Ghorepani Poon Hill TrekGhorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek - 10 Days

Key Information
  • Duration10 Days
  • Difficulty LevelEasy
  • Max Altitude3,210 m/10,533 ft.
  • Arrival CityKathmandu
  • Best TimeMarch-May/Sep.-Dec.
  • Group Size1-16

About The Trip

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek in Nepal is a short and classic walk at the heart of Annapurna Sanctuary. Poon Hill is one of the best viewpoints in the entire Annapurna with picturesque mountain vistas including Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre, Lamjung Himal as well as Manaslu. Sunrise and sunset over the snow-capped Annapurna Massif is the best moment in your life. This trek is best for novice trekkers with no past experience in the Himalayas foothills. Beautifully crafted Ghandruk village is another best attraction in this trek. This village is famous for its Gurung culture with its warm welcome and insight into local cultures.

Overview

Searching for the short trek with a backdrop of mountains rising high into the sky? Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek 7 days is a moderate walk through the mellow terrain. It is the famous trekking trail which is located in Annapurna Region in western Nepal. This trekking journey encapsulates the absolute majesty and splendor of the mountains within itself. Ghorepani is a beautiful settlement amid ever-flourishing herbage and forest that cover the uneven terrain of the hills. Poon Hill is a standpoint that presents you with the amazing hypnotize display of Mount Annapurna and its surrounding mountains. This trek is an option for those who do not have time but want to be in the mountains. This trek is perfect for a beginner who does not have much energy or stamina.

The main attraction of this trek is Poon Hill (3,210 m) which is the best viewpoint of sunrise over the White Mountains. Hike to Poon Hill will be worth every difficulty and tiredness that you go through the hike because of the marvelous sight of the panoramic view of mountain ranges. You will be glorified with the view of Mt. Annapurna I (8,091 m), Mt. Annapurna III (7,555 m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7,525 m), Mt. Annapurna South (7,219 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Gangapurna (7,455 m) Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,041 m), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,998 m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Lamjung Himal (6,986 m) and so on. You can see the tall mountains standing tall and peaceful in their place with the price being covered with thick snow. You will see uneven and haphazardly distributed confetti of tiny snows that sparks under the light of the sun.

Annapurna Conservation Area has maintained and preserve its own greenery, vegetation and fauna. It will be an unforgettable moment to hike through the ever-blooming and growing forest of pine and the natural garden of foxgloves and snapdragons blooming. The trekker will also pass through verdant rhododendron forests blooming with pretty colors and shades of pink, red, and white. Walking with the fresh scents of trees like fir and cedar standing in rows seems like guarding the ethereal essence of nature with silent potency of sturdiness and patience. The shades under the willow trees fade behind, scattering pine cones on the floor, and higher we go, the trial begins with trodden grass, and the borderline of the trials are adorned with dandelion flowers of white and yellow.

Nepal is a hotspot of culture, diverse religion, and traditional practices, leaving with tolerance and peace. It is a country that adopts new improvements but still holds the traditions and cultures that originated thousands of years ago. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek in Himalaya provides ample opportunity for trekkers to mingle along with the local Gurung and Magar peoples during their stay. They own their unique traditions and exciting customs, and we can experience their lifestyle and get to know them better. During the way, you will be blessed in the gompas and monasteries, and it is hard to ignore their religious ambiance too. All monasteries have their own lore and past stories, and listening to these stories is quite interesting during the trek.

In addition to this trip, other incredible alternative trekking routes are seeking more significant challenges. You can choose any trip from Annapurna Region Trekking like Annapurna Base CampAnnapurna Circuit TrekMohare Danda, and Mardi Himal Trek. For more Annapurna Trekking Package, you can explore more exclusive Himalayan Odyssey tour packages.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Route

The adventurous 6-7 hours of ride from Kathmandu takes us to Pokhara and then 1 hour of the ride to Nayapul. Then our trekking will start, which leads you through the rice terrace and Modi Khola valley till Tikhedhunga. After crossing the Modi Khola, you will ascend to Ulleri Hill. During the trek, you will enjoy walking through the rhododendron forest and varied local people. You will get to see the view of snow-capped mountains, stone-paved trails, scenic villages, and varieties of flora and fauna. The next day, we will trek along Modi Khola to Birethanti and then climb to Ghorepani (2,855 m). You will immerse yourself in the beautiful Magar village of Ghorepani and interact with the people to get insight into their life and culture.

