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Duration : 8 days
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Max Altitude: 3210 m / 10503 ft (Poonhill)
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Overview

Known by various names like Ghorepani trekking, Poonhill trekking, and others, this trek is one of Nepal’s most popular treks. A relatively easy trek that can be completed within a week, this trekking takes you through beautiful rhododendron forests, and beautiful cultural villages with panoramic views of the western Himalayas like Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna I, and Annapurna South.  The sunsets visible from this region are some of the most beautiful sights available in Nepal. 

Ghorepani takes you through the famous scenic village of Ghandruk which is a Gurung village that will have you immersed in their culture and experience the hospitality of the Gurung people. The trekking begins from Nayapul, a short drive away from Pokhara which is famously known as the gateway to the Annapurna. From Nayapul, walking beside the Modi Khola through a trail that gets slightly steeper with time, we reach Tikhedhunga where we stay for the night. 

Early morning the next day, we leave the village of Tikhedhunga en route to the village of Ghore Pani. Along the way is the village of Ulleri which offers stunning views of the Himchuli, Annapurna South, and Macchapuchhre mountain ranges. Passing through a couple of more quaint villages, we finally reach Ghorepani. The rhododendron forests seen from here are an absolute delight to the eyes.  

Seeing the picturesque view of the sunrise over the vistas from Pooh Hill will be an unforgettable memory. The views of the Dhampus Peak, Dhaulagiri range, and Annapurna Range along with solitary peaks like Macchapuchere, Nilgiri, and Tukuche are absolutely stunning. After spending some time at the peak, we descend back to Ghorepani for breakfast and start our long journey to the village of Ghandruk with its historical museum. Staying overnight at Ghandruk, we leave shortly after sunrise towards Pokhara, where we get to explore the amazing city, visit numerous attractions and enjoy our completion of the trek. 

 

Is this Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking for me? 

Trekking the Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking is for everyone looking to have a wonderful short and easy vacation in Nepal's stunning Annapurna region. This tour is suggested for everyone, from experienced trekkers to those who have never been to Nepal. Therefore, come along with us on this breathtaking journey in the Himalayas that won't be too demanding but will definitely leave you in awe.

 

Best Season for Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking

The best months to hike Poon Hill are therefore March through May and September through November during Spring and Autumn respectively. The days are absolutely clear for beautiful views of the mountains during these months since the weather is clearer and the temperature is reasonable, with just the mornings and nights being a little cool.

Due to the comparatively low altitude of this climb, the days from March to May are warm and sunny. A t-shirt will be all you need to wear. However, keep in mind that the mornings and evenings require warmer attire.

The greatest time to trek in the Himalayas is probably in the fall. The paths will consequently be busier. So once more, balance the favorable weather and natural beauty with the knowledge that there will be more hikers nearby and lodging is expensive.

 

Why Accessible Adventure? 

For more than ten years, the reputed travel agency Accessible Adventures has been planning treks and excursions in the Annapurna region. We will meet all of your needs and are straightforward to work with. In addition, Accessible Adventures owns a hotel in Kathmandu where we can make special accommodations for each guest.

Our tour leaders have undergone a variety of training courses in which they train and get ready for the journey during the slow season for tourists, taking note of the terrain and routes in the area. By doing this, we can ensure that our visitors enjoy the best time possible during the busiest time of the year.

We are aware of the challenges that could emerge for both you, the traveler, and the guides and porters that we hire along your journey because we have over 30 years of personal travel experience, which includes peak-climbing and seeing Nepal's most well-known tourist destinations. We have been able to tailor tours and make the adventure appear more comfortable and private thanks to our own experiences in a number of places, including EBC, ABC, and others. We treat every customer like family while providing the best professional services.

Itinerary

We will receive you at the airport when you arrive in Kathmandu. While you are under our care, we will make sure that your travel requirements are addressed. Since there are no activities planned for the day, we will help you check into the proper accommodation. You can choose between taking a stroll through the neighborhood or relaxing in each of your rooms.

