Poonhill Trek From Pokhara: One of The Most Loved Short Treks

Hotel, Lodge and Tea house
Annapurna Region
52 km
Start / End Point
3 Nights 4 Days
Max. Altitude
Meals Included
Group Size
Nature of Trek
Lodge to Lodge Trekking
Best Season
March-May August-November
Trip Code
Activity Per Day
5-7 hrs
Jeep / bus


Poonhill trek from pokhara is one of the shorter treks that is quite easy but fulfilling. This evergreen trekking course takes you to some of the most beautiful villages and hills of the Annapurna region. The comfortable and smooth trekking will allow you to get a glimpse of snow-clad mountains and some ethnic cultures of Nepal.

It is one of the most popular trekking places among Annapurna circuit trek, Mardi Himal Trek, Manaslu with Tsum Valley Trek, and so on. This trek can be combined with the Annapurna Base camp trek. During the trek, we will pass across Modi Khola from Kyumi to the beautiful village of Ghandruk. The major attraction of Ghandruk is the distinctive culture of the Gurungs.

They will entertain visitors with their traditional dances and also offer them ethnic dresses and ornaments. Moreover, the local cuisines are also popular food among tourists who love the unique taste and flavour. Additionally, you can experience horse riding in the village and snow during winter on the upper hill.

Why you will love the Poon Hill Sunrise Trek?
    •  You will get a chance to experience excellent Sunrise and mesmerizing view of the Himalayas.
    • You will get to learn the lifestyle of Large settlements at Ghandruk Gurung village and Ulleri Magar Village.
    • Huge Rhododendron Forest.
    • Ghandruk village and the stunning views of Mount Annapurna and Machhapuchhre.
    • Ghandruk museum which showcases traditional Gurung equipment, tools, and weapons.
    • Wide panoramic view of various snow-covered mountains.

    Written by: Mohan Bhandari

Trekkers Information for Poonhill Ghorepani Trek:

    Trekkers Information for Ghorepani PoonHill Trek:

Experience Culture and Witness Magnificence

Annapurna Poon Hill Sunrise Trek is a splendid experience where you’ll enjoy amazing villages inhabited by the Gurungs who are also known as the brave Gurkhas. Their unique culture and hospitality are quite fascinating.

The landscape view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna from the Poon Hill viewpoint is quite extraordinary. The highest point of Poon Hill’s viewpoint is 3,210 meters. Also, the sunrise and sunset view from there is simply amazing.

This short trek gives you an opportunity to view the magnificent mountains that are above 8,000m — mountains like Dhaulagiri 8,167m and Annapurna 8,091m among others. The variation in geography makes this trekking quite interesting.

Moreover, a dense forest of rhododendron, verdant green hills and numerous species of birds make this trek more incredible. Also, the colourful rhododendron flowers and orchids will elevate the experience further. In addition, Ghorepani village mostly has pleasant weather and moderate temperature.

Can we Combine This Trek With Other Treks?

Yes, this trek is extendable and can be combined with other equally famed treks of Annapurna Sanctuary like the Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp, Mulde Peak Trek, Mohare Danda Trek, Lower Mustang Trek, Khopra ridge trek  etc. There are varieties of options to hike the Annapurna Circuit as we can explore the whole Annapurna Conservation Area. For that, modifications on the trekking routes are vital so, the Poon Hill Trek itinerary may come in handy during these circumstances.

Alternate Itinerary for Poon Hill trek from Pokhara: 

Day 1: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapool and trek to Ulleri:

After breakfast at the hotel, we start the ride from Pokhara to Nayapul which takes about 1hr 30 mins. During this section, you will see the views of Machhapuchre and Annapurna from afar and the white seti river, along the way. After we reach Nayapul we check in the ACAP permits and start our trekking journey. The route is easy and have to walk along the fresh water river and beautiful villages. 

After the trek of 4 hours, you reach Hile, a village with guesthouses and restaurants where we will have a lunch. After resting and having our lunch break we start our trek towards, Ulleri. The second part of our journey from Pokhara to Ulleri is challenging, with a steep ascent that lasts about 2 hours. Ulleri is a beautiful village situated at an altitude of 2050 m | 6726 ft and offers spectacular views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. Overnight stay at Ulleri.

