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Poon Hill Trek and Dasain Festival Package

Discover the perfect blend of adventure and cultural celebration with our Poon Hill Trek and Dasain Festival Package. Trek to breathtaking Poon Hill, witness stunning mountain views, and immerse yourself in the vibrant Dasain Festival. Experience authentic Nepalese culture, delicious cuisine, and warm hospitality. Join us for an unforgettable journey in Nepal.

Trip Introduction:

We are thrilled to offer you the perfect blend of adventure and celebration with our Poon Hill Trek and Dasain Festival package in Nepal. This unique itinerary allows trekkers to experience the cultural richness of Nepal while exploring the stunning landscapes of the Annapurna region.

We believe that combining the Dasain Festival with the Poon Hill Trek creates an unforgettable experience for our valued clients. The 15-day Dasain Festival is a time of joy, devotion, and celebration in Nepal. By participating in this traditional festival, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture, witness captivating dances and music performances, and experience the warm hospitality of the Nepalese people.

After the festive celebrations, we will embark on a thrilling 5-day trek to Poon Hill. The trek takes you through lush forests, charming villages, and terraced farmlands, providing a close encounter with the stunning natural beauty of the Annapurna region. You will be rewarded with panoramic views of the majestic Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, making it a truly awe-inspiring journey. The Poon Hill Trek is suitable for trekkers of varying fitness levels, as it offers a moderate level of difficulty, ensuring an enjoyable experience for all.

At Safe Holiday Adventure, we prioritize the safety and satisfaction of our clients. Our experienced guides and staff will ensure that you have a memorable and hassle-free trip, taking care of all the necessary arrangements, including accommodation, transportation, and permits. Join us on this extraordinary adventure that combines the cultural richness of the Dasain Festival with the breathtaking beauty of the Poon Hill Trek, and create memories to last a lifetime.

When is Dhasain festival in Nepal? 

Dasain festival in Nepal usually falls in September or October, following the lunar calendar. The exact dates vary each year. It is a 15-day long festival that culminates on the day of Vijaya Dashami, which is the tenth day of the lunar month. During this time, Nepalese people celebrate with various rituals, feasts, and cultural events to honor the victory of good over evil.

Expected Foods:

The Poon Hill Trek and Dasain Festival Package offers a variety of traditional Nepalese food options, with a particular emphasis on goat meat. During the Dasain Festival, goat meat is a popular choice for festive meals, known for its rich flavor and tenderness. In addition to goat, you can also enjoy other meat options such as chicken, pork, and buffalo, prepared in authentic local styles. The combination of delicious local cuisine and the festive atmosphere adds to the overall cultural experience of the trek and festival.

Accommodation in The Village:

During the Dasain festival, trekkers will have the opportunity to stay with local people in their homes, providing a truly authentic experience. While accommodations may be basic, they offer a genuine glimpse into the local way of life. One of the highlights of this experience is the natural way of cooking, where locals use traditional herbs and ingredients to prepare delicious meals.

At Safe Holiday Adventure Pvt. Ltd., we ensure that even though the accommodations are basic, they are clean and safe. Trekkers will have a private bed in the homes of the locals, allowing for a comfortable and secure resting place after a day of trekking.

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. Meet with your tour operator for a detailed briefing about the upcoming trek and festival.

Day 2: Kathmandu to Pokhara

After breakfast, you’ll take a scenic flight or a comfortable drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, which offers stunning views of the Himalayan range and beautiful landscapes. Arrive in Pokhara and check into your hotel. Spend the rest of the day exploring the lakeside city, enjoying the serene atmosphere, and preparing for the trek ahead.

Day 3: Pokhara to Tikhedhunga

After an early breakfast, you’ll drive from Pokhara to Nayapul, which takes approximately 1.5 hours. From Nayapul, the trek begins, and you’ll hike towards Tikhedhunga. The trail passes through terraced fields, lush forests, and charming villages. Enjoy beautiful views of the countryside and the sound of rivers along the way. You’ll spend the night in Tikhedhunga, where local guesthouses offer delicious meals.

