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GHOREPANI POON HILL TREK

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destination Annapurna
duration 9 Days
grade Beginner
start/end point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
region Annapurna
max altitude 3,210m
group size 2-12
meal All inclusive
activity 4-5 Hrs
accommodation Hotel/Teahouse
season All Season

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No. Of People Price Per Person
1 Pax USD 750
2 Pax USD 650
3 Pax USD 630
4 - 6 Pax USD 550
7 - 12 Pax USD 290
13 - 18 Pax USD 430
19 - 24 Pax USD 410
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GHOREPANI POON HILL TREK

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A LESS BACK-BREAKING TREK WITH JAW-DROPPING VIEWS & CULTURALLY RICH GURUNG & MAGAR VILLAGE LIFE. A REAL NO-BRAINER! ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR TREKS IN NEPAL.

The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is a talking point among trekkers seeking spectacular views, an experience of Gurung and Magar village life, and a panoramic view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. Admire the many soaring snow-capped peaks, such as Annapurna South (7219m), Machapuchare (6993m), Hiunchuli, Annapurna III, Dhampus peak and  Dhaulariri II. Experience the warmth of the locals while passing through the villages of Ulleri, Ghorepani, and Ghandruk. 

Poon Hill (3210m) Trek passes through lush green forests with beautiful red rhododendrons that make you reach for your camera. This is the most popular trek in the Annapurna region. This trek is suitable for families whose sole aim is to witness first-hand the magnificent views without having to acclimatize to higher elevations. 

The trail initially takes us through the Modi Khola Valley before reaching Tikhedunga. After crossing the suspension bridge over the Modi Khola we begin the climb of 3300 steps of Ulleri hill before passing through rhododendron forest before reaching the  Magar Village of Ghorepani (2855m). It is essential if you want to capture the dawn views, to make an early start to ascend Poon Hill and watch the sunrise on the Annapurna Ranges. Watching the gradual rise of the sun reflecting off the mountains will leave you spell-bound and rewarded for your efforts. The 180-degree views of Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche (6920m), Dhampus, Nilgiri (2637m), Annapurna South (8091), Bhara, Sikhar & Machapuchare (Fishtail- 6993m). Heading back down to Pokhara we pass through the beautiful Gurung village of Ghandruk with its traditional style of houses with their stone roofs and awesome mountain backdrop. This is an all-season trek.

Sherpa Expedition and Trekking also offer a condensed 5-day version of this trek, as well as others in the Annapurna region. We can also customize a trek just for you! 

Highlights of the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

  • Panoramic views of the Annapurna Ranges and Dhaulagiri Ranges – especially at sunrise and sunset.
  • The typical culture of the Magar and Gurung people perched on the ridges in traditional houses.
  • Short and comfortable and highly satisfying trek with plenty of teahouses for food and accommodation.
  • Trek through lush valleys and rhododendron forests.

ITINERARY

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Upon arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be met by a Sherpa Expedition & Trekking representative, and taken to your hotel. After checking in at the hotel, you will be briefed on what to expect on your trek to Ghorepani Poon Hill. This will be followed by a welcome dinner.
Our journey begins with a 6-7 hour drive toward the Pokhara Valley and its beautiful Phewa Tal (lake) and then checking in to your hotel close to Phewa Tal. There is plenty to see and do along Lakeside with its many shops, bars, and restaurants to choose from.
We will drive around 1:25 hrs from Pokhara via attractive Lumle village perched on the mountainside and then on to Nayapul (1050m). The Poon Hill trek begins at Nayapul and after a 30-minute hike reaches Birethanti where you will be asked to your tourist permit at the checkpoint. We follow the Modi River with a stop at a teahouse along the way, and after a 4 -5-hour trek reach the lush green village of Tikhedhunga.
Our trek today starts with a 2 hour fairly steep climb up to Ulleri (2070m) and then to the Magar village of Banthanti from where we are blessed with magical views of Mt. Machapuchare (6997m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Annapurna South (7219m). After following the trail through a lush pink flowering rhododendron forest we cross a small bridge before reaching the village of Ghorepani where enormous peaks, such as Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Annapurna loom in the background. A fantastic place to sit and take in the exquisite views.
Poon Hill is justifiable well known for offering unheralded views of the Annapurna Ranges – especially at sunrise and sunset. An early start will see us reach the Poon Hill viewpoint where we can watch the changing colors reflecting off the mountains, such as Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7855m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna South (729m), Nilgiri (6940m), Tukuche (6920m), Varaha Shikhar (7847m) & Lamjung Himal (6931m). After sending your camera into overdrive we will return to a well-deserved breakfast at Ghorepani, after which we head to Tadapani Village via the scenic trail passing through Deurali (meaning a ridge in Nepali) and teahouses until we reach Tadapani. Overnight stay at the teahouse.
Today’s 3-5 hour trek is relatively easy taking us through an oak and rhododendron forest. Wildflowers are noticeable along the trail, adding to the vivid beauty of this area. Once we reach the mainly Gurung village of Ghandruk we will be in awe as we view Annapurna South, Gangapurna, (7455m), Machapuchare, Annapurna III and Hiunchuli. Ghandruk is the 2nd largest Gurung village in Nepal with a population of 4748 people. It is rich in culture with a museum and Buddhist monastery. Most fascinating is its unique style of architecture with most houses having slate tiled roofs and stone walls. It is like stepping back in time! Overnight stay at the teahouse.
Our final day trekking takes us downhill passing the teahouses at Ghandruk and continuing along the stony trail with terraced farms beside us. We then follow the trail alongside the Modi Khola (river – 50km in length) before we reach Birethanti at which point we will drive to Pokhara.
Today we head back to Kathmandu, either by bus or private vehicle depending on the size of the group. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, you will be taken to your respective hotels situated close to the main tourist hub – Thamel.
Sherpa Expeditions & Trekking staff will transfer you to the airport at least (3 hours before departure) for your final departure from Nepal. We hope that this epic trek will be firmly ingrained in your memory and will be enough to prompt you to consider your next trek with us!

