5 Days Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

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destination Annapurna
duration 5 Days
grade Beginner
start/end point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
region Annapurna
max altitude 3210m
group size 2-12
meal All inclusive
activity 5-6 hours
accommodation Tea House
season All season

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 490
Pax 2 USD 450
Pax 3 USD 390
Pax 4 to 6 USD 350
Pax 7 to 12 USD 290
Pax 13 to 18 USD 280
Pax 19 to 24 USD 250
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5 Days Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

This trek offers the best Himalayan mountain views in all of Nepal. In just 5 days you will discover why this is one of the most popular treks in Nepal. Ghorepani (2874m) and Poon Hill (3210m) make this a dream come true for nature and photography enthusiasts. You will have views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The easily identified and well-known Dhaulagiri (world’s 7th highest at 8167m) and Annapurna 1 (worlds 10th highest at 8091m) will have you gobsmacked! Their enormous size and beauty are unparalleled.

You will see a vibrant display of white, pink and red blossoms in the rhododendron forests, fast-flowing rivers, suspension bridges, enchanting Buddhist temples, and culturally rich villages sitting on the edge of ridges and hills, wildlife, and sub- tropical valleys lodged between the Annapurna and Machapuchare (fish tail) ranges. 

A pre-dawn trek in the dark to Poon Hill (3210m) will allow you to witness the sunrise and the constantly changing light on the mountains. Sunrise offers fantastic views of Hiunchuli, views beyond Annapurna South to Annapurna I (8,091m/26,566ft) - Gangapurna, Khangsar Kang (7485m), Annapurna III (7555m) and Machapuchare (6993m).

This fast-paced journey begins with a road trip from Kathmandu to Pokhara and then to Nayapul where we hit the trail and trek onwards with the Modi Khola (river) below us and rice fields immediately above. Next we come to Tikhedhunga (1570m) with more brilliant mountain views. The next day we trek along the banks of the Modi Khola to Birethanti and then to Ghorepani where you will be able to explore this charming town and its people. From Ghorepani we head up to Poon Hill and then the Gurung town of Ghandruk (2050m) with a visit to the museum and then to Jhinu Danda where you can relax in its therapeutic hot springs. The final section of our trek ends here and we drive back to Pokhara.

Sherpa Expedition Teams will take care of all permits, meals and accommodation on the trek. Just be sure to have your camera charged and ready to go!

ITINERARY

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Our journey begins with a 6-7 hour drive toward the Pokhara Valley and its beautiful Phewa Tal (lake) and then checking in to your hotel close to Phewa Tal. There is plenty to see and do along Lakeside with its many shops, bars, and restaurants to choose from. overnight in Pokhara.

Today we drive for around 1:25 hrs from Pokhara via the quaint Lumle village to Nayapul (1050m). The Poon Hill trek starts at Nayapul and after trekking for about 1 hour we reach Birethanti where you will be asked for your tourist permit at the local checkpoint. Following along the banks of the Modi River we come to several teahouses where we may stop for refreshments before heading to Ulleri – a trek of around 5 to 6 hours. Tonight we stay at Ulleri. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Leaving Ulleri (2070m) we then follow the trail to the Magar village of Banthanti from where we are blessed with magical views of Mt. Machapuchare (6997m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Annapurna South (7219m). After following the trail through a lush pink flowering rhododendron forest (8 distinct varieties) we cross a small bridge before reaching the village of Ghorepani where enormous peaks, such as Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Annapurna loom in the background. Rhododendrons are Nepal’s national emblem! This is a fantastic place to sit and take in the exquisite views of the rhododendron forests below after a demanding 6 to 7-hour trek. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

A pre-dawn start sees us trekking to Poon Hill arriving before sunrise in order to catch the amazing transformation of the towering peaks as they are exposed to the ever-changing light of day. This is one of the best locations to capture the beauty of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges. We will then make our way back to Nayapul through forests of bamboo where our vehicle will be waiting to take us back to Pokhara where we stay the night. Breakfast and Lunch included.

Today we head back on a 6 to 7-hour drive to Kathmandu with many fond memories of Nepal and its unique culture and geography. These memories will last a lifetime!

