Ghorepani Poon Hill trek 5 days
Ghorepani Poon Hill trek 5 days is a popular short trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The trek takes you along the scenic landscapes of the Annapurna Sanctuary. You can observe a glorious Himalayan sunrise from the Poon Hill viewpoint (3210 m), which is also the highest point of the trek.
The 360-degree panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains is enchanting. You can observe the entire Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range of mountains, including Mt. Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Himchuli, Machhapuchhre Himal, Dhaulagiri, Mardi Himal, and others. You will also pass through the alpine forests of the Annapurna Sanctuary.
The cultural exploration of the Magar, Gurung, and Tamang community is another attraction of the trek. You will get to taste the delicious local cuisine and experience the incredible hospitality of the local people. Moreover, you will also get to stay in the homestays of the Gurung community in Ghandruk.
Furthermore, this beautiful trek is perfect for all skill levels, as this is a low altitude trek. It is also perfect for beginners who have not trekked the foothills of the Himalayas before. Anyone with a basic level of fitness can complete this trek. Besides that, the weather conditions are not that harsh, thus this trek is possible all round the year.
As the trails of the 5 days Ghorepani Poon Hill trek are well marked and safe, you can also trek without a guide. However, you can always hire a guide if you are a solo trekker and not comfortable on trekking alone. We offer this Ghorepani Poon Hill trek 5 days package at a reasonable cost. Read further for the detailed itinerary and other information about this exciting trek.
Major Highlights of the Trip
- Breathtaking view of the golden sun rays falling upon the silver mountains from the Poon Hill viewpoint (3210 m)
- Majestic views of the mountain peaks including Mt. Annapurna I - IV, Himchuli, Machhapuchhre Himal, Dhaulagiri, Mardi Himal, Nilgiri, and others
- Walking through the diverse landscapes of the Annapurna Conservation Area and Sanctuary
- Cultural exploration of the Magar, Gurung, and Tamang community villages
- Tasting the delicious local cuisine
- Overnight stay at the beautiful Gurung homestays of Ghandruk
- Climbing the famous Ulleri stone stairs
- Crossing the serene Modi Khola through suspension bridges
- Experiencing the vibrant atmosphere of Lakeside in Pokhara
- Incredible hospitality of the local people
When is the Best Time for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek 5 days?
The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek 5 days is possible all year. However, the best time for the trek is the Autumn season (September - November) and Spring (March-May). You will mostly get stable weather with less precipitation in these months, and thus they are perfect for a trekking adventure.
Autumn (September - November) is the ideal time for trekking the natural landscapes of the Annapurna region. The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek 5 days provides you with sharp views of the snow-capped mountains. Trekkers can travel in stable weather conditions and pleasant atmosphere.
Besides that, the moderate temperatures during the daytime are ideal for trekking. However, the trails usually get crowded in Autumn, so you need to book the trip in advance in the autumn season treks.
The Spring season (March-May) is also ideal for the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek 5 days. These months are also favorable as the rare wildlife around the region starts to get active after a long, harsh winter season. The landscapes turn scenic, providing a perfect trekking adventure.
Furthermore, the wildflowers including the rhododendron bloom all over the trails turning the hills pink and red. The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek 5 days is an incredible adventure in the spring season.
The 5 days Ghorepani Poon Hill trek can get quite challenging in the Summer - Monsoon and the Winter season. Trekkers will have to encounter slippery and leech-infested trails. Besides these, there are also the risk of landslides and avalanches in the monsoon.
However, the green vegetation and the crisp views of the mountains in the monsoon season are lovely. Moreover, the entire atmosphere looks incredible after heavy rainfall.
The freezing conditions and frequent snowfall in the winters are a challenge for trekkers.
However, the winter season also provides excellent views of the snow-capped mountains. With proper preparation and packing, the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek 5 days is doable all round the year.
How difficult is the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek 5 days?
The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek 5 days is a short and less challenging trek in the Annapurna region. This beautiful trek is relatively easier as compared to other popular treks in Nepal, including the Everest Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Base Camp trek.
Trekkers need to pass through the harsh terrains of the Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA). There is also a challenging stony steps in the Ulleri village along the trail. You need to trek for 4-5 hours each day for 5 days during this beautiful Ghorepani Poon Hill trek.
Another important thing to consider is the altitude sickness. Although this is a low altitude trek, you should also acclimatize, rest and hydrate regularly to tackle with any symptoms of altitude sickness. Besides that, trekkers need to maintain a steady pace and not rush through their trek.
