Govt. Regd. #: 2617/075
Group Size
1-10 people
Trip Grade
Easy
Accommodation
Tea House
Max. Elevation
3,210m/10,529ft
Meals
All Meals
Transportation
Tourist Bus / Private Car
Best Season
Mar - May & Sept - Nov

The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is perhaps the ultimate short trek in the Himalayas! Suitable for people of all ages, particularly good for families with children, this trek can be 4 or 5 days in length and still gets into the heart of the Annapurna. This low- Altitude trek enables you to enjoy the breath-taking scenery of some of the highest Himalayan peaks. The dawn views of Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre & Annapurna south, from the vantage point of Poonhill, is a major highlight of this trek. Short and fairly easy, this trek is a perfect starter for those not sure of walking ability, or those who wish to make the most of only a few days. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek finishes at the magnificent lake at Pokhara, where you can add one or two days to the program. This trek also includes hiking through colorful villages and rhododendron forests, with the backdrop of the Annapurna always present.


Trip Outline

Day 01: Drive to Pokhara. (Alt.820m/2,690ft). 6-7 hours of drive.
Day 02: Drive to Nayapul (1hour ride) and trek to Hile (Alt.1430m/4,690ft), 3 hours trek.
Day 03: Trek to Ghorepani. (Alt.2800m/9,184ft), 6 hours walk.
Day 04: Trek to Poonhill for sunrise view, 3200mm (45mins up and 30 mins down), Trek to Tadapani(Alt.2630m/8,626ft), 5-6 hours walk.
Day 05: Trek to jhinu Danda (Hot spring), (Alt.1780m/5,838ft), (5-6 hours walk).
Day 06: Trek to Birethanti (5hrs), and drive back to Pokhara (1hr).

Detail itinerary

After breakfast, we drive to the trek starting point, Nayapul (1,050m), passing through old villages and meandering, green hills. Terraced paddy fields along the neighboring yet distant hills and the wind gushing in your face make for a pleasant and smooth drive, with time to enjoy the landscape and contemplate the exciting journey ahead. Lunch will be at Hile or Birethanti (1,065m). This initial part of the trail is gentle and passes along simple yet charming settlements and paddy fields. Our trail leads to Tikhedhunga, a small local village which takes about three to four hours to reach.

We ascend at a gentle pace. Lunch is at Ulleri (1,960m) or Banthanti (2,210m), Magar villages where you choose from a variety of dishes with a little bit of Magar twist There are ample opportunities to interact with the locals and learn, understand and get a firsthand experience of their way of life. Along the way, enjoy majestic views of Machapurhre (6,997m), Hiunchuli (6,441m), and Annapurna South (7,219m), plus the world’s largest rhododendron forest. In March/April, see the unique and colorful scenery of forest flowers

Early start this morning for the short climb to Poon Hill (3,210) for dawn, with its spectacular views in the first rays of sunlight unraveling breathtaking Himalayan beauty – Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Tukuche Peak (6,920m), Nilgiri (6,940m), Varaha Shikhar (7,847m, Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Annapurna III (7,855m), Machhapuchhre (6,997m), Annapurna IV (7,525m), Annapurna II (7,937m), Lamjung Himal (6,931m) and numerous other elegant snowcapped peaks. Sunrise at Poon Hill is a surreal, unforgettable Himalayan experience. Returning to Ghorepani for breakfast, we start the trek to Tadapani (2,630m). – six to seven hours of normal trekking, traversing tranquil deep forests of rhododendrons, bamboos and oaks.

Tadapani to Landruk (1,565m). Hiking duration: 5 to 6 hours: Pass through cultivated land and see the huge transformation over many years due to human influences. Be rewarded in Landruk at its hot springs – truly wonderful to rejuvenate and relax

After breakfast, head downhill through jungle and cross a suspension bridge leading to a water mill. From here, the trail runs along the river bank to Himalpani. Still following the river and climbing a hill, arrive at the village of Landruk (1,565) – home to the Gurung people. Stop for lunch and enjoy the local cuisine before heading on through the valley. Next stop at Tolka (1,500m), located on a hillside with more spectacular mountain views. Continue downhill, all the while enjoying the spectacle of the Annapurna range. Pass through more Gurung villages, seeing the huge farming communities in which they live in. Continue through the villages of Pothana and Dhampus for your first glimpse of Pokhara

We trek to Australian camp then drive to the lake city Pokhara – a tourist destination popular for its ambient lakeside and fine views of the Annapurnas. Explore the large variety of shops, hotels and restaurants, catering to all tastes and preferences. Pokhara will challenge all of your five senses


What's included?

  • All Transport
  • Trekker’s Information Management System(TIMS) card
  • All governmental procedure fees, permits and local taxes.
  • All meals and accommodation throughout the trek.
  • An experienced English speaking trekking guide possessing valid license issued by the government of Nepal.
  • Highly experienced trekking staffs.
  • Travel and rescue arrangements

What's not included?

  • Visa fees/ international airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Travel / medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost.
  • Hot and cold shower, battery recharge during Everest base camp trek.
  • Personal expenses phone calls, bar bills, extra porters, beverages etc.
  • Personal Everest base camp trekking equipments/gears.
  • Tips for guides, porters and drivers.
  • All others expenses not mentioned in “Trip Cost Includes” section.

Elevation Chart & Map

Map of Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek