Trip Details
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Easy
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: Private Vehicle / Bus
  • Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel + Teahouses + Lodges
  • Group Size: 20
  • Max Elevation: 3210m
Highlights

- Pokhara valley and its natural and cultural blessings like lakes, caves, falls, and temples

- Pleasant walk via lush rhododendron and other vegetations

- Picturesque ethnic settlements and their unique culture

- Experience of core Remoteness and wilderness

- Rhythmic natural waterfalls and creeks

- locally grown organic food items

- Annapurna Conservation Area, the largest conservation area in the world, and its diverse species of flora and fauna

- Spectacular mountain views include Annapurna- I, Annapurna-IV, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Himchuli, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and some parts of Dhaulagiri

Ghorepani Poon hill Trek, undoubtedly, is the most rewarding trekking in the Annapurna region. Ghorepani Poon hill Trek is short but a spectacular trekking trip for trekkers.  This trek offers beautiful cultural insights of ethnic people to the most stupendous mountain panorama including Annapurna massif and giant Dhaulagiri. From beginner to veteran trekkers find Ghorepani Poon hill Trek as an astounding easy trek in the lap of the Annapurna Himalayas. 

Short and easy but remarkably popular among the trekkers of the world, this trekking is gaining popularity amidst domestic as well as international trekkers. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is the best choice for trekkers among other popular trekking trails in the Annapurna region. This trek will offer a great opportunity to experience the natural and cultural uniqueness of this region. Warm and hospitable local people, unique culture and lifestyle, organic food items, awe-inspiring landscapes, deep woods, melodious waterfalls, and stupendous mountain panoramas are the major highlights of Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. 

Pokhara is a popular tourist hub on the way to Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. It is a pristine city with sere lakes like Phewa and Begnas. Other tourist attractions like World Peace Stupa, Mahendra Cave, Tal Barahi Temple, and many more. Poon hill is the best viewpoint which offers majestic Mountain Views along with mesmerizing sunset and sunrise views. One of the major attractions of this trek is the picturesque Ghandruk village on the way to Poonhill. Ghandruk Village is the inhabitants of the Mongolian ethnic group Gurung people in Nepal. You will be fully delighted to experience their hospitality and culture. The typical traditional way of presenting themselves to the trekkers is worthwhile to note.

In addition, a visit to Gurung Museum lets you acknowledge their age-long civilization. The flowering rhododendron covering the entire hill especially, in spring, lures every hiker in this region. Ghorepani Poon hill trek provides such an opportunity for trekkers to capture the dazzling view of mountain summits including  Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massif with the first fall of sun rays on fabulous Machhapuchhre( Fish-tail). No prior hiking or trekking skills or experiences are required for the Ghorepani-Poon hill Trek since it is graded as an easy trek. The highest point you get on this trek is Poon Hill which is 3200m above sea level. The best time of the year for the Ghorepani Poon hill Trek is between Sep- Nov or Mar-May. However, the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek can be done all around the year. We are using local lodge/guesthouse accommodation for Ghorepani-Poonhill Trek. 

Itinerary

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Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu, Transfer to Hotel

Today you are stepping in Nepal for the trip you are undertaking. For this, you may use international flight or optionally, can go with drive via the Tibetan and Indian border. Whatever ways you choose to enter Nepal; you will be received by our representative at the airport or at the bus station. And then, you will be transferred to the hotel immediately. It is a short drive for 30 minutes from the airport to the hotel. However, you may get in heavy traffic on the way to the hotel because Kathmandu is getting crowded day by day. Also, do not pay your time for unnecessary airport hassles. Hope, it will not disturb your trip. After you arrive at the hotel, you will put your luggage and get refreshed and we will organize a short orientation meeting about the trip. We will have a dialogue. We will introduce your guide to you at the same time. -Overnight in Hotel-

  • BF / Lunch / Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1400m

Today, your trekking leader or the guide will come to receive to the hotel where you stay and take you to the tourist bus stand. If you are flying, you will be taken to the airport. Today’s drive or flight takes you to Pokhara. The tourist bus stand is around 10 mins. walk or you may get a taxi too, from Thamel, or from the hotel where you stay. The tourist buses leave at 7 for Pokhara every morning. I is around 7-8 hours to get Pokhara from Kathmandu. On the way, you will see a beautiful country setting, river, woods, and local people and their lifestyle. Also, we see people enjoying white water river rafting. Pass Mughling, Damauli and we eventually arrive in Pokhara -Overnight in Hotel-

