Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani

12 December, 2023 By Dambar Khadka

Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani is your third-day itinerary trekking route in the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Per our itinerary, your first day is Pokhara to Birethanti drive, and then Tikhedhunga trek overnight. The second day is a trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani, and the third is from Ghorepani to Tadapani. Day three begins with a walk from Ghorepani to Poon Hill early in the morning. After appreciating the mesmerizing view at poon Hill, you’ll return to Ghorepani, have lunch and start trekking towards Tadapani.

Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani is an exciting adventure that takes you through some of the most beautiful landscapes and scenery of Nepal’s Annapurna region. The trek takes 6-7 hours, covering 8.3 miles distance, beginning in Ghorepani and taking through lush forest charming villages and ending at the beautiful destination, Tadapani. The Ghorepani to Tatopani trek perfectly combines natural beauty and cultural richness. Each step from Ghorepani to Tadapani provides freshness to the region, creating long-lasting memories and a deep connection with nature’s beauty. 

Hiking to Poon Hill

Early in the morning, before sunrise, with a water bottle, and with a headlamp you’ll move towards Poon Hill. The reason why trekkers go to Poon Hill from Ghorepani is to make their eyes blessed with the stunning view seen from Poon Hill. To get Poon Hill from Ghorepani, it generally takes 45 to 1 hour, but the time can differ from one another’s pace. 

Poon Hill, situated at an elevation of 3,210m above sea level, provides an awe-inspiring view of the different mountain ranges of the Annapurna region. Poon Hill has become a well-known destination for providing a panoramic sunrise and sunset view. Upon reaching the Poon Hilltop, the sunrise makes the mountains look beautiful and golden. The world’s highest mountains including Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), and Annapurna IV (7525m), Lamjung Himal (6983m), Gangapurna (7455m), Machhapuchhare (Fishtail) (6993m),  from long distance Manaslu (8163m) and the seventh highest mountain in the world, Dhaulagiri (8167m) are incredibly magnificent and incredible. The fantastic 360-degree view of snow-capped mountains with golden tops is so good

 It makes getting up early and trekking up the top of the hill worth it.

Poon Hill’s vantage point not only provides a mesmerizing view but also showcases the unique terrain feature of the region. From terraced fields and rhododendron forests in the lower region to snow-capped mountains in the higher region, these beauties indicate the extraordinary beauty of Nepal’s landscape. 

Poon Hill to Ghorepani

After appreciating the views from Poon Hill, you’ll be back to Ghorepani. Descending towards Ghorepani, you’ll walk through the path of the rhododendron forest, enchanting the atmosphere. The smell of the flowers and the fresh air of the mountain makes the journey more delightful.

Poon-hill Trek
Poon Hill trekking Photo

As the trail gradually descends, you’ll get the opportunity to gain insights into the different flora and fauna of the region. The rhododendron trees, oak, and bamboo forest not only make your trail beautiful but also show the Annapurna conservation area’s rich biodiversity. Upon reaching Ghorepani, you’ll be fresh and have breakfast. After a delightful breakfast at Ghorepani, you’ll set for Tatopani but encounter other villages before reaching Tatopani. 

Ghorepani to Deurali

One of the beautiful trails in the Annapurna region is a trek from Ghorepani to Deurali. Departing from Ghorepani, you’ll walk through different landscapes, get different cultures, and move from dense forests to alpine meadows. After leaving Ghorepani, you’ll cross a Deurali pass and get to an elevation as same as Poon Hill, 3210m providing the same views of mountain ranges that are seen from Poon Hilltop. As the trail heads, you’ll see the locals doing their daily activities. 

A 2-hour trek from Ghorepani takes you to Deurali at an elevation of 2990m; upon reaching Deurali, you’ll get a stunning snow-capped mountain in your background. Deurali is smaller than Ghorepani, but its beauty and charm are as beautiful as Ghorepani’s. The simple traditional stone and slate houses next to the mountain in Deurali village are eye-catching. 

