Ghorepani Poonhill trek is a colourful short foray into the Annapurna region. The trail winds through patchwork valleys, dense mossy forests and past icy waterfalls where you can stop to cool your face. Around every corner is a tantalizing glimpse of the high mountains, whole horizons of which will be revealed to you as you reach the high points of your trek.
This trek in the Annapurna foothills to the view point on Poon Hill offers all the best of trekking in Nepal. Enjoy trekking in the spectacular mountain scenery through charming villages inhabited by the Gurungs, Magars dense rhododendron forests full of birds and deep sub-tropical valleys, all set below the Annapurnas with the picturesque peak of Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail Peak) dominating the skyline. At the climax of this trek you will climb Poon Hill at dawn to enjoy one of the most spectacular mountain scapes on Earth. As the sun touches the snow-capped summits the Himalayan giants, Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Annapurna (8,091m) along with a maze of other peaks, slowly begin to appear, like magic, before our eyes. A rewarding trek that can be enjoyed by every lover of nature and beautiful landscape
Tirkhedhunga.(1540m – 4 hours walk)
We shall have breakfast very early in the morning then drive to Nayanpul which will take about 2 hours. The roadside where our vehicle will stop has a line of tea shops n the right side. We shall meet the staff and walk down to the suspension
bridge and reach Birethanti buzar in half an hour. The town is situated on the right
bank of the Modi khola. Our trail goes uphill along the Bhurung Di khola . The route is dotted with several tea shops and in 3 hours we shall reach Hille with about seven lodges and in 30 minutes we shall reach Tirkhe Dhunga with more lodges. The village is predominantly inhabited by Pun people and they have a tradition for men to become a Gurkha soldier abroad. We shall stay the night here .
Ghorepani. (2987m – 6 hours walk).
We have to start our trek early because we have a long day. The 3280 stone steps leads the way to Ulleri. The climb is pretty tough The view from Ulleri looking down is breath taking. The way to tackle this part of the route is to have a short rest after every 500 steps . The reward for climbing the 3280 steps is the superb view of Annapurna South and the Bhurungdi Khola valley below. Again the Puns of Ulleri join the Indian Army or the British Army and their women weave rugs for sale to tourists. We shall have lunch here.
The trail begins to be less steep and goes through the elongated village of Banthanti.
After the last house, the rhododendron forest begins. It will be spectacular bloom of
rhododendron in March and April . In rest of the year, just the forest looks like a garden.
In monsoon time, leeches annoy us very much , a soggy cloth with salts in it will drive the
leeches off from the walking boots. We shall reach Ghorepani in about 3 hours from Ulleri.
If the weather is clear the snow capped mountains, Dhaulagiri, Tukche, Nilgiri, Annapurna
Massif, Machhapuchhare and Manaslu massif will surprise us. There are several lodges,
shops and camping places. We shall forget the agony of the walking for a long time once we
Tadapani (2595 m - 5 hours walk).
Ver early in the morning, about 4am, there will be wake up call. We take our cameras, binoculars
and the day back and make our way to Poon Hill 3193m it takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour to
reach there. There will be a long line of trekkers heading towards the top and when we reach
there the dawn will break and we shall see the sun rise over this himalyan Panoram from Dhaulagiri
to manaslu. We then return to our lodge or camp for breakfast then head east towards the ridge line . The views from the 3000m ridge is really magnificent. In about 2 hours we shall reach the two lodges at Deurali where we shall meet many curio hawkers. We shall have lunch here the resume our walk down hill through the beautiful forest to the Tadapani Khola the climb up to Tadapani. There are a few good clean lodges run by Gurung families. The views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhare is very close.
GHANDRUK (1939m – 4 hours walk).
The route to Ghandruk from Tadapani easy gentle descend down to Bhaisi Kharka then lush green forest down to Ghandruk. The Gurung village of Ghandruk look like an Europiean village with its fine masonry and slate roofs. We shall have the lunch then have a excursion to visit Gurung museum
and handicraft shops to buy souvenirs. The views of Annapurna South, Hiun Chuli and Machhapuchhare is picturesque. The Gurungs of Ghandruk find Gurkha soldiering abroad of utmost respect. There are many ex- Gurkha soldiers in this village. In addition to the Gurkha soldiering, sheep rearing, buffalo keeping, lodge and hotel keeping and weaving rugs and handicrafts are the main occupations of the Gurung families here.
DHAMPUS ( 3450m – 6 ½ hours walk).
Again get up early to view the sun rise over the Himalayas then have breakfast. We have a long down hill to the Modi Khola and a short climb to Landruk in 3 hours. From Landruk we shall reach Tolk in an hour and in another hour we shall be up at Bhichuk Deurali and from here along the ridge to Pothana in half an hour. Pothana is a small settlement in the middle of the forest with a few lodges. We descend down to another large Gurung village of Dhampus. So in 3 and half hours from Landruk we shall be at Dhampus.
POKHARA ( 890m – 1 hours walk).
We shall walk down to Dhampus Phedi and drive down to hour Hotel at the Lakeside.
End of trek .