Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Difficulty

Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is that type of trekking trail where you’ll encounter any age range trekker. Being opt for all ages group, trekking to Poon Hill is a well-known trek route in Annapurna. 

The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is graded as moderate graded because of low elevation, steep trail, and near Pokhara. 

Trekking to Poon Hill is completely high altitude risk-free and very near to the Pokhara. A healthy person who can walk 3-4 hours each day can accomplish this trek.

Though the maximum elevation is 3210m, trekkers experienced medium difficulty due to the trial structure.

Every 2-3 hours walking, you’ll get a teahouse on the Ghorepani trek trail. So even if you can’t walk more than 3 hours a day, this trek is for you. The one and only thing which makes this trek awkward is uphill and downhill walking with lots of stone steps.

How long is the Poon Hill Trek?

In short 3-7 day.

The Poon Hill trek is officially listed as a 7-day classic trek till some years ago but nowadays you can even do it within 2 days. It is possible these days due to road accessibility on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. The duration of the trek depends on the starting and ending point of the trek as we can drive nearly Ghorepani Villages. 

How many miles is the Poon Hill Trek?

25 miles(40km). The total distance of the trek is 25 miles (40 km). This distance is based on Starting point Nayapul and Ending point Ghandruk

What makes Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek hard(difficult) ?

The stone steeps trail makes Ghorepani Poon Hill trek awkward. Let’s explain Poon Hill trek day to day difficulties according to its itinerary. Upon Crossing Gurjung Khola suspension bridge at Tikhedhunga, the trail is steep up to Ghorepani.

There are more than 3300 stone steps from the Starting point of Ulleri to the Ending point of Ulleri. Nonetheless, from Ulleri to Ghorepani is also an ascending trail but it is relatively easier than Tikhedhunga to Ulleri.

Another difficult part of the Ghorepani trek is Poon Hill Hike. To get Annapurna Panoramas views, trekkers should hike early morning from Ghorepani(2875m). It will be difficult for all trekkers to wake up early ( 2 hours before sunrise)  at Ghorepani and to prepare for hiking to Poon Hill.  It is hard to climb 435m with touch light because we should reach Poon Hill before light to catch different views of Annapurna.

How to do Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek avoiding difficulties?

Though Poon Hill trek is medium graded, we can make it easier with some ideas. Let’s look at some ideas to avoid Ghorepani Poon Hill trek difficulties.

  1. Make at least 4 to 5 days itinerary. 3 days Ghorepani Poon Hill trek tends to be more difficult than 5 days.
  2. To avoid Ulleri steps we can use a Jeep from Tikhedhunga to Ulleri.
  3. We can hike Poon Hill upon reaching Ghorepani if the weather is perfect. So that we can see the sunset from Poon Hill with very few crowds than sunrise. This might be the best alternative for those who wish to view the Annapurna panorama with a peaceful environment and this option will be best for those who don’t want to wake up early in the morning for sunrise over the mountains.
  4. Take a jeep from Ghandruk to Pokhara. 

Conclusion

If you want to make the first trek in your life, Ghorepani Poon Hill trek opts for you.  Trekking to  Poon Hill is completely double for novice trekkers. No previous experience required, no training required. 

If you want to get more information regarding trekking to Poon Hill or it’s difficulty, please contact us.

About Author

JayaramJayaram Thapaliya, an executive director at BASE CAMP HIKE. He has trekked to mostly places in Nepal. He has been to Annapurna Circuit more than 10 times. Jayaram is the one who is ready to help you to make wonderful trip in Nepal.

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