Trip Details

If you’re not sure that the longer Annapurna Base Camp Trek is right for you but you really would love to experience the region, this shorter trek is well worth consideration. Witnessing the natural beauty of the area, you will begin your trip slightly North of Pokhara before winding through Poon Hill, the panoramic views will leave you breathless!

An extremely popular trail with tourists, it not only offers you a stunning short trek through the region, but also gives you opportunities to mingle with people from differing backgrounds and cultures. As you share the dramatic views of the white-tipped Annapurna Himalayan landscape, you will develop friendships through the common experience. With a wide variety of plant life, especially the vibrantly colourful rhododendrons which bloom in Spring, wildlife and majestic mountains, your senses will be reeling! You will also be able to explore the culture of the local people who live in the Annapurna region. Taking into consideration the range of experiences and the low elevation of the Ghorepani Trek this is an excellent opportunity, suitable for hikers of all levels, to discover the natural treasures within Nepal.

Trekking coordinator
We offer you an experienced trekking coordinator. He is in charge of your overall trekking. This is the person you should go to with all your problems, concerns and questions. He is well trained in all aspects of trekking, high altitude medicine, first aid and emergency procedure. He is selected in terms of his professionalism. Remember that trekking coordinators are local citizens and their English may be basic and limited to trek related topics.

Walking in the day
During your trek you will be walking 7-8 hours a day with lunch breaks along the trail. The maximum altitude is 3200 mts which is poon hill viewpoint.

 

Please Note: Projects start on a Monday, however you should arrive over the weekend on either Saturday or Sunday.

 

Trip Itinerary

Sunday

Today you will travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara by bus and spend the night at a local guest house in preparation to start your Trek tomorrow.

Monday

Rising in Pokhara to the sounds of nature waking, you will begin your journey to Tikhedhunga, beginning with a 2-hour drive to Nayapul before beginning your hike. The village of Nayapul is small and close to a river, a perfect location to start the trek. As you follow the trail to Tikhedhunga you’ll experience the beautiful, vibrancy of nature in the area before reaching the small village where you will settle for the night at an overnight lodge.

Tuesday

Waking you up with some early morning exercise, you’ll need to find a good rhythm as you climb the numerous steps to the Ulleri Village. Remember to take in the wonderful sights unfolding around you as you climb from the valleys – from dancing sunlight, to transforming shadows, to magical clouds, you’ll want to take a multitude of photographs as you travel through the beautiful Rhododendron Forest. After conquering the challenging ascent, your journey continues upwards, although more gradually, to the large town of Ghorepani giving you a chance to relax in an overnight lodge, relish in your accomplishment and recharge your batteries!

Wednesday

Be prepared for an early morning wakeup call that you won’t want to miss! After taking an hour walk up to Poon Hill, you’ll watch the world awaken under the illumination of a glorious sunrise and the backdrop of the magnificent mountains. Returning to Ghorepani, you’ll enjoy a breakfast before trekking to Tadapani where you will once again rest at an overnight lodge.

Thursday

Heading back towards your start point, the journey today sees you leaving Tadapani to trek to Pothana. Passing the village of Ghandruk, the trek will take you through deep mossy forest. From Ghandruk you will continue on to Pothana. Ending your day with an overnight stay at this most well-known settlement of the Gurung tribe, you can enjoy a well-deserved relax in the evening and mull over the sensational experiences of your trek so far.

Friday

Making your way back towards Pokhara on the last stretch of the trek, today is slightly easier as you head downhill. Passing firstly the village of Dhampus, regarded as one of Nepal’s paradises, your journey takes you on to Phedi village where your trek ends and you take a one-hour drive back to Pokhara.

Saturday

After a refreshing overnight stay at a guest house at Pokhara, you will take a bus trip back to Kathmandu giving you time on the journey to relive the magical memories you have made during your trek.

 

** Please note: This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances. **

Trip Accommodation

Accommodation during trekking
In trekking region, we offer you accommodation in tea house (mountain lodge). A Tea House is a combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. The rooms are separate with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided. Most bathrooms are shared and toilets can be either squat type of the western version. Most of the Tea Houses have running water facility. Many of them provide hot water for shower.

Meals during trekking
You will usually have breakfast and dinner in the lodge; lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants. Every Tea House serves the traditional Nepali meal of Dal Bhat (rice and lentils), as well as a variety of different food items, such as rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes and soup. Some restaurants have western food such as pizza, pasta and French fries. Soft drinks, snacks and beer are available in most of the Tea Houses and trail side restaurants.

Safe Drinking Water in Trekking
We provide chlorine liquid and water purification pills during the trek. You need to use 3 drops in a litre and wait 20 minutes to consume it. If you want to buy bottled mineral water, you are more than welcome which is available at the tea house.

 

Trip Country Info

Nepal

Population: Approx. 28.98 million
Capital: Kathmandu
Language: Nepali
Currency: Nepalese rupee (NPR)
Time zone: UTC +5:45

Namaste and welcome to Nepal, a country of high Himalayan Mountains, artistic monuments, exotic wildlife, and diverse cultures. Located between 80 12′ east longitude and between 26 22′ and 30 27′ north latitude, Nepal extends along the south slopes of the Himalayas in central Asia.

Although Nepal is small, it has the greatest latitudinal variation of any country. The land rises from the southern plains of the Terai, barely above sea level at 70 meters, to the top of the Mt. Everest, the highest peak on Earth at 8848 meters above sea level, in a distance of less than 200 km.

Book your volunteer travel  holiday and experience one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world as well as the highest mountain ranges. Nepal has lush valleys that team with exotic wildlife ready to be explored on your gap year adventure.  It is a beautiful country located in South Asia bordering both India and China.  As you enjoy your volunteer travel experience in Nepal you will come across many remote monasteries and villages that adorn the stunning landscape where you will experience the best of Nepal.  The outstanding beauty and friendly Nepalese people are the main reasons people book gap year holidays to Nepal and why they are a popular choice with us.   We have a compreshensive selection of gap year holidays in Nepal with a number of teaching and community programs on offer.

Have a look at our latest gap year experiences in Nepal or contact us for more about work & travel in Nepal or your questions about specific programs.  The volunteer Nepal program is a very good way for you to experience the most of what the spiritual and enchanted land of Nepal has to offer. You may also choose to trek Mount Everest or smaller mountain hikes like Poon Hill.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa