Ghandruk Village

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek with Kathmandu & Pokhara Tour

The mystical land Nepal is shrouded in unique culture, tradition, natural wonders, and a great evolutionary history. Apart from its undeniable beauty, the country offers a varied experience to its travelers as they move from the capital city into the tranquil Himalayas.

The Ghorepani Poonhill Trek 8 days with Kathmandu and Pokhara tour allow you to get a complete insight on Nepalese lifestyle and their way of living in the most informative way. From visiting temples and shrines with rich artistry in Kathmandu to experiencing the magical boating in the pristine Phewa Lake in Pokhara, all you will do is enjoy every single moments spent in the country.

Beginning with the visit to the UNESCO enlisted cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu, you will embark on the journey to the bosom of Annapurna base camp, Poonhill to behold the mesmerizing views of sunrise over the mighty Himalayas. Continuing the adventure, you will glide in the sky of Pokhara and get the closest sights of Annapurna range, alluring Phewa Lake and the Pokhara city itself.

Other than the splendid sunrise views, Poonhill also proffers majestic panorama of Dhaulagiri (8167m), Himchuli (6441m), Macchapuchre (6993m) and Annapurna South (7219m). The charming Ghandruk village, inhabited by the Gurung community, is all about local foods and traditional lifestyles. It is indeed a perfect getaway to get stunning postcard photos dressed up in the authentic Gurung cultural dress in the lap of Himalayas. In addition to that, the horse ride in the serene beauty of the Annapurna region is unmissable.

From waking up with the views of enchanting Himalayas to beholding the golden rays of sunlight striking over the silver, glistening mountains, you can experience it all with your travelling partner by your side in the most romantic natural setting without bothering to do anything extra but just enjoying the serene beauty of the region.

Poonhill Trekking in Nepal
Poonhill Trekking in Nepal. Source: destinationunlimitedtreks

Highlights of Poonhill Trek:

  • A reviving experience in the lap of Himalayas
  • Get a peek into the countryside view of Nepal as you walk past terraced fields and charming villages on your way
  • Spend your night enduring local meals amidst of ethnic community
  • Behold the splendid sunrise views over the mighty Himalayas from Poonhill and enjoy the rich landscape of the region

 

Highlights of Kathmandu Sightseeing:

  • Visit 4 major UNESCO enlisted cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu
  • Dwell in the cultural richness of Nepal as you pay a visit to the holiest Buddhist and Hindu pilgrimage sites, Swayambhnath and Pasupatinath
  • Admire the intricately carved palace and temples in the inner and outer courtyard of Kathmandu Durbar square as you get a brief history of the site.
  • Boudhanath, another Buddhist pilgrimage site dominates the skylines with its enchanting Mandala shaped white structure.
  • Private guided tour with the best accommodation and cultural dinner

 

Highlights of Pokhara:

  • Glide in the fresh air of Pokhara and get a close encounter with Annapurna range
  • Enjoy the magical boating in the pristine Phewa Lake and visit Tal Barahi temple amid of the Lake
  • Visit International Mountain Museum, Davi’s fall, Gupteshwor cave and discover the beauty of the city.
  • Wander in the lakeside and admire the unadulterated scenery of Annapurna region and Phewa lake
  • Private guided tour with the best accommodation

 

Get to know about the details of Poonhill Trekking Cost

Day 1: Kathmandu Sightseeing

  • Altitude: 1400m
  • Tour Duration: 6-7 hours

 

Starting your day with breakfast, we will visit four main UNESCO enlisted heritage sites inside the valley. Beginning with the Buddhist pilgrimage site, Swayambhunath, you will visit the residence of Royal family, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Hindu pilgrimage site, Pasupatinath and lastly another Buddhist pilgrimage site Boudhanath.

You will get full details on the history of the heritages sites as you wander around with our guide admiring the architecture and intricately carved windows and doors of Kathmandu Durbar square and Pasupatinath. The unique white dome-shaped structure of Swayambhunath and Boudhanath is something that will amaze you at the end of the day. Visiting these heritage sites will give you insights on the cultural and traditional practice of Nepalese society.

