Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Introduction

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek | Outdoor Himalayan Treks, Nepal

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is one of short and rewarding Annapurna treks. The trail makes basically a loop around Ghandruk and Ghorepani can be approached in two ways, starting either from Phedi or Nayapul. If you start from Phedi, you will trek to Landruk, cross the Modi River, reach Kyumi and from there to Ghandruk. If starting from Nayapul, your trail will go through Syauli Bazar and Kilu and then ascend towards Ghandruk. It is worth spending a day in Ghandruk village, which is mainly inhabited by Gurungs. Visit the Gurung cultural museum in the village and enjoy fabulous views of Annapurna South peak. From there you will be following a forested path to Tadapani then head west to Ghorepani.

Poonhill is the most important stopover in this trek as you will be able to see a magnificent panorama of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna peaks, some representative peaks of the Himalayas of Nepal.  It is also a very sought after view point to catch breathtaking views of sunrise. In clear mornings, you can see the very first rays of the early sun strike the mountains which then begin to glow like gold.

Trip Facts

Trip Duration: 6 nights / 7 days

Trip Grade: Easy

Minimum Altitude: 880 m, Pokhara

Maximum Altitude: 3210 m, Poon Hill

Itinerary Outline

Day 1: Your arrival in Kathmandu and transfer from the airport to your hotel

Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation for the trek

Day 3: Kathmandu - Pokhara (900 m)

Day 4: Pokhara - Nayapul (trek begins) - Tikhedhunga (1577 m)

Day 5: Tikhedhunga - Ghorepani (2875 m)

Day 6: Ghorepani - Poonhill (3210 m) - Tadapani (2600 m)

Day 7: Tadapani - Ghandruk (1950 m)

Day 8: Ghandruk - Nayapul (trek ends) - Pokhara

Day 9: Pokhara - Kathmandu (farewell dinner)

Day 10: Farewell (transfer to Kathmandu Airport for your international flight)

Itinerary Details

Day 1: Your arrival in Kathmandu and transfer from the airport to your hotel
On your arrival in Kathmandu, a representative of Outdoor Himalayan Treks will greet you at the airport and transfer you to Hotel Friends Home or Hotel Mums Home or a similar grade hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation for the trek
After breakfast, you will go out for a guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and visit sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa and Patan Durbar Square. In the meantime, we will also prepare your trekking permits.

Day 3: Kathmandu - Pokhara (900 m)
Take a tourist bus to Pokhara (826m), which normally takes about 6 hours. Spend the night in a deluxe hotel in Lakeside area.

Day 4: Pokhara - Nayapul (trek begins) - Tikhedhunga (1577 m)
Drive to Nayapul (1050 m) by car. After lunch and a short recess, trek to Tikhedhunga (1577 m) and spend the night in a local teahouse.

Day 5: Tikhedhunga - Ghorepani (2875 m)
Trek to Ghorepani (2875 m), which takes about 5-6 hours, and stay overnight at a local teahouse. On your way lies Ulleri village where friendly Pun people live a very simple life. Enjoyable views of mountains will help you ease your walk.

Day 6: Ghorepani - Poonhill (3210 m) - Tadapani (2600 m)
Wake up very early in the morning and hike up to Poonhill (3210 m), which takes roughly 1 hour. If the weather is fine, you can enjoy an outstanding view of sunrise over the Annapurna Himalayan range. Some fifteen different mountain peaks (including Dhaulagiri) are also visible from there – no wonder the place is regarded as one of the best viewpoints. After enjoying the sunrise, you will descend back to Ghorepani (1 hour approx.) and have breakfast. After a short recess, resume trekking for about 5 hours to reach Tadapani (2600 m). You will be spending yet another night in a local teahouse.

Day 7: Tadapani - Ghandruk (1950 m)
Trek for about 3 hours and arrive at Ghandruk (1950 m) mainly through forests, hence the easiest segment of the entire trip. After lunch, you can explore the village, inhabited mainly by the Gurung ethnic community. You can also visit the local museum as well as a monastery. Spend the night in a local teahouse.

Day 8: Ghandruk - Pokhara
Trek down to Nayapul (1050 m) in about 4 hours. It takes about 1 hour to drive to Pokhara. Explore the city in the afternoon, take a refreshing walk in the Lakeside area, and spend the night in your hotel room.

Day 9: Pokhara - Kathmandu
Drive back to Kathmandu or if you wish, board a flight (approx. 45 minutes) by paying about USD 110 extra. In the evening, we will take you out for a farewell dinner at one of the renowned restaurants in Kathmandu offering authentic Nepalese dishes and live cultural show. After dinner, we will drive you back to your hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 10: Transfer to Kathmandu Airport for your international flight
Today, you can simply relax in your hotel room or spend your free time by exploring the colorful streets of Thamel as you may want to buy some souvenirs or handicrafts. Approximately 3 hours prior to your flight time, we will transfer you to the airport.

Price

Package price: USD 595.00 per person (assuming solo trekker); USD 495.00 per person (for 2 or more participants)

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation: Basic teahouse accommodation during the trek; Deluxe accommodation for 3 nights in Kathmandu (either at Hotel Friends Home or Hotel Mums Home); Tourist class hotel for 2 nights in Pokhara
  • Meals: 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner, which you can choose from the menu) during the trek; breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Transportation: Airport - hotel - airport transfers and sightseeing by car, Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu by tourist bus
  • Documentation: Trekking permit (Annapurna Conservation Area Project entry permit) and Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card
  • Equipment/Accessories: Trekking poles, down jacket, sleeping bags, first-aid kit, water purifying solution (iodine-based)
  • Human resource: A professional and experienced trekking guide (English-speaking); a porter per two trekkers (carrying up to 30kg); all the expenses for the guide and porter(s) are covered (wages, accommodation, meals, transportation, insurance, etc.)
  • Tax/Service Charge: All applicable taxes, service charges or fees. We hereby guarantee you of no 'hidden charges' afterwards.
  • Complimentary: Farewell dinner in Kathmandu (authentic Nepalese cuisines with live cultural show)
  • Emergency Rescue Service: Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. However, you must be already insured for such emergencies, and your insurance policy must cover helicopter evacuation. Moreover, you should provide your policy details and authorize us to deal directly with your insurance company on your behalf.

Exclusions:

  • Beverage (cold drinks, bottled mineral water, tea/coffee, etc.)
  • Any other expenses of personal nature (extra meals, battery charging fees, photography charges, etc.)
  • Tips or donations
  • Your travel insurance

Guidelines

Fitness Level:

This trip requires you to be in good health and physically fit. So, we recommend thorough physical examination before you start the trek.

Skills:
Your familiarity with the mountainous terrain and previous trekking experience will be plus points.

Travel Insurance:

  • Make sure that you are insured against cancellations, accidents, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of, or damage to, baggage and personal effects.
  • In emergency situations, we will arrange for a helicopter rescue, medical treatment and after care for you. All these costs shall be borne by your travel insurance company.

Required Equipment/Gears:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Down jacket
  • LED headlight
  • Water bottle
  • First-aid kit
  • Water purification solution
  • Trekking poles
  • Raincoat
  • Sunglasses
  • Full fingers gloves
  • Socks
  • Thermal cap
  • Fleece
  • Sunscreen

Notes:

  • You can choose to bring these equipment yourself. However, we can help you get these things after you arrive here if you want to travel light.
  • We will arrange your pick-up/drop-off according to your flight schedule.
  • We can customize this itinerary according to your interests and preferences.

Documents required:

  • Scanned copies of passport sized photo and passport of each participant
  • Travel insurance
  • ACAP Permit
  • TIMS Card

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