Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek - 9 Days

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US$ 985/pp  

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek - 9 Days

  • Starting Cost
    US$ 985
  • Duration:
    9 Days
  • Destinaiton:
    Annapurna
  • Seson:
    Spring and Autumn
  • Difficulty Level:
    Moderate
  • Max Altitude:
    3210 m

Highlight

  • Mesmerizing waterfalls, glistering peaks, ever-smiling people, and the fiery rhododendrons en route to Poon Hill.
  • Capture the sunrise from Poon Hill as the sun bursts upon 32 colossal peaks.
  • Immerse yourself in the evergreen culture, tradition, and history of the Gurung community.
  • Bathe in natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda.
  • Sightseeing at Pokhara

Overview

The Poon Hill trek is one of the shorter treks in Nepal done in the Annapurna Region. The trek starts from Pokhara, one of the most beautiful cities of Nepal. The Ghorepani Poonhill Trek leads through picturesque villages inhabited by Gurungs, Magars, and other ethnic communities. The trail winds through dense rhododendron forests teeming with birdlife and deep sub-tropical valleys. This trek offers a mix of uphill and downhill paths, following rivers, valleys, and forests, providing a rejuvenating escape amidst nature. At the pinnacle of Poon Hill (3,210 meters), we can witness breathtaking Himalayan vistas, accompanied by rich Gurung cultures. Watch the glorious sunrise from Poon Hill over the majestic peaks, including Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Hiuchuli, Tharpachuli, Annapurna  II, Annapurna IV, and Manaslu ranges.

Itinerary (Plan)

Time : NA
Max Altitude : 1400 m
3 Star
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  • Arrive in Kathmandu.
  • Our representative will be there to greet you and transfer you to your hotel.
  • The program will be briefly explained on the way to the hotel.
  • Rest of the day varies depending on your arrival time; some activities can be arranged if you arrive by midday or late afternoon.

Time : Flight - 25 mins. Drive - 90 mins. Trek - 2 to 3 hours
Max Altitude : 1480 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • We take an early flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu
  • Drive from Pokhara to Naya Pul.
  • Trek from Naya Pul to Tikhedhunga 
  • Overnight in Tikhedhunga

Time : 5 to 6 hours
Max Altitude : 2874 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Our trek gradually ascends, offering views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Hiunchuli.
  • Trek from Tikhedhunga village, facing the challenge of a steep climb up the infamous 3,767-step stone staircase to Ulleri.
  • Take a brief rest before continuing towards Ulleri, a large Magar village, on a relatively short and easy day of trekking.
  • Experience the beauty of the rhododendron forest, spotting wildlife, refreshing springs, and rivers along the way.
  • Reach Ghorepani, a spectacular settlement nestled on a ridgeline, where breathtaking views of the Himalayas, including Annapurna, Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri and Machhapuchhre, await.

Time : 5 to 6 hours
Max Altitude : 3210 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3,210 m) for stunning sunrise views over the high Himalayas.
  • Spend 1 to 2 hours capturing photos of the sunrise and panoramic scenery of 32 different mountain peaks.
  • Start trekking towards Tadapani (2,610m) passing through Banthanti.
  • Enjoy the picturesque landscapes of pine and rhododendron forests along the way.

Time : 4 to 5 hours
Max Altitude : 1940 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • From Tadapani, the trail descends through lush forest landscapes towards the village of Ghandruk.
  • Ghandruk is home to the Gurung people, one of the ethnic groups indigenous to Nepal with their own distinct dialect, culture, traditional costumes, and way of life.
  • Take time to interact with the local Gurung residents and learn about their unique customs and traditions. Many Gurkha soldiers, renowned for their bravery, also hail from this mountain village.
  • In the afternoon, you have the opportunity to visit the Annapurna Conservation Office and local museums.
  • Explore Ghandruk at a leisurely pace, immersing yourself in the daily lives and cultural heritage of its residents.

