Annapurna Skyline Trek Royal trek 6 Days

Annapurna Skyline Trek

Annapurna Skyline Trek is also known as Royal Trek which is named after prince Charles who walked through this route in the early 1980s. It offers a unique blend of cultural immersion and stunning natural beauty, nestled in the mighty Annapurna range.

It is shorter and relatively easier trek compared to some of the longer treks in the region. The major attraction of the Annapurna Skyline Trek is the sunrise view from Poon Hill, a popular viewpoint situated at an altitude of 3,210 m. The trek typically includes stops at popular destinations such as Ghorepani, Tadapani, Poon Hill, and Ghandruk, where travellers can experience local hospitality and immerse themselves in the rich traditions and culture of the Gurung and Magar communities.

The trek also offers several unique adventure activities, including paragliding, zip-lining and bungee jumping. These activities provide trekkers with unique and thrilling perspective of the Annapurna region, as well as an opportunity to experience the natural beauty from different angle.


Difficulty of Annapurna Skyline Trek

The Annapurna Skyline Trek is a moderate to challenging trek. The trek involves walking for several hours each day, often over steep and uneven terrain. The difficulty level can vary depending on fitness level. People with average fitness cam complete this trek without difficulty. Trekkers are acclimatized to prepare them for easy voyage.

Best season for Annapurna Skyline Trek

The best seasons to go on Annapurna Skyline Trek is during spring (March to May) and autum (September to November ) seasons. During these months, the weather is clear and dry, making for good trekking conditions. In addition, the temperature is mild and the skies are often clear, offering spectacular views of mountains.

Trekking in the off-seasons i.e. monsoon (June to August) and winter (December to February) can be more challenging due to the weather conditions. During monsoon seasons, the trails can be muddy and slippery and during winter season the trails can be covered in snow and the temperature can drop below freezing. However trekking in off-seasons can also have its advantage. The trails are less crowed which means you can enjoy the natural beauty and serenity of area without tourist crowd. If you are up for a challenge and want a unique experiences, trekking in the off-seasons can be a great option.

Why to trek Annapurna Skyline?

The Annapurna Skyline Trek is a popular trek in Nepal because of its astonishing mountain views, varied landscapes and cultural experiences. The trek takes through lush forest, traditional villages offering a diverse range of experiences. The trek has well established tea house, lodges along the route which offer comfortable accommodation. Along the way you will be rewarded with incredible views of Annapurna mountain ranges. You will also have opportunity to experience the local culture and hospitality of Gurung and Magar people, who are known for their friendliness and warmth. Overall, the Annapurna Skyline Trek is a great choice for trekking experience in Nepal.

Everest Base Camp Kalapathar Trek

Everest base camp trek is an adventure of a lifetime, for anyone who have always dreamed soaring above the clouds. The EBC is a fairly difficult climb and one does not require prior mountain climbing experience. But you have to be fit for this expedition as the base camp lies at about 5,365m making in the highest base camp in the world.

EBC Trekking Trail

You journey begins from Manthali in Ramechhap district, about 4-5 hrs drive from Kathmandu. The best way to start your expedition is to fly from Manthali airport to the Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla.

Tenzing-Hillary Airport

The runway in Tenzing-Hillary Airport is steep and considered by many to be the most dangerous in the world. The flight here is an adventure on its own, but if you would rather not take the risk, then walking to Luka is a good option. The trail to Lukla takes you on the ‘off-beaten track’ and adds another experience to your trekking.

Unfortunately, Everest Base Camp trekking is very popular to the point that it gets impossible to avoid crowds unless you trek in the winter or go off on a side trail. Your actual trek to EBC starts from Lukla, however. Walking is fairly easy here through this Dudh Koshi valley.

Namche Bazaar

A gentle two-day trek up the valley leads you  to the famous Namche Bazaar. This bustling mountain town is the heart of Khumbu region. Namche Bazaar is an ancient valley and is also the largest of all the Sherpa settlements. Most people take a day off here to acclimatize and also take this opportunity to do ther shopping for the journey ahead.

