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Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking – 10 Days Itinerary

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Have you ever seen the breathtaking sunrise where the sun gets up in the midst of ever-beautiful Himalayas? If not, Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking is the package that takes you there in the hills to observe the best sunrise view of your life. The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is one of the most popular and easy treks in Nepal.

Every year thousands of visitors pick Ghorepani Poon Hill trek to view the snow rugged mountains and sunrise. The highest point of this trek, Poon Hill(3210m), hosts the wow-inspiring show of the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri range, Mt Fishtail (Machhapuchhre) and many other sky-rocketing peaks.

Altogether, you can eyeshot more than 30 mountain peaks just standing in Poon Hill. And the dawn view from Poon Hill is inexpressible, you have to visit this place to experience. It would be no wrong to call Poon Hill the best hill-station in the entire world, it is that good.

Moreover, this trek leads to unique and indigenous settlements of Gurungs and Magars. There is so much to explore, their culture, their foods, and their lifestyles. The trail connects various traditional villages like Dhampus, Pothana, Landruk, Ghandruk, and Ghorepani.

There are many other scattered villages along the trail. Besides villages, you will hike through green and lush forests of Rhododendron and Oaks. Not to forget, the mountain views are always somewhere visible during the hiking time.

Ghorepani Poon Hill trek doesn’t ask you any prior trekking experience. It is an easy trek which demands 5 to 6 hours of walk on a daily basis. This trek can be perfect preparation for those who are thinking of doing moderate treks like Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Everest Base Camp Trek, Everest Three Pass Trekking in the future.

Talking about its best time, the Poon Hill trek is possible throughout the year. But, if you want to enjoy the unobstructed mountain views and ideal weather, the Autumn and Spring season is the best time of year.

If you are thinking of Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking, Exciting Nepal got the best deal don’t go anywhere. Read the below article for a detailed itinerary and frequently asked questions of Ghorepani Poon Hill trek and then ring us for booking the trip.

Highlights of Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

  • City tours and overnights in the most happening cities of Nepal, Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Breathtaking sunrise view plus long-ranging Himalayan belt vision from Poon Hill Station(3210m)
  • Wide, Panoramic shots of Annapurna ranges, Dhaulagiri ranges, Mt Fishtail etc
  • Explore the Gurung and Tamang settlements along with the trial
  • Hiking through scenic trails decorated with Rhododendron and Oak forest

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Elevation and Altitude Profile

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Elevation and Altitude Profile

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to your Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Free and arrangement day in Kathmandu

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara via Tourist Bus

Day 04: Short drive from Pokhara to Phedi and Trek to Pothana(1870m)

Day 05: Trek from Pothana to Landruk(1565m)

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

Day 07: Trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani(2630m)

Day 08: Trek from Tadapani to Ghorepani(2853m)

Day 09: Hike up to Poon Hill(3210m) and Trek to Tikhedhunga(1570m)

Day 10: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Nayapul and Drive back to Pokhara

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Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to your Hotel in Kathmandu

Altitude gain:1350m

Overnight: Kathmandu

Accommodation: Hotel

Welcome to Nepal! Our representatives will be there to pick you up from Tribhuwan International Airport (Kathmandu). They will provide a hotel transfer service from the Airport to your hotel. Take a rest at the hotel after a long and hectic flight and then later in the evening stroll around Thamel for some good foods and drinks. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Free and arrangement day in Kathmandu

Altitude gain:1350m

Overnight: Kathmandu

Accommodation: Hotel

On the second day, you will tour around some major tourist sites of Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu, the old and ancient city has a number of temples and stupas to visit. So, on this free day, you will pay a visit to the UNESCO World heritage sites like Pashupatinath temple, Basantapur/Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Swayumbhunath Stupa, and Bouddhanath Stupa. The visit to these sites is full of cultural and architectural explorations.

After the sightseeing, you will make some final arrangements before the start of the trek. So, for your last-minute shopping, you can go trekking/tourist hub, i.e. Thamel. There are shops in Thamel that sell every kind of trekking essentials. Return to the hotel, for trek orientation, briefing and guide introduction. Overnight at the Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara via Tourist Bus

Drive time: 6 to 7hrs

Altitude gain:1400m

Overnight: Pokhara

Accommodation: Hotel

The bus drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara is the official start of Ghorepani Poon Hill trek. In the early morning, the bus will hit the Prithivi highway to leave Kathmandu behind. Your bus ride to Pokhara will be 6 to 7 hours long over the serpentine and scenic roads of Prithivi Highway. The bus will tear the air to provide beautiful views of green hills and loud-sounding rivers.

