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Ghorepani-Poon Hill Trek


5 days 4 nights

Code NTT11

Category Nepal Trekking

  • Group Size `1-10 persons
  • Difficulty Level 3
  • Rating Popular
  • Highest Altitude 3,195m (10,480 ft) at Poon Hill
  • Trip Starts From Pokhara
  • Trip Ends At Pokhara
  • Accommodation Lodge
  • Type Trekking
  • Season Spring, fall and winter
  • Destination Lumle Ghorepani Poon hill Ghandruk
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Overview

For those who are restricted by time to undertake the major Annapurna Base Camp or the circuit trek, Ghorepani-Poon Hill trekking is an excellent choice. This is a five-day trek with the starting and finishing point near Pokhara. It passes through the beautiful villages of Gurung and Magar whose local ethnicity is a significant component in the Gorkha regiments of the British and Indian army's. You hike on well-defined stone stepped trail overlooking valleys that pass through the dense rhododendron and oak bushes with a rich and diverse bird population.

Poon Hill is the climax of the Ghorepani-Poon Hill trekking. With the base at the lodge in Ghorepani, hike to Poon Hill before dawn to enjoy the view of the entire mountain range including Mt. Fishtail (6,993m/22,937 ft.), Annapurna (8,091m/26, 538 ft.), and Dhaulagiri (8,167/26,787ft). The mountain range becomes fully bathed with the red and golden rays of the morning sun. The sunset views are also equally tantalizing.

Far & High's Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking trips are led by experienced and certified local guides and supported by local porters. Instead of camping, you will eat and sleep in the lodges run by friendly locals allowing you to know and befriend the locals and learn of the customs there. You will also stop at the trailside fields to chat with the farmers and pay a visit to the local schools and meet the children and teachers. The trekking requires 4-5 days of daily walking, and some days can even be longer.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01~Pokhara to Nayapul by Car and Trekking to Tirkhe Dhunga

Meet your guide and porter at your hotel lobby and transfer to Nayapul (48 km or 30 miles) for a drive of about 1-2 hours. The road goes via the hilly ridges of Lumle and then we start walking. A short 20 minutes walk brings you to Birethanti, a large and prosperous town. Beyond pastureland used by pony caravans, the trail reaches Sudami where you stop for lunch.

After lunch, the trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley, reaching Hiley at 1,495m (4,904 ft.) and nearby Tirkhe Dhunga. Along the way, you will see various lodging possibilities but we push to get to Tirkhe Dhunga (1,491 m/4,890 ft.)today.

Overnight: Guesthouse in Tirkhedhunga
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 02~Trekking from Tirkhe Dhunga to Ghorepani

After early morning breakfast, you will find yourself back on the trail. From Tikhe Dhunga, the trail crosses a stream (Bhurungdi Khola) on a suspension bridge to start the long steep climb to the large Magar village of Ulleri at (2,070m/6,790 ft.). Above the village where the trail climbs gently through pastures and cultivated fields, there are magnificent rhododendron and oak forest. You will stop at Nange Thanti for lunch. The snow covers the trail during winter. From Nange Thanti, it's about 1 hour of walking to Ghorepani at (2,848m/9,342ft).

Overnight: Guesthouse in Ghorepani
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 03~Trekking from Ghorepani to Poon Hill and Then Descend to Tadapani

You need to wake up early morning and hike up to the famed vantage point of Poon Hill (3,195m/10,480 ft.). It takes about 45 minutes to reach the ridgetop. As the sun rises, the views of the snow-capped mountain become exhilarating! A vast Himalayan panorama stretching from Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26, 788 ft.) which is the world's seventh-highest peak, to Manaslu (8,156m/26, 752 ft.), the world's eighth highest peak in the east, with the mighty Annapurna ranges in between them.

Then, return to camp in time for breakfast and continue on the trail Tadapani. The first part of the trek today climbs along the ridges of the hills in the pine, and rhododendron forest to a top (3,030 m/9938 ft.) then descend to at a second pass also called Deurali. You will have lunch and stop in Ban Thanti. Onwards, the trail follows the stream down to a bridge where the trails start climbing to Tadapani (2,540m/8,331 ft.) offering a brief view of the mountains. Tadapani means, “Far water” and possibly the name was picked up as people in the villager had to go far to fetch the drinking water.

Overnight: Guesthouse in Tadapani
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 04~Trekking from Tadapani to Ghandruk

It takes about 6 hours from Tadapani to Ghandruk Village. From Tadapani, the trail descends through the forests then terraced fields, to the Khum Khola. The Ghandruk trail descends steeply from Tadapani, through the forest, filled with rhododendrons. You will stop for lunch at Ghandruk Village (1, 919m/ 6294 ft.). It is probably the most beautiful of the Gurung Villages of the Annapurna region. It has excellent close-up views of Annapurna South, Machhapurchhre and Himalchuli.

Overnight: Guesthouse in Ghandruk
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 05~Trekking from Ghandruk to Nayapul and Then Take a Taxi to Pokhara

Following breakfast, you find yourself back on the trail for the final day of trekking. The trail goes all downhill for 3-4 hours until you reach Shyaule Bazaar village. After that, it's flat and level walking following the Modi Khola river bed to Birethanti where you will stop for lunch. After lunch, it's less than a half-hour walk down to Nayapul where you will take a taxi for a ride to Pokhara (1 hr).

