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Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek – 9 days

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Overview - Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

  • 9 Days
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Nepal
  • Altitude: 3210m/10531ft
  • Spring/Autumn
  • Group Size : Min 2 Pax
  • Trek Style: Tea House Trek
  • Domestic Air/ Land transportation

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal. What makes it so preferred is the natural beauty that you get to experience during the journey. On top of that, the trek is probably the simplest one in Nepal, lasts for a short duration, and is quite affordable. All these features make Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek the first choice of a majority of trekkers. If you’re looking to trek in Nepal for the first time, you can go ahead and pick this one for a great time.;

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is also known as Poon Hill trek, as the main attraction of the journey is Poon Hill. It has a height of 3210 m, and the trekkers prefer to hike to reach the top of the hill early in the morning. There’s a viewpoint here, which is said to offer the best views of the hills and mountains in the region, and that of the sunrise and the sunset. Poon Hill trekking is also known as Ghandruk trek, as Ghandruk village is yet another major attraction of the trip.

Situated in the lap of nature, you don’t just get to enjoy nature here, but also explore Gurung culture. Gurungs are the people who are believed to be indigenous to Nepal. They have been living in this part of the country for decades. Poon Hill trek Nepal is a 9 days long journey, and during this time, you will get to explore places like Tikhedhunga, Tadapani, and Ghorepani.

Poon Hill trekking starts and ends at Nayapul, which is a small town located only a couple of hours drive away from Pokhara. One of the best things about Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is that you get to explore Annapurna Conservation Area during the trek. It is the largest protected area in Nepal, and also one of the richest when it comes to flora and fauna.

Annapurna Region

Annapurna Region is the home of some of the most exciting trekking routes in the country, and the most popular ones among them, apart from Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek are Annapurna Base Camp trek and Annapurna Circuit trek. The former one takes you to the base camp of Mt. Annapurna, the tenth highest mountain in the world, and Mt. Machhapuchhre. The latter one takes you on a round trip of the Annapurna region. If you want to explore the entire region in one go, the Annapurna Circuit trek is the best way to go about it.

Apart from these two, there are also other interesting journeys in the region, for instance, the Tilicho Lake trek. Many people believe it to be the highest altitude lake in the world. In the same way, there’s the Mardi Himal Trek, which takes you to the base camp of Mardi Himal. A challenging journey in the region is the Lumba Sumba Pass trek. The journey allows you to explore the rich culture and traditions followed by the locals in the villages of Lumba and Sumba, and the surrounding areas.

Poon Hill Weather

Poon Hill Weather is at its best between the months of September and November. During this time of the year, Poon Hill weather is neither too hot nor too cold. The skies are clear, allowing you to enjoy the most amazing views from the top of the hill. The time between the months of September and November is the most popular season for going on Ghorepani Poon Hill trek. It is for the same reason that at this time, you will see the trek route, and the villages laden with tourists. If you’re looking to go for this journey, make sure to consider the Poon Hill Weather.

Despite the fact that Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is best suited for the first time trekkers, and the ones with average fitness level, it has so many things to offer to the experienced ones as well. The trek is the best example of trekking in Nepal and offers the trekkers the best experiences. With all the cultural and natural spectacles that the journey offers, it is, without a doubt, one of the most preferred treks in Nepal. You should definitely go for it if you’re a trekking enthusiast.

Great Nepal treks can prove to be the ideal trekking partner if you’re looking to trek in the hills of Nepal and especially go for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. The agency specializes in trekking and expedition, however, they also offer luxury tour packages featuring activities such as helicopter tour, jungle safari, food and cultural tour, and so on. Their intention is to cater to the needs of tourists from all backgrounds and interests and offer 100% client satisfaction. If you’re looking to travel to Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan, and try out these activities, contact Great Nepal Treks.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Itinerary - 9 Days

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

Welcome to the land of the Himalayas. Our company representative will escort you to your hotel. You will be provided with all the detailed information about your trip. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2Drive to Pokhara (200Km, 6 Hrs)

Early in the morning, you will drive to Pokhara after having your breakfast. Upon our arrival at Pokhara you will be moved to the hotel for check-in purposes. Rest of the day free on own. You can relax at your hotel, stroll around Lakeside area or complete your last minute shopping. Overnight stay at Hotel in Pokhara.

Day 3Drive to Nayapul (42km/1 Hrs) and Trek to Tikhedhunga (1525m/5003ft, 3 hrs)

After breakfast you will drive to Nayapul. The small village is the starting point of the trek. Just follow the Modi Khola (River) through picturesque farmlands and rice terraces to get to Tikhedhunga. Overnight at tea house lodge in Tikhedhunga.

