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.
Highlights of Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking
- typical short Tea House Trek in Annapurna region
- magical sunrise view from Poon Hill on Annapurna range and Daulagiri
- high enough for great view; without altitude risks
- landscape and floral varieties
- authentic Gurung and Magar village
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Flying to Kathmandu is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. On a clear day, you will get a panoramic view of the snow-capped towering peaks. After completing the visa formalities in airport, collect your luggage downstairs. As you exit the airport terminal, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives carrying your name on our company’s’ signboard, Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expedition. Moving forward, you’ll be taken to your hotel in our vehicle. Once you reach at hotel, you’ll be welcomed by them as well and after that you can relax in your room or go for a walk exploring the city.
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara early in the morning by tourist bus or Private vehicle passing the River side of Trisuli. It takes about 7 hours to reach in Pokhara valley. We can visit some interesting places like Devi’s Fall, Guptswor Cave, Tal Barahi Temple and boating on Phewa Lake in Pokhara.
Option: We have not included the airfare Kathmandu- Pokhara (USD $125 Per Person). The exciting half hour flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara gives you the feeling of a mountain flight, high in the Himalayas where you can see the Langtang, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. If you chose to travel to Pokhara by flight, we give free Airport Drop and Pick up.
We begin our trek at Nayapul after an hour drive in a private vehicle from Pokhara. After a 15 minutes walk along the bank of the Modi Khola, we reach Birethanti (1050m), a large village that has many shops and teahouses.
From the village, the trail follows the north bank of the Budhi Gandaki Khola and climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hile.
The trails ascents bring us to reach Ulleri village after 2 hours steep up walk and continue the trails gently up until Banthanti which takes about 1 hour and will have lunch there. Now we can see the good view of Machhapuchre, HiunChuli and Annapurna South. After lunch, then our trail goes gradually ascending until Ghorepani, a village of Magar peoples which takes about 2 hours to reach. The mountains will be crystal clear and can be seen instantly from the place where we'll be staying.
Early in the morning, we'll hike to Poonhill which is a 45 minutes hike through the Rhododendron forest to encounter the astonishing view of snow white giants like Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167m, Tukuche Peak 6920m, Nilgiri 6940m, Varaha Shikhar 7847m, Mt. Annapurna I 8091m, Annapurna South 7219m, Annapurna III 7855m, Machhapuchhre 6993m, Annapurna IV 7525m, Annapurna II 7937m, Lamjung Himal 6931m and unobstructed view of sunrise over these mountains.
After enjoying the moment, we return back to hotel and the trail steeply ascending until Deurali which is also the same height of Poon Hill and takes about 1 & half hour. Then we follow the deep forest way until Banthanti which takes about 2 hours and have lunch there. We can see the wild animals like as monkeys and local birds during the jungle trail. After lunch, it takes 1 hour to reach in Tadapani village which is surrounded by beautiful rhododendron forest. We can see more magnificent view of Machhapuchre, Annapurna South, Hium Chuli and Annapurna II.
This is a relatively easy day trekking downhill all the way to Ghandrunk, a beautiful Gurung village with its rich culture and tradition. Most of the men from this village are of brave Gorkha Army Soldiers of Britian and India. Annapurna South, Hinchuli and Machhapuchhre are some of mountains that you will feast your eyes on as you trek!
Today, we end our trek by heading back down to Nayapul where a vehicle will pick us up for the short drive back to Pokhara.
Early morning, we depart from Pokhara Tourist Bus Station to travel back to Kathmandu. If you are interested in continuing on to Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure or any other tours you can start today.
Option: We have not included the airfare of Pokhara – Kathmandu (USD $120 Per Person). The exciting half hour flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu gives you the feeling of a mountain flight, high in the Himalaya where you can see the Langtang, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. If you chose to travel to Kathmandu by flight, we give free Airport Drop and Pick up. You need to book this flight before start the trek.
We will accompany you to the International Airport in time to board your flight. Check in at the Kathmandu international airport 3 hours prior to your flight time.
- Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
- Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
- Accommodation in Kathmandu, Two nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
- Accommodation in Pokhara, Two nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
- Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges 4 nights (With twin-share rooms ,beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
- All standard meals(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking
- English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
- One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
- Porters: One porter for 2 Trekkers basis.(Max 25 KG per porter)
- Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
- Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
- Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
- Annapurna Foothill’s Tshirt.
- Energy Supplies (Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh Fruits on the Trek
- First aid medicine kit.
- Annapurna Conservation Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
- All ground transfers Kathamndu –Pokhara- Nayapul-Nayapul-Pokhara and Kathmandu.
