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Planning Your 2021 Luxury Vacation Early

Perhaps, you expected 2020 to be the year of out of the ordinary vacation. You already pictured how you would be laying under the palm tree sipping Margarita somewhere on Isla de Sa Ferradura, or discovering the beauties of the Alps and conquering ski slopes in Zermatt in Switzerland.

However, because of the pandemic you could hardly boast of breathtaking traveling sensations in 2020. But it doesn’t mean that 2021 would be the same. Don’t stop dreaming and planning your 2021 vacation because of the unprecedented events that kicked 2020. Even though the way we travel might change, one thing will remain — your desire to have a luxury vacation in a completely new spot and gain new traveling experiences.

That is why we have carefully selected top luxury holiday destinations for 2021 that would impress even an avid adventure seeker.

Santorini, Greece

Have you ever been to Santorini, also known as Fira, an island wrapped by the waves of the Aegean Sea? Its narrow streets, numerous arches and cozy local houses will leave an unforgettable impression in your mind, not to mention the boundless sea, the rocky black beaches, and other breathtaking sceneries.

If you plan to get to Santorini in 2021, you can check Santorini Luxury Villas of premium quality. These villas create an impeccable setting for a perfect honeymoon, family getting-together, wedding, or just an escape from the routine of everyday life.

Santorini is a place where you can find a villa to meet any taste. When picking luxury villas for next summer, you’ll find cozy and private summer homes with a jacuzzi for a romantic weekend. You are also offered gorgeous houses for any number of travelers with an area of more than 200 sq. m, five or more bedrooms, and an enormous private outdoor area.

Banwa Private Island, the Philippines

Are you ready for an indecently expensive gateway in the Philippines? What about getting to the most highly-priced resort in the world? Banwa Private Island that is located on the coast of Palawan is a perfect place to say goodbye to $100,000 for one night for the posh setting it provides. It can host up to 48 guests at a time offering twelve garden rooms, six stylish beachfront villas, and one residential suite at the highest point of the island. Each villa has its infinity pool, jacuzzi by the water’s edge, and butler services.

The island is notable for its restaurant serving veggies and fruits grown in their field and fresh seafood from their region. It also offers unlimited spa sessions at no extra charge. There are many options for active pastimes — scuba diving, snorkeling, water skiing, catamaran, yoga, golf, and tennis. But if you would like to laze beside the pool, bless your heart. The support staff will ensure you have everything you need for a comfortable gateway.

Wildflower Hall, Shimla, India

If you would like to make an unbelievable stay when going to the Himalayas, the Wildflower Hall should be your destination. It sits among the landscape high in the mountains amid forests that have almost been untouched by humans. Refreshing mountain air and breathtaking sceneries of the Himalayas will make a lasting impression on you, just like the interior and exterior of the hotel.

Each luxurious room features a garden or mountain view through big picture windows. You’ll be surrounded with antique furniture, wood panels adorned with ancient-like artwork, a welcoming lounge, and a library with a worthy read.

The hotel has heated inside and outside pools, a spa, a fitness center, and other recreation facilities to offer a variety of leisure activities, all complemented by outstanding service.

The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho, Tokyo, Japan

Japan, namely Tokyo, is becoming an attractive spot for tourists because it offers unique experiences you probably won’t find anywhere in the world. Being a melting pot of Japanese ancient civilization and Western modernity, it’s one of the best destinations for those tourists who would like to get to know Asian traditions without compromising the convenience of their life.

If you are a fan of active rest, you’ll get plenty of options because Tokyo is surrounded by diverse sceneries. In case you are more of an urban dweller, this city will surprise you with modern technology, architecture under their unique Japanese cultural sauce. No matter what type of rest you prefer, you’ll want to come back to a luxury place that would make you feel like home.

The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho is a perfect place to stay. The architecture and interior design will make a lasting impression on you. It has spacious deluxe and luxe rooms with big picture windows overlooking the city. Each room is equipped with a coffee machine, flat-screen TV, minibar, electric kettle, a coffee machine, a personal locker, and a fridge.

The facilities include a swimming pool, a spa and wellness center, on-site parking, restaurants. In case you need to get money in the local currency, the front desk offers currency exchange.

Conservatorium, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

If you have plans to explore Europe, Amsterdam might become a perfect spot. Apart from being the capital city of the Netherlands, it’s also known for being the “Venice of the North” because of the numerous canals. It’s also the place of coffee shops, 17th-century architecture, museums, and an active nightlife.

Your pastime might vary drastically in Amsterdam: from visiting museums to partying hard in night clubs. But staying at Conservatorium is what should be a constant if you appreciate luxurious leisure. It’s located close to the main attractions of the city and combines historical architecture with modern design to bring comfort and aesthetic satisfaction to its guests.

All 129 rooms and suites are equipped with cutting-edge technology. They feature gorgeous linen, brushed-oak flooring, large shower cubicles, marble tubs, and more. All guests could make use of the hotel’s Akasha Holistic Wellbeing with free access to massages, sauna, swimming pool, and recreation areas.

The final word

We’ve just dwelled on the best and the most luxurious spots for your vacation in 2021. Our list includes traveling ideas for any taste: from isolated private islands near the sea to hotels located in mountains or city centers.

