Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek-11 days

Trip Level
Moderate
Destination
Nepal
Max Altitude
3,200m
Trip Duration
11 Days

Overview

Trekking Highlights:

“Walk from warm sub-tropical to cooler green alpines hills with grand scenery Explore cultural villages of Gurung and Poon-Magar people of great interest Lovely dense forest of tall rhododendron-magnolia-oaks-pines with silver fir trees Scenic Ghorepani village on Old Trans Himalayan Salt and Caravan Trail to Tibet Exciting and stunning sunrise over 360° wide mountain panorama from Ghorepani Poon HillWithin world largest natural rhododendron garden around Ghorepani village”.

Trip Profile:  

Trip Mode: On hotels and lodge basis on treks.

Trek Grade: Moderate with ups and downhill walks.

People and Culture: Populated by Gurung and Poon-Magar people on high green hills of both Hindu and Buddhism religions of varied colorful impressive cultures.

Highest spot: On top Ghorepani Poon Hill3,210 m and 10,531ft high.

The region of Trekking: Nepal Far North Mid-West Annapurna Region.

Duration of walks: 05 Nights and 06 Days (Pokhara to Pokhara).

Total Trip:  10 Nights and 11 Days (Arrival to final departure).

Seasons: Nearly all months of the year except monsoon June to August wet seasons, March to May wild-flowers are in blooming time, with clear morning for views and pleasant day for walks, October to December another best months for clear views of mountain scenery, morning  and night times will be cold as per altitude wise.

Introduction:

Ghorepani and Poon Trekking a scenic and most popular short adventure around the high green hills within Annapurna Himalaya, where the journey leads you to moderate walks with ups and downhill to encounter.

Nepal Himalaya a country of high hills and worlds highest mountains leads you to enjoy delight moments on daily walks exploring local hill villages of Gurung and Poon-Magar people, the hill tribes of Annapurna Himalaya.

Ghorepani and Poon Hill trekking, an adventure of less than week duration a great opportunity for travelers to spend your holidays in the shade of towering Annapurna Himalaya range of mountains and walking into a serene green forest of tall rhododendron-magnolia-oaks-pines with fir tree lines.

Ghorepani and Poon Hill trekking certainly excites you with dramatic scenery of beautiful landscapes of rolling green hills and snow-capped peaks range which includes whole of Annapurna Himalaya with magnificent Machhapuchare Himal, famously known as Fish Tail peak.

On this trek where you can catch views of worlds three tallest mountains from 07th high Mt. Dhaulagiri 8,167 m with 10th highest Mt. Annapurna-I at above 8,091 m includes 08th highest Mt. Manaslu 8,164 m high with an array of smaller peaks.

Ghorepani  Poon Hill Trekking a combination of country walk with local culture, where trek leads you from low warm paddy fields to cooler alpine zone and then back to sub-tropical areas around scenic Pokhara valley and the city blessed with natural beauty of mountains-hills and serene calm lakes.

Starting from beautiful Pokhara city after an overland journey from Kathmandu to reach the starting point of the walk, that leads you to high hills covered within enchanting woodland and impressive village at Ghorepani, where hike leads you to a famous viewpoint on top Poon-Hill the highest spot of the trek at 3,210 m.

Poon Hill rewards you with spectacular sunrise over range of mountains then heading back to lovely Pokhara, where walks takes you on alternative scenic route visiting Tadapani and large Gurung village at Ghandruk to reach ending point of the trek in Dhampus village and then with short drive to beautiful Pokhara by its calm Phewa Lake, after a great memorable adventure and experience on Ghorepani and Poon Hill Trekking.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu gretted by one of our airport representative and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu trek preparation with an optional tour around world heritage sites.

Day 03: Fly or drive to Pokhara 860 m (30 mins on air) -06 hrs overland ride.

Day 04: Drive to Nayapul or beyond and trek to Ulleri 1,960 m - 06 hrs.

Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani 2,880 m - 05 hrs.         

Day 06: Morning hike to Ghorepani Poon Hill  3,210 m) continue trek to Tadapani 2,630 m- 05 hrs.

Day 07: Trek to Ghandruk Village 1,940 m - 04 hrs.     

Day 08: Trek to Dhampus 1,540 m - 06hrs.

Day 09: Drive to Pokhara an hour ride with the afternoon free.

Day 10: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 11: Depart Nepal for international flight home-ward bound.


Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

On reaching Kathmandu international airport received by our staff and guide with a warm welcome then transfer to your hotel in the center of Kathmandu city, after getting refreshed in your rooms join for group briefing regarding your stay in Nepal, where guides will provide information about the trek-local lodge-hotels-culture and other necessary information related to this trekking.

Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu trek preparation with an optional tour around world heritage sites.

In Kathmandu, a free day reparation for Ghorepani and Poon Hill trekking with optional sightseeing around Kathmandu, as the valley is steeped with many world heritage sites and important monuments and religious-historical sites.

Day 03: Fly or drive to Pokhara 860 m (30 mins on air) -06 hrs overland ride.

The morning after early breakfast transfer for a long drive of 5 to 6 hours of exciting drive to reach the scenic city in Pokhara, located Nepal Mid-West a warmer country but with incredible views of Annapurna Himalaya that reflects on its calm Begnas and Phewa Lakes. On reaching Pokhara then transfer to a nice hotel by the lakeside of Phewa Lake, with to wander around the lakeshore full of stores, shops, restaurants, and hotels. (For interested people can take 30 minutes of scenic flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu).

Day 04: Drive to Nayapul or beyond and trek to Ulleri 1,960 m - 06 hrs. 

With pleasant nigh-stop at Pokhara, morning leads with a short draw is to reach starting the point of the trek at Nayapul town or beyond to Bhirethati village, a nice place on the side of Modi River. The walk starts heading with slow uphill trail past farm villages overlooking cascading waterfalls entering forest within farm areas and then climb to reach Tirkhedhunga, a nice farm village close to its beautiful waterfalls. From Tirkhedhunga morning walks up the hill on stone paved steps all the way to reach a high ridge top at Ulleri village for overnight stops after a tough walk of few hours. Ulleri a large Gurung and Magar village facing views of rolling hills and snow-capped peaks of Annapurna South, Huin Chuli and top of Machhapuchare Himal.

Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani 2,880 m - 05 hrs.   

From Ulleri after a nice overnight morning walk leads on was ending but on a gentle path within oaks-pines and rhododendron forest, where walk slowly gains altitude to reach Ghorepani village. Ghorepani offers fabulous views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, and Vara-Shikar also called Annapurna Fang, a village with blue painted houses serving as good lodges located at the base of Poon Hill, populated with Poon people of Magar ethnic tribe. 

Day 06: Morning hike to Poon Hill 3,210 m) continue trek to Tadapani 2,630 m- 05 hrs. 

Starting the early morning with an hour hike to reach on top Poon-Hill at 3,210 m and 10,531 ft high, offers stunning views of the sunrise over a range of mountains from Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu to Annapurna and as far towards Ganesh Himal includes Mt. Machhapuchare “The Fish Tail”. After an enjoyable view of mountains with striking sunrise walk back to Ghorepani and then continue trek to Tadapani, where route leads to climbing into lovely serene rhododendron forest all the way to Tadapani for overnight stops. Tadapani situated in the middle of rhododendron, magnolia and oaks forest with the fabulous view of Mt. Machhapuchare and Annapurna South peaks. 

Day 07: Trek to Ghandruk Village 1,940 m - 04 hrs.

Morning a pleasant walk downhill into thick forest to reach one of the largest village of the area at Ghandruk populated by Gurung hill tribes of Annapurna region. In Ghandruk reaching by lunchtime with after afternoon free to explore its nice areas visiting small Gurung museum, where you gather information of the local people and its impressive culture and history.

Day 08: Trek to Dhampus 1,540 m - 06 hrs.

After Ghandruk with da, downhill walk on nice stone steps to reach lower warm farm areas at Kyumi village, from here cross a bridge over raging Modi River and then with a limb to reach another large Gurung village at Landruk with super views of Annapurna South and Huin-Chuli peaks. After a short break on nice gradual walks past Tolka and Bhedi Kharka farm villages and then with the last climb of the journey taking an hour to reach at scenic Deurali hilltop, with incredible views of landscapes and mountains. Our last walk from here on easy descend through cool shade of forest to reach Potana and then at Dhampus another Gurung village with fabulous views of Annapurna-Manaslu-Lamjung Himal and Machhapuchare Himal ‘Fish-Tail’. Ending our walk with last overnight on high hills of Annapurna and in the comfort of the nice and cozy lodge where rooms face views of mountain range.

Day 09: Drive to Pokhara an hour ride with the afternoon free. 