SERVICES

Costs included InYour Package

  • Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner) during the trek.
  • Fresh fruit every night after dinner.
  • 2 night's standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Pokhara including breakfast.
  • Transportation by tourist bus Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu.
  • Trekking lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permit & Tourist Information Management System (TIMS) permit.
  • Private transport Pokhara-Nayapul-Pokhara.
  • English speaking guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • A Strong, helpful porter with his salary, meals, accommodation and insurance (one porter for two people).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service (paid by your Travel insurance company).
  • Optional use of the sleeping bag, down Jacket, duffel and walking pole (to be returned after trip completed).
  • Government taxes, service charges, and official expenses.
  • Assistant guide group size above 8+ people.
  • Oxygen meter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) which will ensure your health during the trek.

Costs excluded:

  • Meals(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)  and hotel whilst you are in Kathmandu  and Pokhara prior to the trek.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and nonalcoholic, soup, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cocoa, mineral water, extra food, cold and hot drinks on trek ( i.e. those you choose to purchase along the way and during evenings in the tea houses)
  • Battery charging and hot shower during the trek on the tea houses.
  • Tips for the guide, porter, and driver (Tipping is expected).

EQUIPMENTS

The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.

  • Sleeping Bag (Sherpa Teams will provide but need to return after completing the trip)
  • Duffel Bag (Sherpa Teams will provide but need to return after completing the trip)
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof windbreaker or windcheater
  • Thermal underclothes
  • Rain poncho
  • Down jacket (Sherpa Teams will provide but need to return after completing the trip)
  • Fleece or wool trousers
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Trekking pants (two pairs)
  • Mittens or woolen gloves
  • Hiking socks (several pairs)
  • Moisture-wicking shirts, including t-shirts
  • Trekking shoes or boots with spare laces
  • Flip-flops or sandals for relaxing in the evenings
  • Underwear (several pairs)
  • Swimsuit or swimming costume
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp or flashlight/torch
  • Sleeping bag (Sherpa Teams can provide this for you)
  • Trekking poles (if desired)
  • Hiking backpack with a capacity of at least 40 liters
  • Small lock for your backpack
  • Reusable water bottles (at least two liters)
  • Water purification tablets or filtration device
  • Wash towel
  • Basic first aid kit

Toiletries (tissues, toilet paper, moisturizer, lip balm, sunscreen, sanitary pads, hand sanitizer, nail clippers, a small mirror, toothbrush, toothpaste, glasses, contacts, etc.)

GOOD TO KNOW

Accommodation

You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may find comfortable and better quality teahouses - having attached bathroom at lower levels- until you reach higher elevations, where the accommodation is more basic with bare necessities. 

Meals during the trek

In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of these regions is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew and Tibetan bread. Sherpa’s’ started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes. You definitely won’t go hungry.

Transportation

We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We use public transportation or local buses during the trek. 

Physical fitness

This can be a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You don’t need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus! We have met people from all walks of life, shapes, and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake. 

Remember – The better prepared – the more enjoyable your trek!

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Yes, you can as it’s a short and sweet. No matter who you are, as long as you are reasonably fit, can walk for 5-6 hours a day and trek/hike a few uphill, Sherpa Expedition and Trekking team will support you to the fullest to transform your dream of standing at Ghorepani Poon Hill into reality.

The pre-monsoon (February, March, April and May) and post monsoon (late September, October, November and December) are considered the best for the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek as the weather conditions become favorable during this time, providing you with good visibility and a suitable atmosphere for Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking.

No, there is no age limit for the trek to Ghorepani Poon Hill but, you need to be in good physical shape and have a positive attitude. We also suggest you to prior to the excursion though we suggest you to please see your doctor and obtain necessary permission and advice, as well as medications for traveling in extreme altitude prior to the excursion.

During trekking, you will be served meals in the teahouses. Typical meals are noodles, rice, pasta or potato dishes along with vegetables and egg/chicken/meat dishes. Other items mostly served as breakfasts include egg, pancake, bread, porridge, muesli, and toasts with peanut butter and honey.

