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Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking
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Treking in brief

The Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is for people who do not want to miss Nepal’s shortest and best trek but have limited time to stay in Nepal, can do this beautiful panoramic trek in the Himalaya of Nepal.

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek of Nepal is one of the most popular and easiest treks in Annapurna region. Situated at an altitude of 3200m and just beneath the greatest Himalayan Range, the area is famous for fascinating traditional villages, ethnic communities, rhododendron forests and magnificent 360-degree views of more than 10 snowcapped mountains. It is the easiest and shortest trek that doesn’t require any experience in trekking. Poon Hill is possible to trek anytime of the year. The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek starts from Nayapul in Pokhara with 4-5 days of moderate walking.

How to go

During the season, the route is congested with hundreds of trekkers every day going to Poon Hill. The trek is suitable for everyone those who are not familiar with trekking and those who are looking for a short and easy trek holiday in Nepal. Packing for the trek doesn’t have to be complicated. It is a simple trek of 4-5 days and everything is available on the way up. Trekkers have to take plenty of cash because there are no ATM machines available.

Itineraries in Short

Day 01 :Drive to Pokhara by tourist bus (6 hours), overnight at Pokhara hotel

Day 02 :Drive to Nayapul and then trek to Tikhedhunga (1577m)

Day 03 :Trek to Ghorepani (2750 m)

Day 04 :Climb to Poon Hill (3200m) for great views of the Himalayas then trek to Tadapani

Day 05 :Trek to Ghandruk (1940m) which is the historic ethnic village

Day 06 :Trek to Birethanti (1025m) and then drive back to Pokhara

Day 07 : Drive to Kathmandu, 6-7 Hours.

Trek Permits

There are 2 different permits required for the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek.

  1. Annapurna Conservation Permit.
  2. TIMS Trekker’s Permit.

Trek Level

The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is categorized under ‘easy’ trek but get ready for serious walking up to 7 hours a day. You don’t need complicated trekking gears and a dozen of clothes. Some of the important things you must carry are 2 pair pants, 3-4 socks, waterproof jacket, hiking shoes, water bottle, toilet paper, sleeping bag, sunglasses, 2-3 underwear, light snacks, towel and basic first aid kit.

Food and Accommodation

Hotels and Restaurants are available in the area serving with Nepali cuisine, tea, coffee, and snacks. Foods are not expensive on the bottom of the trek but as you move up, the cost is likely to get high. The general rule of thumb is wherever you eat 2 meals at the tea house, you will likely to get accommodation for free. You don’t have to bring all my own food, tent, and sleeping supplies while trek. The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek on the other hand is what’s called a “Tea House Trek.”

You basically hike from village to village, stay in decent but barebones lodges, and have the awesome option of eating delicious freshly cooked food.

During the peak trekking season, it is hard to get the room.

Communication and lodging

You have the cellular communication all over the trekking places. Most hotels have internet connection but they charge.

Tea houses offer affordable accommodation, water refills, snacks, and meals. You will run into tea houses all along the trek so don’t worry about being stranded in the middle of nowhere on a cold mountain without a roof over your head for the night.

Local people believe that Machhapucchre also known as ‘Fishtail’ is sacred mountain in Nepal and thus no one is allowed to climb it. Wilfrid Noyce and A D M Cox climbed close to summit but didn’t set foot on the summit as they were told not to.

Fish Tail Peak Guest House is a great stop for this trek as it’s mostly used as a lunch stop for people doing longer treks. We had the entire tea house to ourselves which was nice considering they have a shared bathroom.

What to pack

The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is categorized under ‘easy’ trek but get ready for serious walking up to 7 hours a day. You don’t need complicated trekking gears and a dozen of clothes. Some of the important things you must carry are 2 pair pants, 3-4 socks, waterproof jacket, hiking shoes, water bottle, toilet paper, sleeping bag, sunglasses, 2-3 underwear, light snacks, towel and basic first aid kit.

You will also need to bring a refillable water bottle as you will not be able to purchase water bottles on the mountain, instead, you will have to purchase filtered water in which they will refill your bottles at all of the tea houses along the way.

Be sure to pack some snacks for trekking Poon Hill. You will be able to purchase some on the mountain but they are not in the same price as in town.

