Annapurna Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

Trip Overview

This trek known also as the small Annapurna Circuit is a very popular one in Nepal. The highest point of this trek (3200 m) and for many the highlight is an early morning pilgrimage to Poon Hill for a spectacular sunrise over the Himalayas where the mountains stretch as far as the eye can see. Not a difficult trek but it helps if you have a reasonable degree of fitness. This trek is considered to be the best introduction to trekking with some spectacular views.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu 
You will meet our representative at the airport and then transferred to the hotel.

Day 2 : Leisure day in Kathmandu
The capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, being the historical and cultural heart of the country, is a popular destination for tourists. Pay a visit to popular world heritage sites such as Durbar square, Pashupatinath and Soyambhunath.

Day 3 : Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820 m) 
After breakfast, we leave our hotel early morning for a drive with scenic views along the road to Pokhara.
We will visit some popular spots in the lake city after refreshing at our hotel. We will go on a tour of  Davids fall and the Phewa Lake.

Day 4 : Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga (1540 m)
In the morning, we drive from Pokhara to Nayapul where our trek commences. From here the trail descends steeply to Birethanti before following the banks of the Bhurungdi Khola to reach Tirkhedhunga. Overnight at our lodge.

Day 5 : Trek to Ghorepani  (2870 m)
On the way we cross the suspension bridge and many beautiful waterfalls. Then, the the trail goes steeply upwards about one and half hour till we are above Ulleri (2080 m). Ulleri is a small Magar village which can offer you the view of Mt Annapurna South (7219 m). We can find several lodges in this village. Going further to Banthathi, we can see Mt. Machhapuchhare (6996 m). After then, we walk toward Nangethanti (2460 m) where we stop for lunch. After an hour, we reach to Ghorepani (2750 m), followed by Upper Ghorepani which takes more ten minutes time. We will be at Deurali pass which is a way to Annapurna circuit, Jomsom Muktinath & Annapurna base camp trek. Ghorepani/Deurali is the huge settlement with lodges and shops. You can see Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Nilgiri south (6839 m), Annapurna south (7219 m) & Hiuchuli (6441 m).

Day 6 : Trek to Tadapani (2590 m)
We wake up early morning to hike up to the famed vantage point of Poon Hill. As the sun rises, the views are breathtaking, a wide Himalayan scenery stretching from Dhaulagiri 8167m (the world’s seventh highest peak) to Manaslu (8156m) (the world’s eighth highest peak) in the east, with the mighty Annapurna range in between them. Afterwards, we will be climbing along the ridges of the hills in pine and rhododendron forest to 3030m and then descending to a second pass, Deurali. The steep descent becomes gentle as we reach Banthanti where we will stop for lunch. From Banthanti, the trail follows the stream down to a bridge and starts climbing to Tadapani (2540 m).

Day 7 : Trek to Landruk (1565 m)
Leaving Tadapani, we hike along terraced fields below the wonderful panorama of awe-inspiring glaciated Himalayan mountain ranges. As the trail moves across a group of flatlands, forest, cultivated lands and a suspension bridge over Khumnu Khola, we arrive at the scenic & beautiful village of Ghandruk. A supreme vantage point in this pristine & serene village offers breathtaking views of Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhare and Hiunchuli.

Day 8 : Trek to Dhampus (1650m)

After an Early morning breakfast, we can enjoy the view of Sunrise, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Machhapurchre & much of the countryside. We leave Landruk catching flat trails about an hour then it gets a little steep before we reach Tolka. Tolka trail follows through forest again with steep ascends for about one & half hour to get to Deurali. After Deurali, the trail leads to where you gradually descend to Dhampus via Pothana.

Day 9 : Trek to Dhampus Phedi- Pokhara
We walk up a steep stone trail down to Dhampus Phedi/Ghatte khola for about an hour and then drive to Pokhara.

Day 10 : Pokhara to Kathmandu
While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu. From Naubise, we climb up to Thankot.

Day 11 : Fly back to home
You will be dropped off at the airport.

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Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration:11 Days
  • Trip Grading: Strenuous
  • Max Altitude: 3190 meters
  • Best Time: Mid Feb to May and Oct to mid Dec.
  • Trip Mode: Lodge & Camping trek.
  • Group Size: Min. 2 / Max.12 + Above

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