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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

Ghorepani Poon hill trek is a genuine short and easy hiking trip in Nepal. This five-day walking tour makes a little circuit through Ghandruk village. Ghorepani Poon hill trip is also prominent as Ghorepani Ghandruk circuit, Poon hill, and minicircle trekking of lower Annapurna.

A ten-day Ghorepani Poon hill trip itinerary includes a full day Kathmandu heritage tour and a five days walk in the Annapurna territory. First-time trekkers, family, elderly, and school students may easily succeed on this trip. Travellers can get experience a high Himalayan view with accomplished hospitality here.

Ghorepani Poon hill hike begins from Nayapul with a couple of hours' drive from Pokhara. Then, the trail follows the Bhurungdi river valley, passing beautiful farming terraces. Autumn and Spring are the best times for the Ghorepani Poon hill tour. But it is doable during winter because of not very high land. Monsoon might be worth it because of poor visibility, slippery trails, and lots of leaches close to the walking trail. Blooming rhododendron in Spring provides extra beauty to this trail.

Poon hill viewpoint is the major attraction of the Poon hill trek. This hill station overtures brighten sunrise with supreme Annapurna massif. Blooming cherry blossoms, rhododendron, dense forest, waterfalls, valleys, farming terraces, and more are other attractions of the Poon hill hike.

Ghorepani Pon hill trekking trail is inside the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). Hiking trails and lodges have been managed by ACAP, Sanctuary lodge management committee and local mother groups for a few years back.

There are multi itineraries for this trip from 2 days to 5 days. Gurung and Magar are local habitants of the region. These people are reputable as the brave Gurkhas in the British and Indian arm forces. Endearing cultural program in the evening in some places during the Ghorepani Poon hill hiking is an excellent experience for the visitors.

It is a 5-day Ghorepani Poon hill walking package with a detailed itinerary but, check general information on the 2-days to 4-days Poon hill trek plan below:

2 Days Poon Hill Trek

2 days Poon hill trekking is a rapid trip. Travellers may drive directly to Uleri early morning and then walk to Ghorepani on the first day. After enjoying the stunning view from Poon hill tower, the trip returns to Ulleri, Tikhedhunga or Nayapul to catch driving transportation to Pokhara. It is not recommended for first-time trekkers, families and the elderly.

This rapid trekking tour goes from Pokhara with an early morning drive to Ulleri. After dropping from the jeep, starts walking towards Ghorepani passing Bannnthanti, and Nangethanti through the dense forest of rhododendron, pine, oak and more.

With the thrilling view of the Annapurna massif and great sunrise from Pon hill in the morning, the trip returns following the same way back to Ulleri, Tikhedhunga or Nayapul to get the transportation to get Pokhara on the second day.

3 Days Ghorepani Trek

The 3-day Poonhill trek also goes and comes back the same way as two days trip, but it is a short trek with less rush. It is recommended for those people who do not have plenty of time in Nepal but would like to see the massive Himalayas in Nepal.

3 days Poon hill trek begins from Pokhara with a drive to Nayapul and a walk to Tikhedhunga or Ulleri on the first day. After taking off from the driving, it starts walking to Ghorepani over pine, rhododendron, oak and trees forest.

Poon hill hike on the third day furnishes the phenomenal Annapurna Himalayan range with a brightening sunrise. With pleasant views from Poon hill, the trip goes backwards via the same way which passed un the way up on the previous day till Nayapul to take a drive back to Pokhara.

4 Days Poon Hill Trek

4 days Poon Hill trekking has two different itineraries with a circuit or taking the same way back. The circle follows a regular trekking plan but, it cuts a day in between Ghorepani to Ghandruk. 4 days of Ghorepani trip deals with vast Annapurna Himalaya, traditional villages, green forest, terraces and more to the visitors.

Following the other rapid or easy trekking itineraries of the Ghorepani Poon hill hike, it might be a long day from Ghorepani to Ghandruk including Poon hill in a single day. But, travellers may have a great experience of cultural feelings from the biggest Gurung village Ghandruk if they stay on this plan.

This mountain trip may extend up to 6 days or one week following hot spring root, Landruk village, Dhumpus or Australian camp.

Frolic Adventure regulates this bonnie mountain tour with safety and quality duty. We regularly focus to provide an excellent Himalayan experience of Nepal to our valued outfitter. We extend with a certified and fluently English speaking leader to lead the trek so, that the trip can delight in the most reliable atmosphere.

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 tourist standard hotel including breakfast as per the above itinerary on twin sharing basis.
  • 2-nights Accommodation in Pokhara in the standard hotel including breakfast as per the above itinerary on twin sharing basis.
  • All the ground transportations during the trip.
  • Private car/van/bus and guide for the cultural tour (60 USD extra)
  • Your standard meals BLD during the trek with a cup of hot tea/coffee in breakfast
  • Fresh fruit after every dinner in the mountain
  • All necessary paper works, conservation area entry permits, TIMS card and monument entrance fees
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
  • An experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples).
  • 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 which will be paid by your travel insurance company.
  • We help you to hire a sleeping bag and down jacket if you don't have (with extra cost)
  • 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.

