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Ghorepani Poon Hill trek – detailed guide and itinerary

The Poon Hill trek is probably one of the easiest treks in Annapurna Sanctuary which explains its growing popularity. It’s a great route to walk for inexperienced hikers and for those who just want just to get a taste of hiking in the region. The trek can be done in 3 or 4 days, the route is well-marked, there are many guesthouses and restaurants on the way and quite a few people so no need to worry about getting lost, not being able to find a place to stay or to eat. The facilities on the trek are quite good every guesthouse we stayed had a hot shower, wi-fi, power outlets, blankets, etc.

Poon Hill trek facts

    • Distance – 40 km/25 mi
    • Time required – 3-4 days 
    • Starting point – Nayapul, 2 hours by bus from Pokhara
    • Finishing point – Ghandruk 
    • Highest point – Poon Hill peak (3131 m)
    • Total elevation gain – 3000 m
    • Total elevation loss – 1996 m
  • Accommodation – guesthouses
  • Food – Nepali and Western food
  • Permits – TIMS card and Annapurna Sanctuary permit required 

Where to start and to finish the Poon Hill trek

Like other trekking routes in the Annapurna Sanctuary park, you have different starting and finishing points for this trek. The most popular way is to start in Nayapul and to finish in Ghandruk (we walked this way as the most trekkers do), the total ascent for the route will be 3000 m and total descend 1996 m. You can do it the other way around; to start in Ghandruk and to finish in Nayapul as you can see on the graph this way you’ll get less ascend and more descend compared to Nayapul – Ghandruk option; about 2000 m up and 3000 m down. There are jeeps and buses to Pokhara from both villages. Note! If it rains a lot the road from Ghandruk gets very muddy and there might be no buses to Pokhara from there. You can walk to Kimche from Ghandruk then (4 km extra and 300 m more down) or all the way to Kande through Australian Camp (plus 16 km and quite a lot of up and down extra). 

Guided tour vs independent hike

We prefer to hike independently when it’s possible for us it’s more interesting to find the way, arrange accommodation, carry our own backpacks etc. but I understand some people want to spend their holiday in a more relaxed way.

Independent hike

Pros

    • The obvious one, it’s much cheaper than a tour
    • It’s more adventurous you do all the logistics and planning yourself
  • You’re more flexible you decide if want to walk further or stay somewhere longer etc.

Cons

    • It might be a bit difficult to plan and to walk on your own if it’s your first hike
  • You’ll have to sort out any issue or problem on the way on your own

Guided trek

Pros

    • It’s easy no need to worry about route planning, finding accommodation, packing light because you have to carry your own backpack etc.
  • If you’re lucky to find a knowledgeable guide who speaks good English you can learn a lot about local culture, food, lifestyle etc.

Cons

    • It’s much more expensive
    • It takes away some part of the adventure
  • You have to stick to the group even if the itinerary doesn’t suit you well

A compromise option – hiring a guide or a porter

This is a good idea if you don’t want to join a group tour but don’t feel confident enough to walk alone, plus you create a working opportunity for local people. We never used a guide on any of the hikes in Nepal but we saw many tourists walking with a guide or a porter. The best way of finding a good reliable guide is recommendations from other tourists e.g. on the forums or Facebook groups dedicated to hiking in Nepal. We asked around at the agencies in Pokhara and the average price is US$20 per day for a porter and US$25 per day for a guide. A porter can carry up to 20-25kg you can get one porter for two or three people. Same with a guide you can share one guide between a couple of people or even a group. You can hire both but in my opinion, it’s unnecessary.

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Walking over Deurali pass, Ghorepani Poon Hill trek
Stingy Nomads at Deurali pass, Ghorepani Poon Hill trek

 

Practical information for the trek

The best time for hiking the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is March – April, and September – October comfortable temperature, not much snow or rain.

We used Maps.me offline app for navigation hiking in Nepal, the Poon Hill trek is marked quite well except the very beginning of the walk from Nayapul to Birethanti, we used the app to get to the trail.

We were surprised with the facilities of guesthouses on the route compared to what we got on Everest Base Camp trek the Poon Hill was almost a luxury trek. Basically, every guesthouse (tea house) on the way has wi-fi, hot water shower and electricity and most of the time they don’t even charge you extra for using any of these facilities unlike on some other trekking routes. So no worries about being offline, not showering or not being able to charge your devices. You can even get proper Espresso or Cappuccino at some villages on the route.

The trek turned to be more popular than we thought there were quite a lot of people and we did it in early March, the beginning of the season but it could be because Annapurna Base Camp and Annapurna circuit routes were closed due to heavy snowfalls, many people we met on the trek came to Nepal to hike one of these but had to change their plan.

Like on other trekking routes in Nepal you pay very little for accommodation but you have to eat dinner and breakfast at your guesthouse, food, not the accommodation is the main source of income for locals here. If you don’t eat at the guest house you’ll pay for your room two or three times more. The average price for a double room with a shared bathroom is between NRP  200-400/US$2-4. Some guesthouses have rooms with attached bathroom but they are a bit more expensive – NRP 400-500/US$4-5 for two people.

Pack some snacks (dried fruit, cookies, nuts, etc.) and chocolate with on the trek this stuff gets very expensive the higher you go e.g. Sneakers in Pokhara costs NRP 75/US$0,6 at Ghorepani you’ll pay NRP 250/US$2,2 etc. 

Poon Hill trek cost (2 people, 4 days, independent trek)

  • TIMS card – NRP 4000/US$36 (NRP 2000/US$18 per person)
  • Annapurna Sanctuary permit – NRP6000/US$54 (NRP 3000/US$27 per person)
  • Accommodation – NRP 800/US$7
  • Transport – NRP 1700/US$15
  • Food – NRP 8000/US$72

Total; NRP 20 500/US$186 for two people or NRP 10 250/US$93 per person.

Accommodation on the trek is very cheap between NRP 200/US$2 and NRP 300/US$3 for two people, in the peak season, April and October, prices might go up to NRP 400. If you’re one person they usually charge NRP 200/US$2 per room. At some places, the original price might be higher but you always can negotiate it. Remember to say that you’re going to eat dinner and breakfast at the place.

A meal on the Poon Hill trek costs between NRP 400/US$4 and NRP 600/US$6 per person depending on what you order, meat dishes are more expensive, vegetable and egg dishes are cheaper. A cup of tea is between NRP 60-100/US$1. A cup of hot water 50. A pot of hot water (1l) – NRP 150/US$1,3. A big plate of pasta or rice – NRP 500/US$4,5. The most expensive stuff to buy on the trek is bottled or canned drinks, for a small bottle of Coke or juice you’ll pay NRP 250/US$2,2. In general, food prices are about 30-40% higher than in Pokhara. 

Water on the trek. We used our LifeStraw bottle and used tap water for drinking there are water taps along the way where you can refill your bottle. Having some sort of filter or purification pills will save quite a bit of money. One liter of drinking water (bottled or refilled) costs between 50 and 100 depending on the place. You’ll need at least 2l of water per person a day if you buy it every time you can add NRP 150-200/US$2 pp. to your daily budget.

Transport is easy and cheap especially if you take local buses, jeeps are two to three times more expensive but I believe more comfortable and faster. Bus from Pokhara to Nayapul costs NRP 200/US$2 pp., bus from Ghandruk to Pokhara NRP 500/US$4,5, bus from Kande to Pokhara – NRP 150/US$1,2

If you wonder how much money to take on the hike I’d suggest to have at least NRP 2000/US$18 per person per day, it’ll be enough to pay for accommodation and three meals. If you’re planning to buy snacks, cool drinks, chocolates, souvenirs etc. on the way – NRP 2500/US$23 pp. per day.  

Cost of the trek with a guide or a porter

If you hire a guide, add to the above budget US$25 per day, for a porter US$20. That price includes guide’s/porter’s accommodation and food you don’t have to pay any extra but they will expect tips at the end of the trek.

Cost of the organized tour

There are different options as well depending on services you get, a number of people in the group, food and transport arrangements for an all-inclusive tour you’ll pay between US$50-60 per person per day (usually it includes Annapurna Sanctuary permit and TIM card). If you decide to join a tour I’d recommend to choose a reputable established company rather than go for a bit cheaper option with someone you don’t know.

