Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is the first choice trekking route for all ages. You spend four straight trekking days in the Annapurna trekking region and bring back a memory for a lifetime.

Poon Hill Trek is a great attraction for nature lovers, adventure seekers, and those who want to see the beautiful views of the Himalayas of Nepal. This trekking trail takes you through the dense forest with stunning views of mountains and other landscapes.

It also takes you through some of the most remote villages in the region with their unique Nepali cultural heritage.

Start and End of Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

The Sunrise trek or the Annapurna Sunrise Trek is Nepal’s classic trekking route in the Annapurna trekking region.

The trekking to Ghorepani starts from Pokhara, but the hike starts from Nayapul to Tikhedhunga until you reach Ghorepani. On the way, you cross suspension bridges over Bhurung Khola and pass through quaint villages of Ulleri and Ghorepani.

The sunrise from the Poon Hill viewpoint is breathtaking, witnessing the sun touching the snow-capped Himalayas. In addition, you can enjoy Annapurna’s panoramic views, including Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchare, Nilgiri, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Annapurna South, and Lamjung Himal.

Ghorepani Poon Hill treks end at Pokhara. On the return path from Poon Hill, we follow the trail that traverses through the dense forest of Deurali to Tadapani, further descending to the beautiful village of Ghandruk.

What to expect during Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek?

Walking through the Annapurna Sanctuary en route to Ghorepani Poon Hill, you walk through the lush green Rhododendron forests and witness the diversity of flora and fauna nature offers. The trails are well maintained and marked by local guides.

Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is available throughout the year. Nevertheless, trekking during the Monsoon season (July to August) might result in disappointment. Nevertheless, if you want to reach the place during the rainy season, pack your bags with a rain poncho or rain jacket.

To enjoy the beautiful lush forests covered in Rhododendron, trekking in the spring season (March to April). Spring is the peak season, too, and you see a lot of trekkers en route.

Not to worry, though. There are plenty of tea houses and guesthouses on the way. You can enjoy hot drinks or cold drinks during the stopover according to your preference. Make sure you carry a water bottle to hydrate yourself. Furthermore, you can expect flush toilets at tea houses.

Things to carry Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Aforementioned, the trek is relatively easy, so no special pieces of equipment are required. However, to capture the magnificent views of the sunrise, a camera is recommended. With the breathtaking views of the Himalayas and walking through the Annapurna Sanctuary toasting the beauty of nature, you would want to keep the memories alive for the future.

In addition to regular trekking gear such as a good pair of hiking boots or hiking poles, don’t forget your trekking Permits daily medicines you need.

Overview

  • Duration 8 days
  • Max Altitude 3210m / 10532ft. m
  • Group Size 20-10
  • Best Season Mar-May,Sep-Nov
  • Per Day Walk 05-06 hours
  • Accomodation Hotel / Teahouse
  • Start/End KTM/KTM
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Trip Type Solo / Group / Fixed Departure /
  • Location Annapurna Region

Includes

  • Airport Pickup and Drop
  • Accommodation of two nights in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation of two nights in Pokhara
  • Tourist Bus between Pokhara and Kathmandu
  • Private, round-trip land transportation between Pokhara and Trekking start Point
  • Tea house accommodation and three meals a day while trekking
  • English-speaking guide
  • Porter service
  • All necessary paperwork & trekking permits TIMS card
  • Government taxes
  • First aid kit
  • Mountain Routes T-shirt

Excludes

  • Items of personal consumption (coke, alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Medical evacuation in case of emergency
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Personal expenses: phone calls, laundry, hot shower, drinks, tips etc.
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Lunch & Dinner in Pokhara

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking Itinerary Map

  • Day 1 :

    Arrival at Kathmandu(1350 m/4430 ft)

  • Day 2 :

    Kathmandu to Pokhara (827 m/2713 ft)
    Distance: 210 km / 130 miles
    Time: 06:30 Hrs Drive

  • Day 3 :

