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Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Duration

8 Days Day/s

Max. Elevation

3210M Meter

Group size

Min 2pax-Max 16pax

Level
EASY
Transportation
Tourist Bus | Domestic Flight | Private Vehicle
Best Season
Accomodation
Guest House | Hotel
Meals
Starts at
Kathmandu
Ends at
Kathmandu
Trip Route
KTM - Pokhara - Ghorepani- Poonhill- Ghandruk - Pokhara - KTM

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Highlights

    • Best sunrise and sunset view
    • Beautiful quaint villages of Gurung and Magar communities
    • Panoramic view of the snow-capped Himalayas 
    • Charming small villages(Birethati, Hile, Tikhedhunga, Ghorepani, Tadapani)
    • Rice terrace, waterfalls, rivers, and suspension bridges
    • Suitable for beginners since it’s a short and easy trek in the Annapurna region

Want to do a trek but don’t have enough time? Don’t worry Poon Hill trek is here, which is one of the most popular and easiest treks of the Annapurna region and also Poon Hill trek is one of the suitable treks for those visitors who want to observe all the natural beauty of Nepal but don’t have enough time for a long trek. Since it’s the easiest trek, inexperienced people or beginners trekkers who just want to experience hiking in Nepal also can do this trek. Open Trail Treks organizes the Poon Hill trek in 4 days(total trekking days).
We start our journey to Poon Hill from Nayapul after one and half hour drive from Pokhara and finish in the same place(via Ghandruk). This trek passes through the charming village of Gurung and a Magars community (Ghandruk, Ghorepani, and Ulleri) which shares unique local cultures as well as you will also pass through colorful Rhododendron forest and rivers. Starting trekking will be straight uphill, and after we reach Poon hill then most of the trekking trail will be downhill.
The highest point of the Poon Hill trek is 3210m. After reaching Poon Hill you will have a most beautiful panoramic view of Mt. Dhaulagiri ranges, Mt. Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Lamjung Himal, Barasikhar, Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak, and Hiunchuli Himalayan ranges. Not only majestic views of the Himalayas but also enjoy the views of a colorful Rhohodendron forest that makes your trekking time more memorable. Many tourists visit Poon Hill just to see the spectacular views of sunrise and sunset through the Himalayas.
Best Time to Visit Poon Hill
Autumn season (September to November) and spring season (March to May) are the best seasons to trek Poon Hill and the favorite season of most trekkers. The temperature in those seasons is neither too hot nor too cold. Since the sky gets clear in those seasons you can enjoy a clear view of the mountains. In the autumn season, the villages look colorful and decorated because of the festivals as Dashain and Tihar lie during this period, and in the spring season, tourists can enjoy a spectacular view of full blossomed red and pink rhododendron which makes the forest colorful and more alluring. 
Trekking Permits and costs for Poon Hill Trek
Permits are necessary to trek Poon Hill because without having permits and TIMS card you can’t enter and trek in the Annapurna region. 
Permits and Fees in Annapurna Region:
Open Trail Treks provides all the paperwork services for visitors. We will also arrange permits and TIMS card for those visitors who only want to get permits and TIMS card without having any trek with us.
Accommodation during Trek
Accommodation for the Poon Hill trek is better than other treks in the Annapurna region, it can be considered as luxury trek too. Generally, most of the lodges offer a fireplace, wifi, a hot shower, an attached bathroom, and electricity. For food, you can enjoy Thukpa (noodle soup) which is also a favorite dish of many Nepalese and Tibetan people, Dal Bhaat or you can also have other Nepali and Continental food along the trail. 
Why Poon Hill Trek with Open Trail Trek?
You can book your trip to Poon Hill with confidence because Open Trail Treks is fully authorized by the government of Nepal and recognized by the countries office of the company registrar. We are also credentialed with the Nepal Tourism Board and Department of Industry. There will not any risk in your journey and you can be tension-free throughout the journey since your trekking fees and tour payments are protected. In any case, we suggest our customer buy their travel insurance; we specially designed our trips to maximize the values of every dollar you spend. Open Trail Treks provide the best service to its customer without adding any hidden costs. Open Trail Treks has 90% positive responses from its visitors and also many visitors are repeated visitors of Open Trail Treks Nepal. Trained licensed holder and experienced guide who can speak English and other languages fluently make your trip more easy, safe, and comfortable.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Itinerary

