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From Pokhara: 2-Day Poon Hill Trek

1. From Pokhara: 2-Day Poon Hill Trek

See some of the best sites of the Annapurna Region on a short but sweet overnight hike. Spend the night in a mountain cottage and enjoy meals in the great outdoors.  Day 1: Begin the day with breakfast before departing Pokhara in a 4-wheel off-roading vehicle. It takes 2-4 hours to reach Upper Ulleari, depending on traffic, season, and viewpoint stops. Ulleari is a beautiful Gurung village at an altitude of 2,090 meters. From the last station of Upper Ulleari, start the real Poon Hill trek, crossing the villages of Banthanti, Nangithanti, and Lower Ghorepani. Stop for lunch either in Banthanti or Nangithanti. Reach the Ghorepani camp at the base of Poon Hill at an altitude of 2,860 meters. Dinner and overnight in a cottage.  Day 2: Before sunrise, hike 45-60 minutes to Poon Hill at a height of 3,210 meters. Be mesmerized by the colors and panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayas. On clear days, you can see up to 32 peaks including the 12 peaks of the Bhara Shikhar. Return to camp for a hot breakfast and begin the trek down following the same trail. Return to the 4x4 for drop-off at your hotel in Pokhara.

Pokhara: 7-Day Trek to Annapurna Base Camp and Hot Springs

2. Pokhara: 7-Day Trek to Annapurna Base Camp and Hot Springs

The experience begins with pickup from your hotel and heads to the trek’s starting point in Nayapul. Get kitted out with all the necessary equipment while your permits are checked then set out along the Modi Khola River, passing through several small villages on the way. Cross over the river to reach the village of Jhinu Danda, before arriving at your accommodation for the night, a quaint tea lodge. Day two starts with an uphill trek to Chhomrong, one of the largest villages along the route. Continue the walk through a dense forest landscape to reach your accommodation for the second night. Enjoy a leisurely trek to Deurali on day three, stopping for lunch against the backdrop of the stunning Himalayas. On day four, follow the trail across several streams towards the Machhapuchhare Base Camp, then hike to Ablation Valley. Follow your guide through the valley, which is a hollow corridor between the glacier and the mountain, then cross over the hills to reach Annapurna Base Camp where you’ll spend the night. On day five, hike through the only way out of Annapurna Sanctuary towards Bamboo. Bamboo is 1,600 m lower than Annapurna Base Camp, so you should expect a hard day on your knees. After a restful night’s sleep, continue your hike down the valley on day six, soaking up panoramic views as you descend to Chomrong and then Jhinu. Arrive at Jhinu and enjoy a well-deserved rest in one of the hot spring baths. Wake up on the final day to a short morning trek, passing by the quaint farmland that surrounds the river. At the end of an unforgettable seven-day trek, arrive back in Nayapul for your drop-off to Pakhora.

From Pokhara: 3-Day Dhampus-Sarangkot Trek

3. From Pokhara: 3-Day Dhampus-Sarangkot Trek

Feel rejuvenated by this unique trail, which passes through rolling hills and past Himalayan peaks. Immerse yourself in the history of the area and cherish the views along the way. Day 1: Drive to Phedi - Trek via Dhampus to Australian Camp After breakfast, travel to Phedi by private vehicles from your hotel in Pokhara in the morning. Arrive at the trek's starting point after a 30-minute drive. Walk for 5-6 hours from Phedi to Australian Camp via Dhampus. Arrive at Australian Camp, popular for its breathtaking views over the Annapurna ranges, Machhapuchhré, Manaslu, and beautiful green hills. Spend the night at Australian Camp Lodge. Day 2: Trek to Sarangkot (1600 m) Have breakfast and then walk from the lodge to Sarangkot for 6-7 hours. Reap the rewards of Sarangkot's mountain views, which are especially enchanting at sunset and sunrise. Spend the night at a mountain garden guest house.  Day 3: Trek to Pokhara Rise early to take in the mountains at sunrise. Have breakfast and then trek from Sarangkot to Pokhara, a 2-3 hours walk.

From Pokhara: 4-Day Ghorepani and Poon Hill Trek

4. From Pokhara: 4-Day Ghorepani and Poon Hill Trek

Day 1 After getting picked up from your hotel in Pokhara, enjoy a 1-hour drive to Birethanti, where you will begin your trek. Ascend through a landscape of teahouses and stunning scenery to reach the Magar village of Ulleri after 2 hours, where you will spend the night. Day 2 Enjoy a 2-hour trek through stone steps this morning. Admire panoramic views of Annapurna and Mt. Fishtail as you ascend into an alpine forest. Stop for a break at one of the route's many teahouses before reaching Ghorepani after 6 hours. From here, enjoy views of the world's deepest valley before retreating to a teahouse lodge for the night. Day 3 Rise early to watch the sunrise from Poon Hill. This is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip as you admire the sun rising over 15 mountain peaks. Marvel at some of the world's largest peaks before descending to Ghorepani. After sunrise, follow a trail that will take you through a rhododendron forest, over mountain ridges to reach Tadapani, where you will spend the night at another teahouse lodge. Day 4 Today, enjoy a short descent to the village of Ghandruk. Soak up the atmosphere of this charming mountain village as you wander through streets filled with thatch and slate roof houses and farming terraces. Stop for lunch at a viewpoint where you can admire views of Annapurna South and Huinchuli. Afterward, continue trekking for 1 more hour before catching a ride back to Pokhara, where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Pokhara: 3-Day Trek

