GHOREPANI POON HILL TREK
Poon Hill Trek or Ghorepani is one of the popular treks in Nepal, a short trek at lower altitude taking you into the Annapurna's. The mountain scenery is break taking and combines incredible scenery with a chance to see beautiful Gurung Villages along the way. The actual trek to Poon Hill is relatively easy and includes walking alongside streams and through forests. It is at 3200m and so the risk of sickness is greatly lowered. However despite its grade, there are a lot of steep sections and lots of stairs.
The Ghorepani trek starts from Naya Pul and heads up through the rice fields along the riverside to Syaulibazar and then on to Ghandrung (1,950m). From here, the views of the famous Fishtail mountain, Machupuchre, is stunning. The climb up to Poon Hill takes about one hour and once there, provides incredible views of the Dhaulagiri, Annapurna , Nilgiri, Fishtail and other famous mountains of the west region. It is also known as the Ghorepani trail. Ghorepani means 'Horse water' and is he name of a village where the horses, mules and ponies carrying loads would stop to refresh themselves
Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu
Day-2: Guided Sightseeing
Day-3: Flight to Pokhara
Day-4: Trek to Ghandruk
Day-5 : Trek to Tadapani
Day-6 : Trek to Ghorepani
Day-7: Hike up Poon hill, Trek to Tirkhedunga
Day-8: Trek to Nayapul, drive to Pokhara
Day-9: Fly to Kathmandu
A combination of long treks with steep paths and some mountain scrambling. The route follows reasonable paths through thick vegetation, up hillsides, slippery shale surfaces. Snow and or ice may be encountered along the route. There is no need for technical climbing equipment. Altitude levels up to and around to 4200m. Medium risk of AMS. General level of fitness is required e.g. hill walking for about 5km. Backpack weight about 4kg. Trek weight loss in the region of 2kg.
The trek is considered a moderate one that could even be a family trip with easy trails that require less equipment and expertise with 4-6 hours of walk daily.
Poon Hill trek is the shortest trek in the region as it can be done in as little as 3 days although 4 is best.
Annapurna Base Camp trek is the most popular trek in the region offering spectacular views of Annapurna I (the 10th tallest peak in the world) and Machhapuchhre or Fish Tail - the Matterhorn of Asia. The trek is usually done in 10-11days and also includes a visit to Poon Hill.
The Annapurna Circuit is the classic trekking route which encircles the entire Massif. The trek is anything from 15 to 20 days depending on you start and end point. It can be done at any time of year but heavy snow fall in the Thorung La during January and February can be problematic.
There are certain essentials that are needed for most treks and these no different. The best way to draw up your list is from the base up, i.e. thermal underwear, then hands and feet (gloves, socks etc). Then boots which must be waterproof with good ankle support, trekking pants, trekking tops, short and long sleeve, thermal jacket, outer shell jacket which likewise is windproof and water proof, hat, scarf, beanie, balaclava. Then consider sleeping, i.e. sleeping bag, etc. Accommodation along the route is in guesthouses, so a bed and mattresses are provided. Some include lovely warm duvets, others not, so a sleeping bag is required. If you are camping, then you still need a sleeping bag but we supply the sleeping mat.
Then, the last items to add are personal items like toiletries, camera, medicines, water bottle, backpack, camera etc.
We supply a duffel bag on arrival
Unfortunately this is something every trekker has to consider. Anything from a stomach bug to altitude sickness can quickly stop a trekker in their tracks. If you are ill and need to turn back or even too tired to continue, a porter will walk off the mountain with you and your gear. If you require emergency evacuation, this will be contingent on your insurance cover. It is for this reason that insurance cover for this purpose is mandatory.
Yes you do. We (Nomadic Adventures) do not allow anyone to climb with us unless they have adequate travel insurance. Adequate, means you must be covered for
1) trekking or hiking - this may sound strange, but many insurance list that as an exclusion.
2) altitude up to 6,000 meters. Most travel insurance providers do not include this under their standard option and often limit it to 3500m or less.
3) Sprains strains and physiotherapy - yes, many insurers exclude this, though ironically, this is what you will most likely need cover for.
4) personal accident - this is the horrible part of insurance. Yes, you need to be covered in the case of death. We are often told by clients - "if anything happens to me, just leave me there." Bodies need to be brought home or laid to rest overseas, and this can run into thousands of dollars, creating a huge burden on family members.
We will assist in helping you provide good cover. If you need cover or simply a quote, follow the details herewith. Please ensure that you add the requisite adventure sports rider cover etc. Note: we are not insurance experts and it is your responsibility to ensure you have correct and adequate cover. your responsibility to ensure you have correct and adequate cover. If you live in South Africa, we have other cover options
Those who have trekked in the Himalayas, know that the porters are the heart and soul of your trek. Without their hard work and strength we would not be able to fully experience the magnificence of Everest. IPPG aims to improve safety and health for porters working in the mountains for the trekking industry worldwide. We work to eradicate avoidable illness, injury and death. We do this by raising awareness of the issues among travel companies, guides, trek leaders, sirdars (porters foremen), and trekkers.
Day-1: Arrive KathmanduArrival and transfer to Hotel.
Day-2: Guided SightseeingGuided sightseeing of the Kathmandu Valley.
Day-3: Flight to PokharaThis morning we fly to Pokhara. After checking in at the hotel we head out to view the major sites to include Vindyavasini Temple, and Mahendra Cave. We also visit the Tibetan Refugee Camp and continue to David Falls before getting back to the Hotel. You can have some free time around the main Pokhara city to explore in on your own.
Day-4: Trek to GhandrukAfter breakfast, drive to the trek starting point Naya Pul (1 hr). The trek starts with descent of an hour to Birethanti. We then walk through the rice fields along the riverside to Syaulibazar. To get Ghandruk (1,950m) we climb through rice fields and forest. Here you will find an interesting Gurung village with a good chance to see the famous Fishtail mountain, Machupuchre.
Day-5 : Trek to TadapaniWe will trek through the dense forest preserved by Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) for 3 hours. We will reach Banthanti for lunch after which the route ascends and descends until we reach Tadapani (2,540m).
Day-6 : Trek to GhorepaniThe climb is steep in some places as we head through a mixed forest of oak, magnolia and rhododendron to a small forest clearing. The trail then heads up to a ridge with fine views and drops a little to Ghorapani at 2834 meters. (Trekking: 5 hrs)
Day-7: Hike up Poon hill, Trek to TirkhedungaThis morning we trek up Poon Hill at 3210m, a vantage point to view the Dhaulagiri (8167 m) and the Annapurna massif. We then head through rhododendron forests and make a steep descend on a stone staircase to Tirkhedungha (1,360m). (Trekking: 6 hrs)
Day-8: Trek to Nayapul, drive to PokharaAn easy walk of 3/4 hours which brings us back to Naya Pul, from where we drive to Pokhara (1hr). Enjoy the attractions of Pokhara on your own. Overnight Hotel.
Day-9: Fly to KathmanduThis morning we will rise early and drive to Sarangkot Hill for a view of sunrise over Machupuchre. After breakfast elephant, land rover and canoes will transfer you to waiting vehicles. You will drive to airport and fly to Kathmandu. Rest will be the Free at leisure at Kathmandu. Hotel
End of services
Price includesAirport transfers by private vehicle
Thamel Eco Resort in Kathmandu, twin sharing with breakfast
Kathmandu sightseeing tour, entrance fees, guide, private transportation
Flights: Kathmandu to Pokhara return
Everest NP entrance fees
Teahouse trek arrangement (staying in lodges)
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on trek. Meals include coffee or tea but not soft drinks, beer, milo etc
Guide and porter (s) on trek; their wages, insurance and expenses
Welcome dinner with live Nepali cultural show
Duffel bag on trek
Price ExcludesInternational flights, departure taxes and any excess baggage charges.
Mandatory travel and medical insurance
Tips, baggage and porterage
Expenses of a personal nature such as bottled drinks, mineral water, morning and afternoon teas etc laundry etc.
Meals while staying at the hotels in Kathmandu (only breakfast is included along with accommodation).
Entry Visa $50
Rescue and evacuation
Tips and gratuities
Costs incurred for returning to the hotel earlier than expected (From $35 per night)
Single supplements if applicable
Cost for giving up the trek (and any unused portions which are not refundable), additional hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as a result or costs incurred for changing the itinerary, if applicable, extra costs incurred for landslides and delays beyond our control etc.
Route Profile Map
Book your Poon Hill Trek
Start from Pokhara
Altitude of 4130m
Not as steep at Everest BC trek
Lower average height than BC Everest
Several route options
Choice of BC or circuit trek
Stunning expansive mountain vistas
Annapurna Base Camp Itinerary
Trek from Lukla
Height of 5495m
Less busy than base camp for the first 7 days
Steeper and more challenging passes than Everest Base Camp
Breathtaking Gokyo Lakes
Different approach to Everest base camp
Dramatically contrasting scenery and more of a circuit trek
Everest Gokyo Lakes Trek Itinerary
Start from Pokhara
Altitude of 5360m
Very remote with few permanent settlements
Extended strenuous trek
Challenging mountain passes
Lots of snow and ice sections
Dramatically contrasting scenery
Dhaulagiri Trek Itinerary
Trek from Lukla
Altitude of 5495m
A more popular trekking route
Wonderful mix of culture and scenery
Breathtaking views of Everest and surrounding peaks
Same ascent and descent route
Can be combined with Island Peak
Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary
Trek from Syabru Beshi
Altitude of 3300m
Expect steep sections and long treks
Gives you a great insight into the local cultural of the Tamang people
Wonderful variation of scenery, forests and mountain views
Trek in the Langtang Region
Accommodation in home stays and lodges
Tamang Cultural Trek Itinerary