Accommodation
Kathmandu suite home
Distance
10km
Time
30min

You will be picked up in a private vehicle the following morning after breakfast and driven to Pokhara, which is located west of Kathmandu. Driving today is exciting and enjoyable as it twists down the mountainside over terraced farms. We reach the Trishuli River by following the edge of the Mahesh River. Today's drive offers several opportunities to see planted terraced fields, rivers, streams, lush valleys, rugged canyons, farmlands, and typical Nepalese rural life. After having lunch at Malekhu, along the route. Due to its proximity to the Trishuli river, Malekhu is well known for its fried fish. Drive the remaining distance to Pokhara after lunch, passing via Muglin, where the roads to Chitwan and Pokhara split. We are free to spend the evening in Pokhara exploring the city or taking it easy in our accommodations after a long day of travel.

Accommodation
Mount view hotel
Distance
200km
Meals
B
Time
6-7hr

Today, the actual Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek begins after a one-hour drive via the affluent village of Lumle to Naya Pul. We pick you up in your hotel early morning with your belongings and head towards Nayapul after breakfast. 

As we start trekking from Nayapul, we cross numerous villages and farmlands. One of the villages is Birethanti, where a tourist checkpoint exists and we register. Those wishing to take the short Annapurna Base Camp Trek can take the route via Birethanti. Crossing the Birethanti bridge over the Modi river, we walk through the main road that lies beside numerous terraced farm fields. The main road itself goes through a forest making for an exciting walk. We reach the village of Sudhami where we grab lunch. The trek trail ascends from Sudami and we reach the village of Hile. During spring poinsettia can be seen all around us. Walking through the ascending trail we reach Tikhedhunga. The village is open to exploration to see the local lifestyle of the people. Nearby the village is a waterfall that we can visit also.  Guesthouses and hotels are decked in flowers here as is the custom. We stay overnight here at Tikhedhunga. 

Accommodation
Lodge
Distance
6km
Meals
B.L.D
Time
4-5hr
Descent
500m
Ascent
4km

After early morning breakfast we a suspension bridge as we climb around 3300 stone steps. While climbing we get to see the valley we passed through yesterday as well as get excellent vistas of the terraced farmlands behind us. We also get an amazing view of Annapurna south while climbing. We eventually reach Ulleri village which showcases a great view of Fishtail mountain. Ulleri is a large village built in traditional style. After a short exploration of the village, we ascend to the village of Ban Thanti, where we can stop for tea. We can sip tea amid excellent views of Annapurna South and Mt.Fishtail. We cross through forests of rhododendron en route to Ghorepani. We cross through the village of Nange Thanti where we can grab lunch. Walking through an inclined route, we see numerous buffalos, goats, and mules. We reach the welcome gate to Lower Ghorepani which welcomes you to Poon Hill. After crossing a check post at Lower Ghorepani. Walking around 10 minutes, we reach upper Ghorepani which showcases a 360 view of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges. We can also explore the Ghorepani village where we stay overnight.  The dining rooms here have a fireplace with a chimney that allows us to warm ourselves.

Accommodation
Lodge
Distance
10km
Meals
B.L.D
Time
5-6hr
Descent
500m
Ascent
8kmL

We wake up before sunrise and take a one-hour walk to climb Poon Hill. The view of the sunrise from Poon hill is absolutely amazing and is considered by many to be the best sunrise view in Nepal. From the top of Poon hill, we see the mountains of Dhaulagiri I, II, Annapurna I, Barha Sikhar, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Gangapurna, Mt Fishtail, Mardi Himal, and Lamjung Himal. In front of the mountains lie hills that are decked with rhododendron in spring.  After taking tea and enjoying the view from the top we return back to Ghorepani where we grab breakfast.

