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Gurung Heritage Trekking Trail

Pokhara officially declared as Tourism Capital of Nepal

On March 17, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has declared Pokhara as the Tourism Capital of Nepal. It is suggested that Pokhara fulfills the criteria of 20 different indicators to be designated as a tourist capital. Prime Minister unveiled a logo and memorial pillar relating to the touristic capital. Hope that tourist flow would increase after the declaration of Pokhara as the tourism capital.

Poon Hill Yoga Trek In Gandaki

Poon Hill yoga trek provides a wonderful opportunity to witness the beauty of the Annapurna range and the hidden treasures of Nepalese culture.

  This program will help you practice integration of the principles of Yoga into daily life with magnificent views of the snow-capped Himalayas, glaciers. The benefit of joining this program is that it supports and encourages a deep transformation process.

This adventure journey passes through many tourist hotspots and icy waterfalls which are very pleasant.

Introducing Hatha Yoga and meditation with a trekking experience allows for a wide benefit of the physical and mental body. The combination of Yoga and Poon Hill trek creates a more fulfilling physical exercise while strengthening and opening the mind for greater relaxation and awareness all within the attractive natural environment.

This program is open for all experience levels and is a unique chance for those interested in the strengthening of the body, mind and emotion.

This may be the short Yoga holiday you have always wished for and will be an opportunity for you to explore the Nepali lifestyle and the secret to Nepali happiness.

Main Highlights

👁 Adorable landscapes
👁 Enchanting environment / trails
👁 Gaze at stunning views of Himalayas
👁 Flavorful Nepali meals
👁 Different Nepali culture and ethnic group
👁 Diverse flora and fauna
👁 Numerous perennial rivers and suspension bridges
👁 Spectacular sunrise and sunset views over high Himalayas
👁 Face to face Yoga & meditation with great Himalayas
👁 Self transformation with yoga and meditation

Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu

We will welcome you at the airport and transfer to the center, discuss the program, proceed for the government paperwork, overnight stay at the centre.

Day 02 : Transfer to Pokhara (910m)

Drive to Pokhara in the morning in available standard micro bus or tourist bus (4-5 hours). This bus ride passes through the hilly winding road along with the Trishuli River having great views of the river, forests and terraced fields; overnight stay in Pokhara.

Day 03 : Pokhara – Tikhedhunga (1,525m) 3-4hrs

Early morning wake up then we have tea before Yoga. We practice Yoga for an hour then have breakfast. After breakfast we drive to Nayapul (50 km). We start our trek towards Tikhedhunga. On the trek we pass through a few towns, reaching to Tikhedhunga. Overnight in Tikhedhunga.

Day 04 : Tikhedhunga – Banthanti (2,130m) 5-6hrs

After tea, yoga and breakfast in the morning; we start our trek towards Banthanti. On the way, we cross a stream on a suspension bridge. Trek to a Magar village which is called Ulleri. Above the village where the trail climbs gently through the cultivated fields, rhododendron and oak forests then stop at Nangethanti for lunch and short rest. After lunch we will start walking towards Banthanti through the beautiful forest. Evening Yoga, relaxation and sleep in Banthanti.

Day 05 : Banthanti – Ghorepani (2,850m) 4-5hrs

Wake up in the morning, you will get a tea and then join for the yoga class. You will be served breakfast then we start our hiking towards Ghorepani, exploring the local culture, landscapes & mountains. Evening yoga, relaxation, dinner and overnight in Ghorepani.

Day 06 : Ghorepani – Poon Hill (3,210m) – Tadapani 6-7hrs

Wake up early in the morning then an hour hike to Poon Hill. Where you can enjoy panoramic mountain views and beautiful sunrise view from the eyes of your mind. Then we trek down to Ghorepani and have breakfast then start our trek to Tadapani, meaning far water supply in this village from long distance. The trail climbs along ridges and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali. Then descend to reach Banthanti and reach Tadapani, do yoga in the evening. Overnight in the tourist lodge.

