Best time To Trek Ghorepani Poon Hill in March
  • Jan 5, 2023
  • Raj Kumar Basnet
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Ghorepani Poon hill is one of the most popular low-altitude trekking destinations in the Annapurna region for a short yet exciting hike. It is the best hiking trip for someone who does not have enough time or stamina to go for a weeks-long trek. In only a few days of hiking, you'll witness the breathtaking vistas of the Annapurna range, the mesmerizing Himalayan sunrise, and the lush green forest turned red with wildflower blooms (especially in March). The simple village life of the Magar and Gurung communities is .another highlight of the Poon hill trek.

Trekking to Ghorepani is full of surprises. Thanks to the diverse vegetation, which includes lush woodland of rhododendron, juniper, oak, and birch. You may encounter some rare species of animals and birds as you move along the trail. The small water streams forming several waterfalls as it flows down the hills give a refreshing feel to the hike. You also pass by several hanging bridges adding thrill to your already exciting trekking adventure.

Poon hill (3210 m), the trek's highest point, is a spectacular viewpoint serving a gorgeous sunrise view. Your heart will melt as you gaze upon the beams of the morning sun reflecting off the snow-capped summits. An early morning hike from Ghorepani to Poon hill is worth every second of one and a half hours of uphill ascend because of the Himalayan vistas you'd witness from the hilltop.

The Ghorepani trip is an exciting introduction to the delights of trekking in Nepal's Himalayas if you're new to it. It's a more relaxed and simple trek established to let you take in the up-close views of some of the world's highest peaks. In addition to its natural heritage, the Ghorepani Poon hill route is rich in culture. Magar people inhabit Ghorepani, whereas Gurung comprises the major population of Ghandruk village, both culturally substantial ethnicity preserving their traditions to this day.

If you're planning on taking the Trek to Ghorepani Poon Hill in March 2023, remember Outfitter Nepal. We have been in the trekking business for 2 decades now, and we know exactly how to ensure a safe and fun trekking experience. Join Outfitter Nepal in our Ghorepani Poon hill trip expedition to take in the rejuvenating mountain air and true Himalayan hospitality.

Get ready to be captivated by the stunning Annapurna range from Poon hill.

Before that, let's get into more details about the Trek to Ghorepani Poon hill in March to better prepare you for this adventure. We'll further discuss the highlights, some valuable insights, a brief itinerary, and a few tips about what goes in the mountains during the trek to Ghorepani Poon hill.

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Spring in Ghorepani Poon hill

The spring season in Nepal begins in March, bidding farewell to the cold winter. Because of this, March contains a mix of winter and spring flavors, serving you the best of both seasons. Everywhere you go, you'll be enchanted with fresh leaves and flower buds ready to spark the atmosphere with their vibrant color. On the contrary, there will still be some traces of snow from the winter. The trek to Ghorepani Poon hill in March is a classic example of what spring brings to the Annapurna region.

March days are brighter, warmer, and longer than the previous months opening the door to the peak trekking season. The clear blue skies with a hint of white clouds contrast with snow-capped mountains, leaving the hikers in awe. The season is still dry, with no rain whatsoever.

Weather and Temperature in March

It gets relatively warm in March. However, the season still experiences some winter aftereffects. The first and second weeks are a little chilly. As time goes on, the days get hotter and hotter while the nights still stay icy cold. Make sure to carry some woolen clothes to keep you warm at night.

While the Annapurna region's higher altitudes are much colder, being situated at a lower altitude, the Ghorepani Poon hill trail is warm and cozy in March. The mild March temperatures in Ghorepani, Poonhill, Ulleri, Tadapani, and other stops during the trek make for a comfortable and pleasant hike. The daytime temperature may reach up to 20 degrees Celcius, whereas the nights might go sub-zero.

Early morning hike to Poon hill for stunning mountain sunrise

From Ghorepani, you'll make an early morning ascend to Poon hill to make it to the top for sunrise. The uphill hike may take 1 to 2 hours, depending upon your pace; however, it's worth all the sweat. If you've never witnessed the mountain sunrise, this is your time. Don't miss it.

The sunrise amidst the towering pinnacle of the Annapurna range is breathtakingly beautiful.

The rising sun's rays casting its golden hue over Annapurna and Machhapuchre make a magnificent view that you won't feel like leaving. As the sun goes up, the distant mountains become clearer and seem much closer.

Panoramic view of the Annapurna range along the trail

The Ghorepani Poon hill trail is considered the most scenic short hike, offering captivating alpine vistas that will intrigue you. From Poonhill, you can watch the panorama of mountains, including the Annapurna Range (8,091 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Mt. Gangapurna (7,455 m), and Tukuche Peak (6,920).

