• Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Trip Overview

Considered to be one of Nepal's famous short treks, Ghorepani Poonhill trek offers stunning views of mountains like Dhaulagiri [8167m], Annapurna South [7119m] Fishtail [6993m], Nilgiri south, Singa chuli , Annapurna I [8091m] and many more peaks from Poonhill. This trip is mostly selected by the beginners in trekking and by those who are looking for great views but have a relatively short and tight time schedule for trekking. Being children friendly route, this trip welcomes most families with small children too to enjoy the beauty of mountains.

Highlights

  • Great views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range.
  • Visit local Gurung inhabitants and get to know their culture from close.
  • Easy for beginners and children friendly route.
  • Visit Gurung museum at Ghandruk which showcases ancient Gurung equipment, costumes, tools, and weapons.

Itinerary


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Welcome to Kathmandu. You will be received by one of our office representatives at the TIA exit section and escort you to your hotel afterward.

Depending on your arrival time, you will have the chance to stroll around the places nearby your hotel on your own.

  Hotel

Day 02: Permits preparation day and trip briefing day.

Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu while your specialist will take time to arrange permits for your trek. You will have time to explore around the Kathmandu valley on your own or enjoy the Cultural Day Tour with an experienced tour guide arranged by Trek Guiders.

In the evening, you will be met by your specialist in your hotel lobby. S/he will introduce you to your guide for the trek and brief you shortly about your trek, things to do/ not to do, and any optional activities you may enjoy during the trip. You can ask any queries or share feelings with your specialist during the briefing.

  Hotel

  Breakfast

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Drive to Nayapul (1010m). Trek to Tikhedhunga (1570m)

Depending on your scheduled flight time, you will be picked up from your Kathmandu hotel for transfer to the domestic airport terminal at TIA, Kathmandu. Pokhara is located 200km west of Kathmandu and the flight will take approximately half an hour to take you to Pokhara.

Upon reaching Pokhara, you will be directly driving to the trek starting point, Nayapul, from where you will be walking uphill up to Tikhedhunga. While you will be walking towards your day destination, you will get to pass through many small villages of Birethanti and Hile. Small waterfalls on the way will grab your attention for a nice picture click.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2840m)

Today you will have steep uphill stone steps (3767 steps) climb for around 1.5 hours up to Ulleri. The trail passes through cultivated fields and forest of Oak trees and Rhododendron (weather dependent). After having lunch at Nangethanti, you may rest for about an hour for some relaxation and pictures. Afterward, start climbing uphill again until you reach Ghorepani.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Early morning sunrise view from Poonhill (3210m). Trek to Tadapani (2610m) afterwards.

Today is the most important day of your trek. You will need to wake up pretty early in the morning for approximately an hour hike up to Poonhill (referred to as Poon Danda in Nepali) from where the spectacular sunrise view can be seen. It's amazing to see the golden ray of sunlight touching the snow-covered peaks of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Fishtail, Nilgiri South, and Singa Chuli to name some peaks. Enjoy a cup of local tea while the sun rises high.

Afterwards, trek down to your lodge, have breakfast and continue trek down to Tadapani which is a long way through the forest.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk (1940m)

Ghandruk is the home village of the local Gurung people. The trail from Tadapani to Ghandruk will take around 4 hours walk which is gentle way down from Tadapani passing through the forest. At Ghandruk, you can explore the local museum after lunch. This museum in-house the ancient traditional equipment and textiles used by local Gurung people since decades. You can also get dressed up in Gurung costume here and get some great pictures as a memory of Ghandruk.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07: Trek from Ghandruk to Kimche (1640m). Drive back to Pokhara.

After breakfast in Ghandruk, walk an easy downhill trail up to Kimche where a private vehicle will be waiting for you to drive back to Pokhara and drop you to your hotel.

Rest of the day will be free to do some activities on own. You can stroll around the lakeside and opt for few hours boating in the Phewa Lake. The Lakeside market is a great place for shopping. If you like, you can buy some token of memory from here to your home.

  Hotel

  Breakfast

Day 08: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

You will be picked up for transfer to Pokhara airport 1.5 hours prior to your flight time. After a half an hour flight, you will be received by our representative in domestic arrival terminal at TIA and escorted to your hotel in Kathmandu. The day is free for some last minute shopping or relaxation.

  Hotel

  Breakfast

Day 09: Departure day.

You will be picked up from your hotel 3.5 hours prior to your international flight time by one of our office representatives to escort you to the TIA. Trip concludes !!

  Breakfast

Commencing this trip

Starting off from Pokhara, the 1.5 hours drive will take you to the trek starting point, Nayapul. Pokhara can be accessed by either half an hour domestic flight from Kathmandu or by 6 hours of ground transportation, depending on your preference and time availability.

Walking and enjoying the sceneries, you will reach Ghorepani on the second day of trekking. A short hike to the Poonhill, which is the highest point for this trek, will provide you with a stunning sunrise view along with the majestic view of mountain ranges of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri from close. You will be returning back to Pokhara visiting Ghandruk. 

