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Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

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Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is an amazing trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal. This trek is perfect for those who want to experience trekking in the Himalayas without having to endure long and strenuous hikes. The trail takes you through lush forests, charming villages and offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna mountain range.

The highlight of this trek is undoubtedly the sunrise view from Poon Hill. You have to wake up early in the morning but it is worth it when you see the first rays of sunlight hitting the peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.

The trail to Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek starts from Nayapul, which is around an hour’s drive from Pokhara. From there, it takes about 4-5 days to complete the trek depending on your pace.

Along the way, you will pass through several small villages such as Tikhedhunga and Ulleri where you can interact with locals and learn about their culture. Teahouses are available throughout the trail where you can rest and enjoy a warm cup of tea or coffee before continuing on your journey.

Overall, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is a must-do for anyone visiting Nepal. It offers a great introduction to trekking in the Himalayas and provides stunning views that will stay with you forever.

Overview

The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is one of the most popular and scenic treks in Nepal. It is a relatively easy trek that takes you through picturesque villages, lush forests, and breathtaking mountain panoramas. The trek starts from Nayapul, near Pokhara, and takes you through beautiful rhododendron forests, traditional Gurung and Magar villages, and terraced fields. The highlight of the trek is the sunrise view from Poon Hill, which offers a stunning panoramic view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.

The trek usually takes around 4-5 days to complete, and the maximum altitude reached is around 3,210 meters at Poon Hill. The trek is suitable for beginners and those who are short on time but still want to experience the beauty of the Himalayas. It is an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and witness the traditional way of life of the Nepali people. The best time to go on this trek is from September to November and from March to May when the weather is clear and the views are spectacular.

Highlights

  • Breathtaking Views: One of the most significant highlights of Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is the stunning panoramic view of the Himalayan range, including Annapurna, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), and Dhaulagiri. You can witness the sunrise and sunset from Poon Hill, which offers a breathtaking view of the Himalayas.
  • Rhododendron Forest: Trekking through the lush rhododendron forest is a surreal experience. You can see the beautiful red, pink, and white blooms, making the trail look like a floral paradise
  • Traditional Villages: The trek takes you through several traditional Gurung and Magar villages where you can experience the local culture and lifestyle. You can also taste the delicious local cuisine and interact with friendly locals.
  • Charming Tea Houses: The trek offers comfortable accommodation in traditional tea houses along the trail, providing a cozy and warm environment to rest after a long day of trekking.
  • Himalayan Wildlife: The trek offers a chance to spot various species of Himalayan wildlife, including musk deer, Himalayan thar, and langur monkeys. If you're lucky, you might even spot the elusive snow leopard.
  • Family Friendly: Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is a perfect getaway to spend quality time with your friends and family. Trekking together in the beautiful Himalayas will create memories that will last a lifetime.

Itinerary

Trek Hours: 3 hours

Altitude:2,070m/6,791ft

Hello from MTA Trekking! Let’s start our exciting journey. First, we eat breakfast in Pokhara, a really cool city. Then, we hop on a bus for about an hour to reach Nayapul. This is where our walking adventure begins!

We’ll walk up to a place called Ulleri. It’s a bit high, at 2,070 meters, and will take us around 3 hours. On our way, we’ll hear the loud Modi River, see lots of pretty birds, and walk through a forest full of big red flowers called rhododendrons. It’s going to be fun and beautiful!

Once we get to Ulleri, we’ll stay in a small house for the night. We need to sleep well because we have another exciting day ahead of us tomorrow!

Trek Hours: 2 hours

Altitude: 2,675m/ 8,776m

Good morning! After a quick breakfast, we’re off again. Today we walk from Ulleri to a place called Ghorepani. It’s not too far, just about 2 hours of walking.

On the way, we’ll pass through a village named Banthali where people called Magars live. They’re super friendly! From here, we can see some huge mountains like Annapurna South and Himchuli. They’re really, really tall and beautiful.

We’ll walk through more forests with rhododendron and oak trees, cross some small streams, and finally reach Ghorepani. This place is amazing! There are big snow-covered mountains all around. We’ll have some free time to look around the village and then sleep in a cozy tea house.

Trek Hours: 8 hours

Altitude: 3,180m/10,433ft 

Today we start super early, even before the sun comes up! We walk to a place called Poon Hill. It takes about 1 hour to get to the top. We’re going there to see an amazing sunrise over the mountains. Imagine the sun coming up and making the mountains look like they’re glowing!

After enjoying the sunrise, we walk back to Ghorepani for breakfast. Then, our big walk for the day is going to Ghandruk. It’s a 6-hour walk but it’s worth it. Ghandruk is a pretty village with very nice people known for their hospitality. We’ll spend the night in a tea house here, resting after a long day.

  • Walking Time: 5 hours
  • Height Above Sea Level: 827m/2713ft

Today’s our last day of walking with MTA Trekking, and it’s going to be super cool. We start in a village called Ghandruk. It’s a really special place with old stone houses and amazing views of big, snowy mountains.

