Ghorepani Horse Riding Trek

Trip Duration 09 nights/10 days
Trip Code NAP-HRS-002
Trip Cost USD 1345 per passenger
Trip Grade Easy Riding
Best Time Sept – Nov/March - April

Overview

Ghorepani horse riding trek is ideal and one of the major and also famous trekking routes in Annapurna region. Ghorepani, horse riding trek area is located in Annapurna region and is truly called as one the best short trekking in Nepal as the route explores the foothills of central Himalaya passing through different villages providing fabulous views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs. 

Ghorepani horse riding trek starting from Pokhara and being through beautiful rhododendron and oak forests, green hills, Buddhist monasteries, icy waterfalls, hot springs, turbulent rivers, deep gorges, deep sub-tropical valleys and traditional villages that are the home of variety of hospitable ethnic groups, the trial takes you to the beautiful hill stations like Ghorepani,Ghandrung, and Poon Hill from where you can have panoramic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m.), Mt.Nilgiri (6940m), Annapurna South (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Machapurhre (the Fishtail mountain, (6,993m), Annapurna I (8,091m.), II (7,937 m), III (7,555 m), IV (7,525 m), Mardi Himal (5,587m) Lamjung Himal (6931m). The Poon Hill is one of the best points of this trek offering stunning sunrise view between the snow-capped mountains.

Highlights

* Rim of the the Kathmandu valley
* Mid -hill cultural explore, Gurung, Magar, Brahmin, and Ksetri are the inhabitants mainly
* One of the best views from Poon Hill
* Unforgettable short journey with horse
* A great photographic site showing whole Annapurna, Dhaulagiri ranges
Conserved wilderness
* Excellent views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Mahhapurche
* Sunrise at Poonhill, Explore Gurung culture in Ghandruk
* Visit Annapurna conservation office.
* Lake valley of Pokhara
 

Trip Summary

Trip Grade Easy Riding
Trip Duration 09 nights/10 days
Trip code NAP-HRS-002
Trip Start/Ends Kathmandu-Pokhara/Nayapul-Pokhara
Maximum Altitude Poon Hill (3200m)
Trip Cost USD 1345 per passenger
Group Size Minimum 2 upto 16 passengers
Accessibillity Kathmandu 7-hrs drive to Pokharaand start the trek according to itinerary and drive back to Kathmandu
The Route Maximum altitude (3200m) Poon Hill, 5/6-hrs average horse riding/walking per day, easy trail.
Season Sept – Nov/March - April
Trip Valid This offer is valid on reservations made from September through December 31, 2018.
Trip Facilities Standard hotel in city, teahouse/lodges and teahouse accommodation on during the trekking period.

Itinerary

Upon arrival at Tribhuwan international airport, welcomed by our representative and transfer to hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. A pre trip meeting and briefing will held all together with you at hotel about the daily program activities by company representative and your trip Leader/Guide where you can discuss your final questions all together.

After breakfast the day will start with a guided tour of Kathmandu's historical and spiritual key attractions; including the historic Kathmndu Durbar Square, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swoyambunath) Pashupatinath and Bouddnath: In the morning we start our sightseeing by visiting Kathmandu Durbar Square. Durbar Square is the spiritual heart of Kathmandu. The old royal palace at the centre of the city was surrounded by temples and other important buildings. This is the most important point in Kathmandu to observe the culture and religion of Nepal. We also visit the temple of living goddess Kumari. After Durbar Square we will visit Swoyambhunath. The Stupa at Swoyambhunath is the most important and oldest site of Buddhist worship in Nepal. Swoyambhunath Stupa is famous for the eyes of Buddha which seem to observing the world from all 4 directions. After Swoyambhunath we visit beneath. Beneath is the largest Stupa of Nepal. Around the octagonal base of Stupa there are 108 images of Buddha where prayer ceremonies of Buddhist Lamas are taking place since over 2000 years. Now we proceed to the temple city of Pashupatinath which is Nepal's most important Hindu pilgrim site on the banks of the Bagmati River. The temple of Pashupatinath is dedicated to god Shiva.

After breakfast from Pokhara we drive to Nayapul (1050m) which is take one and half hours drive then your trek begin following the path of Modi Khola passing Birethanti (1115m), a large and prosperous town. From there you will reach Tirkhedhunga (1577m.) which takes about four hours.

