Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

  • Duration10 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty LevelEasy
  • Max Altitude3,210m

About Trip

The Poon Hill Trek (also known as the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek or the Annapurna Panorama Trek) is an Annapurna region classic. The short, yet satisfying journey leads up to one of the most famous views in the region – Poon Hill (3210 meters). Get a taste of the local villages, flora and fauna, and mountain views on this lovely trek. It is especially perfect for those who do not have weeks to spend on the trail. You can start the trail and trek up to Poon Hill and back all within one week.

The highlight of the Poon Hill Trek is waking up in Ghorepani at the crack of dawn to see the sun light up the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri region peaks. If waking up early is not your cup of tea, visit for the sunset and be just as amazed. From the Poon Hill viewpoint, become awe-struck by views of Annapurna (8091m), Hiuchuli (6441m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Manaslu (8156m), and more. With the reddish orange glow of the sun, the peaks look as if they are on fire – an electrifying sight.

Start the trek in Nayapul after a sweet evening enjoying the lakeside scenery of Pokhara. Follow the BhurungdiKhola and other streams until Ulleri. Along the way, see villagers working in the fertile paddy fields – a photogenic Nepal scene. Climb higher and we are encompassed by forests. In the spring, brilliant rhododendron flowers brighten the trail. You might see langurs swinging from tree to tree as well.

In the early morning, we depart from Ghorepani to get that once-in-a-lifetime peak panorama. The next best part is reaching Ghandruk, the second largest Gurung settlement in Nepal. Wander around the stone streets and be in constant amazement at just how lovely this village is. Watch locals cook food, make handicrafts, and learn about their daily lifestyle. There are two museums we can visit as well. Beyond this, Gurung people represent the rich hospitality and culture of the Nepalese across the country’s mountain area. Trekkers are pleasantly surprised by how humble and genuine the villagers are.

From Ghandruk, continue Birethanti and then back to Pokhara. Celeberate a successful and wonderful trek in Pokhara. Many people fall in love with this relaxed, trekker’s paradise.

The Poon Hill Trek does not lead high into the alpine region and is therefore suitable for trekkers of all experience levels.  It’s great for the whole family as well as the budget solo trekker. Join us soon for the Poon Hill Trek!

It is possible to do the Poon Hill Trek throughout the year. The best times, though, are spring (March to May) and fall (September to November). In the springtime, the colorful flowers are blooming. During the fall, the skies are usually clearer. Ashmita Trek and Tours arranges the trek with full management, including transportation, meals, etc. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions!

Highlights

  • Majestic sunrise view from Poon Hill
  • View of Annapurna I (8091m), Hiuchuli (6441m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Manaslu (8156m) from Poon Hill
  •  Brilliant blooming rhododendrons, Nepal’s national flower, during the spring season
  • Learn about Gurung culture in Ghandruk
  • Wander the streets of Pokhara, on the shore of the beautiful Phewa Lake
  • Delicious dinner in Kathmandu after the trek

Itinerary

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Welcome to Nepal! Upon your arrival to TIA, we pick you up and take you to your hotel. In the evening, we brief you on the upcoming adventure. Overnight in hotel.

    Take breakfast in the hotel and then join us for a sightseeing tour of some of Kathmandu’s famous UNESCO World Heritage sites. Throughout the day, we visit Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambunath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Our knowledgeable guides will tell you all about the historical and cultural significance of each spot. Spend your evening as wish, wandering around and preparing for the trek. Overnight in hotel.

      Take the comfortable tourist bus in the morning and enjoy the ride toPokhara. The bus stops for meals and snacks along the way at spots alongside the flowing Trishuli River. Upon arrival in Pokhara, check in at the hotel and spend the rest of the afternoon wandering around lakeside or sightseeing around the area. Overnight in hotel.

        Begin the trek full of energy, after a scenicrideover and around the hills to Nayapul. We check into theAnnapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)point and start the trek. After roughly three hours, we reach Tikhedhunga, which lies along the BhurungdiKhola. Have a lunch or snack break here before continuing to Ulleri. Overnight in guest house.

          Ascend all the way to Ghorepani via terraced rice fields, past streams, and forests. The scenery changes a lot throughout today’s hike. Ghorepani is in the middle of a rhododendron forests, adding brilliant color and energy to the village. It is mostly inhabited by Magar people. Overnight in guest house. 

            Today is the highlight of the trek. Leave the guesthouse as early as possible to catch the sunrise view over the Himalayas. It is a magnificent sight watching the sun illuminate the snowy peaks. It is one of the most famous panoramas in the Annapurna region. You’ll see Annapurna, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre in all their majesty. Admire the scene, take some photos, and go back down to Ghorepani for breakfast. Then, trek to Tadapani and relax the rest of the day. Overnight in guest house.

              Have a filling breakfast and descend through forests. The trail splits soon after leaving Tadapani, but both ways lead to our destination. Ghandruk is the second largest Gurung settlement in Nepal. The picturesque village is surrounded by paddy fields and awesome mountain views. Since the trek is short today, take the rest of the time to wander around. Overnight in guest house.

                Our last day of trekking leads us to Birethanti. Enjoy the final bits of Annapurna foothill scenery. Our ride awaits at our destination and from there we take a pleasant drive back to Pokhara. Wander around and fall in love with the lovely lakeside city. Overnight in hotel.

                  In the morning, we take a tourist bus and to Kathmandu on the Prithvi Highway. Enjoy the splendid landscape throughout the drive. Explore Kathmandu or shop around in the afternoon. We host a tasty farewell dinner for you in the evening. Overnight in hotel.

                    We pick you up from your hotel and take you to the Airport. Thank you for trekking with Ashmita Trek and Tours! We hope to see you soon.

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                      What's Included

                      • Transportation to and from Tribhuvan International Airport.
                      • Three nights in a 2-3 star hotel in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis.
                      • Two nights in a 2-3 star hotel in Pokhara on bed and breakfast basis.
                      • All transportation during the itinerary.
                      • Guest house accommodation during the trek.
                      • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) fees
                      • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit
                      • Government-authorized, experienced guide and porters
                      • Insurance, food, accommodation, and wage for guides and porters
                      • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
                      • All necessary trekking equipment (sleeping bag, warm layers, etc.)
                      • First Aid Kit
                      • Maps
                      • Service charge and government taxes
                      • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
                      • International Airfare
                      • Meals in Kathmandu (besides breakfast).
                      • Personal expenses (shopping, extra snacks, etc.)
                      • Sightseeing entrance fees in Kathmandu.
                      • Shower and electronic charging fees at guest houses.
                      • Alcoholic drinks, chocolates, tea and coffee
                      • Tips for guide and porter
                      • Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary
                      • Costs from unexpected occurrences (i.e. cancellations, weather problems, damages of property, illness, etc.)

                      Note

                      Ashmita Trek and Tours does not take responsibility for any problems incurred by weather, damages to personal property, etc. We will do our best to prevent/handle any problems that happen. There is a chance that transportation to and from Pokhara may be delayed due to road and weather conditions. Therefore, it is recommended to book your international flight with several days margin.  It is possible to fly to Kathmandu if necessary (for an additional cost).