Ghandruk is where the Gurung people live. They have their own cool traditions and ways of doing things. We’ll visit museums in the village. One is an old house that shows how people here lived a long time ago. The other one has lots of traditional stuff like clothes and tools. It’s like going back in time!

We’ll also eat some yummy local food. There’s ‘Dhindo’ and ‘Gundruk,’ which are special dishes here. And if you’re curious, there’s a local drink called ‘Raksi’ made from millet. It’s all part of the adventure!

After exploring Ghandruk, we’ll start walking back down. We’ll see beautiful forests with colorful flowers, cross small rivers, and walk over swinging bridges. It’s like being in a movie!

From there, we will take a sharing vehicle back to the city of Pokhara.

In Pokhara, we’ll stay in a hotel Orchid or similar near a lake. It’s a great place to relax and think about all the fun we had on our trek. What a great adventure with MTA Trekking!

Includes/Excludes

Cost Includes

  • All necessary permits and fees
  • Accommodation during the trek
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek
  • Experienced guide
  • Medical kit
  • Insurance for guide and porter
  • Experienced porters (one porter for at least two people)

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare and travel insurance
  • Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, WiFi, phone calls, etc.)
  • Alcoholic beverages and snacks
  • Tips for guide and porter (although it is customary to tip them)

FAQs

What is the duration of the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek?

The trek usually takes around 4-5 days.

Is it a difficult trek?

The trek is considered to be moderate, suitable for beginners and experienced trekkers

What is the highest altitude reached during the trek?

The highest altitude reached is 3,210 meters at Poon Hill.

Is there an age limit for the trek?

There is no specific age limit, but it is recommended to be in good physical condition.

What is the best time to do the trek?

The best time to do the trek is from March to May and September to November.

What kind of accommodation is provided during the trek?

Basic teahouses or lodges with shared rooms and bathrooms are provided.

Do I need to bring my own trekking gear?

It is recommended to bring your own trekking boots, backpack, and warm clothing. However, sleeping bags and trekking poles can be rented in Nepal.

Is it safe to drink water during the trek?

It is recommended to bring water purification tablets or a water filter to avoid any illness from drinking untreated water.

Can I hire a private guide and porter?

Yes, private guides and porters can be hired at an additional cost.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

