Ghorepani Poonhill Trek 3 days

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3 Days short and relatively easy Ghorepani Poonhill trek is one of the most popular short hiking routes near Pokhara located in the Annapurna region. Poonhill is a hill station to access the panoramic Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. The trek is a perfect way to explore the beauty of nature and the diverse people and cultures within the Annapurna region.


The Ghorepani is a village located in central Nepal at a height of 3,210 meters/10,531 feet. The trek begins from Ulleri, a small village located nearly about 52 kilometers from the city of Pokhara. The trekkers then continue the journey through lush forests, beautiful settlements, and terraced farmland before reaching the hill station of Poonhill. From Poonhill, trekkers experience the breathtaking views of Mt. Annapurna (8,091m/26,545ft), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,795ft), Mt. Machhapuchchhre (6,993m/22,943ft), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441m/21,131ft), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061m/23,166ft) and many other neighboring peaks. 


The 3-day Ghorepani Poonhill trek is full of adventurous thrills and is ideal for beginner trekkers who love trekking in the Himalayas. It is a must-do short trek in Nepal to experience wonderful Gurung and Magar cultures. One of the main highlights of this trek is the magical sunrise and sunset view over the Himalayas such as Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchchhre, and Manaslu. Overall, the Ghorepani Poonhill trek provides you with unlimited views of wonderful scenaries and heart-pounding vistas of snow-capped mountains as well as embroil yourself in beautiful Gurung and Magar villages to explore the cultures and lifestyles. 


Highlights

Suitable and safe for both Beginners and experienced trekkers

A day excursion at the city of Pokhara which is a gateway to the Ghorepani Poonhill trek

Exploring the cultures and lifestyles of Gurungs and Magars people

Stunning views of the massif Himalayas range including Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Annapurna

Magical sunrise and sunset view over the Himalayan panorama

Walking through a great rhododendron forest and lush vegetation 

Trekking Routes of Poonhill Circuit Trek

The Ghorepani Poonhill trek begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara enjoying the beautiful views of villages, hills, rivers, and a glimpse of the lifestyles of locals. After reaching Pokhara, you drive to Ulleri from where the trek begins. Trekkers pass through scenic landscapes, small villages, and rhododendron forests as you ascend and descend on flagstone steps.  A small hike from Ghorepani to Poonhill which is famous for its stunning sunrise view. 


Poonhill is the highest point of this trek attracts the majority of trekkers with its astonishing sunrise view over the Himalayas. From Poonhill, trekkers experience the astounding views of snowcapped mountains like Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchchhre, Hiunchuli, and many others. You will then descend to Tadapani. The next day's trek passes through Shyaul Bazar and Ghandruk village, which is a picturesque and typical Gurung village with its own lifestyle, culture, and customs. Exploring the culture and lifestyle of Gurung villages, you drive for Pokhara where the trekking journey ends. Throughout this Ghorepani Poonhill trek, you can relax in the calm environment with the beautiful scenery and chirping of birds. 


Best 3 days Itinerary for Poon Hill Circuit Trek

Day 1: Drive to Ulleri and Trek to Ghorepani

Day 2: Trek to Tadapani 

Day 3: Trek to Syauli Bazar via Ghandruk and Drive to Pokhara 


Itinerary

After having breakfast early in the morning with around two hours of drive to Ulleri. From Ulleri, we start our trek walking straight up the face of the mountain for about 4 hours, eventually catching glimpses of the white snow-capped Annapurna Peak. We continue our trekking until we reach cold Ghorepani at an elevation of 2,874 meters. Overnight stay at the lodge of Ghorepani.

Early in the morning, you embark on your journey to Poonhill, located at an elevation of 3,210 meters. After walking for around 45 minutes, you reach Poonhill to witness breathtaking views of sunrise over the Himalayas and panoramic views of the Annapurna mountain ranges. 


Afterward, the trek descends toward Tadapani enjoying the mountain scenery and views of the snow-capped Himalayan Peaks along the way. Overnight stay at Tadapani. 

After having breakfast, the day hike down towards the Ghanndruk village, one of the major attractions of this trek. After walking for around 2 hours, you reach Ghandruk village for lunch. Explore the lifestyle and culture of the local people of the village. 


After a glance at Ghandruk village, you will drive back to Pokhara. It will take around two and half hours of drive covering a distance of 54.8 kilometers. At Pokhara, you can have an excursion around Phewa Lake and Pumdikot in the evening. Overnight at Pokhara.

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Best Time for Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

The Ghorepani Poonhill trek can be accessed in all seasons however when the views of the mountains are at their peak, the stable weather, pleasant temperature, and good visibility make the Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) perfect seasons.


During the Autumn season, the visibility is clear, good sunlight, and stable weather with warm days which makes it the perfect time for trekking. Also, while trekking in the autumn seasons, trekkers are delighted with the greatest festivals like Dashain, Tihar - a festival of light, and Chhat on the trekking trail. The Spring is a flower blooming season, so the trekkers are rewarded with the different species of blooming rhododendrons on the forest along the trail.


