Tourism License No. 1791

Christmas Trekking in Nepal

Trip Overview

Christmas trekking is the best holiday experience in Annapurna region of Nepal. Christmas trekking in Nepal offers the spectacular Himalayan views from Poonhill viewpoint which comprises passing through beautiful blossoming rhododendron forests  which eventually turns out to be great time overall during the grand festive season of Christmas. Join our short and easy Christmas trekking with your family and friends; the perfect blend of fun and delight.

We embark for Christmas trekking after completion of half day sightseeing around Cultural Kathmandu city followed by afternoon flight to scenic lake city Pokhara. As we drive ahead towards Nayapul next day, we trace our steps on popular Ghorepani poonhill trekking trail and head towards Birethanti. We can see the striking waterfalls, swimming hole as we pass through bamboo forests. Coming day would be Christmas Eve and we will definitely have fun and celebrate late night in the splendid village of Ghorepani. Playing snow with your buddies, taking sip of locally prepared cocktail mixed with local wine along the campfire, musical background, Christmas tree and party environment; it would definitely be the best Christmas party ever. Next day early morning after having an instant meal we will hike up to Poonhill, the best viewpoint in Annapurna region offering picturesque panoramic sunrise views of snow capped mountains. After capturing the best sunrise views with our own eyes, we get back to Ghorepani and move on towards Tadapani and Ghandruk. We will be enthralled while passing through diversified beautiful rhododendron trees blossoming specially during spring season. This Christmas trekking is also a great opportunity to get an insight into Gurung culture, tradition and lifestyle in beautiful Gurung village of Ghandruk. Visit to Gurung museum would be even more insightful. In our final days of amazing Christmas trek, we drive to Pokhara via Nayapul followed by 6 hours of scenic valley drive back to Kathmandu.

Christmas trekking is also an ideal trekking adventure for school and college students as they get to learn new culture, witness spectacular natural beauty along some recreational activities. Therefore if you are looking to experience Christmas blast like never before, then contact us for booking and other information. We are not Santa but will definitely fulfill your Christmas wish of immersing yourself in natural beauty of Nepal.

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Price Includes

  • Airport and hotel transfers as per itinerary in private vehicle
  • Two nights’ twin sharing accommodation with breakfast in a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Two nights’ twin sharing accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu including temple/monument entry fees and private vehicle
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available teahouse/lodge accommodation (twin sharing ) during the trek
  • Staff– one professional, knowledgeable and friendly English speaking trekking leader along with assistant guide (6 trekkers : 1 assistant guide)  and porters (2 trekkers : 1 porter) including their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, transportation, and accidental insurance
  • Ground transportations from Kathmandu – Pokhara by flight and Pokhara – Kathmandu transfers by private vehicle (but tourist bus for solo trek)
  • Duffle bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket for use during the trek
  • Icicles Adventure T – shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • TIMS and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
  • All government taxes & office service charge

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa arrangement (more on Nepal Visa Information)
  • International/Domestic airfares
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Added night/s accommodation in Kathmandu or Pokhara because of early arrival, delayed departure, early return from mountain (due to any cause) than the programmed itinerary
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu or Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the programmed itinerary)
  • All kind of drinks (alcoholic, hot, or cold)
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, bar bills, laundry, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, extra porters, etc)
  • Personal equipments and clothing
  • Tips for guides and porters (tip is expected but not mandatory)

Christmas Trekking in Nepal Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu

Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an icicles adventure treks and tour signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley afternoon flight to Pokhara.

After having breakfast, early in the morning, we embark for half day sightseeing tour around the UNESCO world heritage sites namely Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath in Kathmandu valley.

Kathmandu Durbar Square: The ancient palaces, courtyards, temples and buildings exhibit the old tradition, culture and architectural brilliance that were built, crafted centuries ago. You will be visiting the home of living god Kumari, Kasthamandap temple and museums. The entrance fee is quoted Nrs. 250 for foreigners.

Swayambhunath stupa:

Next we will visit around 2000 years old Swayambhunath stupa which is world’s greatest Buddhist shrine. From top of the hill panoramic view of Kathmandu valley is seen which is considered best during sunset.

Pashupatinath temple:

Pashupatinath temple is the biggest and most holy pilgrimage site among Hindu pilgrims all over the globe. The cremation ghats on bagmati river displays the rituals that is followed by hindus  after end of the life. The gigantic temple with silver and gold plated doors and roofs is center of attraction in itself.

