Pokhara: Ghorepani-Poon Hill Trek

Pokhara: Ghorepani-Poon Hill Trek

Get There: Take a local bus for INR150 to Nyapul from Pokhara and walk

If you find yourself limited on time (or fitness), the four-day Ghorepani-Poon Hill Trek is a great hike to do in the Himalayas. This is actually one of the shortest treks you can do, but once you start you can understand why people trek for up to a month at a time. The best thing about trekking in Nepal is that every day you trek provides a completely different landscape. On the Poon Hill Trek, the scenes on the first day resemble the mountainous Australian outback. On the second day, it looks like you are deep in the Amazon of South America, and the third day, with its ice-top mountains, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were walking through the Canadian Wilderness.

First of all, don’t even bother with a guide. Unless you have a heavy backpack and want to pay a Nepalese man to carry it for you, the trek is easy to do by yourself and you will meet hikers along the trek and at the guest houses at night, and if you have any questions, you can just ask people along the way and steal advice from a guide that another trekker has paid for.

Day 1: Nyapul to Tikhedunga

Get the bus Nyapul, and upon arrival, walk in the direction of Tikhedunga. There are plenty of locals living in the mountains you will pass who will point you in the right direction. When you get to Tikhedunga, you’ll find many guest houses with beautiful views to choose from. Make sure you don’t pay for accommodation! Just bargain with the owner by saying you will pay for dinner and breakfast the next day, and they should be happy to remove the room fee.

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Day 2: Tikhedunga to Ghorepani

The hike to Ghorepani on is a bit more difficult than the trek on day one, because you ascend over 3000 steps. However, you can relax in the afternoon with some delicious masala tea, and if you order dal baht, the chefs will return after your first serving and top up your plate as many times as you would like.

Day 3: Ghorepani to Poon Hill, back to Ghorepani and then to Tadapani

Wake up early on day three to see the sunrise at Poon Hill. Poon Hill is 3210m above sea level and takes around 45 minutes to get to, so make sure you leave by 4:45-5am. The picturesque views are well worth the early rise. Post-sunrise, walk back down the hill and have some breakfast at your guest house, then make your way to Tadapani. The trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani is not a long one, and you will arrive in Tadapani at around 3pm, depending on how fast you walk.

Day 4: Tadapani to Gandruk or Nyapul, back to Pokhara

If you would like, you can wake up early again at your guest house in Tadapani and you view the sunrise from the deck. Otherwise, you can happily have a sleep in, because the trek from Tadapani to Gandruk is all down hill and only takes a couple of hours. Once you reach Gandruk, you need to walk another 40 minutes down the hill to reach the road, where you can jump on a public bus that start running at 10am. The bus takes you straight to Gandruk for around 300 rupees, which will take you straight to Pokhara. Alternatively, you can continue walking for a couple of hours down to Nyapul where you started, and get a bus for 150-200 rupees back to Pokhara.

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