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Rhododendron Trip in Nepal

  • 12 Days
  • Easy
  • 1 - 10 People

Destination: Nepal

Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner

Transportation: Private Vehicle / Tourist Bus

Accommodation: Teahouse+Hotel

Max. Altitude: 3,210m

Activities: Trekking, Cultural Tour

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Springtime in Nepal is a good time for adventure travel particularly to see the Rhododendrons. Nepal is a tiny country, and here are over than 32 varieties of Rhododendron that bloom in all hilly regions of Nepal above 2000 m altitude. Locally known as “Gurans” or Chimal in Nepali, a Rhododendron trek offers a feast for the eyes without being too tough for travel.

Most of Nepal's land is covered by Mountains, where during the spring season; the hilly forest is painted by Rhododendron magnificently.  There are four major areas for Rhododendron treks, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking in Annapurna Region, Milke Danda in remote eastern Nepal nestled in the foothills of the Himalaya, the Upper Tamur River, the Langtang valley closer to Kathmandu and the Makulu Barun National park. Nepal Rhododendron Trekking is also called Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, and is a comparatively easy walk winding through villages and rhododendron forests beneath the majestic Himalayan scenery. Annapurna Rhododendron Trekking are colorful short venture trips which hold exciting glimpses of the high mountains, whole horizons of which will be exposed as you reach the highest points of your trek - Poon Hill (3210m). Nepal Rhododendron Trekking reveals some of the best views, and is considered by many as the best viewpoint in the Annapurna region. Enjoy trekking in the spectacular mountain scenery through charming villages inhabited by the Magars and Gurungs community. Mostly the trail goes through incredible dense rhododendron forests, full of birds, playful Langur (black-faced monkey), and deep sub-tropical valleys, all set below the Annapurna Himalaya, with the picturesque fluted peak of Machhapuchhare (6993m)  or Fishtail, dominating the skyline. You will climb Poon Hill at dawn to enjoy one of the most spectacular mountain experiences on Earth. At the climax of this trek the sun touches the snow-capped summits of the Himalayan giants, Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Annapurna (8,091m) along with a network of other peaks slowly begin to appear like magic before our eyes. A rewarding trekking trail, the Nepal Rhododendron Trek leads you through the colorful orchids and clear views of the splendid mountains that can be enjoyed every traveler.

The Rhododendron Trek is easy to access in a short amount of time. It begins from either Phendi or Nayapul, which can be reached after a short drive from Beautiful Tourist city Pokhara. You can’t imagine the magnificence of the sunrise from Poon Hill that you will witness from here, which illuminates the peaks of the entire range, leaving you enthralled. This Rhododendron Trek is considered to be best introduction to trekking with some spectacular views and amazing Rhododendron everywhere along the entire trip.

As we are trekking company based in Nepal, Nepal Mother House Treks organizes the Spring Trip with a lifetime of experience with local Guides, porters, helpers, necessary equipment, rescue and evacuation service, all our staff insurance, Government permission and other required fees. As you are here on your holiday, you can extend or make the trip shorter as you prefer, and explore the High Himalaya. Whether you are looking for a long trek, mountain climbing, rafting, jungle safari, cultural tour and other adventure Activities, we have all these packages ready for the ultimate excitement and adventure of your choice during the spring season.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01:Arrival at Kathmandu.

Day 02:Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing pre- Treks (1350m)

Day 03:Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (950m) – 6 to 7 hours by tourist bus

Day 04:Drive to Nayapul (1010m) – 1: 45 hours and trek to Tikhedunga (1570meters) - 3 hours

Day 05:Trek Thikdhunga to Ghorepani (2840m) -5 to 6 hours

Day 06:Hike up Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3210m) - 45 minutes, to Tadapani (2520m) – 4 to 5 hours

Day 07:Tadapani to Ghaundrung (1950m) - 3 to 4 hours

Day 08:Trek Ghaundrung to Nayapul (1010m) - 3 hours, Drive to Pokhara (950m) - 1:45 hours

Day 09:Explore day around Pokhara Valley

Day 10:Drive back to Kathmandu early in the morning by Tourist Bus - 6 to 7 hours

Day 11:Farewell friend day in Kathmandu (1,350m)

Day 12:Final Departure to your Destination

Cost Include

  • Arrival to until Departure all transportation (airport to Hotel to airport).
  • Hotel in Kathmandu before trek and after trek overnight with BBB Plan.
  • Welcome and farewell Dinner with Nepali Cultural restaurant.
  • Hotel in Pokhara with BBB Plan (before trek and after trek).
  • All comfortable Lodge, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, tea, coffee, chocolate during the trekking.
  • Warm down Jacket and Sleeping Bag for the trek.
  • Transportation from Naya Pull to Pokhara by private tourist bus/car/van.
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu private tourist bus/ car/ van.
  • English speaking friendly Guide and helpful strong porter and their lodging and food.
  • Pokhara Valley Sightseeing with entries fee and transportation.
  • Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing by City Tour Guide with entries fee and transportation.
  • Trekking Permit and TIMS Cards.
  • Insurances for Guides and Porters.
  • All government and local taxes if necessary.
  • Medical Kit Bag during the trek.


