

Day 11: International departure for home ward bound.
Last day in Nepal with memorable moment and awesome experience and good time with Annapurna Encounter services, as per the international flight time our AE staff will transfer you to airport for the flight back home or to respective countries.

POKHARA VALLEY:
Pokhara is one of the most unique sub-tropical valley in the Himalaya and probably in the world, where one can marvel the beauty of the Himalayan landscape and reflection of the Annapurna massif including the towering majestic peak of Mt. Machhapuchare on its beautiful lakes.. Pokhara is situated in the mid western Nepal. It is linked by the main highway of 200 km driving distance from Kathmandu, and by air approximately 20 to 30 minutes flight with a sweeping panoramic views of the mid east to western Himalayan ranges.

Mother Nature has certainly blessed this fertile valley with outstanding scenery of the landscapes, snow capped mountains, moderate tropical climate, and beautiful pristine lakes of Begnas, Rupa and Phewa.

The most stunning of Pokhara\'s sights is the magnificent panorama of the Annapurna range which forms its backdrop. Annapurna massif includes Annapurna I to IV and Annapurna South.
Among these high peaks it is the towering majestic Mt. Machhapuchare (Fish Tail) which dominates all others in this range. Pokhara with its natural beauty is also a starting point of Nepal\'s most popular adventure destinations. Most of the trekking, mountaineering expeditions begins from this remarkable place and it\'s a also an ideal spot for all types of holiday makers.

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