The Poon Hill – Ghandruk trek is a popular easy grade trek in the Annapurna Region of the great Himalayan trail. At a maximum altitude of 3210m, the Poon Hill-Ghandruk trek is one of the best options for anyone with limited time wanting to witness the Himalayas, the culture, and tradition of an ethnic group such as the Gurung. The co-existence of these groups makes this trek an interesting one with festivities going on throughout the year.
The inhabitants of this area of Annapurna Region are famous for their shamanistic traditions which include the consumption of wild honey from the Himalayan Honeybee which also happens to be the largest honeybee in the world. The honey hunters have been featured in National Geographic special and many other media. This region having a bountiful bio-diversity attracts visitors from all over the world. Traditional tea guest houses, lodges, homestays and community guest houses are found all along the way in this trek, making it rather easy than other treks. This trek is perfect for families with children as it allows them to explore without much risk and stress. The children are particularly fascinated by the visitors and take no time to mingle and hover around. Growing up in this region makes them accustomed to the incline and often walk faster than most of the visitors.
What to expect ?
Here, on this trip, at (3,193m), you will witness a spectacular panoramic view of the Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna II, South II, Nilgiri, Tukuche, Dhampus peak, Butterfly mountain & Himchuli and all-mountain range of Annapurna region. Descending on a narrow trail through rhododendron forests to Ghandrung (a large and picturesque Gurung village), the route continues back to Pokhara on a ridge that offers frequent views of Machhapuchhare, the “Fishtail” mountain. This is also one of the special treks for those birds and nature lovers because much of the walking trail is through forests abounding in birdlife.
Day 01: Arrival to Kathmandu. (1350m).
One of us will pick you up from the Kathmandu International Airport and transfer you to the hotel. You will be briefed on the trip of the next day and the remaining day can be spent exploring and shopping.
Day 02: Fly/Drive to Pokhara. 6 to 7 Hours. (1400m)
You will drive to Pokhara early morning on a tourist coach which takes 6-7 hours. you have an option to take a ½ hour of flight to Pokhara on the extra cost of USD 120. The rest of the day can be spent enjoying lakeside in Pokhara, a beautiful city. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03: Drive to Nayapul (1070m) and trek to Hile.
We leave from Pokhara in the morning after breakfast. After reaching Nayapul we will hike up to Hile which is filled with little guesthouses and beautiful scenery. Overnight at guest house.
Day 04: Trek to Ghorepani (3210m)
Today we will make our way to Ghorepani. The way is filled with steps and a steady incline. One can see multiple small waterfalls and streams all along the village of Ghorepani. Overnight at guest house.
Day 05: Trek to Poon Hill (3,210m) and Trek to Tadapani (2630m)
Early morning before sunrise we will hike up to Poon Hill (45mins) to view the spectacular sunrise. The Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Himchuli range change many shades with the slowly rising sun rays. This is one of the best places to view sunrises from. After taking some beautiful shots of the mountain ranges we will trek to Tadapani where we will stay the night.
Day 06: Trek down to Ghandruk (2010m)
Passing through small villages, we will arrive at Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a village of the Gurung. Ghandruk has little stairs that connect the little guesthouses and teahouses. Ghandruk is a poster like a village with typical Nepalese houses and friendly people practicing multiple cultures and from various ethnicities. During festival season one may be able to witness many traditions that are very particular to this reason. Overnight at guest house.
Day 07: Trek down to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara
Early in the morning, we will walk down to Nayapul through familiar landscapes. From Nayapul to will take a ride back to Pokhara. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 08: Fly/Drive back to Kathmandu
Today we will either drive back to Kathmandu on tourist coach. You have an option to take a ½ hour of flight to Kathmandu on the extra cost of USD 120. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 09: Final departure from Kathmandu
One of us will drop you at the airport, ending your stay in Nepal.
- Kathmandu and Pokhara hotel in a double/twin room sharing
- Guided tour of the city with all entry feesas per Itinerary
- Kathmandu- Pokhara-Kathmandu transfer on tourist coach
- Transfers to trek start point and from trek end point
- Accommodation in trekking at best available Teahouse/Lodge
- Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trekking period
- Experience professional trek guide, accredited by the Nepal government
- Trekking permits and local taxes for the region (Annapurna)
- Porters required to carry all personal gear; 1 porter per 2 trekkers
- Group first Aid Kit
- Insurance for all our staff
- Trekking map for each trekkers
- Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
- Triplocator T-shirt
- Personal travel insurance; medical and evacuation insurance
- Personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, mineral water
- Tips for trekking guide & porters which is expected
- International airfare and airport taxes, excess baggage charges
- Expenses incurred due to accidents, landslide, strikes, political unrest, etc
- Nepal entry visa fee US$40 for one month, US$ 25 for 15 days
Where to meet ?
We will provide you meeting location after reservation is confirmed.
Best Season for all travelers:
Autumn( Sept-Dec) and Spring( Feb-May) are the best seasons for the Ghandruk and Ghorepani Poonhill trekking. The weather is sunny, shiny and warm offering extra views. Winter season is also good for Ghandruk and Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking, the only problem is cold.
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is, in fact, compulsory should you be going trekking. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance certificate with you on the holiday.
Ghorepani Poonhill trek is a moderate kind of trekking which does not require previous trekking experience and is suitable for people of all age groups who are moderately fit. Some physical fitness activities such as running, swimming and walking are recommended before your Ghorepani Poonhill trek. People with pre-existing medical conditions must seek advice from their doctors before considering the trek. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort, but you will be acclimatized throughout the trek