Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

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  • Destination:Nepal
  • Total Duration:10 Days
  • Trekking Duration:10 Days
  • Trip Grade:Moderate

Trip Highlights

Easily the best trekking destination considering the short time to witness the mind blowing scene of the sunrise over the panoramic Annapurna Massif, Ghorepani Poonhill trek is the most popular tourist destination in the country.

• Short trek with best reward - Sunrise view from Poon Hill viewpoint
• Observe the beautiful Annapurna panoramic view along with other mountains like Mount Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, Churen Himal, Nilgiri, Baraha Shikhar, Gangapurna, and many more
• Acoustic Magar village, interact with local Magars
• Trail through a large forest of rhododendron, pine, and oaks

Trip Overview

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is one of the shortest and most sought-after trekking destinations in Nepal. Ghorepani village is located at 2875m in Myagdi district of Gandak Province of Nepal. Poon Hill is located at an elevation of 3,210 meters in Ghorepani village. As observing sunrise is the main reason for the tourists to visit the area, the journey to Poon hill is often called the Annapurna Sunrise trekking. The sunrise view point provides the best place to observe the first golden beams touching the glowing mountain tips of massive Mountains of Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, Churen Himal, Nilgiri, Baraha Shikhar, Gangapurna then slowing showering the rays over the waves of the mountains and hills in the area. The Poon hill is one of the major attraction points of Annapurna sanctuary.

The trip to Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is short but worthwhile trek in Annapurna region with lots of natural beauties, walk into the forest of rhododendrons and beautiful landscapes. The trekking destination is located in lower altitude which means the visitors do not require arranging time for acclimatization. Likewise, the route is moderate – easy in difficulty level. Many families with children and old aged members can plan and manage to complete the trip to Ghore pani, Poon Hill and enjoy the nature. For many young and new trekkers, the trek to Ghorepani Poon Hill provides ample of opportunity to experience the feeling of walking in the jungles, ascending and descending never ending stairs, interacting with locals and learning how to enjoy the time and bring out fun which are the basics of several other trekking destinations around the globe. Moreover, the entire trail is well developed and cosy tea houses offer a welcoming atmosphere and good quality food and accommodation.

Ghorepani-Poon Hill trek usually starts at Nayapul, which can be reached after short drive from Pokhara. Experienced trekkers may take different routes according to their knowledge of the area. We trek to Tikhedunga from Nayapul and then to Ghorepani. After that, we will trek to Poon Hill. We will rise as early as 4 am in the morning for the early climb to the hill top for the better view and the spot. After spending awesome time at the Poonhill top, we decend to Nayapul and finally drive back to Pokhara. After reaching Pokhara, you can either spend more time there or take flight for Kathmandu.
Ghorepani- Poon Hill trekking is one of the flexible trekking routes with many possible routes. If you have planned to stay additional a day or two, you can add Ghandruk to the trip.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Tour
  • Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Tikhedhunga
  • Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani
  • Day 06: Hike to Poon Hill and Trek to Tadapani
  • Day 07: Trek to Ghandruk Village
  • Day 08: Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara
  • Day 09: Drive to Kathmandu
  • Day 10: Depart Kathmandu

Detail Itinerary

Welcome. You will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your respective hotels.Short briefing about the trip will be given.

Today we start of the day with the tour of Swayambhunath Stupa and enjoy a panoramic view of Kathmandu city. Then, visit Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple. We will also visit the Hanuman Dhoka palace, Patan Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar square. You can later go shopping for the preparation of the trek. Overnight at the hotel

After early breakfast, we will take the tourist bus ride to Pokhara. Normally the bus journey is for 7 hours with two short stops. Along the way you will enjoy with views of local villages and green Hills and the road mostly fallows along the Trishuli River. Upon arrival at Pokhara bus station you will be transferred to Hotel. Evening walk around local areas.

After an hour taxi drive, we will reach Nayapul where the walking starts from. As we trek, we can see Mt. Machhapuchhre and Mt. Annapurna getting closer. Following the Modi River and passing several villages like Birethanti, Ramghai, Sudame we will reach Tikhedhunga village.

After breakfasts at the hotel, we start the trek with steep climb on stone steps up to Ulleri. The massive view of Annapurna south can be seen from Ulleri. The trek goes on to forests of Rhododendron crossing small streams and arrives in Nangethanti village before going up to Ghorepani Village for overnight stay.

We start very early today. We will wake up at 4 am, get ready and begin early climb to Poon Hill that takes around one and half hour. Poon Hill offers magnificence of vistas of Annapurna’s, Machhapuchre and Dhaulagiri range. We descend back to hotel for breakfasts. We then climbs up to Gurung Hill then descend to Modi River through forests and take a steep climb to reach Tadapani.

An easy day of the trip, the trek mostly goes normal down via forests where you may encounter the monkeys. After arriving at Ghandruk we may visit the Gurung museum and explore beautiful settlements.

As we start from village the easy trail via farm lands arrives at newly build road and keep following along the Modi River we arrive Nayapul to catch the car drive to Pokhara. At Pokhara, you may take walk around city and Phewa lake.

After breakfasts, you will take bus ride back to Kathmandu. Normally buss leaves at 7:00am from Pokhara and arrive Kathmandu at 2:00pm. You can roam around the capital city, go shopping and buy some souvenirs for your loved ones.

Our team representative will drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport for final departure normally 3 hours before your flight.

