Detailed Guide For Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Mission Himalaya gives a detailed guide for the Ghorepani Poon hill trek for those travelers who have a limited time frame like trekking in the Himalayas. Are you keen to trek in front of the Himalayas within just 3 to 5 days? then please view this article for full information on the detailed Poon Hill Guide.

Are you planning to hike the Nepal Himalayas? Ghorepani Poon hill trek lies near Pokhara the second most famous lake city of Nepal. The Ghorepani trek starts and ends in Pokhara. Poonhill Trek is fit for all kinds of trekkers from children to old age and from beginners to expert hikers.

That means beginners to expert trekkers can do this trek. Normal trekkers can finish this trek in 5 days starting from Nayapul and ending in Nayapul. Whereas expert trekkers can start in Nayapul and finish in Phedi in 5 days. Poonhill trek is a well-organized trekking destination in Nepal so you can find numerous lodges and restaurants during the trails.

Before challenging the adventure trekking routes like Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna circuit, and Manaslu Trekking Poonhill trek is a great acclimatization trek or pre-training trek of the Nepal Himalayas Regions.

Poonhill Trek Overview:

Trek start Point: Nayapul (driving 1 and half hours from Pokhara lakeside)(starting point can be different like Hile or Ulleri depending on your trekking duration and Physical fitness)

Trek ending point: Nayapul (trek ending point can be different according to trekking duration and physical fitness like Kimche, Nayapul, or Phedi)

Distance: 40 kilometers or 25 miles.

Required permits: TIMS(trekkers information management system issue by Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal)

ACAP Permits(Annapurna Conservation Area Project issue by Nepal Tourism Board)

Highest elevation: Poonhill 3210m

Accommodation: Guesthouse in Trekking and Luxury hotel in the city.

Food: Nepali cuisine and some Western food cooked in Nepali Local style, the Luxury restaurant in the city stay.

Where to start and finish the Poonhill Trek:

Normally Poonhill trek starts from Nayapul(1070m) after driving from Pokhara for 1 and a half hours. Some person who has a limited time frame can drive to Banthanti hile or Ulleri and start the trek.

And they can finish the trek either from Ghandruk Kimche or Phedi depending on their time duration of the holiday or their trekking experience. Normally this trek starts from Nayapul and ends in Nayapul.

Best time for Ghorepani Poonhill Trek:

There are 4 seasons in Nepal. Normally Spring (March to May) and Autumn(September to November) are the best seasons for trekking to Poonhill. At that time temperature was not much cold not too hot and no rain and not much snow. Poonhill in winter.

Detailed itinerary for Ghorepani Poonhill trek:

Day 01: Arrival Day In Kathmandu transfer to Hotel. (1350m4429ft){15 to 25 minutes driving}

You are welcome in Kathmandu-the the capital city of Himalayan country Nepal on the first day of the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek organized by Mission Himalaya Trek company. One of Mission Himalaya Treks and Expeditions Representatives welcomes you at the arrival gate of Tribhuvan International Airport gate with your name card.

After meeting at the airport you will be transferred to your respective Hotel. Afternoon you can walk around the street of Kathmandu Thamel. Kathmandu is the cultural diversity, tradition, monuments, and historic city of Nepal.

In the evening at first, we will brief you about your tour package then we will introduce you to your guide who will go with you for the whole trek. Later on, We will welcome you to the welcome dinner in a typical local restaurant with local food and the Cultural Dance show program. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Accommodation: 3-star Category Hotel/Meals: Welcome Dinner/ Transportation: private vehicle: Activities; None.

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara(823m/2700ft) and transfer to the Hotel. {7 hours driving}

After one night of sleep in Kathmandu today morning, we will enjoy breakfast and will go to another beautiful Lake city of Nepal Pokhara. We will take the tourist bus and drive normally 7 hours until Pokhara. This road has 3 stops for a Toilet break, Breakfast, and Lunch on the way and passes through a Beautiful hillside and bank of river trails.

On this journey, you can explore the typical Nepali villages with the Natural beauty of river Trisuli with lots of Rafting activities during travel time. Pokhara is the cleanest city in Nepal. In the evening if you are interested we can go to Phewa Lake boating for a sunset view and can see the shadow of Himalayan peaks in the clean water of Fewa. Which makes you super happy and a new journey of a lifetime.

