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Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking

Trip code
Package name Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking
Duration 10
Max. elevation 3210.00 m
Level EASY
Transportation Private vehicles and Tourist Bus (KTM-PKR-KTM)
Accomodation 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu and Lodge/Guest House during the trekking
Starts at Kathmandu
Ends at Kathmandu
Trip route Kathmandu-Pokhara-Nayapul–Tirkhedhunga-Ulleri-Ghorepani-Tadapani–Ghandruk–Pokhara-Kathmandu
Cost USD 599 per person

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Overview

Trip Introduction: 10 Days Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking


Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking is one of the most popular and shortest scenic adventures in less than a week. An exciting walk into beautiful woods of rhododendron, pines, and fir trees, facing ever-present views of snow-capped peaks.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, allows trekkers to enjoy the best spectacular scenery in the close shade of Annapurna Himalayas. Ghorepani Poon Hill is a country walk of a few days, a perfect short Himalayan destination for all types of people. As well for all age-group, makes a great holiday in the harmony of local immense culture facing views of Annapurna’s. 

Ghorepani Poon Hill trek from Pokhara, a beautiful city as well a renowned tourist destination. Pokhara is a scenic city blessed with the natural beauty of snow-mountains and lakes, surrounded by tiers of green hills.  

A short drive from scenic Pokhara city and the valley, reaching the starting point of trekking at lovely Bhirethati village. Where walk leads you uphill with wonderful views of waterfalls and rural farm villages. As the trail follows steep up to Ulleri, another nice and typical hill village, overlooking views of Annapurna peaks.

Slowly the walk leads into the cool shade of an enchanting forest of rhododendron and pine trees reaching Ghorepani village. A lovely settlement of Poon / Magar, located on the foot of Poon Hill amidst forest surroundings.

Next early morning an hour hike up takes you to the top of famous and popular Poon Hill. The highest spot of the journey at 3,210 m, offers stunning views of the sunrise over an array of snow peaks. Facing the world’s three highest mountain range with Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna, and Mt. Manaslu, as far as Ganesh Himal. Enjoy the 360° panorama of the Himalayan range with majestic Machhapuchare Himal, the famed Fish-Tail peak.

After a glorious morning view, the adventure continues heading uphill to Deurali and then down and up to Tadapani. The views of the Annapurna Himalayas remain constant during the walk as the trail follows to Ghandruk. A large Gurung village as well as the gateway to various trekking destinations around Annapurna Himalayas.

Gurung is the main hill tribe of the Annapurna region and follows Buddhism and ancient Bon religion culture of age-old heritage. A lovely scenic walk from Ghorepani to Ghandruk the last and final destination, before reaching Pokhara.

A great nice place to explore local culture and customs, then the walk finally ends from Ghandruk onwards. From Ghandruk a few hour's drives back to Pokhara, where our Ghorepani Poon Trekking concludes. After a great wonderful experience on the high scenic hills of Annapurna Himalayas.

Best Season for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking:

The best season is in spring, which starts from March to May as well as autumn to pre-winter seasons from September to November till December. 
 
Spring season, morning till mid-day is mostly clear for pleasant walks as well for the views, can get cloudy in the late afternoon. Cold in the morning and late afternoon till night time and chances of snowfall sometimes. 
 
During spring the hills are lively with wildflowers in full bloom, especially the rhododendron of various species from tall trees to a bush. 
 Rhododendron is also the national flower of Nepal. 

Autumn and pre-winter are the best time for excellent views and scenic walks, where days are crystal clear. But shorter days due to sunlight hours, one can expect snowfall sometimes, with much cold morning and nighttime besides the wind-chill factor.

Climate: Nepal has four major seasons, namely, (1) spring (2) summer: June to August, (3) autumn/fall: September-November, and (4) winter: December-February.

Nepal can be visited the whole year, for tours and short hikes, but not for high-altitude treks. Unless interested in exotic flora and fauna, will be a paradise for botanists and naturalists.

Local Culture and Religion:-Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking Area 

Nepal has more than 60 ethnic groups and 70 native spoken languages, a blend of two great religions Hindu and Buddhism, where Hinduism dominates most from East to Western Nepal. The low land and mid-hills are mostly inhabited by Hindu and Buddhism religions of an ancient culture of age-old heritage.

