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Frequently Asked Questions about Ghorepani Poon hill trek

March 9, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions about Ghorepani Poon hill trek

Are you planning your trekking trip to Ghorepani Poon hill route Nepal? If you are still not assured about your trek, then we advise you to read Frequently Asked Questions about Ghorepani Poon Hill trek, where we present all required questions and answers.

Where is the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek?

Ghorepani Poon hill trek lies in the Annapurna Conservation Area and Located in the North-central part of Nepal.

Is a trekking permit mandatory for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek?

Yes, For the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek, you have to make ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) permit that can be obtained from Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), Kathmandu, and Damside, Pokhara.

There are two different permits ACAP permits and TIM’s card. The price of Permits and TIMS are:

  • ACAP Permit cost: $30 US per person
  • TIMS card cost: $10 US (a trek through trekking agency)
  • TIMS card cost: $20 US (Trek by yourself)

What kind of Accommodation do we get in the Ghorepani Poon hill trek?

During your Ghorepani Poon Hill trek, you will be staying at locally made tea Houses and Lodges. On this trek, the accommodation will be private with twin beds and private lockers. You will have a comfortable mattress, pillows, small tea table, and Blanket in your room but the bathroom is not there inside. It is sharing and if you use a hot shower they will charge extra.

The price of Accommodation during the Ghorepani Poon hill trek is about 5 to $10 US (twin bedroom).

Is there electricity to charge my camera and phone?

Yes, there are many places where you can charge all your electronic devices. You have to bring all your cable or charger yourself. You are suggested to keep your entire electronic devices warm inside the sleeping bag or blanket because the cold temperature drains batteries very quickly.

How hard is Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking?

The Ghorepani Poon hill trekking is probably the easy trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Every day the trekking distance from one settlement to the Next is Different however, usually, you have to walk 4 to 6 hours a day. If you are simply fit physically and mentally you can make it.

It is 4 days walking holiday but only the first 2 days will be ascending through the forest of rhododendron and the 2 last days is just descending through the forest and Villages.

Does the trekking agency provide trekking gear for the Ghorepani trek?

Actually, there are only a few things you will get from the trekking agency. In general, the trekking agency provides trekking pools, Sleeping bags, down jackets, and Trekking Maps but the rest of the gear needs to be managed by you.

There are many trekking shops around Kathmandu and Pokhara, so if you need to buy before you begin your trek then we will help you to buy your gears at a reasonable price.

What kind of foods are available during the Ghorepani Poon hill trek?

While trekking in the Annapurna Ghorepani area, your breakfast and Dinner will be served from the lodge similarly, your lunch provides by a local inn or Restaurant.

The Dhalbhat (Served with rice, curry, spinach, Lentil soup, pickle& Pappadam) is the name of Nepali food which is really popular in the mountains. Furthermore, you can have bread, set breakfast (served with bread, omelet, potatoes & Tea), Fried Noodles, fry rice, Mo: Mo (Dumpling food), the variety of soups, Ramayan Korean soup, Indian dishes, however, you can have almost all kind food but don’t expect professionally cooked food. It is simply made fresh and safe to eat.

Drinks are available too in the lodge and restaurant booths.

Is Ghorepani trek risky from AMS (acute mountain sickness)?

Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is an easy and low-altitude trek. The highest spot you will spend your night at Ghorepani  (2,028 m), so during this short and easy trek, there are no chances to get High Altitude Mountain sickness. Usually, people might get altitude sickness after crossing 3500 meters.

If I get sick during this trek what do I need to do?

If you are trekking alone, you can share your problem with the Hotel owner or with your nearest friend around you similarly, if you are trekking with a trekking guide, you can tell your problem with him, and he will help you. If you have a general problem, he will advise you to use medicine but if you have a serious problem he will arrange an emergency helicopter evacuation.

What is the weather and climate situation in Poon Hill?

