12D11N Kathmandu, Pokhara & Poon Hill Trek

ITINERARY

Day 01                       

SINGAPOREKATHMANDU

Upon arrival at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our friendly local representative who will send you to your hotel. (Approx. 1 hr)

Overnight: Hotel

Day 02                       

KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING

After enjoying your breakfast in the hotel, you will start off your day with a visit to Pashupatinath. Pashupatinath, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is a pagoda- style temple situated on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, and is one of the holiest temples in the entire Hindu world. There, you will have an opportunity to observe the cremation rituals held by the river as well as to spot the scores of barely- clad marijuana smoking holy men or Sadhus who live in the premises. Visit Patan (aka Lalitpur) – The City of Fine Arts – located just across the Bagmatic River from Kathmandu. The Patan Durbar Square consists of a dense network of Newari style palace, courtyards and temples. The Royal Palace is flanked by three courtyards, each built at a different time with its own unique characteristic: Sudari Chowk, Mul Chowk, and Keshav Narayan Chowk. The earliest of the three, Sundari Chowk is known for its spectacularly carved stone bath and wood ornamentation of animals and deities. There are more than 50 ancient and exquisite temples of Hindu and Buddhist styles within and in the vicinity of the square. Krishna Mandir, a three story Shikhara style temple with 21 golden pinnacles and intricate cravings of Hindu epics of Ramayana and Mahabharat is completely made of stone. There are also many other famous Buddhist temples like Hiranya Varna Mahavihar (Golden Temple), Mahaboudha and Uku Bahal.

Overnight: Hotel

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Day 03                       

KATHMANDU – POKHARA

After enjoying your breakfast, you will be transferred by public bus to Pokhara. (Approx. 6 hrs). Other than taking bus all the way to Pokhara, you can also choose to raft down the Trisuli River that runs parallel to the road from Kathmandu to Pokhara The raft starts off at a leisure pace before picking up speed, giving you ample time to familiarize on rafting techniques and build up teamwork. Most of the rapids along the river are class 2 to 3 which offers good introduction to rafting. The activity will end at the village of Mugling where you will be hop onto a public bus to Pokhara.

Overnight: Hotel

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Day 04                       

POKHARA – NAYAPUL – TIKHEDHUNGA

After enjoying your breakfast, you will be driven (Approx. 1 hr) to the trailhead in Nayapul to begin on the Poon Hill trek. After a short hike along the banks of Modi Khola, you will reach Birethanti (1065m), a village with many shops and teahouses. The trail follows the north bank of Bhurungdi Khola and climbs steadily up through the valley before reaching Hile (1495m), and finally to the village of Tikhedhunga (1525m) where you will check in to a guesthouse to rest for the day.

Overnight: Guesthouse

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Day 05                       

TIKHEDHUNGA – ULLERI – GHOREPANI

After enjoying your breakfast, you will leave Tikhedhung by following the trail to cross Bhurungdi Khola on a suspension bridge. Subsequently, be prepared for a steep and long ascend via the 3200 stone steps to reach the Magars village of Ulleri (2070m). At Ulleri, you will be rewarded with the spectacle view of Machapuchare (Fishtail Mountain). The trail continues to ascend gently through fine forests of oak and rhododendron towards Banthanti (2250m), Nangethanti (2460m) and then to Ghorepani (2775m). Ghorepani, which means “horse-water” in Nepalese, is a popular pitstop for mule trains which ply the route from Pokhara to Jomsom and beyond. Nestled on top of the mountain, Ghorepani is shrouded with clouds and offers magnificent views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges.

Overnight: Guesthouse

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Day 06                       

GHOREPANI – POON HILL – GHOREPANI – TADAPANI

You will start off the hike early (before dawn) for the sunrise climb to Poon Hill, which offers a panoramic view of the Annapurna Range. Watch in awe as the first rays of sun penetrate the enveloping clouds to illuminate the peaks of Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Tukche (6920m), making the effort of waking up early worthwhile. After enjoying the magnificent sunrise, you will return to Ghorepani for breakfast before resuming the trek, exploring the ridges of rhododendron and pine forests to Tadapani.

Overnight: Guesthouse

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Day 07                       

TADAPANI – GHANDRUK

From Tadapani, the trail descends through sheltered moist forests with occasional views of the mountains before reaching Ghandruk (2000m) – a stunning village of the Gurung people. The Gurung people, one of the ethnic groups of Nepal, have their own dialect, culture, culture, costume, and lifestyle which you will have an opportunity to experience.

Overnight: Guesthouse

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Day 08                       

GHANDRUK – NAYAPUL – POKHARA

As the hike draws to an end, take your time to enjoy the scenery as you follow this last stretch of trail downhill towards Nayapul, where you will be picked up by our transportation back to Pokhara.

Overnight: Hotel

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Day 09                       

POKHARA SIGHTSEENING

Pokhara (827m) is blessed with stunning panoramic views of the Annapurna range which forms its backdrop. Machhapuchhre dominates the scenery because of its proximity to the valley and can be seen from anywhere in Pokhara. Two other eight-thousand meter tall peaks (Dhaulagiri, Manaslu) can also be seen from the city. You can stroll around or paddle in Phewa Lake or simply sit back to enjoy the tranquil environment. Visit the impressive Devi’s fall where the river flows underground after the fall. Take a short hike to World Peace Pagoda situated atop a hill to watch sunrise over Pokhara. For the adventurous, there is an option to take in the beautiful scenery from another perspective- to paraglide down to the lake side from Sarangkot (1592m).

Overnight: Hotel

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Day 10                       

POKHARA – NAGARKOT

Nagarkot (2195m) – a hill resort, situated on the northern fringe of the Kathmandu Valley is famous for its sunrise view of the Himalaya including Mount Everest. It also offers a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley and the whole Langtang range. The area is surrounded by rolling hills of pine trees and soaring hawks against a backdrop of snow capped mountains. Enjoy your day relaxing in the resort and exploring around the area.

Overnight: Hotel

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Day 11            

NAGARKOT – KATHMANDU

Wake up early to catch the magnificent sunrise over the Himalayan range. After enjoying your breakfast, you will be transferred back to Kathmandu. There will be an opportunity to explore Thamel – a shopping district with narrow streets selling all kinds of goods ranging from souvenirs, trekking equipments, woven fabrics to sweet pastries.

Overnight: Hotel

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Day 12                       

KATHMANDU – SINGAPORE                   

Prepare to bid goodbye to the lovely city of Kathmandu as you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after breakfast.

Package includes:

  • All land transfers including airport transfers
  • All accomodations in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nagarkot and during the trek
  • All hotel breakfasts in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Nagarkot
  • All meals and drinks (boiled water, coffee and tea) during the trek
  • Local Nepali trekking guide (English speaking)
  • Porters
  • Trekking permit
  • All entrance fees to places of interest

Package excludes:

  • Return international air ticket*
  • Travel insurance*
  • Nepal VISA
  • All meals not indicated
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Water rafting and paragliding activities
  • All expenses of a personal nature

*International fights and AIG Travel Guard Insurance can be arranged on your behalf.

Contact us today to find out more!

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