Duration
7
Days
Trip Facts
  • Activities: Trekking and Hiking
  • Min. Age: 6
Accommodation
  • 3 Nights 4* Hotel
  • 3 Nights Best Available Teahouse
Meals
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • 4 Lunches
  • 4 Dinners
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Trip Introduction

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek takes you to the foothills of the Annapurna mountains within a short time. The route is easy and 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.Ghorepani  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. 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 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. The week-long Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek itinerary is ideal for those seeking a Himalayan adventure within a short time frame. You get  close to the Himalayan mountains without exerting yourself too much. This is also a perfect introductory trek for beginners and family who have never trekked in the Himalayas before. Our experienced guide will be there to guide you and make your Annapurna adventure a safe and memorable one. Watch Video

Gearing up for more challenging trails? If you have already done this trek and are looking for some challenging options, then we recommend you try out our other Annapurna treks, viz, Annapurna Base camp Trek-11 days, Annapurna Circuit Trek-16 days, Annapurna Sanctuary Trek-13 days, Mardi Himal Trek - 9 days and Khopra Ridge Trek - 10 days. 


Trip Highlights

  • 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 during your Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
  • 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?

  • Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek  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 trip lasts for 7 days. 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.Maximum you spend 6 hours walking on the trail and minimum 3 hours. On average you will be walking around  4 hours each day. 
  • On the trail 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. 

Day to Day Itinerary

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

DAY 1:

Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft) expand

Transfer to Hotel and Trek Preparation

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. 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. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Oasis Kathmandu Hotel or Thamel Boutique Hotel

DAY 2:

Fly to Pokhara (800m/2,625ft), drive to Hile and trek to Ulleri(1,970m/6,463 ft) expand

Duration: 25 minutes flight, 2:30 hrs drive, 3-4 hours (4 km) trek

 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.

Accommodation: Hotel Kamala
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 3:

Trek to Ghorepani (2,874m/9,429 ft) expand

Walking Distance: 4-5 hours (9 km) trek

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.

Accommodation: Hotel Sunny
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 4:

Hike to Poon Hill (3,210m/10529ft) and trek to Tadapani (2,600m/8,530ft) expand

Walking distance: 5-6 hours (9.5 km) trek

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.

Accommodation: Hotel Grand View
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 5:

Trek to Kimchi via Ghandruk and drive to Pokhara expand

Walking Distance: 4-5 hours (10 km) trek, 2:30 hours drive

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. 

Accommodation: Hotel Pokhara Batika
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 6:

Fly to Kathmandu expand

Duration: 25 minutes flight

 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.

Accommodation: Oasis Kathmandu Hotel or Thamel Boutique Hotel
  • 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.

  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast


Tailor Your Holiday

You can change this itinerary, services, accommodation, duration of this trip etc.to suit your needs and budget. The choice is yours. Let us help you tailor your perfect holiday.


Route Map

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Altitude Map

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek 7 days Altitude Map

What's Included

  • Airport pick up & drop off service in a private vehicle
  • 4-star accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • 4-star accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
  • All ground transportation by comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary

  • Best available clean and comfortable Tea house accommodation during the trek
  • Farewell Dinner at the end of the trip

  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea/coffee during the trek
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • Domestic flight(Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu)
  • Highly experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, trained in first-aid Trek Leader (Guide)
  • Assistant Trekking Guide (4 trekkers : 1 Asst. guide) for personalized cares
  • 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
  • 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

  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival or late departure
  • 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

Accommodations at 4 star hotels and best available teahouses are included in the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek cost. Enjoy 2 nights’ stay at the luxurious  Hotel Shanker in Kathmandu and 1 night at Hotel Barahi 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 Hotel Barahi 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 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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Best Time To Travel

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (late September to November) are the ideal seasons for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. It is neither too hot 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.


Essential Information

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Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek FAQs

If you have booked a package with us you won’t be spending much as accommodation and 3 meals are already included in your trip price. You may have to personally pay for items like beverages and drinks, extra snacks, hot showers, electronic device charging, wifi etc. USD 20 to 30 (NRS 2000-3000) per day will suffice.

Please do note that if you are traveling in a group, a member falling sick won’t disrupt your trip. While the sick person will be taken care of, the rest of the group will be able to continue with the trip.

If someone becomes ill on the trail your trekking guide will take the sick person’s condition on account and decide he or she shall continue with the trek or return to a lower elevation and wait for the rest of the group. If his or her condition is serious then the person will be flown by air ambulance to Kathmandu or Pokhara for expert medical attention. An assistant will take care of the sick person, while the rest of the group shall proceed onwards and complete the trip as per the itinerary. 

If you want to add extra activities and sites to your itinerary it can be done. Our Travel Consultant will help you customize your trip. Just let us know which places you want to visit and what you want to do and we will add these in your itinerary.

We usually provide private comfortable vehicles to individual tourists. For groups we provide comfortable luxury buses for pick up and drop-offs.

While tipping is not mandatory it is a nice way of showing your appreciation to the people who have helped you enrich your holiday experience. It all depends on how far you are pleased and satisfied with their services. There is no fixed amount, but many of our clients offer 8-10 percent of the total tour price as tips.   

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.

The permits needed are - Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry fee and TIMS(Trekkers’ Information Management System fee).

The symptoms of altitude sickness are generally seen at elevations above 4000m. Since the highest point you will reach during your trek is Poon Hill at 3210m, there is no cause for concern. You will be spending only an hour or two at this height. Most part of your trek will be at lower elevations. 

The quality of teahouses in the Annapurna Region is pretty good and most of them offer facilities like western toilets, hot showers (may charge cost) and a wide range of items on their menu. The rooms are usually furnished with two separate beds with mattress, pillows, blankets and bed sheets. Most of the teahouses are family or community run establishments. Teahouses are like an extended home and have a warm and cosy feel to them.

Teahouses offer boiled and filtered drinking water to trekkers for a price. Though you can purchase bottled water, we discourage the use of plastic bottled water on the trail because of the adverse effect on the environment. You can bring along with you a reusable bottle nd fill it up with drinking water. 

Your guide will check the condition of the water of the filtered water before you purchase it. Please be assured that our guide will thoroughly check whether the water has been boiled and treated properly before you drink it.


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Trip Reviews

Travel experiences of our clients who recently returned from their trips.

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werner berger
Werner Berger
Guinness World Record holder Gives Third Rock Adventures a 5-Star

I am Werner Berger and my "claim to fame" is probably best defined as being in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest person in the world to have climbed the highest mountain on each of the seven continents, including Mt. Everest. Little did I know my life was to change forever on my first trek into the Himalaya in 1992 at age 55. It was the beginning and just a matter time before I realized I could combine my leadership and climbing skills to create a program in which people could explore their own possibilities. So, in 2010, I began leading Transformational Life Experiences, treks to Mt. Everest Base Camp and other high places. One of the earliest keys to success is to find a company with the right mix of professionalism, support, and, of course, experience. I have used Naba Amgai and his teams on all my Nepal trekking adventures. Naba's caring and climber support, is second to none. In my estimation, Third Rock Adventures is one of the very best in the business, in or outside of Nepal. They know the mountains. So you can relax, enjoy and transform.

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Oscar Samuelsson
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Jun 02, 2019
Poon Hill and Gorepani Trek
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
flagsAustralia
May 13, 2019
Trek with sunrise - Poon Hill Trek
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
flagsSaint Barthelemy
May 06, 2019
A trek to remember
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
flagsThailand
Apr 26, 2019
Poon Hill Trek with Breathtaking Sunrise
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.
Best Destination,
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
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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