Nepal: Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

  • Duration
    11 Days
  • Region
  • Category
  • Best Time
    • February - May
    • October - November


Trek Grade: Easy

Quite a household name for trekkers from around the world, Ghorepani Poonhill trek would be a perfect starter for new trekkers of the Annapurna region. Although spring is considered the best season for this trek when rhododendrons in their full bloom would decorate the trail like a new bride, this trek is equally gratifying during autumn for its unmatched mountain views accessible within shorter days off Pokhara.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek forms a loop in the lower part of the Annapurna Range. Its chief highlight is the summit viewpoint of Poon Hill from where we are able to enjoy panoramic views of the famous Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, III, and IV, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre and Manaslu in a single go.

The trail is not less than interesting as it travels through rhododendron forest, terraced slopes, paddy fields and lush vegetation coupled with the warm welcome from the local Gurung and Magar villages.

Tours Highlights

  • An 11 days adventure with 7 days of trekking under the shadows of Mounts Annapurnas, Dhaulagiri, Machepuchare and many more peaks from Poonhill (3,210 meters)
  • English speaking trekking guide with camping equipment and personal porterage with ponies for 20 kgs.
  • Assistance representative for transfers and transport by SUVs
  • Local English Speaking guide in Kathmandu with all monument entrances
  • Flights Kathmandu to Pokhara and back to Kathamandu
  • Prices on request

Destinations Covered

Detailed Itinerary

  1. Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu


    It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. A representative and driver will meet you at the airport and escort you to your designated hotel. The representative will help you check into hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities.

    Overnight at hotel (no meal)

  2. Day 2 Kathmandu - Day Visits


    On this day, embark on a day visit in Kathmandu.


    The durbar square with its arrays of temples, courtyards, monuments and the ancient palaces of the former Nepali Royals is located in Basantapur in the heart of Kathmandu city, the country’s capital. Chief attractions here include Hanuman Dhoka Royal Palace, the magnificent Taleju Temple towering more than 40 meters; Kumari Ghar, the residence of the Living Goddess, Kumari; the temple of Ashok Vinayak dedicated to lord Ganesh (elephant headed deity), and Kal Bhairav, the God of Wrath. There is a giant pagoda of ‘Kasthamandap’ (it got completely destroyed during April 2015 earthquake), a structure which is said to have been built out of a single tree. The name of the capital ‘Kathmandu’ is said to be actually derived from ‘Kasthamandap’.


    After sightseeing tour of Durbar Square get on a rickshaw (tricycle) for an interesting 20-minute ride to the tourist hub of Thamel. Travelers and the locals consider it a tourist haven. Its filled with narrow streets, all lined with budget hotels, small shops selling everything from food and provisions to clothes, carpets, walking gears, music CDs, DVDs, handicrafts, paintings which make it an ideal place for souvenir shopping. The area also has some very good restaurants when you need to stop for munching.


    One of the oldest and the biggest Buddhist monuments ever built in Nepal; Boudhanath is a spherical stupa structure imposing at a height of 36 meters with three massive Mandala style platforms. Located 08 kilometres east of Kathmandu, the stupa with four pairs of eyes at the four cardinal directions is believed to be keeping watch for righteous behavior and human prosperity. Built on an octagonal base inset with 108 prayer wheels, the shrine is ringed by the settlement especially of the Tibetan refugees who entered Nepal in the 1950s. They have developed the place into a ‘Mini-Tibet’ ever since.

    Overnight at hotel (B)

  3. Day 3 Fly To Pokhara, Drive To Nayapul (2 hours) Trek To Tikhedhunga (4 hours)


    Take a short flight to Pokhara. From Pokhara, drive to Nayapul approx 1hr. 45 min. Then start your trek to Birethati, a prosperous town beside the Modi River. The trekking trail today follows winding bamboo forests and waterfalls. Beyond a pasture used by pony caravans, the trail reaches a small village Sudame. Then climb steadily up the side of the valley to reach Hille (1510m) and after a short walking, you will arrive at Tikhedunga.