It’s wise of you to be planning your holidays ahead. And we hope they come true without any delays.

 

Nepal Short Community Treks

Lahachok Trek

Lahachok Trek,  one of the newly opened community trekking trail in Nepal,  offers scenic beauty, view of rice fields, and an old multi-ethnic settlement rich in culture. The trek begins from Milanchok, Hyanja. Once you crossed the Mardi river, you will reach Lahachok Village.

The highest point of this trek is the Deurali Temple located in Armala Hill of Lahachok. From Armada Hill, you can see the panoramic view of Pokhara Valley.

Ghachok Trek

Ghachok is a beautiful village located on the lap of Annapurna and Fishtail mountains. The village is 14 KM far from Pokhara, Nepal, and accessible by Jeep and Taxi.

For more information about Ghachok trek, a community trek in Nepal, please contact us at admin@100places.com

Dhampus Trek

Pokhara- Dhampus –Sarangkot

Dhampus is a village situated at an elevation of 1750m above sea level, in western Nepal. This village is popular among tourists s it provides an excellent view of most of the snow-clad peaks in Nepal. Dhampus is 18 kilometers away from Pokhara. It is a gateway to the Annapurna Base Camp and other Himalayan trekking trails in the Annapurna range. There are plenty of hotels and restaurants in this village.

This would be a 3 days trip. Start early from Pokhara and reach Phedi. Your trek begins at Phedi and after walking for about five hours you will reach Dhampus. This trek gives you a glimpse of the panoramic view of the Himalayan Range. In between your trek you can stop at the village homes and be the guest of honor. You will be mesmerized by the local hospitality and courtesy. These people living far from civilization still treat their guests as God in their abodes and accept you with warm hearts. You will get to know a lot about village life and their hundreds of year-old tradition and culture. Watch out for the rich bio-diversity, the flora, and fauna and get lost into the wild. The view here is breathtaking, stand and look beyond what you see, in a distance, you will see a few stone houses, sometimes smoke coming out of these houses amidst the wild rhododendron, pines, and orchids. On the second day after breakfast trek from Dhampus to Sarangkot(1720m) via Naudanda, which takes approximately five hours.

Day 01: Drive from Pokhara to Phedi (950m.) Begin your trek from Phedi to Dhampus (1650m) which will take approximately four hours.

Day 02: Get the early morning view of Annapurna, Fishtail, Dhaulagiri Mountain and other peaks glitter in the sunshine fondly called as the golden view.

Day 03:Third day is a little relaxed in terms of walking. In the morning you can walk uphill and see the view of Pokhara city and mountain. Trekking down to Pokhara (827m) will take approximately three hours.

Ghandruk Trek

Pokhara-Ghandruk-Pokhara

Ghandruk is a town and village development committee in the Kaski District in the Gandaki Zone of northern-central Nepal. At the time of the 1991 census, it had a population of 4748 people living in 1013 individual households. Ghandruk is popular for treks in Nepal‘s Annapurna range, with easy trails and various accommodation possibilities. This is by far the most sought after the trek. It is a 3-day trek from Pokhara. The trek starts just outside Pokhara valley ascending through the Modi river valley. The climb leads you to stunning trails and luscious green forest taking you deep into the Gurung village of Ghandruk. The view of the sun rising and setting as seen from this small village is a view worth dying for. Till today the Gurungs of Ghandruk have been able to protect their tradition and culture. Generations have come and gone by but the culture is very much alive here. After a long day’s trip, you can halt in Ghandruk and save your energy for the next day’s trail. On day two, you can walk through the villages of Landrung, Deurali, and finally retire in Pothana. You can opt for homestay or there are a couple of cheap lodges available with the thick forest view. The third day you can walk back to the city trying to catch up on the views and glimpses of the eternal Himalayas just in case you had missed anything while climbing up.

Itinerary

Day 01: Pokhara to Ghandruk

Day 02: Ghandruk to Pothana, decent down to Modi Khola and start climbing up to Landruk village, the trail passes through the paddy fields then again starts to climb up to Pothana via Deuarli.

Day 03: Pothana to Pokhara. You can descend down to Phedi through the village of Dhampus enjoying the scenic and picturesque view of the mountain range.

Sarangkot Trek

Pokhara-Sarangkot-Pokhara

The mystic and magical view of the age-old Himalayas can be best viewed from Sarangkot. Located at an altitude of 1592 meters above sea level, this place is mostly visited to view the sun rising above the horizon. It is approximately 11 kilometers away from Pokhara. Sarangkot has well-maintained hotels and restaurants, offering excellent food, clean rooms with hot and cold showers, and even a Wi-Fi connection. You can check-in into hotels or local homes and stay as their guests. If you want to be blessed to see the sun rising high up in the mountains then you have to be an early bird and start around 5 am. It is about a 5 km walk uphill so by the time you walk some distance you will definitely be able to see the sunrise. You can enjoy the view of some of the exotic snow-peaked mountains and start walking down towards the city crossing the dense and green forest. This is basically a 2-day trip. This trek is ideal for beginners as the trail is not so difficult and it is very close to Pokhara.

