Ghorepani Ghandruk Loop trek is a short trek that is suitable for anyone with a fair degree of fitness but limited time. It offers a splendid introduction to the dramatic scenery of the Annapurna region in central Nepal. It can be offered at any time of the year and as it reaches an altitude of just 3210m. In this trek to Poon hill there is no chance of altitude-related problems.
This Ghorepani Ghandruk circuit trek begins and ends in the central city of Pokhara which is a 25m flight or 6-7hr bus ride from Kathmandu. A spectacular 1½hr journey over the middle hills takes you to Nayapul for the start of the trek. The first day is fairly easy, taking you through bamboo forests and terraced farmland. The second day is longer and a bit more strenuous as you climb through dense forests of rhododendron, oak and maple to the prosperous village of Ghorepani.
Ghorepani Ghandruk trekking day three walk begins with a short stiff climb up Poon Hill for 360o sunrise views of the Annapurna Range and the southern plains towards India. After breakfast, the trek to Ghandruk continues to offer views of the high peaks from ridge-villages and has particularly good views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and sacred Machhapuchhare from Ghandruk village.
This region is inhabited by Gurungs and Magars; people of Tibetan origin now involved in agriculture with the latter also skilled craftsmen in stone and wood. They are friendly people who will welcome you warmly into their tea houses and shops. Be warned: this short trek is unlikely to satisfy your enjoyment of this magnificent corner of the world – you are bound to return for longer treks in the future!
Spring (March - May) and Autumn (September- November) are the most popular seasons for trekking in the Annapurna region, but we offer this trek throughout the year. All you need is a good pair of walking sport shoes, a day pack, warm clothing, sleeping bag and camera. Our Ghorepani Poon Hill loop trekking includes transport, accommodation, meals, drinking water and hot shower.
- Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
- Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)
- Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m/2,986ft) 5-6 hrs drive
- Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga (1,495m/4,905 ft), 3-4 hrs
- Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft) 5-6 hrs
- Day 06: Hike Poon hill (3210m/10528ft), and trek to Ghandruk (1,950m/6,398ft), 6-7 hrs
- Day 07: Ghandruk to Pokhara (910m/2,986ft) 5 hrs walk & 1 hrs drive
- Day 08: Pokhara - Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft), 5-6 hrs drive
- Day 09: Final Departure
Trip Information Section
Eating is a big part of Holiday. Travelling with Mountain Mart Trek, you experience the vast array of wonderful food Nepalese, Chinese, Continental, Italian and several local cuisines. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included in the package. Your guide will suggest delicious, hygienic and each place special food during your trip. Mountain restaurant owner prefer not to order many dishes and waste food as they would like to cater more trekkers with limited food before run off stuck. Its a week or more days hard work to porters and caravans to bring food to these places. During this trek you will usually have breakfast and dinner at the same Lodge, lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants en-route.
A Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. Private rooms are available in most Tea Houses, except for high altitudes ones where it will be just dormitories. The lodges are fairly basic. The rooms are spare with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided. There is a large dining room-cum-lounge, warmed by the bukhara stove (an iron cylinder, fitted with a chimney duct, in which a log fire is lighted. There is normally no electric lighting in the rooms unless the village has hydroelectric power. The dining room usually hassolar lighting.
Most teahouses now also have electricity for charging small appliances - mobile phones and cameras - and there may be a small charge for this.
Mountain Mart Trek provides unlimited chlorine/Iodine treated water during the trek. All tea houses have mineral water and boiled water for trekkers upon additional cost. We discourage the purchase of Mineral water and bottled water while on the Trek as plastic bottles aredifficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem
Mountain Mart Trek offers you complementary route map and T-shirt
What to take
This is a very active trip, meaning you will be on the move most of the time, so pack as lightly as possible. We provide one porter for every two travellers; your trekking gear will be carried by the porter in a duffel bag that we will provide. The maximum the porters are allowed to carry 15 kgs per trekker means 30 kgs from 2 trekkers . Unnecessary luggage can left in Kathmandu Hotel and its absolutely free of cost. .
Important to note:
Please read the Checklist section of this trip notes for additional details of what you need to bring for the trek on this trip. You will need to bring a comfortable medium sized day pack to carry the things that you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt. The weather is subject to change in high altitude so layered clothing is recommended throughout the year.