Poon Hill Trek

8 Days

Poon Hill Trek is a relatively easy trekking in Annapurna sanctuary.

Poon Hill Trek is a short trek in the Annapurna region and is suitable for trekkers wishing for a quick glance at the famous Annapurna trek. Poon Hill Trek leads you through many Gurung villages like Tirkhedhunga, Ulleri, Ghorepani, Tadapani, and Ghandruk. A visit to these typical Gurung villages gives you a quick insight into the local lifestyle. The Flora and Fauna of the lower Annapurna region are a highlight of this tour. The trip includes hiking through the remote traditional villages and Rhododendron forests. The trip includes hiking through the remote traditional villages and Rhododendron forests.

The panoramic view of sunrise over Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, III, and IV, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhare, and Manaslu from Poon Hill will momentarily take your breath away. Trekking through the Rhododendron forest, paddy fields, and verdant vegetation, you will experience a sense of inner peace and harmony.

Poon Hill Trek is possibly the utmost easy trekking in the Himalayas, suitable for all age people. This trek is no doubt the best for families with children. Due to its easy trial and excellent accommodation option, the Poon Hill trek has been the first choice for every kind of traveler willing to commence Trekking in Nepal.

Overview

Poonhill Trek is a short trek in the Annapurna region. This eight days trek to the lower part of Annapurna Sanctuary gives you ample opportunity for a close-up view of the Annapurna mountain range in a short time period. Due to its easy trial and excellent accommodation options, the Poonhill trek has been the first choice for many travelers annually.

The major highlight of Poonhill Trek is a hike to Poon hill (3,210 meters) from where you can witness the breathtaking panoramic view of major mountains in Annapurna Sanctuary, like Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna I, Machhapuchhre.

This short trek around Pokhara starts from Nayapul passing settlements of Birethanti, Tirkhedhunga, and Ulleri to reach Ghorepani. You then traverse to the famous Ghandruk village where you can witness the real life of the legendary Gurung people. From Ghandruk you trek down to Nayapul, completing a circuit around the lower Annapurna region.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore famous Pokhara city.
  • Breathtaking sunrise view over Annapurna mountain range from Poon Hill.
  • Climb 3,381 steps to get a rewarding view of Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, III, and IV, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhare and Manaslu.
  • Explore traditional Gurung villages, interacting with locals and understanding their culture.

Itinerary

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport. You will be welcomed by your trekking guide at the airport and transferred to Hotel. Final preparation for your treks with a complete pre-trip meeting. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the domestic airport to board your flight to Pokhara. Upon arrival at Pokhara airport, drive to Nayapul to start our trek to Tirkhedhunga. Follow the path to Birethanti, crossing a suspension bridge where our permits will be checked. Continue our trek through green forests and small settlements until we Tirkhedhunga, where we will stay overnight.

After breakfast starts your trek through a gradual climb on the stone stairs to reach Ulleri where we are having our lunch. From Ullerri continue the same stairs up to the ridge to reach Ghorepani. Overnight stay at Ghorepani.

Start your day with an early morning wake-up call by your trekking crew. Then you will continue your hike up to Poonhill. The highlight of this trip, sunrise over Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Fishtail is what you will witness. Take pictures for lifelong memories of famous Annapurna ranges. Later walk down to Ghorepani for breakfast. After a warm breakfast, continue your trek to Tadapani. Overnight stay at Tadapani.

After breakfast trek downhill to the large Gurung settlement of beautiful Ghandruk village. Overnight stay at Ghandruk.

A pleasant walk along the rice terrace and small settlements lead you to Syauli Bazaar. From Syauli continue your walk until reaching NAyapul where your vehicle will be waiting for you. Drive back to Pokhara. The rest of the day is free to relax. Overnight at Hotel in Pokhara.

After breakfast fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon you will be joining a guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City.
Evening farewell dinner with a cultural show awaits you. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Your trip ends. After breakfast, you will be transferred to International Airport to board your flight to your next destination.

Cost Includes

  • Arrival/ departure transfers, sightseeing tour as mentioned above using private air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Two nights of twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu and One night of twin sharing accommodation in Pokhara using a 3-star category hotel with breakfast.
  • Four nights' twin sharing failing dormitory accommodation in the best available guesthouse lodges while on trekking.
  • Three-time meals a day with tea/coffee on trekking.
  • Complementary farewell dinner after your trek completes with a cultural show.
  • Experienced local English-speaking guide throughout the trek with his salary, equipment, meals, and insurance.
  • Required number of porters to carry your luggage with his salary, equipment, meals, and insurance. (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • AIRFARE: Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu with domestic airport tax.
  • Necessary trekking permits, detailed pre-trip meeting, comprehensive first-aid kit.

Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare and visa fees.
  • Lunch and dinner wishlist in Kathmandu.
  • Emergency rescue and evacuation insurance. (Compulsory)
  • Personal trekking gear, personal expenses, bar bills, telephone, wifi in lodges, hot water, hot shower, and beverages.
  • Any kind of extra expenses occur due to unforeseen situations like flight cancellation, natural calamities, or political disturbances)
  • Tips for trekking crew (not mandatory but highly appreciated)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is new Covid-19 policy for travelling to Nepal?