After breakfast your trek begins from Tirkhedhunga. The trail crosses Tikhedhunga you could ascend continuing steeply to the large Magar village of Ulleri (2080m) and climbs to Banthanti (2250m). On the way, you could see good view of Machhapuchhre or Fish Tail (6997m.), Huinchuli (6441m.), and Annapurna South ((7219m). Now your trail easier passing through rhododendron forest gently climb to Nanggethanti (2460m) and walking an hour uphill you will reach Ghorepani. On the way to Ghorepani you could see some of the wild life such as monkey and various species of birds.

After breakfast we start our trek. You will climb to Gurung Hill, crossing pine and rhododendron forests with excellent views you will trek down to Deaurali (3190m), further trek down to Banthati (2650m). Passing Banthati trek down to the small river and climbing up the trail heads to Tadapani. From here the trail descends steeply through the forest to Bhaisi Kharka. Then the trail further descends to a stream, crossing the stream the trail proceeds towards Ghandrung, a beautiful village where you can have excellent views of Annapurna South and also the headquarters of Annapurna Conservation Area Project.

This day you will take a trip around Ghandrung valley. It really is a magnificent location and a photographer's delight. Our leisurely approach along these ridges with their fine mountain views ensures proper acclimatization and the un-hurried opportunity to fully savor this magnificent scenery.

The morning views of Annapurna South and Machapuchare are stunning, and will remain with us as we walk for around 4 hours on a broad trail that traverses and descends to Shauli Bazaar (1140m), on the banks of the Modi Khola. Passing through the lovely birch forest you will get to Birethanti an interesting village with traditional architecture, before continuing to the road-head at the busy market of Naya Pul. We transfer by coach to Pokhara and evening we will have a celebratory dinner with our trek staffs.

We allow a leisure day in Kathmandu. After breakfast, you are free in Kathmandu as your own for shopping and pick-up some last minute souvenirs. OR optional you may visit Kathmandu Durbar square and Ason Market. 

Our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A Nepal Adventure Point representative will escort us to the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Cost Included

• Documents:  All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP entrance permits and TIM’s card).
• Land transportation: All airport arrival and departures transfer and touring as per the itinerary, eturn transportation
Activities: Sightseeing, horse ride trekking trip as per the itinerary.
Accommodation: 4 night’s hotel in Kathmandu, 3 night hotel in Pokhara and 4 nights lodges during trekking.
Food: Full board on teahouse [Breakfast, lunch and dinner] during the trekking, Chitwan, 7 breakfasts and one farewell Dinner in Kathmandu.
Staffs: Group Leader/Guide, necessary supporter, horse horsemen and their daily wage, food, and accommodation
Company and Government’s service charge: All applicable Government taxes and official service charges. And Crew’s, daily wages/salary, food, equipment, air and road-head transportation

Cost Excluded

•  Kathmandu to Pokhara and return flight
• Travel/medical insurance coverage personal accidents, medical and emergency Helicopter rescue
• Personal travel and trekking equipments
•  Lunch and dinner while in city
• Items of a personal nature such as normal drinks, hot shower, dessert, laundry, internet and phone call.
• Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.
• Temple and monastery entrance fees
 Tips/Gratuities for trekking crews
• Optional activities
• Unforeseen expenses which are out of control by Nepal Adventure Point

 

Trip Notes

Arrival Information:   We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact us at nap@wlink.com.np or call us at  +977985105037 as emergency contact. Our airport representative will be waiting with your Name or Nepal Adventure Point sign on it. Please check carefully once you exit the baggage hall as there seem to be hundreds of people waiting outside in the arrival gate and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes , we recommend that you make your own way to the hotel and we will pay you back taxi cost if this occurs.

Pre-meeting & trip briefing: On this tour, we give a short brief about the Ghorepani Horse Riding trip at hotel on the same day of your arrival and introduce by your group leader and team members. At the mean time, we will provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about your trip. Pre-trip meeting covers the information regarding the personal equipment, acclimatization among others. We believe that pre-trip meeting is very important in order to better preparation of the trip.

Service Level: Ghorepani horse riding trip is leveled as a standard which means standard hotel rooms are provided with breakfast, sightseeing tours and guest houses and lodges with private room with share bathroom.

Group Size & group joining: The minimum group size is 4 and the maximum is 16. However, if you'd like to make a group booking for more than that, we will be happy to arrange this for you. Our entire trip is a group joining basis unless any one does not request the private or the personal trip.

