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Ghorepani Poonhill Trek: 4 days of mountain adventure

The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek route is arguably one of the greatest, if not the best, trek routes that Nepal has to offer. It is a short, 4-day trail that takes you through the Annapurna foothills to an elevation of 3,210 meters. From there, you can be mesmerized by the breathtaking beauty of the great Annapuran and Dhaulagiri ranges.

This version of the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek offers you an opportunity to delve into the culture and diversity of the Gurung and Magar communities in the region. You may also encounter rare wildlife such as barking deer, brown dipper, and rare species of birds and butterflies.

Itinerary

After breakfast, we take a jeep and ride it to Ulleri which is at an altitude of 1,540 meters. En route, You will pass some local villages such as Birethati, Sonari, Hill, and Tikhedhunga after which you will reach the Ulleri village. Ulleri village is a beautiful village that is home to the Magar community. We’ll rest up in the village and start our journey towards Ghorepani.

The trek starts with a moderately steep climb that leads you into the enchanting cool rhododendron and pine-forested area to reach Ghorepani village. Ghorepani village is located on a ridge and is surrounded by beautiful rhododendron trees. This village is inhabited mostly by Poon people of the Magar tribe and is famous for the Poon Hill view top which is an hour climb.

Accommodation
Teahouse
Distance
12km
Meals
B, L, D
Time
6 hrs
Ascent
1320m

Early morning climb to the top of Poon Hill to catch the stunning sunrise over an array of Himalayan peaks from the world 7th highest Dhaulagiri-10th highest Annapurna with the range of peaks including the world 8th highest Manaslu with majestic Machhapuchare peak “Mount FishTail”. After enjoying exciting moments head back to Ghorepani for a fulfilling breakfast consisting of gurung bread and vegetables. Then we continue trekking uphill and downhill through the cool forest to reach Tadapani for an overnight stop.

Accommodation
Teahouse
Distance
8 Km
Meals
B, L, D
Time
5 hrs
Descent
350m

After a hearty breakfast at Tadapani, we will start a downhill trek to Kimron Khola. On this day we will be dropping near about 1000 meters in altitude, passing through a dense forest laced with rhododendrons, bamboo, and oak trees. We’ll take a short rest stop at Chomrong village and continue our trail downhill to Jhinu Danda.

As we near the end of your journey we will visit the nearby hot spring of Jhinu Danda to melt away all our exhaustion and just relax our tired bodies in the hot water for the day.

Accommodation
Teahouse
Distance
12 km
Meals
B, L, D
Time
6 hrs
Descent
850m

We will continue our trail downhill from Jhinu Dandal following the plain dusty road along the Modi Khola to the massively populated Ghandruk Phedi. Along the way to Siwa/Ghandruk Phedi we will get to experience a picturesque sight of waterfalls, while the local kids of the small village greet us with a joyful, innocent smile on their faces. After which we bid our goodbyes to the trails of Annapurana and take a jeep back to the hustling and bustling city of Pokhara, to spend our night roaming around the lakeside. Thus completing our 4 days Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek.

Accommodation
Teahouse
Distance
12 km
Meals
B, L
Time
5 hrs
Descent
630m

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Cost Includes

  • Transportation to and from Pokhara to the trek starting point and back.
  • Accommodation in teahouses or guesthouses during the trek.
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek.
  • Trekking permits and necessary entry fees.
  • Experienced trekking guide.
  • Porter service for carrying luggage (optional).

Cost Excludes

  • Personal expenses such as snacks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • Additional activities are available in Pokhara.
  • Any unforeseen expenses due to delays or emergencies.

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Equipment Required:

  • Comfortable trekking boots/shoes.
  • Warm clothing layers (including a down jacket and thermal wear).
  • Waterproof jacket and pants.
  • Hat, gloves, and scarf.
  • Trekking poles (optional but recommended).
  • Sleeping bag and liner.
  • Daypack.
  • Water bottles and water purification tablets.
  • Personal hygiene items and first aid kit.
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen.