Nepal is fully open without any restrictions. Nepal Government has issued a new advisory regarding travel restrictions on 01 March 2022 rescinding all previously issued restrictions. No need for quarantine to enter Nepal. The following criteria should have to be followed while traveling to Nepal: 1) Travelers must show documents regarding the last dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to Nepal’s arrival. If you are not vaccinated or partially vaccinated, you must bring a negative PCR/RT result, checked not more than 72 hours prior to your arrival. 2) The government of Nepal has removed the compulsion of PCR tests while traveling to Nepal, however, re-confirm with any other country you enter for transit. 3) You need a Covid-19 Crisis Management Coordination (CCMC) generated QR Code. You can either print the bar code or take a screenshot, and keep it safe while traveling to Nepal.

Can I get on arrival visa in Nepal?

On-arrival visa also called tourist visas facilitates multiple entries. One can get Tourist visas (On arrival visas) at TIA or any surface Entry/Exit Points established under the Department of Immigration.

Is this trip for me? How fit do I have to be for this trek?

This trek is suitable for every traveler with average health conditions. You need to be moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required for this trek. Light weight training like swimming, jogging, cycling, etc comes very handy. It is recommended to hike at least 2 hours a day can really build stamina and increase the lung capacity which you are going to need while hiking at a higher altitude. Also, we suggest you consult with your physician before traveling if you have any medical conditions.

What extra documents do I need?

Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, three passport-sized photos, and a copy of your passport.

Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?

Yes, a professional and experienced representative from High Altitude Nomads will be at the airport. He/she will greet you and transfer you to your hotel.

What kind of accommodation can I expect in this trip?

We will provide a nice 3-star centrally located hotel for your accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast included. While trekking, we use the best possible teahouse lodges providing basic accommodation and meals. We will provide single/ double rooms, occasionally dormitory rooms. We suggest bringing your own sleeping bag for trekking.

What kind of meals is available during our trek?

Nowadays food menus in teahouse lodges have developed and provided a wide range of eatery to hungry trekkers. The local items as Dal, Bhat (lentils, rice, curry, pickle), momos (Tibetan-style dumplings filled with veg, chicken, buff, or cheese), noodle soup, American-style breakfast with tea or coffee, cold drinks, hot beverages, and much more.

Is it a problem, if I am a vegeterian?

Mostly the teahouse serves vegetarian meals, which is also good for you while trekking in the mountain.

What about safety and security while trekking?

One has to take proper care of their belongings and ensure every personal possession is secure. It is important to secure your belongings, especially when you are sharing a room with another trekker.

What mode of transportation is used in this tour?

We use comfortable, private air-conditioned tourist vehicles for our entire tours. We have an exciting range of fleets for the transportation of our valued guests. We are just starting our initiative of sustainable tourism by using electric vehicles where able it is possible.

What is the usual group size for this tour ?

We believe in a small group tour. Our every group consists of a minimum of 2 and not more than 10.

When is the best time to visit Nepal?

The best times to travel to Nepal for any kind of tour are Spring (March to June) and Autumn (September to November). The clear skies and sunny day with the best mountain view makes this time most favorable for all kind of tours, trekking, and expeditions related programs.

Is your staff insured?

Yes, all our trekking crew including guides, cooks, Sherpas, and porters are well insured.

Is Altitude Sickness a risk in Nepal?

According to Medical News Today – Altitude sickness occurs when a person travels to a high altitude without gradually acclimatizing. It is most prevalent at 8,000 feet or higher and results from a shortage of oxygen. The risk of Altitude sickness in Nepal depends on where you are going. Most of the cultural and historical sites in Nepal lie between 800-1600 meters and the National park in the terai region is even lower. This means you are not going to get any Altitude sickness in this area. The possibility of altitude sickness arises if you are trekking to mountains above 2000-2500 meters. Even though good preparations, enough acclimatizations, proper diet, and moving gently can be really effective.

What if I fall sick while trekking?

Your safety is our foremost priority. Our professional guides will be at your disposal 24/7 throughout your trip. Our every trekking staff are well trained in emergencies in mountains. Our staff will be well equipped with the necessary first-aid kit. In any emergencies, our guide will keep us updated and if needed we shall arrange an emergency evacuation as soon as possible.

Can I charge my gadgets in the trek?

You can get this facility at guesthouse lodges by paying an extra charge.

How long do we walk each day trekking?

Most of the trekking days in the Himalayas need 6-7 hours of walking. It includes a number of breaks and stopping for lunch somewhere along your trekking route. Our itinerary is designed to make your daily walk shorter as the altitude rises, helping your body to acclimatize. On the major day of trekking or while crossing high-mountain passes, we might need to walk for 10-12 hours depending on our speed of walking.

Do I have to carry my own luggage on trekking?

Normally our cost includes a porter to carry your luggage. Porters typically carry 20-25 kg on teahouse trekking and 25-30 kg on a camping trek. We recommend you to carry your most needed items, fragile items yourself. For shorter treks (2-3 days), you can take the most necessary items in your backpack (carry yourself) and just have a guide.

What is the ratio of guides and porters in each group?

Normally we use one guide for guests up to 5 pax. For more than 5, there will be an assistant guide at your disposal. For every two people, there will be 1 porter, and the ratio of trekkers and porters be 2 trekkers:1 porter.

How cold does it get during trekking?

The mountain weather is very hard to predict. Normally night time colder than the daytime. In winter except for the frosting night but the days are warm and beautiful. Average temperatures in Nepal drop 6°C for every 1,000 m you gain in altitude.

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Poon Hill Trek