8 Days Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

8 Days Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
Poon Hill trek is a short and relatively easy trek into the Annapurna Sanctuary. It's a great route to walk for inexperienced hikers and for those who just want to get a taste of hiking & observe the beauty of snow-capped mountains in the region. The walk through the traditional villages or passing by the magnificent waterfalls will leave with many fascinating memories and stories to tell after you complete this trek. Be ready to march through the land with natural richness in abundance.

8 Days Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Highlights

  • Travel to the most popular sunrise and mountain viewpoint of Nepal
  • Astonishing Panorama view of Sunrise at Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna, and Mt. Ganesh
  • Hike past villages inhabited by ethnic Gurung and Magar people
  • Trekking in Annapurna Conservation Area
  • Cultural and Ethnic tour

About the 8 Days Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

The trek starts from Pokhara and ends in Pokhara where we loop around Ghorepani and Ghandruk, staying in local tea houses and climbing to the top of Poon Hill for the most magnificent views of the Annapurna mountain range.

The trek does include some difficult challenges, on the way to Ghorepani, we climb a staircase consisting of 3300 steps and there are many rocky, uphill tracks. All of this is worth the effort when you are able to feast your eyes on beautiful mountains; Annapurna South, Barasikha, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli, Machapuchru (also known as Fishtail Mountain), Dhaulagiri mountain range and Tukuche Peak are all there for you viewing pleasure. We follow the River Bhurungdi east past low land rice fields and thick jungles where you will see monkeys playing and many species of birds resting in the trees. We then leave the river and ascend to higher ground passing traditional villages giving you the chance to get to know the Nepali people and taste the local delicacies.

Brief Itinerary: 8 Days Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1

Welcome to Kathmandu

Kathmandu

Day 2

Sightseeing Kathmandu

Kathmandu

Day 3

Drive to Pokhara (By tourist sharing bus)

Pokhara

Day 4

Pokhara to Nayapul, trek to Tikhedhunga

Tikhedhunga

Day 5

Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani

Ghorepani

Day 6

Ghorepani - Hike to Poonhill & Trek to Tadapani

Tadapani

Day 7

Tadapani to Ghandruk

Ghandruk

Day 8

Ghandruk to Pokhara

Pokhara

Itinerary: 8 Days Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Day 1 - Welcome to Kathmandu

You will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel. A pre-trek briefing will be given around 4.30-5pm where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fibrefill jacket. This evening we will head out for dinner, this is a great opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow group members.

Day 2 - Sightseeing Kathmandu

  • After Breakfast, we will drive with our private vehicle towards our three sightseeing points in Kathmandu (Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath).
  • We visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the bank of the holy River Bagmati. Here, we visit Hindu holy men (Sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats.
  • After Pashupatinath, we visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa.
  • We take a lunch break in front of the Stupa. After a lunch break, we will visit Swayambhunath.

Day 3 - Drive to Pokhara (By tourist sharing bus)

After an early breakfast, we head towards Pokhara by a tourist bus (probably 6-7 hours journey). On our way, we can see the picturesque Trishuli and Marsyangdi rivers along green and rocky mountains, rivers connecting each other and small springs too. Pokhara is a beautiful valley set on the banks of the Phewa and begnas Lake, also known for its panoramic views of Annapurna Range. Pokhara is a lakeside tourist's paradise with many facilities for travellers. Overnight at Pokhara.

Day 4 - Pokhara to Nayapul, trek to Tikhedhunga

After having breakfast early in the morning in pokhara we drive to Nayapul(30 min drive) and we start our first day of the trek. From Nayapul, we will start our walk towards Birethanti from where the trekking route to Ghandruk / Chhomrong and Ghorepani separates. From Birethanti the trail slightly starts to climb up. The trail is pretty easy. Our trekking route passes through different small villages like Matathanti, Ramghai, Sudame and Hille before we reach Tikhedhunga.

Day 5 - Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani

Our day starts after having breakfast in Tikhedhunga. Right after we cross Bhurundi Khola we will climb steep uphill until we pass Ulleri village and reach Banthanti. Enjoying the beautiful views of Fishtail, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. We will continue our walk through beautiful Rhododendron and Oak forests before we reach Nangethanti for our lunch. Continuing our walk towards the destination we will reach Ghorepani.