Best time to do this trip

To enjoy the trek to Ghorepani and Poonhill at fullest, it's best to visit in the top season time of March-Mid June for spring and October - Mid December during autumn. As the highest altitude is just at 3210m, this trek is accessible during winter time too. Some travelers do wish to enjoy this trek during monsoon too but best to be prepared to confront leeches on the trail.

Fixed Departures

  • Trip start: 25th September, 2019
  • Trip end: 3rd October, 2019
  • Status: Available
  • Price: From US$ 1,095
  • Trip start: 5th October, 2019
  • Trip end: 13th October, 2019
  • Status: Available
  • Price: From US$ 1,095
  • Trip start: 15th October, 2019
  • Trip end: 23rd October, 2019
  • Status: Available
  • Price: From US$ 1,095
  • Trip start: 31st October, 2019
  • Trip end: 8th November, 2019
  • Status: Available
  • Price: From US$ 1,095
  • Trip start: 5th November, 2019
  • Trip end: 13th November, 2019
  • Status: Available
  • Price: From US$ 1,095
  • Trip start: 14th November, 2019
  • Trip end: 22nd November, 2019
  • Status: Available
  • Price: From US$ 1,095
  • Trip start: 23rd November, 2019
  • Trip end: 1st December, 2019
  • Status: Available
  • Price: From US$ 1,095
  • Trip start: 21st December, 2019
  • Trip end: 29th December, 2019
  • Status: Available
  • Price: From US$ 1,095
  • Trip start: 1st March, 2020
  • Trip end: 9th March, 2020
  • Status: Available
  • Price: From US$ 1,095
  • Trip start: 15th March, 2020
  • Trip end: 23rd March, 2020
  • Status: Available
  • Price: From US$ 1,095
  • Trip start: 2nd April, 2020
  • Trip end: 10th April, 2020
  • Status: Available
  • Price: From US$ 1,095
  • Trip start: 12th April, 2020
  • Trip end: 20th April, 2020
  • Status: Available
  • Price: From US$ 1,095
  • Trip start: 4th May, 2020
  • Trip end: 12th May, 2020
  • Status: Available
  • Price: From US$ 1,095
  • Trip start: 14th May, 2020
  • Trip end: 22nd May, 2020
  • Status: Available
  • Price: From US$ 1,095

What is included?

  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu Hotel with Breakfast on twin sharing basis.
  • 1-night accommodation in Pokhara Hotel with Breakfast on twin sharing basis.
  • 4 nights accommodation in standard tea house during the trek on full board twin sharing basis (breakfast, lunch, and dinner with tea/ coffee)
  • International and domestic Airport transfers in private vehicle.
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara and return Airfares* 
  • ACAP and TIMS permit required for the trek.
  • Pokhara - Nayapul and Kimche - Pokhara transfers in private vehicle.
  • English speaking local expert guide and porter on the trek (a supporting Sherpa above 5 trekkers)
  • Equipment allowances, salary, and insurance for trekking staff.
  • Trek guide's airfare*
  • Kitbags/ duffle bag for the trek.
  • First aid kit with basic supplies for staffs.
  • All government taxes.

What is not included?

  • Single room supplement charges.
  • Lunches and Dinners in Kathmandu.
  • Additional airport transfers besides mentioned in the 'included' section.
  • Soft Drinks and Alcoholic beverages like Coke, Beer, etc.
  • Any sort of guided/ unguided city tours and transfers for the same.
  • Entrance fees for heritage sites, monasteries, and museums (if any).
  • Hot shower and hot drinking water during the trek.
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Your personal trekking gears and equipment like the sleeping bag, trekking poles, down jackets, etc.
  • Personal nature expenses related to the phone, wifi, gadget charging, laundry, gratitude/ Tips, snack expenses, extra meals, tea, and coffees, etc.
  • Your insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if any.
  •  Any items not mentioned in "Service included section"

Important points to be noted:

  • Mentioned trip price is per person price for an open trek* based on a minimum four travelers basis. The trip price will vary depending on the size of the group and is guaranteed to run once the minimum group size of 4 travelers is confirmed.
  • The Single Room Supplement charge will be USD 125.00 net for the traveler willing to use a single room for 4 nights stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara Hotel.
  • Single rooms will not be available in the tea houses during the trek due to the limited number of lodges on the trail.
  • Airfares are subject to change without prior notice.

*Open trek refers to the trek opened for all interested travelers from around the world to join.

9 days

Trip at a Glance

  •    Country: Nepal
  •    Trip grade: Easy
  •    Destination: Annapurna Region
  •    Activities: Trekking
  •    Accommodation: Tea Houses
  •    Meals: City (B), Trek (B,L,D)
  •    Maximum altitude: 3210m
  •    Group size: 2-15
  •    Best Season: March - May/ October - November

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