Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

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Trip Facts

  • Total Duration: 11 Days
  • Trekking Duration: 05 Days
  • Trip Grade: Easy
  • Max Elevation: 3210m
  • Best Season: October to December, February to May
  • Walking Hours: 5-6hrs everyday
  • Styles: Tea House
  • Starting point of trek: Naya Pul
  • Finishing point of trek: Naya Pul
  • Meals and Drinks: guest houses managed by local people

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  • Destination:Nepal

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is the easiest and shortest trek in the region of Annapurna in Nepal. It is designed for 4 days trekking in maximum paradise Himalayas in less altitude so it is called mini paradise trekking for any aged of trekkers.

This trekking route is situated in the south face of Annapurna Himalaya ranges and east face of Mount Dhaulagiri range. The walking elevation starts from Nayapul (1070m) to Poon Hill (3210m). To access Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek fly or drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara then about one hour and a half drive by car to Nayapul which is a starting point of the trek.

Trekking permit (Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and area permits (TIMS) are checked here. Nayapul is a trekking intersection for Poon Hill and Annapurna Base Camp. The left side trail along the Bhurungdi River leads to Poon Hill. The path begins on the dusty gravel passes through forest and small sparkling waterfalls to beautiful ponds. During the trek, some pleasant ethnic villages of Gurung and Magar are Sudame, Hile, Tikhe Dhunga, Ulleri, Ghorepani, Tadapani and Ghandruk which are included day to day trekking days. These villages offer traditional and exotic houses of Gurung and Magar. These ethnic people are very popular in the British Gurkhas soldier. The trails are easy and agreeable which run on farming terraces, paved stone steps, on suspension bridges, into the thick forest of rhododendron, ridges, Mountain Viewpoints, and mountain bamboo bush. Luxurious and tidy lodges include a continental nice menu with tidy rooms serve you along the trail in every camp place.

 The up and down trails exhibit some beautiful landscape of agriculture fields, attractive valley views, barren hills, various flora, and faunas, sounding of waterfalls and crystalline streams. The rattling of divergent insects, the soulful chirping of barbet and some grassbirds twitting make the trek enjoyable. In the spring above 2000m forest are bloomy with various colors of rhododendron and with magnolia. The area of Sudame and Syauli Bazaar attract you with bloomy of the cotton forest at the beginning of the spring season. Two magnificent viewpoints Poon Hill and Deurali pass offer panorama views of Mt Dhaulagiri (8172m), Mt Annapurna I (8071m), Mt Annapurna South (7219m), Himchuli (6441m), Machhapuchhare ( 6997m) and Nilgiris. Besides the south, from Poon Hill and Deurali to the triangle directions stand with Dhaulagiri Himalaya and Annapurna Himalaya ranges and to the horizontal Lamjung and Manaslu.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu (1200m)
  • Day 02 Sightseeing Swayambhu, Boudha and Durbar square
  • Day 03 Drive to Pokhara by car (850m) (max 6hrs)
  • Day 04 Naya Pul to Tikhedhunga (1540m)(3-4hrs)
  • Day 05 Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (6-7hrs) (2850m)
  • Day 06 Ghorepani to Tadapani (4-5hrs) (2680m)
  • Day 07 Tadapani to Ghandruk (max. 3hrs) (1940m)
  • Day 08 Ghandruk to Naya Pul (Max. 4hrs) (1070m)
  • Day 09 Day Rest day or Sightseeing in Pokhara
  • Day 10 Fly to Kathmandu
  • Day 11 Departure from Kathmandu

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu (1200m)

When you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport then transfer to your hotel. A short briefing is given concerning trekking itinerary.

Day 02 Sightseeing Swayambhu, Boudha and Durbar square

Day 03 Drive to Pokhara by car (850m) (max 6hrs)

Kathmandu to Pokhara is by car. Rest at the hotel and visit the market. Pokhara is one of the busiest tourist centre and most beautiful city of Nepal. Mt Fishtail and some parts of Annapurna range is attractively seen from here. It is both trekking starting and ending point. There are trekking shops, banks, all kinds of standard hotel for tourists. Phewa Lake has joined to the Pokhara city. People enjoy boating, paragliding, golf and horse riding.

