Highlights

  • Enjoy the scenic bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Nayapul
  • Walk through the lush forests of rhododendrons and oaks with the possibility to see different animals
  • Explore the diverse cultures and traditions of ethnic people like Gurung and Magar
  • Explore the beautiful villages like Ghandruk, Ghorepani, Tadapani, Ulleri, etc.
  • Catch breathtaking views of mountains like Annapurna South, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli, etc. 
  • Enjoy the warm hospitality of the locals during the trek
  • Hike to Poon Hill, the viewpoint for the 360° panoramic view of Mt. Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri range
  • Catch many photographic spots during the trek on almost every point of your trek

About Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Our Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek takes 5 days of moderate trekking on rather mellow terrain. This trek is an option for those who don't have much time, yet wish to explore the beautiful landscape and culture of the Himalayas in Nepal. Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is perfect for students, couples, families with kids or anyone who do not have the energy or capability to do physically demanding treks. You don’t even have to wait for the perfect weather as this trek can be done anytime during the year and no previous trekking experience is required.

Ghorepani Poon Hill trek doesn’t take you to those high altitudes where you have to worry about altitude sickness and extremely cold weather. All you can expect during this trek is amazing views of snow-capped mountains, green lush forests, villages with different ethnic groups with culture-rich lifestyles. The highlight of this trek is an early morning hike to view the beautiful golden sunrise over the mighty mountains like Annapurna South, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli, etc. from Poon Hill. You also get to explore beautiful villages like Ghandruk, Ghorepani, Tadapani, and Ulleri. These villages allow you to experience the hospitable culture and for you to enjoy simple lives away from modern devices and your worldly worries. After 4 days of sightseeing and fun activities in Kathmandu and Pokhara, this trek ends on the 9th day.

 

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Route

If you are in Kathmandu, you can either take a flight or bus ride to Pokhara. You will then have a few hours of ride to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga. You go to Ghorepani from Tikhegaunda the next day. Enjoy the early morning hike to Poon Hill, get back to Ghorepani and trek to Tadapani. You then trek to Ghandruk and finally Nayapul from there. From Nayapul, you will take a ride to Pokhara following the previous route and get to Pokhara. You can then either take a bus or a flight to Kathmandu. 
 

Difficulty

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is considered to be moderately difficult. The trip demands physical fitness to some extent. There is little to no risk of altitude sickness as Poon Hill is the only station above 3000 m elevations where you will not spend the night. Most of the trail is wide and easy. You will have to ascend steep hills only in some places. You will walk up to 5/6 hours a day. You are recommended to try walking in gentle slopes, hills or stairs with the daypacks around 6 to 8 kg weight once a week prior to the trip. It will help you adapt well to various kinds of weather.
 

Weather and Temperature

The weather and temperature is moderate in the lower Annapurna region. So you can trek to Poon Hill any time of the year. The temperature drops low during the winter, so morning and evening might get chilly but the temperature is bearable. Each season offers its own positive and negative aspects to the experiences of the Poon Hill Trek. Generally, spring and autumn are considered to be the best seasons, as weather is consistent and calm in these seasons, though the trails may be a bit more crowded.
 

 Food and Accommodation

During Ghorepani Poon Hill trek, accommodations will be tea houses where food like dal bhat, pasta, noodles, potatoes, vegetables, cereals, eggs, rice, soup, etc. can be found. Three meals are provided daily. The meals are simple, yet healthy and sanitary. During your days in Pokhara and Kathmandu, you will stay at 3-star hotels. You will be provided breakfast, though for other meals you can try the various tasty restaurants throughout the city. 

Itinerary

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After you arrive at the airport in Kathmandu, you will see our representatives with your name on Sublime Trails signboard. You will then be taken to a 3-star hotel where you can rest for a while. Today, we will give you a short briefing. You can roam around the streets of Thamel, try new food in different restaurants and go to bars and spas.

You will have a 6-7 hours bus ride to reach Pokhara. It is a city famous for its lakes. During the ride, you can enjoy beautiful landscapes with green forests. You will reach Pokhara and check into a hotel. You can now visit the lakes and temples. You can also explore the city. Pokhara also offers caves like Bat cave and Mahendra cave and a beautiful place known as Sarangkot from where you can get a spectacular view of the sunset.