Trekking to Ghorepani can be done during the Summer (June to August) and Winter (December to February) seasons. The trekking trails are slippery due to the wet weather in the summer season and sometimes snowfall may occur during the winter season. Due to such circumstances, these seasons are avoided but if you are ready to face the challenges Ghorepani Poonhill trek can be accessed with great preparation (adding more days and packing heavy clothes or rainy and snowy seasons).


Difficulty

The Ghorepani Poonhill trek is considered an easy trekking trail especially customized for beginner trekkers. The total distance trekkers will cover is around 22 kilometers/13.67 miles depending on the route chosen. For this Ghorepani Poonhill trek, trekkers will walk around 5 to 6 hours per day on fairly relaxed terrain. The highest altitude you will encounter during this trek is 3,210 meters in Poonhill. 


Since the trek doesn't gain high altitude, the risk of altitude sickness is very low. Though the trek is not physically demanding, some preparations especially uphill climbs and adequate physical fitness of the trekkers are advantageous. 


Extension of Treks

After the completion of the short and easy Ghorepani Poonhill trek, the trek can be extended with another thrilling and adventurous trek in the Annapurna region. We Bold Himalaya offers the flexibility to customize your own itinerary according to your personal preferences. You can extend your trek with Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek. 


Facilities

Electricity and Internet

Access to electricity and Internet along the trekking trail is available at the teahouses and lodges. Charging the electronic devices and getting internet access at teahouses or lodges may come along with some additional charges. 


You can also get cellular connectivity if you use Nepali sims like NTC and Ncell. 


Drinking Water

Drinking Water during the Ghorepani Poonhill trek is available from different sources. Trekkers are advised to use water purification pills or carbon filters before drinking the water from taps or springs. Safe drinking water like mineral water and boiled water are available at teahouses and lodges after purchasing some extra fees.


It is recommended to drink at least 3 to 4 liters of water per day and carry 3 to 4 water bottles for refilling purposes. 


Transportation

For the Ghorepani Poonhill trek, two means of transportation, airplane, and tourist bust or private vehicle are included. To reach Pokhara, we can use either a tourist bus (drive for 6 hours) or an early morning flight (30 minutes). From Pokhara, we take a private vehicle to reach Ulleri from where the trek begins. 


When returning, we take a private jeep from Ghandruk to Pokhara and a tourist bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu.


Packing List

The items that must be included in the Packing List are:

Sunhat or scarf

Headlamp with extra batteries

Sunscreen and sunglasses

Hiking shirts or T-shirts

Fleece Jacket and down jacket

Windproof or waterproof jacket

Hiking shorts or trousers

Woolen socks and Hiking boots

Backpack or day pack

Water bottles and water purifiers

Trekking poles and sleeping bags

Toothbrush and toothpaste

First aid kits

Cameras, Phones, and binoculars

Power banks or portable chargers







Accommodation

During the Ghorepani Poonhill trekking trail, accommodation takes place at simple teahouses. There are nice rooms available in the majority of teahouses that contains double occupancy bed with comfortable and light pillows, mattresses, and bed sheets. Some teahouses may also have the facilities of attached bathrooms. 

About Meal

Along the trekking trail, Teahouses and lodges offer freshly cooked and hygienic foods to the trekkers. The food items include:


For Breakfast

Tibetan bread, French toast, plain chapati, eggs 9boiled, fried, or scrambled), pancakes, porridge, oatmeal, cornflakes with hot milk, and rice pudding.


For Lunch and Dinner

Dal, Bhat, vegetable curry, chicken curry, fried rice, Noodles, pasta, macaroni, Spaghetti, MoMos, and Pizza.

The Ghorepani Poonhill trek is considered easy hike that doesn't require any trekking or hiking experience. A hike to Poonhill is physically demanding trek because it leads higher than 3,000 meters but with slow walking by maintaining pace, Ghorepani Poonhill is the easiest trekking trail in the Annapurna region. 

The elevation of Poonhill is 3,210 meters/10,531 feet above sea level.

As per the planned itinerary, the Ghorepani Poonhill trekking is 3 days long covering total distance of 22 kilometers/13.67 miles. 

The permits required for Ghorepani Poonhill trek are TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card and ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) permit. 

No, there aren't any villages and teahouses in Poonhill however trekkers stay at the Ghorepani and hike about 45 minutes to reach the Poonhill. 

Trekkers observe the Mt. Annapurna (8,091m), Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Gurja Himal (7,193m), Nilgiri (7,061m), Annapurna South (7,219m), and Hiunchuli Himal (6,441m) from the top of Poonhill. 

Normally, the issues related to altitude occurs when the trekkers climb higher than 3,000 meters above sea level. There is very little chance of altitude sickness on this Ghorepani Poonhill trekking trail however, ascend slowly by maintaining pace during a hike day to Poonhill. 

For safety measures, it is recommended to get travel insurance which covers lost items, injury, accidents, medical expenses, and emergency rescue from helicopters. 

Since the trekking route is easy and short, beginners or first comers can also easily follow the path of Poonhill trek. Previous trekking experience is not necessary however physical and mental preparation is required for Ghorepani Poonhill trek.