The weather and climate will depend on the season, there are 4 different seasons, however, Poon hill is a cold and windy view spot, thus you have to bring warm clothes with you such as a warm Hat, warm jacket, Gloves, headlight, and some snacks.

The weather gets really clear during October and November (autumn season) likewise March to May (spring season), so the autumn season and spring seasons are known as the best trekking season in Nepal including Ghorepani Poon hill. Furthermore, if you wish to explore Poon hill during the monsoon or winter that is absolutely possible, but the view can be on and off every day.

What is roughly the price of the Ghorepani Poon hill trek?

The cost usually depends on the services you are getting, but usually, for 4 nights 5 days package price costs $490 US.

How much to hire a Guide and Porter a day?

To hire a guide for the Poon hill trek costs $25 US and $20 US for a porter a day. The next, Guide and Porter salary might be a little lesser during Winter and monsoon season.

Is there a hospital or clinic during Ghorepani Poon hill trek?

During this trek, we don’t get to the hospital, but primary clinics are available at Ghorepani and Ghandruk village.

How much for one main course food?

The prices are all different as per your choice of food, but usually for one main course during the Ghorepani Poon hill trek costs about 5 to $9 US.

Do the Tea houses provide Wi-Fi services and a hot shower?

Yes, they do almost every single tea house now has Wi-Fi service plus hot shower they will charge a small amount of money about $2 US.

When is the best time for the Poon hill trek?

Poon hill trek is suitable during Spring because the Poon hill trek route is almost through the rhododendron forest every day and spring is the time in blooms and clear sky in the background, thus the best trekking time for Poon hill is spring season (March to May).

What is the shortest time to finish the Poon hill trek?

If you are really tight on the schedule, then 4 days will be enough from Kathmandu to Kathmandu, but if you are in Pokhara then two days’ time will be enough. The fact is that for a few years you can use jeep service straight to Nangethati which means you can skip 1 full day of walking already and two days will be enough from Pokhara to Pokhara.

How cold is the Ghorepani Poon hill trek?

Season ways the temperature goes up and down, but no doubt Poon hill is a cold and windy viewpoint.

Winter (Dec. Jan & Feb.)-

  • Middle of the day- 12 Degrees centigrade
  • Early Morning- 5-degree Centigrade
  • Midnight- 3-Degree centigrade

Spring (March to May.)-

  • Middle of the day- 19-Degrees centigrade
  • Early Morning- 10-degree Centigrade
  • Midnight- 9-Degree centigrade

Monsoon (June to August)-

  • Middle of the day- 21 Degrees centigrade
  • Early Morning- 11-degree Centigrade
  • Midnight- 10 Degree Centigrade

Autumn (Sep to Nov.)-

  • Middle of the day- 17 Degrees centigrade
  • Early Morning- 8-degree Centigrade
  • Midnight- 6 Degree Centigrade

The temperature, which I have mentioned above is on the basis of the Ghorepani area so around Thikhedumng and Ghandruk (first and last of your trek) the temperature will be even hotter.

Is there a phone single while trekking?

Local Sim card (NTC or Ncell), both works, but the signal is not really strong enough to talk clearly. However, you can talk and can use your phone. If you have an emergency to talk to your family or work, you can use Wi-Fi service in the tea house, which is available in almost every different tea house.

How Much local currency do I have to bring for the Ghorepani trek?

During this trek, your trek organizer provides you all meals, accommodation, the salary of guide and porter, transport, hotel in Pokhara almost everything but there are some extra expenses such as donations, to buy souvenirs from the mountain, water, hot shower, battery charge, Wi-Fi and tip for field staff so for all extra activities you can bring 2500 Nepali rupee per day per person, that should be sufficient for 4 night 5 days Ghorepani trek.

Is the tip mandatory for Guide and Porters?

The tip is not Compulsory but after 4 to 5 days walking in the Himalayas, they expect some tips after your successful journey. Usually, per trekkers per day $8 US for Guide and per trekkers per day $5 US for Porter is an approximate tip, they expect.

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