Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking

TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip Information

 

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking at an elevation of (3210m) in Annapurna Region is the short and easy trek ideal for every trekking enthusiast. Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is also known as Annapurna Sunrise Trekking or Annapurna Panorama Trekking positioned nearby Pokhara.

This place is rich in the concealed treasure of Nepalese culture and custom. The name of Ghore Pani is derived from two native words - Ghore means ‘horse’ and Pani as ‘water’. This habitation used to be a resting point for ancient merchants who found water in the place for their horses and Poon is the name of the hill close by. This expedition is very well recognized for those explorers to hike in the Himalayas having a short vacation (for a week). Also, Ghorepani is classic trekking destinations for all seasons. This trekking takes you over stunning forests with terraced fields.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek commences from Pokhara to Birethanti via Nayapul where will start walking getaway from Nayapul then heading towards numerous places such as Sudam, Tikhedunga, Ghorepani. Our main destination starts from the incredible sunrise with panoramic sights of the mountains surrounding Annapurna (8091 m), Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Himchuli, Machhapuchhere (Fishtail) (6993 m), Manaslu (8157 m), Dolpo range and several other mountains sideways the world deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge. The views from Poon Hill to all these landscapes are pretty impressive.

Most of the societies are from Magar, Gurung, and Brahmin folks. Majority of the communities in this zone run lodges/tea households business for the travelers to deliver an excellent service of accommodation and meals.

A sight of snowcapped peaks whirling from grey to pink to excellent white is also just overwhelming with lovely lavish flora, rhododendron, oak, pine, and junipers forests. Even rare animals are spotted sometimes during your track. You can also relish the icy waterfalls and also delight the hot springs bath at the end of your trekking in Jhinu Danda. Finest season of Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek would be on winter-spring season throughout the month of January, February, March, April, May & June including autumn season during the month of September, October, November, and early December.

This trek is a comparatively easy trek which can be complete all year round, whereas autumn and spring are considered the most imposing. Ganesh Himal Hiking Team also facilitates this trek on the dates that are suitable according to your holiday schedule, no matter which option you chose beside the predefined available dates. It is for those folks who have insufficient holidays but wants to views of the Annapurna Himalayan range within a short span of time.

 

Itinerary Summary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1338 m / 4390 ft)

Day 02: Fly Kathmandu to Pokhara - Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga (1540 m / 5051 ft)

Day 03: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2860 m / 9380 ft)

Day 04: Hiking to Poonhill (3210 m / 10531 ft, and trek to Tadapani (2630 m / 8626 ft)

Day 05: Tadapani to Ghandruk (1940 m / 6360 ft)

Day 06: Trek to Ghandruk to Nayapul & Drive to Pokhara

Day 07: Drive to Kathmandu

Day 08: Departure

 

ITINARARY



Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1338 m & 4390 feet)

Upon your arrival at the airport and completing the customs formalities -you will be received by our representative carrying a signboard of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team (or your name) outside the terminal. After welcome & greetings, they will drive you to the hotel. The Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will host a welcome dinner in a top rated Nepali restaurant serving you delectable Nepali cuisine - an introduction to the Nepali food culture.

Meals: Welcome Dinner.

Accommodation: A 3 Star hotel in Kathmandu.


 

Day 02: Fly Kathmandu to Pokhara & Drive to Nayapul, then Trek to Tikhedhunga (1540 m & 5051 feet)

Today your Ghorepani Poon hill trek begins firstly by driving to Nayapul. We drive by passing through the flourishing village named Lumle. We will commence our trek from Nayapul trekking towards the large prosperous town of Birethanti located at the junction of Burundi and Modi Khola. We then follow the main trail that leads to bamboo forests and passes a huge cascading waterfall. Continuing trekking to the side of valley leads us to Tikhedhunga. Today we will be trekking approximately 4-5 hrs.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea House or Trekking Lodge.


