GHOREPANI POONHILL TREK (3 - 6 DAYS)
A classic short trek of Nepal with spectacular scenery including the famous 360 degree sunrise views of the Annapurnas
Maximum elevation : 3,210m (Poonhill)
Grade : Easy
Accommodation -: Hotel / Lodge
Transportation: Private jeep / car
Start / End point :- Kathmandu / Pokhara
Best moths: May and September
Culture: Gurung / Magar
The Ghorepani Poonhill trek is a superb short trek, increasingly popular with visitors who are new to trekking or with families. It’s possible to arrange itineraries for 3 to 6 days depending on the time available but all treks reach the spectacular viewpoint at Poonhill which offers some of the best sunset and sunrise views in Nepal.
There are 360 degree views of many of the beautiful snow-capped, high mountains of the Annapurna Conservation area including Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, II, III and IV, South Annapurna, Machhapuchhare (Fishtail Mountain), Gangapurna, Lamjung Himal, Barasikhar, Tukuche peak, Hiunchuli, the Manaslu range and many others.
In March and April the mountains are an amazing backdrop to the colourful rhododendrons which are in bloom, but there are many other beautiful wild flowers at other times and the valley is a bird watcher’s paradise.
There are good facilities in the teahouses we visit during the trek – all with electricity, good mobile coverage, hot showers, clean, comfortable rooms and homemade, organic food from the locally grown vegetables and crops. The region has traditional Gurung settlements, allowing visitors to witness their culture, and a local museum we visit will give you an insight into its history.
Itinerary (6 days)
Day 01 Bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara (6-7 hrs)
Day 02 Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul at 1070m (2hrs). Trek to Tikhedhunga at 1540m (3-4 hrs)
Day 03 Trek from Tikhe Dhunga to Ghorepani at 2780m (5-6 hrs)
Day 04 Early morning hike to Poonhill at 3210m (1hr) for the sunrise. Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani at 2630m (4-5 hrs)
Day 05 Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk at 1935m (4-5 hrs)
Day 06 Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul (5-6hrs) and then drive by jeep to Pokhara (2 hrs) at 635m for overnight or flight back to Kathmandu
Short itinerary (3 days)
Day 01 Early morning flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Drive to Ulleri at 1960m
Day 02 Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani at 2780m (3-5hrs)
Day 03 Early morning hike to Poonhill at 3210m (1hr) for the sunrise. Trek from Ghorepani to Ulleri (4-5hrs). Drive back to Pokhara (~2hrs) for overnight or flight back to Kathmandu