10 Days Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking

Good to Know
  • Duration 10 Days
  • Difficulty Level Easy to Moderate

Highlights

  • Dramatic changes of landscapes and scenery on daily exciting walks.
  • Beautiful views of cascading waterfalls of Bhirethati and Tirkhedhunga villages.
  • Walk into traditional farm hill villages adorned with age-old cultures and custom.
  • Trek amidst beautiful forest lined with tall rhododendron, pines and oak trees.
  • Stunning sunrise views reflecting over world’s three highest mountain range.

An advantage of booking trip with Nepal Trekking Planner

  • All airports pick up drop by private vehicle (for both international and domestic flights).
  • First aid kit box.
  • Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, cap, duffle bags for porter, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company).
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trek (very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) symptoms). This helps ensure your trek is in the safest hands possible.

Trip Introduction: 10 Days Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking is one of the most popular and shortest scenic adventures in less than a week. An exciting walk into beautiful woods of rhododendron, pines, and fir trees, facing ever-present views of snow-capped peaks.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, allows trekkers to enjoy the best spectacular scenery in the close shade of Annapurna Himalayas. Ghorepani Poon Hill is a country walk of a few days, a perfect short Himalayan destination for all types of people. As well for all age-group, makes a great holiday in the harmony of local immense culture facing views of Annapurna’s range. 

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek from Pokhara, a beautiful city as well a renowned tourist destination. Pokhara is a scenic city blessed with the natural beauty of snow-mountains and lakes, surrounded by tiers of green hills.  

A short drive from scenic Pokhara city and the valley, reaching the starting point of trekking at lovely Bhirethati village. Where walk leads you uphill with wonderful views of waterfalls and rural farm villages. As the trail follows steep up to Ulleri, another nice and typical hill village, overlooking views of Annapurna Peaks.

Slowly the walk leads into the cool shade of an enchanting forest of rhododendron and pine trees reaching Ghorepani village. A lovely settlement of Poon/Magar, located on the foot of Poon Hill amidst forest surroundings.

Next early morning an hour hike up takes you to the top of famous and popular Poon Hill. The highest spot of the journey at 3,210 m, offers stunning views of the sunrise over an array of snow peaks. Facing the world’s three highest mountain range with Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Manaslu, as far as Ganesh Himal. Enjoy the 360° panorama of the Himalayan range with majestic Machhapuchare Himal, the famed Fish-Tail peak.

After a glorious morning view, the adventure continues heading uphill to Deurali and then down and up to Tadapani. The views of the Annapurna Himalayas remain constant during the walk as the trail follows to Ghandruk. A large Gurung village as well as the gateway to various trekking destinations around Annapurna Himalayas.

Gurung is the main hill tribe of the Annapurna Region and follows Buddhism and ancient Bon religion culture of age-old heritage. A lovely scenic walk from Ghorepani to Ghandruk the last and final destination, before reaching Pokhara.

A great nice place to explore local culture and customs, then the walk finally ends from Ghandruk onwards. From Ghandruk a few hour's drives back to Pokhara, where our Ghorepani Poon Trekking concludes. After a great wonderful experience on the high scenic hills of Annapurna Himalayas.

Best Season for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking

The best season is in spring, which starts from March to May as well as autumn to pre-winter seasons from September to November till December. 
 
Spring season, morning till mid-day is mostly clear for pleasant walks as well for the views, can get cloudy in the late afternoon. Cold in the morning and late afternoon till night time and chances of snowfall sometimes. 
 
During spring the hills are lively with wildflowers in full bloom, especially the rhododendron of various species from tall trees to a bush. 
Rhododendron is also the national flower of Nepal. 

Autumn and pre-winter are the best time for excellent views and scenic walks, where days are crystal clear. But shorter days due to sunlight hours, one can expect snowfall sometimes, with much cold morning and nighttime besides the wind-chill factor.

Climate: Nepal has four major seasons, namely, (1) spring (2) summer: June to August, (3) autumn/fall: September-November and (4) winter: December-February.

Nepal can be visited the whole year, for tours and short hikes, but not for high-altitude treks. Unless interested in exotic flora and fauna, will be a paradise for botanists and naturalists.

Local Culture and Religion:-Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking Area 

Nepal has more than 60 ethnic groups and 70 native spoken languages, a blend of two great religions Hindu and Buddhism, where Hinduism dominates most from East to Western Nepal. The low land and mid-hills are mostly inhabited by Hindu and Buddhism religions of an ancient culture of age-old heritage.

