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
  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu
  • Visit of 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 historical UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu

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 lofty Himalayas, incredible landscapes, distinct culture, rituals and lifestyle and more, perfectly suites for all aged people. The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is thrilling trek to explore 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.

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 itineary designed by Escape Nepal Holidays. The maximum altitude you reach is Poon hill  which is 3,180 m, the main highlight of Ghorepani Poon hill trek. The trek is also popularly known as Annapurna balcony trek as you can have experience of trekking, awesome up close view of Himalayas without even going to the higher elevation.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is paradise to have breathtaking sceneries of mountains that includes views 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 the 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 and Magar 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 have 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 3 days Poon Hill Trek that starts and ends in Pokhara, 4 Days Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek and 12 Days Best of Nepal tour that is with Chitwan Jungle Safari.

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 hotel.

The Evening is free to explore yourself around Thamel.

  • Hotel
  • 1345
  • Kathmandu

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

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

  • Hotel
  • B
  • 1345
  • Kathmandu

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

You reach Pokhara 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 hotel, you start drive to Nayapul which takes about one and half hours. The real trek starts from Nayapul  to Tikhedhunga (1577M) Via Birethanti (1065m.).

it is easy a trek today 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 lodge, Today, you ascend steeply for the first 2 hours.  Then ascend gently passing through Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti.

You see 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.). The most part of the trail today goes 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 to Ghandruk village. You can hear different kinds of birds chirping on the way. 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 very easy trek by descending gently half of the way through the rice field and local villages to Syauli bazaar.

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

  • Hotel
  • B, L
  • 830
  • Pokhara

The Tourist bus at 7 AM after b/fast at your hotel to drive to Kathmandu. The drive is a fantastic experience as you drive 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 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 Date25 Oct, 2020End Date03 Nov, 2020AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$500
Start Date30 Oct, 2020End Date08 Nov, 2020AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$500

Useful Information

Extra night hotel pre and post the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Extra night hotel in Kathmandu pre or post the trek is available at US $ 55.00 that include breakfast and airport transfers.
Let us know if you arrive earlier or stay in Nepal later than the schedule date then we can book the extra nights as per your need.

Transportation Used on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

We provide private vehicle for airport transfers and tour in Kathmandu and tourist bus for Kathmandu- Pokhara – Kathmandu.

However, you have options to drive by private car/jeep from Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu or 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 are able to re- charges your camera/mobile batteries and it may cost you some fee to recharge them. However, we strongly suggest you to have spare batteries too incase of not availability.

Guide and Crew on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

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

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

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FAQs

Yes, you need to have 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 Ghorpeani Poon Hill Trek from us.

The Ghorepani Poon hill Trek is available and doable all 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.

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 really need to have previous trekking experience however, you need to be healthy and strong desire and stamina to complete the trek with positive thoughts.

We provide good hotel for 5 nights (3 nights in Kathmandu and 2 nights in Pokhara) and simple lodge/teahouse accommodation for rest of the 4 nights on Ghorpeani Poon Hill Trek. The rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets on available lodges and 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 mentioned hotels are not available then we provide you another similar hotels.
    Accommodation will be on double/twin share mostly (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.

    Total of 19 meals (9 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners) are provided on our Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek package. These meals are taken in lodges as the breakfasts and dinners are taken at the lodge where stay overnights and lunch at the lodge available along the trail, our guide will stop and provide lunch at lunch time.

    You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western meals on this trail however Nepali set meal (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 our price.

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

    No, your main luggage on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek will be carried by porter. You will simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. as small load allows you full enjoyment of the trek.

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

    However, We at Escape Nepal allowed only 10 or above children to join our group trek and when you plan the trek with children under 10 years then we suggest you to do the private trek without other strangers and only with the children as different people may have different trekking pace so, when you do the private trek then the children get extra care and can trek on their pace.

    Yes, 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 normal remuneration, thus they may approach you for payment and there is no need to be intimidated by the request.

    Tips are not included in tour price for services tour guide, trekking guide, porter and driver. Just to give you an idea, US$ 5 from each member for tour guide (day 2), 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 are recommended (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).

    Yes, you need some money for personal expenses and the personal expenses depend largely on your habit. Most of the meals are provided and included in the cost.

    You need some money for table drinks (alcoholic/nonalcoholic beverages), for some meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (not included) snacks while trekking (some smaller shops are available along the trail in the areas), souvenirs, hot shower (you have to pay in some places) etc...

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

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

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

    Our guide will provide you information to avoid the AMS while on trek however if incase if you or any member of group get AMS then we do everything to bring you back safely.

    The action depends on the situation and the place people get sick as such if you get AMS and still able to walk up then we take a day rest at the place (while other continue the trek) with one of the porter/guide and we see how the situation will improve and we continue trek from next day if the situation gets better.

    If there is not any improvement or even worse, we do not have other option rather return the same trail as descending down is only the medicine of AMS or if the situation gets really worse and you either can go up or down then we rescue/evacuate and bring you back to Kathmandu to visit 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 to buy insurance policy that covers the evacuation in the worst situation.

    Yes, you get airport pick up on your arrival at Kathmandu airport once you book Ghjorepani Poon Hill Trek however, the free airport pick up and drop service is available only if you arrive and departure on our schedule dates. If you arrive or return on different dates then some extra cost will apply for these transfer services.

    Escape Nepal’s representative/driver will be stand by at the airport pick you up and transfer to designate hotel. He will have Escape Nepal placard or your name written in the paper so, find him when you exit from the airport.

    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 Airport and they ask for money as tip at the end (These people are not belong to us).

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

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

    Yes, we have 5 days trek included in this 10 days package program and if you have limited days to for Ghorepani Poon hill Trek the new can customize/shorten the trek for 3 or 4 days from 5 days. You of course need to walk little more each day when we shorten trek so, if you can walk some more hours then we can arrange it for 3 or 4 days as per your need.

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

    Yes, you can add mountain flight tour in the morning of day 2 before Kathmandu tour starts and Trisuli River Rafting for 3 hours on day 3 while you drive to Pokhara and these activities does 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 extent your holidays in other country then you can add Tibet Lhasa Tour in Tibet or Bhutan Tour in Bhutan.

    Equipment is very important factor to have comfortable and successful trek. So, you need to pack your gear carefully and carry only the things that you need on trek. You should have pack anything that you do not need on trek and should not miss anything that you need for the trek.

    To help you to pack your gear, we have given some list that you should not miss while you packing for the Ghorepani Poon hill trek in Nepal.

    General

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