From Mid-Hills and around high mountainous region populated with Buddhism followers similar to Tibetan culture and custom. On this trek around Annapurna southern mid-hills villages are of both Hindu and Buddhism religions.

Coming across Poon, Magar ethnic tribes of Western Nepal follows Hindu as well Buddhism also, but mostly the Annapurna high hills populated with Gurung interwoven to Buddhism, as well Bon a per-Buddhism cult and culture.

Climate and Weather in Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking

Himalayan climate can be unpredictable sometimes even in good best seasons, where April and May to first week of June will be the best time during spring times, when days are longer with enough sunlight hours. Morning and night time as well in shade can be cold with freezing temperatures around higher areas above 2,000 m.

Other months from September to December another great times for treks around Ghorepani Poon Hill and other areas of Himalaya as well to visit Chitwan for wildlife safari. Most days are clear for views and to summit the top of the peak, although much colder months of autumn season with extreme cold during morning and night time, where sunlight is much shorter. 

Accommodations and Food on Annapurna Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek:

Annapurna Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, staying in best available local lodge from the start to an end of treks and in nice hotels at Kathmandu and Pokhara. Provides excellent meals as per your choice from wide listed menu of the lodge serving from famous Nepalese Dal-Bhat to Continental with some Chinese, Tibetans and Indian foods. All meals are well cooked, hygienic and fresh served in a large dining hall with warm environment.

Outline Itinerary for Annapurna Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,350 m / 4,430 feet and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Cultural and Historical sightseeing tour and trek preparation. 
Day 03: Fly or drive to Pokhara 820 m / 2,690 feet-06 hrs.  
Day 04: Drive and trek to Tirkhedhunga 1,570 m / 5,150 feet - 05 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani village 2,780 m / 9,121 feet via Ulleri - 06 hrs.
Day 06: Hike to Poon Hill and trek to Tadapani 2,660 m / 8, 727 feet - 06 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Ghandruk village 1,990 m / 6,529 feet- 04 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to road-head and drive to Pokhara 820 m / 2,690 feet - 04 hrs.
Day 09: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel-06 hrs.
Day 10: Depart Kathmandu for international departure.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu 1,350 m / 4,430 feet and transfer to hotel.

On arrival in Kathmandu from respective country at the Nepal International Airport. Trekking Planner staff, guide receives you for short drive to the hotels at Thamel, in the heart of Kathmandu city. An exciting location, one can find all needful items with fancy shops and well stocked stores. Having world class restaurants and hotels. 

On reaching at the hotel, check into your rooms after a refreshing rest join with other members of the group. The briefing is held at meeting place in the hotel lobby or in a conference room. The guide and leader will provides with full information of the treks, tours with other necessary details. Making your stay in Nepal enjoyable and more interesting. Evening a group welcome dinner in an authentic Nepalese restaurant in the harmony of local folk cultural program.

Day 2 : Cultural and Historical sightseeing tour and trek preparation.

Enjoy second day in Kathmandu, morning our tour will take you around places of great historical, and religious interest. An introduction to Nepalese cultures of both Hindu and Buddhism. Visiting various exciting areas, most places are listed in world heritage, tour includes famous old Durbar Square and palace courtyard. From here a short drive to Swayambhunath Stupa, the oldest monuments of more than 2,600 years old history. Includes tour of Bouddhanath a large dome stupa, allows you to get taste of Tibetan and Buddhism culture. As well visit of holy Pashupatinath Hindu temple. 

After a wonderful and exciting tour back to hotel with free leisure afternoon and preparation for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking. 

Day 3 : Fly or drive to Pokhara 820 m / 2,690 feet-06-07 hrs.

Having early breakfast transfer in a vehicle as per the size of a group. Board on a spacious and comfortable coach or bus for exciting drive to Pokhara. 

Drive heads beyond Kathmandu valley on main busy highway of Nepal that connects all parts of the country. The journey continues heading Mid-West to Pokhara. One of the most beautiful city and probably in the world, located on close shadow of high Annapurna Himalaya range.