Deurali to Ban Thanthi

Getting closer to Tadapani, you’ll leave Deurali and move toward Ban Thanthi. Departing from Deurali, the trail descends through mountain terrain, showcasing the beauty of nature and cultural exploration of the region. The trek from Deurali to Ban Thanti is lovely, taking you from beautiful mountain views, enchanting forests, and cultural encounters. The path often leads to stunning views of villages surrounded by mountains.

Ban Thanthi, located at an elevation of 3180m, is a peaceful place to relax and experience the freshness of the untouched beauty of nature. Ban Thanti is a peaceful town connecting high mountains with lower valleys. Ban Thanthi has mixed features of rhododendron forest to open meadows, providing an opportunity to experience different ecosystems of the region. If you feel tired, you can rest at the local tea houses and have some food and drinks there while talking with local people and fellow trekkers. If you feel good, you can reach the final destination, Tadapani. 

Ban Thanti to Tadapani

Leaving the beauty of Ban Thanthi, you’ll make your way towards the final destination on the trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani. Passing through the rhododendron forest and panoramic viewpoint, you’ll approach Tatopani. To reach Tadapani, you’ll walk through a beautiful part of the Annapurna region. As you pass through green forests, the sound of birds will make your trek more attractive and memorable. After enjoying the pretty scenery, you’ll descend to Tadapani. Getting closer to Tadapani, the trail ascends, providing a view of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre range. 

Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani

Tadapani, at an elevation of 2675m, serves as the resting point before continuing the journey through the Annapurna region. Tadapani’s panoramic view and cultural charm provide a long-lasting memory and deep appreciation of the Annapurna region of Nepal. 

The trekking time to Tadapani from Ghorepani takes 5 hours, along with a lunch break at Ban Thanthi. Upon reaching Tadapani, you’ll tentatively cover a 10-12 km distance. 

Major Attractions during Ghorepani to Tadapani Trek

The trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani is an amazing journey through the Annapurna region. Every part and step of the walk is mesmerizing, providing a glimpse into the unique features of Nepal’s Himalayas. Here are some attractions you’ll get insight into during the Ghorepani to Tadapani trek:

Snow-capped Mountains:

One of the significant attractions of the trek is the view of the mountains, which will accompany you throughout your journey on the Ghorepani to Tadapani trek. Mount Barashekar, Nilgiri South (7061m), Annapurna South (7219m), Macchapuchhre (6993m), and Mount Dhaulagiri (8167m) are going to encourage you to trek even if you feel tired. 

Flora and Fauna: 

Walking through the Annapurna Conservation area, you’ll encounter many unique flora and fauna throughout the trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani. You’ll also see 1000+ species of plants, birds, and wildlife. Barking Deer and Monkeys are more likely to be seen during your trek. Two types of monkeys are found: Makash and Langur. Pandas can also be seen during your walk. 

Poon Hill Sunrise:

The unforgettable attraction during your Ghorepani to Tadapani trek is Poon Hill Sunrise that you’ll get. Every sunrise you see will probably make you miss and recap the sunrise seen on the Poon Hill. The sunrise on the top of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, making the mountains golden and pink, will always be remembered. 

Rhododendron Forest:

If you trek during the Spring season (March to May), your trekking journey will be vibrant with the beauty of rhododendrons. The rhododendron’s vibrant color makes your journey extraordinary. The different colors of the rhododendrons make the trekking trail more enjoyable. 

Traditional Villages:

Before reaching Tadapani from Ghorepani, you’ll pass through the region’s traditional villages, including Deuraliu and Ban Thanthi. Those traditional villages provide the simplicity of mountain life. The village’s architecture, traditional old houses, and the people’s unity are the major attractions during the trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani. 

What Are The Permits Required For Annapurna Base Camp

You need an Annapurna conservation area permit to begin your journey in the Annapurna region. Another permit requires where your destination is; if you trek in a restricted region, you need a restricted region permit. 

For the trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani, you need an Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP) and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card. Your permits will be checked at the Birethanti, and after checking in from there, you can move forward on a further journey. These permits can be obtained through the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu, the government authority in Pokhara, and authorized agencies. 

