Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Ghandruck trek
  • Duration 10 Days
  • Trip Grade Easy
  • Max. Altitude 3210m
  • Trip Start Kathmandu
  • Trip End Kathmandu
  • Trip Area Annapurna Region
  • Nature of Trip Hiking & trek
  • Major Activities Group Joining & Private
  • Best Season March to May & September to November

Highlights

  • Spectacular sunrise and sunset vistas over the Himalayan range from Poon Hill.
  • Enjoy unparalleled panoramic perspectives of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapucchre, Hiunchuli, Nilgiri, and Mardi.
  • Experience the ascent and descent of the renowned stone staircases in Ulleri village.
  • Traverse lush woodlands and encounter scattered Gurung communities along your journey.
  • Guided city tour of beautiful Lake City, Pokhara.
  • Explore & enjoy the hub of ethnic villages, culture, and rhododendron forest.

The Ghorepani Poonhill Trek within the Annapurna Sanctuary stands out as a prime option among Himalayan treks due to its ease, brevity, and scenic charm. Designed for novices and those new to trekking, this trail provides an excellent opportunity to uncover the breathtaking allure of the Annapurna Region. It caters to individuals of every age group, especially families with children, and can be completed in a span of 4 to 5 days amidst the foothills of the majestic Annapurna Range. The path is clearly defined, and a variety of lodging and dining choices, along with convenient road access, contribute to its status as one of the most iconic and sought-after destinations for adventure enthusiasts.

Ascending to Poon Hill for the spectacle of sunrise casting its glow upon these magnificent snow-clad peaks is an experience worth cherishing. The journey further entails traversing vibrant villages and rhododendron-rich woods, all the while with the imposing Annapurna range forming a constant backdrop. Every participant embarking on this journey will be immersed in a picturesque Nepalese tapestry. The air is filled with the melodious symphony of birds within the floral forests, and the presence of stone staircases within deep sub-tropical valleys imparts a genuine sense of adventure.

Even seasoned trekkers will find this expedition a wonderful initiation into the Himalayas, especially when time is limited. The lodging options along this well-trodden path offer a high level of comfort, and the culinary offerings certainly do not fall short. And, needless to say, the mountains themselves perpetually showcase their stunning photogenic splendor!

Features of Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is a popular trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It's known for its stunning views of the Himalayan Mountains, beautiful landscapes, and unique cultural experiences. Here are some special features of the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek:
Poon Hill Sunrise and Sunset View: One of the main highlights of this trek is the sunrise view from Poon Hill, which offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, including prominent peaks like Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), and Dhaulagiri (8167m). The sunrise bathes the mountains in golden light, creating a surreal and awe-inspiring sight.
To observe the sunrise spectacle from Poon Hill, hikers typically commence their climb during the early morning hours, approximately at 4:30 am, starting from the adjacent tea house where they are lodged. The journey to the summit of Poon Hill spans roughly 45 minutes to an hour, contingent upon individual speed. Upon reaching the summit, adventurers have the opportunity to appreciate the splendid Himalayan vista and seize remarkable photographs that will be cherished for a lifetime.
While Poon Hill is famous for its sunrise view, it also offers stunning sunset views over the mountains. The changing hues of the mountains during sunset are equally captivating.

Ethnic Villages and Cultural Diversity: The trek passes through various traditional villages inhabited by Gurung and Magar communities. These villages provide an opportunity to experience the local culture, traditions, and lifestyles of the people living in the Himalayan region of Nepal. 
While trekking, you'll engage with the locals, immersing yourself in their practices and heritage. Their distinctive architectural style, featuring stone houses with thatched roofs, will captivate you. If your trek aligns with their festivities, you might experience their unique cultural events. The route also leads through Ghandruk, a picturesque town known for its traditional design, narrow pathways, and terraced fields. Exploring the local museum there allows insights into Gurung history and culture, given Ghandruk's standing as a prominent Gurung settlement.

Rhododendron Forests: The trekking trail takes you through lush rhododendron forests, which are especially vibrant during the spring season (March to April). The entire trail is adorned with colorful blossoms, creating a picturesque and enchanting environment. Within this region lies some of the world's most intricate and densely populated different species of rhododendron forests, which burst forth in an array of hues—pink, red, white, and purple. The trek presents an occasion to traverse these enchanting woods, where the fragrance of rhododendron blossoms imbues the surroundings with a magical ambiance. These forests of rhododendrons form a distinctive and breathtaking backdrop to the trekking path, rendering it an idyllic haven for both nature enthusiasts and photographers.

Natural Hot Springs: On the route of the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek, you'll encounter natural thermal springs that present an excellent opportunity to unwind and alleviate muscle fatigue following an extended day of trekking. These geothermal springs are situated within the village of Jhinu Danda, reachable after approximately 1.5 hours of trekking from Chomrong town. Nestled beside the Modi Khola River, the water temperature of these springs fluctuates between mild and warm, dictated by the time of year. The immersive experience of soaking in these organic thermal springs amidst the backdrop of Himalayan splendor is undeniably a memorable and captivating one.
Tea Houses and Lodges: Unlike many other trekking trails, the Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking trail offers a variety of cozy tea houses and lodges where you can rest and enjoy local meals. These charming accommodations not only provide respite but also foster opportunities for camaraderie with fellow trekkers. Amidst the frigid mountain environs, these cozy establishments emanate a welcoming ambiance, allowing you to forge connections and share tales of adventure. The blend of warm hospitality, shared experiences, and the stunning backdrop of the surrounding frosty landscapes creates a truly enriching and heartwarming atmosphere along your trek.

