Poon Hill and Ghandruk Trek - 6 days

Poon Hill and Ghandruk Trek - 6 days


Poon Hill and Ghandruk Trek is one of Nepal's best short treks taking through picturesque villages while offering epic Himalayan views of the Annapurna region. It is an easy trek that accesses you to a classic viewpoint of Poon Hill and experiences the beautiful mountain lifestyle in Ghandruk village. The main highlight of this trip is the breathtaking sunrise view over Annapurna and the crystal-clear 360-degree panorama of Annapurna massif, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, and Dhaulagiri from Poon Hill. 

 This short Poon Hill and Ghandruk trek begins with a short yet scenic flight to the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara. From here, you'll drive to Banthanti, the starting point of the trek. Next, you'll hike to the charming village of Ghorepani, surrounded by picturesque, terraced fields. The next day, early morning before dawn, you'll start your hike to Poon Hill to catch the marvelous sunrise over the entire Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain ranges.

Afterward, you'll move to the bustling heritage village of Ghandruk, the next major highlight of this short and easy trip. You can observe several traditional houses, incredible landscapes, and rich Gurung culture. After completing this short trek, you’ll drive back to Pokhara via Birethanti. With that, the joyful Poon Hill and Ghandruk Trekking Tour end here. You'll fly back to Kathmandu and take a final flight to your home. 

How Much Does This Trip Cost?

The trip's price depends on the type of services chosen by our clients and the group size. The cost of each trip we organize is different because we see travelers as individuals having their own particular needs and preferences.

Get ready for an incredible journey tailored to your interests and preferences, whether you're looking for a budget-friendly adventure or a luxurious getaway. Leave the planning to us as we take care of all the details, ensuring your dream trip becomes a reality. You can relax and focus on creating unforgettable memories that will stay with you forever.

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Trip Highlights

  • Trek through the Annapurna Conservation Area, covered with beautiful rhododendron forests 
  • Hike to Poon Hill and savor the panoramic sunrise over the massive Himalayas range of the Annapurna region
  • Uninterrupted sweeping vistas of giant peaks, including Annapurna II, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Hiunchuli
  • Explore the famous Ghandruk village, the biggest Gurung village in the Annapurna region
  • Observe the living style and rich culture of local Gurung and Magar people

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) and Fly to Pokhara (800m/2,624ft) - 25 minutes flight
Day 2 Drive from Pokhara to Banthanti (2,210m/7,250ft) and Trek to Ghorepani (2,874m/9,430ft) – 2 and half hours’ (63km) drive and 3 to 4 hours (9km) trek
Day 3 Morning Hike to Poon Hill (3,210m/10,530ft) and Trek to Tadapani (2,600m/8,530ft) - 5 to 6 hours (11km) trek
Day 4 Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk (1,940m/6,365ft) - 3 to 4 hours (6.5km) trek
Day 5 Trek from Ghandruk to Birethanti (1,070m/3,510ft), Drive to Pokhara, and Fly Back to Kathmandu - 4 to 5 hours (10km) trek, 1-hour (44km) drive, and 25 minutes flight
Day 6 Final Departure

Route Map

Route Map for Poon Hill and Ghandruk Trek Route Map for Poon Hill and Ghandruk Trek

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) and Fly to Pokhara (800m/2,624ft) - 25 minutes flight


Upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, a representative from Third Rock Adventures will receive you. After completing all airport formalities, you'll go to the domestic terminal to catch a scenic flight to Pokhara.

In Pokhara, you'll be transferred to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure. You can walk around the lakeside part that offers many tourist attractions and beautiful views.  

Overnight stay in Pokhara. 

Day 2
Drive from Pokhara to Banthanti (2,210m/7,250ft) and Trek to Ghorepani (2,874m/9,430ft) – 2 and half hours’ (63km) drive and 3 to 4 hours (9km) trek

Early morning you'll drive to Banthanti, where you'll begin your trek toward Ghorepani. Walking through a tranquil trail through beautiful woods, you'll pass several streams and listen to nature. On this trail section, you'll catch a splendid glimpse of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. You'll gradually climb uphill through green hills and forests and reach Ghorepani village.

The ancient traders often used Ghorepani as a popular stopover to quench their horses' thirst. But now this village has been modernized with many amenities like hot showers, bookstores, coffeeshop, bakery cafes, etc. You can spend quality time by taking a hot shower, reading books, and enjoying tea or coffee.

Overnight at Ghorepani. 

Day 3
Morning Hike to Poon Hill (3,210m/10,530ft) and Trek to Tadapani (2,600m/8,530ft) - 5 to 6 hours (11km) trek

view from Poonhill Pooh Hill -famous viewpoint in Nepal

Wake up early in the morning and begin your climb to Poon Hill in about an hour. It's a famous viewpoint in Nepal, a paradise for photographers offering epic 360-degree mountain vistas. The glorious sunrise views on Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges are spectacular. It is worth the hour-long early morning climb along stone stairs through dense rhododendron forests.

