Ghorepani Poon Hill

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Trip Facts

Trip Name: Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
Country: Nepal
Duration: 10 days
Grade: Easy
Max. Altitude: 3210m
Min Altitude: 1350m
Trip type: Sightseeing and trekking
Accommodation: Hotels and lodges
Transportation: Flights and comfortable rides
Best Season: Springs and Autumn
Start and End city: Kathmandu

Highlights of Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

  • UNESCO listed cultural heritage site in Kathmandu
  • Best sunrise view, as well as the view of the stunning Himalayan, range from Poon Hill 3210m
  • Explore the biggest Ghandruk village with Gurung settlement and Ulleri with Magar settlement
  • View of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Annapurna and other Himalayas.
  • Enjoy the lively nightlife near the lakeside in Pokhara
  • Explore the culture and tradition of Gurung and Magar Community
  • The typical Nepalese rural life

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

It is one of the most popular and relatively easier treks to the beautiful ethnic village of the Annapurna region. Reviving your inner refreshment, this trek lets you witness the Himalayan panorama as well as get close to the local lifestyle. Likewise, this tour provides you with a close view of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Annapurna, and the other Himalayas. This tour not only offers the natural scenario but also lets you explore the Gurung and Magar villages in Ghandruk and Ulleri. This trekking route lies in the Annapurna region with the highest elevation of 3210m which is a moderate trek.

The tour starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes about 6-7 hours. The evening in Pokhara is filled with cultural shows, live music, and concerts. You can enjoy the shows at the lakeside well as the night environment in Pokhara is more lively and entertaining. Then from Pokhara, we will drive for one and a half hours to Nayapul and trek for about 4-5 hours to Tikhedhunga. Similarly, our next trekking destination will be Ghorepani at an altitude of 2874m.explore the village around there and get a view of the stunning natural landscapes in Ghorepani. Trek to Poon Hill and Tadapani which takes about 5 hours and finally trek to Ghandruk, a popular Gurung Village. After spending time in Ghandruk, trek back to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara.

Poon Hill

The short but easy trek provides you with an exceptional opportunity to get close to nature and witness the village life untouched by modernization. The houses are well built in a traditional way and are kept very neat and clean. Poon Hill trek is popular as Photographer’s paradise, you can have a memorable snap and capture the best moments of impressive Himalayan ranges as well as the natural landscape. On the other hand, this trek is relatively shorter and easy than that any other high-altitude trek. If you have a short time but want the best of nature then, this Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is suitable for you. Therefore, there is a unique pleasure of trekking in this wonderful land with the attractive settlements of ethnic communities of Nepal.

Best Season for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

The trek to the wonderful village in Annapurna Ghorepani Poon Hill can be done anytime throughout the year. However, there is a particular season that makes the trek comfortable and more pleasurable and they are spring and Autumn. Yes, the trek to Ghorepani is much more pleasurable in the month from March to May in spring and September to October in Autumn. The temperature is warm and the trails offer you the natural scenario of Blooming Rhododendron in spring. You can have amazing views of the Himalayas and lush green hills in Spring. On the other hand, autumn is relatively the best season for the trek. The rainy seasons ended with the start of Autumn and you will not have obstacles during your trek. Besides, the views of the surrounding area and the Himalayas in the Autumn are so clear and magnificent.

Detailed Itinerary for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

1: Drive to Pokhara by Tourist bus

Early morning after breakfast, we will head straight towards Pokhara. Pokhara is 200km west of Kathmandu and takes about 7-8 hours of drive from Kathmandu. The drive will be a little longer but takes you through the amazing landscapes of Nepal. Driving by the bank of river Trishuli, enjoying the greenery, hills, forest, crossing the suspension bridge and several villages, we will enter Pokhara valley. Then, we will stop at Begnas Lake and spare some of our time to refresh ourselves after the long and exhausting drive. However, Boating there is optional. Then, we will drive you to the hotel and overnight at Pokhara.

