Detailed guide for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poonhill trek:

Are you planning to hike Nepal Himalayas? Ghorepani Poonhill trek lies near Pokhara the second famous lake city of Nepal. Ghorepani trek start and ends in Pokhara. Poonhill trek fit for all kinds of trekkers from child to old age and from beginners to expert hikers.

That means beginners to expert trekkers can do this trek. Normal trekkers can finish this trek in 5 days starting from Nayapul and ends in Nayapul. Whereas expert trekkers can start in Nayapul and finish in Phedi in 5 days. Poonhill trek is a well-organized trekking destination in Nepal so you can find numerous lodges and restaurants during the trails.  

Before challenging the adventure trekking route like Everest Base Camp, Annapurna base camp, Annapurna circuit, and Manaslu Trekking Poonhill trek is the great acclimatization trek or pre-training trek of Nepal Himalayas Regions.

Poonhill Trek Overview: 

Trek start Point: Nayapul (driving 1 and half hour from Pokhara lakeside)(starting point can be different like hile or Ulleri depends on your trekking duration and Physical fitness)

Trek ending point: Nayapul (trek ending point can be different according to trekking duration and physical fitness like Kimche, Nayapul, or Phedi)

Distance: 40 kilometers or 25 miles. 

Required permits: TIMS(trekkers information management system issue by trekking agencies association of Nepal)

ACAP Permits(Annapurna Conservation Area Project issue by Nepal Tourism Board)

Highest elevation: Poonhill 3210m

Accommodation: Guesthouse in Trekking and Luxury hotel in the city,

Food: Nepali cuisine and some Western food cooking by Nepali Local style, the Luxury restaurant in city stay.

Where to start and finish the Poonhill Trek: 

Normally Poonhill trek start from Nayapul(1070m) after driving from Pokhara 1 and half hour. Some person who has limited time frame they can drive to Banthanti or hile or Ulleri and can start the trek.

And they can finish trek either from Ghandruk or Kimche or Phedi depends on their time duration of the holiday or their trekking experience. Normally this trek starts from Nayapul and ends in Nayapul. 

Best time for Ghorepani Poonhill Trek:

There are 4 seasons in Nepal. Normally Spring (March to May) and Autumn(September to November) are the best seasons for trekking to Poonhill. Because that time temperature not much cold not too hot and no rain not much snow. poonhill in winter



Detailed itinerary for Ghorepani Poonhill trek:

Day 01: Arrival Day In Kathmandu transfer to Hotel. (1350m4429ft){15 to 25 minutes driving}

You are welcome in Kathmandu-the the capital city of Himalayan country Nepal on the first day of Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek organized by Mission Himalaya Trek company. One of Mission Himalaya Treks and Expeditions Representative welcomes you at the arrival gate of Tribhuvan international Airport gate with your name card.

After meeting at the airport you will be transferred to your respective Hotel. Afternoon you can walk around the street of Kathmandu Thamel. Kathmandu is the cultural diversity, tradition, monuments, and historic city of Nepal.

In the evening at first, we will brief you about your tour package then we will introduce you to your guide who goes with you for the whole trekking. Later on, We will welcome you to treat the welcome dinner in a typical local restaurant with local food with Cultural Dance show program. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Accommodation:3-star Category Hotel/Meals: Welcome Dinner/ Transportation: private vehicle: Activities; None.

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara(823m/2700ft) transfer to Hotel. {7 hours driving}
After one night of sleep in Kathmandu today morning, we will enjoy breakfast and will go to another beautiful Lake city of Nepal Pokhara. We will take the tourist bus and drive normally 7 hours until Pokhara. This road has 3 stops for a Toilet break, Breakfast, and Lunch on the way and passes through a Beautiful hillside and bank of river trails.

On this journey, you can explore the typical Nepali villages with the Natural beauty river Trisuli with lots of Rafting activities during travel time. Pokhara is the cleanest city in Nepal. In the evening if you are interested we can go to Phewa lake boating for a sunset view and can see the shadow of Himalayan peaks in the clean water of Fewa. Which makes you super happy and a new journey of a lifetime.

