Ghorepani (Poon Hill) Family Lodge Trek, Rafting and Chitwan Tour

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This is one of the more popular short Family Trekking destinations in Nepal around the Annapurna Himalayan Range which is administered by Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). This is also more significant trails in Annapurna Area due to its Himalayan scenery, cultures of peoples and geographical diversity. A brilliant spectacular view of mountains, an unobstructed view of Sunset and Sunrise and several varieties of Orchids and Rhododendrons flowers during the trekking days. Nepal’s ethnic group such as majority of Magar and Gurung are inhabited in this region with their own religion, cultures and festivals. All the Family Trekkers can see highest mountains like as Annapurna I 8091m, Dhaulagiri I 8167m, Machhapuchre 6997m, Annapurna South 7219m, Annapurna III, 7855m Nilgiri 6820m and Tukuche Peak 6920m etc.

Highest elevation:-3210m

Trek style:-Lodge/Tea House Trek

Major Attraction:-Poon Hill view point, Ancient Buddhist Monastery, Old Traditional Gurung Museum, small Waterfalls and Small Pass around 3210 meters.

Itinerary in details

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport

Arrival in Kathmandu and you will be met at the airport by our representative who will be waiting with a Swiss Family Treks sign outside the terminal and transfer to Hotel by private car. Welcome drink and after you settle into the hotel there will be a group briefing with your tour leader. He will discuss the trek details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. Stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 2:- Full day Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour with Tour Guide by private car.

Our tour guide introduces you in the world heritage sites such as Bauddhanath, Pasupatinath, Swayambhunath by private car. Overnight in Hotel. 

Day 3:- Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara 820m/25minutes and drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedunga 1540m (3/4 hours).

Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara in the morning with scenic mountain views including Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and Annapurna Massif. Drive to Naya Pul which takes about 1 hour by private car and we start our trek from Nayapul to Tikhedunga via Birethanti which takes about 3 hours through the forests trail with viewing the small waterfalls during the trail. We will have lunch there. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 4:- Trek from Tikhedunga to Ghorepani 2750m (5/6 hours).

The trail ascent brings us to reach Ulleri village after 2 hours steep up walking and continue the trail gently up until Banthanti which takes about 1 hour and will have lunch there. Now we can see the good view of Machhapuchre, Hiun Chuli and Annapurna South. After lunch, then our trails goes gradually ascend until reaching Ghorepani, a village of Magar peoples which takes about 2 hours to reach. The mountains are visible from our accommodation and overnight in Lodge.

Day 5:- Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani 2590m (5/6 hours).

Early in the morning,45 minutes hike to Poon Hill through the Rhododendrons forests for the spectacular view of Mountains like Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167m, TukuchePeak 6920m, Nilgiri 6940m, Baraha Shikhar 7847m, Mt. Annapurna I 8091m, Annapurna South 7219m, Annapurna III 7855m, Machhapuchhre 6993m, Annapurna IV 7525m, Annapurna II 7937m, Lamjung Himal 6931m and unobstructed view of sunrise over the mountains. We can enjoy with brilliant view of mountains and sunrise view. Then we return back to Lodge and will have a breakfast. After that, the trail steeply ascending until Deurali-La which also same height with Poon Hill and takes about 1 & half hour. Then we follow the deep forest way until reaching Banthanti which takes about 2 hours and will have our lunch there. We can see the wild animals like monkeys and local birds during the jungle trail. After lunch it takes 1 hour to reach Tadapani village which is surrounded by beautiful forests. We can see more magnificent view of Machhapuchre, Annapurna South, Hiun Chuli and Annapurna II etc. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 6:- Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk 1940m (3/4 hours).

In the morning, after breakfast our trek slightly descending through the deep forests until reaching Ghandruk village and it takes about 3 hours. We will have lunch there. We can see a very good view of Fish Tail, Annapurna South and other small snowy peak. In the evening time we will go to visit the Buddhist Monastery and Old Traditional Gurung Museum. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 7:- Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara 820m (4/5 hours).