After Namche Bazaar, Phakding and Monjo are two other popular stopovers. A little further from Monjo is the Jorsale checkpoint, which is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park (Everest National Park). As you gain altitude, you will find that the mules are replaced by yaks. These yaks are transporting food and other goods to the city. Sometimes you may have to wait a while for a train of these mountain beasts to pass on the narrow path.

The trail follows the valley of Imja Khola and gives you spectacular views of Khumbila, Nuptse, Thamserku, Kangtega, Cholache, Kangtega and Ama Dablam mountains, with the giants Lhotse and Everest dominating the skyline. Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park region that is now established as a World Heritage site. Animals such as musk deer, the Himalayan tahr, the ghoral, the serow, the wolf, and the Himalayan black bear may be spotted by trekkers in this region.

Deep inside the National Park is a small Himalayan village known as Gorek Shep. This is the last resting spot for most trekkers before making the final trek to Everest Base Camp. Gorak Shep was the original base camp for climbers in the 1950s before moving closer to the mountain base, just below the infamous Khumbu Ice Fall.

The trek along the glacier to base camp can take up to 5 hrs. These are treacherous grounds and travellers must make this walk cautiously as the risk off the ice breaking can be great. But don’t let that deter you as getting to the base camp will make you among only a handful of people to be able to boast of reaching the top of the world.

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek

Everest base camp  trekking is one of the top trekking routes around the world for people who are in search of beautiful mountains and hills.

This trek is  extremely famous  among western traveler as it includes a lot of adventure and cultural aspect.

This trek is mostly done around the lower altitudes which makes it more flexible for people of any age group.

Everest base camp treks are usually of 15days but this package makes it possible within 5days because of helicopter, also it covers all the touristic  areas nearby Everest region within short period of time with little bit of luxurious travel.

 Additionally, Experiencing different Himalayan(sherpas) culture and tradition is plus point of this trek.

On the whole, this trip leads no traveller unsatisfied as it is worth every penny because of the places and experience it offers.

Nagarkot Day Hike

Nagarkot day hike is a day package providing you the opportunity to explore and witness the scenic mountains with your naked eyes.

Nagarkot day hike is an easy hiking that everyone (suitable for all age groups) can join for short break in Kathmandu. A day hike from Sankhu to Nagarkot leads you to the most popular hilltop from where you can view the mystic mountains and village at a close.

Things to do in Nagarkot

You can witness the spectacular views of Langtang, Dorje Lakpa, Gauri Shanker and Ganesh Himal with the glimpses of Nagarkot village.

Group Size

We organize Nagarkot hiking for 1 to 14 pax (maximum) in a group. If the number of traveler exceeds to maximum 14 persons, we split the group and arrange accordingly.

Nagarkot Trekking Tour Guide

Nepal Tour Guide Team is always responsible for the client satisfaction and this would be possible only with a professional and experienced guide. Since our inception, we are specialized for private guide and customized tour itineraries for our valuable clients.

Be sure and believe us, we have a long time experienced Nagarkot tour guide who will explain well about the trip.

Best Time to go Nagarkot

Tour to Nagarkot can be undertaken in all seasons, however Spring (from March to May) and Autumn (from mid of September to mid of December) are the best.

During Spring and Autumn, the mountain views are excellent, fantastic weather and beautiful sunrise/sunset views. The blossom of wild flowers, pine trees, colorful villages and the rural lifestyle attract you more during these time. More to this, you will have lifetime experience in Nepal. Don’t miss it.

Places to Visit


Nagarkot is the best destination for hiking near Kathmandu valley. It is situated 32 km east north of Kathmandu valley at an altitude of 2174m from sea level.

Sankhu – Ancient Newari Village

Sankhu is a small ancient Newar community town located in Shankharapur Municipality, north-eastern of Kathmandu valley. Clustered with the old houses, temples and narrow steep roads, sankhu provides you the image history of Nepal. Sali Nadi, a holy place to celebrate Shree Swasthani Brata Katha is situated in Sankhu, Kathmandu.


