Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek trip will take you to one of Nepal's most famous Annapurna range vistas. You'll travel through ancient pathways that connect local towns, passing through rhododendron forests and rice paddies while taking in vistas of snow-capped mountains. Sleep in pleasant teahouses in little villages along the road at night.

Ghorepani Poon Hill

Ghorepani Poon hill is one of Nepal's gentler pathways, which is ideal for families and first-time trekkers who wish to see the Himalayan views of famous landmark mountains while staying in comfortable accommodations and eating delicious food. The Poon Hill trip is best done in May when the rhododendrons are in full bloom, although it may be done at any time throughout the trekking seasons of April to June and September to November.

 

The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is a circuit in the Annapurna Range's lower reaches. The highlight is ascending to Poon Hill's peak viewpoint at sunrise to experience panoramic views of the famous Annapurna region, including Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, III, and IV, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhare, and Manaslu. 

The track passes through a rhododendron woodland, terraced hills, rice fields, and lush foliage, giving trekkers a strong impression of the region. The indigenous Gurung and Magar villages' warm greeting is equally as wonderful. Ghorepani is a village in central Nepal that lies within the Annapurna Conservation Area at a height of roughly 2874 meters.

This walk is also known as the Annapurna Sunrise Trek and involves the legendary Ulleri challenge, which entails mounting over 3000 stone steps. After a day of hiking and time spent in the colorful, dynamic town of Pokhara, about five hours by car from Kathmandu, there are also the hot springs of Jhinu to relax in.

There is no trek in Nepal that can provide you with the Himalayan experience as well as the spectacular sunrises in less time or for less money. The Poon Hill Trek is frequently undertaken as a warm-up for other Nepalese treks. It's a good way to warm up before going trekking in the Mount Everest region, for example. 

There are a variety of reasons to hike or trek up Poon Hill, but the most renowned is the famous sunrise that this walk is known for. You will undoubtedly witness one of the most breathtaking sunrises you have ever seen. When you consider that you get to see Dhaulagiri and Annapurna in their early grandeur, the climb or trek from Ghorepani up the hill is absolutely worth it.

The walk can be affected by a variety of weather conditions, but they are rarely severe, and with proper gear, you will keep dry and comfortable. The hike is on well-worn paths and isn't particularly high, so altitude shouldn't be a problem. Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is a famous trek for all the right reasons.

How to get to Ghorepani Poon Hill?

This journey has different starting and finishing points, just like the other trekking routes in the Annapurna Sanctuary Park. The most popular route is to begin in Nayapul and end in Ghandruk, with a total ascent of 3000 meters and a total descent of 1996 meters. 

Both settlements have jeeps and buses that take you to Pokhara. Note! If it rains heavily, the road from Ghandruk becomes quite muddy, and buses to Pokhara may be unavailable. You can hike from Ghandruk to Kimche (4 km longer and 300 meters lower) or all the way to Kande through Australian Camp.

A Heli-tour to the destination is also an option. It takes roughly 2.5 hours to go to Poon Hill by helicopter. The helicopter will just pick you up and drop you off, with a 1 hour ground time. At a given time, the helicopter can transport up to 5 people. The cost of a heli-tour to Poonhill is estimated to be around $1200 USD. 

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival to Kathmandu 

Arrival in Kathmandu. Our representative will assist and transfer you to the hotel. Check-in to the hotel, a short briefing will be done about the trek once you have checked in. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Breakfast at Hotel. The guide will assist and escort you for full day sightseeing including Patan Durbar Square an ancient palace which is converted into open museum. The place offer you the beautiful and historic monuments, temple, architecture of 16th century influenced by both Buddhist and Hindu religion. The tour also continue with the major sites i.e. Boudhanath Stupa & Pasupatinath temple. Both the stupa have gain the equal value in Buddhist people. Boudhanath is one of the largest stupa in South Asia. Pasupatinath is one of the sacred places for hindu religion. The temple of lord shiva, where millions of people visit every year. Back to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Fly to Pokhara (822m) and Drive to Nayapul (1750 m)

Breakfast at hotel. Then transfer to airport to fly Pokhara. The flight will offer you the beautiful view of the Himalayas. Once we land Pokhara.Then we drive to Kande from where our trek will start. We walk from Kande to reach Tikhedhunga.Overnight at Tikhedhunga.

Day 04: Trek to Ghorepani (2810 m)

We continue our walk to reach Ghorepani.The trail start with the steep stair until we reach Ulleri.We walk around 2 hrs. To reach Ulleri then continue our walk Banthanti following the forested path. Today we will have the eye memorizing view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.

