An All-inclusive Story on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

All set to make it to Nepal? Is trekking in your mind as the main reason to travel there? Then Ghorepani Poon Hill trek must be on the top of your to-do list for Nepal. This epic hiking adventurous trail is a brilliant decision – thanks to those eight out of world’s 14 highest peaks proudly standing tall here. Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is one of the best trekking places for the entire family who want to explore a natural paradise in the country.

Introduction on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek:

Trekking difficulty level: Moderate to Easy
Maximum elevation: 3,210m (10,531ft)
Distance: 40km (25 mi)
Starting point: Nayapul (near Pokhara)
Finishing point: Ghandruk
Number of days: 4-5 days
Best time to visit: March-May and September-December
Accommodation: Guesthouses
Food: Nepali cuisine, multi-regional cuisine

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek – Nepal’s Most Favorite Short Hike

If you are here in Nepal for a short period of time, and yet want to squeeze out few days exclusive for trekking and hike, then Ghorepani Poon Hill trek must be your on-the-go choice. It is certainly one of the short and feasible trekking routes of Nepal which can be covered in 4-5 days. Also known as Annapurna Panorama Trek, the trail offers some of the exclusive and fascinating mountain views of Annapurna Range, including Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Himchuli and many other surrounding mountain peaks snow-capped and shining white.

The Route and the Trekking Journey

The trekking tour begins at Nayapul, around 2 hours near Pokhara and trails all through to reach Ghandruk. The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek route is short, moderately easy and full of exceptionally stunning natural beauty all over. This is one of those short hikes which the entire family can opt for, including kids.

As you continue with your trekking journey towards the Poon Hill, enjoy the authentic history of Nepal in the medieval palaces and get engrossed in the Hindu and Buddhist culture spread all over the country in stupas and temples. Trust us, you are going to get awestruck with the manifested art, culture and craftworks, especially in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the country that falls en route.

On the way, gear up for some of the most life-changing and spectacular mountain sceneries. Tag along the experiences of the charming Gurung villages, cosy teahouse stays, and warm hospitality of the local people. Learn to know that the Gurung community is famous for their strength and is celebrated as one-time pillars for both Indian and British armies.


Explore and Cherish Nature to Its Best

The journey en route Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is all about treating your senses with the best of everything that is positive and fresh. Nothing comes closer to this than the way nature does. A mosaic of natural beauty of Nepal awaits you on this journey.

How beautiful it is to discover a rhododendron forest in its full bloom, chirpy birds, and deep subtropical valleys with a pleasant lush green panoramic view. The cherry on the cake, however, remains the backdrop of the magnificent Himalayas, peeping from the show-stopping viewpoint from atop Poon Hill. The outstanding Annapurna Mountains – including the famous Machapuchare (Fish Tail) – dominates the skyline.

Nature showcases at its best at the climax of the trek when you behold the sunrise atop Poon Hill. Needless to say, it is certainly one of the most phenomenal exhibitions of nature on planet Earth.

Best Time to Go for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

The peak session for trekking to Ghorepani Poon Hill is from September to November and again in March to May. The weather during these months is the most favourable and the sky remains clear.

Many trekkers also prefer to hike Ghorepani Poon Hill during December and January. The weather is icy cold and hence the region is secluded and deserted. For the same reason, the adventurous ones who are looking for a trekking in these two months can have a gala time trekking their way up in the most peaceful and enjoyable way.

Post May, monsoon commences and hence it is advisable not to seek for further adventure in the risky weather conditions.

Also, if you are planning to stretch your Annapurna Circuit or Annaparna Base Camp Trek to complete Ghorepani Poon Hil trek, you will anyway have to stick to the peak trekking time as heavy snow or monsoonal rains prevent hiking in the higher reaches of these trails outside peak season.


Things to carry:

• Hiking pants, comfortable t-shirts, fleece jackets and rain jackets – make sure to pack these to deal with any weather conditions.
• A pair of comfortable hiking shoes is a must. However, since Poon Hill trekking isn’t very difficult, you can also manage in a pair of comfortable sneakers.
• Camera! Yes, for obvious reasons. Who would like to miss the opportunity to capture the beautiful sceneries all around! And do carry extra batteries, as you won’t be able to charge the ones in your camera while trekking.
• Do invest on a good lightweight backpack that would fit it all (all that you must require) and yet don’t pull you down with weight.
• Pack a small medical kit including essential medicines, bandages and antiseptic. Don’t forget your inhalers (in case of breathing trouble), extra pair of contact lenses (if you use), and sunscreen lotion.
• Do carry a reusable water bottle to avoid torturing mother Earth with overloading of plastics.
• Walking sticks! This must go with everyone – beginner or expert – for a smooth trekking experience.

Trekking in Ghorepani Poon Hill is an exceptional experience – be it a solo trip during off-seasons, or a family trip with kids during peak seasons. Right from the beginning of the trek to the journey en route to reaching the peak on the top of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains from Poon Hill to catch the most spectacular sunrise view, nature has been exceptionally blissful for this particular trek trip.

And the best part remains, even kids can join you in this trek. So, when are you making your move?


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