Ghorepani-Poonhill Trekking

Ghorepani-Poonhill Trekking 10 days
  • Duration 10 Days
  • Max. Altitude 3210m
  • Trip Start Kathmandu
  • Trip End Kathmandu
  • Trip Area Annapurna Region
  • Nature of Trip Hiking& trek
  • Best Season mar to May& sep to Nov

Highlights

  • Panoramic view of Annapurna & Dhaulagiri mountain range 
  • Fascinating and unique Gurung culture 
  • Majestic views of the Annapurna mountain
  • Green  Forest and snow-capped mountain
  • Poonhill sunrise and sunset view 
  • family tour spot
  • Annapurna  range viewpoint
  • Alpine lake with enjoying the snow mountain view  
  • Annapurna conservation area
  • Always trekking every each month

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is one of the short, comfortable, and enjoyable trekking trails in Nepal. Poon Hill trekking offers to see the snowcapped mountains and vast landscapes in a short period. This amazing trek also offers to explore the local culture and closely research the tradition of Ghorepani and Ghandruk villages. This is a shorter version of the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. The route for the trekking is the same, but you will skip Tadapani(2600 m.). Our Poon Hill 5 days trekking itinerary includes an extra day in Pokhara to allow you to visit the wonderful Pokhara city. The best time to trek Poon Hill is during Spring(March-April) and Autumn (September-November) and Spring is the best season as rhododendron blooms around. Trekking Ghorepani in December is also possible but during the monsoon, it is not recommended due to the heavy rainfall. Ghorepani poon hill trek is a very easy and comfortable trekking trail in Nepal. Every month's trekker is interested to do the doing that trekking. Visitors have to first choose to trek in the Annapurna area. Since this area lies in the Annapurna Conservation Area, trekkers need permits. Annapurna Conservation Area is the first conservation in Nepal, inaugurated by the late King Mahendra in 1986 to protect flora and fauna from overexploitation.

Itinerary
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  • Accommodation3*
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude/Time1,400 m

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu International  Airport, one of our representatives will welcome you and transfer you to the hotel. Take good rest and get refreshed of the jetlag. In the evening, you will be joining a welcome dinner organized by our team in an authentic Nepali restaurant with a cultural program. Overnight stay at the hotel.

  • Accommodation3*
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude/Time1,400 m

On our second day, we will start preparing for your trek. One of our representatives will remind you to get all the permits necessary for this trek. You will be reminded to check your trek insurance policy and provide us with a copy of it. You will meet your Team leader and other support professionals who will check your trekking gears to make sure they meet the requirements. After a brief introduction with the crew, one of our tour operators will take you to a city tour. You will be visiting 4 heritage sites, that hold historical, religious, and cultural significance namely Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple, Patan Durbar Square and Swoyambhu (also known as monkey temple by the foreigners)

  • Accommodation3*
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude/Time820 m

After early morning breakfast, we will take a public tourist bus to Pokhara. The drive will takes approximately 7 hours which takes you through the scenic and winding road of Prithvi Highway that runs adjacent to Trishuli river upto Mugling and from Mugling, your trip is accompanied by Marsyangdi river. 

**option to take a 30 minutes flight to Pokhara is provided upon request.

  • AccommodationLocal teahouse
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time1,960 m

Take an early breakfast and get ready for the trekking. Today you will first take a short drive to Nayapul from Pokhara. From Nayapul, you will be starting your trekking. The trail from Nayapul is an easy trail where you walk through the stone-paved steps passing several small villages.  We will begin a 30 mins trek comprising a downhill descend through the classical forest of rhododendron along the banks of Modi River to reach Birethanti (1,015 m). It is a small village with many established shops and teahouses. Continuing the journey, we will be trekking for 5-6 hours on the trail that continues to the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola and move up steeply to Hille (1,495 m). Eventually, the trail leads to Tikhedhunga (1,540 m) after a short climb. On the way, you will observe the eye-catching view of rice and millet fields. After crossing the Tikhedunga Khola on the suspension bridge, the trail begins to climb up quite steeply on a stone staircase that is more than 3200 steps. After climbing the hilltop we can see Mt. Annapurna south (7219 m.) and Hiunchuli (6441 m.). Enjoy the magnificent view of the mighty Himalayas from the hilltop of Ulleri. Overnight stay at Ulleri.

  • AccommodationLocal teahouse
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time2,860 m

A tough yet wonderful trekking day. Today you will be trekking through the dense rhododendron forest. The hiking will be more special if it is in the spring as the rhododendron blooms around with seven colors. Upon you reach Ghorepani, you will forget all the pains you had during the walking as the mountain views are just perfect and refreshing. Enjoy a hot cup of tea with awe-inspiring views of the mountains. Overnight at the teahouse.

