Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek | Ghandruk Trek - 10 Days

Annapurna Panorama Views Trek Heaven Nepal Adventure

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek 

Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is the best short trek in the Annapurna region and it is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. The beautiful Annapurna Himalayas are sublime natural landmarks in Nepal which attract thousands of travelers each year. The trek offers a fantastic panorama of peaks from Poon Hill which is the main highlight of the trek. The sunrise view from Poonhill is the one you can not afford to miss. The trek also lets you explore the beautiful Rhododendron forests and the colorful villages.

Trek Highlights

  • Explore the Gurung and Magar villages with remarkable culture and traditions.
  • Witness amazing sunrise and mountain views from Poonhill.
  • Visit some of the famous vintage points in the Annapurna region like Poon Hill and Dhampus.
  • Trek across the Annapurna Conservation Area

Trek Overview

Ghorepani, Poon Hill and Ghandruk Trekking begins when you arrive at Kathmandu. The majestic Himalayas and diverse landscape of the country will welcome you to Nepal. Next, you explore the valley and visit its famous world heritage sites. Then, the trip heads west on a scenic drive across the Prithvi Highway to Pokhara. From the City of Lakes, you drive to Nayapul or Birethanti.

As the trek begins, you walk northwest towards Tikhedhunga. Further, you ascend across the stone steps to Ulleri. The trail through the rhododendron forests slowly takes you to Ghorepani. Here, you hike to Poon Hill and enjoy the company of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayas. From the top of this vantage point, you can also relish the vista of mountains in Lamjung and Nilgiri Himal ranges. Then, you descend to Ghorepani and trek east to Tadapani.

Further, you continue to Tolka passing Ghandruk and Landruk on the way. Ghandruk is one of the biggest Gurung villages in Nepal where you can enjoy the ravishing local culture and lifestyle. Finally, you descend to Dhampus which is yet another popular viewpoint in the region. Then, a short drive takes you to Pokhara before driving back to Kathmandu.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Difficulty

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is moderate in terms of difficulty. So, people with average physical conditions can also do the trek. Also, spring and autumn seasons are the ideal time for the trek. The trek can be completed in around 5 days if you have limited time. Inquire us to customize the trip.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport (1,340m) and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: At Kathmandu with options for sightseeing tour and trek preparations.
Day 03: Drive to Fly to Pokhara (860m) – 6/7 hrs drive and 30 mins flight.
Day 04: Drive to Bhirethati or Nayapul and trek to Tirkhedhunga (1,440m) – 5/6 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (2,856m) via Ulleri village. – 5/6 hrs
Day 06: Morning hike to Poon Hill (3,210m) for sunrise over the mountain and trek to Tadapani (2,635m) – 4/5 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Tolka village (1,560m) via Ghandruk and Landruk village – 6/7 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Dhampus village (1,540m) – 4/5 hrs and drive to Pokhara – 1 hr.
Day 09: Fly or drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel with a free afternoon.
Day 10: International departure for homeward bound.

At Heaven Nepal Adventure, we provide the finest services to our clients from standard lodging to dining. Also, we have a great team of experienced guides and porters. We operate numerous trips across Nepal that reflect the beauty of the country.

Itinerary

Day 1
On arrival at Kathmandu airport 1,340 m meet our staff and transfer to the hotel.

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, we will meet you at the airport and drive you to the hotel. The team will explain all the trek details. In the meantime, you can freshen-up and relax at the hotel.

Day 2
At Kathmandu with options for a tour with time for trek preparations.

The second day of the trip begins with a hearty breakfast followed by a beautiful sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city. You’ll be accompanied by an experienced tour guide who will take you to a tour of some of the most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city. Depending on your schedule, you will get to visit Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square.

Swayambhunath and Boudhanath are the two most revered stupas in Kathmandu. You will witness many local pilgrims circumnavigating around the stupa. Pashupatinath, on the other hand, remains one of the most frequently visited Hindu sites in Nepal. In the evening, you can visit Thamel to shop for the necessary trek gear and equipment.