Itinerary

Day 01: Drive to Naudanda from Pokhara city for about an hour and start the trek to Sarangkot. It would take a couple of hours to reach Sarangkot.

Day 02: Get up early in the morning to view the sunrise over the whole Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges including the Fishtail Mountain as well as other soaring mountains. Trekking down to Pokhara will take you about three hours.

Lahachok-Ghachok Cultural Trek

Lahachok-Ghachok Cultural Trek

Lahachowk and Ghachok are beautiful villages situated in the northwest region of Pokhara. These villages are situated at an altitude of 1200m above sea level. This is a 2-day trek and it starts from Hemja, famous for its orange groves. This route offers scenic beauty and an old settlement rich in culture. This trek is ideal for beginners and all levels of trekkers as the distance is not so far and the trail is easy. These villages are one of the oldest settlements of the Kaski region. This is short and easy cultural trek in Nepal, providing an insight into the lifestyles of the local community of Kaski as well as great views of Himalayas. Be well equipped to cross 2 rivers (Seti and Mardi) to reach this destination.

Itinerary: 

Day 1: After 40 minutes drive from Pokhara, you will reach Milanchok, Hyanja. You can start your trek from Milanchowk. After  30 minutes walk, you will reach Mardi River which is popular for Himalayan Traut Fish. Once you crossed the Mardi river, you will follow the path that goes to Lahachowk village. Our destination for 1st day is Armala Hill, a locally popular hill located in North of Lahachowk. After  2-3 hours of walk, we will reach Armala Hill. From Armala Hill, you will be able to view spectacular view of Pokhara Valley.

Day 2: On the early morning, you will be able to enjoy the view of the sunrise from Armala Hill. In the morning, you can also visit Deurali Temple and Tea Garden near by homestay. After the launch, you will walk down to go to Ghachok. Keep walking until you reach Mardi River.

 

Nepal Travel Packing List

Nepal Rural Tourism has prepared Nepal Travel Packing List that will help you to get some ideas about what to buy before you come to Nepal.

Correct clothing and equipment are essential for safety and comfort during your trekking experience. Experienced travelers and trekkers normally carry a selection of items based on what has worked in the past. As a guideline, we have gathered an equipment list below for you.

  • RUNNING SHOES:  1 pair for casual comfortable support shoes to wear on lighter walking days.
  • HIKING BOOTS: 1 pair of sturdy waterproof hiking boots in which you should wear a light synthetic sock under a warm heavy sock comfortably, either wool or synthetic.
  • HIKING GAITERS: 1 pair keeps rocks out of shoes and boots dry in case of precipitation.
  • WOOL SOCKS3 pair heavyweight wool socks to be worn over the liner socks. When layering socks, check fit over feet and inside boots. Remember to keep one fresh, dry pair of socks available at all times. Socks with padded shins are especially nice with boots.
  • LINER SOCKS: 3 pairs of smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene to be worn next to the skin. This reduces the incidence of blisters and hot-spots and makes the outer sock last longer before needing to be changed. They should fit well with your heavyweight socks.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT LONG UNDERWEAR2 pairs, tops & bottoms, Capilene, other synthetic or wool. No cotton. Lightweight is preferable as it is more versatile (worn single in warmer conditions and double layer for colder). Zip T-neck tops allow more ventilation options.
  • LIGHT TREKKING PANTS: Lightweight nylon pants designed to be used while trekking. They are extremely air permeable, dry quickly, and provide sun protection. Zip-off lower leg sections are convenient for switching to shorts.
  • T-SHIRTS: Lightweight crew style t-shirt that wicks away moisture. A T-Shirt can be made of any synthetic material.
  • BANDANA: Bring bandanas for face masks and other tasks.
  • SYNTHETIC/SOFTSHELL JACKETA full-zip version is easier to put on and has better ventilation than a pullover.
  • INSULATED DOWN-JACKET: Medium to heavyweight with hood.
  • HARD SHELL JACKET WITH HOOD: We recommend a waterproof breathable shell material with full front zipper, underarm zips, and no insulation. This outer layer protects against wind and rain.
  • HARD SHELL PANTS: Waterproof, breathable. Any side zipper length is fine as long as you can get them over your boots.
  • FLEECE/SOFTSHELL GLOVES: 1 pair of good quality.
  • SHELL GLOVES WITH INSULATION: 1 pair. Insulation does not need to be removable. A good quality ski glove is sufficient.
  • HEADLAMP & SPARE BATTERIES: A climber’s headlamp to use at night, bring extra batteries.
  • SUN HATThe sun can be intense at high altitudes. A hat with a good visor provides protection for the nose and eyes. Baseball hats work well.
  • SLEEPING BAGHigh quality with hood rated to at least -10 degrees; down is lighter and less bulky, but more expensive than synthetics.
  • BACKPACK: A day pack big enough to carry water bottles, camera, lunch, and extra clothing.
  • ADJUSTABLE 3 SECTION TREKKING POLES: Optional (nice to have)
  • WATER TREATMENT TABLETSIodine or Chlorine Dioxide tablets. A small bottle or multi-pack is sufficient.
  • WATER BOTTLES: One bottle should be sufficient.
  • SUNSCREEN: SPF 30 or better, 2 small tubes.
  • LARGE DUFFLE BAG WITH TRAVEL LOCKS: 1 for transporting and storing gear.
  • PLASTIC BAGS: For lining stuff sacks and pack to keep gear dry. Trash compactor bags work best.
  • TOILETRY BAG: Include toilet paper, soap, towel, toothbrush, wet wipes (1-2 per day), hand sanitizer, and hand moisturizer.
  • PERSONAL FIRST AID KIT (small and simple): Aspirin, moleskin, adhesive tape, Band-Aids
  • DSLR Camera (nice to have): DSLR camera to capture your beautiful moments in the Himalayas.