Day 4: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani

Start your day with a hearty breakfast and commence your trek towards Ghorepani. The trail includes a steep uphill climb, providing a good workout. As you ascend, you’ll witness stunning panoramas of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. Traverse through rhododendron forests and cross suspension bridges over rivers. Ghorepani, your destination for the day, is a charming village with teahouses offering comfortable accommodation and local cuisine.

Day 5: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani

An early morning wake-up call prepares you for a rewarding hike to Poon Hill before sunrise. The trail takes you uphill, and after about an hour, you’ll reach the summit of Poon Hill, where breathtaking views of the sunrise over the Himalayas await. Capture the golden hues reflecting off the snow-capped peaks. After descending, enjoy breakfast in Ghorepani before continuing your trek to Tadapani. The trail winds through dense forests, occasional villages, and picturesque landscapes. Tadapani offers cozy lodges and stunning views of surrounding mountains.

Day 6: Tadapani to Ghandruk

Today’s trek takes you to the traditional Gurung village of Ghandruk. The trail descends through lush forests, passing by terraced fields and charming settlements. You’ll cross several rivers over suspension bridges, adding an adventurous touch to your journey. Ghandruk welcomes you with its traditional stone houses and warm hospitality. Explore the village, interact with locals, and savor authentic Gurung cuisine.

Day 7: Ghandruk to Pokhara and Pokhara to Dhading Sukaura

After breakfast, trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul. From Nayapul, a private vehicle will transfer you back to Pokhara. After reaching Pokhara, take a short break to freshen up and have lunch. In the afternoon, embark on a picturesque drive from Pokhara to Dhading Sukaura, which takes approximately 6 hours. Dhading Sukaura is the village where you will spend the next four nights to celebrate the vibrant Dasain Festival.

Day 8-11: Dasain Festival in Dhading Sukaura

Spend these days participating in the lively celebrations of the Dasain Festival. Experience cultural activities, traditional music and dance performances, and indulge in delicious festive meals prepared with local flavors. Immerse yourself in the local traditions and enjoy the warmth of the community.

Day 12: Dhading Sukaura to Kathmandu

After breakfast, bid farewell to the village of Dhading Sukaura. You’ll embark on a scenic drive back to Kathmandu, which takes approximately 5 hours. Along the way, you can enjoy the beautiful landscapes, rivers, and occasional glimpses of traditional Nepalese villages. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Take some time to relax and freshen up before exploring the vibrant streets of Kathmandu, where you can shop for souvenirs and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the city.

Day 13: Departure from Kathmandu

On the final day of the trip, you’ll have breakfast at the hotel and have some free time to explore the city further or do some last-minute shopping. Depending on your flight departure time, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your onward journey. As you bid farewell to Nepal, take with you the memories of the enchanting Poon Hill Trek and the vibrant celebrations of the Dasain Festival.

What is included
  • Round-trip transportation between Pokhara and Nayapul,
  • All necessary trekking permits and fees,
  • Accommodation in teahouses or lodges along the trekking route,
  • Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner),
  • Experienced Guide,,
  • All hidden Cost,
  • Government taxes,
  • Pokhara to Dhading Sukaura Transport in the Bus,
  • Dhading Sukaura to Kathmandu Transport on bus,
  • Local Authentic food in the Village,
  • Drinking water during the trek,
  • First aid kit and basic medical supplies.
What is not included
  • Personal trekking equipment such as a sleeping bag, trekking poles, and headlamp,
  • Extra meals and drinks beyond the standard three meals a day,
  • Snacks, energy bars, and electrolyte supplements,
  • Travel insurance, including evacuation insurance,
  • Tips for the trekking guide and porters,
  • Additional activities such as sightseeing tours in Pokhara or a visit to a hot spring after the trek in the village if you donate, that is yours.
Start Date End Date Price In US Dollar($) AVAILABILITY Booking
A private departures on any day all around the year can be arranged for this trek/tour, for more details and dates E-mail info@safeholidayadventure.com

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Your Program Duration = 13 days Days
All the Prices are in GBP (£) Per Person.
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Preparation for Poon Hill Trek and Dasain Festival

To prepare for the Poon Hill Trek and Dasain Festival, make sure to pack essential items such as warm clothing, comfortable hiking gear, sturdy shoes, a backpack, a good camera, and personal toiletries. It is also recommended to bring a water bottle, snacks, a first aid kit, sunscreen, and insect repellent. Stay hydrated and physically fit before embarking on the trek to ensure an enjoyable experience.