Day 3
Drive or fly to Pokhara 860 m – 06 hrs ride or 30 mins via air.

Today, you’ll embark on a scenic flight to Pokhara, one of the most preferred tourist getaways in Nepal. The city serves as the gateway to the Annapurna region. Followed by a delicious breakfast, you’ll drive to the airport and catch a short flight to Pokhara. It takes almost 30 minutes to reach Pokhara by air. From the flight, you can view the pristine sight of the lush forested hills and snow-capped mountains in the north. Once in Pokhara, you’ll check into the hotel. After freshening up, you can explore the beautiful lakeside.

Day 4
Drive to Bhirethati or Nayapul and start walk to Tirkhedhunga 1,440 m - 05 hrs.

The trek to Ghandruk and Poon Hill Camp begins with a short drive to Nayapul. Located 2 hours outside of Pokhara, Nayapul opens up the trail to the beautiful Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP). You can choose to drive further towards Birethanti village located just above Nayapul. The scenic trek begins alongside the lush terraced fields. The trail slowly advances through the slightly forested path towards Tikhedhunga. A 5 hours hike will take you through the traditionally rich Gurung and Magar villages en route to Tikhedhunga.

Day 5
Trek to Ghorepani 2,856 m via Ulleri village of 06 hrs walks maximum.

The fresh morning air will fill your lungs. After breakfast, you’ll embark on the trek and head towards Ghorepani village. A short trek from Tikhedhunga will bring you to Ulleri village. The Ulleri village is known for the mighty 3200 stone step leading the way towards Ghorepani. You will begin climbing the stairs viewing the beautiful sight of the nearby settlements. After a 3-4 hour long ascend, you’ll finally arrive at Ghorepani village which welcomes you with the majestic sight of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massif.

Day 6
Morning hike to Poon Hill 3,210 m for sunrise over the mountain and walk to Tadapani 2,635 m – 05 hrs.

You’ll wake up early today and embark on an hour-long uphill hike towards the viewpoint at Poon Hill. The scenic hilltop located at a short distance from Ghorepani boasts a majestic view of the sunrise and sunset. The weather remains clear in the morning offering the majestic panorama of the nearby mountains including Annapurna I, II, III, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri. From here, you’ll descend back to Ghorepani for breakfast. Then, you’ll start your 5-hour long hike and begin descending along with the beautiful rhododendron forests towards Tadapani village.

Day 7
Trek to Tolka village 1,560 m via Ghandruk and Landruk village – 06 hrs.

Heading downhill from Tadapani, you’ll take a detour and head towards the least visited Tolka village inside Annapurna Conservation Area. Although it is a major transit between the Dhampus and Landruk, only a portion of tourists stays in this village. Along the trail, you’ll make brief stops at Ghandruk and Landruk village as the straight descend and ascend may be difficult. A short trek from Landruk will bring you to Tolka.

Day 8
Trek to Dhampus village 1,540 m – 04 hrs walks and drive to Pokhara – 01 hr.

On the last day of the trek, you’ll indulge in an easy hike through the lushly forested trail. You will find a sparsely populated village along this trail. A short uphill and downhill trek will bring you to the beautiful Dhampus village. A major tourist site, Dhampus remains a frequently visited place for a night stay by both local and international tourists. From Dhampus, you’ll catch your commute and drive back to Pokhara city. The short drive will take you through Baglung Highway and takes you to your hotel located just beside the beautiful Phewa Lake. In the evening, you can dine in one of the finest restaurants in Pokhara.

Day 9
Fly or drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel with a free afternoon.

Today, you will bid farewell to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara. You can either choose to fly back to Kathmandu or indulge in a 6 hour long drive through the bustling Trishuli Highway. Once at Kathmandu, you can choose to visit the Thamel area to shop for souvenirs and to enjoy a lavish farewell dinner.

Day 10
International departure for homeward bound.

It marks the last day of the Annapurna Panorama Views Trip. You’ll bid farewell to your guide and take a short drive to the airport. You can choose to share your next holiday plans and destination with us.