 

Guided Ghorepani Poonhill Trek 4 days Package Information

Witness the wonder of the Ghorepani Poon hill trek just in 4 days, where every step offers spectacular mountain panoramas and cultural treasures waiting to be discovered. 

A typical day on the Ghorepani Poonhill trek:

Each day on the Ghorepani Poonhill trek begins with an early morning wake-up call, signaling the start of either a sunrise hike to witness the spectacular dawn breaking over the Himalayas or a leisurely breakfast at the teahouse. As the trekking day commences, participants embark on a journey that spans several hours, traversing through diverse landscapes, including lush forests, quaint villages, and sweeping mountain vistas. Along the way, trekkers are encouraged to take breaks to appreciate the natural beauty surrounding them, capturing breathtaking views, interacting with locals, or simply pausing to rest and rejuvenate amidst the tranquil surroundings. These interludes serve as opportunities not only to recharge physically but also to immerse oneself fully in the awe-inspiring ambiance of the Annapurna region. Whether navigating winding trails or ascending gentle slopes, each step brings trekkers closer to their destination while allowing for moments of reflection and admiration of the majestic scenery that unfolds at every turn. As the day progresses, trekkers often encounter diverse flora and fauna, adding a sense of adventure and discovery to the journey. Whether spotting colorful bird species darting through the canopy or catching a glimpse of elusive wildlife amidst the forest undergrowth, each encounter deepens the connection to the natural world and enhances the overall trekking experience. With each passing day, trekkers not only traverse physical landscapes but also embark on an inner journey of self-discovery, finding solace, inspiration, and renewed vitality amidst the rugged beauty of the Himalayas.

 

Meals

Teahouses along the route offer typical Nepali meals featuring rice, lentils, vegetables, and occasionally meat, complemented by Western-style breakfast options like eggs, pancakes, and toast. Tea, coffee, and soft drinks are readily available to keep trekkers refreshed.

 

Altitude

The trek encompasses moderate altitudes ranging from 1,150m to 3,210m, with strategic acclimatization stops and a gradual ascent to minimize the risk of altitude sickness.

 

Trek Difficulty

Rated as an easy trek suitable for beginners and families, each day typically involves 4-6 hours of moderate walking, characterized by gradual ascents and descents.

 

Trek safety

Experienced local guides ensure safety by navigating terrain and weather conditions adeptly, with emergency evacuation plans in place for medical emergencies. Adequate acclimatization and hydration strategies are implemented to prevent altitude sickness.

 

Guide

Licensed and experienced trekking guides accompany the group, offering navigation assistance, cultural insights, and support throughout the trek.

 

Extra Personal Expenses

Trekkers may incur additional expenses for snacks, beverages, souvenirs, and tips for guides and porters. Optional activities such as hot spring baths or side trips may also add to the overall cost. Personal medication or gear beyond the trekking equipment list may entail extra expenses.

FAQ's

Venture into a journey to one of the most popular hikes in Nepal, the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. This trek will amaze you with its stunning mountain sceneries of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.  This place is located in a low altitude so the weather is not so cold during the day but mornings and evenings are a little cold so you need to pack some warm clothes as well.

You will get exposure to an unforgettable adventure there are both advantages and disadvantages and different experiences in each season, which you would want to know if you are deciding to visit this trek. So, let’s go through some pros and cons of the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek to help you find the perfect season for your trek.

1.      Spring (March-May):

Spring is the best season so far for this trek as you can enjoy the view of the trails painted with vibrant hues by the colorful rhododendrons glooming all over the forests which creates a delightful and picture perfect setting for trekkers with clear skies and views of nearby peaks from the Poon Hill. Temperatures in this season remain warm during the day but you will need some warm clothes for early mornings and evenings.

