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Trekking the Ghorepani Poon Hill in Nepal

Ghorepani Poon Hill | Nepal
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Top three reasons to trek the Ghorepani Poon Hill

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    Discover Nepal’s fascinating culture and spectacular nature

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    Stand in the shadow of some of the highest mountains on Earth

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    Learn about villages steeped in history, friendly highlanders and various traditions

If you’re looking to discover Nepal’s rich geographical and cultural diversity, the ancient trails of the Ghorepani Poon Hill are the ultimate gateway to achieving this goal. Coupled with exploring the country’s breathtaking capital, Kathmandu, this trekking adventure ensures the ultimate Nepalese experience. The capital and its valley offer a fascinating blend of Hindu and Buddhist influences and a multitude of shrines, temples, and other architectural wonders. On your way to the Poon Hill viewpoint, take a moment to appreciate the striking views of fertile rice farms, alpine meadows as well as oak and blooming rhododendron forests. Once at the viewpoint, marvel at the sun shining on Dhaulagiri (8,167 m / 26,795 ft) and the skyscraping peaks of the Annapurna range. Meet the friendly locals and immerse yourself in the traditional lifestyle and customs of this region. Join an expert guide navigating you through Nepal’s expansive landscapes and see why it is one of the top trekking destinations in the world!!

Season

March through April and October through November

Nearest city

Your adventure begins in Kathmandu, Nepal

Duration

10 days

Skill level

Beginner to advanced

Itineraries

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Trekking the Ghorepani Poon Hill

10 days

Seize the opportunity to discover the beautiful country of Nepal and visit its capital, Kathmandu, before embarking on a trekking adventure to the Poon Hill viewpoint. Witness marvelous views of the surrounding nature and pass through quaint villages and settlements. Upon reaching the viewpoint, observe the beauty of snow-capped mountains of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges!

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Your thrilling adventure begins today! You’ll arrive at the airport in Kathmandu and your guiding service will transfer you to the hotel in Kathmandu. This stunning city is the capital of Nepal and lies in a broad valley at the edge of the Himalayan range. The interesting art and architecture of this city are an interesting blend of Hindu and Buddhist influences. You’ll be given a full trip briefing at the hotel and get ready for the upcoming adventure. No meals are included on this day.

Kathmandu, Nepal

Day 2: Kathmandu

After breakfast, you’ll do some sightseeing in Kathmandu. Visit one of three Durbar Squares (Royal Squares) in the Kathmandu Valley, Kathmandu Durbar Square, a majestic UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover Swayambhunath, a religious complex and a 2000 year-old Buddist shrine overlooking the city in the Kathmandu Valley. This tour also includes a visit to the Temple of the Living Goddess. After that, head to Patan, the oldest of the three major cities in the Kathmandu Valley. It’s called the City of the Arts and is famed for its intricately carved wooden temples and skilled craftsmen.

Meals included: Breakfast

Kathmandu Durbar Square in Nepal

Day 3: More sightseeing in Kathmandu

After your breakfast, make your way to the holiest shrine of the Hindu culture in Nepal—Pashupatinath. This is where holy sadhus pray and cremations on the Bagmati River are carried out. You are not allowed into the temple if you’re not a Hindu, but you can still marvel at this marvelous Hindu temple. Make your way to the holiest shrine of the Buddhist culture in Nepal—Boudhanath. This is where devout Buddhists come for a pilgrimage. You’ll often come across old devotees circumnavigating the shrine and falling on their knees and rising again.

In the afternoon, explore Bhaktapur, the smallest city of Nepal, probably the least changed of all the cities in the Kathmandu Valley and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal. The city is notable for pottery and weaving which are to this day traditional industries in this city. It also abounds with a multitude of architectural wonders including the Palace of Fifty Five Windows, Golden Gate and the magnificent five storied pagoda-style Nyatapola Temple.

