Annapurna Poon Hill Trek - 7 Days - Shenature Nepal
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Trip Facts

Arrival In

Kathmandu

Accommodation

Hotel & Teahouses

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trip Level

Easy to Moderate

Max. altitude

3210 m/5,2645 ft

Best Season

Spring & Autumn

Group Size

1 - 10 persons

Trip Style

Trekking

Departure

Kathmandu

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Trip Overview

Annapurna Poon Hill trek is a perfect choice for the first time travelers, who want to experience Nepalese Himalayas. The trail rewards with spectacular sunrise views on the snow-covered mountains. It offers a cultural diversity of land and people. You walk through tiny villages and pass subtropical forest to reach Poon Hill – the famous viewpoint in the Annapurna region.

Hightlights:

  • Explore ethnic cultures of lower Annapurna regions such as Gurung, Magars
  • Spend an evening in Pokhara, scenic city of Nepal
  • See the majestic sun rise/set view on Nepal’s iconic peaks from the Poon Hill.
  • Capture the panoramic views of the mountains, including Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna massif, Mt. Fishtail and more
  • Pass through waterfalls, rice paddies and small villages including Tikhedunga, Gorepani, Tadapani, etc.

Description:

For the Annapurna Poon Hill trek, one does not have to worry about altitude sickness as the focal point is at 3,210 m/10530 ft. From the centerpiece, you can see spectacular sunrise/sunset views on the snow-covered mountain range–Annapurna ranges, Dhaulagiri ranges, Machhapuchhre Himal, Himchuli, Nilgiri, and Mardi Himal. 

This short trek starts in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. If you have time, then you can explore the highlights of the city. Next day, you have a flight to Pokhara and start your journey in the Annapurna foothill. However, if you are already in Pokhara, then you can join our group from there too.

The trail passes through glowing rhododendrons, rice terraces, big and small villages of the Annapurna region – Ghandruk, Ghorepani & Ulleri. Similarly, you will climb up and down the famous stone stairs of Ulleri Village. Ethnic Magars and Gurungs are the main inhabitants of this region. You will sleep in comfortable teahouses near villages along the route, which adds a unique experience to the trip.

Annapurna Poon Hill trek is an easy trek. Therefore, any age group of people, from children to old, can do the trek. However, travelers need to be physically fit and in excellent health to do the trek. Also, carrying a great stamina is extremely favorable, as you have to walk uphill and downhill.

The itinerary is doable in December. From the last couple of year’s experience, the December month has been good to trek in the mountains. Though the temperature will be low but surroundings will be clear, rewarding with beautiful views of mountains. Similarly, the sky will be clear. Thus, we suggest doing the Poon hill trek in December. If you want to do longer and more intense trek in the Annapurna region, our Annapurna Base Camp Trek is perfect for you.

 

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Namaste! SheNature family welcomes you to Nepal. We will receive you from the Tribhuvan International Airport and escort you to your hotel. On the way, we will brief you about Kathmandu city and its culture. Check the hotel and refresh yourself. After some refreshment and rest, we will meet you and brief you about your journey to the Himalaya. Come with questions regarding your trip to this meeting. Depending on your arrival time, you might have time to discover the city.

Overnight at Kathmandu

 

Early in the morning, we will pick you by private car from the hotel and transfer you to Kathmandu domestic airport for a short flight (approximately 25 minutes) to Pokhara. Upon landing at Pokhara Airport, you board a private vehicle to NayaPul; the official trekking starting point. From here, your trail heads uphill via fertile farms of rice, maize, and millet fields. On the main path to Birethanti, you will cross a small waterfall. The village is at the connecting point of two rivers–Modi River & Burundi River. Continue hike via beautiful rhododendron and oak forest. You will cross the Burundi River through a bridge before reaching Tikhedhunga.

Overnight at Tikhedunga

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

 

You bid for Tikhedhunga village today. After an early morning breakfast and begin stone stairway walk towards Ulleri, which is approximately 3,767 steps. This is the demanding section of the trail, as it really proves a test of our stamina. Once you cross this section, the rest of the trail continues via the scenic area of blooming rhododendron blossoms during spring time and old oak forests throughout the year. Along the way we will see cultivated fields, stunning views of Machhapuchhree (Mount Fishtail Peak) and Annapurna South. Continue climbing until you arrive in Ghorepani, a small Magar inhabitant village. The village in English translation is Horse–Water. It is called that in ancient time it was a stop place for traders for mule packing traveling along the old trade route.