Day 4Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2855m/9366ft, 6 hrs)

Fuel yourself up with a delicious and nutritious rural delicacy. From today, the real trekking starts as you will have to hike up and down the strenuous hills of the region. Start with a steep climb on the 3500 stone steps to reach Ulleri. Further hike uphill will end the strenuous trail and make the trail easier. After a few hours of trekking, you will reach Ghorepani. Along the trail, experience the beautiful views of the Rhododendron forest, diverse flora and fauna and the scenic hillside. Overnight at tea house lodge in Ghorepani.

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

Today, we will start at pre-dawn. Hike along the steep stairs to get to Poon Hill. The hike will take us about an hour. The sunrise views from the stunning viewpoint are breathtaking. Poon Hill is one of the best vantage points in the Annapurna Region. Enjoy the 360-degree views of the high Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks with uninterrupted sights. During the spring, the hillside of the surrounding areas gets covered with stunning palettes of red color with the blooming of Rhododendron. This photogenic place has been staying as one of the highlights of this trek. After breakfast, you will continue the trek on an easy walk to Tadapani through the dense forest alongside green hills and diverse wildlife. Overnight at tea house in Tadapani. 

Day 6Trek to Ghandruk (1970m/6463ft, 3-4 hrs)

You can enjoy your breakfast then head towards your destination Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a Gurung village surrounded by amazing mountains such as the Annapurna and Machhaouchhre. 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. Overnight at tea house in Ghandruk.

Day 7Trek down to Nayapul and Drive back to Pokhara

After breakfast trek down towards Nayapul via Birethanti. Your vehicle will be standing by to drive you back to Pokhara. Rest of the day or explore around the Fewa Lake. Overnight stay at Hotel in Pokhara.

Day 8Drive back to Kathmandu

Today, you will return to the Kathmandu Valley by a tourist bus. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be guided back to your hotel. Freshen up and stroll around the Kathmandu Valley for souvenirs. Later, in the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a Nepalese Restaurant. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 9Final Departure

Your trip concludes. A Great Nepal representative will guide you to the airport some 3 hours before the flight. Have a safe journey ahead.

Inclusion

  • All transportation as per the itinerary including airport transfers except Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu by Tourist Bus. (SIC basis)
  • Two nights of accommodation with breakfast in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara on twin/sharing basis. Upgrades are available at an additional cost.
  • Accommodation in the best available lodges, guesthouses, and tea houses, during trekking days using twin sharing/dormitory rooms. Upgrades to private rooms may be available upon request for an additional charge.
  • Three meals a day followed by tea/coffee while on trekking days. All included meals are notated as B-Breakfast, L-Lunch and D-Dinner)
  • Government licensed English speaking guide throughout the entire trek with his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine, and transportation costs included.  Tipping is a personal statement of your satisfaction of their service.
  • The required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek with his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine. (02Trekkers:01Porter)
  • Annapurna conservation’s park fees and TIMS (Trekker Information Management System) and other necessary permits.
  • Complementary farewell dinner with cultural show and authentic Nepalese cuisine.
  • First aid medical kit.
  • Necessary service charges and government taxes.

Exclusion

  • Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our treks. This must include helicopter rescue, medical testing, treatment, and hospitalization expenses. You will be asked to provide proof of such coverage upon arrival and before departing on the trek.
  • Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu.  An average meal in just about any restaurant will run about $5 - $10 depending on what you order. Western oriented restaurants may be a bit more.
  • You are responsible for snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, drinking water and personal expenses along the way. Wi-Fi access lodges (if available), for hot showers, towels, laundry or other services may be available along the way at posted rates.
  • All personal trekking gear while trekking.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Nepal entry visa cost. Most visitors can obtain a visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa is good for 30 days and costs US$ 40 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained for US$ 100. Please bring 2 passport-size photos.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like(natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances)
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver.  While tipping is not mandatory it is highly appreciated.
  • Any other items not mentioned in the included section.

Accommodation

You will be staying in 3 star hotels (as mentioned in itinerary) while you are in  Kathmandu and Pokhara. While visiting the rural areas, especially high altitudes, you will be staying in teahouses. It is important to note that teahouses are small lodges run by locals and are a very popular type of accommodation in high altitudes and rural areas. They tend to be quite on the cheaper side and only offer limited services.It is important to be open-minded and not expect all the services you get in city areas. The rooms are typically small with twin beds, clean blanket, pillow and bed sheet. Normally people tend to carry their own sleeping bags for sanitary reasons. The only area, that is usually heated is the dining area, so be ready to face some cold night. Toilets in teahouses are typical squat-style and are very small but clean. Likewise, hot water is not available, but you can easily get some for a small fee. If you have any other questions related to accommodation, food, and other details during your visit to Nepal, you can always contact our operators who are available 24X7 at your service. 

