Ghorepani Poonhill Ghandruk Trek

Duration: 7 Days   |   Based on 1 Review   |   Trip Map
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Transport: Private Vehicle / Tourist Bus
  • Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge to lodge
  • Max Elevation: 3350m

Ghorepani - Poonhill - Ghandruk Trek is one of the most favoured short yet exciting treks in the exquisite Annapurna region of Nepal. This trek is a slightly extended form of the ever-popular Ghorepani Poonhill Trek with trail to Ghandruk, the beautiful ethnic village of Gurung peoplebeing the addition. Well-renowned for its Himalayan views, beautiful floras and faunas and highly enriched culture and traditions, this Ghorepani Poonhill Ghandruk Trek is worth a go for those wishing to enjoy fascinating natural and cultural aspects of Nepal.

The trek begins from Nayapul and goes through the picturesque ethnic villages and blooming rhododendron forest. Along the way we tackle the challenge of climbing 3300 steps up to Ulleri which is quite demanding, but the beautiful sceneries all around makes up for it. As we trek through the densely forested path of Ghorepani, you can witness the charming red blanket of rhododendron flowers, many such beautiful vegeatation that garnish the trek throughout and a chance to encounter many rare floras and faunas in the Annapurna Conservation Area.

A short hike uphill from the beautiful village of Ghorepani takes you to Poon Hill, the best sunrise viewpoint of the trek impeccable for admiring the marvelous Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges in the sparkling sunlight during the dawn and the dusk. Widely known as thePhotographer's paradise, Poon Hill is a wonderful place to snap splendid photos of the ever sparkling snow-capped mountains and the stunning sunrise view. After spending some quality time in Poon Hill, we resume our trek through beautiful forest and streams to Ghandruk, the popular Gurung village. 

Some other Annapurna region Treks:

The highly enriched Ghandruk village gives you an insight into the culture, traditions and lifestyle of the local peoples. Old Gurung Museum over there also helps you know more about the historical and cultural aspect of this heavenly place. Marvel Adventure conducts Ghorepani - Poonhill - Ghandruk Trek with a professionally designed itinerary and all the neccessary arrangements. Join us and enjoy one of the most rewarding short treks in the foothill of Annapurna region.

Highlights

  • Explore World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu valley
  • Glorious sunrise view from Poon Hill
  • Blooming rhododendron forests
  • Stunning mountain view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges
  • Insight into the culture and traditions of Gurung people

Day to Day Itinerary

  • Day 1 Drive to Pokhara
    We take a wonderful scenic drive of around 6 hours to Pokhara as we cruise through colorful rural settings along the bank of Trishuli River. On reaching Pokhara, you can explore the beautiful lakes and enjoy the magnificent sceneries all around. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
    • Day 2 Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Hile
      After taking breakfast early in the morning, we take an hour long drive to Nayapul from where our trek begins. From there we walk for around 3 hours enjoying the beautiful scenery and the nature, listening to the flowing streams and rivers until we reach Hile, a beautiful village. Overnight at lodge in Hile.
      • Day 3 Trek to Ghorepani
        The day starts early with passing through Tikhedhunga. On the way we cross several water streams and ascend the stone staircases as we reach the village of Ulleri. The stunning mountain views of Himchuli, Annapurna and Machhapuchhre welcomes you at this beautiful village. Continuing the walk through rhododendron and oak forests, we reach to Ghorepani. Overnight at lodge in Ghorepani.
        • Day 4 Hike to Poonhill and Trek to Tadapani
          This is going to be one of those days of the trip, you will enjoy the most. We begin our ascend to Poon Hill very early in the morning to catch the glorious sunrise over the whole Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. This vantage point has a huge recognition among the visitors as a photographer's paradise for its spectacular sunrise view and the natural beauty of highest order. After relishing some glorious moments in this heavenly place, we return back to Ghorepani for the breakfast. Then we continue our trek all the way to Tadapani through the bamboo and pine forests. The walk would be of around 5 to 6 hours full of fun and joy. Overnight at lodge in Tadapani.
          • Day 5 Trek to Ghandruk village
            On the 7th day of the trip, we continue our trek to Ghandruk. A walk of 2-3 hours through beautiful forests and streams will take us to Ghandruk, the historic village. The Gurkhas, popular all over the world for their bravery are the inhabitants of this beautiful village. This village surrounded by Annapurna and Machchhapuchhre has one of the largest Gurung settlements in the country. The warm hospitality of the locals along with an acquaintance into their culture and traditions is the major highlight of the day. You can also visit the ancient Gurung Museum over there which indeed will lay more insights into the highly enriched culture and traditions. Overnight at lodge in Ghandruk.
            • Day 6 Trek down to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara
              After enjoying a glorious day in Ghandruk, we trek all the way down to Nayapul enjoying the beautiful landscapes and scenery. The trek ends in Nayapul before we take a drive back to Pokhara. On reaching Pokhara, you can either rest or visit the beautiful city of lakes. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
              • Day 7 Drive back to Kathmandu
                After an early breakfast, we take a drive back to Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu, you can roam around this vibrant city and buy gifts and souvenirs to take back home. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

