Trek the Ghorepani Circuit

Experience the natural diversity of one of the most scenic treks in the Annapurna region, peaking at Poon Hill (3290m). 9 days.

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Trek the Ghorepani Circuit

Experience the natural diversity of one of the most scenic treks in the Annapurna region, peaking at Poon Hill (3290m). 9 days.

  • Nepal
  • January—September
  • Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu (KTM)

The Ghorepani trek is one of most beautiful trekking routes in Nepal, offering breathtaking views over the Annapurna mountain range. This trek is the perfect alternative for anyone who wants to experience one of the most scenic parts of the Annapurna Base Camp trek without gaining too much altitude. This trek will take you through rhododendron forests, past waterfalls, into traditional Gurung villages and all this is before you’ve even reached Poon Hill. Here, you will watch the sunrise over the mountains and on a clear morning, you’ll be able to see Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Annapurna (8,091m), Fishtail (6,997m) and more. If this isn’t enough, you’ll visit a hot spring on the way back for some R&R. So, what does this trip include?

  • 5 days of trekking
  • 4 nights of accommodation along the trek
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Pokhara
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Local, professional English-speaking guides
  • Porter on 2:1 basis
  • All meals during the trek
  • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu
  • Permits and entrance fees
  • Transfers to/from Kathmandu city
  • Airport transfers

Perfect for:
Those who want a relatively easy trek along the classic trails, but don’t want to compromise on outstanding mountain views

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrival and overnight in Kathmandu

Once you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), your host will pick you up via private vehicle and drop you at your hotel. After checking in, you will have a 5:00 pm pre-departure meeting with the guides to run through the final plans and arrangements for the upcoming trek. Get a good night’s sleep before the adventure begins.

Day 2: Kathmandu - Pokhara

Your transfer to Pokhara will leave early in the morning, so grab a cup of coffee and head to the Pokhara. The bus will leave early in the morning, so grab a cup of coffee and head to the bus park. You will be driven through the beautiful landscapes, passing by rivers, terrace farming settlements and waterfalls, with the Himalayan mountains looking down from the hilltops.

Once you arrive in the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara, you will be taken to your accommodation by the lake to make final preparations for the trek. Soak in the peaceful tranquillity of the landscape and relax in this trekking gateway.

Day 3: Pokhara - Nayapul - Tikhedunga

In the morning, you will have a 1-hour drive to Nayapul, where the trek to Tikhedunga will begin.

To warm you into your adventure, the first day of hiking will be short and on a relatively easy trail through the forest and alongside the waterfalls.

1 hour of driving, 4 hours of hiking

Day 4: Tikhedunga - Ghorepani

You’ll begin to up the ante on your trip as you get used to the hiking and the second day will take you on an uphill climb to the village of Banthanti. Here, you’ll be able to eat your lunch looking out over the mountain views and get your first look at Machapuchhare, Hiun Chuli, and Annapurna South.

When you’ve filled up your camera, you can continue on to the Magar village of Ghorepani - in time to watch the sunset over the mountain tops. Here, you can immerse yourself in the Magar culture at a traditional dinner.

6 hours of hiking

Day 5: Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Chuile

Today, you will wake up before dawn to make the 40-minute hike to Poon Hill (3210m), famous for its scenic and frankly jaw-dropping views of the mountain range. Here you will watch the sunrise over the Himalayas before heading back to Ghorepani for breakfast.

The rest of the morning will continue with a short but steep ascent to Deurali where we will continue through forests, and past Tadapani, before descending into Chuile for your overnight.

6 hours of hiking

Day 6: Chuile - Jhinu Danda

Once you’ve finished breakfast overlooking the mountains, you will begin your hike through the forests to Jhindu Danda, which boasts amazing views of Fishtail and Annapurna South. Here, you can kick back and relax for a few hours at the famous natural hot springs, which should rejuvenate you after a week of hiking.

4 hours of hiking

Day 7: Jhinu Danda - Nayapul - Pokhara

The last day of trekking is a short easy descent, which will take you down stone steps into the Syauli Bazaar. Here you will have some time to explore before carrying on to Nayapul where you will be picked and taken to Pokhara.

The rest of the day will be free for whatever you please. From shopping to kayaking to bungee jumping, the tranquil lakeside town is the perfect place for some downtime.

Day 8: Pokhara - Kathmandu

From Pokhara, it’s a 7-hour bus ride back to Kathmandu. Spend some leisure time reflecting on the trip in your hotel or head out to explore the city.

7 hours of driving

Day 9: Last day in Kathmandu

Enjoy a lie and breakfast in at your hotel. You can spend your last day exploring the city or take the transfer back to the airport, and back to reality.

Note: The actual itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.

Accommodation

Generally, most adventures to Nepal are based in remote areas where the accommodation will be basic. We have different star hotels available in the city area but during the trek, we will be staying at tea houses. They have dorm rooms, shared toilets and common areas. There’s no heating, so you need a sleeping bag. Wifi is often available for a small cost, and many places offer hot showers for a small surcharge.

