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Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

The Ghorpani Poon Hill Trek is one of the most popular treks in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is a relatively short and easy trek from Pokhara, suitable for beginners or people with little time, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.

Ghorepani Poon Hill offers trekking alternatives of 3 days, 4 days, 5 days, 6 days and more days depending on the trekking access point and return route you choose. One of the main highlights of the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is the sunrise view from Poon Hill (the highest point of the trek at an altitude of 3,210 meters).

From this vantage point, you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views including Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Nilgiri (7,041 m), Bharha Shikhar (7,647 m), Annapurna I (8,091 m), Annapurna South (7,219 m), Hiunchuli (6,434 m), Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), Annapurna II (7,939 m), Annapurna III (7,555 m), Annapurna IV (7,525 m), and Lamjung Himal (6,988 m).

The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek often starts from Nayapul, which is about a one and half hour drive from Pokhara. But today a motorable road is available from Nayapul to Ulleri or Banthanti which gives the option of going by jeep. On foot from Nayapul, you will trek through the charming villages of Birethanti and Hile before reaching Tikhedhunga. This initial part of the trek involves a relatively gentle ascent and passes through terraced fields, small settlements, and lush green forests.

From Tikhedhunga the trek involves a steep climb up to Ulleri, a village located on a hillside. This section is known for its stone-paved steps, which can be quite challenging but rewarding. From Ulleri, the trail continues through rhododendron and oak forests.

After passing through Banthanti, you will cross several streams and waterfalls before reaching Nangethanti village, where you can take a break and enjoy some refreshments. The trail then continues uphill to Ghorepani (2,855 m). The next morning, you will wake up early to hike to Poon Hill, which is renowned for its panoramic sunrise views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.

After visiting Poon Hill come back to Ghorepani, you will trek to Tadapani, which is known for its beautiful rhododendron forests. The trail first ascends and descends through forests and terraced fields, offering panoramic views of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) mountains. From Tadapani, you can continue to the village of Ghandruk, known for its Gurung culture and traditional houses. Ghandruk offers stunning views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre.

From Ghandruk, trekkers have many options to continue their journey, either end the trek and drive directly to Pokhara on the same day or continue the trek till Nayapul and drive to Pokhara. But our itinerary given below requires you to continue the trek till Dhampus Phedi, it goes through Landdruk village, Tolkha, Pitam Deurali, Pothana and Dhampus Phedi. From here you will drive to Pokhara and the next day drives or fly back to Kathmandu.

If you want to extend this trekking, you can extend with Magdi Tatopani or Jhinu Danda (both places provide the best natural hot springs to take a bath). And it is also possible to extend this trekking to Mohare Danda, Khopra Ridge, Mulde Hill, or Mardi Himal.

11 days Ghorepani Poon Hill trek includes 6 days trekking (8 days from Kathmandu) and one day sightseeing in Kathmandu, two days for arrival and departure from Kathmandu.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Highlights

  • Visit Poon Hill (3,210 meters), which is known for its breathtaking view of the sunrise. As the sun rises, it bathes the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, in a golden glow.
  • Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre and other surrounding peaks from various vantage points.
  • Visit Ghorepani, a charming village where trekkers spend the night to go to the Poon Hill viewpoint.
  • Visit Ghandruk, a picturesque Gurung village with traditional stone houses. The village offers stunning views of the Annapurna south, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre (fishtail) mountains.
  • It is a relatively short trek, making it suitable for those with limited time. It can be completed in about 3 to 8 days, providing a quick but fulfilling Himalayan experience.
  • Trek through lush rhododendron forests, especially vibrant in the spring, when the hillsides are ablaze with colorful blossoms.
  • Trek through charming villages inhabited by the Gurung and Magar ethnic communities. Experience the warm hospitality of the locals and learn about their unique cultures and traditions.
  • Trek along terraced fields that showcase the agricultural lifestyle of the locals. The landscape is dotted with traditional farming practices.
  • Experience the unique atmosphere of trekking teahouses and lodges along the trail. Interact with fellow trekkers and share stories.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Cost

The cost of the Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking package depends on various factors. These include the size of the group (Larger groups might be able to negotiate better rates, while solo trekkers or small groups may pay a premium for personalized services), the level of services included (budget, standard, luxury) and the reputation and standard of the trekking company you choose.

