GHOREPANI POON HILL TREK

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

Highlights

  • Splendid sunrise views over the Himalayas from Poon Hill
  • A scenic drive from Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu
  • Visit the beautiful city of Pokhara
  • Trekking through rhododendron and pine forest
  • Visit typical Magar villages of Ghorepani
  • Visit typical Gurung villages of Ghandruk
  • Sightseeing tours of the Historical UNESCO world heritage sites

Trip Overview

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is a short, easy, and Amazing eco-trekking trail in Nepal. The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is popular to have Awesome mountain vistas of dozens of Himalayas, Amazing sunrise and sunset views on the backdrop of the lofty Himalayas, incredible landscapes, distinct culture, rituals, and lifestyle and more, perfectly suitable for all aged people. The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is a thrilling trek to explore natural wonders, especially the awe-inspiring up-close view of the majestic Himalayas, an Astonishing outlook of the beautiful settlement of various ethnic and castes groups, their unique blend of culture, rituals, and more.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is one of the low altitude trekking trails perfectly suitable for the first-timers or beginners and undoubtedly the lovely trekking itinerary designed by Escape Nepal Holidays. The maximum altitude you reach is Poon hill, which is 3,180 m, the main highlight of the Ghorepani Poon hill trek. The trek is also popularly known as Annapurna balcony trek as you can have the experience of trekking, an Awesome up-close view of Himalayas without even going to the higher elevation.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is a paradise for breathtaking sceneries of mountains. The views include 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 (6,998 m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m), and Mt. Lamjung Himal.

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

You pass through beautiful villages of various ethnic and caste groups, which are Gurung and Magar. You also have an opportunity to explore the mixed culture, distinct lifestyles, and rituals of them. And, if you wish, you can enjoy the local dishes and delicacies. You have the opportunity to explore typical Magar and Gurung villages, especially at Ghandruk.

The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking itinerary includes your arrival and departure days to and from Nepal, a day tour in Kathmandu, and traveling days between Kathmandu-Pokhara. However, We also have three days Poon Hill Trek4 Days Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, and 12 Days Best of Nepal tour.

Itinerary

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On your arrival at Kathmandu airport and you will be met & greeted by our airport representative. He will be on standby to pick you up and transfer you to the hotel.

The evening is free to explore yourself around Thamel.

  • Hotel
  • 1345
  • Kathmandu

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

The Tour includes a visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple (Swayambhunath), Pashupatinath Temple, and Bauddhanath Stupa. Our guide then transfers you back to the hotel, and you have time to shop trekking gear around Thamel if you need any.

  • Hotel
  • B
  • 1345
  • Kathmandu

After early breakfast at the hotel, you start to drive to Pokhara at 7:00 am. The drive goes along the scenic Trisuli and Marsyangdi River to reach Pokhara.

You reach Pokhara in 6-7 hours (depends on traffic). 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.

  • Hotel
  • B
  • 830
  • Pokhara

After having breakfast at the hotel, you start to drive to Nayapul, which takes about one and a half hours. The real trek starts from Nayapul to Tikhedhunga (1577M) Via Birethanti (1065m.).

It is easy a trek today by passing through several small villages and settlements. Check into the lodge, and evening is free to explore yourself.

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

The trek starts after breakfast at the lodge, and today you ascend steeply for the first 2 hours. Then, ascend gently by passing through Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti.

You see a good view of Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail 6997m.), Hiunchuli (6441m.), and Annapurna (7219m) south on the way. The trail is quite easier after Banthati passing through rhododendron and shadowy trees and ascends gently up to the final camp to Ghorepani.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 2860
  • Ghorepani

Today, You trek to Poon Hill (3232m.) in the morning 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 snow-capped mountains.

Then trek down to Ghorepani to have a hot breakfast and trek to Tadapani (2650 m.). Most of the trail today goes through the rhododendron forest, and the beautiful flower makes the jungle colorful in spring when they bloom.

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

Today, it is easy trekking by descending gently through rhododendron, oak, and other kinds of dense forests to Ghandruk village. You can hear different kinds of birds chirping on the way. And this is one of the popular destinations for the birds' lovers too.

Ghandruk is a big Gurung village with a handicraft center and Gurung museum. You can see the views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail from Ghandruk.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 1940
  • Ghandruk

Today is the last day trek of your Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, and it is an easy trek by descending gently half of the way through the rice field and local villages to Syauli bazaar.

Then trek on the flat path until Nayapul then drives to Pokhara, and the rest of the day is free.

  • Hotel
  • B, L
  • 830
  • Pokhara

The Tourist bus leaves at 7 AM after b/fast at your hotel to drive to Kathmandu. The drive is a fantastic experience, as you drive by passing through many satellite towns on the way.

You reach Kathmandu about 6-7 hours of drive (depends on traffic), check into the hotel, and the evening is free to make last-minute shopping.

