Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek – The Best View Of The Annapurna Himal

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On this page you will find a comprehensive and impartial guide to the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. We are not a tour operator, but we can put you in touch with our recommended partner, see below.

As this is a very long and detailed article on the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, we recommend using the quicklinks below to navigate to the sections that interest you most. Alternatively, bookmark this page for future reference.

Route Overview

The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek (aka the Poon Hill Trek) is generally regarded as one of the best short treks in the Annapurna Region of Nepal.

Classic mountain treks in Nepal generally require two or three weeks of your time, but one of the great things about the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is that it can be accomplished in as little as four days, however, most people take five days.

Several factors contribute to its popularity: it requires only moderate fitness and is one of the least physically-demanding of Nepal’s treks, making it ideal for families or retirees; there is little risk of altitude sickness (highest altitude is 3,210m); and the accommodation, in the shape of family-run tea houses, is of good quality, so there is no need to cart around tents, sleeping bags (although we do recommend you take a sleeping bag for extra comfort and warmth) and food.

Apart from being a great introduction to trekking for non-trekkers, as well as providing a fantastic experience for those with little time, the main drawcard of the trek is the beauty and diversity of the scenery: one minute there is lush vegetation, the next, terraced rice fields and then alpine areas. All along the trek, the highly-attractive fluted peak of Machhapuchhare (Fishtail Peak) dominates the skyline.

Upon reaching Poon Hill you will be faced by one of the most spectacular mountainscapes on Earth. Poon Hill is 3,210 metres high, and the view at sunrise is a joy to behold, justifying each and every gruelling step you took to get there. From the top of Poon Hill the snow-capped summits of the Himalayan giants, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna I, both more than 8,000 metres high, can clearly be seen in addition to many other peaks. When the sun’s rays strike the mountains, they glow like gold.

Having the Himalayas so close, virtually on your doorstep, is breathtaking.

Regional Map

The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is in central Nepal, in the Annapurna region. The nearest big town is Pokhara (see map below).

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Recommended Map

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Unfortunately there aren’t many great maps available online. The best schematic we have found is below, from Globe Trekker.

There are, however, some good trekking maps of the Annapurna region that you can purchase online. 

Annapurna Map by National Geographic is a detailed trekking map for routes from Pokhara along the Marsyandi River, Thorung Pass, and the Kali Gandaki River in the Annapurna Conservation Area.

We also recommend  by Ian P Johnson and Around Annapurna 1 : 125 000: Annapurna Conservation Area – Annapurna Sanctuary. It includes detailed trails, walking distances and altitudes.

In terms of a single detailed map we recommend the Himalayan MapHouse’s, New Annapurna Trekking Trails Map, which can be bought in Kathmandu, Pokhara or on Amazon UK here (unfortunately it is not on Amazon US yet).

We have also provided links and recommendations to new guides and maps below.

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Itinerary

Most people fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara to begin the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek. Flights leave regularly, although weather interruptions / delays are common. The flight takes approx. 30 minutes and will set you back between US$70-US$100. Make sure to sit on the right-hand side on the way from Katmandu to Pokhara as the views are exquisite. Sit on the left-hand side on the way back.

If you want to save money you can catch a tourist bus from Katmandu which generally takes 6-8 hours (depending on the condition of the roads and police checkpoints). Expect to pay 300-400 Rupees (~US$6).

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Video Overview

 A great video overview of the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek by Mark Wiens. There are two parts of the video available. They are both quite exciting as Mark is a traveling foodie and shares a lot of details about the kind of food you'd be eating on the trek.

Recommended Guidebook

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There are two excellent guidebooks that provide specific information on the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek.

Lonely Planet Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya 

By: Bradley Mayhew, Joe Bindloss and Lonely Planet
Year: 9th Edition (2009)
The best all-round trekking guide for Nepal. Includes 30 detailed itineraries on the most popular routes, including the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek, Everest Base Camp trek and the Annapurna Circuit.

Annapurna: A Trekker’s Guide 

By: Sian Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons
Year: New edition – 2013
The most authoratitive guide on the Annapurna region with specific information on the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek.

You are also welcome to have a look at our recommended list of Nepal books and guidebooks Library for more options.


Frequently Asked Questions

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Insurance Information

Trekking insurance is vital for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. If an accident or incident should occur that requires immediate medical assistance and evacuation you will most definitely want adequate trekking insurance that can cover the costs of air ambulance and treatment.

Make sure you have insurance that covers you for any travel related risks, like lost, stolen, damaged or delayed baggage; interruptions and flight delays and tour operators default.

Please read our article on travel and trekking insurance in Nepal. The article provides great information on what type of insurance you'd need.

Other Routes

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Everest Base Camp Trek

The Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular and iconic treks in Nepal. Trekkers get to retrace the early footsteps taken by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on their historic Everest expedition in 1953. Discover the Everest Base Camp Trek.

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Langtang Valley Trek

The Langtang Valley Trek is a relatively easy trek and is often far less busy than other popular treks in the Everest and Annapurna region. The trek can be done in seven days, however, it usually takes 10 to 12 days. Discover the Langtang Valley Trek.

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Manaslu Circuit Trek

Robin Boustead, author of Nepal Trekking & the Great Himalaya Trail: A route and planning guide, pronounced, “Many would argue that the Manaslu Circuit trail is the best general trek in the country.” Discover the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

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