What makes our Ghorepani Poon hill budget trek 5 days different from our usual Ghorepani Poon hill trek?
The Ghorepani Poon hill budget trek is a compact version of our regular Poon hill trek. You can do this trek at a low cost of USD 350 per person. Joining the trek in a group will cost you even less. The package combines your overnight stays & meals along the trail with expenses of guide/porter, tax, and company's service charge. The Ghorepani Poon hill budget trekking begins from Pokhara, so this package is perfect if you are already in Pokhara and looking for a quick side trip.
Alternative trek packages
You can check out our two other special budget treks as well for more options- Everest base camp budget trek and Annapurna base camp budget trek.
Likewise, these are some of our other short treks in the Himalayas- Kathmandu Chisapani Nagarkot short trek, 5 days Everest short trekking, Everest Panorama trek, Sherpa village trek, Mardi Himal trek, 4 Days ABC trek, 6 Days Langtang Valley trek, etc.
Ghorepani Poon hill budget trek difficulty
Trekking to Ghorepani and Poon hill is not that complicated. The hiking route is well made and goes through rhododendron forests. You may come across a handful of rocky and steep sections. The trail has long staircase climbing, which may get difficult for some trekkers. If you are fit and healthy, you can do Poon hill trekking without previous trekking experience.
The risk of altitude sickness during Ghorepani and Poon hill budget trekking is comparatively less than on other famous trekking trails. Still, we cannot guarantee an altitude sickness-free trek because your body may react to changes in elevation. But, we can assure you, our trained mountain guide will take care of you in an adverse situation.
Be aware of these symptoms of altitude sickness:
difficult in breathing
How to prepare for the Ghorepani Poon hill budget trek?
Budget Ghorepani Poon hill trek does not need any special training. You can join this trek as a beginner trekker. All you have to make sure is you can walk 6 hours a day. Before the trek begins, you can do a few hikes and walk frequently. Trekking in the mountains requires stamina and endurance. Our mountain guide will help you with steep sections on the way, so you do not need to worry about that.
Best time to do trek to Ghorepani Poon hill budget trek
The best time to do the Ghorepani Poon hill budget trek is from March to April and October to November. Spring makes the trail extremely pleasing with blooming rhododendrons. Autumn has its coziness and festive charm. Poon hill trail is crowded in both seasons because the views are best and the weather is perfect. The pleasant climate makes the walk fantastic.
Accommodation During Ghorepani Poon hill budget trek
Ghorepani Poon hill budget trek involves basic lodge accommodation. The rooms are shared between two trekkers in a group. It's a simple accommodation trek. The services are limited. You get a clean bed and blanket with a shared washroom. The dining area is much warmer. For a better sleep experience, we advise you to bring a sleeping bag.
Meals during Ghorepani Poon hill budget trek
Simple but delicious meals are given during the trek. We eat dal bhat for lunch & dinner as a heavy meal. It's a staple meal loved by Nepalese. You get both veg and non-veg options. Likewise, other dishes like chips, burgers, momo, noodles, etc are also available. Keep your meals as fresh and simple as possible. Try not to consume meat products while trekking because most of them are frozen.
For drinks, varieties of options are available, tea & coffee are common. You also get many alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks. Caffeine and alcohol will dehydrate your body and make you vulnerable to altitude sickness. So, do not consume them while trekking. Similarly, drinking water is provided in all the lodges. You should carry some bars and snacks to munch while trekking.
Travel Insurance for Ghorepani Poon hill budget trek
Travel insurance ensures your safety during the trek. Even though it's an easy and short trek, we recommend you get travel insurance that covers emergency air evacuation. Because there are no good health care facilities on the way, we may have to evacuate you to a hospital in Pokhara in case of any medical emergency.
Trekking guide & team for Ghorepani Poon hill budget trek
We have a specialized team of mountain guides and porters who will become your companion on Ghorepani Poon hill budget trekking. They will show you the best route to Poon hill and help you with any discomfort. Our on-field team members are trained in several remote survival and are very reliable. They will ensure the safety of the group and make sure you are enjoying the trek.
Charging: You can charge your phone and camera while trekking. The lodges have a charging facility and may cost you a few bucks. Spare batteries or a power bank will come in very handy. The charging space is separately made near the reception area where everyone can charge their devices.
Internet: The internet facility on the Ghorepani Poon hill trek 5 days is quite good. The lodges have paid wifi service. There can be a disturbance in the network because of the remote area. You can also use a cellular network while trekking.
Luggage: For luggage, we use a duffel bag. It's given by the company, so you do not have to buy it yourself. It is the main luggage during the trek. Porter carries it. Each trekker gets a 10 kgs weight limit. Likewise, you can carry a backpack up to 5 kg on you. If you have any additional stuff left that is unusable during the trek, you can store them for free in the hotel's locker room.
Permits: The Poon hill budget trek needs two permits- Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and TIMS card. The package cost covers the expenses of both permits. Our team will get the permit on your behalf. The ACAP permit costs Nrs 3000 per person, and the TIMS card costs Nrs 1000 per person trekking in a group through a company.
Emergency contact: You can get in touch with us anytime at +977 9851035823. This is our emergency number and also has Whatsapp & Viber. For a quick response, we advise you to give us a call or text on the mentioned number. Similarly, this is our company's official mail address email@example.com.
ATM & money exchange: You may need some additional money to use services like charging, wifi, etc on the trail. So, make sure you withdraw enough in Kathmandu or Pokhara. The Ghorepani Poon hill trail has no ATM, and you cannot use cards. Likewise, there are many money exchange centers in Kathmandu and Pokhara, where you can exchange your money in Nepali currency.
Nepal Visa: We do not guarantee of Nepali visa. The trekkers have to get it by themselves. You can obtain an on-arrival visa at all entrances of Nepal. Check your visa status and see whether your country falls under this facility or not. If not, apply for a visa in your home country.