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Poonhill Trek

Overview

Poon Hill Trek is one of the most popular, relatively easy and shorter treks (about one week) in the Annapurna region and there is no risk of altitude sickness. It is recommended for those who are looking for an opportunity to be close up with nature, without involving difficult ascents. You can take this trek during any season however  the best time is from September to December.  Poon Hill at dawn provides picturesque views of the sunrise lighting up some of the most spectacular mountains on Earth.

As the sun touches the snow-capped summits of the Himalayan giants, Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Annapurna (8091m), a maze of other peaks slowly appear like magic before your eyes. The vision is mesmerizing for every lover of nature, whether young or old. In addition to the magnificent sunrise, Poon Hill trek takes you through ethnic villages, and familiarizes you with the traditional culture and lifestyle of rural people.    Poon Hill trek is truly rewarding and memorable.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1400m/4593 ft) & transfer to Kathmandu Mantra Home Hotel

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (827m/ 2713 ft) Distance 200km/6-7 hrs

Day03: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapuel 1.5 hrs & trek to Ulleri (2073 m/6801 ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 04: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2850m/9350 ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 05: Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3210m/10,531 ft)  1 to 1.5 hrs & trek to Tadapani (2625m/8612 ft) 5 hrs

Day 06: Trek from Tadapani to Jhinu Dhanda (hot spring) (1610 m/5282ft)  5 hrs

Day 07: Trek from Jhinu Dhanda to Nayapuel (1010m/3313ft) 5hrs & drive to Pokhara 1.5 hrs

Day 08:  Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. 6-7 hrs

Day 09:  Departure from Kathmandu

Detail Itinerary

We suggest our clients be ready for trekking with all necessary clothing, equipment and personal items so that you can relax and enjoy your arrival day.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1400m/4593 ft) & transfer to Kathmandu Mantra Home Hotel

Arrive at Tribhuvan international airport where you will be welcomed by our team member and transferred to Kathmandu Mantra Home Hotel. This day is simply an arrival day and there will be no organized activities. If your flight arrival time permits, you will have some free time to relax or explore local sights.  In the early evening there will be a pre-trip departure meeting held at the hotel lobby and you will be introduced to your trekking guide. Overnight at Kathmandu Mantra Home Hotel

 

Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara (827m/2513 ft)  Drive 207km/6-7hrs

We travel by tourist bus to Pokhara, an idyllic city beside Fewa Lake. With a pre-packed breakfast from our hotel, we catch the bus at 7am from Jamal bus station about 15 minutes walk from our hotel in  vibrant Thamel. It will be an exciting drive. During the 5-6 hour journey we follow the road beside the fast flowing Trishuli River and you will enjoy scenic views of terraced rice fields and eye catching landscapes.  You will also see views of  Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Lamjung Himal and most of the Annapurna Range.   The bus will stop twice along the route. Overnight at Pokhara.

 

Day 03: Pokhara to Nayapuel – drive 1.5 hrs & trek to Ulleri (2070m/6791 ft) 5-6 hrs

Early in the morning, after breakfast we drive by car for 1.5 hours to  Nayapuel (literally means “new bridge”) where our trek to Ulleri begins. Following a wide path from Nayapuel,  we reach Birethanti after around 30 minutes.  We then follow the same path for 2 or 2.5 hours,  and will enjoy a well earned  lunch at Rhamghai or Hille. From here we hike through a beautiful green forest and pass several waterfalls and the town of Tikhe Dhunga.  We then ascend steeply for 1.5 hours to reach Ulleri. Ulleri is a large Magar village (mostly Mongolian ethnic people) with many shops and teahouses, and which is situated in a warm sub tropical area.  Overnight at Ulleri

 

Day 04: Ulleri to Ghorepani (2850m/9350 ft) 6 hrs

After breakfast we continue our trek through terraced landscapes while enjoying great views of the Annapurna Range, particularly from Banthati. From this place, there is a clear view of  several mountains –  Machhapuchhre (6997m), Hiunchuli (6442m) and Annapurna South (7219m). The view is at its best from September to January. The trail goes uphill winding through the cool shade of beautiful rhododendron forests until we reach Ghorepani after crossing a small river. Ghorepani is a busy place perched on a ridge offering panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges to the north and west. Overnight at Ghorepani

 

Day 05: Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3210m/10,531 ft) 1 to 1.5 hrs & Tadapani (2600m/8530ft) 5 hrs

Rising early, we trek  for 1.5 hours through a rhododendron forest up to Poon Hill to catch a stunning sunrise. Gradually the early morning light reveals a wonderful panorama of around twenty different peaks, most of them in the Annapurnas. You can climb the viewing tower to extend your view. In the best conditions you will see Annapurna South, Annapurna I, II, III and IV, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Lamjung Himal, Gangapurna, and other peaks in the Manaslu range.

Poon Hill  is renowned as a photographer’s paradise from where the rising sun bathes the mountain tops in gold, and the awesome view changes from minute to minute.  After spending about 40 minutes on the hilltop, we enjoy an easy downhill walk back to Ghorepani for breakfast. After breakfast we ascend to Daurali  (approximately 2 hrs).