We will provide a luxury transportation Car, Jeep, Bus (depend on group-size) to Sankhu (Shankhapur, Kathmandu) and return back.

Nagarkot Panoramic Hiking Trail

Then we start our hike to Nagarkot. On the way of hike, you can see pine trees forest, flowers and animals. we will walk for 4 to 5 hrs to reach there and get chance to involve in the local life style of the villagers. The panoramic view of dramatic mountains. Mountains like Langtang, Dhaulagiri, in the west passes and Mt. Everest and Kanchenjunga to the east side of the hill top. We can enjoy the beauty from the  hill station with scenery along with close ethnic, hand made crafts on the way.

Book Nagarkot Day Hiking in 2020

Nepal Tour Guide Team organizes this short and easy hiking trail in a reasonable price with quality services. This can be the best option for your leisure holidays in Nepal or an extension trip.

Contact Nepal Tour Guide Team for booking Nagarkot Day Hike instantly. We offer you a grand 20% discount (Terms and Conditions Apply) during Visit Nepal 2020.

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Explore Nepal Tour

Explore Nepal Tour is basically an overview trip of the major destinations in Nepal. From World Heritage sites of Kathmandu valley to Lumbini, from the raw appeal of towering mountain peaks to jungle safaris in Chitwan National Park. This 8days/7nights package is specifically designed for you to explore and discover the quintessence of Nepal.    

What sets this tour apart from the other tours is that it focuses more on traditional and cultural experience. Owing to the large number of ethnic groups in Nepal, it is said that there are more festivals than there are days in a year.

Since the quintessence of any country are its people and traditions, we coincide this tour to fall under any of the major festivals throughout Nepal. Sightseeing, hiking and other activities are combined with an in-depth look at the festivals of the locale.    

If you arrive to the capital during the peak trekking season of October to November, then the festivals of Dashain and Tihar is a great insight into what religious beliefs and rituals of this majorly Hindu population. Dashain is the biggest festival of the Hindus and the Hindu population celebrate by uniting with their large families, paying reverence to elders and feasting till sunrise.

Asan Bazaar – Visit Local Market

The focal point of the capital, not just during the festivals, is the ancient Asan bazaar. This bazaar is a town in its own right and enjoys an autonomous supervision by the locals themselves without the interference from the larger government body. Asan bazaar is jam packed with people trying to get the best bargains. Another sight that unique to Kathmandu you won’t get any place in Nepal.    

Pokhara – Adventure and Pristine Nature

The Lakeside in Pokhara also comes alive during Christmas and New Year holidays. Once you finish your expedition to Annapurna Base Camp or even a short trek to Poon Hill, coming down to the southern lakeside offers you wild merry making and wild nights.Travelers from all around the word crowd the streets of Pokhara to enjoy food, parades and events. Budget accommodations and homestays are widely available so you don’t have to worry about staying in expensive touristy areas. This will also ensure that the local village economy is thriving.    

Chitwan National Park

Spice up your Chitwan tour as well as this specially designed package takes you deep into the National Park to the Tharu village. The Tharus are the dominant indigenous people of Chitwan and to date have preserved their traditions and culture. The tharu dance conjures up vision of a pre-modern times when Tharus lived a purer life close to nature. Holi-the festival of colors is also well celebrated here. People celebrate Holi by throwing colored powder and water at each other and is probably the world’s most famous Hindu festival, as this is a festival where everyone can participate.    

Take the local routes and experience a typical villager lifestyle staying in one of the homestays. Rafting is another great opportunity for you to enjoy the sights of the famed Asiatic gangetic dolphin in these parts. Crocodiles, Gharials, and river birds make up the larger population of the river system. This tour is becoming more and more popular these days because it lets get an insight into the people’s way of life, their traditions and culture. Combined with your sightseeing itinerary, mountain hiking and jungle safari, your journey experience is heightened to a level that very few can get the chance to explore.

Although short, this package is the quintessence of your Explore Nepal tour.  

