Nepal Holiday Tour with Short Trek - 10 Days

Overview

Nepal Holiday Tour with Short Trek is another one family activity to a relatively hiking destination along with other members such as children and a bit aged. A bit of adventure in the rural parts of Nepal where the family can partake of, as a whole unit is the theme of such a trek. The climax of which this hike is, the top of what is known as Poon Hill, nothing like the other gigantic peaks, but relatively easy to ascent. This gives the younger members a taste of what the summit gives. No snow but shows the snow-capped peaks in the early morning with the sun turning them to a golden hue as it begins to rise over them. Making the moment almost magical. Something out of a fairy tale book.

This Nepal Holiday Tour with Short Trek all begins with your arrival in Kathmandu. With having spent a day in it visiting UNESCO Sites, you learn about the interesting facts from them. Then you head for Pokhara getting your first taste of rural Nepal along with your family on the way. Eventually, the hike begins along a relatively easy trekking route for a couple of days to climax at Poon Hill at Ghorepani. It not only takes you there but while getting there you hike along trails that give you majestic sights and sounds of the woods which you pass through, allowing the spotting of a bird which turns out a squirrel the laughing joke of the pack. The villages, you pass seem to be welcoming with their tradition, culture and religion. Then the pictures taken with the snow-capped Himalayan peaks as the backdrop is another story to tell of a family adventure to Ghorepani Poon Hill. Finally is over when you are beginning to have such fun as a family unit, that you might consider doing another family adventure with Nagarkot Family Hike and Trekking & Hiking around Kathmandu

This Nepal Holiday Tour with Short Trek gives one much to gain from a family unit while enjoying the majestic sight and sound of Nepal has to offer. Your visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites begins the show, with the visit to four of them; Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Temple cum Stupa and Boudhanath Stupa. Each of them is uniquely placed in the values of Nepal’s history, tradition and religion, glowing with the architectural splendors. The bus ride from one tourist town to another, Pokhara, is a tale of rural life, rolling lush green hills and fast flowing rivers. Then the daily hikes of a few days taking you from village to village, each letting out the secrets of their culture, tradition and religion – all seeming different but a part of the whole. The way between them lets out the secret of the terrain you travel over with the forest, the meadows and the animal life which all brings to a boil when you stand atop the Poon Hill wrestling the view of what the early morning sun does to the topography of the snow-covered mountains which supposed to be white but now basking a golden sheen. The trek takes the whole family unit back to visit some model villages for a taste of what actual Nepal is about when it comes to family.

Is this tour safe for children?
Obviously, it is, but too small children like babies and toddlers might become a cumbersome issue for the mother as well as for other members. Children should be able to be active, and the same goes for the elderly who am a bit fit. Thus this is a relatively easy trek for most and is in a secure area.

Outline Trekking Itinerary for Nepal Holiday Tour with Short Trek
Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara (6 – 7 hr bus ride)
Day 4: Pokhara to Tikhedhunga (1540m) (4 – 5 hr hike)
Day 5: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2870m) (5 – 6 hr hike)
Day 6: Ghorepani to Poonhill (3210m) to Tadapani (2710m) (6 – 7 hr hike)
Day 7: Tadapani to Ghandruk (1940m)
Day 8: Ghandruk to Nayapul (1070m) to Pokhara
Day 9: Pokhara to Kathmandu (25 Min Flight)
Day 10: Transfer to airport for your onward destination

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy sightseeing tour to various historical/natural/cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Enjoy terrific Pokhara - Kathmandu - Pokhara journey known for mind-blowing sceneries
  • Explore around Pokhara, the most beautiful lake city of the country, also known for providing superb mountain views
  • Enjoy views of Annapurna, Machhapuchchhre (Fishtail), Dhaulagiri, Himalchuli etc.
  • Enjoy the magnificent view of sunrise from the Poon Hill, and sunset from Tadapani
  • Pass through gushing rivers, green countryside, alpine meadows, valleys, glaciers etc.
  • Get along with ethnic people and their culture
  • Board scenic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Witness variety of floras and faunas

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival at Kathmandu

Today is when you hit the City of Kathmandu with your flight in. A representative of the company will be waiting to welcome the lot of you and then take you to the hotel lodging. If time is left in hand for the day, you might use it as it pleases you like checking out the streets of the city. The family stays at the hotel for the night.

