Ghorepani – Poon Hill Trekking - 5 Days

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Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking is 5 days short trekking very famous for sunrise view over the Himalayas. Poon Hill trek is best way to explore the beautiful nature, culture and lifestyle of hilly region of Nepal. This 5 days Ghorepani Poon Hill trek starts and ends at Pokhara. It is totally the trekking package starts after an hours drive from Pokhara to Nayapool and ends at Birethati. Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is best trekking package to enjoy the local culture, interact with local people and enjoy the incredible mountain views.

Trip Highlights

  • Short and easy walking tour
  • Best mountain views
  • Interactions with local
  • Walking through farm lands and villages
  • No risk of altitude sickness
  • 360 degree views of Himalayas

Our 5 days Ghorepani – Poon Hill Trek is suitable for anyone with reasonable fitness level including children. The highest point on Poon Hill is just 3,210m/10,532ft and so there is no chance of being affected by altitude sickness.

This Annapurna short trek begins with the 25 min short Himalayan flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and a 1½ hr drive to Nayapul (trail foot). This Poon Hill Trekking circular route, through farmland and rhododendron forest takes two days to reach Poon Hill. You will be greeted by local culture, tradition, custom and warm welcome.

A pre-dawn walk up Poon Hill is rewarded with magnificent sunrise views of the huge Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges to the north and lowland hills to the south. Our trail then leads eastwards, following ridges to Tadapani with plenty of snow-peak views including the iconic Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail, 6,997m/22,957ft). Encounter unique local cultures and customs along the way. The down-trail to Ghandruk, a large stone roofed settlement offer perfect Lunch spot and another an hour short walk brings you to trail head (Ghandruk Phedi). About 2 ½ hrs off road drive following Modi Khola (Modi River) that rises from the glaciers in the Annapurna Sanctuary, brings back you Lake city Pokhara by the afternoon.

Outline Itinerary

DayProgramElevation
1Kathmandu – Pokhara– Nayapul –Tikhedhunga : 25 min flight, 1½ hrs drive (45 km), 5-6 hrs trek, 10 km1495m
2Tikhedhunga – Ghorepani , 5-6 hrs, ~11km2850m
3Walk up Poon hill . Ghorepani – Tadapani , 7-8hrs, ~12km3210m-2520m
4Tadapani – Ghandruk – Drive Pokhara : 3-4 hrs trek, ~6km, 2½ hrs drive (53 km)910m
5Pokhara-Kathmandu by Tourist Bus (6-7 hrs): 220km1440m

Day 1
Kathmandu – Pokhara– Nayapul –Tikhedhunga (1,495m/4 ,905ft): 25 min flight, 1½ hrs drive (45 km), 5-6 hrs trek, 10 km

Early morning, transfer to Kathmandu’s domestic airport and fly to Pokhara. Then, drive along the zigzag route to Nayapul (trail foot) where we commence our trek to Birethanti, a large and prosperous riverside village at the confluence of the Modi and Bhurungdi Kholas (streams). We hike up to Sudame along the off road and then climb gradually up the side of the valley, Tikhedhunga.

Overnight in Tikhedhunga at Lodge

Day 2
Tikhedhunga - Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft), 5-6 hrs, ~11km

After breakfast, our pleasant trekking begins through rhododendron and oak forests. The scenery will give you the energy to continue up the steps as you immerse yourself in the walk. After a few hours and with several breaks we reach Ghorepani. Upper Ghorepani (Deurali) where we stay in this trip, offers fantastic views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna Himalayas.

Overnight in Ghorepani at Lodge.

Day 3
Walk up Poon hill (3,210m/10,528ft). Ghorepani – Tadapani (2,520m/8268ft), 7-8hrs, ~12km

Make a pre-dawn start for the 45 minute walk up Poon hill (3,210m/10,530ft); through rhododendron forest. From the grassy top of the hill there is an unobstructed panoramic view of the high Himalayas stretching from far western Dolpo, and Dhaulagiri (8,172m/26,812ft), the Annapurna Range in the north, including Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail) and on to Manaslu (8,163m/26,783ft) in the northeast. To the south, the mist slowly rises from the flatlands towards India. After countless photographs, walk back to Ghorepani for breakfast.

The eastward trail to Tadapani crosses numerous ridges through thick pine and rhododendron forest with occasional flat sections and wonderful views of the snow peaks to the north from high ground.

Overnight in Tadapani at Lodge

Day 4
Tadapani – Ghandruk – Drive Pokhara (910m/2,986ft): 3-4 hrs trek, ~6km, 2½ hrs drive (53 km)

Today’s trail is mainly downhill: the first destination being the large Gurung village of Ghandruk with Himalayan views on the background. We arrive here just by the Lunch time. After lunch, trek to Ghandruk Phedi (trail head) for an hour to the road to finish the trek, and brings quicker to Lake City Pokhara for shopping and hang around. About 2½Scenic drive following down stream of ice cold river and overlooking Phewas Lake. Eventually, back to Pokhara and your Hotel to Lakeside. Afternoon free time.

