Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is the short and easy yet prodigious trek in the Annapurna region. Due to its proximity to Pokhara, and easy trail the trek is easily achievable. The stunning view of the Himalayas and the beautiful Rhododendron forest makes it even more attractive. People with any level of trekking experience can make this trek with minimum risk. Many people prefer to merge the Poon hill trek with Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Ghorepani-Ghandruk trek. Poonhill is popular for its magnificent sunrise and beautiful landscape. Here’s a quick guide for the Poonhill trek.
Why Ghorepani Poonhill trek?
Living in the 21st century, can you imagine a region where the mule is the one and only way of transportation? Yeah, you are reading it right. Every sack of rice and all other foods and construction materials in Ghorepani should be carried for multiple days in a mule. During all tours in Nepal like Luxury Everest Base Camp trek, you experience this lifestyle that existed a few centuries back.
In spite of such remoteness, peoples in Nepal live their life with joy. The culture and tradition reflected in the picturesque ethnic villages are awesome. You get to experience the lifestyle of the Gurung and Magar who inhabited the region. Exploring the diverse Himalayan culture is an awesome experience. They express hospitality, friendly behavior, and generosity.
Getting to Poonhill
The journey to Poonhill commences from the beautiful city of Pokhara. First, you need to drive to Nayapul on a local bus or a jeep. The local bus to Nayapul leaves from Zero km or Baglung Bus Park. The total distance is about 45.5 km and takes about two hours. From Nayapul, you are likely to get a jeep to Ulleri. If you wish to extend the journey, you might also trek to Ulleri and crash there for the night. The Jeep ride takes another two hours while the trek is five to six hours long.
From Ulleri, you need to hike up stone stairs. The walk of about 5 hours takes you to Ghorepani- your stop for the night. Poonhill is about an hour of walk from Ghorepani. You can walk the same way back.
Hire a guide/porter
If this is your first trek on the trail, it’s wise to hire a guide. Although the trails are well-marked, a guide helps you with other stuff. He/she can introduce you to local flora and fauna, landmarks, important places, and peaks. On another hand, a porter lightens the load off your shoulder and leaves you free to explore the trail. Himalayan Masters, one of the best travel agency in Nepal arranges both guide and permit with thier Poonhill trek package so that you dont need to worry about anything.
Poon Hill Trekking Permit
For your Poonhill trek, you need to issue two types of trekking permits. The Trekkers Information Management System (called TIMS card) costs Nrs. 2000 per person. You also need Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit- costs $28 per person. You can get the permit in Kathmandu and Pokhara from the Government office or through your trekking agency.
Accommodation and food during the Poonhill trek
The accommodation during the Poonhill trek is tea house type. Ulleri has a few tea houses with basic facilities and amenities. On the other hand, Ghorepani has some fine standard tea houses and hotels. Since there are many hotels in Ghorepani, you don’t need to worry about the accommodation. In the peak season i.e autumn and spring, it’s wise to book the place.
Also, you can get many options for food and drinks during the Poonhill trek. Many tea houses have Nepalese, Indian, and continental choices in the meal. You might want to carry a few chocolate bars and energy drinks for the day. For the drinks, local tea, green tea, soft/ hard drinks, coffee, and bottled water are available.
The right kinds of equipment can make your trek a lot easier. You need a trekking pool, hiking boots, an easy bag pack, and a down jacket. In the winter season, you might also need a sleeping bag and a mat. You can buy or return this equipment in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Poonhill Trek cost
The transportation cost of a local bus from Pokhara to Nayapul is USD 1.5-2. The Jeep or a car ride cost you around USD 20 from Pokhara to Nayapul and USD 25 from Nayapul to Ulleri. The accommodation cost is around $5-$10 per night. The cost of the food ranges from $4-$8 per meal. The cost of the guide is $25-$30 per day. A porter costs $15-$20 per day.
Poonhill is one of the most prodigious hiking destinations in Nepal. With the right kind of preparation, you can make beautiful memories that will last for a lifetime. Hope this quick guide will be helpful for your trip.