    Overnight at lodge (B, L, D)

  4. Day 4 Trek To Ghorepani (5-6 hours)


    Today, the trail crosses the Tikhedunga River on a suspension bridge, then drops and crosses the BhurungdiKhola on a large bridge at 1520m. The trail ascends on a stone staircase. The unrelenting staircase continues to the large Magar village of Ulleri (2080m). From Ulleri the trail gently climbs through pastures and cultivated fields. You walk up beside the cascading river through refreshingly cool oak and Rhododendron forest. The trail crosses two sparkling clear streams, a small ridge, and another stream before making a short climb to Nangathanti (2460m). The day’s destination Ghorepani is reached after about an hour past Nangathanti.

    Overnight at lodge (B, L, D)

  5. Day 5 Trek To Poonhill And On To Tadapani (6.5 hours)

    Poon Hill

    Wake up early morning then take an hour hike to Poonhill (3210m) one of the best Himalaya viewpoints in Nepal. The spectacular panorama stretches from Dhaulagiri I (8167m) and Tukuche (6920m) to Nilgiri (6940m), Annapurna South, Annapurna I (8091m), Hiuchhuli (6441m) and Tarke Kang (7193m). Gangapurna (7454m), LamjungHimal (6986m) and the Mt. Fishtail (Machhapuchhre 6997m) make your breath and eyes caught.

    Return back to the lodge for breakfast and then start your trek to Tadapani. A short climb to the Deurali pass for a spectacular panorama over Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. The trail descends steeply through the dense moss-covered forest with rich bird life to Tadapani which also provides a close-up sunset view.

    Overnight at lodge (B, L, D)

  6. Day 6 Trek To Ghandruk (5 hours)


    After Breakfast start your trek to Ghandruk. The trekking trail descends steeply through rhododendron forests to BaiseKharka. The trail makes a short, steep descent among rocks to a stream crossing then leads out a ridge towards Ghandruk. Ghandruk is the second largest Gurung village in Nepal. It is the most interesting tribal Gurung village in Nepal, which provides Gorkha soldiers. It has excellent close -up views of Annapurna South, Machhapurchhe and Himachuli.

    Overnight at lodge (B, L, D)

  7. Day 7 Trek To Landruk (4 hours)


    After enjoying a relaxing breakfast and the glorious views from your Lodge, we start our trek to Landruk. After leaving the village of Ghandruk, the trail descends steeply to the banks of the Modi River. Here, you’ll be at the base of the cliffs where the famed honey hunters of Nepal climb on ropes to collect the honey. You’ll then cross a strong suspension bridge to the opposite banks of the Modi. From here is it about an hour’s trek up switch backs and steps to reach the village of Landruk. Landruk affords more glorious views of the Annapurna range. (Trek time approx. 4 hours). Arrive in time for lunch. Your guide will take you on an exploration hike of this mountain village after lunch.

    Overnight at lodge (B, L, D)

  8. Day 8 Trek To Dhampus (5 hours)


    Early morning, we enjoy the view of Sunrise, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Machhapurchre & the countryside. After breakfast we leave Landruk almost flat trails about an hour then Little steep for 20 minutes to reach Tolka. after Tolka trail follows through forest then starts again steep ascends about one & half hour to get Deurali, from where you can see valley of Pokhara. There tea shops are available between Tolka and Deurali. After Deurali trails leads you gradually descend to Dhampus via Pothana.

    Overnight at lodge (B, L, D)

  9. Day 9 Trek To Phedi (1.5 hours) And Drive Back To Pokhara


    After breakfast, we depart along the ridge & descend through the wooded hillside and terraced farmland to the valley floor.

    We meet our vehicle in Phedi and then transfer by vehicle to the hotel in Pokhara (40 minutes).

    Overnight at lodge (B, L, D)

  10. Day 10 Fly Back To Kathmandu


    Morning is at leisure in Pokhara.

    Take an afternoon flight back to Kathmandu.

    Overnight at lodge (B, L, D)

  11. Day 11 Final Depature


    We ensure that you will leave Kathmandu with cherishing memory and an experience of a lifetime. Our representative will drive you to the airport in time for your flight back home.

    Overnight at lodge (B, L, D)

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