Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek – A Complete Guide

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is very popular short adventure trekking destination which is accessible from seven lake city Pokhara which has many more things to do. This trek good for the trekkers who have short time to spend the day in Nepal. This trek is normally takes 5 to 6 days.

poon hill trek in nepal
Poon Hill (3210 m)

First driving from Pokhara to Nayapul which take around one and half hours’ drive. The starting point is from 1070 meter to 3210m a top hill from where we can see the magnificent paradise view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. Among the highest peak of the world. The trek is started from Nayapul via Birethanti to Poon hill and Tadapani to Syaulibazar. This trekking route has many alternative route too that you can choose the various way to strengthen your days in the Himalaya.

In this “Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek”, you can go further more comfortable in comparison of other Himalaya trekking. Foods are excellent. Must try food in this trekking is Dal Vat, which comprise of lentil, dal soup, vegetable curry, tomato pickle, spinach, Papad etc. scientifically, everything is mixed over in one food.

Green View in Ghorepani poon hill trek
Green View along the Trail

Tea house where you spend the night are somewhat luxury. As a trekking and tour leader, I have done this poon hill trek many times. I haven’t counted may be more than 30 times. I have found this trek as one of the most stunning and picturesque short and best annapurna trek in Nepal.

Ulleri
View From Ulleri

This trek offers greenery view along with top high white mountain, beautiful birds, rhododendron dense forest, stream, water fall and cultural life of the Gurung and Magar people which have a mongo lied fair complexion. The highest point of this Ghorepani poon hill Trek is 3210 m from the sea level.

Annapurna Conservation Area

The main season to travel this region is all the time of the year except July and august (Monsoon period). In the time of monsoon inside the natural trail, more possibility of finding the leeches that sucks the blood. For this trek you don’t need much physical fitness. Moderate level is OK. Like 15 day of jugging, cycling, swimming etc. before you start the trek. There are no chances of getting high altitude sickness.

Pokhara is the nearest city that you have to be in and drive just few hours 1:30hrs to starting spot. There are lots of tea house in this Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek that provide the services like WIFI and Shower (Rs100 to 150). The people are very friendly and hospitable in the nature. Visitors are always welcome by unforgettable greeting of Namaste!

Ghorepani Map of Nepal

Major fact of the Trip that I have seen and experienced
Country: Nepal
Best time to visit: Any time of the year (Feb to Jun/ Sep to Dec)
Max.Height: 3210 meter from the sea level
Grading: Easy/ Moderate
Flora: Rhododendron, Magnolia, Japanese Cherry, Christmas rose
Fauna: Grey languor, spotted and musk deer and many beautiful birds.

Ghorepani poon hill trek

In below, I will give you more information about the trip how to reach, what are the things you required, about the water, lodging and fooding and individual costing for the trek. Now let’s start…

How to Reach Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek?

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1400 m)

After your arrival at Kathmandu in Tribhuwan International Airport, (which is the only international airport in Nepal). You will see lots of cars or taxi parking outside the airport.

Nepal International Airport
Tribhuvan International Airport

Be polite, patient and firm in your bargaining not more than one or two times and tell your price how much you can afford. Normally, the taxi price is Rs.700 to Rs.1000 up to the Thamel.

After that take a taxi to the enchanting center point in Kathmandu called Thamel. There are more than hundreds of restaurants, hotels, guesthouses, shops, café, discos and pubs to serve the tourist from cheap price to expensive.

Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara (830 m) drive 6 to 7 hours

Before going to Ghorepani poon hill trek, you have to be in Pokhara. Now, early morning drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu or you can go by flight too which is only 30min flight and drive is just 6 to 7 hrs with scenic view drive ( Rivers, waterfall, green mountain, paddy field, cattle feeding, school children clutching their books on the way to school and many more).

Pokhara Valley Nepal
Pokhara Valley View From Stupa

But, before going by flight or driving, book a ticket from the Hotel where you are staying in Kathmandu. If you are going by tourist bus then only Rs.750 to Rs.1200.