Boudhanah stupa:

It is one of the largest Buddhist stupas in south asia and holy place for Buddhists. Large number of monks and monasteries are found in entire area. Encircling huge stupa along 108 small Buddha statues and prayer wheels certainly makes you feel like you are in enigmatic land of Tibet.

After completion of our half day sightseeing, we board a domestic flight to Pokhara.

Day 03: Drive to Naya Pul (New bridge) and trek to Tikhe Dhunga

After breakfast at around 07:30 hrs drive to Naya Pul (42km) by car via the large village of Lumle and walk for about 20 minutes to Birethanti, a large and prosperous town. This is the first day of your Annapurna Panorama ChristmasTrek. The trail follows the main street of Birethanti, going through bamboo forests and past a large waterfall and swimming hole. Beyond a pasture used by pony caravans, the trail reaches Ramghat where you have lunch. After lunch, climbs gradually up the side of the valley, reaching at Tikhe Dhunga. Overnight at Guest House.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 04: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani

Today is Christmas eve and we will be celebrating at Ghorepani villge. The name Ghorepani in Nepali means horse-water owing to its role as an important campsite for traders before it became a trekker’s stop. Ghorepani is an interesting place with small shops and stalls for selling local products and craft. The town has two parts: one in a saddle and the other a few hundred feet lower. We stop at the higher part of the Ghorepani village that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna South and Nilgiri mountains. Since Ghorepani lies quite higher than our previous stop, we begin to feel the chilly weather especially in the evenings. Playing snow would be fun with your family and friends. As the night falls, we will campfire, taste special cocktail mixed with local wine prepared by the local inhabitants. Christmas tree, camp fire, music and dance, it would be delightful party environment.  Overnight at guesthouse Ghorepani. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 05: Trek from Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Tadapani

Today is the Christmas day and  a special day because we will be conquring Poon Hill- an icon of Annapurna region. To catch the magnificent splendor of sunrise over the Himalayas, we make an early morning climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3200mtrs). Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft) is a great viewpoint from where we will be able to enjoy wonderful panoramic views of the Mustang part and Pokhara valleys including the closest views of more than 20 highest mountains including the close-up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The snowy peaks of the high mountains loom above and around us glowing in the morning light. After taking photos and having some coffee or tea or hot chocolate, we return back to Ghorepani. Upon breakfast, we head east and climb a nearby ridge. We descend through rhododendron forest, pass by spectacular waterfalls along the way and reach Tadapani for overnight at guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 06: Trek fromTadapani to Ghandruk

From Tadapani, we make a steep descent through the dense and dark forest. This part of the trek will be through a thick forest of old rhododendron trees. When the rhododendron trees are in bloom, these forests actually turn into gardens of dazzlingly beautiful flowers, mostly red, when seen from the air or from far. By afternoon, depending upon the season of travel, we will be pleasantly surprised by the sight of some cherry blossoms in bloom on the slopes on the other side of the ravine. After trekking some more minutes, we enter the village of Ghandruk, a slope settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by the Gurung people. Along with enjoying the stunningly close-up towering views of Fishtail, Annaurna South, and Hiuchuli mountains, we also acquaint ourselves with the simple but rich cultural traditions of the Gurung people at the Gurung Museum in Ghandruk overnight at guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 07: Trek and drive from Ghandruk to Pokhara

Today, we trek from Ghandruk to Naya Pul then drive back to Pokhara. The trek will be downhill all the way to Birethanti. We step onto a staircase paved with stone slabs, curving in and out of the village and then terraced farms. It keeps on going down almost without breaks from Ghandruk until Modi Khola river valley. By the time, we arrive at Birethanti, some of us would feel like having made a downhill marathon. But our marathon is not over yet. From Birethanti, a half-an-hour’s walk takes us into Naya Pul. The journey on foot comes to an end at Nayapul. Then, we drive from Nayapul to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel (Breakfast, and Lunch Included)

Day 08: Drive back to Kathmandu

You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, and scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities.   Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.(Breakfast, Included)

Day 09 - Transfer to the international airport for your final departure

Christmas trekking concludes today. Our airport representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal. (Breakfast, Included)

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Max. Altitude : 3,210 m Group Size : 1 - 12 Best Season : Festive season on Christmas Activities : sightseeing, trekking Transportation : flight and car Starts From : Kathmandu Ends In : Kathmandu