Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

Ghorepani is the viewpoint that greets you with a magnificent view of early morning sun rays striking Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre and 20 other towering peaks of the Annapurna region

Best season
JAN TO JAN
JAN TO JAN
10
Days

Overview

Ghorepani  Poon hill trek is one of the best short treks in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Starting from the minimum elevation of 1025m (Birethanti), the trail takes you to the altitude of 2,860m Ghorepani and then 3,210m Poon Hill; that greets you with a magnificent view of early morning sun rays striking Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre and 20 other towering peaks of the Annapurna region. As Ghorepani, Poonhill trekking trail makes a complete circle both starting and ending at Nayapul, the trek is also famous as a small Annapurna circuit trekking.

Along with the view of mountains, trekkers can equally enjoy the company of cultivated terraces, waterfalls, dense rhododendron and oak forests full of chirping birds and flying butterflies – simply perfect for nature lovers. Moreover, Poon Hill Ghorepani trek, is also an introduction to the culture, tradition, hospitality, farming practices and lifestyle of different ethnic groups including Gurung and Magar.

Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu

Upon our arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a representative from Nepal Wanders who will take you to our hotel. In the evening there will be a welcome dinner in a traditional Nepali Restaurant where you will be able to enjoy authentic Nepali cuisine with a brief cultural program.

Day 2: Kathmandu

The capital, Kathmandu Valley is a big storehouse of exclusive cultural and historical sites. Kathmandu valley has the highest concentration of UNESCO world heritage sites in a given space. In this day we will have full day sightseeing of UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square (a historical structure offering architectural wonders), the Pashupatinath Temple (a Hindu shrine dedicated to the Lord Shiva- lord possessing the power of destruction), Swyambhunath and Boudhanath (a Buddhist shrine dedicated to Lord Buddha – the Light of Asia.

After sightseeing we finalize our clothing and trekking gears (down jacket, trekking boots, sleeping bags etc.) required during the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Today, in the morning our guides will come to pick you up at your hotel and escort you to the bus station to catch an early morning, comfortable tourist bus to Pokhara. The bus will head towards the west of Kathmandu Valley and continue the journey towards the western part of Nepal following the Prithvi Highway along the Trishuli river. The bus will stop twice – one for breakfast and one for lunch and then continue until we reach Pokhara. The evening can be utilized to explore the lake area. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 04: Drive to Nayapul & trek to Tikhadhunga (1,540m/5,052ft)

Today is the first day of the trek and our destination is Tikhedhunga. First we drive from Pokhara to Nayapul. On reaching Nayapul, after two hours drive, the luggage is prepared for the porters. After a short pre-trek preparation, we start to walk towards Birethanti following the south bank of the Modi River. In Birethanti, our leader will take care of all the check in formalities at the ACAP office, and then we follow the trail that leads us towards Bhurungdi Khola. Passing Lamdawali, Sudame, Hile, and a few waterfalls we finally reach Tikhedhunga. Overnight at a lodge in Tikhedhunga.

Day 05: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (3,194m/10,479ft)

Today is the second day of the trek and our destination is Ghorepani.  We first climb up to Ulleri, following a stone paved steps. After climbing more than 3000 steps we reach Ulleri. A gentle ascent from here through the Rhododendron and Oak forest, passing Banthanti and Nangge Thanti will then take us to Ghorepani – a gateway to Poon Hill, which is the best sunrise view point in the Annapurna region. Overnight at a lodge in Ghorepani.

Day 06: Hike to Poon Hill and trek to Tadapani (2,590m/8,497ft)

Today is the third day of the trek and our destination is Tadapani. Today we wake up early and hike up to Poon Hill (3,193m) to catch the first ray of the sun striking the mountains of Annapurna region. We enjoy the view of sunrise, spend some time taking snaps and then get back to the lodge at Ghorepani. From here, we walk east, passing Deurali pass and Ban Thanti towards Thulo Odar Kharka through rhododendron forests. A steep descent and a short climb from here will finally take us to Tadapani. Overnight at a lodge in Tadapani.

Day 07: Trek to Ghandruk (1,940m/6,364ft)

Today is the fourth day of the trek and our destination is Ghandruk – a Gurung village situated at an altitude of 1,940m. The trail descends through the forest of Oak and Rhododendron. We can enjoy varieties of chirping birds en route. On reaching Ghandruk we rest for some time and then we set off to explore the village, handicraft center as well as Gurung museum. In the evening, on request, the Gurung Cultural Program can also be organized. Overnight at a lodge in Ghandruk.

Day 08: Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara(820m/2,690ft)

Today is the last day of the trek in the Annapurna region. The walk begins from Ghandrunk and drops down to the Modi River crossing Imle, Chane and Kimche. Then the trail along the Modi River will take us to Birethanti crossing Syauli Bazaar and Chimrung. On reaching Birethanti, we complete the checkout formalities at ACAP office and then head towards Nayapul. On crossing the bridge we reach Nayapul where catch a bus to Pokhara. After two hours, we finally reach Pokhara. The evening will be spent enjoying the lake area and other attractions of Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 09: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Today, from Pokhara we catch a tourist standard bus to Kathmandu. Leaving Pokhara we head east toward the capital city, Kathmandu. After 7 hours of drive all the way through Prithvi Highway, we reach Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu you will be escorted to your hotel, where you can freshen up and rest for some time. Around the evening, the company representatives conduct a short meeting to discuss the trip, your experience and the feedback. By the time dinner will also be ready. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 10: Farewell Nepal

Our representative will pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to international airport for onward journey.

 

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