From Mid-Hills and around high mountainous region populated with Buddhism followers similar to Tibetan culture and custom. On this trek around Annapurna southern mid-hills villages are of both Hindu and Buddhism religions.

Coming across Poon, Magar ethnic tribes of Western Nepal follows Hindu as well Buddhism also, but mostly the Annapurna high hills populated with Gurung interwoven to Buddhism, as well Bon a per-Buddhism cult and culture.

Climate and Weather in Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking

Himalayan climate can be unpredictable sometimes even in good best seasons, where April and May to first week of June will be the best time during spring times, when days are longer with enough sunlight hours. Morning and night time as well in shade can be cold with freezing temperatures around higher areas above 2,000 m.

Other months from September to December another great times for treks around Ghorepani Poon Hill and other areas of Himalaya as well to visit Chitwan for wildlife safari. Most days are clear for views and to summit the top of the peak, although much colder months of autumn season with extreme cold during morning and night time, where sunlight is much shorter. 

Accommodations and Food on Annapurna Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Annapurna Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, staying in best available local lodge from the start to an end of treks and in nice hotels at Kathmandu and Pokhara. Provides excellent meals as per your choice from wide listed menu of the lodge serving from famous Nepalese Dal-Bhat to Continental with some Chinese, Tibetans and Indian foods. All meals are well cooked, hygienic and fresh served in a large dining hall with warm environment.

Outline Itinerary for Annapurna Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking

Day 01:    Arrival in Kathmandu 1,350 m / 4,430 feet and transfer to hotel.
Day 02:    Cultural and Historical sightseeing tour and trek preparation. 
Day 03:    Fly or drive to Pokhara 820 m / 2,690 feet-06 hrs.  
Day 04:    Drive and trek to Tirkhedhunga 1,570 m / 5,150 feet - 05 hrs.
Day 05:    Trek to Ghorepani village 2,780 m / 9,121 feet via Ulleri - 06 hrs.
Day 06:    Hike to Poon Hill and trek to Tadapani 2,660 m / 8, 727 feet - 06 hrs.
Day 07:     Trek to Ghandruk village 1,990 m / 6,529 feet- 04 hrs.
Day 08:     Trek to road-head and drive to Pokhara 820 m / 2,690 feet - 04 hrs.
Day 09:    Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel-06 hrs.
Day 10:    Depart Kathmandu for international departure.

Important Note

  • This trip departure every day of the year
  • This trip is fully customizable. We can customize the trip as per your need, please contact us
  • This trip is available on both Fixed Departure and Private Group Basis.
  • This trip can be booked privately if you’re travelling solo or private or with family.
  • Have a big group? We can help as per your needs.
  • We can help you make it fit your budget. 
  • we accept instant booking and online payment
     
Itinerary
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10 Days Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking provided with a standard Itinerary days where some days walks can be shorter or longer as per your physical fitness, some designated overnight stops can change, due to available rooms and other facilities and etc…….

We will follow the itinerary if its need to be changes in case of weather, landslides and difficulties on walks requiring more days where our leader and lead head guides decides holding full authority for Trekking Planner.

  • Accommodation3 Star Hotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time1,350 m / 4,430 ft

On arrival in Kathmandu from respective country at the Nepal International Airport. Trekking Planner staff, guide receives you for short drive to the hotels at Thamel, in the heart of Kathmandu city. An exciting location, one can find all needful items with fancy shops and well stocked stores. Having world class restaurants and hotels. 

On reaching at the hotel, check into your rooms after a refreshing rest join with other members of the group. The briefing is held at meeting place in the hotel lobby or in a conference room. The guide and leader will provides with full information of the treks, tours with other necessary details. Making your stay in Nepal enjoyable and more interesting. Evening a group welcome dinner in an authentic Nepalese restaurant in the harmony of local folk cultural program.

  • Accommodation3 Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude/Time1,350 m / 4,430 ft

Enjoy second day in Kathmandu, morning our tour will take you around places of great historical, and religious interest. An introduction to Nepalese cultures of both Hindu and Buddhism. Visiting various exciting areas, most places are listed in world heritage, tour includes famous old Durbar Square and palace courtyard. From here a short drive to Swayambhunath Stupa, the oldest monuments of more than 2,600 years old history. Includes tour of Bouddhanath a large dome stupa, allows you to get taste of Tibetan and Buddhism culture. As well visit of holy Pashupatinath Hindu temple. 

