Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek - 7 days

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  • Group Size: 1-14 people
  • Min. Age: 6
  • Max. Altitude : 3210m / 10531 ft

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Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek takes you to the foothills of the Annapurna mountains within a short time. The route is easy, ideal for novice trekkers and families travelling with kids. Hike past terraced paddy fields and rhododendron forests. Walk alongside mule trains and horses. Stay overnight at traditional teahouses run by local families. Experience a magical sunrise and Himalayan panorama from Poon Hill, the most popular viewpoint in the Annapurna Region...


Poon Hill Trek offers you some of the best views of the Himalayan range. Within a short span of over a week, you get to walk under the foothills of the sacred Annapurnas. Enjoy close up views of the snow-capped peaks. The highlight of this Poon Hill Trek is the panoramic views of the Himalayas from Poon Hill and other places en route. Walk along a trail dotted with traditional Gurung and Magar villages; home to brave Gurkha soldiers. Experience their unique culture and enjoy their warm hospitality. With Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Peak) guarding the trail, make your way across forests of pine and rhododendron. A spring trek will have you walking along paths splashed with red and pink rhododendron blooms.

A typical Nepalese countryside and jaw dropping views of the mountains

A short drive from Pokhara brings you to a world of mountains and terraced farmlands. Stone staircases lead you past villages with charming traditional mud and stone cottages. On the fourth day you ascend Poon Hill from Ghorepani. Enjoy a 360-degree view of the Annapurna Massif. Walk along ancient mountain trails.  In addition, a visit to Ghanddruk, a Gurung heritage village will let you immerse in Gurung culture and let you savour more of the inspiring Himalayan views. Finally, end your Ghorepani Trek with an easy descent  to Kimchi and an inspiring drive to Pokhara. 

A short and easy Himalayan trek 

The week long itinerary is ideal for those seeking a Himalayan adventure within a short time frame. Trekking in Nepal is all about the Himalayas. This trek allows you to get close to the Himalayan mountains without exerting yourself too much. This is also a perfect introductory trek for beginners who have never trekked in the Himalayas before. You just need to be physically fit and have an open mind to enjoy this adventure. Our experienced guide knows the trail intimately. He will be there to guide you and make your Annapurna adventure a safe and memorable one. 

Gearing up for more challenging trails?

If you have already done this trek and are looking for some other challenging options, then we recommend the moderately difficult  EBC Trek and the Annapurna Circuit Trek. More demanding than the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, these treks take you close to some of the world's highest peaks at 5000 metres and above .

Best Time To Go

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (late September to November) are the ideal seasons for Poon Hill trekking. It is neither too hot or nor too cold during these times. While an Autumn trek promises clear skies and stunning mountain vistas, a Spring trek will involve a walk through forests splashed with colorful rhododendron blooms. Above 4000 meters, you can expect nighttime temperatures to drop as low as -10 degrees.

Why Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek?

  • Majestic views of Annapurna Massif from Poon Hill and other places en route
  • Magical sunrise view of the Himalayan range from Poon Hill
  • Visit Gurung and Magar traditional villages
  • Experience unique Himalayan culture and hospitality
  • Tread on centuries-old mountain trails
  • Walk through one of the biggest rhododendron forests
  • Visit Ghandruk, a Gurung Heritage village

 Is this trip suitable for you?

  • This is an easy trek which takes you close to the Himalayan mountains within a short timeframe. Ideal for beginners and families traveling with kids (6 years and above. If the kids feel tired en route, the porters can carry them.). 
  • You need to be reasonably fit. If you hike regularly or can climb stairs without any difficulty you can easily do this trek. 
  • There is no risk of altitude sickness as the trail does not go beyond 3000 metres. The highest point you will reach is the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3210m) where you will be spending only an hour or two. 
  • The first day’s trek is the toughest as you have to ascend a lot of stone staircases. If you have problems with your knee or ankles you should opt for an easier trip.
  • You will have your meals and stay overnight at local teahouses or mountain lodges. These establishments have basic facilities and appear rustic compared to city hotels. 
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Day to Day Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal | Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal

DAY 1:

Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft) and Trip Preparation expand
Accommodation: Hotel Shanker

Endless rows of green hills and mountains greet you as your plane hovers above Kathmandu. After landing, our representative will meet you and drop you at your hotel. Take rest and get refreshed.  Attend a pre-trek briefing later in the afternoon and meet your trek leader and team mates. Check your gear for the final time and ask questions if you have any. If you feel like it, stroll around the colourful lanes of Thamel, a tourist hotspot. Do schedule your arrival in the city early in the morning or during daytime. This will give you enough time to attend the pre-trek briefing and recover from jet lag. Make your first evening in Kathmandu memorable by enjoying a traditional Nepali feast and cultural program. Dinner is on us! Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Meal Included :
  • Dinner

