Ghorepani Poonhill Trek - 10 Days Guided Trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill Hike

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek - Short and easy trek to Ghorepani Poon Hill offers beautiful mountain views of Annapurnas from Poon Hill. Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is the most popular trip in the Himalayan region of Annapurna foothills that starts and ends in Pokhara.

Because of the trek provides the beautiful mountains, landscapes, diverse cultures and the decent guest houses, it has been a number one choice for the nature lovers and adventure trekkers. Ghorepani Poonhill trek is a comfortable, altitude worry fee and scenic trek that suites to any trekker with a moderate level of fitness. Children, above ten years old will also enjoy this fascinating trek equally as their parents would do. This starts from the lake city of Pokhara after a scenic 200km drive or a 25 minute mountain flight from Kathmandu. Pokhara is a beautiful and touristic town with an amazing lakes and caves, you can enjoy boating on the Phewa Lake, or a pleasant hike to Sarangkot hill for the grand sunrise or sunset views. This wonderful city is also the starting point of some of the most famous treks in Annapurna region.

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek starts with a private coach ride to Nayapul from where the trek really begins. Crossing the suspension bridge over Modhi Khola River, we walk through beautiful villages, terrace farming lands enjoying the striking view of fishtail towering above us! We continue our trail and walk mostly through lush, peace and refreshing woods to Ghorepani village at 2800m. Next day we make an early hike to Poonhill (3210m) to see and enjoy the breathtaking views of mighty Annapurna ranges including Mt. Fishtail, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and many more to name. Mt. Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri are the over 8000m meters mountains in the region. The grand sunrise view from Poonhill will be another striking and marvelous moment it this hike.

Ghorepani is a fascinating village with some nice and decent trekking lodges and beautiful rhododendron forest. The village is also the gateway to Annapurna Himalayas. The trail leads to north from the village is a wonderful trek to Jomsom Muktinath and to the east is fascinating Annapurna Base Camp Trek. We leave Ghorepani village following the eastern trail to Tadapani then to Ghandruk, both are fantastic villages for stunning views of the Annapurna South and Fishtail. Ghandruk is one of the largest Gurung village on the lap of the Annapurna South with its traditional houses; it's a very famous village with rich culture and picturesque setting below fishtail mountain. Trekking down through the beautiful steps we make a loop at Birethanti and take a private coach drive from Nayapul to Pokhara. Or, as an option, we can extend our trek for two more days walking through Pothana village to Dhampus village and then to Phedi from where we have half an hour drive to Pokhara.

We at Alpine Eco Trek are always happy to organize your trek as per your requirement and time frame and if you want to extend your holiday combining a two night three day wildlife tour in the tropical Chitwan National park let us know we are ready to organize your trip as per your interest!

Attraction of Annapurna Region

Annapurna conservation Area Project
Annapurna Region is one of the captivating lands of bio diversity in the world. The region is the largest reserved and protected area of Nepal. The unique biodiversity, the scenic grandeur in combination with the multi cultural and multi ethnic diversity make it the world's most popular trekking destinations. With the objectives of achieving a balance between the environment conservation and socio economic development, through people's participation, the Annapurna conservation area project (ACAP) was launched from 1986 under the aegis of the national trust for nature conservation... See more.

The trust is governed by a board of trustees. Tourism is an essential for locals and the fastest growing industries in the Annapurna conservation area. The project serves as a new approach in the protected area management with its modalities based on the integrated conservation and development programs. Owing to its fame that it has gained in the history of the protected area management, the government of Nepal has given the trust the mandate for the management of the Annapurna conservation area.

Meaning of Annapurna
Annapurna is a Sanskrit name which literally means full of food (feminine form), but is normally translated as Goddess of the Harvests. In Hinduism, Annapurna is Devi, the universal and timeless Kitchen goddess, the mother who feeds her kids. Without her there is starvation, a universal fear: this makes Annapurna a universal goddess. Her most popular shrine is located in Kasi, on the banks of the Ghats. Her association with the giving of food (wealth) led her in time to be transformed into Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.