Jomsom Muktinath Trek

Highlights of the Jomsom Muktinath trek include:

  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Traveling from the lowland of Pokhara through the deepest valley on earth to the desolate plateau of Upper Mustang
  • Trekking in the Annapurna region
  • Unique cultural experiences, adventure travel, and eco-touring
  • Kali Gandaki – the deepest valley on earth.
  • Bathing in natural hot springs
  • Trekking in Nepal‘s unique landscapes
  • Breathtaking panoramic views from Poon Hill
  • Exploring the lakeside city of Pokhara

A typical day on the trek:

The day begins with preparing your bag for the porters followed by breakfast. Breakfast is typically ordered the evening before in order to give the teahouse owner ample time to prepare. It is important to remember that the owners cook meals for 20 to 30 people in a small kitchen. After breakfast, the morning trek starts with short teahouse breaks. Around noon, we take a longer break for lunch. After lunch, we trek until we reach the destination for the day. In the afternoon, we reach the destination and are assigned rooms. The porters will have already delivered the heavy bags. We will order dinner, and you will have time on your own to relax and explore the village we are visiting. At dinner, the guides will explain the expectations for tomorrow’s segment and provide practical information including what time the heavy bags should be ready for the porters, what time to order breakfast and what time the trek starts. After dinner, you have free time to read a book, discuss the day’s adventures with your fellow trekkers and the guides, or enjoy a game of cards.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and preparation for the trek

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara

Day 04: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni

Day 05: Trek to Muktinath

Day 06: Trek to Marpha

Day 07: Trek to Ghasa

Day 08: Trek to Tatopani

Day 09: Day of relaxation to enjoy the hot springs

Day 10: Trek to Ghorepani

Day 11: Trek to Tikhadhunga

Day 12: Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara

Day 13: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. You will be picked up at the airport. Look for our representative holding a sign with your name. On the drive from the airport to the hotel, you will have a chance to experience the chaotic and busy charm of the capital city of Nepal. Once at the hotel you will be assigned your room and will have the rest of the day to yourself to explore Thamel, the central area of the city.

Day 2: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and Jomsom Muktinath trek preparation

You will have the day in Kathmandu with time to do some sightseeing in the Kathmandu valley. Some notable sights include Buddhist and Hindu shrines, the ‘monkey temple’ Swayambhunath and the great Boudhanath stupa in an area called Little Tibet. There is also the Pashupatinath Temple, a sacred Hindu shrine on the banks of the Bagmati River, where you can experience a traditional cremation ceremony. In the evening, you will be asked to join us at a restaurant for dinner, where you can enjoy Nepalese cuisine and where we will go through what to expect on the trek and provide some practical information for the trip.

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara

We leave Kathmandu at dawn to head west towards the city of Pokhara where the trek begins. While it is a long drive, there is plenty to see along the way. The drive exposes trekkers to the traditional oxcarts and bicycles used for transportation, as well as the ornate, crowded buses and daredevil drivers.

We arrive in Pokhara early in the afternoon where we are assigned hotel rooms. The rest of the day is spent in the lakeside city of Pokhara.

Day 4: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni , begining of Jomsom Muktinath trek

After breakfast, we catch a morning flight to Jomsom. This scenic 20-minute flight takes us to the administrative headquarters of the Mustang district. From Jomsom, the trek begins. The trail gradually ascends a windy path along the Kali Gandaki riverbed for about 3 hours, finally reaching the village of Eckley Bhatti. After a short rest here, there is only one hour of easy walking until we reach our destination for the day, Kagbeni at 2,710 m – a windswept village along the ancient salt trading route to Tibet.

Day 5: Trek to Muktinath

The morning begins following a steep sloping trail to a ridge above the village, a climb that should take about one hour. From here, the trail ascends gently with scenic views of Annapurna and Tukuche. We walk through small villages and reach the city of Jarkot, where we encounter the ethnic tribe Thakali, who wear traditional apparel. From here, there is about a 30-minute climb to reach Muktinath. Muktinath offers superb scenic views and here we will likely meet trekkers coming from Manang across the Thorung La pass (5,415 m).

Day 6: Trek to Marpha

We visit the nearby temple in the morning and then begin descent on the trail to the Kali Gandaki valley floor. After a brief stop at Ekle Bhatti, we continue down the magnificent valley. We reach Jomsom, where we started our trek a few days earlier. After lunch in Jomsom, we have two hours of easy walking towards the southeast until we reach Marpha, where we stop for the night. Marpha is a cozy city with paved streets and whitewashed stone houses. Marpha is renowned for its apple and peach brandy and cider.