Day

1

When you arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, a representative from Open Trail will be there to meet you and take you to your hotel. After checking in, you can rest or, with the guide, visit Open Trail’s office in Thamel a part of Kathmandu in the tourist district. Here there are many shops and restaurants. The shops are colorful and full of pashminas, slippers, trekking equipment, and felt items. The restaurants serve European as well as Nepalese meals. ATM’s are plentiful should you require them. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Open Trail treks where you will be served authentic Nepalese cuisine. This is a great introduction to Nepalese food.

Day

2

We will begin our second day with breakfast before starting a guided tour to some of the historical, religious, and World Heritage sites of Kathmandu. We will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Buddhist Stupa (Buddha Nath), the Hindu secret temple Pashupati Nath and we will end our tour by visiting the Monkey temple – Swayambhunath. There will be a stop for lunch in a very special local restaurant. After we finish the tour we will meet with our trekking guide and leader for a discussion and preparation for our following day's trekking.

Day

3

Drive approx.  6 hours by Private transport

if you want the fly to Pokhara also available but an extra charge will be applied 

KTM - Pokhara flight duration: 25min


The tourist bus will pick you from the hotel for the journey to Pokhara which will take us 6 to 7 hours. This drive offers a beautiful view of farms, villages, big and small rivers, and mountains. There will be a stop on the way for food and a comfort break. We will reach Pokhara, the city of lakes and mountains during the afternoon. Our hotel is by the side of the famous Fewa Lake. We can enjoy boating on the lake and a visit to the temple or relax in a lakeside restaurant enjoying the view. Pokhara has a wonderful array of shops and cafes where you can buy last-minute items for the trek – walking poles, etc are very reasonably priced here.

Day

4

Altitude: 1,960m/6,430ft (Ulleri) 

Drive Approx: 1 hour 20min

Walk Approx. 6  hours.

We will begin the first day of the trek with a hearty breakfast, before setting out to Nayapul via private transportation. The journey will take us about one and a half hours and we will begin the trek (3 hours duration), which will follow the Modi River. The walk will take us through local rice paddy fields and this will give us an opportunity to observe local farmers and their lifestyle. After passing the small village of Tikhedhunga, a steep 400 meter uphill climb will complete our trek for today and take us to Ulleri where we will spend the night in a traditional guesthouse.

Day

5

Altitude: 2860m/9,383ft (Ghorepani)

Walk Approx. 6  hours.

Today you will be awakened bright and early by the loud crows of local roosters. We will eat breakfast at the guesthouse and continue the last 200-meter uphill climb to Banthanti. Although this is a tough climb you will be greeted by the friendly villagers of Ulleri and maybe a team of horses carrying their loads up to the mountain villages. The views from the path are stunning. Once completed, you will be rewarded with the first glance of Himchuli, the southern part of Annapurna, and the famous Machhapuchre peaks. The rest of the hike will take us steadily uphill through the lush and captivating forest of Rhododendron until we reach Ghorepani, where we spend the night surrounded by magical views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Fishtail.

Day

6

Altitude: 1,940m/6,364ft (Ghandruk)

Walk Approx. 7  hours.

Today we will start early with a 1hour and 15minute walk climbing steep stairs guided by using head torches. As we trek higher there will be an eerie feeling as the snow-capped mountains glow through the forest trees. Once you reach the top you will see the clouds beneath you and soon be rewarded with the warmth of the morning sun slowly covering Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Fishtail with a beautiful pink wash of color.  From here we will trek back for our breakfast in Ghorepani before beginning our trek to Ghandruk via tadapani. The first part of the hike will be uphill bringing us to the top of the trail and you will be rewarded with amazing mountain views. After a quick break, we will descend into the Pine and Rhododendron forest. After crossing Tadapani we will be at Ghandruk, one of the biggest villages in the district inhabited by the Gurung community (The Gurung people have their own culture, traditions, and dialect).

