Introduction: We will explore Kathmandu Valley’s Cultural World Heritage Sites designated by UNESCO. These include ancient palaces and temples. During the hiking part of the trip, we will see the awe-inspiring beauty of the Annapurna Himalayan range, while experiencing the natural and cultural landscape of Nepal as we hike through the foothills. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek takes us through beautifully terraced fields, villages and scenic vistas with snowcapped peaks.
Poon Hill viewpoint at 10,529ft above sea level in the foothills of the Annapurnas is the highest elevation we hike. Also, it is the highlight of this trek as we catch the magical moments of sunrise over the majestic peaks such as Annapurna I (8,167m), Annapurna-II-IV, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Nilgiri, Machhapupuchhare, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu Himalayan range, Mount Dhaulagiri (8,091m) and Tukuche peaks.
We will hike through rhododendron forests interspersed with various other species and contain some of the best-preserved forests in Nepal. There are over 30 species of rhododendrons found in Nepal. The Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal and found in several colors, red, white, purple, and pink, when in blossom in the spring. If you love to see the spectacular rhododendron flower covered forest scenery with snowcapped peaks in the background, you should consider trekking in the spring season from March to April. Other species of floras found along the trail are Silver Fir, Acacia, Chestnut, Walnut, Birch, Rosewood, Silky Cotton trees, Oak, Hemlock, Alder, Maples and Blue Pines to mention a few. In addition to the spectacular views of the snowcapped mountains towering above the lush green hills and deep valleys, you will likely see Langur monkeys, and various birds as you trek through the forest trail. October to December and February to May are the best times to trek this region for spectacular mountain views.
Comfortable Lodging in Kathmandu Valley:
Quality boutique hotels Nepali Ghar Hotel or Hotel Thamel House close to the hustle and bustle of Thamel will be your comfort when traveling with Sherpa Travel.
If these hotels are full, similar lodging will be provided. We strongly suggest to book your trip far in advance to get the best desired lodging and airfares.
Economical Lodging in Kathmandu Valley:
Norbulinka Boutique Hotel or similar standard hotels close to the hustle and bustle of Thamel will be your economical lodging when traveling with Sherpa Travel. We strongly suggest to book your trip far in advance to get the best desired lodging and airfares.
Comfortable and Economical Lodging while on trek:
Trekking with Comfortable Lodging: We will provide mix of both comfortable and economical lodging while on trek as we are traveling in remote areas where standard of accommodation varies from one place to another. We will book and confirm the best available comfortable and economical lodging along the trekking route. During peak tourism season, some locations will be very full. We strongly suggest to book your trip far in advance to get the best desired lodging and airfares.
Lodge to lodge Trek Program:
This trip involves overnights in lodges and hiking on the main trail from one lodge to another. Breakfast and dinners are served at the lodges where we spend the night. Lunches are served at local inns and restaurants while on the way.
Trip leadership by local English-speaking licensed Nepali guide throughout the trip and support staff porters (1 porter per 2 clients) are employed to carry your luggage on the trek,