    Pokhara to Nayapul to Tikhedhunga (1570 m/5150 ft)
    Distance:  9.2 km / 5.7 miles
    Time: 01:30 Hrs Drive / 04:30 Hrs walk

  • Day 4 :

    Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2840 m/9317 ft)
    Distance: 12.9 Km / 8 miles
    Time: 06:00 Hrs walk

  • Day 5 :

    Ghorepani to Poon Hill viewpoint (3210 m/10532 ft) to Ghandruk (1940 m/6365 ft )
    Distance: 19 Km / 12 miles
    Time: 07:30 Hrs walk

  • Day 6 :

    Ghandruk to Nayapul to Pokhara (827 m/2713 ft)
    Distance: 8.6 km / 5.3 miles
    Time: 03 Hrs Walk / 1:30 Hrs Drive

  • Day 7 :

    Pokhara to Kathmandu (1350m / 4430ft)
    Distance: 210 km / 130 miles
    Time: 06:30 Hrs Drive

  • Day 8 :

    Depart Kathmandu

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Arriving in Kathmandu (1350 m/4430 ft)

    On the first day of our Annapurna region trekking, you will arrive at the capital city of Nepal – Kathmandu. Our representatives will pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel. They will explain the route and schedule along the way. You can have lunch upon reaching, and then go out to explore the beautiful city of Kathmandu.

  • Day 2 : Kathmandu to Pokhara (827 m/2713 ft) trip Trip Duration: 6-7 hours

    On the second day of the trip, we will be traveling from Kathmandu to the city of Lakes – Pokhara. We will be traveling by jeep, and it will take us about 6 to 7 hours. There are a lot of places to explore in Pokhara. So, upon arriving in Pokhara, we will head straight out to avoid missing any key attraction points. We will then explore the amazing nightlife of Lakeside and then head back to our hotels to rest for the day.

  • Day 3 : Pokhara to Ulleri via Nayapul Trip Duration: 6-7 hours

    Our third day of trekking in the Annapurna region of Nepal begins with traveling from Pokhara to Nayapul. We will travel by jeep, and it will take us about 1:30 hours. Upon reaching Nayapul, we will begin our hike to Ulleri. From Nayapul, our trail leads us to Birethati, a junction point for Annapurna sanctuary and our trek route. I

    t is a motorable offroad trail. We will then walk 4 hours further, following the banks of Bhurung Khola to reach Tikhedhunga and have lunch.The trail will first cross the stream of Bhurung Khola, then lead us to a Magar Village called Ulleri.The trail from Tikhedhunga to Ulleri is steep uphill which is one of the hurdle of this trek.(aprox 3500 stairs ).we will stay overnight at ulleri.

  • Day 4 : Ulleri to Ghorepani (2840 m/9317 ft)Trip Trip Duration: 6 hours

    4th day of our Annapurna region trek begins with an early breakfast at Ulleri and then heading out to reach Ghorepani. On our way, we will walk through rhododendron jungle and beautiful waterfalls. Upon further walking along the trail, we will traverse pastures and cultivated fields, Rhododendron, and oak forests, reaching Nangethati. We will have our lunch there. After having lunch there, we will head to Ghorepani, which will only take about 2 hours pleasant walk. We will stay the night at Ghorepani.

  • Day 5 : Ghorepani to Poon Hill viewpoint (3210 m/10532 ft) to Tadapani )Trip Trip Duration: 7-8 hours

    Today is one of the best parts of the trek, where we will be heading out early to Poon Hill for an early sunrise view. It will take us about 40 minutes to reach Poon Hill. We will have a stunning panoramic view of mount Dhaulagiri, Annapurna range, Nilgiri range, Machhapuchhare, and other peaks. As the sun’s rays slowly kiss the tips of the mountains, we will slowly run out of words to describe the moment. After viewing the sunrise, we will follow the trail, which traverses through the dense forest of Deurali and then descends to Tadapani and stay overnight

  • Day 6 : Tadapani to Ghandruk to Nayapul to Pokhara (827 m/2713 ft)Trip Trip Duration: 3 hours walk + 1.5 hour Drive

