Ghorepani Sunrise Trek

  • Updated on Feb 26, 2021
  • Admin
  • 47

Table of Content

Overview of Ghorepani Sunrise Trek

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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

What are the required permits for Ghorepani Sunrise Trek?

You will need two type of permits for Ghorepani Poon hill Sunrise Trek.

  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.

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.