Ghorepani Poon Hill Sunrise Trek
- Country: Nepal
- Trip grade: Easy
- Destination: Annapurna
- Activities: Trekking
- Accommodation: Teahouse
- Meals: Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners
- Maximum altitude: 3210 meter
- Group size: 1+
- Best Season: Mar-May / Sep-Nov
Do you love short trekking adventures with spectacular views of the surroundings? If you do, you need to trek to the Annapurna region in Nepal. Ghorepani Poon Hill Sunrise Trek is a short trekking adventure that you can enjoy in the foothills of the Annapurna. This trek is popular for its incredibly charming beauty of nature and the Himalayas.
The trek is of just five days in the mountains, and a total of nine days. It starts and ends in Pokhara just in five days’ time. You will not believe that you have seen so much in such a short time. But, yes, that is what this trek is famous for – show you more in less time.
What you see during Ghorepani Poon Hill Sunrise Trek
This trek is certainly one of the best and the most popular short trekking adventures in Nepal. During the five days of walk in the mountains, you will come across beautiful and serene nature, spectacular views of the Himalayas, and beautiful villages along the trail.
You will also watch a beautiful sunrise over the Himalayas from Poon Hill. As you will watch the sunrise over the mountains, you will be looking at the magnificent Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges of the Himalaya. The trekking route covers the first half of the trail where trekkers on the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek will also trek.
This teahouse trekking attracts hundreds of thousand trekkers every year. Since this is not only a short trek but also an easy trek in Nepal, many trekkers choose this adventure. Although this trek is an easy trek, you need to traverse the trail up and down the mountains. You have to walk thousands of steps up and down along the trail.
However, the beauty of nature, mountains, and people living in the region is simply spectacular. This trip certainly makes your adventure experience the one worthy to cherish.
Reasons this trip becomes an Experience
Nepal Climbing Adventure always strives to offer an adventure traveling experience that you can cherish. While the Ghorepani Poon Hill Sunrise Trek is beautiful in its all essence, your experience of trekking there becomes even more beautiful with us.
By the time we take you to the base camp and bring you back, we take one step ahead to offer you a beautiful experience. We keep your safety and happiness is our top priority and you will experience the same during the trip.
Trekking with us to Ghorepani Poon Hill is traveling in safe hands.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)
Normally, your arrival in Kathmandu is the day one of this trip. We will come to pick you up at the airport as per your flight time and transfer you to the hotel. There are no activities today apart from a trip briefing meeting. The information about the meeting time will be available upon your arrival at the hotel.
You have time to relax and go for any last-minute preparation of the trip. Welcome to Kathmandu!
Day 02: Kathmandu – Pokhara (900m) (6-7 Hrs. Drive by Tourist Bus)
On the second day of the trip, we have a long day drive to Pokhara. Our day starts pretty early in the morning and we get ready for the drive. We will go to the tourist bus station to board the bus to Pokhara.
It takes us 6-7 hours to drive 200 kilometers from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Although the drive is long for the distance, the scenic surroundings of the highway will ease the travel a bit. We will drive past small and beautiful towns and villages along the highway. Most of the time, we will drive along beautiful rivers.
Once we reach Pokhara 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu, we will have enough time to go around and explore the Lakeside. Pokhara offers an incredibly beautiful view of the Annapurna range. This peaceful city has various natural attractions like lakes, caves, mountains, and green surroundings.
We will spend quite a relaxing time in Pokhara after checking into hotel.
Day 03: Pokhara – Nayapul – Ulleri (2050m) 1.5 Hrs Drive/6 Hrs. Trek
We are going to begin the trekking adventure into the Annapurna region from today. Before the first day of the trek begins, we need to drive about 1.5 hours to Nayapul from Pokhara after breakfast. Once we reach Nayapul, we will get ready and excited to start the first day of trek to Ghorepani Poon Hill.