Day 7: Trek to Ghasa

The walk today follows the Kali Gandaki River downstream until we reach the village of Tukuche nestled below Tukuche peak and Dhaulagiri, with an excellent view of Nilgiri and the massive icefalls of the Dhaulagiri east face. One hour beyond Tukuche, we reach the village of Kalopani, where we stop for lunch. This beautiful village has excellent teahouses and views of Annapurna I, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri rising above the pine forest. Another two hours of gentle descent brings us to the Thakali village of Ghasa where we will spend the night.

Day 8: Trek to Tatopani

The vegetation changes from arid desert to pine forest as we walk between the two mammoth peaks of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna. Ghasa marks the southern border of the area dominated by the Thakali tribe. The architecture becomes more decorative, with detailed carvings in wood. The trail to Tatopani takes us to a warmer and more pleasant climate through terraced rice fields. The trail leads through the village of Dana, located in the deepest gorge in the world. After lunch we have a couple of hours walk to Tatopani where we will be greeted by a natural hot spring bath.

Day 9: Rest day in Tatopani

Today we have a full day to relax our aching muscles in the natural hot springs.

Day 10: Trek to Dharepani

After a day’s rest, we continue our journey. We first cross a suspension bridge over Kali Gandaki and follow the trail along the river until it diverts into an uphill climb. This is a challenging climb that continues through farms and villages, terraced rice fields, and dense rhododendron forests to reach our destination of Ghorepani where we find our teahouse for the night.

Day 11: Trek to Tikhedhunga

We start early in order to reach the summit of Poon Hill in time for sunrise. The fantastic panorama of the sun rising above Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre is a true wonder and one that will remain with you for many years to come. After returning to Ghorepani and enjoying breakfast, we continue the trek to Tikhedhunga.

Day 12: Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara

This is the last day of the Jomsom Muktinath trek. The trail wanders through scenic landscapes and local villages to Sauli Bazar, situated on the bank of River Modi. The walk continues pleasantly as we reach Birethanti, where the rivers Modi and Bhurungdi meet. We stop for lunch. After lunch, a 30-minute walk brings us to Nayapul. The trek ends here, where we will drive back to Pokhara to spend the rest of the day enjoying the lakeside area.

Day 13: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

We leave Pokhara in the early morning and head east to the Nepali capital of Kathmandu. The drive should take 7-8 hours and gives us plenty of time to enjoy the scenery and all the different means of transportation used by the Nepali people. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we will be transferred to our hotel.

Day 14: Departure from Kathmandu

You will receive an airport transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport in time for your flight home, full of memories of a wonderful Himalayan adventure.

Pricing:

Please contact us for cost information.

The price for the Jomsom Muktinath trek includes the following services:

  • Airports pick up and transfer by private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu on twin/triple sharing basis
  • Guided Kathmandu city tours inclusive of vehicle transfer
  • World Heritage sites entrance fees during a sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Local transportation (when applicable)
  • Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges on twin sharing basis
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) with a cup of tea or coffee during the expedition
  • A highly experienced and licensed guide approved by the government of Nepal and porters during the trek and their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and insurance coverage
  • Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS)
  • Trekking Permit fees
  • Government taxes
  • Service charge

The price does not include the following:

  • Any meals in Kathmandu
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects. We strongly advise buying a travel insurance policy
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon hill trek is one of the most popular short Himalaya treks in Nepal. The trek starts from the Modi River. After crossing the suspension bridge over the Modi River, you will ascend through the ethnic villages and farm terraces enjoying the views of Machhapuchhre peeking between the hills. On the second day, you will walk mostly through woods before you reach Ghorepani hill. An early start and an hour’s hike to Poon Hill (3210m) leads you to a brilliant viewpoint. This viewpoint provides an unobstructed beautiful sunrise over the high Himalayas. From Ghorepani the trail climbs along ridges and through pine and rhododendron forests and if the weather allows you can see panoramic view all the way south to the plains of India. The trail follows a stream bed which becomes larger as you continue. The stream has some clear pools alongside the trail and finally becomes a series of waterfalls.

A typical day on the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek:

The day begins with preparing your bag for the porters followed by breakfast. Breakfast is typically ordered the evening before in order to give the tea house owner ample time to prepare. It is important to remember that the owners cook meals for 20 to 30 people in a small kitchen. After breakfast, the morning trek starts with short tea house breaks. Around noon, we take a longer break for lunch. After lunch, we trek until we reach the destination for the day. In the afternoon, we reach the destination and are assigned rooms. The porters will have already delivered the heavy bags. We will order dinner, and you will have time on your own to relax and explore the village we are visiting. At dinner, the guides will explain the expectations for tomorrow’s segment and provide practical information including what time the heavy bags should be ready for the porters, what time to order breakfast and what time the trek starts. After dinner, you have free time to read a book, discuss the day’s adventures with your fellow trekkers and the guides, or enjoy a game of cards.