Cost Exclude

  • Cold drinks; coke, fanta, sprite, and mineral water, Phone calls, laundry, beer and bar bills.
  • Tips for guide and porters.
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance.
  • Souvenir or other expenses during the trekking.
  • Personal mountaineering gears.
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extend.   


Trip Note

If you do not need porter for the trip, the trekking cost will be reducing from the original price. Nepal Mother House gives you some clue to make less cost for the Solo traveler also. Please contact us in our email for more details with your requirements. 

If you wish to stay longer, we can offer plenty of suggestions: Bungee Jumping, mountain biking in the Kathmandu valley, white water Rafting, Jeep Flyer, Paragliding, Rock climbing, Jungle Safari tour, Skydiving, Mt. Everest view flight, Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar square, the Kathmandu valley's other historic cities Sightseeing, or a night at the Fort Hotel in Nagarkot for a bit of luxury and some worth able sunset and sunrise mountain panoramas. We help to arrange any of these excursions for you. Namaste and see you during your next trip to the Nepal Himalayas!

Day 01 : Arrival at Kathmandu.Upon arrival at international airport meet our assistants and transfer to the Hotel located at Thamel to take a rest and be free all afternoon.

Day 02 : Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing pre- Treks (1350m) Our Tour Guide leads you to explore around Kathmandu valley for sightseeing. You will explore historical and spiritual attractions; including the historic Kathmandu Durbar Square; the House of the Living Goddess “Kumari” and Kasthamandup temple” - it is said that it was built from a single tree in 16th century, Big bell-Big drams, Erotic carvings in old temples, old palaces, etc., Bouddhanath; one of the largest Stupas in Nepal, Swayambhunath; situated on top of the hill known as the Monkey Temple is one of the oldest Buddhist Stupas in the world, which has been registered as a UNESCO heritage side. Pasupatinath; Hindus holy place, with Sadhus and pilgrims bathing, and occasionally, funeral pyres burning on the Ghats, located on the holy Bagmati river. After these activities we go back to your hotel and prepare for the treks. Stay overnight at hotel. Please, check your insurance details and have a copy of your travel medical insurance policy with you.

Day 03 : Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (950m) – 6 to 7 hours by tourist bus Our trekking guide will come to the hotel in the morning at 6: 00 to pick you with private transport to leave for Pokhara (200 km), and it will take us about 6 to 7 hours scenic journey. Along the journey you will witness some stunning scenery of snow capped Mountains, green hills, rivers for rafting, and villages. Pokhara is a beautiful valley, with panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchare (shape of fish tail), Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu. The town of Pokhara is set on the banks of the Phewa Lake. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu providing the perfect starting point for our trek. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 04 : Drive to Nayapul (1010m) – 1: 45 hours and trek to Tikhedunga (1570meters) - 3 hours The first day trek start at Nayapul after 1 and half hour driving by private vehicle from Pokhara. After 20 minutes of walking along the banks of the Modi Khola, we reach Birethanti (1015m) a large village that has many shops and teahouses with inhabitants of Gurung, Magar and Thakali extraction. Then, the trail continues following the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola through villages and climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hile (1495m), and after the short climb, we reach Tikhedhunga (1570m). Today’s walk offers a short and comparatively easy day, allowing you to get used to the experience of trekking in Nepal. Stay overnight at guesthouse.

Day 05 : Trek Thikdhunga to Ghorepani (2840m) -5 to 6 hours After breakfast we begin our journey with a steep climb to large Magar village at Ulleri (2070m). Then the trail leads us to ascend more gently, through dense forests of oak and rhododendrons towards Banthanti (2250m). Occasionally, we can see Lonmgur (long tail black mouth Monkey) jumping in the trees. Then we trek towards Nangethanti (2460m), and after an hour walk we arrive at Ghorepani (2840m). Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 06 : Hike up Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3210m) - 45 minutes, to Tadapani (2520m) – 4 to 5 hours We will hike about 45 minutes to Poon Hill (3210m) early in the morning; this viewpoint provides an unobstructed beautiful sunrise over the high Himalayas with panoramic view giants Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Annapurna (8,091m),Machhapuchere, Nilgiri, Hiuchuli, South Annapurna etc. along with a network of other peaks slowly begin to appear like magic before our eyes. We come back to Ghorepani for a hot breakfast, and start walking to Tadapani. Then the trail climbs along ridges with pine and rhododendron forests to the Deurali, and then descends through the beautiful waterfall, stream, and dense forest to the Banthati. The stream has some clear pools alongside the trail which finally climbs up to the final destination Tadapani, meaning ‘far water’ - and the water supply for this village is a long distance below.