                What to Expect

                • Government license holder guide 
                • Strong and helpful porter with proper equipments (1 porter for 2 people)
                • Salary,food,accommodation and insurance for guide and porters 
                • Tea house/lodge accommodation during the trek
                • All land transportation
                • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) card
                • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permit
                • Two nights standard Hotel in Pokhara
                • Comprehensive first aid kit
                • Government taxes and official expenses
                • International Airfare and taxes
                • Nepal entry visa fee
                • Your Travel Insurance (compulsory)
                • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu
                • Entrance fee in the heritage sites during city tour.
                • All the expenses of personal nature
                • Any kind of drinks and desserts during the trek
                • Tips for guide and porter (Tipping is expected)
                Request a Private Date

                Useful Information

                1. Insurance

                Travel insurance is mandatory for all clients undertaking any trip. It should provide adequate security for the full duration of the tour to cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue and loss of luggage. Make sure that your insurance policy covers up to 3300 meters of altitude.

                2. Packing List

                • Sunglasses
                • Sun-Cream and Lip Balm with high SPF
                • Hat/Cap
                • T-shirt, Vests and Shirt
                • Fleece/Sweater
                • Fleece Jacket
                • Down Jacket
                • Waterproof Jacket and Trousers
                • Warm Gloves
                • Hiking Boots
                • 3-4 pairs of socks
                • Day pack (30-40 liters)
                • Torch light
                • Water bottle (Minimum 2 liters)
                • Small Hand Towel
                • Sleeping Bag for up to -15 Degree Celsius

                3. Guide and Porter

                We provide experienced, knowledgeable and honest guide with good communication skills in English language to make your trip wonderful. The guide will provide all the information about the mountains, different histories, cultures, traditions and many more. We will provide 1 porter for 2 people. The porters are helpful as well as strong and will carry a maximum of 25 kgs combined. After giving the best services along with the hard works up in the mountains, guides and porters expect some tips from your side. Tipping culture is very common in tourism sector.

                4. Altitude Sickness

                Altitude sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans, caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. It commonly occurs above 3000 meters. It presents as a collection of nonspecific symptoms, acquired at high altitude or in low air pressure, resembling a case of "flu, carbon monoxide poisoning, or a hangover". However, most people can ascend to 3000 meters without difficulty.

                Primary Symptoms of Altitude Sickness:

                • Lack of appetite, nausea, or vomiting
                • Fatigue or weakness
                • Dizziness or lightheadedness
                • Swelling of hands, feet, and face
                • Insomnia
                • Shortness of breath upon exertion
                • Nosebleed
                • Persistent rapid pulse
                • Drowsiness
                • General malaise

                Prevention:

                Ascending slowly is the best way to avoid altitude sickness. Avoiding strenuous activity such as skiing, hiking, etc. in the first 24 hours at high altitude reduces the symptoms of AMS. Alcohol and sleeping pills are respiratory depressants, and thus slow down the acclimatization process and should be avoided. Alcohol also tends to cause dehydration and exacerbates AMS. Thus, Marvel Adventure strictly suggests avoiding alcohol consumption in the first 24–48 hours at a higher altitude.

                Guides and porters from Marvel Adventure are very much familiar with this problem due to their experience. All of them are trained with basic medical trainings and hence they definitely can help you.

                Testimonials

                • Jolanda Spoelstra
                  Jolanda Spoelstra, Netherlands

                  Nice and humoristic guide

                  Nir was our guide in October 2016, when we did a Ghorepani-Poonhill-Ghandruk trekking. He is very experienced, knows his way everyday! Also, you can laugh with him a lot. We had nice conversations and lots of fun together, also with our other groupmember. We wish him all the best with his company and many save travels. We recommend him as a guide.

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