There might be slippery trails and some landslides and avalanches during the rainfall. You need to pack appropriately with warm clothes, insect repellents, and sturdy boots, and others. Overall, the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek 5 Days is a short and less challenging trek in the Annapurna region. Anyone with a basic level of fitness and determination can complete this trek.
Detailed Itinerary of Ghorepani Poon Hill trek 5 days
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu - Pokhara - Nayapul and Trek to Tikhedhunga (1540 m)
Maximum altitude: 1540 m
Trekking distance: 9.5 km
Drive duration: 6 - 7 hours
Trek duration: 4-5 hours
Our journey starts with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara for the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek 5 days. The bus journey pass through the hilly green landscapes, pristine rivers, and the unique highway settlements. We arrive at Pokhara after a ride of almost 6-7 hours.
We continue our bus ride from Pokhara until we arrive at Nayapul. The 2 hours scenic drive from Pokhara passes through the beautiful hilly landscapes of the region. Our trek journey starts from Nayapul. We complete the formalities by showing our trek permits and TIMS card at Birethanti and continue our trek.
The trail then passes through the Magar settlements of Sudame, and Hile village to arrive at Tikhedhunga. It takes around 4-5 hours to cover the total distance of 9.5 km. We stay overnight at a village in Tikhedhunga.
Day 02: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2860 m)
Maximum altitude: 2860 m
Trekking distance: 12 km
Trek duration: 6-7 hours
After an early breakfast, we start our trek to Ghorepani (2860 m) from Tikhedhunga. The trail passes through the villages of Ulleri, Banthanti, and Nangethanti before arriving at Ghorepani.
We climb the famous Ulleri stone stairs during this trek. It takes around 6-7 hours to complete this 12 km trek. The trails also pass through the scenic waterfalls and lush alpine forests on our journey to Ghorepani. We stay overnight at a lodge or teahouse in Ghorepani.
Day 03: Trek from Ghorepani - Poon Hill (3210m) - Tadapani (2,630m)
Maximum altitude: 3210 m
Trekking distance: 14 km
Trek duration: 7-8 hours
The trek starts early in the morning with a 45 minutes hike to Poon Hill viewpoint (3210 m) to observe the breathtaking sunrise view. The view of golden rays of sun falling upon the silver mountains is enchanting. You can capture the awe-inspiring sunrise view in your cameras before descending to Ghorepani.
We have a delicious breakfast at Ghorepani and then resume our trek to Tadapani (2,630m). The trek is downhill and hence, we can cover the distance quickly without any hassle. The trail from Ghorepani to Tadapani passes through cascading waterfalls and beautiful orange orchards.
We taste some of the local oranges from the orchards and continue our trek. After 4 hours, we arrive at our destination of Tadapani. We will stay overnight at a teahouse in Tadapani.
Day 04: Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk
Maximum altitude: 2630 m
Trekking distance: 6 km
Trek duration: 3 hours
After an early breakfast, we start our trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk (2,010m), which is a Gurung village located northwest of Pokhara. We descend downhill, observing the scenic views of Annapurna I and Machhapuchhre.
We also pass through the mustard fields and orange orchards tasting the local oranges. The 6 km trek takes around 3 hours to complete. You can observe the breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains during the Tadapani-Ghandruk trek. After arriving at Ghandruk, we explore around the village surroundings.
The village of Ghandruk is a well preserved village where you can observe the culture, lifestyle, and heritage of the local community. Moreover, the beautiful sight of Gurung men and women working with traditional instruments like Dhiki, Jato, and Theki will amaze you.
The trails of the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek 5 days converge with the Annapurna Base Camp trails at one point. We enjoy the delicious local cuisine in the evening and stay overnight at a homestay in Ghandruk.
Day 05: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara
Maximum altitude: 1940 m
Trekking distance: 8.6 km
Time duration: 4-5 hours
We wake up to a beautiful view of the snow-capped mountains, including Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre Himal. After having breakfast, we start our trek passing through the stony trail to arrive at Syauli Bazar.
The trek passes through the lovely village settlements to arrive at Nayapul. The 8.6 km takes around 4 - 5 hours to complete. We then take a scenic 2-hour bus ride back to Pokhara. We stroll around the vibrant Lakeside area in the evening and celebrate the completion of the beautiful trek. We stay overnight at the hotel in Pokhara.
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