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Ghorepani & Poon Hill Sunrise Panorama Trekking - 11 Days

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Ghorepani & Poon Hill Sunrise Panorama Trekking starts and ends at a beautiful city in Pokhara. Located on a scenic verdant valley surrounded by tiers of green rolling hills, facing grand views of the Annapurna Himalaya range.

From Pokhara begins with a short drive to the foothills at Nayapul and the lovely village of Bhirethati. The walk follows west with a short gradual climb past several farm villages to Tirkhedhunga, a place with cascading waterfalls. After Tirkhedhunga a long steep up on nice stone paved steps to Ulleri, a large farm village.

 From Ulleri onward to Ghorepani populated with Poon / Magar people, the mid-hills tribes of Western Nepal.

The walk follows on a gradual winding trail, leaving Ulleri village amidst a lovely forest of rhododendron and pine trees. As the trek progress with a slow climb reaching Ghorepani village perched atop a high ridge, at the bottom of Poon Hill.

Ghorepani is a scenic village within beautiful rhododendron forest surroundings facing views of Dhaulagiri Himalaya with snow peaks of the Annapurna range.

Next morning an hour hike up to Poon Hill on time to catch spectacular sunrise views. Reflecting on the array of Western Himalayan peaks, including three world’s highest peaks Mt. Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Annapurna. Extends towards far west and eastern mountains with Machhapuchare Himal, the Fish-Tail peaks that dominate the skyline, and Pokhara valley. 

After a glorious refreshing morning hike and eye-catching views of sunrise and mountain scenery. The return journey to Pokhara leads on an alternative route with a climb to high Deurali hill. Facing another grand panorama of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayas, and then down and ups into a dense forest.

As the walk leads to Ghandruk, a lovely large village of Gurung people, the main hill tribes of Annapurna Himal range. From Ghandruk slowly our wonderful trek completes on reaching a road-head at Bhirethati village for a short drive to Pokhara. A perfect and great location to conclude our marvelous Ghorepani & Poon Hill Sunrise Panorama Trekking.

Trip Highlights:

  • A short, scenic, country walks on southern hills of massive Annapurna Himalayas.
  • On interesting route following the old Trans Himalaya Salt Route of Nepal / Tibet.
  • Areas of great bio-diversity from climate, landscapes, vegetation to local cultures.
  • Constant views of snow peaks throughout trip from the start to an end of walks.
  • Spectacular sunrise from Poon Hill facing array of Himalayan mountain range

Short Outline Itinerary

Day 01:         Arrival in Kathmandu.
Altitude1,350 m/ 2,821 feet. Overnight in tourist standard Hotel at Kathmandu.
Meals Included:      Welcome Group Dinner.

Day 02:         Drive to Pokhara.
Altitude860 m/ 4,428 feet. Distance 220 k.m. / 136 miles. Approx. 06 hours.
Overnight at tourist standard Hotel in Pokhara near Phewa Lake side.
Meals Included: Breakfast next morning. Options for flight to Pokhara 30 minutes.           
Day 03:         Drive to Bhirethati 1,100 m, walk to Ulleri village via Tirkhedhunga.
Altitude: 1,960 m / 6, 430 feet at Ulleri village.
Approx. 05 hour walks with 2 hr. drives. Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 04:         Trek to Ghorepani village.
Altitude: 2,860 m / 9, 384 feet at Ghorepani village.
Approx. 04 hour walks. Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 05:         Morning hike to Poon Hill and trek to Tadapani.
Altitude: 3,210 m / 10,531 feet high on top Poon Hill.
Altitude: 2, 630 m / 8, 629 feet high at Tadapani.
Approx. 06 hour walks. Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 06:         Trek to Ghandruk village.
Altitude: 1,940 m / 6, 365 feet at Ghandruk village.
Approx. 04 hour walks. Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 07:         Trek to road-head and drive to Pokhara.
Altitude860 m/ 4,428 feet. Approx. 02 hour walks and 2 hour drives.
Overnight at tourist standard Hotel in Pokhara near Phewa Lake side.
Meals Included: Breakfast next morning.

Day 08:         A free day in Pokhara.
Altitude860 m/ 4,428 feet.
Overnight at tourist standard Hotel in Pokhara near Phewa Lake side.
Meals Included: Breakfast.

Day 09:         Drive to Kathmandu.
Altitude1,350 m/ 2,821 feet. Overnight at tourist standard Hotel in Kathmandu.
Meals Included:      Breakfast only next morning.
Options for flight to Kathmandu of 30 minutes.

