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Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek - 9 Days

Overview and Highlights

Key Information

Best Seasons

Sep-Oct-Nov-Dec-Jan/March-Apr-May

Group Size

+2

Duration

9 Days

Trek Difficulty

Easy

Maximum Altitude

3,210m-10,531ft

Accommodation

Hotel

Meal

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Region

Annapurna

Country

Nepal

Activity

Trekking

Destination

Poon Hill

Trips Ends

Kathmandu

Highlights of Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

  • This trek is known as the Annapurna Sunrise Trekking or the Annapurna Panorama Trekking which is one of the most popular and relatively easy treks that roam through the beautiful ethnic villages of the Annapurna region.
  • This area is the home to  Magars and Gurungs, forming the backbone of the famous Gorkha regiments.
  • Mixed forests along with ferns and birds and also through the spectacular villages of the Gurkha soldiers.
  • Great place to view the Dhaulagiri mountain and the Annapurna ranges.

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek (3,210m-10531ft), located north of Pokhara. Offers some of the close-up views of the highest and most beautiful mountains in the world. The short and easy Poon Hill Trek can do all types of trekkers. You don’t get any Acute Mountain Sickness. It is an ideal trek for the one looking to explore the beauty of the Annapurna region in a short time. Poonhill short trekking is also known as the Annapurna Panorama View Trek.

Main Highlights Of This Poon Hill Sunrise Trek

This trek is one of the most popular and easy treks. You can roam through the beautiful ethnic villages of the Annapurna region. This area is the home to Magars and Gurungs, forming the backbone of the famous Gorkha regiments. The trek passes through deep rhododendron and mixed forests. We walk through the spectacular villages of the Gurkha soldiers. The spectacular Himalayan backdrops lead to Ghorepani (2,834m-9297ft). This is a beautiful and mesmerizing place. Poonhill is a great place to view the Dhaulagiri mountain and the Annapurna ranges. The trek makes a tour and visits Tadapani, Ghandrung, and Nayapul close to Pokhara.

Poonhill trekking in Nepal will let you feel the Himalayan Panorama view. This trek provides you with opportunities to get close to the local culture of this region. This trek is famous for its sunrise views from Poonhill and is also known as “Photographer’s Paradise.” It is the best place where you can snap some of the best Himalayan backdrops. The trek starts from Nayapul which is an hour’s drive from the beautiful city of Pokhara. From there we begin our trek through the dense rhododendron and magnolia forests. We head to the beautiful village of Ghorepani. And finally at the top of Poon Hill. From Ghorepani to poon hill distance is 1.4km-0.86992 miles.

This trek is famous for its magnificent sunrise and sunset views. You can enjoy the Himalayan peak of the Annapurna Sanctuary. You can see Gangapurna, South Annapurna, Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, and Hiunchul from Poonholl.

Itinerary Expand All Close All

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400

Northern Trekking Team extends a warm welcome to you in this city of temples—Kathmandu. One of our team members will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and escort you to the hotel.

On this day, we will introduce you to a guide who will lead you to Ghorepani Poonhill Trek. He will assure you of all the requirements and brief you about your adventure that will begin soon. If time permits, we suggest you roam around the streets of Thamel and enjoy this beautiful touristic center of the country, Nepal.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
822

We will be heading toward the city of lakes—Pokhara—today by bus. It is roughly a drive of six hours. Trishuli and Marshyangdi river are major attractions of this ride followed by towering mountains while entering in Pokhara.

Pokhara is one of the most liked touristic cities of Nepal. Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) mountain and Fewa lakes are the main attractions of this naturally blessed city. You can enjoy the city on your own. Boating and evening walk on lakeside are must do things here.

Elevation
1940

Hurray! Trek beings from today! It takes approximately one and half hours to reach Nayapul from Pokhara. We will hire a taxi to get here. Hike to Ghandruk is so pleasant as you will get an opportunity to get acquainted with locals who mostly are Magar and Gurung, ethnic people of Nepal. They are popular for their valor and a large number of them join the British or Indian Army.

Passing through Birethanti, Chimrung, Syauli Bazaar, Kimche, and Chane—you arrive in Ghandruk. The key attractions of this place are Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) mountains.

Elevation
2600

It is an interesting walk of your life. Why? You will be climbing on stone stairs—nearly 3,000 steps. Isn’t it exciting? Oh yes, it is. Lush green vegetation will also make your walk pleasant and white-faced monkey spotted on the way will add colors to your hike. The site will unfold the beauty of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Annapurna II and Fishtail.

Elevation
2878

Following up and down the path and passing through rhododendron and pine forest will lead you to Ghorepani. The view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Annapurna II and Fishtail are main attractions of today.