Pokhara to Nayapul is a two-hour journey.After completing the ride to Nayapul, you will walk towards Tikhedhunga. You will start your trek and walk for about 20 minutes before reaching rocky stairs which you will descend. You will see farmed terraces and forests and mountain ranges along the way. You will reach Modi Khola and you will have crossed several suspension bridges. You will also get to see waterfalls.

During this trek, you will cross several villages. First, you will reach Ulleri after few hours of uphill climbing. Then, you cross Banthanti. These villages are inhabited by the Magar community. Moving towards, Ghorepani, you will get amazing panoramic views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges even from lower elevations. After almost 6 hours of trekking, you will reach Ghorepani and stay there enjoying the warm hospitality of people of Magar community.

You will wake up early and head towards Poon Hill. It will be an uphill trek for about an hour. You can get spectacular views of the sunrise and mountains like Mt. Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), Annapurna III (7855 m), Machhapuchhare (6993 m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche Peak (6920m), Nilgiri (6940m), Varaha Shikhar Annapurna IV (7525 m), Annapurna II (7937 m) and Lamjung Himal (6931 m). After you enjoy the scenic beauty from Poon Hill, you will descend 3-4 hours towards Tadapani.

Even when the altitude decreases as we trek down to Ghandruk, you will be able to get amazing views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Machhapuchhre. The villages you pass along the way and Ghandruk is a Gurung village and you can explore their culture and traditions. This place is also famous for birdwatching.

You will return to Pokhara today. You will start your trek which takes about 5 hours. You will cross villages like Syauli Bazar and Birethanti to reach Nayapul. Then, you will have a bus ride to Pokhara which takes about 3 hours. After reaching Pokhara, you can spend your evening in tourist hubs which features several activities like live music and places like spas and bar. You can also go shopping for souvenirs.

Today you will leave Pokhara and take a bus ride which takes about 6 hours to reach Kathmandu. You can also choose to take a flight. Reaching Kathmandu, you can rest in a 3-star hotel for a while after which you can go out for some fun activities. You can stroll around the streets of Thamel and buy fancy handicrafts and other souvenirs, go to spas and bars. In the evening, you will enjoy a farewell dinner planned by Sublime Trails for you where you can enjoy local food and cultural dances performed by local dancers.

Your trip concludes today as we drop you to the airport for your departure. If you are planning to stay a few more days in Nepal, we can plan some fun activities for you or take you to trek in another region as you want. We bid you a warm farewell.

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What's included

  • Meals: 
    8 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • Accommodation: 
    3-Star accommodation in Kathmandu for 2 days
    3-Star accommodation in Pokhara for 2 days
    Tea house accommodation along the way for 4 days
  • Transportation:   
    All land transportation with pickups and drops
  • Guides and Porters:
    One guide and assistant guide between 6 people 
    1 porter for two people (A porter can carry up to 30 kg)
  • Entry Fees and Permits:
    Annapurna Conservation Area Entrance Fee
    TIMS Card
  • Miscellaneous: 
    Down jacket, a Sleeping bag which should be refunded to the company after the trip
    Necessary paperwork with the government of Nepal and Tax department
    All the necessary insurance for the guides and porters
    First Aid service in case of minor injuries
    Salary, food, and accommodation for guides and porters
  • Any meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects (We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to any reason
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottled or boiled water, hot shower, etc.)
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including mineral water
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Tipping for the Sublime crew

Availabilities

Start DateEnd DateDurationStatusPrice 
20 Sep, 202028 Sep, 20209 DaysAvailableUS$520
27 Sep, 202005 Oct, 20209 DaysAvailableUS$520

On our trip status section 'AVAILABLE' means the trip is guaranteed and available on the given price. If you book the trip through the direct booking section, you will receive a payment invoice instantly and receive a confirmation email within 24 hours.

Good to know

Are ATM machines available in the trekking region?

No, ATM machines are not available once you start your trek from Pokhara. So, you should always bring cash along with you during the trek. It is better to use Nepali Currency.
 

Can I extend my trek to Annapurna Base Camp?