After reaching at Pokhara try to be in Lake Side where number of hotels, restaurants, pubs, shops, disco and café are there to serve the tourist.

Day 03: Pokhara to Tikhedhunga (1540 m) walk 5 to 6hrs

Today, at 8:00 am start drive one and half hour for 45km to Nayapul where you start your Ghorepani poon hill trek. Take a taxi from the lake side which cost around Rs. 1500 to Rs. 2500. (Bargain with some idea of what you consider a fair price for drive to Nayapul).

As you arrived at starting point take a look that lots of tourist are following the trail. If not, ask the people around or refer to the information board. As you move, you will passes the suspension bridge and following the muddy trail.

Crossing the flaggy Modi Bridge after showing the TIMS Cards and Permit you will lead to lunch place nearby the Brungdi river beach.
After lunch heading forward with beautiful green mountain landscape, you will pasture at Tikhedhunga. Before heading next day to Ghorepani poon hill trek you can stay at Tikhedhunga in Laxmi guest house (Foods are organic and fresh to eat) Rooms cost Rs.250 to Rs.500.

Tikhedhunga Ghorepani
Tikhedhunga Laxmi Guest House

But, depends on season. In the peak season it will be high price. The area has 312 houses with 1200 people are living.

You can go to visit school where the children are coming to study from far village by walking 1 to 2hrs up and down. Just below the lodge there is 40 KW Micro hydro power that is very beautiful place with beautiful waterfall.

You can enjoy taking good picture of it. Actually, the greenery view is perfectly awesome, whereas I liked it.

Day 04: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2900 m) walk 6 to 7hrs

After the breakfast, you can headed towards Ghorepani poon hill trek. Today is most difficult trek as compare to other days. Because today you have to climb up 3700 stone steps as well as definitely you are going to high altitude from 1540 m to 2900 m.

Ghorepani Poon Hill
View from Upper Ghorepani

Whole day you have to head upwards and most of the parts are stone staircases even after passing the toughest section 3700 steps.

After reaching at the top point of the toughest part gradually the trail is easy to walk. Because the trail is not as like always heading upwards.

There are lots of tea houses and stone platform where you can take a rest and can have either a tea or water or lunch break on this Ghorepani poon hill trek.

Somewhere, trails is long distance like for 1 hrs there you won’t see any tea houses due to naturally green Rhododendron forest along the way.

Natural view trail
Extra Nature View Along The Trail

Which you find really wonderful ambience. But, after strolling for 2 and half hours you can reach to the beautiful village called Nangethanti where you even can stop to take a lunch break for an hours.

From there to Ghorepani is just one and half hrs of smooth pace of heading off trails. Finally, you will see blue zinc roof houses of lower Ghorepani.

But, there are two Ghorepani, Lower and upper Ghorepani. It’s better to stay in upper Ghorepani which is also called Deurali. From upper part you can see the beautiful Mountain View.

I recommend you stay in Hill Top lodge which lies in highest point and view of the mountain is magnificent.

Day 05: Ghorepani to Tadapani (2640 m) walk 5 to 6hrs

Today is excellent day of Ghorepani poon hill trek. Early in the morning around at 5 am you have to do excursion hike to the poon hill for one hours to view the sunrise. Otherwise, it’s better to ask to owner of the hotel before going to sleep tonight.

Because they know very well about the sunrise time. The sunrise is excellent from stunning view of mountain. Many trekkers you can see on the trail whereas there will be no confusion for you to find the trail.

As well as, there is only the trail of stone steps to reach at poon hill. In the middle you have to pay Rs.50 per person. Actually, for the conservation of Ghorepani poon hill trek and support to build the school.

Poon hill trek
View From Poon Hill (3210 m)

After reaching at view tower, you can spend some minute until sunrise comes and enjoy the spectacular view by taking the picture at highest point 3210 meter. After that follow the same trail and descend to the lodge.

As you returned, order for the breakfast which takes 15 min to prepare and go to pack up your belongings and get ready to have a breakfast.

After breakfast, follow the different trail and headed towards Tadapani. Actually, trail leads to upward for one and half hours and you will reach at same height of the poon hill.