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and preparation for the trek

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (5-6h)

Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikedhunga (3-4h)

Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (5-6h)

Day 06: Trek to the summit of Poon Hill, and trek to Tadapani (6-7h)

Day 07: Trek to Ghandruk (3-4h)

Day 08: Trek to Pokhara (5h + 1h drive)

Day 09: Return to Kathmandu

Day 10: Departure from Kathmandu

Detailed Itinerary:

The day-to-day program for the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek in Nepal.

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. You will be picked up at the airport. Look for our representative holding a sign with your name. On the drive from the airport to the hotel, you will have a chance to experience the chaotic and busy charm of the capital city of Nepal. Once at the hotel you will be assigned your room and will have the rest of the day to yourself to explore Thamel, the central area of the city.

Day 2: Day of in Kathmandu

You will have the day in Kathmandu with time to do some sightseeing in the Kathmandu valley. Some notable sights include Buddhist and Hindu shrines, the ‘monkey temple’ Swayambhunath and the great Boudhanath stupa in an area called Little Tibet. There is also the Pashupatinath Temple, a sacred Hindu shrine on the banks of the Bagmati River, where you can experience a traditional cremation ceremony. In the evening, you will be asked to join us at a restaurant for dinner, where you can enjoy Nepalese cuisine and where we will go through what to expect on the trek and provide some practical information for the trip.

Day 3: Bus drive to Pokhara

We leave Kathmandu at dawn to head west towards Pokhara where the trek begins. While it is a long drive, there is plenty to see along the way. The drive exposes trekkers to the traditional oxcarts and bicycles used for transportation, as well as the ornate, crowded buses and daredevil drivers.
We arrive in Pokhara early in the afternoon and check-in to the hotel. You will have the rest of the day to explore the city of Pokhara.

Day 4: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga

We awaken early to drive to the village of Nayapul. Here, the porters will take the heavy bags and our trek begins. After nearly one hour walking, we reach the village of Birethanti (1,050 m). Birethanti is a busy village located close to the glacial Modi Khola River. From there, the trail is paved with stones and we reach a set of stairs towards the end of the day. We begin a gentle climb up the side of the valley towards Sudami, Hile, and soon reach the village of Tikhedhunga (1,577 m), the destination for the day.

Day 5: Trek to Ghorepani

The morning starts with a steep climb to the village of Ulleri. Outside Ulleri, we shortly find ourselves in a large rhododendron forest. In spring, this is a beautiful and colorful experience. The trail continues to climb steadily upwards, busy with mule traffic carrying rice and other items towards Mustang. Most of the afternoon will be spent walking in the rhododendrons. Near the end of the afternoon, we emerge from the forest at Ghorepani and the stunning Annapurna range comes into sight. The impressive peaks include Dhaulagiri (1,168 m), Annapurna (8,090 m), Machhapuchhre (6,994 m) and Lamjung (6,893 m) just to name a few.

Day 6: Trek to the summit of Poon Hill, and trek to Tadapani

A great adventure awaits today. It begins with a climb up to Poon Hill (3,193 m). From this vantage, trekkers will be greeted by one of the most spectacular panoramic views in the Himalayas. We start before sunrise and hope for clear weather to properly enjoy the sunrise over the giants of the Himalayas. There are spectacular views of Annapurna I (8,090 m), Annapurna III (7,556 m), Dhaulagiri (8,168 m), Gangapurna (7,454 m) and Machhapuchhre (6,994 m). We return to Ghorepani for breakfast before continuing east towards Tadapani. In this segment, we summit a pass of 3,100 m where we will take a well-deserved tea break and spend some time above 3,000 m for acclimatization. The next 2-3 hours are spent descending along a river in a beautiful gorge. Before reaching Tadapani, we must climb for about 30-45 minutes. At Tadapani, we are rewarded with clear views of Annapurna South (7,219 m) and the characteristic summit of Machhapuchhre (6,995 m). The day is long but unforgettable.

Day 7: Trek to Ghandruk

Today’s trek is short and pleasant and takes us downhill through pine forest with an occasional view of the high mountains. The day ends at the village of Ghandruk, populated by people from the Gurung tribe. There will be plenty of time to explore the village or simply relax at the hotel.

Day 8: Trek to Pokhara

Our last trekking day takes us through the scenic landscape along the Modi Khola River through the village of Syauli Bazaar to Birethanti. From there, it is an easy walk to Nayapul where we our trek began 4 days earlier. It is a 1-hour drive from Nayapul back to Pokhara, where we will check-in to our hotel with time to relax.

Day 9: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

After the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek completed, We drive back to Kathmandu through the beautiful Nepalese countryside and reach the busy capital city in the afternoon.

Day 10: Departure

You will be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport in time for your flight home, with the memories of a truly wonderful Himalayan adventure.

