Ghorepani Poonhill Budget Trek

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Trip Information
  • Trip Duration 5 Days
  • Trip Grade Easy
  • Destination Nepal
  • Max. Altitude ३,२१० m
  • Start/End Pokhara/Pokhara
  • Trip Type Trekking
  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge
  • Transport Car/Jeep/Bus
  • Best Season March to May/ Sep to Dec

Ghorepani Poon Hill Budget Trek 5 Days Best Price 2023/2024

Annapurna Region is one of the most desired and gorgeous regions of Nepal. The ultimate epitome of beauty lies in the landscapes of Annapurna. Having various options of trekking packages, Ghorepani PoonHill Trek in the Annapurna Region is a top pick. The customized PoonHill Trek with a little less budget favorable for all the budget travelers is named as Budget PoonHill Trek. It has taken the whole trekking of Nepal by storm. You do not need to compromise in the quality and services. Everything you experience in the budget Ghorepani PoonHill Trek is top-notch and will be lively in your memories forever. And with the option of 5 Days Budget PoonHill Trek, everything gets even more exciting. Budget PoonHill Trek is one of the most popular cost-effective treks in Nepal. PoonHill is an incredible viewpoint located at 3200m from where you get to witness the best sunrise you have ever seen. On your journey, you get to check out the magnificent scenery of mountains such as Annapurna South, Everest, Machhapuchhre, Lamjung Himal, and many more. It is the best natural and cultural excursion of the scenic places in the Annapurna Region. The soothing air and the refreshing walking experience enlightened by the mesmerizing sight of the mystic Himalayas is truly a must-have experience in life. The exploration of the lush forests brightened by the rhododendron flowers makes your time and money worth it.

The journey starts from an early bus drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. On the way, you get to see green valleys, beautiful mountains, and flowing rivers. Pokhara is the queen of cities and a tourist hub. You can enjoy boating, roaming at night, caves visit, and many more. After a bus drive from Pokhara to Nayapul, the trek formally starts. The four and a half hour trek from Nayapul to Tikhedhunga prepares you for the remainder of the trek which is truly enticing. The serene uphill walk with the gorgeous view of the mountain vistas like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Neelgiri, and Himchuli leads to Ghorepani. Reaching Ghorepani quite takes a toil. The remaining journey of the PoonHill Budget Trekking  is even more delightful. The five and a half hour trek from Ghorepani leads to PoonHill and then to Tadapani. As already mentioned, the morning sunrise view from PoonHill on the face of the mountains is indeed the main highlight of the 5 Days Budget PoonHill trek. Along the way, the glorious sight of mystic mountains like Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Lamjung Himal, and other snow-capped mountain peaks boosts your energy level to trek like a maniac. You can enjoy your time to the fullest. If lucky, you also get to see many animals and birds. The deep forests of rhododendron, bamboo, and oaks give you the rainforest vibes that too in Nepal. Sounds fascinating, right?

The 5 Days Budget PoonHill Trek is not only about your interaction and relation with nature. But, it also helps you get closer to the local people. Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk is the easiest phase in the overall budget trek. The trek through the rhododendron forests with the amazing chirping of birds leads you to Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village having a handicraft center and museum. You get to interact with the Gurungs in Ghandruk and enjoy the cultural Gurung program at night. From Ghandruk also, you get an amazing opportunity to check out the incredible mountain views. In all those trekking days, you get to overnight at tea house lodge. It is really a new experience for new travelers. You have to trek back to Nayapul, and then a bus drive from Nayapul leads to Pokhara. The drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus via Damauli, Dumre, Muglin, and Kurintar leads you to the capital. You can have the best fish dish in Nepal in Malekhu. All and all, the total amazing moments in the Budget PoonHill Trek are based on the Himalayan wilderness, exciting walk, and interaction with nature. The amazing socio-cultural and natural experience in the Annapurna Region can be the 5 Days Budget PoonHill Trek. Witness the true epitome of beauty of the Himalayas and the natural resources. Interact firmly with the local people during your journey, and make every moment spent with them mesmerizing. The best thing about the 5 Days Budget PoonHill trek is that you get to squeeze out every good thing of the Annapurna Region in a limited budget with the best quality service possible.

So, Come over to the trekkers’ paradise known as Nepal and revitalize your mind and body. Because life is meant to be lived and not to remain confined in a working room for the rest of life. Annapurna Region waits for your sweet visit.

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We start our trek from Nayapul (1050m.). We would drive up to Nayapul from Pokhara. From Nayapul, we would trek to Tikhedhunga (1577 m.) via Birethanti (1065m.) which takes about four and half hours. Overnight at tea house lodge.

  • Max. Altitude: 1577m
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge

We trek from Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675 m.). Today we could ascend down gently passing through Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti, Magar villages. On the way, one could see majestic view of Machhapuchhre (6997m.), Huinchuli (6441m.), and Annapurna South (7219m.). Overnight at Ghorepani at tea house lodge.