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FAQ

What is Acclimatization? Is it important to acclimitized?

To enable all trekking & expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our trekking & 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. Yes it is very important for all trekkers and climbers because this will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness.

What kind of personal first aid should i carry while trekking or Expedition in Nepal?

Although our guides from Great Nepal Treks carry first aid medical kit, it is better to carry a supply of first aid items for your own personal use according to your health conditions. Here are the list of some general as well as some special medications you may require:
– Antiseptic cream (Betadine)
– Sunblock SPF 30+
– Throat lozenges
– Painkillers and anti-inflammatory such as Aspirin, Paracetamol, Ibuprofen etc.
– Band-aids, bandage, compression bandage and ‘Second Skin’ for blisters
– Re-hydration salts. (Trioral, Electrobin, Oral Rehydrating Salt)
– Dextrose glucose tablets
– Water treatment tablets
– Your prescription medications
– Antibiotics for longer climbing and expedition style trips

Does high altitude effect and benefits?

You will be affected by high altitude problems if it is your fist trip at a high altitude. The altitude has some important beneficial effects on the human body and your trips have been designed to enable these. Please familiarize yourself with the information on AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and understand how to avoid it and read on benefits of high altitude and take advantage of these to improve your body’s metabolism.

What is Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS)

Altitude sickness is the reaction of the body adjusting to decreasing amounts of oxygen. The high altitude slowly decreases the flow of oxygen means the higher you climb, the flow of oxygen is very thin resulting the malfunction of body. Altitude sickness most commonly occurs from above 2,800 meters (9,200ft) but this is different for everyone – there is simply no way of knowing your own susceptibility prior to being at altitude thus it is vital for you to monitor your own health. AMS occurs when the body is unable to adopt at the higher altitude having less amount of oxygen. At an altitude of 5490m (18000 ft.), the oxygen availability becomes just the half of the availability at sea level. While only a third of oxygen is available at the summit of Mt. Everest. Symptoms may be mild and subside/go away after a day’s rest, or if it is ignored it could lead to death.

What are the symptoms of AMS?

Symptoms can appear within 1-2 hours although most often appear 6-10 hours after ascent and generally subside in 1-2 days as the body adjusts to altitude. They may reappear as you continue to go higher. Symptoms of AMS usually occur gradually and can be one or a combination of the following:
• Headache: Due to the less amount of oxygen in air, the blood influences the blood vessels to spread wide in order to supply more oxygen to the brain and which cause them to show the early symptom of AMS.
• Dopiness: The trekkers or climbers feel very sleepy but could not.
• Shortness of breath: The breathing pattern changes as the breathing becomes faster and deeper than normal in order to get enough oxygen and rapid pulse
• Loss of appetite and nausea: Despite of physical exercise, the trekkers don’t have an appetite to eat.

What are the Life threatening forms of AMS?

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)
If one accumulates of fluid in the lungs and mild fever then, there is a chance of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). The filling of fluid in the lungs is Pulmonary Edema. The fluid blocks the passage of fresh oxygen to get into the lungs which causes the shortage of oxygen. Though the exact reason for the HAPE has not been identified, scientists think that pressure of blood vessel around the lungs is directly proportional to the altitude. As a result the smaller blood vessels leak allowing the fluid to escape to the lungs. The treatment for the HAPE victims is to give the oxygen at the rate of 4 liters a minute, using Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC). In case of unavailability of PAC bag or oxygen, one is taken down to the low altitude which is the only way of life-saving. HAPE can also lead to unconsciousness which may also results to death in a short period of time.

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)
HACE is the accumulation of fluid in the brain due of the swollen blood vessels to the brain. HACE is also seen within a couple of hours and can send the patient to coma and take his/her life in just few hours likewise to HAPE. The excessive flow of blood to the brain due to the low-level oxygen causes vasodilation which eventually leads to leakage of blood vessels to the brain. A 4 to 8mg of dexamethasone is given as a first dose to those who suffer from such sickness and then 4mg Diamox is given an every six hours gap. Similarly, 2-4 liters/minute oxygen is given and one is taken to down if it is necessary.

What are the Symptoms of HAPE?

Breathlessness
– A dry cough, developing to a wet one with blood-tinged discharge or saliva
– Tightness in the chest & blueness/darkness of face, lips & tongue
– Low fever up to 38°C/100°F
– Severe fatigue, progressing to coma

What are the Symptoms of HACE?

– Severe headache symptoms not relieved by painkillers or lying down
– Confusion, disorientation & drowsiness
– Nausea/vomiting
– Loss of balance or coordination
– Blurred or double vision/retinal hemorrhage

How to Prevent Altitude Sickness?

