Why choose Ghorepani-Poonhill Trekking?
Annapurna area is located in the western part of Nepal. One hundred thousand people are residing in the conservation area. Local people are mostly engaged in farming during the off-season. In trekking season, most people are engaged in tourism and hospitality. Within the trekking trail we encounter many local Buddhist cultures which are followed by Gurungs, Thakali, and Magar, and apart from that Hindu culture is the main religion in Ghorepani treks. We can have an amazing view of the Annapurna mountain range including Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna III, Singha chili, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak, Nilgiri, etc. Poon Hill Trek is a family trekking package in the Annapurna Trekking Region of Nepal. You will be exploring the great view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri from the top hills of Poon Hill. A beautiful sunrise is a major attraction of this place and the panoramic view during sunrise is beyond your imagination. As you can have lots of panoramic views from the top, this route is also known as Annapurna Panorama Trek. Gurung and Magar are the main castes who live in this area. Some local Buddhists have made beautiful monasteries on our route to reach Poonhill and Ghorepani. Short trekking of 4-5 days from Kathmandu will give you this much experience, adventure, and panoramic view. The green hills around our route are also awesome to stare at. Pine, Oak, and bamboo forest look even more beautiful when snowfall occurs in the month of November-February. Those Rhododendron forests covered with snow will take your breath away.
Poon Hill trek Altitude:
Pokhara (800 m from sea level) to Poon Hill (3250 m)
Ghorepaani-Poonhill Trek Cost:
Ghorepani-Poonhill treks start from Pokhara which is 5 days long trek. Since it is one of the nearest treks from Pokhara., the cost to complete this trek is relatively low compared to other trekking trails. Normally, an expenditure of 25 US$ per day is enough for one person which includes normal flooding and lodging. The average cost to complete the whole trek lies between 450 US$ to 800 US$ depending on what services are offered. However, hiring a porter and a guide will cost you 30 US$.
Permits required to do Ghorepani- Poonhill Trek :
Annapurna Area Conservation Project permit (ACAP permit): 3000 NPR (for one trek )
Tourist Information Management System ( TIMS): 1000 NPR ( for one trek )
Transportation in Ghorepani -Poonhill Trek:
There are various modes of transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Public buses ( local ) costs you less than tourist buses which lack a comfortable AC ventilated option which costs you around 8 US$. However, you have another option of getting a very comfortable Tourist bus. Taking a tourist bus will cost you around 10 US$ for one way. Other options include a private vehicle ( either cab or 4*4 ) that costs you 110 US$. Another option is Kathmandu to Pokhara by flight. The best option so far is if you want to save a day. The one-way flight to Pokhara will cost you 69 US$. An early morning 30-minute flight to Pokhara should save you a day or two.
And from Pokhara, you have to take another transport up to Nayapul from where you will start your trek. From Pokhara to Nayapul, you can either travel on local transport ( which costs around 10 US$ for one way ) or take a private vehicle which costs you around 40 US$.
Accommodations available on the Trek route:
Accommodations are mostly tea houses run by a family. Most of the accommodations contain a communal room with a traditional heating facility, Rooms are furnished with two twin beds, and blankets and pillows that are comfortable. Some rooms may get attached to restrooms. A hot shower is available for an extra cost.
Packing lists for the Poon Hill trek:
Although this trek is graded as an easy trekking trail, one should always be prepared for a rough day. The following list will be helpful for you to decide what to put in your backpack while trekking on this route.
- Bags - Duffle bag for a porter to carry and a day pack to be carried by you
- Outer - Waterproofs layers to keep off wind/rain (waterproof bottoms are optional)
- Base layers - Shirts, trousers, shorts, T-shirts, jumpers and jackets, hats and gloves
- Inner-wears - Thin layers to dry away any sweat and to wear for cold mornings
- Feet - Comfortable boots with a good sole and ankle support. Lighter footwear to change into in the evenings.
- Sleeping - Warm sleeping bag to get a good night's sleep at the lodges (they also have blankets)
- Drinking - Water bottles should be hard plastic.
- Hygienes and Medical supplements - wash kit, towel, small first aid kit, antidiarrhoeal tablets, water purifying tablets, acetazolamide tablets(to prevent altitude sickness)
- Sun Protection - sunglasses, cap or sunhat, sunscreen lotions
- Cold care: lip guard, Vaseline, or moisturizer
- Trekking Poles, umbrella, dry bags
- Personal items to carry in a day pack - cameras, books, music, and camera accessories