From where you can even see the beautiful green mountains with the combination of white skyline view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range.

Flowering Period
Spring Season (Rhododendron Blooming)

And the title Ghorepani poon hill trek trail is slater up and down and all the way descending village to village with beautiful natural trail.

But, before reaching Tadapani you have to climb up for one hours until the rest to sleep village. Some of the trekkers, they descend to next village Ghandruk.

But, it is better to stay in Tadapani. Because, the place is junction and you can see the close-up eye catching view of Fishtail Mountain and Annapurna range. You feel like touching.

Day 06: Tadapani to Syaulibazar (1220 m) walk 4 to 5hrs

After breakfast, around at 8:30 am you can move from the lodge. Very soon the Ghorepani poon hill trek is close to end. Because it is not necessarily important to hurry to move fast or early morning.

You can have enough sleep and wake up to enjoy the view of Annapurna range to feel like touching. Because, today you only have to walk for 5 hrs to Syaulibazar.

Syaulibazar Village
Syaulibazar (1220 m)

As you have your breakfast, the trail is all about descending and easy to walk. But, be careful some part on the trail that there is high steep and slippery.

Mountain View From Ghandruk
Annapurna Range From Ghandruk

After walking two and half hours you will reach at Ghandruk, a peaceful Gurung village with contrasting Mountain View. Here you can stop for lunch and descend forward to Syaulibazar and stay for night.

Day 07: Syaulibazar to Pokhara (830 m) walk 2:30hrs and drive back 1:30hrs

Finally, today, the Ghorepani poon hill trek is going to finish after two and half hours strolling through the river beach. Originally, you will met at the flaggy Modi Bridge and returning to Nayapul where you started your trek.

Pokhara Nepal
World Peace Stupa Pokhara

And take a car which are parking nearby the place and back to Pokhara. Once a price you have offered is accepted, it is not appropriate to back out of bargain or deal for car.

OR

If you liked the natural trial and view, you can extend this Poonhill trek after the day of Tadapani which are follows:

Day 06: Tadapani to Landruk (1565 m) walk 5 to 6 hrs

After the breakfast, you have to move downwards through the natural trail with full of forest and natural scenery up to the amazing town of the Gurung village, Ghandruk.

Many trekkers on the trail you can see coming anti clockwise for Ghorepani poon hill trek.

After you reached to the village, you can make a round the village of old Ghandruk and visit the old museum (The museum cost Rs. 75 per person).

Landruk Nepal
Landruk Village View

If you are starving or hungry, stop for lunch and trails leads downwards for one and half hours on the wide stone staircases with awesome view. Cross the Modi River Bridge the trail head upwards for one hour and you will arrive to Landruk.

A nice Gurung town from where the Ice peak of Annapurna range contract you. There are nice lodges with delicious food. You can spend your night.

Day 07: Landruk to Pothana (1890 m) walk 4hrs

From Landruk to Pothana is just four hours of walk through wide graveled trailed. After a peaceful walking there are two way; one is upwards to deurali (1hrs) which is short cut to reach Pothana and other one is graveled wide trail.

Any one of this trail you can go through.

Finally, you will reach at Pothana. Very nice and peaceful village along with purely awesome panorama view of mountains. In the late afternoon, you can go to checkout entry point to show your permit.

Pothana Village View
Pothana Village

Day 08: Pothana to Phedi (1130 m) and drive back to Pokhara (30 min)

Now today, Ghorepani poon hill trek part will finish. After taking your breakfast moves forward and descend through wide stone trail and paddy field.

You will reach at Dhampus. Again, follow the same trail and move downwards you will arrive at Phedi. From there take a taxi and back to Pokhara.

If you get confusion ask the local about the trail. Many of local adult guys know the English. Feel free to ask them. Nepalese people are friendly and hospitable in the nature and they feel happier to tell you more as guest then a tourist.

Do the permit is mandatory for this Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek?

Yes, permit is mandatory. Any foreigner those who are interested to trek to any part of the country should obtain the trekking permit from the tourism board or from the department of tourism immigration.

