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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 5 day trek with the starting and finishing point near Pokhara. It passes through the beautiful villages of Gurung and Magar whose local ethnics are a major component in the Gorkha regiments of the British and Indian army's. You hike on well-defined stone stepped trail overlooking valleys that passes 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 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) which become 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 giving you an opportunity 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 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

After breakfast, you drive to Nayapul (48 km.) that will take about 1-2 hours via hilly ridges of Lumle and then walk about 20 minutes to Birethanti, a large and prosperous town. Beyond a pastureland used by pony caravans, the trail reaches Sudami where you stop to have lunch. After lunch, you will climb steadily up the side of the valley, reaching Hiley at 1,495m (4,904 ft.) and nearby Tirkhe Dhunga. Along the way, various hamlets offer ample camping possibilities but since you have Ghorepani as the goal for the next day, you need to push it to get to Tirkhe Dhunga (1,491 m/4,890 ft.).

Overnight in a Camp at Tirkhe Dhunga.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 02 Trekking from Tirkhe Dhunga to Ghorepani

After an 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 trail will be covered with snow during winter. From Nange Thanti, it's about 1 hour of walking to Ghorepani at (2,848m/9,342ft).

Overnight in a lodge or camp in Ghorepani.

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

You will 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 ridge of Poon Hill. As the sun rises, the views are literally breath-taking, a wide 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, you will return to camp in time for breakfast. The first part of the trek today is going to be climbing 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 the villager would had to go far to fetch the drinking water.

Overnight at Camp 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, dominantly the 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 Himachuli.

Overnight at Camp in Ghandruk.

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

Following breakfast, you proceed on for your 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 meet your transport by taxi and then drive to Pokhara (1 hr.).

Trek concludes.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Trip Map

Trip Info

Cost Includes

  • Lodge accommodation or tented camping as per your choice.
  • 3 meals a day.
  • Trekking permits.
  • English speaking licensed guide.
  • 1 porter for each 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 regular 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 significant gain of altitude in a single day. We will attain the highest altitude 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 that 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), leaving 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 provide usually 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 usually squat style. The rooms are provided with futon or foam mattress with blanket or quilts. Some trekkers find themselves comfortable in their own sleeping bags. You may also consider bringing your own sheets.

Meals during trekking.

Our trekking cost includes 3 meals a day-breakfast, lunch and dinner. Each meal is followed by a cup of tea or coffee. Meals are cooked by the family of the lodge owner. 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) and 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 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 Tourism Department’s academy. Most importantly, they are professional, helpful and always willing to provide you with personalized care and services.

Your guide escorts you along the trail, selects the lodge for accommodation and help you choosing your meal 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 each two trekkers and he carries 25 kilograms. Porters are locally hired at the village where your trek begins from, if not hired from Kathmandu. The guide and porters will have good clothing and boots to survive the harsh weather of 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 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 ad ons

We can book accommodation for you in Kathmandu and also prior heading to trail head, 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 3 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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