SERVICES

COSTS INCLUDED

  • All airport pick-up & drop off by private vehicle (international and domestic)
  • 2 Nights accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara. (2 night's Kathmandu/ 2 night's Pokhara)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS card)
  • English speaking, government licensed guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance
  • Twin/double shearing accommodation in the mountains during the trek.
  • Three meals a day; breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek
  • Down jackets-sleeping bags and comprehensive medical kits.
  • Private transportation from Pokhara - Nayapul - Pokhara.
  • Two nights hotel in Pokhara
  • Bus transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back to Kathmandu.
  • An arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
  • Trekking route maps
  • All necessary government taxes and service charges
  • Trekking Porter (One Porter for two-people)

Costs excluded:

  • Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and nonalcoholic hot and cold drinks.
  • Battery charging and hot shower during the trek on the tea houses.
  • Tips for the guide, porter, and driver (Tipping is expected).

EQUIPMENTS

The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.

General

  • All season sleeping bag and down Jacket (we can provide if you need it,  but has to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffle bag ( Sherpa Expedition & Trekking provide duffle bag during the trek but has to be returned after the trek)
  • A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (a must-have for morning and evenings above 3,000m)
  • Daypack

Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyewear

  • A pair of half gloves
  • A warmer hat that covers the ears
  • Sunglasses 
  • Neckwarmer
  • Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
  • Headlamp and an extra set of batteries

Hands

  • A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
  • Warmer shell gloves and liner

Upper Body

  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • Thermal tops
  • wool jacket or pullover
  • Sports bras for women and girls
  • Water and windproof shell jacket 

Lower Body

  • Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
  • windproof and waterproof trousers
  • warmer trousers
  • Comfortable trekking pants
  • Extra casual sport pants

Footwear

  • A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
  • Pair of sandals
  • 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
  • Sock liners
  • Light shoes and sneakers
  • First Aid Kits and Medicines
  • Assorted adhesive bandages (fabric preferred)
  • Blister treatment cream or similar
  • Insect / anti-itch ointment
  • Ibuprofen or other pain-relief medication
  • Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
  • Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
  • Water purifying pills

(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)

Miscellaneous - but must useful on the trek

  • 4  passport size photos with original passport
  • Water bottle & filter
  • Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because in case you want to change your flight date)
  • Bathroom kit (conform, should be included toilet paper, plastic bags, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)

Extra things

  • Comfortable trekking poles
  • Quality energy dry foods (up to you)
  • Power bank and music players 
  • Camera (memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)

GOOD TO KNOW

Accommodation

You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may find comfort and better quality teahouses - having attached bathroom at lower levels- until you reach higher elevations, where the accommodation is more basic with bare necessities. 

Meals during the trek

 In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of these regions is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew and Tibetan bread. Sherpa’s’ started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.

Transportation

We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We use public transportation or local buses during the trek. 

