Things to Know Before Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking

  • May 6, 2022
  • Rajesh Thapaliya

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is a short, easy and one of the most popular treks in the Annapurna region. It offers scenic mountain views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs with Gurung and Magar culture. This trek is also known as Ghorepani Ghandruk circuit trek, Annapurna panorama trek, Annapurna sunrise trek, and Poon hill trek short trek.

This simply classic easy Poon hill trek is the best option for those who have a short holiday in Nepal but would like to have a great experience in the Himalayas. This is a model trek for beginners, families, the elderly, and students from school and university without having any trekking experience in the past.

The hill station Poon hill offers Charming mountain glimpses such as Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Braha Shikhar, Annapurna south, Hunchuli and Fishtail (Machhapuchchhre) with unblocking sunrise.

Poon hill itself is examined as one of the best hill stations in the Annapurna region. Sunrise and sunset over Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range from the top are some of the best views in the entire trek.

A big Gurung village (Ghandruk) in this region is also a highlight in this Poon hill circuit trek. It looks magnificent with traditional architectural buildings. The warm hospitality of the locals with their cultural program captivates the visitors. This is the second biggest village in Nepal.

Ghorepani Poon hill trek
View from Poon hill

Related:

  1. Ghorepani Poon hill trek
  2. Mardi Himal Trek
  3. Mohare Danda Trek
  4. Khopra Danda Trek

Table of Contents

Where to Begin Ghorepani Poon Hill Trip?

Ghorepani Poon hill trek
Poon hill tower

Ghorepani Poon hill tour begins from Pohara driving to Nayapul. The driving road to Nayapul is not bad compared to the other remote area roads. It is about 45 KM from Pokhara and takes around an hour and a half to two hours.

There are several options for transportation to get to Nayapul from Pokhara. There are local buses and vans leave from the bus station every single hour. Either taxi or renting a private tourist car, van, or bus are available in Pokhara.

After the drive, the trek starts from Nayapul and leads to Ulleri following the Bhurundgi River and passing Hile and Tikhedhunga villages. Then trek the next day to Ghorepani where the famous viewpoint Poon hill remains.

After enjoying the view from Poon hill, the trek keeps continues to Tadapani and Ghandruk then ends back in Nayapul.

Poon Hill Trek Highlights

  • Beautiful lake city Pokhara
  • Poon hill viewpoint with scenic Mountain View with unblocking sunrise
  • Colourful rhododendron forest and cherry blossom
  • History of the brave Gurkhas, their culture, and lifestyle
  • Vegetation, landscape, waterfall, wildlife and more

Trek Facts

Trekking days4-5
Difficulty levelEasy
Maximum elevation3,210m
Best time to trekAutumn and Spring (Winter is also doable)
AccommodationLodge/guesthouse
Per day walking hours5-6
Individual optionAllowed 

 

Related:

  1. Ghorepani Poon hill trek
  2. Mardi Himal Trek
  3. Mohare Danda Trek
  4. Khopra Danda Trek

Ghorepani Ghandruk Circuit Distance

Ghorepani Ghandruk circuit trek full distance can be done in 4 or 5 days. Starting from Nayapul than trek to Ghandruk via Ghorepani and Tadapani is 4okm. You may drive from here and can walk an additional 4 km to Kimche then drive to Pokhara. So this circuit trek from Nayapul to Kimche is 44km.

The road from Ghandruk and Kimche is bumpy and uncomfortable. You can trek furthermore to Nayapul an additional around 10km from Kimche more than drive comfortably to Pokhara with private transportation.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking Detailed Itinerary

Ghorepani poon hill trek
Ghorepani Poon hill trek map

Normally, the Ghorepani trek is done by most of the trekkers following a 5 days trek itinerary. It can be done within 4 days for the same circuit if you can walk about 8 hrs plus a Poon hill hike in one day.

Just visiting Ghorepani and Poon hill and then trekking back the same way without making a circuit is 3 days trek from Pohara to Pokhara. Here, you see the regular itinerary that most trekkers are using.

Day – 1: Drive to Nayapul (1,070m) 1 ½ hrs to 2 hrs and Trek to Tikhedhunga (1,540m) 4 hrs

You will catch private transport or public transport from Pokhara and drive to Nayapul in the morning. Driving around an hour and a half to 2 hrs, you reach Nayapul passing Phedi, Naudanda, Kande, and Lumle. You will start your trek from here to walk and reach Birethanti where you will stop to show your conservation area permit and TIMS card. Then you follow Bhurungdi river valley to Tikhedhunga enjoying the beautiful landscapes and farmland.

Day – 2: Trek to Ghorepani (2,850m) 6-7 hrs

After having breakfast at your lodge, you start you’re second-day journey to Ghorepani. This is pretty tuff starting in the morning. You will have more than 3000 stone steps to Ulleri. Once you reach Ulleri, you feel you are in heaven with the great view of the valley, green hills, and snow-capped mountains. After killing your tiredness from the steps in a few minutes here, you trek further to Banthanti with a gradual ascent and stop for lunch. You will enter the dense forest of rhododendron, pine, oak, and other trees after Banthanti. Walking more than 2 hrs, you reach Ghorepani where you see lots of colourful buildings using guesthouses.

