Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek- 5 Days


The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is a mesmerizing journey through the picturesque landscapes of the Annapurna region in Nepal. This short yet rewarding trek is ideal for adventurers seeking breathtaking views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks and an authentic cultural experience.

The trek typically begins in Nayapul, after a scenic drive from Pokhara. From there, trekkers embark on a well-trodden path that winds through lush rhododendron and oak forests, charming villages, and terraced farmlands. The route also offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and cultural encounters with the friendly locals, mainly the Gurung and Magar communities.

Ghorepani, a quaint village, is reached after a moderate ascent. Here, trekkers can catch their breath, immerse themselves in the local culture, and savor traditional Nepali delicacies. The real highlight of the trek, however, awaits at Poon Hill. Before dawn, adventurers undertake a short but steep hike to the viewpoint. As the first rays of the sun touch the towering peaks of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, Machapuchare, and others, the spectacle of a golden Himalayan panorama unfolds, leaving trekkers spellbound.

After this awe-inspiring moment, the journey continues towards Tadapani, offering more magnificent vistas of the surrounding mountains and lush valleys. The descent leads through beautiful forests and terraced fields to Ghandruk, another charming Gurung village known for its rich cultural heritage.

Throughout the trek, basic teahouses and lodges offer comfortable accommodations and warm meals, making the experience accessible to trekkers of all levels of expertise. The best time to embark on this adventure is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is pleasant and the skies are clear.

Conclusion and Summary

In conclusion, the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is a delightful expedition that encapsulates the very essence of the Nepalese Himalayas. Its breathtaking scenery, cultural encounters, and the sense of accomplishment upon reaching Poon Hill make it an unforgettable journey for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.


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    A scenic 1 hour drive from Pokhara takes us to the starting point of our trek. Crossing the suspension bridge over the Modi Khola River, we ascend slowly through terraced fields and classic mountain villages. Along the way we will encounter mule or goat caravans carrying supplies to the mountains, heralded by the musical bells they wear. The stunning peaks of Machhapuchare and Annapurna peaking over the green ridges will greet us from time to time as we continue up to Tikhredhunga.


    Today begins with a real heart-starter! We have a steep ascent to get us going and then a more gradual uphill walk takes us to our camp at Ghorepani. We will pass through some delightful villages and the beautiful, dense rhododendron forest so characteristic of Nepal at these altitudes! If the weather is clear we will see stunning mountain views from Ghorepani, making the climb well worth it! At Gorepani, we are on the main Annapurna Circuit route and there are likely to be lots of travellers passing through this ridge-top settlement in both directions. Ghorepani literally means “horse water” and is a popular stopping place for the mule trains which ply the route from Pokhara to Jomsom and beyond. The impressive peak which can be seen across the broad valley of the Kali Gandaki to the northwest is Dhaulagiri.


    It is an absolute must for those who stay at Ghorepani to make the walk up to the celebrated view point of Poon Hill [3195 m], which overlooks the village. Dawn is the best time to go so we arrange a wake up call for 5 am and head up the well marked track by torchlight. The first light of dawn illuminates Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak with a surreal pink glow.
    You may be able to buy coffee and breakfast from an enterprising local who has carried his produce up to Poon Hill to take advantage of the morning trade. Otherwise, we return to Ghorepani for breakfast, before trekking on to Tadapani through rhododendron forest. If we are lucky we will see some wild animals, such as langur monkeys climbing through the trees. There are excellent views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhare from Tadapani.


    From Tadapani the trail descends through beautiful forests to Ghandruk, which is a stunning village of Gurung people, one of Nepal’s most famous ethnic groups, known for their distinctive dialect, culture, costume, and life style. Ghandruk is also home to many soldiers from the famous Gurkha regiments. From here we can have stunning views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Fishtail.


    We can enjoy a final down hill walk through forest and villages for about 5 hrs to Nayapul. From here we drive for about 1 hour back to Pokhara where our trek ends and we can enjoy a shower and relax on this stunning lakeside town enjoying the memories!

    Important note on itinerary: Although Ever effort will be made to follow the schedule above, this itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions, route conditions, conditions of trekkers, conditions of staff and other factors which is beyond our control.

    Enjoy Trek!

Include / Exclude

Cost Includes:

    • Airport Pick-up and Drop Off,
    • Licensed and trained trekking guides,
    • potters for carrying goods and supplies,
    • Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner) basis during the trek
    • 3 Nights Accommodation in the 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with B & B. (Bed & Breakfast) on Twin Sharing Basis.
    • All accommodation on Tent during the trek on sharing Basis.
    • All meals and hot beverages during the trek.
    • Transportation to and from trail head by Private and Sharing Transport
    • All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
    • National Park/Conservation Area entry Permit, Insurance, and
      equipment for the staffs.
    • Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
    • Trekking staffs wages etc.
    • Welcome dinner in a Nepali Cultural Dance restaurant in Kathmandu.
    • Trekking Map, T-shirt, and Trekking certificate.
    • Exclusive of Medical Kit Bag
    • All Government and local Taxes
    • International Flight ticket re-confirmation.
    • Meals will be Start when your Trek starts.
    • Domestic Flights
    • Domestic Flights for Trekking Guide.
    • Trekking Staff Insurance of $10,000 Per Person.

Cost Excludes:

  • International Airfares,
  • Travel/Trekking Insurance,
  • Excess baggage charges More than 16kg and hand bag more than 5 kg in domestic flights.
  • Visa fees.
  • Airport Departure Taxes.
  • Drinks (Cold and Alcoholic) Rescue charge.
  • Tips for The staffs.
  • Expenses of Personnel nature and Permit and Liaison officer fee (where Applicable.
  • Meals during stay in the Kathmandu
  • Extra Domestic Ticket  of Jomsom, Pokhara etc.
  • Extra Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara

Price per person


Usefull Information


    1. Poon Hill: The main highlight of the trek is the ascent to Poon Hill, located at an altitude of 3,210 meters (10,532 feet). From here, you can witness a breathtaking sunrise over the snow-capped peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.

    1. Beautiful Villages: The trek takes you through traditional Gurung and Magar villages, where you can experience the local culture, traditions, and hospitality of the Nepalese people.

    1. Natural Beauty: The trail passes through lush rhododendron forests, terraced fields, and picturesque landscapes. You’ll also encounter several rivers, waterfalls, and suspension bridges along the way.

    1. Tea Houses: The trekking route has a well-developed network of tea houses and lodges, providing accommodation and meals for trekkers. This makes it a suitable option for those who prefer not to camp.

Permits: To trek in the Annapurna region, you will need to obtain two permits: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card. These permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Fitness Level: The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is considered a moderate trek, suitable for most people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, it still involves ascending and descending trails, so some prior hiking experience and physical preparation are recommended.

Weather: The best time to undertake this trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. The weather is generally clear during these months, offering excellent mountain views. Winter (December to February) can be quite cold, and the monsoon season (June to August) brings heavy rainfall and less visibility.

It’s always advisable to go with a licensed trekking agency or a knowledgeable guide who can assist you with logistics, navigation, and ensuring your safety throughout the trek.

Important note on itinerary: Although Ever effort will be made to follow the schedule above, this itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions, route conditions, conditions of trekkers, conditions of staff and other factors which is beyond our control.

Enjoy Trek!

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    Trip Fact

  • Best Seasons March to May, September to November
  • Group Size 1-15
  • Duration 05 DAYS BOOKING OPEN FOR 2023
  • Maximum Altitude 3210M
  • Trek Difficulty Easy

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