Start From: Kathmandu
Finish At: Kathmandu
Destination: Kathmandu Poon Hill Pokhara
Max. Altitude:3210 Meters.
Group size: Min 1 / Max 15.
Daily walking Hour: Approximately 4-6.
Activities : Tour & Trekking
Experience the most exciting city in Nepal, with Christmas and New Year Eve in the heart of Pokhara. This is a festive season at its best! Head out of Kathmandu to Pokhara and spend the Christmas in Lake Side, Pokhara, where you will embrace the festivities and city of Pokhereli flair. Celebrate the incredible festival Christmas and New Year with the taste of Himalaya, beautiful sunrise views from Poon Hill.
Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters).
Our airport representative welcomes you and transfers to a hotel in private tourist vehicle.
Overnight at a hotel
Full Day sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Today you have a short meeting before commencing the day tour at your hotel lobby. It is required to bring the passport, two copies of pp size photos and travel insurance copy. After meeting your day tour will start, during the tour you will visit three main attraction of Kathmandu; Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
Overnight at a hotel
Drive to Pokhara.
Enjoy the Christmas Eve Street Festival.Today you will drive to beautiful city Pokhara, through the Prithvi Highway. After 6hrs drive you will enter the city, enjoy the festivities in Pokhara evening.
Overnight at a hotel
Drive to Nayapul (1010meters) and trek to Tikhedunga (1570meters) 3 hours.
The stupendous trek of Poon Hill Ghorepani is starting from today. first one and half hour drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedunga. 15 minutes short walking along the Modi river takes you in Birethati, and continue steeply climb up trail ends for today at Tikhedhunga.
Overnight a guesthouse.
Trek to Ghorepani (2840meters) 5 hours.
First steeply climb Ulleri and slowly gradually up the trail through the dense forest of Rhododendron and Oaks, reach Ghorepani.
Overnight a guesthouse.
Hike up to Poon Hill (3210meters) and trek to Tadapani (2610meters)-6hrs.
Today early morning get up and head out to Poon Hill for the stupendous sunrise view over the western Himalaya of Nepal, including Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri Range, and back to hotel have breakfast and trek to Tadapani.
Overnight at a guesthouse
Trek to Ghandruk (1940meters.) 4 hours.
From today the trail is descending toward Pokhara. First, we reach Ghandruk, a typical Gurung village, where they have their own language, culture, and costume.
Overnight at a guesthouse
Trek to Nayapul (1010 meters)4hrs and 1.30 hrs drive to Pokhara by private vehicle.
A short trek of 4 hrs and drive to Pokhara. Enjoy the evening with new year taste.
Overnight at a hotel
Enjoy the New Year Eve Festival in Pokhara.
Happy New Year 2018, today you will have a fabulous day tour and evening in Pokhara with Pokhareli. The beautiful evening is for the New Year EVE.
Overnight at a hotel
Drive back to Kathmandu (1345meters).
After completing the immortal excursion of Christmas and New Year trek, drive back to Kathmandu.
Overnight at a hotel
Transfer to international airport for your final departure.
Trips ends! Our airport representative will drop at Tribhuwan International Airport.
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- From to Airport transfer to hotel on private tourist vehicle.
- Twin sharing accommodation 3 nights in a hotel in Kathmandu.
- Twin sharing accommodation 3 nights in a hotel in Pokhara.
- Twin sharing accommodation 4 nights in available best guesthouses and lodges in the trek.
- Meals during the trip 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners.
- Ground transportation from and to Kathmandu on a tourist bus.
- Apex the Asia Holiday provides English- speaking local guides and porters as per required. We assign one porter for every two clients. All our guides are licensed by the Ministry of Tourism, and have received high-altitude first-aid and eco-sustainability training.
- Accommodation, foods, insurance, salary, equipment and medicine for field staffs.
- Farewell dinner one night before the client’s final departure in a Typical Nepali Restaurant with culture dance, your guide will accompany you.
- All government taxes and official expenses.
US$ 250 per person extra if you wish to take flight from Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu (US$ 125 for one way).
If you need extra accommodation in Kathmandu or Pokhara, including breakfast.The price is USD 60 per person per night for single room and USD 75 per night for double (twin sharing) room.
