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Ghorepani Poonhill Trek - 4 Days

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Trip Facts
  • Duration 4 Days
  • Trip Grade Easy
  • Group Size 2 to 30 pax
  • Max. Elevation 3210m
  • Start/End Nayapul - Ghandruk
  • Best Time Sep to Dec and Mar to May


  • A short, sweet, easy, and most popular trek
  • Exploring the typical Gurung village of Ghandruk
  • Anyone of any age can participate in the trek.
  • 3 nights, 4 days of perfect trekking
  • 360-degree panorama view from Poon Hill (3210 m)
  • Outstanding views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Manaslu (8166 m), and Annapurna (809 m).
  • Glorious view of Annapurna south at 7219m and Fishtail at 6993m
  • Scenic beauties and thrilling views.
  • Lush forestry, rhododendron, and colourful flowers
  • Wildlife, flora, and fauna

Overview of Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, a short and sweet trip spanning just four days yet overflowing with unforgettable experiences. This perfect itinerary beckons travelers of all ages, casting its spell, especially for families seeking natural beauty and cultural immersion.

Embark on a captivating 4-day Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek: Witness the mesmerizing sunrise from Poonhill's peak (3210m), offering unparalleled 360-degree mountain panoramas. Ideal for families and adventurers of all ages. Traverse through enchanting forests, adorned with blooming rhododendrons in spring, and delve into the rich Gurung culture at Ghandruk village.

Wander through the quaint villages of Gurung and Magar communities, where time seems to stand still amidst their rich tapestry of tradition and heritage. From Hile to Tikhedunga, Ulleri to Ghorepani, and finally to Ghandruk, each step unveils a new chapter of Nepalese life, painted with the hues of authenticity.

Nature herself takes center stage, adorning the path with lush forests where rhododendron flowers bloom in a vibrant display of colors during the spring months of March and April. Behold the spectacle of nature's palette, with hues ranging from fiery reds to delicate pinks and pristine whites, each petal a testament to the beauty of the Himalayan landscape.

Yet, the true crescendo of this journey lies in the majestic vistas that await atop Poonhill. With awe-inspiring views of the snow-capped giants of the Annapurna range, including the towering Dhaulagiri, the majestic Manaslu, and the legendary Annapurna-I, every glance is a testament to the grandeur of Mother Nature. Among them, the peaks of Annapurna South and the iconic Fishtail stand as guardians of the horizon, while Annapurna II and Hiuchuli add their majestic presence to the panorama.

In every moment of this trek, from the cultural encounters to the breathtaking landscapes, the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek weaves a tale of wonder and discovery, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of all who tread its path.

How Did They Give Poonhill Name? 

The name "Poonhill" originates from the local Poon Magar ethnic group residing in the area. Combining "Poon" from their ethnicity and "Hill," the viewpoint became branded as Poonhill. Over the years, it has gained popularity among both internal and external tourists due to its breathtaking panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains, including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Annapurna. Previously used as a route by locals and travellers, it evolved into a must-visit destination, offering trekking experiences, insights into Gurung and Magar cultures, and access to iconic trekking routes like the Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Base Camp via Ghorepani.

Which mountains are you seeing from Poon Hill?

Poonhill is standing itself at (3210 m) and you will see the awe-inspiring beauty of the 7th, 8th, and 10th highest peaks as Mt. Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Annapurna, alongside captivating vistas of Annapurna South and the majestic Fishtail. Enjoy the scenic wonders!

  • Mt. Dhaulagiri - (8167m / 26795ft)
  • Mt. Manaslu - (8163m / 26782ft)
  • Annapurna-I - (8091m / 26546ft)
  • Annapurna-II (7937m / 26065ft)
  • Annapurna South - (7219m / 23685ft)
  • Fishtail (Machhapuchhre) - (6993m / 22943 ft)
  • Hiuchuli - (6441m / 21132ft)
  • Mt Tukuche - (6920m / 22704ft))
  • Mt. Nilgiri - ( 6860m / 22507ft)

Route of Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking

Before embarking on the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, you will initially arrive at Kathmandu Airport, enter through any border and stay at a hotel in Kathmandu. Kathmandu to Pokhara is 210 km, which is 7-8 hours by bus or 30 minutes by flight. The city of Pokhara, well known for its picturesque lake, offers a delightful opportunity for exploration and an overnight stay.

Following this, your 3-night, 4-days trek begins. You will traverse through numerous charming villages such as Birethanti, Hile Tikhedunga, Ulleri, Ghorepani, Tadapani, and Ghandruk, culminating either at Birethanti or diverging towards Landruk or Dhampus village. These villages, predominantly inhabited by Gurung and Magar people, offer an insight into their distinctive cultures. En route, you will cross several suspension bridges, follow trails along river banks, pass through lush forests, and witness terraced landscapes.