After a wonderful and exciting tour back to hotel with free leisure afternoon and preparation for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking. 

  • Accommodation3 Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude/Time820 m / 2,690 ft

Having early breakfast transfer in a vehicle as per the size of a group. Board on a spacious and comfortable coach or bus for exciting drive to Pokhara. 

Drive heads beyond Kathmandu valley on main busy highway of Nepal that connects all parts of the country. The journey continues heading Mid-West to Pokhara. One of the most beautiful city and probably in the world, located on close shadow of high Annapurna Himalaya range.

On reaching Pokhara transfer into a nice lovely hotel, close to Phewa Lake.

(Options by air to Pokhara from Kathmandu, a scenic flight of 30 minutes).

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time1,570 m / 5,150 ft

After breakfast with views of Annapurna Himalayas, morning a short drive of few hours to the starting point of trek. As drive heads beyond Pokhara valley to Nayapul town and at lovely Bhirethati village. From here walk starts heading past farm village facing views of cascading waterfalls, then trail follows with short climb. Walk through smaller farm villages then finally ending the day walk at Tirkhedhunga for overnight. In the comfort of a nice local lodge, close within beautiful waterfalls.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time2,780 m / 9,121 f

Morning be prepared for the big day to Ghorepani, our major destinations. 

Start the morning walk crossing a bridge next to waterfall, as climb leads on stone steps to Ulleri village. Facing views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchare Himal the Fish Tail peak.

Ulleri a moderate size village on top of a high ridge, with typical traditional houses with stone slate roofs. From Ulleri walk gets much better on a winding uphill path through cool shade of rhododendron and pine forest. As the day ends reaching Ghorepani for overnight stop, situated at the base of high Poon Hill. Ghorepani with many good lodges facing views of Dhaulagiri Himalaya range, amidst beautiful rhododendron forest.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time2,660 m / 8, 727 ft

An early morning hike before breakfast to catch the sunrise, an hour hike up to Poon Hill. The highest point of the adventure at 3,210 m high, on reaching the top at Poon Hill. Just in time to enjoy striking sunrise reflecting over range of snow peaks from Dhaulagiri, Annapurna to Manaslu Himalayas. Includes majestic views of Machhapuchare Himal, the famous Fish Tail peak.

After an enjoyable moment facing amazing panorama, walk down to Ghorepani for breakfast. Leaving Ghorepani with steep climb up to Deurali, almost at the same height of Poon Hill. Enjoy the grand view of Dhaulagiri Himal range, and then head downhill into a gorge to Bhanthati for lunch stop.

Having lunch, afternoon a short descend into dense forested path and then uphill for an hour to Tadapani. A small settlement with many nice lodges for overnight stop. Located amidst beautiful forest surrounding with grand views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchare Himal.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time1,951 m

Today a short day walk till lunch time to Ghandruk village, morning enjoy the grand view of Annapurna peaks. Start the walk through beautiful forest on a nice gradual path, reaching a small settlement Bhaise-Kharka. From here descent to a stream, and then on winding gradual path. As downhill continues reaching Ghandruk village for lunch and overnight stop.

Ghandruk, a large Gurung village and the gateway to various adventure around Annapurna region. At Ghandruk explore the village and interact with the local and observe the typical farm life and culture. Visit the small museum with good information of the Annapurna region and of Gurung tradition heritage.

  • Accommodation3 star hotel
  • MealsBreakfast and Lunch
  • Max. Altitude/Time860 m

Last day walk of the lovely trekking, from Ghandruk enjoy breakfast with views of Annapurna peaks. Morning down to a small village of Kimche surrounded by terraced farm fields, walk further down to a road-head. From here drive back to Pokhara for last overnight around Nepal Mid-West and Annapurna Himalaya.

  • Accommodation3 Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast and farewell dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time1,350 m / 4,430 ft

Depart from the hotel in Pokhara, having good breakfast then an interesting drive of more than six hours to Kathmandu. Drive follows on the same main highway along the Trisuli River for some hours. Few hours before Kathmandu, the drive climbs on a winding uphill road to enter Kathmandu valley. Then ending the exciting overland journey reaching the hotel. After a marvelous experience on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek around Annapurna Himalayas. 

  • MealsBreakfast

After a great experience around high green hills of Annapurna Himalaya, with exciting experience on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking. Depart from the hotel for final departure homeward bound or to respective destinations.

