A blend of the picturesque trail and jaw-dropping beauty of the faraway mountains makes the Ghorepani Poonhill trekking best of all. During the trek, you will get to see excellent views of Annapurna Range (8,091 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Macchapucchre (6,993 m), and many others. As you will spend overnight in local villages, you will come across the ancient tradition and values of the villagers. Likewise, the trail passes by beautiful forests of rhododendron, oak, and wildflowers, which also enhances the journey. And, ultimately the gorgeous sunrise view from the Poon Hill will add an extra touch of pleasure in the trek.
Ghorepani Poonhill Trek landmark
Pokhara is a beautiful city, also known as the city of lakes. After Kathmandu, this place is the second biggest tourist hub of Nepal. Many outdoor activities and all the trek in the Annapurna region begins from here. There are lots of things to do and see in Pokhara. From thrilling paragliding to relaxing boating on the tranquil Fewa Lake, you will have endless options to spend your time here.
Ghorepani is a beautiful village surrounded by lovely rhododendron forests and mountains. This village will present you the rich culture and tradition of Gurung people, their daily lifestyle, and unique houses. This village is also one of the main highlights of Ghorepani Poonhill Trek.
Poon Hill Viewpoint:
Poonhill is the main highlight of this trek. It is a very famous vantage point of Annapurna region from where you will get to see one of the most captivating sunrises of your life along with views of western Himalayas. From Ghorepani village, it will take around one and a half hours to reach Poonhill.
On the 6th day of Ghorepani Poonhill trek, you will reach a beautiful Ghandruk village where you will visit a Gurung Museum. This museum is run by the locals and present the traditional dresses, ornaments, household items, pictures of their ancestors, and weapons of Gurkhas.
Trek to Poonhill will give you an amazing opportunity to dive deep into the culture and traditions of the Gurung and Chhetri people. As you’ll stay in a teahouse, you’ll get a closer look into their daily commute. Poonhill trekking offers you the joy of observing ancient artifacts treasured by the local people along with their old-style houses.
During Poonhill Trekking, you will stay overnight in several villages like Ghorepani, Ghandruk, and Tadapani. These villages are dominated by people from Chhetri, Gurung, and Magar communities. They have a completely different set of culture, tradition, festivals, and language from one another.
The trail of Ghorepani Poonhill Trek includes many forests of rhododendrons and other wild-flower. The entire region is abundant in flora and fauna. During the trek, you can see several unique species of plants & herbs. There is also a chance that you can come across wildlife during your walk-in forests.
Ghorepani Poonhill Trek difficulty:
Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking is a relatively moderate trek and can be performed by anyone having an adequate level of stamina & energy. The trail comprises of numerous steep ascends and descends, The trail is relatively marked, and you have to climb steep path. You need to walk for at least 5 hours a day.
Altitude Sickness and Prevention:
This trek will take you around 3,200 meters, which is said to be the high altitude. However, this trek does not carry that much chances of altitude sickness as you will gradually get elevation within the span of a couple of days. Also, the highest point of the trek is Poon Hill where you will stay for only a couple of hours or so. Usually, trekkers do not have to face with AMS during this trek, and even if you get altitude sickness, our professional trained guide will help you to recover it.
Transportation and Bag Pack:
The trek begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. From here, a short drive will take you to Nayapul, which is the starting point of this Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking.
Here is the list of things that you should carry during Ghorepani Poonhill Trek:
- Pair of hiking pants and casual pants.
- Thermal Wears.
- Breathable Underwears.
- Trekking shoes/socks.
- Rain jacket.
- Sun hat.
- Sleeping bag.
- Trekking Pole.
- First aid kit.
- Toiletries (toilet paper, hand sanitizer, sunblock, towel, soap, shampoo, sanitary napkins, etc).
- Miscellaneous (camera, extra batteries, journal, cards, bars, snacks, water purification tablets, etc).
Food and Accommodation during Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking:
Ghorepani Poonhill Trek offers a huge variety of food choices from local cuisine to Asian and Continental. The dishes are all tasty, cooked well, and hygienic. Along with that, you can also get different kinds of snacks, bars, soft drinks, coffee, tea, etc everywhere.
For accommodation, you can find rooms generally with two beds in both tea house and nice lodge with common washrooms. A few lodges may have the facility of the private washroom, but it cannot be guaranteed. Similarly, the rooms will be small with little furniture, and there will be a hot shower facility almost everywhere.
Best Season to go on Ghorepani Poonhill Trek:
Autumn (September to November) and Spring (March to May) is the best time of the year to go on Ghorepani Poon Hill trek. The bright sky, clear weather, and zest of chillness in the climate will add a lovely ambiance to the journey.
Ghorepani Poonhill Trek Cost:
Ghorepani Poonhill Trek cost can vary depending upon the facility you choose to incorporate during the trek. The cost will include your ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit) and TIMS Card. Along with that all ground transportation as per the itinerary, accommodation, food, expenses of guide & porter are also included in that cost. However, there are other expenses like tips, personal expenses, etc. is not involved in the above amount.
- Carry extra cash as there will be no ATMs on the trail or villages.
- Make sure to take out insurance.
- Drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated.
- Get a good map.