Ghorepani Poonhill is a short and easy trek in the Annapurna Region. Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is the beginner trek for those who are planning a trek for the first time. This trek is suitable for those who have limited time because most of the trekking takes more than a week. This can be completed within 5-6 days. You will get glimpses of Mt Macchapuchre, Mt Annapurna south I, II, III, IV, Gangapurna Mt Dhaulagiri, Mt Tukuche, Mt Nilgiri, and spectacular villages of Gurung and Magar. Ghorepani Poonhill in the Annapurna region is famous for its viewpoint and famous for its cultural heritage. The village is within the boundary of the Myagdi District of the Dhaulagiri Zone of central Nepal.
- Ghandruk Gurung village and Ulleri Magar village.
- Small villages Tikhedhunga, Birethati, Tadapani, and Ghorepani
- Easy and short trek in Annapurna region
- Best sunrise from Poonhill, 3210m
- You will ascend/descend of stone stairs of Ulleri
Starting and ending point of Ghorepani Poonhill Trek.
Like other trekking in the Annapurna region, there are many starting and ending points of the trek. The most popular way is to start from Nayapul and to finish in Ghandruk. You can also start the trek from another way from Ghandruk and finish in Nayapul.
Best time to trek Ghorepani Poonhill
In Nepal spring falls in mid-March to May. In spring season the forest also starts getting greenery and one of the second-best seasons in Nepal. You will get colourful experience in spring season where you find rhododendron and other flowers. You can get the best view of a snow-capped mountain in this season.
In these seasons you will get a spectacular view of the mountains and sky. October is the month where Nepal receives high numbers of tourist. In the season of September, you will get an opportunity to see a festival like Dashain and Tihar. It is one the biggest festival of Nepalese people.
Along the trail, there is a number of a guest house that provides food and services according to your need. You will see beautiful homestay during Ghorepani Poonhill Trek. It offers better services and facilities. If you want a natural trip, camping is also possible.
Permit required for this trek.
Before you leave for the trek to Poonhill. It cost 30$ excluding 13% VAT. For the citizen of SAARC countries, you can get a permit for $15 excluding VAT. If the children under the age of 10, children do not need to pay charges for a permit. The Annapurna trekking permit is available at Nepal Tourism Board, Kathmandu.
The difficulty of Ghorepani Poonhill Trek
Tea houses and their facilities are basic in Poonhill. You will walk 7 hours in very steep terrain. The Poonhill weather is unpredicted so you must be prepared and ATMs are not available except in cities areas. The high altitudes tea house remains close in winter because heavy snowfall might trouble in high altitudes. In October there are many trekkers and creates traffic jams. The common problem trekkers face is altitude sickness, you must get proper rest and acclimatization.
Ghorepani Poonhill Trek itinerary
Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara
Early in the morning take a bus to Kalanki and from Kalanki you can take a micro-bus from Kalanki. The distance needed to cover to reach Pokhara is 206 km and it takes about 6-7 hrs to reach Pokhara.
Day 2: Pokhara to Hile
After breakfast take a jeep or bus from Pokhara to Nayapul if you are lone traveller it will a cost-effective taking local bus or getting jeep is will be best if you are a group. From Nayapul the hike starts and it will take 3 hours to reach Hile.
Day 3: Hile to Ghorepani
On the way to Ghorepani, you will pass through many villages like Tikhedhunga, Ulleri and Banthanti through oak and rhododendron forest. It takes around 6-7 hours to reach Ghorepani and there are many stone steps on the way.
Day 4: Ghorepani to Poonhill and trek back to Ghandruk
It takes around 45 minutes to one hour to reach Poonhill and you can see a spectacular view of sunrise around 5:15 am to 6 am. Tea and coffee are available at Poonhill.
You will see a spectacular view of Mt Annapurna South, Macchapurchre, Tuckuche and Dhaulagiri.
After coming from Poonhill you can have breakfast and head toward Ghandruk. It takes 7-8 hours downhill through forest to reach Ghandruk. It is worth spending time at Ghandruk, the Gurung village houses a museum dedicated to Gurung culture.
Day 5: Trek back to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara
Trek back to Nayapul it takes around 4-5 hours and drives back to Pokhara take 1.5 hours. Form Nayapul takes a local bus or jeep back to Pokhara.