Trip Overview

The Poon Hill Ghorepani trek is a moderate trek along the lower region of the Annapurna Range. This trek offers fantastic views of the mountains, picturesque landscape, and diverse flora and fauna along with an insight into the culture, tradition, and lifestyle of the Gurung and the Magar people living in the Annapurna region.

This trek is graded as easy and you don’t need previous trekking experience. The average trekking hour will be 3-5 hours per day. The altitude of this trek ranges from 910m (Pokhara) to 3210m (Poon Hill). Ghorepani Poon Hill trek begins with the short scenic drive from Pokhara to Nayapul. Then you head to Tikhedhunga, Ghorepani, Tadapani, and Ghandruk following the bank of the Modi River. You cross through the dense subtropical forest, rhododendron forest & bamboo bushes, patchwork of valleys, enjoying the beatific high waterfalls and mountain views.

Trip highlights

• Walk around Phewa Lake
• Enjoy early morning spectacular sunrise view over snowcapped mountain from Poon hill (3210m).
• Suspension bridges, waterfall, and wildlife, varieties of flowers around.
• Walk through rhododendron forest.
• Visit pleasant Ghandruk Village and Museum.
• Beautiful terraced rice fields, farmhouses, and the traditional villages along the way.
• Friendly, unique multiethnic groups (Gurung, Magar, and Thakali) and their culture.
• Generous hospitalities of the people living in this region.

Trip Fact

  • TRIP ID: SST-191
  • TRIP NAME: Poon Hill Ghorepani 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 stay in Kathmandu.

  • Day 2: Kathmandu-Pokhara(895m)

    Next morning after breakfast, drive to Pokhara(208km) via Prithvi Highway, which takes about 5hrs approximately. Along the way, we will stop in scenic spots, for lunch and to get fresh as well. 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 one and a half hours to reach our trailhead at Nayapul (1050m.)  Start our trek from Nayapul to Tikhedhunga (1570m) via Birethanti (1065m). The trail goes through the warm subtropical region following 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)

    The trek to Ghorepani takes about 6 hrs, the trail goes steeply uphill over stone paved steps and reach Ulleri, a large village predominantly inhabited by the Magar tribe. From Ulleri it is a steep ascent in the beginning and then a gradual uphill walk to reach Ghorepani through several small villages and dense rhododendron forests. Overnight in Ghorepani.

  • Day 5: Ghorepani-Poon Hill(3210m)-Tadapani (2630m/5-6hrs)

    Early morning climb 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 to 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)

    The trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk takes about 3 hours.  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 visit the Gurung Museum and explore around the village interacting with the villagers. Overnight in Ghandruk.

  • Day 7: Ghanruk-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

    After breakfast drive to Pokhara airport for departure to Kathmandu. Check in to the hotel and then start Kathmandu valley sightseeing covering the Hindu Pashupatinath temple and the worlds largest Boudhanath Stupa, both of them are UNESCO world heritage site. 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.
  • Guide, porter and trekking staff insurance.
  • 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(covering rescue and evacuation) recommended.
  • Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, battery recharge, 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
EDhan

10th November, 2015

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.

Margo Boston
Margo Boston

14th October, 2015

Hi, My Name is Margo Boston, America. We were planning the trip to visit Nepal Bhutan and Tibet through our local agency. In the beginning, we asked so many questions about safety, especially after the earthquake but we realised that after visiting Nepal it is completely safe & worthful to visit.

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
Lori

7th October, 2015

Hi, My Name is Lori, and I came to do the trip with my daughter. After the earthquake had happened we were confused, what should we do, should we go or should we not go for Nepal Trip and finally we decided to come after the consultation, and we had a wonderful time there. The tour guide and driver and all the staff were done magnificent job. There is so much to see and worthful to visit. The hotel was excellent, the food was great, we enjoyed our time. The Buddhist and Hindu temple were fascinating. Our guide was brilliant and enhanced all experience and knowledge he passed all the knowledge to us and shared the ideas. I encourage you to visit Nepal it is one of the incredible places around the world.

Palm
Palm

12th August, 2015

Hi ! This is Palm from America, this is my first trip to Nepal and has been perfect and life time memorable. I have travelled many places around the world and really been looking forward to this trip. Nepal is a very colourful country, I was concerned because of the earthquake and because of the impact might right now. I was pleasantly surprised that yes they did have an impact and there are lots of reconstruction are going on. There are lots of places to see and open for the tourist. The people here are very friendly, all the staffs of Sixth Sense including tour guide and the management and coordination were perfect.

What I like this country is that the culture and diversity of landscape. Besides this Nepal is very vibrant country and colourful country. In the future, I would like to make more trips in Nepal with Sixth Sense spending more time in Kathmandu and it’s surrounding areas and countryside. For the tourist, I would recommend please do visit Nepal with Sixth Sense. Tour Guide and company which was responsible for everything to organise this trip, everything was taken care of all the arrangements were first class. We loved the Trip plan, the selected hotels, the knowledge of tour guide and the entire team was absolutely perfect and highly recommended for future travellers.

Irfan
Irfan

27th December, 2019

Hi ! This is Palm from America, this is my first trip to Nepal and has been perfect and life time memorable. I have travelled many places around the world and really been looking forward to this trip. Nepal is a very colourful country, I was concerned because of the earthquake and because of the impact might right now. I was pleasantly surprised that yes they did have an impact and there are lots of reconstruction are going on.