Elevation
1540

Early to bed, early to rise. Makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. But in this context, if you do not wake up at around 4 am, you will miss the essence of the entire trek. So, wake up early and proceed toward Poon-Hill—most popular vantage point of Annapurna region.

The morning view of sunrise kissing Dhaulagiri and Annapurna will melt your heart. Major attractions from this world-class vantage point are: Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847 m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091 m.), Annapurna South (7219 m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhre (6993 m.), Annapurna IV (7525 m.), Annapurna II (7937 m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.)

We retrace the path to Ghorepani and have breakfast. Now we head toward Hile following the downhill trail. We pass through Banthanti, Ulleri, and Tikhedhunga before arriving at Hile.

It takes roughly three hours to get in Nayapul from Hile. We hire vehicle to Pokhara. In this city of lakes—Pokhara—you will get ample time to enjoy and relax. Do not forget to experience boating in Phewa lake!

Elevation
1400

Early in the morning, we will catch the tourist bus to get in Kathmandu. By 2 pm you will be in the capital where you can roam around. We will offer you a farewell dinner in the evening.

Here ends your Ghorepani Poon-Hill Trek and with it, your Nepal stays as well. We will drop you in TIA three hours prior to scheduled flight. See you next season for another trip in the different destination as Nepal is a country with more than 100 trekking trails!

Cost Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu on a twin sharing basis including breakfast.
  • Trekking guide with his food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing, and medicine.
  • 2-night standard hotel in Pokhara.
  • Tea house/Lodges Accommodation during the trekking.
  • Daily Meals are chosen from the Menu (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and 3 cups of tea/coffee during the trek.
  • Seasonal Fruits during trekking...
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Trekking Permit & TIMS card.
  • Sleeping bag, Down jacket, and Duffie bag. ( Refundable)
  • Trekking T-shirt, Trekking map, and Waterdrop.
  • A first aid kit will be Available.
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara and back to Kathmandu transport by tourist bus.
  • Farewell Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Porter to carry your luggage, if you would like to take a porter it will cost USD 109/porter (Maximum luggage weight 20-25Kg)
  • International Airfare/Airport tax, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, Wi-Fi, alcohol, hot and cold drinks, hot water, snacks, and camera battery charging.
  • Health and travel Insurance.
  • Tips for trekking staff 
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned in the Price Includes section.

Altitude Graph

Route Map

FAQs

The best time to go on the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is between September and November and March to May when the weather is clear and the views are the most spectacular.

The maximum altitude of the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is 3,210 meters at Poon Hill.

The cost of the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek can vary depending on the number of people in the group and the services included. It typically ranges from $389 to $500 for a 4-5 day trek.

It is not necessary to have a guide for the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, but it is highly recommended as they are familiar with the route and can help you navigate the trail and provide useful information on the local culture and environment.

Yes, there are teahouses along the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, which provide basic accommodation, food, and drinks.

Some essentials to pack for the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek include hiking boots, warm clothing, a waterproof jacket and pants, a daypack, a headlamp, a water bottle, and sun protection and don't forget to bring your camera. 

Additional Information

UPPER BODY

►Windproof/waterproof jacket. (1)

►Fleece jacket. (1)

►Shirts and t-shirts. ( 3/4 pairs)

►Down jacket. (1) (provided by Company)

►Raincoat. (1)

 

LOWER BODY

►Warm cotton long pants. (1/2 pairs)

►Waterproof pants. (1)

►Long thermal underwear. (2)

►Short underwear. (3/4 pec)

 

HEAD

►Sun hat or scarf. (1)

►Warm fleece hat. (1)

►Sunscreen sunblocks, and Lipbalms with UV protection.

►Sunglasses. (1/2 pairs)

 

FOOTWEAR

►Comfortable trekking boot.

►Thick shocks. (3/4 pairs)

►Light shocks. (3/4 Pairs)

►Camp shoes and sandals.

 

HAND

►Warm waterproof (gore-tex) gloves.

 

OTHER EQUIPMENT

►Basic First Aid Kit.

►Sleeping bag ( Provide by the company)

►Water Bottle

►Towel

►Day-pack or Backpack

►Swiss Knife

►Torchlight or Flashlight

►Hand Sanitizer

►Hiking Pole

►Smartphone or Compact Camera

►Power-bank

Travel Insurance

For everyone who will plan to Trek in Nepal, it is highly recommended that you get travel insurance that covers added expenses that might result due to various health issues, injuries or accidents (together with the ambulance, helicopter rescue, and other treatment costs). Your insurance policy should cover the entire activities that you are planning to accomplish throughout your stay in Nepal.

