Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is a moderate hike through rhododendron forests and picturesque mountain villages. The highest point on the trek is just 3,210m, hence there is no risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). The main highlight of the trip is the vantage point of Poon Hill which offers great sunrise views with panoramic mountains in the backdrop, along with the large Gurung village of Ghandruk. The Gurung people are famous for their bravery and hospitality, so much so that the British have a British Gurkha regiment.
The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek starts with one and half hours drive to Nayapul from where we hike on a dirt road along the Modi River. Further on, the trail ascends up 4,000 Ulleri stone steps passing through small rural villages and beautiful rhododendron forests, terraced fields and green landscapes. We then ascend on a steep trail to Ghorepani and hike further to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3210m). As the sun rises over the Annapurna (8,091m) and Dhaulagiri (8,167m), along with a maze of other peaks, the peaks of Himalayas bathe in a brilliant orange glow; a beautiful contrast with the unexposed flanks. We further follow a ridge to reach the village of Ghandruk, a small Gurung village famous for views of Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna and other snow-capped peaks. We finish the trek at Nayapul, descending through the cultivated fields of Modi Khola Valley (5 hrs) and retrace our steps back to Pokhara.
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is a very popular destination because of its accessibility and duration. The lodges are quite comfortable compared to other trekking destinations which makes the Poon Hill Trek suitable for families as well.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our representative will pick you up at the airport and drive to the assigned hotel where you will meet the rest of the group. The hotel is located nearby Thamel where you can enjoy shopping, restaurants, and cafes. Depending upon what time you arrive, in the afternoon your trek guide will brief you about the upcoming days and help you prepare. Rest of the day is at leisure. TIP: Please look for the Go For Nepal board at the opposite railing of the terminal.
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (950 m), 6 to 7 hrs drive.
We drive along the scenic Trisuli and Marsyangdi river, the latter famous for rafting, to reach Pokhara. Along the way, we can see Ganesh Himal and the Manaslu summit. Pokhara is a commercial hub but also has a lot of natural and cultural attractions such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhism and Hinduism, as well as mountains. The drive takes about 6-7 hours.
Day 03: Drive Pokhara - Naya Pul, Trek to Ulleri (2050 m/6725 ft) 1 hour 30 min drive and 6 hrs trek
We drive for one hour thirty minutes to Nayapul (New Bridge) and then walk through a forest in the valley. We cross the Burundi Khola before reaching the village of Tikhedhunga from where we traverse over 4,000 steps and boulders up to Ulleri, around late afternoon.
Day 04: Trek to Ghorepani (2,874 m), 5 hrs walk.
Via stone steps, we ascend to the village of Ghorepani. At the same time, we can admire the spectacular view of Annapurna South. Hiking along waterfalls, small villages and several tea houses and we reach Ghorepani. It offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna South and the Nilgiri Mountains.
Day 05: Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft) via Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft) 6 hrs
We start early morning for Poon Hill to enjoy a beautiful sunrise view over the Himalayas. The views of Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20 of the highest mountains in the world is a delight. After a cup of coffee, we hike back to Ghorepani have breakfast and hike east. After climbing over a ridge, hiking through rhododendron forests along with beautiful waterfalls, we arrive at Tadapani.
Day 06: Trek to via Ghandruk village drive to Pokhara (1,940 m), 6 hrs.
Starting early, we walk on a fairly flat trail and from Baishi Kharka we descend through some small Gurung villages to Ghandruk, the largest Gurung village in the region with a museum. Even though we are descending, the hike is pleasant as we interact with the local community and walk along fertile fields, Weather permitted, the views are absolutely worthwhile! After a short stop at Ghandruk, we descend down further for about 1.5 hrs to Nayapul where we catch our transport back to Pokhara.
Day 7: Drive Pokhara (827m) - Kathmandu (1,375m)
We drive along the Seti river to Dumre and continue on the Prithvi highway (the same route that we drove on the start of the trek) to Kathmandu for about 6-7 hrs. Rest of the afternoon is at leisure.
Day 08: Final Departure.
