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Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Moderate

  • Destination

    Destination: Annapurna region

  • Activities

    Activities: Trekking

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels/Lodges

  • Meals

    Meals: Included on trek

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle or local bus

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Poon Hill (3210m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Mar-May, Sep-Nov

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is one of the popular short trekking routes in the Annapurna region. Trekking to Ghorepani and Poon Hill offers a majestic Himalayan panorama coupled with witnessing the cultural heritage of communities like Gurung and Magar who are the local inhabitants of the Annapurna region. Another major attraction of the trek is watching the sunrise from the most popular Himalayan viewpoint in Annapurna, Poon Hill located at 3,210 meters.

The trek to Ghorepani and Poon Hill begins after a scenic drive to Nayapul from Pokhara. The trek begins in Nayapul where the trail passes along beautiful rhododendron forests, terraced fields, and lovely villages. After a day’s trek, you will reach the picturesque village of Ghorepani located at 2,874 meters.

Early in the morning, you will take a hike to Poon Hill from Ghorepani which is the prime highlight of the trek. Poon hill provides mesmerizing panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, including peaks like Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), and Dhaulagiri. Watching sunrise over the Himalayas from Poon Hill as the first ray of the sun hits the mountains making it golden brown is an amazing experience.

Ghoreapani Poon Hill trek or in short, the Poon Hill Trek, is a moderately graded trek suitable for anyone with a basic level of fitness. It is just the right trekking plan in the Annapurna region for those looking for a shorter trek that still offers a fantastic mountain panorama and a taste of the Himalayan trekking experience in Nepal.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Highlights

  • Enjoy a short trek with abundant scenic retreat.
  • Explore Ghorepani, a beautiful village up in the Himalayas.
  • Hike to the popular vantage point of Poon Hill (3210m) for a stunning Himalayan sunrise. 
  • Visit the natural wonder of Nepal, Pokhara City.
  • Pleasant trails embellished with flashy rhododendron clusters.
  • Discover the culture & tradition of the mountain communities of Magar and Gurung.

 

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara by a tourist bus (5-6 hrs)
Day 03: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul (1010m/1 hr) & trek to Tikhedhunga (1480m/4 hrs)
Day 04: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2874m/4 - 6 hours)
Day 05: Hike to Poon Hill (3210m/1 hr) & back to Ghorepani & trek to Tadapani (2630m/6 hrs)
Day 06: Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk (1940m/3 hrs)
Day 07: Drive from Ghandruk to Pokhara (822m/2 hrs)
Day 08: Drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara by a tourist bus (5-6 hrs)
Day 09: Final departure to your homeland!!

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be received by a representative from Marron Treks and then transferred to your designated hotel. Once at the hotel, you are greeted with welcome drinks. We will then have a quick pre-trip meeting, where you are briefed on the trekking itineraries and some formalities that ought to be pursued. Depending on the time remaining, you can either rest or stroll around the vicinity of your hotel to get the feel of this busy, colorful and energetic capital of Nepal. 

Hotel

Early in the morning drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara in a tourist bus. The journey takes you through scenic landscapes, offering glimpses of rural life, terraced fields, and stunning views of the Himalayas (weather permitting). The drive is around 200 kilometers (125 miles) long and usually takes between 5 to 6 hours, depending on road conditions and traffic.

 

The bus will finally arrive at the tourist bus park in Pokhara and you will check-in hotel in Pokhara. The rest of the time is rest at hotel or you are free to explore Pokahra if you wish.

 

Option: You can choose to either take a private vehicle for Kathmandu/Pokhara drive or fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu (25 minutes flight) 

Hotel
Breakfast included

After breakfast we hop in to a private car and drive to Nayapul, which takes about 1 hour. from here that our trek actually commences.The trail follows the main street of Birethanti, going through bamboo forests, past a large waterfall and swimming hole. Beyond a pasture used by pony caravans, the trail reaches Sudami where we halt for lunch. After lunch, we climb steadily up the side of the valley, passing by Hile until we arrive at Tikhedhunga.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We move ahead from Tikhedhunga crossing a stream on a suspension bridge near a camp site. The trail now ascends a steep stone staircase (which has about 3300 steps) to the large Magar village, “Ulleri” at 2080m. Above the village, the trail climbs gently through the pastures and cultivated fields. There is another campsite at about an hour’s walk above Ulleri. We cross two sparkling streams before making a short, final climb to Nangethanti, where we stop for lunch. In the winter the trail can be covered with snow. From Nangethanti, we climb all the way up to Ghorepani, which offers spectacular mountainous panorama of Dhaulagiri (8172m), Tukuche Nilgiri (6940m), Annapurna South(7219m), Annapurna I (8091m), Hiunchuli (6434m) and Tarke Kang (7069m).

