Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Duration: 10 days |
Altitude: 3,210m.

"The ghorepani poon hill trek also called Annapurna panorama trek is short and easy trekking route in Annapurna region, which can be done within 1 week or less depend on your time schedule. Annapurna Panorama Trek start from North of Pokhara, after one hour scenic drive to Nayapool, and ends at same place making small Poon Hill circuit.".

 

Known as the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek it has become one of the most popular treks in the Annapurna district if not Nepal. And this is because Poon Hill has to be one of the best places to view the sunrise and sunset over the 180 deg stunning view over the Annapurna range. On top of this it gives you an introduction into the culture of the people who live in the shadow of the Annapurna making this a great little trek. Every Poonhill (3200m) trek should contain one day where you wake early in the morning from your lodge at Ghorepani and reach the summit of Poonhill before sunrise. Trekking here gives you one of the best opportunities to view wonderful 8000+m mountains including Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Annapurna (I) as well as other less than 8000 meters higher mountains including Annapurna south, Machhapuchhare.


The trip starts just north of Pokhara that means you start the Ghorepani trek from Dhampus Phedi (Surkhet Phedi), Nayapul or from Beni Bazaar. .. You will enjoy Ghorepani Poon hill trekking in the spectacular mountain scenery through charming villages inhabited by the Gurungs, dense rhododendron forests full of birds and deep subtropical valleys. This trek is a wonderful opportunity to witness the beauty of the Annapurna region with a shorter trek

Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration: 10 days
  • Max Altitude: 3,200m
  • Group Size: 2 to 12
  • Tour Grade: Easy and Family Holidays
  • Season: Jan - May, Sept - Dec
  • Tour Type: Fly Out / Fly in Trekking and Kathmandu Private Vehicle
  • Highlight: From the lush green vegetation of low sub-tropic to the artic terrain, a complete views of the snow capped peaks, traditional villages and warm locals and trekking right into the heart of the massif Annapurna range.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking Itinerary

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Day 1: Upon arrival at Tribhuvwan International Airport.
Nepal Tours representative will assist you at Tribhuvwan International Airport and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight at hotel on BB basis.

 

Day 2: Kathmandu to Pokhara (6hrs drive).
After the breakfast, our expert guide will assist you at your hotel with a luxurious vehicle. Enjoy a six hours drive along with Prithvi Highway that takes you to the beautiful city Pokhara. En route you can enjoy the green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. Lunch on the way. Overnight at Hotel on BB basis.

 

Day 3: Pokhara to Nayapul (1070m) and trek to Tikhedhunga (1500m).
The day starts with breakfast at the hotel before your guide will take you on an hour’s drive to the starting point at Nayapul and a 20 minutes’ walk further to reach Birethati. Here is this tiny village you can see an amazing mix of culture, lifestyle and tradition of the Gurung Ethnic groups. Then a little distance from here you arrive at the Modi River and the Annapurna Conservation checkpoint. After your guide has shown your trekking permit and TIMS in the National park office it’s time to pass as you turn left along the river Bhurungdi Khola. From here experience wonderful scenic views of terraces and landscapes intermingled with the hospitality of the locals. You will walk for several hours before finally reaching Tikhedhunga and your first night on the trail.. Overnight at lodge.

 

Day 4: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2750m).
It takes about six hours from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani. The trail passes through Ulleri and Banthanti, Magar village. On the way you can enjoy the panoramic view of Annapurna south, Fishtail and Hiunchuli. Overnight at lodge.

 

Day 05: Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m.) to Tadopani (2675m) 7:30hrs

Today its an early start as you want to catch the sunrise from Poon hill (3232m) where you can see 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.) and other numerous snow-capped mountain peaks. Then after a sunny breakfast your guide will lead you back to the top of Deurali hill station and on to the trail to Tadopani (2650m). Along the way you are surrounded by deep forests of rhododendrons, bamboos, Oaks and frequently see waterfalls, rocks, wild animals, local birds and green scenarios. Before reaching the village of Tadopani before nightfall which is surrounded by beautiful forests which grants you a magnificent view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, and Annapurna II and so on.

 

Day 06: Trek from Tadopani (2675m.) to Ghandruk (1950m), 3hrs

Today it’s an easy trek as you descend gently all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. Here the trail is alive with all different kinds of birds chirping away and is a favourite part of the trek for all bird lovers. Before finally reaching Ghandruk a big Gurung village where there is a handicraft centre and Gurung museum. From this village you can see the views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail.

 

Day 07: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul (Pokhara): 5hrs

Another easy day`s walk through rice fields and local villages as you descend towards Nayapul and Pokhara. And it gets easier when you reach Syaulibazar because the trail levels off and it’s a short walk to Nayapul and the scenic drive back to Pokhara..

 

Day 8: Pokhara to Kathmandu (6hrs drive).
After the breakfast drive around six hours along with Prithivi Highway from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel on BB basis.

 

Day 09: Kathmandu sightseeing and rest time for shopping.
Highlights culture tour: Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa, Swaymbhunath and Patan Durbar Square, cultural and historical sights of the Kathmandu Valley.

 

Day 10: Final Departure.
Nepal Tours representative will assist you at your hotel and transfers you to international airport for your final departure.

 

NOTE: On ghorepani poon pill adventure trips of this type, weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

Trip Cost Includes:

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek.
  • Government license holder English speaking Guide their food,accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments, medicine.
  • All standard surface transport for you, guide and porter.
  • Annapurna Conservation area fee.
  • Trekker's information management system(TIMS) Card.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangements.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • All our government taxes and official expenses.
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu by Private car/van/bus
  • Pokhara Nayapul Pokhara by Private car

Cost Does Not Include:

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) 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
Hotels Rating Twin Triple 4 + 7 + 10 +

Kathmandu – Hotel Thamel

Pokhara – Hotel Kantipur

STANDARD $ 650 $ 605 $ 560 $ 505 $ 490

Kathmandu – Hotel Manaslu

Pokhara – Kailash Resort

DELUXE $ 750 $ 705 $ 695 $ 675 $ 630

Kathmandu – Hotel Shangri La

Pokhara – Shangri La Village

SUPER DELUXE $ 871 $ 845 $ 740 $ 705 $ 641
Recommended Trekking Kit
The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend that you take with you. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognise that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.

 

Footwear
Walking boots with suitable ankle support that have been worn-in prior to the trek, and which are waterproof
Trainer or casual shoes, for trekking and/or for travelling
Warm socks for colder areas
Gaiters, in case of rain or snow

 

Legwear
Loose, casual trousers for trekking
Thermal leggings for colder areas
Long skirt for women as an alternative to trousers
Waterproof trousers

 

Body
Selection of T-shirts, and long sleeved shirts, preferably not cotton
Thermal shirt for colder areas
Warm shirt, possibly fleece, for colder areas
Fleece jacket or warm wool jumper
Windproof, waterproof outer shell garment for higher altitudes
Down jacket (optional for cold nights & mornings; can be hired in Kathmandu cheaply)

 

Head/Hands
Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava
Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking
Sunglasses or goggles
Sunscreen lotion and lip balm
Warm gloves

 

Other items
Strong rucksack, or large holdall to be carried by porters
Day sack to be carried personally
Plastic bags or stuff sacks to store/separate trekking gear inside your main bag
One litre water bottle
Personal first aid kit to include essential items
Sleeping bag, 4 season
Torch, ideally head torch
Camera and film ! - for those not to be forgotten shots of the Himalaya
Toilet items and towel
Large handerchief/bandana for neck

 

Optional Items
Binoculars
Books (see Recommended Reading)
Altimeter
Compass
Playing cards / backgammon / chess set

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