Day – 3: Hike to Poon hill (3.210m) 1 hrs and trek to Tadapani (2,630m) 5 hrs

This is the important day that you can see the magnificent view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massif including the most beautiful mountain Fishtail with unblocking sunrise from Poon hill. You will start your hike to Poon Hill in the early morning with a flashlight. It takes about an hour to reach Poon hill. If you are a pretty fast walker, you can reach it in 30 minutes. After a scenic view from Poon Hill, you hike back to your lodge in Ghorepani and pack your stuff and have breakfast. Then your trek to Tadapani starts following to opposite hill to Poon hill. First, you ascent about an hour and a half then descend another 2 hrs to Banthanti and have lunch. You will trek another hour to Tadapani after your lunch trekking through the dense forest. The trail to the Annapurna base camp trek divides from this place.

Day – 4: Trek to Ghandruk (1,940m) 3 hrs

This is your short day trek to Ghandruk. You may trek further down to Syauli Bazaar have lunch in Ghandruk and explore a traditional Gurung museum. You will have a great view of the Himalayas from the whole trekking trail today. Ghandruk is the second biggest Gurung village in Nepal and the biggest village in this area. Gurung people are famous as brave Gurkha who are serving in the UK and India in their Arm force. If you stay in Syauli Bazar, rather than staying in Ghandruk, you make the last day trek shorter and will have more time to Explore Pokhara before coming back to Kathmandu.

Day – 5: Trek to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara

If you trek from Ghandruk this morning, it takes around 5 hrs to Nayapul. And trekking from Syauli Bazaar to Nayapul is only about 2 hrs. Then you will catch a bus or private transport to Pokhara from Nayapul. If you don’t want to walk from Ghandruk or Kimche, also you may drive direct to Pokhara from these places. You may celebrate your trek in Pokhara this evening.

Alternatively, you can trek to Jhinu Danda and enjoy a natural hot spring not following the trail to Ghandruk from Tadapani.

Adventure Annapurna Trek:

  1. Annapurna Circuit Trek
  2. Annapurna Base Camp Trek
  3. Annapurna View Trek

Best Time to Trek to Ghorepani Poon Hill

Autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) are the best time to trek. But you can trek also in winter. Trekking in summer is not recommended but there are trekkers during this season too.

Blooming cherry blossom in November makes the trail beautiful with clear visibility. The forest looks amazing with blooming colourful rhododendron in spring and the visibility is also nice and clear. Spring is warmer compared to autumn.

Trekking in winter is not as freezing as base camp treks but the temperature goes to the minus degrees so Ghorepani, Poon hill, and Tadapani areas may be freezing.

Trekking in summer is rainy most of the time which makes the trekking trail wet and slippery. The visibility is mostly not clear with clouds and there are a lot of leaches on the ground.

Ghorepani Trek Permits

This trek goes through the Annapurna conservation area so you need to have a conservation area permit. You can issue from Bhrikuti Mandap Kathmandu from the national trust for nature conservation project office or Pokhara branch which costs 3000 NPR. If you are on an organized trek with a trekking company, they will arrange it for you. For the trekkers from the SAARC nations, it costs 1000 NPR.

You will also need the Trekkers Information Management System Card (TIMS) which is obtained by the tourism board. Also, you will issue it from Bhrikuti Mandap Kathmandu and Pokhara branches. If you are an individual trekker, it cost 30 USD and 10 USD for the group trekker organized by the trekking company. And it cost 300 NPR for the SAARC nation’s people.

All these TIMS cards are in different colours for individuals, group trekkers, and south Asian trekkers.

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  1. Ghorepani Poon hill trek
  2. Mardi Himal Trek
  3. Mohare Danda Trek
  4. Khopra Danda Trek

Lodge, Food, and Drinks in the Trek

Ghorepani Poon hill trek
Loge in the trek

This is a classic trekking trail running for many years. There are nice lodges with clean bedrooms. You will have private rooms with indoor toilets and even an attached bathroom in some places. The rooms are pretty cheap during the trek so it only costs 3 USD to 5 USD per night. But you must eat food where you stay. Usually, getting rooms are easy for most places but getting a room in Tadapani is quite difficult because this place has limited guesthouses. So you need to book in advance if you are on your trek during the main trekking seasons.

You can choose foods from a food menu on the whole trek. The food menu has the same food items which are cocked by the basic trained cooks. Even some guest houses are run by the family without hiring any staff. But the foods are hygienic and delicious. They make delicious Nepalese local food (Dal Bhat) so you may try the local food from this trek.

You can buy mineral water bottles on the first day and also the last two days but they don’t sell bottled water on the second day and the third-day trek because they are minimizing the number of plastic around here. So you have to buy refill water from a big barrel or boiled water.