The beautiful bus experience ends after reaching Pokhara, the city of lakes. You will get dropped at your hotel to take some rest. After the refreshment and rest, you will ramble around some touristic streets. Lakeside of Pokhara is a perfect market place for good time spending. Overnight at the hotel in Pokhara.

Day 04: Short drive from Pokhara to Phedi and Trek to Pothana(1870m)

Drive time: 45 minutes

Trek time: 4 to 5 hrs

Altitude gain:1870m

Overnight: Pothana

Accommodation: Lodge

Today, your trek will start but before that, you have to reach Phedi via Bus. Phedi, the gateway of Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking, is 45 minutes drive away from Pokhara. Soon after reaching Phedi, you will stretch your legs for the first time through the forested trails and picturesque settlements. Firstly, you will reach the beautiful Dhampus village, the village popular for views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain range.

Then, make a gentle descent of 25 minutes from Dhampus village and you will reach Pothana(1870m). Pothana is another scenic village which hosts overnights for many tourists. The famous Australian Camp is just 20 minutes away from Pothana. You can visit this stop to observe the clear views of Mt Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri. Overnight at the lodge in Pothana.

Day 05: Trek from Pothana to Landruk(1565m)

Trek time:3 to 4 hrs

Altitude gain:1565m

Overnight: Landruk

Accommodation: Lodge

The trek from Pothana to Landruk is the easiest hike of the entire Ghorepani Poon Hill trek, i.e. just 2 to 3 hours to cover 7km. After relaxing breakfast in Pothana, you’ll start the trek towards Landruk by climbing the ridge. Then after the ridge, you’ll cross several rhododendron forests and Gurung settlements like Tolka, Chandrakot, and Bheri Kharka. Your eyes will get stuck in the far-teasing mountains.

You will walk through scattered villages and forests by crossing one after another. The settlements are quite traditional and observable to stay for a while and sight.

This way after walking and enjoying yourself you will arrive Landruk. You will spend the night at Landruk, a famous Gurung village.

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

Trek time: 4 to 5 hrs

Altitude gain:1940m

Overnight: Ghandruk

Accommodation: Lodge/Teahouse

Today you will trek up to the brother village of Landruk, i.e. Ghandruk. The trail starts with a steep descent from village to the riverbed of Modi Khola(river). The descent takes 1 hour to reach the bottom via serpentine green trails. And, from the river, it is time to climb an uphill trail to reach Ghandruk village. You will pass through small settlements before finally reaching the top.

Ghandruk Village is the most popular village of Nepal. It is because this village is full of picturesque traditional houses. The houses built beautifully with stacked stones are eye-sticking. Ghandruk Village, the home to most unique Gurung tribes, provides the unreal views of peaks like Macchapuchhre, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. You’ll enjoy every second in this village and the morning view is so charming.

Day 07: Trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani(2630m)

Trek time: 4 to 5 hrs

Altitude gain:2630m

Overnight: Tadapani

Accommodation: Lodge/Teahouse

After a breathtaking morning view and delicious breakfast at Ghandruk, now it is time to move forward to Tadapani. You will start a 4 hours long trek to Tadapani amidst the dense Rhododendron forest. Then from the riverbed of the stream, it is an easy uphill climb to Bheri Kharka.

There at the top, you will find some tea houses and lodges, take rest there. After the rest, you will join the trail again through dense forest. The forests and villages are spread all over the trails of this Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking. After walking for 2 hours from Bheri Kharka, you arrive at Tadapani(2630m). Overnight at a lodge in Tadapani.

Day 08: Trek from Tadapani to Ghorepani(2853m)

Trek time: 4 to 5 hrs

Altitude gain:2853m

Overnight: Ghorepani

Accommodation: Lodge/Teahouse

On this day, you will do a trek of 4 to 6 hours until Ghorepani. The trail today also is guided by the Rhododendron forest. You will take a break at Banthahiti to enjoy lunch. After the break, you will start a steep climb towards Gurung Hill(3200m).

Upon the arrival at Gurung Hill, you will capture sunny views of Mt. Fishtail and several other peaks. Then, you will make a gentle descent towards Ghorepani by enjoying the views. Ghorepani, the major attraction of Ghorepani Poon hill trek provides spectacular mountain views all day long. The village is quite explorable which is dotted with traditional houses. Overnight at a Lodge in Ghorepani.

