Poon Hill Trek

Price

USD 897

Trip Duration

10 days

Trip Grade

Easy

Highest Altitude

3210m

Accommodation

Tea House, Hotel

Transportation

Car, Bus

Group Size

1-10

Best Season

All around the year

Poon Hill Trek Introduction

The Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek is a popular trekking route in Nepal that takes you through picturesque landscapes, charming villages, and stunning mountain views. It is a shorter and relatively easier trek compared to other treks in the Annapurna region, making it suitable for beginners or those with limited time.

The trek starts from Nayapul, which can be reached by a scenic drive from Pokhara. From Nayapul, you trek through terraced fields, lush forests, and traditional villages, immersing yourself in the local culture and natural beauty of the region.

One of the highlights of the Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek is the ascent to Poon Hill (3,210m)after reaching Ghorepani village. Poon Hill is renowned for its breathtaking sunrise views over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. From here, you can witness the golden hues of the morning sun illuminating the snow-capped peaks, creating a magical spectacle.

After enjoying the sunrise from Poon Hill, the trek continues to Ghorepani, a beautiful village surrounded by rhododendron forests. Ghorepani is a great place to rest and rejuvenate, offering panoramic views of the Himalayas.

From Ghorepani, the trail descends through dense forests and charming villages, eventually leading to Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a traditional Gurung village known for its rich cultural heritage. Here, you can explore the village, interact with the friendly locals, and learn about their unique way of life.

Throughout the trek, you’ll be treated to stunning mountain vistas, including Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machapuchare (Fishtail), and other peaks of the Annapurna range. The trail also offers opportunities to observe the diverse flora and fauna of the region, including rhododendron forests, orchids, and various bird species.

The Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and stunning mountain views, making it a popular choice for trekkers seeking a shorter but rewarding trekking experience in Nepal.

Highlights

  • Trekking to the Ghandruk Village 
  • Experiencing Gurung & Magar Hospitality & culture
  • Beautiful Landscape, Nature & Rivers
  • Ghorepani Village
  • Visit Poon Hill to see the Himalayas & sunrise
  • Visit & sightseeing in Pokhara
  • Seeing the World Heritage of Kathmandu

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival Day in Kathmandu
  • Day 2: Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Day 3: Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga
  • Day 4: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani
  • Day 5: Ghorepani to Poon Hill and Tadapani
  • Day 6: Tadapani to Ghandruk
  • Day 7: Ghandruk to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara
  • Day 8: Free Day in Pokhara
  • Day9: Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Day 10: Departure day

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Day in Kathmandu

Welcome to The capital city of Nepal Kathmandu. Rest and prepare for the trek. Explore the vibrant streets and immerse yourself in the rich culture and history of the city. 1250M

Day 2: Kathmandu to Pokhara

Take a scenic drive or a short flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, a beautiful lake city and the gateway to the Annapurna Himalayas. Spend the day exploring Pokhara and enjoy its serene ambiance. 850M. 

Day 3: Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga

Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul (approximately 1.5 hours) and start your trek. Trek through lush forests, terraced fields, and traditional villages to reach Tikhedhunga. Overnight stay in Tikhedhunga. 1650m

Day 4: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani

Ascend steep stone steps to reach Ulleri village, a charming village. after stopping at the beautiful village called Banthanti for the Yummy Lunch we Continue trekking through rhododendron forests and picturesque landscapes to Ghorepani . Enjoy stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. Overnight stay at Ghorepani. 2860m

Day 5: Ghorepani to Poon Hill and Tadapani

Early morning hike to Poon Hill, one of the best vantage points in the region, to witness a mesmerizing sunrise over the Himalayas & a great view point of Annapurna & Dhawaligiri mountain ranges. Descend back to Ghorepani for the breakfast and then trek to Tadapani through dens rhododendron forests and beautiful Gurung villages. Overnight stay at Tadapani. 2670M

Day 6: Tadapani to Ghandruk

Trek downhill through dense forests, enjoying occasional views of the mountains. Pass through the village of Bhaisi Kharka and continue to Ghandruk, a traditional Gurung village known for its cultural significance. Explore the village Gairee Gaun and visit the local museum. Overnight stay at Ghandruk(1960m).

Day 7: Ghandruk to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara

Trek downhill from Ghandruk to Nayapul, passing through terraced fields and traditional villages. Bid farewell to the mountains and drive back to Pokhara. Spend the rest of the day relaxing by the lakeside or exploring Pokhara’s attractions. 

Day 8: Free Day in Pokhara

We will provide you a half day Pokhara sightseeing tour including Pumdikot shiva Statue, world PeaceStupa, Devis falls, Gupteshower Cave & Tibeten RefugeeCaps.(3-4hours)

And also today is your adventure sport day in Pokhara, there are many things to do around like Paragliding, Bungy Jumping, Zipline, ultra-light flight to the Himalayas, sightseeing, cycling, Boating etc.

Day9: Pokhara to Kathmandu

After breakfast driving (have an option to Fly) back to Kathmandu by Tourist bus 10 hours approximately enjoy the scenic ride on the mid hill range with field, river & lifestyles. Stay at Kathmandu

Day 10: Departure day

After breakfast we will drop you of to the airport for final departure for your home or your next destination we bid our see you again until next time 

Includes

  • Simple tea houses in trekking on twin sharing basis with 3 times of meal. (Breakfast, lunch & dinner with 3 cup of tea each)
  • A professional trekking guide & necessary number of porters (2:1) with their salary, meal, accommodation, transportation & insurance. 
  • Necessary permits & TIMS card, Annapurna Conservation area permit & local Municipality fees.
  • Both way Bus transportation Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu & Pokhara-Nayapul-Pokhara(bus/Jeep)
  • 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara on BB basis & best available lodges on trek with full board meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with a cup of tea each meal).
  • All grounded transportation like pickups & drops  
  • A group medical kit

Excludes

  • All Kind of beverage. 
  • All extra expenses such as shopping trekking gears. 
  • International/domestic flights. 
  • Early arrival / late departure. 
  • Travel insurance (must purchase before the trek) 
  • Rescue evacuation if needed (it can be helped arranging)
  • Tips for driver, guide& porters. 
  • If plan change by any other problem such as, landslide, political disturbance, changing plan, cancellation of flight. Or the things not mentioned above 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Ghorepani-Ghandruk trek, and where is it located?
The Ghorepani-Ghandruk trek is a popular trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It takes you through picturesque villages like Ghorepani and Ghandruk, offering stunning mountain views like Dhawaligiri & Annapurna Range.
How long does the Ghorepani-Ghandruk trek take to complete?
The trek typically takes about 4 to 6 days, depending on the specific route you take and individual trekking pace.
What is the best time to undertake the Ghorepani-Ghandruk trek?
The best times to trek are during the pre-monsoon (spring) season from March to May and the post-monsoon (autumn) season from September to November when the weather is clear, and the views are spectacular. But doing the trip in winter (Dec-Feb) also offers great views & clear skies but cold nights.
What is the level of difficulty for the Ghorepani-Ghandruk trek?
The trek is considered moderate in difficulty, making it suitable for trekkers with varying levels of experience. The trails are well-established, and the elevation gain is moderate.
How do I reach the starting point of the Ghorepani-Ghandruk trek?
The trek usually starts from Nayapul which is 1.5 hour drive from Pokhara. We will be providing the private transportation to & from Nayapul
Are permits required for the Ghorepani-Ghandruk trek?
Yes, you will need an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and a Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) card. These can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara. Happy Mountain Nepal will be issuing it before you start the trip.
What kind of accommodations is available along the trek?
Teahouses and lodges are available along the route, providing basic but comfortable accommodations serving Indian, Chinese, Nepali & Continental foods. It's advisable to book in advance during peak seasons as this route is one of the crowded in Nepal.
What are the highlights of the Ghorepani-Ghandruk trek?
The trek offers panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. The sunrise view from Poon Hill is a major highlight. Additionally, experiencing the culture of the Gurung communities in Ghandruk & and Magar Community in Ghorepani is memorable.
Is it possible to do the Ghorepani-Ghandruk trek independently, or is a guide recommended?
Recently we ban the independent trekkers, however you can see very few people trekking independently as the ban is strictly not implemented. Joining a guided group offers you a support, local insights, and can enhance the overall experience so we highly recommend joining the group.
What should I pack for the Ghorepani-Ghandruk trek?
Pack essentials like comfortable trekking boots, warm clothing, a good-quality sleeping bag, a first aid kit, and a water purification system. Happy Mountain Nepal is providing a check list for packing.

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