Early morning we will hike to Poon Hill (3,210 m) to view the mesmerizing sunrise view over panoramic Annapurna ranges. From this viewpoint, you will be rewarded with the fantastic view of Annapurna ranges, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, Dhaulagiri, Gangapurna, and many more. The next day we will return to Tadapani and then Ghandruk, the large village of the Gurung people, giving a lot of cultural inputs. After the beautiful trek, we will trek back to Nayapul and then Kathmandu via Pokhara.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Weather

The weather is an essential factor when choosing to trek to Ghorepani Poon Hill because no one is behind nature. People trek throughout the year, but certainly, there are ups and downs in all seasons. Although trekking is welcoming throughout the year, each season has several attractions. The temperature in the mountains depends on the altitude range – the higher the altitude, the below the temperature.

Spring

Destination towards Ghorepani Poon Hill from March to May is the best season for mountain lovers and travel bugs to come to Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. In this season, the climate is warm, and the rainfall is relatively low. The daily temperature in the high part is within 6 to 1 degrees Celsius. Lower regions along the trek are even warmer, making it enjoyable for any nature enthusiast.

By April, the route through the Himalayas will be rewarded with various full blossom rhododendron of red, pink, and white, even at an elevation of over 3,000 m. The temperature starts increasing from mid-March to mid-May. The weather is superb at this time. The sky is crystal clear, and you can enjoy the astonishing views of the mountains.

Summer

The summer season falls from June to August. Summer is the hottest month and therefore has fair trekking conditions compare to other months. But the monsoon that coincides with the summer means that you have to be more careful with your arrangement as the trekking routes might be wet and slippery.

It usually rains during this season. The temperature during the days usually ranges from 10 degrees Celsius to 20 degrees Celsius and gets relatively colder at night. Though the rain may cause some problems. Various plants thrive during this season, and the valleys will be green and different.

Autumn

The autumn season, September to November, is a season that invites travelers around the world to trek in the Ghorepani Poon Hill. Mild temperatures, soft wind, and low precipitation make autumn excellent trekking seasons.

This is a favorite among tourists with the most pleasant weather and ideal climate situation. The sun blazes brilliantly, the skies are clear, and you get a superb view of mountains, and the temperature is perfect for the daytime trek. The monsoon will be over by early September, and the weather varies from cool to warm days. The greens that grew during the monsoon fade to golden/amber, proving a spectacular contrast against the crystal blue skies; grains are ripening in the enclave.

Nepalese festivals like Dashain, Tihar also fall during those seasons. It is also a hectic season, the brightest month, with the bracing and sparkling sky.

Winter

Winter month falls from December to February. The places along the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek can be cold during the winter, which excites most trekkers. The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek temperature can be as low as -5 degrees Celsius, which invites trekkers to visit this region in gratifying climatic conditions.

Daytime is pleasingly and moderately mild with sunshine. Despite being cold, the skies are usually clear, mountain views are at their best. It may not be a suitable season for beginners, but skilled trekkers will have no problem with Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek.

 

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Difficulty

Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is comfortable to walk in the entire Annapurna region. During this trek, you do not need so much technical skill. The first two days of the walk are a little steep and strenuous, but the trial is easy after that. There is little or no risk of altitude sickness in Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek if you are physically fit. Generally, you have to walk 5-6 hours on gentle slopes or on stairs. The highest point of this trek is Pooh Hill (3,210 m).

It is essential to prepare well for unforeseeable weather conditions in the Himalayan Regions. Weather in Nepal is always unpredictable and likely to change quickly. So you need to pack essential gear properly for wet and cold weather.

 

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Cost

When you are thinking about exploring Ghorepani Pooh Hill, there will be many factors to consider, like route, best time, and how fit we need to be? But one of the most important confusion will be, "How much does Ghorepani Pooh Hill Trek cost?"

