Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Trip Facts:

Group Size
Max 12
Region
Annapurna Region
Activities
Trekking Adventure
Transportation
Flight / Private car
Meals
BLD During Trek
Accommodation
Hotel / Lodge / Tented Camp
Best Month
Autumn / Spring
Trip Grade
Moderate
Trek Starts / Ends
Kathmandu, Nepal

Overview

The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is a short yet stunning journey through the Annapurna foothills, offering panoramic views of the majestic mountains, lush rhododendron forests, and charming Gurung villages. The trek culminates in the Ghorepani and Poon Hill areas, with the star attraction being the picturesque Machapuchare or Fish Tail Peak dominating the skyline of this annurpurna region.

Ghorepani Poon Hill trek begins with a drive from Pokhara to Ulleri via Tikhedhunga, and a complimentary bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara is provided a day before departure. The Poon hill trail offers an opportunity to mingle with the locals and explore picturesque villages. Ghorepani Poon Hill trek can be completed in four to five days, making it perfect for families with children, Senior Citizens or for experienced trekkers who are short on time.

At the summit of Poon Hill, standing at an elevation of 3,210m or 10,531ft, you'll witness a breathtaking sunrise over the Annapurna massif, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre (6,993m). Photographers often gather here to capture the snowcapped peaks and glaciers. After soaking in the beauty of the surroundings, we'll continue our trek through the rhododendron forests to Tadapani, where the views of the Annapurna Mountains are captivating.

The next day of Ghorepani Poon Hill trek, we'll trek to Jhinu Danda via Chomrong, a tranquil village. The Poonhill route takes us through bamboo, oak trees, and rhododendron forests. The day concludes with a relaxing soak in the natural hot springs near Jhinu Danda. On the final day, we'll trek to Siwa/Ghandruk Phedi and return to Pokhara through picturesque countryside.

Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking distance is covered over the span of four to five days, and the Poonhill route is well-established, offering comfortable accommodations and menu options. Ghorepani to Poon Hill distance is traversed on foot, and the Poon Hill trek map is readily available. The trekking cost depends on the package selected, and Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking price varies accordingly.

We hope that the Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking itinerary of four to five days, along with our Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking package, will provide you with lasting memories of this immersive experience, allowing you to delve into captivating cultures, stunning landscapes, and an opportunity to reconnect with nature.


Highlights of the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek:

  • Breathtaking sunrise views over the Annapurna massif, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre (6,993m) from Poon Hill
  • Trekking through lush rhododendron forests and charming Gurung villages
  • Spectacular views of Machapuchare or Fish Tail Peak dominating the skyline of the region
  • Mingle with locals and explore picturesque villages along the way
  • Captivating views of Annapurnas, Machhapuchhare, Hiunchuli, and Dhaulagiri
  • Comfortable accommodations and delicious menu options
  • Trekking through colorful villages and dense rhododendron forests
  • Natural hot springs near Jhinu Danda
  • Views of Tukuche, Varaha Shikhar, and Lamjung Himal from Poon Hill
  • Suitable for all ages, including families with children
  • Trek can be completed in four to five days
  • An immersive experience that allows you to reconnect with nature
  • Great introduction to the Himalayas for experienced trekkers
  • Opportunity to delve into captivating cultures and stunning landscapes
  • A chance to create lasting memories with breathtaking scenery

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Itinerary

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You will start Ghorepani Poon Hill trek journey from Kathmandu and drive to Pokhara, a scenic lakeside city nestled in the lap of the Annapurna range. The drive takes approximately 7 hours, offering breathtaking views of terraced fields, rivers, and rural landscapes. Upon reaching Pokhara, you can relax and prepare for the trek ahead.

After breakfast in Pokhara, you will take a drive to Naya Pool, the starting point of the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek. From there, you will begin your trek towards Tikhe Dhunga. The trail initially follows the Modi Khola river, passing through lush forests, small villages, and terraced fields. After around 6 hours of trekking, you will reach Tikhe Dhunga, where you will spend the night.

Today's trek takes you from Tikhe Dhunga to Ghorepani, situated at an elevation of 2,850 meters (9,350 feet). The trail consists of a steep ascent, passing through dense rhododendron forests, charming villages, and stone staircases. Along the way, you will be rewarded with stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. After approximately 6 hours of trekking, you will reach Ghorepani, where you will stay overnight.
 

This day starts with an early morning hike to Poon Hill, a popular viewpoint renowned for its panoramic sunrise views over the Himalayas. After enjoying the breathtaking sunrise, you will descend back to Ghorepani for breakfast. From there, you will continue your trek to Tadapani, passing through rhododendron forests and picturesque landscapes. The trek takes around 7 hours, and upon reaching Tadapani, you will settle in for the night.
 

Leaving Tadapani, the trail descends through forests and terraced fields, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains. You will trek for approximately 3 hours to reach Ghandruk, a traditional Gurung village known for its rich cultural heritage and panoramic mountain vistas. Take the opportunity to explore the village, interact with the locals, and learn about their unique way of life.
 

On this day, you will trek back from Ghandruk to Naya Pool. The trail takes you through forests, terraced fields, and charming villages. From Naya Pool, you will take a drive back to Pokhara, where you can relax, enjoy the lakeside atmosphere, and celebrate the completion of your Ghorepani Poon Hill trek.

After breakfast, you will start on a scenic drive back to Kathmandu. The drive takes approximately 8 hours, offering you the chance to admire the landscapes and reflect on the incredible experiences of the trek. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will conclude your journey, taking with you unforgettable memories of Ghorepani Poon Hill trek.

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If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preference and specification.

FAQs

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is a popular trekking destination in Nepal, known for its scenic beauty and breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.
 

The Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is a moderate trek, suitable for all people with average fitness levels. However, it is recommended to have some hiking experience before attempting the trek.
 

The best time to go for Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is from March to May and September to November, when the weather is favorable and the skies are clear.
 

The maximum altitude reached during the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is 3,210 meters (10,532 feet) at Poon Hill.
 

Accommodation during the trek ranges from basic teahouses to more comfortable lodges, depending on the route and itinerary chosen.
 

Yes, trekking in Ghorepani Poonhill is safe as long as you follow the safety guidelines and trek with a licensed and experienced guide.
 

Food during the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is mainly local Nepali cuisine, as well as some Western and international options.

Yes, it is highly recommended to have travel insurance that covers trekking and emergency evacuation for Ghorepani Poon Hill trek.

Some other popular trekking options in the Annapurna region include Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, and Mardi Himal TrekUpper Mustang Trek Nar Phu Trek and Dhaulagari trek.
 

Yes, you can trek independently in Ghorepani Poonhill, but it is recommended to have a licensed and experienced guide for safety reasons.
 

The Ghorepani Poonhill Trek offers a chance to spot a variety of wildlife, including Himalayan tahr, musk deer, and langur monkeys.
 

You will need basic trekking gear such as trekking boots, warm clothing, a backpack, and a sleeping bag. Your guide can provide a more comprehensive list.
 

Yes, you can customize your itinerary based on your preferences and time constraints for Ghorepani Poonhill Trek.

Traveller Useful Information

The best time to visit the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is during the autumn season (September to November) and spring season (March to May). During these months, the weather is generally clear and dry, with moderate temperatures, making it ideal for trekking. The views of the Himalayan peaks and the colorful forests are also at their best during these seasons. However, it's important to note that the trek can still be done during other seasons, but the weather conditions and views may not be as favorable.
 

The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is a popular hiking trail in the Annapurna region of Nepal
The itinerary can be customized according to the preference and time availability of the trekkers. It is recommended to have at least 5-6 days for the trek.
 

All the accommodations during the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek are teahouses, it means that lodges are not maintained. Teahouses usually provide basic accommodation and facilities such as a bed, a shared bathroom, and a common dining area where meals are served. Some teahouses may also offer additional services like hot showers and charging facilities for electronic devices. It's important to note that the facilities and services available in teahouses may vary depending on the location and the level of development in the area.
 

Start training early: Trekking can be physically demanding, so start training a few months before your trip to build endurance and strength.

Pack light: Only pack essentials, as you will be carrying your own backpack throughout the trek. Keep in mind that the weight limit for porters is 10kg.

Dress appropriately: Layering is key, as temperatures can vary greatly during the day. Bring warm clothes for the early morning and evening, and lightweight clothes for the daytime.

Bring proper footwear: Make sure you have sturdy and comfortable hiking shoes with good grip.

Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the trek to avoid dehydration, especially at higher altitudes.

Acclimate slowly: Take your time and allow your body to adjust to the altitude. Avoid over-exertion and take frequent breaks.

Carry cash: ATMs are not available along the trekking route, so carry enough cash to cover expenses such as food, lodging, and souvenirs.

Respect local culture: Be respectful of the local culture and customs. Dress modestly and ask for permission before taking photos of people or religious sites.
Enjoy the scenery: Take time to appreciate the stunning mountain views, lush forests, and charming villages along the trek.
 

When packing for the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek, it is important to pack light but also be prepared for the changing weather conditions. Here are some essential items to consider packing:

Hiking boots/shoes
Warm, waterproof clothing (jacket, pants, gloves, hat)
Comfortable, moisture-wicking clothing (t-shirts, long-sleeve shirts, pants, shorts)
Sunglasses and sunscreen
Trekking poles
Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
Water bottle or hydration system
First aid kit with any necessary medications
Snacks and energy bars
Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, etc.)
Camera or phone with charger
Trekking map and guidebook
Cash and important documents (passport, trekking permit, insurance, etc.)
Backpack or daypack
Sleeping bag and sleeping pad (if not provided by the teahouse/lodge)
It is important to note that you can also purchase or rent certain items, such as sleeping bags, in Kathmandu or Pokhara before starting the trek.
 

Acclimatize properly to avoid altitude sickness.
Follow the instructions of your guide and do not venture off the marked trails.
Carry a well-stocked first-aid kit and any necessary medications.
Stay hydrated and carry enough water with you.
Be prepared for changes in weather and pack accordingly.
Hire a licensed and experienced guide.
Carry a map and a compass or GPS device.
Stay in communication with your guide or group members.
Know the signs and symptoms of altitude sickness and report any health issues immediately.
Follow proper waste management practices and do not litter the trail or surrounding areas.
In case of emergencies such as injury or severe illness, there are emergency procedures in place. Your guide or group leader should have a plan in place for such situations, which may involve contacting rescue services or arranging for immediate medical attention. It is important to listen to and follow their instructions in case of emergency.
 

There are several other nearby trekking options that you can explore in the Annapurna region. Here are a few popular ones:

Annapurna Base Camp Trek - This trek takes you to the base camp of the majestic Annapurna massif, offering stunning views of the surrounding peaks.

Mardi Himal Trek - This relatively new trek takes you to the base camp of Mardi Himal, a less crowded and off-the-beaten-path destination.

Upper Mustang Trek - This trek takes you to the ancient kingdom of Mustang, where you can explore the unique culture and landscape of the region.

Annapurna Circuit Trek - This classic trek takes you around the entire Annapurna massif, crossing high mountain passes and diverse landscapes.

Nar Phu Valley Trek - This trek takes you to the remote Nar Phu valley, where you can explore the traditional villages and stunning mountain scenery.

These are just a few of the many trekking options available in the Annapurna region, each offering a unique experience and adventure.
 

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