Ghorepani Poonhill Ghandruk Trek

  • Trip Duration Trip Duration 10 Days
  • Trip Grade Trip Grade Easy to Moderate

About Ghorepani Poonhill Ghandruk Trek

The Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Ghandruk Trek is the most popular trek among all in Nepal. It is because it is short, relatively easy (even for those including children without any previous trekking background) and highly rewarding with the stunning Himalayan view of the mighty Himalayan range with Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Annapurna I (8,091 m), Machhapuchhre (6998 m), Nilgiri (7041 m), Annapurna South (7,219 m), Annapurna II (7,939 m), Annapurna III (7,555 m), Annapurna IV (7,525 m) and Lamjung Himal (6,988 m). It is surprising to know that al

l these majestically beautiful snow peaks can be well viewed from one single view point called Poon Hill at a height of 3,120 m. Early morning visit to this hill top to enjoy the first ray of the fantastic sunrise on the row of the Himalayan range from Mt Dhaulagiri to Lamjung Himal is a never-to-miss opportunity in our life.

The Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Ghandruk Trek takes place in the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) which lies to the north of Pokhara. The abrupt variation in altitude found here is ashtonishing, as a result the close up of view of Mt Machhapuchhre (Mt Fishtail: 6,993 m) right from the Pokhara airport located at 850 m is awe-inspiring. The summit of Mt Fishtail from the Pokhara city is less than 20 miles away with no intervening ranges to spoil the view. The views along the route of the trek are superb. In fact, the trip cannot be appreciated in words.

The Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Ghanndruk Trek offers an amazing altitudinal variations with the unusual geographical and climatic mixture. So, walking in this area has always been a naturalist’s lifetime dream. Also, the return trail of the trek is one of the most historical trading route between India and Tibet in the whole Himalaya. Besides, it is also a major pilgrimage route to Muktinath temple, a Hindu temple of Lord Bishnu at a height of 3,000 m. This is the area where the Gurungs and Magars (backbone army of the famous Gurkha regiments) inhabit with their unique culture with rodighar (a kind of western disco) culture where boys and girls meet their life partners. It is worth visiting during your trek in this area. In this route, we frequently come across the Tibetan traders from Tibet and pilgrims to Muktinath.

Because of the hectic modern life, the biggest problem of the modern man is a lack of time. So, even those people who come to visit Nepal with a short period of time can make best out of their short time this short Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Ghandruk Trek is the best alternative. Just in the tour of 10 days only, they can enjoy cultural tour in Kathmandu city together with an enchanting trekking offering a close view of the mighty Himalayan peaks. In fact, it is difficult to believe, but it is true.

Come and join our 10-day Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Ghandruk Trek, you will be fascinated with the mesmerizing charm of the trek. The stunning trek takes place in the lower parts of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) passing through the mystic valleys, roaring waterfalls, dense wilderness with lovely rhododendron and magnolia trees. The Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Ghandruk Trek turns into an enchanting journey in the months of March/April/May as they are the peak of the flowering season of the rhododendron and in October/November with poinsettia and marigold flowers along the trail.

Another interesting charm of this 10-day Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Ghandruk Trek is that the 2nd day of the tour offers us a great opportunity to immerse ourselves into the grandeur of the World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley like the Old Durbar Square of Kathmandu, Pashupatinath Temple Complex and Boudhnath with our highly experienced and knowledgeable guide.

Trip Highlights

  • The age-old beautifully terraced farmland along the trails with seasonal crops,
  • The spectacular Annapurna sanctuary with a panoramic view of the Himalayan range from Dhaulagiri to Annapurna,
  • Lifetime view of numerous snow peaks under Dhaulagiri & Annapurna ranges from the famous Poon Hill view point,
  • The easy trekking trail offers a wonderful mixture of pretty villages and farmland around Ghandruk area,
  • Exposure to Gurung and Magar culture (backbone of the British Army),
  • Lovely teahouses and mountain resorts popular for their hospitality with good food during the trek,
  • Dense rhododendron and oak forest with chirping birds on the trail,
  • Unbelievable exposure to the cultural heritage of the Kathmandu Valley,


