Ghorepani Trek - Popular 5-day trek via Poon Hill and Ghandruk

One of the most popular short treks in Nepal, this trek gives you access to one of Nepal's classic view points 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

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.

Ghorepani Trek Map
Overview Map of the Ghorepani Trek

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 Hile/Tikhedhunga 1488m  2 hours 
Day 2 Ghorepani 2875m  4-5 hours 
Day 3 Tadapani 2670m  4-5 hours 
Day 4 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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