To ensure a smooth trip, we recommend planning for around a week, as your arrival and departure will be from Kathmandu. You'll need transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back, which will take approximately four days. The trek itself will span another four days. Therefore, allocating 7 to 8 days for your visit to Nepal would be ideal.The trip promises to be a profoundly memorable and enriching experience, leaving an indelible mark on your lifetime adventures.

When is the rhododendron blooming season on the Ghorepani Trek?

Rhododendron flowers are the national flower of Nepal. It blooms in the spring in March and April in the hilly region. It makes so many colours, such as red, pink, and white. The Ghorepani Poonhill routes have so much rhododendron-lush forestry, and you should walk along them. It gives such a charming, colourful look in the spring of March and April. It is called "a piece of paradise."

People and their Culture in Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

In Ghorepani Poon Hill, Gurung and Magar communities showcase unique cultures. Ghandruk village features a Gurung community museum. On terraces, raising cows, buffaloes, goats, sheep, and yaks, and warmly welcoming them with warm hospitality.

Lodging and Fooding in the Ghorepani Trek

Yes, there are well-managed lodges that provide neat, clean, hygienic meals and comfortable rooms with beds. They are very friendly and warm, with kind hospitality.

Transportation for Ghorepani Trekking

  • We provide the below-mentioned transportation services; choose yourself.
  • Kathmandu airport picks up and drops off private vehicles.
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara and returning by comfortable Tourist bus, private vehicle, or flight
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara tourist bus: 210 km; drive: 7–8 hours; return: same
  • By private vehicle, such as a car, Jeep, or Toyota Hiace, 5–7 hours to return the same
  • By flight, only 30 minutes, but cost
  • Pokhara to Nayapul by private vehicle
  • Ghandruk to Pokhara, returning by local jeep

Do We Need Any Entry Permits for the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek?

Entry permits are necessary for the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek within the Annapurna Conservation Area. We can easily arrange them, but we require your passport-size photo and a copy of your passport before your arrival. Our guide will handle checkpoints throughout the trek and provide the permit to you as a souvenir at the end.

  • ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Areas Project) - Nrs. 3000/-
  • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) - Nrs. 2000/-
  • Poon Hill Entrance Permit, - Nrs. 250/- 

When is the best time to visit Ghorepani Trek?

The best time to visit the Ghorepani Trek is in the autumn (September, October, November, and December) and in the spring (March, April, and May). During those months, the weather is always clear, with a good temperature, good visibility, and crystal-clear mountain views. The winter and monsoon seasons are also not bad. In winter, it is snowing and very freezing cold, and in monsoon, it is most of the time raining, cloudy, and not clear visibly. If you like to trek during the monsoon or winter, it is possible. We arrange it safely and successfully.

  • Autumn Season: September, October, November, and December
  • Winter Season: late December, January, and February
  • Spring Season: March, April, and May
  • Monsoon Season: June, July, and August.

Cost of Ghorepani Trek

Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking costs $299 per person. It is a Pokhara-to-Pokhara package service. If you need Kathmandu Pokhara hotels, transportation costs will be $390 per person. Please find out our best service cost details. If you are in a large group, the price will reduce a little bit. But if you are a single visitor, the cost will be a bit more. Feel free.

  • If you need only a 3-night, 4-day trekking package, the cost is US$ 299 per person. There will be lodging, food, transportation, permits, and one guide. You need to pay for the Kathmandu Pokhara Hotel, food, and transportation yourself. It is only a Pokhara-to-Pokhara service.
  • If you need a full board package for your arrival to departure, Kathmandu, Pokhara, and trekking at Kathmandu Pokhara Hotels, transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara, and return from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you will need permits, lodging, food, and one professional trekking guide. The cost is US$395 per person. It is a Kathmandu-to-Kathmandu arrival-departure service package.

Ghorepani Trek 4-Day Itinerary

It takes only 4 days to walk from Pokhara to Pokhara. If you need a full-board package for your arrival and departure from Kathmandu, we can customize your trip accordingly.

Day 01: Pokhara to Nayapul by Taxi or Jeep It takes an hour and 20 minutes to drive, then start your trekking from Nayapul. It is about 5–6 hours walking to Ulleri 1950m. You will cross many villages, traces, and suspension bridges while walking along beautiful, lush forestry and river banks.

Day 02: Trekking to Ghorepani (2847m) Walking almost (6/7 hrs.), it is wonderful walking almost a full day of lush Rhododendron forestry. You are crossing Banthanti village and taking lunch in Nange Thanti, then arriving at the beautiful camp of Ghorepani Hill. Stay at a nice lodge.

