Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek - 15 Days

Geographically, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is in Nepal-based on Southern Asia very closer to Pokhara city. The altitude of Ghorepani is 2860 m from the sea level. This is a perfect place where many trekkers come to see the mind-blowing Sunrise from the top of Poon Hill. Consequently, you will be more than happier.

Highlights of Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

  • The Shortest Trek Route Ever
  • Low Budget Trekking
  • Reflation of Gurung Culture and Museum
  • Wonderful views of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail)
  • Trees of Rhododendrons and Oaks.
  • Service of Dhal Bhat and Tarkarli (Typical Nepali Food)
  • Suspension bridges and many perennial rivers.
  • View of charming sunlight
  • 3280 Old stone steps

The summary of Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

If you’ve made it to Nepal, there’s a pretty good chance that you’re keen for an epic hiking adventure – a brilliant decision considering eight of the world’s 14 highest peaks tower can be found here!

We’re firm believers that getting into the Himalayas is the best way to understand this beautiful country.

A good portion of the population dwells in the small towns dotting the mountain-sides, and much of the country’s religions, languages, and culture originate from their valleys and peaks.

Beyond epic views and personal triumphs, it’s the opportunity to explore this culture that makes trekking one of the most popular things to do in Nepal.

For those who have limited time in Nepal but want to get to the mountains and experience the unique Nepalese culture, we cannot recommend the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek (sometimes also known as the Annapurna Panorama Circuit) highly enough.

This three-day trek is essentially a microcosm of what a longer Nepalese mountain trek is like. You’ll pass through quaint villages, thick jungles and over rivers, and up many, many stairs before ultimately ending up at altitude (3,200 m), with your head among the tallest mountains in the world.

We hiked the Poon Hill trail ourselves recently, and we’re now sharing our insider knowledge on tours and cost, trekking advice (including how to do it responsibly!) with you in this super comprehensive guide.

From deciding which season to trek in, how fit you need to be, everything you need to know about trekking permits, what to pack and leave at home, and what the teahouses are really like, we’ve got you covered.

Here’s everything you need to know before tackling the Poon Hill trek yourself!

Finally, your amazing trekking ends in Nayapul then you will come to near Pokhara city by vehicle. For the systematic trekking, please visit
our G.K Majestic itinerary of Ghorepani Poon Hill trek. We even have the same packages as Mardi Himal trek and Muldai View Point trek and for the difficult trek routes or long Manansala and Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

Very welcome and hope to see you sooner.

When is the best time to do Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking?

Any months could be suitable nonetheless, summer is not good for hiking since rainfalls and cloudy weather block the natural beauty of mountains comprising spices and green trees. In addition, sometimes landslide takes place and the trekking route becomes very muddy as well also mosquitoes can bite easily. If you are adventurous, then you can enjoy trekking even in Summer. If you are hoping for a perfect time for sake of trekking to Ghorepani trek, then Autumn is the best, relatively in this season weather remains very clear and dry subsequently you could see blue sky. Because of a good time, there is a rapid flow of trekkers. Usually, the temperatures stay in modest during this time. So, it is up to your choice.

The Best timing for Annapurna Trekking

  • Spring (March to May)
  • Summer/Monsoon (June to August)
  • Autumn (September to November)
  • Winter (December to February)

Permission Requirement for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

You have to go through two permits while hiking for Ghorepani Trekking.

Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit (ACAP) Policy Claims.
The ACAP nearly charges nearly 30 USD including VAT. When it comes to SAARC nationalities 5 USD for the entrance. If you wish you can do in Kathmandu either in Pokhara for Poon Hill trek permission.

Trekkers Information Management (TIMS)
Very essential for international trekkers. TIMS maintains a record of each trekker by the registration. It helps to find out missing trekkers. So; the charge is 30 USD.

Latest Earthquake Update for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek.

The fearful Earthquake of 25 April and 12 May, did not harm a lot to Poon Hill trek area. It affected the minimum damage somewhat. The report claims that 1% of the routes and 3 percent of guesthouses collapsed during this earthquake. Some damages took place on the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek rather than ABC.So, welcome in the peak season of Autumn (September-November). It is normal and safe at the moment.

What is Acute Mountain Sickness?

It is Acute Mountain Sickness all hikers must know about Mountain Sickness while hiking over 2,400 m.

Ghorepani poon Hill trek has based over 2860 m higher. So it is praiseworthy to use precautionary ideas or tools. Acute Mountain Sickness, it is Altitude Sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness which means it is the effect of high elevation in our body. Some part of the body does not function well by the low oxygen while climbing up over 2400 m higher.

