• Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek


Trip Tacts

  •    Country: Nepal
  •    Trip grade: Easy
  •    Destination: Annapurna
  •    Activities: Trekking
  •    Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara/ Lodges on the trek
  •    Meals: BB in Kathmandu and pokhara, Full board on trek.
  •    Maximum altitude: 3210m
  •    Group size: 1 to 24 pax
  •    Best Season: September to November, March to May

Trip Higlights

  • Easy and most Popular short trek of Nepal
  • Ghandruk village
  • Views of Annapurna and Machapuchre
  • Ghandruk museum 
  • Best place for Sunrise
  • Pokhara

Trip Information

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek: Best way of exploring Nepali Culture while Trekking


Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is also known as Ghorepani Trek or Ghorepani Ghandruk Circuit Trek. It is Nepal's most popular and easy trek which locates in the Annapurna Region. It is perfect for every people who want a short trek or who have limited time.
Poonhill trek is the most popular as it only takes 5-6 days and the maximum altitude is only 3210m. By a challenging climb of 3300 steps up to Ulleri. Then trek along the beautiful Bhurungdi Stream and fields of rice, millet, and wheat. In the thick forest, you may see monkeys and birds. In the biggest Ghandruk village where the brave Gurkha soldiers are born and live, there is a magnificent cultural Gurung museum. You will experience the hospitality there. The final day you will trek along the Modi River that carries ice water from the Annapurna Sanctuary that pours into the Ganges River in India. Trekking through the rhododendron forests that bloom with red, pink and white flowers in Spring.

Table of Content

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Route

Poon Hill Trekking Itinerary

Best time to do Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Required experience for Ghorepani Trek

Frequently Asked Questions



Trek Route: How we get there

From Kathmandu, 25 minutes' flight, 5 hours' private vehicle or  6-7 hour's tourist/ local bus ride takes you to Pokhara. One and a half hour drive from Pokhara will reach Nayapul which is the starting point and end point of the trekking. An early morning climb to Poonhill is rewarded by a magnificent sunrise highlighting the peaks of the north Dhaulagiri range including Dhaulagiri 1st (8167m), Annapurna range including Annapurna 1st (8091m), the sacred mountain queen Fishtail (6997m) and the far distance Mansalu (8163m) and a lot of mountain ranges.

Ghorepani Poonhill trek is best for people who want lesser physical demand or want to come with their families and kids to see closely the beautiful Himalayan Range. We bring you the to clean and peaceful lodges where you can charge the battery, take the hot shower, and use the internet and telephone.


Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Itinerary

Ghorepani Poon Hill trek can be completed in 3-9 days. This is just the suggested Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking Itinerary. You can customize the itinerary and the route as per your requirements.


Day 1: Arrival day In Kathmandu transfer to hotel (1300m/4264ft) {15minutes drive}

Today you will arrive in Kathmandu - a beautiful city rich in cultural diversitytraditionsmonuments, and history. At Tribhuvan International Airport, one of our representatives will be waiting to pick you up. Then you will be transferred back to your respective hotel in Kathmandu. If you have free time and strength, you can roam the streets of Kathmandu. In the evening, we will be welcoming you with delicious Nepali dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant. Along with dinner, you can also enjoy the traditional TYPICAL cultural Nepali dance.


Day 2: Drive to Pokhara (823m/2700ft) transfer to hotel.

After a day in Kathmandu valley, today we will make our way to another beautiful city known as Pokhara city. In the morning we will have our breakfast in the hotel and then take the tourist bus to reach the destination - Pokhara. It takes around 5-6 hours by bus to reach Pokhara. The road follows the beautiful hillside and river trails. In today’s journey, you will be able to see typical Nepali villages along with scenic natural beauty. Pokhara is one of the cleanest city in Nepal. We will make our overnight stay here.


