Ghorepani Poonhill Trek - 10 Days Guided Trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill Hike
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek - Short and easy trek to Ghorepani Poon Hill offers beautiful mountain views of Annapurnas from Poon Hill. Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is the most popular trip in the Himalayan region of Annapurna foothills that starts and ends in Pokhara.
Because of the trek provides the beautiful mountains, landscapes, diverse cultures and the decent guest houses, it has been a number one choice for the nature lovers and adventure trekkers. Ghorepani Poonhill trek is a comfortable, altitude worry fee and scenic trek that suites to any trekker with a moderate level of fitness. Children, above ten years old will also enjoy this fascinating trek equally as their parents would do. This starts from the lake city of Pokhara after a scenic 200km drive or a 25 minute mountain flight from Kathmandu. Pokhara is a beautiful and touristic town with an amazing lakes and caves, you can enjoy boating on the Phewa Lake, or a pleasant hike to Sarangkot hill for the grand sunrise or sunset views. This wonderful city is also the starting point of some of the most famous treks in Annapurna region.
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek starts with a private coach ride to Nayapul from where the trek really begins. Crossing the
Ghorepani is a fascinating village with some nice and decent trekking lodges and beautiful rhododendron forest. The village is also the gateway to Annapurna Himalayas. The trail leads to north from the village is a wonderful trek to Jomsom Muktinath and to the east is fascinating Annapurna Base Camp Trek. We leave Ghorepani village following the eastern trail to Tadapani then to Ghandruk, both are fantastic villages for stunning views of the Annapurna South and Fishtail. Ghandruk is one of the largest Gurung village on the lap of the Annapurna South with its traditional houses; it's a very famous village with rich culture and picturesque setting below fishtail mountain. Trekking down through the beautiful steps we make a loop at Birethanti and take a private coach drive from Nayapul to Pokhara. Or, as an option, we can extend our trek for two more days walking through Pothana village to Dhampus village and then to Phedi from where we have half an hour drive to Pokhara.
We at Alpine Eco Trek are always happy to organize your trek as per your requirement and time frame and if you want to extend your holiday combining a two night three day wildlife tour in the tropical Chitwan National park let us know we are ready to organize your trip as per your interest!
Attraction of Annapurna Region
Annapurna conservation Area Project
Annapurna Region is one of the captivating lands of bio diversity in the world. The region is the largest reserved and protected area of Nepal. The unique biodiversity, the scenic grandeur in combination with the multi cultural and multi ethnic diversity make it the world's most popular trekking destinations. With the objectives of achieving a balance between the environment conservation and socio economic development, through people's participation, the Annapurna conservation area project (ACAP) was launched from 1986 under the aegis of the national trust for nature conservation... See more.
The trust is governed by a board of trustees. Tourism is an essential for locals and the fastest growing industries in the Annapurna conservation area. The project serves as a new approach in the protected area management with its modalities based on the integrated conservation and development programs. Owing to its fame that it has gained in the history of the protected area management, the government of Nepal has given the trust the mandate for the management of the Annapurna conservation area.
Meaning of Annapurna
Annapurna is a Sanskrit name which literally means full of food (feminine form), but is normally translated as Goddess of the Harvests. In Hinduism, Annapurna is Devi, the universal and timeless Kitchen goddess, the mother who feeds her kids. Without her there is starvation, a universal fear: this makes Annapurna a universal goddess. Her most popular shrine is located in Kasi, on the banks of the Ghats. Her association with the giving of food (wealth) led her in time to be transformed into Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.
List of mountains we can see in the Annapurna region trekking
Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m),
Mt. Annapurna I (8091m),
Mt. Manaslu (8163 m),
Mt. Annapurna II (7937 m.) ,
Mt. Annapurna III (7555m),
Mt. Annapurna IV (7525m),
Mt. Annapurna south (7219m),
Mt. Nilgiri (7041m),
Mt. Fishtail also called Mt. Machhapuchhare (6998m),
Mt. Hiunchuli (6441m),
Mt. Lamjung Himal (6986m),
Tukuche peak (6920m),
Tilicho peak (7134m).
Culture and People of the Annapurna Region
One of the unforgettable experience of this region is culture and life style of local people. During trekking, trekkers encounter villages of different ethnic people. According to last census over 45,000 thousand people of different ethnic and tribal backgrounds with various religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Bon Po, Shamanism and Animism represented live in the Annapurna region. The dominant groups are Gurung, Magar, Thakali and Manangi. Generally, these people are subsistence farmers who depend on the forests for fuel, fodder and timber. Almost each of group have their own dialect and own cultures and traditions. Trekkers who go for trekking in Annapurna region are fascinated by the local people's culture and tradition.
Flora and Fauna
In Annapurna region, we can see the diverse flora and fauna. The range of geographical and climatic regions has led to this diversity. Below 1000 m in altitude the climate is tropical. These areas are heavily cultivated and the landscape, therefore, largely consists of terraced paddy fields for most of the year. As we go to higher the natural vegetation changes from the tropical species to more temperate stands of forest trees including oak, beech and rhododendron. These finally give way to coniferous forests of pine and, ultimately, juniper just below the tree line.
Annapurna conservation area is the home of 102 species of mammals, 488 species of birds and 40 species of reptiles. In this region, we can see pheasants named Danphe, Monal, Kaliz, Cheer, Kokilas, and Blood Pheasants, etc. Among mammals, blue sheep and Himalayan Thar can be seen in the area.
Ghorepani Poonhill Trek short itinerary
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport (1350meters).
Day 02: Drive or fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (925m), Drive six hours or flight 25 minutes.
Day 03: Drive to Nayapul (1050m) and trek to Ulleri (2100m), drive 2 hours, trek 6 hours.
Day 04: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2800m), walking 6 hours.
Day 05: Early hike to Poon Hill (3210m) and trek to Tadapani (2650m), walking 7 hours.
Day 06: Trek from Tadapani (2650m) to Ghandruk (2000m), walking 4 hours.
Day 07: Trek from Ghandruk (2000m) to Pothana (1990m), walking 6 hours.
Day 08: Trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi, drive to Pokhara, walking 4 hours, drive 3o minutes.
Day 09: Drive or fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu, drive 6 hours, flight 25 minutes, Or Juggle safari.
Day 10: Final Departure from international airport.
Trip cost: This is a teahouse trek, each and every stop provides the decent guest houses and mountain lodges. We are organizing Ghorepani Poonhill trekking as a small group departure or a private trek, please contact us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek so that we can send you a quote and other information according to your group size.
Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.