Day 6 - Ghorepani - Hike to Poonhill & Trek to Tadapani

Today is the most important day of our trek. Early in the morning(at around 4 or 4:30), we head up to Poon-Hill, to a viewpoint to have a panoramic view of sunrise. From Poon Hill we will be enjoying close views of numerous peaks including Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV, V, Dhampus Peak, Nilgiri, Barahsikhar, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail etc.

After this we trek back down to Ghorepani and have breakfast. After breakfast we continue our journey to reach Tadhapani via Deurali and Banthanti.

Day 7 - Tadapani to Ghandruk

Starting our day with breakfast in the hotel we will descend through Rhododendron and Oak forest to Ghandruk. After walking down the forest we will reach Bhaisikharka for our lunch. Continuing further down we will then reach Ghandruk, which is the biggest Gurung village in the region. This is also known as stone carved village. In the evening we will visit Ghandruk Cultural Museum to explore traditional and culturally significant items.

Day 8 - Ghandruk to Pokhara

Today it will be our easiest trek as we will descend from Ghandruk. all the way to Kimchi and crossing Seuli Bazar via Birethanti and reaching Nayapul. From Nayapul we will drive to Pokhara on a private vehicle.

Note: Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in the mountains, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travellers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy-going nature is an asset!

What's Included

  • Airport pickup and drop off services
  • All accommodation during the trek (in lodges and guesthouses)
  • Both way transportation from Kathmandu-Pokhara and Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • Two way private transportation between Pokhara and Nayapul
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) Fee
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee
  • All government, Local taxes and official Expenses
  • A highly experienced, English-speaking trekking guide (8 or above trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter to help trekkers luggage. (2 trekkers:1 porter "9 kg per trekker max limit")
  • Coverage of Guides and Porters, Their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, flight and other necessary equipment
  • Use of a sleeping bag, down jacket and a duffel bag (in case you don't have them). They have to be returned after the trek.
  • A first aid kit and basic supplies appropriate for the group size. In a worst case scenario, arrangements of an emergency helicopter evacuation service (to be paid for by your travel insurance). Note: if you require or are taking specific medications it is critical that you discuss this with us prior to your trip departure
  • Farewell Dinner at the end of the trek

    Note: The local tea houses are basic but clean and they do not often have attached bathrooms or hot showers. The price is based on twin share and does not include any extra charge that lodge owners may levy for single rooms, attached bathrooms or hot showers (if these facilities are available) or for battery charging. We can’t know in advance what they may charge for such things in the different lodges along the way, so we prefer to leave this cost out, rather than pass along an estimated charge to you.

What's Excluded

  • International flights to and from Kathmandu; Nepal visa fees and international airport taxes; any excess baggage charges
  • Comprehensive travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and emergency rescue / evacuation that covers all of the activities you will undertake during your trip should this be required for any reason (we require this as the minimum insurance cover)
  • Services and activities not mentioned in the detailed itinerary above (eg additional nights, optional trips and sightseeing tours)
  • Additional costs or delays caused by out of management control, for example, landslide, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes etc.
  • Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9kg per Person)
  • Any gear or equipment that you may need to rent/buy - please ask us if you would like any advice about gear to bring/buy/rent
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek.
  • Personal expense (shopping, snacks, boil bottle water, hot and cold drinks, hot shower, Alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee), extra porters etc
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • All Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after we start our journey
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory
  • Costs incurred due to unforeseen events (eg caused by natural disasters, adverse road conditions / flight delays, labour strikes, fuel shortages, extreme exchange rate changes, etc)
  • Personal expenses (eg mineral water/soft drinks/bar bills, entrance/photography fees at monasteries, laundry, telephone calls, postage, donations, extra snacks etc)
  • Any extra charge that tea house owners may levy for single rooms, attached bathrooms, or hot showers (if these facilities are available) and charging of batteries
  • Tips for the guide, and porter (if you have added a porter to help you carry your backpack)
  • All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "cost includes" will be counted as Excludes

Best Season/Time for 8 days Poon Hill trek

The weather is one of the most important factors to look before you decide to trek to the Ghorepani Poon hill trek. People trek 12 months of the year up to the Annapurna region but certainly, there are ups and downs in every season.

