Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

"One of the colorful foray into the Annapurna region Trek. Witness the breathtaking sunrise from Poonhill, the glossy snow capped mountain ranges accompanying and Rhododendron forests."

GHOREPANI POON HILL TREK

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking is a beautiful short trekking journey in the Annapurna. It is a compatible trek that presents the best features of the region. In addition to the wonderful scenery, it also presents amazing Annapurna vistas. In the first place, it is a short journey. It is perfect for people who have a short amount of time to spend here. In the second place, it lets you enjoy the Annapurna Mountains spectacularly!

The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking is a well-rounded journey. Not only will you get to enjoy the Annapurna Mountains, but you will also get to visit many ethnic villages. Together with the Magar and Gurung settlements, the journey is a marvelous trip! As a matter of fact, the Annapurna region is one of the most beautiful regions for trekking in Nepal. The cerulean mountain peaks contrast marvelously with the green landscape. You can revel in the notable natural beauties of the region!

The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking Highlights

You will begin the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek from the village of Nayapul near Pokhara. You will be hiking through many different vibrant villages all along the trail. Moreover, you can observe the local traditions and customs of the people up close. The trails are also notably ornamented with small chaityas. You can also enjoy the rhododendron forests of Ghorepani.

Furthermore, one of the major highlights of the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking is Poon Hill itself. You will visit the vantage point of Poon Hill. The panoramic views of the entire Mount Annapurna massif are especially majestic from Poon Hill. The rising sun from amidst the Annapurna Mountains is quite amazing. For this reason, Poon Hill is the most famous vantage point of Annapurna.  

The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking is a good alternate to long trekking journeys. It is an easy trek that has many hallmarks. You visit the ethnic settlements and walk on a beautifully rich trail. You also encounter sights of the Annapurna Mountains at all places throughout the trip. Coupled with the lush rhododendron forests of Ghorepani, the journey is nothing short of heavenly.              

Similarly, we also have alternative trekking packages for the Annapurna region, like our Annapurna Base Camp Trek. It takes you to the base camp of Mount Annapurna. Regardless, we will provide you the best services. You are guaranteed to have the time of your life. So come join us in this magnificent adventure!

Difficulty & pace

Generally, this is a relatively easy trek compared to other, higher-altitude treks in Nepal. On day 4, however, expect a steep climb up the stone staircase (3,381 steps in total), from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani - 1,387 m of altitude gain in a single day is not to be taken lightly. Your trekking duration each day will largely depend on your fitness and how much you like to stop to enjoy the views. Above, we've suggested the average pace that most trekkers prefer.

Getting there & away

The city of Pokhara is the main starting point for almost all the treks in the Annapurna Region, including this one. (Pokhara is a 25-minute flight or a 6-7 hour drive from Kathmandu.) From Pokhara, you’ll either take a private jeep or public bus to Nayapul, where you’ll be dropped off to begin your trek.

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ITINERERY

Day 01 - Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (KTM) Kathmandu

Arrive in Kathmandu at any time. Our airport representative will welcome you and explain the program further. There are no planned activities for the day, so check into the hotel. Enjoy your overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02 - Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m) Duration: 6 hours drive

Your guide will pick you up at the hotel at 6:30am and escort you to the bus station. The tourist bus to Pokhara leaves at around 7:30am. The scenery along the road is dramatic and you will see the river, valleys, cascading rice terraces and rocky gorges. Upon arrival, check in hotel, in the evening, you may enjoy leisure boating on the scenic Fewa Lake and see the reflection of the Mount Machhapuchhre and Annapurna Range on the crystal clear water of the Lake. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.

Day 03 - Pokhara to Tikhedhunga (1570m) Duration: 1 hour drive and 4 walking

We begin our trek at Nayapul after an hour drive on a private vehicle from Pokhara. After a short 15-minute walk along the banks of the Modi Khola, we reach Birethanti (1,015m) a large village with many shops and teahouses. From there, the trail continues through the village and follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. The trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille at 1,495m and after a short climb, we reach Tikhedhunga at 1,570m. Today’s walk is relatively short and easy, a prelude to the trekking experience in the Annapurna region. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 04 - Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2850m) Duration: 7-8 hours walking

