3210 meter/10529 feet
Autumn (March to May) & Autumn (Aug to Nov)
The poonhill Ghandruk village trek trail offers the picturesque landscapes of spectacular mountain ranges standing above 8000meters as – Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167m, Annapurna I 8091m, Fishtail / Machhapuchhre 6991m, Nilgiri 7041m, Annapurna south 7219m, Annapurna II 7939m, Annapurna III 7555m, Annapurna IV 7525m, LamjungHimal 6988m and many more above 5000m, Poon hill, Gurung and Magar’s charming village dense forest of rhododendrons and magnolia, passing through the deep gorge, Phewa and Begnas Lake.
Trek along the Local Villages
Ghorepani and Ghandruk village of are both famous for splendid view of rhododendron forest with thirteen spices & several varieties of Orchids which blossom in the spring season. The unobstructed view of Sunset and Sunrise from the POON HILL (3210) meter is mesmerizing; poonhill is accessible from Ghorepani Village.
The trail passes through the picturesque landscapes of spectacular mountain ranges from the low land (rice fields) to thrilling thick jungles near Ghorepani village.
How Difficult is Poonhill trek?
If you are outdoor person and do ample of hiking or running; Poonhill Ghandruk trek will be very eaasy. However, for the first time trekkers as well – this trekking is regarded as easy trekking in Nepal.
Short holiday, best view of the mountains, walking through the villages on the trail and in the destinations – Poonhill Ghandruk village trek is perfect to spend your nature time in Nepal for short span of time.
Which is hard part? Well, if you hate uphill – second day of trekking can be considered as difficult. IN second day – we have to walk uphill from Tilhedunga to Ulleri. But if its your problem – solve it by taking jeep all the way to Ulleri. It is possible to skip Tikhedunga-Ulleri trail section. But the trail is nice with beautiful landscape view. You will love walking uphill, if you don’t skip the uphill, intentionally.
Trekking trail is wide & well maintained with stairs to walk on. Uphill or downhill – both of these trail type has been simplified with proper trail maintenance.
Poonhill trek is an easy trek in Nepal for the excellent view. Thus, few uphill’s surely worth the trip for mixed feeling and unforgotten memories.
What to expect in Poonhill Ghandruk Village Trek?
Poonhill Ghandruk trek is best mixed experience of village trek & excellent mountain view. From the hill station of poonhill – you can get the most amazing view of wide range of Mt Dhaulagiri and range of Annapurna himalay.
Whereas, walking along the villages of Banthati, Ulleri, Ghandruk, Tadapani and Ghandruk has amazing mixed cultural excursion. Ghandruk village is famous as a typical Gurung village. Ghandruk village is famous to be village of Ghurkas.These people are mostly ex-Gurkhas and there are many youth from this village still serving in Gurkhas with different Battalion.
Climbing the uphill tracks with more than 4100 rocky steps on the way to the Ghorepani at Ulleri is another thrilling lifelong experience to collect in the Poonhill Hike. Did it sound weird? Do not wonder – but yes; you will love this weird experience.
The trail also provides you the diversity of flora and fauna and wildlife as monkey and mountain goats are easy to watch. The Ghorepani Ghandruk Village trekking provides the chance to haunt the typical tradition and culture with life style of Gurung and Magar along with the diversity. This Poonhill Ghandruk village Trek takes you mostly through the village and little jungle, and last destination of trek, Ghandruk is a famous village of Gurung People with interesting history as well as it is one of the best destination to indulge the Gurung settlement.
During your stay in Ghandruk village, you will be offered to explore the culture and tradition of local Gurung community, their dress, food and so on. The settlement of Gurung community “Ghandruk” is situated or has an altitude of 1940 meters.
This is an example itinerary for Ghorepani Ghandruk village Trekking; if you want to customize as per your interest, we are happy to help you.