Upper Mustang Trek

The district of Mustang was once an independent kingdom. Until the early 1950s, it was closely tied to Tibet in terms of culture. The people here remained isolated from Nepal from hundreds of years and even to this day, the true mountain folks of Upper Mustang still retain their Tibetan language and heritage. Explore the lost hidden kingdom on Upper Mustang Trek.

History – King’s Rule

The king of Mustang enjoyed titular kingship till 2008 when Nepal was declared a republic in the wake of a massive political shift in Nepal. The king was still allowed to hold the title of king, along with petty kings in the former states of Bajhang, Salyan and Jajarkot. Mustang’s capital is Lo Manthang and is still home to the last raja of Mustang.

Tiji Festival 2020 – A Cultural Event

Tiji Festival is the famous Tibetan cultural annual event held in May. Experience the mystic culture of Lo-Manthang in 19, 20 and 21 may 2020.

It is because of the regions recent addition to Nepal and a long history of isolation, Upper Mustang still retains its culture and virgin natural beauty.

The population of Mustang, based on the 2001 consensus, was roughly 14,981 distributed over three larger towns. Scattered throughout the barren district are also some 30 or so smaller settlements. The inhabitants of this region are primarily Gurungs and Thakalis, while some boast a purely Tibetan lineage.


Mustang was located on a very strategic trade point between India and Tibet and hence this region saw a thriving population. The trekking route that is used today is still the same route that was used during the trade since the 15th century.

Although, this region became a part of Nepal from the 1950s, it was only opened to foreigners until as recent as early 2000s. Access is still restricted, however, as travelling further than Kagbeni would require special trekking permits and travellers to be accompanied by a government official.

Explore the Historic Mountain Caves

The most alluring attraction of Upper Mustang are the Mustang caves or Sky Caves, so called because of hundreds of man-made caves carved into the sides of the cliffs. There are said to be about 10,000 caves in this region. Exploration of these caves have led to the discovery of various Buddhist artifacts, some dating back to the 12th century even. The collected artifacts are Buddhist paintings, sculptures and manuscripts. These along with a 55 panel depiction of Buddha’s life make the Mustang Sky Caves, one of the world’s greatest archeological mysteries.

Trek Difficulty

Upper Mustang Trek is particularly not a difficult one with the highest point reaching only 3,800m but the conditions can be harsh. During the winters, most of the population migrate to lower regions of Nepal due to the harsh conditions, so winter treks are best avoided. The summer months and also the monsoon time is the preferred season for travel.

Best for Monsoon Trekking

Since Upper Mustang lies in the rain shadow region of the Himalayas, this place receives scarce rain. This trek generally requires a minimum of 14 days and fairly easy walk through the Kali Gandaki valley with occasional climbs above the valley walls. There is little that grows in the desert of Upper Mustang, but it’s arduous conditions test the travellers’ grit and make them a tougher individual. Here, the journey is the part of the experience, something you will realize when your grit is tested by the harsh cold Mustang winds.

Kathmandu Pokhara Tour

If you ever hear the call of the wild becking then Pokhara tour is for you. Pokhara is the adventure capital of Nepal, and rightfully so. Pokhara is a gateway to some of the world famous trekking routes in Nepal like Annapurna Base Camp, Ghorepani Poon Hill trek, Mardi Himal trek, Jomsom Muktinath trek, and Upper Mustang trek.

If these long treks aren’t your cup of tea, however, then there is still plenty to do around here. Pokhara is not called ‘the City of Lakes’ for no reason. You can take a casual stroll, swim, or boat on any of the lakes here. The most popular one, however, is the Phewa Lake.

Phewa Lake

Phewa lake has become so famous in fact, that the northern side of the shore has become a tourist district of some sorts and is famously known as Lake-side. This is where the most happening restaurant and hotels of Pokhara are. Tourists enjoy water-sports and fishing here. The vibrant life in the Lake-side is not just for partying. Here, you can meet tourists from all around the globe and swap your awesome travel stories with.

Pokhara – City of Caves

Owing to the large number of lakes, Pokhara also has numerous cave systems throughout the hillside. Cave exploring is another activity that you can do here. Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, The Crazy Cave, Siddheshwar Cave and Mahendra Cave are among many cave systems that give you a mystical experience. The caves conjure up fantasies of enigmatic cities hidden underground.

