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Annapurna Skyline Trek (Ghorepani and Poon hill trek )

The Annapurna Skyline trek, also known as the Ghorepani and Poon hill trek, begins and ends in Pokhara. The trip begins with a day of exploring the historic temples and landmarks that dot the bustling capital. Then, take a scenic flight to Pokhara and start the trek the same day.  The Annapurna Skyline trek traverses through several bucolic Gurung villages. The Gurungs are one of sixty ethnic groups in Nepal and the predominant race recruited in the famous Gurkha regiment of the British and Indian army.

The Ghorepani trek begins in temperate terraced rice fields, gradually ascending to old growth and bamboo forests. Climb up and down the infamous “Gurung staircases” along the Modi Khola river. Past Ghandruk, hike along the ridge to Ghorepani. Make an early morning ascent up Pun Hill to watch the sun rise over the Annapurna range. Finally, descend to Ulleri through rhododendron forests that may just be in bloom! Also, if you have time, do consider adding the Khopra Ridge Trek to the Ghorepani and Poon hill trek.


  • Spectacular views of the Annapurna range.
  • Trek through rhododendron forests in bloom.
  • Post trek massage.
  • Cooking class and dinner at a Nepali home.


The Ghorepani Trek is a lodge trek. Therefore you will sleep and eat meals in local lodges along the trail. The quality of the lodges on this trek are reasonably good compared to other trekking trails in Nepal. And some of them have en suite rooms with hot showers. Additionally, meals are also quite varied with many options including rice with veggies, noodles, local breads etc. Read our article about food options on lodge treks.


Like most treks in Nepal, the best seasons for trekking to Ghorepani are Spring (March-May) and Autumn (October-November). Furthermore, it is possible to do this trek in Winter months of December, January and February. While it will obviously be very cold (upto -15 C/, 5 F), it will be less crowded and there aren’t as many trekkers in the area.


The Annapurna Skyline trek (Ghorepani Trek) is rated “MILDLY-STRENUOUS”. It is rated 3 on a rating scale from 1 (easy) to 5 (challenging). The highest altitude reached is at Pun hill. Average daily hiking times is 5 to 6 hours. Regardless, it is important to prepare for any trek in Nepal. Read our advice on training for treks.


All our Ghorepani Treks are private treks for a minimum of two participants. We do NOT nickel-and-dime on services – all inclusions and exclusions are clearly listed in cost details. Some companies will advertise trips for very low prices but they have a lot of exclusions that is usually not clear. Most of our trekkers are either repeat clients or referrals. We have been in business for over 30 years and we employ only the most professional and friendly staff. Do read this article “Is Crystal Mountain Treks expensive?!” to learn more about this.

Do contact us (info@crystalmountaintreks.com) if you have more questions. We are happy to help!

Trip at a glance

Brief Itinerary (Ghorepani Trek)

Day Description Overnight Altitude
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu Kathmandu 1,340m/4,300ft
Day 2 Exploring Kathmandu Kathmandu 1,340m/4,300ft
Day 3 Kathmandu to Dhampus Dhampus 1,650m/5,400ft
Day 4 Dhampus to Landrung Landrung 1,650m/5,400ft
Day 5 Landrung to Jhinu Hot Spring Jhinu 1,725m/5,700ft
Day 6 Jhinu to Ghandrung Ghandrung 1,950m/6,400ft
Day 7 Ghandrung to Tadapani Tadapani 2,630m/8,700ft
Day 8 Tadapani to Ghorepani Ghorepani 2,875m/9,400ft
Day 9 Ghorepani to Ulleri to Pokhara Pokhara 827m/2,710ft
Day 10 Pokhara Pokhara 827m/2,710ft
Day 11 Kathmandu Kathmandu 1,340m/4,300ft
Day 12 Final departure    
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Detailed Itinerary (Ghorepani Trek)

Day 1Kathmandu

Arrive Kathmandu. You will be met on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Transfer to Hotel. Day Free. Enjoy welcome dinner. Briefing during group dinner. Overnight Hotel Tibet or similar. (Dinner)

Day 2Kathmandu

Visit Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, with its two-tiered golden roof and silver door. Here, you’ll likely witness a Hindu cremation along the banks of the Bagmati River.