Day 2: Ulleri to Ghorepani:

The trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani is a short one. We start our trek after having breakfast, the trail takes you through the forested path. The small waterfalls and rivers, and the chirping of birds give you a sensation of peace and quiet with the presence of Mother Nature. 
The starting part of the trek is a steep ascent, the same as the previous day, and we reach Ghorepani after climbing all the way to the hilltop with a path filled with stoned stairs. At the entrance of Ghorepani we check-in our permits again and trek towards the village. 
The Ghorepani village acts as a Gateway to Poonhill so it will be a bit cold compared to Ulleri, Overnight stay at Ghorepani.

Day 3: Ghorepani to Poonhill and trek to Tadapani:

We start our day early for the sunrise view from the top of Poonhill, which is also the highlight of the trek. The trek to Poonhill takes about 30 - 40 min, which is a steep ascent all the way to Poonhill. Poonhill acts as a viewpoint that offers mesmerizing views of the first golden rays of the day hitting the snow-capped peaks.  After enjoying the sunrise view we trek back to Ghorepani have our breakfast and start our journey towards Tadapani.
The trekking trail begins with a gentle climb where we trek along the lush green forests covered by rhododendrons, oak, and pine trees. This section of the Poonhill tre takes you through many places like Deurali Danda 3090 m, which can also be viewed as a viewpoint. The trek duration is 5 - 6 hours from Ghorepani to Tadapani. 

Day 4: Tadapani to Ghandruk and drive to Pokhara:

The trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk is the shortest and easiest day of the Poonhill trek. While most of the trekking during the 4-day Poonhill trek was uphill, today we trek downhill. The flat and downhill trail takes us through the dense forest to the Ghandruk Village, passing Bhaisi Kharka. The trekking distance is roughly 6.5 kilometers | 4 miles, which takes about 3 to 4 hrs with a medium trekking pace. 

Ghandruk offers a perfect combination of nature and culture that offers trekkers the chance to experience the local Gurung culture of the region and walk around the tea garden. Ghandruk village offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna Himalayas and the Seti River flowing from Hemja. After having our lunch at Ghandruk we drive to Pokhara. The drive back to Pokhara from Ghandruk takes about 2 hours, in a Jeep. We drive back to Pokhara with fond memories of the Poonhill trek.

Poonhill Trek From Pokhara: One of The Most Loved Short Treks Photo

Poon Hill Trek Itinerary

  1. day 1

    Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

  2. day 2

    Fly or Drive to Pokhara

  3. day 3

    Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ulleri

  4. day 4

    Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani

  5. day 5

    Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani

  6. day 6

    Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk

  7. day 7

    Trek Ghandruk to Nayapul and Drive back to Pokhara

Poon Hill Sunrise Trek Map and Altitude Graph

everest base camp trek map


    • Ground Transportation: Pokhara to Nayapool by car/jeep. Also, Sharing jeep from Ghandruk to Pokhara.
    • All meals, during the trek. You can choose dishes from the lodge menu which mostly includes options as follows:
      • Breakfast: Cereal, Porridge, rice pudding, egg dish with bread and toast, bread with jam and honey, Pancakes with jam and honey, with tea or coffee.
      • Lunch Items: Dal Bhat (mostly recommended), noodles soup, fried noodles, momo, spaghetti chapati, Spring roll, macron,  sizzlers, swiss rosti, pizza, veg curry with plain rice, Tibetan Momo, Thukpa, Thenthuk, french fry, fry potato, boil potato and much more.
      • Dinner: Mostly same as lunch items but may vary in some hotels.
        Note: The menu also depends on the Teahouse or Hotel, so the food items may vary.
    • Standard accommodation in Ulleri and Ghorepani and Teahouse accomodation in Tadapani. 
    • Professional English-speaking, Eco Trained trekking guide his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine, transportation, etc.
    • Equipment:  Sleeping bag and Trekking Poles (Return after the trek).
    • All Legal Documents (ACAP)TIMS, Permit, etc.
    • Dry fruits along the trek.
    • Travel Medical kit taken by guide 
    • Tourist service charge, VAT, TAX, etc.


  • Travel insurance.
  • Porter service
  • Cold drinks; coke, mineral water, beer, Fanta, etc.
  • Personal Expenses (shower, boiled water, telephone, laundry service, etc).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned in including section.
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Anything not included in the What's Included section.


