The Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is famously known for being one of the shortest treks where you can enjoy the beautiful view of the mountains while avoiding the strenuous long hour’s walks. The Annapurna Circuit is well known for its diversity in culture and abundance in natural beauty. Ghorepani PoonhillTrek lies in the Annapurna Circuit but only covers the lower trail reaching upto 3193m. The trek is comparatively easy and does not have the risk of Altitude Sickness; a major issue for travelers trekking in the Himalayas. Nevertheless, if you want to explore more of the Annapurna Region in limited amount of time, you can check our “Short Annapurna Circuit Trek” or “Annapurna Base Camp Trek”.
The cost depends upon the number of days, transportation used and number of people in the group. Since we value your time, the package can also be customized according to your time and convenience. Nevertheless, trekking in Nepal can be unpredictable due to the geography and weather conditions so we request you to communicate constantly with your team representative in any case. Our customized package guarantee 100% departure date.
- Pick-up and Drop-off at the airport in a private vehicle
- 3 nights twin-sharing accommodation in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel
- Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Full day guided city tour in Kathmandu by a private vehicle
- Welcome and farewell dinner at a Nepali restaurants with traditional, ethnic music and dance
- Annapurna Trekking permit (ACAP) and TIMS (Trekkers security Card) permit
- Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- All accommodations on a trek (Lodge/Tea house)
- Tea/Coffee (Served in a cup only)
- Government licensed and well trained English speaking guide and his entire expenses
- Porters (One porter for each 2 members) and his entire expenses
- Insurance of Guide and Porter
- All required local and government taxes
- Down jackets and sleeping bags (if required)
- Desire Adventures duffel bag
- Company T- Shirt
- Route map
- Nepal arrival visa
- Meals in the city except breakfast and other mentioned above
- Personal expenses
- Extra Hot showers, Wi-Fi & battery charging while on a trek
- Monument entrance fees while on a tour in Kathmandu (aprox USD25 per person)
- Your travel insurance that covers Helicopter evacuation
- Tipping (as an appreciation) and any additional tours
From the airport, our team representative will pick you up and drop you to your hotels. After the check in formalities you can freshen up and stroll around the city. If your flight is at night, we will directly invite you for a welcome dinner in a Nepali Restaurant with local cuisine and ethnic dance and entertainment. Here, you will also get a glimpse into the local Nepali culture and traditions.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights: Introduction to Nepali culture through food and entertainment for dinner.
On the 2nd day of the package, we will explore the city of Kathmandu. Kathmandu is famously known for its historical monuments and its cultural sites. A couple of UNESCO World Heritage Sites resides here. Early after breakfast, we will take off to explore in our private transportation. We will visit renowned places like Swayambhunath (famously known as the Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. If time permits we will also be visiting Patan Durbar Square. After the guided tour, we will visit our head office to plan out the trek and brainstorm ideas if any. Later in the evening, you can stroll around your area or even experience the night life of Kathmandu.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights: UNESCO listed World Heritage sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square (a historical structure offering architectural wonders), the Pashupatinath temple (a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva with Bagmati River flowing across and various rituals taking place), Swyambhunath Temple also known as the Monket Temple situated in the outskirts of Kathmandu and finally Boudhanath (a Buddhist shrine along in the ancient trade route to Tibet, dedicated to Lord Buddha: the Light of Asia.
We will start our trek today leaving Kathmandu. We will take the tourist bus to Pokhara from Kathmandu. The bus leaves from Kantipath every morning at 7:00am. After the 7-8 hours long drive with scenic view of the landscapes and rural settlements, we reach the beautiful city of Pokhara. We will be staying in a tourist standard hotel in Pokhara. The city is famous for its beautiful Lake and is considered as a “Trekkers Hub” since many trekking route start from Pokhara. We can stroll around the lakeside or rest for our trek ahead today. Overnight at Pokhara.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights: View from the tourist bus along the windy highway with Trisuli River below the road, breathtaking view of waterfalls, rivers, jungles, hills, hamlets higher up on the hills, terraced fields with seasonal crop, different vegetations, curious faces of people running motels, restaurants and lodges. Pokhara: Trekkers hub, Lakeside area in Pokhara with various cafes and attractions.