Accommodation: 3-star category Hotel, meals Included: Breakfast/ Transportation: Tourist Bus/ Activities: None.

Day 03: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul(1070m/3510ft) and trek from Nayapul to Tikhedhunga(1570m/5151ft){1 hour 30 minutes drive and 3 to 4 hours trekking}.

Trek overview from Nayapul to Ulleri:

The starting point of the trek: Nayapul

The ending point of the trek: Tikhedhunga

Distance in Kilometers: 9.5m

The total time duration for trekking: 3hours

Total elevation gained: 500m

We will move toward Ghorepani today as it is our first day of trekking. We will first have breakfast in Pokhara before continuing the trip to Nayapul to begin the trek. It is 45 kilometers long and takes around one and a half hours to go by private vehicle.

Beautiful hillsides and the Annapurna Himalayan range including the Giant Fishtail Peak may be seen along the route. After Nayapul, we will split up your luggage among the porters before beginning the trek. Several of the routes are gently steep and flat. We will first arrive at Birethanti (1050 meters), which serves as the admission checking point.

The first is the Trekkers Information Management System permit, and the second is the Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit (ACAP). Thereafter the trek passes through rustic settlements including Matathanti, Sudan, Hile, and Ramghai.

We will then follow the stunning Bhurungdi Riverbank. Today’s hike is easy compared to previous days’. The guide gives you a useful informational briefing on trekking and other future paths at night. Spend the night in Tikhedhunga.

Accommodation: Lodge or teahouses  / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and  Dinner/Transportation: Private vehicle/ Activities: Trekking.

Day 4: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani(2850m/9350ft){6 to 7 hours trekking}

Trek overview from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani

The starting point of the trek: Tikhedhunga

The ending point of the trek: Upper Ghorepani

Distance in Kilometers: 10.5km

The total time duration for trekking: 6hours

Total elevation gained: 1300m

Before the trek, we will eat breakfast in Tikhedhunga. After passing over the Bhrungdi Khola Suspension Bridge, the trip officially begins. The journey continues uphill on 3500 stone steps to Ulleri Village.

Ulleri (2080m/6824ft) is reached in one and a half hours. Trekkers may enjoy a stunning Majestic Himalayan View of Annapurna South (7219m) and Himchuli from the challenging path that leads to Ulleri (6441m).  There are many Poon Cast people living in this area.

We will then ascend a hill to Banthanti. This settlement is smaller than Ulleri, which provides views of Mount Fishtail(6993m). Afterward, until Nangethanti (2450m/8038ft), we will begin to trek into the forest, passing various waterfalls along the route.

There is a 3-hour travel time. We will proceed along the woodland path to Ghorepani, which provides a lot of rhododendron blooms, after lunch at Nangethanti (National Flower Of Nepal). The bloom makes this trek the greatest in Nepal from mid-March to late April. You can then enjoy the breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains from Ghorepani.

Ulleri to Ghorepani

Accommodation: Lodge or teahouses / Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and  Dinner/Activities: Trekking

Day 05: Morning sunrise hike to Poonhill(3210m/10532ft) and trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani(2640m/8332ft){7-8 hours trekking Including Poonhill}

Trek overview from Ghorepani to Tadapani:

The starting point of the trek: Ghorepani

The ending point of the trek: Tadapani

Distance in Kilometer: 13km {including  3 km of Poonhill hike}

The total time duration for trekking: 7hours including Poonhill

Total elevation loss: 230m

We set off on our trek this morning before breakfast to reach Poonhill for sunrise. Poonhill is the ideal vantage point for watching the dawn since it provides both internal and exterior tourists with breathtaking views of the many Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains.

We can view snow-capped mountains after morning, providing you with a spectacular experience of your life’s journey. From the Poonhill tower, we can see Dhaulagiri (1 to 5) in a 180-degree perspective, as well as Tukuche Peak, Dhampus Peak, Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Annapurna 1, Himchuli, and the sacred peak Fishtail.