  • BF / Lunch / Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Pokhara
  • 884m

Morning, at around 8, after breakfast, we take a drive for about 1 and a half hours through beautiful villages Naudanda and Lumle to Nayapul. Your trekking trip starts here. Now, you pass Nayapool and arrive at Birethanti where you will see Annapurna Conservation Area Office check post. Show your permits here and begin to hit the trail. The trail leads up passing via the beautiful rice, maize, and millet fields. We will pass numerous natural waterfalls following the main trail of Birethanti. Actually, today’s trail is mild along the motorable road till we get Tokhedhunga. On the way, we have lunch at Sudami village. After lunch, we ascend gradually side of the valley to the beautiful settlement of Hille, and after around half an hour working from Hille, you will get to Tikhedhunga. Enjoy the local people, culture, greenery, and melodious water stream at Tikhedhunga. Spend the overnight in guest house-Overnight in Lodge-

  • BF / Lunch / Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Tikhedunga
  • 1540m

Have breakfast and set everything for today’s trek to Ghorepani. Trekking to Ghorepani (2880m) from Tikhedhunga is for approx. 7 hr. Today, initially, the trail crosses Tikhedunga River on the suspension bridge, then drops and crosses the BhurungdiKhola. Now, you will begin to climb a steep stone staircase till you get to a large Magar village Ulleri (2080m). We will have a little view of the mountain and beautiful landscapes from Ulleri. Trek to Banthanti from Ulleri and have lunch there. After lunch, we will pass through pastures and cultivated fields. We will encounter cool and lush oak and rhododendron forest through the journey. The chirping birds and natural waterfalls on the way make your trip to Ghorepani more spectacular today. Pass Nangethanti and continue working for about one hour, then, finally, we will reach Ghorepani village. -Overnight in Lodge-

  • BF / Lunch / Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Ghorepani
  • 2880m

The next day, you will make the early-morning departure to Poon Hill (3210m) which is one of the best Himalayan viewpoints in Nepal in the Annapurna region. You will spend around 45 minutes to get the top of the Poonhill. You will be astonished to have the spectacular panoramic views of the Himalayas of the region. It offers the best majestic scenery and sunrise over the high mountains. Capture the most astounding views of Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Tukuche (6920m), Nilgiri (6940m), Annapurna South, Annapurna I (8091m), Mt. Fishtail (Machhapuchhare, 6997m), LamjungHimal (6986m) and many more. You can have tea and coffee at the top.

Now, descend to Ghorepani and have your breakfast. Trek to Tadapani starts for the rest of the day for more than 8 hours. You will have incredible views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna on the way to Tadapani. Descend steeply through dense rhododendron and moss-covered forest rich with bird life. Cross the bridge over a stream and another ascent for 1 hour finally takes us to Tadapani. Stay overnight at Tadapani-Overnight in Lodge-

  • BF / Lunch / Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Tadapani
  • 3210m

After breakfast, your journey all the way down via lush forest leads to Ghandruk which takes about 4 hours. Take a downhill path continuing to Ghandruk from Tadapani passing incredible landscapes and waterfalls, the largest Gurung village. Here, you will go to visit the Gurung ethnic museum to explore their culture and ancient tradition. If we have time, we also can go to visit the Annapurna Conservation Area Project Office. Go to German Bakery and enjoy fresh bakery items with coffee. Enjoy good Mountain View of Annapurna South and Fishtail from Ghandruk. Overnight in Lodge-

  • BF / Lunch / Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Ghandruk
  • 1940m

In today’s trek, you will pass through beautiful hamlets, terraced rice fields, and subtropical forests. The trek today will be all the way down and flat in the final section. We will have an easy and delightful walk along the Modi Khola to Birethanti. We register our check out at Annapurna Conservation Area Project office and continue our walk to Nayapul. We catch a private vehicle and drive for one and a half hours to Pokhara. Spend a beautiful night in Pokhara city having some leisurely walk along the streets and have your favorite dishes-Overnight in Hotel-

