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Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking

The Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking is a relatively easy trekking destination in the Annapurna region that is loaded with exotic landscape and the vistas of the closest northern mountain ranges. The route can make anyone awe stuck with the mesmerizing views of some of the highest and the most beautiful mountains in the world that includes Annapurna South, Machhapuchchhre, Himalchuli among others. The routes in the trek are all inclusive of natural beauties which traverse through remote valleys, ancient villages, scenic trails, forests, etc.  The preeminent feature of Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking is marvelous sunrise and sunset views from Poonhill situated at an altitude of 3210m. Also, from the point, trekkers can observe the entire mountains ranges covered in golden colors as a due cause of light reflection by the early sun’s ray.

The delightful Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking gets a head start from Pokhara with gradual ascend towards Ghorepani, leading up to Ghandruk, a beautiful ethnic village with fabulous views of the Annapurna south peak,   and many other cultural and historical places before concluding in Pokhara. The routes on the trek are suited for trekking enthusiasts who want to get acquainted with the mystic beauties of towering mountains along with the most thrilling sunrise and sunset views during their stay in the magical country.  With these amazing features, Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking is the dream of every trekking fonder who want to explore the great Himalayas while hiking on scenic trails. 

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Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy sightseeing tour to various historical/natural/cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Enjoy terrific Pokhara - Kathmandu - Pokhara journey known for mind-blowing sceneries
  • Explore around Pokhara, the most beautiful lake city of the country, also known for providing superb mountain views
  • Enjoy views of Annapurna, Machhapuchchhre (Fishtail), Dhaulagiri, Himalchuli etc.
  • Enjoy the magnificent view of  sunrise from the  Poon Hill, and sunset from Tadapani
  • Pass through gushing rivers, green countryside, alpine meadows, valleys, glaciers etc.
  • Get along with ethnic people and their culture
  • Board scenic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Witness variety of floras and faunas 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

Day 03 : Kathmandu to Pokhara 6-7 hours bus ride

Day 04 : Pokhara to Tikhedhunga (1540m) 4-5 hrs walk

Day 05 : Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2870m) 5-6 hrs walk

Day 06 : Ghorepani to Poonhill (3210m) to Tadapani (2710m) 6-7 hrs walk

Day 07 : Tadapani to Ghandruk (1940m)

Day 08 : Ghandruk to Nayapul (1070m) to Pokhara

Day 09 : Pokhara to Kathmandu (25 Minutes Flight)

Day 10 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

What is Included

  • Airport pick up / drop off by private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Guided Kathmandu city tours inclusive of private vehicle and guide.
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu by tourist bus. (Private car or Flight option available)
  • Accommodation in Pokhara including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Pokhara - Nayapul - Pokhara by private vehicle.
  • Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges.
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Experienced English speaking trekking guide and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) during the trek including their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipment and insurance.
  • Annapurna Conservation area entrance Permit and fees.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & Permit)
  • First Aid medical kit.
  • Duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole.
  • Breakfree Adventures T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant.
  • All government taxes, VAT and office service charges

What is Not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Monuments entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Nepal entry visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs for faster service)
  • International airfare and travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Any kind of drinks (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottle water, cola, beer etc.)
  • Tips for guide and porters (Tipping are expected but not mandatory)

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

You are received by one of our representative after you land on the international airport. You are then dropped to your respective hotel. If the time persists, then it’s your choice whether you to stay at hotel and relax or hang around the city. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

Today you carry out the sightseeing program around the capital city Kathmandu, popularly as “the city of temples”. The sightseeing program helps you to acquire knowledge about the culture, history and tradition of the people of Kathmandu as it includes the famous world heritage sites like Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Syambhunath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Sightseeing around these places provides you the feeling of serenity. Later drive back to hotel and receive a brief description about the upcoming trek. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03 : Kathmandu to Pokhara 6-7 hours bus ride