As a result, you may feel headache, nausea, vomiting, appetite, and breathing problems. Please, do not ignore such symptoms. Instead of healing yourself in a matter of time rather it will be very bad or turn to a worse situation like HAPE or HACE. When do you not alarm about these symptoms and if you go through these problems then first, you will have to take a rest right after you have to move down.

However, some trekkers acclimatize within a day others may take 2-3 days in order to recover. if resting does not heal then you will have to go down.

Guide and Porter for Your Trekking

Guide and Porter
For the sake for best trekking then guides are very necessary. Our charming guides are highly knowledgeable for trek leadership even to make your trekking amazing. Beyond that, they can communicate in English, Hindi, French and many more, they are Nepal government license holder Guides.

Out of 100 trekkers, 99% of trekkers hire guides. The guides are very essential since they can help you reach out the right route and many possible ways depending on the conditions of weather, even your trekking becomes riskless. only 1% trekkers do not hire guides so it may be a risk. Many new trekkers do not know how to do trekking and have no practical ideas, as a result, their journey could be difficult. So, guides are very fundamental to make the trekking very easier. We have qualified and experienced guides who can easily help you to reach your destination.

How much do you have to pay for Guide and Potter?
If you hire a guide, then you have to pay around $30 USD to $35 USD per day for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. This charge includes accommodation, food, and insurance. Be sure that Guides do not carry your bags or luggage.

Only potters carry your luggage or bags and they charge per day $25 to $30 USD. They carry 20-25 kg while hiking and they help to carry your bags or luggage in your respective destination on prescribed time. A strong potter can carry two trekker’s bags.

Accommodation, Food, and Drinks for Poon Hill Trekking

Accommodation
You would have to stay at the Tea house and sometimes at the guest house while hiking up. In addition, you could enjoy seeing some beautiful mountains and landscapes, it may feel like a heaven

Food
When trekking, you need enough energy so you just need to take 3 times food. You can have breakfast along with typical Nepali Dhal, Bhat, and Tarkarli depending upon your choice of food.

Drinks and Lunch
Besides, Nepalese food when it comes to the drinking menu. You can have selections of Organic Green Tea, Ginger Tea, Lemon Tea, Coffee and more. If would like to have lunch, then you could enjoy having Pizza, soup items such as Chicken soup or Mushroom and noodles. Furthermore, you can have vegetarian or non-vegetarian items during lunch hours.

Even you can relax by drinking Himalayan natural water since your body becomes dry when trekking so you need to drink plenty of water. However, we are not suggesting you drink alcohol because it makes a human body so dry. In fact, if you wish to take this then it is better to drink local alcohol while getting back to a lower altitude.

Relevant Tips for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

  • Nepali Thali set is a must essential since you need more energy and you can get free over 3 times once you pay for only for Nepali Thali Set.
  • You have to carry enough cash since there are ATMs on this trail.
  • Keep $150 for transportation and fees for monasteries and museums.
  • Come with advanced days of planning, sometimes you may need extra days to acclimatize or to explore more.
  • Never trust in the Locals because bad people can be anywhere since not all Nepalese are honest and supportive.
  • If you wish to save you money, then you could rent expensive trekking gear and equipment.
  • Do not take pictures of people without permission.
  • It could take a long time to prepare food so order early.
  • Get proper ideas about Acute Mountain Sickness or Altitude sickness.

Final Saying

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is the easiest trekking trail. It is very relevant for the Trekkers to those who have less
time. Wishing you the best journey!

Day 1
Receiving day or arrival day at Kathmandu airport(1400 m.)

Annapurna Mountain Trek will welcome you eagerly with flowers of Mala at the exit door hall of TIA then you will head into Hotel by private vehicle with our assistance and after reaching to Hotel you can have a bath or become fresh in meanwhile our expert trekking guide will lecture a plan for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. You will have dinner at the Hotel.

Day 2
Kathmandu via Pokhara. 1400m

On the first day of our journey, we will move to Pokhara city by the tourist bus after having breakfast. After reaching Pokhara city, you will visit amazing places such as David Fall, Mahendra Cave, KI Singh Bridge, Binda Bashini temple, this temple is on the Fewa Lake surround with beautiful green trees and water of a lake. This city has many hospitable star hotels, cafes, typical food to intercontinental food. Besides, you can even do boating on the Fewa lake if you wish and you may feel very natural.

