Ghorepani Sunrise Trek

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Overview of Ghorepani Sunrise Trek

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The Ghorepani Sunrise Trek is a relatively one of the shortest and easiest trek through cultural gurung villages and rhododendron forests in Annapurna region. The Ghorepani Sunrise trek offers you some of the best views of Annapurna ranges including other famous like Annapurna (8,091m), Hiuchuli (6,441m), Machhapuchhre (6,993m), Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Manaslu (8,156m). After landing in Kathmandu the next day, you take on a flight to Pokhara and drive to NayaPul, where you actually start your trek ahead. You then trek to the beautiful Gurung village of Ghandruk and enjoy the ethnic culture and hospitality along with the cultural glory of Gurung Museum.

The 9-day Ghorepani Poon Hill Sunrise trek is designed for trekkers who have limited time or do not have interest or intensity to do high altitude trekking yet want to witness some beautiful panoramic mountain views of Himalayan peaks. The main advantage of this trek is that the trek can be done by the people of all age groups. However, if you have no time limit and wish to do a longer trek in the Annapurna region, then Annapurna Sanctuary trek – 15 Days would be the best option for you.

Before you begin the trek to Ghorepani Poon Hill, you can enjoy a day in beautiful Pokhara city. The city lies next to Phewa Lake, enclosed by lush trees where you can see beautiful mountains. Embark on the adventure from Nayapul and follow the rivers past attached hillsides and villages.

Soon you will reach Ghorepani. The next morning, we wake up at the earliest and hike up before the sun rises to try and watch the first light of the day striking the Himalayas which is the major highlight of the trek. It is a memorable moment for all the trekkers. From the top viewpoint, you can enjoy unbelievable views of Annapurna (8,091m), Hiuchuli (6,441m), Machhapuchhre (6,993m), Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Manaslu (8,156m) and other nearby white peaks. The view at Poon Hill is the major highlight of the trek and besides that another highlight of the trek is spending time in beautiful Ghandruk village – the second largest Gurung settlement in Nepal. You will get to learn about Gurung culture and tradition staying in the village. You then descend back to Nayapul where you started the trek and enjoy one last night in Pokhara before moving back to Kathmandu.

You do not need any previous trekking experience to accomplish this amazing Ghorepani Poon hill Sunrise trek. The trail reaches a maximum altitude of 3,210 meters and the altitude should be of no problem for the trekkers. The only struggle trekkers might face is the vertical climb up to Poon Hill viewpoint. You can trek the Ghorepani Poon Hill throughout the year. Although, the best time to go in a trip, are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons.

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Trip Difficulty: Moderate

Style: Trekking and Tour

Transportation: Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus

Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

Accommodation: Lodge to Lodge

Group Size: 1 to 20

Max Altitude: 3210m.

Highlights of the trek

  • Travel to the most popular sunrise and mountain viewpoint of Nepal, Poon hill Viewpoint
  • Hike past villages inhabited by ethnic Gurung and Magar people
  • Witnessing beautiful alpine and Rhododendron forest on the way.
  • The magnificent sunrise and panoramic mountain views from Poon Hill.
  • Visiting beautiful and famous Ghandruk village.

Itinerary of the trek

Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu, Nepal.

Our official  will pick you up from the airport putting garland on your neck which traditionally means you are welcome. Then you will be driven to the hotel. After refresh you will be directed to either hotel or at our office for your trip. In case of extra time you can roam around at Thamel market.

Max. Altitude: 1340m

Accommodation: Hotel

Food: Breakfast

Place: Kathmandu

Day 02: 7 hours drive to Pokhara by deluxe tourist bus.

After breakfast at Hotel you will leave for Pokhara. During the road trip you will witness Trishuli River until mid-part of the journey. Trishuli is very much famous for water rafting as well.

Max. Altitude: 815m

Accommodation: Hotel

Food: Breakfast

Place: Pokhara

Day 03: Pokhara to Ulleri drive 2 hours and hike 3 hours.

Journey will start after breakfast by having private car, jeep or bus direct to Hile. Then we start trek to Ulleri only for 3 hours by walk flat to Tikhedhunga and steeply up till Ulleri. Ulleri a tiny village from where can see Annapurna South and Himhuli

Max. Altitude: 2020m

Accommodation: Tea House

Food: Breakfast, Lunch and DInner

Place: Ulleri

Day 04: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani about 6 hour.

After having breakfast in Ulleri we head stone paved steeply up way to Banthati then gradually pass through oak and rhododendron forest (blooms in March, April) reach Ghorepani.

Max. Altitude: 2860m

Accommodation: Tea House

Food: Breakfast, Lunch and DInner

Place: Ghorepani

Day 05: Trek from Ghorepani to Ghandruk about 7 hours.

