Easier
Level of difficulty
3,210m/10,532ft
Highest altitude
4-5 days walking
Duration

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Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Overview

If you’re short of time or concerned about the physical demands of trekking in Nepal, the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is a great option. It’s a short, low altitude trek that can be completed in as little as four days. It’s accessible to anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. Poon Hill is one of the most popular vantage points in the Himalaya. You’ll enjoy spectacular views of the seventh highest mountain Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,795ft) and the Annapurna mountains. It will take your breath away!

Travelling to Pokhara

We’ll be waiting to pick you up when you arrive at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport. You can choose to travel straight to Pokhara or spend some time relaxing and exploring Kathmandu first.

Pokhara, the gateway to the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek and the second largest city in Nepal, is often known as the adventure capital. Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake) is the city’s key feature. On a still day, you can gaze at the beautiful mirror images of the Annapurna’s reflected in the water. Pokhara is the perfect place to relax and have fun! Ask us about including one of the many adventure activities including paragliding and white water rafting in your itinerary!

Trekking to Ghorepani Poon Hill (and Back)

The incredible mountain views are just one of the rewards on offer when you trek to Ghorepani Poon Hill. On the trek you’ll get a taste of the ‘real’ Nepal as we slowly ascend through rural countryside. We’ll see emerald green rice fields, lush forests rich with flora and fauna, and villages where the smiles of the Nepali people are infectious! If you’re trekking in March or early April, you’ll see bright, colourful forests of Rhododendrons native to Nepal. On our return from Poon Hill we’ll rest our weary legs in the natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda situated on the river bank and surrounded by lush forest.

Soak up the View

We hike up to Poon Hill from Ghorepani just in time to see the sunrise. Our spectacular view boasts some of the highest mountains in the world! Including the seventh highest mountain Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,795ft) and the tenth highest mountain Annapurna I (8,091m/26,545ft).

Back to Kathmandu

You can choose to fly or return to Kathmandu by bus. Kathmandu is home to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, so you’ll be sure to want to see some! Get more ideas about what to do in this Kathmandu Travel Guide.

Ask us about including a sightseeing tour in your itinerary and make sure you allow time to pick up souvenirs and gifts in the quirky maze of streets in Thamel!

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All our itineraries are examples only. Of course you can follow the exact itinerary detailed here if it works for you. But normally we customise every itinerary based on your travel plans and preferences. Then we work with you until you’re completely satisfied that you’ve got an amazing trip planned!

Day 1

Arrive in Kathmandu

We’ll be waiting to pick you up when you arrive at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport. You can either fly straight to Pokhara (if you arrive before 12:00) or check into your hotel in Thamel and spend some time in Kathmandu before your trek. If you need to pick up some equipment, you’ll find everything you need close to your hotel in Thamel or Pokhara. If you decide to spend some time in Kathmandu (or you arrive after 12:00), choose between taking an early flight (~25 minutes) to Pokhara the next morning, or the tourist bus (~7-8 hours), which will either add a day to your itinerary, or reduce your trek by one day.
Day 2

Time to trek! Nayapul (1,070m/3,510ft) to Tikhedhunga (1,480m/4,856ft) ~3 hours walking

We’ll take private transport to Nayapul and begin our trek. A short one hour leg stretch and we reach one of our favourite lunch stops in Birethanti. If you haven’t tried it yet, dal bhat is a must. Often vegetables here are freshly picked when you order! After lunch we trek for another two hours up to Tikhedhunga. Passing terraced farmlands, a stunning waterfall and of course you’ll see rural Nepali people going about their business. We stay overnight in Tikhedhunga.
Day 3

Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft) ~6 hours walking

We start our day with a steep 90 minute climb up more than 3,000 steps to Ulleri. From here, take the focus off your legs for a while and enjoy the amazing view of Annapurna South (7,219m/23,684ft) and Himchuli (6,441m/21,132ft). After another 90 minutes we reach our lunch stop in Banthati. Then we push on for about three hours to Ghorepani, taking a break half way at Nagathati. During the afternoon, we ascend through lush forests of rhododendrons. Trek in March and early April to see them in full bloom – an incredible sight! We stay overnight in Ghorepani. From here, enjoy incredible views of many high mountains including Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,795ft) and Annapurna I (8,091m/26,545ft).
Day 4

Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3,210m/10,532ft) for sunrise, then Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m/8,858ft) ~6 hours walking

The moment you’ve been waiting for! We have an early start to climb about 45 minutes to Poon Hill before sunrise. Then pick your spot, get your camera ready and watch possibly the most impressive sunrise you’ve ever seen! Tick off ten mountains over 7,000m/23,000ft – Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV and V, Gurja Peak, Nilgiri, Annapurna South and Gangapurna. In awe, we return to Ghorepani for breakfast before continuing our trek. After an hour’s climb, we have a great vantage point on the other side. We then slowly descend to the far side of Banthati for lunch. Tadapani is our overnight stay and we arrive there after a steep descent, followed by a good climb through the forest.
Day 5

Tadapani to Jhinu Danda (1,760m/5,774ft) and a dip in the hot springs! ~7 hours walking

Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s all downhill from here! Ask any Nepali and they’ll tell you – what goes down in the Himalaya must go up! On day five we hike down to Chule and Kimrong Khola and then back up to Gurjung for lunch. We continue climbing for an hour and then descend once again to Chomrong, and finally reach Jhinu Danda where we spend the night. After a huge day you’ll be glad to soak in the relaxing hot springs before dinner!
Day 6

Jhinu Danda to jeep pick-up point (1,395m/4,577ft) ~0.5 hours walking, then drive to Pokhara

We finish with an easy hike and meet a jeep to take us back to Pokhara in time for lunch. The rest of the day is yours to explore Pokhara or just relax with a drink and stunning mountain view. Boating on Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake) is a must and we think there’s no better time than at sunset. There are lots of other things to see and do in the adventure capital of Nepal, so consider staying a few extra days to soak up the vibe!
Day 7

Drive or fly to Kathmandu and celebrate!

We travel back to Kathmandu and meet one last time for an end of trek celebration meal at a great local restaurant. Be sure to make some time for souvenir and gift shopping! In Thamel you’ll find amazing and beautiful things for an exceptional price.
Day 8

Goodbye Nepal

We’ll organise your transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight home. However you may wish to stay a little longer in Kathmandu and explore some UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the stunning ancient city of Bhaktapur. Ask us about including a sightseeing tour in your itinerary!

Book this 8-day private trip for 2 people from just USD $895 per person (including tourist bus transfers to and from Pokhara, and from $1,055 including return domestic flights). Ask us for a quote for larger groups.

We calculate the exact cost of your trip package based on your customised travel plan and the number of people trekking. This way, you only pay for what you want and if you prefer, you can choose to make some of your own arrangements – like city hotels.

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As standard, our quotes include and exclude the following. However, when we provide a quote we’ll explain exactly what is and isn’t included in the cost, which will be based on your customised itinerary.