Outline Itinerary for Ghorepani Ghandruk Village Trek
- Day 1 – Drive to Nayapul and trek to Hile 1450meters
- Day 2 – Trek to Ghorepani
- Day 3 – Sunrise Hike to Poonhill, and continue trek to Tadapani 2610meters
- Day 4 – Trek to Ghandruk village 1940 meters
- Day 5 – Trek down to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara
Cost of Ghandruk Village trek – Nepalgram Adventure
|1||Cost (in USD $) Details||630||370||260|
|3||Accommodation during trek||Standard||Private||Shared|
|4||Transportation to trek start point||Private||Shared||Shared|
|6||Airport/bus terminal Shuttle service||Private||Private||×|
|7||Hotel at KTM/Pokhara||5 Star||Standard||×|
|8||Food on trek(BLD)||Unlimited Meal||3 Meal||×|
|9||Desert||From Menu||Fresh Fruit||×|
|12||Company Cap & T-shirt||√||√||×|
|13||Dawn Jacket & Sleeping – bag to be returned||√||√||×|
|14||Hard drink||Local Brand||×||×|
|15||Warm up hike||√||×||×|
|17||Buffer day for trek||√||×||×|
|18||Food in the city||×||×||×|
Note – Minimum people in group must be 02 so as to apply above price range.
Poon hill is a famous hill station to see very wide mountain range of both Dhaulagiri range and Annapurna range. To get to the Poonhill we have to walk through the village and jungle. This has made Poonhill trekking itself a best short trek in Nepal.
And, Ghandruk is one of the famous villages of the whole Annapurna region. Famous as Gurkha’s settlement, Ghandruk village is dominated with Gurung people. Culture, tradition and local life of the villagers are beautiful in the lap of Mt Annapurna and fishtail.
Poonhill Ghandruk Village Trek Cost
Poonhill Ghandruk village Trek is regarded as one of the cheapest trek to do in Nepal. This is because the trek can be done in short duration as well as this trek falls under easy trek to do in Nepal.
The trek cost also varies by different factors such as the number of days you opted to trek, peak season and off season, use of guide and porters, transportation, accommodation and so on. Normally for a 5 days trek the cost starts from $310. If you want all-inclusive package, it costs $490 and for luxury or comfortable package, it costs $550.
The cost includes the services for hotel room, food, guide and porter fee, permit fees, transportation fee and so on. But, if you want to trek solo or trek without guide and porter, the price may fall to some extent but it increases the responsibility for the trekkers. Trekking solo to Poonhill Ghandruk Village increases responsibility for the trekkers because they have to arrange all the required things by themselves such as permit, transportation, food and accommodation and so on.
According to the needs and wants of the trekkers, the cost for Poonhill Ghandruk village trek can be adjusted. Choose the best itinerary so you can adapt the trek with your budget.
Poonhill Ghandruk Village Trek Altitude
Poonhill Ghandruk trek is one of the easiest trek in Nepal. This trek starts from Pokhara and take you to the place Hile which has an altitude of 1450 meters. The next day, you will reach to the place Ghorepani. Trekking to Ghorepani offers you to view the beautiful snowcapped mountains. Ghorepani has an altitude of 2874 meters.
On the next day, you will have morning hike to Poonhill. This is the highest altitude of the trek which has an altitude of 3210 meters. Later on you will reach to Ghandruk village and back to Pokhara.
Food and Accommodation
You can find the comfortable lodges during your Poonhill Ghandruk village trek. The comfortable lodges during the trek are run by the local settlement. Each lodge during the trek has a large stove in the center of the dining room which provides the warm atmosphere. As compared to dining the rooms are not warm enough but provides you the blanket that may be enough to warm you.
Along with the blanket, the pillows are also provided to you. Normally, the lodge will have 2 beds in one room. Not in all the season but in winter season, we recommend you to bring sleeping bag with you. This is because, in winter season the blanket may not be enough to warm you.
During your stay, the lodges also provides you the facilities of hot shower which is operated by gas. Generally, all the lodges provides you the flush toilet but in some lodges, there is squat toilets.
During the trek, the lodge will provide you quality food. The lodges provides you menu where you can find local Nepal and western food. Beverages are also available at the lodge. It’s better to skip the beverage like alcohol. But if you want to consume it, consume it less.
Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek major insights:
- Drive through Villages from Kathmandu to Pokhara
- Sunrise / Sunset at Punhill
- Boating at Phewa Lake
- Ghorepani Village
- Single sight view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Mountain Range
- Ghandruk Gurung Village