Early morning start today as you hike one hour up to Poon Hill (3,210m). This hill is famous for its sunrise views of the Annapurna range. The glowing mountains are superb for photographers. After one hour trek we will walk back down to the lodge at Ghorepani. After breakfast we will start the trek to Ghorepani. A sharp difficult uphill walk to the village of Deurali, will offer more remarkable views of the mountains. After taking in the views, You pass through more rhododendron forest on our way down to the river. After Crossing the bridge, you head up to the village of Tadapani then all the way two hours trek down to Ghandruk village to rest for the evening.

Max. Altitude: 1940m

Accommodation: Tea House

Food: Breakfast, Lunch and DInner

Place: Ghandruk

Day 06: Trek from Ghandruk to Kimche about 1 hour and drive Back to Pokhara from kimche about 3 hours.

We begin our walk from Ghandruk to Kimche just 1 hour walk then take a jeep to Pokhara. The drive will take 3 hours.

Max. Altitude: 815m

Accommodation: Hotel

Food: Breakfast

Place: Pokhara

Day 07: 7 hours drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara.

We leave Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu. Once you are back at your hotel you can just relax or go sightsee the labyrinth of souvenir shops in Thamel bazaar.

Max. Altitude: 1340m

Accommodation: Hotel

Food: Breakfast

Place: Kathmandu

Day 08: Sight seen at the world heritage sites around Kathmandu valley.

After having breakfast at around 9 am a tour guide with vehicle will come to your hotel to do sight visit in Kathmandu valley of some world heritage sites including Pashupatinath Temple one of the biggest Hindu temple with cremation centre, Boudhanath one of the biggest Stupa in the country, Swayambhunath temple and Patan Durbar square (An old palace with ancient art and architect)

Max. Altitude: 1340m

Accommodation: Hotel

Food: Breakfast

Place: Kathmandu

Day 09: Fly back to home.

Today we do farewell as you are flying back to home. We Third Eye Adventure Treks are really grateful to serve you.

Permits for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

You will need two type of permits for Ghorepani Poon hill Sunrise Trek. You will need to carry the permits with you all the time as the permits will be checked in various check points. If you are on a guided trek with a company the permits are included in the package itself but if you are trekking solo you need to pay by yourself.

  1. TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System):

This permit is important for every trekker wishing to trek in Nepal. This permit costs around NRS 2000 per person. This equals about 17 USD or 15 EUR.

  1. ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit):

As you will be entering the Annapurna Conservation Area, you will need a permit for the conservation area as well. The permit cost comes under the package. Generally, prices vary between the 450 USD and 700 USD or 400 EUR and 600 EUR.

Trekking permits can be organised either at the Nepal Tourism office in Kathmandu, or the Pokhara tourist office before you begin the trek.

Make sure to bring a minimum of 4 passport size photos for the trekking permit too.

Food and accommodation in Ghorepani Poon Hill Sunrise Trek

For Breakfast - Tibetan Breads (also known as Gurung Breads), Oatmeal,Corn Flakes, Hashed brown, fried, Scrambles and boiled eggs, pancakes, porridge with milk, and other hot drinks are available

For Lunch – different variety of Thukpa (noodle soup), Dahl and Bhat (most popular Nepalese local meal), Momos, Tibetan / chapatti bread, Macroni, variety of soups, Spaghetti, potatoes items, Sandwiches, Pizza, rice with curry, spring rolls, burgers and Pizza, yak steak and desserts items.

For Dinner - Dinner and Lunch are almost with same menu. You will commlonly have dal, bhat as your dinner.

Water on the Trek

The water is available through out the trek. There are plenty of water resources in the way either from tap water. The water on a trek is available at every trekking lodges or tea houses that costs you around 1-3 USD per litter. Make sure to carry water purification tablet with you. If you are going to drink from local taps or rivers make sure you put purification tablet. 

Accommodation

Accommodations on the mountain are simple as you will encounter simple teahouses and lodges with simple food options. Don't expect the teahouses and lodges to be standard. You will have a simle room with blanket that will keep you warm through out the night. 

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Cost

The Cost of Ghorepani Poon Hill mentioned are only for solo trekkers or trekkers who are not going with any Travel agency. As for trekkers with travel agency, all the costs are included within the package.

With Third Eye Adventure the package of 530 USD comes with all the transportation fees (only private vehicles), permits fees and foods, accommodations through out the trek as per package. 

Getting to pokhara from kathmandu

By tourist bus:

USD 10 per person in non-deluxe bus

USD 25 per person in deluxe busses

By private car: 

USD 120 per person (in total)

By Flight:

 USD 110 per person (One way).

Permit cost

The costs of these permits are as follows:

ACAP:   NPR 3,000

TIMS:    NPR 2,000

 For both ACAP and TIMS permits you will be paying around USD50 per person.

Cost on food and accommodation:

On average, the cost of USD25 to USD 30 per day on (basic) accommodation, breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be enough for the trekkers.

