Ghorepani Poonhill Trek – a short moderate Trek in Nepal Himalayas
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is a short exposure to the Annapurna Region and is an incredible way to get introduced to trekking in general. Ascending up to a maximum altitude of 3210m only this trek is suitable for an average trekker. Variety of landscape, magnificent mountain views and the taste of the local culture that this Trek goes through makes Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek an epic trek in it’s own right. For an average person who for the first time is trekking in the Himalayas, Ghorepani Poonhill Trek brings out the possibility of bringing alive trekking in the Himalayas but is also a luring proposition for experienced trekkers too.
Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is undoubtedly the easiest and the most popular trek in Nepal Himalayas, well tailored for those looking for a shorter & a easier trekking holiday. Ghorepani Poonhill Trek does not require any experience in trekking & can be undertaken by first time trekkers. Categorized as an easy trek the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek works well for those who are short on time and also for those who find high altitude of Annapurna Base Camp Trek or the Annapurna Circuit Trek a little daunting. Moreover, Ghorepani Poonhill trek can be done in under a week, with time to take in the culture and sights of Nepal.
Ghorepani Poonhill Trek starts with a drive from Kathmandu and ends in Pokhara. Most Trekkers start the trek from Pokhara, spending a night or two in Pokhara. One can either drive back or fly back to Kathmandu. One can also extend the Trek with a wildlife safari at Chitwan.
Highlights of the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
Poonhill situated just below the great himalayan range is famous for 360degree views of the Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Range and also for ethnic communities and traditional villages. Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is generally Altitude Sickness Free as it reaches a maximum of altitude of 3210m only at Poonhill. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek offers great photo oppurtunities as it offers constant views of Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Range throughout the Trekking Trail.
What is the best time to Visit Poonhill ?
Poonhill Trek can be done anytime of the year, though March to May are preferred as the temeprature becomes mild and the valley floors and the mountain side will be filled with colorful flowers. September to November is also the best time to go on the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek not only because of mild weather but for clear skies and wonderful mountain views.
How Hard is Ghorepani Poonhill Trek ?
Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is an easy to moderate Trek that ascents to a maximum trekking Altitude of 3210m at Poon Hill. Participants carry their day pack only with their personal Items in them and walk at their own pace. Main Baggage will be carried by Porters.
What Kind of Trek is Poonhill Trek ?
Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is a Tea House / Lodge Trek in the Annapurna Region of Nepal Himalayas. Accommodation will be provided in lodges run by local Families. Local Vegetarian Food v.i.z. Dal, Bhat(Rice) and Vegetable curry will be provided in all the lodges and tea houses along the trek route. Other than the local food these lodges also can prepare other variety of food items on demand.
Is it possible to do this trek in the reverse manner ?
Poonhill Trek can be done starting from Birethanti and end the Trek in Phedi or in Ghandruk. From Ghandruk on can drive back to Pokhara. The drive from Ghandruk to Pokhara takes approximately three hours.
- Trek Grade: Easy to Moderate
- Duration: 7Nights & 8Days
- Maximum Sleeping Altitude: 1950/ 6527ft.(Ghandruk)
- Maximum Hiking Altitude: 3210m/10,528ft(Poon Hill)
- Best Season : January-May & October – December
- Trek Availibility: Join a Group Dates Shown Below(Ex Kathmandu).
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Itinerary
Day 1 : Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara to Overnight Hotel in Pokhara(B/B only).
Day 2: Drive to Phedi . Ghorepani Poonhill Trek starts. Trek to Pothana (1700m).
Driving Time Pokhara to Phedi: 45 Minutes. T rekking Time:3 Hrs. Overnight Lodge.
Day 3: Trek to Landruk(1620m). Trekking Time:6Hrs -7Hrs. Overnight Lodge.
Day 4: Trek to Gandruk(1990m). Trekking Time:3 Hrs – 4 hrs. Overnight Lodge.
Day 5: Trek to Banthanti. Trekking Time:6hrs – 7 hrs. Overnight Lodge.
Day 6: Trek to Ghorepani(2870m). Trekking Time:4-5 hrs. Overnight Lodge.
Day 7: Early morning climb to Poon Hill (3210m) for sunrise views of
Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. After breakfast trek to Tirkedunga(1500m).
Trekking Time: 4Hrs – 5 hrs. Overnight Lodge.
Day 8: Trek to Birethanti(1000m). Drive to Pokhara. End of Ghorepani Poonhill Trek. Overnight Hotel (B/B only). Trekking Time: 2Hrs
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NEPAL TOURIST VISA
- Nepal visa is readily available on arrival at the International Airport in Kathmandu and all other entry points to Nepal.
- 2 passport photos will be required.
- Single Entry visa: US$ 30 per visa (valid for 60 days).
- Multiple Entry visa: US$ 80 per visa (valid for 150 days).
- Nepal Visas are also available in all Nepalese Embassies and Consulates.
- Visa is not required for Indian Nationals to Travel inside Nepal. Indian Nationals will need to bring with them Valid Identification Card / Document. These can be the following : a). Voters ID Card (b). Passport (c). Adhar Card.
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Note: The above itinerary is a sample, intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, physical ability of participants,etc. may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the trail. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of trip participant’s safety, comfort and general well being.
Note : With the motorable roads being built in these areas the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek can be shortened by a day or two. One can drive from Pokhara to Ghandruk a four hours drive. Stay overnight in Ghandruk and start the trek from Ghandruk. From Ghorepani one has the option of trekking till ulleri and a drive back to Pokhara. This will entail a total of three days Trek only. Poonhill Trek can be done starting from Birethanti and ending the Trek in Phedi or in Ghandruk. From Ghandruk on can drive back to Pokhara.
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