Day 09: Hike up to Poon Hill(3210m) and Trek to Tikhedhunga(1570m)

Trek time: 7 hrs

Altitude gain: 3210m

Overnight: Tikhedhunga

Accommodation: Lodge/Teahouse

Today is the most important day of Ghorepani Poon Hill trek as you will get to enjoy the breathtaking sunrise view from Poon Hill(3210m). Poon Hill is 1 hour of trekking distance from Ghorepani. So, before breakfast early in the morning, you will hike up to Poon Hill to catch the sunrise. The sun rising just between tall mountains is a kind of sunrise that you will find here at Poonhill and nowhere else.

After the sunrise, you will enjoy the panoramic views of the wide Himalayan belt which includes 30 peaks. Namely, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhare, Mt Annapurna, are some of the popular peaks seen from Poon Hill.

Then, you will walk back towards Ghorepani for breakfast just before setting off the trek to Tikhedhunga. The descent from Ghorepani to Tikhedhunga takes 6 hours to complete. Overnight at a lodge in Tikhedhunga.

Day 10: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Nayapul and Drive back to Pokhara

Trek time: 5 to 6 hrs

Drive time: 90 minutes

Altitude gain: 1400m

Overnight: Pokhara

Accommodation: Hotel

It will be the last day of Poon Hill trekking. After breakfast in Tikhedhunga, you will start a 4 to 5 hours long hike from Tikhedhunga to Nayapul. You will pass through farmlands and villages before arriving at the river bed. Then continue the river sided trail until Birethanti where you will pause for lunch.

Also, you will descend from 3000 stairs of Ulleri, a popular stairway of the region. After the downhill hike of 4 hours, you will reach Nayapul to catch the bus to Pokhara. The bus normally takes 90 minutes to reach Pokhara. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.

Trip Cost US$ 675 Per person
Cost Includes:
  • Pick up from the airport and Final drop to the airport by private vehicle.
  • Two night hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • All your standard meals like, Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, during the trek with A cup of tea or coffee during the breakfast.
  • Tea house Accommodations during the trek.
  • Equipment like sleeping bag, Down Jacket & needed things etc if you do not have your own.
  • All ground transportation.
  • Well English speaking guide, friendly, experienced, with government license holder.
  • A Guide, his food, Transport, Accommodation, Salary, equipments, e.t.c. All paid.
  • Monastery fees.
  • A Strong Porter among the two trekkers ( one porter sharing among two member ) including all his expenses including full insurance during the trek.
  • Emergency helicopter rescues service arrangement, pay by your travel insurance.
  • Insurance of Guide.
  • A trekking route map.
  • Conservation area  Park fee
  • TIMS (trekkers’ Information Management System.)
  • Two-night standard accommodation in Pokhara on B/B
  • First aid service box with normal medicines.
Cost Excludes:
  • All kind’s of Drink’s like Mineral water, beer Juice, Coke, fanta, other alcoholic hard drink’s, ETC.
  • Sweet things like chocolate and others.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Extra night hotel night and activities in Kathmandu.

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Frequently Asked Questions of Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking

How difficult is the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek?

Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is a moderate rated trekking option in which you will need 5 to 6 hours of easy trek per day. Some of the trekking days demand even less than 5 hours, so you need not worry about trekking.

Talking about altitude, this trek does not see any significant change in altitude. The highest altitude of Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking is Poon Hill (3210m) which is considered as low altitude in comparison to other 4500m+ treks. So, there are no or very few chances of Altitude sickness in this journey. To say it all, Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is one of the easy and relaxing treks in Nepal.

What is the Best time for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek?

The best time for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is September to November(Autumn) and April to May(Spring). These are the two peak seasons in Nepal no matter what it is either trekking, climbing, or any other adventures. However, the weather of the Poon Hill area is smooth and stable throughout the year. So, it is possible all around the year you just contact us, Exciting Nepal, we will pick the best time for your Poonhill adventure.

Should I need any preparations and training for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek?

A person with an average kind of fitness and good health is the ready person for this trek. You don't need any prior training or any serious extreme preparations. This trek only demands 5 to 6 hours of comfortable trek. Prior trekking experience is a plus factor but not necessary. Till now people of different ages and shapes have completed this trek easily and so will you.

Basically, preparations and training are for strenuous and high altitude treks like Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek not this one. Anyhow if you want to train then a short mimic uphill hiking, cycling, gym workout is more than enough for this trek.

What are the Trek permits required for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking?

