Ghandruk Ghorepani Trek with Tibet Overland Tour

Ghandruk Ghorepani Trek with Tibet Overland Tour

TripGrade: Moderate
Moderate or Grade B Trip - comprises a week to 15 days. It can reach up to 5000 meters high in altitude range, but the trails will be moderate (nor easy, nor tough). High altitude may matter on walking speed and distance. You need to have some acclimatization over 3000 meters.

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Duration:

17 Days

Country:
Max Altitude:

Lhatse (4300m)

Group Size

Any

Trial Access:

Drive/Flight

Best Season:

Mar - May & Sep-Nov

Just imagine how exciting it will be if you go down the dense rhododendron forests and traditional village ...Isn't that beautiful? Of course, it is.. so, broaden your mind and take a trip with AMN holidays which provides you best service quality till today... Book your Ghandruk Ghorepani Trek with Tibet Overland tour, which is a fun-thrilling package... This is an easy trekking experience in Nepal combined with the overland tour of Tibet. Ghandruk Ghorepani Trek is often referred to as the Ghorepani /Poonhill trek or the Sunrise Trek. The main highlight of this trek is the 45 minutes of walk from Ghorepani, early in the morning which leads to the point of best Himalayan sunrise on Annapurna region. This is a short but one of the most fascinating treks in the Himalayan region. This is a good trek if you are a beginner. This trek provides you an opportunity to explore the different vegetation, culture and lifestyle as you walk past villages like Ghorepani, Ulleri and Ghandruk. This tour of Tibet starts after crossing the border of Nepal and Tibet at Liping and then goes through the Tibetan plateau to Lhasa on a high altitude highway. The trip ends at Lhasa after spending a couple of nights there.

Trip Outline

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu covering Kathmandu Durbar Square, Syambhunath Stupa and Khokana Bungmati.
Day 03: Fly/Drive to Pokhara
Day 04: Trek to Tikhedhunga/Ulleri
Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani
Day 06: Trek to Poon Hill - Tadapani
Day 07: Trek to Ghandruk
Day 08: Ghandruk to Pokhara
Day 09: Fly/Drive to Kathmandu
Day 10: Drive to Nyalam or Kerong (4000 ~ 4300m) - 157km
Day 11: Drive to Lhatse. (4300m) - 214km
Day 12: Drive to Xigaatse (3900m) - 244km
Day 13: Drive to Gyantse (3950m) - 90km
Day 14: Drive to Lhasa (3650m) - 259 km
Day 15: Sightseeing of Lhasa including Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street
Day 16: Full day Sightseeing of Lhasa covering Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery
Day 17: Final departure from Lhasa to Kathmandu/onward destination.

Starting Price

USD 3049 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrive Kathmandu

Meals included: BB

Arrive at Kathmandu after a scenic flight over the mountains. Meet the representative of Adventure Mission Nepal Treks & Expedition (AMN) and transfer to Hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min

Day 2

Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu covering Kathmandu Durbar Square, Syambhunath Stupa and Khokana Bungmati

Kathmandu Durbar Square - Kathmandu Durbar Square lies in the center of the Kathmandu valley and has some of the most interesting monuments in Nepal. The Kasthamandap, the building from which Kathmandu derived its name, the Kumari Ghar, the House of the Living goddess Kumari, the Taleju temple and the most interesting the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, now a museum are some of the interesting buildings in Kathmandu Durbar Square. Besides that, the program of different kinds and gathering of people from all over Nepal makes it a lively place and the best place to understand Nepal.

Swayambhunath Stupa - Swayambhunath stupa is also referred to as the ‘Monkey temple’ and is one of the 7 UNESCO world heritage sites of Kathmandu. Situated on a hilltop about 4 Km from the city center this stupa is one of the oldest monument in Kathmandu and comes from the Vajrayana sect of Mahayana Buddhism. With a pair of eyes in each direction, this place is a spiritual center for the locals and tourist visiting this area. The hilltop also offers the scenic view of the Kathmandu valley and the Himalayas.

Khokana and Bungmati - These two Newar Villages are located in the outskirts of the Patan District and are proposed as Tentative UNESCO heritage sites by the Nepal government. Khokana has the temple of Rudryaini and is also famous for the Mustard oil production. Bungmati, 20 minutes walk from Khokana through paddy fields is full of old Newari houses and architecture. These twin villages are one of the best places to experience Nepal’s age-old heritages and to observe the daily life of the People. You will feel like walking in the 18th century Europe as you go through these streets.

Day 3

Fly/Drive to Pokhara

After breakfast, we will drive or fly to Pokhara. (You can choose either flight or driving option based on the cost you want to pay). The drive is 7 hours and the flight will take only 30 minutes. Pokhara is a beautiful city which is in close proximity to the mountains and lakes in this city are very beautiful.

Day 4

Trek to Tikhedhunga/Ulleri

We will take a drive of 45 minutes to reach Nayapul from Pokhara after breakfast and start walking. We will walk past sub tropical valley forests, sometimes on the carved trail on the side of the cliff. After walking through Tikhedhunga we will reach the base of the hill that has around 3500 steps that lead to the village of Ulleri, where we will spend the night.

Day 5

Trek to Ghorepani

We start walking in the morning after breakfast along the path that leads to the Rhodendrons forest and you can see the Annapurna South, hidden by a ridge smiling at you. We will walk past the villages of Banthanti and Nangathanti through the forest to reach Ghorepani. Ghorepani is a settlement of Poon Magars and has the biggest collection of Rhododendron.