Trekking in Nepal

Actually, you can go to exhibition road at Kathmandu.

There nearby is tourism board. Take your passport and your details with two Passport size photograph. As you arrived firstly, you need to fill up the form and payment which costs as per below:
• Rs. 2000 per person for Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
• Rs. 1000 per Person for TIMS (Trekking Information Management Systems)
Another, for this trek the permit can also available in Pokhara. If you are already in Pokhara and decided to do the Ghorepani poon hill trek, you have an option.

Wherever you are, either in Kathmandu or in Pokhara at one place you can take it. Alternative option is that if you don’t know place and worried about the permit you can go to some of the Travel and tours agency or Trekking agency in Thamel, Kathmandu or in lakeside, Pokhara.

There are lots of travel agency waiting to serve you. But, they charge little as a service charge for it. On the trekking, where you have to show the permit there also available but, it’s too expensive like a double charge. Anyway don’t do so. Better making in cities at Kathmandu or Pokhara.

About food in Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Now, I would like to give you the information about the food which is very essential for you to know. Firstly, about the food. Most of the lodges they grow the food in farm at their own premises.

Especially, the vegetable which are organic and healthy. Food is cooked by local people who are well trained and standard that can meet the necessity of guest. For example: Dal Vat which is most typical Nepali food comprises of Rice, lentil soup, vegetable curry made from periodic vegetable available locally. Other dishes include Roti which is flat dried bread called chapatti with curry.

Everything you can get from pizza, muesli, toast, spring roll, porridge, spaghetti, MoMo etc… even apple pie is available in this Ghorepani poon hill trek. From different continental food to Nepali food.

Food in Trek

That you will get the menu to choose with different food items what you like to eat. There will no problem about to eat. Don’t forget to eat Dal Vat which is very tasty and included all vitamins and protein with carbohydrate. And give good energy for you to walk on the mountain.

If you ask some Nepali people about the power of Dal vat then you will know beautiful slogan Dal Vat Power 24 hrs hahaha…!. One things don’t forget to carry your favorite snacks like chocolate bar, snicker, kit Kat, mint etc in this Ghorepani poon hill trek.

Because, there will may be not be fixed time to have your lunch. So, whenever you might need energy to walk.
The Cost for the food normally you have to estimate per day per person Rs. 2000 to Rs. 2500 including with drinks and other extra expenses.

Lodging or Accommodation in Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

In the cities like Thamel in Kathmandu and lakeside in Pokhara you can find the accommodation very cheap to expensive ranges from basic tourist lodges to 2 to 5 star hotel. Minimum Rs.1000 to above Rs.1000.

Actually, what types of hotel and room you prefer AC room or normal basic room. It’s depend on you.
But, on this Ghorepani poon hill trek all the lodges rooms are on basic standard and is on twin share basis. Lodges are made by the local people. Looks like a local guest house.

Some of the lodges like in Ghorepani has room with attached bathroom in 4, 5 room only. It’s depend on the lodge. Some of the lodges they do not have even one.

Accommodation In Ghorepani
Sleeping Bed Room In Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

All the room are in twin share with outside toilet and bathroom. However, in most of the lodges’ room are in twin share with basic share toilet facilities. Toilet will be outside.

As you want to go, you can ask to the individuals around or to the owner of the lodge. Hot shower is also available in Ghorepani poon hill trek with little charge (Rs.100 to Rs.150 per person).

Rooms are normally charges according season about minimum Rs.250 to Rs.600. If you want room with attached bathroom then could be higher.

What about the drinking water in Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek?

Do not forget to carry a bottle of water with you all the time. Until up to the first day of the trekking at Tikhedhunga you can buy the sealed bottle mineral water.

From that point to till Tadapani you have to fill the water into your bottle from big 20litre of sealed jar water. Which is same like a sealed bottle water. Because the plastic bottle cause an environmental problem.

