Trek Highlights

  • Superb sunrise and sunset views with the dramatic change of color of a white mountain  when golden sun rays strike at silver peaks
  • Early morning hike to Poon Hill and Mulde peak to see Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche Peak (6920m), Nilgiri (6940m), Varaha Shikhar (7847m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna III (7855m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna II (7937m), Lamjung Himal (6931m) and other several snow clad mountain peaks.
  • Explore one of the Biggest Ghandruk Gurung village and Ulleri Magar Village.
  • You get to encounter natural treasures from waterfalls, hot springs, rhododendron covered forests to a number of endangered species of flora and fauna throughout the trail.
  • Superb sunrise and sunset views with a dramatic change of color of a white mountain  when golden sun rays strike at silver peaks
  • Early morning hike to Poon Hill and Mulde peak to see Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche Peak (6920m), Nilgiri (6940m), Varaha Shikhar (7847m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna III (7855m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna II (7937m), Lamjung Himal (6931m) and other several snow clad mountain peaks.
  • Explore one of the Biggest Ghandruk Gurung village and Ulleri Magar Village.
  • You get to encounter natural treasures from waterfalls, hot springs, rhododendron covered forests to a number of endangered species of flora and fauna throughout the trail.

Trek Overview

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is a short and tranquil trek in the Annapurna region where you can enjoy the marvels of nature and culture of Nepal with your entire family, solo or school groups. This ever-popular trekking trail takes you to the picturesque ethnic villages and accomplishes your craving to be in close proximity of the massive snow-capped Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range.

Trekking to the foothills of the Annapurnas begins with your arrival at Tribhuvan International airport. A short stay in Kathmandu valley featuring a visit to some of the prominent places. The trek begins with the spectacular flight to Pokhara that offers you with great aerial vistas of the snow-clad mountains, rivers, and lush hills.

A short drive from Pokhara leads you to Nayapul, from where you commence trekking through the lush forest on flag-stone steps. The trail past traditional hamlets of Magar and Gurung community, rice fields, and waterfalls as you trek through a blanketed forest of rhododendron and oak trees. If you are trekking during spring season then the hilly forest is painted by Rhododendron splendidly.  


This short venture trek embraces exhilarating glimpses of the high mountains. Entire horizons will be revealed as you reach the Poonhill (3,210m). One of the most spectacular mountain experiences is to enjoy the dawn from Poonhill.  At the pinnacle of this trek when you witness radiance of sunrise that illuminates the silver mountains of the entire massif leave you enthralled and appear like magic before our eyes. You will be captivated with 360-degree panoramic views of Annapurna Himalayan range, Mt. Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, and Nilgiri.

Nepal Sanctuary Treks is committed to delivering excellent services and customized family-friendly trek, solo and school packages. Furthermore, we take special attention to your children by providing porter assistance, safety and comfort lodging, and maintaining elevation within the “safe zone’’ of your youngest child.

Poonhill/Mulde Peak Trek

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Itinerary

  1. Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)

    Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International airport, our representative will be awaiting you to welcome with Nepal Sanctuary Treks placard. You will be then escorted and transfer to hotel. Further details and short preliminary briefing will be provided after transferring to the hotel. Stay overnight in Hotel.

    Highlights:

    •   Arrival at charming and exotic city engrossed with ancient temples and tradition. Fused with lively markets and the bustle of spice sellers and merchants.
  2. Day 02: Optional morning local market tour and explore World's UNESCO Heritage Sites

    After breakfast, we will start our fresh morning by wandering Ason and Indrachowk marketplaces to get a glimpse of traditional Nepalese life. You’ll witness the bustle of the market, see how locals purchase the products and haggle for a bargain. Whilst walking around enjoy the lively and vibrant atmosphere this local market has to offer.

    We walk through a narrow alley and see people rushing. Observe the first hand the local produce people from Nepal actually purchase. You will also take in the sights and smells of the market. Your friendly tour guide will explain in full detail all the products and procedures you will see. There is plenty of opportunities to buy something for your selves and lots of photo opportunities to capture in your camera.

    Next, we head towards Kathmandu Durbar Square, also called Hanuman Dhoka Durbar, and used to be the residence of the Nepali royal family and administrators. This ancient sites situated in the traditional heart of Kathmandu that incorporates an architecturally extraordinary complex of ancient palaces, temples, courtyards, and shrines dating from the 15th to the 18th century.