Day 3
Pokhara to Tikhedunga 1491m

Early morning, after the sound breakfast, you will go to Nayapul by vehicle after hours of ride, you will be able to reach Nayapul with trekking guide. Right after, you will hike to Birethanti within 20 minutes. While crossing the way, you will see the old tress of woods and waterways even waterfalls. There are facilities of the guest house, camp spots, and health post. You will have to go through bypassing three places: Lamdawali, Sudame, and Hille then you will reach to Tikhedunga after hours of hiking. Hopefully, you will rejoice by seeing the small village and view of these places and it will offer you additional pleasure and excitement. After all, you will stay at Tikhedunga on that night along with your dinner.

Day 4
Tikhedunga to Ghorepani 2860m

Perhaps, you could enjoy a lot while hiking from Tikhedunga to the beautiful village Ghorepani. Amazingly, you will step up 3280 historical stone steps in Ulleri (1960m) and this village is the settlement of Magar people who are distinguishable in terms of food, culture, and different in their clothing. All of their lifestyles delight you more. Surly, on the way you will see the beautiful rhododendron trees and natural rivers. After hours of walking and hiking, you will reach Ghorepani where you will see the Gurung people including their culture. There are schools, health post, checkout post even charming stupa and temples. The literal meaning of Ghorepani means horse to water. Sometimes, you can see the mules, horses, and ponies. This place has Gurung Museum which displays of historical reflection of the Gurung lifestyle. Poon Hill is near to Ghorepani. You will live at Ghorepani during the night with sweet dinner. Almost, you will have to hike for 7-8 hours.

Day 5
Ghorepani vai Poon Hill (3193 m) to Tadapani. 2630m

Around 4 am, we will hike to Poon Hill in order to see the stunning sunlight and the beautiful view of Mt. Manansala and Dhaulagiri ranges. You can take enough pictures and have wonderful moments of your life. Probably, you will enjoy the most. Just after about an hour of walking down to Ghorepani, we will have a healthy breakfast. Right after will hike for Tadhapani by crossing Ban Thanti. It takes around 6 hours of hiking. We will trek up going through the pine woods, rhododendron tress just passing to Deurali firstly. This is the Zigzag route. You will stay in Tadapani for that night. People carry water for drinking and bathing from the far distance.

Day 6
Tadapani to Ghandruk 1940m

After having breakfast, we will move downward to Ghandruk, and we will trek nearly 4 hours for reaching Ghandruk, this is pure Gurung villagers who speak their own language serve well hospitality. You can see the views of Machhapurchhe (fishtail), Annapurna South and Himalculi. There are hotels, homes, post office, health post, and telephone lines. The ACAP offers information about this place. You will stay at this place tonight.

Day 7
Ghandruk via Nayapul to Pokhara city

We will again trek down just after the breakfast and we will encounter Modhi River along with Seuil Bazaar. It takes nearly 4 hours just to reach Nayapul. You will have a delicious lunch while reaching to Birethanti which is popular for fish delicacy and you will come across the green forests and some mountains. Finally, you will arrive in Nayapul. Then you would move to Pokhara by bus, after nearly 1-hour drive, we would reach to this city and have a rest for the night.

Day 8
Pokhara to Capital city Kathmandu city

Just after breakfast, we will head to Kathmandu city which is very busy and rushing. After nearly 7-8 hours of drive, you will come to this place and then we go to our Hotel. You could enjoy shopping in Thamel in your free time. if you wish you can even visit some places in this city by sightseeing which you have missed. You shall stay at the same place during the nighttime.

Day 9
Departure day

Last day of your trip. You will go to your country by leaving ever praising Himalayan homeland. We look forward to meeting you in the days to come.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Map