Then drive to Bhaktapur, the City of Devotees, for lunch and a tour of the royal palace square. Bhaktapur is a medieval city in the Kathmandu valley and is least disturbed by modern life. Here, you can absorb the architectural splendor of the five-storied Nyatapola temple, or the sculptural delight of the Peacock Window. Overnight Hotel Tibet or simlar. (Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 3Kathmandu to Dhampus

Transfer to the domestic terminal at the Kathmandu airport for your flight to Pokhara. You must arrive at the airport one hour before your scheduled departure time. Be ready for a wait at the airport if your flight is delayed due to weather or other reasons.

The flight to Pokhara (800m/2,640ft) is approximately 30 minutes. Depending on the weather, you will be able to view the Himalayan range including Manaslu and Annapurna IV from your airplane window. Note: sit on the right hand side of the plane if possible.

After arriving in Pokhara, transfer by private vehicle to the starting point of your trek at Phedi. The first day’s walk is a grueling ascent through terraced paddy fields and small villages to Dhampus. You are rewarded with great mountain views as you arrive at Dhampus.

Overnight Lodge. (All meals)

Day 4Dhampus to Landrung

The trail now becomes a steady ascent as you trek through rhododendron forest. Mt. Machhapuchare (Fishtail) is prominent in the distance. Slowly ascending, trek past Pothana and the pass at Deorali (7,100ft.). There are great views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and, on a clear day, Dhaulagiri I. From Deorali, it is a steep descent through rhododendron forest (muddy and slippery at times) to arrive at Landrung. Overnight Lodge. (All meals)

Day 5Landrung to Jhinu Hot Spring

Today is a short day of about three to four hours to Jhinu. Descend to the Modi Khola. Then ascend steeply to Jhinu, a small cluster of lodges. There is ample time to take a dip in the hot springs at Jhinu. The hot springs are about 15 minutes hike past Jhinu and are properly maintained by a caretaker who charges around US$2 per person.

Overnight Lodge. (All meals)

Day 06Jhinu to Ghandrung

From Jhinu, descend to the Kimrung Khola. Ascend steeply (approximately 1,400 ft.) on switchbacks thorough a forest to Kimrong Danda (7,300 ft.). It is a short descent to Ghandrung.

Ghandrung, with 275 households, is the second-largest Gurung settlement in Nepal – Sikles is the largest. The older settlement of Ghandrung is a closely-knit village of slate-roofed houses with terraced fields both above and below the settlement. There is also a Gurung museum which you can visit.

Overnight Lodge. (All meals)

Day 07Ghandrung to Tadapani

The trail continues steeply through thick mixed forests. Trek through Bhaise Kharka (Buffalo pasture) to Tadapani (far water). Look out for wild Langurs up on the tall trees. Rhododendron trees in this area are not shrubs but grow to become 90 feet or more.

The views of Annapurna South, Macchapuchare and Hiunchuli are spectacular from Tadapani. Overnight Lodge. (All meals)

Day 08Tadapani to Ghorepani

Ascend through rhododendron forests gently to Banthati and then to Deorali. Continue to Ghorepani (literally translated as horse water) on a ridge with a big cluster of lodges. Overnight Lodge. (All meals)

Day 09Ghorepani to Ulleri to Pokhara

Wake up early (4ish) and hike steeply (1 hour) to Pun hill (10,600 ft.) to view the sunrise over the Himalayas. From Pun hill, there are unobstructed views of Dhaulagiri I (8,167m), Tukuche (6,920m), Nilgiri (6,920m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Hiunchuli (6,441m), and Glacier dome (7,193m).

After breakfast at Ghorepani, descend steeply to Ulleri. Board a 4 x 4 for drive to Nayapul and onwards to Pokhara.

After your long shower, enjoy the rest of the day for shopping, relaxing or exploring on your own.

Overnight: Temple Tree or similar (B,L)

Day 10Pokhara

Short boat ride on the Phewa Lake. 30 minute uphill hike to Peace Stupa.Visit the International Mountaineering Museum, which has an excellent display of exhibits of the world’s mountains. Lunch at the museum café.

Overnight: Temple Tree or similar. (All meals)

Day 11Kathmandu

Morning flight back to Kathmandu. Morning is free for you shop, relax or explore on your own. In the afternoon, a Nepali cooking class followed by dinner at a Nepali home.

Overnight: Hotel Tibet or similar. (All meals)

Day 12Final departure

After breakfast, transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure. (Breakfast)

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Cost Information (Ghorepani Trek)

Valid till Dec 31, 2024

1 person: $2,650 USD

2 – 4 persons: $2,100 USD per person

5 or more persons: $1,950 USD per person

Single Supplement: $300 USD

Please inquire for quote in GB£ or Euros.

