Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is a small circuit trail in the lower part of the Annapurna region. It is one of the classics and the most stunning viewing point of Poon Hill is the prime destination of this trip. Ghorepani Poonhill Trek offers a majestic sunrise over the sky-touching mountains. A glimpse of the snow-capped peaks turning from grey to pink to brilliant white is just awe-inspiring. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is a relatively easy trek that can be done all year round, although autumn and spring are considered the most impressive. Witness stunning scenic villages settled by Magar, Gurung ethnic locals, lush vegetation, rhododendron forests, mountain streams and heterogeneous landscapes deemed nature’s true delicacies of the region.

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is a popular trekking in Nepal, suitable for every type of trekker, who loves to explore the Himalayan short trekking as well as a cultural experience. During the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, we will experience lush forests of rhododendrons and oak, the beautiful settlement of Gurung and Magars, which offers the Annapurna Himalayan panoramas, waterfalls, terraced rice fields and local people’s culture and lifestyles.

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek Highlights:

  • Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is a popular short trekking in the Annapurna region.
  • Breathtaking sunrise view.
  • Stunning views of Annapurna ranges, Machhepucher, Hichuli and Dhaulagiri.
  • Let us explore the culture and lifestyle of ethnic groups in the Mountain
  • Experience a city of Lakes and a natural beauty.

The sample program itinerary provided is subject to change or extension based on the availability of the volunteers and their preferred duration for volunteering, internship, tour, or trekking.

Program day to day detail itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu:

You will be picked up at the airport by one of the Volunteer World Nepal staff and driven to your Kathmandu host family or a hotel. Here you will be welcomed into the family, be given your own room and be provided with all your meals while in Kathmandu. This will be your home during your orientation and volunteering in Nepal. With easy bus routes into town and the surrounding countryside, this quiet and safe suburb is the perfect base for your time in Nepal. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation:

We tour Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa which are all world heritage sites. The Durbar Square sheds light on the life of the royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple and Baudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, we are introduced to our fellow participants and discuss our trip at the Tour and Trekking Nepal office. Overnight in Kathmandu. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara by Tourist Bus:

At the beginning of the journey today we head to Pokhara. The journey to the city of lakes begins from the valley heading out of its twisty roads and reaching Prithvi Highway and the thrashing Trishuli River. The tranquil journey gives us a peek at the majestic Himalayas right as we enter the mesmerizing Pokhara valley. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and Ulleri Trek:

We are rewarded with magnificent views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, the five peaks of Annapurna and several others. We pass through sub-tropical valley forests, sometimes on the carved trail on the side of the cliff. We cross the Bhurungdi Khola via a bridge to the village of Tikhedhunga. The Ulleri Hill with thousands of steps and boulders that continually go upward will really prove a test of our stamina. Overnight stay in Ulleri. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 05: Ulleri – Ghorepani Trek:

We make our way ascending towards Ghorepani. The name Ghorepani in Nepali means ‘horse water’ due to it being an important campsite for traders before it became a trekker’s stop. Ghorepani is an interesting place with small shops and stalls for selling local products and crafts. 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 quite higher than our previous stop, we begin to feel the chilly weather, especially in the evenings. Overnight stay in Ghorepani. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 06: Ghorepani –  Poon Hill  – Tadapani Trek:

Today is a big day for us, so we make an early morning climb along the steep trail to Poon Hill viewpoint (3,210m/10,529ft.) to witness the most amazing sunrise views over the Himalayas. Poon Hill is the most popular trekking destination of the Annapurna region. It is also a great vantage point to enjoy the amazing views of Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20 of the highest mountains, including the close-up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. After spending some time taking pictures and having coffee, tea or hot chocolate, we return to Ghorepani for breakfast. Then we head east and climb a nearby ridge. We descend through rhododendron forests, pass by spectacular waterfalls along the way and reach Tadapani to spend the night. Overnight stay in Tadapani. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 07: Tadapani – Ghandruk Trek:

We leave Tadapani making a steep descent through the dense forests of old rhododendron trees. When the rhododendron trees are in bloom, these forests actually turn into amazing gardens. Depending on the travel season, by afternoon we get to enjoy cherry blossoms in bloom on the slopes on the other side of the ravine. After hiking for some more time, we enter the village of Ghandruk, which is a slope settlement comprising stone houses, mostly inhabited by the Gurung community. Enjoying the stunningly close-up towering views of Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli mountains, we also acquaint ourselves with the simple but rich cultural traditions of the Gurung people at the Gurung Museum in Ghandruk. Overnight stay in Ghandruk.

Day 08: Ghandruk – Nayapul Trek and drive to Pokhara:

We leave Ghandruk and enjoy the final leg of the hike on the beautiful hilly landscapes of western Nepal. On reaching Matque, we will begin our drive back to Pokhara in a private vehicle. It will take us around 2 hours to reach the city of lakes. We have lunch on the way. The actual trek to the Annapurna Poon Hill Sunrise and back end today. On reaching Pokhara, we check in at our hotel and rest for a while. In the afternoon, we will set out for a half-day sightseeing tour of Pokhara. Overnight stay in Pokhara. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 09: Drive back to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus:

After breakfast, transfer to the Tourist bus station and 07: 30 am drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus. This scenic drive offers fascinating glimpses of rural Nepal as you pass through Middle Hill scenery along the famous rafting Trishuli River originated from Tibet northeast of Kathmandu. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 10: Farewell Friend and Departure/Fly back Home:

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

Key Information:

599 USD
Arrival City:
10 Days
Tea House
All meals included during trekking
Tourist Bus
Maximum Altitude:
3210 Meters
Group Size:
1 - 10 Persons
Pokhara, Poon Hill, Annapurna Himalayan
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Program fee: 599 USD
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  • No booking or Credit Card Fee
  • Free Cancellation

What's included:

  • Airpot pick up and drop off as per itinerary
  • Both way flight from KTM- PKR- KTM ( You can travel to pokhara by overland as well )
  • Mountain lodge accommodation on twin sharing basis
  • All meals ( B,L,D) a day followed with a cup of tea/coffee and fresh fruits during the trek
  • Trekking Permits ( TIMS and  ACAP )
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu escorted by tour guide.
  • English speaking trekking guide and all his expenses.
  • Private car transportation to and from hike starting point.
  • 2 nights standard hotel in Pokhara with breakfast as per itinerary.
  • First Aid Kit and assistance in case of emergency (if required)
  • All applicable government taxes.

What's Excluded:

  • Nepal Visa fees
  • International airfare and taxes
  • Lunch and dinner while you are in Kathmandu and pokhara.
  • All personal expenses like alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry services etc.
  • Emergency helicopter rescue charges
  • Medical and travel insurances ( it is mendotary to have travel insurance for trekking in Nepal)
  • Tipping to guide  (frequently receives some recognition for good service)
  • All extra services if required (except motioned in ‘The Price Include’ section)

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