INCLUDED
Transfers from and to Kathmandu International Airport
Tourist bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu (optional for an extra cost: return domestic flights)
Excellent 3* hotel shared accommodation (twin or triple share) in Pokhara and Kathmandu with breakfast (optional for an extra cost: choose to stay in a luxury city hotel)
Private ground transport to and from the trek
Shared accommodation in teahouses (usually 2 people per room) during the trek
All meals during the trek – choose a standard option from the menu at breakfast, lunch and dinner, each served with a cup of tea or coffee
Experienced and friendly English-speaking Guide; their salary, accommodation, meals and insurance
Porter (1 between 2 people, to carry a maximum of 12kg per trekker); their salary, accommodation, meals and insurance (optional for an extra cost: 1 porter per person, maximum load 24kg)
Trekking permits
Celebration meal in a great local restaurant (with a cup of tea or coffee)
All government taxes
Trek route map and completion certificate
NOT INCLUDED
Meals not specified in the ‘INCLUDED’ costs above
Additional tea, coffee, all mineral water (we recommend water purification tablets), and bar bills (coke, juice, beer, etc.)
International airfare
Travel insurance
Nepal entry visa fees
Tips for guides and porters
Sightseeing costs (transport, attraction entry fees and cultural tour guide)
Credit card fees and bank charges (no charge if cash paid in a major currency)
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Poon Hill Trek - one of the best vamtage points in the Himalaya with magnificent views of Mount Dhaulagiri and the Annapurnas
Stunning view of river, terraced green rice fields and hills in the distance, on our way to Poon Hill.
Banana trees and Marigolds on Poon Hill and Annapurna Base Camp treks
Rural Nepali elderly man taking a break in the hills as we passed on our way to Poon Hill.
Beautiful teahouse gardens along the Poon Hill Trek
Steps dotted with flowers on the Poon Hill trek
Morning panoramic view of Mount Dhaulagiri from Poon Hill.
Dhaulagiri and Annapurna I from Poon Hill
Guest house at Jhinu Danda on Poon Hill and Annapurna Base Camp treks

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 12 reviews
November 20, 2023

Thank you so much Nepalorma for the trip of a lifetime!

Anna and Krishna at Nepalorama planned a fabulous trekking trip for us (my husband, me, and our 2 adult sons). Anna was always quick to our many questions and requests during the planning: Both Krishna and Anna were immensely helpful and competent in getting our customized trekking trip booked.

Our family hiked together for an incredible 3 days/3 nights on the Poon Hill Trek with our knowledgeable, kind Guide, Krishna, and our experienced, competent Porter, Barat. We enjoyed the amazing Himalayan scenery, and the different villages along our Trek: It was obvious that Krishna/Team Nepalorma is well known, liked and respected: Krishna was warmly greeted and welcomed in the many tea houses/restaurants along the way. Our teahouse stays, breakfasts, lunches and dinners were well-organized, and included in the price of our trip. We just needed to think about snacks and water: both were easily obtained in the villages.

On the third night, Arbin joined us in Ghandruk to be the Annapurna Base Camp Guide for our 2 sons, while my husband and I returned to Pokhara Lakeside for several days with our guide, Krishna. He was available, and easy for us to contact via What’s App, for anything we needed. Highlights included a visit to Shanti Stupa Peace Pagoda, Hindu Shiva Statue, and an amazing overnight trek to Australian Camp with stunning views. Meanwhile, our 2 sons had an incredible, well-organized trek to ABC with Arbin as their excellent guide.

After trekking we flew to Kathmandu, where Krishna had arranged a private City Tour of Swayambhunath Temple and Kathmandu Durbar Square for us. Our last night Celebration Dinner included a delicious typical Nepali dinner, with wonderful traditional music and dancing.

I highly recommend Nepalorma Trekking Company: They are experienced, well-organized, friendly, and they easily customize a trip to meet specific requests. From the moment we landed in Kathmandu, Nepalorma took care of everything so we could enjoy our spectacular family trekking vacation in Nepal. Dhanyabād!

October 22, 2023

I think it is one of the wisest decision to book trekking tour with Nepalorama. From the begining, I think good planning and guide would be much better than finding a cheap deal.

Anna did a amazing job from answering enquiries and planning our trip (5 days Poon Hill and Ghorepani) even I was too slow to response sometimes. She also gave me some useful information to prepare the stuff for trekking. (I was not aware that it would be difficult for girls to wash hair in guesthouse due to limited electricity supply in the begining, thanks Anna.) I just needed to pack my stuff well and go on the trip with their arrangement, I didnt have to worry about the transport problem or accomodation.

