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Poon Hill Trek – Incredible 7 Days In Nepal

(28 Reviews)
  • 7 Days 6 Nights
  • Max People : 15
  • Wifi Available
  • 365 Day Departure
  • Age : Its Just a Number
  • Pickup: Airpot

Poon Hill Trek Details

The Poon Hill Trek is popular and relatively short in the Annapurna region of Nepal, renowned for its sunrise views over the Himalayas and its accessibility to trekkers of varying fitness levels. Starting from the lakeside city of Pokhara, the trek typically begins with a scenic drive to Nayapul, from where the trail winds through charming villages, terraced fields, and rhododendron forests to Ghorepani Village.

As trekkers ascend higher into the hills, they are treated to breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, including Annapurna South (7216 meters), Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters), and Machhapuchhre (6,993 meters). The highlight of the Poon hill trek is the sunrise ascent to Poon Hill, a popular viewpoint situated at an altitude of 3,210 meters. From Poon Hill, trekkers are rewarded with panoramic views of the entire Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, glowing in the morning light.

The experience of witnessing the sunrise over the Himalayas is truly magical and leaves a lasting impression on trekkers. After soaking in the breathtaking scenery and capturing unforgettable photos, the trek continues through picturesque villages like Tadapani and Ghandruk, where trekkers can immerse themselves in the local culture and hospitality.

The Poon Hill Trek typically takes around 3 to 5 days to complete, making it an ideal choice for those with limited time or looking for a less strenuous trekking experience. Whether you’re a seasoned trekker or a first-time adventurer, the Poon Hill Trek offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural encounters, and Himalayan adventure, making it one of the most popular treks in Nepal.

Why Choose the Poon Hill Trek?

Stunning Panoramic Views: Poon Hill (3,210 meters) is renowned for its panoramic sunrise views. On a clear day, trekkers can witness the sun casting a golden glow on peaks like Annapurna South, Machapuchare, Dhaulagiri, and Hiunchuli.

Cultural Experience: The trek passes through charming Gurung and Magar villages, offering a glimpse into the traditional lifestyles, cultures, and warm hospitality of the local people.

Flora and Fauna: The trail winds through lush rhododendron forests, home to diverse flora and fauna. In spring, the forests are ablaze with vibrant rhododendron blossoms.

Accessibility: The trek is relatively short and accessible, making it ideal for those with limited time. It typically takes 3-5 days to complete, starting from Nayapul and looping back to the same point.

Best Time to Trek

The best times to embark on the Poon Hill trek are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. During these periods, the weather is generally stable, and the skies are clear, providing the best conditions for mountain views and trekking.

Preparation and Tips

Physical Fitness: Although the trek is considered moderate, being in good physical condition will enhance your experience.

Gear: Essential items include sturdy trekking boots, layered clothing, a good-quality sleeping bag, and a trekking pole.

Permits: Obtain the TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) before starting your trek.

Hydration and Nutrition: Stay hydrated and carry energy-boosting snacks. Local teahouses offer hearty meals to keep you fueled.

Guides and Porters: Hiring a local guide or porter can enhance your experience, providing insights into the culture and easing your physical load.

Conclusion

The Poon Hill trek is a gem in the heart of the Annapurna region, offering an accessible yet deeply rewarding trekking experience. From the awe-inspiring sunrise at Poon Hill to the rich cultural encounters in the villages, every moment of the trek is filled with wonder. Whether you’re seeking a brief escape into nature or a meaningful cultural journey, the Poon Hill trek is an adventure you’ll cherish forever. Ready to start your adventure? Pack your bags, lace up your boots, and embark on the Poon Hill trek for an unforgettable Himalayan experience!