- International airfare
- Traveller’s insurance - mandatory for the trip; should cover helicopter rescue charges worth a minimum of USD 50,000 per person.
- Nepal entry visa- you can get your visa upon arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (A multiple-entry 30-day tourist visa can be obtained for USD 40 or equivalent. Similarly, a multiple-entry 90-day tourist visa costs USD 100. Please have 2 passport size photos and the amount in cash USD/Euro handy.)
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- All drinks including bottled/ boiled water along the trekking route.
- Personal trekking gears/equipment.
- Tips for trekking staffs (Tipping is expected).
- Other expenses that are not listed on Price Include Section.
Altitude Sickness Info
Acute Mountain Sickness may happen when the travellers rapidly up to the height of 3000m. Our itineraries are designed with rest days. Once when you arrived in high altitude, your acclimatization line will rise your body to start adjust. The commonly happened in altitude are shortness of breath, light headache, whereas the mountain sickness is quite different which involves the severe headache, vomiting etc.
The trained and expert guides will everyday advise you about your health conditions, requirements and altitude sickness while you are trekking, hiking and climbing. That’s why you should not be worry about the sickness. Also we would like to recommend you to meet your doctor, advisor before you start your travel.
Given some information helps you to get rid from the Acute Mountain Sickness.
There are three stages of altitude sickness and symptoms.
Normal AMS Symptoms
The given altitude symptoms may every trekkers will have experience but no worries these are common.
- Need more sleep than normal sleep time.
- Occasional loss of hunger.
- Vivid, wild dreams especially at around 2500-3800 meters in altitude.
- Periodic breathing.
- Runny nose.
- Increasing urination while moving to/at higher altitudes (a good sign
Minor AMS Symptoms
The trekkers when they entry on high Himalayan Valleys get mild AMS that your having symptoms. The symptoms to be altitude sickness at least you have given one indication.
- Hard to breath
- Dry raspy cough
- Runny nose
- Loss of hunger
- Mild headache
What to do when Minor Symptoms does not stop?
- If the symptoms developing while walking, then stop and take relax, drink water. Drink frequently.
- If symptoms do not stop and developing continuously then stop take rest and drink water and take Diamox of 125 -250mg. Drink more water.
- If symptoms growing in the evening, take 125-250mg Diamox and drink plenty of fluids again.
- If symptoms partially go away but are still annoying it is safe to take another 250mg Diamox 6-8 hours later.
- If the symptoms continue getting worse then you have to descending for a few hours which is more merits than staying at the same altitude.
Serious AMS Symptoms
The given conditions are quite danger so descend immediately
- Severe headache.
- Persistent vomiting and dizziness.
- Ataxia (loss of co-ordination, an inability to walk in a straight line, making the sufferer look drunk)
- Losing consciousness (inability to stay awake or understand instructions.
- Liquid sounds in the lungs.
- Very persistent, sometimes watery, cough.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Rapid breathing or feeling breathless at rest.
- Coughing clear fluid, pink phlegm or blood (a very bad sign).
- Severe lethargy/fatigue.
- Marked blueness of face and lips.
- High resting heartbeat (over 130 beats per minute)
- Mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.
Dangerous cases of AMS
High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)
The brain swelling with the fluid is HACE. It involves disorientation, lethargy and nausea. Before attacking the HACE, patient will have the symptoms of fever, ataxia, photophobia, and rapid heartbeat. Unconsciousness and coma from HACE can be lead to death within 12-20hrs from the onsets of symptoms. In the initial phase of ataxia begin treatment with medication, oxygen and dexamethasone.
Normally, 4 to 8mg of dexamethasone is given as a first dose, then 4mg every six hours, Diamox every 12 hours and 2-4 liters /minute oxygen. The patient must have to be descended.
High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)
The condition, that buildup the fluid in the air sacs of lungs is HAPE. HAPE symptoms start progressively within 2-4 days in high altitude. Shortness of breath at rest, cough, weakness and chest tightness and at least two of; fast heart beat rate, wheezing heard in lungs, bluish appearance of the skin are the symptoms of HAPE. Descent to the lower altitude is needed if patient does not get better with oxygen. The Gamow Bag may be use to the lower altitude if a person is in the backcountry unable to descend immediately because of weather.