Useful Info

Accommodation on the Ghorepani Route

The Ghorepani trekking trail is an ancient mountain trail. It started as tented camps, then slowly developed some bamboo inns and guest houses. It is a well-managed route by the Annapurna conservation area, lodge management committee and the local community. The Poon hill trek has plenty of nice guesthouses with choosable food items from a food menu.

Trekkers easily can find shelter in every place but Tadapani has limited lodges so, they need to book in advance. There are lots of guesthouses with normal twin sharing rooms to decored attached bathroom accommodations in most of the places.

Some lodges have cosy rooms with iconic mountain views. Fire heating restaurant dining hall provides warmth and relaxation to the clients. Great hospitality and warm welcome in the lodges are the local’s duty and culture in this trekking region. The rooms have two beds with extra blankets, soft mattresses and pillows. It is recommended to go with a sleeping bag and pillowcase.

The Trekkers get hot showers in the lodge which are heated water by electricity, gas and fire. There are attached toilets in some rooms. Sharing toilets are indoor, so people do not need to go outside the building.

The food during the trip is good quality and hygienic. Basic trained cooks and family prepare the food served from a food menu. The food recipes are a mixture of local and western. Local people are controlling pollution by avoiding plastic so, trekkers may not buy bottled water during the trip. They sell safe drinking water which can refill in travellers' bottles.

How to go Pokhara For the Poon Hill Trip

Travellers may reach Pokhara from Kathmandu by air and ground transportation. Although an international airport has been completed. But, it has not started any flights yet.

Pokhara is a beautiful lake city that is the third big downtown of Nepal. Most of the trekkers spend one night before starting the journey to Ghorepani Poon hill. Numerous tourist buses drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu every morning at 7:00 am. The total driving distance is about 200km. The bus drives through hillside road passing beautiful traditional villages, valleys, terraces and more natural beauties.

There are many flights from morning to evening operating by different airline companies. People who take a flight to Pokhara may rather start the trekking trip on the same day if they do not have a short holiday in Nepal. It is less than a half an hour flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Airline passengers may enjoy the view of appealing mountain ranges of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and Annapurna from the plane.

Ghorepani Trek Permit

A trekking permit, issued by Nature Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) is needed for the visitors, to entry in the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). Also, Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card is required for the Ghorepani Ghandruk circuit.

We arrange these permits things for our clients but, the individual trekkers need to take them from the NTNC office and Nepal tourism board office in Bhrikutimandap Kathmandu. Also, the Pokhara branch provides trekking permits.

Annapurna conservation area entry permit costs 3000 NPR and 2000 for the TIMS card for the tourists, except for the people from the south Asian association for regional cooperation (SAARC) countries. India, Nepal, Maldives, Srilanka, Pakistan, Bhutan and Bangladesh are in the SAARC. NPR 1000 for the ACAP permit and 600 for the TIMS. The above-mentioned costs are for free for individual trekkers who trek without a guide and porter.

Essential Equipment For Poon Hill

Taking seasonal and temperature focused equipment is highly suggested for the Ghorepani trek. Trekking in autumn needs to bring warmer equipment compare to the winter and summer. If you are planning a trek in summer (monsoon) rain gear is compulsory. Check a list of needy gears for the Poon hill trekking below:

  • Sun hat
  • Winter hats like fleece or Woollen
  • Head torch
  • Buff or scarf
  • Sunglasses
  • Thermal Layer
  • A couple of full and a half sleeves t-shirts
  • Fleece jacket
  • Feather jacket
  • A couple of full and a half trekking trousers
  • Rain cover and bag cover
  • Windproof jacket
  • A few pairs of trekking socks
  • Trekking boots
  • Sport shose or shandles
  • Thin and light wear gloves
  • Heavy warm windproof gloves
  • Duffel bag or Ruksack
  • Daypack
  • Water bottle
  • Cream and Toiletries
  • Sun lotion SPF 30 leat or plus according to your skin type
  • Lip balm
  • Mostriture cream
  • Wet tissue
  • Toilet roll
  • Light and a quick drier towel
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Soap and shampoo
  • Earplug

You can pack your personal accessories, books and the things that you need for daily use.

Seasonal Expect from Ghorepani Route

There is a lot of natural evidence which decore the region. Magnificent mountain ranges and traditional things are regular attractions which you can expect during any season. But, monsoon clouds cover the high Himalayas.

Blooming rhododendron in spring makes like a part of the heaven around Ghorepani and Tadapani forests. Cherry blossoms (Sakura) offer extra feelings for the visitors in November and December. There will be poor visibility in the summer season but, a rainforest walk with lots of beautiful waterfalls along the trekking trail provides an adventurous moment.

Be Kind, Respectful and Responsible on the Trek

Ghorepani trekking trip is in the Annapurna conservation area, which is protected by the national trust for nature conservation. You may see some wild animals during the trek, so do not disturb them in their movement and activities.

People on the trekking trails are kind. They greet you by saying “Namaste”, do not forget to say Namaaaste back and ask people before taking their photographs. You may have the opportunity to experience traditional cultural programs in some places organised by the local mother’s group. They come with flowers and expect a small donation, so make them happy and be a part of the function.

Wear warm gear and do not offer to use lots of firewood to keep warm much. Focus on the available local food dish because it may play a huge role to control pollution and upgrading the local economy.

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