Day 05: Trek to Poonhill (3210 m) and then to Tadapani (2710m)

Early in the morning we hike to reach poonhill.Poonhill will offer perfect sun kissed mountain including Fishtail, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Himchuli and other peak. The surrounding landscape make more beautiful through rhododendron flower and Pine tree.Then walk back to Lodge.Warm breakfast then we walk though forest path and follow uphill to reach Taadapani.Overnight at Local lodge

Day06: Trek to Jhinu (1500m)

After breakfast we walk continues to reach Jhinu, The trail continue with the forested path. After crossing the bridge suspension we walk uphill then we walk downhill to reach Jhinu.We will have a quality and relax time in Jhinu.Overnight at Local Lodge.

Day07: Trek to Nayapul then drive to Pokhara

Today is the last day of our trek as the trail is easy. We walk through the beautiful waterfalls, terrace farming and the villages. We pass through many village to reach Nayapul.Once we reach Nayapul we will drive to Pokhara.Overnight at Hotel.

Day08: Pokhara sightseeing and fly to Kathmandu 

After having the breakfast. We will have the Pokhara sightseeing including Devi's fall, Gupteshwar cave and boating in Fewa lake .Back to hotel.Check out and 

And transfer to Airport to fly Kathmandu

Day 09: Departure Day

You will have your breakfast at the hotel. As per your flight schedule, you will be transferred to the international airport of Kathmandu 3 hours prior to the flight time and your tour ends here.

Ghorepani Poonhill Weather 

This walk is at a low height, it never gets too cold. During the majority of the year, you can trek in short sleeves in the middle of the day. Warmer clothing is required in the mornings and nights, and rain gear is recommended during the monsoon.

  • March, April, and May are the months of spring

Temperatures will range from 10 to 24 degrees Celsius, with the temperature atop Poon Hill dipping to freezing point. It is cooler in March than it is in May, with temperatures steadily rising as the season progresses. There will be no rain and the skies will be clear during this time. Ghorepani has an average temperature of 13°C. This is a fantastic time to go hiking. The best thing about this season is the weather and getting to see Rhododendrons in full bloom, which is also the national flower of Nepal.

  • Summer/Monsoon months are June, July, and August

The temperatures are similar to those of spring, though probably a little warmer at the upper elevations of this walk. Temperatures will range from 9 to 24 degrees C, with occasional decreases if it rains. 

Unless you're extremely unfortunate, it will most likely only rain for a short time each day. It's possible that there may be no rain or that it will be an unusually rainy week when you visit. You can check the weather forecast ahead of time if you are flexible, but keep in mind that the weather might change quickly. Alternatively, simply enjoy the refreshing monsoon rains! 

However, be aware that the walkways may be slick. Ghorepani has an average temperature of 17 degrees.

During the Rainy season expect, rain and leeches are to be expected. If you don't mind doing so, the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is still a possible option.

We do not recommend that travelers trek this trail alone during this season because there will be few other persons on the trail. It is recommended that you hike with a friend or take a guide.

  • September, October, and November are the months of autumn

The weather is similar to that of spring, with temperatures cooling as the season progresses. However, temperatures will range from 10 to 24 degrees Celsius, with the temperature on Poon Hill itself dipping to below freezing. Overall, the weather is pleasant and mild. 

In September, there is some rain, but by November, the sky is clear blue. There's a reason this is the most popular trekking season in Ghorepani, with an average temperature of 12°C! 

If you visit during October and November, you may be able to witness the most important Nepali festivals, Dashawn and Tihar. For this, make sure you consult the Nepali Calendar. Please keep in mind that the Nepali calendar is different. The weather is pleasant. 

We recommend that you book a trek ahead of time as it is the most busiest season in Nepal.

  • December, January, and February are the winter months

Since the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is a low-altitude trek, it is open all year. It will be below freezing in the mornings and evenings. Ghorepani has an average temperature of 4°C. 

Daytime temperatures of roughly 15 ° c can still be found at lower altitudes. It is unusual at this time of year to see any rain. It's possible that some snow will fall. Although there will be no major snowfalls, the snow may remain in the forested areas for some time, making the trails slick. 

This is a great season to walk because there are no clouds in the sky, and it is not quite as chilly as Annapurna Base Camp or other higher altitude hiking regions.

The best time to visit Ghorepani Poon Hill

What is the best time to visit Ghorepani Poon Hill

The walk can be done at any time of the year, but it is simpler when the trails are clear of rain or snow. 

The best months to go on the Poon Hill walk are March through May, and September through November. The weather is clearer and the temperature is mild throughout these months, with just the mornings and nights being cool, leaving the days absolutely clear for spectacular mountain vistas. Each season has its own set of pros and disadvantages, and you must weigh the balance of weather and vegetation against the amount of other trekkers on the trail.

  • March to May 

At this time of year, the greenery is in full flower. The rhododendron, Nepal's national flower, is a vibrant feature. When people talk about their treks in Nepal around this time of year, they usually bring up the rhododendrons. There will be no rain and the skies will be clear during this time.

