Poon Hill Trek

Poon Hill Trekking
Overview

Poon Hill Trek is located at an altitude on 10,562 feet above upper ghorepani village, a famous place to explore sunrise over the Annapurna mountain range was worth every grueling step it took to get Ghorepani/poon hill.

Trek to Poon Hill is an idle place to discover breathtaking mountain scenery and beautiful hill villages have made Ghorepani Poon Hill trek an all-time famous short trek from Pokhara. According to the Gokyo trek agency and Wikipedia says, poon hill trek distance is roughly 52 kilometers which are equal to 32 miles from Pokhara town.

Hike to Ghorepani village and poon hill is the top 10 best short treks from Pokhara. Poon hill sunrise trek is a world-famous and most demanding trek route about 210-kilo meters far from Kathmandu to Pokhara. It is equally common in national and international tourists to explore sunrise over the Annapurna massif within a 2-kilometer distance in front.

Beautiful sunrise trek at poonhill is marking as a top annapurna view trek in Nepal where you can explore the tallest annapurna mountains range within 5 kilometers in distance. You can complete poon hill trek 3 days, 4 days or in 5 days according to your holiday in Nepal. However, poon hill trek 6 days or 7 days is the best to walk with normal speed exploring almost all aspects taking enough photos.

Check out either google poon hill map or Ghorepani trek map to find about its location and heights. We can walk through the blooming colorful rhododendrons forest, bamboos and takes us through the villages of Gurung and Magar ethnics. Mount Annapurna 1st, eighth tallest mountains on earth is one of the most magnificent peaks in the world can see from Poon Hill.

The poon hill trek 4 day

The great panorama treks at poon hill station’s main attraction are to watch sunrise and sunset. Sunrise poon hill trek 4 days is also possible if you could take an express drive from Kathmandu to Nayapool without stopping in a Pokhara town. As you reach in Nayapool, go for a short hike to reach Birethanti and stay overnight there. The next day you can take a private local jeep to go up to Ulleri (pay the extra cost) and you can hike to Ghorepani. Ulleri to Ghorepani trail is easier and one of the great place for birth watching.

You can choose poon hill trek 5 days for your trip to Annapurna region in Nepal because poon hill trek difficulty is easy and under the soft adventure trek in Nepal. You can take a look at Poon hill wiki or on our website page for accurate information.

A soft to easy Poon hill trek 3 days are very famous after Pokhara city. You can also do Ghorepani poon hill trek 5 days with express driving from Kathmandu to Nayapool.

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The best poon hill weather

Before making a plan to visit a poon hill station, check about the latest poon hill weather because most of the time the weather gets foggy and cloudy. During the monsoon time trek, Poonhill is not recommended because the areas are marked as Nepal’s most rainfall place. Mountains are locating very far from here, so roughly about 10% chance to catch the best glimpse of the Annapurna massif.

June, July, and August months are the peak monsoon period in Nepal. Except for monsoon, you will have the best weather all the time so you can see an amazing outlook of the complete Annapurna massive from the poon hill ridge. Traveling to Poonhill either in the spring or autumn season stays the best weather with sun shining and blue sky.

Annapurna poon hill trek map

Ghorepani hike is an easy and to get poon hill trek map from google but you can also buy a hardcopy map visiting Gokyo Treks and Expedition’s office in Nrs 250 rupees. The map is about 1:50,000 scale with 500 series and publishes from Himalayan Map house, Thamel.

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The poon hill trek map

Trek in spring is even more interesting as the whole forest along the trail turns to red, pink, and white with rhododendron flowers. Hike to Poon Hill is equally popular as a mini Annapurna express trekking tour. Hike to poon hill is under the easy trek difficulty, happy treks, or the best 4-day trek in Nepal. The best beginner Poon hill trek is possible to do at any time throughout the year.

Itinerary

Poon Hill Trek itinerary details.

Amazing sunrise – sunset poon hill circuit is a classical trek with 4 days itinerary comparing to most walks in this region. The particular route is designed for globetrotters who wish to hike in a more relaxed manner than take a look at this itinerary. However for travelers who wish to do Poon hill quickly but are walking with limited time wise than ask us for tailor-made itinerary.

Day 1 Arrival at Kathmandu valley, Nepal

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle, transfer to hotel in Kathmandu serve with breakfast plan. Our representative will brief you about the sunrise-sunset poonhill trek route information.

Day 2 Fly or drive to Pokhara city (1,015m/3,329 feet), 7 hours

Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara with modern tourist bus journey takes about seven hours. Moreover, if you wish kathmandu to Pokhara fly (pay an extra airfare USD 110 per person), it takes about 20 minutes only. In the afternoon you will be with your trekking Guide to Observe the Natural Beautiful Fewa lake in Pokhara.

After Landing in Pokhara airport, Overland drive to Nayapul (1,050m/3,444 feet), 90 min. Hike to Tikhedunga (1,577m/5,157 feet) village through Birethanti. It is an easy trek that passes through several small villages and settlements. Afterward, ascend gently up to the final destination of the day.

