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Nepal Rhododendron Trek

Nepal Rhododendron Trek is also known as the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek which is undertaken during the spring season when the entire rhododendron forest will be in full bloom covering the whole mountainside. This is a low altitude trek but with spectacular sceneries and beauty of the high Himalayas. The trek is basically accomplished from the terraced rice fields above Pokhara passing along picturesque Gurung villages and towards the immense forest of rhododendron where in spring bursts with many different hues. The trekking trail is filled up with great many Himalayan panorama of mountains like Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna I (8091m), Mt. Fishtail (6998m), Nilgiri (7041m), Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna II (7239m,  Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Lamjung Himal (6988m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Tukuche peak (6920m )and many others. Another highlight of the trek is hike up to the Himalayan vantage-point ‘Poon Hill’ from where spot all the Himalayan giants of the Annapurna region like Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna  South plus other surrounding mountains. Nepal Rhododendron Trek is fairly an easy trek and witnessing the natural beauty of Nepal coupled up with witnessing local culture and traditions. 

Trip Highlights

  • Guided city tour of Kathmandu visiting the UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • Visit one of the most beautiful Lakeside town of Nepal – Pokhara.
  • Explore around the world’s biggest rhododendron forest.
  • Easy and short hike into the Annapurna region.
  • Witness majestic panorama from the Himalayan vantage-point ‘Pooh Hill’.
  • Discover local culture and traditions and observe daily lives in the high Himalayan settlements.
  • Varieties of flora & fauna.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

Day 03 : Kathmandu to Pokhara (915m)

Day 04 : Drive to Nayapul & trek to Ulleri (2050m)

Day 05 : Ulleri – Ghorepani (2870m)

Day 06 : Ghorepani – Poon Hill (3210m)-Tadapani (2710m)

Day 07 : Tadapani - Ghandruk (1940m)

Day 08 : In Ghandruk (1940m)

Day 09 : Ghandruk – Nayapul & drive to Pokhara

Day 10 : Pokhara to Kathmandu (25 Minutes Flight)

Day 11 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

What is Included

  • Airport pick up / drop off by private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Guided Kathmandu city tours inclusive of private vehicle and guide.
  • Necessary permit and monuments entrance fees.
  • Transfers by car/van or flight as per the itinerary.
  • Domestic airport departure tax.
  • Accommodation in Pokhara including breakfast as per the itienrary.
  • Pokhara - Nayapul - Pokhara by private vehicle.
  • Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges.
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Experienced English speaking trekking guide and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) during the trek
  • Annapurna Conservation area entrance Permit and fees.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & Permit)
  • First Aid medical kit.
  • Duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole.
  • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant.
  • All government taxes, VAT and office service charges

What is Not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara if needed.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs for faster service)
  • International airfare and travel insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Any kind of drinks (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottle water, cola, beer etc.)
  • Tips for guide and porters (Tipping are expected but not mandatory)
     

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

After landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu from your designated destinations, you will be received by a representative of the travel company at the arrival gate who will then transfer you to you allotted hotels.  If the time persists, you can either visit the city or relax at the hotel to overcome your jet lag. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

The Kathmandu sightseeing trip will begin in the morning. After breakfast, you will be taken towards Kathmandu Durbar (Palace) Square, one of the heritage sites where you can view many historical and cultural monuments. Later, you will visit another heritage site known as Pashupatinath Temple. This is a sacred Hindu Temple of Lord Shiva named which is always crowded by Hindu pilgrims. After lunch, visit to Buddhist pilgrimage Swoyambhunath (famous by the name of Monkey temple among tourists) will be carried forward. Likewise, Boudhanath Shrine will be covered by the evening.  After concluding the sightseeing, there will be seminar for you to attend to discuss about the upcoming trekking plans. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03 : Kathmandu to Pokhara (915m)

After exploring the historic Kathmandu Valley, on the day, you will board a tourist bus which will take you towards Pokhara, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. During this 6-7 hours bus ride, you can see Trishuli River along the way. You will reach Pokhara during the early afternoon hours. After lunch, you can wander around the beautiful lake city known for enthralling spectators with its superb mountain views. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04 : Drive to Nayapul & trek to Ulleri (2050m)

In the morning after breakfast, drive to the trek-start-point ‘Nayapul’ and begin the trek crossing Birethanti where trek permits are checked. Then the trial passing through sub-tropical forest then stops for a lunch. After lunch, you will descend towards Modi Valley passing along bamboo and terraced farmlands and arrive at Tikhedunga. Continue the trek till Ulleri at 2050 meters perched on a hillside. En-route be mesmerized by great views of the Annapurna region and passing along beautiful villages. Overnight at Lodge. (Walking Duration: 6 hrs)

Day 05 : Ulleri – Ghorepani (2870m)

The trek continues to the Ghorepani village; Ghorepani meaning ‘Ghore’ horse and ‘Pani’ water where in the earlier times Ghorepani used to be the major trading centre where traders used to stop and rest and their horses drinking water in the area thus the name Ghorepani.