Day 07 : Tadapani (2630m) – Ghandruk (2,000m) 4-5hrs – Pokhara

Wake up in the morning and practice Yoga. After Yoga we have breakfast. Then our trek continues towards Ghandruk. After walking around 4 hours we reach Ghandruk, a Gurung village which is the most interesting ethnic village in Nepal famous for its Gorkha soldiers. It has excellent close-up views of Annapurna South and Fishtail Himalayas. After lunch, We drive back to Pokhara via Nayapul. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 08 : Departure

You can leave for your next destination in the morning after breakfast.

Annapurna Circuit Among 10 Must-Visit Destinations On Lonely Planet

Annapurna Circuit of Nepal has been included in the list of 10 destinations to visit by the international travel site Lonely Planet this year. Trekking in Nepal is an amazing adventure that takes you to the mighty mountains and beautiful hills. So, as a part of trekking, Annapurna Circuit Trek is a popular trekking destination with high passes standing over the 5,400 m above sea level.

Including the world-famous destination Annapurna Circuit in this list, the site is a must-visit destination due to its features of golden temples, attractive villages, forests, and wildlife.

Stating that the challenging journey of Annapurna will be exciting and motivating, Lonely Planet has mentioned that delicious food and tea will give full pleasure to the tired body after trekking.

Describing the journey to the Annapurna region, Tilicho Lake, Kaligandaki, and Thorangla Pass in the region, Lonely Planet has suggested the Annapurna Circuit plan for trekkers from all over the world.

Jordan’s Petracity is at number one on the list of destinations to visit. Second to ninth are Ecuador’s Galapagos, Australia’s Uluru National Park, Botswana’s Okabhango Delta, North America’s Elloston National Park, Slovenia’s Blade Lake, Iguazu Falls on the Argentina-Brazil border, Cambodia’s Angkor Temple, and Bolivar.

Accessible Trail in Kaskikot Ready for Trekkers

What comes first on your mind when you hear the word “Trekking”? I think I won’t get wrong if I predict the responses “Adventurous/ Difficult / A game for fit ones / Tough game”, and I cannot afford to disagree that those who have had experience of trekking would also state lifetime experience in the response. However, to have that lifetime experiences in Nepal, of moving around in nature smelling the fragrance of forest and mud with the panoramic view of mountains, you need not be a healthy and fit contrast to the conventional definition of trekking. Here, I share something not so new but the product which has not had exposure as much it deserves the “Accessible Trail of Nepal”.

With the prime objective of making trekking inclusive and an available option for visitors, Nepal opened the first accessible trekking trail in Kaski in 2018. The trail takes trekkers along the panoramic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, across Mt. Annapurna to Mt. Manaslu, starting in Kaskikot around 38 km from Pokhara, capital of Gandaki Province. The trekking route is especially constructed to allow easy access for all, fit with necessary amenities and services including disabled-friendly toilet midway.

The trekking trail which usually was under shadow among different tourism products of Gandaki is now under the process of upgrading. Different offices including Nepal Tourism Board, Office of Pokhara Metropolitan, Kaskikot Ward Office, have been working in collaboration for the upgrading and promotion of the trail. Now, United Nations

Development Programme has joined the “Immediate Livelihood Support for the Most Vulnerable Workforce in Tourism Sector” with Nepal Tourism Board. As a part of the program, workers are working to upgrade and beautify the accessible trail. Under the project, workers of tourism sector who have been unemployed since the pandemic are working for 45 days and to upgrade and beautify the trails.

“We were out of work for more than six months since the lockdown and out of work means we were almost out of food as well. This project has provided us the work of our sector and we are being paid for what we were supposed to do voluntarily as well: cleaning the routes/ maintenance of the trail,” said Mr. Narayan Sunar, one of the workers of the project.

While observing the current status and ongoing developments along the accessible trail, I am highly optimistic about the mileage the trail will get in the future which it deserves, as I believe that trekking should be accessible to all irrespective of their physical abilities.