Day 6

Trek to Poon Hill - Tadapani

We will hike to Poonhill [3210m], early morning for 45 minutes for sunrise view over the Manaslu range, and after breakfast, we will leave Ghorepani through the rhododendron forest amidst the magnificent natural vistas. We will walk through the stone-paved trails for one hour and reach Sikha, a Magar village on a ridge. We will continue descending till Ghar Khola and climb for some time afterward to cross the Kali Gandaki River on a large suspension bridge. After crossing the bridge we will walk for half an hour to reach Tadapani for an overnight stay. It will be 6-7 hours of walk from Ghorepani to Tadapani.

Day 7

Trek to Ghandruk

Today is a short walk of around 4 hours when we reach Ghandruk from Tadapani. We will walk past the forest of Oak, Bamboo and Rhododendron and reach Ghandruk. Throughout the trail, we are able to see a magnificent view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range, especially the Annapurna south peak. The Gurung people of Ghandruk have a very rich culture and tradition. You can meet some ex-British Gurkhas who have served in the 2nd world war for the British government here.

Day 8

Ghandruk to Pokhara

We will walk downhill until we reach Birethanti. We step onto a staircase paved with stone slabs, curving in and out of the village and then terraced farms. Another half an hour walks from Birethanti we reach Nayapul from where we will take a bus to Pokhara. Rest and relax at Pokhara.

Day 9

Fly/Drive to Kathmandu

From Pokhara, you can either fly or drive to Kathmandu.

Day 10

Drive to Nyalam (4300m) - 157km

We will start our drive early morning towards the Nepal-Tibet border. The drive is about 4 hours. Upon reaching the border and clearing the frontier formalities we will head towards Nyalam. A Tibetan guide will accompany you from here onwards. Nyalam is about 35 km from the border. Explore the market area in the evening.

Day 11

Drive to Lhatse. (4300m) - 214km

Today we have a scenic drive of about 8 hours. It is not tiring as the view along the highway is awesome. The mountains you can see from the drive include Mount Everest, Shishapangma. Melungatse and many smaller peaks of the area. We will drive past two high passes before reaching Lhatse overnight.

Day 12

Drive to Xigaatse (3900m) - 244km

We will start our journey after breakfast and make the first stop at the Enroute visit Shakya monastery. The monastery is 26 km off from the main road. It is one of the oldest and most important Bonpo Monasteries of Tibet. This was the seat of Panchen Lama until his death in 1989 with its huge Thanka wall, which is clearly visible from the north side of the road.

 

Day 13

Drive to Gyantse (3950m) - 90km

We will visit the Tashilumpo monastery after breakfast and then continue our 2-hour drive to. Gyantse. After checking in at the hotel we will have some rest and then proceed for the sightseeing of Khumbum Stupa and Palkor monastery in Gyantse. Overnight stay in Gyantse.

Day 14

Drive to Lhasa (3650m) - 259 km

This is yet another long day of driving. The scenic mountains are going parallel with us and we will make a few stops for photographs and rest. The most interesting part of the drive today is driving past the high passes Korala (5010m) and Kambala (4794m) and lake Yamdrok Tso. We will also cross the Great Yarlung Tsangpo also known as Brahmaputra River.

Day 15

Sightseeing of Lhasa including Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street

After breakfast, we will visit the Potala Palace, the Palace of the Dalai Lama. This architectural masterpiece is the symbol of unity of the Tibetans. This palace was built by King Soongtsan Gampo, who was married to Princess Wen Cheng Tang in 641 A.D. It has got 999 houses built on Hongshan Hill with a red building on top. It is one of the grandest Palaces in the world to date.

After lunch, we will drive towards the Jokhang Temple, the most scared temple for Tibetan Buddhists. After spending some time at the Jokhang temple we will walk through the Barkhor Street, a traditional old street in Lhasa.

Day 16

Full day Sightseeing of Lhasa covering Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery

We will start the sightseeing today from Norbulingka - the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, located along the Kyichu River and two kilometers west of the Potala Palace. This Palace has a huge garden covering 360,000 square meters, making it the biggest man-made garden in Tibet. It has got 374 rooms. The second site is Drepung Monastery, made by Chojey Tashi Palden in the 14th Century. It had four departments, of which Loseling, or "The Hermitage of the Radiant Mind," was the largest, housing more than three-quarters of Drepung's ten to fifteen thousand monks. Now it is one of Tibet’s premier monastic educational institutions.

The last site for today is Sera Monastery, built in 1419; this grand Monastery was home to more than 5,000 monks and five monastic colleges. Although much less active now, with only several hundred monks currently in residence, one of the most interesting times to visit the monastery is in the afternoon when monks, after finishing their morning scripture classes, can be seen debating in the courtyard.

Day 17

Final departure from Lhasa to Kathmandu/onward destination

Fly back home with best wishes and hope to see ya later.

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

Generally, in cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Lhasa we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Although all the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.
For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place to fit your taste.

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!

On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome and Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • All permits and TIMS for EBC trek Nepal.
  • Trekking in Nepal on a full board basis in tea houses.
  • Permits and Visa Applications for Tibet.
  • Accommodation in Nepal and Tibet.
  • Hotel with breakfast.
  • English speaking guide per as the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Guide Fees.
  • All transfers and sightseeing on the Private vehicle.

Whats Not Included

  • Drinks, Tips, Insurance and any extra cost occurring from the Unfavorable Circumstances such as weather, road blockade, flight cancellation Etc
  • All personal nature expenses such as tips, donations, bar bills etc.
  • Meals ( except the trekking part in Nepal)
  • Travel insurance.
  • Nepal visa fee.
  • Airfare to Lhasa and back.


GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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