Important Stuffs: National park entrance permit and TIMS card required for Ghorepani Horse Riding trip so we suggest you to post us 8 passport-size photos, copies of your passport & visa (If you already taken the visa from your homeland), insurance policy. You should also have contact numbers of next to kin, Bank and insurance company and your travel agent/ flight booking office.

Accommodation: During Ghorepani Horse Riding tour part we accommodate on teahouse/lodges and has chosen according their Eco-friendliness, best location, hygiene and friendly nature. These are basic lodges with just a couple of rooms with two separate beds. The lodges have running water but don't expect a hot shower. Blankets are available but we recommend bringing your own sleeping bag. We provide standard hotels in Kathmandu like hotel Manang/Marshyangdi or similar category with breakfast.

Single supplement: All accommodations are based on double occupancy. If you prefer single accommodations, you must pay a single supplement fee, which is listed to the trip itinerary. If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate of the same gender. If there is no one with whom you can share, you are required to pay a "forced" single supplement fee, which is usually half of the regular price supplement. On some trips, and/or some places, single accommodations are not available.

Food & Drink: The meals are includes on this trip, mostly the buffet style breakfast will be provided in the hotel in city. The trekking lodges offer some good value meals and drinks. The meals are in teahouse similar to the camping trekking; the meals are prepared to a similar hygiene and may be repeated several times during the trek but are always hot, tasty and filling. With your breakfast, lunch and three-course dinner, tea will also be included. Each day dinner and breakfast will be provided in the same lodge you spend the night. Lunch camp will be fixed on a pleasant surrounding…

Your leader/guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best standard of meals in best value possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive. Most of the teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. In general, a variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are offered for breakfast. Plenty of snacks such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks, and locally grown fresh fruits are available in some places. You can bottle mineral water from local teahouse or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

Daily feature of Teahouse Trek: Normally you will be woken at around 6:30 – 7:00AM with a cup up “Good Morning” tea brought to your room. Before breakfast you pack your gear into your kit bag which is then taken by the porters. Having had breakfast we usually on the trail between 7.00AM - 7.30AM. Following a good morning's few hours walking before lunch around 11.00 - 12.00 PM, at any of the tea houses or other lodges along the trail. We have an hour lunch break to allow for the trekker's. After lunch, our assistant guide will go ahead and reserve the lodge en-route for over night stop. The afternoon walk is generally a little shorter and we usually reached by around 3PM to 4PM. When you reached at the lodge, everything will be ready. Until dinner there is time to rest, explore the surrounding area and villages or sit and chat with the crew and local people. The dinner is usually served around 7:00 PM to 7:30PM. In the evening afford some of the best memories of your trek, whether it is talking, playing cards, chatting with the crew or joining in some singing and dancing with your trekking crews or with the local people, its always a special time till around 9PM then the time to sleep.

Staffs: For most trips are accompanied by one of our local group leaders, one assistant guide will provide above 8 trekkers. This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group fall sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. Our local leader prides themselves on a thorough knowledge of the mountains, the people and villagers who live there, the flora, the fauna, and historical, cultural, religious and social aspects of the region in which you will be travelling.

Believing that the porters are important and impossible to complete the trip so besides your leader and assistants guide the camping trek will be accompanied by a cook and kitchen crew to keep you well fed with delicious and nutritious meals and the several porters or pack animals to transport all the gear from camp to camp. We do not allow porters to carry exceeding 30kgs weight during the camping treks. It is because of human being respect, their rights and against any exploitation on its operation. We provide good health insurance, good equipments, working training and of course good pay with lots of encouragements. You can leave the rest of your luggage at the hotel where you were staying before the start of the trek, or at our local agent's office.

Acclimatization: Keep in mind that you will be above 3200 meters high. Walking fast at such elevation could lead to medical complications (Acute Mountain Sickness) which could be serious. There is less oxygen compared to sea level in high-altitudes places. The higher, altitude will be the less oxygen in air. Your body needs a days to acclimatize to this environment, which is why we will stop a day rest in trails-head destination. Although we provide information regarding AMS insurance, the only option for treatment is descending (evacuation). We advise that clients with known heart, lung or blood diseases, or clients over the age of 60 to discuss with their doctor before traveling with us. Symptoms of AMS include mild to severe headaches, dizziness, fever, loss of appetite or stomach pain; it is important to alert our staff if you are feeling poorly to ensure that illness does not progress.