Day

7

Drive Approx: 2 hour

Walk Approx. 1 hour

Today is the last day of our trek. We will walk a little down from Ghandruk then drive back to Pokhara.

Day

8

Drive approx.  6 hours by Private transport

Pokhara- Kathmandu flight duration: 25min (Option)

Getting back from Pokhara to Kathmandu, we have two options: flying or driving.  The drive will take 6 to 7 hours whereas the flight will only take about half an hour.

If you want to fly back extra money will be added as our price includes the tourist bus only.

After we arrive back in Kathmandu we will drop you at the hotel which will enable you to take a rest before we meet in the evening for a farewell dinner hosted by Open Trail Treks at a traditional Nepalese Restaurant with unique Nepalese music and dance.

Day

9

Today is the last day of our adventure, it is the time to say goodbye and return to the real world.  If you have some time left, you can do some souvenir shopping or sightseeing around the hotel. A representative from Open Trail Treks will collect you from the hotel and take you to the airport 3 hours before your departure.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Cost Detail

    • Airport transfers by Private Vehicles.
    • Standard twin- sharing accommodation in a three starts hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara, With BB plan. (5 Nights).
    • Twin sharing accommodation during the trek. (3 Nights).
    • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu two way Private transportation
    • One day tour in ktm (including Guide, private transportation, entrance fees)
    • All necessary Local transport as per itinerary
    • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
    • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System & Annapurna Conservation area permit (Please bring 2 passport size photos).
    • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff
    • Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances.
    • Personal care & attention.
    • Local and government taxes.
    • All kind of beverage including mineral water, Phone calls, laundry, hot shower during Trek
    • Travel and Rescue Insurance
    • Tipping to the crew.
    • Personal mountaineering gears
    • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended 
    • International airfare and airport departure tax
    • Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu
    • Do not mention the services apart from the services mentioned in "Cost Included services"

Complimentary

    • Down jacket and four seasonal sleeping bag (to be returned after completion of the trip).
    • Open trail treks duffle bag and a trekking map.
    • A self-sufficient medical first aid kits containing vital medications.
    • Company branded water purification tablets
    • Warm woolen hat
    • Oximeter

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Poon Hill situated?

Ghorepani Poon Hill is located on the Northern side of Nepal. It lies in the Annapurna Conservation Area Project.

How fit I need to be for this trek?

Since Poon Hill trek is one of the short and easiest treks of the Annapurna region average fit person can easily do this trek and it is also suitable for beginners; hikers and trekkers too. 

Is internet and wifi available on the trek?

Yes, most of the teahouse and lodges on the way offer you wifi.

Is there any risk of altitude sickness?

The height of Poon Hill is 3210m, since Poon Hill lies at the lowest altitude there is not any risk of altitude sickness.

Is the Poon Hill sunrise worth it?

Yes. Most visitors only visit Poon hill to have a glimpse of the sunrise and sunset view. Watching the sunrise over the Annapurna and other highest mountains in the world is one of the incredible life experiences you will ever have. 

Should I trek Poon Hill solo or with the guide?

Since it’s a short and easy trek you can do both solo trek or trek with a guide but we recommend you to do a trek with a guide because local Nepalese guides are close to culture, nature, wildlife, mountains. That makes your trips more easy and comfortable. They can show you many places most of the tourists missed when they travel alone. You will be guided by those guides who will have a Government Issue license that is fully equipped for tours, trekking, and mountain climbing.

Which season is best to see bloomed rhododendron from Poon Hill?

Spring season (March to May) is the best season to see bloomed rhododendron dense forests from Poon Hill and also since skies get clear in this season you can have a glimpse of clear breathtaking views of the Himalayan Panorama.

Do you provide a trekking permit for this trek?

Yes, we provide a trekking permit for this trek. For more information, you can contact an expert.

What if I get sick during trekking?

Open Trail Treks always takes care of the safety of our visitors that’s why many of our guides are trained for first aid. If you get sick during the trek you can directly inform the tour leader, depending on seriousness he will either provide you emergency medical treatment or contact us for rescue.

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