Accommodation: 3-star category Hotel, meals Included: Breakfast/ Transportation: Tourist Bus/ Activities: None.

Day 03: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul(1070m/3510ft) and trek from Nayapul to Tikhedhunga(1570m/5151ft){1 hour 30 minutes drive and 3 to 4 hours trekking}.
Trek overview from Nayapul to Ulleri: 

The starting point of trek: Nayapul

The ending point of trek: Tikhedhunga

Distance in Kilometer: 9.5m

The total time duration for trekking: 3hours

Total elevation gained: 500m

Today our first day of trekking so we will make our way towards Ghorepani. In the beginning, we will have our Breakfast at Pokhara and start to drive through Nayapul to start the trek. It takes around one and a half hours by private vehicle and 45 kilometers in distance.

On the way, we can see beautiful hIllsides and Annapurna Himalayan range with Giant Fishtail mountain. After Nayapul we prepare your Luggage and divide it porter then we will start the Trek. many of the ways are slightly flat and uphill. In the beginning, we will reach Birethanti(1050m) where is the entrance checking place.

we will show our two permits like Annapurna Conservation Area Project(ACAP) and the second is Trekkers Information Management System permits(TIMS).then the trekking moves through Rustic villages like Matathanti, Sudan, Hile, and Ramghai.

The trail follows the beautiful Bhurungdi Riverside. In comparison to other days' trek, today is easy. At the night the guide briefing you about some valuable knowledge about trekking and other upcoming trails. Overnight stay at Tikhedhunga.Nayapul to Ulleri

Accommodation: Lodge or teahouses  / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and  Dinner/Transportation: Private vehicle/ Activities: Trekking.

Day 4: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani(2850m/9350ft){6 to 7 hours trekking}

Trek overview from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani

The starting point of trek: Tikhedhunga

The ending point of trek: Upper Ghorepani

Distance in Kilometer: 10.5km

The total time duration for trekking: 6hours

Total elevation gained: 1300m

We will have breakfast in Tikhedhunga prior to the trekking. In the beginning, the trek starts after crossing the Bhrungdi Khola Suspension Bridge. Then the trek goes 3500 stony steps uphill to Ulleri Village.

It takes one and a half hours until Ulleri(2080m/6824ft). The tough trail till Ulleri offers the trekkers beautiful Majestic Himalayan View of Annapurna South(7219m) and Himchuli(6441m)This village is thickly populated of Pun Cast people.

After we will go uphill to Banthanti. In comparison this village small than Ulleri which offers the view of Giant MT. Fishtail(6993m). Then we will start to walk through the forest and on the way some Waterfall till Nangethanti(2450m/8038ft).

It takes 3 hours to there. After lunch at Nangethanti, we will continue following the forest way till Ghorepani which offers lots of Rhododendron flowers (National Flower Of Nepal). Mid-March to late April the flower makes this trekking best trekking in Nepal. After Ghorepani offers you the amazing sights of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains. 

Ulleri to Ghorepani

Accommodation: Lodge or teahouses / Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and  Dinner/Activities: Trekking

Day 05: Morning sunrise hike to Poonhill(3210m/10532ft) and trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani(2640m/8332ft){7-8 hours trekking Including Poonhill}

Trek overview from Ghorepani to Tadapani:

The starting point of trek: Ghorepani

The ending point of trek: Tadapani

Distance in Kilometer: 13km {including  3 km of Poonhill hike}

The total time duration for trekking: 7hours including Poonhill 

Total elevation loss: 230m

Today morning we trek before breakfast for Sunrise to our trek main destination Poonhill. Poonhill is the best viewpoint for sunrise which offers the internal and external tourist breathing sights and numerous mountains of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.

After sunrise, we can see snow-capped mountains which gives you the amazing experience of your life journey. From the tower of Poonhill, we can see Dhaulagiri(1to5), Tukuche Peak, Dhampus Peak, Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Annapurna 1, Himchuli, And the holy mountain Fishtail from left to the right direction in the 180-degree view

. Ghorepani to Tadapani

After enjoying the sunrise and beautiful Himalayan vistas we will back to our hotel and take breakfast. After breakfast, we will be trekking to our next destination Called Tadpani to follow the Rhododendron forest, Waterfalls, Murlung stream, and small Hydropower on the way. Overnight at Tadapani.