ATM and Money Exchange

During the Poon Hill Trek, there are no ATMs available on the trail or in the villages. It is advisable to carry enough Nepalese rupees with you for the duration of the trek. If you need to exchange currency, it is best to do so in Pokhara before starting the trek. Money exchangers and banks are readily available in Pokhara, where you can convert your currency to Nepalese rupees.

Respect for Local Customs and Traditions

When participating in the Dasain Festival in the village, it is essential to respect the local customs and traditions. Dress modestly and appropriately, especially when visiting temples or attending cultural events. Follow the guidance of the locals, be mindful of their traditions, and seek permission before taking photographs. Showing respect and appreciation for the local culture will enhance your experience and create positive interactions with the community.

Alcohol Consumption during the Festival

Alcohol consumption during the Dasain Festival in the village depends on the specific cultural norms and traditions followed by the community. It is recommended to inquire locally and seek guidance from the locals regarding the consumption of alcohol during the festivities. Some communities may have specific rules or restrictions, while others may allow moderate alcohol consumption as part of the celebration. It is important to respect and abide by the cultural norms of the local community during the festival.

Enjoy your Poon Hill Trek and immerse yourself in the vibrant Dasain Festival, while keeping in mind the guidelines and customs of the local community.

Teahouses and Accommodation on the Poon Hill Trek

Teahouses along the Poon Hill Trek offer basic yet comfortable accommodation for trekkers. These cozy lodges provide private rooms or dormitory-style accommodations with shared bathrooms. Bedding and blankets are provided, and most teahouses offer a simple menu of local and international dishes. Enjoy the warmth of Nepalese hospitality amidst the breathtaking mountain scenery.

Essential Packing List for Poon Hill Trek: What to Bring

When embarking on the Poon Hill Trek, it’s crucial to pack wisely. Some essential items to include are a sturdy pair of hiking boots, moisture-wicking clothing, waterproof and windproof layers, a warm hat and gloves, sunglasses, a reusable water bottle, a headlamp, a first aid kit, sunscreen, insect repellent, trekking poles, a camera, and a lightweight backpack. Don’t forget to bring some cash, snacks, and a sense of adventure to make the most of your trekking experience in the stunning Poon Hill region.

Local Culture and Traditions: Interacting with Villagers on the Poon Hill Trek

Interacting with the local villagers along the Poon Hill Trek provides a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich culture of the region. Respect their traditions and customs, greet them with a warm “Namaste,” and engage in friendly conversations. Embrace the chance to learn about their way of life and create meaningful connections that enhance your trekking experience.

Understanding the Significance of Dasain Festival for Nepalese People

Dasain Festival holds great significance for the Nepalese people. It is a time of family reunions, religious ceremonies, and vibrant celebrations. The festival symbolizes the victory of good over evil and is dedicated to the goddess Durga. Nepalese families come together to worship, exchange blessings, and partake in feasts. Understanding the cultural importance of Dasain adds a deeper appreciation for the festivities and allows travelers to connect with the local community on a meaningful level.

Traditional Cuisine of Dasain Festival: Delightful Nepali Dishes

During the Dasain Festival, Nepali cuisine shines with a variety of delightful dishes. Indulge in mouthwatering delicacies like sel roti (rice bread), khasi ko masu (spiced goat meat), samay baji (traditional Newari platter), and aloo tama bodi (potato, bamboo shoot, and black-eyed pea curry). These traditional treats offer a tantalizing culinary experience that showcases the rich flavors of Nepal’s festive cuisine.

Festive Music and Dance: Cultural Performances during Dasain Festival

The Dasain Festival in Nepal comes alive with vibrant music and dance performances. Enjoy traditional folk tunes, rhythmic drum beats, and mesmerizing dances like the Maruni dance and Dhan Naach. These cultural performances showcase the heritage and artistic prowess of the Nepalese people, adding an enchanting and festive atmosphere to the celebrations.

