Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek - 10 Days

Ghorepani PoonHill Trek, also known as Annapurna Sunrise Trekking or Annapurna Panorama Trekking, is the most popular easy trek in the beautiful Annapurna Region. This trek is perfect for those who are bounded by their time but are eager to explore the wilderness to its fullest.

The trip is of 10 days where you will be trekking for 4 days. This trek demands a moderate level of fitness. Plus, the advantage is there’s no real risk of altitude sickness in this trek.

Along with the ascends and descends, you witness terraced slopes, pristine villages, paddy fields wrapped in rugged hills. The blissful natural beauty has also the gift of wonderful culture and lifestyle of diverse ethnic people.

The region is full of multi-colored rhododendron forests, bamboos, pines, and oaks. The panoramic view of Annapurna massifs and hospitable communities will welcome you all the way. You will fully enjoy the spectacular mount scenery through delightful villages inhabited by Gurungs, Magars, and Thakalis. You also get along with their local culture, tradition, and lifestyle more closely.

Moreover, you also encounter natural treasures from waterfalls, hot springs, serene forests to rare species of birds and animals throughout the trail.

The view from its vantage point, i.e. Poon Hill (3210m), is the major attraction of this trek. The spot is also a ‘Photographer’s Paradise’. You can have the best panoramic snaps of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ever!

Poonhill offers you the striking views of Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, III, IV, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Gangapurna, and Manaslu ranges. The phenomenal sunrise from the top is equally mesmerizing. You just can’t miss the glimpse of early morning rays that fills everyone’s heart.

For the one with an urge to experience the elegance of snow-capped mountains, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is a true heaven. Comfortable and close to nature, you will experience a mix of nature, serenity, and beauty, a chance for lifetime experience of Nepal’s rural culture. Any nature-lover will not forget this astounding experience through beautiful landscapes.

We can customize this trek according to your available time. On the route, several hotels and teahouses at the village give us a warm welcome with sincere Nepalese hospitality.

Poon Hill Trek Highlights

  • Best sunrise and panoramic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs through Poon Hill at 3210m
  • Perfectly appropriate for the ones with limited time but with an extreme adventure urge
  • Visit the biggest Ghandruk Gurung village and Ulleri Magar Village and their indigenous locals
  • Walk through the largest Rhododendron forest, multiple waterfalls, rice terraces, and unique landscapes
  • View the high mountains like Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Annapurna I; whose altitudes are above 8000m
  • Experience small villages like Birethati, Hile, Tikhedhunga, Ghorepani, Tadapani on the way
  • The easiest and the shortest trek for beginners
DaysItineraryMax. AltitudeTime
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu1338m-
Day 02Sightseeing in Kathmandu1338-
Day 03Drive to Pokhara910m6-7 hours (on tourist bus)
Day 04Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga via 1480m1.5-2 hours of drive and 2 hours of trek
Day 05Trek to Upper Ghorepani2850m5-6 hours
Day 06Hiking to Poon Hill, and trek to Tadapani 3210m (Poon Hill), 2630m (Tadapani)5-6 hours
Day 07Trek to Ghandruk1940m4-5 hours
Day 08Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara910m1-2 hours of trek and 1.5-2 hours of travel
Day 09Drive back to Kathmandu and farwell dinner in the evening1338m6-7 hours (on tourist bus)
Day 10Final Departure--
Day 1
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our representative will be there to greet and welcome you. They will transfer you to your hotel.

After check in and some refreshments, we will give you the brief information about our trip. You will even meet with your guide and other companions. Make sure you have your necessary stuffs like passports, copies of photographs, travel insurance papers, etc. You need those papers while receiving permits and TIMS card.

If you have free time after all these, you can stroll down and get familiar with the streets of Kathmandu. As you stay overnight there, you can shop, go to cafe, pubs of your taste, or just hang around.

Day 2
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

This full day you will visit the capital and its different beautiful places that are significant both naturally and traditionally. Kathmandu has always been the popular destination for tourist, trekkers, and adventure seekers. The combination of Hinduism, Buddhism, and others religions along with the Western cultures and influences bejewels the city.

Here, there are even those valuable heritages that are listed in UNESCO world heritage sites. You will visit them. Each site has its own story, own significance and unique artifacts. Along with the humble and hospitable locals around you, it will be more helpful and enjoyable. This day is meant for your comfort towards coming trekking days.

Day 3
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara

After breakfast at your hotel, we leave early morning for a drive either in a personal jeep or a tourist bus. The scenic views along the roadway is thrillingly beautiful. The narrow highways of Nepal is a wonder in itself. We will ride to Pokhara via Prithvi highway. The drive takes roughly 7-8 hours.

There is also the option for direct flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara that takes about half an hour.

This day, we will first drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu. Then, we will visit some prime spots in the lake city after checking at our hotel. We will tour some beautiful places in Pokhara that include Davis Fall, Phewa lake, and many exciting places. You can even indulge yourself in kayaking, boating, cycling, clubbing, and so much more. The lovely ‘city of lakes’ has spot for your every plan.

Day 4
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Tikhedhunga

Travel duration: 2 hours

Trek duration: 2-3 hours

Max. Altitude: 1540m

Trek distance: 9.2km

After breakfast at the hotel, we will take a private vehicle (jeep or car) to Nayapul. It is about 2-3 hours to get there. We start our trekking from Nayapul from where we will walk to Tikhedhunga. This short hike takes you through many local villages, teahouses, gentle green hills, breezy rivers, and hospitable people.

On the way to Tikhedhunga is a special village called Birethanti. From Birethanti village, the trail proceeds to Tikhedhunga following the Bhurungdi Khola. After crossing the khola on the suspension bridge, the trail takes you to steep uphill climb on stone staircase.

