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


  • Panorama of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges
  • Gurung culture is fascinating and one-of-a-kind.
  • Views of the Annapurna Green Forest and snow-capped mountains are breathtaking.
  • Poonhill sunrise and sunset family tour location
  • View from the Annapurna Circuit
  • Alpine lake with a view of the snow-capped mountains
  • Conservation area of Annapurna
  • Always trekking every each month

Ghorepani-Poonhill Trekking Overview

The Ghorepani-Poon Hill Trek is a popular trekking destination in Nepal that offers beautiful views of snowcapped mountains and vast landscapes. It is a relatively short and easy trek that is suitable for all levels of trekkers.

The trek also allows you to learn about local culture and traditions as you pass through Ghorepani and Ghandruk villages.

To participate in the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, you will need to obtain a permit as the trek is part of the Annapurna Conservation Area. The Annapurna Conservation Area was established in 1986 to protect the region's flora and fauna from overexploitation. It is a popular destination for trekkers and visitors must obtain a permit to enter the area.

Overall, the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is a great option for those who want to experience the beauty of Nepal's mountains in a short amount of time and learn about local culture and traditions.

Plan Your Ghorepani-Poonhil Trek in Nepal for Best Weather

The best time to visit Poon Hill is in the spring (March-April) or autumn (September-November), when the weather is generally dry and clear. Spring is considered the best season due to the abundance of rhododendron blooms. However, it is possible to do the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek in May-June, although it is not recommended during the monsoon season due to heavy rainfall.

The Top Reasons to Choose Ghorepani-Poonhill Trekking in Nepal: An Ultimate Guide

Ghorepani-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. 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. Some local Buddhists have also 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. 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.

Major Attractions in Ghorepani-Poonhill Trekking

Although Ghorepani-Poonhill trekking is the short and easiest trekking trail of Nepal, there are other many more destinations that you can explore while performing this trekking route.


Pokhara is the main attraction for many trekkers who perform this Ghorepani-Poonhill Trekking. Far around 200.6 km away from Kathmandu, Pokhara is famous for its natural beauty and is home for many other trekking routes like Annapurna Circuit Trekking, famous Annarpurna Base Camp Trekking and Mardi Himal Trekking. Usually, people visits Pokhara for adventourous actvities like boating, canoying, paragliding, rafting and sightseeing.


Ghandruk Village, often famous for Gurung culture is also another stop point for trekkers of Ghorepani-Poonhill trek. Located around at an altitude of 1940 m, Ghandruk offers you the stunning views of Annapurna South, Himculi and Machhapuchhre peaks. It is home to a number of traditional Gurung houses, which are built using stones and woods. It is also famous for Ghandruk Museum which provides the information about the traditional Gurung cultures. 


Poon-Hill is a popular viewpoint along the trek which provides you with awesome views of Annapurna range. Mainly, it is famous for Sunrise Views. 

Annapurna Conservation Area

Annapurna Conservation Area widely covers the Ghorepani-Poonhill Trekking route. It is home for many floras and faunas. Peaks like Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South and Himchuli are located inside this area. You should also get Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) to enter inside the area which is must while trekking.

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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.

Not satisfied with this regular itinerary?

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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 
Dates & Price
StartThursdayApr 06, 2023
EndSaturdayApr 15, 2023
FromUS $650
Useful Info

How difficult is this Ghorepani-Poonhill Trekking ?

Since this Ghorepani-Poonhill trekking is the easiest trekking route, there is no big risk of difficulties. You can easily reach to your destination by walking 4 - 6 hours a day. Passing through various forests and villages, you might have to walk steep sections and relatively flat sections. Roads are somewhere so muddy and rocky whereas some paved with stones. 
However ,you must be in good physical condition before starting any trek. You must take all the necessary clothing and equipment with you, stay hydrated and take some rest when tired.

Ghorepaani-Poonhill Trek Cost 

You can start your adventure in Pokhara with the affordable and accessible Ghorepani-Poonhill Trek, a 5-day trek in Nepal's Annapurna region. With an average cost of between $450 and $800, this trek is relatively inexpensive compared to other trails in the area. You can expect to spend around $25 per day on normal meals and lodging, or hire a local guide and porter for an additional $30 per day

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 Options for the Ghorepani-Poonhill Trek in Nepal : A Comprehensive Guide

 For Ghorepani-Poonhill trek, you can get to Pokhara from Kathmandu with a range of transportation options to suit your budget and preferences. You can take a local bus for a cost-effective option, or upgrade to a tourist bus with comfortable AC ventilation for around $10 one-way. Alternatively, you can also hire a private vehicle or cab for a more luxurious and convenient journey for around $110. If you want to save time, the most efficient option is a one-way flight to Pokhara for around $69, which takes just 30 minutes and allows you to arrive in Pokhara the same day.

From Pokhara, you can travel to Nayapul, the starting point of your trek, with a variety of transportation options. You can choose local transport for a cost-effective option at around $10 one-way, or hire a private vehicle for a more convenient and comfortable journey for around $40.

Accommodation Options for the Ghorepani-Poonhill Trek 

You can experience the charm of authentic Nepal with comfortable and convenient accommodation options on the Ghorepani-Poonhill Trek. The family-run tea houses offer communal rooms with traditional heating, as well as furnished rooms with two twin beds, blankets, and pillows. Some rooms may even have attached restrooms.

Communication Services in Ghorepani-Poonhill Trek

At some places, there will be facility of internet and telephone. But, most places will charge you with certain amount for using Internet and Telephone.

Essential Packing List for Ghorepani-Poonhill 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
  • 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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