In addition to this, the policy should also cover death, misplaced luggage, theft and liability, cancellations, medical treatment (counting hospital charges, cost of the medicine, and doctor’s fees) as well as repatriation costs. Also, this trekking trail in Nepal takes you 3,000 m above the altitude, therefore, you also need to ensure that your insurance policy covers treks that go over 3,000 m. 

We suggested that you buy your insurance policy from your home country before joining us, as it is difficult buying a local travel insurance policy for foreigners in Nepal.

Meals And Accommodation

While you’re in Kathmandu, your accommodation is at a standard hotel (Arrival time and departure time). Your accommodation is at the best local Lodge and Guest Houses where available. The Mountain local Lodges are clean and have comfortable beds. The Lodges are fairly basic and the room is spare with twin beds. Blankets are generally provided. There is a large dining hall and warm fitted with a chimney duct, in which a log fire is lit.

Eating is a big part of the Holiday. Travelling with Northern Trekking Team, you experience a vast array of wonderful Nepalese food, Italian, Thai, Chinese, and several local foods. While on the trek you will be on full board all 3 times meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, with Tea/Coffee) included in the package. Your guide will suggest delicious, hygienic special food during your trips. Generally, chosen menu items are Nepalese meals (Dal Bhat), Tibetan fried bread, various types of soups, Momo’s (steamed dumplings), boiled and fried potatoes, kinds of pasta and even pizza. So, overall you have a different choice of foods on the trek. During this trek, you will usually have breakfast and dinner at the same guest house.

Booking And Payment

You should book the service at least 15 days before the trek departure date. After you confirm your trip with us, you should be transferring us a photocopy of your passport or your personal information at info@northerntrekkingteam.com or WhatsApp at +9779842907439. The personal information you have to provide us is your first name, middle name, last name, passport number, date of birth, nationality, and gender. Importantly, you need to pay 20% of the total price in advance for the domestic flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process. You can pay the remaining balance before you start the trek.

Personal Expenses

How much money or cash you should be bringing with you depends on how you do the trip and the number of days you want to spend here in Nepal. Much also depends on your spending habits. Generally, you must have to take10 to 15 USD to spend your expenses, such as laundry, telephone calls, snacks, camera, and mobile battery charging. How much you will be spending during your trekking depends on the standard of the package you have purchased. 

Our Guides And Safety

Our guides are fully trained and licensed by Nepal Government Tourism Department, and certified by TAAN & Nepal Mountaineering Association.

All our Trekking Guides are professionals with decades of experience in this field of adventure. They are trained specially for specified and various trips, to cater for the flexible requirement of our clients from different nationalities, this will assure you that your trip will be enjoyable and in the safe hands of professional experts.

On every trip, will be one Trek leader and an assistant leader on each additional 7 people in the group on treks, this arrangement would ensure that even if any of our guide/ assistance guides gets sick or clients may get sick and need to be evacuated or staying behind from the walks, it wills still works smoothly and there would non-impact with our original trek plan. 

Every 7 trekkers will have one Sherpa helper for carrying their trekking bags.

Caring Porter

Our porter is fully strong, helpful and friendly. Their salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transportation, and Insurance on each trip with us. As you know that we are very trustworthy and polite, while on trek thus we make sure that our porter is fully prepared for the trip. We are closely working with the International Porter Progress Association for the welfare and benefit of trekking porters. 

The maximum load carried by our porter minimum 20 to 25 KG maximum so be sure that your trekking bag is not more than the above figure.

Best Time To Visit Nepal

Three best seasons for the trek to the Annapurna region. We suggest you join in at the right time of the year as far as possible.

Passport & Visa Information

What do you need to obtain A Nepal visa?

If you are thinking of taking a visa at the airport or immigration entry point, the following are your requirements:

  • A valid passport (The passport should have a validity of at least six months)
  • You should fill out the application form for a visa available at the airport or immigration entry points.
  • Two passport-size photos
  • Visa fees should be paid in cash.

 

Entry points to Nepal
  • Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
  • Eastern Nepal – Kakarvitta, Jhapa
  • Central Nepal – Birjung, Parsa
  • Northern Border – Kodari, Sindhupalchowk
  • Western – Rupandehi (Belhiya, Bhairahawa)
  • Mid-western – Banke (Jamuna, Nepalgunj)
  • Far western – Kailali (Mohana, Dhangadhi) / Kanchanpur (Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar)

 

Visa Fees
  • USD 30 or equivalent convertible currency for 15 days.
  • USD 50 or equivalent convertible currency for 30 days.
  • USD 125 or equivalent convertible currency for 90 days.
  • For the tourist of SAARC nationals, free visa for up to 30 days.
  • Visa is not required for Indian nationals. However, if they enter Nepal via air, they will have to show a valid identification certificate (passport/ citizenship certificate). Children under the age of 10 do not need to show an identification certificate.