The price for this trek also depends on the itinerary and path you are traveling with. This trek can be done in a short or long time depends upon your preferences. The number of days and facilities you are taking during the trek also determines the cost of this trek.

Ghorepani Pooh Hill Trek's cost is more average than other normal trekking in Nepal. This trek will usually be 8-12 days, and the cost is generally USD 840 to USD 750. This price covers transportation, trekking permits, meals, professional trekking guides, accommodation, entry fees, and others. You will get some discounts if you are in groups. The cost of the Ghorepani Pooh Hill Trek highly depends upon traveling in private or in a group.

 

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Permit

Like other trekking routes, the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek also requires 2 permits called TIMS Card and Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP) permit. If you choose to trek independently, you can take a TIMS card from the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) or the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

For ACAP permit, you can take it from Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu or from Pokhara at Tourism Office. To issue a TIMS card and ACAP permit you will need to have a passport, insurance details, passport size photos, and contact details of a person in Nepal.

To receive the TIMS Card

Fill the form at the Tourist Information Center in Kathmandu or Pokhara. Submit the filled-out form along with USD 20 per person. They only accept Nepalese Rupees, so change your dollars to NPR.

To receive the ACAP Permit

Fill the form at the Tourist Information Center in Kathmandu or Pokhara. Submit the filled-out form along with USD 30 per person. They only take Nepalese Rupees, so convert your dollars to NPR.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Altitude

Highlights

  • Walkthrough the lush forests of rhododendrons and oaks.
  • Several cultures and traditions of ethnic people like Gurung and Magar.
  • Explore the charming settlements like Ghandruk, Ghorepani, Tadapani, and entertain in their rich culture.
  • Enjoy the amphitheater-like view of mountains like Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, etc.
  • The warm hospitality of the local peoples during the trek.
  • Hike to Poon Hill, the viewpoint for the 360° picturesque view of Mt. Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri range.

Itinerary

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You may opt for the flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. The flight is possible and can be arranged at your request for your convenience. By flying, you can reach Pokhara in just about 30 min. 

Abbreviation

B - Breakfast
L - Lunch
D - Dinner

The itinerary below of Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is tentative, and we are always there to change this itinerary according to your requirements. Please get in touch with us if you want to add or deduct your trek journey.

Note: All above trekking hours and distances are estimated, which is undoubtedly for general ideas only.

Our representatives will be at the airport. After your arrival, you will be directed towards your hotel. After you’re done resting, you can visit Thamel. Also, try the local food, and you will be staying at a 3-Star hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation 3 star hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude1345m/4413ft

On this day, we will begin our preparation for the trek. We will talk to our guide and do last-minute shopping. Later, we will explore several UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu. Kathmandu includes Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath Temple, Patan Durbar Square, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. We will spend our night in Kathmandu. 

  • Accommodation 3 star hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude1345m/4413ft

We will head to Pokhara, which is a lake beautiful lake city. Our bus will leave at 7 in the morning, and we will experience the windy roads which take us through rural Nepal. You will also see the landscape drastically over the due course of time and rivers converging. We will reach Pokhara, and you can spend your evening in the Lakeside. Pokhara is one of the most beautiful cities in Nepal, thanks to its beautiful lakes and the view of mountain ranges. Also, on this day, you can opt for a flight too.

  • Accommodation Hotel
  • MealsB,L
  • Time5-6 hours
  • Maximum Altitude822m/2696ft

Our journey will start early in the morning as we make our way to Nayapul. The bus ride will take about 2 hours. On reaching Nayapul, we shall rest for a while and then start our journey on foot to Tikhedhunga. We follow the trail ascending through the rhododendron, garlands, and magnolia forests until we reach Tikhedunga. During the walk, we will walk through the Gurung and Thakali villages, which allows you to immerse and learn the local culture as well as lifestyles with astonishing overlooking views of the mountains. Today's hike will be relatively easy and short to reach Tikhedunga.

  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Time3-4 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude1530m.5020ft

On this day, we will make our way to Ghorepani. Today trekking to Ghorepani is mostly climbing on stone stairs through beautiful forest teeming exotic floras and faunas. We will start with a couple of hours of the hike until we reach Ulleri(2070m) and then cross Banthanti. In these settlements, you will mostly see the people of the Magar community. The trail primarily consists of stone steps and will take us through forests and occasional stops to rest.
Ghorepani is a beautiful settlement perched on the leeward side of the hill. Upon arrival, you will be genuinely shocked by the breathtaking views of the magnificent mountains that surround the Ghorepani.