Day 3: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul(1070m/3510ft), the trek  from Nayapul to Tikhedhunga (1570m/5151ft) { 1 hour 30 minutes drive and 3-4 hours trek}

Today we will make our way towards Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking. At the very first hour of the morning, we will have our breakfast and begin heading to Nayapul before beginning our trek. It takes around 1.5 hours to reach Nayapul and the road lead us through delightful green hillsides of the Annapurna region. Taking a private vehicle to reach Nayapul is much comfortable than travelling by local transport. Once we reach Nayapul, we will make ourselves ready to start our trek. The trail to reach Tikhedhunga begins with simple downhill and flat walk. Moving on we will reach to a village called Birenthanti [1080M/3543FT] the trial will begin moving through rustic villages of Annapurna such as Matathanti, Ramgai, Sudame, Hille and lastly leading us to Tikhedhunga. The path follows the beautiful Modi River. Trekking to Tikhedhunga is easy and the trail is very simple to walk in comparison to other days trek. The villages we encounter throughout this route are densely settled and the place is free from loud vehicle noises and city pollutions. At night our guide will be providing some valuable knowledge for upcoming treks and prepare ourselves. We will make our overnight stay in Tikhedhunga.


Day 4: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2750m/9020ft) {6 hour trek}

In the morning we will have our breakfast in the Hotel and begin our trekking to Ghorepani. The trek begins by following the trails of beautiful Modi River and crossing it through a high suspension bridge. After crossing the river, we will be trekking for an hour until we reach a place called Ulleri Village [2080M/6824FT]. This tough trail to Ulleri offers us the beautiful view of the mountain such as Annapurna South and later on Hiun Chuli and Mt. Fishtail. The village is thickly populated and has loads of shelters and accommodations for trekkers taking this route. Once we pass this town, we will pass a few other small villages like Banthanti [2300M/7545FT.] and Nangethanti [2450M/8038FT]. Moving on with the trekking we will take the route that leads us directly through Rhododendron forests. After a long walk we will be achieving our goal for now; Ghorepani Village. These Rhododendron forests look astonishing amid March - Late April. The place is one of the greatest places of the entire trekking and offers you amazing sights of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Mt. Fishtail, Dhaulagiri run and other beautiful mountains


Day 5: Hike to Poonhill(3210m/10532ft) for sunrise and trek from Ghorepani toTadapani (2540m/8332ft) {6-7 hour trek including Poonhill}

Here we will begin our trek to the main destination of our entire trekking i.e. climb to Poon Hill. Poon Hill is the superb viewpoint which offers you breathtaking sights of the considerable number of mountains like Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. We should begin our climb in the very first hour of the morning with the goal that we can achieve the highest point of Poon Hill before the sun ascends over the Himalayas. This dawn over the snow-capped mountains is just stunning and gives you the experience of your lifetime. From the highest point of the Poon Hill, we will have stunning views of Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV, V, Dhampus Peak, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Barah Sikhar, Mt. Fishtail, Nilgiri South, Tukuche and beautiful mountain peaks. After enjoying a moment of the beautiful Himalayas from Poonhill, we will make our way back to the hotel to have a warm breakfast. Then we will begin our trek to the next goal. MOST OF THE TREKKING ROUTE WE FOLLOW JUNGLE OF RHODODENDRON FLOWER AND BEAUTIFUL RUCK HILL makes you the breathtaking fun with the Murlung Khola. 


Day 6: Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk (1940m/6365ft) explore Gurung village {3 hour trek}

Today after having our morning breakfast, we will make our way towards beautiful Ghandruk village - commonly known as the brave Gurkha village. At first, the trail follows through the beautiful green forest and then to Bhaisi Kharka. While walking this path, the route offers you the beautiful sight of mountains like Mt. Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchre (Fishtail). Finally, after a long and tiring walk, we will reach to a semi-modern village - Ghandruk. If you have enough time and strength left then you can explore this area or also get to know the local traditions and culture is local museum available. We will spend our night in Ghandruk.


Day 7: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul (1070m/3510ft) and drive to Pokhara (823m/2700ft) {4-5 hour trek, one and half hour drive}

We will have our morning breakfast in the hotel and prepare ourselves for the trek towards Nayapul. Again while moving back to the place where we started our very first journey, you will have the view of the mountains of the Annapurna region. The path is easy and flat in comparison to other trekking days. Once we reach Nayapul, we will take a private vehicle to reach Pokhara. Today will be your last day in the mountain region and with your guide and porters.