If you have the energy to keep up with Pokhara’s wild side, then there is plenty to do around here. The second highest Bungee point of the country lies here and is increasingly becoming famous.

Get thrilling experience of Zipline

Pokhara has also recently introduced a zipline that runs for a whopping 1.8km and with a vertical height of 610m! Reaching speeds of up to 120km/hr, this zipline claims to be the fastest and steepest zipline of its type in the world!

Experience the extremity – Bungee Jumping

From Bungee Jumping at a height of 80 metres to paragliding in Sarangkot. From going down the world’s steepest zipline to mountain biking through lush green hills. From fishing in the serene lakes to hiking the world famous Annapurna circuit- Pokhara is THE place for adventure lovers from all around the world.

Visit the hillside of Pokhara

If the nights of wild partying and days of hair raising adventure has taken its toll on you then you can also take a short hike around the surrounding villages like Dhampus, Sarangkot hill or Kahun Daada.

The quaint villages lie far enough from the hustle and bustle of main Pokhara that this will be a perfect opportunity to enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding villages and mountain peaks. Rafting in the gentle Seti river takes you through untouched vegetation and also brings you closer to the birds in the habitat.

Live like locals

Budget accommodation and homestays can be found in the villages. This will give you a more authentic local experience rather than staying in the touristy area. Unlike other major cities around the world with their fast paced life, Pokhara is somewhere anyone can rejuvenate themselves. Imagine falling asleep with the sounds of nature playing a full orchestra around you. Think crickets, birds, together with the sweet sound of a nearby river lulling you to sleep. Nights under the twinkling stars is the cherry on the cake when it comes to offering you the most exotic experience imaginable. Quite frankly, Pokhara has it all.

Nights under the twinkling stars is the cherry on the cake when it comes to offering you the most exotic experience imaginable. Quite frankly, Pokhara has it all.

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

The Annapurna Sanctuary trek takes you into the heart of the Annapurna Himalaya and fulfills every traveller’s desires.  This 11-day expedition is intended to take you the sacred region at the base of world famous Annapurna mountain, Annapurna south, Gangapurna, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre, considered by many to be the most beautiful peak in the the region.

Machchapuchhre – Sacred Mt. Fishtail

The Machhapuchhre is so sacred infact that the sanctuary region was forbidden for outsiders till 1956, The local Gurung people believe that the peak of the Machhapuchhre was home to several Hindu and Buddhist deities.

The legend surrounding this sanctuary also speak of repository of gold and various treasures left by the Nagas, believed to be ancient civilization.

Annapurna Conservation Area

The Annapurna Sanctuary is part of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project which places restrictions on number of travellers, gathering of firewood, and domstic animal graazing.

The Annapurna Conseravation Area is the largest protected region in Nepal. It is home to more than 1,200 species of plants and 400 species of birds. The conservation area is surrounded by high mountains and deep valleys. Because of which, the Sanctuary region receives only about 7 hrs of sunlight a day during the summer months.

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Trail

You begin the sanctuary trail by a visit around the world heritage sites in Kathmandu, Pashupatinath temple, Swoyambhunath stupa, Bouddhanath stupa, and Durbar Squares in Bhaktapur and Patan.

Your actual sanctuary trek starts from Nayapul after you make your way past subtropical forests. The forests are replaced by terraced paddy fields that stretches as far as the eye can see. And in the distant backdrop, you witness the snow peak mountains.

In this trail, you get to meet different ethnic groups, from the Magars to Thakalis to Gurung and to the Tibetan people that call their home here. You feel as if you are a part of living breathing history of Nepal. This experience is unique to Annapurna Sanctuary alone which you won’t get anywhere else.

The early morning hike to Poon Hill, lying at an altitude of about 3200m, gives you the best vantage point that any trekkers can ask for. From here, you can see a panoramic view of the whole Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.

