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Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking is the most popular trek in Nepal, done by thousands of trekkers every year. Capturing sunrise from the top of Ghorepani; the Poon Hill viewpoint is a dream of trekkers and shouldn't be missed. Sunrise over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range seen from Poon Hill is unique. Walking through small settlements is feature of the Ghorepani Trekking. One of the world's biggest rhododendron forests is another attraction of this trekking route and Poon Hill viewpoint is also spectacular part of the trail. Stunning views of Himalayas from Poon Hill will touch everybody's heart. Poon Hill is also the highest point of this trek. Along the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek there are several small lodges for trekkers to have their meals as well as their accommodation. Choose this beautiful trekking route to enjoying the close-up views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range. Poon Hill Trek is definitely an awesome trek near Pokhara in the heart of Annapurna region that will give breathtaking views of snowy rugged Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range. It’s a 5 days trip that will take to 3,210 meters where you have minimum or no altitude sickness risk. Poon Hill Trek is also one of the oldest trekking routes in Nepal which started experiencing trekkers since long. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is a charming trekking route for beginners to moderate level experienced trekkers. For experienced trekkers, this is an easy trekking route. We will be passing via beautiful villages of Gurung and Magar communities during the trek. The trail will also give us beautiful views of rhododendron forests, green forests and magnificent waterfalls aside from towering Himalayan peaks. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is one of our bestsellers over the years that is on the favorite list of numerous trekkers heading to Himalayas. This beautiful trek is doable throughout the year though monsoon is not highly recommended time. Starting from Modi Khola valley we will follow the Modi stream till we reach Ghorepani, from there we will climb Poon Hill and cross a small pass to reach Tadapani and then continue to Ghandruk and then to Nayapul before we drive to Pokhara.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1310M / 4,297FT), transfer to Hotel

Welcome to the city of temples and the country of Himalayas. Himalayan Leisure Inc. will happily welcome you at the only international airport of Nepal; Tribhuvan International Airport. Our airport representative will be waiting for your arrival with a placard written Himalayan Leisure Inc. outside the airport terminal. From there you will be transferred to the Hotel by a air conditioned private vehicle. Depending on the flight time and activities we will be joining for a cultural dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant. Enjoy cultural shows, singing, dancing and typical Nepali meals before heading back to hotel.

Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (820M), explore lakeside in the evening (7 Hours Drive)

Not sure if the hotel will be able to prepare our breakfast before we head to tourist bus station to catch our transport. The drive is pleasuring through beautiful countryside of this country. The road mostly takes on nearby the thundering rivers that might give us some views of rafters enjoying another part of Nepal. We will be driving via several green hills with views of houses and villages in the cliffs. We will be also welcomed by snowy peaks from the distance in some paces. It's beautiful drive though the road condition is not good everywhere. We will basically have two stops for snacks and lunch along the way. Finally, after reaching Pokhara bus station we will take a cab to drive to hotel. If time permits then we can walk around local markets and lakeside in the evening. (Breakfast)

Day 03: Drive to Nayapul (1,070M / 3,510FT), trek to Tikhedhunga (1,540M / 5,052FT - 1 hour drive, 4 hours trek)

Enjoy your complimentary morning meal in the city of Lakes; Pokhara. We will then start our drive to Nayapul for the memorable adventure. It's about 1 hour scenic drive with beautiful views of Annapurna and Lamjung Himalayan ranges. The road passes through green hills, rice paddies, thundering Seti river and numerous small settlements. From Nayapul, we will start our flat walk towards Birenthanti from where trekking route to Ghandruk / Chhomrong and Ghorepani separates. From Birenthanti the trail slightly starts to climb up. The trail is pretty easy. Our trekking route passes through different small villages like Matathanti, Ramghai, Sudame and Hille before we reach Tikhedhunga. It is a short and easy day for trekkers

Day 04: Trek to Ghorepani village (2,860M / 9,383FT - 6 hours trek)