  • Hotel
  • B
  • 1345
  • Kathmandu

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

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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.

What's Excluded

  • Nepal entry visa fee (You may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport - Kathmandu).
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory).
  • Meals (lunch & dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara).
  • Your personal expenses, drink water, hot and cold drinks & bar bills.
  • Laundry, telephone, hot shower & internet charge.
  • Entrances fees while visit Kathmandu on second day.
  • Tips for the guide and porters.
  • Anything not mentioned in included section

Check Available Dates

  • We have set a date to depart the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. So, select your date and book the trek.
  • If the preferred date is not listed, then contact us for the further process to book the trek on your date as the trekking 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 process to book the trek.
  • The 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 Date25 Jan, 2021End Date03 Feb, 2021AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$500
Start Date30 Jan, 2021End Date08 Feb, 2021AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$500

Useful Information

Extra night hotel pre or post the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking

Extra night hotel in Kathmandu pre or post the trek is available at the US $ 55.00 that include breakfast and airport transfers.

Let us know if you arrive earlier or stay in Nepal later than the scheduled date. We can book the extra nights as per your need.

Transportation Used on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

We provide a private vehicle for airport transfers and tours in Kathmandu and tourist buses for Kathmandu- Pokhara – Kathmandu.

However, you have options to drive by private car/jeep from Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu or a short flight from Kathmandu – Pokhara - Kathmandu.

Please, do let us know if you want to upgrade the modes of transport to private or flights.

Electricity and battery charge facility on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

There is electricity available in Kathmandu and Pokhara and in most of the villages of Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, where you can recharge your camera/mobile batteries, and it may cost you some fee. However, we strongly suggest you have spare batteries too in case of not availability.

Guide and Crew on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

We provide a tourist guide for a day tour in Kathmandu on day two and a trained trekking/certified trekking guide for the whole trek who handles the logistics and guide you and your team on the trekking.

We also provide you a Sherpa (assistant guide) when there are eight or more members in the group and porters to carry your luggage. There is a porter for every two members, and a porter carries about 20 - 22KG, which means 10- 11 KG from each trekker.

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FAQs

Yes, You need some permits to trek on Ghorepani Poon Hill. You are required to have Annapurna conservation area entry and TIM’s permit. We at Escape Nepal apply and get these permits for you once you book Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek from us.

The Ghorepani Poon hill Trek is available and doable throughout the year. However, the autumn (from mid-September till mid-December) and spring (from the beginning of March until May end) are the best time for this trek.

A moderate level of fitness is required with daily walking/trekking from between 3 hours to 8 hours for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. You will reach an altitude of 3210m above sea level on this trek. You do not need to have previous trekking experience. However, you need to have good health and a strong desire and stamina to complete the hiking with positive thoughts.

We provide a hotel for five nights (3 nights in Kathmandu and two nights in Pokhara) and simple lodge/teahouse accommodation for the rest of the four nights on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. The rooms are basic, Normally, just a bed with a pillow and blankets on available lodges and some of them are very basic, and a sense of adventure is necessary.

Hotel list we provide:

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

Notes:

  •    If the above hotel is not available, then we provide you other similar hotels.
  •    Accommodation will be on double/twin share (triple share available in most places also).
  •    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.

A total of 19 meals (9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners) are included in our Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek package. These meals are taken in lodges. Breakfasts and dinners are taken at the lodge, where stay overnights and lunch at the lodge available along the trail. The guide will stop and provide lunch at lunchtime. You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western meals on this trail. However, Nepali set meals (Dal Bhat is available everywhere). The drinks like coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer etc...also available in all places and note that these drinks are not included in our price.

We suggest you bring water purification pills/medicine while coming for the Ghorepani Poon hill trek since you can have normal water for free so, you use the medicine and drink, or you have the option to buy bottled or boiled/safe water to drink.

No, You do not have to carry your luggage yourself on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking. The main luggage will be carried by a porter, and you will simply carry a day pack with a water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc.

Yes, Children are allowed on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. However, they should be healthy and fit enough to complete the trekking. The Ghorepani Poon hill Trek is child friendly and one of the best trekking in Nepal for children and students.

However, We at Escape Nepal allowed only ten or above children to join our group trek. And, If you are planning a trek with children under ten years. We then suggest you do the private Trek without other strangers as different people may have different trekking pace. So, you do the private trekking, then the children get extra care and can trek at their pace.

Yes, You have to tip the staff of the Ghorepani-Poon Hill Trek. However, the tipping for all services provided on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is always a matter of personal discretion. However, please be aware that tipping is considered to be a part of their remuneration thus, they may approach you for payment, and there is no need to be intimidated by the request.

