Ghorepani Poonhill Trek
Poonhill (3,210 m)
Autumn & Spring
- An adventurous trail through ravishing forests of rhododendron, oak, and fir trees.
- Heavenly sunrise view of gleaming mountain ranges from Poonhill.
- Capture the enchanting beauty of mountain ranges in the Annapurna region.
- Get blessed with nature’s charm within Annapurna Conservation Area.
- Immerse in the friendly welcome and hospitality from the Gurung community.
- Ghandruk; a gateway to the treks in the Annapurna region.
- Learn the history and culture of the Gurung community.
- Witness diverse ethnic group and their lifestyle.
Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is a short, easy, and mesmerizing trek. It lies in the Annapurna region, comprising the alluring view of the Himalayas ranges of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Hiking through the enchanting forests of rhododendron, oak, and fir trees is delightful. To witness the flora and fauna of the Annapurna region during the trek is one of a kind. Apart from these, culture, tradition, festivals, and the friendly nature of diverse ethnic groups bind into their serenity.
Ghorepani is a lovely village in the Myagdi district of the Dhaulagiri zone. It resides within the Annapurna Conservation Area at an altitude of 2,874 m. Many visitors stop by throughout the year. Guesthouses and lodges are available for the reassurance of visitors.
The word Ghorepani is derived from two Nepali words, ‘Ghore,’ meaning horse, and ‘Pani’, meaning water. There is a tale behind the name. Back in the day, Ghorepani was a stopping point for traders passing by. During their rest, they used to feed water to their horses. And thus, the word ‘Ghorepani’ became the name of that place.
One of the renowned trekking destinations in Nepal is Poonhill. It is situated in between two districts; Myagdi and Kaski. It offers the best views of the Himalayas ranges with emerging sunrise. The rays of the sun reflecting on the surface of the mountain ranges beautify them into gleaming golden ranges. That is why a large number of trekkers come to witness this breathtaking sight. The trek to Poonhill comprises lush green forest, pristine river, majestic mountains, and villages of a diverse ethnic group.
The renowned Gurung village in the Annapurna region is Ghandruk. The village is one of the most dwelled trekking destinations situated northwest of Pokhara. It is the entrance to several treks in the Annapurna region. Outstanding views of Mt. Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Gangapurna, and Hiunchuli from the village is spellbinding. In fact, Ghandruk is the hidden treasure of beautiful culture, religion, festival, way of living, and much more. You’ll get touched by the friendly nature of the happy inhabitants of the village. Besides, people utilize local resources and hence benefit from tourism in their own way.
The trip takes off from Kathmandu to Pokhara and to Ulleri afterwards with a jeep drive. Previously it used to take more time to reach Ulleri as there was no roadway for transportation. Trekking was the only way to reach Ulleri. Now, transportation is possible due to the construction of roads. Therefore, it’s easy to reach there by skipping the trekking trail. However, the route is rough and irregular.
Soon after reaching Ulleri, it will be a hike up to Ghorepani. The route consists of mountainous views, forests of rhododendron, hills, and much more. On the next day, there will be an early hike to Poonhill for the jaw-dropping sunrise view and a hike down to Tadapani afterwards.
After staying in Tadapani, the trek leads to Ghandruk village. The splendid view of mountain ranges and people from the village is mind-blowing. After spending the best time in the village, it will be time to return the day after. The drive rides back to Kathmandu from Pokhara, and thus the journey ends.
- Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival
- Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing (or Spare Day)
- Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
- Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Ulleri and trek to Ghorepani
- Day 05: Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani along with a morning hike to Poonhill
- Day 06: Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk
- Day 07: Ghandruk to Pokhara via jeep drive
- Day 08: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
- Day 09: Final Departure
Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival
By the time your plane touches down on the runway in Kathmandu, you’ll be excited to stretch your legs. You’ll be glad to see your luggage waiting for you at the baggage claim, and our representative will be there to greet you with a smile.
Our airport representative will pick you up and transfer you to a pre-booked hotel. After checking in and freshening up, you can wander around Thamel in the evening.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing (or Spare Day)
After breakfast, our guide will meet you at the hotel lobby and escort you to the first stop on your sightseeing agenda: Pashupatinath Temple. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites in Nepal, and it’s well-known for its stunning architecture and its equally impressive surroundings.
Next up is Swayambhunath, another UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts a beautiful stupa complex nestled in the hill above Kathmandu. You’ll have plenty of time to explore this beautiful site before moving on to Patan Durbar Square.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to several museums, temples, sculptures and other landmarks that showcase Nepalese culture through art and architecture.
After these three sites, your guide will escort you back to your hotel for an afternoon rest and relaxation.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
After breakfast, you’ll get on the drive to the beautiful destination of Pokhara. The drive passes through winding roads, witnessing the hilly terrain, splashing river and small settlements along the way. Upon arriving at Pokhara, check-in at the hotel and rest for a few hours.
Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Ulleri and trek to Ghorepani
The journey to Ghorepani Poonhill and Ghandruk trek begins. Today you’ll be transferred via jeep to Ulleri and then trek to Ghorepani as the last stop for today.
After an early breakfast, our official representative will pick you up from your respective hotel. The drive follows the route to Ulleri via Nayapul. The roadway to Ulleri is offroad soon after crossing Nayapul. Ulleri is the largest village inhabited by the Magar community. From here, a glamorous view of Mt. Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre can be observed.