Spring Season (March, April, May)

Trekking to the Annapurna region during the spring season is the second most popular time of the year. Spring falls in the months of March, April and May with warming weather, low precipitation and clear blue sky where the view of Annapurna range is highly visible. This is the time when the trek routes bloom in Rhododendron, Magnolia, and many other alpine flowers.

This is the time when the chilling cold and hazy days start turning warmer. The nights and mornings are still a bit chilly while the days are much hotter. You can trek in light clothes and feel more comfortable on the trek route.

The coldest of the spring months is March where the temperature can go below 0 degrees Celsius on the coldest of days. But April and May are much warmer and the temperature is higher as compared to March. Average daily temperature for ABC region at this time is 15-18 degrees at day and 7-8 degrees at night. The lower parts of the Annapurna region trek might be hot during spring. In spring, the ecosystem of the Annapurna region becomes totally flourishing. If you love flowers, rhododendrons are in full bloom sweeping ascending altitudes with its lofty color and beauty.

Summer Season (June, July, August)

Summer is known as the monsoon season in Nepal. The temperature is quite high, especially during the day. While in the evenings the temperature is quite moderate. The temperature is high during these months, especially on the Annapurna lowlands. The average daily temperature for the trek ranges around 18 to 19-degrees during the day and 10 to 12-degrees at night. Rain during monsoon is not unending. Most of the time, it rains for a certain period of time after which the skies are clear and you can resume trekking. Also, it doesn’t rain every day during the monsoon. So you don’t have to worry about spending many days idly. While packing for trekking in the Annapurna region during summer, make sure you have trekking boots that have a firm grip as the tracks might get slippery. You should also bring rain covers, waterproof down jackets as well as trousers. Umbrella is another piece of equipment that you will need for summer trekking in Annapurna Base Camp.

Autumn Season (September, October, November)

Autumn is the best season for all trekkers to trek in Nepal around Annapurna range. This is the time when the monsoon rain has already washed the dust and cleaned the whole trails with high visibility. Clear visibility offers stunning views of peaks like Annapurna mountain range, mount Machapuchhre, Himchuli, Gangapurna and many more. Also, the smiling lush vegetations greenified everywhere on the trail offers the best experiences. On the lower reaches, the weather is generally warm. As you get higher in altitude temperatures drop considerably. Average daily temperature for Annapurna region in this season is 14-15 degrees at day and 5-8 degrees (or even freezing temperature) at night. Major festivals in Nepal fall during this season. There is a joyous environment all around. You will get a chance to experience the local culture and traditions closely.

Winter Season (December, January, February)

Trekking to the Annapurna region in the winter season is definitely a challenge. But for those who love some thrill and extra adventure, winter is the best time. The winter season has the coldest weather in the Annapurna region. The temperature drops throughout the region so you can expect this trek to be a cold adventure. Normally the daytime temperature can range between 9-12 degree Celsius while evenings can drop to sub-zero degrees.

The mornings are foggy in winter but the afternoons are usually clear where the mountain vistas are at their best. Also, there is occasional snowfall in the mountains. Though the weather is cold you will find warm meals in the tea houses. Some tea houses also let you into their kitchen area where you can warm yourself. The trails will also be empty which makes the trek stress free and peaceful one.

Packing list / Equipment checklist

List of Equipment for 8 days Poon Hill Trek

It is recommended to carry the basic clothing and accessories needed for the trek. The following belongings are suggested that should be brought, although we understand that our clients have their own preference for clothing, we have listed some useful clothing during the trek. Porters will be carrying the main luggage which should not exceed more than 18kg (one porter will carry two people's luggage, 9 kg for each).

