Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

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  • DURATION10 Days
  • DIFFICULTY-LEVELModerate
  • GROUP SIZE1-14
  • MAX ALTITUDE3210

Highlights

  • Trekking to Ghorepani-Poon Hill.
  • Splendid Sunrise views over the Himalayas from Poon Hill.
  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara -Kathmandu.
  • Visit of Beautiful city of Pokhara.
  • Trekking through rhododendron and pine forest.
  • Visit Typical Magar Villages of Ghorepani.
  • Typical Gurung Villages of Ghandruk.
  • Sightseeing tours of historical UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.

Trip Overview

Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is a short, easy and amazing eco-trekking trail in the western Nepal, popular for having awesome mountain vistas of dozens of Himalayas, amazing sunrise and sunset views on the backdrop of lofty Himalayas, incredible landscapes, distinct culture, rituals and lifestyle and more, perfectly suiting for lovely holiday primarily for the beginners.

The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is one of the lovely and thrilling trek for exploring natural wonders especially the awe-inspiring up close view of majestic Himalaya, astonishing outlook of beautiful settlement of various ethnic and castes groups, their unique blend of culture, rituals and more.

Poon Hill is based in Ghorepani in undoubted the best view point to have awe-inspiring sunrise and sunset views with the backdrop of non-stop Himalayan sceneries. The literal translation of the term 'Ghorepani, means 'horse water’, this used to be the place for watering to horses, until recently, this place is used as stop place for watering to mule caravans which carry goods that are carried from Pokhara and Jomsom and vice-versa.

Ghorepani – Poon Hill Trek is one of the low altitude trekking trails perfectly suiting for the first timers or beginners and undoubtedly the lovely holiday tour package designed by Nepal Travel Holiday team. The maximum altitude you will reach is the Poon hill (3,180 m.) the view point in the Ghorepani.

Ghorepani poon hill trek is also popularly known as Annapurna balcony trek, you have experience of trekking, awesome up close view of Himalayas without even going to the higher elevation. It is the paradise for having breathtaking sceneries of mountains, specially of Mt. Annapurna I (8,091 m), Annapurna II (7,937 m) , Mt. Annapurna III (7,555 m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7,525 m), Mt. Annapurna south (7,219 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,041 m), Mt. Fishtail also called Machhapuchhare (6,998 m) , Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6,986 m) and so forth.

Besides amazing mountain vistas you enjoy with incredible landscapes and amazing natural wonders, dramatic panorama as you pass through the lovely greenery hills, forest filled with the rhododendron flower and pine, if you are lucky enough, you encounter with rare animals and undoubtedly the chirping of birds alongside of the trail is undoubtedly create a lovely tranquil environment.

You pass through beautiful villages of various ethnic and caste groups namely—Gurung, Magar, Thakali and others and you also have an opportunity to explore the mix culture, distinct lifestyles, and rituals of them and if you wish to you can enjoy the local dishes and delicacies. You will have opportunity to explore typical Magar and Gurung villages especially at Ghandruk. These features are explicit enough why Ghorepani poon hill trek.

Itinerary

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Arrive at Kathmandu airport and you will be met & greeted by our airport representative who will be on standby to pick you up and transfer you to hotel.

  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu

After having breakfast at hotel, we take you for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and you are escorted by a professional tour guide.

Your tour will include Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple – Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath Temple and Bauddhanath Stupa, return to hotel.

  • Hotel
  • B
  • Kathmandu

You drive along the scenic Trisuli and Marsyangdi River to reach Pokhara, it’s a pretty good drive as you go by the beautiful river which is also good for rafting, and you can view Ganesh Himal and the Manaslu peak as well during the drive.

Pokhara is a tourist's paradise full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, & temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with her lovely mountains; after about 6 hours of driving; you arrive in Pokhara, the city of lakes…Welcome to this beautiful town of serene lakes that gives so much meaning to your holidays.

  • Hotel
  • B
  • Pokhara

After having breakfast at hotel, you start drive to Nayapul which takes approximately one and half hours. Then, trek to Tikhedhunga (1577M) Via Birethanti (1065m.) it is easy trek passing through several small villages and settlements. Afterwards, you ascend gently to the final destination of the day.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 1580
  • Tikhedunga

Today, you ascend steeply for the first 2 hours and then ascend gently passing through Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti. You see good view of Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.), Hiunchuli (6441m.), and Annapurna (7219m) south on the way. Now, the trail is quite easier passing through rhododendron and shadowy trees and ascends gently up to the final camp.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 2800
  • Ghorepani

Today, You trek to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhare (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountains in the morning then Hike down to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast at Lodge and trek to Tadapani (2650 m.).

The most part of the trail today you trek through rhododendron forest, the beautiful flower makes the jungle colorful in spring when they bloom.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 3210
  • Tadapani

Today, it is easy trek by descending gently all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. You can hear different kinds of birds chirping on the way. This is one of the popular destinations for the birds' lovers.

Ghandruk is a big Gurung village. There is a handicraft center and Gurung museum. From this village you see the views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • Ghandruk

Today is the last day trekking of you trekking and it is very easy trek by descending gently half of the way through the rice field and local villages to Syauli bazaar and walks flat part until Nayapul then drive to Pokhara and rest of the day is free.

  • Hotel
  • B, L
  • Pokhara

The Tourist bus at 7 AM after b/fast at your hotel to drive to Kathmandu and the driving will be a fantastic experience as you drive past many satellite towns on the way and we are able to see rural settlements, gushing rivers, terraces and green rural landscapes; after 6 hours drive you arrive Kathmandu.

  • Hotel
  • B
  • Kathmandu

You are transferred to the international airport for your final departure to your loving home.

  • B

What's Included

  • Airport Transfers.
  • 3 night hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary.
  • 2 night hotel in Pokhara including breakfast.
  • 4 night accommodation in lodge/tea house on trek.
  • Meals during the trek with hot tea/coffee in breakfast.
  • Conservation entry permits & TIMS permit.
  • Ground transportation from Kathmandu –-Pokhara - Kathmandu by Tourist bus.
  • A Guide and porters (1 porter for 2 peoples).
  • Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter.
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets if necessary.
  • All government taxes.

Check Available Dates

  • We have set date to departure the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. So, select your date and book the trek.
  • If preferred date is not listed then contact us for the further process to book the trek on your own date as the trek is available on any date of the year.
  • We have listed the price for up to 14 people only so, if you are more than 14 people then please contact us for the group price and further process to book the trek.
  • Private trek is available on any date of the year, contact us for the booking.
  • The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.
Start DateEnd DateAvailabilityPrice 
Start Date05 Sep, 2020End Date14 Sep, 2020AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$500
Start Date10 Sep, 2020End Date19 Sep, 2020AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$500
Start Date15 Sep, 2020End Date24 Sep, 2020AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$500
Start Date20 Sep, 2020End Date29 Sep, 2020AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$500
Start Date25 Sep, 2020End Date04 Oct, 2020AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$500
Start Date30 Sep, 2020End Date09 Oct, 2020AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$500

Useful Information

Passport, Visa and permits for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

You need to have valid passport (at least 6 month valid) to travel Nepal and need to obtain Nepal tourist Visa to travel Nepal, you can get Nepal visa on arrival at Airport or you can apply online (http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa) (and get it on arrival as well.

You required having Annapurna conservation area entry and TIM’s permits to do Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek and we apply and get these permits for you once you book the trek from us.

Best time and Climate for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

The best seasons (time) for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek are autumn (from mid-September till mid-December) and spring (from the beginning of March until May end). Temperatures will drop considerably as you trek higher every day.

The nights are chilly & cold (between -20 C to 5C) but the days are sunny and hot (between 10C to 30C). The mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon & disappearing at night.

Accommodation on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

You have good hotel accommodation for 5 nights (3 nights in Kathmandu and 2 nights in Pokhara) and simple lodge/teahouse accommodation for rest of the 4 nights on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek.

The rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets on trek lodge. A few have electric lights and all have a spacious dining room - lounge.

We accommodate you and group in local lodge available each day. We send a porter ahead of us to book the required number rooms for the group (rooms cannot be booked in advance in all places).

Please remember that some of them are very basic and a sense of adventure is necessary.

  • Hotel in Kathmandu: Hotel Samsara Resort or similar: 3 nights
  • Hotel in Pokhara: Hotel splendid view or similar: 2 nights
  • Hotel on Trek: Simple Mountain lodge: 4 nights

Accommodation will be on double/twin share (triple share available in most places also).

Note: hotel upgrade in Kathmandu and Pokhara is available as there are luxury 4 & 5 star hotels available in these cities so, let us know if you want to upgrade the hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara.