Meals included: Breakfast

Boudhanath stupa, Nepal

Day 4: Fly to Pokhara

On the fourth day, you’ll fly to Pokhara, Nepal’s second largest city after Kathmandu. With three 8,000 m (26,000 ft) mountain peaks that can be seen from the city, this marvelous location will leave you speechless. One of the gems is Phewa Lake, a lake known for the reflection of mount Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and other mountain peaks of the dizzying Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges on its mirror-like surface.

Visit Devi’s Falls, a glorious waterfall near Phewa Lake, Gupteshwor Cave right across from Devi’s Falls almost 3 km long. The cave holds special value for Hindus seeing as a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition in which it was discovered.

Meals included: Breakfast

Annapurna Range and its reflection in Phewa Lake in Pokhara

Day 5: Tikhedhunga

After driving for 1.5 hours to Nayapul, you’ll start trekking. The first part of your exciting trek consists of passing through numerous small villages and settlements. The majority of people here are Gurung and Buddhists. They are engaged in agricultural activities, tourism business and some in Gorkha and Indian regiments. You’ll trek for about 4 hours and stay at a guest house in Tikhedhunga, a mountain village which is often the first overnight stop on the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek.

Trekking: 4 hours
Accommodation: Guest house
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

A hiker in Nayapul, Nepal

Day 6: Ghorepani

Start your day with breakfast and prepare for a day of trekking. To begin your trek, you could ascend steeply for 2 hours and then ascend passing through Ulleri (2,070 m / 6,790 ft) and Banthanti. While making your way there, stand in awe of Fishtail (6,997 m / 22,955 ft), Hiunchuli (6,441 m / 21,130 ft), and Annapurna South (7,219 m / 23,684 ft). The trail will now get progressively easier as you’ll be passing through forests and descend gently up to the final camp. You will get to Ghorepani, a village that boasts numerous guest houses and lets you prepare for a trek to the top of nearby Poon Hill. Experience the traditional lifestyle and diverse customs of the friendly highlander people.

Trekking: 6 hours
Accommodation: Guest house
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

A hiker marveling at nature near Ghorepani, Nepal

Day 7: Poon Hill

Kick off your day with an early morning trip to Poon Hill to enjoy the first sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri, the seventh highest mountain in the world standing at an elevation of 8,167 m (26,795 ft). Admire other sky-piercing peaks such as Tukuche Peak (6,920 m / 22,703 ft), Mt. Annapurna I (8,091 m / 26,545 ft), Machhapuchhre (6,997 m / 22,955 ft), Lamjung Himal (6,918 m / 22,696 ft) and a whole host of other snow-capped mountain peaks. After breakfast, trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,650 m / 8,694 ft).

Trekking: 7 hours
Accommodation: Guest house
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

A hiker enjoying a morning view of Dhaulagiri from Poon Hill

Day 8: Ghandruk — Pokhara

In the morning, you’ll have breakfast and make your way to Ghandruk, a Gurung village where you can find a handicraft center and Gurung museum. From here, you can soak up the surreal views of Annapurna South (7,219 m / 23,684 ft), Annapurna III (7,555 m / 24,787 ft ), Fishtail (6,997 m / 22,955 ft) and Gangapurna (7,455 m / 24,458 ft). Later on, you’ll drive to Pokhara for 2 hours and will be transferred to a hotel there. You’ll trek for about 4 hours in total. Breakfast and lunch are included.

Trekking: 4 hours
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

The village of Ghandruk in Nepal

Day 9: Fly to Kathmandu

Today you’ll have breakfast and head back to Kathmandu. After that, you’ll be transferred to a hotel in Kathmandu.

Meals included: Breakfast

Ancient buildings in Kathmandu, Nepal

Day 10: Depart Kathmandu

Your unforgettable adventure in Nepal has come to an end and it’s time to say goodbye to this magical country. You’ll be transferred to the airport in Kathmandu for your next flight home.

