Ghorepani Poon Hill Hiking

Trip Fact

Trip Duration 10 Days
Destination Nepal
Trip Grade Easy
Transportation Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus
Accomodation Teahouse
Price US $ 710
Trip Style Tea house trek
Meals Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Max. Altitude 3210
Best Season Throughout the year
Per Day Walking 4 - 6 Hours
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Trip Highlights

  • Beginners or hikers with limited time frame choose this hike as it is relatively simpl trail. 
  • More than 100,000 hikers/trekkers per year pave the way to Poon Hill as lucrative snowcapped mountains view lures all of them
  • Gurung Museum on the site speaks about the bravery of Gurkhas
  • On the way hikers pass through series of beautiful villages of its own type, terraced farmlands, rhododendron forests, and amazing panoramic views of mountains which gives you the feeling of refresh forever

Ghorepani Poon Hill Hiking/Trekking is best for those who wants to gain some experience of hiking/ trekking and also for those who have limited time. It is a small hiking/trekking circuit in the lower part of Annapurna region. The prime destination of this trail is awesome viewpoint at Poon Hill from where one enjoys fascinating snow-capped peaks.

The hikers will have deep impression of this region as the trail leads to rhododendron forest, streams, heterogeneous landscapes and lush vegetation. Warm welcome of local people equally fascinates the traveler. The location is inhabited by ethnic groups such as Magar and Gurung.

This hike is also known as Annapurna Sunrise Trek/Hike. The trek challenges your stamina at Ulleri where there are more than 3000 stone steps, one of world’s largest stone steps. 
The hike starts from Nayapul which is in driving distance from Pokhara. On the way to Ulleri and Ghorepani you witness serene beauty of Mt. Annapurna (8091 m.) and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 m.). The ultimate destination, Poon Hill, gives eternal joy to trekkers as you are in unison with nature.

The experience of hiking does not stop here. From Poon Hill we further move to Ghandruk enjoying Gurung Museum in beautiful Gurung village. After walking through rhododendron forest we make way to Nayapul and then drive to Pokhara announcing end of our short trek.

Outline Day to Day Itinerary:

  • Day 01:Arrival in Nepal at Kathmandu
  • Day 02:Preparation for trekking
  • Day 03:Drive to Pokhara
  • Day 04:Pokhara - Nayapul (bus) – Tikhedunga
  • Day 05:Tikhedunga - Ghorepani
  • Day 06:Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Tadapani
  • Day 07:Tadapani - Ghandrunk
  • Day 08:Ghandruk – Nayapul
  • Day 09:Drive to Kathmandu
  • Day 10:Back to your country

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival in Nepal at Kathmandu Our airport representative will pick up you and take you to hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Day 02:Preparation for trekking On this day, you will be provided sufficient time for doing preparations for continuing the journey and trek.
  • Day 03:Drive to Pokhara Stay overnight at Pokhara. Enjoy carefree roaming in lakeside and mountain views.
  • Day 04:Pokhara - Nayapul (bus) – Tikhedunga Around 4-hour trek to Tikhedunga. The trail winds its way through bamboo forests and passes by a spectacular waterfall.
  • Day 05:Tikhedunga - Ghorepani The Annapurna South (7273m) and the Hiunchuli gradually unfold on this pleasant walk uphill through fields and pastures and later through rhododendrons and oak woods. Ghorepani was originally a horse watering post, which has evolved into an important crossroads for tourists and the numerous mule caravans on the Jomoson-Pokhara trip.
  • Day 06:Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Tadapani Today, very early in the morning, we rise to hike the 1 hour climb to Poon Hill (3,195m). A brilliant spectacle, this vantage point provides an unobstructed view of sunrise over the high Himalayas. We spend around 40 minutes taking in the wonderful spectacle, before returning to Ghorepani for a well deserved breakfast. This is famous as "Ghorepani Poonhill Trek in Nepal". This place is the most popular for doing Annapurna Trekking in Nepal. From Ghorepani, we ascend along ridges and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (2,960m), before descending to Banthanti. From here we take the turn off to Tadapani (2,540m).
  • Day 07:Tadapani - Ghandrunk The trail gently descends through a subtropical forest highlighted by huge bamboo massifs and giant rhododendrons. Gandrung is the main village of the Gurung tribe, warriors known for their contribution to the famous Gurkha regiments.
  • Day 08:Ghandruk – Nayapul We continue our descent to the Modi Khola river end to nayapul then drive back to pokhara. Overnight stay in Pokhara.
  • Day 09:Drive to Kathmandu Stay overnight in Kathmandu. And, pack baggage for your destination country
  • Day 10:Back to your country Our trip concludes today as you pack your baggage for your country. A representatives of NTA will take you to the airport.

Cost Includes

  • Costs related to all airport and hotel transfers. Domestic flights and airport departure taxes.
  • All nights in local lodges/teahouses during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All accommodation and meals during the trek
  • Experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide) and Sherpa porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (on hire or purchase) and trekking map.
  • All permits and necessary paper work (National park permit, TIMS )
  • First aid kit
  • All taxes, be it local or government

Cost Excludes

  • Visa fee for Nepal (bring accurate USD cash and 2 passport size photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from trekking than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • International or domestic flights
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

Usefull Info

Size of Trekking Group

For Poon Hill Hike, there will be one leader and Sherpa porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers). This arrangement is done for the smooth running of the campaign. It ensures that the trip will carry on as per plan even if anybody in a group gets sick. NTA can operate this trek for a group of any size. But, a group of 12 are considered as optimum size. However, if you have a group of more than 12, NTA can arrange this too.

Accommodations

We will spend three nights at a luxury hotel in Kathmandu and one in Pokhara. While on trek, we will spend five nights at local tea houses. All accommodations for this trek will be on twin sharing basis. However, on request, single rooms can also be made available but it costs additional $ 250 US.

Meals

During our Poon Hill Hike, we will enjoy typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine like, Tibetan, Continental, Italian, and Indian. You can even enjoy hot chocolates, breads and drinks of different variety and snacks.

Breakfast of a day will be served at the same tea house or lodge where we spent the night, as per its menu. Lunch will be served on the way to destination and dinner will be served at the tea house where you spend the night. A welcome dinner, a farewell dinner and breakfasts will be served during our stay in Kathmandu.

Getting Visa for Nepal

You will get on arrival visa for Nepal. On arriving Nepal you will get tourist visa for 15 to five months. It depends upon your purpose of visit but regarding tour you will get the visa for 15 to three months. 
For trekking you need to submit photocopy of passport and two pp size photo of yours.

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