Day 07 : Tadapani to Ghaundrung (1950m) - 3 to 4 hours Today is an easier day, so after late wake up breakfast we will descend steeply through dense rhododendron forests with breathtaking panorama views to the Ghaundrung village, and its inhabitants of Gurung people. But if you wake up early in the morning, it offers excellent sunrises with mountains' changeable faces seen from your spot at Tadapani. We will overnight here, so you have the afternoon to visit the Annapurna conservation office, museum and picturesque ancient Guring village, the second largest Gurung settlement in Nepal.

Day 08 : Trek Ghaundrung to Nayapul (1010m) - 3 hours, Drive to Pokhara (950m) - 1:45 hours Today is our last day of trekking; we complete our trek in Nayapul at elevation of 1010 meters with short and easy walking through the terraced hill settlement. Then drive 1 and half hour by private vehicle followed by a ride back to Pokhara, a peaceful lakeside city harboring a unique setting of tropical climate and vegetation with the dramatic backdrop of the Himalayas. Stay overnight at Pokhara Hotel.

Day 09 : Explore day around Pokhara Valley After late breakfast, we will start sightseeing around Pokhara Valley. The notable places; Fewa Lake, Bagnes Lake, Devi’s water fall, Bisw Shanti Stupa (Worlde Peace stupa ), International Mountaineering Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave. We will relax the rest of the day in Hotel or just Shopping around. Overnight at hotel Day

Day 10 : Drive back to Kathmandu early in the morning by Tourist Bus - 6 to 7 hours We will be ready at 6:00 in the morning in the hotel lobby for having breakfast, and can offer advice as your trekking guide for your further trip. We will drive back to Kathmandu through the road passing terraces, streams, rivers, local settlements, high hills and along the river side. It takes about 7 hours (conditional) to reach your hotel in Kathmandu. If you are interested to fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu with extra cost of flight ticket, please request Nepal Mother House Treks to book your flight ticket. It takes about 30 minutes with having spectacular Himalayas, high hills, terraces, local settlements, and forests ... viewed from the plane.

Day 11 : Farewell friend day in Kathmandu (1,350m) In this pleasant day you may have full day at leisure to either relax at your hotel or explore the around Thamel. Today is the day of ending your journey, so we would like offer you a farewell dinner in a Nepali Restaurant and hand you a Trip Certificate, Trekking Permit and TIMS Card for memory of Nepal trip.

Day 12 : Final Departure to your Destination Today is free for last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives until your departure flight/drive. Our assistants will be transferring you to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination, taking with you the memory of a lifetime.

Rhododendron Trekking in Nepal - Trip Map

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Useful Info

Few things are worth arranging while you are at home. Please note down these list details before your departure, this tips will help to make your trip enjoyable:

  • Read travel advice, inform yourself before travelling and get advice locally when you arrive.
  • Make sure your passport valid date during your travel and consult about visa processing.
  • Estimate your budget and fixed holiday period then chose suitable destination.
  • Note down travel check list before leave home and preparer accordingly.
  • Inform your friend and family about your trip and itinerary details.
  • Make copies of your important documents as a backup in case you lose the originals.
  • Buy Guide book and study about Nepal’s general information (culture, custom, political, people, geography, weather, festival, religion, rule and regulation).
  • Buy insurance which will cover all overseas medical, emergency evacuation costs.
  • Batter to know at list few Nepali words while traveling in Nepal.
  • Make reservations with advance payment, especially during peak season, for trip, accommodations and local guides.
  • Call your bank for debit- and credit-card to let them know about fees and your travel destination. Get your bank’s emergency phone number if you have a problem.
  • Visit the doctor for your health report and take medicine and vaccine accordingly.
  • Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them.
  • Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behavior may be seen as improper, hostile or even illegal.
  • Never step over anyone feet/legs, and pull in your own legs when somebody wants to pass.
  • Never touch anybody with your feet, also never point in a direction using your feet. The feet are considered the most impure parts of the body.
  • When entering a house, somebody's kitchen, temple or monastery take off your shoes.
  • As a woman you should always be dressed avoiding provocation, so keep shoulders and legs covered.
  • It is very polite to give and accept with your right hand, and even more so when you use your left hand for supporting the elbow of your right hand.
  • When in doubt how to behave in certain situations; keep a low profile, do not shout and keep your dignity.
  • It is better not to touch offerings or persons when they are on way to shrines.
  • Beef is prohibited among both the Hindus and Buddhists. No female animal is killed for food.
  • You may not be allowed entry to the inner sanctuaries of temples and Stupas.
  • You may be interested to take snaps of temples, Stupas and monuments. Generally temples, Stupas and monuments are permitted to be photographed, but it is better to have permission before using your cameras.  

For more details please visit Nepal Travel Tips.

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