  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Time5-6 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude2675m/8776ft

Today is the third day of the trek- an exhilarating day to observe the sunrise over the Himalayas.

On this day, we will head to Poon Hill early in the morning to catch the sunrise. It is recommended to leave at dawn from Ghorepani and make way to Poon Hill. Witness the famous sunrise from Poon Hill, and you will also be able to catch the view. It includes Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche Peak (6920m), Nilgiri (6940m), Varaha Shikhar (7847m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna III (7855m), Machhapuchhare (6993m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna II (7937m), Lamjung Himal (6931m). After our morning adventure, we will get back to Ghorepani for our breakfast and carry on with our journey to Tadapani. The trail again takes us through forests and stone-paved paths. After walking for about 4 hours, we will reach Tadapani, where we will rest for the night. 

  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Time4-5 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude2610m/8563ft.

On this day, we will head to Ghandruk, and the decrease in the altitude will make our journey smoother. The trip offers magnificent mountain ranges, and we will also come across forests laden with rhododendron flowers. We will reach Ghandruk in about 4 hours. Ghandruk village predominantly consists of people of the Gurung community. Ghandruk offers a serene view of the mountains such as Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.), and Machhapuchhare (6993m) and Ghandruk is also very famous for bird-watching.

  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Time3-4 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude1,950m/ 6391ft

This day will be the last day of trekking. After having breakfast with the rewarding view of the Himalayas, we will then walk down to Nayapul. Today's trek is mainly downhill and passes through villages such as Sauli Bazaar and Birethanti. After arriving at Nayapul, we will drive back to beautiful Pokhara city. You will have spare time to hang out and shopping in the Pokhara in the evening.

  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Time4-5 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude822m/2696ft

On this day, we return to Kathmandu via bus, and it will take about 6-7 hours to reach Kathmandu. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Nepali countryside. Later in the evening, you can go around Thamel, do your souvenir shopping and pack for your departure. At night, we will have our farewell dinner. 

  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch
  • Time5-6 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude1345m/4413ft

The day has finally come to say our goodbyes. Make sure you share your experience in Nepal with your friends and family back home. Also, if you decide to extend your stay in Nepal, you can inform us. We at Himalayan Odyssey would be honored to be at your service. We provide other tour services, and if you want to go on another trek, please let us know.

    Cost Details

    Included
    • Accommodation in Kathmandu with BB plan
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during the trek
    • Annapurna Conservation Area entry fee and TIMS card
    • Experienced Himalayan trek guide and porter (2 trekkers: 1 guide and porter)
    • Tourist Bus for Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu. (domestic flight if extra charge added)
    • Private Jeep from Pokhara to Nayapul to Pokhara
    • Arrival transfer from the international airport to your hotel
    • Tea house lodge during your trek
    • First Aid Kit during the trek
    • Staff Insurance
    • Salary, food, and accommodation of your staff during the trek
    • All ground transportation as per itinerary
    • Tour Certificate
    • Farewell Dinner
    Excluded
    • International flight ticket
    • International airport tax
    • Visa Fee
    • Other personal items. (Phone calls, snacks, hot and cold drinks, laundry, alcohol, extra porter, shower, etc )
    • Travel insurance
    • Private Travel Equipment
    • Excess baggage cost during your domestic flight
    • Tips for staff and guide
    • Anything that is not listed in the “PRICE INCLUDES” section above

    Good to Know

    Packing List for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

    Every trekking requires certain preparation of gears and types of equipment for the journey to make your trip more comfortable. It is recommended to carry the necessary and light things so that it will be easy while you are walking. The following belongings are recommended that should be brought, although we concede that our clients have their own decision for the clothing. To know what to expect in the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, we have prepared some useful clothing & gear during the trek.