Plus, the views the Modi Khola (river) is a treat to enjoy. There are well marked trails to hike around, breathtaking mountains to gaze at, fishes in the rivers to catch, lovely rare bird to spot. You are going to experience it all.

After the scenic and short trek, you will stop at Tikhedhunga for the overnight stay.

Day 5
Day 05: Trek to Upper Ghorepani

Trek duration: 5-6 hours

Max. Altitude: 2850m

Trek distance: 12.9 km

This day is the main day of the trek and the difficult one too. The trails continues to be uphill with steep stone staircase. There are more than 3200 steps to cross upon.

You can see Mt. Annapurna South and Hiuchuli (6441m) while passing through the staircase. We would probably lunch at a midpoint village- Banthati. You also pass through Nangethanti after that.

After the staircase, then comes the path of jungle with big trees, grasses, and multiple waterfalls. If you come in the spring, you will see the vibrant Rhododendron flowers all over.

You can even see the great view of many snow-capped mountains and feel the cold breeze right after you reach Ghorepani. We will reside at Upper Ghorepani as it will be easy for next day trek.

Day 6
Day 06: Hike to Poon Hill and Trek to Tadapani

Trek duration: 5-6 hours

Max. Altitude: 3210m (Poon Hill), 2630m (Tadapani)

Trek distance: 9.7 km

Day 6 is the main day of the trek. We will wake up at 4am in the morning and climb upto our ultimate vantage point i.e. Poon Hill (3210m). It might take about 2 hours to get there. From this point, you will have the best sunrise and gorgeous view of Himalayan massifs around you.

The magnificent 360- degree views of more than 10 snow capped mountains is breathtaking. The Himalayan range includes Annapurna South, Bahari Shikhar, Hiuchuli, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri ranges, Tukuche peak, Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, and other sister peaks. Additionally, the availability of hot coffee and tea will cherish your morning even more!

After this unforgettable enjoyment, we come back to Ghorepani, have lunch, and head for the next spot; Tadapani. On the way, you encounter a steep uphill section to Deurali pass, which has similar elevation to Poon Hill (3210m). We continue the path welcomed with many colorful faunas like rhododendrons, wild flowers.

Then, comes the downhill path which is full of steps again. You can encounter wild species of Langur and some birds there. Also, there are some water mills and small hydropowers on the way. Within 4-5 hours of walk, we will reach at a teahouse in Tadapani.

Day 7
Day 07: Trek to Ghandruk

Trek duration: 3-4 hours

Max. Altitude: 1940m, Ghandruk

Trek distance: 6.5 km

Good morning beautiful mountains!

Tadapani being at the altitude of 2630m, gives the best morning mountain views. Though you might not see large range but Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri will see a lot closer and more beautiful. Here, we will leave for Ghandruk after breakfast.

Ghandruk is a small yet alluring village inhabited by Gurungs. The village dominated by Gurung culture, tradition, and lifestyle you get to witness them more closely. Also, there is a Gurung Culture museum where you can get more informations. They have their unique language, dress, typical food, and houses.

From this village, along with the panoramic scene of green hill, you can still view snow peaks. The combination of tradition with nature is seriously authentic and mindblowing.

Overnight at a culture lodge where you can enjoy the tradition all by yourself.

Day 8
Day 08: Trek to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara

Travel duration: 1.5-2 hours

Trek duration: 1-2 hours

Max. Altitude: 910m, Pokhara

Trek distance: 18.8 km

You will sure have one another beautiful morning at Ghandruk. At the clear morning, you will view Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), and Annapurna III very close.

Today, we will cross the forest of blooming rhododendron and reach Birethanti. From there, we will take the downhill walk and follow Modi Khola till we reach Nayapul from where we will take vehicle. The cab/jeep will take us to Pokhara in 1.5 or 2 hours.

Here at Ghandruk, you have multiple options. You can even take direct private jeep to Pokhara or trek up to Nayapul and take vehicle.

Day 9
Day 09: Drive Back to Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner in the Evening

After breakfast in Pokhara, we will either take flight or drive back to Kathmandu. The drive can take upto 6 hours in average. You can also take a domestic flight that will take you to Kathmandu within half an hour.

Reaching Kathmandu if you wish, you can enjoy your leisure doing other stuff besides resting. You can do shop, go for rides, visit clubs, and enjoy the typical food culture. Probably, do all the things that you missed at the beginning of your trip.

In the evening, you will join the farewell dinner organized by our team. There, you get to share your trek memories and listen to the stories of your team.

Day 10
Day 10: Final Departure

The day is the time to bid farewell to Nepal. After finishing the whole activity, our representative will drop you to airport. We bid for your safe journey home and hope to see you again.

As the above itinerary is just an outline, this can be easily customized as per your comfort. If you have any query on this or any other trek, please free to contact us.

Cost Included

  • Airport pick up and drop off service by a private tourists vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in tea houses during the days in a trek
  • All Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu half day sightseeing
  • Tour-guides for sightseeing
  • Airfare from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permits and TIMS card fee
  • A professional English speaking guide
  • All government taxes, VAT, and service charges
  • First aid kit box

Cost Excluded

  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee
  • International Airfare
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal gear for trekking
  • Extra baggage charges
  • Personal Expenses (Soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks, laundry, telephone bills, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Gratitudes to the guide and porter

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Trip Facts

  • Annapurna Region
  • 3210m, Poon Hill
  • 10 Days
  • 4 Days
  • Min 2 to Max 14 persons
  • Easy/Moderate
  • 4-5 hours
  • Spring (March-May) and Autumn Season (September- November)
  • Kathmandu
  • Tikhedhunga/Ghandruk

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