Day 8: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft) {7-8 hours drive}

Making the most of our experience we will leave lovely snow capped the Himalayas behind and begin our way back to Kathmandu. The trip to Kathmandu is around 6-7 hours on the drive. To return to Kathmandu, we will take the tourist bus and end our guided expedition. Today will also be the last day to bid farewell to your local guide and porters. Once we reach Kathmandu, you will be transferred back to the hotel.


Day 9: Shopping, departure or extend your holiday

After a peaceful trip in the Himalayan region with collecting some amazing and beautiful memories, you will now head back to your own place.


Best Time to trek in Ghorepani Poon Hill

Mission Himalaya Treks and Expeditions Pvt Ltd organizes this trek throughout the year but the best seasons for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek are Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September –November). In this time, nature will welcome with a clear sky, beautiful views, and favorable atmosphere to enjoy Poon Hill Trek at most.


Required experience and Fitness

According to the categorized of trekking, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking is considered one of easy popular trekking in Nepal. Although this trek is easy some of them feel moderate because of up and down. It is most popular trekking in Nepal because of these thousands of trekkers trekking every day during the high season of trekking and hundreds in low season of trekking.

The trekkers who can afford 4-6 hours walk every day up and downhill they can easily complete this trek.  Mission Himalaya Treks suggest the trekkers exercise and jogging at least a few days prior to start this trek. Poonhill trekking is easy for more trekkers. The big technical issue is not necessary for this trek. 


People are asking these

1. What is Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek?

Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek is next name to this Trekking. As we visit the famous Ghandruk village, it is also known as Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek. It is also commonly known as Ghandruk Trek.

2. How much does the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek cost?

Ghorepani Poonhill trekking cost depends upon the services you take and itinerary you choose. However, we provide the best cost for Poon Hill Trek at about $465. $465 is the best cost ever provided for this trek.

3. Ghorepani Poonhill Trek in 3/4/5 days?

It is a short and easy trek in Nepal. You can make this trek possible in either 3-4-5 days. The modification of suggested itinerary lets you modify Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek to 3/4/5 days trek. You can see the itinerary above and modify it as per your need.

4. How difficult is Ghorepani Poonhill trekking?

Ghorepani Poon Hill  Trek is probably the easiest trek in Nepal. The difficulty level is 0. You do not need any previous experience for this trek. This is a very easy and short trek in Nepal. 

5. How long is the trekking distance?

The Ghorepani Poonhill Trek Distance is about 3210m.  It is top of Poon Hill from where you can enjoy the sunshine. 

6. How is the weather there like?

The Ghorepani - Poon Hill weather is unpredictable and speedily changing. So, it would be better to watch the weather forecast before going to Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. You can check the weather from here;- http://www.storm247.com/#!/forecast/111454204Poon Hill WEATHER

7. Can I go to Poon Hill Trek from Pokhara?

Of course, you can. You can go to Poon Hill Trek from either Pokhara or Kathmandu. If you are in Pokhara then you can start trek from Nayapul directly. After all, from Kathmandu also we come to Pokhara and start trek. It will save your 7-8hrs of time on bus (from KTM to PKR).

8. What is the altitude of Ghandruk?

The altitude of Ghandruk is 1940m from sea level. Hence, there is very few or no probability of having altitude sickness and other height problems and anyone can trek. It is a short and easy trek of Nepal.

9. Why is Poon Hill of Nepal famous for?

The Poon Hill of Nepal is famous for beautiful sightseeing and Sunshine. You will be amazed by morning rays of sunshine and the views from the Poon Hill. Its one of the top destination in the world for Sunrise. And its record is made more pretty with beautiful panoramic views of Pokhara city.

10. What are mountains seen from Pun Hill Nepal?

The mountains seen from Pun Hill Nepal are Dhaulagiri 1st (8167m),  Annapurna 1st (8091m), Fishtail (6997m) and Mansalu (8163m) and a lot of mountain ranges. 

Customer Reviews

clara | china

Rating: 5

my deeply thanks your care kindest to me during these past 10 days. Thank you!