One of the main attractions of our trek; Ghorepani is a beautiful village with panoramic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges. This village is one of the most popular villages in the whole route. Our day starts after having breakfast in Tikhedhunga. Right after we cross Bhurundi Khola we will climb steep uphill until we pass Ulleri village and reach Banthanti. Enjoying the beautiful views of Fishtail, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. We will continue our walk through beautiful Rhododendron and Oak forests before we reach Nangethanti for our lunch. Continuing our walk towards the destination we will first reach lower Ghorepani. Trekking about 15 minutes from lower Ghorepani will settle us towards our destination where stunning views of Himalayas are served.

Day 05: Hike to Poon Hill (3,210M / 10,531FT - 3 hours) early morning for spectacular views of Himalayas, trek to Tadapani (2,590M / 8,497FT - 5 hours trek)

This is an important day. Early in the morning when stars are shining we will climb towards Poon Hill to enjoy fabulous sunrise over Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range. Poon Hill is a view point where more than 300 trekkers visit every day during main season. From here we will be enjoying close views of numerous peaks including Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV, V, Dhampus Peak, Nilgiri, Barahsikhar, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail etc. We will then get back to our hotel where our breakfast will be served. Then we will continue our walk towards Tadapani. The trail today gives us magnificent views almost on every steps. Enjoy small waterfalls, Himalayan views and small settlements of small communities. During the walk we will be passing different stops like Deurali and Banthanti. From Banthanti we will be walking some ups and downs before climbing steep uphill to reach Tadapani.

Day 06: Trek to Ghandruk (1,940M / 6,364FT); the biggest Gurung village of the region, visit Gurung cultural museum (4 hours trek)

We will enjoy our breakfast in the hotel with close views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Fishtail before we start our journey to Ghandruk. The trekking route from Tadapani to Chhomrong will give you pleasant experiences. It is mostly downhill walk through Rhododendron and Oak forests with occasional views of wild animals. In another hand beautiful views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Fishtail will be always with us. Once we complete walking inside the forest we will reach Bhaisikharka for our lunch. Continuing further down we will then meet Ghandruk. Ghandruk is the biggest Gurung village in the region. This is also known as stone carved village. In the evening we will visit Ghandruk Cultural Museum to explore traditional and culturally significant things.

Day 07: Trek to Nayapul (1,070M / 3,510FT - 5 hours trek), drive to Pokhara (820M - 1 hour), transfer to Hotel

Once we enjoy our tasty morning meal in Ghandruk we will proceed to conclude our trekking in Nayapul. On the first part we will be walking through stone steps before reaching Syauli Bazaar. From here we will start walking on unpaved motor road passing Chimrong and Birenthanti before we reach Nayapul. From Nayapul we will drive to Pokhara on a private vehicle.

Day 08: Drive [or fly with an extra charge] back to Kathmandu (1310M / 4,297FT - 7 hours drive)

We will follow the same highway through beautiful rivers, hills and small Nepalese settlements. The drive will take about 7 hours to drop us in Kathmandu. Form the tourist bus park you will be transferred to your hotel. In the evening you can explore the town probably buying souvenirs.

Day 09: Departure from Kathmandu

Here we come to the end of our memorable a week long trip. We will conclude our Langtang Valley Trekking in Kathmandu and proceed to airport for outbound flight back from Nepal. If we have time before our flight back we will explore local markets of Kathmandu on our own if not we will proceed to airport straightaway. We are sure that it's not our last time in Nepal, see you again Himalayas! (Breakfast)

Services Included:

  • Airport pickup and drop services on a private vehicle
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu valley as per the itinerary with complimentary breakfast
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu transportation by tourist bus (optional flight)
  • Accommodation in Pokhara as per the itinerary with complimentary breakfast
  • Pokhara - Nayapul - Pokhara transportation by private vehicle
  • Meals on full board [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner] during the trek
  • Accommodation on tea houses as per the itinerary
  • Experienced English speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Strong experienced Sherpa helpers [porters] with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide
  • Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant [optional]

