Ghorepani Poonhill trek is a moderate, short and scenic adventure where you will be enthralled with mountain views of the massive Dhaulagiri-Annapurna and Manaslu ranges along the walks through the high hills of Annapurna Himalaya.
This is a truly fascinating country walk that leads you into the midst of beautiful flowering rhododendron-magnolia forest, regarded as world’s spectacular natural garden in the shade of Annapurna Himalaya range of mountains.
Ghorepani Poonhill trek leads you to Nepal Mid-West Himalaya in Pokhara, a famous and popular touristic city located on a beautiful valley beneath the towering Annapurna and Machhapuchhare Himal ‘Fish Tail’ with serene Lakes of Phewa and Begnas.
Our wonderful journey starts from the scenic city of Pokhara, walking up the hills towards a high ridge on the ancient Trans Himalayan Salt & Caravan Route of Nepal and Tibet. We will pass through the nice traditional hill villages of Gurung and Magar tribal people of Nepal and have the opportunity to enjoy the immense and old culture.
The walk then leads into the enchanting forest areas with views of Annapurna to reach a cooler alpine zone at Ghorepani village, located beneath the scenic Poon Hill. Take some time to explore local culture and custom before hiking to Poon Hill for stunning sunrise views over an array of Himalayan Peaks.
Situated at 3,210 m / 10,593 ft, Poon Hill will be the highest point of this marvelous Sunrise & Mountain Panorama Trekking. There, we will be able to enjoy the glorious views and panorama of the whole region including sunrise views over Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Annapurna, Fishtail and as far Ganesh Himal.
After the memorable experience at Poon Hill, the trek leads us through the lovely Gurung villages once again. The alternative scenic route passes through Tadapani, Tolka, Ghandruk-Landruk and Dhampus to finally take you to the lakeside city of Pokhara. The 11 Day Ghorepani Poonhill trek trip comes an end with a drive / flight back to the capital.
Ghorepani Poonhill trek Difficulty
Ghorepani Poonhill trek is a moderate difficulty trek that takes you through the hills and forests and enchanting trails near Pokhara. The trail is mostly well-defined and equipped to handle tourists. With the trail located below 3000 meters, altitude sickness is also generally not an issue. The daily trekking hours average at around 5 hours per day. With all these factors considered, it is safe to say that Ghorepani Poonhill trek can be performed by people of all age and experience levels as long as they are at least minimally fit.
Best Season for Ghorepani Poonhill trek
The best time for Ghorepani Poonhill trek is definitely during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. The wildflowers and rhododendrons are in full bloom during spring and the views are exceptionally clear during autumn. Also considering the stable weather and pleasant temperature of these periods, they are no doubt the best times for this trek. Winter trekking is also a popular option for those who don’t mind the lack of greenery in favor of the extra snow around the mountains. Monsoon, however, is generally not a good time as the weather becomes quite unstable and the occasional downpour can compromise both the safety and enjoyability of your journey.
Morning traveling by coach or in private vehicles (depending upon group size), where drive leads on interesting and exciting highway, one of the busiest roads linking capital with other districts of Nepal.
Heading towards Nepal Mid West to reach at beautiful Pokhara city located on a green valley surrounded with rolling hills and snow capped mountains.
On reaching Pokhara transfer to respective hotels near calm and serene Phewa Lake with afternoon free for short walks.
(Flying options 30 minutes of scenic flight to Pokhara)
Morning 2 hours drive from Pokhara heading towards mid hills towns and villages. Superb views of rolling landscapes and Annapurna mountain range includes majestic Mt. Machhapuchare “The Fish Tail” on the drive to Nayapul (new bridge) located on Pokhara-Baglung / Beni highway.
From here starting with gradual walk past Bhirethati village, on ancient Nepal / Tibet Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade Route, walking past farm lands and traditional villages to reach at Tirkhedhunga village for first night stop in the comfort of a nice cozy lodge after a pleasant walk of four hours.
Morning walk leads to a climb on steep up for nearly two hours on stone steps all the way to Ulleri village, overlooking views of surrounding landscapes and of snow capped peaks of Annapurna South and Mt. Machhapuchare.
From Ulleri village, walk gets easier on winding path into oaks-pines and rhododendron forest, and then uphill gaining heights to reach Ghorepani Deurali village.
Ghorepani offers fabulous views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South and Vara-Shikar or Annapurna Fang, this nice looking village located at the base of Poon Hill populated with Poon, Magar ethnic hill tribe.
Morning, an hour hike up to Poon-Hill on top 3,210 m high where you catch magnificent sunrise views over chain of mountain range from Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu to Annapurna and as far to Ganesh Himal including Mt. Machhapuchare “The Fish Tail” the virgin peaks.
After enjoying wonderful panorama of mountains with stunning sunrise views, walk back to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue trek to Tadapani.
Walk leads to a climb into beautiful rhododendron forest all the way to Tadapani for the overnight stop.
Tadapani located amidst of rhododendron, magnolia and oaks forest with views of Mt. Machhapuchare and Annapurna South at close distance.
Today a short walk to Ghandruk village, descend through forest with views of snow capped mountains; a pleasant walk leads to Ghandruk village for lunch, a large Gurung village around Annapurna region. The men folk of Ghandruk village have long tradition of supplying some of the finest soldiers in the Gorkha Regiment to both British and Indian armies.
From Ghandruk village, walk downhill for an hour to Modi River, on crossing a bridge over raging Modi River, a short climb to Landruk village, and then continue walk on pleasant winding trail with short climb to a nice spread out village at Tolka for overnight stop with views of Annapurna South and Huin Chuli.
From Tolka with stunning views of Annapurna South, continue our last day walk on a long winding trail through terraced farm fields and villages with an uphill walk for 45 minutes to Deurali ridge at 2,150 m.
After Deurali pleasant walk with grand views of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Manaslu including Fish Tail peak reached you at Pothana village for possible lunch stop.
Enjoying views of Annapurna range walk continues downhill to a nice large village at Dhampus a wonderful spot with views of Annapurna and Manaslu Mountains, from here taking a drive back on the road head of Baglung-Pokhara highway to reach back to Pokhara after a wonderful time up in the high hills.
Morning a drive to Kathmandu after a wonderful experience on Sunrise & Mountain Panorama Trekking around Ghorepani / Poon Hill, on reaching Kathmandu transfer to your hotels with afternoon free at leisure for individual activities and shopping.
(Flying options 30 minutes of scenic flight to Kathmandu from Pokhara)
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