Permits and TIMS for the Poon Hill trek

Like for any other trek inside the sanctuary you need to get a permit and a TIMS card. Both can be obtained at the Tourist Information Center in Pokhara, about 1,5 km from Lakeside. The office is opened Mon to Sun from 10am to 5pm. Note! The immigration office is located in the same building you can extend your visa there. To get a TIMS card and a permit you need your passport, insurance (nobody asks to show it you just need the details to fill in) and a contact person in Nepal (we usually give our hotel details). No other documents needed.

To get TIMS card;

    • First, fill the form that you get at the counter (name, insurance number, passport details, address in Nepal, contact information etc.)
    • Second, take a photo. No need to bring your own photos they take it right there at the office and it’s free of charge (4 passport size photos, it’s included in the price of your TIMS card).  
    • Third, give the filled form, two photos and pay NRP 2000/US$18 pp. (paid in Nepalese Rupee) at the counter
  • Forth, get your TIMS.

Note! TIMS card is valid only for a single entry to the park every time you exit you’ll need a new TIMS card to enter the park again. The same with the permit you need a new one every time you enter the park. If you’re planning to do several hikes inside Annapurna Sanctuary it’s better (cheaper) to stay all the time inside the park than to go back to Pokhara after every hike.

To get Annapurna Sanctuary permit;

    • First, after getting your TIMS card go to the next door room and get the form
    • Second, fill in the form
    • Third, hand the filled form, passport, two photos and NRP 3000/US$27 pp.(paid in Nepalese Rupee) at the counter.
  • Forth, get your permit.

Insurance for the trek

The Poon Hill trek is a moderate altitude hike that involves exhausting long ascents and dangerous (it it rains) steep descents, most of time the route goes through remote areas having travel insurance is highly recommended. In fact, it’s required for getting your hiking permit. Nobody has ever asked us to show our insurances but when you fill the form they ask you to provide the name and the phone number of your insurance company.

There are many travel insurance companies we’d recommend using one that has experience in covering outdoor activities like World Nomads. Nepal is one of their top hiking destinations with thousands of people buying World Nomads insurance policies for trekking here so they know local specific. Their insurance is  very flexible you can buy one that covers the entire trip or just the period of the trek. For example, if you have cheaper travel insurance that doesn’t cover high altitude activities you can buy World Nomads policy covering only the hike. You can get insurance just a day before the planned activity or even the same day, it takes just a couple of minutes, quick and easy.  Get a quote right now!

How to get from Pokhara to Nayapul (the starting point of the trek)

Local buses leave regularly from the bus terminal in Pokhara, the journey takes 2-3 hours, price NRP 200/US$2 pp. To get to the terminal from Lakeside you an take a taxi or walk there is no public bus going that way.

The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek itinerary

Day 1. Bus Pokhara – Nayapul, 2h15min., NRP 200/US$2

            Nayapul – Ulleri, 12km, 3h30min.

Day 2. Ulleri – Ghorepani, 8km, 2h35min.

Day 3. Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Ghorepani, 3km, 1h30min.

            Ghorepani – Ghandruk, 16,3km, 5h.

Day 4. Bus/jeep Ghandruk – Pokhara, 2h30min., NRP 500/US$4,5

Day 1. Bus Pokhara – Nayapul, 2h15min. Nayapul – Ulleri, 12 km

Nayapul (1000m) – Birethanti (1025m) – Hile – Ulleri (2000m), 12 km/7,4 mi

    • Starting point – Nayapul
    • Finishing point – Ulleri
    • Distance – 12 km/7,4 mi
    • Time – 3h30min.
    • Total ascent – 1092 m
  • Total descent – 125 m
Ghorepani Poon Hill trek route map. Day 1 Nayapul to Ulleri
Ghorepani Poon Hill trek route map. Day 1 Nayapul to Ulleri, 12 km

Bus ride as usually took longer than we thought, over 2 hours to get to Nayapul, including 20min. stop for lunch. To get to the trail first you walk through Nayapul, across the bridge to Birethanti (another village). Just as you walk out of the town there will be the first checkpoint, they don’t actually check anything just ask you to write down your name, country, etc. They as well ask for a donation for a local school or something like that but the donation is not compulsory. About 500 m away there is the second checkpoint where you show your TIMS card, it gets stamped, they write down your name and that’s it. Another 300 m and the third checkpoint where you show your Annapurna National park permit, they again write down your name and tear the bottom part of your permit. To get from Nayapul to Birethanti we used Maps.me app after that the route is quite clear and easy to follow. 