DAY 2:

Fly Kathmandu to Pokhara (800m/2,625ft) - Drive to Hile - Trek to Ulleri(1,970m/6,463 ft) expand
Flight Duration: 30 minutes, Walking Distance: 4km (2:30 hrs drive, 3-4 hours trek)
Accommodation: Hotel Kamala

 Today you have a long day ahead. Wake up early and prepare to leave Kathmandu. You will be driven to the domestic airport to catch your flight to Pokhara, a picturesque lakeside city. It is a scenic half hour flight filled with majestic views of Langtang Range and Annapurna mountains. From Pokhara, you board a vehicle and drive to Hile from where your trek begins. It is a refreshing walk across a typical Nepalese landscape. The trail winds through the verdant forests of Annapurna Conservation Area and charming Gurung and Magar villages. From Tikhedhunga, a series of steps carved on the side of a large hill leads you to your destination for today, Ulleri - a Gurung village. This is one of the toughest days of the trek. ‘Bistarai, bistarai!’ or slowly, slowly is how you tackle the stairs. Once you arrive in Ulleri head to a teahouse and give your limbs a much needed rest. Overnight in Ulleri.

  • Meal Included :
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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 3:

Trek Ulleri to Ghorepani (2,874m/9,429 ft) expand
Walking Distance: 9km (4-5 hours trek)
Accommodation: Hotel Sunny

From Ulleri continue walking on the stone steps all the way to Ghorepani. This portion of the trail is probably the most scenic during spring as the trail is filled with rhododendron blooms. Pause at intervals to stop for a breather and soak in the awe-inspiring views of Machapuchhre (Fishtail Peak) and Annapurna South. Get your permits checked at the entrance of Ghorepani. The literal translation of Ghorepani is ‘horse water’. This village was so named as it was once the watering hole for horses and mule packs travelling along the old trade route. The village has a large Magar population and an assortment of lodges and teahouses. Poon Hill lies right above Ghorepani. If you are not too tired you can take a quick hike to Poon Hill to enjoy a sunset view. Overnight in Ghorepani.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 4:

Trek Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,600m/8,530ft), visit Poon Hill (3,210m/10529ft) expand
Walking distance: 9.89km (5-6 hours trek)
Accommodation: Hotel Grand View

Wake up before dawn and hike to Poon Hill to experience the spectacular Poon Hill sunrise. Once you reach the top you are surrounded on all sides by Himalayan mountains. Enjoy the 360-degree view and watch the spectacular display of light and colour as the first rays of the sun lights up the icy blue peaks. The snow-covered Annapurna Massif, Dhaulagiri, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli turn from red, pink and orange to a huge chunk of golden yellow. Click as many pictures as you can. Poon Hill’s elevation is 3210m, the highest point of your trek. Later head down to Ghorepani and descend to Tadapani via Banthanti village. En route hike past Deurali Danda, another lookout point offering inspiring views of the Annapurnas. Colourful prayer flags greet you as you arrive in Tadapani, a village lying at the foot of Machhapuchhre. Locals revere this mountain and climbing it is forbidden. Make way to a teahouse and take a much needed rest. Overnight in Tadapani.

  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 5:

Trek Tadapani (1,760m/5,774ft) to Kimchi via Ghandruk - Drive to Pokhara expand
Walking Distance: 4-5 hours trek, Drive- 2hrs 30 mins
Accommodation: Atithi Resort & Spa

From Tadapani walk for around 3 hours and reach Ghandruk, a traditional Gurung heritage village. This is the second largest Gurung village in Nepal and is home to a large number of British Gurkha soldiers. Stop for lunch and explore the village. If you are interested you can visit the old Gurung Museum. Later enjoying fantastic views of Annapurna Himal you descend to Kimchi and board a vehicle to Pokhara. After driving for about two and a half hours you reach the lakeside city.  Head to your hotel and get refreshed. Overnight in Pokhara. 

  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

DAY 6:

Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu expand
Distance: 30 minutes flight
Accommodation: Hotel Mulberry

 If you wish to explore the tourist attractions of Pokhara before returning to Kathmandu, do let us know. We will arrange a half-day guided sightseeing tour for you (at additional cost). The flight to Kathmandu is filled with more splendid Himalayan views. On reaching Kathmandu check into your hotel and spend the day at leisure. Relax at your hotel or explore more of the city on your own. You can walk down the local bazaar of Ason or Thamel to shop for souvenirs. Celebrate the completion of your Nepal trip with a complimentary farewell dinner with your guide or one of our team members. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

DAY 7:

Final Departure expand

Our representative will drop you at the airport three hours before your flight departs. If you want to explore more of Nepal or the neighbouring Himalayan countries- Bhutan, Tibet and India- do let us know. We have a range of specially designed itineraries for vacationers looking for a fun-filled vacation or adventurers willing to explore uncharted territories.