You'll behold the crystal-clear mountains lingering on the horizon in both directions. It is a sight you won't forget for your lifetime. Later you'll get back to Poon Hill and have your breakfast. Afterward, you'll begin your trek, and passing through beautiful Deurali village, you'll make your way to Tadapani.

Overnight stay in Tadapani. 

Day 4
Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk (1,940m/6,365ft) - 3 to 4 hours (6.5km) trek

Tadapani Village Morning View from Tadapani

After breakfast in Tadapani, you'll head toward Ghandruk, a gorgeous Gurung village in the mountains just south of the famous Annapurna range. Today's walk is easy as compared to previous days.

After some downhill trek, you'll arrive at Bhise-Kharka, continue walking on forested trails, and reach Ghandruk village. The ethnic Gurung community populates this terraced mountain village. There are several shops, cafes, and teahouses. Admire the magnificent scenes of the gigantic peaks of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre in the distance.

Overnight stay in Ghandruk. 

Day 5
Trek from Ghandruk to Birethanti (1,070m/3,510ft), Drive to Pokhara, and Fly Back to Kathmandu - 4 to 5 hours (10km) trek, 1-hour (44km) drive, and 25 minutes flight

Wake up with an astonishing panorama of the massif Annapurna range. Enjoying the beautiful mountain scenery, you'll have your breakfast. Later, you'll make an easy trek downhill to Birethanti, where a jeep will be waiting to transfer to Pokhara first, and then you'll fly back to Kathmandu.

Once you reach Kathmandu, you can rest and explore Thamel, a popular tourist hub. You can easily find restaurants, cafes, pubs, and so on. Also, Thamel is very famous for its nightlife. You can enjoy live music at any of the cafes or restaurants. 

Overnight stay in Kathmandu. 

Day 6
Final Departure

It's time to say farewell to Nepal. Enjoy your last moments in Kathmandu. If you have time, you can stroll nearby places and do some souvenir shopping. Depending on your flight time, a representative from Third Rock Adventures will drop you at the airport. Being at the airport three hours before your departure flight is always good.

Likewise, we offer several tour and trekking packages if you wish to extend your vacation. Just WhatsApp us to find the best adventures around you!



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Jarrett Cannon
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Dec 26, 2023

Poon Hill short adventure

I cannot highly recommend Third Rock adventures for trek in Nepal. It's my first time with them but I already booked second trip in 2024 September to ebc and Gokyo lakes. We loved how they operate, welcome and in the mountain. The guides are professional and dedicated to serving the best. We are more than Thankful to Naba for everything.
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Patrick Davies
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Oct 25, 2022

Poon Hill Trek

We did it! Thanks to Naba and his core team including our guide Bimal for this amazing trek. We did never knew we could do this trek. It's easy trek yet one of the most popular trek. We spent a day in Ghandruk, which is listed in BBC article. It's more than just that. The local people there, the local food and the mountains all make it amazing. We ascended to Poon Hill for the stunning view from tehre. It was great experience in Nepal. We will get back to Nepal again and do few more treks again.
Maynard Bond
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Oct 20, 2022

Beautiful adventure

Highly recommended travel company in Nepal. We found them on internet reading a blog and inquired them for poon hill trek. Naba was extra-generous and helpful to help someone like us who has no knowledge of trek in Nepal. He assigned was highly-experienced trekking guide and assured our safety and satisfaction on top. We did the trek and realized that we did the best by chosing them on the first place. We also had inquired to few other populr trekking agencies in Nepal, but they weren't clear and had money-minded traits. It was different talking with Naba. Even after we compelted the trek, we had dinner with him in Thamel. He was friendly and always wanted nothing more than good relationship. We owe him sea of thanks. We want to recommend his company for adventuer to Nepal. Thank you.
Valentín Sandino
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Oct 17, 2022

Wonderful experience

Poon Hill via Ghandruk is the first ever trek experience for me and my friends. We did 6-day itinerary with third rock. We first texted them via whatsapp and had audio call for extra information. Naba was amazing with his info and suggestions. He offered many itineraries and even let us customize the itinerary. Our guide was simply aamzing person. He would say Dai to us and take care of us. We absolutely loved the adventure.
Gerard Schwartz
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Oct 10, 2022

Poon Hill and Ghandruk Trek

Rishi took us to Poon Hill station for astounding view of the Annapurna ranges and few other mountains. The trek was easy and not to mention, rewarding. Rishi was fantastic with his service and we cannot thank him enough for his contribution to this trek. We have wonderful trekking experience.
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