12 days | Best season: Sept. to May | Min. 2 persons. | Max altitude: 3,200m | Easy to Moderate trekking
Ghorepani - Poonhill trek known also as the small Annapurna Circuit is a very popular one in Nepal. The highest point of this trek (3,200m) and for many the highlight is an early morning hike to Poon Hill for a spectacular sunrise over the Himalayas where the mountains stretch as far as the eye can see. To the north towards Tibet, west towards the Dhaulagiri range and east with superb views of the entire Annapurna range. Not a difficult trek but it helps if you have a reasonable degree of fitness. This trek is considered to be the best introduction to trekking in Nepal. An easy trek in the spectacular mountain scenery through fascinating villages inhabited by the Gurungs and Magars ethnic tribes. Dense rhododendron forests full of birds and deep sub-tropical valleys, all set below the Annapurnas with the picturesque peak of Machhapuchhare (fish tail peak) dominating the skyline. This trekking is not recommended during the rainy season i.e. July, August and September.
GLIMPSE OF ANNAPURNA REGION...
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu Airport. Transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley.
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (5 hours). Overnight in hotel.
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul (1,010m) and trek to Tikhedunga (1,570m) 3 hours. Overnight in lodge.
Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (2,840m) 5 hours. Overnight in lodge.
Day 06: Hike up to Poon Hill (3,210m) and trek to Tadapani (2,610m). 6 hours. Overnight in lodge.
Day 07: Trek to Ghandruk (1,940m) 4 hours. Overnight in lodge.
Day 08: Trek to Nayapul (1,010m) and drive to Pokhara. Overnight in hotel.
Day 09: Pokhara city tour or take a boat and hike up to the peace pagoda.
Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel.
Day 11: Freeday in Kathmandu.
Day 12: Transfer to airport. Trip concludes!