Our giude, Arbind, who is a person with care and love. He helped us a lot in this trekking and made our safety in top priority. He is a very important friends to us. I was just a begininer in trekking and the mountains are quite challenging for me esp. for going down the mountains in humid weather. Arbind helped us for these challenges and I am so happy we could complete the trekking at the end. He also share a lot of his experiences and the living of village/ Nepali people as well. It is such a unforgettable memory for us. Thank you Arbind~

tips: for girls please bring a dry shampoo~

December 20, 2022

I was with mr krisna for 6 days poonhill trek with his nepalorama trekking company and iam very happy with his organizing . If someone planing to go nepal 🇳🇵 for travel please contact mr krisna
Thanks 🙏 krisna good luck

October 28, 2022

Very professional and nice guides with a good network. I felt all over the time in best hands. Thank you for having joy from beginning till end.

October 21, 2022

Don’t look any further and book your trek with these guys. You won’t regret it.

Nepalorama is a fantastic organization and team. Especially if it’s your first time trekking in Nepal, you want someone who is trustworthy, friendly, knowledgeable and organized to help you. Every person in the company I’ve interacted with is all those things.

They balance professionalism and warmth very well. By that I mean they do the practical job of arranging all logistical details immaculately (even when unexpected weather cancels all domestic flights), but are also highly good-natured and authentic people. You end up spending several hours with your guide and porter, and having people that you’re not only comfortable around but also have fun with makes all the difference.

My friend and I happened to on our trek with Bibek and Shanker. They were both lovely – funny, kind, patient and full of enthusiasm to help you enjoy their beautiful country. I trust all the other members of the Nepalorama team are also special in their own way.

October 21, 2022

My friend and I booked a private 5-day trek to Ghorepani/Poon Hill with Bibek as our guide and Shankar as our porter for our first visit to Nepal. It was an absolutely INCREDIBLE, life-changing experience and I cannot wait to go back to Nepal and trek again with the Nepalorama team. I would say we not only had a wonderful vacation and got to discover all the beauty of Nepal and its people, but we also made a genuine connection with Bibek and Shankar. We enjoyed our time with them so much, and everything they taught us about the Himalayan region, about their culture and language, Nepali food (dal bhat !! ), how to do things “Nepali style” and lots of wisdoms for life. They were incredible guides through the mountains, but also through the whole first experience of getting to know Nepal.

On a practical note, Nepalorama was extremely professional in the organization and booking of our itinerary, as well as so helpful when we ran into some weather issues which cancelled 2 of our flights to Pokhara. Bibek and Krishna made sure to take care of everything so that we didn’t have any stress on our holiday — we made it to Pokhara by car and had a great trek, even though we had to push things back by one day due to heavy rains. It was no problem and we were so glad they were there to help us still have the best holidays, rain or shine!

Everyone at Nepalorama is so kind and helpful and they really want to share a great experience of Nepal with anyone who goes on their treks. They made sure we were happy and comfortable the whole time, and they chose really great hotels and teahouses where the people were always friendly and welcoming. They even invited us to a fun evening after the celebration dinner to watch some traditional Nepali dancing and hear Nepali music, which was amazing! We had such a fun time exchanging about our cultures, sharing our favorite music, dances, foods, and life perspectives. Thank you SO MUCH to Anna, Krishna, Bibek and Shankar for one of the best trips of my life <3 you guys are simply awesome.

July 11, 2022

We are family of 4 [2 daughters aged 9 and 10 years old and two somewhat-fit middle-aged parents] from the United States who visited Nepal in March 2022. We took a 6 night, 6 day hike [the poon hill route] with Krishna Adhikari and his brother Shiva as porter… It was a fantastic experience – Krishna was the perfect guide for our family – he was sensitive to the needs of the slower adults (!!) and kept a perfect pace for our speedy daughters who raced up the hills! He also knew exactly where to stay and found tea-houses that were a perfect fit for our family. We all loved the experience and found him to be a fantastic guide. He was an especially good guide for families and was responsive to all of our needs/interests and speed. I WOULD THOROUGHLY RECOMMEND HIM.

