Inside the Ghandruk Poonhill Trek

The Ghandruk Poonhill  trek is a popular easy grade trek in the Annapurna Region of the great Himalayan trail. At a maximum altitude of 3210m, the Poon Hill-Ghandruk trek is one of the best options for anyone with limited time wanting to witness the Himalayas, the culture, and tradition of an ethnic group such as the Gurung. The co-existence of these groups makes this trek an interesting one with festivities going on throughout the year.

The inhabitants of this area of Annapurna Region are famous for their shamanistic traditions which include the consumption of wild honey from the Himalayan Honeybee which also happens to be the largest honeybee in the world. The honey hunters have been featured in National Geographic special and many other media. This region having a bountiful bio-diversity attracts visitors from all over the world. Traditional tea guest houses, lodges, homestays and community guest houses are found all along the way in the Ghandruk Poonhill trek, making it rather easy than other treks. This trek is perfect for families with children as it allows them to explore without much risk and stress. The children are particularly fascinated by the visitors and take no time to mingle and hover around. Growing up in this region makes them accustomed to the incline and often walk faster than most of the visitors.

Amble Himalaya Treks is an experienced travel and trekking company operating from Kathmandu. With Amble Himalaya Treks years of experience, we operate the best guiding services in the Himalayas of Nepal and guarantee to you the best experience. We are also tied up with the best in transportation and hospitality services, thereby taking care of all your holiday planning.

Trip Fact

Geography Mountain/ Forest/ Villages Level of Difficulty  Easy
Duration of Trek 09 Days Max Altitude 3210m
Religions Hinduism/Buddhism Ethnic People Gurung/Chhetri
Accommodation Hotel/ Lodge/ Guest House Transportation Flight/ Tourist Bus/ Private Vehicle
Region  Annapurna Region Group Size 1-14 People

Included on the Cost:

Domestic and international flights transfer.
3 Star hotel accommodation at Kathmandu on double/twin room sharing with Breakfast.
Guided tour of the city with all entry fees as per Itinerary.
Kathmandu- Pokhara-Kathmandu transfer on tourist coach.
Transfers to trek start point and from trek end point.
Accommodation in trekking at best available Teahouse/Lodge.
Daily breakfast.
Amble Himalaya Treks provides duffel bags for porter.
Experience professional trek guide, accredited by the Nepal government.
Trekking permits and local taxes for the region (Annapurna).
Porters required to carry all personal gear; 1 porter per 2 trekkers (on deluxe tour only).
Group first Aid Kit.
Insurance for all our staff.
Trekking map for each trekker.
Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

Departure Date

One of us will drop you at the airport, ending your stay in Nepal.

 

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Day 01: Arrival to Kathmandu (1,350m)


One of us will pick you up from the Kathmandu International Airport and transfer you to the hotel. You will be briefed on the trip of next day and the remaining day can be spent exploring and shopping.
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Day 02: Fly/Drive to Pokhara. 6 to 7 Hours. (1400m)


You will drive to Pokhara early morning on tourist coach which takes 6-7 hours. you have an option to take a 30-minutes flight to Pokhara on extra cost of USD 120. Rest of the day can be spent enjoying lake side in Pokhara, a beautiful city. Overnight at hotel.
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Day 03: Drive to Nayapul (1070m) and trek to Hile


We leave from Pokhara in the morning after breakfast. After reaching Nayapul we will hike up to Hile which is filled with little guest houses and beautiful scenery. Overnight at guest house.
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Day 04: Trek to Ghorepani (3210m)


Today we will make our way to Ghorepani. The way is filled with steps and a steady incline. One can see multiple small waterfalls and streams all along the village of Ghorepani. Overnight at guest house.
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Day 05: Trek to Poon Hill (3,210m) and Trek to Tadapani (2630m)


Early morning before sunrise we will hike up to Poon Hill (45mins) to view the spectacular sunrise. The Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Himchuli range change many shades with the slowly rising sun rays. This is one of the best places to view sunrises from. After taking some beautiful shots of the mountain ranges, we will trek to Tadapani where we will stay the night.
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Day 06: Trek down to Ghandruk (2010m)


Passing through small villages, we will arrive at Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a village of the Gurung. Ghandruk has little stairs that connect the little guest houses and teahouses. Ghandruk is a poster like a village with typical Nepalese houses and friendly people practicing multiple cultures and from various ethnicities. During festival season one may be able to witness many traditions that are very particular to this reason. Overnight at guest house.
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Day 07: Trek down to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara


Early in the morning, we will walk down to Nayapul through familiar landscapes. From Nayapul to will take a ride back to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.
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Day 08: Fly/Drive back to Kathmandu


Today we will either drive back to Kathmandu on tourist coach. You have an option to take a 30- minutes flight to Kathmandu on extra cost of USD 120. Overnight at hotel.
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Day 09: Final departure from Kathmandu


One of us will drop you at the airport, ending your stay in Nepal.

Included

Domestic and international flights transfer.
3 Star hotel accommodation at Kathmandu on double/twin room sharing with Breakfast.
Guided tour of the city with all entry fees as per Itinerary.
Kathmandu- Pokhara-Kathmandu transfer on tourist coach.
Transfers to trek start point and from trek end point.
Accommodation in trekking at best available Teahouse/Lodge.
Daily breakfast.
Amble Himalaya Treks provides duffel bags for porter.
Experience professional trek guide, accredited by the Nepal government.
Trekking permits and local taxes for the region (Annapurna).
Porters required to carry all personal gear; 1 porter per 2 trekkers (on deluxe tour only).
Group first Aid Kit.
Insurance for all our staff.
Trekking map for each trekker.

Excluded 

Lunch and dinner on the trip (on budget and guide service).
Personal travel insurance; medical and evacuation insurance.
Nepal entry visa fee US$60 for one month, US$ 30 for 15 days.
Personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, mineral water.
Tips for trekking guide & porters which is expected.
International airfare and airport taxes, excess baggage charges.
Expenses incurred due to accidents, landslide, strikes, political unrest, etc.

One of us will drop you at the airport, ending your stay in Nepal.



Ghorepani Poonhill trek is a moderate kind of trekking which does not require previous trekking experience and is suitable for people of all age groups who are moderately fit. Some physical fitness activities such as running, swimming and walking are recommended before your Ghorepani Poonhill trek. People with pre-existing medical conditions must seek advice from their doctors before considering the trek. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort, but you will be acclimatized throughout the trek.

For airport pick up and drop off, and Kathmandu visit we use private vehicles of various categories such as cars, vans, micro, bus etc., depending on the size of the group. We take a domestic flight from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu.

ATM and credit card facilities can be used only in cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara. During the trek itself, you need to have some cash with you as ATM services are not available in the remote villages, and payment is only acceptable in cash.

You should carry Nepalese Rupees on the trek as teahouses will never accept foreign currencies. You’ll be only spending for hot showers, charging batteries, additional drinks and snacks, and the purchase of curios. Please note that it is illegal to purchase antiques in Nepal.

Sure. You can stay as long as you want. We feel a holiday should not be concluded until you feel content. As per your request, we can add some days to your trip with additional costs to cover guides, hotel, transportation, and other expenses.

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