 

Day 03: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2860 m & 9380 feet)

Today our trek will be quite challenging because we have to overcome 3300 stairs of stone. At first, we will traverse the river through a suspension bridge and then ascend via steep stone stairs towards Ulleri (a flourishing village at 2080 meters). The village is mostly inhabited by Magar ethnicity. After that, we will gradually trek from Ulleri and come across two stunning serene rivers. If you like watching different birds - you might get to spot varied birds of this region like dippers, kingfisher, forktails and many more. After that, we will take a short ascend to Nangethanti and here we have our lunch. After having our lunch - we will continue our trek towards Ghorepani at 2850 meters. From Ghorepani, one can catch the captivating view of Annapurna I at 8091 meters, Dhaulagiri I at 8167 meters, Tukuche peak, Nilgiri at 6940 meters, Tarke kang at 7193 meters and Hiunchuli at 6441 meters. Today we will be trekking approximately 5-6 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea House or Trekking Lodge.


 

Day 04: Hiking to Poonhill (3210 m & 10531 feet, and trek to Tadapani (2630 m & 8626 feet)

Today early morning - we will hike to Poonhill and view the magnificent sunrise views from Poon hill station point. It is the most beautiful view where one gets to view several snow-capped peaks with a striking sunrise view. The mountain we will get to spot is ranges of Mount Annapurna at 8091 meter, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Huinchuli, Machapuchre, Lamjung Himal, Dhampus peak, Tukuche peak and many more. We will enjoy some time in this poon hill station taking outstanding pictures and retrace back to Ghorepani. After breakfast, we will continue our trek and head towards Tadopani via rhododendron forests. If you are traveling in spring, then on the trails, you will be observing rhododendron flowers blooming all over. We will be having our lunch at Banthanti and continue our trek through rhododendron forests. Before reaching Tadapani, we will ascend for half an hour. On the way, we will be getting a great view of south Annapurna, Machapuchre, and Huinchuli. Today we will be trekking approximately 6-7 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea House or Trekking Lodge.


 

Day 05: Tadapani to Ghandruk (1940 m & 6360 feet)

Today we will start our trek by descending steeply from Tadapani. After that, we will trek through lush rhododendron trees with rhododendron red and pink flowers blooming all over. After a few trek, we will be entering the village of Ghadruk mostly inhabited by the Gurung ethnicity. On the way, we will perceive Annapurna south, Huinchuli and Machapuchre (Fishtail). We will also be visiting Gurung museum located at Ghadruk and explore the culture and traditions of Gurung civilization.  Today we will be walking approximately 3-4 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea House or Trekking Lodge.


 

Day 06: Trek to Nayapul, drive to Pokhara

Today we will be trekking from Ghadruk and head towards Nayapul and from here, we will dive back to Pokhara. We will be trekking downhill on the trail to Birethanti. We will be taking steps in abundant staircase pave with stone and then reach the village with terraced fields. Until we reach Modi Khola, we will be descending down from Ghadruk. Finally, we arrive at Birthanti and we will further trek for half an hour to reach Nayapul. Reaching Nayapul, we take a drive to Pokhara. In the evening, we will relish the lakeside view of Pokhara. We will spend our night in a hotel. Today we will be trekking approximately 4-5 hours & a drive of 1 hour.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.

Accommodation:  A 3 Star hotel in Pokhara.


 

Day 07: Drive to Kathmandu

Today after having our breakfast - we will drive to Kathmandu and our representative will drop you at the hotel for you to freshen up. Next, you can visit some of the souvenir shops nearby and shop gifts for your loved ones. In the evening, Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will be hosting a farewell dinner in an excellent Nepali restaurant which serves you mouth-watering Nepali cuisine.

Meals: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner.

Accommodation:  A 3-Star Hotel in Kathmandu.


 

Day 08: Departure

Today your Ghorepani Poon Hill trip comes to end and we hope that you had a great time with us and look further for your next adventure with us. Our representative will be dropping you at the airport three hours earlier than your flight schedule.

Meals: Breakfast.

Airport Drop Off in a Private Vehicle.


INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

What is included?

