Poonhill for Elixir Day 9

$60
9 Days
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Why take this trip?

  • Payment for Day 9 of the trip

Clients Reviews

This trip has touched something deep within me. It was full of unforgettable moments and the team was friendly and created an atmosphere of coziness and fun. We came back new and different. WG gave us a real life- changing journey that I will remember for the rest of my life.

Faisal Felemban
2/4
Physical Grade
  1. Sightseeing and/or relaxation
  2. Light adventure, no previous experience or training required
  3. A challenge, no previous experience necessary. A moderate level of fitness and preparation are required
  4. Previous experience and intensive training is required
1/3
Comfort Level
  1. Basic: lodging in guest houses, small hotels and/or camping. Mix of private and public transportation
  2. Standard: Clean and comfortable accommodation and/or well-maintained campsites. Mostly private transportation with occasional public transport when unavoidable.
  3. Luxury: Hand-picked luxury lodging or pampered campsites. Private and upgraded transportation facilities.

CO2 Footprint

0.135 (tCO2e)
tCO2 = Tonnes of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent

How we do it
As an ethical and responsible travel company, we reduce our carbon footprint by designing trips that are low carbon impact and carefully calculating the impact with the help of an environmental consultancy. We then buy carbon credit equivalents to offset all emissions that cannot be reduced including those resulting from our day-to-day business operations. Our offsetting is done through an energy efficient stoves project in Kenya. On request, every traveller receives their own PDF offset certificate post-travel. Wild Guanabana is the first carbon-neutral travel company in the Middle East & North Africa. Note: We do not sell or issue flight tickets ourselves so consequently we don't offset those emissions.

What does offsetting mean anyway?
It's a way of reducing your ecological impact by 'neutralizing' the impact of your carbon footprint. Actions associated with travel amount to around a third of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Carbon offsetting offers a solution to reduce the impact of your travel by purchasing carbon credits that are invested in activities that reduce CO2. While this doesn't erase all of the environmental impact, it does serve to help reinvest into the planet and contribute to activities which help its conversation. For more information on Carbon offsetting read more from our partners ERCC Carbon and our Sustainable Travel International.

Which month to travel:

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Itinerary Details / Price Inclusions & Exclusions

  • Day 1: Arrival In Kathmandu (1,338m)

    Upon your arrival, a representative from Wild Guanabana will be waiting outside the airport gates to take you to the hotel. Depending on time of arrival, plans will be made for a briefing meeting once you have settled in with trip leader and Mars One Candidate, Mohamed Sallam.

  • Day 2: Drive To Pokhara - (B)

    Early in the morning, we drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Nepal's lake city. Our bus follows a winding road over the valley rim and descends onto the Trisuli River. The journey is slow and steady as the road winds through villages and passing terrace fields before reaching our destination. Pokhara is best known for its tranquil atmosphere and the beauty of the surrounding countryside. Normally, we arrive by mid afternoon so you have time to explore or relax as you prepare for the journey ahead. Tonight, you’ll meet on the roof to discuss the history of exploration. Sallam will be telling you all about the evolution of exploration vessels (land, sea, underwater, air, rockets), significant explorers and their contributions as well as the big question, why explore in the first place.

  • Day 3: Drive to Nayapul, trek to Banthanti (2,230m) - (B/L/D)

    After breakfast we drive for one hour to Nayapul and then begin walking towards Birethati. We then cross the river at Birethati and head left along the gentle slope to Tikhedhunga where we cross the Bhurungdi Khola river to start the long steep climb to Ulleri then walk further along to Banthanti where we spend the night. Tonight’s stargazing session will be about the Mars One Mission, its impact on humanity and how it will change the history of mankind. Sallam has been given speeches in many places about his involvement in Mars One Mission and tonight, you’ll get to enjoy listening to his magnificent story.

  • Day 4: Trek to Ghorepani (2,810m) - (B/L/D)

    After breakfast we continue our trek along the trail. Occasional views of the peaks give way to a narrower valley, passing through Rhododendron forest then eventually reaching the village of Ghorepani where we spend a night. Tonight, it’s aliens vs. humans! This discussion will be an interesting one to say the least!

  • Day 5: Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,610m) - (B/L/D)

    You’ll have a very early wake up call today to make the one-hour climb up to the Poonhill viewpoint at 3,210m. It’s usually misty when you start off and arrive, then at sunrise the clouds part to reveal one of the most majestic sunrises in the world; Machapuchhre, Annapurna South, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri mountain are all viewable from here. You then head back to Ghorepani for breakfast before trekking down to Tadapani. Along the trail towards Tadapani, we make climb along ridges and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (2,960 meters). After that we descend to the Banthanti, we then turn off to Tadapani.

  • Day 6: Tadapani to Ghandruk (1,945m) - (B/L/D)

    From Tadapani the trail descends through forests to Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a village of Gurung people, one of the ethnic groups of Nepal; they have their own dialect, culture, costume, and life style. Ghandruk is also home to many Gurkha soldiers. It is a famous destination for trekkers as it is known for its beautiful mountain views and within easy reach from Pokhara and Kathmandu. We have the afternoon to visit the Annapurna conservation office, Museum and explore the village. Tonight, as the sky gets clearer for better views of the stars, Sallam will take you back to the time of the Pharaohs for a discussion on why and how one of the most advanced civilizations in the history of mankind included stars in every measurement they used to build their historic and groundbreaking monuments.

  • Day 7: Trek to Nayapul & back to Pokhara - (B/L)

    From Ghandruk it’s a long descent to the settlement of Shauli Bazaar at 1,140m. Once there, it’s an easy and pleasant walk along the Modi Khola riverbank to Birethanti at 1,065m, where we stop for lunch. Birethanti is a beautiful riverside village that is usually busy with many trekkers starting and finishing their treks. From here we trek to Nayapul then catch a car back to Pokhara. The evening is free to relax and catch up on some last minute shopping.

  • Day 8: Morning Drive to Explore Kathmandu - (B)

    After breakfast in Pokhara, we drive back to Kathmandu. The rest of the day is leisure. There are plenty of interesting sites to visit in the Kathmandu valley like the Old Palaces at Patan, Bhaktapur, Durbar square, Swayambhunath (the monkey temple) or the sacred Buddhist temples of Pashupatinath & Boudhanath. You should also stroll down town Thamel near where you will be staying to shop for souvenirs and sample the various restaurants of Kathmandu. We are happy to offer you recommendations.

  • Day 9: Fly Back Home - (B)

    After breakfast, we’ll transfer you to the airport according to your flight time. Happy Travels!

  • Price includes

    • Consultation on every aspect of preparation inc. physical and mental 
    • All internal transfers  
    • Three daily meals during the treks 
    • Comfortable lodging at guesthouses during the trek 
    • Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment 
    • Experienced First-Aid trained English Speaking Guides
    • Trekking permit (Annapurna Conservation fee) 
    • Trekking map of the region 
    • All porter and guide insurance 
    • Insurance for all staff including porters

  • Price excludes

    • International flight to Kathmandu, Nepal 
    • Nepali visa (US$25 for 15 days)
    • Single supplement fee if you are staying in a single room (US$180)
    • Bottled water, soft drinks and main meals in cities
    • Personal expenses like battery charging at elevation, telephones and hot shower facilities on the mountain
    • Travel insurance including trip cancellation & medical evacuation
    • Tips & gratuities

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