Annapurna Region

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek - 7 Days

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Short Trek with expansive mountain views.
  • Experience Gurung and Magar culture and hospitality.
  • Walk through mystical forests of rhododendrons.

QUICK FACTS

  • Difficulty Level
    Easy
  • Total Length
    30 km
  • Highest Altitude
    3,210 meters
  • Elevation Profile
  • Start location
    Nayapul (1,020 m)
  • Finish location
    Ghandruk (1,980 m)
  • Permits
    ACAP Permit, TIMS Permit.
  • Best Season
    Anytime of the year.

DESCRIPTION

Ghorepani-Poon Hill Trek is the gateway trek to walking in the Nepal Himalayas. It shows you enough, but just enough to make you want to come back. In the lower stretches it treats you with Gurung and Magar hospitality. It also takes you through one of the lushest forests teeming with rhododendrons and diverse wildlife. In a couple of days you will effortlessly glide to a level of serenity that only comes from living close to nature. The high point, both literally and figuratively, is Poon Hill. Rather than thinking of Poon Hill as a hilltop with a good view it is advisable to think of it as a menu, serving ideas for your next trek.

Best Time to Go: Anytime of the year.

Getting To Trek Start point: In order to get to the roadhead, you first need to get to Pokhara. USD 102-106 will take you there in 25 minutes via air or if you want to see the lay of the land, there are tourist bus services that depart from Jamal near Thamel at 7am sharp everyday. It will set you back NPR 700 (~USD 7) and takes 7-8 hours. From Pokhara, you need to get to Nayapul. The most popular way is the easiest and for a new comer the most cost-effective one too, given that you will be spending a lot of effort if you decide not to take a taxi.

Exit Point Ghandruk / Jeep to Nayapul / Bus/Taxi/Jeep from Nayapul to Pokhara / Bus/Flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Trail outline You start walking from Nayapul past the checkpoint at Birethanti past a dirt road and gentle climb to Tikhedhunga. From here the trail picks up gradient as you climb to the hilltown of Ghorepani past beautiful forests. From Ghorepani after you are done with your morning views from Poon Hill, you start walking down to the forests settlement of Tadapani and from there on to the Gurung capital of Ghandruk. The trails are mostly well defined. The stretch between Tikhedhunga and Ghorepani is perhaps the world’s longest stairs! Brase yourself for it!!

Accommodation You will be staying at comfortable lodges and almost all locations will also have budget options. At Ghandruk, if you feel like it, you could also pamper yourself with a luxury lodge. Most lodges have wifi, shower facility. However, do not count on heated rooms!

Risks There are very few risks in this trek. As long as you keep the balance in the trails, you should be okay.

Route Variations It is possible to do this route in reverse: start at Ghandruk and then walk to Ghorepani and then to Nayapul.

Download 'Trekking In Nepal’ App for more detailed information about villages, culture, trails, side trips and lodges. App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/np/app/trekking-in-nepal/id1112263577?mt=8

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    Going to the mountains
    is going home.’
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    Great things are done when
    men and mountains meet.’
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    There is no such thing as bad weather,
    only inappropriate clothing.’
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