Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Ghandruk Trek - 7 Days

Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Ghandruk Trek

The Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Ghandruk trek is a popular short trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal. This incredible trek takes you along the scenic landscapes of the Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA). The highlight of the trek is the breathtaking sunrise from the Poon Hill viewpoint (3210 m).

You can also observe the awe-inspiring views of the snow-capped mountains from various viewpoints along the trek. Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Machhapuchhre Himal, Himchuli, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mardi Himal, are some of the mountains you can observe during the trek. We will also pass through the forested trails of the Annapurna Sanctuary.

Moreover, you can also explore the culture and heritage of the Gurung, and Tamang community. You will stay at the community-run teahouses, lodges, and homestays during the trek. Local delicacies get served in these local stays that will satisfy your hunger. Besides that, the warm hospitality of the Nepalese people will melt your heart.

Furthermore, this low altitude trek is ideal for all skill levels. Even beginners with no trekking experience can complete this trek with ease. However, you do require a basic level of fitness and hence you should train for the trek. This trek is possible all around the year with proper packing and preparation.

Similarly, the trek is also possible to solo as the trails are well marked and safe. However, hiring a guide ensures a comfortable trekking experience without any hassle. We are offering this Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Ghandruk trek package at a reasonable cost. Read further for the detailed itinerary of the trek and other relevant information.

Significant Highlights of the Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Ghandruk Trek

  • Breathtaking sunrise from the Poon Hill viewpoint
  • Awe-inspiring mountain vista including Annapurna I, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, and others
  • Exploring the culture, tradition, and heritage of the Tamang community
  • An ideal trek for all skill levels
  • Incredible homestay at the Gurung community village of Ghandruk
  • The fantastic aroma all along the trail
  • Passing through the spectacular Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA)
  • Tasting the delicious local cuisine
  • Warm hospitality along the teahouses

The Final Say

The Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Ghandruk trek is an incredible short trek in the beautiful Annapurna region. The lovely settlements of Ghorepani, Poonhill, and Ghandruk will enchant you. Besides that, the scenic view of the snow-capped mountains is the highlight of the trek.

This exciting trip is ideal for all skill levels, from beginners to veteran trekkers. The tranquillity of the Annapurna region will overwhelm you. Overall, the Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Ghandruk trek is a perfect trekking adventure in the Himalayas.

Day 1
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Drive duration: 6-7 hours

Our representative will pick you up for the drive to the quaint city of Pokhara. The scenic 7-8 hour drive to Pokhara passes through the winding highways of the hilly green landscapes. After arriving at Pokhara, you will get transferred to the hotel in Lakeside, Pokhara.

After lunch, we will go on a sightseeing tour of the Lakeside area. We can also visit the famous Tal Barahi Mandir and go on a boating tour of Lake Phewa. You can stroll around and observe the beautiful Lakeside beach, cafes, pubs, and others. Overall, the vibrant atmosphere of the place will enchant you. You will stay overnight at the hotel in Pokhara.

Day 2
Day 02: Drive from Pokhara to Hile via Nayapul

Drive duration: 2-3 hours

After breakfast, we start our drive to Hile via Nayapul. The scenic drive takes you along the green landscapes of the hilly region. The tour is incredibly beautiful, and you can observe the majestic mountains from the window.

Moreover, the view of the snow-capped mountains from the various stops along the trip is awe-inspiring. It takes around 2 hours to complete the journey. After arriving at Hile, you can rest and stay overnight at a lodge.

Day 3
Day 03: Trek from Hile to Ghorepani

Maximum altitude: 2860 m

Trek duration: 6-7 hours

After breakfast, we will start our trek to Ghorepani (2860 m) from Hile. The trail passes through the scenic landscapes of the pristine region. We pass through the scattered settlements of the region before arriving at Ghorepani.

Moreover, we need to cross the famous Ulleri stone stairs along the trail. It takes around 6-7 hours to complete this stunning trek. The forested trails of lush alpine forest finally leads us to Ghorepani. We will stay overnight at a community-run teahouse in Ghorepani.