Trekking Gears or Trekking Equipment
Gears are very essential in order to set out for the best trekking
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1. A light or heavy water proved trekker boots since you will have to walk sometimes in snow or dry land area such boots offer more safety and easiness. However, you have to make sure that boots fit you well and should be comfortable.
2. A pair of crocus
3. 4 pairs of liner socks. Also, you need to keep warm socks and two pair socks for cold. Mainly, trekking or liner socks are very useful.
4. A few pairs of underwear. You could buy by trekking underwear while at the city or shopping center. You could use for other outdoor activities.
5. You should have to carry ultralight which is packable and portable. You can buy either or rent in Nepal. you will have to pay $1 for per day.
6. You will have to bring T-shirt and trousers for both weather cold or warm.
7. A pair of thermals.
8. Bring a Sleeping Bag which can resist more than 15 degrees Celsius. You can rent in Nepal.
9. A woolen hat, sunhat, and Sunglass.
10. Head torchlight or probable torchlight.
11. Toilet paper, water purifier, sunscreen, moisturizer, hand sanitizer, toothbrush finally toothpaste.
12.  You need to bring a Large Duffel bag. So that you can keep all your trekking gears safely. The size is about 30” x 14”, with a complete long zipper including handles along with padlock. It is waterproof.
13. You will have to bring a waterproof jacket with a hood, waterproof pants, 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin and 1 thick),
14. A sweater to wear under the fleece jacket.
15. You need to bring a small duffel bag or you can buy in Kathmandu Nepal since it is easier for you to carry your stuff.
16. A set of sandals or you could bring comfortable shoes.
17. Drinking water equipment like Thermos in order to carry lukewarm water because you will come across cold places or Normal water bottle.
18. You need 30-40-liter daypack, a rucksack with aluminum support and a waterproof bag for covering a rucksack.
19. First aid kit (Diamox, Oral Rehydration salts, all necessary medicines including bandage)
20. Trekking sticks
21. Waterproof Map
22. if wish you could bring books or phone, tablet.
23. Bring the eatable items which you like.
24. You could bring a Camera depending on your choice.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • While using a private vehicle form Airport Terminal.
  • Two nights in Kathmandu along with breakfast.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, tea or espresso while hiking.
  • Tea House Accommodations.
  • Sleeping Sack, Down Jacket, Duffel pack, Strolling Poles (after using these in rent you can return)
  • For all ground transportation.
  • Charge for Government License Guides.
  • Potters payment (A strong potter can carry two trekkers bags or luggage so the double charge includes)
  • Entry fees of Monastery.
  • Helicopter charge in case of Emergency, payment by your travel insurance.
  • An insurance guide charge.
  • Trekking route Map.
  • Entrance charge of ABC Region.
  • Registration of fee of TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System)
  • Emergency Treatment box and Normal therapeutic supplies.
  • Evening Dinner based on Nepalese culture.
  • Two nights standard convenient on B/B in Pokhara before and after trekking.

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
  • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.
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Frequently asked Questions

Where is Ghorepani Poon Hill?

It is in Nepal, mid-western, in Asia Continent, near to Pokhara city (1400m) and Ghorepani poon Hill trek is 2860 m from sea level. This is a place of Gurung village in the Himalayan Reign.

When is the best time for Ghorepani Poon Hill hiking?

It is possible in all seasons but Autumn and Spring are the best times. if you are adventurous and healthy then all the months are relevant. You will have to face mostly cold weather.

What do you need for Ghorepani Trek?

This is the most comfortable and routes ever. So, only a healthy person would have an amazing trekking. You have to be sound psychically also mentally and you have to prepare very well by maintaining gears and guide.

How long do you have to walk each day while heading to Poon Hill Trek?

It is up to the trekkers; Hike about 4-5 hours each day. But, sometimes you have to walk a few hours despite walking you can take some rest.

What is the highest altitude for reaching Poon Hill?

Poon Hill is the highest one that we will hike ever, the is altitude is 3193m. But, the trekking will very interesting and memorable then you would hike the steep route ever which is the 3180 m from the sea level that is Ban Thanti.

What about charging battery and shower facilities?

Happily, you could get access to charge your batteries while moving way. but, you will have to bring your charger, the good news is that you can get access to a hot shower or cold depending upon your choice. So, it is good to bring light and portable.

Do you get ATMs on the way to Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek?

There are no ATMs on the way to Poon Hill trek. So, you will have to withdraw from Pokhara or Kathmandu and you need to have Nepali rupees. It will be easier. While having food you to pay in Nepali rupees.

What about Internet Access?

You can have the internet on the way. Sometimes, the Internet is not faster since there is no tower. There is no line of cable.

Necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek?

For easiness, it is best to go with trekking agents, an expert guide can help you, while going to Ghorepani Trek since you may face problems in offseason or hiking to mountains.
If you are planning to do trekking for the first time, then you have to think wisely, if you go on trekking through an Agency then it will be easier because you get the help of trekking even money budget.

It is possible to do Heli Tour or Mountain Flights?

Surely, you can get access to Heli Touring and Mountain Flights in Nepal. But, you have to book early.

How much should you tip guides and porters?

No fix tipping to Potters and Guides if you offer them then they feel happy. For example, if potters or guides charge per day $20 of 10 days then = $200.You can tip 15% which means $30, this is enough. Nrs. 3000 roughly. Consequently, you might tip from Rs 2500 to Rs 4000 depending on your choice. This is only for Guides and Potters. Since trekkers already take 15% out of $900.
No need to pay for the taxi drivers and restaurant staffs since restaurant takes10% of service charge. If you have questions, then comment below.

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Trip Facts

  • 1-12 people
  • Moderate

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