Annapurna Poon Hill Sunrise Trek and Bhutan Tour with Day Hikes

Annapurna Poon Hill Sunrise Trek and Bhutan Tour - 14 days is a Nepal and Bhutan tour in which we do an easy trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal for the magnificent view of Annapurna range glistening with sunrise. We get a day of sightseeing tour in Kathmandu when we  visit 4 world heritage sites of Kathmandu and then we fly to Paro airport for Bhutan Tour with Day Hikes. In Bhutan we do sightseeing tours to different attractions in Bhutan and hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery and Wangditse Gompa and Lungchutse Monastery and Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten

Tour Highlights:
Rinpung Dzong, Drugyal Dzong, and Kichu Lakhang
Hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery
Hike to Wangditse Gompa and Lungchutse Monastery
Hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhu Temple
Annapurna Poon Hill Sunrise trek from Pokhara

 

Trip Cost Includes:
Accommodation in Standard Hotels on Twin Sharing Basis
Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu flight
Local Guide & Support Staffs
All Private Ground Transportation Including Airport Transfers
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during Bhutan trip and during trek
Bhutan Visa

Day 1:  Arrive Kathmandu (1300 meters)

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from our office will greet you at the airport and escort you to your pre booked hotel. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure to freshen up and relax.

Overnight: in Kathmandu

Included Meals: Welcome Dinner

 

Day 2: Sightseeing in  4 World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu

Pashupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath, a pagoda style Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is considered to be the powerhouse of Hindu spiritual power in religious terms. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple is 6 kms from Kathmandu city.Behind the temples are the cremation grounds.

Boudhnath Stupa: Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list, this enormous stupa where thousands of pilgrims gather daily to make a ritual circumnavigation of the dome, beneath the watchful eyes of the Buddha, which gaze out from the gilded central tower. This is one of the few places in the world where Tibetan Buddhist culture is accessible and unfetered, and the lanes around the stupa are crammed with monasteries and the surrounding is a paraphernalia for Buddhist life.

Kathmandu DurbarSquare: is one of three royal palace squares in the Kathmandu Valley. This site was the royal residence until the 19th century where important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch use to take place. 

Swoyambhunath Temple: This Buddhist Stupa, said to be 2000 years old is a perfect architecture of gilded spire and white washed dome located under thousands of fluttering prayer flags. From the spire, four faces of Buddha stare out across the valley in the cardinal directions. 

Overnight: in Kathmandu

Included Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (827m); drive to Hille and Trek to Ulleri

After a warm breakfast in the hotel we will  take a scenic flight  to Pokhara, the city of Lakes.  And will drive to Hille from where we will start the trek. We cross the Burungdi Khola and then have a steep climb up to Ulleri

Overnight::in Ulleri

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 4: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani ( 5 Hours )

This morning there is an optional ascent of Poon Hill (about an hour's walk above Ghorepani) to see the spectacular sunrise over the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himals. As the sun pops out from behind the mountains the sky glows red and pink in the first rays of the sun and the panorama from the summit must be one of the world's great mountain vistas. Best seen at dawn, it's well worth the effort of the climb. After breakfast we head east, following a forested ridge to cross a pass at 3,193m. The trail then descends through dense forests of fir, spruce, oak and rhododendron home to many birds and a few mammals. Passing through Banthanti at 2,620m, we climb back to 2,745m, where we reach another small pass at Tadapani where we have a superb view of Annapurna South and the peak of Machhapuchhare.

Overnight:  in Ghorepani

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 5: Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani 95 Hours Walk); POONHILL VIEW POINT

This morning there is an optional ascent of Poon Hill (about an hour's walk above Ghorepani) to see the spectacular sunrise over the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himals. As the sun pops out from behind the mountains the sky glows red and pink in the first rays of the sun and the panorama from the summit must be one of the world's great mountain vistas. Best seen at dawn, it's well worth the effort of the climb. The trail then descends through dense forests of fir, spruce, oak and rhododendron home to many birds and a few mammals. Passing through Banthanti at 2,620m, we climb back to 2,745m, where we reach another small pass at Tadapani where we have a superb view of Annapurna South and the peak of Machhapuchhare.

