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Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Trip code
Package name Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
Duration 8
Max. elevation 3210M m
Level EASY
Transportation All ground transportation as per itinerary
Accomodation 3*** Hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara and Lodge/Tea house during the trek
Starts at Kathmandu
Ends at Kathmandu
Trip route
Cost USD 777 per person

Overview

About Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek:


The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is the best short and easy trekking destination in the Annapurna Region of Nepal, also known for its scenic trails.


This hiking trip rewards its trekkers to experience a stunning views of panoramic snow-clad mountain peaks, green hills, forests, and various ethnic villages within a short period.


After an hour's drive from Pokhara to Nayapul, the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking trip goes through green lush Rhododendron forest, terrace farms, stone thatch-roofed ethnic villages, and stone-stepped trails following the Bhurungdi River. 


This trail is best during the spring season when the flowers are in full bloom. A 40 min walk uphill to Poon Hill for sunrise offers a panoramic view of Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Annapurna I (8091m), Nilgiri (6940m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Fishtail(6993m), and other peaks.


The Ghorepani Poon Hill hiking trip is suited for all trekkers, including children and the elder. It does not matter if you are a beginner or a professional trekker. This hiking trail has what it means to be called one of the best trekking trips in the lower Himalayas.


Ghandruk village, inhabited by most of the Gurung ethnic community, is a significant highlight of this trekking trip. A traveler can experience the snow at lower altitudes in the winter season. November to January is the best time to visit this trip to enjoy trekking in the snow.


Eight days Ghorepani Poon Hill trek itinerary offers the best remarkable and worth remembering holiday experience in Nepal. This trekking route can be connected with other more famous routes like Annapurna Base Camp, the Annapurna Circuit, and different off-the-beaten hiking routes.


The Best Season for Ghorepani Poonhill Trek:


Among the four seasons, the winter, spring, and autumn seasons are the best seasons for Ghorepani Poonhill Trek in the Himalayas because days are mostly clear and pleasant. The springtime days are longer with enough sunlight hours, and chances of light rainfall and snowfall above 2,000 m high are possible.


During the spring, morning is more relaxed, and sunny days with chill nights where wildflowers, especially colorful flowers like Rhododendron (National flower of Nepal), are in seasonal bloom.


The next best season would be autumn, varying from September to November, after the post-monsoon rainy season. Days are much shorter due to sunlight and have great shining during the day. Trekkers can spot grand views and have exciting hiking experiences. Temperatures are colder from late afternoon till morning, and the chances of light snowfall are above 2,500 m.


The Winter season, from December to February, is also a suitable time for this trek. Most days are fine with a clear blue sky, and morning and bright starry nights have freezing temperatures around Ghorepani poon hill and Tadapani areas.


Trekkers have an excellent opportunity to play snow in the lower region of the Annapurna area and gather unforgettable memory for a lifetime experience.


Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking Route:


Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is located in the high hills of southern Annapurna Himalayas, one of the most popular short trekking destinations in the Himalayas country of Nepal due to its proximity from the road-head to Pokhara.


The main highlights of Ghorepani and Poon Hill Trek are tremendous views of beautiful landscapes with a backdrop of the Annapurna Himalayas, where one can hike for a few days and catch closer views of the high snow-capped mountain range.


Besides grand scenery and stunning sunrise from Poon Hill, the walk leads to enchanting woods of tall Rhododendron and pine trees. Ghorepani, Poon Hill Trekking also shows on historic trails following the ancient Nepal Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Route to Tibet. The famous Ghorepani name is derived from "Gode-Pani," which means Horse Water'. From the early days till the present, Ghorepani has been a perfect stop for watering the mules and horses laden heavy with merchant goods.


As you can notice, Ghorepani village is situated on a high pass between the uphill climb from Tikhedhunga and Tatopani villages. The trek to Ghorepani and Poon Hill leads to a short circuit around the southern green hills of Annapurna Himalaya. A moderate grade and scenic walk through villages and lovely forest, although it leads to an uphill climb for a few days. 


Ghorepani and Poon Hill trek begins and ends at scenic Pokhara city, blessed with natural wonders, located on a sub-tropical temperature valley, surrounded by tiers of hills dotted with farm villages and a series of terraces. A charismatic village with a view of Dhawalagiri, Annapurna, and Manaslu mountain range that reflects on its calm Phewa and Begnas Lakes.


From Pokhara, a short drive to the outskirt of the valley rim, reaching the starting point of trekking at Nayapul town. The walk leads to the lovely village of Bhirethati and onwards with a slow climb to Tikhedhunga, a village with beautiful waterfalls and the natural sounds of small rivers, which will provide deep relaxation to travelers from the first day of the trek. After an overnight stop at Tikhedhunga climb leads on about 3200 stone steps to Ulleri village. 