 Accommodation: Lodge or teahouse / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and  Dinner/Activities: Trekking.

Day 06: Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk(1940m/6365ft){3 hours trekking}

Trek overview from Tadapani to Ghandruk

The starting point of trek: Tadapani

The ending point of trek: Ghandruk

Distance in Kilometer: 6.5m

The total time duration for trekking: 2.5hours

Total elevation loss: 1100m

In the morning we will take breakfast in front of the closest view of Annapurna South, Himchuli, Annapurna 3, and Fishtail Mountain. Then we will head to explore the nest village Ghandruk. In the beginning, the trails follow the Beautiful green forest till Bhaisikharka.

While walking this path we can see some wild animals if we are lucky. Then from Bhaisikharka the slippery way till Stikhu but the Astonishing view of Himalaya makes you easy trek today. Then you reach the semi-modern Gurung village(Ghandruk).Sitku on the way to Ghandruk. Afternoon we will go to explore this area to learn the Local tradition and culture of Gurung with Gurung Museum. The people from this village is very brave in fighting and never afraid to die. so they are selected British Gurkha Army or Soldier in Pokhara. Overnight at Ghandruk.


Accommodation: Lodge or teahouse Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and  Dinner/Activities: Trekking

Day 07: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul(1070m/3510ft) and Drive to Pokhara(823m/2700ft){ 5 hours trekking and one and half hour driving}

Trekking overview from Ghandruk to Nayapul: 

The starting point of trek: Ghandruk.

The ending point of trek: Nayapul.

Distance in Kilometer: 8.6km.

The total time duration for trekking: 5hours.

Total elevation loss: 500m.

Today is our final day of trekking in mountains. After complete breakfast, we will trek towards Nayapul. Again in the trekking, we can enjoy the view of giant Annapurna South Himchuli and fishtail Mountain with Annapurna 3. In comparison to other days,

Today trekking is downhill and flat. On the way, we can see lots of villages like Kimche, Syaulibazaar, Birethanti with lots of waterfalls and some roadway trekking. Many Farmland on the way so you can explore rice Millet and Wheat farming and vegetation with rivers and streams. Syaulibazaar

After check out our permit to Birethanti rest of the way to Nayapul is the same as we trek 1st day of trekking. After reach to Nayapul, we will drive to Pokhara. and overnight at Pokhara.

Accommodation: 3-star Category Hotel/ Meals: Breakfast and  Lunch/Activities: Trekking/ Transportation: Private vehicle

Day 08: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu(1300m/4264ft){7 to 8 hours drive}
After making the beautiful Poonhill trekking experience and leave beautiful snow-capped Himalaya behind we will back to Kathmandu today after breakfast. First, we will drive to the Tourist Bus stop by car and then we will drive to Kathmandu by Tourist bus.

On the long day of driving, you can seat like before in left can see the hillside view of Nepal and rivers. Ended our guided trekking. In the evening you can share your trekking experience with our company Representative and he will provide you the certificate from Mission Himalaya Treks and Expeditions on the occasion of completing the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek with us. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Accommodation: 3-star category Hotel/ Meals: Breakfast/Transportation: Private Vehicle and Tourist Bus/ Activities: None.

Day 09: Shopping Departure or Extend your Holiday.
Today is the final day in Nepal. In the morning you can enjoy your breakfast in the hotel. After the best peaceful trip to Nepal by collecting your amazing experience and memories of trekking you can shop around some souvenirs to your sweet home.

Then we will transfer you to the airport 3 hours prior to your flight according to your check-in time and airport riles of Nepal. Have a nice flight see you again with your friends and relatives for the next time's activities. Overnight at your sweet home.

Accommodation: None/  Meals Included: Breakfast/Transportation: Private Vehicle for departure.