Departure & Return Location

Kathmandu

Price Includes

  • Airport Pick up and drop off
  • Twin sharing accommodation throughout
  • An English speaking guide and porters
  • All Transportation, Trekking Permits, sleeping Bag, duffle bag
  • 1 main course meals 3 times a day while on trekking and climbing with a cup of tea or coffee

Price Excludes

  • Flights To/From Nepal, Tourist Visa, and Travel insurance
  • Meals in the Cities
  • Personal expenses: Boiled and bottled water, hot shower, battery charging, Wi-Fi, snacks, drinks etc.
  • Any extra costs due to unforeseen circumstances and Tips for your trekking staffs

Complementaries

  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Company T-Shirt
  • Certificate of Achievement and Medal
What to Expect

The Poon Hill trek, also known as the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek, is one of the most popular short treks in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Overall, the Poon Hill trek offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and a sense of accomplishment, making it a memorable experience for trekkers of all levels. Here’s what you can expect from this trek:

  • Scenic Beauty: The trek offers breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks including Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), and other surrounding Himalayan ranges. The sunrise view from Poon Hill (3,210 meters) is one of the major highlight of the trek.
  • Landscapes: The trek takes you through diverse landscapes, including lush rhododendron forests, terraced farmlands, and charming villages inhabited by Gurung and Magar communities. You'll also encounter waterfalls, rivers, and streams along the way.
  • Moderate Difficulty: The Poon Hill trek is considered to be a moderate trek suitable for beginners and experienced trekkers alike. The trails are well-marked and maintained, with gradual ascents and descents. However, some sections involve steep uphill climbs and stairs.
  • Food and Accommodation: There are teahouses and guesthouses available along the route, offering basic accommodation and meals. You'll have the opportunity to experience the warmth and hospitality of the local people.
  • Altitude Consideration: While Poon Hill itself is not very high, and there is no issue of getting altitude sickness. But altitude sickness can still be a concern for some trekkers, never know. It's essential to acclimatize properly by ascending gradually and staying hydrated.
  • Weather: Weather conditions can vary depending on the season. The best time to trek to Poon Hill is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is clear, and the views are spectacular. Winter trekking is also possible but expects colder temperatures and potential snowfall at higher elevations.
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Itinerary
Please note that this Poon Hill Trek itinerary is a general guide and can be adjusted based on your preferences, trekking pace, and time limits. It's also essential to be prepared for changes in weather and trail conditions. Additionally, hiring a licensed guide and porter is recommended for a safer and more enjoyable trekking experience in the Himalayas. And this trek plan can be customize as you want.

Day 1Arrival Kathmandu (1350m)

  • Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you’ll be warmly greeted and transferred to your hotel.
  • Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is rich in cultural heritage and offers a vibrant atmosphere to kick off your adventure.
  • Take some time to rest from your journey and explore the lively streets of Thamel, known for its colorful shops and busy markets.

Day 2Kathmandu to pokhara by driver of fly (850m)

  • In the morning, you’ll either take a scenic but 8-10 hours long drive or a 25-minute short flight to Pokhara.
  • Pokhara is a picturesque city beside Phewa Lake, that offers stunning views of the Himalayas.
  • Pokhara is  the gateway to the Annapurna region  
  • Spend the rest of the day exploring the charming streets.

Day 3Drive to Ulleri (2000m) and Trek to ghorepani (2860m)

  • Start your journey from Pokhara by scenic drive
  • Drive to Ulleri (2-3 hours) and trek to Ghorepani 3-4 hours
  • Continue trekking through villages, terraced fields, rhododendrons, and oak forests, with occasional glimpses of the Himalayas.
  • Reach Ghorepani, a charming village located at an altitude of 2,860 meters.
  • 3-4 hours hike and approx. 12 km.

Day 4Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3210m) and Tadapani (2650m)

  • Early morning hike to Poon Hill to witness the sunrise over the Himalayas.
  • Poonhill Hill offers panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
  • Descend back to Ghorepani for breakfast.
  • Trek to Tadapani through dense rhododendron forests and lush landscapes.
  • 6-7 hours hike and approx. 12 km

Day 5Tadapani to Ghandruk (1940m)

  • Begin the trek with a descent through forests, followed by an ascent towards Ghandruk village.
  • Ghandruk is a picturesque Gurung village with traditional houses and stunning mountain views.
  • Enjoy lunch with beautiful views of the Himalayas, and drive to Pokhara for overnight.
  • Spend the evening relaxing in Pokhara, enjoying the food, drinks, and serene lakeside atmosphere.
  • Optionally, you can extend your stay in Pokhara or proceed with your onward journey the next day.
  • Approx. 8-9 kilometers, 4-5 hours hike

Day 6Pokhara to Kathmandu (1350m)

  • Travel back to Kathmandu from Pokhara by either tourist bus or flight.
  • Drive 8- 10 hours and fly 25 min.
  • Free time in Kathmandu for last-minute shopping or sightseeing.

