“Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is one of the most popular and easy trekking trails in Nepal. The Ghorepani Poon hill loop trek can be finished within 5 days to and from Pokhara. Nowadays, due to the road accessibility, the Ghorepani poon hill trek can be finished in fewer days as well. However, a total of five days is recommended to enjoy this cultural trek in the Annapurna region.”
Embark on a breathtaking adventure through the majestic Annapurna region with the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek – a remarkable 9-day expedition that promises awe-inspiring vistas of the world’s highest and most captivating mountains. Nestled below the towering peaks of the Annapurna range lies this extraordinary trail, offering a mesmerizing panorama that includes the enchanting Machhapuchchhre (Fishtail) mountains. As you traverse this scenic landscape, you will be treated to stunning views of snow-capped mountains, traverse charming villages inhabited by the Magars and Gurungs, meander through lush rhododendron forests alive with the melodies of diverse bird species, and wander through sub-tropical valleys teeming with life.
Known as the Annapurna Balcony Trek, the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is a renowned and accessible route that caters to trekkers of all ages and adventure enthusiasts. With its easy difficulty level, this trek can be completed comfortably within a span of four to five days, making it an ideal choice for those seeking a memorable getaway during a short holiday vacation.
The Ghorepani Poonhill Trek – 9 Days is particularly famed for its panoramic views of the majestic Himalayas. Throughout your journey, you will be privileged to behold the awe-inspiring peaks of Mount Annapurna I (7555m), Mount Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mount Annapurna IV (7525m), Himchuli (6441m), Dhampus Peak (6012m), and several others. Furthermore, this trek presents a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of diverse cultures, as you encounter various ethnic communities including Brahmins, Chhetris, Thakalis, Gurungs, Magars, and more, each contributing their distinct traditions and way of life to the region’s vibrant cultural landscape.
Considered the shortest adventure trekking trail in the region, the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek – 9 Days is tailored for those with limited time yet a burning desire to explore the wonders of the Himalayas. Your journey commences at Nayapul and concludes at Phedi, taking you through a remarkable array of natural and cultural wonders. The highlight of this trail is undoubtedly Poonhill, a famous viewpoint situated at an elevation of 3210 meters. From this vantage point, you will be captivated by the breathtaking sight of Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli, Dhaulagiri, and the surrounding glaciers. On your return journey, you will have the opportunity to visit the sprawling Gurung village of Ghandruk, considered the second-largest village in Nepal. This village serves as the home to the Gurung community, many of whom have served as esteemed soldiers in the British Army’s renowned Gurkha regiment.
At HimalayanWindows, we are dedicated to ensuring that your experience during the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is nothing short of extraordinary. Our team is committed to providing you with the best services and accommodations, all at reasonable costs, as you embark on this remarkable journey through the Himalayas.
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our representative who will assist you with the transfer to your hotel. Take the rest of the day to relax and acclimate to the new environment. You can explore the vibrant streets of Thamel or visit nearby attractions if you have time.
After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive or take a short domestic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, known as the “City of Lakes”. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and spend the day exploring the beautiful lakeside town. You can take a leisurely boat ride on Phewa Lake, visit the peaceful Peace Pagoda, or simply relax and enjoy the stunning mountain views.
After an early breakfast, drive from Pokhara to Nayapul, which serves as the starting point of your trek. From Nayapul, commence your trek to Thikhedhunga, a charming village located at an altitude of 1540 meters. The trek takes approximately four to five hours and offers scenic views of terraced fields, traditional settlements, and lush forests.
Today’s trek takes you from Thikhedhunga to Ghorepani, situated at an elevation of 2860 meters. The trail includes a steep ascent of the Ulleri Village, followed by a gradual climb through rhododendron forests. Enjoy the beautiful mountain views and settle into a teahouse for the night.
In the early morning, hike to the famous Poonhill viewpoint (3210m) to witness the breathtaking sunrise over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. After capturing the magnificent views, descend to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue trekking to Tadapani. The trail offers beautiful forests and encounters with various flora and fauna.
Today’s trek takes you from Tadapani to Ghandruk, a picturesque Gurung Village nestled in the Annapurna region. Enjoy the scenic trail as you pass through rhododendron forests and terraced fields. Explore the traditional village and immerse yourself in the local culture.
After breakfast, bid farewell to Ghandruk village and trek downhill to Siwai. From Siwai, drive back to Pokhara, where you can relax and celebrate the completion of your trek. Enjoy the evening exploring the lakeside area.
Today, you will either take a scenic drive or a short domestic flight from Pokhara back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and spend the rest of your day at your leisure. You can indulge in some last-minute shopping or souvenirs or simply relax and reminisce about your trekking adventure.
After breakfast, our representative will transfer you to the airport for your departure to the onward destination. Say goodbye to Nepal until next time!