  • BF / Lunch / Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Pokhara
  • 884m

You can take a fight or take a drive to Kathmandu. It depends on your wish. If you choose to fly, it is a spectacular flight for 25 minutes. But, the drive takes around 7-8 hours. We drive along Prithvi Highway all the way back to Kathmandu. Take some rest in the hotel in Kathmandu. In the evening, you can take a short walk around visiting the places and exploring the local lifestyle of the people. You can also go for shopping and enjoy the evening in restaurants in Thamel. Overnight in Lodge-

  • BF / Lunch / Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1400m

You will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley after your breakfast. This is a completely guided city tour to UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu. This tour takes you to the sacred Pashupatinath Temple, Swyambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Bouddhanath Stupa, very ancient pilgrimage sites enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. After exploring all these spectacular religious and cultural sites, you drive back to the hotel. On return to your hotel, you will have time to explore the local area and take a leisurely stroll through the popular streets by shopping and enjoying coffee. In the evening, you will collect a good memory to watch a cultural program accompanied with local typical dinner organized by us -Overnight in Lodge-

  • BF / Lunch / Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1400m

 Transfer you to International airport for final departure to your destination.

  • BF
  • Non
  • Kathmandu
  • 1400m

Trip Map

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek map

What to Expect

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • 3-night hotel in Kathmandu and 2 night in Pokhara
  • All accommodation and meals during the trek
  • Domestic flights / Tourist Bus (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu)
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes
  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (Main city)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • All Personal expenses such as (phone calls, laundry, bar bills etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

PRICES & DATES

Dates Availability Price  
10 Feb, 2023 - 19 Feb, 2023 Available US$530
28 Feb, 2023 - 09 Mar, 2023 Guaranteed US$530

Useful Info

Necessary Trekking Equipment

To fully enjoy your trek, having the right trekking equipment is essential for both safety and comfort. The trekking equipment necessary depends on the type of trek, the time of year, weather conditions, the landscape, and the maximum altitude of the trek. A properly packed trekking backpack is light and also includes multipurpose clothing items. It is important for you not to forget the essential equipment for your safety and comfort on your trek.

Please make sure that you bring sufficiently warm clothes, especially during the winter season (Dec – Feb). Not having the required trekking equipment and clothing will not only significantly decrease the pleasure of trekking, but could also worsen case scenarios that could be life-threatening. It will also be a burden to you if you pack unnecessary equipment. For your ease, the following are the equipment that you have to bring with you. 

Footwear

  • Trekking Boot: one Pair
  • Socks: 4, Light socks : 3, Sandle: 1

Clothing

  • Down  or Fiber-filled water and windproof jacket and trouser: 1
  • Fleece Jacket / Pullover: 1
  • Warm cotton trousers: 2
  • Shirt and T-shirts: 4
  • Lightweight cotton long trousers :3
  • Long underwear: 2,  Short underwear: 4
  • Sun hat / Scarft/ Woolen hat :1
  • Lightweight gloves: 1, Raincoat:1
  • Heavyweight glove or mitten with a waterproof: 1

Medicinal

  • Basic first-aid box
  • Diamox tablets to reduce altitude sickness
  • Insect/anti-itch Ointment
  • Non-prescription medicine such as pain relievers, fever reducers, antibiotics, and ointments
  • Prescription medicine for traveler's diarrhea, Avmoine 
  • Female Sanitary pads
  • Hand Sanitizer and wet wipes
  • Medicine for Cough and Heartburn (It mainly happens when you go to higher altitudes)
  •  Band-aid
  • Ibuprofen and also paracetamol in case of fever 

Other Equipment

  • Day Pack at Least 25 kg
  • Water Bottle 1
  • Sun Cream 1
  • Sun Glass 1
  • Towel
  • Flashlight with spare bulbs, batteries, lip salve, and gaiters.
  • Laundry soap
  • Swiss Knife
  • Sewing Kit, Camera, Film, Cards, and Personal Medical Kit.