The Alpine Adventure Club announces the cost and some fixed departure dates for the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek for groups joining in 2024 and 2025, the cost includes the standard service. If you wish to participate in a private trek, the cost will be different.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation
Day 03: Kathmandu drive to Pokhara (850 m) by tourist bus
Day 04: Pokhara drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga (1,577 m)
Day 05: Tikhedhunga trek to Ghorepani (2,855 m)
Day 06: Hike to Poon Hill (3,210 m) and trek to Tadapani (2,610 m)
Day 07: Tadapani trek to Ghandruk (1,940 m)
Day 08: Ghandruk trek to Pothana (1,900 m)
Day 09: Pothana trek to Dhampus phedi and drive to Pokhara (850 m)
Day 10: Pokhara drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus
Day 11: Depart Kathmandu

Destination: Nepal
Trekking Region: Annapurna
Trek Start Point:  Nayapul
Trek End Point: Dhampus Phedi
Trekking Accommodation:  Teahouse / Camping
Trekking Grade: Easy-Medium
Best Season:  March – May / September-November
Max Elevation: 3,210 m
Duration: 11 Days

The price of a private trek can fluctuate due to several factors, such as the trekking agency selected, the trek's duration, the group size, the level of services desired, and the preferred category of accommodation (deluxe, standard, or budget) in the city and during the trek, the choice between normal (simple) teahouses or the best available teahouses can also impact the overall price. Therefore, it is recommended that you click here: Price request form and fill in the required information and submit the same to get the exact price of your preferred trek and service.

PRICE INCLUDES:-

  • Airport pick up and airport drop by private transportation including before and after the trek
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (2 and above participants get twin sharing room in 3-star standard hotel)
  • Historical monument city sightseeing with a tour guide
  • Historical monuments city sightseeing transportation by Non A/C Comfortable Vehicle
  • Kathmandu sightseeing/monument visits Entrance fees
  • Accommodation in Pokhara as per the itinerary with complimentary breakfast (2 and above participants get twin sharing room in a tourist standard hotel)
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara and return transportation by tourist bus
  • Trekking accommodation in normal Trekkers lodge/Teahouse (2 and above participants get twin sharing room)
  • Three time meals a day during the trekking Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner/Main course
  • Dessert (Fresh Fruits/Chocolate) after dinner on behalf of the company
  • One Experienced English-speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide and his food, accommodation, and salary
  • Porters carrying your luggage while trekking (Two guests get one porter carrying a maximum of 25 kg of luggage)
  • Pokhara to Nayapul and Dhampus Phedi to Pokhara transportation by private vehicle
  • Annapurna Conservation area project entry fee
  • Trekker's Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff (Trekking guide and Porters)
  • Nepal Government taxes and office service charge

PRICE EXCLUDES:-

  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • International and domestic air tickets
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Personal trekking equipment and Clothing
  • Wire Transfer charge or Credit card service charge as company rule
  • Alcoholic beverages, laundry, Telephone calls and all types of hot drinks in Trekking
  • Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water etc
  • Hot water, battery charge and hot shower charge during the trek (If need to pay)
  • Personal nature expenses and Tipping (Tips)
  • High risk medical / travel insurance and First aid kit
  • Expenses resulting from delays beyond our control in case of weather, flight cancellations, or natural calamities
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (if needed)
  • Any other things not mentioned

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
After you arrive in Kathmandu airport please check our company board outside the main gate there will be our airport representative you will meet with him and he will transferred to hotel by private vehicle and our representative will help you to check-in your hotel after that if time enough, representative will take you to our office for short briefing about the trip but if not enough time then give a short trip brief in hotel and request to pay the due balance for the trip. Overnight at Hotel

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation
After breakfast, Kathmandu visits Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Boudhanath Stupa which are all World Heritage Sites. Durbar Square throws light on the life of the royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most important pilgrimage places for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as Monkey Temple and Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. Late in the afternoon, we introduced you to your mountain/trek guide. overnight at Hotel