Overnight:  in Tadapani

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 6: Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk
An easier walk today through wonderful uninhabited forest with great mountain views. This forest is one of the highlights of the trek. Look out for monkeys and high forest birds including Tragopan, Juniper Finch and Rosefinches. We emerge from the forest just above Ghandruk, the largest Gurung village in the area. This area is mostly populated by subsistence farmers who tend the carefully laid out terraces. Stretching thousands of feet down steep hillsides they are a work of art and the Nepalis are experts at using every piece of land. Wheat, rice and vegetables are grown throughout the year on the well-tended terraces. Although there are now many new modern lodges in Ghandruk there are still older traditional houses with their neat slate roofs. In the afternoon your leader will take you on a village walk and in the evening we can relax in the teahouse and watch the sunset on Annapurna South.

Overnight:  in Ghandruk

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 7: Trek from Gandruk to Nayal and drive to Pokhara
Descending on stone staircases towards the Modi Khola, and passing through Shyauli Bazaar we come to the pretty village of Birethanthi, where we have lunch overlooking the river. Another short walk brings us to NayaPul, where we will meet the road and drive back to Pokhara. There will be time this afternoon to explore the pretty lakeside Pokhara. You could go for a boat trip on the lake looking for water birds or just sit and relax in one of the many lakeside cafes.

Overnight: Hotel in Pokhara

Included Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 8:  Fly back to Kathmandu 

After breakfastt we take a 25 minutes flight back to Kathmandu. 

We spend our last evening in Kathmandu in a farewell dinner together sharing photos recalling the excitements of trip and exchanging emails in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant.

Overnight:  in Kathmandu

Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

 

Day 9: Airport transfer for flight from kathmandu to Paro Airport, Bhutan 2,250m/7,382ft

Today after breakfast you are in leisure on your own. You will be escorted to airport for your flight home at your flight time. On arrival at Paro airport you will be received by our representative and escorted to your pre booked hotel after immigration formalities After lunch, visit the Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower that is now the National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit the Rinpung Dzong (fortress of the heap of jewels). Visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country and from there you will be taken to the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort), which was built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. On a clear day you can see Mount Jumolhari, Bhutan's second-highest mountain at 7,314meters.

Overnight: Hotel in Paro

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 10: Acclimatization hike to Tiger’s Nest 3,180m/10,434ft 4-5 hrs

After breakfast, hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery situated at 3180 meters. Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery stands now. Lunch will be served in a restaurant located about halfway up on the mountain. The monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. You will hike down to Paro for overnight stay

Overnight: Hotel in Paro

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 11: Hike to Wangditse Gompa followed by sightseeing in Thimphu 2,320m/7,612ft

Today we drive to BBS Tower. Then we hike for 1 hour to Wangditse Gompa. From this point we get great view of Samtenling Palace which is home to the fourth King and Dorje Drak meditation retreat on the hillside above.  After visiting the Wangditse Gompa, we return to Thimphu. On the way, we visit a Zoo to see Takin which is a national animal of Bhutan. After lunch, we visit the King’s Memorial Chorten  which was built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952 to 1972, the nunnery temple, the National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts) and the National Institute of Traditional Medicine. We might also visit Textile Museum, the Handicraft Emporium, and the traditional paper factory and the Tashichho Dzong. 

Overnight : Hotel in Thimphu.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Day 12: Thimphu to Punakha, Hike to Lungchutse Monastery 3,100m/10,171ft 2 hrs

Today we drive to Dochu La Pass at 3,100 meters. On a clear day we see amazing views of the Himalayas from here. Passing through rhododendron forests, we hike for 2 hours to Lungchutse Monastery from 108 chortens.  We hike back to Dochu La Pass walking along the high ridges with colorful Buddhist prayer flags and beautiful view of Himalayas. After lunch we drive through fir, rhododendron and hemlock forests. On the way, we stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk to Chimi Lhakhang, a fertility temple dedicated to the Divine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. 