Ghorepani to Tadapani

We will return to our hotel to have breakfast after taking in the dawn and stunning Himalayan views. We will journey to our next location after breakfast. Known as Tadpani, the route passes through a Rhododendron forest, waterfalls, the Murlung stream, and a small hydroelectric facility. Spend the night at Tadapani.

Accommodation: Lodge or teahouse / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and  Dinner/Activities: Trekking.

Day 06: Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk(1940m/6365ft){3 hours trekking}

Trek overview from Tadapani to Ghandruk

The starting point of the trek: Tadapani

The ending point of the trek: Ghandruk

Distance in Kilometers: 6.5m

The total time duration for trekking: is 2.5 hours

Total elevation loss: 1100m

We will eat breakfast each morning in front of the closest views of Fishtail Peak, Himchuli, Annapurna 3, and Annapurna South. After that, we’ll go explore Ghandruk, the nearest settlement. The routes initially travel through a lovely, verdant forest until they reach Bhaisikharka.

If we’re lucky, we might encounter some wild creatures while strolling this road. Then from Bhaisikharka, the rough path leads to Stikhu, but the breathtaking Himalayan vista makes the walk today easier. You then arrive at the rather sophisticated Gurung settlement (Ghandruk). Sitku on the way to Ghandruk. We will visit the Gurung Museum in the afternoon to learn more about the local heritage and culture of the Gurung people. The people of this town are extremely courageous in battle and do not fear death. Thus, they are chosen from the British Gurkha Army or Pokhara soldiers. Overnight at Ghandruk.

Accommodation: Lodge or teahouse Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and  Dinner/Activities: Trekking

Day 07: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul(1070m/3510ft) and Drive to Pokhara(823m/2700ft){ 5 hours trekking and one and half hour driving}

Trekking overview from Ghandruk to Nayapul:

The starting point of the trek: Ghandruk

The ending point of the trek: Nayapul

Distance in Kilometers: 8.6km.

The total time duration for trekking: 5hours.

Total elevation loss: 500m.

Today is our final day of trekking in the mountains. After completing breakfast, we will trek toward Nayapul. Again in trekking, With Annapurna 3, we can overlook Fishtail Peak and the enormous Annapurna South Himchuli. as opposed to previous days.

Today’s trekking is flat and downward. Several waterfall-filled settlements, like Kimche, Syaulibazaar, and Birethanti, may be seen along the route. There is a lot of farmland along the route, allowing you to explore the cultivation of rice, millet, and wheat as well as the surrounding greenery and rivers and streams.

The rest of the trek to Nayapul is the same as our first day of trekking after checking in with Birethanti concerning our permit. We will travel to Pokhara after we get to Nayapul. Then spend the night in Pokhara.

Accommodation: 3-star Category Hotel/ Meals: Breakfast and  Lunch/Activities: Trekking/ Transportation: Private vehicle

Day 08: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu(1300m/4264ft){7 to 8 hours drive}

After making the beautiful Poonhill trekking experience and leaving the beautiful snow-capped Himalayas behind we will back to Kathmandu today after breakfast. First, we will drive to the Tourist Bus stop by car and then we will drive to Kathmandu by Tourist bus.

On a long day of driving, you can sit like before on the left and can see the hillside view of Nepal and the rivers. Ended our guided trekking. In the evening you can share your trekking experience with our company Representative and he will provide you with the certificate from Mission Himalaya Treks and Expeditions on the occasion of completing the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek with us. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Accommodation: 3-star category Hotel/ Meals: Breakfast/Transportation: Private Vehicle and Tourist Bus/ Activities: None.

Day 09: Shopping Departure or Extend your Holiday.

Today is the final day in Nepal. In the morning you can enjoy your breakfast in the hotel. After the best peaceful trip to Nepal by collecting your amazing experience and memories of trekking you can shop around some souvenirs for your sweet home.

Then we will transfer you to the airport 3 hours before your flight according to your check-in time and the airport rules of Nepal. Have a nice flight see you again with your friends and relatives for the next time activities. Overnight at your sweet home.

Accommodation: None/  Meals Included: Breakfast/Transportation: Private Vehicle for departure.

