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Introduction

Discover the wonders of the Himalayan peaks on this short and sweet trekking next to Pokhara, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. This 4 night 5 days trekking is the most loved trek in Nepal. You’ll get to witness Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges up close on this route. If you’re looking for a short and sweet trekking next to Pokhara, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is the best one. This 4-night, 5-day trekking passes through Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges.

Ghorepani Poon Hill is located north of Pokhara at the base of Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, and Machhapuchhare. The hike to Ghorepani Poon Hill is one of the most popular treks in Nepal with an elevation gain of 3,210 meters / 10,531 feet. This trek is the most well-known trek in Nepal which starts in Pokhara and ends in Nayapul. The trip can be completed in 5 days and 4 nights and makes the perfect hiking experience for all ages and fitness levels. The terrain of this trek is mostly flat with some steep inclines, which makes it easy to follow.

This trek is an excellent way of exploring the Annapurna region of Nepal. Hikers are led on a journey through Himalayan wilderness to the rural village of Tikhedhunga and Ulleri, before being taken on an uphill climb to Ghorepani and Poon Hill for spectacular views of the Annapurna Mountain Range.

Tour Highlights

  • Short route, short duration, but offers an opportunity to witness breathtaking views of the Himalayan ranges
  • Excellent trekking experience for amateur to experienced hikers
  • Breathtaking scenery you'll encounter with - it's not hard to see why this trek has been popular for decades!
  • Short 5-day trek but provides all the necessary elements of a great trekking experience.
  • Once in a lifetime experience you won't soon forget
  • A short, but scenic route that gives you an opportunity to experience the Himalayas from a different perspective

Tour Price Based on Group Size

(Smaller the group higher the price. The price displayed here is without any discounts or coupons if exists / if available)
No of People Price
01 Person USD 852 / per person
02 – 05 Person USD 569 / per person
06 – 09 Person USD 522 / per person
10 Person Above USD 494 / per person
Itinerary

Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel

Welcome to the city of temples and the country of the Himalayas. Our airport representative will be waiting for your arrival with a name card written your name. We will transfer you to the hotel. We will introduce you to the tour leader and have a short meeting about the tour.

Day 02Drive to Pokhara

We will take breakfast at our hotel and catch our bus to Pokhara. This is approximately 8 hours drive through the beautiful hillsides, the towering Himalayas and thundering rivers, and pilgrimages alongside the road. In the evening, we will be visiting the lakeside area if time permits.

It is recommended to fly to Pokhara if you are looking for a comfortable way of traveling. It’s about 20-25 minutes of flight.

Day 03Drive to Nayapul, trek to Tikhedhunga

We will take an approximately 1-hour drive to Nayapul; the trek starting and ending point of this trail. It will be a 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.

Although we almost ascend for the whole day, the trail is fairly easy. We will cross various small villages like Matathanti, Ramghai, Sudame, and Hille before we reach Tikhedhunga. We will have a free evening to rest and relax.

Day 04Trek to Ghorepani

We cross Bhurundi Khola (stream) and then start ascending steep climbing to reach the top of Ulleri village. Then we will follow gentle ascending through beautiful Rhododendron and Oak forests. We will stop in the Nangethanti for lunch which is situated in the middle of the forests.

One of the main attractions of our trek; Ghorepani is a beautiful village with panoramic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges. Ghorepani will serve us with stunning views of Himalayas are served.

Day 05Hike to Poon Hill before sunrise, trek to Tadapani after breakfast

We will visit Poon Hill before sunrise for 360 panoramic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges. The golden rays over the Himalayas looks fascinating. Poon Hill is a stunning viewpoint where more than 400 trekkers visit every day during the 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.

Upon returning to Ghorepani village, we will catch a warm breakfast and then start heading towards Tadapani. It’s going to be a beautiful day with immense views of the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri mountains throughout the walk.

Day 06Trek to Ghandruk, the most popular Gurung village

We will be taking the downhill trail through Rhododendron and Oak forests with occasional views of wild animals. The whole day is companied by beautiful Himalayan peaks such as Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Fishtail peak. It’s approximately 4 hours downhill walk.

Ghandruk is the biggest Gurung village in the region. This is also known as the stone carved village. In the evening we will visit the Ghandruk Cultural Museum to explore traditional and culturally significant things. Ghandruk village is also famous for the brave Gurkha soldiers.

Day 07Trek to Nayapul, drive to Pokhara

The trail is mostly downhill and flat on this day. On the first part, we will be walking through stone steps before reaching Syauli Bazaar. From here we will start walking on dirt motor road passing Chimrong and Birenthanti before we reach Nayapul. We will take a private transport from Nayapul to Pokhara.

