Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking starts from Nayapul passing through several Gurung villages heading towards Tikedhunga. The trail from Nayapul to Tikedhunga is almost straight-up and quite easy, and from Tikedhunga the trail is quiet demanding takes you through a steep hill up to Ghorepani 2,810m our path is mostly covered with alpine meadow and thick Rhododendron forest, the beautiful chirping sound of birds in the forest and the spectacular view of peaks like Hiunchuli and Machhapuchare eases the journey a bit from Ghorepani we steeply ascend through the thick oak and Rhododendron forest. landmark of Poon Hill we descend through a dense forest of deciduous oak, bamboo and rhododendron heading to Tadapani 2,650m.
Now we come across several small streams and waterfalls in our way descending to a large Gurung settlement, Ghandruk village- the people here are very skilled craftsmen and their arts can be seen decorated in Gurung museum of the village where you can learn the culture and lifestyle. Leaving the village we further descend to Nayapul and then we finally trek back to the city of Pokhara and end of our journey. Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek best time to do this trek would be around the spring or during mid fall season, when the weather is at its best and the beautiful panorama of the Annapurna can be excellently viewed.
Day 01:Drive from Kathmandu(1400m) to Pokhara(850m) by private car
On the first day, we take a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara via a private car. It takes about 6-7 hours to reach Pokhara. You can enjoy rivers, mountains and forests during the drive. After you arrive at Pokhara, you will be heading towards your hotel or take a look around Pokhara city.
Day 02:Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul(1000m) and Trek to Ulleri(1980m)
Duration of time:6 hours
Today, you will take a private car from Pokhara to Nayapul which takes about 2 hours. From Nayapul, you start your trek to Ulleri. In between the route, you can explore tons of forests decorated with different species of floras and rivers situated in the side or middle of the forests. You will first reach Birethanti village and then walk towards Bhurung Khola from where you ascend towards Tikhedhunga. You will then climb steep stone steps towards Magar village named Ulleri.
Overnight at lodge in Ulleri
Day 03:Ulleri(1980m) to Ghorepani(2874m)
Duration of time:3-4 hours
After having your breakfast, you will begin to trek from Ulleri towards Ghorepani Poon Hill. You can explore breathtaking views of snow-capped Annapurnas, Machhapuchhare, and Hiunchuli. As you reach rhododendron forest, you start climbing upwards from there. You first reach Nanghethani and then Ghorepani after an hour of your walk. You can observe eight different species of rhododendron in the hillside below Ghorepani.
Overnight at lodge in Ghorepani
Day 04:Ghorepani(2874m) to Poon Hill(3210m) to Chuile(2120m)
Duration of time:3-4 hours
Today you will be waking up early in the morning in order to view the sunrise. You head upward to the direction of Poon Hill. There you can explore the beautiful range of mountains comprising Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Machhapuchhre. After walking for a few hours you will trek towards Chuile. You will find rivers, forests and birds along the way.
Overnight at lodge in Chuile
Day 05:Chuile(2120m) to Jhinu Danda Hot spring(1790)
Duration of time:3-4 hours
After having your breakfast, you can trek towards Jhinu Danda. After a few hours of trekking, you reach Jhinu Danda where you can enjoy a relaxing bath in a natural hot spring. Resting there for about 1 hour, you go to a teahouse there. You will be served with typical Nepali food and then you can rest after having dinner.
Overnight at lodge in Jhinu Danda Hot spring
Day 06:Jhinu Danda Hot spring (1790) to Pothana(1890m)
Duration of time:3-4 hours
Situated at the height of 2100m, Pothana contains a number of breathtaking snow-capped mountains and green hills. In order to reach the scenic village of Pothana you should walk for about 6 hrs. After you reach Pothana, you can enjoy traditional villages or you can look at the sunset in the mountains.
Overnight at lodge in Pothana
Day 07:Pothana(1890m) to Phedi(800m) and Drive to Pokhara(850m)
Duration of time:4 hours
From Pothana, you can reach Phedi after a steady walk for 2 and half hours. The path is steep downwards and follows the beautiful scenery of mountains and rivers. Once you reach Phedi, you will take a private car to reach Pokhara. On the way, different mountains, villages and forests can be seen.
Overnight at lodge in Pokhara.
Day 08:Drive from Pokhara(850m) to Kathmandu(1400m)
Duration of time:6-7 hours
You can take a private car to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara with an amazing countryside view. It will take about 6-7 hours. You can enjoy the drive with the view of green hills, rivers and terrace farming. After your arrival, you can head to your hotel and take some rest.
The Trip cost will vary depending on the Group Size Duration of days and Services required please contact us via our website with your details to obtain a Quote.