A teahouse trekking accommodation will be made for you for the Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking whereby you will be able to stay at tea house (Local lodge) and have wholesome food and neat and clean comfortable bed throughout your trekking journey. This form of arrangement also allows you to carry less baggage; you can trek at your own pace and enjoy the Annapurna panorama on your own schedule. It is also an eco-friendly way of trekking whereby trekkers can have more contact with the local people.

Most of the teahouses on the Ghorepani Poon Hill trail have squat toilet facilities but recently built lodges have western-style toilets as well. Nowadays, flush toilets are also being introduced with number of increasing foreign mountaineers each year. It is highly recommended to carry your own toilet paper and other required toiletries. Hot shower facilities are available. The most common type is a bucket shower, usual buckets with tap filled with hot water and placed in a shower room. Hot shower costs from US$ 2 to 5 per use and the price increases along with the elevation. Attached bathrooms and toilets are not available unless you book for a luxury lodge during the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek.

What you want to wear depends on you but we suggest you wear warm clothes during the Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking. A down jacket, thermal longs and top, comfortable trekking trousers, t-shirts, fleece, windproof jacket, hat, scarf, and gloves might be useful. There are numerous trekking shops in the Thamel area of Kathmandu where you can get all of these items in both local and branded stores alike. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking may also accompany and assist you if required.

During the Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking, you will be on a long journey for which you will need two bags to keep your belongings. A rucksack/duffle bag and a day bag for personal items. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will provide you with a duffle bag (which is need to refund after the trek) that you can use throughout your entire journey and even afterward. These bags are durable and hence perfect for any kind of trekking journey. While the duffle bag will be carried by the potters, you will have to carry a day bag on your own. A day bag is a small backpack that has enough room for everything you will need on a day hike such as lunch, water, extra clothing and perhaps a few personnel items like camera, battery chargers, etc.

If possible, we suggest you bring your own equipment. However, sleeping bags and down jackets will be provided to you by Sherpa Expedition and Trekking. With regards to trekking poles, if you are used to walking with it then take them with you, as you will probably find them useful especially on the way down. They are not essential though and the walk is manageable without them. It is mostly a personal preference. If you prefer to take the trekking poles with you on the trekking then you can either bring your own pole or buy it from numerous options available in Kathmandu itself.

Yes, if you have a bag of extra clothing for when you return from the trekking, you will be able to store it safely in Kathmandu Sherpa Expedition and Trekking office. The storage facility is provided by most hotels and lodges in Kathmandu or you can also store it in our office for the duration of the trekking.

Our itinerary has been specially tailored to prevent any kind of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) while moving up to higher altitudes. Normally, altitude sickness starts from 3,600 meters and above. You will be trekking at a relatively slow and gradual pace as part of the acclimatization process. Cut off caffeinated, alcoholic and smoking items. Drink at least 4 liters of water a day. Trek slow. Don't skip the acclimatization days. Better to continue with Diamox (if any symptoms show up). Drink Garlic Soup. In the higher elevation, there is less oxygen in the air and this is more so while crossing high passes. Our expert guides will advise you on how to avoid AMS and treat it when/ if required.

Make sure to have both medical and evacuation insurance before coming to Nepal for Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking. You should be careful in choosing a policy while traveling to a Himalayan country like Nepal as some insurance companies may make special exceptions for adventure travel. If you are confused about the insurance, please inform us and we will help you. It is usually better to arrange your insurance in your country before travel.

The trekking will be 5-7 hours a day depending upon the landscape and destination.

It takes 4 to 11 days to reach Base Camp depending upon the mode of transportation and packages of Sherpa Expedition and Trekking offers.

We at Sherpa Expedition and Trekking Team always have the safety, comfort, and satisfaction of our valued customers as our foremost priority at all times, and we assure you a wonderful and unforgettable time with us in our beautiful country. Sherpa team members of Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will be carrying all the necessary gear, equipment, and first aid kits and they have extensive first aid training. If a trekker falls sick on high altitude, the leader will decide whether to continue the trek. In case of emergency, Sherpa Expedition and Trekking have a rescue helicopter to bring you back from the higher elevation. Moreover, Sherpa Expedition and Trekking also provides oximeter to monitor the oxygen level at high altitude and offers regular health check-up facilities.