Not satisfied with this regular itinerary? Make your own.

Inclusions
What's Included
  • All airport pick up drop by private vehicle (for both international and domestic flights).
  • Welcome dinner in an authentic restaurant.
  • 03 night twin/double sharing accommodation in BB in Kathmandu.
  • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu with private vehicle.
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus.
  • National Park entrance fee and Trekkers’ Information Management System( TIMS card).
  • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking, well-trained, Government license holding guide. Price includes his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • 02 guest to 01 porter with their insurance, salary, food, accommodation and equipment.
  • We provide an assistant guide his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance walking with group to support where necessary as per the group size.
  • Accommodation in the mountain during the trekking.
  • Three meals a day; breakfast, lunch and dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
  • First add kit box.
  • Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company).
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trek (very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms). This helps ensure your trek is in the safest hands possible.
  • All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary.
What's Excluded
  • Your Nepal Visa fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos).
  • All the International air fare to and from Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight).
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal travel and health insurance as well as insurance for helicopter evacuation.
  • In case of extra nights’ accommodation, lunch and dinner in city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of itinerary. We can help you arrange extra nights accommodation.
  • Your personal expenses such as (laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc)
  • The tips to the trekking crews and drive.
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control.
Essential Info

Emergency Contact

For travel within Nepal Himalaya where all travelers and adventurer requires to fill our company form with emergency contact to relatives and families or close friends, as well keeping in close touch with Trekking Planner for immediate helps either medical or unforeseen reasons.

Altitude Sickness

On this trek no big problem of catching AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) or high altitude symptoms, as walk takes you to slow gain in elevation and gradual rise in altitude gains, and then on downhill most of way back to end the trek at Pokhara at the height of 820 m high.

Around Nepal Himalaya the quickest emergency evacuation by means of Helicopter services to bring the victims back to Kathmandu and for further treatments if required.

For emergency evacuation where trekkers should be well insured with good Insurance policy that covers all medical side and the use of Helicopter or other means of transportation.

Travel and Medical Insurance

Where all travelers to Nepal Himalaya require Travel and Medical Insurance to cover against unfortunate accidents and sickness covering Helicopter Service Rescue to safe places and nearest hospitals.

Age Requirements

For Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking, people from 18 to 70 years including children from below 5 years old will be allowed and this involves if one can get medical insurance from your home countries. As for family with children where age group from 5 onwards are safe for this trek. For smaller infants back carrier is required, as well extra guide will accompany and support throughout the trekking.

Safe drinking waters on Trekking

All drinking are safe to drink provided it is boiled and filtered, where our guide will check and make it sure if it’s safe or not. We strongly discourage buying plastic mineral water, unless one is very desperate. Due to Responsible Tourism and Eco Trekking we do not encourage buying plastic bottled water, unless it can be re-cycled.

FAQs
  • Ghorepani is a village and Poon hill is a hill located in the north central Nepal hills. The entire massif and surrounding area are protected Annapurna Conservation Area Project.

  • Valid passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour, keep a separate photocopy with your Nepal visa.

    Travel insurance: keep a separate photocopy with you. Cash and Traveler’s Checks: keep numbers and proof of purchase separate. Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts.

  • Based on location, the tea houses vary on their quality and style on this trek. Each of them have communal room downstairs with one or two bed bedrooms above them. You have to share toilet facilities. Some have hot shower facilities but some will have a stand pipe. Tea houses use a burning stove in main communal area. The other rooms are unheated. Tea houses do not have money exchange facilities. We recommend you exchange cash in Kathmandu.

    At the lower altitudes there is electricity to charge your electronics. As we go higher tea houses become more basic. Cooler temperatures drain battery life, ensure your batteries last a little longer by putting it inside pocket of your coat during the day or under your pillow at night.

  • Ghorepani Poonhill trek is considered as easy trek. However, you are still going up and down each day. You must be healthy and fit and be able to walk a minimum 4-5 hours each day.

  • A group will have a group leader or a guide who will lead you on the trek. Porters will be there to carry your baggage packs as well as all camping gear. One porter will carry two trekkers' bags. The number of supporting staff will depend upon your group size.

  • At most, 3-4 liters is sufficient. You will be able to refill bottles at lunch time. When you are at high altitude you have to drink more water to alleviate symptoms of altitude.