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (850m)
Trekking staff will arrive at your hotel at 6:30 am to pick you up to tourist bus station for journey to Pokhara. Normally bus leave at 7:00 am from Kantipath and it takes about 7 hours from Kathmandu. Today, you can take a breakfast in your hotel that you order earlier night or request to manage packing breakfast that you eat in bus journey because on the way we are not stopping for breakfast as well not available good breakfast but we stop for a lunch so try to eat Nepalese food (Dal Bhat). Afternoon you arrive in Pokhara then check in your hotel and refresh and look around lakeside. Pokhara is a beautiful valley, with panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchare (shape of fish tail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. The town of Pokhara is set on the banks of the Phewa Lake. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu providing the perfect starting point for our trek. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Pokhara drive to Nayapul then trek to Tikhedhunga (1577m)
This morning we will drive for about 45 Km. This drive offers you the best view of Annapurna Himalayan range with terraced landscapes and villages and then descending to the Nayapul. From there our trek begins in this warm sub tropical region. The walk follows the Modi River upstream to Birethanti & follows the east bank of Bhurungdi Khola with scenery of waterfalls, high green forest and follows the picturesque trails and finally reaches to Tikhedhunga. Lunch will be eaten en route. Walking distance is four hours and we will stay overnight at Tikhedhunga village where you can enjoy the cool splash of the cascading waterfalls. Overnight at teahouse

Day 05: Tikhedhunga Trek to Ghorepani (2855m)

After breakfast you will continue the trek. The path ascends steeply for couple of hours to Ulleri village with the scenery of terrace landscape and Annapurna Himalaya. From here the path is more gradual up hill on the winding trail through the cool shade of forest; the walk continues mostly uphill, in the midst of the giant rhododendron forest and you finally reach Ghorepani Deurali. Ghorepani is a busy spot on the ridge in the midst of the beautiful rhododendron forest, offering grand views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range to the north and west. Overnight at teahouse

Day 06: Ghorepani Trek to Poon hill (3210m) to Tadapani (2610m)

Today your guide will wake you early in the morning for a 40 minute hike up to Poon hill with the help of flash-light or moon light offering morning glimpse of stars and walking through the Rhododendron forest. Poon hill is named after the hill tribe Pun, inhabitants of Ghorepani and the surrounding area. It is also an Advantage spot for the most panoramic scenery from the far western Himalaya of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Dhampus Peak, Nilgiri, Annapurna  including Mt. Machhapuchare (Fish Tail), Hiunchuli, Manaslu and Lamjung etc. Nearly 600 km range of mountains can be viewed from this great spot with the spectacular sunrise on the mid western Himalaya range. After a great time here return to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue trek to Tadapani, we make climb along ridges and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (2960m). After that we descend to the Banthanti, then turning off to Tadapani. This is a wonderful place with close views of the Annapurna sough and Fishtail Mountains, situated in the midst of the rain and alpine mixed forest. Overnight at teahouse.

Day 07: Tadapani Trek to Ghandruk (1,940m)
Today’s walk leads through the serene forest for an hour on the gradual path to Bhaisi Kharka. From this spot the trail descends with occasional views of the Mt.Annapurna south, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchre (Fishtail). The trial descends through forest, creeks and small streams and into the maze of trails until Ghandruk village. This is a semi-modern village. On reaching Ghandruk at lunch time you have enough time to explore the village and Gurung cultural museum afternoon and relax. Overnight at teahouse.

Day 08: Ghandruk Trek to Pothana (1900m)
We decent down to Modi Khola and start climb up to Landruk village (1545m) a pretty big village inhabited by mixed community of Gurung, Magar and Brahmin as well. Now the trail gently ascends to Tolka (1700m.) and then ascent and level path to Bherikharka. From here, the trail goes steeply up to Deorali (2100m.) with a view of different mountain peaks in panorama. Now the trail gradually descends to Pothana passing through different oak forests. Pothana is a small town resided by Gurung, an ethnic community of Nepal. From here too, you can enjoy the splendid views of various mountain peaks. Overnight at teahouse

Day 09: Pothana trek to Dhampus phedi & drive to Pokhara (850m)
Trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi and it takes approximately three hours and drive from Dhampus Phedi to Pokhara by private vehicle. The trail is gently descent up to Dhampus, a village mainly inhabited by Gurung. Now you trek through flat land for some distance and steeply descend to Dhampus Phedi. Now you take vehicle to drive from Dhampus Phedi to Pokhara it takes about 35 minutes driving distance. Overnight at hote

Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus

It takes about seven hours, while driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli,, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes. Overnight Hotel

Day 11: Depart Kathmandu
After breakfast, End of our services with departure transfer to the Kathmandu airport to board flight for your onward destination

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