    The most revered places of Kathmandu Durbar Square is the three-storied temple named Kumari Bahal. The structured like a typical Newari Vihara. In this house lives Kumari, a girl who is respected as the living goddess. During the festival of Indra Jatra, the Kumari is paraded around the square in a custom-built gilded chariot and worshipped by the people.

    The tallest temple of Kathmandu valley ‘Taleju Bhawani’ built in 1549 AD. This temple is deliberated to be the most outstanding work of art in the Durbar square and considered to be the royal goddess.

    Jagannath temple built in the 16th century is well-known for erotic carvings, and the Hanuman Dhoka (the royal palace) is situated in Kathmandu Durbar Square.

    Kalbhairav is considered to be the destructor form of Lord Shiva. Built in the 17th century, this, 10 ft. high stone statue of terrifyingly portrayed Kal Bhairav is sited near Jagannath temple.

    Temple of Shiva Parvati, rectangular in shape enshrines Nava Durga, a group of goddesses on the ground floor. It has a wooden image of Shiva and Parvati at the window of the upper floor looking out at passerby in Durbar Square.

    Swayambhunath:

    You are then taken to Swayambhunath (monkey temple) which is the magnificent ancient religious architecture and center faith of Hinduism and Buddhism. Its lofty white dome and dazzling golden spire are visible from far and wide. Upon arriving at the top, you can hear the Buddhist songs “Om Mani Padme Hum” resound everywhere. The candles and the aromatic fragrance of incense that burns constantly create a serene vibe, and we can turn the enormous prayer wheels which encircle the stupa.

    Boudhanath:

    Buddhist shrine of Boudhanath, one of the largest stupa in Nepal as well as the sacred Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. You will observe the monk chant in the prayer hall while people lighting butter lamps and reciting mantras. You can see the vibrant prayer flags tied

    to the stupa that conveys mantras and prayers into the universe while fluttering in the wind. Traditionally, prayer flags come in sets of five, one in each of five colors. The five colors signify the elements and the Five Pure Lights.

    Pashupatinath:

    Further, we visit Pashupatinath temple, a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva located on the bank of Bagmati River. You can see elaborately dressed holy men meditatingoutside the temple and pilgrims placing offerings at the shrines. You can also observe people performing the religious ritual and funeral pyres burn at open-air cremation.

    After visiting fascinating cultural heritage sites, you will transfer back to Hotel. The evening can either be spent strolling the marketplaces in Kathmandu or resting at the hotel.

  3. Day 03: Kathmandu – Pokhara (895m/2,938ft) – Nayapul 1 ½ hours drive (1,074m/3,525ft) - Ulleri (1,309m/4,296ft) 4 hrs trek

    You will be transferred to the airport and will take a flight to Pokhara. From Pokhara we will drive to Nayapul from where our trek will start.  We will meet our accompanying trekking crew there and after a short briefing about the trek, we will leave for Birethati (1,025m/3,362ft) down the hill from Nayapul.

    Initial point at Naya Pul takes you through cozy rural villages and relatively easy slight uphill terrain to Hille following the Bhurungdi Khola River and crossing a few suspension bridges.

    We pass more villages like Tikhedhunga and continue a path having 3,200 steep stone steps that will lead to getting our first view of Annapurna south and finally reach Ulleri by evening.

    Highlights:

    • Enjoy spectacular flight to Pokhara where you can see the Himalayan vista
    • Trek to the small village of Ulleri, where you get the first glimpse of the snow-capped Annapurna Range.
  4. Day 04: Ulleri – Ghorepani (2,750m/9,022ft) 5hrs trek

    After 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.  We climb to the Ghorepani through stone stairs. As we take ascend you can see the beautiful scenery of Annapurna South. We walk through a forest filled with trees often in bloom and bamboo plants. You will be overwhelmed by uniqueness and tranquility of this spectacular region.  

    Trekking higher passing through Banthanti and Nagathanti (2,520m/8267ft) we will reach Ghorepani approximately within a couple of hours. We will rest at Ghorepani and prepare ourselves for the next day’s Poonhill trek.

    Highlights:

    • The rhododendrons make the whole area a magical place during the spring season.
    • Ghorepani village presents panoramic backdrops of the surrounding mountains like Annapurna South and Nilgiri mountains.
    • Explore Ghorepani village and shop local products such as handbags and crafts
    • Walk through lush forests, past clear streams, and over rickety bridges.
  5. Day 05: Ghorepani- Poonhill & Trek to Dobato (3,426m/11,240 ft)- 6 to 7 hours walking.