 

Visa Extension
  • If you want to extend the visa for 15 days or less, the visa extension charge is USD 45. In the case of a delay of fewer than 150 days, an additional USD 5 per day is a late fine.
  • If you want to extend the visa for more than 15 days, USD 3 will be charged per day after 15 days. However, the visa can be extended a maximum of up to 150 days in a visa year (Visa year refers to the year starting January to December.)

 

Transit Visa

When a foreigner has to get down at a Nepalese airport as a result of his/her transit point or due to any forced landing for whatever reason, the foreigner can obtain a transit visa for a day after paying USD 5 or any other currency equivalent.

Download Tourist VISA Form (.pdf)

Other General Information

  1. Entering Nepal or staying in Nepal without a valid visa is illegal.
  2. A tourist visa can be obtained either through the Nepalese embassy or consulate or other mission offices in your nation or at the immigration entry points in Nepal listed above.
  3. Visa once issued cannot be amended and the visa fees are non-refundable.
  4. You should pay the Nepal visa fees in cash. A credit card or cheque is not acceptable.
  5. Visa charges are not applicable for children under 10 years of age, however, they must obtain a valid visa.
  6. If you are obtaining a new passport or travel document, you are advised to contact the Immigration Department for the document transfer.
  7. Always carry your passport and trekking permit while trekking.
  8. Some of the areas are restricted for filming. Therefore, be careful not to do activities that are strictly prohibited.
  9. The culture, tradition, and sentiments of Nepalese people should be respected. Do not perform any activities that would hurt their sentiments.
  10. Do not perform any activities that would lead to moral turpitude.

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

  • Based on 7 Reviews

Snejanka D | Portugal | On 16th Nov, 2022

1 Excellent

Great experience

Hi,
I went for solo trecking with Mingmar to Poon hill treck.
I was not very strong at the beginning but Mingmar showed patience and was supportive until I got stronger. Everything on the way was well organised. Clean rooms and nice huts. We were talking about different things mainly experience in the mountains. Mingmar is friendly and has a good experience.
I would recomend his service to everyone.
Thank you Mingmar!

 

Date of experience: October 2018

Trip type: Traveled solo


عائض الاسمري | Saudi Arabia | On 7th Mar, 2023

1 Excellent

I recently had the pleasure of embarking on the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek with Northern Trekking Team, and it was an experience I will never forget.

From the moment I first contacted Northern Trekking Team, I knew I was in good hands. Their team was incredibly responsive and helpful, answering all of my questions and providing me with all the information I needed to prepare for the trek. When I arrived in Nepal, their team (Mingmar) was equally accommodating, ensuring that all of my needs were met and that I was comfortable throughout my entire journey.


عثمان فايز ا | Saudi Arabia | On 10th Mar, 2023

1 Excellent

Their services and expert guides, all at an affordable price. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to explore Nepal with the best company in Kathmandu, Nepal. Book your trek with Northern Trekking Team today!


almohdy A | Saudi Arabia | On 10th Mar, 2023

1 Excellent

Great experience

The Northern Trekking Team is outstanding! Their excellent services and knowledgeable, friendly team of guides and porters make for an unforgettable trekking experience. Highly recommended!


Howard Owen | United Kingdom | On 20th Sep, 2023

1 Excellent

Amazing company, amazing country, amazing scenery, amazing experience and memories

Such an amazing trip to the Himalayas and hiking the Annapurna Circuit and Poon Hill, such beautiful scenery, such a professional Northern Trekking Team, taking care of us and every aspect of our time with them.

This was my first time time in Nepal and first time at high altitude, Mingmar's calm, personable, professional, friendly and knowledgeable approach and support made our hike so incredibly enjoyable.

I would thoroughly recommend Northern Trekking Team to anyone visiting Nepal - they will make your trip to this incredible country so much more enjoyable 😀


عراب الريشة ص | Saudi Arabia | On 20th Sep, 2023

1 Excellent

Great experience

Amazing!! I complete my poon hill trekking in 2023. My dream come true, I would like to thank Mr Mingmar and his team. He provided excellent services and guidance to us very professionally. honestly, I am proud of northern trekking team, because they are very professional, hardworking and very experienced.
All these wonderful appearances will remain forever. Namaste, Thank you so much!


Snejanka D | United States | On 20th Sep, 2023

5 - Excellent

Great experience

Hi,
I went for solo trecking with Mingmar to Poon hill treck.
I was not very strong at the beginning but Mingmar showed patience and was supportive until I got stronger. Everything on the way was well organised. Clean rooms and nice huts. We were talking about different things mainly experience in the mountains. Mingmar is friendly and has a good experience.
I would recomend his service to everyone.
Thank you Mingmar!


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