Pricing:

The price for Ghorepani Poon Hill trek includes the following services:

  • Airports pick up and transfer by private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu on twin/triple sharing basis
  • Guided Kathmandu city tours inclusive of vehicle transfer
  • World Heritage sites entrance fees during a sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Local transportation (when applicable)
  • Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges on twin sharing basis
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) with a cup of tea or coffee during the expedition
  • A highly experienced and licensed guide approved by the government of Nepal and porters during the trek and their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and insurance coverage
  • Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS)
  • Trekking Permit fees
  • Government taxes
  • Service charge

The price does not include the following:

  • Any meals in Kathmandu
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects. We strongly advise buying a travel insurance policy
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Highlights of Annapurna Base Camp trek include:

  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu: the Boudhanath stupa, and the Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath temples
  • A bus ride along the scenic Trisuli River to the city of Pokhara
  • Stunning rhododendron forests near Ghorepani
  • A panoramic view of the sunrise over the 8,000 m giants of the Annapurnas from Poon Hill
  • A view of the iconic and holy “Fish Tail” mountain – Machhapuchhre Base Camp
  • The goal and climax of this trek in Nepal: Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m)
  • Climbing the ridge above Annapurna Base Camp, near the majestic south wall
  • Pampering sore muscles at the natural hot springs in Jhinudanda
  • Relaxing on the shores of the beautiful Phewa Lake in Pokhara

A typical day on the trek:

The day begins with preparing your bag for the porters followed by breakfast. Breakfast is typically ordered the evening before in order to give the teahouse owner ample time to prepare. It is important to remember that the owners cook meals for 20 to 30 people in a small kitchen. After breakfast, the morning trek starts with short teahouse breaks. Around noon, we take a longer break for lunch. After lunch, we trek until we reach the destination for the day. In the afternoon, we reach the destination and are assigned rooms. The porters will have already delivered the heavy bags. We will order dinner, and you will have time on your own to relax and explore the village we are visiting. At dinner, the guides will explain the expectations for tomorrow’s segment and provide practical information including what time the heavy bags should be ready for the porters, what time to order breakfast and what time the trek starts. After dinner, you have free time to read a book, discuss the day’s adventures with your fellow trekkers and the guides, or enjoy a game of cards.

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley and preparation for the trek

Day 03: Bus drive to Pokhara and trek to Birenthanthi

Day 04: Trek to Ulleri

Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani

Day 06: Trek to Tadapani

Day 07: Trek to Chhomrong

Day 08: Trek to Himalayan Hotel

Day 09: Trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp

Day 10: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp

Day 11: Trek to Bamboo

Day 12: Trek to Jhinudanda

Day 13: Trek to Pokhara

Day 14: A rest day in Pokhara

Day 15: Return to Kathmandu

Day 16: Departure from Kathmandu

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. You will be picked up at the airport. Look for our representative holding a sign with your name. On the drive from the airport to the hotel, you will have a chance to experience the chaotic and busy charm of the capital city of Nepal. Once at the hotel you will be assigned your room and will have the rest of day to yourself to explore Thamel, the central area of the city.

Day 2: Day in Kathmandu

You will have the day in Kathmandu with time to do some sightseeing in the Kathmandu valley. Some notable sights include Buddhist and Hindu shrines, the ‘monkey temple’ Swayambhunath and the great Boudhanath stupa in an area called Little Tibet. There is also the Pashupatinath Temple, a sacred Hindu shrine on the banks of the Bagmati River, where you can experience a traditional cremation ceremony. In the evening, you will be asked to join us at a restaurant for dinner, where you can enjoy Nepalese cuisine and where we will go through what to expect on the trek and provide some practical information for the trip.

Day 3: Bus drive to Pokhara and hike to Birethanti (1,050 m)

We leave Kathmandu at dawn to head west towards Pokhara where the trek begins. While it is a long drive, there is plenty to see along the way. The drive exposes trekkers to the traditional oxcarts and bicycles used for transportation, as well as the ornate, crowded buses and daredevil drivers.

We arrive in Pokhara early in the afternoon and will continue to the nearby village of Nayapul. Here, the porters take the heavy bags and our trek to Annapurna Base Camp begins. After about one hour of walking, we will reach the village of Birethanti (1,050 m), our destination for the day. Birethanti is located close to the glacial Modi Khola River.

Day 4: Trek from Birethanti to Ulleri (2,030 m)

We have an early start today. Birethanti is busy in the morning. The trail is paved with stones and stairs towards the end of the day’s trek. We start by climbing gently up the side of the valley towards Sudami, Hile and subsequently reach the village of Tikhedhunga (1,577 m). From here, the trail steepens and we climb to the village Ulleri – our destination for the day.

Day 5: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2,800 m)

We leave Ulleri in the early morning hours and shortly find ourselves in a large rhododendron forest. In spring, this is a beautiful and colorful experience. The trail continues to climb steadily upwards, busy with mule traffic carrying rice and other items towards Mustang. Most of the afternoon will be spent walking in the rhododendrons. Near the end of the afternoon, we emerge from the forest at Ghorepani and the stunning Annapurna range comes into sight. The impressive peaks include Dhaulagiri (1,168 m), Annapurna (8,090 m), Machhapuchhre (6,994 m) and Lamjung (6,893 m) just to name a few.

