Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

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Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
At a Glance
  • Duration6 Days
  • Trip Grade Easy
  • Country Nepal
  • Starts Kathmandu
  • Ends Kathmandu
  • Max. Altitude 3210m
  • Activity Trekking
  • Trip Type Trekking and hiking
  • Group Size 1-20
  • Guiding Method English
  • Best Season Spring and Autumn

The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek stands out as Nepal's most favored short and straightforward trek. Nestled in the captivating Annapurna Region, this trek offers enchanting vistas of lush landscapes and snow-capped mountains throughout the journey, providing an immersive experience into the rich cultures of Gurung, Magar, and Thakali communities.

Renowned for its stunning panoramic views of the Annapurna Himalayan range, particularly from the iconic Poon Hill viewpoint, and the picturesque Gurung village of Ghandruk, this exhilarating trek unfolds at a moderate altitude, with the highest point reaching 3,210 meters. It's a trek well-suited for individuals with good health and requires no specialized skills or prior trekking experience.

Embarking on our 6-day Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek commences in Kathmandu, with the first couple of nights spent there. On the third day, the journey proceeds to Pokhara, where you can relish the lively ambiance of Lakeside. The following day marks the trek's initiation as you head to the trailhead and trek to Tikhedhunga.

A 6-hour trek on another day leads you to Ghorepani, positioning you for an early morning ascent to Poon Hill, a highlight where you can witness a breathtaking sunrise over Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, the Annapurna range, Nilgiri, Fishtail, and the distant peaks of Lamjung and Manaslu.

The trek then continues to Tadapani, followed by a day hike to Ghandruk, a renowned Gurung Village. After a night's stay in Ghandruk, the journey retraces to Pokhara on the eighth day and subsequently to Kathmandu on day nine. The tenth and final day is reserved for departure.

Best season for the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is open for exploration year-round, but the optimal times are during spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). Spring offers warm temperatures and blooming Rhododendron forests, while autumn boasts clear views of the Himalayas after the monsoon season.

Despite reaching an altitude of 3,210 meters, the trek is deemed easy, typically completed in 4 to 7 days with daily walking durations of 5-6 hours. No technical expertise or prior trekking experience is required, but engaging in pre-trek fitness activities such as exercise, running, or jogging is advisable for a seamless experience.

 

Itinerary

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Greetings to Nepal! Upon your arrival at the airport, our representative will warmly receive you and escort you to your hotel. During the transfer, they will provide a brief overview of your upcoming journey. Once you've settled your belongings in your hotel room, take some time to relax or venture out to explore the enchanting Kathmandu Valley. If you require any trekking essentials, Thamel is the ideal destination for your needs.

  • Max. Altitude: 1380m
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Explore the UNESCO-listed heritage sites of Kathmandu with our city guide. Immerse yourself in the rich history of Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. In the evening, you'll have some free time to get ready for the upcoming trek.

  • Max. Altitude: 1380m
  • Duration: 5 hrs
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

In the morning, board a tourist bus bound for Pokhara, passing through charming towns and picturesque villages along the way. Enjoy lunch during the journey, which typically lasts about 6 hours.

Pokhara, a veritable paradise for tourists, boasts captivating attractions such as Phewa Lake, Tal Barahi Temple, Davis Falls, Begnas Lake, Sarangkot, and more. Engage in thrilling adventure sports like paragliding, zip flying, canyoning, cycling, and others. Don't miss the vibrant evening atmosphere at Lakeside, an essential experience during your visit to Pokhara.

  • Max. Altitude: 850m
  • Duration: 6-7 hrs
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Following your morning meal, you'll embark on a jeep journey lasting approximately one and a half hours to Nayapul, the starting point of your Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. The initial day's trek is relatively straightforward, commencing on a gravel road before gradually transitioning into a narrow trail after a few hours. After about 5-6 hours of trekking, you'll arrive at Tikhedhunga, where you can find accommodation in a charming lodge offering scenic views and the soothing melody of a waterfall.