2: Drive to Nayapool and trek to Tikhedhunga (Max. Alt: 1480m)

Today, you will travel by jeep for more than one and a half hours to Nayapul. It is a place from where your actual trek to Ghorepani Poon Hill begins. The hike to Tikhedhunga passes through several local villages, teahouses, gentle green rolling hills, rivers, and streams, as well as the local settlements. The first-day trek is relatively easy as you will trek for about 4-5 hours. The trek begins from Nayapool walking to the gravel road which turns into a narrow trail after a few hours of walk. Walking through the wonderful village, passing through several forests of Rhododendron, and witnessing the stunning view of the Himalayas, the trek stops at Tikhedhunga. Upon reaching Tikhedhunga, you will stay in a nice lodge or you can either stroll around the village enjoying the beautiful views and the pleasing waterfall.

3: Trek to Ghorepani

You will wake up, have your breakfast and get ready for another exciting trek that leads you to Ghorepani. Ghorepani is a village in the Myagdi district which is 17km from the district capital Beni. The trek Ghorepani is at an elevation of 2874m. The village lies in Annapurna Conservation Area so the trekkers need a national park permit to visit. The place’s name originates from an ancient period when the traders used this place for resting and found water (Pani in Nepali) and horses (Ghoda) thus leading to the name Ghorepani. The first few hours of the trek are challenging as you have to ascend steep uphill. Then reaching the destination blessed you with the stunning view of Annapurna peaks time and again. The journey passes through several local villages, the rhododendron field, the hills and forest and moreover offering you the typical lifestyle of Gurung and Magar community.

4: Trek to Poon Hill and then to Tadapani

On day 6, we will wake up real early and race against the dark to reach Poon Hill. Poon Hill is a hill station in the Myagdi district and the key viewpoint in the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. This spot is famous for the sunrise view and the view of the mountain such as Annapurna, Himchuli, Annapurna III, Dhampus, Dhaulagiri II, etc. Poon Hill is located 270km west of Kathmandu. The viewpoint of Poon Hill is on the way to Annapurna Sanctuary which lies in the center of Annapurna Conservation Area. Upon reaching Poon Hill, the sunrise view is astonishing as the sun rays strike onto the majestic peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountains. Then after spending some time in Poon Hill, you have breakfast at some restaurants and start your hike to Deurali and then stop at Banthanti for lunch.
Then, after having lunch, you will continue your trek by the bank of the river and ascend up for a while to reach the wonderful village in Tadapani.

5: Trek to Ghandruk

Waking up early we will descend down to Gandruk. The distance from Tadapani to Gandruk is 6.5 km which takes a maximum time of 3-4 hours. The trail passes through several forests of Rhododendron, gorges alongside a creek. You will descend down nearly 700m through the mossy forest and finally reach the destination of the day, Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a beautiful village that has a lot to offer to tourists. The village is clean and the surrounding environment is naturally rich. You will not only witness nature but also the local lifestyle of people around here. As Ghandruk is inhabited by mostly Gurung communities so you will experience a warm Gurung hospitality over here. So you can spend the remaining time exploring the villages and local lifestyle in Ghandruk. Ghandruk has several monasteries, temples, and some major attraction places for tourists.

6: Trek to Naya Pool and Drive to Pokhara

Today, you will wake up early in the morning to see the sunrise view over the peaks of the Mountains. Spend some time here, freshen up yourself and wander around the village. You will pass through several rice fields and a wonderful village of Chane and Kimche to the valley of Modi Khola. Then descend down to Nayapul and drive for one and half hours to back to Pokhara. You can enjoy the remaining time sightseeing at Pokhara. Visit Phewa Lake and enjoy boating there. Similarly, Pokhara is famous for the lively nightlife and you can enjoy some cultural shows, live music, and concerts in Pokhara.

7: Drive back to Kathmandu

Waking up in the morning, enjoying breakfast by the side of the lake witnessing the real beauty of Pokhara, you will get ready for the drive to Kathmandu. The distance from Pokhara to Kathmandu is around 200km which is about 6-7 hours of drive. The drive offers you a wonderful scenario alongside the bank of the river Trishuli. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you can either rest in the hotel or engage yourself in buying some needed stuff. Then, later in the evening, we will have a farewell dinner at some typical Nepalese restaurants and you can enjoy your time in Thamel- a popular tourist in Kathmandu.

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