Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

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Duration

6 Days 5 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

12 people

Languages

English, Nepali

About this tour

The Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is a popular and relatively short trek located in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is renowned for its stunning mountain views, diverse landscapes, and cultural encounters. The trek typically begins from Nayapul, near the town of Pokhara.

As trekkers venture along the well-marked trail, they traverse through lush rhododendron and oak forests, which are especially vibrant during the spring season (March to May). The trail also takes them through charming traditional villages inhabited by the Gurung and Magar communities, providing an opportunity to experience the local culture and warm hospitality.

The highlight of the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is the sunrise view from Poonhill, a popular vantage point at an altitude of 3,210 meters (10,531 feet). Early in the morning, trekkers ascend to Poonhill to witness a breathtaking panorama of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, with the rising sun casting a golden glow on the snow-capped peaks.

Ghorepani Village itself is another attraction on the trek. Nestled amidst the hills, this picturesque village offers a glimpse of traditional mountain life and serves as a perfect stop for trekkers to rest and replenish their energy.

The trek is considered to be of easy to moderate difficulty, making it suitable for both novice and experienced trekkers. Along the route, there are plenty of tea houses and lodges that provide basic accommodation and delicious local meals, offering a comfortable and warm retreat at the end of each day’s trek.

With its natural beauty, diverse landscapes, and memorable mountain views, the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is a favorite choice for trekkers seeking a short and rewarding adventure in the Himalayas.

Essential Tips for a Successful Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

  • The best time to trek to Ghorepani Poonhill is during the Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and excellent mountain views.
  • Make sure to obtain the required permits, such as the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card, before starting the trek.
  • Although the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is considered easy to moderate, it’s essential to prepare physically by doing some cardio and endurance exercises before the trek to build your fitness.
  • Carry only the essential items, including warm clothing, a comfortable backpack, sturdy trekking boots, a water bottle, a hat, sunglasses, a first aid kit, and a camera to capture the stunning views.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the trek to stay hydrated, especially at higher altitudes.
  • Take your time and acclimatize at a gradual pace to prevent altitude sickness. Spend an extra day at Ghorepani or nearby villages if needed.
  • The sunrise view from Poonhill is the highlight of the trek. Start early in the morning to reach Poonhill before sunrise and witness the breathtaking panoramic view of the mountains.
  • Take the time to interact with the locals and learn about their culture and way of life. Nepalese people are warm and hospitable, making your experience more enriching.
  • Respect the natural environment and local culture. Dispose of waste properly, avoid using single-use plastic, and adhere to the principles of “Leave No Trace” trekking.
  • The sun’s rays can be strong at higher altitudes. Wear sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to protect yourself from sunburn and glare.
  • Be prepared for changes in the trekking schedule due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. Flexibility is crucial in the mountains.
  • Hiring a local guide and/or a porter can enhance your trekking experience. A guide will provide valuable insights into the region, and a porter can help ease the burden of carrying a heavy backpack.

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek Safety Considerations

  • Ensure that you are in good physical condition before attempting the trek. Regular exercise and training will help prepare your body for the demands of trekking at higher altitudes.
  • Be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, and shortness of breath. Acclimatize properly, ascend gradually, and drink plenty of water to minimize the risk of altitude-related illnesses.
  • The weather in the mountains can be unpredictable. Be prepared for sudden changes in weather and pack appropriate clothing for both warm and cold conditions.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the trek to stay hydrated, as dehydration can worsen the effects of altitude sickness.
  • Pack light but include essential items like a first aid kit, medications, trekking poles, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a flashlight. Ensure your backpack is comfortable and well-fitted.
  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking activities and emergency evacuations in case of any unforeseen situations.
  • Listen to your guide’s advice and abide by the rules and regulations set by local authorities. They have valuable experience and knowledge of the area.
  • It is safer to trek with a group or at least one other person. Solo trekking increases the risk of getting lost or encountering difficulties without immediate assistance.
  • The trail may be uneven and challenging at times. Pay attention to where you’re stepping to avoid slips, trips, and falls.
  • Respect the local customs, traditions, and beliefs of the communities you encounter. Ask for permission before taking photographs of people or religious sites.
  • Stick to established tea houses and lodges for overnight stays. Avoid camping in non-designated areas to protect the environment and ensure your safety.
  • Keep important emergency contact information with you, including local contacts, embassy details, and your travel agency’s contact.
  • Inform someone back home or at your hotel about your trekking itinerary and expected return date. This way, they can raise an alarm if needed.
  • Check weather forecasts and trail conditions before starting the trek to be prepared for any changes.

Highlights

  • Witness breathtaking sunrise views over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges from the vantage point of Poonhill.
  • Trek through enchanting rhododendron forests, especially vibrant during the spring season.
  • Experience the rich culture and warm hospitality of local Gurung and Magar communities along the trekking route.
  • Enjoy stunning panoramic views of Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli, and other peaks.
  • Explore the picturesque village of Ghorepani and immerse yourself in the Himalayan lifestyle.
  • Relax in the natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda, a refreshing treat after days of trekking.
  • Trek through the beautiful Annapurna Conservation Area, rich in diverse flora and fauna.
  • Stay in cozy tea houses, enjoying warm meals and interacting with fellow trekkers.
  • Suitable for trekkers of various fitness levels, with manageable uphill and downhill sections.
  • Complete the trek in about 4-5 days, making it an ideal option for those with limited time.