The first half of the walk is on the dirt road though there are very few cars mainly jeeps driving tourists to Hile, the furthermost point you can get by car on the Poon Hill trek. Some people take a jeep, some walk. We walked it wasn’t very tough, slight uphill but nothing hectic. After about 9 km you reach Hile. It’s a cozy village with many guesthouses, cafes, and restaurants. As an option if it’s late or you’re tired you can stay here. For the first 9 km, you basically walk all the time past small shops and local food places getting water or food won’t be a problem. There are many water taps on the way if you use a filter like us you’ll be able to fill your bottle along the route.

The second part from Hile to Ulleri is the tough part with a very steep and long ascend. In the beginning, you even walk a little bit down but the last 2 km to Ulleri is straight up non stop. Make sure to fill your water in Hile there won’t be many places after it. The ascent takes about 2 hours it’s quite tiring. 

Nayapul to Ulleri elevation profile, Ghorepani Poon Hill trek
Poon Hill trek elevation profile Day 1 from Nayapul to Ulleri, 1092 m ascend

Challenges

  • Long and steep ascend from Hile to Ulleri, about 800 m up

Highlights

    • Beautiful scenery on the way to Hile
  • Great views of the mountain range and the surrounding area from Ulleri

Majestic guest house, Ulleri

Located on the route, at the entrance to Ulleri, on the left-hand side. Price NRP 200/US$2 for two people if you eat dinner and breakfast here.

Facilities

    • Hot shower – yes, at no extra cost
    • Flush toilet – yes
    • Electricity – yes
    • Power outlets – yes, in the dining room, can charge your devices at no extra cost
    • Wi-fi – yes, at the restaurant, at no extra cost
    • Blankets – yes. It was quite warm we didn’t use our sleeping bags, blankets were more than warm enough.
  • Drinking water – yes, there is a big tank with filtered water outside where you could fill your bottle for free. Bottled water 1l costs NRP 50/US$0,5.
Ulleri village, Ghorepani Poon Hill trek
View from Ulleri village, Poon Hill trek

 

Day 2. Ulleri – Ghorepani, 8 km

Ulleri (2000m) – Banthanti (2210m) – Nangethani (2430m) – Ghorepani (2780m), 8km/5 mi

    • Starting point – Ulleri
    • Finishing point – Ghorepani
    • Distance – 8 km/5 mi
    • Time – 2h34min.
    • Total ascent – 837 m
  • Total descent – 90 m
Poon Hill trek route map. Day 2 Ulleri to Ghorepani
Route map Day 2. Ulleri to Ghorepani, 8 km

It was quite a short walking day so you can take your time in the morning, sleep late, have breakfast and slowly start walking. The trail goes through the forest, past many waterfalls, small rivers, villages, restaurants and tea houses – plenty of places to stop for food, tea and to refill/buy water, no need to carry a lot of water with from Ulleri. In the beginning, in Ulleri, there is a steep ascend all the way to the top of the mountain. Most of the day you walk uphill sometimes gradual and easy sometimes quite steep and tough.

At the entrance to Ghorepani, there is a checkpoint where they check your Annapurna Sanctuary permits again. There are two Ghorepani villages; Lower Ghorepani and Ghorepani, they are about 10 min. and 100 m apart first you get to Lower Ghorepani from there you go upstairs to Ghorepani. We stayed at Lower Ghorepani most people (mainly groups) went to Ghorepani. It was nice to stop at Lower Ghorepani and stay away from the crowds, we were only 4 people in our guesthouse. You can walk to Poon Hill from both villages, the trails join in the middle at the entrance to Poon Hill. At Ghorepani, it was not very cold but definitely more windy and chilly than at Ulleri.

Day 2 Ulleri to Ghorepani, elevation profile.
Elevation profile Day 2. Ulleri to Ghorepani, 873 m.

Challenges

  • Walking uphill most of the day, 837 m elevation gain.

