Trip Duration:

7 Days

Country:

Nepal

Group Size:

2 to 15 person.

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Nepal Trekking
Nepal Trekking

Arrival On

Kathmandu

Departure From:

Kathmandu

Best Season

March-may and Sept-Nov

Max Altitude

3210m

Trip Overview

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek has no paucity of attractions to stagger visitors all over the world. Due to the presence of a short and well-maintained trail, it receives bountiful trekkers every year. Giving access to the best sunrise and sunset views over the magnificent mountains, this trek lets you revel at the maximum elevation of 3120m.

The endpoint of this trek is not a base camp of any lofty mountains. But within this short jaunt, you will experience the most of the Annapurna region. Not the top but this 10 Days Ghorepani Poon Hill trek astonish you by taking you to its heart.

From mountain views and wildlife encounters to the trudge along the steep staircases and the lush forest of Annapurna Conservation Area, you will fall for every single aspect. To enrich your astonishment level, the insight into the lifestyle and culture of local communities of Ulleri, Ghorepani, Ghandruk and many other traditional villages aids the most.

Feeling exhausted with the monotonous daily life? If yes, then prepare yourself for this short trek to the Annapurna region and get bewildered with the astounding Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhre and many other mountain ranges. This venture pledges you in every moment. Furthermore, for the rejuvenation of your mind and soul, don't miss a hot spring bath at the Jhinu.

With the vision to let you know more about this short and easy Ghorepani Trek, here we have mentioned all possible details which also includes the Poon Hill Trek difficulty and weather.  

If you find yourself fit for the mentioned itinerary plan, click the book option and venture into this Poon Hill trekking with us. Otherwise, you have the option to customize the itinerary plan according to your desire and vacation. If you have further queries do contact us without any hesitation. We, the team of Mission Himalaya Treks and Expedition are deliberately waiting to give you the best response.  

Soothing hospitality of cultural and magnanimous locals

The ethereal mountain and sunrise views within a short duration is a prime cause for the trek of the plethora of tourists to this Himalayan region. However, to enrich the trekking experience of these trekkers, the ethnic settlements of Magar, Gurung and Tamang people avail a lot. Starting from the lower regions, you are likely to encounter Brahmin or Chhetri settlements on the way. But while traversing towards Ghorepani and Ghandruk, the culture and lifestyle of Gurungs and Magars mesmerise you a lot.

The trek not only lets you observe their lifestyle from distance. But it is also a great opportunity to interact with the locals.

The trail which keeps you connected with your loved ones

The trail of Poonhill promises you to keep in touch with your loved ones through the internet connection. As the region is quite facilitated with internet connectivity you can ever share your new snaps in no time. In most of the hotels and lodges, there is free wifi service. But there are some who asks for a little extra free.

Besides, you can also go for mobile data use. Rather than the NTC data package, you better select the Ncell sim for the data purchase.

Maximum elevation where you stop your steps

At a maximum elevation of around 2864m, you will be spending your night at Ghorepani. But, the highest point where you jaunt is the Poonhill View Point at an altitude of 3210m. You will be spending merely a few hours here. The delirious journey to this views point is awaiting you with a bountiful picturesque view.

What about the electricity facility in the Ghorepani hiking trail?

The trails of Ghorepani Poon hill no longer restrict you from using the electricity facility. Almost every teahouse and lodge here lets you use the electricity for charging purposes. But, no matter what, while heading to the mountainous region do make sure to carry the spare batteries for your convenience.

In which season will you find the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek enticing?

There is no denying that both the winter and summer season has their own ethereal beauty to be admired by travel enthusiasts. However to enjoy the most from this journey, what can be the best time other than spring and autumn.

In the spring season, the trekking routes open up to their best with the blossoms of rhododendrons and other trees sprouts all around. Though the nights are still chilly cold, the day no more demands heavy clothing. Offering you the unobscured views of mountains and sceneries, the months of March, April and May fall under the spring season.

Eminent as the festive season, a trek to the Ghorepani Poonhill during Autumn approaches you with the vibrant dry leaves all over the trails. On top of that, the crystal clear skies with spectacular mountain views are way beyond astonishing.

Deemed as the peak tourists season, both spring and autumn season sees a huge crowd on this trekking trail. Thus if you are a solitude lover, you can even opt for the winter and summer trek. Join the winter Ghorepani Poon Hill trek and examine how immune you are to the cold temperature.

Nonetheless, the trek route of Ghorepani Poon hill is accessible all year round.