Optional

  • Notebook and Pen
  • Toilet articles
  • Toilet Roll

For additional information, you can check our article  Trekking Gears Checklist

Gateway For Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek:

If you are planning to do Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek There is 2 gateway for it. Of course, Pokhara is the First Place for starting the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. But after Pokhara also there are 2 ways to commence the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. You can do this Clockwise and Anticlockwise as well. Yes, most of the trekkers start this trek after driving to Nayapul they hike to the Ulleri. Also, those trekkers who do not love to experience long uphills directly from the Ulleri to Ghorepani and want to experience short uphill can choose either a direct drive to Ghandruk or can walk to Ghandruk.

Type of Accommodation During Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek:

To go trekking means you are visiting a remote area so please do not expect every trekking route you will get a luxurious room same as in Kathmandu and Pokhara. During trekking, you will sleep at the Tea House. The Tea house means normal Local Lodges. where you will get a normal Bed, Blanket, and Common Bathroom. Even a hot shower also needs to pay extra.

Food And Drinks:

During Trekking in Nepal. In most of the places you will get Local Foods like Nepali Thali ( Dal Bhat), MoMo, Chowmin, Thukpa, Fried Rice, etc and some international food Like Spaghetti, Macaroni, Pizza, Pan Cake, Fried Eggs, etc you will get according to the menu. For drinks, you can get Local Tea, Coffee, and also even if you request water for drinks need to pay extra.

How will I get rescued if I am critically ill during the trek?

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is a trek where the elevation starts from 1350m to 3210m. Altitude sickness mainly occurs after you head above 2500m. You will not get altitude sickness symptoms below 2500m. Some of the altitude sickness symptoms are Nausea, Headache, loss of appetite, difficulty breathing, and dizziness. Acclimatization is the main thing that helps to prevent altitude sickness. But you can still prevent altitude sickness by drinking more water, avoiding strenuous exercise for 24 hours, and by having a rest day every 600m-900m you go up.

However, one out of 10 people may catch altitude sickness even with all the preventions. We can take DIAMOX if we suffer from altitude sickness. But if the condition does not get well even after taking the Diamox, the guide will immediately inform the travel company. If you will be ill at any point of the trek you will be slowly taken to the lower elevation. If you are ill, then you will be taken to the lower altitude and seek basic medical where our guide will help you, and then if it’s necessary or emergency you will be immediately sent to Kathmandu by emergency helicopter service. This is how you will get rescued if you will be critically ill during the trek.

 

The importance of insurance in Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Travel insurance plays an essential role. The right travel insurance will protect you from the unique risks while traveling to Nepal or Climbing Ghorepani Poon Hill. Find the best policies that cover all the necessary events associated with Ghorepani Poon Hill or other trekking areas. There will not be a relaxed trip without travel insurance. It is very necessary to be careful while choosing policies because some insurance companies do not include adventure trekking. Mostly many of travel insurance covers only up to the elevation of 3000m butGhorepani Poon Hill trek will go beyond 3000m standing at the highest point which will be above 3210m.

We suggest you choose Your travel insurance that covers up to 6000m which you will be covered for the entire trek and shouldn't be worried about evacuations or medical assistance costs. Before buying your insurance, your insurer should be aware of the Itinerary of Magic Expedition and Tours. If you are planning to trek in the Himalayas, Your insurance should cover emergency air service Helicopters and should include all the medical expenses. The emergency helicopter service would be very costly so If you have your insurance done you wouldn’t be worried. Your travel insurance should cover the cancelation policy because if you have to cancel a paid trek due to weather conditions, They can cover this expense. You should double-check that it is included on the top of the standard hospitalization cover. Some of the Travel insurances that are recommended are:-

FAQs

What kind of accommodation do we get on the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek?

Normally, the accommodation in the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek will be ordinary and shared. Except in Ghorepani, trekkers cannot really find luxury accommodations during this trek. It means there are certain hotels/guesthouses which can provide luxury accommodations; otherwise, trekkers will use basic accommodations all around the trip. But basic accommodation doesn’t mean that it is not neat and clean. The beds will be neat and clean and you need to share the room with another individual in the same group. It may be your family, relative, friend, or a person from a different country. Presenting it more clearly, no suite accommodation is available during Ghorepani Poonhill Trek.