Time : Trek - 3 to 4 hours. Drive - 3 hours
Max Altitude : 822 m
3 Star
Breakfast and Lunch
  • Begin the day with a challenging downhill trek through dense rhododendron forests from Ghandruk.
  • Traverse through forests until reaching Gurjung, a village inhabited by the Gurung community.
  • Continue the trek to Syauli Bazar, enjoying the picturesque scenery along the way.
  • Drive to Pokhara from Syauli Bazar.
  • Overnight in Pokhara

Time : Sightseeing
Max Altitude : 822 m
3 Star
NA
  • Have breakfast at the hotel and start your day exploring Pokhara.
  • Visit David’s Fall, Gupteshwor Mahadev, World Peace Pagoda. 
  • From World Peace Pagoda we’ll ride a boat in Phewa Lake, offer prayers in Tal Barahi Temple and return to Lakeside.
  • Enjoy leisure time in Lakeside Pokhara. You can explore the local markets, dine at a lakeside restaurant, or simply relax by the lake.
  • Overnight in Pokhara.

Time : Flight - 25 mins
Max Altitude : 1400 m
3 Star
Breakfast
  • Transfer to Pokhara Airport for your flight back to Kathmandu.
  • Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel.
  • Depending on your preference and energy level, you can either rest at the hotel or explore nearby attractions in Kathmandu.
  • Overnight in Kathmandu.

Time : NA
Max Altitude : NA
NA
Breakfast

The grand finale of our adventure in the Annapurna region has arrived! Today marks the conclusion of our remarkable 09-day trek to Ghorepani Poon Hill. Our airport representative will accompany you to the International Airport, ensuring a smooth departure for your journey back home.

 

As we bid you farewell, we hold the hope that your wanderlust brings you back to Nepal once more. Safe travels!

 

Live Weather

Real Tempreture
10.6 °C
Feels Like
9.6 °C
Humidity
72%
Cloud
few clouds

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Cost Include

  • All airport transfers (international and domestic) via private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • All administrative expenses and government taxes.
  • Twin-sharing/double accommodation for 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Twin-sharing guesthouse accommodation during the 3-night trek in the Annapurna Region.
  • Standard meals throughout the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  • Round-trip airfare between Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • First-aid trained, government-licensed trekking guide.
  • Porters for luggage during the trek (1 porter for every 2 clients). Max weight limit for a porter- 18 kg (9 kg per trekker, weight limit). You can store non essential items in your hotel or at the DWT store.
  • Fee and Permits for Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
  • Filtered water during included meals
  • Wages, accommodation, meals, gear, insurance, and medications for all staff.

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • International flight fare and Airport Departure Tax.
  • Nepal Entry Visa (Visa can be obtained easily upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, with a fee of (USD 30 for a 15-day visa, USD 50 for a 30-day visa and USD 125 for a 90-day visa).
  • Travel insurance.
  • Any further expenses that are not included in the "Include" section.
  • Charges for any excess baggage (Limit: 9 kg per person) during the trek.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, or an early return from the trek.
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boiled bottled water, hot beverages like tea or coffee, cold drinks, hot showers, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone calls, battery recharge fees, extra porters, etc).
  • Individual clothing and equipment.
  • Tips for staff, guides and porters.

Additional Information

Details

Altitude Sickness 

  • Understand the symptoms of altitude sickness (Acute Mountain Sickness - AMS) and be aware of the risks associated with ascending to high altitudes.
  • Acclimatization is crucial for your body to adjust to the increasing altitude.
  • Headache, vomiting, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath are common symptoms of altitude-related sickness. If you notice any of the signs, consult your guide and follow their directions.
  • When suffering from AMS, do not continue the trek; instead, stay at the same location or move to lower elevations.

 

Accommodations

  • Familiarize yourself with the teahouse accommodation system along the trail. These are basic lodges that provide meals and shelter.
  • The rooms are primarily on a twin-sharing basis.

 

Environment Considerations

  • Respect local customs and the environment. Follow the principles of "Leave No Trace" and contribute to responsible tourism.
  • Bring a refillable water bottle and purification tablets to reduce plastic waste.

