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Nepal with Poonhill Trek 8N/9D

Description

Poonhill Trekking in Nepal will let you feel the Himalayan Panorama while providing you the opportunities to get close to the local Culture.

Itenary Glance

Day 01

Arrive Kathmandu. Meet at the airport and transfer to hotel.

Day 02

Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City & Swoyambhunath.

Fly OR Drive to Pokhara

Day 03

Pokhara – Nayapul -Tikhedunga – Ulleri (village)

Day 04

Ulleri– Nangethanti – Ghorepani Deurali

Day05

Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Tadapani – Ghandruk

Day06

Ghandruk – Nayapul – Pokhara

Day 07:

Half day sightseeing in Pokhara

Day 08

Drive OR Fly back to Kathmandu.

Day 09:

Departure

Detailed Itenary

Day 01 : Kathmandu

Arrive Kathmandu. Representative from AK Holidays will meet and greet you at the airport with garland and then transfer you to hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Welcome to an ancient Himalayan nation that offers a fascinating culture, incredible scenery, very warm and friendly people, great trekking opportunities, and a whole lot more. With the exception of congested Kathmandu, Nepal have charming, laid back cities and towns, along with picturesque wildlife parks that are home to many endangered species. The unfortunate picture (of the effects of the 2015 earthquake) painted by the media, like much of what they do, is severely exaggerated. For example, the three ancient temples, all UNESCO World Heritage sites, in Kathmandu received very little, or no, damage. The three Durbar Square’s (all of which are also UNESCO World Heritage Sites) in the queen cities of the Kathmandu Valley did receive fairly heavy damage, but most of their monuments are still standing and still provide wonderful insights into the local culture over the last millennia.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Pokhara

After breakfast, you will be taken for half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swoyambhunath.

Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is one of the world’s oldest cities. It is also known as Kantipur. Here one can find distinctive pagoda-roofed temples, stone sculptures, old monasteries and histories monuments. Here you will visit the temple of the Living Goddess, who acknowledges the greetings of devotees from the balcony of her temple residence Kasthamandap – the source of the name Kathmandu and supposed to be made from the timber of a singe tree and Durbar Square are with it’s array of temples overlooked by the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, the ancient place of the former Nepalese Royalty.

Kathmandu Durbar Square: This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples,  built between 12th and 18th Centuries, used to be the seat of ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. It is the place where kings of Nepal are crowned and their coronations solemnized. An intriguing piece here is the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. Kumari Temple: Kumari temple is the residence of the Living Goddess. Kumari, known as Virgin Goddess has got some specialties, she must be chosen from a typical Newari cast with no body marks & injuries & will be replaced by another Kumari after puberty. Kasthamandap: Kasthamandap is believed to be constructed from the wood of a single tree in the sixteenth century situated near to the Kumari Temple. The name Kathmandu was named after this

Swoyambhunath: The four seeing eyes of Swoyambhunath Stupa watch over the valley from the top of 77-m high hillock on western side. This most glorious Stupa in the world, is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of Kathmandu valley out of a primordial lake. The surroundings of the Swoyambhunath are covered with small Chaityas & monasteries as well as some Hindu temples. The National Museum and the Museum of Natural History are situated at the foot of the hill.

Later, fly OR drive to Pokhara

Rest of the evening is at leisure in Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 03 : Ulleri

Pokhara- Nayapul – Ulleri

After Breakfast at your Hotel in Pokhara, drive to Nayapul. It is about 1:30 hours to get there. We start our trekking from Nayapul. During the hike we pass many local villages, tea houses, gentle green rolling hills, rivers and local people. After crossing the Tikhedunga Khola on the suspension bridge, the trail begins to climb up quite steeply on a stone staircase that is more than 3200 steps. After climbing the hill we can see Mt. Annapurna south (7219 m.) and Hiunchuli (6441 m.). Nayapul to Ulleri (1960 m, 4-5 hours walking)and then overnight at Lodge in Ulleri.

Day 04: Ghorepani

Ulleri– Nangethanti – Ghorepani Deurali

It is a very pleasant part of the trek.We walk in the jungle most of the day. If you come in the spring you will see a lot of Rhododendron flowers. You have the chance to see many wild birds and animals. You can see a great view of many snow capped mountains. Ulleri to Ghorepani(2874 m, 5 hour walking) and then overnight at Lodge.

