Program Code: GA-NTA03
Duration: 8 days
Start point: Nayapul
End point: Nayapul
Starting elevation: 1070 m (3,510 ft.) at Nayapul
Apex elevation: 3,210 meters (10,531 feet) at Poon Hill
Mode of Travel: Flight/Land
When to go: Fall peak trekking season (October to early December); spring trekking season (March and April)
Trek grading: Easy
Ghorepani Dhampus Trek is a less strenuous but rewarding trek that offers interesting and enthralling scenery. Ghorepani Dhampus trek starts from Nayapul, pokhara, the trek follows Modi River upstream to birethanti arriving at tikedhungga. Then the trek leads to ghorepani, tadapani, ghandruk and finally to Dhampus.
Passing through beautiful and vivid rhododendron covered forests, picturesque trails, mountain villages carved with terraced paddy fields and meandering down the path leading to sudden ridges with exceptional view of snowcapped Himalayas keeps anyone mesmerized. The hospitality of local ethnic groups especially, Gurungs sure add a pleasant and harmonious feeling in this panoramically rich Ghorepani trek. Along the ghorepani trek you can catch the glimpse of Annapurna south and hiunchuli time and again. The highlight of the trek is Poon Hill (3200m) in Ghorepani where you can see the striking view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, hiunchuli and Mt.fishtail (Machhapuchre) along with the sunrise.
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara by bus.
Day 02: Pokhara – Nayapul (by bus) – Tikhedungga (via trek).
Day 03: Tirkhedunga – Ghorepani, Elevation: (2860 m), Duration: 5 hour.
Day 04: Ghorepani – Poon Hill, Elevation: (3210 m) – Tadapani, Elevation: (2630 m), Duration: 6 hour.
Day 05: Tadapani – Ghandrung, Elevation: (1940m) – Landrung, Elevation: (1645 m), Duration: 6 hour.
Day 06: Landrung – Dhampus, Elevation: (1650m), Duration: 5 hour.
Day 07: Dhampus – Suikhet, Elevation: (1130 m) Duration: (2 hour trek) – Pokhara (bus)
Day 08: Pokhara – Katmandu by bus.
Ghorepani & Dhampus Trekking
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara by bus.
Day 02: Pokhara – Naya Pul (bus) – Tirkhedunga (trek).
4-hour trek to Tirkhedunga (1545 m). The trail winds its way through bamboo forests and passes by a spectacular waterfall.
Day 03: Tirkhedunga – Ghorepani (2775 m) in 5h.
The Annapurna South (7273m) and the Hiunchuli gradually unfold on this pleasant walk uphill through fields and pastures and later through rhododendrons and oak woods. Ghorepani was originally a horse watering post, which has evolved into an important crossroads for tourists and the numerous mule caravans on the Jomoson-Pokhara trip.
Day 04: Ghorepani – Poon Hill (3193 m) – Tadapani (2540 m) in 6h.
We leave early morning for Poon Hill, to catch the early morning sunlight on the panorama of peaks: Dhaulaghiri, Annapurnas, Machhapuchare… This is an option but really worth the while. We then retrace our steps to Ghorepani and continue towards Tadapani through rhododendron woods.
Day 05: Tadapani – Ghandrung (1940m) – Landrung (1645 m) in 6h.
The trail gently descends through a subtropical forest highlighted by huge bamboo massifs and giant rhododendrons. Gandrung is the main village of the Gurung tribe,warriors known for their contribution to the famous Gurkha regiments. We continue our descent to the Modi Khola river then climb up to Landrung.
Day 06: Landrung – Dhampus (1750m) in 5h.
Pleasant walk through terraced paddy fields. Superb vistas of Lamjung Himal and Manaslu.
Day 07: Dhampus – Suikhet (2h trek) – Pokhara (bus)
An afternoon of leisure to spend at the Pokhara lakeside. You can enjoy a swim, a boat ride, some shopping and the restaurant terraces on the shoreline
Day 08:Pokhara – Katmandu by bus.
– Annapurna conservation area permits,
– Trekking Map of Annapurna region
– Full Board Plan (breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation, tea or coffee) during trek,
– Join Nepali Cultural Program with dinner,
– Hotel in Kathmandu as your requirements,
– Hotel in Pokhara on BB plan,
– An experienced licensed holder Guide and required porters
– Food, drinks, salary, insurance, equipment, transportation, accommodation, and local tax for guide and porters,
– Transportation by bus, car or by flight,
– Medical kit box
– TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management Systems)
– Trekking Equipment’s
– All government tax
– All guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and entry fees
– All necessary transportation while sightseeing
– Airport pick up and drop with an escort
– Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara,
– Your travel insurance,
– International flight and departure tax,
– Any expense of personal nature,
– Nepal entry visa fee,
– Any kinds of Bar bills,
– All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic Drinks,
– Rescue operation.
When trekking in Nepal Himalayas “Altitude related Problems” are the important factors to be considered because there is always a real danger of mild to serious problems related to altitude and it is important that trekkers understand that they will be affected to a greater or lesser extent when they ascend to altitudes over about 3000 meters. Altitude sickness, often known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and it means the effect of altitude on those who ascend too rapidly to elevation above 3000 meters. The victim can develop severe symptoms very rapidly if the mild effects are ignored.
We advise our clients to remember the following suggestion when you are on trekking in the high altitude areas above 3000 meters. The following are the basic symptoms of the altitude sickness and to avoid such sickness we recommend few important points.
1. Basic Symptoms:
Loss of appetite
Difficult to pass urine
2. Medium Symptoms:
Headache which is bad
3. Serious Symptoms:
Slight swelling of hands and face
Cannot stand upright without swaying while eyes are closed
Can hear gurgling sound in the chest
What to do about Altitude Sickness?
Altitude illness can be prevented by acclimatization; that is, by a graduate rate of ascent (not more than 400 – 500 meters), allowing sufficient rest at various intermediate altitudes. The dry air of the mountains tends to dehydrate you so an increased fluid intake is necessary. Try to drink at least four liters of water a day. On the trail you can drink hot garlic soup that will help you to some extent. When we reach to our destination it is better to make some hiking up to a bit higher point and come down to the camp or hotel. This is a really good way to get acclimatization. You may take Diamox 250mg tablets the night before flying / going to altitude. Sometimes the symptoms often disappear and the trek can be resumed.
If you feel obviously suffering from the serious symptoms of AMS then descent should not be delayed even if it means going down in dark. In such case, should an emergency situation arise, horse, or porter will be arranged; or we carry you and run to lower (descend) altitudes. There is communication facility at Namche Bazaar; Doctors at Khunde hospital in the Everest Area and HRA Clinics and in some trekking areas also have the Gamow Bag. The hospital or the clinic will take fees or charges for such services. We can arrange for immediate evacuation, by horse or helicopter, depending on the severity of the case.