Ghorepani Poonhill is one of the most popular trekking
destinations in Nepal. Ghorepani Poonhill trek is considered as relatively
easier trek for beginner trekkers. The original trekking to Ghorepani Poonhill
starts from Birethati. Almost 45 minutes drive from Pokharawill takes you to
Nayapul and from there about 1 hour and 50 minutes drive will take you to
Birethati which is the main starting point of the trek. There is a checkpoint
they check the permits before starting the trek to Ghorepani Poonhill.This trek
leads you to lush valleys, cascading waterfalls, dense forest and colorful
villages. The views during the trek are awe-inspiring. During the trek to
Poonhill you will encounter the warm hospitality of the Gurung people. Also you
can encounter their cultures and traditions as you will visit the largest
gurung settlements of Annapurna Region, Ghorepani and Ghandruk.
One thing that makes Poonhill the most popular trekking
destination is the sunrise and sunset views over the mountains. During the
sunrise and sunset you will see different amazing colors in the mountains which
keep on changing until it becomes sparkling white. Other than the sunrise and
sunset over the Annapurna Range you will also cherish the incredible the
Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Annapurna (8,091m) Fishtail (6997m)
Annapurna South, Himchuli, and many more. Because of the fascinating and incredible
views, Ghorepani Poonhill is also known as a ‘Photographer’s Paradise’.
Poonhill Trek Difficulty
The elevation of Poonhill is only 3210 meters so there is
very less chance of getting altitude sickness even if you are a beginner
trekker. Poonhill is considered relatively one of the easiest trekking
destinations of Annapurna Region. You will have to climb 3000 steps after
crossing a suspension bridge from Hile to Ulleri. The climb up to Ulleri is
only the difficulty of this trek. After you complete the steps, the trek starts
getting easier and much better. You will then walk through the forests
blanketed with Rhododendron trees where enchanting sounds of birds and species
will be entertaining you throughout the way.
Best Season for Poonhill Trek
The weather in Poonhill is unpredictable. Although it can
change speedily the temperature remains normally mild. The best seasons for
Poonhill trek are October to November and March to April. These seasons offers
the best views and remarkable weather. However, Ghorepani Poonhill can be done
during any time of the year.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara
Day 03: Pokhara-Nayapul- Birethati-Thikhedunga- Ulleri.
Day 04: Ulleri- Ghorepani(2853m)
Day 05: Ghorepani- Banthanti-Tadapani (2610m)
Day 06: Tadapani-ghandruk village (1960m)
Day 07: Ghandrunk-Pokhara
Day 09: Departure from Kathmandu
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
You will meet Actual
Adventure representative at the arrival gate of International Airport who takes
you to your hotel. Today you will meet your trekking guide and be concise
about your daily activities. At evening you will enjoy a welcome dinner
organized by our company and stay at the hotel at night.
Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara:
you will drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara which will take about 5-6 hours.
Overnight at hotel at Pokhara
Day 03: pokhara-nayapul-
you will drive one hours to nayapul then Trek to thikhedhunga for 3/4 hours
then stay overnight at lodge
today you will trek to Ghorepani for 6 hours ascending walking through
beautiful forest and nice villages and
villagers. Overnight at lodge
Day 05: Ghorepani-
this day early in the morning you hike up 45m to poon hill for sunrise from
there you can see sensational view of Annapurna ranges, Dhaulagiri ranges,
Nilgiri ,Fishtail after that you will
came back to the ghorepani then trek to Tadapani for 4/5 hours. Overnight at
Day 06: Tadapani-ghandruk
you will trek to ghandruk 3 hours walking through jungle and downhill. Ghandruk
is one of bigest gurung village in Nepal, they have own language, dress, typical foods
and houses Overnight at lodge.
Day 07: Ghandrung-Pokhara
will trek back to Naya pul from Ghandrung which will take about 4 hours and
then drive to Pokhara. Evening boating at Phawa Lake. Overnight at hotel in
Day 08: Pokhara - Kathmandu
fly back to Kathmandu and all day free in Kathmandu. You can utilize your free
day by roaming or shopping around the city. Overnight at Hotel
Day 09: Departure from Kathmandu
After Breakfast, you
will be free until Departure. Then you will be dropped to Kathmandu Airport by
our representative. We hope that we provide you our best service and want to
see you again with your family, relative, co-workers and friends.
- Altitude Sickness: The main and common risk while trekking above about 2500m is Altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. The available amount of oxygen to sustain mental and physical alertness decreases with altitude. Available oxygen drops as the air density itself, the number of molecules (of both oxygen and nitrogen) per given volume, drops as altitude increases. So don’t ignore, if you have any symptoms then descending to a lower altitude is the only option.
- Water: Have some means to purify water, iodine or a fine ceramic filter are the best options. The streams should be considered polluted and whilst bottled water is often available, the disposal of plastic bottles is a problem.
Electricity in Nepal
Nepal is a developing country, Outside of major cities area electricity on trekking can be scares. You should have to pay 100-800 NRs per hour to charge goods on many lodges and also many tea-house treks, including in Annapurna base camp trek, Everest Base camp trek and many others treks also. Chargers often won't work on low power solar systems you find right up in the mountains so u can buy alternative bayonet light to electricity power plug converter, which will only works in low voltage is highlow. The standard Nepalese electrical outlet is a three-pronged triangle so bring three-pronged triangle chargers.
Nepal Climate information
Nepal is a landlocked country which lies in Hindu Kush Himalayan region. Nepal has monsoonal climate having four main seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter.
Below is a general guide to conditions at different seasons:
January to March (winter): In this season temperature will decrease at often 0°C (32°F) at night, with extreme cold at high elevations. It is possible to trek in places like the Everest region during the winter but due to extreme cold weather and heavy snow fall it may be quite difficult than as usual.
April to June (summer): In these months it is quite warm and dry weather. There is an abundance of blooming flowers in the Himalayas at this time, with rhododendrons, in particular, adding a splash of color to the landscape. This season is the best time to undertake mountain expeditions.
June to September (Monsoon): There will be heavy monsoonal rainfall in this season. Rains are generally lighter in high Himalayan reasons. In this season the mountain ranges are not often visible due to the clouds.
October to December (autumn): These months are cool and clear which is due to the end of monsoon, there is little dust in the air so this is the best season to visit the hilly and mountainous regions.
Nepal Visas information
Visa in Nepal can be acquired on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and also at the border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki border of Nepal - India and Kodari on Nepal-China border. Visa can also acquire at the nearest Nepal Embassy. For visa renewal purpose you can contact at Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan at Kathmandu. A valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background is required. Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee.
Visa Facility Duration Fee
Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
Respect to Local Peoples
In Nepal, “Namaste” or “Namaskar” is said to an older or high-status person with palms together, figure up. It is used to greet a person in place of goodbye or hello. There is no limitation how many times you say “Namaste” but, it is better if you say once per person, per day. If You want to say “Thank You” then you can say “Dhanyabaad /'ðɅnjɅbɑ:d/ (Dhan-ya-baad)”