Included/Excluded

  • International and Domestic Airport Pick Up and Drop.
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner from the Teahouses menu during the treks.
  • Overnight Sleep at Standard tea house with basic facility during the treks.
  • Government licensed holder trekking guide including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • One porter for two person who carry only two trekking member’s bags, including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • If single trekker booked then guide will help you to carry some of your stuffs.
  • Equipment like sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, trekking poles, and Crampons will be provided (Returned after the trip is complete).
  • First aid kid box included and carry by guide.
  • Emergency helicopter rescue services provided, Pay By your Insurance or By Your Self.
  • All needed Trekking Permit and National park Entry fees.
  • All needed ground transportation mention on the itinerary.
  • Government Tax and Company service charge.
  • Personal expenses as like the Phone Bill, Camera Charging, Hot Shower, Wifi.
  • All kind of drinks as like Mineral Water, Tea, Coffee, Juice, Coke, Fanta, Beer and Bar Bills.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during your stay in city like Pokhara, Kathmandu.
  • Extra Nights’ Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, in case if you return earlier from the Treks.
  • Tips to your Guide and Porter. (It is expected)
  • Travel insurance.

Itinerary

  • Embark on a scenic drive to Pokhara, the picturesque city nestled beside Fewa Lake.
  • Enjoy the beautiful landscapes along the Prithvi Highway.
  • Alternatively, take a short flight to Pokhara for stunning aerial views (flight option subject to availability).
  • Explore Pokhara's lakeside area and enjoy the serene ambiance.
  • Overnight stay in Pokhara.

  • Take a drive to Nayapul, the starting point of the trek.
  • Begin the trek through terraced fields and forests, gradually ascending to Ulleri.
  • Pass through picturesque villages and enjoy views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.
  • Overnight stay in Ulleri.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Ascend through lush rhododendron and oak forests.
  • Reach Ghorepani, a charming village surrounded by the awe-inspiring Himalayan landscape.
  • Rest and prepare for the next day's early morning hike.
  • Overnight stay in Ghorepani.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Early morning hike to Poon Hill for a mesmerizing sunrise view over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
  • Return to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue the trek to Tadapani.
  • Trek through beautiful rhododendron forests and enjoy panoramic mountain vistas.
  • Overnight stay in Tadapani.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk, a traditional Gurung village with rich cultural heritage.
  • Explore the village and enjoy the warm hospitality of the locals.
  • Descend to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara.
  • Overnight stay in Pokhara.
  • Breakfast and Lunch at the teahouse.
  • You can stay your own at Pokhara or return back to Kathmandu

  • Bid farewell to Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu.
  • Alternatively, take a scenic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu (flight option subject to availability).
  • Spend the rest of the day exploring Kathmandu or shopping for souvenirs.
  • Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Durations

6 Days

Languages

English
Nepali

Frequently asked questions

The trek is usually completed in about 5 to 7 days. The total trekking distance is approximately 30-35 kilometers (18-22 miles), depending on the specific route and side trips you may take.

The maximum altitude on this trek is Poonhill at 3,210 meters (10,531 feet), which is generally not high enough to cause severe altitude sickness. However, it's essential to stay hydrated, acclimatize properly, and be aware of any signs of altitude-related issues.

The best time to do this trek is during the Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather conditions, clear skies, and good visibility of the mountains.

The trekking route has numerous tea houses and lodges offering basic accommodation and meals. The tea houses are simple, but they provide a warm and comfortable place to rest.

Some essential items to pack include trekking boots, comfortable clothing (both warm and lightweight), a sleeping bag, a water bottle, first aid kit, flashlight, and personal toiletries. It's essential to pack light but adequately for your trek.

Yes, you will need two permits: Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card. These permits are obtainable in Kathmandu at our office or Pokhara and are necessary to enter the conservation area.

The Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is considered a moderate trek. It involves some uphill and downhill sections, but it is suitable for trekkers with a reasonable level of fitness and no prior trekking experience.

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is a popular short trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It takes you through beautiful rhododendron forests, traditional villages, and offers stunning panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. The highlight of the trek is the sunrise view from Poonhill, which is at an elevation of 3,210 meters (10,531 feet).

Hiring a guide and/or a porter is optional, but it is highly recommended, especially if you are new to trekking or not confident navigating unfamiliar terrains. A guide can enhance your experience with valuable insights, while a porter can carry your heavy backpack, allowing you to focus on the trek.

Yes, you can extend your trek by adding destinations like Ghandruk, Tadapani, or even the Annapurna Base Camp trek. These extensions will add a few more days to your itinerary but will offer even more breathtaking views and cultural experiences.

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Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, Nepal.

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