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    Nepal
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    Lodge to Lodge Trek
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    Private Transport+Tourist Bus
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    Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
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    Lodge To Lodge
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    Group Size: 1-16 Pax
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    3210m.

About Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

If you are a first-time trekker looking for short and easy trekking in Nepal, which offers stunning mountain views then choose the Ghorepani Poon hill trek. It is a classic trekking route in the Annapurna region, where hundreds of trekkers are in this region during the high trekking seasons every day.

The Poon hill trek is one of the best short treks in the Annapurna conservation area ever. If you are looking for an easy trek in Nepal, which takes you close to the high mountains within a few days of walking from the city, of course, the Ghorepani Trek can be one of the best options for you.

There are several attractions in this Ghandruk circuit trek, that make your trip a lifetime experience. No doubt, Poon hill (3210m) is the ace highlight of the trip, which offers stunning mountain views of Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche, Nilgiri, Barah Shikhar, Annapurna south, Hiuchuli. Machhapuchchhre (Fishtail) and more high mountains with unblocking sunrise.

Besides the attractive mountains, lush forests of pine, rhododendron, oak, and other trees with dense bushes make more beautiful for the region. Attractive waterfalls and clean rivers along the way add more charm to the Poon hill trek. Culture, tradition, and the warm hospitality of the locals fascinate you a lot during the trek.

Nayapul is starting place to walk after driving from the beautiful lake city of Pokhara to begin the Poon hill trek. You trek to Tikhedhunga or Ulleri on the first day. You can see rice fields, rivers, waterfalls, and other things walking through some traditional villages. You will be walking in the low elevation on the first day, so you might feel warm.

After spending the first night in Tikhedhunga or Ulleri, you trek Ghorepani and walk inside the forests after Banthanti. Poon hill hike from Ghorepani early morning for the sunrise and mountain views will be one of the best experiences from the trip. You will trek to Tadapani and Ghandruk after the Poon hill experience before you complete the trek to Nayapul.

Ghorepani Ghandruk loop trek is a mini Annapurna circuit trek, where Gurung and Magar people are living. These people are famous as brave Gurkhas and serve in British and Indian Gurkha regiments. The mother group from this region comes to the lodge where you stay and perform a cultural program sometimes, then you also might have a great opportunity to explore their cultural program.

The Ghorepani Ghandruk circuit trek is a 5-day trek, but you can complete it in 4 days if you do not have enough time. You can do also 2 days, 3 days, or 4-day Poon hill trek, which goes and returns the same way after visiting Poon hill. If you have a week time, you can also make it longer by going through Landruk village to complete the trek to Phedi through Dhapus or Kande through the Australian camp.

Ghorepani Poon Hill – A Family-Friendly Trek

Ghorepani Poon hill is a family-friendly trek, so you can take a family with kids without any hesitation. It is also a perfect destination for the elderly, who are 60 plus. The trekking trail goes steep somewhere, but you can manage easily walking slowly and taking plenty of rest along the way. The trek does not go to a very high elevation, so you do not need to worry about altitude sickness. The trekking distance per day is also not too long during Poon hill. You do not need to walk until the evening.

Expectation From Poon Hill

Poon hill (3210m) is a vantage viewpoint from where you can see unblocking sunrise and stunning panoramic views of Gurja Himal, Dhaulagiri I, II, III, Tukuche peak, Nilgiri, Braha Shikhar, Annapurna south, Himchuli, Fishtail, and other high snow-capped mountains.

It takes about an hour slow hike to this vantage viewpoint from Ghorepani, so you need to use a head torch when starting hiking from your guesthouse early morning. It will be a cold morning before sunrise, so you need to wear warm equipment. A down jacket is compulsory if you are at the end of October, November, December, January, and February, but it is not compulsory if you are at the other times.

People sell hot drinks at Poon hill, so if you are feeling freezing, you can buy hot beverages up there to keep you warm. There is also a Poon hill view tower, but you can see mind-blowing views even from the ground.

