Ghorepani Poonhill Trek – 9 Days

Poon Hill Sunrise Trek

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is a short and easy tea house trekking in Annapurna region of western Nepal. Considered as one of the best short trek in Nepal, our trek initiates from Pokhara city and vividly offers magnificent sunrise views over the Himalayas from the tantalizing viewpoint of Poon hill along with an insight into the local Gurung culture & tradition. Furthermore, you can even encounter immense amount of wildlife and thriving ecosystem which simply can’t be found anywhere else.

Starting with a complimentary day tour around the UNESCO World Heritage Sites inside culturally affluent Kathmandu valley. We visit the sacred Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, Buddhist stupas of Swayambhunath and Boudhanath. Furthermore, our tour will incorporate numerous pagoda style temples, museums and courtyards at Kathmandu Durbar Square. Next day after having our breakfast we are set to go on an 8-hour long drive towards the naturally blessed touristic paradise of Pokhara city which is also going to be the starting point of our short trek. The clean and green atmosphere of Pokhara valley surrounded by Annapurna Himalayan ranges, sunset view while boating on Phewa Lake and night life at Lakeside is bound to captivate you in the eccentric joy of trekking in Nepal. Here onward, our trekking activity begins as we take an hour-long drive to Nayapul (2,070m) and then follow a main street towards Tikhedhunga. From here, we ascend more than 3000 steps towards magnificent Ghorepani village. The spectacular panoramic sunrise views over the snowcapped mountains namely Annapurna Himalayan range, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Machapuchare, Mt. Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak, Lamjung Himal and other surrounding peaks from Poon hill awaits us as we hike towards top of the hill early in the morning after having our instant meal. In addition, you can even learn a great deal about the lifestyle, ancestry and history of local Gurung communities during this short trek.

This trip can be experienced any time of the year. However, it is recommended to embark mostly from the months of March to May when the rhododendron blossoms and makes your trip a bit more special. During this trek, there should be no risk of altitude sickness as we will be trekking at moderate altitudes with highest being the top of Poon hill. Join this trek with us and explore the phenomenal Annapurna region for an unforgettable trekking experience in Nepal.

Itinerary Overview

  • Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu.
  • Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m)
  • Day 03: Drive Naya Pul (New bridge), to Tikhe Dhunga (1495m)
  • Day 04: Tikhe Dhunga to Ghorepani (2850m)
  • Day 05: Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m) & Trek to Tadapani (2520m) 6-7 hrs.
  • Day 06: Tadapani to Ghandruk (1950m) 3-4 hrs.
  • Day 07: Ghandruk to Pokhara (910m) 5 hrs.
  • Day 08: Scenic drive to Kathmandu (1350m) 6 hrs.
  • Day 09: Transfer to Airport for your onward Journey.”Farewell”

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu.

Namaste!! You are most welcome to beautiful country Nepal.

Your first day in Nepal begins as you land on Tribhuwan International Airport followed by transfer to your hotel. You are then requested to meet up with our trekking leader who will be explaining you about your trip with necessary information and final preparation tips.

Kathmandu, the colorful capital of Nepal, is a fascinating blend of traditional architecture and symbols of the 20th Century. Its rich artistic and cultural heritage is evident where ornately carved balconies mingle with beautiful shrines and temples.

Now, if time is there, we suggest you to give a walk around bustling streets of Kathmandu. Specially, go around world heritage sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square and also Swayambhunath Stupa is at walking distance from tourist area Thamel. If you are planning to stay couple of days in Kathmandu then, don’t miss exploring Patan and Bhaktapur too.

Meals Included: B&B
Accomodation: Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m)

Located at pristine environment, surrounded by green hills, Annapurna Himalayas at backdrop, beautiful lakes and plenty of attractions and activities; Pokhara is really a paradise city where we will arrive after taking 6 hours of comfortable bus ride from Kathmandu.

After arriving Pokhara at 3 pm, we check in into hotel and go for strolling around Lakeside, and if we have more time left then, we will also try boating on Phewa Lake circumference the island temple of Tal Barahi. At the end of the day we have our dinner and stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation: Hotel in Pokhara

Day 03: Drive Naya Pul (New bridge), to Tikhe Dhunga (1495m)

Today we initiate our trekking activity after we take a short drive towards Nayapul. Upon arrival at Nayapul, we grab our backpacks and start following the path through beautiful bamboo forests, glimpses of Himalayas with natural sightseeing and waterfalls. We arrive at Tikhedhunga at the end of the day and stay overnight at local guest house.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 04: Tikhe Dhunga to Ghorepani (2850m)

We will be prepared for the challenging day today. A straight more than 3000 steps will test our stamina and fitness however, after getting up there, we get a sense of relief and feel the climb is worthwhile. Initially we cross through beautiful suspension bridge that takes us to stone steps at Ulleri. Then the trail opens up to beautiful meadows and forests. The chirping sound of birds along with fresh oxygen filled air will make you feel chilled. Anyone possessing birdwatching interest would love this site. Further we have our lunch at a place called Nagthati and push a final climb to Ghorepani where we will be staying overnight.