  • Tea houses and other small shops on the way have stores which sell bottled water and other supplies you may desire. There are no any plastic recycling facilities in Nepal, we encourage you to bring chlorine tablets or a filter and use previously boiled water in the tea houses.
    Yes, trekking poles make you easy to walk over rough or steep terrain. Trekking poles makes your body and leg to move more safely. Furthermore, it will help relieve the stress on your legs. So, we suggest you use them.

  • You have to bring iodine tablets with you. Chlorine tablets are widely available. The most effective and commonly used version of chlorine is chlorine dioxide, which is tasteless and odorless. Tablets can be bought cheaply and usually 1 tablet is sufficient to purify 1 liter of water. Neutralizing tablets can also be bought to get rid of the smell and taste of chlorine or iodine. This will need to be done for water obtained using hand pumps or in streams during the trek.

  • Altitude produces physical changes in the body. The higher you go, more pronounced those changes. If you gain a lot of elevation quickly then you experience dizziness, nausea, headaches, and dehydration, you are probably suffering from altitude sickness. In rare cases this may worsen, so the group leader keeps a close watch on all trekkers. The group leader is trained to recognize Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). If a trekker shows any signs of AMS they will be evacuated to a lower, safe altitude immediately. To minimize effects of altitude you ascend slowly which allows for safe acclimatization.

  • The weather is changeable in the Himalaya so you should expect to experience all four seasons in one day. Make sure you have plenty of warm layers which you can shed or add as required. Even in winter it can be as warm as 19C during the day. The higher the altitude the higher the temperature difference is at night. It can get very cold at night, around -10C in October/November, and around -20C from December to February.

  • Alcohol is consumed in Nepal. You can buy it in tea houses in the trek. Local alcohol is also available. However, we suggest not to drink alcohol at high altitude.

  • Mountain weather is difficult to predict. However, at night it is generally cooler and the days are generally warm. Winter (January and February) will be colder but the days can be warm if the sun is out. There will be bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions.

Client Reviews
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    Extraordinary Trek in Nepal

    Wow! What a beautiful experience I had on the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek, organized by Dipak, and guided by the incredible human, Nirmal. I arrived in Kathmandu without a plan and wrote to Dipak in the middle of the night, asking if he might be able to help me organize a trek in the next couple of days. He responded almost immediately and put together a trek that I will never forget: his precision, warmth, and attention to detail are impeccable.

    As a guide, I do not think you could really ever ask for a kinder, more patient, and gentle guide than Nirmal. He taught me a lot about the kind of person I strive to be. Watching the way Nirmal interacted with everyone we encountered on the trek inspired me on so many levels, not only because he seemed to have friends in every corner, but even those individuals he hadn't met, he treated with reverence and respect, from the myriad porters, to the juice vendors, to the elderly villagers attending to their daily work.

    Nepal's landscape is breathtaking and Nirmal knows every inch of the trails: the forests we walked through were beyond pristine, painted pink above and below as the flower petals of the rhododendrons create an otherworldly atmosphere with endless waterfalls, buffalo, sheep, and mossy neon trees. We wandered through villages high in the mountains where I often felt as though I was the only foreigner, and witness to a completely different way of life. Because I was with Nirmal, I was welcomed in a way I'm sure I wouldn't have been on my own.

    The Nepalese people's spirituality seems to be encapsulated in their kindness, which emanates from almost all the individuals I encountered. Nirmal embodied this as he carried my horribly shaped bag without a single complaint, and gave me permission to go "slowly slowly," and Dipak, each time he checked in with me, or offered to help me with each and every detail.

    I know I will return to Nepal and I cannot recommend enough that if you are thinking of coming to Nepal, DO IT. You will never regret it, and if/when you do, Dipak and Nirmal will do everything in their power to ensure that you have an unforgettable experience. I give them my highest recommendation.

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    Megan MUnited States,Mar 01, 2022
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    Trekking in the Annapurna's

    Excellent service, Dipak took care of everything. Transport from Kathmandu to Chitwan to Pokhara was comfortable, the accommodation was clean, close to the tourist hub and the staff were very friendly and helpful. Our guide was first class! Very experienced and great company, thank you Prakash!. The trek exceeded our expectations in every way! I would have no problem highly recommending Trekking Planner to anybody who is keen to trek in Nepal. We can not wait to get back to Nepal to tackle Base Camp. Thank you Dipak!

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    ChristianYoung26Australia,Nov 20, 2013

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