Hike gets more accessible from Banthati with gradual up into a forested trail to Ghorepani village situated on a high ridge amidst rhododendron forest. All lodges are painted blue. In the early time, Lower Ghorepani was also famous for lodging. The village had most people from Poon, Magar, and Gurung communities living there. And recently, Upper Ghorepani has been the center of destination for scenic views. 


After rising early in the morning, a side hike of about an hour climbs up to Poon Hill, the sunrise viewpoint on the highest point of the trek. 


The hiking trail leads into the Rhododendron forests with a climb to Deurali and then down to a stream, and up to Tadapani, a small settlement with grand views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machapuchhre mountain peaks, and descends leads to a large village at Ghandruk.


An attractive cultural village inhabited by most Gurung hill tribes of the Annapurna region interwoven with Hindu, Buddhism, and Bon religions and cultures.


The final day of trekking takes you back to low, warm farm areas at Nayapul to complete the walk. An exciting drive of a few hours brings you to Pokhara after a marvelous experience.


Attractive Poon Hill Sunrise Viewpoint:


Poon hill, located at an altitude of 3210m above sea level, offers brilliant sunset views as it reflects over an array of snow peaks of Mount Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mount Annapurna (8091m), and the Manaslu Himalayas range.


The exciting story behind the name of Poonhill came from a foreigner in an early time who went to spend his holiday on the top of hills. He knew that the name of the hills was unknown to the villagers when he asked them, so he talked with the community people to give the name "Poonhill" to the mass of the Poon community living there.


A fantastic walk on the hills of Poon Hill, where one can enjoy views of high snow-capped peaks. From the start to the end of the walks, trekkers will be captivated by the grand views of the Annapurna and Manaslu Himalayas. 


Panorama of 360° mountain range with majestic Machhapuchare (the famous Fish-Tail peak), extending towards Ganesh Himal in the far-east horizon. 


Poon Hill is one of the best vantage viewpoints in all of the Himalayas for sunrise as. One can enjoy a 360° panorama of the world's three highest mountain ranges. The world's 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri, 8th highest Mt. Manaslu, and the tenth highest Mt. Annapurna with a range of above and below 7,000 peaks.


Unforgettable View On Ghorepani Village:


Ghorepani village, located at 2860m above sea level, surrounded by the National flower of Nepal, Rhododendron and other dramatic scenery of surrounding green hills and verdant village.


This village offers gorgeous views of the world's three highest Mountain ranges, namely Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu, and other snow clads peaks that can be seen from the lodge. 


Preparation for Ghorepani and Poon Hill Trek:


This is a short moderate scenic trek, where travelers interested in this trek have to be physically fit to cope with high hill climbs and down hills. As a low-altitude trekking journey, this trip doesn't require you to be a trekking expert. It is suitable for anyone, including children and pensioners. 


Warm clothes, including down jackets, trekking poles, water bottles, personal medications, warm caps, sun hats, sunglasses, trekking shoes, snow gaiters, rain gears, towels, and toiletries, are recommended for the packing list. A first aid kit including essential medicines is carried by the guide; however, you can bring your medications with you. 


Best Places To Visit In Ghandruk Village:


Ghandurk is the largest village on this trek, located at 2,012 m from sea level. Trekkers can explore peoples inhabited by the most indigenous Gurung community with the Himalayan cultural museum.


This village is enriched with Gurung cultures and traditions. It offers beautiful snow-capped views of Mountains like Mt. Annapurna South, Mt. Machapuchhre (Fishtail), and Mt. Hiunchuli.  


 Fitness for Ghorepani and Poon Hill Trek:


 Before planning for this trek, it will be better if travelers have excellent physical shape with sound medical health. Thus, a few exercises like jogging, walking, swimming, cardio, and aerobics will be beneficial for walking up and down the stairs.


Food and Accommodations In The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek:


For this short, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Vertex Holiday offers star hotels in Pokhara and Kathmandu. During the trek the best available local lodge with an attached bathroom from the start to the end will provide as possible. 


Foods will be available as per your choice from comprehensive food menu in lodges while on treks. They served from famous Nepalese Dal-Bhat to Continental with some Tibetan and Indian foods. All meals are well cooked, hygienic, and freshly served in a large dining hall with a warm environment, providing safe boiled and filtered drinking water throughout the trek.


Rooms are nice and clean in all lodges. However, some lodges can provide only rooms with common bathing and toilets. At Ghorepani, one can find attached toilets and bathrooms. On common bathing, one needs to pay for hot showers, as well as for charging your electronic items. Meals are served in a large dining hall, which is warmly heated by pot-bellied stoves.


Travel and Medical Insurance For Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek:


Vertex Holiday suggests all travelers visiting Nepal have Travel and Medical Insurance before trekking in the Himalayas for their safety which will cover any unfortunate accidents and sickness during the journey. An emergency evacuation using the Helicopter Service might be needed to transport to safe places and the nearest hospitals.


Age Requirements For The Poon Hill Trek:


For Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, young kids with families from infants to 90 years will be allowed if they can get medical insurance from their home countries.