- All government and local taxes.
- Your Personal Travel Insurance.
- Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
- Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
- Beverages (drinks, mineral water,boiled water and beer).
- Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
- Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.
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Guaranteed - We already have trekkers booked for those dates and you can join the group.
Available - The date is available to book and once you confirm your trip it will be guaranteed.
Limited - The departure date is filling fast and only limited seats are available to join.
Closed- The Trip cannot be booked on that specific date. Contact us for customized dates.
The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.
We have set dates for departure to the Amazing Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking. So, pick your preferable date and let the adventure begin.
Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking is available and can be done throughout the year. So, if the date you prefer is not listed on our departure dates then you can contact us directly to book the trip on your own desired date.
We have listed the price up to 12 trekkers at maximum. If you are more than 12 trekkers, then please feel free to contact us for amazing discounted group price and further booking process.
Private Trips to Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking is possible on any date of the year. Contact us to design your own private trips with you loved ones.
Solo Trips: Single trekkers are always welcome to join the trek. On your arrival at Kathmandu, you’ll have a single room in Kathmandu Hotel as per your requirement and have to share a room at the local teahouses during the trekking.
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Difficulty Rating of Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking:
Any avid walker who is able to hike approximately 5-6 hours a day carrying a lightweight backpack will be fit enough to do this trek. We recommend you bring walking poles, as you will find them helpful especially in the long descents when your legs may feel shaky, and the stone steps are uneven. The altitude is only 3200m, so there is no altitude related risk.
Safe Drinking Water on Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking:
We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Several guesthouses have Euro-guard filters. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.
Re-charging Batteries of Electronic Items on the Trekking:
You can recharge your digital camera, iPod, batteries etc. with electricity or solar power sources. You may need to buy an adaptor in Kathmandu before the trip since the plugs in Nepal might be different. The lodges charge a small fee per hour for recharging facilities. Nepal uses 220-240 volts to power your appliances. The sockets fit both round and flat plugs.
Extra Advice for Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking:
You will see many sweet village children, and you may want to give them something. Remember, many trekkers have felt the same. It is better not to distribute balloons, candy, money or even pens to village children as it encourages them to beg. Many children now ask for Mithai (candy) Paisa (Money) and Boom boom (balloon). During the trekking, keep your valuable goods safe. Lock your door when you leave your guesthouse room. You are also advised not to leave your laundry hanging outside at night.
Don’t throw anything into the fire in any house, Buddhist or Hindu. In most cultures the household gods live in Kitchen.
Spending Money per Day:
Although it depends on your spending habits, you should allocate US$ 7 - 10 per meal in Kathamndu. On the trek, US$9 - 12 a day should be enough to buy chocolates, Coca Cola and a beer.
Travel Insurance for Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking:
It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.
Washing and Toilet facilities for Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking:
Most lodges offer hot showers, though sometimes a hot shower means a bucket of hot water. You can ask your trekking guide about the availability. For ecological reasons please try and limit your use of hot water unless the water is solar-heated. Please note that at higher altitude and in colder seasons there is very little chance to have enough hot water for all the trekkers. If the water is frozen then ask your guide to get warm bowl of water. Every lodge will have some kind of hand washing facility but it is good idea to carry a bar of soap with you. Toilets are usually Asian squat style and vary in how clean they are. Normally toilets are outside the lodge but now some lodges have attached or indoor toilets. The rubbish bin in the toilet is kept for your used toilet paper.
On the popular trekking routes villagers have built tea house lodges with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. When you stay in the tea houses you will have close contact with the Nepalese people and are directly contributing to the local economy.
How Can I Plan and Confirm My Trip?
Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition is a government licensed trekking and touring company in Nepal. On the following terms and conditions, we accept your bookings.