Day 2
Kathmandu Sightseeing

Today after breakfast, we take a tour of some important places in Kathmandu. We visit four of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites that have value in the history, culture, tradition and religion of the Nepali people. We first go to Kathmandu Durbar Square to see the city which has the old palace and many temples in its vicinity. Then it is onto the fourth century built temple by a King in honour of Lord Shiva, called the Pashupatinath Temple. After lunch, it onto the Monkey Temple known as Swayambhunath temple on a hill top, which is intractably linked to the formation of the valley and of high religious importance to the Buddhist. Then later it is to Boudhanath Stupa, which is said to hold the single hair of Lord Buddha in it. Later, we return to the hotel for our stay.

Day 3
Kathmandu to Pokhara (6 – 7 hr bus ride)

Today, we hop a tourist bus to Pokhara which will be about seven hours. The ride itself takes us through lush green rolling hills with villages in them along the River Trishuli with its rapid flowing waters and rafters showing their skills. We reach Pokhara and check into a hotel for the night.

Day 4
Pokhara to Tikhedhunga (1540m) (4 - 5 hr hike)

Today, we take a private vehicle to Nayapul and begin hiking until we reach Birethanti that is the entrance to Ghorepani route. We gently ascend via stream till Tikhedhuna. On the way we catch sights of waterfall and traditional villages. We stay the night at a guest house in Tikhedhunga

Day 5
Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2870m) (5 - 6 hr hike)

Today we head for Ghorepani from Tikhedunga along a trail which should us through some mesmerizing trails and steps to climb. Frequently crossing streams and passing woods and at times villages to finally get to Ghorepani. We stay the night at a lodge.

Day 6
Ghorepani to Poonhill (3210m) to Tadapani (2710m) (6 – 7 hr hike)

Today, we wake early and head for Poonhill which stands a vantage point at 3210 metres. We get to the top just in time as the sun rises for a spectacular view of the snow covered peaks of Annapurna, Machhapuchhare and others beginning to bask in a golden sheen. View the fine sight and take a galore of pictures, we finally begin trekking towards Tadapani which is mostly ascending. At Tadapani, we relax in the hot springs and stay the night in a lodge.

Day 7
Tadapani to Ghandruk (1940m)

Today we continue trekking to the model village of Ghandruk, we lovely views of the Annapurna Range and others in the background. At Ghandruk, the sights of the mountains become all the more astonishing. We pay a visit to the village museum to see and learn about the walk of life in rural Nepal. We stay the night here at a lodge.

Day 8
Ghandruk to Nayapul (1070m) to Pokhara

Today, we spend the last day hiking while heading for Nayapul, where we will be picked up and driven to Pokhara by private vehicle. In Pokhara, we check into a hotel for our stay.

Day 9
Pokhara to Kathmandu (25 Min Flight)

Today, we fly to Kathmandu in a 25 minute flight where from the plane we get a taste of what rural Nepal looks from the air. At Kathmandu, we spend the remaining part of the day doing window shopping or as we might please. In the evening, you will be taken to an authentic Nepali restaurant for a farewell dinner with the staff of the company. You stay the night at the hotel.

Day 10
Transfer to airport for your onward destination

If you have no other programme in Kathmandu, you will be taken to the international airport and bid farewell by a staff of the company, three hours ahead of your flight out for check in formalities.
At Breakfree Adventures, we hope that you had a fine time along with other members that you came with. Our only consideration would be, were we able to provide you with the comfort and security necessary.