Day 10:         In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.
Overnight in Hotel at Kathmandu on Bed and Breakfast only.

Day 11:         Final International Flight Departure for Homeward Bound.
Meals: Breakfast only

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu

Altitude: 1,350 m/ 4,428 feet. Overnight at Tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu.
Meal Included: Welcome Dinner in a nice typical Nepalese Restaurants.

On first arrival in Kathmandu at Nepal International Airport received by our staff and guide, with warm Nepali traditional welcome. After, getting organized and then a short transfer to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city.

At the hotel check into your lovely rooms with refreshing rest after a jet-leg.
Then join in with other members of the group, for briefing at meeting halls or garden.
Our guide and leader will provide you with useful information regarding the trek, standard of lodge, foods and so on. If in doubt, can ask questions to make yourself at ease, after briefing enjoy the dinner in a typical Nepalese Restaurant.

Day 2
Drive to Pokhara

Altitude: 860 m/ 4,428 feet. Distance 220 k.m. / 136 miles. Approx. 06 hours.
Overnight at tourist standard Hotel in Pokhara near Phewa Lake side.
Meals Included: Breakfast next morning. Options for flight to Pokhara 30 minutes.

Enjoy the exciting drive on leaving the hotel, having an early breakfast as road follows beyond Kathmandu valley. Reaching low hills and warmer valleys through farm villages and towns, drive leads close above Trisuli River to Mugling Bazaar.

From Mugling over a bridge, heading west towards Nepal Mid-West to Pokhara, on arrival transfer into a lovely hotels. Located by the Phewa Lake side, with time to browse around the lake side before dinner time.

Day 3
Drive to Bhirethati 1,100 m, walk to Ulleri village via Tirkhedhunga

Altitude: 1,960 m / 6, 430 feet at Ulleri village.
Approx. 05 hour walks with 2 hr. drives. Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

From Pokhara our short adventure to Ghorepani and Poon Hill begins, after breakfast few hour drive beyond Pokhara scenic valley. Drive leads ups and down to Nayapul town, located on Baglung and Pokhara highway. From here heading a little further to a lovely village at Bhirethati to start the morning walk.

On leaving Bhirethati on the old historical Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Route of Nepal to Tibet. Walk follows on winding path with few short steep ups to Hille and Tirkhedhunga villages for possible lunch stop. A place with beautiful water falls, afternoon a long steep climb on stone steps to Ulleri village for overnight stop.

Day 4
Trek to Ghorepani village

Altitude: 2,860 m / 9, 384 feet at Ghorepani village.
Approx. 04 hour walks. Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Morning catch the views of Annapurna peaks, and start the morning walk to Ghorepani village. From Ulleri onwards on winding gradual ups past few temporary settlements for short refreshing stops. Walk follow through beautiful dense rhododendron and pine forest to Ghorepani. Located on a high ridge, beneath the famous view-point Poon Hill. The village with many good lodges, arriving by lunch time as well for overnight halt.

Afternoon browse around Ghorepani facing views of Dhaulagiri Himalayas with peaks of Annapurna.

Day 5
Morning hike to Poon Hill and trek to Tadapani 2,640 m - 06 hrs

Altitude: 3,210 m / 10,531 feet high on top Poon Hill.
Altitude: 2, 630 m / 8, 629 feet high at Tadapani.
Approx. 06 hour walks. Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Start the morning hike within cool air of an hour to the top of Poon Hill, on the highest spot. Catch the morning glory with stunning views of sunrise that reflect over array of white Himalayan peaks. Facing panorama of world’s three highest mountain range of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and massif Annapurna Himalayas.

Includes views of majestic Machhapuchare the famous Fish-Tail peaks with series of lesser snow peaks. After refreshing morning back to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue trek uphill into beautiful rhododendron tree lines.

As climb leads on top of Deurali ridge, a place with grand views having few tea-houses and souvenirs shops. From here down into a gorge to Bhanthati for lunch and then head down to a stream. Where an hour climb reaches Tadapani for overnight halt in a small settlement with number of fine lodges.

From Tadapani close views of Annapurna South, Huin-Chuli with towering Machhapuchare Himal. Located amidst forest surrounding on top of a high ridge spend the afternoon marveling the views of snow peaks.

Day 6
Trek to Ghandruk village

Altitude: 1,940 m / 6, 365 feet at Ghandruk village.
Approx. 04 hour walks. Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

A short morning walk to Ghandruk village from here on within Gurung people villages, the main tribes of Annapurna region. Start the day walking on easy pleasant forested path, and downhill to Ghandruk for lunch and overnight stop.

At Ghandruk after lunch explore the village and visit the small Gurung museum of great cultural interest.

Day 7
Trek to road-head and drive to Pokhara

Altitude: 860 m/ 4,428 feet. Approx. 02 hour walks and 2 hour drives.
Overnight at tourist standard Hotel in Pokhara near Phewa Lake side.
Meals Included: Breakfast next morning.

Last day walk of the wonderful adventure, enjoy the morning views of Annapurna Himalayan peaks, having breakfast. Walk down on a nice stone paved trail to Kimche small farm village and heading further down near Syali Bazaar.

From here taking a vehicle for interesting drive back to Pokhara, as drive follows the Modi River towards Bhirethati village. Drive then reaches the main highway at Nayapul, and then on good road for few hour ride to Pokhara.

A perfect beautiful spot to conclude our marvelous Ghorepani & Poon Hill Sunrise Panorama trekking.

Day 8
A free day in Pokhara

Altitude: 860 m/ 4,428 feet.
Overnight at tourist standard Hotel in Pokhara near Phewa Lake side.
Meals Included: Breakfast.

Morning at Pokhara options for short drive to Sarankot hill for sunrise views over panorama of Himalayan peaks. Although the sunrise were enjoyed from high Poon Hill, but choice for interested people. Rest of the day enjoy sightseeing around Pokhara steeped with natural wonders of David water falls.

Visit the large Gupteswor cave nearby, and enjoy boating on Phewa Lake as well one can visit the Mountaineering Museum.

Rest of the afternoon at leisure and enjoy the views of grand Annapurna Himalayas with Machhapuchare Himal.

Day 9
Drive to Kathmandu

Altitude: 1,350 m/ 2,821 feet. Overnight at tourist standard Hotel in Kathmandu.
Meals Included: Breakfast only next morning.
Options for flight to Kathmandu of 30 minutes.

From Pokhara taking a morning drive either in private car, coach or on regular tourist bus. An exciting drive on the busy interesting main highway following the Trisuli River for some hours. As drive heads on winding up to enter the Kathmandu valley, and then back into hustle and bustle city life of Kathmandu.

Transfer to your hotel, with rest of afternoon and evening free at leisure after an interesting overland journey from Pokhara.

Day 10
In Kathmandu free day for individual activities

A free day in Kathmandu after an enjoyable time on the high scenic hill around Annapurna Himalayas. Enjoy the day relaxing with individual activities or join in for another exciting tour.

Day 11
Final International Flight Departure for Homeward Bound

Meal Included: Breakfast Only.

Last day in Kathmandu and Nepal, after a great memorable experience on Ghorepani & Poon Hill Sunrise Panorama Trek. Our staff transfer you to the international airport terminal, and then bidding farewell to the guide and staff. As you head for the smooth flight homeward bound.

Major Information

Best Seasons:

The best seasons for wonderful Ghorepani & Poon Hill Sunrise Panorama Trekking are spring and autumn, spring begins from March to May. Autumn starts from September to November, and the spring season with longer days due to much sunlight hours.

Days are mostly bright with sunshine for clear views and pleasant walking can get cloudy in the late afternoon. Chances of light rains and snowfall around higher elevations sometimes, and the temperature drops in the early morning and night times.

During springtime, the hills are bright with wildflowers in bloom especially the rhododendron, the national flower of Nepal.

The next best season is autumn from September to November, days are much clear for views and walks. But days are much short due to sunlight hours, pleasant and peak times for trekking around the Himalayas.

Much colder morning and late afternoon till night time, chances of snowfall on higher elevation sometimes. Interested people can visit Ghorepani & Poon Hill during winter times of December to February. Much colder morning and night times with clear sunny days for views and walks. In wintertime, days are shorter due to limited sunlight hours.

But enjoyable, it will be a great pleasant, and wonderful Christmas Holiday, where stunning sunrise from Poon Hill welcomes the fresh New Year’s morning.

Culture, Religion & History:

The lower areas of Ghorepani and Poon Hill are much warmer with sub-tropical temperatures, where most farm villages are located. The lower mid-hills of mixed tribes of hill people. Gurung, Magar, Hindu Bharamins, Chettries, and Newars.

