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5 days Nepal Poon Hill Trek with Ghorepani considers an easy trekking routes than any other treks in Nepal.On the way to Ghorepani Poon Hill, you will ascend through beautiful rhododendron forests, pass by numerous streams, and villages  enjoying an amazing mountain views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Mt Fishtail. The 5 days Poon Hill trek Nepal is great if you have a bit more time, need a break from work and want to trekking with family and friends without any risk of altitude mountain sickness(AMS).This is the best trek to enjoy Gurung and Magar culture,sunrise and sunset view from Poon Hill and Ghorepani. The tea house trek to Ghorepani Poon Hill is beautiful and incredible, suitable for trekking beginners.Also, Poon Hill trek Nepal is full of natural and cultural beauty, pass by bamboo and rhododendron forest, beautiful villages of Birethanti, Tikhedhunga, Ulleri, Ghorepani, Tadapani and Ghandruk. This is a perfect for family with children, adults, seniors to solo and small group trekkers.For any queries and booking regarding Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek 5 days package cost and itinerary, please email us at [email protected], call or message on WhatsApp at +977 9851023742.

Trek Details

Trek Name:  Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Trek Duration: 5 Days

Trek Difficulty: Easy/Medium

Trek Seasons: Aug to Dec, Jan to Jun

Trek Altitude: 3200m

Trek Cost: USD 390- USD 610

Group Size: 01 - 12 people

Trek Package: Private/Group Trek

Mode of Transfer: Bus /Car /  Flight

Start/End of Trip: Kathmandu /Pokhara

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek 5 days is Nepal's best trek around Annapurna foothills including Ghorepani and Ghandruk village.

  • Nepal Poon Hill Trek
  • 5 Days Itinerary
  • Cost Details
  • Essential Info
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Highlights of Poon Hill Trek
Visit the marvelous city of Pokhara.
Relish the amphitheater-like view of the picturesque mountains, including Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Dhaulagiri.
Explore the traditional Gurung village at Ghandruk and enjoy their rich culture.
Trail decorated with crimson rhododendron.
An easy and comfortable trek in the Annapurna Sanctuary.

Poon Hill Trek is a short and comfortable adventure through rhododendron forests to the vantage point that offers marvelous Himalayan panorama. If you hike to Poon Hill early in the morning, the sunrise over the mountains is a majestic sight to relish.This trek offers you not only the mountain views but also the cultural experience of Gurung inhabitants.
Poon Hill Trek Permit
Poon Hill Trek also requires two different permits — TIMS Card (Trekking Information Management System) and the ACAP permit (Annapurna Conservation Area Project). You do not require any restricted area permits to enter the area.We will take care of all the hassles of the permit for you.  For both TIMS Card and ACAP permits, we will need to have your scan passport copy, insurance details and passport size photos.
Accommodation and Food on Poon Hill Trek
Plenty of hotels and comfortable teahouses are available throughout the trail to Poon Hill. Most of the teahouses are cozy, providing rooms, food, and basic amenities including WiFi, hot shower, and charging facilities. Tea houses facilitate essential services of two single beds in a room, a thin mattress, a pair of bed sheets, and a cushion. The toilets are mostly on a sharing basis without running water. If you want to use additional facilities like the hot shower, WiFi, and charging facilities, they may charge you extra cost for it. Tea houses also provide meals on their menu. Dal Bhat (Rice and Lentil) is the most popular food in the mountains. Most of the trekkers prefer Dal Bhat to other foods as the portion is quite sufficient to fill the hunger. They also serve a few western menu meals, but the taste may not be as good as a fancy restaurant.
Drinking Water
Water from local sources and tap is not safe to drink. Additionally, bottled water is also not available to buy in Poon Hill Trek. Make sure to carry a water bottle with you and refill the water in the teahouses for an extra cost.
Network Information
Network coverage on the trail is pretty decent. Both NTC and Ncell services work fine throughout the trek but weak at Poon Hill. The network connection may not always be available at the vantage point of Poon Hill. When it comes to mobile internet service, you can expect 3G data coverage in most parts of the trail. Most teahouses provide WiFi services with additional charges. WiFi is the most preferred way to stay connected with your friends and family. But the connection can get slower when the high number of users congest network traffic.