5. Pokhara: 3-Day Trek

Exploring the area around Pokhara gives you an opportunity to experience what it is like trekking in the Himalayas. The region is about 30 kilometers northwest of Pokhara, closer to Mount Fishtail and Annapurna Himalayas. The trail winds through the scenic and popular teahouse settlement of "Australian camp" and follows the ridge through Dhampus to Astam village. Most of the route is scenic with charming villages, terraces glistening with seasonal crops across the sweeping valley that is walled in to the north by gigantic snow peaks. First, climb to the ridge and then follow the ridge to Astam village. There are several options of driving to the highest point and making the trip shorter and the route can be customized as per your walking interest.  Accommodation: Spend the first night at Australian camp overlooking the Himalayas. This is a small teahouse settlement in the Rhododendron forest above Dhampus village. These teahouses are well established and have professionally catered to trekkers for over 15 years. The accommodation will have an attached toilet and bathroom with hot shower.  The second night in Astam village will be spent at "Annapurna Eco Village Resort" which has simple yet comfortable rooms with attached bathroom / toilet. The hilltop resort and the village adopts eco-friendly measures of reusing water, rainwater harvesting and organic farming. Guides:  A professional, licensed and experienced trekking guide will lead the walking. There will be porters to carry luggage to each day's destination who can offer a deeper perspective on Nepalese lifestyle, culture and stories from the mountains.  Meals: Meals are not included in this package but it is possible to order meals in the teahouses and pay directly. These teahouses serve simple but delicious international cuisines.  Trek Itinerary: Day 1: Drive to Naudanda and hike to Australian camp Drive for about half an hour to Naudanda in the western valley rim of Pokhara, walk gradually down to the stream and climb to Dhampus in 2 hours. Walk another 1 hour to Pothana village and stop for lunch. After lunch, walk 30 minutes to Australian camp for the overnight stop.  Day 2: Trek 4 hours to Annapurna Eco village Resort in Astam Enjoy breakfast in the morning with a view of the Himalayas. Later walk along the scenic ridge to Astam village. Check in "Annapurna Eco Village Resort". Enjoy the organic meals and learn about the organic farm, village and the eco-friendly measures they are undertake.  Day 3: Trek 2 hours down to the highway and drive back to Pokhara

Day Hike at Annapurna Foothills

6. Day Hike at Annapurna Foothills

Pokhara city is the ultimate platform for adventure sports, and a gateway for the best trekking routes along the Annapurna foothills. In the morning you will meet your guide and driver, and then drive to Kande through a winding highway. The view along the road offers excellent vistas, including Pokhara valley floor and Annapurna mountain range. Start your day trek with your guide from Kande. Follow the trekking trail through forests to reach the Australian camp: 1.5 hours. Australian Camp offers a close view of Mount Annapurna and Fishtail. Continue your walk through hill ridge, following the downhill trail leading to Dhampus village: 1.5 hours walk. Dhampus is a typical Gurung settlement located on the lap of Annapurna Massif, offering an excellent opportunity to witness Nepalese countryside lifestyle, traditions and culture, with excellent mountain views. Spend your time at Dhampus to explore the village.   Then trek down to Phedi:  2 hours walk through lush green forest and farmlands. Your vehicle will pick you up from Phedi and drive to Pokhara, back to your hotel.

Pokhara: 4-Day Private Trek Tour

7. Pokhara: 4-Day Private Trek Tour

Day 1: At 8:30 AM, your guide will meet and greet with you at your hotel or place of residence in Lakeside, Pokhara. From here, your trip will begin with a scenic 1.5-hour drive to Nayapul. Once there, you will trek to Ulleri (a walk consisting of approximately 4.5 hours), before staying overnight in a guest house. Day 2: After rising at 8:00 AM, your trek will continue through the dense Rhododendron forest of the green high hills. After approximately 5 hours of hiking, you will reach the beautiful village of Ghorepani, where you will once again stay overnight in a guest house. Day 3: At 4:00AM, you will begin an early morning trek of 45 minutes to reach the top of Poon Hill (3,210 meters above sea level). From this peak, which is the destination for your trip, you can enjoy the magnificent views of sunrise over the Annapurna mountain range. After spending some time, your trek will continue for 5 hours to Tadapani, where you will spend the night. Day 4: Your day will begin at 8:00 AM, at which point you will begin your trek to Ghandruk. You can explore the Gurung Museum, familiarize yourself with the town, and interact with the locals. You will then continue trekking to Nayapul. From Nayapuk, you'll take a private car for 1.5 hours back to Pokhara. Upon arrival in Pokhara, you will be dropped off at your hotel, marking the end of your tour.

