Annapurna Ghorepani Poon Hill Panorama TrekkingAnnapurna Ghorepani Poon Hill Panorama Trekking

Annapurna Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking

Highlights
  • Breathtaking sunrise view over a 360-degree panoramic view of the world's highest mountain range
  • A scenic walk through the world's largest natural rhododendron garden at Ghorepani
  • Grand views of Annapurna Himalayas along with majestic Machhapuchhare Himal
  • Explore the traditional Gurung and Poon-Magar Villages and their old traditions. 
  • Start and end the journey blessed with the natural beauty of Pokhara city.

Enjoy the panoramic view of the world's three highest peaks and carve an unforgettable memory of Sunrise in your heart!

Annapurna Ghorepani Hill Trekking is among the most popular trekking adventures. This journey is of moderate difficulty and thus preferred by many trekkers and visitors. Another reason behind this trekking route's popularity is its proximity to Pokhara. Pokhara is where the journey on this trekking route begins and ends. Besides this, this journey is also popular because of its duration. It is one of the shortest treks in this region. However, despite its short duration, we can still experience the grand views and breathtaking sceneries of the Annapurna Himalayas

On this journey, you can enjoy a pleasant walk through the enchanting forest with tall rhododendrons, oak, and pine trees. This contrasts with the green hills against the brightness of the snow-capped peaks. We can get a breathtaking view of the magnificent sceneries throughout our trekking before we reach the beautiful Pokhara, the city of natural wonders. 

The Annapurna Ghorepani Hill Trekking starts as we head towards the foothills of the Annapurna Himalayas before climbing to the lovely villages. 

After traveling, we finally reached the highlight of the trek, Ghorepani. It is a nice village located amidst a forest of rhododendron trees. During the spring, our trek through this area can be magical as the wildflowers bloom, especially the rhododendron. 

Ghorepani is regarded as the largest rhododendron garden. In this garden, we can witness the various species of rhododendron flowers, ranging from bushes to trees. 

Ghorepani is located at the base of the popular Poon Hill. We can visit the top of Poon Hill by taking an early morning hike. Here, we can enjoy the stunning views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu as the golden glow of the Sunrise makes the peaks shine. We stand at the highest point of the adventure, encircled by the magnificent views of the Himalayas. After glorious mountains between the pristine surroundings, we walk back through the alternative scenic route to Pokhara. 

Our journey back leads us uphill through the lovely woods and then downhill to the last mountain village of Ghandruk. Our trek completes with an exciting drive back to Pokhara before heading to Kathmandu after an unforgettable experience on Annapurna Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking. 

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Itinerary

After you arrive at Kathmandu's International Airport, you will be received by our guide and then transferred to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu city. 

Then, you get checked into your rooms for some refreshment. Then, we joined the other members of Annapurna Ghorepani-Poon Hill Panorama trekking. 

Our guide then provides a briefing about the trekking, hotels, local lodges, and drives, along with the do's and don'ts. We then enjoy the evening with a welcome dinner in authentic Nepalese restaurants with Folk cultural programs as an introduction to Nepalese culture and customs. 

    Our morning starts with breakfast before departing from the hotel for an exciting sightseeing tour around Kathmandu. The city guide shows us around the city and provides information about tourist spots. Although the city is urban, it retains its ancient glory and varied ancient culture and customs. Furthermore, we can also visit UNESCO World Heritage sites and then go back to the hotel for an afternoon free for trekking preparations.

      We traveled to Kathmandu domestic airport in the morning for a short scenic flight to the beautiful Pokhara city. This city of charm is blessed with the natural beauty of snow-capped mountains and lakes. From the Pokhara airport, we take a four-wheel drive for an exciting drive to the starting point of the trek, Ulleri mountain village. 

      Our drive leads past the outskirts, facing the marvelous sceneries of Annapurna Peaks and farmlands before reaching the warmer areas of Nayapul Town. Then, our drive continued following the Modi River to the calm village of Bhurethati through the simple farm villages of Tirkhedhunga. From here, we drive on a winding path uphill past the beautiful waterfalls to Ulleri village for an overnight stop. This village is populated by Magar, the hill tribes of Far West Nepal, as we enjoy views of Annapurna Peaks. 

        From Ulleri, our first day of walking starts with a few hours of slow climb past Bhanthati village. Then, we follow a cool, dense forest of tall rhododendrons and pine trees. 

        It is a slow and steady walk within a lovely forested path before reaching a high ridge. It is where Ghorepani's top village is located at the bottom of famous Poon Hill. 

        Once we reach our destination, we head to a nice lodge facing the magnificent views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna peaks. From this point, the temperature gets cooler. Here, we stop for an overnight stop.

          Our journey begins with an early morning hike to Poon Hill before dawn. From here, we can take a beautiful sunrise over the Himalayan Panorama. From here, we can witness the 360-degree panoramic views of Dhaulagiri-Nilgiris-Vara Shikar / Annapurna Fang. Along with this, we can also witness the Annapurna range and Mount Machhapuchhre. We can now view Lamjung Himal and Manaslu towards the east. After a wonderful time at Poon Hill, we head back to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue our walk into the rhododendron forest. Then, we head uphill to Deurali, facing the grand views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna peaks. 

          From Dhaulagiri, we head to Bhanthati, a small settlement located in a gorge. We then head down with an hour-long climb towards Tadapani for an overnight stop. 

          In this location, we head to a nice lodge facing the stunning views of Annapurna South-Huin Chuli, Machhapuchhre, and Annapurna-II. This lovely Gurung settlement is located amidst the lovely forest. 

            At the starting point of our journey, we can enjoy the morning views of the stunning Annapurna peaks. Then, we start our journey by walking under the cool shade of rhododendrons and pine forests. Our journey starts downhill to Ghandruk Village for a last overnight trip around the high hills of the Annapurna Himalayas. Ghandruk is one of the largest villages in the southern Annapurna Himalayas, and it is populated by the Gurung tribe, a tribe that follows Buddhism. 

            At Ghandruk, we checked into a nice lodge and had lunch before exploring the village. We visited the Gurung museum, the tradition of Gurung culture, the farm life, and raising livestock.

              On our last day of walking, we took a short adventure. We first have a good breakfast and then head downhill on a paved cobblestone path to Kimche. It is a small village with rows of terrace farms. At this point, our walk concludes, and we drive to Pokhara. We checked into a lovely hotel beside the serene Phewa Lakeside. After a hearty lunch, we enjoy a calming walk around the lakeside and enjoy a boat ride. 

               

                In the morning, we transfer to Pokhara airport as we take a scenic flight to Kathmandu. During our time in the air, we can witness the beautiful views of the landscapes of green hills dotted with farms and villages. After a short flight, we landed in Kathmandu. Once we reach here, we transfer to our hotels where we can get adequate time to spend at our leisure and shop for souvenirs. 

                  The next day, we drive you back to the airport as you take a flight to your home filled with unforgettable memories of the journey. 

                  That said, if you want, you can journey to one of the many treks and trips we provide here at Explorer Adventure.

                    Route Map

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                    What's Included
                    • Private vehicle pick up and drop at the airport
                    • Three nights at a standard hotel in Kathmandu on a sharing basis with a bed and breakfast
                    • Transportation from and to Kathmandu on a tourist bus
                    • If there are more than three people, then we will provide you with private transportation
                    • A guide with a government license
                    • Properly equipped porter
                    • Salary, food, insurance, and accommodation for porters and guides
                    • Proper accommodation during the trek on a twin-sharing basis
                    • Duffel bag
                    • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS)
                    • Langtang National Park Entry Permit fee
                    • Government taxes and official expenses
                    • ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) entry permit

                     

                    What's not Included
                    • All food and drinks
                    • Flight to Kathmandu
                    • Tips for Porters and Guides ($70-$100 for porters and $80 -$100 for guides)
                    • Nepal Visa
                    • Insurance (check worldnomads.com for further information)
                    • Hot water, WiFi and battery charging
                    • Drinking water
                       

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                    Useful Information

                    Insurance Policy for Medical and Travel

                    The insurance policy for medical and travel should cover all unless there is an emergency evacuation by emergency transportation. It should also include other expenses for treatment at respective hospitals. Travel insurance should also include insurance against unfavorable weather conditions, delays or cancellations of domestic flights. 

                    Travel and medical insurance should also cover situations when one breaks the journey in the middle of the trip due to domestic or personal problems. 

                    Guides and Porters on 9 Days Annapurna Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking

                    We will be accompanied by guides and/or porters during hikes and treks. They are extremely knowledgeable regarding the destination and can provide us with a wide range of information. This information includes everything from history, topography, culture, traditions, customs, flora and fauna. 

                    All our guides have gone through basic medical training. This includes training for high-altitude sickness. Therefore, they can help us with simple medical and first-aid training. Furthermore, during emergencies, they can also help us contact the emergency vehicle. 

                    Additionally, our guides are also well-versed in eco-trekking. Therefore, they will do their best to keep the trekking environment clean and pristine. 