From Tikhe Dhunga the trail crosses a stream on a suspension bridge near the camp site at Tikhe Dhunga. The trail ascends a steep stone staircase (which has about 3300 steps) to the large Magar village of Ulleri at 2080m. Above the village, the trail climbs gently through pastures and cultivated fields. There is a camp site for a rest and water stop one hour’s walk above Ulleri. The trail crosses two sparkling streams before making a short, final climb to Nangethanti where we stop for lunch. Thanti is a Nepali word meaning “rest house”. In the winter the trail can be covered with snow. From Nangethanti we will climb to Ghorepani at 2850m, from here we can see the spectacular panorama of Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Nilgiri (6940m) Annapurna I (8091m) Hiunchuli (6441m) and more. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 05 - Hike up to Poon Hill (3,210m/10529ft) and onto Tadapani (2,610m/8560ft) Duration: 7 hours walking

This morning, we will get up early and hike to Poon Hill 3,210m/10529ft. From here you will see a superb view of the sunrise and a panoramic view of the Himalaya, including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fishtail, and others. After visiting Poonhill, we will come back to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast, and continue walking to Tadapani. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 06 - Tadapani to Pokhara (910m) Duration: 4 hours walking and 2 hours drive

From Tadapani the trail descends through forests to Ghandruk, a village of Gurung people, one of the ethnic groups of Nepal. From Ghandruk village easy walking all downhill to Kimche, we then drive to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel, breakfast, and lunch included.

Day 07 - Pokhara to Kathmandu (1337m) Duration: 6 hours drive

Scenic drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.

Day 08 - Farewell

Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from Nepal New Generation will take you to the airport.

 

No of Guests Price ( With GSG ) Price ( With ESG)

* All Price is Per Person Price

SERVICES INCLUDES

  • Airport pick up and drop- off by private transport
  • Two nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Two nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • Surface transfer to and from Pokhara on tourist bus
  • Surface transfer to and from Nayapul by private transport
  • Nepal New Generation T - shirt, trekking map, Duffle bags and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • Annapurna conservation permit fee
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Government taxes & office service charge

 

SERVICES EXCLUDES

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • All kind of cold drinks e.g. water, coke, fanta, juice etc.
  • Personal trekking equipments
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)

 

 

 

You cannot drink the water from the tap or streams in Nepal. Mineral water is available on the trail. It is expensive to buy (perhaps 10 times more than in Kathmandu). You can also use a water purifier or steri pen.
The maximum elevation of this trek will not exceed 3,500m, so you do not have to worry about altitude sickness. But we still recommend you take precautions and have travel insurance which covers this.
There is no knowing who will suffer from altitude sickness. It does not follow that the younger and fitter people will not get altitude sickness where the older and less fit will. It is not related to (general) fitness or age. Talk to your doctor at home. There are prescription medications which help avoid the onset of altitude sickness. But above all, go slowly, listen to your body, be aware of any changes, and listen to your guide if he feels you are showing symptoms (which you might not notice).
We will collect your travel insurance policies and details before the trek so that in case of an emergency we can coordinate with your insurance company and the helicopter providers for evacuation.
Yes. Nepal New Generation only provides insurance for our own staff. We recommend you buy insurance in your country. Note: Insurance should cover you for the altitudes you are trekking at (not all do). We recommend World Nomads.
Yes, bring your own or you can rent it or buy it in Kathmandu. Renting a sleeping bag in Kathmandu will cost you $1 or $2 per day. To buy a new sleeping bag in Kathmandu expect to pay around $150 to $200 for one of medium quality.
No. The trails are well marked. Unless you go in mid-winter you will not need crampons. Instead of crampons, carry micro spikes which are not technical, lightweight to carry, cheaper and fit any shoe size.
If you forget something it might be extremely hard to find here. Please check here for an exhaustive packing list for (general) trekking in Nepal. If you are not a frequent hiker, you can rent most of the trekking gear in Nepal when you arrive.
No. There are teahouses along the trek. We will not need tents or mattresses.
Anything you don’t want to take on the trek with you can be stored at your hotel or in our office. We suggest you ensure your bag is lockable.
We use local guides. On each trek our guides have been to the relevant areas numerous times. All are experienced, knowledgeable, flexible and authorized licensed guides with the Government of Nepal.
Preferable. If you use a porter it has double benefit: you can fully enjoy your trek without carrying a heavy bag, and its improves the income of the local community.
20kg. On average a porter can carry 22kg including their own backpack. So, they can carry up to 18kg of your gear and equipment. We provide backpacks for porters.
Yes. At Nepal New Generation we make sure all our staff are well insured.
At Nepal New Generation we ensure all our guides and porters have proper gear, are well equipped and protected. This is for their own wellbeing and for the wellbeing of our clients.

All Inclusive Price:

$788USD

Total Duration 11 days
Max Altitude 3210 m.
Difficulty Level Moderate
All Year 12 month