Extra nights in Kathmandu

If you arrive in Nepal earlier and stay in Nepal later than the scheduled dates then the extra night cost 55.00 USD per night including breakfast and airport transfer and it does not include any extra tours/activities.

Contact us if you need any extra nights for pre or post the trek and want to plan any extra tours and activities for your extra days.

Transportation used on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

We provide private vehicle for airport transfers and sightseeing and bus for Kathmandu- Pokhara – Kathmandu.

You also have options to drive by private car/jeep to Pokhara to Kathmandu and take short flight from Kathmandu – Pokhara - Kathmandu. Please, do let us know if you want to upgrade the modes of transport.

Electricity and battery charge

There is electricity available in Kathmandu and Pokhara and in most of the villages of Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek where you are able to Re- charges your camera/mobile batteries however.

We suggest you to have spare batteries too.

Food and drink on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on trek are included in our price and the meals are taken in lodges, you have breakfast and dinner at the lodge where you stay overnights and lunch at the lodge available along the trail.

You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western food as well as drinks (coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer) - the drinks are not included in the cost.

You can bring water purification pills/medicine while coming for the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek since you have normal water for free or you can simply buy bottled water or boiled/safe drink.

Luggage on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Your main luggage on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is carried by porter, you simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek.

A trek bag or duffle bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu or in Pokhara for free of charge.

Guide and Crew on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

You have professional tourist guide for a day tour in Kathmandu on day two (the tour guide for this day may different from the trek guide you trek from next morning) and trained trekking/certified trekking guide for the whole trek (handles the logistics and guide you and your team on the trek).

A Sherpa (Assistant guide) when there are 8 or more members in the group and porters to carry your luggage and there is 1 porter for each 2 members and a porter carry about 20 - 22kg which means 10- 11 KG from each trekker.

Child policy for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Children of 10 or more years can take this trek and must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old, no discount for 10 or more years old children and full price are applicable.

Contact us if you are planning to do Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek with children less than 10 years before you book.

Gratuities/Tips for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Staff

Tips are not included in the tour price for services tour guide, trekking guide, porter and driver. The recommended tip is US$ 5 from each member for tour guide (day 2) and US $ 3 from each member for driver (day 2) and total of US 70.00 from each members for the trek part to divide guide and porters (it depends on the size of the group you traveling so, our trek guide will give you clearer idea when the trek come to end).

Note: Tipping for all services provided on tour is always a matter of personal discretion, however please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and they may approach you for payment and there is no need to be intimidated by the request.

Personal Expenses on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Personal expenses depend largely on your habit and as all the meals are included in the cost. You only need some money for table drinks (alcoholic/non alcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (some smaller shops are available along the trail in the areas), tips, souvenirs, hot shower (you have to pay in some places).

If you do not drink alcohol and sopping then 12-15 USD per day per person should be enough for the hot drinks, shower and snacks.

Fitness Level Required for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile.

Please note that a moderate level of fitness is required with daily trekking from between 3 hours to 7 hours.

You will reach an altitude of 3210m above sea level. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to book our Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

In case of a serious sickness or injury while you are on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, we do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital.

You will be entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in the evacuation/rescue, so, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before departure to Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek.

Suggested Equipment List for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

General

  • Four seasons Sleeping bag (Optional) [One can be provided if required, to be returned after the trek]
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep your all the gear and this will be carried by the porters.
  • Daypack for yourself
  • A down Jacket (alternatively these can be hired and returned at the end of the trek free of charge)
  • Shade hat
  • Warm wool hat to cover your ears
  • A pair of light-weight warm gloves
  • T-shirts 2-3 pieces
  • Light weight thermal tops
  • -Fleece jacket
  • Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • A pair of quick-drying nylon hiking shorts
  • Two pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts
  • Four pairs of liner warm socks
  • A pair of light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots
  • A pair light trekking shoes for camp/lodges
  • A pair of sandals (optional)
  • A water bottle
  • Head/torch Light
  • A medium size towel
  • Walking poles (optional)

Medicines and First Aid Kits

  • We recommend consulting your local Medical GP regarding any medication suggestions to take for these regions.

Miscellaneous but Important

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies) - these extra passport photos are necessary to obtain the trekking permits.
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm, at least SPF 20, 2 sticks.
  • Sun cream with SPF 40 is recommended.
  • Pocket knife.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets.
  • Toiletry kit and be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.

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