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Nepal: A Scenic Trek in the Himalaya - 11 Days

GEC Trip Type: GROUP TOUR

*Solo Travelers: You're in luck! Free roommate matching provided - unless you'd prefer to purchase a single room.

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TRIP DESCRIPTION:

The group will travel September 7 - 17, 2016

"Incredible views and peaceful culture" best describes this famous Himalayan trek to the popular Poon Hill. This trip is a great way to witness incredible views, experience the thrills of trekking in Nepal, and to enjoy a guided exploration of exotic Kathmandu.

This locally guided trek is ideal for those travelers seeking to experience the wonders of the Himalaya at an incredible price and definitely suited for both beginners and those with some hiking experience. Best of both worlds… see the spectacular and highest peaks in the world but at an altitude that is suitable for everyone.

Begin your trip at the evening Group Trip Orientation, followed by an included welcome dinner where you’ll get a chance to get to know your fellow travel mates. The next morning, why not join the group on the optional tour of the vibrant and exciting city of Kathmandu, exploring ancient temples, Buddhist stupas and other historical sites of this amazing city a top UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll also have time to explore all of the boutique shops that make this exhilarating Nepalese capital a must for exotic souvenirs and inexpensive trekking gear.

We then travel 5 to 6 hours via a private tourist van through Nepal’s countryside and off the beaten path villages to reach the lakeside town of Pokhara set in the foothills of the Himalaya. From here we set off on the 6 day trek with our Sherpa guide and porters to carry your main bag. After starting off in Rhododendron forests we hike our way through quaint Nepalese villages only accessible on foot via winding trails and cobbled paths. Along the way you will witness incredible views of snowcapped mountains and enjoy a breathtaking sunrise on top of the famous Poon Hill as it reflects the morning glow across the whole of the Annapurna Mountain Range. As you enjoy the local culture, witness Yaks carrying supplies between local villages, take a soak in a natural, riverside hot spring and breathe in the fresh, clean air of the roof of the world.

When you return to Kathmandu, why not indulge yourself with one of Kathmandu's famous and inexpensive post-trek-massages... a 'must do' treat regularly experienced by many of the travelers who trek among these amazing mountains.

NOTE: while in Nepal, why not add on the 10 day group trip to Bhutan immediately following this trip.

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Places Visited:

Group trek in the Himalaya, Group trek to Poon Hill, Annapurna Viewing, Pokhara, Kathmandu, Nepal, Poon Hill trek, Jhinu Danda Hot Springs


Trip Itinerary:
B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner


Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu. Evening Group Orientation Meeting & Welcome Dinner (D)
Day 2: Optional Guided tour of Kathmandu (B)
Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara (B)
Day 4: Start Trek (B, L, D)
--- 5 to 6 hours trekking
Day 5: Trek (B, L, D)
--- 4 to 5 hours trekking
Day 6: Trek - Poon Hill Sunrise hike (B, L, D)
--- 5 to 6 hours trekking
Day 7: Trek to Jhinu Danda Hot Spring (B, L, D)
--- 4 hours trekking
Day 8: Ghandrung to Dhampush (B, L, D)
--- 3 hours trekking
Day 9: Trek to Trail End - Return to Pokhara (B)
--- 3 hours trekking
Day 10: Pokhara to Kathmandu (B)
Day 11: Trip ends after breakfast. OR OR Optional 10 Day Bhutan Group Trip Starts (B)


Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1:
Arrive in Kathmandu. Evening Group Orientation Meeting & Welcome Dinner (D) (4,200 feet)


Arrive at the designated hotel in Kathmandu. Or, if you purchased round trip airport transfers from us, arrive at the Kathmandu airport where you will be met by one of our representatives. You will be transferred in a private vehicle to your hotel and the representative will check you in.

The trip officially begins with an early evening group orientation meeting held at the hotel (details provided before departure). Here you will get a chance to meet your GEC Local Guide, as well as all of your fellow travel companions for what is sure to be the beginning of many great friendships! Following the orientation, join your Local Guide and fellow group members for an included group welcome dinner.

If you arrive early, the day is yours to relax and enjoy the hotel or visit the exotic, energetic and vibrant streets of the Thamel neighborhood, Kathmandu's exciting tourist district. Don't forget, if you are looking for inexpensive trekking gear, you will definitely find what you are looking for among the hundreds of trekking shops spread throughout the Thamel neighborhood.