On reaching Pokhara transfer into a nice lovely hotel, close to Phewa Lake.

(Options by air to Pokhara from Kathmandu, a scenic flight of 30 minutes).

Day 4 : Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tirkhedhunga 1,570 m / 5,150 feet - 04 hrs.

After breakfast with views of Annapurna Himalayas, morning a short drive of few hours to the starting point of trek. As drive heads beyond Pokhara valley to Nayapul town and at lovely Bhirethati village. From here walk starts heading past farm village facing views of cascading waterfalls, then trail follows with short climb. Walk through smaller farm villages then finally ending the day walk at Tirkhedhunga for overnight. In the comfort of a nice local lodge, close within beautiful waterfalls.

Day 5 : Trek to Ghorepani village 2,780 m / 9,121 feet via Ulleri - 06 hrs.

Morning be prepared for the big day to Ghorepani, our major destinations. 

Start the morning walk crossing a bridge next to waterfall, as climb leads on stone steps to Ulleri village. Facing views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchare Himal the Fish Tail peak.

Ulleri a moderate size village on top of a high ridge, with typical traditional houses with stone slate roofs. From Ulleri walk gets much better on a winding uphill path through cool shade of rhododendron and pine forest. As the day ends reaching Ghorepani for overnight stop, situated at the base of high Poon Hill. Ghorepani with many good lodges facing views of Dhaulagiri Himalaya range, amidst beautiful rhododendron forest.

Day 6 : Hike to Poon Hill and trek to Tadapani 2,660 m / 8, 727 feet - 06 hrs.

An early morning hike before breakfast to catch the sunrise, an hour hike up to Poon Hill. The highest point of the adventure at 3,210 m high, on reaching the top at Poon Hill. Just in time to enjoy striking sunrise reflecting over range of snow peaks from Dhaulagiri, Annapurna to Manaslu Himalayas. Includes majestic views of Machhapuchare Himal, the famous Fish Tail peak.

After an enjoyable moment facing amazing panorama, walk down to Ghorepani for breakfast. Leaving Ghorepani with steep climb up to Deurali, almost at the same height of Poon Hill. Enjoy the grand view of Dhaulagiri Himal range, and then head downhill into a gorge to Bhanthati for lunch stop.

Having lunch, afternoon a short descend into dense forested path and then uphill for an hour to Tadapani. A small settlement with many nice lodges for overnight stop. Located amidst beautiful forest surrounding with grand views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchare Himal.

Day 7 : Trek to Ghandruk village 1,951 m - 04 hrs.

Today a short day walk till lunch time to Ghandruk village, morning enjoy the grand view of Annapurna peaks. Start the walk through beautiful forest on a nice gradual path, reaching a small settlement Bhaise-Kharka. From here descent to a stream, and then on winding gradual path. As downhill continues reaching Ghandruk village for lunch and overnight stop.

Ghandruk, a large Gurung village and the gateway to various adventure around Annapurna region. At Ghandruk explore the village and interact with the local and observe the typical farm life and culture. Visit the small museum with good information of the Annapurna region and of Gurung tradition heritage.

Day 8 : Trek to road-head and drive to Pokhara 860 m- 06 hrs

Last day walk of the lovely trekking, from Ghandruk enjoy breakfast with views of Annapurna peaks. Morning down to a small village of Kimche surrounded by terraced farm fields, walk further down to a road-head. From here drive back to Pokhara for last overnight around Nepal Mid-West and Annapurna Himalaya.

Day 9 : Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel-06 hrs.

Depart from the hotel in Pokhara, having good breakfast then an interesting drive of more than six hours to Kathmandu. Drive follows on the same main highway along the Trisuli River for some hours. Few hours before Kathmandu, the drive climbs on a winding uphill road to enter Kathmandu valley. Then ending the exciting overland journey reaching the hotel. After a marvelous experience on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek around Annapurna Himalayas. 

Day 10 : Depart Kathmandu for international departure.

After a great experience around high green hills of Annapurna Himalaya, with exciting experience on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking. Depart from the hotel for final departure homeward bound or to respective destinations.

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