Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek (3210 m)
Welcome to Ghorepani Poon Hill trek (3210 m). At this amazing viewpoint you mostly find very nice weather and you can see more then 10 mountains face to face from here, like Annapurna Range, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Lamjung mountain etc. Two of these peaks are more then 8000 m high.
The trek will take 4 days and 3 nights, starting and finishing at Nayapul going a small round circuit. The first day we walk from Nayapul to Ulleri (2000 m), the second day from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2800 m), the third day early in the morning to see the amazing sunrise and panoramaview at Poon Hill, continuing back to Tadapani (2600 m), the fourth and last day we walk from Tadapani to Ghandruk for lunch and visit the big village and cultural museum, see old technologies, local mountain area people. Finally back to Nayapul by bus or walk. The bustrip takes 1,5 hour and walking from Ghandruk to Nayapul 4-5 hours.
Poon hill trek is a short, very famous and easy trek, where you can find many things included, like mountains and culture, mountain paths, old technology transport (donkey and men porter), water mills, stony houses ,our national flower, big jungle, panaroma Mountain View, waterfalls, animals and manykinds of flowers. It feels like heaven and is also my favourite trekking.
Dear trekkers, if you want to do the Poon Hill trek you need a Tims card and a permit card!
MANASLU TREK (5500 m) 15 days
The Manaslu trekking exhibits the sensational mountain vistas, fascinating culture and biological diversity, spanning altitudes from 600 to 5500 meter – one of Nepal’s last Himalayan jewels. This trek suits best to those who are looking for the challenging but less trodden trekking in Nepal, is also a part of the Great Himalayan trail. New teahouses are being built all around the Manaslu trek route nowadays, thus we are organizing this trek in teahouse mode, which used to be a fully camping few years back. This Manaslu trekking is also becoming the best alternative of the classic Annapurna circuit due to the road construction in some sections of the Annapurna region.
We start our Manaslu trek from Arughat after the drive from Kathmandu. Trekking along the Budhi Gandaki river the trail meanders, scrambles and climbs its way along the confines of the valley. Much of the round Manaslu trekking is in the region known as Nupri, an area of strong Tibetan influence with the trade route between the regions. As we trek higher the Hindu culture is being replaced by Buddhist features of Mani walls, Khanyi gates and Chortens as does the topography change. This Manaslu circuit trekking region is a natural habitat for many elusive wild animals including the snow leopard, grey wolf, must deer, Himalayan thar and blue sheep, Keep your eyes open!! Trekking routes at lower Manaslu section – being effected by the April 2015 earthquake – have been rebuilt already and we have been running trips as per the regular Manaslu trek itinerary since spring 2016, once again totally safe for trekking.
- Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu or Pokhara to Arughat Bazaar (570 m)
- It takes about seven hours. You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway for the first part of the day and then drive towards the hill bazaar of Gorkha. After Gorkha the road gets a bit rough until reaching Arughat Bazaar
- Day 2: Trek from Arughat Bazaar to Soti Khola (530 m)
- It takes about six hours. You trek over a flat leveled path along the bank of Budhi Gandaki River through mostly terraces, numerous villages, green hills, pretty waterfalls and green forest. To reach Soti Khola, the trail fluctuates uphill and downhill through the forests of Sal, Chilaune and other local vegetation. Soti Khola is a village at the bank of Budhi Gandaki
- Day 3: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890 m)
- It takes about six hours. The zigzag path passes through forests, villages, streams, pretty waterfalls and green valleys until you reach Lap Besi. This is a village mainly resided by Mongolian inhabitants. You then again traverse the zigzag path to reach Machha Khola. Here is a small market with a few shops and lodges.
- Day 4: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1350 m)
- It takes about six hours. You cross the Machha Khola (fish stream) and head upstream to the tiny village of Khola Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. The trail is quite exposed and challenging in places. After a short section of forest path you reach the single teahouse at Doban. At Lauri, you cross the river on a suspension bridge and then climb on a high path to the fields of Jagat.
- Day 5: Trek from Jagat to Philim (1700 m)
- It takes about three hours. The early part of the trek moves gently uphill and then follows a flat leveled path. You cross a suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki before you enter Philim. Philim is a big village mainly inhabited by the Gurungs.
- Day 6: Trek from Philim to Deng (2095 m)
- It takes about six hours. You trek over a flat leveled path mostly through a forest of pines, rhododendrons and others. While walking you cross a few bridges and can see villages at a far distance. From Deng you can enjoy a pretty waterfall lying at some distance. Deng is famous for its potatoes, buck weat, barly, wheat, cabbage and spinach. The people here are mostly involved in agriculture.
- Day 7: Trek from Deng to Namrung (2900 m)
- It takes about five hours. In the beginning you trek almost a flat leveled path and then the trail moves uphill all the way to Namrung through the forest.