But don't expect to buy deserts or drinks within the cost. Basic accommodation mean a twin sharing room with common bathroom. Few lodges/ teahouses have an attached bathroom in the trek. 

Should You take Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Solo or With a Guide

It is a personal preference to either trek solo or with a guide. There is always a confusion among the trekkers: should one trek in Nepal with an organised group or company, or simply carry a bagpack full of your gears and take to the trails alone? Both have its own pros and cons. 

With a Guide you don't have to worry about anything through out the trek, you simply need to cary the bagpack and walk along the guide. The Guide will manage everything for you from meals or accommodation to teahouse stay. They will guide you through out the trek and teach you about the culture and tradition of the local people and the way of talking and respecting the people. 

While trekking solo you will be on your own. You will have to find the way yourself throughout the trek. You will have the freedom as you can choose where you want to spend the day or take a rest. You will learn to communicate with the locals which is certainly gonna be helpful while trekking to other places. The cost is gonna be cheaper if you trek solo as compared to taking a guide. So, I would recommend to trek solo only if you have a previous experience of trekking in Nepal Himlayas. Otherwise, Guided trek is recommended for inexperienced trekkers. 

Trekking to Ghorepani Poon Hill Solo

Due to being a shorter and easier trek within the renowned Annapurna region, Poon Hill is one among Nepal's more popular and most trekked routes. Trekking to Ghorepani Poon Hill solo is full of advenuture and a perfect for Solo trek.

One of the main PROS of Solo trek is you can take the trail at your own pace and stop where you would like. Trekking solo can often be cheaper than booking through a tour company. At the end of the day you still will enjoy an excellent group atmosphere at the teahouses with other trekkers each night. 

The CONS of trekking Solo is you will have to take care of everything by yourself from Planning your itinerary, organising your own permit, accommodation, food, and gear. There is a high chance of not even getting a teahouse during peak season where most of the teahouses are already booked a week before. One must be very careful of everything while trekking Solo. 

 You will not have a trained professional or a Guide to assist you through out the trek. One among the best benefits of getting an area guide has someone who can share their knowledge about life in Nepal, Nepalese culture and language.

FAQS related to Ghorepani Sunrise Trek

How difficult is Ghorepani Sunrise Trek?

The Ghorepani Poon hill Sunrise Trek is considered as one of the easiest trek. The trekkers of all age groups can accomplish this trek and is considered as a family-friendly trek as well.

Why to go a trek to Ghorepani Sunrise?

If you've only got a brief time in Nepal but want to ascertain the famous Himalayan Range the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek (also known as the Annapurna Panorama Trek ) is  what you are looking for. You'll undergo quaint villages and  the unique local cultures of the Gurung and Magar communities hiking up many, many stairs, through the  jungles and over rivers; before ultimately ending up at altitude (3,200m) together with your head amongst the tallest mountains within the world.

The views from Poon Hill are breath taking and adventerous. It provides an uninterrupted, panoramic views of a number of the most important and most photogenic Himalayan mountains, including Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhare, Annapurna II and Lamjung. The trek is a complete package and provides everything one could have asked for.

When to go Ghorepani Sunrise Trek?

When going on a trek to Ghorepani poon hill, you will not be trekking to extreme height. The maximum elevation during the trek is 3210 m due to that, you're not so exposed to the weather as you'd get on other treks in Nepal. It is possible to trek Ghorepani Poon Hill throughout the year, but the months from March to May and from September to November are the most popular for trekking.

Where to start and finish the Ghorepani Sunrise Trek?

Like other trekking routes, you will have different starting and finishing points for the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek. The most popular and the most chosen way is to start from Nayapul and return back from Ghandruk. The total ascent for the route will be 3000 m and total descend 1996 m. You can also start the trek from ghandruk and return back from Nayapul.

How far is Ghorepani Poon hill from Pokhara?

Ghorepani Poon hill is just around 36 Km from Pokhara. But if you start your journey from Kathmandu then you will cover a total distance of 177 Km.

What is the Maximum height of the Ghorepani Poon hill Sunrise trek? 

The maximum height you will be reaching is 3210 m, which is the poon hill viewpoint.

Are there any risk of getting AMS during this trek?

Since the Ghorepani Poon hill lies in the lower altitude of Annapurna region and the maximum elevation you will be gaining is just 3210 m. So, AMS(Altitude Mountain Sickness) should not be a problem for trekkers.

How safe is Ghorepani Sunrise trek in Nepal?

Safety is the most important thing and one of the major concern while we are in a trek. Our trekking guides are selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and skill to supply useful and expert instructions. They're also very professional and well trained in terms of first aid kid suppliment. Care kits are available on all guided treks and hikes on Ghorepani Poon Hill. 

What are the accommodation type during Ghorepani Sunrise Trek?

There is a basic type of accommodation available during this trek. You are likely to stay in teahouses throughout the trek but don’t expect it to be luxurious as the teahouses will be normal with all the basic facilities you will need.