Day 4
Day 04: Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3210m) for Sunrise view and then Trek back to Tadapani (2,630m)

Maximum altitude: 3210 m

Trek duration: 7-8 hours

After an early breakfast, we start our 45 minutes hike to the spectacular Poon Hill viewpoint (3210 m). We can observe the stunning sunrise view from the viewpoint. You can watch the awe-inspiring sun rays falling over the snow-capped mountains in all its glory.

We started our descending trek from Ghorepani after observing the sunrise view and taking incredible pictures. We then descend back to Tadapani (2,630m) from Ghorepani. The downhill trek is easy, and you can enjoy the trek with ease. Besides that, the beautiful waterfalls and vast orange orchards of the region will enchant you.

Moreover, you can also taste the local oranges along the way. We will arrive at the settlement of Tadapani after a trek of around 4 hours. We will stay overnight at a teahouse in Tadapani.

Day 5
Day 05: Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk village

Maximum altitude: 2630 m

Trek duration: 3 hours

After breakfast, we will start our trek from Tadapani to the famous settlement of Ghandruk (2010m). Ghandruk is a beautiful Gurung settlement with local homestays. We will descend observing the snow-capped mountains of Annapurna I and Mt. Machhapuchhre to arrive at our destination.

Moreover, the vast green mustard fields and orange orchards will enchant you. You can also taste the local oranges along this short 3 hours trek. The 6 km trek is a pleasant experience. We will arrive at this incredible village situated next to the Himalayas. After arriving at Ghandruk, we can explore the beautiful cultural settlement.

Furthermore, the culture, tradition, and lifestyle of the settlement will enchant you. There you can observe the Gurung people busy on their farms. You can also observe the traditional instruments like Dhiki, Jato, and Theki. We can enjoy a traditional welcoming ceremony and dance performed by the local Gurung community. We can enjoy the delicious dinner in the evening and stay overnight at the homestay in Ghandruk.

Day 6
Day 06: Drive from Ghandruk to Pokhara via Nayapul

We will observe the beautiful Himalayan sunrise from the viewpoint in Ghandruk. The breathtaking sunrise overlooking the snow-capped mountain will enchant you. After breakfast, we will start our trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul.

Moreover, the descending trail takes you through the terraced farmed hills and village settlements to arrive at Nayapul. We have our lunch at Nayapul and continue our drive to Pokhara. After arriving at Pokhara, you can observe the vibrant atmosphere of the tourist hub of Lakeside in Pokhara. We will stay overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.

Day 7
Day 07: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

After breakfast, we will start our drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. It takes around 6-7 hours to complete the drive along the winding hilly roads. We will celebrate the completion of this beautiful tour with dinner in the evening.

When is the Best Time for the Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Ghandruk Trek?

Autumn and Spring are the two most favorable seasons for trekking in Nepal. These seasons are the best time for the Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Ghandruk Trek as well. You will get stable weather with less precipitation in these seasons.

Autumn (September-November)

Autumn provides sharp views of the mountains and moderate temperatures that are ideal for trekking. The cloudless skies and the snow-capped mountains are the highlights of the trek in Autumn. You will get an opportunity for the full cultural exploration of the region. Autumn is a festive period with a joyful atmosphere all around the trail.

Spring (March-May)

Spring is the next best time to trek in the region. The wildflowers bloom all over the green hills and turn them pink and red in this season. There is a scenic environment all-around with stable weather. You can also spot rare flora and fauna as they come out after their winter hibernation.

In the summer monsoon season, the trails get slippery and leech-infested due to heavy rainfall. Winters, on the other hand, bring freezing temperatures and an occasional snowfall. However, with proper packing and preparation, the Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Ghandruk trek is possible with ease all around the year.

How Difficult is the Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Ghandruk Trek?

The Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Ghandruk Trek is relatively easy as compared to other treks in the region. It is also an excellent preparation trek for more demanding treks of the region including Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Everest Base Camp Trek.

You will have to trek for around 4-5 hours in this spectacular trek. The stony steps in the Ulleri village might pose some challenges for the first time trekkers. Besides that, the natural, rough terrains of the Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA) are challenging as well.

