About Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking
Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking is one of the shortest treks in the Annapurnas. It is the best way for those with less time to experience the breathtaking mountain scenery and the beautiful village culture of the Annapurna Region. The trek starts an hour’s drive from Pokhara, at Nayapul (New Bridge) where you cross a suspension bridge over the rushing Modi Khola. As we ascend the winding stone path through villages and terraced farmland we get spectacular glimpses of the beautiful Machhapuchre Mountain (Fishtail).
One of the major highlight of this trek is to see watch the sunrise from Poonhill, 3210m, a one hour climb from Ghorepani, 2855m. The sun first rays touching the peaks of the Dhaulagiri, Annapurna , Nilgiri and other famous mountains of the Annapurna range, reflect in shades of red, orange and pink; a truly magnificent view. From Ghorepani we descend to the beautiful hillside village of Ghandruk, 2012m, a typical village of the Gurung ethnic group, known for its traditional houses, rich culture and the great landscape. From Ghandruk we descend by way of Birethanti to reach Nayapul, where our vehicle will be waiting to take us to Pokhara.
The Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking can be done any time of year except during the monsoon. The entire Ghorepani area is densely forested with rhododendron, the national flower of Nepal. In spring season these forests turn into a magnificent blanket of red blossoms, and the Annapurna range provides a backdrop of white snow. Get in touch to know more about the trip, itinerary, time, private or group departures.
The most popular seasons are spring (March to May) and autumn (late September to late November), however some people prefer winter (December - February), when they can enjoy the beauty of the snow, and the environment of the remote areas.