Upper Body

  • Headband or Beanie
  • Neck Gaiter or Balaclava
  • Hat for Sun Protection

Hands

  • Inner Gloves
  • Outer insulated gloves

Core Body

  • Base Layer
  • Insulated Jacket
  • Outer Layer
  • Trekking Shirts/T-Shirt
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Hard Shell Jacket and Rain Gear

Lower Body

  • Base Layer
  • Trekking trousers and shorts
  • Rain and Windproof Trousers
  • Underwear

Feet

  • Hiking Boots
  • Trekking shoes/sandals
  • Hiking/Thermal Socks
  • Gaiters (not necessary)

Sleeping Gear

  • Sleeping bag
  • Liner
  • Earplugs

Bags and Backpacks

  • Duffle bag
  • Backpack
  • Daypack
  • Raincover

Miscellaneous & Accessories

  • Trekking Poles
  • Head Torch
  • Sunglass
  • Sunscreen/Lip balm/Wipes/Hand Sanitizer/Toiletries
  • Reusable Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder
  • Small Locks
  • Trekking Towel
  • Waterproof Ziplock Bags
  • Camera/Video Camera/Extra Batteries/ Extra Chargers
  • Notebook/Journal and Pen (optional)
  • Playing Cards/Book/Kindle (optional)
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • General Medications
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Blister Plasters
  • Oximeter
  • Durable wallet for travel documents, money & passport
  • Favourite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)

Accommodation

Teahouse accommodation is the classic form of trekking accommodation in ABC trail. Along the way to Annapurna Base Camp, most of the tea houses are built and managed by local villagers. These tea houses are specially designed to provide the basic facilities for trekkers to take rest.

  • Rooms

    Basically, you’ll find twin-basis type of accommodation on the ABC trail. Most single rooms have twin beds with some basic furniture like a small table or a chair. Almost all tea houses provide blankets as it will be freezing at night.

  • Toilets

    Mainly on the lower elevation, most lodges offer western style toilets. As you move higher on the trail you’ll find squat toilet facilities. Showers do not always have hot water and most tea houses charge for the use of hot water.

Documents & Permits

If you are planning for a trip to Poon hill trek, there are different kinds of costs and permits that are involved.

TIMS Permit

TIMS card was necessary for trekkers in the Annapurna region. TIMS Card is still valid for trekkers in other regions of Nepal. TIMS is issued by the Tourism Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN). There are 2 kinds of TIMS cards that are issued- one for an Independent trekker and one for an organized trekker.

TIMS Card for Independent Trekker

  • Color- Green
  • Cost- Rs 2000 Per Person
  • Photos – 2
  • Collected by- Self

TIMS Card for Organized Trekker

  • Color- Blue
  • Cost- Rs 1000 Per Person
  • Photos – 1
  • Collected by – Local Trekking Agency

You also need Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit.

ACAP permit cost for SAARC Nationals : Nrs.200 (about US $2)

ACAP permit cost for Other Nationals : Nrs.2000 (about US $20)

Difficulty

Many trekking enthusiasts are often curious about the difficulty during trekking in the Annapurna region.

Trekking in this region is strenuous and adventurous at the same time. It takes you around the foothill of one of the world’s highest Himalayan ranges, the Annapurna range.

The main difficulty in this trek is the walking distance with a load on your bag. Trekking in this region is a long trek (also depends on itinerary) so your body should be able to walk for about 5-7 hours daily. You have to walk the uneven trails of ups and downs. The backpack also affects your pace and puts a heavyweight on your shoulders. Also, walking in higher altitudes can be challenging than walking in the lower altitudes. People with heart and lung problems should consult their doctors before getting on with the trek.

Being involved in a prior physical activity is a plus point. If not you will need to prepare your body for 7-8 hours of walk daily. The daily hikes are on various terrain.

Do not underestimate a high altitude trek like this one. You should never ignore any sign of altitude sickness as this is a serious issue. Drink plenty of water and allow your body to acclimatize well.

8 Days Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the highest altitude of Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek?

    The 8 days Ghorepani Poonhill Trek doesn't go higher than 3210m.

  • What is the best season for 8 days Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek?
    People can trek 12 months of the year up to the Annapurna region but the best season to go for this trek is from October to November and mid-March to mid-April.

