Ghorepani Poonhill trek is a beautiful short introduction to both Annapurna and Dhaulagiri trekking regions. The trails in the Ghorepani-Poonhill trek go through icy waterfalls and historical old patchwork valleys full of dense mossy forests. Around every bend, you will be teased by glimpses of different high snow-covered mountains, but the whole beauty of them will be revealed as you reach the highest point of the trek at Poonhill viewpoint.
This the short trek through the foothills of Annapurna mountain range to the viewpoint of Poonhill offers the best trek in Nepal. You will get to behold glimpses of Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail Mountain), Annapurna Mountain Range, the great Dhaulagiri, and the spectacular villages inhabited by the Gurkha tribes of Gurungs and Magars. You will also get to enjoy ancient dense rhododendron forests full of flora and fauna in the deep sub-tropical valleys of this region. Ghorepani (2874 meter/9429 Feet) is a village in Annapurna region famous for its athe viewpoint: the Poonhill (3210 meters/10531 Feet), and for its very famous culture and heritage. The village is within the boundary of Annapurna Conservation Area and Myagdi District of Dhaulagiri zone of central Nepal. This place was named Ghorepani as in ancient time it was the place where the traders in this zone found water for their horse (“Ghore” meaning horse and “Pani” meaning, water in Nepalese language.) It’s also a major midpoint linking major trekking and travel routes of both Annapurna and Dhaulagiri region treks.
If you are an entry-level trekker and would like to do a short, easy trek in Nepal that offers you both scenic beauty and ethnic culture, then Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek is your best option. ABC has been the most-visited tourist region of Nepal for many years. The ease and accessibility of traveling, the spectacular scenery, and the beautiful and hospitable people are some of the regions for its popularity among tourists visiting Nepal.
You begin your journey by traveling from Kathmandu to Pokhara by bus, plane, or other modes of transportation. Your real trek begins from Tikhedunga, from where you climb a long series of stone steps to reach Ulleri. From there on, you pass through beautiful villages, dense bamboo and alpine forests, green hills filled with rhododendrons, and pleasing terrains. When you reach the base camp 4130m (13546ft.), you will be rewarded with incredible views of several mountains: Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Annapurna South, Tent Peak, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Annapurna South, and several others.
You will also meet various ethnic groups along the way. Brahmins and Chhetris inhabit the lower regions and Gurungs and Magars inhabit the upper regions. All of these people are very friendly to visitors and their hospitality is considered one of the best in all of the trekking regions of Nepal. All of these reasons, make ABC trek one of the most popular treks in Nepal.
The best time to do ABC trek is in spring (March-June) and autumn (September – November). Summers tend to be hot and rainy and winters tend to be cold and snowy, and hence they are not recommended seasons for traveling around this region.