Trip Overview

The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is one of the best classic short treks in the Annapurna region. The trail follows the regular Annapurna Base Camp Trek. This trek offers the most astonishing mountain views. Also, the best part of this trek is Poon Hill. At 3210m, the Poon Hill provides panoramic views of some of Nepal’s most famous peaks. For instance, the Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna I, and Annapurna South, to name some. Likewise, it also provides the best sunrise view. Since this trek does not gain much altitude, it is suitable for all age groups. Indeed, it is ideal for those with limited time for a longer hike.

Our Journey begins with a scenic drive to Nayapul. Then, we hike alongside the Modi Khola valley to Tikhedunga. The trail goes through beautiful landscapes, past forests, and quaint villages. The most strenuous part of this trek is the hike from Bhurungdi Khola. The hike is a steep uphill hike and over more than 3700 stone steps. From Ulleri, it’s a gradual uphill walk until we arrive at Ghorepani. Ghorepani is a beautiful village inhabited by Magar and Gurung people, where we will get the opportunity to observe the culture and lifestyle of the local people.

After enjoying the beautiful views from Poon Hill, we will descend to Ghorepani for breakfast. Next, we begin our hike towards Ghandruk. In Ghandruk, we will visit the Gurung museum. Likewise, we will visit the small monastery. From Ghandruk, we descend to the Modi Khola river valley. The hike goes through small villages and terraced fields to Nayapul. At Nayapul, we will board a private vehicle and then drive to Pokhara.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Trip highlights

  • Explore Typical Gurung and Magar villages along the way.
  • Get a glimpse of the traditional Nepalese lifestyle.
  • Walk through rhododendron forest, beautiful terraced rice fields, and farmhouses.
  • Witness the phenomenal sunrise over the Himalayan range from Poon Hill.
  • Unobstructed views of Annapurna I, Machhapuchre, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and others.
  • Encounter a wide range of flora and fauna along the trail.
  • Enjoy the generous hospitalities of the people living in this region.

Trip Fact

  • TRIP ID: SST-191
  • TRIP NAME: Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
  • DURATION: 9 Days
  • TRIP TYPE: Trekking
  • Group Size 2-8 People
  • MAX ALTITUDE 3210m(Poon Hill)
  • ACCOMMODATION 3-4* hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara and in trekkers lodge/tea house while on trek
  • WALKING HOUR 4-5hrs
  • TRIP ROUTE: Kathmandu-Pokhara-Nayapool-Tikhedhunga-Ghorepani-Poon Hill-Tadapani-Ghandruk-Pokhara-Kathmandu

Itinenary Details

  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu(1350m)

    Upon arrival at the airport, meet and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, you have an option to take a stroll around Thamel and the local streets of Kathmandu. Welcome dinner in the evening with a typical Nepali cultural program. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 2: Kathmandu-Pokhara(895m)

    The morning after breakfast, drive to Pokhara(208km) via Prithvi Highway, which takes about 5hrs. Along the way, we will stop for lunch and get fresh. In the evening, you have the option to stroll around Phewa Lake and the local market. Overnight in Pokhara.

  • Day 3: Pokhara-Nayapul(1070)-Trek to Tikhedhunga(1570m/4hrs)

    Drive for about an hour and a half to reach our trailhead at Nayapul. Start our trek from Nayapul to Tikhedhunga (1570m) via Birethanti (1065m). The trail goes through the warm subtropical region along with the Modi Khola upstream to Birethanti. From Birethanti, we follow the Bhurungdi Khola across dense forest and beautiful views to Tikhedhunga. Overnight in Tikhedhunga.

  • Day 4: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2874m/5-6hrs)

    From Tikhedhunga, we descend to the Bhurungdi Khola. It is a steep uphill hike over paved stone steps to Ulleri. Ulleri is a large village predominantly inhabited by the Magar tribe. Hereafter it is a gradual ascent through several small settlements and dense rhododendron forests to Ghorepani. Overnight in Ghorepani.

  • Day 5: Ghorepani-Poon Hill(3210m)-Tadapani (2630m/5-hrs)

    Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3210m) for great sunrise views over the Himalayas, including Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna (8091m.) and many more. Poon hill is the highest point of this trek and offers the best close-up view on the Ghorepani trek. After having a great time and spectacular views of the Himalayas, return to the Ghorepani for breakfast. After breakfast, we will continue our trek further to Tadapani. The trek goes through rhododendron, pine, and bamboo forest with short up and down. Overnight in Tadapani.

  • Day 6: Tadapani-Ghandruk (2012m/3-4hrs)

    After a relaxed breakfast, we shall continue further to Ghandruk. It takes about 3 hours to reach Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a stunningly beautiful village inhabited by Gurung people, famous for their ethnic group, distinctive dialect, culture, costume, and lifestyle. From here, we can observe stunning views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, and Annapurna. In Ghandruk, we will visit the Gurung Museum and explore the village interacting with the villagers. Overnight in Ghandruk.

  • Day 7: Ghandruk-Nayapul(5hrs)-Drive to Pokhara

    After breakfast, trek down to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara. Evening free time to stroll around the lakeside and browse the local bazaar. Overnight in Pokhara.

  • Day 8: Fly to Kathmandu

    Transfer to the airport for your early morning flight to Kathmandu. On arrival, check into your hotel. After a short break, begin our Kathmandu valley day tour that may cover the Kathmandu Durbar Square and the Boudanath Stupa. Both are Unesco World Heritage Sites. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 9: Departure

    Transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight.

What's Included
  • All airport and hotel transfer by private vehicle.
  • Accommodation in above listed or similar hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara and local village lodge/tea house during the trek.
  • Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara and all meals during the trek.
  • Experienced English speaking local guide along with porter(one porter for every two member) during the trek.
  • All necessary paper work and permit (TIMS/ ACAP).
  • Domestic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • All Government taxes and service charges.
What's Not Included
  • Nepal entry visa.
  • International flight to and from Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
  • Personal Travel Medical Insurance.
  • Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, etc.
  • Any extra cost incurred due to changing the itinerary, like early return from the trek.
  • Any extra cost incurred due to changing the itinerary, like early return from the trek.

Review

EDhan (America)

My Name is EDhan from California, America. I am a retired management consultant. Basically, this visit to Nepal exceeded my expectations. We came here through Tibet and Bhutan. Here in Nepal, I like the neighbourhood and friendly people. My wife every day used to go for morning walk and used to tell me the story about the local people, whatever she sees every day. Especially, the guide was most knowledgeable and made it possible and get a sense of not only historical and religious value of some of the places but also some of the other places how the people live over there day to day.

The company was able to manage all the services smoothly and made the memorable trip in Kathmandu. Do not be afraid of Earthquake; the government has done very good job, lots of cleaning up and reconstructions are going on. There are many places to go without facing any problems. Feel free to make a trip to Nepal nothing to afraid of and you will feel the completely different and unique. Thanks to Sixth Sixth and an entire team making an incredible trip in Nepal and I will come back next time.

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We are very glad to see the beautiful country. Everything was perfect and great to see the Hinduism and Buddhism and combinations of religious and cultural aspects in the tiny little city. The trip plan, all the staff activity including cultural show was great.

Lori (America)

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