Annapurna Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Overview

Sometimes a person can only take the time for a short trek. Or it could be that a person has never trekked before and isn't sure that they want to attempt a long trek for their first time.  But they do know they want mountain views and interesting local culture. If that is what you are looking for, then the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is the perfect one for you.

This is one of the most popular of the Annapurna treks. Sometimes called Small Annapurna Circuit Trek, it combines the best features of the famed longer Annapurna Trek with an experience for either beginners or those who have very little time in Nepal. Don't let the short duration of this trip fool you: it is packed with great views and an opportunity to experience local culture.

Poon Hill, located near Ghorepani, offers probably the finest place in Nepal to see sunrise over the mighty Himalayas. Thousands of people come here every year to witness the awesome sunrises that only this location can offer. It is just a 45 minute walk to the top of Poon Hill from Ghorepani in the dark (good trail) in order to watch the effulgent sun rise magnificently over the high mountains. Its morning rays turn the mountains from grey to reddish-orange and then finally a brilliant white. The mountains stand tall against the cobalt blue skies.

Ghorepani is home to the Gurung and Magar people and this area has produced a large percentage of the soldiers of the famed Gurkha regiments in both the British and Indian army. This trip will be an exciting experience for anyone, whether a new by or a seasoned trekker, nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. We at Asia Buddhist Tours and Treks is proud to be able to offer you this exciting trek into the beautiful Annapurna Mountains.

 

AVAILABILITY

Trip Details

CodeABTK-125 FrequencyEveryday Duration7 Group Size2 Best SeasonSep-Dec Altitude- mts. SupportYes DifficultyModerate

BRIEF itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 – Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara (elev. 820 m), then trek to Tikhedhunga
              (elev. 1540 m) Trekking time 4 – 5 hours.
Day 3 – Trek to Ghorepani (elev. 2750 m) 5 – 6 hours
Day 4 – Poon Hill (elev. 3,210 m), trek to Tadapani (elev. 2700 m) 4 – 5 hours
Day 5 – Trek to Ghandruk, and then private vehicle to Pokhara
Day 6 – Fly to Kathmandu.
Day 7 – Final Departure

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1 – Arrival: Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport where you will be met by your representative of Asia Buddhist Tours and Treks. You will be escorted to your hotel where there are complimentary welcome drinks and a short briefing with plenty of time to relax from your flight.

DAY 2 – Pokhara and Trek to Tikhedhunga (1540 m): It's a short flight (just 35 minutes) from Kathmandu to Pokhara, but what a view! This flight literally flies the backbone of the mighty Himalayas as you look down at the snowcapped peaks. You will see the ranges of Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manasulu and finally the peaks of the Annapurna Massif. ): This day begins the start of the trekking. We then leave Pokhara by private car for the village of Nayapul. The trip gains elevation as we go from river valley to the top of the ridge where we begin our trek. The high Himalayas tower over us with their snowcapped peaks rising majestically. The day's trek takes us past waterfalls and through forests, and there will be lunch on the trail. Our destination is the village of Tikhedhunga with a walk of three to four hours. We will stay overnight in the village.

DAY 3 – Trek to Ghorepani (elev. 2750 m): The trail climbs upwards to our first village of Ulleri which we will reach after two hours.  We continue up the trail until arriving at Banthanti where we stop for lunch and incredible views of the mountains. From on top, we can easily see the peaks of Machapuchre, Hiunchuli and Annapurna South. The trail starts to level off to an easier ascent until we get to the Magar village of Ghorepani. The name means "horse water" and has been a popular watering spot for horses traveling for centuries.  The village offers great views of the mountains, along with good accommodations for overnight. Overnight in Ghorepani.

DAY 4 -Poon Hill & Trek to Tadapani (elev. 2590 m):  Ghorepani is the gateway to the famous Poon Hill. We get up before the first rays of the morning sun begin to fill the skies. It is around a 45 minute trek in the dark through Rhododendron forests (with torchlights) until we reach the summit. There we stop in silence as we see the first of the rays breach the night skies.  Here the morning sun turns the snowcapped peaks from grey to reddish-orange and finally to a brilliant white that stands boldly against the indigo blue skies. From on top, you can see a variety of snowcapped peaks, including: Dhaulagiri (8,167 m, 7th highest mountain in the world); Annapurna I (8091 m, 10th highest peak in world); Tukuche Peak (6920 m); Nilgiri (6,940 m); Baraha Shikhar (7,847 ); Annapurna South (7,525 m); Machhapuchhre (6,993 m); Annapurna IV (7525 m) and Annapurna II (7,937 m). There are even more peaks that the morning sun will illuminate. Return then to Ghorepani for breakfast, and then off to our next destination: Tadapani.  The trail goes through deep forests of oak and rhododendron. There will be many opportunities to see monkeys along the way as well as many varieties of birds. At Tadapani, there will be another opportunity to see the high peaks of the Annapurna Range. We will overnight in a local lodge. Total trekking time is 5 – 6 hours. Overnight in Tadapani.

DAY 5 – Trek to Ghandruk (elev.1940 m) and then Pokhara: The morning trek leaves after breakfast as we make our way toward the Gurung village of Ghandruk.  We descend through a deep forest with fantastic views of the mountains from a variety of vistas and overlooks on the trail. Upon our arrival in Ghandruk, we can visit an ancient Buddhist monastery as well as the local museum that shares the culture of the Gurung people. We will continue until we arrive at Nayapul where we pick up a vehicle back to Pokhara. Trekking time is 5 – 6 hours.

DAY 6 – Pokhara Sightseeing & Return Flight to Kathmandu: The morning will be an opportunity to explore the wonderful lakeside city of Pokhara with its many attractions, including Phewa Lake. From there, we will depart for the short, return flight to Kathmandu along the backbone of the mighty Himalayas. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening where you will have a chance to enjoy local foods and a chance to relax.

DAY 7 Departure: All good things must come to an end, and your trip to Nepal is no exception. Before leaving, why not talk to your representative at Asia Buddhist Family about returning to Nepal for your next holiday. The vast majority of people make a return trip to Nepal because they are impressed by not only the beauty, but also the local people.  Asia Buddhist Family offers trips into neighboring Tibet, Bhutan and India. Be sure to discuss your interests and plans with them today.

 

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