In this day also we start our trek in the morning. Then the trail descends many stone steps until reaching Syauli Bazar with crossing the landslide area. It takes about 3 hours and then continues the trek till Birethanti which takes about 1 hour and will have lunch there. After lunch we have to walk 30 minutes to Naya Pul and 1 hour drive by private car to Pokhara. Overnight in hotel.

Day 8: Morning Hike to World Peace Stupa

In the morning after breakfast, we will go to world peace stupa by car. We can see panoramic view of high Himalayan range from Manaslu to Dhaulagiri range including Machhapuchhre and Annapurna Massif as well as scenic Pokhara Valley and Phewa Lake. Then, we will walk down to Phewa Lake through the forest which takes about 1 hour and take a boat to cross a Phewa Lake passing the small Island where Temple Barahi is situated middle of the Lake. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 9:- Drive from Pokhara to Charaudi by private van and rafting to Kurinighat.

Soon after breakfast, at about 7.30 am the bus leaves Pokhara heading for Charaudi, the put-in point. After a 4 hours drive, Charaudi is reached where a crowd of friendly local people eagerly wait to watch the proceedings. The sight of foreigners all geared up for rafting fascinates them. The crew prepares the rafts, after which all head towards the river for Safety Talk and lessons on how to use paddles. On the first day a number of Class I to Class III rapids are encountered. Ratings are all given on the international rating scale. Two hours down the river is a beach with strange shaped boulders that resemble sculptures and this is the lunch spot. Outdoor lunch by the river is always an enchanting experience. It also gives everyone a break from paddling and time to take in the scenery Paddling down after lunch, a large gorge is encountered, the Trishuli gorge, which is narrow and the walls very steep causing the river to accelerate through it. Naturally the rapids here are more ferocious and also more frequent. This is an exciting section and time to hold on tight. We finally come across a rapid named after a very old suspension bridge, Jhoolunge Pul. Looking up one can see a crowd of locals chattering with excitement as they watch the adventurous foreigners tackle the river on rubber boats. One thing to watch for along the riverside, are the geological formations that look intriguing. At the end of the day, it is time to stop and set up camp at Kuringhat, which is a very popular expatriates and locals as well. The crew gets busy pitching up tents and everyone is welcome to help in whatever chores need to get done. A feeling of togetherness is encouraged which adds a lot to the enjoyment of the trip. Dinner is prepared under gas fires and it is also the time to come together and share experiences. Camping out under the brilliant stars on the riverside with the roar of the river as a backdrop is an amazing experience. Campsite dinners can be quite entertaining when people share their personal tales. We do have our own Resort in Kurinighat called River Fun Beach Resort, where we will serve all meal and accommodation. Stay overnight at deluxe tented camp. 

Day 10: Rafting from Kurinighat to Simaltar and drive to Chitwan by private van

Comparatively, the second day starts at a leisurely pace. Soon after an early breakfast, it is time to move and the wonderful Kuringhat is left behind for yet more adventures on the river. There are numerous bouncy rapids along this stretch and the views are splendid. Enjoy the sights of emerald hillsides and golden paddy fields of the Nepalese countryside. One and a half hours down river is the confluence of the Trishuli and the rumbling Marsyangdi. Coming from west Nepal, the Marsyangdi is a very popular river for white water rafting. Being more technical than the Trishuli, it attracts a lot of avid rafters. The trip however, does not end here and rafting further down, a place called Tea Pot is reached. The exhilarating river run comes to an end here and guests either drive back to Chitwan for a safari in the pristine jungles of the Chitwan National Park, Asia's most well-preserved wildlife habitat.

·         Arrival

·         Refreshment

·         Briefing about our resort & its facilities.