We offer a Special Group Discount For Poon Hill Trek

We have set cost detail in our package according to the services that we offer, but we have a special discount for a particular number of trekkers as a group when you book the trip to the Ghorepani Poon hill. We do not charge any extra hidden costs from package prices for our clients. You need to inform us earlier than the trip booking about the number of people who are going to book this trip and we send a custom booking link for this offer.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Also Can Be a Customized Trip

This Ghorepani Ghandruk Circuit is a 5-day trek, but we can customize the trip from 2 days, 3 days, and 4 days according to your time limits and interest. You can also make a circuit in 4 days, but it might be a rush day to go to Ghandruk one day after Poon hill.

Lots of Annapurna base camp trekkers and Annapurna circuit trekkers pass the Ghorepani Poon hill route, so you can meet many adventure trekkers also on Poon hill in the morning and share their experiences.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Can Be a Practice Trek for Long Adventure Treks

Ghorepani Poon hill can be the best trek for altitude and hiking practice before you go for long and high elevated treks in Nepal. If you are planning to trek to the Everest base camp or any other high passes trails in the future, have some training trips from poon hill trekking. You can decide if you are ready for those longer treks after completing this short and easy trekking from the Annapurna region.

Frolic Adventure provides knowledgeable, government trekking license holder English-speaking guides and helpful porters for your Poon hill trek. We are service oriented tour operator in Nepal, so your satisfaction is our main moto. Please do not hesitate to ask us any trip regarded questions before you book your trip to Ghorepani Poon hill through our contact us page.

Highlights of Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

  • Enchanting trek along the trails in Annapurna region
  • Witness captivating sunrise over the colossal giants in the Annapurna range from Poon Hill vantage point
  • Rejoice in the heart-warming hospitality of the Gurung communities
  • Enjoy the tour to the UNESCO enlisted world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley

Itinerary

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At Tribhuvan International Airport our representatives will be awaiting your arrival from where you will be taken directly to your hotel. After the introduction with the guides and much-needed refreshments, you are free to do as you wish. You can either rest from the flight or head out to the local bazaar to get a glimpse at the Nepalese way of life. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1350m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Private Car/Van/Bus
  • Departure Time: According to the arrival time
If you are joining a group trek, a pre-trip meeting will be held to lay out all the responsibilities of both the guides and trekkers. After the meeting, we begin our tour of the Kathmandu City journeying to the UNESCO world heritage sites. Swayambhunath is first in our list with its unrivalled view of the entire city before heading to the Hindu site of Pashupatinath. The temple sees a large number of pilgrims each year and is revered. The journey diverts to the historical sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square bursting with history and culture before ending at the tranquil Boudhanath. Overnight stay at Kathmandu.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1350m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Private Car/Van/Bus
  • Departure Time: 9:00 am
Today, we begin our journey heading towards Pokhara. After breakfast, we head out of the valley leaving behind the crowded roads and tall building towards the twisting Prithvi Highway. The raging Trishuli River bashing at the rocks flows by our sides as the mesmerizing landscape continue to change with each minute. Surrounded by Hilly landscapes with an added glimpse of the Himalayas we reach Pokhara valley in time for the tranquil sunset. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Pokhara
  • Altitude: 820m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Tourist Bus
  • Departure Time: 7:00 am
The beginning of our Poon hill trek starts with a scenic bus ride through the bumpy hilly landscape towards Nayapul. Crossing Modi Khola over a bridge, we reach Nayapul from where we begin our journey to Tikhedhunga. The journey heads towards Birethanti beyond which we follow the northern banks of Bhurungdi Khola reaching Tikhedhunga. Overnight stay at Tikhedhunga.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Tikhedhunga
  • Altitude: 1540m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Private Car/Van/Bus + Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
The longest day of the mini Annapurna circuit trek today; we walk all the way to Ghorepani which takes about 7 hours beginning from the lush green forests heading towards Ulleri. Reaching the countless steps which lead to the hamlet of Ulleri is not much a challenge as compared to actually climbing them. Having conquered the strenuous steps we continue reaching Banthanti. The trail dives into deeply forested lands to reach Ghorepani. Overnight stay at Ghorepani.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Ghorepani
  • Altitude: 2850m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
An early morning hike combined with the enchanting views from the top Poon Hill viewpoint can only be described as perfect. We head towards Poon Hill our only destination residing over the altitude of 3,000m. At 3,210m the viewpoint boasts perfect views of Annapurna South (7,219m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Lamjung Himal (6,983m) and countless other snowy peaks of the Annapurna Range. Having our fill of the Himalayan sunrise we descend back to Ghorepani for a warm breakfast before once again setting off to reach Tadapani. Overnight stay at Tadapani.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Tadapani
  • Altitude: 2630m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 5:00 am
Today, we head back to Syauli Bazaar which is also the end point of the Ghandruk trek both leading towards Nayapul. The journey out of Tadapani stretches through Nepali flat lands with a bit of up and downs but nothing arduous. Rhododendron, oak and pine trees surround us as we reach Syauli Bazaar. Overnight stay at Syauli Bazaar.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Syauli Bazar
  • Altitude: 1220m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
The final day of the trek and it is a short one. We begin our journey out of Syauli Bazaar enjoying the stunning forested landscapes surrounding us. Through the cluster of vibrant and quaint hamlets, the trail continues to descend soon finding beside the familiar banks of Modi Khola. We take a bus from Nayapul to reach Pokhara. In Pokhara, we can enjoy the hustle in the lively streets of Pokhara. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Pokhara
  • Altitude: 820m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk + Private Car/Van/Bus
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
The final day of the trek we head back to Kathmandu with one final goodbye to the Himalayas. The ride out of Pokhara is pleasant and calming heading alongside the familiar bends of Prithvi Highway. Enjoying the stunning landscapes that surround us and if you are tired by this point of the landscapes the raging Trishuli River will come to your rescue. Back at Kathmandu, we head directly to the hotel for much-needed refreshments and Farewell dinner with Frolic Adventure. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1350m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Tourist Bus
  • Departure Time: 7:30 am
We hope you had a lovely time in the country of Himalayas. Our representatives will once again drop you back at Tribhuvan International Airport just in time for your flight towards your next destination.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Place: Home
  • Mode of Transportation: Private Car/Van/Bus
  • Departure Time: 3 hours earlier from the departure flight time

Cost Details

  • Airport picks up service by private car/van/bus.
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu in a tourist standard hotel including breakfast as per the above itinerary on a twin sharing basis.
  • 2-night Accommodation in Pokhara in the standard hotel including breakfast as per the above itinerary on a twin sharing basis.
  • All the ground transportation during the trip.
  • Private car/van/bus and guide for the cultural tour 
  • Your standard meal BLD during the trek with a cup of hot tea/coffee for breakfast
  • Fresh fruit after every dinner in the mountain
  • All necessary papers works, conservation area entry permits, TIMS cards, and monument entrance fees
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
  • An experienced, helpful, and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people).
  • Salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transportation, and insurance for the guide and porter.
  • Farewell dinner at last night in Kathmandu
  • An arrangement of an emergency helicopter service will be paid for by your travel insurance company.
  • We help you to hire a sleeping bag and down jacket if you don't have 
  • All government taxes (Gst) and Stationery expenses.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan international airport  (Kathmandu). 
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory).
  • Lunch and dinner while you are in cities Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • Entries fees for the cultural tour
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Sweet things like dessert/chocolate.
  • Hot shower/batteries charge/heater during the trek.
  • International airfare.
  • Tips for the guide, porter & driver. 
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned in including section.

