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A Comprehensive Guide to the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek-8 Days Tours

Quite a popular trek,Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekis relatively easy for full-time trekkers and a moderate experience for not-so-experienced trekkers. This trek helps you view the local Nepalese culture upfront. 

Here is a comprehensive guide of the Hill Trek also commonly called the Annapurna Panorama Circuit. 

Duration of the Trek: 3 days

What to expect: traversing through mountainous terrain in the backdrop of the famous Himalayan Mountains – Annapurna South, Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Hiuchuli. You get to move through the thick green forests and enjoy the sight of the red rhododendrons, cross winding rivers, quaint hamlets, and the thrill of reaching 3,200m height. 

Starting point: Nayapul at 1050m 

When to travel?

The best time for the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is between September to November or March to May. 

Itinerary:  

  • The trek starts from Nayapul to Birethanti, and then to Tikedhunga at 1577m. Overnight rest.
  • Trek to Ghorepani at 2675m which takes about 6 hours. You will catch some breathtaking views of mountain peaks during the day and then pass through thick jungles. Overnight stay.
  • Trek to Poon Hill at 3180m. You get to enjoy the sight of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna, and other gorgeous mountain peaks. Return to Pokhara. 

Documents to carry with you: ID proofs and passport-size photos. Also, keep a water bottle handy; wear your trekking shoes, and be dressed in comfortable clothes. Do not forget your sunscreen lotion and sunglasses.

Passes and permits: You need to get the Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card as well as the Annapurna National Park Permit (ACAP). 

Fitness: since the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is an easy to moderate trail, you do not have to be super fit but yes, your endurance levels should be high because you are required to walk for at least 6 hours a day. You should also be comfortable climbing steep rock-cut stairs and hills. There are about 3,500 steps from Tikhedunga to Ghorepani.

Lodging on the way: there are decent teahouses with twin-sharing rooms on the way for night stay. If you are lucky you might also get hot water, separate shower, and toilet facilities.

Food: on the way, you get to taste native food from Nepal and Tibet, which is essentially Thupka or noodle soup. The food comes from local sources that make it fresh and healthy.

The not-to-miss moment at the Poon Hills: the early morning sunrise. You can catch the mountains peaks glazing red at pre-dawn.

Looking for more adventure in the high-altitude Mountains? Try the Manaslu circuit Trek!

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