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    Day 01: ARRIVAL KATHMANDU (1,300 m)

    Arrival at KATHMANDU airport – Welcome, meting and assistance at the airport and transfer to hotel – Evening our staff will organize a briefing session on the trek can be made problem free – Hotel & rest

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    Breakfast – sightseeing tour to Kathmandu Durbar Square and SWAYAMBHUNATH in the morning. In the afternoon, visit holy temples of Lord PASHUPATINATH & BOUDHNATH & - back to hotel for lunch. After lunch, undertake final preparation for trek; e.g., checking and demonstration of equipments which will be used during trek. If any one needs to buy or get things on hire, our staff will assist you with their company. Welcome dinner – Overnight at hotel. (Have this day a Govt. working day so as to make sure about all permits smoothly)

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    Day 03: KATHMANDU – POKHARA (850 m): 6-7 HRS

    After breakfast, scenic drive to Pokhara (5- 6 hrs), a naturally beautiful town, famous for the Himalayan view of the whole Annapurna range including Mt Fish Tail. The drive is highly scenic as we drive along the river belt of Trishuli river flowing down from the Himalaya – After reaching Pokhara, check-in to hotel. Evening an hour boating in Phewa Lake over viewing the Annapurna Himalaya (weather permitting) and explore lake side Pokhara bazaar – Overnight at hotel.
    Pokhara offers a great opportunity to enjoy the magnificent view of the Nepali Himalaya including Mt Ganesh Himal, Mt Manaslu, Mt Lamjung, Mt Nilgiri, Mt Annapurna I - IV, Mt Fishtail, Mt Dhaulagiri and so on. Evening an hour boating in Phewa Lake over viewing the Annapurna Himalayas offers a chance to enjoy the incredible reflection of Mt Fishtail in the lake (weather permitting). Not only that. It is the gateway for all the treks going around Mt Annapurna or to its base camp or sanctuary or even to Mustang and Dolpa (restricted areas) via Jomsom.

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    Day 04: DRIVE POKHARA – NAYAPOOL (1,050 m): 1.30 HRS & TREK NAYAPOOL – TIKHEDHUNGA (1,577 m): 4.30 HRS

    After breakfast, scenic drive from Pokhara to Nayapool (1,050 m). At Nayapool, our luggage will be sorted out for the porters and we begin our trek and continue for about half an hour and reach Birethanti (1,065 m), where our trekking permits and TIMs are checked at the entry point of ACAP. The first part of your trek is comfortable as we continue our walk along the Bhurungdi Khola (river) passing through the beautiful settlements and hamlets with age-old terraced field. We also pass by beautiful waterfalls on the way and reach Hille, a small settlement. Then, a short walk from Hille, we arrive at Tikhedhunga. It takes almost about a four and half hour walk. Over night at a teahouse in Tikhedhunga.

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    Day 05: TREK TIKHEDHUNGA - GHOREPANI (2,675 m): 5-6 HRS

    Today, our trek starts by crossing a beautiful suspension bridge over the Tikhedhunga Khola and we walk downhill and cross another bridge over the Bhurungdi Khola. Then, we follow a steep trail with a stone staircase which passes through the Magar villages of Ulleri (2,070 m), Banthanti (2,200 m) and Nangathanti (2,460 m). On the way, our encounter with the scenic view of Mt Fish Tail (6,997 m), Mt Hiunchuli (6,441 m) and Mt Annapurna South (7,219 m) will be fascinating for us. If we are trekking in the spring season of March/April, we can see eight different variety of rhododendron flower with changes in color as we gain altitude. After a walk of 5-6 hours, we arrive at Ghorepani which is the gateway to Poon Hill (Mountain view point at a height of 3,120 m). Overnight at a teahouse in Ghorepani.

