Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is located in the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) at the elevation is 3200m.
Ghorepani Poonhill Trek of Nepal is one of the most popular and easiest treks in Annapurna region. Situated at an altitude of 3200m and just beneath the greatest Himalayan Range, the area is famous for fascinating traditional villages, ethnic communities, rhododendron forests and magnificent 360-degree views of more than 10 snowcapped mountains. It is the easiest and shortest trek that doesn't require any experience in trekking. Poon Hill is possible to trek anytime of the year. The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek starts from Nayapul in Pokhara with 4-5 days of moderate walking.
Pokhara is a fascinating city and popular as a gateway to Annapurna Mountain range. Most trekkers and hikers spend a night in Pokhara before heading out for the trek. The city is 200km away from Kathmandu. Tourist buses and local microbuses leave Kathmandu for Pokhara early in the morning at 7:30 till late afternoon. It is easy to find a tourist bus ticket from travel agencies in Kathmandu. Traveling on a bus takes 6-7 hours to reach Pokhara. Taking a flight is another option to reach Pokhara, which takes just 45 minutes to land on Pokhara airport.
Take a taxi to Nayapul near Pokhara and then the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek begins. During the season, the route is congested with hundreds of trekkers every day going to Poon Hill. The trek is suitable for everyone those who are not familiar with trekking and those who are looking for a short and easy trek holiday in Nepal. Packing for the trek doesn't have to be complicated. It is a simple trek of 4-5 days and everything is available on the way up. Trekkers have to take plenty of cash because there are no ATM machines available.
What to Pack
The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is categorized under 'easy' trek but get ready for serious walking up to 7 hours a day. You don't need complicated trekking gears and a dozen of clothes. Some of the important things you must carry are 2 pair pants, 3-4 socks, waterproof jacket, hiking shoes, water bottle, toilet paper, sleeping bag, sunglasses, 2-3 underwear, light snacks, towel and basic first aid kit.
Food and Accomodation
Hotels and Restaurants are available in the area serving with Nepali cuisine, tea, coffee, and snacks. Foods are not expensive on the bottom of the trek but as you move up, the cost is likely to get high. The general rule of thumb is wherever you eat 2 meals at the tea house, you will likely to get accommodation for free.
UPDATE: The above statement is no longer true. Lodges will charge 200-300rs or more, depending on the kind of room, even if you eat all your food there. Prices have gone up in recent years. (April 2018)
Poon Hill stands at the altitude of 3200m. It takes a moderate level of fitness to complete this trek. There is no risk of Altitude Mountain Sickness as there is in other high altitude treks. The itinerary depends on how travel agencies prepare your plan.
Phone reception is good up to Ghorepani. Most lodges have internet connection and they charge is 100 NPR for the wifi in Ghorepani.
You can take a tourist bus or a local microbus to reach Pokhara, stay a night over and then take a taxi to Nayapul.
Eat and Sleep
There are many restaurants and teahouses that offer Nepali style and western style foods, and drinks for trekkers on a decent price. There is no need to burden yourself carrying a heavy backpack with extra foods. The price of food and drinks at teahouses start to get expensive as you hike above. A selection of beverages including beer, a wide range of menu items, and a hot shower are some of the services you will find at almost all teahouses. The golden rule of teahouses or lodges is if you eat two meals at any place, you will a room to sleep for free. Lodges will charge 200-300rs or more, depending on the kind of room, even if you eat all your food there. Prices have gone up in recent years.
Pokhara: Spend a day here for to rest for a day, and spend a night at pub listening to live bands, visit tourist spots, paragliding and return home tomorrow.