Annapurna Sanctuary trek is a journey to the South face of Annapurna I. The subtropical forests and the paddy fields gradually turn to fields of rhododendron.

The south facing slopes are covered in dense rhododendron and bamboo forests and is usually damp with the clouds hanging low. While the north-facing slopes that fall in the Annapurna’s rain shadow region have drier climate.

People travelling to Nepal usually confuse the Sanctuary trekking with the other two famous Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Base Camp trek. While some places do overlap, the Sanctuary trail is relatively shorter.

The altitude gains are quicker here, rising from Pokhara at 940m to Annapurna Base Camp at 4,130m in just 5-6 days. You also do not require to cross any high passes.

This unique combination of ascent and descent in a span of 5-6 days gives rise to a unique combination of ecosystems found only in this region.

A main highlight of the Annapurna Sanctuary are the small chortens and monasteries that lie off the beaten path. These sanctums adds another layer of spiritual experience to the travellers already in awe. Taking on this transcendental journey, it is no wonder that the locals believe that gods live here.

All Nepal Tour

Nepal Tour Guide’s Nepal Travel Packages covers the highlighted places like Bandipur, Palpa, Pokhara, Chitwan and Lumbini, and is designed so you can get a complete experience of Nepal.

This tour combines sightseeing of world heritage sights, white water rafting, gentle hiking in hilly areas and jungle safari.

Your dive into Nepal’s fantastical world starts with cultural sightseeing of Kathmandu valley.

First Day Of Nepal Travel Packages

This first day tour takes you back in time through the Kathmandu valley’s architectural and cultural wonders.

The focal point of each of these cities are the durbar squares where several social festivals are performed.

You will find these durbar squares rich in medieval artifacts, most even dating back to the 12th century.

Temples like Boudhanath stupa, Swayambhunath temple and Pashupatinath temple hold tremendous religious significance to the people of Nepal and travelling these sites showcase Nepalese art and architecture at its finest.

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Heading 80km north-west of Kathmandu we reach the picturesque district of Nuwakot. Kathmandu and Lumbini Tour is available at Nepal 7 Days Tour Package.

This was once a thriving commercial hub of Nepal owing to the past trade route to Tibet but has now taken a more laid back approach.

Sites like the famous Seven-storey Palace, organic-friendly The Famous Farm House keep you comfortable but if adventure is more on your mind then canyoning down Bulbule waterfall and the buzzing Nuwakot bazaar will enliven you.


Before making your way to Pokhara, you make a day’s stop at Bandipur city to relish sites like Bandipur silk farm, Thani Mai Temple viewpoint, Khadga Devi Temple and the largest cave of Nepal- the Siddha Gufa.

All these make Bandipur a gem in the heart of Nepal and a must see place.


Then, the next destination is the ultimate cherry on top of you whole Nepal tour- Pokhara.

This is the tourist hub of the whole country and sees travellers from all around the world.

The plethora of lakes are enough to fill one’s heart with serenity.

The numerous caves scattered throughout ignite a sense of mystical wonder.

Pokhara is also the adventure gateway of Nepal and you can also enjoy bungee jumping, rafting, fishing, zip lining, sky diving and many other thrilling activities to pump up your adrenaline.

Being the center point for all major trekking routes begin from, so a day’s hike to the surrounding hills will give you a spectacular panoramic view of the mountains while you can almost touch them. You may visit our nepal trekking packages

Tansen – The Cultural Hub

Many travelers looking for a package trip to Nepal discover the hidden gem of Tansen, a peaceful town nestled in the Palpa district.

Taking a break from your wild nights at Pokhara, you head on to Tansen, Palpa.

Walking through the cobbled steps of this medieval city, you enjoy a where you enjoy a more quiet life.

Tansen is also home to the traditional colorful woven Dhaka fabric that has now become synonymous with Nepal and is the choice of souvenir items.

The Magars and Newars make up the larger population of the district and there are plenty of community homestays available for you to day-dream.

Lumbini – The Buddha’s Place

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The drive from Palpa to Lumbini is one of the most interesting drives that takes you from the hills to the plains.