List of mountains we can see in the Annapurna region trekking
Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m),
Mt. Annapurna I (8091m),
Mt. Manaslu (8163 m),
Mt. Annapurna II (7937 m.) ,
Mt. Annapurna III (7555m),
Mt. Annapurna IV (7525m),
Mt. Annapurna south (7219m),
Mt. Nilgiri (7041m),
Mt. Fishtail also called Mt. Machhapuchhare (6998m),
Mt. Hiunchuli (6441m),
Mt. Lamjung Himal (6986m),
Tukuche peak (6920m),
Tilicho peak (7134m).

Culture and People of the Annapurna Region
One of the unforgettable experience of this region is culture and life style of local people. During trekking, trekkers encounter villages of different ethnic people. According to last census over 45,000 thousand people of different ethnic and tribal backgrounds with various religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Bon Po, Shamanism and Animism represented live in the Annapurna region. The dominant groups are Gurung, Magar, Thakali and Manangi. Generally, these people are subsistence farmers who depend on the forests for fuel, fodder and timber. Almost each of group have their own dialect and own cultures and traditions. Trekkers who go for trekking in Annapurna region are fascinated by the local people's culture and tradition.

Flora and Fauna
In Annapurna region, we can see the diverse flora and fauna. The range of geographical and climatic regions has led to this diversity. Below 1000 m in altitude the climate is tropical. These areas are heavily cultivated and the landscape, therefore, largely consists of terraced paddy fields for most of the year. As we  go to higher the natural vegetation changes from the tropical species to more temperate stands of forest trees including oak, beech and rhododendron. These finally give way to coniferous forests of pine and, ultimately, juniper just below the tree line.

Annapurna conservation area is the home of 102 species of mammals, 488 species of birds and 40 species of reptiles.  In this region, we can see pheasants named Danphe, Monal, Kaliz, Cheer, Kokilas, and Blood Pheasants, etc. Among mammals, blue sheep and Himalayan Thar can be seen in the area.

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Ghorepani Poonhill Trek short itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport (1350meters).
Day 02: Drive or fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (925m), Drive six hours or flight 25 minutes.
Day 03: Drive to Nayapul (1050m) and trek to Ulleri (2100m), drive 2 hours, trek 6 hours.
Day 04: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2800m), walking 6 hours. 
Day 05: Early hike to Poon Hill (3210m) and trek to Tadapani (2650m), walking 7 hours.
Day 06: Trek from Tadapani (2650m) to Ghandruk (2000m), walking 4 hours.
Day 07: Trek from Ghandruk (2000m) to Pothana (1990m), walking 6 hours.
Day 08: Trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi, drive to Pokhara, walking 4 hours, drive 3o minutes.
Day 09: Drive or fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu, drive 6 hours, flight 25 minutes, Or Juggle safari.
Day 10: Final Departure from international airport.

Trip cost: This is a teahouse trek, each and every stop provides the decent guest houses and mountain lodges. We are organizing Ghorepani Poonhill trekking as a small group departure or a private trek, please contact us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek so that we can send you a quote and other information according to your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek - itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport (1350meters).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will meet one of our trek leaders who will be standing at in front of arrival terminal with the colorful garlands to welcome you. Transfer to hotel, rest of the day is free and relax. In the evening one of our team leaders will come to see you and take you for a welcome dinner at a typical Nepali Restaurant. Enjoy the local meal with the great conversation and short brief about Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Drive or fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (925m), Drive six hours or flight 25 minutes.
After an early breakfast, we depart for six hours drive to Pokhara (925m,), 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. As we climb out of the Kathmandu valley, only to quickly descend again to the Trisuli River, we follow upstream to its junction with the Marshyangdi River. We follow the Marshyandi River gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes us directly into Pokhara. Having pleasant weather, Pokhara is tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. We can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. This drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon to fall in love with its beauty. We can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes about 25 minutes. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 03: Drive to Nayapul (1050m) and trek to Ulleri (2100m), drive 2 hours, trek 6 hours.
After early breakfast at hotel in Pokhara, we take a 2 hour scenic drive to Nayapul from where our trek really begins. We walk via Birethanti (1065m) to Ulleri (2100m) which takes about six hours. The first part of our trek is easy passing through numerous small villages and settlements. Afterwards we ascend gently to the final destination of the day. The majority of people here are Gurung and Magar and their religion is Buddhist. They are engaged in agricultural activities, tourism business and some in Gorkha and Indian regiments. Overnight at guest house in Ulleri.

