Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek - 10 Days


  • Country: Nepal
  • Region: Annapurna
  • Max. Altitude: 3210m/10531ft
  • Best Season: Spring/Autumn
  • Group Size: Min 2 Pax
  • Trip Start/Ends: Kathmandu
  • Trek Style: Tea House Trek
  • Transportation: Domestic Air/ Land transportation

Ghorepani Trek also known as Poonhill Trek is a great opportunity for just about everyone to experience the beauty of the Himalayas without any difficult trekking. This trek is a fairly easy trek at low altitude that offers incredible scenery and stunning views of in particular Mt Annapurna and Mt Fish Tail.

Trekking through mostly Gurung communities the trail starts in the lowland villages, where rice terraces cut through the mountainsides. It continues into the Annapurna Himal, where you will see colorful villages, green forests, bamboo jungles, rivers and cascades rich with birds and animal life. Prominent is the South face of Mt. Annapurna South (7219m) as well as Mt. Machhapuchhare (6993m).

The highlight of this trek is watching the sunrise from Poon Hill (3245m). It is a steep but easy climb and at the top you will be rewarded with an incredible 360 degree panorama featuring both the Annapurna Range as well as the Dhaulagiri Range with uninterrupted views.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is one of the most popular short treks in Nepal, best known for its mesmerizing sunrise and panoramic views of Annapurna Range. Ghorepani trek offers wonderful opportunities to explore the surroundings and understand the local communities there. The Gurung and Magar are traditional communities with unique very culture. Ghorepani and Ghandruk are two largest Gurung settlements in the Annapurna Region. This trek offers striking views of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Lamjung, Manaslu Range and many more making it a Photographers Paradise. The sunrise from Poon hill is will just take your breath away, making this one of the best treks.


Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft)

Day 2: Full day Sightseeing Tour Kathmandu

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (200 km/6 hrs)

Day 4: Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Tikhedhunga (1525m/5003ft, 3 hrs)

Day 5: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2855m/9366ft, 6 hrs)

Day 6: Hiking to Poonhill (3245m/10646ft) – back to Ghorepani, and trek to Tadapani (2523m/8277ft, 5-6 hrs)

Day 7: Trek to Ghandruk (1970m/6463ft, 3-4 hrs)

Day 8: Trek down to Nayapul and Drive back to Pokhara

Day 9: Drive back to Kathmandu

Day 10: Final departure

Welcome to the land of Himalayas. You will be warmly welcomed by the mountains and our company representative will be standing with your name card at the arrival terminal with the beautiful smile. You will be escorted to your hotel and will be provided all the detailed information about your program. If your arrival is late in the evening then there is always another day to provide you information about your tour. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Today day you will have a full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City consists of Kathmandu Durbar Square (City of Temple), Swoyambhunath (Monkey temple) and Patan City (City of fine arts). Kathmandu Durbar Square is a complex of palaces, courtyards and temples like Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (Abode of the Living Goddess), Taleju temple, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. The Great Stupa of Swayambhunath stands on a hill to the west of Kathmandu. Its name means "The Self-created, Self-existent Buddha" also known as Monkey temple. Patan City is noted for its craftsmen and metal workers. The diversity of the Medieval culture that allowed both Hinduism and Buddhism to flourish has left a rich legacy of impressive sightseeing in this city for today's visitors. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Early morning after your breakfast you will be going by bus to Pokhara (200km/6 Hrs). On your way to Pokhara on your right is the Trishuli River until the Muglin Bridge. On arriving in Pokhara you will be welcomed by Mountain Annapurna, Fishtail and other mountains. Pokhara is also known as the City of Lakes and Mountains. Overnight stay at Hotel in Pokhara. 

Watching the mountains you can enjoy your breakfast then drive toward Nayapul. It will take an hour to reach your trek starting point. You will start your trek from Nayapul crossing the Modi Khola Bridge to your destination Tikhedhunga. Overnight stay at local Guest House Lodge.

Second day of your trek starts after your breakfast towards Ghorepani. You have to climb the steep stone stairs which includes 3300 steps. Compared to other regions this trek is easier so don’t get scared seeing the number of stairs. On the way you can experience rhododendron forest, flora and fauna. Overnight stay at local Guest House Lodge.

