The trek to Ghorepani – Poon Hill (Pun Hill) is probably the most popular short trek in Nepal, it can be done in as little as five days. The benefit of this particular trek is from Pokhara it takes an hour of particular beauty by car to reach the trek start, within another hour you are not only witnessing some spectacular views of the mountains, you are also walking through charming villages, mainly inhabited by the Gurung & Magar ethnic groups. There are many dense (and very colorful in the spring) rhododendron forests to take in, full of birds and deep sub-tropical valleys to negotiate. If that were not enough, the magnificent Annapurnas and Machhapuchhare (Fishtail Peak) in particular, dominate the skyline.
A highlight of this trip is to make the climb of Poon Hill for some fantastic views of both the Dhaulagiri range and the Annapurna range. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Annapurna (8,091m) along with numerous other peaks at sunrise is an unforgettable experience. Because it is a popular trek, the facilities found on the trail of a better standard,with hot showers and great food. If you are pushed for time, or you do not want to spend all your time in the mountains, this trek is well worth considering. We have organized two itineraries dependent on your trekking time schedule.
Important Note and Optional Activities
All the trekking itineraries are flexible and can be revised in order to best meet your requirements i.e. your time, interests etc. Please make contact with us if you have any special requirements or interest.
What's included ?
- Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on bed and breakfast basis as per the itinerary
- City tour in Kathmandu with guide by private car
- Entry fees when sightseeing in Kathmandu
- National Park Trekking/Entry Permit
- Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) registration fee
- Round trip / internal flights / overland transport / if needed / as per the itinerary
- Accommodation in guest tented camp during the trek
- Three meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) a day during the trek and seasonal fresh fruit after every dinner
- Qualified and experienced trekking guide and porter services
- Transportation, accommodation, meal allowance, equipment and insurance for trekking staff
- All the official paper work and all the applicable government taxes
- Airport transfers for internal flights
- Sleeping bag, down jacket and rucksack if required
- Farewell Dinner with typical local cultural program
- Airport pick-up on arrival and drop-off on departure
What's not included ?
- Meals other than breakfast when staying in hotels
- Personal expenses and bar bills
- Clients’ travel insurance
- Tips and gratuities
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in KathmanduAccord warm welcome and pick up from the airport/ transfer to hotel / introductory program and trip briefing
Day 02: Sightseeing in KathmanduSightseeing in Kathmandu visiting the major sites of interest / includes various monuments in Kathmandu of historic and cultural importance.
Day 03: Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara by private vehicleScenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara by private vehicle /enjoy the scenery and local villages along the way/ transfer to hotel / Pokhara at leisure / overnight hotel
Day 04: Day 04: After the breakfast / drive to Nayapul by private vehicle / approx 1.5 hours / then trek to Birethanti (1025m)today is our short walk beginning preparation for the trek dropping at first on a staircase and then traversing high above the river on a wide stone-paved trail to a large and prosperous town Birethanti / approx 45 mins. walking / overnight
Day 05: Birenthanti to Tikedhunga (approx., 4 hours)The trail takes the left fork through the village and follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola / trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille 1495m / short climb to reach Tikhedhunga at 1525m / short & relatively easy day /overnight
Day 06: Tikedunga to Banthanti (approx., 4 hours )Climbing up a steep stone staircase / rather than trek one day to Ghorapani / we are taking two / stopping at Banthanti / overnight.
Day 07: Bantanti to Ghorepani (3/4 hours)We continue ascending to Ghorepani where we overnight / visit to Poon Hill very early in the morning 3210 m / stunning views of entire Annapurna range including Dhaulagiri and many more / back to Ghorepani / rest day for acclimatization / overnight guesthouse
Day 08: Visit to POON HILLVisit to POON HILL early in the morning 3210 m/ stunning views of entire Annapurna range including Dhaulagiri and many more / back to Ghorepani / Rest Day for acclimatization / overnight guesthouse
Day 09: Trek to Tadapani2630mGentle up to a forested rige and through rhododendron forest to Deurali / down through river bed (many birds) to Banthanti / ups and downs through forest to Tadapani /overnight
Day 10: Trek to Ghandruk 1940m.Tadapani / short down hill / descend steeply through forests / the trail eases as we reach Ghandrunk (2000m) / beautiful well preserved Gurung village /typical culture, costume, and life style / wonderful mountain views.
Day 11: Trek to Jhinu, natural hot spring 1520mTrek to Jhinu, natural hot spring 1520m / approx 4/5 hours walking / enjoy the natural hot spring / overnight guesthouse
Day 12: Trek to Tolka 1700mTrek to Tolka 1700m / approx 5 hours / overnight guesthouse.
Day 13: Trek to Dhampus 1750mTrek to Dhampus 1750m / approx 4/5 hours / overnight guesthouse
Day 14: Trek to Phedi / approx 2 hours / drive back to Pokhara by private vehicleTrek to Phedi / approx 2 hours / drive back to Pokhara by private vehicle / overnight guesthouse
Day 15: Fly from Pokhara to KathmanduFly from Pokhara to Kathmandu / leisure time in Kathmandu / shopping, stroll around Thamel, etc. / transfer to hotel / overnight
Day 16: Departure dayDeparture day / Transfer to airport / fly onward destination