Ghorepani – Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani-Poon Hill trekking is a colourful short venture into the Annapurna region. This trek, in the Annapurna foothills to the view point on Poon Hill, offers all the best of trekking in Nepal. Enjoy trekking in the spectacular mountain scenery through charming villages inhabited by the Gurungs, Magars, dense rhododendron forests full of birds and deep sub-tropical valleys, all set below the Annapurnas with the picturesque peak of Machhapuchhre dominating the skyline. At the climax of this trek you will climb Poon Hill at dawn to enjoy one of the most spectacular views of the mountains on earth. As the sun touches the snow-capped summits the Himalayan giants, Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) and Annapurna (8,091 m) along with a maze of other peaks, slowly begin to appear, like magic.

Trek Profile:
Grade : Easy
Average walking per day : 5 hrs
Maximum altitude : 3,210 m
Best seasons : Feb-May, Sep-Dec
Type of Trek : Teahouse/Camping
Starting Point : Pokhara
Ending Point : Pokhara

Standard Itinerary:

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400 m)

Upon arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport, meet our airport representative who will be displaying our company’s placard just outside the airport terminal. Then, get transferred to the respective hotel in a private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu

Day 2

Pre-trip Meeting; Kathmandu Valley sightseeing

After breakfast, at around 07:30 AM, pre-trip meeting is hosted in your hotel in Kathmandu in order to introduce the trek leader/guide. It is recommended to seek this opportunity to ask any question relevant to the trek. Please remember to bring the passport, 3 copies of passport-size photos, and a copy of the travel insurance policy. In any case that you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the meeting, please inform in advance.
After that, get ready for the sightseeing tour that will start at around 09:30 AM. A private vehicle and professional tour guide is provided to guide you through the Kathmandu Valley including Bouddhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. A full-day sightseeing takes no more than 8 hrs to complete including the lunch time and rest of the time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu

Day 3

Drive to Pokhara (827 m)

After early breakfast, leave for Pokhara, situated around 200 km west from Kathmandu. Pokhara is a beautiful valley with Phewa Lake in the west and stunning view of the Annapurna mountain range at the north. Overnight at hotel, Pokhara

Day 4

Drive to Nayapul (1,070 m) & trek to Tikhedhunga (1,577 m)

After breakfast, drive for around an hour to Nayapul; then start trekking along the bank of the Modi Khola. After 15 minutes of short walk, reach Birethanti (1,065 m); continue walking through the village following the north bank of Bhurungdi Khola; climbing steadily up the side of the valley to Hile, finally reaching Tikhedhunga. Overnight at lodge, Tikhedhunga

Day 5

Trek to Ghorepani (2,855 m)

After breakfast, move on towards the steep ascent to Ulleri, a large village of Magars at 1,920 m. Then the trail continues more gently through a pleasant rhododendron forest and fields via Banthanti (2,250 m) and Nangethanti (2,460m) leading onwards to Ghorepani. Overnight at lodge, Ghorepani

Day 6

Hike up to Poon Hill (3,210 m); Trek to Tadapani (2,680 m)

Get up early in the morning and go for an hour hiking to Poon Hill, a brilliant mountain range spectacle; this vantage point provides a clear view of the sunrise over the high Himalayas. After spending about 1 hr, return to Ghorepani for breakfast. After breakfast, start walking along ridges and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (2,960 m); descend to the Banthanti, then turning off to Tadapani. Overnight at lodge, Tadapani

Day 7

Trek to Ghandruk (1,950 m)

After breakfast, descend for 3-4 hrs bringing you to the village of Ghandruk around noon. Enjoy the day visiting the Annapurna conservation office and museum, as well take time to explore the village. Overnight at lodge, Ghandruk

Day 8

Trek to Deurali (2,960 m)

After breakfast, descend all the way down to Kyume (1,430 m) and then ascend again all the way to Deurali, passing through another beautiful Gurung Village, Landruk (1,570 m) and then a steep uphill, but through the forest up to Deurali. Overnight at lodge, Deurali

Day 9

Trek to Phedi (1,130 m) & drive to Pokhara

After breakfast, walk a gentle downhill through the beautiful forest and with the great view of Annapurna and Manaslu mountain range up to Dhampus Village. From there, it is 1 hr steep downhill to reach Phedi, the ending point of this trek. From Phedi, it is around half an hour drive to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel, Pokhara

Day 10

Drive back to Kathmandu

After breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu

Day 11

Departure

After breakfast, free till check out time; get transferred to Kathmandu International Airport for your final departure.