Ghorepani / Poonhill Trek 

Take a bus or taxi from Pokhara, Nayapul and after a few minutes walk from there you will reach to the trek starting point called Birethanti. Birethanti is a junction point to Annapurna sanctuary and Ghorepani poon hill trek. As you proceed slowly along the trek upward, the varied characteristics of the nature and those of the cultures and customs of different ethnic groups are noticed. Then leaves the valley with following up Bhurung stream. Ghandruk is a charming village inhabited by Gurung, Magar and Thakali community. The Gurung culture museum at Ghandruk is one of the prime attraction in the village.

Ghorepani  is a village which is located within the Annapurna Conservation Area Project ACAP. It is an easy and most famous trek in Annapurna region. Trekking  to Ghorepani is suitable for beginners and as well as for all ages. Poon Hill is the highest point of this trek at the height of 3210m. The hill is only a small distance away from Ghorepani visitors are recommeded to hike to the top the hill before the dawn to enjoy the beautiful sunrise. Once you are at the top of the hill, you can see a panoramic range of mountains at a close distance, including Mt. Annapurna 1st (8091 m) , Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 m) plus other peaks. You will be rewarded by the natural beauties in your each and every foot steps. You can also enjoy sunrise and sunset views from Poonhill.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking can be done throughout the year although in Monsoon (July to August).   The trek gives an opportunity of lifetime to experience the wonder of rural Nepal. This is certainly a trek experience that you will never forget. March, April and May is the best time to visit Ghorepani if you love to see whole forest painted colorful with the varieties of Rhododendron.

*Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal which blooms in every hills of Nepal. Theri color varies like red, white, pink etc

Trip Highlights

  • Beautiful, short and easy trek which is popular among the beginners and all age group.
  • Exploring ethnic community, i.e. Gurung ,Magars and Thakali community.
  • Trek through the beautiful red and pink Rhododendrons forest
  • Link with Annapurna circuit, Jomsom and Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
  • Sunrise and sunset with excellent mountain views from Poon Hill

Trip Informaton


Trekking and Hiking


Any day during season

Max Altitudes:

3210m at Poonhil

Trip Duration:

11 days

Trip Grade:



Hotel in city, teahouse on trek


Full board on trek, breakfast in city


Tourist bus/private car/local bus/private jeep

Group size:

2-15 pax

Best Season:

September-November & March-May

Walking hours:

4-5hrs per day


Day 01

Arrival in Kathmandu - You will be warm welcomed at airport by NEAT Airport representative and then you will be transfer to hotel. Our tour advisor will meet you at your hotel and brief about your program. This day, you can take a rest at the hotel or enjoy the walk near by your hotel to get familiar with Nepalese life style and culture.

Day 02

Sightseeing/Free day in Kathmandu-For sightseeingwe will be visiting three of the World heritage sites in Kathmandu by private vehicle.

Swayambunath Stupa:You will first visit the Swayambunath Stupa (Monkey Temple). It is said that Swayambunath Stupa is more than 2,000 years old, and it symbolizes knowledge. The painted eyes on all four sides symbolize the all-seeing power of Buddha.It is situated to the west of the city on a hill which is 77 meters above the valley.

Boudhanath Stupa:Boudhanath Stupa is another important Buddhist pilgrims site. This ancient Stupa is considered one of the biggest stupa in the World. Every morning and evening, many Buddhist devotees come here to pray and circumambulate enabling the visitors to observe local religious practices.

Pashupatinath Temple:The sacred Hindu temple Pashupatinath is considered the holiest cremation ground, and people bath in the Bagmati River with a faith of cleansing themselves spiritually. Many Sadhus or Hindu Ascetics live here. During religious festivals, Hindus come to make offerings, and it get more then a million during festivals . Drive back to your hotel. Enjoy the evening at you own. Overnight at hotel.


Day 03

Drive / Flight to Pokhara(910m.) - After breakfast, we will drive/fly to Pokhara. It takes approximately 6 hrs to reach Pokhara (200km) by road with private car/tourist bus and 25 minutes by flight. We will visit almost all the most beautiful and amazing places of Pokhara i.e. Davis fall (if we reached in the early), Phewa Lake, Begnas Lake, Peace stupa, etc. and overnight at hotel.

Day 04

Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga 1540m, 4/5hrs After having a breakfast at hotel, we will drive approximately 43 kilometer from Pokhara by taxi/car to Nayapul. This driving will be via scenic villages of Hemja, Naudanda, Lumle & Kande then start trekking which lead us about half an hour to reach to Birethanti along following up Modi river. Birethati is a junction for starting a trek to Annapurna Sanctuary & Ghorepani Poon Hill. There is a check post for trekking permits and TIMS. The trails gradually climb up through villages & fields. Overnight at lodge with dinner and breakfast.

Day 05

Trek to Ghorepani 2870m,6 hrs After breakfast, we cross through suspension Bridge and water falls. Then the trails follows steeply climbs up about two hour till above Ulleri with the elevation 2080 meter above sea level. From the Ulleri, Annapurna south 7219m can be seen clearly and from Bhanthati, peak of Machhapuchhare(Fishtail) 6996m.. We will stop at Bhanthati for lunch. We walk across the forest of magnificent Oaks & Rhododendron’s beyond the Bhanthati. After the lunch, we have to walk about 2 hours to reach Ghorepani 2750m, This trekking is also called Annapurna panorama or Poon Hill trek as well. Ghorepani/Deurali is the huge settlement with lodges and shops for tourist. From here,you can enjoy beautiful view of Dhaulagiri 8167m, Nilgiri south 6839m, Annapurna south 7219m & Hiuchuli 6441m. Overnight at lodge followed by dinner and breakfast.

Day 06

Trek to Tadapani 2590m, 5/6hrs This morning, we will get up early and hike to Poon Hill 3210m, it takes about 40 minutes to an hour. From here you will see a superb view of the sunrise and a panoramic view of the Himalaya, including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I 8091m, Annapurna South, Fishtail, and many more others. At the Poon hill, you can enjoy beautiful sunrise from tower. After visiting Poonhill, we will come back to lodge, have a breakfast, and continue our trek to Tadapani. Overnight at lodge including dinner and breakfast.

Day 07

Trek to Landruk 1565m,5hrs The Ghandruk trail descends steeply through forests to the village of Ghandruk 1950m where we will arrive within three hours. We will enjoy the views of waterfalls, landscapes, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Fishtail and many more. After lunch we continue steep down through scenic villages & landscape about an hour to Modi Khola(stream) and next an an hour steep climb up to reach Landruk. Overnight at lodge with dinner and morning breakfast.

Day 08

Trek to Dhampus 1650m,5hrs Early morning we can enjoy the view of Sunrise, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Machhapurchre & the countryside. After break fast we leave Landruk almost flat trails about an hour then Little steep for 20 minutes to reach Tolka. After Tolka trail follows through forest then starts again steep ascends about one & half hour to get Deurali, from where you can see valley of Pokhara. There are tea shops available between Tolka and Deurali. After Deurali trails leads you gradually descend to Dhampus via Pothana. Overnight at lodge on MAP Basis.

Day 09

Trek to Dhampus Phedi, an hour walk and drive to Pokhara- This morning will be one of the great morning with views of Annapurnas Himalayas & scenic settlement villages, walk steep stone setup down to Dhampus Phedi/Ghatte khola about an hour and then drive to Pokhara (about 30 minutes drive). Overnight at hotel with BB basis.

Day 10

Pokhara to Kathmandu via road/flight (Sightseeing and activities optional around Pokhara)

There are lot of things to see and lot of activities to do in Pokhara.

Sightseeing: You can visit peace pagoda temple from where you can view panorama view of Pokhara. Visit Mahendra cave, bat cave, Devis fall,etc

Activities : Paragliding, zipfly, boating and much more adventure.

Day 11

Departure Day/ Leisure Day – You can enjoy leisure day at Kathmandu or if you are departing for home then will drove you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home . If you are departing for other destination, we will help you to manage everything.



Cost Includes:

• All airport/hotel transfers
• Welcome and farewell dinners
• All accommodation and meals during the trek
• All Ground Transportation according to the Itinerary.
• An experienced English-speaking trek guide, assistant trek guide and porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
• Salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging of Guide,Assi. Guide & Porter
• Duffel bag (if needed)
• All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
• A comprehensive medical kit
• All government and local taxes.

Cost Excludes:

• Nepal Visa fee
• Airport departure tax
• International airfare to and from Kathmandu
• Excess baggage charges
• Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
• Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
• Travel and rescue insurance
• Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
• Beverage( soft drink and other hard drink)
• Tips for guides and porters


Pre Departure Planning

Trekking in Nepal is a unique experience. So, to get maximum enjoyment you should be physically and mentally prepared. During the trek, you might have to hike approximately 5-6 hours almost everyday or 500-600m uphill or downhill. So, preparation should commence months before-walking, jogging, hiking and physical training would be very helpful. To learn more about trekking pre fitness consult our trekking fitness expertise

Food and accommodation

Meals will be provided by NEAT during the whole trek as per your service besides mentioned in city. We offer open and the choice menu in the tea house where you can select the food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our guide will recommend or take you to the guest houses which serve the hygienic and nutritious food and best accomodation. Snacks, bottle drinks including mineral water and alcohol are not included in price.

Trekking group

It would be easy for you if you have your own group if not also we can arrange a group trek according to your request. You would be joining the group in Kathmandu. If you want to have a solo trip then we are always ready to help you again with single supplement charge. We try our best to make your comfortable holiday in the beauty of Annapurna Region.

Trekking guide and porters

Trekking guides are trained and licensed by Ministry of Tourism and authorised to guide the tourist in the mountains. Having a guide will make your trek more safe, easy, comfortable, enjoyable and can increase cultural appreciation and interaction with local people by explaining things and acting as a interpreter.

Porter can carry your backpacks under some minimum charges. Porter-guide, who can speak english and will carry light pack but charges a little more than a porter.

Apart from the advantages of taking a load off your back, the money you spend directly goes to the local economy. Also, do not forget to tip them for their service.


When NEAT plan your itinerary, we take everything into consideration about the altitude and other factors to minimize the chance of getting AMS.

Altitude gains-your trek is designed to gain around 600 meters (vertical) altitude daily.

Acclimatization - rest days are included in itinerary to help body adjust to new altitude.

Each trekker must accept responsibility and trek slowly - observe the steps at which the porters and guide walks. There are no worthwhile prizes for getting to destination in record time - generally AMS.

Treatment: Mild symptoms - staying at same altitude may resolve symptoms. If there is no improvement, descend to lower level.

Severe (HAPE + HACE) - descend immediately, as failure to do so could result in death. If symptoms persist you may need to be carried to nearest medical facility or evacuated by helicopter.

Travel Insurance 

We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation and travel insurance. This comprehensive travel insurance provides coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delay, medical expenses and emergency assistance.

Climate and Weather of Nepal

Climate in Nepal is diversified depends on season. From the low level to highest point of the World, it start from hot to cold region from South to North. You can travel Nepal in any season but the best time to visit in Annapurna region is autumn & spring. If you are in autumn the weather is perfect and sky is crystal clear but in spring the weather seem little cloudy but the full blossoming Rhododendrons are awesome. In Summer visibility is poor and there is less chances to see the himalayas and in winter it is very cold in mountain but still possible to do this trip.

Nepalese Visa Requirements And Process

Before you travel to Nepal please check your passport and validity date. Passports must have at least 6 months validity after finish date of your trek. During booking, it is necessary to send us the passport copy. To travel in Nepal, you will require a visa which you can obtained from Nepalese Embassy at your country or you can get on arrival visa at the TIA airport in Kathmandu.

Here is general list of Nepalese visa fee as below and for more detail visit

Cost to be levied while issuing tourist visa by the Mission or entry point:

• US Dollars 25 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 15 days multiple entry visa.
• US Dollars 40 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 30 days multiple entry visa.
• US Dollars 100 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 90 days multiple entry visa.
Notwithstanding anything written in above, no visa fee shall be applicable to the passport holder of member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) for 30 days.

Trekking Permits and Entry Charge

While you travel Annapurna Region, you need to obtain the  entry permits and TIMS permit. All the applicable permits and entry fees are including on the given cost except personal contribution and donations. In case of extra charge and payment, the agency will inform you.

Trekkers health and medical information

Trekkers health is very important for the tour operator as we should know your health condition before making reservation with us. To do this trek, the trekkers should have good fitness and require great stamina and good health. All our Trekking guide and potter are insurance before trekking. For the medical information you should contact your medical consult before planning your trip to Nepal.

Environmental & social concerns

NEAT is highly aware with Environmental concern and keep right ecological system. There shouldn’t be awful impact while you travel around the Annapurna Region. So, we involve some campaign of cleaning trekking trails, works with KEEP project etc.

Booking procedure

Support the local company and the money directly goes to local community which helps to improve the economic condition of developing countries. Please contact us via e-mail or phone to check the availability and possibilities to book the trip in your date. We will gladly answer your each quires promptly so that you can make your decision faster.

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