Moreover, this beautiful adventure in the Annapurna region is a low altitude trek. But you should take necessary preventive measures to tackle altitude sickness. Hence, proper acclimatization with regular hydration is essential during the trek. Besides that, you should maintain a gentle pace and not rush during the trek.

Furthermore, you should pack well for the trek, including trekking gears, warm clothes, sturdy boots, first aid, and others. Overall, this short trek in the Annapurna region is relatively comfortable. Hence, with a basic level of fitness and mental preparation, you can complete this trek efficiently.

Food and Accommodations Along the Trek

The food and accommodation facilities along the trail are quite basic. You will stay in the local community-run lodges, teahouses, and homestays in the Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Ghandruk trek. The food and accommodation services are nothing fancy but served with incredible care.

A basic room consists of twin beds, clean sheets, and warm blankets. However, you need to carry your own toiletries including soap, toilet papers, towels, shampoo, and others. You will have an opportunity to stay at the homestays of the local people in Ghandruk. You will stay in the best hotels in the cities of Pokhara.

Moreover, you will get served the basic Nepali dish of Dal Bhat along the trail. Dal Bhat contains rice, dal (pulses), lentils, spinach, Gundruk, pickles, meat, and others. A limited variety of western dishes like pizza, burger, momo, Chowmein, is available along the trail as well. You can gorge on delicious western and international cuisine in the hotels of Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Furthermore, hot drinks like tea, coffee, hot chocolate, lemon water, alcoholic beverages, and others are available too. One pro tip is to book all the food and accommodation facilities before the start of the trek. Overall, the incredible hospitality of the local people will enthrall you.

Why to Take the Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Ghandruk Trek?

A short and comfortable trek

The Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Ghandruk is a short and comfortable trek in the Annapurna region. Many trekkers also use this trek as a practice or training for the more demanding Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Everest Base Camp treks.

Moreover, the trek is of short duration and has relatively more accessible trails. Also, this is a low altitude trek, so you do not have to worry much about the altitude sickness. However, a basic acclimatization process is essential during the trek.

Incredible mountain views

The breathtaking mountain views are one of the significant advantages of the trek. You can observe the awe-inspiring views of snow-capped mountains including Annapurna I, Machhapuchhre, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and others.

Moreover, the silver mountains look incredibly beautiful on the backdrop of the vast green hills. Besides that, the pleasant aroma of the various vegetation along the trail is also enticing.

A complete cultural exploration

You also have an opportunity to explore the culture, lifestyle, and tradition of the community. The beautiful Tamang settlement scattered along the trails transports you back in time.

Moreover, you also have an opportunity to stay at the Gurung Homestays in the village of Ghandruk. The traditional lifestyle, and architecture will make you fall in love with the place.

Spectacular sunrise from Poon hill

The highlight of the trek is the spectacular sunrise from the Poon Hill viewpoint. The Poon Hill viewpoint is one of the best viewpoints to observe the glorious Himalayan sunrise.

Moreover, you can observe the golden rays of the sun falling over the silver mountains. The incredible trek to the Poon Hill viewpoint will provide you with an experience of a lifetime.

Essential Tips for the Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Ghandruk Trek

  • Hire a guide and a porter for the trek
  • Start your trek early
  • Walk gently at a slow and steady pace
  • Carry anti-nausea tablets like Diamox
  • Acclimatize and hydrate regularly during the trek
  • Pre-book your food and accommodations during the trek
  • Carry snacks like a protein bar, chocolate bar, granola bars, to munch on during the trek
  • Get yourself a proper travel insurance
  • Carry water purification tablet for the trek

Packing List of the Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Ghandruk Trek

Clothing

  • Trekking shoes
  • Full sleeve shirts
  • Half sleeve shirts
  • Trekking trousers
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Down jacket
  • Sweaters
  • Woollen caps
  • Raincoats

First aid

  • Band-aids
  • Sanitary pads/ Tampons
  • Anti-nausea tablets
  • Water purification tablets
  • Insect repellent creams
  • Hand Sanitizer

Accessories

  • Camera
  • Solar Chargers
  • Power Banks
  • Extra Batteries
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Moisturizer

Important documents

  • Passport
  • Travel permits

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Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Ghandruk Trek