Transportation Facility during the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Like most of the treks to the Annapurna region, the trek to Ghorepani Poon hill also commences from the lake city Pokhara. To reach Pokhara from Kathmandu, you have a range of transportation options. Relying on your own preference, you can choose the local or private roadway ride to Pokhara from Kathmandu. Despite the road between is not easy always and the ride can be bumpy sometimes, the scenic views during the drive replenish all such drawbacks.

However, if you love airway transport, then you can join a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Though the cost of the flight is high than the roadway drive, the flight give you plenty of spare time to ramble around the mesmerising streets of Pokhara.

After landing at the Pokhara, take a private drive to Nayapul. From Nayapul start your trek journey to Ghorepani and Poonhill via Tikhedhunga, Ulleri and many ethnic settlements in between.

To get out of this trekking trail, continue the trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani and then eventually at Ghandruk. From there you can directly take a drive back to Pokhara. However, to enjoy the hot spring bath continue the trek up to Jhinu. Thereafter take a drive directly back to Pokhara.

What type of meals and accommodation can you expect on this 10 Days Ghorepani Poonhill trek?

Never doubt the service of the teahouse and restaurants while venturing on Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking trails. Meals and accommodation is not a matter of concern during this short and easy Poonhill trek. All the teahouses and lodges on the trails are well facilitated with essential gadgets and equipment. Almost every teahouse let you enjoy the wifi and hot water facility for free. But that can be an exception in some places.

Twin sharing bedrooms are common in most lodging centres. The rooms normally do not have attached bathroom facilities. However, there are some with attached facilities. So, if you are lucky enough, you can get one.

Generally, you have to use the common bathroom which is used by your fellow trekkers. Also, don't do the mistake of expecting western-style toilets at every resting stop. Yes, they are available at many places, but you never know when you have to end up using the squat one.

When you weigh up the facilities available on this easy trail, you will notice that the Poon hill trekking trails serving with more facilities than other trekking trails in Nepal.

With the essential amenities and impeccable hospitality, the teahouse and restaurants on the Ghorepani trekking trails offer enchanting views of the majestic Himalayas.

Well, this is all about the lodging facility in the trekking trail we are heading for. Now moving towards food availability, the region doesn't lag to provide both the traditional and western cuisines. Normally not many varieties are available in the mountain regions. But in the case of this Poon hill trek, apart from the Nepalese traditional cuisines, you can go for some western dishes like American, Mexican and so on.

To energize your body for the next day's trek, you should better try Nepali Traditional Dal and Bhat. Even the locals here eat Dhal Bhat two times a day. It is widely available in all trekking routes of Nepal and is affordable too. With no additional cost, you can add this cuisine until you lose your appetite.

As most of the land on this trekking trail is fecund so farmers here grow the organic food that is deliberately served on your tables.

During the peak tourists season of Autumn and Spring, many tourists flock to this region. So, it's better to do the prior booking of the accommodation. Since it's peak season, be ready to cope with the soaring price of both food and accommodation.

Wondering about the Drinking water availability in the Poonhill trek region?

Packed mineral water plastic bottles are banned on most of the stops of this route. By carrying your own water bottle, you can refill the bottle at various hotels and lodges. You can ask for hot water too. Moreover, by adding the water purifying pills you can refill your bottle directly from the natural water resource which is widely available on the trekking trails.

It is crucial to keep your body hydrated while doing the higher altitude treks in Nepal. Though Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking does not fall under the higher altitude treks, you must keep your body hydrated during the trek. Further, while trudging the stairs you might need more of it. So drink plenty of water during the trekking journey.

Are you pondering about the Fitness requirement for an easy and short Poon Hill Trek?

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is designed catering the trekking needs of every single trekking enthusiast in the world. Away from the clamouring city life, the trails of this exemplary trek demand just a normal fitness level. Further, the tag of the easy and short trek makes it popular among the novice and family groups.

What type of mindset should we have to make, regarding acute mountain sickness?

For your information, spending days above the altitude of 2500m increases the risk of altitude sickness. The jaunt to the Ghorepani Poon Hill is on the well-established path and also does not take you to a much higher altitude. During the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek apart from a few hours of Poonhill hike, you will not spend more time at an altitude over 2500m.

So, you don't have to take the stress of altitude sickness on this trip. But, it doesn't mean there is no possibility of getting this sickness. Thus, during the trek take plenty of fluid eateries and maintain the walking speed.

Itinerary

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Day 01:

Kathmandu Arrival Day and Check-in to the hotel

30 Minutes Driving.

Welcome Dinner.

3 Star Standard Hotel.

1345M

Day 02:

Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek preparation.

6 Hours Day Tour.

Breakfast.

3 Star Standard Hotel.

1345M

Day 03:

Kathmandu to Pokhara

6 To 7 Hours Driving.

Breakfast.