" Dolma Treks covered all aspects of my dream trip: hotels, logistics, food, permits.
Tsering Lama is a very seasoned trip organizer and guide that knows the way things work locally, which means a hassle-free, pure joy adventure. I have traveled to Nepal 5 times so far, always with Dolma Treks. Have done a bit of everything: culture, trekking, yoga retreat, educational visits, rescue visits (Earthquake 2015). I have been solo, with friends, and even with my young son since he was 7. Everything was perfect, every single time.

I loved every second of my trips to Nepal and I simply can't wait to be back" 

M/s C. Kasper,

I would just like to say that our trekking holiday in Langtang National Park & our Bridim homestay with Tsering Lama and his wonderful porters "Lale and Mingmar" was the most memorable, amazing holiday I have ever experienced. The guidance and support given were just so great. My wish is that my Aussie friends join a trek with Dolma Tours one day to experience this amazing country of Nepal. Thank you, Tsering. Your Aussie friends, Tania, Steve & Jesse Pitt

Tania,Steve & Jesse Pitt,

I recently went on Tsering's 17-day tour of Nepal, in Oct/Nov 2013.
Tsering is an exceptional tour leader, very organized and a welcoming host. 
He paid much attention to detail both in the planning of the itinerary and throughout the course of the trip.  Right from the beginning, the pre-departure information was excellent and I felt very well-prepared.  Any questions I had about the trekking were answered promptly by email.
Tsering's itinerary has a lovely variety of places to visit: in Kathmandu, trekking in the Annapurna mountains, visiting the Chitwan National Park, and a stunning flight over Mount Everest.  On our trek, the porters were very helpful, friendly and spoke a little English.
Tsering was always professional and timely. We were also given great insight into the generosity of the Nepali people by being invited into his family home.
Heartfelt thanks again from me for a wonderful trip!

Mrs. M. Barnett,
Auckland, NZ

We joined one of Tsering's trips to Annapurna and Chitwan in October 2013, where Tsering warmly welcomed us at the airport and confidently and efficiently organized everything for us from the moment we arrived until our departure 17 days later, making the entire trip extremely relaxing and enjoyable.
His guidance with local customs and his ability to communicate clearly in English was invaluable in ensuring we were completely informed at all times of our programme.  His command of local languages meant we were afforded the best treatment at the local hotels, lodges, and restaurants throughout our trip.
The trip was a wonderful balanced mix of the frantic bustle of Kathmandu, the grandeur of the Annapurna mountains, and the thrill of the Chitwan jungle, all complemented by a style of travel that exposes you to, and allows you to immerse yourself in the local culture to the extent you are personally willing and comfortable with.
The local guides Tsering organized were very competent and knowledgeable, giving us a great opportunity to absorb, understand and appreciate the breadth and depth of Nepal's history and the many cultures that make up its friendly people. Tsering gave us a marvelous insight into the recent history and of current events that gave us a wonderful context and appreciation of what makes the nation of Nepal what it is today and influences its future.
For the trek, Tsering organized a friendly team of local porters and guides who worked so hard carrying our gear over the often steep terrain of the mountains. Special mention goes to our lead guide Lale, who ensured the trek was perfectly paced to match the abilities of our relatively senior group. The guides and porters always had a friendly and smiling disposition, and we had a marvelous party with them on our last night, sharing cultural song and dance.
Tsering is generous of both time and nature, we were privileged to meet his family, and we particularly enjoyed the company of his enchanting 11yo son Jigme on our trip, and of his young friend Amod.
I would unreservedly recommend Tsering as a guide to anyone travelling to Nepal who is wanting to get to know this intriguing and beautiful country and its friendly people, and who enjoys knowing everything is confidently organized for you in a relaxed and efficient manner by a knowledgeable local who is a marvelous ambassador for his people and his country.
Thank you, Tsering, I sincerely hope we have the opportunity to visit Nepal again someday and enjoy your friendly and proficient service.

Mr. G. Clark,
Auckland NZ

Tsering and his trekking company were brought to my attention by my daughter who had trekked with friends in Nepal. That trip was led by Tsering who was already known to one of the group. This group so recommended Tsering, that my wife and I decided upon a trekking tour under his guidance.
We were not any stage disappointed. Tsering contacted us and after considering age, fitness and wishes, designed what he thought was an appropriate tour. He emailed a comprehensive programme with some beautiful pictures and suggested dates. We arranged the flights to and from Kathmandu and brought in a couple of friends.
From our arrival until our departure, every detail was arranged. All accommodation, transport guides, porters, and dining was minutely cared for leaving us the freedom to simply enjoy ourselves. The team he engaged were known to him and endlessly strived to assist. Friendliness and honesty were so obvious.
Westerners are usually apprehensive about local cooking and food hygiene. Tsering always stationed one of the porters in the kitchens of the tea houses to oversee the cleanliness of food preparation. Some of his team are also chefs. It is a matter of pride for him that virtually all his tourists complete their trips without gastric upset.
Tsering is very kind, caring and attentive to detail. He is great fun, has a keen political insight as well as concern for the education of his young countrymen. He is honest and generous to a fault - as are his lovely family whom we met. We also enjoyed their hospitality.
If we return to Nepal there is absolutely no doubt we would ask Tsering to undertake our planning and if possible accompany us. He was faultless and thus I have no hesitation in recommending his company to your favorable attention.

Mr. & Mrs. Peters from Poole,
Poole, UK

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