You can either trek on foot or by a flight. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking offer exciting and reasonable flight to Pokhara for 4 days and 10 days. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking can also customize your tour as per your necessity.

The flights are usually regular between September and May. But due to high altitude, bad weather and unforeseen technical issues, you may experience a delay or cancellation of the flight. On the occurrence of such events, Sherpa Expedition and Trekking tourist bus will be arranged.

Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will provide one porter for two trekkers to carry 20 kgs of luggage (maximum 10 kg for each trekker). Please be sure your porters are not overloaded because they do not carry only your equipment but also lift your spirit to reach new heights, and your love, affection, and generosity can be the reason for them to work hard to take you to your destination. However, the weight limit on flights to the Annapurna region, basically to Pokhara is a total of 20 kgs including hand bag and you need to pay an extra amount per kg for the excess baggage. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking pays up to 5 kgs of extra baggage making your total to 20 kgs with your hand bag.

Garlic soup is a must while trekking. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking recommend trekkers to drink green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon ginger tea and drink at least 2-4 liters of water a day. However, it is better to avoid alcohol and alcoholic beverages, caffeinated items, and hot-chocolates at high altitude.

Sherpa Expedition and Trekking won’t recommend non-veg items because the meat in such places may not hygienic and healthy. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking also encourage to avoid dairy and cheesy items and strongly suggest not to consume them during the trek. So, our packages are suitable for both vegan and vegetarians.

Your guide and porters are a big reason why you got a chance to feel something very few can have. Apart from guiding and carrying your necessities and being mindful of your safety, they want to see you happily succeeded more than anyone like family and help you successfully complete the trek safely. So, your tips reflect gratitude towards them. So, tipping is a recommended culture for porters and guide in Nepal as a gesture of thankfulness.

Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will introduce dozens of shops selling knock-off gear in Kathmandu. You can also barter those gears at the knock-off places but be sure you keep the receipt safely. Moreover, you can rent the needed gears if you do not want to buy them.

Yes, most guesthouses offer Wi-Fi, for a small charge. it cost USD$5 per day.

ATM services are available only in Pokhaa. However, the services might not work or run out of cash. Therefore, we suggest you carry a small amount of money to buy snacks, etc during the trekking.

Most of the tea houses/ lodges have electricity whereby you will be able to charge your iPod or camera batteries. Please note that lodges/tea houses will charge you some extra money for the services. The fee may vary from 1 USD to 5 USD per hour.

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 490
Pax 2 USD 450
Pax 3 USD 390
Pax 4 to 6 USD 350
Pax 7 to 12 USD 290
Pax 13 to 18 USD 280
Pax 19 to 24 USD 250
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Beata Stankiewicz

Australia

November 16, 2023

A Trek to Remember: Memories that Will Last a Lifetime

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Our journey to Ghorepani Poon Hill was an adventure filled with unforgettable moments. The beauty of the mountains, the warmth of the people, and the sense of accomplishment we felt at the end of each day – all of these memories will stay with us forever. It was a trek that challenged us, inspired us, and left us yearning for more. If you're looking for an experience that will leave a lasting impression, look no further than Ghorepani Poon Hill.

Bolesław Chmielowiec

United States

November 1, 2023

A Taste of Authentic Nepal: Delightful Local Cuisine

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No journey is complete without indulging in the local cuisine, and the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek offers a delightful taste of authentic Nepal. From mouth-watering momos to flavorful dal bhat, every meal was a culinary delight. The use of fresh, locally sourced ingredients added an extra layer of authenticity to the dining experience. Eating like a local was not only delicious but also a way to connect with the culture and traditions of the region.

Howard Reich

Australia

October 17, 2023

GHOREPANI POON HILL AS AC ALTERNATIVE

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Our original plan was the Annapurna Circuit Hike in January. We tried anyway, started the Hike, but unfortunately, the weather got worse. The hike and the views were breathtakingly beautiful. Thanks to Lakpa, we learned a lot about the mountains, mountaineering, and flora and fauna. As soon as there were problems he regularly asked about our situation and was always very helpful. Once again, a big thank you to the great organization. Should I return to Nepal, Sherpa Expedition would be my first point of contact.

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