2.      Monsoon (June-August):

Monsoon or summer season is not preferred by many people. The trails get more slippery and muddy due to rain and leeches create a hassle even though they do not transfer any disease but you may get infection if you scratch the bite area. You need to carry salt to remove them. The benefit of trekking in this season is there will be less crowd and cheaper price ranges. You can also stay in drinking hot tea enjoying the rain pouring on those lush greenery and blooming flowers outside.

 

3.      Autumn (September-November):

This is the most favorite season of trekkers and it is the best time to undertake the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek as it offers clear skies and navigable views of the surrounding peaks with stable and dry weather. You need to make sure to book the guide in advance if you need them as this is the main festival season in Nepal followed by trekking season too which makes the trekking staff stretched to a limit.

 

4.      Winter (December-February):

Winter season brings temperatures dropping to freezing in mornings and evenings so you need to pack layers of clothing and be prepared to trek in extreme cold weather if you are planning to go for trek in this season. This season offers a peaceful trekking experience with less crowded trails and stunning opportunities for pictures with chances of experiencing the local festivals.  

 

In Conclusion, the spring and autumn seasons are likely to be the best season if you have an inclination for best condition with visibility of the peaks with comfortable weather. But if you are an experienced hiker and in a quest of challenging adventure, winter would be an ideal choice for you. So, pack your bags, tie your laces, choose your preferable best season and get ready to get astonished by the majestic Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek.  

 

The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek offers a remarkable combination of natural beauty, cultural richness, and a moderately strenuous trekking experience, making it an exciting option for explorers of all levels. Nestled in the heart of Nepal's Annapurna region, the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek offers breathtaking panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, lush forests, a picturesque village inhabited by the welcoming magar and Gurung community people. The glorious sunrise view from the Poon Hill is one of the main attractions of the trek. Travelers are greeted by the magnificent sun illuminating the Himalayan giants, including the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. With the combination of scenery, the walk offers the opportunity to experience local culture visit the traditional mountain communities, and conversation with welcoming residents. Whether you are looking for striking landscapes, a chance to immerse yourself in another culture, or a gentle outdoor adventure, the Ghorepani poon hill trek- 4 days offers an enticing experience.  Click to read more.

The cost of trekking poon hill in Nepal can vary considerably on several elements such as the length of trekking, your chosen trekking agency, whether you choose a guide or porter or guide, your accommodation preference,  and time of the year you travel. Here are some factors that affect your Ghorepani poon hill trek cost: 

 

Permit Fees: To start the trek, you will probably be asked to obtain an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and a TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management Systems) card. These permit fees range from USD 20 to USD 40 based on your travel season. 

Guide and Porter cum Guide Price:  Hiring a Porter cum guide/ Guide is optional, but can enrich your trekking experience. While porter cum guide rates are generally between USD 30 and USD 35, guides vary can range from USD 25 to USD 30 per day. These costs may differ depending on the level of expertise and services rendered.

Accommodation: Accommodation at teahouses along the Poon Hill trek route is accessible and is fairly affordable. You should budget around USD 7 per night for basic lodging.

Food and drink: Meals and drinks on the trek are reasonably priced. Budget between USD  10 and USD 20 per day for food and drink depending up on your appetite and preferences.

Transportation: You should plan transport from Pokhara to Ulleri. You can hire a taxi to Ulleri or take public transport to Ulleri for a cheaper trip.

Trekking Packages: When you choose to book a trekking package from a travel agency, the price will include transportation, lodging, food, permits, guide/porter services, all kinds of tax, and transportation. Although trip cost varies but can range from $300 to $800 or more for a 5–7-day trek to Poon Hill.

 

Note that these are only estimates, and it’s always a good idea to research and compare prices and the types of services from different agencies. Additionally, look up the company's past and reviews.

Poonhill is located in Nepal's Annapurna region and rises to an approximate elevation of 3,210 meters (10,531 feet) above sea level. Ghorepani Poon Hill, a famous trekking destination is renowned for its panoramic views of the Himalayas featuring the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, as well as the Himalayas, particularly at sunrise and sunset. 

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