You can include porter ( carries upto 20 kg ), with an extra cost of $ 25 per day.

You decide what is best & we’ll take care of the rest

  • The itinerary mentioned is a standard guideline. It can be readily modified according to your needs and requirements.
  • The cost of the trek can also be changed according to your group size, needs, and time boundary.
  • You can easily add additional activities to the Itinerary. You just have to let us know before confirming the trip.
  • This trip can also start in the capital city of Kathmandu. You have to let us know if you want to begin there. In that case, the Itinerary will extend by a few days. Consequently, the cost will also increase.
  • The addition or removal of activities will increase or decrease the cost of the trip respectively. This will be done through mutual understanding between the agency and the client(s).

Written by: Mohan Bhandari

 When is the best time to travel there?

Months from March to May and from October to December are the best time to commence this trek. During March-May, the weather is usually clear and most of the hills are covered with green vegetation and blooming Rhododendrons. Also, snowfall is pretty common in this season. But, the clearest and mind-boggling view of the Himalayas can be seen in October as the skies are very clear with no rainfall and meager fog. However, the trekking routes might be bit crowdy from October to November compared to other season.

What about food and accommodations?

Poon Hill Trek offers the best facility regarding accommodation and food. There are cozy hotels in Ulleri, Ghorepani and Ghandruk offers attached bathroom rooms and have a facility for hot showers. We are presented with a variety of options for food so, we can taste dishes according to our flavor.

 Is this trek possible with children?

This is one of the easiest treks possible for both older people and children. There is a very low chance of getting altitude sickness so, with minimal care and caution, anyone can easily complete this trek. This trek offers a unique view of Rhododendrons-filled hills as well as an enchanting view of the high Himalayas, which is a perfect spot to fill the curious mind of children.

 Do I need any permits for this trek?

Yes, you must have an ACAP ( Annapurna Conservation Area Permit ) permit which costs US$ 30 per person. The officials will check your permit and other necessary documents at the entry point.  Similarly, this permit lasts until you leave Annapurna Area.

 What’s unique about this trek?

This trek offers some of the best astounding landscapes and panoramas of the Himalayas such as Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. More importantly, this trek offers one of the utmost spellbinding views of sunrise from a viewpoint. Along the way, we get to embrace green forests, blooming Rhododendrons, and culturally enriching villages such as Ulleri, Ghorepani, Ghandruk, etc. Apart from that, this trek can be combined with the Annapurna Base Camp trek. Also, this trek has very advanced and developed hotels in comparison to other treks.

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Unforgettable moment

Super nice trek with a wonderful guide: Mahendra who was really caring us. Beautiful landscapes, we were super lucky because we had no rain during 4 days (and really few leeches) and we had the chance to see several times the Himals despite the mousson season. The food was good and the guesthouses where we stayed were all clean and comfortable. This was an unforgettable moment and we would definitely recommend this agency (and come back for the Anapurna tour trek!!!).

Charlotte B

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Considering my low fitness level and no experience in trekking, Jeewan was a very patient and carrying guide. With great knowledge of the area and people. He really made my trek unforgettable, even with all the rains and bad visibility. In general, North Nepal Travel and Treks is a great agency to arrange your travel and Treks in Nepal. You don't feel yourself as a customer, you feel yourself as their good friend. Niraz was communicating with me before my trip to make sure I will make everything ready for trek. Really great service. Planning to come back to trek again and I will definitely ask for Jeewan's guiding (if he will ever agree to guide me again) :) He was truly as my bodyguard/psychologist :) Advise for future Trekkers: start preparing yourself physically to enjoy your trek more.

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Amazing experience with an excellent guide

We had a wonderful trip in poonhill this week togther, two daughters in our 20's and our mother in her 50's. Baharat was very patient, proffessional, and fun! He organized our trip thoughtfully with flexibility and fit each day to our specific needs and desires. We knew that we could rely on him with anything, and trust his judegement, decision making and consideration in planning. His tremendous knowledge of the area was very helpful and he took the time to answer any questions we had. He is a good person, interesting to talk to, comfortable to be around and fun to laugh with. We even had a small and cozy dance party with him and our hosts in one of the guest houses during the trek. We contacted him from Israel before our arrival which made it very convinient for us to be able to have someone for consulting in advance. Baharat was a very important part of our amazing but challanging trip and we highly reccomend him for anyone in Nepal.

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