Day 08Drive to Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel

We will follow the same highway through beautiful rivers, hills and small Nepalese settlements. The drive will take about 8 hours to drop us in Kathmandu. Form the tourist bus park you will be transferred to the hotel. In the evening you can explore the town probably buying souvenirs for friends and family members.

Day 09Drive to airport, departure from Kathmandu

We will drive you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your flight time. The airport is small and has only 1 terminal. It’s time to say goodbye until we meet again!

Costing

What is included in the tour price?

  • Airport pickup and drop services on a private vehicle including before and after the trek(2 private airport transfers for international arrival and international departure)
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu valley for 2 nights with complimentary breakfast(Hotel Thamel Park or similar)
  • Accommodation in Pokhara for 2 nights with complimentary breakfast(Hotel Splendid View or similar)
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu transportation on a tourist bus(Private vehicles or Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu flights can be arranged at additional costs)
  • Pokhara - Nayapul - Pokhara transportation on a private vehicle as per the group size (car, jeep, van or a bus)
  • Meals on full board [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner] during the trek(8 Breakfast, 5 Lunch, 6 Dinner)
  • Accommodation on beautiful cozy tea houses / lodges as per the itinerary during the trek(Twin sharing accommodation in a lodge from Day 03 to Day 6)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permit
  • Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] registration card
  • Experienced English speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance(Our guides are minimum 7 years experienced)
  • Strong experienced Sherpa helpers [porters] with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance(1 porter will carry maximum 25 kilos in total even if shared by 2 or more people)
  • 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 / American medical association approved Oximeter(Ax Oximeter will help to find Oxygen saturation level in your body, it's important to find with altitude sickness)
  • Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes, company service charges(No hidden fees, no surprising prices)
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant [optional](1 complementary dinner in Kathmandu will be provided either before or after the trek as per your choice)

What is not included in the tour price?

  • International airfare, Nepal visa fees ( two passport photographs ), travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation(Nepal via fees; 15 days - USD 30, 30 Days - USD 50, 90 Days - USD 125 | Visa extension - USD 3 per day, Late fine - USD 5 per day)
  • Personal nature expenses(All alcoholic and non-alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot shower - USD 5 - 8 / per shower, WiFi, battery charging, tidbits etc)
  • Costs arising from natural calamities, mishaps or anything beyond our control (weather problems, airline issues, unforseen circumstances)(Costs are not refundable and transferable in any mean if you leave the trek voluntarily and want to return from the trek earlier than scheduled)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara (if not mentioned in the itinerary)(It is not included also in the case of early returns and late departures than scheduled itinerary whether it's voluntarily or due to unforeseen circumstances)
  • Tipping / gratis for guides / porters / assistant guides(Tipping is expected at the end of the tour)
  • Services not mentioned in 'Services Includes' section(Please ask us if you are confused about any services)
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Meals and Accommodation: Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking is a complete tea house-based route hence we will be sleeping and eating in the lodges. Regarding the cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara, we provide 3 star category hotel accommodation with only breakfast. The lodges on the trek will be mostly shared bathroom / shared toilet while in 1/2 places we may provide you rooms with private toilet (depending on availability).

The meals on the trek will be mostly locally prepared using local ingredients most of the time however Kathmandu and Pokhara offer a wide selection of meals in basic to high standard luxury lounges. On the trek, the number of meal items will be limited to a small number and the tastes might not be similar to the actual item; pizza may not taste like pizza.

Best Season for the Trek: Spring and autumn are considered better for Ghorepani Trek. The best time to trek is usually during the dry season, from September to early December and early March to early June. The trek is done throughout the year by lots of people however monsoon season is not the ideal one as the clouds usually cover the mountains during this time. Autumn ensures a clear and dry high-mountain pass with a good chance of a clear view of towering Himalayan peaks.

The best months for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking are March, April, May, early June, September, October, November, and December. The Spring Season begins in March and runs until May, while the Fall season runs from September through November. The main reason for having a narrow window is that the mountains on each side of the valley will be filled with snow and ice and can prove treacherous for trekkers.

This trekking route is one of the most popular treks in the world and many people flock to do it each year.

FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

The prices are different based on the number of people traveling together. The larger the group size, the lower the price will be. For example, the price for 1 person will be higher than the price per person based on 2 people. Similarly, comparing to the prices per person for 2 – 5 people traveling together will be higher than the prices per person for 6 – 9 people traveling together. However, the prices you will see at the time of the booking will be final regardless of price changes in the future.

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

We accept all major currencies such as USD, EUR, CAD, AUD, SGD, MYR, GBP, THB, CHF, JPY, HKD, etc. Credit card payments are accepted only in USD. We also accept bank transfers, direct remittance services (Western Union, Moneygram), etc.