  • AccommodationLocal teahouse
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time2,600 m

The best day of trekking. Wake up early morning, take your torchlight and start hiking up to Poon Hill (3,210 m) before the first ray of sun hits the ground as you don't want to miss the best opportunity to view the first rays of the sun kissing the snow-capped mountain. It takes one hour to get up to Poon Hill from Ghorepani. At Poon Hill, you can collect the superb sunrise view of sunrays embracing the top of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan ranges. After spending some time admiring the sunrise, we will descend to Ghorepani. At Ghorepani, we will have our breakfast and we will start descending towards Tadapani. We will continue our descend for about 3-4 hours from Tadapani to reach Ghandruk. Ghandruk is one of the most beautiful places with beautiful and vibrant Gurung culture, foods, etc. that lies at the lap of the Annapurna range. Ghandruk has a lot to offer if you want to stroll around the village, the people, Gurung culture, landscapes, etc. Overnight at Ghandruk.

  • Accommodation3*
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time820 m

The final day of this trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul is approximately 13 km. The first 7 km is a gradual descent of 900 m with stone-paved stairs and a nice trail. Then the trail continues on a dirt road wide enough for smaller vehicles that go parallel with the river. We will stop for lunch at Birethanti and rest a bit and head back to the dusty trail for the final 2 km to reach Nayapul. In total, the trek will be about 6 hours, including stops.

Alternatively, you can go East, down & up across the river to Landruk, and take a more difficult trail South-West to Birethani. This trail has more ups & downs when it follows the more deeply carved East mountainside.

From Nayapul, we will take a bus or taxi to reach Pokhara which will take about 2 hrs. Upon reaching Pokhara you will be transferred to your hotel. Get fresh, rest a bit and start wandering through the vibrant streets of lakeside for a different environment. Enjoy your night at Pokhara

  • Accommodation3*
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude/Time820 m

An extra day in Pokhara is always worthwhile. Do boating on Phewa Lake, visit Tal Barahi Temple, Gupteshwor cave plus the Devis Falls this day. You can also do several other adventure sports including Paragliding, Ultralight, Bungee Jumping, Zip Flyer or you can just rent a mountain bike and paddle around the City of the Lakes. Enjoy the free day. Overnight at the hotel. In the evening stroll around the lakeside to buy some souvenirs, enjoy a variety of food, lots of pubs and bars to hang out and many more. Overnight at Pokhara.

  • Accommodation3*
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude/Time1,400 m

By Tourist Bus: - As your bus leaves early morning at 8 a.m., take an early breakfast and catch your bus from Tourist Bus Station and drive back to Kathmandu. On the way, the bus will stop for lunch.
By Private Vehicle: - You can also drive back with a private vehicle. Our company arranges private vehicle transportation to Kathmandu at our client's request. You are requested to add the request for the private vehicle while making the booking.
By Flight: Those who do not want to travel overland, or want to skip the long journey on the bumpy road can choose this option. The Flight will take around 30 minutes to get to Kathmandu.
In Kathmandu, you can do some last shopping in Thamel. Overnight at the hotel.

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After completing an amazing trip, this day you will be transferred to the airport to catch your returning flight. Trip Ends.

Not satisfied with this regular itinerary?

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Ghorepani-Poonhill Trekking map
Cost Details
What's Included
  • All the needed documents/permits for the trekking 
  • Experienced English-speaking trekking guide and his all expenses including insurance 
  • Porters for carrying bags (1 porter for 2 trekkers and carries 15kg-20kg) and their all expenses including insurance
  • Three meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trekking 
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek 
  • Sleeping bags  (Need to return after the trekking)
  • First Aid Kit 
What's Excluded
  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara 
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the trekking
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
  • option by Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu by flight 
Dates & Price
StartWednesdayMar 01, 2023
EndFridayMar 10, 2023
StatusAvailable
FromUS $650
 
StartWednesdayMar 15, 2023
EndFridayMar 24, 2023
StatusAvailable
FromUS $650
 
Useful Info

Why choose Ghorepani-Poonhill Trekking?

Annapurna area is located in the western part of Nepal. One hundred thousand people are residing in the conservation area. Local people are mostly engaged in farming during the off-season. In trekking season, most people are engaged in tourism and hospitality. Within the trekking trail we encounter many local Buddhist cultures which are followed by Gurungs, Thakali, and Magar, and apart from that Hindu culture is the main religion in Ghorepani treks. We can have an amazing view of the Annapurna mountain range including Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna III, Singha chili, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak, Nilgiri, etc. Poon Hill Trek is a family trekking package in the Annapurna Trekking Region of  Nepal. You will be exploring the great view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri from the top hills of Poon Hill. A beautiful sunrise is a major attraction of this place and the panoramic view during sunrise is beyond your imagination. As you can have lots of panoramic views from the top, this route is also known as Annapurna Panorama Trek. Gurung and Magar are the main castes who live in this area. Some local Buddhists have made beautiful monasteries on our route to reach Poonhill and Ghorepani. Short trekking of 4-5 days from Kathmandu will give you this much experience, adventure, and panoramic view. The green hills around our route are also awesome to stare at. Pine, Oak, and bamboo forest look even more beautiful when snowfall occurs in the month of November-February. Those Rhododendron forests covered with snow will take your breath away.