You don't even have to hike up to Poon hill to see the panoramic mountains. The mountain view you will witness as soon as you reach Upper Ghorepani will immediately rejuvenate you from the tiresome hike. The extensive mountain scenery won't leave you even after you leave Ghorepani. As you move towards Tadapani from Ghorepani, you'll still see the entire range shining brightly in the distance.

Passing through Rhododendron forest with fresh blooms

The Ghorepani Poon hill trail will be decorated with wildflower blooms all the way up to Poon hill and back. Rhododendron, the national flower of Nepal, makes the most of the decoration. The Rhododendron trees flower once a year in spring. So, March brings the entire vegetation to life with fresh Rhododendron blossoms. The whole forest turns red as the flower covers the green leaves casting an illusion of a red forest.

Enjoy your solitude on a less crowded trail

Though the trek to Ghorepani Poon hill is popular, March is just the beginning of the trekking season, which only peaks in April. Thus, it leaves the hiking trail for you to conquer again after winter. The trek to Ghorepani Poon hill in March is a dream come true for solitude lovers who enjoy the company of nature rather than people. A few hikers will be seen on the trail, so you don't feel like you're on a deserted mountain while still enjoying the solitary hike.

Experience village life in Ghorepani and Ghandruk

Once Ghorepani used to be a stop where the ancient traders found water (pani) to feed their horses (ghora), which gave rise to the name "Ghorepani." Today, Ghorepani is inhabited by Magar and Gurung people providing fooding and lodging facilities to hikers.

Similarly, Ghandruk is another beautiful village you'll be staying at towards the end of the trek. The village, primarily inhabited by the Gurung community, has a museum where you can learn about Gurung culture and even rent the traditional Gurung outfit for some photos. These are some of the most hospitable people and will serve you delicious Daal Bhat (traditional Nepalese meal).

March festivities in Ghorepani Poonhill

If you're searching for more reasons to book the Trek to Ghorepani Poon hill in March, it's the festivals that fall in March. Holi, Shivaratri, and Ghodejatra are just a few examples of March festivities. Among all, Holi is celebrated all over Nepal with great passion and is also well-known to tourists. Holi, known as a festival of colors, is enjoyed by spraying dry and wet colors on each other. A cannabis-infused milk drink, "Bhaang Lassi," is another great aspect of Holi that travelers love.

A brief itinerary of Ghorepani Poon hill hike

After you arrive in Kathmandu, you begin your trekking journey with a 6/7 hour drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The road trip takes you along a scenic route. The following morning, you drive for 3 hours to Nayapul, where you begin your walk to reach Tikhedhunga for the night's stay. The next day, you rise to Ghorepani and spend the night there before continuing on a sunrise hike to Poon Hill.

The hike route is incredibly picturesque, with old-world settlements encircled by the lush Annapurna wilderness. Furthermore, the hike continues from Ghorepani to Tadapani and Ghandruk, passing by dense forest. You stay the night in Ghandruk and walk to Nayapul the next day. You again take a jeep ride back from Nayapul to Pokhara and then a bus to Kathmandu before you depart home.

Trekking Tips for Ghorepani Poon hill

To help you make the most of your Ghorepani Poon hill hike, we've put together the following tips based on our decades of hiking experience in the Annapurna region:

  • Make sure you're physically and mentally prepared and ready for the hike.
  • The best approach to enjoy the finest trekking experience is to book a trip with a tour company.
  • Hire a porter to carry your bags so you can walk efficiently.
  • Double-check all the necessary trekking equipment.
  • Take it slow and savor the atmosphere.
  • We recommend you make your lodging reservations in advance if you are traveling solo.

There you go! We've come up with a collection of well-researched information to help you plan your Trek to Ghorepani Poon hill in March. These are not just facts. We speak from experience. We guarantee that each day during your week-long Trek to Ghorepani Poon hill will open up a new challenge as well as a new perspective of the mountains that will make you soar high while still keeping you grounded.

For more information, feel free to contact us. We're always happy to help.

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Raj Kumar Basnet holds more than two decades of travelling experience in different regions of Nepal. He has trekked in both popular and off-the-beaten-path Nepali trekking trails which have allowed him to gain expertise in tourism. With years of field experience under his belt, he is now concentrating on sharing as much of his tourism knowledge as possible. Now, the co-owner of Outfitter Nepal, he hopes that the knowledge he’s gained over the years would deem helpful for the travellers visiting Nepal!

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