Highlights

    • Beautiful forest
    • Many waterfalls on the way
  • Nice views over the area

Hotel Glacier

We got a room for NRP 300/US$2,7 for two people if you eat dinner and breakfast here. The trail to Poon Hill starts right from the door of the guesthouse, plus there is a place with good coffee next door. 

Facilities

    • Hot shower – yes, at no extra cost
    • Flush toilet – yes
    • Electricity – yes
    • Power outlets – yes, can charge your devices for free when there is electricity, the power often goes off and they use solar panels but you can’t charge anything
    • Wi-fi – free when there is electricity if working on solar panels – 150 per device, unlimited time
  • Blankets – yes (if you don’t have blankets in the room ask them to bring)
Walk from Ulleri to Ghoreapni, Poon Hill trek itinerary
Beautiful forest walk from Ulleri to Ghorepani

 

Day 3. Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Ghorepani – Ghandruk, 19,3 km

Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Ghorepani – Tadapani – Ghandruk, 19,3 km/12 mi

Sunrise on the top of Poon Hill

Ghorepani (2780m) – Poon Hill (3200m) – Ghorepani (2780m)

    • Starting point – Lower Ghorepani at 5.20
    • Finishing point – Lower Ghorepani  at 7.00
    • Total distance – 3 km/1,8 mi
    • Time – 1h30min.; 40 min. up, 30 min. down, 30 min. on the top
    • Total ascent – 387 m
  • Total descent – 387 m

It takes about 45 min. to get to the top of Poon Hill from Ghorepani, the walk is steep uphill all the way, make sure to take water with. If you start at Lower Ghorepani your total ascent and descent will be a little bit more than from Ghorepani. The trail is easy to follow, you won’t get lost there will be many people walking up. We took only water, headlamps and cameras with, the rest of our stuff we left locked in the room in the guesthouse. Take money with to pay the entrance fee to Poon Hill (NRP 100 pp.). Note! You’re not allowed to bring a thermos with hot water/tea/coffee to the top, fine for that is NRP 2000/US$18. They sell hot drinks on the top for 2-3 times more expensive than down in the village, NRP 160-200/US$2.

Elevation profile of Poon Hill peak trek
Elevation profile of the walk to the top of Poon Hill. Up and down the same way, 387 m ascend and descend

The sunrise was beautiful we were lucky with the weather the sky was clear we could see the sun rising from behind the mountains. Just after we started walking down it got cloudy and started snowing. The descent wasn’t much faster than the ascend the trail was partly covered in snow/ice we didn’t have hiking poles and struggle trying not to fall or slide down.

What to take to the summit

    • Headlamp – you start walking in the pitch dark
    • Water
    • Gloves – make sure you dress warm enough it gets quite chilly at the top waiting for the sun to come.
    • Beanie 
    • Camera/GoPro/Phone
    • Money 100 pp. entrance fee, plus extra to buy tea/coffee on the top
  • Hiking poles – will be quite helpful especially on the way down

The view was beautiful, worth early wake-up and tough walk but make sure the sky is clear (you’ll see thousands of stars if it’s) before you start the ascend otherwise you won’t be able to see much. If you don’t like getting up early you can go to Poon Hill in the afternoon of the day you arrive at Ghorepani in a way it’s nicer because unlike in the morning there will be no people on the top and nobody to charge NRP 100/US$1 at the entrance. 

Sunrise from Poon Hill, Ghorepani
Stunning sunrise at the top of Poon Hill mountain

Ghorepani to Ghandruk

    • Starting point – Ghorepani
    • Finishing point – Ghandruk
    • Distance – 16,3 km/10 mi
    • Time – 5 hours
    • Total ascent – 683 m
  • Total descent – 1394 m
Map Ghorepani to Ghandruk, Poon Hill trek
Route map Day 3 Ghorepani to Ghandruk, Poon Hill trek, 16 km

The first part of the walk was quite tough from Ghorepani we went up to the pass, about 300 m the climb was tiring but it wasn’t the most difficult part of the walk. From the top, for the next hour, we walked in the snow mostly downhill and it was quite difficult as we were not prepared for that we didn’t have crampons or hiking poles. Walking down on slippery snow/ice ground was slow luckily we didn’t fall or hurt ourselves. On the way between Ghorepani and Tadapani, there are 5 villages where you can stop for lunch, rest or get water. Tadapani is about 10 km away from Ghorepani it took us a good 3h30min. to walk it. Most of the way was downhill but there was one steep uphill just before Tadapani, about 200 m up the last ascend for the day.

If you feel tired and that you’ve walked enough for the day you can stay at Tadapani there are several tea houses and restaurants. The views from the village are quite nice. We read that the views from Ghandruk village are truly spectacular and decided to keep walking. It’s about 6 km more to Ghandruk.

The second part of the walk from Tadapani to Ghandruk was easy through beautiful forest mainly downhill. It went quite quick. There was a guesthouse on the way as well. Ghandruk is quite a big place compared to the other stops on the way there are many guest houses and restaurants but not many shops four or five but all very small with very limited options.

Elevation profile Ghorepani to Ghandruk, Poon Hill trek
Elevation profile of Day 3 of the Poon Hill trek; Ghorepani to Ghandruk. Ascend – 683 m, descend – 1394 m

Challenges

    • Early wake up for the sunrise
    • Steep ascend and descend on the top of Poon Hill
    • Walk over Deurali pass
  • A couple of steep ascends and descends on the way from Ghorepani to Tadapani

Highlights

    • Sunrise on the top of Poon Hill
    • Beautiful views of snow peaks on the way to Tadapani
  • Nice forest walk from Tadapani to Ghandruk

Hotel Ghandruk

Price NRP 300/US$3 for two people, the hotel is located a little bit outside of the busy area, the view of the mountains from the garden is stunning.

Facilities

  • Hot shower – yes, at no extra cost
  • Flush toilet – yes
  • Electricity – yes
  • Power outlets – yes, there are a couple of multi plugs in the dining area
  • Wi-fi – yes, free
  • Blankets – yes

The Poon Hill trek can be combined with Annapurna Base Camp trek that starts at Ghorepani or with the Mardi Himal trek (as we did) that starts at Landruk which is about 2 hours walk (mostly downhill) from Ghandruk.

Deurali pass, Ghorepani Poon Hill trek
View on the way over Deurali pass

 

Day 4. Bus Ghandruk – Pokhara, 3 hours/walk Ghandruk – Australian Camp

We didn’t do this part because the next day from Ghandruk we walked to Landruk where we started the Mardi Himal trek. There are several options of finishing the Poon Hill trek; taking a bus/jeep from Ghandruk to Pokhara, walking to Kimche and taking a bus from there, walking all the way to Australian Camp and from there to Kande and take a bus to Pokhara or continue hiking and do another route inside the sanctuary.

Getting back to Pokhara

There are jeeps and buses that drive straight to Pokhara from Ghandruk, it’ll take about 2h30min. to get back by bus, a jeep will be faster. Tourist price for the bus is NRP 500/US$4,5 pp., they will try to ask more but it’s the established price for tourists. Jeep costs NRP 1000/US$9 pp. but if you’re two or more people you can negotiate the price and very likely get a discount. 

Ghandruk hotel, Poon Hill trek
Alya working in the beautiful garden with a stunning view at Ghandruk Hotel.

 

Packing list for the Poon Hill trek

It’s a 4-day trek with staying in tea houses so try to pack light to make the walk easier. 

Backpack – we used our normal backpack 50L and 60L.

Smartphone – the route is marked quite well and there are many trekkers walking it but just in case it’s handy to have Maps.me navigation app on your phone.

LifeStraw or any other water filter or purifying pills – it’ll save you some money there are several water taps on the route where you can refill water plus it’s environmentally friendly. 

Headlamp – all tea houses we stayed had electricity but you’ll need a torch or headlamp to go up Poon Hill for the sunrise, you start walking in the dark.

Sleeping bag – all tea houses we stayed had blankets, it was really chilly only in Ghorepani so we used our summer sleeping bags with blankets but you’ll be fine just sleeping in warm clothing.

Hiking shoes – you don’t need heavy hiking boots for Poon Hill but a pair of proper hiking shoes, I walk in my Salomon Ellipse 2 (we’ve already walked more than 1500 km in these shoes) and Campbell wore Merrell Chameleon.

