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Poon Hill Trek

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Duration
11 days
Max. Elevation
3210 Meter
Group size
Min 2
Level
EASY
Transportation
Best Season
Accomodation
Meals
Starts at
Kathmandu
Ends at
Kathmandu
Trip Route

Highlights

    • Kathmandu, Pokhara and Phewa Lake
    • A scenic 2-way flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara
    • Iconic mountains such as the Fishtail mountain Mt. Machhapuchre, Himal Chuli and the Annapurna Mountain Range
    • A sunrise view from Poon Hill
    • Jungle trails
    • Visit Ghandruk village
The Poon Hill trek is known to be one of the most popular short treks in Nepal. So popular that this short trek is known to have different types of names. The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek, Poon Hill Sunrise trek, the Short Annapurna trek, and the Photographers trek, are all different names for the Poon Hill trek.
Himalayan Friends organizes the Poon Hill trek in an exciting holiday package of 11 days, whereof 6 days will be spent during the trek. You’ll be happy to know that this short trek in Nepal has no age restrictions, and is considered an easy trek even amongst beginners. Popular amongst families, the Poon Hill trek is also considered to be an amazing family holiday in Nepal! You'll get the chance to see some of the monuments in Kathmandu, see Pokhara city also known to be the most beautiful city in Nepal, and visit Ghandruk a traditional Gurung village. The Poon Hill trek is also idealy combinable with some other treks in the Annapurna region. Such as; the Annapurna Base Camp trek, the Mardi Himal trek, or as an extension of the Annapurna Circuit trek, and the Nar Phu Valley trek. 
The Poon Hill trek offers some rewarding views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. In combination with a breathtaking sunrise view from the hilltop at 3,200m/10,499ft you’re in for a treat!
The route to Poon Hill
So how to get to Poon Hill? Well, the route to Poon Hill is quite straight forward. It all begins in Kathmandu, where you’ll be arriving at the start of your holiday. After a cultural sightseeing experience, you’ll be heading towards Pokhara. This amazing city, known as the gateway into the southern Annapurna Himalayas is overlooked by the legendary fishtail mountain Machhapuchhare (6,999m/22,963ft), and touches the banks of Phewa Lake. From Pokhara, it’s just a short drive to Nayapul, the starting point of Himalayan Friends’ Poon Hill trek.
After unloading at Nayapul, we’ll prepare to start the trek and head on to the trail towards Tikhedunga (1,540m/5,053ft). It won’t take long before reaching this traditional village. The next day is probably the most strenuous during the whole trek to Poon Hill. We prepare to head up to Ghorepani (2,750m/ 9,020ft). While the trail is easy to follow the strenuous part is that it’s a constant climb on stone steps. Passing the village of Ulleri and having climbed for a good 4 to 5 hours you’ll reach Ghorepani, the village just below Poon Hill. You’ll want to get an early sleep, as the next day we hike up to Poon Hill in the early morning while it’s still dark outside. Our target? Reaching Poon Hill in time to catch an epic sunrise over the Annapurna Massif! A hot beverage stand is at the hill to warm up and see panoramic views of Mt Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,795ft), Mt Annapurna I (8,000m/26,247ft), Mt. Hiumchuli (6,441m/21,132ft), and Mt. Machhapuchhare (6,999m/22,963ft)!
After having enjoyed those epic views the Poon Hill trek continues towards Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft). This small and quaint village has also some incredible valley views. The next day we head for Ghandruk village (1,980m/6,496ft). Known as the biggest Gurung village of the region, the locals made a museum showcasing the unique culture of the Gurung people from Nepal. Definitely worth a visit! The next few days we head for Pothana and the last Dhampus Phedi from where we drive back to Pokhara. Tomorrow we’ll take a short flight back to Kathmandu, as the next day we conclude this amazing short trek, the Poon Hill trek.
Are you interested in the Poon Hill trek with Himalayan Friends? Don’t hesitate and book today this amazing and popular short trek in Nepal, and get the trip that you deserve! In order to make the Poon Hill trek longer or even shorter please notify us during your booking, our team is 24/7 online available for you.

Important Note

Trip Itinerary

  • Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in the Kathmandu
  • Our representative will pick-up you from the airport and transfer you to your hotel
  • Hotel check-in and take a few minutes rest
  • Stroll around the Thamel Bazaar
  • Our representative will provide you a short brief orientation class about the further trek to Annapurna Base Camp
  • Enjoy a welcome dinner with our team and stay overnight in the hotel

  • Hotel breakfast
  • Full  day world heritage cultural tour:
  • Pashupatinath Temple
  • Swyambhunath Temple
  • Boudhanath Stupa
  • Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • A brief explanation about the further trek 
  • Stay overnight at the hotel

  • Hotel breakfast and check out
  • Transfer to the airport for a scenic flight to Pokhara
  • Rest of the day is free to explore around Pokhara and Phewa Lake
  • Overnight in Pokhara

  • Hotel breakfast and check out
  • We take a private vehicle to Nayapul to start our trek
  • Arrival in Nayapul and final check
  • Trek through rice fields, villages and forests
  • Slow ascend past Tikhedunga
  • Dinner and overnight stay at the guesthouse

  • Breakfast and departure
  • Head up on the stone stairs of Ulleri
  • The trail leads through a pleasant rhododendron forest
  • After passing a small hut, providing water we head further following a stream
  • A little bit more up lies Ghorepani
  • Dinner and overnight stay at the guesthouse

  • Early wake up, about 4 AM 
  • Hike up to Poon Hill
  • Enjoy the amazing sunrise over the Annapurna Mountains
  • Hike back down to Ghorepani for breakfast and departure
  • Start descending until reaching the forest
  • The trail leads up and down until reaching Tadapani Village
  • Overnight stay at the guesthouse

  • Breakfast and departure
  • Today is a short trek
  • Head downwards through pine and rhododendron forests
  • Continue along the trail until reaching Ghandruk
  • Spend the afternoon exploring around the village
  • Dinner and overnight stay at the guesthouse

  • Breakfast and departure
  • Start by heading towards Landruk
  • Follow the trail up and down
  • Continue southwards from here until Pothana
  • Dinner and overnight stay at the guesthouse (homestay available)

  • Breakfast and departure
  • It’s our last day of trekking
  • Continue downwards
  • Pass by various small Gurung and Magar villages
  • Reach Dhampus for a small break
  • Descend further down until reaching Dhampus Phedi
  • Drive back to Pokhara
  • Overnight stay at your hotel

  • Hotel breakfast and check out
  • Transfer by taxi to the airport of Pokhara
  • Scenic morning flight back to Kathmandu
  • Transfer to your hotel
  • Rest of the day is free at leisure
  • Overnight stay in Kathmandu 

  • Hotel breakfast and checkout
  • Transfer to the international airport approx. 3 hours before your departure
  • Himalayan Friends hopes that you enjoyed the Poon Hill trek and hopes to see you soon for your next Himalayan adventure

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