  • Max. Altitude: 2855m
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge

Today we trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m.) and then to Tadapani (2675m.). We cover the distance within five and half hours of normal trek. Early morning, we start our trip to Punhill (3180m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhre (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and numerous other snowcapped mountain peaks. Having breakfast at Ghorepani, trek to Tadapani (2650 m.) through the deep forests of rhododendrons, bamboos and oaks. En route, one can observe waterfalls, rocks, wild animals, birds and green valleys. Overnight at Tadapani at tea house lodge.

  • Max. Altitude: 2675m
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge

Trek from Tadapani (2675m.) to Ghandruk (1950m.). Comparatively, today is the easiest trek of all days. One has to trek through the forests of Rhododendron and oak One could hear soothing chirp of birds on the way. This trek is also offers best alternative for birds lovers. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village. There is a handicraft centre and Gurung museum. From this village you could observe good views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail. Ghandruk village is listed in World Heritage Site. Overnight at Ghandruk. In the evening, typical Gurung Cultural program will be organized on demand. At tea house lodge.

  • Max. Altitude: 1950m
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge

Trek from Ghandruk (1950m.) to Nayapul (1990m.). Now the rest of the trail descends gently down to Dhampus passing through Pothana village (1900m.). Then drive back to Pokhara from nayapul 

  • Max. Altitude: 1990m
Trip Map
Ghorepani Poonhill Budget Trek map
What's Included
  • Transport from Pokhara to trek starting point and trek ending point to Pokhara.
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
  • An experienced, helpful and friendly Guide
  • Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide 
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel Insurance company.
  • Annapurna Conversation Area Project (ACAP) permits.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees.
  • First aid medical kit.
  • Duffle bag if necessary.
  • All our government taxes, vat, official expenses & service charges
What's not Included
  • Your standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking.
  • Porters available at an extra cost (1 porter for 2 peoples).
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic Drinks.
  • Tipping (expected by guides and porters, but not mandatory)
Useful Information

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. 

Altitude sickness

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:

  • headache

  • nausea

  • vomiting

  • insomnia

  • difficult in breathing

  • poor appetite

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. 

General information 

  • 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

  • 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. 

  • Q1. Can I join the Ghorepani Poon hill budget trek as a beginner trekker?

    Yes, you can join the Ghorepani Poon hill budget trek as a beginner trekker. Talk to our travel consultants for more information.

  • Yes, Ghorepani and Poon hill trek is one of the best family treks in the Himalayas. You can trek with your kids and the elderly of your family. The trail is not difficult.

  • By adding side trips to nearby beautiful villages, you can do Poon hill trekking in 10 to 12 days long. Likewise, you can also do this trek in 3 to 5 days if you are already in Kathmandu or Pokhara.


  • From Pokhara, first, you drive to Nayapul and walk for two days to reach Ghorepani. The trail ascends and descends through lush forests and remote villages.


  • No, you do not necessarily need a guide to trek to Poon hill. The trail is well made and traveled by many trekkers, so there's nothing to worry about. However, trekking with a guide will make the trip more pleasing for you. You do not have to worry about booking a lodge or anything. He will help you mingle with the locals and tell you a lot about the region that you may not get to know about trekking alone. 


  • The Poon hill trekking route covers around 51 km (32 miles). 

  • Ghorepani is situated at 2,874 meters (9,429 ft) within the Annapurna Conservation Area. It is a beautiful village surrounded by rhododendron forests, mostly resided by Gurungs and known for stunning views of the mountains. 


  • Yes, it snows in Poon Hill in winter. You can expect snow in Ghorepani and Tadapani too. Likewise, there can be a thin layer of snow in the forested areas, and the trail can get a bit slippery, so you have to be careful of that if you are trekking in winter. 


  • Poon hill is a viewpoint that offers great sunrise and mountain views of the Annapurna range, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli, Dhaulagiri, etc. It is a famous viewpoint and trekking destination in the Annapurna region. 


  • No, you cannot go to Poon Hill by car. There is no road up to Poon Hill. You can drive up to Ulleri and hike to Poon hill. 


  • From Kathmandu, you have to drive to Pokhara. It's a 6 hours drive. Then from Pokhara, you have to drive to Nayapul, which is an hour long. Nayapul is the starting point of the Poon hill hike. 


  • You can rent a private car, jeep, or taxi to go to Nayapul from Pokhara. There is also a public vehicle that goes up to Nayapul.


What Our Clients Say
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    Mariya YastremskayaDenmark Sep 23, 2016

    Wonderful Budget Ghorapani Poon Hill Trek

    It was definitely a life time experience. Wow! I had never imagined how mesmerizing snow looks alike. It was like walking in a heavenly beautiful place set but for real. I still have the sound of chilling wind running in my ears. I had never hope of walking like that ever in my life, but to get something a lovely scenic beauty like that it is worth giving a try. I am very glad to accept Welcome Nepal Treks to travel.

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    Neerazan KayceeThailand Jun 21, 2010

    Excellent Budget Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

    Delighted people, lovely weather, Greenery, waterfall and beautiful Himalayas made trek so much exciting. Grateful to be part such journey with Welcome Nepal Treks.