Ghorepani Ghandruk Short Trek - 7 Days

Things to Know
  • Duration7 Days
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Altitude 3210 m
  • Trip Type Trekking | Hiking
  • Start and End Kathmandu and Kathmandu
  • Best Time Mar-May, Sep-Nov
What You’ll Do
  • Take in breathtaking views of Annapurna, Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu.
  • Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Nepalese culture and lifestyle.
  • Encounter a diverse array of plant and animal species along the trail.
  • Explore charming cultural villages such as Ghorepani and Ghandruk.
  • Enjoy a short and manageable trekking itinerary in the stunning Annapurna region.
  • Discover the natural wonders of the Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal's largest protected region.

The Poon Hill Ghandruk Short Trek is a highly regarded viewpoint trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal, offering a compact and scenic trekking experience. This trek provides breathtaking views of the Himalayan range and a rich cultural experience through the traditional villages and rhododendron forests. Poon Hill Trek is a short yet amazing trek in Nepal taking you to the magnificent Annapurna Region. The trek takes you to the ethnic Gurung and Magar villages, offering arguably the best sunrise, complimented by the panoramic views of the Himalayas. Passing through places like Ghorepani and Ghandruk, the trek gives you a taste of the local life and stunning views every day. From the lively scenes in Ghorepani to the breathtaking sight at Poon Hill, the trek welcomes anyone who loves adventure and wants to be surrounded by the incredible beauty of the Annapurna region. Poonhill-Ghorepani Jeep Ride or Poonhill Jeep Ride takes you up to Ulleri and further to Banthanthi from where you can directly trek to Ghorepani 3 hours. This jeep drive/ride takes you up to Ghorepani during winter and late autumn but going directly to Poonhill is not good because of the high altitude. Ghorepani (2800 m) and Poonhill (3210m) sometimes may be adverse for the trekkers.

The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek offers two options. The traditional route involves a drive from Pokhara to Nayapul, then trekking to Ulleri and Ghorepani. For those with limited time, you can drive directly to Ulleri and start trekking from there. Both routes lead to Ghorepani, where an early morning hike to Poon Hill offers stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The trek then continues through rhododendron forests to Tadapani and the cultural village of Ghandruk, before returning to Pokhara.

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  • Altitude1400m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Time1 hour

Welcome to Kathmandu. The Himalayas, terraced fields, and beautiful views of the Kathmandu Valley will welcome you as you approach Kathmandu. After completing customs and immigration formalities, you can find our representative outside the arrival lounge, who will escort you to your hotel. Spend the remaining day unpacking and relaxing. You can explore around your hotel.

  • Altitude805 m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Time7-8 hours

The road out of the Kathmandu Valley twists its way down the valley wall until it joins the Trushuli River below. Here we see rafters braving the white water – perhaps this is your future trip in the planning – and can see snow-capped mountains in the distance. Once we reach flatter land, we stop for lunch before heading on to the lake city of Pokhara. After checking into the hotel, there is time to explore the neighbourhood: the walkway along the lake, the varied and interesting shops and restaurants, and of course, the mesmerising Fishtail Mountain towering over the city. Please note that we use comfortable tourist buses on this route, but if you would like to hire your car or flight. Please, check to add on while booking.

  • Altitude2860 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time5 hrs drive and 3 hours trek

We will pack our bags and leave Lake City with a scenic drive via Nayapul and Tikhedhunga. After a few hours of drive, we will get to Ulleri to start our trek. The trek begins on the 1st day itself from Ulleri and will end at Ghorepani. The trails offer magnificent views of the Annapurna range, Macchapuchre, Dhaulagiri, and Hiunchuli. You will trek through the rhododendron forest to end the day at Ghorepani. Ghorepani is also home to more than eight species of Rhododendron flower. If you are trekking during March-April, get ready to be overwhelmed with the beautiful rhododendron forest.

  • Altitude2630m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time5 hours

we will have a short 45 mins ascend to the Poon Hill viewpoint (3210m). Before dawn, we will start our hike early to enjoy the beautiful sunrise. The first rays of the sun striking the Annapurna range, Macchapuchre, Dhaulagiri, and Hiunchuli mountains make it an unforgettable experience. After 45 minutes to an hour on the viewpoint, we will return to our Ghorepani lodge. We will continue our descent after a local breakfast at Ghorepani. The trail will take you through the dense forest in Deurali and finally reach Tadapani after about 5 hours of walk.

  • Altitude805 m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Time5-6 hours

After viewing the magnificent sunrise and that of mountains such as Annapurna South, Himchuli, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Gandharba Chuli, Gangapurna etc, there is time always for breakfast after which walking down the trail journey begins. After hiking for almost 2.5 hr, the most gorgeous scenic place Ghandruk is reached where “Gurung culture” is cherished together with their lifestyles, their dressing styles traditionally, and their hospitality. Lunch is preferred at this site and at the same time the lovely views of Fishtail, and Annapurna Mountain can be observed. After lunch, the journey starts to Pokhara can be accomplished by catching a jeep which is about a 2.5-hour drive.

  • Altitude1400m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Time7-8 hours

After breakfast, head for the tourist bus or have your private vehicle meet you at your hotel for the drive back to Kathmandu. In the evening, we host a farewell dinner in a fine restaurant. (Your guide(s) and office staff will accompany you).

Recent road condition between Pokhara and Kathmandu

Please be advised that extensive road construction between Kathmandu and Pokhara has resulted in increased traffic congestion and air pollution. As a result, the journey, typically taking around 6-7 hours, may now require approximately 8-9 hours. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. Alternatively, there is the option to take a 25-minute flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and vice versa. The cost for a one-way flight is USD 100 per person.


    Our airport representative will drop you at the airport as per your flight departure time.

    Trip Cost Details
    • Airport transfer services during international flight arrival, departure, and local flight schedule
    • 2-night 3-star Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara on BB Basis
    • Accommodations and Meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner during the treks
    • Jeep service from Pokhara to Ulleri and Ghandruk to Pokhara
    • Experienced English-speaking government-licensed trekking guide and  one porter between 2 trekkers (No Porter for Solo Trekker)
    • Guide and Porter's salary, food, equipment, and insurance
    • All applicable National Park and Local permits
    • Water purification tablet
    • First aid kit with basic medications
    • Farewell Dinner in a fine Restaurant
    • Official expenses and government tax/VAT.
    • Souvenir: Company T-shirt each, and Trekking map - 1
    • Nepal entry visa
    • Travel and health Insurance which covers emergency Rescues and evacuations
    • During the trekking time, personal expenses, snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, bottled water, hot shower, WI-FI, battery charging, etc.
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
    • Tips for treks guide, porter (it is appreciated)
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