  • Max. Altitude: 1400m
  • Duration: 5-6 hrs
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Upon waking, you indulge in a hearty breakfast before embarking on a challenging trek marked by steep uphill climbs in the initial hours. The exertion yields rewards as you catch glimpses of picturesque landscapes throughout the journey. From the summit of Ulleri, you'll behold the sight of Annapurna South and Hiuchuli, while the sacred Fishtail Mountain comes into view from Banthati. Take a lunch break in Banthati and then continue your trek through the enchanting forest to Nangethati and onward to Ghorepani. Ghorepani itself presents a breathtaking panorama, offering views that stretch from the Dhaulagiri range to the Annapurna range.

  • Max. Altitude: 2800m
  • Duration: 6-7 hrs
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

Awakening early to catch the sunrise, you embark on a race against the still-dark surroundings to reach Poon Hill. Alongside fellow trekkers, all sharing the same purpose, you ascend swiftly. Upon reaching Poon Hill, words fall short in capturing the breathtaking spectacle of the sunrise. The sun's rays dance upon the majestic peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, an indescribable sight that transcends verbal expression—something to be felt.

Gazing through your lens, you immortalize the awe-inspiring panorama before retracing your steps to Ghorepani. Following a hearty breakfast, your journey continues towards Deurali, pausing at Banthanti for a rejuvenating lunch. If your trek aligns with spring, the forest adorned with blooming rhododendrons transforms into a mesmerizing spectacle.

With renewed energy, you resume your trek alongside the river, gradually ascending to the picturesque village of Tadapani.

  • Max. Altitude: 2600m
  • Duration: 7 hrs
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

On this day, your trek spans a mere three hours, predominantly downhill, guiding you to the charming village of Ghandruk. Our experienced guide navigates you through a picturesque trail weaving amidst rhododendron forests, gorges, and alongside a babbling creek. Descending approximately 700 meters through the enchanting mossy forest, you finally arrive in Ghandruk.

Ghandruk, a village frequented by tourists, boasts numerous lodges, a monastery, a temple, and various other attractions. Situated in the renowned Annapurna Region, Ghandruk offers a delightful blend of cultural and natural wonders. Take the opportunity to explore the village, soak in its scenic beauty, and relish a day in the serene countryside before returning to the bustling city life.

  • Max. Altitude: 1900m
  • Duration: 3 hrs
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Rise early in the morning to witness the sunrise over Ghandruk. Following this, refresh yourself and explore the village. Today marks the final leg of your Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. Along the way, you'll share the route with Annapurna Base Camp trekkers, potentially encountering some of them. Descend through a trail that meanders through rice fields and the picturesque villages of Chane and Kimche, leading you to the Modi Khola valley. Wrap up the trek by passing through Syauli Bazar and Birethanti en route to Naya Pul. A drive of approximately one and a half hours from Nayapul will return you to Pokhara.

  • Max. Altitude: 850m
  • Duration: 4 hrs
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

On the following day, take a tourist bus back to Kathmandu, with the journey lasting approximately 6-7 hours. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you have the option to relax in your hotel room or explore souvenir shopping. Another choice is to spend your time in Thamel, the bustling tourist hub of Kathmandu.

Later in the evening, Himalayan Joy Adventure will treat you to a farewell dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant. This is an opportunity for you to share your trekking experience with us.

  • Max. Altitude: 1380m
  • Duration: 6-7 hrs
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Himalayan Joy Adventure ensures a timely drop-off at Tribhuwan International Airport, allowing ample time for your flight check-in. We trust you enjoyed your remarkable time in Nepal and invite you to share your experiences on Trip Advisor or via email. Your feedback is valuable, and we sincerely hope your journey with us was truly unforgettable! Wishing you a safe and pleasant flight.