Physical fitness

This can be a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You don’t need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus! We have met people from all walks of life, shapes and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake. 

Remember – The better prepared – the more enjoyable your trek!

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FAQS

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Yes, you can as it’s a short and sweet. No matter who you are, as long as you are reasonably fit, can walk for 5-6 hours a day and trek/hike a few uphill, Sherpa Expedition and Trekking team will support you to the fullest to transform your dream of standing at Ghorepani Poon Hill into reality.
The pre-monsoon (February, March, April and May) and post monsoon (late September, October, November and December) are considered the best for the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek as the weather conditions become favorable during this time, providing you with good visibility and a suitable atmosphere for Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking.
No, there is no age limit for the trek to Ghorepani Poon Hill but, you need to be in good physical shape and have a positive attitude. We also suggest you to prior to the excursion though we suggest you to please see your doctor and obtain necessary permission and advice, as well as medications for traveling in extreme altitude prior to the excursion.
During trekking, you will be served meals in the teahouses. Typical meals are noodles, rice, pasta or potato dishes along with vegetables and egg/chicken/meat dishes. Other items mostly served as breakfasts include egg, pancake, bread, porridge, muesli, and toasts with peanut butter and honey.
A teahouse trekking accommodation will be made for you for the Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking whereby you will be able to stay at tea house (Local lodge) and have wholesome food and neat and clean comfortable bed throughout your trekking journey. This form of arrangement also allows you to carry less baggage; you can trek at your own pace and enjoy the Annapurna panorama on your own schedule. It is also an eco-friendly way of trekking whereby trekkers can have more contact with the local people.
Most of the teahouses on the Ghorepani Poon Hill trail have squat toilet facilities but recently built lodges have western-style toilets as well. Nowadays, flush toilets are also being introduced with number of increasing foreign mountaineers each year. It is highly recommended to carry your own toilet paper and other required toiletries. Hot shower facilities are available. The most common type is a bucket shower, usual buckets with tap filled with hot water and placed in a shower room. Hot shower costs from US$ 2 to 5 per use and the price increases along with the elevation. Attached bathrooms and toilets are not available unless you book for a luxury lodge during the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek.
What you want to wear depends on you but we suggest you wear warm clothes during the Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking. A down jacket, thermal longs and top, comfortable trekking trousers, t-shirts, fleece, windproof jacket, hat, scarf, and gloves might be useful. There are numerous trekking shops in the Thamel area of Kathmandu where you can get all of these items in both local and branded stores alike. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking may also accompany and assist you if required.
During the Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking, you will be on a long journey for which you will need two bags to keep your belongings. A rucksack/duffle bag and a day bag for personal items. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will provide you with a duffle bag (which is need to refund after the trek) that you can use throughout your entire journey and even afterward. These bags are durable and hence perfect for any kind of trekking journey. While the duffle bag will be carried by the potters, you will have to carry a day bag on your own. A day bag is a small backpack that has enough room for everything you will need on a day hike such as lunch, water, extra clothing and perhaps a few personnel items like camera, battery chargers, etc.
If possible, we suggest you bring your own equipment. However, sleeping bags and down jackets will be provided to you by Sherpa Expedition and Trekking. With regards to trekking poles, if you are used to walking with it then take them with you, as you will probably find them useful especially on the way down. They are not essential though and the walk is manageable without them. It is mostly a personal preference. If you prefer to take the trekking poles with you on the trekking then you can either bring your own pole or buy it from numerous options available in Kathmandu itself.
Yes, if you have a bag of extra clothing for when you return from the trekking, you will be able to store it safely in Kathmandu Sherpa Expedition and Trekking office. The storage facility is provided by most hotels and lodges in Kathmandu or you can also store it in our office for the duration of the trekking.
Our itinerary has been specially tailored to prevent any kind of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) while moving up to higher altitudes. Normally, altitude sickness starts from 3,600 meters and above. You will be trekking at a relatively slow and gradual pace as part of the acclimatization process. Cut off caffeinated, alcoholic and smoking items. Drink at least 4 liters of water a day. Trek slow. Don't skip the acclimatization days. Better to continue with Diamox (if any symptoms show up). Drink Garlic Soup. In the higher elevation, there is less oxygen in the air and this is more so while crossing high passes. Our expert guides will advise you on how to avoid AMS and treat it when/ if required.