From Daurali, we continue downhill for one hour beside a stream that flows beneath lush, green jungle. You will see different kinds of birds and monkeys along the route. We reach Banthati and stop for lunch. After some more descents and ascents, we arrive at Tadapani, which is located in the midst of one of the largest spring-flowering rhododendron forests of the area. Overnight at Tadapani

 

Day 06:  Tadapani to Chhoamrong (2340m/7677 ft) 5 hrs  & Chhoamrong to Jhinu Dhanda hot spring (1610m/5282 ft)  1 hr

Early morning wake up, to again catch the sunrise. After breakfast our trail  proceeds downwards until we reach a river which we cross by  suspension bridge.  We stop along the way to enjoy  lunch and then our footsteps will feel a little easier as we walk gradually uphill  through  oak and rhododendron forests to the village of Chhoamrong.

This place is the gateway to the Annapurna Base Camp trek and is considered to be one of the best spots where you can see the Annapurna mountains up close. Chhoamrong is the home country of the Gurung and legendary Gurkha peoples, their charming traditional villages and warm hospitality. Here, you can also see an excellent view of Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and the narrow canyon of the Annapurna Sanctuary.

After leaving Chhoamrong we make a downhill walk to Jhinu Dhanda where there is a natural hot spring.  Most trekkers love to enjoy the refreshment and relaxation of the hot spring after their trekking efforts.  Overnight at Jhinu Dhanda

 

Day 07:  Jhinu Dhanda  to Nayapuel (1010m/3313 ft)  4-5 hrs & drive to Pokhara 1.5 hrs

Today is the last day of the trek. We make another early start after breakfast and continue descending towards Birathanti and Nayapuel.   When we reach Nayapuel, we will take a car or van to reach Pokhara. You will have an opportunity to celebrate the end of your adventure in one of the many restaurants and bars of your choice in popular and lovely Pokhara. Overnight at Pokhara

 

DAY 8:  Pokhara to Kathmandu   Drive 6-7  hrs

After an early breakfast (or pre-packed breakfast) we will catch the bus organised by Himalayan Mantra Trek.  Relax and enjoy the views of beautiful landscapes and farmlands, travelling beside the Trishuli  River and finally reaching Kathmandu after 6-7 hours’ drive.  Himalayan Mantra Trek will organize a farewell dinner for your group.  Overnight at Kathmandu Mantra Home Hotel.

 

 Day 09:  Departure from Kathmandu

This will be your last day with Himalayan Mantra Trek. After breakfast at Kathmandu Mantra Home Hotel, enjoy some relaxation or last-minute shopping in Kathmandu. A team member from Himalayan Mantra Trek will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight.

Include/Exclude

  • Airport pick up and transfer by car to Kathmandu Mantra Home Hotel before your trek
  • Transfer to airport from Kathmandu Mantra Home Hotel at the end of your trek
  • 1 night accommodation and breakfast at Kathmandu Mantra Home Hotel, at the start and end of your trek itinerary
  • 1 night accommodation and breakfast at Pokhara at the start and end of your trek itinerary
  • Tourist bus transport from Kathmandu to Pokhara and return to Kathmandu as per your itinerary
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permit and all TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) Government permits
  • An experienced, well trained and knowledgeable English speaking licenced trekking guide with first aid expertise
  • Experienced trekking porter(s) – one porter for 2 persons. One porter carries a maximum of 25 kg
  • Meals, insurance, salary, equipment, accommodation, transportation for our trekking team
  • Tea house accommodation (standard mountain lodging) on a twin or multi sharing basis during the trek. One pillow is included per person
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at tea houses during the trek. Some meals will be pre-packed for you.  Please note that only one menu dish and one cup of tea/coffee is included for each meal.  You may choose an extra dish and/or other drink at your own expense
  • One blanket and sleeping bag provided by Kathmandu Mantra Trek, which you will personally need to carry, unless your porter is carrying less than 25 kg
  • All applicable government taxes
  • Ghorepani/Poon Hill trekking map

 If you wish to have a private room, please ask us.  Single supplements may apply.

 

Service Exclusions

  • Any flights or international or domestic airport taxes
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Your travel/medical insurance. We strongly recommend that all travellers obtain travel insurance that includes evacuation costs
  • Bank charges if you choose to pay for charges by credit or debit card
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Hot showers while on our trek. Hot showers are available at most tea houses at your own cost
  • Personal bathroom or toilet
  • Toiletries, snacks, medicine and other personal items
  • Bar expenses
  • Battery charges (available during trek with an extra cost at tea houses)
  • Optional side trips – activities not specified in your itinerary
  • Personal trekking apparel and equipment
  • Additional drinks and beverages (including extra tea/coffee) and bar purchases
  • Helicopter evacuation or rescue in case of emergency
  • Donations to local organizations/schools etc
  • Tipping to guide and porter/s

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