After lunch, we begin our trek to Tadapani. We ascend Gurung hill through forest trails surrounded by Rhodendron. Again, the views of the mountains and the valleys we walked through can be viewed in all their glory from the top of Gurung Hill. We continue our trek to reach the village Deurali from where we descend. During winter the narrow trail is quite slippery. We reach a second village by the name of Ban Thanti and grab lunch. During the monsoon, we can enjoy the bamboo shoot. Monkeys can be seen on the trail along with many domestic animals.  We descend a slippery route, cross an iron bridge and start our ascent. After a short duration, we reach Tadapani from where the view of Mt. Fishtail is amazing as well as close. Here, the trail to Annapurna Base Camp and Khopradanda starts. The dining rooms here have a fireplace with a chimney that allows us to warm ourselves. 

Accommodation
Lodge
Distance
12km
Meals
B.L.D
Time
6-7hr
Descent
5km
Ascent
4.5km

The next morning, we are greeted by an amazing sunrise from our bedrooms. After breakfast, we descend the forest trails to Bhaisekharka village. We continue our descent to Ghandruk Village which is an old traditional village of the Gurung people. The village trails are lined by cobblestone we grab lunch at Ghandruk amid excellent views of Fishtail, Gangapurna, Himchuli, and Annapurna South.  There is a Gurung Cultural museum open to exploring to understand the Gurung way of life. 

As we descend we see numerous villages and valleys around us. We reach Kimche where we take a drive through an offroad track till Nayapul from where we take a smooth drive to Pokhara. 

Accommodation
Mount view hotel
Distance
6km
Meals
B.L
Time
5-6hr
Descent
4km
Ascent
1km

We begin our journey back to Kathmandu today after grabbing breakfast. We take the Prithvi highway which snakes the Trishuli river all the way to Kathmandu. We grab lunch again along the way at either Muglin or Malekhu. We will get to Kathmandu in the evening and you will be dropped off at your hotel where you may rest from the tiring journey.

Accommodation
Kathmandu suite home
Distance
200m
Meals
B
Time
6-7hr

Three hours prior to your flight's departure, our driver will drop you off at the international airport in Kathmandu for your journey out of Nepal. We wish you a lifetime of memories of stunning Nepal, the breathtaking Himalayan scenery, and the cultural experience you had while hiking Poon Hill. We also wish for you to return home feeling victorious.

Meals
B
Time
30min

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Cost Includes

  • All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Two nights' accommodation in deluxe Kathmandu Suite Home or similar hotel in Kathmandu
  • Tow night twin sharing accommodation in mount view or a similar hotel in Kathmandu
  • Full board meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
  • One highly experienced, helpful & friendly guide, porter (a porter between 2 clients) and their food,  Duffle bag, down jacket, and sleeping bag during the trek
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu transfers in a deluxe tourist coach
  • T-Shirt, trekking map, and trip achievement certificate
  • A comprehensive first aid medical kit
  • Annapurna conservation and TIMS Fees- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 3 passport photographs)
  • Government taxes & office service charges.

Cost Excludes

 

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation (See the travel insurance page.)
  • International airfare and airport departure tax (See the international flights page.)
  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $ 30 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying the USD $50 and $ 125 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos).
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks
  • Personal trekking equipment (Click on the Equipment tab.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected.)
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the Price Includes section

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John
John, Friends
August 13, 2022

We booked a Poonhill trekking trip for four of us in the latter week of November, and we had a fantastic time. From the boss, Himal, to the guide and porters, everyone was very helpful, considerate, and supportive from the beginning of the trip, including route planning, aircraft connections, and even trekking sticks, until the completion of the trip to Nepal. Shiva, Ramkrishna, and Shyam were the team members that joined us for 8 days. They looked after us from breakfast to dinner, from early morning to late at night. They made sure we got meals first, and they ate when we were through. During the trip, we stayed in the middle of the group to protect our safety. We miss spending time with these lovely guys, and we know we'll be back on the trail with them soon. Namaste!

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