Make sure to have both medical and evacuation insurance before coming to Nepal for Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking. You should be careful in choosing a policy while traveling to a Himalayan country like Nepal as some insurance companies may make special exceptions for adventure travel. If you are confused about the insurance, please inform us and we will help you. It is usually better to arrange your insurance in your country before travel.
The trekking will be 5-7 hours a day depending upon the landscape and destination.
It takes 4 to 11 days to reach Base Camp depending upon the mode of transportation and packages of Sherpa Expedition and Trekking offers.
We at Sherpa Expedition and Trekking Team always have the safety, comfort, and satisfaction of our valued customers as our foremost priority at all times, and we assure you a wonderful and unforgettable time with us in our beautiful country. Sherpa team members of Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will be carrying all the necessary gear, equipment, and first aid kits and they have extensive first aid training. If a trekker falls sick on high altitude, the leader will decide whether to continue the trek. In case of emergency, Sherpa Expedition and Trekking have a rescue helicopter to bring you back from the higher elevation. Moreover, Sherpa Expedition and Trekking also provides oximeter to monitor the oxygen level at high altitude and offers regular health check-up facilities.
You can either trek on foot or by a flight. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking offer exciting and reasonable flight to Pokhara for 4 days and 10 days. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking can also customize your tour as per your necessity.
The flights are usually regular between September and May. But due to high altitude, bad weather and unforeseen technical issues, you may experience a delay or cancellation of the flight. On the occurrence of such events, Sherpa Expedition and Trekking tourist bus will be arranged.
Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will provide one porter for two trekkers to carry 20 kgs of luggage (maximum 10 kg for each trekker). Please be sure your porters are not overloaded because they do not carry only your equipment but also lift your spirit to reach new heights, and your love, affection, and generosity can be the reason for them to work hard to take you to your destination. However, the weight limit on flights to the Annapurna region, basically to Pokhara is a total of 20 kgs including hand bag and you need to pay an extra amount per kg for the excess baggage. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking pays up to 5 kgs of extra baggage making your total to 20 kgs with your hand bag.
Garlic soup is a must while trekking. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking recommend trekkers to drink green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon ginger tea and drink at least 2-4 liters of water a day. However, it is better to avoid alcohol and alcoholic beverages, caffeinated items, and hot-chocolates at high altitude.
Sherpa Expedition and Trekking won’t recommend non-veg items because the meat in such places may not hygienic and healthy. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking also encourage to avoid dairy and cheesy items and strongly suggest not to consume them during the trek. So, our packages are suitable for both vegan and vegetarians.
Your guide and porters are a big reason why you got a chance to feel something very few can have. Apart from guiding and carrying your necessities and being mindful of your safety, they want to see you happily succeeded more than anyone like family and help you successfully complete the trek safely. So, your tips reflect gratitude towards them. So, tipping is a recommended culture for porters and guide in Nepal as a gesture of thankfulness.
Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will introduce dozens of shops selling knock-off gear in Kathmandu. You can also barter those gears at the knock-off places but be sure you keep the receipt safely. Moreover, you can rent the needed gears if you do not want to buy them.
Yes, most guesthouses offer Wi-Fi, for a small charge. it cost USD$5 per day.
ATM services are available only in Pokhaa. However, the services might not work or run out of cash. Therefore, we suggest you carry a small amount of money to buy snacks, etc during the trekking.
Most of the tea houses/ lodges have electricity whereby you will be able to charge your iPod or camera batteries. Please note that lodges/tea houses will charge you some extra money for the services. The fee may vary from 1 USD to 5 USD per hour.

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No. Of People Price Per Person
1 Pax USD 750
2 Pax USD 650
3 Pax USD 630
4 - 6 Pax USD 550
7 - 12 Pax USD 290
13 - 18 Pax USD 430
19 - 24 Pax USD 410
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Carol Hladik

Australia

Jan 06, 2020

Best Trip

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Dorje did a fantastic job, kept an expert eye on everyone, helped me immensely when I was unwell. He couldn’t be more helpful. All the staff were great.

Michael Ullman

Australia

Dec 11, 2019

UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE IN NEPAL

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It was beyond my expectations. The rest houses that we stayed at were indeed comfortable. We enjoyed the food; the local delicacies were treating indeed. Upon reaching the summit of Ghorepani Hill, i must say the view was spectacular. Needless to say, this surely won't be my last trip. The trek is beautiful though.

Juan Hacelas

Turkey

Oct 15, 2019

OVERALL, WE HAD A GREAT EXPERIENCE

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Almost all of the views could not be enjoyed. There was no disclaimer or discouragement about going during monsoon season. The monsoons made it more dangerous and the leeches were a real nuisance.

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