    Rising early, a pre-dawn hike or after breakfast (45 mins) has us on Poon Hill in time for sunrise over Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna Range. Once we reach at the elevation of 3210m and we will be greeted with clear panoramic views of several snow-capped mountains and peaks like Gangapurna Mountain, Annapurna South Mountain, and Annapurna I mountain, Dhaulagiri Mountain and the Hiunchuli Mountains with a magnificent sunrise.

    After we spend quality time here we return to our tea-house for breakfast. Then rejoin the trail that winds its way north along the ridgeline with magnificent views of the Annapurna’s stretching out from east to west. Following a forested ridge for a while, with views to both sides.

    After lunch trail starts to ascend above the tree line and follows a ridge to Muldai hill and then descend to our lodge at Dobato.  From the lodge, the view to the west is dominated by Mount Dhaulagiri at 8,167m is the seventh highest mountain in the world.

    Highlights:

    • Enjoy close up vistas of several snow-capped mountains and peaks like Gangapurna Mountain, Annapurna South Mountain, Annapurna I mountain, Dhaulagiri Mountain and the Hiunchuli Mountains with a magnificent sunrise.
  6. Day 06: Dobato- Ghandruk (1,970m/64363 ft)- 5 to 6 hours walk

    We make a pre-breakfast hike to Mulder viewpoint for 30 minutes. It’s truly glorious and stands at 3637 m/11,932 ft. offers eyes level 360 degree magnificent panorama mountains views of Annapurna, ranges of Dhaulagiri, Lamjung, Fishtail, Gangapurna and diverse landscapes of surrounding valley.  The rays of the rising sun when illuminated the majestic mountain makes you overwhelmed.

    After breakfast, we take to descend to a stream and climb again through the forest to a ridge with a tea shop. Easy walking past unusually oval-shaped homes and you come to the flag- stone-lined streets of the Gurung settlement of the Ghandruk, the largest Gurung settlement in the area.

    Highlights:

    • Mulde peak is absolutely incredible and one of the best viewpoint to witness the sunrise and catch a stunning panoramic mountain view of Mountains like Annapurna, ranges of Dhaulagiri, Lamjung, Fishtail, and Gangapurna and diverse landscapes of surrounding valley.
    • Explore the Local culture and tradition of Gurung community people and their lifestyle.
    • Stay at Ghandruk, the tranquil village of Gurung people, who has their own dialect, typical culture, clothing, and lifestyle.
  7. Day 07: Ghandruk– Nayapul –Pokhara, approx 4hrs trek

    After 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 in Pokhara.

    Highlights:

    • Scenic drive to Pokhara passing picturesque villages and observe people working in fields.
    • Take relish in superb views of the snowcapped mountain in Pokhara.
  8. Day 08: Fly back to Kathmandu

     After breakfast, we take a flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, our representative will transfer you to the hotel. You can spend the day rest or catch up on some last minute shopping or shop for some locally made handicrafts and souvenirs. Stay overnight in Hotel.

    Highlights:

    • Stroll the streets of Kathmandu, which provides a captivating mosaic of shops, cafes and restaurants, food markets and avenue vendors and bewildering collection of colorful temples and shrine
  9. Day 09: Back home

    It is time to fly back to home keeping all the terrifying experiences of Nepal in mind.

    The representative from Nepal Sanctuary Treks will transfer you to TIA airport where you should check-in 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight.

Fast Facts

  • 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. 

What's Included

  • Airport transfers,
  • Private transfer to/from a trek
  • Internal flight Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • 3 nights *** Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast,
  • 1 night *** Hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
  • 5 days of Tea house accommodation during the trek with breakfast
  • Trek Permits & National Park Fee,
  • Staff insurance on the trek,
  • Trek guide & porter/s
  • Duffel bag
  • Map

What's not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu, Pokhara and on trek (approx. US$ 20 per day)
  • Beverages
  • Personal equipment, 
  • Personal bills, 
  • International airfare
  • Excess baggage beyond 15 kilos including day pack Visa fee: US$ 25 for 15 days and US$ 40 for 30 days multiple entries
  • Insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects), public liability
  • Tips
  • Optional Kathmandu Sightseeing tour 

 

Most Common FAQs

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 30kg. However the local domestic flights allows maximum of 18kg per person.

Reviews

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