In order to confirm your bookings we require a non-refundable deposit US$ 200 down payment in advance is mandatory to book the flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process too. Bookings must be done 60 days prior to your planned trekking date, to reserve a place. This amount can be sent by bank-to-bank transfer, Western Union, money grams, or credit card (telex transfer or wire transfer). And the rest of the money must be paid to us upon arrival
I Found this company here in tripadvisor and asked for a quote to the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek.The answer was quick and very warm, always beggining with a Namasté! Made lots of questions and asked for other options different from what was the original trekking and Ngima Sherpa, the director of the company always answered with an entusiastic answer.The price is really nice when compared with others I saw, and with a competence and organization of an high level.The package that we bought included 2 nights in kathmandu, the trekking and a plane ticket from Pokhara to Kathamndu on the end of the trekking. Everything was perfect. The hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara were very nice, the trekking was wonderfull, our guide Dawa and the porter Buda were fabulous, always smiling and taking care of us, attending to our requests and needs. In the last day our flight from Pokhara was early in the morning and we had another flight in the afternoon to Delhi. Ngima picked us from the airport and, has we had lots of time till the next fligh, he took us to a Stupa that we haven't saw in the previous days to spend the hours that we had, even that was out of their services, and arranged transportation again to the airport.It is really a very efficient and well organized company, that cares about the clients.Really recommend Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expedition
In December/ Jan 2017/18 myself and my 14 year old son Charlie, joined my sister, brother in law and nephew George for a 5 day hike through the Annapurna Foothills. From my very first enquiry via email to Sherpa Ngima to being met at Kathmandu Airport to start our trip with Annapurna Foothills Trek and expedition was a dream come true. Both Ngima and Tenzin who accompanied our trek took care of every single need from detailed explanations about the beautiful vistas we walked through, to finding us the best rooms together at the best places, to the meals we ate and the kind and caring way they led and took us on this spectacular journey. Every village and path showed the most incredible sights, experience, cultures and traditions. I can and would urge you to put all your trust in this beautiful company full of kind, caring and experienced Guides and Porters with a deep knowledge of Nepal.Thanks my Nepalese family for taking such good care of us we will always remember this special time together and as you know George and Charlie are planning on a base camp trek when they are old enough
Having spent two months volunteering in Kathmandu, I was keen to explore the beautiful mountain scenery for a few days before my flight home. A friend recommended Ngima for this, and I am so grateful to her for this advice. I only had about a week for the trek, so Ngima suggested a shortened version of the Annapurna Circuit which was perfect for my time period. The programme allowed enough time to trek as well as to relax at the hostels and frequent lemon tea breaks! Trekking alone would have certainly been less of a joy without the company of Ngima and his thorough knowledge of the best places to stay and eat, gained through many years of trekking in the area. The trek was the perfect ending to a wonderful stay in Nepal and if given the opportunity I would readily return and complete a longer trek. firstname.lastname@example.org
We are extremely thankful to Ngima and the team at Annapurna Foothills Treks Expeditition for making our trip to Nepal so fantastic and memorable! We did a four day Gandruk-Poon Hill-Gorepani trek and one day of sightseeing in Kathmandu.We did a lot of research into different tour companies before our trek, however, we were the most impressed with Annapurna Foothills. They were prepared to tailor the itinerary to meet our time frames, budget and interests. We also wanted to go with a Nepal based tour company.Our entire trip was taken care of - right from picking us up and dropping us off to Kathmandu airport! During the trek, Ngima gave us interesting insights into Nepali history, culture and nature. He was also very patient with us - especially during the ascent to Ulleri! On the last day, when I hurt my foot, he was very caring and made sure I was feeling ok. The food and accommodation during the trek was also fantastic. Our sherpa and Ngima always made sure we were well fed!The trek itself was amazing. We really enjoyed passing through the villages and meeting the locals. The early morning trek to Poon Hill was definitely worth it - we saw the sunrise over the Annapurna mountains. We also got a good mix of seeing mountains, forests and villages.I would highly recomend Annapurna Foothills to anyone considereing a trek/expedition in Nepal. Whether you're a beginer or experienced hiker - you will get so much from Annapurna Foothills.Supraja Krishnamoorthysupraja08@gmail.com
Thanks for your everlasting patience and flexibility when we needed a stop for a tea break, take a picture or even wanted to change our route.All was possible with you and also anything could be arranged. Super! We also liked your company as a guide and person a lot during (and after) our trekking and of course playing some games of Yathzee in the evening.We still owe you a piece of appelpie :-).Again thank you so much for everything!Trekking Area: Ghorpani TrekkingTrip Advisor reviewNamaste,Rob & Linda, HollandDutch VersionHallo Ngima,Bedankt voor je eeuwig durende geduld and flexibiliteit wanneer we wilde stoppen voor een thee pauze, het nemen van een foto of zelfs toen we onze route wilde aanpassen.Alles was mogelijk en alles kon geregeld worden. Top! We vonden je gezelschap als gids en persoon zeer prettig tijdens (en na) de trekking en natuurlijk de potjes Yathzee die we 's avonds gespeeld hebben.Je hebt nog steeds een punt appeltaart te goed van ons! :-)Nogmaals enorm bedankt voor alles.Namaste,Rob & Linda, Holland