Poon hill trek is one of the most famous treks and most visited destination due to its trail that passes through villages where you will get to experience the local culture and an ever-increasing magic in the build-up of mountain views till a climax from the Pun Hill on the third day of the trek.
- Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)
You will be received and escorted to the hotel by our staff, refresh yourself and take some rest or explore the area around your hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
- Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and Trek preparation
Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. Today after breakfast we will explore Kathmandu valley, a guided tour will be conducted to major world heritage sites inside the valley. As Kathmandu valley is a beautiful combination of Hinduism and Buddhism we will visit historical sites like; Durbar Squares, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath (monkey temple) and Buddhist shrine of Bouddhanath which is one of the largest stupa in the world. After the tour you will prepare yourself for the trek, will be briefed about the trek; buy all the trekking equipments required and overnight at hotel.
- Day 03: Fly to Pokhara (895m/2,938ft) – Nayapul (1,074m/3,525ft) - Ulleri 1,309m/4,296ft) 4hrs trek
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for flight to Pokhara; if it’s a clear day then you will be able to see amazing views of Annapurna, upon arrival you will transferred to Nayapul, trek point. We will meet our trekking crew and short hike to Birethati (1,025m/3,362ft). After lunch at Birethanti we walk along Bhurungdi Khola, the trial gently uphill for couple of hours to Hille and continuing the trek while we pass the suspension bridge in Tikedhunga and walk uphill for about an hour to Ulleri (1,960m). Overnight at Tea house Lodge.
- Day 04: Ulleri – Ghorepani (2,750m/9,022ft) 5hrs trek
After an early breakfast we continue our trek to our next destination Ghorepani. It is believed that the village was named Ghorepani as in the past it used to be rest place for merchants where they found water for their horses, from where the name became ‘Ghora’ horse and ‘pani’ water. This part of the trek is the challenging one; the trail is uneven as it leads hills to hill making the trekkers trek down hills and up hills too. As we continue a path having 3200 steep stone steps will lead to getting our first view of Annapurna south. Ascending uphill we enter a protected forest filled with trees often in bloom and bamboo plants. Trekking higher passing through Banthanti and Nagathanti (2,520m/8267ft) we will reach Ghorepani approximately within an hour. We will rest at Ghorepani and prepare ourselves for next day’s Poonhill trek.
- Day 05: Ghorepani – Poonhill – Tadapani (2,590m/8,497ft) 6hrs trek
With an very early rise we will start climbing uphill with a 45 minutes hike to witness the sunrise from Poonhill , after watching a beautiful view of mountains to all the directions of Poonhill we will return back to Ghorepani for breakfast . We will then continue our trek that wends its way north along the ridge line of magnificent views of the Annapurna’s stretching out from east to west. Continuing the trail we will descend steeply down to a small settlement and eventually the gorge and the trail enters an open area and descends again before our final uphill climb through dense forest to our destination where we will be lodging overnight at Tadapani.
- Day 06: Tadapani – Ghandruk (1,970m/6,463ft) approx 3hrs walk
After breakfast we leave for Ghandruk, with an easy walk downhill to lower altitude we will reach unusual oval shaped houses and stoned streets of the people following Gurung Ethnicity, settlement of the Ghandruk, The largest Gurung Settlement in the area. We will reach there by lunch time and in the afternoon explore the village. Overnight at Lodge.
- Day 07: Ghandruk– Nayapul –Pokhara, approx 4hrs trek
From Ghandruk after a good breakfast we join the trail that descends downhill all the way to Birethati and back to nayapul from where our trek started. As a vehicle will be waiting for us, we will return to Pokhara and stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
- Day 07: Fly back to Kathmandu
After breakfast transfer to airport and fly back to Kathmandu, receive and transfer to Hotel, rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.
- Day 08: Back home
Leisure time and explore Kathmandu until the departure time when you will be transferred to the airport and fly back home.
- Max altitude : (3,210m/10,528ft)
- Amongst the most popular trek in Annapurna region
- Suitably designed itinerary for acclimatization
- Accommodation in the best-selected lodges and tea houses along the trail and in Kathmandu
- Trek through local Gurung and Magar villages
- Best Panoramic sunrise views of Annapurna Himalayas from Poon Hill
- Trekking through beautiful forests, waterfalls, and valleys
- Fauna found in the region- pika, blue sheep and Himalayan Tahr.
Most Common FAQs
- 1 . Why choose Poonhill trek?
Poonhill is one of the most famous and most visited destinations in Annapurna region due to its trail that passes through cultural villages. The final destination (poonhill) is a view point that offers spectacular sunrise over the Himalayas, the view from Poonhill stretches as far as you can see. However, it is a perfect trek for trekkers, who want to experience traditional culture, and suitable for all type of trekker’s as it is a short trek and is in lower altitude.
- 2 . How fit do I need to be for this trek?
You will be walking for minimum of 5 – 7hrs a day, you don’t have to really fit but minimum level of fitness is required as the trek is not an easy one. You do have to be healthy and mentally prepared for trekking in this region although it doesn’t require mountaineering skills.
- 3 . What is the best time of the year for this trek?
The trek is possible throughout the year. However, autumn and spring are the best seasons; choose to trek in autumn (Sep-Nov) as spring is busy with expedition stuff.
- 4 . Why should I trek with Nepal Sanctuary Treks (NST)?
We (NST) believe in socially and environmentally responsible, sustainable tourism. Our personalized services are guided by these principles and our 27 yrs of experience in the field of trekking is invaluable in giving our clients quality service. Our itineraries are suitably designed for acclimatization and we use the best selected lodges through the trail and in Kathmandu.
- 5 . Can children trek in this region or are there any age restrictions?
Yes, children can trek as there is no age restrictions. Nepal Sanctuary Trek can design suitable trekking itinerary for all age group above 8yrs. However, for children fewer than 8 can have high time trekking for longer period of time and altitude sickness can be a problem.
- 6 . What to take for the trek (clothes, personal kits)?
To make it easier for you Nepal Sanctuary Treks have prepared you a kit check list, you can have a look at it below:
- 7 . Do I need travel insurance covered while trekking/traveling in Nepal?
Insurance is a compulsion as anything can happen in the trek; for emergency rescue, personal liabilities, cancellation, loss of luggage and other reasons if necessary.
- 8 . How much weight do I have to carry or how much will my porter carry?
You can bring as much as clothes you want but extra luggage is not required for the trek, you can leave your extra luggage in Kathmandu or Pokhara’s hotel. For the trek you can carry enough clothes you require in your backpack or carry only the camera, water bottle few clothes etc in your backpack. The potter can carry your extra duffle bag clothes which can weigh up to 15 to 30kg and a camping porter carries up to 40kg. However the local domestic flights allows maximum of 18kg per person.
- 9 . What medical facilities are there on Mardi Himal trek?
In case of emergency you need to get evacuated by helicopter to Kathmandu, you need to take proper care of your health. Anyways, you will find small clinics along the trek. However, you need to bring your medicine (if any) and a first aid box will be provided by Nepal Sanctuary Treks, also your guide will be trained for first aid in case of emergency.