Yes, you can extend your trek to Annapurna Base Camp. However, it might get harder to extend the schedule in the peak seasons as our team members might be in a tight schedule. But you can do it nevertheless and the price will be changed accordingly.
 

Is there any risk of Altitude Sickness?

No. There is little to no risk of altitude sickness during Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. 3000 m is the safe mark for altitude sickness and you will be crossing it only when you hike to Poon Hill. As you will not spend the night at that altitude, it will not be much of a problem. But you can always take precautions.

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FAQs

No, ATM machines are not available once you start your trek from Pokhara. So, you should always bring cash along with you during the trek. It is better to use Nepali Currency.
 

No, ATM machines are not available once you start your trek from Pokhara. So, you should always bring cash along with you during the trek. It is better to use Nepali Currency.
 

Yes, you can extend your trek to Annapurna Base Camp. However, it might get harder to extend the schedule in the peak seasons as our team members might be in a tight schedule. But you can do it nevertheless and the price will be changed accordingly.
 

No. There is little to no risk of altitude sickness during Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. 3000 m is the safe mark for altitude sickness and you will be crossing it only when you hike to Poon Hill. As you will not spend the night at that altitude, it will not be much of a problem. But you can always take precautions.

Customer Reviews

  • Amazing trek to Poon Hill

    - Tien L, Singapore

    I and my sister had an amazing time in Nepal with Sublime. Ram, our guide Raju, porter Suraj were so supportive. We had some issues with flight delay yet our arrival was accommodated smoothly by Ram. They ensured that our tours in Pokhara and Kathmandu have the highest quality. Even though it was our first time trekking (and we were not very physically fit), we felt safe and at ease from the beginning to the end. We also enjoyed very much the farewell dinner with a cultural program offered by Ram. We appreciated that he took our feedback seriously. Thank you Sublime Trails! Definitely got some motivation to start exercise and go trekking in the future. We are coming back next year for ABC and highly recommend Sublime Trails!

  • Great 4 days poonhill trek with sublime trails

    - Kathrine Ng, Malaysia

    We were a family with a 6-year-old son trekking for the first time. Got to know Ram through a friend. Very pleased with the services he provided. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the place, culture, and history of Nepal. He was helpful in making sure that we had a great time. The view was great!! Highly recommend for people with young kids!

  • Great 4 days poonhill trek with sublime trails

    - Kathrine Ng, Malaysia

    We were a family with a 6-year-old son trekking for the first time. Got to know Ram through a friend. Very pleased with the services he provided. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the place, culture, and history of Nepal. He was helpful in making sure that we had a great time. The view was great!! Highly recommend for people with young kids!

  • Awesome!!!!

    - Mike Boucher, Australia

    Kathmandu has hundreds of travel and trekking companies and as a travelling family (my wife, son and myself) you want someone who's able to cater to all our needs, to be able to consider my 7 year old son and our concerns for him about altitude sickness, to be helpful and considerate of my wife's fear of height's, to wait for me - the fat, unfit, beer-fuelled fool. Well, we were blessed to have stumbled on Ram, Ram is highly experienced, informative, entertaining and all round great company, his choice of porters was magnificent, they were amazing with my son, especially during those moments when amicable is off the list. 
    I, and my family loved our Annapurna trek, loved the flexibility with no time pressure, loved the care provided, we cannot praise Ram and his team enough..... as our catch cry goes..... 'AWESOME'

  • Fantastic 5-day Poon Hill trail with Hari

    - Erin Gong, Singapore

    Hari greeted us at our hotel in Phokara the evening before our trek, to get all our gears in the city. Hari is friendly, cheerful and speaks perfect English. He prepared us with all the information about the trek so we were physically and mentally prepared.
    Along the trek, Hari tirelessly answered our endless questions and made sure to tell us everything interesting we see along the way. 
    The trek was an absolute delight, well, despite the physical challenges of trekking due to the fact that we had not trained at all prior. But all was possible because of the considerate guide that allowed us to go at our own pace, and of course, our reliable porter Purna who carried both of our bags but still reached the destination hours before us. 
    The trek was full of laughter, great views, and songs along the way.
    Throughout the trip, Keshab also arranged all our airport pickup/dropoffs without fail. His drivers are never late, and also extremely skilled in maneuvering the never-ending mountains of Nepal.