Morning catches fantastic views of Annapurna range with another sunrise views and then having last breakfast on high hills, our memorable and exciting short adventure completes taking an hour drive to scenic Pokhara by its calm Phewa Lake.

Day 10: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Having early breakfast where interesting drive brings you back in Kathmandu, as drive departs from Pokhara (either tourist coach or in private vehicles), as journey leads past many nice farm villages and town, from Mugling Bazaar following Trisuli River for sometimes, and then on winding uphill to reach into Kathmandu valley as well back to your respective hotels. 

Day 11: Depart Nepal for international flight home-ward bound.

Last day in the country of Himalayan wonders, after an amazing experience and wonderful memories of Ghorepani and Poon Hill trek, depart from the hotel as per your flight time our staff transfers you to Kathmandu international airport for your homeward flight or to next respective countries.

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara - every hotel rates are affected by standard and ranking. We will be happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara as per your interest and budget. Thus, please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of accommodation that you would like to stay in.


Cost Details

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
  • Hotel or Tea Houses accommodation during trekking.
  • All Meals - Breakfast / Lunch and Dinner during trekking.
  • All ground transportation on comfortable private vehicles as per the itinerary.
  • A well trained and experienced, English speaking, Government licensed holders trekking guide.
  • Porter services (2 guest = 1 porter) would carry 20 - 25kg.
  • Staff cost - Their insurance, Food and accommodation, salary and insurance and airfare.
  • All necessary paper works - National park permit and Nepal Government permit ( Trekkers information management system TIMS) permit.
  • All Government and local taxes.
  •  Your personal nature expenses and travel insurance.
  •  Drinks, Beverage, Hot shower and heater charge.
  •  Meals while you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara as well as Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
  •  TIPS.

Equiment Checklist

Here’s a complete rundown of what to bring if you’re planning a trek to Everest Base Camp or any other tea-house trek in Nepal.  Proper preparation and equipment for the conditions will go a long way to ensuring you have a great trekking experience.  What follows is a pretty comprehensive list and will make sure you are covered in the coldest months of the year. If you have questions on what you might need just ask us and keep in mind that Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking gear at affordable prices.

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND ITEMS

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.

ON THE TRAIL DAYPACK

  • Extra layers, gloves, wind breaker and poncho
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm with Sunscreen
  • Broad brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
  • Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
  • Water Bottles or Camel Back
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Favorite Snacks
  • Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • Umbrella (works great in a light rain or to protect from the sun)
  • Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
  • Toilet Paper
  • Trekking Poles (optional)
  • Thermos (optional for hot beverages)

CLOTHING: BASE, MIDDLE AND OUTER LAYERS

  • Moisture wicking long sleeve tee-shirts (2)
  • Moisture wicking tee-shirts (1)
  • Long underwear pants (2)
  • Underwear (5 to 7)
  • Heavy Fleece or Down Jacket
  • Long sleeve shirts (2)
  • Sweatshirt (optional)
  • Fleece Pants
  • Trekking Pants (2)
  • Shorts (optional)
  • Gortex or Waterproof Jacket with hood
  • Rain Poncho that covers your day pack
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Wide brimmed hat
  • Wool hat (Should cover ears) or Balaclava
  • Lightwight Gloves
  • Insulated Wool or Down Mittens
  • Gaiters (optional)

FOOTWEAR: SHOES AND SOCKS

  • Hiking boots with ankle support
  • Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes
  • Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
  • Hiking socks (10)
  • Sock Liners (optional)
  • SLEEPING BAG
  • Sleeping bag rated to -15° C/ 0° f
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Sleeping bag stuff sack

DUFFEL BAGS AND DAY PACKS

  • Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear (we provide this for the trek)
  • Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
  • Small Lock(s) for duffel bag and day pack
  • Waterproof cover for daypack
  • Drybags in several sizes
  • Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes

FIRST AID KIT AND TOILETRIES

  • Our team brings along a basic first aid kit but we recommend you also carry the following;
  • Advil or Ibuprofen
  • Diamox (for altitude sickness)
  • Personal Prescriptions
  • Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
  • Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
  • Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
  • Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
  • Wet wipes
  • Panty Liners and Tampons
  • Face lotion
  • Hair brush
  • Hair ties
  • Hand warmers
  • Ear plugs for sleeping

OTHER ITEMS

  • Portable Solar Charger
  • Journal, pen and paper
  • Reading book
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

Map

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Departure Dates

No fixed departures.