Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking - 10 Days

Ghorepani Trekking is known also as the small Annapurna Circuit is a very popular one in Nepal. The highest point of this trek (3200 mtrs) and for many the highlight is an early morning pilgrimage to Poon Hill for a spectacular sunrise over the Himalayas where the mountains stretch as far as the eye can see North towards Tibet West towards the Dhaulagiri Himal and East with superb views of the Annapurna Himal. Not a difficult trek but it helps if you have a reasonable degree of fitness. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking is considered to be the best introduction to trekking with some spectacular views.
Max. Altitude: 3194 mtrs.
Grade: 'B'
Minimum group size: Any

Exploring the Annapurna region, Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking offers you breathtaking views of mountains, rich culture and hospitality in several villages, and the spectacular views of sunrise from Poon Hill. It is a perfect trekking alternative for all those who do not have plenty of time in Nepal, or who cannot bear too high elevation. A deep sense of comfort and spiritual awakening shall engulf you as you trek through the forests full of blooming red rhododendron, pass beautiful ethnic villages, and enjoy the panoramic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu, and Gangapurna. Early in the morning you wake up and get to see the terraced slopes, fields growing paddies, and cheerful people busy in the morning rituals.

Ghandruk is another popular place in this trek. Located at the slope, inhabited by Gurungs, this beautiful village overlooks the Annapurna mountain range. Throughout the trek, you shall be staying at various teahouses, enjoying the taste of local delicacies. No matter when you trek and with whom you trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking has always to offer you with something staggeringly beautiful and breathtaking views, along with the cheerful smiles of villagers, you shall shape memories sufficient for your lifetime.

Route/Map

Kathmandu (1,320 m)-Pokhara (823 m)- Sarangkot (1600 m)-Pokhara-Pardi-World Peache Stupa-Naya Pul (854 m)-Tikhedunga (1,577 m)-Ghorepani (2,850 m)-Poon Hill (3,210 m)-Tadapani (2,630 m)-Ghandruk (1951 m)-Pothana (1,430 m)-Phedi (1,130 m)-Pokhara (823 m)-Kathmandu (1,320 m)

Your trek starts after you drive to Pokhara and Naya Pul, as you trek towards Tikhedhunga. Next day, witnessing the soaring mountains you shall trek to the beautiful village of Gurung inhabitants—Ghorepani. You shall wake up early in the morning and ascend the Poon Hill to view the spectacular sunrise, after which you shall descend down to Tadapani. From Tadapani, you shall trek towards Ghanruk. Via Pothana, you shall make to Phedi, and via a bus, you shall drive back to Pokhara. After strolling for a while in the lakeside area of Pokhara, you shall return back to Kathmandu via drive the next day. Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Annapurna region; never losing the sight of breathtaking mountains. The route can be tailored as per your preference, if you wish to spend some time more in one place than in next. We organize the trekking routes in such a way that you would get most out of this journey.

Difficulty/Distance/Altitude

Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking covers low altitude areas with the highest point being Poon Hill with an altitude of 3, 210 m. It is an easy level and short trek in comparison to Everest base camp trek, Annapurna circuit trek, Manaslu trek and Gokyo Valley Trek. Trekking 300-500 per day won't be any problem. You can go for this trekking along with your children, there's no problem of altitude sickness, the everyday destinations don't require to cover lots of distance, and the trail isn't strenuous except some out-of-breath experiences while ascending to Poon Hill. There are lots of rest spots throughout the trail, you can spend sufficient time there for your children to rest. You shall find lodges, teahouses at every 30 minutes of walk, so you do not need to hurry.

It takes 3-4 hours to reach Tikhedhunga from Nayapul, 6 hours to reach Ghorepani, 1 hour to ascend at the top of the Poon Hill, 5 hours to reach Tadapani, 3 hours to reach Ghandruk, 6 hours to reach Pothana, and 4 hours to reach Phedi. The ride to (from) Pokhara from (to) Kathmandu takes about 7 hours. You shall trek from as low as 823 m (Pokhara) to 3,210 m (Poon Hill).

Weather: best season to trek

The most interesting part of this trek is that you can go for this trek year round. But it is obvious, you might want to go when there is heavy snowfall or rainfall. Keeping this in mind, it can be said that September through to November and March through to May are the best time to go for this trek. During these months, you might enjoy the moderate temperature and the clear weather; the morning and evening get chilly. You might have to halt before reaching to your destination if you are trekking during the snowy or rainy season. Since the weather becomes gloomy, you might not get the opportunity to witness the breathtaking views of mountains. If you love camping, you might not be able to do so in these extreme weather conditions. But despite these some limitations, you can do the trek in any season. Actually, September through to November and March through to May are the perfect times for any trekking options in Nepal.  Autumn season brings sunny and warm weather, and as you ascend higher, you shall experience the losing temperature.

Guide: with or without a guide?

