A guide to the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek by The Longest Way Home

Please note this map should not be used as a practical trekking map. While the main Poon Hill route leads to Ghorepani and remains the same there are variations depending on side trails, weather conditions, time of year, natural events and physical changes to the trek paths. Detailed trekking maps can be obtained in Nepal at very low costs.

The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is very popular and there is a bevy of information about it. However, some trekking agencies tend to "over" exaggerate aspects of it. There’s also a bevy of "positive" "sponsored" blog posts about it out there. Let’s keep an honest head here and explore what you can really expect. Highest point of the Poon Hill trek

The highest sleeping point along the Poon Hill trek is at Ghorepani which is 2,874 meters (9,429 feet).


The lowest point of the trek is Low camp is 1,488 meters (4,881.89 feet). The morning views from Ghorepani are also very nice. A mix of traditional tea houses to the front and the majestic snow capped mountains to the rear. Total distance of the Poon Hill trek

Large animals like Yaks and leopards are not in this area. Locals still tell tales about tigers but nobody has actually seen one in many a decade. Donkeys and mules ply the trekking route transporting food and produce to the tea houses. Do watch your step when they are passing and give them full right of way. The little bells around their necks will warn you when they are approaching.

Both the Annapurna mountain range and the Dhaulagiri mountain range are visible from Poon Hill. The view at sunrise is quite breathtaking compared to other short treks. Views include Annapurna I 8,138 meters (26, 700 ft), Annapurna South 7,218 meters (23, 684 ft) along with the world’s seventh highest mountain Dhaulagiri 8,167 meters (26,794 feet).

The Pro’s of a package tour to Poon Hill include that everything is done for you ahead of time. There’s very little organizing involved with little scope for anything going amiss. Con’s include paying above the average price, you won’t know who your guide will be. Some large trekking agencies may also try to bundle you with other trekkers. Package tours bought in Nepal:

For those with a couple of days in Nepal then you can arrange a package trek along the Ghorepani Poon Hill route yourself. Again, the main issue usually surrounds either completing the trek in four days or five days. Do remember to consider your days transport to Pokhara which many trekking agencies assume you know about. This does not include the trekking days but sometimes they will try to upsell this with a complementary bus ticket. It’s not a big deal, just remember to count all your days.

The pro’s of a local package trek tour include meeting your guide before your trek, having the ability to ask questions in person and local package treks to Poon Hill are much cheaper than online. Con’s include having to spend at least one day listening to trekking agents trying to sell you the trek. Hiring a local Poon Hill Guide yourself:

There are many local guides that can take you to Poon Hill. It’s a great way to help the local economy while also have a degree of trekking Independence. It basically means hiring an independent guide whom you just pay a daily rate to. You then pay for all the accommodation and food yourself. While the costs do come down you’ll need to do more.

Pro’s here include a cheaper trek with more trekking independence. You can stay when and where you like. Con’s include having to bargain for your own room in an area well used to tourists. You’ll also have to order your own food, which is not hard. However, do remember that you need to eat whereever you stay. This is a trekking rule in Nepal. The best place to hire a guide for Poon Hill is in Pokhara as most are from that area and know it well – more below. Independently trekking to Poon Hill yourself:

Pro’s on going to Poon Hill independently include complete independence and saving money on not taking guide. Con’s here mean having to do everything yourself from permits to lodging. During the Peak Season you may find some villages booked out in terms of accommodation. While you won’t go without shelter for the night, it may affect your budget more than you’d think.

Nepal’s traditional peak seasons offer the best months for great views from both Poon Hill and Ghorepani. However, due to Poon Hills low altitude it means that the winter season also makes this trek relatively accessible. It’s important to realize that just because Poon hill is an easy trek doesn’t mean that you’ll be guaranteed a great view. During the peak season there’s simply a greater likelihood of a great view.