  • US$ 200 per person discount on Winter treks in November, December, January and February.

Payment policy:

  • A 20% non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking.
  • Balance is payable a week prior to departure or on arrival in Kathmandu.

Cancellation policy:

  • Deposit is non-refundable. But if you cancel a month prior to trek start date, your deposit will be applied to any trek you undertake with us anytime in the future.
  • No refunds for unused services once trek begins.

Price Includes

  • All airport transfers
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu as indicated in the itinerary and entrance fees to monuments
  • 3 nights twin sharing hotel accommodation at Hotel Tibet (3 star) in Kathmandu 
  • 2 night twin sharing hotel accommodation at Temple Tree Resort (4 star) in Pokhara 
  • Airfare: Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu 
  • Cooking class 
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary 
  • Lodge trekking as indicated in the itinerary 
  • Three meals a day on the trek 
  • Sterilized water for your bottles three times a day 
  • Guide and staff wages, equipment and meals
  • Guide and staff insurance 
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Fee
  • Trekkers Information Management Card

Price Excludes

  • Your international airfare
  • Nepal Visa
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal equipment (a suggested list will be mailed to you)
  • Travel insurance (Required)
  • Other expenses of a personal nature
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Trip Gallery (Ghorepani trek)


Again, there are many possibilities for shortening or lengthening the trek in the Annapurna region. It is possible to lengthen the trek by adding the trek to the Annapurna Base Camp or the Khopra ridge trek. It is possible to shorten the trek by three days by beginning in Ghandruk instead of Dhampus.

Write to us to learn about the possibilities.

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Frequently Asked Questions


When is the best time to do the Annapurna Skyline Trek (Ghorepani trek)?

The two best seasons for the Annapurna Skyline Trek are Spring (March through May) and Fall (October through December). On this trek, day time temperatures range in the 60’s and 70’s (15 to 20 Centigrade) while night-time temperatures are in the 30’s to the 50’s (0 to 10 Centigrade) depending on where you are on the trek. Expect some late-afternoon showers in the Spring which is the season for rhododendrons and magnolias. October is historically regarded as the best month to trek with clear skies and better views of the mountains.

We highly encourage you to trek in the winter months of December, January and February when days can be quite sunny and warm (40 to 50 Fahrenheit or 5 to 10 Centigrade) although you should expect temperatures at or below freezing for a couple nights at Tadapani and Ghorepani. But the trails and lodges aren’t as crowded. We offer a $150 per person discount for treks in the Winter.

How fit do I need to be to do the Annapurna Skyline Trek (Ghorepani trek)?

Anyone who is reasonably fit and can hike 8-10 miles a day can do the Annapurna Skyline Trek. This is a roller-coaster trek with a lot of ascents and descents (some quite steep). So the better shape you are in, the more you will enjoy the trek. Children as young as six and adults over seventy have walked to Annapurna Base Camp. It is advised that anyone with a pre-existing condition consult their doctor before signing up for a trek.

We rate the Annapurna Skyline Trek a 3 (Moderately Strenuous) on a scale of 1 (easy) to 5 (challenging).

What kind of food should I expect on the trek (Ghorepani trek)?

Meals on the Annapurna Skyline trek is quite varied. In general, expect porridge (Oatmeal), toast, eggs (any style), muesli, hash browns, sausages etc for breakfast. And sandwich, pizzas, momos, noodles (dry and with soup), rolls, fried rice, Indian bread with vegetables etc for lunch and dinner. And expect Nepali dal-bhat (rice-lentils with vegetables and/or meat) at all the lodges.

Ours is an OPEN menu. Meaning we allow our clients to order anything from the lodge menu besides bottled beverages, specialty coffee and packaged snacks. We also don’t limit the number of items per meal as long as you aren’t wasteful. When choosing your trekking company, ask if meals are fixed or if you are only allowed to order one item from the menu. If this isn’t the case, costs can add up over 15/16 days.

Check out our article on food options for vegetarians.

Can I drink tap water? How/Where can I get water that is safe to drink?

Nepali tap water is NOT safe to drink. Even if you see the locals drinking water straight from the tap, never drink water before boiling or sterilizing. Bring water purifying tablets or other water purifiers. At higher elevations during the coldest times of year the water will freeze, so you’ll need to buy boiled water from teahouses. If you plan to use a STERIPEN, bring wide mouth water bottles. You would need at least 2 one-liter water bottles for the trek. Even if you plan to bring a hydration pack, bring 1 one-liter water to sterilize the water before pouring into your hydration pack.