- Day 8: Trek from Namrung to Lhogaon (3100 m)
- It takes about four hours. You trek over a winding path that moves through the inner Himalayan range. On the way you can enjoy mountain views of the Rupinala pass, Mount Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal, Lajing Peak and many other snowcapped mountains and peaks. As you go up the vegetation decreases. You come across the Mani walls, chortens, prayer flags and monasteries. Also from Lhogaon you can catch panoramic views of Mount Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal, Lajing Peak and others.
- Day 9: Trek from Lhogaon to Samagaon (3390 m)
- It takes about four hours. You follow the right bank of the river with views of Peak 29 ahead. As you continue on the main trail you soon reach the fields of Samagaon, 3500 m.
- Day 10: Rest day
- This day is a day for rest at Samagaon to give you some acclimatization. You can hike to Manaslu Base Camp for excellent views of Samdo (Pang Phuchuli), Nagdi Chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu icefall and you can visit Birendra Kunda which is an icelake near the Manaslu Base Camp.
- Day 11: Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3690 m)
- It takes about four hours. You trek gently uphill all the way to Samdo through a desert path and windy valley. The Tibetan border is just four kilometers away from Samdo. This is an excellent view point for Mount Manaslu, Samdo (Pang Phuchuli), Nagdi Chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu icefall and several Majestic peaks.
- Day 12: Trek from Samdo to Larkya La Phedi (4460 m)
- It takes about three hours. The trail is rocky and zigzags all the way to your destination. Before you reach Larka La Phedi there is a market called Larkya Bazaar where seasonal fairs are held for the local folks. You will also find a Dharmasala at Larkya La Phedi.
- Day 13: Trek from Larkya La Phedi to Larkya La pass (5135 m) to Bimthang (3590 m)
- It takes about seven hours. Early in the morning you begin to trek a steep ascent until Larkya La through a rocky and windy path. From here you can enjoy the views of Larkya Peak, Mount Manaslu, Ratna Chuli, Cheo Himal and many other snowcapped mountains and peaks. Crossing this pass you follow a steep downhill path through rock and ice. On the way you will encounter many ice lakes. Bimthang is a broad and level ablation valley with a number of Mani walls and deserted houses.
- Day 14: Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani (1860 m)
- It takes about four hours. Crossing this high pasture you descend the valley of the Burdin Khola to the areas of the Base Camp for the West side of Manaslu. From a ridge at 4150 meters you have excellent views of Manaslu to the South East and Annapurna II to the South West. Beyond a bridge over the headwaters of the Dudh Khola you descend into a rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until you reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche, 2785 meters. Walking down you cross a stream to reach Tilje. Leaving Tilje you trek uphill for nearly 45 minutes and reach Dharapani crossing a bridge over the Marshyangdi River.
- Day 15: Trek from Dharapani to Jagat (1800 m)
- It takes about six hours. You trek all the way over a descended path along the bank of Dudh Khola (river) and Marshyangdi River. On the way you walk through pleasant villages such as Tal, which is an attractive village with a pretty waterfall. Eventually you come across Jagat which is a stone village situated on a shelf, that juts into the precipitous Marshyangdi valley.
- Day 16: Trek from Jagat to Nagdi (850 m)
- It takes about four hours. A steep trail descends from Jagat through the Marshyangdi valley. You cross Marshyangdi River at Syange and walk through Ghermu Path (Ghermu field). This part of the trek is pleasant along a flat leveled path with views of green valleys and villages at some distance. Past this Ghermu field and a ville your trail goes uphill for nearly half an hour to reach Bahundanda. At this point you descend all the way to Nagdi.
- Day 17: Trek from Nagdi to Beshishar (823 m)
- It takes about four hours. You trek along a flat leveled path all the way to Beshishar through villages such as Bulbule, Khudi and others. Your route cuts across terraces, ridges and sometimes you cross small streams. Beshishar is the district headquarter of the Lamjung district.
- Day 18: Drive from Beshishar to Pokhara
- It takes about seven hours. It is a picturesque drive on the way back to Kathmandu or Pokhara along the banks of the Marshyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and colourful villages on both sides of the road.
- Country Nepal
- Destination Manaslu Trek
- Duration 2-3 Weeks
- Activities Trekking
- Grade Strenuous
- Best Season October-November / March-April
- Group Size Min. 1 and Max. 12
- Altitude 5230 m
- Starts/Ends Pokhara
- Accommodation Three nights 3* hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan & mountain lodge(teahouse) in trekking
- Meals included Breakfast and welcome or farewell dinner in Pokhara / Full board in Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
- Transportation Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car / by bus from Pokhara and by car from trek ending point to Pokhara.