From Ulleri, the trail ascends but gentle walk compared to previous day and arrive at Banthati. Then it passes mostly through rhododendron forest and arrives at Nagthanti where you will have lunch. After this point, the forest becomes even more denser with the path leading to stone steps and arrives at the lower section of Ghorepani. After 20 minutes of ascending will arrive at the check-post, the gateway to the upper village where the night is spent. From here get spectacular view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges including Nilgiri. Overnight at Lodge. (Walking Duration: 5 hrs)

Day 06 : Ghorepani – Poon Hill (3210m)-Tadapani (2710m)

Early in the morning, you will hike up to Poon Hill (3180m) from where some great panorama and sunrise view of the majestic Himalayas can be witnessed of mountains like over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhre (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and many others. Then return back to Ghorepani and have your breakfast and trek towards Tadapani passing along deep forests of rhododendrons, bamboos and oaks. On the trail also encounter waterfalls, green valleys and spot birds and animals. Overnight at Lodge. (Walking Duration: 6-7 hrs)

Day 07 : Tadapani - Ghandruk (1940m)

Today’s trek will be comparatively easy in the entire trek. First the trial passes through rhododendron and oak forests with soothing sounds of bird’s chirping en-route. This trek is the best alternative for bird lovers and ultimately the trek ends at Ghandruk. Ghandruk is large village of Gurung community where there’s also a Gurung museum and handicraft centre. From here you can get some spectacular views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail. Overnight at Lodge. (Walking Duration: 3-4 hrs)

Day 08 : In Ghandruk (1940m)

This day is spent at Ghandruk village areas with visits to the surrounding rhododendron forest and witnessing other varieties of species. Rhododendron is an evergreen flowering shrub with bunch of bell-shaped flowers. About thirty species of Rhododendron with dozen varieties with all sizes and colors are available in Nepal. One such species ‘Rhododendron Arboreum’ (Rose Tree) is the national flower of Nepal. Though the flower is found all over the world but Nepali rhododendrons are remarkable with their colossal size which can grow to 30m tall. The flower blooms later in February to April and usually covers the entire mountainside. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 09 : Ghandruk – Nayapul & drive to Pokhara

After breakfast, trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara. The trail first goes downhill till Birethanti and passes through different kinds of rhododendron forests. Then it proceeds on a staircase with stone slabs, curving in and out of the village and then to terrace fields. You will have to go down almost without a break from Ghandruk till Modi Khola ‘river’ Valley and finally reaches Birethanti. After half an hour’s walk from here will reach Nayapul where the trek ends and meet the vehicle awaiting to drive you back to Pokhara which is about an hour’s drive. Upon arrival in Pokhara, check-in hotel and the rest of the day is free to explore the lakeside town of Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel. (Walking Duration: 4 hrs)

Day 10 : Pokhara to Kathmandu (25 Minutes Flight)

After a brisk sightseeing in Pokhara during morning hours, you will have to pack your bags to leave for Kathmandu. For the return trip, you will be fly back to Kathmandu. The day will give you the last chance to add up to your shopping list. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 11 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

As per your flight timings, you will be escorted by one of the representatives of Breakfree Adventures to the international terminal at the Tribhuvan International Airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule from your hotel in Kathmandu. A day to bid farewell to the glorious country situated in the South Asia. While waiting for your flight, you can make plans to venture other destinations of the majestic country in near future.

We hope you had a lovely time with us. Breakfree Adventures would be obliged to be your travel partner during your next adventure in Nepal. Have a safe flight back home!

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 11 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Moderate

Activities: Sightseeing & Trekking

Best Season: March to May

Max altitude: 3,210 meters (Poon Hill)

Transportation: Private vehicles, Tourist bus & Flight

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Full board on trek

Accommodation: Hotel/resort in Kathmandu and Pokhara, lodge/teahouse during the trek

Trip Type: Lodge/Teahouse trek

Starts/Ends: Nayapul

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