  • June to August

Monsoon has a magical quality to it that we like.  After a night of rain, the flora is scrubbed clean, and the mountains appear breathtaking in the morning. There will be moments when the mountains are obscured by rain clouds, but that only adds to the magic of seeing them when they do appear.

Teahouses are open throughout this season, and there aren't as many trekkers around, so finding a place to stay isn't a problem. It's possible that you'll be able to acquire a better deal than what's advertised. 

The leeches (which do not transmit disease but can cause infection if you scratch the bite site) and the fact that the pathways will be more slippery are the downsides of hiking during the monsoon. The biggest benefit of trekking during the monsoon is that you will encounter fewer other hikers.

  • September to November 

This is the greatest time to trek in the Himalayas. As a result, the paths will become more crowded. So, balance the pleasant weather and natural beauty of the surrounds with the fact that there will be more trekkers in the area and lodging will be scarce. 

Peak hiking season and festival season both happen at the same time, therefore trekking personnel is overworked! However, items will be disrupted only on two or three days, such as reduced road movement on the main festival days. Please keep this in mind when you plan your hike. 

On the other hand, you may take in the celebratory atmosphere along the way and in Pokhara, where the walk begins and ends.

  • December to February

Temperatures will drop to below zero in the mornings and evenings, necessitating the use of warm clothes. 

Daytime temperatures of 15 ° c are still possible at lower altitudes, which is ideal for hiking. It does not rain much at this time of year (let's just say 'seldom showers'). It's possible that there will be some light snowfall. 

There will be fewer trekkers on the trail, and teahouse accommodations will be plentiful. In the evenings, all teahouses have beautiful warm fires to sit around with a cup of something hot. 

The mountain views will be magnificent in the icy air, so if you don't mind getting a bit cold, now is a fantastic time to hike the Ghorepani Poon Hill climb.

Kathmandu to Ghorepani Poon hill in a day

There is a possibility to reach Poon hill in a day with the means of transportation. If we take a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and book a helicopter ride to Poon hill from Pokhara on the very same day, is one option to reach Poon Hill in a day.

Permits needed during Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

You'll need a permit and a TIMS card, just like any other journey inside the sanctuary. Both are available at the Pokhara Tourist Information Center, which is around 1,5 km from Lakeside. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday. NPR 5000/US$43 total cost 

You can extend your visa at the immigration office, which is housed in the same building. To receive a TIMS card and a permit, you'll need your passport, insurance (no one will want to see it; all they need are the details to complete in), and a Nepal contact person (we usually give our hotel details). There are no additional documents required. 

The TIMS card is only good for one visit to the park; every time you leave, you'll have to pay again.

What to pack for the trip?

For the Poon Hill trip, trekking pants and warm layers are recommended, as well as a three-season sleeping bag and lightweight trekking boots with good ankle support, to protect you from perhaps rolling your ankle; heavy footwear will be hot and unwieldy. Cross trainers are trendy, but they require extra caution to avoid spraining ankles. For the descents, bring hats and gloves, as well as multiple pairs of comfortable socks and walking sticks. In case of rain, carry a waterproof jacket and an umbrella. In May, the weather might be very hot, so you'll be trekking in shorts and a Tshirt, and it's crucial to wear sunscreen.

6 Things no one tell you about the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

  • It is advised not to trek during the rainy season as the rain can hamper your walking. 

  • Moderate level are not so Moderate 

  • You will find hot showers and internet on the top

  • You can always here porters to carry your bag. You dont have to carry your bag if you dont have to.

  • You can trek independently without a guide.

  • It is not compulsory for you to buy the trekking gears, you can rent them. There are many places you can find in Pokhara where they rent trekking gears. 

Conclusion

Ghorepani Poon hill is a majestic hike that can be done almost by anyone. The poon hill trek is very famous among both domestic aswell as international tourists. This is the type of trek that can be completed in a short time without spending a lot of money with magnificent views. As mentioned above there are different times to visit the hill and the best time to visit is during the transition from summer to winter. If you want more information about the trek contact us here at renderbooking.com

Frequently Asked Questions

1) How high is Ghorepani poon hill ?

Ghorepani is a settlement in the Dhaulagiri Zone of northern-central Nepal's Myagdi District. It is located 17 kilometers from Beni, the district capital, at an altitude of roughly 2874 meters (9429 ft).

2) How to go to Ghorepani poon hill from Kathmandu?

You can take a bus/flight to Pokhara from where you can trek or take a heli up to the hill.

3) Can you see Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhare, Annapurna II and Lamjung from Ghorepani poon hill?

Yes, we can see the Langtang and Annapurna Range from the hill.

4)What to do in Ghorepani poon hill?

There are many things one can do in Ghorepani Poon hill trek but it is mostly famous to witness the himalayan ranges and their famous sunset.

5)How much is Kathmandu to Ghorepani poon hill distance by road?

 

Kathmandu and Ghorepani are 177 kilometers apart. The total distance traveled is 316.3 kilometers.