3 Star Standard Hotel.

830M

200KM Drive.

Your Ghorepani Poon Hill trek begins from Kathmandu. This 6-7-hour scenic drive offers you a sneak peek of natural diversity in Nepal. You would be impressed as you realize how a diversified resource here is. This drive will give you a slight hint of what is waiting for you in when you reach Poon Hill. You can also opt for the flight to Pokhara where you can have an aerial view of the beauty that Nepal is.

Day 04:

Pokhara to Nayapul to Ulleri

2 Hours Driving And 3 To 4 Hours Trekking.

Breakfast, Lunch, And Dinner.

Tea Houses Or Lodges.

After a 1-hour drive from Pokhara to Nayapul, the Ghorepani trek officially begins. Throughout the hike you will pass through verdant hills, flowing rivers as well as local villages. You would walk through the suspension bridge over Tikhedhunga Khola which is beautiful. Trekkers can perceive various mountain peaks like Annapurna south (7219 meters), Hiuchuli (6441 meters ), and many more. The hospitality of the local villages will leave you wanting for more. After this long and hectic day, you would stay overnight at a lodge. Enjoy the local or any other cuisine as per your choice.

Day 05:

Ulleri to Ghorepani

5 To 6 Hours Trekking.

Breakfast, Lunch, And Dinner.

Tea Houses Or Lodges.

2850M/9350FT

This part of the trek involves the trekkers walking in the woods for most of the day. Depending upon your season of arrival, you are likely to witness a variety of diversity. Blooming Rhododendron flower will bless your trek if you are trekking in Spring. You will see many flora and fauna making your trek livelier. From Ulleri, it will take you about 5 hours to arrive Ghorepani covering a distance of 2874 meters. Amazing views of snow overlaid mountain is waiting for you here.

Day 06:

Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani

6 To 7 Hours Trekking.

Breakfast, Lunch, And Dinner.

Tea Houses Or Lodges.

2680M

Start very early in the morning to view Poon Hill with sunrise. This is one of the most exquisite things you will ever see. The hike to Poon Hill takes around 1.5 hours. The Poon Hill offers one with magnificent landscapes of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri range, Fishtail. After returning back to the hotel for a meal, the trek extends to Gurung Hill and drives down through forests, following the trail you arrive at Tadapani. This might take as much as 6 hours of walking.

Day 07:

Tadapani to Ghandruk village

3 Hours Trekking.

Breakfast, Lunch, And Dinner.

Tea Houses Or Lodges.

The trek goes forth through the forest and you are likely to come across monkeys there. You will be starting this day with breakfast in the hotel and continuing the trek to sightsee the beauty of Ghandruk. there are certain additional things to explore here like the Gurung museum.

Day 08:

Ghandruk to Nayapul to Pokhara

5 Hours Trekking And 1 Hour Driving.

Breakfast And Lunch.

3 Star Standard Hotel.

830M

Following the easy trail via farmlands, you will tag along the Modi river to arrive at Nayapul and then drive to Pokhara. You will have breakfast in the hotel and start the trail. You can take a walk around the city and Phewa lake after arriving in Pokhara.

Day 09:

Drive to Kathmandu Via tourist bus.

6 To 7 Hours Driving.

Breakfast.

3 Star Standard Hotel.

1345M

200KM Driving

you would be arriving Kathmandu after having breakfast in Pokhara. You will enjoy the final day as you peek the beautiful villages, rivers etcetera. You can visit the temples and Durbar Square in Kathmandu if you have a couple of hours.

Day 10:

Departure Your Trip.

30 Minutes Driving.

Breakfast.

None.

1345M

  • Meals: Breakfast Lunch and dinner during the trekking provided from the tea house menu according to your choice of food.
  • Breakfast in city Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges or Guesthouse in twin sharing room in trekking
  • 3 star standard Private single or twin rooms in the city like Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Trekking Equipment: Sleeping bag and down jacket(Have to be returned after trek completion).
  • Permits: ACAP Permits for Annapurna conservation area project entry.
  • TIMS permits for Trekkers information Management systems information of Tourist.
  • Local permit for Poonhill sunrise entry.
  • Medicine: First Aid Medicine with chlorine drops for water cleaning.
  • An oximeter for your pulse and oxygen level checking carried by your trek leader.
  • Trekking crews: A highly experienced trekking leader who guides you during the trekking.
  • Twin sharing porter for carrying your luggage.
  • An assistant guide (only if your group size more than 6 people)
  • Transportation: Airport to Kathmandu hotel and hotel to Kathmandu airport during arrival and departure of international flight time.
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu transportation with tourist Bus
  • Pokhara to trekking starting point Nayapul and Nayapul to Pokhara by private vehicle (before and after the trek)
  • Insurance: Insurance of Trekking guide porter and assistant guides(your insurance not include)
  • Extras: Welcome or farewell dinner
  • Trekking completion certificate signed by a guide and company manager
  • Trekking Maps

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Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

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Gear List

1. Passport.

Ensure your passport has at least 6 months valid period from the entry date.

