Poon Hill Trekking in Nepal

Poon hill Trek has long been one of the most popular destinations in Annapurna region. The mountain views are flawless; the wide array of scenery is unparalleled. In addition the exotic segment of Nepal through ethnic villages and communities makes it the most wonderful trekking destination in Nepal.

Poon hill trek offers fantastic views of the highest mountains in the world, demands no effort from the trekker. This is an introductory trail for Himalayan trekking that does not require acclimatization. This destination is Annapurna attracts thousands of trekkers year round just for the same reason. The zenith of this trekking is Poon hill 3210 m and has been undisputed heavyweight champion for over 30 decade for picturesque panoramic view of mountains in the Annapurna massif. Poon hill trek is very easy and even a novice trekker can attempt it and is very affordable.

Alike every other trekkers trekking to Poon hill we as well follow the same route. We walk you through unblemished landscape, settlements, vast array of flora and fauna. We cross several man made stone steps, cross mud and tin houses. We enjoy local food, winery, culture and even wear traditional attire. It is a must do trek and can be done in a short period of time.

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu

You could be already in Kathmandu or you may be arriving on this very day and whatever it is we welcome you to Nepal! Thank you for choosing Ghorepani Poon hill trek with budget trekking. On this first day we transfer you to your hotel/hostel. You will not do much except observing the ambiance around you and get acquainted with the country. Meal Plan N/A

Day 2

Trek preparation and shopping

This is an important day because today is the day when you will meet with your guide. The guide or one of our team members will brief you about the trek about more or less everything you need to know. After briefing we would thoroughly go through the trekking gear that we have. Furthermore, if there is anything that is not according to the trekking standard we will do last minute shopping of the trekking gears. On the other hand one of our backend office staff will get busy preparing required permits and logistics. Meal plan – N/A

Day 3

Kathmandu – Pokhara

We board tourist bus from tourist bus park in Thamel by 6:45 and leave the station at 7:00am. The bus takes around 7 hours from Kathmandu to Pokhara after multiple breaks in between. Overnight in Pokhara! Meal plan N/A

Day 4

Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga(1,540m/5,052ft) 1.5 hours

There are several options available from Ghandruk to Chomrong and the most popular routes are of Landruk and Kimrong. We could take any trail to the north but we would take Kimrong so that on our way back we can visit hot water spring that lies in the Kot danda route. On the way you will see dramatic views of Annapurna south and Machhapuchhre. The most significant portion of the trail is the 45 minute steep downhill from Kot Danda to Kimrong. Overnight in Chomrong. Meal plan B, L, D.

Day 5

Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani(2,810m/9,220ft) 6 – 7 hours

On this day we make an ascent of 1360 meters in total within 4-6 hours of trek. Today we trek on this beautifully crafted, manmade staircase with 3500 steps. The climb on these stair is physically challenging but not technical and yet beautiful. Once we reach Ulleri we witness beautiful settlement of Magar communities; an indigenous community with unique way of life and culture. Lookout for oak and Rhododendron forest and langur monkey in their natural habitat beyond Banthanti. Finally we cross 2 crystal clear streams and a ridge before we make a final and short climb to Ghorepani. Overnight in Ghorepani. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 6

Ghorepani to Tadapani(2,630m/8,629ft) 5 – 6 hours

We rise and shine early and reach to Poon hill before dawn to witness one of the most spectacular sunrise over the mountains of Annapurna. After spending brief moment on Poon hill we head down to Ghorepani to collect our bags and breakfast before being Tadapani bound. We make our way on sheer uphill to Deurali through mesmerizing forest of Rhododendron and oak forest. The view of Annapurna gamut and the deepest gorge; Kaligandaki, awaiting in Deurali as well is worth every effort put climb. From Deurali and except for some treacherous descend the walk is smooth and crosses some streams with swimming prospect along with some beautiful waterfall. Overnight in Tadapani. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 7

Tadapani to Ghandruk(1940m/6,365ft) 4 – 5 hours

On this day we make only descends and about 720m in 3-4 hours. The entire trail is inside the deep and dense forest of Rhododendron and oak. The trails on lush green forest opens up to one of the most beautiful settlements of Ghandruk. Since Ghandruk is put in the itinerary to experience the himalayan culture of Gurung people we opt out to accommodate in one of the homestays rather than teahouses. We experience the culture best by living and eating like Gurungs of Ghandruk. Overnight in Ghandruk. Meal plan B,L,D

Day 8

Ghandruk to Pokhara(820m/2,690ft) 4 – 5 hours hike , 1.5 hours drive

On this day we walk for 4-5 hours and downhill on easy and flat trails. We walk up to Kuimi and further to Syali Bazar, on and off on jeep track and old trail. Further down we take easy trail to Birethanti from where we checkout from ACAP and cross the rustic bridge and take a vehicle to Pokhara.

Day 9

Pokhara to Kathmandu(6 hours drive)

On this day we have our breakfast by 6:00 a.m. in the morning and head towards tourist Bus Park and board a tourist bus back to Kathmandu. The bus ride will take around 7 hours through curvy roads of hilly terrain with couple of breaks in between for snacks and lunch.

What’s Included in the Price

  • All airport/hotel transfers

  • Best available local lodges in mountain

  • All accommodation and meals during the trek

  • An experienced English-speaking trekking guide

  • All necessary paper work and permits

  • A comprehensive medical kit

  • All government and local taxes


What’s Not Included in the Price

  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu

  • Excess baggage charges

  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary

  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu(and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)

  • Travel and rescue insurance

  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc.)

  • Tips for guides and porters.

List of Clothing Equipment & Personal Effects

  • Lightweight walking boots and spare laces.

  • A pair of track shoes for eveing and walk around campsite/Tea house.

  • Rainproof jacket with hood or a ponchos

  • Woollen shirts and thick sweaters

  • A pair of lightweight/heavyweight trousers and jeans to wear on campsite

  • Thermal underweare.

  • A tracksuit

  • 2 pairs of loose fitting long shorts/skirts.

  • Few pairs of cotton shirts

  • 1 lightweight long sleeved shirt is particularly to avoid sunburn

  • A woollen hat for morning and evening.

  • Apairs of gloves.

  • A pairs of thin socks and 2-3 pair of thick woollen socks


Equipment:

  • Duffle bag to carry gears while trekking

  • Daypack to carry personal day requirements

  • Water bottle

  • Snow glasses Sun glasses

  • 2-5 large plastic bags to separate clean and dirty clothes. Some for garbage.

  • Toiletries with large and small towels

  • Wallet or money belt with compartment for coins

  • Head lamp or torch light with spare batteries

  • Snow gaiters essential during winter and High Altitude trekking.

  • Walking sticks/pole

  • Reading materials, Games items. Notebooks, rubber band pen and pencil envelope, pocketknife

  • Passport and passport sized photographs.