Day 1:  Pokhara to Tikhedhunga (1525m) 
Fly to Pokhara, drive to Nayapul (35km) takes 2 hours and moderate trek to Tikhedhunga of 5.8 miles/9.5km) distance can walk in 4/5 hours. Stay night at guest house.  Ulleri is an alternative stop, but beware that it is a very steep climb up a stone staircase from Tikhedhunga in just 2km up to (1960m).
Day 2:  Trek to Ghorepani (2880m)
Difficult trek to Ghorepani covers 6.5 miles/10.5km takes 5/6 hours. The tough day trek, you have to climb from 1550m to 2880m over 1400m. Most climbing is happens at the start on steep stairs.  After Ulleri the terrain evens out a bit while you are still slowly climbing. Towards Ghorepani you will find yourselves entering the Rhododendron forests.
Day 3: Ghorepani to Tadapani (2500m)
Moderate trek covers nearly 11km takes 6/7 hours. The destination of today is first to Poon Hill, early morning Sunrise and the Himalayan Panorama and after breakfast, trek to Tadapani.  The climb to Poonhill is a few hundred meters up in the dark at 5-5:30am) so bring a flashlight or head lamp. Then you arrive in time to see the sunrise light up the main Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain range. That is if you are lucky to have a clear day. Tadapani is also the best view point; you can get very close view of Mt Annapurna and Mt Fishtail.
Day 4:  Tadapani to Ghandruk (1940m)
Enjoy the view and breakfast, and then downhill trek of 8km takes 6/7 hours through the forest trail to Ghandruk, a village of Gurung famous for British Gurkhas developed on the side of a hill.  Lunch and explore the nice village of Ghandruk in the afternoon.  Ghandruk also offer a great view of Annapurna South, Mt Fishtail and Hiunchuli.
Day 5: Ghandruk to Pokhara (1880m)
Breakfast, and continue downhill trek of 14km to Nayapul on steep narrow trails through rice paddies field and a hotter climate for 5/6 hours and drive back to Pokhara from there.

Cost Included:

  • Twin sharing tea house accommodation during 5 days Nepal Poon hill trek.
  • Pokhara-Nayapul-Pokhara by taxi/jeep/bus transfer
  • Trekking permit-ACAP and TIMS cards
  • English Speaking guide and all his expenses like salary, meals, accommodation and transfer
  • 3 times meals- breakfast, lunch and dinner(the main course) during trekking
  • Twin sharing hotel accommodation with breakfast in Pokhara before and after the trek.
  • Emergency rescue operation assistance in case of emergency(paid by your Travel Insurance)
  • All the government taxes and company service charge.

Cost Not Includes:

  • Airport pick up and departure transfer.
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu but we can book on your request.
  • Private car transfer or flight cost between Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Travel Insurance in case of emergency for Heli rescue and other medication
  • Porter to carry luggage - but we arrange on your request 1 porter between 2 clients. 
  • Any kind of drinks and desert like beer, water, tea/coffee, hot water, chocolate/rice pudding, pie and pancake.
  • Expenses of personal nature like telephone, internet, wifi, hot shower, battery charging
  • Additional cost that beyond our control due to the landslides, weather condition, illness, change of government policies, strikes, and physical condition.
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • All the cost not mention on above cost includes.

Poon Hill Trek Difficulty
Poon Hill Trek is the most comfortable trek in the entire Annapurna region. Although this trek does not need any climbing or technical skills, the trek is not so simple like walking in a park. The first three days of the trek is steep and strenuous.The entire trek covers approximately 40 to 44 kilometers. On average, you’ll have to walk for about 6 to 7 hours per day. Poon Hill(3200m) is the highest elevation point of the trek. Although the risk of altitude sickness is slightly less, it is crucial to maintain fitness to protect from the AMS.

Prepare well for the unforeseeable weather conditions. The weather in the mountains is always unpredictable and likely to change quickly. Therefore, pack all the essential gears for wet and cold weather. Since you’ll be walking for long hours every day, invest in high-quality hiking boots. Although the experienced trekkers consider Poon Hill as an easy trek, it requires a certain level of physical fitness to complete the trek. However, Poon Hill is comfortably doable, even for first-time trekkers. Most of the people consider it as the ideal destination for novice trekkers who wants to experience the Himalayas.

Poon Hill Trek is a short and easy one in the Annapurna region, and suitable for everybody. Even novice trekkers with decent physical fitness can do this trek. If you can walk approximately 5 to 6 hours each day, you can trek easily.

Best Time to trek Poon Hill
It is possible to trek to Poon Hill throughout the year. However, the weather and the view may not be clearer throughout the year. Autumn (September to November) and Spring (March to May) are the two best seasons to trek in Ghorepani Poon Hill.

Autumn-The Autumn season is the most preferred time of the year to go to Poon Hill. The weather at this period stays moderate and consistent. The sky remains mostly clear with rewarding glimpses of the mountains and landscapes. However, the only drawback of traveling at this time is the crowded trail.

Spring-After Autumn, Spring is the second-best time to trek to Poon Hill. The weather turns slightly warm during this time of the year, and the sky gets a bit hazy compared to Autumn. But trekking at this period is highly advisable.

Winter-December to February brings cold and harsh weather. While trekking in high elevations, winter means freezing trails and cold weather. The upper reaches, especially Ghorepani and Poon Hill, are usually covered with snow during the winter. Make sure to carry warm clothes and sleeping bags if you’re planning to go for trekking during winter.

Monsoon-June to August  is the least preferred time to trek in Poon Hill. At this period, the weather is unpredictable, and the trails are wet, and slippery due to the excessive rainfall. The sky is also hazy and covered in clouds, so this is not the right time to enjoy the views.