Trek concludes.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Trip Map

Trip Info

Cost Includes

  • Lodge accommodation or tented camping as per your choice.
  • Three meals a day.
  • Trekking permits.
  • English speaking licensed guide.
  • One porter for every two trekkers.
  • Transportation from Pokhara to trailhead and return.

Cost Does Not Include

  • Drinks, tip, and expenses of personal nature.
  • Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Transportation to and return from Pokhara.
  • Accommodation in Pokhara.

An easy to moderate graded trekking

Ghorepani-Poon Hill trekking is an easy to moderate graded trekking. Anyone with a normal health condition and optimal fitness level and can take up this trip. In general, we have easy hikes. But the second day of the trekking from Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani can be tough as it’s a steep up with a significant gain of altitude in a single day. We will attain the highest elevation of 3,195m/10,480 ft.) at the top of Poon Hill and in general, it’s not a significant altitude to be worried about, but we still have to be prepared. Symptoms of altitude sickness include headache, dizziness, and breathlessness. If you are not optimally conditioned, it’s advisable to begin preparation several weeks ahead of the trip. We advise you to do some power jogging, cycling, swimming or aerobics about 30 to 45 minutes a day. It helps build stamina in your body as well as increases your confidence level and of course, minimizes the chances of getting acute mountain sickness. We have to avoid dehydrating, and so we advise you to consume 3-4 liters of water daily and also liquid food in meals. Not sure if it has any medical grounds, but our Sherpa guides recommends garlic soup to treat the effects of the altitude. Porters or pack animals will carry all gear and camp supplies (if you are taking camping trip). It leaves members free to carry only a light daypack. No technical climbing or other special abilities are required.

Lodge accommodation.

In this trip, we will be using local lodge accommodations, famously known as "tea-houses." The lodges are family run and provide basic comfort. They usually provide private and dorm-style rooms, but we ensure you that you have a private room. You will have to use the common toilet which is generally squat style. The rooms are provided with futon or foam mattress with blanket or quilts. Some trekkers find themselves comfortable in their sleeping bags. You may also consider bringing your sheets.

Meals during trekking.

Our trekking cost includes three meals a day- breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A cup of tea or coffee follows each meal. The family of the lodge owner cooks meals. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is limited. Rice and noodle dishes are most common, but season vegetables are also available. Breakfast includes a variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks (extra cost). In some areas, you will find fresh fruits in season. For drinking water, please bring your water bottle, preferably with an in-built filter. Annapurna Conservation Area Project discourages the use of packaged water. They sell boiled and filtered water at their outlets along the trail.

Guide and support staff

You will have local English speaking certified Guide, accompanying you as from Kathmandu. All Far & High Guides are trained by KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project) on first aid, environment, conservation, and biodiversity. As required by law, all our trekking guides are licensed by the Tourism Department’s academy. Most importantly, they are professional, helpful, and always willing to provide you with personalized care and services.

Your guide leads you on the trail, selects the lodges for accommodation and help you order the meals and deals with local bureaucracy whenever required. As you pay all trekking charges in advance, the guide will take care of the bills. We provide one porter for every two trekkers, and he carries up to 15 kilograms. Porters are usually hired at the village where the trek begins. The guide and porters will have proper clothing and boots to survive the harsh weather on the mountains.

A typical trekking day

Each morning after packing our bags and having a good breakfast, we set off on the day's walk. All we need to carry is a small day pack containing a water bottle, camera, sun cream, hat, rain jacket, and warm jumper, just in case. The porters will carry the rest of our gear for us.

After walking for 3-4 hours, we stop for lunch at around midday. The afternoon's walk is generally shorter, and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free.

After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day's adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.

Hotels in Kathmandu, pre-trip and post-trip add ons

We can book accommodation for you in Kathmandu. Also, before heading to the trailhead, you can spend a few days in Kathmandu, touring the temples, monasteries, Malla Palaces, etc. After the trip completes, you can extend your trip to Chitwan National Park for three days and Pokhara 2 days.

Add Ons

Chitwan Jungle Safari

US$ 170

Chitwan Jungle Safari

A 2 nights and 3 days jungle safari package in Chitwan National Park proves great scope of jungle safari rides and its worthy taking this trip as an add on to your trekking or cultural tour of Nepal Himalayas.

Ride on elephant back or drive your four-wheeler to view wild animals in their natural habitat or you might escape for a canoe rides on the jungle rivers. One can also have a memorable nature walks, bird watching excursions, village and cultural tours.

Chitwan National Park stands today as a successful testimony of nature conservation in South Asia. The park covers a pristine area of 932 sq. km and rich in flora and fauna. Situated about 160 km (100 miles) Southwest from Kathmandu, Chitwan National Park has been listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site in 1984. The national park is home to the Great One Horned Rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger, Sloth Bear, Leopard, 4 species of deer and many other mammal, reptiles and birds.

Package Price

River View Jungle Camp or similar: US$ 180 per person for 2 nights/3 days' package.

Jungle Villa Resort or similar: US$ 250 per person for 2 nights/3 days' package

Barahi Jungle Camp: US$ 550 per person for 2 nights/3 days' package.

Package includes:

2 nights' accommodation on double occupancy basis, full board, national park fee and jungle safari activities.

Package does not include:

Transportation, personal expenses such as drinks, tipping, laundry etc.

 

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