Cost

What is Included

  • Airport pick up/drop by a private vehicle.
  • Three night’s accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Guided Kathmandu city tour at 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites with private vehicle and guide.
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara transfers by a tourist bus. (Option: Flight or private vehicle)
  • Two night’s accommodation in Pokhara including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Pokhara - Nayapul - Pokhara transfers by a private vehicle.
  • All accommodations during the trek at lodges/Teahouse.
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Experienced Government licensed English speaking trekking guide and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) on the trek.
  • Trekking staff costs like their transportation, food, accommodation, wages, and insurance.
  • Pokhara - Kathmandu by a flight with domestic airport departure tax.
  • Annapurna Conservation area (ACAP) entrance permit fee.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & ACAP Permit)
  • First Aid medical kit (carried by your trek guide).
  • Trek gears like duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole. (To be returned after the trek)
  • Our souvenir to you - Breakfree Adventures T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate.
  • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant after the trek completion.
  • All government and local taxes, VAT.

What is Not Included

  • Lunch or Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Monuments entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal visa fee (bring accurate USD cash, US$30 per person for 15 days, and two passport photos)
  • Extra accommodations in Kathmandu or Pokhara if required.
  • International airfare and travel insurance.
  • Any kinds of drinks or personal expenses (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottled water, soft drinks, beer, phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Tips for guide and porters.
What is Nepal Holiday Tour with Short Trek?

Nepal Holiday Tour with Short Trek is trekking into the beautiful Annapurna region exploring it’s natural beauty, witnessing majestic Himalayan panorama and get to know the culture and traditions of the people living in high Himalayas. The prime highlight of the trek is ‘Poon hill’- the popular Himalayan viewpoint to watch the sunrise over the Himalayas.

Which is the best time for Nepal Holiday Tour with Short Trek?

Though the trek can be done around the year the best time for Nepal Holiday Tour with Short Trek is from March to May, and September to November. Weather will be at it’s best during these months with clear Himalayan views but still mornings and evenings will be colder. Monsoon (Jun-Aug) will be too wet with slippery and muddy trails.

Can I take children on this trek?

It depends how your children can walk in a day and that too in high Himalayan trails which are ups and downs, climbing long stairs and descending down. If they are physically fit and also have previous hiking experience then it will be no trouble taking along children on this trek.

Where does the trek starts and ends?

The trek starts and ends in Nayapul in Pokhara to where you first drive from Pokhara. After the trek ends your vehicle will be waiting for you at Nayapul then drop you off in Pokhara for the overnight stay.

What kind of food is provided during the trek?

Food during the trek will be from continental cuisines to Nepali meals like ‘daal bhat’ – rice, lentils and vegetables. Tea or coffee will be served in the morning and alcoholic beverages aren’t included. Alcohols are also not recommended during the trek to avoid altitude sickness.

What about accommodation on the trek?

Accommodations will be basic at family-run mountain lodges known as tea houses. But they are clean and comfortable and a good resting place after a tiring hike throughout the day. Often these lodges have a common toilet and communal dining hall.

What is Ghorepani poon hill trek difficulty?

Ghorepani poon hill trek difficulty is a moderate graded trek and anyone with normal physical fitness can accomplish this trek. You are suggested to go for walking, jogging about 2-3 months before the trek starts. Climbing stairs up and down will be beneficial since the trek involves ascents and descents.

How much is the daily walking hour?

The average walking houris 4-7 hours but every day isn’t the long walk. The longest walk is during Poon Hill visit when you wake up early and hike to Poon hill then back to Ghorepani and trek to Tadapani which is about 6-7 hours trek. But other trek days have shorter walking hours.

Is travel insurance required for this trek?

Travel insurance is required if you are planning for any trek into the Himalayas since the hiking is at high altitude so it’s better to be safe. Your insurance should cover helicopter rescue, medical expenses and also the insurance policy should include rescues over 3000 meters.

Do I need to take along food on the trek?

All breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included during the trek however if you want to take along extra food like energy bars, chips etc. then you can take along these foods.

Is drinking water available?

You can buy bottled water during the trek at the lodges but as you go up the price will be higher. So the best option is taking along water purifying tablets which can be used with normal water available during the trekking.

Will we get altitude sickness on a family trek to Ghorepani Poon hill?

Altitude sickness on a family trek to Ghorepani Poon hill can occur since the trek is at high altitude. But the trek itinerary is well planned with slow altitude gain. You are also suggested to drink enough water, avoid coffee or alcohol to reduce the effect of altitude.