The trekking journey takes off from here onwards. The route ahead is a steep trail. As you ascend higher, the forest becomes thicker. Forests of rhododendron and oak trees come into vision in the vicinity. On moving further, Nangethanti lies ahead. The word ‘Thanti’ means a rest house in the Nepali language. Thereafter, you take an uphill hike and reach Ghorepani. Ghorepani is a beautiful village portraying an excellent panoramic scenario and a resting stop for trekkers.
Overnight in a lodge at Ghorepani.
Day 05: Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani along with a morning hike to Poonhill
The trail is gonna be intriguing today. The main highlight of today is the sunrise view over the mountain ranges.
After waking up early in the morning, you head out of Ghorepani and ascend to Poonhill for about an hour. When the sun’s rays reflect on the surface of the mountain ranges, the dramatic view of golden mountain ranges is out of this world. There are no words to express that sensational feeling. Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, and Singa Chuli are some of the mighty mountains seen from the Poonhill.
After having a wonderful time, you hike down to Ghorepani and continue the trek to Tadapani. There is a small settlement in Tadapani. The route encompasses an uphill and downhill hike. You can enjoy the view of verdant terrain along the way.
Overnight in a teahouse at Tadapani.
Day 06: Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk
The trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk is more accessible in comparison to earlier days. You make your way down alongside a moderate incline.
After having breakfast, you leave Tadapani and head out to Bhise Kharka. Soon enough, you reach a beautiful village in the Gurung community; Ghandruk. The spectacular sight of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, and Hiunchuli from the village are astonishing.
Ghandruk village is the entrance to the treks in the Annapurna region. You can stroll around the village in your leisure time. There is an old Gurung Museum to visit. The warm welcome and friendly ambience of the Gurung people are heart-touching. After a long day, take a good amount of rest in the village.
Overnight in lodges at Ghandruk.
Day 07: Ghandruk to Pokhara via jeep drive
The trek has ultimately come to its end. It’s time to bid farewell to the pleasing mountain ranges, forests of rhododendron and oaks, terrain, enchanting sunrise view, and much more.
You trek downhill after having breakfast. The route leads you down to Kimche bus station after hiking for about an hour. Thereafter, you take a drive to Pokhara, and hence the quest to Ghorepani Poonhill and Ghandruk ends.
Day 08: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Today, say goodbye to Pokhara, a lovely city of lakes. Take the trip back to Kathmandu after breakfast.
The winding roads will take you past high terrain, a gushing river, charming towns, and more. When you get to Kathmandu, check into your hotel and then relax after a long drive.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 09: Final Departure
It’s time to say goodbye to Nepal! We hope you enjoyed your time here, and we are grateful for every moment you’ve spent with us on our tours. One of our officials will accompany you to the Kathmandu airport for your departure.
What is included in Ghorepani Poonhill Trek
- Transfer to and from the airport
- All land transportation (Kathmandu-Pokhara by tourist bus, Pokhara-Ulleri by jeep, & Ghandruk-Pokhara by jeep)
- 3 nights at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
- 2 nights at a 3-star hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
- 3 daily meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek, along with seasonal fruit snacks
- Use of a down jacket and sleeping bag while trekking
- A duffle bag for trekking
- One government-registered trekking guide and assistant (optional)
- One Porter for two people
- Food, accommodation, salary, and equipment for staff are covered
- Trekking route map
- Certificate of accomplishment for a trip
- A well-equipped first-aid box
- Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Permit
- Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit
- Confirm Booking
- Local Taxes
What is Excluded
- Extra personal expenses
- Airfare regarding International flights
- Tips to Porters & Guides
- Extra facilities
- Travel Insurance
- Nepal Entry Visa
Obtain a visa on arrival at Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport. Pay $50 for 30 days or $135 for 90 days, or in another currency of equal value. Remember to bring two passport-sized photos.
- Personal trekking gear
- Any drinks or beverages
- Access to hot showers while trekking
- Any additional activities/meals besides the itinerary
The trip to Ghorepani Poonhill is possible throughout the year. There are pros and cons during different seasons. Weather and climate play a crucial role during traveling.
The most promising time for traveling is autumn and spring.
The weather is most likely to be stable, and the skies are clear during autumn. Due to this, a clear sight of mountain peaks out in the far can be seen. The majestic view of diverse landscapes, forests, rivers, and many more become more transparent and splendid.
Spring is the time of rejuvenation. During this season, the blooming of rhododendron in the forests of hills makes the scenario more attractive and eye-catching. The temperature is mildly warm during the day. Traveling in the spring is refreshing and wonderful.
Traveling during winter can be a freezing experience. In most cases, a less number of trekkers explore the region. The trip can be delightful if you are okay with the cold.
The trip can be inconvenient during the monsoon season. As it is the season of rainfall, the routes are wet and slippery. Resuming trekking can be difficult, and you may not enjoy the beauty of the panoramic scenario of the trek.
To sum up, autumn is the most preferred season for trekking. During this season, many trekkers love to relish the thrills and adventure.
Gear and Equipment
Depending upon the seasons, clothing can vary from warm to light wear. Systematically preparing for trekking can make the journey convenient. So, here are the lists of clothing and gear necessary for the trip: