Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking

Trip Facts

  • Duration: 11 Days
  • Challenge level : Easy
  • Group size :2-16 People
  • Best TimeSpring / Autumn
  • Destination :Nepal

About Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking

Ghorepani, the short, colorful and relatively easy trek, takes its place in the western part of Kathmandu into the Annapurna region, one of the most popular trekking destination which offers impressive natural scenery, marvelous views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchchhre and Himchuli. One can get the lifetime chance to see some of the most dramatic views of some of the highest and most beautiful mountains in the world including pristine forests and diversity of flora and fauna. You will encounter with the warm heartedness of the simple people whose rich and varied customs give you an insight into the typical life style of Gurung and Magar people.
On the way trekking you are sure to encounter the legendary Gorkha soldiers who have served in the Gorkha Army during the world war in many countries. The main attraction of Ghorepani trekking is Poon Hill, situated at an altitude of 3100m, the most spectacular mountain spot on earth.

Trip Highlights

  • Superb views of the sunrise and panoramic views of the Himalayas Mt. Dhaulagiri, whole Annapurna region north and South, Fishtail mountain which is Machpuchare in Nepali
  • Tukuche Peak (6920m), Nilgiri (6940m), Varaha Shikhar (7847m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna III (7555m), Machhapuchhare (6993m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna II (7937m), Lamjung Himal (6932m), Manaslu and other numerous clad mountain peaks.
  • through fine forests of oak & rhododendron
  • most dramatic views of some of the highest and most beautiful mountains in the world including pristine forests and diversity of flora and fauna.
  • varied customs an insight into the typical life style of Gurung and Magar people.


This itinerary is intended as a guide only. Local conditions and weather may necessitate variations to the program and can affect the availability of views and panoramas described.
Be aware that all time stated are approximate and may vary with individual and group fitness, weather, Trekking route, river level and road conditions.

When you arrive at the airport in Kathmandu you will be met by the Adventure Hub Nepal trip leader and you'll be taken to your hotel where we can settle you into your room. After that you can relax for a of couple hours before we catch up for our pre departure meeting and dinner around 6 pm. You will be briefed on what to expect for your trip, finalise your gear and any last questions that may arise will be answered. 

Today is our lovely city sightseeing in the Kathmandu valley. We will be going to explore all the heritage sites around the Kathmandu valley . Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines reflecting ancient local traditions are highlighted on our tour in Kathmandu.

Wake up to an early morning breakfast before 7:00 AM. This morning you will drive to Pokhara (200km) which is approximately 6 hours away by tourist bus or private tranportation. You see along the drive lovely scenery. You will arrive late afternoon at Pokhara.  You will stay at Pokhara lakeside, which Adventure Hub Nepal  class as  "front row center" to one of the most beautiful Himalayan panoramas in the world. The Annapurna and famous "Fishtail" mountain peak of Machhapuchhare tower over the tropical setting of Pokhara. The time you spend there will be the scenic highlight of your trip. In the evening you will prepare yourself for your trek to starting the next morning. Stay overnight in hotel.

After breakfast we will start to drive to Nayapul (42km) which is aroubd 1.5 hours by car or bus via the large village of Lumle and walk about 20 minutes to Birethanti, a large and prosperous town. The trail follows the main street of Birethanti, going through bamboo forests and past a large waterfall and swimming hole. Beyond a pasture used by pony caravans, the trail reaches Sudami where you have lunch. After lunch climb steadily up the side of the valley, reaching Hile at 1495m near by Tirekhedhunga. Along the way, various hamlets offer ample camping possibilities but if Ghorepani is the objective for the next day it is better to push on to Tikhedhunga. Stay overnight in Tirkhedhunga.

Enjoy the breakfast served in the morning with nice sunrise. From Tirkhedhunga the trail crosses a stream on a suspension bridge near the camp site at Tirkhedhunga. The trail ascends a steep stone staircase to the large Magar village Ulleri at 2070m. Above the village where the trail climbs gently through pastures and cultivated fields there are magnificent scenes as you walk through rhododendron and oak forest. There is a hut with water and a small camp site about 1 hour above Ulleri. The trail crosses two sparkling clear streams before making a short, final climb to Nangethanti. Your lunch spot is in Nangethanti. Thanti is a Nepali word meaning "rest house" "Dharmasala". In the winter the trail can be covered with snow. From Nangethanti about one hours trek, climb to Ghorepani at 2850m. Arrive at the Ghorepani stay over night.

This the moment of truth everyone has been waiting for, an early morning for our sunrise view from Poon Hill (3195m) which is around 1 hours walk to the top. You will get better and spectacular unobstructed views and sunrise over the high Himalayas. You can see a lots of white mountain peaks from Poon Hill. After sunrise you will return back to Ghorepani in our lodge and have breakfast.

Ghorepani means "horse water" and it is no doubt a welcome watering stop for the teams of horses, mules and ponies that carry loads between Pokhara and Jomsom. From Ghorepani the trail climbs south on a somewhat muddy path through the deep forests. It finally emerges on a grassy knoll which offers great mountain views, including views of Machhapuchhare (not visible from Gorerepani pass), and a panorama all the way south to the plains of India. It is similar to the view from Poon Hill. Climb along the ridge in pine and rhododendron forests to a top of 3030 metres then descend to a second pass also called Deurali, at 2960 metres.
The ridge trail in these mountains can at times be steep, sometimes treacherous, as you descend on a narrow path alongside the stream. The stream has some clear pools alongside the trail and finally becomes a series waterfalls over a jumble of boulders. The steep descent becomes more gentle and gives way as you reach Banthanti and stop for lunch here for about an hour.

From Banthanti, the trail follows the stream down to a bridge then the trail starts climbing, leaving the moist high mountain forests and entering a field of cane, making some ups and downs past a vantage point "Tadapani (2540 metres) that offers a brief view of the mountains. Tadapani means "far water". The village water supply is a long distance, it takes porters more than half an hour to fetch a load of water in Tadapani.

As always breakfast will served in the morning to start your journey. After breakfast trek to Landrung, which takes approximately  5 to 6 hours.  From Tadapani, the trails descends through the forests then terraced fields, to the Khummu Khola. The Ghandrung trail descends steeply from Tadapani, through forests, a short steep descent among rocks lead to a stream crossing, then the descent continues gently over streams, finally leading out on the ridge to Ghandrung.

Ghandrung a huge Gurung village at 1940 metres, is the second largest Gurung village in Nepal and is a confusing cluster of closely-spaced, slate-roofed houses. There are neatly terraced fields situated both above and below the town. It is easy to get lost in the network of narrow alleyways while trying to trek through the village. There is a larger handicraft factory at the top of Ghandrung. The views of Annapurna South from here are outstanding. Machhapuchhare, seen from here in its fish tail aspect, peeps over a forested ridge. ACAP has a visitor centre and an office in Ghandrung and provides information about the conservation projects and activities in Ghandrung.

From Ghandrung trek all the way down hill through village and terraced fields to Syauli Bazaar. It will takes around 2 hours walk.  Along the way you can see great views  of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare too. From Syauli Bazaar, the trails follow the Modi River till Nayapul. Our lunch spot is in Birethati. After lunch you have a very short trek of about 20 minutes to Nayapul, catch our vehicle and drive to Pokhara.

Now you're free in Pokhara Valley also called "Magic Land" or Dreamland" of Nepal, to explore the various interesting places including; wooden boating in Fewa lake, half day rafting Upper Seti River, two night three days rafting Kali Gandaki River, Lower Seti river one night todays trip or (SUP) Stand up paddle boarding. There are so many options. Why not go and visit areas over looking the region of Annapurna. Go and check out  Devi Falls, Mahendra Caves and many temples. After lunch you're free to shop for souvenirs or rest in Pokhara.

After a well deserved rest and relax from your trek it's up to you to decide what you would like to do today in this adventure capital of the world.


Today drive back to Kathmandu after breakfast,  by private or tourist bus. Along the way you can enjoy good scenery views. You'll arrive at Kathmandu late afternoon.

If you want to do a little bit shopping and you still have time as the shops are open until late.

Today is a reflection and journal writing day about your trek and overall trip in Nepal,you're free in Kathmandu do some last minute souvenier shopping or rest.

Fly home today. After breakfast we will drop you to the international airport for your homeward journey.

What's included


  • Permits and all the entry fee
  • Food and Accommodation while you are on the trek
  • Trekking Guide and Porters while you are on the trek
  • Satellite phone.
  • Comprehensive wilderness first aid kit
  • 3 Nights hotel in Kathmandu (we can organize extra nights if people require)
  • 3 Nights hotel in Pokhara
  • Airport pick up
  • All the transportation for trek to run smoothly

What's Excluded


  • Nepalese visa (this costs US 65$ for 30 days and you need two passport photos) this can be issued on arrival in Kathmandu international airport
  • Extra snacks while during the trek and sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara valley
  • Extra beverages for on the trip i.e.) alcohol and soft drinks.
  • Any optional tours or activities during the free time
  • Travel Insurance
  • international flight to Nepal
  • We recommend tipping the local guides at the end of the trip please as it’s an expectation
  • Meals not included in itinerary

About Adventure Hub Nepal

Adventure Hub  Nepal has been operating adventure holidays trips since 2007. Today we can help you discover whole Nepal and we can offer high-quality, excellent –value, small group adventure to your interested area of Nepal,Extend your holiday by booking some pre or post tour accommodation- ask Adventure Hub Nepal.

Other Information

This itinerary is intended as a guide only. Local conditions and weather may necessitate variations to the program and can affect the availability of views and panoramas described. Be aware that all times stated are approximate and may vary with individual and group fitness, weather and track conditions.

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