Since there is no chance of being lost during this trek, you go solo. While you actually trek, you might be surprised to see the number of people trekking without a guide. You might see lots of villages and lodges throughout the route, and everywhere you look, there are happy faces eager to show you the direction or offer you any help.  But, bear in mind that this trek requires you to have a permit. In addition to that, you might want to know the name of the mountain you are looking at, or a little bit of history about the village you just left; or you might want to explore in peace rather than quizzing every person about the accommodation or the food, or you might want to have somebody who gives you company so that your journey does not become monotonous, and perhaps, you would want somebody if you happen to get injured or get ill. In addition to the daily wage you pay for the guide, you might have to pay for the accommodation and food of the guide. The best alternative to both of these options is consulting with a trekking agency.

Trekking gears

Don't pack any unnecessary items as trekking gears. Ensure that you have extra pairs of underwear, two pairs of pants, 3-4 shirts, a pair of comfortable pants during your stays, a couple of shorts, sufficient number of socks, lightweight trekking shoes, water bottle, waterproof jacket, micro fiber towel, sleeping bag, first aid kit, camera, sunscreen, bug spray, Nepalese currency, chocolate bars, Pringles, biscuits, etc. Being short and easy trek, be limited to bare and limited requirements, ensure that your bag does not weigh more than 20 KG. Do not forget that the porter charges additional charges if you cross the threshold of their mentioned weight, which is 20 kg normally.
Drinking water is very important throughout your trek. Take water-drops with you, so that you could purify the water instantaneously. You might want to bring a convenient water bottle, so that you do not have to halt every time you feel like sipping few gulps of water. Moreover, carry a plastic bag with you, to keep your wet clothes. Also, do not forget to have a soap, shampoo, hand sanitizer, head lamps in case you need them at night or while trekking through the dense forest. Go slow, take sufficient time for rest and exploration of the places.

Cost

You might be charged US$20 for TIMS permit, US$20 for Annapurna Conservation Fee, USD$4.00-USD$5.00 for bus fare to Naya Pul, US$4.00-5.00 for local bus fare to Pokhara, US$5.00-7.00 for your tea house accommodation per night per person, US$4-7 for your breakfast, lunch and dinner; US$0.7-7.0 for your water, US$15-20 for a guide per day, etc. All of these costs vary depending upon when you trek and which trekking agency you choose as your travel partner. For more information about the cost of the trek, please contact us.
Blue Mountain Travels & Tours Pvt. Ltd. is a leading trekking agency in Nepal that has been taking trekkers from around the world to various destination. We are a group of dedicated, motivated, experienced, proactive, and dynamic professionals. We ensure your safety and timely completion of the scheduled destinations.


Itinerary:
  • Day 01: Drive by tourist bus to Pokhara (202 km. 7/8 hours) over night in lodge/camp.
  • Day 02: Drive to Sarangkot Around 5:30 AM (18 KM. 30 minutes drive) and trek to Sarankot top (40 minutes walk) take breakfast and trek to Nagdanda (2:30 minutes) and driver back to Pokhara.
  • Day 03: Drive to Pardi by car (20 minutes) and trek to World peace stupa and have panoramic view of Annapurna ranges and trek down to lake and cross-lake by boat and back to lodge/camp.
  • Day 04: Drive by private car to starting point of trek Nayapul (45 km. 1:30 hours.) and trek to Tikhedhunga (3/4 hours 1577 mtrs.) over night in lodge/camp.
  • Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (6/7 hours 2850 mtrs.) over night in lodge/camp.
  • Day 06: Weak up early morning, walk up to Poon hill to see sun rise (1 hours 3210 mtrs.) after sun rise view trek back to the lodge, take a breakfast and trek to Tadapani (5 hours 2630 mtrs.) over night in lodge/camp.
  • Day 07: Trek to Ghandruck (3 hours 1951 mtrs.) explore village in the afternoon and over night in lodge/camp.
  • Day 08: Trek to Pothana (6/7 hours 1430 mtrs.) over night in lodge/camp.
  • Day 09: Trek to Phedi (4 hours) drive by bus to Pokhara. “OR” trek to Pokhara via Sarangkot
  • Day 10: Drive by tourist bus to Kathmandu.
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Costs included during the trip:
  • Airport- Hotel- Airport pick up and transfer by private car
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu according to the itinerary package of related treks
  • Kathmandu sightseeing tour including all entry fees, tour guide and private vehicle
  • Full board meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • One skilled, professional and friendly guide including his food, accommodation, salary, equipment and accidental insurance
  • Costs of food, accommodation, salary, equipment and accidental insurance of porters (One porter will be provided for 2 people during the trek)
  • Kathmandu- Pokhara and Pokhara- Kathmandu transport by tourist bus
  • Transport from Pokhara to the destination which marks the beginning of trekking, Transport back to Pokhara from the spot where trekking portion ends
  • Duffle bag, down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
  • Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • Annapurna Conservation permit fee
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers’ Information Management System ( please bring 2passport size photos for permit)
  • Government taxes and office service charge
Costs excluded during the trip:
  • Meals not included in costs included section
  • Travel insurance
  • International Airfare
  • Optional tours and activities during leisure
  • Nepal Entry Visa: One can easily obtain the Nepal entry visa after arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Remember to bring 2 copies of passport size photos.)
  • Drinks (hot and cold), snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipments
  • Tips for trekking staffs and driver ( tips though appreciated not mandatory)

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