Day 2:
Optional Guided tour of Kathmandu (4,200 feet) (B)


Today is a free day to explore Kathmandu or why not join your fellow group members on the optional guided tour of Kathmandu. Your English speaking local guide will introduce you to the magic of this amazing city and its peaceful Buddhist culture. The tour will include many interesting attractions of this UNESCO World Heritage City including the old Royal Palaces in Durbar Square, the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and Buddhist temple of Swayambhunath.

The afternoon is a great time to pick up any last minute personal equipment you may need. Kathmandu is a great place to buy supplies for your trek, such as extremely inexpensive, yet quality warm weather clothing, sleeping bags, snacks, etc. Get a good night of sleep tonight, as tomorrow starts your trek to Poon Hill and the Annapurna Region!


Day 3:
Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (B)


In the morning you will take the 5-6 hour drive from Kathmandu, through the Nepalese countryside, to the town of Pokhara via private vehicle. Along the way enjoy panoramic views of Annapurna and Manaslu Mountain range, Nepalese farmer villages, and the wonderful countryside of Nepal. The afternoon is free in Pokhara to explore this peaceful lakeside town and its wonderful views of the mighty Annapurna range, including Machhapuchhre Mountain (a.k.a. Fish Tail Mountain), considered by many to be one of the most beautiful mountains in the world.


Day 4:
Pokhara to Naya Pul and Trek to Urlleri (6,905 feet - 5 to 6 hours - about 6 miles) (B, L, D)


Getting an early start, travel with your Sherpa guide (and a Sherpa porter who will carry your 1 main bag) through lovely villages to the town of Naya Pul, where you will begin your trek. From Naya Pul, your trek follows the main trail along the river and steadily up the valley to Tikhedhunga village and Urlleri where you will spend the night in a traditional Nepalese tea house.


Day 5:
Urlleri to Ghorepani (9,350 feet - 4 to 5 hours - about 6 miles) (B, L, D)


Leaving Urlleri after a hearty breakfast, you will cross a stream and climb a stone staircase to the village of Magar. From here, the trail leads you through lush forests, farming villages and across sparkling streams. As you climb, the views open up and the mountains seem to get closer and closer, including your first views of iconic “Fishtail” Mountain. You will spend the night in the village of Ghorepani at the bottom of Poon Hill.


Day 6:
Ghorepani to Poon Hill (10,500 feet) to Tatopani (8,268 feet 6 hours - 6.6 miles) (B, L, D)


A pre-dawn ascent brings you to the top of Poon Hill where you will witness a stunning sunrise over the Annapurna Mountains. After taking in the breathtaking sunrise, you will return to the lodge for breakfast, then begin your decent by trekking to the village of Tatopani. The trek to Tatopani consists of a beautiful walk along and over a ridge and through an intriguing rainforest of moss covered rhododendron, maples, and coniferous trees.


Day 7:
Trek to Jhinu Danda Hot Spring (6,365 feet - 4 hours - 4.5 miles) (B, L, D)


Continuing your decent, the trek is easier as you walk down through a shaded and moss covered forest loaded with hundreds of streams and waterfalls that started life up in the nearby peaks. You’ll pass through many small villages and cross many suspension bridges along the way, ending in Jhinu. Jhinu is a small area with only a few guest houses surrounded by rice paddy fields. A 15 minute walk from the guesthouse brings you to the Modi River, who’s source begins at Annapurna Base Camp. Here you’ll find the Jhinu Danda Hot Springs, a nature spring set along the riverside where you can soak the tiredness out of your legs… a well-earned treat after a long trek.


Day 8:
Ghandrung to Dhampush (3,446 feet) (2,691 feet - 3 hours - 5 miles) (B, L, D)


Today your trek takes you through a number of picturesque villages and farms where you are greeted with smiles and waves from the friendly children and adults of the area. You’ll have great views of the mountains as you trek to the village of Dhampush, today’s destination.


Day 9:
Dhampush to Trail End to Pokhara (2,691 feet - 2 hours - 3 miles) (B)


The final day of your trek starts with a final sunrise view on the Himalayan Mountains. You’ll then trek about 2 hours to reach the trail end where the group will be picked up and transferred to Pokhara where you will again spend the evening. Be sure to get out and enjoy the many restaurants and bars that dot Pokhara.


Day 10:
Pokhara to Kathmandu (B)


In the morning, you will travel 5 to 6 hours by vehicle from Pokhara to Kathmandu. The evening is free to once again explore the fascinating city of Kathmandu.


Day 11:
Trip ends after breakfast. OR OR Optional 10 Day Bhutan Group Trip Starts (B)


The trip ends after breakfast. If you purchased round trip airport transfer with us, then (based on your flight time) you are picked up at the designated time and transported to the airport for your flight home. OR, why not join the Optional 10 Day Bhutan Group Trip and explore more of this amazing region of the world.



Important Information



This is a locally guided Global Expeditions Club small group trip that is open for anyone to join. You can sign up as a solo traveler* OR join with a spouse, friends or other family members. All are welcome!
*Solo Travelers: You're in luck! No mandatory single supplements. We provide free roommate matching - unless, of course, you'd prefer a single room which you can purchase during checkout.


This tour requires a total minimum group size to run. Please DO NOT purchase your airfare or any personal travel requirements until you receive a written confirmation of guaranteed departure.

Please see the "Download Trip Dossier" in the right hand column for an example packing list and other important information.

Prices are based on double occupancy in twin rooms. If you would like your own hotel room, please choose the optional single room supplement at check out. If you do not mind being paired up with a roommate of the same gender, then the single supplement does not apply.

Visas are required for Nepal and can be purchased upon arrival in Kathmandu for citizens of most countries (about US $30). Please check the nearest Nepalese Embassy or Consulate for your country of citizenship for current requirements. NOTE: it is the traveler's responsibility to obtain any and all visas for entry to Nepal.

This trek reaches altitudes of over 10,500 feet (3,200 meters). Please confer with your doctor prior to purchasing this trip to ensure that you are physically capable of completing this adventure safely and so that you fully understand the effects and required actions when trekking at altitude.

The local trekking guide reserves the right to alter the actual trekking route depending on trail conditions, weather, etc.

Note: The purity, remoteness, and beauty of Nepal's Himalayan region is one of the primary reasons people choose to take this amazing adventure. However this authenticity and emerging status means the tourist infrastructure tends to be limited in the more remote areas. Although rare, detours and itinerary changes may be required due to weather and road conditions. Additionally, accommodations in the more remote areas can be basic and possibly lack heat, showers and/or western toilet facilities.

It is highly recommended that you extend your arrival and departure by at least one day to avoid conflicts due to potential travel delays and to further explore the wonderful city of Kathmandu. Contact us for details and prices.

No refunds will be issued in cases were the trek cannot be completed due to illness, adverse weather conditions, flight delays or any other reasons such as political, natural disaster, etc.

All clients trekking in Nepal must bring 4 passport size photos with them to Nepal and may be required to submit a photocopy of the personal page of their passport and 1 passport sized picture to the local guide upon arrival (for national park entrance permit).

While in Nepal, why not add on the 10 day group trip to Bhutan immediately following this trip.

Trip ID: AS1154
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Price Includes
  • 11 day Nepal tour and trek to Poon Hill in the Annapurna region
  • Ground transportation between Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • 10 nights in nice 3 star hotels & Himalayan tea houses on trek
  • Local English speaking Sherpa guide throughout
  • Sherpa porter during trek to carry 1 main bag
  • Group Orientation Meeting & Welcome Dinner
  • All meals while trekking
  • Breakfast at hotels in Pokhara & Kathmandu
Price Does Not Include
  • International airfare between your home country and Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Airport transfers
  • Beverages and meals other than specified
  • Nepal visas (about $30 US avail on arrival)
  • Local fee
  • Travel medical insurance (details) mandatory
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Costs arising from unforeseen events outside our control (e.g., landslides, road blocks, transport strikes, flight delays/cancellations, etc.)
  • Optional Kathmandu sightseeing tour
Group Leader
  • Local English speaking Sherpa guide throughout
  • Sherpa porter during trek
Number of Days
  • 11 days, 10 nights
Accomodation Included
  • 10 nights in 3 star hotels and Himalayan tea houses on the trek
Seasonal Info
  • Can be trekked nearly anytime. The most popular seasons are February-May and August-mid December. The late December & January winter season can be a bit cold and the June-July summer season can be a bit wet. Regardless of when you trek in the Himalaya, it is always advisable to extend your stay in Nepal to avoid shortened trekking due to weather delays and to enjoy the vibrant Thamel neighborhood in Kathmandu.
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