PRICES & DATES

Trip DatesAvailabilityNotesPrice  
31 Jan, 2023 - 09 Feb, 2023GuaranteedUS$625

Useful Info

Poon Hill Trek Gear

You are not going for very high elevations during this Ghandruk circuit trek, so you do need to be very much concerned about packing equipment. Packing trekking gear also varies on the season, that is when you are planning a trek to Ghorepani Poon hill. If you are on a trip from November to the end of February, you need to pack warmer clothing compared to the other seasons. Check detailed information about the trekking gear:

Leaving Extra Things Which You Don’t Need for Ghorepani Trek

You will not just bring the things for trekking from home when you travel to Nepal. You must have city wear, gadgets, and a few others that you do not need for the trek. You might be thinking do I have to bring them to the mountain or there are places to leave those stuff? Of course! you can leave those things in Pokhara where you stay before heading for the trekking. You can take it back after completing the mountain trip, and it stays safe in the hotel. You will get a badge tag from the hotel, which you have to keep safe and show at the reception to take your things.

Poon Hill Trekking Difficulty and Best Time

Poon hill trek is considered an easy trek, so you do not need to worry about its difficulties. Although, some steep trails may make it tiring sometimes if you are not a usual hiker. You will walk for around 5-6 hours per day during the trip. Poon hill is the highest elevation, which is 3210m above sea level. You won’t feel altitude problems, but it can be a cold temperature in the morning if you are on a trek during November and winter.

Choosing the right season for your best experience plays a vital role, so we suggest either autumn or spring for you to trek to the Ghorepani Poon hill. Check this for detailed information about the best timing:

Poon Hill Accommodation, Food, and Drink

Ghandruk circuit trek has lots of guesthouses to stay in. You do not need to bring a tent with you for the trip and you will have a food menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The food items on the menu are mixed courses of western and local, but you will see the same food items on every menu during the trek. Check detailed information about food, drinks, and accommodation here:

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Trekking is of course an adventure activity itself, so it will be very nice if you have some hiking experience to attempt the Ghorepani Ghandruk trek. Although, you can trek to Poon hill if you even do not have any hiking experience.

It might be a bit hard on the first day to climb to Ulleri on more than 3000 stone steps, Poon hill hike, and a first an hour after Ghorepani to Tadapani. Rest of these parts, it won’t be that hard for first-time hikers during this Ghorepani tour.

Travel Insurance and Trekking Permit for Poon Hill Trek

The Poon hill hiking trip is not risky for all, although trekking to the mountain region might have some difficulties and problems. So, taking travel insurance to the Himalayas is always a smart idea. While you travel to the mountain, take travel insurance which covers all medical and accidental cases with emergency evacuation included in the plan.

Tipping for Poon Hill Trekking

If you are a traveler and travel often, You might be familiar with tipping culture. The guide, porter, and driver who serve you for a day or multi-day, expect a tip from you. The worker realizes that you are happy with them if you tip them at the end of the trip.

Some Important Questions and Answers About Poon Hill Trekking

The information listed above might not be enough, and you may be looking for other FAQs about the Poon hill trek. So, you can find more solutions to plan your trek to the Ghorepani easily after reading these questions and answers below:

How long is the Poon hill trek?

The Poon hill trekking can be done from 2 days to 5 or 6 days as starting and finishing routes. If you drive to Banthanti direct from Pokhara, hike to Ghorepani and trek back the same way the next day after the Poon hill visit, is just 2 days. Starting from Nayapul and ending in the same place can be 3 days. If you are a fast walker, you can make a loop via Tadapani and Ghandruk, you can make it in 4 days and the same route can be for 5 days. If you want to make it longer, you can also visit Jhinu hot Springs and trek to Phedi through Landruk, Pothana, and Dhampus, which depends on your interest and time.

How difficult is the Ghorepani trek?

The Poon hill trek is an easy and relaxed mountain journey. It means you can walk on your face without any rush. The altitude makes it difficult for mountain journeys, but the highest elevation of the Ghorepani trek is 3210m, so you won’t feel the difficulty of breathing and other elevation effects.

