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Poon Hill Trek

A popular and relatively easy trek with incredible views of the Annapurna region

A short yet beautiful trek that should not be missed if you are visiting Nepal and short of time. Due to it's relatively easy nature, this trail has become popular among trekkers and tourists alike.

The hike takes trekker through one of the world's largest rhododendron forests and affords a close up view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan mountain range from the Poon Hill viewpoint.

The trek can be completed by those with little or no experience, but you will need to be fit enough to walk for 6 - 7 hours daily. 

Please Note:

This is a teahouse trek. Teahouses are Nepalese mountain lodges that provide basic dorm-like rooms and communal eating spaces.

Summary

DURATION

9 days

LOCATION

Nepal

START & ENDS

Kathmandu, Kathmandu

DIFFICULTY

Easy Moderate Challenge Hard

Highlights

  • A beautiful, short and easy trekking route in the Annapurna region
  • Witness a breathtaking sunrise from the Poon Hill viewpoint
  • Experience the vibrant city of Pokhara, the city of Lakes
  • See amazing valleys, villages in the cliffs, thundering rivers and of course the towering Himalayas

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu AND transfer to hotel

FOOD

No Meals

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

ACTIVITY

Airport transfer

ELEVATION

Kathmandu (1,310m)

kathmandu

Welcome to Kathmandu, the city of temples! Our airport representative will be waiting in the arrival terminal with your name printed on a card.


From the airport we will transfer you to a city hotel, where you can unpack and freshen up from your long flight. Here we will introduce you with the tour leader and have a short meeting about the tour.

Day 2: Drive to Pokhara

FOOD

Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

ACTIVITY

Travelling in a bus 8 hours

ELEVATION GAIN

Kathmandu (1,310m) to Pokhara (820m)

phokara-city

We have breakfast at our hotel and catch a bus to Pokhara. The drive takes us through the towering Himalayan hillsides and past thundering rivers. 


In the evening, we can visit the beautiful lakeside area if time permits.

Day 3: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Drive 1 hour, Hiking 3 - 4 hours

ELEVATION

Pokhara (820m) to Nayapul (1,070m) to Tikhedhunga (1,540m)

poon-hill-trek-Tikhedhunga

We begin our day with a drive to Nayapul. This is the starting and ending point of the trek. The drive is scenic with beautiful views of the Annapurna and Lamjung Himalayan ranges.


Our trek from Nayapul to Tikhedhunga is uphill most of the way and we pass through many small villages along the way. 


Once we reach Tikhedhunga, we have the evening to rest and relax.

Day 4: Trek to Ghorepani

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 5 - 6 hours

ELEVATION

Tikhedhunga (1,540m) to Ghorepani (2,860m)

Nangethanti-poon-hill

We begin our trail by crossing Bhurundi Khola stream before ascending a steep climb to reach the top of Ulleri village.


From here we follow a gentle ascent through beautiful Rhododendron and Oak forests. We will stop in Nangethanti for lunch which is located in the middle of the forest.


One of the main attractions of our trek is Ghorepani, a beautiful village with panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges. 

Day 5: CLIMB POON HILL and TREK TO TADAPANI 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 6 - 7 hours

ELEVATION

Ghorepani (2,860m) to Poon Hill (3,210m) to Tadapani (2,590m)

poon-hill-viewpoint

We have an early start today as we climb to Poon Hill before sunrise. Witnessing the golden rays over the Himalayas is breathtaking.


Poon Hill is a stunning viewpoint where more than 300 trekkers visit every day during the main season. From here you can enjoy close views of numerous famous peaks!


Upon returning to Ghorepani village, we grab a nice warm breakfast and then start our trek to Tadapani. You'll get to experience some of the best views of the Himalayas throughout the walk. 

Day 6: TREK TO GHANDRUK 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 4 - 5 hours

ELEVATION

Tadapani (2,590m) to Ghandruk (1,940m)

Ghandruk-poon-hill

Today we begin our journey through lush green forests and with luck we could catch a glimpse of the natural wildlife in the area. Views of the Himalayas are seen along the entire trail.  


We are heading towards Ghandruk, the stone carved village, which is the biggest Gurung village in the region. In the evening we have the opportunity to visit the Ghandruk Cultural Museum and explore the local culture and traditions. 

Day 7: Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

ACTIVITY

Hiking 5 - 6 hours, Drive 1 hour

ELEVATION

Ghandruk (1,940m) to Pokhara (820m)

poon-hill-trek-jungle

The trail is mostly downhill and flat today. A nice way to end off our trekking journey!


We pass Syauli Bazaar and head towards Chimrong and Birenthanti.


Once we reach Nayapul we have private transport to take us back to Pokhara.  

Day 8: Drive back to Kathmandu 

FOOD

Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

ACTIVITY

Drive 8 hours

ELEVATION

Pokhara (820m) to Kathmandu (1,310m)

kathmandu

We follow the highway through beautiful rivers, hills and small Nepalese settlements as we make our way to Kathmandu. 


From the tourist bus park you will be transferred to your hotel and have the evening to explore the town.  

Day 9: Drive to the Airport and departure from Kathmandu

FOOD

Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

ACTIVITY

Airport transfer (30 minutes)

ELEVATION

Kathmandu (1,310m)

We drive you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your flight time. It’s time to say goodbye until we meet again! 

Dates & Prices

Below are our open group dates for the Poon Hill trek. Single supplements apply.


Please note: June, July and August are the monsoon. We don't operate treks during this period.


If the dates below don't suit, please get in touch as we can open a new group on any day as long as you have at least 2 people in your party. 

What's Included

Included

  • Airport pickup and drop off in a private vehicle
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu for 3 nights with complimentary breakfast
  • Hotel accommodation in Pokhara for 2 nights with complimentary breakfast
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu round trip transfers on a public tourist bus (optional flight with additional costs)
  • Pokhara - Nayapul - Pokhara transportation in a private vehicle
  • Full board meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek
  • Accommodation in beautiful cozy tea houses as per the itinerary
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permits and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) registration card
  • Experienced English speaking, government licensed trekking guide and support porters. Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people
  • Free rental of a down jacket, 4-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide / American medical association approved Oximeter
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant

Not Included

  • International airfare, Nepal visa fees, travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation
  • Expenses of a personal nature (beverage bills, hot showers, telephone, laundry etc.)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Support crew tips

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Packing List

Clothing
  • 2-3 x hiking shirt + 1-2 x long-sleeve hiking shirt
  • 2 x hiking shorts and 2 x hiking trousers
  • Mid-weight fleece jacket
  • Hard shell rain jacket
  • Warm insulating down or synthetic jacket / gilet (Down jacket available for free rental)
  • Light, but warm gloves
Headwear
  • Sun hat + Sunglasses
  • Beanie for the nights
  • Neck warmer
Footwear
  • Mid-weight hiking boots / hiking trainers
  • 3-4 x hiking socks
  • Trainers for teahouses
Bags
  • 20-25L daypack
  • 80L Duffel Bag (available for free rental)
  • Plastic bags to protect sleeping bag and other gear from rain
Other Essentials
  • Four season sleeping bag (available for free rental)
  • Hiking Poles
  • Headlamp and spare batteries
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle / hydration bladder
  • Water treatment tablets
  • Camera
  • Sun cream

Rental Gear

There are a number of good rental gear shops in Thamel, Kathmandu where one can rent / buy most items listed above. Sleeping bags, a down jacket and a duffel are all included as free rentals.

Travel Insurance

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Accommodation

3-Star Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara

In Kathmandu and Pokhara, you will stay in 3-star hotel accommodation with complimentary breakfast.

kathamandu hotels

Teahouse Accommodation

The teahouse lodges on the trek are basic. Most teahouses will have shared bathroom / toilet facilities. 

everest teahouse

LOCAL TOUR OPERATOR

HIMALAYAN LEISURE INC.

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Himalayan Leisure Inc. is a fantastic local Nepalese trek operator based in Kathmandu. The company is led by Upendra, an infectious character who you will love the moment you meet him. Over the past decade Upendra has built Himalayan Leisure into a premier local trek operator with a reputation for safety, quality and fun. We're confirdent you will have an amazing experience with Upendra and his team.

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Reviews

Simply magnificent!

5.0 rating
March 29, 2020
Review of Poon Hill Trek

We joined this trek with short notice. Upendra was very responsive and accommodating to our needs. The tour from pick up to drop off was professional and fun. Would highly recommend joining this tour!

Burnham Arlidge

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