Things to know

Things to know

Covid measures for the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, Nepal

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures for the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, Nepal, please refer to the US Embassy’s foreign travel advice for Nepal.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

    • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • An experienced and professional government license holder trekking guide
    • 10 days of hiking and trekking
    • Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in hotels and guest house with breakfast (double occupancy)
    • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
    • Airport transfers by an A/C private vehicle
    • Sightseeing as per the itinerary by an A/C private vehicle
    • Entrance fees at the monuments
    • Trekking porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment (1 porter for 2 people)
    • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit Fee & Trekking Information
    • Management service fee
    • First aid kit

What’s not included:

    • Airfare Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu ($164 net per person) (promotional fare subject to change)
    • Nepal Visa fee ($30 per person, payable directly at the airport during the time of entry)
    • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
    • Any hard/soft drinks
    • Trekking equipment
    • Personal gear
    • Visit to any place not in the program

NOTE: Government taxes, airfare, national park fees, entrance fees, etc. are subject to change

How fit do I need to be?

In order to participate in this moderately strenuous trekking adventure, you need to be fit and have some prior hiking experience. During your trekking days, there will be some steeper ascents along the way, as well as steep hills and stairs, but you’ll also ascend gently and there will be some easier parts where you’ll be passing through numerous small villages, settlements and forests. Expect to spend 4-7 hours a day trekking for four days in a row. The maximum elevation is 3,232 m (10,603 ft). Keep in mind that you’ll also be packing a daypack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day.

What do I need to bring?

Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

    • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (approximately 2,500 to 3,000 cubic inches)
    • Trekking poles
    • Sun hat or scarf
    • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
    • Lightweight gloves
    • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell
    • Underwear
    • T-shirts
    • Light- and expedition weight thermal tops
    • Fleece jacket or pullover
    • Fleece wind-stopper jacket — optional
    • Waterproof shell jacket (preferably breathable fabric)
    • Down vest and/or jacket — optional
    • Hiking shorts
    • Lightweight cotton long pants
    • Light- and expedition weight thermal bottoms
    • Fleece or wool pants
    • Waterproof shell pants (preferably breathable fabric)
    • Thin, lightweight inner socks
    • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
    • Hiking boots with spare laces
    • Gaiters — optional
    • Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries
    • Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
    • Basic first aid kit
    • Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bags)
    • Water bottles
    • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
    • Sunglasses
    • Small wash towel
    • Binoculars — optional
    • Compass — optional
    • Swiss knife — optional
    • Camera — optional (but recommended)

Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes and prices:

    • For this group adventure, the max client-to-guide ratio is 15:1.
    • Cost is per person and it doesn’t decrease as the group grows.
    • It takes a minimum of 6 people for this tour to operate.
    • If joining alone, you’ll be placed with peers that share a similar level of experience.

Hiking the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

Min. age requirements:

    • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
    • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Deposit and cancellation policy

A 30% deposit is required at the time of booking. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies. The remaining amount is paid 3 months (90 days) prior to departure.

All cancellation requests need to be sent in written mail from the same email id which was used to make a booking and have to be reconfirmed by replying to the cancellation confirmation email. Refund for cancellation may vary for the various services booked and as per the policy below:

If you cancel your booking, the cancellation fee will apply. A cancellation will only be effective when written confirmation of the cancellation is received.

    • Cancellation 91 days or prior to departure, all deposits will be refunded after deduction of transaction fee and services booked in advance on a non-cancellable basis;
    • Between 31 and 90 days prior to departure, 75% of the total package amount will be deducted
    • 30 days or less prior to departure, there will be no refund and the full package amount will be forfeited.

If you leave a trip for any reason after it has commenced, your guiding service is not obliged to make any refunds for unused services. If you fail to join a tour according to tour booking dates or join it later or change departure date no refund will be made (in case of a group booking).

Getting there and meeting location

To get to the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek in Nepal, you’ll fly into Tribhuvan International Airport, about 15 minutes away from Kathmandu where your adventure begins. From there, your guiding service will transfer you to your accommodation in Kathmandu. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.

At the end of your adventure, your guiding service will transfer you back to the airport.

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