This district is located in southern Nepal close to the Indian border and is the place where Siddhartha Gautam was born. This place became a pivotal place for buddhists after Buddhism spread worldwide.

Sites like the Queen Maya Devi Temple, Sacred Pond and Sacred Garden hold tremendous significance to the life of Gautam Buddha and hence is a much frequented. Other sites are the famous Ashoka Pillar and the international monasteries region.

There are over 30 monasteries here, all from different countries and carry their own unique identity and tradition.

Walking shoulder to shoulder with the locals and the pilgrims, you will get the feeling of nothing less than devotion carrying over since ancient times. These all are cover in our nepal tour package

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Chitwan National Park

Getting glimpses of the endangered white rhino and Nepal tiger at Chitwan National Park will perfectly wrap up you Nepal tour.

In this Nepal Travel Packages, you will get an insight into the natural wonders, lifestyle, culture and religion of Nepal. No other trip will offer such diverse experience in a short time.

Nepal trip price can vary depending on the level of comfort, chosen activities, and trip duration.

Poon Hill Trek

Poon Hill Trek is one of, if not the most, popular short treks in Nepal. This trek is a perfect alternative for travellers who are seeking a trekking experience that can be completed in a week.

This trek allows you to get up close and personal to the mountains without exerting yourself physically. The trail meanders through rhododendron forests and bamboo groves leading you through the cobbled steps of the beautiful Ghandruk village. This village is one of the main stops before the Annapurna Trekking and the views of Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre and Himchuli range are spectacular from here. Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is not only a short trek but undoubtedly one of the most intensely scenic treks there is.

The trek can be completed in three days but most of the itineraries are designed for you to complete the trek in a total of 5 or 6 days. This gives you enough time to rest and immerse yourself in the local lifestyle.

Poon Hill Trek Trail

Your trek starts from Nayapul and then you gradually make your ascent up to Ghandruk village. The first day of the trek is slightly challenging where you walk on a gradual incline for upto 5 or 6 hours till you reach Tikhedhunga. All your fatigue and endeavour will be worth it though as you reach the village. You will find many trekkers on their way to mountain treks or fellow short travellers. You can exchange your trekking stories here as you gather around the campfire with the sun dimming past the mountains on the horizon.

The trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghandruk does gets easier the following day. This is the day where you get change of scenery as the landscape changes from terraced fields to magical coniferous forest with monkey groups passing through and some grazing village horses. The early morning sunlight peeking in through the canopy is simply exhilarating and gives you an invigorating energy to start your day. The trail then winds along through dense mossy waterfalls, bamboo groves, rhododendron fields until finally heading westward towards Ghandruk.

Ghandruk is a picturesque village consisting of around 1,200 individual households, largely occupied by the Gurung people. The Gurnungs are the ethnic people of Nepal who largely makeup the members of the world-famous and ferocious Gurkha regiment. Here, you can enjoy the local langur monkey meat, if you want to spice up your palette. While most of the surrounding villages are sparsely populated, owing to large migration to the city or abroad, this village is still bustling alive.

Ghandruk village will make you want to stay longer but as they say, the show must go on. After a fulfilling rest, you head towards the very heart of Annapurna range by following the steep path of Modi Khola to altitudes of 3,200m to finally reach Poon Hill.

The view from Poon Hill is the cherry on the cake when it comes to Ghorepani Poon Hill trek. The vantage point from here will give you jaw-dropping panoramic views of more than 20 peaks towering above you. The major mountain ranges are the Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre and Himchuli ranges.

As you make your way to the top of Poon Hill to witness the sunrise, you will know just exactly why this is also called the Annapurna Sunrise Trek. The golden light glistening through the snow capped peaks make you realize some form of divinity that only these parts can ignite.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is a fairly easy trek and also because of its relatively short distance, it is suitable for people of all ages. And hence, this makes it the perfect destination for families looking for a getaway. Even experienced trekkers find this route to be a fantastic introduction to the Himalayas. All the features and culture make this a microcosm of stunning natural beauty mixed with an unspoiled ethnic lifestyle.

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