25th September 2018

Everything you need to know about Ghorepani and Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani and Poon Hill trek is one of the most popular short treks in Nepal. Every year, foreigners and Nepalese people flock into these regions to have the breathtaking views of the mountains. It is the perfect choice for travelers who only have about a week’s time to trek in Nepal. The trek can be easily completed anywhere between 3-5 days. Thus, leaving you plenty of time to explore the rest of the country.

To be precise, the trek can be completed within 3 days. But, most itineraries stretch up to 5 or 6 days to make the most out of trekking experience. Although there are couple of steep sections and stairs to cross, the risks of altitude sickness are very low.

It is widely agreed that Poon Hill is the best view point in the whole of Annapurna region, offering panoramic, 360-degree views of the entire Annapurna range. Moreover, villages like Ghorepani showcase the best of traditional Gurung culture and the lush rhododendron forests display the best of Nepalese countryside.

When to Go?

Like any other trekking regions, October and November are the most popular months to visit. The weather is clear, visibility is high, and the temperature is mild. However, you have to bear in mind that you will be trekking with a lot of other people. Crowds can sometimes belittle the trekking experience for some people.

 Since you don’t have to cross any high passes, trekking during early-December is possible too. It is a medium altitude trek and temperatures are still reasonable. You won’t be met by the large number of people you would have during peak season. From late-December, the weather starts to get chilly and leads to freezing temperatures during January and February.

What to expect?                                                

If you are looking for a rural trekking experience, this trek isn’t suitable for you. It is one of the most well-discovered and popular treks in Nepal and has lost the remoteness and aloofness it once had. The trails, teahouses, and viewpoints are often crowded during peak season.

However, the mountain views make up for everything mentioned above. Despite the easy accessibility, Poon Hill offers stunning views of more than 20 peaks of the Annapurna region. Need I say more? So, during your Ghorepani and Poon Hill trek, you can expect awesome mountain views, warm Gurung villages, delicious cuisine and comfortable lodges, and a good number of other trekkers!

Accommodation

Because of the immense popularity, Ghorepani Poon Hill trek boasts of some of the most best accommodation options of all treks in the country. From budget lodges to medium range teahouses and luxury houses, the region offers everything you could possibly ask for.

The prices along the route are quite expensive than remoter areas due to its popularity. Almost all teahouses have some form of Wi-Fi, although it may not always work properly. Electricity, hot water, good food, clean beds, and power sockets are very easily available in all hotels. The prices normally start around 350 and quickly hike to 600+ when you reach closer to Ghorepani.

Permits

You will need a permit to enter the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). You can get it for 2000 rupees from the Tourism Board office in Kathmandu or Pokhara. Trekkers will also require TMS permit which is available from Tourism Board office for 1000 rupees without guide and 2000 rupees with guide. It can also be received from TAAN offices.

Brief Trek Itinerary

Each travel agency has their own customized trek itinerary, but the trek mostly passes through 5 days. After starting off from Pokhara on a bus or jeep, the trek starts from Nayapul with a general hike up a gravel road. On the first day, you will reach TikheDhunga after trekking for some 5 hours. From there, on the second day, you will trek for 6-7 hours to reach Ghorepani, the famous Gurung village. On the third day, you will hike up to Poon Hill at crack of dawn to enjoy the sunrise view amidst peaks and hike down to Tadapani for the night. You will probably trek for around 6 hours throughout the day. On the fourth day, after trekking for about 5 hours, you will reach the picturesque village of Ghandruk. In addition to jaw-dropping mountain views, the village is famous for its Gurung culture and hospitality. Finally, on the fifth day, you can trek down to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara. The trekking will take about 6-7 hours.

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