Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

8 Days
6 Reviews in TripAdvisor Recommended by 99%
  • Bus, Airlines
  • 3 Stars Hotels & Guesthouse
  • 3210 M
  • Kathmandu
  • March to May & Sep to Dec
  • Eco-Tour, Hiking, Trekking
  • All meals during the trek
  • English, Spanish, French, Chinese
  • Easy to Moderate
  • 2-20
  • 12
  • 65

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Overview

The Annapurna Sanctuary is a great introductory trek for inexperienced trekkers. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is the easiest route in the region. Moderate ascend and Descending trails make trekking manageable for beginners regardless of fitness level.  

Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is well-marked through rhododendron forests and charming villages. The beauty of hills unravels itself, especially during the spring season when rhododendrons bloom. Visit Gurung communities along the way and get a glimpse into the traditional Nepalese lifestyle.  Witness the dazzling panorama of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu ranges. Unforgettable sunrises at Poon Hill over these majestic mountains painting hues of color are undisputedly highlights of the trek.

Spring (March-May) and autumn (October-November) are considerably the best time to trek Ghorepani Poon Hill. The weather is perfect, clear sky and temperature is mild & dry. Poonhill weather can be quite varied, depending upon seasons. Standing at a height of (3210m/ 10531ft), increases the chance of altitude sickness. Proper acclimation and adequate hydration prevent altitude sickness. 

Lengths and difficulties during the trek

Trek to Ghorepani Poon Hill difficulty is moderate, making it approachable for people with average fitness.  A relatively short trek is manageable for beginners. Weather varies but not too much so, be flexible with clothes. Paths are easily navigated and clear. For rest and support tea houses are along the way. Mountaineering skills or technical climbing aren’t involved however, proper acclimatization is essential. Be aware of altitude sickness symptoms, especially during periods of exertion. Uphill, downhill sections, and sometimes uneven paths require good balance and stamina. Though some sections involve steep climbs and descents, trail conditions in Poon Hill are easy to navigate, though check the weather forecast and trail conditions. 

Poon Hill Hiking distance can range from 35 to 45 kilometers, daily distance spans from 4-5 hours. Some sections, like climbing to Poonhill (2850m) or descending to Ghandruk (1940m) can be steeper. The actual distance depends upon your chosen route and itinerary. It ranges from 35km from Pokhara to 45km in a clockwise loop starting and ending at Nayapul. The Elevation gain in Poon Hill is at 3250 meters, gradually ascending along the way. Consider the Annapurna Base Camp Circuit trek for a longer journey.

Accommodation for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Local families usually run Poonhill guest houses or tea houses. The facilities are basic but offer a warm and authentic experience.  Comfortable bedrooms with shared bathrooms are hygienic and safe. Considering a children’s fitness level Poon Hill Trek with kids is safe. 

Sleeping Arrangements in Poon Hill during peak season, extra mattresses, pillows, and blankets can be arranged. Consider slipping a pillow case as a touch of hygiene, warmth, and personal comfort. Private or shared bedrooms are also available at different price rates. 

Bathroom facilities in Poon Hill like showers are powered by gas in most cases. Bringing personal toilet paper is highly recommended. Sit-down flush toilets with some squat options are available.

 Food and Drinks in Poon Hill like fresh pastries, beer, and soft drinks are readily available with a mix of local and Western dishes. Small shops selling snacks, sweets, and chocolate can be seen. Excellent quality Nepali dishes (Dal Bhat) in veg and non-veg options

Best time for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

The best season for trekking in Poon Hill is spring (March-may) and autumn (September –November) to enjoy the clear views of the sky and lush green forests. The trails are clear and surrounded by trekkers. Poon Hill weather and temperature depend upon the season and even the time of day. The weather is dry and has a mid-temperature (25°C) in a day and cool nights (5°C). Since the Lodges are booked up quickly, accommodates are difficult to get hold of. The Temperature in autumn is pleasant days (20°C-25°C) and chilly nights (5°C- 10°C). 

In winter trials are less crowded and accommodation can be easily available and at a cheaper price but the trek is equally challenging during the off-season. Temperature in winter is hash and cold. The temperature during the day rises from (5°-10°C) and at night (-5°C to-10°C) freezing. Monsoon season (June-August) is rainy with moderate temperature of 15°C- 20°C. the trails are muddy and the roads are sleeper. Enjoy dramatic skies with fewer crowed but with limited visibility due to fog. Waterproof hiking boots, rain gear, and quickly drying clothes are some gear required during monsoon season. 

Trek Cost

Poonhill trek cost varies depending on several factors. Trekker’s Information Management system (TIMS) usually costs around 2000 per person (approximately. USD 17). It is compulsory for all trekkers. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) costs around 3000 per person (approx. USD 25).  

 Transportation costs are fairly cheap. It costs 700-1000 (USD 6-900) on a local bus, NRS 2000 – 5000 (USD 15-40) on a tourist bus, and NRS 15000-17000 (USD 120-160) a private car to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu.  Accommodation and meals cost in Poonhill roughly 3500-4500 per person, drinks and snacks 100-500 (USD 1-4). 

Porters and guides cost 2000-3000 per day during monsoon season. Tipping guides and potters are customary. 10-15% of the total is a good guideline. 

