Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is a complete package of fun-filled and easy trek bursting with some of the most beautiful sceneries seen nowhere else in the world. It is considered as one of the most popular treks in Nepal’s Himalayas.
The trek covers both the natural and cultural aspect of the region with remarkable views of the Annapurna range along with delightful scenery of forests and waterfalls, as well as a series of culturally rich villages.
The journey begins in Pokhara. After a soothing and relaxing day in the calming atmosphere of Lakeside, witnessing stunning views of the Annapurnas reflected in the waters of Phewa Tal, trekkers shall begin their climb from Nayapul the next morning. The steady climb to Thikedhunga, a traditional magar village, is filled up with the contrast of the flow of the river over a rocky terrain from the one side, and a lush green forest on the other. After Thikedhunga trekkers shall head for the climb to Ghorepani, a relatively steep uphill climb filled with views of the fascinating village architecture, lush green forests and the snow-capped Himalayan giants just sneaking up and teasing the travelers from behind the hills.
After a night spent at Ghorepani trekkers shall embrace themselves for the climax of the trip: the astonishing Himalayan sunrise in Poonhill, the highest point of this trek at3210m. The whole range of mountains will be visible from the platform, the view of the peaks bathing in the first rays of the sun is breath-taking!
After a delightful sunrise, trekkers shall start for Ghandruk. On their descent to Ghandruk, trekkers get to witness stunning views of the hills, valleys of white and red blossoms of rhododendron. On reaching Ghandruk, trekkers get to indulge in various activities such as try traditional Gurung costumes or ride on horses through the slope setting of the village in this fascinating and culturally rich Gurung village.
The trek ends after a day in Ghandruk, trekkers will then start their descent to Nayapul and head back to Pokhara with unforgettable memories.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)
Welcome to Nepal! You will be picked up by our representative at the airport who will also drop you off at the hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Fly or Drive to Pokhara (25 minutes/ 6-7 hours)
With breakfast done, we prepare for an early morning flight or a drive to the beautiful city of Pokhara. Pokhara is a backpacker’s paradise. It’s a fantastic place to chill and relax. If flying isn’t an option, you can easily get to Pokhara on a tourist bus. The journey is 6-7 hours long but pleasant with nice views of green hills and rivers flowing below.Overnight in Pokhara.
Note- If you take a plane instead of overland drive, the flight fare is extra.
Day 03: Drive to Nayapuland trek to Ulleri via Tikhedunga
After a delicious breakfat, we drive to Nayapul which is just more than hour from Pokhara. From there we begin our trek towards Ulleri. The trek is moderate and varied. We will pass through villages, tea-houses, rivers and so on. The trail descends as we make our way across the theTikhedungaKholavia a suspension bridge. We then cross another bridge and the trail turns steep. We begin climbing up a stone staircase of more than 3200 steps to reach Ulleri at 2080m. At the top we are welcomed by beautiful views of Annapurna south (7219m) and Hiunchuli (6441m). Overnight at Ulleri.
Day 04: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani
Today’s task –A few hours of moderate trek through rhododendron forests, streams and a small ridge. Note, spring is the best time to see the stunning Rhododendron flowers in bloom. There’s a great many chance to spot some amazing birds and animals today along with the almighty snow-capped giants.
We make a stop for lunch at Nangathanti at 2460 m. The trail here is covered with snow in winter. From here, we trek further for an hour to reach Ghorepani at 2750m. Overnight at Ghorepani.
Day 05: Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m) 6 – 7 hours
This day, we start early to witness one of the most satisfying and breathtaking scene one can dream of- the sun rising in the Himalayas. For this, we start early on a steep trail towards the viewpoint at Poonhill(3,210m/10,529ft), which is of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal and the Annapruna region. From Poonhill, we also get mesmerizing views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20 of the highest mountains in the world. After feeding ourselves with awesome views, we then return to Gorepani to feed ourselves actual food. After breakfast, we make our way towards Tadapani. We first ascend and then descend through rhododendron forests, we thenpass by some beautiful waterfalls to finally make ittoTadapani. Overnight in Tadapani.
Day 06: Tadapani to Ghandruk (2019m) 3 hours.
It’s going to be a beautiful journey today. On our very first part of the trail, we find ourselves climbing down through a dense and dark forest of old rhododendron trees.As we continue our journey,and if it is the right time of the year, we will get to see cherry blossoms in bloom on the slopes on the other side of the gully. Soon, we shall reach Ghandruk, a beautiful Gurung village with intimate views of Annapurna South, the Fishtail mountain, and Hiunchuli mountains.
Day 07: Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara 5-6 hours.
From here, we trek further towards Nayapul. We stop walking from here and start riding. This signifies the end of our trekking journey in the Annapurna region. We drive to Pokhara and stay overnight.
Alternatively, You can take a jeep from Ghandruk to Pokhara directly.
Day 08: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu 6-7 hours
After a night of celebration, we prepare to leave for Kathmandu for some packing and more celebrations. We say goodbye to Pokhara and get on a 6-7 hours’ drive to Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu you will have some spare time to do some last-minute souvenir shopping and resting. A dinner party is arranged to celebrate your successful journey. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 09: Final departure
This is it, you’re last day in Nepal. It’s time to say goodbye, but we hope we’ll meet again! Our representative will escort you to the airport three hours before the scheduled flight.
- All the transportation between airport and hotel
- 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
- 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
- Transfer to Pokhara and return
- 04 nights in standard lodges/teahouses during the trek
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- All accommodation and meals during the stay in the trek
- An experienced English speaking guide and one porter for 2 persons each of the group
- All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
- All government and local taxes
- Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
- Tips for guides and porters