Walking hours: 5-6 hrs
Accommodation: Local Tea house
Meal Includes: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 05: Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m) & Trek to Tadapani (2520m) 6-7 hrs.

We start our day very early in the morning today, as we will be heading towards Poonhill which is the magnificent viewpoint that offers spectacular views of Annapurna Himalayas. The moment becomes magical as we the warm rays of sun evolve through the horizon turning snow white Himalayas into golden color. The views of Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre, Annapurna, Himchuli, Dhampus peak, Tukuche Peak and many others. We return to Ghorepani for our breakfast and commence our trip to Tadapani where we will be staying overnight.

Walking hours: 6 to 7 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Local Tea Houses

Day 06: Tadapani to Ghandruk (1950m) 3-4 hrs.

Today we gradually descend through steep trails leaving behind Tadapani. During the first few hours of the trek, we trek through beautiful refreshing forests and that blossom during spring season. Afterwards we get into culturally affluent Gurung village of Ghandruk. There we enjoy plenty of opportunities offering spectacular Himalayan views with cultural insights today. A great day to explore and experience both natural beauty and cultural highlights.

Walking Time: 3 to 4 hrs
Accommodation: Local Lodge
Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 07: Ghandruk to Pokhara (910m) 5 hrs.

Today, we will be leaving behind Ghandruk and head towards Pokhara via Nayapul. Most of the day, we will descend through the trails passing through the village of Birethanti with plenty of stone structures around. We finally arrive at junction of Modi Khola and Burundi River which is the final point of our Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking Journey. We will then spend free time at scenic lake city of Pokhara.

Walking Time: 4 to 5 hrs
Driving Time: 1 hr from Nayapul to Pokhara
Accommodation: Hotel at Pokhara

Day 08: Scenic drive to Kathmandu (1350m) 6 hrs.

After waking up early in the morning, we have our breakfast and get ready to ride a bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu. We arrive at Kathmandu at around 3 pm and again check in in the hotel. At the end of the day, you are invited into a farewell dinner organized by our company at nice cultural restaurant in Kathmandu.

Meals: Farewell Dinner
Driving Time: approx 6 hours from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 09: Transfer to Airport for your onward Journey.”Farewell”

It will be the final day of our short and easy Ghorepani Poonhill trek. You can go for quick sightseeing and look around Kathmandu busy streets, buy souvenir or simply relax at your hotel preparing and packing for your international flight. With beautiful Himalayan memories you will surely remember this epic Nepal holiday around beautiful country of Nepal. Farewell friend!

Price Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van.
  • Two night’s accommodation with breakfast at tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu
  • 1 highly experienced helpful and friendly Guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people), their food, accommodation, salary, and equipments, insurance.
  • Surface Transfer from Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu by tourist bus.
  • Annapurna conservation permit and all necessary permits.
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Permit.
  • 2 nights’ accommodation at tourist standard Pokhara (inclusive breakfast
  • Government taxes and official Service charge.

Price Excludes

  • All meals
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa , you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.).
  • All kind of cold drink like alcoholic and mineral water, Coke, Fanta, Juice etc.
  • Hot and cold shower during the mountain.
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver ( NOTE: Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory).

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Alishya Davies

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

Alishya Davies

Icicles Adventure organized an amazing trek at Ghorepani Poonhill along with sightseeing around capital city and Pokhara. Based on my experience, Icicles team is very helpful, friendly, transparent and exceeded our expectations. While planning my trip, Indira was quick in arranging my itinerary, giving information on travel insurance, what to pack, and other essential tips. I am very much thankful to her. The highlight of my trip was stunning sunrise views over the Annapurna Himalayas that will always be in my memories. And specially my trekking guide Shiva came in tremendous help while there was change of plans and helping us getting a vehicle that drove us back to Kathmandu. Everything else went according to plan, and it was a great trip for me. I will recommend Icicles to all travelers as they try their best to make the holidays in Nepal an enjoyable experience and also they are reasonably priced too. Happy trekking!

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