Services Excluded:

  • International airfare, Nepal visa fees ( two passport photographs ), travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation
  • Personal nature expenses ( bars and beverage bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc. )
  • Costs arising from natural calamities, mishaps or anything beyond our control ( Costs are not refundable and transferable in any mean if you leave the trek voluntarily and want to return from the trek )
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara ( also in the case of early returns and late departures than scheduled itinerary )
  • Services not mentioned in 'Services Includes' section ( Please ask us if you are confused about any services )

Altitude Map

Experience Required

Poon Hill Trekking is an easy to moderate level trekking route. This is an absolutely brilliant trekking route that will take us via different settlements in the Himalayas. The trekking route is relatively easy with some steep incline and decline {uphill and downhill). The path is mostly clear with few confusing junctions. We will be walking inside the forest for several hours. The risk of altitude is absolutely no or very little. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is for travelers looking for outstanding scenery in low altitude and with minimum pain. This is a beautiful trekking route in Annapurna region. The path will take us through gorgeous villages along the way. This trekking is suitable for all trekkers; from beginners to experienced. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking is a perfect blend of wild, nature and peace. This is simply amazing trek and one of the best trekking in Nepal for people looking quiet experience on their trek. The route includes uphill, downhill and and some flat parts as well. Ghorepani Trekking is simple and beautiful trekking route. If you do not have previous walking experiences then the guides from Himalayan Leisure, Inc. will help in difficult steps. Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is suitable for families with small kids traveling with them as well. It's better to have a separate porters if you are coming with kids. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek will surely give you pleasant experiences of easy trekking in Nepal. Without serious pain to your body, it is for sure that Poon Hill Trekking will leave some good memories in your holiday. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking has some steep ups and downs thus if you have any sort of knee problems please bring knee support along with you. Poon Hill trekking will be much easier with some minor trainings or walking practices at home. You can practice climbing stairs in your office or at home. These involves some exercises to your knee that will help a lot during your trek in Nepal. If you have regular practice of walking in the mountains or hilly regions then Poon Hill Trekking is going to be a lot easier for you.

Meals on Trek

Wide range of meals are available in tea houses during the whole trek as Poon Hill Trek is one of the popular routes of Nepalese Himalayas. These meals are prepared on time are there are very rare cases of meals not being fresh in the mountains. Various meals including noodles, soups, handmade breads, rice items, curries, spaghetti, pizza, egg items, potatoes are served on the trek. Please do not expect western meals prepared in the remote villages similar to the one you may eat in your home or restaurants in western countries. Tea houses are more developed than in other newly established trekking routes. This means you will have more food options and more lodges to compare accommodation. The quality of meals will be higher as well. Both lunch and dinner will be served at lodges. We will provide 3 meals; i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner with hot drinks on the trek. Generally, dinner and breakfast is served in a lodge and lunch is served during the trek. You will have full options or freedom to select your preferred items from a small menu provided by the lodge. Meals in the mountain tastes awesome as raw materials are also freshly prepared in most of the cases.

Breakfasts are included even in Kathmandu at your hotel. You will have a menu to select your meal or foods will be served in buffet system. The hotel itself will select the appropriate method depending on the volume of customers.

Accommodation

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be standard hotel. We will accommodate you in 3 star category hotel. You will be accommodated in an air conditioned room. We provide one double room for two customers ( unless you are single customer ). These rooms will have either master bed or two single beds. If you have special preference on bed selection then please inform us in advance, we will try to book the room appropriate for your stay.