Crystal Mountain Treks will provide you with a Steripen to use on the trek for no charge.

Do read our blog on safe drinking water options: Hydration on treks in Nepal

Is there mobile signal on the Ghorepani trek? Wi-fi?

Most of the places on the Annapurna Skyline trek (Ghorepani trek) route now has cell coverage. In some locations, lodges will offer wi-fi for between $1 to $5 per hour. You can also buy a Sim card with 5GB or 10GB data for under $25: do this in Kathmandu.

How should I prepare for the Annapurna Skyline trek (Ghorepani trek)?

The more physically fit you are, the more you will enjoy the trip. There are three aspects to training for any trek.

1) Cardiovascular Training will make your body more efficient in using oxygen. Running, walking, swimming or biking, or any combination of these are great for cardiovascular conditioning.

2) Strength Training by either using free weights or machines at the gym will build hiking strength. Walking stairs, especially with a pack will simulate the hiking environment. We also recommend practicing squats. Trekkers will encounter low hanging obstacles to duck under, and many toilets are at ground level, which requires a low squat.

3) Endurance Training is where you build endurance in the months leading up to your trek, slowly increase your length of training sessions. By the time you are 2 weeks from the scheduled trek date you should be able to ascend 3,000 ft. in a 3-4 hour period.

In the end, the more your training simulates a trek, the better off you will be. So hiking 4-5 hours outdoors, uphill and downhill, about once or twice a week in addition to other cardio vascular training at the gym or at home will greatly benefit and prepare you for the trek.

Check out our article on training for treks.

What are the toilets like on the trek? Will I have a chance to shower?

Most tea houses have a common toilet. Some tea houses have en suite rooms. While squat toilets are more prevalent, newer lodges have Western style toilets.

It is possible to shower in a few of the lodges. And hot shower usually means a bucket of boiled water. Be prepared to pay anywhere from $2-$5 for this service.

What kind of gear do I need for the trek? Can I rent gear in Kathmandu?

Layering is key. And it’s always recommended to trek with good branded gear. A good pair of hiking boots that’s been broken in is very important. Good top and bottom base layers, a mid layer (fleece or capilene), and an outer layer (Gore-tex or other material). If you tend to get cold quickly, bring a down parka especially for the evening at the lodge. On most days, you’d be hiking in a convertible hiking pant that can be converted into shorts and one or two top layers.

if you’re trekking with Crystal Mountain Treks, we provide a sleeping bag (rated to 0 degree F or -17 degree C), duffel bags, down jacket and Steripen for water purification to our clients for no charge.

It is possible to buy cheap and relatively functional gear in Kathmandu – convertible pants, down jackets, fleece, Gore-tex jackets. But remember, you get what you pay for. Wool gloves, hats, socks are available too.

There are quite a few branded stores too. North Face, Moutain Hardwear, Marmot and Sherpa. If you’re coming from Australia or Europe, items in these shops are probably cheaper than back home. But if you’re coming from the US, it’s better to buy branded gear at home.

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Andre Blas

Couple Traveller

This adventure was impeccable from the very first moment till the last, from every point of view: organization and planning, care, attention to details, comfort, value. There was never a moment or detail we wish had been different. Thank you very much to the organizers, and to our outstanding and deeply knowledgeable and caring guide and incredibly friendly and strong porter!

April 2, 2019

Larry Fraizer

Couple Traveller

My wife and I have enjoyed hiking and backpacking for over 30 years (in the USA, Australia, Switzerland and France) and found this 15-day adventure trip with Crystal Mountain Trekking to be a one-of-a-kind experience and one of our most memorable trips ever. We looked closely at many trekking companies during the planning phase of this trip, and we felt as if we struck gold with CMT. We saw and understood more about the natural surroundings and culture than we ever could have by ourselves. And Crystal Mountain really took good care of us!

August 10, 2018

Robin Frazier

Couple Traveller

We loved trekking with Crystal Mountain! We felt safe and cared for as we reveled in the picturesque villages and towering white peaks that make hiking in Nepal a world-class experience. Our guide, Sherpa, and porters attended to our every need and handled all the details, so all we had to do was walk and enjoy. When, not if, we go back, we will certainly trek again with Crystal Mountain.

August 10, 2018

Tiziana Giordano

Couple Traveller

We had a really awesome time in Nepal. Rajbir has been a great guide and we enjoyed every step of the way. thank you so much for the great experience, everything was perfectly planned and organized. we will definitely recommend your travel agency to others!

April 17, 2018