Water in Ghorepani
Types of water available in Ghorepani poon Hill Trek

So, the conservation area has banned to supply the sealed bottle on Ghorepani poon hill trek. If any lodges sell the mineral bottle water then they have to pay the penalty or fine for it.

If anybody local saw that they would have sold then Rs.5000 charge of fine should be paid. So, it’s strictly prohibited on that region to sell like 1litre of sealed bottle of water.

Actually, you need a vacant bottle of yours that you have to fill the water with little charge like Rs. 50 to Rs. 80 per liter from big 20 liter of sealed Jar bottle which is mineral water.

Purification tablet or drops are also alternative option for you if you want to use the tape water of villages. Water from the village tape is not safe to drink in Ghorepani poon hill trek.

Do i need a guide and porter for this Poonhill Trek?

This is major questions from many trekkers before going trekking. Actually, this is debatable question. But, if you are well prepared and can read the map easily then you don’t need any guide to trek to the popular part of the trekking in Nepal.

From my point of view, guide can play the important role in making you comfortable and he will be the person for your questions, issues and inquires. You can get lots of information from him.
About the place and culture. His role will be informing, directing and advising you before and during the journey. His responsibilities will be making you interesting, informative, ensuring safety and help you in serving food and accommodation.

Guide for the trekking in Nepal
Guide or Porter

Let’s suppose, if you get any trouble in Ghorepani poon hill trek he will be your guardian who can play the vital role to make you safe.

He knows every things from rescue to evacuation and translation if your condition get worse. Another things is that he is well certified by Government.

First aid training also they had taken in their guide training. Without passing the exam nobody is allow to be a guide and cannot get a guide license.
Moreover, about porter it’s very easy to explain that their duty is to make you more comfortable by carrying your belongings and help make the stay pleasant, homely and fulfilling.

Normally, some of the trekkers they only take porter in short treks like Ghorepani poon hill trek. I can advise you that if you don’t want guide, you also can take the porter who knows the trail very well. But, most of them are poor in most popular dialect English and other languages.

So, there might be difficult for you to understand their language. Just only he can help you in accommodation and serving food and showing the trail.

Preventive Measure

While you come for the trekking in Nepal. Your health condition must be good. Because there is not specific health requirement for entry into Nepal.

Preventive measure such as through medical health checkup and inoculation or vaccination should be done in your country before travelling into Nepal or before going to Ghorepani poon hill trek.

Altitude Sickness Preventive Measure

Visit to your doctor and checkup carefully and ask to your doctor about the health condition and about high height medication. Medicine for any foreseeable illness need to be brought with you when you come to travel in Nepal.

Outside Kathmandu and Pokhara, Pharmacy are few and also may be lack of sufficient medical requirement. Common problem like diarrhea, fever, headache, dehydration, blister etc may be occur during the trekking period.

If you suffer then there might not the facilities that you expect. So, plan accordingly.

Safety for your Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

For the safety, use your own small personal bag for your importance things. Like passport, camera, money belt etc. Beware of pick pocket in crowed or any places.

Without your attendance do not leave any valuable inside your room. Especially, money and camera in your Ghorepani poonhill trek. Bind it in your waist or keep with you all the time.

The gears you are required

Actually, you are not going to very high altitude in this trek. Only you have to reach at 3210 m from the sea level. Especially, in morning and at night it will cold. So, normally at all the time you have to carry the following items in this Ghorepani poon hill trek.

Trekking Essential
• Medium size comfortable bag pack which has a belly strap
• Light weight trekking boot. Because this trek is popular for the casual trekkers. So, you don’t need to bring special trekking boot for this trek.
• Extra slipper or light weight walking shoes to wear in the lodges in the evening.
• Warm fleece jacket
• 2-3 sporty or cotton T-shirt
• One Rain coat
• Toilet paper can be bought in villages in the mountain. So, just you can carry one.
• One warm trouser for inside leg
• One Suntan, lotion or cream
• One Wind proof outside trekking trouser
• Two pair of socks
• Pair of globes only for one day when you hike to Poonhill early in the morning
• One towel
• Sleeping sheet or bag (You can hire in Pokhara as well)
• First aid kit

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