    On the 6th day of our Annapurna region trekking, after having breakfast at Tadapani, we will admire the place one more time and then head out to reach out to Ghandruk. It is a straightforward climb down, which will only take us about 3 hours. Upon reaching Ghandruk, we will have our lunch there and rest. Then, we will have short 30min walk to old Gurung village of ghandruk , We will then catch jeep to Nayapul from the ghandruk bus station . Finally, we will have dinner at Lakeside, Pokhara. We can also enjoy the beautiful Lakeside during the nighttime. A good night’s sleep is all you need for the day.

  • Day 7 : Pokhara to Kathmandu (1350 m/4430 ft) trip Trip Duration: 6-7 hours

    We will start the day at Pokhara with breakfast and then take a jeep to return to the capital. It takes us about 6-7 hours. We can travel via plane, saving us time and only about 35 minutes. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we will explore the city around a bit. We can also do some shopping, and at night, we can enjoy Thamel’s beautiful nightlife.

  • Day 8 : Departure

    On the last day of our Annapurna region trek, you will be heading home. Our representatives will pick you up from your hotel and drop you at the airport. We will share goodbyes, and you will be going back home with unforgettable and beautiful memories of the trek.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking: Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where is Poon Hill situated?

    Poonhill is situated in Northern Central Nepal in the Annapurna Trekking Region which lies in the Annapurna Conservation Area Project.

  • How fit do I need to be for Poon Hill Trekking?

    Poonhill Trekking is considered one of the easy trekking trails in the Annapurna region. Anyone with an average level of fitness can complete this trek. Trekking to Ghorepani Poonhill is usually 6-7 hours per day.

  • How to reach PoonHill?

    The most popular and regularly followed route is Nayapul- Tikhedhunga- Ghorepani. However, there are two other options as well. One is Ghandruk- Tadapani- Ghorepani route and another is Tatopani- Shikha- Ghorepani.

  • I have seen variable days options for the Poon Hill trek, but what minimum days are required for the Poonhill trek?

    Since there are few alternative trekking routes for Poonhill Trek, the days depend on which route you prefer. But the minimum number of days to do this trek is three days.

  • Do you provide a guide and porter, or will both be in a group?

    You get a porter to carry the baggage of 2 trekkers and one guide.

  • Is there any chance of High Altitude Sickness?

    Since Poonhill trekking is the low altitude trekking of 2855m height, there is no chance or minimum chance of high altitude sickness depending on the individual.

  • What is the weather like in Poon Hill?

    The weather in Poonhill is quite windy. HavingTherefore, carrying a wind stopper will help minimize the cold.

  • Is Poonhill trek safe for minors?

    Poonhill trekking is the best for family trekking. You spend 4-5 hours hiking daily, which means even children can trek. However, we suggest that parents guide the minors throughout the trek.

  • What kinds of accommodation are available on the Poonhill trek?

    You can expect a clean private room that has Wi-Fi attached bathroom with hot shower facilities.

  • Do you have a group joining Trip to Ghorepani Poonhill Trek?

    There are multiple departure dates for trekking that may be suitable for you. You can also request your departure date if our date does not match your schedule.

  • What will be the transportation be like for this trek?

    We travel by tourist bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara and vice versa. But from Pokhara to the trekking start point, we travel in a private vehicle. So we can also arrange fight/private transportation at an extra cost.

  • Do you provide trekking equipment for this trek?

    No, we don’t provide trekking equipment for this trek. However, you can hire or purchase the equipment from the market in Thamel.

  • What kind of meals do we expect during this trekking?

    You can expect continental menus and soups and dishes of rice and noodles. You can also have soft drinks and beers at your own cost in the tea houses.

  • Is it safe to drink tap water during the trek?

    Although tap water is safe to drink, we recommend to use purification tablet or liquid. Nevertheless, bottled water is better. You can buy bottled water in tea houses which may be expensive, but they’re worth it.

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