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

Overview

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

Day-10: Depart

Fast Facts

Because of its location, the northern area of the Annapurna region receives much less rain than most parts of the Himalaya which means that trekking can be pursued all year-round, even during the monsoon period. However, having said that no-one wants to trek in the rainy season as that is also when you are bound to find leeches in the lower reaches of the forest. Apart from that, you also don't want to go when it is too cold, which is December through to February. That leaves October through to November and March to April, Of course that also means that the route will be busier too.
The shortest trek is the Poon Hill Ghorepani trek which is a total 10 days and only 5 of hiking. After that if you want anything longer you can do the Annapurna base camp trek, where the total tour is 15..
The hike is about 50km return trip or 31miles.

Trek Grade: 1b (FP)

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.

A good exercise and training program is essential and your training should include a lot of hill walking and particularly lots of stair climbing
We make use of tea houses along the route unless you specifically want to camp. Rooms in the tea house are shared with fellow trekkers unless you add on a single supplement.
The Ghorepani trail is very clearly marked out with wide paths in most places. The route heads up though stunning forests through small little villages. It is very hilly, and if there is a river to cross the paths go down one side, over the river and up the other side. You will also encounter endless stairs which meander up steep hill sections.
This really depends on the operator you travel through. The Park authorities do not ask for any medical information on the climbers when permits are purchased. Some operators request the clients complete a medical form, others do not. We require that all of our clients complete a medical form and based on the answers, we may request a letter from your medical practitioner. People suffering with conditions such as severe asthma e.g. should not climb. Regardless, anyone attempting the climb, or any climb for that matter, should ensure that they are medically fit, and convey any medical conditions to the operator they book with.
This is one of the most often asked questions. To be honest, this is an 'unknown' factor as no-one can predict how your body will cope. People who have been to altitude many times in the past without problems, may on one climb suddenly develop problems. There are many factors that play a role. The only way to help combat this, is to take all of the necessary precautions, and walk slowly, acclimatise correctly, don't ascent too quickly and drink plenty of water.
There are several variations.
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 4,000 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
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:. Once you have done your initial quote, you need to upgrade your cover to include altitudes up to 6000m. Towards the bottom of the page you will see a section called, Options: Upgrade your cover. Click the link called 'View Adventure Sports Benefits'. A blue pop up screen will open. Look for the level of cover required for 'trekking to 6,000 meters' or 'hiking to 6,000 meters'. Depending on your country it is usually a level 1 or 2. Note: we are not insurance experts and it's 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.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Arrival and transfer to Hotel.

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing

Guided sightseeing of the Kathmandu Valley.

Day-3: Flight to Pokhara

This 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 Ghandruk

After 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 Tadapani

We 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 Ghorepani

The 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 Tirkhedunga

This 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 Pokhara

An 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 Kathmandu

This 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

Day-10: Depart

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What's Included

Price includes

Airport transfers by private vehicle
Thamel Eco Resort in Kathmandu, twin sharing with breakfast
Kathmandu sightseeing tour, entrance fees, guide, private transportation
TIMS
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 Excludes

International 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

Poon Hill Ghorepani profile map
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