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.
Lodge to lodge Trek Program:
This hiking trip involves staying in the lodges for the night and trekking 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 en-route.
Local English speaking guide with experience will lead the trip and porters are provided to carry your luggage during the trek.