• 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: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara.

Enjoy your breakfast at your hotel and ask your hotel manager to safe-keep your luggage in the hotel store if you are planning to return to the same hotel again after the trek. Then starting off with a drive to Pokhara with your trekking crew, you will reach your destination in approximately 6 - 7 hours.

Upon reaching Pokhara, check in to your hotel and have some rest. The evening is free to stroll around the Lakeside market or the bank of Phewa Lake.

  Hotel

  Breakfast

Day 04: Drive to Nayapul (1010m). Trek to Tikhedhunga (1570m)

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up by a private vehicle. Along with the trekking crew, you will start 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 05: 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 06: 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 07: 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 08: 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 09: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

You will be picked up by a private vehicle after your breakfast for the drive back to Kathmandu. Following the same route of Prithivi Highway and enjoying the scenic vistas, you will reach Kathmandu in around 6 - 7 hours. You will be directly escorted to your hotel in Kathmandu. The evening is free for some last-minute shopping or relaxation.

  Hotel

  Breakfast

Day 10: 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.

What is included?

  • 3 nights accommodation in 3-star Kathmandu Hotel with Breakfast on twin sharing basis.
  • 2 nights accommodation in 3-star 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)
  • 2 International Airport transfers in private vehicle.
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara and return transfers in private vehicle. 
  • 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 
  • Equipment allowances, salary, and insurance for trekking staff.
  • Kitbags/ duffle bag for the trek.
  • First aid kit with basic supplies for staff.
  • All government taxes.

What is not included?

  • Single room supplement charges for city hotels.
  • Lunches and Dinners in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Lunches during Kathmandu to Pokhara and return surface transfer.
  • Additional airport transfers besides mentioned in the 'included' section.
  • Soft Drinks, Cigarettes, and soft/hard 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.
  • International airfares.
  • 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, etc.
  • Your insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if any.
  •  Any items not mentioned in "Service included section"

Important points to be noted:


  • The mentioned trip price is per person price quoted for an open trek* based on 5 travelers group. The trip price will vary depending on the final size of the group. The trip price for a customized private trip arrangement may alter.

  • The Single Room Supplement charge will be USD 150.00 net for the traveler willing to use a single room for 5 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.

  • Depending on time availability or budget, travelers can opt for either tourist bus transport or domestic flight transfer for Kathmandu - Pokhara and return transport on a revised trip price without affecting the actual trek departing date.

  • An assistant trek guide will be provided to the group above 5 travelers.

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

 

10 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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