After breakfast we will head towards Tikadhunga today. From Pokhara we take the bus to Nayapul on the North West. The bus passes through various small settlements and takes about 1.5 hours to reach Nayapul. From Nayapul we will walk up to Birethani which is about 20 minutes away from Nayapul. Here, your guide will fill out the legal formalities as the ACAP documents for your trek. From Birethani we eanter the Annapurna Region and walk towards Tikadhunga following the main trail. Along the way we pass villages like Lamdawali, Sudame and Hile walking on the east of the Bhurungdi Khola. Overnight at Tikadhunga.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights: View of alluring mountains, waterfalls, local settlements, introduction to the Annapurna Range
After breakfast today, we set off to reach our destination for today; Ghorepani. Ghorepani got its name from its ancient traders who used to rest at this point to collect water (pani) for their horses (ghoda). From Tikadhunga we cross a bridge climbing about 3280 steps to reach Ulleri. Ulleri is a small Magar village offering a good view of the Annapurna South and the Hiunchuli. From Ulleri we ascend further and reach Ghorepani, the gateway to Poonhill. We will rest at Ghorepani today and hike up to Poonhill for the majestic view of the mountains tomorrow. Overnight at Ghorepani.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights: Climbing the stone steps. Ulleri: a large Magar village offering magnificent view of Annapurna South and Himchuli, seasonal forest of the conservation area, spectacular view of Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri from Ghorepani, temple and internet cafes at Ghorepani along with chilly weather.
Today will be the day we will get the best view of the mountains from Poonhill. Poonhill is famous for its sunrise amidst the mountains bringing out the glorious beauty of nature. To enjoy this sunrise in the Annapurna range, we will start walking early in the morning and witness the glory of nature at its finest. After enjoying the panoramic beauty, we head down to Ghorepani and have our lunch after which we will start walking downhill towards Tadapani. We will come across slate quarry and steep trails until we reach Tadapani. Tadapani has a water tower in its village from where it gets its name (Tadapani literally translates to Far Water in Nepali). The trail climbs along ridges and through pine and rhododendron forests to reach Banthanti and eventually to Tadapani. Overnight at a hotel in Tadapani.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights: Magnificent view of sunrise from Poonhill along with close up view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range with 20 other highest peaks of the world, Deurali Pass, several waterfalls on the way to Tadapani.
From Tadapani we start our trek today towards Ghandruk. Along the way we come across Gurung Villages with traditional settlements and walk along the forest trails along the ridges of rhododendron and pine trees. Ghandruk is a small Gurung village with a stunning view of South Annapurna and Huinchuli range. The houses are beautiful and traditional with slope roofs and the village is built on a inclined slope and each houses and paths are connected by stone stairs. Overnight at Ghandruk.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights: Easy Trail leading with Rhododendron and Oak forest, different type of birds. Ghandruk village: Introduction to a large Gurung village featuring hotels and lodges, Gurung museum, handicraft center, health post, temples, Gurung cultural program and a majestic view of Annapurna South, Hiun Chuli, Gangapurna, Annapurna.
The walk from Ghandruk to Nayapul is comparatively easy and takes about 3-4 hours. Along the way we will walk past settlements including Chane, Kimche and Syauli Bazar. The trail along the Modi Khola (River) will take us to Birethani where we will check out from the ACAP region. Finally saying our goodbyes to the Annapurna Circuit Trail, we will reach Nayapul from where an hour and a half long bus drive will take us to Pokhara. Upon reaching Pokhara, we will check-in to our hotel. The evening can be spent strolling around the city.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights: Coming across settlements like Imle, Chane and Kimche, Modi River, Pokhara: lake side, nightlife, beautiful environment and other tourist attractions.
We will be returning to Kathmandu from Pokhara today. The tourist bus takes about 7-8 hours to reach Kathmandu and along the way we will witness amazing landscapes, forests, hills, rivers, local settlements and glorious mountains (depending on the season). We will bid our farewell to the Himalayas and arrive at Kathmandu. Upon reaching your hotel you can freshen up and later we will invite you to a farewell dinner. We can discuss on your experience and get feedback from you.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
On your last day at Nepal, we will drop you off at the airport. You can also go for a souvenir shopping or explore the city if your flight is scheduled at night. Thankyou and have a safe journey!
Why choose Desire Adventures as your next travel partner?
Desire Adventures presents a wonderful opportunity to help you visit the areas, culture and tradition of Nepal that have seldom been explored before. The trip itineraries are fully customized to meet our customer’s requirements, needs and interest. We also partner with local porters and guides to help you explore more unseen places of the region you choose to travel.
Customer service and safety is our top priority. Therefore, we cater to every possible need of yours during your stay in Nepal, be it the food, accommodation, varied destination or your communication needs. We highly believe in responsible and sustainable tourism and also dedicate our service for the development and betterment of the community. Despite all these facilities, our best packages are offered at competitive rates and special group discounts.
Why choose Ghorepani-Poonhill Trek?
Famous for being comparatively less challenging, quick and diverse, the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is bestowed with scenic and panoramic beauty. The trek is perfect for trekkers looking for less strenuous and hectic walks nonetheless get to enjoy the captivating Himalayan Range. The trail passes through the Gurung community and settlements and walk through Rhododendron forests; the national flower of Nepal. Perhaps the best view is for all those nature lovers who will get to witness the sun kissed beauty of the Annapurna Range from Poonhill.
When should I plan this trip?
This trip to Nepal can be planned any time of the year. However, the best season to plan this trip is either spring (March-May) or autumn (September-November). These seasons support us with the best weather, climate, and better visibility.
What should I wear?
From May through October, lightweight clothing is recommended; however, warm garments are required if you are planning your trip sometime in between October and March. An umbrella or a raincoat is a must during the rainy season (June-August).
Extra Money for Personal Expenditure
We suggest you to bring some extra money for extra expenses like drinks, shopping and tipping, as the trip cost does not include the cost of extra expenses.
We also request you to set aside USD 150 (or an amount equivalent to USD 150) as an emergency fund. This fund is kept as security money during the trek and will be utilized in the case of any changes in the itinerary caused by unforeseen natural disaster.
Climate: The climate of Nepal varies according to the elevation. The humid, tropical Terai receives the most monsoonal rain and records the country’s highest temperature. The lower hills (900-2,700meters), including Kathmandu Valley are sub-tropical, with hot summer and moderate winters with only the occasional frost. The higher hills (2,700-4,000 meters) are temperate as the hills get plenty of rain, fog and frost. Above 4,000meters, the mountains have cooler, drier alpine climate and daily temperatures vary wildly depending on sunshine, wind and altitude.
The Central Post office is located in Kathmandu near Dharahara Tower. It is open Monday to Friday. The opening and closing time from Monday to Thurday is 10:00 am and 5:00 pm respectively; however, on Friday the office is closed after 3:00 pm. Stamps, aerograms and postcards can be purchased from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. You can enjoy the services like registration and insurance of mail and packages and IRCs exchange. Large parcels are handled by the Foreign Post Office, which is open Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Express Mail Service (EMS) is available at GPO and at Thamel, Bashantapur and airport postal counters. Postal counters are also situated at the airport in Kathmandu.
Both landline and mobile phone services are available in Nepal. Nepal Telecommunication Corporation located at Tripureshwor is a national service provider that provides telephone, fax, telex, STD, ISD and telegraph services. Some private sectors also provide telephone services. Network coverage is good throughout Nepal except in some rural Himalayan places. Almost all the hotels and private communication sectors provide long distance telephone and fax facilities. During your stay in Nepal, you can buy and use a local SIM card, that is prepaid phone cards (requires 2 passport size photos and passport visa copy to purchase the SIM).
The country code for Nepal is 00977 and the area code of Kathmandu is 01. For other inquiries regarding the telephone number 197 can be used. Long distance call rates can be quite expensive, therefore, it is best to use the internet phone. Internet phones are easily accessible in the major cities of Nepal.
Email and Internet services are very popular in most part of the country these days. All you need to do is find an internet café. Most of the hotels and cafes in the major cities of Nepal provide internet service for the convenience of their guests. The rates in the cities are much lesser compared to the rates in the rural areas. There are stationeries which provide fax, photocopy, and scanning services.
It is very easy to find a hospital or a private clinic in Kathmandu. In fact, Nepal’s top general hospitals and private clinics are located in Kathmandu. These hospitals and private clinics provide top quality service. Other major cities also have a good number of general hospitals. However, in the rural areas of Nepal, health posts have been set up by the government to provide health and medical facilities for both local and visitors. All kinds of medicines are available in Kathmandu.
If you are planning this trip in Nepal, a travel insurance policy that covers all the added expenses that might result due to various health issues, injuries or accidents. Moreover, it should also cover death, misplaced luggage, theft and liability, cancellations, medical treatment (including hospital charges, cost of medicine, doctor’s fees) as well as repatriation cost. It is also necessary to ensure that the insurance policy covers all extra activities that you are planning to accomplish throughout your stay in Nepal.
Food and Accommodation:
We always make sure that our customers get the right value for their money. Therefore, we always attempt to make some of the best arrangements for our customers. To ensure a comfortable stay, we book a tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu, before and after your trip. Normally, the rooms are twin share, where you will have to share your room with another member of your group. However, this totally depends on the size of your group and the availability of rooms in the hotel. On request, triple share can also be arranged. However, extra charges will be applicable for a single supplement.
Breakfast is provided in the accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Full board meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee) is provided in Chitwan. Usually breakfast and dinner are provided in the accommodation itself and lunch are ordered from local restaurants. Both, typical Nepali and Western food will be served during the trip, depending upon your choice.
Vaccination and Medicines:
Although you will be consulting your doctor before planning the trip, we highly recommend you to get few vaccinations like Hepatitis A, Japanese Encephalitis, Polio, Rabies, Tetanus, Typhoid and Malaria before planning your trip to Nepal.
Moreover, we also recommend you to carry few medicines like Aspirin or Panadol –for pain and fever; Antihistamine – as a decongestant for cold allergies and to prevent motion sickness; Antibiotics, Kaolin preparation (Pepto-Bismol), Imodium or Lomotil – for upset stomach; Rehydration mixture- for the treatment of severe diarrhea; Antiseptic, Mercurochrome and antibiotic powder or similar dry spray – for cuts and grazes; Calamine lotion for irritation from bites or stings; bandages, band aids, a pair of scissors, tweezers - for minor injuries; insect repellent, sun block lotion, lip balms, water purification tablets, throat lozenges, moleskin, Sulamyd 10% eye drops, and Acetaminophen (Paracetamol, Antacid tablets) in your personal first aid kit.
Our legal documents:
Registered under the government of Nepal, Desire Adventures is a fully licensed and certified company. Therefore, this company holds complete authority to operate treks, tours, expedition, hiking and many other tourism related services in the Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. In addition to this, we are also a very active member of the following organizations.
Nepal Tourism board (NTB)
Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN)
Kathmandu Environment Education Project (KEEP)
Ministry of Finance, Department of Taxation
Company Registration Office, Pvt. Ltd.
Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Department of Tourism Industry
Passport and Visa Information:
It is very easy to obtain Nepal’s visa. You may either apply for a visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy/Consulate or Mission offices in your own country or you can buy this upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. To apply for a visa, you need 2 passport size photographs, Visa fees in US dollars and your passport that is valid for at least 6 months before the trip. However, nationals of SAARC countries (India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives and Afghanistan) and China do not require any visa to visit Nepal. Transit visa for foreign nationalities is only provided for 3 days. Therefore, visa is required for longer stays. However, for the convenience or foreign nationals, a visa is also provided from the borders listed below:
Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu)
Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
Birgunj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border of Nepal)
Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Western Nepal)
Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Mid Western Nepal)
Mohana, Dhangadhi (Far Western Nepal)
Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Far Western Nepal)
Tourist Visa Fees:
Transit visa (3 days) – Free of cost
Multiple entry (15 days) – 25 USD or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry (30 days) – 40 USD or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry (90 days) – 100 USD or equivalent convertible currency
(For more information, please contact the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Dillibazar Kathmandu.
Download visa form-: www.immi.gov.np )
Emergency Contact Detail
If you need to urgently contact us, then we recommend you either call our local representative given below or directly contact our office. If in case you do not receive an immediate answer, we request you leave a detailed message and contact information, so that we may get back to you as soon as possible.
From outside of Nepal: +977-1-4412014
From within Kathmandu: 4412014
From outside Kathmandu: 01-4412014
If you are using NTC, Ncell or any other mobile networks in Nepal: 01-4412014
What should I bring?
Along with warm clothes you will also need other equipment for the sufficient protection of your body. Below is the list of necessary items that you need to pack before commencing your trek.
Head- Hat (with a wide brim), Sunglasses (with UV protection), Sunscreen lotion and Lip balm
Upper body- T-shirts (2), light and expedition weight thermal tops, Fleece jacket and pullover, Fleece wind-stopper jacket (Optional), waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket, down vest/jacket (included)
Hands - Lightweight gloves, heavy-weight gloves/mittens with a waterproof outer shell
Lower body - Underwear (4), hiking shorts (2), lightweight cotton long pants, light and expedition weight thermal bottoms, Fleece or wool pants, waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Feet - Thin, light-wear inner socks (4), thick, warm wool hiking socks (4), hiking boots with spare laces, camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals), gaiters.
Accessories - Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries, small padlock or combination lock, basic first aid kit, large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag), day pack, water bottles (2), hiking pole/walking sticks, small ear plugs, fanny bags for your valuables.
Toiletries – Soap, shampoo, toothbrush, small wash towel
Extras - Cameras with extra batteries and cards, binoculars, light balaclava or warm fleece hat, reading books, trip map/guide book, journal & pen, iPod, water purification tools or tablets.
Please leave your extra luggage in the hotel in Kathmandu (free storage is available) and pack as lightly as possible.
With growing tourism in Nepal, the growth of travel and expedition companies have mounted to its peak. The companies seek the best leaders and guides to compete in the market while giving the best service to the clients. Although there are a numbers of companies promising you the best trip of your life, many neglect giving the knowledge on safety measurements and sustainable tourism to their team. From luxury travels to pocket friendly trips, our team guides deliver you the best of Nepal keeping your schedule, preference and welfare in mind.
Extensive insights on history and culture of the country:
Nepal has abundance of cultural and natural beauty. The charming architecture and rich history of the temples and Stupas are listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Our guides are well learned and experienced to give you insights on the country's hidden history and natural beauty. From world renowned sites to less traveled local areas, we make sure to provide you information on the benevolent locals, culture and lands that stretch out from the mighty Himalayas to the Terai Plains.
Round the clock service:
Our guides provide you exceptional service 24*7 throughout the trek. Weather it requires giving information, helping with communication or any other skills, our team makes sure you get the facilities regardless of timing. We have well trained English speaking guides working in the fields and value your timing and schedule and try to work as compatible as they can. In addition both our office staff and our field staff have exceptional knowledge on the products we offer. With any queries, you can email/ call/ message us as we try to respond as soon as possible. With extensive field study, our office staff constantly communicates with our trekking guides, tour guides and climbing Sherpa’s to update the information in the trekking region.
Licensed with minimum 5 years of experience:
Trekking has been commercialized in the last few years since Nepal was recognized as the most efficient country to trek. With growing commercialization comes competitive market. Nevertheless, our climbing Sherpas and team representatives along with the guides are required to have minimum of 5 years of experience with a certified license.
Importance to Sustainable Tourism:
We value the importance of sustainable economy and development. Thus, we hire local porters, guides and climbers to train them and give them a platform to work for themselves and their family. All our team members belong to local native groups and have been trained for trekking in the Himalayas and other regions of Nepal.
No exceptions with quality and equipments:
Our teams of guides are well trained with proper English speaking and communication skills via education and experience. We are also equipped with first-aid kits and trekking apparatus like oximeters, maps, first-aid kits and mobile phone for emergency. Perhaps what separates us from others is the relationship our company has with the climbing Sherpa’s and trekking guides.
5:1 Client Guide Ratio
We maintain a 5:1 client guide ratio i.e. with every 5 clients we provide 1 guide. A team leader/guide with be appointed for a team of 5 trekkers in the group. Nevertheless, an assistant leader will also be provided with every addition of 5 pax. You will have 1 porter for 2 trekkers who will be carrying 25-30 kilograms of weight. We wish for your travels to be worthy and adventurous with no difficulties or hurdles.
Why Desire Adventures?
- Exceptional Product Knowledge
- Fair Price and Service Quality Guaranteed
- Guaranteed Departure on each booking
- Ultra-personalized itinerary and Unmatched Flexibility:
- We Maintain 1:5 Guides:clients Ratio