Day 03: Early in the morning, ascend to Poonhill (3210 m). It is an open hill with a 360-degree viewpoint. Watch many white snows as crystal-clear mountain views of Mt. Dhaulagir (8167 m), Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), Fishtail (6993 m), and many more It is absolutely thrilling to see the white-snow mountains as well as the green scenery. Then, go back to the lodge, take your breakfast, pack your luggage, and then move on to another beautiful camp, Tadapani (2630 m). It is an adventurous journey, ascending and descending. It is wonderful to walk.

Day 4: Returning to Pokhara along with the popular Gurung community village of Ghandruk You will have a nice lunch in Gurung village at Ghandruk, then catch a local jeep to Pokhara. It is 3/4 hours walking, then 2 and a half hours driving. You will arrive late in the afternoon at Pokhara. Stay at the NCI Hotel in your selected hotel in Pokhara.

You can share your happiness with your guide and porters. You can have dinner together and give good tips to your guide porters. Share your happiness. Trekking ends in the beautiful city of Pokhara.


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    3 nights, and 4 days is a perfect trekking itinerary, but from arrival to departure in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and returning from Pokhara to Kathmandu and International Airport arrival and departure, you must plan a week. 

    Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, and a representative of Unique Nepal Adventure Treks will welcome you and transfer you to the Kathmandu Hotel by private vehicle. You will be refreshed, briefed about the trip, and stay at a nice Hotel.

    • 2** Hotel
    • 25 Minutes Drive
    • 1300m

    Kathmandu to Pokhara by comfortable tourist bus (7-8 hrs.) or by flight (30 mins.) or by comfortable private car, jeep, or Toyota Hiace You can choose by flight or by car; we arrange accordingly. You will arrive on time at Pokhara and explore a little bit around the lakeside. Stay at a nice Hotel in Pokhara.

    • Excellent Hotel
    • 30m to 7/8hrs
    • 820m

    Pokhara to Nayapul by private vehicle is an hour and 20 minutes drive. It is (45 km). Then Trek to Tikhedhunga (1510 m) and Ulleri (1950 m) by walking (6–7 hrs). It’s beautiful walking along many villages, such as Birethanti and Hile Tikhedunga, and arriving in Ulleri. We must cross many suspension bridges. It is a great experience in the morning, and at the end of a couple of hours ascending uphill, There are many restaurants on the trail, and anywhere you can have lunch, Your guide will manage it. Stay overnight at the nice Lodge.

    • Comfort Lodge
    • 6/7 hrs. Walking
    • 1950m

    It is nice walking along beautiful, lush forests and crossing rare villages. Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal, and it blooms in March and April. It is ascending but not worse; you can easily arrive at beautiful Ghorepani. There is Nangethanti village, which is a nice place to have lunch. You will stay at the mountain viewing side in Ghorepani, and if the weather is clear, you will see a crystal-clear Mountain View.

    • Comfort Lodge
    • 5/6 hrs. Walking
    • 2874m

    Early in the morning, start to ascend Poon Hill (3210 m), and it will take an hour to ascend, and you will see magnificent sunrise views of Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Manaslu (8163m), Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), Machhapuchhre (fishtail) (6993m), Hiunchuli (6441 m), and Nilgiri (6670 m), along with many more mountains and green dense forests. Then, back to the lodge to take breakfast and prepare rucksacks, then trek to Tadapani (2610m) by foot (6–7 hrs). It is mostly ascending and descending. Stay overnight at the nice lodge.

    • Lodge
    • 6/7 hrs. Walking
    • 3210m

    Trek to Ghandruk village, a beautiful Gurung community village, take lunch and explore the village, then catch a vehicle to return to Pokhara. It is 3 hours. Walking to Ghandruk village, then the next 3 hours drive to Pokhara. You can celebrate the end of happy trekking with your guide and porters. Stay at a nice Hotel in Pokhara.

    • Excellent Hotel
    • 3 hrs walk - 3 hrs drive
    • 1950m

    Pokhara to Kathmandu by bus (7/8 hrs.) (210 km) or flight (30 minutes) If you take a comfortable tourist bus, you need to catch it early in the morning, at 7:00 a.m. The flight runs early in the morning (7:00 a.m.) until late in the afternoon (3:00 p.m.). You can catch it any time, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Let us know, and we'll manage it. You will stay at a nice Hotel in Kathmandu.

    • 2** Hotel
    • 30 minute to 7/8 hrs
    • 1300m

    A representative of Unique Nepal Adventure Trek will drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport by private vehicle. You should leave your Hotel 3 hours before We arrange vehicles accordingly. We will not say goodbye. See you again.