2. Tourist Visa document

Apply on arrival Visa or ensure that you have applied for a Nepal visa before departure, print out, and bring along with the visa grant notice.

3. Luggage.

You may bring either backpack or trolley suitcase as luggage, but please avoid overloading. (flight check-in luggage weight according to your own limit per traveler).

4. Accommodation

Cities stay at the hotel, countryside stays at the guesthouse, during trekking stay at the wooden cabin (with attached bath and toilet).

5. Weather

During spring in Poon Hill, the temperature gap is huge between day and night. The estimated temperature is between 15°C – -4°C. at night drops drastically to minus4°C.

Capital city Kathmandu and Pokhara is slightly warmer, day time could reach over 24°C to 7°C.

6. Food

Nepal food is similar to Indian food, Naan and rice are staple diets, dishes are mainly curried base.

7. Road Condition

The mountainous winding roads, at times, bumpy drive and sometimes may encounter mudslides which cause

a roadblock. Beware of motion sickness.

8. Money

Nepal currency is called Rupee (NPR), the exchange rate is about 1USD = 114 NPR. You may buy NPR at your residence country (but poor exchange rate); It’s advisable to bring USD or Euro to NPR and exchange foreign notes into local currency upon arrival.

9. Estimated Personal Expenses

Meals: Breakfast from NPR 200-300 (USD 2-3), lunch and dinner from NPR 300-700 (USD 3-7), Set aside

Roughly USD 50 for all meals throughout the tour.

Tips? Local drivers and guides expect tips from their guests, each tour member chips in roughly 20 USD, pool fund to tip driver and guide.

Extra Tips: Advice individual extra tips for those attentive guides, porter, and driver. *Overall, USD 200 should be enough to cover basic spending for the entire trip (exclude shopping).

10.Electronic items & Internet Connection

Bring a charger, power bank, spare batteries for your electronic devices. Also, bring a universal multi-plug adapter. Not every hotel provides WIFI.

Note: do not bring too many things because porter can carry a maximum of 25 kilos and airlines not allow to bring more than 20 kilos or 15 kilos only for Lukla flights.

Reviews
Ying ping Nora Lee
Ying ping Nora Lee
HK,China.

We are very glad to join Mission Himalaya Treks in Oct 2018 and have Birendra as our city guide in Kathmandu and trekking guide in 4 days of Poonhill trek. He is well experienced, caring, reliable and helpful that he provides the service and arrangement of transport and accommodation to be excellent really amazing. Besides he is full of humor and funny which makes our trip be enjoyable to ask us lots of jokes. I highly recommend him and the company to everyone and look forward to trekking with him again.

Clara
Clara
China.

my, deeply thanks your care kindest to me during these past 10 days. Thank you! I have the super greatest holiday in Nepal with you (of coz with HL too) I am lucky and happy to have such a great Trekker. U helping me finished my 5 days 4-night Poonhill trek. what an unforgettable but super Amazing moment with you.. a good memory in my lifetime During these days if I did something inappropriate kindly forgive me la!! a big hug and many wishes to you::

Let's keep in touch smile!!

Hillary Wong
Hillary Wong
Hong kong China.

My 1st time to trek in Nepal and I'm glad that we were going with Birendra and Sam. We planned to do ABC but not until we arrived in Pohkara did we learned that ABC was closed because of heavy snow. After discussing with Birendra we decided to go for Poonhill, which turned out to be a great Experience.

We are two ladies, my friend is a full-marathon runner, and I didn't work out much for 4 months before setting off for trekking. But I'm glad that Birendra (our guide) and Sam (we call him Sam Sam, he's our porter who's also very experienced and kind) took care of both of us quite well. I highly recommended this company  because:

1, well prepared and well-experienced. We walked through a very snowy trail on the 2nd/ 3rd day to Poonhill, and he prepared crampons so we could walk on very slippery snow and ice.

2, flexible. We changed the route at the last minute he still managed very well.

3/, well organized. Every day he would brief us on what we were doing, how long we would walk so that we had an idea.

4, Both of them took care of us quite well. Birendra tried to arrange rooms that fitted our needs, all the food and accommodation, WiFi, and he's a good photographer too. Sam is very kind and he would always wait for me and let me walk before him, so he could have an eye on me.

It's enjoyable to trek with them and we had a great time. Thank you both of them.

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