Safety & Security: Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jeweler at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which are the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

Health & Medical Advice: Horse riders must have the good level of fitness for mountain horse riding, at least walking/riding 7-8 hours each day at high elevation, climbing and high expedition you are requested to have the complete medical improvement from your travel doctor to attend the trip. You should consult with your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information before you are travelling. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements although our leader is carrying enough. Please be aware that sometimes we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities. NAP reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our leader they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance should provide us up on arrival. Such travel insurance must cover medical, emergency evacuation and full trip cancellation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Packing list: While packing for trekking, warm clothing is important to ensure comfort and safety.Have a suggested packing list to guide you in preparation:

Riding boots and sandals for rest

Wind proof down jacket

Woolen T-shirt/base layer

T-shirts

A thick pullover/fleece

Shorts / skirt for sunny days

Trousers / track suit or long pants

Thermal long underwear

Water bottle

Warm socks (woolen is best)

Swiss army knife

Flashlight with spare batteries

Sunglasses and Sun cream

Personal medical supplies

Towel

Day pack for your valuables (camera, money, Passport etc.) and rucksack or duffel bag for your clothes

Warm woolen hat and Gloves

A Tailor-made itinerary: It is possible to customize your suggested trip itinerary. Perhaps you would like to treat yourself to different hotel or add a few extra days to the itinerary? You can also request a transfer to another destination if you like. Just let us know what you want when you complete the quote request form or call or email us for more help. We will help design the tour to suit your specific requirements and dates.

Itinerary Disclaimer: This information is provided in good faith. However, we have design our entire adventure travel itineraries and holidays with care and experiences that stem from our previous clients, comments and our own research. We must understand that adventure travel goes to the remote part of the mountain where weather, physical conditions of team member and flight delayed or cancel will affect the plan itinerary without prior notice so NAP reserve the right to change itinerary at any time without any pre consultation with clients. Our itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us because of our walking style, physical level and the regions we visit, please understand us travel can be unpredictable. Whatever we have provided in this Trip Details document is a general guide to understand of our travel destinations.

Spending Money: Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping.

Money Exchange: American Dollars are we accepted in Asia and exchange rates fluctuate often. There are many ATM machines in major cities that accept both Visa and MasterCard. Most shops also accept visa and master card but they may charge a 2-4% service charge fee.

Trip Members' Responsibility: Trip members have the responsibility to select a trip appropriate to their abilities and interests. We are also happy to discuss the trip with you. Trip members are responsible for preparing for the trip by studying the detailed itinerary and for bringing the appropriate clothing and equipment as advised.

Respect Local Dress: In Nepal the standard dress is more conservative than it is backing home. In predominately while you travel in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India we ask that you dress respectfully and avoid very short shorts/skirts and singlet’s/tank tops when visiting temples or mosques or other holy sites or local villages.

Transportation: Deluxe private vehicle are provided while on city tour, airport transfers, tourist standard buses to and from your trekking or climbing destination.

Additional trip and hotel: In addition to this tour, we can organize trip extensions both within Nepal and other neighboring countries. You may want to try white water rafting or go on a jungle safari in the deep jungles of Chitwan National Park or take a cultural tour. You may as well take a trip to Tibet, Bhutan or India, whichever appeals more to you.

If you also wish to add extending trips or extra nights hotel accommodation before or after your trip then sent us details via e-mail or fill in our online booking form.

Tipping: It's not compulsory but tipping the porters and guides is customary and always greatly appreciated. A rough guideline is US$ 4-7 per person a day for guide and US$ 3-5 per person a day for the porter, however if you wish to tip more that is always welcome.

Clients Feedback: We are not 100% but we do always committed to providing the best service to make complete satisfaction in order to maintain the best value what you have paid and expect. Your feedbacks are always welcome and appreciated; they provide valuable insight for us for future trips. We are happy to give you the opportunity to communicate openly about your thoughts and experiences with us. Please leave your feedback with us at the end the trip. Both your good and not so good comments will help us to make our service more effective and efficient in the future.

Last minute booking: We accept your last minute booking with 100% payment no later than seven days prior to trip starting date only in case of Nepal trips, but last minute booking will not be accepted for Tibet and Bhutan.

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