I have just returned from a fantastic trip. Firstly, Anup arranged a wonderful 2 night trip to Bhutan. Everything went very smoothly, the guide and driver were perfect, the accommodation was great and we got to see & do so much in a short amount of time, including the Tiger’s Nest, which was the highlight of Bhutan for us. I then moved onto Nepal, and Anup had arranged the flights.…
I have just returned from a fantastic trip. Firstly, Anup arranged a wonderful 2 night trip to Bhutan. Everything went very smoothly, the guide and driver were perfect, the accommodation was great and we got to see & do so much in a short amount of time, including the Tiger’s Nest, which was the highlight of Bhutan for us.
I then moved onto Nepal, and Anup had arranged the flights. Once there, I decided to do the Poon Hill trek. I was so impressed with the service previously received from Anup, that I contacted him to request for him to arrange the 4-day trek. Again, everything ran very smoothly, we couldn’t have been happier. The guide and porter were again fantastic, and they really enriched our experience.
At all opportunities, Anup went out of his way to help us to facilitate the trips. For instance, he picked us up personally and took us to the bus station instead of us paying for a taxi. He had our guide with him too, who it was lovely to be introduced to prior to the trek. He also arranged a tour of Kathmandu at our request, and we felt very lucky that he had arranged for our trekking guide to host us around the city, with a complimentary airport drop off provided at the end of the day. He also has links with some hotels & he can secure the most economical prices.
I highly recommend Himalayan Windows, Anup and his team were a pleasure to work with, and he always responded very quickly and efficiently to any emails that I sent him. He made the time to meet us after the trek, where we were able to personally thank him & give him our feedback. 5-star service! ⭐️
Payment: A deposit of 30% of the total tour cost is required to book the tour with Himalayan Windows (HW). The remaining balance is to be paid three days prior to the departure date. Payment can be made via Wire Transfer or Credit Card. All credit card payments are securely processed and a bank fee applies.
Cancellation: For cancellations more than 30 days before the Tour Start Date, there will be no cancellation fee. If the cancellation happens within 29-4 days prior to the Tour Start Date, a charge of 30% of the total invoice amount will be applied. Cancellations occurring within 3 days or less of the start date or in the case of a no-show, 100% of the total invoice amount will be charged. Learn more about Terms and Conditions.
Accommodation: Accommodation is typically provided in twin rooms in cities, though a single supplement can be requested for an additional fee. During peak season, it can be difficult to find single or twin rooms in the mountains, so our lodges usually offer dormitory-style accommodation. Our priority is always to provide clean and safe rooms for our guests.
Meals: Our packages in Bhutan include full board meals, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner included. For treks, all meals are provided, but you will need to pay extra for drinking water and snacks.
Nepal Visa: If you are planning a trip to Nepal, you must have a valid passport and Nepal Visa. Depending on your country of origin, you may need to obtain a Nepal Tourist Visa before your arrival. To be eligible, your passport should be valid for a minimum of six months from your Tour Start Date. If you are planning on traveling to multiple countries on your trip, make sure to get a multi-entries Nepal Visa.
Bhutan Visa Clearance: All visitors to Bhutan must have a valid Bhutan Visa Clearance before their trip. To obtain it, you must submit a color-scanned copy of your passport, which must be valid for at least 6 months from the start date of your tour. Your tour operator will send you a Visa Clearance prior to your departure, which you must present at the Druk Air/Bhutan Airlines counter during check-in. Once you arrive at Paro Airport, your passport will be stamped with the original visa.
Tibet Group Visa (TGV): All travelers from any nation intending to go to Tibet from Nepal must obtain a Tibet Group Visa (TGV) in Kathmandu with the help of a tour operator. To ensure the successful application of the TGV, you should plan to arrive in Kathmandu 3-4 working days before your travel date. If you are coming from China, you will not require a TGV; instead, you will need a Chinese Visa and Permit. To find out more about the process of entering Tibet, please look into the Tibet entry procedure.
Nepal & Bhutan: Visiting Nepal and Bhutan at the same time is ideal as they share a similar climate. From high mountains to low land sub-tropical plains and jungles, the two countries have similar weather. The best time to visit is from March to April (spring) and October to December (autumn and early winter). During these months, the air is clean and fresh with sunny skies. January and February are colder months, while June, July, and August (summer) are typically monsoon seasons.
Tibet: It is best to visit Tibet between April and October when the weather is warm and the skies are clear. However, from November to March, it is still possible to explore certain areas like Namtso, Everest Base Camp, and Mount Kailash, as long as the roads are not blocked by snow. Temperatures during this time may be quite cold.
HimalayanWindows strongly recommends that anyone planning to travel in the Himalayas purchase Travel Insurance. This policy will provide coverage in the case of medical emergencies, evacuation, theft, loss of belongings, and last-minute tour/ticket cancellations. Having this protection in place will help ensure that your trip is safe and enjoyable.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Nepal Tour and Trekking Do I Need A Visa To Enter Nepal? Yes, all foreigners, Except Indians, need a Nepalese visa to enter Nepal. Most nationals can get an on-arrival visa at the TIA airport. However, it is advised to consult with your nearby Embassy or Consulate of Nepal. What do I need to get my visa? You need to have a valid passport, some… Read More »