  • Airport Pick up and Drop off on a private vehicle.
  • A 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on BB basis.
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System)
  • Annapurna Conservation Trekking Permits
  • Food, Salary, Drinks, and Insurance of guide, porters & other staff
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner during the trek.
  • Local transportation during the trek.

What is not included?

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Your travel insurance
  • International Flight ticket
  • Any expenses of personal nature
  • Any kinds of bar bills either alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Rescue Operation
  • Nepal entry Visa Fee
  • International Airfare

TRIP INFO

 

Hotel and Lodge on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ganesh Himal Hiking Team (GHHT) arranges it’s best for comfortable and pleasant accommodation and also provides you nourished hygienic food.

We will be staying at the standard hotel (rating of 2 – 3 Star) in Kathmandu whereas, in the remote areas, we will be staying at a tea house or a local lodge. We can also arrange luxurious rooms from 4 – 5 Star hotels in the cities with an additional charge but the remote mountainous regions have no such facilities. Tea houses and local lodges in the remote region will have a usual bed with usual mattress and a pillow. Only a few of them have electricity but the rest rely on lanterns or candles lights.

Booking of the room is done prior to the starting of the trek. If in case we are not able to book the room in advance, we can book it upon reaching there as these areas have ample of lodges and tea houses. If for some reason, we aren’t able to book a lodge/teahouse - we can easily set a camp which will be the most adventurous part of the trek itself.

 

Food and Drinks for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking

GHHT focuses on client’s safety and health and gives it the foremost priority. We make sure that each and every client get the same portion of clean, hygienic and nourishing food which is a very necessary - especially while trekking.

During the trek - all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided inclusive in our package. But in the city, either breakfast or dinner is included. Please go through the detailed itinerary for each day to see which meals are included. During the trek, breakfast and dinner will be served in the same lodge where we spend overnight and our expert trek leader will be taking you to the clean hotels/restaurants for lunch on the way to your destination.

Normal water will be provided free of cost but we suggest you carry water purification pills to purify the water. If you prefer to drink packaged bottled mineral water, you will easily get in shops or tea houses, but the expense should be paid by the client as it is not included in the package.

 

Best Seasons

The flawless seasons for touring/trekking is in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). One can travel in winter if you are well adapted to cold. We strongly recommend the clients not to trek on monsoon in June, July, and August because of heavy rains & extremely blazing heat in the afternoon.

 

Luggage/Backpack on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek of the Annapurna Region

Our porters will carry your major luggage while you carry a backpack with items very handy while trekking such as water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you feel is necessary during your trek. Gears and clothes not needed during your trek can be left in the hotel safe deposit box properly locked without any extra charge. Domestic airlines of Nepal do not allow more than 15 kg including your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg, an extra charge will cover that up but isn’t included in our package.

 

Guide/Porter on Trek

Ganesh Himal Hiking Team provides honest porters and well experienced first aid certified, altitude sickness trained trekking guides who will be handling all your issues on the trip. All our staffs are very cordial and sincere. The porter will be carrying up to 10 kg luggage of each client. While trekking in a bigger group i.e. more than 10 people - an additional guide will be provided and the group also can be split according to the number of people in the group. 

 

Group Size, and Crew Member:

Ganesh Himal Hiking team arranges Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek with a minimum solitary client to a maximum of 8 in a group. The larger group we will be arranged by dividing the groups into two or more according to the number of people. However, although you might be staying in the same lodge, but - during your trek - you might be having a different guide.

 

Personal Expenses on Trek:

Personal expenses totally depend upon how extravagant are you in nature. Our package includes the cost of accommodation and meals during your trek as mentioned in the itinerary. Besides that, you are liable to pay for additional meals, table drinks, snacks, hot shower (accessible in some places), alcoholic drinks, entrance fee (around $ 25 ) for visiting heritage sites of Kathmandu, meals in Kathmandu (around $ 5-7), tips for driver, guide and porters, etc. Tips to the guides, porter or any other members are not mandatory. You can tip them if you are satisfied with their service.