Overnight in Pokhara at 2 star Hotel

Day 5
Pokhara-Kathmandu by Tourist Bus (6-7 hrs): 220km

After breakfast, transfer to Tourist bus station and 07:30am 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 north east of Kathmandu. Arrive Kathmandu 02:30 to 03:00pm.

Price Includes

  • All government taxes and Annapurna conservation entry fees.
  • TIMS CARD (Trekking Information Management System).
  • Required number of experienced English speaking guides and support staff (we pay for their daily wages, insurances, trekking equipment, food and accommodation).
  • 05 days porter wages and his insurances/meals/accommodation/equipment
  • 05 days guide wages and his insurances/meals/accommodation/equipment
  • Rescue arrangement in emergency situation & worst weather condition
  • 04 nights Lodge accommodation during the trek on tea house services.
  • 01 Night Hotel in Pokhara
  • Necessary ground transportation depending upon your request (via tourist bus or private vehicle).
  • Trekking Ending Point to Pokhara
  • Domestic Airfare (Kathmandu to Pokhara)
  • Pokhara– Nayapul –Tikhedhunga by local Transport
  • Trekking poles, sleeping bag/duffle bag (we provide these if necessary).
  • Trekking maps.
  • Rubbish disposal.
  • PNT service charge and government taxes.

Price Exclude

  • All meals in Kathmandu and during trekking
  • Hotel stay in Kathmandu.
  • Tips to guides and support staff.
  • Additional costs in case of emergency (You must have adequate travel insurance to cover any kind of emergencies, such as ground transportation & Heli recue/medical/hospitalization. Medical etc).
  • Your International flight ticket airfare
  • Energetic chocolate/energy drinks/alcohol/mineral water/cigarettes/packing food snacks etc
  • Additional medication for altitude sickness (Acetazolamide etc).
  • Personal expenses and any other unforeseen expenses, such as Laundry/WIFI on trek/phone call
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Nepal entry visa fees which can get up on your arrival in Kathmandu airport
  • Sightseeing tour and All the entrance fees of temple in Kathmandu
  • Services not mentioned herein
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1. How difficult are the treks?

It depends on the individuals’ adaptation of walking in any situation and at any circumstances. It depends on the location and choice of trekkers. Both difficult as well as easy treks are available. Difficulty of the treks depends on the region of the trek and duration of it. Shorter treks tend to be easier while longer ones require some physical fitness.

2. How safe Women traveling alone with your company?

Completely, we assure the safety and security of the women travelling with us. We will provide the privacy that the women need. We will also give you a personal room on lodge and personal tent for camping while trekking.

3. What is tea house trekking?

Tea House Trek – is a trek during which at the end of each trekking day you stay for overnight in Tea Houses. “Trekking Guide Team Adventure” also organizes Camping Treks during which you stay for overnight in tents which our guides will set up for you and food during such treks will be cooked by our experienced cook.

4. Can I get Nepal visa on arrival?

Yes, you can get it in Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. As you arrive to airport fill the form and proceed to the visa line. You have to pay 25US$ for 15 days of visa from the day of issue, 40US$ for 30days and 100US$ for 90 days of tourist visa. For this you have to bring two passport size photos.

5. What is the best air route to my destination?

There are enough airline companies operating daily flights from Middle East of Kathmandu. Kathmandu only has got only international airport in Nepal so, where ever you are coming from you must come through tribhuvan international airport.

6. What type of insurance should I have before come to Nepal? Can I get it there?

For coming to Nepal you should have both medical and Rescue evacuation insurance. Yes you can get it here too, but we recommend purchasing it in your own country to avoid any last minute hassle and basal.

7. When should I travel to Nepal?

In Nepal it rains a lot between Junes to August. You too can enjoy great treks during this period of year in rain shadow region. But if you planning for more popular trek autumn and spring is the best time. As during this period climate will be moderate and will favorable for the trekking.

8. What kinds of banking facilities in Nepal?

Nepal has modern banking facilities having branches of some international bank. Almost all foreign currency along with credit card such as American Express, Visa and Master card are accepted. Nepal also has ATM facilities.

9. When should I book my trip?

We suggest you to book your trip in advance to avoid the disappointment and hassles. We too will make an effort to accommodate last minute bookings but some time due to the last minute planning we may unintentionally make few mistake which may offend you so it will be better to do advance booking.

10. Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?

