One of the most popular and shorter treks in the Annapurna region is called Poonhill Trek. It is a great introduction to trekking because of diffrent land scape, mixed culture and suitable for experts to beginners and varied ages, from young to mature. Along the way, one can enjoy the scenic grandeur of the mountains, the terraced hillsides stepping down to valleys rib boned with flowing streams and cascading waterfalls.
The Poon Hill Trek will take one through several villages where you can enjoy experiencing the rich culture of the Gurungs and Magars people. Traveling through the magnificent ancient rhododendron trees with red and pink blossoms will make one believe they are journeying into an enchanted forest. The ultimate thrill will be reaching your destination of Poon Hill, especially at sunrise when one can see the sun come up over the towering peaks of Dhaulagiri (8167m world’s 7th highest mt.) and Annapurna 1 (8091m 10th highest mt.). The spectacle from Poon Hill is both breathtaking and inspiring.
- Sunrise view from Poon hill (3210m)
- Walk through rhododendron forest and village
- Life style and culture
- Panoramic views of Himalayas.
- Beautiful 9 days trip in total
- 4 nights accommodation In the cities
- 4 nights accommodation on tea house
- Highest elevation 3210m.
At a glance
Diffculties and Safety
Trekking to Ponn Hill is not very easy cuz of lots of uphill and downhill. Average fitness is required not to be in the pain make sure you have enough walking experience to enjoy the trek. Most of the days include 4-7 hours walking. Altitude can be the problem too so drinking lots of fluids and going slowly is important to avoid altitude sickness. Your safety is of our major concern. Your Trekking guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. The Guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Itinerary Details ( Click on the days to see the extended form. )
We will pick up you from the airport and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free time to explore Thamel. (Overnight at hotel on BB basis)
After breakfast we start our journey to Pokhara (your guide will be with for your whole trip). You can enjoy the scenery while driving on road following the Trisuli River where you might see people doing rafting. After around 6-7 hours (200km) drive you will reach beautiful and peaceful town Pokhara. Or you may take a 30 min flight to Pokhara enjoying the non-stop mountain scenery and valleys. A city with a large lake that offers us the magnificent views of various mountains. Dhaulagiri, the whole Annapurna range, Machhapuchre (Fishtail) amongst others. You will get another chance to do some last minute shopping for the trek and explore around the lake and town. (Overnight at hotel on BB basis)
After breakfast, we drive for 1.5 hours to reach the trekking starting point (Nayapul). Our 1st day of the adventure is a little easier. Mostly we walk along the new trail and through the local villages with rice fields all around. For the last hour we walk on the old trekking trail along stones steps. (Over night at tea house on full board basis)
We begin our journey after breakfast, continuing along stone steps we climb up to Ulleri. This is the toughest part of the day. It takes around 2 hours to climb up 500m. We continue to walk another hour through the mountain village and stop for lunch. After lunch we enter the rhododendron forest all the way up to Ghorpani which is about 3 hours walking. (Over night at tea house on full board basis)
Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3210m) to see panoramic views with a multi colored sunrise on the snowy white mountain combining to amaze your senses. You can see more than 10 huge snow capped mountains from Poon Hill including the 7th highest mountain in the world, Dhaulagiri, and 10th highest mountain Annapurna 1st. Then it’s back to the tea house for breakfast. After this we trek to Tadapani through dense forest; we get chance to see monkeys, birds and other animals. (Over night at tea house on full board basis)
After breakfast our trek goes through the rhododendron forest for an hour after which the trail descends steeply through forests where we may encounter monkeys and a wide variety of birds. We take a downhill path continuing to Ghandruk, the largest Gurung village. Make a visit to the Gurung ethnic museum to explore their culture and ancient tradition. Enjoy another great mountain view of Annapurna South and Fishtail. (Over night at tea house on full board basis)
Last day of your trekking, you pass through small villages, rice fields and subtropical forests. We will have an easy and pleasant walk along the banks of the Modi Khola river to Nayapul. End the trek and drive back to pokhara. A free evening to enjoy a hot shower, clean clothes and check out the city. And of course a cold beer and good food, what else. (Overnight at hotel on BB basis)
Back to Kathmandu, you can take a fight or take a drive( Private Car/Tourist bus) back to Kathmandu. After check in to the hotel, free evening you can take a short walk around Thamel and last minutes shopping. Spend a relaxing last night in Nepal.
We will Transfer you to International airport for final departure to your destination.
- Airport picks up and drops off
- An English speaking guide and porters
- Ground transportation
- All Accommodation include breakfast
- 3 meals a day while trekking
- Trekking permit and TIMS
- A comprehensive medical kit
- Mountain World Treks t-shirt and trekking map
What's not included
- Flights To/From Nepal
- Tourist Visa
- Travel insurance
- Meals while not on the trek
- Personal expenses such as snacks, gear, drinks, Hot shower, wifi, laundry, phone calls, etc.
- Any extra costs due to unforeseen circumstances
- Tips to trekking staffs.
This trip can be possible to customize as you want and you may extension your Nepal trip as well. Here are the few options what you may do.
Accommodation & Food details
We will provide tourist standard accommodations in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and this is possible to upgrade in your choice. All the accommodation in the cities and trekking will provided on twin sharing basis. Most lodges now have twin bedded rooms but you should still be prepared to sleep in multi-bedded rooms on the occasional night. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost extra. During ABC Trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from the tea-houses or from a lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. 3 main course meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available while in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Best Time To Visit
Autumn (Sept to Nov) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Poon Hill Trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. If you wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature then taking this trip during winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) could also be an another great option.
However, the temperature during winter could be harsh for most guests. Trekking in the Summer or Monsoon seasons (June to Aug) will be affected by rain but the Summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.
You are advised to consider the following equipment as essentials while packing. Please use this link as a guideline. Adjustments to the list can be managed according to our requirements, interests, duration of trip, and season of trip. We can find variety of these gears to hire or buy in Kathmandu. Majority of the gears which are in sale in Kathmandu are locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper) and can find very high quality branded gears too in some famous stores in Kathmandu.