At Himalayan Joy Adventure, we've consistently pushed our boundaries to cater to our clients' needs. Our commitment to delivering top-notch services is evident in our organized treks across various regions of Nepal. Whether you're interested in trekking to Ghorepani Poon Hill or any other part of Nepal, consider yourself warmly welcomed to our adventure family.

    Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Route Map

    Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek map

    Service Details

    What's Included
    • Airport Pick up and drop by Private tourist Vehicle.
    • Welcome dinner in Nepali typical restaurant with cultural program
    • 3 nights Hotel in Kathmandu (3 star) on twin sharing basis on BB plan
    • One day guided sightseeing in Kathmandu
    • 2 nights hotel in Pokhara
    • Food (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) and Accommodation on twin sharing basis during Trekking
    • Tourist bus ( Kathmandu- Pokhara- Kathmandu )
    • Private transport to and from Nayapul
    • Tourist bus Pokhara to Kathmandu
    • English speaking guide
    • Porter (One porter for two person)
    • Insurance, food and sallery for Himalayan Joy Staff
    • Himalayan Joy Adventure T-Shirt and Duffel bag
    • TIMS and Annapurna Conservation Area Permits
    What's not Included
    • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation should cover till 3200 meter altitude ( Most Required)
    • International airfare and airport departure tax 
    • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $ 30 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 50 and Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 125. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
    • Cold drinks such as Mineral water, Cola, Beer etc.(Mineral water will cost per liter from Rs. 100 till Rs.500 and if you bring water purifying tablet is best idea cause you will help to save nature from not using plastic bottles and also its much cheaper then mineral water )
    • Bars bill such as Mars, Sneaker, Bounty chocolate etc
    • Personal trekking and climbing Equipment
    • Tips for trekking staffs and driver
    • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.

    Useful Information

    Eco Friendly

    Every day, the global challenge of environmental pollution persists, and Nepal is no exception. Our field staff is highly conscientious about environmental issues, and we actively promote awareness. We recommend to our guests the use of boiled water or water purification pills instead of purchasing bottled water. This choice not only helps in avoiding the use of plastic bottles, which take a considerable amount of time to decompose, but also contributes to minimizing waste.

    While trekking, consider ordering the same food items as a group to reduce fuel consumption. Furthermore, it is essential to note that making a campfire is strongly discouraged. We advocate for responsible travel practices, urging travelers to leave only footprints on the trail and ensure the removal of all non-biodegradable items brought along. Let's collectively work towards preserving the environment for future generations.

    Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek FAQs

    • Poon Hill is a popular trekking destination in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is known for its panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, including several prominent peaks. The altitude of Poon Hill is approximately 3,210 meters (10,532 feet) above sea level. Trekkers often visit Poon Hill to witness the stunning sunrise and sunset views over the surrounding Himalayan peaks.

    • The difficulty of the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek can vary depending on factors such as individual fitness levels, weather conditions, and the chosen route. Generally, it is considered a moderate trek, making it suitable for both novice and experienced trekkers.

      The trek typically takes around 4 to 7 days, depending on the starting point and the specific itinerary. The duration can affect the overall difficulty, as longer treks may be more physically demanding.

      While Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek does not involve extremely high altitudes compared to some other treks in the region, there is still a significant elevation gain. Poon Hill, the highest point on the trek, is at an altitude of about 3,210 meters (10,532 feet). Altitude-related issues may affect some individuals.

      The trek involves a variety of terrains, including uphill and downhill sections, stone-paved steps, and forest trails. Some parts of the trail can be steep, requiring a reasonable level of physical fitness.

      Weather conditions can impact the difficulty of the trek. The trek is often done during the spring and autumn seasons when the weather is more stable. However, unpredictable weather, such as rain or snow, can make certain sections more challenging.

      The availability of teahouse accommodations along the route provides some comfort compared to more remote treks. However, facilities may vary, and trekkers should be prepared for basic conditions.

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