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

A pre-dawn ascent of about an hour to Poon Hill caters to a brilliant spectacle; an unobstructed view of sunrise over the high Himalayas. Capture the beauty of the fascinating milieu, sippping your favorite hot chocolate! After spending about 40 minutes there, we descend to Ghorepani for breakfast. Now the trek to Tadapani commences along the ridges and through pine and rhododendron forests until we arrive at Deurali. From here the descent continues towards Banthanti, and then finally to Tadapani.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

The trail to Ghandruk descends steeply through the forests. Since we arrive at the village at mid noon, we have a whole lot of time to explore this mazy settlement. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

After breakfast, start your drive from Ghandruk to Pokhara via Nayapul. The journey usually takes about 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on road conditions. The road passes through the scenic countryside, with terraced fields, traditional villages, and glimpses of the Himalayan mountains. The route offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Machapuchare (Fishtail) mountain ranges, as well as the lush greenery of the surrounding hills. 


Once you reach Pokhara, you'll be welcomed by the scenic Phewa Lake and the backdrop of the Annapurna mountain range. Check-in hotel at Pokhara and the rest of the time is free to explore Pokhara on your own.

Hotel
Breakfast included

After breakfast drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara by a tourist bus retracing the same highway route which you took earlier. Upon reaching Kathmandu, check-in hotel and the rest of the time is free to explore or rest. In the evening is Farewell Dinner at one of the authentic Nepali Restaurant with a cultural show.

 

Option: You can choose to either take a private vehicle for Pokahra/Kathmandudrive or fly to Kathmandu from Pokhara (25 minutes flight) Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu (Breakfast)

Hotel
Breakfast/Dinner included

A representative from Marron Treks will escort you to the airport for your final departure. Have a safe flight back home and we look forward to being your adventure companion in Nepal again.


You can always extend your trip to try out some of our other adventurous packages like Bungy Jumping, Mountain Biking, Jungle Safari, White Water Rafting, Golfing & Paragliding. Please let us know about your desire for trip extension so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

Breakfast Included

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu & Pokhara with breakfast on Twin-Share Basis..
  • Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu transfers by a tourist bus. (Option: Flight or Private Vehicle)
  • All trekking accommodations with Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner at local lodges.
  • Four seasonal sleeping bags (to be returned after trip completion) & Marron Treks Duffel bag.
  • A comprehensive medical kit (will be carried by the trekking guide).
  • Pokhara/Nayapul & Ghandruk/Pokhara transfers by a private vehicle.
  • Experienced Government licensed English Speaking Guide & Porter (1 porter for two people) including their food, accommodation, salary & insurance.
  • Permits for Annapurna Conservation Area Project & TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System).
  • Farewell Dinner at Nepali Authentic Restaurant with Cultural Program.
  • All government and local taxes. 

What is not included?

  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (USD30 for 15 days)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance).
  • Expenses of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot (Tea/ Coffee) & cold drinks, hot shower etc.)
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Tips for guides and porters (Tipping is expected) 

Route Map

FAQ's

1. Is Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek difficult?
No, the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is considered a moderate trek and is suitable for trekkers of all ages and experience levels. The trail is well-established with stone steps and gradual ascents, making it relatively easy to walk.

2. What is the best time to do the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek?
The best time for the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons. These months, from March to May and September to November, offer clear skies, stable weather, and beautiful views of the mountains.

3. Are there teahouses or lodges along the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek route?
Yes, the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek route is well-serviced with teahouses, lodges, and guesthouses along the trail. These provide comfortable accommodation and meals for trekkers, making it unnecessary to carry camping gear.

4. What is the maximum altitude reached during the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek?
The highest point of the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is Poon Hill, which is situated at an altitude of approximately 3,210 meters (10,531 feet) above sea level.