Your trip to Nepal has come to an end. Our office representative will pick you up at your hotel 3 ½ hours before your flight time and drop you to Tribhuvan Airport. Wish you a safe flight back home
What's included !
- Airport – hotel -airport picks up and drops by private vehicle in Kathmandu.
- Hotel in Kathmandu on BB Plan as per category.
- Hotel in Pokhara on BB plan as per category.
- Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking period.
- Local fresh fruits where available.
- Best available accommodations during the trek in Tea house.
- An experienced Government license holder guide.
- Trekking porter during the trekking 2:1, max 15 KG baggage/porter.
- Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax for Guide and porters.
- Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu (standard tourist bus)
- Private vehicle from Nayapul to Pokhara after trekking.
- Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available) if required.
- TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System).
- All government taxes and our service charges.
- Farewell Dinner before departure.
What's not included !
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Your Travel insurance.
- International airfare and airport departure tax.
- Nepal entry visa fee.
- Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected but not mandatory).
- All kind drinks (hot, cold and alcoholic)
- Personal shopping and laundry etc.
- Personal trekking Equipments.
What is trekking ?
Trekking is an adventure activity in which people walk through villages and climb few hills. The path is usually steep hill and we will likely encounter snows at higher altitude.
Is trekking good for me ?
In my opinion, trekking is good for everyone who is physically fit, healthy and loves adventure and outdoor activities.
Do I need a guide? By the way, I have already trekked or hiked before ?
You will be trekking countryside, high elevation, wild and remote areas of the Himalaya. Guide does not only show you trekking paths, he also helps you to be safe and entertain you during the trekking. And this will make your trip joyful. Although you have experience of trekking or hiking, our guide will certainly enhance your good experience since most of them have more than 10 years experience in the Himalaya.
How difficult is trekking and climbing ?
Difficulty of trekking depends on specific trek. We define difficulty of trekking through trip grade. Basically, there are 3 types of trekking - Easy trekking, moderate trekking and hard trekking. But climbing is of course harder and challenging but It also can be categorized from less challenging to hard challenging.
Is travel insurance necessary ?
Indeed, travel insurance is mandatory. It must cover Helicopter rescue and medical insurance, in case of some emergency. We would like to suggest you World Nomads because it covers medical evacuation and heli rescue up to 6000 m.
What types of permit are required for trekking ?
It depends on specific trekking routes. Some areas like Upper Mustang, Manaslu Circuit, Upper Dolpo etc require special permit, whereas other require only conservation area/national park permit. All trekking routes require TIMS. But don't worry ! We will manage all permits for you.
How long do we walk each day during the trekking ?
During the entire trek, we usually walk 4 to 6 hours each day. It will be between 5 to 15 kilometers each day.
What type of accommodation is provided during the trekking ?
Standard twin shared accommodation is provided in hotel in Kathmandu. In higher elevation, there is not luxurious hotel. So tea house and lodge accommodation is provided in the higher elevation.
Will I have to carry my own luggage ?
Of course not. We provide a porter who will carry you stuffs. But remember, a porter is provided for 2 trekkers, and each porter can carry only up to 20 kg.
Were the trekking routes damaged by earthquake 2015 ?
Some of the trekking routes were damaged but most of them were not. Among them, Langtang valley was badly damaged, but now it is reconstructing and safe now. Earthquake 2015 caused avalanche in Everest and killed several mountaineers and also destroyed some tea houses. But rest of the places of Everest are relatively unaffected. Western Nepal was not affected by earthquake at all.
What are the best places to go trekking in Nepal ?
There are several possibilities which are almost endless. Everest Base Camp, Everest Three Passes Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Langtang Valley, Manaslu Circuit and Upper Mustang are the most popular routes. But there are numerals trekking places all round the country.
Should I tip guide and porter ? How much should I tip ?
It is not mandatory tipping to guide and porter. But they appreciate your small gratuity after your trek ends. By the way, tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for team and devoted attention of guide and porter to your successful trip. But you are free to give tip to guide and porter how much you would want.