Our destination for the day is Ulleri village. It takes us about six hours walk to reach the village. The walk today is a relatively easy one except for the final part of the walk. The first 3-4 hours of the walk is along the dirt road and is an easy start. As soon as we start the walk, peaceful and beautiful natural surroundings take over. We trek to Tikhedhunga to start the final leg of the walk for the day which is a demanding uphill walk. Almost two hours of steep uphill walk on steps eventually will take us to Ulleri village where we stay overnight today at a teahouse. The beautiful village of Ulleri lies in the mountain slope surrounded by greenery and mountains.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 04: Ulleri – Ghorepani (2875m) 5 Hrs. Trek
After the first experience of staying overnight in a teahouse in the mountains of Nepal, we wake up for a beautiful morning. Our trek for the day will take us to Ghorepani and it is all uphill walk through the forest. As we traverse the trail through the forest, we slowly gain the elevation. It will take us about five hours to reach Ghorepani village to stay overnight.
While the natural surroundings of the trail keep us amazed during the walk, Ghorepani village has a breathtaking view of the mountains. When we reach Upper Ghorepani and if weather is clear, we will get to see a beautiful view of the gigantic snow-capped mountains right in front of us.
We will spend the rest of the time at Ghorepani enjoying the wonderful view of the mountains and surroundings.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 05: Ghorepani – Poon Hill (3210m) – Tadapani (2625m) 7 Hrs. Trek
We will start the day really early today since we plan to hike up to Poon Hill for the sunrise. The hike starts much earlier, before the break of the dawn. It is about an hour’s steep uphill hike to reach Poon Hill from Ghorepani. We will make it to the Sunrise View Point to enjoy the amazing sunrise over the Himalayas. As the daylight appears, we can enjoy the magnificence of the mountains in the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range of the Himalayas.
After the sunrise and spending some time at the top, we descend to Ghorepani and continue the walk for the day to Tadapani after breakfast. It will be another five hours of the trek up and down the mountains to Tadapani. Although the walk tests us with lots of uphill and downhill trails, it is certainly a beautiful walk through the forest and a beautiful view.
Once we reach Tadapani and settle into a teahouse for the night, we will spend time enjoying the view of the surrounding mountains.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 06: Tadapani – Ghandruk (1940m) 3.5 Hrs Trek
From Tadapani, we take the trail to the right heading towards Ghandruk village. If you take the trail to the left and down, you will take the Annapurna base camp trail. But our destination for the walk today is Ghandruk, an ethnic Gurung village in the region. It will take us about three and a half hours to reach the destination through a forested trail on a downhill walk.
Once we reach Ghandruk and check into a guesthouse, we will spend the rest of the day enjoy the view of mountains and surroundings. We can also go for a walk around the village exploring its beauty.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 07: Ghandruk – Nayapul – Pokhara (900) 3.5 Hrs Trek/1.5 Hrs Drive
We are on the final day of our trek. The morning will bring a spectacular view of the mountains in the Annapurna. We can look in the direction of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Mardi Himal Trek.
Our walk for the day to Nayapul will take us about 3.5 hours. The trail descends to the bank of the Modi River and heads straight towards Nayapul. Once we reach Nayapul, we will get into the vehicle and drive to Pokhara. After about one and a half hours of drive, we reach Pokhara to bring our trip to end.
Meal: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 08: Pokhara – Kathmandu 7 Hrs Drive
As we have completed our trekking journey, it’s time now to return back to Kathmandu. We will get ready for the early morning bus ride back to Kathmandu. It will take another seven hours to reach Kathmandu.
Day 09: Departure Day
The trip has come to an end today. We have to bid farewell for this time hoping to meet again for another adventure soon. We will drive you to the airport for your departure flight as scheduled.
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Security for our clients is always a foremost priority for us. All our guides and other support crew are carefully chosen for your trips. Our guides hold licenses issued by the Nepal Government. They are very honest and reliable. But we would also advise you to take care of your own personal belongings. If you are on ‘camping treks’ please do not leave your bags unattended at any time for your own safety. Take your main bag inside the tent once you reach the campsite. At night, all bags and belongings are kept in the middle of the tent. Your guide assigns a Sherpa on a rotation basis to guard the campsite throughout the night. If you are on a ‘Tea house or GAP trek’ arrangement, you will be sleeping in local teahouses. You need to take sensible precautions yourself at all times. Never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out.
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Depending on the prevailing situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your senior guide. However, the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into some of the most remote regions in the world, where many unforeseen circumstances may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.