    • 25 Minutes Drive
    • 1300m

    Cost Details

    What's Included

    • Airport pickup and drop-off by private vehicle
    • Two nights in a Kathmandu Hotel with continental breakfast
    • Two nights in the Pokhara Hotel with continental breakfast
    • All meals during the trek (lunch, dinner, breakfast)
    • Accommodation in the comfortable lodge in Trek
    • One English-speaking government-trained license holder and a well-informed trekking guide
    • Needed a porter to carry luggage.
    • All expenses for guides and porters: meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation (buses or flights), etc.
    • Transportation as below-mentioned.
    • Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus, by flight, or by private vehicle
    • Pokhara to Kathmandu, returning on the same tourist bus or by flight.
    • Pokhara to Nayapul by private vehicle
    • Returning Ghandruk to Pokhara by local jeep
    • Needed Permits as below-mentioned
    • ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project)
    • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System)
    • Poon Hill entrance fees
    • Government and local area taxes, where applicable.
    • Seasonal fruits such as Apples, bananas, oranges, etc.
    • Some Cookies.
    • First-aid kit bag

    What's Excluded

    • Nepalese entry visa fees
    • Travel insurance and medical evacuation
    • Hot, Cold, soft, and alcoholic Drinks such as tea, coffee, mineral water, Coke, Fanta, beer, rum, whiskey, etc.
    • Snacks (Chocolate, biscuits, deserts, etc.)
    • Hot water, a hot shower, a heater charge, a battery charge, phone calls, and laundry service
    • Emergency evacuation and medical equipment.
    • Hire equipment and other personal items, such as a sleeping bag, down jacket, hiking boots, camera, toilet rolls, etc.
    • In the case of natural calamities, i.e., political unrest, cancellation of flights due to weather, landslides, etc., the extra charge will be borne by the travelers themselves.
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
    • Tips for guides and porters and personal expenses

    Good to Know

    Packing List of Ghorepani Trek

    It is recommended packing list or trekking gear for Ghorepani trek. You should pack according to mention the list. If you don’t have something, you can buy or rent in Kathmandu.


    • Headlight with extra batteries
    • Sun hat, insulating hat
    • Warm hat, Scarf-Beany


    • Sunscreen and lip balm
    • Sunglass with UV protection
    • Face/body wipes


    • Hands sanitizer
    • Light gloves
    • Warm gloves
    • Windproof gloves

    Clothing for Trekking

    • Warm enough Down Jacket
    • Fleece Jacket
    • Trekking T-shirts Few pairs
    • A couple of Trekking paints
    • Long-sleeved shirt
    • Polypropylene underwear’s
    • Under long fleece
    • Breathable underwear
    • Thermal layer
    • Gore Text Windproof Jacket
    • Waterproof jacket and trousers

    Clothing for City

    • You can pack any clothes that you prefer to wear in the city.


    • Trekking Boots
    • Sports shoes/Sandals
    • Thin & Thick Woolen socks
    • Trekking socks
    • Gaiter and crampons


    • Duffel bag
    • Day pack
    • Rucksack
    • Rain cover

    Essential Gear

    • 2-liter water bottle
    • Water purification as tables or drops or stereo pen
    • Trekking pole
    • Swiss knife
    • Warm enough Sleeping bag around -15
    • Watch or Alarm clock
    • Cellphone and charging cables


    • Quick dry towel
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Biodegradable Shampoo and soap
    • Deodorants
    • Female hygiene products
    • Moisturizer
    • Dental floss
    • Nail clippers
    • Small mirror
    • Toilet paper

    Personal Accessories

    • Money
    • Camera
    • Passport, photocopy
    • PP size Photos

    Extra items

    • Notebook and pen
    • Ear plugs
    • Energy/Protein bar
    • First aid kit

    Client Reviews

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    • Nicola & Roberta
      Nicola & RobertaItaly,August 20, 2023

      Wonderful Experience with Jay

      Aug 2023 We Couples, my wife and I spent an amazing week with Jay. First, we did a 3 days trek from Nayapul to Poon Hill, in the Annapurna Chain. Then, we headed to Chitwan for a wonderful jungle safari.

      Jay is an experienced guide who knows literally everything about the Nepali mountains, We appreciated a lot his guidance and support, and his problem-solving skills are unmatched. Special mention for the time-shared chatting about Nepali people, culture, food, and politics: such an enriching experience. I recommend Jay all the way!

    • J
      JavierPuerto Rico,April 26, 2023

      Trekking in Nepal

      Jay was an amazing tour guide he treat us so gently and kindly I will definitely come back next year



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