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

Yes, you need some money for personal expenses, and it is depending on your habit. Most of the meals are included on our Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. You only need some money for table drinks (alcoholic/nonalcoholic beverages), some meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara, snacks, (some smaller shops are available along the trail in the areas), souvenirs, a hot shower (you have to pay in some places), etc.

If you do not drink alcohol and not shopping then the US $12-15 per day per person should be enough for these extra expenses.

Yes, we strongly recommend you buy travel insurance that covers many things. Such as rescue in case of a serious sickness or injury while on Trek. We do everything to make a successful trek. However, there is always some risk on a mountain trek, and the evacuation by helicopter in Nepal is expensive. So, it is always better to be safe and covered by insurance.

We wish that you won’t have AMS or any other sickness on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. However, there is always a risk of AMS (Altitude mountain sickness) while going on a mountain trek. So, we have to be careful about it.

Our guide will provide you information to avoid the AMS while on a trek. However, if in case if you or any member of the group get AMS, then we do everything to bring you back safely. It depends on the situation and the place people get sick. As Such, if you get AMS and still able to walk, then we take a day rest (while others continue the trek) with one of the porter/guides, and we see how the situation improve, and we continue the trekking from the next day if the situation gets better.

And, If there is not any improvement or even worse. We do not have other options rather than return the same trail as descending is only the medicine of AMS, or if the situation gets worse, and can not walk, then we rescue/evacuate you back to Kathmandu to visit a doctor.

The cost of evacuation by helicopter is expensive in Nepal, and it is almost impossible to pay by the people so, we strongly suggest you buy an insurance policy that covers the evacuation in the worst situation.

Yes, you get an airport pick up on your arrival at Kathmandu airport once you book Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. However, the service is available only if you arrive and depart on our scheduled dates. If you arrive or return on different dates, then some extra costs will apply for these transfer services. Escape Nepal’s representative/driver will be standing by at the airport to pick you up and transfer to the designated hotel. He will have an Escape Nepal placard or your name written in the paper. So, find him.

Important note on Arrival: There can be many people around you to support you to carry your luggage or to put your luggage in the vehicle when you exit from the Airport, and they ask for money as a tip at the end (These people do not belong to us).

So, be careful of them, and we advise not to let them carry your bag/luggage. We suggest you take your bag/luggage yourself until you put on our vehicle as there are many trolleys that you can use free of cost.

No, The International flights to arrive in Nepal and to return from Nepal are not included in our itinerary and price of the Ghorepani Poon hill trek. You have to search and book a suitable international flight to arrive in Nepal and return yourself. There are plenty of international airlines that make a flight to Nepal.

Yes, We can shorten the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking. We have a 5day trek included in this ten days itinerary, and if you have limited days for Ghorepani Poon hill Trek, then we can customize/shorten the trekking for 3 or 4 days from 5 days. You, of course, need to walk a little more each day when the itinerary is shorter. So, if you can walk some more hours, then we can arrange the 3 Days itinerary or, 4 days itinerary for the Ghorepani Trekking.

Yes, we have another trekking program that covers Ghorepani Poon Hill and continues trek to Annapurna Base camp. If you are looking for a little longer trekking adventure, then the 14 Days Annapurna Base camp Trek with Ghorepani is perfect for you.

Yes, you can add a mountain flight tour on the morning of the second day, and Trisuli River Rafting for 3 hours on day three while driving to Pokhara, and these activities do not need any extra days.

Furthermore, if you have some extra days, then you can add on Chitwan Jungle Safari Tour from Pokhara, or if you want to extend your holidays in other countries, then you can add Tibet Lhasa Tour in Tibet or Bhutan Tour in Bhutan.

Equipment is very important to have a comfortable and successful Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek in Nepal. So, you need to pack your gear carefully and pack only the things that you need and not anything that you no need for the trek.

To help you to pack your gear for the Nepal student tour, we have given some list that you should not miss while you are packing.

General

  • Four seasons sleeping bag (we provide you one if you do not have).
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep all your gear, which will be carried by the porter.
  • Daypack for yourself to keep your things, such as a camera, water, and things that you need for the day.
  • A small lockable bag to keep the extra stuff that you do not use on the trek, and this can be kept at the hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara and get a return after the trekking.
  • A down Jacket (we provide you one if you do not have
  • Shade hat
  • Warm wool hat to cover your ears
  • A pair of light-weight warm gloves
  • T-shirts 2 pieces
  • Lightweight thermal tops
  • A fleece jacket
  • Raincoat (if you are traveling in monsoon time)
  • A pair of trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • Some pairs of warm socks
  • A pair of light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots
  • A pair of light trekking shoes or sandals for camp/lodges
  • A water bottle
  • Head/torch Light
  • A medium-size towel
  • Walking poles (optional)

Medicines and First Aid Kits

  • We recommend consulting with your doctor for 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
  • Pocket knife
  • Water purification Iodine tablets (optional)
  • Toiletry kit and be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.