Day 04: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2800m), walking 6 hours.  
After breakfast at guest house in Ulleri, we start our pleasant hike from Ulleri via Banthanti to Ghorepani village. On the way, we can see good view of Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail 6997m), Huinchuli (6441m), and Annapurna south (7219m). Now, our trail is quite easier passing through forest and descends gently up to the final camp. We can see some of the wildlife such as monkeys and various species of birds. Overnight at guest house in Ghorepani.

Day 05: Early hike to Poon Hill (3210m) and trek to Tadapani (2650m), walking 7 hours.
In the  early morning hike one and half hour to Poon Hill (3210m) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche Peak (6920m), Nilgiri (6940m), Varaha Shikhar (7847m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna III (7855m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna II (7937m), Lamjung Himal (6931m) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. Hike back to Ghorepani, breakfast at guest house, we begin our trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2650m) through the deep forests of rhododendrons, bamboos and oaks. En- route, wefrequently see waterfalls, rocks, wild animals, local birds and green sceneries. Tadapani is a small village surrounded by beautiful forests which grants us a magnificent view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, and Annapurna II and so on. Overnight at guest house.

Day 06: Trek from Tadapani (2650m) to Ghandruk (2000m), walking 4 hours.
After breakfast, we start an easy day; today’s trek is easy trek by descending gently all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. We can hear different kinds of birds chirping on the way. This is one of the popular destinations for the birds' lovers. Ghandruk is a large Gurung village. There is a handicraft centre and Gurung museum. From this village we can see good views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail. Overnight at guest house.

NoteOn the day 7 we can have two options, as option one, we can continue our trekking down to Berithanti (5 hours) and catch a private vehicle at Nayapul then drive to Pokhara OR, the second option would be we can extend our trek for two days walking through the Pothana village and Dhampus village to Dhampus Phedi and half an hour drive to Pokhara.

Day 07: Trek from Ghandruk (2000m) to Pothana (1990m), walking 6 hours.
After breakfast, first part of our trek is steeply down following stone staircase to Kimbu (Bee hive). Kimbu or Bee hive is located at the elevation of 1200 meters on the bank of Modi Khola. Now, the trail steeply ascends following the stone staircase up to Landruk. The trail ascends gently for nearly two hours and again ascends steeply for an hour to Deurali (2150m) passing through Tolkha village (1850m). From this point we can see panoramic view of Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Annapurna South (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Fishtail (6997m), Annapurna III (7755m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna II (7937m) and Lamjung Himal (6930m). Now, the rest of the trail descends gently down to Pothana village (1900m). Overnight at  guest house.

Day 08: Trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi, drive to Pokhara, walking 4 hours, drive 3o minutes.
After breakfast, we leave Pothana on a pleasant trail to Dhampus Phedi, our trail descends gradually for down at least an hour and follows gravel road for two hours and then steeply descends to Phedi passing through Dhampus village, paddy fields and forest protected by local community. Upon our arrival at Dhampus Phedi, we take a private vehicle to reach Pokhara. Overnight at a comfortable hotel in Pokhara.

Day 09: Drive or fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu, drive 6 hours, flight 25 minutes, Or Juggle safari.
After breakfast, if you are interested in Jungle safari trip, 2 nights 3 days’ jungle activities, we will transfer you in to the tropical Chitwan National park. Or if you are coming to Kathmandu while driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, we head up to Damauli,, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En- route, we can enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe we climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city. We can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes. In the evening, join the farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant with live culture show.  Overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Final Departure from international airport.
After breakfast, we will drop you at international airport for your flight back to home. Wish you have a safe and sound journey back home. Hope to see you again in the future.

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Ghorepani Poonhill Trek Facts:

Activities: Trekking

Start/End: Kathmandu /Pokhara

Destination: Ghorepani Poonhill

Trip Duration: 7 days Or 10 days

Max. Altitude: 3210m meters

Group Size: Min. 1 / Max.15

Best Season: February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December.

Trip Grade: Leisurely Plus

Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6

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