You also can drink the normal tap water using purification tablets or drops and sterilizers to kill the bacteria. But you need to be sure if the water has no dust.

Internet and Communication

You can buy the Nepalese SIM card at the airport and from the Service centre in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There are 2 main companies as NCELL and NTC so any of them are good. You can buy the data package for the internet and use it during the trek.

You also have Wi-Fi service in the mountain but they are pretty slow loading. You need to pay for the internet if you use Wi-Fi from the guest house.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Gear

Ghorepani Poon hill trek
Bag for trekking equipment

Having good equipment for the trek plays a vital role in a successful trip. This trek is not in much high elevation but still will be cold somehow. Here, you can see a shortlist that you need to pack for the Ghorepani Poon hill.

  • Thermal Layer
  • Trekking Shirts
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Down Jacket (Feather Jacket)- provided by us
  • Hiking Trousers
  • Sun Hat
  • Woollen Hat
  • Buff
  • Windproof Gloves
  • Hiking Boots
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Socks
  • Daypack
  • Duffel Bag or Rucksack- we provide if you don’t have
  • Sleeping Bag- we provide if you don’t have
  • Head Torch
  • Sunglass
  • Lip Balm and Moisturizing Cold Cream
  • Quick Drier Towel
  • Rain Cover and Bag Cover
  • Soap and Shampoo
  • Swimming Costume (if you would like to go hot spring)

Hiring Guide, Porter for Ghorepani Poon Hill

Hundreds of trekking and tour companies are offering the trek to Poon hill. Some are organizing from overseas and some are from Nepal. Booking this trek with a local company is safe and organised well. We are also offering this trip and for sure you will feel safe with us. We make you satisfied by providing a lifetime Himalayan experience of Nepal. So, buy your Ghorepani Poon hill trek with a local company.

Our guides are government license holders English speaking but we may provide a Chinese speaking guide, Spanish speaking guides, French-speaking guides, German-speaking guides, Japanese speaking guides, Korean speaking guides, Russian speaking guides, and some others. And the porters, who carry your equipment, are strong, friendly, and helpful.

The cost for the trek depends on the type of service offered and the size of the group. You can get the deal from 350 USD to 700 USD on the internet.

Altitude Sickness in Poon Hill

You don’t need to worry about altitude sickness on this trek. The maximum elevation is 3,210m (Poon hill) so there will be fewer possibilities of altitude sickness of not at all. You will start your trek from below a thousand meters and gradually trek to this height then your body already will be acclimatized. But sometimes, you may have some other problems such as cold flu and stomach. You better have some medicine for these things.

Related:

  1. Ghorepani Poon hill trek
  2. Mardi Himal Trek
  3. Mohare Danda Trek
  4. Khopra Danda Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek FAQs

Ghorepani poon hill trek
Ghandruk village

There should be raised some questions before planning a trek anywhere else. You might have some questions that you are searching about the Poon hill trek.

Ghorepani trek is a short and easy trek so first-time trekkers also will be able to do this trek. You don’t need to have serious physical fitness. If you can walk about 5-6 hrs each day, it should be fine.

How difficult is the Ghorepani Poon hill trek?

This is an easy trek but the second day might be a little bit hard with lots of steps. But walking slowly and taking several rests, can be possible. Walking in dark with a flashlight to Poon hill also makes you a little bit worried.

Where can I leave the stuff that I am not using during the trek?

You can leave your stuff and city wears that you have not used for your entire trek, in the hotel in Pokhara. You will be back in Pokhara after the trek. They do have a storeroom where your stuff keeps safely. You will get a baggage tag after leaving your things and need to keep safe with you and show this when you will take back them.

Do I need travel insurance for the trek?

This is a relatively short and easy trek without serious mountain problems. But having the insurance during travelling anywhere else is advisable also for this trek. You can trek with basic insurance for the Ghorepani Poon hill trek.

Adventure Annapurna Trek:

  1. Annapurna Circuit Trek
  2. Annapurna Base Camp Trek
  3. Annapurna View Trek

Conclusion

Ghorepani Ghandruk circuit trek is a short and easy trekking trip through a rhododendron forest that offers panoramic Himalayan views and landscapes. A short hike to Poon hill early in the morning for the magnificent sunrise over Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massif is an awesome view to enjoy.

This trek offers not only scenic mountain views but also worthy landscapes, vegetation, culture, and tradition of Gurung and Magar inhabitants.

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Rajesh Thapaliya

Rajesh Thapaliya

Namaste! I am Rajesh, a Nepal travel blogger who provides Nepal travel tips to travellers who are planning to visit Nepal and know about Nepal.

I am a tourism service provider in Nepal So far, I have been to the Nepalese Himalayan base camps as a tour leader and collected lots of information about the Nepalese Himalayas. You can find my experiences in my travel blogs, so it may make it a lot easier for you to travel to Nepal.

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