Costs, Details & Tips for the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek in Nepal

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Cost, Details & Tips for the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek in Nepal

I recently finished the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek and I’m in no way an expert in trekking in Nepal – I just have a few tips for the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek to share. If you did the same trek and have some more tips (or if you think my information is way off), please comment below and share your information!

For a more in-depth piece about my time on the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek and for more photos, please read: Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek.

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Going Somewhere Slowly’s Tips for the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek:

  • Choose your starting point: This trek starts and ends from Nayapol, but you can start the circular route from any direction. For an easier, more gradual climb, start from Kimche. If you start from Hile you’ll go up the famous 3500 steps. Coming down those 3500 steps might not be a walk in the park if you have bad knees. Choose your poison – up or down.

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  • Choose your time: Middle March is a beautiful time to go because the Rhododendron trees are in bloom. I’ve heard that October is also spectacular when everything is green during the Monsoon season.
  • Suit up: At the high altitudes it can get very cold at night, especially in Deurali and Ghorepani. A sleeping bag will warm you up faster than the blankets provided by the lodges. Take a few hand warmers and buy some of those Yak wool socks you see everywhere in Pokhara and Kathmandu… you won’t be sorry.
  • Money: Things can get pretty expensive the higher you go – make sure you have enough Rupees with you. Your dollars will have no meaning in the mountains, exchange your money before you go. Budget on at least $20 a day.

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  • What to take: Besides the obvious basics, take a walking stick (it would make life so much easier), hand warmers for the cold nights, a poncho for the unpredictable weather and a headlight for going up Poon Hill for sunrise.
  • Lodging: Rooms are cheap and basic (200-300 NPR). Usually you’ll find a room with more than one bed in it and a shared bathroom facilities. The charge for a hot shower is 150 NPR and sometimes it’s very hot, sometimes it’s just lukewarm and sometimes it’s just a bucket of water.
  • Food: Don’t make things difficult for yourself and carry all your food with you. If you take your own food to the lodges you’ll pay more than three times the price for a room.  You’ll be surprised at the variety on the menu and there are also a lot of vegetarian options available. Buying bottled water can get expensive (120 NPR), but most lodges purify their own water and one liter will be around 80 NPR.

  • Wi-fi & Phone Signal: Most of the places have wi-fi, but it’s usually out of order. I only had reception for my phone (Ncell) at Ghandruk and wi-fi at Ulleri and Ghorepani (wi-fi charge is 100 NPR). The availability of wi-fi all depends on your choice of lodge.
  • Power: Power supply is better in the villages because they use hydro power, but you might have to pay 50 NPR per hour if you want to charge a battery. Ghorepani and Ulleri had power cuts just like the bigger cities.
  • Guide or no guide? I won’t encourage people to do any trek solo. If you don’t want a guide please go with a few friends or meet up with people in Pokhara or Kathmandu. I’ve heard of many people who met their trekking partners at the airport while waiting for their baggage. I’m thankful I had a guide because she shared so much useful and interesting details about the area with me. (I’ll share more information about my guide later).

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  • Porter or no porter? If you choose a porter, pack light! I know these people are used to carrying a lot of weight, but have a heart. It’s totally doable to carry your own bag – I did it and it only weighed around 6 or 7kg.
  • Fitness level: If you can walk up  a few flights of stairs without dying you’ll be okay. The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is one of the easiest treks and anyone can do it, just tune in your mind.
  • Altitude sickness: Don’t be fooled into thinking that you can’t get altitude sickness. I spent a night at an altitude of 3200m at Deurali and that’s were my minor case of altitude sickness started – I got some headaches, a little bit dizzy at times and got tired very fast. My guide told me that at an altitude of 3200m I was supposed to drink 3 liters of water a day…I didn’t. Drink enough water and you should be fine.
  • Transport to/from Nayapol, Kimche or Hile: You can take a taxi, a local bus to Nayapol or a Jeep to Nayapol/Kimche/Hille. If the jeep is full (10 passengers) it will be around 450 NPR per person.
  • What to buy: At the villages you can find snacks, drinks and the basic toiletries. There are also people selling handicrafts and Yak Wool products (beanies, gloves, socks, scarfs, etc.).
  • Doctor: Doctors and/or small “hospital” facilities can be found in Ghandruk, Ghorepani and Ulleri.
  • Best views in my opinion: Poon Hill, Tadapani & Thabala (just before or after Ghorepani).

Expenses for the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Day 0
$40 Tims & Permit
Total: $40

Day 1 – Pokhara – Kimche – Ghandruk
Transport (Taxi to place to get a jeep and the jeep to starting point): 1250 NPR (for me and my guide).
Bill at Ghandruk :1900 NPR (room, hot shower, lunch, dinner, breakfast for day 2, coffee x 2, sprite and water refill).
Total: 3150 NPR.

Day 2 – Ghandruk – Tadapani
Lunch stop: 600 NPR (lunch, coffee and water).
Bill at Tadapani: 1370 NPR (Room, hot shower, dinner, hot chocolate x 2, coffee, breakfast for day 3).
Total: 1960 NPR.

Day 3: Tadapani – Deurali
Tea stop: 100 NPR (hot chocolate).
Bill at Deurali: 1950 NPR (Room, hot shower, lunch, Sprite, hot chocolate x 2, dinner, water(bottle), breakfast for day 4).
Total 2150 NPR.

Day 4: Deurali – Ghorepani
Bill at Ghorepani: 1860 NPR (Room, wi-fi, lunch, hot chocolate x 2, dinner, water refill, breakfast for day 5).
Total: 1860 NPR.

Day 5: Ghorepani – Ulleri
Lunch stop: 370 NPR (Lunch, water refill).
Bill at Ulleri: 1470 NPR (Room, wi-fi, dinner, hot choc x 2, Sprite, breakfast for day 6).
Total: 1840 NPR.

Day 6: Ulleri – Hile
Lunch stop: 510 NPR (Lunch, water bottle, juice).
Jeep from Hile to my Guesthouse in Lakeside: 2500 NPR.
Total: 3010 NPR.

Food, accommodation & transport for 6 days: $140.
Tims & Permit: $40.
Guide: $150 ($25 per day).

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Final thoughts:

You can probably find a way to spend less money while trekking, but I’ve also heard of people who spent way more. When you opt for packages where everything is included, it usually works out more expensive. My guide is an independent guide and it’s great knowing that no money is going to a big boss at a company, but that all the money is going to the person who did the job.

Just enjoy your hike, don’t think too much about the ups or the downs and know that the you’ll be rewarded with amazing views for every drop of sweat. Have fun, be safe and make the memories last!

Read more about my experience on the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek here.

If you have any additional tips for the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek to share, please comment below!

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