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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.

Pokhara: Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

3. Pokhara: Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

Discover Pokhara, one of the most popular cities of Nepal and the gateway to the Annapurna Sanctuary. Wake up early in the morning and drive towards Sarangkot Hill to witness the spectacular sunrise view over the Himalayas. After witnessing the sunrise view, drive back to the hotel for your breakfast. Then, take a sightseeing tour of the city starting with the beautiful Devis Fall, followed by the wonderful Gupteshor Cave. Afterward, drive to Lord Shiva temple and take some time to explore it. Later, drive to the World Peace Pagoda and witness the majestic mountain range along with Annapurna and Machhapuchhre. Finally head towards the suspension bridge before returning to your hotel.

Pokhara: 4-Day Private Trek Tour

4. 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.

Easy Full-Day Hiking with Sunrise from Sarangkot

5. Easy Full-Day Hiking with Sunrise from Sarangkot

Start your day bright and early at 5:00 AM at your Lakeside area accommodation in Pokhara. Here, waiting in the lobby, your friendly driver/guide will be eager to meet you and after a brief meet and greet, you will head off on a short and scenic 40-minute drive to the top of Sarangkot hill.  Upon your arrival at Sarangkot hill, you will have the opportunity to take a scenic 30-minute hike to get yourself to a great vantage point that is excellent for views. From this location, you will have unimpeded views of the Sunrise over Mount Annapurna, truly a sight to behold. After your Sunset viewing experience, you will then enjoy a hike that descends through villages and forests. Your guide will be sure to fill you with heaps of information about the surrounding area as you pass through it. You will continue your descent until you reach Fewa Lake from the North-west, here, you will commence your walk on flat rice terrace for roughly 40-minutes. Whilst doing so, you'll cross a small bridge before ascending again to the World peace Stupa. From the top of Stupa, you will again enjoy more breathtaking views of the Annapurna ranges, Fewa Lake and Pokhara valley. During your time here you'll also get to explore the world peace pagoda and the Buddhist chanting room. Continue on your descent further for another hour until you reach the bottom of the hill. At this point, you will walk further to reach Devi's waterfall, and in front of it, the Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave. After your waterfall and cave experience, you will be transported back to the Lakeside area, completing your day of adventure. 

From Pokhara: 4-Day Ghorepani and Poon Hill Trek

6. 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.

From Pokhara: 2-Day Australian Camp Trek

7. 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: Trishuli River Rafting with Chitwan Tour

8. From Kathmandu: Trishuli River Rafting with Chitwan Tour

Nepal's first and most famous National park is situated in the Inner Terai lowlands of Chitwan. Covering an area of 932 sq. kilometers, the park includes hilly areas of the Shivalik Range covered by deciduous trees. Parts of the park are floodplains of the rivers; Narayani, Rapti, and the Reu. These floodplains are covered by dense tall elephant grass, forests of silk cotton, acacia, and Sisam trees. Chitwan National Park was officially established in 1973 and included as a World Heritage Site in 1984. You'll also have a wonderful river rafting experience on the Trishuli River. Outline Itinerary: Day 1 Pick up from the hotel and transfer to bus station Kathmandu to approx. 3 hours’ drive to starting point Charaudi 85 KM and do raft for about 4 hours. Overnight at Kurintar in tented camp. Lunch and dinner included. Day 2 Early morning hiking to Manakamana (Optional by Cable Car). After return back from Manakamana drive to Chitwan approx. 3 hours by tourist bus, transfer to hotel, Welcome drinks, Evening walk, and Tharu cultural show. Overnight at Hotel (Seven Star). Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included. Day 3 Morning breakfast and Elephant Back Safari, Jungle walk, Canoeing trip, Tharu village visit, bird watching. Overnight at Hotel (Seven Star). Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included. Day 4 After breakfast drive back to Kathmandu approx. 4-5 hours. Overnight at Himalayan Suite Hotel. Breakfast included. Day 5 After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your international departure. Breakfast Included.

Ghorepani: Poon Hill Trekking

9. Ghorepani: Poon Hill Trekking

Day 1 After an hours drive in a private vehicle from Pokhara, begin your trek at Birethanti, a large village with many shops and teahouses. Start walking from Birethanti and after ascending steeply for the first 2 hours, ascend gently to reach at Ulleri, a large Magar village at an altitude of 2,070m. Stay overnight at a guest house. Day 2 Follow the path for breathtaking views of Machapuchare mountain (6997m), Hiunchuli peak (6441m), and the grand Annapurna (7219m) south on the way. Follow the quite easy trail, passing forest and rhododendron trees on the way to Ghorepani. Then, stay overnight at aguest house. Day 3 Take a one hour early morning hike to Poon Hill (3232m) which offers you the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m), Varaha Shikhar (7847m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna III (7855m), Machhapuchhare (6993m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna II (7937m), Lamjung Himal (6931m) and other numerous snowcapped mountains. Hike down to Ghorepani and after a hot breakfast at the Lodge, trek to Tadapani (2650m). For the most part of the trail, enjoy a trek through the colorful jungle of pine and rhododendron trees. Then, stay overnight at a guesthouse. Day 4 Today, follow a trail which descends down through forests to Ghandruk for easy trekking and a gentle descent all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. Then, enjoy Ghandruk, a big Gurung village and the home to many Gorkha soldiers as well as one of the more popular destinations for trekkers because of its beautiful mountain views. Later, explore the Gurung village before staying overnight at a guesthouse. Day 5 Take an easy trek to descend from Ghandruk all the way down to Kimchi before crossing Seulibazzar via Birethanti and finally driving back 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 Pashchimanchal, Western Region

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.

Overall it was an amazing experience. I went on this trek with a friend of mine and both of us are very much beginners. However, the guide was extremely patient and a lot of fun! The overall pace of the trek was very enjoyable. The lodges were decent enough, with very friendly staff and good food. The guide was also nice enough to advise us on the kinds of food we should be taking and how best to deal with AMS.

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.

Incredibly cool adventure, Himalayan trekking in a nutshell, for those who don't have too much time. It is important to enter the right time of the year (avoid monsoons) so that the experience is fuller.

I had a great guide, the lodging was clean and the food was good. I would recommend bringing hiking poles and be sure to have a headlamp for the early morning poon hill climb. Cal