Day 2: Drive to Pokhara

  • Altitude: 900m
  • Travel Distance: 201 km
  • Travel Duration: 6-7 hours

 

The scenic ride to the city of lakes, Pokhara passes with the pleasing sights of high hills, gushing Trishuli River, highway shops, and forests. As soon as you arrive Pokhara, the heartwarming views of Annapurna ranges will certainly fascinate you. The 7-hour drive from Kathmandu finally ends with your hotel transfer.

Spending the remaining time on your own, you will spend the night in the beautiful city Pokhara.

Day 3: Trek to Ulleri

  • Altitude: 2073m
  • Trekking distance: 13 km
  • Trekking Duration: 5-6 hours

 

Starting the day with an early morning breakfast, we will drive to Nayapul. Nayapul is the starting point of this trekking journey. The journey from here onwards passes through local villages, farmlands, and forests to the suspension bridge of Tikhedhunga. The journey from Tikhedhunga to Ulleri ascends to a steady climb of 3200 stone staircases.

Upon completing the climb, you can witness mesmerizing views of Annapurna South (7219m) and Himchuli (6441m). Overnight at teahouse

Day 4: Trek to Ghorepani

  • Altitude: 2860m
  • Trekking distance: 8 km
  • Trekking Duration: 4 hours

 

After early morning breakfast, we will head a step closure to the vantage point Poonhill.

Playing hide and seek with the Himalayas, we will pass through blossoming rhododendron forests, waterfalls and cross a few suspension bridges before we reach Nangethati.

After having lunch in Nangethati, we will continue our journey through the rich landscape until we reach the beautiful Gurung village Ghorepani. Upon your arrival, the magnificent views of Dhaulagiri (8167m) will welcome you at its best. Overnight in teahouse

Day 5: Hike to Poonhill (3210m), Trek to Tadapani

  • Altitude: 3210m
  • Trekking distance: 14 km
  • Trekking Duration: 7-8 hours

 

Let your eyes enjoy the first sights of sunrise over the mighty Himalayas as you hike to the vantage point Poonhill and find yourself amidst Annapurna ranges. After beholding the majestic moment, capturing some postcard pictures and creating enough memories, we will head back to Ghorepani to savor some delectable meals before we head towards Tadapani overnight.

The walk from Ghorepani to Tadapani is all about serene natural beauty. The walk continues through the blossoming rhododendron forests and waterfalls until you reach Tadapani.

Day 6: Trek to Ghandruk, Drive to Pokhara

  • Altitude: 2630m
  • Trekking distance: 6 km
  • Trekking Duration: 3 hours

 

Enjoying the glimpse of Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Nilgiri (6940m), Lamjung Himal (6931m) we will continue our walk towards the picturesque Gurung village, Ghandruk. The walk continues through the village and rich landscape until you arrive the village. The traditional Gurung village amid dramatic Himalayan ranges is one of the main attractions for the Annapurna Base camp trekkers.

Savor the full plate local cuisine and visit the Gurung museum to get an insight into the culture and traditions of the community. Dress in the lovely outfits and click some memorable pictures before you head back to Pokhara enjoying the sights of the typical countryside view.

Ghandruk Poonhill Trek
Ghandruk Poonhill Trek | Photo Credit: Pranish Shakya

Day 7: Paragliding and Pokhara Sightseeing

  • Altitude: 900m
  • Tour Duration: 7-8 hours

 

With an early morning breakfast, we will head to the paragliding spot. As you glide in the sky, you can get the closest encounter with the mountains and have a glimpse of the whole city just under your eye. With expert guides on your back, you can take as many photographs as you want and enjoy the view, because we know the landing will be safe no matter what. With this exhilarating experience in the sky, you will head back to your hotel room, spending the remaining day exploring the beautiful Pokhara city.

Beginning with amazing boating experience in the Pristine Phewa Lake, we will visit Tal Barahi Temple situated in the middle of Lake, Davi’s fall, Gupteshwor Mahadev cave, and International Mountain Museum before we make our way to the Hotel.