     

    Travel Documents

    • Airline tickets (confirmation and itinerary)
    • Nepal Visa form (may be obtained at Kathmandu Airport)
    • Travel insurance policy documents
    • Valid passport
    • Copy of passport (2 copies, first page only)
    • Passport photos (4)

    Travel Equipment

    • Duffel bag (100 liters; no wheels or rigid handles)
    • Lightweight, duffel bag
    • Luggage locks
    • Travel wallet
    • Passport/money belt
    • Sleeping bag liner
    • Travel plug adapters
    • Electrical converter

    Travel Clothing

    • Quick-dry undergarments
    • Synthetic or wool T-shirt
    • Long-sleeve, travel-friendly shirt and pants
    • Casual shoes
    • Mid-weight wool or synthetic socks

    Trekking Equipment

    • Day pack (25–35 liters)
    • Sleeping bag comfortable to 0°F (dependent upon season, weather forecast and personal preference)
    • Waterproof hiking boots
    • Camp shoes (down booties or running shoes)
    • LED headlamp with extra batteries
    • Trekking poles

    Trekking Clothing

    • Wool or synthetic T-shirts (2)
    • Mid-weight fleece or soft-shell jacket (2)
    • Mid-weight down or synthetic parka with hood
    • Convertible hiking pants
    • Fleece pants or insulated pants
    • Lightweight waterproof/breathable rain jacket and pants
    • Mid-weight waterproof and fleece gloves or mittens
    • Sun hat
    • Mid-weight wool or synthetic socks (3 pairs)
    • Liner socks (optional)
    • Glacier sunglasses
    • Neck gaiter, balaclava, Buff or bandana

    Food

    • Energy bars
    • Electrolyte replacement drink mix
    • Snacks (cookies, GORP, Snickers, etc.)

    FAQs

    • Q1. Where is Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek?

      Ghorepani is a village in the Myagdi District in the Dhaulagiri Zone of northern-central Nepal. It lies 17 kilometers from the district capital of Beni at an elevation of approximately 2874 m.

      Poon Hill is a hill station overlooking the Annapurna Massif range and Dhaulagiri mountain range, located on the border of Myagdi District and Kaski District.

    • Destination towards Ghorepani Poon Hill from Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) is the best season in which mountain lovers and travel bugs come to Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek.

    • Ghorepani is a wonderful settlement in midst of ever-flourishing herbage and forest that cover the uneven terrain of the hills. Poon Hill is a standpoint that presents you with the amazing hypnotize display of Mount Annapurna and its surrounding mountains. You will be glorified with the view of Mt. Annapurna I, Mt. Annapurna III, Mt. Annapurna IV, Mt. Annapurna South, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Gangapurna, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Nilgiri , Mt. Machhapuchhre, Mt. Hiunchuli, Lamjung Himal and so on.

    • Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is comfortable to trek in the entire Annapurna region. During this trek, you do not need so much technical skill. The first two days of the trek are a little steep and strenuous but after that the trial is easy. 

    • Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek takes about 9 to 12 days depending upon your itinerary.

    • Like other trekking routes, the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek also requires 2 permits called TIMS Card and Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP) permit. For TIMS card it will cost USD 20 per person and USD 30 per person for ACAP entry.

    • The daily gain in altitude during Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is about 450 to 500 meters above sea level.

    • The menu in Ghorepani Poon Hill is a mixture of traditional local, Asian, and western food almost everywhere but as we go up close, the menu will be limited. We extremely suggest liquids green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea and garlic soup(must), etc. at high altitude and also the fresh vegetable items for well-being.

    • Yes, you can see Mt. Annapurna I (8,091 m) and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) from the Poon Hill viewpoint.

    • Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek with kids is the most suitable short trek for kid’s families. A kid age above 10 years old can easily trek this destination.

    • Trek routes on Ghorepani Poonhill are somewhat inclined, decent, and straightforward following well-established trials, Trekkers who are capable to hike 4 to 5 hours a day at a fair pace with a light day pack can trek Ghorepani Poon Hill.

    • If you are allergic to specific medicines, it is better to consult your doctor and bring your own. The Himalayan Odyssey will facilitate you with medical kits and other safety concerns to avoid altitude sickness and other sicknesses.

    • The distance from Poon Hill to Ghandruk village is about 15 KM.

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