Today we start with a pre-dawn hike to Poon Hill (3245m/10646ft) . It is a steep climb up stairs that takes about 1 hour. From here we will watch the sunrise from this stunning viewpoint where we can see both the Annapurna Range and the Dhaulagiri Range with uninterrupted views. In spring the hillside of the surrounding areas is a stunning palette of red rhododendrons that blanket the hillside. This photogenic location is one of the highlights of this trek. After breakfast, we continue on with a fairly easy walk to Tadapani through dense forest alive with greenery and wildlife. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

You can enjoy your breakfast then head toward your destination Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a Gurung village surrounded by the amazing mountains Annapurna and Fish Tail. The village is famous for its well preserved typical Gurung lifestyle and the traditional festivals. You can feel the warm hospitality of the Gurung community and they will show you their well preserved “Ghatu“ dance. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

Before trekking back to Nayapul you can have your breakfast and then trek down toward Birethanti. Your vehicle will be standing by to drive you back to Pokhara. Overnight stay at Hotel in Pokhara. 

We return Kathmandu by tourist bus, Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will be escorted to your hotel. You are free to enjoy leisure day or catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any landmarks we missed during our first day in Kathmandu. You can either visit Great Nepal’s office in Thamel or take rest in your hotel room. In the evening, we can visit some more places in Kathmandu as far as possible then we will attend a celebration dinner together. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Sadly your most memorable journey ends today. A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you have plenty of time to think about your recent adventure and to plan your next wonderful adventure in Nepal.

Inclusion

  • All transportation as per itinerary including airport transfers.
  • 3 nights accommodation whilst in Kathmandu (as requirements with various categories as stated) on BB basis. 2 nights accommodation in Pokhara.
  • All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Farewell dinner with cultural show in Kathmandu.
  • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu (Pashupatinath, Bouddhnath and Durbar Square).
  • Accommodation in the best available Lodges, Guesthouses during the trek (on twin share basis).
  • A local English speaking Government Guide during the trek.
  • The required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine and transportation for all trekking/tour staff.
  • Annapurna conservation’s park fees and TIMS (Trekker Information Management System) and other necessary permits.
  • Trekking equipment’s i.e.- down Jacket, sleeping bag and duffel/kit bag and trekking pole (which needs to be returned after the trek.)
  • First aid medical kit.
  • Official expenses.

Exclusion

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, water and personal items.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory). This must include helicopter rescue
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (US$ 30 per person) You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu for either 30 days or 90 days from date of issue. You will need to have currency of either USD, AUD or EU in cash to pay for your visa.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc that is beyond our control.
  • Wifi access fees in lodges while trekking.
  • Fees for recharging of mobile phones at lodges while trekking.
  • Lodge fees for hot showers, towels, laundry or other services.
  • Personal trekking gear.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (which is not mandatory but highly appreciated).
  • Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses. (These should be covered by your travel insurance provider)
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned on Price Inclusion section.

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Acclimatization

To enable all expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. This will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness.

Why Tipping is essential?

There are several reasons why you should tip in Nepal. It is quite the same as for what you tip in restaurants. They live in remote areas that are far from proper health and education facilities. Tipping them will additionally encourage them to manage good and nutritive food to eat, warm and comfortable clothes to wear or other necessary basic requirements to maintain their livelihood in a comfortable way. A small gesture of gratitude will do no harm to you but actually changes the lives of many people for a long time in many reasons. Our company has its fund collected from the some percentage of profit and sometimes from the tips of our guests which will directly invested for uplifting the economic condition of guides, porters and other staffs of office. It’s nothing more than the way to add smiles on those laborious faces.


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Trip highlights

  • Experience Typical Gurung lifestyle
  • Gateway to Annapurna
  • Unobstructed view of Annapurna I (8,091m.) Annapurna II (7,937m.) Annapurna IV (7,525m.) and Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Hiunchuli (6,441m.) Lamjung Himal (6,586m.) Machhapucchre (6,993m.) and Ganesh Himal (7,446m)
  • Start/End your day with dramatic vistas of sunrise over the Himalaya
  • Magnificent Pokhara valley known as City of Lakes

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