Certain medical conditions (such as respiratory disease) or medications (such as sleeping pills) can increase the risk of altitude sickness – it is important that you inform your guide of any medical conditions or medications before ascending to altitude. You can help your body to acclimatize and avoid altitude sickness by:
– Avoiding alcohol, tobacco and substances that can interfere with good delivery of oxygen to the body or cause dehydration
– Eating small, frequent meals high in carbohydrates
– Drinking plenty of water – the test of sufficient amount of water intake is ability to urinate colorless urine
– Taking it easy or have a rest. Walk at a slower pace than you would at sea level and avoid over-exertion
– Climb the mountain gradually and stop for a day or two of rest for every 600m/2000ft above 2,400m/8000ft
– Climb high but Sleep at a lower altitude if possible
– Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness
Since our Guides from Great Nepal Treks are very professional and well trained about altitude sickness, they will guide you during your trekking and expedition activities in Nepal.

What are the basic treatment of Altitude sickness?

Most travelers are able to successfully acclimatize by following the previously mentioned guidelines. However, there are instances where medical treatment is required. Ultimately, the best treatment for acute mountain sickness (AMS) is to descend to a lower altitude and rest. Early diagnosis is important. Acute mountain sickness is easier to treat in the early stages. The guide will monitor you all the time for symptoms and will pace you appropriately to minimize your exposure to AMS.Cooperating with the guide and reporting if any of the above-described symptoms are seen allows your guide to undertaking appropriate and timely action to minimize your exposure to AMS. Sufficient time for acclimatization (After 3000 meters) is also another method to minimize AMS. Following precautions can be done in order to get rid of AMS:
Don’t ascent up rapidly.
• Never use alcohol, sleeping pills and smoking.
• Drink more fluid 3-4 liters a day, clean boiled water / tea / coffee / soup / juice etc.
• Climb high and sleep low.
• Don’t go trekking alone, take guide/porter.
• Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local people, guidebook.
• Descent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.
• Never leave or descent sick person along.
• Avoid getting cold.
• Take an easy and comfortable trekking route even if it is longer.
• Sleep more than normal.
Your Guide will carry some medications in First Aid Kit and may suggest for medication such as Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, combination of them or specific AMS medication. Standard and effective medication for prevention of AMS is Acetazolamide (Diamox) and it may be given to help improve breathing and reduce mild symptoms. This drug can cause increased urination. Ensure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug.With severe cases of AMS, our guide will contact our office in Kathmandu and arrange your evacuation by helicopter. Before we accept you on the trek we will require that you purchase health and travel insurance including helicopter rescue and hospitalization.

How GNTE handle you during the case of emergency?

You never know when the unexpected situation comes and put you in hearse condition whether you are professional or beginners. Our professional guides do their best to make you well with first aid support. If the situation goes worse, you will be evacuated by Helicopter. You are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation. So, before coming to Nepal, please make your travel insurance. Ask your guide to arrange a runner to the nearest communication point and inform office about requirement of a helicopter. For evacuation, we require the name of the sick person and the exact location from where helicopter can airlift you. You should not leave the place after calling Helicopter for evacuation though you are feeling better than before.

How to get safe drinking water during trekking and Expedition in Nepal?

On the trek, there is a facility of purchasing safe drinking water in teahouses.It is better if you carry the water purifying pills on your own. On camping trek, the water will be treated with Potassium permanganate or Iodine. On the trail, water from the streams is safe to drink, but better not to use it directly for drinking.

Are we safe with Great Nepal Treks during our trekking or expedition journey?

Security and a safe journey is our core objective of trekking. Our guide holds licenses issued by the Nepal Government and our staffs are local, honest, kind and genuine. But we also insist you to take care of your own personal belongings. If you are on ‘camping trek’ please take your main bag inside the tent once you reach campsite and put all bags and belongings in the middle of the tent when you feel sleepy. Your guide assigns a Sherpa on turn wise basis to guard the campsite throughout the night. If you are on ‘Tea house arrangement, never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out. Feel safe since you are in the hands of ethical trekking company in Nepal.

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André P

Group Traveller

During our stay in Nepal, we were treated with respect and courtesy by Amrit and his entire team.
They provided us a genuine, sincere and considerate service. Always available to respond our needs.
During the five days of hiking in the mountains the whole team tried to make sure if we needed something and that we enjoyed every step of the trek.
The day we arrived in Ghorepani, Poon Hill, was my birthday and Amrit and his team “came out of nowhere” with a birthday cake and everyone sang the Happy Bhirtday.
The generosity and kindness of all caught me by surprise. I was very touched!
I loved the trekking.
They were all lovely!
I also loved the Resham Firiri, song and danced by all!
You deserve all my respect!

Rita & André
Portugal

November 30, -0001