 

Weather Condition

  • During springtime, the average temperature is 18° C (64.4° F), with a maximum of 24° C (75.2°F), during sunny days and around 3° C (37° F), in the morning and at night.
  • In the prime season of Autumn the temperature is around 21° C (69.8° F), with a maximum temperature of 26° C (78.8° F), during sunny days and around 4° C (39.2° F), in the morning and at night. 
  • In the winter we can expect the temperature to be around 8° C (46.4° F), with a maximum temp of 17° C (62.6° F), during sunny days and a minimum of -4° C (24.8° F), in the morning and at night.

Trekking Permits and Documents 

Permits

  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit - USD 25 (For SAARC and Foreigners) Rs 150 for Nepalese Citizen

Documents

  • Two passport-sized photos
  • A copy of international flight ticket
  • A copy of travel insurance 

Trek Length

  • 4 Days 
  • 2 Nights in Pokhara
  • 2 Nights in Kathmandu

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Equipments

Equipments

 

For the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek, you'll need a variety of equipment, clothing, and materials to ensure your comfort, safety, and success on the journey. Here's a comprehensive list:

 

Clothing

  1. Moisture-wicking base layers (Top and Bottom)
  2. Insulating layers (Fleece or Down Jacket)
  3. Waterproof and windproof outer shell jacket and pants
  4. Trekking pants and shorts
  5. Long-sleeve shirts and T-shirts
  6. Thermal gloves and waterproof gloves
  7. Beanies and Sun Hat
  8. Hiking socks and liner socks
  9. Gaiters (Neck/Leg)
  10. Scarfs and Balaclavas 

Footwear

  1. Well fItted Hiking Boots with Ankle support
  2. Ice Cleats (For Winter Months) 
  3. Casual Shoes and Sandals 

Equipment 

  1. Backpack (40-50 liters) with rain cover.
  2. Sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures
  3. Trekking poles
  4.  Headlamp with extra batteries
  5. Sunglasses with UV protection
  6. Water bottles or hydration system
  7. Hydration bladder
  8. Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, etc.)

Creams and Medications 

  1. Tinted Sunscreen SPF 50 and above.
  2. Moisturizer 
  3. Lip Balm
  4. Healing Ointment
  5. Mosquito Repellent Cream 
  6. Cough Syrup 
  7. Medication for your Allergies 
  8. Blister Kit

 

Miscellaneous

  1. Waterproof cover for your backpack
  2. Energy Bars and Trial Mix
  3. Quick-dry towel
  4. Personal identification and necessary permits
  5. Money (cash) in small denominations
  6. Passport-size photos for permits
  7. Power bank or extra batteries
  8. Wet Wipes
  9. Pee bottle / Pee funnel for women
  10. Pillow Case

 

Remember, this list may vary based on personal preferences and the time of year you undertake the trek. Ensure that your gear is of good quality and suits the specific conditions of the Annapurna region.
 

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Freqeuntly Asked Questionnaire

Poon Hill is a hill station located in the Gandaki Province at Annapurna Region of Nepal. It has an elevation of (3,210m) which offers magnificent views of 32 peaks of the Annapurna Massif.

The most common way to reach Poon Hill is by flying to Pokhara from Kathmandu and then trekking through Ghandruk and Ghorepani. The trek typically takes around 4 days.

The best time to trek Poon Hill is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season (March to early June) and post-monsoon (autumn) season (Mid September to November) when the weather is relatively stable, and the skies are clear.

The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is classified as a moderately easy trek, ideal for beginners with a basic level of fitness. The trail features a gradual ascent, well-maintained paths, and well marked trails

Altitude sickness is a condition that occurs at higher elevations due to a decrease in the amount of oxygen. To prevent altitude sickness, it's essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and ascend gradually. If symptoms persist, descending to a lower altitude is crucial.

Essential items include sturdy trekking boots, warm clothing, a good backpack, a sleeping bag, and a first aid kit. It's essential to pack light but be prepared for changing weather conditions.

The temperature rating of the ISO-certified sleeping bag we lend is -10°C (50°F) comfort level.

We recommend having cash of around USD 15-20; it should suffice for any additional costs you may need for a day.

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