 

Available Gears

Trekking equipment is readily available in the stores of Kathmandu at a very reasonable price or it can also be hired with a minimal charge per day. So, you don’t have to carry or buy from your hometown.

 

A Usual Day on Trek

These are the approximate guidelines for a trek on each day which may differ according to the itinerary or schedule or your pace while trekking. Normally, you are required to trek for 4-6 hours each day. We start our trek after breakfast and stop for the lunch. We trek for 3-4 hours after lunch to reach our destination. If we reach our destination in afternoon, you can spend rest of the hours relaxing, take shower or just wander around.

 

Greetings at the Airport

After booking and confirming your EBC trek with us, we suggest you flow all the information such as - your number of days of stay, departure date, returning date, & international flight details (arrival time, flight number, ). After getting this information, a representative of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team can easily pick you up from the airport on time. 

After you complete the formalities of the airport and come to the exit gate, you can spot GHHT member holding a placard of your name or GHHT waiting outside the terminal. After meeting and greetings, we will transfer you to the hotel in our private car. If you have booked the hotel by yourself, please let us know in advance, so that we can drop you at your respective hotel.

 

Changes in the Itinerary

Our regular itinerary of the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is 8 days unless you have customized it.  The itinerary has been carefully designed by our operation manager which is very pragmatic & includes the high altitude acclimatizing. These 8 days includes your arrival day, departure and sightseeing Kathmandu. It also has an extra day which allows flexibility to adjust the delay or cancellation of flight due to sudden changes in the Himalayan weather. If you would like to extend more days or lessen some, we surely can do that as per your wish.

 

Safety Measures

Client’s safety is our main priority and we make sure that each and every client is well taken care of.  If by chance anyone gets sick during the trek, we will take you to the nearest hospital as soon as possible. If the condition is serious – we will use the rescue helicopter to take you to the nearest hospital while all the expenses will be carried out by the travel insurance company. We suggest you get insured for up to 6000 meters.

Please go thoroughly what’s covered and not in the insurance policy.

 

Booking and Payment

After confirming or booking the trip – all we need is the copy of the passport, insurance policy, and the international flight details (ticket). Then, a 20% advance deposit is required for any trip, trek or expedition which is not refundable - used for reservations of hotels and lodges according to the itinerary.

The remaining balance is due when you arrive at Kathmandu and can be paid by any means convenient to you. We prefer payment via cash (to avoid any extra service charge) but bank transfer, credit cards, western union, and pay pal are also the accepted form of payments.

 

Customer Reviews

Rating:


An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas

hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014

Rating: 5 - Excellent

We received outstanding personal service from Binod and his team at Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. It was an exceptional experience in every way. We were met at the airport, he gave us personal transportation along with many great tours to cultural sites in Kathmandu, he took us to some wonderful restaurants and he set us up in a very nice hotel in Thammel. Binod really knows how to take great care of his clients with a personal touch. We also loved meeting his mother, father and his family which added greatly to our cultural experience in Nepal.

Additionally, Binod's brother Bishnu, was our guide on our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Bishnu took excellent care of my trekking partner and me throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp and back. Our trek was also an amazing cultural experience as well as a remarkable trekking experience! We loved the Nepalese people and, of course, we loved seeing the incredible scenery. Also, Binod personally guided us on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal where he arranged for us a guided rafting trip, a paragliding trip and a trip to Chitwan National Park where we did a tour on the back of an elephant spotting wildlife and we were able to attend a nice cultural program. The accommodations in Pokhara and the food were fantastic. I highly recommend Binod and his Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to anyone who is interested in receiving the best service and the best trekking and cultural experience in Nepal.

Visited October 2015

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Duration: 8 Days

Difficulty: Easy

Activities: Trekking,

Departure City: Kathmandu

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Trip style: Guided Trip, Tea House Trek

Country: Nepal

Region: Annapurna

Price: USD 650

Group size: Min1-8 max

Best Season: Mar to Jun & Sep to Dec