·         Lunch

·         Village tour on Ox cart

·         Dinner

·         Enjoy our B3 Bar service

·         Stay overnight at Green Park Resort

Day 11: In Chitwan National Park

·         Wake up

·         Breakfast

·         Jungle walk

·         Lunch

·         Jeep safari

·         Tharu cultural program in Chitwan

·         Can enjoy our B3 Bar service

·         Stay overnight at Green Park Resort

Day 12: In Chitwan National Park

·         Wake up

·         Breakfast

·         Elephant Back Safari

·         Lunch

·         Canoe ride

·         Nature walk

·         Visit to the Elephant breeding center

·         Dinner

·         Enjoy our B3 Bar service

·         Stay overnight at Green Park Resort

Day 13: Drive from Chitwan to Kathmandu

·         Wake up

·         Tea & coffee

·         Bird watching tour

·         Breakfast

·         Proceed for departure and drive back to Kathmandu by private van and transfer to Hotel.

Day 14: Final Departure from Kathmandu

Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements.

Our Tour Package includes;

* Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private car/van.

* 5 nights accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at 3*** hotel in Kathmandu and  standard hotel in Pokhara.

* Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley and Pokhara as per above mentioned itinerary and all entrance fees.

* Domestic flight tickets from Kathmandu-Pokhara and airport tax.

* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the trek.

* Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.

* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter  for 2 peoples), their food & accommodation,salary, equipments & insurance.

* All transportation by private vehicle.

* Annapurna Conservation Area Permit.

* All necessary permits.

* Rafting tour on full board basis.

* Chitwan Tour package on full board basis.

* First Aid Medical Kit box.

* Tourist service charge,

* Office Service charge

* All Government Tax.

Our Tour Package doesn't include;

* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast.

* Travel insurance.

* International air fare to and from Nepal.

* Nepal Tourist Visa fees.

* Items and expenses of personal nature.

* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet.

* Personal Trekking Equipments.

* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).

* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.

* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.

* Additional porters during the trek.

* Tips for guide, porters, driver...

                                       Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.

N.B: The package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at snftnepal@yahoo.de

NOTE: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by clients themselves.

Nepal is a trekker's paradise. More than 85% of the total population live in rural areas. Although transport and communications have brought about great changes in the lives of the people, many still live a simple rural life. One need not be a mountaineer or experienced walker to trek in different parts of the country. 
Various tours of trekking are offered, from one to several days. When Colonel Jimmy Robes opened Mountain Travel in 1955, his travel company began the history of trekking in Nepal. The concept was similar to the expedition approach used by mountaineers, with guides, porters & tents. Since 80’s the infrastructures for trekking have developed to a very high standard. Currently, in Nepal, two kinds of trekking are popular- Teahouse or Lodge trekking and Tent Trekking.

What is Teahouse Trekking? And how it is organized?
Teahouse trekking is guided walking and very popular in the well-developed tourist regions including Annapurna, Everest and Langtang – Helambu, where western cuisine as well Nepalese food (Dalbhat) is available. Overnight accommodation is in good, clean guest houses, lodges and hotels.You also need a sleeping bag.for Tea House trekking.

What is Camping Trekking, and how it is operated?
A camping trek is fully organized and supported, with a team of guides, cooks, sherpas and porters to accompany you. Our porters carry all the trekking gear, food, fuel and personal belongings. Our cooks prepare hot meals. Trekkers need only carry a small bag as required for the day. At night, tents for dining, sleeping and ablutions tents are provided and set up. Also mattresses and down-filled sleeping bags, tables and seating. 
In a typical camping trek, we start the day around 6 a.m. with a cup of hot tea. You are then provided with a bowl of warm water for washing. Then trekkers enjoy breakfast before leaving camp. The trek begins around 7.30 - 8 a.m. Trekkers can set their pace for pausing and sightseeing and the walk to the lunch spot will normally take 3 hours. On arrival, you are served hot lunch. In the afternoon, after walking for another 3 to 4 hours, you arrive at the next camp around 5 p.m. Tea & snacks are served while our staff readies the camp. Dinner time is around 6/7 p.m. in the dining tent, lit with lanterns and comfortably furnished. The food is healthy, wholesome and hygienically prepared.