Day 05: Ghandruk

Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Tadapani – Ghandruk

We get up early in the morning with warm clothes and climb up Poonhill (3210 m.). it is not necessary to take much with us as we return later to collect our main rucksacks. It is about one hour walking to get to Poonhill (3210 m). You will see the best sunrise and magnificent view of the Himalayas like Annapurna South, Baharishikhar, Hiuchuli, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri ranges, Tukuche peak, Annapurna I,II,III,IV, Lamjung Himal, Mt. Manaslu ranges, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and others mountains. After this unforgettable view, we come back to Ghorepani for breakfast. Trek to Ghandruk. The hike starts with quite a steep uphill section to Deurali pass. It is a similar elevation to Poonhill. We will see all the mountains from here as well. After that we hike down to Tadapani. We continue hike to Ghandruk through the Bhaisi Kharka (Buffalo pasture).  Ghandruk  is one of the biggest villages of Gurung people. There is the Gurung Culture Museum. We can go and see the way of life of the Gurung people. From this village we can still see views of snow peaks. Ghorepani to Ghandruk (1939 m, 6-7 hours walking) and then overnight at Lodge.

Day 06: Pokhara

Ghandruk – Nayapul – Pokhara

If it is a clear morning we may see Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre (fishtail) and Annapurna III very close. We have our breakfast with views. This day, we walk to Kimche from Ghandruk. It takes slowly 2 hours trek. From Kimche, then drive back to Pokhara. Overnight at your Hotel in Pokhara.

Day 07: Pokhara

After breakfast, proceed for half day sightseeing in Pokhara

Pokhara is a remarkable place of natural beauty.  At an elevation lower than that of Kathmandu, it has much more tropical feel to it; a fact well appreciated by the beautiful diverse flowers that prosper in this environment. The enchanting city with a population of around 95,000 has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. The valleys surrounding Pokhara is home to thick forest, gushing rivers, emerald lakes and of course, the views of world famous Himalayas. The serenity of the lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambiance of peace and magic

Devi’s fall: Locally known as Patale Chhango (Hell’s fall), Devi’s fall is an amazing waterfall lying about 2 km south-west of Pokhara airport on the highway to Tansen. It was named after Devi, a Swiss lady who was swept away when the floodgates were accidentally opened, never to be seen again.

Seti River Gorge: Seti Gorge is one of the important places to visit in Pokhara. The Seti Gandaki flows right through the city. The river flows underground at many places and up to 250 meters deep at some places. There is a local myth that the entire Pokhara valley floats on the Seti river.

Mahendra Cave: located north of Pokhara, the area is known as Batulechaur. Regular micro buses and taxis are available to go to Mahendra Cave from Main town of Pokhara. Tourist can hire taxi or book sightseeing from hotels. Mahendra Gufa is one of the most popular visiting spot in Pokhara Nepal. 95% tourists go to visit Mahendra Cave. Tell your Taxi Driver to take you Mahendra Gufa not other Gufa. Mahendra Gufa is completely different than other Gufa.

Bindabasini temple: Bindabasini Mandir is of great religious importance to Hindus living in the Pokhara region. It is a vital hub of religious fervor. The temple itself is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga, who is Pokhara’s chosen guardian deity. Durga, also known as Shakti or Kali has numerous manifestations and at the Bindabasini temple she is seen as Bhagwati, a blood-thirsty aspect of the goddess. Durga appears in the form of a Saligram. A Saligram, according to Hindu mythology is a propitious stone. It is said that the temple was created after the goddess ordered king Khadag Bum Malla to set up her statue here. The Bindabasini temple was then founded in BS 1845. Since its establishment, Bhagwati has been an object of worship here on a daily basis. Animal sacrifices are typically presented at the temple on Saturdays and Tuesdays. The Hindu festival of Dashain sees large numbers of believers coming to offer sacrifices at Bindabasini Mandir. Indeed, there is little space for tourist during the festival of Dashain.

Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave: Gupteshwor Mahadev is a beautiful cave just opposite to David Fall. A giant stalagmite within this cave is honored as a Shiva lingam and the devout flock here to pray. Entry tickets allow you to enter the temple. For some extra money you can also obtain entry to the tunnel behind, which comes out at a wet cavern right behind the gushing Devi’s fall. Once inside the cave, look up at the ceiling and you will see detritus and branches in cracks in the rock. These have actually been pushed up there by flood waters that fill the cave during the monsoon.

Boat ride at Phewa Lake: Spend a quiet time boating in the ultimate lake where the reflections of Mount Annapurna and Machhapuchhare range falls. You will also see a variety of fishes while boating. An island temple is located at the middle of the lake. Thick forest lies on the adjoining southern slopes of the lake. It’s hard to escape the draw of Phewa Lake and any visitor with even a few spare minutes should endeavor to take a boat out on the water to fully experience the wonderful views of the reflected mountains

Day 08 : Kathmandu

After breakfast, drive OR fly to back to Kathmandu.

Rest of the day is at leisure in Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 09: Departure

Today morning, depending on your departure flight, representative from AK Holidays will transfer you to International Airport for your onward flight to your hometown.