One of the most popular short treks in Nepal, this trek gives you access to one of Nepal's classic viewpoints in Poon Hill, before passing through the heritage village of Ghandruk.

Highlights

  • One of Nepal's most famous treks - and for good reason
  • Climb 3381 steps to be rewarded by panoramic views of Dhaulagiri
  • Stay in the heritage village of Ghandruk, with views of Annapurna South & Fishtail

Video Highlights

Watch kimkim travelers Dipak, Dimple and their children share their story about their Nepal trekking adventure in December 2017:

Overview

Fast facts
Min. duration 5 days
Max. elevation 3210m (Poon Hill)
Start/finish Tikhedhunga/Nayapul
Difficulty Moderate
Trek-style Teahouse

The Ghorepani trek (also known as the "Ghorepani / Poon Hill" trek) is one of Nepal’s most classic short treks. In a short amount of time, you pass through beautiful local villages, rhododendron forest, and, of course, get access to panoramic views of Nepal’s most famous peaks from Poon Hill - Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna I and Annapurna South.

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Suggested Itinerary

Most often, this trek is done in 5 days (2 days to reach Ghorepani, and 3 days to return to Nayapul). Keep in mind, however, that much depends on how fast you move and how you like to enjoy your trek. This trek can also be completed in either direction, both ways just as rewarding. From Pokhara, you'll be transported to Nayapul, where you'll officially begin your trek.

Day Destination Altitude Duration
Day 1 Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul, Trek to Tikhedhunga 1488m  3-4 hours 
Day 2 Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani 2875m  4-5 hours 
Day 3 Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani, Sunrise at Poon Hill 2670m  4-5 hours 
Day 4 Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk 2050m  2-3 hours 
Day 5 Nayapul 1030m 2-3 hours 
View from Tadapani
View from Tadapani
Climbing up to Ghorepani
Climbing up to Ghorepani
Poon Hill
Poon Hill, looking toward Dhaulagiri
Ghandruk
The village of Ghandruk

Difficulty & pace

Generally, this is a relatively easy trek compared to other, higher-altitude treks in Nepal. On day 2, however, expect a steep climb up the stone staircase (3381 steps in total), from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani - 1387m of altitude gain in a single day is not to be taken lightly. Your trekking duration each day will largely depend on your fitness and how much you like to stop to enjoy the views. Above, we've suggested the average pace that most trekkers prefer.

Getting there & away

The city of Pokhara is the main starting point for almost all the treks in the Annapurna Region, including this one. (Pokhara is a 25-minute flight or a 6-7 hour drive from Kathmandu.) From Pokhara, you’ll either take a private jeep or public bus to Nayapul, where you’ll be dropped off to begin your trek.

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Map

Map of Ghorepani Trek: Popular 5-Day trek via Poon Hill and Ghandruk
Map of Ghorepani Trek: Popular 5-Day trek via Poon Hill and Ghandruk

Recent Trip Reviews

Related trips planned by kimkim specialists

Ghorepani trek - popular 5-day trek via poon hill and ghandruk, Nepal - Jul 1 - Jul 8, 2018

Traveler: Catherine P. - Local specialist: Prajwol Shrestha

My partner Kim and I had the most amazing experience on our trip to Nepal. Despite going in the rainy season we managed to stay dry the whole time! It will always be a special trip for us as Kim proposed near Poon Hill. We were blown away by the service - every member of the team was exceptional in their attention to detail, friendliness and manner. I would not hesitate at all to recommend Prajwol, Furba and the whole team. Many thanks!

marcus

Nepal, Nepal - Jun 7 - Jun 14, 2018

Traveler: marcus w. - Local specialist: Ngima Dorji Sherpa

Pre-Trip: Fast reply to questions. Flexible arrangements.

Trek: Well organised, great team, great people - which could be hard as you live with them day after day .

One of us had never flown long haul and the other was on their fourth trip to Nepal, the service provided exceeded both our expectations.

So in summary I would highly recommend for both novice or experienced travellers alike.

10 day nepal trip, Nepal - Apr 13 - Apr 22, 2017

Traveler: Ruth S. - Local specialist: Raj Gyawali

I have never really been much of a "tour" traveler. I can't thank Raj's team at Social Tours for all the high level of detail planning and caliber of guides, drivers and information by his group. Amazing!

Responsive, well planned, all of Raj's staff were beyond excellent and professional. We now consider them friends.

Ghorepani poonhill trek, Nepal - Nov 19 - Nov 26, 2016

Traveler: Axel A. - Local specialist: Ngima Dorji Sherpa

We have been home for about one and a half weeks now. We are really happy with how our trip went. The views were stunning and I think that both me and Victor would like to return someday for a longer trek. Thank you for all the help. It would have been some much harder to do without you two.

Ngima and our guide Lhakpa were great and everything just worked.

Ghorepani trek, Nepal - Oct 7 - Oct 11, 2016

Traveler: Roland T. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

Very satisfied with all aspects of the trip, from planning through to the final goodbyes to our guides.

Friendly and helpful and more - which other operator would invite us to a local bar and then buy is a drink? Wonderful person!