Poon Hill Trek Highlights

Best Sunrise and Himalayas View, Poonhill 3210m

One of the Biggest Ghandruk Gurung village and Ulleri Magar Village

View of Dhaulagiri (8167M,) Manaslu (8163m,) and Annapurna I (8091m) and others Himalayas.

Small villages Birethati, Hile, Tikhedhunga, Ghorepani, Tadapani

Waterfall, Rice Terrace

What is Included?

Annapurna Conservation area project (ACAP) Permit and TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card.

All the meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) with Lodge accommodation during the trek.

One English speaking trekking guide.

Guide: foods, accommodation, insurance, salary, transportation and equipment etc.

Seasonal fresh fruit such as Pomegranate, Banana, Apple etc.

First Aids Kid.

Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking is Nepal's favorite place.

Day 1
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara

We have two option to go to Pokhara, regular option is by Bus or Micro bus or the Luxury Bus. When you cross Thankot, there will be less traffic of vehicle and you drive down through terrain and mountain and through the Trishuli Bank until Mugling and then you head west to Pokhara. You will have lunch on the way and bathroom break. It takes 6-7 hours to reach Pokhara

Day 2
Pokhara to Nayapul and Tikhedunga

Starting at about 8 am from Pokhara (the main closest town to the Annapurna Himalaya range), we head to Nayapul to begin the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek.

The first day trekking is easy, and we mostly make our way gradually uphill walking along a gravel road. We stop for lunch on the way.

We continue hiking for few hours, the road finally turning into more of a trail.

After arriving in the village of Tikhedunga, we in Guest House, a beautiful lodge with a nice view and the sound of a waterfall in the distance.

You can make your plan for the dinner anything you like. Sleep early to wake up early. Total trekking time – about 5-6 hours

Day 3
Trek from Tikhedunga to Ghorepani

Wake up early, and eat breakfast. Hike is challenging, we walk straight up the face of the mountain for about 4 hours, catching glimpses of the white snowcapped Annapurna peaks. The views are amazing!

Lunch somewhere on the trek with Sukuti if you find. After lunch and an hour of rest, continue hiking for 3 hours to reach the cold Ghorepani village.

Checked in Ghorepani, we got some amazing views of the Annapurna Himalaya range. Sleep early to get up early to climb and view Poon Hill.

Total hiking hours – about 7-8 hours

Day 4
Ghorepani to Poon Hill, Ghorepani to Tadapani

Wake up at 5 am, and climb 45 minutes to the top of Poon Hill for sunrise. We also recommend bringing a head torch or flashlight for the sunrise Poon Hill trek since it’s dark when you start and it can be a bit dangerous if you can’t see.

Poon Hill stands at the altitude of 3200m. It takes a moderate level of fitness to complete this trek. There is no risk of Altitude Mountain Sickness as there is in other high-altitude treks.

The clear morning view of the Annapurna range is nothing short of majestic! This is the view that the entire Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is based upon, and it’s worth every step to get there. Standing at the top and looking at the mountains and the sunrise it almost makes you want to cry it was so beautiful. It’s such an overwhelming feeling of beauty and joy looking over the mountain range like that.

Hike back down and have breakfast at the lodge. The views are incredible. Beautiful scene on the way. The trail includes lots of downhill and will be snows all over if it is in winter.

Continue to hike to the incredible town of Gandruk. Gandruk is actually quite a large village, and the views of the Annapurna are outstanding. Village is so beautiful that I can stay months here.

Day 5
Tadapani to Gandruk

The trail is mostly downhill, and mostly stone steps. Hike down and down and then back up again, passing through small villages and numerous small farms along the way. Take a break for lunch and hike again.

Day 6
Gandruk to Pokhara

Hike down to Syauli Bazar and take car to Pokhara, take a steam bath and move out to see Fewa Lake in the evening. You can enjoy the street food as well, you can go to message before you take a dinner.

Day 7
Drive back to Kathmandu or take a flight

Enjoy the bus ride again, take a window seat or you can take the flight.

Prices Inclusion

  • 1. Annapurna Conservation area project (ACAP) Permit and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card.
  • 2. All the meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) with Lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • 3. English speaking trekking guide.
  • 4. First Aids Kid.
  • 5. Guide expenses are all covered.

Booking not covered

  • 1. Your travel Insurance
  • 2. Private Drinks and Choices
  • 3.
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Q & A

What is the difficulty level for Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking

It is medium. There has not been any major issues with trekkers so far.

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