Day 7Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for departure or extend your stay in Nepal

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Poonhill Trek

FAQ

How difficult is the Poonhill trek?

 Poonhill trek is considered a moderate to difficult trek, It involves walking for several hours every day over varied terrain and at high altitudes. While no technical climbing is required, trekkers should be prepared for steep ascents, rocky trails, and changes in weather conditions.

What is the best time of year to trek to Poonhill Trek?

The best time to trek Poonhill is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season from March to May and the post-monsoon (autumn) season from September to December. These periods offer stable weather, clear skies, and favorable trekking conditions.

Do I need to be physically fit to trek to Poonhill?

While an average level of fitness is recommended, trekkers of varying fitness levels can undertake the Poon hill trek. Some training and hiking preparation is advisable to ensure physical fitness for the demands of the trek.

How do I prepare for altitude sickness during the Poonhill trek?

Above 3000m, there is a chance to get altitude sickness issues in Nepal. So, Trekkers should ascend gradually, stay hydrated, and recognize the symptoms of altitude sickness. Be honest and don’t lie to yourself if symptoms get worse better back down to lower elevation.

What Kind Of Food And Accommodation Is Available During The Poonhill Trek?

Accommodation along the trek route ranges from basic tea houses to more comfortable lodges with amenities such as hot showers and WiFi, especially in the lower elevations, but higher up, accommodation is more basic. Most of the trekkers find delicious food along the trail, with different meal options.  As the Poonhill trek is more commercial now, food and accommodation facilities are getting better day by day to serve their guest in the mountains.

Can I Trek To Poonhill Without A Guide Or Porter?

While it’s possible to trek independently, many trekkers opt to hire a guide or porter for added support, safety, and convenience. Guides can provide valuable insights and assistance, while porters can help carry trekking gear and luggage, reducing physical strain.

What Should I Pack For The Poonhill Trek?

Essential items to pack include sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing, a good-quality sleeping bag, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a first aid kit. It’s important to pack light but ensure you have all the necessary gear for the trek.

How much does the Poonhill trek cost?

The cost of the Poonhill trek can vary depending on factors such as the duration of the trek, accommodation preferences, and whether you choose to hire guides or porters. On average, trekkers can expect to budget between $1,000 to $2,000 for the entire trek, including permits, accommodation, meals, and incidental expenses.

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Eric ho

Solo Traveller

Trek in Nepal 2023

For 10 days in Nepal, I went for poonhill Trek, organize by Sali and his team, it was a great experience even it was monsoon, we have some great view and enjoyed the trek guide and porter are helpful and everything went well. Thanks to Sali for well arranged, airport pick up to drop off 5 stars.

August 24, 2023

Sotharin M

Group Traveller

First time in high altitude, very tired

I would recommend Sali Trekking to friends who wish to trek in Nepal. Special thanks to our guy Ishwor Duwadi and porter for taking care and bring us to reach poonhill and return back safely. I hope come back a gain for my next trek.

November 16, 2022

Yana haris

Group Traveller

Amazing Amazing Amazing

It was an AMAZING experience above all.. salitrekking provided such an amazing hospitality ever. Without their guide I probably won’t make it to poonhill but as Suresh (our guide) always said “bistari bistari mutti didi”.. definitely going to go back soon for next adventure!!

October 7, 2022

showkat

Solo Traveller

POONHILL trek 👣

Sali Trekking handles Customer in a very professional way. their team is equipped with complete knowledge of mountaineering etc. I did solo poonhill trek and it was just amazing experience. Best company to trust and plan your adventure….

May 25, 2022

Vivien M

Solo Traveller

Amateur Trekker in the Himalayas

Sali and his team of experts know their stuff and from the airport itself they take you in and make you feel at home and welcome. The entire trekking experience is professionally managed with utmost emphasis on safety. I highly recommend Sali Trekking to amateurs and also experienced trekkers. You are always in safe hands!
Poonhill trek is not easy but not difficult enough to dissuade you entirely. It’s a welcome challenge!

May 21, 2022
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