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Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking


Ghorepani Poon hill trekking into the Annapurna region is a relatively easy hiking with some great mountain views and experiencing local culture and traditions. Trekkers get to observe majestic views of the snow-capped mountains like Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Himalchuli and many more. 

The trekking trails towards Ghorepani and Poon hill passes through remote valleys, ancient villages, scenic trails, lush green forests. The prime feature of the trek is the hike up to the Poon hill, the Himalayan view-point, to witness sunrise over the Himalayas with the first rays of the sun hitting the snow-capped peaks.

Another important highlight is the beautiful Ghandruk village, a high mountain settlement of Gurung community. 

The sightseeing around Kathmandu city is also equally interesting with visits to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

Ghorepani Poon hill trek starts from Pokhara, another natural wonder and beautiful lake-side town of Nepal.

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu/meet & transfer to hotel O/N Hotel
Upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport, you shall be met then transferred to your hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu O/N Hotel
After breakfast is sightseeing around the Kathmandu city visiting various religious and historical sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath – Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath & Boudhanath; all UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Later on return back to hotel.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (827m) 5-6 hours O/N Lodge
Drive to Pokhara after breakfast via a scenic route passing along village, small towns, rivers etc.

Day 04: Drive to Nayapul & trek to Tikhedunga (1540m) 4-5 hours O/N Lodge
Early in the morning, drive to Nayapul which takes about 1 hour drive to begin the trek alongside the river Modi Khola. En-route, you will pass along a large and prosperous town of Birethanti before reaching Tikedhunga.

Day 05: Tikhedunga to Ghorepani (2870m)  5-6 hours O/N Lodge
After breakfast, begins the trek where the trail first crosses Tikhedhunga and continue on to the large Magar village of Ulleri (2080m). Then you continue to Banthali (2250m), before passing through the magnificent oak and rhododendron forests en-route to Nangathanti (2460m). After an hour walk uphill Ghorapani is reached.

Day 06: Visit Poon Hill (3210m) – Ghorepani to Tadapani (2710m)  6-7 hours O/N Lodge
Early in the morning, you will hike for an hour to Poon Hill (3210m). Arriving at sunrise, the vantage-point of Poon Hill offers magnificent views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Himchuli and Machhapuchchhre mountains. 

Then return back to the hotel; breakfast and start the trek to Gurung Hill. The trail crosses pine and rhododendron forests on the way down to Deorali (3090m) and Banthati (2650m). Passing Banthati you will then head down to a small river and climb up the trail heading to Tadapani.

Day 07: Tadapani to Ghandruk (1940m) 4 hours O/N Lodge
The trail descends steeply through the forest to Baisi Kharka, where you will cross a stream and proceed towards the beautiful village of Ghandruk. Here you will be treated to stunning views of Annapurna South and the Annapurna Conservation Area before spending the night at Ghandruk.

Day 08: Ghandruk to Nayapul (1070m) & drive to Pokhara 3-4 hours O/N Lodge
From Ghandruk the trail descends to Chane (1690m) and to Kimchi (1640m). The trek then follows the ridge downhill to Kehone Danda and Kliu (1390m), before making a suspension bridge crossing over the Sadhu Khola River. 

Finally you will arrive alongside the Modi Khola, where you will reach Shauli Bazaar (1140m). Passing through the lovely birch forest you will then visit Lamakhet and Birethanti (1000m). Walking about 30 minutes the trek reaches Nayapul and from there it is a one hour drive to Pokhara.

Day 09: Drive to Kathmandu 5-6 hours O/N Hotel
Today drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara which is 6 hours approx.

Day 10: Trip concludes
You shall be transferred to the airport for your onward destination.


What's included

  • Airport pick up and transfer by private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu at 3 star hotel including breakfast for twin share.
  • Kathmandu city tours inclusive of vehicle transfer, entrance fees & professional English speaking tour guide.
  • Surface transportation to and from trekking start and end point by tourist bus (Upgrade to flights/private car available on extra cost)
  • Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges on twin sharing, Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea and coffee during the trek.
  • Highly experienced government licensed guide during the trek with his transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipment and insurance.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS).
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Entrance Permit and fees.
  • First aid medical kit.
  • Duffle bag.
  • Government taxes & service charges.

What's not included

  • Any meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • International airfares.
  • Rescue and travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot water, hot shower, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, and internet.
  • Tips and gratuities (Tipping are expected but not mandatory)

Important information

  • Please keep in mind that  flight from Kathmandu (KTM) to Pokhara Airport (PKR) is available for an extra cost. When booking the activity, please select the additional offer - "KTM - PKR Flight" (the price is indicated for one way ticket per person).

When to go:
Spring (February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the best seasons for the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking. The weather is sunny and warm offering outstanding views, but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking, only issue is cold (obviously). Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.

Travel Insurance:
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We 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 (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.

Meals and Accommodation:
During the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking, we provide the best available guest house which is called Tea house (lodge). Tea Houses are more like hotels, with hot showers, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). Some guesthouses are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea-houses (Lodges) and lunches in local restaurants en-route. Furthermore as you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interacting with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their lives.

Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 10 days Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking is moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 4-6 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 10 days Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip are good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.

The Trekking Group:
For the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking, there will be one Guide and/or porter for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). We can run the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of sixteen people, as we’ve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you’d like to make a group booking for more than sixteen people together, we can arrange this too.

Trekking Guides and Staff:
The most significant thing that makes your Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:

•    Intensive Wilderness First Aid - KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
•    Trekking Guide Training - Nepal Governments Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
•    Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
•    English Language - KEEP (Kathmandu environment education project)
•    Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
•    Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association

Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.

Climate and Weather:
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.

Safety and Security:
Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel, that you should consider before booking. Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.


Meeting point

Arrival Gate at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.

From EUR 613 per group


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