Getting permits is one of the crucial aspects of starting the trekking journey, as, without permits, you can’t enter a specific region. Having the necessary permits ensures a smooth trekking experience and that you respect the rules and regulations of the area, along with being a sustainable tourist. 

Regard Altitude Sickness Consideration 

During the trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani, the maximum altitude you’ll reach is 3210m. Generally, most trekkers don’t get any issues related to altitude sickness upon reaching Tadapani. Still, if you are a first-time trekker, you might get some minor altitude sickness. Minor altitude sickness might be a problem for beginners due to first-time trekking. 

You can overcome the altitude sickness if you get it during Gorepani to Tadapani. Staying hydrated, listening to your body, and having proper food containing all the necessary nutrients are all you must remember before starting a trek. If you feel uncomfortable during trekking, tell your guide and consider descending. 

Your body and your health are priorities, so if you feel uncomfortable upon reaching Tadapani, stop your journey, enjoy the beauty of the Tadapani, and return. 

Food and accommodation options during the trek 

Food and accommodation are in the hotel when you’re in Kathmandu and Pokhara. As soon as you move further from Pokhara, you’ll stay in a local tea house run by the local people. The teahouse of the area provides basic but comfortable food and lodging options. 

In the trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani, you’ll get food from Local cuisine to Western and international food options. Dal Bhat (lentils and rice), momos (dumplings), thukpa (noodle soup), and different varieties of soups are the local foods you’ll get during your trekking journey. Many tea houses provide Western food options, including Pizza, pasta, and sandwiches. International cuisine can also be found in some tea houses. Almost every tea house offers the same menu.

Generally, you’ll find a room with a twin bed, shared bathroom, essential bedding, and blankets for accommodation. Consider bringing a sleeping bag with you for more comfortable sleep and warmth. If you want a more adventurous experience, you’ll also have the option of camping. But you need to carry camping gear, which might be heavy for you. So, a tea house is the best option to provide food, lodging, and a chance to immerse yourself in the locals. Staying in a local tea house also helps locals economically. 

Favourable time to Trek 

 Although trekking can be done throughout the year, choosing the spring and autumn seasons gives the maximum chance to experience the region’s natural beauty. Selecting a favourable trekking time enhances your visibility, fully allowing you to appreciate the Annapurna region’s mountain views. 

Trekking in the Spring and Autumn seasons minimizes the risk of weather-related challenges. Warm temperatures, blooming rhododendrons, and a clear sky make spring an ideal time to trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani. Stable temperature, clear skies, cool temperature, lush greenery, and a trekking route made Autrum the favourable time to trek from Ghorepani to Tikhdhunga. 

Essential trekking gear and Equipment

Backpack:

  • Durable and comfortable with adjustable straps
  • Enough space to carry all the items

Trekking Boot:

  • Comfortable, high quality and waterproof
  • Several pairs of Shocks

Clothing: 

  • Moisture wicking base layer
  • Insulating layers
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket
  • Hat and gloves 

Sleeping Bag:

  • As per temperature range 
  • Map and compass 
  • GPS device or smartphone with offline maps.

First aid kit:

  • Basic Medical supplies including bandages, pain relievers, and any personal medicines.

Water filtration:

  • Water filtration table and water purifier

Food:

  • Energy giving lightweight snacks

Sun Protection:

  • Sunscreen 
  • Sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Hat or cap. 

Personal accessories:

  • Charger
  • Camera
  • Toothbrush
  • Towel
  • Face cream etc. 

Dambar Khadka

Dambar Khadka, a passionate adventurer and the founder of Boundless Adventure Nepal, has spent his entire life writing about nature and Nepal's developing tourism business. Dambar's passion with nature and its different cultures began as a child in Nepal's stunning landscapes. He began writing following successful treks and expeditions across Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan. Dambar Khadka created Boundless Adventure Nepal in 1992 to share the majesty of the Nepal Himalayas with the rest of the planet. As an explorer and writer, he is committed to responsible tourism and cultural connection, allowing readers and adventurers to immerse themselves in Nepal's enchantment through his works.

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