Our trek starts with a hike up to Tikhedhunga (1550m) from Nayapool (1100m). But before that, trekkers will go on an enriching sightseeing tour and explore the ancient streets of Kathmandu valley. This offers you an instance to walk down the memory lane of ancient culture and traditions of Nepalese people. We tour around one of the holiest ancient Buddhist monasteries in the world, Swayambhunath stupa. Along with that, we also visit the Boudhanath stupa which is another sacred Buddhist shrine located inside Kathmandu. In addition to that, we pay a visit to Pashupatinath temple and Patan Durbar Square before concluding our tour.
Moving ahead from Tikhedhunga, we continue walking to our next destination called Ghorepani. This place is widely popular for its affectionate and heartwarming local Gurung communities. And then we make our way past the appealing spot of Poonhill for a sojourn to the Gurung Village of Ghandruk. Lastly, we will trail back to Nayapool and head to Pokhara marking the end of our wonderful trek. Breathtaking sunrise and sunset views, pleasant rhododendron forest and display of unaltered cultures makes this a joyous adventure for all.
Suitable for every level of hikers-family, this trek doesn’t require much physical fitness. And doesn’t have any acclimatization issues for trekkers to worry about. Likewise, we generally recommend March to May and Sep to Nov as the best time period for this trek.
Day 01: Kathmandu City tour
Today we explore the medieval capital city of Nepal, the Kathmandu city and the adjoining and well preserved cultural city of Patan. This guided city tour will take you to the heritages listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. The ancient and most sacred holy temple of Hindus, Pashupatinath Temple is the Hindu architectural excellence. The other major sites for city tour are the Boudhanath Stupa and the Monkey Temple or the Swayambhunath Stupa, two of the prominent Buddhist pilgrimages of significance for the Buddhist and others alike. Similarly, we shall also pay our visit the Royal Palace of Patan or the Patan Durbar Square, an example of unique architectural heritages displaying the golden era of Nepalese arts and architecture. We shall also have interaction about the trekking that shall start the following day.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara (800m) by Bus/Car/Air
Our trip begins today. We shall begin our trek from the scenic city of Pokhara. We head for Pokhara either by Tourist Bus or Private Car via land route or we shall fly to Pokhara via a short flight of around half an hour. Regarding the land route we shall travel along the winding road, basically the Prithvi Highway observing the rural landscape, lush hills and vegetation, torrential rivers and waterfalls as well as the settlements along the route. The welcoming gesture by Fishtail Mountain as you near the vicinity of Pokhara is marvelous. Driving by the beautiful landscape and surrounding is majestic experience. We may also take a scenic flight to the Lake City over the hills and forests and by the vicinity of the humongous peaks shining with pride.
Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 03: Pokhara to Nayapool (1100m) by private Jeep then trek to Tikhedhunga. 1550m (3/4 hrs)
The real trekking starts from today. We shall initially drive to Nayapool, the actual starting point of our trekking. After a drive from Pokhara to Nayapool, the destination of our overnight stay for today shall be the beautiful village of Tikhedhunga. We march along a steep trail initially that leads us to a suspension bridge over a small rivulet. After crossing the bridge we shall reach a large and fairly affluent village of Birethanti, located on the confluence of Modi River and Burundi River. We take the left branch of the trail to the west for the ACAP check post for getting information about the TIMS card and ACAP Permit. After this we navigate through the lanes of beautiful villages, bamboo and rhododendron forests, waterfalls and pastures which takes us to Sudami and a climb to the side of the valley leads us to Hille after which we reach the destination for today, the village of Tiikhedhunga.
Overnight in Tikhedhunga.
Day 04: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani. 2780m (5/6 hrs)
The destination for today is the village with marvelous view of the different variety of the national flower of Nepal, the rhododendron. Initially we shall cross the Tikhedhunga River and move ahead to cross another river past which the stone staircase with more than 3300 steps is encountered. This staircase leads us to the Magar village of Ulleri. Exploring the trail further we have pastures and fields as well as dense mossy forests leading to the other Magar village of Nangathati. An hour of further trekking and we reach the village of Ghorepani. Along the trail we have the views of mountains including Mt. Machhapuchhre (6997m), Hiuchuli (6441m) as well as the Annapurna South (7219m).
Overnight in Ghorepani.
Day 05: Hiking an hour to Poonhill for sunrise (3210m) and trek to Ghandruk. 1940m (5/6 hrs)
One of the most beautiful days of the entire trekking has arrived. We leave early in the morning from Ghorepani to the hill of Poonhill for the glorious and breathtaking sunrise. After an hour’s hike and bit of strenuous climb to the top of Poonhill, we can view the first rays of the Sun painting the snowy mountain peaks with its own color and the white clouds floating makes the scene more splendid. The sunrise over Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna South, Lamjung Himal, Mount Machhapuchhre, Annapurna IV, Tukuche Peak and other sibling peaks is one of the most marvelous sight in this entire trek. After that we descend the hill and trek to popular Gurung village of Ghandruk. In the trek to Ghandruk we trek through the dense and colorful forests full of rhododendron, bamboo and oaks, cool waterfalls and lush green landscapes, wild animals and birds, beautiful settlements such as Tadapani and many more. Ghandruk is itself listed in World Heritage Site and hosts handicraft centre and Gurung Museum besides rich cultural heritages and excellent hospitality.
Overnight in Ghandruk.
Day 06: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapool (1100m) (3/4 hrs) then drive to Pokhara by private Jeep.
Today is the last section of the trekking expedition that involves walking activity. We take on the trail that leads us all the way to the village of Birethanti and thereafter we trek for half an hour to Nayapool. In the downhill trek to Birethanti we pass through the stone stairs, farms, and the Modi River and the other section to Nayapool is accompanied by scenic landscape and other natural diversities. After completing the trekking that involves on foot walk, we shall drive to the beautiful city of Pokhara by private jeep.
Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 07: Pokhara Rest
Today we have a scheduled rest in the picturesque city of Pokhara. Resting whole day in the hotel may be an option but the variety of amusements and marvelous landscape is worth exploring. Glamorous Phewa Lake and the reflection of Fishtail Mountain in it, the shy Seti River and beautiful David Falls which seems to vanish underground, Mahendra Cave and Bat Cave as well as the Mountaineering Museum are the other star attractions in this city. Besides that, the surrounding snow peaks, diverse cultural existence as well as adventurous activities are worth exploring.
Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 08: Pokhara to Kathmandu by Bus/Car/Air.
After completing the beautiful and exciting trek full of variety, we move to the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, for the final stage of the trekking journey. We shall either take on the land route, marvel at the scene and diverse landscape besides interacting with the locals or shall fly back to Kathmandu via a scenic flight passing through the vicinity of the gorgeous Himalayas. You may have some souvenir shopping if the time permits.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
- Kathmandu arrival and transferred to hotel
- Kathmandu to Pokhara return by AC bus or by flight
- Pokhara to Nayapool by private bus or jeep
- All necessary permits and TIMS cards
- All ground transportation
- Guide and staffs wages and insurance
- Hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara
- All meal during the trekking (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- All trekking equipment (tents, tables, chairs, kitchen utensils etc.)
- Bar bills, laundry and tips
- Rescue, insurance, souvenir shopping
- Items of personal expenses
- Nepal entry visa fees
- Personal rescue if needed
#Note above day to day itinerary. May be change depending on weather and flight.