The culture and religions are mixed with Hinduism and Buddhism around low land to mid-hills till Ghorepani village. After Ghorepani within Gurung villages of Tadapani and Ghandruk, interwoven with Buddhism and the ancient cult of Bon, a pre-Buddhism religion.

Walk follows the ancient Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Route of Nepal to Tibet, which extends beyond Ghorepani village to the Mustang region.

The word Ghorepani derived from Ghode-Pani means a place to water the horses and mules. Where caravan of horses, donkeys, and mules laden with heavy loads of rock salts, spices and wool passed through Ghorepani routes.

Inclusion

Ghorepani & Poon Hill Sunrise Panorama Trek, a short adventure of less than a week. A flexible itinerary with ample time to explore the beautiful sites of Annapurna Himalayas. A scenic and cultural trek suitable for all people and age group, where altitude gains at gradual pace. One of the best short adventure around Nepal Himalayas.

We have set and planned this program for all interested people to enjoy the glory of Himalayas at short duration of less than a week. Most lodges on the route treks overnight in simple and basic, with a common bathroom and toilets.

But at Ghorepani and Ghandruk, lodges are much better having attached bath and toilets. Includes long list of food menus served in a large dining room with fire place making the dining warm and cozy.

The meals are served according to menu list of items, all foods are cooked in a healthy manner and hygienic.

Drinking waters are available in each lodge, which is boiled and filtered and safe for drinking. Bottled water is available, we do encourage plastic bottled water as it created waste and garbage. As we are committed to Eco-Trekking and Responsible Tourism, one can buy only in emergency situations.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):

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How hard and tough is the trek?

The only tough and long day walk is on first day, a steep climb to Ulleri village.
But the trail are well established for safe trekking. The only hardest part of trek is on first day and then long walk from Ghorepani to Tadapani. After a side trip to Poon Hill and then with few hour climb to Deurali and to Tadapani.

Are there electricity on route trekking in the lodges?

Most villages on route do have hydroelectricity power. Some villages and lodges have their own private solar and small hydro power. Managed by the village community, where you can charge your electronic gadgets and items.

Do we have to pay extra for showers and charging our electronic items?

Yes, for using hot/cold showers as for charging electronic items one needs to pay a fee. The price differs from one village lodge to another, first ask your guide if the cost is reasonable.

How many nights on the high hills of Annapurna Himalayas?

Just for four nights and five days in the comfort of nice lovely mountain lodges with rooms facing views of snow peaks.

How much extra money to carry on the treks?

Depending upon own expenses for extra snacks, soft drinks or having a beer as well buying local souvenirs on treks. Average of US $ 100 to 300 per person, the money required for tipping the guide, staff, and porters also at the end of the trek.

What happens if someone is very sick on treks?

For mild sickness, our guide carries First Aid and a comprehensive medical kit, for serious unfortunate accidents and illness. Immediate evacuation by fastest means of transport to nearest medical center or hospitals.

The best and fastest means is using Helicopter Services that is why all trekkers have to purchase Medical and Travel Insurance in case of emergency situations.

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Ghorepani & Poon Hill Sunrise Panorama Trekking

Trip Facts

  • Hotels in Kathmandu / Pokhara and in local standard to simple lodges on treks
  • Moderate with Ups and Downhill walks
  • On top Poon Hill at 3,210 m / 10,531 feet high
  • Sightseeing tour, exciting drives and scenic trek
  • Nepal Far North Mid-West around Kaski district of Gandaki Zone-State-04 of Nepal
  • 04 Nights & 05 Days with drives both ways
  • 10 Nights & 11 Days from arrival to departure

Frequently Asked Questions

All foreigners, except Indian citizens, need visas to enter Nepal. Visa can obtain from the Nepalese embassy. To get the Nepal visa you need the valid passport, two passport size photo, and visa fee.

Of course, you can easily get the Nepal visa on arrival on Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. Visa for tourist with multiple entries for 3o days cost $40 or equal to other currency. You can add more visa date on request at Airport or from Nepal immigration.

Visa Information:

Valid Days 15 Days 30 Days 90 Days
Rates US $25 US $40 US $100

Yes, a guide is necessary to trek in Nepal. The trekking trials are crossing through the wilderness, remote countryside, and high elevation in the Mountains. The guide is not needed to make your trip safer but also to make your trip more enjoyable as well as adventurous. Trekking and tours guides have their guide license and also they expert as well as gain the experience by doing the task in the same field less or more than 10 years.

Trekking in Nepal is the best adventure activity in Nepal. Trekking difficulty depends on the particular trekking route and region.

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