Day 3 Ghorepani trek (2,875m/9,430 feet), 6 hours

Today, we ascend steeply for the first 2 hours which seems little difficult. Again ascend gently passing through Ulleri (2,070m.) and Banthanti passing several tiny Gurung houses. Couple of years ago, the lower Ulleri village was collapsed after the huge landslides and many people died.

However, the village Ulleri offers a scenic view of Mount Fishtail 6,997 meters(popular as a Machhapuchhare) and mount Hiunchuli (6,441m.) and as well as Annapurna South (7,219m). Now, our trail is quite easier passing through Rhododendron forest and shadowy trees and ascends gently up to the final camp at Ghorepani village.

Day 4Poon Hill Trek (3,220m/10,562 feet), Tadapani hikes (2,650m/8,692 feet), 6 hours

At very early in the morning, we ascend roughly about 1,180 feet up for Poon Hill hike. Poon hill is located 300 meters above popular Ghorepani lodges. Reaching at poon hill tower, you can enjoy the sunrise view over Mt.Dhaulagiri (8,167m.), Tukuche Peak (6,920m.), Nilgiri (6,940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7,847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8,091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7,855m.), Machhapuchhare (6,993m.), Annapurna IV (7,525m.), Annapurna II (7,937m.), Lamjung Himal (6,931m.) ..etc. Furthermore, walk downhill to reach Tadapani hill passing Rhododendron forest and beautiful flower with tiny villages.

Day 5Ghandruk village hiking (1,940m/6,363 feet), 5 Hours

Continue descend downhill through the forests while following the trail to Ghandruk. Ghandruk village is the biggest Gurung settlement in the Annapurna region. Visit Gurung museum if you have time for a couple of hours to see and take your time to explore the village, typical culture and lifestyle of Gurung ethnic communities and interact with local people. The Ghandruk village has enough modern lodges from basic to luxury guest houses with the latest facilities. In addition, the village offers just a magical view of Annapurna and Fishtail in a row.

Exploring Gurung museum and their lifestyles, we take an overland bus ride to reach out to Pokhara and also to Kathmandu. Ghandruk to Pokhara connects with a road. Most of the parts of our journey until Pokhara town is bumpy roads. The drive with a local bus ride takes about roughly about 3 hours. But you can experience the scenic view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, and Gangapurna Mountains. Reaching Pokhara, we take a Micro Bus and drive all the way back to Kathmandu city.

Day 6Final departure day

Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey.

Cost

How much does poon hill trek cost?

Our Poonhill hiking or poon hill hike price is available on USD 550 per person. But of course, the trip price will vary according to group size. Taking flights to and from Pokhara saves your time and riding the bus reduces the trip expenses.

For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu round trip airfare, 3 stars category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu with breakfast plan and 2-star hotel standard accommodation in Pokhara with also breakfast with attached bathroom while on trekking on possible places, so let us know. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discount and attractive complimentary.

5 days Poon hill trek cost include:

  • Kathmandu international airport transfer with private vehicles.
  • 2 nights twin sharing on tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • 1 night Tourist standard accommodation in Pokhara within Bed with Breakfast Plan
  • Meals on full board: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day during the trek days
  • Guest house basis trekking accommodation while on trekking days.
  • Tourist Bus transfer from Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu as a round trip.
  • Fully escorted trek with English speaking license holder local guide and each 2 guest 1 Porter basis.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permits and TIMS permits for Trekking tours
  • Pokhara Fewa lake side – Nayapool & Return to Fewa lake side transfer by private taxi.
  • Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs.
  • Insurance of guide and porters.
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.

Sunrise Poon hill trek cost exclude :

  • Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
  • Guest’s Personal trekking gear, other equipment and Clothing.
  • Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
  • Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Tips for the crew (Note: TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
  • Any other things which are not mentioned above
Group join

We can organize private Poon hill trekking starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.

Trip Date

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Sept 10, 2020 – Sept. 15, 2020

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USD 550

Sept 20, 2020 – Sept. 25, 2020

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USD 550

Oct. 05, 2020 – Oct. 10, 2020

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USD 550

Oct. 25, 2020 – Oct. 30, 2020

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USD 550

Nov. 10, 2020 – Nov. 15, 2020

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USD 550

Nov. 20, 2020 – Nov. 25, 2020

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USD 550

Nov. 30, 2020 – Dec. 05, 2020

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USD 550

Dec. 10, 2020 – Dec. 15, 2020

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USD 550

Feb 20, 2021 – Feb. 25, 2021

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USD 550

March 10, 2021 – March 15, 2021

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USD 550

March 20, 2021 – March 25, 2021

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USD 550

April 05, 2021 – April 10, 2021

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USD 550

April 10, 2021 – April 15, 2021

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USD 550

April 25, 2021 – April 30, 2021

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USD 550

May 05, 2021 – May 10, 2021

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USD 550

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Available – Trip is available to run if minimum group size is filled

Limited – Only few space available

FAQ

Question: Is pick up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes sure. Provide us your flight detail and request us to pick up. Our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.

Question: Do I need experience to do poon hill trek?

Answer: No ! You do not need previous experience to complete this trek.

Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Poon hill sunrise trek?

Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and on trekking. The rooms along the routes are clean with a cozy bed with a nice mattress and blankets. However we recommend you take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent it while you are in Kathmandu.

Question: What kind of food can I expect in express Poon hill lodge trek?

Answer: Your journey on Poon Hill Trek, they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season)
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to the next place where you are going.

Question: How do I get drinking water on poon hill Trek short?

Answer: There are all places hotels and shops where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to refine the normal water as the normal water is available in campsite/along the way.

Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?

Answer: During the lodge trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair for in case. Remember to bring your adapters! An extra battery will be recommended.

Question: Is there any connection facilities on short Poon hill trekking?

Answer: In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.

Question: Can I use credit cards in Poon hill tea house Trekking?

Answer: Not yet ! So, for the trekking routes, you need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards work only in the bigger city areas.

Question: When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?

Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.

And regarding the deposit, we prefer 20% advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Nepal.

Question: Who will carry my luggage on poon hill short trekking?

Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, each of our porters carries a maximum of 25 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12.5 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.

Question: Pokhara to poon hill distance?

Answer: The poon hill ridge is the highest hill station area to watch the best sunrise and sunset over the Annapurna mountain range. Travelers can reach there with 1-day drive and 1 full-day hike. Pokhara to poon hill distance is 61.4 (38 miles) kilometers. Because the distance from Phewa lakeside Pokhara to Nayapool is around 45.4 km (28.2 miles). Likewise, the Kathmandu to Poon Hill distance is around 271 kilometers.

Question: How much distance do I walk each day?

Answer: When walking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to a gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.

Question: Is that possible for poon hill trek without guide?

Answer: Majestic Ghorepani and poonhill is the most popular and easy trek difficulty in Nepal. Trekkers can visit poon hill trek without a guide for sure but the trail connected with several small trails to go to the old villages. So there might be some confusion to find out the right trail. Trekking, especially in winter, has the trail cover with the full of snow and the trail is icy some parts. To avoid lost and in terms of safety, we recommend you to hire at least a guide. It is not a matter of money but having a guide will be the right company for your safety as you are traveling into the Himalayas.

Question: Is it possible to rent a guide? how to hire a local trek guide?

Answer: Yes of course. If you are not happy to go with the complete full board package about poon hill treks, still you can hire our expert guide to make your holiday tour safer. However, visit a guide and porter hire or email us for your detail travel inquiry.

Question: Do I need walking polls for Poon hill sunrise trek?

Answer: Walking pools are recommended but not compulsory.

Question: How much additional money do I need per day?

Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on trek.

Poon Hill Trek Highlights

  • Poon hill trek offers Annapurna Himalayas within 160 deg angle from poon hill ridge.
  • Walking through cultivated fields, excellent views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Fishtail & more.
  • Natural hot spring and nice waterfalls along the trek routes
  • Encounter the Gurung and other ethnic groups and their local lives.

4 days Poon Hill Trekking Notes

The above information subject to change due to a condition beyond our control. This is a Guideline showing tentative camp night stops. A physical, technical and natural condition may change this above itineraries.

“What makes Poon Hill Trek special ?”

Opportunities for challenging trekking or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over this planet; you just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, and licensed local guides who know the destination better than others.

Poon Hill trek review

The best poon hill trek

100% 5 star based on – 221 Based on TripAdvisor Reviews

I highly recommend Gokyo Treks and expedition in Katmandu. They provided my husband an excellent porter during his 3 passes trek in the Khumbu area. They answered all our mails rapidly and they were very helpful when my husband had some health problems dued to the extreme cold weather at this time of the year (late November), – Anne Claire, Auvers-sur-Oise, France.

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Flexible and Personal service

100% 5 star based on – 212 Based on TripAdvisor Reviews

Ammar was able to patiently work with us through all of our planning questions and trip organizing. We were able to personalize our trip even up to the last few days before arrival and while on our beautiful trek.

Ammar has the experience and knowledge to provide personal and flexible plans. Once on the trail I was assured that Ammar, our guide, and our porter definitely had our backs, which made our adventure hassle free. Thanks to Ammar and Goyoko Treks for a life changing trip. Looking forward to returning to beautiful Nepal. Lisa M. Centennial, Wyoming, United States.

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Best poonhill trek with Nepali Friends

100% 5 star based on – 198 Based on TripAdvisor Reviews

Finally…. we did our trekking to Poonhill.

It has long journey for us, and its really worthy…. to see spectacular view all the way to Poonhill . At first we are not sure can we can finish our trek to Poonhill or not because of short time. Together with gokyo trek and expedition, we prepare our journey and route, no doubt they had great experience and make our trekking much easier. Gusta Honda, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Trip Price : USD 550 Per Person

    1. Duration of Trek: 5 Days
    2. Trek Grading: Easy Grading
    3. Altitude: 3,220m/10,555 feet
    4. Trekking Hour: 6 Hrs
    5. Group-Size: 2-15 People
    6. Best Time: Oct – May
    7. Trip Mode: Guest House
    8. Meal on Trek: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    9. Transport: Car/Plane/bus

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