Day 8: Drive to Kathmandu

  • Altitude: 1400m
  • Travel Distance: 201 km
  • Travel Duration: 6-7 hours

 

Biding goodbyes to the mighty Himalayas, we will head back to the city of temples, Kathmandu in the morning. Following the same route, as on the 2nd day of the journey, we will continue to enjoy the sights of Himalayas, Hills, pristine river, forests, and highway settlements until we reach the capital city, Kathmandu.

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek Map
Ghorepani Poonhill Trek Map

Related trips:

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek 4 days from Pokhara | Kathmandu Pokhara Tour 8 days

Accommodation during the Poonhill Trek

The Ghorepani Poonhill trek is basically a tea house trek where you will be hiking from one village to another village and staying at decent lodges with few facilities but great Nepali food. The availability of the rooms may vary according to the season of your visit. At peak season, there is a great chance that you may not find room on your way. However, hiring a guide will help you get rooms even in the peak season.

Best Season for Poonhill Trek

The Ghorepani Poonhill trail is beautiful throughout the year. But the month of September- November and March-May are more preferred since there is no rain and snow to cause mishaps during the trek. During these months, the weather is clearer and temperature is relatively moderate. With rhododendron blooming all around the trail, clear sky and unsurpassed views of the Himalayas, the trekking journey looks no more than a walk into the heaven.

What to bring for Poonhill Trek

Although, the Poonhill trek is supposed to be an easy trekking experience into the lap of Himalayas, there are basic things that you should take care of before joining for the trip. Following is a checklist of things you need to carry during the trek:

Bags

  • Duffle bags
  • Trekking bags

 

Clothing

  • Trekking shirts and trousers
  • Base layer
  • Insulation layer
  • Outer layer
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket
  • Raincoat
  • Breathable underwear

 

Foot wears and Hand wears

  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Hiking and Thermal socks
  • Outer and inner gloves

 

Head wears

  • Cap/ Hats
  • Scarfs
  • Beanie

 

Other important accessories

  • Map and compass
  • Passport
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen with UV protection
  • Sleeping bag
  • First aid kit
  • Water bottle
  • Water purification tablet
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toiletries
  • Portable charger
  • Protein bars/ Granolas
  • Tea bags/ Coffee
View from Ghorepani Poonhill Trek
View from Ghorepani Poonhill Trek | Source: destinationunlimitedtreks

 

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Planning for Ghorepani Poonhill Trek:

Book a package through an Agency

Booking a trek through an agency will make your vacation worth it and very comfortable. There are thousands of agencies ready to customize a travel package for you. If you opt to choose an agency for the trip, everything will be planned including your accommodation, sightseeing, transportation and TIMS without which you cannot trek in the region.

With an experience of more than 20 years, we offer our guests best service during their stay.

Hiring a Local Guide

Hiring a local guide on your own can be even more painful since the chances of you not getting along and being cheated is maximized. However, if you come in recommendation of a friend who have recently visited the country, then your trip cannot be more comfortable and relatively cheap as well.

With your traveling partner

Travelling alone in an unknown place can be troublesome but not when you have your favorite mate with you to look after you.  Since the trekking trails is also filled with friendly locals and travelers from around the World, you can get along in case of any emergencies.

No matter how you travel, don’t forget to cherish every passed moment.

FAQ Related to Poohhill Trekking in Nepal:

1) How long is the Poonhill trek?

➤The Poonhill trek is a 4 days trek that requires a minimum walk of 4 to 8 hours per day.

2) What is the fitness level for Poonhill Trekking?

➤Ghorepani Poonhill trek is one of the easiest treks in the Annapurna region. Anyone with normal fitness level can join this trek as the minimum amount of walk is just 4 to 6 hours per day.

3) Is trekking permit mandatory for Ghorepani Poonhill Trek?

➤Yes, there are two different permits that you will need during your Poonhill trek. These permits can be obtained from Nepal Tourism Board.

  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit cost: 30 USD per individual
  • TIMS card cost: 10 USD (If you trek through agency)
  • TIMS card cost: 20 USD (If you go by yourself)

 

4) Is there electricity to charge my camera and phone?

➤Yes, you can charge them wherever you stay. However, some may charge you extra amount for charging your device.

 

 

 

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