Day 6: Trek to the panoramic view from Poon Hill and trek to Tadapani (2,630 m)

A great adventure awaits today. It begins with a climb up to Poon Hill (3,193 m). From this vantage, trekkers will be greeted by one of the most spectacular panoramic views in the Himalayas. We start before sunrise and hope for clear weather to properly enjoy the sunrise over the giants of the Himalayas. There are spectacular views of Annapurna I (8,090 m), Annapurna III (7,556 m), Dhaulagiri (8,168 m), Gangapurna (7,454 m) and Machhapuchhre (6,994 m). We return to Ghorepani for breakfast before continuing east towards Tadapani. On this segment, we summit a pass of 3,100 m where we will take a well-deserved tea break and spend some time above 3,000 m for acclimatization. The next 2-3 hours are spent descending along a river in a beautiful gorge. Before reaching Tadapani, we must climb for about 30-45 minutes. At Tadapani, we are rewarded with clear views of Annapurna South (7,219 m) and the characteristic summit of Machhapuchhre (6,995 m). The day is long but unforgettable.

Day 7: Trek from Tadapani to Chhomrong (2,210 m)

The segment to Chhomrong is short. It will be a pleasant break from the program of the previous days. The trek takes 4-5 hours. We walk through hilly terrain and cross the river several times. We take a detour to visit the Gurung village of Ghandruk. Upon arrival in Chhomrong, we have the rest of the day to relax and enjoy the views.

Day 8: From Chhomrong to Himalayan Hotel (2,920 m)

We start early from Chhomrong and have a beautiful day’s trek ahead of us. We begin by crossing the river. From here, we climb through a bamboo forest and pass the villages of Sinuwa and Kuldighar (2,540 m). Near lunchtime, we arrive at the village of Bamboo (2,130 m). After reclaiming some energy, we prepare our will for the afternoon climb. The trail becomes steep but the surrounding nature is truly impressive. Signs of rockslides are sometimes visible along the trail near Bamboo and Dovan but guides are experienced with detecting any potential danger to trekkers. We arrive at the Himalayan Hotel in the late afternoon and settle in for the night.

Day 9: Trek from Himalayan Hotel to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,700 m)

We have now entered the high-alpine landscape. About a one hour trek from the Himalayan Hotel, we pass Hinku Cave (3,170 m) and leave the bamboo forest to climb above the tree line. We move further up the valley between the peaks Hiunchuli (6,442 m) and Machhapuchhre (6,994 m). Finally, we reach the Machhapuchhre Base Camp at 3,700 m. We check-in at the teahouse and enjoy the breathtaking views for the rest of the afternoon. This camp offers an incredible full panoramic view of Annapurna I (8,091 m), Annapurna III (7,560 m), Gangapurna (7,458 m), Hiunchuli (6,442 m) and Machhapuchhre (6,994 m).

Day 10: Trek from Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m)

The absolute climax of the trek – a beautiful day awaits. We leave early from Machhapuchre Base Camp and climb the last couple of hours to Annapurna Base Camp. Here, we are surrounded by majestic snow-clad mountains (in Sanskrit, ‘Himalaya’ means ‘snow-dwelling’). We will spend the day in and around Annapurna Base Camp. For those who don’t want the climb to end, it is possible to climb to the ridge behind Annapurna Base Camp, where Chris Bonington led the first ascent of the impressive Annapurna South Wall.

Day 11: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2,310 m)

On the 11th day of Annapurna Base Camp trek, we descend from Annapurna into the valley to the village of Bamboo where we arrive early in the afternoon and enjoy the oxygen-thick air.

Day 12: Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1,750 m)

We continue our descent. The day starts with a steep descent followed by an equally steep ascent to reach Chhomrong for the second time on the trip. Here we stop for lunch and it is a short hike to Jhinu Danda. After checking in at our teahouse, we walk down to the Modi Khola River, where you can enjoy a hot bath in the natural hot springs.

Day 13: Trek from Jhinu Danda to Pokhara

From Jhinu Danda we cross the river and walk via Syauli Bazaar to Birethanti where we started 10 days earlier.  We walk the final, easy segment to Nayapul, where the bus takes us back to Pokhara.

Day 14: Relax in Pokhara

A day to relax after 10 days of Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Today there is no program, so you have the entire day at your disposal in Pokhara. Make sure you reserve some time to enjoy the picturesque Phewa Tal.

Day 15: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

We drive back through the Nepalese traffic to Kathmandu, where we check-in to the hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free to spend exploring Thamel, where you can get some final shopping done or just relax and enjoy one of the many restaurants.

Day 16: Departure from Kathmandu

You will be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport in time for your flight home, full of memories of a wonderful Himalayan adventure.

Pricing:

The price for Annapurna Base Camp trek includes the following services:

The price for Annapurna Base Camp trek includes the following services:

  • Airports pick up and transfer by private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu on twin/triple sharing basis
  • Guided Kathmandu city tours inclusive of vehicle transfer
  • World Heritage sites entrance fees during a sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Local transportation (when applicable)
  • Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges on twin sharing basis
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) with a cup of tea or coffee during the expedition
  • A highly experienced and licensed guide approved by the government of Nepal and porters during the trek and their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and insurance coverage
  • Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS)
  • Trekking Permit fees
  • Government taxes
  • Service charge

The price for Annapurna Base Camp trek does not include the following:

  • Any meals in Kathmandu
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft, or damage to baggage and personal effects. We strongly advise buying a travel insurance policy
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, the internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters