Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek - 8 Days

Trip Introduction:-

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek takes you to the top of one of the most popular viewpoints, Poonhill, in Annapurna region and creates an opportunity to celebrate stupendous sunrise and mountain views including Annapurna Massif, majestic Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre( Fishtail), Ganesh Himal and Manaslu. This trek is also a venture into the largest Gurung settlement of Ghandruk. Similarly, trekkers will have an opportunity to enjoy their spectacular walk passing through awe-inspiring landscapes, traditional hamlets of various ethnic people, deep woods, mainly, the rhododendron, delightful natural waterfalls and marvelous terraced fields. Encountering with friendly and hospitable local people and interacting will equally be incredible experience during this trek.

Begin this Ghorepani Poonhill Trek formally from Ulleri clockwise. Previously, people would walk from the main entry point of Annapurna region, Nayapool and still do. Optionally, you can do it anticlockwise beginning from Ghandruk , the largest Gurung settlement of Nepal. Actually, majority of people prefer doing it clockwise which will relatively be easier. We drive up to Ulleri so that you will escape the challenge hitting more that 3000 stone steps going all the way up to Banthati. You will walk passing through lush rhododendron and cascading waterfalls until you get beautiful village called Ghorepani directly facing towards Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain range. Arriving at Ghorepani, you will absolutely marvel at witnessing spectacular mountain range just in the front. Further, climb Poonhill early in the morning, capture the blissful moments of sunrise and an extended mountain panorama. Descend to Ghorepani and trek to Tadapani with equal excitement and beautiful experiences of witnessing snow-covered mountain peaks and walking into core wilderness.

Again, when you arrive at Ghandruk, you experience authentic Gurung people’s culture and civilization which are incredible. The foods they eat, the way they dress up and the culture they follow will certainly make you think how culturally rich they are. You can go to visit monastery, Annapurna Conservation Area Project Office, can observe water purification, German Bakery and enjoy the tea/ coffee/ bakery items and interact with the local Gurung people. Eventually, you end this trek in Pokhara taking another drive from Ghandruk . Actually, we  make a complete circuit in this trek. Pokhara city and its attractions including cave, water fall, stupa and lakes are other highlights of Ghorepani Poonhill Trek.

Getting the Trailhead:-

Nayapool was the trailhead for Ghorepani- Poonhill Trek previously. But nowadays, the jeep goes up to Ulleri. So, we begin this trek from Ulleri. For getting Ulleri, we have to pass Pokhara and Nayapool first. If you are beginning this trek from Kathmandu, you will either drive or fly to Pokhara first. The drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara takes around 6-7 hours and the flight is for only for 25 minutes. From Pokhara, we drive to Ulleri passing Phedi , Naudanda  and Nayapool and begin our Ghorepani-Poonhill Trek formally.

Difficulty Level and Daily Working Hour:-

Grading Ghorepani-Poonhill Trek for difficulty level, it is an easy trekking trip in Annapurna region taking you 3210m as the highest elevation of the trek. The most challenging portion of this trek is the Uphill of Ulleri while ascending which you are going to escape by drive. And also, step carefully while trekking down from Ghorepani to Tadapani because sometimes the trail gets slippery. You need to work for 5-6 hours in average every day. Those who have just a good level stamina and confidence of working 5 hours in the mountain can easily do this trek.

The Best Seasons of the Year:-

Everybody knows Autumn ( Sep-Nov) and Spring ( Jun-August) are the two best seasons of the year for trekking in Nepal and the same thing is applied for Ghorepani-Poonhill Trek. Trekkers will enjoy magnificent weather during Autumn and Spring . The mountain views and the landscapes are breathtaking. Although Autumn and Spring are the two best weather for Ghorepani-Poonhill , people can undertake this trek all round the year. You will experience few days rain during Summer and some snowfall during winter, rest of the things will equally be spectacular.

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Overview

Outline Itinerary:-

  • Day 01: Arrive in T.I.A. Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Trek Preparation and a Half Day Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing
  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus- 07 hours (Optionally, you can take domestic flight to Pokhara) – 25 m
  • Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Ulleri and same day trek to Ghorepani (2860 meter/ 07 hours)
  • Day 05: Early morning Climb Poonhill (3210 M.) & trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2660 meter/06 or 07 hours)
  • Day 06: Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk village and drive to Pokhara by local transport (07 hours)
  • Day 07: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus -07 hours (Optionally, you can take domestic flight to Kathmandu)
  • Day 08: Departure

Trip Highlights:-

  • Celebrate stupendous sunrise and mountain views including Annapurna Massif, majestic Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre( Fishtail), Ganesh Himal and Manaslu.
  • Enjoy spectacular walk passing through awe-inspiring landscapes, traditional hamlets of various ethnic people, deep woods, mainly, the rhododendron, delightful natural waterfalls and marvelous terraced fields.
  • Explore the largest Gurung settlement of Ghandruk.
  • Experience beautiful Pokhara city and its attractions including cave, water fall, stupa and lakes.

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive in T.I.A. Kathmandu

You can use any international flight to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport. Immediately after your arrival, we will transfer you to the hotel. If you arrive earlier, take a walk around the city and explore. Attend a short briefing about the trek.

Day 2
Trek Preparation and a Half Day Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing

We use this day for the preparation of trekking equipment and half-day sightseeing to UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Valley. These World Heritage Sites include Swyombhunath Stuap, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple and Bouddhanath Stupa. A professional tour guide will explain the history and their significance during the tour.

Day 3
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus- 07 hours (Optionally, you can take domestic flight to Pokhara) - 25 m

We catch a tourist bus for Pokhara from Kathmandu. You will get a luxurious tourist bus for 6-7 hours while driving to Pokhara. You pass Thankot, Trishuli River, Malekhu, Mugling and Damauli before you reach Pokhara. You will have a few stops on the way for toilet, snacks and lunch.

Day 4
Drive from Pokhara to Ulleri and same day trek to Ghorepani (2860 meter/ 07 hours)

Today, we drive from Pokhara to Ulleri and trek to Ghorepani on the same day. Previously, the drive would only be possible up to Nayapool. So, the trekkers would begin this trek from Nayapool after a short drive Pokhara. While driving, we pass Phedi, Naudanda, Nayapool and Birethanti. Further, passing Tikhedhunga, we arrive at Ulleri spending around 3-4 hours on drive. Next, we ascend up to Ghorepani via lush rhododendron on the same day. Ghorepani is a small town directly facing to Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan range.

Day 5
Early morning Climb Poonhill (3210 M.) & trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2660 meter/06 or 07 hours)

Ascend up to the top of Poonhill and capture stupendous Annapurna massif, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) with incredible sunrise. Trek down to Ghorepani and have a beautiful breakfast. After that, head towards Tadapani passing through natural waterfalls and deep woods. Tadapani is equally popular for breathtaking mountain views and sunrise.

Day 6
Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk village and drive to Pokhara by local transport (07 hours)

You have shorter working hours today relatively. You will work only for 3 hours to trek to Ghandruk from Tadapani. Arrive at Ghandruk following the trail via lush forest all the way down. Have lunch at Ghandruk and explore the village. You will find Gurung people incredible. You also visit Gurung people’s museum here and learn about their culture and civilization. After that, drive back to Pokhara by local transport. Optionally, you can hire private jeep too if public bus is not available.

Day 7
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus -07 hours (Optionally, you can take domestic flight to Kathmandu)

This tourist bus drive passes through Damauli, Mugling, Trishuli river , Malekhu and Thankot before arriving Kathmandu. We drive along Prithvi Highway today all the way back to Kathmandu. Enjoy a special cultural dinner in the evening with our team.

Day 8
Departure

By dropping you at the Tribhuvan International Airport, we let you catch your international flight to return back to home.

Trip Cost

The Trip Cost Includes

  • All airport/hotel transfers.
  • Kathmandu city tour by private car and driver with an experience tour guide.
  • 03 night’s basic hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • All nights in standard guest house/lodges in mountain.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • All accommodation and meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
  • All land transport by local and tourist bus included bus station drop and pick up.
  • An experienced English-speaking trekking guide including his salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging.
  • Private porter (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and lodging.
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion).
  • A comprehensive medical kit.
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS ).
  • All government tax and service charge.

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu(and also in the case you return early from the 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, tea/coffee, snacks and all kinds of hard and soft drinks).
  • Tips for guides and porters.
How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is a Grade B or a Moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek ?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 2,750m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. Ghorepani is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

What about Sleeping Beds?

Yes. You get Good Sleeping Arangment in most places. Most of places in trek are Tea Houses So don not make high expect-ion.

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Trip Facts

  • 1-12 people.
  • 2,750m From Sea Level.
  • Nepal.
  • Moderate.
  • Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek.
  • Hotel accomodation in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek.

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