In Kathmandu, you’ll stay at the centrally situated Kathmandu Hotel. The en-suite rooms offer air-conditioning, satellite television and wifi. Should you wish to treat yourself to a more comfortable place in Kathmandu, just let your host know and they will upgrade you to stay at the renown Kathmandu Guest House. The hotel is located in the heart of Thamel, close to the shopping centres and the heritage sites. The en-suite rooms offer air-conditioning, satellite television, 24/7 room service, and a balcony to look over the city.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Upgrade to KGH Hotel in Kathmandu - Deluxe Room Payable Before Departure
Upgrade to KGH Hotel in Kathmandu £55.00
Full Day of Sightseeing in Kathmandu Payable Before Departure
Full Day of Sightseeing in Kathmandu £65.00
Additional Night in Kathmandu Payable Before Departure
Additional Night in Kathmandu £25.00
1 Night Accommodation in Pokhara Payable Before Departure
1 Night Accommodation in Pokhara £30.00
Transfer Kathmandu - Pokhara Payable Before Departure
Flight ( 35min, incredibly scenic) £100.00
Private Vehicle (offers most flexibility) £55.00

Trip Photos

Location

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Poon Hill (3210m) is one of the most famous viewpoints in the world and has magnificent views of Machapuchhre and Annapurna. In this trek, you will reach the summit of Poon Hill in time to watch the sunrise over the Himalayas.

Kathmandu is famed for its World Heritage sights with include of the holiest Hindu temples and one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world. Despite the 2015 earthquake which brought devastation to parts of the city, the heart of Kathmandu is as intoxicating and exciting as ever.

Start point?
You’ll arrive in Kathmandu, a city famed for its historical sights and bustling city centre.Your host will pick you up from the Tribhuvan International Aiport (KTM) at any time of the day to be transferred to your hotel.

Finish point?
Your host can either drop you off at your hotel in Kathmandu or transfer you back to the airport.

Getting there and away?
Kathmandu is accessible via the Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Book whichever flight suits you best. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • International airport tax
  • Drinks
  • Snacks
  • Visa Fee
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for guides (optional)
  • Late check out in hotels
  • Accommodation before and after the trip

This trip will run with a minimum of 2 person and a maximum of 12.

Nepal has a huge variety of different foods. Your guide will help you experience the vast array of foods available but ultimately you can pick what you like at a variety of prices. We recommend trying the Dal Bhat - a spiced mixture of lentils and rice - as it is the traditional Nepali day-to-day dish (not to mention it’s extremely healthy and affordable)

Absolutely, just make a request when booking.

You’ll hike from 4 to 6 hours a day, 1070m to 3210m. While the trail is generally good, there are some more challenging uphill sections of the journey.

Trekking in the Annapurna region can be challenging at times, but you do not need to be particularly fit to start with! Whatever exercise you do beforehand will help, but your guide will help you and make sure you go at a pace that suits you.

When you trek in the mountains, there always the risk of getting altitude sickness, regardless of how old, young, fit or unfit you are. The symptoms can vary from one person to the next – from a headache to breathing heavily or numbness in your fingers – and if you find any of these symptoms, you must descend the mountain. Your guide will always be around to help and instruct you to avoid any danger.

Due to the Annapurna region’s location, weather is considerably different here than in other major regions, as it is in a ‘rain shadow’ - so it’s your best bet to avoid to rain!

From October to December and March to May the weather is generally warm at 10 - 15°C but as you climb higher, the temperatures will drop significantly.

Your host recommends you pack the following:

  • 1 Small daypack (20-30l)
  • 1 water bottle (1l)
  • 1 pair Hiking Shoes
  • Long sleeve cotton or polypropylene shirts
  • Hiking shorts
  • Warm Jacket
  • Medium sized towel
  • Sunhat / warm hat
  • Sunblock / lotions
  • Hiking Socks
  • Sunglasses
  • Inner sleeping sheet
  • Four-season Sleeping bag (comfortable to -15c)
  • Money belt
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Torch/Flashlight
  • Personal medication / First aid kit
  • Water purifying tablets / UV Water Purifier

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Yes, of course. Just send any enquiries to the host and they will create a bespoke itinerary that suits your needs. Alternatively, have a look at our shorter itineraries.

Our adventures are very social in nature and we’ve seen lots of new friendships born out of them. Expect a mix of solo travellers and very small groups, all with a shared appreciation of escaping the city for the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.

You will be provided with a local English-speaking guide, private vehicle and all of the entry fees to the sites and attractions.

The tour includes:

  • The Swayambhunath, a sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site;
  • The Pashupatinath Temple, one of the four most important religious sites in Asia for the devotees of Shiva;
  • Kathmandu Durbar Square which lies in front of the royal palace of the former Kathmandu Kingdom;
  • The historical Bhaktapur monument.

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months to trek in the Annapurna region due to the warmer temperatures and clearer views. Although this trip can be taken during winter, the cold weather can be very harsh. June - September is the monsoon season when as much as 70% of the annual rainfall occurs.

Start point?
You’ll arrive in Kathmandu, a city famed for its historical sights and bustling city centre.Your host will pick you up from the Tribhuvan International Aiport (KTM) at any time of the day to be transferred to your hotel.

Finish point?
Your host can either drop you off at your hotel in Kathmandu or transfer you back to the airport.

Getting there and away?
Kathmandu is accessible via the Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Book whichever flight suits you best. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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