Ghorepani Poonhill trek cost

The total cost per person for the organized trek private trip is USD 440 per person (minimum 2 pax)

Trip cost includes

  1. Luxury 3-star category accommodation in Kathmandu included breakfast for 2 nights in Thamel with wifi free.
  2. Luxury 3-star category accommodation in Pokhara with complimentary breakfast for two nights in Phewa lakeside.
  3. Pickup from International Airport to Kathmandu Hotel and drop from Kathmandu Hotel to International Airport at the time of arrival and departure respectively.
  4. Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu transportation by luxury tourist bus.
  5. Pokhara to the trekking starting point (Nayapool) and trekking completed point (Nayapool) to Pokhara by private transportation.
  6. Annapurna Conversation Area Project (ACAP) permits and Trekker Information Management System (TIMS) permits for trekking.
  7. Four nights five days meal during the trekking period.
  8. An experienced trekking leader with his salary, food, accommodation, transportation, and insurance.
  9. Strong trekking sherpa porter with his salary, food, accommodation, transportation, and insurance.
  10. Four nights lodge or tea house accommodation.
  11. Sleeping bag, down jacket, duffle bag, trekking bag, as per renting basis for the trekking (sleeping bag, down jacket, duffle bag, the trekking bag must be returned after trekking).
  12. An exclusive complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in a typical restaurant in Thamel with a free cultural dance show and live music.
  13. First aid medication with the guide.
  14. All the government tax and company service charges.
  15. Certificate after trek complete signed by your guide and company director.

Cost not included in Poonhill trek

  1. Nepal visa charges.
  2. International and domestic flight fares.
  3. Travel and emergency rescue insurance.
  4. Day tour costs in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  5. Lunch and dinner in the city for four days.
  6. Food rather than the over-mentioned columns. (food not included in case of the early return from the trek)
  7. Cost increased by flight delay or early arrival from the trekking.
  8. Tips or gratitude for guide and porter.
  9. Cost except that the above cost includes sections.

How to go from Pokhara to Poonhill:

Nepal now has only one airport in Kathmandu called Tribhuvan International Airport. After arriving in Kathmandu you can stay in a Kathmandu hotel. The next day you can take a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara or drive by tourist bus or local bus or you can hire a private car to go there depending upon your budget and requirements.

Local and tourist buses are too stressful because of bumping roads and long driving for about 7 to 8 hours whereas the flight takes only 25 minutes and a private car takes around 5 hours. If you take the tourist bus you must reach to tourist bus park at 6: 45 am in the morning but the local bus can go until 3 pm also.

For the flight, you need to go to the same airport you arrived at before but the domestic terminal. A private car will pick you up from your same hotel in Pokhara your hotel. After Pokhara, you can take a private car to go to Nayapul or take the bus to go there to start your trek.

But the local bus only can go from the Bus station you need to go there by taxi. from there, you can start your trek. and after finishing your trek also you can take a private car or local bus or jeep to Pokhara and vice versa for Kathmandu.

Where to stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara:

There are several options to stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Depending upon your budget and requirements you can stay in a budget hotel medium-category hotel luxury hotel or 5-star hotel. please consult with Mission Himalaya treks and expeditions we will arrange the best hotel according to your requirements.

Ghorepani Poon hill trek difficulty:

Ulleri 3400 steps

One of the Nepal easy trekking destinations is called the Ghorepani Poonhill trek. but it’s not that easy for some trekkers because of its uphill downhill, weather, and guide and porter arrangements. like if you trek solo on the way you can be tired by trek and cannot find a guide and porter easily.

So Mission Himalaya treks and expeditions suggest you travel an organized trek with a guide and porter. In a place like Tadapani on the third-day people cannot get a room easily because there are very few hotels with less capacity. so if you book a trek earlier you can get a room. your guide or travel agency can organize the trek accommodation.

Poonhill guide

The steps of Ulleri 3400 make the trekkers a little tired. other uphills are on the third day morning hike 1 hour to see the sunrise of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges make trekkers tired. after breakfast also need to hike until Deurali same as Poonhill a difficult part of this trek.

The last-day treks from Syalibazaar to Nayapul were also quite boring for some trekkers because of the trek on the newly constructed road. The possibility of high mountain sickness is less in Poonhill so altitude difficulty is very rare.