Get up early in the morning and board a tourist bus which leaves around 6:30 am from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The 6-7 hours long drive provides you the spectacular views of rivers, hills, terraced landscapes, beautiful villages and many more natural types of scenery. Later you may utilize your free time wandering around the beautiful lake city with its superb mountain views. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04 : Pokhara to Tikhedhunga (1540m) 4-5 hrs walk

(Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking, Trek Day: 01) Today you commence your first trek of Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking. First you drive for an hour towards the Nayapul and then start your trek towards the Tikhedhunga. The trail first ascends to the Birethanti, a cultural town beside the Modi Khola, then goes for Sudami along with the Hile and finally halts at Tikhedunga. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 05 : Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2870m) 5-6 hrs walk

(Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking, Trek Day: 02) Get up early in the morning and continue your trek towards the Ghorepani after the delicious breakfast. The trail first goes to the Ulleri village and then ascends towards the Ghorepani. The trails offers the magnificent views of Himalayan ranges to its north and leads to the rhododendron and oak forest before reaching Ghorepani. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 06 : Ghorepani to Poonhill (3210m) to Tadapani (2710m) 6-7 hrs walk

(Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking, Trek Day: 03) Today you hike towards the main attraction of the trek, Poonhill which offers the spectacular views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Himchuli and Macchapuchchhre mountains. Get up early in the morning and hike towards the Poonhill to witness the spectacular sunrise view .Poonhill is within an hour hike from Ghorepani, and the trail leads towards the aromatic pine and rhododendron forests. Take time and soak in the natural beauty of Poonhill for several minutes, then start your hike towards Tadapani. Tadapani offers the mesmerizing sunset view so it’s better to get there before sunset. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 07 : Tadapani to Ghandruk (1940m)

(Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking, Trek Day: 04) After witnessing the spectacular beauty of Poonhill and Tadapani, today you continue you trek towards the beautigul Gurung village, Ghandruk. The trail descends towards Baisi Kharka, crosses few streams and finally reaches Ghandruk passing through some forests. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 08 : Ghandruk to Nayapul (1070m) to Pokhara

(Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking, Trek Day: 05) After enjoying a wonderful time at the beautiful village Ghandruk, it’s time for you to descend towards the Nayapul. The trail passes through beautiful landscapes and grasslands. After reaching Nayapul, get in the private vehicle and drive back to the Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 09 : Pokhara to Kathmandu (25 Minutes Flight)

Today you board a domestic flight of about 25 minutes and fly back to Kathmandu. The flight offers the majestic view of the Himalayan ranges along with the beautiful Kathmandu valley. After you land at airport, you are escorted back to the Hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 10 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

Your Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking terminates today. We hope you enjoyed your trek in Nepal. Our representative escorts you to the airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule. Have a safe flight back home!

We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in anyway.

When to go:
Spring (Feb - May) and Autumn (Sept- Dec) are the best seasons for the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking. The weather is sunny and warm offering outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking, only issue is cold (obviously). Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.

Travel Insurance:
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.

Meals and Accommodation:
In Kathmandu, we normally use three star tourist standard hotel with breakfast but can upgrade/downgrade upon request. During the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking, we provide the best available guest house which is called Tea house(lodge). Tea Houses are more like hotels, with hot showers, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). Some guesthouses are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a room with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. Keep in mind that there are several places which do not allow single accommodations during peak season, but we will try our best to accommodate your preferences if possible. In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea-houses (Lodges) and lunches in local restaurants en-route. Furthermore as you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interacting with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their lives.

We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from guesthouses chosen from a menu. While Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking, your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 10 days Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking is moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 5-6 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 10 days Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip is good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.

The Trekking Group:
For the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking, there will be one Guide, assistant Guide (8 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of sixteen people, as weve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if youd like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.

Trekking Guides and Staff:
The most significant thing that makes your Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:
Intensive Wilderness First Aid - KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)

  • Trekking Guide Training - Nepal Governments Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
  • Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
  • English Language - KEEP(Kathmandu environment education project)
  • Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
  • Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association

Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.

Climate and Weather:
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.

Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.

Safety and Security:
Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel that you should consider before booking. Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.