Prevention of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)
- Plenty of acclimatization above 3500 meters.
- Do not take sleeping pill, no alcohol and smoking
- Drink more water (Boiled, mineral/ clean or treated) or any fluids – at least 4 litters per day.
- Climb up high altitude and sleep at low altitude
- Never do trek/ travel without guide and porters
- Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local, and guidebook.
- Must have to decent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.
First Aid Kit
First aid kit is a basic list of common medicines.
- Bandage for sprains
- Iodine or water filter (optional)
- Moleskin/Second skin - for blisters
- Antiseptic ointment for cuts
- Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
- Aspirin/Paracetamol - general painkiller
- Oral rehydration salts
- Broad-spectrum antibiotic (Norfloxacin or ciprofloxin)
- Anti-diarrhoea medication (antibiotic)
- Diarrhoea stopper (Imodium - optional)
- Antibiotic for Guardia or similar microbe or bacteria
- Diamox 250/500mg (for altitude sickness)
- Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)
- Gel hand cleaner.
This is a section where you get the general idea equipment that you need in Poon Hill Ghorepani Trek. The important and serious part of equipment selection depends on the trekking season, trekking days, and maximum altitude.
Trekkers personal goods such as money purse, cameras, cell phones and the cosmetic items that you need in day time, while you are hiking. Porter carries others your heavy equipment.
- Day Pack
- Duffel Bag
- Down jacket and sleeping bag
- Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
- Baseball cap can protect your ear and neck from the sunlights.
- Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears
- Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety
- UV protection glacier glasses with side shields and a hard-sided storage case. In high altitude automatically the atmosphere is thinner than low altitude so, the sunlights are quite strong in mountain, which affect our eyes. For those people who are wearing the prescription glasses, please requesting you to speaks with your doctor about the prescription glacier glasses.
- Headlamp: Headlamp is a one of the basic for you during the trek because treks are in mountain where not plenty of electricity is. Make sure to bring extra lithium batteries.
- A pair of liner synthetic/ woolen gloves for the mild days.
- A pair of heavy woolen gloves for morning and evening time.
- A pair shell gloves or mitts Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
- Two cotton t-shirts.
- A synthetic t-shirt.
- Two long sleeve polyesters, light colored shirts for sunny days. V-neck zipper provides additional venting options which are good for changing temperatures.
- A soft shell jacket, water resistant, with insulation, underarm ventilation zippers. Full front zipper is preferable for ventilation.
- A medium to heavy weight expedition down parka w/hood.
- For women two synthetic sports bras, no cotton!
Lower Body – Legs
- Three pairs nylon-hiking shorts, not cotton!
- Underwear, stay away from cotton
- Two pair lightweight long underwear
- A pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferabl
- Two pair trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees.
- A pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best
- A pair cotton pants
- Especially for the women a full length skirt.
- At least four pair of liner socks, synthetic.
- Three pair heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks
- A pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail and also on lodges at the time of dinner.
- A pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Make sure the size and should have to be avoidable for blister.
- A pair light trekking shoes or sneakers to wear in and about camps or lodge
- Sandals are optional for the trek.
Medicine and First Aid
- Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
- Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
- Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
- Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness
Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics.
Miscellaneous, but Important
- Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies)
- Airline ticket(s)
- Visa (if required and acquired in advance)
- Immunization record
- Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money and passport
- Two water bottles one liter wide-mouth Nalgene and one insulator
- Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks.
- Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its effectiveness over time
- Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc
- A pair of adjustable trekking poles, this is great for downhill trek, and even it is listed in optional.
- Favorite snack foods, two pounds for maximum limits.
- Books and other devices for relax during the trek and rest time.
- For your records, camera, a DSLR, Go-Pro Cameras.
- Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator
- A urination bottle for men and a pee funnel for woman, as you might want to void that chilly late night trip
- A small stainless steel thermos
The above list guides for you to buy the goods. There are so many options for you, they different brand and version, so it would be better to buy as per your experience. Most of the things are easily available in Kathmandu as well in cheap price.
Please Note: The tight fighting clothing such as made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals. So if you find these items comfortable please kindly wear top of them.