Ghorepani Trek

Ghorepani trek is well suited for the beginners and for those who have limited time but still want a Himalayan experience. The trek starts from Nayapul, after an hour drive from Pokhara. The trail passes through rhododendron forest and fascinating traditional Gurung village, Ghandruk. It’s a nice opportunity to observe the culture and tradition of Nepalese countryside. Along the way, there are spectacular views of the snowy peaks of the Annapurnas, capped off by the unforgettable mountain panorama from Poon Hill.

An easy trek to Ghorepani can also be combined as an extension trip to cultural tours of Kathmandu & Pokhara. The trip can be done throughout the year except during monsoon i.e. July & August.

Detailed Itinerary

Day: 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
The snow-capped mountain peaks welcome you at first as you enter Kathmandu. The mind blowing panoramic view lets you know you are above Kathmandu valley. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities.

Day 2: Sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley
Kathmandu Valley is one of the richest cities of Nepal, both historically and culturally. It has always been a popular destination for tourists. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Western Influence because Kathmandu used to be hippies favorite place in the world during hippie era. Patan and Bhaktapur, its two major neighboring cities bear immense historical, cultural and religious significances. There will be a half day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath, the 15th century Palace of 55 windows and Swoyambhunath.

DAY 3: Fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu & Trek to Birethanti (1,075m)
We take a thirty-minute flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu airport. During the flight, we get to enjoy the views of magnificent Manaslu and the snow-capped Annapurna mountain range. After landing in Pokhara, we take a one-hour leisure drive to Naya Pool along the graceful Modi Khola Valley. After an hour walk, the route skirts through lush forest leading finally to Birethanti, where we will have our first over night on the mountains.

Day 4: Trek to Ghandruk (1,940m)
Leaving Birethani, we trail along terraced fields. On passing a series of flatlands, forest, cultivated lands and a suspension bridge over Khumnu Khola, we arrive at the beautiful village called Ghandruk after walking for 3 to 4 hours. From Ghandruk we can have breathtaking views of Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhare and Hiunchuli.

Day 5: Trek to Tadapani (2,540m)
We descend further along the trail through rich rhododendron forests, flowing mountain streams and other mystical views of nature. After continuously climbing for 3 hours, we reach Tadapani at an altitude of 2,540m. Tadapani offers the most magnificent mountain views of the overpowering peaks of Annapurna South. We stay overnight at Tadapani.

Day 6: Trek to Ghorepani (2,880m)
From Tadapani, proceed further along steep trails. Nature unfolds majestic views of snow-capped mountain peaks and varieties of flora and fauna. We climb through rhododendron forest to Deurali (3,100m) and reach a village and cultivated fields. After continuously walking for 3 hours, we finally reach Ghorepani. Ghorepani has lodges to provide food and accommodation to travelers.

Day 7: Trek to Nayapul, drive to Pokhara
After enjoying the mesmerizing sight of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak and other Himalayan giants from the popular point of Poon Hill (3,195m), we leave Ghorepani and march ahead for Nayapul. We further descend towards Birethanti. Birethanti lies stretched beside the Modi River and has resourceful town. On the trails of stone steps, you pass through dense forest and a small village of Ulleri. From Ulleri, a very steep section, with 3767 steps, leads down to Hille on the Bhurungdi Khola. Forty minutes beyond Birethanti, you come to the main road. 6 hour walk is over. We drive back to Pokhara. Evening is free.

Day 8: Free day in Pokhara
You can go for boating in Fewa Lake, do sightseeing on your own or relax at your hotel.

Day 9: Fly or drive (optional) to Kathmandu
From Pokhara, either fly or drive to Kathmandu.

Day 10: Depart Kathmandu
Transfer to Airport for final departure.

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