                    We pick our porters from regular companies, and they are hired between Kathmandu and Pokhara or in Lukla. They are strong, cheerful and helpful. Each porter can carry a maximum weight of 15 to 20 Kg. Furthermore, we do not hire porters under 16 years and above 50 years.

                    They are well looked after by the company and are provided with good wages, medical insurance, and travel allowances. Additionally, we also provide them with warm gear during high treks and cold weather. 

                    Information on AMS and Precaution Measures:

                    High altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness (AMS) is a set of symptoms that one can face during steep ascents. Low oxygen levels cause this. Some of the symptoms include the following:

                    • Short breaths
                    • Light headache
                    • Nausea
                    • Dizziness
                    • Lack of sleep
                    • Less appetite

                    To avoid these symptoms, we designed an itinerary with days of adequate rest in between. We should also drink adequate fluids to reduce the symptoms of AMS. 

                    At high altitudes, taking enough rest and going for short, slow hikes on higher terrain is essential. This helps us acclimatize and enjoy the beautiful views. Also, sleeping and resting at lower altitudes can prevent Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).

                    When going to very high places, it's best to go slowly. Stop and spend nights at certain altitudes to get used to the height, and take it easy during the first one or two days.

                    We should also bring general medications. This includes the following medicines.

                    • Diarrhea
                    • Headache
                    • Fever
                    • Cold-flu
                    • Constipation
                    • First aid for cuts, wounds, and burns

                    What to Bring During 9 Days Annapurna Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking?

                    Equipment List

                    • Warm trekking boots that are breathable and cover ankles
                    • Sports sandals with closed-toe
                    • Sneakers
                    • Flip Flops
                    • Sun Cap, Wool or fleece hat
                    • Two pairs of gloves or mittens
                    • Bandana or Neckerchief
                    • Fleece Jackets
                    • Thermal Underwool
                    • Trekking socks
                    • Quick-drying sports T-shirts
                    • Down jacket
                    • Windstopper
                    • Windproof warm jackets
                    • Trekking trousers
                    • Warm synthetic pants
                    • Rain poncho
                    • Sunscreen cream
                    • Sunglasses
                    • Trekking pole
                    • Equipment
                    • Duffel bags
                    • backpack
                    • Sleeping bag
                    • Headlight with a spare battery
                    • Sunglasses
                    • Trekking Poles
                    • Thermos
                    • Sealed Package

                    Personal Usage

                    • Towel
                    • Washing accessories
                    • Disinfection wipes
                    • Antibacterial gel
                    • Moisturizing hand cream
                    • Sun cream with a high SPF
                    • Lip balm
                    • Reusable water bottle
                    • Snacks

                    Note: All of these inventories can be bought in Kathmandu

                    Annapurna Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking FAQs

                    • The walk to Ghorepani and Poon Hill is a moderate trek. The total difficulty will vary depending on where you start the trek. If you drive straight to the Ulleri, it will be less difficult. On the other hand, if you trek to Ulleri, it will be slightly more difficult. The rest of the walk consists of a gradual uphill path with an hour-long climb to Poon Hill. The return journey is filled with exciting ups and downs. However, the walk is enjoyable and is of moderate difficulty at best. 

                    • All age groups and the family with young children can enjoy this trek to Ghorepani and Poon Hill. This includes elderly people of more than 70 years of age as the walk is slow. This includes adequate rest between the treks as we can enjoy the stunning views of the beautiful surroundings of the lovely rhododendron forest.

                    • The facilities in the lodging are adequate, nice, and cozy. The lodges provide you with options for attached baths and toilets. However, you may need to use common toilets at some lodges. While you have choices at Ghorepani and Ghandruk, in some places like Tadapani, you may need to use common baths and toilets. 

                      The rooms are nice and clean, with large, warm dining servings and excellent food on the menu. The menu offers Continental, Chinese, Indian, and Nepali foods with snacks. All lodges have electricity, powered by either hydroelectric or solar power. 

                      The lodges offer hot and cold showers with extra charges.

                    • At Poon Hill, you can get one of the best sunrise views. We can take an early morning hike to the location, from where we can witness the breathtaking panoramic views of Himalayan peaks and the beautiful sunrise.

                    • The best season is in the Spring Season (March to May). The mid-hills of the Annapurna Himalayas are lively and beautiful. In this season, the wildflower experiences seasonal bloom, and we can enjoy the beautiful colors of rhododendrons, from bright red, maroon, and white to shades of blue and purple. This includes vibrant colors from magnolia, primula, and dandelion of various species.

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