 Ghorepani Poonhill trek cost

Total cost per person for the organized trek private trip USD 440 per person (minimum 2 pax)


Trip cost includes

  1. Luxury 3 star category accommodation in Kathmandu included breakfast for 2 nights in Thamel with wifi free.
  2. Luxury 3 star category accommodation in Pokhara with complimentary breakfast for two nights in Phewa lakeside.
  3. Pickup from International airport to Kathmandu hotel and drop from Kathmandu hotel to international airport at the time of arrival and departure respectively.
  4. Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu transportation by luxury tourist bus.
  5. Pokhara to the trekking starting point (Nayapool) and trekking completed point (Nayapool) to Pokhara by private transportation.
  6. Annapurna Conversation Area Project (ACAP) permits and Trekker Information Management System (TIMS) permits for the trekking.
  7. Four nights five days meal during the trekking period.
  8. Experienced trekking leader with his salary, food, accommodation, transportation, insurance.
  9. Strong trekking sherpa porter with his salary, food, accommodation, transportation, insurance.
  10. Four nights lodge or tea house accommodation.
  11. Sleeping bag, down jacket, duffle bag, trekking bag, as per renting basis for the trekking (sleeping bag, down jacket, duffle bag, trekking bag must be returned after trekking).An exclusive complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in a typical restaurant in Thamel with a free cultural dance show and live music.
  12. First aid medication with the guide.
  13. All the government tax and company service charges.
  14. Certificate after trek complete signed by your guide and company director.

Cost not included in Poonhill trek

  1. Nepal visa charges.
  2. International and domestic flight fares.
  3. Travel and emergency rescue insurance.
  4. Day tour cost in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  5. Lunch and dinner in the city for four days.
  6. Food rather than the over mentioned columns. (food not included in case of the early return from the trek)
  7. Cost increased by flight delay or early arrival from the trekking.
  8. Tips or gratitude for guide and porter.
  9. Cost except that above cost includes sections.

How to go Pokhara to Poonhill:

 Nepal till now only one airport in Kathmandu called Tribhuvan International Airport. After arriving in Kathmandu you can stay in a Kathmandu hotel. The next day either you can take a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara or drive by tourist bus or local bus or you can hire a private car to go there depends upon your budget and requirements.

Local and tourist bus is too stressful because of bumping road and long driving for about 7 to 8 hours whereas the flight takes only 25 minutes and a private car takes around 5 hours. If you take the tourist bus you must reach to tourist bus park at 6: 45 am in the morning but the local bus can go until 3 pm also. 

For the flight, you need to go to the same airport you arrived at before but the domestic terminal. A private car will pick you from your same hotel in Pokhara your hotel. After Pokhara, you can take a private car to go to Nayapul or take the bus to go there to start your trek.

But the local bus only can go from Bus station you need to go there by taxi. from there you can start your trek. and after finish your trek also you can take a private car or local bus or jeep to Pokhara and vice versa for Kathmandu. 

Where to stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara: 

There are several options to stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara. depends upon your budget and requirements you can stay in a budget hotel or medium category hotel or luxury hotel or 5-star hotel. please consult with Mission Himalaya treks and expeditions we will arrange the best hotel according to your requirements. 

 Ghorepani Poonhill trek difficulty:

Ulleri 3400 steps

One of the Nepal easy trekking destinations is called Ghorepani Poonhill trek. but it's not that easy for some trekkers because of its uphill downhill, weather, and guide and porter arrangements. like if you trek solo on the way you can be tired by trek and cannot find a guide and porter easily.

So Mission Himalaya treks and expeditions suggest you travel an organized trek with a guide and porter. the place like Tadapani on the third-day people cannot get a room easily because there are very few hotels with less capacity. so you book trek earlier you can get a room. your guide or travel agency can organize the trek accommodation. 

Poonhill guide

The steps of Ulleri 3400 make the trekkers a little tired. other uphills are on the third day morning hike 1 hour to see the sunrise of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges make trekkers tired. after breakfast also need to hike until Deurali same as Poonhill also a difficult part of this trek.

The last day treks from Syalibazaar to Nayapul also quite boring for some trekkers because of the trek on the newly constructed road. The possibility of high mountain sickness is less in Poonhill so altitude difficulty is very rare. 

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