Start of Poon Hill Trek
Starting Poon Hill Trek is to drive from Pokhara to Nayapul. The condition of the road to Nayapul is decent, compared to other outskirts of Nepal. The entire drive covers a total distance of 45.5 kilometers and takes around two hours.As per your preference, you can either ride a local bus or a private car, taxi, or van to reach Nayapul. The local transportations are scheduled to leave every hour from Pokhara, and a public bus is cheaper.If you choose to hire a taxi or van, it’ll cost you about US$ 35, but the drive will be relatively faster and comfortable.

End of Poon Hill Trek
Most of the trekkers conclude this trek with a drive from Ghandruk to Pokhara. You can catch a local bus or a local van from the Ghandruk Bus Stop. The cost of a local bus from Ghandruk to Pokhara is cheaper.You can also take a local van from Ghandruk to Pokhara. The local van costs you around 15 USD to 20 USD each person as per the number of passengers.

Poon Hill Trek Route
1. Ghandruk to Nayapul – 40km
This alternative option to Poon Hill follows the reversed route to that of the standard itinerary. On this route, you begin the adventure with a 3-hour drive from Pokhara to Ghandruk. You’ll trek through famous settlements like Tadapani and Ghorepani towards Poon Hill. Furthermore, you descend via Ulleri towards Nayapul to end the trek. This route covers a total distance of 40km.

2. Nayapul to Kimche – 44km
If you take this route, you’ll follow the entire standard itinerary and walk to Kimche from Ghandruk instead of driving. This additional 4 km is the only variation on this route option.The trek begins with a drive to Nayapul then passes through the village of Ulleri and Ghorepani to arrive at Poon Hill. Then, the trail descends to Ghandruk via Tadapani and further leads to Kimche to end the trek.

Poon Hill Trek Insurance
Poon Hill Trek is a short and easy trek compared to Everest or Annapurna Base Camp, it is essential to have travel insurance while trekking in this area. As it seems to be not necessary, but we highly recommend you to have proper travel insurance for this trek. You may come across unpredictable situations — accidents and altitude sickness are quite common while trekking in the high Himalayas. You do not need to include helicopter evacuation in your policy. Although Poon Hill Trek is relatively short and comfortable, it is advisable to have travel insurance for the trek. You only need basic insurance that covers at least medical costs, theft, accidents, and natural disasters. Though there are very few decent travel insurance companies, we highly suggest you get it done from the World Nomads.

Independent Trek
It is possible to trek to Poon Hill independently. Poon Hill Trek without a guide is a far cheaper and more flexible way to travel. However, it may be slightly difficult to trek on your own as you have to handle all the issues of the trip.If you choose to travel on your own, you’ll have to take care of all the hassles such as arranging transportation, accommodations, and carrying your backpacks. However, you’ll have the luxury of changing the plans and itinerary as per your wish. Advantage-Trek is relatively cheaper than guided trek. It is more adventurous as you’ll be responsible for all the logistics and planning. You’ll have the flexibility to make adjustments to your plans as per your wish.Disadvantage-If you get into any trouble, you will not have anyone to accompany you. Planning all the logistics might be hectic.

Guided Trek
If you choose to travel with a guide and porter, they’ll help you arrange the permits, transportation, accommodations, and luggage. They’ll guide you throughout the trail and assist you in every situation. The guide will plan the itinerary and all the arrangements for your trip, which means you won’t have the flexibility to change as per your wish. Advantage- No need to worry about finding accommodation, planning the route, and carrying the extra weight.With a professional guide, you can learn about places, cultures, and food. Disadvantage-Hiring a guide is spending more. It is slightly less adventurous.

Packing List for Poon Hill
Bags:-Duffel Bags, Daypack.
Clothing:-Trekking Shirt, Trekking Trousers, Base Layer, Down Jacket, Waterproof Shell Jacket, Breathable Underwear.
Footwear:-Hiking Boots,Trainers/Sandals, Hiking Socks.
Head Wears:-Sun Protection Hat, Beanie.
Important Accessories: Sleeping Bag, Trekking Poles, Water Bottle, Basic Medical Kits, UV Protection Sunglasses, Headlamp, Water Purification Tablets, Hand Sanitizers, Sunscreen, Lip Balm, Toiletries.

Acute Mountain Sickness
Generally, altitude sickness occurs after you exceed the elevation of 3,000m above sea level. Poon Hill lies at an altitude of 3,210m. As you will spend a short period at the threat zone, the possibility is very minimal.However, it is always better to stay precautions while trekking at high altitudes.

Important Note:
Carry enough cash. There are no ATM on the trail. Do not forget to carry a waterproof jacket. Make sure to carry your water bottle as you can’t buy bottled water on the trail. It is handy to bring a portable charger on the trek as charging facilities may not be reliable in the teahouses. Although Poon Hill Trek is an easy trek, it is something more. You’ll have to climb strenuous uphills while trekking to Poon Hill. Make sure to stay physically fit and engage in cardio-oriented exercise before the trek. Do not forget to carry a decent camera. You might capture the breathtaking sceneries along the trail.

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