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What's Included

  • Airport pick up & drop off service in a private vehicle
  • All ground transportation by comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • 4-star accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
  • 4-star accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Best available clean and comfortable Tea house accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea/coffee during the trek
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • Domestic flight (Pokhara - Kathmandu)

  • Domestic flight (Kathmandu - Pokhara)
  • Highly experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, trained in first-aid Trek Leader (Guide)
  • Porter service to carry your main luggage during the trek (2 trekkers : 1 porter)
  • Staff cost including their food, accommodation, salary, flight, insurance, equipment etc.
  • Trekking permits - Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry fee and TIMS
  • Welcome and Farewell dinners
  • First Aid kit, Pulse Oximeter and essential medicines (Paracetamol, Diamox etc.) carried by the Trek Leader
  • Souvenirs - Third Rock Adventures’ kit bag (Duffel bag), T-shirt, and trekking map
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trek completion)
  • All Local and Government taxes, administrative charges

What's not Included

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • International flights
  • Excess baggage fee
  • Personal expenses (phone call, internet, laundry, bar bills, snacks, battery recharge, bottled or boiled water, souvenirs, hot showers, extra porter etc.)
  • Personal trekking gear and equipment
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver (tipping is expected)
  • Any unseen expenses due to circumstances beyond our control

Accommodation and Meal


Accommodation

Accommodations at 4 star hotels and best available teahouses included in the package cost. Enjoy 2 nights’ stay at the luxurious  Hotel Shanker in Kathmandu and 1 night at Atithi Resort & Spa in Pokhara. Hotel Shanker, a grand Rana palace which has been renovated and turned into a luxurious 4 star hotel, lies in a peaceful oasis close to Thamel. Pokhara’s Atithi Resort & Spa is located in the beautiful Lakeside area, very close to Phewa Lake. Both these hotels are centrally located and feature well-appointed rooms, fine dining restaurant, bar, café, spa, swimming pool etc.

On the trail, spend 3 nights at comfortable teahouses or mountain lodges. These are run by local families and are a backbone of the village economy.  Though most teahouses will have en suite bathrooms, you need to remember that the facilities at teahouses are basic compared to city hotels.

Accommodation is arranged on a twin-sharing basis. If traveling alone, you will share the room with someone of the same sex. If you need a single room, it will be made available at an extra cost. While single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and Pokhara, on the trail it may be difficult to get a single room during peak season.

 

Meals

Meals on the trail is included in the package cost.Breakfast is free at the hotels (Kathmandu and Pokhara) you will be staying at. Farewell and welcome dinners are also complimentary. You will be responsible for other meals (lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara). There are a number of good restaurants serving international dishes. 

While trekking, all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided. Breakfast and dinner will be served at the teahouse you will be staying at. Lunch will be served at a teahouse on the trail. Food on the trail consists of local (rice, lentils, curry, momo, chapatis) and international dishes (apple pie, pancakes, pizza, mac & cheese, toast, noodles etc.) high on nutrition and carbohydrate. 

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Before you book this trek try to learn more about the destination, its people, and its culture. It is important for you to realize that you will be trekking in a remote corner of the Himalayas. Here there are no roads and most of the area is wild country. Research and learn more about the region so that you will know what to expect during your trek. In order to provide you with as much information as possible, we have done our own research and placed the detailed information on our website. To learn more about your destination (for example, visa rules, climate, travel insurance, flora, fauna etc.)  click on the Trip Note or go to the Nepal General Information page.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Poon Hill trekkingis low altitude trekking. The maximum height you will get to is around 3210m. There is very little chance of getting AMS at that height

We provide sleeping bag and down jacket but you need to bring your own personal gear. We can recommend some good stores where you can hire or buy new ones.

This is one of the easy treks in Annapurna region. Everyday day we walk for 4-5hours. Anyone with normal fitness level can join this trek. In fact, it is one of the best family adventure packages

You need to have a passport with validity for up to 6 months and a Nepal Visa which can either be obtained through the Nepalese Embassy diplomatic mission in your country or upon your arrival at the entry point. No visa is needed for Indian nationals. You also need to carry hard cash (for visa fee on arrival) and passport photographs (digital or hard copy). For more ‘Nepal Visa’ details please read the ‘Visa’ section in our ‘Additional Information’ page


QUESTION AND ANSWER

How are the tea houses on the trail?
Ghorepani-Poon Hill trek is one of the most popular and short treks in Nepal. The tea houses on this trail all have good accommodation and most of them offer a wide variety of food on their menu. The accommodation will be basic but neat and clean.

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Oscar Samuelsson
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Jun 02, 2019

Poon Hill and Gorepani Trek

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We went trekking to the famous Poon Hill and Gorepani. Early mornings were awesome to click pictures of mountains but it couldn’t do justice to what I saw in front of me. The incredible views of Annapurna range is worth all the pain. We walked with a head torch in the darkness and saw an amazing sunrise. Enjoyed the spectacular views with a cup of hot chocolate; was pleasantly to surprise to see a shop selling hot beverages in the vantage point of sunrise. You really got to do this trek to understand what I am saying. Can’t stop gushing about the beautiful Himalayas and the experience.

It's a must do trek for those who wants to enjoys the views of Annapurna range and stunning sunrises.

Hennery Moran
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May 13, 2019

Trek with sunrise - Poon Hill Trek

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Me and my wife are in mid 40’s with reasonable fitness. This anniversary we wanted to enjoy the Himalayas but were looking for something easy so we choose Gorepani Pun Hill trek. We had good weather at the start of the trek but the night before our Pun Hill sunrise there was rainfall with thunder. It was worrisome! Next day the clouds had cleared and there was a bright blue sky. Our hopes were high. After a walk of around an hour, we reached the vantage point. Himalayan ranges were breathtaking and the sight of sunrise was too beautiful to describe in words.

Best Destination
I wanted an easy way to enjoy the Himalayas
Take trekking poles as we did. Trust me these will become your pillars of support.

Marco Belle
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May 06, 2019

A trek to remember

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The beautiful mountains, hill, Nepalese villages and its culture make the long walk feel short. Climbing the never ending steps to Ulleri is the only excruciating part of the trek. Rest of the trek is comparatively far easier. The chilly breeze as you trek to higher elevation was wonderful. We saw a beautiful sunrise over the snowcapped mountains. It’s one of the best I have seen till date and worth the entire climb.

Wanted to enjoy the mountains and sunrises in short period
Take trekking poles it will become your best friend. Foreign dishes with Nepali touch; keep your expectation low. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the mountains.

Achara Srisuk
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Apr 26, 2019

Poon Hill Trek with Breathtaking Sunrise

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For the first time trekkers like me I felt Ghorepani Poon Hill would be perfect. The team of Third Rock adventures was quick to reply and assured me that this trek would be prefect for beginners. The team was attentive towards my demands and made me feel comfortable. Indeed, it turned out to be one of the most amazing experiences which will remain with me for a lifetime. We shared the trail with mules which were transporting supplies to the villages. We had pretty decent weather with few rainfalls and hails. The weather got me worried for the sunrise but lucked out to witness awesome sunrise from the vantage point of Poon Hill. The hike up to Poon Hill was quite demanding but the sight was worth it. You could see the reddish orange sky and the sight of rays of early sun falling onto the snowcapped mountains was breathtaking. We spend almost an hour there basking in the serenity of the place. We got awesome views on the way to Ghandruk which compelled me to stop and enjoy the serenity. Rhododendron blooms added color to the otherwise green trail.

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Memorable: Sunrise from Poon Hill Enjoyable: sipping hot tea beside fire while hail was falling outside.
I was worried about weather which wasn't in my control so would like to tell you to embrace everything as it comes. Don't worry much just live in the moment

Ryan Patel
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Mar 22, 2019

Ghorepani-Poon Hill Trek - An adventure in the mountains

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Though I would have loved to do the Annapurna Circuit, I did not have time. The team at Third rock Adventures suggested Ghorepani-Poon Hill Trek, so I settled for this short trek. I was not disappointed as I got to enjoy some stellar views of Annapurna, Fishtail and other Himalayan giants. I had a really good guide, Pemba, who let me walk at my own pace. The highlight was supposed to be the sunrise from Poon Hill, but unfortunately weather was not on our side. It was cloudy but then we had a brief glimpse of the grand panorama as the clouds cleared a bit just as we were about to descend. But there were other places on the trail from where we had some spectacular mountain views. I enjoyed my stay at the Gurung villages. At one of the teahouses my guide introduced me to a person who is part of a group of Gurung ‘Honey Hunters’. It was interesting to chat with him. He had some pictures from his recent honey hunting expedition which looked kind of scary. It would be an interesting experience and I am already planning to be back with my friends for a ‘Honey Hunting’ experience. Pemba from Third Rock Adventures has agreed to be my guide for this next adventure too. I am already looking forward to my next Himalayan adventure! By the way, if anyone is searching for a tour company, I would highly recommend Third Rock Adventures. These guys know how to look after their clients!

Good Value.
Yes.
I wanted to trek in the Himalayas.
Meeting people en route, chatting with lodge owners and locals, and of course the stupendous mountain views.
A walk in the mountains is a great stress buster.

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