It is a well-established and managed trekking route, so you have lots of choices of lodges and food during the trip. All of these lodges and food facilities make you a more comfortable trip at the end.

How many days does it take to reach Poon hill from Pokhara?

You can reach in one day from Pokhara to Poon hill if you drive to Banthanti directly and walk for about 3 hrs. But the driving road is very rough and bumpy after Birethanti for the last few hours. Normally, most Poon hill trekkers start walking from Nayapul and take 2 days to Ghorepani. You will hike to this hill station early morning from Ghorepani after spending the night.

How to go on the Poon hill trek from Kathmandu?

Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal, where Tribhuwan international airport is located, and all travelers coming to Nepal land here until now. You can drive by tourist bus, private transport, or public transport to Pokhara via Prithvi highway for 200km to the west.

You can also fly to Pokhara international airport if you do not like a long driving journey. After spending a night in Pokhara, you drive to Nayapul for about 2 hrs and then start walking to Ghorepani Poon hill through Tikhedhunga, Ulleri, and Banthanti.

What can I see from Poon hill?

Poon hill is a hill station with a view tower. You can see Mt.Dhaulagiri I, II, III, Tukuche peak, Dhampus peak, Nilgiri, Annapurna fang, Annapurna south, Hiuchuli, Fishtail (Machhapuchchhre), Annapurna II and more high mountains with a beautiful sunrise. You can also see a zenith of green hills, beautiful villages, valleys, traditional villages, and dense forests lower.

How cold will it be in Poon hill?

It depends on when are you visiting Poon hill. It won’t be freezing in spring and in October, but the temperature in Poon hill degrees to minus degrees from November to the end of February. We suggest you bring down a jacket, warm hat, and winter gloves for Poon hill. You can also buy hot drinks at Poon hill.

When is the best time to visit Poon hill?

October, November, and December offer the clearest visibility, so it might be one of the best times to trek to Poon hill. But, March to May is also a perfect time for a Poon hill trek. You can see the colorful forest around here with blooming rhododendron in spring.

Why Ghorepani Poon hill is considered an easy trek?

Usually, the high altitude makes it difficult to trek, so you will not reach to very high elevation during the Ghorepani trek. The Altitude factor, temperature, and short trekking camps make the trek easy.

Do I need a permit for the Ghorepani trek?

Yes, you need to have a trekking permit for the Poon hill trek. You need an entry permit for the Annapurna conservation area, which we manage for you. If you are an individual trekker, you can obtain it from the NTNC office in Bhrikuti Mandap Kathmandu or the Pokhara branch. It costs 3000 NPR and you also need a Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Card. It costs 1000 NPR and can take from the Nepal tourism board office.

Do I need a guide for the Poon hill trek?

It is not compulsory, but it will be nice if you hire a guide and porter for the trek. You will get lots of information from the guide and walk easily without carrying heavy trekking gear if you hire a porter. The guide manages all accommodation during the trek because it is difficult to get accommodation in some places during the high seasons.

How much does it cost for the Poon hill trek?

The exact cost for the Poon hill trekking depends on the service that includes and excludes. A full board trip with hotel accommodation in the city and a sightseeing tour cost more expensive compared to just hiring a guide. The Ghorepani Poon hill trekking cost also abstains in the size of the group. If you are traveling individually, costs more expensive than in a big group. We offer the best price for the Poon hill trek if you are booking in a group.

Which trek is better Mardi Himal or Ghorepani Poon hill?

These both treks are short in the Annapurna region. The views from these two treks are completely different. Although Ghorepani is slightly easier than the Mardi Himal trek because of the elevation.

Can I see Everest from Poon hill?

No, It is impossible to see Mt.Everest from Poon hill. Everest is east of Kathmandu and the Annapurna is in the west. If you would like to see Mt. Everest at the same time as you are on a trip to Poon hill, you can take a helicopter tour or scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu.

You can ask anything to us if you have any queries regarding to the Ghorepani trekking to us at any time.

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