Exploring Temples and Shrines: Spiritual Experiences during Dasain Festival

Exploring temples and shrines during the Dasain Festival offers profound spiritual experiences. Visit sacred sites like Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Swayambhunath Temple, where devotees gather to offer prayers and perform rituals. Witness the vibrant atmosphere, observe ancient traditions, and immerse yourself in the spiritual energy, gaining a deeper understanding of Nepal’s religious heritage during this auspicious festival.

FAQs:

How long is the Poon Hill Trek?
Answer: The Poon Hill Trek typically takes around 5 days to complete.

When is the best time to do the Poon Hill Trek?
Answer: The best time for the Poon Hill Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons.

Is prior trekking experience required for the Poon Hill Trek?
Answer: No, prior trekking experience is not necessary for the Poon Hill Trek. It is suitable for beginners as well.

What is the level of difficulty for the Poon Hill Trek?
Answer: The Poon Hill Trek is considered a moderate-level trek with some uphill and downhill sections.

Are permits required for the Poon Hill Trek?
Answer: Yes, you will need to obtain the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card.

Is it safe to trek during the Dasain Festival?
Answer: Yes, it is safe to trek during the Dasain Festival. The trails are well-maintained, and the festive atmosphere adds a unique cultural experience.

What is the duration of the Dasain Festival?
Answer: The Dasain Festival usually lasts for around 15 days, with the main celebrations taking place for the first few days.

Are there any age restrictions for the Poon Hill Trek?
Answer: While there are no strict age restrictions, a moderate level of fitness is recommended, especially for long hikes and uphill sections.

What is the accommodation like during the Poon Hill Trek?
Answer: Accommodation is provided in teahouses along the trekking route. These are basic guesthouses with private rooms or dormitory-style accommodations.

Can vegetarian or special dietary requirements be accommodated during the trek?
Answer: Yes, teahouses along the Poon Hill Trek offer a variety of food options, including vegetarian meals. Inform your guide or the teahouse staff about any dietary restrictions or preferences.

Is Wi-Fi or internet available during the trek?
Answer: Wi-Fi and internet services may be available in some teahouses for an additional fee, but the connection can be slow and unreliable in remote areas.

Are there charging facilities for electronic devices during the trek?
Answer: Yes, most teahouses have charging facilities available for a small fee, allowing you to recharge your electronic devices.

Are there medical facilities available along the Poon Hill Trek?
Answer: Basic medical facilities are available in some villages along the trekking route. It is advisable to carry a first aid kit and any necessary personal medications.

Can I hire a porter for the trek?
Answer: Yes, you can hire a porter to carry your backpack, allowing you to trek with less weight and enjoy the journey comfortably.

Is travel insurance necessary for the Poon Hill Trek?
Answer: Yes, it is highly recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, evacuation, and trip cancellation or interruption.

What is the maximum group size for the Poon Hill Trek and Dasain Festival Package?
Answer: The group size may vary depending on the tour operator, but typically, small groups of 8 to 12 participants are common.

Is there an age limit for participating in the Dasain Festival activities?
Answer: There is no specific age limit for participating in the Dasain Festival activities. It is open to all individuals interested in experiencing the cultural celebrations.

Can I customize the Poon Hill Trek and Dasain Festival Package itinerary?
Answer: Poon Hill Trek and Dasain Festival Package itinerary to some extent, depending on your preferences and time constraints. Discuss your requirements with the tour operator to see if any modifications can be made.

Are English-speaking guides available for the Poon Hill Trek and Dasain Festival Package?
Answer: Yes, experienced and English-speaking guides are typically provided for the trek. They will assist you with navigation, provide information about the surroundings, and ensure your safety throughout the journey.

What happens in case of unforeseen circumstances or bad weather during the trek?
Answer: In case of unforeseen circumstances or bad weather, the trekking itinerary may be adjusted for safety reasons. Your guide and tour operator will make the necessary arrangements to ensure your well-being and provide alternative options if needed.

Please note that these FAQs are general guidelines, and it’s recommended to consult with the¬†specific tour operator organizing the Poon Hill Trek and Dasain Festival Package for detailed and up-to-date information.

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