  • How many hours a day do we walk?

    On average, you have to walk around 6-8 hours per day. Some days can vary from 4-5 hours a day to just 2-3 hours.

  • Do I have to hire guide/porters in 8 days Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek?
    There is no necessarily need to get a guide or porters. If you go for a solo trek or through an agency it completely depends on you. But it advised taking assistance with an agency.

  • Do I need permits to trek to Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek?
    Yes, you need to have two trekking permit which is Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) & Trekker Information Management System Card (TIMS) permit

  • What happens if I get sick or get hurt while trekking?

    Basically our guide will take care of this. If it is not too bad we will go down by walking, however in the event of an emergency there usually is access to a telephone line for an evacuation via helicopter.

  • Will I get the facilities of battery charging & hot shower?

    You can bring your charger and charge your batteries during trekking. There is also a facility for hot water, but you may have to pay an extra $1-$2. However, you can find a hot water facility for free at a lower altitude.

  • Is there any access to the internet or WIFI?
    Surprisingly most of the tea houses will offer you the wifi for free or with minimal charges. But don't rely on the speed on the internet as its very slow in this region.

  • I have never gone trekking yet. Is 8 days Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is for me?

    Yes, of course, you can do it. Trekking in this region is considered to be moderate. It doesn’t involve technical climbing but it’s good to have some hiking experience.

  • How is the accommodation in the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek?

    The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is a teahouse trek, which means there are guesthouses in almost every village. However, rest assured that we will try our best to provide you with the best option that meets all of your needs. All teahouse rooms are basic and come with shared bathrooms.

  • How much luggage can I take during my trek in 8 days Poon Hill trek?

    The weight limit for your luggage is 9 kg per trekker, Porters will be assigned to carry your luggage, Two people will be assigned with one porter, combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs. Only carry what is essential.

  • Can I extend my trek?

    Yes, you can. But for this, you have to update us before the trek so that we could manage the itinerary as per your requirement.

  • How can I use toilets during the trek?

    On the trail, you will find the Toilet in the small villages where there are restaurants and tea houses. Most toilets in this region are squat toilets. And in other options prepare to hide behind big rocks and do your business.

  • Do I need Insurance before trekking to Ghorepani Poon Hill?

    100% Yes! Injury and altitude sickness and any other calamities may occur during the trek, so it is best to get travel insurance before you go. Better safe than sorry!

  • What is the average size of the group?

    Groups can vary between 6 to 16 travellers, who typically are a mix of individuals, couples or friends travelling together who have a shared interest in outdoor adventure and nature.

  • Where can I exchange my money?

    There are a number of registered money exchanges in the streets of Thamel and it's common to find near your Hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Are there any ATM’s on the Trekking route?

    There will be no ATM on our trekking route. Kathmandu and Pokhara are the only places where you will find an ATM.

Please note:

  • Rates are in US dollars
  • Prices are valid for your specified time of travel only
  • This is only an offer and no reservations have been confirmed
  • Prices are subject to availability

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Reviews of 8 Days Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Zhōu
4/ 5stars
2019-12-25 cn
Traveler:
Incredible short trekking experience to the Ghorepani Poonhill. Amazing sunrise view from the top and love the local food especially Dal Bhat :) Dookma had superbly organised every aspect of the trek with friendly conscientious engaging guides and porters.
Dookma

Dear Zhōu, Indeed Ghorepani Poonhill is the best short trek in the Annapurna region. And Thank you for rating our service a 5-star review. With years of experience in the travel industry, we are so confident to perfectly organized any size of the trip to Nepal.

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Tein Xaun
4/ 5stars
2019-12-24 cn
Traveler:
Went to Poonhill trek with my 2 young kids at the end of september, 2019. Me and my kids enjoyed the stunning sunrise views over the Annapuran mountain. Thanks to our guide Pasang who was our friend during the whole trip and my kids loved him. We hope to come to Nepal again for another adventure destination.
Dookma

Dear Tein Xaun, Thank you for your review. We have a very good time with your kids during the trek. They loved the trek and they were super excited to watch the sunrise. Give our love to your kids.

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