NOTE: cost of Accommodation, meals, transport, and porter costs, may vary from season, hotels, and agencies.

Poon Hill alternative trek

 Within a short trek distance (2-3 days) Poonhill alternative trek includes the Dhampus Sarangkot trek. This trek offers panoramic views of Annapurna South, Fewa Lake, and picturesque villages. Along the way, Alternative treks like Australian Camp Trek and Khopra Danda trek the stunning viewpoint of Fewa Lake are perfect for strolls. Imminence yourself in Gurung culture as the hike goes through a terraced field. 

Mardi Himal Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, and Ghorepani Poonhill Circuit Trek are the longer alternative trek from Poonhill. Embark on the solitude and challenge of this off–the–beaten–path trek, rewarding with close-up views of Mardi Himal and Machhapuchhre.  The classic journey unveils the awe-inspiring grandeur of the Annapurna Base Camp. Ghorepani Poonhill Circuit trek combines the iconic sunrise at Poonhill with a diverse loop, meadows, and Gurung villages.

Explore on an adventure to Upper Mustang trek and Ghandruk trekking. Join them with the ancient Buddhist monastery, unique Tibetan culture, and charming town of Ghandruk.

Visit the local hot spring near Ghorepani, soak in the natural pool, and rejuvenate your muscles after a day’s hike. Trek to a hidden waterfall near Dhampus or Ghandruk.

Highlights Of The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

  • Immerse yourself in the sheer beauty of these rhododendron blooms and stone villages.
  • Witness the poon hill’s sunrise over Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu ranges.
  • Experience warm local hospitality and the traditional life of villages.
  • Well-maintained trails and comfortable tea houses for relaxation.
  • Tailor your trek to fit your time and fitness level for short climbs to longer explorations.

Itinerary

Greet by our friendly airport representative as landing the airport. A quick briefing on the upcoming adventure before checking into your cozy hotel for a restful night.

The guide will pick you up at 6:30 at the hotel to the bus station for departure to Pokhara. The tourist bus winds through dramatic landscapes, rice terraces, and rocky gorges. Enjoy the tranquility of Fewa Lake and Mountains Annapurna ranges and Machapuchhare. Capture the Annapurna range mirrored in crystal-clear water, painting the sunset in Fewa Lake. Drift off to the hotel and get ready for tomorrow’s adventure. Enjoy your breakfast and continue your trek.

Trek starts from Pokhara to Nayapul with a private car strolling along the Modi Khola bank. The trail leads through Birethanti khola and a gentle climb on the valet side. As ascending, Tikhedunga welcomes you at 1570m height. Ease into the rhythm of trekking and savor the stunning scenery. Breathe in the invigorating air and feel the excitement for the adventure to come. Enjoy overnight stay at the guesthouse including Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

As Tikhe Ddunga a behind, prepare for a change in pace. Gateway to the Magar village of Ulleri at 2080m is the trail with a daunting stone staircase and stunning views. Above, ulleri the terrain softens. Recharge, and refill your water bottle at the campsite above ulleri. The final short ascending goes to Nangethanti and the final push to Ghorepani (2850m). Ghorepani upholds beautiful panoramic views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Hiuchuli. Rest your weary legs in a cozy guestroom, and toast to conquering challenges.

Hike to Poonhill’s promise of a spectacle view of nature. Embark on the trek to Poonhill at 3210m. Reaching poon hill rewards you with rays of dawn-kissed snow peaks. Witness the 360-degree panorama of Himalayan beauty. After basking in the sunrise glory, descend back to Ghorepani for rest and a hot breakfast. Resume the trek to Tadapani winds up to rhododendron forests and verdant meadows. As reaching to Tadapani settle into quite a cozy guest house and savor a delicious meal.

Descend to Ghandruk bidding farewell to Tadapani. Embark the trail of lush forest, and captivating village nested amidst the Himalayas. Breathe in the scent of wood smoke and explore stone houses clustered along narrow lanes in Ghandruk- home to the Gurung community. Stroll down from Kimche to Pokhara is filled with stunning scenery of the Himalayas. As arriving in Pokhara, check-in at your hotel and rest till the night passes.

Drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. Enjoy scenic views in a comfortable private vehicle. Overnight stay at the hotel, breakfast included.

Day 8 :
Farewell

A team member will drop you off at the airport, approximately 3 hours earlier the scheduled to the airport.

The Cost Includes

  • Airport transfers–pick up and drop
  • All ground transportation
  • Your accommodation in a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with a breakfast plan
  • Your accommodation in the best guesthouses available (on twin sharing basis) during the trek with breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking journey
  • All paper works
  • National park and heritage sites entry tickets
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) and trekking permits
  • A licensed, English-speaking, professional guide along with a porter (1 for two clients)
  • All the costs of guide and porter, including accidental insurance
  • Duffel bag, sleeping bags (to be returned to us after the trek)
  • T-shirts, a route map, and a travel completion certificate
  • All applicable government taxes and service charges.
  • First aid kit

The Cost Excludes

  • Meals (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • International airfare
  • Visa costs
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal refreshment items like cold drinks, snacks, etc.
  • Personal utility items like laundry, telephone expenses, electricity charges, etc.
  • Tips for guides and porters after the Poon Hill hike.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Map

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