TIMS Card and Conservation Area Entry Permit:


Necessary Permits will be obtained by Vertex Holiday, including TIMS (Trekking Information Management Systems) permits as well as ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) entrance fee.

Highlights

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m), transfer to hotel.

On arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal’s international airport, a representative from Vertex Holiday receives you for a short transfer in the center of Kathmandu city, where your hotel is located. At the hotel after getting refreshed in your lovely rooms, then time for a briefing with other members of the trek. The briefing includes dos and don’ts, information on the trekking trails, climate, cultures, and standards of lodges and foods on trekking. Evening a group dinner in a nice restaurant an introduction to Nepali meals with cultural folk programs.

Day 2 : Fly or drive to Pokhara 860 m (30 mins by air)-06 hours by overland.

Morning departs from the hotel in a car, coach, or regular tourist bus, depending upon the group size. However, drive leads to low warm farm country villages, towns, as the main highway, follows the Trisuli River for a few hours. The drive continues,  heading due west as a scenic view of Snow Mountainsfollows all the way to Pokhara, on reaching Pokhara transfer in a nice hotel by the Phewa Lakeside.

(Flying options from Kathmandu to Pokhara, 30 minutes scenic flight)

Day 3 : Drive to Nayapul 1,050 m and walk to Tikhedhunga 1,340 m-05 hrs.

Having early breakfast, a few hour drive takes you beyond Pokhara city and the valley, reaching Nayapul a town where hill villagers visit for shopping essential goods and provision. From here the walk starts following Modi River for short while till the lovely village of Bhirethati, and then slowly climb towards our overnight stop at Tikhedhunga, which is a small farm village with several nice simple lodges close to beautiful waterfalls.


Day 4 : Trek to Ghorepani village 2, 874 m / 9,429 feet - 06 hrs.

Start the morning to Ghorepani village with a long climb on 3,000 stone steps to Ulleri village, reaching on top of Ulleri with views of Annapurna peaks. From here onward on a gradual winding uphill trail through a lovely mixed forest of tall rhododendron, pines, firs, and oaks trees with some bamboo. 

As walk heads further up then reach the entrance of lower Ghorepanithe village, a few minutes of the climb takes you to a high ridge of upper Ghorepani.

Enjoy grand views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himal, the village with many good lodges, located amidst rhododendron forest. Which is at the bottom of Poon Hill, a great place and the highest spot for an overnight stop, where the air gets much cooler.

Day 5 : Morning hike to Poon Hill 3,210 trek to Tadapani 2,645 m - 06 hrs.

Early morning before dawn, an hour climb to Poon Hill to catch striking views of the sunrise. Enjoy the fresh morning cool air along with fabulous sunrise that reflects on an array of Mid-West Himalayan peaks. The range of peaks includes Dhaulagiri, Nilgiris, Annapurna Fang / Vara Shikar with A-I, A-II, III, and IV with majestic Machhapuchare Himal, the famed Fish-Tail peak.

The view extends to Lamjung and Manaslu Himal as far towards Ganesh Himal in the far-east direction. After a glorious moment, back to Ghorepani for breakfast and then start the morning trek heading up to Deurali and then down to a gorge for a lunch stop at Bhanthati, a small settlement. Having lunch down to a stream, and then the last climb of the day for less than an hour to Tadapani.

A nice scenic small settlement with a number of lodges amidst forest surrounding facing views of Annapurna Himalayas. Enjoy the last overnight stop of the trek, in the comfort of a nice simple lodge.


Day 6 : Trek to Nayapul via Ghandruk village 1,950 m and drive to Pokhara 860 m - 05 hours walks and 2 hours drives. Total approx. 07 hours.

From Tadapani, one can enjoy sunrise views also. Having breakfast hike through dense forest and then downhill to Ghandrung village for a possible lunch stop. A nice and large village of Gurung, the main hill tribes of the Annapurna region enjoy the views of Annapurna peaks with rolling hills and valleys.

Afternoon walks a long descent to Syali Bazaar, and then on an easy pleasant trail to Bhirethati village, and then at Nayapul for a few hours of the drive back to Pokhara by the Lakeside for last overnight in Pokhara and around the Annapurna Himalaya range.


Day 7 : Pokhara to Kathmandu (1337m): 6 hrs drive.

Today, we drive back to Kathmandu. It’s a scenic drive through the Prithvi Highway road. After you arrive in Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Note: If you are going for the jungle safari tour in Chitwan, you drive to Chitwan and enjoy the safari trip. We offer 2 Nights/3 Days package for your wonderful holidays in Nepal.

(Flying options from Pokhara to Kathmandu, a 30 minutes scenic flight)

Day 8 : International departure for homeward bound.

Last day in Nepal and Kathmandu, the land of the high Himalayan mountain range, as per your international flight, transfer to airport for homeward bound or next port

of call, after an amazingly wonderful experience in Ghorepani and Poon Hill trekking and around Annapurna Himalayas.|

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