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Poon Hill Trekking

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Poon Hill Trekking

Poon Hill Trekking

Poon Hill trekking facts

  • Duration of Trip: 7 Days
  • Trekking Days: 5 Days
  • Type of Trek: Teahouse / Lodge stay
  • Max. Altitude: 3210 m
  • Grade of Trek: Easy

‘Amazing, wide views of the stunning sunrise set against the vast Himalayan range’

The picturesque Poon Hill Trekking, is rated “ Easy ” in difficulty and offers walkers wonderful views of a wide range of Himalayan peaks from Annapurna I (8,091m / 26,545ft) Annapurna South (7,219m-23,693ft), Gangapurna (7,455m-24,457ft) and Annapurna III (7,555m-24,787ft), also including Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) at 6,997m, Mt. Manaslu 8,163 m and adjoining peaks across the horizon, along with the giant whale shaped Lamjung Himal at 6, 931 meters. From the top of the hill, you can view all of these majestic snow capped peaks rising high above rolling green hills and valleys.

Taking this trip with EncountersNepal.com, you will commence your scenic adventure with an interesting 62 kilometre drive from the beautifully situated lakeside town of Pokhara to the starting point of trekking at Nayapul. From there, you will quickly reach the check point at Bhirethati by the Modi River on foot. The Modi’s source is in the glaciers of the Annapurna range of mountains. Depending on conditions and how many photos you wish to take along the way, the drive will take a couple of hours.

Your walk begins in an area of warm temperate climate. You will pass several quaint farming villages with their terraced fields and will also enjoy the sight of beautiful cascades that lunge gracefully down the hillside. The trek is graded “moderate” due to the frequent short intervals of climbing and descending along the winding path. There are also a few dramatic suspension bridges to cross which all add to the sense of adventure and allow you to enjoy the drama and beauty of the waterways coursing through the deep green chasms they have created.

After several hours of walking you climb higher towards the cooler alpine zone. The trail leads uphill on long stone steps all the way to the top of Ulleri, a Gurung village consisting of traditional houses adorned with slate roofs. From here, the walk takes you on the winding hill path through enchanting woodlands lined with rhododendron, pine, maple, birch, fir, oak and pine trees, interspersed with views of rolling green hill landscapes. Following a gradual climb, you will reach Ghorepani “lower”village with its blue houses, where you will find and lodges and tea houses for trekkers. A short distance further on, up more steps at 2,874meters altitude, you will reach Ghorepani Deurali which is located on a ridge or a small pass on the old trans Himalayan salt trade route going through Upper Mustang from Nepal to Tibet. The town, Ghorepani, was actually originally spelled as “Ghodepani”, meaning ‘horse water’. This is where the mules, caravans and horses stopped for water on this famous route. Ghorepani offers tremendous views of the world’s seventh highest mountain, Dhaulagiri, (meaning “Beautiful White Mountain”) 8,167 metres, as well as of adjoining mountains towards the north west.

Well before dawn, you will rise for a one hour hike uphill through rhododendron, pine and fir forest to reach Poon Hill at 3,190 metres. From the top of the hill, you will have a stunning 360º panorama of all those snow capped, giant mountains in the sun rise. This is the highlight for trekkers, to experience the awe-inspiring break of day over this chain of majestic Himalayan peaks. From an observation tower, you can obtain an even better view of the magnificent surrounding scenery.

After a great hiking experience full of memorable moments, you will head back to Pokhara past the villages of Tadapani and Ghandruk. Finally, back in Nayapul, you will be welcomed by your driver for the road trip back to Pokhara.

Trip Itinerary:

Day 01: Kathmandu to Pokhara: 
Drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu. Stay overnight in Pokhara at a hotel.

Day 02: Pokhara to Tikhedhunga (1577m):
About 45 kms drive from Pokhara via Naudanda, Kande, and Lumle village up to Nayapul. From where the trail descends steeply to Birethanti & follows the east bank of Bhurungdi Khola. Lunch will be served at Ramghai and finally reaches to Tikhedhunga. Stay overnight at Tikhedhunga at a teahouse. Walking distance is 5 hours.

Day 03: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2855m):
The trail ascends to Ulleri village more pleasantly through Rhododendron forest arrive at the top of Ghorepani pass & stay overnight at a teahouse. Walking distance is 6 hours.

Day 04: Ghorepani – Poon hill (3210m) – Tadapani (2650m.):
The guide will wake you up early morning for 6-hour walk up to Tadapani via Poonhill. Poonhill is one of the best viewpoints in Nepal from where one may witness the sunrise for a lifetime memory & 30 snow capped peaks including the whole Annapurna range. Stay overnight at Tadapani at a teahouse. Walking distance is 6 hours.

Day 05: Tadapani to Ghandruk (1960m):
This area is the finest & most famous trekking area of Nepal. The Annapurna ranges & Machhapuchre (Fishtail) dominates the mountain views through glimpses farther east to Lamjung Himal & the Manaslu range. The trial descends through huge boulders into the maze of trails around Ghandruk at 1960 meters. Stay overnight at Ghandruk at a teahouse. Walking distance is 4 hours.

Day 06: Ghandruk to Pokhara via Birethanti (1040m):
Descending Pokhara via Birethanti one can see mules loaded with goods en route. Walking distance is 5 hrs. Continue walk up to Nayapul (New-bridge) & drive to Pokhara for two hours.

Day 07: Pokhara to Kathmandu: 
Drive  back to Kathmandu.

Price Includes:

  • Annapurna Conservation Entry Permits
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS Cards)
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-kathmandu by tourist bus
    Three mean a day breakfast launch dinner Tea coffee as well
  • Accommodation in mountain at tea house lodge
  • Trekking begin and end point by car
  • Guide: English speaking, insured, registered, well-equipped, salary, food and accommodation
  • 2Night hotel in Pokhara 
  • Emergency co-operation service, 
  • Medical kit box
  • safe drinking water

Price Excludes:

  • Bar & beverage bills,
  • Personal expenses. bottled water, desserts, shower, insurance, rescue,  personal clothing,
  • Any additional services requested and tips to the staff.

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