Pokhara: Sunrise Tour to Sarangkot

8. Pokhara: Sunrise Tour to Sarangkot

After pickup from your hotel, enjoy an early morning drive to Sarangkot. Sarangkot is one of the best viewpoints to admire the Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Fishtail, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and other mountains. You will admire a glorious sunrise from 1592 meters above sea level. The faint glow of the sun will slowly illuminate the peaks in a medley of colors, offering a truly inspiring scene.   After tea or coffee in a small tea house in Sarangkot, you will start the journey back to Pokhara. Enjoy a scenic drive through small villages, winding dirt trails and lush forests. Once back in Pokhara, visit Bindhya Basini Temple, the most sacred temple in Pokhara, built during the 17th century. You will then be dropped back to your hotel.

From Pokhara: 2-Day Australian Camp Trek

9. From Pokhara: 2-Day Australian Camp Trek

Day 1: Start with pickup from your hotel or residence in Lakeside, Pokhara at 8:30 AM. Meet your guide and enjoy breakfast in Pokhara. After breakfast, hop in your transport and travel to Kande, a journey which takes approximately 1.5 hours. Once you arrive in Kande, start your hike to the Australian Camp. Trek uphill through the beautiful forest for about 2 hours to reach the Australian Camp. From here, enjoy fantastic view of the Annapurna Mountain Range including the peaks of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna South Hiuchuli, Annapurna II and IV, and Lamjung Himal. You may also visit the beautiful village of Pothana. After your day of trekking, enjoy a stay overnight in a tea lodge house, with all meals included. Day 2: Wake early in the morning to catch the sunrise and beautiful Himalayas view. Enjoy breakfast at the lodge before beginning a hike down from the Australian Camp to Phedi via Dhampus village. After hiking down, be returned to Pokhara.

From Kathmandu: Poon Hill Multi-Day Trekking Trip

10. From Kathmandu: Poon Hill Multi-Day Trekking Trip

Poon Hill trekking is a lower altitude trekking in the Annapurna region of Nepal with a short itinerary. The timely limited trekkers can enjoy this trek with the incredible Himalayan attraction, ethnic cultural prosperity and the enchanting rhododendron forest along the Poon hill trail. The gratifying viewpoint Poon Hill (3210m) that marks the destination of the trek, is renowned for the excellent sceneries of the surroundings. The trek to Poon Hill begins from Nayapul, which is a gateway of the Annapurna treks. The beginning trail is soft that passes some of the Gurung villages. With the steep ascend of Ulleri, the rhododendron-dominated trail begins. The waterfalls, peaceful trail and beautiful countryside persuade you to explore the sceneries. Poon Hill offers the miraculous sights of Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), II, III, IV, Dhaulagiri (8167m), Fishtail, Nilgiri, Himchuli and the surrounding peaks and the golden sunrise over these peaks. For this, the trip is also trendy as the Annapurna Sunrise Trek. The village, located just down on Poon Hill, is a Magar community located between the rhododendron forest. The ethnic Gurung village of Ghanruk is a cultural village that wonderfully preserves the traditional pattern of cultural lifestyles. The 5 days Poon Hill Trekking concludes in Nayapul with the exploration of the exquisiteness of the Annapurna conservation area. Itinerary: Day 1: Drive to Pokhara by tourist bus (6 hours). Day 2: Drive to Nayapul and then trek to Tikhedhunga (1,577m). Day 3: Trek to Ghorepani (2,750m). Day 4: Hike Poon Hill (3,210m) and then trek to Tadapani (2,630m). Day 5: Trek to Ghandruk (1,940m). Day 6: Trek to Birethanti (1,025m) and then drive back to Pokhara. Day 7: Drive back to Kathmandu.

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What people are saying about Gandaki

We really enjoyed our experience on this tour. Pick up was prompt and smooth. The guide was fantastic, gave us lots of useful information, answered all of our questions and his English was very clear. We were very lucky that the clouds were clear on our day so the views of the Himalayas were fantastic and we were one of the first groups up to the viewpoint. This is a short tour (although could be longer if you choose to make a stop for tea) which we thought was the perfect time given the very early start. Overall I would definitely recommend this experience as we got some great photos.

I reallyoved this tour! Bisham, our guide, was an amazing guide and a wonderful travel companiin. everything functioned very well. I would only suggest adding to the list of what to bring crampons in case of heavy snowfall or ice.

The trip was just amazing ! Wasn’t super tiring , places where we stayed over night were also comfortable , with nice view . The guide Dansay was attentive and had lots of interesting stories, would like to do similar trip again

A brilliant hike, can only be recommended. Our guide Motiv guided us perfectly through the day, he responded to all our needs and wishes. Tour and pick-up everything was perfect. would we do it again

Very kind guide who was helping us with everything, beautiful place to hike