About Poon Hill Trek
The Poon Hill Trek, also known as the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Annapurna region of Nepal. This trek offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, charming villages, lush forests, and an opportunity to experience the culture of the local Gurung and Magar communities. The typical duration for the Poon Hill Trek is 4 to 5 days, The trek usually starts from Nayapul, which is accessible by road from Pokhara. Alternatively, you can start from Phedi or Dhampus, depending on your preference and available time. Poon Hill itself is the highest point of the trek, sitting at an altitude of 3,210 meters (10,531 feet). It's a viewpoint that offers panoramic sunrise views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. The Poon Hill Trek is considered a relatively easy trek and is suitable for trekkers of all levels of experience. The maximum altitude is moderate, and the trails are well-marked. You'll need two permits for this trek: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card, Himalayan Passion will arrange the Permits. Along the trail, you'll find teahouses and guesthouses in villages like Tikhedhunga, Ghorepani, Tadapani, and Ghandruk. These provide basic but comfortable lodging and meals. Advance booking during the peak trekking seasons is advisable. The best time to do the Poon Hill Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. The weather is generally clear, and the views are stunning. However, it's possible to trek year-round, including during the winter months, but be prepared for colder temperatures and occasional snowfall.
Sunrise views from Poon Hill of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.
Lush rhododendron forests, especially in spring when they're in bloom.
The charming villages of Ghorepani, Tadapani, and Ghandruk, where you can experience local culture and hospitality.
Opportunities for side trips to natural hot springs in Tatopani or a visit to the Gurung Museum in Ghandruk.
The Poon Hill Trek is an excellent choice for trekkers looking for a shorter trek with stunning mountain views, cultural experiences, and comfortable accommodations. Remember to be prepared with appropriate trekking gear and clothing for varying weather conditions, especially if you plan to trek in the shoulder seasons or winter.
Arrival at Pokhara, Briefing and registration to be completed , spend the evening leisure time exploring the beautiful city of Pokhara. Overnight stay at Homestay.
After breakfast drive from Pokhara to Nayapul,(40km.) then trek to Ulleri(12 kms). From Nayapul we will start our trekking. The trail from Nayapul is easygoing for the first 2 hours. Nayapul sits on the bank of Modi river which originates from the Annapurna massifs.
The first traverse pierces through the rural landscape of Nepal. You will pass along many terraced farms, rural hamlets, deep lush forests, and water streams. We pass through the villages of Birethanti, Sudame, Hile, and Tikhedhunga. Right after Tikhedhunga is a suspension bridge that we cross to begin the steep section of the trek. We then proceed to take on the popular 3200 stone steps of Ulleri. After 2 hours of ascent, we reach Ulleri, Overnight Stay at Hut.
Ulleri to Ghorepani, 8 kms
We will have our first gaze at the Annapurna massifs from Ulleri. This village provides views of shimmering mountains: Mt. Annapurna South (7219m.) and Hiunchuli (6441m). The trail then ascends gradually from there on. The trail now fixates deep into the aura of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project. This section of the trek is enriched with diverse flora and fauna. The trail is blessed with deep jungles with mostly Rhododendron, Juniper, Birch, and Fir. There is plenty to discover within this stretch of the trek. We traverse deep into the jungles and make our way through the small hamlets of Banthanti and Nagthanti. As we exit these jungles a flattened slope right below Poonhill viewpoint unveils. There are small tea houses scattered all across this place. This is Ghorepani, overnight stay at Hut.
Early morning hike to Poon Hill for sunrise, then trek to Ghandruk (14 kms).
Today is the best section of your journey as you reach the picturesque point of Poonhill. We will start our hike towards Poon Hill from Ghorepani at around 4:30 AM. Keep your headtorch ready , an hour hike reaches at Poonhill. This is a flattened surface on top of a hill that overlooks Mt.Dhaulagiri(8167m). Additionally, this place provides enigmatic views of Annapurna South, Barahi, Shikhar, Hiuchuli, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri ranges, Tukuche peak, Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Lamjung Himal, Mt.Manaslu ranges, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and others mountains.
We descend from Poonhill, making our way towards Ghorepani. After a hearty breakfast at Ghorepani, the descent is fairly easy with gradual downhill sections through a stone paved trail. 5 hours into the trek we reached Tadapani for our lunch. Tadapani is a prominent village in the Annapurna region. This village acts as a crossroad for the Khopra ridge trek. After lunch, we descend further to the picturesque village of Ghandruk. Overnight stay at Ghandruk.
Ghandruk - Syauli Bazar - Nayapul - Pokhara
On the final day of the trek, we begin our descent early in the morning. We descend via numerous stone steps built on the gateway of Ghandruk village. After 2 hours of descent, we reach Syauli Bazar where we will board our vehicle. It is an off-road traverse from Syauli Bazar to Nayapul. From Nayapul we take the Baglung-Pokhara highway to reach Pokhara within the next 3 hours. Reach Pokhara, for your night stay. Spend your Leisure time exploring the surroundings. Our Service ends here with sweet memories of Nepal.
Departure from Pokhara.
One can opt to stay in Pokhara at his/her own cost, or can make further travel plans.
Cost of transportation to and from.(Pokhara to Pokhara)
Cost of accommodation in Huts/Hotels/Homestays.
Cost of Stay in Pokhara (1st Day and 5th day)
Cost of Fooding while on trek (Morning and evening Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner- meals will be provided. Breakfast-Roti, Sabji/Maggi, etc., Lunch/Dinner-Rice/Roti, Sabji, Dal, Achar, etc.).(Day 2:- Breakfast to Day 5:- Lunch)
Cost of Permit fees/ACAP/TIMS Card.
"What not included"
Cost of Personal expenses.
Cost of emergency due to bad weather conditions.
Cost of personal porter.
Meals during transit i.e. meals while on road or travelling will not be provided.
Cost of personal porter to carry his/her backpack.
Cost of insurance.
To book your trek, you need to pay 30% of the trek fees as advance. Rest 70% to be paid in cash when you reach the basecamp, to be collected by the team leader.
One can pay the amount online(Net Banking, GPay, UPI ID).
Details to be shared on request.
30 days before the trek date, full refund of the paid amount
15 days before the trek date, 50% refund of the paid amount.
Cancellation less than 15days to the start date of the trek, no refund possible
In case Himalayan Passion cancels the trek or trip, full refund will be paid.
One has option to send another person on their behalf.
One has option to adjust the paid amount on any other trek, if a person cannot join the trek he/she paid for.