Yes, our agency representative will pick you from airport. We will be displaying our placard of your name with our agency name.

11. How much spending money should I bring?

This depends on the destination you will be at and package, facilities you may choose . However our trip profile will give you information about how to budget form additional meals, optional excursions and extra expenses that might occur in any specific trip.

12. Does your company help to arrange domestic flight, international flight, hotel bookings and other services?

Since we are Nepal based company we refer to arrange your international flights from your home town. But domestic flight ticket will be included in our package. Other help like river rafting, city guided tour, mountain flight, jungle safari will be provided according to your necessities.

13. What is the physical conditioning level needed for trekking?

If you are in good physical condition then you do not require any hiking experience for short trekking. But if you are planning for the longer ones then you should do long day hikes at your home.

14. Is a Trekking permit needed?

Permit is not required for trekking in Everest, Annapurna, Langtang and some other regions. However, conservation permits or National park permits are required. There are few restricted trekking areas in Nepal where trekking permits are required.

15. Are the food / water safe to eat / drink?

All the meals are prepared with high standards of hygiene, fruit and vegetables are soaked in iodine before preparation. Most of lodges serve boiled and filter water which is safe. It is also possible to buy the bottle of mineral water in the trek.

16. What happens if there is an emergency?

All of our guides are trained with first aid and have basic idea about the physical problems that may arise during trekking. If an emergency occur then we will cover initial expenses of rescue operation as these expenses will need to be recovered from your insurance company. For minor cases there are health posts established by foreign doctors and many are staffed by overseas personnel.

17. What are your payment terms?

You need to pay 30% of total price as advance deposit to conform reservation before arriving to Nepal. Rest of the payment can be paid after arrival.

18. Can we bring some food from home?

19. You can bring power bars, cereal bars and similar high energy foods, powder Gatorade is also recommended to fight dehydration.

20. Is there any communication when we are on the mountain?

In the way in many villages along the popular trekking routes you can find telephones from where you can make international calls. And now a days we have the internet facilities most of the trekking destination.

21. What’s the difference between trekking, hiking and mountain climbing?

You can do all day walk, where you stay overnight (or several nights) at three activities in Nepal, but they are quite different things. Trekking is a multi-the place you’ve walked to.
Hiking generally refers to a one-day walk. It might be two hours or eight, but if it takes place within a single day, it’ll probably be referred to as a hike.
Mountain climbing is another thing entirely. It takes special equipment, training and comes with more risk. Neither trekking nor hiking require any special skill, other than the ability to walk.

Permit & Entry Fees:

It is compulsory to pay Everest National Park entry fee and TIMS card to trek in this area.

Medical Support:

An emergency first aid kit is carried by the support staff at all times.

Accommodation and meals:

During tea house treks our guests pay for their food (breakfast/lunch/dinner) at the lodge while we provide guides/accommodation/necessary permit and transportation. It can be USD $25 per person each day for food (Lunch/dinner/breakfast)

Water:

Mineral waters are available at all stops during tea house treks. You can also use tap water if you choose to use water purification tablets.

Travel Insurance:

Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients who choose to trek or climb with us. The insurance should cover you in case of emergencies like accidents, altitude sickness and ambulance and helicopter rescue charges if required. Please carry a copy of your insurance papers while travelling in Nepal and do send us a copy as well. This will help us in making all the necessary arrangements in case of any sort of emergencies.

Best Season for Everest Panorama View Trek

  • Spring : March – May
  • Summer: June – August
  • Autumn: September – November
  • Winter: December – February

While there are no seasonal constraints on traveling to Nepal, different regions are best visited in different seasons. Once you inquire about any trekking itinerary we’ll email you regarding the best season for that particular trek.

Check-list of personal equipment:

  • Good standard trekking boots
  • Camping shoes/thongs
  • Socks-polypropylene
  • Down Jacket
  • Fleece
  • T-shirts
  • Trekking trousers
  • Shorts (both casual and for treks)
  • Swim wear
  • Sun Hat
  • Woollen Hat
  • Nylon Windbreaker
  • Gloves
  • Gaters
  • Strong Rucksack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Water Bottle
  • Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
  • Toiletries/soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Sun block
  • Travel Towel
  • Wet-wipes
  • Medication (cough medicine, throat soothers, water purification tablets)
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Camera & lenses
  • Memory cards
  • GPS Tracking Units may be helpful
  • Altimeter
  • Compass
  • Book/music player/pack of cards
  • Padlock
  • A plastic bag for waste
  • Energy/snack bars

Ghorepani – Poon Hill Trekking Map
Ghorepani – Poon Hill Trekking Map
Ghorepani – Poon Hill Trekking - Altitude Map
Ghorepani – Poon Hill Trekking – Altitude Map

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