Overnight : Hotel in Punakha. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Day 13: Punakha to Paro, Hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten 2,250m/7,382ft 2 hrs

Today we start early and drive 12 km north of Punakha and begin our 2-hour hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. It is located on a beautiful hillock called Ngezergang that has elaborate paintings dedicated to the old sect of Buddhism. We then hike further to Punakha. On the way back, we visit the second oldest and the second largest Dzong in Bhutan, the Punakha Dzong, built in 1637.  We then drive back to Paro to spend our last evening.

Overnight: Hotel in Paro

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Day 14: Departure flight home

Meals: Breakfast

The tour will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required date.  Best Months: March to May & September to November.

Best Season

The best season for this tour is any time of the year except for the rainy months of July and August.


 

Weather

Weather depends on the season you are travelling. During the winter months of December, January and February it is cold at night and relatively warm during the daytime, with the temperature ranging from 4°C at night to 22°C. During the summer months of March, April and May, the weather stays prefect as the temperature averages 25°C to 34 °C  during the day. From September to December, following the monsoon, the temperature gets cooler and allows for a great time to travel.  Depending on the season and the country you are travelling to, the temperature could range from -15&?C to 20°C.


 

Accommodation

We provide twin sharing star hotel accomodation in Kathmandu. In Bhutan we provide Government approved hotels that are clean and well maintained with hot and cold water, telephones with international dialing and fax facilities. During Bhutan stay all the hot drinks and all meals are included in the trip price.


 

Food

In Bhutan all hot drinks and all standard meals are inlcuded in the trip cost.

In Nepal, all the restaurants that we dine at cater for Continental, Chinese, Mexican, American based cuisine with some local influences, always plenty to choose from. In Bhutan, local Bhutanese food are spicy like the Indian food.


 

Transportation

We use comfortable and reliable vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups; whereas we use the best 4WD SUVs as our support vehicle. These vehicles are extremely sturdy, spacious and reliable assuring comfortable journey. For larger groups, we also use supported trucks to carry your luggage. You will have a vehicle, an English speaking and local language speaking guide and a licensed driver at your disposal at all times.


 

Nepal Visa & Visa Fee

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos with accurate USD


 

Bhutan Visa
We handle the visa procedures for you. The Bhutanese government sanction visa only after the receipt of full payment in advance. The visa fee is included in our tour price. You need to email us the copy of your passport for visa procedures. Actual Bhutan VISA is stamped in your passport on arrival to Paro airport. Without visa clearance number, tourists cannot board the flight or enter the country. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs forwards a copy of this visa clearance to the concerned Druk Air stations and other entry points; we also email a copy of the visa clearance document to our clients for their reference. While the actual visa is stamped on arrival, the initial visa clearance is also required at the time of issuing Druk Air Tickets.2 copies of original passport-sized photographs are required on arrival in the country.

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Communication

In all the countries, telephones and Internet and international calls are readily available Phone calls can be made from public booth in bigger towns. Internet cafes are also available at bigger towns, check with your guide for the best cyber cafes in each town. You can also have a roaming facility added to your mobile phone. If you buy local  SIM cards of each country, you could stay in touch with your family and friends most of the time from your own personal phone


 

Vaccination

No vaccinations are compulsory in these countries, but we do recommend you are covered for Diphtheria, TB, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus. We also do recommend for a dental check-up prior to travelling and you should know your blood group in case of emergency in your travel

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on your tour, you need to inform to us


 

Credit Cards
Only few establishments in Bhutan accept credit card payments . In Bhutan there are only few ATM's for credit card (Master card / Maestro) . US Dollars (cash or Amex travelers cheques) or Euro Cash is suggested and convenient to cover any personal expenses. 1US$ is equivalent to Nu. 55 and 1 Euro is equivalent to Nu.69 as of today  NU= Ngultrum, the Bhutanese currency


 

Tour Guides

We provide Licensed English speaking and local language speaking guide during your stay in each country


 

Insurance Coverage

A travel insurance policy that covers medical expenses, evacuation, theft and loss is recommended.


 

Departure Dates

The tour will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required date.  Best Months: March to May & September to November. You can have a look at our fixed departure dates to see if that suits your plans.


 

Contact Us

Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult us regarding any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at  + 977 9841414582