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    Day 06: TREK GHOREPANI - POON HILL (3,210 m) - TADAPANI (2,710 m)

    Early morning, we get a wakeup call at our tea house and head uphill to Poon Hill for about an hour. If the weather is clear, it will be our lifetime achievement as we encounter a spectacular Himalayan panorama extending from the Dhaulagiri to Annapurna range stretching from Mt Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m), Mt Tukuche (6,920 m), Mt Nilgiri (6,940 m), Mt Annapurna South (7,219 m), Mt Machhapuchhare (Mt Fish Tail)(6,993 m), Annapurna I (8,091 m), Annapurna II (7,937 m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Lamjung Himal (6,931 m) and Mt Hiunchuli (6,441 m). The view gets more attractive when we see the first rays of the sunrise being sprinkled on the mountain peaks. If we are able to catch these momentary moments in our camera and mind, we can claim ourselves the luckiest people in the world. Actually, Poon Hill is the highlight of this trek.
    After having a great time on the hill top of the Poon Hill, we get back to the teahouse the same way down. Enjoy a great breakfast cherishing an unforgettable moment we had on the hill top.
    After breakfast, we continue our trek eastward passing via Deurali pass and Banthanti on to Thulo Odar Kharka through the beautiful rhododendron lush forest. From here, we follow a trail with a steep descent, and finally a short uphill walk takes us to Tadapani. Overnight at a lodge in Tadapani.

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    Day 07: TREK TADAPANI (2675 m) - GHANDRUK (1950 m): 3 HRS

    Today, our trek is easier and shorter. After breakfast, we take a downhill trail to Ghandruk (a Gurung village) situated at an altitude of 1,940 m. The trail passes through the lovely forest of oak and rhododendron with a numerous variety of birds. Birdwatchers enjoy this route a lot. At Ghandruk, we check in to the local teahouse and rest for some time.
    Then, in the afternoon, our village exploration activities start. Our guide will take us around the village exploring the village handicraft center, local health post, Gurung museum and lovely temples. In the evening, the Gurung Cultural Program can also be organized (organized on request). It is worth watching, indeed. A majestic view of the Mt Annapurna South, Mt Hiun Chuli, Mt Gangapurna (7,454 m) and Mt Annapurna I is so picturesque from Ghandruk that we would love to catch them in our camera from different angles. Overnight a lodge in Ghandruk.

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    Today is the last day of our trekking. After breakfast, we take a downhill trail that traverses on the stone staircase. We cross a stream at Chane (1,690 m) and continue to Kimche (1,640 m). Then, we walk on the ridge downhill and meet Modi Khola (river) at Syauli Bazaar (1,170 m). From Syauli Bazaar, the trail gets flat and we continue to Birethanti along the Modi river valley through the beautiful birch forest and beautifully terraced rice field. At Birethanti, we complete ACAP formalities with our trek permits. Then, finally, a rough trail takes us to Nayapool where we end our trek. From here we catch a bus or a private vehicle as per package and drive back to Pokhara (2 hours). Check in to a good hotel/guest houses as per our package and rest. Or, explore Pokhara in the lake side with boating in the Phewa lake and so on. Overnight at a good hotel in Pokhara.

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    After early breakfast, we take a tourist bus or flight back to Kathmandu as per our package. Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu takes about 7 hours. If flight is taken, it takes just 20-25 minutes. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, pick up and transfer to our hotel. Enjoy last minute activities in Kathmandu such as shopping, body massage, etc. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

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    Day 10: DEPARTURE DAY:

    After breakfast, as per our flight timing, we drive to the airport and catch the international flight.

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop by a private vehicle
  • 3 Nights twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel with breakfast
  • One full day guided city tour by private vehicle
  • Monument entrance fees
  • Welcome dinner and farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurants with traditional music and dance
  • Airport transfer for domestic flight
  • Trekking permits and TIMS permits
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight tickets
  • All meals during the trek
  • Gov. licensed and well trained English speaking guide and his entire expenses
  • A porter (One porter for each 2 members) and his entire expenses
  • Insurance of Guide and Porter
  • All required local tax and Gov tax
  • Down jackets and sleeping bags

Cost Excludes:

  • Nepal arrival visa
  • Meals in the city except breakfast and above mentioned special dinner
  • personal nature expenses eg. Mineral water, Beer, Coke and entire beverage etc
  • YourTravel insurance that covers trip cancelation and Helicopter evacuation