I have super greatest holiday in Nepal with you (of coz with HL too) i am lucky and happy have a such great Trekker. U helping me finished my 5 days 4 night poonhill trek. what a unforgettable but super Amazing moment with you.. a good memory in my lifetime During these days if i done something inappropiated kindly forgive me la!!

a big hug and many wishes to you::

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Tung Chan | Hongkong, China

Rating: 1

4/2015 Thank you for organizing the trip for us. We visited Poonhill, Chitwan and Lumbini in 11 days. It was fun and unforgettable. The view in Poonhill was marvelous. I liked a lot the natural hot spring by the riverside in the forest.

Fai | Hongkong, China

Rating: 1

April 2017 I finished the Poonhill trekking!! I was very very happy. Birendra, thank you for the support and patience of your team. Particularly thanked Shyam who walked slowly with me in the whole trekking.

Po Shan | Sar, Hongkong

Rating: 5

Starting from the inquiry to the end of my trip all services of Mission Himalaya treks and expeditions PVT Ltd was super excellent.The response of my email from Birendra was very fast and clear. The guide and porter giving me a peace of mind whats makes me now thinking about Nepal every seconds. They have knowledgeable and well experienced. the guide was super trained and excellent too funny. He arranged everything in trekking time like a piece of cake. I must recommended Mission Himalaya Treks And Expeditions PVT Ltd and its team. Amazing time in Nepal.

Detail Itinerary

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1300M / 4665FT], transfer to Hotel


Day 02: Drive to Pokhara [820M / 2690FT],6-7 hours & transfer to Hotel

Day 03: Drive to Nayapul by private vehicle, & start trek to Tikhedhunga [1540M / 5052FT] 3-4 hours walk

Day 04: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani [2860M / 9383FT] 6-7 hours walk

Day 05: Morning Visit Poon hill (3210 M) 1-2 hours & Trek to TADAPANI [2600M / 6364FT];7-8 hours the brave 'Gurkha village'

DAY 06: Trek to Ghandruk [1940M / 6364FT];3 hours {the brave 'Gurkha village}'


Day 07:  Ghandruk to Nayapul 4-5 hours walk drive to Pokhara [1070M / 3510FT] by private vehicle

Day 08: Drive to Kathmandu [1300M / 4665FT] 6-7 hours by tourist bus

Day 09: Departure or extend your trip

Cost Details

What is included?

  • International Airport pickup and drop by deluxe private vehicle.
  • Deluxe  accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu on air conditioned tourist bus.
  • Deluxe accommodation with breakfast in Pokhara.
  • Pokhara-Nayapul(trek start point)  and Nayapul {Trek end point} to Pokhara drive on private vehicle.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project( ACAP permit)  and Trekkers Information management permits (TIMS permit )
  • 3 Main course meals { Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner} and 3 hot drinks per day during trekking.
  • Accommodations in Tea houses/lodge during the trekking.
  • English speaking guide 15+ years experienced (with their salary, accommodation, meals, transportation and insurance). 
  • assistant guide if the group more than 6 person (with their salary, accommodation, meal, transportation and insurance).
  • Strong Porters for the trek - 1 porter will carry 2 guests baggage. (with their salary, food, accommodation, Insurance and transportation).
  • Equipment for trekking such as down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag ( Duffel Bag, down jacket and sleeping bag must be returned after trek).
  • First aid kit with guide
  • Government taxes, paper works, and company service charges for the trek.
  • A complimentary traditional welcome or farewell Nepali dinner in typical Nepali traditional Restaurant with cultural dance show.
  • Certificate of achievement with the signature of company director and your trekking guide.

What is not included?

  • Nepal visa fees ($25 for 15 days, $40 for 30 days and $ 100 for 90 days ) and International Airfare.
  • Travel, emergency rescue  and insurance cost.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara 
  • Food other than mentioned above, telephone bills, laundry charges and shower fees during trekking.
  • WiFi or internet cost and battery charging bill during the trek.
  • Extra porter and activities rather than itinerary.
  • Lunch & dinner costs during Kathmandu and pokhara stay.
  • other costs caused by natural disaster, flight delay, early arrival from trek etc.
  • Tips or gifts for the guides and porters.
  • Other costs not mentioned in 'cost includes' section.

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