Day 04 Naya Pul to Tikhedhunga (1540m)(3-4hrs)

A car or van leaves you at Naya Pul where trekking point starts. The road leading to Birethanti where a bridge over Modi Khola (river) just end of the bridge ACAP check post from the post left direction trail to Tikhedhunga means’s harp stone’. A gravel road through Sudame to Hile Gurung village along the Bhurungdi Khola. The trail reaches Sudame then climb up steadily to reach Hile (1430m). A paved stone path to Tikhedhunga where about half dozen lodges are alongside of the trail.

Day 05 Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (6-7hrs) (2850m)

Five minutes walking down to Tikhedhunga Khola and Bhurungdi Khola bridges to cross then the trail climbs very steeply on stone staircase to Ullery (2000m). Annapurna South is seen to the east north. The trail gently climbing starts from Ullery. After Banthanti you walk through magnificent oak, maple and rhododendron forests. Climbing gently up at 2480m a group of lodges appears is called Nangethanti mainly for lunch place. From here to Ghorepani is about 1hr. Lower Ghorepani and upper Ghorepani both together there are more than 2 dozen lodges and few shops. Most of people reach Poon Hill before sun rise. From Ghorepani it takes 1 hour climbing up Poon Hill. Poon Hill is a panorama view point to see Mt Dhaulagiri,(8172m) Tukuche,(6848 ) Nilgiris and to Annapurna 1, (8091m) Hiunchuli (6441m), Annapurna South (7219m) and Machhapuchhare (6997m). On top of Poon Hill stands Poon hill Tower just near by a tea shop serves you hot drinks for local business.

Day 06 Ghorepani to Tadapani (4-5hrs) (2680m)

From Ghorepani climbing up through rhododendron and grassy land the trail paved with stone reaches at 3200m Deaurali pass last view point. The trail heads through the ridge in pine, rhododendron and maple forests with small bamboo bushes. Walking about 2 hrs from Ghorepani you find nice tea shops at Deurali. The trail descends to Banthanti (2600m) a narrow path and slippery in rain alongside of a stream. After passing Banthanti the trail gently flat muddy and interlaced root with rhododendron forests. The muddy trail descends to a stream then climbing up stone staircase through forests to Tadapani means ‘far water’. Tadapani is surrounded by thick rhododendron forests where you can find more than a half dozen guesthouses. The views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhare are spectacular from here.

Day 07 Tadapani to Ghandruk (max. 3hrs) (1940m)

The Ghandruk trail sets to right side then descends through thick forests of rhododendron possible to see Langur big white hairy faced monkey jumping and hanging on trees. After an hour you reach at Bhaisi Kharka whrere two lodges are situated along the rail. Nice walk in the forests and crossing many streams you reach at Ghandruk. It is popular second biggest village of Gurung. Guesthouses and traditional Grurung cottages are scattered throughout the village. Gurung museum, traditional houses with stone roof and village explore make your visit worth. Views of Machhapuchhare and Annapurna South outstanding views from Ghandruk. Income source of this village is tourism, farming, and domestic animals. Gurung people are well known in British army as well as in Indian Army.

Day 08 Ghandruk to Naya Pul (Max. 4hrs) (1070m)

The Naya Pul trail heads to south from Ghandruk and stone paved. Walking down and crossing a steam reaches Kimche village through hill down to Syauli Bazaar at the bank of Modi Khola. Here the lodges and cafes seem quite cosmopolitan. From Syauli Bazaar walking is flat along the road. The route continues river valley to Chirmrong and finally Birethanti. Its 30 minutes walk to Naya Pul. From Naya Pul a car or a van drive you to Pokhara.

Day 09 Day Rest day or Sightseeing in Pokhara

Day 10 Fly to Kathmandu

Day 11 Departure from Kathmandu

You are assisted to reach at the airport by our staff. You have to reach at the airport 3 hour before of your plane leave.

Equipments & Gears

Equipment trekking shoes, down jacket, trekking pant, gloves, hat, woolen cap, sun glasses, raincoat, headlamp, walking stick, water bottle, sleeping bag, trekking bag waterproof and changing clothes

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