When is the best time to travel? What is the best season?

March – early June, and September – December are considered the best months for this trek. It’s possible to try to trek in mid-winter but the trails can be icy and slippery due to snowfall. The trek is done by a wide number of people even in the monsoon season (late June to early September) however this is not the ideal time.

What is the cancellation policy?

The trek has free cancellation 60 days before departure. Any cancellations received within 60 days of departure will incur 15% cancellation fees of the total tour price.

How are the meals and accommodation on the trek?

We will be eating and sleeping in the lodges for the whole trek (Day 3 to Day 7 lunch). Generally, rice, noodles, pasta, vegetables, curry, potatoes, eggs, sandwiches, burgers, etc. are available. Meat is available in few places and it’s highly recommended to avoid it due to hygiene reasons.
The lodges will have twin sharing rooms. In most cases, we will provide you a private room or twin sharing rooms however in rare cases you may need to share the rooms with other travelers (especially if you are traveling alone).

Do I need to be physically fit?

This is a trek with easy level grading. Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is suitable for people of all ages (above 6) and all types whether they are experienced or beginners. If you are able to walk 6-7 hours every day in an average pace then you are welcome to join this trek.

Can I / we do this trek with kids?

Yes, you can do this trek with kids above 6 years old. The trek is not suitable for kids below 6. Make sure your kid is active and fit to join the adventure, we also recommend additional 1/2 additional days to make it more comfortable.

Are the guides experienced? Are they licensed?

We have very experienced guides at the company. We have guides experienced for at least 7 years to 22 years. All our guides are the Ministry of Tourism trained and licensed by the Nepal Government.

Gear List
  • Waterproof trekking boots / Flip Flops
  • Socks / Undergarments
  • Shorts
  • Trekking pants
  • Quick dry T-shirts
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Fleece (Lower / Upper)
  • Rain / wind jacket
  • Down jackets
  • Backpack / Day Pack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Water bottles or camel bag / purification
  • Sunscreen / moisturizer
  • Hat or balaclava
  • Trekking poles
  • First aid kit
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper / Tissue paper
  • Quick dry towel
  • Soap / Shampoo
  • Headlight / Flashlight
  • Camera
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Light / heavy gloves
  • Toothbrush / Toothpaste
  • Shampoo / Soap or Bath gel
  • Female hygiene products
7 Reviews
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Mikael Munk Jensen

Couple Traveller

It was a good and very well planned trek. Our guide Kumar Karki is a professionel guide who does all his best for helping and supporting us, his clients. Also compliments to our porter. We had a great trek with fun and many good stories. Thank you both for making our trek succesful.

11 April, 2019

Natasha Turkmani

Couple Traveller

Our guide for this trek, Manish, was very friendly, personable, and knowledgeable about trekking. He offered us an alternative route – to see Mohare Dansa – which would’ve been more eco-tourism focused, with homestays, villages, and a less populated trail. But because my friend and I didn’t know much about it, we opted for the original Poon Hill trek, which was still great. (Next time, I would consider the other option, though). Despite being the easiest trek, it was still quite intense with a lot of stairs, up and down. (Day 2 is mostly just upstairs!!) But the good thing is there are lots of tea houses along the way for you to take breaks.

We went in March and the climates vary a lot: 70’s and strong sun at lower altitudes to 0 Celsius at the top of Poon Hill. The company allows you to rent a puffer jacket and sleeping bag, and for everything else (backpack, towel, gloves, etc.) you can buy in Kathmandu. For lodging, we stayed in some nice lodges with cots and blankets; you can purchase wifi for 100 rupees (about 1 USD) and fill up water (1L bottles usually 100 rupees).

Some highlights were the walk down from Poon Hill (Day 3) after sunrise and Gandhruk – we stayed in a cute lodge called Hotel Asish Aama with the cutest host and best homecooked dal bhat. Some things I’d recommend packing: synthetic or wool clothes, thick/wool socks, quick-dry towel, cap/hat for the sun, hand warmers, and joint care pills (like omega-3).

1 April, 2019

Juristiawan Fitriansyah

Couple Traveller

We cant believe to make it since we are beginner trekker, but during the trip our guide, Raju, always takes care us patiently and give us the spirit and finally it was completed.

13 May, 2018

Anonymous

Couple Traveller

Three friends and I completed the 12-day Everest Base Camp trek with Himalayan Leisure in March 2018. We had the best time.

9 April, 2018

Anonymous

Couple Traveller

The trek gives you stunning views of the Himalaya and the surrounding hills. I can definitely recommend the trip. For those short of time: the Gurung museum and village are not as stunning as the rest. Hence, I think it is possible to do day 5 and 6 in one day.

26 March, 2018
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