Responsible Travel
Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel Professionals who are well trained to give you the best of what Nepal has to offer. Our professional team follows a social philosophy that accepts responsibility for the local people and the environment in which we work. We respect the natural environment and the culture of our country, and we help travellers from around the world discover the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Nepal. We know that responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment and maximize employment and income-generating opportunities for local communities. The whole of Nepal, including those living in remote rural areas that have very few other opportunities for development, benefits from sustainable tourism.

Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving the environment. As responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local communities through which we travel. While trekking to different destinations, we choose environmentally- friendly lodges that respect the needs of their staff members. We take care of our staff as well as our valued clients. During our treks and other trips, we follow a zero garbage policy (“pack in, pack out”) and leave nothing behind in the campsites. We always welcome your feedback and comments regarding responsible travel, so please send an e-mail to let us know what you think.

What do we mean by trekking?
Trekking is an enjoyable and accessible adventure.  In an area like the Annapurna Region this activity will blow your mind.  It generally involves days on foot and multi-day walks through parks and wilderness areas.  The Annapurna region mainly consists of teahouse treks.  The terrain can often be steep, and we will likely encounter cold weather and possibly snow at higher altitudes above 3 700m.

Is trekking an activity for me?
If you love spending time in the outdoors and going to magnificent places offering spectacular views, then trekking is most certainly for you.  It fills the gap between luxury travel and tented tours at a price that makes sense to most people.

How difficult is trekking in the Annapurna Region?
This will normally depend on the specific trek you are booked on, and to some extent on the preferences of those trekking.  The Annapurna Region is very accessible as one of the classic Nepal trekking areas and is manageable by almost anyone. 

Do I need prior trekking experience before setting out here?
No previous trekking experience is needed but it will certainly help.  Anyone with decent fitness and good stamina should be able to cope with the trekking days and higher elevations.  Hiking experience anywhere in the world is recommended for maximum enjoyment, but certainly not needed.

What permits are required for my trek?
This will depend on your specific trek but all regions have some form of permit system.  Some trekking areas require a special permit for the trekking activity and other areas may only require permits to enter conservation areas or national parks.  Often it is a combination of both.  Nearly all trekking areas require a Trekking Information Management System TIMS card.  As part of your package we obtain all permits on your behalf.

What is the average walking time per day?
On average you will walk about 5 to 8 hours daily.  Distances vary and will depend on trail conditions, weather conditions and the fitness of the group.

What is meant by teahouse trekking?
Teahouse trekking refers to the type of accommodation that is so unique to these mountain treks.  Lodging and meals are mostly at teahouses operated by local people and on a full-board basis.

Where do we get our drinking water from?
Bottled water is available in many places on the more established trekking routes but this will be for your own account. Most villages have a clean and reliable water source and we will utilise locally purified water mostly.  The teahouses can supply you with boiled water at a small fee.  You are encouraged to carry your own purification tablets or drops for your own peace of mind.

How much can a porter carry?
This will often depend on the trekking route and maximum altitude gain.  On average for trekking in the Annapurna Region every porter carries between 15 and 30kg.  A camping porter carries up to 40kg.  For our packages we normally assign one porter for every two travellers.  What this means to you is that on the trek you will be allowed 15kg luggage. This is strictly enforced to ensure the wellbeing of our porter crew. 

Should I tip my guides and porters?
Yes please do!  This is not mandatory but widely accepted as for anywhere else in the world.  Tipping is customary and always appreciated in Nepal and on our treks.  

Important Note

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 10 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Moderate

Activities: Cultural Sightseeing & Trekking

Best Season: All year round

Max altitude: 3210M/10531ft

Daily walking: 4 - 6 hours each day

Transportation: Private vehicles, Tourist bus & Flight

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Full board on trek

Accommodation: Hotel/resort in Kathmandu and Pokhara, lodge/teahouse during the trek

Trip Type: Lodge/Teahouse trek

Starts/Ends: Nayapul

Group Size: Minimum 2 People


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