Service Included

  • Airport pick up and drop service in a private vehicle.
  • Welcome dinner and farewell dinner.
  • 3-Night accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • 2-Night accommodation standard hotel in Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Accommodation during the trek in a Tea House/Lodge.
  • Full board meals during the trek (B, L, D and Tea or Coffee) fruits after dinner.
  • Tourist Bus drive to and Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu (option for 30m flight if required)
  • Licensed, well trained English speaking trek guide
  • Cost of the guide and porter (one porter for every 2 person) along with their insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation
  • All government necessary document ACAP permit/TIMS card.
  • Purified drinking water while on a trek.
  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (must be returned to the company after completion of your trek).
  • Company’s duffel bag and a company’s t-shirt as a souvenir.
  • First Aid Kit box (carried by your trek guide)
  • The arrangement of helicopter rescue service (trekker’s travel insurance must cover this expense)
  • All applicable national, federal and route local taxes.
  • Adventure certificate (after completion of the trek)
  • Final departure to the airport.

Service Not Included

  • International Airfare.
  • Nepal Visa.
  • Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara besides welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Personal expenses for your clothing and gears.
  • Your personal expenses such as mineral water, soft and alcoholic beverages, laundry, hot drinking water on the trek
  • Bar bills, hot showers, internet, battery chargers, Wi: Fi, etc.
  • Your Personal travel insurance that would cover helicopter evacuation as well as medical expenses and trip cancellation.
  • Tipping the trekking crew.
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the "service Included" section.

Useful Info

For more info; Nepal Travel Info and Trek Booking Procedure.

 

FAQs

1. Annapurna Sunrise seems like a wonderful walks can I bring family with children?

Certainly this will be an exciting holidays for your people as well for adults, where walk leads to ups and down that is only the tough bit, otherwise it’s a great interesting walks for all.
For minor infants please bring carriage with straps to carry the younger kids especially on ups and down trails, where we can hire extra porters to carry the baby with carriage.

2. When can I book for Annapurna Sunrise Views Trekking?

Depending upon your time and duration for the trek you can book this trip at least 2-3 weeks ahead from our departure dates for the trek, with advance payment as per the norms and rules of the company.
Make sure that you have checked your medical and physical fitness before signing the trip and as well purchasing medical and travel insurance which is very important for this kind of adventurous treks in Nepal Himalaya.

3. How many people will be in the group?

From minimum 3-4 person in the group with maximum of 10-15 persons in the group, in some cases we do allow booking for single person as well, running independent at extra cost than in groups.

4. What will be weather like on the trek?

As per the season wise, where best time is from March to May, when most of the day is clear with minimum temperatures of 0° to 20° Celsius depending upon the altitude and areas.
Where most of the morning till mid days clears for views and walks, sometimes afternoon can get overcast with chances of light rains and snow. March to May will be lively with wild-flowers in full bloom especially various species of rhododendron (national flower of Nepal) from trees to short bushes.

5. How are the lodge and Tea-House on Treks?

Tea-House the word used in early days when there was smaller numbers of lodges on route trekking, at present each villages has more than 10 to 20 good lodges with pleasant rooms accommodations, serving excellent food menus as per the season wise.
Some village above 2,500 m do have nice lodge, but due to freezing cold temperatures in night and morning time where they have toilets on the outside, with some inside as common bath rooms and rest rooms.
All rooms and dining with warm heating and cozy facilities to make your stay much pleasant and enjoyable.

6. Are there electricity and network for cell-phones?

Most of the places do have electricity on route trekking run by hydro-power after main villages, where much of electric supply are private and individual of the lodge owners with sun / solar power to activate electric just for the lodge and as well for customers to charge their computers and cell-phones.
Some places do have networks for cell phones and as well for internets like Wi-Fi above Dingboche and some areas due to high peaks and hills, the networks are disturbed in deep areas like around river gorge areas. At present nearly all people in Nepal including remote villages do have assist to cell-phones with fine network connection only in bad weather the line can be broken, otherwise it is fine in working order.

