Ghorepani, A Paradise On Earth

Ghorepani is the ultimate answer to those whose quest is to dwell on paradise; like the landscapes we see in movies, but rarely come across in real life. A mixed delight of trekking and sightseeing at high altitude, Ghorepani trekking is otherwise known as Annapurna Sunrise Trek or Poon Hill Trek.

Located in the north-central region of Nepal, Ghorepani is easily accessible from Pokhara, which demands a 4-5 hours of uphill trek through Ulleri. Based on comfort, it is listed as one of the easiest trekking routes. An early morning climb next day ends up in one standing at the elevation of 10,000 feet on top of Poon Hill.

Situated at the height of 3,210 meters, Poon Hill provides spectacular views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre and many other mountains.

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View of Poon Hill

Poon Hill is widely popular as one of the best places for up-close views of the Himalayas. During March of 2015, 500 tourists were already lined up, very early in the morning to observe the sun paint the mountains into red. Autumn and spring are considered best travel seasons. It is believed that 4 am is the best time to be at the spot as the time ensures that you do not miss the beautiful site in all its glory.

And it’s not only the destination that is rewarding; it’s more about the journey. Ghandruk, a home stay destination and homes to Gurung natives, provides any visitor with unforgettable memory of the local life. The hospitality of the Mother’s Group (a local forum) towards the visitor never goes unspoken of.

Ghandruk Village

Ghandruk Village

The trail welcomes visitors with forests decorated with flowering Rhododendron plants during April and March. Given the presence of various resting spots like Ghandruk, Ulleri and Tadapani, this trek is extraordinarily flexible for duration if one can’t get enough of the natural abundance.