Trekking equipment checklist
When selecting your personal items, keep in mind the number of days you'll be camping, the time of year and the altitude. We advise our clients to bring these items:

Down Sleeping Bag
Down Jacket
Long sleeved shirt
Jumper or fleecy jacket
T - shirts
Trekking shoes or boots
Comfy shoes for around the camp
Mountain trekking boots
Polypropylene/wool socks
Light cotton socks for under wool socks
Rucksack
Sun hat
Woolen hat    
Gloves
Sun block for lips    
Goggles or sunglasses
Long underwear    
Insulated pants Nylon windbreaker
Nylon wind pants    
Water bottle
Sewing kit    
Medical & first aid kit
Flash light   
Batteries and bulbs
Swiss army knife    
Towel and toiletries

Trekking Season
Trekking is possible throughout the year, depending on the region. There are areas unaffected by the monsoon season. October through May is recommended. Less popular is from the end of May to early September, but certain areas such as Mustang or Dolpo, behind the Himalayas, remain pleasant during these months.

Trekking Permit:
For trekking in the Everest, Annapurna, Langtang and Rara lake regions, a trekking permit is not required, but you will need a National park / Conservation permit and Trekker's Information Management System(TIMS). However, the following places do require a trekking permit:

1 Lower Dolpo, Kanchenjunga, Gaurishankar and Lamabagar - Equivalent to US$ 10 per person per week. However, permit fee for Chekampar and Chunchet of Gorkha district (Sirdibas-Lhokpa-Chumling-Chekampar-Nile-Chule) has been fixed at US$ 35 per person for 08 days during September to November and US$ 25 per person per 08 days during December to August.

2 Manaslu – US$ 70 per person per week and US$ 10 per person for each extra day during September - November and US$ 50 per person per week and US$ 7 per person per each extra day during December- August.

3 Humla- US$ 50 per person for the first seven days and US$ 7 per day thereafter.

4 Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo - US$ 500 per person of the first 10 days and US$ 50 per person per day thereafter.

Note: The above mentioned trekking areas must be undertaken only through Registered Trekking Agencies from Government of Nepal like our Company registration Number 47363.

An entrance fee is levied for visiting to all National Parks and Conservation Areas. There is no charge for children under 10 years.

Visa
Do you have Visas or not? If not you must have cash
15 day Visa USD 25
1 month USD 40
3 month Visa USD 100 
Per person, children below 10 are free, but everybody must have also a PP picture for the application. If you filled out the online application form then have the Ticket ready. Maybe you get the Arrival card already in the Airplane fill it out.  Walk directly to the line at the very end of that hall and fill the Arrival card out there so you save some time.

The new online Visa procedure. 
Please follow the link:
http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa

High Altitude Sickness:
What is High Altitude Sickness?
A mixture (syndrome) of problems like headache, Nausea, shortness of breathe, tiredness encountered at high altitude i.e. above 2800m/8000ft. 

Trek Gradation:
It's important to match your fitness level. Find what you think will suit you best in the tables below.

Grade  (Easy)    Easy trekking by Himalayan standards is generally up to 2000m. There are plenty of ups and downs on well-maintained trails. This type of trip is best suited for those who lead a reasonably active life. The trek takes about 3 to 7 days, walking about 4 to 5 hours a day.

Grade (Moderate)    This involves longer treks (five to ten days) on maintained trails. This type of trek includes day excursions to higher elevations, for which it's advisable to have some previous hill- walking experience. On these treks, we generally achieve an altitude between 900m to 3000m.

Grade (Moderate to Strenuous)    A reasonably demanding trek at an altitude up to 4000m with side trips to higher elevations. The trails are sometimes uncharted and away from inhabited areas.

Grade (Strenuous)    These treks must be fully supported. We climb to altitudes between 3500 and 5000m. & there are overnight stays at altitudes above 4000m. For this trek, trekkers should be fit & enthusiastic hill walkers prepared to tackle difficult terrain in remote areas.

Grade (Very Strenuous)    This trek is best described as Alpine, and suitable is suitable for those in excellent health, capable of carrying a backpack, when required. The trek covers very remote areas, traveling over snow-covered passes at an altitudes of up to 6500m. You will need to axes and crampons. No strenuous trek should be undertaken without medical clearance.

Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH, in Partnership with Swiss Himalayan Family Treks & Expedition P. Ltd
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