7. What happens if some is sick and have to break the trek?

In this situation where our guides are well equipped with knowledge for emergency and medical purpose, depending upon the seriousness of the victims if it is much critical where nearest medical attention needed, we call for immediate evacuation for Helicopter services to reach the victims to nearest medical station and hospital.

8. What to expect on this journey?

Scenic views of world’s highest mountains with Dhaulagiri-Annapurna and Manaslu range include magnificent Machhapuchare Himal ‘Fish Tail’ peaks, where walk leads you around Buddhist country interwoven with old traditional life and custom similar to Tibetans.
Walk leads to visit Poon-Magar and Gurung villages and encountering many farm fields and terraces of interesting traditional life of the local villagers.

9. Who are Gurung - Magar / Poon people?

Gurung-Poon of Magar tribes are high hills people of Nepal Far Mid-West Himalaya spread out throughout Nepal, where most concentrated within Annapurna and Dhaulagiri area of both Hindu and Buddhist religion and origin, these hill tribes are famous as legendry Gurkha soldiers in foreign legion and army like British, India as well some as police force in Singapore and security guards in many parts of the world overseas.
Besides men-folk as famous Gurkha soldiers the hill people are mostly farmers and cattle herders as traditional profession.

10. Is it really spectacular in flowering times of March to May?

Absolutely the best months of the year and seasons for botany students, flower and nature lovers, where hills and valley alive with wild flowers in full bloom with riots of different colors, rhododendron from tall trees to short bushes will be in flowering times, rhododendron national flower of Nepal also.

Packing List

  • Travel document: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets, voucher, and a passport-sized photo.
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Reading/Writing materials
    Binoculars
  • Travel games, like chess, backgammon, scrabble
  • First-aid kit (containing lip balm, aspirin/ paracetamol, Band-Aid, bandage for sprains, iodine or water purifier, Moleskin for blisters, antiseptic for cuts, anti-bacterial throat lozenge, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for diarrhoea, re-hydration powder, Norfloxacin, Ciprofloxacin, antibiotic  for Giardia, Diamox and any extra prescription drugs you are currently taking)
  • Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruit, candies, and snack foods
  • Money-Cash
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Lightweight towel
  • Swimsuit
  • Toiletries (quick-drying towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, multipurpose soap, deodorant, nail clipper, face, and body)
  • Moisturizer
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Small mirror
  • Day pack (with waist straps)
  • Alarm clock
  • Torch/flashlight/headlamp
  • Lighter
  • Insect repellent
  • Earplugs and eye mask
  • Small padlock
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Sun hat, Sunglasses and Scarf
  • Bag Liner
  • Sewing kit
  • Wind and waterproof shell jacket and trousers (preferably breathable fabric)
  • Running shoes or sandals
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination
  • Lightweight thermal gloves
  • Underwear and shorts
  • T-Shirt 2 Or 3.
  • Long Sleeve Tshirt.

For Summer:

  • Trekking/Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Lightweight long trousers (no jeans)
  •  Lightweight wool
  • Jumper/sweater/fleece
  • Umbrella/waterproof jacket and
  • trousers (May—September)
  • Sunscreen lotion with maximum SPF
  • Water bottle

For winter and High Altitude:

  •  Layered clothing /Thermals and extra warm clothing during winter (December-March)
  •  1 heavyweight or 2 lightweight wool jumper/sweater/fleece jacket
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket (optional)
  • Down jacket or down vest
  • Fleece or Wool trousers/pants
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens
  • Wool or fleece with a waterproof shell outer
  • A four-season sleeping bag/sleep.
  • Thick/Warm wool hiking socks
  • Gaiter (optional)

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Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek | Ghandruk Trek
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Trip Facts

  • Moderate with touch of High Altitude
  • On top Poon Hill 3,210 m high.
  • Min 2 - Max 10
  • All seasons of the year except monsoon months of June to mid September, March to May when wild-flowers are in season.
  • 09 Nights and 10 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
  • On Hotel and lodges on walks

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