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patrik b
patrik b
2024-05-06
Amazing Annapurnas with Mta trekking Great tour, everything was well organised - great tour guide and porters, very nice ldoges owned by friendly people, good food, very nice transportation, generally very professional approach. Woudl recommend to everyone.
Loni S
Loni S
2024-05-05
Enjoyable and unforgettable trek with the experienced! Thanks MTA and Mardi Himal ❤️ I did 5D4N Mardi Himal trek with a few friends in Apr 2024 with MTA. The four of us from Hong Kong were very well taken care since entering Pokhara. MTA (kudos to Bijay) gave us best advice of anything from equipment, flight to massage. Bijay organised our airport pickup and connecting cars so well so we could be worry-free the whole time. It’s especially important as we sometimes had miscommunications with drivers even using ride-hailing app. Our tour was customised and extended one day vs the regular 4D3N with Bijay’s help so we had more time for ascending and made it easier to reach the highest point at 4200m. Going on Mardi trek with MTA, their guide Kaji and two porters Donbadu and Natium, makes the experience 5-star! 1/ Kaji knew the trek and his guests so well. He never failed to estimate how much time we still needed and we could adjust our expectations. 2/ Kaji had best connections on the mountain (which is tremendously important), everyone doing business on the trek is like his extended family. With that our schedule was more flexible for a change. 3/ MOST IMPORTANTLY, Kaji was very observant and ensured safety of everyone. He made timely decision to save my friend from altitude sickness! My friend started to feel unwell and vomit after we reached 3,300m. Kaji tried to extend our rest time to help her recover, and in the end got Donbadu to go down with her so she could be relieved. We really appreciate that! ❤️ We’re always treated as top priority and served very well on the trek. Food and drinks are never missed, Kaji and his team were very hospitable and always checked in if we felt good for the coming trek. MTA guides all treks you can name - Poon Hill, Mardi Himal, ABC, ACT, EBC and many more lesser known ones. Definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a worry-free, safe trek in Nepal, especially if you’re first timers like us. Thanks for supporting our trekking dream! Annapurna and Mardi Himal look surreal, it’s a good story of a lifetime. <3
René S
René S
2024-05-01
Everything we wanted and more! The company is excellent. This is a newer trekking company but with all the right contacts to make sure things run smoothly. We were 3 in our group. We all felt relaxed because everything was taken care of in an stress-free way. Our questions (which were many) were answered before and during the trek. The vibe is laid back and friendly. The company are also concerned that porters do not carry too much weight and everybody is treated fairly. The trek was tough for us but the guide and our porters were excellent - very patient and helpful - they were very concerned for our needs and thanks to them, we made it to base camp and it was so amazing we cannot thank them enough!
Zacattack
Zacattack
2024-04-22
Everest Base Camp - Absolute must for your Bucket List. If you're an adventurer at heart, seeking the thrill of reaching great heights and witnessing breath-taking landscapes, or like me have a bucket list then a journey to Everest Base Camp is an absolute must. Recently, I had the incredible opportunity to embark on this unforgettable expedition with a few friends and M.T.A , I'm still buzzing with excitement from the experience. Our journey began in Kathmandu, Nepal, where after landing at the airport we were greeted by Bijay from M.T.A. and taken for a very delicious Nepalese meal. Next we flew to Lukla, a tiny airstrip nestled among the towering peaks of the Himalayas. The hair-raising flight was an adventure in itself, offering jaw-dropping views of the rugged terrain below. Here we meet our main guide Shishir along with porters to assist in carrying our packs. We then embarked on 9 day trek to Everest Base camp. As we trekked through quaint Sherpa villages and lush rhododendron forests, each step brought us closer to our ultimate goal: reaching Everest Base Camp. Along the way, we were treated to awe-inspiring vistas of snow-capped peak, sparkling glaciers and an array of different animals such as Yaks & horses, Shirhir was amazing in his knowledge of the trek, the villages and giving us advice on how best to pace ourselves to enjoy the journey. As we reached higher altitudes he was very conscious of our health and safety to ensure we were in the best possible position to reach base camp watching us closely and monitoring our oxygen levels. Reaching Everest Base Camp was a momentous occasion, even thou we were tired this soon faded as we were filled with a sense of accomplishment and wonder. Surrounded by towering giants like Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse, we couldn't help but be humbled by the sheer magnitude of nature's grandeur. We were blessed with been able to meet with one most experienced sherpa’s who had climbed mount Everest 18 times and enjoyed a cup of Tea with him. Shirhir knowledge of the region, coupled with his warm camaraderie, made the journey all the more enjoyable. We enjoyed the hearty wide range of Sherpa meals that fuelled our bodies and warmed our souls after a long day on the trail. In the evenings after a meal, we reflected on the days excitement and ended the evening most nights with a round of cards and in bed by around 9. As I had limited time I opted to fly out by Helicopter from Gorashep. This was absolutely an amazing flight. What had taken 8 days to walk around 70KM from Lukla to Gorashep took around 8mintues to Helicopter out. I will never forget the amazing scenery on that flight out. In conclusion, my journey to Everest Base Camp was nothing short of extraordinary. It was a test of endurance, a feast for the senses, and a soul-stirring adventure that will stay with me forever. If you're searching for an experience that will challenge you, inspire you, and leave you utterly spellbound, look no further than Everest Base Camp. M.T.A , Bijay and Shirhir make the whole experience so enjoyable I have no hesitation in recommending them. Everest base camp is worth every step of the journey, it is a must to put on your bucket list.
Peter M
Peter M
2024-04-17
Wonderful Mardi Himal Trekk My favorite mountain. The people were incredibly helpful I made a few mistakes in bookings, but they were very accommodating.We managed to shorten the trip to meet my schedule by taking me partway by jeep. My guide was very good. He brought me to the best place my strength could handle.
Jana H
Jana H
2024-03-18
Experience you never forget Unforgettable experience to trek the EBC, thank you to Shishir who was always very helpful and kind. We all successfully reached the base camp.
JogT
JogT
2024-03-04
Wonderful poonhill trekking via Ghandruk We thoroughly enjoyed trekking in Poonhill and Ghandruk village! Sadly, the weather was not favorable and we couldn’t see the mountains from Poonhill but aside from that, our experience was wonderful. Our guide Kaji was caring and went above and beyond to make our trek memorable. He organized clean and comfortable hotels with hot showers in Ulleri which was great after climbing many stairs. The early morning Poonhill hike was worth it and the Ghandruk village and museum were also intriguing. We are happy to have booked our Poonhill trek via Ghandruk village with MTA Trekking.
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2024-02-03
Ultralight Plane Flight and Sarangkot The ultralight plane flight was amazing. You can see the Himalayas from so close you can almost reach out and touch them. It's a must-do if you visit Pokhara. The guide was very experienced, so I was able to leave it to him with confidence.
Bishal S
Bishal S
2024-01-14
Wonderful Poon Hill Trekking Experience We had wonderful Poon hill trekking experience with Mta trekking. As we had chosen full package, everything was taken care perfectly including accommodations, foods and transportation. Sunrise from Poon hill was the highlight of this trip. We would recommend this trusted and reliable company.
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Teknomad
2024-01-13
Wonderful Mardi Himal Trek Experience i had Wonderful Mardi Himal Trek Experience . The Guide was knowledgeable and know the local areas very well. As it offers few numbers of accommodations, my guide made sure that the food was prepared fresh and hygienic. Their service is recommended.

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