March 28, 2022

Almost 2 years ago we decided to go on a private trekking tour with Nepalorama. Anna supported us very patiently and competently during the planning. The Nepalorama team managed the rescheduling due to Covid very well.

The hospitality of Nepalorama was outstanding. It started with a warm welcome on the airport by Krishna, continued during the whole trek by our experienced guide Bibek and our mindful porter Naren and ended with a fare well dinner in a lovely restaurant in Kathmandu with Krishna and Bibek.. Bibek always organized the best available room for us and has always taken care of our physical well-being.

During the trek we enjoyed the flexibility of the Nepalorama team to adjust the routing if needed – because of closed accommodations, weather conditions or because we liked to stay one more night at a certain place.

We loved the trekking in the Upper Mustang area due to the beautiful but in winter times barren landscape. The view on the mountains is amazing, the culture is interesting, and we have met only two other foreigner tourists – a real private tour. In wintertime the temperature can be a challenge as also indoor the temperature remains very low and the water can freeze during nighttime.
The added Poon Hill trek was on lower altitude and therefore much greener with a completely different landscape. It was interesting seeing also this area of Nepal. Due to the season and Covid this tour was also very quiet with only some Nepalese tourists.

Our only criticism is the porter’s shoes. We were surprised that he had only city sneakers although we also had to go longer distances through snow at altitudes above 4000 MASL.

We can clearly recommend Nepalorama as a trekking operator in Nepal! Although the difficult circumstances due to Covid restrictions everything was organized very well and we are happy that we took the opportunity to do this trek with Nepalorama!

December 15, 2019

I went to Poon hill on Nov-Dec, Krishna and his team (porter) was guide for us.
we already told him, it is the frist time for us trekking.
So when we trekking with his team, they was take care us very careful for go up up
and down down with warm and pleased us, I could walk slow and took a rest when ever we wanted.
If we did not choose them we cannot go through with happiness on top nice view mountain this time
From my heart to thank them with good take care and done everything for us that requested.

April 8, 2019

I went for Annapurna trekking last month and the best decision that I ever made in regards to the trek was choosing Nepalorama to organize the trek.
I got their reference from one of the posts in Trip Advisor.
All the communications were through email and Anna was responsive and prompt in her replies. They helped me in identifying the best options for me creating the best itinerary that is best suited to my schedule.
Once I landed in KTM, Krishna welcomed me at the airport and took me to the Hotel. He also explained the current weather condition and was informed about the changes we may have to make in the itinerary based on the weather condition.
Ramesh was my guide and he was great for me. The guy was very friendly and helpful.
The plan was to do ACT but when we reached NAWAL, it started snowing and the high pass was not accessible in that weather condition. So based on the situation, we decided to revert back to Pokhara and do a Ghorepani/poonhill trek which was accessible.
The package included B&B, lunch and dinner. All my accommodations were the best option in the given scenario.
The team coordinated all the changes so well that none of the changes caused any issues during the whole trip.
I am so happy that I went with Nepalorama and I have already day dreaming about doing EBC with team next year.
Thanks Ramesh Anna and Krishna. You guys were rocking.

April 1, 2019

This is our first time abroad trekking it’s better than I expected Anna gave me a lot of preparation information. The trek was very nice. Ramesh and his team are very friendly helpful and professional. I would recommend Nepalorama trekking to everyone.
Thank you so much and hope to see you again in next year.

May 1, 2018

We took the Poon Hill Circuit Trek with Krishna and it was amazing!
Krishna was an awesome guide, he took good care of me and our trekking group and catered our trek to our needs.
We changed our itinerary last minute and he was happy to assist us. Being the slightly less fit one in the group, Krishna made sure I didn’t get left behind!

The accommodations was great, the food was good and the company was perfect!
I would recommend anyone to take a trek with Krishna!

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