- All Transportation
- 3 meals per day during the trek (B L D) including Tea or coffee
- Accommodation at Star Hotel for 2 night stay at Pokhara
- Accommodation on Tea House ( Lodge ) with attached bathroom
- An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (6 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
- Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
- All Government local Taxes
- National park Fees
- (TIMS) Trekkers Information Management System
- First Aid kit,general equipment for Porter
- Guide and porter salary
- All Filed Staff insurance during the trekking and extra services according to the guest per demand.
- Trekking equipment any type of personal expenses such as Alcoholic Beverage drinks,phone and Laundry
- Emergency Rescue and Travel Insurance,Trip Cancellation cost accident or Health ,Loss Theift or Damage and personal effects. we Advice you to take out personal Travel Insurance
- Tips and Gratuities.
We will be accommodated in star hotel or similar in Kathmandu and Pokhara; and teahouse during the trek. All the accommodation are offered on twin-shared basis. Single accommodation can be provided on request and will cost an additional charge. The charge depends on the hotel you are staying.
Private rooms are readily available in Kathmandu, Pokhara and the trekking region, except in high altitudes where there will be just dormitories. Usually there are no heaters in teahouse; they provide warm blanket. You can bring sleeping bag with extra liner for more comfort and warm. There is normally on electricity connection in the rooms unless the village has hydroelectric powers. The rooms and dining halls are connected with solar lighting. Most teahouses now have source of power to charge small appliances – mobile phones and cameras.
During Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking, we get to taste authentic Nepalese cuisine and as well as the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) but the choice of foods are limited. We provide the “Breakfast & Dinner” from the teahouse or lodge where we will be spending overnight and lunch will be served on the way to next destination.
We also offer welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu. All the meals (B, L, D) will be provided during the trek but only the breakfast will be served in Kathmandu and Pokhara (except for welcome and farewell dinner).
Crown Himalaya Trek offers Chlorine/Iodine treated water during the trek. All the teahouses provide mineral water and boiled water for trekkers on additional charge. We suggest you not to buy mineral water or bottled water while on the trek as plastic bottles are difficult to dispose- off.
What to bring
Firstly, you need to carry some documents to purchase Annapurna conservation permit (ACAP) and TIMS. Passport size phots and valid passport are required for ACAP. For Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, you have to bring hiking boots, trousers, wind and water proof jacket and trousers, down jacket, sun glasses, hat, flash light, water bottle, refillable water and positive attitude. As it is difficult to find the charging port in high mountains, you need to bring back-up for your camera and mobile phones. Crown Himalaya Treks will arrange comprehensive medical kit for the trekkers.
This is very physical trip, meaning you will be walking on rough terrain, so pack as lightly as possible. Crown Himalaya Trek provide an experienced porter on (2 trekkers: 1 porter) basis. Your trekking gear will be carried by the porter in a duffel bag; the maximum of 15 kgs are carried by porters – 30 kgs by 2 porters. You can stock your unnecessary luggage in Kathmandu on absolutely free of cost.
Altitude sickness is the unusual physical condition that occurs at higher elevation (more than 2,000m) due to change in air pressures. The symptoms are nausea, diarrhea, dizziness and loss of appetite that may lead to fatal conditions.
The Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking itinerary offered by Crown Himalaya Treks offers ample time to acclimatize and rest. We walk on slow pace; taking proper rest which lets your body acclimatize well. We ensure our “trekkers” zero risk of altitude threat.
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
ABC trek is a moderate trek perfect for passionate hikers with the ability to walk at least 5 – 7 hours on mountain terrain with a light rucksack. With excellent physical condition, positive attitude, self-confidence and strong determination, anyone regardless of size and age can accomplish the trek successfully.
We suggest you to engage on physical training for few weeks prior the trip to boost your strength, stamina and confidence. Cardio, swimming, running and leg exercise are few recommended physical training to prepare yourself for the trek. Previous trekking experience is always an asset but not mandatory. And no technical skills are required as well.
Trekkers with pre-existing medical conditions like heart, lung and blood diseases are suggested to consult their doctor prior the trip.
Best Time to Trek
Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking is possible to conduct throughout the year but autumn (Sept to Nov) and spring (March – May) are considered as the best time of the year for the trek. If you want to avoid the traffic, you can enjoy the trek during winter (Dec, Jan and Feb). However, the extremely cold temperature and frequent snow-fall might distract the trek. Trekking in summer or Monsoon seasons (June – August) are full of rain; which might invite the risk of landslide and flood. But the rainy season could be paradise for keen botanist.
Crown Himalaya Treks will provide the complementary route map and T-shirt for the trekkers.