5. What is the starting point of the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek?
The starting point of the trek is Nayapul which can be reached after 1.5-hour drive from Pokhara.

6. What type of physical fitness is required for the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek?
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek requires a moderate level of physical fitness. Regular walking or hiking practice before the trek is advisable to prepare your body for the daily trekking distances and ascending to higher altitudes.

7. Are there any permit requirements for the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek?
Yes, for the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, you need the “Annapurna Conservation Area Permit” (ACAP) and the “Trekkers’ Information Management System” (TIMS) card.

Equipment

Below are the suggested items for the packing list and it also depends upon the season you are trekking. We shall provide 75 liters duffel bag and a sleeping bag. You can bring other items from your home country and if you are traveling light and don’t wish to overweight your luggage during international flights then many of them can also be brought in Kathmandu before the trek starts.

Clothing (Core & Lower body)
·         Water-proof (breathable fabric) jacket, Poncho or Umbrella
·         Hard shell pants (breathable fabric- 1 set), preferably that zips from top and bottom which can be worn over boots without getting undressed, in case of abrupt weather            changes
·         Fleece jacket or Pullover
·         Fleece windcheater jacket
·         Down jacket or a Down vest
·         T-shirts (2 – 3) and Long-sleeved shirts with collars ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Nylon (cotton ought to be strictly avoided) hiking shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Hiking trousers- one that is detachable from the knees so that they it can be folded up as shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Thermal underwear as well as synthetic underwear (3 -4 each – avoid cotton)
·         Synthetic sport brassieres for women (2 pairs- avoid cotton)
 
Head/Eyes & Hand Gears
·         Sun hat/cap
·         Woolen hat or Balaclava
·         Sunglasses/Goggles (preferably the ones with 100% UV protection)
·         Liner, Synthetic or Thin wool gloves (1 -2 pair)
·         Warm gloves (designed to shield the sub-zero temperatures)- 1 pair
 
Footwear
·         Trekking boots (1 pair) and spare laces
·         Running shoes, Sandals or Thongs (flip-flops)- 1 pair each
·         Hiking gaiters (1 pair) to do away the rocks, dusts and moist feet
·         Liner socks- preferably synthetic (3 – 4 pairs)
·         Heavy or wool blend socks (3 – 4 pairs)

Equipment
·         Backpack/Rucksack
·         Duffle bag (will be provided by Marron Treks)
·         Pack cover (to protect your gears from getting wet)
·         Day sack/Nylon stuff sack
·         Sleeping Bag/ Silk liner (will be provided by Marron Treks but should be returned after the trip)
·         Water bottle
·         Good head torch along with spare batteries and bulbs
·         Maps, compass and a guidebook
·         Trekking poles

Miscellaneous Bits
The items below could seem trivial, but if you don’t have them, you might just find yourself sticky and stinky, which isn’t actually good for you!
 
Toiletries
·         Quick-drying camp towel
·         Detergent powder/bar
·         Toilet paper
·         Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 20+) & Lip balm
·         Pocket knife
·         Sewing/Repair Kit (for tent & mattress)
·         Emergency kit including a whistle, waterproof match/lighter
·         Padlocks for bags and lodge rooms
·         Stuff sacks
·         Earplugs

Medicament
It is important that you include the medicines prescribed by your doctor. Below is just the generic list of medications. We advise you to always consult your travel doctor as you might be resistant or allergic to some medicines

·         Anesthetics (Ibuprofen/Aspirin)
·         Broad spectrum antibiotics tablets
·         Metronidazole and Antacids (for diarrohea /indigestion)
·         Broad spectrum ointments (Neosporin/ Clotrimazole/Gentamicin)
·         Antiseptic liquids (Dettol/Savlon)
·         Assorted band-aids
·         Small gauge pad
·         Roll of adhesive tape
·         Iodine tablets

Optional Carry
Nothing hard and fast about carrying the items on this list as they are not the basics. Yet, though not all, if you still manage to squeeze in some of these items on your carry, you will not regret it as they might just come in handy during the trek

·         Camera, memory card and battery charger
·         GPS unit Altimeters
·         Binoculars
·         Pee bottle for men (leak proof/wide mouth) & Pee funnel for women
·         Books and magazines

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