Overnight at a scenic place, Ghorepani.

Included Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Start an early morning ascent to Poon Hill that soars at the height of 3210m. We start early to capture spectacular Poon Hill Sunrise. The rising sun casts golden lights on the snow-covered mountains–Dhaulagiri, Annapurna Massif, Fishtail, Singa Chuli, Mount Fishtail and a few others are rare sights. Enjoy hot drinks with amazing 360-degree views of the Himalayas. After spending a memorable time at Poon Hill, we head down towards Tadapani village that lies at the foot of Machhapuchhree. This peak is the deity of locals, and climbing is forbidden to climbers.

Overnight at Tadapani

Included Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Resume your steep descent through the dense and dark forest towards the village of Ghandruk. Around 3 hours’ descent from Tadapani, you arrive at the village which is mostly inhabited by the Gurung community. You stop here for a well-deserved lunch and can visit the Gurung Culture Museum. Enjoying spectacular views of Annapurna range, you walk down toward Kimchi. Board a vehicle to Pokhara for around two-and-a-half hours drive to reach the Lakeside city. Refresh yourself at your hotel. Later in the evening, you can roam around Lakeside and enjoy a nice dinner enjoying the views.

Overnight at Pokhara

Included Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

If you wish, you can enjoy sightseeing in Pokhara, on your own or take our help (at an additional cost). We are here for your help. In the afternoon, catch a flight back to Kathmandu and enjoy the stupendous mountain range over the top. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel. After some refreshment, you can explore the city on your own. In the evening, we will host a farewell dinner for the trip completion of our team.

Included Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Time says farewell to beautiful land Nepal. Depending on your departing time, you can enjoy last minutes in the city with souvenir shopping, breakfast and so on. One of the team members will meet you at your hotel at the time of leaving for the airport. It’s good to be at the airport approximately 3 hours ahead of your scheduling time.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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FAQ's

The Poon Hill Trek is an easy trek in the Annapurna region. The trek is popular among travelers who want to experience the Himalayas for its short trekking days (4-5 days). Stone stairway (approximately 3,767 steps) near Ulleri might challenge for some hikers, otherwise the trek is relatively easy. 

The altitude of Poon Hill is 3210 m/10, 500 ft. This is the highest point you reach. If the weather is clear, then the point blesses you with 360-degree views of the Himalayas.

You can see the Annapurna South, including Dhaulagiri, Himalchuli and Mt. Fishtail on this trek. This is not all the nature this trek blesses. There are other splendid sights of the landscape, too. Overall, you will have a great time on this trip.

Yes, of course you will need a sleeping bag for a Poon Hill trek. We have a policy to provide a sleeping bag for hiking to you, however if you want to bring yours, then we highly recommend it.

Reviews

Ghorepani Poon Hill trek - perfect trekking

Rated 5 out of 5
June 5, 2024

I took the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek in April 2024. My giude was Rupa the most wonderful woman who i have known in Nepal. <3

I found the agency through an facebook comment. 🙂 They are providing a good quality of service. Their communication are so helpful and quick via e-mail and telephone and they giving a reasonable price. They were also helpful after the trek, they were giving informations about other activities and where should i go in Nepal.

Tímea Kardos

Trekking Poon Hill, fantastico

Rated 5 out of 5
April 2, 2024

Very professional agency,

We found the agency through the guide book “rough guides – Nepal”. Guaranteed good quality service.

Contacted through the Internet, they were immediately very helpful, invited us for coffee and offered a wide range of treks. It was then that we met our guide, Badal Raig, an exquisite person who turned a beautiful trek into an unforgettable trekking experience.

Thank you so much Shenaturenepal!

Ps. an even more special thanks to Baidal Raig!!

Italian Below –

Agenzia molto professionale,

Abbiamo trovato l’agenzia sulla guida “rough guides – Nepal”. Garanzia di un servizio di buona qualità.

Contattati tramite internet si sono rivelati subito molto disponibili, invitandoci a bere un caffè e offrendoci una ampia scelta di trekking. In questo momento abbiamo avuto modo di conoscere la nostra guida, Badal Raig, persona fantatica che ha trasformato un bel trekking in una vera e propria esperienza che ricorderemo.

Grazie mille Shenaturenepal!

Ps. un grazie ancora più speciale a Baidal Raig!!

Tazio Tamagni

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