Ghorepani – Poon Hill Trek

Overview

Ghorepani – Poon Hill Trek

 

The Ghorepani – Poon Hill Trek, also popularly known as Annapurna Sunrise Trekking, or Annapurna Panorama Trekking, is quite possibly the most popular and relatively easy treks that traverses the beautiful villages of the Annapurna Region. You will also get the chance to soak up the atmosphere of Nepal’s second city, Pokhara, which will serve as a base of sorts.

 

Your trek will take you through some of the most amazing rhododendron forests, while also giving you the opportunity to stay in the locally-run teahouses where you are sure to experience authentic Nepali culture. However, the Poon Hill Trek is most famous for the panoramic views from Poon Hill, being popularly known as the Photographer’s Paradise, you can capture some of the best snaps of the imposing Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Poon Hill offers you some of the best views the Himalayas have to offer, including Annapurna South, Annapurna I, II, III, and IV, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre among others. If you like to get up early to trek to Poon Hill, you will not be disappointed. The phenomenal sunrise is just unmissable, and combined with the strikingly beautiful Himalayas, you will not regret waking up a little bit earlier!

 

Highlights

  • Beautiful Sunrise
  • Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Ranges
  • Worlds largest Rhododendron forest.
  • Bhurundi river water falls
  • Experience the authentic mountain life of Nepalis.
  • Sightseeing tour of Pokhara

 

Policies/Restriction

Cancellation made within 24 hours of service date will be charged in full; more than 24 hours notice is fully refundable.

 

Detail Itinerary

DAY 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

A representative of Kathmandu Adventures will be outside the airport terminal to greet you and take you to your hotel – overnight in Kathmandu.

 

DAY 02: Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu

Morning drive to Monkey Temple then onto Pashupatinath Temple, you will also visit Patan Durbar Square to see the heritage sights and the Boudhanath Stupa. In the evening you can relax at your Hotel and you will also be briefed about your upcoming trek. We will check all equiptment and answer any questions you may have. Meals included B

 

DAY 03: Drive to Pokhara [823m/2,700ft] 6 hours.

After breakfast we begin our drive to Pokhara by bus. It’s best to get a seat on the right side to ensure you can enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way. On arrival we will be escorted to our hotel and spend a leisurely afternoon in the beautiful lakeside town of Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara. Included meals: B

 

Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ulleri [2050 m/6725 ft]: 1½ hrs drive and 6 hrs trek

After breakfast we drive to Nayapul and start the trek. We pass through sub tropical valley forests, sometimes on a trail carved into the side of the cliff. After lunch, we cross the Modi Khola (river) via a suspension bridge and begin our trek to the village of Tikhedhunga. The Ulleri Hill with thousands of steps and boulders that continually go upward will prove a test of our stamina. We reach Ulleri by late afternoon. Overnight in Ulleri. Included meals: B

 

Day 05: Ulleri to Ghorepani [2750 m/ 9020 ft]: 4 to 5 hrs trek.

We make our ascent to the Ghorepani village. The name Ghorepani in Nepali means “horse water” owing to its role as an important campsite for traders before it became a trekker’s stop. Ghorepani is an interesting place with small shops and stalls that sell local products and craft. The town has two parts: one in a saddle and the other a few hundred feet lower. We stop at the higher part of the Ghorepani village that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna South and Nilgiri mountains. Since Ghorepani lies higher than our previous stop, we can start to feel the chilly weather, especially in the evenings. Overnight in Ghorepani. Included meals: B

 

Day 06: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Ghandruk [2700m/8,860 ft]: 6 to 7 hrs.

Today will be a special day because we conquer Poon Hill – an icon of Annapurna region. To catch the magnificent splendor of sunrise over the Himalayas, we make an early morning climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft). From Poon Hill we will be able to enjoy wonderful panoramic views of the Mustang and Pokhara valleys including the closest views of more than 20 of the highest mountains as well as the close-up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The snowy peaks of the high mountains loom above and around us glowing in the morning light. After taking photos and having some coffee or tea, we return to Gorepani. We make a steep descent through the thick forest of old rhododendron trees. When the rhododendron trees are in bloom, these forests turn into gardens of dazzlingly beautiful flowers, mostly red, when seen from the air or from afar. By afternoon we enter the village of Ghandruk, a sloping settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by the Gurung people. Along with enjoying the stunningly close-up towering views of Fishtail, Annaurna South, and Hiuchuli mountains, we also acquaint ourselves with the simple but rich cultural traditions of the Gurung people at the Gurung Museum in Ghandruk. Overnight in Ghundruk. Included meals: B

 

Day 07: Ghandruk to Pokhara: 4 hrs trek and 1½ hr drive.

Today we trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul then drive back to Pokhara. The trek will be downhill all the way to Birethanti. We step onto a staircase paved with stone slabs, curving in and out of the village and then terraced farms. It keeps on going down almost without breaks from Ghandruk until Modi Khola river valley. From Birethanti, a half-an-hour’s walk takes us into Nayapul. The journey on foot comes to an end at Nayapul. From there we drive back to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara. Included meals: B

 

Day 08: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 6 hrs by bus.

After breakfast, we start our drive back to Kathmandu. It will be better to sit on the left side of the bus to enjoy the scenery. On arrival in Kathmandu, we will be escorted to our hotel and spend a leisurely afternoon, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping and in the evening celebrate dinner together with Kathmandu Adventure Nepal staff, at a Cultural dinner and show. Overnight in Kathmandu. Included meals: B

 

Day 09: Final Departure

Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! A Kathmandu Adventures representative will drop us off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal. Included meals:B

 

Important Note : Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Kathmandu Adventures. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Inclusions

  • All ground transport in a private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Daily breakfast during the trek
  • All accommodation during trek.
  • 2 Nights 3* Hotel in Kathmandu
  • 2 night Pokhara hotel with breakfast
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary and equipment.
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers’ Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Acap Permit
  • Government taxes & office service charge
  • Welcome dinner and Farewell dinner with culture show.

 

 

Exclusions

  • Daily meals(Lunch & Dinner)
  • Personal Travel insurance
  • Nepal entry visa. You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 passport-size photos.
  • Soft drinks including water
  • Snacks and other personal expenses
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

 

Hours of operation

Daily

 

Black-Out Dates

This tour is not available January 1

1  Reviews on Ghorepani – Poon Hill Trek View All

2017-03-16 06:58:52

Mark says:

I went on the Poon Hill trek at the end of February with Kathmandu Adventures and I was not disappointed! The views from Poon Hill were indescribable, and made the trekking all worth it. We were well looked after throughout our time in Nepal, and by ...

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