Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon hill trek is one of the most popular short Himalaya treks in Nepal. The trek starts from the Modi River. After crossing the suspension bridge over the Modi River, you will ascend through the ethnic villages and farm terraces enjoying the views of Machhapuchhre peeking between the hills. On the second day, you will walk mostly through woods before you reach Ghorepani hill. An early start and an hour’s hike to Poon Hill (3210m) leads you to a brilliant viewpoint. This viewpoint provides an unobstructed beautiful sunrise over the high Himalayas. From Ghorepani the trail climbs along ridges and through pine and rhododendron forests and if the weather allows you can see panoramic view all the way south to the plains of India. The trail follows a stream bed which becomes larger as you continue. The stream has some clear pools alongside the trail and finally becomes a series of waterfalls.

A typical day on the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek:

The day begins with preparing your bag for the porters followed by breakfast. Breakfast is typically ordered the evening before in order to give the tea house owner ample time to prepare. It is important to remember that the owners cook meals for 20 to 30 people in a small kitchen. After breakfast, the morning trek starts with short tea house breaks. Around noon, we take a longer break for lunch. After lunch, we trek until we reach the destination for the day. In the afternoon, we reach the destination and are assigned rooms. The porters will have already delivered the heavy bags. We will order dinner, and you will have time on your own to relax and explore the village we are visiting. At dinner, the guides will explain the expectations for tomorrow’s segment and provide practical information including what time the heavy bags should be ready for the porters, what time to order breakfast and what time the trek starts. After dinner, you have free time to read a book, discuss the day’s adventures with your fellow trekkers and the guides, or enjoy a game of cards.

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and preparation for the trek

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (5-6h)

Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikedhunga (3-4h)

Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (5-6h)

Day 06: Trek to the summit of Poon Hill, and trek to Tadapani (6-7h)

Day 07: Trek to Ghandruk (3-4h)

Day 08: Trek to Pokhara (5h + 1h drive)

Day 09: Return to Kathmandu

Day 10: Departure from Kathmandu

Detailed Itinerary:

The day-to-day program for the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek in Nepal.

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. You will be picked up at the airport. Look for our representative holding a sign with your name. On the drive from the airport to the hotel, you will have a chance to experience the chaotic and busy charm of the capital city of Nepal. Once at the hotel you will be assigned your room and will have the rest of the day to yourself to explore Thamel, the central area of the city.

Day 2: Day of in Kathmandu

You will have the day in Kathmandu with time to do some sightseeing in the Kathmandu valley. Some notable sights include Buddhist and Hindu shrines, the ‘monkey temple’ Swayambhunath and the great Boudhanath stupa in an area called Little Tibet. There is also the Pashupatinath Temple, a sacred Hindu shrine on the banks of the Bagmati River, where you can experience a traditional cremation ceremony. In the evening, you will be asked to join us at a restaurant for dinner, where you can enjoy Nepalese cuisine and where we will go through what to expect on the trek and provide some practical information for the trip.

Day 3: Bus drive to Pokhara

We leave Kathmandu at dawn to head west towards Pokhara where the trek begins. While it is a long drive, there is plenty to see along the way. The drive exposes trekkers to the traditional oxcarts and bicycles used for transportation, as well as the ornate, crowded buses and daredevil drivers.
We arrive in Pokhara early in the afternoon and check-in to the hotel. You will have the rest of the day to explore the city of Pokhara.

Day 4: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga

We awaken early to drive to the village of Nayapul. Here, the porters will take the heavy bags and our trek begins. After nearly one hour walking, we reach the village of Birethanti (1,050 m). Birethanti is a busy village located close to the glacial Modi Khola River. From there, the trail is paved with stones and we reach a set of stairs towards the end of the day. We begin a gentle climb up the side of the valley towards Sudami, Hile, and soon reach the village of Tikhedhunga (1,577 m), the destination for the day.

Day 5: Trek to Ghorepani

The morning starts with a steep climb to the village of Ulleri. Outside Ulleri, we shortly find ourselves in a large rhododendron forest. In spring, this is a beautiful and colorful experience. The trail continues to climb steadily upwards, busy with mule traffic carrying rice and other items towards Mustang. Most of the afternoon will be spent walking in the rhododendrons. Near the end of the afternoon, we emerge from the forest at Ghorepani and the stunning Annapurna range comes into sight. The impressive peaks include Dhaulagiri (1,168 m), Annapurna (8,090 m), Machhapuchhre (6,994 m) and Lamjung (6,893 m) just to name a few.

Day 6: Trek to the summit of Poon Hill, and trek to Tadapani

A great adventure awaits today. It begins with a climb up to Poon Hill (3,193 m). From this vantage, trekkers will be greeted by one of the most spectacular panoramic views in the Himalayas. We start before sunrise and hope for clear weather to properly enjoy the sunrise over the giants of the Himalayas. There are spectacular views of Annapurna I (8,090 m), Annapurna III (7,556 m), Dhaulagiri (8,168 m), Gangapurna (7,454 m) and Machhapuchhre (6,994 m). We return to Ghorepani for breakfast before continuing east towards Tadapani. In this segment, we summit a pass of 3,100 m where we will take a well-deserved tea break and spend some time above 3,000 m for acclimatization. The next 2-3 hours are spent descending along a river in a beautiful gorge. Before reaching Tadapani, we must climb for about 30-45 minutes. At Tadapani, we are rewarded with clear views of Annapurna South (7,219 m) and the characteristic summit of Machhapuchhre (6,995 m). The day is long but unforgettable.

Day 7: Trek to Ghandruk

Today’s trek is short and pleasant and takes us downhill through pine forest with an occasional view of the high mountains. The day ends at the village of Ghandruk, populated by people from the Gurung tribe. There will be plenty of time to explore the village or simply relax at the hotel.

Day 8: Trek to Pokhara

Our last trekking day takes us through the scenic landscape along the Modi Khola River through the village of Syauli Bazaar to Birethanti. From there, it is an easy walk to Nayapul where we our trek began 4 days earlier. It is a 1-hour drive from Nayapul back to Pokhara, where we will check-in to our hotel with time to relax.

Day 9: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

After the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek completed, We drive back to Kathmandu through the beautiful Nepalese countryside and reach the busy capital city in the afternoon.

Day 10: Departure

You will be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport in time for your flight home, with the memories of a truly wonderful Himalayan adventure.

Pricing:

The price for Ghorepani Poon Hill trek includes the following services:

  • Airports pick up and transfer by private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu on twin/triple sharing basis
  • Guided Kathmandu city tours inclusive of vehicle transfer
  • World Heritage sites entrance fees during a sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Local transportation (when applicable)
  • Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges on twin sharing basis
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) with a cup of tea or coffee during the expedition
  • A highly experienced and licensed guide approved by the government of Nepal and porters during the trek and their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and insurance coverage
  • Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS)
  • Trekking Permit fees
  • Government taxes
  • Service charge

The price does not include the following:

  • Any meals in Kathmandu
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects. We strongly advise buying a travel insurance policy
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters