Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek (5 days) – Nepal Eco Adventure

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The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, also known as the Annapurna Panorama Trek, is the ideal option for the hiker who has too little time for Annapurna Base Camp or the Annapurna Circuit.

The view from Poon Hill during the sunrise is enchanting and is admired by thousands of adventurers year after year. Among them are experienced hikers but also people who get to know the Himalayas for the first time. The short itineraries and the minimal altitude differences make the risk of altitude sickness enormously small.

Would you like to have a trekking holiday in Nepal, but don’t know where to start? The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is suitable for both beginners and mountain goats. You’ll never forget the views of giants like Dhaulagiri and Annapurna I again.

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FAQ

FAQ

Are the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek and Annapurna Sunrise Trek the same?

You want to hike up to Poon Hill and see the famous sunrise, but you are not sure whether to pick the Poon Hill Trek or the Annapurna Sunrise Trek. Don’t worry, they are one and the same. There are different names for this classic introduction to Annapurna trekking and both Poon Hill Trek and Annapurna Sunrise Trek are commonly used. Another name is the Annapurna Sunrise View Trek. There are also trekking operators who blend the two together. You’ve guessed it: Ghorepani Poon Hill Sunrise Trek. Whatever trek you choose, you can rest assured that during this trekking you will see the most beautiful sunrise of your life.

What is the best trekking season for the Poon Hill Trek?

When doing the Poon Hill Trek, you will not be trekking and hiking in the most extreme conditions. After all, this trek does not go higher than an altitude of little over 3.000 meters. Because of that, you are not so exposed to the elements as you would be on other treks in Nepal. It is possible to do the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek throughout the year, but the months from March to May and from October to November are the most popular for trekking this classic. You can read more about the most favorable trekking and hiking seasons in Nepal in this blog post.

Is the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek difficult?

The Poon Hill Trek is considered to be an introduction to the great wonders of trekking in the Annapurna Region. It is one of the easiest, if not the easiest trek in Nepal. The Poon Hill Trek is considered to be family friendly and unlike on other treks in Nepal, you can do this trek in a short time, if you wish to. Despite the fact of the Poon Hill Trek being regarded as easy, hikers and trekkers should be moderately fit. After all, you are stilling trekking through the Himalayas of Nepal. If you are wondering what it physically takes to go trekking in Nepal and what you can do to become the fittest version of yourself, check out this blog post.

Why hike the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek?

There is not a single trek in Nepal that can give you the Himalaya experience and the best sunrises in less time and for less money. The Poon Hill Trek is sometimes being hiked to simply warm up for other great treks in Nepal. It is, for example, a good warming up for going trekking in the Mount Everest Region. One can name different reasons for hiking or trekking up Poon Hill, but the most notable one is the famous sunrise that this trek is famous for. You indeed will experience one of the most beautiful sunrises that you have possibly ever seen. The hike or trek from Ghorepani up the hill is absolutely worth it when you consider you get to see in Dhaulagiri and Annapurna in the morning glory.

What does the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek cost?

As most foreign visitors to Nepal land in Kathmandu, they are likely to go trekking regions other than Annapurna. This is the first hurdle to trekking in the Annapurna Region. One has to actually travel to Pokhara. All the trekking providers by default offer transport from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Some by bus, others by plane. An itinerary usually includes hotel accommodation in Pokhara and transport from Pokhara to Ghorepani. This is where some of the costs sit.

Although you do not need to pay some kind of entrance fee, you still need to pay for permits. Without it is impossible to hike in the Nepal Himalayas.

For the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek you need two kinds of permits:

TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System): This permit is important for every trekker wishing to trek in Nepal. This costs NRS 2000 per person. This equals about 17 USD or 15 EUR.

 

ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit): As you will be entering the Annapurna Conservation Area, you will need a permit.

All permits are arranged by your trekking provider.

The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is because of its average duration and difficulty not the most expensive trek in Nepal. Prices vary between the 450 USD and 700 USD or 400 EUR and 600 EUR.

How safe is trekking to Ghorepani Poon Hill?

Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our hikes and trekkings low. Our trekking guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all guided treks and hikes on Ghorepani Poon Hill.

What type of accommodation can I expect while doing the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek?

When you are planning to go trekking or hiking in the Annapurna Region, you can expect to stay in a decent hotel in Pokhara and you are likely to stay in teahouses along the trek. Regardless of where you stay in Nepal, do not expect a luxury show. Accommodation is relatively basic but is perfect for those who are resting their legs from hiking and trekking. Down below you can read more about staying in teahouses.

I read about Teahouses in the Annapurna Region. What are they?

Tea houses are small hotels known as bhatti. Them being small hotels, you can expect a certain level of comfort. Yes, you can, but just know that comfort is a relative concept. They are comfortable to the extent that you have a place to sleep and that you can enjoy home-cooked meals. That’s right, tea houses are run by local families who have opened their houses to trekkers passing by.

 

Because trekking in Nepal has become so popular in recent years, more and more tea houses have opened their doors and the concept has improved over the years. The more popular your route, the better the quality of your tea house is. If you are headed to Everest Region or the Annapurna Conservation area you can expect to see tea houses being of good quality. Quality meaning that you can expect flush toilets, hot showers and in some cases wireless internet. The use of these amenities is at an extra charge. On popular routes, it is even likely that you will stay in a building that has been built with the sole purpose of serving as a tea house. Read more about staying in teahouses here.

How do you select a reliable trekking operator for the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek?

The great thing about the internet is that you can find anything anywhere. The same goes for hiking and trekking providers. However, since there is so much on offer, it can be overwhelming to find a trekking operator of your liking. That is why Bookatrekking.com does the selection for you. We only join hands with the best hiking and trekking providers we can trust. You can rest assured that the trekking operators on Bookatrekking.com are reliable.