 

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

Our team at Kathmandu International Airport will greet you upon arrival and transfer you to your hotel. Take the opportunity to rest and recover from jetlag before joining us for a special welcome dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant. The cultural program and comfortable overnight stay at the hotel will help you fully experience the beauty and tradition of Nepal. 

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

On the second day of your trip to Nepal, you'll start preparing for your trek with the help of our experienced team. One of our representatives will remind you to get all the necessary permits and provide us with a copy of your trek insurance policy. You'll also meet your team leader and other support professionals who will check your trekking gear to ensure that it meets the requirements. After a brief introduction, you'll embark on a city tour with one of our tour operators, visiting four heritage sites that hold historical, religious, and cultural significance: the Boudhanath Stupa, the Pashupatinath Temple, Patan Durbar Square, and Swoyambhu (also known as the Monkey Temple by foreigners). These sites are must-see attractions in Nepal and offer a unique opportunity to learn about the country's rich history and culture.

  • 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.

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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 
Useful Info

When is the Best Time for the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek?

For the ultimate Poon Hill experience, plan your visit during the spring (March-April) or autumn (September-November) months. These seasons offer the most favorable weather conditions with dry and clear days. Spring, particularly, stands out as the prime choice, as the landscape bursts with the vibrant hues of rhododendron blooms. Although May-June is an option for the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, it's wise to steer clear of the monsoon season, characterized by heavy rainfall, which could diminish the trekking experience. By timing your journey well, you ensure the best chances for awe-inspiring views and a memorable adventure.

How difficult is the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek?

The Ghorepani-Poonhill trek stands as one of the most accessible trekking routes, presenting minimal challenges. Daily progress of 4 to 6 hours suffices to reach your destination. The trail meanders through diverse forests and settlements, encompassing steep inclines and comparatively level segments. Pathways exhibit variations, ranging from muddy and rocky terrain to paved stone surfaces. However, an essential prerequisite is possessing commendable physical fitness. Adequate preparation involves provisioning essential apparel and gear, ensuring hydration, and strategically incorporating rest periods during moments of fatigue.

What is the average cost of the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek?

This is the most economical and convenient Trek, spanning five days within Nepal's Annapurna expanse, which commences from Pokhara. This excursion presents a moderate financial outlay, ranging between $450 and $800, rendering it notably budget-friendly concerning neighboring trails. Anticipate a daily expenditure of approximately $25 for standard sustenance and accommodations. Alternatively, for an incremental $30 daily, enlist the services of a local guide and porter.

How to Prepare Yourself for the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek?

Typically, getting ready for the Ghorepani Poonhill trek involves meticulous preparation in terms of physical conditioning, acquiring the essential permits, and organizing the requisite trekking gear. Below are fundamental guidelines to consider as you prepare for your journey to Ghorepani Poon Hill.

Permit Requirements:

To commence on your Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, you will need to acquire two Permits:

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): A mandatory requirement for entry into the Annapurna Conservation Area, this permit can be obtained at the Nepal Tourism Board's offices in Kathmandu or Pokhara, or directly at the ACAP checkpoint in Besisahar.

Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card: Essential for tracking trekkers within the region, the TIMS card is a crucial document. It can be acquired at the Nepal Tourism Board's offices in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Please be aware that permit fees can vary based on the season and trekkers' nationality. It's advisable to verify the most up-to-date permit fees and regulations before commencing your trek. Furthermore, ensure you carry the original permits at all times during the trek, as authorities may request them at any point along the route.

Transportation Options for Ghorepani Poonhill Trek: A Comprehensive Guide

To embark on the Ghorepani-Poonhill trek, a diverse array of transportation choices connecting Kathmandu and Pokhara is available, catering to varying budgets and preferences. Opt for an economical approach by boarding a local bus, or enhance your travel experience by selecting a tourist bus with air conditioning, costing approximately $10 for a one-way journey. Alternatively, a more opulent and convenient expedition can be arranged by renting a private vehicle or hiring a cab, which might amount to around $110. For those prioritizing expedition speed, a 30-minute one-way flight to Pokhara, priced at about $69, stands as the swiftest alternative, ensuring a same-day arrival.

Subsequently, from Pokhara, your route to Nayapul—where your trek begins—presents several transit alternatives. Favor economical travel via local conveyance, priced at roughly $10 for a one-way trip, or elevate your voyage's comfort and convenience with a private vehicle, encompassing a cost of around $40.

Accommodation Options in Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

On the Ghorepani-Poonhill Trek, you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the enchanting essence of genuine Nepal, facilitated by comfortable and expedient lodging choices. Family-operated tea houses provide communal spaces equipped with customary heating arrangements, alongside well-furnished rooms featuring twin beds adorned with blankets and pillows. A selection of accommodations might also offer the convenience of attached restrooms.

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

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