The Short Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is the shortest trek in the Annapurnas. It is the best trek for those who have less time to experience the breathtaking mountain scenery and the beautiful village culture of the Annapurna Region.
The trek begins an hour’s drive from Pokhara, at Nayapul (New Bridge) where you cross a suspension bridge over the rushing Modi Khola. As we go up the winding stone path through villages and terraced farmland we get spectacular glimpses of the beautiful Machhapuchare Mountain (Fishtail).
Sunrise from Poon Hill, 3210m, a one hour climb from Ghodepani, 2855m is the major highlight of the trek. The suns first rays touching the peaks of the Dhaulagiri, Annapurna , Nilgiri and other famous mountains of the Annapurna range, reflect in shades of red, orange and pink; a truly magnificent view.
From Ghorepani we go down to the beautiful hillside village of Ghandruk, 2012m. It is a typical village of the Gurung ethnic group, popular for its traditional houses, rich culture and the great landscape.
From Ghandruk we go down by way of Birethanti to reach Nayapul, where our vehicle will be waiting to take us to Pokhara.
The Short Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek can be done any time of year except during the monsoon. The entire Ghorepani area is densely covered with rhododendron, the national flower of Nepal. In spring these forests turn into a magnificent blanket of red blossoms, and the Annapurna range provides a backdrop of white snow. The most popular seasons are spring (February to late April) and autumn (late September to late November), however some people prefer winter, when they can enjoy the beauty of the snow, and the environment of the remote areas without the influx of foreigners.
For anyone with two more days to spare, check the Annapurna Panorama View Trek.
|1||Arrival in Kathmandu|
|2||Drive to Pokhara, 900m|
|3||Drive to Nayapul, 1010m, and trek 3 hrs to Hile, 1400m|
|4||Trek 7 hrs to Ghorepani, 2855m|
|5||Trek 5hrs to Tadapani, 2610m|
|6||Trek 4hrs to Ghandruk, 2012m|
|7||Trek 3hrs to Nayapul, 1010m, and drive to Pokhara|
|8||Pokhara to Kathmandu 6hrs by Road|
Difficulty Rating of Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
Any avid walker who is able to hike approximately 5-6 hours a day carrying a lightweight backpack will be fit enough to do this trek. We recommend you bring walking poles, as you will find them helpful especially in the long descents when your legs may feel shaky, and the stone steps are uneven. The altitude is only 3200m, so there is no altitude related risk.
Safe Drinking Water on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Several guesthouses have Euro-guard filters. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.
Re-charging Batteries of Electronic Items on the Trek
You can recharge your digital camera, iPod, batteries etc. with electricity or solar power sources. You may need to buy an adaptor in Kathmandu before the trip since the plugs in Nepal might be different. The lodges charge a small fee per hour for recharging facilities.
Nepal uses 220-240 volts to power your appliances. The sockets fit both round and flat plugs.
Extra Advice for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
You will see many sweet village children, and you may want to give them something. Remember, many trekkers have felt the same. It is better not to distribute balloons, candy, money or even pens to village children as it encourages them to beg. Many children now ask for Mithai (candy) Paisa (Money) and Boom boom (balloon).
During the trekking, keep your valuable goods safe. Lock your door when you leave your guesthouse room. You are also advised not to leave your laundry hanging outside at night.
Don’t throw anything into the fire in any house, Buddhist or Hindu. In most cultures the household gods live in Kitchen.
Spending Money per Day
Although it depends on your spending habits, you should allocate US$ 7 – 10 per meal in Kathamndu. On the trek, US$9 – 12 a day should be enough to buy chocolates, Coca Cola and a beer.
Travel Insurance for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Go Himalayan Adventures Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.
Washing and Toilet facilities for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek:
Most lodges offer hot showers, though sometimes a hot shower means a bucket of hot water. You can ask your trekking guide about the availability. For ecological reasons please try and limit your use of hot water unless the water is solar-heated. Please note that at higher altitude and in colder seasons there is very little chance to have enough hot water for all the trekkers. If the water is frozen then ask your guide to get warm bowl of water. Every lodge will have some kind of hand washing facility but it is good idea to carry a bar of soap with you.
Toilets are usually Asian squat style and vary in how clean they are. Normally toilets are outside the lodge but now some lodges have attached or indoor toilets. The rubbish bin in the toilet is kept for your used toilet paper.
On the popular trekking routes villagers have built tea house lodges with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. When you stay in the tea houses you will have close contact with the Nepalese people and are directly contributing to the local economy.
How Can I Plan and Confirm My Trip?
Go Himalayan Adventures is a government licensed trekking and touring company in Nepal. On the following terms and conditions, we accept your bookings.
In order to confirm your bookings we require a non-refundable deposit US$ of 15% down payment in advance is mandatory to book the flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process too. Bookings must be done 60 days prior to your planned trekking date, to reserve a place. This amount can be sent by bank-to-bank transfer, Western Union, money grams, or credit card (telex transfer or wire transfer). And the rest of the money must be paid to us upon arrival.