 

Is a trekking permit mandatory for the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek?

It is yes. A trekking permit is mandatory for Ghorepani Poonhill Trek since we are trekking into Annapurna Conservation Area. You require to have both ACAP( Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit) and TIMS ( Trekking Information Management System) for Ghorepani Poonhill Trek. Actually, we begin to trek into Annapurna Conservation Area from Nayapool where your trekking permits are checked.

 

How hard is the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek?

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is graded as a short and easy trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The average working hours for Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is 5. You begin your Ghorepani Poonhill Trek from 900m which is Pokhara and slowly ascend up to 3200m which is Poonhill. However, ascending up to Ulleri maybe, sometimes, be challenging for beginners.

What are the climate and weather situations in the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek?

The climate and the weather situation in Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek depend on which season you choose to trek. For example: if you trek in spring, the weather will be hot and sunny. Additionally, you may get some rain too. However, you will enjoy breathtaking flowering rhododendron and an incredible mountain panorama. Next, if you trek in Autumn, you will have the finest weather and climate of the year; neither snow nor rain. Similarly, trekking to Ghorepani Poonhill during winter will also be possible but you may have massive snowfall. And, Ghorepani Poonhill trekking on rainy is not recommended because it rains massively across Nepal including some Himalayan regions.

 

Does the tea house provide hot water services and Wi-Fi?

Yes, they do. But for these services, they charge you a certain amount. For example, you need to pay Rs 50-100 for a liter of water, and the same is the cost for the installment of Wi-Fi for one device.

 

How much local currency should I bring for this trek?

Each day your expenses range from Rs.2500-3000 which includes your water and three meals excluding accommodation. Normally, the accommodation charge is paid by the leader which is included in the cost you pay for the company. Also, it depends on how prodigal you are. So, here, you can prepare Rs. 3000 per day.

 

What kinds of food are available during this trek?

Since Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is not a remote area trekking and is located near Pokhara city, you can enjoy all kinds of foods like you rejoice in major cities of Nepal. Basically, Nepali, Continental, Indian, and many other food items are offered by the hotels/guesthouses during Ghorepani- Poonhill Trek. Actually, both vegan and non-vegan can find their dishes to enjoy during this trek.

 

Do I need to have high trekking skills for this trek?

Actually not. Very normal skills of trekking like walking at least 4-5 hours in the high hills can accomplish Ghorepani Poonhill Trek. You begin the trek at around 8 in the morning and end between 4-5 in the afternoon including one hour of lunchtime in between. But, you will encounter numberless stone steps throughout the trek.

What should I wear to the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek?

Just wear normal trekking clothing with a pair of good hiking boots/shoes. You don’t any special temperature-resisting down jacket and even you don’t need to wear double pair of socks if you are going above 5000m high. Carry and wear sunglasses and a hat to protect yourself from the sun. Otherwise, don’t do unnecessary expenses to buy and hire special trekking gear for Ghorepani Poonhill trekking.

I don’t have trekking skills; can I still do this trek?

You don’t require any trekking skills of trekking for the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek. So, yes, you can still do this trek if you don’t have trekking skills. In fact, it is just like walking in the hills passing through the local villages, waterfalls, and deep woods. But, be ready to cross thousands of stone steps going all the way up.

What is the equipment required for the trek?

You just need to carry very basic trekking equipment for this trek. The ordinary trekking items like a normal daypack or backpack, trekking pants, and t-shirts, a duffle bag, trekking poles if you think you need them, a hat, sunglasses, a warm jacket and socks, water bottle which adjusts both hot and cold water and a pair of reliable hiking boots. Additionally, you can carry other daily-use items and clothing.

Are tips mandatory for the guide and porter?

It is, in fact, a very difficult question to answer. If you work very hard to make someone happy, and tan, of course, you can expect something extra. It is natural. Isn’t it? However, one shouldn’t force one to give something extra as tips. To be frank, normally, a tip is given at the end of the trip but it is not mandatory. But at the same time, there is no exact guideline to give tips.

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