What is the highest point on the trek?

The highest point on the trek is Poon hill at 3,210 meters where you hike early in the morning to witness the most spectacular sunrise over the Himalayas like Annapurna, Machhapuchhare and other peaks.

Will we be staying in Pokhara?

Yes, you will be staying in Pokhara for 2 nights i.e. one before the trek starts and another when the trek is over than drive or fly back to Kathmandu the following day.

Is Kathmandu to Pokhara by bus?

You can choose to either drive to fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu. The overland drive takes about 6-7 hours from Kathmandu to Pokhara and you can go by bus or hire a private car. Alternatively, you can fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu which is just 20 minutes flight where the Kathmandu Pokhara flights operate from morning to afternoon.

What are Kathmandu sightseeing places?

Kathmandu sightseeing places include visits to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites namely Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swyambhunath ‘Monkey Temple’, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath. A city guide will escort you throughout the sightseeing in Kathmandu.

Will we go for Pokhara sightseeing?

As an option Pokhara sightseeing can be taken by extending one more day in Pokhara the day after you arrive from the trek in Pokhara.

How do we get back to Kathmandu from Pokhara? How much is Pokhara to Kathmandu car rental?

Both drive or flight options are available for Pokhara to Kathmandu transfers. Pokhara to Kathmandu car rental depends upon if you are hiring a car or van or Hiace. Please contact us for the same.

Trip Information

We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in anyway.

When to go:
Spring (Feb – May) and Autumn (Sept- Dec) are the best seasons for the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking. The weather is sunny and warm offering outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking, only issue is cold (obviously). Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.

Travel Insurance:
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.

Meals and Accommodation:
In Kathmandu, we normally use three star tourist standard hotel with breakfast but can upgrade/downgrade upon request. During the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking, we provide the best available guest house which is called Tea house(lodge). Tea Houses are more like hotels, with hot showers, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). Some guesthouses are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a room with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. Keep in mind that there are several places which do not allow single accommodations during peak season, but we will try our best to accommodate your preferences if possible. In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea-houses (Lodges) and lunches in local restaurants en-route. Furthermore as you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interacting with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their lives.

We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from guesthouses chosen from a menu. While Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking, your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 10 days Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking is moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 5-6 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 10 days Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip is good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.

The Trekking Group:
For the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking, there will be one Guide, assistant Guide (8 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of sixteen people, as weve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if youd like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.

Trekking Guides and Staff:
The most significant thing that makes your Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:
Intensive Wilderness First Aid – KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)

Trekking Guide Training – Nepal Governments Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
English Language – KEEP(Kathmandu environment education project)
Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association
Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.

Climate and Weather:
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.

Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.

Safety and Security:
Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel that you should consider before booking. Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.

Responsible Travel
Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel Professionals who are well trained to give you the best of what Nepal has to offer. Our professional team follows a social philosophy that accepts responsibility for the local people and the environment in which we work. We respect the natural environment and the culture of our country, and we help travellers from around the world discover the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Nepal. We know that responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment and maximize employment and income-generating opportunities for local communities. The whole of Nepal, including those living in remote rural areas that have very few other opportunities for development, benefits from sustainable tourism.

Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving the environment. As responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local communities through which we travel. While trekking to different destinations, we choose environmentally- friendly lodges that respect the needs of their staff members. We take care of our staff as well as our valued clients. During our treks and other trips, we follow a zero garbage policy (“pack in, pack out”) and leave nothing behind in the campsites. We always welcome your feedback and comments regarding responsible travel, so please send an e-mail to let us know what you think.

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Nepal Holiday Tour with Short Trek

Trip Facts

  • Nepal
  • 09 Nights/10 Days
  • All year round
  • Private vehicles, Tourist bus as per the Itinerary
  • Poon hill (3210m)
  • Moderate
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Cultural Sightseeing & hiking
  • 4 - 6 hours each day
  • Family holiday
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Pokhara City, Mt. Annapurna range, Poon hill,
  • Hotel in Kathmandu, lodge/teahouse during the trek

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