To do Ghorepani Poon Hill trek, you need two permits, i,e. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit(ACAP) and Trekkers Information Management System(TIMS) card. The ACAP fee is NPR 3,000(around $30) for Non-SAARC nationals and for SAARC nationals it is only 200NPR. Similarly, TIMS card fee is NPR 1,000(around $10). These permit costs are included in the tour package and we will arrange for this for you. You have to submit two photocopies of your passport and two passport-sized photos.

What are drinking water facilities in Ghorepani Poon Hill trek?

Drinking water is not a problem in this trek, you will easily get mineral waters throughout the trails. The lodges and tea houses sell mineral water bottles for around 1 to 2$ per litre. Alternatively, you can also refill your water bottle with boiled water from lodges and teahouses. The boiled water is totally safe for drinking which costs around 0.4 to 0.7$ per litre.

What kind of foods should I expect on the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek?

The trails are scattered with meals providing lodges and teahouses. The menu of these lodges enlists the food items like Nepali Dal Bhat, Fried rice, Fried Noodles, Bread, Omelet, Porridge etc. These food items cost anywhere between 3 to 4$ per item. The most popular trekking food in Nepal, i.e. Dal Bhat set consisting of rice, lentil, vegetable, and pickle costs around 300 to 400 Nepalese rupees.

What kind of Accommodations should I expect on the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek?

The accommodation for Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is mostly in the tea houses/lodges. The rooms of these lodges are small but comfortable enough to spend overnight. Mostly, the rooms are on a shared basis with two beds with an attached bathroom.

The blankets and bedsheets are clean and well maintained but that is not the case for all of the lodges. So, it is better to carry your own sleeping bag, pillow. You will also get hot shower facilities as well but you have to pay extra cost for it. For normal service including an overnight stay, these lodges charge around 3 to 4$ per night.

Can I Customize the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek if I want to?

Yes, you can customize the trip easily by filling up the form or with an instant call to our team. Follow this link, Customize my trip if you want to customize the trip as according to your preferences and interests.

What is the Packing List for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking?

Clothing

  • Round sun hat or cap
  • Warm hat or cap
  • Mufflers
  • Inner thermal
  • Inner trouser
  • Outer hiking trousers/pants
  • Warm jacket
  • Sweater/Pullover
  • Down jacket
  • Light trekking shocks(extra pairs)
  • Warm shocks(a few pieces)
  • Sport shoe
  • Strong trekking shoe
  • Hiking shorts for hotter days
  • Light hiking t-shirt
  • Warm glove
  • Raincoat and Bag cover
  • Day backpack(for carrying the essentials during the day)
  • Trekking Bag

Accessories

  • Headlamp and extra batteries
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Electronic equipment chargers
  • Trekking pole
  • Water bottles
  • Sunglasses(UV protection)
  • Lip care
  • Cold cream
  • Sunscreen
  • Toilet papers
  • Hand sanitizers
  • Wet tissues
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Washing shop and bath shampoo
  • Trekking towel(for sweat)
  • Quick-dry towel

Medics

  • First-aid Box
  • Anti-Diarrhoea pills
  • Pain relief cream/spray
  • Antibiotic
  • Anticold
  • Anti Headache
  • Bandages
  • Insect repellent cream
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Incredible Himalayan panorama

I had read great reviews about the scenic Ghorepani Poon Hill trip in the Annapurna region. Hence, I decided to trek this easy trek as this was my first trekking experience in Nepal.

The Himalayan sunrise over the mountains from the Poon Hill view point was mind blowing. The breathtaking trek was relatively easy with short walks of 3-4 hours and lots of exploration points.

The weather was chilly during the Poon Hill trek as it was December. Moreover, the stony steps of the Ulleri village was a bit of a challenge. But besides these minor issues, Poon Hill trek was worth every bit of the penny.

I was trekking solo so I asked for a guide for this trip package. The guide assigned to me was very friendly and helped me a lot during the trek. Special thanks to the entire team of Exciting Nepal for organizing this trip. Strongly recommended!

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Trip Facts

  • Trekking Destination: 08 days
  • Group Size: Min - 1
  • Minimum altitude: 1010m
  • Maximum altitude: 3210m
  • Season: September to late December and February to late June
  • Grade Info: Easy
  • Transportation: Bus, Car, Land Cruiser or Aeroplane
  • Total Days: 8 Days ( Kathmandu - Pokhara)
  • Walking Hour: Approximately 4 - 6 hours each day.

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