Hiking socks – we always wear merino wool socks for hiking, they work great; last long, don’t absorb odors, protect your feet from blister etc.

Hiking poles – there are some pretty steep ups and downs on the trek the poles will be quite handy especially on a rainy day.

Trekking pants – Campbell always hikes in normal trekking pants I prefer wearing yoga pants.

Hiking shirt – Colombia hiking shirts are Campbell’s favorite, I like hiking in long sleeve running shirts and sports bras.

Buff – we use it mainly for sun protection instead of putting sunscreen all over our faces.

Sleeping clothes e.g. long cotton pajama pants and a thermal shirt for sleeping and wearing in guesthouses after the shower – it’s comfortable and warm. Ladies options; pants and shirt.

Hiking towel – most of the guesthouses if not all of them have a hot shower.

Waterproof pouch for documents, money, phone, etc.

Kindle – Campbell always takes his Kindle Paperwhite with on hikes. If you’re an owner of Kindle by joining Kindle unlimited program by Amazon you’ll get access to hundreds of thousands of e-books and audiobooks.

GoPro HERO7 we used it a lot for taking photos and videos we had our camera with as well but ended up almost never using it.

Garmin Fenix 5X thanks to this watch we could add elevation profiles, distances, maps etc. to our post so for us it was really worth buying it.

Annapurna trekking map (make sure to buy an updated version) or Poon Hill trek map, we had the first one and it was quite handy on the trek, we bought it in Pokhara, there are a couple of shops in Lakeside with many trekking maps and guide books.

First Aid kit – we always advise to take it with on hikes you never know what can happen from a blister to a sudden stomach problem or a headache.

    • Lip balm with UV protection
    • Soap/shower gel
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Deodorant
  • Humid tissues
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper

Accommodation in Pokhara

Lakeside is the main touristy area of Pokhara it’s filled with hotels, guest houses, restaurants, bars, etc. here you can find accommodation on any budget from cheap home stays to fancy spa hotels.

Budget optionsPokhara Youth HostelOYO 128 Hotel Dream PokharaGauri Shankar backpackers hostelOYO 11460 Hotel Romantica (we stayed here several times and stored our luggage when went hiking) |

Middle pricePokhara Boutique HotelPokhara Choice InnPokhara BatikaHotel Middle Path & Spa |

LuxuryTemple Tree Resort & SpaGlacier Hotel & SpaHotel White Pearl |

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10 Comments

  1. Hi. Fantastic write up and so full of information, thanks for sharing. The trek it is just what I was looking for as am limited for time. Would you be able to share the Garmin links or gpx files as they would be really useful. Thanks.

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Kev! Thank you for the comment! Unfortunately, we won’t be able to share Garmin links there are maps and elevation profile in the post, the trail is well-marked you don’t need GPS for navigation, we never used any maps or GPS on the trek just followed the signs.
      Cheers!

  2. Hi! Really useful post! Could you recommend me where to find a Sherpa guide for the same trek? Thank you in advance

    • Hello, Anastasia! Thank you for the comment! We’ve never hiked with a guide in Nepal but we went to a couple of local travel agencies in Pokhara to ask if it’s possible to hire a guide through them and it didn’t seem to be a problem. A guide service costs 25US$ per day you can split it between a couple of people, the price includes guide’s accommodation and food but tourists usually leave tips after the trek if they were happy with the guide.
      Cheers!

  3. anat magenzi

    hello
    thank you for this detailed guide so usefull!!
    my only q is if there how can i find the best lodge in each village .

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Anat! All lodges are pretty much the same, all have similar facilities and prices. You can check out a couple of them and decide which one you like the most. Or you can stay at the same places we stayed, they all had good facilities, we quite liked all of them especially the one in Ghandruk, the view there was amazing.
      Cheers!

  4. Hey guys. Just wanted to say a massive thanks for all this great info – your post has been our bible in preparing for this trek, which we start in a couple of days (can’t wait!). 🙂

  5. TIONG WHO LING

    Thank you guys for you detail write-up. It helped me a lot to get myself prepared.
    Really appreciated and highly recommended.

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Tiong! Thank you very much for the feedback! We’re happy the post was helpful!
      Safe travels and enjoy the hike!

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