We provide twin sharing rooms for your holiday. Poon Hill Trekking has several lodges in every villages to accommodate you after long day walk. Your trekking guide will select a good lodge during the trek. These rooms are prepared only to spend a night, nothing luxurious are available there. These lodges have small rooms that provide basic sleeping experience during your trek. Almost every rooms during the trek consists of two single beds. Even on the trekking one room will be accommodating two trekkers unless you are single trekker. If you are a single trekker then sometimes you may need to share your room with someone else in rare, let's say very rare cases ( same sex or very rare cases with opposite sex). Even if you are traveling in a group and prefer single room then upon paying single supplement charges we will try our best to provide you single rooms. If we are unable to provide single rooms then we will refund your single supplement charges. Poon Hill Trekking will give wide selection range in terms of accommodation.

Best Season

Poon Hill Trekking in an easy to moderate altitude trekking (about 3,210 meters) route that is simply stunning. This trekking is doable throughout the year however January - May and October - December are better months comparatively. Even among these months March - April and October - November are even the best. During these best months the sky is generally crystal clear, the views are incredible and the weather is breath taking as well. You will generally have stunning Himalayan views and green scenery during these months. June to September is monsoon season although trekking is still doable in this area. The trails have quite a lot of leeches during monsoon which can be very inconvenient for many trekkers. During this period it rains frequently in the late afternoon, night and early morning that leaves the trail wet and slippery as well. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is incredible trek throughout the year. The views are simply incredible most of the time. October to December will have more greens in the forest.

Highlights of the Trip

Ghorepani Poon Hill is probably the most trekked trekking route. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking is one of the short and beautiful treks suitable for beginners to moderate trekkers including families with minors. This region offers some fantastic views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre Himalayas throughout the trail. More than that green forests, commercially unspoiled typical villages, Himalayan birds, wild and domesticated animals, Yak herder's traditional huts, distant views of horizon and smiling local people are always around you. Poon Hill Trek takes you via some of the interesting villages and will give you chances to experience how people live in the remote areas of Nepal. You will also have chances to witness the actual trails that is used for daily use by the people in the Himalayas. The popular viewpoint Poon Hill is one of the biggest highlight of the trek. This hilltop is popular for incredible panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. Poon Hill Trek is definitely a great choice for beginners to moderate trekkers.

Equipment and Packing List

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek involves some of the wilderness treks in lower altitude. This trek needs various equipment and gears however these list can vary depending on your fitness, experience, health conditions etc. Please consult with us if you have any confusions. We tried our best to list down most gears needed for the trek. All the gears might not be required for all trekkers. Please select the appropriate items from the list below. This list is for your valued information only. A majority of gears can be purchased in Kathmandu though the quality can be compromised. Most gears found in local markets are produced in China so the quality might not be as you expect. Some branded shops like The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Marmot, Sherpa Adventure Gear, Anta, Quechua etc. can be purchased in Kathmandu as well however there is no guarantee that you will find the equipment you are looking for in Kathmandu so we suggest you to get your gears in your home country where possible.

Head: - Sun hat or scarf - Light balaclava or warm fleece hat - Sunglasses with UV protection

Lower Body: - Under Garments - Hiking shorts - Lightweight cotton long pants - Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Upper Body: - T-shirts - Fleece jacket or pullover - Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

Hands: - Lightweight gloves - Heavyweight gloves (Winter only)

Toiletries: - 1 medium sized quick drying towel - Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable) - Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable) - Deodorants - Nail clippers - Face and body moisturizer - Feminine hygiene products - Small mirror

Personal Hygiene: - Wet wipes (baby wipes) - Tissue /toilet roll - Anti bacterial hands wash

Feet: - Thin, lightweight inner socks - Hiking boots with spare laces - Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)

Accessories: - Sleeping bag rated to 5 degree centigrade - Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare batteries - Trekking Bags/Duffel bag - Basic First Aid Kit - Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) - Trekking Poles (optional) - Water bottle (2) or camel bag - Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc) - Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)

Extras/Luxuries: - Binoculars - Reading book - Trail Map/Guide book - Journal and Pen - Walkman - Pencils and small notebooks - Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon (Kathmandu and Trek)

Have a memorable trip with Himalayan Leisure, Inc!