Poon Hill trek Altitude:

Pokhara (800 m from sea level) to Poon Hill (3250 m) 

Ghorepaani-Poonhill Trek Cost: 

Ghorepani-Poonhill treks start from Pokhara which is 5 days long trek. Since it is one of the nearest treks from Pokhara., the cost to complete this trek is relatively low compared to other trekking trails. Normally, an expenditure of 25 US$ per day is enough for one person which includes normal flooding and lodging. The average cost to complete the whole trek lies between 450 US$ to 800 US$ depending on what services are offered. However, hiring a porter and a guide will cost you 30 US$.  

Permits required to do Ghorepani- Poonhill Trek :

Annapurna Area Conservation Project permit (ACAP permit): 3000 NPR (for one trek )

Tourist Information Management System ( TIMS): 1000 NPR ( for one trek )

Transportation in Ghorepani -Poonhill Trek:

 There are various modes of transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Public buses ( local )  costs you less than tourist buses which lack a comfortable AC ventilated option which costs you around 8 US$. However, you have another option of getting a very comfortable Tourist bus. Taking a tourist bus will cost you around 10 US$ for one way. Other options include a private vehicle ( either cab or 4*4 ) that costs you 110 US$. Another option is Kathmandu to Pokhara by flight. The best option so far is if you want to save a day. The one-way flight to Pokhara will cost you 69 US$. An early morning 30-minute flight to Pokhara should save you a day or two. 

And from Pokhara, you have to take another transport up to Nayapul from where you will start your trek. From Pokhara to Nayapul, you can either travel on local transport ( which costs around 10 US$ for one way ) or take a private vehicle which costs you around 40 US$.

Accommodations available on the Trek route: 

Accommodations are mostly tea houses run by a family. Most of the accommodations contain a communal room with a traditional heating facility, Rooms are furnished with two twin beds, and blankets and pillows that are comfortable. Some rooms may get attached to restrooms. A hot shower is available for an extra cost. 

Packing lists for the Poon Hill trek:

Although this trek is graded as an easy trekking trail, one should always be prepared for a rough day. The following list will be helpful for you to decide what to put in your backpack while trekking on this route.

  • Bags - Duffle bag for a porter to carry and a day pack to be carried by you
  • Outer - Waterproofs layers to keep off wind/rain (waterproof bottoms are optional)
  • Base layers - Shirts, trousers, shorts, T-shirts, jumpers and jackets, hats and gloves
  • Inner-wears - Thin layers to dry away any sweat and to wear for cold mornings
  • Feet - Comfortable boots with a good sole and ankle support. Lighter footwear to change into in the evenings.
  • Sleeping - Warm sleeping bag to get a good night's sleep at the lodges (they also have blankets)
  • Drinking - Water bottles should be hard plastic.
  • Hygienes and Medical supplements - wash kit, towel, small first aid kit, antidiarrhoeal tablets, water purifying tablets, acetazolamide tablets(to prevent altitude sickness)
  • Sun Protection - sunglasses, cap or sunhat, sunscreen lotions
  • Cold care: lip guard, Vaseline, or moisturizer
  • Trekking Poles, umbrella, dry bags
  • Personal items to carry in a day pack - cameras, books, music, and camera accessories
FAQs
  • The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is a circuit in the lower part of the Annapurna Range. The highlight is reaching the summit viewpoint of Poon Hill itself at sunrise and seeing the panoramic views of the famous Annapurna region including Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, III, and IV, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhare and Manaslu.

    Trekkers will have a deep impression of this region as the trail travels through rhododendron forest, terraced slopes, paddy fields and lush vegetation. The warm welcome of the local Gurung and Magar villages is equally as enjoyable. Ghorepani itself is a village in central Nepal at an elevation of approximately 2874 meters (9429 ft) within the Annapurna Conservation Area.

  • Except in Monsoon, every time throughout the year is suitable to trek this route. But it can be done in Monsoon too if you are fully prepared for rain. The best time we recommend is From April to May and September to early December. During this time, the weather is super fine with clean blue sky and temperature is not too cold and not too hot. At the highest point of this trek, the maximum temperature reaches up to 18 Degree Celsius to 21 Degree Celsius. The minimum temperature may drop to 4-5 degree Celsius at morning. 

  • The Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is graded as easy trekking trail. The path is well trodden except some parts where it might be rocky and uneven. You will be ascending/ descending through steps as well. There is no need for any type of special equipment to trek through this region.

  • Yes, Electricity and Wi-Fi service are available in every resting place throughout this trail, However, the tea house charges you a little amount for using Wi-Fi and charging your gadgets

What Our Clients Say...
  • Shailly Kapour
    Shailly KapourIndiaOctober 17, 2022
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    Trek to Ghorepani poonhill trek 2019

    Amazing tour organizer, wonderful experienceTook great care of each and every aspect. The guides are very friendly and helpful. The company also understands your personal choices and customizes the tour according to your needs. They provide all gear along with a porter and a guide. My son and I loved every minute of the tour organized by them.
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